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About David B.

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About David
After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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Layci L. February 15, 2019
· Ukulele · In studio
Today was my 8 yr old grand daughter's first session with Dave and she was a little nervous about her first lesson. Dave was very patient and very pleasurable.
On the way home, my grand daughter told me she liked Mr. Dave, had a lot of fun and can't wait for next week's lesson.
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Chloe February 8, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In home
Great teacher! I learn so much more in my lessons with David than I think I ever would anywhere else. He is very patient and breaks down music theory so it is easy to understand. Bass is tricky for me and he helps me understand my place more and provides context. He also instills a lot of confidence in my abilities and gives great feedback. And he's a lot of fun!
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Jeremiah & Brayden H. January 21, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Dave is a great guitar teacher. My son and I both take lessons from him. We look forward to going to the lesson, we have a great time at the lesson and we are learning a lot. Would highly recommend Dave.
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David B.

David B.

Lakeside, CA 92040
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About John G.

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Spring Valley, CA
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I am a 36 year old professional musician, and music and tennis Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, singing and tennis. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on
breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game. I am also willing to do group lessons of up to 4-5 players to enhance a group learning environment as well as combining the skills from each player to enhance the other and create a fun learning environment on the tennis court.
*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.
For tennis instruction I have my own rackets as well as a ball hopper full of practice balls to bring to any location or public open tennis court. I also have reels of string and a stringing machine to restring tennis rackets with broken strings.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.

Tennis: Ground strokes, both 1 hand and two handed back hand. Serve, kick serve, slice serve, tomahawk serve, net play including volleys, over heads as well as other specialty shots including forehand and backhand slice and approach shots, Lobs, topspin lobs, and drop shots. Also playing strategy and competition.
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James M. July 2, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I had an instructor prior to him for nearly a year. I hired JR because after that time I didn’t even learn how to read music. I learned more today from JR than the entire time I had my previous instructor. JR is detailed and patient for an old, inexperienced fart like me. Thank you, JR!
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Tyler T. December 30, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
My son loved his first lesson and the instructor. 😊
thank you, John. He got to play many notes that he did not with the previous instructor.
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Lina J. November 27, 2017
· Tennis · In home
John was great - super patient and encouraging.
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John G.

Ramona, CA 92065
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About Regina T.

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El Cajon, CA
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About Regina
I was inspired to play the violin after seeing the local middle school orchestra perform when I was 8 years old. Since beginning group violin lessons the following school year, I have been consistently involved in developing my passion for and involvement in music in versatile ways -participating in many classical orchestras and ensembles, interning at 91X radio station during college,
and performing as a session musician and live string performer in the San Diego music scene.

In 2010, I graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University. In addition to teaching lessons, I play for weddings, parties, and other events, and can be found rocking out on stage in acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL!

I teach from more traditional methods and use my personal history to p
rovide a well-rounded learning experience. I enjoy sharing the beauty and creativity of classical music, Irish/world music, hymns/religious pieces, as well as contemporary songs.

My approach to teaching is very holistic, helping to create for each of student a solid foundation of music theory, history, note-reading, and technique while also exposing them to a variety of pieces and genres so they can be better prepared to explore what most interests them.

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Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, various sheet music, etc.
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Paula July 26, 2018
· Viola · In home
She is experienced and very knowledgeable. She is going to help me improve my viola playing! I would recommend!
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Audrey R. December 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I am 65 years old and had not taken violin lessons since I was in the 6th Grade.
I inherited my dad's violin and had a new desire to take lessons. Regina made
me feel comfortable and assured me that I can make progress with practice.
She is professional and friendly.
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Hamza September 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Regina is one of the nicest teachers I've dealt with. She's very patient and really knows what she's doing.
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Regina T.

El Cajon, CA 92019
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Will January 11, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Trevor is wonderful and sensitive to special learning needs.
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Randy W. November 20, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
I would think the first lesson is always the hardest to start since as an instructor you don’t know what skill level you will be teaching. Trevor started the class asking what I wanted to accomplish and ended with lots of practice lessons for me to complete. Looking forward to more classes with him.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Masashi Alex N.

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El Cajon, CA

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About Masashi Alex
I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.

After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of understanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students obviously are not expected to bring a piano but if you are taking guitar/bass, do bring one.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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ts to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.

I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - classical, rock/pop, jazz.
Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
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Bob February 21, 2019
· Piano · In studio
As a first time piano student at age 70, I find Masa. very patient with me. He encourages me to understand music theory as well as playing. I enjoy the lessons very much, even after 15 months!
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Tyler O. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Being the first lesson, I had an instant connection and a really great lesson!
He makes learning fun.
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Miranda D. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson
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El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Rebecca N.

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El Cajon, CA

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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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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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Nickolas A. August 24, 2017
· Piano · Online
Nickolas enjoyed your teaching and he is learning a lot.
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Rebecca N.

Rebecca N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About David B.

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Fort Mill, SC

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My Online Clarinet student Jay Shankar made 1st Clarinet in the 2016 Carnegie Hall United States National Youth Orchestra!!! I have had 3 Clarinet students make the NAfME National Honors Band since 2012 when it was formed. In 2018 I have 2 Clarinet students who made 1st Chair in their All State Band.

I am an Internationally recognized Clarinetist, and teach for 2 online European based Music Conservatories.

I have taught with faculty from the Philadelphia Orchestra including many Principal Members at their Music Festival for over 6 Seasons. Extensive experience teaching all levels from beginners (have taught many, many just starting out) to Professional Players who come to me for help. A current online student in Virginia's 10th Grade Student got 1st Chair All State Band this past year (my Grand-student was 1st Chair All State), an
d I opened a Masterclass for legendary Berlin Philharmonic Clarinetist Karl Leister in Madrid this past Summer. I seek students who are willing to work hard, and have a lot of fun getting great.
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Ellen D. February 10, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
there are many clarinet players. Some are good, few can teach, and a minuscule amount are both. You have just found one of those few. This man has judged at international competitions, and has incredible patience and memory. He has studied under an understudy of the founder of the american school of thought for clarinetists, and always knows what you need to know, even if you are only in 8th grade.

This is the one.

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Linda January 14, 2019
· Clarinet · Online
David is flexible and geared towards the needs of the individual student. I am returning to the clarinet after more than a 40-year absence and he is able to accommodate my requirements. He is friendly and makes the student feel at ease. I look forward to more lessons with him.
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Judy May 7, 2016
· · In home
I feel privileged to be able to write this review. David was my son Sunil's saxophone instructor throughout middle and high school, and his supporter through college. Under David's expert instruction Sunil earned the award for Pennsylvania All State Musician in alto sax as a high school senior. In addition to David's incredible expertise in performance music and his high level teaching skills, he is a very generous and patient and caring person. Over the course of years David became a true friend to Sunil, and to our whole family. I would recommend David to any music student unconditionally.
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About Ania S.

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Ania is a composer, performer and music educator currently based in San Diego. Ania has been teaching private lessons in piano performance, ear training, music theory and composition since 2008. She has helped students accomplish their musical goals including succeeding in The Royal Conservatory and Trinity College in London exams, and successfully passing entrance exams to renowned music colleges in Europe and USA, as well as succeeding in their academic pursuits.

Ania received her Doctorate in Music Composition in June 2016 from the University of Washington in Seattle. During her academic education she received training in conducting, music theory and piano performance. Between 2011 and 2016, Ania taught ear training, music theory and music appreciation at the University of Washington, and also served as a piano accompanist for both
undergraduate and graduate classical and jazz voice performance classes. As a pianist and composer, she has worked with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space and the Seattle Modern Orchestra.

Between 2014 and 2016, Ania taught piano, music theory and voice at private schools of music in Seattle and Bellevue, both in Washington. Since August 2016, Ania has served as the Music Director at Santee UMC, leading a choir and small voice ensembles while continuing to teach private voice, piano, and music classes in the San Diego area. As an expert in her field, Ania looks forward to help new students achieve their musical goals.
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Ania S. October 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Ania is awesome, she dived right in and made my daughter feel comfortable. Excited to go back and watch my daughter improve each week.
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Will October 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ania is fabulous. Very skilled and patient teacher!
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Jeff July 4, 2017
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I know Ania's teaching from the time we worked together at music schools in Seattle, and I've gotten to see the passion and high level of musicianship that she brings to her lessons. Ania pushes her students towards clear and attainable goals with steady encouragement, and I saw the results in the rapid progress of her students, who loved playing their instrument and were visibly excited by the gains they were making. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Ania S.

Santee, CA 92071
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Music is a huge part of my life and I love sharing that with others. Helping and seeing others discover and develop their talents and find joy in music is something I love.

I come from a musical family and have been singing and playing the piano since before I can remember. Flute (and piccolo) lessons began for me in the 7th grade and I participated in both concert and marching bands from there though college. Now I take regular opportunities to play with various groups of all sizes.

I have taught music (theory, flute, piano and vocal) to students of varying ages and backgrounds both individually and in groups. Working as the woodwind and marching assistant at my alma mater was a thrill and I enjoied seeing and helping students push themselves and reap the rewards of both talent and recognition for their efforts and accomplishments.


While participating in the Prince William Community Band, I had the opportunity to learn to play some percussion instruments and played in that section for a couple years. I have been a music director for several years and enjoy arranging music. It is never to late to start learning if you have the desire and persistence.
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Shirleen H. February 11, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Jennifer is patient, flexible, and encouraging. I highly recommend her!
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Cherie S. January 12, 2019
· Piano · In home
Jennifer is a wonderful teacher.
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Emma S. December 21, 2018
· Flute · In studio
She was very kind, very patient, and very good at instructing. For two people who have never learned anything about the flute, my child and myself feel comfortable and confident in practicing what we’ve learned! Often for first lessons when setting out to practice you can’t remember what to do. She was amazing!
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About Terry B.

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I love adventure in music, for kids. First we work on technique and reading both staffs. THEN WE RUN WITH MUSIC THAT INTERESTS THEM. I have experience with every faze of pieces, with over 40 years of hands on performances.. If you are interested, I am also a Guild member for over 25 years. I love giving recitals, and include receptions afterward. I left N.Y. and 21 students to live in sunny California. My goal is to inspire piano students to love playing and enjoy the music they can make.

lets get started. I am looking forward to a great new experience. Having a piano in your home is the best gift you can receive. Digital pianos, I have also worked with. Thank you for this opportunity. hope to hear from you soon.
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Terry B.

Terry B.

Chula Vista, CA 91914
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Ready for your big break? Check out this list of good audition songs for musicals to discover all the fantastic options you have to choose from! Musical theatre auditions can be daunting, especially when they’re only asking for 16-32 bars of a song. No matter if you’re asked to prepare a cut or if you’re lucky enough to sing your whole song, it’s super important to find the song that really sells your voice. Musical theatre goes beyond voice type- it’s equally important to have tons of
Best Violin Songs to Practice by Genre: Rock, Pop, and Country
Love it or hate it, practice is a significant part of every musician’s life. This is especially true for those learning the violin, as there are many complex techniques and skills one must learn. As every musician can attest, finding the time and motivation to practice can be difficult, especially when you’re used to practicing the same songs over and over again. Rather than bore yourself to death, try switching up your practice plan by adding different genres of music--such as rock, p

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