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Angela C.

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About Angela

I offer private music lessons in voice, piano, and guitar. Primarily specializing in musical theater, jazz, pop, and contemporary worship styles, students enjoy having their own voice in song selection. Lessons offer a variety of technique exercises, music theory, performance practice, and repertoire expansion. I also have songwriting experience and can help students develop their own writing and improvisational skills.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring an acoustic guitar to lessons as well as applicable teaching materials. I will need students that are taking piano lessons to have access to their own piano or keyboard. (Also applies if voice students would like piano accompaniment.)

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Vocal Styles: Jazz, Musical Theater, Pop, Classical, Folk

Piano: Classical, Pop, Praise/Worship, Folk Songs

Guitar: Pop, Prai

se/Worship, Folk Songs, Songwriting
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January 8, 2019
Kaitlyn M.
Very professional, patient and kind. Made the lesson interesting.
September 18, 2018
Victoria
Great to work with! Kind and patient with my daughter but also seems to know her stuff!
June 14, 2018
Mary
Angela is extremely knowledgeable in all things voice and instrument. She is very talented in both singing and teaching. I took voice lessons from her & I can say I learned so much about technique, breathing, & how to care for my vocals. Angela taught me to embrace my range & love my voice. She is a great teacher I would recommend her to anyone that wants to learn more in this area.

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Angela C.

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About Milton

Hey there, everyone!

My name is Milton Carl Jackson II and I teach vocal, guitar, piano, and musical theatre lessons in the Inland Empire area.

I help those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young tap into their own soul through music so that they may help others find theirs as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American & African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a recent graduate of American University with a Master's of Education in Business Education

, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and educators. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

If you're looking for a teacher who will motivate and inspire you not only to learn your instrument of choice, but also how to perform it (whether on the big stage or in your living room for the family) and record it as well, I'm the perfect teacher for you. Learning to sing, play, and act beautifully doesn't have to be difficult -- we'll work on finding your voice or your style, all while having fun along the way!

I teach in-studio, in-home, and online lessons, so we can be flexible with the lesson type and schedule!

This is a perfect chance for you or your child who can't stop singing around the house or has dreams of shredding on the guitar or twinkling on the ivories to learn the fundamentals of music, start something new that keeps them or you focused, and have fun while doing it!

Feel free to contact me at show contact info for any questions and check out my student reviews and qualifications.

I look forward to meeting you and accompanying you or your child on your musical journey!!
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October 9, 2019
Tiffany Nelson
Had a wonderful time, can't wait until next week..
April 5, 2019
Brandon J.
So far so good! I liked the way Milton interacted with my son. He is starting with important basics!
December 12, 2018
River
Milton is great with kids!

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Milton J.

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About Ryan

Experienced cello, drum, piano, and guitar player of 20 years. Has a MFA degree in music composition + a BFA in music performance. Recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra." Also records for "Sonoton Recordings." Currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Teaches locally, in-studio, and online. Occasionally travels to Japan to perform + teach.

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June 2, 2017
Akemi
I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son started lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly.
February 5, 2017
Matthew K.
Awesome first lesson with Ryan, he teaches at whatever pace you learn best at.
August 27, 2016
Dat T.
Ryan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I had a great time learning guitar from him. Make sure you tell him what your goals are so he can help you achieve them.

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Ryan S.

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Aaron W.

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Aaron Woolley is a Los Angeles-based trumpet player and educator. Aaron has studied with David Washburn, Tom Hooten, Jens Lindemann, and Tim Saeger. Aaron received his Bachelor of Music from the University of California, Los Angeles and his Masters of Music from Azusa Pacific University.

As a freelance artist, Aaron can be heard on recordings such as “Room 3A”, a Japanese TV drama, “Song of Hope” with Jens Lindemann, and the “Miners’ Hymn” a film on the history of coal mining in Northern England. He has also performed world-premieres on the stage of Royce Hall, and has opened for the Rolling Stone’s 50th anniversary tour. Aaron performs and tours with the Alias Brass Company, recently completing a tour beginning in Chicago and ending in Las Vegas.

In 2013, Aaron enlisted in the California Army National Guard and subsequently gra

duated from the U. S. Armed Forces School of Music. Upon graduating, Aaron won a place on Colonel Bruce Pulver’s Commandant’s List. The Commandant’s List is reserved for the top ten percent of soldiers who demonstrate musical excellence and achievement in a wide variety of leadership and soldiering tasks. During his time with the 40th Infantry Division, Aaron has performed in over 50 concerts, including the 2016 Fourth of July celebration, where he was a featured soloist in front of over 20,000 attendees.
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June 14, 2019
stacy
My son thoroughly loved his lessons with Aaron. Aaron spoke to him a respectful and sensitive way while challenging him to push farther than he ever did in his school band class. We are only stopping lessons because we are going on vacation and will not be back until the new school year has begun. With a new school and an new schedule, I am hoping to be able to continue lessons with Aaron in the future.
June 17, 2017
David D.
Aaron is a great teacher! I enjoyed my lesson today with him and look forward to my other lessons!
June 2, 2017
JB
As an instructor Aaron is outstanding. He's professional and has impressive attributes being a UCLA grad and participating member of the armed forces; but more so, he's encouraging to his students and in our son - he positively encouraged a passion for the trumpet and a high regard for music in general.

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Aaron W.

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About Eric

Exciting motivator to understand the language we know as music. Very cooperative easy going humble individual who seeks best interest in providing clients with an exciting experience about learning how to understand music as a language.

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January 18, 2016
Hersh
After the 1st lesson my 5 year old granddaughter learned to pluck one string and sing a song. She excited about learning music, striving to be a rock star. Thank u for creating the excitement
January 18, 2016
Nicole
Great teacher! So happy with my lessons. Eric is patient, kind, professional and easy to get along with.
January 18, 2016
Nicole
Great teacher! So happy with my lessons. Eric is patient, kind, professional and easy to get along with.

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Eric F.

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Stephen K.

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About Stephen

I have been teaching privately since 2010, when I accepted a position as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University. My responsibilities included teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion majors and coaching percussion ensembles. I began teaching students from middle school through high school age around the same time, and my students have since included a number of adults.

I enjoy working with students of all ages and levels of experience, as they all bring something unique to their lessons and challenge me to adapt to their varied styles of learning.

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November 7, 2017
Michelle
My daughter was shy at the beginning, but Stephen was able to warm her up and get her talk. Even she didn't learn a lot, she is excited about the new class coming next week.
Stephen is good at teaching her in different conversations.
He is a good teacher for kids. Highly recommend!
October 29, 2016
Yanhao
Stephen is a really good teacher. He is experienced, nice, and patient. Especially I am a Chinese, even my language is bad, he can also find the different way to let me know how to study drum. Every class I feel happy.
October 29, 2016
Yanhao
Stephen is a really good teacher. He is experienced, nice, and patient. Especially I am a Chinese, even my language is bad, he can also find the different way to let me know how to study. Every class I feel happy.

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Stephen K.

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About Ryland

Hi there! My name is Ryland and I am a full-time vocal coach. Thanks for taking a look at my profile here on TakeLessons - I know you have a lot of options, so let me tell you a little bit about what makes my teaching approach so unique and successful.

I received formal education for Vocal Performance from New York University. Since then, I have worked in nearly every angle of the entertainment industry from backup singing in a divey pub to vocal coaching and music directing a major motion picture, you name it. Understanding and coaching the artist at any particular juncture in their journey is one of the beautiful things about my job.

I work with singer-songwriters, pop artists, and theater performers not only to craft a sustainable approach to singing, but to connect with your voice and your material in a way that makes your per

formance unforgettable.

I have coached dozens of artists like you, dedicated to developing their instrument - be that for a gig, for an audition or to enhance their technique and the everyday reliability of their voice.

Recent credits include vocal coaching for the major motion picture musical "Drama Drama" (Winter 2020), and creation and instruction of a new vocal development program for the transgender and non-binary community at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge and across the country.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have; I'm already looking forward to working with you! - RS

PS - In addition to the session offerings I have listed on this site, I also offer 30 MINUTE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-17.
To book half-hour children's lessons, please contact TakeLessons directly at 877-231-8505. Adjusted rate is $80/ half-hour and available for children of the above listed age range only.
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July 16, 2018
Ryan D.
I had singing classes before for years, but before meeting Ryland I had a 2 year hiatus for many reasons. I needed someone that could help me evolve my rusty technique to gain vocal power while going thru FTM hormone therapy. In the first few weeks I already noticed a big difference in my voice, being able to hit such power that I didn’t had before. He would also notice my strenghts and weaknesses, and work on them with easy to understand concepts and techniques. Each week it gets more challenging and with him I’m able to get better each time, so it does end up not being challenging at all! He also understands that my voice is going thru changes, so everything is done in a healthy way, pushing forward my knowledge and practice while making it a safe transition! He’s kind enough to give me lessons that I work at home in-between classes as well. And to top it all, we both have the same sense of humor, so after a tough day at work, being able to do what I love while being a funny and relaxing experience it’s gold! Thank you Ryland! Can’t wait for my next class! :)
July 6, 2018
Sonja
Ryland is the real deal. He’s an amazing teacher and has helped me resolve an issue that I’ve had my entire life with my voice. I always felt I was straining my voice and always had to make a huge effort trying to be heard and yet my voice would not project and often people would have a hard time hearing what I was saying. I always felt very frustrated because our voice is such an intimate expression of ourselves and I felt that I was making this huge effort and my voice did not feel like a natural expression of myself. Instead I felt tense and uncomfortable. When I picked up acting, the issues with my voice, the need to be heard and to have a confident vocal range became more urgent. I didn’t really believe it would be possible because I had tried a speech therapist in the past but Ryland has taught me how to make lasting changes to my voice that have made a huge difference in my life. Ryland is incredibly gifted. He has an amazing ear and can hear things about my voice that I don’t even know how to put into words. We worked over a period of several months and he was a truly wonderful teacher, not only in terms of the work we did during the lessons but also his kindness, compassion and nurturing were equally important in helping me make the changes. I can’t recommend him highly enough.
June 26, 2018
Mark
Ryland is an exceptional communicator, helping me learn to get out of my own way and trust my voice that's already here. Together we developed a daily practice, specifically designed to strengthen my weaknesses and carve out the grooves I need in order to do my best work. Join forces with Ryland and you will build confidence, you will build YOUR voice, and you will move forward with excitement and anticipation!

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Liudmila I.

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About Liudmila

I am a very experienced harpist, holding over 20 years of experience. I have performed in over 4,000 concerts and have had the privilege of performing as the Principal Harpist at St. Petersburg Opera Theatre and Mariinsky Theatre in Russia. I also hold a Master’s degree in Harp from the St. Petersburg Conservatory in Russia.

1988-1992 St.Petersburg Conservatory Symphony Orchestra SPb, Russia
St.Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra SPb, Russia
1992-1998 Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet and Opera House SPb, Russia
1999-2017 The St.Petersburg Chamber Opera SPb, Russia

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

1988-1992 Music School for gifted children, piano
1992- 1994 High special music schoo

l of the St.Petersburg State Conservatory
1995-present Private Instruction in Harp, Piano
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July 7, 2019
Barb
I am having so much fun! She is patient and very kind!
April 10, 2019
Diva S.
My daughter had a first lesson yesterday and was very comfortable. She enjoyed the lesson
March 2, 2019
Barb
Love her!!

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Bill
"I am a piano student in my late 50's and have been taking lessons for 2 1/2 years now. I begin taking lessons with Ruth a little over a year ago and not
only has my playing skilled increased significantly, but also my understanding of music in general. Ruth is very knowledgeable and an extremely patient person when it comes to teaching. I highly recommend her to anyone of any age or skill level."
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Jessica
"My daughter planned to join band at her high school for her junior year. She had not taken lessons in the past and we were concerned that she would be too
far behind the other teens, and private lessons in the area were at inconvenient times.
Takelessons was the perfect solution for us. James was absolutely excellent as an instructor. He was patient, fun, talented, and inspiring. My daughter had never played trumpet before and in just 2 months she is able to play with the band and she is doing phenomenal! I highly recommend James!"
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Katie
"I would not have been prepared whatsoever for the (what seemed like) never ending process of college auditioning. While college auditions are typically an
xiety boosters, Michelle and Robert’s technique and ways of preparation over prepared me to the point where the audition was a breeze. With their help using mock auditions including sight singing, how to self warm up, posture and the necessity for 3-5 pieces of repertoire that fit my image and sound, I would not be where I am today. I knew nothing of the tediousness that a college audition was. Throughout my practice we worked on acting, something I needed major reform on. With practice, my acting made me more confident performing my piece as well as engaged my audience. Without both of their motivation and push I would not have succeeded the way I did and my audition would have been a lot bigger and scarier, when in reality it wasn’t. The biggest help for me, I believe was the mock auditions. With constant practices that mimicked the actual audition, this prepared me both mentally and physically for what the actual procedure would be like. I practiced entering the room as well as greeting the judges, something I hadn’t thought of prior. Interacting with the judges seemed a lot less nerve racking with the use of practice questions and how to answer them in a polite and engaging way. As we continued to practice, my nerves subsided. It became routine and over prepared me for the actual audition. Without Robert and Michelle’s aid I would not have been able to overcome some of my personal anxieties as well as succeed the way I did. Their constant motivation and cheer helped my nerves and allowed me to completely relax yet stay focused when practicing. I wouldn’t have the confidence I have today without their help aiding me in my vocal presentation and interaction with school officials/judges. Any student would be extremely lucky to have Michelle and Robert prepare them for college. With their tough work ethic and constant motivation, success surely follows."
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Sunny
"I've taken three lessons with Roberta so far, and it's been awesome! I've played flute in middle and high school, but after taking a break through college
I thought it'd be good to pick it back up as a hobby in the city. She's been really great with helping me improve my tone and has a lot of knowledge. I'm excited to build my repertoire with her!"
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Gabrielle
"Kelley was great. She was personably, helpful and attentive. She corrected my lip, and my hand position. She suggested a music book to improve my fingerin
g. I highly recommend her."
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Rachel
"My daughter loves Christina, very kind and patient and encouraging. Highly recommend!!!!!"
Morning
"Phillip is a really good instructor! My son likes him very much!"
Erica B.
"I love Fawn! She's a great piano and voice teacher. My daughter started piano with her at 5 1/2 years old, and I was so thrilled at how Fawn was patient
with my daughter's wandering interest. She works within my daughter's personality which makes it so much easier for my daughter. I feel Fawn really tries every angle to interest the kids, even using the iPad to guide kids through rhythmic games. My daughter also started improving immensely in her reading and writing at school once she had started piano lessons. It really was quite profound - and true what the studies say about music lessons improving academic performance! We just started doing vocal lessons and I love Fawn's individual approach. Speaking with Fawn, I can say I am completely taken with her enthusiasm and supportive attitude towards the kids and their musical development. I drive out of my way to take lessons at her studio, but she is worth it! On occasion we have done online, and that works fine too. Don't hesitate to go with Fawn! You'll be so happy you did!"
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