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El Segundo, CA

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All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Improvisation soloing
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About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

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Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

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Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

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I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

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All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Eric August 10, 2017
· Banjo · Online
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Lorraine D. June 20, 2017
· Banjo · Online
does not teach left handers other then that I am sure he does well with right handers
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Rene May 28, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Very patient and helpful.
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Edwin I.

Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
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$37 / 30-min

About Janice T.

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Montclair, CA

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I teach students to read music and learn to play piano.

About Janice
After graduating with a BA from UC Berkeley, I have always worked with students, whether tutoring privately, teaching piano, or teaching in a classroom. I am very patient, positive and motivating. I have taken private piano lessons since I was 6 years old and have had 5 wonderful piano teachers throughout the years.

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Classical Piano
Certificate of Merit through state Music teachers association
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Meya March 7, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
We love her
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Kallie H. February 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Janice makes my daughter feel very comfortable. She looks forward to her lesson each week. She is very patient and kind.
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Brandon S. December 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Doing a great job. Very patient and works well with kids!
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Janice T.

Janice T.

Montclair, CA 91763
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$35 / 30-min

About De'Anza P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Reading, playing chords, rhythm, learning scales, etc

About De'Anza
As an active musician and graduate of LA College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only gets a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. Lessons are personalized to meet student's goals.

Lessons include:

-Technique
-Reading Music
-Harmony & Theory
-Confidence
-Chord Structure
-Strumming Patterns
-Ear Training
-Songwriting (upon request)
-Performance (upon request)
-AND MORE!

I'm currently a private music teacher at the Hollywood Academy of Music school where my students range from as young as pre-school to adults.
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John L. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
The guitar is the instrument with which I have developed bad habits and posture over the years, but in addition to correcting these things, I really needed help with music theory. Also, as opposed to being a kid with all the time in the world to practice and study, I'm a 40-something with a busy, full-time job in the middle of my daily life. De'Anza was flexible enough to work with these issues of mine while still keeping me focused on a positive, effective lesson plan. That is the mark of a professional. Thank you De'Anza!
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Cynthia H. June 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
De'anza is a fabulous music teacher for my 12 year old daughter. We came to her for vocal lessons and she has encouraged her to learn piano and has helped her with her ukelele. She Inspires my daughter to want to learn and to grow as a musician. In the last few months of studying with De'anza, my daughter has notably improved vocally as well as learned so much more. I appreciate all she does for my daughter. I highly recommend De'Anza!
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Albert G. April 30, 2014
· Singing ·
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De'Anza is truly a gifted multi-instrumentalist and vocal coach. Her down to earth approach and general vibe is incomparable. I would highly recommend taking lessons with her, she's very flexible to work with and will work to build a curriculum according to your needs. It's hard to find people in LA who have a good ear and listen to your needs. She's a great fit for someone who's looking for proper instruction.
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De'Anza P.

De'Anza P.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Emi O.

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Anaheim, CA
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About Emi
I was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada by Japanese parents. I was privileged with different kinds of learning opportunities including piano, Japanese language, ice skating, ballet, skiing and martial arts. After high school I attended university where I majored in Piano performance.

Over the last 10 years I have tutored all ages for piano and Japanese and learned how to be patient, persistent and to just be able to adjust and accommodate to different kinds of learning styles and abilities. I realized that it’s important to have a structure in your teaching styles and have clear expectations, standards and goals. Making certain modifications to your teaching styles along the way is crucial as well to meet individual student needs. I believe in setting high standards for students is an important way to get them to rise to their pote
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In my free time I love to go on a short hike, explore new restaurants or see a live music show.
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Emi O.

Emi O.

Anaheim, CA 92804
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$20 / 30-min

About Patrick K.

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Orange, CA

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Whatever your goal is, I can help you get there! I have taught piano to people of all ages and learning styles over the past 5 years. I can help you or your loved one achieve their goals, I guarantee!

About Patrick
Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained musician who has studied at CSUF and performs Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrom hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with artists like Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, and the Pacific Symphony, among others.
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Sam G. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Sam is really enjoying it. Patrick is very good with him.
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Sam G. May 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
So far so good. My son seems to enjoy it for the first time. Concerned he would lose interest but Patrick is terrific.
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Mari January 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
We love Patrick! And so do our girls!!!
He is very patient with them and finds creative ways to keep them engaged :)
The best part is that with only few lessons, our oldest daughter (7 years old) was able to perform jingle bells in front of the entire family on Christmas Eve. :)
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Patrick K.

Orange, CA 92866
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About Max B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Interested in learning pop, rock, blues, gospel piano? My passion is in making music with all these genres
First, we will work on building the foundations of good piano-playing and then explore each student's unique interests. They love Rihanna, let's learn "Work." Fetty Wap? "Trap Queen." I want them to have fun and play something they can be proud of.
I have a Yamaha MOX8 keyboard and Hartke amp on which my students will learn.

About Max
What's up, my name's Max and I'm glad you stumbled on my profile! The first thing you should know is that I'm absolutely in love with music and its teaching process.

I started playing when I was just three years old. I asked my parents to start me up on this journey. It has been an amazing, self-fulfilling process. I attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano. I'm patient and adaptable as a teacher and will always listen to my students' needs.

If you've got any questions at all, please don't hesitate to ask me!
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Hamid R. March 14, 2017
· Piano · Online
Max is a great teacher. He has brought enthusiasm and fund of music and we are grateful that he helped Maggie in her path. Thanks Max!
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Naama K. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 6 years old daughter loved him!
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Carol A. November 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Max has been absolutely wonderful. All three of the kids love him, which isn't an easily accomplished feat as they all have different personalities! Haha, thank you so much Max :)
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Max B.

Max B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$25 / 30-min

About Laura Leighe S.

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Santa Monica, CA
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Whether you desire traditional piano lessons, or a more simplified, progressive method tailored just for your specific needs, we can get you to the place you want to be!

I teach a simple, and broken down system of music theory and piano that is ideal for the vocalist, songwriter, and beginner or intermediate pianist to quickly grasp and apply to their practice! It is the perfect method for the vocalists/ songwriters to be able to accompany themselves using basic piano chords within the first few lessons!

If desired, I teach traditional piano lessons out of the Alfred's books for children and adults, which are wonderful tools to help cover all grounds of sight-reading, technique, scales, repertoire, and music theory. Incorporating tried and true tools like flash cards are also essential in helping students quickly and wholly memorize notes of piano along with correlating position on staff (sheet music.)

Note: Most often, I teach a combination of the two methods, and ...

About Laura Leighe
International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

For 10 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has developed a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or inter
mediate pianist. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Julianna S. May 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Laura is super friendly and helpful! She is an amazing teacher & very accommodating. I definitely recommend her! I've been taking piano lessons with her for a little over a month & can see my skills improving!
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Aspen June 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I have been one of Laura's students for many years and she is honestly the best teacher a student could have! She is very knowledgable about all aspects of piano, voice, and performing techniques and is very qualified to be a teacher. She is so down to earth and cares about all of her students. I was very shy growing up, but she helped my confidence grow and encouraged me every lesson we had. She even offered me performing opportunities to gain more experience and feel more comfortable on stage. She is beyond talented and is a great role model to all young musicians. I am beyond thankful to have worked with her for so many years and have nothing but good things to say about her!
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Robin June 16, 2016
· Singing · In home
Laura is the most incredible teacher that we could have ever wished for. My daughter took voice lessons from Laura from age 7 to age 13. She also took piano lessons for approximately three of the 6 years. Laura's coaching technique created growth in my daughter's skills and confidence that impressed everyone who knew her. Laura has a unique gift of connecting with her students, creating a comfortable environment and helping them build on their talent to accomplish their goals. She is the greatest!
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Laura Leighe S.

Laura Leighe S.

Santa Monica, CA 90405
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$45 / 30-min

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Los Angeles, CA

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For my 5th birthday, I asked my mom if I could have piano lessons. For 17 years since, piano has been one of my greatest sources of joy and one of my greatest teachers. Playing piano has instilled in me a sense of passion and discipline, and these are both values that I would like to instill in my students.
My teaching method is highly tailored to the individual. I try to make my lessons fun and engaging, but will also push my students to attain their desired goals! :)

About Janis
Hi there! I'm Janis, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I studied neuroscience, but beyond my science curriculum, I took many literature and music classes.
I love learning about all types of topics and people, and I want to bring this energy to my students. From a very young age, I have loved creating lesson plans for my younger siblings. This developed into more formal tutoring and mentoring roles through middle school, high school, and college.
I have experience teaching everything from beginner piano to young children, to science presentation skills to international teaching assistants.
Using passion, compassion, and a positive energy, I would love to help you achieve your learning goals! :)
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Maximus August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful with younger children!
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Briana D. August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 5 y.o. daughter just took her first lesson with Janis and she much enjoyed the lesson. Our daughter is excited to learn to play the piano and Janis made the lesson fun and enjoyable. Our daughter is off to an excellent start with Janis. Janis left homework for our daughter until she returns for the next lesson. We are very pleased with Janis. She is very pleasant and patient and our daughter much enjoys her company.
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Alisha August 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We moved recently to LA from London and Janis is a fantastic teacher. My two boys are very much enjoying their lessons now and even practice without me having to ask. She discovered how best to motivate each child and customized her approach. Janis is much better than the previous two teachers in London.
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Janis Y.

Janis Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$25 / 30-min

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Piano and Keys are a critical tool in my musical arsenal. Using basic keyboard skills and an understanding of harmony and theory, I use keys for everything in the studio from compositional arrangements to EDM synthesizer lines. I love teaching up to intermediate level piano students, and look forward to sharing my skills with you!

About Andrew
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My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful San Clemente, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in this city for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, Piano
and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Andrew F.

San Clemente, CA 92672
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Pasadena, CA

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Music is very important to me. I want my students to be inspired and learn. My students have been accepted into the top conservatories and universities in the United States. My students have also won major vocal competitions as well as film auditions that include singing. The teaching styles offered in my studio include classical, jazz, musical theater and pop. My teaching philosophy is that the journey to reach the height of technique and professionalism is how the student discovers themselves and their unique voice. I provide the student with the information necessary to guide them along the way. Singing is very personal and students who learn to sing tend to become very vulnerable during the process. Therefore, I believe in creating a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore their creative selves. Enabling a singer to access their inner expression allows them to grow as a singer/artist and a person.

About Nani
Nandani is a lyric coloratura mezzo-soprano of German and Indian decent, known for her passionate performances and great presence. Nandani has performed with such organizations as the Los Angeles Opera, Long Beach Opera, Malibu Coast Chamber Opera, Viklarbo Chamber Ensemble, Malibu Friends of Music, the Kairos Musical Soirees, SPaCE Salon Los Angeles, Redlands Symphony, among many others. Nandani was the first-prize winner in the 2012 Franz Liszt International Competition; and in 2014 earned two additional International Prizes from the same organization, including a special award for “Best Vocal Interpretation of a Work by Franz Liszt.” As a teacher she has taught for the Los Angeles Opera as a teaching artist and concert lecturer and for Long Beach Opera as a preconcert lecturer. Her students have been accepted into the top conservatorie
s and universities in the United States. Nandani's students have also won major vocal competitions as well as film auditions that include singing. Her teaching styles include classical, jazz, musical theater and pop. Nandani's teaching philosophy is that the journey to reach the height of technique and professionalism is how the student discovers themselves and their unique voice. I provide the student with the information necessary to guide them along the way. Singing is very personal and students who learn to sing tend to become very vulnerable during the process. Therefore, I believe in creating a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore their creative selves. Enabling a singer to access their inner expression allows them to grow as a singer/artist and a person.

Music is very important to me. I want my students to be inspired and learn. My students have been accepted into the top conservatories and universities in the United States. My students have also won major vocal competitions as well as film auditions that include singing. The teaching styles offered in my studio include classical, jazz, musical theater and pop. My teaching philosophy is that the journey to reach the height of technique and professionalism is how the student discovers themselves and their unique voice. I provide the student with the information necessary to guide them along the way. Singing is very personal and students who learn to sing tend to become very vulnerable during the process. Therefore, I believe in creating a safe and enthusiastic environment for my students to explore their creative selves. Enabling a singer to access their inner expression allows them to grow as a singer/artist and a person.
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Elijah Arteaga September 11, 2016
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Excellent instructor for my 8 year old son. Nani is very encouraging and assigns tasks and activities that keeps him engaged and interested in learning and playing more. She is very knowledgeable and will design the appropriate lesson plan based on your or your child's abilities.
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Jialing Li May 23, 2016
· Vocal Training ·
I absolutely recommend Nani and will definitely take her lessons again! I was working on a demo for the 2016 Chinese Voice competition so I figured to get some professional help. Nani turned out to be the perfect teacher for this! She is a professional opera singer and very passionate about singing. She is very friendly and has a great sense of humor. Her teaching methodology is very scientific, and she taught me techniques that I can apply immediately, and I was able to solve the two biggest struggles in singing after 2 lessons with her. I'm looking forward to improve my singing by taking more Nani's lessons in the future! =D
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Blake Walker May 17, 2016
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Nani makes me feel really comfortable and excited about working to be my best singer. She has a great grasp of operatic technique but has helped me with Jazz standards and exercises that make my body feel more present, as well as my voice. I'm looking forward to continuing!
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Nani S.

Pasadena, CA 91105
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