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Molly W.

Encino, CA

I teach young children via the Suzuki method which emphasizes a step by step approach to learning the instrument and also includes a parent in learning along side the student. The parent becomes the teacher in the home environment and is a student during the lesson. For adults I offer fiddling or classical instruction and coaching.

About Molly

A lover of cats, kids, and music, I started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age six, finishing all ten books before the end of high school. I added guitar, guitar variants such as ukulele, cuatro, and tiple, and percussion during my Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin and began teaching world music, piano, and theory at L.A. Trade Tech College in 2002. I performed for several years with the Cal Arts Balinese gamelan, Burat Wangi and moved to New York to perform with the local chamber pop ensemble Kotorino in 2008. It was there that I started teaching individual lessons on violin
and guitar before moving back to my natal LA to take the Suzuki book 1 teacher training, and this summer book 2.

I have many years of experience performing in world and pop music ensembles and have a deep love for music and its transformative qualities, especially when it comes to young people and advocating for a musical education. I currently play violin and sing with the Eastern European Women's Ensemble: Nevenka, and I write songs for the duo project called Peach & Knife.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons I create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievement, whether its holding the bow correctly, or having practiced the assigned passage the agreed-on number of times. With the Suzuki method, there is a progression in what we teach beginning students so that they are challenged and interested, but they don't get overwhelmed. For very young students, I will ask the parent to be involved in the learning process and act as a second teacher at home and during practice sessions. Within a short amount of time, the student usually surpasses the parent. And If your child wants to learn guitar or ukulele, my approach will be similar. Holding the instrument will be a very important part of learning the instrument, as well as caring for the instrument. Although I am very detail oriented in the lessons, my manner is very calm, light and reassuring, and children seem to enjoy the attention to details and the focused amount of time that we spend together. After 3 months, a beginning violin player will have usually learned to hold the violin, care for the instrument, they will know the names of the parts of the violin and bow, they will know how to bow before and after a piece, and sometimes they are able to play all the Twinkle variations. After six months to a year, depending on how much time and energy they put into practicing, they can usually play until the end of early Book 1, which is the 11th song or Andantino.

*** Studio Equipment ***
There is ample street parking in a safe neighborhood South of Ventura Blvd. I have a sitting room for parents and siblings and a private entrance via an outside patio.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki violin and guitar methods, theory, and self-taught for the ukulele. I studied song writing at UCLA and have many years worth of song writing experience. I also encourage performance and like to teach students how to feel comfortable on stage and I have started to incorporate musical play into lessons which includes early steps towards improvisation, something children do naturally.
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Stephanie Gonzalez July 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Not a bad start for someone like me that has limited experience. Learned two chords and received some good advice.
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Virginia C. January 21, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
A fan of Molly

Our kids ( ages 4 and 7) have been taking guitar and violin lessons from Molly in our home in Woodland Hills. I can not express how wonderfully skilled and professional Molly is, always arriving on time and prepared. She engages our children at their level and understands the need to incorporate play with the younger kids. Most importantly, Molly has an extra-ordinary way of showing kids how to love music while teaching them the foundations of music. We enjoy working with Molly and would love to have her teach music to our family for many years to come.
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Ellen B. December 3, 2013
Violin
Wonderful musician and kind person

I've sung with Molly for a couple of years now, and she is a wonderful musician, a kind person, and a delight to work with. She knows how to keep things fun while also working to accomplish goals. She loves kids, loves teaching kids, and works hard to be sure that they love learning music. I can recommend her for teaching any instrument or music theory to anyone.
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Molly W.

Molly W.

Encino, CA 91316
(9)
starting at
$47 / 30-min
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Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA

I work with beginners through intermediate students and focus on correctly holding the violin, positions, vertebrato , styles of music.

About Cindy

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a loc
al church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.
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Flor Garcia July 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First time, first day with Cindy. She explains the lesson very well, demonstrates and writes it down for the student to remember during home practice. That is teaching. She knows how to make the student learn.
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George B. June 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplinedđź‘Ť
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Jessica R. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.

Thank you!
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Cindy K.

Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA 91345
(8)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Carmen S.

Malibu, CA

About Carmen

Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons.

C
armen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich children's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Sarah K. May 12, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
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RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
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ChristineA November 2, 2010
Our daughter is loving every minute of her lessons! She cannot wait for the next meeting!
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Carmen S.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
(5)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA

About Tigran

Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowled
ge and expertise with students interested in learning.

Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing.
Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.
My students also play semiannual recital, witch helps them to gain confidence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: Music room w/ piano, guitar, violin, stands, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand if required

*** Specialties ***
Russian traditional and Suzuki methods.
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Zachary May 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is very patient and works very well with my son. If my son's attention starts to lapse, he will stop and play a quick game like clap, clap name your favorite animal, then go back to the lesson. My son ins 4 1/2 and he is doing very well!
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jawad K. May 14, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
My son has been learning violin with Mr. Tigran since last 8 months. He started with very basic 8 months ago and last week his middle school won 12 trophies and he was at the center of the performance. Thanks to Mr. Tigran. Mr. Tigran has the ability to come to student level and bring a change. He is soft, polite and professional. My son is fully involved in violin now and looking towards next level. I am very pleased with his performance and looking forward that one day he will be playing like Mr. Tigran. During the last 8 months there were some occasions where my son was not able to meet the schedule appointment and Mr. Tigran was very accommodating with these situations. Mr. Tigran has the ability to relate music with daily life examples so kids can understand it better. A good communication is extremely important for a teacher and he posses this skill and knows how to apply it. I can see my son will grow very well with his music in future.
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Nargis G. April 29, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Unfortunately we were very disappointed with Tigran as a violin teacher. Clearly, Tigran plays instrument very well and capable of passing his knowledge, yet he is not passionate about teaching and not motivational for young kids. It appears that he is more concerned about making sure that he will receive a credit for growing a talent than performing actual day-to-day instructional work. Despite multiple requests, we, parents, couldn't convince Tigran to start making written lesson notes, to ensure addressing all his comments during homework. Also, in our opinion, Tigran's studio doesn't have adequate lighting which forced us to bring our own light for every lesson. Surprisingly, Tigran hasn't even made any attempts to address the issue from his end. Tigran's approach to teaching is rather formal with lack of personal touch and this is very sad to acknowledge. We felt that Tigran failed to establish good personal connection with student.
Last thing you want to hire violin teacher, who would invariably respond to your "How are you?" with "I am so tired"...
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Tigran N.

Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA 91344
(18)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Antonella B.

Van Nuys, CA

I have been playing violin for 24 years & teaching lessons since 2001. Using the Suzuki Method & practice exercise, students will learn how to play by ear & eventually by sight-reading. Instruction begins with proper handling & care for their instrument as well as basic technique. By your first or second lesson, students will be able to play a song, building the foundation for more advanced technique & more diversified repertoire as we progress. For best rate of progress, students are asked to practice 30 minutes everyday!

About Antonella

Study with an American Idol! Antonella Barba, Season 6 finalist, is available to teach private in-home & online lessons in violin, piano, & voice. Antonella has been playing the violin for 24 years & teaching music since 2001.

Her newest role as Brand Ambassador for UNICEF not only exemplifies her passion of helping others by entertaining, but also calls those who share her passion to create & inspire through music. UNICEF features her internationally in their Imagine Campaign performing w/ Will.I.Am, Katy Perry, & David Guetta. The star-studded video was featured on Good Morning America as
well as the New Year's Eve ball-dropping ceremonies in Dubai, Sydney, & Rio: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/unicef-releases-star-studded-39-121010998.html

Antonella teaches all levels, beginner to advanced, & also offers audition prep & professional advice for music industry auditions.

A classically trained musician, Antonella employs Suzuki method as well as contemporary methods of music education.
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Jennifer July 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Antonella is a wonderful music instructor. She is patient, kind, and personable. Her musical talent is unmatched and she taught my daughter not only how to play the piano and violin, but also provided voice lessons as well. We miss her and her instructions very much! Antonella taught my daughter at home, online, and in the music store.
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Antonella B.

Antonella B.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
(1)
starting at
$70 / 30-min

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