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Bellflower, CA

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Learn how to do scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and improvisation!

About Joe
I am currently the piano and guitar teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach, and the Music Director for the non-profit organization Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, Mexico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.

I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene
Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).

I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).

My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).

My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee'™s Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.

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I divide my class into 4 parts: 1.Scales/Chords/Arpeggios/Warm-ups 2.Sight-Reading 3.Theory 4.Improvisation. Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A weighted 88 keyboard is used. Free parking on street and lot.

*** Specialties ***
My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. Violin was my first instrument, then I learned guitar and piano in college. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
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Ilee K. March 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Joe is clear, organized, and very encouraging. I enjoyed our first piano lesson. I am looking forward to future lessons with him.
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VIRGIL M. October 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
My first guitar lesson with Joe was so relaxing. I like his method of teaching beginners like me. So cool!!!
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Cassandra-Jadel M. March 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jadel was very excited about her lesson. She is looking forward to going back.
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About Edwin I.

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About Edwin
Hello! Thank you for your interest in taking guitar/piano/music lessons.

I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002 specializing in the guitar.

I am available to teach guitar(acoustic, electric, classical) for all levels, ages, and styles(pop to folk, rock to soul, world to classical) in English, Spanish and Japanese.

Other subjects taught include bass guitar, piano/keyboard, ukulele, banjo, mandolin, harmonium, classical percussion, music theory, composition(all styles from pop to classical), ear training, and studio production/engineering/mixing.

Born in Cali, Colombia on April 1979, I began my musical endeavors studying the piano at the age of 6. Early on I had the opportunit
y to play percussion in the school symphony while at the same time developed an intense interest in the instrument that would become my true love, the guitar.

During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.

*** Lesson Details ***
Now also available to teach online video chat lessons through Skype.

Every one of you is unique and there are many possible paths to reach your goals in music.

With my background and music industry experience, I am able to customize my lessons for you so that you can reach your desired goals. We will take some time to find out where your passion lies in music and I will use my experience and knowledge to create a customized lesson-plan that will allow us to focus on reaching your desired goals and at the same time maintain a well rounded music education.

I find this to be key in making the lessons and your practice sessions very enjoyable, fun and laid back - knowing that everything we practice, play and talk about is in line with your goals as a student.

I will also be playing along with you and demonstrating everything that we're working on - music is meant to be shared and played with others and it is important to have that experience of interaction from early on in your lessons.

So whether it's learning to accompany yourself or others, write songs, read music, understand harmony, solo, or just jam out to your favorite songs, you will be well on your way to reaching your goals within 6 months of my lessons.

Look forward to making music with you!

Want to learn a quick exercise for mastering the fretboard on your guitar? Check out my article on the TakeLessons blog here: http://takelessons.com/blog/guitar-fretboard-chart

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano and seating for parents.
Room/studio with professional recording equipment - Logic Pro X recording software, Mackie HR824 Studio Monitors, Miktech C4 Tube Microphone, UA6176 Preamp/compressor, Apogee Duet D/A converter.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my instrument and teaching materials.
Students provide their instrument, music folders.

*** Specialties ***
All styles - pop, rock, classical, jazz, blues, folk, ethnic, latin, soul
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Aimee B. August 2, 2018
· Logic Pro Software · In home
Edwin is a pro and very good at explaining things in a simple way. He has has a calm demeanor which helps with the learning process. He awesome!
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Leslie July 31, 2018
· Mandolin · Online
Edwin is calm, patient, and insightful. I have found his tips and instruction to be very valuable!
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Kyrie July 27, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Edwin helped me meet my goals and more in the first session. He provided just the right amount of challenge and encouragement that I needed in my learning to play the ukulele. He also provided information on apps that support my independent learning. Edwin is absolutely the best! I am very grateful to have Edwin as my teacher!
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About Sabrina P.

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Charlotte, NC

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Learn Classical Piano or Video Game and Anime Music!

It is my goal to develop in each of my students a comprehensive understanding of music which enables them to play the piano with utmost enjoyment and musicality. Quality piano instruction is achieved through focused private lessons. Although an emphasis is placed on classical repertoire, the student's curriculum is always tailored to the student's interests and goals. I find encouragement is absolutely necessary but students must try their best. My teaching style consists of a fun, relaxed environment where students can feel like they can express themselves fully and learn much at the same time. Mastery at the piano is so much more than learning to press the right keys at the right time. Music is about expressing and sharing human emotions and feelings that are unspoken and is something we can all be touched by.

About Sabrina
I've been banging on the piano since I was 3, but piano became more structured when I turned 7 and I've loved piano so much since then! I've been classically trained in the US and then later in Italy so all together I have 17 years piano playing experience. My favorite genre is Modern Japanese Classical music (fancy name for anime and video game music). While studying abroad with my Maestro in Italy however, I was only allowed to play classical music so I became even more proficient in that musical genre.
I have been teaching Children and Adult students for 7 years. People aren't' intimidated when I'm around and I believe students benefit greatly when they are comfortable with the teacher and can feel natural around them. The teaching process is most successful when the students share their ideas, disagreements, goals; when th
ey are challenged and test their abilities.
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I am very laid back and love to laugh, but I do expect the students to be prepared and practice, this way they benefit the most from each teaching session. I believe students should be involved in their curriculum, so I encourage all to bring in pieces THEY WANT to play because this will make the learning process overall more fun and enjoyable. My trust is, if you practice regularly you can accomplish much in a short period of time. Whatever you put into learning piano, is what you will get out, whether great or small.
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- Modern Japanese Classical : Yoko Shimamura, Nobuo Uematsu ...
(Video Game and Anime)
- Classical : Joplin, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff ...
- Italian Technique Training
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Luke September 11, 2018
· Classical Piano · Online
Great teacher for any level of piano. Caters to the students desires for learning and type of music they may be most interested in. Highly recommended!
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Li-Chuan August 30, 2018
· Piano · Online
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May K. April 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sabrina is a very Patient young Teacher and taught my Grand daughter, May today all basics what May needs to know.
Well it is our 1st visit to Sabrina and we are so happy with her and came across her Mom. All are nice. May'll continue attending to Sabrina for her Piano Lesson at the same time next week...i.e., Thursday 4 pm.
Thanks. ( This is Myo, May's grandpa )
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About Wesley D.

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Vienna, VA

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I studied piano for years throughout my childhood and college years and am so eager to share my knowledge of the instrument. It is one of the most versatile and valuable musical skills that can applied to many situations. Please let me know if you have any questions about studying piano!

About Wesley
I am a recent graduate from the University of Virginia, where I studied music and drama. I have performed operatic and musical theatre roles with several opera companies, including Teatro Nuovo, Victory Hall Opera, Charlottesville Opera, and the Bethesda Summer Music Festival. My performances and studies have taken me across the country, as well as to Italy and France.

I have also worked as a stage director in opera, musical theatre, and theatre stage production. This insight allows me to guide students in their presentation of songs and characters.

I have worked as an educator at several institutions, including Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD, which specializes in inclusive artistic education. I am passionate about teaching lessons because private instruction allows for a personalized approach that is so necessary in singing.
Each singer's instrument is unique, and I take joy in helping my students find the easiest, healthiest, and most beautiful sounds that they can produce.
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Abby May 16, 2018
· Classical Voice · In home
I started taking voice lessons with Wesley to help me with my college auditions, and I couldn't be happier! He really knows what he is talking about! I have become way more confident in my singing, and I am no longer nervous for my auditions next year! Thanks!
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Robyn May 16, 2018
· Singing · In home
My 12 year old son has been taking voice lessons from Wesley for 3 years now, and I have to say that his voice has grown tremendously! From what I have observed, Wesley focuses on age-appropriate technique, and knows what repertoire to assign that is fun, yet challenging. I would recommend him to any potential voice student!
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Matt May 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Wesley is a kind and patient teacher! When I started, I was new to singing, and Wesley has opened up my voice so much.
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About Duanduan H.

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New York, NY
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Experienced teacher, Multiple prize winner in international piano competitions in Europe and Asia, Doctor of Human Science ans Musicology at Sorbonne University in Paris, currently teaching secondary piano and theory at Juilliard School and Doctoral of Musical Arts student at Juilliard School. All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student in all levels. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of repertoire, note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Duanduan
Duanduan H was hailed “a genius artist that only appears every fifty years” by the great pianist Aldo Ciccolini. Laureate of the 63th Geneva International Music Competition and numerous other international piano competitions in Germany, France, China and Italy, Mr. H has performed throughout Europe, China and the United States in prestigious festivals such as Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Musical Festival, Festival of Radio France and Montpellier, “Orchestre National de Lille” Piano Festival, Focus Festival of Contemporary Music in New York, etc. Mr. H had also collaborated with great conductors such as Jean-Bernard Pommier, Michael Palmer, Scott Weiss, and Christian Ehwald.

In addition to his career as an international soloist, Mr. H participates in musicological activities. Since January 2013, he is a member of the research group PLM-AIEM
of Paris-Sorbonne University, which focuses on musical semiotic and rhetorical studies. Mr. H’s translation of Debussy’s Monsieur Croche from French to Chinese will be published by People's Music Publishing House in China in 2017/18.

Mr. H advocates the importance of music in the community and at all levels of society. In April 2012, he was appointed to be the “Music Love Ambassador” by China Shanxi Music Radio. He has set up the Love Music classroom under his name at schools of poor area, and donated piano and other musical instruments.

Born in China, resident in Paris and New York, Mr. H holds Master’s degrees in Solo Piano Performance from the Juilliard School, and in Musicology from Paris-Sorbonne University. He is currently completing his two doctoral studies in Musicology at Paris-Sorbonne University (including an exchange program with Columbia University), and in Piano Performance at the Juilliard School, where he is a recipient of the C. V. Starr Doctoral Fellowship. At Juilliard, he also holds the teaching fellowship in Secondary Piano and theory. Mr. H's third personal album with Naxos will be release on November 2018.
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About Norman E.

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I only teach Beginning Piano. This is for anyone who would like to learn how to read music and learn basic piano skills. This goes great along side my voice class/

About Norman
I am a profesional operatic Bass from San Jose California and now living in Wilmington DE. While I was in California, I sung with many opera companies around the Bay Area. Now I am pursuing my performance passion on the East Coast.
Singing has been my number one passion but teaching comes in at a close second. I love seeing my students grow and watching the transformation they make while studying with me. I been teaching since 2012 and all my students have gone off to do amazing things. I hope you choose me to be your voice/piano teacher and I look forward to meeting you!
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Mary S. September 6, 2018
· Opera Voice · In home
Norman is an amazing opera instructor and really brings it to my level as a beginner! Amazing experience!
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About Betsy P.

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Glen Allen, VA

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Hi! I first started taking piano lessons when I was 5. I've always loved music, even at a very young age. I have a B.A. in Music Performance, 6 years of teaching experience, and nearly 30 years of playing practice. And I love teaching piano! I've taught students of all ages (beginning preschoolers, advanced high schoolers, and everything in between). Most of my students play a mixture of lesson books, classical pieces, and radio hits, and enjoy performing their pieces at our recitals.

About Betsy
I started playing the piano when I was 5 and competed in piano competitions for many years growing up. I continued with lessons through high school and majored in music in college. I taught piano for about six years in Virginia Beach, through 2 music studios and on my own, and recently moved to the Glen Allen area. The majority of my students were in elementary and middle school. I have also taught high school students, adults, and preschoolers.

Because I like to play all sorts of music, I teach it all, too. I'm classically trained, but I've taught pop songs, rock ballads, Bach, Debussy, Chopin, you name it! Depending on the student's individual needs and wishes, I can teach Faber & Faber, Alfred, Wunderkeys, and supplement with popular songs, technique, theory books, and everything else! I've had students who want to work more on cho
rds to play along with church groups, holiday songs for parties, and those who just want to learn their favorite songs on the radio. My students have performed recitals at churches, the mall, and retirement homes.

I have all of the books and skill needed to teach piano, and I hope you're excited to get started. I try to make sure that we have fun in lessons while learning new skills and pieces. Let me know if you have any questions!

"Ms. Betsy provided superb, structured piano instruction to my daughter, who was initially, less than enthusiastic about learning to play the piano. With Ms. Betsy’s patient and persistent encouragement, Elena learned the foundations of music theory and how to apply the principles of musicianship. In addition, Ms. Betsy coordinated opportunities that included a duet I played with my daughter. I would recommend Ms. Betsy to anyone searching for a dedicated, caring and qualified piano teacher."
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Kristen August 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
Betsy taught piano to both of my daughters starting at ages 3 and 4 for several years. We LOVED Ms. Betsy! She was patient, firm, and thorough. She worked with them to build confidence and provided opportunity for them to perform in front of groups. Moreover, they had FUN during lessons and developed a real love for the piano. My daughters' musical abilities now with piano and other instruments are certainly due to the foundations she built with them. Thank you, Ms. Betsy!!
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About Rachel W.

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Richmond, VA
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I have been giving lessons since 2006, and I have seen music enrich the lives of many in countless ways. Whether you are looking for a new hobbie, a new passion, or for something to keep your kids engaged and busy, learning an instrument has endless benefits both long term and short.
I will make a personalized lesson plan based on 2 big questions: why do you want to take lessons? Where do you want to be at the end of it?
Lets go from there.

About Rachel
I have been playing the piano and the trombone since childhood. Growing up in a musical family, music has always played a big part in my life. I was active in school bands in addition to taking private lessons throughout grade school. In high school I was a member of Tri-M (a musical honor society), qualified for district band through audition, and was ranked in the top 10% of trombone players in the state of Virginia. Throughout my education I developed a working knowledge of brass instruments, music theory, a variety of playing styles, and much more.

After high school, I pursued and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, while continuing my musical career, playing in bands offered by the school as well as in the Richmond area. I am currently active with the ACCA Temple Shiners in their German band
, The Sauerkrauts, 100% of whose proceeds go to benefit children in Shriner-owned hospitals.

I have been giving private lessons since 2006, and have a deep passion for musical education. I feel learning to play an instrument enriches life in a way few other things can.
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Robin September 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Rachel was patient and had a great sense of humor! It immediately put me at ease. Would definitely recommend!
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Malcolm August 31, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Rachel was very kind and helpful. I just started learning, and she was patient with me despite this. Would highly recommend for a beginner.
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Mark August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rachel is patient and kind. Great tutor!
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Richmond, VA 23220
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About Anastasia G.

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Hello everyone!
My name is Anastasia, and here is a little information about myself.
I received my Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Moscow Musical College. Following college, I enrolled at Russian State University for Humanities and received Master's Degree in European Cultural Theory and History. I have been teaching piano since 1993 (as private instructor), and been working as a journalist and editor (for Russian magazines) for more than 10 years.
I moved to Richmond about 7 years ago, and looking forward to meet my new students (and friends!). My lessons are designed to meet specific needs of each student.

About Anastasia
Hello everyone!
My name is Anastasia, and here is a little information about myself.

I received my Bachelor of Music in Piano Pedagogy and Performance from Moscow Musical College. Following college, I enrolled at Russian State University for Humanities and received Master's Degree in European Cultural Theory and History. I have been teaching piano since 1993 (as private instructor), and been working as a journalist and editor (for Russian magazines) for more than 10 years.
I moved to Richmond about 7 years ago, and looking forward to meet my new students (and friends!). My lessons are designed to meet specific needs of each student.
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Richmond, VA 23236
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