• 10+ years of teaching, training, & tutoring experience. • Tutoring for many undergraduate courses in math/statistics & economics/econometrics, as well as select courses in biology, physics, social sciences, computer science, systems engineering, and other subjects / areas. Select graduate course assistance offered as well. • Tutoring for GRE/GMAT and SAT/ACT tests offered with individualized gameplan/schedule. Tutoring for SAT II, GRE II, MCAT / DAT / OAT / PCAT / NCLEX tests also offered. • Help with high school and middle school curriculum in math, quantitative sciences, social sciences, writing. Help with IB & AP classes and corresponding exams. • National Merit Scholar & several (10+) AP Tests in High School. • Will give personal scores upon request.
I am a bilingual English and Hebrew singer with a great love for teaching. Whether you feel like letting out some steam, learning a new language, working on those high notes or designing your own sound; I am excited to meet you! I have studied (and still studying - learning is endless...) many different techniques and am very committed to sharing what I know with patience and passion. Lessons are flexible, fun and fit for the students needs. I take great pride in my students success and can't wait to welcome new ones!
I just had my first lesson with Ariella, and I can already tell she loves what she does, and it's truly a blessing to be working with her.
August 3, 2015
I am thrilled to be working with Ariella Edvy in my quest to learn Hebrew. Her approach of using music and video clips to teach make her lessons fun and relevant. But there are two things that really set her apart -- her art of teaching elocution (she makes you feel it!) and her way of modeling her lessons to each individual's learning style.
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.
*** All Levels, All Styles *** -Classical -Pop -Country -Gospel -Blues -R&B -Rock -Reggae -Hip Hop -Worship -Church -Hymns -Techno -50s -Jazz -New Age -Folk -Broadway -Pop Ballad -etc.
*** In Studio or Online *** Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 12 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using Skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.
*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing *** I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.
*** Unconventional Approach *** Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."
*** Areas of Focus *** -Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control. -Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight -Rhythm Training -Music Theory -Interpretation -Injury-Retraining -Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension -Pain-Reduction -Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music. -Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort. -Time-Management -Improvisation and creativity development techniques -Composition & Songwriting. -How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics. -How to put chords on your melodies. -How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper. -How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music! -Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book -Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.) -Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear) -Singers’ Tools -Pitch Control Training -Self-Accompanying -How to Sing Harmony -Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind) -Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.) -Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it. -How to put melody to lyrics -College Preparation -Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear -Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy -Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues. -How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)
*** Celebrity Piano Teacher *** Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. (Takelessons prohibits me from mentioning their names here.)
*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven *** I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
April 12, 2016
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.
We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.
Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.
Hi! My name is Ryan. I hold an MFA in Television, Film, and Theatre Performance (CSULA), a BA in Classical Vocal Performance (UAHuntsville), and a minor in Theatre Arts (UAHuntsville). Pulling from over 15 years of performance and training experience, I am here to give you the tools to succeed. Whether it be learning the basics of your craft, fine-tuning years of hard work, or just helping prepare for your next big audition, we will work together to develop a curriculum that will guide you to becoming the best artist you can be.
Welcome to the lessons site for songwriter, professional drummer and musician Bill M. Bill grew up on Long Island New York and studied formally for several years with luminaries such as Global Drumming Ambassador Dom Famularo, and the venerable Al Miller. In addition, Bill furthered his drum set and musical performance studies at the Drummers Collective in NYC, Berklee College of Music, University of Southern California Jazz Extension and the Dick Grove School of Music. In recent years, Bill continues to seek the knowledge of the masters and has studied with legendary drummers Jeff Hamilton and John Riley.
Bill is a top notch educator with many years experience as a drum teacher and drum circle facilitator. Bill has also taught group drum classes at International Schools overseas and has given numerous clinics throughout the world.
Bill is a pro musician with in-depth experience in music performance and technology. He is an enthusiastic and effective teacher who I highly recommend.
July 16, 2019
Billy is a top educator that sets up each lesson very personalized! An excellent teacher!
October 13, 2015
Bill is top notch. I worked with Bill on Long Island in a club date band several years back. During that time he taught my nephew the drums. Bill's patience and knowledge paved the way for my nephew to get accepted into a top music school. A great player and a great teacher!
My name is Elena. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.
I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.
I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to share my
experience and my love for French with all students and their families.
Whether you're a young beginner or an older and more experienced player, an individualized approach meets you where you are now. Together we'll design a process designed to meet your playing goals.
History shows that my students tend to be high achievers, including All State, district band participation, and Best of the Day solos, and won coveted spots in the local youth orchestra by audition. Can't wait to meet you to begin your flute journey to success!. . .Sue G.
I have been serving the young people of my community for the last 36+ years as an elementary school music teacher. I graduated from Cal State University Fullerton with a BA in Music Education and a K-12 teaching credential in music. I have taught a wide range of music classes including general music, choir, piano, orchestra and band. My classroom experience includes early childhood (K-5th grade), english learners and special needs students.
I enjoy working with students who have had limited musical knowledge or experience. I love bringing them to a level of proficiency where they can be confident performers on their chosen instrument. Some of my students have continued their music education through college and others have brought their love of music into their careers as adults.
I realize that I not only teach music, but I teach ind
ividuals. So I tailor and fit my music instruction to the unique aptitudes and needs of each child. I want to communicate the fun of creating music as well as the technical aspects of playing an instrument. You can expect your student to gain a solid foundation in the fundamentals of music and instrumental technique. I offer private instruction for students who wish to learn the trombone or the violin. I also advise and assist parents in choosing a serviceable instrument for their student to rent or own. This has been a real help to several parents and families over the years. Contact me for more information. I’d love to be of help.
Mr. Gary has been teaching our son trombone for a few months now and we have been delighted with his teaching.
Mr. Gary is very patient with our son, and has ignited a real love of the instrument and given our son confidence. He never gets short and is always calm and encouraging, even when our son is not into it at all.
He teaches the fundamentals of breath, playing musically and how to take care of the instrument.
Mr. Gary is always encouraging and positive, and that helps to encourage a love for the music and instrument. Our son has definitely taken to the trombone and a lot of that is due to Mr. Gary's great teaching.
"Dr. R is a very talented vocalist who has a strong background in Alexander Technique. Combining the two makes a very sympathetic and understanding mentor.
He can hear all of your tensions, including the ones you aren’t aware of. His style of teaching is a very natural approach and he will not ask you to do anything that hurts or pushes you too far. What stands out the most is his determination. He is determined to help you grow. I am very lucky to have him as an on staff professor."
Dave instructs my daughter and son in guitar. They're both convinced they are Dave's favorite student. I believe that in itself explains why h
e is incredibly effective with children. He has them feeling great about music and their progress. Certainly he is an excellent technical instructor. Yes he teaches proper hand position, good tone and so on and so forth. But his ability to connect with children makes him a one of a kind instructor."
"Richard has the knowledge and communication skills needed to be a very good teacher, and he is."
"Extremely patient and helpful"
"I started taking lessons with Mr. Gallo when I was in 6th grade. I am in tenth grade now and I am a phenomenal player. Whether I needed help with a playin
g issue or had an event and wanted to be ready, he always knows the answer. Every time I think I have reached my peak in playing, he surprises me and bumps me to the next level. Solo ensemble is a band event in which you would go to and have judges judge your playing on a particular song. This year I am playing a level 7, which is the highest level of difficulty you can play for this and will ever see in the real world musician life. Most professionals can't do this. No one you can find will be as good as a teacher as Mr. Gallo."
"My two kids, age 6 & 7, both learn Piano from David. He is very patient with kids and my kids love his lessons. He is very methodical and highly motivated
teacher.I highly recommend David."
"We were referred to Lauren by our daughter’s ENT for vocal therapy since her current vocal coach was unable to help her with retraining. Lauren has not on
ly helped her singing technique but has given great advice and mentoring to our daughter with her dreams of becoming a Broadway performer."
"funny and great teacher
My daughter 8 years old loves Anastasia, she can be very serious and also funny a good balance. Great personality!"
"We just had our first lesson and Philip was great. Connected with my son and explained things in a very understandable way. Good balance between theory
and practical exercises. Also was excellent at communicating with me prior to the lesson to learn more about my son and introduce himself."
Learning how to play the drums takes a lot of patience, dedication and of course, practice. The technical skills won't just appear overnight, and neither will the gigs or performances! As you progress in your lessons, there are a few crucial mistakes you'll want to avoid. Here are a few we can think of...
1. Not branching out.
As a musician (not only a drummer), you'll gain a lot more exposing yourself to new and different types of music, rather than limiting yourself to one genre. Eve …