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Steven N.

Pasadena, CA

About Steven

The piano has always been my greatest passion; I have never been able to imagine life without it. I was very fortunate to have had the benefit of a great education in music starting at an early age. My goal as pianist and teacher is to pass on the wisdom of my own teachers, as well as my enthusiasm for this great instrument and the rich repertoire of music written for it.

I received a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where I was a student of Daniel Pollack for 12 years. In order to become the best teacher possible, I minored in Music Education,
gaining experience in the major theories of music pedagogy and teaching techniques. In teaching, I strive to create an optimal blend of old and new by combining the great and time-honored traditions of piano playing, as instilled in me through my piano studies, with recent discoveries and advents in the field of music pedagogy.

My performing experiences have taken me across great distances in time and space, with performances in major halls across the globe, featuring music of over five centuries. I have commissioned new works and performed numerous premieres, and have also played music of the Renaissance and early Baroque on the Harpsichord. I have also accompanied singers and played chamber music extensively.

*** Lesson Details ***
Playing the piano is a journey of discovery and joy that lasts a lifetime. The rewards of playing extend far beyond the piano, bearing dividends in all areas of music, as well as outside of music. Such important basic skills as concentration, tenacity, and delaying of gratification, are promoted from the outset of piano lessons, and are readily adaptable to other fields and challenges. At the same time, students of all levels, from 6 months of lessons to several years of experience, can develop and maintain a repertoire of pieces to present to family and friends, and to play for their own gratification and self-esteem.

My guiding philosophy in teaching is that everyone can learn to play the piano with hard work and good training. Talent is neither necessary, nor sufficient in itself to produce great pianists. What will promote excellence in piano playing is a thorough and well-rounded grounding in the various aspects of music, including music theory, piano technique, music history, and repertoire-building. I teach these and many other components of music in all my lessons. I use method books with earlier level students and gradually incorporate works from the classical repertoire. I assign enjoyable, beneficial music theory projects, rhythmic exercises, and teach pieces of differing genres, styles, and demands to keep lessons varied and interesting. Several times a year, our hard work is shared with others at student recitals, where family and strangers alike join students in the joy of music and the piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The teacher's home studio includes a large studio space with 2 grand pianos side by side so the student learn by example where applicable. Seating is also available for family and guests. There is also a warm up studio room for students that arrive early and are waiting to start their lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need access to a piano or keyboard for regular practicing.

*** Specialties ***
Piano technique, classical piano repertoire, music theory and aural skills, musicology, accompanying and chamber music.
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Mark P. July 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brilliant teacher, knows more about music than I'll ever know about anything, and shares exactly the right amount with me each session. He is incredibly patient, upbeat, encouraging, and helpful. When I make mistakes he's constantly patiently encouraging and helping me with various approaches to piano technique. I am a completely new student who could not read notes. Steven is sensitive to how to pace me and shows me new ways of learning that fit my personality and level. I could not imagine a better piano instructor/mentor than Steven. If you're within range of his studio and you're planning to take piano lessons at ANY level, I would strongly urge you to work with Steven. You will learn and thoroughly enjoy the experience!
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Elaine T. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
What a great teacher!!!

I'm a beginner and learning how to play the piano with Steven Niles had been an amazing experience. He was very helpful and patient with me . I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to learn how to play piano . BRAVO!!!👍👍👍👏👏👏😄
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lydia Z. November 24, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
An awesome teacher

I have been learning piano with Steven for about 15 months. Steven is a very intelligent, enthusiastic, patient and caring teacher. I had a wonderful learning experience with him and I would definitely recommend him to anyone who is interested in playing piano and gaining more knowledge of music theory!
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Steven N.

Steven N.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA

About Jordan

I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, metal, country, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Arshria P. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I sure was very happy with Jordan. Jordan is an awesome teacher! He was on time and had a great attitude.
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Hilarie H. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Name is Hilarie and I'm 49 years old and I took a 40 year hiatus from playing the Piano. I can tell you that my skill level is that of a beginner with a mind set of at least intermediate . I have completed my 7th week with Jordan as my teacher. He has been exceptional in his patience, professionalism and most of all encouragement! Our lessons are well rounded and he helps me to focus on the fundamentals I need to achieve my goals . Very respectful and polite. I highly recommend Jordan to all who wish for musical instruction. And I must add that he is very cute/handsome! :)
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Lisa D. July 21, 2014
Piano · In studio
All four of my children have taken lessons with Jordan, in piano and acoustic guitar. Jordan has a natural way with children, and adapts his style and lessons to the individual needs of each child. Jordan's musical gifts, and his gift of relating to and teaching, children makes him and excellent teacher. I recommend him whole-heartedly.
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Jordan R.

Jordan R.

Monrovia, CA 91016
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Sherry S.

Pasadena, CA

About Sherry

I have been a musician throughout my life; I began playing the piano at age 5, and then began studying the violin at age 10. I did my first Symphonic tour as a violinist throughout New Zealand and Australia when I was in high school, and eventually went on to college to earn my degree (BA in Biology) under full scholarship from the University Symphony as the 1st chair of the 2nd Violins.

After college, I studied voice informally at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Later, I entered the Mae Z. Orvis Vocal Competition at the University of Hawaii and won a scholarship to enter a degree
program in Vocal Performance. I then trained with the Young Artists Program with the Hawaii Opera Theatre. I have been a professional singer since 1998, and have performed at the Wassermusik Festival in Berlin in 2008, the Hawaii Opera Theatre, the Seattle Symphony Benaroya Concert Hall in 2012 and LA's renowned Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2012.

I have acted in musical theatre in productions of "The King and I," "Romance, Romance," "Chicago," and "BatBoy," amongst others. I speak Mandarin Chinese and have wide-ranging cultural understanding, having studied language abroad in China and Taiwan and lived in Hong Kong, Honolulu, New Jersey, Chicago, San Francisco and LA.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both children and adults of all skill levels. I specialize in Classical singing/Opera, Broadway style singing, and also Karaoke singing/Microphone technique. I help people who are "tone-deaf" with pitch-matching, and to gain confidence singing in public.

I begin each voice and acting lesson with a warm-up to prepare the student for their lesson. Next, we do a series of exercises specially designed to help each individual develop their skill in a way that best fits them. We then work on a piece of their choice for the remainder of the lesson, perfecting their technique and helping them become performance ready. I teach with patience and fun because I feel that this is the key to achieving goals and inspiring a good habit of practice.

If you do not already have a song, or sheet music to bring in I can help you choose one during your first lesson. I also require that my students keep a practice journal to record their daily practice sessions. If possible, please bring a recording device of some sort so you can record your lessons. It is a huge help to be able to listen back on your lessons and to use them in your daily practice! No experience is necessary, that is what I'm here for!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric Yamaha keyboard, Violin, Music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric Yamaha keyboard, Violin, Music stand

*** Specialties ***
Classical: Art Song and Opera Arias, Vocal Jazz, Broadway, Karaoke
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Amanda S. December 8, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
We love Sherry. She's a very talented, patient and calm instructor. My daughter is very comfortable with Sherry and looks forward to her violin lesson every week.

Best,

Amanda Sasaki
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Jamie C. October 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I came to Sherry to build and improve my piano playing technique. I had very specific goals and Sherry was mindful and attentive to all of them. My lessons were exactly what I was looking for and I saw improvement very quickly. Just an awesome teacher!
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Sherry S.

Sherry S.

Pasadena, CA 91106
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA

About Ryan

Ryan L. is a local composer, conductor, musician and musicologist. He holds a Masters degree in Musicology from California State University, Long Beach Cole Conservatory of Music. He is a professor of music at Woodbury University where he teaches a course in Music and Film. Additionally he is also the music director for Conundrum Theatre Co., Burbank Community Theater and Santa Ana College where he auditions, and rehearses singers, and the contracts and conducts the orchestra in all musical performances for the community.

As a classical/jazz trumpet player he has performed with tournament
of Roses Honor band, the Pasadena Pops Orchestra, the Crown City Symphony and in various musical theater productions. He performs regularly with his jazz band the Crown City Combo in various venues in the greater LA area.

In the field of music composition Ryan is an avid composer, composing for various genres and ensembles. Among these genres Ryan’s specialty is composing new musical theater works/songwriting. In 2010 he joined the Academy of New Musical Theater and with that organization he composed his first musical theater piece Shoot Ma! which premiered at the Colony Theater in Burbank. In 2011 he composed his second musical Experience Magic! A Musical Within a Magic Show, which premiered at the Sierra Madre Playhouse in 2012.
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Stephanie R. December 10, 2014
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Fabulous teacher! My son's taking beginning trumpet lessons. Ryan is patient, attentive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. Ryan is punctual and flexible when rescheduling needs to be arranged. He responds to email, phone calls, etc. in a timely manner. My son enjoys learning from him. It's a pleasure to have him as my son's teacher.
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Ryan L.

Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA 91107
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Christopher I.

Arcadia, CA

About Christopher

My interest in music began when I began playing the trumpet at the age of 10. I always wanted to create my own music which led me to form a rock band. With a borderline electronic style, we were booked to play various nightclubs in Hollywood which got me hooked on house music. After starting to produce house music full time, I began my career as a touring producer/dj. I have worked with top management and booking agencies (APA, The Agency Group, Circle, etc).

I have toured all over North America, New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and South Korea, performing at various electron
ic music festivals.

Official remix credits range from artists like Cypress Hill, Rusko, Damian Marley, Steve Aoki, Zedd, Chuckie, Robbie Rivera, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, and several others.
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Andrew G. May 19, 2015
Ableton · In studio
Chris is nothing short of legendary in the music business. An Ableton Live aficionado, Chris has written hundreds of tracks and performed around the world as Cold Blank, and his experience shows! It takes a special kind of personality to succeed in the music industry, and one of the key facets is patience. Luckily, patience is what makes an amazing instructor as well.

Having sat in private 1-on-1 sessions with Chris, I can say that I learned more about the music industry and production process than I could ever have imagined! He is very deliberate and meticulous, and his perfectionism shows in his work. Having had Chris as a mentor and instructor has been an experience of a lifetime, and I cannot thank him enough for his time and effort. He is an absolute MUST if you're looking to learn to produce, hands down.

- Andrew (Producing for 5 years)
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Anahi S. May 18, 2015
Ableton · In studio
Chris has a wealth of technical knowledge and impressive industry experience to really polish up your ableton projects. He is professional, timely and has a great sense of humor. It's been great to have him as a resource for specific production work-flow and troubleshooting.
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William S. May 18, 2015
Ableton · In studio
I had the pleasure of working with Chris as an intern with Burn The Fire Records while I attended Icon Collective Music School. He is very knowledgeable in both Ableton and Audio Engineering. As a student I had trouble mixing the tracks I would try to create. He helped me understand the basics of both mixing and mastering and my mixes improved dramatically over the course of the internship. I highly recommend Chris to anyone looking to learn Ableton or Audio Engineering. Chris is also very knowledgeable about the music industry and can help you get your music heard as he has many connections in the industry.
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Christopher I.

Christopher I.

Arcadia, CA 91007
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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