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Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA

Students can start from the very beginning or come in to improve technique, sound, skills, ear training, intonation, and reading music. Students work on scales, exercises for tone and coordination, vibrato, solos, audition music, and orchestral music. I can recommend many youth orchestras in the area. Some of my students work on auditions and music for All Southern Youth Orchestra and All State Youth Orchestras. I go at the student's pace and also start out many beginners. Students learn to sight read and practice rhythm exercises to prepare for orchestra auditions and playing with other musicians.

About Jill

Jill's first violin student was in 1998-1999 and began teaching steadily ever since 2002 with annual recitals for students.

Jill is currently available to teach violin, viola, piano, or music theory lessons in her Huntington beach studio.

Jill has helped students get into All State and All Southern Youth Orchestras, join an orchestra that toured Europe, helped students with Certificate of Merit, and auditions and acceptance into the Orange County High School of the Arts. She has taught at various music studios and coached music at high schools and middle schools in orange county.

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ll graduated with her Bachelor's of Music Degree in Performance Violin and Viola from the Cole Conservatory of Music at the California State University, Long Beach where she also studied piano and also studied jazz improv and theory at Saddleback College.

She teaches using the Suzuki method, Faber, and Sassmanshaus and teaches classical, pop music, and jazz and plays reggae music, top hits, movie music, and rock for professional violin events.

She can help you with your goals whether it be playing music for fun, joining a classical orchestra, college auditions, or learning music theory.

Jill also is classically trained and plays in professional orchestras like Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine.

Jill is patient and has a variety of students and able to adjust to each student's personality and needs.

Jill has performed as a solo violinist at the Orange County Fair in 2007 and 2008 with a Bluegrass band and was a concerto competition winner in 2004 performing Haydn's Violin Concerto No. 2 with the South Orange County Chamber Orchestra as a soloist.

Jill has 2 optional recitals per year for students.

Private violin students can participate in the Certificate of Merit program.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, open living room space with an 88 key weighted upright keyboard. Seating for parents in couches and chairs. Foot stool for shorter piano students. Music stand light. Music Stand for Violin & Viola Students.
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Ana March 4, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very friendly and knowledgeable teacher!
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Emily S. February 25, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Jill. She is very friendly and encouraging. She has taught me so much in my first lesson. I look forward to learning much from her.
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Annabel W. February 16, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is very happy with lessons from Jill.
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Jill Z.

Jill Z.

Huntington Beach, CA 92647
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Angela C.

Long Beach, CA

Experienced teacher of 30 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages. I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical skill. I specialize in classical music and provide multiple playing opportunities for my students throughout the year.

About Angela

EDUCATION

My musical education began while sitting on my mother's lap as she taught piano lessons. I began studying cello with a member of the Kansas City Philharmonic at age 9, and at age ten, I followed in my mother's footsteps to play the flute. I played all three instruments, (piano, cello and flute) until high school when it was became clear to me that I wanted to be an orchestra teacher. With this dream in mind, I began playing the violin as well.
I graduated from Drake University with a Bachelor's in Music Education in 1989 and again in 1999 with a Master's degree.

PERFORMANCE
EXPERIENCE

As a youngster, I was the youngest member of the Kansas City Youth Symphony and the Kansas City Cello Choir performing with these two groups for eight years. I was chosen from applicants nation wide, to perform in Carnegie Hall and travel Europe with "America's Youth in Concert" and I was a three time All-Stater.

While attending Drake University, I played in the Drake University Orchestra and the Des Moines Symphony, and I was the winner of the Young Artist Competition awarding me the honor as featured soloist with the Drake Symphony Orchestra.
In 1993 I began playing with the Encore String Trio. This trio plays on a regular basis for weddings and receptions.
I currently play cello in the Encore String Trio, and viola in the Long Beach Community Orchestra.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

My teaching experience includes nearly 30 years of private teaching. I've had the pleasure of teaching all areas of music; elementary general music, band, choir and orchestra. During my 20 years of teaching orchestra in the public schools, I implemented many innovative opportunities for my students such as children's concert which drew more than 700 people in attendance, strolling strings, cello choir and a viola choir, all of which proved to be very motivational for the students. My goal of teaching is to make music fun for all.

PHILOSOPHY

I believe music should be fun. I provide you with several playing opportunities throughout the year, ranging from solo to group playing. I provide large group playing opportunities at Christmas and at the recitals. Every group playing opportunity is accompanied with food and games for all. This studio is FUN!

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Whether you are studying for recitals, competitions, a music career or just for fun, you can expect equal attention to technique and musicianship in your lessons.
Lessons will be tailored to each students needs which may include flash cards, supplemental materials, ear training, sight reading, technical studies, scales, and solo work.
You are never to old to learn to play an instrument. Over half of my students are adult beginners. Because of this, I provide group playing opportunities and I organize a solo ensemble contest for my students. This gives opportunities to the adult beginners that they missed out on as a child. You will have a lesson by yourself, monthly mini recitals in my studio, and you will have the opportunity to play orchestra music as a group all right here in my studio. You are guaranteed to learn how to play your instrument, have fun and gain great friendships here in this studio. I'm looking forward to introducing you to our studio family.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teachers studio is in a large room with multiple windows for natural light. The room includes instruments and stands in the middle of the room.

*** Specialties ***
I use the Suzuki method books. I am a classical player and I teach classical music.
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Adriene November 27, 2015
Cello · In home
Angela is amazing! She is very patient, flexible and pushes you to excel beyond expectations. I am so excited to take cello lessons from such a talented, intelligent, honest and fun music instructor!

I really appreciate Angela!
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Jenny L. September 29, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Angela is very nice teacher. My kid loves her so much. She encourages her student with her whole heart. All students trust her very much.
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Jeanne M. October 28, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Angela is a wonderful music teacher. I love her! She is very knowledgeable and patient, and always makes me believe I can do it. I would recommend her to anyone young or older. I am an adult beginner on the cello and I am enjoying learning very much.
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Angela C.

Angela C.

Long Beach, CA 90808
(6)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA

I started playing Viola at age twenty, moving from the Violin. The transition was great because being a violinist you have the technical advantage and speed that most violists don't have.

I have played professionally all around the world from Australia to Europe and to America. The US government recently recognized me as one of the best Violists from Australia and granted me with an extraordinary ability visa. I not only play classical music in orchestras but I also play an electric instrument with DJ's in nightclubs.

I love passing on my knowledge to new students to help them grow as a musician, nothing is more satisfying to see someone learn how to play an instrument and watch them really enjoy the process.

About James

I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the
opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Shawn P. June 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson, excited for lesson 2
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Stephanie B. March 15, 2015
Violin · Online
I've always wanted to play the Violin, but finding the time was always an issue for me. Everyone I know who plays an instrument always comments on the hours of practice they have put in. The way James teaches is just incredible! Everything is broken down into easily understandable techniques and it has taken a lot less time that I ever imagined to be able to play the songs I love! After just a few lessons I was even able to play songs that my friends recognise, and everyone's really impressed with my new skills. I'd highly recommend having lessons with James, his patience and understanding are unsurpassed and his approach is just perfect. You'll enjoy every minute!
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Amy V. March 10, 2015
Piano · In home
James has been teaching me piano for some time now. I've gone from a complete beginner to finally being able to play my favorite songs. I really never thought it was possible! He makes the lessons fun but at the same time informative so I always
know what to practice and I'm never left confused!
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James T.

James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Michelle P.

Gardena, CA

I began playing viola in 9th grade, after several years of violin and cello and I love the unique, beautiful sound of the viola!

About Michelle

>>>PLEASE NOTE: I have reopened my studio to accommodate more students, but my availability is very limited. The listed availability in my calendar is accurate; please do not attempt to book lessons on days I am not available, as I will have to say no. :( I'm sorry for the scarcity of times, I am very busy. Please continue reading to find out more about my teaching. Thanks!

Hello, students and parents!!!

My name is Michelle Packman (yes, kinda like the video game!), and I'm a professional, full-time cellist and music teacher in Southern California.

I have had the opportunity to do so
many cool things with music over the years! I get to travel to other states, play in beautiful places like Carnegie Hall, give lectures at music schools, play in music videos with famous rock bands, even record for video games like League of Legends, and cues in prime time televion! Wow, how lucky am I? It all seems surreal. How did I get to do all of those cool things?

It's because I had so many awesome, loving, caring mentors who were there for me all of those times I got down on myself and felt like giving up. Those moments on the road to fulfillment are huge stepping stones, moments I will never forget and always have to lean on when I am filled with doubt. The power of an encouraging word of a mentor is priceless, and I believe the blessings I have are a testament to the presence of compassionate mentors in my life.

I've been teaching music for almost ten years, reaching hundreds of brilliant kids since I started teaching in my parents' house as a high school aged "orchestra member in-training", up through college and now in several teaching studios. I've always tried to be for my students like those mentors who were there for me.

To earn my performance degree, I attended the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music and studied with this really scary guy, Dr. David Garrett of the LA Phil. (He was only scary when I didn't practice hehehe). One of the things Dr. Garrett insisted I learned was how to teach the entire Suzuki repertoire for cello. This has come in handy just as much as all of the concertos and sonatas and etudes and hours of practice. Thanks Dr. G! :D

My teaching philosophy is centered around fostering a connection between music and happiness. The necessarily includes loads of encouragement, fun, the occasional happy dance, discovering musical intuition (basic improvisation and listening), a holistic knowledge of music (basic theory and history), anxiety management, and life-long lessons about the value of concentration and hard work. I believe in getting to know my students personally, and usually take some time out of every lesson to catch up on my students' lives. This may seem like a waste of time, but in fact is extremely important for the student to feel as though they belong in my studio and, in a broader sense, the world of music.

I FIRMLY OPPOSE harsh teaching methods like intimidation and over-work. If you're looking for someone to be mean to your child, please look elsewhere. As one of my teaching colleagues says, "students are precious". I believe a child's life is worth every effort, and this includes teaching them that success doesn't have to come at the cost of happiness.

I specialize in a couple instruments, but my most demanded subjects are all levels of cello (ages 7 and up), beginning piano (kids ages 5-12), intermediate viola, violin, bass, and guitar. Also, for students in Certificate of Merit or college level theory courses, I have a very good knowledge of music theory and offer all levels of music theory instruction (happy dances for older students included upon request).

Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my life and my teaching. Please ask any questions! I respond quickly and will get back to you asap!

Best,
Michelle
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Amanda Hill March 11, 2016
Cello · Online
Verified Student
I really enjoy taking cello lessons from Michelle. She is easy to get along with and very knowledgeable.
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Lori T. November 5, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 9-year-old son has been taking cello lessons from Michelle for the past 1.5 months or so. I find her to be an excellent teacher. Michelle shows a genuine interest in my son, asking him about how he's doing and has the excellent ability to break down complex musical concepts into small, teachable increments. Not all teachers can do this and Michelle does it very well! She is encouraging and never demeaning, but is careful to point out weaknesses and models how to improve. She keeps the lesson going and packs much into 30 minutes. Her rewards program for younger students is highly motivating for my son! I have a BA in Music myself, and would highly recommend Michelle!
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Dora October 5, 2015
Cello · In studio
Michelle is a great teacher. I just feel I can make progress and really can learn from her class. Even though it is just my second class with her, but i love to have her classes. I can feel that every class she has some plan and know what kind of information should be covered by the class. Even though I am adult beginner, she treats me seriously to really teach me something. And every small thing, she will explain to me and make sure i can understand. It is very important because even though i am an adult, i am still the beginner and know nothing about cello. i love her class a lot and think i can really keep learning with her. BTW, her class is also very interesting and i can feel that she is a very experienced cello teacher.
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Michelle P.

Michelle P.

Gardena, CA 90247
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Anna K.

Irvine, CA

I want to provide students with the opportunity to do and achieve anything they desire with music and become well-rounded musicians. My goal is to enable students to make music independently and become self-sufficient learners. As a result, students can enjoy music for their own playing and/or choose to become professional musicians.

About Anna

I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as second vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

Anna's Bio:

Anna K. performs extensively
as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has performed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as the string chair as well as the 2nd vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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Shinyoung ju April 11, 2016
Viola · Online
Teacher Anna is very enthusiastic and always makes an effort to help out my son to achieve his goals. My 17 year old son has made a significant improvement in his viola playing since he started taking viola lessons with Anna. I am so glad to see such a big progress in a short period of time. We are very grateful to Anna for her help and efforts.
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Maribel April 9, 2016
Viola · In studio
Anna is a teacher who always motivates student throughout her classes to get interested in music and to practice violin more. She has been a wonderful and attentive teacher to my daughter. I highly recommend her!
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Jason T. April 6, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ive been playing the violin for about 10+ years but never had a proper instructor before. Anna showed me proper technique and reinforced the basics to help me produce better tone and quality in my playing. After just one week I can confidently see and show major improvements in my playing!
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Anna K.

Anna K.

Irvine, CA 92602
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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