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Natalie R.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Natalie

I am a Music Therapist with background in Psychology, Masters in Social Work and Yoga certification. I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano lessons for over 10 years. I have directed children's Musical theater camps, and taught piano and voice in music studios and privately for over a decade.

Performance wise I have been on TV, musicals, lead singer in a band as well as performed on a cruise ship.

I enjoy all forms of music. My personal favorites are Jazz, especially Brazilian Jazz, Musical Theater, Alternative Independent Rock and the Classics of course ;)

*** Lesson Details *
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I take a student-centered approach which basically means I take a needs assessment of my students and map out goals that are essential for them, their learning and where they want to go. Although I follow the students lead, following at a comfortable pace,

I also challenge in terms of structuring my lessons for growth and tracking progress. So whether you are looking to be the next American Idol or just wanna learn for fun, I am all in to helping you reach your personal aspirations! :)

I am able to use the Koday method as well as incorporate music theory but not necessary in my approach. It is more important that the student's personal needs and goals be met and attained in order to maximize full potential!

*** Studio Equipment ***
It is helpful if the student has the required book, staff paper, and a music notebook/folder to start :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own keyboard and guitar but children need to have their own keyboard/ piano or guitar for practicing.

*** Specialties ***
I have a background in musical theater but knowledge of classical and jazz as well. Voice is my forte but I also enjoy teaching beginning piano.
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Kevin J. February 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We've had 3 lessons now with Natalie and so far we are very pleased with her.
While our son struggles with attention, Natalie has been able to keep him focused and interested during the entire lesson(s).

Natalie is awesome! (4 Stars so far, Leaving room for advancement)
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Kristin D. January 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Natalie is a superb teacher! We are thrilled to have found such a compassionate, dedicated, competent teacher. She provides my daughter with excellent lessons of consistency, practice, review of previous lessons and introduction to new material. My daughter is so excited for her lessons because Natalie is so positive and enriching in her teaching style. Natalie exudes happiness, knowledge in the subject matter, and an overall engaging personality. My daughter has made leaps and bounds since starting lessons several months ago. We highly recommend Natalie as a singing teacher!!!
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AugustoC February 29, 2012
singing

having some great progress with my songs and learning how to sing
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Natalie R.

Natalie R.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Brianna S.

Laguna Hills, CA

About Brianna

Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’
s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose, and a waiting room.
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Natalie A. July 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span in a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!
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EsraS March 27, 2012
Brianna

Brianna is great with my son who is almost 5 years old. She teaches in a fun style, my son never looses attention. She thought him to write, read numbers and to be disciplined. I am really happy to see his growth in music.
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JulieR3 January 12, 2012
She's an excellent piano instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons and she's learning a lot.
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Brianna S.

Brianna S.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(3)
starting at
$40 / 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 Freitas
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George F.

George F.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Pierre L.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Pierre

Lessons are taught at YOUR HOME

Hi, my name is Pierre. I have enjoyed the music business for more than 30 years. My music education includes studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Switzerland and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

I have been a music coach in Switzerland, in Los Angeles, in Long Beach, and since 2009 in the Mission Viejo area. During the 2009 / 2010 school year I was a music coach for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) in South Orange County. I have also been a member of numerous groups, including Original bands, Top40, Tribute, Recording and Perfo
rming bands. Please do not hesitate to ask for references!

I teach students age 9 and up.

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is some information on what you can expect if you decide to take lessons with me:

You will start learning songs and play along with them within 3-5 lessons. After 3 months you will have knowledge of the basics. At the 6 month mark you will start to get comfortable with your instrument and after a year you will have built a solid foundation on which you can expand into any musical direction of your choice.

I teach beginner to advanced depending on the instrument, and ages 9 and up are welcome! My customized lessons are based on the student's abilities. Lessons can be held at your home in the vicinity of Mission Viejo. Learn songs and music theory, melodies, harmonizing, rhythm, syncopation, solfege, songwriting, arrangement, reading and writing music notation. I can also help you with singing and recording your songs. If you wish, I can also teach your lessons in German or French.

Music styles: Rock, Pop, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Swing, Reggae, Funk, and much more.

Teaching style: I like to use humor to make the learning experience enjoyable. I adjust to the student's learning speed. My philosophy when it comes to teaching and music: Everyone can learn an instrument and enjoy that knowledge for the rest of their life!

Guitar (for example): Always work with books. Teach simple chords, rhythms and songs at first. Then move to more difficult chords and songs, and TAB reading. Then I keep increasing the level of difficulty as the student progresses. Then start teaching sight reading with standard music notation. When practicing songs, we play along to music. Similar teaching style for other instruments.
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Masheed S. July 28, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
I really like Pierre. He is a very patient teacher. Recommend!
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Paul C. February 12, 2014
Piano
I'm a new student.

I recently started taking piano lessons for the first time at the age of 65. Pierre has been very encouraging and patient. He has also been very professional, and has even been flexible when my schedule has conflicted with our lessons, allowing me to reschedule when necessary. I am enjoying this very much, and that has much to do with Pierre.
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josef C. March 30, 2013
Guitar
Great teacher!

Pierre is by far the best music teacher I've come across. I used several other teachers before Pierre, and none of them were able to take me to the level Pierre has. He's very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient, but best of all, he's a lot of fun. He has the perfect blend of making the lessons challenging and informative, and at the same time enjoyable. His love for music is infectious, and my appreciation for music has grown tremendously since working with him. I can't recommend him enough!
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Pierre L.

Pierre L.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(4)
starting at
$39 / 40-min
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Minoo M.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Minoo

My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music staff paper
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Rachael N. October 6, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Minoo is an excellent teacher! She's very patient and she makes it fun. She actually had me playing songs by my 2nd lesson! For someone who had no idea how to read music let alone play the piano before she walked through my door, I find it quite remarkable. I would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn how to play.
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Reza J. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

Ms. Minoo is very professional, always on time, kind, gentle, and a joy to have as a music teacher.
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Minoo M.

Minoo M.

Mission Viejo, CA 92691
(2)
starting at
$27 / 30-min

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