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Music Lessons - Saunder C
Music LessonsLos Angeles, CA

Saunder is a Los Angeles based Filipino composer whose works have been performed, recorded, and read by the USC Thornton Symphony, Effigy Ensemble, Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, Philippine Madrigal Singers, Peninsula Women’s Chorus, Salt Lake Choral Artists, USC Chamber Singers, Kalistos Chamber Orchestra, Oregon Bach Festival Composers Symposium Chorus, and various other choral ensembles. More recently, he was the commissioned composer for the 2015 Andrea Veneracion International Choral Festival. He was a 2012 and 2014 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award finalist, and received the 2013 Leroy Southers Composition Award from the Berklee College of Music. He was one of the composers for the 1st Young Composers Initiative by the Boston Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and was awarded the 1st prize in the 2014 American Prize for Choral Composition (student division). He sang tenor, and was one of the resident composers of the Philippine Madrigal Singers. He is currently tenor section leader at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church. He also sings with the LA Choral Lab. He holds a BA major in Communication Arts degree from the De La Salle University-Manila, and a BM in Composition from the Berklee College of Music. He recently graduated with a Master of Music in Composition from the USC Thornton School of Music, where he also received the Hans J. Salter Endowed Music Award. His composition teachers include Ted Hearne, Donald Crockett, and Andrew List. Select works are published with Santa Barbara Music Publishing, Earthsongs, and distributed by MusicSpoke.

Experienced Music Teacher - Seth D

Seth is also available for one on one, or small group lessons on Saxophone, Clarinet, Piano, Guitar, Vocals and Music Theory, and Music Production. Available to all styles, ages and levels in your home or his in Los Angeles, CA. Lessons are tailored to the individual styles and goals. Seth has been teaching for over sixteen years primarily working with children. He has worked with Grammy winning producers, touring musicians, helping them hone up on their music theory, and piano chops.

Private Piano Lessons - Marischka H
Private Piano LessonsLos Angeles, CA

I love explaining music to my students! Also, their eyes and ears light up when they see their fingers create such lovely sounds! My students are all very happy and perform in public when they get a chance, which increases their confidence and self-esteem.

Private Music Teacher - Brianna S
Private Music TeacherLos Angeles, CA

I have a passion for music; every aspect of it. I have been a musician for a little over 20 years, I have grown up surrounded by music. I have been singing for 22 years, playing piano for 18 years, and playing percussion for 16 years. I have been in various choirs (concert, gospel, symphonic, and jazz), and bands (concert, symphonic, jazz, orchestra, percussion ensemble, rock/folk). I graduated from North Central College with a BA in Music with an emphasis in percussion performance and composition.

Jazz Flute Lessons - Leah P
3 Reviews
Jazz Flute LessonsLos Angeles, CA

I have a degree in Flute Performance from the University of Michigan (ranked #4 music school!) and have been fortunate to have performed all over the world with amazing musicians. I lived in New York City for ten years where I did lots of studio work and live performing. While my training is classical I record with lots of rock artists, as well as film scores, commercials and jazz. In addition to being a flutist, I also work as a composer and arranger. I've lived in Los Angeles the past five years and love it here! I enjoy teaching, truly care about my students and love seeing them develop musically and creatively. Please feel free to check out my website: www.leahpaul.com I currently teach for Harmony Project of Los Angeles, Education Through Music Los Angeles, as well as several private schools.

Pop Music Teacher - Miles C
Pop Music TeacherSouth Pasasdena, CA

If you love music and want to learn how to make it, I'm here to make it as easy and fun as possible. Learn to play by ear, improvise, read music, arrange or write original pop songs. My job is simply to find the quickest path to musical creativity, joy and freedom for my students.I completed my Bachelor of Music at the Eastman School of Music in cello and music theory. Since moving to the LA area I've played on major motion picture soundtracks (Sony, Pixar, Warner Brothers), TV shows (ABC, Freeform, Netflix). I've played in recording sessions with Justin Timberlake and Dr. Dre. I've performed with the LA Philharmonic, John Williams, Danny Elfman, and others.

Music Lessons - Thomas K
3 Reviews
Music LessonsGlendale, CA

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. Yes, I'm trying to get you to sign up for lessons, and yes I sincerely mean that. 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 alongside 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.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? Maybe you want to sound like [insert piano player here]. 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.Music lasts a lifetime. I know that’s a terrible cliché, but it’s true, and few other skills can claim that. 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, and like a snowball rolling down a hill, the longer you do it, the faster you get… or something like that. There’s a legitimate analogy in there somewhere.Now get out there and make some music! But start by signing up for lessons. I can’t wait to get started!---“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!

Music Lessons - Mark D
5 Reviews
Music LessonsStudio City, CA

"With over 15 years experience, I do enjoy and have a passion for teaching, seeing students progress and grow musically is always a rewarding experience . I have been teaching music classes in composition, songwriting, guitar, bass, and piano on and off for many years at music schools and privately. I have experience in teaching group and private lessons from young to old."Mark Daniel Dunnett is a composer. He currently is best known for scoring the light drama feature film “Papa” (starring “Paul Sorvino”, “Daryl Hannah”,” Ann Marget”, “David Proval”, and “Mischa Barton”.)“Ambition’s Debt” (starring “Nathan Darrow”) of which, Mark received a nomination for “Best Original Music” at the 2017 IBFF Nashville film festival. Award winning thriller “The Sin Seer”(starring “Isaiah Washington”,”C. Thomas Howell”, “Michael Ironside” and “Salli Richardson-Whitfield”), and U.S. AMC box office release family drama feature film “Grandma’s House” (starring Popstar/actress “Coco Jones” and Primetime Emmy winning actress “Loretta Devine.”) His T.V. credits include music for OWN network , C.S.I., Super Soul Sunday, Help Desk and more.Born in Toronto Canada, Mark’s interest in music started when he was twelve years old after he appropriated his father’s guitar. Practicing ten hours a day for many years, Mark then played and performed in various bands, with a focus on guitar instrumental music.Enrolled at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Mark eagerly studied for two years, with a focus on classical theory, harmony and piano. The Royal Conservatory was the beginning of Mark’s musical education, which ultimately led him to Boston’s fabled Berklee College of Music, where he earned a B.A. in Film Scoring and Composition. While at Berklee, Mark studied under the late world renowned Havard and Berklee professor and classical composer John Bavicchi. During this time, Mark was also featured in Guitar World Magazine’s prestigious Mike Varney Home Town Heroes column, for outstanding guitar instrumental composition.Mark has scored and recorded orchestral music with live ensembles and full orchestras. The recent film scores to “Papa” and “Ambition’s Debt” were both recorded live with full orchestra with the F.R.A.M.E.S project orchestra in Macedonia.He has won numerous awards from various film festivals and was recently nominated for the 2016 Marty Awards “Best Music” in a visual work category. Mark, is also a multi instrumentalist proficient in guitar ( electric, acoustic classical and dobro), piano, ukulele, bass, and mandolin.EDUCATION B.A. BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC/ DUEL MAJOR (FILM SCORING/TRADITIONAL COMPOSITION) (BOSTON) ROYAL CONSERVATORY OF MUSIC (TORONTO)

Music Writing Lessons - Stephen C
1 Review

I am an Emmy winning composer of film and concert music. I have broad experience with a large variety of composing projects including film, TV, Internet, Pop recording, songwriting, chamber and orchestral music. I have taught students raging in age from grammar school students to college students on music theory, composition, music software, film scoring and basic musicianship.

Guitar Teacher - Deanna P
Guitar TeacherNorth Hollywood, CA

I am a self-taught guitarist that has had a life long obsession with music. From a very young age I was surrounded by talented musicians including both grandfathers, my mother and father, as well as being influenced by old recordings of my late uncle. My father introduced me to the drums early on but it wasn't until I picked up a guitar that I became hooked. Six months after playing, upon taking a Nashville tour, I told my mother that I would be attending Belmont University as a Commercial Guitar major. At this point I could barely make my way across the neck of the guitar. I spent the next four years relentlessly pursuing my passion for music and in 2007 was admitted as the only female in the guitar program. I dove head first into the music scene of Music City and began attending weekly jams at a local Nashville dive bar with Rudy Wooten of the Wooten Brothers. In early 2008, I was sponsored by RS Custom Guitars and began performing with the legendary Red Special at NAMM conventions.During that time I also played with the Nashville based rock outfit, Blackwater James. We released two albums and opened for acts such as Bret Michaels, Queensryche, Stryper, and Saving Abel. Upon graduating, I toured the southeast with platinum selling Country artist, Chase Rice. Playing on bills with seasoned artists such as Joe Nichols, Phil Vassar, Brantley Gilbert, and Love & Theft.My live and studio experience has given me a broad musical vocabulary in which I can apply in a variety of musical settings and genres. Throughout my musical career, I have earned endorsements from RS Custom Guitars, D'Addario, Pedaltrain, and Planet Waves. I have also shared the stage with Vince Gill, Brent Mason, Dan Huff, Billy Ward, Billy Thomas, and many more. I am currently writing/recording/touring with LA based rock group, Mount Holly. We just signed with Razor & Tie Records and have completed recording our debut album. "Deanna has pushed the musical limits of guitar, vocals, and performance, and captured the attention of the music scene with her spectacular talent and rare showmanship. Deanna truly is the female Slash." - In the words of the iconic Tom Zutaut (former Geffen A&R executive who was responsible for signing GN'R to the label),