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I have 19 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels. I've been playing the saxophone professionally since I was 19 years old. I currently perform and record with numerous projects around LA and Orange County. I teach all styles, including classical and jazz.
Spanning a range from Bach to rock, Afro-Cuban to Flamenco, north Indian to Latino, Jon-O has a versatility and depth that comes only from an intense need to understand his craft. He has traveled and toured extensively throughout the Americas, Australasia and Europe, expanding his knowledge, exploring his art and building his multi-cultured repertoire. Under the tutelage of Bill Kanengiser and Scott Tenant, members of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet, Jon-o completed his studies in classical guitar at the University of Southern California in 2000. Since then he has been commissioned to perform for Carlos Santana, has shared a stage with “Maestro” Lázaro Galarraga, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, and Peter Jacobson, to name a few. He considers it an honor to have studied with the late sitar master, Rahul Sariputra. Jon-O continues to perform with other top musicians while he wraps up production with producer, Angel Figuero.
I have been studying the violin since I was 10-years-old, and I love to share my passion for the magic of music with my students. I got started teaching when, after one of my high school orchestra concerts, a little 6th grader approached me and asked that I please teach her how to play like me. I've been hooked on private teaching ever since. I've directed youth orchestras, taught a Music Education Lab for undergraduate students for a university, and private taught all ages and levels.
I believe the most important gifts I can give my students are building blocks toward an enlightened life. Music for me is a vital part of this process of personal growth, self-awareness, enhancement of character, and love of the creative process. In my classroom, as well as in one-on-one coaching/mentoring sessions, I strive for a student-focused approach, guided by mutual respect, constant support and encouragement, establishment of developmental goals, and awareness of the value of discipline as intrinsic to the refinement of artistic abilities as well as the development of individual maturity. I lead by example, and embody within myself the reverence for great music, both as a medium for self-expression, and a vehicle through which the souls of others can be touched and inspired.
Piano: Alfred Basic, Alfred Adult, London College of Music Piano and Jazz Piano Handbooks levels 1-8, Bastien Classic Literature Collection, Standard Classical and Pop literature, Spencer Method Voice: Singers Musical Theatre Anthology, Italian Art Songs, French Melodies, German Lieder, Pop/Jazz, Rock Repertoire, Children's Theatre, Operatic Repertoire. Spencer Method Violin/Viola: All For Strings, Susuki, Standard Classical, Standard Celtic/Cajun Repertoire, Fiddler's Fake Book Mandolin: Bay, and other methods Theory: London College of Music Theory Handbooks and Pop Theory Handbooks, Spencer Methods Software: Sibelius, Pro Tools, Garage Band, Musware, Auralia, Virtual DJ Creativity Coaching: The Artist's Way, Prosperous Heart, Silva Method, EFT/NLP
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Many parents start their children with music lessons to enrich their lives and give them a fun activity outside of school. Music is a great outlet for students of all ages because it challenges both the mind and the body. Many studies have been conducted suggest music can improved test scores in math and science, and can also promote improved language development in young children. The biggest benefit of studying music is that it lays a foundation for a lifetime appreciation of music!
Everyone has a busy schedule these days. With the option of in home lessons from Musika, we allow you to add studying an instrument into your day without the hassle of traveling to another place! In home lessons allow you to study in the comfort and security of your own home. This is a great option for both busy children and adults.
Live performing is a great asset to any musician. Musika offers recitals every year in the Spring where students of all ages and levels can come together to show off their hard work! Teachers help the students to choose and prepare their material, and Musika provides the venue and a piano accompanist if the student should need one.
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Review by Gisellesoldati
Cory is simply the greatest instructor ever! His 30 year plus teaching experience along with his knowledge of ever longer in music composition and performance make a real difference if you're in for learning the right way. Thank you Cory for teaching me not only the chords but also the history behind it and awesome tricks on getting better faster ;)
Review by Brianne Hancock
Martina has been teaching our daughter violin since early 2015. Every time our daughter has a lesson she comes away in such a great mood - she really enjoys her lessons! Martina is positive and encouraging and adjusts her teaching to help our daughter learn the best way for her learning needs. We were curious about how online lessons would work, and it turns out that they work really well. The 1:1 time and ability to teach from a distance make it work just as well as in person. We've had moves and schedule changes and Martina has been very flexible for us - which made such a big difference in making violin lessons accessible. Absolutely recommend her!
Review by Kristin
Ted S. is teaching clarinet to one of my children, and piano to two others. He is extremely knowledgeable, and very encouraging. His teaching methods are keeping my children enthused about their lessons, and without that, you have nothing. Two of my children were taking piano lesson from another teacher for the past year, and not progressing. Ted has been able to evaluate their skills individually, determine what was missing in their music education, and begin again with some early basics they seem to have missed. I am convinced we are finally moving forward, and am very happy about that. I wish I would have made this change much earlier.
Review by Wilma
Gina is very supportive and encouraging. Even though I get frustrated with my progress, she can tell that I've been practicing and reminds me of how far I've come. She challenges me to learn new skills without giving me a piece that I cannot master (with practice). I'm happy that she is my music teacher and look forward to many more lessons in the future.
Review by Jeff N.
Travis is an extremely knowledgeable guitarist and teacher. Travis is equally comfortable in playing/teaching jazz, rock, blues, or classical styles. I really like the way he explains things and he has the ability to make difficult material seem simpler. Travis is very likeable, enthusiastic, and always very professional. I think Travis would be great teaching either children or adults because he's very patient. My learning experience with Travis has been outstanding. He taught me some great techniques for chord substitution and for soloing. I'll continue to work with Travis because he inspires me to be a better guitarist. I think he could really help me with composing because he writes some great songs too! Thanks Travis!
Review by Claudiaaustin
Our kids love Mr. Lynwood. Mr. Lynwood is very patient and skillful teaching our kids both music theory and guitar/piano. He keeps them engaged and motivated during their lessons and we are seeing -or rather hearing- fast improvement in the kids' dexterity playing their respective instruments. We would recommend this good natured instructor to anybody.
Review by Roselynbrown
After moving from NY and parting from our amazing piano instructor, we thought we couldn't find a piano teacher close to what we knew. We are happy to say Musika matched us up with someone professional and friendly who enjoys teaching younger students. Thank you! We definitely recommend Kuan as a piano instructor :)
Review by Blaine Vaz
“I took drum lessons from Mark for about 7 months. I have been playing for 38 years but always thrive to learn more. He was able to provide me alternative exercises and help me gain a better understanding of my opportunities. I have been able to take my playing to another level. His approach to teaching is perfect for any level of student, beginner or advanced. He is a true professional and an outstanding person. You won't go wrong with Mark!” Blaine Vaz
Review by Steven G.
Laura is the kind of teacher you wish you had in all your studies: gracious, easy-going, light-hearted, yet behind the easy going exterior is an excellent musical mind with everything at her fingertips. I've had about 5 teachers in my life who count as really influential people, and Laura easily fits that category. She lets you be yourself so that you are fully present rather than old-school doctrinaire style, what I call "stiff as a German, sig-heil" teachers. She's the polar opposite. Brava, Laura! Thank you so much!
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