It is my experience that no matter what kind of music you end up playing a solid classical piano background is invaluable. I was privately trained in classical piano from the ages 5 - 17 in Los Angeles, California. My teachers were Mary Brady, Mae Gilbert Reese and Jeane Weiss. I graduated from Harvard High School and then graduated from UCLA with BA in art. I am a Los Angeles based artist and composer. Recently I was nominated Best Music Director of the year by the L.A. Weekly for my work on 'Head the Musical' at the Met Theater Los Angeles in 2010. I am currently mounting an opera I wrote
at the Met Theater. I have been teaching private piano lessons to students ages 8 to adult for the last six years.
My experience as a musical director has honed my skills as a good communicator and teacher. I know how to get people trained and motivated to perform on stage with confidence no matter what their skill level.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons focus on reading, technique and basic music theory. I always start my lessons with scales and exercises. This develops good technique and primes the student for music theory. The rest of the lesson is focused on reading and performance. I expose students to different classical composers like Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. Once they have mastered a few pieces, students are then encouraged to study the composers they enjoy the most. It is important for students to enjoy the music that they are learning as I expect them to practice everyday.
*** Travel Equipment *** They must have a piano
*** Specialties *** Classical Piano
Moriya B. June 26, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Stop wasting your time - take Robert.
I only had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Robert for two months since I got into Harvard and had to move to the East Coast, but I can confidently attest that he is a phenomenal teacher. To begin with, Robert brings to the table not only his classical training but also an open, creative, out-of-the-box approach. He is extremely knowledgeable and seasons lessons with fantastic facts about composers and pieces which makes everything a lot more interesting and memorable. lessons are versatile and designed to develop several key skills simultaneously. I never really played the piano before but after only two months with Robert I could read notes, develop my technique and actually play two beautiful pieces! If you are looking for a well-rounded, brilliant, cool teacher - search no more.
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 accompa
ny 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 their own instrument and a music stand.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar. I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles. I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
jeff August 6, 2015
In home Verified Student
Mike is fun and smart. He customizes the lesson to my taste in music and what I want to learn. He's great! Recommend!
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!
Aaron G. April 12, 2013
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.
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.
Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
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.
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!!
Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
Hi! Welcome to my profile. I'm so happy to introduce myself to you.
I am an actively gigging musician in the Los Angeles area, touring the United States. I love teaching singing and songwriting! From beginners who want to sing their favorite cover song to aspiring songwriters who want to create their own album, I can help!
My education consisted of many classical private lessons. I took private classical piano lessons for 10 years, and I received the Certificate of Merit Level 10, and did 10 years of Piano Guild. I started writing compositions, competing in the local songwriting compet
itions at age 7. I took private classical vocal lessons, sang in high school choir, and competed with UC Berkeley's acapella group, The California Golden Overtones. I was awarded Best Soloist for the ICCA's Western Region Competition (Just like the movie Pitch Perfect!).
After graduating college in 2008, I started studying pop music under great pop vocal teachers like Lis Lewis, Carol Tingle, and Jeannie Deva. My unique background has led me to teach methods mixed with pop and classical techniques. I now have the honor of traveling to schools like Pitzer, UCLA, UCSD, and Ridgecrest Intermediate School to teach singing and songwriting workshops.
As an active performer, I competed in the first season of NBC's The Voice, and placed as a top 60 contestant out of 70,000 auditionees. I have released 2 CD's and have received highly positive reviews in Music Connection Magazine, M Musicians Magazine, and MTViggy.com. I have recorded music with Mikal Blue, Colbie Calliat's producer, and am now working on my first full length album, which was fan funded via Kickstarter.com. I raised 14,000 and am now working with producers to complete my album.
I am constantly learning in the music industry and am still learning from the greats. Let me pass on the lessons I've learned to you!
*** Lesson Details *** I am a laid back and attentive instructor who will balance both discipline and fun to keep you WANTING to learn! I believe in strong techniques, but I believe that every student has a different path to getting to where he/she wants. I believe that the WHY is more important than WHAT. Our lessons will stem from inspiration and a desire to communicate through music!
I will provide warm up CD's that I use myself before vocal performances. I also use techniques I learned from training to compete on The Voice, and different lessons I learned from actually performing myself. I am constantly gigging, so new techniques and songs are always going to be close within our reach.
Within three to six months you will be able to confidently sing and perform cover songs of your choice. If you decide to work with me on songwriting, you will learn the necessary theory and philosophies to help you create great songs. For songwriting I use books like Pat Pattison's "Writing Better Lyrics".
There will be a lot of soul searching, and I strongly believe that analysis of other artists will help you find your own voice. When we get together during the first lesson, we will figure out your strengths, weaknesses, and most importantly, your GOALS. I will then create a detailed and strategic map for us to begin our adventure!
*** Studio Equipment *** I have two keyboards and microphones for mimicking stage performance, and recording equipment so you can leave with a high quality audio of your lesson. Gated and free parking in an underground lot.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring along sheet music and simple recording equipment to log lessons. I would require a piano from my students who want to songwrite. If not, they can come to my home studio, which is safe and comfortable.
*** Specialties *** Pop Songwriting Classical or Pop Vocals Effective Music Performances
Amy G. October 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Connie is an amazing musician, singer, and vocal instructer. I really enjoy the music lessons with her.
Moriah September 28, 2015
Music Performance ·
What can I say, Connie has helped me so much and a world of knowledge and talent is hers, yet she's one of the most humble and kind musicians I have ever met. Her criticisms are constructive - I just had a successful debut because of the tips she has given me on how to be my genuine self onstage, on banter in between songs, on making my arrangements emotionally dynamic, how to dress as the performer, everything! I'm so grateful to know Connie and get training from her one on one, she's definitely the teacher to contact!!
Eli September 28, 2015
Connie is a great mentor to work with. She really takes the time to invest in her students. She's well educated as a musician/singer but also knows a lot about the music industry. She can offer a lot of great advice for your career. I love how I can show up to a lesson with no particular agenda and we end up creating a song or just having a really good session of sharing ideas. She keeps me motivated and inspired. Would definitely recommend her!
Ability to successfully play on a record and working with the engineers to make sure you are getting the sound you want.
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 Francisco Bay Area, New York, the Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Macedonia, Canada, and have performed or led groups internationally at the Umbria Jazz Festival, the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival, the Tuscia Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival and the Monterey Jazz Festival. You can hear my original compositions and playing at soundcloud.
Luke J. September 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
He was great
Jared Birdsong September 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Extremely patient and thoughtful.
Bryan B. August 20, 2015
In home Verified Student
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