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John M.

Redlands, CA

About John

*** Specialties ***
Hi, there! My name is John M and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students build a solid foundation and understanding of music, as well as developing their skills to become well rounded musicians. I also help my students learn to enjoy practicing and performing. I went to the University of Redlands and earned a degree in Music Composition in 2014. I'm a fun and friendly person and my teaching style is constructed in a way that will appeal to visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners. I am very interested in Kod
aly's method of inner hearing and music literacy. I also use warm ups that will help my students develop proper playing techniques, and I teach my students how to play with expression, and emotion. I strive to teach at the best of my ability, work hard, and share my love for music with others. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Michael D. June 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
John was very patient and encouraging when I first started. He always has a positive attitude and is such a joy to be around. Always arrives on time and always has a plan.
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Diana R. June 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very calm, and knowledgable. Helping me progress.
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Kaitlyn K. April 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Awesome. My granddaughter can't wait for her next lesson. John was wonderful with her and with my family standing around watching. I could not have made a better chose.
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John M.

Redlands, CA 92373
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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William B.

Riverside, CA

About William

I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.

I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.

I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.

In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.

In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.

During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.

Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.

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I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.

I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.

You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.

I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.

Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!

My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand

*** Specialties ***
classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
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Nichole A. January 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's upbeat and professional as well as multi-talented.
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Trisha B. October 26, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My grand daughter feels so comfortable with William. She loves going to her lessons
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Seth May 14, 2014
Extremely helpful, informative, and overall Great feedback. 5 stars for sure
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William B.

Riverside, CA 92501
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$34 / 30-min
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Victoria J.

Redlands, CA

About Victoria

Victoria is a graduate of the University of Redlands, having completed a double major in
both Music Performance and Music Education in 2012. In 2013, Victoria also received her Single Subject California Teaching Credential through the University of Redlands. She is an active performer and regularly plays with Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the widely acclaimed American Youth Symphony. She has also played with the Dana Point Symphony, Pacific Symphony, Riverside Lyric Opera, California Philharmonic, and countless other ensembles and chamber groups. Before
studying with Sara Andon, Victoria h
ad the privilege of studying under Florence
Estrin and Mary Bestgen. Throughout her studies, she has also participated in
master classes with Jim Walker, Walfrid Kujala, Tracy Harris, Thomas
Robertello, and Paul Edmund-Davies. On top of being an active performer,
Victoria has been an assistant elementary music teacher for the Redlands School
District since 2010, as well as maintaining a large private flute and piano studio consisting of students of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to have fun while they learn music literacy and the wonderful art and technique of playing a new instrument. I am friendly, positive, and upbeat in my teaching, yet I also maintain high standards for my students. I have a very warm personality and and very patient with my students, but of course I challenge them as well! I also put on a recital for my students at least twice a year so that their friends and family can appreciate the hard work they have put into their musical development. Performance venues for my students have included retirement homes, universities, and community centers. I encourage chamber music and organize for my students to play duets, trios, or quartets with each other.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stand, keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student must have a music stand and instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained flutist and pianist.
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Evelyn B. June 24, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I greatly appreciate my teacher!!! She is patient, very pleasant, smart....! I feel very comfortable learning from her.
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Brooke L. May 19, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Brooke had a great first lesson. She really liked Victoria! Looking forward to working with her in the future.
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Brooke L. May 19, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Brooke had a great first lesson. She really liked Victoria! Looking forward to working with her in the future.
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Victoria J.

Redlands, CA 92374
(7)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA

About mara

SAG-Aftra and Actor's Equity Union Member
B.A. Linguistics, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
M.A. English Literature, Cal Poly Pomona
Family: Mother, film actress Father, New York Drama Coach
Trained in the Original Stanislavsky Method
Trained in Acting for Films
Professional Working Actress and Teacher
Trained in TV Commercials
Graduate LA Civic Light Opera Workshop
Graduate Barbizon School of Modeling
Trained Musical Comedy Singer
Published Author
Private lessons given at my company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

*** Lesson Details ***
TV Commercial Lessons
Motion Picture Film Acting

Acting for Stage and Musicals
Method Acting
Integrated exercises, monologues, improvisations,
method techniques, commercial training, advice on
your personal persona as an artist.
Coach for auditions and roles
Input on singing voice, exercises, how to put over
a song.
Modeling techniques
Film Acting technique exercises and lexicon
Can Skype

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel to be arranged on a case by case basis.

*** Specialties ***
Film Acting
Commercial Acting
Comedy/Drama Monologues
Character Study and Technique
Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
Modeling
Singing - putting it over!
Acting Coach
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Mitch W. March 3, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I was very fortunate to be able to take my first acting lessons with Mara Madison. Her and her husband provided a very supportive and encouraging environment to someone with no acting experience or background. Mara is very knowledgeable and well prepared for each class. She gave me helpful advice and encouragement, as well as material to take home and study for future classes.
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Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA 92354
(4)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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Bradley F.

Moreno Valley, CA

About Bradley

I teach classical vocal technique with the goal of creating independent vocalists with the skills to succeed in any genre.
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jakub K. September 6, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Over the course of my vocal studies at the University of Redlands I had the privilege of working with two wonderful instructors: Professor Marco Schindelmann and Dr. Tosh. My junior year, however, I had a unique opportunity to take lessons with Brad, a grad student whom I sang next to in Chapel Singers. When my choral instructor Dr. Andrews first told me about the opportunity to study with Brad I was elated!

Working with Brad that year was the best decision I made. Not only did he take a particular interest in helping me grow, I really felt Brad took time to understand my voice and he really made sure to challenge in ways that I would be receptive to. Also, he is just a phenomenal singer himself with a beautiful voice, and I believe this is vital to picking a teacher.

At the time I was studying with Brad I was also reading The Free Voice: A Guide to Natural Singing by Cornelius L. Reid. If you are a vocal student and you have not read this, you are making a big mistake. But the reason I bring it up is because Brad's teaching really alined with what I was reading. Brad is living proof of the techniques I was reading about, and this was extremely beneficial to my personal growth.This book helped me understand not only my own voice, but the reasons Brad is such an amazing, intuitive teacher.

If you have an opportunity to work with Brad, take it!
I know you will not be disappointed!
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John R. September 1, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
I have taken classical voice lessons with Bradley for the past year. Bradley is an incredibly talented vocalist, performer, and teacher. I have seen major improvements in my technique, breathing, and range. He has challenged me and made me work diligently to become a better vocalist. He is supportive and engaged and he has helped me set realistic and achievable goals. I always feel positive and encouraged after leaving a session. I highly recommend working with Brad!
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Sara J. August 22, 2014
I attended the University of Redlands with Bradley and was fortunate to work alongside him in Lehar's The Merry Widow. Bradley is one of the most professional and polished musicians that I worked with, and he has a great personality and sense of humor! I would highly recommend him as a voice teacher. He is very knowledgeable about singing and has a great deal of experience.
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Bradley F.

Bradley F.

Moreno Valley, CA 92555
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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