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Thomas F.

Los Angeles, CA

Flute

About Thomas

From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years.  I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory wor
ks—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them!  Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached the third round of auditions for 3rd oboe in The Minnesota Orchestra in 2006. Lastly, I have been an active vocalist since being a boy soprano in Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem.

I genuinely enjoy all aspects and styles of music—whether I’m studying a Chopin Etude, playing Charles Mingus at a jazz gig, writing and performing with my rock band, or composing hip hop tracks for a short film. I am an easygoing teacher who gets results, and I would love to welcome more people to my diverse group of students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very pleased with my teaching method because I help my students achieve great progress, as well as immense enjoyment. I have a fairly standard routine of teaching technique, theory, and musicality, but I keep a comfortable, laid-back environment. The result is solid, consistent advancement that might come from a stricter method of teaching, with a lesson experience that is more fun and loose.

I am also a highly versatile instructor. While there are certain things that I believe are always necessary when learning a musical instrument, I incorporate them into each student's distinct capabilities and preferences. In short, I can instill the same musical values in every student, whether they’re studying J.S. Bach, The Rolling Stones, or Rihanna.

I take my students' goals and musical preferences very seriously and strive to make every student happy. I am always open to any ideas a student might have, and I am available to answer questions at all times.

 

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide literature and some accessories. Student needs to have instrument, other accessories, and a music stand.
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Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
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Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.

Thank you, Thomas!!
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Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
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Thomas F.

Thomas F.

Los Angeles, CA 90034
(12)
starting at
$55 / 30-min
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Sheila M.

Sherman Oaks, CA

My goal as a flute teacher is to give each student a very well rounded and thorough understanding of the instrument. Lessons will be tailored to each student and will include the following: knowledge of instrument care/maintenance, tone production, technique (scales, etudes, etc), musicality, music theory, and a variety of repertoire from classical to pop.

About Sheila

Sheila M. is a native of Southern California, born and raised in the city of Palm Springs. Her interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hu
ngary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

In 2013, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

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My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I am available to teach both flute and piano lessons and have taught both instruments at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though I prefer to teach piano at the beginner and intermediate levels the most. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

My guarantee is that the student will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons, but little joking here and there is always necessary, in my opinion!

That said, here are my three expectations from my students:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home with your child. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano (not a keyboard) in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Cary K. August 24, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Sheila taught my son flute for the academic year 2013-14 in our home once per week. She was able to supplement instructions with what he was doing in school music. She had a great relationship with him and he looked forward to his lesson every week. He improved greatly in his music skills over the course of the year and was asked by Sheila to perform in a recital at the end of the school year. Sheila was a very good music teacher and her academic training was clearly reflected in her teaching a great plus! I would highly recommend her for flute lessons.
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jasmine F. August 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Sheila has been teaching my son for more than three years and my daughter for more than one year. Both have a wonderful connection with Sheila and have seen tremendous growth and improvement during the time they have been studying piano with her. She is always punctual and prepared for lessons.
While she has high expectations for her students, she is also kind and works very well with younger students.
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Sophia C. July 31, 2014
Flute · In home
Sheila is a great flute instructor. Her attention to detail and knowledge of flute performance help shape every flute piece we work on. She is very pleasant, understanding, and kind. She gives good feedback and sets reasonable weekly expectations. I have improved greatly in the time that I have been working with her. With Sheila, you will be looking forward to the lessons, instead of dreading them :)))!!
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA

I teach beginner flute, from ages 8 and up!

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 & pop songs. Learning how to improvise, basic music theory and harmony, all the way to modern playing techniques, if the student wishes.

RATES:
I offer discounted rates for monthly packages.

For in-home lessons, I teach anywhere on the WESTSIDE of Los Angeles. (Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, West LA, Culver, Westwood, Palisades, etc)

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
MA Music Composition, New York University
BM Music Performance, Saxophone

I've studied privately with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Gary Smuylan, Harold Mabern, Steve Wilson, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, and more.
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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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Jonathan H.

Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Thomas K.

Los Angeles, CA

Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

A woodwind player since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach beginning flute lessons.

About Thomas

A Los Angeles-based composer, orchestrator, conductor, and educator, Thomas has earned a reputation as a reliable and effective music instructor. Thomas instructs students in piano, woodwinds, trumpet, music theory, and composition. He has led multiple after-school classes and private lessons (both online and in-person) for instrumentalists as an official teacher for Piano Keys 4 Kids, MusIQ Club, Music Teachers Network, and Music Lessons on Wheels. He has received praise over his varied and individual approaches to teaching that focus on realizing the full potential of his students, whom rang
e from kindergarteners to adults.

As a composer and orchestrator, Thomas has received commissions from the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Manassas, VA Police Department, and Brigham Young University–Idaho, and Jazz 4 Justice. His film credits include independent productions GeoFORCE, HeartFelt, Return of the Dragon Sword, and A Sense of Sound, amongst other smaller film and video game projects. He has produced three concerts of his original music, including Emerge & Ascend, a benefit concert that raised $1,500. He has also acted as conductor in a number of studio recording sessions.

Thomas received his Masters of Music in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington where he studied with two-time Emmy winning film and television composer Hummie Mann. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from George Mason University where he studied composition under band composer Mark Camphouse and electronic composer Jesse Guessford, and conducting under Anthony Maiello. In the area of performance, he has studied saxophone under Rick Parrell (U.S. Army Band), Tyler Kuebler (USAF Airmen of Note), and Sandon Mayhew; and piano with John Healey and Danny Beal.

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Thomas currently resides in Los Angeles. A melodious and colorful composer, he hopes to continue bringing evocative, contemporary music to audiences everywhere.
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Sherry L. July 28, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas was easy to work with, flexible and dependent. He helped my daughter build confidence and develop skills without pressure. He was easy to communicate with and exceeded out expectations. Pleasure to work with.
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Mythu Chiem July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Thomas has been teaching my kids piano for about a year. He comes to our house once a week for two hours each time. Thomas is reliable and punctual. While Thomas is very busy, he has never once been late and he rarely had to reschedule his lessons. Thomas is a serious teacher, and the kids learn a lot from him.
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Isabella July 7, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is great- gets right to the meat of the lesson and makes my daughter want to practice!
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Thomas K.

Thomas K.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Gabriel B.

Northridge, CA

You will have fun! Making music is a joy, we must always remember that. You can expect to work hard, be challenged, and have your mind opened to new perspectives when we are together and I will always frame the learning within the understanding that we learn to play music, not to work music. Everything we do will aim toward your musical goals.

About Gabriel

I have experience teaching a variety of subjects to a wide range of different students and I customize the lessons to each individual student's learning style. Music lessons are my strongest area of teaching, but I have experience tutoring students from age 8-60. My students get the opportunity to learn in a safe, structured environment where they are able to express their individuality by connecting the learning to their own experience. I encourage my students to explore their potential by lighting the way towards their goals while assigning tasks in well defined, achievable steps.
As a
person who returned to college after age 30 to finish a bachelor's degree and complete a master's degree, I understand the challenges that different learners face from a unique perspective. Helping others to achieve their goals in spite of adversity is my favorite thing to do!
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Javier July 5, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Working along side with Gabriel was great. He not only teaches music and saxophone, he teaches what it really means to a be serious a musician. Thanks to him I've learned how to read, play, and listen (ear training) to music better. Under his instruction for a few days, he gets down to point and figures out any problem a student has. You won't regret working with him.
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Mike July 3, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Gabe is a fantastic teacher. He's taught me not only how to perform better but also how to practice with a better mindset, which, to me is the equivalent of "nipping it in the bud". He always told me to come into the practice room with goals that I want to accomplish, and only finish practicing when those goals are accomplished. Also, I've enjoyed performing in saxophone chamber groups with him, including two saxophone quartets and a duet.
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Martin July 1, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Gabriel is a wonderful instructor with a great grasp and understanding of his subject area. I've had the pleasure of being in a quartet led by him and came out of it with a greater appreciation of the pieces and a better ability to emphasize phrasing. Worth the money to learn from.
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Gabriel B.

Gabriel B.

Northridge, CA 91325
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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