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Blake A.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Blake

I've been an obsessive musical student since I was 5 years old (that's more than 80% of my life!) I competed as a concert pianist, with a background in musical theory and harmony. Later on I played in ensembles and bands--playing other people's music and making my own.

But this message about my experience is just to show you that I am confident in YOU because your musical journey is unique. You have certain things that you love in music; things that you may hear and experience that others may miss in the moment without you--and that means you have the talent to share something special.

I
look forward to helping you recognize and express your ideas, and learn to develop a relationship with the piano that enables you to continue making music long after our final lesson; on any instrument available to you; in any style you choose to explore.
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Janice D. July 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son has picked up rhythm. Blake has engaged him in enjoying music. His listening of the tunes is better. Blake is passionate in his teaching and very professional. Absolutely recommend!
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Sylvia E. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
It was nice meeting Blake. He is very knowledgeable and patient. I was embarrassed about just beginning to take lessons at my age. Blake was so reassuring and encouraging. I think that his willingness to pace the lesson for my lack of skill, and his ability to evaluate and determine where I should begin my practice was right on!

Thank you, Sylvia Esquerré
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Blake A.

Blake A.

Claremont, CA 91711
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Tiffany R.

Claremont, CA

About Tiffany

Tiffany has been teaching private voice lessons for nearly 15 years. Some of her students have gone on to study music in college, land leading roles in musical theater productions, win vocal competitions, and increase their confidence in performing.

An active performer, she has sung with the Lake George Opera Festival, Des Moines Metro Opera, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Indianapolis, the Marion Philharmonic Orchestra, Canticum Novum Singers, New York Festival Singers, the New York Choral Society, and the Loma Linda University Church Orchestra.

She received both her Bachelor of Music an
d her Master of Music degrees in Vocal Performance from Indiana University School of Music. As a student, she performed the roles of Rosina in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Maria in West Side Story, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Beth in the mid-western premiere of Little Women, Maria in The Sound of Music, Zaida in The Turk in Italy, Paquette in Candide, and La Conversa in Suor Angelica.
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Anya L. August 3, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
This one is simple: Tiffany is the best voice teacher a singer could hope for.

Tiffany taught me healthy vocal practices and helped me adapt them to any style of singing. Because of her own vocal versatility and flexible teaching methods, she was able to work with me on musical theater, classical and opera, jazz, pop, and American songbook. Together with Tiffany, I prepared for each big musical at university, culminating in the role of Kate Monster in Avenue Q.

Tiffany helped me visualize my vocal mechanics. E.g. In addition to "knowing" I should sing through with a raised palate and lowered larynx in order to cultivate a concentrated tone, I learned to "see" the sound coming out of my head through a hamster tube. In addition to "knowing" I should engage my diaphragm for a grounded, supported sound, I learned to "see" a large rubber band extending from my throat to my belly. These particular visuals worked for me--if one of Tiffany's analogies wasn't doing the trick, we'd work together find one that did.

Most importantly, Tiffany's passion for singing and exuberance in teaching comes through at every moment. Her manner is infectious--no matter what kind of day you're having, once you walk into the room with Tiffany, the bad stuff melts away. She listens to you and empathizes with what's bugging you. Then she helps you channel that energy into your singing. And if your experiencing vocal distress, she'll stick with you through therapy and rehabilitation, giving you the skills to modify safely, and cope with your limitations, and not pushing you past your comfort zone.

Tiffany was everything I could have hoped for in a voice teacher and more: a coach, collaborator, confidant, and friend. I miss taking lessons with her and am jealous that you have the opportunity to enlist her brilliant talent and service!
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Hannah July 31, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
(cont.) As a student, I learned how to navigate the passaggio much better, and saw a huge improvement in my upper range. My tone quality became much clearer, and I saw my breath control improve. Tiffany also introduced me to a huge variety of repertoire, and was always open to new things. Her style of teaching absolutely does focus on technical problems, but I never felt bored or that the lessons were monotonous as I had with previous teachers. She's an absolutely wonderful teacher.
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Hannah July 31, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
I studied with Tiffany for several years, beginning with musical theater and eventually transitioning into classical music. She was a wonderful teacher–always supportive and extremely punctual, and our lessons gave me a solid foundation that I was able to build upon as a Vocal Performance major in college.
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Tiffany R.

Tiffany R.

Claremont, CA 91711
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Kan W.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Kan

“The concertmaster, Kan, handled her difficult solos with disarming ease.” -Mark Swed
Music Critic
October 23, 2008 LA Times

Acclaimed by the LA Times as a soloist Kan has been a concertmaster in various orchestras, as Shanghai Youth Symphony Orchestra, Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra and MJD International Symphony Orchestra, she has collaborated with numerous renowned musicians, including Seiji Ozawa, Mstislav
L. Rostropovich, Lang Lang, Yundi Li, and Josep Carreras among others. Kan earned Bachelor’s Degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China, where she studied with Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. Currently, she is the concertmaster of Azusa Pacific University Orchestra, and a student of Artist Certificate Programme under Professor Charles Stegeman on full scholarship.

She received her bachelor's degree from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, where she studied under Professor Ding Zhi Nuo. To further pursue her music career, Kan came to study in the United States on full scholarship at Azusa Pacific University, where she received the Artist Certificate Program Diploma in 2010. Meanwhile, she served as concertmaster for the Azusa Pacific University Symphony Orchestra. Kan studied under professor Charles Stegeman, and recently obtained her Music Performance masters.

*** Lesson Details ***
First, I need to talk to my students about their goals. Not only for the adult, teacher also need to know what kids want to know about music. They are interested in it sometimes, they just don't know. Second, I will let them know, interests is just the first step. If you want to learn, you have to pay! Pay your patient, and your endeavor. I will teach in some specific ways to motive students to approach the goals. for example: listen, singing, playing, reading is the process to make the students catch the goal faster without lost their interests! So involve more activities in the lessons is very important! Also, serious technique practice is necessary. As I mentioned before, not only interests, if you want to learn , you have to pay. Once you catch your goal, you will feel happy that the teacher has been pushed you for some boring finger exercise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I do have a grand piano at home.For violin students, they should have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki style, classical, contemporary, modern music
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Paul L. April 29, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Kan is very helpful and friendly. Whenever my daughter needed some extra help, she was always willing to stay longer to help.
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Elaine G. April 2, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
My 10 year old niece has had 5 lesson so far on the violin. When I asked her if she wanted to try a different teacher she said "No Way"! She likes the violin and really likes Kan.
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Alexis T. March 15, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Absolutely wonderful my daughter loves the violin and Kan makes it fun for her to learn.
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Kan W.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91701
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$30 / 30-min
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Michelle M.

Upland, CA

About Michelle

Classical performing and recording artist Michelle M. has openings for flute students of any level, from beginner to advanced. Michelle has performed worldwide as a soloist and chamber musician. As a teacher, she focuses on learning skills correctly from the beginning, with emphasis on good tone production and healthy body mechanics. She also works with high school students preparing college auditions, and has regular recital opportunities for all students.

"I love teaching private lessons. It's so much fun watching students grow musically and emotionally! My teaching style emphasizes l
earning CORRECTLY from the beginning, so that bad habits don't form, such as bad posture which can lead to pain down the road. I also pick music which the students know and enjoy, so that playing daily becomes a fun ritual for them.

"Learning musical skills such as theory, composition and improvisation are also part of my teaching style. These things strengthen a student's overall musical knowledge and enjoyment. I also highly recommend that students listen and watch flute performances, either recordings or live concerts.

"Of course, the best part is playing, and I encourage all students to perform as much as possible, whether in my student recitals or in outside concerts. I offer many opportunities for performance, and help prepare students for their own band or orchestra concerts as well."
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Stephanie U. January 6, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is a fantastic teacher! My daughter was a beginner student, just starting at elementary school, and we wanted to supplement those lessons. Wow, what a difference it has made! Elaine shows improvement after every lesson and she just LOVES Michelle. She is patient and kind, and very motivational. She has a knack for reaching Elaine and bringing out the best in her. Thank you, Michelle!
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Justine G. August 14, 2014
Flute · In studio
As a former student, I couldn't feel luckier to have studied flute with Michelle for ~6 years (ages 10-16). During that time, she not only helped improve my technique and skill enormously, but also acted as a hugely supportive, warm and funny presence in my life. Michelle genuinely cared about my progress and very patiently guided me through years of instruction, offering constant encouragement. She always made sure I was thoroughly prepared for every recital, music competition, or youth orchestra that I participated in, and helped me pick music that I always enjoyed playing and practicing. She was also very thoughtful and hands-on in terms of helping me choose a new flute, a music camp, etc., which my parents and I greatly appreciated.

During my time with Michelle, I felt that my lessons were excellently paced—she knew when to push and challenge me, but also made sure I was comfortable with the material, and didn't rush me if something proved more difficult. Over the years, we progressed through theory, breathing techniques, scales, playing with an accompanist or another flutist, etc. in a way that felt very natural and appropriate. Additionally, the relationship we built became very important to me as a student. There were several times that, as an overextended middle- or high-schooler, I seriously thought about quitting flute—but the idea of stopping lessons with Michelle was sad enough to make me reconsider each time. I truly appreciated how much she cared about me both as a musician and as a person, and was thankful in the end to have kept playing with her as long as I did.

Michelle is easy-going and knowledgeable, kind and talented, understanding and wonderful. I will always be so grateful for the kind of instruction and encouragement I received from her—she helped me grow as a musician in every way. Thank you so much!!
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Melinda E. August 10, 2014
Flute · In studio
My daughter (who is now in college) was a student of Michelle’s from 4th – 11th grade. Michelle is a talented musician, a wonderful person, and a very effective teacher. My daughter really enjoyed her lessons with Michelle - it was always a bright spot in her busy week. She benefited from Michelle’s guidance outside of lessons also – recitals, entering and placing in solo competitions, and auditioning and playing for the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. We felt so lucky to have found Michelle – she was an excellent teacher and a wonderful role model - teacher, musician, mother. I recommend her very, very highly.
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Michelle M.

Michelle M.

Upland, CA 91786
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joseph C.

Upland, CA

About Joseph

Hello! My name is Joseph C. and I want to help you start your musical journey.

I have been playing guitar and bass since I was 15 years old and started playing payed performances in my early 20's. I have had the pleasure of playing everything from heavy metal guitar to country and blues bass. I am currently performing with a Ramones tribute band as well as a internationally recognized, and NAMMI award winning Native American flute artist.

I have taught guitar and bass since 2009 as well as tutored music theory students at San Juan College under the expert supervision of miss Linda Edw
ards. As an instructor, I have but one philosophy. Music is supposed to be fun. There is supposed to be passion. I don't believe in doing tons of work out of books or methods. My preferred approach to music instruction is finding out where the student wants to be, and why they want to play music in the first place? From there I will work with them to set individual goals that we can accomplish as a team. I find that this method is challenging, effective, personalized, and enjoyable.
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Sheryl A. June 8, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Joseph has been great!
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kathy H. June 8, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Joseph is a very fun teacher who brings something fun for the kids. My son did not even want to take guitar lessons originally, and now he looks forward to them, and has made tremendous progress! Joseph gets the kids involved and interested in what they're doing, which I appreciate, as a parent.
He is also incredibly polite, and has fantastic manners! I highly recommend him!
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Aria N. April 8, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Our lessons with Joseph are always good and fun. He is very knowledgeable.
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Joseph C.

Joseph C.

Upland, CA 91784
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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