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Marcus B. Los Angeles, CA

About Marcus

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others. Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music! *** Specialties *** I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar. Long Version: Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertwined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. ...

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Diana R. September 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.
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Tyler W. June 17, 2013
Bass Guitar
All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
Crystal S. Los Angeles, CA

About Crystal

Crystal brings a lifetime’s experience of professional musicianship to each of her lessons. Born into a family of musicians, she sang her first solo at age 2. She also benefits her students with an extraordinarily diverse musical background, having worked as a vocalist in gospel, country, musical theater, jazz, classical, rock, pop and soul styles. Her performing career has taken her from L.A. church meetings to London’s Houses of Parliament. Crystal hails originally from Los Angeles, CA - where her musical parents gave her a head start by including her in the family business the moment she was able to contribute. She went on to study classical voice, piano and music theory at The Boston Conservatory of Music. After concluding her studies in London, she returned home and began working ...

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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Amazing singng instructor

Crystal has increased my daughter’s self-esteem and expressiveness through song. My daughter is now writing her own poetry and song lyrics, as well as being able to combat her once shyness quality. She loves to perform in front of others now and has a confidence level that amazes me, especially now that she is going into those “teen” years. I think a lot of thanks needs to go to Crystal, for assisting my daughter in reaching her current creative level!
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Tamura H. September 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great piano instructor

Crystal is an amazing piano instructor. She is patient, understanding and dedicated. My daughter has learned so much from her. My daughter’s love for music has increased immensely since learning how to play the piano. This would never have been able to be accomplished without Crystal’s professional and caring teaching style.
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Stacey N. February 13, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful person and excellent instruction

I have been taking lessons from Crystal for a few months now. I took lessons from others before I moved to the area, and I have had multiple new breakthroughs with Crystal. She is great at finding the language that allows me to understand adjustments, and is very patient and understanding. I was at ease from the first moment I met her. I highly recommend her to other adults looking to get into singing of any kind!
Marta H. Los Angeles, CA

About Marta

Marta Sofia H. is an active performer and teacher of viola and violin in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Madison, WI, Marta left her hometown early to finish high school at the acclaimed Interlochen Arts Academy where she studied both violin and viola. Graduating with a focus on viola, she moved to Chicago to receive a B.M. from DePaul University, studying under Rami Solomonow (Lyric Opera) and various Chicago Symphony Orchestra musicians. An avid teacher as well as a performer, Marta has enhanced her pedagogy training by taking Suzuki Method coursework at the American Suzuki Institute, DePaul Community Music Division and with teachers at the Colburn School.

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Basma B. December 22, 2014
Violin
Marta is an exceptional instructor, and we are so lucky to have found her! My now 10 year old has been her student for a year and a half and has truly blossomed as a violin player. Marta is not only talented, but kind, patient, and accommodating. She is 100% engaged and dedicated to her students and clearly takes great care in developing their love of music. We could not have asked for a better instructor!
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Shanti K. December 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Marta is a professional in every sense of the word. First of all, she is punctual, which in my book is everything. Once the lesson starts with my 11 yr. old son she is incredibly focused and passionate about making sure he is really taking in what she is teaching. If she senses that he might not be getting something, she patiently starts over and goes over every step along the way. From posture to tonality she is giving my son a strong base from which he will be able to build on. He absolutely adores her and so do I!
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KayeB February 11, 2012
Instruction

Marta, was great with my daughter. She is friendly and inspiring.
John E. Los Angeles, CA

About John

I've been playing music for over twenty years as a brass player, pianist, guitarist, composer, and electronic musician. I've studied and performed across the country—starting in Seattle, then New York and the northeast, and finally here in Los Angeles. As a performer, I have trained and play extensively on the French horn, trumpet, trombone, piano, and guitar. I perform in a variety of styles—from classical to jazz and pop/rock styles. As a composer and sound designer, I work in a variety of settings, from composing for orchestra, string quartet, percussion, and groups of all shapes and sizes, to designing sound for theater and film. I earned my Bachelor's degree at Bennington College in Vermont and my Master's degree at CalArts. I play all around LA as a freelance orchestral ...

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Christoffer S. August 19, 2014
Composition · In studio
John is a brilliant composer and instrumentalist. I worked with him extensively while studying at CalArts. His musicianship and knowledge of music theory is in depth, and he is easily able to pass this information on to students. I highly recommend him as a teacher to any level of musician.
Adrianne P. Los Angeles, CA

About Adrianne

Adrianne P. received her Bachelors of Music from the Boston Conservatory and recently graduated from the University of Michigan with Masters of Music degrees in Violin Performance and Chamber Music. Her primary teachers include Andrew Jennings of the Concord String Quartet, Yehonatan Berick of the Los Angeles Piano Quartet, and Sharan Leventhal of the Gramercy Trio. As a musician who strives to promote the music of living composers, Adrianne has premiered many works and has had the privilege to work closely with composers including Stephen Rush, Steve Reich, Julia Wolfe, Michael Gordon, Yehudi Wyner, Kathryn Alexander, Martin Bresnick, Chester Biscardi, and David Lang. Her love of new works has sparked her enthusiasm for interdisciplinary collaboration. Composers have used her ...

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Antoinette W. September 21, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
AMAZING instructor, motivator and human being!!!! She remains confident in your capabilities even when you don't, she is understanding and kind and comes up with techniques to assist your individual handicaps. Adrianne is also open-minded and will teach you whatever songs you want to learn! Thank You Adrianne!!! You are so talented!
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Laura M. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
I have taken private lessons with multiple instructors throughout my life. Adrianne has by far been the best instructor I ever had. She was very patient and had very creative and effective approaches to explaining difficult techniques.
She helped me improve a lot in a short period of time and pointed out many mistakes and bad habits that none of my other teachers had ever noticed.
She is great!
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Darion T. August 10, 2014
Violin · In studio
I started taken violin lessons with Adrianne as a refresher and a supplement to my chamber ensemble class. Having not really taken one-on-one lessons in a long time, there were a few bad habits that I formed that Adrianne was easily able to notice and give helpful advice. She was always a patient and very attentive listener. Almost immediately I could tell there was a difference in my sound production and bowing techniques from her practice tips. Definitely worth investing in her lessons!
Drew B. Los Angeles, CA

About Drew

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines. Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be. If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group. Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn. My lessons are 100% customized to your needs and what you are ...

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Ken S. April 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've been playing the same 5 chords forever and when I went electric, I figured it was time to get serious. Taking lessons from Drew has been both revelatory and, most importantly, fun. He breaks down everything into digestible bits so you don't get the typical frustration of not being able to play the 'whole' thing correctly. It's a great approach to learning -- and practicing. As a teacher, Drew is incredibly patient, supportive, and always available to answer questions that come up between sessions. I doubt there's a better instructor out there!
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Michael F. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
If you don't have time to read my whole review here's the executive summary: Drew is a great teacher, he gets you playing during your first lesson and continues to challenge you to learn the songs you want to play. Not only do you learn to play but you learn the how and why behind what you are doing which makes learning on your own substantially easier because you can apply the logic to any song. Before my first lesson with Drew I could only stare at my Strat not knowing what to do with it. Fast forward 6 months of once weekly lessons and I can now comfortably tune my guitar, understand sheet music and tabs, learn new songs on my own and am having a great time learning instead of being frustrated. My only challenge is finding the time to practice in between work and family responsibilities. Having had no prior experience before meeting Drew the first time, playing guitar is no longer a daunting mystery. I highly recommend you take lessons with him.

I'll turn 45 this year, people younger than I have said they feel they are too old to learn to play the guitar, BS, the truth is you're never too old but you'll likely need two things. First you'll need to have the passion to learn and second, you need to have a great teacher and a few helpful tools. I've been a huge U2 fan since high school in the mid-eighties. There's a famous quote from Bob Dylan about The Edge's playing: "Everybody's going to remember your songs, it's just that nobody's gonna be able to play them." I never had any passion to learn the guitar because what I wanted to play was U2 and it seemed out of my reach.

The tools available to a beginner today are amazing; websites with lessons and tips, and learning apps for the iPad really reduce the amount of time it takes to learn. Hardware and software can accurately emulate the tone of vintage guitars and racks of effects. I started with a guitar and an amp but didn't know how to get started learning; with so many resources available where do you start. I decided that I should take lessons to build a solid foundation of not just playing but understanding the guitar and music otherwise just learning to play U2 songs would take a long time and I'd be cornered into one style of playing. I found Drew and arranged to have once weekly lessons.

In our first lesson Drew determined that I really had no experience and so we dove in. We went over some basic chords, reading sheet music, chose a first song to learn and some strumming patterns. Drew makes sure that any questions you have are covered and leaves you with things to focus on during practice the following week. Each subsequent lesson starts with a review of progress; Drew provides constructive feedback and shows you where you are missing or adding something. If you are really stuck on a part you spend a few minutes focused on that to get past it. Drew is sharp and can quickly determine if the issue is mental (the brain is over thinking) or physical (the fingers or muscles aren't trained) and explains how to overcome the issue based on that. Within a couple of months I gained enough confidence to start learning short riffs of songs (The Police, U2 and others) that I like on my own. The first time I decided to share something I was working on with Drew I wasn't totally sure if he would encourage it or advise me to stay focused on what we were learning. He was pleased to see that I was taking my own initiative to learn new things and we spent a few minutes reviewing and discussing how to improve what I was learning, awesome!

As I stated before, my biggest challenge is finding time to practice, but with Drew's instruction and as much practice as I can fit in my progress has been noticeable. I have a long term goal of being a good guitar player; Drew has been an amazing force behind helping me see that I can achieve my goal.
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Raymond I. April 23, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I started lessons from Drew a few years ago, and in a short amount of time I've gone from being musically challenged to an aspiring guitarist! Drew is a very chill guy with a great teaching style who's very passionate about what he does.

He works with me when he plans my lesson. He is always prepared and always have material for me to work on during the lesson and on my own. He makes it very clear that he wants me to work on the things I want to accomplish so that I can enjoy the guitar. He sees my potential even when I am frustrated, and pushes me through without being offensive.

In my first lesson, he started me off with simple chords and rhythm, and by the very next lesson I was able to start working on a song that I love.

He preaches that I need to practice on my own if I want to get better. At first I didn't listen, and it was like throwing money away. But after putting in the effort to practice on my own, I actually got better and Drew was able to go further and showed me techniques to go beyond what's written on the music sheets.

Bottom line: If you are serious about learning guitar and willing to put in the time and effort, Drew is the guy to get you there.

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