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Average Cost of Music Lessons in Topanga, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in Topanga is $90. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $80 and $100 per hour.

30-min $45
 
$55 average
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60-min $80
 
$90 average
$100

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 30-minute music lessons are 39% less expensive at $55.

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About Brian S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Brian
I have been playing guitar for over 30 years and teaching for 25 years.
I've been featured in Guitar Player magazine (see attached pic). and my live experience includes concerts and tours with various bands (Champagne Francis, Scout), theater (Jersey Boys, Movin' Out, Josh Gad (Book of Mormon) and TV performances (Jay Leno, The Today Show).
I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I recommend children under 10 start on a fender squire mini electric guitar ($99)
For adults,
I am able to bring beginner and intermediate guitarists to an advanced level of playing and understanding songwriting, soloing and playing songs with good technique.

I look forward to hearing from you and helping you along your path of learning music and guitar.
Thanks!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lessons builds upon the previous. The first half of the
lesson is a review of material the student has covered; a "warm up"
The second half of the lesson is for learning a new song or guitar solo as well as chord theory (learning and understanding new songs / songwriting) and scale theory (learning and understanding how melodies and solos fit over chord progressions).
I recommend setting a baseline intention of practicing 15 minutes a day. If you stick to that every day you will improve on the guitar and be playing music very soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender guitar mini for ages 5-9.
Fender guitar (standard) 9-adult.
Fender Pro Reverb amp.
Chairs, Music Stand, Blank Sheet music, Books
Cables, picks etc.
No need to bring an instrument to the lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Electric and Acoustic guitar
Rock / Pop / Alternative / Blues / Folk / Heavy Metal / Jazz / Fusion / R&B

Learn anything on request!
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Bill Eichman November 8, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a very good guitar teacher.
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Daniel October 30, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is both a great guitar player and an awesome instructor! Since starting with him my playing abilities and understanding of music theory have grown dramatically. In addition, he's a really cool guy that's truly interested in your growth as a guitar player. I recommend him without reservation.
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Melanie February 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Brian is a great teacher. He's very knowledgable and I'm learning a lot with each lesson.
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Brian S.

Brian S.

Los Angeles, CA 90016
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$40 / 30-min

About Brian P.

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Culver City, CA

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About Brian
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.

A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to sing and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.

By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California
, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.

Passionate about all kinds of music, Brian's studies include choral music and conducting, Gregorian chant (at the Monastery of St. Pierre de Solesmes, France), and Master Classes with Andrés Segovia and Christopher Parkening. In 1984, he participated as a member of the Honor Choir for the ceremonies of the Olympic Games in Los Angeles, which included recording of original music by Philip Glass for the Olympic Games under the direction of David L. Wolper and Mr. Glass.

As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.

*** Lesson Details ***
METHOD BOOKS:
FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series
Dozen A Day Technique series
FOR GUITAR:
STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book
CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad
Julio Segraras Method
JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop
The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series
Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels

MY APPROACH:
I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:

• the uniqueness of each student;
• the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning;
• the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence;
• the development of musicianship through performance.

EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE:
My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.

ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING:
In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.

TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE:
When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.

PERFORMANCE:
On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.

As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.

GUITARS:

CLASSICAL: Ramirez Model 1A Classical (professional concert level instrument)
Cordoba (teaching/practice instrument)
Hohner Acoustic (electric)

ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS)
Shechter Omen6
Shechter Elite Series C1

FOLK: Martin (steel string)
Dobro

JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric)
Gibson SG (electric)

OTHER EQUIPMENT:

AMPS: Fender Twin reverb
Pevey practice amp
Rock amp

Boss GT8 Effects Pedal

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.

Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
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Jack August 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Brian was fantastic and the lesson was fun! Really pumped about my next lesson! I have some things to practice and I already feel like I can play some guitar!!
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Liana May 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have approximately taken ten or twelve lessons. I started from scratch, and Brian's input and guidance has helped me to move along pretty fast in my learning. My ear is becoming more selective. My fingers are more and more flexible. My idea of learning piano was to do so, in order to play for me and maybe one or two more people. I've learned with Brian that even if that is the case, I must still handle myself, as if I am going to be part of a band. This is teaching me the importance of counting and keeping the rhythm for me and for others. It basically helps me to have a structure. Thank you Brian
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Liana February 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Undoubtedly Brian has a deep and extensive knowledge of piano. I feel motivated by his hands-on approach to teaching.
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Brian P.

Brian P.

Culver City, CA 90230
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About Devin N.

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Pasadena, CA
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About Devin
Devin is a professional pianist and composer in the Los Angeles area.

As a pianist, he specializes in Jazz, Classical, and pop piano. He has toured the world playing festivals and events, and has appeared on TV shows such as Jane the Virgin playing piano.

As a composer, he has written music for The Voice, NFL Football, Mercedes-Benz, and hundreds of other TV shows and ad campaigns.

Devin is also a professor of Jazz Piano and Music Theory at the Los Angeles College of Music in Pasadena. He has a degree in jazz piano and composition from UC Irvine.

While Devin appreciates and understands the utility of fundamental piano and music theory, he strives to tailor lesson plans for students specific interests. While it is often important to begin with basic piano and music theory, some of his students have branched out into songwritin
g, composing, orchestration, and arranging. Devin has had multiple students get accepted into prestigious art high schools under his teaching, being accepted into programs such as Jazz Studies, Contemporary Music, and Integrated Arts.
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Devin N.

Devin N.

Pasadena, CA 91101
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$75 / 30-min

About Harry H.

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Bellflower, CA

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About Harry
I graduated from Berklee College of Music Summa Cum Laude with a major in Film Scoring. I have been playing the drums for 12 years, performing with The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, Alternative Percussion Ensemble, and The Procrastinators - Bar Stool Trio. I have been teaching for over 10 years, working with High Schools throughout the Southern California Area, currently at Mayfair High School, as well with The Watchmen Drum and Bugle Corps and other marching ensembles such as Gold Drum and Bugle Corps and Dark Sky Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, patient, and try to create a comfortable teaching environment. In lessons, I focus on developing the students technical proficiency in their hands and feet. Then apply these techniques to styles of music that are of interest to the student. Ultimately, the goal is to devel
op complete control of the student's facility; giving them the confidence and creativity to play any style of music.

Books I like to use;
Stick Control, Accents and Rebounds, The Language of Drumming, Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stands, Snare Stands, Practice Pads, Metronome, 5 piece Drum Set.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in marching percussion.
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Lou L. April 7, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Lessons have been going well. Very thorough and takes time to tweak lessons based on my skill level.
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Lou L. March 11, 2015
· Drum · In studio
He is a direct, clear and interactive teacher.
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Dylan N. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Harry is a great teacher, who will give you the skills to become a excellent and proficient musician. His focus on competency approach and technique in your hands and feet gives you the confidence to apply such skills through a variety of styles. After being taught by Harry for many years, I can honestly say I would not be the musician I am today without his guidance.
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Harry H.

Lakewood, CA 90713
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About Max M.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Max
I love to teach. I started teaching privately while earning my Music Engineering degree (B.S.) from the University of Miami. I studied jazz guitar at UM and during my 10 years as a guitarist I have played many other genres from folk to metal to pop.
Most of my tutoring experience during college focused on math courses, SAT prep and music theory.
I am great with kids; I taught summer camps at a town-run skatepark for 4 summers.
Give me a call to see if we are a good fit!
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Marina June 16, 2016
· Math · In home
Max has been on time every time. He has established a very good rapport with my 15 year old (!!!) son which results in my son doing the homework and not dreading the sessions. My son seems relieved to be understanding the Algebra II concepts that he missed during the past term. He also seems way more confident and in a much better mood as if solving this issue for school was weighing him down before. In addition Max is very pleasant, very polite so his presence is welcomed by the rest of the family. Thanks!!!
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Brian G. June 15, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Max taught me guitar in a fun and effective manner. Would recommend to a friend!
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Max M.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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About Keira M.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Keira
I am a singer/songwriter and recording artist who has toured Los Angeles, New York, Washington D.C., Miami, and more. Over the years I have studied classical/jazz/pop piano, musical theater/jazz/pop/rock singing, and contemporary songwriting. I am proud to be winner of the 2011 International Smashtune Songwriting Contest, finalist in the Kauai Music Festival Songwriting Contest, winner of the "18 in America" Songwriting Contest, and finalist of the 2013 GrammyU Amplifier Center Stage Contest. Recently I have worked with seven-time Grammy nominee and "ASCAP Songwriter of the Year" Graham Edwards. Currently I work with Grammy-winning songwriter/producer/artist RedOne, who is best known for writing hits for Lady Gaga.

I have a Bachelor's of Music from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. Before moving to Los Angeles,
I taught at the award-winning Area Stage Company in Miami. As a certified ASCAP songwriter, my songs have garnered international radio play. I would love to share my musical expertise with you! Let me know if you think we would be a good match.
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Jaavion March 25, 2018
· Songwriting · Online
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Nicole Sanders November 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · Online
My vocal lessons with Keira have been fantastic! Her training exercises are fun and helpful and I look forward to my lesson with her each week. I don’t have much singing experience so I would highly recommend Keira to anyone looking for a patient and knowledgeable instructor!
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Maria August 31, 2017
· Songwriting · In studio
I love lessons with Keira! She is so friendly and knowledgeable, and she really cares about her students.
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Keira M.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
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About William M.

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Artesia, CA

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I'm a bass guitarist currently working on musical projects and recording techniques for different music genres that range from Classical to Extreme Metal. I graduated from University of California, Riverside, with a Bachelor's in Music. My goal is to share the power and complexity of the bass guitar.

From learning music theory to simply just rockin' out, students will be able to experience it all throughout the lessons. My goal is to provide future students with an exceptionally fun learning environment and help them achieve their musical goals.
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William M.

William M.

Artesia, CA 90701
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$25 / 30-min

About Hannah C.

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North Hollywood, CA

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I am a professional singer from Dublin, Ireland. I graduated of Berklee College of Music, Boston MA, where I received a Bachelors in Professional Music (Summa Cum Laude), with concentrates in Contemporary Writing and Production, Vocal Performance and Songwriting. I won a scholarship to study at Berklee having completed a Jazz and Contemporary Music Higher Certificate in Newpark School of Music, Dublin.

Prior to this I was classically trained. I studied singing in the Dublin Conservatory of Music, (DIT), where I successfully achieved all eight grades at the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music in Classical Singing. I am a past winner of the Soprano Solo category at the All- Ireland Feis Ceoil- premier classical singing competition.

I am currently in the Irish music duo Buska, and Mawd, a touring Indie Rock band in Los A
ngeles. I recently toured with Mawd at the renowned SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas. As an actress, I had a principal part in the hit Irish TV comedy series ‘Damo & Ivor’ back in Dublin. The film, ‘Damo & Ivor: The Movie’, has just been released to cinemas nationwide (March 2018).

With over 4 years of teaching and over 15 years of Classical and Jazz training, I am well equipped to work with both beginners and advanced vocal students. As a student you can expect to see week on week progress. I use different vocal exercises and breathing techniques customized for your voice, recognizing that every voice is unique. I teach students how to release built up tension while applying the foundational breathing techniques every singer should know. I can help each student to sing with confidence, ease and expressiveness.

I look forward to working with you on your singing journey!
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Madeleine March 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Hannah has been amazing in helping me learn how to properly use my voice as well as warming up for shows. She is incredibly understanding and makes you feel comfortable. Not only that, but she is a warm, sweet, and hilarious person to be around. I would recommend her to anyone!
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Sophie March 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
Hannah helped me grow in confidence in ways I could never have predicted. In addition to her indisputable talent, her patience and kind nature as a human made me feel like I could do and achieve anything. I could not reccomend her more. (She's also TOO much fun..)
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John March 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Hannah helped me an immense amount with technique. I started singing backing vocals in my country band and was having a lot of problem singing harmonies and breathing while singing in general. Thanks to Hanna, I am now a lot more comfortable doing backgrounds, and my bandmates are happy that I am picking up the slack. Thanks Hannah!
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Hannah C.

Hannah C.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
(3)
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$42 / 30-min

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Simi Valley, CA

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About Sinuhe
Hello there, my name is Sinuhé (pronounced See-nuē). I am a professional tubist and brass specialist. I teaches a wide variety of instruments including, but not limited to: piano, voice, alto sax, clarinet, flute, trumpet, trombone, french horn, euphonium/baritone, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, and percussion.

As an artist, I have had the privilege of working in some of the finest venues in the world along side with some of the most acclaimed musicians in the industry. As an educator, I have taught choral, wind, and string classes in Los Angeles, Riverside, Ventura county public schools, working with students of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. When I’m not performing or teaching, I enjoy long distance swimming, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.
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Sinuhe S.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
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$30 / 30-min

About Ryan A.

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Simi Valley, CA

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Music is one of the most powerful tools that a person can wield. Music can teach us unity, strength, intelligence and compassion. It can be a guide through the human experience, it can give us company, it can give us empathy, it can give us focus and drive and most importantly, it can give us purpose. Music is a universal language without boundary. I have been playing, writing and performing music for over 25 years. I have recorded guitar and bass on several full-length albums and I have played over 200 live shows. I have studied music, music theory and music business. I love to teach music because it allows me to share my passion. Being able to inspire through music and help others discover a passion of their own brings me a sense of contribution to this world. My goal is to give my students the tools and confidence to become ind
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Leah May 16, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ryan is great with the kids and patient. You will be happy with each lesson he gives!
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John May 11, 2018
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Ryan is very dedicated to music and making sure that every song he produces it perfect! Highly recommend his services.
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Michelle Van May 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Ryan has always been a very skilled guitar player. With three children of his own Ryan understands the communicate needed to teach children. Ryan is an intructor who is truly passionate about music which shows in his teaching. I highly recommend Ryan for guitar lessons.
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Ryan A.

Simi Valley, CA 93065
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