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About Carol F.

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Oceanside, CA

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About Carol
I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.

It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.

I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.

Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.

Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!

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I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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Mike April 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
Carol is a fantastic teacher with great musical taste and tons of experience. Lesson plans are tailored to your specific needs and timing is very flexible. Wish I would have gone sooner!
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Lisa December 12, 2016
· Singing · In home
I decided to finally pursue voice lessons, after years of thinking about it but never taking action. Now in middle-age - and not sure exactly what I want to do down the road - I can definitely say that have LOVED working with Carol! I could not have asked for a better teacher to start me on this path. Her knowledge and experience comes through in every lesson, but it is her warm and personal demeanor that helped me believe that I could start on this journey and really enjoy the process. She has a way of connecting with you so that you understand what she's saying, and you can then starting improving under her direction. I would highly recommend Carol and I look forward to continuing with her.
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Mike November 27, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Learn something new every lesson!
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Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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About Dave R.

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Carlsbad, CA

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About Dave
Hello! My name is Dave..Let me help spark your curiosity, your creativity and your inspiration with drumming!

All you'll need to start is a pair of sticks!

Maybe you'd like to get help learning a song, Maybe you'd like someone to work with you through a particular drum book, or maybe you're looking for a complete course in drumming, to help you achieve your drumming goals. Allow me to help!

You'll learn to play drum grooves and rudiments.
You'll learn to read drum music and learn some music theory.
I'll show you how to figure out and play along with your favorite songs too!

I'll
even help you find a band if you want to!

I've been teaching for years and years, and in San Diego since 2006. I teach ALL levels of musicianship from beginner to working drummers.

I've taught at School of Rock, Hope Elementary school, California Music Studios, TakeLessons and privately since 2006 in San Diego and decades of teaching in New York City, Virginia, New Mexico, and Los Angeles.

My current band I play with is Mr. Growly. Google us!

When not drumming with bands, I attend open mic's regularly and sit-in with as many great musicians as I can...I love drumming!
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Mark B. April 11, 2017
· Drum · Online
It was actually really good I learned a lot from Dave
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Hunter A. March 29, 2017
· Drum · In home
I did my research, read reviews, and decided on Dave for my 14 year old's drum lessons. We have not been disappointed! My son just completed his first set of lessons with Dave and I have already signed up for another set of lessons with him. His personality and enthusiasm for the love of music is awesome. He makes it so much fun to drum! This is your guy for drum lessons!
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Patricia L. March 24, 2017
· Drum · Online
I am so impressed with the level of interaction Dave has had both with my son and with me. We're only a few lessons in and already seeing massive skill level improvement! Dave is a very patient teacher (my son calls him 'cool!') and we're looking forward to working with him for years to come.
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Dave R.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
(11)
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$15 / 30-min

About Matt S.

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Oceanside, CA

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About Matt
Please copy and paste this link to check out my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDiOf3WMT9wBlprkMVJd1Q

With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it s
hould be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
· Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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David January 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
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Kelsey December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 7-year old daughter Kelsey has been receiving piano and vocal instruction from Matt for several months now. This is her first time taking music lessons, and already she is perfecting her first piano song, as well as a couple of songs she has learned to sing. In her own words, Kelsey describes Matt as a "kind and responsible teacher who always makes sure his students do the right thing, and is a great teacher." We are very thankful to have found Matt, and he is well qualified to teach a music student of any age.
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
(15)
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$40 / 30-min

About John M.

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Carlsbad, CA

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I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much joy to my life and expanded my creativity 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 im
pressive 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 respect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Lynne April 13, 2017
· Drum · Online
I picked the perfect instructor for me! John is genuine, fun, extremely knowledgeable on drums and a great communicator! He took time to learn about my goals and has given me direction for achieving them. I feel like I am in great hands and look forward to future lessons!
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Kim January 18, 2017
· Drum · In studio
John is an excellent drummer, but most of all he is an amazing teacher! Referred by a friend, my son can't wait to "jam" with John every week :)
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Melinda November 1, 2016
· Drum · In home
We feel like we hit the teacher jackpot with John! He really knows music & has a passion for sharing this knowledge. Plus he can REALLY hit those drums. He was patient, flexible, & 'made it fun' with my 12-year-old son picking up drum sticks for the first time. So grateful we booked with 'Mr.John!'
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$32.50 / 30-min

About Brennan K.

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Oceanside, CA

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I have been teaching guitar lessons for 8 years, both out of a storefront and in home lessons. I began with a couple students 1 day a week, and eventually grew my clientele to 35-40 students per week. I have experience and appreciate working with children, teenagers, and adults. They all offer a different challenging and rewarding experiences as an instructor.
Musical background:
I first picked up the guitar at the age of 10. In high school I became more passionate about music, and began self teaching myself how to play songs and solo. By my Sophomore year I began playing with bands. I self
taught myself much of the foundation of music theory, and a few years later studied under a Los Angeles based teacher who helped me connect all the dots and really take my playing to another level. I continued my studies with Berklee online courses on jazz improvisation, music theory, songwriting, and recording. I perform both live and in the studio regularly.
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Bill F. December 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I have been taking guitar lessons from Brennan for three years now. During that time, he has taught me how to connect guitar theory with the fretboard and build on my guitar soloing over cord progressions. One thing I like about his teaching style is that he is very patient and he teaches in a way that drives you forward while also being very fun. Many of his students are very young to people that are retired age. His depth of knowledge of the guitar and Theory allows him to help you learn anything from classic rock, modern rock, or heavy metal. With his guitar instruction, I've been able to gain the confidence needed to learn songs and jam with friends on a routine basis. As in a new guitarist in my early 40s, I would highly recommend Brennan as an instructor who will help you grow while also having fun.
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Pamela December 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My grandson has been taking guitar lessons for 4 years from Brennan. You won't find a better teacher. Not only a great teacher that really cares about his students he's a great person. If you want the best to teach you guitar get Brennan.
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Nick December 19, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
I have been Brennan's student for just about 2 1/2 years and he was by far the best teacher for me. I've improved incredibly because he teaches in a way that I can understand, and he keeps it interesting for me.
Brennan himself is an amazingly talented and skilled guitar player. He's familiar with how to play several songs from several different styles of music and can teach a student how to play guitar for songs that they are interested in playing. Personally, when I started playing guitar, I loved 60s-80s rock, and I learned to play songs from The Cure, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd (my favorite), Hendrix, and many others. Nowadays my style of music is different, and Brennan still teaches me songs I love while keeping it difficult and fun with songs from Ozzy, Incubus, the Chili Peppers, and others. In addition to the music, he also occasionally throws in some lessons in Music Theory so you can learn to write songs or improvise solos.
In addition to knowing a lot of music and being able to play it extremely well, a major factor that makes Brennan's teaching great is that he will set a good pace for you based off of your skills. He won't make it too easy for you, a he won't make it too hard. He'll make it just difficult enough so maybe you can't quite play it yet, but you'll be able to very soon through practice.
All in all, Brennan is very adaptable to each student and has a very effective method of teaching. He will make things fun for you while still pushing you to improve with every lesson.
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Brennan K.

Brennan K.

Oceanside, CA 92056
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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