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About Jordan M.

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San Diego, CA

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Learn your favorite songs and riffs! Coordination, singing and playing, music reading, improvisation. The foundation of music lessons is developing good ears and good time feel (groove). These are skills that all the best musicians have. That, along with some study of piano basics will cover about half of our lesson time. The other half should be devoted to the kind of music that inspired you to look me up. My hope is that you will become a well rounded musician and pianist, and that we'll both discover new music :-)

I also enjoy preparing for jam sessions, auditions, and competing for placement in school ensembles and scholarships.

About Jordan
I teach music lessons in your home. Kids come first. Lessons are tailored for young beginners.

1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching.
2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances.
3. I use a song based teaching system so that students are learning songs they love while getting the academic benefits of music.
4. I do not overbook. My clients get the full benefit of my energy.
5. Music lessons have other great benefits like: better grades, higher self esteem, more confidence, good social skills... and more!
6. I've witnessed the benefits of music proven over and over, and I know that I'm teaching about more than just music itself.

I'm exclusive.
I have a high success rate because I only work with kids that are truly excited about music.


I'm currently fully booked, but have LESSON TIME AVAILABLE in two to four weeks. Contact me now to reserve this opening.

*Experienced teacher and professional musician.
*Has performed with:
The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Great Good Fine Ok, 10,000 Maniacs, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra.
*Recorded on national tv ads including Coca-Cola, Dreyer's, KFC.
*Over 7,000 private lessons taught to over 300 students.
*More than five years of classroom teaching experience in San Diego and Miami-Dade public 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.

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.

Students get a minimum of one lesson per week.

Recommendations for best results:
1. Make a three-month commitment to weekly lessons.
2. Practice at least three times a week, for a minimum of 15 minutes each time.
This formula virtually guarantees results. Bring your instrument, music books, and a binder with sheet protectors ☺

*Scheduling policy: No Cancellations. If the student is unable to attend a lesson as scheduled I will use the time to email a video lesson to the student. Other alternatives: online lesson, reschedule, add time to next lesson (based on availability). Students may put lessons on hold up to once per quarter with at least one week notice.

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

Good Luck!

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. 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.

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

*** Specialties ***
In home beginning music lessons.

PLEASE READ:
***Scheduling Policy***
-No Cancellations.
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Scott April 3, 2019
· Trombone · Online
This dude knows his stuff.
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William W. February 7, 2019
· Harmonica · Online
Knows teaching and knows harmonica. Tunes class to students capability and goals. Flexible.
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William W. February 6, 2019
· Harmonica · Online
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Jordan M.

San Diego, CA 92117
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About Rebecca N.

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El Cajon, CA

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I've studied music for over 20 years. I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Studies: Piano and have been teaching professionally since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I have experience teaching ages 3-84 and beginning through early-advanced levels. I can't wait to meet you!

About Rebecca
I began playing piano at age six and I received my early training from Jeanne Pennino and later studied with J. Mitzi Kolar, Krzysztof Brzuza, and Karen Follingstad. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Professional Studies from San Diego State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and/or Music Theory in the near future.

I have been professionally teaching piano since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I am a believer in balanced musical training. I currently reside in San Diego and keep busy teaching piano and practicing my own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch.

My 65+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Associ
ation of California (MTAC), Southern California Junior Bach Festival, The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and AP Music Theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient teacher with experience teaching students ages 3-84 at various levels. I use a variety of curricula since each lesson is tailored specifically to each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Yamaha Clavinova CLP-555 fully-weighted 88-key Digital Mini-Grand Piano, 3) Gemeinhardt Flute, 4) Studio copies of all method books used, sheet music and materials used during lessons,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Gemeinhardt Flute, method books and materials needed during lessons,

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach jazz/pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I am familiar with and use various different methods including but not limited to Faber: Piano Adventures, Keys for the Kingdom, Bastien Basics, and Suzuki. Each lesson is tailored toward the individual student's needs.
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Wyatt M. April 8, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My son was very happy with his first lesson. I messed up the date and she made accommodations to still get him in.
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Gregory September 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
It's only been one lesson so far. In that lesson, she's been my first teacher to actually tell me all the things I could work on, rather than just tell me I'm doing a good job. You can tell she enjoys teaching, which made me enjoy learning. I look forward to more lessons from Rebecca.
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Kellie C. October 6, 2017
· Flute · In home
Very pleasant first meeting and will enjoy seeing my progression.
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Rebecca N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(19)
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About Luis M.

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Chula Vista, CA

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Piano is, in my humble opinion, the best instrument for its versatility, diversity, and mental benefits. As well as the fact that it can branch into any instrument.

Qualifications:
(Updated for 2017)
- I have been playing piano for 16+years
- I have now taught piano for 6 years
- I have earned a music for piano diploma from an SCPA based high school
- I have professional playing experience, and have played several concerts
- I have been certified to work with all level working up to advanced, but not beyond
- I am listed as one of the top ten piano teachers in San Diego

Things to expect in a piano lesson:
- I will not provide any materials
- A majority of practice/rehearsal will take place outside of class time
- If you do not practice, outside of our lesson you will not see any improvements
- you must bring all your books to each class as well as any assigned repertoire
- Lessons are light and fun if the work is done in a timely fashion
- You will be given an ...

About Luis
Graduated with a Degree in Music Education from San Diego State University. Presently, earning California State Credentials.
Graduated with a Piano performance diploma from Chula Vista School of Performing Arts division. I have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (Beginning to Advanced), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do what ever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.

- I have taught: 6 years. Ranging in many subjects such as Spanish, English, Vocal Instruction, Piano Instruction, Guitar, and Musical Performance.

- Choir Director/ Conductor Jan 2010 - Present
SDCOC
- I am a music director for the San Diego Chur
ches of Christ. I've taught the San Diego Church of Christ Fellowship for 9 years. I have led worship for even longer, and i love it.
- Worship intern May 2014 - Sep 2014
- Dallas/ Fortworth Church of Christ
- Led worship, produced music, directed choirs, taught assorted parts to part singers.
- I Speak 3 languages fluently
- I am a certified member of the National Association of Music Educators
- I have received awards in the fields of Voice and Piano for outstanding professionalism, & Excellency
- I am presently teaching ages 5-65, with the exception of one enthusiastic 67 year old.
- I love my job, and I am passionate, above all I will make you excited about the field of study you choose

*** Lesson Details ***
These details change depending on, whether you would like musical training or academic tutoring.
Musical:

Music is fun and the lessons should be as well. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time (1/2-1hour daily) outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.

- Start with quick warm ups (these work to increase students fluidity with their instrument)
- Work technique
- Assign repertoire depending on skill level.
- Work on assigned repertoire
- Work on technical aspect of the pieces.
Your student will learn much more about their capabilities and their instrument as they will learn many aspects of Music Theory.

I teach beginning- advanced piano lessons touching on posture, hand position, rhythm training, sight-reading, expression, and pop/jazz chord charts. If you want to learn how to play songs by ear that you hear on the radio, I can train you how to do that too! Once I feel that you have surpassed my ability to help you grow, I will be happy to pass you on to a more experienced teacher and attend all of your future recitals.

I teach voice beginner-professional, which includes classical repertoire and technique as well as Musical Theatre, Pop, Rock, Standards, Country, RnB,...you name it. The best part is that you will learn to sing in a manner that will not damage your instrument and in fact will work to fortify your instrument.

Academic:
- Start with introduction to the standard.
- Work on problems with material.
- Present new methods to reach a solution.
- Work on all assigned work.
- Work on future work to give the student an academic advantage.

I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I am strict at times, however, some of my students have referred to me as mellow. I will strive to bring your student up to speed and surpass even their own expectations. I love my students, and I want to see them succeed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Recording equipment etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Casio Keyboard Piano, sheet music, and much more equipment as needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical & Jazz Piano, Classical & Contemporary Voice, English Language & Literature, Spanish Language & Literature
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Tim April 25, 2019
· Singing · In studio
I really appreciate Luis for the practice he's given me. We worked on lyric analyzation and flow. We focused on speeding up the meter to work harder in performing faster. I have become better with expressing my vocals in a volume where I can sing a long with the music bed. I highly recommend Luis for anyone who is working on improving their vocal training.
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Yasemin .. March 13, 2019
· English · Online
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Nathan Wakefield October 27, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Great lesson! Feel better equipped to order in Spanish now
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Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
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$30 / 30-min

About Gary R.

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San Diego, CA

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My specialty is taking beginners from kids to adults, removing the fear of playing, and replacing it with joyful practice and achievable goals.

About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am a life long music instructor.
Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, you should know that private lessons are the quickest avenue to improvement. My lessons are designed for each student individually to maximize their experience. I enjoy teaching students of all ages. Advanced trumpet players are welcome too.
I also teach on SKYPE, and have successful students, including an all area jazz and all state jazz band trumpeter in Houston. He also made all area band last year. I also have vocalists gigging, songwriters writing, and young pianists playing well!
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees of Music Education from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates. I have performed with a num
ber of bands since college. I am an alumnus of the Dallas Cowboy's band, The Funk Monsters, Idle Hands, Syntax, and many more DFW area groups. In San Diego, I host a jazz jam each month featuring some of the area's hottest players.
My primary expertise is teaching Trumpet or related brass instruments, vocal jazz, and piano for kids and adults.
Read my reviews, ask me questions, come hear me perform around San Diego, set some goals with me and lets get after it!
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Sarah March 19, 2019
· Trumpet · Online
I can not say enough good things about Gary. Currently three of our children are taking online lessons with him. I will admit that I was very nervous about online lessons but Gary has been amazing. He has a way of communicating with our children, who range in age from 10-16, that gets his point across and inspires them. If you are looking for a brass teacher Gary is the one you want!
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Levi January 7, 2019
· Trumpet · In studio
Gary is an Excellent instructor with patience and passion for teaching.
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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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Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
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About John M.

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Carlsbad, CA

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

About John
I have 40 years of playing drums & percussion and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with res
pect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Juliette April 4, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Fantastic
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Larry Y. November 14, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I really liked John's patient approach to me as a rank beginner. He jumped right into it which I liked so we could take good advantage of our hour together.
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Max September 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 15 year old son is very happy with his electric guitar lessons. He looks forward to his lessons with John.
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Joshua W.

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San Diego, CA

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Patient, flexible, experienced, creative, and student-centered instruction across all styles, ages and abilities. Josh's integrative approach begins with skills you already have and develops those you will need going forward--including rhythm, sight-reading, improvisation, composition, two-hand independence, and more. Josh is a highly resourceful teacher who excels in helping students "find" the music (and musician) that is already inside them.

About Joshua
Josh provides patient, flexible, resourceful instruction designed around your goals. He works with students' current strengths and abilities to craft a personalized and highly effective instructional approach that is unique to each student. Even if you have never touched a musical instrument, you already have many of the skills you need to play one; the trick is to find the connection. Josh helps you make fast and effective progress from the beginning, and keeps applying the same personalized resourcefulness as you progress through the learning process.

Josh is a working/touring pianist, organist, educator and music-director; a licensed and CMJ-charting songwriter and composer; and an audio engineer and producer. He teaches college, and maintains a private studio of students of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. His own love of
learning and teaching creates an environment where students come away eager to advance and confident in their own potential.
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Cassidy December 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
It's only been one lesson so far but it was great and seems like it will be exactly what we were looking for (lesson is for my 12 year old daughter).
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joan August 1, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Joshua is a great teacher!
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Nina G. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Loved my first lesson. Can’t wait for more. What took me so long?
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Joshua W.

San Diego, CA 92117
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$40 / 30-min

About Steve M.

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San Diego, CA

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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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Alexander April 30, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
We have had just one lesson, and already my son is playing so well. Steve was kind and supportive, and he taught us all about saxophone fingering, note reading, and how to play good notes.
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Mike January 22, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Had a great first lesson. We got down to business and starting coming up with a plan. I’m looking forward to my future lessons a lot!
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Josh D. May 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I started taking saxophone lessons from Steve in Fall 2017 after not picking up the horn in 10 years. He is very knowledgeable in theory and technique and has been extremely beneficial in helping me get my chops back up par. In these lessons I did not have much direction for Steve on what I'd like to accomplish but that wasn't an issue for him as he was able to make each lesson worth while by shedding light on harmony theory and creating lines as well as different techniques to focus on to improve my playing.

I just bought an additional 10 lessons and had my first lesson of 2018 with Steve this May and am very happy with my decision. He is giving me great feedback on charts I am playing and really giving me a sounding board to ask questions and grow as a musician within this instrument (alto). I personally have a fairly solid foundation in music theory but if you are new to music theory Steve can break that down for you step by step.

I look forward to continuing my lessons with Steve and am already seeing the benefits of having a great teacher.
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Steve M.

San Diego, CA 92117
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About Aleksandr A.

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San Diego, CA

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Voice & Piano Lessons By Opera Singer
Master of Art in Music
All Styles of Music, Solid Vocal Technique
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
35+ Years Teaching & Performing Experience

About Aleksandr
Hello,

I have been an opera singer for more than 35 years, teaching piano and voice. With a unique technique, I will help you to reveal your natural voice and show your own timbre. Expect an improvement within weeks.
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Oliver July 3, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Although, this is the first time I am taking voice lessons I thought Aleksandr was great! I learned a lot (I just wanted to learn a particular song) and realized I needed more knowledge of music. Therefore, I hope to continue to grow with him.
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Kelly G. April 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr.Alexander is an EXELLENT vocal instructor.Very professional.He shows lots of interest in his students.He goes above and beyond his requirements as vocal instructor.I am very happy to have found Mr.Alexander for our son and would recommened him to anyone.
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Wadad B April 10, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
expert teaching and voice training has brought my ability to sing from almost non-existent to a strong.beautiful and power ability.Through skilled teaching and patient partnership over several years,he has been able to bring my voice back to nearly its former state,and it has made me very happy to be able to sing again.
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Aleksandr A.

San Diego, CA 92119
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About Luis M.

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Chula Vista, CA
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Teaching music lessons for the past 4 years.
Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced students. All ages welcome.
Lessons are accustomed to the needs/goals of each student.
Learning note reading, basic music theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and much more.
Able to teach lessons for fun as well as lessons for a more professional setting such as for auditions or upcoming performances.

About Luis
I'm a classically trained musician that specializes mainly on brass and piano instruments. I can teach woodwinds and percussion. Also teach languages for singers like Spanish, Italian, French, and some German.

I'm currently working on getting my bachelors degree in music education here in San Diego (SDSU). I already teach music at a few elementary schools and I teach lessons privately in my home. I also tutor music students at my college that need help with music theory, aural skills and ear training, music history, soloing, and languages.

My goal is to help anyone and everyone who wants to progress in their musical journey and teach them everything I know to be a successful musician because the music industry is very competitive. Although I do teach music for fun for those who simply want to be a little more musically inclined and to b
e able to understand appreciate music at its finest form. The arts are fading away and I'm here to make sure they stay !
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Luis M.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
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$34 / 30-min

About Aleks T.

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Carlsbad, CA

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Hi Im Aleks and I've been playing and composing for piano every day for the last 10 years, would you like to learn how to create a new piece of music and tap into your creative expression? Learn how to play your favorite piece(s) on the piano? Know how to improvise and be able to play music spontaneously? If interested, contact me to learn more.

About Aleks
I love piano, and have been playing and composing for piano for the last 10 years consecutively every day, I would love to share my skills and experience to whomever enjoys playing piano and wants to explore the creative possibilities on this instrument.

Able to give tailor made and custom approach/lesson plans to suite each individuals situation/skills/learning ability/needs and goals. Step by step, simple, clear and precise explanations, progressive challenges, fun loving atmosphere.
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Aleks T.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$50 / 30-min

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One of the keys to successful piano playing is proper hand placement. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares three fun exercises beginners can do to improve their piano hand position... When
Taming the Piece Beast: An Easy Tip to Memorize Piano Music
No matter how many times you practice a piano piece, committing it to memory is a totally different beast! Luckily, there is actually an easy trick for how to memorize piano music. Read on as Hampton, VA teacher

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