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David B. Santee, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California. *** Lesson Details *** I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application

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Paul K. May 8, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.
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LeahM June 13, 2012
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
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KristieD March 2, 2012
My son is really enjoying his lessons. David is a great teacher.
Tiffany S. Santee, CA

About Tiffany

*** Travel Equipment *** The student should provide all equipment, save a stand and possibly curriculum as I instruct them to buy it. I will provide my own instrument to show them anything that may come up. *** Specialties *** Classical Violin Performance and Irish Fiddle

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Charlama C. April 10, 2015
Violin · In home
She is my daughter's teacher and she is awesome! They get along so well and my daughter has learned and grown so much from her lessons. No only that, but she loves and looks forward to her lessons while stating that she "gets to practice". How many students say they GET to practice instead of "have to practice? "
I highly recommend Tiffany Lynne Sieker.
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Bryce N. April 9, 2015
Violin · In home
Aside from being an amazing violin player, Tiffany is a great instructor. I haven't taken lessons since I was 14 -- that's almost 30 years -- and while I consider myself to be a professional-caliber violin and viola player (I'm also concertmaster of a local community orchestra), I know I have areas that can use improvement. Tiffany was very quick to spot them, and to find ways to help me improve them. After only a few sessions, I've already noticed a positive change in my sound and technique. I am continuing to work with her to keep improving and to reach my full potential.

Tiffany has studied under some well-known teachers, and attended Mannes School of Music in New York City (some refer to Mannes as the "little sister" to Julliard). She is well-versed in classical and modern music, performing regularly for classical orchestras, ballets, musicals, and an Irish Punk Rock band! While I'm sure this is all in her profile, I just want to make mention of it here, because it showcases not only her knowledge and experience, but her versatility.

Whether you're a beginner, mid-range amateur, or professional looking for improvement (like me), I highly recommend Tiffany. You won't go wrong with her!
Charles W. La Mesa, CA

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall. Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists. In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

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Steve G. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!
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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Sean B. November 7, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
Thanks,
Sean
Michael P. La Mesa, CA

About Michael

I have been playing electric bass and acoustic bass for over 26 years and teaching music since 1996. I teach all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced students. I've developed my own unique method of teaching to positively enhance my student€™s' groove, ear-training and modern bass technique. My goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. I attended James Madison University with a B.M. in bass and was a scholarship winner at the prestigious University of North Texas for graduate school. I've toured the world, played in 49 US states, and appeared on numerous Broadway shows, in concert, on television commercials and on Grammy nominated records. Modern technology has a prominent place in my studio. My ...

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Erica E. October 23, 2014
Upright Bass · In studio
Michael and I have worked together for many years. His playing (on acoustic, electric, and fretless bass) is outstanding, his time impeccable, and his intonation and technique are impressive. Michael holds himself to the highest professional standards and has the respect of all his colleagues. He's always cheerful and encouraging, too - I highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Tim M. October 23, 2014
I have known and been performing professionally with Michael for many years now. In every musical situation, whether playing in a rock setting or playing a jazz gig
or doing a musical theatre type show, his time feel and musical sensibilities are always spot-on and to top it off, Mike always brings a really positive attitude in all his dealings with people he works with and his students-take it from me, if you're an aspiring bass or guitar student, Michael is the real deal!
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Lorin G. October 23, 2014
I am not a bass player. I am an orchestra contractor who has had the pleasure of working with Michael for several years. He has been my "first call" since the first time I hired him. He is accomplished on acoustic bass, electric bass and fretless electric and I have not found a style that he can't nail including classical. He is always on time, prepared and always ready to make an extra effort in difficult performance situations.
Katrin N. Santee, CA

About Katrin

I am a 1991 graduate of Tallinn Conservatory in Tallinn, Estonia, where I studied music education, child psychology, choir conducting and voice. While a student, I gained experience as a choir conductor-associate and concert administrator for Tallinn Philharmonic Society. I managed music festivals of all kind and local and foreign musicians. I arrived in San Francisco in 1992 for the Estonian Mixed Choir. I conducted the choir and was an accordionist for Estonian folk dancers until 1995. I enjoyed playing the accordion with ALSI (Accordion Lovers Society International) Ensemble in San Diego (also produced a CD recording with them). I give private instruction in piano, accordion and choir conducting. I also sing and have produced recordings with several classical vocal groups ...

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D M. March 28, 2013
Piano
Fantastic!

We've used six different piano teachers in three different states --Katrin is definitely the very best. Highly recommended for children of any age -- our oldest is 18 and our youngest is 7.
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W Robert P. October 29, 2012
Piano
Highly recommended!

Miss Katrin has been coming to our home to teach piano to our 7 and 10 year olds for the past 2 years. From day 1 they have loved the experience. They are always excited about their upcoming lessons, and their motivation has lead to increasing daily practice time.
She has a good way in communicating with the children in a clear and patient manner, and they take what she says quite seriously. We can feel that the love is mutual as she clearly enjoys teaching and witnessing her students progress.
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Amy L. September 24, 2012
Piano
Two thumbs up!

I inherited a piano at age 43 and with absolutely NO musical experience upon which to draw, started taking lessons with Katrin. Her enthusiasm for the subject, friendly and patient manner have kept me dedicated to my mission of mastering this instrument. It does not come easily or naturally for me but Katrin's charisma has kept me at it for more than three years. She is both my teacher and now my dear friend and I cannot recommend her enough.
Trevor H. El Cajon, CA

About Trevor

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 ...

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Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar · In home
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
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paul B. July 21, 2014
In studio
Great teacher & guitar player. Probably the finest teacher the School of Rock & Electric Music Studios ever had. Very patient and knowledgeable about many different types of music. The kids here all LOVED Trevor!!! Highly recommended !!!!
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EdwardG May 19, 2012
\Trevor is a great teacher--and I hope to pick up the lessons later on after I get done with my doctors. When I started all I knew for sure was that the piano had white and black keys. It's always nice to learn something new. Thanks to Trevor. ED

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