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About Fernando P.

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La Habra, CA
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About Fernando
Hello there! My name is Fernando, and I bring lots of profession playing and teaching experience to the table. I am an active musician in several local bands of various styles and genres, including jazz bands, Latin jazz bands, sax quartets, church groups, and musicals. I have played across southern California, several other states including Nevada (Reno Jazz Festival), Portugal, and Mexico.

I have a Master of Music in Conducting from Messiah College, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education, from CSUF. I also hold a valid California Teaching Credential, which I completed through CSUF. I also hold an Associate of Arts degree in Music from Fullerton College.

I am currently the director of bands at Savanna High School in Anaheim, CA. I teach 3 concert band groups, Jazz band, and marching band. Previously, I was the I
nstrumental and Choral Music Teacher at Buena Park Jr. High School, in the city of Buena Park, where I taught band, orchestra, percussion, and choir.

I have also taught woodwinds for various high schools across southern California, as well as a marching/visual coach for marching bands.

I front and lead my own Christian Contemporary Band. We've recorded two albums, of which I have composed the original music/lyrics, and produced both albums. We are currently working on our third album.

I can teach everything from jazz, to classical, rock, blues, Latin genres (salsa, merengue, bolero, mambo, etc.), and even contemporary Christian music in both English and Spanish.

I mix all of these experiences and knowledge into a big melting pot, and apply it very efficiently and wisely so that my students can positively benefit from a wonderful and exciting real-world musical journey!

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I base my lessons around the student's needs for musical growth, and their own likes and dislikes. If there is something specific that the student wants to learn, as far as a style/genre or piece of music, I foster that and I help encourage musical growth and enjoyment around that.
I am constantly encouraging my students to listen to as much music as possible, or better yet, to watch and listen to as much live music as possible. I strongly believe that this nurtures musical growth and serves as a role model.
I am very patient and laid back, but I do expect the student to have fun while staying constant with individual practice. There is no substitution for perseverance, consistency, and hard work, but it doesn't mean that we will not have fun while we make music!

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An upright Yamaha acoustic piano is available, along with a Korg and Kurzweil digital keyboards, music stands, computer music software for studying repertoire (music), a large collection/library of books containing scales, exercises, music, etc. I also can make copies or print something for you if necessary. A sound system is available for listening to something is necessary. Flute, saxophone, and clarinet students must provide their own instrument, but I can point you in the right direction in terms of acquiring an instrument either for purchase or rental from a local music retail store.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instrument, except piano if student comes to my home for lessons. Student must also provide books (as assigned), and metronome for practicing at home. I can carry with me things such as: saxophone, clarinet, flute, a portable music stand, metronome/tunes, pencil, paper, and any other book(s) or materials as needed.  

*** Specialties ***
I can teach classical, jazz/contemporary, funk, latin, blues, contemporary Christian, improvisation and music theory at very advanced levels.
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Evan, Brian, and Esperanza A. September 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Fernando, is a very good piano instructor, he has the patience that students need.
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Michael S. May 18, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
every lesson i learn a lot more about techniques and i can hear a differene in the sound i make and it is staritng to sound like music.
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Ethan August 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My boys love learning from Fernando. He is very patient and explains things in an easy to understand way. They can't wait for their piano lesson next week.
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About Julia V.

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Portland, OR

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I have a Master’s in Opera Performance from the Boston and New England Conservatories as well as graduating from Vocal Performance programs at Boston University and Western Washington University. I have sung professionally with Boston Lyric Opera, Children’s Theater Companies, churches and synagogue and have toured on the east coast as well as Athens, Greece. Premiering new music is a specialty. I can help you prepare your pieces for auditions.  My students have successful auditions for college opera and music theater programs, and as choir soloists.

Students gain a larger vocal range and an easy, natural way of singing whether it is in a rock band, choir or as a soloist. Together we find the joy of singing while building a solid technique.

I have worked with small children as a Musikgarten teacher and have toured artist residency
programs which introduce children to music and theater in schools.   I was adjunct faculty at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and local music studios as well as maintaining my private teaching practice.

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I am persistent and positive! Working and performing with singers and master teachers has helped me to be a resourceful teacher who understands the process of becoming a singer. I believe that a sense of fun and play helps you to accomplish your goals quickly.  For beginners you will learn how the voice works and how to care for and develop your instrument, I recommend adults take 45" - 1 hour lessons weekly for skill building. The price of lessons DECREASES by 10% after each 5 lesson purchased for the first 15 lessons. Studio policy is located at VaaraMusic.com. We will choose music that interests you and helps to build your voice starting with basics before moving to more complex and challenging music. Understanding music theory and sight-reading will help you get the most out of your singing. After 3 - 6 months you should have a good command of breathing and an understanding of how to sing with an expressive tone.For the advanced student, I can help you work on trouble spots and give you tools to help with the changes that voices naturally go through.  I look forward to giving you my full focus and celebrating your growth and accomplishments!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Condo w/ open area with piano. Visitor's parking lot w/ seating in studio for parents to listen. Parents with younger siblings can use play areas outside.
Basic library of vocal music, giving the student a way to sample different kinds of songs before purchasing books or downloading songs on their own. Music stand, iPhone plug-in/Amp for accompaniments and examples you want me to hear.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a basic library of vocal music at my home studio and will bring targeted books with me. Students should print out their favorite popular songs from such services as Music Notes website.
I expect my students to provide a keyboard, music stand and notebook as well as a low distraction environment.

*** Specialties ***
As an opera and musical theater, Oratorio and church singer, I help singers of all levels improve within their genre from popular music to opera. A good singing technique will help performers in any style stay healthy and enjoy an expressive singing instrument.
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Izzy A. September 30, 2018
· Singing · In home
This teacher is amazing and very kind. I had only two lessons with her and I feel amazing already I will see when how I am when I finish the package that I picked finishes.
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Shijie R. September 10, 2018
· Opera Voice · Online
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Shelby September 5, 2018
· Piano · Online
She not only teaches you how to play piano, but also how to be a better musician in general. I
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About Dan M.

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Glen Ellyn, IL
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About Dan
Dan M. is a freelance musician and private lesson instructor in the Chicago area. Born in the Chicago suburbs, Mr. M. graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Music in euphonium performance, and traveled to Colorado where he earned a Master of Music in trombone performance at the University of Colorado at Boulder. As an active musician, he has performed on trombone and euphonium in many musical groups ranging form wind ensembles and orchestras to brass quintets and other chamber groups. Mr. M. was also a member of the Flatirons Brass Quintet at the University of Colorado, which toured to Beijing, China, and placed in the semi-finals of the internationally known Fischoff Chamber Music Competition.

As a teacher, Mr. M. has been teaching students of a wide range of ages and abilities for over eight years. Some of his
students have been selected to Honor Bands and All-State Bands across the country. Through quickly identifying strengths and weaknesses, and catering to ambitions and desires, his students experience a fun and inspirational learning environment that has been found with much success.
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Parker & Shannon S. January 23, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
"Mr. Dan" has instructed one of our children for two years now! He is patient, persistent and has made learning trumpet a game for our 9 year old. Professional and warm, we have loved that he comes to our home to teach. As of this year, another one of our children requested lessons and cornet lessons have begun! We highly recommend him.
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Dane C. December 8, 2016
· French Horn · In home
Very pleasant teacher with good relationship with student. Flexible and easy to talk. Always on time and teaching with passion.
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Ethan P. June 3, 2016
· Euphonium · Online
Dan is teaching my teen online and has made the lesson engaging and beneficial for him.
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About Lilly K.

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Sacramento, CA
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Hi there!
I am really excited that you've decided to take music lessons and are here on my page looking for an awesome teacher. I have lots of experience in music and I can't wait to teach it to someone else, whether they're a kid or an adult.

Currently, I am a global health worker, saving the world one place and illness at a time. I've spent a lot of time in school and music has been the one medium through which I have relieved stressed and made myself happy, inspired, and relaxed. While going to school, I also continued my music by being a teacher as well as taking a couple of courses and helping out with the university orchestra.

Started music at the young age of 8, with my first instrument being the Flute followed by the Piano. Because I began music with a teacher who was studying music academically, I have a very strong backg
round in theory, technique, and tone. At the same time, I really think its all about having fun and loving what you play/learn.

I have taught adults and children so I do feel comfortable with any age group. I also have a pretty vast repertoire of different books and pieces that I use for different levels and ages.

My philosophy is for the learning/teaching experience to be a complete collaboration between me and the student. I am tough with certain things because I know they're super important to master but I like to also bend certain rules so that my student is happy with the classes.

I hope to hear from you and if not, I hope you find a really awesome music teacher!

Cheers,
Lilli
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Victoria Knecht April 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons from Lilly for about 5 months now.
She is fun, helpful and always has a positive attitude. She always arrives for classes with tons of energy. I have learned a lot from Lilly.
Thank you SO much for making learning the piano fun
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
call me 9256635260.
i wish to learn music.
purna9394@gmail.com
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Paula February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lilly is a great teacher. She genuinely cares about creating a great learning experience. She listens to questions and gives clear answers. She has a natural ability to be un-intimidating and very likable. Lilly is both fun and practical in her teaching approach. I learned and grew in leaps and bounds with each lesson. Thank you Lilly!
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About Rich J.

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Encino, CA

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Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at NYU in 2011where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Molly September 14, 2018
· Clarinet · In home
Rich is so skilled and friendly and punctual. My child had a fantastic lesson.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Rich J.

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About Matt S.

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DeKalb, IL
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About Matt
I am passionate instructor who is fueled by seeing success in others. No other feeling is more fulfilling then seeing the growth of another human.

I have been teaching private lessons in my own studio for about 8 years now. I've taught 7 marching bands and currently writing music for some with an emphasis in percussion.

Currently pursuing a degree in Music Business at Northern Illinois University. I've participated in Drum Corp. tours such as Colts Drum & Bugle Corps ('13) and Phantom Regiment ('14-'16), and also marched 5 seasons of WGI with Cavaliers Indoor Percussion.
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Matt S.

Matt S.

DeKalb, IL 60115
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About Cindy H.

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Euless, TX
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I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have over 20 years of experience teaching piano, violin, viola, and cello. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music in my students.
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Amanda H. September 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Cindy is very patient & attentive to my goals.
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Jocelyn W. July 21, 2018
· Violin · In home
Cindy is wonderful! She does well working with children!
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Jennifer July 5, 2018
· Violin · In home
She works wonderfully with children! She communicates well and understands how to motivate them. She also knows how to keep their attention. I would highly recommend Cindy!
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About John C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I have been a professional Piano and Keyboard player for many years and enjoy teaching students of all skill levels. In addition to teaching, I'm a music producer and composer and sound designer for film. I have worked in the music industry for many years and have worked with many singer/songwriters and recording artists in the production of their music. I also enjoy teaching music production, and songwriting.
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John C.

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About Megan C.

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La Salle, IL
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I have been singing and performing for over 25 years! I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music and have been teaching private voice lessons for 12 years. I am heavily involved in my local theatre community as a director, music director, and performer. Recently, I performed as the Narrator in "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and music directed "Shrek the Musical." I love to teach all kinds of music but am most proficient in musical theatre, classical, opera, rock, and pop. I can work with students wanting to learn music theory or sing in French, Italian, and German.
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Megan C.

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La Salle, IL 61301
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About Nancy T.

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Panora, IA
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I am a certified instructor for Robert Whitford Piano Courses and Piano by Ear. In high school I was introduced to playing with chords along with the melody. That is where I learned of my gift playing by ear. Over the years of teaching, I realized that teaching these methods could help even traditional piano students excel in music theory and composing songs. I have been writing music for the past 40 years and now have created a "crash course" called Keyboard by Ear of all that I have learned over my lifetime. The two levels can be broken down into 30-60 minute lessons. The 2 levels can be completed in 12 weeks with 60 minute lessons. My greatest joy is in seeing students have "A-Haw" Musical Moments in a very short period of time.
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Nancy T.

Nancy T.

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