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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 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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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.
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
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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.
Keith K. Los Angeles, CA

About Keith

I have been professional performance coach and actor here in Hollywood for the past 11 years. As co owner of K&A Theatricals, I coach and inspire the next generation of performers on stage and screen here in Hollywood, CA. K&A Theatricals is a Los Angeles based performance arts company dedicated to educating and inspiring the next generation of performers. Our lessons are offered both in person and on Skype. We provide instruction in all areas from comedy to drama, musical theater and straight stage. We are committed to producing our own cabarets, musicals, and cutting edge dramas. In addition to expert coaching, we share the stage with our students and give them the chance to shine with us in Broadway Cabarets and Musicals. I am the lead instructor of the Hollywood Acting Classes and ...

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Gail T. April 6, 2015
Musical Theater · In studio
When you meet Keith it becomes immediately apparent that he loves musical theatre with every bone in his body. His enthusiasm and love for the stage is contagious. Kids just love working with him. I have seen him inspire a group of non-professional actors under the age of 12 to give a top class performance that had the audience on their feet. He is kind, sweet natured and patient with an incredible ability to gently draw out each of his students natural talents. I highly recommend Keith.
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Amanda K. April 4, 2015
Child Acting · Online
Keith takes each of his students to the next level, whether through dramatic or comedic material. His expertise and energy are boundless, and he inspires his students to be the best they can be. He has a degree in theater from American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles, and is excited to pass on his wealth of knowledge to his students. He specializes in audition preparation, whether for the stage or the big screen, and has invaluable information about acting as a business. Every student will leave their lessons with Keith invigorated and excited about acting as an art form and a business.

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