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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near Spring Valley

Raymond C.

San Diego, CA
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Tony B.

San Diego, CA
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Steve A.

San Diego, CA
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Raymond C. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

I was professionally trained in the Romero style of classical guitar and have studied with Robert Wetzel, Dr. Alexander Dunn, Celino Romero, Dr. Randy Pile, and Dr. Colin McAllister at Grossmont College, University of California San Diego, and Victoria Conservatory of Music. I have performed in numerous masterclasses including Antonio De Innocentis, Alexander Dunn, Gerd Wuestemann, Scott Wolf, and Jason Vieaux. I have also performed with various ensembles including the Grossmont, VCM, UCSD, Villa Musica, and SDSU guitar ensembles.

While I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of playing the guitar, I get greater enjoyment from passing my knowledge and experience of the instrument along to others. I have been teaching guitar for 12 years and still get excited when a student is able to play their first melody, chord, or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I am primarily trained as a classical guitarist, I have played Rock n' Roll since I was young and am well versed on the electric guitar. I can cover a wide variety of techniques and topics to suit your musical pursuits including:

Finger-style picking (Classical and Folk)
Hybrid, Alternating, Sweep picking
Ligado/Slur technique
Left hand Gymnastics
Scales. Arpeggios, & Modes
Sight Reading (Tab and Standard Notation)
Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint)

Learning the guitar (and music for that matter) is not so much like climbing a ladder as it is a journey. Sometimes there are obstacles you must climb over, but once you get past these obstacles there is no longer a problem and you can move forward. My job is to make it easier for you to get past these obstacles (ex. technical problem) and get you to where you want to be.

All my students are required to learn basic sight reading for the guitar (first position reading) and tablature. And I offer two programs: Classical and Electric.

The classical guitar program has a higher sight reading requirement and the technique is a more strict. The beginning student will learn basic technique (ex. Apoyando and Free strokes), right hand arpeggios, left hand ligados, and sight reading through the use of exercises and etudes. More advanced students will focus more on style and form. They will also be encouraged to transcribe and compose there own works.

The electric guitar program is a little more relaxed in sight reading standard notation, but students will be taught to read tablature and chord charts. Electric guitar is more focused on improvisation and songwriting and may be more theory intensive than the classical guitar program in some respects. Beginning students will learn basic technique (ex. alternate and hybrid picking), chords (open and barre), and scales (Minor Blues Pentatonic) through songs and exercises. Advanced students will focus more on improvisation and song writing.

All students are expected to have there own instrument, music stand, and books. Daily practice (30 min+) is required and is to ensure the student success in their musical pursuits.

While the guitar presents challenges along the way it can also be one of the most worthwhile journeys of your life. It would be an honor for me to serve as a guide on your journey and help you achieve your goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand
Books and resources
Guitar Footstools
Practice amp

Note: Students should have their own guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar, books, writing utensils, and computer. The student has to provide a place appropriate for study as well as their own instrument, music stand, books, and computer (for recording students).

*** Specialties ***
I am trained professionally in Classical Guitar, but I also have experience with rock/fusion guitar as well as composition and arranging. I also have years of experience with recording and editing in Logic Pro and Sibelius.

Tony B. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Violin

About Me

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars and Amps, Mandolin, Dobro, capo's, music stands and much more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring: Lesson plans, IPad, Guitar, extra strings and guitar tuneup tools for the students guitars that need help (I also do instrument repairs and setup).

Student needs to bring his instrument and last weeks lesson plan and a good attitude!

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in modern country electric guitar and rock guitar. I teach a chordal approach to improvisation. Making the guitar sound like a Pedal Steel Guitar requires a good knowledge of music theory. I teach advanced rock guitar also. Not just one aspect but the total package of how to blend with a band, stage presence, getting a good tone that cuts through without making ears bleed in the first row as well as how to play a good solo and hold down a good rhythm.

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.

Jesse R.

La Mesa, CA
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Kyle N.

San Diego, CA
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Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA
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Jesse R. La Mesa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Choir, Clarinet, Composition, French Horn, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Vocal Training

About Me

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students, please provide your own instrument. I take lots of time to plan next steps in a students development. I have access to many resources as a Music Educator and will always have new material ready for the next lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Rock

Kyle N. San Diego, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory

About Me

Originally a drummer, Kyle N. has been performing publicly since high school, but only began pursuing music and guitar seriously in 2011 under the guidance of virtuosos George Svoboda and Robert Wetzel. He has performed with the Mesa College Guitar Ensemble and the Mesa College Vocal Ensemble; with the Vocal Ensemble, he has toured throughout San Francisco, Sacramento, Los Angeles, and soon New York, scheduled this summer. Kyle has just recently finished the Applied Music Program at San Diego Mesa College, and will be transferring to San Diego State University as a Music Performance major in fall 2014 to continue his studies. When he’s not practicing, he enjoys teaching privately and spending time with his wife.

*** Lesson Details ***
Typically one hour, with a short warm-up before getting into the meat of the lesson. We always end the lesson with a "status report" and assigned homework. These will all be sent via email as well. Accountability, accountability!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Please bring your guitar, foot stool, a music stand if you have one, paper to take notes, and a desire to learn!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring all book materials, a music stand, my guitar, etc. I do expect guitar students to have their own guitar, a music stand, foot stool, manuscript paper, and an email (or a parent's email). I also send scans of homework material via email, so a working printer is a plus. For music theory students, manuscript paper, notebook, an email, and preferably (though not necessary, but strongly suggested!) a copy of the textbook I use, Theory for Today's Musician, which can be found online for under $40.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical guitar, and focus on building strong technique while working towards graded repertoire. I enjoy performing contemporary and romantic repertoire, from Brouwer to Mangore. When I'm not working on guitar, I work on classical singing and piano.

Luis M. Chula Vista, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, English, Language, Math, Music Performance, Piano, Singing, Spanish

About Me

Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula vista School of performing arts division, have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (beginner-Intermidiate), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.

*** Lesson Details ***
These details change depending on, whether you would like musical training or academic tutoring.

Music is fun and the lessons should be as well. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time (1/2-1hour daily) outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.

- Start with quick warm ups (these work to increase students fluidity with their instrument)
- Work technique
- Assign repertoire depending on skill level.
- Work on assigned repertoire
- Work on technical aspect of the pieces.
Your student will learn much more about their capabilities and their instrument as they will learn many aspects of Music Theory.

I teach beginning- advanced piano lessons touching on posture, hand position, rhythm training, sight-reading, expression, and pop/jazz chord charts. If you want to learn how to play songs by ear that you hear on the radio, I can train you how to do that too! Once I feel that you have surpassed my ability to help you grow, I will be happy to pass you on to a more experienced teacher and attend all of your future recitals.

I teach voice beginner-professional, which includes classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and in fact will work to fortify your instrument.

- Start with introduction to the standard.
- Work on problems with material.
- Present new methods to reach a solution.
- Work on all assigned work.
- Work on future work to give the student an academic advantage.

I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I am strict at times, however, some of my students have referred to me as mellow. I will strive to bring your student up to speed and surpass even their own expectations. I love my students, and I want to see them succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Recording equipment etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Casio Keyboard Piano, sheet music, and much more equipment as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Piano, Classical Voice, English Literature, Spanish Linguistics

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