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About Azuri M.

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About Azuri
Learning is one of my main pursuits. My name is Azuri and I have studied music for over a decade and have my degree in guitar performance from musicians institute. I've had the gift of studying many artistic crafts and spend my time today trying to further my own study, while sharing what I've learned with my students.

Art is one of the most important tools we have as a culture and contains in it a shared history, tradition and the keys to future ones. Whether it be through the primal qualities of music or the impulses of dance, the records of drawing or descriptions of writing, these are the tools for our expression. I have had the great fortune to study, in many different settings, a small piece of these traditions and sharing them is paramount in respect to receiving them. I love sharing knowledge and I hope to elevate yours as a st
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Teaching Philosophy -

My teaching philosophy is built on well rounded communication, explanation and examples. So, that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment.
Along with being provided good information, a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.

I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants to help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time, I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet; It is important that while focusing on a students artistic goals they respect and are open to the suggestion and guidance of their teacher.

I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music, so that I can understand all different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and I don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.

I also try and be very patient with my students. Knowing that when I feel rushed, it makes information more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate. I love watching the gears run in my students head, so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their abilities.

HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back, so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a Artists worst enemies are nerves. Keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth on a topic. After all, Art is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.

I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops, you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.

I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied, I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge; As long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.

Education -

MUSIC
_Bachelors in Music - 2016 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Associates in Music - 2011 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA)
_Major in Music - (Academy for Visual and Performing Arts) - 2008
_Garden of Angels - 2003 - Performance Academy

DANCE
_Krump, Pop-n-Lock - 2012 - (Xtreme)
_Break Dancing - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_Traditional Brazilian Dance & Samba - 2014

MARTIAL ARTS
_Capoeira - Current - (Capoeira Batuque with Mestre Amen)
_Wing Tsun - 2013 - (Johnny from the Emin Boztepe School)

ART
_Graffiti - 2011 - (Fun.Krew)
_General Art - 2008 - (AVPA)
_Painting - 2003 - (Garden of Angels)

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Azuri Zen M.

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I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously, so that one can understand a topic or piece of information.

I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculums, sources and examples, such as : MI curriculum for ear training, Theory, Single string Technique, Reading, Rhythm guitar, Ted Greenes Chord Chemistry, Berklee Guitar Method, as well as The Real Book, other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) The Guitar Players Hand Book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculums, relative to the topic at hand and students personal goals, amongst many others.

-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.

-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.

-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed

-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.

Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating.
Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.

*** Specialties ***
As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
Azuri is great, l recommend it to anybody. THANK YOU!!!
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Juan G. April 4, 2016
· Singing · In home
You not will be disappointment. He is very professional. My first lesson and l like the way he teach.thank you azuri.
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Ingrid B. December 21, 2012
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Azuri is a fun teacher!

I love working with Azuri. He is patient and encourages me. Everytime I have a lesson he says something that opens my eyes. It usually just takes that one meaningful statement he says throughout the lesson for the time there to be worth it all. Moreover, he is a great teacher! It's very fun learning from him.
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Azuri M.

Azuri M.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
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About Drea C.

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Glendale, CA
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About Drea
I have been in the creative industry since I was a child. I have been singing since I came out of the womb! And doing photography since high school. I am now in front and behind the camera as an actress/on camera host, and I am a professional photographer/videographer. I have behind the camera for companies such as VH1, MTV, Fuse TV, and the New York Post. In front of the camera, you have probably seen me in films such as Relativity Media's, "Act of Valor," "Baby Mama" (Opp Tina Fey/Sigourney Weaver), and Chris Rock's "I Think I Love my Wife." My experience both in front and behind the camera compliments each other as I understand what is needed for both positions. I try to keep my lessons informative and fun! -- Anything can be achieved if you take your time and you really want it.

I teach both in front and behind the camera :
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Twilla Loewen December 21, 2015
· Photography · Online
My instructor Drea was a very was a very Patient and was prepared for our lessons. She sends an email and get a basic understanding of what your goals are what type of equipment you're planning on using and if she is unfamiliar with you for particular camera she does her research and is prepared to answer you any of your questions. I would recommend taking photography classes from her, I intend to continue taking lessons from Drea she is a treasure trove of knowledge.
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John F. June 26, 2015
· Photography · In studio
good teacher,
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Drea C.

Drea C.

Glendale, CA 91201
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$55 / 30-min

About Marie B.

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Glendale, CA
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About Marie
I have worked in Animation for over 20 years, from traditional 2D animation to computer, initially in Canada, in Montreal, more precisely. In '97, I was hired by the Walt Disney Animation Studio to train their animators on the computer. I taught computer animation software, mainly Maya, and Photoshop to hundreds of talented artists here in Burbank. I was also creating and writing teaching materials, so I am well versed in Word, and Illustrator.

My other passion is Fashion Design. I am a Fashion Design graduate from FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising). I studied Fashion so I could make my own patterns. I have been sewing for over 30 years and just love creating clothing or costumes for my children and I, with commercial patterns or my own patterns. I am pretty crafty, really good at modifying patterns, and I have a grea
t knowledge of fabrics. I love fashion illustration and the whole process of creating a line.

I really enjoy teaching, and after years of teaching animation software, I craved teaching something more hands-on, and I have been enjoying teaching sewing and fashion design. It is rewarding to pass on a skill that used to be taught from generation to generation, but that less and less people are learning nowadays.

Whether it is for a hobby, to decorate your house, to prepare for design school, or to make your own clothes, I can teach you from the very basic sewing skills, to more advance topics such as modifying your patterns to make clothes that fit.
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Ashlyn July 8, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Marie did a great job of working with my 12 year old daughter. She was quickly able to adjust to the skill level necessary to help my daughter continue to grow her sewing skills!
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Anthony June 14, 2017
· Sewing · In studio
Marie really took the time to understand what i wanted to do, and worked with me to develop a custom lesson plan to help achieve my goals. I really enjoy working with her!
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Kevin Gust May 25, 2017
· Sewing · Online
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Marie B.

Marie B.

Glendale, CA 91208
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About Danschnieder A.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Danschnieder
Hello my name is Danschneider. I cannot wait to meet all of you. I have been teaching chess, singing, English, algebra, and basic Math since 2002. I am more than happy to teach in-home, or in-studio to anyone. I have been a martial arts practitioner since the age 15, in different martial arts reigning from Hung Gar kung fu, Karate, and my specialty the Filipino martial art of Eskrima. I have years of experience teaching drawing from basic line drawing, to shading, coloring, etc.. I write my own original poems. I have been working with two non- profit groups such as KIWANIS and S.I.P.A. Under KIWANIS I became more in tuned with different kinds of people.I'm also very good with the children and teens. S.I.P.A. was a program where I worked with children from ages 6-12. I might not be a parent, but I know how to keep the kids enthusiastic and
cheerful . I am willing to teach and work with anyone.
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Jim June 18, 2017
· Arithmetic · Online
Very Great Excellent. 1/1 Star PERFECT
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Theodore June 8, 2017
· Algebra · In home
Really helped me out for my finals
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Arturito May 25, 2017
· World History · In studio
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Danschnieder A.

Danschnieder A.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
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$20 / 30-min

About Stella R.

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Northridge, CA
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About Stella
Hi there. My name is Stella and I would love to teach you the endless possibilities of doing crafts. I am an advanced seamstress,knitter, crocheting, embroider, needlepoint, jewelry maker as well as a cake decorator on figurines, and 3d structured cakes.
The only thing you need is love and passion to create and with me you can reach the next level.
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Nancy R. July 25, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Stella is a wonderful teacher. What I had been unable to teach myself, she taught me in no time. Patient, thorough, funny, interactive and did I say patient? And in seconds, she knew my machine better than I. And who knows, I may decide to learn a new craft just so I can continue working with her.
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Ella Z. January 6, 2017
· Sewing · In home
Great person, great instructor. Extremely helpful and very pleasant.
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Katharina December 4, 2016
· Crocheting · In studio
Stella was very patient, kind and professional. She is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to her subjects. I highly recommend her!
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Stella R.

Northridge, CA 91324
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About Janis Y.

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Los Angeles, CA

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Hi there! I'm Janis, a recent graduate from the University of Southern California. While at USC, I studied neuroscience, but beyond my science curriculum, I took many literature and music classes.
I love learning about all types of topics and people, and I want to bring this energy to my students. From a very young age, I have loved creating lesson plans for my younger siblings. This developed into more formal tutoring and mentoring roles through middle school, high school, and college.
I have experience teaching everything from beginner piano to young children, to science presentation skills to international teaching assistants.
Using passion, compassion, and a positive energy, I would love to help you achieve your learning goals! :)
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Maximus August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful with younger children!
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Briana D. August 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
Our 5 y.o. daughter just took her first lesson with Janis and she much enjoyed the lesson. Our daughter is excited to learn to play the piano and Janis made the lesson fun and enjoyable. Our daughter is off to an excellent start with Janis. Janis left homework for our daughter until she returns for the next lesson. We are very pleased with Janis. She is very pleasant and patient and our daughter much enjoys her company.
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Alisha August 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
We moved recently to LA from London and Janis is a fantastic teacher. My two boys are very much enjoying their lessons now and even practice without me having to ask. She discovered how best to motivate each child and customized her approach. Janis is much better than the previous two teachers in London.
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Janis Y.

Los Angeles, CA 90036
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$25 / 30-min

About Samantha G.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Samantha
Samantha is an innovative, and creative artist, multi-instrumentalist who specializes in guitar and visual arts. She has performed at various venues with out of box application of technique. Samantha cares about her students and will treat each individual student with their level and realm of creativity.
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Shirley April 2, 2017
· Drawing · In studio
Very caring and supportive. She makes you feel very comfortable. She takes her time to explain what we are doing and she makes sure you understand. The lesson was done in such a way that I got a lot of information that made sense and did not feel overwhelmed. Her teaching style is geared to the individual. The hour went by so quickly. I would highly recommend her for lessons.
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Dana March 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Wow! What a brillant and creative Artist Samantha is! She is soooo full of passion in her artersy. She is truly a hidden gem. I would highly recommend her as anyone's personal instructor.
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Louis March 21, 2017
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Samantha is extremely talented & creative a true artist !
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Samantha G.

Samantha G.

North Hollywood, CA 91605
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$40 / 30-min

About Joanna W.

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South Pasadena, CA

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London born, LA / NYC based vocalist, composer and multi-instrumentalist Joanna has emerged as a unique voice in the singer-songwriter world. With a classical and jazz background her music combines post-folk and art-song with a poetic lyricism which The New York Times described as "sensitive and deep”. She is a master in the art of live vocal looping and creates beguiling vocal soundscapes to accompany her songs. The Telegraph called her virtuosic performance as "sublime and unique".

Since 2011 Joanna has released three critically acclaimed albums, her fourth, "Blood and Bone" to be released later in 2017. “Gardens In My Mind”, (Sunnyside, 2016), features pianist Dan Tepfer and the award-winning Sacconi Quartet, showcasing Joanna’s “crystalline delivery” (Downbeat) and lush string quartet writing. Downbeat gave this album four
stars, calling it "an exquisite singer-songwriter album”, while PopMatters called it “a truly beautiful listen from start to finish”.

In addition to her work as a performer, she has worked on multiple film soundtracks—her song “Satellite” is featured in the movie Pressure, starring Danny Huston, while other credits include All the Beautiful Things (Sundance), Desert Dancer, Dear Wendy and Summer in February. She is also the featured voice of the national ad campaign for Hillshire Farms

Alongside her original material, Joanna commissioned to arrange a full length concert and lecture "Beyond Joni", focussing on the works of female songwriters of the 1960’s, including Joni Mitchell, Judy Sill and Joan Baez, to name a few. This is an ongoing project to be performed around the world.

Joanna has had the opportunity to work with such music luminaries as Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, Kenny Werner, Lee Konitz Quartet. She has toured her own projects internationally, including Europe, Australia, Japan and throughout the US. She is also a regular collaborator within the dance, circus and theatre worlds.

Joanna is a passionate educator, especially in the field of early music education. She teaches with Grammy Nominated clarinetist Oran Etkin, teaching for his children's music education program Timablooloo. In February of 2016 she ventured to Mumbai to direct a choir of 200 children with the UK charity Songbound, bringing music to impoverished children in India.
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Joanna W.

Joanna W.

South Pasadena, CA 91030
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$42 / 30-min

About Lindsey B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Lindsey Baumsteiger is a freelance, fine-art photographer based in Central California; where she graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography. She has spent years traveling and taking pictures for herself and clients, but has found that her heart resides in the teaching of photography. A firm supporter in the power of creative self-expression and art as therapy, Lindsey believes that photography is a medium of art every individual can greatly benefit from. It is this passion and experience that has brought her to teach and share her excitement.

“Lindsey took the fear of ‘being in over my head’ and smashed it. She explained things in a way that made me feel less scared to pull out my camera in front of people. Most of all, she made photography an inviting place. I am encouraged, excited, and look forward to taking another class with h
er in the future.”
— Katharine L.

“Lindsey is knowledgeable and had a real passion for both photography and passing her love of photography along to her students. The manual settings have always been intimidating for me. Lindsey broke it down in a way that helped me to really understand. Her class has opened me to a whole world of possibilities and has ignited a new passion for a hobby that I have always loved. I could not wait to rush out and try the new techniques.”
— Jon S.
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Lindsey B.

Lindsey B.

Los Angeles, CA 90033
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$200 / 60-min

About Katherine V.

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Manhattan Beach, CA

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About Katherine
I graduated from the Art Center College of Design, in Pasadena, CA. and later took some additional classes at UCLA. I taught graphic design and illustration at Woodbury University. I've worked for advertising agencies and large corporations.

I now have my own business and also enjoy teaching young students through adults.

Businesses and academic institutions around the world use PowerPoint. It is important at all levels to be an effective communicator and presenter.

I will use my academic knowledge joined with my new world digital technology skills, to make you able to express yourself through PowerPoint as a force and voice of the future.
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DK August 19, 2017
· Graphic Design · Online
Ms. Veze shares the successful Multimedia Program in the Los Angeles Unified School District’s, Youth Development Program, which is for students grades K-8.
Katherine’s passion for Multimedia and youth has given students the benefit of being exposed to all facets of Multimedia, and provided life long learning skills as well. Her skills and knowledge are tremendous. Administration, staff and students appreciate her dedication and ability to touch the lives of students.
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Pat August 12, 2017
· Microsoft PowerPoint · Online
I have known Katherine for 25 years. She is a dedicated teacher and
professional Creative Director, Art Director, Senior Graphic Designer and
Power Point Specialist. Very responsible, creative, and patient with her
students. She's organized and completes projects in a timely manner.
I highly recommend her without reservation.
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Katherine V.

Katherine V.

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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