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Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA

No two students are ever alike. I've learned that using only one method may not benefit all students. Therefore, I use a variety of methods, some of which include Hanon, the Bastien Series, Suzuki technique for Piano and Violin, and countless others depending on what the student wishes to achieve. I have found that my most successful (and satisfied) students are the ones that express to me their specific musical goals, and then I am able to find a combination of methods to help them practice, rehearse, and refine their style of interest.

Lesson Style
Lessons are uniquely tailored to the students' goals, be it to become functional with an instrument or to dominate at an audition. We will go through warm-ups that will place emphasis on technique, explore various methods so that the student may decide which one gets them the best result, and then work through the repertoire not only for proficiency, but also for interpretation, precise yet passionate phrasing, and of course, to ...

About Michelle

Musician/Songwriter/Performer

Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both
as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her inner brilliance is lighting a unique path before her, and she is bravely embracing each step forward in a promising creative career.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

*** Specialties ***
Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique
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Sarah G. February 5, 2015
Spanish · Online
Verified Student
Spanish has always been difficult for me, but Michelle has helped me so much! She's the first Spanish teacher I actually look forward to seeing each time we have a lesson because she makes the lessons so much fun! She's very funny and easy to work with. Whenever I need to make a change to a lesson she always does everything she can to make it work. I've finally been able to raise my grade in Spanish after working with her!
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Dasheonna A. January 2, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Michelle is an amazing acting coach!! She is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. She is warm, welcoming, and patient. Working with Michelle has greatly improved my self confidence as an actor. She chooses course material from all different genres, allowing me to feel well rounded and ready to analyze and act out anything put in front of me. I am extremely grateful to have chosen Michelle as my acting coach and excited to see what the future holds for me under her tutelage!!!
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Jessica D. November 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
At the risk of giving away my best kept secret, Michelle is THE BEST!!!

Not only is she an amazing teacher, she is an incredible talent, and awesome person. Her relaxed and nurturing nature enables you to feel super comfortable and excited to learn. She motivates you to try your best and focuses on your strengths, while building and improving upon your weaknesses.

I've taken singing lessons in the past, and after one class with Michelle, I realized, I hadn't learned anything! If you really want to learn in a positive and motivating environment, take classes with Michelle. Just don't sign up for my time slot...I called dibs and I'm going to be taking classes for a while! Lol. =)
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Michelle G.

Michelle G.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Daren F.

Pasadena, CA

About Daren

Daren has been teaching violin and viola students since 1999 in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio and has recently relocated to Los Angeles, California. Former students have performed with the Cincinnati Symphony Youth Symphony, have been consistently top chairs in their school orchestras, have performed at Regional and All State Orchestras and several students subsequently attended college at nationally recognized conservatories.

About Daren:

A native of Cleveland Ohio, Daren has performed in the United States and abroad as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral musician. Over the past
decade, Daren has performed on violin and viola with the Fundacion Sinfonia, under the musical direction of Phillippe Entremont, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, among others. Daren's solo, chamber music and orchestral performance engagements have been heard in the continental United States, Canada, Caribbean, Italy, Germany, and Portugal.

Daren's past appearances include soloist with the Opera Theater of Lucca with performances in Lucca and Florence, Italy, co-principal viola at the Heidelberg Festival, Heidelberg, Germany, section violist for the Grand Teton Music Festival under music director Eiji Oue, Wyoming, among others. In the past Daren has toured with A.R. Rahman, Indian composer of Bombay Dreams and Slumdog Millionaire in Dallas, Houston, San Francisco, and Vancouver, B.C. Daren has performed with rod Stewart, Don Henley, Harry Connick Jr., Mannheim Steamroller, recorded with the Phillip Fox band in Columbus, OH, the Blessed Union of Souls and Cari Clara in Cincinnati and has performed and recoded with KD Lang for "Mountain Stage" a syndicated NPR program.

Daren earned his bachelors degree from the Eastman School of Music and his masters degree from the College - Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati. His previous professors include violists Martha Katz, James Dunham, George Graham, Masao Kawasaki, Catherine Carroll, Lucien Joel, and Alicia Tremmel.

Daren currently serves as Director of Operations and Artistic Administration for the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Formerly, Daren served as sold Performance Manager and Orchestra Personnel Manager for the Columbus Symphony Orchestra and as Artistic and Orchestra Operations Manager for the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with Daren take on a life and pace as necessary and are specific to each student. All students learn at different paces and I cater to each student's needs and learning ability. I have taught students as early as first grade thru 80 years old. I am easy going, fun natured but expect my students to maintain a minimum practice regimen. Typically I use a combination of Suzuki Method Materials (if applicable), technique books, music theory and note reading, and scales.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Instrument, Music stand, sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki Methods and Traditional Methods
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Jennifer C. October 26, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Daren was incredible with our first time violin player. He helped our son learn the basics and explore his interest in violin. After 5 lessons we were sold that our son would want to stick with learning violin.
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Anna S. July 23, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
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Caitlin V. June 20, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Apart from being an exceptional violinist, Daren is friendly, personable and a great teacher. I had never played the violin before but he broke things down in a way that made sense to me. His tips and foundational instruction brought results by the end of just the first lesson. I'm excited to learn more!
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Daren F.

Daren F.

Pasadena, CA 91103
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Armen M.

Burbank, CA

About Armen

Armen M. was born in Armenia, and began playing the violin at the age of seven. From thereon out, Armen received his B.A.and M.A. degrees from Yerevan State Conservatory in Armenia and Artist diploma from Longy school of Music in Cambridge MA. With an impressive background, awards, and distinctions, Armen M. has always been a distinguished violinist, musician and concertmaster.

His history of performances with some of the greatest names and soundtracks for some of the most famous movies, Armen has truly shone with this talent. With international performances ranging from Boston to Buen
os Aires, including countries like USA, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Germany, Russian Armenia, Armen has worked with different styles too, not only classical. Armen infuses his classical background with Jazz, Rock, Pop and New Age as well, making him a unique and extremely well rounded musician. Currently Armen resides in Los Angeles, CA where he is active with various orchestras, including the LA Opera.

He also routinely performs for sound track recordings with the major motion picture companies. In addition, Armen has worked with many well-known artists including Ray Charles, Barry White, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Here is a list of artists Armen M. has performed with: Yanni, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Olga Tañon, Jose-Jose, Lucero, Cristian Castro, Alanis Morissette and Marco Antonio Solis.

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Armen M. was born in Armenia, and began playing the violin at the age of seven. From thereon out, Armen received several degrees from the most prestigious musical schools of Armenia. With an impressive background, awards, and distinctions, Armen M. has always been a distinguished violinist, musician and concertmaster.

His history of performances with some of the greatest names and soundtracks for some of the most famous movies, Armen has truly shone with this talent. With international performances ranging from Boston to Buenos Aires, including countries like USA, Mexico, Columbia, Argentina, Germany, Russian Armenia, Armen has worked with different styles too, not only classical. Armen infuses his classical background with Jazz, Rock, Pop and New Age as well, making him a unique and extremely well rounded musician. Currently Armen resides in Los Angeles, CA where he is active with various orchestras, including the LA Opera.

He also routinely performs for sound track recordings with the major motion picture companies. In addition, Armen has worked with many well-known artists including Ray Charles, Barry White, Yanni, Sarah Brightman, Natalie Cole, Andrea Bocelli and many others. Here is a list of artists Armen M. has performed with: Yanni, Ray Charles, Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Trans Siberian Orchestra, Frank Sinatra Jr., Andrea Bocelli, Olga Tañon, Jose-Jose, Lucero, Cristian Castro, Alanis Morissette and Marco Antonio Solis.

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*** Lesson Details ***
I am very strict and laid back at the same time. I pay a lot of attention to the technical detailes

.The curriculum is based on the level the student is presently. It reneges from simple scale books to Paganini caprices.

I encourage every student to have at list two recitals a year. Lessons are very intense and productive and i welcome you to my studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Music room w/ piano and seating for parents

2) Office room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
violin and music

*** Specialties ***
European/Russian violin school
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Michelle G. May 3, 2013
Violin
Incredibly talented teacher

I am so grateful to have found Armen for my continued violin studies. He is very clear and direct with giving direction that has already helped me improve my technique a whole lot. Plus, he makes the lessons focused, yet fun :) I would recommend him in a heartbeat! :)
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Milly V. October 18, 2012
Verified Student
Teacher is awesome

He spends great time teaching you and getting right down to business I've learned so much in such little time, I feel confident that in less time than imagined I wll be playing ike a pro.
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BergeB May 1, 2012
best teacher I have ever had

I studied with other teachers in the past. What separates Armen from others is his passion, patience and professionalism when it comes to teaching violin. He makes something as complicated as playing the violin simple and fun. He analyzes the weaknesses and the strengths of the student and tailors a suitable program for the student to excel. In addition, he brings so much culture and flavor to his style of teaching, this from playing in world renowned orchestras and groups such as Yanni and others. He is by far the best teacher I have ever had.
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Armen M.

Armen M.

Burbank, CA 91502
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Megan M.

Los Angeles, CA

I teach the Suzuki method, but I also like to incorporate different styles of violin music as well, including fiddling and Celtic. I also teach music theory and how to read music. After the first lesson, I'll come up with a customized lesson plan to keep you or your child engaged and inspired to keep playing!

About Megan

I am originally from North Carolina and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have been involved in music, theatre and dance since the age of 3. I also have worked with various professional children's theatre companies and run my own touring theatre company. I have been a Zumba instructor since 2011 and I have been a swimming instructor/lifeguard since 2003.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning anything new should be a fun experience. If it's not fun then you're more likely to get frustrated and quit. My teaching philosophy is that I want to know w
hat inspires you and create lessons that will keep you or your children interested and having fun. I offer 30 and 45 minute lessons. During the first lesson we will figure out a personalized lesson and go from there.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For violin students I expect them to have a proper size violin, shoulder rest and bow.
For beginner piano students you should have at least a 61 key keyboard, but an 88 keyboard piano is preferred.

*** Specialties ***
I'm very personable, very communicative and I work well with all ages.
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Penelope N. December 8, 2014
Zumba · In home
I had Megan as a Zumba instructor and she was great. Very fun, loved her choices of music and dances. Got in great shape!
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Jon F. January 9, 2014
Piano
Great teacher to learn!

Megan is great to learn with. I play other instruments but I wanted to start learning the piano and how to read music. She was very patient and really enforced the importance of getting into the habit of practicing, even if it's just 15 minutes a day! I highly recommend her for piano beginner adults and children.
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Jane M. December 29, 2013
Violin
Patient, communicative and fun!

I played the violin years ago and decided to pick it back up again. Megan was very patient and was very communicative with how to help me. She also came up with very fun ways to keep me practicing. She worked very well with me as an adult but I've also seen her teach very young children and her patience and creative teaching shines with the young ones as well! If you're looking for a personable, fun teacher that inspires, Megan is the teacher for you.
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Megan M.

Megan M.

Los Angeles, CA 90029
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jacob B.

Los Angeles, CA

Hello! I have been playing violin for 15 years. For nine years, I taught hundreds of successful violin students as an elementary and high school orchestra teacher in Arizona. My students have fun while working hard to reach the objective during every lesson. I am always actively involved in giving relevant feedback and positive reinforcement as students progress!

About Jacob

Hello! I began my life in music at an early age. Music has been a part of every stage of my life and teaching students is the culmination of my lifelong experiences in successful rock bands, conducting orchestras, and touring the world as a musician.

My instruments are violin, viola, cello, guitar, and saxophone, and I have also taught, performed and recorded mandolin, piano/keys, bass guitar, banjo, drums/percussion.

Starting my musical career off as an orchestra teacher, I devoted nine years to developing the skills of young musicians in Arizona.

In May 2014, I conducted and reco
rded at Air Studios (Lyndhurst) in London with members of the London Symphony Orchestra. Since graduating from the Scoring for Film, Television, and Video Games Master’s Program at Berklee College of Music in Valencia, Spain, I am currently applying his education and collaborative teaching experiences in Los Angeles.
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Stacey J. August 17, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
He's super nice and down-to -earth! And cracks the occasional joke. I guess the best part is that he makes me feel confident in my ability to learn! :)
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Jacob B.

Jacob B.

Los Angeles, CA 90041
(1)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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