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Janice F.

North Hills, CA

About Janice

Montana born 'cellist/pianist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice, has premiered works, toured solo & with her New American Quartet, while teaching & coaching throughout California. She recorded films, was YoYo Ma's pre-concert lecturer, was an NEH Affiliate Awardee, & she won special Commendation from City Hall in '97 during Los Angeles Week for her work in multi-ethnic communities. Janice enjoyed performing with Herbie Hancock, coaching Samuel L. Jackson for his "'cello playing cop" role, & being featured with her quartet in the Canadian documentary, "Empire of the Word".  Janice is Principal 'Cell
ist with the West L.A. Sym., Center Stage Opera & with Symphony 47, also acting as their Orchestra Liaison. Janice has taught both 'cello & piano for about 38 years as well as coached youth and community orchestra 'cello sections, in Southern California.  She enjoys teaching all age levels & particularly encourages one to compose their own pieces while learning the music of the great composers, in all styles, including folk music from countries around the world. Lessons will include of course basic technique: scales, arpeggios, warm-up pieces; repertoire from all periods of music including music of the present day and music that involves ensemble playing such as in duets, trios, etc. 
There are seasonal recitals or what I call "musical get-togethers" where the students play for one another and their families/friends, along with invited guest artists who may be featured on other instruments so the students can experience other ways of making music, including artists from other countries, possibly on their own ethnic instrument. I encourage each student to be creative & expect daily practice so improvement & advancement happens in a consistent way. If a student has a desire to learn a particular piece or style of music, then I will try to weave that into the rest of the repertoire. I aim to teach each student according to their hopes & desires in learning the instrument of their choice. Positive reinforcement & encouragement is at the top of my teaching list - exercises that help one to relax the muscles & warm up the tendons are encouraged so that overuse of the muscles, etc. are hopefully avoided! I wish my teachers had helped me in this area when I was a student because all the rehearsing & performing I did created a lot of muscle & tendon problems, which could have been avoided. Due to my personal experiences, I have gained the wisdom which I now pass on as knowledge to all my students - whether 'cellists or pianists! My bottom line is if you don't enjoy what you are doing then do something else! Music should be fun & as I tell my students, I haven't worked a day in my life music is not work for me performing & teaching music is enjoyable & inspires others which makes me want to do it forever.

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach hour lessons since the first 10-15 minutes are spent in warm-up exercises & tuning of course. Also incorporated is music theory so that one knows about keys, interval relations, chord structure, etc. With regards to the 'cello, one may spend some time on bow technique after warming up the left hand. Each instrument has its own needs & areas that should be addressed, prior to working on a particular piece or pieces. I like to end a lesson by playing a duet with the student which for the 'cello helps with intonation. Solo piano playing should also include playing with another person - it helps one for future occasions which may include accompanying another instrument. In addition, I encourage students to make up their own pieces then eventually record them to a CD. I am looking forward to teaching all ages and types of backgrounds.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano with music stands in my studio. Plenty of good lighting as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For pianists, they should have a regular piano - an electric piano is not the greatest with regards to touch and dynamics, but if that is all they can afford, OK.
For 'cellists, they should have their own instrument. Preferably, they should own the 'cello rather than rent unless they are growing, and one has to get a different size to fit their changing body. 'Cellists should also have their own music stand. If necessary, I can bring a music stand. Also, the area where the lesson will occur, should be well lit. I can bring a stand light if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in the Western European string tradition (no Suzuki). I also coach chamber music. I teach privately, one on one, or in a group situation. My 2 instruments I teach of choice are 'cello and piano for all ages and abilities.
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Danielle G. June 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very fun instructor!
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Lynne M. September 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Janice and we are so happy to have found her! She is a great teacher and really encouraging. My daughter always enjoy going to her lessons and has really progressed since starting with her. It's always exciting to hear the new pieces she has learned as well as the one she is writing herself. Janice has a great sense of humor and makes it easy for the student to enjoy learning.
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Sam P. September 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager student could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !
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Janice F.

North Hills, CA 91343
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starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA

About Cindy

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a loc
al church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.
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Flor Garcia July 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First time, first day with Cindy. She explains the lesson very well, demonstrates and writes it down for the student to remember during home practice. That is teaching. She knows how to make the student learn.
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George B. June 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplined👍
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Jessica R. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.

Thank you!
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Cindy K.

Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA 91345
(8)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Brian N.

Van Nuys, CA

About Brian

I've been making my living playing all kinds of music for over ten years. I feel that working on and creating music night in and night out with bands and artists from rock to hip-hop, pop to jazz, folk and country to disco has given me unique insights into what makes a good bassist. There's a balance to be struck between theory and instinct, as well as technique and emotion.

I tailor each lesson to each student, creating most of my own lesson materials. These can range from pages of scales and arpeggios, to full transcriptions and even audio recordings of practice tracks. I like technol
ogy and feel it can be a valuable part of the learning experience. But generally, I teach by having students learn songs and basslines, then illustrate musical ideas and principles by pulling directly from the music we've just been working on.

The most important aspect of my approach, however, is to find what brings out students' passion for music. I've been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing players who's love for music and their instrument inspired (and continues to inspire) me. If I can find that, you will practically teach yourself.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sample Lesson Plan for a beginning/intermediate electric bass student. (With beginning upright bass students, I tend to focus a little more on the technical aspects of the instrument at first.)

I. Technical
Simple technical exercises aimed at developing good technique and physical comfort with the bass

II. Practical
We'll look at Songs/Basslines (usually of the student's choosing) and learn how to play them, pulling out salient points relevant to bass instruction and music in general.
For intermediate/advanced students we'll incorporate Music Theory as we work through songs.
This is also where I'd introduce reading music notation if that is something the student wishes to learn.

III. Theoretical
Work on scales that we've encountered in the song or bassline we've been working on and relate them to making music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home recording studio setup for recording lessons as well as making practice tracks.

Amazing Slow Downer (for the record, this is the best $50 investment you can make in your musical education.)

Practice bass and guitar amplifiers.

Drum kit

Ability to quickly create sheet music and tablature with Finale and Power Tab.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Two Channel Practice Amp

iPad with good quality mic for recording lessons and playing audio lesson material.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Bass Styles- Rock, Country, Retro styles of R&B and Top 40
Upright Bass Styles- Classic Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jump Blues

Establishing solid fundamentals.

Ear training and transcriptions.
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Jordan P. August 5, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Our son Jordan really enjoyed his lesson with Brian.
He told us that Brian was really nice and he made the lesson really fun.
Brian was also very helpful with an instrument issue we were having.
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Nick S. February 12, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.

Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again.
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Brian N.

Brian N.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA

About Teresa

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Th
eir musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, half an hour is the perfect lesson time. Options include piano, voice, beginning guitar and ukulele, music theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts "music fun time" sessions for 2 to 4 year olds. 45-minute and 60-minute sessions are available as needed, and are recommended for audition prep.

For a little more info on Teresa, her additional "grownup" professional passion is Life Coaching. If anyone in your circle would be helped by coaching, consider referring them to Teresa right here on TakeLessons.com.
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Shawn M. July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So blessed to have found Teresa. She has been teaching my daughter piano for the last 6 months. She is so kind and so loving in her teaching style. My daughter had never played piano before meeting with Teresa, and is now creating her very own music and accompanying it with her beautiful voice. Teresa is wonderful at letting my daughter independently take the lead in her learning style, with Teresa lovingly being the wind beneath her wings. We love you Teresa! Thank you for everything.
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Daniel June 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great lesson. Teresa is good at teaching. I love her teaching style. It was very efficient and enjoyable.
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Melinda B. June 24, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Low-key, low-stress lesson for adult. Fun also! I was sent home with appropriate assignments. The lesson time was productive.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan Gousios and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student,
in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Shai G. August 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!
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Judy L. June 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)
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Ben M. February 9, 2015
Drum · In studio
I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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