Pop Music Lessons

Pop Music Lessons

5.0 (1)
1 employee
6 years in business

About this pro

I was raised in a music school. As a teen, I started working there, and by early adulthood, I was point person running the whole business and teaching at the same time. Since then, I have developed an active career, acquiring over 10 million streams of my songs, multiple billboard hits, and sync deals with TV and film. I have performed my original songs live in front of thousands of people and toured all over the US.

As a kid, however, I was not the “most talented”. I was passed over for leads in musicals and subsequently worked very hard to understand every part of my voice and how to make it do what I wanted. I applied that same rigor to my piano. As a result, I have a very unique and well rounded point of view on teaching, and its one of my favorite things to do. 

I love when a student comes to me with a highly specific question: "How do I hit this high note?" "How do I do vibrato?" "How do I properly use the pedal?" Instantly, I perk up. I love helping people figure out how to be able to do what they want to do. I live for that moment when someone exclaims "Oh!" 

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Woodland Hills, CA 91367
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1 Review

5.0

  • Maria Simantova

    The facility is gorgeous, Jaki is young, and fun, and quite frankly the only teacher I've found that my daughter even likes! She actually practices now!



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FAQs


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I will ask a few questions to assess their history with the particular instrument as well as music in general. I will ask what their favorite genre is, who some of their favorite artists are, what their favorite song is. I remember being a kid and having teachers that didn't care what I liked, didn't care what I wanted to learn about, and it was disencouraging. Finally, I met a teacher who wanted to know what I wanted to know, and everything changed. I want to be that teacher for my students.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have taken lessons since I was 8 years old from such names as Rosemary Butler (Linda Ronsdadt, James Taylor, Jackson Browne), Eric Lyn (The Voice, Childish Gambino, Joe Jonas, Masters in Voice from CSUN), Alexis Lopez (American Idol), and more. 

I have also studied piano & music theory since I wass 8 years old, taking classes from classical to jazz to pop from Jay Vincent (composer for Dreamworks), Steven Gizzi (composer for Netflix), and Andreas Farmakilidis (music theory book author), amongst others.

I have extensive personal experience, singing for TV and Film, ("Are You The One?" on MTV, "Infamous", #1 New Release film in America 2021), as well as for producers and labels all over the world, and live performances all over the US. 


Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

I charge $30/30 minutes, $45/45 minutes or $60 per hour.


How did you get started teaching?

I was working the front desk of Monster Music Lessons when one of our teachers no showed. I was the only person there and it was an intro piano lesson. I had already taken 8 years of classical piano lessons at that point, and my boss saw it perfectly fine to have me fill in. After that, she offered me a full on promotion to a teaching position. I quickly fell in love with teaching and the joy of concocting new ways to explain complex subjects in simple ways to help people understand!


What types of students have you worked with?

I have students as young as 4 and as old as 65. 


Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I was about to sub in for another teacher that was out of town. I called the parent ahead of time to ask if there's anything I should know, and he told me that she was asking to quit! I immediately asked what her favorite song was, put it into my sheet music making software, and by the time class came, I had had her father print it out to surprise her. As soon as he did, her jaw dropped, she started jumping up and down, and she learned the whole first half in the first lesson. And the best part is: She didn't want to quit anymore!


What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Find someone who is still working in the field. I had a lot of teachers when I first started who followed the old adage "If you can't, teach!", and looking back, I can see that this attitude took a toll on my learning. Their lack of joy in teaching the subject they had originally fallen in love with didn't communicate to me that I should love it. When I later started taking classes from people that we're still working in the field, still had that excitement about what they were working on, it got me excited to have the opportunity to learn from them, and then it became a matter of not just wanting to practice for my own satisfaction, but for theirs.


What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

What genre do you want to focus on? Are you more interested in buying books dedicated to learning step by step or are you an educational off-roader that wants to learn what YOU want to learn? (No judgement! But it's important thing to know! For example, I was the latter. Most people are!) What are your goals for learning? What are you most interested in learning about? Specific techniques? Is there that one artist that you just love and you want to deep dive their style? Or are you more interested in being different? All good things for us teachers to know!