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About Matthew G.

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Carlsbad, CA
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About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

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Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Jessica September 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
We could not be happier with Matthew! He has the perfect deameanor and teaching technique for our 7 year old. Our son has learned an unbelievable amount in the last two months, but more importantly, he thinks playing is fun. We are so happy to have found Matthew!
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Pik W.

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San Diego, CA
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About Pik
Year 2004 marks Pik's tenth as a private piano teacher for a variety of individual students. She aim's to continue sharing her experience and explore the fun of music with students together. Pik also offers to prepare students the opportunity to take the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Piano Exams in both English and Chinese.

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2007-Present TakeLessons.com

Piano teacher for private lessons in Southern California, all ages

1994-2004 Hong Kong Evangelical Yan Yat Church, Hong Kong

Pianist and piano teacher for private lessons, ages 5-10

1994-1995 S.K.H. Kei Oi Primary School, Hong Kong

Music and English teacher for Summer classes

1993-1996 St. James' Church Youth Center, Hong Kong

Piano teacher for private and group lessons, ages 5-18

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Beginning - Advanced Piano Class

Basic - Advanced Music Theory

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Piano Exams

*** Specialties ***
music, piano
Classical
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robert O. September 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
Pik is absolutely wonderful. She is incredibly soft and patient with our three year old son. He is excited about his lessons and has been learning steadily. I have been thrilled with Pik's instructions.
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Grace T. September 11, 2015
· Piano · In home
Excellent experience! Pik is very kind and patient. My daughter is really enjoying learning something new!
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MailaM September 7, 2008
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My son had a great lesson with Pik.
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Pik W.

Pik W.

San Diego, CA 92127
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$45 / 30-min

About Dustin W.

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El Cajon, CA
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Update: After helping teach some amazing students in Coppell, Dustin relocated to his hometown of San Diego where he is now accepting students. Thank you to all my students in Coppell who grew to love piano with my teaching. I also grew to care about them and their love of music!

Original: Dustin W. became interested in piano while growing up with music in the home. His eldest brother was an accomplished pianist from an early age so it was an easy choice for Dustin to also study music at age 10. Piano is something Dustin had always enjoyed since he had a good sense for musicality as well as technical ability. While in high school, Dustin not only played for the school choir but also played int he jazz band as well as sang bass in his school's Chamber ensemble. Dustin has experience with piano since 1997 and since 2008 with voice.

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ile attending Pepperdine University in 2005 on full merit/music scholarship, Dustin began to give piano lessons to young students in the area as well as his fellow classmates who needed help on improving their performance. This allowed Dustin to hone his skills in teaching both beginner and advanced level students. Dustin has received several awards for his piano performance ability, most namely his graduation from the California Certificate of Merit at age 18 as well as several other competitive awards in the concerto, Bach, and sonata competitions. Currently Dustin continues to study piano to test out his new teaching ideas as well as reinforce the skills learned through his piano career. He mostly plays for his students as well as his young son Landon so his kids can grow up in a musical environment.

The highlight of his music career is that he has been able to take what was taught to him by his favorite and very accomplished teacher, Mr. Krystrof Brzuza, and apply that to his own students. This helped him be a teacher to many wonderful students he picked up over the years. Dustin has also taught piano in Shanghai where he built up a full studio in 5 years. The saddest part for Dustin when leaving Shanghai was leaving his piano studio. Some of Dustin's students have gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Some of Dustin's students had gone on to study various majors with musical minors due to Dustin bringing out their love of music. Other students were much younger and would be left with another bright teacher in Shanghai. Having wonderful students is why he began teaching, having them grow to love music and continue music throughout their life is why he continues to teach. As long as he can help his students learn to not only enjoy music but to keep it with them their entire lives, then he know that he has been successful with that student whether they are 6 years old or 56 years old.

Feel free to listen to a recording of me playing a Rachmaninoff Moment Musical during my Junior year at university.

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For beginners to Intermediate I use the Bastien piano books which I have found have the best balance for teaching both technical ability as well as love of music and song.

For advanced students I focus on tailor-making the repertoire to fit what kind of music my student enjoys as well as will improve them in technical/musical areas that are lacking. Generally I follow the one from each of the major periods plan for older students, e.g. 1 Baroque, 1 Classical, 1 Romantic, 1 Contemporary. This gives each student a good exposure to different types of compositions as well as experience in playing varied types of music.

*** Specialties ***
While experienced in teaching young students to love music, Dustin specializes in take intermediate students who are skilled and turning them into advanced Pianists who will both excel at piano performance as well as learn to love piano for the rest of their lives.
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Jeff May 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin's students look forward to their piano lessons each week.
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Norah May 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dustin is a very experience, patient, and child friendly teacher.
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Payal D. March 12, 2014
· Piano ·
Learnt in a month

He is an excellent teacher reliable and focused. He can handle kids well. He is patient with them. I would recommend him to anybody looking for a good piano teacher.
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Dustin W.

Dustin W.

El Cajon, CA 92020
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$20 / 30-min

About Gary R.

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San Diego, CA

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About Gary
Hello, my name is Gary R. and I am ready to get you started on a musical journey that should last a lifetime. Whether you are just beginning, or have been making music since you were a kid, I can help you. Beginners come in all ages, so don't think you are too old to play or sing. I enjoy teaching students of every age.
I received my Bachelors and Masters degrees from the University of North Texas, a University well known for their music school and famous graduates.
My primary expertise is teaching Trumpet and brass instruments,
Vocal jazz, and beginner piano for kids or adults.
Learning to play takes practice, guidance, determination, and a desire to have fun !
Read my reviews, ask me questions, come hear me perform around San Diego, and lets get started !! Enjoy a relaxed lesson atmosphere and let me help you
become the musician you want to be.
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Joel V. September 13, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Gary is an absolutely amazing teacher, he makes me feel extremely comfortable when singing and playing. He's helping me improve my overall music knowledge and focusing on what I personally would like to learn. I'd recommend anyone who might be a little shy to Gary because he's really helping me with mine.
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Emily and Kitty S. July 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
gary was very funny and we felt comfortable with him :)
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Marylou D. June 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son took piano and voice lessons with Gary last summer. Gary is fantastic! He is very talented, patient, and kind, He is great at keeping a child's attention and varying the lesson so that the child is not bored. I would definitely recommend Gary for music lessons.
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Gary R.

San Diego, CA 92116
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About Emil L.

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San Diego, CA
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I have MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from Europe and Russia and can teach you the Right Way Violin, Viola, Piano Music Theory, Conducting anywhere in San Diego in your own home or in my studio.
My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.

I use Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student.
Study with the Best Russian and European methods with results!
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Emil L.

Emil L.

San Diego, CA 92105
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$24.99 / 30-min
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About Andy R.

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San Diego, CA

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I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
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Racquel R. October 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!
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Josh H. October 10, 2017
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.
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Ben July 14, 2017
· Drum · In home
My 12-year old son was very nervous about meeting Andy and learning to play the drums but Andy was great with him and had him practicing his first drum beat before the end of the session.
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Andy R.

Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
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$25 / 30-min

About Nick S.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello! My name is Nick 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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$28 / 30-min

About Willie B.

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San Diego, CA
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I am a professional low brass musician (euphonium, trombone, bass trombone). I enlisted in the US Navy in 2005 and since then I have performed all over the world in places like England, Germany, Morrocco, Ghana, Bermuda, Mexico, and across the US.

I have studied with Pete DuBeau (principle tubist, Virginia Symphony), Ross Whitlock (US Army, retired). Additional studies with Brian Bowman (University of North Texas), and Roger Behrend (George Mason University, and former principle euphonium, US Navy Band).

I believe that music should be enjoyed not only by the listener, but by the performer as well. I practice because I want to and not because I have to. In my opinion, as a teacher, there is nothing that brings a smile to my face quicker than to see a student finally play an excerpt or piece of music that has frustrated him or her fo
r a while. As a musician, nothing makes me happier than to hear a piece of music played the way it was intended.

I don't like to lose auditions, but my goal for you is that if I must lose, it should be to you. I feel that every teacher should want their students to surpass them, much like a parent wanting their child to be more successful.
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Willie B.

Willie B.

San Diego, CA 92154
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$55 / 30-min

About Tasha S.

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About Tasha
Tasha has been a musician for the majority of her life. Her academic accomplishments include a Bachelors of Music and Masters of Music Performance from San Diego State University and a Diplome Superior of Harp Performance from the Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot in Paris France.

As a professional musician Tasha has performed internationally both as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. Her most notable performances as a chamber musician have been with the Orquesta de Baja California throughout Mexico and with various chamber ensembles in the United States including: Red Fish Blue Fish, San Diego New Music Ensemble, Pacifica Duo and the Talea Ensemble. Tasha is a member of the Duo Pacifica (harp/piano) and Garcia/Godinez (harp/percussion) ensembles, among others.

Tasha has collaborated on numerous commis
sions of new music and premiered various works. She is a recording artist for Cold Blue Records. Her solo recordings include her self-produced solo CD Postcards from the Soul and her recording of Michael Byron’s solo harp work In the Village of Hope on Cold Blue Records. Tasha has a studio of harp students both local in San Diego, CA and throughout the country.
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Tasha S.

Tasha S.

La Mesa, CA 91941
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$42 / 30-min

About Joe P.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello! My name is Joe! I've been teaching private piano lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students learn how to read music, develop a strong sense of rhythm, and become the best musicians they can be while having fun along the way. I'm currently a pianist going to San Diego State University and completing a degree in Music Entrepreneurship by 2019. I'm an upbeat and optimistic person and my teaching style is encouraging, growth oriented, and allows room for plenty creative expression. I look forward to helping you overcome any musical challenges along the way!
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Joe P.

Joe P.

San Diego, CA 92182
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$20 / 30-min

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