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About Laura

Music is definitely the universal language, and there isn't a genre I don't love; it's important to me that that aspect be brought to lessons, as well! From humble New Jersey beginnings to an opera career, I've seen the power of what music can do!

Whether it's opera, musical theater, folk, rock, or just public speaking, anything YOU love to do, I would love to teach you! Having taught all ages and levels, from first graders to adults, from someone who's never sung a note in his or her life to semi-professionals, I cater my lessons to what YOU as a student need and are interested in.

Lessons shouldn't be a chore - I like to foster an environment you look forward to being a part of! I also think that music, like any sport, is hard work, and takes seriously practice; even hobbies take concentration and application! I understand and can

work with many schedules and work loads, but I expect my students to put at least half the effort into their lessons that I do!
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August 11, 2019
Ellen D.
Laura is an excellent teacher with detailed explanations on technique. She makes it very easy to understand. I hope to take more lessons with her in the future.
June 17, 2018
Teresita
She is awesome! Very professional. I had fun learning with her. She’s great! I love the way she tech me.
October 15, 2017
Megan
Laura is a great teacher! Her lessons are fun and super helpful. Would definitely recommend.

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I teach basic music theory to help students understand the "why" behind the structure.

About Anne

Currently, Anne is the keyboardist in a rock band and a jazz band. Trained as a classical pianist, her repertoire includes classical, Broadway, Celtic and popular music. She has performed in both formal recitals and informal gatherings.

In April 2008, Anne debuted her own compositions in recital. Several piano students have performed her music as well, both as "teaching pieces" and in recital. Recent compositions include music for piano students and piano arrangements for Celtic and popular music. She is also a songwriter, co-writing blues and TropRock (Jimmy Buffet style) tunes.

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It has been said that Beethoven cautioned his students that playing without emotion, without being part of the music, without caring, is unforgivable. My goal is to help you express your emotions through playing the piano.

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ing out the emotion in the music, it is important that the lesson plan is tailored to each individual. It is equally important to pursue the music that interests the student the most.

It is fun to play the piano and it is a skill that can be learned - or re-learned - at any age.

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Classical, Broadway, music theory, chords
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Anne F.

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I can provide thorough instruction in music theory. Topics covered can include:
- basic music reading (all clefs)
- scales
- keys/key signatures
- chords (all types, how to construct and identify)
- progressions

About Miles

Miles McAllister is a Southern California-based performer and educator. He is principal trumpet of the Long Beach Symphony and 3rd trumpet of the Santa Barbara Symphony. He is a member of the nationally and internationally touring brass quintet Presidio Brass (presidiobrass.com) and member of the Disneyland Band at the Disneyland Resort. Miles is an active freelance performer and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Pacific Symphony, Pacific Chorale, Pageant of the Masters, Los Angeles Opera, San Diego Symphony and Pops, New West Symphony, California Philharmonic, Redlands Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Philharmonic, Golden State Pops Orchestra, San Bernardino Symphony, Pacific Brass Ensemble, and many other groups throughout Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, and the Inland Empire.

He can be heard on Star Wars: Rogue O

ne, Star Trek: Discovery, American Dad and True Believers: The Stan Lee Story. From 2011-2013, he played lead trumpet for Carnival Cruise Lines in numerous showbands performing in their full-scale production shows and live variety sets. He appeared as a soloist with the Redlands Symphony where he performed the Arutunian Trumpet Concerto and at the Redlands Bowl Festival performing the Haydn Trumpet Concerto. He has also performed with Mannheim Steamroller, Chris Botti, and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy.

He earned his Master of Music in Trumpet Performance at California State University Fullerton in 2015 and graduated from the University of Redlands in 2011 with a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance.

As an educator, Miles is energetic and keeps lessons positive, varied, and always with a goal in mind. There is a constant emphasis on building fundamentals and using those as a foundation for making great music. Not everyone learns the same way so it is his aim to be adaptable to the student's needs to help them understand and process the concepts behind good trumpet playing. He has taught all ages and skill levels, privately and in group settings, and can be a valuable asset in helping you achieve your musical pursuits. Three of his recent students have been placed as the principal trumpet in the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra and one was placed in the Claremont Intermezzo Youth Orchestra. He has also had students go on to earn generous music scholarships for college at well-respected institutions.
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Miles has taught all ages, ranging from fourth graders to retirees, and all skill levels from beginners to those preparing for college auditions.

Skills covered include everything needed to play the trumpet successfully. Sound, projection, reading, technique, flexibility, repertoire, and range can all be developed if the student earnestly wants to take the time to develop them. A practice regimen is designed for each individual student depending on their strengths, weaknesses, and goals.

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- music and method books
- music stand and chairs
- tuner and metronome
- student must bring own instrument and mouthpiece

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My main area of performance is classical/orchestral music. I also have experience playing full-time in a commercial setting (i.e. pit/Broadway, rock, and lead playing).
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November 6, 2013
Billy B.
Great teacher

I come in every time learning something new and useful in my career to pursue trumpet. He is a great person to talk to and very friendly. There are no interruptions in the learning environment also.

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Jeremie W.

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Music theory is the basic foundation for every good composer and songwriter. There's a lot to learn and a lot that can be used in your own music. Even if you only want to play guitar and not write music, music theory can help you be a better improvisor, increase your harmonic knowledge, and play better in group settings.

About Jeremie

I'm a self taught guitarist who has been playing for nearly 20 years. I have played professionally in numerous bands and ensembles ranging from jazz to folk to rock, and I've been writing music for the same length of time. I currently perform with one of my students from TakeLessons named Mackenzie O'Brien.

I graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2014 with a BA in Music Composition. I studied under composers: Drew Baker, Kenn Kumpf, Ilya Levinson, and Marcos Balter. I've performed and worked with members from the groups, Del Niente and Chicago's Composer's Collective.

I build my lesson plans around each of my students based on their interests. I'll try to incorporate music they enjoy into their music regime. I keep lessons pretty relaxed, but will challenge a student who is looking for something m

ore difficult. I go at the pace you learn best at!

Bass guitar, ukulele, song-writing, counterpoint, orchestrating, arranging, music theory, and composing are subjects I'm well versed in and love to teach to other people.

I'm experienced with all kinds of music software, such as: Pro Tools, Logic, Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Finale, Sibelius. If you want to learn how to write, record, mix, and master your own music, there's never been a better time to learn.
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November 9, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is a great instructor. He moves and a good pace, really knows the details of what he is teaching, and caters the lesson material to you to keep it interesting. Would highly recommend!
October 27, 2018
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September 22, 2018
Danny
Jeremie is knowledgeable and easy to work with. He caters the lesson to your goals and I have no doubt I will achieve what I want if I stick with it! Would definitely recommend!

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I teach music theory with the goal of improving my students' functional abilities as performers and composers. Whether I'm teaching basic note, key, and scale lessons or advanced jazz and classical theory lessons, I aim to keep theoretical ideas firmly connected to my students' experiences as performers and listeners. My time studying at the Berklee College of music has provided me with extensive knowledge of the theory and structure of jazz, pop, and classical music, and with proven methods of passing this knowledge on to others.

About Timothy

I'm a Berklee College of Music-trained multi-instrumentalist with years of teaching experience. I have experience performing, composing, and/or recording on the genres of classical, jazz, Latin, rock and pop music, and I have extensive knowledge of jazz and classical music theory. I take great pride and pleasure in helping my students realize their innate musical abilities and in providing the structure and knowledge to allow them to expand those abilities in whatever direction their passion dictates.

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May 24, 2018
George I.
Great instructer. Very patient. Very willing to teach you what you want.
May 17, 2018
George I.
Very helpful and experienced. As I already have studied music he geared the lesson to my needs.
February 7, 2018
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Scott S.

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Through the foundation I've gained by the influences of Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, and Suzuki musical instruction methods, I compile my own teaching materials. Using personally constructed guitar lessons, I demonstrate, instruct, and guide the student based on my assessment of their individual needs, skill level, and progress. Lessons are formulated in Modules, and advancement through them is based on the student's personal aptitude, skill level, and practice commitment. Learning is accomplished by ear as well as through essential methods of musical notation (tablature, 5-line staff, rhythmic comprehension). Students are trained to perform written music as well as to write and express the music within themselves.
I'm an encouraging and motivating guitar teacher with a casual relaxed approach. Teaching new guitarists is very rewarding to me. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.

About Scott

The key to learning guitar......is finding the right instructor!

I am an encouraging, effective guitar instructor and an experienced performing musician, offering in-person beginner through intermediate guitar instruction in my home and on line.

It is very rewarding to me to help others along the journey of creative expression through music. To see the light come on and watch a student perform a song, express themselves musically, and create their own composition is an awesome experience.
To kick back after a long day and let your soul speak through a musical instrument is a wonderful release. Please let me guide you along this incredible adventure to bring out that inner artist!

You'll learn guitar playing posture, strumming patterns and an understanding of rhythm, tuning, chords progressions and chord theory, basic principle

s of reading tablature and 5 line staff, and great popular songs. You'll be playing your favorite tunes in no time!

Through formal and self- instructed lessons from age 12, I've learned country, folk, blues, rock, and metal techniques and formed several local bands as lead vocalist and lead/rhythm guitarist.
Writing and recording my own music has been a hobby for over 30 years.

An active music enthusiast from a young age, I began with clarinet technique and music theory from age 9 through public schools, performing in orchestra and marching band.
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February 16, 2019
Joan B.
I'm enjoying my lessons with Scott. He has taught me a lot. He makes playing and learning exciting. I can't wait for my next lesson.
May 12, 2018
James
I started with Scott as a newbie and he has definitely helped me grow as a guitarist. He takes time and makes things easier to learn. As complicated learning can be, he simplifies it and breaks it down. When I feel like I’m not progressing he always shows me how I am. His modules are easy to follow. His teaching style is compatible with all types of learners whether you are visual, hands on or a listener. It’s not just business with him. He’s always available for questions after or between lessons. He’s knowledgeable in equipment so don’t hesitate to ask for some advice on what to buy. He’s affordable and lesson times are flexible. I highly recommend him for all ages and learning needs.
April 7, 2018
Curtis
Scott has been a great help to me, filling in the gaps and teaching exactly what I request: techniques, specific songs, and lesson times at work for me. He communicates well and follows up after each lesson with emails.

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Enhance your singing, playing, or songwriting skills with an understanding of how music works! Music theory lessons can help you learn and memorize music faster, perform with more confidence, and add variety to the music you write

About JunZhao(Ryan)

My name is JunZhao Deng, originally from Guangzhou, China. I am a classically trained pianist, with my bachelor's degree in music education from Xinghai Conservatory of Music and my master's degree in piano performance from Kent State University.

Over the past 10 years, I have taught private lessons to students of all ages and playing levels. Students who study with me can expect to gain a better understanding of music theory as well as technique. I strive to push my students to their maximum potential, and will encourage them to participate in concerts, competitions, etc.

In my career, I have performed in numerous competitions in China, such as the DeYiShuangQing Piano Competition, winning awards such as the Guangzhou Golden Award and Hong Kong International Piano Competition Frist Prize.

I am personally trained in classical mus

ic, but I have a great respect for all genres of music, and encourage my students to listen and play more than classical.
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October 8, 2019
Anthony B
My kid had a wonderful learning time with Ryan. We like the new thing he brought to the kid, about his understanding of the music, the style of the composers and the skills deal with some certain notes. We can't wait until the next lesson.
September 15, 2019
Mackenzie
I have been taking classes from Ryan for 6 months and I am delighted with his style of teaching and how he develops and delivers specialized classes for me. He is also very easy to talk to and listens intently to my goals.
August 15, 2019
Mary A.
Thanks Ryan for making the lesson totally fun and relevant to my present level!

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Whether you are looking to improve your performances with a richer understanding of the music itself or to compose pop songs or intricate symphonies, music theory is extremely useful! We can work at your pace to learn how to read and write music, including transposing and chords using flashcards, worksheets, and textbooks. Expand your music knowledge today!

About Charlotte

Hi there! My name is Charlotte Rosenthal, and I am a piano teacher! I attend Concordia University Wisconsin and am in my second year in the Music Program there. I have been playing piano since 1st grade and have accompanied choirs, played for church services, and won awards at State Solo & Ensemble. I love teaching kids (and adults) the ins and out of piano playing and developing a casual interest into a lifelong skill.

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Carson
"Sasha is very patient with me even as I have not been practicing as consistently as I should and am struggling with the basics.."
Fred
"He made me feel very comfortable and it was my first lesson, ever."
Sorab
"Been learning the basics of music theory and its really helping me understand better for playing claronet!"
Rolando
"Well, I can say that when we met 24 years ago, I've never seen anyone playing the bass guitar as good as he did, I still remember him playing that beautif
ul six string bass guitar along with a drummer... I was just trying to catch up with those two ... it was just rehearsal and they didn't need a me as keyboard player , just the slap bass solo was enough for me to step down and watch, I learned a lot just by listening to him. He was a very patient teacher and his musical knowledge was amazing,"
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Michael
"10 stars! Randall is a very knowledgeable and patient teacher. Recommend!"
Olivia
"Carolyn moves at a great pace and is extremely helpful. I especially love when we practice rhythm on a piece of music!"
Andy
"Greg helped me onto the path of speaking the language of music and why it matters. Music theory is not daunting if someone can show you how to apply it co
rrectly. Greg has decades of experience and application. Let him help you!"
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Glen
"Richard knows his music. If you want to know the why's and how's and patterns of music, Richard is your guy."
Melody
"Great teacher. He was my music theory tutor, and I was able to skip past two college theory courses within about a week of hour-long tutoring sessions.

From my experience, he works with what you have: he finds your strengths and helps you to learn based on how he believes you'll best receive new information or inspiration. He is able to communicate concepts in many different ways, and always makes sure you understand. He is not long-winded, but communicates the necessary information in a way that is straight-to-the-point, and does not waste time giving his students "busy work," but instead gives them exercises that are directly or indirectly helpful every time. He is a patient teacher, and does not make you feel like you will be left behind. He passionate about teaching and his students, and he does a great job at teaching."
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