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Joe L.

Bellflower, CA

I consider myself a singer-songwriter at heart. learn how to express your thoughts poetically through music. Discover the importance of music theory in the realm of songwriting.

About Joe

I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 16 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, the Youth Cultural Arts Foundation of Bellflower, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United St
ates (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Maxayn Lewis (Who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears), and I am currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) in the alternative rock band "Stripe Coats". In August of 2009, this band released a 5-song EP and after a month we landed a record deal with label Tate Music Group. In August 3rd of 2010, Stripe Coats released their 11-song album under the band name Kaden. This album features artists such as guitarist Michael Thompson (played for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and drummer John Robinson (played for Quincy Jones, Elton John). The album also contains three songs that were recorded and produced by Producer Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime). Wyn Davis said, "Stripe Coats is one of the most promising new bands to come through Total Access [Studios] in a long time.  After doing records and watching young bands enter and exit the studio for over 30 years, it is STILL very exciting to work with a band that brings so much love, passion, and skill to what they do."

Stripe Coats™' songs are on rotation on Live 365 Internet Radio, and TMG Internet Radio. Our songs have also been featured on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1 Radio and on hundreds of other radio stations, such as Refuge, CSN, and WCTL.

*** Lesson Details ***
I divide my class into 4 parts: 1. Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2. Sight-Reading 3. Theory 4. Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Mico November 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Son has improved singing technique and his confidence is beginning to soar! Happy we found teacher Joe!
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Jennifer A. October 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first Piano lesson with Joe. He was patient and very detailed. I would definately recommend him!
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Jaylynn H. May 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joe was awesome, he was very patient with my daughter he took the time to teach her Step by step and guide me in what I need to do to help my daughter achieve her goal. I highly recommend Joe. He took extra time to answer all my questions.. thanks Joe
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Joe L.

Joe L.

Bellflower, CA 90706
(11)
starting at
$30 / 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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Kylie H. November 17, 2016
Classical Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Initially, I received the quintessential guitar lessons, complete with classical guitar exercises. I then developed an affinity for classical guitar, but I couldn’t journey further into the style because my training was limited. I can happily say that I have not only been able to overcome my plateau but also found the teacher who can shape me into the guitarist I aspire to be. I’m being taught via video chat but the lessons are nothing short of insightful. Your dedication as a student with Jaxon will take you far. Take the first lesson and you’ll see!
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Aelita A. September 30, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
One word to sum up my first lesson: FANTASTIC. He's absolutely amazing and super talented!!
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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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Jaxon W.

Jaxon W.

Glendale, CA 91205
(11)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA

Song form, lyric construction, melody formation, writing lyric and melody to a track vs 100% songwriting including music (chord) construction.

About Tanisha

Tanisha is a graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music's Vocal and Music Business programs. Since arriving to Los Angeles, Tanisha has built a solid career providing artist development services to professional entertainers, recording artists and actors. Her services include vocal coaching, piano lessons, music theory, songwriting, performance development, media and stage training. Tanisha is also an accomplished songwriter. She is a regular co-writer with platinum selling recording artist Shanice Wilson of "Flex and Shanice" on OWN. Tanisha also works closely with casting and produc
ers of the major network talent competitions The Voice, America's Got Talent and American Idol. Additionally, many of our clients can been seen and heard

In addition to teaching music, Tanisha has enjoyed a successful career in the entertainment industry working with top tier performers such as Chaka Khan, The Black Eyed Peas, Montell Jordan and Babyface to name a few. Accompanying her is a staff of accomplished performers and teachers who have credits throughout the entertainment industry. At the WHAA, her performing arts academy, she offers a conservatory-level curriculum focusing on the fundamental skills of technique, composition, artistry and performance in music, dance, drama and visual arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very fun loving person and believe in creating a positive environment where students feel comfortable to be themselves. At the same time I am a stickler for details and do not allow laziness. I believe a balance of fun with excellence has allowed my students to excel far beyond their own expectations. Good results takes HARD WORK! Please do not come to lessons with the expectation to sing like Beyoncé or play piano at Carnegie Hall after 4 lessons. Mastering your voice and instrument takes equal parts of time, hard work, dedication and patience.

My teaching style is individually based.
For vocal clients, I asses their strengths and weaknesses and develop a plan to build up their weak areas while helping them find "their own voice". I focus on breathing, intonation and control which I believe are the foundation of great singing ability. I use a classical Italian based program along with pop, R&B, jazz, and rock. I have vocal coached in many languages including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

For piano clients I focus on strength, dexterity and precision in fingering. I also help students learn to feel the music and bring their personality and touch to each piece they are performing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Tanisha currently teaches at her performing arts academy the White H Arts Academy. There are private instruction rooms and a lobby waiting area for parents and guests. Parents may also sit in the lesson room if desired. Private lesson rooms include a piano, speakers, and a music stand.

The White H Arts Academy also has two state of the art mirrored dance rooms with sound systems and wireless microphones for practicing stage performances or rehearsing for a big show.

*** Specialties ***
Vocals: beg to adv
Piano: beg to inter

Vocal genres are classical (opera), pop, R&B, gospel, rock, jazz, blues and musical theater. I studied voice at Berklee College of Music. Have also studied Seth Riggs SLS (Speech Level Singing) method independently, however, I am not certified. I also teach in languages other than English including Spanish, Japanese and Chinese.

Piano instruction levels I teach are basic to intermediary focusing on classical, and general accompaniment abilities.
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Naweh October 31, 2016
Vocal Training · Online
I absolutely love taking lessons with her! Not only is she very knowledgeable about the music industry and the voice but she genuinely cares about you, your career, growth, and mission. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Steven S. October 19, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Great and very personable. I have only had 3 lessons so far and I already see results. Highly recommend.
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Vanessa V. September 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Wow!!! The lesson blew my mind. Tanisha really has a knack for teaching in the most accessible, efficient and effective way.
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
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$35 / 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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alexis P. November 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughters first lesson was amazing.
She was very pleased and left confident that this was a great match for her! Thanks Moa!
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David K. October 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome, as always!
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Thea September 5, 2016
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, thank you!
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Moa H.

Moa H.

Los Angeles, CA 90028
(21)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Billy C.

Azusa, CA

About Billy

I have been playing piano and guitar whilst performing for 8 years though I'm not short of experience. I went to Citrus College to perfect my guitar and piano playing and musicianship where I was moved to top of my class. I have been on tour with California's top cover group Night Shift going such places as Hawaii and numerous states for music festival performance and have been a hired musician for numerous groups for both recording and performing. I have musical knowledge in rock, blues, jazz, R&B, pop, salsa, reggae, funk, country, and many other genres. But enough about my knowledge. Let me
tell you about me: I love music. It's my passion and I've made a career out of what I do and love it. What I want to teach you are the skills that will allow you to continue to become more creative and precise but covering not only technique and theory, but why we choose certain things that sound and feel good and thus feeling beyond rewarded for what we've learned.

I'll cover soloing, learning chords, strumming, performing songs, learning songs, theory, technique, and multiple things you can come up with. And I promise I won't hit you with a ruler... We don't need a ruler for music anyways.

Ultimately, I feel lucky to be able to do what I do and I want to share it with you. That rhymes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I cover soloing,piano and guitar rhythms, learning chords, technique, theory, I do multiple genres as well and I do this all in a very progressive and interactive way that most of my students find fun and help the learning process. And I'm great with kids.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1979 Fender stratocaster guitar, Ibanez Hollowbody guitar, Yamaha MO6 keyboard, and numerous minor equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
1997 Geo Prizm.. very reliable

*** Specialties ***
My specialties include Pop, Rock, Funk, Indie, Jazz, and R&B. I'm also fluent in Country, Reggae, Ska, Electronic and Soul.
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Sofia H. April 6, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First class done and she loved it! Billy is patient and knowledge. We're excited to continue lessons!
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Roberta R. June 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a very patient teacher, and he has helped me make a lot of progress, which is wonderful. Whenever there is a problem, he helps me break it down into little bits that are easier to work through. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Danielle R. October 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Billy is a great teacher in guitar and he us just so easy going and relaxed. He makes you feel comfortable and us very patient. You won't regret choosing him
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Billy C.

Billy C.

Azusa, CA 91702
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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