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Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA

I have been teaching songwriting for 30 years.
I have studied with world class songwriters.
We work on song forms, lyric writing, harmony and melody.
I have an easy style and like my students to enjoy their lessons.

About Cory

So you want to play an instrument? Well I have taught for over 40 years and have developed special programs for you on piano, guitar, bass, voice and other instruments for you to learn. From easy beginner to the most advanced, I will help you to learn the songs you love! Whether we use the most modern technology in my professional recording studio or just some chords or perhaps learning to sight read something for a talent show, I can take you all the way to the highest performance level. Your goals are my goals.
I have studied with some of the most famous teachers in the world, includi
ng Charlie Parker's pianist Walter Bishop Jr. and Dizzy Gillespie's musical director Mike Longo, among many others.
I also have the experience of over 400 gigs a year to bring to your lesson. I have performed on piano, guitar and bass and vocals with famous stars and some really great bands which will help me answer many of your questions. I am currently still working, teaching and recording all the time. I also have a professional recording studio in my home which you can take full advantage of.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want you to have fun learning and can help you with understanding and memorizing your songs.
I focus on sight-reading, ear training (like jamming and playing blues) and theory. You get to choose the areas you would like to learn.
Once we have established the basics including melody and chords, we will pick songs you want to learn to play with your friends or just by yourself. We can use music books or go on YouTube to learn your songs.
I have helped students with auditions as well as performances. After only a few lessons you will hear and see things differently than ever before.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio comes complete with acoustic and electric keyboards, acoustic and electric guitars, electric bass and amps to play through, as well as professional microphones for recording. I use ProTools for recording which is used in every major studio around the world and it's loaded with great software for demos or mastering songs.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
I teach all styles of music including Classical, Jazz, and Rock/Pop/Blues.
I also teach songwriting, performing and recording in my ProTools studio.
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Elisa June 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Fun first lesson. Very informative. Explained pitch, tone and timing in terms I could easily understand. Comfortable studio and close to my house! Can recommend wholeheartedly!!
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Deb R. January 14, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
First online lesson and my Skype was not working. Cory quickly found a workaround. He was patient and engaged. I feel motivated to do my 'homework' and am confident this student/teacher match is a good one. I look forward to many more lessons!
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Richard P. January 13, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Cory is a great I am really excited by his approach and genuine love music overall. His enthusiasm comes through his teaching.
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Cory M.

Cory M.

Hawthorne, CA 90250
(14)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA

We will look at bands and songwriters of your interest and discuss the ways they construct their songs. I will teach you about music theory in order to extend your songwriting vocabulary. You will learn about chord structures, rhythmic structures, and various ways to keep a song interesting. We will also explore different ways to highlight the lyrics, making sure the text and the music is working together.

About Christoffer

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.
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Miranda S. July 27, 2016
Accordion · In studio
Verified Student
I've learned SO much, even after my first lesson with Christoffer. He's exceedingly patient and encouraging and always finds a way to explain things in a way that make sense. Can't recommend more highly.
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Matthew A. July 20, 2016
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Loved the energy and enthusiasm Christoffer brought! My 9 year old was really nervous but hasn't stopped talking about the lesson over an hour later!
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rosette February 4, 2016
Accordion · 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!
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Christoffer S.

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
(17)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA

All genres - pop, folk, blues, rock, R&B, singer/songwriter, classical, world, etc.
Song structure, harmonic analysis, melodic analysis

About Edwin

Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, mu
sic theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunity to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Wyatt September 3, 2016
Banjo · Online
Verified Student
Very pleased with Edwin. He took thel time to listen and get to know me before we got started. Easy to learn from and very patient teacher. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Jing W. August 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today was my husband and I first lesson with our teacher Ewind Itoh. He is very patient and has good teaching experience to guide us, and listen to us what we want to acomplish our dream for learning Piano and Ukulele. We were searching teacher for long time, now we are happy to ready to learn from him.
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Lucas T. August 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Edwin is Awesome!! And he was wonderful with my 5 year old. My son was a tad shy at first, but he warmed up pretty quickly. I was actually surprised he was using the pick by the time class was over! It went so well, we decided to book class twice a week instead of just once. :) We're looking forward to the next class. Thank you, Edwin!
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Edwin I.

El Segundo, CA 90245
(60)
starting at
$37 / 30-min
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Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA

I've been composing music since the age of 13 and recently completed my Master's Degree at UCSD in Music Composition. My background is not only in classical composition but popular and jazz songwriting as well. Lessons in Songwriting focus on each student's goals while using classical songs as examples. Topics covered range from form and elementary theory to instrumental and vocal arrangement.

About Kevin

I have been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for many years and have used that experience to develop lessons for any level of player. My program emphasizes all around musicianship in addition to technical ability. Being a musician is more than simply learning repertoire. I help my students get the skills needed to be capable, independent performers. While studying at UCSD, I was awarded double honors for my work in Guitar Performance and Composition. In 2010, I was given awards for "Most Outstanding Graduating Senior" and "Outstanding Classical Music Performance". In January of th
is year, my latest ensemble piece "Bell Music" was given its premiere in Zurich, Switzerland by Ensemble TaG.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am a very easy going teacher, I do require dedication of time and effort from my students. Students will learn music fundamentals (reading on the staff, elementary theory, ear training) in addition to specific instrumental technique. I also stress the practical issues of music making, from ensemble playing to upkeep of the instrument. Students who give their time to the program will quickly begin playing the music they love, while also finding a deeper appreciation for it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in recording studio, 2 or 3 people can fit in studio, bookshelf, recording desk and guitars hung up on wall
Parents can wait in small area outside the lesson room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect each student to have a guitar and the method book(s) I require. I will bring a guitar for demonstration as well as any supplemental materials I see fit.

*** Specialties ***
I have a degree in classical guitar performance and composition from UCSD. I was awarded honors in both fields. In addition to classical guitar, I have played jazz, pop, rock and folk music professionally for many years. I have also played banjo and sitar for many years professionally.
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Nadia Ruyle February 3, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I have had 3 lessons with Kevin - he is incredibly good at what he does. Each lesson is substantial creating many things to work on until the next. He is very clear about what to practice, which I love, and will transcribe skill-appropriate versions of songs you want to learn. He is also specific about technique and has already me so much in very little time. I thought I might try a few teachers as I am committed to learning the guitar and want the best instructor...but I'm sold on this one, no need to look elsewhere. Also, he's super friendly!
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Brandon S. December 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
This is my first experience with Take Lessons and I am loving it!
I signed up for 10 lessons.
Kevin is amazing. He is very patient and explains everything in Laymen's Terms (which I need). He doesn't just tell you how to do things, he tells you why and is very knowledgeable. I highly recommend Take Lessons for learning and Kevin for Guitar!
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Brandon S. December 6, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Amazing time, thank you!
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
(15)
starting at
$30 / 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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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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Telecia L. August 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Tanisha was incredible! She is an amazing vocal coach. I was a tad bit discouraged before I met with her, but now I look forward to my next lesson!
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Donna B. August 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first experience with Tanisha was very enlightening. She really is a woman of many talents. Professional and a sense of humor.
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Tanisha H.

Tanisha H.

Los Angeles, CA 90043
(110)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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