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Bram G.

Valley Village, CA

About Bram

Bram, a graduate of the Eastman School of Music is an experienced performer and instructor of woodwinds. He is a well respected and accomplished musician both in Los Angeles and abroad, specializing on saxophones, flute and clarinet. Starting on piano at a very young age, he has been playing music all of his life. At the early age of 6, he received a standing ovation for is performance of "Hill Street Blues on piano! A few years later, he decided to pursue the saxophone, and not long after, he was studying the clarinet and flute as well. As his skill and talent progressed, the window of opp
ortunities opened up.

While attending Hamilton High School's Academy of Music in Los Angeles, Bram started to get involved in numerous projects and bands. At the age of 16, he had the opportunity to travel to Japan to play with the Monterey All Star High School Jazz Band. He has received multiple awards and scholarships, from prestigious organizations such as the Thelonious Monk Institute and the George Eastman Foundation.

Bram graduated the Eastman School of Music in 2001, with a bachelor's degree in Jazz and Contemporary media. While in school, aside from gigging and touring with various bands, he was also teaching privately as a woodwind instructor. In addition to touring in various parts of the U.S., he has had the opportunity to see the world, working as a musician in show bands on cruise ships, such as Princess, Cunard, and Regent of the Seven Seas lines.

Currently based in the Los Angeles area, Bram keeps busy as a teacher and performer in various ensembles and projects. Some notable credits include: Playing on Carly Simon's Moonlight Serenade DVD, Playing on Jimmy Kimmel Live with Mayer Hawthorne, and playing with Bobby Caldwell. Also, he performed with "The Hollabacks", a 7 piece rock band which won the Slurpee Battle of the Bands Competition 2010.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you are just getting started, or if you already have some experience playing, there is always room to grow, and it is NEVER too late to start! I like to get to know the student in the beginning, using various methods that I used for my own development. Once I get to know the student's individual needs, I customize their lessons in order to accommodate their goals. I am a patient teacher, but I expect results.

I like to keep a fun and positive environment during my lessons. Practicing is really up to the student. I don't mind if the student wants to come in and play every week without practice, but we all know, that if someone wants to learn and develop on an instrument, practice is necessary.

I am able to teach Saxophone, Flute, and Clarinet. As I mentioned before, I like to customize my lessons toward the individual student's needs, so I do not go by any standard method. I draw from materials that I've used in my own educational process, and I am always keeping current with modern trends in teaching. With my expertise in teaching, you will develop fundamental skills on your instrument, as well as general music skills, including music theory, sight reading, ear training, and improvisation. I am open to teaching all genres of music, whether it be jazz, blues, rock, hip-hop, pop, or classical. I am open and flexible.

Whether you want to start a new instrument from the beginning, or get better so you can win auditions/competitions, get into the school/regional band, or maybe you are just doing this for fun, I can definitely help you succeed!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fully Equipped Studio: Piano/Keyboards, Recording Equipment (Pro-tools + Sonar), Mac + PC.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to own all necessary instruments/accessories. I can provide info on where to purchase materials.I can provide photocopies of required music, but expect student to purchase books and other materials.

*** Specialties ***
All Styles and Genres, Music Theory, Reading, Improvisation and Ear Training
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Swati S. May 1, 2014
Saxophone
Verified Student
In So Many Words

Bram, is a Fantastic Music Teacher, my Daughter Swati is taking Tenor Saxophone lessons with Bram since she was 10 and at 11 she has learn so much from him. She has learn Technics from Bram on the Tenor Saxophone where later it comes up in her music class at her Elementary School Music Orchestra. Swati is planning to be with Bram thru her Baritone Teaching and Soprano Saxophone Teachings, when my Daughter transforms over to the other two Saxophones. From a score from 1 to 10...I give Bram a 10+ without even blinking.
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Irene M. July 15, 2013
Clarinet
Verified Student
Bram is inspiring me to continue playing the clarinet.

Bram is very patient and helped me to re-start playing the clarinet within only a couple of months. He addresses my weaknesses in playing nicely and with professionalism, is following my expectations about the lessons pointed out at the beginning and is inspiring and motivating me to play my instrument.
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DebbieA1 December 12, 2011
Bram has been a great teacher. He has patience and has been able to get my son quite far along in a few short weeks.
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Bram G.

Bram G.

Valley Village, CA 91607
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA

I work with beginners through intermediate students

About Cindy

Hello, my name is Cindy and I am a vocal and instrumental instructor. I received my BA and MAT degrees from Pepperdine University. I have taught privately for over 25 years in the San Fernando Valley, along with Pasadena and Simi Valley areas. During college I performed in several operas including The Magic Flute and Hansel and Gretel with the Burbank Symphony Orchestra. After college, I was a member of Musical Americans, a select touring group from Southern California under the direction of K. Gene Simmonds that toured South America and Japan. I also served as a minister of music at a loc
al church for several years.

I began playing the piano at the age of 7. My mother and sister were taking lessons and, when they had finished practicing I would go into the piano and play what they had just played. My mother figured that I was the one with the talent so I got the lessons. When I was 9, I became interested in the violin. Back in those days, it was required for you to take private lessons if you were going to be in the school orchestra. I started lessons on the violin while continuing lessons on the piano. I began taking voice lessons while in Jr. High and for a while, I took lessons on all three. I was also very involved with my church music department, which was very large and well known in Southern California. During college, I had the opportunity to participate in The Living Christmas Tree . This was a great experience, one I will never forget. I not only sang in the tree but was able to play in the orchestra for a couple of years as well.

Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I have had the experience of bringing the joy of music to hundreds of students. I put a strong focus on musical theory so that my students understand not only how to play or sing, but understand the WHY of different musical concepts. Presently I have students attending CSUN majoring in music. I have a love for music that has been with me since the age of 7, when I started taking my first piano lessons. I took private lessons on piano, violin and voice till I graduated from high school, continuing while I earned my BA and MAT degrees. I have experience with students of all ages, ranging from the young kindergarten student to the adult student. I believes that there is a hidden talent in everyone and that if there is a desire to learn, I can teach them!

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed to bring a maximum level of enjoyment while giving a strong musical theory foundation. Being a classroom teacher for over 30 years, I understand what a student goes through regarding homework during a week's time. I always take that into consideration when making assignments. I find out what the student's musical likes are and use those in selecting songs to work on with them.I use different curriculum, depending on the needs of the student and the instrument being taught. With the wealth of my experience I can teach and guide the student through any performance and musical interest they may have and bridge the gap between genre's that so many are unable to do.

I teach beginning and intermediate voice, flute, guitar, sax and clarinet. I am able to teach up to the advanced level for violin and piano. I enjoy working with all levels of students, from young children through adults.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, room for parents to wait.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They must have their own instrument. If they are taking piano, I am able to teach them on a keyboard that has at least 4 octaves. I have had great success with working with keyboards, especially with younger students. Students purchase their own materials. I will give you the names of the books and locations where you can buy them.

*** Specialties ***
I am from the old school of thought and teach the basics with a great deal of theory thrown in. My students that have gone on to major in music in college have done very well because of the foundation I have given them.
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Flor Garcia July 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First time, first day with Cindy. She explains the lesson very well, demonstrates and writes it down for the student to remember during home practice. That is teaching. She knows how to make the student learn.
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George B. June 6, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Cindy is an awesome instructor. She is flexabIe with schedule, strict on form and an all-around great person . I highly recommend her if you'd like to get those Sax skills further disciplinedđź‘Ť
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Jessica R. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
My son really enjoys the lessons and looks forward to them every week! He is learning more than I thought would be possible in just 30 minutes once a week I am very happy we chose Cindy as his instructor.

Thank you!
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Cindy K.

Cindy K.

Mission Hills, CA 91345
(8)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ray

Hello!

My name is Ray - I'm 27 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 13 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 been blessed with the tremendous amount of patience necessary 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 each individual.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have their own instrument, and purchase their own materials (books, etc).

*** Specialties ***
Classical music is my background, and what I believe to be the most cognitively and emotionally fulfilling music. That said, I'm a big fan of pop too, 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 get the most out of learning music and instrument.

Thanks for checking out my profile! Please contact me with any additional questions you may have. I'll do my best to get back to you right away.
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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.
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Ray R.

Ray R.

Van Nuys, CA 91401
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Thomas K.

Los Angeles, CA

Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

A woodwind player since age 10, Thomas has experience as a performer and teacher. His previous education has included methodology classes on teaching specific instruments, and he is available to teach beginning clarinet lessons.

About Thomas

A Los Angeles-based composer, orchestrator, conductor, and educator, Thomas has earned a reputation as a reliable and effective music instructor. Thomas instructs students in piano, woodwinds, trumpet, music theory, and composition. He has led multiple after-school classes and private lessons (both online and in-person) for instrumentalists as an official teacher for Piano Keys 4 Kids, MusIQ Club, Music Teachers Network, and Music Lessons on Wheels. He has received praise over his varied and individual approaches to teaching that focus on realizing the full potential of his students, whom rang
e from kindergarteners to adults.

As a composer and orchestrator, Thomas has received commissions from the American Festival Pops Orchestra, the Manassas, VA Police Department, and Brigham Young University–Idaho, and Jazz 4 Justice. His film credits include independent productions GeoFORCE, HeartFelt, Return of the Dragon Sword, and A Sense of Sound, amongst other smaller film and video game projects. He has produced three concerts of his original music, including Emerge & Ascend, a benefit concert that raised $1,500. He has also acted as conductor in a number of studio recording sessions.

Thomas received his Masters of Music in Film Scoring from the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program in Seattle, Washington where he studied with two-time Emmy winning film and television composer Hummie Mann. He received his Bachelor of Music in Composition from George Mason University where he studied composition under band composer Mark Camphouse and electronic composer Jesse Guessford, and conducting under Anthony Maiello. In the area of performance, he has studied saxophone under Rick Parrell (U.S. Army Band), Tyler Kuebler (USAF Airmen of Note), and Sandon Mayhew; and piano with John Healey and Danny Beal.

Originally from Boise, Idaho, Thomas currently resides in Los Angeles. A melodious and colorful composer, he hopes to continue bringing evocative, contemporary music to audiences everywhere.
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Sherry L. July 28, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas was easy to work with, flexible and dependent. He helped my daughter build confidence and develop skills without pressure. He was easy to communicate with and exceeded out expectations. Pleasure to work with.
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Mythu Chiem July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Thomas has been teaching my kids piano for about a year. He comes to our house once a week for two hours each time. Thomas is reliable and punctual. While Thomas is very busy, he has never once been late and he rarely had to reschedule his lessons. Thomas is a serious teacher, and the kids learn a lot from him.
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Isabella July 7, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is great- gets right to the meat of the lesson and makes my daughter want to practice!
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Thomas K.

Thomas K.

Los Angeles, CA 90024
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Gabriel B.

Northridge, CA

You will have fun! Making music is a joy, we must always remember that. You can expect to work hard, be challenged, and have your mind opened to new perspectives when we are together and I will always frame the learning within the understanding that we learn to play music, not to work music. Everything we do will aim toward your musical goals.

About Gabriel

I have experience teaching a variety of subjects to a wide range of different students and I customize the lessons to each individual student's learning style. Music lessons are my strongest area of teaching, but I have experience tutoring students from age 8-60. My students get the opportunity to learn in a safe, structured environment where they are able to express their individuality by connecting the learning to their own experience. I encourage my students to explore their potential by lighting the way towards their goals while assigning tasks in well defined, achievable steps.
As a
person who returned to college after age 30 to finish a bachelor's degree and complete a master's degree, I understand the challenges that different learners face from a unique perspective. Helping others to achieve their goals in spite of adversity is my favorite thing to do!
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Javier July 5, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Working along side with Gabriel was great. He not only teaches music and saxophone, he teaches what it really means to a be serious a musician. Thanks to him I've learned how to read, play, and listen (ear training) to music better. Under his instruction for a few days, he gets down to point and figures out any problem a student has. You won't regret working with him.
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Mike July 3, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Gabe is a fantastic teacher. He's taught me not only how to perform better but also how to practice with a better mindset, which, to me is the equivalent of "nipping it in the bud". He always told me to come into the practice room with goals that I want to accomplish, and only finish practicing when those goals are accomplished. Also, I've enjoyed performing in saxophone chamber groups with him, including two saxophone quartets and a duet.
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Martin July 1, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Gabriel is a wonderful instructor with a great grasp and understanding of his subject area. I've had the pleasure of being in a quartet led by him and came out of it with a greater appreciation of the pieces and a better ability to emphasize phrasing. Worth the money to learn from.
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Gabriel B.

Gabriel B.

Northridge, CA 91325
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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