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Taryn L.

Los Angeles, CA

About Taryn

A graduate of Berklee College of Music, I have been writing songs since I learned to sing.
At a young age I began to play piano and violin, training in both the classical and pop genres.
I have been teaching piano lessons since I was 15 years old, when my own teacher had taken on more students than she could handle. Over the years, I have developed a passion and dedication for teaching music. I love to watch my students grow, and am elated to see the pleasure it brings to their own lives. Music is truly the universal language, and everyone should learn to speak it, in whatever form
they desire. I am adept at finding my students weaknesses, and making it their strengths.
After graduating college, I relocated to Brooklyn, where I opened my own private music studio, "Taryn's Melodies." I formed my own band, and played violin for The Anthony Mulcahy Band, where we opened for acts such as Glen Hansard and Mark Geary. In 2012, I was a featured artist at the Gealach Gorm Songwriter Festival in Kill, Ireland. I began working for Forbes Music Company in NY as a piano, violin, guitar, and vocal instructor. My debut album, "Too Happy For Love", released in February 2012, was acclaimed for "exhibiting a diverse and unique musical background, as well as a natural grasp of language and storytelling."

“I have been an educator and administrator for quite sometime, and am aware of the qualities that separate mediocre from good, and good from great. Taryn is unquestionably great. I am constantly evaluating teaching talent in private instruction, group instruction, and in public/ private school classrooms. It is not often that I find a teacher with Taryn’s ability, passion, personality, and commitment.”

-Forbes Music Company, NY

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy is that every lesson should be personalized to what the student's goals are. Music affects each of us differently, and therefore should be taught uniquely to that individual. Whether you want to become the next Billy Joel or Mozart, I can get you playing the tunes that you love in no time! I think it's important that you still get the same fundamentals and theory no matter what genre you're interested in, so that one day you can write your own tunes! I take particular care to make sure you make it through blocks of weaknesses, and get you back on track to reach your practice goals. It's all about making you the musician you've always wanted to be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
SV-1 Korg Vintage Stage Piano-88 key, Acoustic Guitars, Behringer Piano & Vox amp, violin, Shure PS-58 mic, ProTools, Blue Recording Mic

*** Travel Equipment ***
My own violin and guitar

*** Specialties ***
I am a classically trained musician with extensive experience in the pop/rock/contemporary genres, as well as jazz and folk music. I am a singer/songwriter, and love to encourage the students to express themselves through music.
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Sharif A. May 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Taryn was very good, very thorough. She was very knowledgeable about what I needed. Very easy to work with as well!
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Larry W. March 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Taryn is great at finding a way to teach to your desires and needs. I'm learning the basics but in an inspiring and exciting way.
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Susan L. October 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Taryn makes re-learning an instrument so much fun! She is able to create a learning environment that is challenging, fun, and creative. I am always inspired and motivated to continually push my creative abilities after every class. She is amazing!
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Taryn L.

Taryn L.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rosita R.

Los Angeles, CA

With playing piano for Nearly 20 years and teaching Piano for 10 years, not only with the student come out gaining skill and knowledge but they will want to actually practice at home!

About Rosita

Born in the United States, I found myr calling in music at an early age. My hunger for knowledge and quest for vocal excellence and the ability to sing in multiple languages ( English, Spanish, Japanese and Italian), led me to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Ca. Here is where I attained my Bachelors degree in Vocal Performance after graduating from American Musical Dramatic Academy also in Hollywood, Ca.My passion for multiple languages and love of music is the desire driving me to share the gifts for teaching young children to open the door to their own musical abilities and hidden artisti
c desires. I am currently writing a musical which will be debuting in 2020. I'm currently the vocal coach and choir director at Iglesia Elim Central.

I will make sure my students have fun and help them get in the right track to their musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I do my absolute best to create a positive atmosphere for my students. Even when the students feel frustrated or stressed, it is important to inspire them and give them the fuel that they need. Though I am strict when it comes to homework and their about their studies. Every lesson at the beginning I will review what we learned previously and test them. My goal is for them to gain the knowledge that they need to help reach their artistic goals. With all my lessons every student will be taught a basic run down of Music Theory. My students will always progress in what they do. They will have the discipline that they need and yet have fun and be filled with inspiration. Which is the most important thing, to be Inspired to do better.

*** Studio Equipment ***
iMac, condensing mic...performing mic, keyboard, mixer...living room of apartment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a portable keyboard. Though I do expect the student to have their own recording device and karaoke tracks. At Home I do have a studio, and if the students has an iPod or an Mp3 player I can attach it to a device where all of us can hear the tracks. I do have a recording studio as well.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theatre, and Pop rock genres. When I teach my students I always have them learn a song of another language whether it's Spanish or Japanese. It helps with diction when they learn a song outside the English Language. Also It helps them to learn another Language at the same time. Also I give them a little anatomy class when they are learning how to sing. I give them a model of the vocal Chords and different areas of the Larynx and which part works for the chest voice and the head voice.
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Naomi August 2, 2015
Singing · In home
I've had numerous instructors in the past. And I have never met someone who breaks stuff down as Rosie. I actually learn from her! She shows how the voice works, how to take care of it. She is full of knowledge! Best instructor ever! Good with kids too! My daughter wants to take lessons from her too!
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Mike August 2, 2015
Singing · In home
My daughter loves her! I've been with her for several months now and I don't have to tell her to practice! She actually wants to practice! Her voice classes not only help her improve her singing but with her social skills. The things that she teaches my daughter she uses in school. My daughter is a quite type of person and was insecure in a lot of things. But since she started with Rosita I've noticed that she has been gaining confidence in herself and being a little bit more engaging. I know it is because of her! Also sometimes I bring my younger son of 6 and she has a little activity center in her home. There are arts and crafts and stuff for him to learn. She knows what she is doing and definitely prepared!
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Yuuki August 2, 2015
Singing · In studio
Amazing! I love her energy and you definitely can see how passionate she is with teaching! You always learn something from in every class you have with her and it sticks with you! She makes you excited to practice! She's perfect if you have Kids!
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Rosita R.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(20)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Julie L.

Los Angeles, CA

About Julie

Trained from age five to approach the piano with excitement and love, I have studied with piano professors from all over the world at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

I love children and am patient, creative and intuitive. If your child is wiling to put in at least twenty minutes of practicing time, 5 -6 days a week, I will be patient, fun and excited every time they come in for a lesson - always tailoring their musical experience to their individual needs.

I also now have experience teaching several adult students at different beginner and intermediate levels. I'd love for you
to come in to my convenient Los Feliz studio after work for a lesson, you can walk to dinner or cafe, or a stroll in Griffith and do some of, what I call 'learning away from the piano.' :)

Hope to see you soon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you or your child to be comfortable and playful with the instrument, make practicing fun and foster a life long love of music. Using both creative composition approaches to the piano as well as beginning of sight reading, hand position and theory, we will work through songs in Faber's Piano Adventures books for performance, lesson and theory for kids, and the Alfred's Adult Piano Student for adults. I compliment our main workbook by including pieces that we find together, things you love, and for kids I also try to include some Suzuki method to train the young ear.

The student and I will have honest communication about practice and I will do everything I can to make sure practice is approachable, productive, fun, and easy to get done with for the day.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio is in the living room in the front of the house. Includes a coat rack and small space for shoes. Very nice apartment.

*** Specialties ***
Most importantly - make sure a beginner is comfortable with the instrument! The first few lessons I play "improv" games where a student improvises on the keyboard in response to me naming a certain animal or automobile (ie, rocket ship or chipmunk). We then work on exercises to strengthen up, hand position, fingering and reading. And then we're off to the races!
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Ann D. October 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Julie was filling in while the primary teacher was on vacation for several weeks. Julie was pleasant and was great with my daughter, Norah, 6 years old. The lessons were where we left off with the primary teacher and Julie did a great job with it.

Thanks again Julie!
Ann
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Stephanie K. July 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking piano lessons with Julie for a year. We play a variety of songs and exercises each week. It's helped me go from not knowing the first thing about piano to being able to read sheet music and play many songs. The lessons are always challenge me and make me want to learn more. Plus Julie's just a really nice person. I would absolutely recommend Julie as a piano teacher - she is the best!
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Jennifer T. February 6, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

I have been working with Julie for over a year now and I have nothing but great things to say about her. She is a fantastic teacher who has helped me expand my playing beyond what I thought possible. She really understands my playing goals and always gives me pieces of music that I enjoy but that continually push me forward. I feel very lucky to have her as a instructor.
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Julie L.

Julie L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA

Overall basic piano technique, vocal placement, harmony, music theory.

About Tanisha

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is currently co-writing an upcoming project with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson.

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a su
ccessful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Kamryn C. July 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
This was my first time ever taking singing lessons. Tanisha immediately made me feel comfortable and taught me things about singing that I had never even considered. I'm so happy that my grandmother chose her for my singing instructor. Each week I so look forward to my next lesson.
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Precious N. July 29, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
My first class with Mrs. Tanisha was fun and enjoyable and i love speaking to her. She's really friendly and easy to get a long with. When I first sang to her she immediately figured out my first problem and got right to fixing it, I can't wait till my next lesson with her ^_^
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Kenny D. July 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Patient and funny. She's been great to work with. I look forward to our lessons every week.
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Peter S.

Los Angeles, CA

My teaching style focuses on the development of solid technique, musical understanding, and accurate sight-reading. I help students tackle tough problems at each lesson, while developing tools to ensure smooth practice sessions and avoid frustration. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every lesson, and develop a personalized and dynamic plan tailored to each student’s personality and playing style.

About Peter

I am dedicated to making music a rewarding experience for my students. I bring enthusiasm and professionalism to every lesson. I will develop a personalized and dynamic plan for you to reach your musical goal as quickly as possible.

I received my bachelor’s degree in music from Stanford University, and am currently completing my master’s degree in piano performance at California State University, Northridge. I recently served as rehearsal and pit pianist for CSUN's production of the The Drowsy Chaperone at the Valley Performing Arts Center. I play at weddings and luncheons, and enjoy w
orking on jazz standards as much as classical repertoire.
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Paula Carbone July 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Peter's studio is conveniently located, and there is ample and easy parking. As an adult learner, I was very nervous to begin, and Peter has put me at ease. He takes things in a logical order and is extremely supportive. I always feel very confident in beginning something new due to his thorough explanations and demonstrations. I am really enjoying getting to know the piano, and Peter has made it even more enjoyable!
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Paula Carbone June 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
A wonderful introduction to piano for an adult beginner, with no musical background. My first lesson was engaging and informative - I am excited to continue!
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Cynthia H. May 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons from several other teachers, and while they were all accomplished and competent, really none could compare with the inspired instruction I'm receiving Peter. Though we have been working together for a relatively short time, I feel I have made progress through issues that had dogged me for years -- like sight-reading with confidence, keeping time, and generally relaxing! He has a teaching method and prescribed lesson plans, to be sure, but he is flexible and intuitive enough to work with a student to determine what strategies will help push us past our barriers -- and we all have them. He is kind and funny, but exacting and firm. The lessons are enjoyable, but they're not play time! I've learned so much from Peter already, and can't wait to see what lies ahead!
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Peter S.

Peter S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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