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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

I teach reading, "proper"classical technique and how to play with emotion!

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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Craig H. December 10, 2014
I've been taking lessons from Mike for about 6 months now and his enthusiasm and supportive approach are invaluable. This is my 3rd time trying lessons and the first time I've continued past the first couple sessions. And the reason is Mike. He's extremely talented, but more importantly, he's a phenomenal teacher. He explains things simply, concisely, and effectively. I leave every lesson enthused and excited to go home and practice. I can't recommend him highly enough. Mike's the man!
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Aaron G. April 12, 2013
Guitar
Mike S will teach you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument!

Mike really is incredible. The guitar looked so complicated and confusing before I met Mike. He really teaches you how to allow yourself to learn a new instrument. Within a month I was improvising over simple changes with my own ideas! And within 2 or 3 months, the amount of chord structures I had at my disposal was mind blowing. The speed at which I became comfortable with the instrument was amazing. I really believe that Mike's simple teaching style really was a key part in my ability to play and grow on a new instrument. Other than that, he is one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure to meet and play with. He gives so much of his time to his community by teaching anyone from child to infinity and even bringing them together to create bands to showcase every persons different talents. He is a beautiful human being and I do actively suggest him to anyone that tells me they want to learn either piano, guitar, or bass.
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Alyssa S. April 12, 2013
Piano
AMAZING music teacher!

I have been taking lessons with Mike since I was age 5, and am now age 25. Mike was the first person to make me feel passion and love for music. He helped me discover my talent by allowing and encouraging me to play by ear and was always incredibly supportive, patient, and kind. Lessons with Mike make me eager to practice the piano daily and I have ALWAYS looked forward to our next lesson together because of the fun and easy-going environment he creates. If it weren't for Mike, I would not continue to play the piano as often as I do as an adult. He goes above and beyond for his students and I would HIGHLY recommend him as a teacher. I know I will take lessons from him for as long as he's still teaching!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Maryam M.

Valencia, CA

Have your classical guitar (aka Spanish guitar) and your foot pedal ready to go. we're gonna have some fun. Books will be provided and weekly homework will be given to you.

About Maryam

Okay well let the game begin :)...I'm not going to talk in third person like " Miss m. was born in blah blah and then she performed in blah blah..." :) So here it goes...Hi! You probably already know my name but I want to let you know of some fun facts about me before starting to talk about all those resume stuff!
!) every body calls me Maryam but there are 23 letters in my full name and YES that's crazy.
@) I love red.
#) I think mermaids are super-cool
$) I wish I had a pet dolphin!
%) I watched a lot of wrestling as a kid and the hardy boys are my favorites!
if you're still reading =>
YAY. now let's talk about my experience. I started music, theatre and art when I was very very young. I moved to different cities AND countries so I had the chance to be taught by very different perspectives and teachers that had nothing in common but music. All that time beside being humble to my teacher I could still take notes of what they did that I loved and what they did that I hated as a student. Then when I was in high school I realized I loved helping people to learn and I started teaching and using those " words of wisdom" I left for myself. I know what it feels like to be a student believe me. I still am a student in college. I understand your pains and gains and happiness and sadness and everything you go through in your journey. I'm very flexible with different genres. In fact I started as a classical musician then changed to pop then rock then metal then blues then jazz and finally I realized : OK I admit it. I love all of them and I try my best to teach you what you want to learn. Oh and you might also be interested to know that I can also speak fluent Farsi. So what do you say? Lets open the door of Narnia together. It'll be AWESOME!

P.S lets be real I know you're gonna stalk me to make sure I'm the teacher for you so here you go >>

Sound: https://soundcloud.com/maryam-mirbagheri

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I want you to improve. I want you to put time and be great at what you do. I truly love all my students and I want your happiness. As of teaching goes, I'll make sure to meet all your needs but it's you who can make a difference. I don't believe in talent , I believe in hard work and practice. everybody is born with the same blank canvas it's what you draw on it over time that matters.If you let me know that you have other things than music or you're maybe busy to practice a lot, I'll give less things to practice after every 3 month ( what I call a semester) you can choose songs to record in my home studio. I don't have a fancy studio but I have enough equipment to record and edit demo songs. I'd love my students to participant in talent shows and I'm always looking to put you out there in the real world of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Any thing a student and their parents might need.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my guitar to accompany but the student needs to also provide their own instrument. I will also need the voice students to have a keyboard or a piano as a lot of voice technique exercises need the piano accompaniment.

*** Specialties ***
I'm professionally an electric guitarist.. Started with classic guitar and then changed genre to rock and metal and then started exploring jazz but I consider myself a rock solo guitarist with some spices of jazz and i still play classical. I'm also a pop/rock singer with flavors of jazz and I've been singing classic music as well.
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Chuck S. August 13, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
She is kind, patient, flexible, and most importantly she listens to what your desires are and adjusts her style to meet those needs. She is also very good at explaining the importance of traditional exercises and does an excellent job of presenting those in a way that is a very comfortable way to learn.
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Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
Music Composition
While studying at ARC I bumped into Maryam. Upon realizing that she was a music major the topic quickly escalated to focus of degree. At the time, composition was what Maryam was pursuing. After listening to some of her creations, I realized that I had never seen such talent at a junior college. Selecting Maryam from the rest of the pack will forever change yours and your child's lives. She is a fine musician and is very easy to talk to. All the while songwriting and composing is her specialty and she is the best that I know.
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Sherian S. November 8, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Singing Lessons

It took awhile to get my granddaughter to singing lessons but now that she has started them, she is having such a great experience. She hasn't let us listen to her voice at home but we are waiting for that day when she will. All I know is, she is learning a lot from her teacher and is anxious to go to her lessons every week. Her teacher is a very accomplished musician and has encouraged my granddaughter to be able to try and develop her love of music through her voice. I am so thrilled I found her teacher and we chose her by her schooling and credentials. I don't know where these voice lessons will lead my granddaughter, if anything we just want her to enjoy the journey and if it helps her with her self esteem, that will be a great accomplishment. I can't say enough great things about her teacher, she has been wonderful for my granddaughter. I read what her teachers background has been and what she is currently doing, it meant a lot to my granddaughter to know that about her. We are very impressed with her knowledge and how she is handling my granddaughters lessons. Thanks for the great teacher!
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Maryam M.

Maryam M.

Newhall, CA 91321
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Marija K.

Simi Valley, CA

About Marija

Greetings from Marija (pronounced, "Maria")!

I am a Graduate of Musician's Institute/Guitar Institute of Technology and have a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from California Institute of the Arts.

Artist Product Endorsements:
Levy'¬ôs Leathers Limited
Dunlop Guitar Accessories U.S.A.
RKS Guitars

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a patient, confidence-building and enthusiasm-generating approach to teaching. I strive to provide a positive, inspiring and comfortable environment where students can learn in a way that is best suited to their individual personalities, playing level and pace. A
s we go along, we develop strategies for attainable goals with guidance for quality and streamlined practice-sessions for maximum results with minimum effort, which makes learning easier and faster. We also work from a list of the student's favorite songs in any style or genre, based on the student's interest, while exploring others in order to enhance skill and inspire creativity.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music lessons are currently held in student's homes in the areas described as well as locations where amplifiers are provided.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Wherever needed, practice amplifiers can be brought to each lesson for the electric guitar, bass, vocals & electronic keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
We can work with any style or genre, based on the student's interest, while exploring others in order to enhance skill and inspire creativity.

(Specializing in the music of Jimi Hendrix & Led Zeppelin)
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Tina D. August 30, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
She is soooo GREAT!!

She makes me feel so comfortable, and is a great teacher!
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Marija K.

Marija K.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ray

Hello!

My name is Ray - I'm 27 years old, born in Queens NY. I studied classical music for many years as a youngster at Aaron Copeland School of Music college preparatory program. Here I was also introduced to Jazz, and around the same time began experimenting with synthesizers. I went on to study Electronic Production & Design at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and quickly became a very sought after studio musician and performer.

I've been successfully teaching many instruments and proficiency levels for over 13 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I antici
pate teaching being a very important part of the rest of my life.

I enjoy reading science, math, and philosophy, and in addition to teaching am currently working as a pop music producer.

*** Lesson Details ***
I consider my music lessons unique because of 3 main reasons:

1. I have a very deep understanding of music, sound, and theory, considering it one of my native languages.

2. I have devoted considerable amounts of time and energy studying neuroscience, which has greatly improved my understanding of the learning process.

3. I have been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary to guide a student through the necessary steps it takes to learn at whatever pace is optimal, in order to maximize the efficiency of the learning process for each individual.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop too, and enjoy teaching students their favorite songs from the radio.

I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
Piano
Major Improvement

My son and daughter both take from Ray and they love him!!! My daughter started with him after she had had 2 other teachers and she improved immediately. She loves going to Ray because he teaches her to play the songs that she likes. Now she plays so many songs for memory!! My son loves going to piano and is always excited to see Ray.
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Sebastián M. March 7, 2014
Classical Guitar
Classical Guitar

When I started taking lessons from Ray I was playing the electric guitar, although I had a classical guitar in my house I did not play it that often. I took my classical guitar once to class and then I started to learn how to play the classical guitar. I went from playing basic peaces of music to playing Minuet in G in a short time. From playing electric guitar about 3 or 4 years to playing classical music in about 1.5 to 2 years. Ray has helped me to increase my knowledge of music.
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Ray R.

Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel M.

Canoga Park, CA

I have studied for years playing pieces from many eras dating as far back as the renaissance, both solo and with duets/trios/quartets.

About Daniel

I have a very unique musical background compared to other guitarists. My first instrument was alto saxophone in middle school. I played it through high school and a bit in college. After I graduated high school I taught myself guitar and drum set. I also spent 5 years in drum and bugle corps on trumpet and euphonium. As part of my studies I also learned keyboard. This means my perspective and experience in music is different than other guitar teachers. There are many concepts I have learned from other instruments that I can pass down to students.

*** Lesson Details ***
From the start I wil
l help you set goals you want to reach. Whether it's to learn a specific song or become familiar with a new genre, goals go a long way to keeping you focused and motivated. In each lesson I will make sure you have all the tools you need to stay on track. Music theory and skills(music reading, ear training, rhythm) will be core subjects taught in each lesson. My goal is to make you a musician who plays guitar.
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nataliya G. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
highly recommend

My son started taking guitar lessons with Daniel in December. So far, we are very happy customers. He is talented, knowledgeable, professional, polite, and accommodating. We would highly recommend Daniel
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Michael W. February 6, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Highly Recommended!!!

Daniel is an excellent teacher who patiently covered all of the issues that I needed help with. I have had advanced training in music, and he helped me more than most of my previous teachers ever did. I would highly recommend him without hesitation!
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Richard A. November 16, 2013
Music Performance
Bass Guitar

Daniel gave me several lesson on my bass guitar when I started playing a few years back. He was very informative and very professional in giving lessons to me! He helped me on changing my strings and gave me lessons on proper technique on playing the bass!
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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Canoga Park, CA 91304
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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