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Mark V S.
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Learn with an award-winning teacher how to make your Chromonica or blues harp sing!
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Ready to learn some pro techniques on one of the most fun, portable, and soulful instruments out there? The chromatic harmonica was my first instrument which I taught myself by ear at the age of 5, so all ages are welcome in my harmonica class. The harmonica is perfect for playing melodies. I can play "blues harp" as well which is also a lot of fun and has a different kind of expressive feel with the bending. Whichever one you're interested in learning, I can help you hit the ground sprinting with one of the most portable and enjoyable instruments out there! It's all about the feeling and the fun of it! Ready to dive in? Click BOOK NOW and let's begin!
About Mark V S.

Hello, welcome, and thank you for taking a moment out of your busy life to find out more about me! I appreciate you! My name is Mark V, and I have been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when I discovered my natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching myself the harmonica by ear. I went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. Simply put: if it makes music, sound, or noise, I like to figure it out! I have collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and have well over a 100 synths in my collection. I was also one of the first instructors to become officially Avid (Digidesign) Pro Tools certified back in 2003 and have been teaching Pro Tools, Nuendo, Cubase, Reason, audio editing, sound design, MIDI, music production, composing, arranging, songwriting, and programming since 1998 having won numerous academic awards along the way. I've also taught piano and synthesizers since 1986 and began to share my love of my first two instruments -- the piano-accordion and harmonica -- a few years ago to balance out all of my technical background. I have a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. I wear many hats including my first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, consultant, published writer, award-winning instructor, and IDELT-certified ESL/EFL teacher inspiring my students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN! Learning and wisdom are lifelong pursuits of mine, and I love to share tips, tricks, shortcuts, and time-saving techniques in all I do while keeping the flow casual and personable. I have successfully taught and inspired tens of thousands of students over my career, and I look forward to creatively inspiring you as well while helping you achieve your artistic goals. In ANYTHING you do, the key question to ask is: "How can I make this FUN?" Book Me Now, and let's find out together! Stay unique and see you soon!

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Mark is a fantastic teacher and I am so happy we found him. My 14 year old has been wanting to learn accordion for years and we finally found an instructor that he just loves. Mark is patient and very kind and has a great teaching style. He had my son learning a song he had always wanted to play on the accordion after the first lesson. He really teaches in a way that makes learning interesting and fun and not a chore. I highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn he is truly fantastic!!!

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Mark is a thoughtful and engaging teacher. The tip he gave me in our very first class helped me to get over the roadblock I struggled with for the last six months.

Posted Jun 10, 2022
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Mark is a very talented musician and a great instructor.

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Teacher Of Many Topics
May 2015 - Present
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I absolutely LOVE teaching here and look forward to creatively inspiring YOU to realize your potential!
Instructor
Jun 2015 - Dec 2018
Garnish Music Production School, Los Angeles
I taught my 36-Hour "Getting Creative In Pro Tools" curriculum there where I focused on using Pro Tools from start to finish while emphasizing creativity and fun.
Award-Winning Instructor
Jul 2008 - Jun 2016
Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles
I created the Pro Tools curriculum for the music production, sound design, and post-production classes in the Digital Media Department whose audio side I also helped to create.
Award-Winning Instructor
Jul 2004 - Nov 2014
The Los Angeles Recording School
I spear-headed the new Pro Tools department, designed the curriculum, and hosted the music production demos for their Open House for many, many years. I taught Pro Tools, Reason, Cubase, Nuendo, MIDI, sound design, music production, effects, recording, editing, mixing, post production, and gave individual lessons on keyboards, sampling, songwriting, and composing.
Instructor
Jul 1998 - Jul 2004
The Los Angeles Recording Workshop
Before this school became The Los Angeles Recording School, I created the Pro Tools curriculum here centered on music production, MIDI, recording, editing, automating, mixing, and mastering as well as sound design and post-production.
Producer, Performer, Programmer, Engineer
Sep 2002 - May 2004
Kool Keith and Thee Undatakerz "Party In The Morgue" album
As "Havoc Razor", I composed and produced the following 6 instrumental tracks for Kool Keith and Thee Undatakerz album “Party In The Morgue” released May 11, 2004: 1. Reverend Tom 4. Dark Space 5. The Funeral Director 11. Grave Undertaking 12. For Whom The Bells Toll 13. 6 Feet Under
Composer, Producer, Performer, Programmer, Editor, and Engineer
Apr 2002 - Jun 2002
Award-winning album: AS ABOVE SO BELOW
As "Havoc Razor", I wrote 10 of the 12 songs, co-wrote the other two, produced the entire album, performed on/programmed all of the synthesizer sounds and tracks and drums as well as the harmonica and reed instrument. I also recorded and mixed the award-winning album. Select songs from this album have appeared in numerous films throughout the years. One of them, "Untied We Strand" even hit #50 of the top 50 club songs in San Francisco on 10/20/02.
International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT)
Sep 2021 - Dec 2021
Bridge Education Group
B.A. in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition
Aug 1988 - Jun 1990
University of California at Santa Cruz
A.A. With Honors with an emphasis on English, Music, and TV/Film Production
Aug 1986 - Jun 1988
Monterey Peninsula College, CA
High School Diploma With Honors
Sep 1982 - Jun 1986
Robert Louis Stevenson High School (RLS/Stevenson), Pebble Beach, CA
English
Native Proficiency
German
Limited Proficiency
Russian
Native Proficiency
Pro Tools Certified in Music and Post Production
Nov 2003
Video Symphony, Burbank, CA
600-hour Audio Engineering Certificate With Honors
Mar 1997
Los Angeles Recording Workshop, North Hollywood, CA
Outstanding Faculty Award 2013-2014, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Jun 2014
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM), Los Angeles
Pro Tools Instructor Of The Month, The Los Angeles Recording School
Nov 2012
The Los Angeles Recording School
Shining Star Award for Open House, Music Production (demoing Pro Tools), The Los Angeles Recording School
Jan 2012
The Los Angeles Recording School
Outstanding Faculty Award 2009-2010, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Jun 2010
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, Los Angeles
Best Techno Album 2004 Finalist & Best Techno Song 2004 5th Place
Nov 2004
J.P.F. Music Awards
MIDI Association
Apr 2016
The MIDI Associations mission is to nurture an inclusive global community of people who create music and art with MIDI. The www.MIDI.org website is the central repository of information about anything related to MIDI technology, from classic legacy gear to next- gen protocols on the horizon.
BMG
Sep 2011
BMG is a new kind of music company. Our mission is clear; to help artists and songwriters make the very most of their songs and recordings in the digital age.
Broadcast Music Inc.
Jan 1992
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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Harmonica
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
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Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
30 minutes
$50
45 minutes
$75
60 minutes
$100
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30
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