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Christopher L W. Los Angeles, CA

About Christopher L

Hello TakeLessons! I feel truly honored to have you reading about me and my passion for music. I hope I can instill the knowledge, ability, and drive so you may play the music that you want. Music is truly the universal language and I invite you to speak it! I have experience teaching music at high school and in various studios so you will be in good hands! Ademas, domino español y ingles entonces enseñare en el idomia que prefieren! :) *** Lesson Details *** I love forming trusting and genuine relationships and the teacher-student relationship is one of the most important out there. This is why I promise to create a friendly environment where students will never feel ashamed to ask questions or admit they haven't had the chance to practice something. I do however also promise a ...

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Molly T. September 11, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chris is amazing! I wanted to brush up on reading sheet music and learn a few songs. Chris was great at jump starting me back into piano. He has such a great demeanor, while still pushing you to push yourself. He gives great notes post lesson. Can't say enough good things about him!
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ClaudiaO May 20, 2012
An amazing learning experience

Chris is an amazingly awesome teacher. He is a great listener and from the first class listen to my learning style and preferences. He has tailored each class to accomodate my learning style and strengths while supporting me to improve in my weak areas. He is also fun, easy going and patient. His extensive notes support me to practice and improve. He encourages and motives me to do better each time.Thank you Chris for sharing your passion for music with me.
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 Southern 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 ...

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Ann N. August 16, 2013
Singing
Excellent teacher

Carol is an excellent voice teacher- I recommend her to any student.
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. *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.

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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.
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 Irish 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 ...

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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!
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. Carmen 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 ...

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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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DarrilynnL October 5, 2010
Piano Lessons with Carmen

Carmen was a fantastic instructor! When I need more lessons I will definitely return to her! She knows music and she caters to your needs and abilities. Thanks again Carmen :-)
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

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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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