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About Beckie E.

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North Hollywood, CA

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About Beckie
Hi!
My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn, Saxophone, Mandolin, Guitar, Clarinet, Voice, and Piano.

I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I am currently in my second year at UCLA for my masters in Music Performance on French horn.

When I first began teaching, I taught at an elementary school for 3 years as a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. This is where I fell in love with teaching. I have been t
eaching privately for 13 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.

I have worked for many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Philharmonic.

I currently am a freelance musician. I perform regularly with the UCLA Philharmonia and UCLA Wind Ensemble-the top two performing groups at the music school. I also am in horn ensemble called the Thursday Horn Club. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!

I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!

*** Lesson Details ***
When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically.

For music, I try to find free options but books may be a better option. When we choose a book to play out of, I like to choose a book together so that the parent and the child are happy about the selection. Books vary based on what the needs are for each student. Books are to be purchased by the parent.

I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for an upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)

I also have a 24-hour cancellation policy. If you are late for your lesson, I will try to accommodate the time but may have students or rehearsals afterwards so it will not always be a guarantee. If you are going to be late, please text me BEFORE the scheduled lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson space is in my home w/ seating for parents and music stand for students. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing but I am able to teach all different styles of music.
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Brodie F. March 14, 2017
Verified Student · French Horn · In home
Becky was great! Kind and gentle teaching manner. Brody is excited to have homework and looks forward to next week!
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Mia C. August 1, 2016
Verified Student · Trumpet · In studio
Awesome teacher! My daughter loves her! She fills in the empty spaces her marching band coach doesn't teach!
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Beatrice July 13, 2016
Verified Student · French Horn · Online
Ms. Beckie is a great French horn teacher. You can learn a lot from her. She is extremely nice and wants the best for everyone.
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Beckie E.

Beckie E.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
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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 Janette F.

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Burbank, CA
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About Janette
I am a Texas certified bilingual teacher specialized in elementary testing grades in the math, reading, writing and science content areas. I tailor my teaching and use hands-on, visual, and auditory tools to give learning opportunities to my students according to their learning style. I have worked with students that have dyslexia, reading fluency deficiency, reading comprehension difficulty, lack math problem solving skills and many other learning obstacles that can lead to a student’s frustration and lack of motivation to continue learning.
My goal is to ensure that every student I come
in contact with has the necessary tools to be successful in their academic careers and surpass the hurdle of standardized testing.
I have two degrees, one in Public Relations and Spanish from the University of Houston and one in Bilingual early childhood though fourth grade teaching degree from the University of St. Thomas.
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Tracy August 4, 2016
Verified Student · Spanish · In home
Very nice and helpful. Her method of getting to know you really made me feel comfortable.
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Verified Student · Spanish · In home
She is very hands on and very instructional. Our employees are learning quickly.

Thank you!
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Verified Student · Reading · In home
She is a great instructor, very hand on and my employees are learning quickly.

Thank you!
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Janette F.

Janette F.

Burbank, CA 91504
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$25 / 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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Esvar March 19, 2017
Verified Student · French · Online
My son is gaining confidence in French due to the attention and teaching method of Marjan - now we are hopeful of better grade at School
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Shareef N. March 12, 2017
Verified Student · Farsi · Online
Excellent!
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Nora December 1, 2016
· Farsi · Online
A very friendly, organised and knowlegable teacher!
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Marjan Z.

Marjan Z.

Panorama City, CA 91402
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About Claire G.

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West Hollywood, CA
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Hello, my name is Claire :) I am French and arrived in the US in August 2010 to study music. In May 2016, I graduated with a Master in Music Performance from California State University Fullerton on a full scholarship. I am currently playing in a professional clarinet quartet and I am studying with the principal clarinetist of the LA Phil. In the next five years, I am hoping to get my doctorate and teach music at the University level.

I have the experience of teaching private clarinet lessons in France since 2006 and in America since 2010 and am seeking clarinet students of every level and
age. .

I have also studied piano for a few years and have the experience of teaching private piano lessons in France and America.

Finally as I am from France, I was a French tutor at my University for 6 years and can help you learn French, get ready for exams and midterms or just do conversation if you are more advanced.
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Alexandra March 20, 2017
Verified Student · French · Online
Claire is fantastic! She's great at assessing what you need and lesson planning on the spot. She breaks down the grammar in a way that is easy to understand. Can't wait to continue!
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Alyssa March 19, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
This was the best decision I have made for my music. Being able to take part in lessons about my specific instrument on an individual basis allowed for better performance in class and on auditions. The results are undeniable.
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Tammy March 5, 2017
· Clarinet · Online
Claire is great! She is very knowledgeable and makes playing the clarinet easy and fun. I have improved so fast! Highly recommend!
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Claire G.

Claire G.

West Hollywood, CA 90069
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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