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Molly W.

Encino, CA

I teach young children via the Suzuki method which emphasizes a step by step approach to learning the instrument and also includes a parent in learning along side the student. The parent becomes the teacher in the home environment and is a student during the lesson. For adults I offer fiddling or classical instruction and coaching.

About Molly

A lover of cats, kids, and music, I started taking Suzuki violin lessons at age six, finishing all ten books before the end of high school. I added guitar, guitar variants such as ukulele, cuatro, and tiple, and percussion during my Masters degree in Ethnomusicology at U.T. Austin and began teaching world music, piano, and theory at L.A. Trade Tech College in 2002. I performed for several years with the Cal Arts Balinese gamelan, Burat Wangi and moved to New York to perform with the local chamber pop ensemble Kotorino in 2008. It was there that I started teaching individual lessons on violin
and guitar before moving back to my natal LA to take the Suzuki book 1 teacher training, and this summer book 2.

I have many years of experience performing in world and pop music ensembles and have a deep love for music and its transformative qualities, especially when it comes to young people and advocating for a musical education. I currently play violin and sing with the Eastern European Women's Ensemble: Nevenka, and I write songs for the duo project called Peach & Knife.

*** Lesson Details ***
In lessons I create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievement, whether its holding the bow correctly, or having practiced the assigned passage the agreed-on number of times. With the Suzuki method, there is a progression in what we teach beginning students so that they are challenged and interested, but they don't get overwhelmed. For very young students, I will ask the parent to be involved in the learning process and act as a second teacher at home and during practice sessions. Within a short amount of time, the student usually surpasses the parent. And If your child wants to learn guitar or ukulele, my approach will be similar. Holding the instrument will be a very important part of learning the instrument, as well as caring for the instrument. Although I am very detail oriented in the lessons, my manner is very calm, light and reassuring, and children seem to enjoy the attention to details and the focused amount of time that we spend together. After 3 months, a beginning violin player will have usually learned to hold the violin, care for the instrument, they will know the names of the parts of the violin and bow, they will know how to bow before and after a piece, and sometimes they are able to play all the Twinkle variations. After six months to a year, depending on how much time and energy they put into practicing, they can usually play until the end of early Book 1, which is the 11th song or Andantino.

*** Studio Equipment ***
There is ample street parking in a safe neighborhood South of Ventura Blvd. I have a sitting room for parents and siblings and a private entrance via an outside patio.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki violin and guitar methods, theory, and self-taught for the ukulele. I studied song writing at UCLA and have many years worth of song writing experience. I also encourage performance and like to teach students how to feel comfortable on stage and I have started to incorporate musical play into lessons which includes early steps towards improvisation, something children do naturally.
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Stephanie Gonzalez July 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Not a bad start for someone like me that has limited experience. Learned two chords and received some good advice.
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Virginia C. January 21, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
A fan of Molly

Our kids ( ages 4 and 7) have been taking guitar and violin lessons from Molly in our home in Woodland Hills. I can not express how wonderfully skilled and professional Molly is, always arriving on time and prepared. She engages our children at their level and understands the need to incorporate play with the younger kids. Most importantly, Molly has an extra-ordinary way of showing kids how to love music while teaching them the foundations of music. We enjoy working with Molly and would love to have her teach music to our family for many years to come.
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Ellen B. December 3, 2013
Violin
Wonderful musician and kind person

I've sung with Molly for a couple of years now, and she is a wonderful musician, a kind person, and a delight to work with. She knows how to keep things fun while also working to accomplish goals. She loves kids, loves teaching kids, and works hard to be sure that they love learning music. I can recommend her for teaching any instrument or music theory to anyone.
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Molly W.

Molly W.

Encino, CA 91316
(9)
starting at
$47 / 30-min
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Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA

I teach all levels!

About Travis

I grew up in Los Angeles and went on to attend the University of Redlands .While at University, I played in the University Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to violin, I also studied jazz guitar, so classical music is definitely not the only musical style I am familiar with.

I am lucky enough to study with Jeanne Skrocki, who is currently the Concertmaster of the Redlands Symphony Orchestra and the Assistant Concertmaster of the Pacific Symphony.

My musical experience with violin is not confined to classical! I also have experience with other styles, including Iri
sh folk music and bluegrass. While classical is my bread and butter, I can take a more rounded approach in terms of exposure to musical styles if desired.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching lessons emphasizes making a friendly connection with my student. In my experience the student will learn the most when he or she feels comfortable asking questions and communicating with the instructor. I want my student to have fun and feel like progress is being made!

For beginners, the very first thing we go over is proper posture and bow hold. From there, we will move on to musical examples and basic violin techniques. I also incorporate basic music theory concepts into my lessons as needed. I have a strong grasp of that topic, and can teach my students more about it as necessary.

The materials I use include Suzuki(my favorite), String Builder, Laoureux, among others. I learned from a variety of materials in my lessons, and I find that great results come from using the best parts of multiple sources of materials.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio: lessons are taught in the living room. The student is expected to provide his or her own violin. Music stands are available. Parking is on the street.

Local Park: the lessons are in the community recreation center in a separate rehearsal room.

Seating is available at both locations.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide all printed materials, but I ask that my students to have their own violin.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Folk, Bluegrass, Gypsy Jazz
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lida B. May 1, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
violin instructor

Travis had been teaching my 10 years old for 4 months now.
he's very patient and nice. my daughter is learning a lot from him.
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Ceagal S. April 6, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
The best music teacher!!

My 11-year-old son has been taking violin lessons with Travis for a couple months now and loves it! Travis always has a smile on his face, comes on time, and is professional. My son had zero experience with this instrument before; so it was important for me to find a teacher who is patient, and Travis definitely is. He has a good sense for when his students are ready for a little push or need some extra attention in some spots. I highly recommend him!
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Travis H.

Travis H.

Los Angeles, CA 90025
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Carmen S.

Malibu, CA

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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James T.

Van Nuys, CA

I started playing Violin at age five which lead me to study a bachelor of performing arts at WAAPA, Australia.

From there my music has taken me all around the world, playing in Orchestras in Australia, Europe and now America. The US government granted me an extraordinary ability visa in music, recognizing me as one of the best performers from my home country which allows me to teach and perform music in America.

I love passing on my knowledge to new students to help them grow as musicians, nothing is more satisfying to see someone learn how to play an instrument and watch them really enjoy the process.

About James

I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and most recently, the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in
Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

I have played in trios, quartets, as a soloist, and many orchestral ensembles playing major concertos, symphonies, and musicals. Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as a musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Shawn P. June 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Good first lesson, excited for lesson 2
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Stephanie B. March 15, 2015
Violin · Online
I've always wanted to play the Violin, but finding the time was always an issue for me. Everyone I know who plays an instrument always comments on the hours of practice they have put in. The way James teaches is just incredible! Everything is broken down into easily understandable techniques and it has taken a lot less time that I ever imagined to be able to play the songs I love! After just a few lessons I was even able to play songs that my friends recognise, and everyone's really impressed with my new skills. I'd highly recommend having lessons with James, his patience and understanding are unsurpassed and his approach is just perfect. You'll enjoy every minute!
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Amy V. March 10, 2015
Piano · In home
James has been teaching me piano for some time now. I've gone from a complete beginner to finally being able to play my favorite songs. I really never thought it was possible! He makes the lessons fun but at the same time informative so I always
know what to practice and I'm never left confused!
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James T.

James T.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(19)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Antonella B.

Van Nuys, CA

I have been playing violin for 24 years & teaching lessons since 2001. Using the Suzuki Method & practice exercise, students will learn how to play by ear & eventually by sight-reading. Instruction begins with proper handling & care for their instrument as well as basic technique. By your first or second lesson, students will be able to play a song, building the foundation for more advanced technique & more diversified repertoire as we progress. For best rate of progress, students are asked to practice 30 minutes everyday!

About Antonella

Study with an American Idol! Antonella Barba, Season 6 finalist, is available to teach private in-home & online lessons in violin, piano, & voice. Antonella has been playing the violin for 24 years & teaching music since 2001.

Her newest role as Brand Ambassador for UNICEF not only exemplifies her passion of helping others by entertaining, but also calls those who share her passion to create & inspire through music. UNICEF features her internationally in their Imagine Campaign performing w/ Will.I.Am, Katy Perry, & David Guetta. The star-studded video was featured on Good Morning America as
well as the New Year's Eve ball-dropping ceremonies in Dubai, Sydney, & Rio: https://gma.yahoo.com/video/unicef-releases-star-studded-39-121010998.html

Antonella teaches all levels, beginner to advanced, & also offers audition prep & professional advice for music industry auditions.

A classically trained musician, Antonella employs Suzuki method as well as contemporary methods of music education.
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Jennifer July 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Antonella is a wonderful music instructor. She is patient, kind, and personable. Her musical talent is unmatched and she taught my daughter not only how to play the piano and violin, but also provided voice lessons as well. We miss her and her instructions very much! Antonella taught my daughter at home, online, and in the music store.
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Antonella B.

Antonella B.

Van Nuys, CA 91411
(1)
starting at
$70 / 30-min

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