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Pierre L.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Pierre

Lessons are taught at your Home.

Hi, my name is Pierre. I have enjoyed the music business for more than 30 years. My music education includes studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Switzerland and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

I have been a music coach in Switzerland, in Los Angeles, in Long Beach, and since 2009 in the Mission Viejo area. During the 2009 / 2010 school year I was a music coach for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) in South Orange County. I have also been a member of numerous groups, including Original bands, Top40, Tribute, Recording and Perf
orming bands. Please do not hesitate to ask for references!

I teach students age 9 and up.

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is some information on what you can expect if you decide to take lessons with me:

You will start learning songs and play along with them within 3-5 lessons. After 3 months you will have knowledge of the basics. At the 6 month mark you will start to get comfortable with your instrument and after a year you will have built a solid foundation on which you can expand into any musical direction of your choice.

I teach beginner to advanced depending on the instrument, and ages 9 and up are welcome! My customized lessons are based on the student's abilities. Lessons can be held at your home in the vicinity of Mission Viejo. Learn songs and music theory, melodies, harmonizing, rhythm, syncopation, solfege, songwriting, arrangement, reading and writing music notation. I can also help you with singing and recording your songs. If you wish, I can also teach your lessons in German or French.

Music styles: Rock, Pop, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Swing, Reggae, Funk, and much more.

Teaching style: I like to use humor to make the learning experience enjoyable. I adjust to the student's learning speed. My philosophy when it comes to teaching and music: Everyone can learn an instrument and enjoy that knowledge for the rest of their life!

Guitar (for example): Always work with books. Teach simple chords, rhythms and songs at first. Then move to more difficult chords and songs, and TAB reading. Then I keep increasing the level of difficulty as the student progresses. Then start teaching sight reading with standard music notation. When practicing songs, we play along to music. Similar teaching style for other instruments.
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Bailey K. August 27, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and helpful.
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London A. July 13, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Pierre is very personable and makes learning UKELELE fun!
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Carol W. June 23, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Had a wonderful lesson. Pierre started at my level, and taught me a lot. If I didn't understand, he took the time to show me and explain so I could "get it".
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Pierre L.

Pierre L.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Minoo M.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Minoo

My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music staff paper
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Meg October 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Minoo is an amazing instructor. She has been working with my younger son since he was 4. He is a squirmy little guy and she has been able to keep him engaged and interested, while making lessons fun. I so appreciate that Minoo's focus is to foster a love of music and we've been so impressed with the progress our son has made in a short time!
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Jeannie J. June 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Minoo has been a wonderful piano teacher for my 8-year-old daughter for the past year. She is always punctual and prepared, bringing my daughter new music as soon as she masters a piece. She is kind and patient, and my daughter enjoys her lessons very much. As a bonus, Minoo organizes a yearly recital for her students, so we get to see their progress. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher:)
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Jessica December 28, 2015
Piano · In home
I would absolutely give her 5 stars!!! And if it were out of 10, I would give her 10!!! She is so awesome with my daughter (6). She is patient and knows how to teach young children. We really enjoy having Minoo as our daughters teacher and my child has learned how to play the piano !!! I highly recommend this piano instructor !!!!
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Minoo M.

Minoo M.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sheila M.

Irvine, CA

About Sheila

Sheila's interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Ti
voli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

In 2013, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Irvine and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

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My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano (not a keyboard) in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Lauren December 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sheila has been a great instructor for my 13 year old daughter who wanted to switch from classical to popular music.
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Christina October 11, 2016
Flute · In home
We met Sheila when she was my daughter's orchestra flute instructor. My daughter was so enthusiastic about Shelia that we invited her to continue private lessons at home. Sheila is warm, supportive, knowledgeable, and incredibly inspiring. She is an excellent flute mentor and my daughter is excited to practice daily. We highly recommend Sheila!
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Cali October 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Cali loved her lesson today! She is excited to keep learning.
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Irvine, CA 92614
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Stephen B.

Irvine, CA

About Stephen

I've teaching and performing professionally for 18 years.
I've studied with some of the top teachers in California:
- Jim Fagen (classical guitar)
- Erik Halbig (rock, jazz & country)
- Jim Witzel (head of jazz guitar at CSUSF)
- Ron Eshcete (jazz guitar)
- Carl Verheyen (everything).

Have a 3 ring binder, tuner and metronome (tuner and metronome are available at app store for free).
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Daniel October 27, 2016
Guitar · In home
Stephen is the best teacher I have ever had. He is great at showing you proper practice techniques while also working on fun pieces. I have improved a lot since I started taking lessons with him and can't recommend him enough.
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Tyler September 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great way to start!
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Zachary B. August 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son loved his first lesson. Stephen is great!
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Stephen B.

Irvine, CA 92604
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rachel T.

Long Beach, CA

About Rachel

I provide private instruction for beginner to advanced trombone, bass trombone, and music theory students. My goal is to create a comfortable atmosphere in which students can feel free to express themselves through the music they play. I keep students mentally engaged by asking them questions that are intended to direct them toward creating a clear, personal interpretation of their music. This gives the student a sense of artistic authority and ownership over their playing and creates more enjoyment in daily practicing and playing. I advocate for students listening to as much music as they can
, whether it is a live concert or a recording, which I view as an essential key to swift musical development.
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Ella December 9, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor ever
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Sarah C. August 4, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Rachel is a fantastic teacher and tutor. Her expansive knowledge of music theory and ear training contributes to her vast musical ability. Not only is she a great performer, but she is able to break down the music and explain it in a variety of ways in order to effectively teach students at any level. Most importantly, Rachel is an advocate for students expressing their own musical voice. She will not tell a student exactly how to play a given piece, but rather she will teach them the necessary tools for the student to play well, and allow them to explore their own musical interpretation from there.

Outside of music, Rachel is a genuine and kind-hearted person. She is understanding and empathetic, and this carries over into her teaching as well. That being said, Rachel holds herself and her students to high standards. Students will hear improvement in their tone, technique, and musicality as they work with Rachel. I give her my highest recommendation for all subjects.
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Ishmael July 27, 2016
Trombone · In studio
Great teacher! Very helpful and smart.
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Rachel T.

Rachel T.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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