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Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA

We will look at bands and songwriters of your interest and discuss the ways they construct their songs. I will teach you about music theory in order to extend your songwriting vocabulary. You will learn about chord structures, rhythmic structures, and various ways to keep a song interesting. We will also explore different ways to highlight the lyrics, making sure the text and the music is working together.

About Christoffer

Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** Bio ***
I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and composition at age 15. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician with the a
bility to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice harder than ever. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My North Hollywood studio is a private garage turned into a studio. It has 2 desks, a full-size Yamaha keyboard, ukulele, accordion, didgeridoo, guitar, electric bass, chairs, music stand, laptop, and a printer.

My Mar Vista studio is a private room in a house with a semi-concert grand Steinway piano and everything else included in the North Hollywood studio.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
Accordion · In studio
Verified Student
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Matthew A. July 20, 2016
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Loved the energy and enthusiasm Christoffer brought! My 9 year old was really nervous but hasn't stopped talking about the lesson over an hour later!
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rosette February 4, 2016
Accordion · In home
Verified Student
My first lesson with Christoffer went by so fast! We were having a lot of fun and he challenged me in all the right ways. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Christoffer S.

Christoffer S.

North Hollywood, CA 91601
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jaxon W.

Glendale, CA

Here's how I help teach songwriters:

-Chords/Progressions: I help instrumentalists get out of ruts they're stuck in and find new chord progressions. OR if you're new, I'll show you what's out there. I will also show you commonly used progressions so you know what's used. We will analyze successful songs to see what the writer did and then attempt to emulate those ideas in writing exercises
-Melodies: We'll learn what makes a good melody, and we'll write melodies that are good hooks.
-Lyrics: We'll talk about what makes good lyrics and learn to write good lyrics by modeling lyrics after other songs and writing and rewriting your own lyrics.
-Music Business: If you're interested as well we can learn how the music business works for songwriters.

About Jaxon

*See further below for lesson details!*
Jaxon the Guitarist: I am a Doctoral Guitar Major at USC studying classical guitar. I have been playing the guitar for 19 years and teaching for 10. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country, and other styles of guitar. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I was the Oregon State champion in their guitar competition for bo
th 2005 and 2006 and won 4th prize at the Sierra Nevada International Classical Guitar Competition 2014. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of other styles I have played in many bands and have won high school battle of the bands competitions and recently placed 2nd in BYU's battle of the bands 2011. I was a regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well.

Jaxon the Teacher: I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.

*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!

Note: I am trained and specialized in teaching children fingerstyle guitar. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the last two years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't want to look any further, I promise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.
I do have guitars available for rental.

*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle guitar
-Proficient in Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical guitar, though proficient up to highly advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance
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Murat September 28, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Great instructor! Moving at a logical and achievable pace. Very enjoyable, I can see the improvement.
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Karla A. June 10, 2015
Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome personality! Has a great way of explaining things to help you learn. Fun to work with.
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Peter D. May 23, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jaxon has been awesome teacher. He knows what he is talking about and can actually teach it in simple way.
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Jaxon W.

Jaxon W.

Glendale, CA 91205
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Moa H.

Los Angeles, CA

I believe it is important to have fun when learning a new instrument. Because, why do it if you don't enjoy it?
Therefore, I tailor all lessons per student to make sure you get the most out of your lessons. We can work on anything from learning new songs, to different techniques and theory or even performance.

About Moa

Seeing individuals improve their skill set and confidence through music is why teaching is one of my passions!

My name is Moa and I am a singer, guitarist and bassist. I am a Swedish native who decided to pursue my music career and moved to LA 4 years ago.

Since relocating to Hollywood, I have earned an AA degree in voice and independent artistry from Musicians Institute and travelled the world playing cruise ships, US air force bases, high schools and clubs all over the US, and especially SoCal with several bands. My main focus and "baby" is my band, Dead Heroine, where I am the lead
singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist. We earned a slot at Warped Tour '15 and are currently writing new material for our sophomore EP while playing actively at high schools and clubs in the LA/OC area.

With over 7 years of professional teaching experience I am looking forward to work with you and help you in any way I can on your musical journey, wether it's improving your range, technique, confidence or you-name-it!

Endorsed by:
Washburn Guitars
Rockready gig bags/Osiamo

I am looking forward to working with you! :)
- Moa H
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Thea September 5, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, thank you!
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Caitlin August 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Moa is everything I would want in a teacher. She takes into considerations my interests when planning my lessons, is incredibly patient, laid back and easy going, fun and an awesome guitar player.

I would recommend Moa to ANYONE wishing to learn the guitar without hesitation.

Thanks Moa!
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Erin August 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It would be great if there was an option to leave more than five stars, Moa's teaching is 10. I can't wait to take my next lesson with her.
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Moa H.

Moa H.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA

Learn to write piano and vocal scores or just songs with simple voice and chords! I can teach students the fundamentals to advanced concepts in songwriting. Students will learn about lyrics, song form, harmonic movement, intent, styles, and accompaniment.

About Ryan

Ryan L. is a local composer, conductor, musician and musicologist. He holds a Masters degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a professor of music at Woodbury University where he teaches a course in Music and Film. Additionally he is also the music director for Conundrum Theatre Co., Burbank Community Theater and Santa Ana College where he auditions, and rehearses singers, and the contracts and conducts the orchestra in all musical performances for the community.

As a classical/jazz trumpet player he has performed with tournament
of Roses Honor band, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Crown City Symphony and in various musical theater productions. He performs regularly with his jazz band the Crown City Combo in various venues in the greater LA area.

In the field of music composition Ryan is an avid composer, composing for various genres and ensembles. Among these genres Ryan’s specialty is composing new musical theater works/songwriting. In 2010 he joined the Academy of New Musical Theater and with that organization he composed his first musical theater piece Shoot Ma! which premiered at the Colony Theater in Burbank. In 2011 he composed his second musical Experience Magic! A Musical Within a Magic Show, which premiered at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012.
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Jonelle Pickett October 24, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Excellent at giving pointers and exercises to help students improve sound quality. Patient, positive and personable.
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Stephanie R. December 10, 2014
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Fabulous teacher! My son's taking beginning trumpet lessons. Ryan is patient, attentive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Ryan is punctual and flexible when rescheduling needs to be arranged. He responds to email, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner. My son enjoys learning from him. It's a pleasure to have him as my son's teacher.
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Ryan L.

Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Max B.

Los Angeles, CA

As opposed to composition, song-writing is much more about exploring one's own thoughts and expressing one's self in a healthy way through music and lyric. In these lessons, I will give you the tools you need to be brave, be creative, and be intuitive. There will be a song-writing assignment each week, where you must bring in a complete song. This is to encourage productivity and to learn to be a little less self-critical of your own work. We will also explore what makes other songs great. Your interests will be kept in mind, as we dive into the lyrics and music behind your favorite tunes. This should be a blast, and I plan on learning as much if not more than you do. All of you are songwriters in the making, waiting to release your creative selves upon the world. I would love to help make this happen!

About Max

What's up, my name's Max Bergmanis and I'm glad you stumbled on my profile! The first thing you should know is that I'm absolutely in love with music and its teaching process.

I started playing when I was just three years old. I asked my parents to start me up on this journey. It has been an amazing, self-fulfilling process. I attended the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music and earned a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano. I'm patient and adaptable as a teacher and will always listen to my students' needs.

If you've got any questions at all, please don't hesitate to
ask me!
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Susan August 10, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Max has been my daughter's piano teacher for several months and she really enjoys her lessons with him. He is patient and easy to get along with. He makes piano fun and she is always motivated to learn when she is with him.
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Janis Y. August 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Max's passion for piano is so clear, and his love for music and dedication to the instrument are both qualities that are infectious. Fluent in many styles of music, he has the ability to positively impact many students. HIGHLY recommend this teacher!
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Cheyanne A. June 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Max was very patient with both grandchildren. He quickly assessed their individual skill levels and taught accordingly. Both seemed excited to continue.
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Max B.

Los Angeles, CA 90004
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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