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The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in El Cajon is $32. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $32 and $32 per hour.

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About Allen D.

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Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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John M. January 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
I’ve taken lessons from Allen for almost two years. He is an excellent instructor. He is knowledgeable, patient, and talented, as well as flexible with scheduling. I highly recommend him as a teacher.
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Sarah P.

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Hello, my name is Sarah. I'm a classically trained violinist and pianist that has a passion for music and teaching! I started both instruments when I was 4 years old, and obtained perfect pitch--I can compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube. :) I use this gift to compose, transpose, and teach music of all genres of various instruments and arrangements (classical in different keys that fit levels and vocal ranges, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, etc.).
I have taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 83 yrs old, students with physical/mental/learning disabilities, group lessons and more! I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating, and that it should be enjoyable and fun!

*** Instructor's Music History
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Because mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music (teaching while I was in the womb and an infant), music was inevitable. At age 5, I began performing solo and in ensembles, and since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.
I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.

*** Lesson Plan ***
Mix and match genres and lesson elements: Classical, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, ensemble, solo, theory, sight-reading, technique, Suzuki, Hanon, etc.
My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sight-read and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.
[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]

** SPECIAL NOTE FOR BEGINNERS **
If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs (i.e. one week "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the next week "Minuet in G" by Bach) to ensure that they practice. I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable.
If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but you will not be excluded from sticker rewards. ;) We will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs to cover the basics.
Whether you are 3 or 83 years old, I look forward to helping you play any instrument with comfort and enjoyment, with the right posture and techniques.
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Iliana February 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sarah is a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher, my daughter enjoys the lessons, she's made progress and improved her musical confidence
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Mackenzie L. March 5, 2016
· · In studio
Mackenzie is very inspired by Sarah. She said she is learning way more than previous teachers.
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Megan D. January 11, 2016
· Violin · In home
Sarah has been wonderful. The violin was much harder than I had expected and she is truly pushing me to excel yet she is so patient at the same time.
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Sarah P.

San Diego, CA 92109
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About Anna P.

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Spring Valley, CA

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I grew up in a musical home with a piano teacher for a mom. Consequently, I started learning piano and singing at a young age, and then began taking voice lessons in high school. For the last 19 years I have been studying voice and loving every minute of it! I am a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Music Teacher's Association of California. I have a bachelor's degree in music education from Bob Jones University, and a master's degree in Vocal Performance from Azusa Pacific University. I also studied for 2 summers during college with a master teacher. Over the years I have performed and worked with both children's choirs and adult choirs and given private concerts. My enthusiasm for music has spilled over into a love for teaching. I have taught private voice lessons for the last 8 years to students ranging in a
ge from 5 to 50+. Some have been beginner students, and others were seasoned singers who wanted some refreshers and guidance. My forte is classical music but I have also worked with Broadway, Sacred, and Pop. I enjoy teaching beginning to intermediate piano as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
For me, the most important key to success in music is consistency in lessons and in practice. I will work hard with my students to help them find a practice schedule that fits with their current activities and will help them reach their goals as a musician. Our lesson times will include theory and technique to help them gain skills and confidence and become well-rounded musicians. We can also prepare for any upcoming solos or auditions. I love music and I want my students to gain that same enthusiasm and excitement. I am a strong believer in positive reinforcement so my students will receive lots of praise and encouragement from me. Sometimes we might work hard to reach a specific goal, but we will have fun along the way. Depending on the course of study (piano or singing) I would expect the student to buy 1- 3 music books that we would work from.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home-Piano set up in the living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a keyboard I can use in case the student does not have a piano/keyboard.
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Alana November 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
This was my daughters first formal lesson. Anna is AWESOME!!! .She is super patient and kind . She makes sure the student truly understands the different techniques. She has such a kind soul. I would highly recommend her.
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Suzanne January 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Anna is super personable and present as a teacher. Her workspace is welcoming and well equipped. As an adult student, I felt like she was interested and supportive in my goals.
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Devyn R. December 7, 2016
· Singing · In home
Even after first lesson my daughter is stronger and more confident for her performance! Thank you!
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Anna P.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About Susan F.

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My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to students of all ages and backgrounds. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for Children. My primary focus is on teaching singing and I have been teaching beginning to advanced Voice, as well as beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway productions and Musicals for C.Y.T., Coast Kids, Moonlight Theatre, Escondido Center for The Arts, J Company, and Star Theatre Productions. Students also are involved with Classical, Choral, Gospel, Pop and Rock performing. Along with these venues, students perform for talent shows at their schools, sing in bands, and perform locally at thei
r favorite venues. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally and I currently teach Artists with ongoing careers.

My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera.
I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
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Emma April 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her first lesson. Susan was great with her. Looking forward to seeing her progress!
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Martin January 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Susan is a gifted teacher who brings out the best in her pupils. She is always very positive.
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Betsy J. January 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
Susan is amazing. She is very knowledgeable and very encouraging. She patiently explains proper singing technique in different ways until it finally clicks. I have really enjoyed taking lessons with her.
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Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Ian T.

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I've been teaching woodwinds (saxophone, flute, and clarinet) for the past 15 years and enjoy the one-on-one interaction with students of all ages. Music is one of the last professions that is truly learned through apprenticeship. Having a good private teacher is absolutely essential to your growth and development!

Over the years I've amassed wide variety of concepts and materials to speed your learning process and keep things FUN. I've taught all ages and abilities: new beginners (elementary and middle school level), older students just picking up the horn again, conservatory-bound high school students, amateur professionals, marching band & drum core kids, retirees looking for a fun hobby, professional musicians looking to expand their jazz knowledge, and more. We'll start at your level and expand from there! Styles I've performed in
include classical, jazz, latin, pop, fusion, rock, funk, and more.

I encourage all my students to enjoy exploring the SOUND of their instrument and to find their own voice. Lessons include everything from reading and basic stylistic concepts, to improvisation, learning songs, playing along with recordings of your favorite players, and jazz transcription. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program and have over 15 years of teaching experience. I'm currently adjunct faculty at USD Dept of Music, Mesa College, and have taught as a clinician/coach for numerous high school and middle school programs. In the past I’ve had the opportunity to study with many inspiring musicians and I enjoy passing on the tradition to new students!

>> AS A MUSICIAN, MY WEEKLY SCHEDULE IS CONSTANTLY CHANGING. PLEASE MESSAGE ME REGARDING CURRENTLY AVAILABLE TIMES :)
(use the "ASK A QUESTION" button) <<
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Gary January 11, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Ian is a great teacher. Very encouraging, skilled and helpful. I learned a lot in an hour and I think I have already improved. Can’t wait to practice what he taught me. And looking forward to next week.
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Christine G. September 25, 2015
· Flute · In studio
Ian is kind and supportive. He's making sure I get good habits and technique from the start.
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Bow B. April 30, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
I am a beginning Tenor Sax student and a senior citizen. I have played other instruments years ago, but never a woodwind instrument. Ian has been a marvelous instructor for me. Although I had never picked up a sax until December 2014, he already has taught me how to play several simple tunes and a number of scales. His patience and sensitivity to the appropriate pace is impecable. He also keeps me informed of other activities - concerts, recordings, community events to reinforce my interest. I would recommend Ian as a music teacher to anyone without reservation or hesitation.
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Ian T.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Anna C.

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Education

2012 Aug. University of Southern California,
Thornton School of Music (Doctor of Musical Arts in Cello Performamce)
2006 May.         Yale University, School of Music (Master of Music in Cello Performance)
2004 February        The Korean National University of Arts, Seoul, Korea
(Bachelor of Music)
2001 Feb.           Seoul Arts High School, Seoul Korea (Diplom)
1998 June            Acceptance Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory
1998 June           Gnessins Special Music School. Moscow, Russia (Diplom)
1994 Aug-1997 Jun. Pre-college of Moscow, Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow,
Russia
1993 Mar-1994 Jun.  Pre-College of Korean National University of Arts. Seoul,
Korea

Teachers

2011-2
012 Andrew Shulman (Principal Cellist in LA Chamber Orchestra)
2008-2011 Peter Stumpf (Professor at Indiana University & former LA Phil Principal Cellist)
2007-2008 Nathaniel Rosen (Gold Medalist in International Tchaikovsky Competition)
2006-2007 Eleonore Scheonfeld (former Piatigorsky Chair at USC)
2004-2006     Aldo Parisot (Professor at Yale School of Music)
2001-2003  Myung-Wha Chung (Professor at the Korean National University of
Arts)
1998-2000   Hyung-won Chang (a faculty member at the Korean National University of Arts and Yonsei University)
1997-1998   Lev Yevgrafov (a professor at the Tchaikovsky Conservatory and Gnessins Special Music School)
1994-1997   Alexander Seleznev (a faculty member at pre-college of the Tchaikovsky conservatory)

Teaching Experience

2012 Cello Teacher at Diamond Bar High School, CA
2009 Beverly Hills Conservatory & Institute of Art, Music, and Science
2009- Teaching Assistant at USC, Thornton School of Music
2006-2008 Teaching Assistant at Yale University, School of Music

Competitions and Awards

2007 Rene Fe Bland Scholarship Recipient. Santa Barbara, CA
2005-2006 Full Scholarship (Yale University) New Haven, CT
2001-2003  Full scholarship (the Korean National University of Arts) Seoul,
Korea
2000 Nov.  2nd prix Hanjun Artspool Center Competition (Hanjun Elecrtic
Center) Seoul
1999 May  1st prize Seoul Youth Chamber Competition. (Seoul Arts High
School) Seoul
1999 Feb.   Grand Prix Korean Philharmonic Competition (Korean Philharmonic Orchestra) Seoul, Korea.

Solo Recitals and Chamber Concerts

2006 – 2007 A Cellist in a Graduate String Quartet with Prof. Midori Goto at
USC
2006 April Soloist at Yale Cellos Concert
2003 Feb.  Recital (Kumho Art Gallery) - Paganini Variations on a Theme by
Moses, F. Schubert Arpeggione Sonata, Dvorak’s Cello Concerto in b minor
1999 Nov. ‘Young Artist Concert’ (Kumho Gallery) - Piano Trios S. Rahmaninoff ‘Elegiaque’ No. 2 & D. Shostakovich No. 2)
1996 June   Recital (Dom Druzhbui), Moscow, Russia.
1992 April  Recital (Tchaikovsky Conservatory Hall) - Breval, Vivaldi Sonatas, Moscow, Russia.

Concertos

1999 Feb.   Korean Philharmonic Orchestra (Yangchun Kumin Center) –
D. Shostakovich Cello Concerto No. 1
1998 June  Vryemyena Goda Chamber Orchestra (Gnessins Institute Hall) - J.Haydn cello concerto in C
1997 July   The Moscow Symphony Orchestra - Variations on a Rococo theme by P. Tchaikovsky

Music Festivals Participated

2012 March International Piatigorsky Festival, Los Angeles, CA
2007 June Piatigorsky Seminar for Cellists, Los Angeles, CA
2005 July Music Festival in Banff, Canada
2002 June Music Festival, Casalmaggiore, Italy
2001 July 13-Aug. Elan Music Festival, Stowe, VT
1999 June         International Adam Cello Festival, Christchurch, New Zealand

Orchestral Experience

2008- Los Angeles Jewish Symphony Orchestra (Substitute)
2009. Redlands Symphony Orchestra (Substitute)
2009 San Diego Symphony Orchestra (Substitute cellist)
2007 July International Moritzburg Festival, Germany (Principal Cellist)
2004 American Youth & Debut Symphony Orchestra (Assistant
Principal), Los Angeles, CA
2001-2004 Korean Symphony & Eurasian Philharmonic Orchestra
(Substitute), Seoul, South Korea
                              

Other Highlights

2013 Finalist for Assistant Professor position at Belmont University, Nashville, TN
2012 Married to a Chinese Cellist, Xian Zhuo (The First Prize Winner of
Dr. Luis Sigall International Competition, 2011)
2010 Accepted to International Society for Music Education World
Conference
2008 Jury for the Music Competition at Jewish Temple, Los Angeles, CA
2007 Russian Translator at Piatigorsky Cello Seminar
1985 Lived in Sudan, Africa
1988-1992, Lived in Moscow, Russia with Family. Father was a Diplomat.
1994-1998

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Yunjung Choi July 18, 2015
· Cello · In studio
She is a professional and nice teacher.
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Suzanne July 17, 2015
· Cello · In studio
She is a hands on instructor. Her ethusiasm gives my son wanting to exceed himself. She is very meticulous in her teachings.
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Yonsoo C. June 9, 2015
· Cello · In studio
Anna is an awesome teacher! She believes her students can rise to the occasion. She's very motivating and patient which has helped my daughter greatly.
Thank you very much for all your help, Anna!
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Anna C.

San Diego, CA 92121
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About Andy R.

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I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Racquel R. October 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!
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Josh H. October 10, 2017
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.
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Ben July 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.
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Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
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About Gonzalo D.

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The harmonica is my whole world. I first witness the harmonica live at a Festival, I was in awe. I waited after the harmonica player got off stage and right then and there asked about lessons, I spent 5 years training with that man as my blues harmonica mentor. I'd like to share the big magic of this little instrument with you. You'll be surprised how with a bit of practice and patience we can quickly get you from the basics to making fun, musical, expressive sounds along with your favorite tunes. I presently play a variety of traditional americana music and experiment with more modern styles of alternative and electronic dance music, playing the harmonica acoustically and through computer software.

I take pride in customizing my teaching techniques for each individual student. Guiding them to a place where playing music on the harmon
ica can be stress free and a joy. Playing harmonica has always been the highlight of my day, I love showing others how to achieve the same.
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Britta January 5, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Great first lesson for our almost 6-year old with no experience. Thanks!
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Ryan W. January 14, 2017
· Harmonica · Online
Just had my first lesson with Gonzalo. This guy lives and breathes the harmonica. Really happy so far. Definitely learning from the best. Very patient and great calm vibe. Looking forward to continuing...
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Aaron D. January 12, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
As a fellow/professional musician in San Diego, I'd have to say that Gonzalo is one of the premier harmonica players in the area. He has a diverse background in music, understands and can perform a multitude of styles, works well with others, is charismatic, and has a great ear! As a teacher, he tailors lessons to the individual student based on his/her goals and background, but most importantly, he loves music, and his enthusiasm rubs off on his students and others around him. If you want to learn the harmonica, Gonzalo is the man!
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Gonzalo D.

San Diego, CA 92116
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About Jennifer A.

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Featured in concert by WILLIE NELSON and recipient of the LA Music Awards' 'INSTRUMENTAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR', Jennifer A. graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied violin performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland and performs throughout the world. With over 30 years of performance and teaching experience, Jennifer has returned from touring and is now available to teach both violin and piano in person as well as virtually. Her plethora of musical knowledge in various genres makes her a high in-demand instructor ranging from beginner students to advanced players. A background in Suzuki ear training and classical studies combined with fiddle, jazz and improvisational skills enables Jennifer to custom tailor music instruction towards each individual student's goals and needs. As an added plus for in-person violi
n pupils, Jennifer's ability to accompany violin students on piano during their lessons makes the learning experience that much more valuable.
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Sharon D. January 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
I'm not usually one to write reviews but I have to compliment Jennifer on her patience and enthusiasm with my first piano lesson last week. I'm super excited to keep going to learn piano, something I have wanted to do for a long time.
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Pat September 1, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jennifer has great enthusiasm and shares her vast knowledge in a very positive way. Very encouraging. My daughter loves her.
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Angela June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have two children both taking lessons with Jennifer - one on violin and one on piano. They love when Jennifer shows up at the door and they both run to see who can open it first! Jennifer is a bundle of smiling energy, always excited to teach my kids something new and worthwhile. She makes the lessons fun, never boring. We started off with 30 minute lessons but increased to 45 minutes ‘cause my kids always want her to stay longer!
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Oceanside, CA 92054
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I’m Barcelona native just moved to San Diego with
my husband, Raul Prieto (Civic organist at Balboa
Park). I started piano at age 3 with my mother,
herself a pianist, and I pursued studies with
prestigious Russian pianist/pedagogue Leonid
Sintsev from San Petersburg Conservatory and
Oxana Yablonskaya from Juilliard School in NY. At
age 21 I already hold Bachelor's on Piano,
Collaborative Piano –Chamber Music- and Music
Theory. Thanks to my mother’s pedagogy I
developed a perfect pitch ear I also teach to my
students. After winning several piano
competitions I concertized in Europe, Russia and
United States, nevertheless my major passion is
teaching. I pursued a Master's degree in Music
Education from Barcelona University and I split
my life between regular concerts and my piano
studio.
I've been teaching 10 years in Barcelona Music School
s and I've been doing piano tuition for 2 years in Carmel, Indiana. Some of my students won national competitions and some others are playing concerts in different countries. I love to teach music to all kind of students, even the ones who just want to have fun with piano. It's really my passion.
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Maria S.

San Diego, CA 92122
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