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Beckie E.

North Hollywood, CA

About Beckie

Hi!
My name is Beckie and I have played music for all of my life. I play and teach many different instruments such as the Trumpet, French horn, Saxophone, Mandolin, Guitar, Clarinet, Voice, and Piano.

I graduated from Chapman University in 2010 with 2 degrees in music, Music Education and Music Performance on French horn. I am currently attending UCLA for my masters in Music Performance on French horn.

When I first began teaching, I taught at an elementary school for 3 years as a brass coach for a Montessori Academy. This is where I fell in love with teaching. I have been teaching pri
vately for 12 years now and love the one-on-one attention that I can give the students.

I have worked for many great organizations like the Los Angeles Philharmonic and California Philharmonic.

I currently am a freelance musician. I perform regularly with two different orchestras and am in a Brass Ensemble called the Vine Street Brass and a horn ensemble called the Thursday Horn Club. I have performed in such wonderful venues as the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Sydney Opera house, in which I was able to premier a piece!

I look forward to working with you or your child in helping to start or continue a musical instrument!
*** Lesson Details ***
When I teach lessons, I like to go at the pace of the student. I am very patient but I expect the student to practice during the week. I will always work with a student as long as it takes to have them understand what is difficult for them musically. I use a lot of different books like Teaching little fingers to Play and Standard of Excellence.

For Adults, I like the Big Beginners Piano book which has easy classical pieces to play!

I teach from the rudimentary skills and build on the fundamentals of music. After 3 or 6 months, my students feel accomplished with what they have learned and excited for the next 3 to 6 months!

I usually play my instruments with the students, but being a freelance musician, I may need to save my chops for an upcoming gig. Not always, but happens from time to time :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice space in home w/ seating for parents and music stand. I also have a cat and a dog, so if you are allergic, please let me know! The cat and dog are always put away during the lesson time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have one music stand. I expect the student to provide the music books and their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical genres of playing.
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Jenny January 18, 2016
French Horn · In home
Beckie is so sweet and helpful - exactly what I needed!!!
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Avery T. September 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was very good. She was very professional and good with our child.
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Belle F. July 31, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Beckie did a great job with my Granddaughter on the Piano! Maddy loved her piano lessons with Beckie. My grandson also took Trumpet lessons with Beckie. Although she did not have an actual trumpet to bring to the lessons Beckie did a terrific job showing Jacob the music he wanted to learn and some trumpet playing concepts.
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Beckie E.

Beckie E.

North Hollywood, CA 91606
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Mike

I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Lynn K. January 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
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Bob November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
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Jackson G. November 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA

About Nils

Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 50, in my experience, with even a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reac
h the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplishment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and recordings of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we will focus on are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!

*** Equipment ***
-15" Macbook Pro & 24" External Display
-Digidesign Mbox 2 Pro Interface
-Genelec 8020A monitor speakers
-Various microphones (Shure, Sennheisser, etc)
-ProTools 8 LE, Ableton 9, Reaper, Garageband
-large collection of plugins, virtual instruments and sample libraries

-Electric, Acoustic and Bass guitars (Fender, Gibson)
-Various vintage amplifiers (Marshall/Fender/other)
-Extensive collection of vintage and boutique guitar effects pedals
-Evidence Audio, Lava, Mogami and Canare cables
-Yamaha P120 Digital Piano, Yamaha DX7 II FD, Casio CZ101, Arturia Microbrute Synthesizers, and a Hammond L-100 Organ
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Darren G. January 20, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He's top notch. Nils has a really positive attitude and is very patient.
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Reid Crawford December 12, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He was on point and thorough
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Irene P. September 27, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
As an adult learner who's never even held a guitar until now, I put in a lot of time and effort into finding the right guitar instructor. I wanted someone extremely patient and empathetic to the struggles of a novice, in addition to being an expert musician himself. I found all that and more in Nils B. Don't hesitate to set up a lesson!
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Nils B.

Nils B.

Los Angeles, CA 90068
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$40 / 30-min
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan Gousios and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student,
in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Shai G. August 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!
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Judy L. June 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)
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Ben M. February 9, 2015
Drum · In studio
I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tamara P.

North Hollywood, CA

About Tamara

Hello! My name is Tamara. I grew up in Minnesota and started taking piano and violin lessons when I was ten years old. I played in orchestra, in pits, sang in choir, acted in plays, and competed in speech competitions. After graduating from high school I went to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City to study musical theatre. I completed my BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and have been acting and singing in professional productions in Chicago and Minneapolis ever since. I've also taught piano, violin, and voice lessons to private students for the past five yea
rs. I moved to LA last May with my Yorkshire terrier, Teddy. I love music and interacting with young people, and while I will encourage you in your practice and progress, I believe the most important thing is to enjoy learning and creating music.
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Dustin February 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Tamara is a great teacher and very easy going. Ive been going to her for about a month for piano lessons and I am enjoying it so far. Will be continuing to learn with her.
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Taryn W. January 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was great!
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Taurus M. November 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first piano lesson with Tamara and I'm looking forward to learning more from her.
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Tamara P.

Tamara P.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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