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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach chord and scale theory! How to apply it to your instrument or use it to make your songwriting better!

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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Richard G. April 11, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, makes learning a lot of fun and his passion for music is awesome!
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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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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA

Michelle feels it is incredibly important that all vocal/singing students have at least a basic understanding of music theory, reading music and ear training. This greatly assists them as they mature as a singer and as a performer, giving them the confidence, skills and knowledge to thrive in their musical endeavors. Michelle designs a specific curriculum for each student’s goals and needs so that these important music skills can be fun and accessible to anyone.

About Michelle

I believe that everyone can sing, it is just a matter of learning how to use your own unique instrument. From a very young age, as a performer, I was sharing my love of the arts with others. I grew up with an immense appreciation for the self-expression and creativity that result from all forms of art and music, to me, felt like my ideal way to express myself. Music inspires me and I always knew I wanted to help others connect with their inner musical ability as well.

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Michelle’s intention for each student is to support him or her, to the best of her ability, in findi
ng and cultivating their voice, as well as their musical and performance abilities. As a teacher, she keeps a healthy balance between professionalism and making learning fun, inspiring and experiential. She designs a specific curriculum for each student based on their specific goals and intentions regarding their voice so that each lesson focuses on them and their unique needs. It is extremely important to her that students of all ages have a positive experience of music in their lives and she provides fun and encouraging performance opportunities for those students who wish to participate. Michelle’s goal is to recognize and support each student's potential, helping to give them confidence, direction and motivation on their unique musical journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, microphone, mic stand, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, guitar and mic amplifier, recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Portable Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Musical theater, Jazz, Classical, Contemporary, R & B, Folk, Alternative, Contemporary Christian and Popular Music.
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Anelyn D. August 19, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
My daughter has grown so much with developing her range, control, and breathing. She has not only grown as a singer who loves her passion, but also as a young student that has been very mature and impressive with her stage presence. Ms. Michelle has challenge her at every level and still allowed her to be expressive. My daughter at age 12 has performed at events and people comment on her talent and controlled ability. We contribute her growth and success to Ms. Michelle.
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Kaitlyn O. June 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Michelle is the best! She really gets you excited to learn something new. Finding the right teacher is hard, but Michelle immediately puts you at ease and makes it a safe environment to learn and grow.
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Seth April 30, 2016
Singing · In studio
I always wanted to take lessons with a proper vocal coach who was well informed and knowledgeable about singing. Michelle is that! She helped me incredibly just after the first lesson. The growth and confidence she brings out in your craft is amazing. I highly recommend her if you're looking for a good vocal coach.
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Michelle A.

Michelle A.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$40 / 30-min
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA

I studied AMEB music theory back home in Australia (Australian Musical Examination Board), all the way through until college where I studied a bachelor of performing arts. During my studies advanced theory was covered. As a performing musician playing in orchestras and other ensembles I've always maintained a high level of theory.

I improvise playing electronic violin with DJ's, this requires a broad theory knowledge. It is an instrumental skill when free styling.

I have taught music theory to up and coming music producers to hone their skills and become masters at production. My music has taken me all around the world, from Australia, to Europe and now the US, where I have been recently granted an extraordinary ability visa, recognizing me as one of the best performers from my home country. This allows me to teach and perform music in America.

I look forward to helping you on your musical journey, helping you grow as a musician while making it as enjoyable as possible.

About James

I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the
opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

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I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Donaco S. August 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Perfect first lesson. He gave me just enough info to feel comfortable and just enough homework to not overwhelm me.
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Yanjing L. July 3, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
James is great teacher! I have learned so much during one single class!
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Shawn P. June 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson, excited for lesson 2
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James T.

James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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$35 / 30-min
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Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA

I specialize in working with beginners of all ages and with students at any level who know the style or styles of music they want to explore and master. My passion is working with my students in ways that prepare them to pursue their musical interests armed with what I call the "building blocks" of music: knowledge of functional music theory and how to use it.

"Functional music theory" can sound daunting, but in fact it is fascinating, at least the way I teach it, using analogies appropriate to the age of the student, from chords like different types of sandwiches (yum!) to chord progressions like the materials and equipment used to build a house.

About Teresa

A musician since age 4, Teresa's dad took her early passion for music seriously. So she respects the power that parents have to foster their children's musical lives! She notes the many stories she has heard over the years: "If someone had just supported my interest"... "If my teacher had listened to what I wanted to learn."

These stories and her own passion for music-making inform her approach. A degreed music educator and multi-instrumentalist, she celebrates and uses the musical interests of her students to move them forward. She has three grown sons, including two touring musicians. Th
eir musical lives also influence her work with children, young people, and adults. The point is to celebrate and develop each student's unique, interest-based musical self-expression.

In her home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest, CA, 30 minutes is the perfect lesson time for most purposes. Options include piano, voice, ukulele, beginning guitar, beginning drum set, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts early childhood music sessions for 3 to 5 year-olds. 45-minute and 60-minute sessions are also available as needed, and are recommended for audition prep.

For a little more info on Teresa, she is a certified professional coach. Her passion is coaching others in meeting their musical AND larger life goals. So if anyone in your circle could use expert support in accomplishing a goal that really matters to them, rather than just dreaming about or wishing for it, have them look her up right here on this site, Teresa Y., Life Coaching, 91325. Or call TakeLessons customer service for help. She coaches by phone and online, so they don't even need to live in sunny Southern California.
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Lynelle August 17, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
I'm a first time music enthusiast! I know NOTHING about music. I left knowing how to tune my ukulele, the C, F,G chords, and the beginning portions of a Bob Marley "Three Little Birds" song! Teresa was wonderful, knowledgeable, and very comfortable to be around! I'm excited to work with her, and see where my skills develop! ;) I already am going to refer her to my friends!
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Lauren August 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Teresa and I have worked together as music teachers and on other music projects. She is a skilled and experienced music teacher that I would recommend to anyone. What really sets her apart is her positive presence -- not only is she fun to be around, but her personality makes you feel supported in working toward your goals.
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Sean July 21, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Teresa is great. She is very patient and very good at carrying on conversations with little ones. My 6 yo daughter’s been going to her home for weekly Ukulele lessons for about 2 months now, and my daughter adores her. Teresa is always willing to be flexible with switching lesson time to fit my ever changing schedule.

Highly recommended.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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$35 / 30-min
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

As a Jazz performance major at Cal State University Northridge, I have received extensive training in both classical and jazz theory. From basic scales to advance harmonic applications, I have much to offer to help expand your knowledge of music theory. I teach based on each students individual needs in order to help them realize their goals.

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. 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 o
rder 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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Krish June 11, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Friendly personality and appears very passionate about his music.
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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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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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