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Richard C.

Irvine, CA

About Richard

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will experience an
"original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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David Z. July 3, 2014
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
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Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Professional and patient with kids!

Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.

Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.
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Cristina I. March 11, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons

I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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George F.

Laguna Hills, CA

About George

Welcome

Music matters: A new philosophy of music education. Fun and to the point.

Music education is a field of study associated with the teaching and learning of music. It touches on all learning domains, including the psychomotor domain (the development of skills), the cognitive domain (the acquisition of knowledge), and, in particular and significant ways, the affective domain (the learner's willingness to receive, internalize, and share what is learned), including music appreciation and sensitivity. Music training from preschool through post-secondary education is common in most nati
ons because involvement with music is considered a fundamental component of human culture and behavior. Music, like language, is an accomplishment that distinguishes humans as a species.

The student will learn:

Music theory is the study of the practices and possibilities of music. The student will learn all the fundamental elements of music such as pitch, rhythm, harmony and form, but also refers to descriptions, concepts, or beliefs related to music.

Piano technic
Technic is the ability to execute a zillion different piano passages; therefore it is not dexterity, but an aggregate of many skills.These skills are acquired in two stages: (1) discovering how the fingers, hands, arms, etc., are to be moved, and (2) conditioning the brain, nerves, and muscles to execute these with ease and control.

Piano scales and modes

It's the theory behind that will help you understand things like for example chords. Playing scales can also be a great way to improving your technique. Because of the relationship of notes in certain scales they will always sound well played together. A fact that makes scales a primary foundation for everyone who wants to improvise on the instrument. This can be done just by playing the white keys as in the C Major scale or it can be more advanced by, for example, using modus for jazz improvisation. Therefore, you shouldn't consider scales as some boring and dull stuff – it can be your step up to a new level of playing.

Piano improvisation

Improvisation is the ability to make music as you are performing it. Much of improvisation is learning patterns or different note arrangements that you can then apply to songs that you already know. You will learn some patterns and arrangements that you can play with your left hand that can be added to any song to create more interesting sounding music. Some of these improvisation techniques are: chord inversions, the double chord pattern, the broken chord patternand the arpeggio chord pattern.

Electronic music is music that employs electronic musical instruments and electronic music technology in its production, an electronic musician being a musician who composes and/or performs such music. In general a distinction can be made between sound produced using electromechanical means and that produced using electronic technology.

DAW= Digital Audio Workstation. A term usually used to describe a PC or a Macintosh Computer that is used primarily for Music Creation and Recording, Mixing, and Mastering Audio Files. Found is many Home studios as well as Professional Recording Facilities.

Sound recording and reproduction is an electrical or mechanical inscription and re-creation of sound waves, such as spoken voice, singing, instrumental music, or sound effects. The two main classes of sound recording technology are analog recording and digital recording.

Audio post production
You will learn all stages of production between the actual recording in a studio and the completion of a master recording. It involves, sound design, sound editing, audio mixing, and the addition of effects.

Learn the music composition and sound effects for basic Video production (video game, film, TV and media)

Video production is the process of creating video by capturing moving images(videography), and creating combinations and reductions of parts of this video in live production and post-production (video editing).

Create and edit Sound effects (or audio effects) are artificially created or enhanced sounds, or sound processes used to emphasize artistic or other content of films, television shows, live performance, animation, video games, music, or other media.

Call for more information. If you want to learn guitar instead of piano all of the information methodology above for piano will be redirected to guitar teachings and methods.

I also will include rhythm and drums. Beacause is very important to make a good audio and video production the knowledge of rhythms.

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George F.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Tim K.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Tim

- I have been teaching Guitar for over 40 years

- I am proficient at both Acoustic & Electric Guitar playing

- I have performed and recorded with the Guitar professionally as both a solo artist and as the leader of and a sideman in several musical projects over the years

- I have performed at both private & public events for over 40 years and continue to do so to this day

- I specialize in the Americana, Blues, Country, Folk & Rock musical genres

- I possess a keen sense of pitch and rhythm and have been blessed with excellent ear

- I have a very strong Music Theory fou
ndation, but, do not focus on "sight-reading", per se

- I currently lead my own band, the "KBCE", performing an eclectic mix of Celtic, Folk & Americana music

*** Lesson Details ***

- I tailor my Lesson Plan to your own unique abilities and interests

- I require that you provide your own Guitar along with a desire to learn and a willingness to practice

- I focus on song-playing, understanding chord composition, chord progressions, scales, arpeggios and Music Theory principles

*** Studio Equipment ***

I am equipped with my own Acoustic & Electric Guitar, Amplifier, Music Stand and a clean, quiet & safe Teaching Space

*** Travel Equipment ***

I am willing to travel to your Teaching Space via the use of my automobile
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MarioH September 3, 2011
Tim K.

Having a great time tim is teaching me how to play songs
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JennieH July 29, 2011
Feedback for Tim K.

Tim is a great teacher. My son really enjoys working with him. Tim is always prepared for the lessons, the materials fit my son's skill set and learning preferences, and the chemistry is a perfect match.
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Tim K.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA

About Xiaole

Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses vario
us sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
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Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
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Joyce L. October 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
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Rebecca N. July 23, 2014
Piano · In studio
I am a retired education professional returning to piano having had some lessons in childhood and, briefly, about 25 years ago. In some ways I am a beginner, but I also had some skills - reading the treble clef, knowing the names of the keys, and singing ability, as well as the smattering of earlier lessons. Shirley is amazing! She takes a very personalized approach which reflects my interests and abilities but also sound principles for teaching piano. I was quite nervous about starting to study piano at my age but she has managed to both challenge me and encourage me. She was quick to realize that my love of singing and vocal skills could be applied to learning piano and moving from technique to musicality and helps me do that. After 4 months of lessons I am determined to succeed and starting to believe that I can - thanks to Shirley!
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Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA 92614
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Patricia

Patricia S. is a professional singer, voice actor, Emmy® Award-winning writer, teacher, vocal coach, creativity coach and radio and TV host with decades of experience in the performing arts and entertainment industries.

Affiliations: SAG-AFTRA, AGMA, MTAC, MTNA, CAPMT, NATS

Singing Experience:

Assorted live back-up singing and studio recording experience, Los Angeles & Las Vegas
Los Angeles Master Chorale
Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association
Opera Pacific
Staff soloist, Crystal Cathedral

Voice Acting Experience:

Commercial voice-over and narration for hundreds of cl
ients including Acura, Honda, FedEx, Ramada, Toyota, Yamaha Music, United Airlines, Sonic, Mitsubishi, Rockwell, PacifiCare...

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Patricia S. Teaching and Coaching Experience:

Singing and voice-over classes for Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA)

Private and group singing and musical theatre classes for Gold Coast Theatre Conservatory, California State University Dominguez Hills Music Conservatory, Moorpark College Amadeus Choirs, City of Los Angeles, the Hollywood Jewel Box Theatre, Palos Verdes Players...

Voice Acting, Public Speaking, Pageant Interview & Talent Preparation:

Workshops, lectures, seminars for organizations including Women In Animation, Media Communications Association International-LA/OC Chapter, International Coach Federation-OC Chapter, Newport Beach Pageants
Radio and TV guest appearances

Other:

Producing - albums, demos...
Co-writing - songs, lyrics, musicals...
Publicity - writing press releases, publicity and promoting individual artists and groups
Project Management & Coaching - Specific project goal-setting and management
Creativity Coaching - Assisting musicians, writers and artists of all types in establishing and maintaining effective practices and procedures

♫♫♫ Read me on the TakeLessons.com Blog! ♫♫♫

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Dorothy S. November 28, 2014
Singing · In studio
Over the past year, my two children have taken singing lessons with Patricia. My kids are polar opposites of each other - in age, temperament, behavior, patience - you name it. My 14 year old daughter is in the gifted program at high school and my son in on the spectrum and spends part of each day in the special day class at his elementary school. Somehow, Patricia is able to provide individually tailored lessons for each child. They absolutely love going to see her! As a mother, nothing is more important than seeing your children thrive. This has been a richly rewarding experience for all of us.
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Joni M. November 25, 2014
Audition Prep · In studio
Patricia single-handedly helped me ace my audition. She was positive, encouraging and gave me the skills and confidence I needed to blow away the competition. I would use her again in a heartbeat. Do yourself a favor and book a lesson with this awesome coach!
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Joan M. October 27, 2014
Vocal Technique · In studio
Patricia is an amazing instructor on many levels. While she is an accomplished performer in her own right, she is equally able to break down the necessary vocal techniques in a manner that all ages and all levels can relate to. Lessons with Patricia are productive, but they are also fun! You will not find a more dedicated vocal coach anywhere.
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Patricia S.

Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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