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I am a guitar instructor based in Los Angeles. I have more musical instruments than furniture in my house. I regularly perform in a number of ensembles in the area. I'm involved with a local gamelan ensemble (Indonesian percussion music), the Elizabeth Waldo Orchestra, and the Music Center of Los Angeles as an artist educator.
I am a classically-trained pianist with over two decades of private teaching experiences. I love teaching children and being around them makes me exciting.
If you are interested in taking piano/keyboard, guitar or voice lessons...I would really like to be your music instructor! I will travel to your home, hoping to make it more convenient for those students that would like their lesson after school hours. You are also welcomed to my home music studio each week for your lesson, conveniently located in Anaheim. To tell you a little about myself, I was raised in a musical family introduced to music at a very young age. I took piano, organ, guitar, glockenspiel, and voice lessons for many years, and participated in music recitals. I enjoyed singing, and with my music theory background, participated in vocal/piano recitals, involved myself in every school musical, joined every choir, participated in out-of-state voice sight reading competitions, and ultimately joined the New York All State Choir.
My passion for music began in 1994 when my father bought me two Freddy Mercury CDs. Shortly after, i decided to buy a guitar. I started my classical guitar lessons with a well know classical guitar teacher at the time in my town. After receiving music awards in several national competitions as well as invitations to perform at the Fajr international festival of music, I decided to dedicate my life professionally to the classical guitar. So I decided to emigrate to Spain, a country with rich classical guitar tradition. In 2007 i entered the Oscar Espla conservatory in Alicante and I started my studies under the supervision of guitarist Ignacio Rodes, one of the best guitarists in the world. In 2012 I finished my undergraduate studies and two years later i received a master's in interpretation and research in classical guitar. During these years I worked as a guitar teacher at several music schools, teaching dozens of students of different ages. In fact some of them play at a very high level today. During my stay in Spain I participated in several courses and master classes by such masters as David Russell, Ricardo Gallen, Jose Miguel Moreno, Fernando Espi and thanks to these courses I became interested in the world of ancient music and I started researching on the origins of the guitar; instruments such Vihuela, Renaissance Lute, Baroque Guitar etc... My research resulted in the publication of 60 articles for a website on the internet. Currently I spend much of my time teaching because it is something I always enjoy doing in addition to recording and preparing my annual concerts.
I am a nationally touring solo guitarist. I play and perform original music that is a blend of classical and fingerstyle guitar. I started out as a highly motivated self-taught player, then bolstered my skills by studying classical guitar with Dr. Martha Masters at Loyola Marymount University. I love that the guitar can bring just as much joy by playing a simple folk tunes as does working through a big, technical piece.
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Review by Shelonda
Henry is teaching my daughter how to play piano. Henry is an excellent teacher, we really like and appreciate him. His teaching style works very well for my daughter, she is comfortable which makes learning enjoyable. Henry is very patient and I can see that he is passionate about teaching music. Great teacher for sure.
Review by Brenda Duffey-jepsen
Omar is a great teacher as he provides expert instruction AND the right amount of encouragement. He is a professional musician on several instruments, yet he is patient with beginners! He also has gone out of his way to purchase an appropriate book for me, strings to re-string the cello, and extra attention to tuning. I appreciate how he explains and demonstrates exactly what a beginning cello student needs to know.
Review by Chrystal
I was skeptical at first not knowing what I was getting my self into.. I am very happy that I forced myself to get into voice lessons because Eli is an awsome voice coach.. Very skillful and he helps you reach the goal you are trying to reach.. He is also very helpful with getting you to open up and come out of your shell and being heard.. I would and I already have recommended friends and family to sign up with Eli if they're serious about singing..
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 Jon
Michael is exactly what I was looking for in a teacher. The first thing he did was to determine what I wanted to get out of lessons, and what my existing skill level is. He is now aiming me in the right direction - and he is clearly skilled, experienced and knowledgeable, in addition to being very easy to get along with. I'm very happy.
Review by Ryan Piveteau
Amber is personal and cares about her students. She is flexible in her schedule and maintains a professional attitude in her lessons. Her want for her students to succeed makes her excel as a teacher. She is very knowledgeable about music and extremely experienced. Additionally, she includes external activities aside from lessons for the students who wish to advance themselves externally. Really a great teacher who offers great opportunity.
Review by Joshua Thompson
I have known Erin since I attended graduate school at the Hartt School in Connecticut. Last year she came to the college I teach at to give a master class and talk about her experiences as a musician abroad. She has proven that she is a capable and wonderful musician and educator. I highly recommend studying with her if you're lucky enough to have the opportunity!
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 Sarah M
Dan gave private clarinet lessons to my daughter, Annie, for two years. During that time, she excelled as a member of the middle school band, and maintained first-chair. Dan is an excellent teacher, and Annie looked forward to having one-on-one time with him. In addition to practicing pieces with her, he helped her with scales and greatly improved her tone quality.