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Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA

About Jordan

I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, metal, country, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
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Lisa D. July 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Dave D. July 21, 2014
Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I have played in bands, recorded music, and taken a few lessons with Jordan in the past. He is without a doubt, one of the most gifted musicians I have ever had the pleasure to work with. In addition, he is a very patient and attentive teacher and caters his teaching to suit the needs/abilities of the student. I highly recommend Jordan for lessons on multiple instruments, you won't be disappointed.
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Jordan R.

Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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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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Richard M. January 26, 2015
Kimberly is an amazing musician and teacher. Her teaching techniques can make you the musician you've always wanted to be.

From beginner to seasoned player she can help you hone your skills. Let's say your not sure you want to learn to read music just yet. Her teaching methods can have you playing your instrument faster than you would dream possible. If on the other hand your interested in improving your your reading skills she can help you understand note placement time value neck geometry economy of motion.

Your welcome to do as many players do. Work on a song for hours on end picking out note after note after note till it feels like your going to die of old age. There you are ready to play at the family gathering the room get quiet you start playing singing " I'll never leave your pizza burning" from the back of the room comes your uncle with the runny eye runs up to you saying "hey Junior that's I'll never be your beast of burden I told you not to waste your time with that guitar"
Yeah we've all had something like this happens to us.

Have you ever listened to a song and thought was that a cat?Hawaiian noises? Is that even English? musically speaking Kimberly can unscramble an egg.She can tell you what that sound was how you can reproduce it or replace it with your own. She can answer all those musical questions you've wonder about. Is the hokey pokey really what it's all about? Why'd Yankee Doodle stick a feather in his hat and call it macaroni?

Whether your a serious musician or just starting out and want to have fun. You owe it to yourself book a lesson with her. Think of all your other projects the picture frame the Jewellery box Bird house. All that stuff is in the garage gathering dust right? High priced fire wood.

What you learn with Kimberly you keep forever. Money well spent
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Greg G. December 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons on my electric with Kim for about a year in her studio in the LA area. There are so many guitar instructors in LA, choosing one was very difficult. I relied heavily on reviews I read & a personal recommendation from a friend. Kim is exactly what I was looking for. She is laid back and down to earth (no rapping on the knuckles here!) but she conducts herself and her business just like you'd want her to - like a business. I sort of expect most musicians to be a bit fluid with their lives and their calendars. Not Kim! She tackles her work like a professional - on time, focused on you and flexible to meet your needs.

What I love about working with her is her flexibility. We started with basic guitar lessons - scales, chords, strum patterns, etc. It quickly morphed into her teaching me what I wanted to learn. A month in she asked me to make a list of my favorite songs. She wove the learning from there - blending just enough conventional guitar teaching into the lessons to keep it real - but focused on what I wanted - learning the songs I grew up with. I didn't want to learn to read music - so she stays on tabs. I am so happy and look forward to my lessons with her every week.

I would recommend Kim to anyone who wants to learn on their own terms.
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Peter B. December 10, 2014
Blues Guitar · In studio
I've been taking guitar lessons with Kimberly since the beginning of 2011. At the time I'd had several years of lessons using a traditional method on acoustic guitar and was looking for a teacher who could help me focus on electric blues rock and move me beyond my intermediate skill level.

Kimberly has a real focus on and talent for teaching. My lessons are tailored to meet my interests. A large part of the lesson is devoted to learning her method for blues soloing--at least 5 approaches to improvisation and comping. After several years, I've come to see how these approaches interweave, complement each other and have become an intuitive part of my musical vocabulary.

Also, because I expressed an interest, part of the lesson involves sight reading, learning blues and jazz theory, developing rhythmic playing sense, and learning a few favorite solos. Kimberly has an amazing ability to tab out and teach any song you give her. Which leads to the best part--after 6 months I was invited to play with one of her ensemble classes. While I was absolutely petrified with fear at the beginning, this has turned into one of the highlights of my week every week. It is just downright fun! It's a safe and forgiving environment where you can make mistakes and learn, or try things out that might flop, or turn into something cool. Every teacher and guitar magazine article all point to the need to play with other musicians to develop your skills and this is where Kimberly Allison really delivers. I feel that I could now sit in with other musicians and contribute.

I give my highest recommendation for taking lessons with Kimberly.
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Kimberly A.

Kimberly A.

Monrovia, CA 91016
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jihye L.

Arcadia, CA

Students who want to go next level of music. Will work on read notes and more.

About Jihye

Education: Hold MFA degree at California Institute of the Arts.
Studied with Vicki Ray and Lisa Sylvester.
Focused on Performing arts,Accompanying.

Experience: More than 15 years of teaching experiences including
High school, College, Academy, Kindergarten. Member of MTNA.

All ages welcome!

*** Lesson Details ***
- Use various kind of books.
-Lesson include theory, sight reading, Technic....
- Participate in recitals, competitions, festivals...
- Use English and Korean.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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WAI piano in studio room.
Waiting area for parent.

*** Specialties ***
Focus on classic, pop and chamber music.
Many experiences with young beginners.
Teacher of Yamaha Group Lesson.
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Sojourn W. June 29, 2015
Classical Piano · Online
Verified Student
Jihye is perfect! Kind, patient and humorous. Great teacher!
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Balbina T. June 18, 2015
Korean · Online
Verified Student
I really thought the instructor was great.. At first you think you will have a strict one but it turned out very well for the first day.Very great instructor.
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Grace May 7, 2015
Korean · Online
Verified Student
I just finished my first Korean lesson! It was informative and fun! She taught me the pronunciations, was encouraging, and a good teacher! Five stars!
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Jihye L.

Jihye L.

Arcadia, CA 91007
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Braeden H.

Monrovia, CA

I have a Bachelors Degree in ethnomusicology from UCLA, where I studied advanced music theory under world-renowned professors. I am well-versed in the theory behind harmony, melody, rhythm, notation (Western and non-western), and more. I am excellent at providing ear training, which allows students to listen to music and simply hear how to play it before even touching their instruments.

About Braeden

I graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA in 2013, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnomusicology: World Music. I have 12+ years of guitar and musical experience, I've toured nationally with the LA-based band Torches, and I gig frequently in the Los Angeles area. I made my national television debut in spring 2013 performing on AXS Live. A multi-instrumentalist, I specialize in guitar and bass, and currently teach both instruments at the Boys and Girls Club in Wilmington, CA.
I love teaching, and tailor each lesson to the individual. I believe that lessons grounded in the fundamentals of music th
eory lead to a flexible musical education—music doesn't have to be cloudy and mysterious anymore! My main motivation in teaching is to encourage what brought a student to seek lessons in the first place: a genuine love of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student’s schedule when possible. All students are provided with a notebook to take home each week which is used to notate exercises, chords, scales, and practice routines.

Guitar students can expect to see a large improvement in knowledge, finger dexterity, and general musical ability within weeks. Songwriting students can expect to produce an EP of demos of their own songs within 1.5 months.

Sound fun? Let's go!

*** Specialties ***
-Pop/Rock music
-Music theory
-Blues chord style and soloing
-Jazz theory and improvisation
-Folk fingerpicking and guitar harmony
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Tu P. March 17, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
easy to learn,easy to understand,teacher braeden is one of the best,if I can do it you can do it too.
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Kevin H. February 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Emphasizes the importance of theory and understanding music rather than just shapes and tabs. He's a pleasure to learn from and makes an extra effort to gather info about your personal knowledge of music so he can better teach you.
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Braeden H.

Braeden H.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(2)
starting at
$30 / 60-min
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Jeremy T.

Glendora, CA

About Jeremy

Hi! My name is Jeremy. I started playing guitar at the age of 14 and by 16 I knew I wanted to play music for a living. I graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a performance degree in May, 2013. While at APU I performed with various groups including the APU Jazz Ensemble, which has won awards at the Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival, and studied with many great teachers.

Some of my favorite guitarists are: Oz Noy, Django Reinhardt, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jim Hall, and Steve Lukather. Playing music has taught me to be open-minded and I love (or appreciate) all styles of music. My favo
rite artist is D'angelo.

I am currently a working musician with guitar as my primary instrument. I have been very fortunate to perform with artists such as Stevie Wonder, Martha Reeves, and Melissa Manchester. I have been very blessed to play venues such as: Chick-fil-a headquarters in Atlanta, GA; Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee; the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama; and Club Nokia in downtown Los Angeles. I perform in many styles including: pop, funk, blues, R&B, jazz, fusion, gypsy jazz, Latin rock, solo guitar, classical, and Christian worship music. I have also played in pit orchestras for musical theater and done sidelining work on the pilot episode of a TV show (sadly, never picked up).

I am very lucky to have had many mentors who have helped me grow immensely as a musician and helped me figure out my career path. Without them I would not have anywhere near the level of musicianship I have today. I have also learned other extremely important aspects of being a musician: gig etiquette, being approachable, how to carry yourself, how to dress, and many others. I hope to pass on my knowledge to you and help you achieve your goals, whether to learn music to express yourself in new ways or to start on a path to being a professional musician.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is very important to learn the fundamentals of the guitar. I want all my students to be familiar with the entire fretboard and use the picking, fretting, and chording technique that best suits their hands and needs. I recognize that there is not one single right way to play the guitar and I will work on helping each student find the way that works best for them. I will also discuss proper care, maintenance, and storage of instruments.

Other important skills I teach are sight-reading (standard notation and lead sheets/chord charts), basic to advanced music theory, rhythm/lead playing, improvisation, chord voicing, and finger-style. I can help students learn a difficult song or guitar solo and even help them write their own music.

For students who want to learn classical guitar, there are some additional subjects we could cover. These include tone production, interpretation of different styles of classical and Latin guitar music, nail care (more important than you would think!), memorization, and performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars:

G&L Comanche
Eastman AR805CE
Kenny Hill 2007 Almeria
Breedlove Passport Plus OM/CMe

Pedalboard:

AMT Wah
TC Electronics Polytune
Suhr Riot
Fulltone OCD
Lovepedal Eternity Fuse
Ernie Ball VP JR
Xotic SP Compressor
Line 6 M9

Amplifiers:

VVT Lindy Fralin
Mesa Boogie F50
ZT Lunchbox

Strings:
D'addario EXL115 Nickel Wound, 11-49
D'addario Phosphor Bronze Light, 12-53
D'addario XL Chromes Flatwound, 12-52

Picks:

Dunlop Tortex 1.14mm
Wegen Gypsy Jazz Pick

Recording:

2011 Macbook Pro
Logic Pro 9
Guitar Rig 5
Presonus Firebox Firewire Interface
Sennheiser HD280 Pro

Misc.

Mono Club Pedaltrain bag
Mono M80 Electric Guitar Gig bag
Studioslips Clamshell cover
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Bradley C. June 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jeremy is a great instructor and very talented.
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Stephanie G. March 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great with my young son.
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Jeremy T.

Glendora, CA 91741
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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