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Frank V.

La Habra, CA

chord concepts and changes, melody, helping with existing ideas

About Frank

ABOUT MYSELF
I started late on the guitar in a family of musicians. I picked up the guitar when I was 18 years old when I found an old acoustic at my grandfather’s house. From then I was self taught listening to Punk Rock, New Wave, and learning from friends. My love for the instrument and music drove me to really apply myself to really learning how to play. I would sit and just be creative, writing my own songs and putting little back yard bands together with my cousin and friends. Then, it was time for college and had to make a decision on what to study. Music was my passion and I never rea
lly taken a lesson before. I prepared myself by studying with Stephan Ferrara-Grand in San Clemente,CA for a short time to audition into the music program. I passed! I graduated with a Bachelor's degree from the San Diego State University School of Music and Dance in 1999, and I studied jazz guitar with international guitarist/violinist Art Johnson and theory with David Ward-Steinman. From the time I graduated, I have been playing professionally and recorded five releases of my own as well as made appearances on others and have toured the country several times playing my own original music. My bands have opened and/or toured with the likes of Dee Dee Ramone, Blink 182, Green Day, Voodoo Glow Skulls, Jimmy Eat World, Ten Foot Pole, Big Drill Car, and Leeland. I also play for Day 7 and Revival Christian Fellowship where I shared a stage with Greg Laurie, Franklin Graham, Raul Reis, and Jon Courson.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music for over 10 years. I love my lessons to be laid back, light, yet focused. The lessons are tailored for the students needs/levels. For the beginning student we start from the basics. for example, tuning, vocabulary on the parts of the guitar, to basic chord shapes and strum patterns. Almost from the beginning, I introduce music theory to the student. I believe it is important to the musician, because music is a language that is spoken through the instrument and also read by the musician. Not just piano or band instruments, but guitar too! Guitarist always seem to get left behind in this. I teach it hand in hand with the guitar and it comes naturally while learning. Some students want to learn songs and/or to write songs. This is what I have been doing for many years and enjoy it! As the student progresses, I love to pull the creativity out of the students. Music is also art and a passage for the individual to express him/herself. It is a joy to see and help a musician to mature on the instrument!

*** Studio Equipment ***
amps, cables, tuner.

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting, Music Theory, Performance, Technique, Learning Songs
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Javier H. February 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We purchased guitar lessons for our 9 year old nephew with a very short attention span. Frank has inspired interest and developed focus in him. He is learning and so proud of his progress. Frank is extremely friendly, talented and professional. Highly recommend him for either kids or adults.
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Mala V. March 12, 2014
Bass Guitar
Verified Student
Comfortable learning from Frank

Frank has a wonderful personality. I am so much at ease learning from Frank. His style of teaching tips and techniques has made it so much easier for learning rather than having a child playing away and not know the base of an instrument. His patience and understanding is amazing. He is very easy to communicate with and not forgetting how in tuned he is with his student that he picks up things that even I do not know I am doing wrong. Thanks for that. I know for sure I will not be changing to another music teacher.
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Bill D. October 10, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
Great instructor!

I have taken guitar lessons before so trust me when I say Fank knows his stuff! He improved my playing day 1 & although I have a long way to go I'm comfedent with Frank I am on the right track!
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Frank V.

Frank V.

La Habra, CA 90631
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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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 in Long Beach, and the music director for the Youth Cultural Arts Foundation in Bellflower. 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 schools where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey Schools, Dexter Music Academy, 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 Ch
ina, and the United States (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 ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught on stage. 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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Kessie J. August 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
We Love Mr. Joe!!!

Joe is very patient with my daughter. He truly wants her to learn and understand what she is learning and most of all to enjoy music. He goes at her pace while still encouraging her to set goals for herself. He will not move forward until she has mastered what she has learned.

Mr. Joe's passion for music reflects in his teaching!!
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James L. December 21, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome musician and teacher!

Joe is a passionate music teacher who loves to laugh with his students (not at them), who has a dedication to music and his students that no one can deny. Whatever you're there for I know Joe will get you there.
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SUREYA G. April 3, 2013
Guitar
Music teacher that motivates his students.

My daughter has taken group and individual music lessons with Jose for three years. He is a teacher that meets students at their instructional level and motivates them to give their best effort in their learning. He also encourages my daughter with singing; he gives her vocal lessons in addition to guitar and piano. Jose also offers my daughter a safe learning environment. As a parent of a teenager, I greatly appreciate his patience with my daughter.
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Joe L.

Joe L.

Bellflower, CA 90706
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nathan Y.

Downey, CA

Don't know where to start? Where to finish? Just plain writer's block? Fret no more. I can assist in the areas of melody and harmony AND present it in a way that can get your creative side to shine!

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 ***
Bass Amp, Basses, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drumset

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and amplifier if necessary. I do expect a student to own the essentials for practicing purposes. (i.e. lesson book, manuscript paper, tuner, metronome, instrument, etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Most of the genres I get called to play are closely jazz/pop related all though I have delved far outside of those boundaries. I believe in being well rounded stylistically to better find your true voice on your given instrument.
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Audrey R. June 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nathan is very patient and willing to show me, an adult student various ways of mastering a technique so I am comfortable with the lesson. 3 lessons down, and I am still excited and committed
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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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Nathan Y.

Nathan Y.

Downey, CA 90242
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ian B.

La Mirada, CA

See Arrangement and Composition...

About Ian

I am a pianist. I am also a keyboardist, programmer, and music producer. But the title I probably most identify with is "composer." I realized early on that my own passion for performing was fueled by my hunger to actually CREATE music. So I set out to learn from the masters. I won competitions and scholarships in high school, then double-majored in piano and composition at the University of Kansas where I obtained my bachelor's degree before going on to record, write, and produce rock & electronic dance music.

I love being a CREATOR of music; and that love just extends quite naturally int
o the collaborative creative process we have come to know as "œteaching." There is no greater joy than creating music...except maybe seeing someone else I have trained and inspired create something of their own...on their own...without my help.

*** Lesson Details ***
My specialty is empowering students with the tools to become not only a pianist, but a...
-musician,
-songwriter,
-composer,
-producer,
-and more!

My students develop a holistic, artistic point of view of the world. They also gain self confidence and self-esteem as they learn to TEACH THEMSELVES more and more. I can help you or your child reach these goals in a way that will have you falling in love with the music and worrying less about the challenges of practice and discipline. Just like anything in life, playing an instrument requires a focused mind and hard work. But when you're having the time of your life, you do not even notice the distinction between work and play.

The way I teach focuses on each individual student's personality. I try to tailor lessons and assignments to each student, as well as introduce them to a variety of music styles. It all starts with your first lesson, where I will generate a "playlist" of songs and styles that each student and their family have already familiarized themselves with. Whatever style of music you listen to the most - whether it be Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Broadway, or even Electronic Dance Music (one of my personal favs!) - the songs on your playlist will reflect a very personal profile of aspirations and inspirations - your unique musical personality and culture. I will take that personality as a starting point and develop a lesson plan that will ultimately have you learning some of your favorite songs RIGHT AWAY!....

That's right, not in 3-6 months after hours of scales and practice. I believe that everything you need to learn is already INSIDE THE MUSIC. And so we'll start playing REAL MUSIC, RIGHT FROM THE BEGINNING. Sound like fun?

Depending on each student's individual goals and speed of learning, I can also:
-expose you to new music and musical styles,
-give you the tools to learn ANY song by ear,
-show you how to read musical notation without it feeling like a foreign language
-help you write your first song or composition (of many!)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full sized (88 keys), touch sensitive digital piano with weighted keys. Computer workstation with lab software and DAW (Ableton and Reaper).

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need to have an instrument. Preferably a piano or keyboard with at least 60 keys. I provide everything else. Curriculum and repertoire will be either purchased directly by student or invoiced as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock, Modern, Electronic Dance Music (EDM)
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Aviu A. July 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son loves it! That's all that matters
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Michael W. July 2, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and accommodating. Son is enjoying piano lessons again. Thanks Ian!
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Lindsey R. January 15, 2014
Piano
Amazing Instructor

Ian is the best instructor we've had for our 2 children. He makes it engaging, fun and is extremely knowledgeable about music. He's incredibly patient and kind and our children look forward to seeing him every week!
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Ian B.

Ian B.

La Mirada, CA 90638
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Mariela A.

Alhambra, CA

There is really no right or wrong when songwriting, but there are tips that will help you. If you are just starting and want a little push to give you confidence or if you've been writing for a while and you are stuck, I can give you some tools that will open your mind through songwriting methods.

About Mariela

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Mariela has dedicated her life to music, singing, playing piano, songwriting, and teaching performance and vocal coaching. With over 7 years of experience teaching voice(currently at Modern Music School in Pasadena and privately), Mariela also performs her original songs around LA with her band Nova Mariee.
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Enrique G. July 13, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
Working with Mariela was awesome! She helped me refine my songwriting skills and pushed me to look deep within myself in order to write songs that were both creative and genuine. Not only is she a great teacher, but she is also an awesome person that makes music lessons fun.
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Mariela A.

Mariela A.

Alhambra, CA 91801
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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