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Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA

I love to write and arrange music. It can be really fun if you have a few more tools.

About Glynis

Glynis has been reading music since before she knew how to read words. Her mother started teaching her piano lessons at age 3, and she started taking voice lessons at age 7. She learned from an early age to practice every day. She has taught all levels and ages of piano and voice for many years. Glynis specializes in jazz voice, but has a very strong classical and musical theatre background. She is an arranger, composer, educator, and singer. She received her AA in Professional Music from SWCC, school for music vocations, then got her BA in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance at CSU Sacramento. Sh
e is currently working on her Masters in Jazz Studies, Vocal Performance at the Bob Cole Conservatory inside of CSU Long Beach. While studying she is the Graduate Assistant for Christine Guter, and directs the 2nd vocal jazz ensemble, Jazz and Tonic, at the school.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching philosophy is to have a safe, positive, fun, and effective learning environment for all of my students. I believe it is important to be a well rounded musician, therefore I love my students to have a solid understanding of what they are doing. I strongly encourage all of my students to learn theory along with piano or voice, so they understand what they are doing. Each student is unique, therefore each student has a different lesson plan. I do expect that my students will practice during the week in order to grow, since this helps them reach their goals. I do let students pick some of their own repertoire, since it is very important for them to be motivated during the week. I can teach from early Baroque music to modern day and everything in between. Music is expression, therefore I believe it is very important for my students to love what they are working on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in my apartment with a keyboard.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a keyboard, but it would be easier if they had one.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, with a strong background in classical and musical theatre. I also specialize in piano, music theory, songwriting and arranging.
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Bethany Price August 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Glynis teaches both voice and piano to my 12-year-old son. She makes both subjects fun and finds a wonderful blend of theory (which we believe is very important) and practical application. She is helping him build strong technique, and helping him navigate the tough transition years for boys who sing as their voices change. We love her and have already successfully recommended her to friends, who are also really enjoying her teaching!
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Patricia July 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Glynis is a wonderful piano teacher! Our son has been taking lessons with her for about 5 months, and he has learned so much in such a short period of time. She makes the lessons fun, is engaging and patient, and able to keep a 7 year old focused, which is a feat in itself! After a bad experience trying group lessons, our son loves piano and looks forward to his lesson with Glynis each week.
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DJ P. June 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Glynis was awesome. DJ was very comfortable with her and they worked on both voice and piano during the hour. He thought she was fun and I was very impressed with the emphasis on warmups, proper breathing techniques, basic finger position in piano and theory work. She covered it all, and still made sure DJ felt listened to and had fun. He is already looking forward to the next lesson.
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Glynis D.

Glynis D.

Long Beach, CA 90805
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$30 / 30-min
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Jonathan H.

Torrance, CA

About Jonathan

Hello Students and Parents,

I am a musician currently living in Burbank, California. I have a Bachelors in Music Theory/Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters in Music for Film and Television from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington.

I have a fun and laid back personality, I love music and I love teaching music to students of all ages in a way that is fun and informative.

I have played piano and guitar from the age of 6 and began teaching when I was 13. My musical experience has been eclectic having studied a variety of genres includin
g classical, jazz, blues and rock. I also have considerable experience as a composer and songwriter. I have composed numerous pieces for soloists, small ensembles and full orchestra. I have also written over 40 songs in a variety of musical styles.

My goal as a music teacher is to encourage students to have fun with music and to be the best musician they can be.

Thank you for interest in music lessons and I hope to be teaching some of you very soon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that the best environment for learning is one that is fun and relaxed. I enjoy music and have fun playing and teaching it and my hope is that you will have the same experience.

There are several ways to accomplish this goal of a fun, relaxed learning experience. First, there are my responsibilities as a teacher. The most important job I have is to always be encouraging and positive. I have a naturally laid back personality and I promise that I will never raise my voice, talk down to or demean a student in any way. Rather, I always try to build you up through positive reenforcement and compliments. I also try to custom tailor each curriculum based on your specific interests. That way you are playing music you enjoy. At the same time, there are things that I believe are important for every student. For example, I teach all of my students how to read music. This enables you to be well rounded musician and to branch out into a variety of musical disciplines.

In order to have a fun, productive learning experience there are just a few things I ask of you, the student. First, I would ask that you come prepared to every lesson, having practiced the material during the week. Learning to play an instrument is like learning to play a sport. You have to develop muscle memory that can only be built by consistent practice during the week. Particularly for the younger students, this means getting the parents involved and helping them practice each day. If you practice a little each day, you will be amazed at quickly you progress and how much fun you will have in the process.

After a few months of lessons I hope that you will be a proficient sight reader and be able to play the music you enjoy. For those of you learning songwriting, I hope that will have a firm understanding of the principles of writing music and have written several well structured songs. Most of all I hope that you will have a continuing passion for music and a desire to continue to learn and have fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
With Guitar teaching, They will need to have a guitar and two chairs. I can provide the music stand. With Piano, they will obviously need to have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I try to be as versatile a musician as possible and can therefore teach a wide variety of styles and genres depending on the interests of the student
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Lori C. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is very professional, friendly and acknowledgeable on piano. He follows the rules to the T and you can count on him.
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Anne G. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

I am an adult beginner and have been taking piano lessons with Jonathan for 2 months. Jonathon is an excellent teacher. He gives very good direction and explains things very clearly. He is also very good at identifying weak areas that require extra work. The lessons are relaxed, stress free, and fun. I highly recommend Jonathan.
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Jonathan H.

Torrance, CA 90503
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nathan Y.

Downey, CA

Don't know where to start? Where to finish? Just plain writer's block? Fret no more. I can assist in the areas of melody and harmony AND present it in a way that can get your creative side to shine!

About Nathan

I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me.
Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group.

*** Lesson Details ***
I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you!
Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you
thought possible,)
Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bass Amp, Basses, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drumset

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and amplifier if necessary. I do expect a student to own the essentials for practicing purposes. (i.e. lesson book, manuscript paper, tuner, metronome, instrument, etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Most of the genres I get called to play are closely jazz/pop related all though I have delved far outside of those boundaries. I believe in being well rounded stylistically to better find your true voice on your given instrument.
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Audrey R. June 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nathan is very patient and willing to show me, an adult student various ways of mastering a technique so I am comfortable with the lesson. 3 lessons down, and I am still excited and committed
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Alyssa R. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan was very Detailed in his explanation and teaching, my daughter felt very comfortable with him.. Can't wait to hear her play a song on her own...
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Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
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Nathan Y.

Long Beach, CA 90813
(5)
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$30 / 30-min
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Taylor C.

Long Beach, CA

I've been songwriting, and studying songwriting for 7 years now. I have co-written for songs placed on tv shows, independent films, a signed artist, and for my own personal EP released July 2014.

Learning how to songwrite we will dive into quality of lyrics, melody, chord structure, and how to evoke a certain emotion when lyrics and melody dance together.

About Taylor

I'm not able to teach students with special needs.
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Laura Wu August 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
She is so sweet and nice and very talented!
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Celeste July 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
My voice has improved so dramatically since lessons with Taylor started, she's amazing!
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Chase Obedoza July 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Her angelic voice & sweet charm, encouraged me in a very comfortable atmosphere to learn, and grow my singing skills. My vocal exercises could not have came from a better teacher and I look forward to going back and learning Ukulele!
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Taylor C.

Long Beach, CA 90802
(3)
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$30 / 30-min
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA

I'm a experienced studio musician and performer/songwriter looking to share my experience with anyone motivated to learn.

About Mauricio

Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also extremely knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five
to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and create long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Alexis L. April 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mauricio has been a perfect fit as a guitar teacher for my ten year old son who, until meeting Mauricio, was totally apathetic about learning an instrument. The list of discared wood winds, strings, & percussion is long... Now my kiddo looks forward to his lessons because of Mauricio. He practices (during the week!!!), and he walks away from his time with Mauricio with the kind of happy grin on his face typically reserved for video games and nachos. Mauricio is ever punctual, solicitous, accommodating, friendly, and kind. We feel very lucky to have him in our lives and couldn't recommend him more highly to others.
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Kim F. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
My mother hired Mauricio through Take lessons for my 9 year old son. He absolutely progressed every time he saw Mauricio, and had a wonderful time learning and playing with him. He has great technique and a wonderful way of communicating. Thumbs up!!!
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Mike E. November 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mauricio is a very patient guitar instructor. The instruction my daughter received was her first experience playing any instrument. Her enthusiasm for each lesson was a reflection of Mauricio's enthusiasm to teach. Music is his passion and it was clear to me that his enthusiasm for music was evident in his instruction.
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Mauricio O.

Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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