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Hi, I'm Garret S. For the past 20 years, I've been a successful recording and performing artist, an award-winning singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist (primarily voice, guitar, and bass, but I also play piano, mandolin, and harmonica.) Music has been a faithful friend most of my life. And nothing gives me a greater sense of reward than sharing that gift with others, teaching them these skills I've acquired—much more rapidly, by the way, than I was ever able to learn them myself. It's truly gratifying to see it when a student experiences for the first time what it feels like to expre
ss yourself through music.

My approach is very intuitive and bypasses the drudgery normally associated with music instruction. You don't need to READ music in order to PLAY music! I teach you to hear it in your head, feel it in your soul, and express it through your hands, your voice, your words. You'll sound better than you ever imagined! Does this happen overnight? Probably not. But with a little effort, it can happen a lot faster than you think.

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In general, I teach my students to first internalize the music you want to play--hear the song so deeply in your head, it's almost like an internal CD player. Once you can hear everything that's going on in a song, it's just a short leap to learning how to translate what you hear in your head to chord changes you make with your fingers. That's the secret to developing a golden "ear".

If say I'm teaching guitar, we start by learning the basic chords, then as soon as possible, we start stringing them together into songs. I encourage my students from the outset to bring in the songs they want to learn to play. Although I may recommend certain songs from time to time, in order to nail down some particular skill, I generally leave it up to the student to choose his or her own repertoire. So I'll teach you to play any song you like. But more importantly, I'll teach you how to go about figuring out songs on your own. That's a skill that can actually be taught, and once it's mastered, once you learn how to play by ear, you can truly become your own teacher! You also never have to buy sheet music again! (Which BTW is wrong at least 75% of the time!)

With my voice students, my emphasis is on developing correct pitch, proper breathing and good tonal placement. Every singer has a different vocal "mask" they generally sing from. While this often forms the basis of their unique individual style, sometimes it becomes a vocal "cage", limiting the voice or confining it to certain styles of music. I try to acquaint my students with techniques to break out the walls of the cage and explore all the vocal textures they're capable of. With the voice, as with any musical instrument, it's as much about listening and hearing as it is about singing. Singing harmony, for example, with another singer requires that your ear be attuned to the changing chords of the song. Otherwise your harmony will sound out of tune.

With my bass students, it's about learning patterns, scales, runs, chord progressions, but it's also about learning to play with good groove and accurate time, because the bass, in addition to framing the chordal structure of the song on the bottom, is an integral part of the rhythm section. And again, with the bass as well as with the guitar, training the ear to hear the changes is an integral part of being a true musician...able to play along in any situation, whether you've played the song before or not.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room; guitar amps, bass amp, digital piano keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I'm teaching guitar, bass or mandolin, I bring my own instrument. If I'm teaching piano, I'd expect them to have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Bass, Piano and Vocals: beginner to advanced

I can sing and play virtually all styles of popular music--blues, rock, country, folk, jazz, latin, you name it. As a performing professional, the skill I call upon most is my ear. Once you learn to hear the chord changes and the rhythmic subtleties in a piece of music, you can truly play along with anything. And because that skill directly impacts so many aspects of what we collectively call good musicianship, I tend to make ear development the cornerstone of my teaching approach. Indeed, I have very specific techniques for teaching students how to play by ear. If a student can indeed develop that ability, every other musical skill becomes a piece of cake. That's why I stress it so much.
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Worth His Weight in Gold

Garret is a very knowledgable and talented teacher. He immediately made my daughter feel at ease and comfortable in her surroundings. He is patient and creative in his teaching and my daughter is enjoying her lessons.
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Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Daniel F.

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Woodland Hills, CA

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818-577-7000

I'm a graduate of UCLA School of Engineering with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering. I have a passion for explaining how the physical world works through math and physics along with 9 years of tutoring experience in those subjects, test prep, and mentorship programs. The teaching strategy I believe in emphasizes subject fundamentals, a powerful and necessary tool for higher problem solving. This strategy has proven very effective regardless of the student's educational background or mental ability. Besides being knowledgeable, I am motivating, caring, and patient in guiding your
student to academic success!

Executive Functioning is a separate realm that tutoring can assist in. It deals with cognitive processes including organization, time management, and study skills. Much of the difficulty students face in academic subjects can be attributed to the lack of executive functioning. They either cannot keep up with the pace and workload that advanced courses demand or haven't figured out the best way to study for themselves. I am able to assess students' shortcomings and formulate a plan for higher achievement.

• Math:
Elementary • Pre-Algebra • Algebra 1 & 2 • Geometry • Pre-Calculus • Trigonometry • AP Calculus • Business Calculus • Differential Equations
• Physics:
AP Physics 1 & 2 • College Physics
• Test Prep:
SAT I & II • ACT • ISEE • SSAT • HSPT • GRE • and more
• MS Word • Excel • PowerPoint • Windows
• Mentorship:
• Grade Monitoring
• Teacher Collaboration
• Executive Functioning:
• Organization
• Time Management
• Study Skills
• Completely turned around achievement and self-confidence of mentored students
• Track record of student improvement particularly in math and physics

Contact me at 818-577-7000
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Samuel March 22, 2017
· AP Calculus · In home
We got together to study for my Calculus Test. Daniel was so helpful that I continued to use him and even got a 107% on my mid-term. He is very flexible with lessons and I highly recommend him!
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Daniel F. March 22, 2017
· AP Calculus · In home
We got together to study for my Calculus Test. Daniel was so helpful that I continued to use him and even got a 107% on my mid-term. He is very flexible with lessons and I highly recommend him!
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Rick K. September 9, 2016
Verified Student · Microsoft Excel · In studio
Daniel was as helpful and informative as I could have hoped. If I need more lessons down the road, I will definitely use him again.
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Woodland Hills, CA 91364
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About Janis V.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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LOS ANGELES CALIFORNIA Hi, I teach local lessons at my home in Southern California, travel to you within a 7 mile radius or succesfully teach on-line lessons via Facetime. I teach all ages of students and have experience with ADHD children.
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· Piano · Online
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keith September 17, 2015
· Algebra · In studio
She's awesome! would love her to help all my kids.
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Audie L. May 10, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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About Daniel G.

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San Diego, CA

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Music lessons should be fun and focus on what you want! I am willing to travel to you or welcome you to my studios: Reseda pr Canoga Park. I travel to homes San Diego and Los Angeles Counties.
What is your goal? School or Church choir? Musical programs?Learn to Cantor or lead songs at Church/Synagogue? Disney careers, rock/pop bands? Becoming a professional or just for personal enrichment!! I am able to help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy with an emphasis in musical performance. I also hold a Masters degree, completed Califo
rnia Teaching Credential Curriculum from Chapman University and completed Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes throughout grade school, high school, college and post-graduate training. I specilized in vocal training with Robert Austin and in San Francisco with Richard Nichol of the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students!
I teach voice (beginner to professional levels), guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate) and basic piano. I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in Canoga Park, and privately in my home Reseda. I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing. My time-tested techniques will improve and protect your voice from injury.and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature. For beginning piano students of all ages I teach you how to read music, play scales, strenghten your finger strength and play cords and song.
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Riley November 29, 2016
Verified Student · Classical Voice · In home
I was honestly speechless during my first lesson! Daniel G is the person I have been looking for in a long time. Daniel G is a great teacher! He has such a powerful and controlled voice and what a great personable guy! I just recorded a song tonight and I can already hear and feel a difference. After my voice changed, I kept getting frustrated trying to find the right teacher. I actually think I learned and improved more from my first lesson with Daniel than weeks with others. I'm almost hesitant to write this review in fear Daniel will have less time with me. 8-)
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Diego Urquiza May 23, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In home
MR.G Is a great teacher and because of him I am not scared to sing in public.
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Tanya April 3, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Very patient and flexible with your schedule. My Son has had so much fun.
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Canoga Park, CA 91303
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About Laurel S.

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Pacific Palisades, CA

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Hello! I'm Laurel, and I would love to help you or your child unlock your musical abilities and academic potential! I'm college educated in both classical music performance and English literature. In addition to teaching, I perform as a singer, organist, and pianist with musical groups all over the greater L.A. area, including the Pacific Chorale, the Charles Dickens Carolers, Nova Vocal Ensemble, and many others.

I'm happy to meet my students at any location near either Pacific Palisades or North Hollywood - I can teach music at any location with a piano, and I can tutor academic subjects
anywhere. Contact me for more information. I look forward to meeting you!

A note about availability - I keep this updated as accurately as possible, but because I travel over a wide area, your preferred time slot may not be possible for me, depending on the location of the lesson. Please contact me to discuss scheduling before you sign up.

If you choose to take lessons at my home location, please be aware that I have cats. If you have a phobia or allergy, this location won't be suitable for you.

You can view my studio policies here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B32k-E90cjchS2piSjJFS0dNdHhDSGc5TWdwbGY0WV9IWFZr/view?usp=sharing
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Ella R. February 19, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
In working professionally with Laurel, I can vouch for her dedication and her understanding of music theory and vocal technique. It is a joy to work with her!
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Sharon February 19, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
Laurel accompanied me in a fiendishly difficult piece with less than a week to prepare. She was terrific, both as an accompanist and coach.
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Joseph February 18, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been playing keyboard for over a decade, and I marvel at Laurel's skill and musicianship. Hearing her play is a worthwhile lesson in and of itself.
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Laurel S.

Pacific Palisades, CA 90272
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