Charles W.

Charles W.

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La Mesa, CA

About Charles W.

Background check: Last verified 05/29/2014
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Charles teaches: Males 6 and up
Females 6 and up
Teaching since: July 2005
Last sign in: Yesterday
Average response time: 13 hours

Overview

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!

*** Lesson Details ***
Students studying with me can expect to learn a lot about music in a relatively short time, and have a lot of fun doing it. My initial aim with any student is to find out what their goals are (i.e. favorite type of music, inspiration for playing etc..). It is important to me we are working on what YOU want to learn!

Below are some of the topics I cover in lessons, and what I consider to be some of my strong teaching points:

Drums/Percussion: Rudimental Studies, Jazz, Rock, Pop, Classical, Latin, Musical Theater, Improvisation, Sight Reading, Study of Great Drummers. I use a combination of books, charts, active listening and journal notes in lessons.

Trumpet: Technical Studies (Range, Dexterity), Sight Reading, Solo Repertoire, Classical, Jazz. Students can expect to study from a range of material, including Clarkes Technical Studies, Arban's, and Jamey Aebersold Books.

Piano: Jazz, Pop, Some Classical, Music Theory, Scales, Chords, Reading Melody, Chord "Changes," and Accompaniment. I use a lot of different material depending on the student's level and goals, including the Bastien series and the Berklee keyboard curriculum.


*** 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 ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.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.

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Education

Bachelor of Music - Professional Music Sep 2008 - May 2011
Berklee College of Music
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Cicely S. October 3, 2014
Drum · In studio
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I started taking lessons with Charles a few months ago and he is a great instructor! He is always accommodating and flexible with his time. He leads me through the exercises slowly and makes sure I get each part down correctly (even though I am not at all coordinated and completely stiff lol). It is kind of intimidating as I awkwardly try to copy his moves, but he always reassures me that I'm doing great. The music he picks for our lessons is perfect! It is quite an experience and I highly recommend him if you want to spice up your life with a new skill.
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Melonie B. September 9, 2014
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking drum lessons since January with Mr. Charlie, and he's been a great teacher. He keeps my son focused, yet they have lots of fun during lessons. It's now his favorite activity of the week! Thank you Mr. Charlie!
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Hillary W. February 17, 2014
Drum
Charles is an awesome teacher!

Our 6 year old son looks forward to his drum lesson with Charles every week. He keeps the lesson upbeat and fun, playing different rhythm games and guessing games. I can attest to Charles being great with the little ones. He is a very reliable, professional, upbeat teacher! We are glad our experience has been so positive!
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Heather B. February 13, 2014
Piano
Definitely recommend Charlie as a piano teacher.

My son takes lessons from Charlie and thoroughly enjoys it. He looks forward every week to his lesson. He has been taking lessons from Charlie for a few months now and I hear a lot of improvement. Charlie is very nice, patient and a great teacher.
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anthony N. February 14, 2013
Drum
charlie w. overall is a great teacher

Charlie Weller is a great, cool and awsome teacher. I always learn something new when I have a lesson with him. He is flexible with his scheduale and always lets me know if we are going to have a lesson or not. I definatly recommend him for up comming drummers that want to polish their skills.