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Want to Make it as a Musician in L.A.? Try Piano!

By Dorothea G. - Los Angeles Piano Teacher

So you want to be an awesome musician. Do you believe you will? Because that’s half of the effort right there – believing it. If you already do, then skip to the last paragraph of this article. But if you’re unsure, keep reading…

When you take piano lessons in Los Angeles, your success is within “Arm’s Reach.” I composed a song with that title on my piano recently, and licensed it to a feature film. I never forget how amazing it is that what pours out of my mind and my heart (and all over my piano) might actually be heard in a movie or TV show, or on someone else’s DVD player. I used to think that was all dreaming. That it was impossible. But why did I ever think that way?

My only enemy was the idea of “impossible.” But it’s NOT impossible - it’s a reality for me. So when I reflected on where that idea came from, I traced it back to loving friends and family who thought they were protecting me from delusions of grandeur. They told me, in so many words, not to set myself up for failure.

Let’s just clear this up here and now. There is no failure. There are only course corrections. I know this from years of practice and from teaching piano lessons. If my students thought of every wrong note as a failure, they would quit after the first two minutes of trying. So I help them to correct their course - note by note, chord by chord. It’s no different with our thinking – or with our life journey for that matter. We choose a song to learn. We make a thousand course corrections in the learning process. And then…we PLAY IT! If we believe we can, we will.

I chose piano because it was my passion, and it became my way of overcoming the impossible. Like no other instrument, you can hear an entire symphony on a piano! That’s why the genius composers of old were pianists. Do you hear simple melodies in your mind? Or do you hear multi-layered symphonic brilliance? In either case, you can make it real on a piano.

Okay, so you’re an awesome musician now - even if only in your mind. Now it’s time to find an instructor who can show you how to make that awesomeness live in the world, starting local piano lessons. Remember, once it’s locked into your mind, nothing is impossible.

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Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA

I have been teaching and performing on piano for 30 years.
We work on sight reading, ear training, and theory.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.

About Cory

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, includi
ng Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and vocals with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Deb R. January 14, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
First online lesson and my Skype was not working. Cory quickly found a workaround. He was patient and engaged. I feel motivated to do my 'homework' and am confident this student/teacher match is a good one. I look forward to many more lessons!
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Richard P. January 13, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cory is a great I am really excited by his approach and genuine love music overall. His enthusiasm comes through his teaching.
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Hunter U. December 10, 2015
Verified Student
He's absolutely amazing! Excellent instructor! Well rounded and well versed when in comes to music. Recommend!
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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
(13)
starting at
$35 / 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 a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and produc
ers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful 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. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

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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Andie February 5, 2016
Singing · Online
Tanisha is great! She made me feel comfortable from day one, even though I had no previous singing experience. She is always encouraging and challenges me at a pace that is practical and not overwhelming. We meet online which is convenient, and I don't feel like I'm missing anything not being in the same room. Tanisha makes it work well over Skype. Highly recommend lessons with Tanisha!
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Jamie S. February 4, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
amazing! I have never sounded better thanks to her
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Jacqueline C. February 4, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Tanisha helped me change my life. I can now actually say that I sing
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
(83)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA

Want to learn piano without breaking your bank? Start your lesson with me and I'll help you to enjoy playing piano, and also be able to sing and play at the same time.

Whether you want to learn how to play classical piano, or learn more contemporary styles I will be able to help you. I took private piano lessons for almost 12 year since the age of 5. And went to Musicians Institute, Hollywood, one of the top contemporary colleges in the world and learned how to play in contemporary styles. My piano lesson includes(but not limited to): Sight Reading, Theory, Ear Training, Scale Practice, Learning Chords, and Playing from music books of my choice or students' preference. The lesson is always fun, interactive, and encouraging. Currently my youngest student is 5, eldest is 72. It's never too early or too late to start playing piano!

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
*I do have a cat at home. If you are allergic to cats it's better to book In-Home lessons(I'll drive to your place for lessons).

*** 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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Lara M. January 29, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She's a very nice and comfortable person to be with! I'm just on my first lesson but I can already see that she is truly talented and knows what she is teaching; she has already shown me many things I have done wrong with using my voice and is guiding me through to fix them. :)
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Sharon S. January 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She's very good I learn so much fr her today.
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Karen L. October 17, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Melody is a wonderful teacher. She has helped my daughter improve her vocal technique and continues to help prepare her for singing professionally. She's warm, inviting, and makes you feel 100% comfortable so you can be the best you can be. She's great at what she does! We're very happy!
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Melody H.

Melody H.

Los Angeles, CA 90015
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Lilia B.

Los Angeles, CA

I also teach the piano, all ages, to beginner and intermediate level students. I am open to teaching pretty much any style of piano music, including classical, rock, jazz, world music, and avant-garde/experimental technique and composition (including extended techniques). I use a combination os curriculum books and musical pieces in whatever style(s) the student is interested in.

About Lilia

Hello, my name is Lilia and I can't wait to meet you! I have a diverse background in teaching and offer private lessons in music, fitness, and academic tutoring. I graduated from the California Institute of the Arts (a.k.a. CalArts) in 2014 and earned a degree in Guitar Performance. In addition to guitar, I also teach music theory, musicianship skills, composition, songwriting, and beginning piano. While at CalArts, I worked as a tutor for general education courses, with emphasis on writing. Prior to CalArts, I competed gymnastics and coached youth gymnastics and dance for 4 years, and later e
arned a certification in personal training. Across all skills that I teach, I always love helping my students find the passion and perseverance to achieve their goals. Whether you are looking to learn a musical instrument, improve your grades, or get in great shape, I would love to work with you on reaching your goals!
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Camille P. June 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Camille was happy with instructor,Lilia. She is looking forward to her next lesson.
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woody A. March 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Lilia has the most amazingly diverse set of talents ever ! She can teach you music , (guitar being the specialty ) gymnastics , or fitness . She is a fabulous , trustworthy person and you should sign up for lessons immediately !
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Miroslav T. March 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
I was Lilia's mentor at California Institute of the Arts for three years. She is a hard worker, very determined and disciplined and a very promising, unique artist. Although she is primarily a guitarist she is also a highly trained and accomplished gymnast and acrobat. I have no doubt that Lilia makes an exciting, flexible and compassionate teacher.
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Lilia B.

Lilia B.

Los Angeles, CA 90021
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Irene M.

Huntington Park, CA

I teach student age 4 to 40.

About Irene

I learned piano and guitar at Cerrtios College at the year of 1997
I learned acoustic guitar at the year of 1998.
I received grade A for piano and guitar.
I have more experience with piano.
I learned piano since I was for
I learned acoustic guitar at Cerritos College 1997 to
2011.
I have piano music books for beginners and intermediate.
I have guitar music books for beginners and intermediate
Rock band books for guitar and classical for piano.
We could work on a song that you would like to learn
for each class.
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Zaineb A. February 6, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is very sweet and patient.
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Nancy N. December 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Irene is a very good teacher, patient with kids, and very productive. Very experienced. We are very happy with her.
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Irene M.

Irene M.

Huntington Park, CA 90255
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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