Janis Vaile

Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I love teaching song writing! My credits include song placement in the Hallmark Channel movie "Smooch" and the TNT movie "Deck the Halls". I have written numerous songs, some of which are available on iTunes. I write both children and adult songs.

About Janis V.

LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 5 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Takelessons.com. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.

Cancellation Policy: Music Lesson Cancellation and Payment Policy 2020

Dear Valued Clients,

Payment for lessons are due at lesson time or pre-paid.

With respect to my students, and in keeping with the cost of doing business, the following charges will apply when a lesson is cancelled.

*If cancellation occurs within 48-24 hours of the lesson, there will be a $15 fee.

*If cancellation occurs within 24-12 hours there will be a $25 fee.
*Same day cancellation will incur full payment of lesson due previous to next lesson if student is not ill. (See below)*

With the understanding that unforeseen events arise, a cancellation fee will be waived, as a one-time courtesy as long as you notify at least one hour before class. In addition, consideration will be given for postponing, as opposed to cancelling, a lesson within the same week if schedules allow. A $5.00 fee may be charged, at my discretion, if lesson needs to be moved to one of my days off.

*Illness is on the honor system and there will be no charge for illness cancellation except if within 4 hours of lesson time. $25.00

Thank you for your understanding,


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14 Reviews
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It's was fantastic! In short period I learned a lot. Thank you Jenis for your patience and kindness!!!!. The best Teacher ever!!!!❤

Posted Oct 9, 2020
Ana Bela
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The teacher was very kind and helpful. Normally I am very shy, and I have low confidence in my self, but with Janis I felt good and comfortable. Thank you so much.

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Eliana M.
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So fun

Posted Mar 21, 2020
Elizabeth B.
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Nice and puts no pressure on you!

Posted Feb 14, 2019
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Janis has been working with my daughter on multiple subjects, including Piano, reading, math, science, and ukulele since she was 4 years old. The impact that she has had on my child goes beyond just being a teacher - she has helped shape her personality and has instilled in her a love and enthusiasm for learning that is priceless.

Posted Jan 29, 2019
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Janis has been an amazing teacher and mentor to my children for the past 15 years. She was the kindest, and the most patient teacher with the greatest teaching method for math and English as a tutor to my son, who is currently studying for his MBA. And she was the most patient and flexible as well as detail oriented piano instructor for my younger daughter. Her unique teaching methods help her students learn and retain information and her kind smile and sense of humor make the kids want to continue their work and practice.

Posted Jan 24, 2019
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It has been a long-time wish of mine to take guitar, and learning with Janis, my passion for it continues to grow. She has recently taken on my sister for piano lessons as well, and helps us play songs we like, supplemented with theory and tips for better technique. As well as a kind and knowledgeable teacher, she is a sweet, funny, incredible person to be around.

Posted Apr 12, 2018
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She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.

Posted Sep 17, 2015
Audie L.
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Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.

Posted May 10, 2015
Ophelia S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I have 3 boys ages 7-12. Somehow Janis manages to make time to teach and read with all three before she leaves. The kids love her and more importantly respect her.
If you can get her I highly recommend it.
She covers all subjects and specializes in science by making it fun and entertaining.
5 Stars all the way!

Posted Oct 13, 2014
Brenda F.
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Janis first tutored our son in math. I was impressed with her admission to me that our son was smart enough to do the math on his own, but needed only motivation. She allowed us to be the ones to decide if we wanted to spend the money on tutoring after having this knowledge. We did continue, and she was really great with him. His grade was raised before we knew it! We then found out she gave guitar lessons and hired her to teach my daughter. She was incredibly patient and made the lessons fun. Both my son and daughter developed a strong relationship with her. I highly recommend her to teach anything!

Posted Sep 23, 2014
Debby S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son is the legacy of both a world-famous composer Grandfather and of a Great Uncle widely known as a musical genius.
Unfortunately the opportunity to nurture any of that genetic musical talent passed me by, but it absolutely lives within him.
Janis has been remarkably subtle at freeing the music within my son's heart.
This is not only a gift for me, and our family, but it's a lifetime of unending self-expression for him.
I cannot recommend Janis highly enough.

Posted Sep 17, 2014
Avi C.
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Posted May 19, 2020
Jenna S.
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Posted Mar 25, 2020

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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