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About Calvin A.

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Costa Mesa, CA

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After the first lesson you will be making music be on your way to achieving your musical goals. Classical piano requires a strong foundation in fundamentals such as theory, sightreading, technique and performance practice all of which we will begin to explore in your first lesson.

With 10+ years as a music teacher and professional musician I have picked up many approaches that will insure you are making the most progress and truly finding your musical voice.

About Calvin
As a teacher, I have worked with of many ages and backgrounds. One of my students, Skylar Stecker, has gone on to become a successful major label recording artist recently becoming the youngest artist to receive a number 1 on the dance billboard charts. I recently had the opportunity to tour with her as her guitarist and pianist.

I have studied, performed and taught music for over 10 years. I hold a B.A. in music from USC. My professional experience as a musician and teacher has led me to many areas of the music business. I've worked as an apprentice to several established film composers and arrangers and have had the opportunity work with Lionel Hampton New York Big Band, Metropole Orchestra, Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra, Clayton Brothers, Rachelle Farrell, Michael Buble, and Charles Aznavour. I play guitar, mandolin, piano,
bass, ukulele, banjo as well as write music.

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I am extremely patient and firmly believe that anybody can learn to play music.

I try to keep my teaching philosophy simple. We figure out your musical goals and aspirations and carve out a path to achieving them. Along the way I will try to illuminate how the path to attaining your goals and aspirations is best taken at an enjoyable, relaxed pace and with a strong work ethic.

I always prepare for your lessons based on your interests, integrating relevant books and videos, creating handouts tailored to what we are studying in order to maintain clarity.

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Guitars, Keyboards, Ukuleles, Microphones, Amplifiers, Recording Equipment

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Any style you prefer (Rock, Pop, Folk, Country, Jazz, Bluegrass, etc.)
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David September 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
First lesson with Calvin was fantastic. Looking forward to the next. Great teaching on proper technique adapted to what I want to learn. Highly recommend.
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Camryn September 20, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Listened to my daughter's interests and musical style and then chose things to learn that really interested her.
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Jason F. September 16, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Great Instructor!
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Calvin A.

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About Thomas K.

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Glendale, CA

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Strong instrumental playing begins with a solid understanding of the fundamentals of music and the simple act of making a sound from the instrument. Students learn to play music by ear first, and are later introduced to music notation. More advanced lessons emphasize sight-reading, expression, and improvisation.

Thomas has studied piano for 15 years, and continues to play regularly. His education has included courses specifically on musical instruction methodologies, and he has been trained as a pianist at the collegiate level.

About Thomas
Piano, woodwinds, trumpet, composition
Chords, sight-reading, theory, jazz, classical, and pop

No one ever regrets learning an instrument… yet many grow old wishing they had taken music lessons! A talent they’ll be able to develop their entire life, your children will thank you for giving them the chance to learn music. And bonus points for you: after just a couple years, you’ll have free entertainment every Christmas!

Or maybe YOU’RE the one that wishes to learn! It is never too late to begin learning an instrument. Everybody has the ability, and if you’re determined and interested, there’s nothing stopping us from achieving this very special goal. (Interested in learning to compose? Scroll to the bottom to learn more.)

Everybody learns differently, and everybody likes different things. Whether it’s improvising or singing alon
gside a song you love or reading through a classical concerto, I’ll help prepare you or your child to tackle a wide variety of styles, without missing out on any of the basics that turn good players into phenomenal musicians. We all know it’s not about being the best. It’s about having fun, and playing music well is definitely fun. Music lessons include:

1. Building a really strong foundation so it's easy to interpret or understand any part, and to play it with the right amount of practice.

2. Learning to sight-read music, so you can play it well as soon as possible.

3. Learning how to improvise (make-up) music, learn music by ear, and to understand and create chords, which lets you play music in different ways.

4. Play different styles from classical to jazz to popular music.

5. Learning how to practice efficiently so you can learn music as fast as possible.

6. Composing our own original music.

Practice makes perfect! Learning an instrument helps build self-confidence and discipline. If your child’s bored, distracted, or just needs a constructive hobby, music is a great place to get them interested in something that will help them feel better about themselves, and the effects will be felt across everything else they do, through better studying habits to a more patient, diligent work ethic.

It’s also relaxing! Stressed about work? Need an escape? Everybody has the power to learn an instrument. Seriously, there’s no such thing as “talent.” Just start lessons and get practicing! It really is that simple, and I’ll guide you through every step of the way.

I have a diverse background teaching students of all ages, from 3-year-olds to retirees alike, customizing what we learn to the individual student. We’ll learn how to read music just as easily as you read words; improvise and compose music of our own; and feel good playing any style: classical, jazz, rock, and all. My experience as a working musician in films, musical theater, and pop music, as well as classical concert music, allows me to appreciate and teach styles that many other instructors overlook, and I know full well that learning an instrument is not about becoming a professional; it’s about being able to connect to others or oneself through music… and also to just have fun! There’s no need to learn music we don’t like! It’s not about stuffing Beethoven into your kids’ ears… we just want to make music, be that Beethoven or Billy Joel.

Learning an instrument is one of those few skills that will genuinely last you your whole life. I don’t want to sugarcoat it: it takes time to learn an instrument. It takes practice, and sometimes it’s frustrating. But the results are well worth it.

Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!

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“What’s that chord?” “Why does all my music sound the same?” “How do I fix this voicing?” “I just can’t get it out of my head!” …sound familiar? You’ve probably hit a rut. Or maybe you’re just starting out. Either way, you want your music to sound new, exciting, and to come out exactly how you hear it in your head. Yes… you CAN learn to compose music, you CAN learn to be more creative, and you CAN learn to share your sound with the world.

Film music, classical, jazz… whatever your interest, all music comes from the same place, and by learning a handful of basic concepts, you can apply these to whatever style you’re trying to write. Learning to emulate another musician involves knowing what they’re doing. Learning to create a groundbreaking sound requires that you know what’s already been done, and how to achieve it. Step by step, we’ll work our way there.

We’ll learn how to write cool, interesting chord progressions, how to write beautiful melodies, and how to voice chords. We’ll learn how to control the mood of our music, from making it sound relaxed to adding tension wherever we want. Maybe you’re trying to write for an orchestra, or just a small band. By learning the basics, you can then easily break away from what’s been done and come up with something truly new… the goal of any aspiring composer!
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Sally P. September 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My first piano lesson with Thomas was great! I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to my next one...hopefully I'll be a little bit better by then ;)
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Sylvie K. May 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Thomas was very patient
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Brendan January 14, 2018
· Piano · Online
Thomas is a great piano teacher who is incredibly professional, patient and helpful. He is fantastic at noticing deficiencies in your playing and is able to get you to fix them without ever being overbearing or too harsh. He's incredibly patient, knowledgeable and incredibly flexible in his schedule. There were times when I had to change my lesson times and he always made sure to find time for us to get our lesson in. Thomas offers the best lessons for the best price! Whether you're a casual player or looking to help improve your chops, Thomas should be your first choice.
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About Brian L.

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Brooklyn, NY
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Specialize in ABRSM syllabus and music school auditions

About Brian
Second-Prize winner of the 2017 New York International Artists Association Piano Competition, Hong Kong native Brian Lam was hailed by Sergei Babayan as “a very fine young pianist whose talents cannot be taught by others”. He won the First Prize at the 2014 Brooklyn College Concerto Competition, which led to a performance of Chopin’s e minor concerto with the school’s symphony under the baton of George Rothman, music director of the Riverside Symphony in New York. Two years later, in 2016, he won the First Prize at the American Proteges International Concerto Competition. Other achievements include a Gold Medal at the Young Classical Virtuoso International Piano Competition. Brian was also a finalist at the First VIVO-S International Music Competition in 2017.

Brian has appeared in greatly-acclaimed music festivals such as
the International Keyboard Institute and Festival in 2011 (full scholarship) & the Hudson PianoFest at Nyack College of Music in 2015. He has also played at Steinway Halls in London & New York, Weill Recital and Zankel Halls at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall at the Kaufmann Music Center and Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Brian holds B.M. and M.M. degrees in Piano Performance (summa cum laude) from Brooklyn College. His principal mentors are Adam Kent and William Wolfram.
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Jacky May 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
He had been my piano teacher and mentor for 5+years. Equipped with marvelous knowledge and meticulousness on music and piano performance, he is capable and willing to uphold his professionalism. He is not going to move on until you have mastered certain fundamental musical ideations or techniques. Mr. Brian is not the type of teacher who only talks in theory or with instructions, but he can actually perform what he demands from students. Hence, he is doubtlessly a marvelous piano performer, as well as instructor, where I am certain students can learn a lot from his lessons.
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Rachel May 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I feel very grateful and honored to have Brian as my daughter’s piano teacher (mentor rather, I should say). Brian has helped her prepare a lot of auditions and competitions; he always encouraged and inspired my daughter to love music. Highly recommend!
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Susan April 28, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I feel completely safe leaving my child with him. I have witnessed my child grow in a nearly exponential rate. We cooperate with each other and communicate effectively to help the child learn faster in better ways.
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About Rich J.

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Encino, CA

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10+ years of classical piano experience in NYC and LA!

About Rich
Rich has been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Rich has helped students from beginners to advanced improve their musical abilities and perform with confidence.

Rich received his training at NYU in 2011where he received a degree in Music Education and Technology. As an expert in his field, Rich looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Rich's teaching style is inspiring, challenging, and fun.
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Dedee April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
He's great!
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Braxten & Maximus P. March 29, 2018
· Piano · In home
AWESOME!
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Paula February 23, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Rich has been a wonderful and patient teacher for my 3rd grader as she begins clarinet. His encouragement helps keep her going!
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About Sarah D.

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Waukesha, WI

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Experienced teacher of 10 years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano and flute teaching! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. Not only will you be playing songs in no time, but you will be building a strong foundation of note reading, music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and more. Let's get started!

About Sarah
I am so excited for the opportunity to teach music to those interested in learning and growing in their musical knowledge! I teach piano and flute. I also have multiple years experience with the Piccolo, Alto, and Bass Flutes. So you know a little bit about me, I have been playing the piano for 17 years and the flute for 15 years. I have competed in various competitions, played in many recitals and concerts, and have taken lessons from many different teachers who have extraordinary gifts. I have participated in college-level Wind Ensembles, Symphonic Bands, and Flute Ensembles. Along with taking many college-level music classes, including Music Theory and Technique. My day job is working as a Medical Laboratory Scientist, but I love to teach music!
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Judy J. June 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sarah is an excellent teacher. She is knowledgeable and patient. I haven’t played for 20 years and Sarah is making my experience totally enjoyable. I would highly recommend her.
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Nathan April 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sarah is one of the best, most professional music teachers I have ever met! Would highly recommend her!
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About Natalie N.

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Milwaukee, WI

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I have been playing the piano since I was 7 years old, and it has always been something that has been an important part of my life and lifted my spirit even on the worst of days. I want to share this gift with others.

As a full-time school psychologist, I am great with people and am very experienced working with school-aged children. I am a very relaxed and patient person, and I would ensure that lessons are not only beneficial but also fun!

Message me if you would be interested in taking lessons from me!

About Natalie
Hello!

I work full-time as a school psychologist, and love playing piano in my free-time to de-stress. I am someone who believes in the importance of technique and theory, but sees the enjoyment and therapeutic nature of learning to play an instrument and making music as the most important part of all.

I have played the piano since I was 7 years old, and growing up I participated in piano competitions, accompanied for choirs/soloists, was employed as a church pianist, and played at several weddings. I am experienced in playing various kinds of music, such as contemporary, classical, and jazz.

I am willing to work with all ages, but would particularly work well with school-aged children and children with special needs due to my years of experience working with those populations. I am very easygoing, patient, fun, and am determined
to have others experience the same feeling of "flying" that I have when being able to play the piano with ease.

I look forward to working with you!
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Natalie N.

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Milwaukee, WI 53211
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About Katherine T.

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Denver, CO

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I believe that music is not only enriching for the soul but also a life enhancement that builds confidence, self-discipline, and problem-solving skills for people of all ages. I always strive to be inclusive, patient, playful, and flexible, thus creating a safe and welcoming learning environment that supports each students’ individual self-expression.

Each lesson will incorporate ear training, theory, sight reading, practice tools, composition, and improvisation – skills that endure for a lifetime.

Learning any skill requires patience and discipline. I require all students to practice thirty minutes a day which you'll be tracking in your practice and goal journal. The type of practicing depends on what you seek to accomplish. Invest in yourself by earning a little every day, and you will always see improvement.

About Katherine
Hello, and thank you for our interest in music lessons!

I've been playing piano since age eight, and teaching for over ten years. I love teaching teens and adults who are interested in writing their own music, but have experience teaching children as young as three years of age. My passion for piano shows through my own compositions, and I love exploring the meaning of life through music. I've recently released a full album of avant-pop piano songs called "Blind Opening" and am excited to get back into teaching music after a brief hiatus during the album completion.

Even before my exposure to piano at age eight, I've enjoyed my own form of composing by dictating the sounds I imagined in my head on paper. My initial inspiration to compose music on piano came from the movie “The Changeling” starring George C. Scott. The film’s superna
tural plot, based off of a ghost story that took place in Denver (but was portrayed in Seattle in the film about a composer haunted by tragedy), first drew me in to the idea of working to become a pianist composer. It also called upon my belief that music is a way of connecting with otherworldly entities and experiences. I've been defining and honing my composition style and skill while paving my creative direction since my conservatory studies. Aside from solo music work, I also draw, create stop-animation videos, paint, sculpt, and write poetry - much of it inspired by my favorite composers, Star Trek, and the great outdoors.
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Katherine T.

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About Charlotte R.

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Mequon, WI

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All students are unique - so each lesson is, too! I tailor my piano lessons to the learning style of each student while utilizing various book series. We will have fun together, but I'll make sure we are productive as well. Learning a new instrument is an awesome interest that I will help you develop into a lifelong skill.

About Charlotte
Hi there! My name is Charlotte Rosenthal, and I am a piano teacher! I attend Concordia University Wisconsin and am in my second year in the Music Program there. I have been playing piano since 1st grade and have accompanied choirs, played for church services, and won awards at State Solo & Ensemble. I love teaching kids (and adults) the ins and out of piano playing and developing a casual interest into a lifelong skill.
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Charlotte R.

Charlotte R.

Mequon, WI 53097
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Experienced teacher of 25+ years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

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My name is Nancy and I am an experienced(bilingual) teacher of 25+ years, specializing in the beginner/intermediate piano student! All ages welcome. My lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.
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Maurizio August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son does a lot of sports but loves to play piano too. We found the perfect solution with Nancy as she can come to your house which makes it so convenient during the week. She is very patient and loves kids. She’s great and we have recommended her to our friends.
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Oriane August 31, 2018
· Piano · In home
Nancy is great! We love her. My 10 year old son loves her too and he has been improving so much! We are very happy with her and we can recommend her to other families without a doubt. Thank you Nancy!
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Mauricio August 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
Nancy is a very professional teacher and she is great with kids. My kids have been taking piano lessons with her and I can see the progress and she makes it a fun and easy experience to learn piano for beginners. Highly recommended.
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Nancy C.

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