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Piano Lessons

Piano Lessons

Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin

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Guitar Lessons

Glenn Tinturin

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PIANO LESSONS
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PIANO LESSONS

The preferred instrument for a young child is piano, because of it's simple layout and ease of playing. The piano layout also makes theory learning easier. Research has shown that learning piano sensitizes young children to pattern, space, and time sequencing, and improves cognitive skills, eye-hand coordination, and spatial reasoning.

GUITAR LESSONS
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GUITAR LESSONS

Arguably one of the most popular instruments in the world, the guitar offers a versatility far beyond almost any other instrument. From country to classical, Spanish to jazz, folk to flamenco, pop to rock, from concert stages to campfires, the guitar holds a place in more homes than any other single instrument.

OUR MISSION

To provide our students with the pinnacle of artistic training and professionalism. To prepare those interested in careers in music, as well as those seeking a simple enjoyment through enhanced understanding of music, guided listening and improved abilities to play an instrument.

OUR TEAM

Glenn Tinturin

Glenn Tinturin

Guitar Lessons

Began to study classical guitar at the age of seven with the acclaimed teacher, Guy Horn. At the age of ten, Glenn gave his debut performance as a soloist with the Santa Monica Symphony at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. More ...

Phone: (909) 337-3811
Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin

Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin

Piano Lessons

Originally from Los Angeles, pianist, Noëlle Compinsky Tinturin has performed as soloist, accompanist, in orchestras, and as a chamber music artist extensively throughout North America and Europe. More ...

Phone: (805) 419-4229
Lenny Tinturin

Lenny Tinturin

Piano Lessons

Started lessons in piano at the age of seven. His first teacher was his father, well-known composer, Peter Tinturin. Lenny gave his first concert at the Stairway to the Stars concert series at Barnum Hall at the age of ten ... More ...

Phone: (949) 933-8474

How to grade your Music Teacher

If you are taking private music lessons, you want to get the most out of your investment of money, time, and effort. So it is important to evaluate the effectiveness of your teacher.  Here is a point system totaling 100 points that you can use to "grade" your teacher.

  1. Does he truly play or perform on the instrument he teaches? Can he demonstrate? For example, if you are studying piano, make sure that piano is his main instrument. (This item is worth 10 points).
  2. As a beginner, did you learn to read fluently within 6 months?  Did you learn all the note names and time values? (10 points)
  3. Has she taught you how to count correctly as you play, and does she make sure that you do it consistently? (10 points)
  4. Does he emphasize proper hand position and posture and give exercises to develop it? (10 points)
  5. Can she explain the logic behind all of her methods and concepts until they make sense to you? (10 points)
  6. Has she given you training and exercises in music theory to help you understand the structure of the music you are playing?  Do you understand key signatures, chords and scales?  Can you play them using correct fingerings? (10 points)
  7. Does he help you isolate difficult passages, dissect them, and learn them bit by bit until they are no longer problematic? Does he give you effective shortcuts to learning? (15 points)
  8. Does she show you how to play with feeling and dynamics, and how to communicate the meaning of the music, even in simple pieces? (15 points)
  9. Do you feel fully prepared for a performance well in advance? (10 points)

If you feel that your teacher or your education is lacking in any of these areas, first talk to your teacher.  Second, if necessary, you may want to look for a new teacher.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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