Mark Hamilton

Mark H.

La Habra, CA

Lesson Details



Mark delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 4+ and special needs

Teaching since:
August 1980

Classically trained with years of performance and practical experience. I know how to help you make the music that you want to make. I am well-versed in nearly all music styles from classical to contemporary/pop. I am currently active in both piano accompaniment, vocal performance with the Pacific Chorale,
directing a very active north orange county community choir, and directing the choirs and drama department at Tuffree Middle School in Placentia with approximately 150 students in the program.

I recently completed my music credential and have graduate degrees in Education and Music.

I am especially gifted in teaching beginning piano, fundamental vocal production and dramatic presentation. I have extensive experience with the young and beginning acting student and can masterfully explain the dynamics of auditions and performing in the community.

*** Lesson Details ***
I focus on the individual student for curriculum and speed of progress. I utilize Bastien and other music curricula depending on maturity and ability. Within 3 months most students are performing simple songs successfully and within 6 months they have begun to master the more difficult 2nd and 3rd level. I believe in creating opportunities for the student to play in public and successfully perform by playing in small groups and bands. My acting students are taught through monologues and basic acting dynamics along with rehearsing through audition challenges and opportunities in the community.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate music room, grand piano, multiple keyboards available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Professional piano keyboard and sound systems available.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - Foundations, jazz piano, Broadway, easy listening.
Voice - Foundations, breathing, operatic styling, Broadway.

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Vocal and Drama Teacher
Aug 2014 - Present
Tuffree Middle School

Teach all sections of Beginning and Advanced choirs, along with Musical Drama programs. Program includes vocal production, dramatic skill development, basic musicianship, and effective performance.

Adjunct Faculty, Choir Director
Jul 2004 - Present
North Orange County Community College

Direct and manage the "Yorba Linda Senior Community Choir" that performs within the north orange county area. We have been highlighted for special college programs and are often featured in the Nixon Library Sunday concert series. Performances vary from 20th century classic literature to the patriotic and popular. I have directed the choir since 2004.

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Baritone Singer
Jul 2009 - Jul 2014
Pacific Chorale

Active participation in Orange County's highly recognized professional choir. Material consists of major classic choral works to contemporary and cutting edge choral works.

Professional contract singer
May 1978 - Sep 1978
Continental Singers

Toured US and Bermuda for 90 day Summer tour which included singing, choreography, administration and tour support roles.


California Teaching Credential, Music, Secondary
Sep 2009 - Jun 2010
Vanguard University
May 1997 - Aug 2006
Azusa Pacific University
B.A. / M.A. Music
Sep 1981 - Jun 1987
Cal State Northridge / Western Seminary


California Teaching Credential, Music, Secondary (7-12 grade)
Jun 2010
Vanguard University

Music CSET testing + Educational best practices: English language learner theory, special needs, marginalized students, Common Core standards, Curriculum design, Student learning outcomes, institutional learning outcomes, Student centered learning strategies and outcomes.

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Pi Lambda Theta
Jul 2006

Founded in 1910, Pi Lambda Theta (PLT) is one of the most prestigious education honor societies. PLT is part of the PDK International family of education associations and is governed by the PDK International Board of Directors.

8 Reviews

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Sal C. Jan 9, 2017
Singing · In studio

Professional and a positive first class.

Leah C. Dec 15, 2015
Piano · In studio

My 10 year old daughter(almost 11) is taking piano lessons. She sings in theater and Mark has her sing along with her playing. She has only taken a few lessons but she loves it and Mark has a great balance of practicing and having fun on the piano.

Sherry Nov 22, 2015
Piano · In home

I am enjoying the challenge to go further in my studies, and Mark has been very helpful.

Ryan M. Jan 8, 2015
Singing · In home

My son enjoys his time stretching his voice out. While my son's voice hasn't dramatically improved over just a few lessons, his confidence has improved which is most important.

Frank N. Feb 3, 2014
Singing ·

This product is very handy to use.

Mark is very professional and sings well himself. In just a few lessons he's had a powerful impact on my singing because of the techniques he's demonstrated.

Joanna B. Jul 9, 2013
Piano ·

An excellent piano teacher

I have taken beginning piano lessons with Mark, and from day one I have felt comfortable. He is very professional, punctual, and efficient. He knows what he is doing, is very kind and patient in the process. He shares his shortcuts and tips to make each lesson the best possible.

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Susan W. Apr 8, 2013
Singing ·

Great teacher, very skilled and passionate!

Mark is great. He is working with our 10 year old daughter on singing. He plays piano while he has her sing. She loves her lessons and looks forward to them every week. He is teaching her the proper way to use her voice as well. We couldnt be happier with Mark!

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RickM1 Mar 9, 2011

Mark is great. Very supportive and insightful relaxed style.

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