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Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

Jan has been playing piano since the age of 6. Jan teaches a mixture of classical training and the contemporary method of chords for popular songs. Beginning to Advanced welcomed.

About Jan

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity. Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition. Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling." Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph

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Lindie G. January 8, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
My daughter is 15 yrs. old and this is her first time ever taking any acting lessons. She enjoys her lessons & likes how Jan uses real life scenarios so she can relate to them in commercials and she says Jan is easy to work with!
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Yongsuk P. October 15, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far I had 3 lessons with her and I already noticed my singing changed for good. She is a very thoughtful and attentive teacher. Also, she should have had ton of experience as she guides me to the right direction from the first lesson. Her teaching is not limited to singing techniques, but includes the whole package as how to sing and what should be in mind when singing. I highly recommend her for those who serious about singing.
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Anita L. September 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
I took an 8 week course taught by Jan called Acting for Singers. She was incredibly helpful in teaching me how to perform as a singer/songwriter. She has a wealth of knowledge from her years of teaching and performing and was able to teach us exercises to help us perform on stage and convey the message of our song effectively. I definitely had to get out of comfort zone for some of the exercises but they changed my performance style immediately. She created a very safe environment for us to learn and told us from the outset that it was okay to make mistakes and not have everything be perfect. I was stretched every week I attended the class, but it gave me the confidence I needed to continue to push myself to perform.

I am so grateful for coming across Jan and would recommend her to anyone seeking to become more confident as a performer. She will help you tremendously.
Jill M. Woodland Hills, CA

I will work with your goals and am especially patient with beginners. I follow industry standard Alfreds, Bastien and John Thompson books.

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 ...

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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.
Rob S. Camarillo, CA

I have played keyboard myself since the age of 7, and have played professionally for the past 40 years.

About Rob

Originally from Chicago, I attended Chicago Musical College for 2 years before moving to Calif. and receiving my B.A. in music from Cal. State Northridge. I also have an M.A. in Education from there. I have been a band director in public schools for over 40 years. My bands have won over 50 1st place awards in music competitions. I have been playing keyboard professionally since the age of 14. I truly enjoy working with both kids and adults on a one on one basis, and provide a relaxed and friendly, yet goal-oriented experience. *** Lesson Details *** In each lesson,students will work on technique, music theory, and learn pieces (both from the method book and from supplementary material). I choose material for each student to use based on age, ability, and interest. I don't use a "one

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James R. March 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are off to a great start!!! Very encouraging.
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Tracey L. January 31, 2013
Verified Student
Good instructor, goes at your pace/ability level

I've only been taking lessons with Rob for 3 weeks, but so far so good. After an 18 year hiatus from playing the flute, I decided it was time to go back to it. He's customized the lessons to go as fast as I am able to pick it up, as it is coming back to me quickly. I appreciate not getting stuck in a "set" order of lessons. He's knowledgeable, professional, a genuinely nice person and he is a very good, easy to understand instructor.
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MicheleS1 May 2, 2012
INSPIRED LEARNINGS!

We laugh a lot when I goof up and he kindly leads me to where it will be better. We have had only 3 lessons so far and I have practiced every day, sometimes more than once per day and he says he can tell. Rob is a very experienced teacher and musician.
Ryan K. Woodland Hills, CA

Ryan has been playing piano since the age of 4, where is was discovered he has perfect pitch. In addition to all styles/levels, be it pop, classical, fusion, and even non-western melodies and music, Ryan can teach students to learn a reference pitch to aid in relative/perfect pitch efforts. Ryan also has professional experience singing and playing the piano, and can teach the melding of these two skills as well.

About Ryan

Ryan started his music with piano lessons at age four while lending his vocal talents in the recording booth for his musician/writer/ arranger father, Rick. Ryan was playing in piano recitals by age six, segued from keyboards to drums at age 14, and was subsequently accepted into the University of California, Santa Barbara percussion program after high school. While an undergraduate at UCSB, Ryan spent three years as the principal timpanist for the UCSB Symphony and five years as timpanist with the UCSB Wind Ensemble. Concurrently over the same five year period, he performed with a diversity of UCSB ensembles, Orchestra and Jazz combos, work with the College of Creative Studies department (CCS), and a variety of recording and recital work in and outside the university. Chiefly ...

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Raz B. May 3, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Ryan has been teaching Drum lesson to my 8 years old son for last 3 months. My son is a very challenging student and has problem focusing and paying attention. I am really amazed that he actually learnt and playing music.
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Sharon B. April 6, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
excellent instructor for drums and piano!

Ryan is an exceptional music instructor. He has been giving guidance to my 13 year old son on drums and piano for 3-4 months and my son's abilities have dramatically soared. Ryan is equally talented on both instruments and offers top notch dual instruction. Ryan is a true musician and knows how to communicate the language of music on various levels to my son. He observes and instructs accordingly.
My son is so excited after each lesson that he comes home and practices both instruments on his own, without having to be prompted. My son plays both instruments now with so much more style and exuberance. Ryan is extremely professional, soft spoken and gifted on his own. I would highly recommend Ryan as a music instructor for kids and adults.
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GozdeF December 23, 2011
Alex's mom

Ryan is an excellent teacher. Thanks to his amazing knowledge of the subject matter, impressive creativity, support and patience, my son always looks forward to Ryan's lessons. Ryan always supports my son's passion to learn to play the piano and drums, and he successfully manages to direct my son's energy into something productive, which motivates my son to learn even more. So, thank you, Ryan, for everything!
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'™s 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. As 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. ...

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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!
Sheila S. Woodland Hills, CA

I've been teaching piano for 2 years and my students have gone on to play very successful recitals. Within the first few lessons, you'll learn the fundamentals of music and piano technique and as time goes on you'll be able to play and read whole songs. I specialize in classical piano, typically using Bastien method books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Sheila

I have earned a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Redlands. As a professional singer, I have performed in numerous concerts and operas. I've sung in both choral and solo settings, as well as fully staged productions. Throughout my education, I have played piano and even participated in Certificate of Merit testing. These experiences have all helped shape me into a well rounded singer. In lessons, I devote equal amounts of time to technique and repertoire. We will always begin by warming up, and working on some exercises. Then we will implement your new techniques into your repertoire, which I will tailor to your specific needs and wants. Above all, though, I want to help you realize your dreams as a musician! Looking forward to getting started!

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Halbert G. March 17, 2015
German · Online
Verified Student
Excellent first session
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Manish R. September 2, 2014
Piano · In home
Ms. Shelia is an Excellent teacher! Our 6 year old picked up Piano very fast under her guidance. Beyond her musical expertise, Ms. Sheila is very sincere and dedicated, and takes true interest in ensuring kids learn, and it shows up when kids perform!
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Kavita S. May 2, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent Piano teacher

I sent my 6 year toddler to group lessons for 6 months and noticed that he did not learn ANYTHING!...Could see lot of change in his interests and progress withing 3 months after he started with Ms. Sheila. She is very sweet to kids and my son loves her! She has the knack to to deal with kids!

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