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Average Cost of Music Lessons in La Mesa, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music lessons in La Mesa is $47. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $40 and $78 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$30 average
$51
45-min $35
 
$39 average
$59
60-min $40
 
$47 average
$78

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music lessons are 18% less expensive at $39, and 30-minute lessons cost 37% less at $30.

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About Carolyn H.

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Chula Vista, CA

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About Carolyn
My specialties are piano and keyboard. I am a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC). My students have the opportunity to play in recitals and other performances. They can earn certificates for their progress. I enjoy teaching all types of students, and have experience teaching all ages from elementary to high school. My students learn to read music, play classical and popular music, and compose their own music. I specialize in creating an enjoyable and rewarding lesson experience.

*** 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 e
ar 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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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About Jordan M.

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San Diego, CA

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*Experienced teacher and professional musician...
-Performed with:
Great Good Fine Ok, Leonard Patton, Gilbert Castellanos, Francisco Torres, 10,000 Maniacs, The Mighty Untouchables, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra. Will be on tour this winter with the Brian Setzer Orchestra.
-Recorded on national tv ads for Dreyer's, KFC, Coca-Cola.
-Over 6,000 private lessons taught to over 300 students.
-More than five years of classroom teaching experience in San Diego and Miami-Dade schools: K-5 general music, middle and high school band, under graduate music history, directing college jazz ensembles
-Students have included: ages 4-96, beginners with no experience, undergraduate music majors, scholarship award winners, members of the San Diego Youth Symphony program, many locals in San Diego, and online students from
around the world.

*Note regarding scheduling - November and December of 2018 - I will be on tour with the Brian Setzer Orchestra and will only be available for online lessons.

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$5 off all lessons
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My mission is to provide a positive musical experience for all students. For some this includes rigorous preparation for an audition of some kind, for others it may be an introduction to music fundamentals to foster better listening skills and greater artistic appreciation. All students will be challenged to improve their listening, timing, and technique. All students will learn to play songs that they love.

Recommendations for best results: make a three-month commitment to weekly lessons, and work up to 30 minutes of daily practice. This formula guarantees results. Bring your instrument, music books, and a binder with sheet protectors ☺

*Scheduling policy: to avoid being charged for a lesson - One week notice is required to cancel, skip, or "roll over" a lesson. 24 hours notice to reschedule (based on availability).

To continue weekly lessons, students must maintain at least 90% attendance or the time slot may be forfeited.

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Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At age 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of former Basie trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. That lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.

While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.

In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. In 2013, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.

On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When you arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!

Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.

You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder with sheet protectors, and any books they are interested in.

*** Specialties ***
I have an extensive background in jazz bands, salsa bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.

PLEASE READ:
***Scheduling Policy***
-To avoid being charged - One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedule (based on availability).
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Atiya P. July 17, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Very good music player
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Richard D. June 13, 2018
· Tuba · Online
Jordan is a great teacher. Very enthusiastic, extremely flexible, and knowledgeable. He brings a lot of resources to the table. We were able to jump from basic stuff like scales and other practices to what my goals are and how to achieve them. Working on line was no problem. Highly recommended!
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Jenn Sparks May 30, 2018
· Trombone · Online
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Jordan M.

Jordan M.

San Diego, CA 92117
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About Jesse H.

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Del Mar, CA

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Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master class
es. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.
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Sarah D. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Jesse is an excellent musician with a real talent for teaching.
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Dave N. March 30, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Jessie is such an amazing instructor. He makes learning fun and is so positive, patient and helpful. Thanks Jessie!
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Jaime March 4, 2018
· Guitar · In home
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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About Gary R.

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San Diego, CA

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About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My primary expertise is teaching Trumpet and brass instruments,
Vocal jazz, and beginner piano for kids or adults.
Learning to play takes practice, guidance, determination, and a desire to have fun !
Read my reviews, ask me questions, come hear me perform around San Diego, and lets get started !! Enjoy a relaxed lesson atmosphere and let me help you
become the musician you want to be.
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Carlo July 2, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
He is very professional, skilled, and was clear and good with my 13-year-old son. I think he genuinely loves to teach.
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Katherine June 8, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I found Gary by chance, but not by accident. Music had been absent from my life for over a decade by the time I met Gary. To say he understands my soul is an understatement. Gary is no ordinary music instructor. He possess a gift for teaching something more than the technicalities of theory and notes. His style is unique and personalized partially due to his incredible life experience in the music industry but more so due to his keen intuition, talent, and true love of helping a musician reach their full potential. I highly recommend Gary to all those who desire to fulfill their musical dreams, whatever they may be. Gary will guide you on your musical journey.
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Zach December 13, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Gary can support varying level of capabilities and has a similar story to mine. Stopped for a little while then started back up. He understands the fundamentals as well as as the advanced knowledge.
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
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About Izabela J.

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La Jolla, CA
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Classically trained pianist with 25 years of experience in playing and sixteen years of teaching. Trained in Poland in one of the best schools in the country. Specializing in classical music but can teach anything.
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Jayesh December 14, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Amazing Pianist and instructor, Highly recommend!

I have been taking piano lessons with Izabela for two months now and it has been a great experience so far. I did not have much knowledge about piano so we started with the basics like reading music sheets. She has been very encouraging and patient. At the same time, she continuously challenged me which has helped me to be thorough with my basics.
I definitely recommend Izabela to anyone who wants to learn Piano. Thanks Izabela for making me a better Piano player.
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Harry October 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
After only 3 piano lessons with Izabela, I can honestly say she is the most patient instructor I've had so far in my three plus years of study. Her 25 or more years of piano experience shows through when she helps me to understand each music piece.

I highly recommend her to other students, no matter if they are beginners, or otherwise, and no matter if the student is adult or a young child. Thank you Izabela for helping me to understand some of the basics so I can become a better piano player. HJ
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Izabela J.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Scott S.

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Encinitas, CA

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Scott Samuels has been a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukelele player on the San Diego scene and a touring musician for over 25 years. He has played ukulele and guitar since the early '70s. Scott specializes in teaching beginner and intermediate levels in rock, pop folk and other styles for students of all ages.

A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Scott has over twelve years of experience in working with older adults, and particularly enjoys teaching those who have dreamed about playing guitar or ukulele, but never got around to it.
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Steve January 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott is a great teacher! He has many years experience playing and performing. He has an especially good touch with teaching adult players, but he can teach anyone. I highly recommend Scott as your guitar or ukulele teacher!
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Charles January 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's professionalism and patience is unrivaled. He has a passion to bring the joy of guitar and ukulele to young, older and special needs students alike.
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Annette December 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's enthusiasm for music is contagious. He has a lot of playing experience and a good knowledge of rock history. Have fun with your lessons!
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Scott S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Dan V.

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La Jolla, CA

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I began taking music lessons when I was eight. My teacher inspired a passion for music and learning in me that has brought perpetual fulfillment and joy to my life.

In college I earned degrees in both classical piano and guitar. I subsequently toured the United States for six months, playing music in myriad of venues -- classical, rock, folk and blues. After returning to California, I taught music in a Bay Area high-school.

I recently relocated to San Diego and am teaching private music lessons to students of all skill levels. I want my students to reach their full musical potentials in whatever capacity best aligns with their goals.
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Gracie J. June 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter can be shy with new people, but not Dan! They hit it off right away and the first lesson was a success.
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Bridget April 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
Dan is the best instructor in the world
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Bridget March 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
Best teacher ever!!!!!!
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Dan V.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Garrett S.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Garrett
Garrett Sigler is a drummer/percussionist from San Diego, California with a reputation for succeeding in a wide range of musical contexts. In addition to working with jazz ensembles and symphonies, he performs regularly with local pop/rock bands, and has opened for artists such as Schoolboy Q, DJ Mustard, Khalid, and Bad Suns. Garrett has a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the University of California, San Diego, and was the university's 2017 Jazz Society Award recipient for his involvement in its jazz ensembles.

Ensembles/artists Garrett has worked with include: two-time Grammy award-winning producer/arranger Kamau Kenyatta, trumpeter/band leader Gilbert Castellanos, the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus, the Moonlight Serenade Orchestra, the Southwestern College Big Band, the San Diego Jazz Combo, Will Lee Brown's Lovalot Band, singer/songw
riters Kevin Thomas and Alex Lievanos, and upcoming Los Angeles pop-artist Graham Elliot. On drum set, Garrett has received instruction from drumming greats such as Matt Wilson, Sean Rickman, Jake Reed, and Duncan Moore.

In addition to performing, Garrett maintains a private studio in East San Diego County where he records drum tracks for various projects, and teaches drum set and percussion to over 25 students.
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Nick May 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Garrett is an excellent drum teacher. He is really patient, professional, and great at explaining even the most difficult concepts. His studio is comfortable, and I really enjoy playing on his drum sets.
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Todd May 11, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My son always leaves his lesson feeling inspired, and excited for the next meeting. Garrett is patient, professional, and very gifted when it comes to the drums. I also like that he teaches my son to read music, and that he records his playing. Garrett is an excellent choice if you're looking for a drum teacher.
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Renee May 11, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Garrett is a great instructor. My son enjoys every lesson, and comes home every week excited to practice what he learned.
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Garrett S.

El Cajon, CA 92020
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About Chrystal D.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello Everyone!

I am a contemporary art lover teaching people of all ages the joys of making sculptures from various materials. My favorite things to design and make are art toys. We all could use more color and fun on our journey, what better way to bring this about than to create your own functional toys. Everyone can benefit from learning how to take a 2d drawing and turn it into a 3d object. That's what I would love to show you. I have made my classes affordable and welcoming for anyone to join. To Art!
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Chrystal D.

San Diego, CA 92101
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About Koosha H.

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San Marcos, CA

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Koosha is a San Diego based drummer/composer that has been gigging and teaching in San Diego and Orange County area for the past five years. Started as early as when he was six years old on the piano and picked up playing the drums in middle school. He recently graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drums Performance.

Koosha has studied under professional musicians such as Jason Harnell (Maynard Ferguson), Kei Akagi ( Miles Davis), and Darek Oles (Brad Mehldau) to name a few.

He is very versatile in playing a lot of different styles such as Jazz, Rock, Metal, Latin, Country, Funk etc. and has a clear vision on how to help the students to become great musicians.

He currently holds a bi monthly jazz jam session at Aztec Brewery in Vista and plays with his local band called The Dapper Bandits.
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Bryce July 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Koosha is a great percussionist who is dedicated to his craft as well as his community. Taking lessons with him is a step in the right direction to start or continue your musical journey.
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Bob Weller July 17, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Koosha is a great teacher! He's very well trained professional drummer, but he's also very patient and helpful with difficult concepts. I would highly recommend him to anyone!
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Nikki July 17, 2018
· Drum · In home
Koosha is an amazingly talented drummer and instructor! Highly recommended!
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Koosha H.

San Marcos, CA 92069
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