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About Anthony G.

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I have been teaching music theory (the explanation of music) for over thirty years. I started off as a guitarist who primarily played by ear. When I tried to learn theory in a piano based class it didn't connect. It was finally taught to me in a way that was easy, painless, and fun! You'll learn why an "E" chord is called a E chord. In fact, you'll learn how to construct any chord. You'll learn scales, and how they apply to chords and songs. You'll learn to transcribe songs, change keys, songwriting, chord melody, ear training, keys, arpeggios, improvising...all, at your pace. You'll say, "That wasn't as hard as I thought it was."

About Anthony
As a third generation musician, I've been playing professionally and teaching for over 25 years. I've had years of private lessons, graduated from GIT in Hollywood, taken college music courses and continue to perform, record, and teach music. YOU can have fun, learning songs that YOU like, or you can learn music theory (the explanation of music) or study different styles from rock to pop to hard core to blues, funk etc. All at YOUR pace. Many of my students, started from the point where they had never picked up an instrument and have gone on to tour or earn full music scholarships. It doesn't matter if it's a young girl wanting to learn some Disney Artist or some burly blue collar worker wanting to learn some Clapton: YOU can have fun learning guitar while improving at a rapid rate. Contact me, I'll make learning music and guitar a
very painless process.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm serious and passionate about my students learning their instrument and becoming great musicians, however, I also want it to be an enjoyable process. You should look forward to your lessons but know I'm going to expect you to practice as well. I use a combination of my own curriculum and books that are based on the fundamentals of music. We can learn to read tablature or read traditional music. A excellent way to pick music at a quick pace is by learning songs in the style you like, while learning about the keys, scales, arpeggios, and chord construction once you're able to play some songs. After 3 or 6 months you will be playing a basic repertoire of songs that interest you while continuing to progress at a steady pace in the understanding of music.

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North County Rehearsal Studio is a rehearsal hall with private lesson room, we have the amps to plug into and audio equipment so we can listen and learn from the music YOU like!!!  I can also come to YOUR house if the rehearsal located in Brea is too far.

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I expect my students to have a guitar or bass so they can practice at home with. I could bring or provide a small practice amp and a music stand and some study materials. I teach in Orange County and I live in L.A County so If I need to come to your house I can cover a big area.

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During the course of my 20 plus years of teaching, I have had to teach individuals of all levels. I have had to teach little girls Hanna Montana, and blue collar workers--Eric Clapton. Styles include, Rock, Pop, Metal, Jazz, Rockabilly, Country, Spanish, Beginning Classical and ETC!
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Florita S. November 9, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Tony is awesome! After 3 years, he does not fail to interest my daughter and challenger her more to improve her music.
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Florita S. October 25, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Tony is amazing. He has a great background of music theory and talent. My daughter has learned so much with Tony after nearly 2-years of instruction.
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Qianyang D. October 6, 2014
· Guitar · In home
Best Guitar Teacher!

I am 20, and I have been taking lessons with tony for almost 4 month. He really is a great teacher. He really makes guitar easy to learn and always give you confidence about learning new things. He is cool and nice, able to get you through all kinds of difficulties of learning guitar. Give hime a shot, if you really want to play guitar. He is better than any Youtube or on-line stuff.
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Pico Rivera, CA 90660
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About Milton J.

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I've been teaching Music Theory for over three years. I treat these lessons much like a classroom setting in which I instruct the basic tenants of music theory in order to help students understand it in accordance with their instrument of choice (including voice). An introduction to orchestration and how their instrument functions within the orchestra will also be instructed. We will use classwork and homework to detail what is instructed as well as multimedia to aid in our learning!

If you're looking for your child to improve their music aptitude, you've come to the right place! Let's get started!

About Milton
Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education
, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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Alana F. March 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
A very enjoyable experience for Alana. Seems to have capture her interest and excited for next Lesson.
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Jason January 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
So far, so good. It was an incredibly eye-opening experience! I'm super pumped for the next lesson!
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Caleb July 10, 2017
· Singing · Online
Milton is a very professional voice coach. He takes his time to explain everything and he knows what he is talking about!
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Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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About Sarah G.

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About Sarah
Sarah was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been involved in music and theater since a young age. She spent many of her early years performing in both school and church choirs, and was heavily involved in both theater and dance throughout high school. Sarah has played roles such as "Mrs MacAfee " in Bye Bye Birdie, "Nancy" in Oliver, and "Golde" in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as doing "extra word" for Zondervan, and Billy Gram films. She holds a B.A. in Voice, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. While at Biola, Sarah performed with the Biola University Chorale for 5 years performing such works as, Mozart requiem, and Carmina Baurana. She has training in both classical and musical theater voice, and has been working with children and teens for the past 10 years.

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classical technique provides a solid foundation for every singer. Within the first 3months my students will understand the basics of posture, breathing, tone placement, support, diction, and phrasing.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard, and some sheet music. I would prefer the student to have a piano, and sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I have a B.A. in Classical Voice, and have taken 1 semester of pop voice
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Fabian C. February 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hi.our experience with Sarah is so great our son Fabian loves the way she teach.im glad I did get this program I'm looking forward to see more improvements on Fabian piano lessons thank you ....
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Frances C. July 20, 2015
· Singing · In home
Sarah is a fantastic teacher! She's patient, gives good constructive criticism, and is very flexible. My granddaughter loves her. I would recommend her to others.
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Eva G. July 2, 2015
· Singing · In home
Sarah is very patient with my daughter. She tailors the class to her personality. She gets her to do the class in a fun way. She makes the class enjoyable but still focuses on her growth. She pushes Alexa enough to keep her going. She motivates her to learn. My daughter looks forward to her lessons. Recommend!
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Sarah G.

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
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About Crystal S.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Theory is taught to piano, voice, songwriting and general music students.

About Crystal
Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament.

Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working regularly as a theater performer, appearing in twen
ty world premiers and re-imagined classics. Most notably she played the lead role of Keely Smith in the big band jazz musical “Louis and Keely: Live At The Sahara” during its eight-month run at Westwood’s Geffen Playhouse. She also formed her own rock band, The Honeysuckle Jones Revival, with whom she performed her own songs all over Los Angeles. And she began working as a studio session vocalist, providing demo vocals for other songwriters, as well as arranging and performing back-up vocals for original artists, including Laura Roppe (currently in the Top Ten on Billboard’s Uncharted list of emerging artists.) Crystal played the lead role of Brooke in the new operatic rock musical “The Burning Opera LA” during its Los Angeles run in 2011 as well as providing ensemble vocals and playing piano and bass. She also performs holiday tunes from the Golden Age of American songwriting with musical quartet The Sleigh Belles.

Crystal believes that music is serious business but that it should be fun. She encourages her students to play music they love, as well as expanding their musical knowledge. She is a firm believer in basics first and emphasizes theory and technique as the tools to support creativity and provide freedom, power and control. She believes effort beats talent every time and the student who practices consistently will see results, whatever their level of ability. Most of all, she believes we were all born to make music.

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Lesson structure varies depending on the student's instrument, age, level of experience and musical style. However, all lessons focus on:

Technique
Music theory
Performance style

After 3 or 6 months of consistent lesson attendance and practice, students will have a clear understanding of how their instrument works and how to care for it. They will be able to read basic music notation. They will be working toward clearly defined musical goals and they will have at least three performance pieces learned.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Loft Space: full size electric piano with weighted keys, small digital recorder, microphone, Garage Band, parents can sit in on lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring a small keyboard for vocal students with no piano, karaoke tracks and a digital recorder. I also bring a selection of games. Students are expected to purchase all necessary books and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
Young beginners (piano)
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Raylene L Lehnhoff November 11, 2015
· Singing · Online
Love how she teaches the mechanics of learning to sing properly such as breathing correctly and posture right from the start for a beginner. Fantastic instructor!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Singing ·
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
· Piano ·
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Crystal S.

Los Angeles, CA 90012
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About Jeff S.

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Pasadena, CA

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I specialize in chord theory, i.e how chords are built from simple power chords to 7th, 9th, 11th , 13th major, minor , diminished and augmented chords and how you can recognize chord progressions and be able to tell from those chord progressions exactly which scale/mode to play with any chord progression. I will also teach you the characteristics of what each individual note from any scale is used for.

About Jeff
Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my years of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

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I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've beco
me a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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pedro April 1, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jeff is just awesome! Jeff is professional and detailed. He made it easy for me to understand and learn the basics. He is patient,encouraging, and knows excatly when I'm ready for the next step. He's been teaching for so long! He basically knows EVERYTHING. He has a passion for music and it shows. I've grown tremendously since starting my lessons!
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Ashley March 21, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jeff is the nicest and coolest teacher you could ever have. He taught me any song I wanted to learn, he didn’t have a limited amount of knowledge. He is so patient and helpful to anyone that is new to the guitar. He is also very helpful to people that have experience and he can help challenge you. I highly recommend to anyone that wants a fun learning experience!
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Chuck March 19, 2018
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Jeff Stetson is the greatest guitar teacher in the universe! I first began taking guitar lessons with Jeff in 1983. Jeff's a very knowledgeable musician plus he's a kind hearted person who made learning guitar alot of fun. Jeff taught me endless scales and chord voicings plus good playing technique and music theory skills. Jeff taught me how to play great songs by the Beatles, Santana, Jobim, Dizzy Gillesby plus many of his finely crafted and inspiring original compositions. I highly recommend talking guitar lessons from Jeff to everyone at all levels of playing.
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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About Erick
With great passion in music and the world it has opened up to me, I'd like to extend that influence to you! I started my musical journey as a youth with the saxophone, which led me into guitar, then piano, and finally the main instrument of the world: the human voice.

All of these musical experiences have given me the ability to purse a Bachelor's degree in Music Technology at California State University, San Bernardino. I am an advocate of project-based learning, and will be here to guide you through any instruction and advise you'd like to support your musicality.

I've been involved in many roles, projects, and performances including:

A principal role in 3 CSUSB Operas
Versatile male part for CSUSB's Vocal Jazz ensemble for 5 years
Lead sound designer for multiple campus-wide interdisciplinary student films
Vice President o
f the student interdisciplinary collective based in audio and media Mass Productions
Video DJ for Acto Latino

I look forward to helping you become the future of music.
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Anaya G. March 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great experience, great energy, great guy, great instructor!
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Rialto, CA 92376
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About Eric C.

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Upland, CA

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Music Theory, is the building blocks of understanding music. Depending on where the student is at with their understanding of the subject, I will focus on different aspects of the subject. Beginners will be taught how to read music, with skills such as note recognition. Intermediate students will start looking at chords, and analyzing the melodies and harmonies of music. Advanced students will be focusing on higher level analysis of chordal structures as well as composing. All students will be required to bring staff paper, and a pencil to lessons. Homework will be given, but it will not be an overwhelming amount at any time. The goal is to get my students to understand, and become comfortable with music theory, to optimize their musical experience regardless of their instrument, or composing styles.

About Eric
Hi! I'm Eric, a Saxophonist, Composer, Singer, and Teacher that was born and raised in Southern California. I've been playing the saxophone for over ten years now, writing music for as long as I can remember, and singing since I was in elementary school. I play for a variety of groups in Los Angeles, and sometimes perform in L.A. and surrounding areas at venues such as the LightHouse, Saint Rocke, Avalon, The Mint, and the Baked Potato.

I keep my lessons fun, efficient, and applicable. I give students assignments to work on, not only so they don't forget what we talk about, but also so they can also expand upon the concepts given in lessons, (which familiarizes them more with the information). I look forward to helping you unlock your potential!
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Eric M. January 29, 2018
· Saxophone · In home
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Caira December 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is awesome sauce stuff! :)
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Keith Lee May 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
He listens to me and teaches the way that I like. He seems like a good person as well. I recommend him for a saxophone teacher.
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Eric C.

Upland, CA 91786
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Learn the basics of music theory including musical analysis that will greatly improve your musical performance abilities.

About Eric
Hi, there! My name is Eric Rinehart and I can't wait to meet you! I am licensed in the Simply Music Piano Method and I am so excited because this program is quite literally the best thing I have seen in music education.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students experience the joy of music, improve their performance skills, and learn to play their favorite songs early on in their lessons. Simply Music guarantees you will learn 30-50 songs in your first year of lessons! Isn't that incredible?

I went to UCSB and earned a degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry in 2015. I'm a passionate, nurturing, and warm teacher excited to bring the FUN and joy of music making!! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Ignite the joy of music.
Build performance skills.
Develop discipline and persistence.

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***Qualifications***
- Licensed Simply Music Educator.
- 15 years of playing experience.
-2 years of teaching experience.
-2 time record-holding World Champion Euphonium player with the Concord Blue Devils.
-Born to 5th generation piano family.

***My Mission***
To give my students a life long love to music with full creative expression.

***Bio***
I began lessons with mom at the age of 8 and was hooked by music. After my fifteen years of playing and study of music, I continue to learn and evolve as a pianist and educator.

When I am not playing the piano my other hobbies include going to learning about marketing and business, staying healthy, and watching something that will make me laugh.

It is my dream to grow my strong communal piano academy of highly motivated students that pursue excellence in music.
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Kaleena August 2, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Eric tutored me throughout the 2016-2017 school year in AP Chemistry. Throughout the year I played competitive volleyball and Eric was always very flexible with scheduling and making sure he could fit me in- even if it was last minute.

I could tell that Eric generally cared about how well I understood each piece of material. No matter how long it took for me to understand he never gave up on me; if one explanation didn't make sense to me, then he would reinterpret it another way. Even during times throughout the school year when I was just so over chemistry, he pushed me and he kept me on track.

The impact that Eric had on me was incredible and I highly recommend his services. Without Eric's help, I know that I would not have been able to receive an A in this class or be able to manage all of my activities.

I learned more about the subject of chemistry then I ever wanted too.... AND I ended up passing the AP exam! Thank YOU Eric!
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Kaleena August 2, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Eric tutored me throughout the 2016-2017 school year in AP Chemistry. Throughout the year I played competitive volleyball and Eric was always very flexible with scheduling and making sure he could fit me in- even if it was last minute.

I could tell that Eric generally cared about how well I understood each piece of material. No matter how long it took for me to understand he never gave up on me; if one explanation didn't make sense to me, then he would reinterpret it another way. Even during times throughout the school year when I was just so over chemistry, he pushed me and he kept me on track.

The impact that Eric had on me was incredible and I highly recommend his services. Without Eric's help, I know that I would not have been able to receive an A in this class or be able to manage all of my activities.

I learned more about the subject of chemistry then I ever wanted too.... AND I ended up passing the AP exam! Thank YOU Eric!
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Tempe July 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Eric recently played our baby grand piano during a Christmas party, and he was a delightful addition to the festive atmosphere.  He played for about 5 hours and skillfully performed a repertoire of holiday classics and a perfect mix of standard classics which added to the holiday flair.  We look forward to asking Eric to entertain our guests at a future festive party!
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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
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Tutored a few students for their college theory class.

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Ryan Cheung is a classical violinist from Hong Kong and currently pursuing his bachelor degree in Violin Performance and Music Education at Azusa Pacific University.

Ryan began studying piano at the age of five and started receiving violin lessons at the age of six. In 2012, Ryan received the recital Diploma ‘Associate Trinity College London’ (ATCL) in violin with distinction. He was active in the Hong Kong School Music Festival while he was growing up in Hong Kong, and he received a 2nd place and a 3rd place in separated years. He joined various ensembles back in Secondary school, such the string orchestra, symphony orchestra, multiple choral groups and had the honor to represent the school and Hong Kong to compete in the World choir games in 2014 and received a third place in the open competition.

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f Alex Russell. He has been playing in the Azusa Pacific Symphony Orchestra since 2015 and played for the University Choir and Orchestra for two years. Ryan is currently active in the studio orchestra and serving as the assistant section leader in APU Chamber Singers. Ryan plays in different occasions, such weddings, APU school events, or recitals, and collaborate with different musicians, such asL.A. based pianist J. Michael O’Neal.
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Rose March 31, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Ryan is easy going and approachable. He explains things clearly. Music lessons are fun, not a chore.
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Melody October 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Great teacher. He was my music theory tutor, and I was able to skip past two college theory courses within about a week of hour-long tutoring sessions.

From my experience, he works with what you have: he finds your strengths and helps you to learn based on how he believes you'll best receive new information or inspiration. He is able to communicate concepts in many different ways, and always makes sure you understand. He is not long-winded, but communicates the necessary information in a way that is straight-to-the-point, and does not waste time giving his students "busy work," but instead gives them exercises that are directly or indirectly helpful every time. He is a patient teacher, and does not make you feel like you will be left behind. He passionate about teaching and his students, and he does a great job at teaching.
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Ryan C.

Azusa, CA 91702
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Embark on an epic journey into the world of Western music harmony and theory. I'll take you through the basics, all the way to the breaking point and beyond! Learn to create amazing music and have it recorded by: 99dollarorchestrastore.com

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Greetings music adventurers! My name is Douglas Bartolme. I'm an unapologetic music nerd with an insatiable appetite to teach and play music. I've been a piano and music instructor for almost 10 years, both privately and in classroom settings around LA, NYC, and Orange county.

I hold a Master's Degree in Music Composition for Film & Game Scoring from New York University, and a Bachelor's Degree in Music Composition and Theory from Chapman University. I've performed in several ensembles including rock bands, university orchestras, and small ensembles.

Regardless of your age and background, I will teach you everything you need to know about music theory, orchestration, composition, piano practice, and the basics of music production. So what are you waiting for? Let's go!
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Douglas B.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
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4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help … Read More

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many

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