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Robin R. Burbank, CA

Lyric writing, melody writing, overcoming writer's block, how to bring out your inspiration, using music theory to enhance your writing, stream of consciousness exercises, common chord progressions, diatonic and chromatic writing, copyrighting, starting a publishing co.
How to harmonize a melody, top lining, writing grooves, arranging your songs.

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 ...

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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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Mandy D. January 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 13 year old daughter recently started taking lessons from Robin and really enjoys them. Robin is keeping it interesting and fun, we would highly recommend her to anyone.
Bobby A. Los Angeles, CA

Have you wanted to write your own music? I have a degree in composition (classical, jazz, pop, songwriting, and arranging; piano and vocal focus); I write and teach primarily for piano, voice, and strings. And of course there are dozens of styles and instruments at your disposal; the rules and options are endless, and I can guide you as you explore and make music.

Composition & Songwriting instruction includes:
-- songwriting & song structure: writing a good chorus, telling a story with verses
-- lyrics and storytelling
-- arranging / orchestration / instrumentation / parts
-- classical, pop, Broadway, radio, singer-songwriter, strings, piano, vocals, band, Garage Band, and more
-- composition: form, style; soundtracks and scoring

About Bobby

I'm a piano teacher, pianist, composer, songwriter, singer, and lifetime music lover in beautiful Los Angeles, California. I began playing piano at age 7 and was forever smitten with learning music! I progressed rapidly and by high school I was winning multiple competitions and talent shows and performed as a featured artist with local youth orchestras in Corpus Christi, Texas. When I was 16, I began teaching piano and music theory to my peers and to kids. Then it was off to Austin where at the University of Texas I studied composition (piano principal under Dr. Betty Mallard) and wrote and arranged for keys (of course) as well as voice, strings, and choral groups I sang in. I'm a fun, laid-back person and my teaching style reflects that. However I thrive on doing things the right ...

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Mark F. February 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Bobby is an incredible teacher. He's patient, adapts really well to my learning needs and knows how to guide me throughout the practice towards productive and useful activities. He's friendly, very patient and gives a lot of positive and constructive feedback which I appreciate.
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Tawal P. February 7, 2015
In studio
I used to think that songwriting and composition was beyond me, that it was a gift only some people had and I wasn't one of the lucky ones. I mean, I had sung in chorus some and had taken piano as a kid, but I couldn't crack the code. When I started piano back up again as a lark with Bobby and then expressed my interest in songwriting, I wasn't expecting much from myself to be honest. After all, who was I kidding? But, Bobby really helped to decrypt the structure of songwriting for me and little by little, I started to really get the hang of it. From just the basic four chord pop tune to adding in some more unexpected choices, I'm totally that singer-songwriter I always embarrassingly envisioned in my head. And, he's been great with the vocals as well, helping me to know what works for my body and providing concrete tips for the kind of singing I want to do. Top-notch guy, definitely check him out.
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Scott S. October 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I took a 35+ year break from piano lessons and was a little nervous to attempt it again. But Bobby made me feel very comfortable right off the bat and has been a great instructor. Very personable and extremely patient (and I'm sure my indelicate pounding has taxed that patience at times). His studio is well set-up and comfortable, and he really knows what he is talking about. Highly recommended!
Anthony S. Los Angeles, CA

I've been writing songs for over 10 years now. I like to explore processes and really like to deconstruct lyric and through line. My songs have been featured on 'Pretty Little Liars', 'The Fosters' and the feature film 'The Masked Saint' due out in the fall of 2014

About Anthony

I started playing music at age 9, when my mom decided to put me in piano lessons. Much to her surprise, I fell in love with the instrument and played non-stop, sometimes skipping dinner to read through a new piece or practice for an up coming competition. After winning a few state wide competitions, I enrolled in an arts high school to practice my craft, and be around other creative high school students. While in High School, I started writing music and singing in a 16 member chamber choir. The summer before my senior year, I won the prestigious Berklee songwriting competition and was awarded a scholarship to the school, which I decided to decline to make my way towards the music mecca of Los Angeles. I received a Bachelor's degree from CalArts where I focused on contemporary ...

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Michael M. September 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Talented. Well-trained. Patient. Intuitive. Punctual. Flexible. Supportive.

He cares.
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Landy E. October 28, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome Anthony

I've been taking singing classes with Anthony for over half a year now, singing musical theatre. He has been very accommodating with my busy schedule. Anthony is awesome, not only in his teaching style, but his genuine interest in teaching. He is also an amazing singer!

I have classes with him once a week, and I look forward to every class. He's very positive and nurturing. I came in with zero experience, and was very shy about my voice. He has helped bring my confidence level up. Though my singing ability is still shaky, I feel myself improving, and I'm now willing to belt out my favorite songs in a car with my friends.
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Christine S. April 17, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
knowledgeable, dynamic, passionate, great musicianship, articulate, carrying, flexible, reliable

Anthony has been teaching our two teenage kids for the past 6 months. They are intermediate level and have both found in Anthony a great balance. He is capable to go from classical, emphasizing on techniques and theory, to Jazz and expose them to the intricacy of chords, to pop and sing with them. He is giving them his full array of knowledge in the most gentle, encouraging yet challenging way. And instills in them the notion of phrasing and composition by guiding them to think musically. He is wonderful with them.
Fernando H. Glendale, CA

About Fernando

I have taught thousands of students, with some of my students being major Hollywood actors and actresses. I'm proud to say that many of my students have also gone on to major colleges and universities. I am a Senior teacher at Instrumental and love to make lessons fun, exciting and very enjoyable! I have been performing and recording for over 25 years and have performed with many top name artist, bands and performers from around the world. My education includes a Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; an AA degree in Music from Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA; and a certificate from Musicians Institute Guitar Institute of Technology, Hollywood, CA. I've been lucky enough to have studied with such acclaimed teachers as Michael Sweet (Stryper, Boston), ...

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Elizabeth N. January 14, 2014
Guitar
Incredible teacher and mentor

Fernando taught my son guitar for many years, but also taught him the love of music. He was not only by far, the best teacher we ever found but also a mentor to my son. My son could not wait to work with him every week and worked hard to make him proud. He was and always will be a very influential person in my son life. Excellent teacher, wonderful man.
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Jonathan T. January 2, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher

I have had the opportunity to have received instruction from more than a few music teachers, and I can say without a doubt.....

Fernando is one of the best teachers in the business!

He has great communication and really makes you feel welcome.
Weather you are new or seasoned you can really benefit from his instruction.

Besides being a great teacher he is a very proficient guitar player and covers many styles of music.

You will always feel like you can reach your goals with his help.

If you are looking for a teacher, give him the opportunity, you will not regret it!
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Stacey F. December 31, 2013
Guitar
Fernando is a fantastic teacher!

Fernando has been teaching our two children guitar for over a year and a half. His passion for guitar and teaching is evident at every lesson. His gentle mannerisms and clear understanding of children and how they process and learn is the perfect mix to allow for continual growth in the subject. We could not have asked for a better teacher!
Jason W. Glendale, CA

About Jason

I grew up in Minnesota and started playing guitar when I was 13. Self-taught for three years, I developed a passion and love for music. Upon turning 16, I expanded my knowledge studying with a local guitarist, a musical genius in my opinion, who made a huge impact on my playing. In the fall of 2007 I relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute for guitar performance. I graduated in 2009 Over the course of the last nine years I've been a part of six different live performing bands and currently work with my original band comprised entirely of Musicians Institute graduates, Delphian. Delphian can be seen and heard featured on screen in the Mike Judge film “Extract”. I study, perform and have vast knowledge in the styles of blues, classical, country, folk, jazz, metal and ...

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Phoebe O. November 7, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
We started off with a different drum instructor who turned out to be very unreliable. I asked take lessons to provide me with someone with good reviews. Someone who is punctual and reliable, that's when we met Jason. Jason is a super amazing instructor who has incredible patience. My son Nathan has never had any musical education before. After taking lessons with Jason for about three months he has a vast knowledge in playing drums and reading music. Jason utilizes his time very productively during lessons with no rush. He even goes to the extent to recommend and suggest products that will help Nathan improve. He is very humble, sweet and trustworthy. My family is glad that he came along. Thank you Jason from all of us.
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Christi D. November 3, 2014
Verified Student
Jason is a great,cool, and awesome guitar teacher. He has good taste in music and knows a lot of good ways of teaching me. I have improved a lot over the last few months since he came. My guitar solos are improving...and we have a lot of fun jamming. He is the BEST guitar teacher ever!
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Carmen C. July 25, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jason is thorough, adaptable, patient, kind, and full of so much information. He is well worth every penny.
Jared J. Burbank, CA

I can teach students a great deal about melody development and chord progression selection. I typically have a very theoretical approach to songwriting but love to reinforce it with a much less technical approach to help create more organic and natural sounding songs.

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 joined 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

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Victor V. March 20, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First class and my son is very enthusiastic!
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Joseph W. March 20, 2015
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Very helpful and understanding.
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Daniel L. March 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
My 13 year old son loves his lessons with Jared. He looks forward to it every week, and is showing a lot of progress. Jared manages the technology well, and makes online lessons as effective as in-person.

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The Anatomy of a Hit Pop Song [Infographic]

When you're learning how to write a song, looking at how other songs are structured can be a great place to start. Like looking at a map before you go on a roadtrip, checking out the basic elements of songs you love gives you a sense of how they were written and what you need to do to write a song of your own. If analyzing all your favorite songs sounds like a daunting task (it is), you're in luck. The Billboard Experiment wanted to know if there was a formula that could determine which songs … Read More
The Anatomy of a Hit Pop Song [Infographic]
When you're learning how to write a song, looking at how other songs are structured can be a great place to start. Like looking at a map before you go on a roadtrip, checking out the basic elements of songs you love gives you a sense of how they were written and what you need to do to write a song of your own. If analyzing all your favorite songs sounds like a daunting task (it is), you're in luck. The Billboard Experiment wanted to know if there was a formula that could determine which songs
Logic Pro Tutorial: How To Create An Audio Slow-Down Effect
Want to add a cool slow-down effect to your music? Learn how in this Logic Pro tutorial from Brevard, NC teacher John C...   If you've listened to popular radio in the past several years, and I’m guessing you have, you've heard either a vocal melody line or an instrumental part of a song make a particular effect. Listen to the following Fall Out Boy song and pay attention to the music in the background at 00:27 seconds, again at 1:27, and once again at 2:27: Did you hear it? Th
6 Resources for Creating Your Own Sheet Music
As you develop your musical skills, you may become interested in writing your own music. While learning to play an instrument and being able to play others' music is a wonderful skill, nothing compares to creating sheet music full of your own compositions! As a budding songwriter, you’ll need to add some additional skills to your repertoire. Writing music can be as simple as putting a pen to paper, or you can take advantage of the many songwriting tools technology offers. Whether you’re sketchi
How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place
Songwriting Tips | The Wisdom of a One-Of-Kind Song Title
What's in a name? If you're looking for songwriting tips as you pen your next tune, check out this advice from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   There is not one "right" or preferred way to write a song. It's a very individual choice. Some songwriters start out with a patch of melody or a line or two of lyric as their creative catalyst. Others will initiate the songwriting muse with a unique and instantly-captivating song title or writing from their emotions. And in this ever-cr

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