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If you want to learn what they teach in the guitar program (GIT) at Musicians Institute here in Hollywood, but don't want to spend $30k on tuition and living expenses to do it... Or, if you are planning to attend GIT yourself and want to get way ahead of the curve early, so you too can graduate with top honors... Schedule some lessons with me, at a fraction of the GIT price-tag!

Beginning, intermediate and advanced guitar players will all benefit greatly from the vast wealth of guitar- and music-related information and experience that I have to offer (no brag, just fact).

My influences include, but are by no means limited to: Frank Zappa, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Sting, The Cure, Duran Duran, Prince, Lady Gaga, Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Miles Davis, Christina Aguilera, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Béla Bartók, Igor Stravinsky...and nearly
everyone else making interesting music in the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a GIT graduate and will teach you everything they teach at Musicians Institute, one-on-one. Whether you want to learn scales, arpeggios, chords, music theory, harmony, arranging, reading music, writing music, ear training, rhythm guitar styles (rock, pop, jazz, funk), soloing techniques (rock, metal, pop, fusion), songwriting (on acoustic and electric), live performance (pre-show preparedness, eliminating stage fright, developing a professional stage presence), using fx pedals, ideal amplifier settings, finding your signature guitar tone, music production (recording, mixing and mastering), music business (creating your press kit, marketing your music, negotiating payments and contracts)...you name it, I've studied it and will teach it to you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
When I'm not touring and doing sessions, I spend the majority of my time in Hollywood, where I keep a small but full-featured music studio on a nice, quiet little street just off Hollywood Blvd. It's great because it contains all of the necessary items I need to maintain my skills, improve my abilities, and expand my knowledge (sofa, chair, office desk/chair, several amplifiers, guitars, fx pedals, metronome, etc). And in terms of the lessons I teach, while there isn't an on-site waiting area, there are several shops, restaurants and a small Fresh & Easy grocer with a nice, quiet alfresco seating area just a block or so away. What's more, the Hollywood & Highland mall is only a few blocks away. Parking is very convenient in the LA Fitness subterranean garage, the entrance to which is located on North Sycamore Ave. The fee for parking is free for one hour, with easy, no-hassle validation from Fresh & Easy. Note: street parking is permit-only and you will be ticketed...so DO NOT park on the street!

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Please bring your instrument, a notebook, pencil, and, if you would like to record your lessons to have and review afterward, a pocket-size recording device. I will typically record moments when a student performs an example of something s/he has been working on, or an improvisation regarding the same. I do this strictly for the purpose of (a) having an example to which to compare and measure the student's progress and improvement over time, and/or (b) to capture a 'magical moment' of musical inspiration that might prove useful to the student's artistic/musical development, etc. At the student's request, I will provide a copy of said recordings (if any) on a CD. All such recordings are kept 100% confidential, are not distributed nor disseminated for any reason whatsoever, and are deleted at such time that the student discontinues his/her lessons with me.

*** Specialties ***
I am a very style-flexible musician and guitarist. Some really great books I've used in my own studies and lessons include: Pepe Romero's 'Guitar Style and Technique,' Ted Greene's 'Chord Chemistry,' George Russell's 'The Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organization for Improvisation,' Peter Magadini's 'Polyrhythms,' et al.
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Andrew wan an excellent teacher. He was very talented and easy to get along with. I would definitely recommend him.
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About Jesse M.

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Learn about rhythm, melody, harmony, and dynamics and how they affect your songwriting. Break down songs that you like to learn about the elements that make you like them and make them compelling to others.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed
with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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About Tim M.

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About Tim
I am a Hartt School of Music trained classical guitarist raised on the electric guitar. With over 20 years of teaching experience, I have helped students of all ages achieve their musical goals. Whether it's getting into the school jazz band, a college degree program or simply playing for friends, I can help you get there. My studio is a spacious and equipped learning environment designed with the guitarist in mind.
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Sam February 15, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Tim is an excellent guitar teacher and an overall great guy. He provided me with structure and support, enabling me to make the most out of my practice and ultimately progress as a player. His warm personality and contagious enthusiasm for music kept me looking forward to our time together each week. He was also very flexible when it came to scheduling to accommodate for my dynamic schedule.
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Brad January 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Tim is an excellent teacher, providing excellent advice, practice techniques, and insights. He makes learning and improving easy and enjoyable.
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Tucker January 20, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Heading into my first class with Tim, I had almost no musical experience (at least for the last 15+ years). In a very casual way, he was able to get a sense of where I was and where he should start with my instruction.

I was very reluctant to take lessons at first, but my wife got me started with Tim and it was really worth it. He was accommodating to my relatively slow speed of learning and easily adapted to my own musical preferences and interests.

His studio is a great space and is located within a really cool, historic building. The sound is fantastic and it's a comfortable space to practice in.

I highly recommend Tim for lessons - especially for adults who may not be able to dedicate hours a day to practicing. I took lessons weekly for three months and I got a great foundation for practicing. Once my life settles down a little, I definitely hope to go back.
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About Matt B.

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Chicago, IL

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I teach composition in a wide variety of styles. Regardless of whether you want to write songs, write for band/orchestra, etc., I can help you reach your goals.

About Matt
I earned a Bachelor's of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Capital University in Columbus, OH.

I currently teach private guitar lessons, sing and play guitar in the Chicago rock band Dead Parade, and transcribe music professionally for a wide variety of clients. Occasionally, I write articles or do interviews that appear in magazines such as Guitar World. In the past, I worked for 8 years as a guitar teacher, transcriber, consultant, and free-lance writer for a popular subscription guitar site. I also served as a guitar instructor/lecturer at Capital University's Community Music School under the direction of renowned music educator Dr. Rebecca Johnson. Over the duration of my 18 year teaching career, I have taught over 1000 students of all ages and levels of experience.
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Jade July 5, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I'm loving my lessons! I'd recommend Matt to anyone!
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Tom May 15, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I take bass lessons with Matt. Guitar is his #1 instrument, but his bass playing is really impressive. And, his overall musical knowledge is unmatched. Look no further for a guitar / bass tutor!
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Emily May 14, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Wow! What a talented guy! I'm learning so much and having a great time. Thanks Matt!
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Learn how to write a song, whether starting from a catchy chord progressions or a melody you can't get out of your head. Once your song is complete, we will record a track for you to share with friends and family.

About Matthew
Hello! My name is Matthew and I am offering piano and voice lessons in your home or my studio. All lessons focused on student's goals and interests. Learn to sight read, play the blues, sing a show tune! I have been working professionally in the performing arts and have 20 years of experience working with all ages, from children to adults, and all levels, from beginners to professionals. I am always thrilled to help a young person uncover their musical ability, guide the experienced musician to further their proficiency, or provide the hobbyist with a fun, creative environment to explore the music they've always loved.
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Peri L. October 19, 2017
· Logic Pro Software · Online
Matthew wasreally nice and kind.
Very patient too
Knowledgeable as well🙏🙏🙏🙏
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Kayla September 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 7 year old daughter loved her lesson!
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Crystal C. September 25, 2017
· Singing · In home
I LOVE LOVE Matthew. Im so lucky to have him as a teacher. If you're looking for the best teacher for singing or piano lessons I highly recommend him.
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About Nikiya E.

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As a teenager, I discovered the gift of songwriting and teach my students how to put their thoughts and feelings into a song. The joy of creating a song from beginning to end is an experience that is priceless. Learn how to come up with catchy concepts that are marketable. Also, learn how to properly copyright your lyrics! Songwriting is about telling a story thorough your perspective as well as others. For my all you need is a notebok to write down lyrics. Let's begin your songwriting adventure!

About Nikiya
I specialize in artist development and train students who want to progress to a professional level, total package performer (piano, vocals, music theory, songwriting, composing, music business, audition prep, performance). My background in psychology helps my students identify and conquer challenges. With over 20 years of experience as a pianist, singer, and songwriter, performing with artists including Anita Baker, Diana Ross, and Ne-Yo has given me the tools needed to help you reach your potential. I've learned from the best and know how to bring out the best in my students!
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Maddie H. April 6, 2015
· Classical Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons with Nikiya since I was 6 years old. Piano with Nikiya has been super fun for me because I learn new skills and many new songs. She always makes sure I completely understand what I've ben taught. I love lessons with Nikiya!I I always look forward to my piano lesson every week!
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Kiya C. March 19, 2015
· Classical Piano · In home
I very much loved learning the piano with Nikiya she's great with how she teaches it and also being able to see her perform at her shows was amazing. She has an truly amazing talent with music !!
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claire V. March 17, 2015
· Classical Piano · Online
I had the pleasure of watching Nikiya perform most of her masterpieces! Ranging from classical pieces such as Chopin and also her delicate and beautiful pieces that she had written and composed herself. Never before have I seen such a talent. If you have her as a professor consider yourself very fortunate. She truly cares for each student individually.
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How many times have you heard a song that took you back to a moment? When was the last time one made you cry? That is what Songwriting is all about. I want to help you learn to tell your story through lyrics and melody!

About Hannah
Do you want to learn to write music? Are you interested in Melody, Lyrics, Arrangements or even the Business side of the industry? If any of these tickle your fancy, I would love to be your teacher! Whether you are a rockstar in the shower, or you have no musical experience, I can help you find the tools and to learn the skills you need to reach your goals!

I have a bachelors degree in Commercial Music with an emphasis in Singing and Songwriting from Brigham Young University. I have over ten years of vocal training and can teach Speech Level Singing, Classical, and Belt. I have written over 300 songs and have recorded in California, Colorado and Utah.
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Amber June 11, 2018
· Singing · Online
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Ashli April 25, 2018
· Singing · Online
Hannah is very knowledgeable and yet she is able to teach in such a way that makes it fun and easy to understand. She listens well and is friendly. I would recommend her anyday.
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David April 25, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Hannah was an incredible instructor. She worked very well with my goals and was kind and patient. She explained concepts well and was extremely knowledgeable and experienced. I could tell she cared about me as a person and not just as a student, which I really appreciated. I would consider her a friend as well as a teacher. I’d recommend her to anyone!
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Students learn the craft of songwriting and learn about basic music theory, sight reading, guitar, technique, song form, and performance. Learn about chords, rhythm, melodies and basic songwriting skills. Students explore a variety of different styles of music

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Hi my name is David and I love and enjoy teaching guitar lessons to students of all ages and I come to your home for lessons. My goal in life is to enrich people's lives with music. The first thing I do is interview the student and find out why they want to play the guitar and what are some of their goals. Then I find out what style of music they would like to learn. I have the student come up with ten songs they would like to learn. I take this information and structure future guitar lessons around the essential elements of these songs. I design each lesson to teach the specific skills required to learn those songs. I create an organized custom guitar lesson workbook for each of my students at no cost to the student or parent. This way, my students have a weekly organized practice routine and they become successful. Having a teaching deg
ree, (B.A. Music - Conservatory of Music - Concentration: Studio Composition / Master's in Education - M.A.T. / Adolescence Education (Grades 5-12) 3.56 GPA).

I create all of the guitar lessons to meet each students individual needs that include lessons on theory, technique, rhythm, chords, scales, riffs, arpeggio's, songs, and exercises etc. I break down songs into easy digestible parts so students can learn a song in a logical and most manageable way. I use a color coded method to teach that I created that help students not only learn and understand scales and chords but also they are able to see visually how scales and chords are created. I currently teach private guitar lessons and have worked for 12 years in our local schools as a teacher with students K through 12. For 2 years, from 2012 to 2014 I taught an after-school enrichment guitar and songwriting class. I created the curriculum and music workbook specifically for 6 and 7-year old children whom I taught at Pequenakonck Elementary School in North Salem, NY. In College I won an award for the most Improved Studio Composition Student at Purchase College. I incorporate lessons that I have learned in the classroom as a teacher to help my guitar students learn. I feel the most important thing for my students to learn about music is to have a lot of fun.
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James December 28, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My son had a great first lesson and knows what to do for practice this week and is excited to continue learning with his next lesson
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Carol September 11, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Really enjoying the lessons. Dave has tremendous experience and has made the start of this journey for me really easy. Looking forward to continuing my lessons.
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Marcus B. September 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
David was very organized, thorough and connected well my son. We are off to a great start.
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Learn to improve your songwriting skills! We'll study chord progressions, melodies, rhythms, intros & outros, arranging & orchestration, form, instrumentation, lyric-writing and much more.

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Learn to play music that you love. I offer customized lessons based on your interests and the things you most want to learn. Using proven techniques from years of performing, research and teaching, I help my students make consistent progress while having fun!

***Areas of study***

Performance
Singing & playing
Music Theory
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Fretboard Understanding
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Ali March 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My husband and I just had our first few lessons with Trevor and we couldn’t recommend him more. As a high school band director who is a guitar beginner, I think that Trevor is a fantastic teacher. He makes music and guitar fun, ensures you feel successful in each lesson, and is teaching quality information in a very logical order and pace.
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Nonye A. March 22, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Best Instructor ever!
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Will April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've taken a couple of lessons from Trevor so far and they have been awesome. I've taken lessons from about 7 or 8 instructors in my lifetime and he is definitely one of, if not the best.
The thing that makes Trevor stand out to me is that he took the time to get to know what I wanted to learn and to figure out how I like to learn. He comes prepared to the lessons with material, answers any questions I have during the week by email and has worked with me to develop a specific education plan to meet my goals.
I suggest taking a trial lesson with this guy to see if you're on the same page. I am definitely not going anywhere else while I live in Austin.
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I've co-written songs with Chris Eaton (Janet Jackson, Keith Urban, Amy Grant) and Jay Stolar. I can help you make the track and write the lyric.

About Christiaan
Christiaan is a multi-talented performer in theater, opera, and pop music. He played Gaston in the Broadway tour of Beauty and the Beast. Something of a bad boy, he was kicked out of Opera School for singing jazz, yet he went on to earn three music degrees, and work with opera legend Marilyn Horne and avant-garde composer Jake Heggie. Now he's in New York studying with Lady Gaga's teacher and singing his own arrangements of Ed Sheeran, Maroon 5, and John Mayer at Carnegie Hall while writing and recording pop songs in Nashville and the U.K. Look for his new single That's When You Know.

Christiaan enjoys seeing people succeed, so his approach to teaching is a combination of play and practice. Ultimately we sing because we want to bring people joy, yet to do so, we must hone our talents to perfection. By mixing the joy of music with disci
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Luca F. June 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Christiaan is a very nice and competent vocal trainer.
He’s patient and it doesn’t get frustrated easily.
The time flies when I work with him and I definitely saw improvements just after 5 lessons.
It really makes you want to keep studying and working hard!
Thanks prof!
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Allana .. April 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Best singing instructor I’ve ever had! Over the years it’s been hard to find a balance of a good learning experience and comfortability when taking lessons. One or the other was always lacking, but not with Christiaan! I learn so much AND have a good time. I feel myself improving and getting more confident each lesson.
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William March 25, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great, thanks a lot! got somewhere!
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