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About Azuri M.

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Learning is one of my main pursuits. My name is Azuri and I have studied music for over a decade and have my degree in guitar performance from musicians institute. I've had the gift of studying many artistic crafts and spend my time today trying to further my own study, while sharing what I've learned with my students.

Art is one of the most important tools we have as a culture and contains in it a shared history, tradition and the keys to future ones. Whether it be through the primal qualities of music or the impulses of dance, the records of drawing or descriptions of writing, these are the tools for our expression. I have had the great fortune to study, in many different settings, a small piece of these traditions and sharing them is paramount in respect to receiving them. I love sharing knowledge and I hope to elevate yours as a st
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Teaching Philosophy -

My teaching philosophy is built on well rounded communication, explanation and examples. So, that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment.
Along with being provided good information, a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.

I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants to help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time, I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet; It is important that while focusing on a students artistic goals they respect and are open to the suggestion and guidance of their teacher.

I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music, so that I can understand all different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and I don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.

I also try and be very patient with my students. Knowing that when I feel rushed, it makes information more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate. I love watching the gears run in my students head, so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their abilities.

HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back, so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a Artists worst enemies are nerves. Keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth on a topic. After all, Art is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.

I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops, you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.

I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied, I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge; As long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.

Education -

MUSIC
_Bachelors in Music - 2016 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Associates in Music - 2011 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Major in Music - (Academy for Visual and Performing Arts) - 2008
_Garden of Angels - 2003 - Performance Academy

DANCE
_Krump, Pop-n-Lock - 2012 - (Xtreme)
_Break Dancing - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_Traditional Brazilian Dance & Samba - 2014

MARTIAL ARTS
_Capoeira - Current - (Capoeira Batuque with Mestre Amen)
_Wing Tsun - 2013 - (Johnny from the Emin Boztepe School)

ART
_Graffiti - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_General Art - 2008 - (AVPA)
_Painting - 2003 - (Garden of Angels)

Much Love,
Azuri Zen M.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously, so that one can understand a topic or piece of information.

I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculums, sources and examples, such as : MI curriculum for ear training, Theory, Single string Technique, Reading, Rhythm guitar, Ted Greenes Chord Chemistry, Berklee Guitar Method, as well as The Real Book, other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) The Guitar Players Hand Book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculums, relative to the topic at hand and students personal goals, amongst many others.

-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.

-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.

-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed

-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.

Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating.
Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.

*** Specialties ***
As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
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Dylan September 19, 2017
· Graffiti · Online
Very patient and gave a nice introduction to the basics for my 9 year old.
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Azuri is great, l recommend it to anybody. THANK YOU!!!
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
You not will be disappointment. He is very professional. My first lesson and l like the way he teach.thank you azuri.
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Azuri M.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Greg B.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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I have been teaching all types of students and never get tired of it. If you have a child who is interested in playing, I have 25 years of helping all types of students get to their goals. I have a strong classical and jazz background, and can teach any age group, including special education and blind students. I have two college 4 year degrees and have been teaching at Cassells music for 12 years, dealing with all possible situations. I am very flexible to your needs, and have interaction with both the parent and student.

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I always confer with the parent to find out what type of teacher their child will respond best to. I can change my style to match any situation. My lessons include note reading, musicianship, theory, composition, and a variety of musical games. I can have a five year old reading simple mus
ic in as little as 1 month.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs a keyboard. I'll bring books as needed (with a discount from the store I work at) .

*** Specialties ***
classical,beginning jazz, theory, ear training
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Maria M. February 24, 2014
· Piano ·
Greg B is a natural teacher.

Thanks to Greg B, I have learned to play the piano well enough to feel confident with sight reading music, and excited to explore classical, popular and jazz music at an intermediate level. Greg is skilled, talented and patient; he is a natural teacher and I'm happy to continue lessons with him in the future.
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Greg B.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large studio space with a piano and plenty of room to make noise! In fact, our room just got a terrific upgrade with new carpet and paint, so it looks great, feels great and sounds great.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Nethra September 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
We had our first class yesterday with Ms. Athena. She was great. My daughter loved her class.
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Duncan September 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
We loved Athena! We had a time crunch and she took the challenges! She understood quickly what my son (with little singing experience) :) needed to achieve. She patiently guided and taught him the vocal basics. We accomplished exactly what I hoped for. I highly recommend Athena for all levels.
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yuki August 4, 2017
· Singing · Online
Athena was very easy to listen to.and understand. I was very at ease with her way of teaching and explaining things. This will be a fun time.
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Lomita, CA 90717
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About Travis H.

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I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Tamsen Beseke, who is a member of the LA Opera and a prolific session musician. I have also studied with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if
desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
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Kimberley B. December 15, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Travis is a really great teacher. He explains everything in detail which helps a lot.
I am a beginner adult and am very happy taking lessons from Travis!
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Justin March 22, 2016
· Violin · In home
Travis is a cheerful, talented tutor who never fails to provide great, practical and simple to follow lessons which additionally are always fun to participate in. He's remarkably positive, and already I feel as though I have come on in leaps and bounds doing things with the violin that would have taken me an age to learn by myself. I hope that I continue learning with Travis for a long time to come.
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Christina E. December 6, 2015
· Violin · In home
Travis is a wonderful, kind hearted, and patient person with an inspiring passion for music. I have been a colleague of his for years and I can honestly say that he is very good at addressing different learning types, and catering to the unique needs of each student. His positivity and high energy make a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about music in general as well as playing the violin.
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Maritza O.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Professional Musician with over 25 years experienced teaching children and adults. Learn how to play piano, violin, viola, cello or guitar.
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Adam September 19, 2016
· Violin · In home
Awesome Lesson! Practicing hard and looking forward to taking more!
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Giovanna September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very polite and respectful
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Marcos July 29, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Maritza is wonderful with my son who is 7 years old. The violin lessons are fun and very very instructive. Glad I found her.
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Maritza O.

Los Angeles, CA 90038
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About Samantha G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Samantha
Samantha is an innovative, and creative artist, multi-instrumentalist who specializes in guitar and visual arts. She has performed at various venues with out of box application of technique. Samantha cares about her students and will treat each individual student with their level and realm of creativity.
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Shirley April 2, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Very caring and supportive. She makes you feel very comfortable. She takes her time to explain what we are doing and she makes sure you understand. The lesson was done in such a way that I got a lot of information that made sense and did not feel overwhelmed. Her teaching style is geared to the individual. The hour went by so quickly. I would highly recommend her for lessons.
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Dana March 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Wow! What a brillant and creative Artist Samantha is! She is soooo full of passion in her artersy. She is truly a hidden gem. I would highly recommend her as anyone's personal instructor.
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Louis March 21, 2017
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Samantha is extremely talented & creative a true artist !
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Samantha G.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Monica W.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Monica is a versatile pianist whose endeavors range from teaching to performing and accompanying. She began an active and serious pedagogical career in 2008 and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Piano Pedagogy Scholarship from the Music Teachers Association of California San Fernando Valley West Branch. She often partakes in a wide range of performances from private events to public classical concerts and her accompanying ventures have taken her to work with the California State University Northridge Master Chorale, the MiraCosta College Chamber Choir, the MiraCosta College Community Symphony Orchestra, numerous recording projects, and a great number of instrumental and vocal soloists. Monica is a graduate of California State University, Northridge with a BM in Piano Performance.
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Sheila May 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Monica is a wonderful and patient teacher. I am an adult student who has not touched the piano for 40+ years --she is perfect for me in helping me to develop agility, sight read and to rediscover the music again for my own enjoyment. Exactly what I needed!
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Monica W.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Ross H.

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I have a Bachelors of Music degree for Professional Music (drum set performance & music production) from Berklee College of Music . Whilst at Berklee I studied under some of the top modern drummers including Dave Dicenso (Josh Groban, Hiromi), James Murphy (Blue Man Group) & Terri Lyne Carrington (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding).

I am a producer & drummer with a diverse musical background ranging from traditional jazz (voted Young Scottish Jazz Musican of the Year 2012) to modern pop music. My performance experience spans internationally performing on stages in USA, Finland, UK, France & Estonia. As well as performing I'm also skilled in using Ableton & Pro Tools to both produce music and use these DAW's as live performance tool's.
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Sandra June 22, 2017
· Drum · Online
Wow! For someone who was completely new to drums and understanding rhythm , Ross was absolutely perfect for what I needed. His attention to detail shows just how knowledgable he is of his craft, and makes hard matters easy to understand! (even a 6 year old could understand him)

His professionalism strives even through online classes, because he's so keen on making sure you understand the context.

Would HIGHLY recommend!
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Ross H.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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About Anousha F.

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I am a professional pianist graduated from UC Irvine. I have also attended University of Mozarteum Austria for three years as a none-degree student which helped me getting involved with a lot of different performing projects. I have a lot of experience performing and teaching in Austria and California.
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Shahriyar F. August 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Anousha is awesome! She is very supporting and fun.
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Mina A. August 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
ENERGETIC, HAPPY, COMPETENT, POSITIVE

I absolutely recommend her for anyone who seeks musical education.
Anousha is a great musician. More importantly, she is a great teacher and communicates very well with my children. As a family, we are so lucky to have her at our home every week. Every time, She brings so much joy and fun to our home.

Thank you so much Anousha
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Anousha F.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Lee G.

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My passion for music existed as long as I can remember. When I was maybe three, my dad showed my a live video of a Dan Fogelberg concert. I would play it over and over again and mimic the players, using toy rifles as guitars and rigging up mic stands out of Tinker Toys (Yes, I'm old enough to remember Tinker Toys).

At 12 my dad bought me my first guitar and I caught on at a rate that was perceivably rapid. The words "natural" and "prodigy" were used, though I find them quite frivolous. By 14 I was playing in church worship bands and in high school I was playing in bands of my own.

I currently play in my own band as a singer songwriter and recently released a full length album that can be heard here:

www.soundcloud.com/leemichaelmusic

There's a phrase, "Those that can't do teach." I cannot disagree more. Not everyone can teach. This re
quires a special sense, an ability to intuit the type of environment and experience which best suits the learner, and the ability to connect. My versatile personality and perceptive range of approaches more than qualifies me. Given the opportunity, I will show you or your child the uniquely memorable experience that is taking guitar lessons from me.
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Lee G.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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