MUSIC LESSONS - All instruments, styles & ages

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About Us
We teach all instruments and all ages from beginner to advanced.
We make music FUN so students are most likely to stay with it and experience the life-long joy we teachers feel.                                           Nico Aiken, Music Director

STUDIOS in Altadena, La Crescenta or in your home. Teaching Flute and Piano is Sheila. Sheila and her husband Eric are both working musicians.
Sheila is a graduate of the Aaron Copland School of Music. Her former studies include the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and Illinois State University where she won first place in the Concerto Competition as well as studying Flute under Robert Stallman at Queens College NY and with Yale University instructor Thomas Nyfenger.

STUDIO in La Crescenta or 10 mile radius to your Home.  Aidan is a teacher, composer, and performer from Los Angeles, California. Aidan teaches piano, guitar, banjo, and drums. He is passionate about helping students develop not only their technical skill, but also fostering their creative spirit and encouraging their own musical explorations. Although he teaches all ages, he appeals to young students and can inspire them to practice and succeed at their instrument. Aidan graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Musical Arts at California Institute of the Arts.

Cherie teaches Bass, Guitar, Ukulele and Voice. She is a professional working musician and musical director and has performed with bands on both the East and West Coasts for many years playing different styles of music such as rock, blues, country, R & B and jazz. Her bands have opened for Foghat, Vince Neil (Motley Crue) and  many others. She has backed up singer/actress Calista Carradine on both stage and screen. STUDIO in La Crescenta plus in-home lessons within about ten miles of Sunland.

Bachelors of Music Education, a Violin, Viola, Cello, Bassoon & Bass teacher is Michelle teaching in-homes in La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, Tujunga, Glendale in the STUDIO in La Crescenta.

Michelle received a full musical scholarship and taught strings in Texas for many years prior to coming to Los Angeles. She has played with Frank Sinatra, Wayne Newton; the Santa Barbara, Long Beach and Pacific Symphonies as well as the Pasadena "Pops" Orchestra currently.

STUDIO in La Crescenta or 10 mile radius to your Home.  
Alex specializes in Singing. Alexandra is a soprano from Los Angeles California.  Her former opera credits include The Dew Fairy, and Sandman in Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Drusilla in Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, a spirit in Massenet’s Cendrillon, and Augusta’s friend Mary in Douglas Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.  For three years in a row, Alexandra was featured as a guest artist, performing opera arias and duets at the “Taste of Italy” fundraiser for the Italian American Museum of Los Angeles and has also had the privilege of performing in the Valley Performing Arts Center for its opening gala in the spring of 2011. Alexandra is a recipient of the Milt Young Music Scholarship, Helen Conner Nern Vocal  Scholarship, and the Robert Pike Whitten Arts Scholarship.  She holds both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from California State University, Northridge.  She teaches Voice in opera, musical theatre, classical and pop styles, and can help students sing in Italian, French, German, Russian, Spanish and Latin.

STUDIO in La Crescenta or 10 mile radius to your Home.   Stephen is a Los Angeles-based woodwind performer originally from Buena Park, California, who earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at the USC Thornton School of Music.  He specializes in Saxophone and Clarinet and Recorder, in various genres including jazz, classical, R&B, and funk.  While at USC he studied with Jason Goldman, Kim Richmond, and Bob Sheppard. Stephen enjoys teaching students of all ages, helping them develop the technical skills to express their musical ideas.

STUDIO in La Crescenta and 10 mile radius to your Home. Baltimore, Maryland native Gaetano “Guy” began his love affair with the guitar at the age of eleven after discovering Led Zeppelin.  Starting with lessons at local music school, by the time he reached high school he had begun playing in bands and constantly working to feed his ever-evolving music taste (which grew to include various rock styles, heavy metal, blues, and jazz).  An internship at The Music Workshop in Baltimore (where he also took lessons) in his senior year of high school helped him discover an innate knack and passion for teaching music. 
In the following years, he worked to develop his teaching ability independently before taking a position as a guitar instructor at Bones Jones Music in Rockville, Maryland after graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park.  He recently relocated to the Los Angeles area to study at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, continue to develop his skills as an instructor, and get involved in the local music scene. 
His skills combined with his cheerful and encouraging personality are ideal for both adult and young students. He can teach all the modern guitar styles including jazz. He teaches ukulele as well. 

STUDIO in La Crescenta or in-home lessons.  Adrian is a working Trumpet Player in the Los Angeles area. His love for music and warm personality go all the way back to the Beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where he was born and raised. Adrian has played the Trumpet since he was 11 years old and graduated from The Osceola County School for the Arts. Soon after that, he moved to LA after being offered a Full Scholarship to the Los Angeles College of Music. Adrian teaches Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, Horn, Bugle, Euphonium and all the other brass instruments and specializes in teaching Classical, Latin, Jazz, Lead, Funk and Horn Section work. His goal for his students is for them to have a great learning experience, be versatile, but most importantly... Have Fun!!

STUDIO in La Crescenta or in-home lessons. Shahana is an LA native, from a sunny town called Palos Verdes. She grew up listening to a wide range of music, from Bollywood hits to Bob Marley. She began taking classical vocal lessons at the age of 15, and participated in choir and a cappella groups. She is currently a Vocal Performance student at Los Angeles College of Music, finishing up her final quarters.  Shahana plays original music in LA with her band, as well as sings in bands as a background singer. Her soulful, soothing voice can inspire students of all ages. Shahana teaches Voice.  She specializes in teaching rock, pop, jazz, classical, and R&B styles up to advanced levels.  Also, she can teach in Mandarin, Urdu and Hindi.

STUDIO in La Crescenta or in-home lessons.  Max teaches Drums, Bass Guitar and Piano in English and Mandarin, for all styles and all ages. His goal is to create a comfortable environment for students and to make sure they enjoy his lessons. He has taught private lessons to students of all kinds, even some with special needs. Max has played alongside many famous bands live including Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Drowning Pool, Michale Graves, and more. He is about to complete his B.A. in Music and Communication​ at the Chapman University.
Max is proficient in teaching any level of drums, songwriting, and technique. He can also teach proficiently the basics of music theory and advanced Rhythm.
At Fun Music, Max's sparkling personality is well loved by all of his students. 

STUDIO in La Crescenta or in-home lessons.  James is a Piano Performance major who graduated from Huntington University with a Bachelor of Music. He is from Los Angeles, CA and he has been playing the piano since he was 4 years old. Excelling in Piano Performance and Music Theory, he has successfully taught a wide range of piano students. During high school, he took Piano Ensemble, theory, film scoring, and Orchestration classes for college preparation. He has been playing hymns for Sunday worship services and working with youth groups at local churches. In his first two years at Huntington University, he won a Concerto Competition (2013) and the Longaker Honors Recital Audition (2014,2015). He performed Saint-Saens’ Piano Concerto in G minor with the Huntington University Orchestra in April 2014. Despite his extensive classical training, James' versatility allowed him to learn and perform also in other styles, such as pop, rock and jazz. James was able to develop perfect pitch and a wide understanding of all musical aspects. This, combined with his experience with choirs, gave him the skills needed to teach voice competently.
He teaches piano, church organ and voice. He is also experienced in teaching students who are autistic or have other learning disabilities.

STUDIO in La Crescenta or in-home lessons.  A native of Hawaii, T.J. is a composer and pianist. A graduate of the prestigious Juilliard School, he is currently attending the California Institute of the Arts to obtain an M.F.A. in composition and film scoring. T.J.’s compositions have been performed by ensembles including the New York Youth Symphony, the Juilliard Chamber Orchestra & the Attacca String Quartet. As pianist, he has won awards at competitions including the regional and national MTNA Competition, the Virginia Waring International Competition, Aloha International Piano Competition and the Stecher & Horowitz NY Piano Competition. Notable performances include those at NPR’s From the Top radio show, the Aspen Music Festival, Bowdoin Music Festival, Colorado College Music Festival, and the Château de Fontainebleau in the Écoles d’Art Festival. T.J. is a past Juilliard Arts & Enrichment Teaching Fellow, and CAP Ameri-Corps Teaching Fellow.  He teaches Piano.
His composition skills make him ideal for students who wish to arrange and/or learn popular songs. Despite his stellar achievements, T.J. possesses a sweet and patient personality who is not intimidating for beginners, but on the contrary can inspire them to reach for the stars.

STUDIO in La Crescenta and Glendale or in-home lessons in Glendale. Ashot is a well-known Armenian musician: pianist, composer, songwriter, arranger, producer, and Voice/Piano teacher. A graduate of Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory (with a Master’s Degree in music Performance and Education), he, along with classical music, has been a lover of Pop and Jazz music from an early age. Among his influences are Frederic Chopin, George Gershwin, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Oscar Peterson, Bill Evans, Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones.  In 1988 he was invited by the National Centre of Children’s Art, Music and Aesthetics to work as a music director and arranger for its Musical Theatre. There, he organized a small group of singers, mostly teenage girls, which later evolved into his original Jazz-Pop choir. In 1990, the choir was featured on National Television, performing the famed The Beatles hit “Let it be,” and becoming an instant sensation. The work with this choir within the next 3-4 years brought many awards and fame to Ashot as well as to the young singers, many of whom went on to become nationally acclaimed Pop stars. As a part-time professor in the Yerevan State Komitas Conservatory Jazz Department, the Yerevan State Pop & Jazz College, as well as privately, in his own Home-Studio, Ashot made it his top commitment to find, through individual approach, each young singer’s personal strengths, and, through the development of a musical taste and the choice of the right songs, help each of them reach the pinnacles of their potential. The results were participating and winning numerous prestigious international competitions, such as “Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition”, “Eurovision Song Contest” and “American Idol.” Needless to say, many of these solo protégés joined the list of stars in the Armenian Pop Hall of Fame. Ashot has been teaching in the Los Angeles area since 2006.

STUDIO in La Crescenta and Glendale or in-home lessons in Glendale.  
Monica is a Los Angeles based classical guitarist and instructor. She began her musical studies on the piano at age 6 with pianist Tsoline Hajian, performing in recitals at the Brand Library in Glendale. She continued studying piano with professor Louanne Long while at the University of Redlands. She began playing the electric guitar as a teenager and soon discovered her love for classical guitar. Monica graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Redlands in 2003. In 2011, she received her Master of Music in classical guitar performance from California State University Fullerton where she studied under David Grimes. During this time, she was a member of the Fullerton Guitar Orchestra with whom she toured California in the spring of 2008 and Bulgaria in the summer of 2009. She also performed in recitals as a soloist and in a guitar duo. Monica served as a piano accompanist to the Verdugo Woodlands elementary school orchestra and wind ensemble. She can teach guitar and piano in all styles, both in English and Armenian. (818) 925-6FUN

Servicing areas in and near:      
Eagle Rock
Echo Park                                                               
Glassell Park                                                              
Hancock Park
La Canada
La Crescenta
Lake View Terrace
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Los Feliz
North Hollywood
Sherman Oaks
South Pasadena
Studio City
Toluca lake
Valley Village
Van Nuys



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