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About Athena M.

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Lomita, CA

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Experienced piano teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation in rhythm, reading, style and performance skills. I specialize in pop, gospel, jazz and classical, typically use methods books for beginners, and also use materials that experienced students already have. (No need to buy all new stuff if you like what you have.)

About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large studio space with a piano and plenty of room to make noise! In fact, our room just got a terrific upgrade with new carpet and paint, so it looks great, feels great and sounds great.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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yuki August 4, 2017
· Singing · Online
Athena was very easy to listen to.and understand. I was very at ease with her way of teaching and explaining things. This will be a fun time.
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Nicholas July 27, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Athena is extremely patient with my 7 year old! He is progressing faster than I ever imagined!!!
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Joshua I. July 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Looking forward to next lesson 😄
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Athena M.

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Lomita, CA 90717
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About Jihye L.

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San Gabriel, CA

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Hello! I am a certified and experienced piano teacher. I have a master degree of music and also have a certificate of Yamaha Music Association. I've been working with all ages of students at schools and studios. Currently, I offer private lessons at my home studio and online.

About Jihye
Hello, future students!
My name is Jihye and I teach Piano and Korean language.
I grew up in Seoul, Korea and currently living in Arcadia, California. I graduated Kyung Hee University and earned Master's degree at the California Institute of the Arts.
I have been teaching piano over 20 years and Korean at Korean language schools since 2000.
In the past, I have met many K pop and K drama lovers so I decided to share my culture and language with them.
So far I have met many of passionate and enthusiastic students whom I feel very lucky to work with.
I offer personalized curriculum's to each of my Korean and piano students.Also provide a variety of levels of exams for those who would like to take them. I sometimes use clips of songs and dramas to help students who learns Korean.
Are you ready to learn?? Let's begin taking lessons!!
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Tim August 8, 2017
· Korean · Online
She is a great teacher and makes things easy to understand. She's also very kind and funny! I highly recommend her if you're interested in learning Korean.
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Chris L. July 20, 2017
· Korean · In studio
She is easy to have a conversation with and lessons aren't so formal so it makes it more comfortable to learn.
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Clarissa July 19, 2017
· Korean · Online
My first class was great! Jihye is very friendly, patient, and understanding, and I really look forward to more classes with her!
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Jihye L.

San Gabriel, CA 91775
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About Christopher M.

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Looking to start you musical journey but not sure how? Piano is a great place to start! Learn how to read music in bass & treble clef, rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, music theory, chord structure & inversions!

About Christopher
My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom
curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Jesse O. June 30, 2017
· Guitar · Online
always teaches with passion and patience!!!!
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Jesse O. June 10, 2017
· Guitar · Online
ALWAYS TEACHES GREAT MATERIAL AND SUBTLE TECHNIQUE THAT CHANGES YOUR WHOLE GAME!
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Jesse O. May 19, 2017
· Guitar · Online
very thorough and great at explaining and breaking down technique.
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Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
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About Andrew R.

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The piano unlocks all other instruments. Since it's a 'logical' (you play higher, it sounds higher and vice versa) instrument, it provides the perfect way to start a musical education for kids and adults alike. I specialize in rock, pop, blues piano and can help any students wishing either to start out or those wishing to extend their techniques in the styles mentioned above.
I've been told I have extraordinary feel and I'd like to have the opportunity to share with you how I achieve that!

About Andrew
British born and Educated at London's prestigious Trinity College of Music and The Royal Academy of Music, my professional musical career has spanned over two decades to date. I have performed with world renowned acts such as Sia, Dave Stewart and Horace Andy, and have been a featured recording artist on many of the worlds most famous film scores while myself having authored or co-authored over 30 movie scores.
A Suzuki violin student since the age of 3, I added piano, guitar, singing and composition during my teenage years. The Suzuki method encourages advanced aural development from very early on and this has turned out to be my strongest suit. With my ear, I have impressed some of the most notable orchestrators, composers, directors and producers in London, Hollywood and the world over. In fact, it was these on the spot aural magic tr
icks that allowed me to impress the Hollywood composer that first invited me to Los Angeles to work on my first blockbuster. That opportunity led to many years of success in the industry and some notoriety.
I have always had a passion for teaching, sharing my knowledge with others and watching other people take immense pleasure in their own achievements. I have been told time and time again that I have a very special gift for teaching and I would very much like to share it with you, whether you want to learn an instrument, musicianship, ear training, composition, hone your vocal or mic skills or learn how to arrange an orchestral piece in just a few hours!
I look forward to talking to you about your specific needs and goals and having the opportunity to help you realize them in a fun friendly and authentic atmosphere.
Andrew
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Evan May 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Andrew was great at getting started back in piano and working on new pieces right away. He's got a great style and has me playing right away.
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Aron February 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
He is the one, do not search for any other teacher!
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Michael Kriegsman January 30, 2017
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Andrew is beyond impressive. As a musician and as a person. I look forward to a long musical relationship.
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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About Joe S.

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I have been playing piano for 17 years. I started in college as part of my keyboard and music theory training. While reaching, I try to incorporate sight reading, music theory, and overall proficient.

About Joe
I absolutely love teaching music! After over 20 years of teaching, performing, writing, and recording in all styles/genres, it continues to be a great adventure. It is a joy to pass this on to others...especially seeing my students that never touched the instrument going on to be very proficient players.

I take teaching seriously, but definitely try to make it enjoyable for the student. I studied classical guitar in college, but was playing everything from Van Halen to Jazz to Country & Blues before that. Currently, I'd consider myself a flat out musical mutt...enjoying anything and everything. The love of guitar has also expanded to a multitude of instruments that I record, gig, & teach with.
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Shiva July 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Joe has been super patient and easy to practice with. Very knowledgeable in his craft and I highly recommend him to any future students.
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John June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Joe was enthusiastic and really taught my son a lot! Great lesson and looking forward to more!
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Ellada July 12, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Joe is an excellent teacher, nice person with the great knowledge of child's developmental psychology, strong communicational skills, ability to connect quickly, easy going, patient and absolutely loving to teach. We highly recommend him.
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Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Flora C.

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Downey, CA

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MTAC Certificate of Merit available!

For beginners, the students would learn proper techniques, music fundamentals, reading.

For continuing students, they will be introduced with classical piano works from different periods, and continue with method book pieces to strengthen sight reading and plaing techniques. Students would also learn music theory to understand the structure of music.

For adults, students would learn the piano basics and play popular tunes!

About Flora
Flora C. has been active throughout her life in composing and performing music. She completed her Bachelor of Music degree in Composition at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

She studied piano through Yamaha School of Music in Taiwan, and later, she continued with her studies in United States.
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Flora C.

Downey, CA 90241
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$40 / 30-min

About Dr. Ivo N.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have developed a unique method of piano performance and teaching, which empowers students to stimulate all sections of the brain in the learning process. This approach promotes faster learning, cognitive development, intelligence to apply the skills learned from music to all various areas of life or school, and stress relaxation through a meditational and calm strategy to training. My purpose has always been to teach skills while making sure that whatever is learned is never wasted.
Attention- music producers and composers - composition and music theory is all included in your piano curriculum.

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.

Los Angeles, CA 90046
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About Melody M.

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I enjoy teaching introductory piano. Introducing my students to piano is both fun and challenging. I fondly remember my first lessons. The process of discovering music, piano and the theory of it all is exciting. So let's have a fun and musical summer.

About Melody
Hello future students. Are you ready to have fun? Building vocal skills can be challenging and exciting at the same time. I continue to learn, although i majored in music with a concentration in voice. I continue to school myself this time at at AVC college. I have been on various tours in and out of the country. Keeping yourself fit and properly trained allows many opportunities for the future. So, come on ready, set, SING
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Melody M.

Melody M.

Los Angeles, CA 90049
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$50 / 30-min

About Sean T.

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Walnut, CA

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I'm 19, but don't let it fool you and make you think that I'm not well-trained enough or not experienced enough! I have TONS of experience dealing with students of all ages, and I've taught for almost 5 years now going into my second year of college at UCLA. I major in Piano Performance! Piano is my passion, but teaching others and watching them grow and develop as a musician is just as rewarding as performing before a crowd. I'm sure I can help you with whatever needs you may have.

About Sean
Hi!

My name is Sean and I'm a sophomore at UCLA! I major in piano performance and economics, and currently seeking to apply the skills I've learned in my 15 years of learning from some of the world's greatest musicians and to spread that knowledge to my students. I'm young, but eager to prove that I am just as capable to teach if not more. I have had tons of experience teaching students of all ages, and have seen each of my students grow and develop as his/her own unique artist.

Awards that I have won are included below!
2006
• SYMF Chopin Mazurka 3rd place
• CAEA 1st place

2007
• SYMF Open Solo 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Etude 2nd place
• CAEA Silver Award Young Pianist Competition
• Royal School Grade completed at age 9

2008
• SYMF Chopin nocturne 1st place
• SYMF Chopin waltz 1st place
• SYMF Classical sonata 1st pl
ace
• Los Angeles Japanese American Association 1st place
• Long Beach Mozart Competition Winner

2009
• SYMF Baroque category 1st place
• Chinese American Association Platinum Award
• Long Beach Mozart Competition 1st place

2010
• MTAC Sonata and Sonatina Branch 1st place
• Scholarship Award at MTAC Los Angeles Branch 2nd place
• Bradshaw & Buono International Piano Competition 1st place
o Performed at Carnegie Hall as a result of winning this competition
• Teachers College and University 1st place
• UDACS Annual Young Musician 1st place
• Los Angeles Liszt International Piano Competition 1st place
• SYMF Chopin etude 1st place
• SYMF Chopin open solo 1st place
• SYMF Chopin open concerto 1st place

2011
• Glendale Piano competition honorable mention
• Los Angeles Young Pianist Competition 1st place
• MTAC Contemporary Piano Competition 1st place
• San Diego Salon Concert with Lang Lang
• Virginia Waring International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
• Mt. Sac solo piano concert

2012
• Gina Bachauer International Piano Competition Semi-finalist
• SYMF Chopin Long Works 1st place

2013
• Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Scherzo 1st place

2014
• Glendale Piano Competition 1st place
• Spotlight Awards semi-finalist
• Scholarship Awards 1st place
• SYMF Chopin Ballade 1st place
• MTAC Piano Competition 1st place
• San Jose International Piano Competition 2nd prize
• Participated in the Ettlingen International Piano Competition in Germany and was featured on the German weekly

2015
• Bach Festival finalist for Well-Tempered Clavier
• Invited to Cortina, Italy for a series of concerts and masterclasses

2016
• Invited to Perugia, Italy for a series of concerts
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Walnut, CA 91789
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$54 / 30-min

About Juliet K.

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Overcome shyness and grow in self-confidence, poise, and passion for the arts! Learn from someone in the business! Impress your friends! Give as a gift to someone you know!

Benefits:
Builds Work Ethic
Stress-Management
Helps with overcoming nerves
Passion and Drive for Pursuing the Arts
Stage Presence
Poise
Healthy, Efficient Vocal Technique
Performance Technique
Audition Preparation
Artistic Development
Performance Opportunities
Proper Warm-Up Technique
Acting Technique
Music Reading Ability
Ear/Pitch Training

Schedule a lesson today with an award winning artist and coach!

Works great and has experience with kids, very friendly, highly recommended!
CPR/AED Certified and Livescanned.

Teaches all ages including special needs!!!

About Juliet
Juliet has been recognized as a distinguished artist throughout the Southern California Region where she resides and teaches privately. She began her training at the Professional School for the Arts in Torrance, CA on a full-ride scholarship. She continued her education and training at Cal State Fullerton's renown Department of Theatre and Dance. Two years later she was accepted into Cal State Fullerton's School of Music in pursuit of a Bachelors of Music in Vocal Performance. Juliet specializes in opera, art song, musical theatre, jazz, folk, Christian worship, and pop. She has sung in over 15 languages and has performed at the Hollywood Bowl, Orange County's Segerstrom Concert Hall, Disneyland, at countless baseball stadiums. She has sung with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, sung solo with the Pacific Symphony, and performed with Grammy w
inners John Williams, David Newman, Sara Gazarek, and John Proulx. Juliet was also the soprano soloist in Faure's Requiem with CSUF's University Singers Tour to Paris, France and was the title role in CSUF's production of The Merry Widow.

Experience and awards:

Overall Grand Prize Winner of the CSUF School of Music- Music Associates Concerto Competition,
1st Place Upper Division in the Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia American Music Soloist Competition,
Classical Singer Magazine's first round finalist and nationals advance,
Lucy Dunn Vocal Scholar,
Winner of the Vidal Vocal Scholarship,
Board Member on the Los Angeles Opera - College Advisory Committee,
Recipient of the Cal State Fullerton's College of the Arts: Artsweek Executive Director Scholarship,
Selected performer for the CSUF School of Music accreditation performance and review,
Franc D'Ambrosio's Search for the Phantom's Christine Competition,
Singer in Orange County's Afternoon Singers,
Soloist on CSUF's 8-Track Debut Recording,
LA Music Center's Spotlight Awards Prelim Finalist,
Miss High Desert 2009 Talent Award,
Kern County Honor Choir Soloist,
Mojave High School Drama Department, Music Department, and Art Department Award,
Professional School of the Arts Scholarship,
Thelma Rae Kern County Music Scholarship,
and Finalist in the LA Regional National Association of Teachers of Singing Competition.
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Juliet K.

Juliet K.

Fullerton, CA 92831
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$50 / 30-min

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Why limit your piano practice? Using apps to help you practice, as well as within your piano lessons, can be a ton of fun! Here are teacher Sabrina P.'s recommendations for the best piano apps for iPad and iPhone...   There are SO many piano apps for iPad, iPhone, and all other models of tablets and smartphones -- some claim they will help motivate your kids to practice, others say that they help your little ones learn how to read sheet music. Some you pay for, while many are free
Top 9 Cities for Pianists
What makes a city a great destination for piano players?  It depends—are you looking for college, career, or performance opportunities? Maybe you are simply looking to take piano lessons with a fantastic teacher. Whatever your reason, there are nine cities that stand out when it comes to playing piano. Read on to find out what makes each unique. Portland, Oregon The Northwest—a gray place that loves to pick itself up with music. Many incredible bands got their start in Portland, such as Th

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