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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA
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Jesus G.

Chicago, IL
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach chord and scale theory! How to apply it to your instrument or use it to make your songwriting better!

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Richard G. April 11, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, makes learning a lot of fun and his passion for music is awesome!
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Lynn K. January 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
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Bob November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
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Jesus G.

Chicago, IL

I teach the music theory that will help you to understand, memorize, and play the music better, and to start composing your own music.

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abigail April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus was awesome we highly recommend him thanks.
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Silvana I. February 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jesus is a wonderful teacher in all ways. He is extremely knowledgeable and very easy to learn from. He focuses on all parts of piano playing and while he is determined and pushes you, he is not boring and makes the lesson fun.
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Victoria P. October 9, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher.
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA

I love to teach music theory at all levels. Music Theory helps you understand many aspects of music, including why certain notes and chords sound good together, finding the right key to sing a song that is in your voice range, improvisation and soloing on your instrument, timing, rhythm, creating original melodies, thinking outside the box for composition, and many others.

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Ray A. July 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think Mark is a good guitar player and the best guitar instructor i ever had. Igive him 5 star rating.
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Todd R. February 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mark is very patient and very talented! I never feel like he is rushing through my lesson. He makes learning fun!
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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.

Nino M.

Richmond Hill, NY
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Kirk R.

Denver, CO
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Byron T.

Brea, CA
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Nino M.

Richmond Hill, NY

Tones: pitches and clefs.
intervals, scales. Rhythms.
tunes: melodies, chords, chord progression, phrases and form
Accompanying, transcription of the melody
transposing to other keys
chord substitutions and turnaround
arranging

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Jack K. March 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I liked my first lesson with Nino. I liked her right away, she is knowledgeable, calm, and professional. I am very happy that I found Nino. I look forward to my next lesson.
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Christopher L. February 28, 2016
In studio
Verified Student
Nino is an incredible piano teacher. I’ve learned so much in my classes with her. When I first started taking piano lessons (about six months ago), I knew very little about music other than that I liked certain songs more than others. At the time, I assumed that I wasn’t musically inclined (at least that’s what people told me) and I was hoping that by taking piano lessons, I would be able to engage more with the music that I love.

Since taking her classes she’s taught me: the construction of music through music theory, to read music, scales for all of the keys, chords, to play some of my favorite songs, and to begin to compose, write, and rearrange my own music.

As a pianist, Nino is very accomplished--as you can see in her YouTube videos. Her lessons are clear and concise, and if you follow her instruction, you will improve quickly. Nino’s has ambitious expectations, and she will push you to get better. She is also very dependable. She’s never canceled a lesson on me, and when I arrive, she is always sitting by her piano, waiting for me.

I’ve tried taking music lessons in the past, and I’ve struggled to find a teacher who has more than one or two of these qualities. It’s great to have a teacher like Nino, who has all of them. If you’re serious about exploring and developing your love for music, regardless of your level, I highly recommend that you hire Nino as your music teacher. Musically, it might be the best choice you’ll ever make. I know it has been for me.
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Seon Bristol February 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Nino was very positive. I feel like I learned so much in a such a short time. She is very patient, encouraging, and practical.I am looking forward to my next lesson and I am excited to see how great of a pianist I can become with her effective teaching.
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Kirk R.

Denver, CO

If you're interested in gaining a better understand of music, the best way is to learn the theory behind it. Whether you're a total beginner, or your interested in strategies to better analyze advanced repertoire, one-on-one theory lessons are a great, personally tailored experience that will boost your understanding and performance (if you so choose) of any and all music.

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Devon P. April 15, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
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Maria March 28, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great start to my first lessons on the guitar. Exciting and fun. I'm ready to learn more.
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Killian K. February 17, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
This guy knows what he is talking about. You won't be afraid to tackle a new instrument with Kirk since he makes the process that much easier. I picked up Ukelele in no time with his easygoing instruction!
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Byron T.

Brea, CA

I teach Music theory in a highly understandable and applicable way that makes the concepts extremely useful for guitarists.

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Julia Y. March 9, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Byron is an amazing teacher. He started with my son when he was 8 and he is now 10 and doing very well. He really knows how to keep kids interested and I would highly recommend him to other students.
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Michael/Cara January 4, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Byron is a great guitar teacher. He has an obvious deep musical background. He can create tabs by ear and tailor to the level of the student. Keeps it interesting by using music that the student likes. Very happy with him as a teacher.
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Karyn Boschman January 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son has made such great progress under Byron's instruction. He has a good balance of teaching strong technique while keeping it fun. He teaches a broad spectrum of songs that my son gets to choose instead of just going through a book. I would highly recommend Byron as a guitar instructor.

Recent Music Theory Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music Theory articles on our blog.

4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory

Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help … Read More
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin

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Music should be thought of as a language, and in order to speak the language, you should start by gaining a deeper understanding of the basics. That is what learning music theory will do for you. It will help you gain a better understanding of music, no matter how hard the art may be do to define. Essentially music theory attempts to make intangible and abstract concepts more concrete. Some of these concepts include: harmony, melody, rhythm, form, structure, and texture if you gain knowledge about these concepts, you can heighten your awareness and appreciation of music, which many regard as the universal language.

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