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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.

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.

Jazz Bass Lessons - Roman G
Jazz Bass LessonsLos Angeles, CA

Roman Gastelum is a diverse bassist, vocalist and composer based in Los Angeles, CA. He went on to receive his Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, studying bass under Putter Smith. His influences range from jazz, hip-hop, classical, alternative/indie and pop music, and is inspired by artists and composers such as Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Paul Chambers, George Russell, Bach, Edgar Meyer, A Tribe Called Quest, Eric B. & Rakim, Mos Def, to James Brown, Otis Redding, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Arctic Monkeys, Cut Copy and many more.Having recorded and performed with many artists and musicians, as well as perusing his own music on many notable stages (House of Blues, The Roxy, The Whiskey, The Mint etc.) in and outside of the LA area, he began his musical journey at 8 years old in the renown Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus. This developed his ear and an understanding of harmony at a young age, eventually taking him to New York City singing in an honors choir. When he was 12 years old, he showed an interest in the bass guitar and decided to pick it up and quickly began expanding his musical palette. The love for the instrument carried on strongly throughout his teenage years where he performed in his acclaimed high school jazz band for all four years, taking him to local competitions, as well as performing in cities like Chicago.Roman furthered his musical education attending college at Musicians Institute and earned his Bachelor Degree in music performance, studying upright bass under Putter Smith, and electric bass with bassists such as Brian Allen, Stu Hamm and Ernest Tibbs. He also took on a strong interest studying jazz under Joe Bagg and Jamie Rosenn, and arranging with Peter Hume. Roman is active on the Los Angeles music scene today whether he is recording, performing live on stage, an enthusiastic private lesson instructor, or involved in persuing his own music such as his anticipated passion project Jigsaw Falling, who have recently released a new EP. > romangmusic.com

Private Vocal Coach - Stephanie Y
Private Vocal CoachBeverly Hills, CA

Do you want to improve your songwriting and singing skills? Are you in need of some guidance to get to the next level? Then you’ve come to the right place.From the moment I found my own voice in songwriting, I've been passionate about helping people discover theirs. My ultimate goal is to bring to the forefront what makes you the unique artist that you are.The subjects I’ll help you with can vary, depending on your needs and level, but include some of the following:*Vocal technique *Harmony & theory *Creating background vocals *Turning great concepts and lyrics into fully arranged songs *Becoming proficient in recording & producing your own music in LogicProX *Recording demos of your songs at my home studioThe coaching sessions take place at my house in Beverly Hills and are 1 hour (unless otherwise discussed). Feel free to reach out to me for a try-out session, so you can find out if you'd feel comfortable letting me into your creative process. I'll be looking forward to hearing from you!

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.

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 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 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.

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.

Audio Engineering Lessons - Jason O
Audio Engineering LessonsValley Village, CA

Would you like to learn how to write music? Preparing for college entrance auditions? Are you looking to record or produce your own music through cutting edge software like Pro Tools and Logic Pro X? These lessons will prepare you for any of these options and more!My name is Jason Obermeier, and I am a private teacher in the North Hollywood/Valley Village area (map) of Los Angeles for music composition and music technology. Holding an MFA in Film Music Composition (University of North Carolina School of the Arts) and actively working full-time in the industry, I offer students a unique perspective when learning how to be competitive in ‘the business.’ Lessons are taught at a family friendly home studio, offering a wide range of professional plugins, software, and hardware, as well as an extensive library of media and academic resources for students to practice and learn from. Students can expect a formal education on many subjects, catered around their reason for signing up. From orchestration, music theory, and notation software to sampled instrument libraries, recording, mixing, and marketing yourself as a business, lessons will cover any and all stages of composing and producing whether it is for the concert hall or digital and interactive media.Lessons are taught for all levels beginner to advanced (post-graduates welcome) for either a half-hour or hour, the ideal student being someone who is pursuing or would like to pursue a career in composition for media, and is currently learning an instrument with the ability to read music. A basic understanding of music theory is advised, though not required.