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About John G.

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I am a 36 year old professional musician, and music and tennis Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, singing and tennis. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on
breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game. I am also willing to do group lessons of up to 4-5 players to enhance a group learning environment as well as combining the skills from each player to enhance the other and create a fun learning environment on the tennis court.
*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
For tennis instruction I have my own rackets as well as a ball hopper full of practice balls to bring to any location or public open tennis court. I also have reels of string and a stringing machine to restring tennis rackets with broken strings.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.

Tennis: Ground strokes, both 1 hand and two handed back hand. Serve, kick serve, slice serve, tomahawk serve, net play including volleys, over heads as well as other specialty shots including forehand and backhand slice and approach shots, Lobs, topspin lobs, and drop shots. Also playing strategy and competition.
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Tyler T. December 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My son loved his first lesson and the instructor. 😊
thank you, John. He got to play many notes that he did not with the previous instructor.
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Lina J. November 27, 2017
· Tennis · In home
John was great - super patient and encouraging.
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Gabi April 27, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
great first lesson!
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John G.

John G.

Ramona, CA 92065
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About Donna B.

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San Diego, CA
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CA Standard Credential from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I have been tutoring and teaching students for many years. My goal is to reduce anxiety in learning a subject and to give students the tools and knowledge they need to study on their own.

Most of my students are tutored in math. Usually my students suffer from math anxiety. They believe that they are bad in math. I help them to use previous knowledge to build on the current material. By the end of the sessions, they feel good about themselves and their math abilities.

I also have a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. I help students prepare for college/career from grade 9 through grade 12. I help with standardized tests, entrance tests, college applications and federal funding.

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I teach all levels of math - from elementary to College Algebra.
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Algebra 1 and 2
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I've taught Pre-Calculus, Trigonometry and Statistics.
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Donna B.

Donna B.

San Diego, CA 92122
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$40 / 60-min

About Steven C.

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San Diego, CA
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Chat with Steven C., Founder and CEO of TakeLessons, about start ups, funding, business advice, culture, Internet marketplaces, and personal development.

Steven C. is serving as CEO and Founder of TakeLessons, America’s leading online marketplace for finding qualified and vetted instructors. At TakeLessons, students can follow their dreams and fuel personal growth by connecting with the perfect instructor in areas ranging from music, dance and acting to foreign languages, math and photography.

Before TakeLessons, Steven served as Managing Partner of Reddito Partners, a privately held management consulting firm specializing in web management strategy, web operations, e-commerce, and business development. Key clients included Cisco, Club Med, and Brian Tracy International.

Before Reddito, Steven served as Vice President of Strateg
ic Development for CollegeClub website, the 44th largest site on the Internet. Steven’s specialty was to design and implement marketing, sales, and business operation initiatives. While at CollegeClub website, Steven started the company’s sales and business development department, opened up regional branch offices, and was responsible for the production of multi-million dollar business development deals. He was instrumental in helping the company grow from 22 employees to 300. In 2000, Student Advantage, a publicly traded company, acquired the company.

Before this, Steven was a founding employee and National Business Development Director for PurchasePro (PPRO), a business-to-business e-commerce platform, and the fourth highest performing public stock offering of 1998. He was responsible for initiating B-2-B commerce between educational institutions, governmental agencies, and their suppliers. During the time Steven C. was there, the company grew from 8 employees to over 400.

Steven graduated with honors and dual degrees in Finance and Human Communications from Eastern Kentucky University and now lives in San Diego, CA. He is also an accomplished songwriter, producer, and musician, with two released CD’s and songs featured on radio and in film.
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Julie B. June 8, 2015
· Startups · In studio
Steven is a great public speaker and presenter. He is very passionate about helping the Startup community and has a wealth of knowledge about running a startup. I highly recommend him!
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Christopher W. June 4, 2015
· Business · In home
Great business acumen. Always interested in helping others grow their business.
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Jon C. June 4, 2015
· Business · In studio
As a mentor and a friend, Steven has been invaluable to the growth and development of my skill-set and business acumen over the past 4+ years.

His experience as the leader of TakeLessons speaks for itself and I highly recommend Steven if you're looking to invest in yourself for advice in any area of business, startups and entrepreneurship.

Don't wait. Book some time with him now... you will not be disappointed.
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Steven C.

Steven C.

San Diego, CA 92101
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About Natone M.

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Spring Valley, CA

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I play many styles and various instruments. Guitar is my favorite instrument and I must feel the strings and vibrations daily
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Natone M.

Natone M.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About James G.

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San Diego, CA

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Over the last 34 years I've taught students in both public and private schools. I received my Teaching Credential in 1981 and substitute taught for several years in San Diego County. I earned a BA in History from University California Riverside in 1989 and began teaching elementary school in 1990. I received my Masters Degree in education in 2002 where I was also certified as a Reading Specialist. I've enjoyed helping students become better readers and improve their writing skills. Personally, I enjoy playing golf, reading and developing new friendships.
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David H. August 2, 2015
· Writing · In home
I have worked with James on several projects over the past 2 years. He is wonderful with children, and has a talent for the written word. He puts a great deal of thought and passion into his teaching, and into presenting material in a way that suits the student. I thoroughly recommend James as a teacher.
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James G.

San Diego, CA 92117
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I have a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies. I've studied abroad in México and Argentina (three months each) and know well the language variances of each. I would love to share both language and teach cross cultural competence to students of all ages. I am a trained, credentialed teacher in California and have experience differentiating lessons and activities for a wide spectrum of learners. I've taught high school classes of Spanish as well as Spanish for spanish-speakers, so my lessons can be used for students who grew up speaking spanish at home, but lack a formal education in the language. I also have a masters in multilingual education from Cal State San Marcos
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Kenan P. September 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Justin is great. So happy that we found him. Thank you TakeLessons
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Natasha September 14, 2016
· Spanish · In home
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and learnt a lot
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Anthony September 11, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Very helpful. Good at explaining things. Works within the curriculum that is most beneficial for me. Highly recommend
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Justin S.

San Diego, CA 92117
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Hi! My name is Jackie, and I have 15+ years of experience in teaching, tutoring, and training. Currently, I am enjoying managing two small businesses while teaching students part time.

All of my students, meaning a perfect 100%, have improved their grades by at least one letter grade, if not more, and passed every one of their tests and exams. I help ALL my clients reach their goals!

A couple years ago, I returned to San Diego after living in Peru for several years where I taught English as a second language. My students ranged from adult business people and academicians to primary and secondary school students. I really needed to utilize different teaching methods depending on each student’s needs. Some students wanted more business-related conversation, so I had to be able to teach business principles in marketing, communication,
logistics, interviewing, and so much more. Critical thinking was an area that I pushed my business students to improve. Other students needed to work on the basics of grammar, reading, and writing, and we had a lot of fun in class, whether going through the interactive lesson or improvising by playing fun games to emphasize thinking on their feet in another language.

The feedback I often received from my Peruvian students, as well as my students in Mexico and the U.S., was that I made learning an enjoyable experience—they wanted to work harder to advance quickly in their classes. All of my students agree that I have a lot of patience and turn even the most challenging lessons into ones of positivity and encouragement. I provide critical feedback in the most constructive of ways that help the students reach conclusions on their own. I enjoy being there to support and guide their experience!

Before I left for Peru, I worked at St Vincent de Paul Village (part of Father Joe's Villages) in downtown San Diego. There I focused on Health Education. I built the Villages' first Health Education department and helped start its innovative Health & Wellness program. As part of these two programs, I taught homeless and low-income adults with and without learning disabilities, as well as children from preschoolers to high school students. Teaching such a wide variety of students how to improve their health while living in sometimes precarious situations without much income or stability pushed me to think creatively and come up with memorable ways to engage the students and help them apply what they had learned in their daily routine.

In high school, I took all AP and college prep classes. I went to a liberal arts college in Virginia where I focused on social studies and biology. I spent a few years training business people in Microsoft Office, Photoshop, InDesign, as well as presentation techniques. In grad school, I specialized in applied anthropology and public health. During that time, I tutored students in web design. In between, I've worked in Communications and Training in international health and development, so I have a lot of experience to bring to teaching.

Basically, I love teaching. I'm enthusiastic yet patient, and I absolutely adore helping kids and adults alike learn. It's such a sense of accomplishment when my students show off their terrific grades. I see the same look in my students’ eyes regardless of age—that pride that shines from within, that exuberant smile, like they can conquer anything. I want my students to keep that pride for a long, long time.

Right now, I'm writing two textbooks to be used in my Spanish classes. I've also written several academic articles published online. I love traveling, cats, and learning!
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Paige December 15, 2017
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Jean Charles November 21, 2017
· English · Online
Jackie is a very very good teacher. No comment!
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Jackie D.

Jackie D.

Chula Vista, CA 91915
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I graduated with a degree in Construction Engineering, and once I graduated I started to work for an Engineering firm. Then after that I worked at an Engineering Consulting Firm as an cost and schedule analyst. I am currently work for a Construction Management Firm in downtown Seattle.
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Roger P.

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Hi everyone!

I live in San Diego and am currently attending AMU to get my degree to be a physicist. I love to help others succeed especially in their schoolwork. I truly believe knowledge is the best power we can have!
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Kaila O.

San Diego, CA 92105
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About Uzma R.

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I achieved my Juris Doctor at California Western School of Law in April of 2016, but a traditional law career is not one that I envision for myself. I want a career that is meaningful, gives me purpose, and has a positive effect on other people's lives. Prior to law school, I honed my writing and editing skills and worked full-time as a certified teacher. I worked on creating school curriculums for school districts in the United States. The more work I do, the more solidified my goal to help anyone in whatever capacity I can.

My past students are from different corners of the world, age groups, generations, and lifestyles. It was a pleasure helping them navigate the complex rules of the English language.

In my free time, I enjoy creative writing, journalism, and yoga. My poems have been published in books, my news articles published b
y various news outlets.

I want to live a life that shares my skills with others. I know I am lucky to have such a strong language background, and I firmly believe I am meant to share this with others.

Let me know what your language goals are, and I can create a specific curriculum to make sure you achieve those goals.
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Uzma R.

Uzma R.

San Diego, CA 92101
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