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Benk Joseph W.

Arcadia, CA

About Benk Joseph

My teaching experience dates back to my college days, as I began teaching private lessons part time 15 years ago, and have been consistently teaching private include in Yamaha Music School. Encouraging regular practice on a consistent schedule is one of the key points I like to emphasize for younger students, as it tends to help the student progress and gain a passion for the instrument. Nothing is more rewarding than seeing one of my students develop a passion for music!

I'm a passionate and motivated instructor who loves working with students and sharing my love of music. Graduated from
Musician Institute, Hollywood,CA. Performing all over the world, such as Canada, Japan, Shanghai, Macau, etc. Performing has been one of the greater experiences of my life as a musician, and I've had the opportunity to play with Big Band, Cruise line band and local band in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.

Therefore, it's important that each student progresses at his or her own pace. I encourage this by setting realistic goals for my students at each lesson. Acknowledging accomplishments helps fuel a students desire to progress, and makes students eager to learn more. By trying to find out what inspires the student, I can successfully tailor my instruction to their wants and needs. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Pro gear Yamaha Drum set with the sound system, double pedal, left foot clave, pro cymbal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sound system play along with the song, teaching equipment.

*** Specialties ***
For beginning students who are children, I typically start with really really simply technique to understand, easy to understand. Once the student has progressed to have a grasp of the fundamentals, I will begin to introduce "Rudiments" and sight reading. For adults, I try to find out what the student is interested in, and guide my instruction accordingly to keep the lessons engaging and fun, no matter their ability level.
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Norm December 14, 2016
Drum · In home
Easy to get along with. He started the lesson as soon as he walked in the door, very detailed oriented teacher. His style of teaching is very easy to understand especially in my case with no drum lesson experience.
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Cristina M. October 13, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I'm so glad to find Joseph as my daughter drum teacher.He's an excellent and professional teacher.He makes it so entertaining whenever he teach.He's a great teacher.Home tutoring make it easy to schedule a lesson .
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Krystal B. January 30, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Our son loves his Drum lessons.

Benk is very flexible, affordable and our son took to him very well. He even records what he has learned each week so we both can keep track of his progress. He is much more affordable then other drum teachers or studio's in the area, and even will come to your home.
If you are looking for a GREAT Teacher you should take some time to talk to Benk.
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Benk Joseph W.

Benk Joseph W.

Arcadia, CA 91006
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA

About Jessica

I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce.

I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out stu
dents will be invited to play at the Branch Recital.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on vibrato, moves on to an etude or exercise, and culminates with work on a piece of music. But not every student works well with this method, so I will add in some musical worksheets and ear training games for those that require lessons with more variety.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can come to your home to teach. I will bring all necessary method books and teaching materials.
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Bekah M. January 11, 2017
Cello · Online
Verified Student
This is Bekah's auntie...I am usually working on my computer in the other room when Bekah is taking online lessons. Lessons are well organized, and expectations clear. Bekah totally LOVES Jessica as her cello teacher. I played cello in my school orchestras from 4th grade through high school. I truly appreciate hearing Jessica work with Bekah. She musically encourages and challenges. We are very pleased! :)
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Karthik S. December 26, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, took time to make sure I was doing everything very well before I left my first lesson.
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Sarah S. September 8, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
She is patient and gracious :)
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Jessica G.

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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$30 / 30-min
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Mike B.

Arcadia, CA

About Mike

Mike B. is a professional guitar and bass player based in Southern California. Having received a certificate in guitar performance from the Atlanta Institute of Music, a Bachelor's of Music in guitar performance from the University of Redlands, and currently attending the University of Southern California seeking a Master's in Studio/Jazz Guitar, he divides his time between performing live, doing recordings, and being an educator. As an educator he has many years of experience teaching all levels of players not only how to be stronger players in their genre of choice, but also giving them a st
rong foundation in music theory, exploring the creative side of music, and giving them the tools to expand as musicians for years to come.

Articles written by Mike:
5 Easy Blues Guitar Licks: http://takelessons.com/blog/five-easy-blues-guitar-licks-z01
How Much Should I Practice?: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-practice-tips
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Jane May 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor with great skill and nice temper. I decide to take more classes with this instructor, after my session is over.
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Ben G. January 9, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I, myself, was a peer of Mike's at the University of Redlands. We both studied jazz guitar performance and have performed together on multiple occasions. Even so, Mike's ability as a performer far surpassed any of his colleagues'. In fact, his capabilities on the guitar were so outstanding that I decided that I would take lessons with him, in addition to regular lessons with my school instructor. To my surprise, the only thing better than listening to Mike's playing was his ability to transfer his knowledge to others.

His lessons are always conducted in a professional and friendly manner. I always left with a deeper understanding of music and as an improved player.

He is well versed in many styles and his professional experience as a musician is something to be sought after when looking for a guitar teacher. His understanding of the instrument and music theory will ensure that whatever questions you may have, he will know the answer. No matter where your skill level is, there will always be something to learn from this man.
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Michael F. January 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Before I started taking lessons with Mike I was able to play the guitar but wasn't very experienced. Mike and I set a plan for myself that I would enjoy but also get me to be able to play what I wanted to play. He even helped me through some of my music classes at my college (Music Theory, Musicianship, Jazz, etc.) and taught me to apply what I was learning to the guitar. He taught me how to read music, play blues and jazz, and overall become a better musician.

He was challenging but made it overall fun and exciting. Whenever I ran into a problem he was able to break it down and figure out what I needed to do to get over it.

He is a great teacher and I am really grateful I started taking lessons with mike. I strongly recommend him; whether you have just started out and just want to learn or an experienced musician trying to get better, he will help you get there.
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Mike B.

Mike B.

Arcadia, CA 91006
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Troy M.

Monrovia, CA

About Troy

I am a second generation piano, clarinet and saxophone teacher. I was raised around music, and was taught piano and clarinet from a young age by my mother, a private music instructor of over 20 years. I have studied under three master clarinetists while in high school and college, and have performed with the prestigious Tacoma Youth Symphony. I have recently completed my degree in Business Management from Azusa Pacific University, and anticipate finishing my Music Performance degree next spring (having already completed all but a couple requirements).
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Krishna B. September 14, 2016
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Troy was very patient with my 11 year son in teaching him the notes and in blowing into the clarinet swiftly. My son expressed that Troy was kindly and patiently with him in learning his first instrument.
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Jonathan September 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice and polite. Patient to my 4 and half boy, and even my son told me he likes troy after he left. I think we will keep him for my boy's piano lessons.
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Zain W. July 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very goid
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Troy M.

Troy M.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(7)
starting at
$19 / 30-min
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Dave T.

Covina, CA

About Dave

I have been teaching privately since 1987 and am available to teach at my home studio or your home. I have helped students achieve first chair positions in school band, pass college entrance auditions, become professional musicians, and become successful private instructors.

I received my training at Oral Roberts University from 1980-1985 where I received a degree in Music Composition and worked on my Master's degree in Woodwind Doubling at Azusa Pacific University from 2008-2011.

Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Della Reese, John
ny Mathis, Vicki Carr, Andre Crouch, as well as played and written for cartoons such as "Ren and Stimpy", "Angry Beavers", "Jimmy Neutron", and various children's projects for Disney and Sesame Street.

As an expert in my field, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Erica W. July 22, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I did my homework, as Dave asked, and within 15 minutes of practicing, almost all the keys/notes/finger placement came right back! Like a lightbulb. Thank you, Dave! I'm so excited to be playing again!
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Bob May 24, 2016
Music Theory · In studio
Dave is a great resource and has helped us tons in thinking through what we're trying to accomplish in our music.
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Mark May 21, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
The Best !!
Dave knows his instrument and music ....
You will have a great time learning from him
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Dave T.

Dave T.

Covina, CA 91722
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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