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Review by Tiffany
"Felt very welcomed and my musical abilites have greatly improved.
I found Alysia's teaching abilities to be quite excellent. She was kind, understanding,
and most importantly, patient. I highly recommend her as a music teacher for anybody and everybody, especially children."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Scott
"INSPIRATION!!! I have been now, taking lessons from Jordan for 6 months. Each time I leave my finish with him, I am disappointed that I have run out of
time. I've extended my lesson time, and it never is enough. As I depart, I am excited and inspired to continue on to do better than the last time. Three days after my lesson, I find myself counting the days to my next lesson.
Jordan has my highest recommendation for leadership, and education. A fine instructor, and an enjoyable inspiration. He will not disappoint."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by David
"Fawn taught my daughter how to play piano and read sheet music within the first 3 months. She is an awesome teacher and were so happy that we able to have
her teach our daughter how to play piano and learn to enjoy music. Shes great with kids, and beginners, very patient and she really knows what shes doing. I strongly recommend trying her first before going elsewhere, because after your first lesson you wont want to go anywhere else."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by jessica
"Ron is a great piano teacher!! Excellent, Excellent Excellent!!!
Ron has been teaching my kids for over a year. He has been a WONDERFUL teacher!!! SO kno
wledgeable about music. My kids love him!! I would totally recommend Ron to anyone starting in piano!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Paula Rebelo
"Sarah trained me for the Four Larks' production of "The Temptation of St Antony" in Downtown Los Angeles (spring of 2015).
It was an extremely vocally
demanding show, with an extensive amount of singing and a performance schedule of 6 shows a week.
As an actor, it was extremely important for me to work with a music professional for this piece. Sarah worked with me in every song and lengthy speeches, teaching me how to increase stamina and vocal endurance, breath support, pitch and physical connection. Through working with her my voice improved immensely and I was able to increase my breath capacity, tune my pitches and work through an intense schedule of perfomances and rehearsals without injuring my voice.
Sarah worked with me not only on the music of the show but also on how to incorporate the vocal training into the demanding physicality of the piece. She will cater her class to your specific needs and the specific project you're working on - which is awesome!
I highly recommend training with Sarah - not only if you're a musician - but also if you're a professional actor who would like to take your vocal training to the next level or needs vocal/musical coaching for a specific project!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Evan
"I've been studying with Karl for over two years now. I'd taken lessons from two other teachers before, and I learned more in one lesson with Karl, than in
three lessons from either of them. He guides students in developing their own styles, and at the same time, teaches them how to play with proper technique. I will be auditioning for county band on snare drum, and Karl had started preparing me for the audition months ago. All in all, anyone who takes lessons from Karl will not be disappointed."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Sara
"As an adult beginner, I found Don's approach of focusing on the fundamentals key to producing a strong sound and forming good habits when practicing cello
. I played violin for six years growing up but in that time never received such great instruction on technique of playing a stringed instrument as I did in a few months of cello lessons with Don. He is a very knowledgeable cellist and quickly recognizes adjustments in technique required for improvement. Additionally, he organizes recitals for his students, giving us a nice opportunity to perform. His knowledge, patience, and gentle manner make him a great instructor."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Celine
"I brought my daughter Kaylee to Chelsea because she loves to sing and write songs, and she's gotten so much better at both now. She loves Chelsea and talk
s about lessons all week long. Kaylee has gained so much confidence and has never been more excited about music and it's because of Chelsea. We couldn't have found a better teacher!"
New Haven, CT teacher:
Review by Tammy
"Our son looked forward each week to his guitar lesson with Alex. He especially liked that he could share his music with Alex and learn to play what he lik
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.
rosette February 4, 2016
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!
Jo January 29, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very patient teacher. Made good points about technique. Looking forward to next lesson
Jason Miller July 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
If you're an actor or singer have always known you're suppose to be one or you're ready to move forward as an artist and you need one point more of confidence for everything to come together let’s make it happen. You can learn to act no matter where you are! I work in LA, SF and virtually. If you need to understand how to make sense of yourself in the Industry, I can help you.You deserve a place in the biz if you want to be in it and you deserve a place in my studio. Here, anything is possible. I'm not going to crush your dreams. I'm going to give you technique, a system and a strategy so y
ou can do what you love. We will work on audition prep, monologues, scenes and find out who you are in the biz. If you're a music artist, we will discover the truest you and we will work on your songs and sets and your performance. I have been in show business my entire life. I am generous with what I know. And I know a lot. I learned it by working very hard. And I studied like mad. I still do. I have a resume, references, all the bells and whistles, and I care about the craft. And I care about artists. The artists I develop, work. They are signed with agents and they usually join the unions, which I like very much. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA AEA and have been for many years. I've worked a lot and studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In New York City I was under the care of opera teacher, Leona Matthews, famed acting teacher and director, Word Baker and Edward Morehouse as a student at HB Studio in NYC and Mark Monroe in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I still have my own writing doc, the revered Dr. Joyce Block. I work as a recording artist and writer. And I’m lucky to work as a concert artist, too. I want you to experience this thing we call show biz. I love it so much. Call me. I cannot wait to meet you. More about Kathryn Kathryn began teaching in the late 80's in San Francisco with Mark Monroe, beginning Mark Monroe Studios. MM Studios began originally at Look Talent with genius talent agent, Joan Spangler. She and Mr. Monroe packed their studio, by word of mouth only, and when the studio totaled six hundred and fifty actors, they added a studio in Los Angeles. That was in 1993. Kathryn has been coaching actors and musicians and developing artists ever since. She has been involved in the industry her entire life and has a passion for it. She most recently has been working in Los Angeles and San Francisco on her own show that had the good fortune of being awarded a residency at Berkeley Reps The Ground Floor. She also works as a songwriter and singer and her latest release is with renowned Grammy award winning producer, Narada Michael Walden. Her students follow suit, working constantly, winning awards, signing with agents, joining unions, and enjoying the perks of being active in showbsiness as gifted artists. Kathryn loves passing the torch to young artists and she s thrilled to be able to do so. Lesson Details *** I will work with you to discover your authentic self. My background in acting and singing performance comes from the Method. Yes, we will work on technique and we will work on you as a whole person, too. Musicians, Bring or have (online) your instrument. If you are a songwriter, or want to be, you've come to the right place.. *** Specialties *** Recording Studio Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching Music Performance - Technique and performance coaching Screenwriting – Creative Brainstorming Sessions This Business of Acting - Business Strategy Studio Equipment *** Bring your own. SF I have - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars Grand Piano Electric Piano Guitar Uke LA Guitar Uke Travel Equipment *** Guitar, Mac Uke Specialties *** Acting - Method Singing - Technique and performance coaching
Jessica U. May 22, 2016
Online Verified Student
Profession, super smart and to the point! Highly recommend, she helped my daughter prepare for an audition and book the job! We will be back!
Test May 9, 2016
Dylan A. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kathryn was a tremendous teacher! I not only progressed in my singing technique but Kathryn helped be grow my confidence as a performer and a composer! Kathryn also has an amazing personality on top of everything which I believe makes her a great person to learn from.
Brian discovered his talent and passion for teaching while still in college, and has been teaching guitar and piano in Southern California for over 20 years. Gifted at teaching students of all ages and abilities, he combines patience, creativity, imagination and boundless enthusiasm with solid professional training and experience. Brian also has over 10 years experience teaching piano and guitar to blind and autistic students.
A lifelong musician, Brian received his first musical training at the age of 4 and 5 years when his actor/singer Dad and musically talented Grandma taught him to si
ng and play the mandolin. He began piano lessons at age 5, and formal guitar instruction at the age of 10 years.
By the time he was a 14-year-old high school student, Brian was performing as lead guitarist in rock bands around Southern California, developing mastery of rock guitar and blues performance and improvisation. Brian went on to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Classical Guitar Performance from California State University, Los Angeles.
As a jazz guitarist, Brian continues to grow musically in association with his colleagues of the Naomi Jazz Group, and other close musical friends who include students of the late, great Ted Greene.
*** Lesson Details *** METHOD BOOKS: FOR PIANO: Faber & Faber Method Series Dozen A Day Technique series FOR GUITAR: STEEL STRINGS: Mel Bay, Alfreds Method Book CLASSICAL: Fredric Noad Julio Segraras Method JAZZ: Stanford Jazz Workshop The National Guitar Workshop's Jazz Guitar Method Series Real Easy Books: Beginning & Intermediate Levels
MY APPROACH: I focus on four areas that I think are essential to being a good music teacher:
â¢ the uniqueness of each student; â¢ the fact that enjoyment (fun!) maximizes learning; â¢ the importance of proper technique and an understanding of music theory to build self-confidence; â¢ the development of musicianship through performance.
EACH STUDENT IS UNIQUE: My first interest with each new student is to discover how he or she learns, and then to apply appropriate teaching techniques to maximize their potential. I gear my lesson plans to the individual and strive to optimize the learning potential of the student.
ENJOYMENT MAXIMIZES LEARNING: In a lesson with me you can expect to never be bored, to laugh a lot, learn a lot, be positively engaged emotionally and challenged intellectually. I believe that learning is maximized when the student is enjoying the experience, and is faced with challenges appropriate to their skill level. I aim to make learning music fun, choosing musical selections to learn in the style and genre that relate to the student's interests and aspiration.
TECHNIQUE & UNDERSTANDING OF MUSIC THEORY TO BUILD SELF-CONFIDENCE: When my students perform in concerts, recitals, juries, auditions, recording sessions or simply for friends and family, they have self-confidence because they know precisely the "how" and "why" of everything required to perform well. My goal with students is to build a solid foundation in instrumental technique and thorough understanding of Music Theory at their appropriate level.
PERFORMANCE: On a monthly basis, all my students practice performing pieces they are working on during the lesson time, with family/friends as an audience if desired and appropriate, and/or using digital recording to help the student develop a critical ear for their own playing.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, guitar/s and guitar stands, Dynarelle cushion, footrests, Korg 88 fully--weighted digital keyboard, Zoom H4 digital recorder.
As well, I have guitars and equipment both for teaching and performance of various styles, as below. Students will have the opportunity to learn about, play and become familiar with any of these instruments/equipment according to their interests and skill levels.
ROCK: Fender Stratocaster (pre-CBS) Shechter Omen6 Shechter Elite Series C1
FOLK: Martin (steel string) Dobro
JAZZ: Oscar Schmidt by Washburn (hollow body electric) Gibson SG (electric)
AMPS: Fender Twin reverb Pevey practice amp Rock amp
Boss GT8 Effects Pedal
*** Travel Equipment *** Guitar stands, guitar/s, Zoom H4 digital recorder. Generally I do not transport my Korg 88 keyboard to the student's home for lessons, but I can if necessary. However, I do require that piano students have their own piano/keyboard or at least reliable access to one for practice between lessons.
Guitar students should also have their own guitar. I can advise on appropriate instruments and can help students find a suitable guitar for their learning level and price range.
Lynne F. February 16, 2016
In home Verified Student
Brian is a great teacher. He is very patient, accommodating, and open to meeting his students halfway. His teaching skills work well for all ages. He's wonderful at helping his students achieve their goals, even if they are at a later age and stuck in old habits.
Lara February 2, 2016
In home Verified Student
Brian is an amazing, fun, professional, skilled piano instructor! I have been able to very quickly move into pieces that I had not even considered a possibility. He listens, cares about your goals and has a great ability to assess and determine what work and exercises will get you to where you want to be. Highly recommend :)
Georgia L. June 3, 2015
In home Verified Student
Great first lesson -- looking forward to next one!
I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.
I am lucky enough to study with Tamsen Beseke, who is a member of the LA Opera and a prolific session musician. I have also studied with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.
My musical exp
erience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Irish folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!
For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.
The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.
Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.
Seating is available at both locations.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.
*** Specialties *** Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
Justin March 22, 2016
Travis is a cheerful, talented tutor who never fails to provide great, practical and simple to follow lessons which additionally are always fun to participate in. He's remarkably positive, and already I feel as though I have come on in leaps and bounds doing things with the violin that would have taken me an age to learn by myself. I hope that I continue learning with Travis for a long time to come.
Christina E. December 6, 2015
Travis is a wonderful, kind hearted, and patient person with an inspiring passion for music. I have been a colleague of his for years and I can honestly say that he is very good at addressing different learning types, and catering to the unique needs of each student. His positivity and high energy make a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Travis to anyone interested in learning more about music in general as well as playing the violin.
Kimberlee Mahnken October 4, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Travis is an excellent teacher. As an adult learning to play an instrument with absolutely no prior experience he was incredibly patient and instructive. I'm looking forward to learning more with him. He's also very friendly and I felt very comfortable.
William is a versatile and energetic musician, having shared the stage and recorded with numerous popular artists. He was a member of the Kids Cotton Club, created by Danny Masterson. Other performances with: John Mayer, toured with Teena Marie for 5 years,Stevie Wonder, accompanied Mariah Carey at the 2006 Grammy’s, Ludacris on the Jay Leno Show, India Arie, Nine Inch Nails,Mos Def, Rick Ross, Lloyd, Snoop Dogg, Sinbad & The Stank Nasty Band, Macy Gray, Blu Cantrell,Richard Wright, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind & Fire, Capital Cities, Prince, Sebastian Bach, Eric Benet, Lupe Fiasco, Dakah Hip Hop
Orchestra, and as a regular Guest with NBC’s Late Night with Carson Daly house-band. William has also performed on American Idol and The Voice, as well as appereances on HBO and other television series.
Karim May 25, 2016
In studio Verified Student
Very good first lesson, figuring out where I'm at with the horn and gave me some great exercises to help build up technique .
Cade M. February 22, 2016
In studio Verified Student
William was great, very knowledgable. Cade like that he was laid back. William could hear what Cade needed to work on and gave him pointers and materials to help him become a better trumpet player. Cade said he was a cool guy and is looking forward to his next lesson.
James S. February 1, 2016
In home Verified Student
I feel that I am gaining excellent instruction from a knowledgeable teacher. I am an adult learner (new to trumpet) and William is excellent at keeping me on a pace that has me interested and engaged with each lesson.
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