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Tatiana K. Los Angeles, CA

Songwriting: We could start anywhere from the basics of building a song, learning the rules and breaking them, to producing a song and performing it live. Nowadays, writing a song on an instrument, having some basic chords, melody and lyrics isn't necessarily where it ends anymore. Because technology is evolving fast, it's becoming more and more of a one man process where the same person will write, produce and record a song. I have started writing by using an instrument (which I still do now) to using software (Ableton Live) and writing within the software and treating the production of the song as part of the writing process. I have also gone through figuring out how to perform what's already recorded and written live so that it sounds cohesive. All those things I can help with, teach and explain derived from my personal experience.

About Tatiana

Originally from Moscow, Russia I started my training in Classical music. However, growing up and listening to Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Pink Floyd, Queen etc. I wanted to learn more about that kind of music. My curiosity and passion led me all the way to another continent where I was admitted to the University of Miami's Jazz Vocal Department at the age of 16. While I was at school I realized that I not only wanted to perform, but also write music. After graduation I moved to NYC to pursue being a singer/songwriter. Since then I've recorded 3 albums and have been actively recording, producing, and performing ever since. I am currently working on a new project, which has gathered the attention of NPR, WSJ and The American Songwriter. Before starting lessons I evaluate ...

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Alex K. February 19, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Outstanding

My daughter Katerina, 9, made huge improvements with Tatiana. Tatiana is an outstanding teacher. She has a way of connecting with kids and helping them achieve new heights in their performance. Highly recommend
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Michelle H. February 2, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Tatiana is an awesome teacher

I have been taking singing lessons with Tatiana for 4 months now and she is such an amazing teacher. She is very encouraging and teaches in a nice pace. She pinpoints what I should work on and breaks it down so easily. Each time I finish a lesson with her, I feel so confidant. Because of her breathing and voice exercise, I am now able to reach pitches that I wasn't able to before. Tatiana is Awesome! I highly recommend her :)
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Jelena J. May 21, 2013
Singing
Tatiana is amazing!

I have been taking singing lessons with Tatiana for about 6 months now and I can't even believe how much I've learned! She is a great teacher - very patient, talented, knowledgeable and encouraging. Since I've been working with Tatiana, I feel more confident about my singing and my technique is a lot better. I enjoy taking lessons with her because they are relaxed and fun, but at the same time very productive. It's just a great time overall!
Lauren P. Los Angeles, CA

Professional songwriting techniques, especially lyrics, chords, structure and melody.

About Lauren

Hello! I am a nurturing voice coach with many years experience working with all styles of music. I am currently on the faculty of a contemporary music college teaching songwriting and pop/rock vocal technique. I have worked with artists on Columbia Records, the Voice, American Idol, Jimmy Kimmel. My students have been accepted at LACHSA, UC Irvine and Belmont College of Music. I received a Bachelor's of Music in Vocal Performance at NYU at the Steinhardt School. I went on to receive a Master's in Vocal Arts at the Thornton School of Music at University of Southern California where I also taught private and group voice. I went on to receive additional studies in pop music with the Total Singer Workshop with Lisa Popeil and various other pop coaches in Los Angeles. As a performer, I ...

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Molly L. May 13, 2013
Singing
Lauren is inspirational!

I began studying with Lauren about five years ago. Her instruction in musical theatre, opera, and pop has been some of the best that I have ever received. In fact, thanks to her coaching, I was able to book a role in my first Equity musical, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, at the Pantages Theatre in LA. She has a passion for music, is an excellent accompanist, and knows how to work with developing singers. Her engaging, encouraging direction continues to inspire me to be the best vocalist I can be!
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Zoe L. May 12, 2013
Singing
Lauren is an amazing teacher!

Lauren is an incredible teacher! I came to her without much experience in vocal technique, and she has helped me improve so much. She has taught me many useful techniques to stay on pitch even when the notes are really high, to have good breath support, and to project my voice more.

Lauren is a very supportive teacher. She likes to establish friendships with her students, and she truly cares about what's going on in their lives.

I've taken lessons with Lauren for a little over 3 years now because I've had such a great experience with her. I'd recommend her to anybody! She has helped me get into my school's advanced choir, prepare solo songs, and just practice my singing technique in general.

Also, scheduling voice lessons with Lauren is very convenient. We never have problems finding a common time. I love the studio where she teaches too! It's really cool. I have nothing but positive feedback about my time with her, and I plan to continue lessons with her!
Thomas F. Los Angeles, CA

About Thomas

From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years.  I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory works—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them!  Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached ...

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Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
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Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.

Thank you, Thomas!!
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Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
Paul T. Inglewood, CA

My first opportunity to teach songwriting came while I was in charge of the music program at Santa Monica Montessori school. The kids there all new that I was a songwriter and played in a band, so they would freely come to me with their ideas. I decided to make a songwriting unit of study that culminated in a final showing of their creations. Some chose to use the school mac laptop computers running garage band to flesh out their ideas and create a sound recording, while some elected a more traditional approach of pencil and paper and an instrument or voice as they crafted their songs.
I am largely self taught through experience collaborating with other writers and producers in bands I have worked with. But even early on I saw that I needed professional help, so I first turned to books on the craft, then to professional workshops and seminars, and eventually to joining associations of songwriters such as SongsAlive, and Performing rights organizations like BMI where you can not ...

About Paul

I am a firm believer in the power of music to heal, entertain, and teach. It is our first and most vital universal human language and as such, I believe we all have the ability to learn how to communicate beautifully with music to express our deepest feelings. As a teacher it is my privilege and pleasure to help you develop. From classical violin to jazz piano my early musical education not only spanned genres and instruments but also geographically from Austin Texas to Madison Wisconsin and finally brought me to Los Angeles where I currently reside and work teaching and playing in several bands. I embrace this diversity as I embrace my own mixed Peruvian and American cultural heritage. Helping you or your child reach your musical dreams in a friendly-nurturing environment ...

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Beatriz B. April 23, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Have learned so much and more to learn

Paul is very passionate about music and teaching in general. He does a fantastic job when it comes to instructing and I'm excited to see future progress within my skills. I Definitely recommend him for great music taste and for creating a good atmosphere with his students.
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MichaelK1 October 19, 2011
GREAT TEACHER

Paul is an attentive, intelligent and multi talented instructor - highly recommended.
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PatriciaW October 10, 2011
Max

Max wanted me to tell you that today he practiced really well, stayed focused, and enjoyed himself! Thank you, Patricia
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.
Matthew I Culver City, CA

About Matthew J

I have been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching guitar and bass for 7 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago area and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances. I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Music Composition and Classical Guitar. I also studied classical guitar at Lane C.C. and received an Associate of Arts Degree where I studied with University of Oregon Classical Guitarist John Jarvie. I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. ...

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Carlos P. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
2013 feedback

Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.

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How to Write Lyrics: Steps to Success for Any Musical Style

Interested in learning how to write lyrics and songs? Here, New Jersey guitar teacher Matthew H. explains an easy 3-step process to follow...  Songwriting is not easy; just ask any composer or lyricist. While the musical composition is highly important (making sure the melody is catchy without sounding too trite), having a strong, relatable message to go along with a great tune is just as, if not more, important. Here are some tips on how to write lyrics for a good song. 1) What is the … Read More
How to Write Lyrics: Steps to Success for Any Musical Style
Interested in learning how to write lyrics and songs? Here, New Jersey guitar teacher Matthew H. explains an easy 3-step process to follow...  Songwriting is not easy; just ask any composer or lyricist. While the musical composition is highly important (making sure the melody is catchy without sounding too trite), having a strong, relatable message to go along with a great tune is just as, if not more, important. Here are some tips on how to write lyrics for a good song. 1) What is the
Are You Really Ready To Record Your Song Or Book A Vocal Session?
Think you're ready to write your own song and record it? Songwriting can be an arduous process - but seeing the final product is an amazing feeling. Read on for a helpful pre-recording checklist from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   Whether you're singing your own song or hiring a vocalist to sing on your demo or master, there are many layers of preparation needed to ensure optimum results. Some songwriters like to wing it and hope that things will magically work out because th
The Anatomy of a Hit Pop Song [Infographic]
When you're learning how to write a song, looking at how other songs are structured can be a great place to start. Like looking at a map before you go on a roadtrip, checking out the basic elements of songs you love gives you a sense of how they were written and what you need to do to write a song of your own. If analyzing all your favorite songs sounds like a daunting task (it is), you're in luck. The Billboard Experiment wanted to know if there was a formula that could determine which songs
How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place
Tips for Writing a Song | Starting Songs And Ending Writer's Block
Feeling stuck? Get back on track with these helpful tips for writing a song, courtesy of Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   One of the most frequent problems that songwriting students encounter is pushing past writer's block and generating ideas for new songs. So here are several tips for writing a song that will help you overcome a creative dry spell and get you back to creative productivity. Start With A Title Think of some interesting subjects that you think would make goo

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