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Matthew A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Bobby A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Jessie M.

Pasadena, CA
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Matthew A. Los Angeles, CA

About Matthew

I have been teaching piano, singing, and music theory/composition professionally to children and adults for over 15 years. I offer in-home or in-studio lessons to students of all levels. Instruction will start with an evaluation of the student's current abilities and a custom-tailored plan to achieve the student's goals, such as: - Playing Chords and Melodies - Reading Sheet Music Effectively - Learning Music Theory and Composition - Learning Performance Techniques *** Lesson Details *** I believe in making sure the student is comfortable and confident in the learning process. The learning musician must often be told what they are doing wrong, so a counterbalance is needed for all that negativity! Your learning environment will be open, non-threatening, and encouraging, so

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Adam W. April 25, 2014
Piano
Matt's been superb with my twins

My sons, now 15, have been taking piano lessons and music theory from Matt for about three years now.

Can't say enough good things about the experience. Matt is patient, thorough, flexible about days and times when needed, and from top to bottom comes across as an all-around great guy.

Gave four bars on teaching environment only because the lessons are at our house, and the rest of us aren't always quiet when Matt's teaching -- but of course that's not his fault, and he handles our disruptions with kindness and understanding!

One last cool thing about him is his contagious passion for music, not just as a teacher but as a performer, singer, and composer as well.

Highly recommended.
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Brett W. April 19, 2014
Music Theory
Learned a lot, and had fun!

Matt is very knowledgeable in music theory, piano and voice. He is very patient, explains complex music practices well, gives appropriate feedback, and lessons to help the student grow. He is reliable, flexible with a students schedule, and available on short notice. I look forward to many more lessons with Matt. Thank you.
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Priscilla C. April 2, 2014
Piano
Progressed so quickly!

Matt is just a great teacher. He focuses on getting the basics down, which is absolutely necessary but he has me playing fun music as well. I am very happy with my progress. I am an adult and my family is also very impressed with how well I can play and how I progressed every few months to new levels of playing ability.

Matt is also very pleasant and dependable making lessons a pleasure.

I also have taken some singing lessons from him. I like that he can teach both diciplines.
Bobby A. Los Angeles, CA

About Bobby

I'm a piano teacher, pianist, composer, songwriter, singer, and lifetime music lover in beautiful Los Angeles, California. I began playing piano at age 7 and was forever smitten with learning music! I progressed rapidly and by high school I was winning multiple competitions and talent shows and performed as a featured artist with local youth orchestras in Corpus Christi, Texas. When I was 16, I began teaching piano and music theory to my peers and to kids. Then it was off to Austin where at the University of Texas I studied composition (piano principal under Dr. Betty Mallard) and wrote and arranged for keys (of course) as well as voice, strings, and choral groups I sang in. I'm a fun, laid-back person and my teaching style reflects that. However I thrive on doing things the right ...

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Mark F. February 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Bobby is an incredible teacher. He's patient, adapts really well to my learning needs and knows how to guide me throughout the practice towards productive and useful activities. He's friendly, very patient and gives a lot of positive and constructive feedback which I appreciate.
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Tawal P. February 7, 2015
In studio
I used to think that songwriting and composition was beyond me, that it was a gift only some people had and I wasn't one of the lucky ones. I mean, I had sung in chorus some and had taken piano as a kid, but I couldn't crack the code. When I started piano back up again as a lark with Bobby and then expressed my interest in songwriting, I wasn't expecting much from myself to be honest. After all, who was I kidding? But, Bobby really helped to decrypt the structure of songwriting for me and little by little, I started to really get the hang of it. From just the basic four chord pop tune to adding in some more unexpected choices, I'm totally that singer-songwriter I always embarrassingly envisioned in my head. And, he's been great with the vocals as well, helping me to know what works for my body and providing concrete tips for the kind of singing I want to do. Top-notch guy, definitely check him out.
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Scott S. October 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I took a 35+ year break from piano lessons and was a little nervous to attempt it again. But Bobby made me feel very comfortable right off the bat and has been a great instructor. Very personable and extremely patient (and I'm sure my indelicate pounding has taxed that patience at times). His studio is well set-up and comfortable, and he really knows what he is talking about. Highly recommended!
Jessie M. Pasadena, CA

About Jessie

I fully enjoy teaching music and theater to others and spreading the art of performance, reaching out to all generations. I believe in customizing every lesson to be unique for my students in a way that will serve their individual needs. I teach with patience and encouragement and believe that students prosper and improve much more from a positive experience. My lessons are intended to be fun and influential in a positive light that can lead to a rewarding career, hobby, or just for personal enjoyment! Every since I was a little girl, I have been devoted to the arts. When I began college, I knew that music was my path. As a music major I developed a deeper understanding of music theory, piano, voice, and theater. I received my A.A. in Music at College of the Desert and my Bachelor of ...

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Leslie C. February 16, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Always eager to help. Very easy to understand. Truly a great learning experience!
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Michael M. February 5, 2015
Reading · In studio
Verified Student
She is an excellent tutor. We were very happy with the lessons.
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Heather L. October 25, 2014
Algebra · Online
Verified Student
She's been great so far and has gone out of her way to make sure the lessons happen!

Jessica G.

Pasadena, CA
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA
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Balam G.

South Pasadena, CA
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Jessica G. Pasadena, CA

About Jessica

I have 20 years of playing experience along with a Bachelor's degree in Cello Performance. I was the section leader of my university's orchestra as well as a full-scholarship member of the university quartet. As a professional gigging musician, I have played with Il Divo, Mario Winans, La Jolla Symphony, Doctor's Symphony, Porta Caeli Chamber Players, and the quartet La Dolce. I am a member of MTAC (Music Teacher's Association of California) and can sign my students up for Certificate of Merit. This is a music study program with an annual evaluation and written assessment. Stand-out students will be invited to play at the Branch Recital. *** Lesson Details *** Lessons differ slightly depending on the student. In general, it starts with scales for intonation or working on ...

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Patty K. February 25, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
My 11-year-old daughter has had lessons with Jessica for about three months and has learned so much from Jessica. Prior to these online lessons, our daughter started learning cello with a local teacher for about 3-4 months. The teacher stopped giving lessons unexpectedly and we couldn't find a replacement so decided to go online. Doing music lessons online with someone you haven't met in person can seem daunting, but Jessica has figured out how to come across over Skype as fully present, engaged, positive and encouraging. We almost feel as if she's there in person. She can pick up on many things by asking the right questions and follows through with proper advice and recommendations for improvement. At one point, our daughter had concerns with wrist pain and Jessica fully took it upon herself to look into the matter. Jessica is very timely and flexible. At times we've had to adjust the schedule and she was quite accommodating. She also had to work with our daughter's solo performance at school and amazingly in less than 2 months prepared her for the piece. We highly recommend.
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Mike E. December 5, 2014
Cello · Online
Verified Student
After only two sessions I am so glad to have found Jessica. She is patient, observant, helpful and so encouraging. I was unsure how online cello lessons would work but this is the ideal format for me. Jessica is able to observe form and offer gentle suggestions how as well as instruction on sound. I wish I was able to take the lessons in person with Jessica because there are a couple limitations to Skype (such as a slight lag and inability to have seamless dialogue or duets) but Jessica obviously knows how to deal with these technical problems. I highly recommend Jessica and am sure that with her help even an old, slow returning cellist will soon be enjoying playing complex music. Finally, Jessica has been very flexible with my crazy schedule lately. An awesome person and great instructor.
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DeAnn D. November 25, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I took up the cello in my late 20's and am finally back taking lessons after a few years, so I had developed a lot of bad playing habits. Jessica really helped to deconstruct my technique and is helping me rebuild a stronger foundation on which to perform. She is also dependable regarding emailing and texting when needed. I would definitely recommend her!
Mary Ann G. Pasadena, CA

About Mary Ann

I have been teaching for over 20 years. I am a singer-songwriter-guitarist and performer. A native born Southern Californian, her life focus has always been music, from her beginnings as a little girl in the church choir to playing guitar in her first all girl band by age 12. She received her formal vocal training with Pollyanne Baxter at Cal State Los Angeles, where she received her BA in Music. Over the years she has performed her original music in coffee houses, and other venues. When she is not busy teaching, she is working on song-writing and recording. CD. Her influences included, The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Sarah McLaughlan, Eva Cassidy, Jane Monet, Green Day, and Led Zeppelin. *** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching for a long time now and enjoy working with people. I

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Angela L. July 9, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher!!! She makes my lesson easy and fun to learn. I love her and want to keep learning guitar skills from her!
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Lilian L. June 7, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter started lesson with Mary Ann about two months ago. I have heard nothing but positive comments from my daughter about the teacher. My daughter started off with voice lesson and is now adding Ukulele and guitar lesson as well. Thumbs up!
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Mary Ann G. November 20, 2013
Ukulele
TOO MUCH FUN!

I had a great experience! Started playing the Uke right away.
Learned 2 songs and 6 chords, and how to tune my very first lesson.
She makes the work fun. Totally recommend!!!
Balam G. South Pasadena, CA

About Balam

Hi, future student!! My name is Balam G. and I am a native Angelino. I have a serious passion for contemporary music and I am well versed in many different styles and genres. Although I am classically trained, I play lots of Jazz, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul/Neo-soul, Acoustic Folk, Hip-Hop and anything in between! I graduated from the local arts High School known as LACHSA (LA County High School for the Arts) in 2010 and that same year, I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston with a full-tuition scholarship. There, I honed my skills as a performer, producer, and composer. In 2014, I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelors of Music. In addition to my schooling, I have received a great deal of my education by performing and leading bands. I have performed at venues ...

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Ryan G. November 21, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Balam has been my most influential teacher. He helped focus my practicing path to make every session have meaning. I was struggling with what music was to me. He helped show me that music isn't just something you do to get into college or impress the ladies; its a tool to help express your soul. Thank you Balam for all of your help and I will never forget.

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