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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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Sarah S. September 8, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
She is patient and gracious :)
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Chloe P. August 4, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Jessica got Chloe off to a good start. And, she's so excited to to learn more.
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Nicole June 6, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Jessica is an amazing teacher. I thought it would be difficult to do music lessons online. But this is PERFECT!
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Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA 91106
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Billy C.

Azusa, CA

About Billy

I have been playing piano and guitar whilst performing for 8 years though I'm not short of experience. I went to Citrus College to perfect my guitar and piano playing and musicianship where I was moved to top of my class. I have been on tour with California's top cover group Night Shift going such places as Hawaii and numerous states for music festival performance and have been a hired musician for numerous groups for both recording and performing. I have musical knowledge in rock, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, salsa, reggae, funk, country, and many other genres. But enough about my knowledge. Let me
tell you about me: I love music. It's my passion and I've made a career out of what I do and love it. What I want to teach you are the skills that will allow you to continue to become more creative and precise but covering not only technique and theory, but why we choose certain things that sound and feel good and thus feeling beyond rewarded for what we've learned.

I'll cover soloing, learning chords, strumming, performing songs, learning songs, theory, technique, and multiple things you can come up with. And I promise I won't hit you with a ruler... We don't need a ruler for music anyways.

Ultimately, I feel lucky to be able to do what I do and I want to share it with you. That rhymes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cover soloing,piano and guitar rhythms, learning chords, technique, theory, I do multiple genres as well and I do this all in a very progressive and interactive way that most of my students find fun and help the learning process. And I'm great with kids.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1979 Fender stratocaster guitar, Ibanez Hollowbody guitar, Yamaha MO6 keyboard, and numerous minor equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
1997 Geo Prizm.. very reliable

*** Specialties ***
My specialties include Pop, Rock, Funk, Indie, Jazz, and R&B. I'm also fluent in Country, Reggae, Ska, Electronic and Soul.
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Sofia H. April 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First class done and she loved it! Billy is patient and knowledge. We're excited to continue lessons!
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Roberta R. June 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a very patient teacher, and he has helped me make a lot of progress, which is wonderful. Whenever there is a problem, he helps me break it down into little bits that are easier to work through. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Danielle R. October 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a great teacher in guitar and he us just so easy going and relaxed. He makes you feel comfortable and us very patient. You won't regret choosing him
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Billy C.

Billy C.

Azusa, CA 91702
(7)
starting at
$20 / 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
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christina E.

Pasadena, CA

About Christina

My name is Christina and I am very passionate about the vocal arts, specifically Opera. Opera was a surprise in my life that I discovered in college. It moved me to a point where I knew it was what I wanted to pursue. Though singing classically takes great patience, discipline, and perseverance, that 5 minutes on stage projecting pure vocal freedom and expression make it well worth it. The classical technique can provide a great foundation to healthy singing, which can ensure a long vocal life.
Along side opera, I believe basic knowledge in piano is extremely beneficial in improving musicali
ty and an understanding of each piece. Piano greatly improves sight reading and ones ability to learn music quickly and efficiently. It can allow one to develop an understanding of harmony and context within each unique piece of music.
I have recently started teaching and would love to help and guide those interested in music, specifically classical voice, opera, musical theater, and piano. I would love to share the great joy it brings me with others and pass down what I have learned over the years. I have completed courses in music pedagogy and education alongside my degree, and believe in shaping my lessons around each individual's learning style so that each student may continue to grow while having fun.
I graduated with high honors from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2014 with a degree in music receiving both music and academic scholarships. I have performed a wide variety of roles with the university's Opera Scenes program, private showcases, and main staged productions. I was also the featured soprano soloist with the Santa Ynez Master Chorale and Orchestra for their Spring concert.

*I will drive to you for lessons being I don't have sufficient studio space. The only requirement I have is that a piano be present for scales and learning music.
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Heidi L. September 22, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
I was a little intimidated by the concept of online classes as this was new to me but Christina made me feel at ease. She was energetic and encouraging. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Jaidyn J. September 14, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
We're very pleased with Christina!:) She has a wonderful personality. She's warm hearted, enthusiastic and engaging with her lesson. She's very thorough with her directions and easy to follow. You can tell she has a passion for teaching. My daughter was super excited about her experience and is looking forward to the next lesson:) Thank you Christina!:)
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Kendra September 12, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Christina is great. The first lesson my daughter learned a lot! Although she's been taking lessons for over a year, there was a lot that Christina taught her that she didn't know. She's also fun! Thank you!
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Christina E.

Christina E.

Pasadena, CA 91103
(23)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Troy M.

Glendora, CA

About Troy

I am a second generation piano and clarinet teacher who was raised playing music, being taught piano and clarinet by my mother (who has taught private music lessons for over 20 years) from childhood throughout high school. 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 few 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.

Glendora, CA 91740
(7)
starting at
$16 / 30-min

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