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Average Cost of Music Lessons in South Pasadena, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in South Pasadena is $75. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $114 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$52 average
$72
45-min $35
 
$67 average
$92
60-min $42
 
$75 average
$114

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 11% less expensive at $67, and 30-minute lessons cost 31% less at $52.

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About Beckie E.

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Santa Clarita, CA

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About Beckie
Hi!
My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the French horn, trumpet, piano, saxophone, mandolin, guitar, and voice.

In 2017, I graduated from UCLA with my Masters in Music on French horn. In 2010, I graduated from Chapman University with two degrees in music- music performance on French horn and music education.

My first job was as at a Montessori Academy elementary school, where I was the brass coach for 3 years. This is where I fell in love with teaching. I have been teaching privately for 15 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.

I have worked with many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and various music studios around Los Angeles.

I currently am a freelance musician, Elementary school music
teacher, brass coach for two local high schools and a private music teacher! I perform with orchestras and groups all around the Los Angeles area. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!

I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!

*** Lesson Details ***
When I teach lessons, I like to check in with the student to see how their day was and how practicing throughout the week went. I am very patient and will teach at the student's pace. I expect the student to practice during the week, even if for just 10 minutes a day. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically.

For music, I try to find free options but books may be a better option. When we choose a book to play out of, I like to choose a book together so that the parent and the child are happy about the selection. Books vary based on what the needs are for each student. Books are to be purchased by the parent.

I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for an upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)

I also have a 24-hour cancellation/lesson change policy. If you are late for your lesson, I will try to accommodate the time but may have students or rehearsals afterward so it will not always be a guarantee. If you are going to be late, please text me BEFORE the scheduled lesson. Lessons are to be every week as I DO NOT teach bi-weekly lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson space is in my home w/ seating for parents and music stand for students. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know! The dog and the cat are put away for the lessons as to not distract either one of us! They are pretty cute!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing but I am able to teach all different styles of music.
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Zachary November 14, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Outstanding instructor! Beckie is very positive and encouraging and my son has learned so much in just a few weeks. My son looks forward to his session each week. She is also an amazing musician herself and plays her instrument side by side with my son which allows him to hear and learn the individual notes.
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Laura L. July 27, 2018
· French Horn · Online
Thank you Ms. Beckie! You are awesome!
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Janina Z. April 17, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Tthe lessons were very enjoyable and fun!
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Beckie E.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Jan L.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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About Jan
Take charge of Your Career as a Singer or Songwriter

Who's guiding you in writing, producing & performing your songs?

“Jan is one of the music industry’s best-kept secrets. She has an uncanny ability to put her finger on exactly what the issue is that keeps good artists from being great, and then
helping them to overcome or remove whatever roadblocks stand in their way.

Jan is an expert at fine-tuning and bringing out the best performances in artists and musicians.

Tess Taylor President, NARIP (National Assn. of Record Industry
Professionals)

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing thei
r creativity.

Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition.

Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling."

There is exciting news with Jan. Jan has been teaching online on Zoom.us. It's like Skype but better because you can record the whole lesson. For those of you who want a world class teacher, you can learn from Jan who has 20 Grammy winners. No driving, Just sit yourself in front of your computer screen. You will love the intimacy without leaving your home. Give it a try.

Jan teaches vocal technique that connects the chest middle head voice with a gospel belt. Jan covers proper breathing, vocal technique, performance coaching and recording in her protools studio.

"Jan L. is an award winning songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity."

Writer of performance book called "Once More With Feeling:
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jim and leah W. June 21, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
Jan is very professional.
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Jacob June 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jan you are amazing! Your songs are amazingly awesome. Jacob, 10 years old
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Ryan March 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jan is a fun and dynamic instructor whose patience and attention to the needs of her students has been instrumental in helping my daughter enjoy and thrive in her voice and piano lessons. While some instructors, in our experience, have been excellent musicians but poor teachers, Jan's style and flexibility make her an ideal person for passing on her knowledge to students, so that they in turn develop their own musical talents and shine. Many thanks, Jan, for your gifts!
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Jan L.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Jessica G.

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Pasadena, CA

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I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.

I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

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Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminate
s with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
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Melissa October 16, 2018
· Cello · Online
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Melissa October 9, 2018
· Cello · Online
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Melissa October 5, 2018
· Cello · Online
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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About Katarina B.

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Arcadia, CA

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About Katarina
I have four years of experience teaching all ages, from age 4 to eighty. Since that time, I have taught over 50 students and can teach all levels and abilities. I also do ABRSM testing preparation. I can teach either at a student's home or at my studio. I have a passion for music that I want to share with my students.

I am a masters in music student at Cal State Fullerton. I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelors in Music from UC Irvine. I studied with Nina Scolnik, a Juilliard graduate and an outstanding piano pedagogue. I recently received the Tierney Scholarship at UCI.

I transferred from Pasadena City College where I was a top student in the program, winning several music awards, including the Piano Accompanying Award, Robert Westerbeck scholarship, Honors in Music, Freshman Honors, the Old Town piano competition, and Dean'
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Dennis October 26, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Katarina was great. Her graduate schedule is the only reason I stopped has
Bing her as a teacher.
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Waylon J June 7, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I only just started learning piano with Katarina and she was wonderful. She was very patient with me and taught me at the pace that I wanted to go at. I learned a lot and definitely plan on continuing my lessons with her as soon as I can!
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Michelle April 9, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Katarina for the past 3 months. She really enjoys the lessons with Katarina and has learned a lot! Katarina works very well with my daughter and is very pleasant, patient and thorough with her lessons.

Katarina is always on time and very flexible with scheduling which I truly appreciate considering my work and my other children's activities.

We have had a great experience with Katarina and would highly recommend her!
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Katarina B.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Anahit S.

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Van Nuys, CA
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About Anahit
Anahit is accomplished pianist and highly experienced piano teacher. She has over 30 years of successful teaching experience with children and adults and over 40 years of performing experience in classical music. This includes numerous solo piano performances in Russia, Armenia, Poland and USA. She has also collaborated with many other instrumentalists and singers throughout her many years of performing and teaching. In addition, she assisted at various venues as a guest pianist.

Anahit is trained in the classical Russian method. She studied with famous musicians and teachers in the former Soviet Union. She started her studies at Professional Music School at the age of seven. Anahit graduated with honors and earned:

-Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance from State Music College, Russia.
-Master of Music Degrees in
Piano Performance, Collaborated Art from Yerevan State Conservatory.
-Master of Education in Piano Pedagogy from Yerevan State Conservatory.

Upon graduation, she qualified as a soloist, concertmaster, and piano instructor.

She has served as a piano instructor, Chair of the piano department, Co-director at the music school, and Chief music specialist of the Department of Culture in Armenia. She taught piano at Yerevan State Conservatory, State Pedagogical Institute, State Music College and Academy of Music in Russia. She has also worked as a music assistant at Los Angeles Valley College and Moscow Music Center in California.

Anahit has received wide recognition as a musician and teacher. As a teacher, Anahit is patient, creative, innovative and confident. She is deeply committed to a high standard and excellent quality of musical education. She received the highest honor award, "Certificate of Honor for Excellence in Teaching", from the Department of Education of Russia in recognition of her dedication and hard work. Her students have been major prize winners in different competitions at the local, state, and national level. They have also been selected to play at the annual MTAC Convention. She is on the Board of Directors for MTAC (Music Teachers Association of California), San Fernando East Valley Branch and active member or MTNA and SYMF associations.
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Michael November 5, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher who has been training my daughter in classical piano for the past 3 years. Anahit has an incredibly vast knowledge of piano repertoire, technique and performance. She has gotten my daughter active in the Certificate of Merit program of California and understands how to properly prepare students to achieve high marks in all aspects of piano study. Highly recommended!
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Hovik July 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking piano lessons with Anahit for 2,5 years. I was recommended by an acquaintance, whose technique I admired and I also saw the improvement immediately after she started taking classes with Anahit. I am so glad I made the decision to commit full time and let Anahit work her magic. She has certainly taken me to new levels of knowledge, skill and technique. If anyone is serious about playing the piano, especially as a career, look no further. Aside being a master of her craft, she is kind, professional and polite. I highly recommend her!
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jessica June 24, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anahit is an amazing piano instructor. She instills a felling of confidence in students. She also has a very extensive repertoire that almost seems endless. I would recommend her to anyone of any age that wants to learn how to play the piano. She teaches from the basics to very advanced levels. She is also very committed to her job, and rarely misses lessons. Her lessons are very professional and private.
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Anahit S.

Van Nuys, CA 91405
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About MichEal R.

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Anaheim, CA
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Enhance Your Creativity and Confidence - Play Drums

Many people want to play drums but they don't know where to start or what to practice, so I provide weekly lessons with a practice plan so you get better at the drums.

MichEal has been playing drums since 1988 and been a drum educator since 2009, and has a practical and patient approach to teaching drumming to his students; he shows how important techniques and exercises apply to the music his students enjoy, so that there is practical application in the real world of drumming and music. He is organized and detailed, but believes in flexibility and making learning and playing fun and creative.
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MichEal R.

Anaheim, CA 92807
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$30 / 30-min

About Lauren K.

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Los Angeles, CA
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As a vocalist, synth-player, composer, and producer, I use my knowledge and experience in technology based professions to explore the relationship between music and tech.

As a “synth-enthusiast” who uses analog synths in sound design , I have cultivated a vivid musical aesthetic under the moniker mini bear, with which I have written, produced, and released 2 EPs and 1 full length album. Illustrating a sound rich in 80s referenced romantic nostalgia, mini bear has garnered praise and recognition from respected media such as Grimy Goods, Impose Magazine and international indie press. I am currently an active performer in Los Angeles, and I have played at local venues such as The Echo, Resident, The Hi Hat, Bootleg Theatre, Moroccan Lounge, and The Satellite.

My role as a teacher has also grown over the span of 10+ years. As a Crea
tive Trainer at the Apple store, I have taught customers computer skills and Pro-Apple software such as Logic Pro in both private one-on-one and workshop settings. In addition to teaching adults, I have taught music production and Ableton to children ages 10-15 at Girls Rock camp. I have been producing in Ableton Live for the past four years, and I have done consulting sessions to determine work efficiency. Content and teaching styles are customized based upon the learners skills and learning styles.
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Drew November 19, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Lauren is the best. I had taken a few online tutorials in Ableton, but it wasn’t until I had help putting all the pieces together in person that it started to click.

She is friendly, patient and she has an incredible understanding of Ableton. Highly recommended and grateful for her lessons.
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Corey September 19, 2018
· Ableton · In studio
Lauren is a fantastic teacher, patient and thorough in her technique. I learned so much from taking lessons with her!
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Ihui - Polartropica September 18, 2018
· Ableton · In studio
Lauren's expertise and creativity really shines through during the lessons!! It's the perfect mix of a thorough, methodical lesson but also fun and extremely engaging, with room for our individual visions and artistry to shine through on Ableton. I can't recommend her enough, She's the best out there!!!
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Lauren K.

Lauren K.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
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About Jay D.

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Westminster, CA
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I'm an adventurous person in life, and always look to see where I fit into society and the world out there. Music is my tool, to explore my creative and imaginative self. It's a pleasure traveling around the world, and blending in yourself with others who grew up in a different area than you have, and especially through, music. And it'll be greater of a pleasure to pass down my ideals about music and guitar through a way that would help people enjoy themselves and inherit what they learn to their daily lives.
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Jay D.

Jay D.

Westminster, CA 92683
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$15 / 60-min

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Temple City, CA

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Greetings! As a classical pianist, I have been playing and performing for 20 years and have been teaching for 8 years. I have received a conservatory style education and possess a Bachelor's of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Redlands and Master's of Music in Piano Performance from Bob Cole Conservatory at CSULB. I currently serve on the board of director's for the University of Redlands Summer Piano Camp where I teach classes on art, sight reading, and coach advanced ensembles. I also am a staff accompanist at the University of Redlands and am also a freelance accompanist for vocalists and instrumentalists.
I graduated from the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy for high school and first attended their summer program at 15. I received an invitation and played in the Oberlin International Youth Piano Competition
at age 16. I won awards through MTAC and MTNA as a student. At the University of Redlands I was a recipient of the Mary E. Lehigh Endowed Music Grant and a winner of the highly competitive University of Redlands Concerto Competition. I performed as a soloist with the University of Redlands Symphony twice, the first being MacDowell's 2nd Piano Concerto in D Minor Op. 31 and Saint-Saens' Carnival of the Animals.
While pursuing my Master's of Music degree I was selected to perform as a soloist and collaborator in numerous concerts on and off campus. I also received a Graduate Research Grant and published my Master's thesis while in attendance.
My primary teachers have been Louanne Long and Dr. Shun-Lin Chou.
As a teacher I work towards the individual's needs, identifying strengths and weakness and learning modalities to create a specialized lesson plan to help the student excel and meet all their artistic goals. I focus on a holistic approach to education and not only teach playing and note reading but also rhythm, ear training, theory, performance practice and interpretation. It is only through a well rounded approach that one may truly master this craft. I have high expectations for my students and I know they have high expectations of me as well.
I teach out of my teaching studio in my quiet and private home where I have both a Schumann 6'3 grand piano and a Baldwin upright. Both pianos are very well taken care of and in excellent condition.

"I wish you music to help with the burdens of life and to help you release your happiness to others"-Beethoven
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Dorothy R.

Temple City, CA 91780
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About elvina G.

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Los Angeles, CA

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My name iS Elvina G. . I’m professional violin player . I have a professional background in violin started as a child and I have lots of experience performing to huge crowds. I’ve had concerts in many different countries, like Azerbaijan, Russia, UK , Austria ,Poland,Germany . In 2017 I performed here in Beverly Hills international music festival .She performed in many concerts at Heydar Aliyev Palace ,Rashid Behbudov Musical Theater ,Azerbaijan State Philharmonic named after Muslim Magomayev , Green Theater , the German Lutheran Church ,Museum of Contemporary art , Museum of History in Baku as a solo violinist with Chamber and Symphonic Orchestra under the supervision of famous Azerbaijani conductors ,such as Rauf Abdullayev and Teymur Goychayev . In 2017 july 28 – august 6 she took part in Beverly Hills International Music festival
under the supervision famous Ukrainian American conductor Gregory Cherninsky ,she has got the certificate . Elvina Gurbanova had many master classes with famous Ukrainian American violinst as Oleh Krysa . In 2018 I was participate in Florida Keys International Music Competition and after winning a music competition in Florida, I’m performing at Carneige Music Hall in NYC on November 17th.
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elvina G.

elvina G.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$59 / 30-min

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