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Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA

Songwriting is an art as well as a craft. In my lessons, I cover basic song structures in a variety of styles including blues, pop, rock, country, and jazz, lyrical content, melodic phrasing, and telling a story. Guitar is my preferred instrument for these lessons, so a background in basic guitar fundamentals is recommended, although some introductory guitar can be included with these lessons.

About Jordan

I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, metal, country, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Arshria P. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I sure was very happy with Jordan. Jordan is an awesome teacher! He was on time and had a great attitude.
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Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
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Lisa D. July 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Jordan R.

Jordan R.

Pasadena, CA 91105
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Robin R.

Burbank, CA

Lyric writing, melody writing, overcoming writer's block, how to bring out your inspiration, using music theory to enhance your writing, stream of consciousness exercises, common chord progressions, diatonic and chromatic writing, copyrighting, starting a publishing co.
How to harmonize a melody, top lining, writing grooves, arranging your songs.

About Robin

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 animals. I have 2 rescue dogs, and 3 rescue cats, 1 more comes to have dinner and hang out. I named my son after the musical "Oliver" and the name suits him! I like that Oliver means " peace offering" I grew up in the Hollywood Hills, and love the history of Hollywoodland, I also love music and TV history. My uncle Sherwood co wrote 2 of the most iconic TV themes of all time in GIlligan's Island theme and the Brady Bunch. My mom, (Judithe) and I wrote songs together for 25 years. I named my first publishing company after my dog, Atso and he was the president and his legacy lives on in his name.

Employment History / Credits

Songwriting School of Los Angeles 2010- present
Musicians Institute 1992-present
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) 2013 - present
Neighborhood Rock School 2013- present
Dick Grove School of Music 1985-1992
LA Recording Workshop 1998-2005
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media 1989-1999

Education:

Dick Grove School of Music

Composition Program 1982-1983
Keyboard Program 1983-1984

Hollywood High School 1979
Honors in Music and History

ATAS member since 1997
Emmy judge for 15 years

Platinum Hit :" Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Starship /RCA Records
"The Last Time" Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) / WEA Records
Gold: "Where Are You Now" Roxus / Austrailia / Mushroom Records
Wrote numerous songs for TV show "Baywatch" 1989-1999
Songs /music in various TV movies, reality shows, films 1979-current
Collaborated with American Idol Top 5 finalist Brooke White
American Idol songwriting contest finalist 2007 / Jordin Sparks year
Co authored Music Book "The Lead Sheet Bible" A step by step guide to doing lead sheets and chord charts, published by Hal Leonard Publ. 1998

*** Lesson Details ***
To me every student is unique and special, therefore I design the lesson around what they need and or want to learn. With the younger students, I strongly suggest we work out of a book as well as me giving them handouts to work on too. There are many and various books by Faber and Faber I love to use. Hal Leonard and Alfred Publishing have some great books depending on the students needs. With kids, it's important to keep it fun and interesting, and get them on a practice schedule. I believe one must have much patience with the younger students and the level of communication must be high, keeping them engaged and focused. With teens and adults, it depends on where they are at, and I always ask what they want to concentrate on. A well rounded piano lesson would work on reading, technique, theory, songs. Again, depending on the type of student, the lesson would incorporate more /and or less of these components.
I've been coined the "Chord Queen" by many students because of my fascination with how theory plays a subconscious role in songwriters who write by ear and if I'm teaching songwriting, we are looking at how the song is structured, the lyrics,the music, and of course the harmony and arrangement and I'm here to guide the student to be able to finish the song, and them be happy when it comes to fruition.

The subjects I've taught:

Piano
Theory
Ear Training
Songwriting/ Artist Development
Music History
Transcribing/Chord Charts/Lead Sheets
Music Publishing/Copyright

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano I teach at in my home, I have a photo copy machine to make copies and Wifi access if the student needs to bring their computer.Ipad, etc in regards to songwriting

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring music/paper/pens/pencils/hand outs/sheet music
Students should have piano/keyboard/Access to computer, or ipad would be helpful for research,examples. Lots of people have their music on their cell phones.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly Contemporary music,but have taught in many styles
pop/Rock/Country/Jazz/Soul genres
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jay-r cimatu June 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Very insightful.
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Annie D. February 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I was a bit nervous to start taking lessons again after a VERY long hiatus. From the start, Robin has really listened to what my goals are and has been helping me meet them - she's very personable and encouraging, and gives me manageable goals. 100% recommended!
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Spe T. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Robin is a great teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable of piano and theory. The communication I receive during our lessons made me confident in returning. She is a very nice lady who has helped me out tremendously. Thank you, Robin.
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Robin R.

Robin R.

Burbank, CA 91505
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$30 / 30-min
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Jason W.

Glendale, CA

About Jason

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, Delp
hian. 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 rock n' roll. Everyday as I continue to grow as a teacher and musician, so does my love for the guitar. I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing each of my students progress and grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson will be tailored exactly to what you want to learn. We can cover specific topics such as music theory, harmony and improvisation, but if you would prefer to just work on learning your favorite songs, that's precisely what we'll do. Let me know what you want to learn and it will be done. We'll monitor your progress to help reach your goals. Most importantly, we will have fun while learning!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitars and basses, amps, cables, music stands, PC with QBase recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own equipment. Guitar, amp, and cables. Students should have their own guitar and amp.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock and metal, but I love to teach other styles like classical guitar, blues, jazz, and country.
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Phoebe O. November 7, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
We started off with a different drum instructor who turned out to be very unreliable. I asked take lessons to provide me with someone with good reviews. Someone who is punctual and reliable, that's when we met Jason. Jason is a super amazing instructor who has incredible patience. My son Nathan has never had any musical education before. After taking lessons with Jason for about three months he has a vast knowledge in playing drums and reading music. Jason utilizes his time very productively during lessons with no rush. He even goes to the extent to recommend and suggest products that will help Nathan improve. He is very humble, sweet and trustworthy. My family is glad that he came along. Thank you Jason from all of us.
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Christi D. November 3, 2014
Verified Student
Jason is a great,cool, and awesome guitar teacher. He has good taste in music and knows a lot of good ways of teaching me. I have improved a lot over the last few months since he came. My guitar solos are improving...and we have a lot of fun jamming. He is the BEST guitar teacher ever!
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Carmen C. July 25, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jason is thorough, adaptable, patient, kind, and full of so much information. He is well worth every penny.
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Jason W.

Jason W.

Glendale, CA 91204
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matthew S.

Glendale, CA

Learn the art of songwriting, from simple lyrics and chords to full-blown studio productions.

About Matthew

I grew up in San Diego and started playing piano at age 6. I started composing at age 10 and began to play the trombone in school bands at 12. I fell in love with all of it immediately, and I started telling everyone around me that I was going to be a musician when I was still in middle school. After graduating high school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for 6 years where I earned a bachelor's and master's degree in classical composition. I've performed as a soloist and with a variety of groups all over the country, and my
music has been featured during my fellowships with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

I've been teaching various disciplines since I was 16, and I've developed a real passion for education. Music has been an incredibly important part of my life experience, and I strongly believe that learning how to play and listen is just as important as learning literature, science, and mathematics.

I have a lot of experience in a lot of different fields within the music business, and I can tailor a student's learning experience to exactly what they feel called to. Whether you just want to learn how to play a few songs on the piano or be a virtuoso composer-performer, I'm happy to help you achieve your goals or just have fun and explore.
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is awesome!
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is awesome!
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Olivia H. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a very good teacher. He is very methodical and thorough. I highly recommend Matthew to anyone wishing to learn how to play the piano from the very beginning; not having had any previous experience.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Glendale, CA 91205
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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David F.

Burbank, CA

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.

About David

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 Philad
elphia", composed theme songs and jingles for The Stream of Consciousness Online Television Network, and had my music placed in CW's 90210 & One Tree Hill.
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Jeff B. February 25, 2015
Piano · In home
David is an amazing teacher. He is very patient with the student's learning process while remaining encouraging. He gave me just the right amount of push to keep my skills improving. It can be very overwhelming for an adult to learn a new musical instrument (piano for me), but David's mastery of music coupled with his upbeat and joyful personality make the process really enjoyable. I highly recommend David to teach both adults and children. He teaches piano and guitar lessons to the two teenage children of a friend of mine, and they both love him.
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Mason G. January 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
I recently saw a holiday vocal performance that David instructed and moderated. I could tell he has a true talent with men and women of all ages, but especially children. He offers patience and innovation in his work. He had his classes (1st - 5th Grade, I believe) write a story board based on how they felt about certain topics during the holidays, and David was able to compile a masterpiece of original songs that had some of the audience in tears. He also seems like a very talented pianist, and he must be a great composer since her composed the songs as well for the performance. I would recommend him to friends and family, and really feel that is he truly gifted at what he does.
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Troy P. January 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
David's instruction was thoughtful, manageable and carefully crafted to my specific needs. He was always prepared, and way more patient and kind to me, than I was even to myself. Most importantly, I felt safe to explore my inner artist without judgement and with complete support from David. He's both a great teacher and person.
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David F.

David F.

Burbank, CA 91505
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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