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Pierre L.

Mission Viejo, CA

About Pierre

Lessons are taught at your Home or in my Studio.

Hi, my name is Pierre. I have enjoyed the music business for more than 30 years. My music education includes studies at the Swiss Jazz School in Switzerland and the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

I have been a music coach in Switzerland, in Los Angeles, in Long Beach, and since 2009 in the Mission Viejo area. During the 2009 / 2010 school year I was a music coach for the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) in South Orange County. I have also been a member of numerous groups, including Original bands, Top40, Tribute, Re
cording and Performing bands. Please do not hesitate to ask for references!

I teach students age 9 and up.

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is some information on what you can expect if you decide to take lessons with me:

You will start learning songs and play along with them within 3-5 lessons. After 3 months you will have knowledge of the basics. At the 6 month mark you will start to get comfortable with your instrument and after a year you will have built a solid foundation on which you can expand into any musical direction of your choice.

I teach beginner to advanced depending on the instrument, and ages 9 and up are welcome! My customized lessons are based on the student's abilities. Lessons can be held at your home in the vicinity of Mission Viejo. Learn songs and music theory, melodies, harmonizing, rhythm, syncopation, solfege, songwriting, arrangement, reading and writing music notation. I can also help you with singing and recording your songs. If you wish, I can also teach your lessons in German or French.

Music styles: Rock, Pop, Folk, Latin, Jazz, Swing, Reggae, Funk, and much more.

Teaching style: I like to use humor to make the learning experience enjoyable. I adjust to the student's learning speed. My philosophy when it comes to teaching and music: Everyone can learn an instrument and enjoy that knowledge for the rest of their life!

Guitar (for example): Always work with books. Teach simple chords, rhythms and songs at first. Then move to more difficult chords and songs, and TAB reading. Then I keep increasing the level of difficulty as the student progresses. Then start teaching sight reading with standard music notation. When practicing songs, we play along to music. Similar teaching style for other instruments.


Elizabeth L. October 19, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
He is so easy to work with and always comes on time. My son enjoys his calm nature and every week I hear my son improving ! We highly recommend Pierre.
Masheed S. July 28, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
I really like Pierre. He is a very patient teacher. Recommend!
Paul C. February 12, 2014
I'm a new student.

I recently started taking piano lessons for the first time at the age of 65. Pierre has been very encouraging and patient. He has also been very professional, and has even been flexible when my schedule has conflicted with our lessons, allowing me to reschedule when necessary. I am enjoying this very much, and that has much to do with Pierre.
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Pierre L.

Pierre L.

Mission Viejo, CA 92692
starting at
$39 / 40-min

Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA

About Mary

My name is Mary and I have been teaching voice, piano, and violin for more than 20 years. I have an undergraduate degree in music, a masters degree in special education, and a doctoral degree in education. I teach lessons at my private studio in Dove Canyon. I offer lessons in piano, voice and violin. I am a professional musical director and have directed over 50 shows.  I am also a music therapist and I have special skills in teaching instruments to children with special needs. I love working with kids!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach "Music for Little Mozarts" for preschoolers, and A
lfred's and other methods as well as classical repertoire for more advanced students. I teach Suzuki violin classes to children ages 5 and up. I teach musical theater and jazz voice.   Every 3 months I host a student recital. Students may choose to play a solo, duet, or be in a small group number with other students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Grand piano, studio piano, 1/4 violin for young children

*** Specialties ***
Music, Piano, Voice, Violin
I specialize in musical theater, pop and classical voice lessons.

For piano I specialize in working with young children- Music for Little Mozarts (ages 4-6), Prep Course (ages 5-7) and Older beginners (ages 8 and up). I also teach intermediate to early advanced level classical piano.

Violin- I teach Suzuki Method (beginners through Book 7) to students age 5 and up. I also teach intermediate and early advanced classical styles.


Briseyda July 17, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She's so sweet and what a professional!! My daughter is very excited to keep her as her instructor.
Amanda D. March 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is a wonderful teacher! She is always so patient with my son and respectful!
Jessica G. February 1, 2013
Verified Student
Mary is awesome!

Mary is so patient and understanding and a great teacher for all ages. My son is beginning violin with her and she gives just the right amount of new information to keep him interested and challenged without getting frustrated. She is awesome!
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Mary D.

Mary D.

Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Judi B.

Oceanside, CA

About Judi

Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.

Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.

Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals fr
om the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on childhood development. While at U.S.C. Judi accompanied other piano and violin students for master classes and juries. In the summers Judi attended master classes at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In addition to teaching and accompanying Judi has performed for many community events.

Judi enjoys teaching piano and music appreciation because she sees that there is a potential to have fun, enjoy and learn music in everyone. She is very patient, fun and well trained and enjoys teaching students how to use and develop their talents to increase their self-esteem, confidence and self-discipline.

*** Lesson Details ***
Judi is an experienced, patient and enthusiastic teacher. Students will learn to develop proper technique as a foundation to build their individual strengths, talents, abilities and skills. Your individual learning style, interests and needs are my first concern in tailoring your lessons to suit your personality and learning style to help you reach your musical goals.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory, classics and popular music.


Eddie B. January 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've been taking my son to Judi now for almost a year. He has grown by leaps and bounds since learning under Judi! His lessons in reading, playing, and understanding music under Judi has increased his passion and confidence in playing the piano which he loves so much.

Judi is professional, courteous, and accommodating to us and she is one of the most patient people I've ever met, I love working with her and I highly recommend her as a teacher. She does exceptionally well handling children. I trust her and I appreciate her style of teaching for my son.
Carol W. January 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
As a beginning "youthfully mature" piano student, I was very concerned about finding an instructor who was both adept and well experienced with teaching adults. Whether it was 'beginners luck" or plain good fortune, I found just that person in Judy. Her approach to teaching is multi-faceted with focus on the essentials of theory, technique and playing to enjoy many types of music. She has high expectations of her students and recognizes good effort always.
I highly recommend Judy as a very capable instructor.
Angie D. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult student who returned to piano after 25 years. I had only taken lessons for 5 years originally, so after all the years in between, I was essentially starting over. Judi has been great, she tailors my lessons to my pace and keeps me moving for continual learning. After a few months of lessons I feel very comfortable and I'm surprised at my progress, Judi is very musically talented and shares her talent and knowledge in a professional and friendly manner. I really enjoy my lesson time, my favorite moments are when Judi sits on the bench with me for duets, so fun!
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Judi B.

Judi B.

Oceanside, CA 92058
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA

About Sarah

I currently have 12 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano and basic vocal fundamentals for a few awe-inspiring years. Below, please take special note that whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.

I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taugh
t in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to practice.

2007-2009 MY great-aunt taught me the beginner piano basics.
2009-Present Self-taught.

Vocal Instruction
1995-2009 Self-taught.
2009 Melody Moor gave private instruction.
2009-2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music.
2013-Present Self-taught.

MUSIC Experience
(Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)

Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week
As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines.
Canyon Crest Academy Choir
I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.

Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010.
Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010.
A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010.
5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010.
Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011.
Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013

Operas/ Operettas
Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012.
A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.

Envision Collaborations
Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010
PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011
Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011
The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013
The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013

Solo Performances
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011
Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012
Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013
I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.

Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca
French/ Catalan:
Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet
Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure
Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert
O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera
Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot
Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music
It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon
Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams
When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne
Music for a While, Henry Purcell
Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim
My Johann, Edvard Grieg

I am the singer and pianist in a band where I write half of the music and lyrics to. We perform at various locations between Oceanside and San Diego. We have recordings and new material almost everyday.

RECORDING Experience:
I have experience with ProTools, Avid, and Abelton, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.

*** Lesson Details ***

Beginner Piano

Intermediate Piano

Basic Music Theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Cheap Ukulele
YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals)
Condenser Mic

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Abelton on my laptop
Condenser Mic

I speak, read, and write English.
I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling.
I speak, and read *basic* Spanish.
- English
- Spanish

- Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.)
- Singing
- Reading
- Writing
- Piano
- Hot Tea
- Movies
- Smiling/Laughing
- Horseback Riding
- Camping
- Climbing Trees
- Interacting with people, especially children.
- Animals of all sorts.
- Dancing
- Family
- Friends
- Music
- Learning

2013 to Present
Private Music Teacher
-Beginner Piano-Intermediate Piano
-Both piano and vocals at the same time

December 2013 to February 2014
Kidville Carlsbad

July 2013 to January 2014
Starbucks at the Carlsbad Outlet Mall

VOLUNTEER Experience
Jun 2011 to Nov 2011
Spiritual Counseling and Astrology

Jun 2010 to Aug 2010
Live Scan Solutions

2009 to Present
Occasional Babysitting
-3 month-years-old
-Ages 1-14


**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**


Micah K. August 31, 2015
Within minutes of working with Sarah, she will help you find your vocal range, pinpoint the exact area you need to improve in, and walk you through the exercises necessary to improve. This method is highly cost effective in comparison to some instructors who don't get straight to the heart of the matter and simply stick to their standard curriculum.
Sarah W. January 2, 2014

Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA 92056
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA

About Patricia

Patricia S. is an Emmy® Award-winning writer, working voice actor, professional musician, and current beauty pageant title holder, as well as a former television news host, radio show host and Daily News columnist. Patricia has acted onstage in drama, musical theatre and opera, and on-camera in numerous formats. She is a music and vocal director for musical performances, and a voice teacher and vocal coach with decades of experience teaching in public and private institutions.

At one point in her career, Patricia developed an arts outreach program in the Los Angeles area that was heralded b
y the California Arts Council as the most comprehensive arts outreach in California. Patricia has expanded on her ability to develop programs and find opportunities for artists and others, by including in her range of teaching Creativity Coaching – helping artists of all types and creative individuals to realize their goals.

Patricia trained as an actor for more than 15 years with Steve Eastin at the Steve Eastin Studio in Toluca Lake, and at the Charles Conrad Studio in Burbank. Steve Eastin was the principal teacher at the Charles Conrad Studio. Charles E. Conrad was the teacher designated by the renowned New York acting teacher Sanford Meisner to bring the Meisner methodology to the West Coast in the early decades of Hollywood’s heyday. Students of acting are encouraged to look up Sanford Meisner, Charles E. Conrad and Steve Eastin to learn more about their teaching style. Patricia continues the tradition of teaching that she honed at the Steve Eastin Studio, and she also incorporates some of the Meisner methodology in her training.

Patricia has extensive live singing and studio recording experience. She has performed with Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Music Center Opera Association, Opera Pacific and as staff soloist with the Hour of Power Choir at the famed Crystal Cathedral. She has performed classical music in concert along with actor, Eric Braeden, recorded background vocals for Roger Williams and other artists, and performed contemporary music as a background singer in Las Vegas.

Voice acting experience includes commercials, audiobooks, corporate narrations and more. Clients include Acura, Honda, FedEx, Ramada, Toyota, Yamaha Music, United Airlines, Sonic, Mitsubishi, PacifiCare and others. Patricia is the primary voice talent for a weekly TV real estate program currently airing.

Patricia has taught voice, voice-over, acting and other related subjects in a number of private and public schools and conservatories, including Orange County School of the Arts (OCSA) and the Los Angeles SAG Conservatory. She offers workshops and is a regular speaker for groups such as Women in Film, Women in Animation, International Coach Federation, Media Alliance of Orange County, Media Communications Association International and other regional and national organizations. Patricia is a member of SAG-AFTRA and AGMA (American Guild of Musical Artist).

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Nathan Urone November 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Patricia has not only trained my daughter to sing correctly and read music wnderfully, she has also developed a strong relationship with her and given her self confidence and a love of music in general.
Roland Henderson November 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
A little over a year ago I decided to take singing lessons. I scoured the internet and Yelp. It became apparent that I should try with Patricia Shanks. From my initial evaluation to the present day I am happy to say I made the right choice. On two counts. One, Patricia is long on substance and understands her craft at the highest possible level. She knows what she's doing. Count two, she blends into her approach a high level of compassion and just plain old down-to-earth care & concern for your best result and happiness and success. She immediately made feel comfortable and "accepted". And genuinely so. I have grown in the abundance of her able guidance. In this day and age of quick fixes and minimal effort it is refreshing to have someone performing her tasks as she does. You will NOT be disappointed. She is, in every sense of the word "Perfect".
Michael November 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Patricia has taught my boys piano for over 3 years and their progression over the years has been phenomenal! She communicates well with me and boys, she is an outside-the-box type teacher who uses technology as a tool to teach, and she pushes the boys to perform to the best of their abilities. If you are truly interested in having a music teacher that can really teach your child music, it is a no-brainer.
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Patricia S.

Patricia S.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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