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Cliff D In HomeHome
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Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

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Cliff D In Home
Instruments: Piano, Guitar, Voice, Drums, Bass Guitar, Mallet Percussion, Orchestral Percussion, Conga, Latin Percussion
Styles: Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Folk, Country, R&b, Gospel, Musical Theater, Opera, Latin, Funk, Hip Hop, Electronic, Flamenco, Salsa, Showtunes, Spirituals, Reggae, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Swing, New Age, Samba, Bossa Nova, Soul, Marching Band, Punk, Mariachi, Avant-Garde

Where I Teach:
In Your Home My Studio Online
Ages Taught: 5-80
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Degrees / Training / Special Info:

Master of Fine Arts in Music, California Institute for the Arts

Bachelor's of Science, Music Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, minoring in Vocal Performance

K-12 Teaching Certificate, Edinboro University

Overview:

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.

EXPERIENCE

I have been teaching with Musika since 2005, and have been doing private instruction since 1987.

I am on the active artist's roster for Cirque de Soleil.

I have performed in just about every music venue and university in the Los Angeles area, done a variety of Ivy League tours with Bali and Beyond gamelan ensemble.

METHODS USED

I use Faber and Faber for piano, Hal Leonard and/or Mel Bay for guitar, and I actually wrote my own percussion.

LESSON STYLE

My first emphasis is that you have to like what you're playing. I really try to focus on what music gets the student excited. For some of them, it comes quickly. Others it might take a while, and that is okay. Once I find the switch that engages the student's interest, that is my focus. I really emphasize getting students to read music and also understand the key components of music theory, so that they understand what it is they are playing.

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