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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 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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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 awar
ded 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 piano/voice and composition.

Since graduating in 2010, I've released an EP entitled 'Living in Layers'. I sing and play piano in a number of bands including cover bands and original projects, mostly in the pop/rock/soul veins. Some of my collaborators include Akon and Andy Samberg (for an SNL short), Ben Lee (platinum selling Australian recording artist), Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), and the Swingle Singers (Acclaimed British A Capella group).

I have love in my heart for both classical and popular music, and I think my combination of the 2 will make for a very well-rounded lesson experience. I would say that my biggest strength as a musician is that I'm well rounded, and can work with just about anyone in any style. I can help you understand the styles that excite you, but also open your eyes to other new and exciting things. I would say that I specialize in writing, and work very well with students interested in composition and songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will vary from student to student, but you can definitely expect exercises to better your technique, games for your ear to help you understand whats happening in the music, and a project of your choosing, whether it be a pop song, a Mozart Aria, or a Jazz Standard.

First and foremost, taking music lessons should be fun and inspiring. You can count on me to figure out just what it is that made you pick up the phone and ask for lessons, and then together, we'll create feasible step by step ways to reach your goals. I am a pretty easy-going teacher, but I like to challenge my students and push them to a level that they are comfortable with.

For beginning piano students, I like to use the Faber and Faber Method, which comes with escalating books in Performance, Theory, and Technique and Artistry. It just covers it all! For advanced piano students, I like to asses their strengths and weaknesses and design a curriculum with the student that's both fun and challenging, sometimes working out of specific books, and sometimes not.

For voice students of all skill levels, I like to base my curriculum off of a balance of technique-building exercises and stylistic song of the students choice. A classical singer may have different exercises with vowels, placement, and breath than a pop or rock student. I like to focus on the 'true' voice, find what makes you sound like you, and make you the best and most confident singer you can possibly be.

After 6 months of lessons with me, I will have you saying that you are not only a better musician, but you understand music more and you're more inspired and excited than before. Music is what unites us as people, and I strive to give the tools necessary to all of my students to be able to express themselves in a way that works for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
LivingRoom: piano and/or keyboard (88-weighted key) couches and chairs, parents can sit on on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
If the students don't have a piano or keyboard (88-weighted key) then I can provide a keyboard for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg - adv
Vocals: beg - adv
Theory: beg-adv

I am capable of teaching classical piano lessons, but I specialize in contemporary and popular piano styles and composition/songwriting.

I love working with vocalists looking to accompany themselves better!
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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.
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Anthony S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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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, Delp
hian. 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 rock n' roll. Everyday as I continue to grow as a teacher and musician, so does my love for the guitar. I very much enjoy sharing my knowledge and seeing each of my students progress and grow as musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every lesson will be tailored exactly to what you want to learn. We can cover specific topics such as music theory, harmony and improvisation, but if you would prefer to just work on learning your favorite songs, that's precisely what we'll do. Let me know what you want to learn and it will be done. We'll monitor your progress to help reach your goals. Most importantly, we will have fun while learning!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitars and basses, amps, cables, music stands, PC with QBase recording software

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own equipment. Guitar, amp, and cables. Students should have their own guitar and amp.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock and metal, but I love to teach other styles like classical guitar, blues, jazz, and country.
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Lauren M. August 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jason is awesome. He is intelligent, prepared, cool, kind, and patient. I'm really looking forward to getting better at this guitar thing with him. I STRONGLY RECOMMEND HIM YOU LOVERS, ARTISTS, FRIENDS, AND STRANGERS.
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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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Jason W.

Jason W.

Glendale, CA 91204
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$25 / 30-min
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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 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.

Burbank, CA 91505
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David F.

Burbank, CA

My love for pop music is as old as my first memory. Which, although a little fuzzy, I’m pretty sure was when I was 4, dancing around the living room to Pinball Wizard by The Who. Deeply connecting with a song on first and subsequent listenings is something I still find magical and inspiring about pop songs, and it’s an experience I strive to give any audience as a songwriter. From Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Abba, Billy Joel, Depeche Mode to Broadway veterans Cole Porter, Rogers, Hammerstein, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondhiem, my greatest influences and musical stylings span the genres of pop/rock, broadway, alternative/indie, and electronic. Creating and assembling all the elements and making a pop song is kind of like designing an amusement park ride. Emotion, instrumentation, rhythm, lyrics and melody coalesce into a 3 1/2 minute solar system of sound and story.

About David

I am passionate about unlocking and developing creativity in artists of all ages, and have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. Over the past decade I have coached pianists, guitarists and vocalists privately, as well developed and run music programs at various institutions in Southern California. I received my Bachelor's of Music in 2005 from the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music (Music Industry/Jazz Piano) and currently teach Lower & Middle School Music at an elementary school in Studio City. I played piano for FX's "It's Always Sunny In Philad
elphia", composed theme songs and jingles for The Stream of Consciousness Online Television Network, and had my music placed in CW's 90210 & One Tree Hill.
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Jeff B. February 25, 2015
Piano · In home
David is an amazing teacher. He is very patient with the student's learning process while remaining encouraging. He gave me just the right amount of push to keep my skills improving. It can be very overwhelming for an adult to learn a new musical instrument (piano for me), but David's mastery of music coupled with his upbeat and joyful personality make the process really enjoyable. I highly recommend David to teach both adults and children. He teaches piano and guitar lessons to the two teenage children of a friend of mine, and they both love him.
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Mason G. January 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
I recently saw a holiday vocal performance that David instructed and moderated. I could tell he has a true talent with men and women of all ages, but especially children. He offers patience and innovation in his work. He had his classes (1st - 5th Grade, I believe) write a story board based on how they felt about certain topics during the holidays, and David was able to compile a masterpiece of original songs that had some of the audience in tears. He also seems like a very talented pianist, and he must be a great composer since her composed the songs as well for the performance. I would recommend him to friends and family, and really feel that is he truly gifted at what he does.
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Troy P. January 7, 2015
Guitar · In studio
David's instruction was thoughtful, manageable and carefully crafted to my specific needs. He was always prepared, and way more patient and kind to me, than I was even to myself. Most importantly, I felt safe to explore my inner artist without judgement and with complete support from David. He's both a great teacher and person.
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David F.

Burbank, CA 91505
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