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About Erasmo R.

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About Erasmo
Hello Parents and Students,

I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.

After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "œInland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."

I have also been involved in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direct
ion of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.

During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school'™s top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.

As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.

I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.

I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher'™s and Student'™s understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.

I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio)
(Electric Drumset Available soon)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.)
I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request

*** Specialties ***
I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)

Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion.
Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.

I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.
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Mari Larios September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hes such a great tracher. Julia is five years old and enjoyed learning with him. Hes flexible and patient. Thank u Erasmo.
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Nancy B. January 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Erasmo is amazing!!! He is so good with my Mom and so passionate about her leaning. He's wonderful!
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Shannon B. April 25, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Always look forward to the lesson. Very professional and fun. Shannon has enjoyed it!
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Erasmo R.

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Murrieta, CA 92563
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About Carol F.

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I've taught music theory classes and privately for 20 yrs. I can help you to read music and improve your rhythm. I can also assist in A.P. music theory.
I use Julie Johnson's Guide to A.P Music Theory and The FJH Note Speller.

Students find that in a few short weeks they are improving in Music Theory classes and chorus/choir music is much easier to read.
It's fun when it's laid out easily.

About Carol
I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. My teaching studio is equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along with their favorite songs.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it's more motivating and fun to work on songs that the student enjoys.

It's good for me to know if th
ey feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.

I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I have pre-recorded exercises for the student to work on during the week.

Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.

Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible. As of July 2017 video will be available.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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eric G. August 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
Carol is an excellent instructor and is able to give great constructive criticism to help my voice perform to the best of it's ability.
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Susan August 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carol is a pro and taking lessons from her has been one of the single best decisions I've made in a very long time. I love singing and she reminds me of that when I feel like I'm not that great at it. She has helped me to improve and to believe in myself and while lessons are structured she has the instinct of an artist to lift your spirits when that is what is lacking. There is something really special about a teacher who is coaching your spirit as well as your talent. I used to have a life coach but turns out Carol is that too. I recommend her highly.
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David H. August 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
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Carol F.

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Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Dilys Y.

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About Dilys
Ms Dilys has been teaching since 2001. She has taught children and adult of all experience levels. Her goal is to help students to make their musical experience in a fun and fulfilling way by implementing games and other teaching tools.
Ms Dilys received the performance diploma from Associated Board of Royal School of Music. She is a national certified piano teacher from Music Teachers National Association.

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For young beginners, I use a lot of listening and singing games to increase their interest in learning music. They will be able to read music notes after 3 months and be able to play some short pieces By using the right method, it becomes easy in reading notes.

I hold recitals once to twice per year which give important experiences for our children. For advanced students, i encourage them to take cert
ificate examination and to participate in other competitions

I believe we are striving for the same goal --- make this music learning experience FUN and FULFILLING

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All games tools are provided by myself. I expect my student have their own books

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Easy Jazz
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Caleb O. July 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very nice and patient teacher. Made the first lesson fun and not boring or overwhelming for my 5 year old. He sat through the whole 30 minute lesson without any problems because she kept it interesting for him.
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Caleb S. August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Dilys is very skilled in the art of teaching. She is very fluid. In only one lesson my son was playing a song. I feel we have found our life-long piano instructor.
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Dilys is a great teacher. She keeps my son engaged and makes sure he learns all the skills needed while making it fun for him by incorporating songs that he enjoys.
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San Diego, CA 92128
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About Cristopher E.

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I can help you learn music theory from the basics to advanced harmony. Whether you are just looking to learn the basics of how songs are constructed or you want to advance your knowledge and grasp of complex chords and how to figure out the harmonic possibilities of any scale, I can help you apply music theory to any instrument, although my expertise is in the guitar.

About Cristopher
I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. Ever since then, my passion has been playing guitar and songwriting. I am a music composition honors major at UCSD.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty minutes or for eight hours.

My background focuses mostly on classical, rock/metal, and jazz, and my specialty is the electric guitar. I can also help you learn classical guitar on a nylon string guitar if you prefer, including some flamenco.

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I want the student to have fun with music, and rather than focusing on scales and tedious exercises, I have my students learn technique and music theory more from the actual music (Not to say that learning and practicing scales isn't important, but it is much more useful in the long run to have actual musical melodies and riffs that you can play, and that you know how to take them and use in different musical situations).

I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn the music you want. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn. I believe the student should be able to access and interact with the type of music they want to learn early on, as this will help keep the student interested while at the same time teaching him/her the elements of music and guitar.

As I want the students to be able to interact with the music as early as possible, I will always try and find ways that we can play together, and I will even make recordings so they can practice playing with someone even when they are at home. I also will periodically record the student so that they can not only get the experience playing and recording, but so that they can also look back on their progress, as well as having something they can show their friends/family.

While I mostly play classical, rock/metal, and jazz, I can help students with a large variety of styles, including blues, r & b, and pop music. I also believe that learning different styles and how to take the elements from each that you like and make them your own will lead to a greater mastery of the instrument, regardless of which style you prefer to actually play.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
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Sam October 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
My son is 13-years old and is really enjoying the lessons that are perfectly customized to his skill level.
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Brian M. March 7, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I am very impressed with the way my son picked up the way to read notes and play a song minutes after his first lesson with Christopher!!! That speaks volumes about how good of an instructor he is. I'm glad he's my son's instructor and look forward to watching my son's guitar skills grow under his wing.
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Gil A. January 23, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I've only had one lesson so far, but I found Cristopher to be very knowledgeable, encouraging, and effective in providing advice and helpful hints to advance my skills. I'll be practicing the drills and chords he suggested, and I'm looking forward to next week's lesson.
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San Diego, CA 92130
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About Camille H.

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We tutor at all levels of theory helping out college students and preparing others for state testing.

About Camille
I graduated from Berklee College of music with a voice performance degree in 1993. I'm trained in all methods of teaching from classical to Suzuki, Kindermusic, Harmony Road, and many others. I've directed children's choirs of 100+. I've directed over 15 musical theatre productions and I own a studios in Enconitas where I ha river 12 teachers and a recording studio for students to learn how to record music. To date we've put out four albums! We host bi-yearly recitals with over 150 performers on all instruments.

**Please be aware that as the owner of a large music studio if you do any bookings online through Take Lessons you may have one of my highly skilled teachers instead of me.
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Faith L. October 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Camille is an excellent piano teacher. She is a perfect balance of classical and current. She immediately identified my daughters strengths and weaknesses and is helping her build up both.
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Gloria G. September 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my first lesson, I can tell I'll be taking more than just voice lessons here. Very friendly staff, and Camile is solid, knowledge and creative teacher. SHe's just what I was looking for.
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Camille H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Geoff N.

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I can help students of every level, up to and including college-level texts. We can cover rhythm, note accuracy, interval and chord training, scale modes (Major, Minor, blues, Dorian, etc.) musical terminology recognition, annotation, and more.

About Geoff
Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Calvin February 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geoff has been great at working with us to tailor the lessons to us.
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Matt Burke September 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geof has been playing keyboar for Vokab Kompany since 2008. He not only plays keys, but writes and teaches drums at a middle school (and often writes those parts for our band as well). He also writes vocal harmonies, basslines and runs our practices. He arranges our songs and implements complicated key changes, as well as simple solutions to bridge sections that need work. He is a masterful guitar player. Geoff has played: xylaphone, guitar, drums, keys and bass at our live shows. We have played over 500 shows as a band, and while other members rotate, Geoff is the irriplaceable key to our machine. His studio work completes his already steller resume, as a master of Pro-Tools and upper level understanding of the popular writing software ABLETON Live.
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Valerie August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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El Cajon, CA 92019
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About David E.

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I usually always incorporate some music theory into the lessons whatever the instrument you are interested in learning.

About David
A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the less
ons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Luke November 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
He is a very kind person, very professional.
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Trish D. June 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
David was very helpful and I learned more about my Roland keyboard. He is very friendly and likeable. He was very patient with me as I haven't played for a long timed. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Greg L. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He's a great guitar teacher- very intuitive- really will help you along in your guitar journey. He became a friend as well. Thank you so much for your help.
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Oceanside, CA 92056
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Alessandra can teach you all of the music theory essentials to help you better understand how music works.

About Alessandra
Alessandra has been teaching flute, piano, oboe, and music theory for ten years. Alessandra received her B.A. in Music with a Classical Piano emphasis from Cal Poly SLO in 2014, and she just graduated with her M.A. in Music Industry Administration from Cal State Northridge. She teaches the Suzuki Method for piano students, and a hybrid of other methods for flute, oboe, and music theory.

Alessandra was an oboe soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on the Cal Poly Symphony tour. She was also selected to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble, and the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Cal Poly Symphony. Alessandra was extremely active in her undergraduate music program, receiving several awards and scholarships, and wa
s first chair flute/piccolo in marching band.

Alessandra is a fun and hands-on teacher, and you will leave each lesson smiling!
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Christine K. April 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great experience for the first class!
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Melinda S. April 18, 2017
· Flute · In home
We were in San Diego for a family vacation and my daughter needed to prepare for Solo and Ensemble-- She had two lessons with Alessandra and they were great-- she was detail oriented and really helped my daughter master the music she was playing! Great experience!
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Natalie Y. February 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
First lesson with Alessandra and it went great. She was on time, friendly, and off to a great start with my daughter. 5 Stars!
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San Diego, CA 92131
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Music theory is one of my favorite subjects! So important for really understanding the music we play.

About Clarissa
Hi, thanks for checking out my profile! My name is Clarissa Lee and I've been teaching piano for 14 years. I'm an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California. I am committed to providing professional, well-rounded music instruction. My goal is to provide a comfortable environment for you to learn and enjoy music!

I provide a combination of repertoire, theory, sight reading, and ear training appropriate to your level. My piano studio is very fun, with plenty of games and learning incentives. Students are given many performance opportunities.

I expect each student to practice consistently each week. I believe that training in classical music is essential to build quality musicians. The core repertoire will be from the great classical composers, but I always add kid-friendly music to the assignment, whether it’s the
James Bond theme or Star Wars.
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Lizzy February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Fun, energetic, knows how to level it down or up for both of my children. I'm thinking about taking lessons from her too! Highly Recommend!
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Chloe February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Easy to talk to, always professional and ready to go when we show up, very patient with my daughter who is not a "natural" at piano. I'd definitely recommend her.
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Mary February 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Clarissa is intelligent, caring, listens to concerns, patient and wonderful with children! We love her!
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San Diego, CA 92129
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A study of Harmony and Theory for any musician of any expertise and background.

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My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful Laguna Niguel, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in Orange County for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, P
iano and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Steve November 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've had a few teachers over the years, but none better than Andrew. He has a very outgoing personality, and has the experience to get you from point a to point very rapidly if you do your part. I highly recommend him.
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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