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About Alex M.

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All levels and all ages as well as performance preparation

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 recital 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 studi
o or your home. Looking forward to sharing and learning more about our craft by spending some quality musical time with one another.

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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
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 ·
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
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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.

Chula Vista, CA 91913
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About Joan H.

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San Diego, CA

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I have experience with all ages from 4 to 65. Each person is different, but age has nothing to do with someone's desire to learn the piano.

About Joan
I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Music Education. After moving to San Diego, I spent the next 20 years or so being a wife and mom and raising 3 kids, one of them a special needs child due to a drowning accident. I've been a church pianist and choir director for almost 30 years and worked at a charter school in Lakeside as a choir teacher and Music History class teacher. I started teaching piano about 10 years ago on the recommendation of a friend and fell in love with it! I have taught kids from the ages of 6 to 16, but would welcome adult students.
I enjoy and can teach many different musical styles on the piano. If you like classical, we can do classical. If you like pop or Broadway, we can do pop or Broadway. If you like contemporary Christi
an, we can do that. I'm a good sight reader and can help students who are interested learn how. I can also teach improvisation using chords with or without a melody line for students who'd like to learn. I encourage older students to bring in music they are interested in learning. The sky's the limit!

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I think lessons should be made fun for the student and should be personal time just for them to participate in an activity that they enjoy doing. Parents are always welcome during lessons. With beginners I stress learning to read the notes and other musical notation-dynamics markings, tempo instructions, rests, etc.. I like to use the Dozen A Day exercises as well and, depending on the proficiency level of the student, the Hanon series of exercises for flexibility. I like to use the Alfred Method lesson books for those just getting started. They have good pictures and easy to understand instructions for younger students. They also offer simple Theory instruction books as well. They also have some good adult instruction books. I also like to use a reward system with my students; younger kids can choose from a simple prize box and older ones can receive gift cards from McDonald's, Dairy Queen, etc.. Everyone needs a little reward in life! I like all students to keep a practice log (younger ones can be helped in this by parents) to help with accountability and to see how progress is being made. I also like to have a student recital at the end of the school year, usually in the month of May. The purpose is so that students can meet each other and see what others are working on. I've found that the students themselves are often the best encouragers and inspiration for each other!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Can teach classical, romantic and pop music genres. Can show how to improvise and play from chord sheets with no written music. Fast and efficient in sight-reading.
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Xiangyi November 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
she is very nice and can help you to enjoy the piano playing.
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noah March 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is a fantastic teacher! Very patient and kind...my kids love going to piano!
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Valerie G. October 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and helpful. I came to her from out of town and needed a few lessons to keep up with my class and the lessons I was missing.
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Joan H.

San Diego, CA 92111
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About Dilys Y.

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About Dilys
Ms Dilys has been teaching since 2001. She has taught children and adult of all experience levels. Her goal is to help students to make their musical experience in a fun and fulfilling way by implementing games and other teaching tools.
Ms Dilys received the performance diploma from Associated Board of Royal School of Music. She is a national certified piano teacher from Music Teachers National Association.

*** Lesson Details ***
For young beginners, I use a lot of listening and singing games to increase their interest in learning music. They will be able to read music notes after 3 months and be able to play some short pieces By using the right method, it becomes easy in reading notes.

I hold recitals once to twice per year which give important experiences for our children. For advanced students, i encourage them to take cert
ificate examination and to participate in other competitions

I believe we are striving for the same goal --- make this music learning experience FUN and FULFILLING

*** Travel Equipment ***
All games tools are provided by myself. I expect my student have their own books

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Easy Jazz
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Caleb O. July 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very nice and patient teacher. Made the first lesson fun and not boring or overwhelming for my 5 year old. He sat through the whole 30 minute lesson without any problems because she kept it interesting for him.
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Caleb S. August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Dilys is very skilled in the art of teaching. She is very fluid. In only one lesson my son was playing a song. I feel we have found our life-long piano instructor.
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CynthiaM September 21, 2011
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Dilys is a great teacher. She keeps my son engaged and makes sure he learns all the skills needed while making it fun for him by incorporating songs that he enjoys.
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Dilys Y.

Dilys Y.

San Diego, CA 92128
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About Spencer V.

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I am neither too strict nor too laid back, but just right! I have taught many students, each of whom respond differently to different teaching styles. Some students respond better to a more rigid style of teaching, where others need more flexibility. What is important to me is that my students enjoy their piano lessons. While I prefer teaching the classics, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc., I am open to teaching all kinds of music, provided that it is fruitful for my students' musical growth. Another important aspect in learning music is the sense of accomplishment. I feel that it is very important for my students to work on a piece of music to completion, because it is at that point when they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I always like to have my students leaving the lesson wanting more. If I do not inspire and motivate my students, I am not doing my job.

About Spencer
I was born in Santa Barbara, but I have lived in many states and I have also lived outside of the country. I started to play the piano at age 11, which is much older than when most children start. Once I began playing the piano I became addicted to it. Because I have moved around a lot, I had many piano teachers and learned from many different teaching styles. In college I began playing the organ and I am now the organist at St. Ann Church in Logan Heights.

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I am neither too strict nor too laid back, but just right! I have taught many students, each of whom respond differently to different teaching styles. Some students respond better to a more rigid style of teaching, where others need more flexibility. What is important to me is that my students enjoy their piano lessons. While I prefer teaching the classics, B
ach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc., I am open to teaching all kinds of music, provided that it is fruitful for my students' musical growth. Another important aspect in learning music is the sense of accomplishment. I feel that it is very important for my students to work on a piece of music to completion, because it is at that point when they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I always like to have my students leaving the lesson wanting more. If I do not inspire and motivate my students, I am not doing my job.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in living room in-home w/ seating for parents and a grand piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical, European. I am open to other genres if I believe it will benefit the student. There are some German resources that I like to use: Erstes Klavierspiel by Fritz Emonts (published by Schott).
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LaVerne J. December 15, 2013
· Piano ·
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Spencer is a great teacher, really, the best! Best!
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Judie D. November 29, 2013
· Organ ·
Excellent organ instructor

I recently started taking organ lessons, after having taken piano lessons years ago. Spencer has been great in helping me build on my past skills as I learn to play a new instrument. He’s very professional and enthusiastic. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Spencer V.

Spencer V.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Luis M.

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Chula Vista, CA

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Piano is in my humble opinion the best instrument for its versatility, diversity, and mental benefits. As well as the fact that it can branch into any instrument.

Qualifications:
(Updated for 2017)
- I have been playing piano for 16+years
- I have now taught piano for 6 years
- I have earned a music for piano diploma from an SCPA based high school
- I have professional playing experience, and have played several concerts
- I have been certified to work with all level working up to advanced, but not beyond
- I am listed as one of the top ten piano teachers in San Diego

Things to expect in a piano lesson:
- I will not provide any materials
- A majority of practice/rehearsal will take place outside of class time
- If you do not practice, outside of our lesson you will not see any improvements
- you must bring all your books to each class as well as any assigned repertoire
- Lessons are light and fun if the work is done in a timely fashion
- You will be given an ...

About luis
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula Vista School of Performing Arts division. I 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.

- I have taught: 6 years. Ranging in many subjects such as Spanish, English, Vocal Instruction, Piano Instruction, Guitar, and Musical Performance.

- Choir Director/ Conductor Jan 2010 - Present
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- I am a music director for the San Diego Churches of Christ. I've taught the San Diego Church of Christ Fellowship for 5 years. I have led worship for even longer, and i l
ove it.
- Worship intern May 2014 - Sep 2014
- Dallas/ Fortworth Church of Christ
- Led worship, produced music, directed choirs, taught assorted parts to part singers.
- I Speak 3 languages fluently
- I am a certified member of the National Association of Music Educators
- I have received awards in the fields of Voice and Piano for outstanding professionalism, & Excellency
- I am presently teaching ages 5-65, with the exception of one enthusiastic 67 year old.
- I love my job, and I am passionate, above all I will make you excited about the field of study you choose

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

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.

Academic:
- 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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Savion (6) T. December 11, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kids are into it
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Makhai (4) T. December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Excellent
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natalie welch August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
A great pick that I refer all my friend to.
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Luis M.

Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
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About Marianne K.

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San Diego, CA
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Piano study from early age (4 years beginning student) through Advanced level. International trained. With daily patients and practice great results make be obtained. Great atmosphere for learning.

About Marianne
I am a native of Michigan and have attended Michigan State University. I have taught elementary music education with an emphasis on band and vocal music. I specialize in Piano studies with beginning, intermediate and advance students. Vocal studies, beginning intermediate and advanced, specializing in good voice structure. This includes Broadway musicals, pop and jazz. I teach beginning and intermediate Woodwinds. I have done advanced studies in Europe including University of Innsbruck, University of Graz in Austria as well as Moscow Conservatory in Russia. I am affiliated with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in London, England and have students participating in the Practical as well as the Theory Boards.

I believe in a good progressive music education and pride myself on giving my all to share the LOVE, MAGIC
AND MIRACLE of MUSIC.
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Thomas R. January 20, 2018
· Oboe · In studio
Marianne is a fantastic instructor. She has the most important thing needed in teaching music, in particular beginners, PATIENCE. If you don't have that as a music teacher you are in the wrong field. Before the 1st lesson she asked me a series of questions with regards to my experience with the oboe to help her set up a lesson plan for me which was great. She doesn't treat you like "you're a beginner, here is what you need" (the "Cookie cutter approach"). I highly recommend Marianne as a teacher and look forward to my musical journey on the Oboe with her as my mentor and teacher.
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Rick January 2, 2016
· Flute · In studio
She's motivating and caring!
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Phil J. December 1, 2015
· Clarinet · In studio
My clarinet instructor, Marianne K, is an amazing teacher. After 2 months, my skills and confidence have improved dramatically. She expects you to work hard but in turn provides you great insight and knowledge and is determined you improve and enjoy the work. I highly recommend her. She is the best teacher I have had after 8 years.
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Marianne K.

Marianne K.

San Diego, CA 92128
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About My Linh D.

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Mission Statement:
I seek to teach the language of music; to give students the basic building blocks they need in order to find their own style of expression and harmony in life. When I was growing up practicing piano, I hated how boring it was to practice (I still loathe practicing!). I want to show students how they can break the music down and enjoy the tone of the simplest chord, and find practicing to be more brain engaging.

Missed Lessons:
Learning an instrument requires commitment and responsibility, both from teacher and student. Please let me know at least 24 hours ahead of time if a lesson is to be missed, and we can schedule a make-up lesson.

Student Responsibilities:
Learning is a two-way process. I cannot teach if the student is not willing to listen, learn, and try new things. Practicing MUST be a daily routine (at least 20-30 minutes a day); without practice we cannot move forward.

Parent Responsibilities:
With younger children, I ask that the ...

About My Linh
My Linh is a 22 year old Music Major at Cal State Fullerton. She is a full time student pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Pipe Organ Performance. She has been playing piano since she was nine, and has been teaching since 2013. She comes from a large family and loves working with children.

My Linh currently sings in the Women's Choir at Cal State Fullerton and plays organ for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.
Her long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.
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Avi October 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
My Linh is awesome! And very patient with my 6 year old.
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Charlotte September 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kind, knowledgeable and fun !
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Hannah T. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is wonderful and fun person. Just on the first day, I could tell she will be very good teacher for my daughter.
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Vista, CA 92081
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About Gary R.

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My specialty is taking beginners from kids to adults, removing the fear of playing, and replacing it with joyful practice and achievable goals.

About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My primary expertise is teaching Trumpet and brass instruments,
Vocal jazz, and beginner piano for kids or adults.
Learning to play takes practice, guidance, determination, and a desire to have fun !
Read my reviews, ask me questions, come hear me perform around San Diego, and lets get started !! Enjoy a relaxed lesson atmosphere and let me help you
become the musician you want to be.
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Zach December 13, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Gary can support varying level of capabilities and has a similar story to mine. Stopped for a little while then started back up. He understands the fundamentals as well as as the advanced knowledge.
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Joel V. September 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gary is an absolutely amazing teacher, he makes me feel extremely comfortable when singing and playing. He's helping me improve my overall music knowledge and focusing on what I personally would like to learn. I'd recommend anyone who might be a little shy to Gary because he's really helping me with mine.
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Emily and Kitty S. July 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
gary was very funny and we felt comfortable with him :)
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San Diego, CA 92116
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About Ania S.

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My experience teaching piano spans nine years and I have helped my students develop their performance and interpretation skills to succeed in both examinations and their academic pursuits.
In addition, my students have learned to play their favorite songs, sing and play or improvise for special occasions or recreation. In our first lesson, we'll discuss your private goals and develop a plan for their realization. Within the first few weeks, we'll work on specific skills and techniques in order to achieve your goal. From the beginning, you will have a chance to practice your skills and work on music that inspires you on a grand piano. If desired, you'll have an opportunity to play your music at an annual recital or other performance opportunities.

My selection of materials depends on your skill level and personal goals. For beginners, I will often use Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred Piano, and the RCM Piano series. The RCM Piano series also caters to intermediate and advanced ...

About Ania
Ania is a composer, performer and music educator currently based in San Diego. Ania has been teaching private lessons in piano performance, ear training, music theory and composition since 2008. She has helped students accomplish their musical goals including succeeding in The Royal Conservatory and Trinity College in London exams, and successfully passing entrance exams to renowned music colleges in Europe and USA, as well as succeeding in their academic pursuits.

Ania received her Doctorate in Music Composition in June 2016 from the University of Washington in Seattle. During her academic education she received training in conducting, music theory and piano performance. Between 2011 and 2016, Ania taught ear training, music theory and music appreciation at the University of Washington, and also served as a piano accompanist for both
undergraduate and graduate classical and jazz voice performance classes. As a pianist and composer, she has worked with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space and the Seattle Modern Orchestra.

Between 2014 and 2016, Ania taught piano, music theory and voice at private schools of music in Seattle and Bellevue, both in Washington. Since August 2016, Ania has served as the Music Director at Santee UMC, leading a choir and small voice ensembles while continuing to teach private voice, piano, and music classes in the San Diego area. As an expert in her field, Ania looks forward to help new students achieve their musical goals.
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Will October 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ania is fabulous. Very skilled and patient teacher!
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Jeff July 4, 2017
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I know Ania's teaching from the time we worked together at music schools in Seattle, and I've gotten to see the passion and high level of musicianship that she brings to her lessons. Ania pushes her students towards clear and attainable goals with steady encouragement, and I saw the results in the rapid progress of her students, who loved playing their instrument and were visibly excited by the gains they were making. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Chen June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been taking the piano lessons with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Ania S.

Santee, CA 92071
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About Joe P.

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Since 2015, Joe has been sharing his joy and knowledge of the piano with avid students working with learners from age six to young adult. As a college student himself, he understands the importance of making lessons fun and engaging while ensuring you are always growing musically.

About Joe
Hello! My name is Joe! I've been teaching private piano lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students learn how to read music, develop a strong sense of rhythm, and become the best musicians they can be while having fun along the way. I'm currently a pianist going to San Diego State University and completing a degree in Music Entrepreneurship by 2019. I'm an upbeat and optimistic person and my teaching style is encouraging, growth oriented, and allows room for plenty creative expression. I look forward to helping you overcome any musical challenges along the way!
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Joe P.

San Diego, CA 92182
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Commitment and motivation play key roles when it comes to learning anything new, especially as an adult; learning to play piano is no different! Whether you’re a beginner, or possibly returning to the keys, finding ways to stay motivated and engaged week after week is crucial to your success. Before you get started, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to staying motivated. As an adult learning a new skill, you’re probably beginning with a specific go … Read More

Piano for Adults: How to Stay Motivated in Your Lessons
Commitment and motivation play key roles when it comes to learning anything new, especially as an adult; learning to play piano is no different! Whether you’re a beginner, or possibly returning to the keys, finding ways to stay motivated and engaged week after week is crucial to your success. Before you get started, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to staying motivated. As an adult learning a new skill, you’re probably beginning with a specific go
Kawai vs. Yamaha: Who Makes Better Pianos?
Getting ready to buy your first piano, but not sure which manufacturer to look into? Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a bit about two of the best piano brands...   Two of the first questions that I get from parents of my piano students are "What kind of piano should I get?" and "What are the best piano brands?" The facts of the matter are that our modern piano is a 19th century invention about which many people, even pianists, don't know a lot about, and the curre
Piano Recitals Aren't Just for Kids! Here's Why
Most people think of piano recitals as strictly ways for young pianists to showcase their skills for proud family members. But adults can benefit from performances and recitals, as well! Learn more in this guest post by Seattle, WA teacher Erica L...   The lobby of the piano hall fills with camera flashes, nervous smiles, and small sweaty hands tightly clutching music books. Parents herd their children into the auditorium. However, when scanning the room, it's clear very few adults ar
8 Piano Finger Exercises for Beginners
Having the proper finger positioning is essential for beginners, as it helps prevent injury and improve technique. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares some piano finger exercises beginners can do to help improve their skills...  Sitting down at a piano and playing a few notes is a pretty easy task, right? I mean, practically anyone can take a seat on the bench, place their fingers on the keys, and make some sort of sound come out. However, the technique we use to control the muscles
Pianist Spotlight: How Ben Folds Brought the Piano Back to Pop
Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Stevie Wonder—so many names top the list of influential piano players in music history. But for a while there, as dance, metal, and grunge took center stage, piano was relegated to the sidelines. One artist who changed that, however, was Ben Folds. When he hit the scene with his band Ben Folds Five in the mid-90s, a new musical sound emerged—pop heavily infused with piano. Who is Ben Folds? Ben Folds grew up in in North Carolina listening to piano greats l

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