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Popular Music Teachers Near San Marcos

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Ruben D.

Vista, 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 more motivating and fun to work on ...

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susan G. December 31, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol taught me a lot of techniques in singing that made me more confident when performing. She cares about improvement and not just teaching lessons.. I would highly recommend her.
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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.
Matthew G. Carlsbad, CA

About Matthew

A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo. I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs. I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz ...

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Erik H. September 30, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matthew has been great with our son! A perfect balance between keeping our 6-year old interested but also teaching the essentials. Other teachers just didn't "get it" when teaching a young, active boy. We are very pleased with Matt's approach, and after only 3 lessons and some practice, I am already able to jam with my son on some simple rock n roll tunes.
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Bharathy T. July 19, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
My son had just 3 Drum lessons with Matt and he was very encouraging while teaching him the Drum rudiments. Vikram made progress in leaps and bounds considering it was such a short time and we thank Matt for his easy going approach. He was always on time and great with communicating ahead of time if there were any changes. I wish him the very best.
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Greg C. June 11, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is a true professional!

Matt teaches my 10 year old on drums and has done an amazing job. He has instilled the basics and foundation of drumming while still holding the interest of my son. At the same time he is developing his ear and teaching him how to play and adapt to different styles of music.

I highly recommend Matt for all ages of drumming kids and adults alike.
Ruben D. Vista, CA

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music. Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and perform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing. I have ...

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Luis L. December 7, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Excellent

Ruben has been an excellent instructor. Very patient and very knowledgeable. He is also flexible in that he allows me to "dabble" in various areas of instruction. He provides excellent suggestions that can be used outside of the class room environment. So far all suggestions have been very helpful in advancing my progress. I highly recommend!
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Larry H. August 22, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Teacher, Great Learning Environment

I've dabbled and noodled around playing guitar for about 10 years but never took it seriously. I still don't want to take it seriously but Ruben is helping me get over some learning humps that have always overwhelmed me in the past. Patient and very knowledgeable which is suiting my learning style very well. I would highly recommend.
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Lynnette A. May 21, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
excellent instructor

I have had two children take lessons from Reuben and he was great with both of them. They enjoyed going to lessons.

Corby S.

San Diego, CA
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA
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Corby S. San Diego, CA

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC. I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and performed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students. I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, ...

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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Ann I. October 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Comfortable, friendly and highly skilled in instructing/playing

Corby is a phenomenal piano instructor. Her passion for playing and teaching the piano shines through in every aspect of her lessons with me. She does so much more than simply teach you how to play an instrument. She has a knack for making you understand the theory, the timing, reading notes, playing, understanding the pieces you're playing... and she seems to be able to tailor her teaching to each individual. She challenges me and its so refreshing. Her expertise in the piano as a whole is so apparent in everything she does during a lesson.
Her level of accountability and responsibility to her students has raised the bar with my own level of responsibility for practicing and learning. I want to practice not just for my own growth, but also because she seems to hold a standard of her own that I want to reciprocate. And the environment is fun, comfortable and non-intimidating.
Learning to play piano with Corby has been so beyond what I thought learning an instrument could be. I highly recommend her to anyone, any level. I've been playing for three months and I'm so much further along in my practice than I ever thought imaginable.
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Hilal H. May 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
The Best

When I signed up for lessons, I honestly did not know the fundamentals of playing the piano. Corby carefully helped me learn from the ground up. Her kind compliance helped me ignite more and more ambition each week, and now I am understanding and playing with much more confidence. Not only does she teach you how to play the piano, but she teaches you the theory behind the music as well, so that you're a STUDENT of the instrument, rather than just a musician that plays the notes. She's articulate and remarkably organized. If you're interested in the piano, I would be baffled if you didn't sign up with Corby.
Laura W. San Marcos, CA

About Laura

I teach voice, piano and guitar. My Music Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University is in Vocal Performance. I love what I do. I teach children through adults. I have lots of experience in worship leading for church if that is of interest. *** Lesson Details *** I am easy-going, but I expect you to practice. I am thorough in my approach. For Piano, I am most familiar with the Alfred method. I emphasize note reading and theory in each genre, guitar, voice and piano. Lessons can be combined, for example; if you are interested in both voice and guitar, you can take a longer weekly lesson and have both subjects covered! Weekly assignments are given and checked to see if done before proceeding to the next step! I do not recommend students come every other week. I recommend one lesson per ...

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Daniel S. December 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience working with Laura has been wonderful. She is a compassionate person with a beautiful voice and is quite experienced at providing guidance and techniques in improving my voice for singing. Her methods inculcate lifting up and elevating ones vocal capabilities, not tearing down or diminishing ones capabilities. I am very pleased with her professionalism and insight in how to work with and train my voice.
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Laura W. April 7, 2014
Guitar
Taught a retired math school teacher

Laura is a fantastic teacher! I'm delighted to learn to play the guitar and feel blessed to work with Laura... :-))

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Dennis A. February 19, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great

Didn't think I could sing,but Laura taught me that I can. I play guitar in a rock band and I just bought a new mic,and I'll be doing back up vocals. She's a great teacher, very professional,knows her music. If you have ever wanted to sing, she can make it happen. I highly recommend her.
Ryan C. San Marcos, CA

About Ryan

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan C. and I am 22 year old pianist. I perform, compose, teach.... you name it! Essentially, I do all things music. It is my personal belief that the study of music is an invaluable experience within a person's life. I believe that everyone can not only succeed at playing an instrument, but they can flourish and greatly enjoy the learning process itself. I strive to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible by bringing digital tools, interactive learning techniques, and a great attitude to every lesson. **About Me** My teaching style has been described as patient, gentle, yet straight forward and to the point. This unique combination of traits allows me to identify exactly what needs to be worked on in lessons, yet communicate it in a manner ...

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heather G. January 13, 2015
Piano · In home
A RENEWED LOVE FOR PIANO!

Ryan has put the passion for piano back in my kids! About a year ago, my kids completely burned out on piano and had no desire to start back up. But then we found Ryan, and now they absolutely love playing and practicing.

I have a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. They both adore Ryan and say that he makes learning piano fun. My son loves that Ryan finds fun apps for him so he can practice his piano notes on the iPad.

Ryan comes to our home for lessons. He is always incredibly timely (even arrives a few minutes early) and is always organized. If the kids have a question on a piece between lessons, he will FaceTime to help them through the work. He is great about using modern day technology to work with the kids in a way that they know and appreciate in order to teach them an instrument that is timeless. We cannot thank Ryan enough for putting the love of piano back in our children.
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Marco M. July 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Ryan is hands down one of the best piano instructors I have ever had. He's nice, upbeat, funny, very passionate about what he does, and is a GREAT teacher! Oh, he is also amazing at playing the piano ;) I am naturally a shy person, but from the very first day, Ryan's passion and playful personality made him very easy to be comfortable with, and makes me excited to play everytime. Whenever I mess up, Ryan is great with patience, and will spend as much time as needed until I am finally able to understand, and is more than happy to re-explain to me what in the world a staccato triplet is when my mind completely blanks out.

Overall, Ryan is really one of the best teachers you can find. Many of my other instructors spoon fed me the material and felt almost awkward and uptight to be with. But not only is Ryan fun to be around, but I have learned far more. He helps me as needed, but gives me an opportunity to figure things out myself and it has left a stronger impression on me as a musician. Every week he comes in and I learn something new each time. He challenges me with stuff I would have thought impossible for me to do, and makes me surprise myself with what I am actually capable of doing and makes me stronger, which I think every great teacher does. I am very thankful to have him as my instructor and guide through the fascinating world of piano playing (: I would recommend him highly.
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Yasmin K. July 16, 2014
Piano
The great thing about Ryan is he's super passionate about what he does. You won't find a more organized, down to earth, patient teacher around.
He's very straight forward when he explains things and you feel comfortable coming to him with questions because he knows what he's talking about and he'll take the time to make sure that by the end you'll understand it too.
I can only give the highest recommendations for Ryan C.

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