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Molly W.

Encino, CA

I start at the beginning with pitch and rhythm and work toward chords and progressions, key signatures and the circle of fifths. Written assignments will be given in a text book and applied to the instrument of your choice.

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 training with Liz Arbus. 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 ***
I start out with Alexander Technique to allow the instrument to sit easily on your or your child's relaxed shoulder if learning violin, or resting on their knee if guitar. 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.  If your child would rather learn guitar or ukulele, my approach to technique 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 which point they are eligible for the Twinkle Graduation. After six months, 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 ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is ample street parking in a safe neighborhood South of Ventura Blvd. I have a sitting room for parents and siblings and a baby grand piano to use for accompaniment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my instrument and provide xeroxes of studies or songs I introduce if not in the book. I expect students to have/bring an instrument and their books, also a notebook for parents to keep track of practice assignments.

*** 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 naturally do.
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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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Elena D. November 5, 2013
Songwriting
Great with kids, calm, focused and fun

I have been working with Molly for 8 years, in her first music project "B is for Baroness", and recently playing and writing songs with her for the music project "Peach & Knife". She is an amazing and talented violinist, singer and composer, and being a beautiful soul, she is a great teacher, particularly with kids. Calm, creative and passionate about learning from everyone, her students as well and the professionals she encounters on her path.
I highly recommend her. I believe her positive and fun attitude can really nurture beginner students as well as more experienced musicians.
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Molly W.

Molly W.

Encino, CA 91316
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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.
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Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Cello · Online
Fantastic Lesson!
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Victoria R. June 15, 2015
Music Performance · Online
Great lessons!
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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
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starting at
$45 / 45-min
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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
Harmony
Music Theory
Improvisation

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
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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.
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Nawzat D. March 4, 2013
Piano
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
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ivan

Music is the fuel of my life! Born and raised in Russia, I was heavily influenced by the American/British rock/pop scene and started writing my own musical material in English at the age of 8. While studying classical piano and music theory for five years, I also picked up interest in the guitar and by the age of 19 I had an independent, self-produced album under my belt. Making music for a living was always my dream. This dream finally drove me to pursue my career nowhere else, but the entertainment capitol of the world, Los Angeles. While in Hollywood, I attended LA Talent Academy (Theatre o
f Arts, affiliated with The Musicians Institute) where I studied Music performance under the guidance of world class professionals. I have also worked with great producers, whose credentials include Grammy nominations and producing major artists such as Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, and George Michael. I’ve become a professional performer and a recording artist, while taking all my experience into the classroom! In 2009 I've released my American debut album “Privet Earth!”. Two songs from the album ended up on the 2011 Grammy ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make a music lesson both productive and enjoyable. I believe that great results can be achieved only when you love what you’re doing.

You want to learn your favorite song? Let’s do it.

You want to learn how to write a song? You got it.

You want to shine onstage? Let’s make it happen!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul studio electric, Carlo Robelli acoustic, Ebanez acoustic, Epiphone electric.
Keyboards: Williams Encore synthesizer (88 weighed keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide two acoustic guitars, two electric guitars w/ cables, mini-amps. ( Student still needs to have their own guitars/amps to practice their home work)
For piano lessons, student needs to have their own piano/keyboards at home. The same goes for music theory, music performance, singing.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching methods are thorough. I make sure that the student learns and understands the theory as well as the essence of music.
When it comes to genres, I specialize in Popular/Rock music. My student will learn how to play their favorite pop tunes, while learning the basics of the music theory.

Bi-lingual (English, Russian)
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Ryan R. May 24, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
GREAT instructor

The lessons just keep getting better. Ivan has been working in music theory along with each lesson to help grasp the concept for this. It have been a big help and he is extremely knowledgable. It has also been extremely helpful that he is a awesome musician as watching him play I am able to pick up subtle hints that help my playing as well.
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Ryan R. November 29, 2012
Verified Student
Great instructor and very knowledgeable

Ivan is a very knowledgeable instructor and the lessons are great. Lessons are set up tailored to my interests. Also teaches theory and multiple way to play making each lesson specific for my progress. Highly recommend Ivan. Very please with his teaching skills and look forward to every lesson and what will be taught.
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Ivan S.

Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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!
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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!
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Lisa P. February 14, 2014
Singing
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.
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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.

Tarzana, CA 91356
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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