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I have been teaching students consistently for over 30 years and have been teaching in my home studio for the last 10 years. Regular practice on a daily schedule is key for anyone wanting to achieve a level of proficiency that yields satisfaction on any level. Several of my students have gone on to professional employment on Broadway, touring bands, and recording studios as well as becoming private instuctors, music directors, and school music teachers. Wherever a student would like to go with their musical talent, I can help them get there.
I'm fun! I am not a bitter musician with a sardonic attitude like so many other teachers. I enjoy music more than just about anything. I know how to make every lesson fun and I will keep you excited and enthusiastic about your own journey. I don't use drugs. I don't drink alcohol. I don't smoke cigarettes. I don't gamble. I MAKE MUSIC AND TEACH OTHERS HOW TO MAKE MUSIC. Females: You do not have to be concerned about being "creeped on". I have been happily married to the same cool chick for over 20 years. My only interest in you is to bring out the best in you. Parents: Your kids are safe with me. I have had decades of experience working with children. Feel free to take a look at my extensive charity work with the Grandsons of Italy. I host and produce annual Christmas parties for mentally and physically challenged children. I work with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in fundraising and entertainment. I volunteer with the LA Fire Department's "Fill The Boot" program and have dedicated a considerable amount of my time to helping an organization that rescues abducted children. In short, I'm the good guy.
At the age of six, I began learning classical guitar, though it was not long after memorizing finger-picking etudes when studying Bach and Mozart evoloved into transcribing Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmy Page solos. It wasn't until the sixth grade when I picked up my first saxophone, and that is when my world split open and melted at the hands of jazz. In the tenth and eleventh grade, I performed alongside some of the finest high school musicians in the country in the 2008 Concert Band of America and 2009 Jazz Band of America. During those years, I began, and have not stopped working as a private instuctor for students of all ages and varying skill levels. While studying at Florida State Unviersity, I formed a five-piece funk band called Shoes and Laces which gained success playing shows alongside national touring acts and released a full-length albumn entitled Melodious Junk which sold hundreds of copies across the country. I currently live in Los Angeles, California working as a freelance musician and private instructor.
My teaching experience dates back to my days at Los Angeles Harbor College, where I tutored in music theory and musicianship, as well as offered private lessons in saxophone and piano. In 2007 I helped create and coordinate a successful afterschool music program at Wilmington Middle School for the Boys and Girls Club of Los Angeles. We developed and implemented a program that offered group and private lessons in various instruments, music theory and musicianship. The students formed original bands and developed repertoire, leading to performances and recitals. I have a strong and natural affinity for teaching, and am always working on improving and refining my approach. I've been working in special education for the last 8 years, and have used music in therapeutic settings. I am flexible and adaptable and am open to working with students of all ages! Along with focusing on rudiments, technique, breathing and posture, I emphasize the importance of developing one's own unique voice through their instrument. And most importantly, having fun!
My main goal is to show students how amazing playing music can be. Nothing is more fufilling than watching a student become inspired to grow as they grasp new ideas and develop a new skill. It is important to instill efficient and productive practice values in a way that that is exciting and fun, and that will foster the desire to learn and progress. Because each person processes information and ideas differently, it is my job to find the best way to "click" with each student in order to maximize their learning and understanding. I make sure to get to know my students by discovering their individual learning style, as well as what inspires them, in order to create customized lessons that ensure a fun and productive experience for each student.
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The saxophone is a fairly durable instrument and can be a great instrument for a young player. However, the student does need to be big enough to hold the instrument and have the lung capacity to create quality tone. New players should start on alto sax.
New saxophonists will learn the basics of caring for the instrument, as well as how to hold and properly assemble the sax. Students will learn correct breathing, how to develop a beautiful tone, articulation, and how to form the proper embouchure. All Musika students will be exposed to music theory and the process of reading music.
For a beginning player, we would recommend renting a Jupiter, Yamaha, or Selmer saxophone. Sax students will also need to purchase reeds to play on their instrument. For new players a softer reed is more appropriate. The strength of a reed is measured on a scale from 1-4 with 1 being the softest and 4 being the hardest. We recommend starting with a Rico brand 1.5 or 2 reed, however, students should meet with their teacher first before buying reeds in bulk.
Many of our adult saxophone students are complete beginners, while others are former saxophonists now returning to an old hobby. We also have students who are more advanced and are looking improve their skills in both in any genre will find our network of instructors are enthusiastic about their style of choice. Musika's network of teachers have proven methods to get you the results you desire.
Musika offers customized one-on-one music lessons at your home - a time saving solution for busy parents and students. The convenience of in-home lessons allows you to save time without having to transport your child to class, allows your child to maximize their busy schedule, and provides a safe and familiar environment in which to learn.
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 Julie Buranelli
My daughter really enjoys her lessons with Pavel. She is an absolute beginner and Pavel is right with her as she learns the basics. She is completely engaged and always looks forward to her lesson. He packs a lot of learning into their 30 minute time slot - he gets right to it as soon as he walks in the door! He is a great teacher - we highly recommend!
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 Jane A.
I started taking voice lessons from Ali when I was 19 and a sophomore in college. Though I was hesitant to be starting "late", I felt very comfortable with Ali and her teaching style. We identified several key issues that really made a difference and improved my voice technique. It was fun to sing popular, beautiful songs in our recital! If only I lived in Los Angeles, I would still be a student. Highly recommended!
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 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 Vanessa
Eduard is an amazing teacher. (Coming from someone who previously knew the basics of playing and music.) He is not to harsh with his words and is extremely nice. Eduard has a great amout of experience and displays it through his teachings. Specifically by making it easy to follow along with his words to actions. As a person with a wondering mind whom is distracted easily, it is easy to pay attention.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
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+
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