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Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA

About Ivan

Music is the fuel of my life! Born and raised in Russia, I was heavily influenced by the American/British rock/pop scene and started writing my own musical material in English at the age of 8. While studying classical piano and music theory for five years, I also picked up interest in the guitar and by the age of 19 I had an independent, self-produced album under my belt. Making music for a living was always my dream. This dream finally drove me to pursue my career nowhere else, but the entertainment capitol of the world, Los Angeles. While in Hollywood, I attended LA Talent Academy (Theatre o
f Arts, affiliated with The Musicians Institute) where I studied Music performance under the guidance of world class professionals. I have also worked with great producers, whose credentials include Grammy nominations and producing major artists such as Paul McCartney, Bon Jovi, and George Michael. I’ve become a professional performer and a recording artist, while taking all my experience into the classroom! In 2009 I've released my American debut album “Privet Earth!”. Two songs from the album ended up on the 2011 Grammy ballot for Best Rock Song and Best Rock Performance.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strive to make a music lesson both productive and enjoyable. I believe that great results can be achieved only when you love what you’re doing.

You want to learn your favorite song? Let’s do it.

You want to learn how to write a song? You got it.

You want to shine onstage? Let’s make it happen!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars: Gibson Les Paul studio electric, Carlo Robelli acoustic, Ebanez acoustic, Epiphone electric.
Keyboards: Williams Encore synthesizer (88 weighed keys)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide two acoustic guitars, two electric guitars w/ cables, mini-amps. ( Student still needs to have their own guitars/amps to practice their home work)
For piano lessons, student needs to have their own piano/keyboards at home. The same goes for music theory, music performance, singing.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching methods are thorough. I make sure that the student learns and understands the theory as well as the essence of music.
When it comes to genres, I specialize in Popular/Rock music. My student will learn how to play their favorite pop tunes, while learning the basics of the music theory.

Bi-lingual (English, Russian)
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Ryan R. May 24, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
GREAT instructor

The lessons just keep getting better. Ivan has been working in music theory along with each lesson to help grasp the concept for this. It have been a big help and he is extremely knowledgable. It has also been extremely helpful that he is a awesome musician as watching him play I am able to pick up subtle hints that help my playing as well.
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Ryan R. November 29, 2012
Verified Student
Great instructor and very knowledgeable

Ivan is a very knowledgeable instructor and the lessons are great. Lessons are set up tailored to my interests. Also teaches theory and multiple way to play making each lesson specific for my progress. Highly recommend Ivan. Very please with his teaching skills and look forward to every lesson and what will be taught.
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Ivan S.

Ivan S.

Van Nuys, CA 91406
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Daniel M.

Canoga Park, CA

I am very familiar with rhythm and lead guitar. Even though my degree is in classical guitar I still love playing electric guitar. I can help you play songs from RHCP, Led Zeppelin, Megadeth, and many more.

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 wil
l 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 sure you have all the tools you need to stay on track. Music theory and skills(music reading, ear training, rhythm) will be core subjects taught in each lesson. My goal is to make you a musician who plays guitar.
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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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Daniel M.

Daniel M.

Canoga Park, CA 91304
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA

Quick results, song based lessons. Emphasis on play based learning for children. Emphasis on teaching you what you want to learn for adults.

About Janis

Experience with ADHD children
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Audie L. May 10, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Amazing. After only five lessons, my son not only loves the guitar, but is playing songs....and LOVES Janis! Couldn't be happier.
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Ophelia S. October 13, 2014
Elementary Math · In home
I have 3 boys ages 7-12. Somehow Janis manages to make time to teach and read with all three before she leaves. The kids love her and more importantly respect her.
If you can get her I highly recommend it.
She covers all subjects and specializes in science by making it fun and entertaining.
5 Stars all the way!
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Brenda F. September 23, 2014
Math · In home
Janis first tutored our son in math. I was impressed with her admission to me that our son was smart enough to do the math on his own, but needed only motivation. She allowed us to be the ones to decide if we wanted to spend the money on tutoring after having this knowledge. We did continue, and she was really great with him. His grade was raised before we knew it! We then found out she gave guitar lessons and hired her to teach my daughter. She was incredibly patient and made the lessons fun. Both my son and daughter developed a strong relationship with her. I highly recommend her to teach anything!
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Janis V.

Janis V.

Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(4)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA

I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock, as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

About ELENA

Hello!
Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training d
uring my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in College. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA 11 years ago and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 10+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living and, on the side, I help an Opera Touring company promote their tours. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. Guitar is my second instrument but I accompany students with my piano during vocal exercises. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain ad create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing magically happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises CDs to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment. Also, I periodically offer my students the chance to record one song in my studio, equipped with nice microphones and a professional recording system.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For singing lessons I bring my small and light master-keyboard and laptop or I can use the student piano/keyboard. For children's lesson I ask my students to bring a notebook to keep track of practice assignments.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.
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Fiona K. July 29, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Elena is great! We like her a lot! She is great with my daughter. Definitely recommend!
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Mary H. May 19, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
When I ask my niece about her voice lesson for the week, her usual response is "wonderful". She really has learned a lot in terms of how to use her voice & really enjoys Elena!
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DJ G. February 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've been a performer for many years....

Simply put, Elena brought me to a whole new level.. Recommend her, YES!!!!
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ELENA D.

ELENA D.

Tarzana, CA 91356
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Daniel G.

San Diego, CA

FUN!!! Learning guitar should be fun! I teach electric and acoustic guitar in a fun way. The exercises that I have you do are not boring, they are actual songs that you get better and better at playing.
I mix up the lessons and your practice with a combination of scales that can turn into instant leads, cords and the combination of cords that make up a family called a "key". I teach a variety of strum and picking patterns and styles, from folk to reggae to rock. The latest thing in playing melodies is tablature, I teach that, but I also believe that you need to be able to play regular notes as well. Best of all, you do not have to be a great lead guitarist to be a star, and if you want to sing while you play I can definitely teach you that!

About Daniel

I am willing to travel to you all over San Diego, Orange and Los Angeles Counties. Music should be fun and lessons should focus on what you want to do with your improved abilities. Some students want to sing better in school choir or musical programs. Some are trying to sing or play guitar for Church or Synagogue. Others have their eye on Disney careers, rock/pop bands, in short being professionals. What is your dream? I will help you move closer to reaching that dream!!! I am a graduate of USD with a B.A. in Philosophy. I also hold a Masters degree, Teaching Credential Curriculum fr
om Chapman University, Doctoral Studies at Catholic University of America in Washington D.C. I studied voice, guitar and piano classes beginning in grade school, high school, college and post-graduate training as well. I studied voice in San Diego with Robert Austin, in San Francisco with Richard Nichol in the Garcia-Marchesi Institute. I sang with the Palm Beach Florida Opera Company. I am a tenor with a 3.5 octave range. I also sang and performed in Musicals and Operas and Sacred Oratorios from Maui to Florida. I teach voice (beginner to professional levels) and guitar (acoustic and electric: beginners to Intermediate). I have been teaching private lessons for 7 years. I also offer voice or guitar classes at St. Cecelia's School of Music in the San Fernando Valley and St Catherine of Siena Parish School in Reseda.
I have students in the San Diego area as well as South Los Angeles County, and in the San Fernando Valley
I am the proud "dad" of two high school aged children who are excellent students! I focus my instruction on "correct" breathing and proper singing to protect your voice from injury and produce a beautiful tone and wonderful performance. I teach guitar chords, reading standard musical notation as well as tablature.
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Don June 8, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Verified Student
This guy knows his stuff and communicates clearly I learned more about breathing--fry, diaphram, 3 levels of breath intake--than I ever did with other teachers,

Bravo, Daniel G
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Nelly C. April 28, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Daniel, is currently working with our 7 year old daughter. She is really enjoying her lessons and he does a great job working with her and making it fun.
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Jackie T. January 4, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
My daughter has taken lessons with at least 5 other voice teachers over the past 4 years, and Daniel is by far the best fit. He is encouraging and knowledgeable. The difference between a song we think she has down, and the song after she works on it with Daniel is just amazing. She wants to sing and play bass professionally, so we tap into Daniel's expertise about the music industry and bring songs for auditions, solos, performances, etc. to him with no advance warning and he teaches her how to approach them. He consciously expands her range on the low side as well as high side. Most importantly, he is very professional, kind and supportive about life, not just in music. And, of course, there is his amazing voice that can shake our house if we ask him to sing something!
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Daniel G.

Daniel G.

Canoga Park, CA 91303
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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