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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
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ryan M.

Torrance, CA

About Ryan

Hello,

I am a music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. My passion is music and I absolutely love teaching. I have over ten years experience teaching music in all different types of settings to all different age groups, but my favorite is one-on-one time with a beginner who is excited to learn.

I love inspiring music in others and with my time away from performing, I am passionate about teaching. I specialize in performing and teaching musical styles that include pop, rock, jazz, funk, and classical. I appreciate and teach all levels of music theory and music performance.


I graduated from the Herb Alpert school of music at UCLA where I obtained a degree in jazz performance with a minor in music education.

My love and appreciation of music is where my focus as a teacher stems from; I believe in developing a student’s musical abilities and helping them be the best they can be. I hope to instill a love for music in each student I teach. Everyone is different and learns differently so I tailor a lesson plan specifically for each student that gets the best results with the most amount of fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fun and friendly instructor. Pop, rock, jazz, funk or classical. In my lessons we play what YOU want!

I love teaching beginners, helping both inspire a love of music and building a solid musical foundation so you can make all your playing dreams come true.

I will get you up and playing fast and focus on whatever style of music YOU are interested in!

We'll work together and learn songs you want to play and build a strong musical foundation in: instrumental technique, music reading, and music theory.

All my lessons are individually tailored to my students, even though we'll use books.

I love music and always have so much fun teaching. I am a laid back instructor, and the lessons can be as serious or relaxed as you are comfortable with.

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My love and appreciation of music is where my focus as a teacher stems from; I believe in developing a student’s musical abilities and helping them be the best they can be. I hope to instill a love for music in each student I teach. Everyone is different and learns differently so I tailor a lesson plan specifically for each student that gets the best results with the most amount of fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Beginning students. Pop, rock, classical and jazz. Also songwriting and improvisation.
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Jodi B. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ryan is an incredible guitar teacher for my daughter. He recognizes her strengths and weaknesses and consistently inspires her to improve. He has the perfect demeanor for her -- easy going but also pushes her to be her best. Fantastic teacher!
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Jared G. January 21, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Ryan knows his stuff, great teacher!

I'd highly recommend Ryan if you are looking for a very knowledgeable, easy going and talented teacher to help with your bass playing. I starting taking lessons because I wanted to advance past a beginner level and I just couldn't do it by myself.

His lessons helped me learn different techniques and theory, but also in a relateable way that was easier to understand, which helped me learn quicker. I'm sure any level of player could benefit from having him as a teacher. Thanks man, keep up the good work.
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Ryan M.

Torrance, CA 90501
(2)
starting at
$35 / 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.

Nathan Y.

Long Beach, CA 90813
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kipp K.

Long Beach, CA

There are some basic guidelines for writing songs that apply to almost any style. I cover the basics, and ask the student to explore their songwriting by experimenting with different approaches and devices. I help them to write real, finished songs that they're excited to include in their live-performance repertoire.

About Kipp

I fell in love with the guitar when I was ten years old, and it’s been one of the most satisfying, long-lasting and healthiest romantic relationships of my entire life. I am still in love.

When I began to play AND sing, the magic multiplied. Through performing solo and with bands, I discovered that other people also enjoyed the magic that was being channeled through me musically.

Then I found that I could teach. This was a surprise to me. I found that I am the kind of person who can explain concepts and demonstrate technique in a way that makes the new information fun for a student. My s
tudents enjoy learning, and I enjoy the fact that they are enjoying it. It is SO MUCH FUN for me to see a student’s face light up because something suddenly makes sense to them, and they GET IT. I love adding one person after another to the club of people who love to play and/or sing.

If you want your child to have more balance and a way to soothe or express strong emotion in a healthy way – and in a way that pleases them – I would like to help you to give him or her that gift. As a child and a teenager, I spent countless hours in a room with my guitar, and it really helped me to stay on an even keel. It also taught me about discipline: practicing on a daily basis brings satisfying results. I was able to make music that was beautiful to listen to, and as long as I kept practicing, it got better and better. It proved to me that regular focus on something I wanted to be good at would bring results. That’s true of most things in life. I make a point of telling my young students that practicing an instrument is just like doing homework: you get out of it what you put into it. And the results can be joyous.

Perhaps YOU, an adult, are the musician or prospective musician. It’s never too late to fall in love with a musical instrument! It’s a joy, and a meditation, a sedative or an outlet, and it’s all YOURS. There is always a creative element to playing an instrument – when two different people play the same music, it never sounds exactly the same, because a person’s personality always shines through. The creation of music or the re-creation of music is, as I said before, magical. And I would like to give you a guided tour of that wonder-world.

If, by chance, you should find that you want to play with other people, I will prepare you to be able to do that and have a BLAST. There’s a reason that the word for what you do with an instrument and what children do with toys is “PLAY.” Fun is always the objective, and I’ve never had more fun in my life than when I was playing with other great musicians. The collaborative effort multiplies the creative results beyond all understanding. This is not just fun, it is BIG FUN! I love to give people the tools they need to be able to experience that. I’ll teach you how to play and sing easily and comfortably, and give you the foundation you need to play any style of music you desire, well. I've been privileged to have really amazing teachers as I learned and developed, and I've stolen from them all the best techniques for sharing musical knowledge. I’ve made music my life’s work, and I have so much to show you!

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I am very relaxed in my approach, and use humor to lighten up the situation. Most people are initially tense and self-conscious with a new instructor -- my job is to make a student relaxed and happy so that we can focus on the work at hand. There is a way to be disciplined and focused about learning how to play an instrument and about your practice time, but it should be enjoyable. Stress makes it harder to immerse yourself in the music, and that's what's necessary for satisfying development. I've got lots of helpful hints about how to relax and get the most out of your music time. Musicians NEVER STOP LEARNING, no matter what their level, so with music, it's doubly important to learn to enjoy the moment.

I like for my students to be able to read music, at least on a basic level. The ability to be able to decipher musical notation allows for so much more access to all kinds of music, that I really want my students to be able to learn any music they want to by looking at a piece of paper, or a post on the Internet. I use a beginning classical guitar book for my guitar students, and a generic basics book for bass students. I also like to use music of the student's choice for teaching. If they like the music they're learning, it's much easier to TEACH.

For guitar and bass students, I also teach tablature (or "Tab"), since that's become a popular and easy way of notating music.

I like to find out where a student is in his or her development, and then start their instruction from there. If it's a beginning student, we'll start with parts of the guitar, tuning the guitar, and explanations about rhythm and melody. We'll go on to basic chords, easy bass lines, keeping time, and easy melodies. If a student is more advanced, we might start with a song that the student wants to play, but is having difficulties learning. We may work on music theory so that the basic framework can help them to learn music faster, and remember it more easily. We may focus on playing technique so that the student plays more easily and efficiently. I like to identify the things that will take a student to the next level NOW, and then focus on those things until the student feels confident and comfortable with them.

Voice students get the same kind of personalized lessons, and we focus on creating sound easily and without strain, as well and pitch, timing, and tone quality. I want you to like your voice, and to feel good about singing. I want you to sing easily, and happily. The right technique allows a singer to do that, and also protects the voice from damage over time. We'll explore the ways that you can learn a healthy way of singing that sounds great to you and your listeners.

*** Studio Equipment ***
There are two Roland cube bass and guitar amplifiers available for use. Also, there is a drum room with a kit in it if I want a student to play along with a drum groove to help improve their rhythmic abilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
Classical guitar, R&B, reggae
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Wil M. October 1, 2014
Verified Student
I started playing my Bass very late in my life . Kipp made it very easy for me to lean how to play . I went from knowing nothing at all about the Bass to learning how to tune my Bass , Finger positions , Chords ,Techniques , Reading Music , to playing Major and Minor Scales . I saw myself Improving every week . Kipp made me feel very Comfortable and was very patient with me . Kipp makes it very easy for you to learn how to play your Bass or Guitar . Kipp can work with any age and I would Recommend her to anyone that would like to learn how to play . KIPP IS A GRATE TEACHER !!! You will not be Disappointed . Thank you for everything Ms. Kipp K ...
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Brandon F. June 16, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
In just a short amount of time I learned a lot from chords to technique from Kipp. She is an awesome guitar teacher with experience to back her up. I started learning guitar relatively late in life -in my late twenties- but I am confident Kipp can teach any age group.
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DeJon J. December 2, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Classic Guitar Lesson for 7 year old

Signed my 7 year old nephew up for 30 min weekly lessons to learn the classic guitar. Kipp did a great job making him feel comfortable and he is improving each week. She has a great skill for communicating with children and making them understand the importance of what they are learning while making it fun. I will definitely continue classes with Kipp.
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Kipp K.

Kipp K.

Long Beach, CA 90808
(5)
starting at
$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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