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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Brian
I'm a 30 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 16 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.

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I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the first lesson most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this
occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!

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I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Hector June 22, 2017
· Bongo · In home
Cool down to earth teacher, amazing on drums / bongos. I'm a beginner and just bought some bongos so I wanted a few lessons to get myself started. Our first lesson was a blast and I'm gonna continue to take more lessons with Brian when I am able to.
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Laurel S.

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Pacific Palisades, CA

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About Laurel
ASK ME about special pricing for families!

Hello! I'm Laurel, and I would love to help you or your child unlock your musical abilities! Complete beginners, intermediate or advanced students, even working professional performers - no matter where you are on your musical journey, I will work with you to develop and hone your skills.

I believe in a personalized approach to teaching, based on building a relationship with each student. I place equal emphasis on achieving your long-term goals and enjoying the process of learning and making progress. With my expertise and your hard work, we’ll set goals that you’ll be excited about, and we’ll work towards them together.

Questions? To learn more, please click the “Ask a Question” button on my profile to send me a message!

Who should take lessons with me?

COMPLETE BEGINNERS - KIDS A
ND ADULTS
It’s never too soon or too late to build up your musical abilities. If you have zero experience but want to learn, I can teach you how to use your voice or play the piano.
- Match pitch and carry a tune
- Keep a steady beat
- Play melodies and chords on the piano
- Understand how your instrument works
- Read music
- Learn to play or sing a song by ear
- Get comfortable performing in front of others

PIANISTS WITH 3+ YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
Have you been studying with another teacher who taught you the basics and you’re ready to advance to a higher level? Are you self-taught and interested in refining your skills? I will help you take your piano playing to the next level.
- Build more advanced technical skills
- Play with emotion and finesse
- Find new and challenging repertoire
- Learn to accompany a soloist
- Perform in front of audiences
- Understand music theory
- Write your own music

EXPERIENCED SOLO SINGERS
Are you ready to audition for a high school or community musical or opera? Have you performed covers or your own music at an open mic? Would you like to major in vocal performance in college or possibly become an opera singer? Do you really rock at karaoke? Are you already proficient on an instrument and want to branch out into singing? I can help you build on the foundation you’ve already developed.
- Stretch your vocal range
- Improve your tone and projection
- Develop advanced technical skills
- Work on challenging songs
- Explore a variety of genres and styles
- Develop a strong stage presence and charismatic performing style
*- Learn classical/Bel Canto technique - I specialize in classical singing, although I work with singers in many genres

CHORAL SINGERS
Are you, or would you like to be, a choir member at your school, church, temple, or community choir? I’ve been singing in choirs for almost thirty years! I can teach you any skill you need to know, from basic skills for beginners, to advanced skills for aspiring or working professionals.
- Expand your vocal range
- Learn controlled vocal technique and how to “blend” your sound
- Read music
- Practice basic to advanced sight-singing
- Sing harmony
- Understand conductor’s directions
- Learn techniques for different styles of music

ABOUT ME:
I'm college educated in both classical music performance and English literature. In addition to teaching, I perform as a singer, organist, and pianist with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including the Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others.

I'm happy to meet my students at any location near either Pacific Palisades or North Hollywood - I can teach music at any location with a piano. Contact me for more information. I look forward to meeting you!

If you’re ready to start, click the green “Book With Me” button on my profile!

*A note about availability - I keep this updated as accurately as possible, but because I travel over a wide area, your preferred time slot may not be possible for me, depending on the location of the lesson. Please contact me to discuss scheduling before you request a specific time slot.

If you choose to take lessons at my home location, please be aware that I have cats. If you have a phobia or allergy, this location won't be suitable for you.
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Liliana October 19, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Liliana came away from the lesson smiling, enthusiastic & said “I really like her! I got homework!” She proudly showed me what had been given her to practice. This represents a confidence from Laurel that Liliana is capable & teachable. Thank you!
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Julian October 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been going to Laurel for 3 sessions so far as recently moved from LA from Denver and have found to be to be an excellent teacher for someone who has only been learning the piano for less than a year. Very patient and very informative which is perfect.
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Caroline B. September 23, 2017
· Singing · In home
Laurel is wonderful --- experienced, knowledgeable, patient, focused, and a very gifted musician herself. She is providing voice lessons in a musical theatre style for one daughter, and preparing another daughter for opera and classical performance, as well as teaching her piano. We're very happy with her ability to work well with two very different musicians, voices, and learning styles!
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Laurel S.

Laurel S.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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About Josh M.

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Monrovia, CA

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Hello, my name is Josh. I am a professional vocal coach, vocal arranger and singer. I teach contemporary and classical voice and basic-intermediate piano. I have a Bachelors of Music in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. I have taught students as young as 5 all the way up to 65. My goal is to challenge my students to grow and improve in their musical excellence and enjoy the music along the way! I am patient, positive and encouraging with my students!
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Joyce V. December 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Josh is very patient and focused on the lesson, managed to direct me to the mistakes I make with my voice in a few minutes, I found it very cool and I feel that I will learn a lot from him with each class.
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Deborah December 7, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
I needed some help prepping for an audition and Josh was such a phenomenal teacher! He gives great instruction and also creates a comfortable environment to practice stage presence. I felt very prepared for those auditions and will be taking more lessons from him in the future!
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Cynthia August 25, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Josh is great! Knowledgeable, patient, and flexible. He took the time and energy to create lesson plans and methods that fit my needs and level of understanding. I'd recommend him wholeheartedly to anyone looking to improve their musical knowledge and skills.
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Josh M.

Josh M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Shuo-Lei C.

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Alhambra, CA
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About Shuo-Lei
I have been playing clarinet since I was 10 years old. Throughout elementary, middle, and high school, I played with the El Camino Youth Symphony, the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as numerous All-State and honor bands around the state. I completed my Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Michigan studying with Daniel Gilbert, former clarinetist of the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra. During my time at Michigan I was a member of the University Symphony Orchestra and Symphony band and performed under conductors Kenneth Kiesler and Michael Haithcock. I am currently studying with Helen Goode-Castro at California State Long Beach, pursuing a Masters in Music. I have recently been playing with the La Mirada Symphony Orchestra in addition to my school ensembles. I enjoy teaching the clarinet and helping others achieve the
ir musical goals, whatever that might be. I look forward to meeting any clarinet player looking to improve their skills.
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Rachel March 11, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Great teacher and helped me a lot with an audition! Very talented and professional!
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Maddy March 10, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
I am an intermediate player and he really helped me with my technique!
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CARMINE A. December 4, 2016
· Clarinet · In studio
Best instructor I met so far
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Shuo-Lei C.

Alhambra, CA 91803
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About Nathan L.

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Studio City, CA

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About Nathan
My name is Nate. I've been playing the drums for thirty years. I'm trained in marching band, rudiments and classic drum set. I have a BA from Fordham University in NYC.
I work as an actor and a drummer in both LA and NYC.
Most recently, I co-started in the Oscar nominated film Whiplash and was also the drum instructor for the actors on that film.

I'm confident I can create a fun and effective lesson plan for adults and children of all abilities. If you're new to the drums I'll create a curriculum that fits you and your interests while providing you with a solid foundation to build on.
If you're a drumming veteran looking for a tune up, some coaching or just hearing another player's approach , I'll form a lesson just for you.
Thanks for your time!
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Nathan L.

Nathan L.

Studio City, CA 91604
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About Sérgio C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Sérgio
Sérgio is a freelance musician in the Los Angeles area and the principal clarinet of the American Youth Symphony Orchestra. He performs regularly with orchestras such as Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Debut Orchestra and Downy Symphony. He was selected to be a substitute for the New World Symphony Orchestra and Runner-up for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra. Lead by passion by motion pictures, he recorded for some movies and television shows such as the Netflix show “Chefs Table”. Sérgio demonstrates a great passion for new music.
Member and founder of the trio "Sirius Triviun" he was invited to the Festival Internacional de Música de Piantón (Spain) during the summers of 2013 and 2014, where he performed and taught masterclasses.
Sérgio made appearances with the National Repertory Orchestra Festival and plays regularly with the Eastern S
ierra Symphony Festival.

As a soloist he had the opportunity to perform a solo with the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra and the USC Symphony Orchestra. About Sérgio’s performance, Chad Lonski from the “Daily Trojan Newspaper” (Los Angeles, CA) described his interpretation of the Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto stating that, “Coelho’s performance was superb, to say the least, showcasing the heights of clarinet proficiency and taking the clarinet to its limits.”

Sérgio won many prizes such as:

-First Prize Winner, University of Southern California Concerto Competition (2015),
- Finalist of the 2015 Hennings-Fischer Young Artists Competition (2015),
- 2nd Prize Winner, Pasadena Showcase House Instrumental Competition (2014),
- First Prize Winner, Inatel Prize (prize for the best student of Academia Superior de Orquestra da Metropolitana) (2013)
- Third Prize Winner, 8th Saverio Mercadante International Clarinet Competition (2012)

Recently Sérgio become a fellow of the “Latin Grammy Awards Foundation” after being selected for suport from this institution.
Sérgio holds a Master of music degree in Clarinet Performance from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, CA, where he studied with Mr. Yehuda Gilad. He received his Bachelor of Music degree in Clarinet and Orchestra Performance in the Metropolitan National Academy of Orchestra, Portugal where he studied with Mr. Nuno Silva.
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Sérgio C.

Sérgio C.

Los Angeles, CA 90007
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$59 / 30-min

About Claire B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Claire
I am a professional singer, actress, writer and producer hailing originally from the emerald isle of Ireland. I have performed internationally on various musical tours and shows (Grease, West Side Story, Chicago, Mario Lanza Anniversary Concerts, Normandy Nights, High School Musical, A Star is Born, Fame) gracing the renowned stages of my home country, Europe and the United States.

I am currently based in Los Angeles where I sings as lead vocalist for vintage jazz cabaret group The Beauties enjoying residencies in Beverly Hills and Hollywood as well as guest performances at some of the cities hottest events and locations (Sofitel, 424 Beverly Hills, WeHo Halloween Carnavale, French Tuesdays, Le Petit Paris, Andaz, Dirty Laundry, Spaghettini)

I am the current voice instructor of Barbizon, Hollywood teaching at LA Center Studios for
5+ years. I am also the head vocal coach for Hollywood Performers Academy at LA Center Studios, a K-12 program for gifted students working in the entertainment industry while simultaneously completing academic requirements.

In 2016 I founded the Prep Performs program at Prep Academy, a renowned after-school program in beautiful Hancock Park. Here I teach students age 6-18 in voice, acting, public speaking, personal development and debate.

I can't wait to share my skills with you enabling you to tap into your talent and share it with the world!!!
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Danielle January 18, 2018
· Singing · In home
claire was very personable and creates a very comfortable atmosphere. Also she is able to give me great practical lessons that I can easily apply to my singing. I always look forward to our sessions as they are so much fun and I can hear the improvement with each passing week!!
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Claire B.

Claire B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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About Jacqueline P.

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Van Nuys, CA

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About Jacqueline
Hello future students! I've been playing violin for 20 of my 25 years of age and teaching for 8 years. I believe that the most important part of learning the violin is having fun and building a passion for music.

In my lessons we will focus on proper violin technique, music theory and practical application. In practical application, the student chooses what he/she would like to work on, whether it be Mozart or The Chainsmokers or the Moana score, and we learn it together!

I am also proficient in music production/engineering which means that my students can professionally record themselves in my home studio! I also make viral violin videos which I want to start including my students in.

If this sounds like fun to you - let's get started! :)
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Alan January 18, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am writing this recommendation at the request of my daughter’s wonderful violin teacher, Ms. Pabst. Jacqueline is quite talented but it is her personality and character that sets her apart. My daughter is only six years old so Jacqueline’s patience and understanding goes a long way and they have developed a very sweet relationship. We hope we can continue taking lessons with Ms. Pabst for a long time. - Alan Farmer
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Jacqueline P.

Jacqueline P.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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About Cameron S.

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Encino, CA

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Hey! I'm Cameron. Nice to meet you.

I really love working with people who want to learn how to be great at their craft. I've been able to work with many different artists and helping bands work together to achieve a goal. I've played music in different parts of the US to Africa and India (working with students at an American Embassy School) and in places like bars, churches, the Christian Music Awards and even San Quentin Prison. My band (I was lead vox & acoustic guitar) was selected by Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Pete Wentz (Fallout Boy) and Matt Pinfield (MTV) to win a competition searching for "the next big thing" with SKYPE. I've won multiple International songwriting competitions and local pop awards with my band... along with having my songs in TV/Film and with Artists... None of this matters if I can't help you become your very
best, and that's what I love to do! My Strengths Finder calls me a "Maximizer" which means I like to take things that are good and make them great. I'd love to help you reach your goals!

What do you want to do? Be a guitar player? Songwriter? Performer? Learn how to record your own songs? Or simply just learn your favorite songs? I'm here for ya! Feel free to ask any questions you'd like. Let's get together, have some fun and play some music.
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Cameron S.

Cameron S.

Encino, CA 91316
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$50 / 30-min

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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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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Molly November 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgable about music and lots of fun!
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Amanda October 29, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Leota is a fun and sassy lady with some serious technical knowledge! Would recommend
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Leota T.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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