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Alex M.

Bonita, CA

About Alex

I am passionate about sharing with you all the knowledge that I've obtained from over 45 years of of studying piano with some of the best teachers available in the country. I will help you to both discover that sound image that is only yours and then to work on how to make that image come alive for you at the keyboard. I promise that working together will be a fun and inspiring adventure into that most expressive form of communications which is Music. One of the best ways to judge a teacher is by the way he plays. I am a performing teacher, still studying, and will be giving my second solo rec
ital at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad in February 2013 and will be playing masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. You are, of course, invited to the recital or it would be my pleasure to play for you at my studio or your home. Looking forward to sharing and learning more about our craft by spending some quality musical time with one another.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am considered to be a easy going guy but it is my job to be sure that value is obtained from investment, so I will let my students know when they are not completing their reasonable assignments. That said, I can't wait to share with you all the joys I feel about teaching. I didn't know anything about the piano at age 21 but seven years later I gave my Senior Recital and earned my BA degree with a Piano Major so I know how difficult it can be to start lessons as well as being able to advance at any level. We will learn how to understand basic theory to include notation, intervals, chord structure, scales and arpeggios and well as to learn or improve your ability to sight read without having to continually look down at your hands. All technical problems will be understood and solved so that you will be able to play those pieces you love at your ability level. Being able to play with a firm knowledge of a composer's life, his composition style and historical background is a sure sign of one that has studied with a fine teacher. It is my hopes that that teacher will be me. Thank you for your time and consideration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room area w/ grand piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
A Piano and assigned sheet music

*** Specialties ***
Have in depth knowledge in the Taubman Approach, the Whitside Piano Technique and the Mathay System
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Marlon M. May 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful teacher, patient and understanding of the needs of our son, i have seen the improvement in hist technique and the enthusiasm when it is time to practice, we are pleased to have found him.
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Mei-Lan S. January 11, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful piano teacher in all respects. He inspires me to try to do my very best.

Alex's enthusiasm and love for music is contagious and very motivational. He is simultaneously challenging and encouraging. He is very meticulous and knowledgeable in his teaching methodology. Overall, he is very generous in sharing his expertise and his passion for the piano.
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Jules N. October 11, 2012
Verified Student
Patient and Encouraging!

Alex obviously has a love for music, and a passion for teaching. I look forward to my lessons because he is always pointing out my improvements, no matter how small.
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Alex M.

Alex M.

Bonita, CA 91902
(3)
starting at
$32.50 / 30-min
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Renee C.

San Diego, CA

About Renee

I am a San Diego native who grew up with the joy of music education, choirs, and opportunities to perform.
I am passionate about arts education for all people and my mission is to educate as many people as possible about the benefits about consistent music

I enjoy time away by traveling, walking, reading, fixing up my house, and spending time with friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I believe in a solid, vocal foundation in order to sing in any style. Daily vocal exercises, breathing exercises, and healthy tone production are the bas
is for my teaching.
Learning to sing requires knowledge about the vocal instrument and the musculature involved.
Acting exercises are also incorporated into the text analysis of each song in order to fully understand the meaning behind each song.
Each student should record their weekly lessons in order to review instruction and also to help with acquiring accurate listening and pitch skills.
Music should be purchased and brought to every lesson.

Piano Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I use a variety of methods: Faber and Faber, Alfred Premier, Succeeding at the Piano. The lessons involve ear training, written theory, rhythm recognition, and songs (repertoire). My goal is to teach a well rounded musician equipping with the tools necessary to enjoy music for a lifetime.
Daily practice, attention to details, and enjoying the music are my goals for each lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Ipad and laptop for special assignments or supplementary activities
PA and microphone for Advanced students preparing for auditions and competitions.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Voice, Popular Styles, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Opera, Church Music.
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Arturo A. September 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Thank You Renee!

I had never taken a singing lesson before and I was beginner. Renee is very patient and knows exactly what exercises to use to help you. Renee made me feel more confident when singing. Great person!

Thanks
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Javier M. September 7, 2012
Piano
Great with my kids!

I've been bringing my kids to Renee for 4 years. She has a great way of relating to the kids and I appreciate her dedication and discipline.
She has a lot of resources and always is sending my kids home with extra materials to help them learn about music reading.

Not only is she a great teacher, but she can actually play and sing at a professional level. My kids are going to be with her until they graduate from high school!
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JanieT March 26, 2012
My daughter loves Miss Renee and is learning a lot. Miss Renee is professional and personable which makes her the perfect instructor for children and adults.
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Renee C.

Renee C.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(20)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Danielle L.

San Diego, CA

About Danielle

Hello Students / Parents!

I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals – whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they “shouldn't sing,” the more experienced singer looking to branch out into doing more with their music or doing it professionally, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

I always remember the encouragement, patience and inspiration I received from my best teachers, and strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing
and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera, and utilize our studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, writing and recording. I absolutely love to teach both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their individual path toward realizing their potential.

Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

• Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University – Graduated Valedictorian
• Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts – Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

*** Lesson Details ***
I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are – from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly and without stress, enabling the student's voice to constantly grow while also steering clear of the injury that can accompany the straining that often happens when singing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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*** Specialties ***
Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I definitely excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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Bobby B. August 17, 2015
Songwriting
Anything from singing to songwriting, Danielle is the epitome of a great instructor and mentor. I have taken voice/songwriting lessons from Danielle for over a year now and can truly say that she has helped me develop into the artist that I am today. One of the things that impresses me the most about Danielle is her ability to connect with and inspire her students. Aside from being an exceptional talent with decades of experience in the music industry, she is a passionate and charismatic teacher that is certain to bring out the best in her students.
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Silvia D. July 16, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Danielle is my daughter’s singing teacher for a while now. Danielle has several strengths, but her main strength, from my observations is her ability to motivate students. She’s always sincerely interested in her students’ progress and encourages my daughter to try her best. She has a great sense of humor and maintains a real positive attitude. Also, and most important Danielle has very strong vocal talent.
In my opinion Danielle displays the qualities that make a teacher successful, dependable, motivated, and in tune with the needs of her students.
My daughter is highly motivated to continue her singing classes with Danielle and I’m very appreciative of Danielle’s style of teaching and patience with Sam.
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Patrice S. July 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
There is so much to say about Danielle and it is all good. She is a great teacher and makes it easy for you to feel comfortable. Singing with her has definitely gave me more confidence and I can tell the difference in my voice since I started. I am so glad to have her as my teacher because she is a great person inside and out. I feel like I am closer to my dream of being a singer because of her. I would definitely recommend her to any and everybody. Danielle is an amazing teacher with a great spirit!!!!!
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Danielle L.

Danielle L.

San Diego, CA 92105
(18)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Souaad M.

Spring Valley, CA

About Souaad

Hello there, curious musician to be!

I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.

I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training expe
rience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which recently debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, orchestra and band. I look forward to making music with you soon :)
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Evi A. August 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Souaad is a great teacher. My daughter really enjoys working with her, she is very patient and has a beautiful voice. In a short period of time my daughters singing has improved. I definitely recommend Souaad for any type of instruction.
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Elyse J. August 15, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Souadd was amazing! She explains Spanish grammar very well and was extremely patient each time I mispronounced a word. Her guidance and learning exercises will definitely help me learn Spanish.
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Samuel J. June 4, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Souaad is a a great teacher. I just recently became one of her students but after these few lessons I feel confident that she will help me reach my goals as a violinist. She is patient and and wants to get to know her students well. She is very considerate of what you want out her lessons and will get you to your goal. What I have learned so far from her has been really helpful and I hope to keep learning more.
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Souaad M.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amanda O.

Spring Valley, CA

About Amanda

Hi, my name is Amanda. I am an upbeat, dedicated and enthusiastic musician. I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals, and healthfully achieve your most beautiful sound. I can't wait to work with you!

I am currently studying at San Diego State University where I am pursuing a degree in vocal performance. As an avid learner and experienced performer, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is accessible, honest, and catered to each individual student. My number one goal is to create a safe atmosphere for creativity and growth.

ARTIST BIO
GRAPHY

California native, Amanda O., is currently in pursuit of her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at the San Diego State University where she studies with Laurinda Nikkel.

Recently, Ms. O. was selected as a soloist for the Stephen Paulus oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra in May of 2015.

Ms. O. was the 1st place winner in her division of the San Diego National Association of Teachers of Singing 2015, and the 3rd place in her division in 2013.

In the summer of 2014, Ms. O. attended the prestigious young artist program Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy where she studied italian opera performance with Benton Hess, Hugh Murphy, Robert Cowart, and others. She is also a proficient Italian speaker.

She has performed roles at SDSU Lyric Opera Theater, and has also sung solos with the choirs at SDSU.

Lesson Details:

I would like my students to come to their lesson warmed up and ready to sing so that we can jump right into technical exercises. I begin every voice lesson with vocal exercises, which will help improve vocal and breath technique. Then we will move on to theory, sight singing, and other musicianship exercises, if the student wishes to do so. The last part of the lesson will be devoted to repertoire study. To get the most out of lessons I recommend at least an hour of practice outside of lessons each week.

I use many of different books for my students depending on their voice type, age and preferred genre of study. I will cater each piece I assign to what I believe is the healthiest way to develop your voice. After 6 months with me students can expect to understand basic singing technique and be seeing a significant change in their sound. Students who choose to incorporate musicianship/theory/sight singing into lessons with me can expect, at minimum, to understand how to read music, basic music notation, note names, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, solfege syllables, major and minor scales, and basic harmonic relationships.

Singing is a physical and full-bodied experience, so be ready to move and be silly with me sometimes. The voice is different than any other instrument because we don't have strings, buttons, or valves to press to help us achieve the right sound. Our instrument is inside our bodies. The voice is a very complicated instrument, and thus, in my opinion, is much more rewarding than many other instruments to master. I encourage all my students to record their lessons to use during the week to practice with. Please come to my lessons planning to work hard and have fun!

Studio Equipment:

Upright piano/Electric Keyboard, repertoire books, and seating for parents or other respectful observers

Travel Equipment
I expect my student to be able to provide a piano or weighted keyboard with a bench for me. I provide a mirror, music, and a CD player if necessary.

Specialties:

I specialize in classical voice training and believe this style of singing to be an imperative source of proper singing and breathing technique that can be used to train singers of all genres.
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Preston June 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Amanda taught me how to improve my breathing and overall vocal technique, especially expanding my baritone and tenor ranges and helping me learn how to "land on the note" instead of "sliding into it." Kind, enthusiastic, a great listener with just the right amount of patience and direction to help one improve their ability.

I've had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Amanda. Her passion for singing and growth is inspirational.
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Amanda O.

Amanda O.

Spring Valley, CA 91978
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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