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Jonathan H.

Torrance, CA

About Jonathan

Hello Students and Parents,

I am a musician currently living in Burbank, California. I have a Bachelors in Music Theory/Composition from Oklahoma Baptist University and a Masters in Music for Film and Television from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington.

I have a fun and laid back personality, I love music and I love teaching music to students of all ages in a way that is fun and informative.

I have played piano and guitar from the age of 6 and began teaching when I was 13. My musical experience has been eclectic having studied a variety of genres includin
g classical, jazz, blues and rock. I also have considerable experience as a composer and songwriter. I have composed numerous pieces for soloists, small ensembles and full orchestra. I have also written over 40 songs in a variety of musical styles.

My goal as a music teacher is to encourage students to have fun with music and to be the best musician they can be.

Thank you for interest in music lessons and I hope to be teaching some of you very soon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that the best environment for learning is one that is fun and relaxed. I enjoy music and have fun playing and teaching it and my hope is that you will have the same experience.

There are several ways to accomplish this goal of a fun, relaxed learning experience. First, there are my responsibilities as a teacher. The most important job I have is to always be encouraging and positive. I have a naturally laid back personality and I promise that I will never raise my voice, talk down to or demean a student in any way. Rather, I always try to build you up through positive reenforcement and compliments. I also try to custom tailor each curriculum based on your specific interests. That way you are playing music you enjoy. At the same time, there are things that I believe are important for every student. For example, I teach all of my students how to read music. This enables you to be well rounded musician and to branch out into a variety of musical disciplines.

In order to have a fun, productive learning experience there are just a few things I ask of you, the student. First, I would ask that you come prepared to every lesson, having practiced the material during the week. Learning to play an instrument is like learning to play a sport. You have to develop muscle memory that can only be built by consistent practice during the week. Particularly for the younger students, this means getting the parents involved and helping them practice each day. If you practice a little each day, you will be amazed at quickly you progress and how much fun you will have in the process.

After a few months of lessons I hope that you will be a proficient sight reader and be able to play the music you enjoy. For those of you learning songwriting, I hope that will have a firm understanding of the principles of writing music and have written several well structured songs. Most of all I hope that you will have a continuing passion for music and a desire to continue to learn and have fun.

*** Travel Equipment ***
With Guitar teaching, They will need to have a guitar and two chairs. I can provide the music stand. With Piano, they will obviously need to have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I try to be as versatile a musician as possible and can therefore teach a wide variety of styles and genres depending on the interests of the student
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Lori C. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jonathan is very professional, friendly and acknowledgeable on piano. He follows the rules to the T and you can count on him.
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Anne G. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

I am an adult beginner and have been taking piano lessons with Jonathan for 2 months. Jonathon is an excellent teacher. He gives very good direction and explains things very clearly. He is also very good at identifying weak areas that require extra work. The lessons are relaxed, stress free, and fun. I highly recommend Jonathan.
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Jonathan H.

Torrance, CA 90503
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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.

Ryan M.

Torrance, CA 90501
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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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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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Glen B. December 30, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher.

Cory has been a great teacher. She really understands how to teach. She is very professional and is detailed. Best music teacher that I have had.
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Cory B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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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.

Patricia M.

San Pedro, CA 90732
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$40 / 30-min
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Stuart Z.

Lomita, CA

About Stuart

I've been a professional musician for over 40 years. I've been teaching professionally since 1984. I started at The New School In NYC.Currently I'm on the Faculty of Musician's Institute in Hollywood ( since 2005 ). I Spent the 90's in Nashville as a Songwriter and Studio Musician. My expertise is The Blues and All Styles related to The Blues. I also teach Slide Guitar. I've been teaching on the Internet for over a year now to great success and also teach out of my home. For the last 12 years I've been the guitarist with the band WAR touring and recording. One of my greatest joys is seeing a
nd hearing someone learn what they want to learn and play it with confidence and style.
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bob M. May 9, 2015
Blues Guitar · Online
I have been taking lessons with Stuart for over a year and have significantly improved my playing with his online classes. Guitar is a hobby for me, but I am passionate about it. I took online lessons at Berklee Online, earned a guitar certificate, but at times felt overwhelmed with the amount of material presented each week. At the end of the program, I still didn't feel like I could play very well. After meeting Stuart, he very quickly helped me focus on what is important and how to get the most out of my practice / playing. He has an in depth knowledge of guitar theory and understands how to apply relevant theory in everyday practical playing. Whether you want to study blues, reggae, slide guitar, Stuart will help you become a much better guitar player. I highly recommend Stuart for online lessons.
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Jon L. May 9, 2015
Blues Guitar · Online
Best guitar instructor I have ever had. Very experienced and easy to work with.
I have improved greatly with Stuarts help. I highly recommend Stuart to anyone looking for a top notch guitar instructor.
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Stuart Z.

Stuart Z.

Lomita, CA 90717
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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