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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near South Pasadena

Matthew A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Bobby A.

Los Angeles, CA
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Anthony S.

Los Angeles, 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

Have you wanted to write your own music? I have a degree in composition (classical, jazz, pop, songwriting, and arranging; piano and vocal focus); I write and teach primarily for piano, voice, and strings. And of course there are dozens of styles and instruments at your disposal; the rules and options are endless, and I can guide you as you explore and make music.

Composition & Songwriting instruction includes:
-- songwriting & song structure: writing a good chorus, telling a story with verses
-- lyrics and storytelling
-- arranging / orchestration / instrumentation / parts
-- classical, pop, Broadway, radio, singer-songwriter, strings, piano, vocals, band, Garage Band, and more
-- composition: form, style; soundtracks and scoring

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!
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 awarded 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 ...

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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.

Fernando H.

Glendale, CA
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Jason W.

Glendale, CA
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Mary Ann G.

Pasadena, CA
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Fernando H. Glendale, CA

About Fernando

I have taught thousands of students, with some of my students being major Hollywood actors and actresses. I'm proud to say that many of my students have also gone on to major colleges and universities. I am a Senior teacher at Instrumental and love to make lessons fun, exciting and very enjoyable! I have been performing and recording for over 25 years and have performed with many top name artist, bands and performers from around the world. My education includes a Bachelors Degree from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA; an AA degree in Music from Fullerton College, Fullerton, CA; and a certificate from Musicians Institute Guitar Institute of Technology, Hollywood, CA. I've been lucky enough to have studied with such acclaimed teachers as Michael Sweet (Stryper, Boston), ...

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Elizabeth N. January 14, 2014
Guitar
Incredible teacher and mentor

Fernando taught my son guitar for many years, but also taught him the love of music. He was not only by far, the best teacher we ever found but also a mentor to my son. My son could not wait to work with him every week and worked hard to make him proud. He was and always will be a very influential person in my son life. Excellent teacher, wonderful man.
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Jonathan T. January 2, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher

I have had the opportunity to have received instruction from more than a few music teachers, and I can say without a doubt.....

Fernando is one of the best teachers in the business!

He has great communication and really makes you feel welcome.
Weather you are new or seasoned you can really benefit from his instruction.

Besides being a great teacher he is a very proficient guitar player and covers many styles of music.

You will always feel like you can reach your goals with his help.

If you are looking for a teacher, give him the opportunity, you will not regret it!
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Stacey F. December 31, 2013
Guitar
Fernando is a fantastic teacher!

Fernando has been teaching our two children guitar for over a year and a half. His passion for guitar and teaching is evident at every lesson. His gentle mannerisms and clear understanding of children and how they process and learn is the perfect mix to allow for continual growth in the subject. We could not have asked for a better teacher!
Jason W. Glendale, CA

About Jason

I grew up in Minnesota and started playing guitar when I was 13. Self-taught for three years, I developed a passion and love for music. Upon turning 16, I expanded my knowledge studying with a local guitarist, a musical genius in my opinion, who made a huge impact on my playing. In the fall of 2007 I relocated to Los Angeles to attend Musicians Institute for guitar performance. I graduated in 2009 Over the course of the last nine years I've been a part of six different live performing bands and currently work with my original band comprised entirely of Musicians Institute graduates, Delphian. Delphian can be seen and heard featured on screen in the Mike Judge film “Extract”. I study, perform and have vast knowledge in the styles of blues, classical, country, folk, jazz, metal and ...

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Phoebe O. November 7, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
We started off with a different drum instructor who turned out to be very unreliable. I asked take lessons to provide me with someone with good reviews. Someone who is punctual and reliable, that's when we met Jason. Jason is a super amazing instructor who has incredible patience. My son Nathan has never had any musical education before. After taking lessons with Jason for about three months he has a vast knowledge in playing drums and reading music. Jason utilizes his time very productively during lessons with no rush. He even goes to the extent to recommend and suggest products that will help Nathan improve. He is very humble, sweet and trustworthy. My family is glad that he came along. Thank you Jason from all of us.
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Christi D. November 3, 2014
Verified Student
Jason is a great,cool, and awesome guitar teacher. He has good taste in music and knows a lot of good ways of teaching me. I have improved a lot over the last few months since he came. My guitar solos are improving...and we have a lot of fun jamming. He is the BEST guitar teacher ever!
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Carmen C. July 25, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jason is thorough, adaptable, patient, kind, and full of so much information. He is well worth every penny.
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

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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!!!

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