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About Kris F.

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Santa Clarita, CA
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Kris has been a private vocal, flute and piano instructor since 1984, and has been teaching in the Santa Clarita Valley since 1994. Her students have gone on to perform in the Los Angeles Opera Company, and in Regional Theatre and National Touring Companies for Hairspray, The King And I, The Music Man, Jekyll and Hyde, A Little Night Music, Fiddler On the Roof, My Fair Lady, Edges, Cats, and many other great musicals. She has been an Individual Voice Instructor at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles since the Fall semester of 2004, and also teaches at a private studio in West Hollywood. She has taught vocal workshops from coast to coast, in Musical Theatre and Rock styles.

Kris has been the Vocal Director for the Southern California Childrens' Music Theatre productions of And The World Goes 'Round, Zombie Pr
om and Footloose, and was also the Vocal and Musical Director for their production of Once Upon A Mattress. She was the Vocal Director for productions of Into The Woods and Urinetown at Hart High School in Newhall, California. She has also lent her talents to Benefit The Leukemia Foundation, Project AIDS L.A., and The Compton Battered Women’s Shelter, as featured performer, Vocal and Musical Director.

Kris has been a professional performer since the age of 10, beginning her career in the world of sacred music. She had the privilege of being a televised singer of sacred music, in the cathedrals of St. Patrick's and St. John the Divine in New York City. Kris' live performances have included all styles of music, including Jazz, Pop, Country, Bluegrass, Broadway, Classical, and Rock. She has had an extensive career as a jingle singer, arranger, songwriter, flautist and backup vocalist, as well as having had her own weekly broadcast jazz show. Kris has appeared in several musicals, on stage and in the orchestra pit. Musical Theatre credits include: Frau Blucher (Young Frankenstein); Mother Abbess (The Sound of Music); Mrs. Beauregarde/Grandma Josephine (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory); Philia (A Funny Thing Happened On the Way to the Forum). She has also sung in the Ensembles of several other productions. She led and performed with the popular local jazz ensemble The Treblemakers, with whom she recorded a CD, It’s Not About The Coffee. Other CD credits include The Wedding Collection (Arista Records), Land of The Diamond Sun, A Wolf At My Door, The Same Road Twice (all on Melonball Records), Last Night At Europa, A Class Act, and Like Fine Wine (Canadian American/Caprice International/The Orchard). Commercial jingle credits include Barbie, Clorox, American Airlines, Keebler Cookies, Thomas' English Muffins, and many others. Original compositions used by international television and radio.

Training: BM Jazz Studies, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. IU studies include Vocal Training with Eileen Farrell and Tim Noble; Applied Flute with Harry Houdeshel; Jazz Studies with David Baker and Dominic Spera. Ongoing vocal studies with Douglas Susu-Mago, Chicago and Los Angeles.

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I am pretty easygoing, because I realize that students probably have a lot of homework, jobs, children to raise, etc. I believe that music should be enjoyable as well as educational! I also know that when a student practices, it heightens their enjoyment of music because it is far more fulfilling. I can guarantee that if you work with me as hard as I work with a student, you will feel excellent about your progress and ability! I have experience teaching people on the autism spectrum and those with Down Syndrome.

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Casio Privia, 88 keys. CD player, music stands. Bluetooth speaker.

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N/A.

*** Specialties ***
Whole voice, patient teaching of all ages and personalities, jazz, musical theatre, classical, pop. I teach all levels of flute and voice, and beginning to intermediate piano
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Laura H. January 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Awesome! I had a great lesson and took home some tools to help me find MY voice. Kris made me feel really comfortable and I'm looking forward to more lessons with her!
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Sandra J. June 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very satisfied! Everything is great! Definitely recommend!
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Kris F.

Kris F.

Santa Clarita, CA 91350
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About Andrew V.

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Los Angeles, CA
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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.

Andrew V.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Matthew M.

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Long Beach, CA
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About Matthew
Music has been a part of my life since I was 5 years old, when my father would record my brother and I singing. I always loved singing and learned many of my favorite songs as a child.

I started playing the trumpet in the 4th grade, which has led me all the way to receiving my degrees in Trumpet Performance and Music Education! I was lucky enough to attend one of the nation's top music schools, The Peabody Institute, and I now work toward my Master's degree at California State University, Long Beach. I have enjoyed performing in everything from big-band-lead to principal trumpet in the orchestra, leading brass quintets and brass ensembles, and much more! The trumpet has been a huge passion for as long as I can remember now!

While I was learning songs as a child, I decided I wanted to join a band! Now here we are 10 years later and
I've have the fortune of performing as a lead singer in bands across the country, and let me tell you there is no bigger thrill than getting in-front of a crowd full of cheering fans, performing music you love.

I've also been playing the guitar for just under 10 years. Playing the guitar has been both a complete joy, but also a fantastic learning experience. I have been learning songs of my favorite artists and even written my own material,and having the opportunity to immerse myself in my favorite music and create music of my own has taught me so much more about music and being a musician. I hope to impart this experience onto all of my students.

Whether it's trumpet, voice, or guitar, I love all things music and my #1 objective is to for my students to learn how it feels to experience what music REALLY has to offer, so to you reading this, let's make some noise!

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For starters, understand that you're going to have a blast! Within months of working together, I'll have you playing your favorite songs, or feeling prepared for that upcoming audition. I remember what it was like to have second thoughts about auditioning and performance, and I'll make sure those thoughts are a thing of the past for you!

During our lessons, I enjoy addressing the material you have to work on, whether in school or just for your own enjoyment. At the same time, I will present music and materials of my own, and I encourage you to do the same!

I have always enjoyed learning from my students as they have learned from myself, and I could only hope to express how rewarding it is when I see a student of mine progress from week to week and achieve their own goals.

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, you can be guaranteed we'll make steady progress and we will achieve your goals. Get ready to wow your friends and family!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Metronome
Post-it Notes
Music Stand(s)
Chairs
Computer/Internet
Keyboard
Guitar(s)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide utilities including music stand, metronome, some external source of pitch.

I expect the student to bring any and all assigned music/material they wish to work on. The student will also begin the lesson prepared with basic necessities, including a pencil (please, no pens) and all music assigned from prior lesson (if this is a first-lesson, bring any/all music you currently have and/or are working on). Vocal students will bring a bottle of water. Trumpet students will have their own valve oil and mouthpiece (if not originally included with your horn).

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet methods include (not limited to) Arban's, Clarke, Sachs, Rubank, Getchell, Adam, Schlossberg, Colin, Bai Lin.

For instruments outside the trumpet, methods will address school curriculum, unless student has advanced beyond provided materials.

I strongly encourage students of voice, guitar, and piano to pick material of their choosing.

Classical and rock are the genres to which I am most attracted
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Linda January 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Matt is very patient and willing to adapt lessons to your specific needs and areas of focus. Also a great guy 🙂. Fun lessons.
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Declan S. November 5, 2015
· Trumpet · In home
Matt is a wonderful teacher.
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Sam B. January 31, 2013
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I've been taking lessons with Matt for about 2 months now. Right away it was a very comfortable environment and vibe, which is important, especially as a beginning, aspiring singer. Takes the lessons slow and easy going at first, then jumps into exercises and focuses on directly what style the student is interested in. Very awesome dude, would definitely recommend! Thanks Matt!
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Matthew M.

Matthew M.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
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About Brian G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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Brian is both a bass player and an audio engineer. He graduated from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music with a Music Engineering degree in 2016, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue music with his band. His band is signed to an independent label based in the heart of Los Angeles.

He is fluent in all bass guitar techniques, Pro Tools, Logic Pro, and Ableton Live. His passion for the arts, fun loving attitude, and custom lesson plans make him the perfect teacher for someone trying to hone their skills.
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mark June 5, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Brian is super knowledgeable and patient. I feel like I'm getting a much better understanding of ableton and am ready to put what he's taught me into practical experience
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mark May 4, 2018
· Ableton · In home
Brian's very knowledgeable and patient great first lesson
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karen April 14, 2018
· Music Recording · In home
Up all night recording. Lol! Thx!
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Brian G.

Brian G.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Camille V.

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Ventura, CA

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I am a professional singer, voice teacher, and performer. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a BA in Music Education and received my CA teaching credential in music at San Diego State University.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

As a professional recording artist, I have sung on sessions with Tim Davis (Glee, ABC's Boy Band) and Damien Jurado (indie singer-songwriter, Sub Pop & Secretly Canadian). I sing with the Los Robles Master Chorale (Oak Park) and Ensoma Creative (San Gabriel Valley), in addition to performing at restaurants and hotels such as E
ureka and Casa 425 (Claremont Village).

I specialize in classical, jazz, musical theater, and contemporary styles, but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every genre. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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Trever July 6, 2018
· Singing · Online
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· Singing · Online
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Chloe June 12, 2018
· Singing · Online
Amazing first lesson!
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Camille V.

Camille V.

Ventura, CA 93001
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About Leota T.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I'm a working actor, singer, and teacher in Los Angeles. I have a bachelor's degree in Theater from The University of California, Irvine, with an emphasis in Musical Theater.

While film is the focus in the city of angels, my passion for musical theater is still alive! I've performed in theater and musical theater shows across the globe, including Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. I have also trained in music improv at UCB in Los Angeles.

No matter the level, I can teach any student to be more expressive and comfortable with their voice. Each week we will work on techniques to improve voice placement, as well as proper breathing so you don't hurt your voice even when you're sick! Whether you want to improve your high range into the classical soprano or coloratura or find
your big belt, I will get you there in a healthy and safe way! (Don't worry Gentlemen, I can get you to sing high too!).

I work with students of all ages, backgrounds and levels. Many of my students are actors with no vocal background, and some of my students are classical or operatic singers who want to work on acting and expressing themselves musically for a better overall performance. Whatever your goals are, we will accomplish them!
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Sarah T. February 5, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Katie January 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Leota is very experienced with vocal training and performing. She knows a lot of helpful vocal techniques and is super friendly. She's a great voice teacher!
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Laura December 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Leota knows the tricks to enhance your vocal technique to it's fullest...less than a minute into our first session she was already making me sound better, and it went on from there. She has a grounded honest professional approach to voice coaching, and can help you achieve both classical and modern sounds. She will find different ways of explaining what to go for if you are having trouble picking up a concept. I had taken regular of voice lessons years ago, and a session with Leota, was teaching me new things, reinforcing proper techniques, and remembering my voice's potential.
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Leota T.

Leota T.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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About Taj J.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hello! My name is Taj, and I am a classically trained singer and voice teacher based in Los Angeles. I received my BA in Vocal Performance from UCLA in 2014 while studying under internationally renowned opera star, Vladimir Chernov. I continued my graduate studies at École Normale de Musique de Paris under Maestro Chernov's wife and personal voice teacher, Olga Toporkova.

I believe in establishing a solid technical foundation based in classical singing technique. The technique I teach comes from the Russian school of Bel Canto (beautiful singing in Italian). By gaining control of your voice through breath control and precise vocal placement, anything is possible! A solid technical foundation will assure the longevity of your voice and its application crosses over into any genre of music you sing.

As a singer, I have performed in a
wide variety of contexts ranging from opera, choral, musical theater, jazz, and R&B/pop. I have over 15 years of experience performing, and over 5 years of experience teaching voice. My diverse array of artistic experiences allows me to be flexible and sensitive to the specific needs of my students.

Singing is ultimately a form of artistic expression and release. The end goal of all the technical training is to create an artistic moment for both you and the audience. When you begin the journey of discovering your own unique voice, you will also begin a deeper journey with yourself. Singing has brought me so much joy in my own life and I look forward to sharing that joy with you!
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Nathan January 29, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Taj is an amazing teacher and you can tell he really loves it too! I am a musician and have been singing professionally for years, and in just one lesson Taj taught me practices and techniques that allowed my voice to feel effortless and powerful in a way it never has before. His lessons will strengthen your voice no matter what style you want to sing...jazz, rock, opera, pop. He makes it very fun as well- I look forward to our lessons all week!
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Nick January 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Taj is classically trained and knows his stuff. He showed me how to become more in tune with my instrument, and pushed me to new limits in my range and power. His commitment to music is contagious
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Amit January 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Taj is a very experienced singer in many types of vocal technique. He catered the lessons to my needs and gave me tips and vocal exercises from which I was able to improve my vocals, breathing technique, and singing confidence. He is also a sweetheart and a genuine dude. While I was defintely challenged in his lessons, I thoroughly enjoyed myself and gained much needed advice from him!
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Taj J.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About Lee Q.

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Inglewood, CA

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Lisa "Lee" Q. is a teacher, conductor, bassoonist, and guitarist with comprehensive experience in music instruction and performance, including full orchestra, concert band/wind ensemble, folk/bluegrass orchestra, chamber ensembles, rock and pep bands, opera and musical theatre.

Lee is a conscientious teacher who can also provide precise instrumental adjustments as well as advice on maintenance and recommendations for the best accessories. Ms. Q. has instructed beginning and intermediate instrumentalists for many years and knows the shortest and easiest ways to technical and musical proficiency through personal experience.

Ms. Q. received a Master of Music degree in Instrumental Pedagogy (Belmont University) and graduated from Loyola University New Orleans (Bachelor of Music Education), performing as principal bassoonist for both or
chestras. Ms. Q. also graduated from the U.S. Armed Forces School of Music and served as a Bassoon Player in the U.S. Army. 

Lee started playing guitar at age 14 and has played guitar and bass in many eclectic situations, including various French Quarter venues and a Saints halftime show at the Superdome. She has recorded and performed live as a singer-songwriter-guitarist since 2001, including ten years of solo sets at the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville.
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Prithi May 21, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
My 13 year old son was excited for every lesson with the teacher. He said that he had learnt a lot in 2 weeks than he did in a whole year.
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Gabe February 20, 2018
· Bassoon · In studio
Lisa is a wonderful teacher! Makes everything crystal clear and is very patient and kind. Helped improve my skills tremendously. Would definite recommend.
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John February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Lee has been teaching me to play an acoustic/electric bass. I have some of the lowest musical aptitude one could hope to find in a human being. With her kindness and patience she's worked thru my mental blocks and provided a lesson plan tailored for my aptitude level. With her experience as a writer, performer and instructor she's a wonderfully talented teacher. I recommend her highly.
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Lee Q.

Inglewood, CA 90302
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$25 / 30-min

About Nick S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Music is the greatest thing in the world. I grew up listening to my parent's music and began connecting to it at a very young age. By the time I was 12 I was singing and playing along to all my favorite records and fronting my own band. By 15 I was playing live shows with Don Was and Glenn Frey and doing session work in Glenn's studio. I performed at the Panama Jazz festival at 17 with my Jazz band, performed as finalists in the Monterrey Jazz High School competition, and went on to study Popular Music Performance at USC. I write, produce, MD, perform, teach, and do session work for a living.

My passion is sharing the gift of music with others that I carry with the utmost joy and gratitude. My goal is to help you reach your musical goals, and help you discover the ones you may not yet be aware of. I have an extensive musical v
ocabulary from all the listening and playing I've done across all genres, that enriches my musical life. It ranges from early blues and American roots music all the way to contemporary pop music that can be heard everywhere today. Whether you just want to learn how to strum a few chords or develop into a fully realized professional musician, I know how to help you get there.

I've been teaching privately in Los Angeles for 7 years and have seen it all. My students range from 7 year olds with no experience all the way to seasoned pros. I'm confident I can help you meet your goals and enjoy a life of music.
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Nick S.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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$45 / 30-min

About Lauren R.

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Oxnard, CA

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I am a harpist living in New York City, Manhattan and Oxnard, California. I first fell in love with the harp when I was five years old. I attended a wedding in Minnesota where I saw a beautiful pedal harp and immediately took an affinity to the instrument. It took my mom and I three years to find a harp teacher, but when I was eight, I had my first lesson. Since then and now, much has happened. I’ve played at several weddings and events. In 2011, I placed second in the Redlands Harp Competition and I have even been blessed to preform at spectacular venues such as The Thousand Oaks Civics Arts Plaza and The Grand Ole Opry in Tennessee. I have also attended the prestigious summer intensive "Young Artist's Harp Seminar." For my first year of college, I was the principal harpist for Pepperdine University's Symph
ony and Woodwind Ensemble. Currently, I am pursuing a Film and Television degree from New York University Tisch as well as involving myself in the music community at NYU Stienhardt.

When I am not harping, I like to watch movies (Wes Anderson films are my favorite!), go to coffee shops, and visit museums. Being able to play the harp is a wonderful experience and I hope to share my gift with as many people as possible.
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Ashley July 6, 2018
· Harp · In home
Lauren has taught my then 5 year old harp. She was very patient, kind, and encouraging. I highly recommend her as a teacher. She taught my daughter not only harp, but some piano as well. She made the lessons fun and interactive. My daughter looked forward to her lessons and was even motivated to practice!
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Lauren R.

Lauren R.

Oxnard, CA 93030
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