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I am a 32 year old Trumpet, French Horn and Voice Instructor in the Ramona area. I have 20 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the
San Diego area including:
The Amalgamated, a Ska/Reggae Band
Full Strength Funk Band
Pacific Brass and Electric
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
California Beach Brass Quintet
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church, Choir and Bell Choir and Brass Ensemble
Ramona High School Trumpet and Mellophone/French Horn Coach
Thurgood Marshall Middle School Musical Vocal Coach
I am very passionate about music, learning, teaching, performing and practicing. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.
*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on breathing and proper technique for Brass playing. The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn. The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.
For my Trumpet Students I will use the Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I will also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire. For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.
For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.
For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing. Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.
I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.
*** Studio Equipment ***
My main teaching location is at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.
*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
*** Specialties ***
Both Classical and Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.
As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.
Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.
In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.
Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!
*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.
*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.
*** Specialties ***
I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.
I love music and music theory. I started many years ago in my sixth grade band playing trumpet and have branched off into theory, composition, and an array of instruments ranging from piano to sitar (dabble in that a bit). I would love to use my musical knowledge to help out beginners or more advanced students. I play bass in my church band, played trumpet for several years in my middle school and then high school band, I play guitar and banjo at the beach with my friends at the beach weekly, and make compositions for practice and fun! If you want someone who loves music and would love to spread my passion to others, I am right here and would love to help you out!
*** Specialties ***
My super specialty would probably be theory or composition, but I am well versed in all that is posted for lessons.
I believe in a fun learning environment, because if you're not having fun then whats the point. I teach all levels of students. I have a strong curriculum base that includes reading music as well as music theory. You will see improvements in just one 30 minute lesson.
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and playing music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!
As a young trumpeter, I am currently studying Music Education at San Diego State University. I have studied trumpet with Ray Nowak and John wilds of the San Diego Symphony. Apart from pursuing my degree, I am affiliated with Bonita Vista High School and have written and arranged music for multiple programs across the nation.
When teaching students, I focus on building a solid foundation of technique and fundamentals while teaching practical skills such as music theory and history to create a well rounded musician. A student that is willing to begin or progress as a brass musician can gain very much by taking direction from one on one lessons.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."