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Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ivan

Music is the fuel of my life! Born and raised in Russia, I was heavily influenced by the American/British rock/pop scene and started writing my own musical material in English at the age of 8. While studying classical piano and music theory for five years, I also picked up interest in the guitar and by the age of 19 I had an independent, self-produced album under my belt. Making music for a living was always my dream. This dream finally drove me to pursue my career nowhere else, but the entertainment capitol of the world, Los Angeles. While in Hollywood, I attended LA Talent Academy (Theatre o
f Arts, affiliated with The Musicians Institute) where I studied Music performance under the guidance of world class professionals. I have also worked with great producers, whose credentials include Grammy nominations and producing major artists such as Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, and George Michael. I’ve become a professional performer and a recording artist, while taking all my experience into the classroom! In 2009 I've released my American debut album “Privet Earth!”. Two songs from the album ended up on the 2011 Grammy ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make a music lesson both productive and enjoyable. I believe that great results can be achieved only when you love what you’re doing.

You want to learn your favorite song? Let’s do it.

You want to learn how to write a song? You got it.

You want to shine onstage? Let’s make it happen!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul studio electric, Carlo Robelli acoustic, Ebanez acoustic, Epiphone electric.
Keyboards: Williams Encore synthesizer (88 weighed keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide two acoustic guitars, two electric guitars w/ cables, mini-amps. ( Student still needs to have their own guitars/amps to practice their home work)
For piano lessons, student needs to have their own piano/keyboards at home. The same goes for music theory, music performance, singing.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching methods are thorough. I make sure that the student learns and understands the theory as well as the essence of music.
When it comes to genres, I specialize in Popular/Rock music. My student will learn how to play their favorite pop tunes, while learning the basics of the music theory.

Bi-lingual (English, Russian)
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Ryan R. May 24, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
GREAT instructor

The lessons just keep getting better. Ivan has been working in music theory along with each lesson to help grasp the concept for this. It have been a big help and he is extremely knowledgable. It has also been extremely helpful that he is a awesome musician as watching him play I am able to pick up subtle hints that help my playing as well.
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Ryan R. November 29, 2012
Verified Student
Great instructor and very knowledgeable

Ivan is a very knowledgeable instructor and the lessons are great. Lessons are set up tailored to my interests. Also teaches theory and multiple way to play making each lesson specific for my progress. Highly recommend Ivan. Very please with his teaching skills and look forward to every lesson and what will be taught.
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Ivan S.

Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Brian N.

Van Nuys, CA

About Brian

I've been making my living playing all kinds of music for over ten years. I feel that working on and creating music night in and night out with bands and artists from rock to hip-hop, pop to jazz, folk and country to disco has given me unique insights into what makes a good bassist. There's a balance to be struck between theory and instinct, as well as technique and emotion.

I tailor each lesson to each student, creating most of my own lesson materials. These can range from pages of scales and arpeggios, to full transcriptions and even audio recordings of practice tracks. I like technol
ogy and feel it can be a valuable part of the learning experience. But generally, I teach by having students learn songs and basslines, then illustrate musical ideas and principles by pulling directly from the music we've just been working on.

The most important aspect of my approach, however, is to find what brings out students' passion for music. I've been fortunate enough to have studied with some amazing players who's love for music and their instrument inspired (and continues to inspire) me. If I can find that, you will practically teach yourself.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sample Lesson Plan for a beginning/intermediate electric bass student. (With beginning upright bass students, I tend to focus a little more on the technical aspects of the instrument at first.)

I. Technical
Simple technical exercises aimed at developing good technique and physical comfort with the bass

II. Practical
We'll look at Songs/Basslines (usually of the student's choosing) and learn how to play them, pulling out salient points relevant to bass instruction and music in general.
For intermediate/advanced students we'll incorporate Music Theory as we work through songs.
This is also where I'd introduce reading music notation if that is something the student wishes to learn.

III. Theoretical
Work on scales that we've encountered in the song or bassline we've been working on and relate them to making music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home recording studio setup for recording lessons as well as making practice tracks.

Amazing Slow Downer (for the record, this is the best $50 investment you can make in your musical education.)

Practice bass and guitar amplifiers.

Drum kit

Ability to quickly create sheet music and tablature with Finale and Power Tab.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Two Channel Practice Amp

iPad with good quality mic for recording lessons and playing audio lesson material.

*** Specialties ***
Electric Bass Styles- Rock, Country, Retro styles of R&B and Top 40
Upright Bass Styles- Classic Jazz and Gypsy Jazz, Bluegrass, Jump Blues

Establishing solid fundamentals.

Ear training and transcriptions.
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Jordan P. August 5, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Our son Jordan really enjoyed his lesson with Brian.
He told us that Brian was really nice and he made the lesson really fun.
Brian was also very helpful with an instrument issue we were having.
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Nick S. February 12, 2015
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
Easy going guy, totally prepared for lesson when I arrived. Had printouts and a folder for me ready to take home for practicing. He was understanding of my changing schedule and happy to move our lesson around to accommodate.

Super encouraging, I would recommend him to anyone just starting to learn an instrument or maybe having trouble getting past a technique issue. Gave me gentle reminders to correct technique issues early, which is invaluable. Unfortunately, due to a job change, I can't take lessons anymore, but when I come back I will be taking them from Brian again.
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Brian N.

Brian N.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA

About Teresa

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Th
eir musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, half an hour is the perfect lesson time. Options include piano, voice, beginning guitar and ukulele, music theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts "music fun time" sessions for 2 to 4 year olds. 45-minute and 60-minute sessions are available as needed, and are recommended for audition prep.

For a little more info on Teresa, her additional "grownup" professional passion is Life Coaching. If anyone in your circle would be helped by coaching, consider referring them to Teresa right here on TakeLessons.com.
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Shawn M. July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So blessed to have found Teresa. She has been teaching my daughter piano for the last 6 months. She is so kind and so loving in her teaching style. My daughter had never played piano before meeting with Teresa, and is now creating her very own music and accompanying it with her beautiful voice. Teresa is wonderful at letting my daughter independently take the lead in her learning style, with Teresa lovingly being the wind beneath her wings. We love you Teresa! Thank you for everything.
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Daniel June 24, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great lesson. Teresa is good at teaching. I love her teaching style. It was very efficient and enjoyable.
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Melinda B. June 24, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Low-key, low-stress lesson for adult. Fun also! I was sent home with appropriate assignments. The lesson time was productive.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan Gousios and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student,
in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Shai G. August 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!
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Judy L. June 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)
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Ben M. February 9, 2015
Drum · In studio
I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Zé Bruno E.

Porter Ranch, CA

About Zé Bruno

Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1962, Zé Bruno started his professional drumming carreer in his hometown playing for a Musical Theater Production which generated great reviews and high visibility because the music was composed by the International Grammy winner singer and composer Milton Nascimento. From this time on he never stop being engaged in the Music Industry, participating as a drummer in many music projects, showcasing in National Festivals and Venues, Radios and TV shows.

During his teen years, along with being an active performer he attended renowned Music Schools in Br
azil to improve his skills in drumming, music theory and musicianship. Attracted by the opportunity of further expand his musical knowledge, he came to USA in 1989 to attend The Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California where he graduated with a Honors Mention in the Percussion Course.

Zé Bruno Eisenberg became part of the Los Angeles music community contributing with his knowledge in drumming and also with his strong background in Brazilian music and more specifically the Brazilian rhythms. He is an endorser for the REMO Drum company. He soon started touring nationaly and internationally as well as teaching music and drums within the LAUSD system, including Middle, High and Continuation Schools and Colleges.

The list of recording artists and Company Projects that Zé Bruno worked as a drummer in the past includes Kanye West, Ricky Martin, Ella Fitzgerald, Sergio Mendes, Sandra Benhardt, RIO the Movie for 21st Century Fox, Blue Man among many others.

He has been successfully teaching drummers of all ages and levels private classes in the San Fernando Valley area for the past ten years, as well as working in his own Music Production Studio composing and arranging and recording for various artists and private companies.

Clients includes:

MGA Entertainment - Van Nuys, CA
Carl’s Junior - CKE Restaurants
The Walt Disney Company - Burbank, CA
Cinemagnetics - Universal City, CA
SPG Studios - Burbank, CA
JBI Localization – Canoga Park, CA
Rede Globo de Televisão – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Marcland Communications Int’l. – Burbank, CA
Ballet Folclorico do Brasil – Los Angeles, CA
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Oliver August 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
I'm a percussionist who wanted to enhance my music knowledge. I've seen Ze Bruno play before and finally contacted him for drum lessons. I was in for a surprise, not only did I meet an amazing drummer full of knowledg, but a friend who answers all my drum and musical questions. His extensive knowlegwd in music and drums is at the pro level and most importantly his Latin Drum skills are out of this world good. He can break it all down. Let me tell you that I've had lessons from percussionist from around the world and taken lessons around the world too. I keep coming back to Ze because in the short time I've studied with him. I've become a better musician, reading and writing music. If you're a beginner or advance player, Ze Bruno is your man. I would highly recommend him.
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Zé Bruno E.

Zé Bruno E.

Porter Ranch, CA 91326
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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