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Elizabeth H. Hermosa Beach, CA

About Elizabeth

Hi there, and I am glad you found my profile! My name is Elizabeth, and I truly believe in progressive education as a means to help you reach your ultimate goals through learning. I strongly believe in excellence and with that comes sacrifice in areas of discipline and practice; I have such a strong belief in these principles because I truly care about you and your success. I really do, and this is why I require so much from you! I have been singing, songwriting, and playing guitar for about 10 years now. I am a savvy instructor and have been honing the craft of songwriting and melody formation for over 5 years now. I am sure that we can reach whatever aspiring goals you have set for yourself. I look forward to working with you and being a part of your future success as a ...

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Elizabeth H. August 14, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Excellent as always. She's thorough, dedicated, intuitive and an excellent player creating future excellent players. Highly recommend if you're serious about upping your game to the next level. Because of her help, I got into the University of Texas at Austin in their music performance program. Thank you, Ms. Elizabeth!!!
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cory D. December 27, 2013
Theater Acting
The BEST Teacher One Could Hope to Find!

Elizabeth's unparalleled enthusiasm for life and acting shines through in her performances and teaching style. She shows a strong proficiency in many different styles and on multiple genres.

She's reliable, experienced, professional, and a great lady all around. One of Elizabeth's main strengths is her ability to convey a given subject matter in a way that is meaningful, constructive and easily understood.

I'm also an acting teacher (private lessons and in the classroom) as well as a professional performer. I've found it to be a great pleasure working with Elizabeth and I would strongly recommend her as a teacher and a performer.
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, including 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. ...

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Ana A. February 20, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing teacher! Cory is a wonderful teacher. My daughter has learned so much from him. He's been teaching her violin for a while and she has learned a lot from him. He has patience with kids and also makes it fun and encouraging.
Thank you Cory! I would highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn.
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Cory M. April 3, 2013
Music Theory
Cory is an awesome teacher!

I've studied with Cory for 4 years now, and I just want everyone to know what a great teacher Cory is. I've not only developed immensely in my musical skill, but I've also noticed when I'm working with other musicians that my studies have really set me apart from my peers. Cory has an awesome recording studio with all the professional stuff you'd come to expect in a major studio, Protools HD, Logic 9, a great Mic Pre & Compressor, along with an awesome tube Mic for recording great vocals. I've known Cory for 14 years now, and he's a lot of fun to work with and learn from. I've also been to many of his gigs, and I can assure you he's an awesome performer. Glenn
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anita L. April 3, 2013
Guitar
Cory taught my daughter to play guitar when no one else could!

Cory M is a multi-talented sweetheart of a man.
He’s been a great guitar teacher for my daughter, who has gained knowledge of sight reading and classical guitar while learning to play the folk/indie/classic rock she most enjoys. It’s to Cory’s credit that she’s stuck with these lessons through all the other activities she’s taken up and abandoned.
Cory is also a highly skilled performer and recording artist. I’ve enjoyed listening and dancing to his band playing old favorites and original compositions. He creates CDs of his music and records other artists in an impressive-looking home recording studio – and on top of all this, he’s a great cook and a kind-hearted, generous neighbor. We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our community.
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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

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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.
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, Classical, 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 ...

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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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BobakB May 16, 2012
Compelling Instructor

Stefani is a super talented vocal coach very in tune with the student's needs with respect to generating a relaxed and inspired space for breakthroughs. Her style is calm yet clear and assertive; I feel like I'm making tremendous progress in my range and self confidence as a performer just after two lessons.
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. ...

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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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lisa L. November 1, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Mauricio is an awesome teacher! He really takes his time to relate and encourage the kids to find their musical path, my oldest son has ADHD, Mauricio encouraged him to try all kinds of instruments until he found the one he truly likes, not only did the lessons help his focused and concentration but he enjoys them he has fun at each lesson, all while learning form a master in the musical arts. My boys are 8 and 7 and look forward to each lesson.
Ian W. Torrance, CA

About Ian

With 40 years of teaching experience, I have brought individuals into the piping world helping them achieve their personal goals and individual potential. Having won the US Gold medal in ’06 and the grade 1 World Pipe Band Championships in ’99, I am the expert of bagpipe music in western United States. My enthusiasm for the art of piping comes with a keen ear for quality during chanter practice and rehearsal of the pipes. In addition to teaching both individually as well as successful bagpipe bands, I am also The Simpsons piper, have appeared on Family Guy, American Dad, and several other motion pictures. I have performed at The Hollywood Bowl and the Gibson Amphitheatre with Sting. I am a Professor of Music at UCR. I studied under Andrew Wright, President of the Piobaireachd Society in ...

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Steven L. January 11, 2015
Bagpipes · In studio
I have been taking lessons on both Skype and in-person with Ian since I began playing the bagpipes three years ago. I have never had a music teacher prior who shows more passion in his musicianship and genuine interest in his students than Ian. He doesn't miss a (grace) note, and will challenge you to vastly improve your technique. Ian's style contains a humanistic spirituality unlike anything I have heard before. During his summer schools, I have made significant improvements to my style and technical abilities. He is the real deal.
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Matthew O. January 3, 2015
Bagpipes · In home
My name is Officer Matt and before I write a review about Mr. Ian W., I find it necessary to establish ethos with you (the reader) to bolster my credibility.

I am a law enforcement trainer in Northern California (firearms, defensive tactics, SWAT, chemical agents, and FTO), a former professional athlete (decathlon - fortunate enough to train under the best coaches in the USA), and am a current track and field coach.

I have had the honor of training with Ian Whitelaw for approximately 1 year, I have attended one of Ian's bagpipe workshops, and I have witnessed Ian compete at professional venue in San Diego (Angus MacDonald...where I witnessed Ian win both the professional grade Piobaireachd and the MSR).

I quickly learned that Ian possesses an innate ability to process information and transfer concepts to individuals of all aptitudes. Ian's patience, enthusiasm, and motivation are key to his students success and are a true testament to his understanding of coaching psychology.

Ian can answer the "why," questions for inquisitive learners (like myself) and he focuses on consistency, proper form, proper techniques during play, fundamentals, tradition, decorum, and he makes playing the instrument FUN with his eccentric personality and never-ending optimism.

Ian is a one-stop shop and I sincerely look forward to lessons with him every month. I would recommend training with Ian to anyone willing to put in the hard work it takes to become great.

Officer Matt, Northern California
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Ian W. December 30, 2014
Bagpipes · In studio
I have attended Ian's school twice, and both times my piping has gotten substantially better. Personalized instruction, and a focus on pipe setup, as well as work with both light music and piobaireachd, make this a very well-rounded school. As someone who has never played with a band, I enjoyed playing and learning in a small group setting, and then coming together as a group to play tunes in the afternoons. I would recommend Ian's school to any piper looking for a great school experience. - Adrienne Rieck

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