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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 tau
ght 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 currently work with a 2-time Grammy winning producer where I write, sing and play keyboards for the writing team for other artists. I am also happy to announce that I will be able to teach nationwide via Skype on takelessons.com!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have 2 private studios, one is an art gallery with parking and a waiting area. I also have a private studio that is a guest house, which if very private and cozy. Whether it is a hobby, a high school musical or a professional gig, I try to cater my lessons to your needs. At a standard lesson, I start by warming up my students. We then work on songs either with me accompanying on piano or working along with tracks. In many cases, we focus on preparing for auditions whether it is for performing live, a college audition, a junior competition or even television. I also mentor my students and help them to find auditions and work. In songwriting, I try to assist in structure, lyrics and tracks. I play piano as well and can work on performance with an accompanist or help you to familiarize with the music.I love teaching and am very passionate about my students and work hard to provide encouragement and fun! For students with recording equipment such as Logic or Garage Band, I can teach you how to record yourselves.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboards, music stand, computer, speakers that have adaptor for phones or computers. Logic, Pro-tools and Garageband.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, computer, speakers.

*** Specialties ***
Pop technique, songwriting and recording, electronica and hip-hop
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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!
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Lauren P.

Lauren P.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
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starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Andrea Anya S.

Los Angeles, CA

About Andrea Anya

Music has been the love of my life for 18 years. I've finished my Bachelor's and Master's in classical music, while my PhD was focused on didactical aspect of performance. I perform, compose and teach music. That is my purpose.

What sets apart Anya's music studio from others is that you don’t have to commit to purchasing an instrument in order to learn how to play.
Each student will have their assigned time of day, 3-5 days per week, to come in and practice what they have learned during lessons.
Instrument choices available: Small Celtic Harp and Grand Concert Pedal Harp.

All I need
my students to have is love for music and a desire to learn.
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Laura Allen August 19, 2015
Harp · In home
Anya has such passion for the harp. Her instruction is fun and focused on technique. She loves to share her gift with others and I am truly grateful for her gracious heart and talent. Anya is an amazing harp teacher!
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Linda August 18, 2015
Harp · In home
Anya is such a patient, encouraging teacher. I am a complete beginner and she explains everything clearly and as many times/ways as nexessary. I am thrilled with the progress i have already made. Cannot recommend her highly enough!
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Andrea Anya S.

Andrea Anya S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
(2)
starting at
$50 / 45-min
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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 th
e 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 to teach everything from Rock n' Roll to Beethoven!

Bryan Specializes in the guitar and Bass Guitar; however, he is proficient in piano and drums as well. His interests range from simply perfecting the art of guitar playing, to composing modern music for entire bands. Additionally, Bryan's expertise extends into the technological side of recording and producing music. Thorough knowledge of popular computer programs allows Bryan to complete almost any music related task.

Bryan has been teaching private lessons for the past 10 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an incredibly patient teacher with only one goal in mind: help the student progress steadily! For this reason, every students lessons will be different. However, a typical lesson will aim to improve on 4 basic categories... Guitar technique and dexterity, Music Theory / Improvisation, Learning students favorite Songs, and Personal projects. Personal projects can range from writing songs, to recording songs, or to learning the basics of other instruments.

As a lifetime musician I have a very good idea of what works for most students. However, my goal is to be YOUR teacher, and I will focus on whatever it is that interests you the most!

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is made up of high quality equipment. It currently includes electric guitars, Acoustic guitars, BASS Guitars, baritone guitars, a piano, Mac computers and a Professional PA system. There is also a ton of peripheral equipment including amplifiers, effects pedals, a Drum machine and stereo equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can Provide Everything for Guitar players. I recommend an amplifier, tuner and a cable.

*** Specialties ***
I am particularly proficient in Rock Guitar and Music Theory. I specialize in songwriting as an application of Music Theory.
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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.
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Bryan L.

Bryan L.

Playa del Rey, CA 90293
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starting at
$28 / 30-min
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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 Unive
rsity 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. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired me to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern bands for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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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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Matthew I

Matthew I

Culver City, CA 90232
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Stephanie H.

Los Angeles, CA

You'll learn the components of what makes a good song work. From structure, to chord progressions as well as guidance on lyric writing.

About Stephanie

Stephanie speaks both english and spanish fluently from having grown up in a multi cultural family, as well as having lived in seven different countries throughout her life. From a very early age, she studied and took lessons both in school and privately, for many different forms of dance, visual arts, & music (voice & piano). In 2012, Stephanie graduated with honors (Cum Laude), from the renown Berklee College of Music in Boston. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and works both corporately and independently with the skills that she possesses.
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Kylee E. March 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She has been wonderful with my daughter. Taking her time to help Kylie pick a song and work with it. Kylie is always happy and satisfied after her lessons with Stephanie.
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Maija March 19, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
First lesson and my daughter was very happy. A few technical glitches to start with Skype but Stephanie was very professional. We are looking forward to the next lesson.
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Tim M. February 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have worked with Stephanie in the past. Stephanie has a great energy that she brings to her lessons. You can tell she loves teaching music.
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Stephanie H.

Stephanie H.

Los Angeles, CA 90045
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starting at
$20 / 30-min

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