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Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Mike

I have taught private guitar, piano, bass and drum lessons since the late 70s in Salt Lake City, where I majored in jazz guitar performance, and since 1980 in Los Angeles. I make the lessons fun. Some of my students have received college scholarships and won cash prizes for music contests. All of them had fun while learning and improving on their instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very enthusiastic and can teach students how to read. If they do not want to read music, they can learn to play by ear. I can also show them where to put their fingers. During piano lessons, I often accompa
ny students on guitar and suggest a scale for improvisation, so they can play the blues. During drum lessons, I often play bass so they can learn to groove.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz improvisation on piano and guitar.
I also teach recreational guitar and piano for adults, including classical and blues styles.
I coach bass players and drummers in playing stylistically correct grooves for jazz, rock and latin music.
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Lynn K. January 18, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson was great! Looking forward to my second!
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Bob November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
I developed a desire later in life to learn how to play jazz and blues piano. I was very fortunate to start learning from Mike. He started me out with basic blues and over time I progressed into many of the jazz standards. Because he is also an accomplished guitar player, at all his lessons, he would accompany me while I played the new piece of music I was learning. He also does this if you are learning the guitar. This was very helpful in giving me a more complete musical experience, as I also learned to hear and play with other musicians. He is an extremely patient and upbeat instructor, constantly giving me positive reinforcement. I would get a new tune to practice as I became more proficient with the previous one. Each new tune became progressively more challenging. Having taken lessons from Mike for many years, I also witnessed his teaching and developing of younger kids. He really works with them in a positive way giving them as much time as they need to turn the corner on each tune and progress forward. They seem to enjoy it and he has developed some great musicians. As part of his instruction, he gives all his students an opportunity to participate in a Jazz Band he puts together. In this Jazz Band he leads all the players in working together though a jam session. Other players may include guitarists, brass players and keyboardists, young and older. Frankly I am forever grateful to Mike for helping me create the foundation to play jazz and blues piano both alone and with a group of other musicians.
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Jackson G. November 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had been taking piano lessons for close to 6 years when I started with Mike. I learned more about playing jazz from him in a year than I had in all that time from a number of other teachers. Very easy to get a long with and makes class a lot of fun. Very highly recommend!
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Sherman Oaks, CA 91403
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$35 / 30-min
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Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA

About Tigran

Noted violinist and gifted educator. Studied with H. Harutyunyan and V. Khachatryan, students of the great violinist L. Kogan. Tigran N. has been teaching Violin and Viola to students of all ages for over 15 years. He received his Master's degree in Music Performance from The Komitas State Conservatory in Yerevan, Armenia and his Bachelor of Music from Babajanyan State Music College. In addition to teaching, he has performed and recorded with several orchestras, has composed and arranged several pieces including his own album. He is a highly educated individual who enjoys sharing his knowled
ge and expertise with students interested in learning.

Teaching is my passion and I thoroughly love what I am doing.
Every single child is special to me and every one receives special attention.
My students also play semiannual recital, witch helps them to gain confidence.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home: Music room w/ piano, guitar, violin, stands, seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand if required

*** Specialties ***
Russian traditional and Suzuki methods.
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Macsilvan M. January 8, 2016
Viola · Online
Verified Student
Tigran has done a very good job in improving our son's Viola skills in such a short period of time. My son is a member of Orchestra in school and he is now one of the better players in the group. My son also enjoys taking his class with Tigran.
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Dunne L. October 1, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
There are a number of beginners and comeback kids attempting to learn the violin without teacher. Honestly, at one point, I really thought I would be one of them. I’m in my mid 50’s and I had violin lessons when I was a kid. I thought I can practice again through internet teachers like YouTube.

I bought a violin made in China in EBay. At the end of 3 months, I still couldn't play anything with any satisfaction, thinking the violin was not good. I was very disappointed with the violin and myself.

But I couldn't let the idea go. Several months later I started searching prospective teachers. Finally, I contacted Tigran and we decided to give an interview, and Tigran has been my teacher ever since.

At my first real lesson, while he was tuning my violin, I noticed the violin made totally different sound. I was so shocked. It was not the violin; it was me who could not pull the sound from the violin. He gave me something incredibly valuable. He taught me how to draw the bow across the strings without making that horrible scratchy sound that I could not get rid of. It was magical. Maybe that's not a big deal to anyone else, but it was huge for me.

Over the past month, he has given me so many valuable lessons - how to hold the bow, how to practice each challenging skill, tone, timing, what is the best order to learn a piece, how the arm, the wrist, and the elbow should move, and so much more.

I couldn't get those things from a book. Certainly there are books out there that cover it, but I needed timely and simple correction in terms that made sense to me. The speed at which things are absorbed increased exponentially with his guidance.

The best part is, when something isn't right, he knows exactly why. It's almost as if he sits in my practice room with me all week because he nails it every time. Moreover, he knows more than one approach to helping me understand how to fix it.

Everyone can learn, but not everyone can teach. Not only is Tigran a good violinist, he is a great instructor. I know I am often frustrated, but it is never because he doesn't give me what I need to succeed. It's because I don't have enough time to devote to applying the principals he taught.

So here's to all the fantastic violin teachers out there. Even if you don't hear us say thank you often enough, know that you are making a difference in someone's life. And to Tigran, if you ever read this - Thanks!
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Selby September 6, 2015
Viola · Online
Verified Student
Tigran was so patient and my little girl sounded much better after one lesson!
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Tigran N.

Tigran N.

Granada Hills, CA 91344
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Brandon E.

Northridge, CA

About Brandon

I currently hold a Bachelors of Music degree in violin performance and I am working on my masters degree in viola performance as well. Additionally, I studied music education for 2 years at the University of Redlands.

I have taught privately and in classrooms since 2009. My career is made up of not only teaching, but performing in live concerts and recordings all throughout the Los Angeles area. I have also performed in over 30 U.S. states and in the countries of Haiti, Colombia, Portugal and France as violinist and music director.
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James January 23, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I didn't deal with so may Violin teachers to compare, but I can't imagine a better teacher than Brandon. Thank you Brandon!!!
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Jennifer K. September 22, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Brandon is a wonderful violin teacher he takes time to teach you the music and learn to read the notes in a methodical way.
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Brandon E.

Brandon E.

Northridge, CA 91325
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$40 / 30-min
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Athan G.

North Hills, CA

About Athan

Hello potential students, my name is Athan Gousios and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student,
in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to the highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Shai G. August 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Athan is a fantastic teacher and drummer! He is patient, encouraging, and very helpful! He is such a wonderful drummer, and is able to convey any concept in any style to a student of any level. Strongly recommended!!
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Judy L. June 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Athan is such a patient instructor. With me being an "older" student who doesn't learn as fast as I used to, he is very encouraging and nurturing. He is very talented and overall a great teacher. I hope I will become as good as him as a drummer one day. =)
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Ben M. February 9, 2015
Drum · In studio
I really enjoy Athan's approach to teaching. He changed my life musically!!!
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Athan G.

Athan G.

North Hills, CA 91343
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tamara P.

North Hollywood, CA

About Tamara

Hello! My name is Tamara. I grew up in Minnesota and started taking piano and violin lessons when I was ten years old. I played in orchestra, in pits, sang in choir, acted in plays, and competed in speech competitions. After graduating from high school I went to the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in New York City to study musical theatre. I completed my BFA in Musical Theatre from Millikin University and have been acting and singing in professional productions in Chicago and Minneapolis ever since. I've also taught piano, violin, and voice lessons to private students for the past five yea
rs. I moved to LA last May with my Yorkshire terrier, Teddy. I love music and interacting with young people, and while I will encourage you in your practice and progress, I believe the most important thing is to enjoy learning and creating music.
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Dustin February 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Tamara is a great teacher and very easy going. Ive been going to her for about a month for piano lessons and I am enjoying it so far. Will be continuing to learn with her.
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Taryn W. January 10, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson was great!
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Taurus M. November 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really enjoyed my first piano lesson with Tamara and I'm looking forward to learning more from her.
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Tamara P.

Tamara P.

North Hollywood, CA 91602
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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