I Love music, and I love people. I feel that music is and has historically been a way of interpreting and expressing all the diversity in life and our experiences and that our instruments are our tool of expressing, whether it be the drum, guitar, piano, voice, sitar, etc. My inevitable goal here is to help you(student) obtain the technical, theoretical understanding to help you express your own message and story musically and or achieve any musical standard that one connects too and wishes too achieve.
Teaching Philosophy - My teaching philosophy is really built on well rounded communica
tion and multiple facets of explanation and examples so that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment. I feel that along with being provided good information a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.
I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants and help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet, it is also important to me to also supply a well rounded education environment along with the fields in which the student wants to focus specifically on.
I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music so I can understand all the different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.
I also try and be very patient with my students, empathizing, knowing that when I feel rushed it makes it more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate a topic or musical piece. I love watching the gears run in my students head so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their musical computation abilities.
HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a musicians worst enemies are nerves I feel that keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth in a topic. After all Music is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.
I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.
I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge as long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.
In short I love teaching and I love seeing my students accomplish things and get what they want. I am here to help that happen and here to help you elevate your skills and perspectives on music.
Education - I was born touring with the grateful dead and my whole life has been saturated in music. I received my first guitar when I was 11 and it has been my life since. Soloing within a week I started gigging soon after being acclaimed by some as a child prodigy and now have been doing so ever since.
-After studying extensively on my own (self taught) for 2 years or so, after which I received a full scholarship to a performing arts private school in Santa Monica called Garden of Angels where I studied guitar with Bruce Buckingham (Professor at Musicians Institute and nationally acclaimed guitar player) along with many others. While attending this school I also studied in music ensembles, and musical appreciation along with dance, acting, art/painting etc. and various other art forms.
I consider it supremely important to be well rounded and I have a history of achieving in diverse musical environments. I can't wait to meet you all and begin to learn together and help you achieve your musical aspirations.
Much Love, Azuri Zen M.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously so that one can understand a topic or piece of information; yet, it also important to me for a student to feel comfortable and relaxed when learning and performing so I try and joke and keep things positive.
I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculum sources and various other sources and examples such as : MI curriculum for ear training, theory, single string technique, reading, rhythm guitar as well as the real book other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) the guitar players hand book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculum relative to the topic at hand and students personally goals amongst many others.
-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.
-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.
-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed
-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.
Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating. Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.
*** Specialties *** As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
Ingrid B. December 21, 2012 Verified Student
Azuri is a fun teacher!
I love working with Azuri. He is patient and encourages me. Everytime I have a lesson he says something that opens my eyes. It usually just takes that one meaningful statement he says throughout the lesson for the time there to be worth it all. Moreover, he is a great teacher! It's very fun learning from him.
SandraF1 June 5, 2012
My son Loves this teacher!He is prompt, well mannered, nice personality and has inspired my son in a great way. He is excited for his lesson each week!:-)
Anything from beginners to the advanced, I can assist in getting you to play at your full potential in a variety of styles! I also teach drum set.
I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me. Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group.
*** Lesson Details *** I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you! Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you
thought possible,) Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can provide a music stand and amplifier if necessary. I do expect a student to own the essentials for practicing purposes. (i.e. lesson book, manuscript paper, tuner, metronome, instrument, etc.)
*** Specialties *** Most of the genres I get called to play are closely jazz/pop related all though I have delved far outside of those boundaries. I believe in being well rounded stylistically to better find your true voice on your given instrument.
Audrey R. June 7, 2015
In home Verified Student
Nathan is very patient and willing to show me, an adult student various ways of mastering a technique so I am comfortable with the lesson. 3 lessons down, and I am still excited and committed
Alyssa R. March 31, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Nathan was very Detailed in his explanation and teaching, my daughter felt very comfortable with him.. Can't wait to hear her play a song on her own...
Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
I teach Hand Percussion Lessons, Bongo Lessons, Djembe Lessons, Conga Lessons, Darbuka/Doumbek Lessons.
I have been playing drums for 14 years and have taught professionally for a respected music studio in Connecticut. I have played in numerous bands and toured the United States, Europe and Central America. The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms.
I teach drum-set and various types of hand percussion such as bongos, djembe, darbuka/doumbek and congas.
*** Lesson Details *** I've always thought that learning should be fun. I consistently try to bring a creative and laid-back approach to teaching drums. After the
first or second lesson, most students realize that I don't take myself too seriously. Sometimes certain techniques or exercises can be tiresome or even boring. When this occurs, I switch gears and move on to something else. In my opinion, if a student is getting very frustrated it is generally best to relax and try a different exercise or beat. If we can't enjoy ourselves then what is the point?!
*** Equipment *** I expect a student to have at least a pair of sticks and a pad. Eventually they will need a metronome for practicing and if they are serious a drum-set at some point. If you'd like to learn hand percussion I recommend having a hand drum of some kind.
*** Specialties *** The styles I teach are Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B/Hip-Hop, Funk/Soul, Reggae, Folk/Indie, Metal/Hardcore and World Rhythms. I teach from the heart and develop a natural feel for my students. I also use multiple books mixed into my teaching.
Tim G. January 17, 2015
Truly the most talented drummer I've ever had the pleasure to witness and work with. Brian continues to astonish me with his ability to take the complicated and make it practical and simple. Words cannot possibly describe the gift the gods have blessed this man with...not only have my drumming skills increased but my inner knowledge of life has been blessed. I would pay for your first lesson because I know you will not be let down, Brian is an ironclad guarantee!!
Kevin S. October 21, 2014
Brian's experience and passion for drumming become apparent during the first lesson. He is a talented musician and a wonderful teacher, adjusting the pace of each lesson to match your needs and your level of skill. His ability to play numerous styles makes him an ideal teacher for those up and coming drummers who don't want to get locked into playing one particular type of music. I've been playing drums for as long as Brian has, but even with all of my experience he has still helped me branch out and incorporate new techniques into my repertoire. Whether you are a beginner, looking to learn the basics, or an experienced drummer, looking to hone your skills in a particular area, Brian is a great teacher to turn to!
Josh S. September 11, 2014
Hand Drums ·
Great teacher. It's not about rushing you through the lesson, its about making sure you're learning WHAT it is you're supposed to. If you are looking for someone with patience, knowledge, that can teach well, and play even better, quit lookin'.
Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it.
*** Travel Equipment *** I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials.
I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc)
*** Specialties *** I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/sals
a and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production.
I use student-specific musical instruction texts and programs to cater to each individual students needs. I have experience teaching improvisation using creative methods that involve group participation and improvisation, both with voice and instruments.
Michael R. June 2, 2015
Music Theory ·
Online Verified Student
Lucas is the rarest kind of teacher; the special kind who can turn a student's confused babble into a clear question with a definite answer. I signed up for music theory lessons after writing a lesson plan on Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring (I am a teacher myself) and realizing as I did that I actually had only the vaguest idea what I was talking about as I informed my students that a riot occurred on opening night back in 1913 because Stravinsky build the music on tritones, creating weird chord progressions that built a tension that was never fully resolved because the chord that came where the tension should release was close enough to tease but not close enough to fully resolve that tension. Believe it or not, that is why I decided to take lessons in music theory. I would have driven any teacher but Lucas crazy. If you want to know something about music theory but can't say exactly what, Lucas is your best bet.
Allyce B. May 4, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In home Verified Student
Lucas is an amazing vocal coach and his teaching expertise excels on many levels. He finds creative ways to implement techniques and style.
Michelle B. March 23, 2015
Vocal Training ·
In home Verified Student
Lucas is an experienced vocal teacher, and it shows. I had a lot of fun during my lesson, and I would highly recommend him. He's great!
Focus on rudiments, technique on various percussion instrument: snare, bass, keyboards, timpani, etc. Ear training for tuning on timpani.
If you need services for any other instruments, please make sure you have access to them. These lessons are only offered in the student's home
Hi, I'm Bri! I'm a graduate of North Central College with a BA in Music (Emphasis in Composition and Percussion) and a minor in History. I absolutely love music, every single aspect of it. I want and love to make music a part of everybody's lives who want and need it. I want to help you with your musical needs. I have been playing percussion for 15 years, singing for 20, and playing piano for 17 years. I am currently in a recording and performing band, Oblio and Arrow, and am also working on orchestrating a musical with a company.
History has always fascinated me. They way our world has de
veloped and changed, and continues to evolve is amazing. Everything can be tied back to the past, and I feel it's important to take a look back, put yourself in that time, and really study how things were to help understand why things are the way they are now.
Crocheting and knitting are a couple of good habits/hobbies I picked up about 6 years ago. I sell scarves online and I'm always working on some sort of project. I will have you knitting and pearling with the best of them!
Music, history, crochet, and knitting....I'm your girl!
Ikovo S. June 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Discovery of solfege. Professional. High level
Brianna L. June 8, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Brianna is so sweet and very helpful. She is easy to learn from because she's very patient, which you don't always get with teachers. I feel I have improved a lot since working with Brianna
Dante T. June 8, 2015
I wanted to make scarf for my cousin's birthday, but I didn't have any training and the crocheting books were intimidating. Bri was patient and knowledgeable with her instructing. Now my cousin has a beautiful scarf.
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Henri is great!! He is a super experienced and knowledgable drummer (musician) and teacher. He is extremely patient, has taught me my basi
cs, technique, and is very open to teaching what you want to learn, willing to teach you what you are really interested in musically. At the end of every lesson, he reviews what we learned, writes it and lets me video it so I can practice at home. He has been really flexible, patient, laid back and always down to work on whatever you want but great at coming up with lessons that challenge and excite you as well. I could'nt be more pleased with Henri as a teacher. I always look forward to my lessons."
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
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talented, he has always been one that works hard and asks questions without fear. In my experience, this is the kind of person that makes the best teachers. He has always loved music, drums, all percussion and more recently has been learning so much about music technology and how to express yourself with any media available. It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to study with him!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
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Always challenging and keeps me informed about stuff that I need to know. Always relates things to other areas of percussion. Is really funn
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Erasmo has been my instructor and has taught me mallet percussion for the past year, and over that year I have improved unbelievably.
He is an amazing instructor, very patient and helps explain so the student can fully understand. I have gotten very far within such little time thanks to him. I have become such a better musician from the time I started learning from Erasmo, and I have gotten many great opportunities to become an even better musician thanks to the instruction I have learned. I would highly recommend him for anyone of any age."
San Bernardino, CA teacher:
Review by Jocelyn
"The best support you could ever get for learning afrocuban rhythms
Edgardo's teaching is meticulous, starting with hand technique all the way to how to c
ount out rhythms. I was pleasantly surprised to receive follow up emails with videos and written rhythm patterns and even one time a CD with lots of songs picked out to practice along with. All this support made the lessons permanently available to me to review in the future. Class was lots of fun with rigorous practice disciplines, learning new rhythms then just trying to play along with some famous tune. It makes you feel like you are in the band...(not!), but it was fun trying to keep up. I recommend anyone interested in studying Conga drumming to spend some time with Edgardo. He's also full of stories about the history of the music as he has lived it all his life."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
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"Carl is very patient and kind. My son has had a wonderful experience so far!"