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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 ...

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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."
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 ...

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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.
Ryan H. Newport Beach, CA

I've studied both classical and jazz theory at the highest level. If you're a beginner we can get started on instrument specific theory or if you're advanced we can tackle more in depth topics like counterpoint and reharmonization

About Ryan

Music and teaching are my two life passions. I have been teaching music for over 10 years and playing for over 15. I was born and raised in Southern California and attended Newport Harbor High School. Upon graduating, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied Guitar and Music Business. After graduating from Berklee, I received my Early Childhood Teacher Certification and worked as both a preschool and toddler teacher in addition to teaching music lessons. I am experienced with all age levels from the youngest children to the oldest adults. I make learning music a fun and enjoyable experience for everyone! *** Lesson Details *** The ultimate goal of our lessons together is to accomplish YOUR goals. There is a reason why you are drawn to music. Maybe it's ...

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Laura L. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is an engaging instructor whose flexible teaching style can meet the needs of students at any level. I can read music, but knew nothing about guitar. He set me up for success from the very beginning and presents enough challenge and encouragement to keep me going. He is personable, friendly, helpful. It's easy to see why he works so well with everyone, from kids to seniors!
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Connie P. February 12, 2014
Ukulele
Verified Student
Excellent and patient teacher!

Ryan is a very talented musician and is able to share that through his teaching. He is very articulate and patient during each lesson, which I especially appreciate. And he pays attention to what your personal goals might be and the type of music that you like. I look forward to my weekly Monday night lessons with Ryan! It gets my week off to a fun start!
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Tony S. January 25, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Ryan is the best!

I've been taking lessons from Ryan for over a year now and have nothing but good things to say about him! Always friendly and well prepared for every lesson. He is super helpful, patient and flexible in his teaching style, He makes every lesson fun and worth while. You can't go wrong!
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 and 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

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brenda M. October 30, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher
Wonderful teaching style
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Doug F. October 4, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Calvin is great to work with. I look forward to my lesson each week. He goes the extra mile by sending me practice tracks and focuses on the music I want to learn. I am in my mid 50's and never had any formal music training. Calvin is fantastic and a great person too.
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Debbie H. September 25, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Calvin is an amazing and wonderful teacher. He's patient and kind. He truly knows how to inspire and encourage our daughter. I would highly recommend Calvin to anyone who wants to learn from a talented and professional musician.
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 various 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 ...

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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!
Michelle L. Irvine, CA

Taught beginner and intermediate theory for preparation for Certificate of Merit test

About Michelle

Michelle L. is from Orange County and has been involved with music her whole life starting with marching band, concert band, symphonic orchestra, jazz band, drumline, choir, and classical piano.  Michelle is a graduate of University of California Irvine in 2012 with a degree in classical piano performance and University of Southern California Scoring for Motion Picture and Television (SMPTV) in 2013. Michelle has many experiences with private piano lessons from beginner's level to intermediate level.

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Melissa H. August 12, 2014
Piano · In studio
As I got older, I regret taking my piano lessons for granted as a child so I took courage to get back into it. Miss Michelle was very patient and encouraging despite my personal embarrassment of feeling like a slower learner. I also mentioned my desire to learn guitar, which then she kindly showed and taught me few chords. We would take a short break from time to time to "jam" (more like I learned) with her. Lessons were very fun and she was very easy to talk to. It was very unfortunate that I had to move away and end my lessons, but I learned so much from her in a year! I highly recommend her — she's a wonderful teacher!!
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Angela P. August 8, 2014
Piano · In home
I took lessons from Michelle for a year and a half, and had a wonderful time! She took me through sight-reading, finger positioning, musical notations, etc. (basically everything for a beginner). I was at level 0 before I started and by the end got to a happy 2!
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Jade N. July 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
My 10 y/o daughter took piano lessons from Michelle a couple years back.
What I really appreciated was that Michelle teacher actually made each lesson fun and enjoyable. I usually could not get Tiffany to sit in front of the piano for more than 10 minutes, but with Michelle, practicing piano was no longer a chore for Tiffany.
Tiffany's improvements were really drastic and noticeable thanks to Michelle :)

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