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About Gary J.

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Oceanside, CA

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Musical background in School Percussion student from fourth grade until College.
Pit band drummer for musicals, TV, and Concerts. Pro Band leader for 30 years.
Member of many professional groups including Jazz, Country, Blues, POP,Reggae, Latin, R&B,Soul, styles. Warmed up for major artists at Venues like Belly-UP, and Bacchanal. Produced Music for a Better Planet with Members of Taj Majal Phantom Blues band, David Lindley,
and Peter Tosh. Music to inspire and bring people of all cultures together with messages of Peace and Love.
Gary Has taught private drumset lessons for the last 20 years at a couple full service Music stores, to a wide age range. He strives to find a balance between a solid technical training, fun creative environment, positive reinforcement, and custom tailoring lessons to the individual musical preferences.

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* Travel Equipment ***
Their own drumset, or they can just start with practice pad and sticks

*** Specialties ***
World Music including Reggae, Caribbean,Africa,
Americana Rock including blues, R&B,Soul, Funk
Jazz, Country, Classic Rock
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Isaac June 29, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Gary is a brilliant drummer and a fantastic instructor, always patient and thoughtful. This is because he is just a genuinely gentle and thoughtful person. You won't be disappointed.
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John January 4, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Gary Reed Johnson has been an accomplished professional drummer for over45 years. He is an expert not only on technique but also has a deep knowledge of many styles of beats, rhythms and musical genres. And, he's a really cool person. If you're a beginner or already playing Gary can help you get to the level to which you aspire.
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Carol January 2, 2016
· Drum · In home
I'm a singer that wanted some help with identifying different time feels and rhythms.
Gary was able to teach me with an easy to understand and down to earth approach.
He made it fun too.

He's got a lot of experience and still plays out on a regular basis.
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Gary J.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Erin C.

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Poway, CA

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About Erin
My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.

I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the
students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.

I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.

My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.

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I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.

A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.

I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.

I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand and Keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
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Sina June 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
My first lesson was great and I'm looking forward to practice and be a better violinist with erin.
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Michaela P. July 28, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Erin has been helping my daughter to really make a beautiful sound, fixing her bad habits from a previous teacher, and teaching her how to tune and care for her violin on her own.
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Bronson H. March 25, 2016
· Violin · In studio
So patient with my 3 year old son. The curriculum was well suited for a 3 year old boy!!
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Erin C.

Poway, CA 92064
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About Corby S.

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About Corby
I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC.

I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and performed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students.

I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, whether that be Boogie, Classical, Jazz, their own compo
sition, or the latest Adele song.

I returned to Southern California at the end of 2011 and am currently building my student clientele in San Diego.

To get an idea of what I do please click on the VIDEO tab above to see my students and me performing in NYC!

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I HAVE 2 PRIMARY GOALS FOR BEGINNER LESSONS:
#1. Provide a strong musical foundation
#2. Keep students interested in playing

I use specific techniques to achieve these goals. I structure a plan that outlines the fundamentals of music theory while teaching pieces that the student loves. I have an ENORMOUS supply of music books (which cost a fortune to ship to San Diego!) and let the student choose from a wide variety of music pieces to supplement their method book studies (I use Bastien.)
For children, parents are encouraged to stay for lessons, but if they can't I write down the "practice prescription" for the week so both student and parent know what should be worked on!

FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYERS:
There are SO MANY THINGS you might be interested in working on such as ….

1. Learning pieces as quickly/efficiently as possible
2. Creating proper practice habits so you’re not spending wasteful time at the piano.
3. Learning effective techniques for memorization.
4. Improving your “Feel”
5. Improving your technique so you can play effortlessly fast!!
6. Interpretation of pieces from the different classical periods
7. Improving understanding of Music Theory
8. Song writing!! Yes, you can do it yourself!!
9. Performance (Yes, this is a skill, separate from learning the song is learning to perform it!)

I’ve got specific techniques for all of the above, and more. I don’t say “Just do it this way.” I have bona fide tried and true techniques you can use. They even have names such as “Pulse Play,” “Shadow Play” “Visualization” “Mental Play” “Spot Work” “Wrist Rotate” etc.

I shouldn’t give away all my goodies here! Come take a lesson to see what I’m talking about!

And as much as I know, I am very easy to get along with and have a great sense of humor. I will keep you on your toes, inspire you, and probably make you laugh while I’m at it

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The studio lessons are taught in my living room with a 5' Yamaha grand piano. The atmosphere is clean, comfortable and professional, and I have no pets. Parents are encouraged to stay for lessons!

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My number one goal is to keep students interested in piano, and I have an enormous repertory of music for them to choose from which helps succeed in that goal. I would prefer they all at least begin playing classically, but it just sometimes doesn't turn out that way. If they start lessons very young I use the Bastien Books but almost immediately I am supplementing their repertory with auxiliary pieces. No matter what age, I start them in an appropriate method book (love Bastien) but pull from a large surplus of auxiliary books and sheet music to supplement the method book. I play songs at their level and let them choose which ones they like best as we go along. I NEVER force a student to play a certain piece. NEVER. They can build a rock solid music foundation choosing pieces they love. Ideally they are playing some classical standards accompanied by some popular pieces. I incorporate theory, from a key based perspective. Songs, scales, primary chords, ear training all in the same key. Then we move to a new key. I have charts that I have created to accompany their repertory.
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Yvonne O. October 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Corby is professional, personable and very encouraging. She immediately assessed where I am and what the best next steps are for me in my learning. I look forward to a rich experience with her.
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Roshan May 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Corby is an excellent teacher and very helpful in providing me with the necessary guidance. I definitely reccomend signing up with her.
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Danielle B. November 7, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Stutzman is a very patient and skilled teacher. We are glad that she is challenging our daughter enough to progress, yet still keeping her excited to practice.
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Corby S.

San Marcos, CA 92078
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About Yako E.

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Poway, CA
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About Yako
Piano and Vocal instructor for 27 years.
Created music teaching studio company, Yako Dream Project in
Yamaguchi Japan in 1986 teaching students of all ages and levels.
Taught at Hashirano Junior High School, 1999-2000
Shoko Elementary School 2007-2010

Also worked as Music Promoter organizing concerts, workshops and events.

EDUCATION
Graduated with BA in Music from Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo 1986.

Languages spoken, Japanese, English
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Carolyn J. April 16, 2015
· Piano · In home
Taking lessons with Yako was a pleasure. She was always on time, we worked well together on the scheduling and choice of music. I have gained improvement in my music reading skills, my ability to interpret correct timing (3/4, 3/8 and 4/4), dotted eighth and quarter notes, (which I sincerely lacked before), doing trills (not good at it yet but getting there with practice), and my fingering is so much better. Of course, I need to practice more on my hand/wrist speed up and down the keyboard, which is slower than I would like at this point, but that is because I don't practice enough. If I plan to start taking lessons again, I definitely would like to get Yako back, if I can.
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Carolyn J. October 29, 2014
· Piano · In home
Yako is an excellent teacher. Some problems at times with communication as her English is limited, but we manage to get over that hump. My problem with playing the piano were multiple: timing, fingering, and moving quickly up and down the keyboard and we continue to work on that. I am doing better since starting with Yako, but I still have a way to go. I taught myself to read notes over 30 years ago, but never learned timing and my fingering was really bad. I am happy to have this experience at 74 years old; it is my last chance to become better. I rate myself early intermediate. Wonderful experience....thanks Yako!
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Barbara Barbara L. May 20, 2014
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At 66 yrs. old and never having read a note in my life, I was quite apprehensive taking my first lesson. Yako put me at ease immediately. She is patient and encouraging. After only two lessons, I learned my scales and was playing some songs. I recommend her very highly.
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Yako E.

Poway, CA 92064
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About Ben Z.

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San Diego, CA
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About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Breedlove AC25/SR Plus Acoustic Guitar
Gibson Les Paul
Fender Telecaster
Goldtone Dojo (Banjo/Dobro)
Emmons Pedal Steel
Gretsch Lap Steel
VOX AC-30 amp
Fender Bassman amp
Fender GDEC amp
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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Sandra B. May 24, 2017
· Banjo · Online
Ben was on time on Skype. In fact he called me earlier to make sure I was able to connect to his site. First time with on line class, so far would recommend Ben highly
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Ben Z.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About David E.

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Oceanside, CA

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A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the less
ons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Trish D. June 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
David was very helpful and I learned more about my Roland keyboard. He is very friendly and likeable. He was very patient with me as I haven't played for a long timed. I'm looking forward to my next lesson.
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Greg L. April 20, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
He's a great guitar teacher- very intuitive- really will help you along in your guitar journey. He became a friend as well. Thank you so much for your help.
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Mary January 16, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Great start. Just had one lesson so far so I expect to learn a lot!
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David E.

David E.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Joe Danny O.

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Hello! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been playing guitar for over a decade and mandolin for about four years. I studied jazz with the Applied Musicians Program at Mesa College, which has changed my view on playing music across all instruments and styles. I've been playing other genres for a lot longer though! I can teach you pop, bluegrass, folk, rock, and more. Let me know what your short or long term goals are and we will get there by learning repertoire of your choice that is appropriate for the skill level we are working on. If there is a time that works best for you that isn't listed let me know! Feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have!
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Glorene F. June 21, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Joe is the most knowledgable & relatable instructor I've ever had the experience of learning from.
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Brett W. August 2, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Joe's knowledge of guitar is expert and spans a wide variety of genres. It's rare to find a guitarist who considers phrasing and dynamics while playing, but Joe does exactly this, breathing life into all his licks with mindful control over volume and articulation. I've learned a lot about Blues chord progressions, and I'm sure a guitarist of any genre will learn a lot from him. Highly recommended.
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Rohan S. July 10, 2015
· Guitar · In home
A good teacher, well organized and structured lessons.
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Joe Danny O.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Lara H.

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Oceanside, CA
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About Lara
I began playing violin 20 years ago and love sharing musical education with others. I continue to study privately and currently perform with a college symphony orchestra. I am a registered Suzuki instructor through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and combine it with traditional methods to best accommodate every student. I am also happy to assist with school or orchestra music, as well as preparation for festivals and auditions. Lessons are available in 30, 45 and 60 minute increments, and can be held at my studio or your home.

My goal is to make learning to play violin a fun and fulfilling part of you or your child's life!

For an overview of the Suzuki Method by the Suzuki Association of the Americas: suzukiassociation.org/teachers/twinkler/
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Jack K. July 5, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great first lesson! Looking forward to many more :)
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Hailey May 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Lara is very easy going and friendly. She makes you feel comfortable right away so it doesn't feel awkward to ask lots of questions if you're a beginner. We've only attended the first lesson but I think it's safe to say we will be sticking with her and would recommend her as an instructor.
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Roya I. April 27, 2016
· Violin · In studio
She was awesome!
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Lara H.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Jeremy M.

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San Diego, CA

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Jeremy Manlangit discovered passion when he picked up the flute late his junior year of high school. After only a year of being self-taught he quickly became principle flutist of his school’s top band, the district orchestra, and the district honor band. During his studies at San Diego State University, under the instruction of Pamela Vliek Martchev, he performed with the San Diego City Ballet (2013), Opera Neo (2015), as well as SDSU’s top performing groups, the Symphony Orchestra (2013-2016) and Wind Symphony (2011-2015). He has also performed in numerous musical productions such as Into the Woods, Les Misérables, West Side Story, and Annie. Jeremy has competed in the San Diego Flute Guild competitions twice, placing 3rd in 2013 and earning Silver in 2016’s college division.

Currently, Jeremy works as a freelance musician and privat
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Louisa May 22, 2017
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I met Jeremy through his years as 1st chair flute in the Sweetwater High School District's Symphonic District Orchestra (2009-11), Eastlake High School's marching and concert program, and District Honor Band (2011). Despite such talent, he retains his humility and genuine love for music.

Prospective students can expect exemplary discipline and much needed humor that are sure to encourage through even the most challenging of exercises. As it is nowadays, a teacher must not only be a teacher but also an entertainer. One would do very well in choosing Mr. Manlangit as an instructor.
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Jiwon May 16, 2017
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Jeremy has a such a natural talent for music and his passion for it really shows through his commitment and performances. He learned the flute in such a short period of time and I had the pleasure of watching him grow into an amazing musician from high school till now. He has developed so much knowledge about the flute and I have no doubt that he would be an excellent teacher for anyone.

Along with his musical abilities, his easygoing personality will make anyone feel comfortable and have fun while learning a lot. No matter what level you are at, Jeremy is able to cater to anyone's needs and work with you patiently to help you become a better player. I would highly recommend him to anyone for any music/flute lessons.
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Aaron May 15, 2017
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As a former piano teacher myself, I can use my ethics to confindently recommend Jeremy to anyone as their music instructor, teacher, mentor and friend. During my experiences in teaching music, I struggled to simplify certain areas in piano to allow my students to understand them because of how easily I was able to learn them when I was learning. But Jeremy knows how to adjust to his students learning styles in a time effiecient manner as well as a creative one.

Additionally, as Jeremy's friend, I've seen him developed his love and passion over the years for not only the flute, but music in general. His laughable personality matched with his talent will lure anyone to drive their passion for music the same way he does.
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Jeremy M.

San Diego, CA 92139
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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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