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Parking Lots and Poetry, Francesca's award winning album was received in 2010 to rave reviews. “Francesca’s songs have great musicality and the lyrical quality of a real poet. We come across countless artists and Francesca’s music genuinely cuts through.” -Joe Cuello, Vice President of Creative Music Integration for MTV

About Francesca
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

A Note From Francesca:

My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

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Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

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Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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Kyle B. July 12, 2018
· Country Guitar · In studio
After working to live for many years, and after purchasing all the books, apps, and YouTube channels that seemed promising, I could never find the approach/perspective that could make the process of learning/playing the guitar not seem like an impossible amount of effort at the end of my day.

I've always wanted to be a musician, but it seemed impossible now that I turned 30 and had a corporate job. Eventually, I bought a new guitar, thinking it would my catalyst. 6 months passed and it had only become a talking piece in first dates, so I decided I needed to look for a musical aficionado.

Walking into Francesca's Studio, I felt immediately like I was in the right place.

In what I thought would take weeks, the 45 minutes I scheduled with her, we were playing and singing to some of my favorite songs.... I can't even explain how great this made me feel. I suddenly felt like I could actually achieve this bucket list dream of mine.

Francesca clearly has a talent in helping others pursue their musical dreams, and I'm excited to continue working with her to realize mine.
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About Tara L.

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I started playing acoustic guitar when I was seven years old. I have been playing and teaching mostly bluegrass, old time, Irish, blues, and swing jazz styles for many years. I have taught both privately and have also done various workshops at festivals. I have taught guitar multiple years for instance at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in PA.
My students learn to have fun with music. Students can work on rhythms, melodies, improvisation, song writing, getting into and/or hanging on in a jam session, etc.

About Tara
I have a Masters in Education as well as having spent many years performing, teaching in one on one and group settings both privately and at music camps and festivals. I play and teach bluegrass, old time, Irish, and swing jazz styles. I like my students to really enjoy playing music and their lessons as well as learning to become fluent in the language of music. It is not required that folks learn to read music necessarily, but it can be a part of the lessons if desired. I love to see my students able to continue learning and playing on their own, be able to hold their own at jams and on the stage is they so desire, or just enjoy making music for themselves. I have techniques that have proven effective to help get past jam phobia, that help folks learn to improvise who have not had any luck with doing so before, and help getting away fro
m sheet music addictions to be able to have fun and confidence out at jams. I also can give a good foundation in music theory as it applies to one's actual playing and have it be fun and make sense.
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Cindy April 28, 2018
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My first lesson was great! I am a brand new player and Tara made it very easy to understand. I am very excited to learn more.
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Rob April 11, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Great start. Tara was patient and easy going. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
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About Henry A.

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Chicago, IL

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I am a professional guitarist who plays for musicals, recordings, and live jazz, blues and contemporary music and I have been a professional music teacher for the last 7 years. For me, teaching is about helping my students be the best musicians they can be.

I want to help you learn that song you've always wanted to learn, get you on stage at the open mic, get you into your high school/college jazz band or classical guitar ensemble, or maybe help you take your guitar playing to a professional level.

I like to take a different approach with each student because everyone learns differently, but I like to keep things structured so students can get the most out of each lesson. I try and break down my lessons into three sections: The Warmup, Ear Training and Performance. We'll warm up our hands with a technique building exercise, train our ears to hear music like it's a language, and then go onto learning a song your interested in or a piece of music from my repertoire so you can perform

About Henry
Hi, my name is Henry and I am a guitarist. I love teaching, studying and performing music and I have been playing music my entire life. I started on piano, moved to violin and eventually settled on guitar as my primary instrument. I play around town in musical pit bands, jazz ensembles and various contemporary music settings. I love playing jazz, rock, classical guitar music and RnB, but I try to learn something from as many different styles of music as I can so I am able to teach my students whatever they want to learn and so I can be available for whatever job I am called for. Guitar is my passion and it would love to help you be a better player and have even more fun with it!
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About Matteo C.

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I have been teaching electric and acoustic guitar for 5 years and performing as a professional musician for over 7 years. All level and ages are welcome!

Lessons are focused on music theory, harmony, music styles, sight reading, technique and learning songs. I use Logic X and MacBook Pro to record myself and help the student to learn chord progressions in songs, guitar solos or specific patterns and licks.
Also, guitar tabs and scores are provided.

About Matteo
I have been playing guitar since the age of 15 and I have been working as a professional musician for about 8 years.
I started performing with several bands in Italy, where I am from and teaching both privately and at music schools.

From 2014 to 2017 I worked on Cruise Ship with my acoustic duo "Voodeux" featuring the singer Sydney Ranee' and as a sideman. Here I had the opportunity to travel the world, visit amazing places and perform with many important artists and headliners.
Among many, I had the pleasure of playing with Grammy award winner "Melissa Manchester", flute player "Nestor Torres", piano virtuoso "Roggerio Tutti " and the jazz vocalist "Sweet Baby J".

At the end of 2017, I moved to Los Angeles to continue my music career as a performer and music instructor.

Currently, I play in a few bands as a session man and with my ac
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About Matthew C.

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I've been playing guitar for the last 15 years and giving lessons for almost as long! I have a degree in music from the University of Miami and am currently touring out of Nashville. I'd like to think I have a fairly wide range of musical tastes (jazz, country, blues, acoustic, gypsy jazz, rockabilly, rock, etc.) and I enjoy the different challenges that each of my students bring to the table. So whether you're just wanting to strum a few old favorites at home, or if you're on your way to being a Nashville pro like me, I'd be happy to help you along your musical journey!

About Matthew
I picked up the guitar (at my father's encouragement) back in 2003 and never quite turned back! Originally from Kansas City, MO, I first got regular exposure playing in my high school's jazz band and in various other jazz groups, and was lucky enough to study extensively with local guitarists Rod Fleeman and Danny Embrey. I still make occasional trips back to my hometown to perform and record, and played on a couple of records with the KC-based group The Matt Cook Collective in 2016 and 2017.

My next stop was the University of Miami, where I attended the Frost School of Music from 2012-2016 and was fortunate enough to study with John Hart, Brian Russell, and Tim Jago I played with my first Grammy winner (multi-instrumentalist guru Charlie McCoy) and released an EP with Big City Folk Band in 2015. In between school semesters, I performe
d with country and jazz groups in Kansas City and gave lessons at KC Music, a local music store.

In 2017, I relocated to Nashville, began touring with country artist Derryl Perry, and recorded and released my first solo album, Aces. In between tour dates, I've been enjoying the task of expanding both my teaching studio and my guitar resume in this growing city.

I have also taken lessons from Gonzalo Bergara, Dan Wilson, Lorne Lofsky, Charlie Hunter, Jim Campilongo, Randy Vincent, Greg Koch, Guthrie Trapp, Brent Mason, and many more!

Update: will be at the Smoky Mountain Opry in Pigeon Forge TN in 2018!
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I am passionate about music and teaching guitar. I am a self-taught guitar player so I know what it is like to be a beginner, knowing nothing. I put a lot of thought into teaching myself so I can easily teach others. Beginner students will learn the basic chords, finger picking and artificial harmonics. Intermediate students will learn how to tap, pick harmonics and artificial harmonics. Pull offs and bending notes, usually found in Rock & Roll and Country, can easily be learned and included. Students need to have a good guitar, be eager to learn and complete homework/practice.

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Hello, I am looking forward to teaching you how to play the guitar. I am patient, kind-hearted and dedicated to seeing you succeed.
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Rather than teaching all my students the same way I create individual lesson plans based on their interests and songs they like. I want to convey my ear training ability to the student so they can apply it in the future. I find that songs can help the student get a strong theoretical context in order to learn music and guitar technique. All types of music and all levels of playing ability are my forte.

About Tom
I have been teaching music since 1975 when I graduated from Bellarmine University with an Associate of Fine Arts degree in music theory and composition. I have played with many artists and bands in the Louisville area and also in New England and the Caribbean .
As a professional musician I am well versed in all genres of music and enjoy teaching others the music that they want to play. I have found that most theoretical and technical aspects of music can be learned from many different styles."There are twelve tones and no one owns them" is a saying my music composition teacher would always tell us at college.
I encourage my students to explore their interests in music and expand their knowledge of what they want to play. I have had extensive ear training and can notate any song for you. most of all I have fun every day with music a
nd want to share that with my students!
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About Charlie B.

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I specialize in heavy metal playing. I know every technique for soloing and Rhythm playing from classic early metal like Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Judas Priest and Led Zeppelin, but also from later greats in the thrash metal genre. Including: Metallica, diamond head, motorhead, anthrax, slayer, megadeth and exodus. I have been playing for 8 years. And have a lot of experience teaching friends who were beginners and hardened veterans who wanted to learn new sweep picking patterns or just wanted to jam and learn some new tricks. Every scale, for evil tonalities and metal licks/ melodies from your favorites. Modal progressions featured in metal and techniques as simple and palm muting to extremely complex techniques such as sweep picking/tapping alternate picking and string skipping by legendary shredders like Marty friedman, tosin abasi and Kirk Hammett. I can help you obtain your dream of playing like your metal heroes. I can and will give you the tools to make it happen. However I ...

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I am a highly experienced guitarist who is fluent in practically every style. Though i specialize in classic rock and heavy metal. I have been playing guitar for 8 years and teaching for 4. My class focuses on giving beginners a great solid set of skills to expand on and find their own voice on guitar, I aim to give students the exact tools for their skill level, I am a very relaxed and friendly teacher, i believe in never overwhelming or discouraging my students by bombarding them with abstract music theory concepts their first day playing guitar. My lessons are designed to slowly and healthily build technical ability in a stress free and helpful environment where every question is answered and explained in detail. Students will learn to play musical concepts, including but not limited to by any means: Scales, chords, modes, songs, impro
visation and techniques from simple palm muting and, to highly technical sweep picking patterns, tapping and string skipping. This is the perfect class for beginners wanting to gain confidence and learn their favorite songs, or hardened guitar shred veterans wanting to jam and learn new tricks.
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About Peter S.

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Experienced teacher of 12 years, working with all ages and playing abilities. I will organize a individual lesson plan and help you reach any of your goals. I can teach technique, songs, theory, reading, exercises in any style wether it's rock, jazz, pop, or classical. I also can help with songwriting and recording/producing your own music.

About Peter
I am a professional guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. I graduated from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music with a Bachelors in classical guitar performance.

I've been writing my own music since the age of 12. I've recorded and released several albums with different groups along the way and will continue recording and performing music as long as I live.

I've performed with bands all over New York as well as New Jersey, Boston, and Maine. I've played in original bands, cover bands, jazz combos, big bands, pit orchestras, and solo shows.

I've been teaching for 12 years and in that time have had students who came to me as beginners become professionals and teachers themselves. I've worked with students on becoming better players in specifics styles such as jazz, blues, classical, and rock/pop.

Some of my bigges
t influences are Pat Metheny, Steve Howe, Juliam Bream, David Russel, Jeff Beck and many more.
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