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Milton J.

Corona, CA

About Milton

Music is the means to create a portal into our souls, so that we may see each other for who and what we are, not merely as what we do. I want to help foster those young, middle-aged, and not-as-young how to tap into their own soul portals through music so that they may find others' as well. I believe that in order to entertain others with your voice or your instrument playing, one must first be able to entertain oneself - all the while having fun doing it! As a recent graduate of the University of California, Davis with a double major in Music History & Ethnomusicology and African-American &
African Studies; a former co-host of the popular hip-hop radio show ATF Radio: All Things Fresh on KDVS 90.3 FM; a former Music Director of The Afterglow of UC Davis; and a current Vocal Music Performance graduate student at the University of Redlands, I have come in contact and learned from a vast amount of different musicians and professionals. A classically-trained bass-baritone with roots in R&B, Soul, Rock, Pop, and Jazz, I have aspirations to help each and every student realize their full musical potential.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is very friendly, inviting, and audience-driven. In the beginning, I strive to refer to my presence in the lessons as a fly-on-the-wall, so to speak, in order for my students to get out of their own way and sing as if no one's watching. From there, I apply the audience aspect - singing not only for enjoyment, but for entertainment for yourself and for others as well. If one is able to build that frame of mind in their lessons, their actual performances will not be too far from what they've already dealt with before.

I provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect my students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar), and, of course, themselves!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Multimedia Home Studio; Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar with Amp

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide teaching and repertoire books, as well as instrumentation for myself (i.e. guitar, misc. tools for specific lessons). I expect students to provide a piano (or keyboard equivalent), pitch pipe, and instrument if applicable (i.e. guitar).
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Yasmeen K. August 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson went a lot better than I anticipated all with the help of Milton. He taught me the basics & simple exercises I could do at home to continue practicing.
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Carrie S. August 2, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor! Milton has a great attitude and is a joy to be around. My son loves learning from him and we are very thankful for finding such a patient, creative and skilled instructor. Student's Review - Milton is an exciting and fun guitar teacher. He has exceeded expectations and made otherwise bland lessons interesting and fun. He is always quippy and easy to be around. Having him as an instructor has made me grow to love the guitar even more.
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Brittany P. February 25, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Voice lesson

Milton is a great teacher! He explains everything, teaches you theory and proper techniques. He is down to earth and makes you feel comfortable. He pushes you out of your comfort zone, but in a good way so that you can grow as a singer. I am very glad I chose to take lessons with him!
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Milton J.

Milton J.

Corona, CA 92879
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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.

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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
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 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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Ellen Schippert July 3, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Alex is an excellent teacher. While he is a very accomplished musician he communicates in ways I can understand as a beginner. He quickly identifies areas I need to work on and both shows and tells me how to do that. He encourages questions as well as creativity that builds on the basics. He makes good use of the lesson time and is very encouraging. I can easily take what I learn in the lesson and practice it on my own. I look forward to my next lesson!
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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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Alex L.

Alex L.

Fontana, CA 92337
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$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.

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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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Kevin H. August 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
William is a wonderful guitar teacher. He is very patient and knowledgeable. He works well with our 14 year old. We would highly recommend him!
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Trisha B. August 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We absolutely love William. He is so good with our granddaughter. She looks forward to each lesson.
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julie S. August 1, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
William is amazing !
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William B.

William B.

Riverside, CA 92501
(24)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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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 lo
oking 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" when they totally grasp the concept and smile.. great stuff!

I am available from 1pm-6pm Monday-Friday in the Eastvale/Corona/Riverside area. I look forward to helping you master your guitar skills and have a great time doing it!

Current background check on file.

Member of the Grammys- Los Angeles Chapter

Published Songwriter-Released on Atlantic Records

Member of ASCAP (society of Composers&Publishers)

Owner of Martjess Music Publishing

Played on many records, films and commercials

Toured extensively all over the country
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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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Marty D.

Marty D.

Corona, CA 92880
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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