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By Ryan H.-Del Mar Piano Teacher

Music is a language unique from any other in so many ways, and introducing it to a student is an experience that isn’t easily forgotten. There are so many reasons why I enjoy teaching piano; creating a lifelong love of music for a student is an addicting experience.

One reason I love teaching piano lessons in Del Mar is because it requires me to be at my most creative; there is no general plan for planting a musical seed. One student may require a different approach from another student. A plan that works well for one person will not always show the same results if that plan is used with a different person. Teaching always keeps me searching for the most effective and exciting way to bring music to each of my piano students.

Music itself is a creative doorway that opens up opportunities to express ourselves far beyond the ability of words. It can be used to express our innermost feelings through a spectrum of emotions; happiness, sadness, awe, and love being only a few. Introducing this ability to another person is a satisfying experience that is unlike any other that I’ve previously experienced. It’s a joy to be able to share this with other people every day and I’m happy that I’ve been given the opportunity.

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Piano Lessons - Beginning to advanced

About Pik
Year 2004 marks Pik's tenth as a private piano teacher for a variety of individual students. She aim's to continue sharing her experience and explore the fun of music with students together. Pik also offers to prepare students the opportunity to take the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Piano Exams in both English and Chinese.

EXPERIENCE

2007-Present TakeLessons.com

Piano teacher for private lessons in Southern California, all ages

1994-2004 Hong Kong Evangelical Yan Yat Church, Hong Kong

Pianist and piano teacher for private lessons, ages 5-10

1994-1995 S.K.H. Kei Oi Primary School, Hong Kong

Music and English teacher for Summer classes

1993-1996 St. James' Church Youth Center, Hong Kong

Piano teacher for private and group lessons, ages 5-18

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Beginning - Advanced Piano Class

Basic - Advanced Music Theory

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Piano Exams

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music, piano
Classical
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robert O. September 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Pik is absolutely wonderful. She is incredibly soft and patient with our three year old son. He is excited about his lessons and has been learning steadily. I have been thrilled with Pik's instructions.
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Grace T. September 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent experience! Pik is very kind and patient. My daughter is really enjoying learning something new!
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MailaM September 7, 2008
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My son had a great lesson with Pik.
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Pik W.

Pik W.

San Diego, CA 92127
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About Charles W.

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I have been teaching piano to students of all ages for a number of years, and students often find my approach to instruction to be quite refreshing! As a graduate of Berklee College of Music, my specialty is in contemporary music (i.e. pop, jazz, musicals etc..), therefore my piano teaching is based around a very practical approach to the instrument. My sole focus is not in learning how to read music, although it is an integral part of the process. For the young beginner, we go through the Bastien piano series for a solid foundation, incorporating fun games and ear training exercises along the way. For the more advanced student, my specialty and focus is on several key areas:

-Contemporary harmony, chords and voicing
-the ability to play by ear/identify pitches and intervals
-Playing chord "changes"
-improvisation in a pop or jazz context
-The ability to play in all keys
-Composition, writing songs

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About Charles
A native of San Diego, Charlie Weller has played music professionally since the age of 15. He holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music, where he had the opportunity to study with such drum greats as Terri Lyne Carrington, Kenwood Dennard, Ralph Peterson Jr., Mark Walker and many others. As an active member of the San Diego music scene, he has performed over the years with such notable musicians as Peter Sprague, Gilbert Castellanos, Mike Wofford, Rob Whitlock, Kamau Kenyatta and Max Bennett to name a few.

In addition to the drum set, Weller teaches privately on piano and trumpet. He has worked as music coach at the San Diego School for Creative and Performing Arts, and held Masterclasses at Palomar College, Cal State San Marcos and Centro De Artes Musicales. Currently, he is a member of the jazz faculty at San Diego State University
where he teaches drum set.

Weller maintains a busy teaching and performance schedule. He can be seen playing regularly around the Southern California area with groups such as Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, Big Time Operator and HM3.

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I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano, I can provide the instruments.

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I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.
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Jordan M. April 23, 2015
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Charlie is a fantastic music teacher, and an incredible musician. Just go see this guy play, and see who he plays with. So fun to work with and one of the best drummers around :-)
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Steve G. March 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
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
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Charles W.

Charles W.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(9)
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About Carolyn H.

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I enjoy teaching students of all ages and experience. My students range from adult and child beginners to advanced performers.

About Carolyn
My specialty is keyboards, piano, keyboards, organ. As a professional I am a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). I enjoy teaching students in many communities, and have experience teaching music to all ages from elementary to high school. I have also performed with vocalists, choirs, instrumentalists and keyboardist in
musical productions.

*** Lesson Details ***
My promise to you that that you will learn and enjoy the piano! During piano lessons I will show you how to read music, play music by ear, play different kinds of music, like popular, classical and jazz. You will also learn chords, keyboard technique, musical style, and how to perform for others. I include ear training, music theory, music composition, and how to stylize your music.
You will enjoy lessons, and through practice, master many types
of music. My students have several opportunites to perform each year in recitals, and in the Certificate of Merit program. Through this program you can receive certificates that show your musical achievement.

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Piano, Keyboard,Tablet, Music Library, Sample Books, Sheet Music.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, contemporary, jazz, music theory
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Valeria July 21, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Carolyn is an experienced and very dedicated teacher. She is kind and patient and definitely has a gift for teaching, my 12 year old daughter has learned so much in so little time. We definitely plan to continue with Carolyn, our goal was to have my daughter read music by the end of the summer and she was already playing after the first session. Carolyn is also easy to work with, very accommodating and responsive. We are very grateful we found her.
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Leticia A. July 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Carolyn had been a blessing to our family, my daughters love and look forward to their lessons! Take lessons is also the best most organized scheduling system I have used.
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Gloria N. September 17, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Highly recommend Mrs. Carolyn! She is a patient sweet knowledgeable teacher with creative teaching methods. My 7 year old daughter has been having lessons with her for about 6 months and already knows so much, it's pleasing to know that she Loves to teach and my money is well spent =)
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Carolyn H.

Carolyn H.

Chula Vista, CA 91910
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$33 / 30-min

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My specialty is getting kids to play piano and sing all the current pop songs. By just learning a few simple chords you have a thousand songs that you can play. I'm also trained in all classical methods including Suzuki and Harmony Road styles. I do a lot of ear training and theory is a must!

About Camille
I graduated from Berklee College of music with a voice performance degree in 1993. I'm trained in all methods of teaching from classical to Suzuki, Kindermusic, Harmony Road, and many others. I've directed children's choirs of 100+. I've directed over 15 musical theatre productions and I own a studios in Enconitas where I ha river 12 teachers and a recording studio for students to learn how to record music. To date we've put out four albums! We host bi-yearly recitals with over 150 performers on all instruments.
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Gloria G. September 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my first lesson, I can tell I'll be taking more than just voice lessons here. Very friendly staff, and Camile is solid, knowledge and creative teacher. SHe's just what I was looking for.
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Camille H.

Camille H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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My approach is being patient, caring and connecting with students. My interest is in reaching realistic, attainable goals, to focus is on progress rather than quota. Adapting to the students interests, the music they want to play. I blend formal instruction into something they're interested in. Training the ear, emotion, imagination and interpreting music rather than just concentrating solely on technique. Keeping in touch with what the family and student are looking for in their lessons is key.

About Alan
Jazz, Latin-Jazz, Classical, Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Popular/Contemporary. I use traditional methods for Classical, history of music and personal history of the major composers. I've also devised applications of the Suzuki method concepts into Jazz. For the study of the Great American Songbook, I enrich the student with history & context of the music, investigating its origins, like what part of a play or movie it was. Also in depth study of meaning in the lyrics.
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Alan Z.

Alan Z.

San Diego, CA 92111
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About Dustin W.

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My love and passion for Music flows through Piano. I do my best to instill the same of Music for all my students

About Dustin
Update: After helping teach some amazing students in Coppell, Dustin relocated to his hometown of San Diego where he is now accepting students. Thank you to all my students in Coppell who grew to love piano with my teaching. I also grew to care about them and their love of music!

Original: Dustin W. became interested in piano while growing up with music in the home. His eldest brother was an accomplished pianist from an early age so it was an easy choice for Dustin to also study music at age 10. Piano is something Dustin had always enjoyed since he had a good sense for musicality as well as technical ability. While in high school, Dustin not only played for the school choir but also played int he jazz band as well as sang bass in his school's Chamber ensemble. Dustin has experience with piano since 1997 and since 2008 with voice.

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ile attending Pepperdine University in 2005 on full merit/music scholarship, Dustin began to give piano lessons to young students in the area as well as his fellow classmates who needed help on improving their performance. This allowed Dustin to hone his skills in teaching both beginner and advanced level students. Dustin has received several awards for his piano performance ability, most namely his graduation from the California Certificate of Merit at age 18 as well as several other competitive awards in the concerto, Bach, and sonata competitions. Currently Dustin continues to study piano to test out his new teaching ideas as well as reinforce the skills learned through his piano career. He mostly plays for his students as well as his young son Landon so his kids can grow up in a musical environment.

The highlight of his music career is that he has been able to take what was taught to him by his favorite and very accomplished teacher, Mr. Krystrof Brzuza, and apply that to his own students. This helped him be a teacher to many wonderful students he picked up over the years. Dustin has also taught piano in Shanghai where he built up a full studio in 5 years. The saddest part for Dustin when leaving Shanghai was leaving his piano studio. Some of Dustin's students have gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Some of Dustin's students had gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Other students were much younger and would be left with another bright teacher in Shanghai. Having wonderful students is why he began teaching, having them grow to love music and continue music throughout their life is why he continues to teach. As long as he can help his students learn to not only enjoy music but to keep it with them their entire lives, then he know that he has been successful with that student whether they are 6 years old or 56 years old.

Feel free to listen to a recording of me playing a Rachmaninoff Moment Musical during my Junior year at university.

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For beginners to Intermediate I use the Bastien piano books which I have found have the best balance for teaching both technical ability as well as love of music and song.

For advanced students I focus on tailor-making the repertoire to fit what kind of music my student enjoys as well as will improve them in technical/musical areas that are lacking. Generally I follow the one from each of the major periods plan for older students, e.g. 1 Baroque, 1 Classical, 1 Romantic, 1 Contemporary. This gives each student a good exposure to different types of compositions as well as experience in playing varied types of music.

*** Specialties ***
While experienced in teaching young students to love music, Dustin specializes in take intermediate students who are skilled and turning them into advanced Pianists who will both excel at piano performance as well as learn to love piano for the rest of their lives.
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Jeff May 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin's students look forward to their piano lessons each week.
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Norah May 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin is a very experience, patient, and child friendly teacher.
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Payal D. March 12, 2014
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He is an excellent teacher reliable and focused. He can handle kids well. He is patient with them. I would recommend him to anybody looking for a good piano teacher.
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Dustin W.

Dustin W.

El Cajon, CA 92020
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$20 / 30-min

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Express yourself and have fun learning to play the piano! Kids, teens and adults can learn to read musical notation, improve hand/eye coordination, understand music theory, and enjoy making beautiful melodies on the piano. Piano study has been proven to improve math and reading skills, coordination and flexibility, audio skills and creativity! As an experienced piano teacher since 2007, I'm also a voice teacher and can incorporate some singing into your piano study if desired. I teach out of the Bastien piano method series.

About Erin
LET'S SING!
Express yourself and have fun with jazz, classical, pop, broadway, sacred, or folk singing! Kids, teens and adults can learn how to expand their vocal range, increase projection and power, learn to read notation, access the power of breathing, create stage presence, audition techniques, and how to stay calm under performance pressure.

WHY VOICE LESSONS?
--For kids:
Proven to improve math and reading scores in academic testing.
Develops creative and strategic thinking skills in a fun environment!
Lays foundation for other instrumental study in the future.
--For teens:
Prepare for auditions and land roles!
Support for school ensembles or performance material.
Assistance with college music audition preparation.
Improve self confidence in front of peers and groups.
--For adults:
Develop speaking and presentation s
kills that may be used in professional situations, sales, dating, teleconferencing, and more.
Have fun, relax and express your creativity!
Try a new hobby.

LESSON CONTENT:
A typical lesson consists of:
--Physical and vocal warm ups
--Exercises targeted to building vocal technique
--Ear training
--Theory
--Developing a portfolio of performance-ready songs that vary in genre, style and difficulty.

BIOGRAPHY
I hold a B.A. in Vocal Performance from University of Minnesota and have been teaching since 2007. I'm an active performer, educator and entrepreneur with a side span of participation in the vocal arts and theatre community. Solo and ensemble performances include "Le Nozze di Figaro," "Rent," "The Mikado," "Night & Day," "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," choral performances with the San Diego Symphony and Sacra Profana, private events and jazz/cabaret shows. I've taught in private, community, and K-12 settings, including Gymboree, Young Audiences of San Diego, Junior Theatre of Balboa Park, San Diego Unified School District, and Cajon Valley School District. In 2007 I founded Prodigy School of Arts, a school for the visual and performing arts in La Jolla, CA, which was sold to new ownership in 2013. In my spare time I enjoy travel, languages, beach volleyball, and dance.
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Kathy July 17, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Erin did a great job of assessing my wants and needs from my lessons. She took notes and then jumped in to her initial teaching. She is energetic and made the lesson fun.
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Tristan June 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
Erin is a terrific teacher! She has tailored her teaching to our 13th year old daughter's interests, specifically musicals. In addition, she is giving her a foundation in musical theory. We have seen our daughter's singing and level of confidence improve steadily. We happily recommend her.
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Matt C. May 28, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
Erin has been an amazing instructor so far! I bought a package of 5 classes and will most definitely be buying more asap!

To say I had some work to do in improving my speaking voice and tonality would be a huge understatement, but I have seen awesome progress in only 3 classes with Erin! I look forward to these lessons every week because Erin keeps the classes fun and relaxed! She also makes you feel comfortable to try new things with your voice and really pushes your limits (in the best way possible).

She has already helped me tremendously with my breath, tonality and just generally being aware of how I use my voice. If you are in sales (like me) and want to sound better on the phone or in front of clients --- TAKE HER CLASSES! She will absolutely help you achieve your goals
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Erin R.

Erin R.

San Diego, CA 92103
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Come have some FUN learning to play on my grand piano as I help you take a love of music and find your talents and skills. I love helping students get started and achieve real and exciting goals. You'll learn chords and patterns to turn into your own music or play along with what you know AND you'll learn to read music and get some ear training. My well-rounded method will have you making beautiful music and you can show it off! My students look forward to each lesson!

About Ruthie
Hi Music Lover! I'm Ruthie. Let's have FUN with music that can speak to us in a way nothing else can. I would love to help you turn your love for music into skills to create your own beautiful sound.
With a Grand Piano for you to play in our large open entry and my experience of 7 years in the music industry working at Universal Music Group, you're going to quickly see that I'm excited to give you a wonderful and dynamic experience, tailored to your learning style.
Let's have some FUN with the piano or your voice or both. My style is patient and encouraging (not shaming) because I'm convinced that you'll be able to move toward your goals more quickly if you're actually enjoying what you're doing. My students and parents tell me often how much they look forward to coming into our home to make beautiful music.
With 2 showcase opportun
ities each year, my students get the opportunity to show off their passion at a variety of skill levels.
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Ruthie S.

San Diego, CA 92154
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Hi There!

Before I became an opera singer, I took classical piano lessons for many many years and throughout college we were required to take piano lessons.
Even though I am primarily a vocalist, I believe that it is very important that all voice teachers are able to play the piano, so that we may help our students sing correct rhythms, pitches, and accompany them with their vocal exercises.

As an intermediate pianist, I teach beginners of all ages! You are never too young or too old to play piano!

About Sarabeth
Hello fellow singers! My goal is to help you refine your own unique instrument and help you to express a story and art through the voice!

I grew up taking piano lessons and singing in my church and school choir. I always had a love for all classical music and soon enough fell in love with opera! I begin taking classical voice lessons at the age of 15 and soon realized that my heart and soul belonged to opera and had to continue my studies a lot more in depth.

I went to the University of California of Los Angeles where I received my Bachelor of Arts with my emphasis in Opera Performance. Throughout the years spent at UCLA, I not only continued to sing with choral groups, but also performed in every opera. I sang one of the principles roles in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, and sang one of the principles roles in many opera scen
es such as Dorabella from Così fan tutte, Mercedes in Carmen, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Nerone in L'incorazione di Poppea.

Since I graduated college I sang the role of Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible with the Miami Music Festival. Besides opera, I compete in vocal competitions and sing in professional choirs in San Diego and Los Angeles.

As a teacher my job is to help my students learn to sing with as much ease as possible, while refining the instrument for the classical repertoire. I not only focus on technique, but also diction and artistry, because as singers we are story tellers.
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Kim August 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sarabeth teaches my 7 and 5 year old daughters. She is extremely kind, patient, and strikes the perfect balance of teaching and making progress while keeping it light and fun for my girls. I give her my absolute highest recommendation!
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gillian May 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sarabeth was awesome with my daughter (age 9). They had a great first lesson and we have a solid plan on what books to get moving forward and what her skill level is currently . My daughter had a great time and is looking forward to seeing her again next week!
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Akil May 1, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
Sarabeth has been giving my 13 year old daughter voice lessons for choir and she's been fantastic. Sarabeth is professional, cordial, knowledgeable, and shows great care and patience when instructing my daughter. In the lessons that they've done together my daughter has made noticeable and significant improvements both to her voice and her confidence.

I would recommend Sarabeth as a instructor for a voice student of any age.
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San Diego, CA 92127
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love teaching and keeping students interested. It's important to find titles that students can get behind and taking time to find pieces that are appropriate and interest students is my first priority.

I like to make sure that exercises are not looked at as a punishment. Breaking down how to apply a technique is as important as learning it.

Finally, I like to keep things light. I'm not going to motivate you by scaring you into practicing. There are other teachers that are good at that, but that's not my style. I'd rather work on finding out how to get you to be self motivated and actually enjoy what you're doing.

My specialties include jazz and pop styles.

About Steve
I'm a saxophonist, pianist, arranger & songwriter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Professional Music Degree, and currently run a sheet music startup called NiceChart. I have been a Music Director for Middle School and High School Bands and also have over 15 years experience teaching privately. Private lessons allow a better transfer of knowledge and I love watching students progress!

I have been in touring bands, jazz bands, wedding bands, funk bands, and pop bands. Fun Fact: I was even once in a bossa nova Guns n' Roses jazz trio called Guns n' Nova. You could say I've played a lot of different styles.

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Clairemont, San Diego. I work with beginner and intermediate piano students and all levels for saxophone. I'm open to students of any age and music
al goals.

In my music career I've performed with Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and played in bands that have opened for Guster, Blues Traveler, and The Wailers.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Classical.
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Steve M.

San Diego, CA 92117
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What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
Learn 8 Easy Piano Songs With These YouTube Tutorials
No matter what kind of music you're interested in -- be it rock, pop, jazz, heavy metal, or anything else -- there are certain famous songs and melodies out there that you will instantly recognize. Even if you can't immediately name the composer, those first few notes will catch your ear. You may have heard it at a wedding, in a plot-twisting movie scene, in a commercial on TV, or you may even hear hints of it hidden within contemporary songs (including Dave Matthews and Weezer songs!). A

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