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Claire R. Canoga Park, CA

I teach beginners, intermediate and advanced players. I'm delighted to teach young people to learn about music and appreciate people of any age who are interested in learning. We will work every week with scales and arpeggios (chords) and progress through literature that is appropriate for your skill level. And we will definitely have fun!

About Claire

I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio. *** Lesson Details *** My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to ...

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Mike H. February 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Lulu S. December 10, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Claire is a very good teacher!

I started my piano lesson with Claire one month ago. She impressed me with her excellent piano skills, great enthusiasm, positive personality, effective teaching methods, encouragement, and patience. I feel very excited at making progress under Claire's instruction. She makes learning piano become a fun enjoyable thing to me. Claire is the right teacher for students who want to learn and to have fun, too.
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VictoriaG June 12, 2012
Unique and Amazing Teacher

I am very happy to find such an experience musician and real musical educator for my daughter. Clare has superior teaching skills, nice personality, positive attitude. Her lessons are motivational and encouraging. My daughter is always happy and exited to go to her cello lessons. I would highly recommend Clare for the musical lessons. She is a very unique teacher.
Arlette C. Reseda, CA

My style of teaching is to teach each child one step at a time, through method training. Each child/Adult has their own learning curve and I adjust accordingly. Each lesson is fun and yet a learning time. I love teaching and it feeds every day. I always can see more students.

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 eight 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 ...

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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. September 20, 2014
Cello · In home
Arlette is a wonderful teacher and has really clicked with my daughter. My daughter looks forward to her lesson each week. She is teaching her how to read and understand the music as well as how to play the cello. Here sessions are very relaxed and fun and I am confident that my daughter will not only learn how to play the cello, but love playing the cello. I can see how she passes that passion on to the student. If you are looking for a fun, passionate and well education teacher to work with your children, she is the one.

Sincerely,

Karynn Bonner
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Arlette C. September 19, 2014
Cello · In studio
I first began studying with Arlette when I was a young girl who knew nothing about reading music. She was an amazing teacher for me as a young girl, and continued to be as I grew up. Arlette has taught me and helped me hone my technique and musicality, from the beginning before I could hold a bow through the years and improvements.
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Janice F. North Hills, CA

My method is one that corresponds to each student's capabilities and desires. The main method book I use for 'cello is by Samuel Applebaum and I incorporate folksongs, classical repertoire plus anything that the student is interested in playing. I do not recommend the Suzuki method - the student will learn all the notes, without marks on the fingerboard. Tone production and how to do it, is key to great playing. Simple stretches prior to playing are suggested. Since there is a lot of repetitive motion in playing a string instrument, good posture, correct bow grip (many are taught incorrectly due to mistakes in beginning books), and effective left hand technique are key to avoiding injuries and sore muscles!

About Janice

Montana born 'cellist/pianist/ethnomusicologist Dr. Janice, has premiered works, toured solo & with her New American Quartet, while teaching & coaching throughout California. She recorded films, was YoYo Ma's pre-concert lecturer, was an NEH Affiliate Awardee, & she won special Commendation from City Hall in '97 during Los Angeles Week for her work in multi-ethnic communities. Janice enjoyed performing with Herbie Hancock, coaching Samuel L. Jackson for his "'cello playing cop" role, & being featured with her quartet in the Canadian documentary, "Empire of the Word".  Janice is Principal 'Cellist with the West L.A. Sym., Center Stage Opera & with Symphony 47, also acting as their Orchestra Liaison. Janice has taught both 'cello & piano for about 38 years as well as coached youth and ...

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Lynne M. September 30, 2014
Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Janice and we are so happy to have found her! She is a great teacher and really encouraging. My daughter always enjoy going to her lessons and has really progressed since starting with her. It's always exciting to hear the new pieces she has learned as well as the one she is writing herself. Janice has a great sense of humor and makes it easy for the student to enjoy learning.
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Sam P. September 28, 2014
Piano · In home
Janice has taught me Piano from the time I was 9 years old until I was 17 and leaving for college. She gave me the best experience a young and eager student could ever ask for and now I am entered in the Music Industry program at Drexel University ! I couldn't be more pleased with her jovial manor or her extensive skill. Thanks for everything Janice !
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Timothy D. July 10, 2014
Cello · In studio
Janice is a wonderful teacher with a great sense of humor. I am new to the cello and she is extremely patient with me and really takes the time to ensure correct form so I don't fall into any bad habits. She challenges me as well; we have covered a lot of ground in a short amount of time. I have even written my own piece! I would recommend Janice to anyone looking to learn how to play the cello and have fun while doing it.
Carmen S. Malibu, CA

Hi my name is Carmen. I have been teaching music for 10 years to all ages and levels. I make sure my students are able to play a song in the first lesson and customize the lesson to their own goals. I have experince playing in orchestras, trios, quartets, rock and alternative bands as well as teaching classical cello. I have knowledge of many different methods but tailor curriculm based on the students goals. My students have played in orchestras, symphonies, jazz trios and bands

About Carmen

Carmen has been teaching music for 10 years to children and adults, from age 4 to 50. She is able to teach many genres of music to all levels of musicianship, whether beginner or advanced, whether they want to learn Mozart or Coldplay, Aretha Franklin or Joni Mitchell . Her style of teaching utilizes the classical approach of theory and sight reading, but MOST IMPORTANTLY allows the student to explore the instrument freely while also achieving good musicianship. Having fun while honing the craft is the way to an enduring love of playing and is a principle she always uses in her lessons. Carmen has a special gift with very young children; she is able to keep children interested, engaged, inspired and challenged. She has a patience with children that is extraordinary because she ...

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RachelR1 September 8, 2011
Carmen is great!
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ChristineA November 2, 2010
Our daughter is loving every minute of her lessons! She cannot wait for the next meeting!
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DarrilynnL October 5, 2010
Piano Lessons with Carmen

Carmen was a fantastic instructor! When I need more lessons I will definitely return to her! She knows music and she caters to your needs and abilities. Thanks again Carmen :-)
Ray R. Van Nuys, CA

Classical and folk / singer-songwriter

About Ray

Hello! My name is Ray - I'm 26 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 12 years now. I can say with pride that it is my passion, and I anticipate 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. *** ...

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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.
Ryan S. Los Angeles, CA

Experienced cello teacher of 5 years! For beginners, my lesson plan is simple : 1. we start off with basic scales 2. we practice proper bow-technique and posture, and 3. we play sheet-music (classical compositions or songs chosen by the student). The time devoted to each portion of the lesson is totally adjustable / up to the student. In other words, you will learn what you want to learn at your own pace. Lessons can be done at my apartment, your place, or online.

About Ryan

Experienced cello and drum player with a BFA degree in Music Composition (CalArts). Have recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra."

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Mary G. March 3, 2015
Cello · In studio
I first started taking lessons from Ryan during his tenure at the Musician's Depot in Sherman Oaks. It's been 2 years since and he's been nothing but great! He's easy-going and works at your own pace. You get a real sense that he actually cares about your improvement as a player! :) Can't recommend him enough!

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