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Christopher T.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Christopher

While most 5 year olds were singing along to silly songs, I was entranced by the tribal drumming in the Michael Jackson's "Will you be there". When most Junior High student were listening to, well, whatever made them "cool", I was thinking of what John Lennon meant in his lyrics for "Strawberry Fields Forever." I have always had a deep passion for music that goes beyond the surface. I connect with the very soul of music.

Writing my first song at the age of 7, the creative fire began to use music to express what no other form of communication could. Struggling with the limitations of my voca
l abilities at the age of 16, I decided to intensify my study of the voice, taking hundreds of private lessons in such techniques as Bel Canto Vocal Technique, Speech Level Singing(TM), Progressive Vocal Techniques(TM), and others, as well as reading dozens of books and hundreds of research articles on the mechanisms of the voice. While attending (and eventually graduating from) San Diego State University with a B.A in Music, I played hundreds of live shows, most of them coming from a residency in the heart of the historic Gaslamp District of San Diego, honing my skills as a vocalist, pianist, and guitarist. On the other side of the sound board, as an engineer, I have had the opportunity to work with such greats as Jefferson Starship, Hiromi Uehara, Dave Mason among others at one of San Diego's premier live venue "Anthology."

Since moving to LA, I have played hundred of local shows, toured around the US and to Russia, including playing the main stages at festivals with many thousands in attendance. I have recorded on records that have sold several million copies, including Robbie Williams (and his hit UK single "Candy") as well One Direction on their "Midnight Memories" album. I have worked with producers who's credits include Snow Patrol, U2, REM, Taylor Swift, One Direction, Robbie Williams, Silversun Pickups, The Fray, James Blunt, Neil Diamond, and many many more.

Since starting my love for composition at 7, I continues to write and record, not only singing, but playing guitar, bass guitar, piano/keys, drums, mandolin, and harmonica, as well as producing and engineering, and mixing the session himself. I am an actively gigging musician on Vocals, Piano, Guitar and Bass.

*** Lesson Details ***
First and foremost we will have a great time, and you will learn a ton. If you choose to only practice while we are in our lessons, you will get a little better. If apply the techniques and ideas we come up with during our lesson during the week, and practice everyday, you will improve in ways you never thought possible. If you are coming for voice you will learn to extend your range, intonation, pitch, as well as ways to connect with your audience. We will do funny little scales all designed to strengthen different areas of your voice to make you a diverse and confident singer. If you are coming for keyboards, I will emphasis the style of music YOU are interested in, whether pop/rock, jazz or even classical. Or maybe you are singer-songwriter looking to accompany yourself on keys or guitar, I have had 100's of hours performing solo gigs on both keyboard and guitar. I can also give you the fundamentals to set yourself up for success on Guitar, Bass Guitar, and Drums, as well as the Recording Arts. You will learn how nothing is more rewarding than making yourself the best musician you can be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Computer, recording equipment, 100 square feet, keyboards, mic with PA, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have the instrument on which they are taking lessons on ready and available.

*** Specialties ***
Although not a Speech Level Singing certified instructor, I have extensive training in SLS. As well as classical techniques such as Bel canto, I have studied modern techniques with the likes of CVT and Robert Lunte of TVS. We will find the areas that hold you back in your singing goals, and we will DEMOLISH them, and every vocal lesson will be recorded onto CD. Piano I am well versed in many of the Pop style Piano including Blues Piano, Funk, Singer-Songwriter, R&B, country, as well as atmospheric or synth playing (EG, playing strings convincingly on a keyboard). I can also teach beginning to lower intermediate Guitar and Bass guitar, teach you not only chord structures and scales, but how to get the most creatively out of your 4 or 6 string beast. We will learn songs and apply the theory involved with each song to better yourself as a musician, while loving the process.
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Jenny K. October 31, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Really enjoying myself

Chris makes learning really fun. I look forward to my lessons and just told him the other day that I wish my lesson was for 3 hours. I go to Chris for 1.5hr every other week and that gives me to time to practice for 2 weeks. We cover a lot of ground. Chris gives me structure to follow and that helps me. I've only had a few lessons with Chris but I can tell that I am going to make that big leap this year from "practicing" music to "playing" music.
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Timothy C. May 15, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Chris is extremely talented and very knowledgable of the technical aspects of the voice. He doesn't have a rigid cookie-cutter lesson plan that he just pulls out for everyone regardless of his/her level. He has a great ear for whatever problems you may have, and as a result he's able to cater his lesson plan to your needs. He has a wide array of vocal exercises for exactly this purpose. He knows a lot about a variety of genres, so he's able to help you build your voice while still maintaining the style that you prefer. He records every lesson on a cd/usb drive (whichever you prefer), so it's very convenient and easy to practice throughout the week without missing any of the feedback that he gives. It's also great to hear yourself gradually improve throughout your time with him.
I've been able to expand my vocal range by over an octave during my time with Chris and now I feel much more confident in my vocal ability. Chris is a great teacher and I definitely recommend that you give him a shot!
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JudithB July 10, 2012
Our 15-year-old son loves his guitar lessons with Chris

Our teenage son really looks forward to his guitar lessons with Chris. Chris is extremely knowledgeable and inspiring. He offers concrete suggestions and provides written updates to our son's status via the TakeLessons journal.
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Christopher T.

Christopher T.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$40 / 30-min
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Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Michelle

I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your unique instrument. From a very young age I was sharing my love of the arts with others as a performer. I grew up with an immense appreciation for all forms of art and found music to be the ideal way to express myself. My extensive education and performance experience has allowed me to cultivate my skills and knowledge so that I can best support each student on their own unique journey of cultivating their authentic singing voice. As a teacher I feel so lucky to have the opportunity to support students both in my
studio and through online lessons, providing the positive and supportive guidance and experiences they need in order to cultivate their own musical gifts.

*** Lesson Details ***
My intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of my ability, in finding and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, I keep a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. I design a specific curriculum for each student based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to me that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and I provide fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. I have extensive experience working with individuals who may have fear or anxiety about singing, speaking or expressing themselves to others. I am able to assist these students as they move past their fear and hesitation and truly claim their voice. They learn to cultivate and appreciate their own ability to express themselves in the world with confidence and ease. My goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, jazz, classical, opera, folk and popular music.
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Ashely D. June 24, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
She was very patient and was able to improve my voice in the first lesson!
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Isabel P. June 3, 2015
Musical Theater · Online
Verified Student
Michelle was very nice and explained things very well. For my first Singing Lesson, I was surprised because I felt like I've been doing it for some time now. She is very welcoming and a great teacher!
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David B. April 2, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
michelle is so knowlegable and very good at teaching
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Michelle A.

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ray

Hello!

My name is Ray - I'm 26 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.

*** Lesson Details ***
I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have the patience to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for the individual.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials upon my request. I can purchase them for you for full and immediate reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my training background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop music, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.

I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to fully enjoy learning music and the instrument.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
Piano
Major Improvement

My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
Classical Guitar
Classical Guitar

When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
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Ray R.

Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Roni B.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Roni

Are you or your child interested in learning how to play piano? I am a former child prodigy and a very experienced soloist / teacher whose talent was fostered by the highest of Russian Classical Pianist Pedigrees from a very young age. I have a lot to share. Learning the piano, isn't just about learning notes and playing them; it's about creating music, and conveying a story! I know how to teach that! I have been teaching on and off since I was 18 in 1991. I formerly taught at a Yamaha School, and now I teach in my home on my beautiful Yamaha C7, or I will come to you. My rates are very com
petitive, and I will give you a strong foundation, instill the art of musicianship and teach you skills you can apply on your own and at your own pace. Learning an instrument should be fun and stress-free to foster a love of creating music. I enjoy teaching most, when you and/or your child are challenged in a fun and relaxed atmosphere! Please contact me if you have any questions.
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Ms B. February 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Roni B is a treasure! So wonderful! We are so blessed to have found her.

There were several options in the valley, and you can never know if there will be that 'connection' with a new teacher.

Roni is patient and she got me! Knew exactly what I needed to learn.
I have had other teachers, and RONI B IS THE BEST!!!

Im giving her card to ALL my friends, even if they don't play piano!

Thank you Roni. Now don't get too busy so you can't work with you number one student lol!
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Robin S. February 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
The thought of finding a piano teacher for my young daughter and myself in this city that is filled with so much talent and musicality seemed daunting to me. I was unsure if the piano teacher I chose for my daughter would also be right for me but I felt I needed to start somewhere. I gave my daughter a Yamaha electric piano for Christmas and began the search for her piano teacher immediately.

I stumbled upon Take Lessons completely by accident as I was learning about the rigorous credentializing of the Yamaha School instructors. I knew I wanted someone that was classically trained but still had plenty of youth left to enjoy teaching children. Additionally, I have a very good friend that plays the piano beautifully and he swears it's because of the discipline he learned from his Russian "battle ax" piano teacher so many years ago. He told me if I could find someone that was Russian taught, they would be the best!!

After reading lots of profiles, I found Roni B!!! From the very first lesson for my daughter and then my subsequent lesson, I knew it was the perfect fit for not only my daughter but for me too. Roni B. not only brings her passion of the piano to life with every lesson but patience and compassion as well. She knows her job well and doesn't push me or my daughter to a place that isn't fun and nurturing. It is very important to Roni B. that we learn the piano at our own pace and the love of the journey. She also has very strong knowledge of theory as well.

I have begun to refer friends to Roni B. and I am confident in no time at all, she will be one of the most "in demand" piano teachers in Los Angeles!
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Laura S. February 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
My 8 year old has wanted to play piano for a long time, but struggled with her last 2 teachers.

Roni has changed my daughters perspective of learning. She really LOVES playing.

Roni is so much fun. She is not only patient, but kind and funny.

I highly recommend Roni.
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Roni B.

Roni B.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91423
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Mark V. S.

Van Nuys, CA

About Mark V.

Mark V has been “Specializing In Melody” since the age of 5 when he discovered his natural ability to play and create catchy tunes by teaching himself the harmonica by ear. He went on to learn the accordion at 10, the piano at 12, MIDI and synthesizers at 15, the guitar at 30, and a long list of other exotic instruments along the way, completely by ear. He has collected rare synthesizers since 1984 and has well over a 100 in his collection. Mark V is also Pro Tools certified and has been teaching Pro Tools, MIDI, music production, composing, keyboard techniques & sound design since 1998 hav
ing won numerous academic awards. Mark V has a BA from UCSC in an individual major of Audio/Visual Composition. He wears many hats including his first passion as a prolific composer, BMI/BMG songwriter, producer, sound designer, Pro Tools editor, MIDI expert & programmer, writer, consultant & teacher inspiring his students to become better than they ever dreamed possible all while having FUN!
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STEVEN W. May 28, 2015
Pro Tools Software · In home
I have been in the "music business" and performing for more than 50 years. I started performing and recording in 1964. In 2005 I moved to Beverly Hills and wanted to build a digital studio. I had produced only in analog and had a very minimal knowledge of computers. When I decided to go with Pro Tools I called friends that had already produced many hit projects on that system. Although they had their own creative knowledge and "tricks", as teachers they left me more confused than capable. Then one day a member of Tupac's crew called and, upon hearing my problem, recomended me to Mark.
Right away Mark advised me as to which components would become compatable with the studio I had in mind. The gear he recommended back then remains "studio standard" quality today.
Mark, patiently , began with the basics.First he taught "troubleshooting" and "keyboard commands" . I learned to "back-up" and protect my music. Eventually I could use all the moves I learned to maneuver creatively through recordings. In sessions problems occur, and, amazingly I can handle most of them. When I can't I can always call Mark. That, alone, is invaluable. We have remained friends for 10 years and now that it is time to upgrade my system, Mark is still the one person whose advice I trust .
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Robert O. May 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Mark has been my teacher, mentor and friend for over 2 years now. It all started at The Los Angeles Recordin School where he was the instructor of my class, Digital Audio Essentials. I attended the school to further my skill sets as an electronic dance music producer/songwriter and synthesis programmer. My mission was/is to broaden my classical and musical pallet (musicianship) with music theory and play fluently (intuitively) on the piano. Mark heard me out and continues to provide priceless knowledge which guides me in the direction of success. I see immediate results. It is amazing what you can learn in 1 hour. The teaching does not stop at just piano or music theory - I ask questions about anything music or audio related and receive rich insight. (synthesis, sound design, philosophy, tech, workflow, arrangement, song feedback, mixing, mastering and composing etc.)

After I graduated school the education continued and I started to take Piano/Composition/Songwriting lessons in his studio (The Synatarium). That was when my skill set and knowledge skyrocketed.
Not only that but his studio is INCREDIBLY inspiring to just sit and look at, if you are a gear fanatic.

I realized that learning music is a constant evolution and I will always be improving and raising the bar.

Most of all, Mark works with you and not for you. He tailors the cericulim custom to an individuals visions, goals, personality, schedule and teaches you knowledge you can apply immediately.

I would recommend this teacher to anyone! Message me if you have any questions.

Thanks,

Robert
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Mark V. S.

Mark V. S.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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