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Arlette C.

Reseda, CA

I teach basic Music Theory to all my students so that they understand the role of the cello in an orchestral position as well in chamber music. But it is essential to understand the basics of music theory. So I make it a rule that each student learn music theory every 2 weeks during their lesson.

About Arlette

Arlette C. grew up and attended schools in Culver City, California. She attended Los Angeles Valley College where she received an Associate of Arts degree in Music. She then received a partial scholarship and received the Margaret Aue Award for outstanding cellist while attending California State University at Northridge, where she received a Bachelor of Music degree in cello performance. She went on to attend University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a full scholarship and graduated with a Master of Music degree in cello performance.
After her graduation in 1984, she toured Europe for eigh
t months playing cello with the Schatz Theater Group, an American opera company. Upon her return from Europe, she was hired to play in various orchestras in Michigan. In 1991, she returned to California and was named Operations Manager with the Inland Empire Symphony Orchestra in San Bernardino. In 1994, she moved back to Culver City, where she began to work for Cedars Sinai Medical Center in 1997. Noticing the lack of any significant orchestra in Culver City she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, with a mission of developing classical music interest in young audiences.
After she founded the Culver City Chamber Orchestra in 1997, she created the Just For Kids Youth Symphony Orchestra (2006-2008). With the Just For Kids group, she taught music fundamentals, music history, musicianship, and orchestral repertoire.
Ms. Arlette as well is the Founder and Music Director of her own orchestra and has attended several conducting workshops throughout the United States hosted by world renowned teachers such as Harold Faberman, Apo Hsu, Eduardo Navega, Marin Alsop, Lawrence Golan, Leonard Slatkin, Christoph Eschenbach, Otto Werner-Mueller, and Daniel Lewis. Her current conducting coach is Mr. John Koshak.
She has taught at Bloom School of Music In 2013. She is successfully conducting with the Culver City Chamber Orchestra, and is a free-lance cellist, and holds two wonderful cello studios in Culver City and Reseda.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are fun and entertaining, but you (the student) will always learn something). You will first learn the basics like posture, sitting properly, cello basics, then we actually play the cello. Yeah!!!! You play a line or two or three, then we play together!!! We do this a couple of times with several different fingers on the strings so you can get used to it. Repeating this over and over gives you lots of confidence and mastery!!!
At the 6 month mark I hold a recital for all my students who must participate so that I and your parents can see the progress you have made in these 6 months. And both you and I should be very proud of the work You have put into playing the cello!!!

*** Specialties ***
Methods I teach are traditional scales, etudes, broken thirds and easy pieces to difficult ones. Styles I keep range from the entire classical era from Bach to 21st century music to Broadway and some jazz.


Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Cello · Online
Fantastic Lesson!
Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Great lessons!
Arlette C. September 22, 2014
Cello · In studio
Fabulous cello teacher!!! We are so pleased that our daughter is taking lessons from Arlette. When our daughter wanted to learn cello (2 years ago), Arlette came highly recommended. We were not disappointed! Arlette teaches all aspects of playing the cello, including music theory, and developing musically. She's passionate, caring, patient every step of the way, inspirational, and makes it so much fun!--consequently, my girl recently auditioned and was accepted to play in a high school orchestra (she's a middle school student). She loves playing cello!
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Arlette C.

Arlette C.

Reseda, CA 91335
starting at
$45 / 45-min

Jill M.

Woodland Hills, CA

Contemporary Pop, R&B, Folk, Country, Jazz music theory

About Jill

Individualized training to best suit the needs, skill level and goals of each student in all genres of music. I tailor each lesson to meet my student's music aspirations. I'm creative, patient and caring.

I'm a Berklee College of Music Graduate in Vocal Performance. I've coached voice students, taught contemporary music theory lessons and conducted performance labs in all genres of music, all ages, privately and in a group setting for the past eight years. I've established my own private vocal studio and taught in-home lessons in Sydney Australia before moving to Los Angeles.

Aside from
being a teacher, I'm also a session singer and have performed with various general business bands in contemporary Jazz R&B Pop ensembles in Boston, New York, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Sydney and Jakarta. Now I'm based in Los Angeles, CA. I'm also currently working on my own original compositions.

*** Lesson Details ***
I coach, guide and help students with auditions, performance preparations, finding the right musicians to hire and preparing for recording sessions.

I normally break the lesson into two segments, the first segment focusing on technique/instrument awareness and the other on song study, performance study and artistic interpretation. The length of each segment depends on what the student need.

Here are the two elements of lesson covered:

1. Vocal/Instrument awareness
2. Song/Performance studies

Vocal/Instrument awareness
Vocal anatomy
Technical Mastery in piano and/or voice
Vocal Warm-Ups
Scales and Modes
Ear- Training
Music Theory

Song and Performance Studies
Learning new tunes
Building a repertoire
Picking audition songs
Performance anxiety issues
Working with other musicians
Learning to read charts
Musical equipment use (Mics, PA system, Mixing Boards etc)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vocal Booth
Recording Equipments

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide a small keyboard or piano

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Pop, Jazz, R&B, All genres of contemporary and broadway, Music Theory, Songwriting, Vocal performance techniques, Vocal recording techniques. Here are some of the books I use:

Anne Peckham's "The Contemporary Singer" -Berklee Press
Anne Peckham's "Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer" Berklee Press
Judy Niemack "Hear it and Sing it"
Gabrielle Goodman "Vocal Improvisation (Techniques in Jazz, R&B and Gospel Improvisation)"
Gloria Rusch "The Professional Singer"
Vaccaii- Conconne
Kenny Werner "Effortless Mastery"
James C. McKinney-The Diagnosis and Correctional of Vocal faults
Most Berklee books - ear training, harmony

For Beginner's Piano:
Alfred's basic piano library
Musical Moments by Debra Perez
Progressive piano


Aline V. September 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Love working with Jill!! I feel very comfortable with her and I truly see that she has helped me with being very correct and precise when I sing! She knows exactly what she is doing and I feel that I will go far on my singing abilities with Jill! I highly recommend her.
Nawzat D. March 4, 2013
Verified Student
AMAZING teacher!

Jill is in a class of her own where it comes to teaching piano! She is incredible with kids, has tons of patience, is gentle yet firm enough to redirect an active 8 year olds attention. I was worried that my sons interest in restarting piano lessons would dwindle, as it had with his previous teacher, but Jill is a breath of fresh air, she is energetic, enthusiastic and knows just how to keep him motivated! Her love, respect and knowledge of music are evident. She makes each lesson fun and enjoyable. My son loves practicing and looks forward to his lessons... that speaks volumes. Simply put she's an awesome teacher whom I highly recommend.
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Jill M.

Jill M.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Shannon M.

Valley Village, CA

Knowing how music works is not only beneficial but REWARDING! Understanding how music is put together gives you the tools to perform AND write your own music!

About Shannon

Hi! My name is Shannon and I am very excited to be apart of the Takelesson's team! I think I came out of the womb singing a song! My love of music and eventually performing, led me to receive my bachelor's in Voice Performance from Missouri Southern State University in my hometown of Joplin, Missouri. While getting my degree, I realized I wasn't quite ready to embark in the professional performing world without a little more education. I went on to receive my Masters Degree in Musical Theater from The Boston Conservatory. I moved to LA in the fall of 2009 and fell in love with the weath
er and the people.

Music is such an important part of my life and I love sharing my knowledge and passion with other people! Not only is learning about music a fun experience, but helps build discipline, confidence, and pride in ones accomplishments no matter how big or small. Music will be in our lives forever! To know more about it will only enhance ones life experience!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a big believer in building technique. If someone has excellent technique in ballet (the base of dance) the other styles will be stronger. In this way, having a good foundation in voice or piano (or taking a more classical approach) will allow the student to be stronger in musical theatre, pop, country, ect. I always begin with technique and expand my horizon's with the student once I know they have a great base!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I expect my students to be ready to work and have fun when I arrive. A quiet area where the student can concentrate and feel at ease it always preferred as well.

For voice students a piano or keyboard is preferred but with the wonders of modern technology not a requirement!

I like for all students to have a notebook where I can write assignments and practice expectations for the coming week. It's also a great way to see the progress of our time together.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in healthy singing, first and foremost. I believe that the cornerstone of making any sound is proper technique, whether one is singing pop or art song, speaking Shakespeare or Mamet. I specialize in classical singing and the Broadway belt/mix styles.

I teach beginning-intermediate piano. I love teaching piano! I feel it's the best instrument to learn because you must learn every aspect of reading music to play proficiently. I was able to learn several instruments quickly growing up because of the skills I acquired through learning piano first.

I am also able to coach/teach break down/ score a monologue/scene/song for study and performance. I feel that the first rule of acting is specificity. There are millions of possibilities, all one has to do is make a specific choice with each new turn of thought.

Along with making healthy choices for the artists instrument, I also feel strongly about making a healthy and safe place for a student to experiment and try new things. In any lesson/class taught, I want every student to feel that they can take risks and push the limits of their talents! When one steps out their comfort zone growth happens!


Josie B. January 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Shannon is an absolutely phenomenal vocal coach. I study Classical Voice and Musical Theatre Voice with her, and I have improved drastically in both areas since beginning with her around a year ago. With her I have learned breathing, belting, mixing, and how to properly sing classically (with space). She has awesome pieces that we work on and manages to teach me the pronunciation of words in a variety of languages for arias and art songs. Shannon also has a lovely personality and a great sense of humor! I HIGHLY recommend her!
Lisa P. February 14, 2014
Verified Student
All around great teacher.

My granddaughter has improved immeasurably since working with Shannon. Her confidence has soared and she can't stop singing.
Shannon has worked on her air capacity and support and her upper range and tone is so much better. She's punctual and dependable and a pleasure to work with.
Stephanie G. February 12, 2014
Broadway Singing
Shannon makes learning, growing and performing lots of fun

I see Shannon primarily for voice lessons, but she really helps me prepare for every aspect of auditioning. From vocal technique, to song selection, cuttings for auditions, getting out of my head and into the character, Shannon has been my guide every step of the way, and all with enthusiasm, laughter, encouragement, and wisdom. She's helped with my acting on songs, but she's also helped me to choose and prepare monologues and sides. She challenges me in every lesson so I'm always improving, and she's guided my first steps in this business. I am so grateful to have found her! Whether you want to pursue acting and singing as a career or a hobby, I highly recommend Shannon. She really makes it fun!
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Shannon M.

Shannon M.

Tarzana, CA 91356
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Steven G.

Winnetka, CA

Private study of music theory with me is highly individualized. For beginners, we will start with the basics of tonality, intervallic relationships, rhythm, and ear training. We will then progress into a study of harmony, musical modes, mixed meter, etc. Lessons can be done in conjunction with piano instruction if possible. I always like to use audio recordings and sheet music of recognizable compositions, both contemporary and classical, to augment a student's understanding of concepts.

About Steven

I consider myself dedicated to two passions in life: the art of musical creation, and the joy of kindling that spark in others. I've been teaching private music lessons for the past five years, and have worked with students of many different ages and proficiency levels. I am always on the lookout to work with new people who are just as excited about creating music as I am! My musical career began fifteen years ago as a classically-trained pianist, and soon after began to expand to more contemporary styles such as rock, pop, jazz, and electronic. I spent four years at the University of Miami st
udying under Academy Award nominee Chris Boardman, and graduated with a degree in Music Composition & Production and a double minor in Music Business and Creative American Music. I currently reside in Los Angeles, where I write and produce music for films, TV shows, and video games. I look forward to meeting you and starting our musical journey together!


Leo B. July 30, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
great first lesson
Paul M. June 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Lessons with Steven are great! He was adept at assessing my current level and get me on the right track - and I have been improving faster than I ever could on my own. Give him a shot, you won't regret it!
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Steven G.

Steven G.

Winnetka, CA 91306
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Mauricio G.

Woodland Hills, CA

Do you feel stuck in your musical knowledge? Do you feel like there are songs that want to come out, but you have no idea where to start? I can help you! I have studied Music Theory for over 8 years, and have studied with some of the best musicians in Los Angeles including, Dr. Timothy Howard, and John Belzaguy.

I have been teaching music theory to students for about 3 years now.

About Mauricio

Hey there! My name is Mauricio G. Jr. I've been teaching for almost 4 years, and have been playing professionally all over LA for longer than that.

I've played with legendary musicians like, Otmaro Ruiz, Abraham Laboriel Sr., Gregg Bisonette, Tim Pierce, and many more
I play every weekend at the 10,000 member mega church Sepherd of the Hills: Westside, and have played all around LA for events and shows, including the Special Olympics in 2015

I'm a fun loving, engaging teacher that takes pride in seeing my students understand musical concepts, and grow as musicians and people.

I ca
n't wait to work with you!


Jacob August 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Mauricio is patient and works at your pace. Makes learning easier and enjoyable. Great at what he does
Miranda August 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
He is excellent!!
Angelica August 25, 2015
Guitar · In studio
He is a great teacher! I will keep on taking more lessons with him. I highly recommend him.
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Mauricio G.

Mauricio G.

Woodland Hills, CA 91364
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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