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Ryan H. Moreno Valley, CA

About Ryan

I have been playing the piano for 7 years, but have been involved in the musical institution for much longer than that. I am currently pursuing my bachelors in classical piano performance from California State University of Dominguez Hills, with not much longer to go. I have also been shaping minds young and old in piano technique and music theory for the last three years. And, I believe I am an ideal teacher for anyone just starting out, to those who are trying to continue from where they left off. *** Lesson Details *** My first and foremost goal is to inspire a student to want to learn and thrive in their instrument. If I can do this, my job along with theirs, becomes that much easier. I try and do this by heavily incorporating the music that they identify the most with, while ...

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Madison S. February 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very professional, always on time. Really highly recommended !!!!!
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Madison S. January 16, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
fantastic teacher

He is very professional and really motivate my son who has in few lessons learn already one song.
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

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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.
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 tips 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 ...

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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!
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 mistakes 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

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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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Roxy May 14, 2014
William was fun to take ear training from he seem to really enjoy teaching which is awsome God Bless him
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, "Bronsen School of Acting" 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 ...

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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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Hito S. February 20, 2014
Acting
Verified Student
Excellent Acting Coach, Teacher, Trainer

I have had a great experience as a student of Mara Madison. She has a lot of industry knowledge and industry experience helping me cut through what's most important when it comes to acting for film, stage, and commercials. I feel really fortunate to be working with her and her husband Marvin.

Mara is a great teacher and coach, very encouraging, and professional. She's always prepared with lesson plans, acting activities, and handouts all customized to my level and progress in her course.

Mara is not teaching me theories, but real world experience honed from years of practicing her craft and through knowledge passed on from her parents who were entrenched in film and theater and tops in their respective industry.

Mara has helped me increase my confidence in front of audiences, become more entertaining, reduce my inhibition and shyness. You will be happy if get a chance to work with Mara. I am so glad to be learning from her.
Marty D. Corona, CA

About Marty

I am a professional Guitar Teacher with a life long musical experience (performing since 12 years old) . I have successfully taught hundreds of students and toured with numerous bands for many years. I have written and produced jingles for about 100 companies including America Express. I have spent my life in the music industry and having started myself at 11 years old and knowing how much enjoyment I got out of it, clearly this is the driving force for wanting to give back to kids like me when I started. Of course, students of all ages are welcome.. music is for everyone If you are looking for a professional instructor, I take your specifc needs, and customize every lesson to your skill level. I love teaching young people and I love to see them have those "light bulb moments" ...

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Roy M. January 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Marty is patient with my 9 year old son is a first-time guitar player. All his background reflects his knowledge and ability to teach music. He is also easy to approach and accommodating in person.
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Denise R. October 13, 2014
Guitar · In home
Oh Man! Marty is THE BEST GUITAR TEACHER you can hope for! Music is his brain and he was easily able to break concepts and techniques down to make learning feel easy, productive and fun. I got to know Marty while taking lessons and his whole life has been music. He is highly respected in the music industry for his skills and knowledge, he's not just some guitar enthusiast, he is THE GUITAR MAN, he knows the people who make the guitars. He can play any instrument you put in his hands and playback any song by ear. He is super impressive and loves teaching, so he makes it very fun!

He will start by teaching you the chords of your favorite songs (mine were some simple Tracy Chapman songs) so it's motivating to go home and practice knowing you're soon to jam out and play music that you love. I can't say enough awesome things about this teacher. Seriously, if you want to learn in a mind opening and fun way, there's no other teacher I would recommend.

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