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Popular Music Teachers Near Pacific Palisades

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Carol W. Santa Monica, CA

About Carol

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of Southern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts. *** Lesson Details *** I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the ...

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Ann N. August 16, 2013
Singing
Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.
Joan Q. Santa Monica, CA

About Joan

Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She also performed with Gwen Stefani on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show. Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Some of the teachers she studied with are Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro. Studio Equipment: Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, auxiliary percussion. Specialties: All styles of drumset, hand percussion. *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

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Kelly B. February 12, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My 15 year old daughter is a beginning drummer. She is really enjoying her lessons with Joan and feels like she is really learning how to be a drummer.
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Brooke J. January 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan has been teaching our 5 year old daughter in our home and has incredible patience and finds ways to make it fun for her as well as educational. She also was flexible when we needed to change our lesson times from a weekday to a weekend morning time slot and was always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend her as a teacher for a young beginner!
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Azine N. July 26, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan is very patient as an instructor. I appreciate the feedback she has given me on nuances in my body posture, my grip on the sticks, and seating position to help me be comfortable during the lessons. I began drum lessons with her early in my pregnancy and she has been very accommodating to my busy and hectic schedule.
Nicole B. Valley Village, CA

About Nicole

Nicole B., Soprano/Musician is receiving her Masters of Music from CSU, Northridge while actively working as a professional vocalist for groups like the Verdi Chorus, St. Luke's Episcopal, St. Mark's Presbyterian and playing countless roles in opera's and musicals around the Los Angeles area! Nicole has had a lifetime involvement in voice, theatre, songwriting and music and branched a career as a singer songwriter in the Santa Barbara area under the name "Nikki Bee". Nicole has also worked in the pop industry with the four girl pop group "Women of Wealth" based out of Montecito, CA and featured on KEYT with guest star John Cleese. Coming from a family of artists and musicians, Nicole has always found the art within live performance to be the inspiration for her life and her career. ...

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Pavel / Rhonda H. October 8, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter loves working with Nicole! I am so grateful we found her. Professional, reliable and extremely talented. Most of all, inspiring to my child.
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Christine V. October 31, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
We are lucky to have found her!!!

Around a year ago, my daughter decided she wanted to learn to play the guitar! Thanks to Google, we ran into TakeLessons.
Nicole was recommended to us. After reading about her we were quite impressed!
Right after the first lesson and to my surprise, my (very shy) daughter had a great 1st experience with Nicole.
Nicole is a professional in her field AND also in handling kids and knowing how to help them overcome their shyness. She brings out the best in my daughter and also encourages her to sing even write her own notes!
I would highly recommend Nicole. She is truly talented and the greatest teacher!!!
Christine, Lia's mom!
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Stella V. January 10, 2013
Verified Student
Great for younger kids

Nicole,is amazing with my daughter. She is patient and really makes her feel at ease. I will absolutely recommend her.
David M. Los Angeles, CA

About David

An Ohio-born baritone, David has always had a passion for music and singing. Strongly influenced by the musical pursuits of his older brother, David began playing the piano at age six and was captivated by the school musicals his brother starred in, as well as by the musical Disney movies popular at the time. David also showed aptitude as a young singer. He was frequently chosen as a soloist for grade school productions, and he would often compete in OMEA adjudicated events, receiving the highest scores possible. David's professional singing career began in high school after receiving recognition from singing the National Anthem at home basketball games, which were always highly-attended. He was soon being paid to sing at local holiday festivals and other community events, where ...

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Gary W. February 3, 2015
Opera Voice · Online
Verified Student
David is very professional, patient, and a well rounded teacher. David likes to know what YOU are looking for so he can base the lessons around your goals. He also incorporates theory if you need it. David leads the way when he's teaching, but still allowing you to pick out material you would like to learn. I would recommend David to anyone looking to improve their singing! Even if you have no prior experience in music or singing, he takes you step by step in a pace that's comfortable for you while finding ways to challenge you to help you get the most out of your lessons. He will let you know when you're hindering yourself. He is an amazing teacher!
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Nicolas Q. July 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first voice lesson with David in December 2013 -- I knew almost immediately that first evening I had found the perfect voice teacher! Admittedly I am a difficult critic to please and I went to the first lesson with very high expectations -- but David sure exceeded all of those expectations and then some!

I sing in a church choir in Hollywood, all of my fellow choir members have said the quality of my singing has *dramatically* improved since I have been studying voice with David. (People who don't know I've been taking lessons have also remarked my singing has dramatically improved.)

Vocal marathons can potentially be a singer's nightmare, and once a year my choir is faced with the challenge of singing an Olympic athletic feat of five services back to back in less than 72 hours: Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. Because of David's superior vocal instruction not only did I have the strength and stamina to sing throughout all five services sounding fully fresh and rejuvenated, I felt like I could have gone on to sing two more full length Mozart Masses!

David has extensive knowledge about how the vocal cords work and the technical aspect of singing (which has to be taught, it is not intuitive); he can teach you how to sing on a professional level. Strongly recommended.
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Odisho H. May 14, 2014
Verified Student
His knowledge and patience is remarkable.

Wouldn't recommend Skype for beginners.
Travis H. Los Angeles, CA

About Travis

I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with. I am lucky enough to study with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony. My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired. *** Lesson Details *** My approach to ...

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lida B. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
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Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him.
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Ceagal S. April 6, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
The best music teacher!!

My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!
Jonathan H. Santa Monica, CA

About Jonathan

Are you or your child interested in playing music? Are you looking for a great, personable teacher for your son or daughter? I can help! I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer with over 25 years of professional experience as a performer and educator in New York City and Los Angeles. I have a real passion for teaching and believe that everyone CAN play! All experience levels and musical styles are welcome. Some of the subject I teach: Saxophone, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Music Sequencing (Cubase, Digital Performer), Music Theory & Ear Training It has to be FUN! I tailor my lessons for each individual. The goal is to get you playing GREAT. If you can HEAR it you can PLAY it! For experienced students, we can cover advanced topics, like learning jazz

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Allison B. March 24, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Jon has been an excellent instructor to my 11-year-old boy. Aside from his personal passion in Saxophone, he is also an distinguished performer. As a parent, and especially for a beginner student, Jon's passion and patience will only foster if not inspire a young and curious saxophone learner.
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Pat C. March 20, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Super knowledgeable and easy going.
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W H. March 15, 2015
Jazz Improvisation · In home
Jonathan is a great and fun teacher to work with. He is patient, kind, hardworking, and knowledgeable. He is skilled in many genres of music and is able to help you
in any direction that you might be interested in from Jazz Improvisation, Composition, and Recording. I would work with him without reservation.
He has both the knowledge, experience, and methodology to get you where ever you want to go in music.

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