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About Nicolas R.

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Sherman Oaks, CA

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About Nicolas
Hello there!

I was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and raised in Miami, FL. I started my musical career at the age of 8, singing in chorus, playing the recorder, and shortly afterwards moving to the guitar, and the violin.

When I was 15, I was nominated for a James L. Knight Award in Music, and I performed as a violin soloist with the Miami Beach Symphony Orchestra, and the Greater Miami Youth Symphony playing Mozart's Violin Concerto No. 3 in G major. One of my most memorable experiences when I was a kid! In high school, I formed my own string quartet and we would perform all over
the South Florida community especially at hospitals and for the elderly. At 16 years old, I was also given an internship with the New World Symphony, conducted by Michael Tilson Thomas, for about 2 years. During this time, I was able to take lessons from master violinists such as Marc Thayer and Glen Cherry. During this time, I was given the opportunity to perform with the New World Symphony at 17 years old for pops concert conducted and performed by Chuck Mangione in El Doral, FL.

I later on accepted a scholarship for violin performance at the University of Miami for my Bachelor of Music, and earned my Master of Music from Florida State University. I also taught string orchestras for 10 years at Ruth K. Broad Bay Harbor K-8 Center, South Florida Youth Symphony as conductor (and now composer!), and conductor of the Greater Miami Youth Symphony. I was appointed Assistant Conductor of the Alhambra Orchestra for two seasons under the guidance of my high school orchestra teacher, Mr. Reginald Nicholson (1947-2011). It was here where I was able to work on my compositions, orchestrations, and conduct a fine group of musicians.

I now live in sunny Los Angeles, in the Sherman Oaks area, and I'm loving the new change. I am eager to share my knowledge with new students on various subjects such as learning a string instrument to learning a different language. Please feel free to ask me any questions.

I am looking forward to getting to know you and your goals for learning!
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LESSON DETAILS
I have been teaching music as an adult, certified teacher since I was in college, but have done teaching as early as 15 years old.

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.

MUSIC STUDIO
Piano, Violin, Guitar, 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 can recommend various vendors/shops where you can buy the ideal instrument for your lessons.

EXPERTISE
I am classically-trained musician that also specializes in Tango performance, Latin/Jazz, Rock, and a variety of other styles. I believe that training in the classical aesthetic will create a firm, solid foundation to crossover into other areas listed above. With a good dose of technical exercises, scales, and a variety of repertoire, my students always turn out well-rounded, ready to tackle almost any kind of music they wish to learn.

Thank you for stopping by and let me know what you would like to learn!
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Merle M. January 28, 2017
Verified Student · Cello · In studio
I felt so awkward as a beginning student at 51 y/o but Nicolas is great. I cant wait for my next lesson!
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Susan C. October 20, 2016
Verified Student · Violin · In home
Nicolas is a great teacher; patient and methodical, which is what I needed as a beginner.
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Nan December 24, 2015
· Violin · In studio
Nick has been my nine-year old daughter's violin instructor for a little over a year. Not only has she made tremendous progress with her playing, she has had a great time during the lessons. Nick will challenge her when he feels she is ready, but will also slow down if necessary to review, to make sure she is using proper techniques and developing as a musician. My daughter is fortunate to have such a talented musician and composer as her violin teacher.
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Nicolas R.

Nicolas R.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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About Maryam M.

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Valencia, CA

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About Maryam
Maryam aka “Maryama” is an award-winning composer/performer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Born february/ 18th/ 1992 and raised in the middle east to an art loving family, Maryam was surrounded by great music from early childhood. Growing up she studied guitar with rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh . Maryam has performed in prestigious international music festivals such as Fajr International Music Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival(student) and have competed and placed in competitions such as Iranian International Youth Competition : Music Composition catego
ry(semi-finalist) and Music Association of California Community Colleges Composition Competition(2nd place in state of California) . She has won a Jazz Downbeat Award with ARC Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble , is nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award and have composed pieces for prestigious groups such as Vox Musica Vocal Ensemble.She has been the featured artist of the month of GIRLTRIP and Muzik magazine and she is said to be one of Los angeles’s unique up and coming acts. She holds two Associate Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition from American River College where she studied with one of her biggest inspirations, Joe Gilman. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts ( music composition ,film music) from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Ulrich Krieger ( Lou Reed), Pirayeh Pourafar, Houman Pourmehdi, David Rosenboom, Larry Koonse , Miroslav Tadic and many more. Maryam is currently working on her Master Degree from CalArts.
Maryam’s musical style is derived from a fusion of jazz, persian and classical music and inspired by endless number of artists. She is currently working on her two debut albums featuring her newly formed “Maryama Band” as well as new instrumental music. Maryam is currently studying with Usher and Christina Aguilera through MasterClass inc.

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I want you to improve. I want you to put time and be great at what you do. I truly love all my students and I want your happiness. As of teaching goes, I'll make sure to meet all your needs but it's you who can make a difference. I don't believe in talent , I believe in hard work and practice. everybody is born with the same blank canvas it's what you draw on it over time that matters.If you let me know that you have other things than music or you're maybe busy to practice a lot, I'll give less things to practice after every 3 month ( what I call a semester) you can choose songs to record in my home studio. I don't have a fancy studio but I have enough equipment to record and edit demo songs. I'd love my students to participant in talent shows and I'm always looking to put you out there in the real world of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Any thing a student and their parents might need.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my guitar to accompany but the student needs to also provide their own instrument. I will also need the voice students to have a keyboard or a piano as a lot of voice technique exercises need the piano accompaniment.

*** Specialties ***
I'm professionally an electric guitarist.. Started with classic guitar and then changed genre to rock and metal and then started exploring jazz but I consider myself a rock solo guitarist with some spices of jazz and i still play classical. I'm also a pop/rock singer with flavors of jazz and I've been singing classic music as well.
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Joey M. December 22, 2016
Verified Student · Farsi · Online
Excellent! Five stars!
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Chuck S. August 13, 2014
Verified Student · Guitar · In studio
She is kind, patient, flexible, and most importantly she listens to what your desires are and adjusts her style to meet those needs. She is also very good at explaining the importance of traditional exercises and does an excellent job of presenting those in a way that is a very comfortable way to learn.
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Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
· Music Composition ·
While studying at ARC I bumped into Maryam. Upon realizing that she was a music major the topic quickly escalated to focus of degree. At the time, composition was what Maryam was pursuing. After listening to some of her creations, I realized that I had never seen such talent at a junior college. Selecting Maryam from the rest of the pack will forever change yours and your child's lives. She is a fine musician and is very easy to talk to. All the while songwriting and composing is her specialty and she is the best that I know.
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Maryam M.

Maryam M.

Newhall, CA 91321
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$20 / 30-min

About Marjan Z.

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Panorama City, CA
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About Marjan
Hello everybody,
My name is Marjan. I am a qualified French Teacher and Tutor. I have a bachelor's degree in French and a Master's degree in French Literature.
I have several years experience teaching and tutoring French to many age groups from children to adults.
Whether you are currently studying French in school and need help with your studies or plan on going to France or Quebec for an extended stay and need help with basic French or more, I can help.

My policy:
Please inform me of any cancellation 24 hours prior to the beginning of the class, if not I'm afraid I might charge you
for your late notice! that I hope it doesn't happen. Thank you very much!
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Nora December 1, 2016
· Farsi · Online
A very friendly, organised and knowlegable teacher!
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Sarah A. November 2, 2016
Verified Student · Farsi · Online
Great instructor! Friendly, fun, encouraging.
Text is helpful with visuals. Tailors to your needs.
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Eric October 27, 2016
Verified Student · Farsi · Online
Marjan is very patient. Best instructor ever! I am very happy we chose her.
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Marjan Z.

Marjan Z.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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$25 / 30-min

About Vasilios F.

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Valencia, CA

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About Vasilios
Prior to my return to the United States, I had been working as a Business English and ESL teacher and tutor in Greece since November 1998. I mostly worked with corporate executives whose native language was not English and who desired to improve their command of the language. I also worked with younger learners who prepared for various examinations such as the Cambridge FCE and CPE, the Michigan ECCE and ECPE and the IELTS as well as British university candidates who had to take preparatory courses in order to be offered a place at the school of their choice. In addition to teaching, I also wo
rked as an interpreter and translator. My translation work focused primarily on business, legal and medical documents, but it also included marketing and economics texts.

Please feel free to call me and request additional information.
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Vasilios F.

Vasilios F.

Valencia, CA 91355
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$20 / 30-min

About Ghada E.

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Sylmar, CA

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About Ghada
7 years teaching English and ESL and translation English to Arabic and vice versa good personally and flexibility sense of humor and understanding
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Seema R. August 31, 2016
Verified Student · Arabic · In studio
Ghada is very motivated and interested to understand my specific needs for learning arabic and teach accordingly. She has a very kind and patient energy. I am looking forward to learning with her. :)
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Raeda May 27, 2016
· English · In studio
Mrs Ghada is the best teacher ever .. she tries to deal with her students as a mother rather than a teacher .. she owns so many tools to improve the student's skills .. as well as having good vessels in sending her own messages ..
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Viktorija May 26, 2016
· Arabic · In home
Displays enthusiasm for her subject and a desire to share it with the students.
Knows how to modify her teaching strategies according to the particular students.
Encourages learning for understanding and is concerned with developing her students and problem-approach behaviors.
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Ghada E.

Ghada E.

Sylmar, CA 91342
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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