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Claire R. Canoga Park, CA

About Claire

I've been teaching piano, cello, voice and theory in Los Angeles for over thirty years, helping students develop their particular interests in music and to encourage them to reach their personal goals. I love the classics and many of my students want to play popular music, contemporary sounds and jazz and that is fine too. I received my BA in music at UCLA and a Master's at Cal State Northridge. I conduct vocal and bell choirs, run a concert series, play chamber music, sing in a band and teach in the Community College District in addition to running my private studio. *** Lesson Details *** My students work on technical skills such as playing scales and chords at the beginning of each lesson since these are the building blocks of the music we wish to play. I expect students to ...

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Mike H. February 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Claire works at your pace, but expects you to progress at a steady rate. It's the perfect balance between understanding the student's ability and reasonable expectations for advancement.
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Lulu S. December 10, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
Claire is a very good teacher!

I started my piano lesson with Claire one month ago. She impressed me with her excellent piano skills, great enthusiasm, positive personality, effective teaching methods, encouragement, and patience. I feel very excited at making progress under Claire's instruction. She makes learning piano become a fun enjoyable thing to me. Claire is the right teacher for students who want to learn and to have fun, too.
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VictoriaG June 12, 2012
Unique and Amazing Teacher

I am very happy to find such an experience musician and real musical educator for my daughter. Clare has superior teaching skills, nice personality, positive attitude. Her lessons are motivational and encouraging. My daughter is always happy and exited to go to her cello lessons. I would highly recommend Clare for the musical lessons. She is a very unique teacher.
Jan L. Woodland Hills, CA

About Jan

Jan L. is a Grammy nominated award winning singer/songwriter, producer, actress, and artist developer. Her studio, Angel Diva Music, is designed to improve artist abilities on and off the stage as well as giving the clientele first-hand knowledge of the industry while increasing their creativity. Backed by an extensive musical background debuting with the Philadelphia Orchestra and continuing her career singing with Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic, Jan L. went on to receive a Bachelor’s of Education in Opera at Temple University and two Master’s Degrees from Combs College of Music in Theatre Arts and Composition. Jan is the author of the performance book called "Once More With Feeling." Jan’s accolades in music continued as she wrote “Damaged” for the newest Ralph

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Freya L. April 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
I love to sing it´s just fun for me and it makes me happy. But I´m not a singer and don´t even want to go up on stage. I´m trying to be a songwriter and I was just visiting a workshop at the songwriting school of LA. And on this evening I met Jan the first time. At the moment I´m travelling and I never thought that I would stay in one city that long. But at this evening when Jan made this workshop I swear you guys, I hadn´t laugh that much for a long time. When she asked me if I´d like to come to the class I just had to say yes. It was a heart decision and I don´t regret it! This woman is a very talented singing teacher and also songwriter with a lot of experience, for sure. But she´s much more than that because you can have a REALLY bad week or day, but the second you walk into that class this woman saves your day! She´s just so funny! Every week I´m looking forward to that day. Of course the most people only want to learn how to sing or to perform but I think it´s also important to feel comfortable and accepted. And she gives everyone the feeling of being accepted and she takes care of every student. And just to be clear, of course it´s not all about fun and of course you´ll learn A LOT. I just want to say that you´ll be enjoying it to learn from her ;) Thank you Jan
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Tysa G. April 10, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
I had the pleasure of attending Jan's "Acting for Singer/Songwriters" class at The Songwriting School of Los Angeles. A door opened for me. I became more courageous. It was a process. And I am forever grateful to Jan for helping me uncover more of my soul's voice.
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jin K. April 8, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
The thing is, everyone wants to hone their skills when it comes to performance, but getting the skills isn't the only thing that you need to do. That is where Jan comes in, she can teach you how to sing, she can tell you when your act is not up to par. More importantly, she can teach you how to relate to your music (most likely you can't), and how to build a relationship with the audience in the short amount of time you're on stage (you probably don't know how to do that either). Jan has worked with people at every level and so she has really honed her craft when it comes to teaching. If you are a student of music performance, she can take you to that next level no matter where you are at. I've taken voice lessons in a private setting by a former vocal-music pro who has worked with former Mrs. Kentucky winners, and with teachers on the University/Collegiate level. Jan is the best I've had so far.

Notes:
1. Come eager to learn, not eager to talk about your life story. A lot of students go to lessons and talk a lot. You don't want to do that, you will miss out on the instructions and performance philosophies that you need from her. Listen more than you talk.

2. Come with clear objectives. If you don't have them, spend time with her developing those objectives. She is an objective oriented person when it comes to teaching, be an objective oriented student.

3. She has really competitive prices for her teaching quality. The hour is worth it.

4. Come with a lot of respect, she will give you a lot of respect if not more. She treated me almost like I was an old friend, and she is a really charming lady. Be nice to her : )

5. She is a really nice person and won't hurt your feelings. She has really good social awareness so you don't have to be afraid of that. If you can drop your ego at the door and take criticism, go ahead and ask her for that extra bit that you need to get you even further. Have some skin in the game.

6. Don't waste your time trying to figure out how good of a teacher she is during your lesson, you can read that stuff online. Come to her studio to get work done.

7. Ask questions that she can give quick answers to (it helps her know that you're hungry to learn). Bring something to write with.
Taylor D. Chatsworth, CA

About Taylor

I have two passions in life: Music and helping others. Teaching music is the best of both worlds for me. My goal with music has always been to inspire others the way other great musicians have inspired me. I believe music lessons can benefit everyone in someway. Music is a combination of art and math and is a positive way for anyone to express themselves. Can you imagine a world without it? How boring and monotonous! Taylor D. is a Los Angeles based drummer/multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, and music educator. Since graduating from Musicians Institute’s Drum Program in 2010, Taylor has toured across the U.S. and internationally, tracked drums on major motion picture soundtracks and critically acclaimed records, and has made a number of appearances performing on ...

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BobP March 14, 2012
Taylor is a great teacher, very patient and shows maturity way beyond his age. All in all a very pleasant and fun experience.
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karineb May 12, 2011
My five years old daughter and I love Taylor! He is very patient while teaching her the guitar and give her some fun things to do when it is my time to learn the drums! Taylor makes the learning process easy and really fun. We always look forward our next lesson! :-) Thanks Taylor!
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JeffA March 1, 2011
Patient and helpful

Taylor teaches my 5-year-old son, and he's really great. Very patient and encouraging, while keeping things fun for him. Five stars all the way!
Ryan K. Woodland Hills, CA

About Ryan

Ryan started his music with piano lessons at age four while lending his vocal talents in the recording booth for his musician/writer/ arranger father, Rick. Ryan was playing in piano recitals by age six, segued from keyboards to drums at age 14, and was subsequently accepted into the University of California, Santa Barbara percussion program after high school. While an undergraduate at UCSB, Ryan spent three years as the principal timpanist for the UCSB Symphony and five years as timpanist with the UCSB Wind Ensemble. Concurrently over the same five year period, he performed with a diversity of UCSB ensembles, Orchestra and Jazz combos, work with the College of Creative Studies department (CCS), and a variety of recording and recital work in and outside the university. Chiefly ...

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Raz B. May 3, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Ryan has been teaching Drum lesson to my 8 years old son for last 3 months. My son is a very challenging student and has problem focusing and paying attention. I am really amazed that he actually learnt and playing music.
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Sharon B. April 6, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
excellent instructor for drums and piano!

Ryan is an exceptional music instructor. He has been giving guidance to my 13 year old son on drums and piano for 3-4 months and my son's abilities have dramatically soared. Ryan is equally talented on both instruments and offers top notch dual instruction. Ryan is a true musician and knows how to communicate the language of music on various levels to my son. He observes and instructs accordingly.
My son is so excited after each lesson that he comes home and practices both instruments on his own, without having to be prompted. My son plays both instruments now with so much more style and exuberance. Ryan is extremely professional, soft spoken and gifted on his own. I would highly recommend Ryan as a music instructor for kids and adults.
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GozdeF December 23, 2011
Alex's mom

Ryan is an excellent teacher. Thanks to his amazing knowledge of the subject matter, impressive creativity, support and patience, my son always looks forward to Ryan's lessons. Ryan always supports my son's passion to learn to play the piano and drums, and he successfully manages to direct my son's energy into something productive, which motivates my son to learn even more. So, thank you, Ryan, for everything!
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. Carmen 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 ...

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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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DarrilynnL October 5, 2010
Piano Lessons with Carmen

Carmen was a fantastic instructor! When I need more lessons I will definitely return to her! She knows music and she caters to your needs and abilities. Thanks again Carmen :-)
Daniel M. Canoga Park, CA

About Daniel

I have a very unique musical background compared to other guitarists. My first instrument was alto saxophone in middle school. I played it through high school and a bit in college. After I graduated high school I taught myself guitar and drum set. I also spent 5 years in drum and bugle corps on trumpet and euphonium. As part of my studies I also learned keyboard. This means my perspective and experience in music is different than other guitar teachers. There are many concepts I have learned from other instruments that I can pass down to students. *** Lesson Details *** From the start I will help you set goals you want to reach. Whether it's to learn a specific song or become familiar with a new genre, goals go a long way to keeping you focused and motivated. In each lesson I will make

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nataliya G. February 12, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
highly recommend

My son started taking guitar lessons with Daniel in December. So far, we are very happy customers. He is talented, knowledgeable, professional, polite, and accommodating. We would highly recommend Daniel
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Michael W. February 6, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Highly Recommended!!!

Daniel is an excellent teacher who patiently covered all of the issues that I needed help with. I have had advanced training in music, and he helped me more than most of my previous teachers ever did. I would highly recommend him without hesitation!
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Richard A. November 16, 2013
Music Performance
Bass Guitar

Daniel gave me several lesson on my bass guitar when I started playing a few years back. He was very informative and very professional in giving lessons to me! He helped me on changing my strings and gave me lessons on proper technique on playing the bass!

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