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Robin R.

Burbank, CA

Reading music, Ear training, finger strength, writing music, music theory, rhythm, notation, chords, common chord progression, repertoire," fake book" improvisation, writing chord charts, writing lead sheets. Classical, jazz, contemporary, pop, rock, R&B, folk, current, American Song Book, and of course...the Beatles!

About Robin

I've been a songwriter since I was a teenager. I have been teaching music for almost as long. As a teacher, my joy comes from seeing a student realize they have grown, or discover something they now can do that they could not do before, and the confidence gained through their efforts with my guidance. I carry around the Beatles Pocket Reference Guide at all times and preach the gospel of their songwriting legacy to my students when necessary and whenever possible!! I equally love the mystery of the musical ear, and music theory, and how it all works together...I love purple. For all those who
know me, I always match in whatever color spectrum I decide for that day, and I always have been that way. I believe in Angels on Earth, I searched for the Lochness Monster (No luck!!) I love animals. I have 2 rescue dogs, and 3 rescue cats, 1 more comes to have dinner and hang out. I named my son after the musical "Oliver" and the name suits him! I like that Oliver means " peace offering" I grew up in the Hollywood Hills, and love the history of Hollywoodland, I also love music and TV history. My uncle Sherwood co wrote 2 of the most iconic TV themes of all time in GIlligan's Island theme and the Brady Bunch. My mom, (Judithe) and I wrote songs together for 25 years. I named my first publishing company after my dog, Atso and he was the president and his legacy lives on in his name.

Employment History / Credits

Songwriting School of Los Angeles 2010- present
Musicians Institute 1992-present
Los Angeles County High School for the Arts (LACHSA) 2013 - present
Neighborhood Rock School 2013- present
Dick Grove School of Music 1985-1992
LA Recording Workshop 1998-2005
The Baywatch Production Co / Fremantle Media 1989-1999

Education:

Dick Grove School of Music

Composition Program 1982-1983
Keyboard Program 1983-1984

Hollywood High School 1979
Honors in Music and History

ATAS member since 1997
Emmy judge for 15 years

Platinum Hit :" Tomorrow Doesn't Matter Tonight" Starship /RCA Records
"The Last Time" Agnetha Faltskog (ABBA) / WEA Records
Gold: "Where Are You Now" Roxus / Austrailia / Mushroom Records
Wrote numerous songs for TV show "Baywatch" 1989-1999
Songs /music in various TV movies, reality shows, films 1979-current
Collaborated with American Idol Top 5 finalist Brooke White
American Idol songwriting contest finalist 2007 / Jordin Sparks year
Co authored Music Book "The Lead Sheet Bible" A step by step guide to doing lead sheets and chord charts, published by Hal Leonard Publ. 1998

*** Lesson Details ***
To me every student is unique and special, therefore I design the lesson around what they need and or want to learn. With the younger students, I strongly suggest we work out of a book as well as me giving them handouts to work on too. There are many and various books by Faber and Faber I love to use. Hal Leonard and Alfred Publishing have some great books depending on the students needs. With kids, it's important to keep it fun and interesting, and get them on a practice schedule. I believe one must have much patience with the younger students and the level of communication must be high, keeping them engaged and focused. With teens and adults, it depends on where they are at, and I always ask what they want to concentrate on. A well rounded piano lesson would work on reading, technique, theory, songs. Again, depending on the type of student, the lesson would incorporate more /and or less of these components.
I've been coined the "Chord Queen" by many students because of my fascination with how theory plays a subconscious role in songwriters who write by ear and if I'm teaching songwriting, we are looking at how the song is structured, the lyrics,the music, and of course the harmony and arrangement and I'm here to guide the student to be able to finish the song, and them be happy when it comes to fruition.

The subjects I've taught:

Piano
Theory
Ear Training
Songwriting/ Artist Development
Music History
Transcribing/Chord Charts/Lead Sheets
Music Publishing/Copyright

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano I teach at in my home, I have a photo copy machine to make copies and Wifi access if the student needs to bring their computer.Ipad, etc in regards to songwriting

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring music/paper/pens/pencils/hand outs/sheet music
Students should have piano/keyboard/Access to computer, or ipad would be helpful for research,examples. Lots of people have their music on their cell phones.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly Contemporary music,but have taught in many styles
pop/Rock/Country/Jazz/Soul genres
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jay-r cimatu June 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Very insightful.
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Annie D. February 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I was a bit nervous to start taking lessons again after a VERY long hiatus. From the start, Robin has really listened to what my goals are and has been helping me meet them - she's very personable and encouraging, and gives me manageable goals. 100% recommended!
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Spe T. January 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Robin is a great teacher. She is extremely knowledgeable of piano and theory. The communication I receive during our lessons made me confident in returning. She is a very nice lady who has helped me out tremendously. Thank you, Robin.
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Robin R.

Robin R.

Burbank, CA 91505
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA

This course is for those who are new to piano. You will learn how to read music, play, and some basic music theory.

About Jessie

Every student is a unique person who deserves a lesson customized to his or her individual needs. Each of my students prospers in an atmosphere of patience and encouragement. While the lessons are fun and enjoyable, the serious student will be supported in the development of skills leading to a rewarding career. And the more casual students will grow in an appreciation of music that will always enrich their lives.

As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of Music degre
e at the University of Redlands- which I attended on a music scholarship. I have played leading roles in several operas and musicals in Southern California, including Gianni Schicchi, Die Fledermaus, La Boheme (DTL nominee), The Impresario, The Grand Duke, Patience (DTL award), Cosi fan tutte, Little Women the Musical, Seussical the Musical, and many more. I have also appeared in several concerts, opera scenes, competitions (winning music scholarships and theater awards), and worked as a singer at churches, restaurants, and in pop bands. I continue to perform and study music because performing is a part of who I am and I could never live without it.

With this experience under my belt, I feel a desire to pass on my knowledge to students. I carry a strong passion to help people develop their abilities and make them their own. I truly believe that if someone wants something out of life then they WILL achieve it with dedication, perseverance, confidence, and by having FUN doing it!
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Christina H. July 30, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessie is awesome! As nervous as I was for my first lesson, she instantly put me at ease, put me through the paces of warm-up exercises, and I can't wait until next week!
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Erik N. July 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessie is awesome
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JONAH T. June 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient, very knowledgeable about what to expect with changing male voice. We're coming back for more!
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Jessie M.

Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
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$30 / 30-min
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Julie L.

Los Angeles, CA

About Julie

Trained from age five to approach the piano with excitement and love, I have studied with piano professors from all over the world at the Chopin Institute in Warsaw, Poland.

I love children and am patient, creative and intuitive. If your child is wiling to put in at least twenty minutes of practicing time, 5 -6 days a week, I will be patient, fun and excited every time they come in for a lesson - always tailoring their musical experience to their individual needs.

I also now have experience teaching several adult students at different beginner and intermediate levels. I'd love for you
to come in to my convenient Los Feliz studio after work for a lesson, you can walk to dinner or cafe, or a stroll in Griffith and do some of, what I call 'learning away from the piano.' :)

Hope to see you soon.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you or your child to be comfortable and playful with the instrument, make practicing fun and foster a life long love of music. Using both creative composition approaches to the piano as well as beginning of sight reading, hand position and theory, we will work through songs in Faber's Piano Adventures books for performance, lesson and theory for kids, and the Alfred's Adult Piano Student for adults. I compliment our main workbook by including pieces that we find together, things you love, and for kids I also try to include some Suzuki method to train the young ear.

The student and I will have honest communication about practice and I will do everything I can to make sure practice is approachable, productive, fun, and easy to get done with for the day.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio is in the living room in the front of the house. Includes a coat rack and small space for shoes. Very nice apartment.

*** Specialties ***
Most importantly - make sure a beginner is comfortable with the instrument! The first few lessons I play "improv" games where a student improvises on the keyboard in response to me naming a certain animal or automobile (ie, rocket ship or chipmunk). We then work on exercises to strengthen up, hand position, fingering and reading. And then we're off to the races!
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Ann D. October 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Julie was filling in while the primary teacher was on vacation for several weeks. Julie was pleasant and was great with my daughter, Norah, 6 years old. The lessons were where we left off with the primary teacher and Julie did a great job with it.

Thanks again Julie!
Ann
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Stephanie K. July 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking piano lessons with Julie for a year. We play a variety of songs and exercises each week. It's helped me go from not knowing the first thing about piano to being able to read sheet music and play many songs. The lessons are always challenge me and make me want to learn more. Plus Julie's just a really nice person. I would absolutely recommend Julie as a piano teacher - she is the best!
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Jennifer T. February 6, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful Teacher

I have been working with Julie for over a year now and I have nothing but great things to say about her. She is a fantastic teacher who has helped me expand my playing beyond what I thought possible. She really understands my playing goals and always gives me pieces of music that I enjoy but that continually push me forward. I feel very lucky to have her as a instructor.
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Julie L.

Julie L.

Los Angeles, CA 90027
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starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Matthew S.

Glendale, CA

The modern piano is one of the world's most versatile and familiar instruments, with extensive use in classical, jazz, and popular music. Students will learn fundamentals such as proper posture, finger exercise, and reading. More advanced students will study the standard repertoire and learn to improvise in a variety of styles.

About Matthew

I grew up in San Diego and started playing piano at age 6. I started composing at age 10 and began to play the trombone in school bands at 12. I fell in love with all of it immediately, and I started telling everyone around me that I was going to be a musician when I was still in middle school. After graduating high school from the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts, I attended the Cleveland Institute of Music for 6 years where I earned a bachelor's and master's degree in classical composition. I've performed as a soloist and with a variety of groups all over the country, and my
music has been featured during my fellowships with the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the Canton Symphony Orchestra.

I've been teaching various disciplines since I was 16, and I've developed a real passion for education. Music has been an incredibly important part of my life experience, and I strongly believe that learning how to play and listen is just as important as learning literature, science, and mathematics.

I have a lot of experience in a lot of different fields within the music business, and I can tailor a student's learning experience to exactly what they feel called to. Whether you just want to learn how to play a few songs on the piano or be a virtuoso composer-performer, I'm happy to help you achieve your goals or just have fun and explore.
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is awesome!
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Joe Toto July 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matt is awesome!
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Olivia H. December 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Matthew is a very good teacher. He is very methodical and thorough. I highly recommend Matthew to anyone wishing to learn how to play the piano from the very beginning; not having had any previous experience.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Glendale, CA 91205
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ashot B.

Glendale, CA

Beginners: Basic Piano and Theory, Ear Training, Right Song Choice
Intermediate Level: Technique, Chord Progression, Music Dictation
Classical and Modern Music,
Advanced Level: Repertoire Choice, Audition Preparation, Recitals Preparation

About Ashot

Ashot B. is a well-known Armenian musician, composer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and voice/piano teacher. A graduate of Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory (with a Master’s Degree in music Performance and Education), he, along with a classical music, has been a lover of Pop and Jazz music from an early age. Among his influences are George Gershwin, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, and Quincy Jones.

The academic education on one side, and a personal research and self-education on another, brought him to the determination to find his own way for self-expression. In 1
987 he was invited by the National Centre of Children’s Art, Music and Aesthetics to work as a music director and arranger for its Musical Theatre. Soon, he was offered to lead a small group of singers, mostly teenage girls, which later evolved into his original Jazz-Pop- Choir. In 1990, the choir was featured on National Television, performing the famed The Beatles hit “Let it be,” and becoming an instant sensation. The work with this choir within the next 3-4 years brought many awards and fame to Mr. B. as well as to the young singers, many of whom went on to become nationally acclaimed Pop stars.

The years following the Jazz-Pop-Choir saw Ashot B. take on a new direction: individually working with aspiring young pop singers pursuing their dreams of a big stage. As a part-time professor in the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory Jazz Department, the Yerevan State Pop & Jazz College, as well as privately, in his own Home-Studio, Ashot B. made it his top commitment to find, through individual approach, each young singers personal strengths, and, through the development of a musical taste and the choice of the right songs, help each of them reach the pinnacles of their potential. The results were participating and winning numerous prestigious international competitions, such as “Sloviansky Bazaar” (Slovenian Bazaar), “Shire Krug” (“Wider Circle”), “Golos Azii” (“Voice of Asia”), as well as, more recently, “Eurovision Song Contest,” and “American Idol.” Needless to say, many of these solo protgs joined the list of stars in the Armenian Pop Hall of Fame.

In 2006, Ashot B. moved to Los Angeles, and to this day continues to educate the young generations.

*** Piano Lesson Details ***

I strongly believe that it's extremely important to help beginners acquire a strong foundation in real musicianship. The first thing that any aspiring/beginning piano student should learn is the combination of the following:
1. Proper posture and proper hand-position
2. Proper touch that ensures a full sound and a beautiful tone
3. Basic music theory and notation
4. Appropriate and personalized choice of various songs/pieces: building of a repertoire

*** Singing Lesson Details***

I believe that anyone with a musical ear/sense of pitch can sing, no matter how powerful their voice is. My experience allows me to see a hidden talent of the prospective student, and in a short time find the best way to help them to achieve their goal.

***Studio Equipment***

Digital Piano Roland RD 700 NX, JBL Studio Monitors, Mic. Shure SM58, MacBook Pro, Apple-Logic-Pro, Etc.
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Sarah A. October 25, 2014
Singing · In studio
Ever since I went to professor Ashot's class, I felt like singing is my passion. I love the way he teaches me to sing, and I love how he does the musical arrangements for me. I have participated in many international competitions and won many 1st places. For me, he is the best teacher anyone could have. He is talented, patient, and caring. I found guidance, friendship, discipline, and love in my talented teacher, ASHOT BZNUNI!!!
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Anna S. October 24, 2014
Singing · In studio
Ashot B. is a multi-talented musician, composer and educator! I made my first steps into the music world with the help of and under the direct supervision of this wonderful man! I was one of the lead singers of his Jazz/Pop band in Armenia. I was about 9 years old when I joined that band, and, since then, my life has never been the same! He introduced us to the best music, inspired us to sing in many styles; he taught us how to sing sophisticated harmonies, introduced complicated rhythms, helped each one of us find our own style, sing with our own unique voice. Our band took numerous prizes at music festivals around the world, and many of our band members continued our musical careers as professional singers and became top-level artists in different countries! He’s a great teacher, who knows exactly what each singer needs in order to bring out the best out of his/her voice. I can’t even find enough words to express all my gratitude and appreciation to my first teacher, my musical mentor, and a wonderful person who helped me become who I am today! I definitely recommend Ashot to everyone who’s looking for a great teacher! He knows the right path!
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Joseph T. October 12, 2014
Piano · In home
I met Prof. Ashot 7 years ago. By now, he has taught my eldest child for 7 years, my second child for 5 years, and my third child (youngest) for 2 years. Knowing that I have retained his teaching service for so long should tell you all you need to know about his teaching skills. But I will elaborate anyway . . . He is GREAT with children! He is patient, warm, and encouraging, and his love of music and teaching shines through. Not every student learns the same way, so Prof. Ashot, as a wise and experienced teacher, alters his teaching methods to suit each student individually. Below are a few simple words of praise from my kids:

“Prof. Ashot is a very experienced piano artist. I enjoy working with him very much because he is patient and has taught me a lot in the last 7 years.”
Phi, 13 years old.

“Prof. Ashot is a very experienced teacher with a knack for music. He has good taste in music. I have learned much from him and I’m learning more every week.”
Nhi, 11 years old.

“Prof. Ashot is a man with talent and skill. Prof. Ashot pushes us beyond our limit, but I love to work with him very much.”
Quoc, 10 years old
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Ashot B.

Ashot B.

Glendale, CA 91203
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$30 / 30-min

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