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About Rachelle G.

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About Rachelle
Hello! My name is Rachelle and I'm a professional singer, songwriter and pianist from Victoria, BC, Canada. My background in music is a blend of Pop, Rock, Jazz Classical, Blues and R&B. I was recently featured in Keyboard Magazine’s November 2012 Issue as one of the 6 Best Keyboard Heroes to watch out for.
Some of my performance highlights have been opening up for Nelly Furtado in 2001 in our hometown Victoria BC, and again on her "Loose" tour in 2007 at Roger's Arena in Vancouver, BC for an audience of 15,000. I've taught for six years helping foster my student’s talents and reach their musical goals. Past students have attained lead roles in high school musicals, toured in professional
bands locally and internationally.
When it comes to teaching music a “cookie cutter" approach is never used. I understand everyone has a unique l
earning style and I try my best to cater my lessons around each student's individual needs and goals. I was fortunate enough to grow up in an incredibly musical household. My dad toured with Bryan Adams as his guitarist and my mom’s worked with heavy weights such as David Foster as a professional vocalist. I was mentored by some of the best in the music business since childhood. I started learning piano at the age of four and started recording vocals for radio commercials at the age of six. The experience I've acquired over the years from recording in world class studios and touring internationally I believe has given me invaluable insight to impart with my students. I’m very passionate about teaching. Whether you want to learn how to play your favorite song on the piano or polish your vocal skills to sing professionally on a big stage in front of a large crowd, I’m your gal!

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I understand that starting lessons can feel a bit scary and outside of ones comfort zone. It takes courage to try something new! I take pride in creating a fun, stress free learning environment, as I know it's incredibly important. I like to encourage having the best of both worlds when it comes to learning voice and piano. That means introducing some sight-reading as well as how to play freestyle, or without sheet music. What to expect upon your first lesson would be an easygoing assessment as well as something to take home and practice. I want to find out what your music tastes and background are and your personal goals, what you would like to get out of lessons. I tailor lessons around each student and their personal learning style.
Piano students: The following is an example of what students can expect to learn, proper technique, sight reading, chords and popular song progressions, how to develop a piece of music, rhythmic training, ear training, how to play their favorite song(s). I use a combo of music books, Alfred Series, Bastien and Dozen a Day for technique and finger exercises as well write out music for students too on the song they would like to learn. I make a list of songs you would like to learn and also suggest some too that I think you would like and can also further develop your piano playing skills.

Voice Lessons: I’m a firm believer that we can learn a lot from hearing ourselves back on recordings. We are our own toughest critic. Recording ourselves singing helps us hear where our strengths and weaknesses are. It might seem a little uncomfortable at first listening back, I know! However, it offers fresh perspective for us to able to take our voices to the next level. I record using an app on my iPhone or iPad and encourage my students to record as well. If they do not have a recording device I email the recording to them to study along with the notes and exercises they are given to work on. This enables the students to witness their personal progress from lesson to lesson! It’s a great learning tool!
The following is an example of what voice students can expect to learn: proper breathing techniques, how improve tone and extend their range, how to develop agility, pop riffs, and dynamic control, how to prepare for auditions, live shows and studio recording and much more!

What I expect from my students: To come to lessons with an open mind, a readiness to learn, to try new things and to apply what they learn each lesson to continue making weekly steady progress ☺ We only get out of something what we put into it right?

I like to be as flexible as possible, I understand that often times students have many other things going on in their lives whether it be sports, school or work etc. We go at a pace you feel comfortable with but enough where you feel you are getting a bit of a challenge each week to be growing. Let’s make some beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Mox8 (88 weighted keys). Acoustic Guitar, Sound System, Allen & Heath Mixing board, SM58 Mic, Mic Stand, Music Stand, Shecter Electric Guitar, Pro Tools 9, Duet Apogee

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my student to provide a keyboard at least 77-88keys or piano. i can provide a powered speaker, sm58 mic, mic stand for practicing voice and performance.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, R&B, Classical
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James E. May 26, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Rachelle is extremely personable, knowledgeble, and communicative in her technique training. She is really helping me to unlearn all the bad habits that have naturally developed over the years, and I'm already more cognitive of my vocal projection. She's at the top of her game. Would highly recommend her to ANYONE in search of the best instructor.
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Emmanuel M. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
A fantastic teacher

In just my first few lessons with Rachelle, I learned more about the anatomical aspect of singing than I had in 10 years of choir/singing. She put great emphasis on the technique and skill aspects, while still balancing it with emotional connection. Perhaps my favorite thing about Rachelle is that instead of giving you songs to practice or telling you exactly what kind of songs you need to be doing, she allows you to bring in any music that you like and allows you to pick the focus of your lessons (whether you want to work more on breath support or volume or tone quality etc.). She maintains a flexible, laid-back and supportive attitude and has been a wonderful help for me.
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Taliya S. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
Rachelle is a great teacher!

I took lessons with Rachelle for about 2 years and I'm so glad I did. I have improved so much vocally as well as performance-wise. It was a lot of fun to be able to work on my own favorite songs instead of purely classical. I would definitely recommend taking lessons with Rachelle!
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Rachelle G.

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Valley Village, CA 91607
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About Chloe S.

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Studio City, CA

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Our lessons will cover piano technique, theory, and classical as well as pop repertoire. We will learn solid technique through a variety of teaching methods.

About Chloe
Hi there! Thank you for taking the time to look at my profile and learn a little more about me!

My love for music began very young with piano lessons at age five. I continued lessons throughout high-school and college, but during that time I also found my love for singing and musical theater. Upon discovering opera I felt like I found my calling and have been studying and performing classical voice ever since. The combination of romance languages and the amazing athletic feat that is operatic singing captivated me from the very first moment I saw it and I’ve been hooked ever since.

I hold a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University, and since graduating I have performed with Opera San Jose, Symphony Silicon Valley, Celestial Opera Company & Independent Opera Company.

Although my main pursuit is clas
sical performance, I absolutely love to teach all styles and see the joy of music grow in my students. I’ve been teaching voice and piano since 2009 (8 years) and with my solid piano, musical theater, and classical background I offer my students the best of both worlds.

Want to learn how to play your favorite pop song? Beethoven’s “Fur Elise”? Maybe you’re a closet Pavarotti fan and have a yearning to hit those stratosphere-high notes, or maybe you just love to sing and want someone’s encouraging ear. No matter what your goal is I will make it my mission to help you attain it!

That's pretty much the gist about me and my teaching, but if you'd like to know what your lesson might look like feel free to ask me! I usually respond within a day.

--Studio Policies--
Progress, not perfection!
Practice, Practice, Practice! (duh!)
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Jenny E. April 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent! Chloe is great with our 5 year old. She's very good at breaking down the lessons and the information. A no brainer!!
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Soli P. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Soli was so excited to get started and Ms. Chloe did not disappoint. She loves her teacher and loves playing the piano. She took great pride in showing her dad and me what she learned in the first lesson.

Thank you, Ms. Chloe. We will see you next week.
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Anelie P. September 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Anelie loved her teacher and first piano lesson. She is so excited to continue. Thank you Ms. Chloe. See you next week.
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Studio City, CA 91604
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About MaryAnn D.

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About MaryAnn
Music is my passion, and I love to share it with others! I have been a musician almost my entire life. I began taking piano lessons in grade school and voice lessons in middle school. I continued to study throughout high school and eventually college. I graduated in music from The Ohio State University. I went on to teach music in the public schools as well as private piano and voice lessons. When not teaching, I spend most of my time performing by acting, singing, dancing and modeling. Some past performances include Company; Jekyll and Hyde; The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and Grease. I recently relocated to Los Angeles and am excited to share my passion for music with you!

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Whether you are looking to sing/play for a special performance, give a solo recital or j
ust try something new for the first time, I will help you succeed and have fun along the way! I will help you build a technical foundation and let you help to determine the focus of the lessons based on what your goals are.

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LivingRoom: electric piano, couch and chairs, dining room table and chairs, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must provide piano or keyboard if teaching in student's home
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Mya L. May 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went great for my 5 & 7 year old girls. They are looking forward to their next lesson.
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Brian April 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
MaryAnn continuously gives me the tools to progress and is great with beginners!
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James February 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
MaryAnn did a great job adjusting the pace based on my skill level. I am also happy with her feedback delivery. I look forward to continuing my development with her!
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MaryAnn D.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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Thompson's method. Emphasis on making lessons fun

About Janis
LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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keith September 17, 2015
· Algebra · In studio
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
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Audie L. May 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Mauricio O.

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Hawthorne, CA

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Whether you're just wanting to learn the piano as an absolute beginner, looking to review and start studying again, or you're a singer / songwriter who desires to learn the piano to write songs or accompany yourself on stage, let's get in contact and start with some lessons.

About Mauricio
Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and cre
ate long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Jack May 4, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
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Maria May 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We purchased a 12-lesson package for my daughter as a Christmas Gift. My daughter is 14 years old, and after completing these lessons her love for music has grown. She had only taken a beginner's level course in piano and guitar prior to working with Mauricio. My daughter looked forward to every lesson, and would come home to keep practicing and improving her skills. We plan to work with Mauricio again in the near future and would highly recommend him!
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Maria February 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
3rd lesson so far, and my daughter has learned so much!! She enjoys her classes with Mauricio and looks forward to each class. Mauricio has a small home studio with various musical instruments. His experience and skill in teaching music is quite apparent and much appreciated!
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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About Mark V S.

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Van Nuys, CA

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Specifically: KEYBOARDS. Forget boring lessons! I can show you my Method to make playing & creating FUN and efficient regardless your skill level! Whether you want to learn the real thing or just bought the latest synthesizer, there are certain techniques and approaches I have found in the past 30+ years to work like DYNAMITE -- IF... someone shows you a new way of playing. I have not only taught myself by ear but have over the years successfully taught many students my Method of getting good on a keyboard. I do not approach lessons in the "traditional" sense beyond proper posture and common sense ways to avoid injury. I get to the core of learning to play the instrument in a way that is EASY, FUN, and incredibly TO-THE-POINT! If your goal is NOT to be a classically trained pianist, but rather: you want to learn to EXPRESS yourself on ANY keyboard you have available to you in a way that is stress-free, inspiring, and efficient... you've found your new Maestro!

About Mark V
Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 having won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MI
DI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!
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Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Andrew P.

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I have clear methods to help you achieve your goals. I studied with internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman

About Andrew
I'm an educator and film composer living in Studio City, CA. I wrote the score to the PBS documentary "Portrait of Harry" as well as the original music in the trailer for "Wrestling with Chyna". I'm a classically trailed pianist and guitarist. I have a BA in music from American University and have been teaching music for 10 years. I studied with internationally acclaimed pianist Yuliya Gorenman. My lessons are easy to understand and stress free. Google andrew payson composer to my to find my music and take a listen. Thanks!

-Andrew
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John March 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Expert teacher. I progressed quickly with my guitar. Andrew taught me a lot about music and really cared about my success in learning . I always look forward to my next lesson.
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Ann October 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Outstanding teacher! Accomplished musician, brilliant, professional.
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Andrew P.

Andrew P.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About John B.

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30 years experience teaching at all levels
Classical Training with a BM, MM and DMA degree
Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
University of California Santa Barabara since 2005

About John
I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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John B.

John B.

Ventura, CA 93004
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About Zoë M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I love teaching piano, especially to kids! Each student will work from the Faber piano books (theory, lesson, and performance) to build a strong foundation in piano basics.
During our lessons you can expect,
-- Posture and hand placement
-- Scales & arpeggio instruction
-- Repertoire work
-- Improvisation
-- Learning how to practice
-- A fun, patient, and easy going experience!

About Zoë
**Now accepting piano and voice students for August 2017!**

I love music and teaching so much that when I am in the studio, I never feel like I am at “work”. I am a life long stage performer and recently earned my Masters of Music - Voice Performance from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland.
As a private voice and piano teacher and a Kindermusik instructor, I have benefitted greatly from teaching students diverse in age, background, and experience level. I love the excitement of early note and rhythm discovery that comes with teaching young children, and it has been an absolute joy to watch my adult students grow more confident in their ability to express themselves through song. Your lessons are about you and I tailor my approach to meet your specific goals and experience level.
Check out some of my recent recordings: www.soundclo
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Tami June 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Zoe was a wonderful teacher to my children who took voice and piano, respectively. We will definitely miss working with her, but are excited as she begins a new journey to Los Angeles to develop her music studio. One of the attributes that I appreciated about Zoe's teaching style was her patience and the way she engaged with my children. My youngest child's attention span could be a challenge during lessons. Zoe was professional and patient when she re-directed her. Zoe was also good in complimenting the progress my children made, as well as, giving constructive criticism in a respectful manner and tone that was well received by my children. She always began lessons by checking in with my children and taking an interest in them outside the music lesson forum. She always answered my questions with honesty and integrity. We will also miss her smile and her singing voice, as she was a joy to listen to as she demonstrated techniques during lessons! She is a great teacher and you will be pleased with her work.
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Milly June 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Working with Zoë has been extremely fulfilling and, if you are an aspiring artist or an experienced singer, she is the instructor for you. She helps you build a strong foundation, which allows for you to find your very own voice.

An absolute must try, as I believe that Zoë can help anyone to sing!

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Lyndsy June 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
Zoe was awesome with our 9 year old daughter! She displays great patience with our daughter, and was extremely motivating for her. Zoe has a strong talent of being able to connect emotionally! She found out what our daughter enjoyed to sing, and then challenged her with some new music as well. We highly recommend Zoe for both her musical talent, but also for her interpersonal skills!
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Zoë M.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Chris V.

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Expect to learn how to read and play music as well as learn the inner workings of basic theory.

About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student wether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and have
fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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lisa Schuyler February 20, 2017
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My son has never played a musical instrument so I wasn't sure how this would go, but Christopher has really connected with him. He came home and actually practiced during the week! And Christopher always comes out after the lesson and gives me a little update which matters to me as a mom. I also appreciate how he doesn't just boot him out the door at the end of the lesson. AND my son is actually talking about music! Definitely learning more than just some chords. Good instructor who obviously loves and respects music. :)
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Ignacio Soto November 27, 2016
· Guitar ·
I have been a self-taught guitarist for 10+ years, but quickly had some weaknesses exposed after starting lessons with Chris, which is a good thing. When I show up for a lesson, Chris has prepared in advance and is ready to go. He has also given some good advice to optimize the time I spend practicing on my own.
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Danny Klein November 12, 2016
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Christopher is brilliant! Very knowledgable, professional and really cool to work with. Appreciate him very much.

Highly recommend!
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Chris V.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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Are you considering enrolling your child in piano lessons? In this week's guest post, our friend Doreen Hall from Piano Parents lists 10 reasons why your child should start piano lessons... I have taught hundreds of piano students over the course of my 30-year teaching career. It never ceases to amaze me when I see the positive impact that piano lessons have on kids. If you’re considering piano lessons for your child, here are 10 great things that you can expect to see as your child moves

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