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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near National City

Justine D.

San Diego, CA
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Francis R.

San Diego, CA
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Francesca V.

San Diego, CA
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Justine D. San Diego, CA

Curious about how music works? Why do some notes and chords sound great together while others don't? We'll cover the basics of music theory in a way that's easy to understand, using your favorite songs!

A better understanding of music theory can improve your music performance, songwriting, and composition. Let's get started today!

About Justine

I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Salina M. October 31, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I had apprehension about an ON line guitar class, however I live very remotely in the mountains of CO and finding a teacher to work with wasn't easy...FORTUNATELY, that was the case, because I found Justine! She is knowledgable, is very tuned into MY pace, and has the flexibility I need with my unpredictable scheduling needs. I can now pick up the guitar and play a tune and sing along, and am learning more and more each time. I can't say enough about her!
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Maria E. September 6, 2014
Upright Bass · Online
Verified Student
Justine was great; she was patient and informative. My daughter enjoyed her first online lesson and looks forward to more.
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jorge V. June 21, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
"EXCELLENT"
Justine is extremely patient and great at breaking down the process for beginners I appreciate the work she is doing with my 10 year old Daughter. I highly recommend Justine!
Francis R. San Diego, CA

Music theory will be taught as a supplement to most other subjects I teach. I would avoid taking lessons in this subject unless you need extra help/tutoring in a music theory class in school.

If you are not a musician and want to understand music better, music theory will be a really boring place to start. It's no fun without context. Learn to play a guitar or a trumpet or something first!

About Francis

Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and released three albums of original music. I want to make your goals accessible.

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Richard C. November 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn fast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast.
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David K. June 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is great. Always on time, always available to chat about areas I had questions or challenges, always insightful.
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Pietro C. October 5, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Amazing instructor

Francis is a true professional, his patient and extremely dedicated to teaching his love for music. His friendly demeanor inspires you create and believe in yourself as a musician.
Francesca V. San Diego, CA

Francesca is a proficient reader and still sight sings daily in studio and in one of the most elite choirs in Los Angeles.

About Francesca

Alumnae of CSULAs music department with an emphasis in classical voice and guitar, Francesca's skills cover a vast ocean of information. With a background and formal education in opera and "the classics", Francesca is equally comfortable on stage at The House of Blues as she is at Disney Hall.

Francesca started teaching music at the early age of 16 with great success. She has honed her skills both in the private studio and in the classroom. Having served as musical faculty the California Music Academy, Cornelia Connelly High School, Pasadena Saturday Music Conservatory, and East Los Angeles College, having led choirs of 70+ high school girls and sung before sold out audiences of thousands of screaming fans, having toured 4 continents singing both classical repertoire ...

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Krissy G. November 25, 2014
We have really had a lot of fun working with Francesca! My daughter and I have been taking guitar lessons for a few months and in that short time we have learned new skills along with a sense of motivation to develop ourselves as musicians. I really appreciate how Francesca teaches with a variety of techniques in order to meet the needs of all different learners - she inspires and keeps us enthusiastic to learn. She listens to what is needed for each student and makes each lesson fresh and fun. We're so happy that we found her as a teacher and I would definitely recommend her!
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Holly S. August 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 14 year old daughter and Francesca have been working together for 2 years now. Initially the lessons were geared towards piano to build a foundation to singing and all music, and we have incorporated singing for the last year. My daughter and Francesca have built an understanding together on what to work on, focus on, and build on. My daughter is the ability to sing and play piano simultaneously, each week coming to Francesca with what she is inspired by with her own natural skills and Francesca knows how to take this to the next level. My daughter trusts Francesca and her guidance and is motivated by everything she shares. If you are looking for an instructor to motivate you to be a confident musician and not just someone who plays an instrument well, she is the one! We love Francesca!
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Shannon F. August 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Initially, I hired Francesca purely as a singing coach. It had been years since my last singing performance outside of my car or shower and I needed help to brush-up my technique and help me to build upon my current knowledge to grow as a singer. What I got from my lesson's with Francesca was far more than I could have imagined. In my first lesson, she posed the "genie in a lamp" scenario...if I had a genie that could grant me three wishes, what would they be. Once we talked about my goals of growing, not only as a singer, but also as a performer, songwriter, pianist, and guitar player, a door to the world of musical theory and sound singing technique swung open with such vigor, I was consumed with excitement following my first lesson. I was finally on the right path to get where I want to be as an artist.

Francesca will push and guide you as far as you need to go, but only if she knows that's your goal. She routinely checks-in to make sure we are progressing in the right direction and is a great person for suggestions (with no pressure) and to bounce new ideas off of. She is realistic, but allows you to dream-up the life you want, in regards to music. She is a God send and I am so thankful I found her as a coach.

Francesca is an amazing find and I cannot wait to see where my coaching journey leads into the world of music and performing!

Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Tim F.

Lemon Grove, CA
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA
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Kyle N. San Diego, CA

From foundational rudiments of reading and notation, to advanced chromatic harmony of the 20th century and beyond. During our lessons you can expect:

1. Short Lecture and Demonstration of Topics
2. Immediate Application of Concepts
3. Speed Drills for Retention
4. Periodic Concept Tests
5. Regular Homework Assignments

Over the last 1000 years Western music has grown into the beast it is - with so many different styles and schools of thought it can be difficult to navigate the terrain alone. We'll build a strong foundation following the history of music more-or-less chronologically, starting with basic reading and notation and going all the way to 20th century atonality - the same education you'd receive studying music theory in a collegiate setting.

About Kyle

*WHY TAKE LESSONS*

Study after study shows that strong music exposure at young ages leads to academic success in all subjects. But the benefits propagate throughout your life - confidence, positive self-esteem, and the knowledge that working hard yields fruit. My job as your teacher is to help you or your young child along this path. It's not a stretch to see that music lessons, where you achieve success by diligent practice, teach patience and discipline.

*WHO I AM*

I'm a recent graduate of the Applied Music Program at San Diego Mesa College and a current senior at San Diego State University majoring in Music Performance. I've been teaching since 2011, and have had a blast teaching students as young as 5 and as "mature" as 65 (their words, not mine!). I ...

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Axelle A. October 16, 2014
Guitar · In home
Kyle is my 9 year old son's guitar teacher for several months now. I really appreciate his professionalism, lessons organization and daily work at home. Above all , I am touched by his passion for music and his ability to make my son willing to play and move on.
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Elena J. February 22, 2014
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Great class

Kyle is an excellent guitar teacher. He is patient, entertaining, and seems to have all the natural assets of a good teacher.
He is very passionate about guitar and about music in all its aspects, and he clearly takes his job as a teacher very seriously. He was highly professional and very well-prepared for the lesson.
Tim F. Lemon Grove, CA

I can help improve your playing by teaching you music theory. Knowledge is power! Knowing music theory will give you added strength in writing songs, improvising, and improve your abilities as a general player.

About Tim

I am a San Diego based music teacher, producer, recording engineer, and performing musician. I graduated from SDSU with a Bachelor of Arts in Music Degree in 2005. I currently enjoy teaching audio production and recording techniques, music theory, basic to intermediate piano in many styles, including: rock, pop, funk, soul, hiphop, classical, and jazz.

On the recording and producing side, I have been recording and producing records for over 10 years and specialize in lofi/midfi funk, rock, afrobeat, dub, and soul music; using vintage/analog and digital recording equipment and techniques.

Gary R. San Diego, CA

Music Theory includes learning to read music, interval studies, ear training, sight reading, methods that composers use to achieve their sound, and more-

About Gary

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.
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James M. December 1, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
I have had several other trumpet teachers before, but Gary is the best! He has shared with me processes to improve my playing that are literally "trade secrets" from top level trumpeters that are helping me to take my trumpet playing to a whole new level. My wife is ecstatic at how good I sound! She even enjoys listening to my warm up exercises! I find Gary to be very responsive to my needs and adept at spotting where I need to improve. I could not recommend him more highly!
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Joe G. November 30, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Gary made an immediate connection with my 9 year old daughter keeping her focused and excited for her lessons. His lesson plans are structured yet flexible enough to get the most out of our time while still having fun. He has a contagious passion for music and the horn, we couldn't imagine having a better instructor to work with
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Steven S. October 17, 2014
Music Theory · In home
I play in a rock band that wanted to add some Sinatra type jazz songs to our repertoire. I was tasked to play bass with which I had very little experience. I decided to take some lessons with Gary to learn a little jazz theory and technique. He was a wonderful teacher. He focused in on exactly what I needed quickly and pointed me toward resources that I could use to improve. Despite my limited abilities, Gary was always patient and displayed good humor. When I needed him to write a bass line for me quickly so that I could take it on vacation, he made the time to make sure that I had what I needed. I enjoyed our lessons and recommend him highly. Gary is a teacher who truly cares about his students.

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