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About Ian

A lifelong musician and songwriter, Ian S. has extensive experience teaching guitar and piano to students age 3 and up both as a private music instructor and as a staff music instructor at the Institute of Music for Children. With 28 years of experience on the guitar and 32 years on piano, Ian has studied and performed with several award-winning music artists, and has written, recorded, and produced over one hundred songs. He plays and teaches a variety of styles on both the guitar and the piano, from classical to jazz to rock. Ian is patient, friendly, and loves sharing the gift of music.

Ian was the guitarist in the Princeton University Jazz Ensemble for 3 seasons, was selected from a nationwide pool of musicians to perform at a special music event at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and was the recipient of the New Jersey Gove

rnor's Award in Arts Education for the category of Instrumental Music.

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I am very laid back and friendly, and I want you or your child to be as comfortable as possible during our lessons. You or your child will develop confidence and musical intelligence. I will make your lessons fun, enjoyable, and effective. Boredom is not an option! Music is fun... let's keep it that way.

The teaching methods I use will be custom-tailored to your individual needs, personality and specific musical goals. If it's guitar or piano you want to learn, I want to get you playing exactly what you want to be playing as soon as possible. That's what you're here for, and that's what I'm here for. I will make it happen. If it's songwriting that you want to learn, I will help you access that place inside of you that is dying to express itself creatively, and will teach you techniques to harness that energy and translate it successfully into musical expression.

You can expect to learn all the basics of music theory, proper playing techniques, improvisation and spontaneous musical expression, and I will help you develop your "ear" so you can figure out songs you like just by listening to them. This is all about you and your goals, and I want you to achieve them in a fun and engaging way.

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Living room: Upright piano, guitars, amps, keyboard, percussion

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I specialize in pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, fingerstyle (guitar), etc. I also teach improvisation and songwriting, and try to develop the student's ear for figuring out songs they like on their own.
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October 14, 2019
Xiaoqi
Ian is fantastic teacher. He was so patient with my toddler daughter. And when she became fuzzy during the class, Ian could be so creative to always come out with a way to calm her down and redirect her attention to other musical things. I would love him to be my daughter’s music teacher for as long as possible if I did not have to move.
October 12, 2019
laura R.
Ian is very knowledgeable and is great in explaining theory and great in demonstrating so you can understand.
September 6, 2019
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About Brandon

I am a fun and energetic person! Especially about drums!

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I like to split my lessons in 2. the first half we will focus on homework and curriculum. We will work on things that I think will further that students learning process. The other half of the lesson will be dedicated to a song the student would like to learn.

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I expect a snare drum, drum set or electric drum set.

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I specialize in teaching my students in a fun way. Splitting my lessons up with curriculum and then letting them choose a song to learn. I'm also good with younger students

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About Mia

I am a professional singer and actress with opera and musical theater credits. Singing is my passion! I love to sing, and I LOVE to teach others to sing! The human voice is the most natural instrument of all, and helping others to bring out the beauty of the natural instrument that lies within them is something to which I am very devoted. I like to make students feel comfortable and at ease in lessons, and you will find that I am very warm and friendly!

Every student is unique, with their own strengths, their own areas for improvement, and their own preference for certain styles of singing. I can help you find what style makes your heart sing!

I have a broad range of credits, including the Broadway National Tour of Fiddler On The Roof with Theodore Bikel (Tzeitel understudy), and Off-Broadway in Fiorello (Marie) and The Rose Ta

ttoo (Flora). Among my many regional credits are Oliver at the Chiswick Park Theater in Sudbury, MA (Nancy), Camelot with Noel Harrison at the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA (Nimue/Guinevere understudy), and Is There Life After High School with Desi Arnaz, Jr. and Sharon Lawrence at the Burt Reynolds Theater in Jupiter, FL. I currently hold the post of Soloist at First Church of Christ, Scientist, Needham, and am a Guest Soloist for The Mother Church in Boston. I have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, where I had four amazing years working with the head of the Music Theatre program, the brilliant and innovative director, Worth Gardner, and music director, Oscar Kosarin. I have received additional training with many renowned pedagogues, including American actress and theatre director, Suzanne Shepherd, New York City, lyric soprano, Sari Gruber, mezzo-soprano Sondra Kelly, and coaches Arlene Shrut from the Juilliard School, Michelle Alexander with Boston Lyric Opera, conductor Gary Wedow, as well as Roger Malouf with the Metropolitan Opera.
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September 17, 2019
Matthew
Mia’s experience came through right away and I was glad I found her through this site. We started working on a few things to improve technique and Mia pointed out several major foundational concepts to begin thinking about. The lesson was a lot of fun!
August 16, 2019
Marie mcconkey
Mia is amazing!!

She is a pleasure to learn from and to spend time with!!

Marie
July 11, 2019
Himali
She is amazing as a teacher and a singer. I was looking for formal training to advance in my singing and understand what I am doing wrong. And Mia have helped me so much in just 3 classes. As a singer I felt stuck and wanted to advance my skills and I was very doubtful of teachers but I can say with confidence Mia is the perfect teacher for me. She makes it so comfortable for me to explore my voice and range. So far everything she has taught me has helped me realize my mistakes that were holding me back from singing at my best. She is also very accommodating in terms of class schedule. I always look forward to my class with her.

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About Max

Most recently, I was sponsored as one of eight pianists worldwide to attend the prestigious Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland, summer of 2018. I was the sole American and Juilliard pianist to receive the honor.

I am a graduate of The Juilliard School in New York City where I earned a Bachelors of Music, and studied with the Susan W. Rose Chair of Piano Department, Dr. Yoheved Kaplinsky and legendary concert pianist, Hung-Kuan Chen; my history with the institution dates back to Juilliard Pre-College, where I graduated as a Juilliard Scholarship recipient. In addition to my formal musical education in classical piano, I'm also a graduate of the Lakeside School in Seattle, a highly selective, college preparatory school offering a rigorous academic program; notable alumni include Bill Gates, Paul Allen and the McCaw brothers. I am w

ell-versed and fluent in both English and Mandarin Chinese.

I am well accustomed to working with young children, adolescents and teenagers along with the elderly in retirement homes, and hope to nurture and instill in each of my students a genuine, individualized passion for music, along with imparting to each student all the knowledge I've attained in 19 years of musical experience off and on stage, playing at the highest caliber of competition in the world's most acclaimed venues and studying with some of the world's most sought after pedagogues. Furthermore, my goal is to accelerate the learning curve and to bestow all I know as quickly as possible, not wasting time on useless irrelevancies. I've taught many years privately in the greater Seattle area, as a private teacher at the Aspen Music Festival and as a private teacher serving the NYC area since 2015. My students have won regional and international competitions for young people, have performed at prestigious venues such as Benaroya Hall, Alice Tully @ Lincoln Center, the Kauffman Center, Foundation LV in Paris, and Carnegie Hall, and have been admitted to Pre-College institutions at Juilliard and Manhattan School of Music.
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October 10, 2018
Natasha
Max is an amazing instructor and I would recommend him to anyone who is looking to seriously learn and enjoy the piano. Before I began my lessons with Max, I was stuck on the same piece for two months, there was very little progress being made. I had a total of two lessons with Max and now I'm able to comfortably play the piece from memory. I cannot stress enough how beneficial he was in my huge progress jump. I look forward to every lesson knowing I'm going to learn and be exposed to something new every time. I've always wanted to learn how to play the piano, but I thought I was too old now to even try. I'm so thankful that I took the leap anyway and started this amazing journey of learning the piano and I couldn't of asked for a better guide than Max on this journey.
September 22, 2018
Evan
It’s very involved with you as a student. It’s also very apparent that he loves teaching his students. This makes his teaching very effective.
May 28, 2018
Tact & Kent
He is a very promising Juilliard student.
His teaching reflects being educated by the world’s most sought after classical piano mentors.
What he teaches is unorthodox and complex in nature, but he teaches and demonstrates effectively in an easily comprehensive manner.
I believe that learning his skills will have a tremendous impact on my child’s future in both music and life.
I strongly recommend him to anyone who cannot be satisfied with other instructors.
PS: He works well to encourage and nurture youth, as my sons are 6 and 9 years old.

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About Stephen

Hello, my name is Stephen Layton, I'm 36 and I am a professional musician, educator, and composer. I am currently teaching in two locations, Riverside County, and in Orange County. I earned a B.A. in Music Education at California State University Fullerton. I also have a Single Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California, through the completion of the credential program at California State University Fullerton. During my time at Fullerton I was a member of all the top ensembles. I also studied with Grammy nominated and award-winning musicians like Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres, Kye Palmer, and more!

In addition to my training I have over twenty years of performance experience. I have been playing trombone and bass guitar since 1994 and I have been teaching privately since 2005. As a brass instructor I specialize in breat

hing techniques, embouchure development. range, flexibility, endurance, and improvisation. As a bass guitar and guitar instructor, I specialize in flexibility, endurance, speed, song writing, ear training, improvisation, and much more!

I’ve been a professional musician for several years and I have backed groups like The L.A. Swing Barons, The Inland Empire Swing Orchestra, Sonora Santanera groups, Willie and The Road Tramps, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Domestic Imports, Buddha Bomb, Angry Babies, Space Camp Stowaways, The Debonaires, and more! I am currently in a few
different groups playing all over Southern California and beyond.

My education philosophy is very student focused. I draw from a lot of different teaching concepts like Kodàly method, Orff method, Susuki method, and more. I will push you or your student to edges of their abilities, and you will see improvement.

Training:
• Riverside City College; A.A. Humanities Philosophy, and Art; Cert. Music Performance
• California State University Fullerton; B.A Music Education
• California State University Fullerton; Credential Program (student teaching)

Performance Experience:
• Junior College Ensemble Performances: Riverside Community College Wind
Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, Lab Jazz, and Small Jazz Combos
• Four Year College Ensemble Performances: California State University Fullerton Symphonic Winds, Wind Symphony, Fullerton Jazz Orchestra, Fullerton Big Band, Latin Ensemble
• Recent Recitals: April 5, 2018 Senior Recital, Recital Hall, California State University Fullerton
• Commercial Performances: L.A. Swing Barons, Sonora Santenera, Irie Nationz, The Goodlow Company, Buddha Bomb, Domestic Imports, Topshelf Brass Band, Space Camp Stowaways, Angry Babies, Dumb Luck, The Debonaires, Mark Denny’s Band

Principal Teachers:
• Trombone: Steve Williams, Steve Suminski, Bob Sanders
• Jazz Improv: Dr. Peter Curtis, Charlie Richards, Dr. Chuck Tomlinson, Bill Cunliffe, Francisco Torres
• Masterclasses: Kevin Mayse, Charlie Richards, Dr. Mitch Fennel, Dr. Mallory Thompson, Frank Ticheli, Bill Cunliffe, Anthony Plog, Louis Bonillia, Francisco Torres, Michito Sanchez, Roger Woods, Ashley Bathgate, Dieter Mack, Paul Kreibich, Joey
Sellers, Benny Maupin, Kim Richmond, Freddy Payne, Anne Fennel, Doc Severinsen, Shannon Limon, Kye Palmer, Harry Waters, Ken Waters

Volunteer Experience:
• Riverside Community Band / Swing Band
• Carl E. Gilbert Elementary School, Buena Park, California

Additional Information:
• Private Instruction: Teaching privately for over ten years
• Memberships: SCSBOA, NAfME, NBA, OAKE, KASC, ITA, and NAMM member
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August 11, 2018
Aaron
The best lesson I have taken! I look forward to future lessons because I am learning so much!
November 11, 2017
Jared M.
Steven is a very good instructor. He has a wonderful personality. He!s firm, knowledgeable, and knows how to encourage the student to work hard. My son has learned a lot from him in a short period of time as a beginner. I’d definitely recommend Steven.
August 11, 2017
Michael Rodriguez
Really like Steve's teaching ! Very easy and simplified instruction.Thank you ! Can't wait for the next Lessons.

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About Brandon

Brandon G. is a diligent and success-driven educator with over 6 years of experience in the education field and is currently available to accept new students for weekly online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom, Zoom, and Skype. He offers 30, 45, and 60 minute online lessons. He has worked with many students to help improve their playing abilities to successfully become better musicians within their school orchestras, participate in the University Interscholastic League (UIL) School Orchestra Concert/Sight-Reading and Solo/Ensemble Competitions.

Brandon has built a reputation of a compassionate, hardworking, and an excellent role model within an incredible short span of time. He has a proven ability to enhance students' (children and adults) music abilities to shape a better world and empower them with instrumental skills and knowledge

. My teaching style remains encouraging, understanding, constructive, and focused on each individual student's needs. He will work at each individual student's pace to ensure that the student fully understands the material.

Brandon recommends weekly lessons to ensure positive progress with your instrumental skills and musical knowledge. You may view my availability, lesson rates, and sign up for lessons via my TakeLessons profile. Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have via the "Ask a Question" feature or you may purchase lessons with me as your online instructor if you choose to do so. I look forward to helping you reach your goals and thank you for viewing my profile!
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May 29, 2019
Albert
Easy to work with, straightforward lessons that get things done.
December 15, 2018
Arpita
Brandon is a great teacher. He is very patient, always takes extra time to help in understanding techniques and provides tips for practice. He always provides constructive feedback which helps in learning and is encouraging. If anyone is looking for a violin teacher, I would highly recommend Brandon.
May 31, 2018
Desiree
Brandon was a great viola teacher for my son. He was very thorough and helped to prepare and perfect a piece for a youth orchestra audition.

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About VIK

35+ Years of experience in live music performance, recording and production, education/instruction, clinician, product R&D .
Previous teaching positions include Musician’s Institute (MI / BIT) in Hollywood CA , Yamaha School of Music in Encino CA and AGBU school in Canoga Park CA.
Multiple endorsements with high end/high profile musical equipment manufacturers such as Gallien-Krueger, Peterson Tuners, Bartolini pickup and electronics, MTD guitars (previously Tobias guitars), Moollon guitars, Surine basses, Ibanez, La Bella strings, Asterope, Fodera, Walter Woods amps, Bergantino audio systems, Ararat Music Inc.

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October 24, 2018
Lucy
Hired Vik to give ongoing bass lessons to my 10 year old, I couldn’t be happier !!!
October 23, 2018
Gary
Exceeded my expectations ! Very knowledgeable, professional and patient ! Highly recommended for all student levels.

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About Karli

Hello! I'd like to invite you to ask me questions and get to know me before choosing to take violin lessons.

My teaching technique involves a holistic view of music and knowledge. I teach according to your individual needs as a student and find the best style that works for you. Every lesson is powerful, engaging, and has a purpose to help you meet your goals. I am constantly working to make sure that you are making the kind of progress that you want with the violin and viola. Playing an instrument involves mindfulness and concentration, patience and hard work and I love helping the student through their personal musical journey.

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April 3, 2019
Mason
An excellent teacher!

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