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Christopher L W.

Los Angeles, CA

About Christopher L

Hello TakeLessons! I feel truly honored to have you reading about me and my passion for music. I hope I can instill the knowledge, ability, and drive so you may play the music that you want. Music is truly the universal language and I invite you to speak it! I have experience teaching music at high school and in various studios so you will be in good hands!

Ademas, domino español y ingles entonces enseñare en el idomia que prefieren! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
I love forming trusting and genuine relationships and the teacher-student relationship is one of the most important out there. This
is why I promise to create a friendly environment where students will never feel ashamed to ask questions or admit they haven't had the chance to practice something. I do however also promise a sincere and professional environment. It is my true desire to connect with students in a way they will feel inspired to practice, play, discuss, and love music.

I will present as a more laid back teacher. My emphasis will be on connecting with you as an individual and learning the music. We will discuss what your personal goals are for these lessons and where you hope to be down the road in a few months. We will then hopefully both do our best to accomplish our goals in learning a piece, mastering our scales, improvising over the blues, learning the notes of the treble clef, or wherever you may be in your development as a musician.

As a working musician I know personally that maintaining interest in music and your instrument has to do with playing things that you connect with. Therefore, as a teacher I find it very important to balance fundamentals with letting the students play/learn what they'd like. This includes not shunning any music that the student really wants to learn whether it be pop/country/classical/jazz/ etc.

Parents feel free to contact me if you are tirelessly searching for a teacher for your little ones!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ size keyboard and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a 88 key keyboard/amp. I can provide the books I have.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching jazz piano, jazz improvisation, and jazz theory. I also teach basic piano to beginners! I have experience teaching in high school, workshops, and studio settings.
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Molly T. September 11, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chris is amazing! I wanted to brush up on reading sheet music and learn a few songs. Chris was great at jump starting me back into piano. He has such a great demeanor, while still pushing you to push yourself. He gives great notes post lesson. Can't say enough good things about him!
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ClaudiaO May 20, 2012
An amazing learning experience

Chris is an amazingly awesome teacher. He is a great listener and from the first class listen to my learning style and preferences. He has tailored each class to accomodate my learning style and strengths while supporting me to improve in my weak areas. He is also fun, easy going and patient. His extensive notes support me to practice and improve. He encourages and motives me to do better each time.Thank you Chris for sharing your passion for music with me.
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Christopher L W.

Christopher L W.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Christoffer S.

North Hollywood, CA

Key signatures, time signatures, complex rhythms, counterpoint, and chord progressions! Music theory is essential for any kind of musician and is one of my favorite subjects to teach. After a short amount of time, you will be able to use our music theory knowledge to do a bit of composing!

About Christoffer

Perform - Create - Build a solid foundation in music while gaining confidence, leadership, and flexibility.

*** Bio ***
I have an MFA in Music Composition and Piano Performance from California Institute of the Arts and a BA in Music Composition from UC Santa Barbara. I began piano at the age of 7 and started composing as a teenager. Teaching has always been important to me. I started providing lessons in high school and learned that giving musical knowledge is just as important as acquiring the skills it takes to be a musician. Studying with me will help you become a well-rounded musician
with the ability to play the type of music you want to play.

Constantly composing, film scoring, and performing, I'm a very active musician that works with classical musicians, rock musicians, and everything in between. I teach a variety of instruments and will cater lessons to your styles and interests. I'm also a recording artist and work with music software such as Ableton Live, Native Instruments, and Sibelius. I would love to teach you how to compose and record your own music in whichever genre you prefer.

*** Lesson Details ***
Many of my students have studied music in the past, but weren't able to keep the passion. I pride myself as a very enthusiastic teacher that works hard at making lessons fun and interesting for any age and background. All of my students (from 3 years old to 60 years old) enjoy music and practice harder than ever. You will be provided with a solid foundation in theory, aural skills, technique, and creativity, giving you the ability to carve your own path in music. You will learn the correct way to play your instrument and develop the intuition to command it expressively.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My North Hollywood studio is a private garage turned into a studio. It has 2 desks, a full-size Yamaha keyboard, ukulele, accordion, didgeridoo, guitar, electric bass, chairs, music stand, laptop, and a printer.

My Mar Vista studio is a private room in a house with a semi-concert grand Steinway piano and everything else included in the North Hollywood studio.
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Sheri M. April 15, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Christoffer has been a terrific instructor - I'm amazed at how quickly he has me playing.
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Katherine C. April 14, 2015
Accordion · Online
Verified Student
Great lesson. This was my first time putting on an accordion in over 30 years and Christoffer had me reading music by the end of my first 30 minute lesson.
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John E. June 24, 2014
Composition · In studio
Chris is a great teacher. I worked with him at CalArts. He has a highly diverse range of skills as an instrumentalist and composer. He works in various musical styles fluently (from film scoring, songwriting, instrumental and vocal writing, to electronic music). A friendly and pleasant teacher to work with—he is very good at meeting the student at his/her level and helping them with their own individual artistic goals/needs. I highly recommend him as a teacher to anyone wanting to develop their musical skills.
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Christoffer S.

Christoffer S.

Los Angeles, CA 90066
(11)
starting at
$40 / 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.

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

Santa Monica, CA

Music theory does NOT have to be BORING! :) Really.

Music theory, at its core, is about understanding. Understanding what you're playing and why it works the way it does. Often when you understand how/why a piece was written, it makes it a lot easier to play.

Beginners: Scales, Key centers, Major and Minor
Intermediate: Intervallic relationships, chordal relationships, BASIC HARMONY RULES that apply in almost any music you listen to.

Advanced: Sky is the limit! I hold a Masters Degree in Music Composition and have extensively studied 20th century music and post tonal music. Cell theory, 12 tones, non-tonal systems, post-tonal harmony, advanced jazz harmonic concepts

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
$35 / 30-min
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Delilah B.

Culver City, CA

An accomplished violinist and Sound Engineer, Delilah, began her music education at the age of six, studying at the Music Academy J.S. Bach in Berlin, San Pietro a Majella in Naples and the London Academy of Modern Music. She also graduated with honors from S.A.E. Institute - London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering. and a PhD in Sound Engineering from Middlesex University.

About Delilah

An accomplished, violinist, and Sound Engineer, Delilah, began her music education at the age of six, studying violin at the Music Academy J.S. Bach in Berlin, San Pietro a Majella in Italy and the London Academy of Modern Music. She also graduated with honors from S.A.E. Institute - London with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sound Engineering. and a PhD in Sound Engineering from Middelsex University.

She has worked as professional violinist in several bands and orchestras in the UK, Germany and Los Angeles; Spectra Paris, Royal Albert Hall and Abbey Road to name a few.
Delilah has exten
sively traveled the world in search of new musical influences and has lived in Germany, England, Italy, Spain, Jamaica, and the United States. She speaks 6 languages.

What I can offer:
Violin Lessons with a professional violinist.
Beginning to Advanced
Develop effective habits and techniques
Improve tone and accuracy of pitch
Expression - dynamic
Correct use of the bow.

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Evan Nguyen June 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very personable teacher. I felt very comfortable around Delilah and I could feel that she loves music and she loves teaching.
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Amie N. May 30, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Kind, perfect instruction, goes at your pace, and offers more challenging tasks. I will continue taking lessons from her for a while!
P.S. Very skilled. Knows what she is doing!
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James B. May 5, 2015
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Dalila is a fantastic teacher. I've learned so much from her in the short time that I have been taking lessons that I would highly recommend her. Since I took lessons for about six months, person to person, with another teacher I find absolutely nothing lacking with learning to play the violin online. I wish I would have started with Dalila from the very beginning.
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Delilah B.

Delilah B.

Culver City, CA 90230
(11)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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