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Popular Singing Teachers Near Santa Barbara

Jena D.

Goleta, CA
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Oren S.

Santa Maria, CA
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Matthew B.

Santa Barbara, CA
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Jena D. Goleta, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, making videos, performing and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.

Oren S. Santa Maria, CA

Subjects Taught

Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I completed a BA in Music along with a BA in Psychology at Marylhurst University in 2009 after professional experience as a multi-instrumentalist in performance, instruction, and personal study. I taught myself the basics of keyboard, guitar, and hand-percussion as a teenager. The next serious pursuit was hand-percussion in West-African and Afro-Cuban traditions, playing with performance ensembles and dance-troupes. This gave my musical world a firm foundation in the domain of rhythm. My experience with flute began on bamboo instruments mimicking the sounds I heard in nature. I went on to study silver flute in both jazz & classical traditions leading to the completion of my music degree at Marylhurst where I had the opportunity to nurture both pursuits, honing in on the repertoires of composers such as JS Bach and Olivier Messiaen, in addition to music theory, composition, and history. Aside from Western€™ music I also branched off into Classical Indian music, or Raga, and the playing of the Bansuri & the Tambura. While completing my music degree I also delved deeper into acoustic guitar and songwriting, working mostly in the folk-tradition of early Bob Dylan and the like. I went on to complete a Masters degree in Special Education, acquiring numerous skill sets which carry over to my music instruction practice.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons I offer are always student-centered€ and a combination of work & fun. I do not use any particular method-books or curriculum; rather I approach each student as an individual, and seek to understand each ones learning-style and musical preferences, then proceed to recommend materials. The underlying concept in my own music-practice and teaching-practice is that of €œdisciplined freedom, i.e. through the discipline of practice we earn freedom of expression in the Music. With beginners & advancing students alike, I encourage a daily practice, aimed at the development of mechanical mastery which will allow the student to go in any musical-direction they wish, while facilitating self-expression. With advanced students, I can delve deeper into theories of musical harmony, concepts of artistry, personal expression, and abstract ideas about expressing creative energy.
I have hands-on experience facilitating music lessons for folks with special needs involving "developmental disabilities" Please do contact me about any such special arrangements.
"What lies behind us, and what lies before us, are tiny matters compared to what lies inside of us"-Ralph Waldo Emerson

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music stands; Korg 12-track portable-studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Can provide music stands as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Flute: Western classical, Indian classical - Raga; Wooden flutes: Bansuri, Native-American flutes. Jazz / blues ; Middle-eastern music / scales specific to the region.
Guitar: Acoustic, Finger-style, Songwriting.
Tambura - drone instrument from India: Raga theory, singing Sargam, toning/chanting

Matthew B. Santa Barbara, CA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I have a B.M. from Berklee College of Music with an emphasis in Folk, Bluegrass, and traditional music but can teach any style.

Would you like to have a better ear? Be able to hear chord changes quicker and translate that to your instrument? Or would you like to have a better grasp on theory and how to translate that knowledge onto your instrument?

While attending Berklee, I taught all music theory subjects (jazz and traditional harmony), ear training, counterpoint, and songwriting through the school and was involved in the tutoring department.

Are you looking to develop your songwriting? Would you like to write better lyrics? Or use a deeper theoretical knowledge to find new writing techniques and your unique voice?

While living in Boston, I received accolades and awards for songwriting from Berklee and the Boston music community and can pass along harmonic and lyrical techniques to allow you to become a better writer.

Whether you are new to music or a longtime musician looking for something new, I can provide material and methods to help you meet your goals and advance your musicianship.

I am fluent in Guitar and pedal steel guitar and have taught beginning to advanced students in all age groups.

If you want to expand your knowledge of music theory, improve your ear for hearing changes and complex chords, learn new songwriting techniques, and get to new places on your instrument get in touch!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to tailor my lessons to meet long term student goals and provide them with simple and effective weekly materials to make sure that no part of the learning process is too overwhelming.

I give my students a strong technical foundation and provide them with materials they can easily work through and that will reinforce that new material as we work through it.

But most importantly, I make sure my students never lose the passion that brought them to music and give them an environment to face challenges and discover new aspects of the craft to incite musical and personal growth.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Guitars
Amps
Recording equipment

*** Travel Equipment ***
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*** Specialties ***
Songwriting
Theory
Ear training
Folk/traditional music
Guitar
Pedal Steel Guitar
Lap Steel

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