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Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA

About Joan

Joan is a passionate drummer, percussionist, and teacher. She plays any genre and performs regularly all over Southern California. She also performed with Gwen Stefani on television shows including Saturday Night Live, Good Morning America, David Letterman, MTV TRL, and the Ellen Show.

Joan earned her Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance from the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU Long Beach. Some of the teachers she studied with are Lynn Vartan, Michael Packer, Brad Dutz, Ricky Lawson, and Mike Shapiro.

Studio Equipment:
Drumset, congas, bongos, cajon, auxiliary percussion.


Specialties:
All styles of drumset, hand percussion.

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Kelly B. February 12, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My 15 year old daughter is a beginning drummer. She is really enjoying her lessons with Joan and feels like she is really learning how to be a drummer.
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Brooke J. January 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan has been teaching our 5 year old daughter in our home and has incredible patience and finds ways to make it fun for her as well as educational. She also was flexible when we needed to change our lesson times from a weekday to a weekend morning time slot and was always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend her as a teacher for a young beginner!
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Azine N. July 26, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Joan is very patient as an instructor. I appreciate the feedback she has given me on nuances in my body posture, my grip on the sticks, and seating position to help me be comfortable during the lessons. I began drum lessons with her early in my pregnancy and she has been very accommodating to my busy and hectic schedule.
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Joan Q.

Joan Q.

Santa Monica, CA 90404
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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.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(5)
starting at
$55 / 45-min
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Trevor L.

Venice, CA

About Trevor

Graduating from Le Cordon Bleu: Hollywood, working at many restaurants, and cooking for so long, I can teach you the fundamentals of cooking. This ranges from knife skills, food history, cookery, and more! My other skill set is drumming. I've taken lessons for a few years, but I have been drumming for over 12 years. My main influence has been my godfather who's the previous drummer of The Smashing Pumpkins, Jimmy Chamberlain. I have already taught a few how to drum and cook nicely. I would not say I'm amazing at these things, but I can definitely get a good foundation to build upon.

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dio Equipment ***
Drums: Roland electric set, full set from Siamese Dream album of the Smashing Pumpkins, and a Djembe (African drum)

Cooking: Many cooking utensils, pots/pans, knife kit, etc.

Skateboarding: I have been Skateboarding for 12+ years, I can help Beginners and intermediates to become better! Also I can provide a Skateboard, but you must bring your own helmet/pads if you need them.
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Trevor L.

Trevor L.

Venice, CA 90291
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA

About Jonathan

Are you or your child interested in playing music? Are you looking for a great, personable teacher for your son or daughter? I can help!

I am a professional Saxophonist and Composer with over 25 years of professional experience as a performer and educator in New York City and Los Angeles. I have a real passion for teaching and believe that everyone CAN play!

All experience levels and musical styles are welcome. Some of the subject I teach:
Saxophone, Jazz, Improvisation, Composition, Music Sequencing (Cubase, Digital Performer), Music Theory & Ear Training

It has to be FUN!
I tailor my lessons for each individual. The goal is to get you playing GREAT. If you can HEAR it you can PLAY it!

For experienced students, we can cover advanced topics, like learning jazz & pop songs. Learning how to improvise, basic music theory and harmony, all the way to modern playing techniques, if the student wishes.

RATES:
I offer discounted rates for monthly packages.

For in-home lessons, I teach anywhere on the WESTSIDE of Los Angeles. (Santa Monica, Venice, Brentwood, West LA, Culver, Westwood, Palisades, etc)

EDUCATION BACKGROUND
MA Music Composition, New York University
BM Music Performance, Saxophone

I've studied privately with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including James Moody, Clark Terry, Joe Lovano, Gary Smuylan, Harold Mabern, Steve Wilson, Wessell "Warmdaddy" Anderson, and more.
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Allison B. March 24, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Jon has been an excellent instructor to my 11-year-old boy. Aside from his personal passion in Saxophone, he is also an distinguished performer. As a parent, and especially for a beginner student, Jon's passion and patience will only foster if not inspire a young and curious saxophone learner.
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Pat C. March 20, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Super knowledgeable and easy going.
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W H. March 15, 2015
Jazz Improvisation · In home
Jonathan is a great and fun teacher to work with. He is patient, kind, hardworking, and knowledgeable. He is skilled in many genres of music and is able to help you
in any direction that you might be interested in from Jazz Improvisation, Composition, and Recording. I would work with him without reservation.
He has both the knowledge, experience, and methodology to get you where ever you want to go in music.
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Jonathan H.

Jonathan H.

Santa Monica, CA 90401
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Erandi T.

Marina del Rey, CA

About Erandi

Born in Sri Lanka, Erandi’s journey in music began at the age of 4 when her aunt gave Erandi her first lesson. With a direct pianistic lineage dating back to Franz Liszt, her natural gift for music was instantly obvious and it did not take long before Erandi began developing her superb technique under the guidance of virtuoso musician, Dawn Owen, and concert pianist, Beulah Ambrose. With a distinct visual flair, the dazzling young pianist has perfected a riveting, deeply emotional style that showcases her effortless power, speed, precision, and lyricism which have earned Erandi a decade-long
reign of winning national titles.

At the age of 10, she made her debut public performance, and competed in her first accordion orchestra under the direction of Pamela Hacker. She later performed and nationally competed with the Martin Music Center Orchestra. When Erandi was 13 years old, she began teaching pianoforte performance, accordion, clarinet, and music theory to children and adults alike. At 16, Erandi was invited to be an adjudicator of music festivals and competitions. By the age of 17, she was the youngest joint virtuoso title winner on both the accordion and piano in AFNA’s 50 year history. By the age of 23, Erandi established her first music school where she distilled the essence of her pedagogy and musicianship in ways that were applied to create powerful movements in music.

I have performed and competed in orchestras as well as performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Television (WB Network), and at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

My students have gone on to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, the Colburn Music Academy, the CalArts Summer Music Program, Academy of Music at Hamilton High School, Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, Oberlin College's Conservatory of Music, and the Los Angeles County High School for the Arts.

I hold twice yearly recitals as well as annual proficiency evaluations and certificates in performance, theory, and harmony. Summer GCSE music exams, AFNA music festivals, MTNA national competitions, and ABRSM certification under the Royal Schools of Music exam board. Participation is not mandatory, but encouraged.

Teaching Philosophy: I have always been personally invested in each student’s progress and development, and well versed in how to present concepts in a manageable fashion. Every student is unique in how they grasp new information, so every lesson is customized to each student’s abilities. My teaching approach is very positive, patient, and non-intimidating. The goal is not only to help students discover their potential and excel in their musical ability, but to foster a lifelong love of learning and an appreciation for music.

Affiliations: Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music (LRSM), Accordion Federation of North America (AFNA), Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM).
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Alessio C. June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher! I had two previous teachers and so far she's the best one, she's not just very experienced and knowledgeable but her teaching method it's easy to understand and follow. She's passionate about music and very dedicated to her job, she keeps leaning piano interesting and fun for me. I'll definitely keep learning and improving with her!
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Erandi T.

Erandi T.

Marina del Rey, CA 90292
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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