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About Christoffer S.

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We will look at bands and songwriters of your interest and discuss the ways they construct their songs. I will teach you about music theory in order to extend your songwriting vocabulary. You will learn about chord structures, rhythmic structures, and various ways to keep a song interesting. We will also explore different ways to highlight the lyrics, making sure the text and the music is working together.

About Christoffer
Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** NEW POLICIES ***
I'm currently only taking students that can commit to weekly lessons. I no longer allow 24-hr cancellations, which is a policy Takelessons promotes, but I don't find it useful for the teacher or the student. If you'll be out of town, I allow 4 cancellations per year. I also take off these dates: July 4, Thanksgiving/Black Friday, and December 24 - January 1. If you need to reschedule for another reason, I will try to find another time during that week for your lesson, but if it's an exceptionally busy week I may not be able to find a time-slot. You will still be obligated to pay for the lesson.

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I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and
a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

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Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice very hard. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.
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Dea Vise December 10, 2016
· Ukulele · In studio
I've been studying ukulele with Chris for a year and a half now. I went from absolutely no background in music to really being able to play the instrument pretty quickly. Chris has the patience of Job and a real ability to explain music and playing technique in a way that is incredibly easy to understand. I learn something new every week and he can teach as quickly or as slowly as I want to learn that week. If he can teach me to play, he can teach you to play!
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Nicholas N. December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the next.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Christoffer S.

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach refining your songs until they are "perfect"

About Mike
I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

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I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

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They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

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I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Chad June 30, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great instructor!
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Meher May 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Most excellent first guitar lesson to where we actually played a song together. I'm blown away. What fun! I only hope I can remember the chords when I practice on my own, and I look forward to my next lesson with Mike. I can already tell I'll be signing up for more lessons. Great teacher, and I can say that because I tried to learn some years ago with another instructor, and he made me feel like I'd just never get it and may as well give up. Mike erased all that negativity for me in 30 minutes. Thanks, Mike!
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Herve D. January 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Awesome instructor and guy! Great energy
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Jennifer T.

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Valley Village, CA
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About Jennifer
Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Jen T. was 13 years old when she picked up her first guitar, rescuing her mom’s dusty old acoustic from the family’s attic. Quickly developing a love for the instrument, Jen headed west to sharpen her craft at LA’s esteemed Musicians Institute, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in music performance.
While studying at MI, Jen formed the folk-pop duo Jen & Abby with vocalist Abby Miller. With their quirky style and catchy tunes, the band soon gained a devoted following through gigs at many renowned LA venues, including The Key Club, House of Blues, and Hotel Café. Following the release of their 2008 debut album Cannot Rearrange, the band’s music was featured in multiple films and television commercials.
Jen has been sought out by many other artists seeking her particular blend of expertise and p
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She relishes the chance to put her skills to the test in a wide variety of musical genres. In addition to writing and performing, Jen keeps busy as a private instructor to dozens of aspiring guitarists. She also has done over 1000 online instructional videos totaling up to more than 40 million views for YouTube and Mahalo website. Her various Mahalo website "Learn Guitar" apps have over 300,000 downloads and has had an itunes #1 ibook on how to play guitar.

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Students can expect a very patient supportive atmosphere. Lessons are catered to each students individual needs. The lessons are laid back but also with the understanding that if you work hard you can accomplish any goal that is set.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apartment extra guitars, computers, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect that the student has his/her own guitar. Any other specifics can be decided on after the first lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching blues, rock, and folk.
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Rik K. August 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
just what the doctor ordered; if the doctor is -
dr. john or dr. wu or doctor doctor give me the news. treatment with melodic bed side manners. jennifer cures the funk & the blues!
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Keira M. January 7, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome lesson! Jennifer is very patient and organized. Can't wait for the next lesson.
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Avery G. September 30, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Jen is great! She's very supportive and encouraging which works really well for my daughter.
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Jennifer T.

Jennifer T.

Valley Village, CA 91607
(6)
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About Emin B.

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Glendale, CA
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About Emin
Music has been my passion since I was a child. I started to take classical guitar lessons at age 11 and started to play electric guitar when I was 15. I enjoy to play classical songs by Francisco Tarrega, and Andrea Segovia, to blues by B.B. King and Eric Clapton, and rock and heavy metal songs like Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, and Iron Maiden and etc. I also studied Music Theory along with the guitar lessons and built up a great basics and fundamentals. The key to become a great musician is to learn the fundamentals really well.
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Emin B.

Emin B.

Glendale, CA 91205
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$50 / 30-min

About Andrew R.

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Everybody can write a song, right? Well mainly, yes, with some musical background, a song can be written.
When you're pushing for a certain level though, it can really help to have some tools to analyze both your composition and performance to hone the piece, the style, and the arrangement.
I have written or produced dozens of songs, many of which have been featured in major motion pictures or released in their own right putting me in a perfect position to help you with your work and share all my secrets!!

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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nicolas October 17, 2017
· Music Recording · In studio
Best instructor ever
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Andrew R.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Moa H.

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Los Angeles, CA
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I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it?
Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.

About Moa
Short version:
I sing my heart out. I slam the guitar. I turn my feelings into songs. I help other people make music.
Lover of the beach.
Swedish native in California.

Long version:
My story began in my neighbors’ backyard in the deep woods of southern Sweden where we would lip sync to Spice Girls in the late 90s. I would kick my foot in the air, as the true Sporty Spice I was. Or was trying to be.

A few years later, when I was 12, I discovered a worn out, leather hard case covered with stickers laying around in my house. I opened it and discovered this big chunk of wood with four strings on it.
Disappointment arose when I tried strumming it and it didn’t really make any noise. However, turned out we had a similar looking thing at my school and my teacher showed me how to plug it in to a speaker. Noise: check. Since then
I told everyone that I was gonna be a rockstar when I grow up.

I spent my teenage years playing in bands and eventually moved on to the guitar. I played actively all over Sweden but told everyone that I was gonna move to LA to further my career. And in 2012 that dream became reality.

Since then I’ve been fortunate enough in this rollercoaster called the music industry/life to combine my two biggest passions in life, music and traveling, and have toured all over the US, the UK, played Warped Tour, US Air Force Bases in the Middle East and Japan and even cruise ships in the Caribbean (my favorite place on earth), all with several different bands. Somewhere along the way I also started passing on my knowledge and coaching music, with a contemporary pop/rock approach and focus on getting more girls into music.

When I’m not performing or teaching, I write music for film and television. You can hear me on the latest season of Vanderpump Rules on Bravo.

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Washburn Guitars
Rockready gig bags/Osiamo

I am looking forward to working with you! :)
- Moa H
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Alex July 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Excellent instructor! I'm just getting started and I can't wait for more lessons.
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Keenan Z. June 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Moa is a dynamic, friendly and passionate teacher who my kids really respond to. We are lucky to have found her.
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Alieia Z. June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Moa is awesome. Can't believe how well my children responded to her and how much they absorbed in just their first lesson.
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Moa H.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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About Joey L.

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Burbank, CA

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Hello, My name is Joey, and I'm a Gammy Award Winning guitar player. I have a lot of guitar recording credits. I've been playing and teaching guitar as well as other instruments for 10 years and I have been fortunate enough to work only as a musician my entire teenage/adult life. I've played with many successful artist such as Pharrell Williams, Justin Bieber, Chance The Rapper, Dr. Dre, B.o.b, post malone, austin mahone, neyo, T-pain, eric bellinger, and many more. I can play all styles of music very well and I can teach you to do the same.

I have professional vintage equipment:

*1976 fender stratocaster

*1979 musicman amp

*1963 airlines amp

*pedalboard

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*1976 fender stratocaster

*pedal board(alot of pedals)

*computer, recording

*keyboard
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Monica C. November 12, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Joey is a great teacher, he has a lot of patience and is very dedicated to his students. He also has a very simple technique, I couldn't believe that I was actually playing in minutes!
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Joey L.

Joey L.

Burbank, CA 91505
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About Samantha A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Let's compose your heart in song

About Samantha
Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

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Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Fernando A. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
EXCELENT
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Nicole January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Samantha A.

Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$55 / 30-min

About Tyff M.

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As a songwriter, my goal is to help others learn how to or develop presenting their ideas through writing. Either by finding more efficient ways of doing so or exploring different creative ideas. I would also like to introduce the piano to the songwriting process so those who are unfamiliar with composition can start the process of putting music to their work.

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Dante Briggs November 19, 2017
· Songwriting · Online
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Bob November 7, 2016
· Singing · Online
Kirsten was very professional about the singing lessons. I will work with her again because she knows what I want...
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Gwendolyn Davis November 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
I am glad to have met Kirsten, she is really helpful to my 10 year old daughter. She is positive, makes my daughter feel comfortable. I am happy to have fo7nd her, and at a affordable price. She is always on time, and takes her time to teach my daughter the fundamentals.
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Tyff M.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(15)
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$35 / 30-min

About Stuart G.

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"Songwriting is a very mysterious process. It feels like creating something from nothing. It's something I don't feel like I really control."

--Tracy Chapman

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Hi! My name is Stuart. I am a Berklee-Educated teacher with a degree in Songwriting. I write all styles but I specialize in contemporary pop music.
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Brendan December 1, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I took a few vocal lessons with Stuart recently, and it was a great experience. I was a singer-songwriter with no prior vocal training looking for ways to improve my voice. Stuart patiently guided me through all sorts of different exercises and warm-ups, and corrected the unhealthy singing habits I'd developed over time. By the end of our last lesson I had already noticed a big improvement in my vocal performance. Stuart seems like a natural educator - he knows how to communicate with beginners like me, but he also clearly knows enough to teach at all skill levels. I highly recommend taking a lesson with him!
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Ben November 18, 2015
· Songwriting · Online
I have learned a lot taking lessons with stuart. When I started, I had written a few choruses, but I had never finished a song. Now I'm writing a new song almost every week, and I can't believe how quickly I'm improving. Thanks Stuart!!
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Stuart G.

Van Nuys, CA 91405
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