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Barbara D.

Yorba Linda, CA

About Barbara

Experience:
30 years teaching private piano lessons,
former head of Cerritos College Children's Piano Program.
Trained with Christine Bardin, composer of Alfred's "Music for Little Mozarts".

Philosophy
I have had the advantage of having the best teachers and try to also give that opportunity to my students. When a new student first comes to me, I ask what is their goal and formulate a strategy to rapidly lead them to achieve that goal. Whether it is precise classical training or a general music experience that includes reading music and playing popular pieces, I give everyone a thorough
education in theory, sight reading, and exercises to promote fast and even piano playing.
I teach students as young as 4 years old with the "Music for Little Mozarts" approach which I taught at Cerritos College where I was trained by one of the composers of the method. For age 6 and up, I use a different method book with CD and theory book that the students find motivating and enjoyable. However, most of the repertoire that they study comes from supplemental pieces that I choose for each individual according to their interests and abilities. I play for them at the lesson and encourage them to listen to music at home as music is a language and must be heard to be reproduced.
I believe I have a lot to offer as a teacher because I have a good combination of excellent training and also the ability to make the lesson enjoyable and relaxing for the student. A frequent comment I hear at the end of the lesson is " Is it over already?"

*** Lesson Details ***
The lesson content depends on the interest of the students. I have children who insist on mostly classical music and others that want to play "Star Wars". The format of the lessons includes finger exercises for good technique, new pieces, review pieces, and written work known as music theory. My students study many pieces at a time and change repertoire frequently in order to foster good sight reading skills.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have two grand pianos and a well stocked music library in a large sitting room.

*** Specialties ***
I have a B.A. degree not just in music, but in piano performance, and also post graduate piano studies at the Music Academy of the West. At UCSB, a music degree without piano performance emphasis only required passing a intermediate level proficiency exam. I have a classical background and teach beginning through advanced piano students. I teach children as young as four years old using the "Music for Little Mozarts" course.
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Helene F. November 22, 2013
Piano
Engaging Teacher

I have two children who are students. One did not want to play any instrument but is going to a performing arts school. Barbara took that into account and focused the teaching on things my child would use in school like accompanying singers, reading music, playing show tunes.My other child has a completely different focus. Barbara keeps her engaged and learning even though the interests are entirely different. Barbara knows much more than just piano. She knows about the music business and what it takes to succeed as a musician. She is a great resource and teacher.
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Suki D. November 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for an adult beginner

I have always been interested in learning the piano and finally did it. Barbara is a wonderful instructor. I have been taking lessons for approximately three months and can read music and play! Barbara is very encouraging and I look forward to each lesson.

I am now preparing to play holiday tunes at the family gathering!
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Helene F. March 11, 2013
Piano
Engaging, Flexible

Child had lessons at another program but teachers did not motivate students. Barbara engages the student. She focuses her teaching on both what the parent wants and what the child is interested in so the kids are more interesting in practicing and moving forward. Barbara is good with both younger students and teenagers. She is patient and knowledgeable.
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Barbara D.

Barbara D.

Yorba Linda, CA 92886
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Byron T.

Brea, CA

About Byron

Music and music teaching is my first love and passion in life. (Feel free to check out my video and music!) To be able to study and play the guitar for the last 11 years has been an immense blessing! I am a guitar teacher with a degree in music from Biola University, La Mirada. I have been teaching lessons privately almost 9 years now. I am trained in various styles of guitar music including classical, jazz, pop, rock, blues, and finger-style on both acoustic and electric guitars. My musical journey began in the 6th grade when my parents purchased a nylon string classical guitar for me. Throug
hout my high school and college years I participated in contemporary rock ensembles for corporate worship at my church and other churches. This included leading and singing as well. While enrolled at the Biola Conservatory of Music I played in the classical guitar ensemble for 5 semesters. My experience includes playing in jazz ensembles, doing solo guitar music at weddings and art galleries, playing in classical guitar quartets, and active composition and recording of my original work on the guitar. You can expect all of this experience and knowledge to come together in a musically fascinating and motivating way that will fill your life with the joys of being able to express yourself musically if you are willing to give the time and effort to do so. Also...Check out my video and music!

*** Lesson Details ***
My number one goal is to cultivate your desire and passion for musical expression by providing a friendly and inspiring environment in which to experience the joy and beauty of music! You can learn the songs you have always wanted to play and even learn to write your own music! My overall teaching philosophy includes three basic areas of knowledge which work together to form a well educated guitarist. The first area is technical knowledge. The student will be taught to physically utilize the instrument in an efficient and effective way in order to maximize learning progress and musical potential. The second area is in theoretical knowledge which includes reading both music notation and tablature (tablature is an alternative form of written guitar music that is very easy to read). This also includes understanding music theory as it applies to the guitar, and full knowledge of the musical possibilities on the guitar. The third area, my favorite area, is Practical knowledge which includes learning songs by other artists to expand the student'€™s understanding of how other musicians use the instrument (the students choose these songs based on what they like). You will also expand your practical knowledge by directly applying the theoretical knowledge that you have learned. This is done by composing your own music in a creative and original way. I am also a vocalist and am able to coach my students the basics of the voice and how to use the voice and guitar at the same time. As a teacher I strive for excellence in my students by teaching them all that they need to be a well educated guitarist. I will actively and joyfully peruse your interests by tailoring the curriculum to focus on the music that the you love and have a passion for.

I provide my own music curriculum that has been honed over time through my experience as a private teacher. The books that I use will generally differ according to your desires and interests but there are two books that I use for beginners:

1. Mel Bay Modern Guitar Method Grade 1 (this is for beginners in music reading).
2. Solo Guitar Playing Volume 1 (this is for beginners in music reading who are interested in classical training).

After 3 to 6 months of study with me, you will have been taught to read musical notation, have a basic knowledge of chords, and have most of the 5 major scale shapes memorized. You will have learned to pick and strum confidently. Most importantly, you will have learned 3 or 4 songs of your choosing so that you can see the fruit of your musical work and experience the joy of musical expression. (for these results students must be willing to practice for the necessary amount of time: 20-30 minutes a day)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Comfortable quiet room. Recording equipment. Internet musical resources. Guitars, Guitar effects, amps, and hardware. I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I expect you, as a student, to bring a guitar, picks and a tuner.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my personally developed teaching material to you. I bring cables and equipment to adapt my guitar to an amp you may have. I also bring maintenance equipment in case I need to work on my guitar or yours. I expect you, as a student, to have a guitar, picks and a tuner. If you are taking electric guitar it is ideal that you have an amp. I also expect you to buy the necessary books. I bring my computer in order to have an internet source and an audio source. I have provided guitars and strings (if one broke during the lesson) in the past to students who are lacking them.

*** Specialties ***
Various Electric Guitar Styles such as Rock, Blues and Jazz harmony; I teach Classical and Acoustic Guitar, Music Theory, Improvisation, Music composition and Finger style.
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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.
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Julia Y. October 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son has been studying with Mr. Byron for over 1 year. He is the best private teacher we have ever had. He's a true musician that always amazed us with his skills and understanding of the music. He allows my son to choose some songs he wants to learn and changed them into simpler version so he can play. The class us fun and encouraging. He also gives enough push to let my son take more challenge.
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Byron T.

Byron T.

Brea, CA 92821
(21)
starting at
$33.99 / 30-min
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Varin I.

Chino Hills, CA

About Varin

Songwriter / Producer
Instruments: Piano, Vocals, Guitar/Bass, Drums
DAWS: Reason, FL, Waves, & Pro Tools
Member of BMI, ASCAP, and SESAC (2011-Present)

If you would like to schedule an appointment at a different time, please ask and I will do my best to make that arrangement.

What's inside the singing lesson?

Lessons revolve around three basic aspects which are training, singing, and acting.

In training, definitely be ready for some scale exercises. If you want to work on making your vibrato faster, breathe better, sing more loud or soft, sing short or longer phrases, co
ntrolling your mix, executing your melismas, r&b licks, blue notes, bending notes, singing super high notes and transitioning down to lower notes: balancing head and chest voice, and expanding your range, then vocal training is what you'll need. Most of this activity involves matching sounds to custom scales played on a piano.

In singing, definitely have a song in mind you want to work on. Then we'll discuss which techniques and skills that are essential for that particular genre of music. Other than that, you'll learn singer's diction and will know how to control vowel sounds and consonants more efficiently. Most of this activity involves you singing either a line, a verse, chorus, bridge, or the entire song. It really depends on what level you feel comfortable at. Most of this activity revolves around breathing techniques, phrasing techniques, and you singing the melody correctly on pitch.

In acting, whether you're recording or performing, you'll still need to put an act together. Portrayal of emotions are quite the essential skills to make your sound believable. If singing with feeling is not working out for you, then you might want to consider working on some basic acting skills. Some of the skills covered are voice inflections, rhythm, gestures, body language, and facial expressions. Most of this activity involves you expressing yourself as an artist.

How to be prepared for the lesson?

If you do not have a piano or recording device on hand, I'll provide both devices for you. It's recommended to provide a piano. It doesn't have to be expensive, it just has to be in tuned. If it's digital, you should be fine. It's also recommended to have a recording device. Many clients enjoy recording their lessons on their mp3 players or any other computer devices. Please have a clean and clear space with an electrical outlet for the piano and recording device. Other than that, please wear comfortable clothing as if you are about to play a sport or an activity you enjoy. If you want to dress like a super star that's fine too.

If you're taking lessons online, don't worry about anything because everything will be provided.
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Theresa Sivard November 2, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Hi I am a professional dancer from Los Angeles. I worked with Varin in North Hollywood. Super nice instructor. He taught me everything I need to know for auditions.
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Kaelani October 29, 2015
Gospel Singing · In home
Varin is nice. My mom hired him so I could sing solos at my church. I go to Jurupa Hills High and I run track. On my spare time, I sing and play piano. Singing has always been a passion of mine. Learning with Varin is always fun! He's not mean or strict with my voice. He is good. You should try him.
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Jennifer September 29, 2015
Broadway Singing · Online
Hey all, I met through a friend of a friend. He's definitely a lot cheaper here = /

Any ways, I think he's worth every penny hehe

I'm an actress and I was really weak in the singing department until a close friend of mine referred his singing coach.

I am pursuing my dream in New York right now. I don't think I would be able to compete out here without Varin. XOXOXOXOXOO
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Varin I.

Varin I.

Chino Hills, CA 91709
(17)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Lily F.

Walnut, CA

About Lily

With a Masters in Music Performance from The Ohio State University, and an accredited Suzuki violin teacher from training program at The School for Strings, NYC. I have 6 years private teaching experience and 1 year group class teaching experience at Jefferson Academy at The Ohio State University. I am able to work with different ages of students with patience and passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I usually use Suzuki violin books for beginners. In this series, I would like students to follow the order of each piece to build up their violin skill. I emphasize building a strong foundation of
a good body posture including bow-hold. For more advanced student, we can use Suzuki book 4 or above and other similar level repertoire to build up their musicality and the knowledge of each composer.

I've been teaching piano for 2 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to learn basic piano-playing posture and the basic knowledge on piano. As time goes on, you'll be able to reach to intermediate level. I typically use Faber piano book series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Violin and music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my violin with me, students should have their own instruments (violin/piano) and a music stand (for violin student).

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin and piano.
Beginning to Intermediate Piano Lesson for All Ages.
Beginning to Advanced Violin Lesson for All Ages.
An accredited Suzuki Violin Teacher.
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Eti Gunawan August 20, 2015
Violin · In home
Lily is a great instructor. She knows how to communicate with students and how to hold them accountable so they can have self discipline. Her teaching method also effective as she showing students how to get better step by step.
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Vivien August 5, 2015
Lily has been teaching violin to my 10 years old son for the past 10 months. We find her to be kind, patient, positive, and understanding. She is not overly strict nor critical, which fits well with my son's personality. She is mind-mannered so we do not feel pressure or discouraged when you are just learning and making mistakes. We are pleased with the progress my son has made in the past 10 months.
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Ching August 3, 2015
Violin · In home
It has been several months now since my ten year old son switched to Lily. Lily has been doing a wonderful job on motivating my son who used to dread of going to violin lessons a lot. In addition to being patient and encouraging, Lily's musical expertise is also incredible.
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Lily F.

Lily F.

Walnut, CA 91789
(5)
starting at
$65 / 60-min
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Patrick K.

Fullerton, CA

About Patrick

Hello and welcome to my profile! My name is Patrick and I look forward to working with you soon. I have been working with students of all age ranges, learning styles, and ambitions for over 5 years and I specialize in individualizing my teaching approach based on YOUR specific needs and desires. My ultimate goal as a teacher is to change peoples lives profoundly through music.

I also have a solid background in personal training and bodybuilding. Ask me for more information if you are interested.

A little bit about me:
I am a classically trained vocalist who has studied at CSUF and perf
ormed Classical, Jazz, Popular, Musical theater, and Opera. I have performed in venues like the Hollywood Bowl, Segerstrum hall, Walt Disney concert hall and many more with the artists Andrea Bocelli, Josh Groban, John Williams, the LA philharmonic orchestra, the Pacific Symphony among others.
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Bret A. January 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Our 7 twins started taking lessons with Patrick several months ago. He is a phenomenal teacher and our kids have really enjoyed taking lessons from him. In fact, this past weekend when the lesson was coming to an end, one of our twins said he didn't want it to be over. I highly recommend Patrick if you are considering a piano teacher.
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Suzie M. December 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patrick is a great teacher. He teaches kids how to express themselves through music. Really exposes them to creativity while letting them choose what they want to learn. I would highly recommend Patrick to any student
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Mary Ellen S. December 3, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great he made me feel like I truly good carry a Tune and excited about the second lesson.
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Patrick K.

Patrick K.

Fullerton, CA 92831
(6)
starting at
$20 / 15-min

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