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Popular Songwriting Teachers Near San Diego

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA
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Steve A.

San Diego, CA
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Jason M.

San Diego, CA
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Tiffini L. Escondido, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Improv Acting, Meisner Technique, Method Acting, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

*** Lesson Details ***
Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important…but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student’s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties:

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory

Steve A. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Basketball, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Guitar, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Poetry, Songwriting

About Me

I was introduced to the arts at a very early age. My mother gave me my father's harmonica around the age of four-years old. At that same age, I began drawing pictures by crayon, and then switched to ink pen. Drawing was my art until by the age of twelve I became interested in percussion from watching classmates practice their sticking technique on the cafeteria tables during their lunch period. The next year I enrolled into beginning band and quickly increased my talents to catch-up with my classmates by the next year.

I furthered my studies in music at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1998, and a Master of Music degree in 2001. While in college, I performed with the Kansas Intercollegiate Jazz Ensemble and a Latin-rock band that toured throughout the eastern and southern area of Kansas and northern area of Oklahoma.

In 2002, I moved to San Diego, California to experience more worldly styles of music. I began teaching in numerous studios, community centers, and playing in various bands. Today, I am playing as a session musician in Brazilian and Trinidadian ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
When taking a lesson from me, you can expect a teacher who has a flexible style of instruction. I don't have a one-way teaching approach. I've learned that everyone has their own way of learning. I adapt to my student's learning abilities.

I normally start a student with the proper technique for playing an instrument, and then show them other approaches for various styles of music. I can teach the basics of playing, but I enjoy challenging my students to enhance their skills. I use fun as equilibrium to balance my classes. Too much of anything can become boring or excessive.

After 3 or 6 months, you can expect to have learned enough music to play in front of your friends or family. Depending on your taste and goals, you may be able to read music or you may be able to play it by ear. I normally teach ear-training as a part of my lessons. I look forward to helping you reach your goal.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments and equipment. I only bring the necessities for me to play musical examples, which are my instruments, amplifier or iPod/laptop.

*** Specialties ***
The styles that I specialize in are rock, R&B, blues, funk, jazz and Afro-Latin rhythms. I have a strong background in World Music, i.e. ethnic scales (gypsy, African, Indian) and rhythms (specifically Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean). I use the Classical style as a way of learning proper technique and basic music fundamentals.

Jason M. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Banjo, Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the Music Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.

Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.

Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.

Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!

Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.

His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric
Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric
Schecter SLS Blackjack Special Edition Avenger with ©Sustainiac
Schecter Blackjack ATX 7-string
Jackson Randy Rhodes V
Fender '51 Pawn Shop Series
Epiphone Banjo
Mahalo Ukulele
Savannah Ukulele
Martin Acoustic
G&L S-500 custom Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"
Fender Squire John 5 signature model
Epiphone 12-string
Nylon Classical
Yamaha Acoustic (left and right handed)
Voyage-Air Guitar Acoustic
Fender Squire Bass
Dean Vendetta Electric
Dean Dime Razorback
B.C. Rich Warlock
Yamaha Keyboard
ProTools LE
Guitar Pro 6
Tascam CD-GT2
KRK Rokits speakers
Line 6 AXSYS212 Amp
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Whammy/Bad Monkey/Death Metal/Grunge pedals
Ibanez Chorus/Flanger Delay/Echo
Line 6 Backtrack
Drum sticks and practice pad
Multi-angle cameras for online students

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)
Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Various guitars depending on project or mood.

*** Specialties ***
piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA
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Angel M.

San Diego, CA
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Ferlyn F.

San Diego, CA
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Trevor H. El Cajon, CA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Drum, German, Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.

Angel M. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I started singing at the ripe old age of 20. At 26, I have successfully completed two music degrees (Associates and BM) and I sing professionally as a soloist/chorister for numerous choirs and churches around town including Sacra/Profana, Musica Vitale, SD Pro Arte Voices and the San Diego Opera.

I am the founder and director of a brand new choral ensemble called Folklore, pairing professional singers with standout high school students. We perform a variety of music like pieces from video games and sacred songs from the Renaissance era.

I direct a choral program at St. Martin of Tours in La Mesa, Ca where I teach my choir solfeggio, music theory, and vocal techniques to perform a variety of music on a weekly basis. Currently, the choir has an age bracket of 13 - 85 so I am always coming up with ways to relate to different levels of experience and voice type.

I have been playing piano for about three years and it is my main tool for writing music.

At San Diego State University, I majored in World Music so that I could take composition classes and learn more about different cultures of music. While attending, I was a member of the SDSU Chamber Singers, Aztec Concert Choir, and the Javanese Gamelan ensemble.

I have taken private voice lessons under Enrique Toral at SDSU, Ken Anderson at Grossmont College, Martin Wright who is the chorus master of the Berlin Opera and Timothy Todd Simmons who directs the New Orleans Opera Chorus.

In my spare time I like to go on hikes with my dog, dabble in photography, antique shopping, go to the mountains, watch national geographic, and figure out the chord progressions of songs on the radio.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is an opportunity for both of us to learn about our musicianship. I generally let my students pick the repertoire we work on unless they prefer otherwise. You want to work on a Maroon 5 song? Great. You want to learn a French Aria or a Beethoven Sonata? Awesome, if you're physically and mentally ready for it. I encourage communication between myself and my students in between lessons to keep up to date about progress and encourage practicing (a week apart makes a big difference!)

Vocal lessons will always begin with a thorough warm-up, ear training exercises, and education on how our diaphragm/vocal chords/ head acoustics work together. I encourage music theory and sight-singing in voice lessons but I understand that not everyone is as nerdy as I am.

Piano lessons will always include warm ups on scales and some level of sight-reading. For pop or jazz players, ear training exercises like playing with the radio will also occur in lesson.

My in-home studio includes a 100 year old upright Steinway piano, plenty of seating for parents, a music stand, and plenty of parking on the street in front of my house.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, recording studio, music stand, couch and chair for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, metronome, a mirror and textbooks. Students should have access to a piano and a printer/ copier.

*** Specialties ***
Voice- Classical, pop, jazz, and R&B.
Piano- Classical and pop
Composition- Choir/ Orchestra, Arranging
Conducting

Ferlyn F. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Ballet, Ballroom Dance, Breakdancing, Choreography, Composition, Contemporary Dance, Dance, Dance Choreography, Hip Hop Dance, Jazz Dancing, Latin Ballroom Dance, Modern Dance, Piano, Salsa Dancing, Songwriting, Swing Dance, Tango, Tap Dance, Theatrical Dance

About Me

Biography:
Ferlyn started at the budding age of 5 with moves that can entertain. While as a freestyle and street dancer, she emulated Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly and Michael Jackson as a few of her inspirations. In Los Angeles, she earned her Baccalaureate in Theatre Arts and Dance with a Dance emphasis at California State University, Los Angeles. With training in modern, breaking, popping, locking, tap, jazz and ballet alongside notable mentors and instructors, she traversed on and off campus trailing choreography for Weddings, Birthdays, and in multiple shows, including the Spring Forward Dance Concert in 2004 and Cal State LA's Moving Dance Images: Children's Show Tour, and becoming an advanced member of the Cal State LA Jazz Tap Corps and the campus' hip hop crew, Team Flight.

Her experience grew after college as the Dance Choreographer & Director for Crenshaw Arts/Tech Charter High School's dance troupe, CATCH Kids, a troupe renowned for being featured on the Tyra Banks Show and catching the eyes of a few known performers such as Tommy The Clown, Debbie Allen, and Janet Jackson. She also worked as a Dance Instructor in various studios such as the American Vive Dance Foundation, King's Dance Center, Expressions Dance and Movement Center, and Kruciaal Element's Dancehouse. Recently, she has worked with Kruciaal Element Dance Company as the previous Assistant Director and part of their freestyle dance crew, Stylematix, and has done shows and performances across San Diego County and in Los Angeles, including Monster Bash San Diego, Mardi Gras in The Gaslamp District, Dancescape, The Hot Spot Alhambra and The Moxie Showcase.

As a current resident of San Diego and the CEO & Founder of a Dance Company, she is working on several upcoming pieces and providing a studio that integrates the dance community and industry, with a side of the 3 Heart-"Be3ts". Additionally, she has extensive knowledge and experience in Filipino traditional dance, ballroom, social and line dancing, as well as a background in stage management, set design, and vocal training. She continues to express her passions and talents, especially motivating others to find their true inner dancer and choreographer.

*** Lesson Details ***
DANCE LESSONS:
All lessons are provided via movement.
I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons for On-Site (Traveling) Lessons.
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of space and concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If space is away from an outlet, please provide extension cord.
Dancer must have ready the following for class:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) in toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes) [Shoes are not included in cost; however, I will recommend places to buy shoes.]

PIANO LESSONS:
At the studio, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.
I WILL NOT have a digital piano provided for On-Site (Travel) Lessons. Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (76 keys or more is ok).

For Advanced Piano Lessons: A Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is necessary.

Deposit Required for Notebook and Piano Books.
Please call for more information!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dance Lessons: At 3 Be3ts Dance Studio, we have an amazing speaker system, nice new wood laminate floors, and mirrors!
All lessons are provided via movement.
Dancer must bring the following:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes:
----For Tap Dance Classes: Please make sure you have all screw-in taps (not bolted) in toe and heel of taps. [Shoes are not included in cost; however, I will recommend places to buy shoes.]

Piano Lessons:
At the studio, we have a Full 88-Key Digital Piano for all piano lessons!
I will provide the piano.

Deposit Required for Notebook and Piano Books.
Please call for more information!

*** Travel Equipment ***
DANCE LESSONS:
It is necessary to provide at least an 8 foot by 8 foot clearance of space and concrete, wood, vinyl or laminate flooring.
If space is away from an outlet, please provide
I will provide a speaker system and the dance lessons.
Dancer must have the following ready for lesson:
- Towel
- Water
- Comfortable Clothing
- Appropriate Shoes
----For Tap Dance Classes: Hard-Soled Shoes are recommended for Concrete and Vinyl (outside) flooring.
----For Wood and Laminate flooring: Please make sure all screw-in taps (not bolted) in toe and heel of taps on Tap Shoes) [Shoes are not included in cost; however, I will recommend places to buy shoes.]

PIANO LESSONS:
I WILL NOT have a travel digital piano provided.
Please have an upright, grand or digital piano ready (61 keys or more is okay).

For Advanced lessons: a Full 88-key Keyboard or Piano is necessary.

Deposit Required for Notebook and Piano Books.
Please call for more information!

*** Specialties ***
Dance:
Hip Hop, Breaking, Popping, Locking, Whacking, House, Bebop Tap, Contemporary, Modern, Jazz and Ballet.
Over 15 years of experience and training.
Taught various dance genres since 2005.

Piano:
Classical Pianist for over 20+ years.
Taught Piano for over 10 years.

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