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Jenny J. Culver City, CA

I like to incorporate music theory into all of my music lessons to help students understand how the music was written, and why the composer chose to write the piece. I will help you expand your view of music, and provide the right guidance to compose your own pieces!

About Jenny

Music Jenny comes from a very musical family and started piano when she was five years old. She grew up constantly listening to her father practicing his guitar and brother practicing violin. Since then, her accomplishments include an Honorable Mention at the Korea Times Youth Music Competition. She has performed in two solo recitals and has performed biannually with the Beverly Hills Chamber Orchestra. Jenny has participated in the Frederic Chopin Felix Mendelssohn Minifest 2005 and has regularly performed at the Colburn School of Performing Arts from 2003 - 2008. Jenny was also a part of the Goldcoast Chamber Music Festival and was awarded the second prize at the Chamber Music Walker Competition. She has excellent communication skills and has worked as an assistant to the Program ...

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David H. July 17, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent piano teacher for our 6 year old son. Jenny is patient and great overall with kids. I appreciate the incorporation of both theory and practice into the lessons Seven months in, we have seen significant progress and best of all, our son is showing initiative to play on his own.
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Deanna N. January 15, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher!

My daughter, now age 7, has been taking piano lessons with Jenny for 9 months now. She is progressing quickly. Jenny is patient with her, even when my daughter is not interested and squirming around in her seat. She has given her a broad amount of knowledge, both theory and practical, and my daughter flourishes (when she wants to)! Jenny has tried to make it more fun for my daughter to keep her interest by creating easy versions of songs that my daughter will enjoy playing and singing. This has made a world of difference to my daughter. Even though my daughter dislikes practicing, I can see that she is progressing and enjoys playing when she learns how to properly play a song.
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John T. May 22, 2013
Dance
Verified Student
Jenny to the Rescue!

My daughter's wedding was weeks away, and I had never been able to dance a step. For that important occasion, however, I wanted to be able to at least survive a little waltz. My daughter and I selected a short piece, connected with Jenny, and she took it from there. In three lessons, she taught us the basics, provided some great pointers, a little choreography, and even taught us a few impressive moves to throw into the mix. The results exceeded everyone's expectations, and brought not only resounding applause at the reception, but also sentimental tears to many eyes. With Jenny's help, I came further in dancing than ever before in such short time in any subject.

An extremely patient, caring, and capable instructor, Jenny always listens carefully to your questions and ideas. Then, it's fascinating to watch her pause a moment, process the issue, and come back with a solution that's exactly right. Without her, a great moment and memory for my daughter and me might never have happened.
Arlette C. Reseda, CA

I teach basic Music Theory to all my students so that they understand the role of the cello in an orchestral position as well in chamber music. But it is essential to understand the basics of music theory. So I make it a rule that each student learn music theory every 2 weeks during their lesson.

About Arlette

Arlette C. grew up and attended schools in Culver City, California. She attended Los Angeles Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She then received a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist while attending California State University at Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She went on to attend University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a full scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music degree in cello performance. After her graduation in 1984, she toured Europe for eight months playing cello with the Schatz Theater Group, an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was hired to play in various orchestras in Michigan. In 1991, she returned to ...

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Arlette C. September 22, 2014
Cello · In studio
Fabulous cello teacher!!! We are so pleased that our daughter is taking lessons from Arlette. When our daughter wanted to learn cello (2 years ago), Arlette came highly recommended. We were not disappointed! Arlette teaches all aspects of playing the cello, including music theory, and developing musically. She's passionate, caring, patient every step of the way, inspirational, and makes it so much fun!--consequently, my girl recently auditioned and was accepted to play in a high school orchestra (she's a middle school student). She loves playing cello!
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Arlette C. September 20, 2014
Cello · In home
Arlette is a wonderful teacher and has really clicked with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to her lesson each week. She is teaching her how to read and understand the music as well as how to play the cello. Here sessions are very relaxed and fun and I am confident that my daughter will not only learn how to play the cello, but love playing the cello. I can see how she passes that passion on to the student. If you are looking for a fun, passionate and well education teacher to work with your children, she is the one.

Sincerely,

Karynn Bonner
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Arlette C. September 19, 2014
Cello · In studio
I first began studying with Arlette when I was a young girl who knew nothing about reading music. She was an amazing teacher for me as a young girl, and continued to be as I grew up. Arlette has taught me and helped me hone my technique and musicality, from the beginning before I could hold a bow through the years and improvements.
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Brian P. Culver City, CA

About Brian

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 sing 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

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Anderson S May 14, 2014
Guitar Teacher

Brian's teaching approach is concise but very relaxed. His lessons are easy to follow and relevant to life encounters. As a member of the super seniors and a first time guitar students his teaching has given me hope of become a good guitar player.
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Derek H. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Patient and Caring

Our experience with Brian as piano teacher to our two children has been incredible. He has brought each of them along at their own pace and they have learned to play very well. Brian has always been patient and kind.
This has been particularly important with our (now) 8 year old son who is autistic. He can get easily distracted, frustrated, bored, or just plain ornery and uncooperative. Mr. Brian has always exhibited great patience toward him, taking breaks when necessary and generally bringing our son along at his own pace--and our son has shown remarkable progress.
We highly recommend Brian as a piano teacher.
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Andrea H. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Great All-Around

Brian is an awesome music teacher. He is kind, patient, knowledgeable about music theory and a pleasure to be around. He teaches me piano, and is good about introducing new pieces to me, as well as teaching me the more complex nuances within each piece.

He is also great with kids! I have 2 little ones, and whenever they happen to be around for my lesson time, Brian keeps them engaged with music. Whether it's trying to play something themselves on the piano, accompanying them on the guitar, or bringing fun music-related props, Brian makes it fun

I highly recommend Brian as a piano teacher, and he is also a very talented guitarist! 5*!
Bryan L. Playa del Rey, CA

About Bryan

Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at the Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan ...

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Devin H. December 5, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
I highly recommend Bryan

If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
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NickL April 6, 2012
Very helpful!

Bryan has been a very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible guitar teacher. He uses my interests and questions to drive lesson content. I find personally that understanding the music theory behind what I'm learning to play is very helpful, so we've spent a lot of time breaking things down. He's very knowledgeable. He also does a good job of explaining how he uses his intuition as a guitar player and musician, which helps me develop intuition of my own.I would definitely recommend Bryan!
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DaveR April 12, 2011
Dad

Bryan is doing a fabulous job with my son, Jensen. Jensen has really taken to the guitar and he is learning quite a bit. He looks forward to his lesson each week. I highly recommend Bryan, who is very nice, knowledgeable and fun.
MaryAnn D. Playa Vista, CA

Music Theory

About MaryAnn

Music is my passion, and I love to share it with others! I have been a musician almost my entire life. I began taking piano lessons in grade school and voice lessons in middle school. I continued to study throughout high school and eventually college. I graduated in music from The Ohio State University. I went on to teach music in the public schools as well as private piano and voice lessons. When not teaching, I spend most of my time performing by acting, singing, dancing and modeling. Some past performances include Company; Jekyll and Hyde; The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; and Grease. I recently relocated to Los Angeles and am excited to share my passion for music with you! *** Lesson Details *** Whether you are looking to sing/play ...

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Shari T. October 25, 2012
Verified Student
Music Teacher MaryAnn is great!

I feel comfortable and not nervous when learning with her because she'e kind and patient. Lerning music with her is fun.
Delilah B. Culver City, CA

An accomplished violinist and Sound Engineer, Delilah, began her music education at the age of six, studying at the Music Academy J.S. Bach in Berlin, San Pietro a Majella in Naples and the London Academy of Modern Music. She also graduated with honors from S.A.E. Institute - London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering. and a PhD in Sound Engineering from Middlesex University.

About Delilah

An accomplished, violinist, and Sound Engineer, Delilah, began her music education at the age of six, studying violin at the Music Academy J.S. Bach in Berlin, San Pietro a Majella in Italy and the London Academy of Modern Music. She also graduated with honors from S.A.E. Institute - London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering. and a PhD in Sound Engineering from Middelsex University. She has worked as professional violinist in several bands and orchestras in the UK, Germany and Los Angeles; Spectra Paris, Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road to name a few. Delilah has extensively traveled the world in search of new musical influences and has lived in Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, and the United States. She speaks 6 languages. What I can offer: Violin ...

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Laura G. December 13, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Delilah is a fabulous vocal coach for my daughter, who is in musicals and hoping to attend Santa Monica College l for the Arts. Delilah has tremendous knowledge of music and vocals. I am so happy we found her and hope to continue lessons for years to come.
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Diane G. December 6, 2014
Violin · In home
Delilah is an amazing violinist whose passion for music is contagious. I am almost 25 years old and six months ago I picked up a violin for the very first time. Playing this instrument was a life-long dream that I finally decided to pursue and Delilah's encouragement and support has helped keep me going. I was nervous to begin lessons because my memories of playing the guitar was of the process becoming less about artistic exploration and more about conforming to a rigorous routine that I soon turned against. My experiences with the violin have been extraordinarily different, thanks to Delilah.
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Jim H. December 3, 2014
Violin · In home
I love Delilah! She always has useful tips and suggestions that are so helpful. I have been playing several years and have taken lessons and classes elsewhere. She introduced me to practice techniques that make conquering a new piece much, much quicker and easier. Now I am way more confident with my instrument

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