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Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA

I teach popular music theory.

Subjects include:
harmonic analysis
re-harmonization
improv
scale and chord theory

I have been teaching these for 15 years.
I am very patient and adjust areas of study to fit my students goals.

About Kimberly

I started playing music around the Kansas City area twenty five years ago. I graduated from The University of Southern California with a degree in studio/jazz guitar (cum laude). While at USC, I received a merit scholarship and an award for professional leadership and service within her department. I also graduated with honors from Musicians Institute (GIT), of Hollywood, CA.

I have toured the U.S. and Canada playing venues such as The Portland Rose Festival, The Playboy Jazz Festival, The Santa Monica Twilight Concert Series, Irvine Lake Blues Festival,The Burnaby British Columbia Blues
Festival and the Long Beach Blues Festival. The headliners at these events included Robben Ford, The Neville Brothers, and Johnny Winter.

I have released two solo CD's that have received first-rate reviews, as well as international airplay. After the second CD, I was biographied for AMG (All Music Guide) the internet's first source for music information. Here are excerpts from the AMG bio:

... there are also elements of Jimi Hendrix (arguably the first true heavy metal/hard rock artist), Jeff Beck and Stevie Ray Vaughan in her playing, and she clearly has a strong appreciation of jazz--not only jazz-rock fusion improvisers like John Scofield, Larry Coryell and Mahavishnu Orchestra founder John McLaughlin, but also, straight-ahead bop favorites such as Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Wes Montgomery and Joe Pass.......eclectic outlook is one of her strong points; her ability to move from a tough, aggressive blues-rock groove to a more cerebral, fusion-minded approach to the occasional soul-jazz/hard bop number has made for some very unpredictable albums.

I have been teaching full-time for the past 15years. I have taught all ages and popular styles. In 2008, my blues guitar method was published and distributed through Amazon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I incorporate a tailored curriculum to help people achieve their personal goals. Learning music is not a "one-size fits all" proposition. I can show you the songs that you want to play. I can also teach you music theory, technique, improvisation, reading and more. I adjust your course of study according to your areas of interest. If you are dying to learn a Led Zeppelin tune, or are planning on auditioning for a college level jazz guitar program, I can help you achieve these goals. I have taught hundreds of beginners along side more advanced students. My students have gone one to study music at GIT, Fullerton College, Pasadena City College, Berklee, Cal State LA, and USC.

Most of all, I am extremely patient. The ability to playing a musical instrument is measure on a calendar, not on a watch. I often work at a slow, systematic pace. I am generally very laid-back. On the other hand, if you learn very quickly, I can readily show you the skills you need to meet your goal. I have fast-tracked many individuals that were seeking admittance to an academic program.

My teaching studio is computer equipped. This allows me to incorporate computer software that enhances learning. One such program, Band in a Box, generates accompaniment for students so that they can work on their soloing skills. Another program can slow recorded music down so that the student can practice slowly with it. Also, I often give out play-along practice CDs for improved learning.

The aspect of performance is often not addressed by many. I am able to work with my guitar students while accompanying by performing live bass or drum parts, or work with bass students while playing the guitar or drum parts. This allows the student to understand his or her roll in an live band.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room room w/ guitars, bass, drum set, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I teach all popular guitar and bass styles.
I am a expert in Jazz, Blues, and R&B. (degree in Studio/Jazz guitar)
Great with theory, technique and reading.
Have given recording lessons with CUBASE.
Now teaching drum kit to beginners
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Greg Lugo December 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Patience and informative , attentive to what I want to learn
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William R. October 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have enjoyed my first class. Now I have homework to practice.
Thank you very much.
Will
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Christian E. September 20, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Kimberly is amazing. sh has sparked a passion in my son that he didnt have before working with her. Thank you Kimberly
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Kimberly A.

Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(23)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lucy L.

El Monte, CA

About Lucy

Ms. Lucy began studying violin with her father at the age of three. She attended Kunming Art Institute in Yunnan, China for junior and senior high school and than studied with Professor WeiJian Zhao from Central Music Conservatory in Beijing. She holds both AA and AS degree from Pasadena City College. where she served as the assistant concert master for many semesters. She also studied violin with Prof. Jay Zhong, former violin Professor at California State University, Los Angeles. Ms. Lucy is was a scholarship student at Bob Cole Conservatory of California State University, Long Beach. She st
udied with renowned violin pedagogue Linda Rose and served as concertmaster of the Bob Cole Conservatory orchestra, chamber orchestra and opera. Currently she's a student of Katia Popov, concertmaster of Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. She received her violin performance BM degree in 2003.

Ms. Lucy has performed extensively throughout China, Hong Kong, and the United States and won many awards for her performances. At age six, she won 1st place at The Future Violinist Competition in Yunnan and continuously wining at different competitions around China. 1989 summer, Ms. Lucy held her solo recital at The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and was a great success. Her most recent performances including: Solo violinist at 2005 New Universe Entertainment Academy; Performing with international tenor Oscar Zhang at UCI Barclay Theatre as guest solo violinist, with UCI symphony Orchestra, 2006. Guest Solo Violinist performing at Cerritos Performing Art Center in 2007. She also performed with different orchestras year round at different locations such as the Ford Amphitheatre and Orange county Performing Arts Center, she plays Jazz with Michael Mcdaniel Quartet.

Ms. Lucy began her teaching career at the age of 15 at her father’s violin school in Yunnan, China. The school currently has more than two hundred violin students and five violin teachers. Each year, Ms. Lucy travels back to China and give master classes and exchange valuable teaching experience with the students and teachers there. Summer 2006, Ms. Lucy and her students was invited by the International Youth and Children’s Art Festival, they stayed in China for ten days. Their performance got well accepted by the audience and was broadcasted on the local TV and newspapers. It was an unforgettable experience for all the students and their parents.

*** Lesson Details ***
Learning violin will be fun and rewarding for my students.

My teaching method is from The Juilliard School of Music, lessons are specifically designed to fit individual students age, background, strength and personality. In my classes, not only students are taught how to play the violin, they are also taught ear training, sight-reading, music theory, and performance skills; Most important, students are also taught self-confidence, discipline, appreciation of the arts, and the pride that comes from a job well done.

Every year, my students have the opportunity to perform in different concert settings, participate in our annual summer concerts, take national music exams, and audition with many orchestras and music schools.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in the living room which is converted into a quiet and comfy home studio. The room includes a piano, violin, flat screen TV, and seating is available.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method is mainly following The Juilliard School of Music, and I also combine it with the Suzuki method, especially for younger students.
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Keith L. December 24, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I improved my violin playing a lot since I took lessons with Lucy last month. I know learning to play violin is hard but with a good teacher you will improve a lot more faster than you expected.
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Santana H. December 7, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I think we found a really good violin teacher after all ^^ .
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Romy D. July 23, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I really appreciate Lucy Lu, my violin teacher. she is what one would expect for a violin teacher specially if you're like me 68 years and no experience whatsoever with the instrument. Had I stayed in Los Angeles, I see no problem in continuing taking lessons from her because I know that sooner or later, I would learn despite my busy schedule as a tax accountant. Thank you Lucy. I will miss you.
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Lucy L.

Lucy L.

El Monte, CA 91732
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA

I specialize in chord theory, i.e how chords are built from simple power chords to 7th, 9th, 11th , 13th major, minor , diminished and augmented chords and how you can recognize chord progressions and be able to tell from those chord progressions exactly which scale/mode to play with any chord progression. I will also teach you the characteristics of what each individual note from any scale is used for.

About Jeff

Hi, my name is Jeff. I received my Bachelors' in Music from Cal State Los Angeles and have taught music for over 30 years. I've played with the Drifters, Tower of Power, Brenda White, and Bobby Bradford. I have lead bands that have included alumni from the likes of Stevie Wonder, Jerry Lee Lewis, Count Basie, Chaka Khan, Smokey Robinson, Frank Sinatra, Ray Charles, the Temptations, Gladys Knight, Foreigner, Harry James, Joe Sample and the Jazz Crusaders, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Yanni and even Englebert Humperdink! I teach in a wide variety of styles and have the experience and knowledge from my y
ears of teaching and performing to greatly increase your knowledge about music and greatly improve your technique.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cater my lessons to the want and needs of the individual student. From all my years of teaching I've become a human jukebox and if I don't know a song that you would like to learn, I can figure it out for you note for note if you bring in the song on CD, iPod or anything else. Some students just want to play for their friends, family, church etc. and others want to learn how to improvise solos and learn a wide variety of styles. Whether it's rock, pop, jazz, blues, gospel, country or folk music I can and will teach you every scale, mode and chord known to mankind if that's what you need! It all depends on what YOU want to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a fender mandolin, yamaha electric bass, taylor acoustic guitar, a fender stratocaster and telecaster, a gibson blues-hawk, a guild hollow-body electric, a hohner classical-electric guitar a music man amp, and a wurlitzer electric piano. i will expect you to bring your instrument but everything else will be here at the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I cater my lessons to my students' needs. I mainly teach rock, blues, jazz, pop, folk, and country,
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Steve V. January 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff was very helpful and encouraging. I had not picked up a guitar in 45 years, but I found myself remembering chords and techniques that I had long forgotten about. Jeff is a very talented guitarist and the lessons are reasonably priced. The 45 minute lesson is a great deal.
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Pat M. October 19, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Started with Jeff in January 2015 - I had tinkered off & on with guitar for about 50 years, could play a little folky stuff & bluegrass rhythm guitar but not well, never took lessons before and hadn't played much for about 40 years. Jeff started off by hearing what I could do (not much!) and went from there, mainly with rock stuff. He is a walking encyclopedia, patient, unpretentious and I have made a lot of progress and continue to feel better about it every week. I actually am inspired to practice! I would recommend Jeff to anyone who wants to learn. 5 stars!
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Daiana September 23, 2015
Acoustic Guitar
Jeff is the best teacher when it comes to guitar. I've been receiving lessons from him since I was 10 and have continued the lessons over the years. Each lesson I take I get to learn something new and I am always entertained. I'm amazed at how well he teaches you every chord and technique in a simple and clear manner. He is patient and overall just an awesome person. May God bless him in his teaching career!
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Jeff S.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(20)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Billy C.

Azusa, CA

About Billy

I have been playing piano and guitar whilst performing for 8 years though I'm not short of experience. I went to Citrus College to perfect my guitar and piano playing and musicianship where I was moved to top of my class. I have been on tour with California's top cover group Night Shift going such places as Hawaii and numerous states for music festival performance and have been a hired musician for numerous groups for both recording and performing. I have musical knowledge in rock, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, salsa, reggae, funk, country, and many other genres. But enough about my knowledge. Let me
tell you about me: I love music. It's my passion and I've made a career out of what I do and love it. What I want to teach you are the skills that will allow you to continue to become more creative and precise but covering not only technique and theory, but why we choose certain things that sound and feel good and thus feeling beyond rewarded for what we've learned.

I'll cover soloing, learning chords, strumming, performing songs, learning songs, theory, technique, and multiple things you can come up with. And I promise I won't hit you with a ruler... We don't need a ruler for music anyways.

Ultimately, I feel lucky to be able to do what I do and I want to share it with you. That rhymes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cover soloing,piano and guitar rhythms, learning chords, technique, theory, I do multiple genres as well and I do this all in a very progressive and interactive way that most of my students find fun and help the learning process. And I'm great with kids.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1979 Fender stratocaster, Ibanez Hollowbody, Yamaha keyboard, A Micro Korg, and numerous minor equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
1997 Geo Prizm.. very reliable

*** Specialties ***
My specialties include Pop, Rock, Funk, Indie, Jazz, and R&B. I'm also fluent in Country, Reggae, Ska, Electronic and Soul.
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Roberta R. June 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a very patient teacher, and he has helped me make a lot of progress, which is wonderful. Whenever there is a problem, he helps me break it down into little bits that are easier to work through. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Danielle R. October 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a great teacher in guitar and he us just so easy going and relaxed. He makes you feel comfortable and us very patient. You won't regret choosing him
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Roberta R. July 19, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
An excellent teacher, patient, knowledgeable, he has good suggestions for how to improve practicing on the piano.
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Billy C.

Billy C.

Azusa, CA 91702
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Amy G.

Glendora, CA

Sight reading and a basic knowledge of music theory is essential to all singers! We will incorporate many exercises into our lessons to help with ear training, as well as how to read music!

About Amy

Hello!! My name is Amy G. and I have been singing professionally for over 20 years, and a vocal instructor for over 10 years. I teach all styles/genres of singing and am passionate about finding the gold and strengths in my students and bringing out their FULL POTENTIAL!!

Vocal Goals:
To€...
Develop free, uninhibited singing.
Enhance quality of tone for a desired sound.
Familiarize students with the piano.
Match pitch.

With...
Full, strong, breath & body support.
Clear diction.
Vowel dexterity.
Facial agility & upper-torso re
laxation.

Performance/Musical Goals:
Develop boldness & energy.
Look & sound professional.
Expand the student's musical knowledge & repertoire.
Embrace & comprehend the musicality of vocal lines &
phrases appropriate to each piece.

Social Goals:
Create a polite & kindly atmosphere.
Dissolve the STRESS, allowing singing to be FUN.
Keep the student motivated.

Accompaniment options:
Melody line only/basic chords (when learning repertoire & vocal techniques.)
Pre-recorded tracks. (CD/Tape for practice & performance.)
Hire an accompanist. (For applicable lessons & performance.)

Practicing Goals: (Monthly Practice Schedule Handout)
Encourage consistency rather than length.

We will study proper breathing, placement, stretching your vocal range, posture, poise, vowels, stage presence, communicating the lyric of a song, connecting with your audience, song selection, voice type, ear training, confidence, mic technique, how to read music, music resources, building your repertoire, pitch, rhythm, how to choose a song, vocal exercises, proper technique, mouth placement, tone, and facial expressions amongst many others! The following is a current biography, but I will provide a teaching and performing resume upon request. I am also happy to provide samples of me singing! I do not have a website at this time, but I am working on having it set up very soon! I look forward to hearing from you!

"Amy most recently performed with Musical Theatre West's productions of the highly acclaimed, Sweeney Todd, directed by Calvin Remsburg, and Annie with Tony Award winner Andrea McArdle. She came straight from starring in a beautiful production of Godspell at the Candlelight Pavilion, and as Mabel in Performance Riverside's production of Pirates of Penzance. She had the pleasure of playing Josie Cohan in the world premiere of Academy Award winner Richard Sherman's new musical, Pazzazz! at the El Capitan theatre in Hollywood. She'™s traveled around the world performing with Norwegian Cruise Lines and Vox Lumiere, and locally with Orange County Opera and Enrichment Works Productions. Regional theatre: Mary in the Glory of Christmas (Crystal Cathedral), Johanna in Sweeney Todd(Starlight Bowl), Jenny in Company(Performance Riverside), Cinderella in Into the Woods(Candlelight Pavilion), Rosina in Barber of Seville (Orange County Opera), Belle in Beauty and the Beast (ITL Award), Sarah in Guys and Dolls (Candlelight Pavilion)."
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Shelby Martinez February 4, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Grace D. January 28, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Only one lesson so far, but very pleased. Thanks!
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Aneela D. January 14, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Great teacher
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Amy G.

Amy G.

Glendora, CA 91741
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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