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Steven N.

Pasadena, CA

About Steven

The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education,
gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my piano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.
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Mark P. July 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brilliant teacher, knows more about music than I'll ever know about anything, and shares exactly the right amount with me each session. He is incredibly patient, upbeat, encouraging, and helpful. When I make mistakes he's constantly patiently encouraging and helping me with various approaches to piano technique. I am a completely new student who could not read notes. Steven is sensitive to how to pace me and shows me new ways of learning that fit my personality and level. I could not imagine a better piano instructor/mentor than Steven. If you're within range of his studio and you're planning to take piano lessons at ANY level, I would strongly urge you to work with Steven. You will learn and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
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Elaine T. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
What a great teacher!!!

I'm a beginner and learning how to play the piano with Steven Niles had been an amazing experience. He was very helpful and patient with me . I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to play piano . BRAVO!!!👍👍👍👏👏👏😄
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lydia Z. November 24, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
An awesome teacher

I have been learning piano with Steven for about 15 months. Steven is a very intelligent, enthusiastic, patient and caring teacher. I had a wonderful learning experience with him and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is interested in playing piano and gaining more knowledge of music theory!
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Steven N.

Steven N.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(9)
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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Brigitte B. August 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jessie is really great. She's patient, positive, and really good with teens! We only just started with her but we're off to a great start!
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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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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA 91103
(30)
starting at
$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
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Jared J.

Burbank, CA

Most my piano background is in jazz but I can use that experience to show you students how to quickly play simple and fun songs - and even how the piano can be used a tool for song writing!

About Jared

I have been happily playing music for over half of my life and it has always been the light in my day. Now it is my hope to shed that same light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I join
ed a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.

I have been teaching music for over 5 years and have had experience with children as young as 5 to adults in their late 80's. I am a very attentive teacher who can not only help get you moving in the right direction but keep you on that path until your are a self-sufficient musician. A status that allows you to learn whatever you want on your instrument by yourself, whether it be for business, pleasure or for mere self-improvement.

I have had the chance to study with graduates of the Musician's Institute (MI), the California Institute of the Arts (CAL Arts) and Berklee College of Music. This has given me an inside look into how and what each institute teaches, as well as a first hand look at the techniques and ideas that the great players from these remarkable schools have come to produce.

My formal music education consists of 2 years at Pasadena City College where I obtained my general Associates Degree (much of the studies included music) and a semester at California State University Long Beach as a Jazz Guitar Performance Major. Additionally I have taken a great deal of classes in California State University Long Beach's teaching credential program, where I learned strategies and theories of how and what to teach my students - making me that much more effective at my craft. At Pasadena City College I studied with jazz/classical guitarist, Ron Berman, who has played with such jazz greats as Herb Ellis and Jimmy Wyble. At Cal State Long Beach I studied with jazz guitarist Ron Eschete, a former teacher at MI who has toured with the likes of Ray Brown, John Dizzy Gillespie and Jim Hall.

Most importantly I hope to show you or your child a new way to love and appreciate music. And to provide you with the ability to have the most fun on your instrument as possible.

I am also part of Takelessons Skype lessons program (lessons that take place on the internet via Skype) for those looking for a more convenient or affordable way to take music lessons from home.

*** Lesson Details ***
Throughout my lessons, I always encourage basic skills including scales, sight-reading and technical exercises. But what I hope to give all my students is a basic understanding of music and their instrument, providing them with a practical ability to navigate the vast world of music for a lifetime.

Beyond these skills, I always have songs, styles and theory for you to work on but I am often more interested in what you as an individual want to learn on your instrument. Getting to learn concepts that you have chosen yourself will help encourage practice and will make the finished product all the more the rewarding.

I can custom tailor a teaching curriculum and/or style for any of my students: we can focus on learning songs, learning to read, how to write music, how music works, and even how to play specific styles of music (including funk, rock, jazz, Latin, flamenco, classical, country and blues). I also self tailor my own worksheets and set weekly goals with my students to help encourage practice, understanding and progress. For students interested in more advanced concepts, I can also teach ear training, music theory, advanced jazz improvisation as well as advanced playing techniques.

And... all this in a friendly and easy-going teaching environment.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Located in my home garage, it is equipped with a small stage, an upright piano, an electric keyboard, a PA system, amplifiers, a drum set, a lap steel guitar, a pedal steel guitar, 2 cellos, multiple guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, 2 5-string banjos, a 4-string tenor banjo, a ukulele, 2 accordions and 2 electric basses.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar, cello (a full size), electric bass, a banjo, an amp, an accordion, cords and the occasional pick to students (sorry no spare mandolin or ukulele). I would only require an outlet and room to practice in; if the student could bring a pick that would be fantastic as well! I can also bring acoustic guitars if an outlet is unavailable and if that is in fact the kind of guitar the student wants to learn.

For piano students, it is best that they have their own piano or keyboard at their home; if the student is unable to obtain a piano for the first few lessons I do have a mobile keyboard but would require a fair amount of setting up.

*** Specialties ***
Styles: Jazz, Rock, Reggae, Metal, Funk, Progressive Rock, Classical, Folk, Bluegrass, Country, Various forms of Latin Music, Blues, and a few others.

Instruments: Beginning to Intermediate - Drums, Accordion and Piano.

Beginning to Advanced - Guitar, Mandolin, Cello, Banjo, Tenor Banjo (4 String), Electric Bass, Ukulele, Dobro, Lapsteel guitar (6 String C6 Tuning), Slide guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar (10 String E9 Tuning).

I also teach the beginning and advanced concepts of:
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, and Song Writing.
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Suzie R. July 23, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Very flexible with scheduling concerns. My daughter really enjoys her lessons so far!
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Abigail G. July 22, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Teaching my 6 y/o ukulele..first time instrument. ..Jared extremely patient and kind..my daughter thoroughly LOVED her first lesson because of Jared
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John C. July 14, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
Jared as really made a positive contribution to my son's music education. First, let me say that he is very professional in his work ethic. He is always on time, plans the lessons; and when I asked for an evaluation for how my son's lessons were progressing he gave me a well thought out and thoughtful report. My son enjoys his lessons and appreciates the way that Jared talks to him when he is giving instructions and suggestions.

I feel my money is being well spent on my son's lessons. Jared is my son's first teacher after taking a year break from the cello after a very bad year long experience with a cello teacher at a music store--where my money and son's time was totally wasted. The lesson I learned from that experience was that when looking for a teacher find one that cares about what the student is learning and their goals; rather then the teacher's resume with regard to their educational background and not really caring about the student. I feel Jared is trying to make sure that my son learns and enjoys the cello.

My son is 13 years old; and as a thirteen year old boy he sometimes needs to be reminded to stay focused and Jared speaks to him respectfully to stay on point. (I should say my son likes to think he is funny at times). My son also likes taking his lesson online.

I would definitely recommend Jared as a cello teacher.
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Jared J.

Jared J.

Burbank, CA 91505
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$35 / 30-min
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Jamie C.

Glendale, CA

Piano lessons with me will be focused not just around piano technique, but musicianship as well. Piano I believe is a strong foundation for anything music. I will teach you to hear pitches, theory, reading, rhythm, etc. All while learning your favorite songs and even working on your own original music! I also have a great weighted yamaha piano with pedals for a real acoustic piano experience!

About Jamie

I am currently a second year Music Major student pursuing a career in the music industry! I moved here in 2013 from Rhode Island and have dived right into the music business ever since I've been here. Working with all kinds of studios, artists, producers, and teachers. I know what its like being a beginner and what obstacles that come with that because I went through it myself. I've built my way from the ground up with the help of amazing mentors who had true passion and understood their students. I hope to pass on my knowledge and experiences to you!

Music Background:
-4 years SLS voice l
essons
-Studied with level one, two, and three SLS instructors
-Musicians Institute Vocal program
-2 years classical vocal training
-4 years playing acoustic guitar
-3 years Music theory/Ear Training/Reading

Recording Background:
-Recording Connections Audio Institute Graduate
-Protools 10 Certified User
-Studio experience at ESAudio Services
-Home Studio with Protools 10 and 11
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Carol (Student is my son Liam) July 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Jamie is my 7 year old sons Piano teacher, I met Jamie outside of this website but he had asked me to leave a review for him. I often sit in during the lessons and he is great with my son, very energetic and very positive. He teaches both from our piano book and also his own experience and tips which I really enjoy.
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Sophia C. June 27, 2015
Audio Engineering · In studio
I started lessons with Jamie a few months ago and he is great! Im a singer, and came to Jamie to learn how to record and mix my music. My immediate impression is how kind and patient he is when he teaches, and how he really tries to make sure I understood everything. He is very well rounded and I could not only ask him for help on recording music but almost anything singing, theory, piano, guitar. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Jamie C.

Jamie C.

Glendale, CA 91206
(2)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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