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Ventura, in Portuguese, means happiness or a high point in life. If you’re from Ventura, California you know that’s exactly what it has to offer. This town is home to some of the best surfing beaches in the state. On top of that, it also has laid-back beach community atmosphere that most visitors love and find comforting. Yet, despite its popularity and fame as a surf destination, Ventura has yet to be known in the field of music. Do you think you have what it takes to change that? If you have a passion for music and the drive to succeed than we think we can help you put your town on the map.

Although before you hit the stage, we believe that it’s beneficial for all musicians to develop a strong foundation in music. With that said, we suggest you enroll in one of our Ventura music lessons with one of our certified TakeLessons music teachers. Whether you want to learn how to pull off an amazing guitar solo, funky bass riff or wild drum solo our music lessons are your best choice. Here, you’ll get to develop a strong background in music and learn how to play with proper technique on your chosen instrument. In addition, you’ll get to study, practice and apply what you learn. Our Ventura music lessons also feature fantastic courses in singing, songwriting, performance, music theory as well as recording. Perhaps best of all our lessons are taught by friendly and inspiring music teachers that will guide you through the learning process and ensure you have an exceptional experience.

Another great part about our Ventura music lessons is that they are all customizable. Here, you can choose who your teacher will be, how long each session will last as well as where you’d like to have your lessons. So, if you think you’re ready to become Ventura’s next idol, sign up and join the TakeLessons team today!

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Christopher C.

Camarillo, CA

About Christopher

www.pianomancan.com

My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have 36 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN'€™s school of music where I received my Bachelor'€™s of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of
Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude'€™s Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to the amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy when it comes to doing anything with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Susan January 17, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Had a great lesson with Christopher
He plays beautifully and I am exited to learn what he can teach me
Chistopher took time to get to know me, my music interests and my goals for the piano
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Barbara January 9, 2017
Piano · In home
I took piano lessons for a year when I was around 9 years old and because my instructor, who was my Dad, was a terrible teacher I hated it.

I am now over 70 years young and have been taking piano lessons from Christopher Cohen for two years. He has excellent teaching skills and is just a wonderful teacher and person. He is patient with me (a slower learner) and encourages me to choose special pieces I want to include in my lessons.

Because of Christopher excellent teaching skills I am now enjoying the piano and eagerly looking forward to each session. Even my dog appreciates the piano and she never misses any of our lessons.

Thanks Christopher!
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Hannah October 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Hannah loved her first lesson! She was really impressed with Christopher's teaching style.
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Christopher C.

Camarillo, CA 93012
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Steven S.

Ventura, CA

About Steven

Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoads memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the
head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

*** Studio Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Travel Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
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Elliot F. September 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Steven for almost a year and I must say working with him has truly been a blast. I emailed Steven originally looking for help with my theory skills as well as both my acoustic and electric guitar playing and I have without a doubt gotten a hundred times better at all of the above. I have never been able to play a guitar solo before working with him and thought it would be months until I could even begin to think about that but right away he showed me the ropes and got me going. I was totally discouraged about my skill level because I’ve been wanting to major in music in college but started playing late in the game. However, Steven was nothing but encouraging through not only teaching me crucial musical skills but also sharing invaluable stories from when he was in music school leaving me nothing but inspired. Its often intimidating to meet a private instructor for the first time (I’ve met plenty of bad ones) but Steven is one of the nicest guys in the world and I can’t wait to continue lessons with him again once I have the time. Be sure to check out the Rivera Sunnarborg Duo live they are absolutely breathtaking! Have fun taking lessons and get ready for some nerdy music theory jokes!
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Jackie July 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Steve has given my son and daughter guitar lessons for years. They always look forward to seeing him and learning new music. He not only teaches them a great foundation in guitar he also teaches them whatever songs interest them. If my daughter wants to learn a piece from some obscure artist Steve finds the music and writes the music for her. He then helps her learn to play what she loves. We couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Eisley G. June 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and does well with teaching children.
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Laurel S.

Ventura, CA

About Laurel

Laurel is a vocal coach and performer with a long history of singing in various bands ranging from cover bands to original rock as well as writing and recording her own music. She is a classically trained actress with a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Arts from California State University, Northridge and has starred in several musicals and plays in Los Angeles as well as Hawaii where she lived most recently before returning to the mainland. She has also worked as a professional actress in film and TV and was a voice over casting director for several years. Currently Laurel is the lead singer in t
he band Emergence which will be making its debut in summer 2017 in Ventura County.

Laurel has been trained through Seth Riggs Speech Level Singing and the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). These methods help singers obtain optimum results using exercises specific to their vocal type to increase control and strengthen the mix between head and chest voice. Singers are able to sing in any style without straining, cracking or causing damage to their vocal cords. Laurel is passionate about helping her students release their true voices and unleash their maximum singing potential.

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Our method is derived from the Bel Canto technique of singing which has been historically used by opera singers though it can be applied to any genre of music. Teaching this method helps our students sing with a relaxed and open voice, adequate support and use of the diaphragm for breathing and control, and proper and effective use of vowels while transitioning between registers in the voice. Through vocal exercises customized to the student's individual vocal type and characteristics, the student will learn how to sing with a proper mixed vocal sound which is explained further below.

We focus on assisting a singer through his or her vocal range from lowest notes (chest register) to highest notes (head register), safely, effortlessly, without strain, tension or loss of control. The goal is to sing with a clear solid and connected tone free from breaks or forcing pitches which results in tightness, yelling or voice flipping into an airy-sounding pitch. The student improves their singing using a low and stable larynx which is the key to producing a mixed sound and mastering singing.

Ultimately the secret to reaching your full vocal potential lies in mastering the vocal bridges which assist in the transition between registers. This technique not only allows you to sing in a safe manner but will effectively balance and strengthen your voice. Once you make the commitment to taking consistent lessons, practicing and singing correctly as much as possible, you will become the singer you have always believed you could be!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha keyboard, speakers and monitor to play background music and lyrics

*** Specialties ***
Improvement of singing pitch and range
Choosing the right songs for your vocal type
Learning to sing in a correct and safe manner
Balancing the voice from bottom register to top
Elimination of cracking, reaching and straining
Building dynamics and breath control
Stage performance and finding truth and emotion
Speech and Acting
Audition Preparation
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Miranda December 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
LAUREL IS LOVE
LAUREL IS LIFE
LAUREL MAKES SONGS WITH SINGING
LAUREL IS BAE
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Laurel S.

Laurel S.

Ventura, CA 93004
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Scott S.

Newbury Park, CA

About Scott

I have been teaching private lessons since 1990 and am currently available to teach lessons at your home, or in my studio. I have helped students learn chords to accompany themselves when singing, learn rock, blues, and country lead guitar, and read music. Together we can tailor a course that will help you achieve your personal musical goals.

I have been playing guitar since 1968. I have enjoyed my life making music and love sharing my knowledge. I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is fun, casual, and challenging. Let's make this happen for you!
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Jimmy September 13, 2016
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Scott is a fantastic teacher. He is very clear in his explanations and gives immediate feedback to help you avoid developing bad habits. I highly recommend him.
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Jennifer K. August 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is great! My daughter is leaning so much from him and looks forward to her weekly lessons.
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Jennifer K. August 24, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is great! My daughter is leaning so much from him and looks forward to her weekly lessons.
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Scott S.

Newbury Park, CA 91320
(18)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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John B.

Ventura, CA

About John

I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Kenny January 21, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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John B.

Ventura, CA 93004
(2)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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