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About Brian R.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Brian
I'm a 31 year old professional musician who has been playing drums and percussion for the last 17 years. I've taught for a respected music studio in Connecticut and I continue to teach here in Los Angeles. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
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Sam February 25, 2018
· Hand Drums · In studio
sooooooo much fun taking hand drum lessons from Brian! Ultra beginner student is me (shhh I'm getting better!). I decided to learn bongos plus the djembe ( I don't own either drum BUT he has them at his studio so it was cool )......He is very supportive when I try the exercises he shows me and no pressure to be a pro right away lol. I will keep coming to learn more and more I like the salsa stuff he showed me at lessons.......and don't worry Brian I am about to buy a set of bongos to practice at home! Cool guy - recommended!!!
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Luther October 24, 2017
· Percussion · In studio
This dude can play! Brian is a great teacher.. we did some hand drums and drum set for the few lessons we had together. I was new to learning music and glad I came across Brian because he is a chill guy with positive light. I felt as if I could take drums as far as I wanted with Brian as my teacher. I will be back for some more lessons when my wife lets me lol.
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Jessie July 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Quality drum teacher. I took lessons with Brian for about a year and his teaching style is relaxed compared to other drummers I studied with. I never felt rushed with the exercises, we always went at my pace. I recommend this teacher.
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Brian R.

Brian R.

Los Angeles, CA 90023
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About Katarina B.

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Arcadia, CA

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About Katarina
I have four years of experience teaching all ages, from age 4 to eighty. Since that time, I have taught over 50 students and can teach all levels and abilities. I also do ABRSM testing preparation. I can teach either at a student's home or at my studio. I have a passion for music that I want to share with my students.

I graduated in 2017 with my Bachelors in Music from UC Irvine. I studied with Nina Scolnik, a Juilliard graduate and an outstanding piano pedagogue. I recently received the Tierney Scholarship at UCI. I was accepted the Master's program at CSU Fullerton, which I will begin in Fall 2018.

I transferred from Pasadena City College where I was a top student in the program, winning several music awards, including the Piano Accompanying Award, Robert Westerbeck scholarship, Honors in Music, Freshman Honors, the Old Tow
n piano competition, and Dean's Honors.
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Michelle April 9, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
My 9 year old daughter has been taking lessons with Katarina for the past 3 months. She really enjoys the lessons with Katarina and has learned a lot! Katarina works very well with my daughter and is very pleasant, patient and thorough with her lessons.

Katarina is always on time and very flexible with scheduling which I truly appreciate considering my work and my other children's activities.

We have had a great experience with Katarina and would highly recommend her!
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Fiona February 20, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Katarina is a great piano teacher. She is very nice, patient, young, beautiful and talented yet very mature and understanding. Flexible schedule, easy and fun to work with. I had my beginning piano lesson for Adults with her for about 6 months, due to family emergency i had to stop my lessons for couple of months now. I will definitely come back to her and recommende her to anyone who wants to learn piano.
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Kayla February 11, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Katarina is very patient with our 5-year-old. She focuses on the basics and makes each lesson exciting by associating musical terms to things a 5-year-old can relate to.
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Katarina B.

Katarina B.

Arcadia, CA 91006
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About Stephen B.

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Irvine, CA

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About Stephen
" Customized Lesson Plan for Each Student. "

Learning the guitar is a fun, yet, challenging experience. Having an instructor guide you through the process makes learning easier and more efficient. The internet provides a wealth of information but can not interact with you and help your specific needs. Many guitar players get frustrated and give up. Getting the encouragement and expertise of an instructor who has been there before greatly enhances chances of success.

My style of teaching is founded on fun with the instrument and guiding students to real music situations. Many students come to me with an incomplete set of skills. These (self taught) players have several basic fundamental holes in their playing.

It is also important to me that students have a basic knowledge of music theory. This way, they can enjoy the gui
tar for the rest of their life. If you just learn to put your hands in a certain place to play a certain song, you are missing out. If you learn what it is your actually doing, you can apply it. This may be the most important benefit of a private instructor.

What You Will Learn:

​Beginning Students:
In my experience, over several years, I find most beginners are surprised the guitar is so hard to play. Having an instructor to help you past that frustration will lead to a lifelong enjoyment of your guitar in the songs you love.
- Learning the basic chords.
- How to move from chord to chord smoothly.
- Using these chords to play your favorite songs.
- Understanding guitar notation (tabs, chord grids, song books, standard notation).
This way, the skills you learn will last a life time!

Intermediate/ Advanced Students:
This is for the hungry players. You will be given the direction to achieve a high level of musicianship. You will be challenged to reach your full potential.
- Technique drills
- Scale knowledge
- Advanced chords
- Improvisation tips
- Chop Building
- Theory
- Reading
- Composition

Experience & Background:

I've teaching and performing professionally for 23 years.
- One year OCHSA jazz combo.
- Fifteen years performing music clubs, casuals as a solo performer and in a jazz trio.
- Twenty three years teaching individuals and groups.
- Eleven years as Irvine and Laguna YAMAHA Music school instructor.

I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).
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Emma M. May 21, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
Amazing guitar learning experience with Stephen!!!
Stephen is a very knowledgeable and professional music instructor. I have been taking lesson at his studio for about 8 months. I go there once a week for my 45 min class and practice 15 min every other days at home. Now I can play the musics I like. Also, during the lesson, he always put the me in the live band situation so I can react to the beats and rhythm from different instruments. Fun!!!!!!!!!
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Gilbert .. February 28, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Stephen is an aw some teacher.
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Jason J. January 31, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Stephen is an excellent musician and experienced in teaching guitar. I try to learn the basic chords from YouTube that worked but then I didn't know what to do with them. I've gotten better very quickly using what I already knew. I highly recommend him.
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Stephen B.

Stephen B.

Irvine, CA 92606
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About Jiyoung L.

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South Pasadena, CA
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About Jiyoung
Hi my name is Jiyoung. I have given private piano lessons and classical voice lessons more than 10 years. I attended Peabody Institute for Master's degree.
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JIECHENG June 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Very patient and knowledgeable. I'll definitely keep taking her lessons.
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Jiyoung L.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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About Elias S.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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About Elias
At 5 years old I was struck by the incredible beauty of Vivaldi's music, and ever since I've been playing violin. I hold a BA from Oberlin College of Arts and Sciences, won a scholarship to the Baroque Performance Institute in 2005 and attended the BPI again in 2006. Apart from teaching, as a professional musician performing in Southern California I am well versed both in classical violin and various fiddle styles ranging from bluegrass, Celtic and old-time to rock, pop and blues. I also play viola and mandolin and write music.
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Jacqui May 15, 2018
· Violin · In home
Elias is great! My daughter is 7 and this was her first exposure to violin lessons. She loves Elias, says how patient and nice he is, and can’t wait for her next lesson each week. I highly recommend him!
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Elias S.

Elias S.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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About Khalil H.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Khalil
I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 15 years. Studied under Joseph D. Mitchell (LA Phil Harmonic) and James Bradley Jr. (Chuck Mangione & Anita Baker). I am currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read modern drum notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns, and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiment
s & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates directly to the feeling of a song. Similar to the practice of method acting.

Lessons are held at my project recording studio near downtown Los Angeles. On two sets: An acoustic muffled practice kit, used during the Rudiment & Sight Reading portions of the lesson. As well as an 8 piece Roland Electronic virtual drum set, used during the Drum Set Application portion of the session. Which allows for real time play along with lesson material or any of your favorite songs.
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Khalil H.

Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
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$25 / 30-min

About Robert L.

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Orange, CA
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About Robert
Hello music makers! Do you want to know the big secret about French Horn? It's actually not the terrifying beast of a brass instrument that everyone makes it out to be. When you apply the proper playing technique and a confident mind set from Day 1, the Horn can be a fun and exciting instrument, let me prove it to you.

I have taught countless hours of private lessons and am passionate about helping others improve their music skills whether you're a beginner jut learning to noodle, or a seasoned veteran looking to improve their technique. I graduated from Chapman University with a B.A. in Music in 2016 and have had the opportunity to play along side and learn from some of LA's finest professional musicians. Let me pass on to you what they've taught me.
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Robert L.

Robert L.

Orange, CA 92867
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$30 / 30-min

About Lia B.

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Riverside, CA

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About Lia
I am a professional jazz vocalist, voice teacher, session singer, and bunny mom. I grew up around music and have loved to sing for as long as I can remember. I believe that exposure to music is the best way to learn how to do it. My parents are both singers so, naturally, we sang together around the house, in the car, etc.
I believe this exposure is what gave me the drive to become the performer and teacher I am today. Hands Down.
I started out singing show tunes with my dad and classic rock/rock with my mom. I taught myself how to play guitar in middle school and this is when the solo-performer in me really started to develop. High school gave me choral music and folk/pop and college gave me jazz. Jazz is my main gig. I have been singing jazz music since 2010 and transformed into a full fledged jazzer along the way.
I believe that do
ing what you love to do can transform your whole outlook on life and work. I do what I love and that is all I can ask for.
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Jen May 2, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
I'm a female heavy metal singer and took 12 years off to raise a family so I needed help with pitch, power, control, strength, and development with my upper range and Lia delivered. What I was not expecting--and was pleasantly surprised by--was her additional instruction on adding more emotion through specialized breathing techniques and helping me move out of my comfort zone and attempt to tackle much tougher material. For someone so young in years, she is an old soul and has so much amazing experience to teach from. I've also seen her perform live covering extremely difficult songs and was blown away...even brought tears to my boyfriend's eyes when she sang his song request perfectly. I did not know her prior to my lessons. I met her randomly by emailing my local music store and inquired about lessons. She is worth every penny and I highly recommend her.
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Dan April 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Lia is fun, funny, smart, talented, great with kids, and overall amazing.
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Lauren April 7, 2018
· Jazz Voice · In studio
Lia is a really fantastic coach! She taught me amazing new techniques that dramatically improved my tone, and stretched my upper range by nearly 2 full tones. The lessons are fun and full go energy. she comes up with creative ways to help you understand how to sing better. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Lia B.

Lia B.

Riverside, CA 92503
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About Sergio V.

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Signal Hill, CA
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My name is Sergio Mora of Mora Music in Signal Hill California.
I am delighted to offer through Take Lessons, private instruction to students ages, 15 and older, in the following subjects: music theory, composition, song writing, beginning piano.

I am bilingual and can teach both, English and Spanish.
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Sergio V.

Sergio V.

Signal Hill, CA 90755
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$35 / 30-min

About Bryce A.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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Hi! I am a high school graduate from Los Osos High School. I graduated in the top 10% of my class and have always had a passion for teaching. I am 18 years young and very optimistic. I personally really enjoy seeing those around me prosper and grow and develop skills that will further expand their quality of life. My life has always been filled with music. I am visually impaired but that has only made me a stronger woman. I have been blessed to have been given partial sight and I feel this has allowed me to share my story to others that nothing can stop you from achieving your hopes and dreams. Being visually impaired has helped me in my musical journey. It has shown me the importance of music and how there is nothing in this world that can replace its beauty. I feel eveyone deserve the epierence of music and I hope that I can be an aid t
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Bryce A.

Bryce A.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
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