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Cory B.

Long Beach, CA

About Cory

I am a classically trained performer with a Master's degree from London's Royal College of Music. I love finding each student's own learning style to tailor the experience, and I encourage my students to make their own decisions about musical expression (with plenty of guidance, of course!).

In my work as a performer I have played with orchestras all over the world, from the South London Sinfonia to the Bombay Chamber Orchestra. My musical life is full of variety, and I think that the experiences I've had as a musician make me a creative and thoughtful teacher.

*** Lesson Details ***
I wouldn't call myself strict, but I do have high standards. I expect my students to put in the work at home, so that we can get the most out of lesson time, but I think that my expectations are realistic. After all, we all have busy lives, and even if you haven't had time to prepare we can always have a productive lesson.

We will learn simple tunes in the very first lesson, and I will always balance technical exercises with fun. (Though I do think a lot of exercises are fun too!) After a few months we will have a solid foundation of music theory and will have developed your music reading abilities considerably. We will have worked on a great technical foundation of scales and exercises, so that your fingers won't fail you. We will also be delving in to longer and more complex tunes, and considering the possibility of some form of casual public or in-home performance, for you to show your family and friends what you've learned!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments and music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Sarah Y. August 25, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
She is always prompt and responsible. She seems to be with the pace of the student's ability. My daughter enjoys it. Recommend!
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Jason R. February 21, 2015
Bassoon · In home
Verified Student
Cory was a great teacher for our son who brought him a deep insight into this difficult instrument. We hope to have her back again. Thanks, Cory!
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Ellen M. November 3, 2014
Oboe · In home
Verified Student
Cory has been teaching my 11 year old son for only five lessons in Oboe and we couldn't be more than happier! Her calm and patient demeanor works well for my son. Cory is very knowledgeable and instructs my son without making it too overwhelming for him. Few weeks back, we had some company over and our son wanted to play a short piece for our guests. Everyone was so surprised that he only had two lessons and could play a melody (completely Cory's doing)! We feel lucky to have found a great instructor!
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Cory B.

Cory B.

Long Beach, CA 90802
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Greg W.

Long Beach, CA

About Greg

Hey hows it going ? My name is Greg but many call me simply "g" -- I have 30+ years playing guitar and 10+ years coaching & teaching beginner skill levels. If you are advance level , or close to advance, then you need to think about Musicians Institute level faculty to progress... as I do best with beginner skill levels. I focus on blues and rock content, because that's what I enjoy and that's what my band plays.

Acoustic or electric guitar are fine, and when you come to my studio in Bixby Knolls section of Long Beach, you will see I offer plenty of room and great environment to relax an
d learn. If you do not have a guitar, I can provide for lessons.

*** My Student ToolKIT Binder is 1-2-3 Simple...and, it WORKS ***

Whenever new Guitar Students begin Phase One of my Learn-Jam-Record Series, we start out first step creating our Student ToolKIT Binder which is a solid foundation to help support the learning experience.

Each Student ToolKIT is contained in a 3-ring binder (1" or 2") that can lay flat and initially contains 3 main elements, each page in sheet protectors:

1) POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS

a) Big words HANDWRITTEN BY STUDENT on one 8.5 x 11 page that says --> " I AM... I CAN... I WILL "

b) John Wooden's Pyramid of Success

2) TOP CHORD CHART(S)

Many sources for these charts, I also provide a handy pocket-size chart to all students. The key is to focus on the core 6 chords ( E A D G C F ) - visualize the shapes first then practice "econo" versions

3) PRINTED SCHEDULE

PRINTED ON PAPER Monthly View Schedule that includes
a) Lesson time - when are the sheduled lessons

b) Practice time - set aside a specific time slot for REGULAR PRACTICE -- which can be as short as 10-15 minutes. Whenever that is -- first thing in morning / lunch break / before dinner ---> SCHEDULE your PRACTICE.

Later, as we progress thru the Learn-Jam-Record series, Students add lesson notes and favorite song tabs they want to work on to their ToolKIT Binder.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learn / Jam / Record...get inspired!
We begin with Phase One of my Learn-Jam-Record Course for Beginners.

While I tailor the lesson plan to each student, I like to segment each lesson into 3 parts - 25% positive affirmations + 50% lessons + 25% jam & recording. In order to learn effectively, the mind needs to be focused, receptive and ready. In the first 10 minutes or so of each lesson, we invest time to reinforce proven positive affirmation methods. In the second, and primary, lesson segment, we work on that day's lesson and be sure to understand why. In the third and final segment of each lesson, we play together and, when ready, jam while I digitally record on portable recorder. Usually I email an MP3 of our lesson / jam within 24 hours so each student can HEAR how they are doing which provides motivation to practice to improve to get ready for the next lesson.

From time to time we may refer to lessons from the DVD lesson series GuitarDVD Pro that I was Executive Producer. Also, all students 21+ are offered free admission to any local gig dates and/ or rehearsals when our rock-n-blues band is playing to experience the action and fun...from sound check to encore !

Notes:
1) I really suggest _weekly_ lessons for first timers...longer intervals make it difficult to progress in the initial phase.

2) If you do not see your target lesson time on my current availability, please contact Take Lessons to ask.

3) While majority of my sessions are in my home studio in Bixby Knolls / Long Beach (zip code 90807), inquiries for lessons to be given in student homes in Palos Verdes /RPV (zip codes 90274 / 90275 ) and San Pedro (zip codes 90731-90733 ) are certainly welcome from committed students / parents. I am happy to see what we can do to make our schedules work and help launch your guitar magical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large Living Room / studio with guitars, keyboard, amps and seating, room for parents in adjacent family room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I most prefer the Home Studio in Bixby Knolls / LB 90807, but if needed for GROUP LESSONS to travel nearby to San Pedro, Palos Verdes and RPV.... I have guitar / mini amp / digital recorder / lesson book. I expect student to have guitar, chairs and quiet place for lesson...if they do not have guitar, I can bring acoustic or electric...but eventually, you will need your own guitar. While majority of my sessions are in my home studio in 90807 (Bixby Knolls / LB), inquiries for lessons to be given in student homes in 90274 / 90275 ( PV / RPV) are welcome from committed students / parents. I am happy to see what we can do to make our schedules work!

*** Specialties ***
blues
rock
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Violet T. August 20, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Awesome Guitar Teacher

Great teacher!! Fun yet professional. I have learned to play many songs, I am ready to play some rockin blues. Thank you Greg.
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chadc May 18, 2011
The Guitar Whisperer

Greg knows how to teach and he makes it funI look forward to each lesson
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AnjanetteC March 31, 2011
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I THINK GREG IS AN AWSOME TEACHER. MY SON TY REALY LIKES HIM..GREG IS PATIENT WITH HIM AND TY SEEMS TO BE LEARNING QUICK..TY HAS NEVER TAKEN GUITAR LESSONS BEFORE. HE HAS LEARNED SO MUCH FROM GREG..TY ALWAYS LOOKS FORWARD TO MONDAYS..GREG IS JUST AN AWSOME TEACHER!!
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Greg W.

Long Beach, CA 90807
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Julio P.

Long Beach, CA

About Julio

My musical journey started when I was 10 years of age. I fell in love with the guitar and started taking lessons from a local academy. My first guitar teacher taught me a variety of musical styles and provided me with a solid foundation that would help me with the rest of my career. I continued taking lessons all the way through high school and then went on to study musical education in college.

Throughout my life I have played with many different bands, covering; alternative, Christian, rock, reggae, and pop. Currently, I compose and record my own music, lead a band, give guitar and keybo
ard lessons, and also work as an audio engineer.

Learning how to play guitar at an early age has helped me relate to all kinds of students and their abilities. I was there; I know how exciting it is to start learning the guitar and can guide you through all the necessary steps in order for you to learn and succeed.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every class I teach is individualized and personalized for each student. My program is really fun and effective. I will teach you music theory basics so that you can read music notation. But mainly I will focus on teaching you the songs that you like, form the artists and bands you admire. Bring a CD, MP3 player, or iPod to your lesson with your favorite song(s) and I will teach you how to play the songs that YOU love.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Studio with guitars, keyboards, music stands, amps, and bass guitar. Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide 2 amplifiers, 2 music stands, CD and MP3 player, and multiple guitars. I would expect for the student to provide his own instrument for daily practices at home.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Alternative, Metal, Jazz, Classical, Pop, Reggae, and Flamenco.
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Ryan M M. August 4, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have had one lesson so far with Julio and he was a good pick as an instructor. He is patient, nice and instructs based on the way you learn. He was also a nice guest (he pushed his chair back under the table!). I look forward to continue working with him.
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Claus J. December 3, 2014
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Julio is a great teacher with a passion for music. He was very patient and encouraging from the start. I have attended a couple of flamenco guitar lessons and he made sure that I learned some music theory along with the practical skills. Thank you!
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Julio P.

Long Beach, CA 90803
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$25 / 30-min
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Claire M.

Long Beach, CA

About Claire

Claire M, received her Master’s of Music in cello performance from California State University Long Beach’s Cole Conservatory of Music where she was a student of Dr. David Garrett, cellist of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. She has performed in the Los Angeles Cello Society concert series and as a participant in the California Chamber Music Institute. She has attended master classes with Anthony Elliott and Julia Lichten at the Aria International Summer Academy. Recently, she has attended the Los Angeles Suzuki Institute and was trained in Suzuki pedagogy by Rick Mooney.

Prior to her studie
s at CSULB, Claire attended the University of Hartford’s Hartt School of Music where she received her Bachelor’s of Music in cello performance. While at Hartt, she studied with Steven Thomas and Mihai Tetel.

Currently, she is a member of the Dana Point Symphony and Symphony Irvine and has previously performed with the Debut Orchestra and the Orange County Collegiate Orchestra. She is a founding member of the Los Angeles based cello quartet, Love4Cello. She is also the cello teacher at Fullerton College as well as the cello coach at Renaissance High School for the Arts in Long Beach. Since 2008, she has freelanced and taught privately around the Los Angeles area including her private studio in Long Beach.
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Claire M.

Claire M.

Long Beach, CA 90814
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$30 / 30-min
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Andrew M.

Long Beach, CA

About Andrew

Andrew is a dynamic educator with years of experience teaching students of all ages. He recently graduated from the prestigious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, where he studied classical percussion, jazz, and Afro-Cuban music. A native to southern California, Andrew obtained his bachelors degree from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at California State University Long Beach.

Andrew's love for teaching has been on display in private settings, as well as classrooms. He enjoys learning new techniques to inspire and challenge students to maximize their potential while also pr
oviding a fun environment.

Throughout his career, Andrew has performed both solo and ensemble music in numerous venues across the country, including the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. His performance career started when he joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a snare drummer in 2003. During his membership, the corps won the Best Percussion Caption Award twice and the DCI Open Class World Championship in 2008. His passion and dedication as a marimba soloist were on display when he performed the world premier of Nathan Daughtrey's Halcyon Days with the CSULB Percussion Ensemble. Since beginning his studies at the Jacobs School of Music, Andrew has recorded and performed as the bongocero with seven time Grammy nominee Wayne Wallace in the IU Latin Jazz Ensemble.
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Jacob H. August 28, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My five year old son had his first drum lesson and loved Andrew. He makes learning about music fun and is great with him. We are looking forward to many more lessons.
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DJ P. August 14, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son is really inspired by Andrew. He makes it so much fun, and DJ is progressing well under his guidance and encouragement. Andrew has been very good about making sure that DJ is learning the stuff he wants to focus on, not just being a slave to an instruction book. We highly recommend him.
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Susan July 12, 2015
Marimba · In studio
Friendly, knowledgeable and patient.
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Andrew M.

Andrew M.

Long Beach, CA 90804
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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