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Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA

Songwriting is an art as well as a craft. In my lessons, I cover basic song structures in a variety of styles including blues, pop, rock, country, and jazz, lyrical content, melodic phrasing, and telling a story. Guitar is my preferred instrument for these lessons, so a background in basic guitar fundamentals is recommended, although some introductory guitar can be included with these lessons.

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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Arshria P. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I sure was very happy with Jordan. Jordan is an awesome teacher! He was on time and had a great attitude.
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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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Jordan R.

Jordan R.

Pasadena, CA 91105
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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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 way and reinforcing that in a positive way. This applies to both kids and adults!

Being a musician is a tremendous feeling and my goal is help others become better musicians and have fun doing it!

*** Lesson Details ***
FIRST LESSON: We will about your experience with music, music theory, piano, any other instruments, and what kind of music you're interested in learning. Any style is OK!

We'll talk about your practicing commitment and your space at home - do you have a piano or a keyboard?

Once I've assessed these things, we can start some exercises then I can give you some fun assignments.

If you have certain music in mind you'd like to learn, please bring those ideas or sheet music.

WHAT ARE OTHER LESSONS LIKE?

You and I discuss your progress or roadblocks since last time and any questions you had. No doubt you experienced a combination of inspirations and frustrations - that's normal.

We'll warm up with scales and exercises if you have not already, then jump into the material.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A 1920's Hardman Grand Piano
MIDI keyboard
USB mic with Garage Band
AC
And a bathroom!

*** Specialties ***
I TEACH:
Creative children and adults (actors, thinkers, tinkerers, hams) - all ages
Beginners, intermediate, advanced players
People coming back to music after forever! (it's OK).
Piano classes are individually tailored to your needs.

PIANO PERFORMANCE
Proper form, tempo, dynamics, and reading music. Clefs! Italian! Oh my!

STYLES: POP, ROCK, JAZZ, BROADWAY
Lead sheets, rhythm, improvisation, style

SONGWRITING & COMPOSITION
How to pick the right chords and style; lyric and melody writing; song structure

VOCAL & PERFORMANCE COACHING
Singing (while playing!) and showmanship; proper vocal technique and support

MUSIC THEORY
Music theory is the study and science of music and how it's put together. Why do you only use the black keys sometimes?

EAR TRAINING
How to hear certain pitches in relation to others: intervals, chords, scales, and when and where to use them.
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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!
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Bobby A.

Bobby A.

Los Angeles, CA 90065
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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.

Anthony S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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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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.
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Jason W.

Jason W.

Glendale, CA 91204
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Matthew S.

Glendale, CA

Learn the art of songwriting, from simple lyrics and chords to full-blown studio productions.

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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