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My teaching experience dates back to when I was a student at the Los Angeles High School for the Arts. While pursuing my own education I also had five private drum students ranging from the ages of 7-15. I am fortunate enough to have learned a great deal about teaching all different ages from my father, who has been a private guitar teacher for over 35 years. During my time at Berklee College of Music, I taught group clinics and while our tour with the Karen Lovely Band I mentored mentally handicapped music students in the Netherlands with a group called United By Music.
I am a full time performing, recording & teaching musician in Los Angeles. My trumpet can be heard on over 30 albums including Night Visions by Imagine Dragons. I have toured the world performing and have achieved two degrees in music before settling in LA. I can teach you anything you want to know about music from the most basic to the extremely abstract. Plus, I'm a nice guy : )
By using my own educational experience, as well as drawing from today’s trends in teaching, I am able to cater my lessons to your needs. You’ll develop fundamental skills, in addition to becoming a better musician by improving your sight reading, ear training, and knowledge of theory. I have an extremely thorough understanding of music theory, and am happy to incorporate as much or as little of that as the student's interest dictates, nevertheless maintaining the minimal amount of theory necessary to get the most out of learning music and instrument. I am excited to teach any genre you’re interested in, whether it be jazz, blues, rock, hiphop, or classical. I am flexible and open to your needs as a student!
I use a variety of methods depending on the student using existing materials and creating my own when none exist that suite the students needs. I always teach music theory along with fundementals since I believe that training your ear to identify chords, scales and patterns will help you learn faster and more completely. Technique is importent but only part of the picture.
I have over three years of experience teaching multiple instruments, both privately and in group classes. During my years as a professional musician in the Washington DC area, most of my teaching has been in private lessons with students ages 4-16. (I have taught adults privately as well!) My primary performance instrument is bass (both electric and upright); I teach all levels. I taught with the DC Youth Orchestra Program - all of my students who took juries to advance levels have passed on their first try. I also teach piano, guitar, drums, violin, and cello for beginner and intermediate levels. My favorite aspect of teaching is seeing the growth of each student at their own pace and helping them achieve their musical and personal goals - I take great pride in seeing this happen! I like to work with each student as an individual - I structure lessons based on each student's unique abilities and interests. I like to make sure that anything my student learns is enjoyable and meaningful.
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When you take lessons with Musika, you are eligible to participate in our yearly recital held in the Spring. Students of all ages and levels are welcome to perform, and show off their hard work and talent. Live performances are very exciting for musicians, and they help to enhance the students joy and love of making music.
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An education in music carries over to all other aspects of life. Not only do students learn music and how to appreciate various genres, but music lessons can also help to improve academics. Music students tend to score higher in science, math, and language skills tests.
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Review by Jenn
My son and I both take lessons with Micheal. My son started on the ukulele and recently started the guitar. He is excellent with children. Very patient and very intuitive to the child's ability. He is also an excellent teacher for adults. I had not touched my guitar in several years and in a couple months not only to I remember everything I forgot but I'm learning many new techniques and am a much better player than I've ever been.
Review by Timothyfullard
We've only had a few lessons with Elisa, but so far we really like her. She has a lot of great suggestions for solo pieces as well as orchestral music that involves all 3 of my boys, while also including some Christian music that we can play at church. She is very patient in explaining the lessons and encouraging!
Review by James F.
After my first piano lesson, Polina is easily the best teacher I could have hoped for. Extremely charismatic and excited to help YOU learn the piano. She puts a lot of effort into evaluation your learning style and will no doubt help you make tremendous strides! I'm stoked to continue taking lessons!
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
Review by Marlo
Danette is a delightful instructor. She always brings a wealth of knowledge, excitement, and enthusiasm to piano lessons with my daughter. She is not only skilled at piano, but she has a wonderful voice quality that she uses to help convey certain techniques and to highlight various points where she intends to draw the students attention.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Sharon
My 4-year-old has had several lessons with Martina now, and he has learned a lot. Obviously, it is challenging to teach such a young child, and he has learned quite a lot in a short time, and is very excited to learn about violin and for his lessons. I think Martina is doing an excellent job, is quite patient, and is teaching him in such a way that he can really remember his new skills from week to week. We look forward to many more lessons with Ms. Martina!
Review by Richardpoplawski
I feel she is a very professional teacher and I have already recommended your company and her to my friends who have children that play musical instruments. My 8 year old son has never been so enthusiastic to play his violin. His skills have improved almost exponentially since we have began lessons with Lauren. Your company has exceeded my expectations and I am very happy to have found it online.
Review by La from Issaquah
thank you musika and ed. I never thought of looking for an in-home lesson until I found musika. I have absolutely no hesitation that Ed is beyond capable. He's even offered to meet us at a music store to purchase the correct fitting instrument. how fabulous is that! We've also decided to extend the lesson time from 30 to 45 minutes. All this and just one lesson under our belt. He quickly understood where my daughter is at in level and her style of music. I'm thrilled as can be.
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