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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, 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.
Mercedes S. Inglewood, CA

About Mercedes

Mercedes was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. She began playing alto saxophone at the age of nine, under jazz master Dr. Jackie McLean. She was originally classically trained and played in orchestras and big bands but began attending classes at the Artist Collective, which was developed by McLean himself. She continued to play throughout college, attending the University of Hartford's Hartt school of Music in the jazz program at the Jackie McLean Institute. She earned her B.A. from the university in 2005. Mercedes then went on to attend the California Institute of the Arts Herb Albert school of Music, studying under Paul Novaros and Vinny Golia, earning her Master's Degree in 2008. Her primary style is bebop, however she also has a strong history in big band, swing, ...

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LisaK July 26, 2009
Great Instructor!

I only just started taking lessons a month and a half ago and have learned so much more than I expected. Mercedes is a great teacher and has not only taught me the fundamentals of playing, but also explains "how" and "why" I must do things.
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JonathanB May 18, 2009
A+++++++

I have learned a lotfrom Mercedes compared to my previous teachers.......Excellent.....
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SigridH December 1, 2008
I very much enjoy my lessons with Mercedes! She is so inspiring and engaged. She keeps an eye on everything I am doing, instructs me in a nice manner and gives very good advice to improve my skills. I have learned enormously during the last few lessons. I will highly recommend her .Sigrid H.
Seth D. Inglewood, CA

About Seth

Seth is available for one on one lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or mine in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on there music theory, and piano chops. He graduated from the prestigious Lamont School Of Music with a Bachelor’s of Music in music composition. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons are tailored to the individuals styles and goals! I teach all styles with focus on having fun. Theory, Reading Music, Ear Training, Chords etc. *** Travel Equipment *** I don't provide equipment, ...

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Michael Z. February 4, 2015
Singing · Online
I have been using your advice every time I practice. Again, I am extremely grateful for the advice you have given me: I have improved more in these last few days than in the weeks of practicing before our lesson. I was looking for a male vocal coach who had experience, and that is exactly what I needed!

Thank you for your time,
Michael Zhitnitsky
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Michael H. February 4, 2015
Music Recording · In studio
Hey Seth, Thank you so much for the great work you did engineering the recordings for Martini & Olive. We shot the videos today and the tracks were perfect. Had a blast working with you and hope to create more music with you soon. And your Triumph was pretty terrific a well. Cheers

Had a great recording session with Seth this week. He gave us good direction and really finessed our vocals and timing on the final recordings. Thank you Seth!

-Judy of Martini and Olive
Seth worked with us (Martini & Olive) engineering our Medleys — and he was patient inciteful and so helpful — massaging our intricate comedy melodies for our music video. We are a quirky fast funny funky lounge act and he understood our concerns musically and comically. We spent hours with him and he was a joy the entire time. Thanks Seth!
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Kelly Y. February 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Seth is working with my 9 year old and my 6 year old and is just great. He’s the perfect blend of classical and cool, which goes over well with the kids, inspiring a love of music while really learning form and technique. He’s also giving me refresher lessons so it’s good to see him work with all three levels at one time. We highly recommend Seth!
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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