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Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA

About Carol

I have taught voice for over twenty years. I studied music at University of California, Santa Barbara, where I received my B.A. I currently work as a professional singer for various local opera companies, music theater groups, churches and temples. I am principal soprano for Opera A La Carte and have also soloed with Repertory Opera Company, Redlands Bowl Festival, Laguna Beach Chorale and Celestial Opera Company. I have worked extensively in Los Angeles schools performing musical assemblies for students in elementary and middle grades through Southland Opera, LA Opera and Guild Opera of South
ern California. My teaching experience includes private voice lessons and master classes at Idyllwild School for the Arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I emphasize breathing techniques to free up the voice to expand your range and ease of singing. In the lesson, we start with simple warm ups and vocalizes and then apply techniques to the songs you want to sing. I realize each student is different and I customize the lesson to the student's particular needs. I specialize in classical and music theater, however the basics of singing apply to all styles of music. In addition to working on breathing and technique for singing, we'll also focus on interpretation of the songs you are working on as well as how to overcome performance nervousness. Most students find that they are able to sing with more freedom, less tension and will have more confidence as they progress.

I also teach beginning piano, using the John W. Schaum series.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the main room, upright piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
They need to provide a piano or keyboard if I am going to their home.
I have a piano in my home.

*** Specialties ***
I work on using the breath as a fundamental technique for singing. Singing should never hurt. I use a lot of imagery to achieve freedom in singing.
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Tracy S. April 11, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
My high notes are so much better now!
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Ann N. August 16, 2013
Singing
Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.
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Carol W.

Carol W.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA

About Joan

Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She also performed with Gwen Stefani on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Some of the teachers she studied with are Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, auxiliary percussion.


Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.

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Kelly B. February 12, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My 15 year old daughter is a beginning drummer. She is really enjoying her lessons with Joan and feels like she is really learning how to be a drummer.
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Brooke J. January 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan has been teaching our 5 year old daughter in our home and has incredible patience and finds ways to make it fun for her as well as educational. She also was flexible when we needed to change our lesson times from a weekday to a weekend morning time slot and was always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend her as a teacher for a young beginner!
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Azine N. July 26, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan is very patient as an instructor. I appreciate the feedback she has given me on nuances in my body posture, my grip on the sticks, and seating position to help me be comfortable during the lessons. I began drum lessons with her early in my pregnancy and she has been very accommodating to my busy and hectic schedule.
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Joan Q.

Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
(11)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA

About Travis

I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Iri
sh folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
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lida B. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
violin instructor

Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him.
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Ceagal S. April 6, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
The best music teacher!!

My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Carmen S.

Malibu, CA

About Carmen

Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

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armen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich children's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Sarah K. May 12, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
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RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
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ChristineA November 2, 2010
Our daughter is loving every minute of her lessons! She cannot wait for the next meeting!
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Carmen S.

Carmen S.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(5)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA

About Jonathan

Are you or your child interested in playing music? Are you looking for a great, personable teacher for your son or daughter? I can help!

I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer with over 25 years of professional experience as a performer and educator in New York City and Los Angeles. I have a real passion for teaching and believe that everyone CAN play!

All experience levels and musical styles are welcome. Some of the subject I teach:
Saxophone, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Music Sequencing (Cubase, Digital Performer), Music Theory & Ear Training

It has to be FUN!
I tailor my lessons for each individual. The goal is to get you playing GREAT. If you can HEAR it you can PLAY it!

For experienced students, we can cover advanced topics, like learning jazz & pop songs. Learning how to improvise, basic music theory and harmony, all the way to modern playing techniques, if the student wishes.

RATES:
I offer discounted rates for monthly packages.

For in-home lessons, I teach anywhere on the WESTSIDE of Los Angeles. (Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, West LA, Culver, Westwood, Palisades, etc)

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
MA Music Composition, New York University
BM Music Performance, Saxophone

I've studied privately with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Gary Smuylan, Harold Mabern, Steve Wilson, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, and more.
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Allison B. March 24, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Jon has been an excellent instructor to my 11-year-old boy. Aside from his personal passion in Saxophone, he is also an distinguished performer. As a parent, and especially for a beginner student, Jon's passion and patience will only foster if not inspire a young and curious saxophone learner.
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Pat C. March 20, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Super knowledgeable and easy going.
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W H. March 15, 2015
Jazz Improvisation · In home
Jonathan is a great and fun teacher to work with. He is patient, kind, hardworking, and knowledgeable. He is skilled in many genres of music and is able to help you
in any direction that you might be interested in from Jazz Improvisation, Composition, and Recording. I would work with him without reservation.
He has both the knowledge, experience, and methodology to get you where ever you want to go in music.
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Jonathan H.

Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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