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Music Lessons in Los Angeles, CA

Aside from being one of the most important cities in the film industry, Los Angeles is equally known as a hotspot for musical talent. Capitol Records, A&M Records, as well as Warner Brothers are a testament to the city’s vibrant music scene. As you can imagine it can be quite hard for aspiring musicians to make a name for themselves. In the City of Angels, you’ll have to have something special to stand out from the rest and become famous.

But don’t worry. If you want to make a name for yourself in the LA music industry, the TakeLessons team is here to help you out. By enrolling in our Los Angeles music lessons, you’ll open yourself to a world of possibilities. First and foremost, we offer a wide range of music lesson options from instruments like the guitar, violin, piano, and drums to other music lessons like singing, dancing and acting. We even offer music lessons covering music theory, songwriting and music recording. During your Los Angeles music lessons you’ll develop your skills under the supervision of a professional music teachers who will ensure proper technique. As our teachers guide you and track your progress they’ll provide you with the foundation you need to start your career as a musician.

So if you would like to develop a solid background in music, give us a call and let one of our friendly student counselors help you book your first music lesson. You can choose your teacher, the length of your sessions and even whether you’d like to travel to your lessons or have them at home. So don’t wait! Let the TakeLessons team bring out the talent in you by enrolling in one of our Los Angeles music lessons today!

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Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA

About Marcus

I love playing music, and I've spent my whole life doing it. I am very passionate about sharing my love and deep knowledge of music with others.
Let's figure out how you can express your self and learn a great skill through the language of music!
*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz and Classical Styles on the Upright Bass. Electric Bass (rock, funk, soul, pop, etc), and guitar.

Long Version:
Marcus B. is a performing and teaching artist specializing in acoustic upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and songwriting. Growing up in a musical family, Marcus’ entire life has been intertw
ined with music. Marcus began performing with his father at the age of four in churches and concert halls, singing and later picking up guitar at the age of 8 and then upright bass at the age of 13. Marcus received his Bachelors of Fine Arts in Jazz Bass from California Institute of the Arts. At Cal Arts Marcus had the honor of studying under world renowned jazz musicians Charlie Haden, Darek Oles, Joe LaBarbera, and Larry Koonse. He has also studied classical contrabass with Peter Rofe of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and participated in the Cal Arts orchestra under the direction of renowned contemporary violinist Mark Menzies. Marcus has had an extensive and eclectic professional performing career, performing in touring rock bands, contemporary jazz ensembles, jazz big bands, salsa bands, musical pit orchestras, and american folk and country bands. He currently performs around Los Angels in multiple bands in addition to freelance work. Marcus began teaching private lessons and ensemble coaching in 2010. He has taught ages 6-adult at schools, community centers, and music studios.
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Diana R. September 30, 2014
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am so thankful to have found Marcus as my bass instructor; he is the exact type of teacher I was looking for. His training and love for music were evident upon first meeting him. I have learned so much in the short time I have been taking lessons. He is a very patient and passionate teacher.
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Tyler W. June 17, 2013
Bass Guitar
All around wonderful teacher

Marcus is quite the gifted teacher. By far the best I've had the pleasure to aspire under. He is very easy to understand, and doesn't overwhelm you, taking time on the little things (the most important). He creates an atmosphere that is encouraging to learn in. We all know those teachers that create a stressful environment that inhibits progressive learning, as well as frustration in yourself. Marcus is certainly the opposite. He is also quite easy to communicate with--Creating lesson plans, setting goals, etc... In summation, a professional and a friend I would recommend to anyone and everyone.
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Marcus B.

Marcus B.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jan P.

Los Angeles, CA

About Jan

Learning an instrument in a music recording studio environment has many advantages and is a lot more fun, creative and rewarding. From your teacher jumping on different instruments
for you to develop your independence and timing as a player and
recording prepared projects you've been working on,
to playing at a higher volume to get to know your gear's real sound, the rocking' memories you'll walk away with will fuel your inspiration to practice and improve fast.

My focus is to help you achieve your goals on your instrument.

With each individual student, I offer exercises, songs and t
echniques to practice that will help you to immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can play an instrument and take their next step in music. It makes a big difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only mysterious until it is explained and practiced.

Jan has been teaching professionally since 2001. He graduated with honors from Musicians Institute in Hollywood after earning a Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering and IT in Germany. He has been playing music for over 24 years, in bands ever since age 16 as a lead guitarist, bass player and singer. In his newest band he is on drums and vocals. He built a music recording studio in the city in 2004 at which he teaches and has engineered and mixed many bands since. He has also taught a guitar and band afterschool program at Brightstar Middle School Charter Academy in Los Angeles, fronts the band Audiocination, plays lead guitar in Clark 8, bass with Radius and drums with OG Booker T.

*** Lesson Details ***
With each individual student, I offer
exercises, songs and techniques to practice that will help you to
immediately begin seeing positive results. I believe that anyone can
play an instrument and sing and take their next step in music. It makes a big
difference if you have the right teacher to help you learn the music
you love. Most people that have attained musical proficiency had
someone that took the time to guide them along their way. Much of what
is thought of as difficult to play or understand in music is only
mysterious until it is explained and practiced.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum kits, amplifiers, lots of electric and acoustic guitars, bass guitars, synthesizer, an old piano, a fully equipped professional music studio.

*** Specialties ***
I am mainly a funky rock and blues guitar player, and have been in bands on bass, drums and with my own project, Audiocination, on guitar and vocals. There are so many different styles that get mixed into rock that I find it important to introduce my students to a lot of them, so they can find the one that suits them best.
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HeatherD September 30, 2011
Super Happy

I am currently a drum student of Jan's and I couldn't be happier. He is a really great teacher. He obviously cares a lot about what he does and he is very good at understanding what each student needs individually to keep moving forward at a pace that is right for the student. He strikes an excellent balance between keeping the fun part of music alive (playing music!) and making sure that you receive solid technique instruction as well. He is super excellent at helping you understand how the things you are learning will build together over time (this helps a lot when some things are frustrating to make your body and mind do at first). You do have to do some exercises, but his focus is all related to working towards having fun and playing music. If you're a drum student, even as you're getting your first beats down he plays guitar with you right away (the first lesson in my case). It's really terrific to get a feeling for what it's like to play with other people from the very beginning. I can be self conscious about doing things around other people before I feel like I know what I'm doing. Playing with him right from the beginning helped me toss that aside without it taking hold of me this time, because, well, it's pretty darn fun to be completely honest.If you take lessons from Jan I am pretty sure you will feel very fortunate, as I do, to have found such talented and supportive instructor.
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SusannaC July 18, 2011
fantastic!

my six year old grandson started his music lessons with Jan two month ago.Jan is an amazing teacher and extremely patient with kids- more of a friend/ teacher to my grandson who enjoys his lessons while learning fast and without pressure.I highly recommend Jan to anybody, young, medium, "old"...Jan enriches the takelessons community
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HalbertR February 7, 2011
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Speaking for Malcolm: Malcolm is enjoying the lesson sessions with Jan. Speaking for myself: I appreciate him always being timely and teaching my son by using the type of music that he is interested in. This helps him to stay interested and motivates him to practice.
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Jan P.

Los Angeles, CA 90018
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan T.

Los Angeles, CA

About Ryan

Aloha Everyone. I'm born and raised in the islands Hawaii and decided to further my education in music by moving to Los Angeles, California. I' m a graduate of Musicians Institute's G.I.T program where I received my Associates Degree as well as the "Most Improved Student" award. I've played in various situations ranging from Big Bands, Smooth Jazz Quartet, Rhythm/ Lead for RnB, Funk and Blues bands, Musicals and Cruise Ship gig's. So many beautiful music revolves around Jazz/Blues playing and I really enjoy teaching in this style as well. Having a good music feel in these genres will abs
olutely improve your internal musical groove which can only add to those tasty soulful licks. I'm very open minded to and love all styles of music, and as a teacher, I can help you have a solid foundation of the basics as well as a groove that's inviting to other players.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very relaxed teacher and very open minded as well. My goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible so you can relax, ask questions, take in the lesson, reach your goals and most of all, have fun while doing so. A lot of my teaching is derived out of the Musicians Institute curriculum. I really believe that having a great foundation of the basics is very important and when achieved, learning technique, scales, theory and other interests will be much faster naturally. After 3 months of lessons, you will have a good foundation the basics, as well as music theory, music reading, a practice schedule to keep you both improving and inspired, a good feel for rhythm and single note playing and ways to have fun on your instrument. On top of that, we will be working on subjects you're interested in and working on ways to improve on that specific subject. I keep an open minded lesson and I'm interested in anything and everything your interested in and curious about. My goal is to help you make music through your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Recording Equipment:

- M -Audio interface.
- Logic Pro 9
- MXL 603 S Mic
- M -Audio BX5 monitors

Guitars:

- PRS SE Model
- Squier relic Strat
- White Mexican Strat
- Takamine G series Acoustic Guitar
- Baby Taylor Acoustic Guitar

Misc.

- Music stands
- Music graphs/ staff paper/ etc.
- Tuner, cables and misc. accessories

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide:
-Electric/Acoustic Guitar if needed
-Music Stand
-Staff Papers, pencils, sheet music, etc.
-Tuner and cables.

Students should provide:

-Their choice of electric or acoustic guitar and an amp for electric guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Majority of my teaching style is out of the Musicians Institute curriculum, and I like to focus on having a great rhythm/lead feel as well as having a solid foundation. I focus a lot on Jazz, R n B, Funk, Rock and Blues. I also enjoy using concepts, for example. If you play a major scale in the 5th position of the guitar, its a great concept to stay in that same position and play the major scale through the cycle of 5th s. This helps to understand the fret board more, makes you use your brain, you go through all key center and its fun. Little things and concepts can bring the repetitive practicing back to life and inspire new questions in the student.
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Ryan T.

Ryan T.

Los Angeles, CA 90006
starting at
$30 / 45-min
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Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA

About Melody

Music Genres:
Pop, Jazz, Modern Rock, Broadway/Musical.

Specialized in:
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques

Lesson Details:
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathin
g, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

The exercises listed below will be included(but not limited) in a normal class session.
*Simple body exercises
*Vocal warm ups
*Vocal range development exercises
*Practice songs of student's choice(or suggested by the instructor)
*Develop vocal interpretation through practicing songs

Languages:
English
Mandarin Chinese
(Both fluent)

Education:
Musicians Institute College of Contemporary Music - Hollywood, CA
Professional Certificate: Music(Vocal Performance)

Cal State Fullerton - Fullerton, CA
Bachelor of Arts: Communications/Advertising

*** Lesson Details ***
A step-by-step instruction to developing vocal technique, geared towards contemporary styles. Exercising, developing, strengthening, and troubleshooting vocal registers. During the 1st lesson there will be an in-depth vocal assessment being conducted to determine the student's strength and trouble areas regarding vocal ranges, vocal tonality, breathing, and posture. Will discuss with the student for his/her goals in terms of singing, then design a personalized training plan to help the student reaching his/her goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
88-Key Digital Piano
Microphone Set
Vocal Booth & Ambient Reflection Filter
Amplifier
Recording Interface
Music Stand
Sofa
Chair
Mirror
TV/DVD
wifi

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do have a 88-key digital piano at home. It's preferred but not required that students do have at least a 54-key at home.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal Warm Ups
Vocal Range Development
Troubleshoot Problem Areas
Mask Resonance
Vocal Interpretation
Stage Performance
Microphone Techniques
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Seidy A. June 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Melody is such a great piano teacher! She is very patient and kind. She makes piano lessons for my daughter fun and exciting!
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Joao V. November 19, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had never taken vocal lessons before, but I have always been interested in them. A few months ago, I finally decided to take classes and I signed up with Melody. I was a bit apprehensive because I've never sung for other people, but Melody made me feel comfortable and she was and has been completely supportive. She identifies problem areas like breathing, improper form, or technique and provides constructive criticism. Melody pushed me to hit notes I've never been able to and I've noticed my vocal range expanding and the overall quality and tone of my projection has improved. I’m extremely happy with Melody and highly recommend her to anyone looking to take singing classes.
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Sam C. August 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've always had a passion for singing, yet I had no experience as I believed I had a terrible voice.

That is what was in my mind when I signed up for Melody's vocal lessons. I always thought that a low self esteem beginner like me would be too nervous to sing in front of a professional musician. All of that changed when I stepped into Melody's studio on my first lesson. As soon as I walked through the door, I was greeted with a warm, welcoming smile. Throughout the lesson, Melody was extremely friendly yet very professional. From that point on, I knew I was going to have a great time learning from her.
And I did.
Melody blew me away with her singing; her voice was controlled, professional, and very beautiful. She knew how to effectively convert her skills into lessons, and there was always something new to learn every single week. Techniques such as proper breathing, warm ups, posture, and voice control were some of the many new things I would have never known of without the aid of Melody. She tackled every one of my questions thoroughly and with great detail no matter how dumb I thought my questions were. She carefully observed me every time I sang, and gave me personal tips that would improve my vocals. After just a few lessons, I was able to confidently sing in front of others.

In the end, I have to say goodbye to Melody as I am moving to a different county. I hate having to leave, as Melody was a phenomenal instructor; she set the bar high for anyone else I choose to learn from. I highly recommend her, and encourage anyone who wants to improve their singing to apply for her lessons.
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Melody H.

Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Drew B.

Los Angeles, CA

About Drew

Your progress and enjoyment is my primary concern. You can be sure that you will progress dramatically if you follow my instructions and practice guidelines.

Whether you are a beginning guitar student, a songwriter hoping to enhance their compositions, or a veteran player hoping to hone their skills, I can help you achieve your goals and become the musician you want to be.

If you have been wanting to start a band or simply play with friends, I can also teach you the fundamentals to playing in a group.

Music is fun; practice should not seem like a chore. I make it manageable for you
by breaking down the techniques you need to learn into simple exercises that you can apply to the songs you want to learn.

My lessons are 100% customized to your needs and what you are interested in learning. Any genre, any style, any song.

--What To Expect--
Professionalism - I want to see YOU improve and learn to play confidently. I don't teach for a quick buck between gigs. I teach because it is something I am good at and it makes me excited to help people progress in music.

Passion - I am an active performer, session player, and writer. I teach because I am also passionate about educating my students, and it is something in which I am very skilled.

Adaptability - Each lesson is tailored to the needs and goals of that student. I can adapt to many different styles of learning and instruction. If you do not understand a particular skill, it is my duty to find an explanation that suits your learning style.

Efficiency - I am prepared for each lesson and will provide you with all the materials you need. I have access to professional level tablature and sheet music for thousands of songs, and I will have any handouts or notes ready for you before the lesson. Any notes that we go over in the lesson will be emailed to you by the day's end so that you don't have to waste valuable lesson time writing things down.

Manageable Practice - The quicker you improve, the more fun playing will be, the more you'll practice! I am highly trained and have gleaned the most useful methods from the hundreds of lessons I've taken in my life to help you improve as fast as possible. I will give you quick exercises and pieces of the songs you want to learn to help you progress without making practice seem like a chore.

24/7 Support - I am available by phone from 10 am to 10 pm Monday - Friday and 24 hours a day by email. If you do not understand a concept that we covered in our lesson, are unsure about how to practice a specific technique, or have any other questions pertaining to what we have gone over in our lessons, I am available to happily answer all your questions.
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Wes M. June 6, 2015
Music Theory · Online
I've been a guitar player all my life, having played from age 13 in various bands. But song writing and performing has always been my passion, and I've ignored theory as a result. I felt it boring, and very "non-musical" and dry.

But Drew was able to help me get back to basics, going through modes, and a few struggle points. It was a good experience as its been many years since I've had lessons, and many since I've even played. Drew's teaching style was effective and helped make "the boring stuff" simple to understand.

I recommend Drew for your next lesson if you really want a teacher who will help you understand the why, rather than just the how. Drew knows his stuff!
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Bryan S. June 2, 2015
Guitar · Online
I've taught myself how to play guitar and if I had it to do all over again I would have chosen to classes from a proper instructor. Drew helped me to identify the areas I've been struggling with in my playing, giving me insight, study and practice materials that were easy to understand and to follow.

Beyond that, Drew is just a really great guy to learn from. His approach is disciplined but relaxed. I didn't feel like I was just running drills and learning a lot of unnecessary information. The lesson was geared to exactly what I needed and he didn't talk over my head.

I will definitely book more lessons with Drew.
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C K. June 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Having been brought up on weekly piano and violin lessons, I've come to understand the importance of a good teacher. He/she can either positively or negatively influence the learning process. That's why I can confidently say Drew is a great teacher. Not only is he knowledgeable about guitars/guitar playing but music in general, which provides a broader understanding of the instrument. There's no intimidation or guilt if you haven't practiced as much as you would've liked. He's patient and teaches at your individual pace. He's also well organized providing various lesson sheets and notes. If you're looking for an experienced and encouraging teacher, Drew's your guy.
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Drew B.

Drew B.

Los Angeles, CA 90017
(24)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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