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I've been a songwriter since I was a teenager. I have been teaching music for almost as long. As a teacher, my joy comes from seeing a student realize they have grown, or discover something they now can do that they could not do before, and the confidence gained through their efforts with my guidance. I carry around the Beatles Pocket Reference Guide at all times and preach the gospel of their songwriting legacy to my students when necessary and whenever possible!! I equally love the mystery of the musical ear, and music theory, and how it all works together...I love purple. For all those who know me, I always match in whatever color spectrum I decide for that day, and I always have been that way. I believe in Angels on Earth, I searched for the Lochness Monster (No luck!!) I love ...
Piano, singing, and songwriting began for me when I discovered really awesome piano music such as with bands like Queen, Yes, and ELP. After high school, I studied classical music composition at Wheaton College's Conservatory of Music receiving my Bachelors in Music Composition with a focus in piano. My professional experience includes singing on film/TV productions such as High School Musical, Hairspray, and Struck By Lightning. I compose and orchestrate for theater (Glendale Center Theater, Vanguard University Theater Department), film/TV, orchestra (L.A. Jewish Symphony, TCOTW, BIOLA University) and album projects (Anna Nalick, Oodle's World Productions). Singing credits include High School Musical 1, Hairspray The Movie, High School Musical 3, Chris Kolfer's new movie Struck by ...
I have taught thousands of students, with some of my students being major Hollywood actors and actresses. I'm proud to say that many of my students have also gone on to major colleges and universities. I am a Senior teacher at Instrumental and love to make lessons fun, exciting and very enjoyable! I have been performing and recording for over 25 years and have performed with many top name artist, bands and performers from around the world. My education includes a Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; an AA degree in Music from Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA; and a certificate from Musicians Institute Guitar Institute of Technology, Hollywood, CA. I've been lucky enough to have studied with such acclaimed teachers as Michael Sweet (Stryper, Boston), ...
I grew up in Minnesota and started playing guitar when I was 13. Self-taught for three years, I developed a passion and love for music. Upon turning 16, I expanded my knowledge studying with a local guitarist, a musical genius in my opinion, who made a huge impact on my playing. In the fall of 2007 I relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute for guitar performance. I graduated in 2009 Over the course of the last nine years I've been a part of six different live performing bands and currently work with my original band comprised entirely of Musicians Institute graduates, Delphian. Delphian can be seen and heard featured on screen in the Mike Judge film “Extract”. I study, perform and have vast knowledge in the styles of blues, classical, country, folk, jazz, metal and ...
I can teach students a great deal about melody development and chord progression selection. I typically have a very theoretical approach to songwriting but love to reinforce it with a much less technical approach to help create more organic and natural sounding songs.
I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion. I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory
My love for pop music is as old as my first memory. Which, although a little fuzzy, I’m pretty sure was when I was 4, dancing around the living room to Pinball Wizard by The Who. Deeply connecting with a song on first and subsequent listenings is something I still find magical and inspiring about pop songs, and it’s an experience I strive to give any audience as a songwriter. From Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Abba, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode to Broadway veterans Cole Porter, Rogers, Hammerstein, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondhiem, my greatest influences and musical stylings span the genres of pop/rock, broadway, alternative/indie, and electronic. Creating and assembling all the elements and making a pop song is kind of like designing an amusement park ride. Emotion, instrumentation, rhythm, lyrics and melody coalesce into a 3 1/2 minute solar system of sound and story.
NOTICE TO PERSPECTIVE STUDENTS: I will be unavailable from 1/23-1/31 and have limited access to internet. Look forward to connecting in February! I am passionate about unlocking and developing creativity in artists of all ages, and have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. Over the past decade I have coached pianists, guitarists and vocalists privately, as well developed and run music programs at various institutions in Southern California. I received my Bachelor's of Music in 2005 from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Music Industry/Jazz Piano) and currently teach Lower & Middle School Music at an elementary school in Studio City. I played piano for FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia", composed theme songs and jingles for The ...
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."