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About Alan E.

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Poway, CA

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Experienced and patient teacher for over 30 years. Extensive Classical training, teaching Classical and Jazz piano, improvisation, Latin Jazz, Pop,
theory, harmony as well. Experienced teaching all levels from beginning to advanced levels.
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Alan E.

Alan E.

Poway, CA 92064
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About Jordan M.

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San Diego, CA

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*Experienced teacher and professional musician...
*Military, Teacher, and early bird discounts available, up to 15% off. Use the ask a question feature for details :)
-Over 6,000 lessons taught to over 300 students.
-Over five years of teaching experience in classroom settings: K-5 general music, middle and high school band, under graduate music history, directing college music ensembles
-Performed with:
Great Good Fine Ok, 10,000 Maniacs, The Mighty Untouchables, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess, Gaslamp Quarter Jazz Orchestra, and many more.
-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 f
or 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).

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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 featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this 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.

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***Scheduling Policy***
-To avoid being charged - One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedule.
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Tina H. July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jordan has been working with Adam for a bit over a year, and he is terrific. He has great patience, enthusiasm, and really engages Adam and challenges him to do more in an inspiring way. We are so glad we found Jordan!
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Leneah June 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jordan is the best! I've learned so much!
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Doniphan S. December 7, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
I personally did better than I expected, all due to Jordan's excellent method of teaching. A very pleasant experience.
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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.

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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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Garth April 11, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Jesse was wonderful at improving my techniques and inspiring me to do better.
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Talia April 6, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jesse is a very nice, prompt, attentive teacher. He not only teaches classical guitar but also Yukalele! He is a wonderful guy!
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Bill F. March 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very good beginning. He has a perfect teaching style for me. On time and displays a very broad knowledge of the business. I look forward to the next lesson.
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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About Spencer V.

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El Cajon, CA

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I was born in Santa Barbara, but I have lived in many states and I have also lived outside of the country. I started to play the piano at age 11, which is much older than when most children start. Once I began playing the piano I became addicted to it. Because I have moved around a lot, I had many piano teachers and learned from many different teaching styles. In college I began playing the organ and I am now the organist at St. Ann Catholic Church in Logan Heights.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am neither too strict nor too laid back, but just right! I have taught many students, each of whom respond differently to different teaching styles. Some students respond better to a more rigid style of teaching, where others need more flexibility. What is important to me is that my students enjoy their piano lessons. While I prefer teaching the class
ics, Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, etc., I am open to teaching all kinds of music, provided that it is fruitful for my students' musical growth. Another important aspect in learning music is the sense of accomplishment. I feel that it is very important for my students to work on a piece of music to completion, because it is at that point when they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor. I always like to have my students leaving the lesson wanting more. If I do not inspire and motivate my students, I am not doing my job.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in living room in-home w/ seating for parents and a grand piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical, European. I am open to other genres if I believe it will benefit the student. There are some German resources that I like to use: Erstes Klavierspiel by Fritz Emonts (published by Schott).
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LaVerne J. December 15, 2013
· Piano ·
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Spencer is a great teacher, really, the best! Best!
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Judie D. November 29, 2013
· Organ ·
Excellent organ instructor

I recently started taking organ lessons, after having taken piano lessons years ago. Spencer has been great in helping me build on my past skills as I learn to play a new instrument. He’s very professional and enthusiastic. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
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Spencer V.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Roberto A.

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San Diego, CA
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Hello and thanks for reading. I grew up in the musically-rich state of Texas, playing everything from ABBA to ZZ Top, and I began teaching in the San Diego area about 3 years ago. My teaching career had been diverse, including teaching Guitar classes at Adult Education and children at the Community Center, and classes to our Navy servicemen and servicewomen.

I hold an Associate of Music Studies Degree from San Diego Mesa College.

I have students as young as 8. so I build a solid musical foundation upon which they can grow. I emphasize music literacy, proper technique, and practice strategies to help them excel as musicians.

Many of my students are mainly busy adults, so with them I do not use conventional teaching techniques - I focus on getting them to play songs. Most of my Intermediate Students started with me as
beginners, picking up a guitar for the first time. With a vocabulary of just a few chords and rhythms, you can play hundreds of songs!

* Note to pet owners - I am allergic to cats, but don't mind making necessary arrangements.
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Angely February 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Roberto is one of our Adult Education Instructors teaching Beginning and Intermediate Guitar lessons. He is organized, on-time and follows through with deadlines. He is accommodating to his students and I believe they are enjoying his class.
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Barbara February 1, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Awesome and patient instructor. I started class with learning, laughing and having fun...the next I knew, we were playing a song. Amazing. Thank you so much.
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Roger February 1, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Roberto is a very dedicated, sincere and gifted guitar teacher.
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Roberto A.

Roberto A.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Ronald Chaz B.

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Los Angeles, CA

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About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

Ronald Chaz B.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Alessandra S.

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San Diego, CA

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Alessandra has been teaching flute, piano, oboe, and music theory for ten years. Alessandra received her B.A. in Music with a Classical Piano emphasis from Cal Poly SLO in 2014, and she just graduated with her M.A. in Music Industry Administration from Cal State Northridge. She teaches the Suzuki Method for piano students, and a hybrid of other methods for flute, oboe, and music theory.

Alessandra was an oboe soloist at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. on the Cal Poly Symphony tour. She was also selected to perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Major, Op. 102 by Dmitri Shostakovich with the Cal Poly Wind Ensemble, and the Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor, Op. 37 by Ludwig van Beethoven with Cal Poly Symphony. Alessandra was extremely active in her undergraduate music program, receiving several awards and scholarships, and wa
s first chair flute/piccolo in marching band.

Alessandra is a fun and hands-on teacher, and you will leave each lesson smiling!
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Christine K. April 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great experience for the first class!
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Melinda S. April 18, 2017
· Flute · In home
We were in San Diego for a family vacation and my daughter needed to prepare for Solo and Ensemble-- She had two lessons with Alessandra and they were great-- she was detail oriented and really helped my daughter master the music she was playing! Great experience!
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Natalie Y. February 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
First lesson with Alessandra and it went great. She was on time, friendly, and off to a great start with my daughter. 5 Stars!
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Alessandra S.

San Diego, CA 92131
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About Nick S.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello! My name is Nick Sullivan and I'm a Jazz guitarist based in San Diego. I am currently in my final year of the Jazz Studies program at San Diego State University. I have been playing guitar for over ten years and teaching for the past three. In addition to guitar, I am able to teach any level of music theory or ear training. I was recently awarded a teaching fellowship for the aural skills department at San Diego State University and consistently tutor college-age students. I have also taught private guitar lessons to many middle and high school students. While I emphasize the importance of dedication and hard work while learning to play an instrument, I also believe the process should be fun.
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Andrew S. May 24, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
Nick is a very solid guitar player, has a lot of patience, and great ears! I had a one on one ear training/singing lesson with him once and he was really helpful. He broke it down to most basic level so I could really understand the concepts; it helped fix my problems. I highly recommend Nick!
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Sean May 16, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Nick is an excellent musician who is very knowledgable about all aspects of music, I highly recommend him!
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Nick S.

San Diego, CA 92119
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About Matt H.

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Trombonist Matt Hall, currently residing in New York City, is no stranger to the San Diego music scene and is in town for the duration of summer. Hall is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego. While in the military, he served as a trombonist in the US Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band and Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, performing across the United States.

He has been a frontman to a vast multitude of various groups from coast to coast including the co-led Charlie Arbelaez-Matt Hall Big Band, a 17-piece group made up of local San Diego musicians.

Hall has performed with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Mundell Lowe, Peter Sprague, Bob Magnusson, Mike Wofford, Marshall Hawkins, Sean Jones, Gilbert Castellanos, Donald Brown, Eric Alexander, and Bob McChesney.

Hall is currently studying
with legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, leader of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Mosca, jazz baritone saxophone veteran Gary Smulyan and other esteemed faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, finishing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies.

Matt Hall performs exclusively on Michael Rath Trombones.
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Matt H.

San Diego, CA 92126
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About Sharon H.

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Poway, CA

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Music has been a central pulse to my entire life. I started taking piano lessons at age 5 and picked up the clarinet in elementary school. By the end of middle school I was writing songs on the piano and guitar and trying to get anyone I knew to play in a band with me.
In High School I finally did manage to play in a band that would play shows in the Greater Rochester Area in New York State. Once I hit age 18, I packed my bags and moved to San Diego where I continued working on my craft and started my new life.
I never stopped playing music, writing songs, and trying to find people to collaborate with. By the time I started my career as a hairstylist, I knew that I had to share my love and passion for music with others and endeavored to build a student schedule.
My first students, as an adult, were my future in-laws. Mother, father and si
ster in-law learned piano, guitar and music theory with me. My late father in-law had a left leg amputation and was blind. We taped rice on the back of the guitar neck so he would have a tactile reference to his frets. It felt so good to bring a dream of his to life and to prove to naysayers that anyone can play, even if the challenges are far greater than average.
Within a year, I had enough referrals to fill 2 days of the week with students. I have held 3 recitals and plan on having a holiday recital this year.
I will never stop sharing music with others and look forward to meeting any new students granted via this platform.
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Keoni July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's great! She's helped me learn about music and I highly recommend her. She's nice and great at answering any music question. She's an 11/10
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Sharon H.

Poway, CA 92064
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