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About Dr. Norman L.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Dr. Norman
Dr. Norman Ludwin is a prominent studio double bassist and a leading scholar in the study of orchestration and film composition. He is an instructor in the UCLA Film Scoring Program, the Musicians Union Local 47, and the Cornel School of Contemporary Music. He has been a member of the Florida Orchestra in St. Petersburg and the Natal Philharmonic in Durban, South Africa.

His recent credits include: Zootopia, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Star Trek Into Darkness, Super-8, John Carter, and Priest.

Norman has worked as a double bass player on over 200 motion pictures, including work with artists Michael Giacchino, John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith, Thomas Newman, Danny Elfman, Chris Young, Jeremy Lubbock, Charlie Haden, Barbara Streisand, Roger Kellaway, James Newton Howard, and David Foster (Norman's IMDB link).

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d arrangements have been performed by a variety of groups worldwide, including recent performances by the Seattle Symphony, the New World Symphony, the Colburn School Orchestra de Camera, the Peninsula Symphony, and the California State University at Long Beach. He has been awarded the ASCAP Composers Plus Award for the last four years.

Dr. Ludwin has written eight books on orchestration including “Orchestration, A New Approach-Volume One’ and “Volume Three- Film Music”.

He has presented seminars at the BMI Headquarters, The Society of Composers and Lyricists in New York, the Screen Composers Guild of Canada, Northeastern University in Boston, University of Maryland, Howard University, Ron Jones’ Academy of Recording Arts, New York City Ravel Study Group, Seattle Composer’s Alliance, China Conservatory of Music in Beijing, Beijing Normal University, Nanjing University of the Arts, Rangsit University in Bangkok Thailand, and at Ho Chi Minh Conservatory in Vietnam.
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Dennis Z. August 3, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
I just finished a series of online upright bass lessons with Dr. Norman. It's wonderful to have a lesson without toting the bass around town. Dr. Norman is impressive in skill and knowledge. There was nothing musically he didn't know, couldn't explain, or demonstrate on the bass. He has a keyboard at hand to play chords or emphasize a particular key, and he is proficient on that too. Dr. Norman is A++.
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Caleb G. January 14, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Dr. Norman is a great teacher. He works well with my 14 year old son. I would highly recommend him.
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Tomas October 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · Online
Tomas loved his first lesson with Dr. Norman. Dr. Norman provides a structured environment, something Tomas needs to thrive.
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Dr. Norman L.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
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About Jessica G.

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Pasadena, CA

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About Jessica
I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.

I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

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Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminate
s with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.

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I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
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Melissa October 16, 2018
· Cello · Online
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· Cello · Online
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Melissa October 5, 2018
· Cello · Online
great
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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About Kirsten B.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Kirsten
I have a B.A. in Theatre Arts (emphasis Performance and Directing) with a minor in Broadcast and Electronic Communications from Marquette University. I have worked with professional theatre companies in Chicago, Milwaukee, and New York City, and now currently reside in the Los Angeles area working with a talent management company.

I am also a classically trained flautist! I began studying from a very young age and continued all the way through college. My high school wind ensemble even was given the exciting opportunity to play Carnegie Hall in 2006. We also had the amazing opportunity to play a concert on The Great Wall of China in 2007, which began a two week long concert tour in Beijing, Louyang, and Zhangzhou. While I did not purse music professionally, I participated in band all through college and still enjoy playing for me.
Music lead me to so many wonderful destinations and experiences, and I met many lifelong friends through music study. I'd love to share my love for music and help someone else recognize their love for it as well.

As you'll find in my profile, I am most comfortable with beginner students, kids and teens. This is mainly because I am not traditionally trained as a teacher and I do not have a formal education degree. However, I love helping others and I love to share my passion for creativity. Hopefully I can inspire someone to embark on their own mission to find what makes them happy!

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I think each lesson plan will differ depending on the student and their needs.

I have a few lesson books in mind and we can use those or the ones that the student is currently working on. Or if their is a music audition coming up and they have a particular piece they would like to focus on, that is doable as well.

With beginners we will start with the basics. I know only being able to meet for one band lesson per week in most elementary schools makes it tricky to pick up a new instrument. I'd love to help so my student feels more confident before class!
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Kirsten B.

Kirsten B.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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$15 / 30-min

About Samantha A.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Samantha
Grammy Nominated Samantha A. is a "big voice in a tiny body." With a Bachelors in Jazz Vocal Performance from the University of the Arts, Samantha has been actively singing and performing for over 10 years. Now, a 20-something, this singer/songwriter has released her first (self titled) EP, her newly released Stepping Stones EP (THESE WALLS VIDEO AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE) and snagged a Grammy Nomination for her work on Blue Note Records artist Joey DeFrancesco's album, Never Can Say Goodbye, in 2011. Learn anything from breath control to songwriting to piano.

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Keyboard, ukulele, microphone, recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
*Piano/keyboard required

-has travel keyboard available if necessary
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Fernando A. March 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
EXCELENT
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Nicole January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
The lesson was informative and fun and my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it!
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brittany December 1, 2016
· Ukulele · In home
lessons are always fun and my boyfriend and I have learned a lot :)
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Samantha A.

Samantha A.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
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$80 / 30-min

About Daniel B.

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Long Beach, CA

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About Daniel
Daniel was born to play music. He's on the path the be one of the greats! A true student of music, his influences are never-ending. As a result, he is a true jack of all trades. He can be seen playing anything from classical, folk, jazz, rock, reggae, punk, psychedelic, metal, and solo guitar, but, his passion for knowledge and self-improvement is what sets him apart from your everyday musician and teacher.
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Howard October 27, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Great Teacher, very patient and encouraging!
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Tanya B. October 23, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Nandini P. October 17, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Long Beach, CA 90804
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About Ramone S.

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Chatsworth, CA
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About Ramone
I am half Swiss half American and grew up in Zürich, Switzerland. I love teaching german since it is the first language I learned. I graduated with a computer information systems BA at GSU in Atlanta. I am very outgoing and love working with new people so this opportunity is great for me. I am currently living in Los Angeles because I am also a singer, songwriter, produce professional music and also give professional vocal lessons. Thank you.
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Ramone S.

Ramone S.

Chatsworth, CA 91311
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$30 / 45-min

About Josh M.

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Monrovia, CA
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About Josh
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.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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About Alysa T.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Alysa
Hi! My name is Alysa, and I have been teaching flute for more than 10 years. I am excited about introducing students to the flute, music, and helping develop those skills for people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. I have a masters degree in flute performance, and play with orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area. I'd love to make music with you!
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Faraz November 13, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Alysa is a very smart and kind teacher. She is always very patient and friendly and knows exactly how to help me improve. She is also very generous with her time and makes the most out of each lesson. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
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Alysa T.

Los Angeles, CA 90035
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About Rees F.

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Sierra Madre, CA
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About Rees
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. I graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, specifically within Popular Music. Students can expect their lessons to be highly personalized based on their interests and learning styles. Having operated in so many facets musically, I know how much depth is involved in being a complete musician and I encourage my students to be lifelong music lovers. I've performed alongside wide ranging acts such as John Fogerty, Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys, X-Ambassadors, and Diplo, and I've been mentored by greats such as Patrice Rushen and Glen Ballard. Knowing the value that mentorship has played in my musical journey encourages me to pay-it-forward. I love working with students who are as curious and passionate as I am.
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Miriam A. August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rees has been providing my 2 kids, ages 6 and 7 with piano lessons for about a month and a half. He is very good with them. Patient, engaging and is building good rapport. He approaches both kids differently based on their age and abilities.
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Bonnie B. June 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He has a very tender touch and that fits with my voice. Thank you very much. Dr B.
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Erin October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rees was AMAZING with my boys, at the time they were 8 and 10. They are very different in the way they learn and he was able to adapt to teach them each in an individual way that they loved. I only wish he still lived in town.
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Rees F.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024
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About Dan S.

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Hacienda Heights, CA
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About Dan
I've been playing professionally in the greater LA area for almost 10 years and teaching privately for nearly as long. I specialize in rock and heavy metal styles for all ages, with an emphasis on live performance, band dynamics, modern recording techniques, and more! I want to help you achieve your dreams of rock stardom, or just get your playing, theory, and technique to a new level.

I play guitar and write for LA metal band Sirion, as well as my own solo material and production. Don't hesitate to reach out, let's rock!
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Dan S.

Dan S.

Hacienda Heights, CA 91745
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$34 / 30-min

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