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Ashlie N.

Northridge, CA

About Ashlie

I very much love teaching, and have a lot of patience. I believe music should be fun, and is necessary to a well-balanced life.
I currently live in Northridge, CA. I began my classical training at the age of 5 and began performing professionally in a mariachi group at the age of 15 years old. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music Education at California State University, Northridge in December of 2010 where I studied violin with Michael Ferril a graduate from Julliard who has played on countless Hollywood films. I returned to CSUN as a graduate student and received my teaching credential
in 2013.

RECENT PERFORMANCES:

House of Blues Anaheim June 2013
-Performed as backup singer and dancer in opening act for Grammy Award winner Intocable

Glee, Fox Television 2012
-Played four tracks on camera with cast band in two episodes of Glee during seasons three and four

Gibson Amphitheatre July 2012
-Performed live as mariachi in opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramon Ayala to sold-out venue

House of Blues Anaheim February 2012
-Performed live as mariachi in opening act for Grammy Award winner Ramon Ayala

I have played in symphony orchestras, performed solo pieces, and play chamber music. I have played concerts in Hawaii, Europe, Alaska, and Palm Springs. I have also played with several mariachi groups in the greater Los Angeles area. Other performance locations include Guadalajara, Ensenada, Tucson, and more. Some of these performances were during my time studying under Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano.

MARIACHI EXPERIENCE:
-Presently performing as violinist/vocalist with Mariachi Mexico
-Have performed as violinist/vocalist with numerous mariachi ensembles, including Mariachi Poncitlan, Mariachi Master Apprentice Program led by Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, and Mariachi Olas.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe learning music should be fun and inspiring but I am also serious about teaching and my students. As long as the student practices on a regular basis I will help guide and teach the student and give them the tools necessary to be an amazing performer.
I definitely focus on learning to read music, scales, etudes, standard repertoire, and of course whatever fun pieces of music may interest the student. I have two student recitals per year giving the students opportunities to showcase their talent and see their progress.
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Emily J. April 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Ashlie is a great teacher! Ashlie is very knowledgeable when it comes to teaching Violin and we love that about her. My daughter feels very comfortable around Ashlie because she knows just how to make the subject relate-able. Ashlie's personable teaching style and wonderful personality make lessons with her that much more enjoyable and I would highly recommend her.
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Marcela P. October 29, 2014
Violin · In studio
Ashlie has been teaching my twin girls the violin for over a year. She is very kind and patient and has a way of getting through to my children. Ashlie is no pushover which I really like since my girls will look for ways to waste time but the lessons are always well controlled. The girls have learned so much from her and I hope to continue with Ashlie for as long as we can!
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London W. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
A very good instructor, being that she had to contend with an adult learner that also did not read music, she was very understanding. She works her teachings around you not the other way around, so you can move at your own pace and ability and not feel like you are not improving. So I recommend her to any of you who are older, and would like to take up the Violin.
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Ashlie N.

Ashlie N.

Northridge, CA 91325
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starting at
$34.99 / 30-min
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Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA

About Cindy

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a loc
al church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

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My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.
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George B. June 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplinedđź‘Ť
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Jessica R. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.

Thank you!
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NicoleS December 4, 2011
Method of teaching is excellent! Cassidy has improved a lot... She picks up the guitar with a smile! I'm so glad we found Cindy as a teacher:)
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Cindy K.

Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA 91345
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$34 / 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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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.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(1)
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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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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Brittain B. June 6, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson completed. Teresa is wonderful. She absolutely LOVES music and is so excited to share it with others. Can't wait to continue my lessons.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
(9)
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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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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Paul S. February 2, 2015
Drum · In studio
I learned so much! He is a great teacher, super relaxed and friendly. Would recommend to anyone looking to gain some great drum knowledge :)
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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