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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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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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Victoria November 10, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Adan C. October 26, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He is really good. Exellent. I would recommend to anyone who really wants to learn violin.
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Sarah J. October 5, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Had my first lesson yesterday! James is very patient and thorough in his way of explaining things. Very excited for lesson 2! So happy!
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James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
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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 call TakeLessons customer service for help accessing her right here through this referral service. She coaches by phone and online, so they don't even need to live in sunny Southern California.
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Dylan December 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 5 year old son told me that he really like her and wants to learn from her. We can't wait for the next lesson with Teresa.
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Mehak November 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Working with Teresa has been an absolute pleasure that I know will pay off in the long term. Thanks to her, my life and my home has been filled with music that I love to play and share with others. It is rare to find a teacher willing to listen to what the student desires to learn and then take the right steps for them to achieve their musical goals. The best thing I can say about Teresa is her ability to not only teach children but adults like myself, in a manner where based upon one's age and learning ability, they are able to become successful.
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Lena November 5, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
She is a really great teacher, my daughter is very happy and she now know basic songs.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
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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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Julie Price October 27, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified 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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Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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Keith J.

Van Nuys, CA

I have been professionally taught the structure of music. If you allow me to teach you, you will be able to understand any and all types of music. You will understand scales, chords, intervals, and most of all reach your goals. I will make sure you are confident in music. Let's start today!!

About Keith

Hi my name is Keith. I am a 3x Grammy nominated platinum selling music producer and professional touring musician. I have more than 20 years of experience playing the piano, synthesizers, and work stations under my belt. I am formally trained in Classical and Jazz piano techniques and application. I am fluent in music theory and can play by ear as well. I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Arts Management from Long Island University - CW Post Campus in New York. In addition to classical and Jazz I am able to teach Gospel music as well. I have had the pleasure of musically Directing band
s and/or producing for many known artist including: John Legend, Miguel, and Neyo. Teaching music is my passion and I am offering piano lessons to kids and adults, all styles, all levels, in your home or online. My Lesson Schedule is Flexible. I am very patient with students and want to see you reach your goals. Let's start today!!!
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Marc C. July 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Keith was very friendly right off the bat, and gave a great first piano lesson to me! I'm looking forward to the next few lessons with him!
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Marianne Hope May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to have Keith as my piano/music theory instructor. He was very patient with me and made sure I understood the lessons and the concepts. It had been a long time since the last time I played piano and he accommodated to my needs and what I needed to learn first before we advanced to the next level of the lesson. If you're just starting out, he's a great first teacher to have!
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De Marcus R. April 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Keith's knowledge in music production and his skill level for playing the piano is impressive to say the least. As an instructor/mentor Keith has the ability to inspire and encourage students to learn. Learning music theory on your own can be challenging and frustrating, but Keith has the ability to explain it in a way where difficult concepts may become easy to grasp. The techniques that he has taught me has also made sight reading and playing in general easier and more enjoyable. Keith often gives me constructive criticism on some of my own music production that I bring in, and shares ideas with me on how I can build on a chord progression to take my production to the next level, which I really appreciate. I would highly recommend Keith to anyone ready to learn.
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Keith J.

Van Nuys, CA 91405
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$20 / 30-min

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