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Popular Music Teachers Near Carlsbad

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA
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Judi B.

Oceanside, CA
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Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

About Matthew

A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), ...

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Erik H. September 30, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been great with our son! A perfect balance between keeping our 6-year old interested but also teaching the essentials. Other teachers just didn't "get it" when teaching a young, active boy. We are very pleased with Matt's approach, and after only 3 lessons and some practice, I am already able to jam with my son on some simple rock n roll tunes.
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Bharathy T. July 19, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son had just 3 Drum lessons with Matt and he was very encouraging while teaching him the Drum rudiments. Vikram made progress in leaps and bounds considering it was such a short time and we thank Matt for his easy going approach. He was always on time and great with communicating ahead of time if there were any changes. I wish him the very best.
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Greg C. June 11, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a true professional!

Matt teaches my 10 year old on drums and has done an amazing job. He has instilled the basics and foundation of drumming while still holding the interest of my son. At the same time he is developing his ear and teaching him how to play and adapt to different styles of music.

I highly recommend Matt for all ages of drumming kids and adults alike.
Dave R. Carlsbad, CA

About Dave

I started drumming on pots and pans...

I was self-taught until my teens when I started learning from Gary Chester.

I've taught children and adults to joys of drumming!

Judi B. Oceanside, CA

About Judi

Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.

Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.

Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals from the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving ...

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Angie D. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult student who returned to piano after 25 years. I had only taken lessons for 5 years originally, so after all the years in between, I was essentially starting over. Judi has been great, she tailors my lessons to my pace and keeps me moving for continual learning. After a few months of lessons I feel very comfortable and I'm surprised at my progress, Judi is very musically talented and shares her talent and knowledge in a professional and friendly manner. I really enjoy my lesson time, my favorite moments are when Judi sits on the bench with me for duets, so fun!
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LisaS4 July 12, 2012
Review of Judi B.

Lessons are going well. She is very patient, and a really great teacher for kids. I love it when she plays, so talented!

Corby S.

San Diego, CA
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Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA
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Rebekah L.

Carlsbad, CA
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Corby S. San Diego, CA

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC.

I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and performed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students.

I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they ...

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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Ann I. October 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Comfortable, friendly and highly skilled in instructing/playing

Corby is a phenomenal piano instructor. Her passion for playing and teaching the piano shines through in every aspect of her lessons with me. She does so much more than simply teach you how to play an instrument. She has a knack for making you understand the theory, the timing, reading notes, playing, understanding the pieces you're playing... and she seems to be able to tailor her teaching to each individual. She challenges me and its so refreshing. Her expertise in the piano as a whole is so apparent in everything she does during a lesson.
Her level of accountability and responsibility to her students has raised the bar with my own level of responsibility for practicing and learning. I want to practice not just for my own growth, but also because she seems to hold a standard of her own that I want to reciprocate. And the environment is fun, comfortable and non-intimidating.
Learning to play piano with Corby has been so beyond what I thought learning an instrument could be. I highly recommend her to anyone, any level. I've been playing for three months and I'm so much further along in my practice than I ever thought imaginable.
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Hilal H. May 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
The Best

When I signed up for lessons, I honestly did not know the fundamentals of playing the piano. Corby carefully helped me learn from the ground up. Her kind compliance helped me ignite more and more ambition each week, and now I am understanding and playing with much more confidence. Not only does she teach you how to play the piano, but she teaches you the theory behind the music as well, so that you're a STUDENT of the instrument, rather than just a musician that plays the notes. She's articulate and remarkably organized. If you're interested in the piano, I would be baffled if you didn't sign up with Corby.
Steve H. Carlsbad, CA

About Steve

Learning to play music should be fun. Learning to play the songs you like and listen to everyday is a good first step in that direction.

As early as I can remember our house was filled with music. My parents had records of the popular music of the time as well as movie soundtrack albums. At eight years old I got my first trumpet and joined the school band. Soon I was taking private lessons. We also had a piano in the house and I often found myself sitting and trying out chords and melodies to fit the songs I would hear. At sixteen I got my first guitar, along with a songbook that promised I could play “hundreds of songs with just three magic chords”.

Moving west I studied music at West Los Angeles College and played trumpet in the school’s concert band. A ...

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Lauren L. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Steve is an excellent teacher

My son is 7 and taking piano lessons for the first time. I expected him to lose interest pretty quickly, but he absolutely loves it! In large part due to Steve - he is very patient and let's him learn at his own pace...no pressure. He brings songs to play that my son actually knows so he stays more engaged in interested. He really goes the extra mile to show that he cares and to keep it fun. Steve has been very easy for me to work with as well. He is always very flexible and is always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn the piano.
Rebekah L. Carlsbad, CA

About Rebekah

Each person has differently-shaped resonating chambers and vocal folds that make up their anatomy. The way the sound resonates inside is what gives each person his or her own unique voice. It takes a voice teacher with a specialized training in what to look and listen for to understand what is a healthy exercise and what is not. I will help you or your child achieve their goals– but also it takes daily practice to achieve desired results. It takes at least three months of training to experience measurable improvement. Please be patient and keep it up!

I help people of all ability levels:

-Improve pitch accuracy and the tone of the voice
-Increase the singing range (low to high)
-Use breath support to increase the volume of the voice
-Release muscle tension during speaking ...

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Rebekah L. August 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Here are some testimonials from my previous students and employer.

It has been a honor to have such an inspirational singing teacher at our studio. Rebekah has built up her student base and continued to receive referrals, due to her stellar teaching skills. Right from the start at our studio, Rebekah set a goal for the number of students she wanted and she met the goal quickly. Our studio families enjoyed working with her and brought their friends to take singing lessons with Rebekah.

It was a pleasure to have an organized teacher, implementing a system for all of her students performances. She developed a rapport with our piano teachers, who accompanied for her students at each monthly recital event. By her planning ahead and creating the performance binder & routine, she had the most students, consistently prepared and participating to perform. Her students were taught the importance of their weekly lessons, practice, poise, confidence and projection when singing. She introduced new skills, from warming up to taking a bow. Rebekah has given our students a solid foundation in their singing careers. She took time with each student to keep their music selections fresh and new. She also helped our studio keep on top of the current trendy music, which ALL of the students enjoyed!

Rebekah has been part of our musical teaching family for 2 years. It's a joy to see how she is using her gifts in music and sharing her passion for singing!

Our studio has been blessed with heavenly voices at several of our Students Sharing's and Parent Programs. We wish her all the best in her new adventures!

—Cecilia Whitby, owner, and Mary McKinney, manager at Cecilia Whitby studio



I have had the pleasure of working with Rebekah Leonard for two years. I have had several instructors since I started voice training, but none of them helped me grow vocally as much as she has. With Rebekah, I have studied everything from musical theater to classical pieces. She allowed me to pick my own songs while also suggesting other pieces that would challenge my voice and allow it to improve over time. Rebekah is easy to work with. She provides helpful advice and really encourages you when you do something right or when you take a step forward. I consider Rebekah to be a friend. I look up to her because she is so talented, not just as a performer, but also as a teacher. Anyone who has the opportunity to study with Rebekah should seize it immediately; it benefited me greatly.

—Zayna Altoubal


Rebekah Leonard is an amazing voice teacher. She may be young but I was amazed by her level of knowledge about voice. She gave my daughter tips to protect her voice long term from potential injury. She helped my son with his musical performances by giving us tips on how to sing in a musical while being sick. Her tips are practical and really worked! She gave tips for auditions and how to look your best. She is very professional and organized a beautiful parent performance with her students.

—Mrs. Pittner


Dear Rebekah,
You have played such an important role in our lives. Bringing our daughter to you for voice lessons was such an amazing decision. We watched her blossom and learn so much from you. Her confidence roared and she was able to take on new challenges and exceed. We couldn't thank you enough. We will miss you!

—Mike and Catalina Rankin


Hi Mrs. Rebekah!!
I've always loved singing, and I've always loved music. But there are certain ways I learn things, and you completely understand them. You understand what I want to achieve, and you understand how I want to go about accomplishing my goals. You understand my voice and my thoughts and you apply them to how you teach me. I have become so much more confident in my singing and my music because of you, and I've learned so much in the time we've had together. You got to know me on a personal level, and without that I never would've been able to have grown the way I have. You never pushed me to do anything that I didn't want to do, but you encouraged me to do what would make me stronger and more confident. I loved how you never made me do anything, but you instead inspired me to work harder and handed me the tools that I needed to be a better singer. You have changed my life so much, and I wouldn't have it any other way. Because I knew you as a friend as well as a teacher, you truly were one of the best teachers I have ever had. Thank you for everything that you have done for me, because I have not only been changed for the better, but I have also been changed for good.
Love,

—Sophia Rankin

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