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Mike S. Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach how to make recordings sound good!

About Mike

I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments. *** Lesson Details *** I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompany students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove. *** Travel Equipment *** They should have

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Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
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Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Guitar
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!

Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
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Alyssa S. April 12, 2013
Piano
AMAZING music teacher!

I have been taking lessons with Mike since I was age 5, and am now age 25. Mike was the first person to make me feel passion and love for music. He helped me discover my talent by allowing and encouraging me to play by ear and was always incredibly supportive, patient, and kind. Lessons with Mike make me eager to practice the piano daily and I have ALWAYS looked forward to our next lesson together because of the fun and easy-going environment he creates. If it weren't for Mike, I would not continue to play the piano as often as I do as an adult. He goes above and beyond for his students and I would HIGHLY recommend him as a teacher. I know I will take lessons from him for as long as he's still teaching!
Paul S. Beverly Hills, CA

I offer recording service to all students which support the learning of the instrument and give them valuable studio experience time in a controlled way.

About Paul

Hi! My name is Paul and I'd love to share the joy of playing the guitar with you! I have been a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years. I know much about playing the guitar and being an artist. I am passionate about music, which is why lessons with me are so fun. I know how to customize a program for the motivated student that will bring out the potential of the student at all levels. I will give the student a complete and practical program for advancement and help he or she discover their own talents at a pace that works for them. I even on occasion will conduct blues jams and other challenges such as recording and how to do a You Tube video production that will give the student a chance to use their developing skills by themselves and with others. Here is feedback from ...

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Ken A. April 2, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher

I played a little guitar throughout my life but was lacking an understanding of how the instrument works. I found myself strumming a few cords here and there but never with focus or improvement. After only three lessons with Paul, I'm now jamming to rock and the blues!Paul was quickly able to access my level of playing and I'm now understanding how the fretboard works and most importantly having lots of fun during lessons and practice. He teaches with passion and doesn't simply open a book but rather instills his lifelong experience and philosophy into lessons. Many can teach the mechanics of guitar but with Paul, you'll also understand the soul.
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Meg M. January 17, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Paul Rocks !!

I just had my 2nd lesson with Paul and felt inspired to write a review. I have wanted to learn guitar for many, many years now. In the past, I have always gotten frustrated -or bored- and gave up before I ever even learned a chord. Our 1st lesson, Paul started me with some very basic mechanics. It was just the right amount of information to keep me interested and challenged but not so much that I was overwhelmed the 1st week. From just 15 -30 minutes a day of practicing, I have already gained some flexibility in my fingers and am beginning to have a "feel" for the instrument. I have seen more improvement and learned more from Paul and the exercises he has given me in just 2 lessons than I have collectively ever learned from any other teacher in the past or any book or online tutorial. His knowledge of the instrument, as well as music theory, is vast and he knows how to break it down into digestible bits for maximum benefit to the student. So I am not only learning to play guitar, I am also being introduced to music theory in a very easy to understand manner. He is very patient and creates a safe and supportive environment in which to learn comfortably. I am SO glad I found him!!! His way of teaching really works or me ~ I feel hopeful, inspired and motivated for the first time ever in attempting to learn this instrument. Thank you Paul and Thank You Take Lessons !!
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Jake H. September 23, 2012
Guitar
Great teacher, large knowledge of many genres.

Paul is an overall great teacher. Before I took lessons with him, I knew next to nothing about playing guitar. I might have known the "box" minor pentatonic scale and possibly aeolian as a mode. Then I started taking lessons with him for Metal, my personal genre of choice and I started learning at a far more accelerated rate. Fast forward to about 9 months ago (January 2012) and I'd also grown an interest in Jazz. Fortunately Paul is an excellent teacher in both genres and helped my tastes (in both) genres develop and now he teaches me in Jazz. I even went to the Berklee school of music five week summer program (I'm to young to apply to the school's full time program) and thrived there. I recently got my report card for the class and his extensive teaching of how to play guitar from playing jazz chords to complex music theory (we're learning about chromatic harmony with the use of secondary dominants and tritone substitutions) helped me get only A's and B's. The areas where I got A's include classes such as high level theory, ensemble classes, ear training and genre specific guitar labs. I only got B's in my reading and chord labs, my reading which has always been poor, and my chord lab which involved nothing but right handed chord charts (I'm a left handed guitarist). I dont think I would have been able to get these grades if i had a different teacher or were self-taught, even with my music classes I'd taken at school I was always ahead of the rest of the class thanks to my extensive knowledge of theory with Paul. Paul comes to my house, which makes getting ready for my lesson as easy as turning my amp onto standby for the Tubes to warm up.
Brandon P. Sherman Oaks, CA

About Brandon

Hello everyone! My name is Brandon and I am a experienced music teacher/musician. I currently teach music and direct shows at the world famous School Of Rock in West Los Angeles, and have been teaching there for 2 years now. I teach many instruments privately, and bands as well. I attended Musicians Institute, and have studied and written music, as well as shared the same stage personally with many very successful people. A couple to name: Mark Hudson (producer of Aerosmith and Ozzy Osbourne), Bruce Kulick (Guitarist for Kiss), Rudy Sarzo (Bassist for Quiet Riot, Ozzy Osbourne), just to name a few. I am currently in a rock and roll band. Playing and teaching music is my passion. As time has gone by teaching at School Of Rock and privately, I have helped kids/people grow musically and as ...

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Jade B. April 9, 2013
Guitar
Brandon is the best of the best

I tried taking guitar lessons with other teachers in the past but always ended up quitting because it felt too hard. I met Brandon and got a really great vibe from him so I decided to give lessons a try. Brandon will make you feel totally comfortable and his awesome personality makes learning guitar really fun. He'll take his time and focus on whatever it is you want to learn and make sure you really understand it before moving on. After one class I had learned more than I had in any other classes I'd taken in the past and felt excited to go home and practice, which I never had felt in the past. He is incredibly talented and I feel very lucky to have the opportunity to learn from him.
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saggosaura D. April 5, 2013
Guitar
excellent guitar teacher

Brandon is a great teacher. He is very dedicated to making the lessons fun. I highly recommend taking a class from him.
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Shaun T. April 5, 2013
Guitar
Outstanding guitarist / guitar instructor!!

Brandon is a great guy. He is very easy going but at the same time has the presence of mind you want in a teacher; he pays strict attention to detail and finds ways of explaining musical ideas and concepts in simple easy to digest ways that make him unique among other music teachers. Brandon is an outstanding guitarist and guitar teacher! Thanks for all the help over the last six months Brandon! See you next week!
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.
Thomas F. Los Angeles, CA

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 works—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 ...

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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!
Zach R. Los Angeles, CA

Ability to successfully play on a record and working with the engineers to make sure you are getting the sound you want.

About Zach

I have been teaching trumpet, music theory, jazz harmony, jazz piano, and music composition to students of all ages since late 2008. I work very well with young, beginning students as well, and can teach all levels. Working at UCLA for my degree in music performance has taught me what it takes to be a good teacher, and I am patient, understanding, and believe there's no greater feeling than watching my students flourish. I like to take the time to get to know my students, and plan lessons around their individual needs, rather than plug them into a system set in stone. I have a routine I do, that I will start students with, but am very open to modification based on student needs/desires. I perform jazz professionally in Los Angeles, and have spent time touring in playing in the San

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bridget Q. March 6, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son LOVES Zach. Zach is so sweet with him. He is very encouraging and patient and is really teaching him. We couldn't be happier!
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Michele R. January 8, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Zach has been a wonderful trumpet teacher for our son. We strongly recommend him. He has a pleasant demeanor, patient attitude and tailors his lessons to our son's needs. There is no question that Zach gives the finest instruction on the trumpet possible. Our son looks forward to his lessons with Zach, and we find that he is practicing more without us pushing him.

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