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Canoga Park, CA

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I started teaching piano and voice more than 12 years ago and since then, I have been spending most of my time teaching music. I love to combine my energy and passion for music with the enthusiasm and positive energy that different students with different personalities and musical ideas bring to the lessons. This always makes lessons the most enjoyable and useful for both children and adults.

About Nasim
I am specialized in all different genres of piano music, from classical to pop and jazz.
I am also specialized in classical singing method, Solfege as well as ear training.
I love to combine my energy and passion for music with the enthusiasm and positive energy that different students with different personalities and musical ideas bring to the lessons. This always makes lessons the most enjoyable and useful for both children and adults.
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Sandor S. May 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Basin was on time, very knowledgeable about music, and helped me improve from the first lesson.
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Nasim M.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
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Chino Hills, CA

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As a lifelong musician, I learned how to play mostly by ear. When I wanted to get serious about my music career, I went to college to study music and suddenly understood the importance of music theory. It was like someone handed me the keys to unlocking the mysteries of music! I can help you learn theory on any instrument or for voice, and learn the basics of music all the way up to complicated jazz substitutions. I teach every style and level, and I love music theory. Once you know the rules (and how to break them!) it makes music a lot more fun. Book a session now or send me a message and let's get started! We can work on theory and incorporating it into songwriting, singing, guitar, drums, piano, improvisation, anything you want!

About Luke
*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instruments and an amplifier. Students are expected to provide their own instrument, amplifier (for electric), a music stand, and a place where we can study without distractions and interruptions.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Blues, Acoustic, Jazz, Theory, and Improvisation. Also experienced in piano, bass, drums, singing, and band instruction.
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Chris April 3, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I've studied with Luke for a little over a year and my playing and understanding of jazz concepts has improved tremendously. I'm primarily a rock and blues player but Luke has been able to stretch my playing out side of my rock/blues box and introduce some very cool techniques and ideas to add real interest and flavor to my playing. It's been a pure pleasure!
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Shawn March 10, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great teacher! He makes it so easy to learn!
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Henry March 10, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Luke is the best guitar instructor I've ever had. He caters to my learning style very well, which is to learn just the stuff that "works" in a real life setting. His insight has made my sound 10x better and has given me a great framework for improvement (Even my band mates have noticed a difference with my playing). He also has a keen sense of where my own guitar playing issues stem from and knows what needs to be done to address them. For example, he could tell that I was gripping the strings too hard with my fingers and it would make the sound harsh.

I highly recommend Luke if you are looking to improve your sound
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Luke T.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
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Santa Clarita, CA
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Training in traditional (tertian) harmony, from basic chord structure to more advanced concepts (like theory of tensions).

About John
With a pedigree going back to Beethoven, a bachelor's in music and a certificate in theory, harmony, and ear training from Berklee College of Music online, I have a broad and versatile musical background. My training began when I was in 6th grade and started taking piano lessons. By 9th grade I began competing in national private school fine arts competitions, and aside from my solo performance background I have had extensive experience accompanying, writing, and arranging music.
I also come from a family of school teachers (both my parents, two aunts, and one uncle), and have extensive experience dealing with and teaching children (like tutoring, substitute teaching, coaching, and teaching in a church setting).
Because of all this background, I feel well-prepared to not only bring a strong knowledge-base and skill-set to the lessons I
provide, but also to helpfully convey that knowledge-base and skill-set to my students.
My lessons are catered to the student and aim to develop the whole musician, technically and artistically, incorporating a broad musical understanding with the goals of the parent and/or student in mind. Let's make some true musicians!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any travel equipment. The student should provide a piano/keyboard for lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Along with teaching traditional piano technique, I specialize in improvisation, arranging, songwriting, and composition.
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jiale W. January 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very good
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Mia S. August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
John has been really patient with my daughter. Thanks to John she is now really interested in playing and goes to practice the piano on her own with out any prompting from me, which is wonderful!
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Ava S. August 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
John is really patient with my daughters. They have only had a few lessons, but they really look forward to them.
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John C.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Brian R.

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Highly focused on drum & rhythmic theory...specializing in odd meters

About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

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I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Don September 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
Brian is a very intuitive teacher. I was a drum student of his when he lived in Connecticut. He was able to unlock my creative ideas on the drum set in ways I never thought possible. I highly recommend Brian to anyone looking to learn drums on a deep level.
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About Melody H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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It's important and essential for every music lover to know the theory. Getting familiar with music theory not only helps you learn to sing or play an instrument much faster and earlier, it also expands your overall understanding regarding music and composing music. Lesson includes(but not limited to): Ear Training, Sight Reading, Learning/Identifying Music Notations, Tempo, and Written Exercises. Theory lesson can be combined with singing or piano lesson.

About Melody
Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical.

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limited) in a normal class
session.
*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising

*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at the studio. Piano students need to have at least a 54-key keyboard at home.

*24 hour advance cancellation notice is required to change or reschedule lessons.
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Orlie August 8, 2017
· Singing · Online
I was inspired to start lessons from watching the last season of American Idol. I started with a 12 pack of online lessons. I was so nervous to sing out load (even in the privacy of my home) but Melody was always positive and encouraging. Even though I didn't practice as much as I should, to my surprise I've gotten better at hitting notes. It's helped even at work (female engineer) for me to easily speak louder and lower when needed. I've been taking lessongs for over a year now and it's still challenging but I always feel awesome afterwards (just like a great workout!) When I listen to singers now I have a whole level of of appreciation. It's like Melody introduced a new language. She's an awesome singer herself and I aspire to sing like her!
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Madelyn R. July 4, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Really great with kids..she has so much patience with my daughter and love how she takes time with her to explain everything..highly recommend her to anyone..
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Cole M. May 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
It's only our first lesson but she was UH-MAY-ZING! Both my kids loved her and my son HATES piano lessons. And she can teach singing and piano...gold mine.
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Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
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Los Angeles, CA
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-Melodic & Rhythmic Music Notation
-Chord Construction & Circle of Fifths
-Chord Progressions (Diatonic Harmony, Modal Interchange, Secondary Dominants, etc)
-Melodies (Scales & Modes)

About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Yaakov A. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher!
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Adam April 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lessons! Providing lots of avenues to take my playing to the next level. Nils gives very clear explanations and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it
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Jacques February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing teacher!
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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Pico Rivera, CA

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Whether it's help with intervals, building major/minor scales, harmonic analysis, rhythm, etc., I can help. Sharing and teaching music theory is one of my favorite things about music Understanding theory makes you understand music as a whole.

About Kristin
My name is Kristin R. and I am a music major with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona University (Senior standing). I play a variety of instruments from piano, violin, ukulele, drums and percussion to gigging around Los Angeles and being apart of various musical projects and fronting my own band where I play synth and sing lead vocals. My music project is Todavia. I am incredibly passionate about music and love to share the idea and love for it with others. I have tutored peers with theory at my university, have tutored college students with disabilities such as Autism, taught drums to middle schoolers at my former middle school, and have taught beginning and intermediate piano to kids through takelessons and Musicland in Fontana, CA. I have a strong emphasis in theory and fundamentals and will go the extra mile in teaching so
that the student is not only well rounded in their desired instrument but in the general ideas in the art of music. I will design a lesson plan based on your goals as a student or parent of a student. Please feel free to message me with your questions and I will be happy to answer any and all of them.
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Jason C. March 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I was expecting a Christian teacher but even she is
Not she was so nice with my son and she is going to to be able to learn Christian songs for my son.
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Nia D. March 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Our first experience was great. Nia really took to Kristin. We look forward to continuing her lessons and hope she becomes a great piano player.
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Alex W. May 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
We have really liked our experience so far. Kristin is very patient with our 4 year old and he really enjoys his lessons.
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Kristin R.

Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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Los Angeles, CA

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I studied Classical Theory and Jazz Harmony through my piano training and college education, and want to help you better understand the fundamentals of reading music.

About Kelsey
Aspiring musician and music instructor, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to learn songs of their choice while working on their skills every week. I focus on musicianship, intonation, tone production, technique and interpretation. Every student has a unique timbre, and I want to hone that voice and make it shine. I can help any student to sing with confidence and great performance ability.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I have two decades of classical training as my forefront and love to play contemporary styles as well. I help students with sightreading, music theory, ear training, and to focus on the styles of music they want to play.

My passion is rock music, but I enjoy teaching all styles of music and all
ow my students to be as open-minded as possible. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your full potential as a musician!
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Dylan July 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Excellent vocal professional and a very fun/humble person! Fully recommend:)
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Hector July 5, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Kelsey helped me tremendously with my vocal training. She is a patient and knowledgeable instructor who could always confidently find what would be best to work on in order to achieve the most with the lessons and is always ready to assist her students.
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Cesar July 5, 2017
· Singing · Online
Kelsey was a great and patient teacher. She was very kind enough to help me through some challenging exercises that have greatly improved my performance over time. I would highly recommend giving her a shot.
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Kelsey L.

Los Angeles, CA 90017
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About Mike L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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As a professional musician with 15 years of performing and teaching experience, I am a curious scholar of music theory, especially in the field of jazz harmony and improvisation.

About Mike
A semi-finalist in the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition, Mike has emerged as a leading up-and-coming voice in jazz today. Releasing 2 studio albums of original compositions with co-leader Josh Moshier, Mike’s groups have been featured on NPR’s nationally syndicated program Jazz Set with Dee Dee Bridgewater. The group has toured throughout the U.S. and South America showcasing their talents. Mike’s composition Jambo won the 2008 International Jazz Composers Symposium’s Best Small Group Composition award. He has been a featured artist with pop & Motown icons including The Temptations and Guster. Mike’s latest project, the Drive Trio, features Grammy award winning bassist Clark Sommers and Jon Deitemyer.

Mike received his B.M. in Jazz Studies and Economics from Northwestern University in 2007, where he studied
with saxophone under Frederick L. Hemke and John Wojciechowski, and he is currently pursuing a MM in music at USC, studying with Bob Mintzer.
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CJ September 15, 2015
· Saxophone · In home
Mike taught me everything I know about playing the jazz saxophone. He came to every lesson with great energy and always made me excited about the music with novel ideas for exercises and just the right balance of fun and rudiments. I am not a professional musician, and may never rely on the saxophone for income, but Mike has given me a very deep and permanent appreciation for the music. Thanks to Mike, jazz and the saxophone will always be parts of my life. I cannot recommend him enough as an educator.
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Mike L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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North Hollywood, CA
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I have tutored music theory both privately and through my college's peer tutoring program. I can help you apply music theory to any genre, including classical, jazz and pop. As a jazz guitar student at the University of Miami, I developed a solid understanding of complex chordal structures. Shoot me a message to see how I can help you!

About Max
I love to teach. I started teaching privately while earning my Music Engineering degree (B.S.) from the University of Miami. I studied jazz guitar at UM and during my 10 years as a guitarist I have played many other genres from folk to metal to pop.
Most of my tutoring experience during college focused on math courses, SAT prep and music theory.
I am great with kids; I taught summer camps at a town-run skatepark for 4 summers.
Give me a call to see if we are a good fit!
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Marina June 16, 2016
· Math · In home
Max has been on time every time. He has established a very good rapport with my 15 year old (!!!) son which results in my son doing the homework and not dreading the sessions. My son seems relieved to be understanding the Algebra II concepts that he missed during the past term. He also seems way more confident and in a much better mood as if solving this issue for school was weighing him down before. In addition Max is very pleasant, very polite so his presence is welcomed by the rest of the family. Thanks!!!
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Brian G. June 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Max taught me guitar in a fun and effective manner. Would recommend to a friend!
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Max M.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in South Pasadena, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in South Pasadena is $51. 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 $60 per hour.

30-min $30
 
$32 average
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45-min $38
 
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60-min $42
 
$51 average
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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory 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 theory lessons are 26% less expensive at $38, and 30-minute lessons cost 38% less at $32.

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