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Jack C.

Huntington Beach, CA

About Jack

I am a professional gigging musician, teacher, producer, and session player with a degree in Music Theory and Guitar performance from Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. I've had the pleasure of playing in many bands, opening for such acts as David Grohl with Chevy Metal, The Animals, and Eddie Money. I can teach multiple styles including, but not limited to: rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, metal, alternative, reggae, and classical guitar. I've taught people of all ages and am proud to see many of them start bands of their own. I take pride in sharing my passion and knowledge to anyone
willing to learn, and am ready to take you to the next level of playing music!

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost I'd like to mention that I'm 100% confident in my teaching skills when it comes to any age or skill level. I've taught barebones beginner classes as well as seriously advanced students who have been playing for 10+ years.

Get more bang for your buck! What you will receive when purchasing lessons with me:

-Custom tailored lesson plans that suit you or your child's specific needs.
-A fun, safe, and encouraging learning environment with a highly trained and experienced musician.
-A professionally recorded demo cd of you or your child's playing which can be used for auditions, resume's, or personal enjoyment (huge value for your money).
-Take home video of any lesson you have with me, so it can be referred to later for practice.
-Access to personalized backing tracks for you to jam with at home.

My philosophy on teaching and music:

Playing music is fun! Period. Learning how to play shouldn't be any different! My lessons are structured and informative, and at the same time fun and relaxing. As far as specifics, lessons are always custom tailored to each student. The first thing I do, is assess the student's skill level, what they hope to learn, and musical tastes. Lesson plans are then designed specifically for each student and directed towards their personal goals and needs. I focus on areas such as, learning to play songs, the proper development of technique, chord and scale theory, ear training, chart reading, rhythm notation, improvisation, and song writing.

About every 3 to 6 months, I like to have a student project in which the student gets to record an original or cover song of their choice. The student will then be rewarded with a demo song on CD of his or her playing. This does many things for the student. Not only does it give the student an accurate experience of what it is like to record in a studio environment, but it also gives them something tangible to show for all their hard work and dedication!

Lessons can be given either in my home studio, or via Skype, however, lessons given over Skype are limited in features due to distance.

Check out this article I wrote for TakeLessons.com!
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-practice-guitar-every-day-z01

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fully functioning recording studio at my home with all sorts of awesome equipment. I have a variety of different 6, 7, and 8 string guitars, acoustic guitars, bass guitars, amplifiers, cabinets, keyboard, synth programs, mixing and mastering software, HD video and editing equipment, drum programming software, microphones, and other various recording gear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide, teaching material, homework, metronome (although students are required to eventually acquire one of their own), and jam tracks.

Students should be able to provide their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in many styles including Rock, Blues, Jazz, Metal, Fingerstyle Guitar, and Folk.
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Tayler G. January 22, 2014
Guitar
Professional, talented, encouraging and friendly

I have taken lessons from Jack and have worked with him as a musician. Not only is he incredibly talented at what he does, he is also extremely professional, knows his stuff, and is encouraging in growing your skill and confidence. I would highly recommend Jack for his teaching skills and say that if you wish to learn and grow in the craft as well as your passion for music, he is the best!
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Rick N. January 7, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Recommended instruction

Just started taking lessons for Jack a few weeks ago and am feeling encouraged. He has made some adjustments to my technique that are improving my skill. He's a HUGE improvement over my last instructor (lessons taken elsewhere). He offers a really good mix of warmup work, metronome work and actual playing. Highly recommended.
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Jack C.

Jack C.

Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(2)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA

About Jill

I have taught music for more than 13 years.
In 2011, I graduated with my Bachelor's of Music in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where I also studied conducting, music theory & history, and piano. I have been playing the violin for 21 years and had over 17 years of private lessons along with college instruction on violin, viola, and piano. I also played the piano for 7 years with private instruction and the viola for 9 years.

I perform professionally with the Montage Symphony, Dana Point Symphony, and Symphony
Irvine as Assistant Principal Violist. I also play violin and viola for operas and musicals.

I performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band. I was a concerto competition winner in 2004 and performed Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist. I am also a soloist, member of violin and cello duo, and trio for professional events.

I began violin as a Suzuki violin student. I teach the Suzuki method mixed with a flexible, traditional method that teaches note reading, rhythms, shifting, theory, scales, and memorization. I accept students of all levels.

I've had many of the same students for 2-5 years. My students have biannual recitals featuring violin, viola, and piano students levels 1-7.

You can see more about me at: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/jill-zor/45/740/31a and can listen to my unedited performance recordings at https://soundcloud.com/jzorviolinist

Additional Music Education:

I studied the violin privately with violin teachers from the Julliard School of Music and Ken Aiso, teacher at the Royal Academy of Music in London. I also attended music camps like the Montecito Music Festival and Musishare's former Chamber Music Festival of 2004.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light.
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Youssef M. May 4, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Thank you.

Jill is extremely knowledgeable with all kind of mistakes that students may have. I am always amazed by the interest she shows to give us more of her knowledge and motivation.

Also, Jill shows enormously great patience to make students comfortable and motivated playing music.

I strongly believe she is one of the best teachers in takelessons team..
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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Cody M.

Santa Ana, CA

About Cody

So, what is the "right way" to sing? Well, there's more than one answer. Having performed in, and taught various genres (including but not limited to jazz, musical theatre, opera, pop, barbershop, A-Capella, and do-wop), I have encountered countless ideas on what people think the correct technique is. Many find it far too difficult to coordinate the seemingly overwhelming technicalities that can accompany "correct" vocal use. I am proud to say that I have come across the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. I am
confident that it is the easiest and most efficient way to get the results you're looking for. I will help you preserve your voice as well to achieve the most important thing - longevity. Learn to expand your range in the healthiest way so you can sing for as long as you're able to speak. I look forward to finding YOUR voice and setting you on the path to success!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Taylor 214ce Acoustic Guitar, 6 Microphones (AKG Perception 220, AKG c214, Rhode NT1-A, SURE SM7B, SURE SM57 BETA, SURE SM58), as well as ADAMS A7X Monitoring Speakers; all which can provide recorded vocal lessons & demo's for select sessions.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If traveling to a home, I would prefer that the student has a piano/keyboard, background tracks to the pieces they'd like to work on, and a recording device to review their lessons.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in vocal technique and pedagogical care of the voice. I can provide the best combination of tools and a straight-forward approach to vastly improving your abilities and overall vocal health. Preserve your voice with correct use, to achieve longevity.
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Patrick D. June 3, 2014
Music Recording · In studio
READ THE BREAKDOWN.

Cody is a great producer and a great guy - both are equally important in creating the best recording experience. Some of his attributes are best expanded upon with bullet-points.

HUMBLE.
This is hugely important. There is not a pretentious bone in his body. Cody is great at what he does but is not afraid to ask for help from people who might know more about whatever aspect of the music creation process specific to the artist. There is no “I’m the producer and I know more than you” attitude. Instead, his attitude is very much of equality where both parties understand the strengths that they bring to the table.

PATIENT.
Sometimes I have a lot of ideas - or none at all. Cody would bear with my A.D.D. moments in the studio when dealing with ideas that I sometimes couldn't communicate. Instead of writing my ideas off, he instead worked with me until we achieved exactly what I was trying to get at.

RESPECTFUL.
Being an artist himself, Cody has immense respect for the artist and their creations.

UNDERSTANDING.
Cody’s understanding of all kinds of music lends to his fearlessness of exploring new genres - but it doesn't stop at exploring - he captures their essence. I've heard tracks he’s done that are R&B, indie-rock, country, EDM, etc. and its hard to imagine they were all from the same brain. If you wanted a Bollywood track, I’m sure he could give you one.

RESOURCEFUL.
Cody has ingenuity and is resourceful. He would never tell me what *works with my kind of music* or what kind of instrument I would *need for the song* - if we wanted a certain sound, we’d make it - out of wax paper and water bottles if necessary.

EFFICIENT.
Mostly I sat in awe and watched Cody click and move stuff.

COMMITTED.
Even when he didn't have to, Cody would work on my track in his free time meticulously making sure everything was how it should sound and also just to make sure there wasn't any territory we had overlooked.

And that's just naming a few.

All in all, Cody brings a child-like spirit of wonder to his sessions - where the song is not a job or a chore, but a new world waiting to be explored, full of possibilities waiting to be uncovered. And that excitedness and spirit of discovery is KEY to sustaining creativity in a studio environment. Not only does it make the whole process productive, it makes it FUN. Cody’s character bleeds into how he works and into what he creates and the final product reflects that.
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Chelsea L. May 7, 2014
Singing
So Helpful and Patient

Cody is one of the best voice teachers out there. Whether it's helping you get started on your first song, or helping you understand the basics of music theory, he is hands down one of the best voice teachers I have ever had. He is very patient, and within the first 5 minutes he will be able to tell what you need the most help on, sometimes without you even needing to say it. You will leave the lesson feeling fully accomplished and confident.
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Neda L. April 21, 2014
Music Recording
Awesome recording session!

I had such a pleasure working with Cody. He is so creative and wants the absolute best for his clients/students. I am a singer who sings a lot of Broadway and classical repertoire, and wanted to record a track that was more on the side of pop. I was nervous at first, but in just a couple of takes, Cody helped me find my pop voice and really made me feel at ease singing my vocals. He had me do a couple of cool tricks to really connect with what I was singing about and after that, everything clicked and I was letting myself be free with my new sound and Cody was so supportive and gave wonderful feedback. He's a great coach as well! I loved every idea he had.
I had so much fun in the studio and highly recommend working with him...I know I will again in the future.
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Cody M.

Santa Ana, CA 92701
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Carl S.

Costa Mesa, CA

About Carl

Private lessons are given in the privacy and convenience of your home. Drumset instruction for beginners through professionals, ages 8-adult. Lessons include: technique, songs, music reading and theory. Styles include rudimental, orchestral, jazz, blues, rock, country, latin and more. Lessons can be coordinated with school music programs.
Curriculum is custom tailored to each student’s skill level, ability and schedule.
Patient, kind, supportive and creative environment ensures success of objectives in each lesson.

Technical skills covered are:

German, American and French matched grip

Traditional grip
Stick control
Snare drum rudimental/orchestral technique
Brush technique
Ride cymbal technique
Bass drum pedal technique
Hi-hat pedal technique
Coordinated independence
Hand drum technique
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silvia B. June 30, 2014
Drum · In studio
Carl’s gift as a teacher is both his patience and resourcefulness. He has a nurturing style of teaching and clearly cares about the progress of each of his students. Because of his years of performing as a professional, he draws on this knowledge and expertise. He brings a broad range of approaches to conveying fundamentals, technique and building on foundation principles of music. Carl taught my high school age son and I saw that he is willing to explore what works best for each of his students, who come with different learning styles and levels.
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Terry S. May 28, 2014
Drum · In home
Carl is a highly dedicated, skilled Professional and a pleasure to work with. I have been involved in lessons with Carl for over 2 and a half years. I played drums in highschool but never truly learned the basics and Carl has given me the steps from basics to more advanced instruction and helped me succeed. I admire his patience and skills and work ethic.
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Mel R. May 27, 2014
Hand Drums · In home
I have been taking hand drum lessons (bongos and congas) from Carl for about 15 months. I find lessons with him enjoyable and relaxing, and I have learned a lot about technique and style from Carl. He is patient and gears his teaching to the interests and needs of his students. Regardless of age or gender, a student will feel at ease and confident with Carl as his/her drum instructor........Mel Roth, Irvine, CA.
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Carl S.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Nadia S.

Costa Mesa, CA

About Nadia

In voice lessons, students learn optimal Vocal Technique through a series of personally-tailored body, breath and vocal exercises. This allows the student to develop a natural, free voice which will be applicable to any style of singing and will promote healthy speech and singing habits throughout life. Students then learn how to integrate their technique into the songs they want to sing. Through Song Coaching, as well as extensive work in Diction, the student develops the ability to bring his artistic vision to life with the right balance of technical control, authentic style, and musicality.
Students also work on their stage presence and song delivery through Acting for Singers. This includes analysis of song lyrics and specific techniques for bringing the emotion the singer feels for the song out to the audience through his facial expressions, body movement and vocal expression.

Last, but certainly not least, many singers need skill development in Musicianship. This may include music reading, sight-singing, ear-training and basic music theory. Any or all of these elements can be addressed as desired by the student.
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Jean L. August 4, 2014
Singing · In studio
I found Nadia after calling and speaking to several voice teachers in the LA/OC area. All of her students speak incredibly high of her.

When I first started lessons with her, I had a new found love of classical music and wanted to continue exploring where my voice could go in that arena. Nadia has been extremely open and supportive of everything I have wanted to try and has given me great repertoire suggestions when I simply had no clue.

After a little over a year with her, the range in my voice has definitely increased and my vocal quality has improved tremendously. It's amazing how different my voice sounds today compared to when I first started with her.

The work that I do at each lesson is well worth the money. I never leave without breaking a sweat!
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silvia B. June 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
I'€™ve known Nadia for years as both a fine performer and a great teacher and voice trouble-shooter. Her knowledge of technique is as deep as her understanding of the artistry of singing.

I'd say I'€™m an advanced singer. I'€™ve sung publicly for years a range of popular songs with a band and I'€™ve performed classical repertoire.

Many singers find The Star Spangled Banner challenging and when I was asked to sing the national anthem before a convention of thousands of people, I sought out Nadia'€™s expertise.

I had concerns about my voice being injured due to chronic illness and perhaps relying on improper technique to compensate for the resulting problems. I had trouble accessing certain parts of my range.

When I took my apprehensions to Nadia, she made quick work of the problems. She first did an evaluation by running me through various exercises in order to pinpoint where in my range issues might exist. She worked patiently with me and taught me techniques that helped me return to my full vocal range. And I'€™m most grateful to Nadia for setting my mind at ease about the shape my voice was in and restoring my confidence to perform in front of a large audience.

Silvia B.
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Jenny L. June 5, 2014
Singing · In studio
I have been singing my entire life but I essentially lost the ability to sing after suffering an injury to my larynx. When I asked my Dr. to recommend someone to help me regain my voice, he gave me Nadia's information. I am so very grateful he did. Nadia is by far the BEST vocal coach I have ever had, and her talent and knowledge of vocal technique is unsurpassed.

I am constantly learning how to improve my voice, increase my range, and increase my breath. She always gives me a challenge to work on and keeps it interesting every lesson. I feel extremely blessed to have found her because honestly, without her, I don't even know where my voice would be today! She is simply amazing.
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Nadia S.

Nadia S.

Costa Mesa, CA 92626
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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