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I grew up in a musical family and my father was the rhythm guitarist for Michael Jackson for up to 30 years. I recently moved back to Los Angeles after attending The Master's School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, where I began my study in composition and theory. After graduating from the Master's School I went on to graduate from Sarah Lawrence where I continued my theoretical and compositional studies. I am able to integrate theoretical knowledge to basic folk songs. You won't even know you are learning music theory whilst playing along to the Beatles!
I have taught beginning-advanced students privately and in small group settings for over 25 years to students of all ages and levels, and I'm the the founder of Spencer Music and Artist Development located in Belmont Shore area of Long Beach, CA. I have also taught music on faculty of local community colleges and universities, and private and parochial schools. As an artist developer and agent, many of my more advanced students perform professionally with local opera and musical theatre companies, are recording artists, or are on tv or with local playhouses. I teach the following: piano, digital keyboards, harpsichord and organ (in students homes within a 12 mile radius only), voice, violin, viola, mandolin, kindermusik, music theory/ear training, music therapy, music industry and songwriting/composiiton. As a classical and jazz pianist I have performed throughout the US and Canada in solo and chamber/combo settings as well as a guest artist with orchestras. Credits include: Pacific Symphony (Costa Mesa, CA), San Francisco Baroque Camerata, Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and Honolulu Symphony. As a musical theatre and opera lyric baritone/actor, I have performed in productions throughout the US. Role Credits: Chip in On The Town, Billy Flynn in Chicago, Chuck in Promises Promises, M.C. in Cabaret, Papageno in Die Zauberflote, and Sky in Guys and Dolls. My music studio is conveniently located 1 block from the ocean in the beautiful Bluff Park area of Belmont Shore, Long Beach. My studio has a keyboard, full music library, instruments, music stands, music software, audio archive, a comfortable sitting area for parents and students, an outdoor balcony and street parking.
My teaching experience dates back to the beginning of my college days. I began teaching private lessons to students who requested lessons from me. I have been teaching off and on for for the last 8 years. I am passionate in playing piano, as well as teaching. My number one rule is try to make sure students are having fun in my lessons. Having fun during lessons will guarantee a satisfying experience. I like my students to learn multiple skills. This includes reading music, learning repertoir, learning by ear, improvisation, theory, and composition. This covers a range of musical posibilities, and keeps lessons fresh and exciting.
I am a mother of 4 and professional musician. My teaching experience includes public school, private schools, homeschool groups, and individual studio instruction. I love performing but more that that I love to see my students embrace a lifelong love of music. I employ a variety of hands-on techniques that engage students and use incentives to help them achieve success.
From a family of musicians, I started playing the cello at the age of 5. After being a cellist for the Conservatory of Quebec Orchestra in Saguenay, I switched to percussion. I recorded the Flight of the Bumble Bee for the first time at age 14 and became a symphonic percussionist later with the National Art Center Orchestra of Canada as well as for the Ottawa Symphony while playing for the Starlighters and Savoy Swing Band at the Penguin cafe in Ottawa. At night I founded my first rock band, Feedback, and later joined WD 40. Selected for the National Youth Orchestra of Canada in 1985, I went on to write scores for string ensembles, a passion I am pursuing as an arranger and composer. My interests are motivated by my passion for world musics and the rhythmic complexity they offer which became the subject of my thesis on Afro Cuban Rumba Guaguanco. My classical and world music knowledge was put to service as a co-producer and director for MuchMusic-Musimax and BRAVO!
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The main benefit of taking music lessons is that they help instill a love of music! Students who take music lessons are much more likely to enjoy many different types of music, because greater understanding increases musical appreciation. Music lessons also have been shown to improve students academic performance, resulting in higher test scores in maths, sciences, and linguistics.
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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 Jaima Woodiwiss
Having taken 6 years of piano lessons myself when I was young, I am very happy with Osmond teaching my daughter. He is very personable and helping her to enjoy piano. My daughter loves the fun songs she gets to play and I really appreciate how he is integrating even in the first month fingering, chords, beats, and hearing the music. She's getting a very well rounded training and she's loving it!
Review by Kaleen Todoroff
Noel is amazing. She is helping me to work toward my vocal goals for auditions to several musical theaters. She has helped me choose strong audition pieces and is teaching excellent ways to get the sound I need in a safe and healthy way. She works outside our lessons on new warm ups and new music pieces. She is the best.
Review by Jennifer
Lindsey has been coming to our house to give saxophone lessons to our 12 year old daughter for about a month. She is an absolute joy. She is extremely knowledgeable, flexible with her schedule, and my daughter thinks she is "fun" and "cool". We would highly recommend her to anyone wanting music lessons. A+
Review by Venessea Gilbert
Rebecca has been super with my son! He is 8yrs old and has mild aspergers. He has never played an instrument before but after one lesson with his teacher he could keep a beat on his drums. She is able to keep his attention and really makes it fun! She is flexible and easy going. I highly recommend her for any lessons. Very nice teacher! Thank you Rebecca for your outstanding service!!
Review by Svea Bryan
Brett is an accomplished musician, who shared his knowledge at a level that my five year old understands. He is polite and relaxed in his mannerisms but take a serious approach to focusing on the lesson. He is very patient and engaging with the attention span you'd expect from a kindergartener. His motto ever is "sometime you learn faster by going slow"
Review by Marcia Hecht
Karleen has really turned it around for me. My previous teacher (not from Musika) had me feeling anxious, upset, and incapable...NOT the desired result! Karleen's method is clear, appropriate for my beginning level, and (best of all) actually lets me achieve some progress! I'm actually looking forward to my lessons now!
Review by Angie Ignazzitto
Stephanie is an excellent voice teacher! Our 10-year-old daughter enjoys her lessons with Stephanie each week. She has an amazing way of connecting with our daughter through music. Stephanie knows how to offer constructive feedback in a positive way that keeps our daughter interested and wanting to learn more. I would recommend Stephanie without hesitation.
Review by Ashley S.
Ali was an amazing voice coach! She taught in a way that made sense to me, and helped me find the voice placements I needed. I didn't know I could sound like that! My development with her was leaps and bounds rather than tiny dreadful steps that happen when you don't know what's going on! Ali was dedicated to helping me work on an audition for a music scholarship and I nailed it all thanks to her, seriously. I can't thank her enough! She helped me with the tools and confidence I needed to sing in the real world alone rather than just back row in a large choir.
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.
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