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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 practice but I understand that life is complicated and some days that may mean you only have ten minutes. I try to explain that a little bit every day will help you become a better player rather than working for two hours the day before a lesson. I have lots of good books that I assign that have fun materials with strong melodies. I design everyone's program according to their desires. After a half year, a beginning piano student might expect to be able to play the three essential chords ( the ones that harmonize so many songs) while playing the melody in the other hand. Cellists can expect to be able to play at least four scales, some in two octaves, and understand the notes in the first position within six months.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room for parents to wait, dedicated music space, Yamaha piano, great acoustics for singing

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Popular, Contemporary, Christian
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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.
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Claire R.

Claire R.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
(5)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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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 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
(6)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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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 'Cell
ist 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 community orchestra 'cello sections, in Southern California.  She enjoys teaching all age levels & particularly encourages one to compose their own pieces while learning the music of the great composers, in all styles, including folk music from countries around the world. Lessons will include of course basic technique: scales, arpeggios, warm-up pieces; repertoire from all periods of music including music of the present day and music that involves ensemble playing such as in duets, trios, etc. 
There are seasonal recitals or what I call "musical get-togethers" where the students play for one another and their families/friends, along with invited guest artists who may be featured on other instruments so the students can experience other ways of making music, including artists from other countries, possibly on their own ethnic instrument. I encourage each student to be creative & expect daily practice so improvement & advancement happens in a consistent way. If a student has a desire to learn a particular piece or style of music, then I will try to weave that into the rest of the repertoire. I aim to teach each student according to their hopes & desires in learning the instrument of their choice. Positive reinforcement & encouragement is at the top of my teaching list - exercises that help one to relax the muscles & warm up the tendons are encouraged so that overuse of the muscles, etc. are hopefully avoided! I wish my teachers had helped me in this area when I was a student because all the rehearsing & performing I did created a lot of muscle & tendon problems, which could have been avoided. Due to my personal experiences, I have gained the wisdom which I now pass on as knowledge to all my students - whether 'cellists or pianists! My bottom line is if you don't enjoy what you are doing then do something else! Music should be fun & as I tell my students, I haven't worked a day in my life music is not work for me performing & teaching music is enjoyable & inspires others which makes me want to do it forever.

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach hour lessons since the first 10-15 minutes are spent in warm-up exercises & tuning of course. Also incorporated is music theory so that one knows about keys, interval relations, chord structure, etc. With regards to the 'cello, one may spend some time on bow technique after warming up the left hand. Each instrument has its own needs & areas that should be addressed, prior to working on a particular piece or pieces. I like to end a lesson by playing a duet with the student which for the 'cello helps with intonation. Solo piano playing should also include playing with another person - it helps one for future occasions which may include accompanying another instrument. In addition, I encourage students to make up their own pieces then eventually record them to a CD. I am looking forward to teaching all ages and types of backgrounds.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano with music stands in my studio. Plenty of good lighting as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For pianists, they should have a regular piano - an electric piano is not the greatest with regards to touch and dynamics, but if that is all they can afford, OK.
For 'cellists, they should have their own instrument. Preferably, they should own the 'cello rather than rent unless they are growing, and one has to get a different size to fit their changing body. 'Cellists should also have their own music stand. If necessary, I can bring a music stand. Also, the area where the lesson will occur, should be well lit. I can bring a stand light if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in the Western European string tradition (no Suzuki). I also coach chamber music. I teach privately, one on one, or in a group situation. My 2 instruments I teach of choice are 'cello and piano for all ages and abilities.
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Danielle G. June 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very fun instructor!
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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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Janice F.

Janice F.

North Hills, CA 91343
(4)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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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.

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armen 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 believes strongly in the ability of music to enrich children's lives in all areas and seeks to cultivate that within the child.

Adults also find it easy to learn from Carmen's teaching approach. Her ability to approach a students challenges with a multitude of learning techniques has been useful in helping students succeed. She teaches skills and techniques for practicing that are useful for musicians through out their lifetime. Carmen also knows exactly what it takes to make a student a professional who is ready for studio session work, live band performances, live improvisations, auditions or creating their own music. She understands the desire and drive behind wanting to create with music and emphasizes certain key aspects that can make musicians proficient in any genre when practiced

Education

Carmen comes from a long family lineage of musicians and artists. Always being exposed to classical music and opera since birth, Carmen was in awe of the power of the human voice through opera. At 8 she began to study the art form and teach herself music. She started studying with teachers at age 11. After learning voice, piano and cello followed. While studying classical techniques, she also taught herself other genres of music which enabled her to play, record and perform with musicians of almost every genre by 19.

Carmen has been taught and trained by many professional working musicians of impressive musical carrer heights Her former opera/ vocal coach Shonie Lebie attended The Julliard School on a full scholarship before going on to The Metropolitan Opera House. Piano teacher Shoshana Ben Horin, a graduate of Prague Conservatory of Music and concert pianist, toured all of Europe before instructing Carmen in piano. Carmen has learned cello and other string instruments from professional working musicians here in Los Angeles.

Experience

Carmen is a current working session musician, songwriter and performer in Los Angeles. She has performed and recorded with musicians from The Gap Band, Guns n' Roses, Whitney Houston, Vanessa Hudgens, Hayden Panettiere, etc. She was born and raised in Los Angeles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I customize EVERY lesson for EVERY student (Beginner or Advanced) whether playing in for fun, preparing for a show or wanting to become a professional musician, I can help you reach it.

For piano I can teach you the classical method, Suzuki or methods toward the genre you enjoy playing. You'll learn Ear Training, Rhythm, Theory/ Chords, Sight Reading, Improvisation, Repertoire and a little songwriting.

For strings I focus mostly using the Suzuki Method/ Classical Repertoire or Hal Leonard curriculum. If you seek to learn rock, jazz or blues I have customized learning technique depending on your level. You'll learn bowing techniques, Ear training, Sigh Reading for multiple Clefs, Orchestration, and of course theory and repertoire

For singing I customize the lesson toward Genre Performance preference of the student to maximize your time and productivity. Covering Breath/Phrasing, Projection, Tone Improvement, Diction, Microphone technique, Sight Reading, Proper vocal warm-ups/ Maintenance and Repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, pop, rock, r&b, blue, jazz, alternative rock, string instrument improvisation, free form, variations of short hand lead sheets (how to play along with a band at gig nights), piano chord structures & progressions, singing with band accompaniment, children's music
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Sarah K. May 12, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carmen is amazing teaching my 5 year old! She was patient and taught in a fun easy way. She make me think that I could even play Violin! Highly recommend her!
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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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Carmen S.

Carmen S.

Malibu, CA 90265
(5)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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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 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 the patience 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 the individual.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials upon my request. I can purchase them for you for full and immediate reimbursement.

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my training background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop music, 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 fully enjoy learning music and the instrument.
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Kelly B. March 28, 2014
Piano
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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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