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I've been playing piano since I was 5. I gave it up for a little while to pursue guitar, and then began self-teaching around age 15, and especially throughout college. I pair piano hand-in-hand with songwriting as use techniques and scales to build a lesson plan for my students, as well as classical or modern music pieces.

About Olivia
I love to create. The way I'm most comfortable creating is through writing; whether it's a song, a short story, a poem or a script. Writing has always been the bass line in my life; the heartbeat.

Music and film are both passions of mine. I graduated from Berklee College of Music where I studied Songwriting and Music Therapy. I was pushed to my absolute limits lyrically and musically within these majors, and I am so grateful for it now that I'm on my own creative journey.

I have a great deal of experience, but I am also still learning. I think it is very important as a teacher to always be learning, especially through their students. Teaching these lessons is, of course, about progress and advancement - but also about enjoyment, confidence building and positive encouragement.
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Liz N. December 6, 2013
· Singing ·
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Finding Olivia was no coincidence.My 11 year old daughter is so psyched when she has her lessons!
It is in Liv's home,just a 10 minute ride from where we live,it's warm,safe,and filled with talent.
The passion of music is everywhere you look,Daphne and Olivia are
Ike old souls that just jive together perfectly.
Daphne has gained confidence,a mentor,and a ton of fun,
I thought Daphne was on a short lived path,as kids often jump from one idea to the next,but I believe singing is something she will definitely peruse.
I am so pleased with Take Lessons and especially Olivia.
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Melissa H. December 5, 2013
· Guitar ·
Wonderful!

She is very patient, organized, and makes things fun. She cares very much about what I personally want out of the lessons, and makes steady progress at a very natural pace.
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About Jena D.

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Beginning piano lessons begin with the understanding of how patterns are used to play music on the piano. A student will learn to play scales and chords and to learn simple music theory in order to play along with a students favorite songs. They will also learn how to play by ear, write a song and exercises to help their piano playing and voice!

About Jena
Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD, The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Sa
nta Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
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Mark December 17, 2016
· Singing · In home
I had multiple lessons with Jena and was impressed with her familiarity on voice techniques which she made easily understood. Jena has a great demeanor and related well on a personal basis. I learned a lot and appreciated the experience with her.
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Tucker W. December 4, 2014
· Singing · In home
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
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Lisa G. January 29, 2014
· Guitar ·
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
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Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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About Rob S.

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I have played keyboard myself since the age of 7, and have played professionally for the past 40 years.

About Rob
Originally from Chicago, I attended Chicago Musical College for 2 years before moving to Calif. and receiving my B.A. in music from Cal. State Northridge. I also have an M.A. in Education from there. I have been a band director in public schools for over 40 years. My bands have won over 50 1st place awards in music competitions. I have been playing keyboard professionally since the age of 14. I truly enjoy working with both kids and adults on a one on one basis, and provide a relaxed and friendly, yet goal-oriented experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
In each lesson,students will work on technique, music theory, and learn pieces (both from the method book and from supplementary material). I choose material for each student to use based on age, ability, and interest. I don't use a "one size fits all" curriculum. Although lessons are r
elaxed, I do expect students to do their part and work on the assigned materials at home. In addition,I enjoy playing along with students as soon as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: upright piano, chair, sports memorabilia, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide instrument (except piano) and music (which I would select)

*** Specialties ***
Can teach any school band instrument and keyboard
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Paul October 24, 2017
· Accordion · In studio
Excellent first lesson. Very patient and great teaching method.
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Brian August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor. Always a pleasure to go to class.
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Brian July 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I appreciate that Rob will teach me at my own pace. This is very helpful because I work full time and I'm not able to spend hours each day practicing.
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Camarillo, CA 93010
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About Christopher C.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Piano is my main instrument and the one I enjoy teaching the most. I think it is approachable, versatile, and immensely rewarding. I recommend piano lessons to anyone with an interest in music, as it is an amazing tool and perfect foundation for studying music.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to the amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

About Christopher
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My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have 36 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN'€™s school of music where I received my Bachelor'€™s of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude'€™s Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to t
he amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy when it comes to doing anything with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Ryan October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great with kids as young as 5!
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Teresa April 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I really like working with Chris a lot for several reasons. First he is a very kind & enthusiastic teacher who is always very cheerful and always brings his best to the lessons. As an adult student, I'm not very confident about myself. He has helped to bring that confidence back. He was able to help me tackle the speed problem for a piece of music that I was having trouble with for a long time. And with just a few words of advice, he was able to help me fix the problem right away. Chris is truly a fantastic teacher! I'm glad to be his student.
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Susan January 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Had a great lesson with Christopher
He plays beautifully and I am exited to learn what he can teach me
Chistopher took time to get to know me, my music interests and my goals for the piano
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
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About Lynne M.

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Ventura, CA

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About Lynne
I offer quality piano teaching in my home  (classical). With a Bachelor's degree in music, I have many years of experience teaching the piano! I inspire my students to their very best and insure that they are happy. A patient teacher, I strive to develop my student's piano skills.
I am also a singer-songwriter and have a pop CD titled "Love Moves." Prior wise, I won a talent contest to perform (piano and sing) in Nagoya, Japan.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach my students with the John Thompson and Alfred piano books/series. Subjects covered include basic note reading and also piano technique and music theory for beginners and intermediate levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby grand piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical music
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· Piano · In home
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Ventura, CA 93004
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I am a professional musician and educator with over 18 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.

About Lipeng
I am a professional musician and educator with over 15 years of teaching experience. My students have won music competitions and scholarships both nationally and internationally. I approach each student as a unique and promising artist. I help them set individual goals, then plan and prepare lesson materials tailored for what he or she intends to achieve. I encourage them to work hard, dream big, and enjoy the rewards of learning and performing music.
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Charlyn B. August 4, 2017
· Violin · In studio
The best instructor for my daughter.
Will recommend to friends and family.
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Audrey July 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Lipeng is very patient and encouraging for my beginner 11-year-old, using the video format well to demonstrate the songs and watch the student. She has been a good fit for a player who is motivated to improve but can complain a little bit about practicing everyday.
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Paul C. March 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Very first lesson with Lipeng and I enjoyed it so very much. Lipeng encourages to listen to the music and then accentuate the notes to make it music, not to simply play them.
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About John B.

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

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

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

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

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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Oxnard, CA 93035
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If you want to learn the piano but don’t want to learn to hate music, I can help!
Most piano teachers work solely by the book, grilling you with rote memorization exercises and dry theory without application.
I like to have fun playing the piano and I think that’s how it should be. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take hard work and dedication to get good but nothing worth doing is ever easy.
We’ll get you sight reading, playing with both hands and all fingers together and independently, even composing and improvising in any and all genres, not just classical. Music needs to be understood intuitively and with the ears, not just with the eyes glued to a page!

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
Well, I started teaching myself piano at age 5. Started playing drums at 10. Went into school band at 11 and played tenor sax in concert and marching band. I picked up guitar at 12 and started my own gigging band and joined the school jazz band. That was the same year I got my first multi-track cassette recorder and have been producing demos and albums ever since. Over the years I've never stopped learning new instruments (just added banjo, flute, and ukulele), never stopped composing, and have gigged with 14+ bands across genres from alt/grunge, rock, to progressive metal, to funk/r&b, reggae, hip hop, industrial/electronic, etc...

Though I didn't attend an expensive university for music like many teachers, earning a BA in game Art/Design gives me a broader expertise from which to draw and a unique
perspective when it comes to music education. I've even been able to integrate my game design experience into my lesson plans with tailor-made Virtual Reality experiences! I think, "why shouldn't you take lessons from me?" would be a much more difficult question to answer.
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Newbury Park, CA 91320
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You can expect to be trained in basic music theory as your foundation with possible use of some helpful books. Then venture out into different keys and rhythms as well as developing your style of playing. Finally, you will learn a well-rounded understanding of chord structure and how to read chord charts.

About Kyle
Most of my music life I have grown up learning and teaching in the local church. I have been teaching piano lessons off and on for about 6 years, teaching anywhere from ages 5 to 60 years old. I specialize in the area of basic music theory, keys, time signatures/rhythm and chord structure. My passion and desire is to help people become the best they can be in whatever style they are move given to.
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Dana January 9, 2018
· Piano · Online
Wow - an amazing teacher!! Compassionate, passionate, thorough and effectual! Mr. Kyle🎼 is driven to help every student learn. He is - in his own right- a magnificent piano player. On all fronts he is the one you want to learn from.
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Syrina May 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son and I love Mr. Kyle! He is very patient and encouraging during the piano lessons. He is easy to work with during scheduling issues and always arrived on time to our house for the lessons. I highly recommend him if you are looking for an experienced piano instructor.
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Michele April 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
EXCELLENT! great teacher! Made me feel very comfortable. Can't wait for my next lesson. I am excited to learn with Kyle
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Newbury Park, CA 91320
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Get ready for a truly rich and rewarding experience. Maria studied at the Moscow Conservatory with Viktor Merzhanov. She is a 4th-generation pupil of Franz Liszt and 6th-generation of Beethoven. She was one of the fortunate few (Garrick Ohlsson among them) to study with Roberto Eyzaguirre, who was a student and friend of Claudio Arrau, one of the 20th-century's greatest pianists. Arrau studied with Martin Krause, who was one of Franz Liszt's final pupils. Liszt was taught by Carl Czerny. And Beethoven was Czerny's teacher. Through this great lineage, learn an incredible technique that will enable you to play the music of your dreams!

About Maria
Maria was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a piano teacher and started Maria playing at 4. She studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, she won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Third Piano Concerto. She earned her Bachelor's of Music at the University of Houston.

For her Master's, she studied organ at Rice University with the world-famous teacher Clyde Holloway. She won many national competitions, including Gruenstein Memorial Organ Competition in Chicago and San Antonio Pipe Organ Competition.

The Russian School of Playing has produced some of the world's greatest pianists. This method is fun and lays down the foundation for a relaxed way of playing, which gives confidence and technical security, while enabling one
to produce beautiful "singing" tone on the piano. This helps students of all ages to take their piano-playing to new heights.
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Tina January 25, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Maria is a terrific instructor. As an older beginning student, I appreciate that she helps me meet goals that we set. I like that she tailors our lesson to meet those goals. She is extremely patient. I am having a great time!
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Mike January 12, 2018
· Russian · In studio
My company does business in Russia so learning the language is important for me. I tried programs like Rosetta Stone but progress was slow and frustrating. Learning from a native speaker like Maria is the best way I have found. Being able to receive answers to questions quickly with explanations of the culture along with the language is invaluable. She works at my pace and tailors lessons to my needs. I am finally learning to speak, read and converse in Russian . This is the only real way to learn.
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Veteran W. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great Teacher. Was kind and helpful to my Veteran. Very well done. He loved it.
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