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Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA

About Cory

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, includi
ng Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and vocals with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Jeff U. July 23, 2015
Organ · Online
Verified Student
First of all, he is very thorough. Cory is always thinking outside the box, brings new ideas to the table! He is not only a teacher, but a musician performer as well. When he teaches, he implements performance and teaches not only to play the instrument but to sound good. He is personable and direct. He is also very tolerant regardless of my blindness. I've had other instructors, and by far, Cory is the best!
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cindy dunbar June 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
i was so stressed out as my son, a musician, asked me to sing with him at his wedding. yikes!! Boy, did I luck out when I randomly picked Cory for some quick singing lessons. He was so encouraging and helpful!! By the end of 5 lessons we made a recording of the song I am to sing. Well it looks like I won't humiliate myself or family. It was really amazing. He has incredible "in studio"effects and easily transferred the song to a key I could practice and actually "sing." I haven't "performed" yet (next week) but I am looking forward to it, thanks to Cory. Everyone should have at least "one" song that they can pull off for special events. Totally worth it!! Thanks to Cory I have mine...now if I could only learn to "shake my groove thang."
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Dom A. June 5, 2015
Harmonica · Online
Verified Student
Cory is an excellent teacher. His lessons are a blast. He's done a great job of assessing my existing musical knowledge and goals for learning the harmonica, and customizing the lessons to allow me to learn quickly (as well as improve my grasp of theory in a fun and practical way).

I'd highly recommend him for anyone considering harmonica lessons (or lessons with one of the many other instruments he teaches).
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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
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Ryan M.

Torrance, CA

About Ryan

Hello,

I am a music teacher, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter. My passion is music and I absolutely love teaching. I have over ten years experience teaching music in all different types of settings to all different age groups, but my favorite is one-on-one time with a beginner who is excited to learn.

I love inspiring music in others and with my time away from performing, I am passionate about teaching. I specialize in performing and teaching musical styles that include pop, rock, jazz, funk, and classical. I appreciate and teach all levels of music theory and music performance.


I graduated from the Herb Alpert school of music at UCLA where I obtained a degree in jazz performance with a minor in music education.

My love and appreciation of music is where my focus as a teacher stems from; I believe in developing a student’s musical abilities and helping them be the best they can be. I hope to instill a love for music in each student I teach. Everyone is different and learns differently so I tailor a lesson plan specifically for each student that gets the best results with the most amount of fun.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fun and friendly instructor. Pop, rock, jazz, funk or classical. In my lessons we play what YOU want!

I love teaching beginners, helping both inspire a love of music and building a solid musical foundation so you can make all your playing dreams come true.

I will get you up and playing fast and focus on whatever style of music YOU are interested in!

We'll work together and learn songs you want to play and build a strong musical foundation in: instrumental technique, music reading, and music theory.

All my lessons are individually tailored to my students, even though we'll use books.

I love music and always have so much fun teaching. I am a laid back instructor, and the lessons can be as serious or relaxed as you are comfortable with.

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My love and appreciation of music is where my focus as a teacher stems from; I believe in developing a student’s musical abilities and helping them be the best they can be. I hope to instill a love for music in each student I teach. Everyone is different and learns differently so I tailor a lesson plan specifically for each student that gets the best results with the most amount of fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Beginning students. Pop, rock, classical and jazz. Also songwriting and improvisation.
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Jodi B. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ryan is an incredible guitar teacher for my daughter. He recognizes her strengths and weaknesses and consistently inspires her to improve. He has the perfect demeanor for her -- easy going but also pushes her to be her best. Fantastic teacher!
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Jared G. January 21, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Ryan knows his stuff, great teacher!

I'd highly recommend Ryan if you are looking for a very knowledgeable, easy going and talented teacher to help with your bass playing. I starting taking lessons because I wanted to advance past a beginner level and I just couldn't do it by myself.

His lessons helped me learn different techniques and theory, but also in a relateable way that was easier to understand, which helped me learn quicker. I'm sure any level of player could benefit from having him as a teacher. Thanks man, keep up the good work.
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Ryan M.

Torrance, CA 90501
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Stefani S.

Hermosa Beach, CA

About Stefani

Stefani's musical talents were first observed at the age of 5, when she began private study of piano and music theory. She played the alto saxophone for a brief period of 4 years during junior high and early high school, but then moved on to join the school choir at age 16. This choice led to the unexpected discovery of a beautiful, powerful voice. Stefani earned a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre at the University of Tulsa, with special studies in jazz vocals, ear training, and theory. Her college career provided her with intense studies in the vocal styles of Musical Theatre, Classica
l, and Jazz. She performed in many musicals, plays, and recitals at TU, and during each summer, she worked as a cast member of Light Opera Oklahoma. She was a featured vocalist with the TU Jazz Combo and Big Band, and she performed at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. She gained her first studio experience her senior year at TU when she recorded a full-length jazz album.

 All throughout college, her plan was to move to New York City and become a Broadway performer, but right before graduation, she had a change of heart and chose Los Angeles instead. Since her arrival, she has discovered her hidden talent of songwriting and also ventured into home recording. She has performed as a solo artist at venues all around LA and surrounding areas, including The Viper Room, The Mint, Genghis Cohen, Cafe Cordiale, B.B. King's, and House of Blues on Sunset.

Stefani possesses a strong desire to share her musical knowledge with others, and she enjoys teaching a wide range of musical styles. Throughout many years of private vocal study, her teachers have commended her strong skills of observation and adaptation, and they have always told her she would make an excellent teacher. Stefani tailors her lessons to fit each individual's needs, and she strives to help each of her students gain confidence and reach their own personal goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very upbeat person, and I create a positive environment in which my students feel comfortable to open up and stretch themselves to reach their full potential. I believe that hard work and discipline will help you to achieve your goals, but I also recognize the importance of having fun and celebrating the art of creating music! I tailor my lessons to each student's individual needs.

For Singing, I focus on breathing, intonation, and control, which provide the foundation for great singing technique. I teach a wide range of music genres, including musical theatre, opera, jazz, pop, soul, rock, and country. I emphasize feeling the emotion of each song and translating that emotion through the voice. I also teach performance and recording techniques. I have my students study both classical and contemporary music.

For Piano, I focus on finger strength and dexterity, reading music, and the basics of music theory.

For Speaking Voice, I utilize the Linklater technique to free, develop and strengthen the voice. A large part of this process centers around freeing the body from unnecessary (and often unrecognized) tension, in order to liberate the natural voice. I also focus on breathing and articulation. These lessons are highly recommended for actors.

*** Studio Equipment ***
f/w keyboard in a professional music center

*** Specialties ***
Vocal genres: Musical Theatre, Classical (Opera), Jazz, Soul, R&B, Pop, Rock, Country / Piano: sight-reading, accompaniment / Speaking voice method: Linklater
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Stephen S. June 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Stefani's personality immediately reduced my singing inhibitions from 90% to 5% in less than 5 minutes. . . Her approach is relaxed ~ encouraging ~ & educational.

I am confident that she will assist me in taking my voice ~ range ~ & personal singing enjoyment further than I thought possible.
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Jamie A. November 6, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
Stefani is a great voice teacher!

Stefani is a wonderful voice teacher. She always adapts quickly to teach in a style that works for me. She knows when to push me as a singer and when to keep the lesson relaxed and carefree. I would highly recommend her to anyone from beginner to advanced!
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Gabriela G. September 7, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
Stefani S. is the Teacher you want!

I am very happy I made the right choice in choosing Stefani S for my daughter. My 7yr. old daughter just loves coming to her class. Stefani is genuinely kind, sweet, attentive, sings beautiful, and works very well with my daughter! My daughter and I are looking forward to her progressing with Stefani. We are excited for her outcome in singing. I would recommend Stefani S. to everyone that really wants a great singing teacher!
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Stefani S.

Hermosa Beach, CA 90254
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$40 / 30-min
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Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA

About Mauricio

Guitar instructor, producer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with more of 10 years of experience in variety of musical genres. Completed studies at Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, CA. With record of success in teaching private guitar lessons as well some group lessons, composition, performance and recording. Creative and artistic with excellent and friendly communication skills. Also extremely knowledgeable in digital audio production. Instruments taught include acoustic & electric guitar, nylon spanish guitar as well bass guitar and piano. I have taught students from the age of five
to over sixty. Styles taught include rock, blues, jazz, pop rock, latin, metal, funk, and classical. Effective and friendly communicator with well-developed instructional and presentation skills. Able to relate a student of all types with various goals and create long term constructive relationships. Worked as a Music coach with kids in the spectrum (Asperger Syndrome).
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Alexis L. April 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mauricio has been a perfect fit as a guitar teacher for my ten year old son who, until meeting Mauricio, was totally apathetic about learning an instrument. The list of discared wood winds, strings, & percussion is long... Now my kiddo looks forward to his lessons because of Mauricio. He practices (during the week!!!), and he walks away from his time with Mauricio with the kind of happy grin on his face typically reserved for video games and nachos. Mauricio is ever punctual, solicitous, accommodating, friendly, and kind. We feel very lucky to have him in our lives and couldn't recommend him more highly to others.
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Kim F. February 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
My mother hired Mauricio through Take lessons for my 9 year old son. He absolutely progressed every time he saw Mauricio, and had a wonderful time learning and playing with him. He has great technique and a wonderful way of communicating. Thumbs up!!!
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Mike E. November 5, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mauricio is a very patient guitar instructor. The instruction my daughter received was her first experience playing any instrument. Her enthusiasm for each lesson was a reflection of Mauricio's enthusiasm to teach. Music is his passion and it was clear to me that his enthusiasm for music was evident in his instruction.
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Mauricio O.

Mauricio O.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ariel M.

Gardena, CA

About Ariel

Hi! My name is Ariel and I am a 22 year old graduate student at University of Southern California am in the process of getting my Masters in Piano Performance there. I have been teaching piano, music theory, and ear training for many years and have loved every minute of it! I have experience teaching private lessons and group classes to any age although I have, in the past, had more experience with beginner students and younger kids. I have a nurturing personality and work really well with shy kids but I also work to push them to do the best that they can do. I've also had personal recent expe
rience with the AP Music Theory test and have worked extensively in both theory and ear training. I'm so excited to meet you and help you with all your goals!
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Maddie July 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
So glad we found Ariel. Our daughter seems to be comfortable with her and will learn a lot.Ariel seseems patient and skilled to work with kids. Looking forward to a long relationship.
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Sheila S. May 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great with children!
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Ariel M.

Ariel M.

Gardena, CA 90247
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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