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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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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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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Enrique P.

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Escondido, CA
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About Enrique
I truly enjoy teaching and have many years of experience teaching students of all levels and ages.

I try to teach my students how important it is to listen to themselves play. When appropriate, I bring a guitar or bass (depending on the student's need) and help the student learn how drums relate to the rest of the music. I want all of my students to enjoy playing and to have music as a tool for life: one that helps them express themselves, think creatively, learn specific and technical skills, and grow musically. I believe all people can benefit from learning to play an instrument. If you or your child believe that music can provide a new way to find meaning and joy in life while learning a valuable skill, please contact me.

In addition, I have successfully taught many students who have had trouble in school due to lack of motivati
on and/or learning disabilities. Drum/percussion lessons have reawakened these discouraged students' desire to learn and I am happy to adjust my teaching style for any disabilities or difficulties a student may have. I am happy to provide references from parents whose children were struggling in other areas of life and who looked forward to a music lesson when all else seemed to be a chore.

More information: My recent recordings include top-selling Mexican pop artist Yuridia's newest album, Entre Mariposas, produced by his longtime collaborator Javier Calderon, and I have shared credits with Kenny Aronoff and James East.

Winner , San Diego Music Awards with the band Skelpin.

Percussionist of Manolito Gypsy (Gypsy Kings).

*** Lesson Details ***
Classes are 30, 45 or 60 minutes, depending on age and ability. I give lessons at your home or in my home studio.

I will start by talking to the student and/or parent about what the student would like to accomplish from the lessons and what, if any, musical background the student already has. It's OK if you don't have any experience at all.

The first class is when I focus on understanding how the student learns. Everyone learns differently and is motivated differently, so I make it a point to get to know what makes the student tick. During the first lesson, we will do some basic exercises so I can pinpoint where they are, and I'll assign skills to practice for the next class.

If the class is taught at my home studio, I record it for the student to refer to during the week. I assign exercises for every class, so please plan to practice at least 15 minutes per day while you are taking lessons.

Finally, I offer a recording opportunity for students who are writing songs and would like to learn recording skills. This is an option for advanced students, students who are looking to record a demo, or for young students who would like to preserve their new accomplishments on an audio file that can be given as a gift.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD-6 and Yamaha stage custom and acoustic drums. Full in-home studio. Machudo Cajons (Drum Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar recording software,Box) Yamaha acoustic set, Sonar rec software,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will bring appropriate lesson materials to your home and we will work together to get the right practice materials for you within your budget.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching Latin percussion instruments including the drum set, cajon (DrumBox), bongos, dumbek and congas.
Spanish Music for kids
Spanish:Lessons for teens and adults, Spanish Music Program(Learn Spanish with songs, music age 8-9)

If you have a group of kids that play instruments but they don't know how to start a band I can guide them I have plenty of experience in this field.

Also I teach how to make and how to play with sequences and loops.

Latin rhythms, rock, world music beats, jazz, Latin Jazz, pop--the style is up to the student.
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JanetD May 1, 2011
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drum lessons made fun!

My son is taking drum lessons for the first time with Enrique. Enrique is friendly, relates to teenagers well and has cool ways to make learning fun!
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KennethP March 21, 2010
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Happy dad

Enrique is very good with my son Jordan. He is very patient and keeps Jordan interested and challenged. Jordan is learning quickly thanks to Enrique's ability to explain everything in a very straight forward manor.
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PatriciaA March 22, 2009
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Enrique was very helpful, instructive, and encouraging I would recommend him.
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Enrique P.

Enrique P.

Escondido, CA 92026
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$35 / 30-min

About Shamaya H.

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San Diego, CA
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About Shamaya

Playing Music &/or singing is like >>Avatar>Pandora

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Fatina M. November 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Shamaya was very sweet and knowledgeable, she took her time to explain everything to me and made it so easy to understand.
She was ready and had copies of instructions to leave behind for reference.
Will continue with my lessons
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Matthew M. September 28, 2017
· Piano · Online
The first lesson is great! For our son, Thank you, Shamaya.
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Nadin September 14, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Shamaya H.

Shamaya H.

San Diego, CA 92111
(5)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Sophie D.

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La Jolla, CA
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About Sophie
Hi, my name is Sophie and I am originally from Belgium. French is my native language and I have over ten years of teaching experience!
I obtained my bachelor degree in education in 2004 and taught languages in a middle school until 2010-from which I got tenure. I then moved to San Diego with my husband when he was offered a job as a researcher at UCSD. My experience also includes teaching one-on-one, semi-private lessons and groups, teaching in China, volunteering in French-American schools, etc.
I love teaching French and my goal is for you to love learning it!
I believe you learn best when you have fun so I try for my lessons to be interactive (dialogues, flashcards, games...) and to make you speak as much as possible!
Depending on your level and interests we will use different texts, news articles, etc. and will progressively l
earn grammar and vocabulary in a natural and enjoyable way!
I am a happy mother of two young boys, I love hiking, yoga, traveling and playing music! I consider myself outgoing and I enjoy meeting people!
I am looking forward to start our French lessons together!
Sophie
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Sebastian October 6, 2017
· French · In studio
I booked 5 lessons with Sophie to brush up my French language skills during my holidays. Sophie is a very professional and kind teacher and helped me a lot. She adapts to students needs to get a maximum learning effect out of the time.
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Mathilde November 24, 2015
· · In home
I would like to thank Sophie for these lessons in English!
I learnt a lot of vocabulary, sentences thanks to conversations and exercices!
She's a very nice and welcoming person! When i come back in Carlsbad, i'll take another lessons with her, for sure!!
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Sharon A. November 10, 2015
· French · In home
It was such fun to try to remember our hight school and college french. Sophie was very good at getting us to speak. She made us feel very comfortable.
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Sophie D.

Sophie D.

La Jolla, CA 92037
(10)
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$50 / 60-min

About Justin S.

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San Diego, CA
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About Justin
I have a bachelor of arts in Spanish with a minor in Latin American studies. I've studied abroad in México and Argentina (three months each) and know well the language variances of each. I would love to share both language and teach cross cultural competence to students of all ages. I am a trained, credentialed teacher in California and have experience differentiating lessons and activities for a wide spectrum of learners. I've taught high school classes of Spanish as well as Spanish for spanish-speakers, so my lessons can be used for students who grew up speaking spanish at home, but lack a formal education in the language. I also have a masters in multilingual education from Cal State San Marcos
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Kenan P. September 26, 2016
· Spanish · In home
Justin is great. So happy that we found him. Thank you TakeLessons
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Natasha September 14, 2016
· Spanish · In home
My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and learnt a lot
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Anthony September 11, 2016
· Spanish · Online
Very helpful. Good at explaining things. Works within the curriculum that is most beneficial for me. Highly recommend
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Justin S.

Justin S.

San Diego, CA 92117
(5)
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$33 / 30-min
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About Bernie K.

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Chula Vista, CA
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About Bernie
Drumming is my favorite language!

He is an accomplished Stage and Studio performer. Before arriving in the States he toured Europe with his own band called Cassiopeak, playing in places such as Barcelona, Ibiza, Amsterdam and St. Petersburg. He toured the United States with various artists. After graduation from LA Music Academy he became staff at the school. In Berlin Germany he played in the musical “The Buddy Holly Story”. In the United States he played in the musical “The Playground” at the Deaf WestTheatre in North Hollywood, and published an album with The Sacred Dice - “Tones From The Overground”. In Germany he released an album with JURI - “Gegen den Strom”.
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Thomas June 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Bernie was my first and the best drum teacher I had.
Even when I got better and I thought there is nothing much I can learn from some one he prooft me wrong and Show me there is so much more to practise.
I hope he is coming back to germany one day.
But for now I wish him all the Best in the states!
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Tobias June 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Our son (9 years old) had two years of teaching with Bernie. He learned a lot and even had several small appearances . A very cool and excited time for him . He misses Bernie ;-)
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Schubert June 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is a Nice teacher,I learned very easy by him .I hope he will back again😄
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Bernie K.

Bernie K.

Chula Vista, CA 91915
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$35 / 30-min

About Kevin H.

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La Jolla, CA
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About Kevin
I am an English language instructor (native-speaker) with over 18 years of teaching experience, the nine most recent of which have been in post-secondary, diplomatic, and university settings. My qualifications include an M.A. TESOL (New York University) with a 4.0 GPA, B.A. in Japanese and Linguistics (Massey University), and Cambridge CELTA. I have extensive experience teaching a diverse range of adult English Language Learners in the USA, Belgium, and Japan. My most recent teaching positions involved instructing academic, professional, and general EFL courses at the New York University ALI Tokyo Center and academic English courses at Waseda University in Japan. I have also taught English to junior and senior high school students in Japan. I am a reliable, well-organized, positive, and cooperative individual with a love of teaching, em
powering, and motivating my students to help them fulfill their potential. I would truly appreciate the opportunity to contribute to your learning.
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Harsha R. October 15, 2017
· Accent Reduction · Online
It was a good experience. I especially liked the attention Kevin gave to details such as how to say particular syllables, the mouth movement etc..
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Rose October 8, 2017
· ESL · Online
Kevin is an excellent teacher. He is very knowledgeable and provides many useful suggestions to help me achieve my goal. So far I have benefited a lot from teaching experiences he shared during the class. He is also very willing to accommodate for my learning needs. I highly recommend his class!
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Kevin H.

Kevin H.

La Jolla, CA 92037
(2)
starting at
$35 / 60-min

About Kazumasa U.

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San Diego, CA
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About Kazumasa
I am a Japanese national and have been living in the United States since 2001. I studied at Shizuoka University in Japan and my major was education. My courses focused on international culture and the classes prepared me to teach the Japanese language and culture to foreigners.

I am currently teaching more than 20 classes a week including classes at a language school and private tutoring, So far, through the many years of being a tutor, l taught and am still currently teaching Americans, British, Chinese, Koreans, Filipinos and others, ranging from elementary students to retirees privately and tutored them in various aspects of Japanese depending on their individual needs through English instruction.

The thing I love most about tutoring is seeing the face and eyes of a student that has been having a difficult time with a lesson, w
hen he/she finally grasps what I have been trying to teach them. Another favorite thing about tutoring is watching the evolution of a student over time and knowing that I am solely responsible for that progression. I am very thorough and patient when it comes to tutoring my students. I will go to any length to make sure that whatever it is that I am teaching them will be absorbed by them resulting in their betterment, thereby building a sound foundation from which to build.

Let's start broadening your Japanese conversation by talking about what interests you the most right now! Please feel free to contact me to help you achieve your goals!
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Jason December 1, 2017
· Japanese · In home
Super. He is flexible and prepared.
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Zach August 21, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
Really great Sensei! Knowledgeable, Kind, Thoughtful & Polite. Mr. Kazumasa worked with me personally to design a curriculum and improve my Reading/Speaking/Listening&Understanding abilities drastically over 4 months in preparation for my language test. I had not used Japanese for more than 10 years, but with Mr. Kazumasa's patience, and dedication, I gained much needed confidence and performed very well. He goes above and beyond to ensure your success.
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Daniel August 7, 2017
· Japanese · In studio
I've had several different tutors throughout college and I have to admit that Ueno sensei was the best tutor that I've ever had.
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Kazumasa U.

Kazumasa U.

San Diego, CA 92123
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$20 / 30-min

About Anna B.

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Hello. I'm so happy to have an opportunity to uncover the artist in you. I was born and grew up in Moscow, Russia. Every generation of my big family had an artist not as a professional but as a reflection of the soul. My grandfather opened this wonderland for me, he drew everywhere and on everything. Here is one little story from my mom. When she was a first-grade student, the classmates who had a high score were awarded the beautiful pictures drawn on notebook cover by my grandpa. Everyone did their best to get the higher score to get a beautiful picture. Mother was very proud of him.
I came to the US in 2011. I left my habitual life and started finding myself in the different world. I live in San Diego and traveling a lot. I opened art studio and acrylic painting event for Russian community and not only in San Diego and did not expec
t such demand.

Painting makes my life full and interesting, helps me relax and find balance. I became an Art Instructor with the desire to give the opportunity to feel it to everybody.
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Anna B.

Anna B.

San Diego, CA 92129
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$20 / 30-min

About Erika H.

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Encinitas, CA
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About Erika
My professional background is 17 years of teaching foreign languages before my family and I moved to California in 2012.

I grew up as a native German speaker in the bilingual province of South Tyrol in the North of Italy, went to German schools there and after my bachelor's degree in foreign languages I got my teaching credential and taught English and German as a foreign language privately and in Public schools at Elementary, Middle and High School level and German at the language center of the University of Trento.
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Erika H.

Erika H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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$50 / 60-min

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