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Popular Music Teachers Near Vista

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA
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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA
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Judi B.

Oceanside, 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 ...

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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.
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Keitha W. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Very pleased with this experience.

I'm taking these classes mainly for breath and voice control for public speaking, but am delighted to be learning so much about the singing voice and how to improve it, also.

Carol is very knowledgeable, patient, encouraging and professional. I'm entering my second month and am very pleased with the progress, and feel I'm acquiring a life skill that is helping me beyond my original expectation.
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), ...

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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.
Judi B. Oceanside, CA

About Judi

Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.

Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.

Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals from the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving ...

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Angie D. November 13, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am an adult student who returned to piano after 25 years. I had only taken lessons for 5 years originally, so after all the years in between, I was essentially starting over. Judi has been great, she tailors my lessons to my pace and keeps me moving for continual learning. After a few months of lessons I feel very comfortable and I'm surprised at my progress, Judi is very musically talented and shares her talent and knowledge in a professional and friendly manner. I really enjoy my lesson time, my favorite moments are when Judi sits on the bench with me for duets, so fun!
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LisaS4 July 12, 2012
Review of Judi B.

Lessons are going well. She is very patient, and a really great teacher for kids. I love it when she plays, so talented!

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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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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Sarah O. June 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
I was really blown away by Ryan at my first lesson. I had once had lessons way back when I was about 10, and that instructor was very impatient, unreliable and did not seem to put much effort into my lesson. I found the exact opposite with Ryan! He is so patient, always reliable with lessons, and puts forth his best effort when teaching. He really will take the time to help you understand and work on each piece that you learn. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HIM.

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