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On a day to day basis, piano is the instrument Francesca finds herself playing piano the most often. With an original approach to learning to play piano, she will have you playing your favorite songs day one.

About Francesca
Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire and performing in commercial rock bands, having sung for president
s and princes, Francesca has high expectations and is skilled in helping her students reach their goals.

Now performing in the Donald Brinager Singers, a studio choir for-hire, Francesca can often be seen performing with orchestras throughout Southern California. While mentoring through her award-winning teaching studio, Francesca also manages to perform several showcases featuring her original music with her amazing back-up ensemble.

With a constant effort to maintain a professional studio learning environment and with a focus on reading skills and solid technique, Francesca's students enjoy lessons packed with information and light-heartedness. The one on one experience you will have the moment you walk thru the door promises to be unmatched. Francesca's students can be seen on major television networks, radio stations and performing around town in various projects. With a passion to give back, Francesca reserves a small number of spots in her schedule for the youngsters and seniors of her community. She teaches beginning through advanced guitar, piano, and voice.

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Voice and Instrument Coaching

~Develop skills and techniques for top notch practice and performance
~Study theory, composition, ear training, arranging, improvisation
~Discover music technology and performance techniques
~Study melody, harmony, song form and lyric writing

Artist Development

~Voice and Instrument Coaching
~Song Writing and Selection
~Demo Recording
~Image / Art / Photography Consulting
~Finding your signature sound and style
~Live Performance 101
~Branding / Career Planning and Strategy
~Song Analysis and Consulting
~Booking gigs

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My official bio is listed below, but perhaps more important than the things I have done are the things that I am doing. I am now approaching my 15th year of teaching. I love to teach! I carry a minimum of 30 students, but have carried more then 80 at one time, and have never once complained. My waiting list cycles based on my performance schedule and recording schedule. If you don't see a time that works for you, feel free to reach out and see if we can find something that works, as an artist, my schedule can be quite full but also quite flexible. I love my students, I get to do what I love all day and I am sure it shows. I have a blast discovering new ways to experience music with "my kids." I call all of my students kids even though most of my studio consists of young adults. I try to have a young air in my classes at all times as it just makes the process so much more fun for everyone.

I've seen it all in through years: kids, adults, beginners and advanced students. I am personally very interested in being the most versatile musician possible and I love being able to share my knowledge with my students. We can study anything and everything from Classical Guitar to Electric Guitar Shredding; from Opera to Kelly Clarkson; from Tchaikovsky to Little Richard! I love getting students to dabble in little bits of all genres, often getting even the most skeptical student singing and playing comfortably in a matter of just a few weeks. My students will be able to read music for their favorite tunes and understand how to improvise from the start. Once you come in, you'll be hooked. You will have fun because I am having fun!

I encourage all of my students to share their favorite music with me. It affords me the opportunity to learn more about what they desire to learn and what types of music they enjoy. We will learn with your music often. After all, isn't that why you are coming to see me? I will introduce you to new sounds and styles, but will foster your love for music, and do my best to never force my music on students. I feel I learn as much from my students when I truly listen to them and their music as they do from me.

On site lessons are available for artists recording demos, rehearsing bands and setting up their own studios.

On a side note, I love seeing students at my shows! I am a full time musician and can be seen playing with my band, in my own solo project and in various choral settings. Check out my website and see what I do outside of the classroom. My students get a kick out of the idea that they can buy a CD with their teachers face on it, and to be honest, so do I. Many of my students have their own music out on iTunes and YouTube. Many more can be seen performing around town in solo projects and professional ensembles.

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Pianos, Guitars, Basses, Amps, Computer, Monitors, Music, Recording Software, Drum Kit, Studio and Performance Mics, everything we need! Its like Disneyland for musicians!

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Francesca on Artist Development:

I feel obligated to share my joys and experiences-

Not many people have been blessed to sing alongside as many renowned musicians as I have - I've been lucky to be welcomed in both the commercial and classical worlds and they have both afforded me venues to use my voice and express the most vital corners of my soul. To find your purpose through art is one of the greatest gifts you can receive. And to be able to do that in front of thousands of music lovers live or over the airwaves is a surreal experience.

It'€™s funny, my classical cronies are impressed to hear my stories of packed rock gigs at the House Blues and national touring festivals like Warped Tour and my rock buddies ask to hear my stories of Disney Hall performances with the LA Phil. To be honest, Iâ'm impressed to be there too. Sometimes, I look around and think, how did I get here? How did I get lucky enough to live the dream, to find a home in music?

I've been luckier than most. I've had GREAT mentors who have always pushed me forward and shared their wisdom freely with me. Part of the classical musician's central goal is to educate. That'€™s a value I carry into my rock projects and production studio. Work smarter, not harder. Take the needed skills, create art, teach others how to do the same thing, move forward together to live happier, more productive lives filled with purpose.

I have come to be known as one of the top Musical Mentors & Artist Development Experts on the west coast. A behind the scenes- diva of dream building with the skills to push artists to the next level- the ace up the sleeve of many of today working talents. In my award winning studio, I spend time coaching the young voices and faces of today hottest TV shows seen on ABC, Nickelodeon, and the Disney Channel, but I still have a soft spot for up and comers in the indie music world. Having written and performed my own music for decades, I not only lived the collegiate experience of the elite classical performer singing for presidents and world leaders, but also the dingy road of the rock musician who'€™s showed one night to a packed stadium full of fans and showed up another, thousands of miles from home to play to a coffee shop of 5 people. Music has brought me to nearly every continent and introduced me to some of the most talented and diverse people you can imagine. I feel compelled to share these experiences with those around me so that they my develop the vision, the salt and the skills to persevere.

I am, above all, an artist & creator- living the dream, helping people- like you find their voice and write their songs. Turning raw emotion into art.

Each one of us has a story, our truth. Being an artist is about finding ourselves, our song and expressing it publicly so that we may heal, so that we may grow.

It doesn't take a ton of experience to write a hit song. It doesn't take a fancy education or a family line of talent (though it can help). We can all find our voice, our place in the spotlight, what it takes is the courage to take the next step forward.

You've already had the genius to be in the right place at the right time. Here. If you've made it this far, chances are you are smart enough, hungry enough and ready to take the plunge.

Inside my studio you will find the help you seek. I can impart you with proven techniques to strengthen your sound, develop your tone through strong technique, develop strategies to share your art and develop a plan to turn pipe dreams into reality. Some desire to sing on the worlds brightest stages, others strive to lead others through teaching themselves, and some wish for nothing more than to experience music in a confident manner among friends. All can be lead on this personal journey of the artistic soul and all can make their offering to the musical gods. There is a place at the table for anyone seeking an answer.
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Debi September 26, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
She is amazing!! My kids love her! She teaches my son guitar & voice, my daughter piano & voice. They look forward to the lessons each week & feel so comfortable to express themselves in her studio. Such a great artistic environment, glad we found her!!!!
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Alexis September 11, 2017
· Singing · In studio
From the first time we talked on the phone, I knew I wanted Francesca to be my teacher. Just by a simple conversation and the way I spoke, she pointed out a few things that I definitely wanted to work on, and I was hooked! She is truly talented and passionate about what she does. I like when she gives me a focus or shows me the science so I can understand a technique better. I think the best thing about Francesca is that even when I am embarrassed by my voice and think I sound awful, she always has the most encouraging and uplifting thing to say!
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Val September 4, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I have learned so much in the first month of lessons. Francesca teaches more than basic guitar. You just have to try her out for yourself.
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About Melanie H.

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My lessons include proper posture, basic technique, theory, ear training exercises, a study of the classics along with hymns, if so desired. I typically use the Faber Piano Method books as a basis of each lesson at least for the beginning. I love teaching and helping students become accomplished musicians.

New Offering --- WunderKeys Preschool Piano -- specifically designed for the very young student (ages 4-6). There will be an additional $5/lesson charge for this lesson option. This is an excellent way to introduce the very young to the piano.

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About Melanie
I have a wonderful family (husband and 3 children) with whom I love spending time. I love to sing and play the piano, and I believe the ability to play and create music is a gift from God. No matter what we are doing in life (going to school, playing an instrument, working) we are to be doing it to His glory!

I love teaching piano and helping students grow musically. I am thankful for the opportunity that I have had to teach over the past 20 years. One of my favorite quotes is from Bach: "I play the notes as written, but it is God who makes the music."

New Offering --- WunderKeys Preschool Piano -- specifically designed for the very young student (ages 4-6). This is an excellent way to introduce the very young to the piano.
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Amarri R. July 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Melanie is an awesome musician. My grandson absolutely adores her....total awesomeness!
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Bridgett July 13, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I had a great lesson with Melanie. She made me feel comfortable and was very patient. I am looking foward to working with Melanie so that I can become a skilled piano player .
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Bridgett July 13, 2016
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I had a great with Melanie. She made me feel comfortable and was very patient. I am looking foward to working with Melanie so that I can become a skilled piano player .
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About Debra R.

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Clover, SC

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My goal is to inspire artistry, confidence, and great self esteem by sharing over 20 years worth of musical experiences and knowledge. All students will learn to play the piano in a fun and creative way that is beneficial and suitable for their particular learning style. I aim to make learning this beautiful instrument as easy as possible and the students love it!

About Debra
Debra has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in her home studio, and online. Debra has helped students learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and relaxed environment.
Debra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morgan State University with a concentration in Piano in 2004. As an expert in her field, Debra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Debra’s teaching style is creative, fun, and focuses on the musical development of the individual technically and artistically.
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Rion April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Inaya has gained an incredible interest in playing the piano since beginning her classes. She practices on her own now very consistently. Debra is patient with her and that goes such a long way! I am proud of Inaya and highly recommend Debra as a piano instructor.
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David April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Debra was patient, fun and very warm. We felt welcomed the moment we met at her studio. Debra creates an environment that truly fosters learning with several brain games and activities for the kids to help them on the instruments.
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Gabriel December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Debra is very talented as a musician and teacher. I am excited about what I have learned and about my next lesion.
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About Stephen M.

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If you want to learn the piano but don’t want to learn to hate music, I can help!
Most piano teachers work solely by the book, grilling you with rote memorization exercises and dry theory without application.
I like to have fun playing the piano and I think that’s how it should be. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take hard work and dedication to get good but nothing worth doing is ever easy.
We’ll get you sight reading, playing with both hands and all fingers together and independently, even composing and improvising in any and all genres, not just classical. Music needs to be understood intuitively and with the ears, not just with the eyes glued to a page!

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
Well, I started teaching myself piano at age 5. Started playing drums at 10. Went into school band at 11 and played tenor sax in concert and marching band. I picked up guitar at 12 and started my own gigging band and joined the school jazz band. That was the same year I got my first multi-track cassette recorder and have been producing demos and albums ever since. Over the years I've never stopped learning new instruments (just added banjo, flute, and ukulele), never stopped composing, and have gigged with 14+ bands across genres from alt/grunge, rock, to progressive metal, to funk/r&b, reggae, hip hop, industrial/electronic, etc...

Though I didn't attend an expensive university for music like many teachers, earning a BA in game Art/Design gives me a broader expertise from which to draw and a unique
perspective when it comes to music education. I've even been able to integrate my game design experience into my lesson plans with tailor-made Virtual Reality experiences! I think, "why shouldn't you take lessons from me?" would be a much more difficult question to answer.
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About Cierra F.

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Do you want to be able to play your favorite song from the radio? Or your favorite classical piece? Well, you have dropped by the right profile! I am an experienced studio and in-home teacher with a passion for piano. I will help you to build a solid foundation of understanding music theory and how it relates to YOUR music. Shall we begin?!

About Cierra
I am a pianist, guitarist, ukulelist, and vocalist with a BA in music composition from Clark Atlanta University. I have participated in several jazz bands, including The Raelettes. I have also had the time of my life touring the country with the Clark Atlanta Philharmonic Society. I have now had the pleasure of teaching fresh out of college and have been doing so for three years now! It has become one of my greatest passions!

My students will focus heavily on building a solid foundation, as that is the beginning to anything that is great and that will last, right?! My piano students are usually playing songs within the first 2-3 weeks of lessons! We focus on strengthening sight reading and technique, so we can bring it to EVERY piece of music!

As a guitar teacher, one of my main focuses with my students is muscle memory and SCALES! If
you want to be able to solo along with your favorite lead guitarist, it would help to know what key they are playing, right? I am here to help you identify different positions and scales along the fretboard to get you playing that a lot sooner!

My ukulele students are quite unique, as so the ukulele! If you have taken up guitar at anytime, ukulele will be such a breeze for you! But even if you have not, it is one of the 'easier' stringed instruments to learn. I focus heavily on practicing individual note reading, scales, and of course, different strumming techniques for this instrument. This instrument is all about the strum!

I was first a vocal major in college before switching to music composition. My vocal students will see improvement in their breathing within the first two weeks of lessons. Once we understand the breathe, we will delve deeper into strengthening that breath in the core so that we produce a clear, healthy and melodious tone!

Music is first about passion. Then, it is about the doing, but also keeping the passion. And I think you're ready! Send me a message, and let's get started!
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About Christina P.

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Piano can be so fun and students love it especially when they play fun popular songs that they like. I like to keep lessons interesting and students will never be bored!

In piano lessons we will go over music theory, sight reading, and take it step by step through the piano method books. I teach all styles including classical, jazz, and contemporary pop. I have experience teaching all ages and love working with kids. My teaching style is fun and flexible and I value my students and their goals.

About Christina
Christina is a multi-talented musician who has been involved with music all her life and experienced teaching students private piano and voice lessons for over 8 years. She is passionate and motivated to teach her students and let them reach their fullest musical potential that they've always wanted. Students can expect quality lessons and get the most progress out of their time. My teaching style is laid back and flexible. However, I do get straight to the point and direct my students in the right direction to improve in areas that they need. Each student will be given a personalized lesson plan depending on their skill level and after meeting with me and I will decide what will suit best for him/her. My goal is to keep students happy with learning what they love, engage in the lessons, have fun, and most importantly make the most progre
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Anthony C. August 6, 2017
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After just one lesson I feel like I have achieved soo much! Christina was very patient with me and helped me build my confidence the further we got into my lesson. Christina's teaching techniques are very helpful. I can't wait for my next lesson!
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About Nate S.

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With being a member of various performance ensembles throughout the southeast, my leadership roles have molded my mindset of advisement with instruction and performance. I have the competitive edge of diversity, eagerness, and determination to fulfill the needs of any company or artist seeking guidance in developing their creativity.

About Nate
I am an innovator of fine arts and education that is interested in experiencing unique opportunities throughout a progressive lifetime. I am determined to maintain a career that promotes creativity and academic advancement in the field of visual and performing arts. My experiences with education have gained me an interest of instructional design and organizational structure as a professional consultant that facilitates the sale of education as well.
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I have been teaching music for 30 years. I earned my B.A. in piano performance from Jacksonville State University and a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University. My experience has taught me that anyone can learn to play an instrument. Let me show you how!

About Karl
I have been teaching band and piano for 30 years. I am a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. I have been selected Teacher of the Year twice and District Teacher of the year. I have taught elementary thru high school and I am comfortable working with all ages and abilities.
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Stephanie August 27, 2017
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Mr. Lester is a wonderful instructor. He is extremely qualified, patient, and rigorous. I learned a great deal from him, both about music and about self-discipline. He remains truly inspirational to me, even years after he was my instructor. If you're looking for the best, he is right here.
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Brendon August 21, 2017
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This man, has taught me how to play the piano, and it was actually kind of fun. I recommend this teacher!
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Charles August 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Extremely qualified to teach piano and is a very good teacher. He not only taught me how to play the piano, but how to understand what I was playing and how to be passionate about it. Highly recommended!
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I am a fun, but demanding teacher. I will make sure that you enjoy lessons while you are also being challenged to be your best. I also work to accommodate student interests and individual learning styles.

About Johanna
I'm a Literacy Interventionist for HOPE Online Learning Academy and a contributor to arts education at the school. I have my M.Ed. In Education and B.A.s in Music Performance and English. I also hold certifications in TEFL and TESOL. I love working with students of all ages and finding the best fit for their learning abilities. I try to make every lesson fun and exciting, as well as challenging. My background also includes teaching and performing overseas, so I am comfortable working with many different cultural backgrounds.
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I understand how busy people's lives can be in this day in age and am very patient in my teaching. My focus in lessons is on both good, facile technical facility and how to express the emotions of the piece effectively and in your way.

About Andy
My name is Andy. I have won several piano awards in competitions recently. Additionally, I play in a regular piano trio. My teaching philosophy is one of patience and open mindedness.
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