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Cory B.

Long Beach, CA

About Cory

I am a classically trained performer with a Master's degree from London's Royal College of Music. I love finding each student's own learning style to tailor the experience, and I encourage my students to make their own decisions about musical expression (with plenty of guidance, of course!).

In my work as a performer I have played with orchestras all over the world, from the South London Sinfonia to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. My musical life is full of variety, and I think that the experiences I've had as a musician make me a creative and thoughtful teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I wouldn't call myself strict, but I do have high standards. I expect my students to put in the work at home, so that we can get the most out of lesson time, but I think that my expectations are realistic. After all, we all have busy lives, and even if you haven't had time to prepare we can always have a productive lesson.

We will learn simple tunes in the very first lesson, and I will always balance technical exercises with fun. (Though I do think a lot of exercises are fun too!) After a few months we will have a solid foundation of music theory and will have developed your music reading abilities considerably. We will have worked on a great technical foundation of scales and exercises, so that your fingers won't fail you. We will also be delving in to longer and more complex tunes, and considering the possibility of some form of casual public or in-home performance, for you to show your family and friends what you've learned!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Sarah Y. August 25, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
She is always prompt and responsible. She seems to be with the pace of the student's ability. My daughter enjoys it. Recommend!
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Jason R. February 21, 2015
Bassoon · In home
Verified Student
Cory was a great teacher for our son who brought him a deep insight into this difficult instrument. We hope to have her back again. Thanks, Cory!
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Ellen M. November 3, 2014
Oboe · In home
Verified Student
Cory has been teaching my 11 year old son for only five lessons in Oboe and we couldn't be more than happier! Her calm and patient demeanor works well for my son. Cory is very knowledgeable and instructs my son without making it too overwhelming for him. Few weeks back, we had some company over and our son wanted to play a short piece for our guests. Everyone was so surprised that he only had two lessons and could play a melody (completely Cory's doing)! We feel lucky to have found a great instructor!
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Cory B.

Cory B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nathan Y.

Downey, CA

About Nathan

I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me.
Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group.

*** Lesson Details ***
I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you!
Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you
thought possible,)
Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bass Amp, Basses, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drumset

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and amplifier if necessary. I do expect a student to own the essentials for practicing purposes. (i.e. lesson book, manuscript paper, tuner, metronome, instrument, etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Most of the genres I get called to play are closely jazz/pop related all though I have delved far outside of those boundaries. I believe in being well rounded stylistically to better find your true voice on your given instrument.
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Audrey R. June 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nathan is very patient and willing to show me, an adult student various ways of mastering a technique so I am comfortable with the lesson. 3 lessons down, and I am still excited and committed
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Alyssa R. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan was very Detailed in his explanation and teaching, my daughter felt very comfortable with him.. Can't wait to hear her play a song on her own...
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Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
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Nathan Y.

Nathan Y.

Long Beach, CA 90813
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA

About Patricia

As a child I watched from the doorway as my older sister took her piano lessons. From that experience I taught myself to play the piano. My formal training came in college where I received my BA in Applied Music in piano and voice. I studied classical music and opera from a visiting professor from Peabody Conservatory, Baltimore MD. I graduated with honors and gave my Town Hall performance in the Spring of my Senior year. I had a passionate desire to be involved in music, to hear it and to perform it. I spent several years singing with the San Diego Opera Company, performing lead roles in Musi
cal Theater and soloing in concerts from Monterrey to San Diego, CA. While still a student in college, I taught piano to children from the local community, so I have accumulated decades of teaching experience. Nothing brings me greater pleasure than to see individuals "blossom" into their creative selves. Whether it is for a student's own enjoyment, audition preparation, recital performance or ongoing piano or voice development, I am committed to engaging you in an experience of learning and fun. It may be the biggest thrill of your lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to have fun. For me, learning is a great source of fun. My goal is to make the process of your learning music fun while effective. I do have high standards for participation. I do not ask anything of you that I haven't done myself. I know, from many years of experience in performing and teaching, what it takes to make progress in a learning curve, Are you excited? Are you dedicated? Are you willing to jump in and get busy? I will give you the foundation of theory and technique to support your performance. I will expand your understanding and appreciation for music in its many styles and formats. No every other week or schedule as you go lessons, please. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room - Steinway piano, cathedral ceilings ... good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Must have piano or quality keyboard. I definitely prefer piano.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically in both piano and voice, but spent many years in musical theater and singing in supper clubs, as well. I am capable of teaching most styles of piano and voice except rock and rap.
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Megan D. June 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Patricia is the best instructor ever! Her love for and knowledge about piano is so inspiring! I learned so much and got so much out of each lesson. She is a joy to be with and I'm truely lucky to have had her as my instructor!
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Cj R. February 12, 2015
Broadway Singing · In studio
i recently came out of an audition and I sang my musical pieces better than I've ever done them before! The auditioner sat me down at the end and said he loves my voice. He said, based on how much he liked my pieces and how well I did that he would like to extend an early invitation for callbacks for the program! I really have Patricia to thank for that. She has helped me improve my voice by leaps and bounds in the time that i have been working with her and its amazing to get such immediate and rewarding results. I CAN NOT THANK PATRICIA ENOUGH! SHE COULD NOT HAVE PREPARED ME ANY BETTER AND IM SO GRATEFUL THAT I GET TO WORK WITH HER!!
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Narumi N. November 24, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
She is great! It will be my 5th lesson with her tomorrow, but she has already gave me confidence in singing (at least I can get my voice out more than before without shame), being patient with me, very informative, and gives great advises.
I originally took her lesson because I had an audition for Christmas Carol, and I wanted to at least go over the song I was going to use. Instead, she gave me another song to sing for the audition. I have never been able to get in a show where singing is the main dish; however, after her advise with the new song, I was thrilled to see an email from the casting director when I was chosen to be in the show! I can never thank enough her for this. :D
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Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
(12)
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Greg W.

Long Beach, CA

About Greg

Hey hows it going ? My name is Greg but many call me simply "g" -- I have 30+ years playing guitar and 10+ years coaching & teaching beginner skill levels. If you are advance level , or close to advance, then you need to think about Musicians Institute level faculty to progress... as I do best with beginner skill levels. I focus on blues and rock content, because that's what I enjoy and that's what my band plays.

Acoustic or electric guitar are fine, and when you come to my studio in Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach, you will see I offer plenty of room and great environment to relax an
d learn. If you do not have a guitar, I can provide for lessons.

*** My Student ToolKIT Binder is 1-2-3 Simple...and, it WORKS ***

Whenever new Guitar Students begin Phase One of my Learn-Jam-Record Series, we start out first step creating our Student ToolKIT Binder which is a solid foundation to help support the learning experience.

Each Student ToolKIT is contained in a 3-ring binder (1" or 2") that can lay flat and initially contains 3 main elements, each page in sheet protectors:

1) POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

a) Big words HANDWRITTEN BY STUDENT on one 8.5 x 11 page that says --> " I AM... I CAN... I WILL "

b) John Wooden's Pyramid of Success

2) TOP CHORD CHART(S)

Many sources for these charts, I also provide a handy pocket-size chart to all students. The key is to focus on the core 6 chords ( E A D G C F ) - visualize the shapes first then practice "econo" versions

3) PRINTED SCHEDULE

PRINTED ON PAPER Monthly View Schedule that includes
a) Lesson time - when are the sheduled lessons

b) Practice time - set aside a specific time slot for REGULAR PRACTICE -- which can be as short as 10-15 minutes. Whenever that is -- first thing in morning / lunch break / before dinner ---> SCHEDULE your PRACTICE.

Later, as we progress thru the Learn-Jam-Record series, Students add lesson notes and favorite song tabs they want to work on to their ToolKIT Binder.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn / Jam / Record...get inspired!
We begin with Phase One of my Learn-Jam-Record Course for Beginners.

While I tailor the lesson plan to each student, I like to segment each lesson into 3 parts - 25% positive affirmations + 50% lessons + 25% jam & recording. In order to learn effectively, the mind needs to be focused, receptive and ready. In the first 10 minutes or so of each lesson, we invest time to reinforce proven positive affirmation methods. In the second, and primary, lesson segment, we work on that day's lesson and be sure to understand why. In the third and final segment of each lesson, we play together and, when ready, jam while I digitally record on portable recorder. Usually I email an MP3 of our lesson / jam within 24 hours so each student can HEAR how they are doing which provides motivation to practice to improve to get ready for the next lesson.

From time to time we may refer to lessons from the DVD lesson series GuitarDVD Pro that I was Executive Producer. Also, all students 21+ are offered free admission to any local gig dates and/ or rehearsals when our rock-n-blues band is playing to experience the action and fun...from sound check to encore !

Notes:
1) I really suggest _weekly_ lessons for first timers...longer intervals make it difficult to progress in the initial phase.

2) If you do not see your target lesson time on my current availability, please contact Take Lessons to ask.

3) While majority of my sessions are in my home studio in Bixby Knolls / Long Beach (zip code 90807), inquiries for lessons to be given in student homes in Palos Verdes /RPV (zip codes 90274 / 90275 ) and San Pedro (zip codes 90731-90733 ) are certainly welcome from committed students / parents. I am happy to see what we can do to make our schedules work and help launch your guitar magical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large Living Room / studio with guitars, keyboard, amps and seating, room for parents in adjacent family room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I most prefer the Home Studio in Bixby Knolls / LB 90807, but if needed for GROUP LESSONS to travel nearby to San Pedro, Palos Verdes and RPV.... I have guitar / mini amp / digital recorder / lesson book. I expect student to have guitar, chairs and quiet place for lesson...if they do not have guitar, I can bring acoustic or electric...but eventually, you will need your own guitar. While majority of my sessions are in my home studio in 90807 (Bixby Knolls / LB), inquiries for lessons to be given in student homes in 90274 / 90275 ( PV / RPV) are welcome from committed students / parents. I am happy to see what we can do to make our schedules work!

*** Specialties ***
blues
rock
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Violet T. August 20, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Awesome Guitar Teacher

Great teacher!! Fun yet professional. I have learned to play many songs, I am ready to play some rockin blues. Thank you Greg.
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chadc May 18, 2011
The Guitar Whisperer

Greg knows how to teach and he makes it funI look forward to each lesson
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AnjanetteC March 31, 2011
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I THINK GREG IS AN AWSOME TEACHER. MY SON TY REALY LIKES HIM..GREG IS PATIENT WITH HIM AND TY SEEMS TO BE LEARNING QUICK..TY HAS NEVER TAKEN GUITAR LESSONS BEFORE. HE HAS LEARNED SO MUCH FROM GREG..TY ALWAYS LOOKS FORWARD TO MONDAYS..GREG IS JUST AN AWSOME TEACHER!!
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Greg W.

Greg W.

Long Beach, CA 90807
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starting at
$40 / 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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