Evren Toktamis

Evren T.

Tarzana, CA
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Evren delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
1995

I am a professional guitarist, composer and songwriter. I completed my education at Los Angeles Music College, and UCLA Film Scoring. I extended my studies with a 6 times Emmy award winner composer, and conductor for over 3 years privately in Hollywood, which provided me work for television, and independent films as a musician and a composer.

Music is my passion. I teach guitar students all different ages and levels. I worked professionally as a guitar and bass player for 2 decades, touring, and recording with artists all over the world. I have great and fun material for both guitar and bass guitar students which fits their levels perfectly. I also teach the Ukulele, and it has been one of the most fun experiences for me to connect with students working on Ukulele. I believe anyone can play the Uke.

Studying orchestration require me to learn and improve my Piano skills whole a lot. I teach Piano now almost 10 years and have excellent books, and other material to learn the Piano in a fun way. I teach all ages, and specifically focus on beginner and intermediate levels since I also have taught Piano group classes last 5 years to same level students that are children and teenagers.

Since I have amazing opportunities to compose music for film and network TV shows, I got requests from students to teach them recording software, such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro X, and Garage Band as well as sample libraries. I can help you get better and faster on recording DAW.

I am open to work with anyone on any styles. Some of my favorites genres are: Classical, Jazz, Funk, Bossa Nova, Latin Jazz, Rock, Blues, Film Music and World Music. I look forward to meeting you, and be a part of your musical journey.

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Experience

Music Teacher
Feb 2003 - Jul 2009
Gotham Guitars

I taught Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar and Music Theory up to 50 students privately at LA's cool guitar store in Lawndale, CA. Store unfortunately closed down due to its competition on gear sales with huge Guitar Center next to it.

Music Teacher
Oct 1995 - Oct 1999
Koda Music Academy

My first teaching job in Istanbul Turkey. I have taught group and private classes on guitar, bass guitar and music theory.

Education

Certification
Oct 2011 - Dec 2015
UCLA Film Scoring
Certification
Sep 1999 - Sep 2001
Los Angeles Music College

Languages

English, Turkish
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

An original composition that I recorded the instruments, program sample instruments, and mixed.
Photo shoot for Los Angeles based band Basstown album release, available on iTunes , titled "Hands of Time".

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Live Jazz at the world famous baked Potato in Los Angeles. it was amazing sharing the stage with legendary saxophonist Brandon Fields.
Latin Jazz, Brazilian and Swing concert at Sheila E's Vitello's in Los Angeles.

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Playing a free jazz gig in Hollywood, CA with great musicians and instructor friends.

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Basstown Photoshoot with amazing photographer Richard hartog of LA Times.
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2 Reviews

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Erim Jan 16, 2019
Bass Guitar · In home

Evren is the best teacher ever. He taught me a lot on bass and he produced songs I wrote. He worked on these songs in ProTools and Logic and had a very strong command of these software platforms.

I learned a lot about bass from Evren, from jazz to funk and rock. He helped me improve my playing tremendously. I recommend him to everyone!

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Ozzy Jan 16, 2019
Acoustic Guitar · Online

I started studying Acoustic Guitar with Evren online a few years back. I enjoyed learning chords, scales and related songs of what we were practicing. After a while I put together a little home studio with my laptop and wanted to record music at home for fun. Evren helped me setting up my small studio with an inexpensive interface, and worked through all the basics of Pro Tools. I started learning Audio and MIDI recordings, editing and writing simple songs with what I was learning on my lessons with him. I recommend Evren as a Guitar, Pro Tools and also Music Theory. He's fun to work with and patient teacher.

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