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Jonathan S. Los Angeles, CA

About Jonathan

I am a graduate of the Wheaton Conservatory of Music with a B.Mus.degree in Piano and Composition, and have taught private piano and drum lessons for over 10 years. I have experience with children and adults of all ages. I've performed with many bands over the years (US and Europe) including Mavis Staples, Andrew Bird, Tim Booth, Mucca Pazza, Bobby Conn, The Detholz, and Paris Delane. My approach to teaching is fun and varied according to students needs and personalities. I teach reading, ear training, theory, technique, composition, song writing, performance, etc...and want to work with students on music that THEY want to learn. *** Studio Equipment *** Roland HP 1700 L full sized digital piano Micro Korg Nord Electro 2 Yamaha Manu Katche drumset Zilgian and Bospherus cymbals

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Suzanne E. January 21, 2014
Piano
A talented musician and teacher, who is genuinely responsive to his students' needs.

My son took piano lessons from Jon at a time when he wanted to experiment with different types of musical expression. Jon was extremely responsive to his needs, and worked with him on everything from improvisation, to jazz licks to a Brahms ballade. Jon understands that teaching music is not a "one-size-fits-all" endeavor, and draws on his wide range of musical experience to tailor a program that's right for your child. He is an extremely talented musician and a dedicated, caring teacher.
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Laura G. January 14, 2014
Drum
Jon is superb

My stepson took drum lessons with Jon for at least three years. I was impressed with my kid's progress on his drum set. Jon is so passionate about music, and I could see my son really connect to Jon easily. Jon was very available to discuss schedule changes and is a very nice down to earth guy. I highly recommend him.
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David Z. January 10, 2014
Piano
Amazing teacher and all around phenomenal artist!

I took lessons from Jon for over 8 years, twice a week, including Jazz/Blues piano, voice, theory, and even drums. Let me first say that Jon is an all-around amazing artist that can master many instrument or genre of music. Taking lessons with him was something I looked forward to every week. He was an expert in all things jazz and blues, and really explained the theory and techniques well. I learned so much from him over those years that I can never repay. Unfortunately, he moved away to Cali, and I have not yet found a replacement that even comes close. I highly recommend Jon for music lessons in any instrument.
Donato M. Los Angeles, CA

About Donato

It's a common misconception people have that when they take music lessons, they will end up with an awkward teacher who spends more time showing off than teaching them anything. This is actually true, but that's where I stand out. In addition to being an excellent instructor with 10 years experience at professional music schools, I am relevant. I keep up with new music, so you are guaranteed to learn more songs than Stairway to Heaven. I play in local bands, music is my life, and I love teaching it to anyone with the desire to learn. *** Lesson Details *** While I teach guitar, drums, piano, and bass, from beginner to professional levels, and I have tons of experience in songwriting, recording, social media, Protools, Logic, and Garageband, guitar is my forté. I've been playing ...

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Sarah H. July 10, 2013
Guitar
Excellent teacher for all ages!

Not every talented musician can be a good teacher. Donato is both. He is a professional musician who has a deep understanding of his instrument, music theory and songwriting. He is also an encouraging teacher who listens and connects well with his students and makes learning fun--playing music should be!

I started taking acoustic guitar lessons with Donato just before I turned 40--it was something I always wanted to do. With no previous experience, I knew it would be a challenge, but he proved that you can teach an old dog new tricks! I told him I wanted to play music that I love and can sing along to, and that is what he taught me to do.

Donato always adapted to my ability level, personal goals and preferred style of music. His encouragement gave me the confidence to learn something new and even play in front of friends and family. Childhood piano teachers instilled a sense of perfectionism which inevitably led to feelings of failure. Conversely, Donato helped me find the fun in making music, playing through mistakes in stride and singing aloud with joy. What a gift!

I highly recommend Donato for students of any age and any level. He has the experience and talent to hone the skills of advanced students and the adaptability and patience to draw out the skills of beginning students, all the while sharing his passion and enjoyment of playing music.
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Carol W. June 27, 2013
Guitar
Donato is a terrific guitar teacher!

I took lessons from Donato for about 3 years. He was a great guitar teacher - both electric and acoustic. Not only did he teach me the songs I wanted to learn, but he also taught me the fundamentals of guitar. He has an extensive knowledge of music theory and can easily communicate that to his students. Donato was always enthusiastic and supportive, and he made taking guitar lessons fun and interesting. He also plays drums, so sometimes he would accompany me on the drums while I played guitar, which was always cool. Any student, whether beginner or advanced would benefit from taking lessons from Donato.
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Allison J. June 12, 2013
Bass Guitar
terrific teacher!

Donato is a great teacher and a wonderfully talented and musical person. He's taught me bass and drums, and is knowledgeable about so many genres and styles of music, and adept at basically every instrument.

He has an amazing ear; he can listen to any piece of music and immediately identify and play the melody, harmony, and rhythms, no matter how complex. He is a terrific communicator and extremely patient and encouraging as a teacher.

He's also a fantastic singer/songwriter/performer -- you should take any opportunity to hear him live -- you will definitely be inspired. I recommend Donato wholeheartedly!
Nathan Y. Downey, CA

Anything from beginners to the advanced, I can assist in getting you to play at your full potential in a variety of styles! I also teach drum set.

About Nathan

I have been involved with music since I was a child and it has been a blessing to be a part of such an awesome art form since day 1. I can get you started on reaching the next level immediately if you take courses with me. Being through many great teachers and programs myself i can assure you I know how to inspire talent within eager students in any age group. *** Lesson Details *** I plan to mold my teaching curriculum around you! Every student/musician is different and with patient, yet productive and precise determination. I will get you where you need to be (possibly faster than you thought possible,) Within a few months you will be fluent in reading and the ins and outs of all the notes of the instrument as well as reading and music in general. *** Studio Equipment *** ...

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Alyssa R. March 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan was very Detailed in his explanation and teaching, my daughter felt very comfortable with him.. Can't wait to hear her play a song on her own...
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Jewell May 14, 2014
I've been a music teacher for twelve years, and make a living as a professional Bass player- even took piano classes when I got my music degree. Nathan in Downey CA was completely awesome during our piano lessons. I had this ridiculous assumption that I had to always start chromatic and major diatonic scales on piano always on my first finger of either hand- which is apparently not at all actually necessary. Crazy, because that was the biggest blockade to me playing piano for the last 8 years and Nathan blew that ridiculous concept out of my mind. The smallest things that I get in the habit of and somehow that one thing got stuck in my head as the only way to do things. I feel bad for not signing up for lessons, like... 10 years ago. I practiced my scales for about two hours, and they're possibly the most boring thing to play- even for a musician. I feel like they've got some new life breathed into them.
Definitely get a lesson or two with Nathan on that expensive piano you've got sitting around. it's good to note that he explained everything really clearly and the web connection and clarity was great. I could see him being awesome for a young bass guitar student too, as he mentioned he also plays bass.
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Hosea March 6, 2014
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Nathan had a very helpful suggestion for switching from chord G to chord C which I was having trouble with. He is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend him.
Michael M. Long Beach, CA

I am an experienced teacher with over 12 years of formal training and a degree in Percussion Performance from Long Beach State University. I have had the privilege of performing alongside such artists as Blue Man Group and Sheila E. I have performed in venues including: the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheater, and Club Nokia.

About Michael

Experienced teacher with 12 years of formal training and a degree in Percussion Performance from Long Beach State University. I have had the privilege of performing alongside such artists as Blue Man Group and Sheila E. I have performed in venues including: the Hollywood Bowl, Ford Amphitheater, and Club Nokia. I am confident that my experience in the music industry will provide fun, educational, and inspirational lessons to my students. *** Lesson Details *** There are a variety of methods for teaching lessons. We can focus on topics such as: practicing exercises from books, working on techniques, or transcribing drum parts from popular songs. If there is a popular song you want to learn, I can transcribe the part and teach it to you. *** Studio Equipment *** I own a Tama ...

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Annette K. December 4, 2014
Drum · In home
Michael is a great instructor, hands down. He's only been working with my son for a short time and he is able to get him focused and learning new things each lesson. He is very flexible with his schedule and if we are ever to miss because he's on tour, he always makes up the lesson and figures out a time that works for us. I'm grateful that we have found him and look forward to hearing them play each week when he comes to the house. Oh, and did I mention that my son is only 7? Michael's youngest student!
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Liz W. April 7, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great teacher!

My 14 year old son has been taking drum lessons for the last couple of months with Michael and he really enjoys his lessons. In fact, half an hour wasn't enough so we increased his lesson length to an hour! Michael is very approachable and patient and my son feels comfortable asking questions. He has greatly improved, and is excited about starting a band with his friends!
Olises N. West Covina, CA

About Olises

Olises N. began formally learning drums at age 12 when he attended Washington Irving Junior High School. Having received a strong musical foundation under the direction of Ms. Lynn Johnson-Lang, he went on to being accepted into the Hamilton Music Academy/Humanities Magnet school in Culver City. Under the direction of David Sears (Senior Director at The Grammy Foundation) and a "whose who" of visiting artists, Olises' basics were sharpened, his musical horizons expanded and his passion and admiration for teaching were fueled. Olises' first teaching experience was at a local high school where he was asked by the music director to teach a summer drums/percussion course. He continued to perform, travel, and record with many groups while attending Pasadena City College where ...

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Anna L. November 3, 2012
Verified Student
Satisfied

my son is very happy and comfortable with his teacher and i am very pleased since this is his first time taking lessons.
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KarineJ July 3, 2012
Olises has been an incredible teacher. He is patient, kind and deeply passionate about music. I am truly grateful for finding him - I have come to love drumming and look/feel music on a whole different level.
Lucas G. Los Angeles, CA

About Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it. *** Travel Equipment *** I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials. I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc) *** Specialties *** I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/salsa and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production. I use student-specific musical instruction texts and programs

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Michelle B. March 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Lucas is an experienced vocal teacher, and it shows. I had a lot of fun during my lesson, and I would highly recommend him. He's great!

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