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Anthony S.

Los Angeles, CA

I've been writing songs for over 10 years now. I like to explore processes and really like to deconstruct lyric and through line. My songs have been featured on 'Pretty Little Liars', 'The Fosters' and the feature film 'The Masked Saint' due out in the fall of 2014

About Anthony

I started playing music at age 9, when my mom decided to put me in piano lessons. Much to her surprise, I fell in love with the instrument and played non-stop, sometimes skipping dinner to read through a new piece or practice for an up coming competition. After winning a few state wide competitions, I enrolled in an arts high school to practice my craft, and be around other creative high school students.

While in High School, I started writing music and singing in a 16 member chamber choir. The summer before my senior year, I won the prestigious Berklee songwriting competition and was awar
ded a scholarship to the school, which I decided to decline to make my way towards the music mecca of Los Angeles.

I received a Bachelor's degree from CalArts where I focused on contemporary piano/voice and composition.

Since graduating in 2010, I've released an EP entitled 'Living in Layers'. I sing and play piano in a number of bands including cover bands and original projects, mostly in the pop/rock/soul veins. Some of my collaborators include Akon and Andy Samberg (for an SNL short), Ben Lee (platinum selling Australian recording artist), Ben Lovett (Mumford and Sons), and the Swingle Singers (Acclaimed British A Capella group).

I have love in my heart for both classical and popular music, and I think my combination of the 2 will make for a very well-rounded lesson experience. I would say that my biggest strength as a musician is that I'm well rounded, and can work with just about anyone in any style. I can help you understand the styles that excite you, but also open your eyes to other new and exciting things. I would say that I specialize in writing, and work very well with students interested in composition and songwriting.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will vary from student to student, but you can definitely expect exercises to better your technique, games for your ear to help you understand whats happening in the music, and a project of your choosing, whether it be a pop song, a Mozart Aria, or a Jazz Standard.

First and foremost, taking music lessons should be fun and inspiring. You can count on me to figure out just what it is that made you pick up the phone and ask for lessons, and then together, we'll create feasible step by step ways to reach your goals. I am a pretty easy-going teacher, but I like to challenge my students and push them to a level that they are comfortable with.

For beginning piano students, I like to use the Faber and Faber Method, which comes with escalating books in Performance, Theory, and Technique and Artistry. It just covers it all! For advanced piano students, I like to asses their strengths and weaknesses and design a curriculum with the student that's both fun and challenging, sometimes working out of specific books, and sometimes not.

For voice students of all skill levels, I like to base my curriculum off of a balance of technique-building exercises and stylistic song of the students choice. A classical singer may have different exercises with vowels, placement, and breath than a pop or rock student. I like to focus on the 'true' voice, find what makes you sound like you, and make you the best and most confident singer you can possibly be.

After 6 months of lessons with me, I will have you saying that you are not only a better musician, but you understand music more and you're more inspired and excited than before. Music is what unites us as people, and I strive to give the tools necessary to all of my students to be able to express themselves in a way that works for them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
LivingRoom: piano and/or keyboard (88-weighted key) couches and chairs, parents can sit on on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
If the students don't have a piano or keyboard (88-weighted key) then I can provide a keyboard for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Piano: beg - adv
Vocals: beg - adv
Theory: beg-adv

I am capable of teaching classical piano lessons, but I specialize in contemporary and popular piano styles and composition/songwriting.

I love working with vocalists looking to accompany themselves better!
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Michael M. September 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Talented. Well-trained. Patient. Intuitive. Punctual. Flexible. Supportive.

He cares.
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Landy E. October 28, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Awesome Anthony

I've been taking singing classes with Anthony for over half a year now, singing musical theatre. He has been very accommodating with my busy schedule. Anthony is awesome, not only in his teaching style, but his genuine interest in teaching. He is also an amazing singer!

I have classes with him once a week, and I look forward to every class. He's very positive and nurturing. I came in with zero experience, and was very shy about my voice. He has helped bring my confidence level up. Though my singing ability is still shaky, I feel myself improving, and I'm now willing to belt out my favorite songs in a car with my friends.
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Christine S. April 17, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
knowledgeable, dynamic, passionate, great musicianship, articulate, carrying, flexible, reliable

Anthony has been teaching our two teenage kids for the past 6 months. They are intermediate level and have both found in Anthony a great balance. He is capable to go from classical, emphasizing on techniques and theory, to Jazz and expose them to the intricacy of chords, to pop and sing with them. He is giving them his full array of knowledge in the most gentle, encouraging yet challenging way. And instills in them the notion of phrasing and composition by guiding them to think musically. He is wonderful with them.
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Anthony S.

Los Angeles, CA 90039
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$40 / 30-min
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Lucas G.

Los Angeles, CA

I am a professional songwriter who is signed to a national record label. Check out my projects Grandfather Child and the New Mercies to hear my songwriting styles. Although these projects lean more on rock and RnB, I can teach many different genres.

About Lucas

Hello! My name is Lucas and I am a very smart guy who is also nice. I have years of experience teaching and have an enthusiastic passion for it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide my own instruments, instrument stands, music stands, music paper and writing materials.

I would expect/prefer students to provide their own instruments and musical listening equipment (CD player, iPod, etc)

*** Specialties ***
I can teach a wide range of styles including but not limited to rock, jazz, blues, funk, classical, country, and different 'world' music styles. Some examples are Latin/sals
a and African guitar and percussion. I also specialize in teaching musical improvisation, songwriting, composition, and production.

I use student-specific musical instruction texts and programs to cater to each individual students needs. I have experience teaching improvisation using creative methods that involve group participation and improvisation, both with voice and instruments.
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Michael R. June 2, 2015
Music Theory · Online
Verified Student
Lucas is the rarest kind of teacher; the special kind who can turn a student's confused babble into a clear question with a definite answer. I signed up for music theory lessons after writing a lesson plan on Stravinsky's The Rites of Spring (I am a teacher myself) and realizing as I did that I actually had only the vaguest idea what I was talking about as I informed my students that a riot occurred on opening night back in 1913 because Stravinsky build the music on tritones, creating weird chord progressions that built a tension that was never fully resolved because the chord that came where the tension should release was close enough to tease but not close enough to fully resolve that tension. Believe it or not, that is why I decided to take lessons in music theory. I would have driven any teacher but Lucas crazy. If you want to know something about music theory but can't say exactly what, Lucas is your best bet.
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Allyce B. May 4, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Lucas is an amazing vocal coach and his teaching expertise excels on many levels. He finds creative ways to implement techniques and style.
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Michelle B. March 23, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Verified Student
Lucas is an experienced vocal teacher, and it shows. I had a lot of fun during my lesson, and I would highly recommend him. He's great!
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Lucas G.

Lucas G.

Los Angeles, CA 90026
(3)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA

I have been writing music since I was a little girl. I can help you with your song structure musical lines and content. I have helped many students complete and record their original music. I can help you with your personal style and help you expand and explore your creativity/ideas.

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 structure the lessons to fit my student's needs and interests. Everyone learns differently and I like to make the lessons enjoyable while developing a solid foundation. I teach note-reading and incorporate music that the student wants to play or sing. I am very patient and teach all levels and ages.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Computer, Guitar, Uke, Amplifier, Microphone, Guitar and more. Everything you need to get started.

*** Specialties ***
Singing Lessons: Everyone can sing!!! I will help you develop your technique and expand your range, pitch and confidence! You will have a fun time learning about your instrument. I teach Blues, Jazz, Rock, Country, Musical Theater, and Pop styles, even though I am Classically trained. The technique will crossover into all styles.

Song-writing: I will be happy to help you structure and develop your art. It's story telling at it's finest.

Guitar: Have fun learning songs you like and get a great foundation too. I teach finger picking, tab, theory, scales, note-reading along with music you like.
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Alan S. August 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
She is kind and patient with me. I enjoy learning the songs that I pick and she works hard to teach me.
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Forrest July 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Where to begin? Mary Ann Graham is a top-notch singer-songerwriter, guitarist, and performer. Her expertise at what she does creatively as well as onstage is translated through her teaching. She is always prepared to give her students the best learning experience than they can receive, each according to their unique individual levels. Mary Ann is a top-notch, high-caliber music instructor, artist, and performer.
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Amie July 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
I took voice lessons from Mary Ann at Groovin' On Music from 2007-2009, and they were worth every penny. I was a background singer in a worship team at church and I was shy to sing lead because I didn't know how to sing vibrato or navigate the falsetto break in my range. I had always wanted to take lessons as a kid but never was able to until adulthood. I was a bit nervous when I first came in, but Mary Ann put me at ease. She is a beautiful spirit who inspired me, challenged me, and made me laugh. She is not only amazingly talented and experienced, but she genuinely loves people and makes the lessons an enjoyable experience. Mary Ann definitely took my voice to the next level. Many people have commented on the difference in my voice and my confidence level before and after the lessons. I now sing lead, am at home with my vibrato and know how to use all the notes in my range. I would absolutely recommend Mary Ann as a voice coach for people of all ages!
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Mary Ann G.

Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA 91107
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Ryan L.

Pasadena, CA

Learn to write piano and vocal scores or just songs with simple voice and chords! I can teach students the fundamentals to advanced concepts in songwriting. Students will learn about lyrics, song form, harmonic movement, intent, styles, and accompaniment.

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
$35 / 30-min
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Mariela A.

Alhambra, CA

There is really no right or wrong when songwriting, but there are tips that will help you. If you are just starting and want a little push to give you confidence or if you've been writing for a while and you are stuck, I can give you some tools that will open your mind through songwriting methods.

About Mariela

Born and raised in Costa Rica, Mariela has dedicated her life to music, singing, playing piano, songwriting, and teaching performance and vocal coaching. With over 7 years of experience teaching voice(currently at Modern Music School in Pasadena and privately), Mariela also performs her original songs around LA with her band Nova Mariee.
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Enrique G. July 13, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
Working with Mariela was awesome! She helped me refine my songwriting skills and pushed me to look deep within myself in order to write songs that were both creative and genuine. Not only is she a great teacher, but she is also an awesome person that makes music lessons fun.
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Mariela A.

Mariela A.

Alhambra, CA 91801
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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