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Cort S.

Costa Mesa, CA

About Cort

Hello, My name is Cort and I love to teach music. I am currently taking on more students for the following instruments: Guitar, Drums, Bass. I have successfully instructed students from age 5 - 65 and gain tremendous satisfaction from helping my students achieve their goals of learning an instrument and/or progressing to a greater ability on their instrument. I teach beginning and intermediate up to the advanced level and all aspects of music (reading, writing, theory, chords, scales, modes, composition, and most styles of music). I have been playing and performing for over 25 years. I have an
AA degree with a concentration in music education. I have studied privately with legendary jazz/fusion drummer, composer, and actor Alphonse Mouzon (drum set) and with guitar genius Julian Coryell (son of legendary jazz guitarist Larry Coryell). I have a teaching history of over 15 years and I would love the opportunity to share my knowledge with you and help you to become the best musician that you can be!

*** Lesson Details ***
I take an academic approach to teaching while keeping it fun! We will work on all aspects of music like reading, writing, theory, chords, scales, ear training, rudiments, and most styles of music. I will structure lessons to coincide with my students interests, needs and abilities, from the beginner up to the advanced musician. I teach from a variety of sources to keep things interesting and have seen many of my students progress to an advanced level of musicianship which gives me great satisfaction!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars( several electric & acoustic guitars) - Drums- several drum sets including a child's size drum set, hand drums & percussion. Several key boards/synthesizer an upright piano and a Hammond Organ. Bass- Upright acoustic bass, electric bass guitar. Fender Twin Reverb amplifier, PA, Mixing Console. Recording- 16 track digital recorder.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Same as Studio Equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach in most styles of music such as jazz, rock, classic rock, blues, funk, fusion, reggae, pop, etc.
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Alphonse M. September 21, 2014
Guitar · In home
Cort is a great guitarist who has been taking drum lessons from me over the years - so he can teach you how to play the guitar and drums. Cort is a great drum student who has learned many styles of drumming from me. He's kind and gentle and very relaxed, which will put your mind at ease so you're not nervous. That's what I do with my students. So please check out Cort when you need lessons.
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Cort S. February 13, 2013
Guitar
"Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."

"I took bi-monthly guitar lessons from Cort for nearly 3 years. Cort is enthusiastic about music and is very knowledgeable. Though originally a drummer, he is well versed in the guitar as a teacher and player. He pays close attention to detail and really cares about his students. He has an easy going demeanor and is open to your input about what you are most interested in learning. He also has a good idea of what will help you be a complete and well-rounded player. Cort is reliable and gives you your money's worth."
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Cort S.

Cort S.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brianna S.

Laguna Hills, CA

Music theory is imperative in becoming a well-rounded musician. If you are looking for additional support in your music theory classes, I can help you. If you are already a student of mine, theory is part of our weekly lessons.

About Brianna

Brianna S. (MT-BC) is a board certified music therapist who works with children and adults with disabilities in the Southern California area. Graduating Magna Cum Laude from Chapman University’s Conservatory of Music. Brianna received a Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy with a minor in Psychology. Following her undergraduate studies, she completed a six-month music therapy internship at MusicWorx Inc. in San Diego, California, under the direction of Barbara Reuer, PhD, NMT, MT-BC. While at MusicWorx Inc., Brianna worked with clients in various settings at: Glenbrook Hospice, Rady Children’
s Hospital (Oncology/Hematology Unit), the Music Therapy Center of California (specializing in autism spectrum disorders), TERI Inc. (serving children and adults with various disabilities), the Scripps McDonald Center (working with substance abuse rehabilitation patients), and Scripps Memorial Hospital.

Originally from Laguna Niguel, California, Brianna studied piano under the direction of Laurie Meinhold for ten years, and the esteemed pianist, Karen Knecht while at Chapman University. While working in Cincinnati, Ohio, Brianna was awarded the Innovative Award from Ohio Choices due to her ability to “build innovative relationship and supportive networks for youth with emotional or behavioral disabilities and their families.” Brianna is an active member of the American Music Therapy Association (AMTA) and presented on the Intern Panel at the 2010 Western Regional Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. In her free time, Brianna enjoys oil painting, going on walks, shopping and watching movies.

*** Lesson Details ***
Being trained as a music therapist, my approach to lessons may differ from an ordinary music teacher. I make sure the wants and needs of the student are addressed in every lesson. Lessons are structured and implemented by me, but the student will be able to select their own material when given choices. Things I take into consideration are: age, attention span, short and long-term goals/objectives, ability, and determination. Beginning students are recommended to use Alfred Method Books. Each lesson will focus on fundamental theory, scales and technique, and lesson and recital repertoire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a studio that includes: Kawaii K-18 upright piano, classical guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, and various percussion instruments. There is room for a parent to observe if they so choose, and a waiting room.
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Natalie A. July 2, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Brianna was a great teacher! I really liked how patient and thorough she was with every lesson. Brianna was able to tap into my daughters attention span in a way that really helped her grasp the concept of playing this instrument. Thank you Brianna!
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EsraS March 27, 2012
Brianna

Brianna is great with my son who is almost 5 years old. She teaches in a fun style, my son never looses attention. She thought him to write, read numbers and to be disciplined. I am really happy to see his growth in music.
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JulieR3 January 12, 2012
She's an excellent piano instructor. My daughter loves her piano lessons and she's learning a lot.
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Brianna S.

Brianna S.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Richard C.

Irvine, CA

Learn how music is put together including chord scales, harmony, progressions to deepen your knowledge of music. Applicable to any style of music.

About Richard

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 30 years. Accordion was my first instrument at age 7 which was a great introduction to the keyboard, melody and harmony. That was followed by guitar and other stringed instruments (Banjo, Ukulele) as well as drums. I studied with great teachers in the past as well as at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I have also performed at the Cape Cod Jazz Festival, The Bakersfield Jazz Festival and numerous club dates and private functions throughout New York, New England and California.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will experience an
"original" lesson based on how they learn. Some students benefit most from a visual standpoint reading music or tab while others learn best by an auditory or hearing approach. We will explore what works best for you. Whether its blues, rock jazz or other styles, we will find the best avenue to progress toward your goals. At the same time I believe it should always be a fun thing to do!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars - Drums - Amplifiers - Accordion - Ukes and other assorted instruments

*** Specialties ***
Depending on student interest, I teach numerous styles (Rock, Blues Jazz improvisation) by reading music or by ear. Some students are more visual while others are auditory learners. Whichever is best for the student.
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David Z. July 3, 2014
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a wonderful teacher. Very patient and knowledgeable
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Rob H. May 7, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Professional and patient with kids!

Mr. Richard, as we call him, has been fantastic with my 7 year old son. His early recommendations maximized my son's guitar interaction and the visible (audible?) progress being made actively encourages practice at home.

Mr. Richard is able to give simplified homework that my son can understand. As opposed to "practice for 20 minutes per day", Mr. Richard was able to identify what works with my son's personality and established practice criteria that was much more effective.
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Cristina I. March 11, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons

I learned a lot in just a few lessons. I enjoy taking lessons from Richard. He is professional, knowledgable & on time.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Irvine, CA 92612
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA

Whether you need tutoring for music theory or want to understand it's value for performing, we will get you on the right track after the first lesson.

Music theory functions in way similar to the rules of grammar and punctuation in language. It can add all sorts of useful things to your skills, like memorize pieces quickly through understanding musical form.

About Calvin

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, piano, bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am extremely patient an
d firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

*** Specialties ***
Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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Maryam T. June 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very personable! Very compassionate about what he teaches to the kids! Recommend!
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Jay E. June 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
unique techniques / perspectives
best I've experienced.
highly recommend
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Daniel K. May 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Calvin is an excellent teacher and Daniel enjoys the lessons!
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Calvin A.

Calvin A.

Costa Mesa, CA 92627
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA

Beginner students can learn counting rhythm with toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet, shaker, and piano key tapping.
Charts of keyboard and notation help students recognize keys and read notes easily and efficiently. Students apply theory concepts to play piano and in improvisation in lively ways, closely applying theory to piano playing and in creating their music.

Direct students to take different certification program, such as Certificate of Merit and Certification of Distinguished Achievement.
Help college students complete their school music classes' assignments and learn in analytical approaches.

Connect students to music communities and organizations,
help high school students earn public service hours and recommendations from the program advisors.

About Xiaole

Xiaole, (Shirley) an active pianist, music teacher, and composer, is a member of MTAC-Music Teachers Association California. A member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society, she holds a PhD in Music with many awards for academic excellence from the University of Hawaii. She has more than 30 years teaching experience and has taught piano, music theory and history from beginner to advanced levels.

She studied at Shanghai Conservatory of Music and at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Honolulu, where she polished her artistic spectrum in piano, musicology, and composition. Her teaching uses vario
us sources, including Western classical repertoire, folk, popular music, world music, and Chinese music. She performed piano solo and chamber music in China when she was a pianist in Liaoning Provincial Opera House and on the piano faculty at Sichuan Conservatory of Music, China. She taught piano major students and played accompaniment for voice, dance and various instruments.

Currently she teaches piano and composition in her studios in Irvine, CA and serves as Chair of Senior Graduation Recital in MTAC South Coast Branch. Her students have been prizewinners in MTAC branch festivals, honor recitals, and have performed in Composers Today recitals. She has helped students develop interest and much enjoyment in music. She also can help students enter prestigious universities and become professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed for individual needs and goals. Each lesson can be in flexible ways to meet the student's needs.

For example, for a beginner student, a lesson introduces the basic ideas of hand position, body posture, game-like rhythm drills and simple song-like pieces.

For elementary and intermediate students, lessons start from warm up techniques. Then they play carefully selected pieces according to the student's interest. The favorite pieces may be Christmas Carols, Kuhlau's Sonatinas and Beethoven's Fur Elise. Advanced students learn to play Mozart and Beethoven Sonatas, and Chopin's Waltz and Polonaises. Some students learn to compose their music while applying music theory elements.
Some students like to learn pieces for their school events or community events (church hymns) or download pieces from internet. The teacher is willing to help students play many pieces to enrich their music life.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Grand Piano in a large room, that can seat 20 more people for
a studio recital or masterclass.

An upright piano for young children or students who like to play in
a comfortable setting.

A board posting studio news and music festival winners' photos.

Chairs and tables for students doing their theory worksheets or
sofas for parents to observe the lesson.

Learning tools, such as writing board for music notes, flash cards, and metronome for counting rhythm. Students like to use the toy-like percussion instruments, such as castanet and shaker to clap and count beats.

Children Piano pedal.

*** Specialties ***
Early childhood piano lessons for 4 to 7 year old children.

Preparing piano performance for recitals, music festivals, Classical/ Romantic Showcases, competitions for intermediate and advanced students.

Teaching composition for MTAC ‘s Composers Today Recital.

Using technology, notation software, iMovie and iTune software, and the internet.
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Kathryn S. October 27, 2014
Piano · In studio
Ms. Shirley is fantastic. She is very understanding and a combinations. My son LOVES going to his piano lesson every week. She requires he work hard and pay attention. She really works hard to find good things he does and really reinforces the positive. She is always accommodating to schedule changes as well. We love having her as a teacher.
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Joyce L. October 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
I have taken lessons with Xiaole for over 5 years now. She helps me to plan long term goals and to strive to play the best I can in performances and competitions. Also, she stresses forming good habits for studying for theory and practicing at home. One thing to note is that she is pretty strict. Overall, I would recommend Xiaole to anyone looking for a productive teacher.
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Rebecca N. July 23, 2014
Piano · In studio
I am a retired education professional returning to piano having had some lessons in childhood and, briefly, about 25 years ago. In some ways I am a beginner, but I also had some skills - reading the treble clef, knowing the names of the keys, and singing ability, as well as the smattering of earlier lessons. Shirley is amazing! She takes a very personalized approach which reflects my interests and abilities but also sound principles for teaching piano. I was quite nervous about starting to study piano at my age but she has managed to both challenge me and encourage me. She was quick to realize that my love of singing and vocal skills could be applied to learning piano and moving from technique to musicality and helps me do that. After 4 months of lessons I am determined to succeed and starting to believe that I can - thanks to Shirley!
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Xiaole L.

Xiaole L.

Irvine, CA 92614
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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