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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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$35 / 30-min
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Sheila M.

Sherman Oaks, CA

It is incredibly important for students to have a general understanding of music theory, regardless of their instrument. Music theory is the core of the music that we play and listen to, and it is a vital part of every student's music education. The point of music theory is to show students how music works, and for that reason, every music student should be exposed to it at some level.

Having started piano at the age of 7, I was taught music theory at a very beginning of my music education. I studied it throughout my childhood and into my collegiate years. I can teach this subject in detail and help the student develop a clear understanding of the music that they read and play.

About Sheila

Sheila M. is a native of Southern California, born and raised in the city of Palm Springs. Her interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hu
ngary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

In 2013, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Los Angeles and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I am available to teach both flute and piano lessons and have taught both instruments at the beginning, intermediate and advanced levels, though I prefer to teach piano at the beginner and intermediate levels the most. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

My guarantee is that the student will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons, but little joking here and there is always necessary, in my opinion!

That said, here are my three expectations from my students:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home with your child. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano (not a keyboard) in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Chad October 12, 2015
Flute · In home
She is understanding, and really instills not only musical skill, but a love an excitement for the instrument!
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Matan S. September 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Fun to work with, friendly, good teacher
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Cary K. August 24, 2014
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Sheila taught my son flute for the academic year 2013-14 in our home once per week. She was able to supplement instructions with what he was doing in school music. She had a great relationship with him and he looked forward to his lesson every week. He improved greatly in his music skills over the course of the year and was asked by Sheila to perform in a recital at the end of the school year. Sheila was a very good music teacher and her academic training was clearly reflected in her teaching a great plus! I would highly recommend her for flute lessons.
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$40 / 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.

And I keep things FUN to keep the brain actively, creatively engaged. Let's get started in my beautiful home teaching studio in Sherwood Forest!

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, half an hour is the perfect lesson time. Options include piano, voice, beginning guitar and ukulele, music theory, and preparation for auditions. Teresa also conducts "music fun time" sessions for 2 to 4 year olds. 45-minute and 60-minute sessions are available as needed, and are recommended for audition prep.

For a little more info on Teresa, her additional "grownup" professional passion is Life Coaching. If anyone in your circle would be helped by coaching, consider referring them to Teresa right here on TakeLessons.com.
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Madison May 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter Madison really enjoyed the lesson.
She opened up to Teresa which is hard for her.
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Chelsea April 15, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Teresa was fantastic with my 8yo daughter. My daughter loved her first singing lesson and I enjoyed seeing the interaction of both during the lesson.
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Sofia O. October 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Our first class was amazing!! We are very excited to continue next week.
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Teresa Y.

Teresa Y.

Northridge, CA 91325
(15)
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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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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)
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$25 / 30-min
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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!
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London B. May 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Steven was wonderful, my granddaughter was so happy that he is her teacher. She is looking forward to her next lesson on Saturday.
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B March 10, 2016
Ableton · In home
Steven was knowledgeable and patient
Will call on his services again
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Jeanne G. February 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Today was my first lesson and I immediately felt comfortable working with Steve. He is very friendly and easy going and I have no reason to doubt that my lessons will be laid back yet also very educational. I felt at ease with my questions and he is good at teaching what he wants to convey. I have every reason to think he's a great teacher and I'm looking forward to my next lesson next week.
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Steven G.

Steven G.

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

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