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Clarissa N.

Los Angeles, CA

I've been writing songs my entire life. As a published songwriter, I have helped many of my piano students over the years become beautiful writers themselves and enjoy the process immensely.

About Clarissa

I studied piano in Germany with Lola Poirier (a student of the famous Alfred Cortot) for 11 years, then with Phillip Evans in New York (professor at the Manhattan School of Music) and finally with world-renowned concert pianist Eugene Liszt at Carnegie-Mellon University, where I received my Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance with a Minor in Child Pedagogy. For the past twenty eight years I have been teaching students of all levels and ages, incorporating some of my former teachers' methods with my own teaching style. I am passionate about awakening a hunger in each of my students for bringing and keeping music in their lives forever. I don't look at my students as children who play an instrument, but as young artists on the road to self-discovery and musical fulfillment! ...

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Shuhui H. February 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Clarissa is very helpful and patient! I have my piano class in a studio in the backyard of her house, I like the place a lot! She is a warm, smart, humorous and amazing women who can encourage me to keep on practicing! She helped me to reading the notes in a smart way, and we shared a wonderful time together to go through those beautiful pieces! I am willing to recommend her to anyone who is willing to take piano class!
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Jana W. October 1, 2014
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Clarissa is fantastic! She's extremely personable and very supportive as you learn. She's a phenomenal piano player and her teaching style and ability to articulate the lessons are equal to her skill. I highly recommend her. :)
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Mika S. February 27, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher!!

Clarissa has done good job with student , giving them confidence to perform on the stage .
Especially , my daughter 5 years old and no previous experience, she played 3 songs and perform great !!
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Tatiana K.

Los Angeles, CA

Songwriting: We could start anywhere from the basics of building a song, learning the rules and breaking them, to producing a song and performing it live. Nowadays, writing a song on an instrument, having some basic chords, melody and lyrics isn't necessarily where it ends anymore. Because technology is evolving fast, it's becoming more and more of a one man process where the same person will write, produce and record a song. I have started writing by using an instrument (which I still do now) to using software (Ableton Live) and writing within the software and treating the production of the song as part of the writing process. I have also gone through figuring out how to perform what's already recorded and written live so that it sounds cohesive. All those things I can help with, teach and explain derived from my personal experience.

About Tatiana

Originally from Moscow, Russia I started my training in Classical music. However, growing up and listening to Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Pink Floyd, Queen etc. I wanted to learn more about that kind of music. My curiosity and passion led me all the way to another continent where I was admitted to the University of Miami's Jazz Vocal Department at the age of 16. While I was at school I realized that I not only wanted to perform, but also write music. After graduation I moved to NYC to pursue being a singer/songwriter. Since then I've recorded 3 albums and have been actively recording, producing, and performing ever since. I am currently working on a new project, which has gathered the attention of NPR, WSJ and The American Songwriter. Before starting lessons I evaluate ...

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Alex K. February 19, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Outstanding

My daughter Katerina, 9, made huge improvements with Tatiana. Tatiana is an outstanding teacher. She has a way of connecting with kids and helping them achieve new heights in their performance. Highly recommend
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Michelle H. February 2, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Tatiana is an awesome teacher

I have been taking singing lessons with Tatiana for 4 months now and she is such an amazing teacher. She is very encouraging and teaches in a nice pace. She pinpoints what I should work on and breaks it down so easily. Each time I finish a lesson with her, I feel so confidant. Because of her breathing and voice exercise, I am now able to reach pitches that I wasn't able to before. Tatiana is Awesome! I highly recommend her :)
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Jelena J. May 21, 2013
Singing
Tatiana is amazing!

I have been taking singing lessons with Tatiana for about 6 months now and I can't even believe how much I've learned! She is a great teacher - very patient, talented, knowledgeable and encouraging. Since I've been working with Tatiana, I feel more confident about my singing and my technique is a lot better. I enjoy taking lessons with her because they are relaxed and fun, but at the same time very productive. It's just a great time overall!
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Thomas F.

Los Angeles, CA

About Thomas

From a young age, I have been deeply involved in the musical community. I began studying piano when I was three, and throughout my education, I’ve learned from such accomplished instructors as Belle Mehus and Christopher Taylor. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance from The University of Mary in North Dakota, I continue to study, teach, perform, and compose. I’ve also studied guitar and bass for nearly twenty years.  I love playing and teaching these instruments because of the strong correlations between the way they are tuned and played and the way western music theory works—as well as the pure enjoyment that comes from them!  Additionally, I have twenty years of education in oboe and other woodwind instruments. I was principle oboist for two orchestras and reached ...

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Aubrey T. March 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I appreciate his patience! My 5 year old can get a little frustrated sometimes, but Thomas is always patient with him.
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Albertha May 14, 2014
I am a very shy person and doing this was a challenge for me. Thomas put me at ease, and we had a very good lesson! I learned a lot, and I can't wait to practice more on my own.

Thank you, Thomas!!
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Lesa May 14, 2014
Thomas was incredibly helpful. He answered all my questions easily. Highly, highly, recommended!
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Bryan L.

Playa del Rey, CA

About Bryan

Bryan is a lifelong student trained in both Contemporary and Classical methodology. Bryan's extensive education paired with his passion for music make him the perfect teacher for any student. Bryan's love for music started at a young age. He began taking private guitar lessons at the age of 10 learning the basics. This knowledge has served as the basis for all of his musical training as it provided a strong backbone of fundamental skills to build upon. Graduating from the University of Oregon in 2005, he practiced and perfected the classical approach to music. Bryan's education continued at the Musicians Institute based in the music capital of the world, Los Angeles. Here he diversified his music skills with vigorous training in the contemporary study of music. This contrast allows Bryan ...

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Devin H. December 5, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
I highly recommend Bryan

If you are looking for guitar lessons then Bryan is your guy. I have been taking lessons from him for 6 months now and had no experience prior. I have learned a lot from him and not just about playing a guitar but music in general. I highly recommend Bryan.
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NickL April 6, 2012
Very helpful!

Bryan has been a very helpful, knowledgeable and flexible guitar teacher. He uses my interests and questions to drive lesson content. I find personally that understanding the music theory behind what I'm learning to play is very helpful, so we've spent a lot of time breaking things down. He's very knowledgeable. He also does a good job of explaining how he uses his intuition as a guitar player and musician, which helps me develop intuition of my own.I would definitely recommend Bryan!
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DaveR April 12, 2011
Dad

Bryan is doing a fabulous job with my son, Jensen. Jensen has really taken to the guitar and he is learning quite a bit. He looks forward to his lesson each week. I highly recommend Bryan, who is very nice, knowledgeable and fun.
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Matthew I

Culver City, CA

About Matthew J

I have been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching guitar and bass for 7 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago area and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances. I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Music Composition and Classical Guitar. I also studied classical guitar at Lane C.C. and received an Associate of Arts Degree where I studied with University of Oregon Classical Guitarist John Jarvie. I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. ...

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Carlos P. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
2013 feedback

Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.

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Songwriting Tips | The Wisdom of a One-Of-Kind Song Title

What's in a name? If you're looking for songwriting tips as you pen your next tune, check out this advice from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   There is not one "right" or preferred way to write a song. It's a very individual choice. Some songwriters start out with a patch of melody or a line or two of lyric as their creative catalyst. Others will initiate the songwriting muse with a unique and instantly-captivating song title or writing from their emotions. And in this ever-cr … Read More
Songwriting Tips | The Wisdom of a One-Of-Kind Song Title
What's in a name? If you're looking for songwriting tips as you pen your next tune, check out this advice from Perth Amboy, NJ teacher Jeff S...   There is not one "right" or preferred way to write a song. It's a very individual choice. Some songwriters start out with a patch of melody or a line or two of lyric as their creative catalyst. Others will initiate the songwriting muse with a unique and instantly-captivating song title or writing from their emotions. And in this ever-cr
Are You Really Ready To Record Your Song Or Book A Vocal Session?
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