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About Mike S.

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Sherman Oaks, CA
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I teach Rock, jazz, reading and improving! Electric and Acoustic. I lay along with my students and make sure they have fun!

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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frank April 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Easy going, intuitive, patient and he plays along with enthusiasm. Could not ask for a better guide!
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Bill S. February 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Excellent lesson. Only 30 minutes but by the end I was playing simple improvisations (on the piano) over a blues-pattern bass. I didn't believe I had it in me ("improvisation") but he definitely brought it out! He accompanied me on his guitar and we alternated playing the melody\bass on the piano\guitar several times. Quite a trip and I enjoyed it. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Archer February 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
Mike is awesome. He taught my daughter piano, guitar, and ukelele. He's very supportive and encouraging, yet he also is quick to correct mistakes.

Mike makes learning music so much fun. My daughter enjoyed the lessons and enjoyed the pieces he taught her. She is now pretty good at improv as well.

I actually took guitar lessons from Mike too, and I learned so much in a very short time.

When Mike is giving lessons, there's no time wasted. My daughter was always playing something during the lesson.

So Mike's enthusiasm for music is infectious. The kids will enjoy him, the lesson, and the music.

Thanks, Mike!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Andrew V.

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About Andrew
If you want to learn what they teach in the guitar program (GIT) at Musicians Institute here in Hollywood, but don't want to spend $30k on tuition and living expenses to do it... Or, if you are planning to attend GIT yourself and want to get way ahead of the curve early, so you too can graduate with top honors... Schedule some lessons with me, at a fraction of the GIT price-tag!

Beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players will all benefit greatly from the vast wealth of guitar- and music-related information and experience that I have to offer (no brag, just fact).

My influences include, but are by no means limited to: Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sting, The Cure, Duran Duran, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Miles Davis, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky...and nearly
everyone else making interesting music in the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a GIT graduate and will teach you everything they teach at Musicians Institute, one-on-one. Whether you want to learn scales, arpeggios, chords, music theory, harmony, arranging, reading music, writing music, ear training, rhythm guitar styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk), soloing techniques (rock, metal, pop, fusion), songwriting (on acoustic and electric), live performance (pre-show preparedness, eliminating stage fright, developing a professional stage presence), using fx pedals, ideal amplifier settings, finding your signature guitar tone, music production (recording, mixing and mastering), music business (creating your press kit, marketing your music, negotiating payments and contracts)...you name it, I've studied it and will teach it to you!

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When I'm not touring and doing sessions, I spend the majority of my time in Hollywood, where I keep a small but full-featured music studio on a nice, quiet little street just off Hollywood Blvd. It's great because it contains all of the necessary items I need to maintain my skills, improve my abilities, and expand my knowledge (sofa, chair, office desk/chair, several amplifiers, guitars, fx pedals, metronome, etc). And in terms of the lessons I teach, while there isn't an on-site waiting area, there are several shops, restaurants and a small Fresh & Easy grocer with a nice, quiet alfresco seating area just a block or so away. What's more, the Hollywood & Highland mall is only a few blocks away. Parking is very convenient in the LA Fitness subterranean garage, the entrance to which is located on North Sycamore Ave. The fee for parking is free for one hour, with easy, no-hassle validation from Fresh & Easy. Note: street parking is permit-only and you will be ticketed...so DO NOT park on the street!

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Please bring your instrument, a notebook, pencil, and, if you would like to record your lessons to have and review afterward, a pocket-size recording device. I will typically record moments when a student performs an example of something s/he has been working on, or an improvisation regarding the same. I do this strictly for the purpose of (a) having an example to which to compare and measure the student's progress and improvement over time, and/or (b) to capture a 'magical moment' of musical inspiration that might prove useful to the student's artistic/musical development, etc. At the student's request, I will provide a copy of said recordings (if any) on a CD. All such recordings are kept 100% confidential, are not distributed nor disseminated for any reason whatsoever, and are deleted at such time that the student discontinues his/her lessons with me.

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I am a very style-flexible musician and guitarist. Some really great books I've used in my own studies and lessons include: Pepe Romero's 'Guitar Style and Technique,' Ted Greene's 'Chord Chemistry,' George Russell's 'The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation,' Peter Magadini's 'Polyrhythms,' et al.
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Andrew wan an excellent teacher. He was very talented and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend him.
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Andrew V.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Steven S.

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Ventura, CA

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Guitar lessons are fun for all ages, styles and levels. I'd love to help you learn to play the songs that YOU love on the guitar! Beginners are encouraged to apply. You'll have fun while reaching your musical goals. In addition to learning great songs, you'll learn improvisation and applied music theory. Also, I'll enjoy assisting the you in creating a practice regimen that fits in your time schedule.

About Steven
Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

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Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply.
Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

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*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
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Thomas S. June 11, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Fun experience.
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Fredrick B. January 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Steve is an exellent instructor. Easy going and brings a beginner like me to ease and motivated. Look forward to my next class!
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Linda November 3, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Wow! My son had absolutely NO prior experience and after just 4 lesson's he was rocking it and even reading music! Steven is absolutely wonderful with teens. My son looked forward to every lesson. Best teacher ever!!!!!
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Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
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About Brian P.

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Culver City, CA

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Brian has been teaching guitar to students of all ages in the Los Angeles area for more than 20 years. With a broad range of musical skills and performing experience that include Rock, Jazz, Blues and Folk music, Brian brings his boundless enthusiasm and love of the guitar into the studio with each of his students, who learn an approach to learning music that includes technique, music theory, performance as well the skill to sing and play. Students of all ages are welcome!

Brian's teaching philosophy, in his own words:

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

* the uniqueness of each student;
* the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
* the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
* the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply ...

About Brian
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.

A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to sing and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.

By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California
, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Passionate about all kinds of music, Brian's studies include choral music and conducting, Gregorian chant (at the Monastery of St. Pierre de Solesmes, France), and Master Classes with Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening. In 1984, he participated as a member of the Honor Choir for the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which included recording of original music by Philip Glass for the Olympic Games under the direction of David L. Wolper and Mr. Glass.

As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.

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METHOD BOOKS:
FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series
Dozen A Day Technique series
FOR GUITAR:
STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book
CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad
Julio Segraras Method
JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop
The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series
Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

• the uniqueness of each student;
• the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
• the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
• the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.

ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING:
In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.

TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE:
When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.

PERFORMANCE:
On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.

As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.

GUITARS:

CLASSICAL: Ramirez Model 1A Classical (professional concert level instrument)
Cordoba (teaching/practice instrument)
Hohner Acoustic (electric)

ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS)
Shechter Omen6
Shechter Elite Series C1

FOLK: Martin (steel string)
Dobro

JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric)
Gibson SG (electric)

OTHER EQUIPMENT:

AMPS: Fender Twin reverb
Pevey practice amp
Rock amp

Boss GT8 Effects Pedal

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Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.

Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
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Jack August 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Brian was fantastic and the lesson was fun! Really pumped about my next lesson! I have some things to practice and I already feel like I can play some guitar!!
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Liana May 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have approximately taken ten or twelve lessons. I started from scratch, and Brian's input and guidance has helped me to move along pretty fast in my learning. My ear is becoming more selective. My fingers are more and more flexible. My idea of learning piano was to do so, in order to play for me and maybe one or two more people. I've learned with Brian that even if that is the case, I must still handle myself, as if I am going to be part of a band. This is teaching me the importance of counting and keeping the rhythm for me and for others. It basically helps me to have a structure. Thank you Brian
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Liana February 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Undoubtedly Brian has a deep and extensive knowledge of piano. I feel motivated by his hands-on approach to teaching.
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Brian P.

Brian P.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Kory I.

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Granada Hills, CA

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I've been playing guitar for about 10 years and have a lot of experience playing in metal bands, jazz bands and alternative bands. In addition I have access to both electric and acoustic guitars, and have a great home studio perfect for practicing. Whether you are just getting started, or want to learn advanced guitar techniques/soloing, I can help get you there with my knowledge, experience, and insights.

About Kory
I graduated from Cal Poly with a degree in Music, and have taught lessons for over 7 years. I performed in Jazz Combo, Concert Choir, and Vocal Jazz, and played in numerous concerts and competitions. In addition, I am a songwriter, and have written many songs for my own band, and for other clients. I also work as a freelance producer, and record/mix at my home studio, and at professional studios.

My personal philosophy to teaching is that every student is a unique individual. I always start by connecting with the student, and figuring out what interests/goals they have in mind. Then I craft a customized lesson plan that will help them achieve their goals, and work with their strengths and weaknesses. I practice patience and friendliness, and always do my best to inspire, motivate, and teach hard work/perseverance.
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Maria June 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great instructor.
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Paige C. May 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Wow! Kory is more than we expected. He is truely​ a professional. My daughter really liked him and looks forward to learning guitar. She said he has energy and is amazing. He is very easy to talk to and follow his instructions. Thank you for referring Kory to our family. We could not have found a better teacher.

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Lia April 26, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Kory was really nice and knowledgeable and made my daughter feel comfortable when he was teaching. He is a skilled musician and a good teacher.
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Kory I.

Northridge, CA 91324
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About Mauricio G.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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Expect a fun time, delving deep into what it means to be not only a guitar player, composer, et cetera, but a real musician. We will go over books, videos, and other methods that have been proven to work over the years to make sure you get a solid foundation, if you're just beginning, or refining your skills to get to the next level.

Whether you want to learn, blues, rock, jazz, classical, funk, pop, or gospel, I will make sure each student gets a tailor made experience just for them.

About Mauricio
Hey there! My name is Mauricio G. Jr. I've been teaching for almost 6 years, and have been playing professionally all over LA for longer than that.

I've played with legendary musicians like, Otmaro Ruiz, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Gregg Bisonette, Tim Pierce, and many more
I play every weekend at the 10,000 member mega church Sepherd of the Hills: Westside, and have played all around LA for events and shows, including the Special Olympics in 2015

I'm a fun loving, engaging teacher that takes pride in seeing my students understand musical concepts, and grow as musicians and people.

I can't wait to work with you!
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Jacob August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
Mauricio is patient and works at your pace. Makes learning easier and enjoyable. Great at what he does
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Miranda August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In home
He is excellent!!
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Angelica August 25, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
He is a great teacher! I will keep on taking more lessons with him. I highly recommend him.
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Mauricio G.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Scott S.

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Newbury Park, CA

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Experienced guitar teacher of 25 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of fundamental guitar skills. I specialize in rock, blues, and country, typically use study books, and also have sheet music available to use during lessons. You will learn simple and complex chords, lead guitar scales and melodies, music sight reading and music theory.

About Scott
I have been teaching private lessons since 1990 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, or in my studio. I have helped students learn chords to accompany themselves when singing, learn rock, blues, and country lead guitar, and read music. Together we can tailor a course that will help you achieve your personal musical goals.

I have been playing guitar since 1968. I have enjoyed my life making music and love sharing my knowledge. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, casual, and challenging. Let's make this happen for you!
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Laura Netherlin June 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
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Mike S. June 6, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Listened well and taught me what I needed.
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Howard September 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Scott is very knowledgeable and experienced in classic rock. I was impressed by his willingness to let me lead and explain what I wanted to learn, without much technical music theory. I highly recommend Scott to anyone.
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Scott S.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
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Newbury Park, CA

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I’ve been playing guitar for 24 years, have played in many bands across a wide range of genres. I aim for my students to be versatile and well-rounded, able to pick, strum, tap, bend, squeal, sweep, read, write, shred, improvise, etc.
If you’re a beginner and don’t know where to start, I’ll guide you step by step through the enigma of the fretboard while ensuring solid technique, theory, and application.
If you’re a seasoned player that just needs to dust off your chops or learn some new tricks for your repertoire, I can help there too.

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
There are some musicians who teach only as a way to make ends meet and there are those who are passionate about education in general. There are some music teachers who will show you how to play songs and call it a day. That's giving the hungry a fish. I prefer to teach the hungry how to catch fish. Why you use a certain rod, line, lure, how to find fish, what fish are edible, how to drive a boat, etc...In musical terms this translates to things such as why you hold an instrument a certain way, the logic behind finger positions, how to construct chords/scales then use them, how to count musically and why, etc...I teach how to think musically and creatively on and off of the page and have a vested interest in the progress of my students.
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Brian May 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen is very patient and introduces thoughtful ways to approach learning and different techniques for mastering the keyboard, sheet music reading and styles.

Highly recommended for any age student.
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Newbury Park, CA 91320
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About Nicholas L.

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Los Angeles, CA

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It is my primary objective to figure out how each of my students learns best. Then I customize their lessons so they get the most out of each session.

My students are always challenged, and I make it a priority to find interesting and fun material to work on.

Learning an instrument should be enjoyable, and there are many times the instrument can seem “too hard”. It is in these rare instances that I have been able to save my students from throwing in the towel. I find another way to teach the material that they will enjoy

About Nicholas
Hello my name is Nick! I am so excited to get started working on the saxophone with you.

I make it a priority to find out how you learn best. Knowing this helps me customize the delivery of instruction so that you will get the most out of each lesson!

I have also been a professional instrument repair technician for the last 5 years. Knowing how instruments work, and seeing common damage on student instruments has given me a special understanding for limitations of each instrument, and unique methods of circumventing these obstacles!
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Nicholas L.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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I believe that every student needs a unique approach. Employing strong sense of empathy, I understand how to place myself into the student's shoes. Such skill helps me to figure out what motivates the student and assure clear communication.

About Alex
Since I first began attending music academy in Moscow, Russia, 9 years ago I have been pursuing my education in music. Today I am an experienced guitar player with knowledge of music theory, history, vocals, piano, saxophone, bass, and drums. For about two years now I have been composing music and continuously expanding my knowledge on daily basis.
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Alex Z.

Santa Monica, CA 90402
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