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Alex L.

Fontana, CA

About Alex

Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.

Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion.
Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or tip
s such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.

I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music strategies to enhance their skill development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Clavinova, piano
Classical guitar "Takamine"
Accordion "Gullietti"

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
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Celine V. June 1, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated guitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth.
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Dede R. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
2nd Lesson

Alex is wonderful…he has such a feeling for music and being sure his pupils learn properly…one important thing that impressed me…he asked me a very good question, "do you want to learn easily or do you want to struggle learning?"…I have long nails and he explained when hitting the keys, it is very difficult to hold the wrist and hit the key properly….so I have filed my nails down…LOL….because I want to learn piano easily and most importantly learn the proper etiquette when playing.. He is a great teacher..and he teaches with passion...
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Dede R. December 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Love of Music

Had my first lesson with Alex and it was great. He started out showing me what the different symbols mean and the notes. I am so glad he is teaching me how to read music, its very important. Its all very basic now but feel with knowledge of the basics it will help me understand future lessons easily…..looking forward to my next lesson…..in the meantime, drawing the Cleff, Notes and Staffs to be sure I understand, per his instructions…Love it!
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Alex L.

Alex L.

Fontana, CA 92337
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA

About Christopher

My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

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When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Tim P. July 1, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
A wonderful experience, Chris is great. He keeps the lessons fun and exciting, knows how to connect to you. Enjoying every moment!
Thank you
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Truman March 4, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Christopher

Christopher is awesome. You can tell Chris is passionate about the guitar. This all comes out during his lessons. He keeps the lessons fun and exciting. If your in for a wonderful experience, I would choose this guy. AWSOME, AWSOME and AWSOME. pretty much sums it up.
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scottc May 26, 2012
student

If your looking to be ther best musician you can be, then I highly recommend this instructor!!! Christopher will cover everything from the basics and beyond and make sure you understand it as well.What are you waiting for?
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Christopher M.

Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91737
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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William B.

Riverside, CA

About William

I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.

I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.

I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.

In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.

In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.

During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.

Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.

I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.

You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.

I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.

Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!

My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand

*** Specialties ***
classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
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Nichole A. January 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's upbeat and professional as well as multi-talented.
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Trisha B. October 26, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My grand daughter feels so comfortable with William. She loves going to her lessons
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Seth May 14, 2014
Extremely helpful, informative, and overall Great feedback. 5 stars for sure
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William B.

William B.

Riverside, CA 92501
(20)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA

About mara

SAG-Aftra and Actor's Equity Union Member
B.A. Linguistics, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
M.A. English Literature, Cal Poly Pomona
Family: Mother, film actress Father, New York Drama Coach
Trained in the Original Stanislavsky Method
Trained in Acting for Films
Professional Working Actress and Teacher
Trained in TV Commercials
Graduate LA Civic Light Opera Workshop
Graduate Barbizon School of Modeling
Trained Musical Comedy Singer
Published Author
Private lessons given at my company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

*** Lesson Details ***
TV Commercial Lessons
Motion Picture Film Acting

Acting for Stage and Musicals
Method Acting
Integrated exercises, monologues, improvisations,
method techniques, commercial training, advice on
your personal persona as an artist.
Coach for auditions and roles
Input on singing voice, exercises, how to put over
a song.
Modeling techniques
Film Acting technique exercises and lexicon
Can Skype

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel to be arranged on a case by case basis.

*** Specialties ***
Film Acting
Commercial Acting
Comedy/Drama Monologues
Character Study and Technique
Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
Modeling
Singing - putting it over!
Acting Coach
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Mitch W. March 3, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I was very fortunate to be able to take my first acting lessons with Mara Madison. Her and her husband provided a very supportive and encouraging environment to someone with no acting experience or background. Mara is very knowledgeable and well prepared for each class. She gave me helpful advice and encouragement, as well as material to take home and study for future classes.
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Mara M.

Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA 92354
(4)
starting at
$50 / 60-min
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Marty D.

Corona, CA

About Marty

I am a professional Guitar Teacher with a life long musical experience (performing since 12 years old) . I have successfully taught hundreds of students and toured with numerous bands for many years. I have written and produced jingles for about 100 companies including America Express.

I have spent my life in the music industry and having started myself at 11 years old and knowing how much enjoyment I got out of it, clearly this is the driving force for wanting to give back to kids like me when I started. Of course, students of all ages are welcome.. music is for everyone

If you are lo
oking for a professional instructor, I take your specifc needs, and customize every lesson to your skill level. I love teaching young people and I love to see them have those "light bulb moments" when they totally grasp the concept and smile.. great stuff!

I am available from 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday in the Eastvale/Corona/Riverside area. I look forward to helping you master your guitar skills and have a great time doing it!

Current background check on file.

Member of the Grammys- Los Angeles Chapter

Published Songwriter-Released on Atlantic Records

Member of ASCAP (society of Composers&Publishers)

Owner of Martjess Music Publishing

Played on many records, films and commercials

Toured extensively all over the country
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Roy M. January 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marty is patient with my 9 year old son is a first-time guitar player. All his background reflects his knowledge and ability to teach music. He is also easy to approach and accommodating in person.
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Denise R. October 13, 2014
Guitar · In home
Oh Man! Marty is THE BEST GUITAR TEACHER you can hope for! Music is his brain and he was easily able to break concepts and techniques down to make learning feel easy, productive and fun. I got to know Marty while taking lessons and his whole life has been music. He is highly respected in the music industry for his skills and knowledge, he's not just some guitar enthusiast, he is THE GUITAR MAN, he knows the people who make the guitars. He can play any instrument you put in his hands and playback any song by ear. He is super impressive and loves teaching, so he makes it very fun!

He will start by teaching you the chords of your favorite songs (mine were some simple Tracy Chapman songs) so it's motivating to go home and practice knowing you're soon to jam out and play music that you love. I can't say enough awesome things about this teacher. Seriously, if you want to learn in a mind opening and fun way, there's no other teacher I would recommend.
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Marty D.

Marty D.

Corona, CA 92880
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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