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About Robin R.

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Burbank, CA
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About Robin
I've been a songwriter since I was a teenager. I have been teaching music for almost as long. As a teacher, my joy comes from seeing a student realize they have grown, or discover something they now can do that they could not do before, and the confidence gained through their efforts with my guidance. I carry around the Beatles Pocket Reference Guide at all times and preach the gospel of their songwriting legacy to my students when necessary and whenever possible!! I equally love the mystery of the musical ear, and music theory, and how it all works together...I love purple. For all those who know me, I always match in whatever color spectrum I decide for that day, and I always have been that way. I believe in Angels on Earth, I searched for the Lochness Monster (No luck!!) I love animals. I have 2 rescue dogs, and 3 rescue cats, 1 more
comes to have dinner and hang out. I named my son after the musical "Oliver" and the name suits him! I like that Oliver means " peace offering" I grew up in the Hollywood Hills, and love the history of Hollywoodland, I also love music and TV history. My uncle Sherwood co wrote 2 of the most iconic TV themes of all time in GIlligan's Island theme and the Brady Bunch. My mom, (Judithe) and I wrote songs together for 25 years. I named my first publishing company after my dog, Atso and he was the president and his legacy lives on in his name.

Employment History / Credits

Songwriting School of Los Angeles 2010- present
Musicians Institute 1992-present
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) 2013 - present
Neighborhood Rock School 2013- present
Dick Grove School of Music 1985-1992
LA Recording Workshop 1998-2005
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media 1989-1999

Education:

Dick Grove School of Music

Composition Program 1982-1983
Keyboard Program 1983-1984

Hollywood High School 1979
Honors in Music and History

ATAS member since 1997
Emmy judge for 15 years

Platinum Hit :" Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Starship /RCA Records
"The Last Time" Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) / WEA Records
Gold: "Where Are You Now" Roxus / Austrailia / Mushroom Records
Wrote numerous songs for TV show "Baywatch" 1989-1999
Songs /music in various TV movies, reality shows, films 1979-current
Collaborated with American Idol Top 5 finalist Brooke White
American Idol songwriting contest finalist 2007 / Jordin Sparks year
Co authored Music Book "The Lead Sheet Bible" A step by step guide to doing lead sheets and chord charts, published by Hal Leonard Publ. 1998

*** Lesson Details ***
To me every student is unique and special, therefore I design the lesson around what they need and or want to learn. With the younger students, I strongly suggest we work out of a book as well as me giving them handouts to work on too. There are many and various books by Faber and Faber I love to use. Hal Leonard and Alfred Publishing have some great books depending on the students needs. With kids, it's important to keep it fun and interesting, and get them on a practice schedule. I believe one must have much patience with the younger students and the level of communication must be high, keeping them engaged and focused. With teens and adults, it depends on where they are at, and I always ask what they want to concentrate on. A well rounded piano lesson would work on reading, technique, theory, songs. Again, depending on the type of student, the lesson would incorporate more /and or less of these components.
I've been coined the "Chord Queen" by many students because of my fascination with how theory plays a subconscious role in songwriters who write by ear and if I'm teaching songwriting, we are looking at how the song is structured, the lyrics,the music, and of course the harmony and arrangement and I'm here to guide the student to be able to finish the song, and them be happy when it comes to fruition.

The subjects I've taught:

Piano
Theory
Ear Training
Songwriting/ Artist Development
Music History
Transcribing/Chord Charts/Lead Sheets
Music Publishing/Copyright

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano I teach at in my home, I have a photo copy machine to make copies and Wifi access if the student needs to bring their computer.Ipad, etc in regards to songwriting

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring music/paper/pens/pencils/hand outs/sheet music
Students should have piano/keyboard/Access to computer, or ipad would be helpful for research,examples. Lots of people have their music on their cell phones.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly Contemporary music,but have taught in many styles
pop/Rock/Country/Jazz/Soul genres
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Elise L. December 6, 2015
· Piano · In home
Robin really took the time to understand our daughter's strengths and weaknesses to determine how best to approach improving her piano playing. She didn't just teach out of a book, rather she worked on the fundamentals that are needed in order to build a firm foundation. Elise likes her as a teacher and was very attentive through the whole lesson.
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jay-r cimatu June 3, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor. Very insightful.
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Annie D. February 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
I was a bit nervous to start taking lessons again after a VERY long hiatus. From the start, Robin has really listened to what my goals are and has been helping me meet them - she's very personable and encouraging, and gives me manageable goals. 100% recommended!
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Robin R.

Robin R.

Burbank, CA 91505
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About Deen A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Deen
Take your playing to new heights with lessons from an accomplished guitarist, songwriter and longtime educator! Whether you are brand new to music, looking to prepare for your conservatory audition, or just want to build upon what you've already developed, reach out and discover what you are capable of.
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Deen A.

Deen A.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$40 / 30-min

About Howon S.

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Anaheim, CA
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About Howon
Formerly in the field of international studies and marketing as an active professional, Howon resumed her music study with Dr. Heewon Kwon at Colburn School of Performing Arts and received first place at Sonata/Sonatina Competition of CAPMT in 2004.
Her formal music education in piano as a major started at the age of 16 when she entered Seoul Arts High School in Korea, followed by study at Seoul National University. Admission to master program at USC led her to redirect her career from marketing to music.
Currently she teaches in southern California as a member of MTAC.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a classically trained pianist myself, I help my students with classical approach for their piano lessons as well.
However, when I start working with new students, I start from where they are by trying to continue their previously follow
ed methods and repertoire, regardless of musical genre.
Lesson time will be shared for theory upon students request especially when students are pursuing CM certificate, but, even for non-CM students, I normally plan to advance one level up per year in terms of proficiency.
In short term, I focus on helping students to master the repertoire they are working on, but
I will suggest pieces that can be a little challenging after they master current ones.
Bilingual in Korean and English, I'll be comfortably communicating with Korean-speaking parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students having a digital piano, upright or grand piano for daily practice.
Eligible parking space must be provided to teacher.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music, use modern method such as Alfred or Piano Adventure for beginner to intermediate classical training.
Provide repertoires from intermediate to advance level.
Strong ability to help students for music theory up to advanced level.
CM and SYMF certified.
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AlexK January 2, 2012
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Howon is a an excellent first rate teacher with a solid resume. She is very patient and skilled, and my daughter loves playing the piano now.
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LeslieN December 8, 2010
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Miss Howon seems to be doing a great job and she is puntual and Krystal is very happy with her.
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KimB2 August 7, 2010
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Howon is a superp teacher.She has this warmth about her that makes a child feel comfortable and encouraged to learn better.I'm very happy with my daughter's progress in learning to play the piano with Howon.
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Howon S.

Howon S.

Anaheim, CA 92801
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$45 / 30-min

About Restilito B.

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Lakewood, CA

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About Restilito
My students and their parents have called me a fun, patient, and thoughtful teacher.

I have been teaching piano since 2007 in a plethora of settings, including private teaching, studio teaching, tutoring, and coaching.

My piano studies began at age 9 and continued onto university, where I received a Bachelor of Music and a Master of Music from CSULB in Piano performance.

My other musical work includes being a choir director at church and as freelance accompanist, particularly for CSULB students with a focus on string repertoire.

I began as teaching assistant in 2006 and started formally teaching my own students in 2007.

I am a member of the Music Teacher's Association of California and maintain a position of Recital Director.

My hobbies outside of music include driving, trying new restaurants, and a little milk tea here
and there.
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Restilito B.

Restilito B.

Lakewood, CA 90715
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$30 / 30-min

About Regina G.

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Glendale, CA

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About Regina
At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she presented her country in numerous competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented children in her alma mater for many years. Later in her professional career, Ms. Regina taught at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music Gymnasium.

With more than eighteen years of professional teachin
g experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

***Teaching Schedule***
Ms. Regina teaches in her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

***Travel Area and Special Rates***
If the system shows that your location is out of my travel area, please contact me by messaging through TakeLessons! Also feel free to inquire for discounts for siblings!
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Karina G. February 6, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
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Hannah F. January 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Comfortable to be with.
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Kerry A. January 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

Kerry
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Regina G.

Regina G.

Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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About Salwa B.

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Long Beach, CA

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About Salwa
Born and raised in San Diego of Armenian-Assyrian-Mexican descent, Salwa is based in Long Beach and recently received her graduate performance certificate on viola at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music, studying with Brian Chen. She received her BM and MM magna cum laude in viola performance at the University of North Texas College of Music, where she studied with Dr. Susan Dubois and Cynthia Roberts.

Salwa designs her lessons to fit each student's unique learning needs, and firmly believes in the words of Daniel Coyle, "Greatness isn't born, it's grown." She believes in every individual's unique human potential, and views each student as equally important and valuable. She is confident she can help you reach your goals and become the best musician you can be!
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Henry April 27, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Salwa demonstrates patience and is very good with my son. She is very clear, and consistently works on making sure my son has a strong foundation on posture and good habits.
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Henry- Student M. March 23, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She was very detail and demonstrated lots of patience.
Exactly what my son needed.
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christian P. June 5, 2015
· Viola · In studio
We love working with Salwa. Her attention to detail is amazing and she has been able to change habits in one session. She has a beautiful way of seeing the world and infuses that kindness in everything she does. She is an asset to our lives and we are grateful to have met her.
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Salwa B.

Salwa B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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About Amber F.

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Sun Valley, CA
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About Amber
Hello, I'm Amber, music education major and commercial music minor. My background in music extends to marching band competitions, teaching a classroom of 30+ students (age range 8 to 15), giving private lessons since '08, and performing at events like the Sugar Bowl of '11 and being featured on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Being a fellow parent, I understand the hardship of setting consistent tutoring schedules, so I'm very flexible as long as my own schedule is respected. I have experience with the special needs community and continue to volunteer at events that suit my work/school week. I'll gladly work with those who have autism, down syndrome, etc.
When teaching students of any age, I like maintaining a relationship with them (and parents) to where they are comfortable inquiring topics outside of the musical realm, such as "how was scho
ol today?" I want my students/parents to feel that they can come to me for (limited) social time. Thank you for your consideration.
-Lessons will always be at an affordable price, guaranteed.
-For musicians, if you want to learn the flute, clarinet, keyboard/piano, soprano saxophone, or piccolo, you have the option of taking that instrument home practicing outside of our sessions. Music stand and sheet music included. Bringing in pieces to learn is always welcome!
-Parents are encouraged sit in and/or participate. -Snacks/drinks can be provided.
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Amber F.

Amber F.

Sun Valley, CA 91352
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$15 / 30-min

About Monica A.

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Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA
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About Monica
Hi there! My name is Monica Allan, and if you want to learn to LOVE singing, get in touch with me! I grew up doing youth theatre in the South Bay, I'm a graduate of the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (Vocal Major), as well as the Hartt School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, where I got my BFA in Musical Theatre.
I believe that more than anything, music should be about having fun and making your soul happy. And I believe lessons should be fun as well! Of course we'll get jnto theory, healthy, sustainable singing technique, and performance & audition prep, but it's more about throwing spaghetti at the wall and seeing what your particular style is!
I can also help with college auditions for musical theatre programs, seeing as I auditioned for 25 college myself before settling in Hartt.
* I will be out of town for the summer, but
if you're interested, get in touch and we can set up a first lesson in September! First lesson is just $10!! *
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Monica A.

Monica A.

Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA 90274
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$25 / 30-min

About Dr. Ivo N.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Dr. Ivo
Dear students,
My name is Dr. Ivo, but my students call me Ethan.
I recently moved to Los Angeles but I have taught students, all ages, for more than 15 years in New York City. One of the most important components of my teaching is making sure that students learn skills, which could be retrieved at any time in life, even after stopping piano. Here are some of the highlight of my performance career:

I made my Carnegie Hall debut in 2006, and later took part of numerous music festivals: Fontainebleau France, Viana do Castelo, Portugal, and the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Additionally, I participated in master classes given by Jerome Lowenthal, Gilbert Kalish, Jean-Yves Thibaudet, and Joseph Kalichstein.
In 2017, I earned my Doctoral Degree under the guidance of Dr. Marc Silverman and graduated with honors, including
The Helen Cohn Award, given for his outstanding Doctoral Dissertation on the pedagogical investigation of the pianistic approach of Vladimir Horowitz and Martha Argerich.
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Andrea May 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
We love Ethan, now Ivo! Ethan is a beautiful piano player and a very good teacher who was able to connect with my son, Oscar. Since Ethan left NYC, we haven't found another piano teacher quite like him. I highly recommend him.
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Yin May 31, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter, Brianna, took lessons with Mr. Nanev for over two and a half years in NY and he is an outstanding teacher.He is very caring and motivates his students to do their best.
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Dr. Ivo N.

Dr. Ivo N.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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$40 / 30-min

About Sophia C.

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About Sophia
I am a young music teacher in Norco, California who has professional experience and training in Classical, musical theater, and modern day music. I am super outgoing and relatable, and can get you out of your shell! I love working with people and seeing them grow into wonderful singers, performers, and mucisians. Many of my students have gone on to receiving music scholarships as well as landing awesome roles in musicals. Whether it's for fun or something you are serious about, singing lessons can change your life! Teaching and singing are two of my greatest passions, and I know that you will excel greatly in music with my help. I promise you'll love them and will look forward to them all week.
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Monique July 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great with my son. Made him feel at ease and made it fun. Giving him so much confidence
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Natasha July 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter has had a blast with Sophia. She has so much patience and and really encourages my daughter. My daughter loves going to her lessons.
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Sophia C.

Sophia C.

Mira Loma, CA 91752
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