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James R.

Riverside, CA

About James

James is a recent graduate who received his Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis in education at Cal Poly Pomona. While at Cal Poly Pomona he was the Director of the Bronco Pep Band, a student conductor for the Concert Band, and also performed with many ensembles including the Jazz Band, Latin/Salsa Band, and the Songwriter Showcase.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back person that believes in the philosophy of "Learn by doing". To me mistakes are not to be shunned but are to be reflected upon in order to improve and develop.

Students will learn to be patient when playing
music as all things take time. Rome was not built in a day. My students will learn to be versatile musicians with knowledge in theory and musicianship.

After spending time with me students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of music theory and be capable of sight reading basic material. More advanced students will be able to improvise using scales and be able to master the fundamentals of their instrument or their voice.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel Equipment Includes: Laptop, Sheet Music, Guitar, Trumpet, Portable Piano Keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Songwriting, Brass Instruments
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Wayne L. November 28, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Music Teacher!

James is teaching my daughter how to play the guitar. I'm really pleased with the progress my daughter is making as a result of James' teaching. He knows his guitar and many other facets of music! He is also patient and can properly explain concepts in a way that is easily understood. When it was time for my daughter to buy her own guitar and accessories, James was very helpful with recommendations. He is very professional and has a friendly personality. His influence in my daughter's life has heightened her enthusiasm for both playing the guitar and music in general.
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Christina R. September 7, 2012
Verified Student
James R. has Great teaching skills, very knowledgeable and friendly.

My son is 8yrs. old. He has taken 3 classes thus far. He is very excited and motivated after each class taught by James R. He is thrilled to show us what he has learned. He leaves each class with a positive attitude. Well worth every penny.

Sincerely,
C.Ritt
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marisol V. August 27, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

James is an excellent teacher. My daughter has been taking piano lessons from James and she has learned so much in just a few months. He has great communication skills and has a gift for teaching. I have recommend him and I will continue to recommend him to other future music students.
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James R.

Riverside, CA 92503
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Alex L.

Fontana, CA

About Alex

Trained and educated (MM) in Russia and USA, over 20 years experience in teaching. Individual approach to the course development based on student personality, goals, skills.

Major instruments are piano, classical guitar, accordion.
Student must have own instrument and desire to learn!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe many of my students enjoy my class and are able to achieve a higher skill level because I make it a point to personally motivate them. I give them personalized goals to reach and/or tailored practice techniques.Based on response, I may offer words of encouragement or tip
s such as how to ease sore muscles or an alternative way to execute a technique they are finding extra difficult.

I make it a point to not just teach music grammar and/or fundamentals of music, but to include the importance of the sound of music strategies to enhance their skill development.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Clavinova, piano
Classical guitar "Takamine"
Accordion "Gullietti"

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
Accordion, piano, classical guitar Traditional Russian School all styles and genres. Levels: beginner through advanced!
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Celine V. June 1, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Best classical guitar teacher ever! Alex is a very easy-going, super friendly and straightforward teacher. He has an amazing ability to make complicated guitar techniques into very easy tasks. I surprised how much I learned just from his first lesson and how much I improved in a week. I would recommend any student regardless your age and level to study with him. You will get your money worth.
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Dede R. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
2nd Lesson

Alex is wonderful…he has such a feeling for music and being sure his pupils learn properly…one important thing that impressed me…he asked me a very good question, "do you want to learn easily or do you want to struggle learning?"…I have long nails and he explained when hitting the keys, it is very difficult to hold the wrist and hit the key properly….so I have filed my nails down…LOL….because I want to learn piano easily and most importantly learn the proper etiquette when playing.. He is a great teacher..and he teaches with passion...
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Dede R. December 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Love of Music

Had my first lesson with Alex and it was great. He started out showing me what the different symbols mean and the notes. I am so glad he is teaching me how to read music, its very important. Its all very basic now but feel with knowledge of the basics it will help me understand future lessons easily…..looking forward to my next lesson…..in the meantime, drawing the Cleff, Notes and Staffs to be sure I understand, per his instructions…Love it!
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Alex L.

Fontana, CA 92337
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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William B.

Riverside, CA

About William

I am a guitarist, composer and teacher specializing in classical guitar and Latin American music. I have loved music for all of my life and my primary expression of that love is playing guitar. I currently teach private guitar lessons, lecture at San Bernardino Valley College and work as a freelance performer in the Inland Empire and greater Los Angeles area.

I began my study of music at the age of thirteen when I taught myself how to play folk, rock and blues guitar. Though, to be honest, I didn't just teach myself. I had many friends who played guitar who would show me songs or correct mi
stakes in the songs I had learned from the internet. I remember thinking that music had a special ability to bring people together, and I became determined to understand what exactly it was that gave music that power. I began my formal study of music at Foothill College in Los Altos, California where I studied guitar, music appreciation and music theory. In 2002 I transferred to the University of California at Santa Cruz to pursue a Bachelors of Arts in Music.

I majored in classical guitar at the UC Santa Cruz, but I also pursued a variety of other musical interests including Balinese Gamelan, jazz improvisation and North Indian classical music. It was fascinating to learn how different cultures thought of music and how participating in music is so often linked with the formation of community. I also learned a lot about the history of Western music. I studied the lute and performed the works of Scarlatti, Bach and Handel with the UC Santa Cruz Early Music Consort. I also was a member of the UC Santa Cruz Contemporary Music Ensemble, a group which performed experimental contemporary music. I loved performing with all the different ensembles and becoming familiar with music from different times in history and different places in the world. In 2004, during my last year of college, I began working as a freelance guitar instructor in Santa Cruz.

In April of 2005 I graduated from UC Santa Cruz and moved to Los Angeles where I worked as a freelance performer and guitar teacher. I studied guitar with Dr. Emre Sabuncuoglu at the Los Angeles Guitar Academy and eventually became an associate instructor there. At that time, I was also teaching guitar, piano and songwriting at a studio called All Access Musician located in the San Fernando Valley.

In Fall of 2007 I began working towards my Masters of Music in Composition at the University of California at Riverside. While at Riverside, I studied and performed the music of the Peruvian Andes, early lute music and Brazilian choro. I had always loved Latin American music, but this was the first time I had been regularly performing it with large ensembles. The rhythm, the dance and the singing of Andean music captivated me in a way I never thought it could. I also began to recognize the rhythmic complexity of all Brazilian music at this time and became very interested in choro, samba and bossa nova.

During my time at UC Riverside I was awarded three fellowships from the Gluck Fellows Program, which allowed me to give free public concerts and lectures in schools, libraries and assisted living homes. It gave me great joy to see children in the community fascinated with the music I performed for them and actually being interested in hearing about 16th century Germany or the Peruvian Andes. After two wonderful and painstaking years, I received my Masters of Music in December of 2009.

Currently I work as a freelance classical guitarist for weddings, receptions and festivals. My classical guitar repertoire includes the works of J.S. Bach, Dionisio Aguado, Isaac Albéniz and Agustín Barrios Mangoré. I am a founding member of Kusisqa: The Riverside Andean Music Ensemble. We performed for hundreds of people at the San Bernardino Latin Music Festival. I also collaborate with many local musicians performing nueva cancion, jazz, classical music and original compositions.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that playing an instrument should be a source of joy in one's life. Playing music is one of the most enriching experiences life has to offer. Every single person on this Earth has the inherent skills necessary to play music, but learning how to express yourself with an instrument is no simple task. It requires a great deal of discipline, focus and intent to realize the music that you want to play. But fear not: YOU CAN DO IT!!!

Too often people think of music as something genetic, that you are either predisposed to be a good musician or you aren't. I know from personal experience that this is simply not true. All great musicians became great because they have the discipline, focus and intent to realize the music they want to play. My lessons are designed to give you the skills necessary to make the music YOU want to.

I recognize that every musician is an individual and I want to help you express your individuality through music. Everyone has their own style and tastes, especially when it comes to the music they like and want to make. Whether you're a little bit country or a little bit rock-and-roll (or classical, or emo, or metal, or grunge...) I can help you make the music you want to. I will help you establish your musical goals and set you on a path towards achieving them.

You also must realize that in order to achieve your musical goals, there are some important fundamentals you need to know. For instance, it is vital that a musician be able to physically manipulate their instrument efficiently and effortlessly. Other skills like knowing how to tune and care for your instrument, how to count rhythms and how to practice music are absolutely crucial for you to be successful in reaching your personal musical goals. My first goal as your teacher is to help you master these fundamentals so you have the skills to learn the music YOU want to.

I have taught literally hundreds of students of all ages over the past six years and my students have a very high success rate. Most of my students play in a recital within the first three months of lessons. All of my students who have been studying with me for more than six months have learned dozens of songs and many have begun performing at open mics, concerts and festivals.

Within the first month of lessons you will be able to play simple songs like Skip to My Lou, Amazing Grace or You Are My Sunshine. You will learn to read music notation, which will give you the ability to look-up and learn songs from the internet. By the second month of lessons you will have mastered the basics and progress to more advanced songs! By the third month you will have solid technique, strong music reading skills and you will start choose the songs you want to learn!

My advanced students, usually those who have been studying with me for six months or more, will choose songs they would like to work on. At this stage I often begin to cover special topics with my students depending on their particular musical interests. Some examples of special topics I've worked on with my students are music theory, ear training, harmony singing, composition, songwriting and preparation for the collegiate study of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic and electric guitars, amplifiers, 88-key weighted and graded keyboard, guitar tuner, metronome, music stands, various percussion and wind instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, guitar tuner, metronome, music stand

*** Specialties ***
classical guitar, Latin American music, composition, music theory
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Nichole A. January 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He's upbeat and professional as well as multi-talented.
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Trisha B. October 26, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My grand daughter feels so comfortable with William. She loves going to her lessons
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Seth May 14, 2014
Extremely helpful, informative, and overall Great feedback. 5 stars for sure
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William B.

William B.

Riverside, CA 92501
(20)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Rock J.

Rialto, CA

About Rock

I'm a piano player with over a decade of experience, and have been teaching lessons for around eight years or so. I graduated with honors from California State University, San Bernardino, in 2008, with degrees in both Music Education and Music Composition.I have an affinity for Central and Eastern European Piano music and I currently play two Sundays a month at Spirit of Hope Church in San Bernardino. My teaching style runs the gamut of the piano repertoire -- from classical to broadway to jazz to the commercial music arena -- and my teaching revolves around the importance of notation and the
printed page.I was originally a guitar player and have taught guitar to students as well, again, placing great emphasis on notated music, as it's far easier to move from the printed page to tabulature or pop music charts than to go the other way around.For music theory students, I have had the wonderful experience of taking an independent study course on modern compositional techniques and would be happy to share my knowledge with those currently attending a college or university, who are in the middle of their course of study, or who are considering studying music in an academic setting.My essential goal for a student studying music is to be well-rounded musically, exploring music in various genres and styles, having technical proficiency and the ability to read, understand, and reproduce great music.I originally graduated from Mt. San Jacinto College in 2001 and I also hold an Associates of Arts Degree in Music. I studied piano under Dr. Larry McFatter at California State University, San Bernardino, for the better part of 2005 and 2006, and with Dr. Alma Batista from 2008 to June 2013.

*** Lesson Details ***
Interested students can generally expect to follow a syllabus of piano repertoire that runs the gamut of notated musical history, in addition to repertoire selected by the student, and will focus both on technical proficiency, with an emphasis on rhythmic accuracy, as well as musicality and performance. In a three to six month span, a student who averages around 30 minutes of daily practice should have learned note names in all registers of the keyboard, five-finger positions and basic arpeggios, and should be reading pieces accurately with a metronome.

Students are expected to make time between lessons for practice, and while I will generally provide the first round of books (a theory and a lesson book), they are expected as they grow musically to furnish books of their own. Students are expected to have or have access to a keyboard instrument in a quiet area free of noise and distraction, and to actively participate in their own progress as they grow musically.Piano students will generally begin with Faber's Piano Adventures series (including theory books -- consisting of written or performed exercises demonstrating mastery of musical concepts) until they reach an intermediate level, when the selected repertoire becomes much more expansive and can be selected by the student. Very young students will use Bastien's Piano Primer books.

Guitar students can expect to begin with Frederick Noad's "Solo Guitar Playing", and to remain in that book while a repertory of ancillary materials makes its way into the students library.

Any student considering Music Theory is strongly encouraged to purchase MacGamut for ear training exercises and Robert Ottman's "Music for Sight Singing", in addition to manuscript paper and any number of music fundamentals texts.As a teacher, my primary focus is finding music that interests the student, and am therefore not predisposed to any particular books or publishing companies at the intermediate level.

My teaching style is not so strict as to invoke anxiety, nor so casual as to permit lapses in regular practice. I will help students (and parents) build a practice routine that suits their schedule between lessons. I strongly encourage parental involvement in their student's learning for all students who are either approaching elementary school age or are in the elementary school.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide equipment to students, as I expect those who are learning guitar or piano to have their own materials. I will provide the first few books for my students, but they are expected to procure their own music once they reach an intermediate level of musicianship.

*** Specialties ***
In the classical arena, my specialties are the fin de siecle art music of Central and Eastern European Composers (Dvorak, Janacek, Martinu, Bartok). I am a classically trained musician from a conservatory-style program at CSU San Bernardino which included quarterly juries and performances at recitals, and I am geared towards performance.

I also read music from charts, playing in a church band twice a month and can teach any form of music from charts.
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Rock J.

Rock J.

Rialto, CA 92376
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA

About mara

SAG-Aftra and Actor's Equity Union Member
B.A. Linguistics, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA
M.A. English Literature, Cal Poly Pomona
Family: Mother, film actress Father, New York Drama Coach
Trained in the Original Stanislavsky Method
Trained in Acting for Films
Professional Working Actress and Teacher
Trained in TV Commercials
Graduate LA Civic Light Opera Workshop
Graduate Barbizon School of Modeling
Trained Musical Comedy Singer
Published Author
Private lessons given at my company in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

*** Lesson Details ***
TV Commercial Lessons
Motion Picture Film Acting

Acting for Stage and Musicals
Method Acting
Integrated exercises, monologues, improvisations,
method techniques, commercial training, advice on
your personal persona as an artist.
Coach for auditions and roles
Input on singing voice, exercises, how to put over
a song.
Modeling techniques
Film Acting technique exercises and lexicon
Can Skype

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel to be arranged on a case by case basis.

*** Specialties ***
Film Acting
Commercial Acting
Comedy/Drama Monologues
Character Study and Technique
Improvisation and Sketch Comedy
Modeling
Singing - putting it over!
Acting Coach
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Joe C. May 5, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Mara shares a wealth of knowledge and experience in acting and uses practical exercises to help achieve your goals. A great listener with constructive criticism helps fine tune your weaknesses.
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Mitch W. March 3, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
I was very fortunate to be able to take my first acting lessons with Mara Madison. Her and her husband provided a very supportive and encouraging environment to someone with no acting experience or background. Mara is very knowledgeable and well prepared for each class. She gave me helpful advice and encouragement, as well as material to take home and study for future classes.
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Mara M.

Mara M.

Loma Linda, CA 92354
(4)
starting at
$50 / 60-min

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