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James H.

West Covina, CA

About James

My name is James and I have earned a Master’s degree in Music Performance and graduated from Cal State Fullerton. I also have a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education received from the University of Redlands. I have performed with a variety of musical ensembles (college, orchestra, band, chamber groups) and have experience in all musical genres. Currently I am Co-principal of the Corona Symphony Orchestra and play in other groups throughout Southern California as well as the Elementary level band instructor in the Monrovia Unified School district. I have also taught and coached at several middle
and high schools for the past few years, and I teach privately throughout the San Gabriel Valley and the Inland Empire. My passion is educating the musicians of tomorrow and helping them discover their innate musical abilities and desires.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are very student driven and revolve around developing students innate music abilities to help them connect and experience success as well as enriching their lives with music. In my lessons students will develop music appreciation skills by listening to music, understanding basic music theory concepts, growing a knowledge of historical awareness in music all alongside learning the instrument of their chosen preference. The pace set for the sessions is rather relaxed and is highly dependent on the student but, students are guided throughout the sessions to eventually achieve their goals. My main teaching approach is: Let me use my skills and knowledge to help figure out what works best for you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in the living room or a finished garage with tile floor. Seating is available in both areas. Parking is on the street. He has an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide music as well as they can provide music as well. I can provide a music stand. They need to provide the necessary equipment that allows their instrument to function

*** Specialties ***
Primarily classical style and some jazz.
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Suzy J. April 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is very patient and we learn a song or two a week. We even learned three full songs last week! He can help you find the songs you like and excels at providing the instruction you're looking for while keeping a relaxed atmosphere. He explains how to read notes well and we just click with him.
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John B. March 21, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
As a beginning saxophone player, the first lesson was just the basics (how to put the instrument together, hold it, and get the correct mouth and lip and finger placement. I was even able to get a few good notes out! Really looking forward to the next lesson. Will definitely purchase longer lesson time in the future, as half hour went by to quickly.
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Karen R. October 31, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
Very cool teacher
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James H.

James H.

West Covina, CA 91791
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Olises N.

West Covina, CA

About Olises

Olises N. began formally learning drums at age 12 when he attended Washington Irving Junior High School.
Having received a strong musical foundation under the direction of Ms. Lynn Johnson-Lang, he went on to being accepted into the Hamilton Music Academy/Humanities Magnet school in Culver City. Under the direction of David Sears (Senior Director at The Grammy Foundation) and a "whose who" of visiting artists, Olises' basics were sharpened, his musical horizons expanded and his passion and admiration for teaching were fueled.
Olises' first teaching experience was at a local high sch
ool where he was asked by the music director to teach a summer drums/percussion course.
He continued to perform, travel, and record with many groups while attending Pasadena City College where he studied music theory, piano, classical percussion with Ken McGrath and further Jazz performance with the legendary Bobby Bradford.
Today, Olises continues to enrich his students by bringing over 20 years of successful music instruction to every teaching session. His lessons are informed by his 25 plus years of professional performing and recording experience. Olises is not only an experienced drummer, but also a gifted, caring teacher with a passion and insight that has tangibly improved the playing of many aspiring and working drummers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Olises customizes a curriculum for every student depending upon each student's individual goals. Whether it be reading, independence, or technique he will offer you insights that will help improve those areas. He chooses from a variety of techniques, exercises, and materials that he uses to build his curriculum for you. Many of his students have enjoyed marked improvements in their playing just after their first session! His style is as a matter of factual, positive and makes you feel like there's nothing you can't do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music/recording studio w/ piano and drum kits and mics w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Afro-Latin, Brazilian and Funk styles though I am familiar with many other styles. Aside from my own personalized methods I use and teach the Sanford Moeller and Billy Gladstone methods for technique and have learned to apply the Gary Chester method to my drumset playing.
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Joshua G. May 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Has a great deal of knowledge on overall music history and how percussion has developed through each of its stages. Appropriates style according to the interest of desired drummer and can demonstrate the relationships between student's preferred styles and how they relate to others. As a student this is very important because of its role in the development of ones own technique and style and how one can build on whats been done before.
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Anna L. November 3, 2012
Verified Student
Satisfied

my son is very happy and comfortable with his teacher and i am very pleased since this is his first time taking lessons.
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KarineJ July 3, 2012
Olises has been an incredible teacher. He is patient, kind and deeply passionate about music. I am truly grateful for finding him - I have come to love drumming and look/feel music on a whole different level.
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Olises N.

Olises N.

West Covina, CA 91790
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jeremy T.

Glendora, CA

About Jeremy

Hi! My name is Jeremy. I started playing guitar at the age of 14 and by 16 I knew I wanted to play music for a living. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a performance degree in May, 2013. While at APU I performed with various groups including the APU Jazz Ensemble, which has won awards at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, and studied with many great teachers.

Some of my favorite guitarists are: Oz Noy, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jim Hall, and Steve Lukather. Playing music has taught me to be open-minded and I love (or appreciate) all styles of music. My favo
rite artist is D'angelo.

I am currently a working musician with guitar as my primary instrument. I have been very fortunate to perform with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, and Melissa Manchester. I have been very blessed to play venues such as: Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta, GA; Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. I perform in many styles including: pop, funk, blues, R&B, jazz, fusion, gypsy jazz, Latin rock, solo guitar, classical, and Christian worship music. I have also played in pit orchestras for musical theater and done sidelining work on the pilot episode of a TV show (sadly, never picked up).

I am very lucky to have had many mentors who have helped me grow immensely as a musician and helped me figure out my career path. Without them I would not have anywhere near the level of musicianship I have today. I have also learned other extremely important aspects of being a musician: gig etiquette, being approachable, how to carry yourself, how to dress, and many others. I hope to pass on my knowledge to you and help you achieve your goals, whether to learn music to express yourself in new ways or to start on a path to being a professional musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is very important to learn the fundamentals of the guitar. I want all my students to be familiar with the entire fretboard and use the picking, fretting, and chording technique that best suits their hands and needs. I recognize that there is not one single right way to play the guitar and I will work on helping each student find the way that works best for them. I will also discuss proper care, maintenance, and storage of instruments.

Other important skills I teach are sight-reading (standard notation and lead sheets/chord charts), basic to advanced music theory, rhythm/lead playing, improvisation, chord voicing, and finger-style. I can help students learn a difficult song or guitar solo and even help them write their own music.

For students who want to learn classical guitar, there are some additional subjects we could cover. These include tone production, interpretation of different styles of classical and Latin guitar music, nail care (more important than you would think!), memorization, and performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars:

G&L Comanche
Eastman AR805CE
Kenny Hill 2007 Almeria
Breedlove Passport Plus OM/CMe

Pedalboard:

AMT Wah
TC Electronics Polytune
Suhr Riot
Fulltone OCD
Lovepedal Eternity Fuse
Ernie Ball VP JR
Xotic SP Compressor
Line 6 M9

Amplifiers:

VVT Lindy Fralin
Mesa Boogie F50
ZT Lunchbox

Strings:
D'addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, 11-49
D'addario Phosphor Bronze Light, 12-53
D'addario XL Chromes Flatwound, 12-52

Picks:

Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm
Wegen Gypsy Jazz Pick

Recording:

2011 Macbook Pro
Logic Pro 9
Guitar Rig 5
Presonus Firebox Firewire Interface
Sennheiser HD280 Pro

Misc.

Mono Club Pedaltrain bag
Mono M80 Electric Guitar Gig bag
Studioslips Clamshell cover
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Bradley C. June 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeremy is a great instructor and very talented.
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Stephanie G. March 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great with my young son.
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Jeremy T.

Jeremy T.

Glendora, CA 91741
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Amy G.

Glendora, CA

About Amy

Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
To€...
Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

With...
Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso re
laxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases appropriate to each piece.

Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Robert M. July 16, 2015
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher!
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Danielle R. October 2, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have been trying to come up with the perfect words to describe this teacher but I can't find anything I feel is good enough, other than the words wonderful and amazing.The way she teaches, and just her presence alone just blows me away, and I couldn't be more thankful to have met her and have the opportunity of her teaching me. If anyone is meant to be a teacher,it would be this person. She is so gifted.. Believe me when I say, if you have any doubt about choosing the right teacher, look no further because you just found her.
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Lindsey C. September 24, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Amy has truly changed my life both as a performer and person.She helped me polish my vocal technique and singing methods, in addition to acting and audition coaching. She was very instrumental in helping me pick amazing audition songs and how to really give a memorable performance, even if it's just 16 bars at an open call! Before studying with Amy, I was a bit unfocused and rusty,now I am poised and confident in my singing abilities. Thank you Amy, you are an incredible and inspiring teacher!
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Amy G.

Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Thaddeus G.

San Dimas, CA

About Thaddeus

I've dedicated a lifetime to learning, studying and performing on Latin Percussion and Drum set. I began study at age 13 and was playing professionally by the age of 18.
The truth is, I didn't wake up one day and choose drums and Latin Percussion - It chose me! And thankfully, music has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember.

I've been fortunate to have experience in performing all kinds of music as well as formal study with master drummers from Cuba, veteran Jazz Drummers, Soul drummers, a school education in music and drums, and also have the intuitive music knowledge that
only comes from a lifetime of dedication to the art form.

Because of my playing experience - I can teach you all kinds of music styles! Salsa, Latin & Brazilian, Jazz, Church Worship, Rock, Soul, R&B and authentic Afro-Cuban Folkloric drumming and songs.

Most importantly, I can TEACH WHATEVER YOU WANT TO LEARN ~ and what you need to know...

I welcome STUDENTS OF ALL LEVELS and happy to share this wonderful art form with those learning just for fun or for the more serious musician who wants more from their instrument.
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Matthew G. February 25, 2015
Conga Drums · In studio
I've grown up much of my life witnessing various great conga players that I have been privileged to experience. At a workshop held by Thaddeus with several other students, I was able to gain a much better understanding of conga rhythms and patterns. In addition to this, Thaddeus brings extensive knowledge on the history of the conga to further my understanding and learning. With a group performance at the end of the workshop season, our group was able to demonstrate what we learned for many others.
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Matthew G. February 24, 2015
Percussion · In home
Thaddeus helped me learn various characteristics of percussion and I am grateful for his instruction. One thing I appreciated about learning percussion from Thaddeus was his ability to not only be able to explain the music but to be able to artfully explain musical concepts, relationships between percussionist and other musicians in a group, and how to use the various percussive instruments. Thaddeus' decades of experience become evident in his teaching. Thanks to the instruction I received, I was able to perform much more confidently in various performance and live group environments.
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Juan R. February 13, 2015
Thaddeus has extensive knowledge of percussion in general. Really enjoyed the lessons that I took with him as they have helped in my development. Thad, is also very patient and an ideal instructor for any one.
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Thaddeus G.

Thaddeus G.

San Dimas, CA 91773
(5)
starting at
$50 / 50-min

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