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Popular Music Teachers Near Oceanside

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA
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Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA
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Gary J.

Oceanside, CA
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Carol F. Oceanside, CA

About Carol

I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along with their favorite CD's.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is ...

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Lee J. November 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just before I met Carol for my first singing lesson, I expected to feel embarrassed to sing in front of her. I was quite nervous, actually. But Carol's professional yet fun, laid back manner disintegrated all my trepidation and I left giddy and excited for the next lesson. She is a very encouraging and supportive instructor, and I feel so lucky to have found her!
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Ann W. November 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My experience with Carol has been wonderful. She is quite smart and patient with student's potential and knows how to help you at a pace good for your learning curve. I learn a lot so far.
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Keitha W. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Very pleased with this experience.

I'm taking these classes mainly for breath and voice control for public speaking, but am delighted to be learning so much about the singing voice and how to improve it, also.

Carol is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and professional. I'm entering my second month and am very pleased with the progress, and feel I'm acquiring a life skill that is helping me beyond my original expectation.
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!

Gary J. Oceanside, CA

About Gary

Musical background in School Percussion student from fourth grade until College.
Pit band drummer for musicals, TV, and Concerts. Pro Band leader for 30 years.
Member of many professional groups including Jazz, Country, Blues, POP,Reggae, Latin, R&B,Soul, styles. Warmed up for major artists at Venues like Belly-UP, and Bacchanal. Produced Music for a Better Planet with Members of Taj Majal Phantom Blues band, David Lindley,
and Peter Tosh. Music to inspire and bring people of all cultures together with messages of Peace and Love.
Gary Has taught private drumset lessons for the last 20 years at a couple full service Music stores, to a wide age range. He strives to find a balance between a solid technical training, fun creative environment, positive reinforcement, and custom ...

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louis S. October 16, 2014
Drumset
Gary is a very talented drummer. He has performed with my band, The Flounders for over seven years. From local venues, private parties and corporate events, he always professional and provides the coolest grooves. I have heard him play with other bands/styles and I am amazed by his versatility.
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Harley F. October 15, 2014
Drumset · In home
I've admired Gary's drumming for years. I've heard him play jazz, Latin, and uncategorizable (my favorite) kind of music. It's always sounded advanced and knowledgeable but at the same time "musical" if you know what I mean. I've heard virtuoso play highly sophisticated. complicated, impressive stuff that just didn't sound "musical". Gary never falls prey to that problem. I'd hire him for my band except I'm a drummer myself. Even though I've been playing for many years I knew there was much to learn from Gary so I signed up for a lesson. I was not disappointed. He gave me some great pointers and perspective. If you're looking for a lesson with a great sounding, knowledgeable drummer give Gary a shot. Plus he's one hell-of-a nice guy!
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larry D. October 9, 2014
For over 40 years I've seen Gary in many different music situations, many styles played with the best musicians around, and because of the musicians he's played with he knows the styles with depth and knowledge.

He's been a bandleader, sideman, produced music, session man, teacher.....and having run a drum shop knows the "sonic" side of drumming which is crucial, because having a great sound is half the battle and gives drummers the advantage.

I guess my only criticism is he's not charging enough, but that's not a bad thing

Judi B.

Oceanside, CA
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Rebekah L.

Carlsbad, CA
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Anthony L.

Carlsbad, CA
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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!
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
Anthony L. Carlsbad, CA

About Anthony

I was originally trained on Saxophone, Voice and basic piano skills at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. My professional experience has been working as a traveling house band for the Ted Allen Agency in Chicago as well as numerous types of classic rock, fusion rock, jazz, jazz standards and fusion jazz and wedding bands. I'm currently studying at Miracosta Community College to complete my music degree to advance to a 4 year University in Music Education. I have been requested to play baritone sax in the Miracosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and also play with the Collective a smaller jazz ensemble taught by Steve Torok.

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Jason B. September 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
Tony is such a patient, fun instructor. I am mainly a pianist and wanted to work on my vocal fundamentals and get my singing to a better level. His expertise has really helped me start achieving my goals. I met him in college last year in Jazz band, and that man can really blow on saxophone as well! Thank you for all your help!

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