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Cort S. Costa Mesa, CA

About Cort

Hello, My name is Cort and I love to teach music. I am currently taking on more students for the following instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass. I have successfully instructed students from age 5 - 65 and gain tremendous satisfaction from helping my students achieve their goals of learning an instrument and/or progressing to a greater ability on their instrument. I teach beginning and intermediate up to the advanced level and all aspects of music (reading, writing, theory, chords, scales, modes, composition, and most styles of music). I have been playing and performing for over 25 years. I have an AA degree with a concentration in music education. I have studied privately with legendary jazz/fusion drummer, composer, and actor Alphonse Mouzon (drum set) and with guitar genius Julian Coryell ...

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Alphonse M. September 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Cort is a great guitarist who has been taking drum lessons from me over the years - so he can teach you how to play the guitar and drums. Cort is a great drum student who has learned many styles of drumming from me. He's kind and gentle and very relaxed, which will put your mind at ease so you're not nervous. That's what I do with my students. So please check out Cort when you need lessons.
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Cort S. February 13, 2013
Guitar
"Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."

"I took bi-monthly guitar lessons from Cort for nearly 3 years. Cort is enthusiastic about music and is very knowledgeable. Though originally a drummer, he is well versed in the guitar as a teacher and player. He pays close attention to detail and really cares about his students. He has an easy going demeanor and is open to your input about what you are most interested in learning. He also has a good idea of what will help you be a complete and well-rounded player. Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."
Pamela A. Cypress, CA

About Pamela

I have played piano since I was young. I studied piano at CSU Long Beach where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a certificate in Music Therapy. I have since worked as a Music Therapist. My style of teaching is supportive and patient. I would look at the needs of each student and guide them at their own pace. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are geared toward the individual's needs and interests. I am patient and looking to help each student find success. Along with piano lessons, music theory can be included if requested. Most of all, music should be fun and I will provide a relaxed and creative environment in which students might learn. *** Travel Equipment *** I have no problem traveling to the child and piano *** Specialties *** I've taught children in classical ...

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Christina G. March 12, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent all-around instructor

Pam has been instructing my 5 year old daughter for nearly a month now in our home. She is punctual, patient, and makes each lesson fun. My daughter looks forward to Pam's arrival each week for her lesson. She is a terrific instructor. I highly recommended her!!
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Mary T. February 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Patient teacher

Pamela is very patient with me and understanding that as an adult I have a lot of things impacting my time. She gives helpful hints and doesn't "diss" me when clearly I have not practiced enough.
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JenF September 29, 2011
Great teacher, patient, challenging

Miss Pam is great! She is super patient with my daughter and me. She challenges us ever week but doesn't go to fast. I already see improvement in our playing!
Ryan H. Newport Beach, CA

About Ryan

Music and teaching are my two life passions. I have been teaching music for over 10 years and playing for over 15. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended Newport Harbor High School. Upon graduating, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied Guitar and Music Business. After graduating from Berklee, I received my Early Childhood Teacher Certification and worked as both a preschool and toddler teacher in addition to teaching music lessons. I am experienced with all age levels from the youngest children to the oldest adults. I make learning music a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone! *** Lesson Details *** The ultimate goal of our lessons together is to accomplish YOUR goals. There is a reason why you are drawn to music. Maybe it's ...

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Laura L. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is an engaging instructor whose flexible teaching style can meet the needs of students at any level. I can read music, but knew nothing about guitar. He set me up for success from the very beginning and presents enough challenge and encouragement to keep me going. He is personable, friendly, helpful. It's easy to see why he works so well with everyone, from kids to seniors!
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Connie P. February 12, 2014
Ukulele
Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher!

Ryan is a very talented musician and is able to share that through his teaching. He is very articulate and patient during each lesson, which I especially appreciate. And he pays attention to what your personal goals might be and the type of music that you like. I look forward to my weekly Monday night lessons with Ryan! It gets my week off to a fun start!
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Tony S. January 25, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Ryan is the best!

I've been taking lessons from Ryan for over a year now and have nothing but good things to say about him! Always friendly and well prepared for every lesson. He is super helpful, patient and flexible in his teaching style, He makes every lesson fun and worth while. You can't go wrong!
Calvin A. Costa Mesa, CA

About Calvin

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music. *** Lesson Details *** I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music. I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along

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brenda M. October 30, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher
Wonderful teaching style
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Doug F. October 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Calvin is great to work with. I look forward to my lesson each week. He goes the extra mile by sending me practice tracks and focuses on the music I want to learn. I am in my mid 50's and never had any formal music training. Calvin is fantastic and a great person too.
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Debbie H. September 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Calvin is an amazing and wonderful teacher. He's patient and kind. He truly knows how to inspire and encourage our daughter. I would highly recommend Calvin to anyone who wants to learn from a talented and professional musician.
Jean T. Costa Mesa, CA

About Jean

With a B.A. in Music from UCSB and a M.A. from Stanford Univ. in Education, I have taught piano and singing for many years to all ages. I sing and play both classical and popular music and have years of experience with musical theatre. Lessons are in my beautiful home on a grand piano and I have the equipment to record you. Whether preparing for an audition or starting from scratch you will receive the utmost attention to your musical desires. *** Lesson Details *** Voice students do best with a 45 min. or 60 min. lesson which begins with vocal exercises and concludes with work on repertoire of your choice. Piano students can start with a 30 min. lesson but more can be accomplished with a 45 min. lesson. Practice at home is required for you to succeed, and access to a keyboard, ...

Carl S. Costa Mesa, CA

About Carl

Private lessons are given in the privacy and convenience of your home. Drumset instruction for beginners through professionals, ages 8-adult. Lessons include: technique, songs, music reading and theory. Styles include rudimental, orchestral, jazz, blues, rock, country, latin and more. Lessons can be coordinated with school music programs. Curriculum is custom tailored to each student’s skill level, ability and schedule. Patient, kind, supportive and creative environment ensures success of objectives in each lesson. Technical skills covered are: German, American and French matched grip Traditional grip Stick control Snare drum rudimental/orchestral technique Brush technique Ride cymbal technique Bass drum pedal technique Hi-hat pedal technique Coordinated independence Hand

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silvia B. June 30, 2014
Drum · In studio
Carl’s gift as a teacher is both his patience and resourcefulness. He has a nurturing style of teaching and clearly cares about the progress of each of his students. Because of his years of performing as a professional, he draws on this knowledge and expertise. He brings a broad range of approaches to conveying fundamentals, technique and building on foundation principles of music. Carl taught my high school age son and I saw that he is willing to explore what works best for each of his students, who come with different learning styles and levels.
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Terry S. May 28, 2014
Drum · In home
Carl is a highly dedicated, skilled Professional and a pleasure to work with. I have been involved in lessons with Carl for over 2 and a half years. I played drums in highschool but never truly learned the basics and Carl has given me the steps from basics to more advanced instruction and helped me succeed. I admire his patience and skills and work ethic.
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Mel R. May 27, 2014
Hand Drums · In home
I have been taking hand drum lessons (bongos and congas) from Carl for about 15 months. I find lessons with him enjoyable and relaxing, and I have learned a lot about technique and style from Carl. He is patient and gears his teaching to the interests and needs of his students. Regardless of age or gender, a student will feel at ease and confident with Carl as his/her drum instructor........Mel Roth, Irvine, CA.

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