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Patrick S.

Sylmar, CA

About Patrick

The Vocal Artist

A rare 'natural' tenor, Patrick's range and versatility are evidenced throughout his work. From Bach Cantatas to Broadway tunes, he's even dared to sing Denver, bringing audiences to tears with his own rendition of Annie's Song. He is a torch song tenor, a la Rondstadt's 'Round Midnight but with the power and passion of Pavarotti.

Like most classically-trained tenors, Patrick can list many of the master works among his repertoire. Starting with Michigan Opera Theatre's Opera-in-Residence program, he performed in Madame Butterfly, Die Fledermaus and The Mikado and oth
ers. In Detroit & Windsor Ontario, he performed Bach, Schubert, Handel, Dubois, Mozart and Dvorak. While Patrick's early career focused on classical sacred performances, his real passion is to re-create traditional music in new ways. He recorded his first two albums with composer Yves Vincent of San Diego, California in genre-stretching new-age/classical style.

After relocating to Tucson, Arizona, as music director for his church, he encouraged a variety of styles and genres to be used by the musicians and choirs of each of five weekend Masses.
Later, in Illinois, he directed another 60 voice parish choir that frequently performed with orchestras from Illinois State & Wesleyan Universities. His voice students in all these locations have been encouraged to explore and develop their own unique expression of their favorite music, while building on a solid foundation of technique, vocal strength and musicianship.

Now that Patrick has relocated one more time to Los Angeles, CA, he is working on a 3rd and 4th CD and once again accepting students. He enjoys the opportunity to expose young & older talent to the power and passion of classical music while also helping them create ways to make it new and exciting by reinterpreting it with their own favorite genres.

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Patrick's passion for teaching comes from his philosophy of music:
"Music is humanity's most evolved form of expression and communication. Music includes language, our physical senses, and our sense of meaning. With music, ordinary language is ultimately transcended. Words communicate from mind to mind; music communicates to the depth of the soul."

Patrick teaches and encourages young beginners as well as coaching and challenging seasoned professionals. He has even taught a hearing-impaired student to use physical sensation rather than sound to sing on pitch! He focuses on fundamentals of breath, technique and strength to help singers take care of their irreplaceable instrument. (Patrick's own vocal coach, Edward Kingins, continues to perform and move audiences in Detroit well in to his 70s!) Along with helping students build a strong foundation, he nurtures a love and commitment to music by working with students in the style and genre they enjoy most, from rock to pop, jazz or country.

Patrick also has unique insight into the entertainment industry, both in Los Angeles and across the country. Over the years, he has been associated with and close friends with musicians and actors such as John Denver and Richard Hatch as well as sought-after speakers Tom Crum and W Mitchell. Since locating to L.A., he has worked in independent movies with Damian Chapa and David Carradine as an actor and production assistant and coordinator. This experience, coupled with his own success on stage and as a recording artist helps him guide and advise serious young talent to maneuver the crazy environment of Hollywood and avoid the scams and pitfalls of the entertainment industry.

Subjects Taught

Singing, Acting (stage Presentation)

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginning Lesson Outline

My Basic lesson outline is to determine where we are starting with each student and custom make lessons designed to fit the needs for that student. We will also work on meditation and visualization techniques for performance. The idea is for you to feel the words and sing with passion or so your audience believes your song.

Unlike other instruments, your voice cannot be replaced if it is damaged. I take the time needed through each step of the process so your voice is strengthened and developed properly. It is up to the student to practice and apply what is learned and build a trained, strong instrument that will be useable for your whole life.

You will learn:

Proper breathing techniques and practice.
Properly warming up the voice.
Working on music theory (reading music, etc.)
Ear training and pitch.
Expression, phrasing and performing.
Applying techniques learned to music suitable for student's capabilities.
Learning to have fun and enjoy the music experience.
Confidence and self-esteem

Depending on student's progress, specific lesson components above will be emphasized so that the student's goals will be achieved.
My goal is to prepare you to the best of my ability for you to achieve your dreams.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard & Recording Studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
CDs, recorded lessons, vocalization practice material. Student should have a CD/tape player. Keyboard is helpful, but not required.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal: Classical, jazz
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Rosie G. April 28, 2014
Vocal Training
Verified Student
Awesome!

I needed to practice a solo for my Easter Vigil Psalm performance, and he helped me take care of my instrument, taught me great exercises, and gave me good advice about my career. He is a very nice instructor. He will help you grow as a singer and performer, and you always learn something new everyday with him...I highly recommend him to everyone because he really knows music theory.
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SandeS November 24, 2010
"From your mouth to Patrick's ear*...

I was looking for an experienced and patient teacher, one who really listens, and am lucky enough to be able to work with Patrick. He not only hears the singing, but has the flexibility and talent to adapt to the needs and concerns of the singer. Highly recommended. *"From your mouth to G*d's ear," is a Jewish expression meaning, "May what you just said be true!"
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Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Sylmar, CA 91342
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-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 disciplinedđź‘Ť
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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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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
(1)
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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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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Paul S. February 2, 2015
Drum · In studio
I learned so much! He is a great teacher, super relaxed and friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain some great drum knowledge :)
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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