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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 ...

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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
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 ...

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.
Bradley F. Moreno Valley, CA

About Bradley

I teach classical vocal technique with the goal of creating independent vocalists with the skills to succeed in any genre.

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jakub K. September 6, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Over the course of my vocal studies at the University of Redlands I had the privilege of working with two wonderful instructors: Professor Marco Schindelmann and Dr. Tosh. My junior year, however, I had a unique opportunity to take lessons with Brad, a grad student whom I sang next to in Chapel Singers. When my choral instructor Dr. Andrews first told me about the opportunity to study with Brad I was elated!

Working with Brad that year was the best decision I made. Not only did he take a particular interest in helping me grow, I really felt Brad took time to understand my voice and he really made sure to challenge in ways that I would be receptive to. Also, he is just a phenomenal singer himself with a beautiful voice, and I believe this is vital to picking a teacher.

At the time I was studying with Brad I was also reading The Free Voice: A Guide to Natural Singing by Cornelius L. Reid. If you are a vocal student and you have not read this, you are making a big mistake. But the reason I bring it up is because Brad's teaching really alined with what I was reading. Brad is living proof of the techniques I was reading about, and this was extremely beneficial to my personal growth.This book helped me understand not only my own voice, but the reasons Brad is such an amazing, intuitive teacher.

If you have an opportunity to work with Brad, take it!
I know you will not be disappointed!
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John R. September 1, 2014
Classical Voice · In studio
I have taken classical voice lessons with Bradley for the past year. Bradley is an incredibly talented vocalist, performer, and teacher. I have seen major improvements in my technique, breathing, and range. He has challenged me and made me work diligently to become a better vocalist. He is supportive and engaged and he has helped me set realistic and achievable goals. I always feel positive and encouraged after leaving a session. I highly recommend working with Brad!
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Sara J. August 22, 2014
I attended the University of Redlands with Bradley and was fortunate to work alongside him in Lehar's The Merry Widow. Bradley is one of the most professional and polished musicians that I worked with, and he has a great personality and sense of humor! I would highly recommend him as a voice teacher. He is very knowledgeable about singing and has a great deal of experience.
Timothy F. Riverside, CA

About Timothy

Music & Meditation - My two favorite things ;-) Music is not complicated...it's fun. Take lessons with me and i'll have you playing chords to your favorite songs within a few sessions, even if u are shy or have no prior experience. My home has a calm relaxing environment free of pressure. I bring this energy with me when i teach at your home. Meditation is most likely not what you think it is. Many individuals naturally slip into meditation without even know what it is. Many individuals suffer from tremendous amounts of stress and need a healthy way to deal with it. I can help you. I can guide you. I will help you deal with stress. I will help you remain calm and blissful in times of chaos and confusion.

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