Learning is one of my main pursuits. My name is Azuri and I have studied music for over a decade and have my degree in guitar performance from musicians institute. I've had the gift of studying many artistic crafts and spend my time today trying to further my own study, while sharing what I've learned with my students.
Art is one of the most important tools we have as a culture and contains in it a shared history, tradition and the keys to future ones. Whether it be through the primal qualities of music or the impulses of dance, the records of drawing or descriptions of writing, these are t
he tools for our expression. I have had the great fortune to study, in many different settings, a small piece of these traditions and sharing them is paramount in respect to receiving them. I love sharing knowledge and I hope to elevate yours as a student.
Teaching Philosophy -
My teaching philosophy is built on well rounded communication, explanation and examples. So, that a student can truly understand and learn a topic, surrounded in a very humorous, light and supportive environment. Along with being provided good information, a student learns better and feels more motivated to learn when there is a balance of positive support and confidence building accompanied by constructive criticism and examples/information that can help a student assess what ever walls they may be meeting in their musical growth.
I understand that all students/artists have different goals they wish to achieve. So it is very important to me to accommodate each individuals needs and wants to help them grow in the fields they wish too; However, In that I have played music for a long time, I understand there are certain things that a student may not have been exposed to yet; It is important that while focusing on a students artistic goals they respect and are open to the suggestion and guidance of their teacher.
I truly believe music has an amazing influence on the world and has the ability to change peoples way of thinking. Therefore, I try and keep an open awareness to all music, so that I can understand all different musical languages utilized to communicate to people, and I don't believe I will ever know them all. I hold it to attention to influence my students somewhat similarly so that they can shape the landscape of how we communicate musically in the future.
I also try and be very patient with my students. Knowing that when I feel rushed, it makes information more difficult to comprehend, remember and allocate. I love watching the gears run in my students head, so I try and provide information that pushes a student but is within their abilities.
HUMOR is very important. I like to break people out of their shell by telling a joke and hopefully getting one back, so they feel more comfortable and free. One of a Artists worst enemies are nerves. Keeping things light-hearted and maybe even a little small talk can be very helpful to a students development and growth on a topic. After all, Art is meant to be fun and we should enjoy every moment of it, in fact we should enjoy every moment in life period.
I understand music requires focus and discipline and I have certain expectation of a student to understand that and practice. You can't buy chops, you can't buy music theory etc. you can get help but eventually your the one who must understand it and play it.
I am here to help you. Based on what I know and what I have extensively studied, I will do all that I can to help you achieve your musical goals. I am here to answer your questions and help you grow. I love teaching because I love sharing knowledge; As long as your seek it, it is here for you. Otherwise, I'd still love to hear some jokes.
MUSIC _Bachelors in Music - 2016 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA) _Associates in Music - 2011 - Guitar Performance (Musicians Institute, CA) _Major in Music - (Academy for Visual and Performing Arts) - 2008 _Garden of Angels - 2003 - Performance Academy
MARTIAL ARTS _Capoeira - Current - (Capoeira Batuque with Mestre Amen) _Wing Tsun - 2013 - (Johnny from the Emin Boztepe School)
ART _Graffiti - 2011 - (Fun.Krew) _General Art - 2008 - (AVPA) _Painting - 2003 - (Garden of Angels)
Much Love, Azuri Zen M.
*** Lesson Details *** I'm very disciplined but am also very light hearted. It's important for me to assess things seriously, so that one can understand a topic or piece of information.
I generate my lessons based on the individuals needs and therefore draw from various curriculums, sources and examples, such as : MI curriculum for ear training, Theory, Single string Technique, Reading, Rhythm guitar, Ted Greenes Chord Chemistry, Berklee Guitar Method, as well as The Real Book, other artist books(Eric Clapton, etc.) The Guitar Players Hand Book, Bach pieces and self developed curriculums, relative to the topic at hand and students personal goals, amongst many others.
-Beginning students within three months of consistent lessons should have the ability to solo and playing chords to songs that they are interested in and songs provided in the lesson along with a basic understanding of the major scale and its relationship to all of the diatonic music.
-intermediate students should have an elevated understanding of scale and chord patters along with the theory that explains modal relationships and use of these concepts.
-Advanced students should learn all of diatonic scale shapes and modes assuming they don't already know them in which case their specifically situation will be assessed
-Professional students I expect to have specific questions therefore where they grow should be largely subjective.
Overall, in a short amount of time on a scale of 1 - 10 I expect to in three months at-least elevate a students musical abilities one full point if not more.
*** Studio Equipment *** Studio in home in private room with guitars, amps, piano, and seating. Em's studio is family owned cafe with studio in finished basement with an office, recording equipment, and teaching space for acting and guitar.
*** Specialties *** As a Musician I try and play as many styles and be proficient in as many as possible and therefore can play most. However, in the fields of blues, jazz, funk, flamenco and Latin I excel.
Juan G. April 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
Azuri is great, l recommend it to anybody. THANK YOU!!!
Juan G. April 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
You not will be disappointment. He is very professional. My first lesson and l like the way he teach.thank you azuri.
Ingrid B. December 21, 2012 Verified Student
Azuri is a fun teacher!
I love working with Azuri. He is patient and encourages me. Everytime I have a lesson he says something that opens my eyes. It usually just takes that one meaningful statement he says throughout the lesson for the time there to be worth it all. Moreover, he is a great teacher! It's very fun learning from him.
Hi, there! My name is Josue, or Mr. A as my other students call me. I've been teaching in a classroom setting and private lessons since I was in college, 2009 and have loved helping my students become better musicians by helping them develop their music skills and become less nervous while performing. I went to California State Dominguez Hills and earned a degree in Music Education in 2013. I'm a fun and patient person and I have a constructivist approach in my teaching, along with the traditional method of learning music through practice, but our lessons will focus more on your technique dev
elopment so that we don't sit around while you play and I just listen for an hour, that's not very helpful. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
Christopher November 27, 2016
Music Theory ·
The best I've ever will have had. He tought me so much in such a short about of time, when he teaches I can pick up on the material within minuets, and he is a natural at teaching wether it be music theory or giving a hand to students who want to learn an instrument on the side, he is always there when I have a question and always gives it with clear answers, If i could have the chance I would take the chance to go back to one of his lessons.
Maryam aka “Maryama” is an award-winning composer/performer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Born february/ 18th/ 1992 and raised in the middle east to an art loving family, Maryam was surrounded by great music from early childhood. Growing up she studied guitar with rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh . Maryam has performed in prestigious international music festivals such as Fajr International Music Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival(student) and have competed and placed in competitions such as Iranian International Youth Competition : Music Composition catego
ry(semi-finalist) and Music Association of California Community Colleges Composition Competition(2nd place in state of California) . She has won a Jazz Downbeat Award with ARC Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble , is nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award and have composed pieces for prestigious groups such as Vox Musica Vocal Ensemble.She has been the featured artist of the month of GIRLTRIP and Muzik magazine and she is said to be one of Los angeles’s unique up and coming acts. She holds two Associate Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition from American River College where she studied with one of her biggest inspirations, Joe Gilman. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts ( music composition ,film music) from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Ulrich Krieger ( Lou Reed), Pirayeh Pourafar, Houman Pourmehdi, David Rosenboom, Larry Koonse , Miroslav Tadic and many more. Maryam is currently working on her Master Degree from CalArts. Maryam’s musical style is derived from a fusion of jazz, persian and classical music and inspired by endless number of artists. She is currently working on her two debut albums featuring her newly formed “Maryama Band” as well as new instrumental music. Maryam is currently studying with Usher and Christina Aguilera through MasterClass inc.
A few words from the teacher:
*** Lesson Details *** I want you to improve. I want you to put time and be great at what you do. I truly love all my students and I want your happiness. As of teaching goes, I'll make sure to meet all your needs but it's you who can make a difference. I don't believe in talent , I believe in hard work and practice. everybody is born with the same blank canvas it's what you draw on it over time that matters.If you let me know that you have other things than music or you're maybe busy to practice a lot, I'll give less things to practice after every 3 month ( what I call a semester) you can choose songs to record in my home studio. I don't have a fancy studio but I have enough equipment to record and edit demo songs. I'd love my students to participant in talent shows and I'm always looking to put you out there in the real world of music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Any thing a student and their parents might need.
*** Travel Equipment *** I can bring my guitar to accompany but the student needs to also provide their own instrument. I will also need the voice students to have a keyboard or a piano as a lot of voice technique exercises need the piano accompaniment.
*** Specialties *** I'm professionally an electric guitarist.. Started with classic guitar and then changed genre to rock and metal and then started exploring jazz but I consider myself a rock solo guitarist with some spices of jazz and i still play classical. I'm also a pop/rock singer with flavors of jazz and I've been singing classic music as well.
Chuck S. August 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
She is kind, patient, flexible, and most importantly she listens to what your desires are and adjusts her style to meet those needs. She is also very good at explaining the importance of traditional exercises and does an excellent job of presenting those in a way that is a very comfortable way to learn.
Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
While studying at ARC I bumped into Maryam. Upon realizing that she was a music major the topic quickly escalated to focus of degree. At the time, composition was what Maryam was pursuing. After listening to some of her creations, I realized that I had never seen such talent at a junior college. Selecting Maryam from the rest of the pack will forever change yours and your child's lives. She is a fine musician and is very easy to talk to. All the while songwriting and composing is her specialty and she is the best that I know.
Sherian S. November 8, 2013
Singing Verified Student
It took awhile to get my granddaughter to singing lessons but now that she has started them, she is having such a great experience. She hasn't let us listen to her voice at home but we are waiting for that day when she will. All I know is, she is learning a lot from her teacher and is anxious to go to her lessons every week. Her teacher is a very accomplished musician and has encouraged my granddaughter to be able to try and develop her love of music through her voice. I am so thrilled I found her teacher and we chose her by her schooling and credentials. I don't know where these voice lessons will lead my granddaughter, if anything we just want her to enjoy the journey and if it helps her with her self esteem, that will be a great accomplishment. I can't say enough great things about her teacher, she has been wonderful for my granddaughter. I read what her teachers background has been and what she is currently doing, it meant a lot to my granddaughter to know that about her. We are very impressed with her knowledge and how she is handling my granddaughters lessons. Thanks for the great teacher!
Hello! My name is Gordon L. and I would love to help you or your child discover your passions and work towards reaching any academic or artistic goals!
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, I am fortunate to have had an exceptional academic foundation. I attended Punahou School K-12 earning high marks and went on to graduate college from the University of California, Berkeley. I have a variety of expertise and tutoring experience in these subjects:
- Computer Programming - Math - Chinese - Humanities - SAT
Outside of school, I have also always been an artist and hobbyist, heavily i
nvesting myself in various forms of creative expression including:
- Dance (hip-hop/urban) - Photography (DSLR, Lightroom/Photoshop) - Card magic/Card flourishes (look it up :P)
Over the years, I have found that my enthusiasm for both people and learning different things greatly enriches my life and those around me. If you're looking for someone who can introduce you to a variety of subjects, I'm your guy. I love learning about anything and everything and hope to encourage others to explore their passions. Furthermore, though my interests are many and varied, I have also committed years into training, have a solid grasp on their principles, and can confidently say that I am a qualified expert. I look forward to meeting you and helping you learn with me!
HAgit November 6, 2016
Online Verified Student
Joey October 9, 2016
Online Verified Student
My son loved the lesson so much that he didn't want it to end!
David September 29, 2016
Online Verified Student
David loved it! Practicing already and can't stop talking about how great it was and how cool Gordon is. Thanks!
Professional photographer with ten years of successful working experience for acclaimed international companies.
Dianne Hatgis November 16, 2016
Adobe Photoshop ·
In studio Verified Student
First lesson was great! Can't wait to learn more...
Ashley Hadinata September 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
I learned a lot from our first lesson and Irina explained every single thing very well!
Katya September 5, 2016
Irina is not just a high-end professional with passion about her work, but a person who is possessed with investing her time and sharing her energy, knowledge and even professional secrets about conducting photo business with you. Interesting, inspiring, positive. Strongly recommend.