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About Sarah P.

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San Diego, CA
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About Sarah
Hello, my name is Sarah. I'm a classically trained violinist and pianist that has a passion for music and teaching! I started both instruments when I was 4 years old, and obtained perfect pitch--I can compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube. :) I use this gift to compose, transpose, and teach music of all genres of various instruments and arrangements (classical in different keys that fit levels and vocal ranges, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, etc.).
I have taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 83 yrs old, students with physical/mental/learning disabilities, group lessons and more! I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating, and that it should be enjoyable and fun!

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Because mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music (teaching while I was in the womb and an infant), music was inevitable. At age 5, I began performing solo and in ensembles, and since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.
I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.

*** Lesson Plan ***
Mix and match genres and lesson elements: Classical, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, ensemble, solo, theory, sight-reading, technique, Suzuki, Hanon, etc.
My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sight-read and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.
[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]

** SPECIAL NOTE FOR BEGINNERS **
If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs (i.e. one week "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the next week "Minuet in G" by Bach) to ensure that they practice. I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable.
If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but you will not be excluded from sticker rewards. ;) We will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs to cover the basics.
Whether you are 3 or 83 years old, I look forward to helping you play any instrument with comfort and enjoyment, with the right posture and techniques.
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Isabel C. July 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
Only one lesson so far. My daughter loves her.
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Madelon July 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sarah is great this far! We are looking forward to working with her more.
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Iliana February 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sarah is a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher, my daughter enjoys the lessons, she's made progress and improved her musical confidence
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San Diego, CA 92109
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About Nikola M.

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San Diego, CA
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About Nikola
Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.

In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, Nikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.

Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar I
nstitute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.

Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:

The Rudiments of Music

* Chords
* Rhythm studies
* Scales
* Warm up stretches
* Sight reading for beginners
* Theory
* Modes

Technique and Repertoire

* Lead improvisation
* Ear training
* Dynamics

Master Class

* Sweep picking
* Speed picking
* Arpeggios and pentatonics
* Two-hand tapping
* Chicken picking
* Blues improvisation

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amplifier (if needed)

*** Specialties ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
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IrisL May 5, 2011
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He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Nikola M.

Nikola M.

San Diego, CA 92122
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About Laura R.

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About Laura
I am a multi-instrumentalist and have been teaching piano since 1998. My students' ages range from 4 to 60+. I have been a musician for the majority of my lifetime, having started playing piano at age five. As a multi-instrumentalist I teach piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. I have also taught elementary school classroom music at a private school and directed musicals for them.

I have my BA in Music from San Diego State University and I am well prepared to teach music. One of the highlights of my music education at San Diego State was the privilege of playing violin for the SDSU Symphony Orchestra, performing master works such as Beethoven's Fifth Symphony as well John Williams' Suite from Star Wars.

I also received an Associate of Arts degree at Grossmont, College in El Cajon, California, with an emphasis on music education.


My lessons consist of exercises that emphasize proper techniques for each instrument.Lessons are tailored to the specific needs of each student. I would like my students to fully understand the entire musical process, including theory. I prepare lesson content to meet the individual needs of each student.

My students have expressed that they enjoy my music lessons. I am serious about lesson content and am always seeking new ways to make lessons more enjoyable. I include parents/guardians by informing them of lesson requirements and progress, and encourage all to ask questions or make suggestions.

It is my goal to share the joy that music brings to each life. I am looking forward to meeting you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Expect students to have instruments and to purchase lesson books. I have piano and instrument being studied personally available.

*** Specialties ***
Bastien, Alfred, Dozen-a-Day, Keith Snell, Hanon, Czerny and others - piano; Suzuki, Laoureux etc. - violin; Leonard - guitar; Lazarus - Clarinet.

Together with these method books, I include personalized techniques, tailoring lessons each individual student.
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Lorissa September 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Laura has a great sense of humor, which comes in handy when I am not doing as well as I would like. She is a very patient teacher, as well as creative in her teaching strategies. When I was taking lessons with her she was studying music at SDSU and utilized her fresh education in our sessions. Also, her at home studio serves as a relaxing setting, which was just my style.
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Augie Monroy M. August 21, 2014
· Violin · In studio
I really enjoy going to my lessons. Laura is very patient, with great knowledge and a great personality. I am a 58 years old violin student and I want to learn more about the violin so that I can play at my Church. Her classes are fantastic and I know I will be playing in front of the congregation soon. I highly recommend her style whether you are a child, young adult or older like me. IT IS FUN!!
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Laura R.

Laura R.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
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About Joe Danny O.

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San Diego, CA

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About Joe Danny
Hello! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been playing guitar for over a decade and mandolin for about five years. I studied jazz with the Applied Musicians Program at Mesa College, which has changed my view on playing music across all instruments and styles. I've been playing other genres for a lot longer though! I can teach you pop, bluegrass, folk, rock, and more. Let me know what your short or long term goals are and we will get there by learning repertoire of your choice that is appropriate for the skill level we are working on. If there is a time that works best for you that isn't listed let me know! Feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have!
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Joseph July 4, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Started by focusing on basics and learning what my son knew and his skill level.
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Dylan B. May 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Joe Danny was professional, knowledgeable, funny, kind, very helpful and encouraged me to work and practice hard. He was meant to be a teacher. Very patient and through! Highly recommended him to others!
Thank you,
Dylan
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Fransy April 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
JD is very patient and knowledgeable. He keeps the lessons fun and packed with the right amount of challenges according to growth level. It helps when you actually do the homework and practice in between classes.
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San Diego, CA 92104
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About Niki S.

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About Niki
I am a passionate classically trained Piano Teacher specializing in Classical music and pop . I create an enjoyable, customized, yet disciplined lesson plan to help my students achieve their musical goals . I enjoy working with the students of all ages( Young children and Adults). I am determined to develop the full potential of each student .It’s up to a teacher to interact with a student in such a way to discover the potential hidden talent . I truly enjoy to be part of each step in the learning process and helping students to achieve their musical goals .

Lesson Style :

I customize and plan my lessons for each student and therefor my teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and Piano Technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition and performance exercises along with Repertoire ( Classical , pop
and some Jazz)

Lesson Details :
I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, finger number positions, and gradually incorporate Music theory, ear training, note reading and Piano techniques along with Repertoire. I work a variety of methods some of which include Bastien Series, Alfred, Faber, Hanon, little Mozart and many others depending on the student’s age and wishes to what they like to achieve.

Additionally for younger children :
I incorporate a variety of enjoyable off bench musical activities during lessons to help them expand their creativity.

Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time.

Lessons for Adults :

Lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals We will go through warm-ups , music theory that will place emphasis on technique and then work through the repertoire to discover the joy of performing/playing music.

Piano Recital

I also organize performance opportunities and piano recitals for students and their families which is a great experience for both students and their loved ones.The purpose is that students could meet each other and observe others' accomplishments which provide great inspiration and joy to the students and their parents.

For Students who are interested in certificate programs :

The Music Development program

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginners to advanced levels. I'd like to encourage my students to participate in the Music Development certificate program. This program is suitable for students of all ages and provides an internationally recognized assessment service while celebrating the achievements of every student at all levels. The examination results provide assurance for the parents and allow them to track students’ progress to an international standard.

My Piano Studio

I maintain a private home studio in Carmel Valley/San Diego. The relaxing modern space equipped with an upright Yamaha piano extensive library of teaching books and many creative teaching tools.

Come try a lesson, and see for yourself how music can be a part of your life!
Looking forward to meeting you :)
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Susan April 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter started with Niki almost 2 years ago at age 9 and we feel so fortunate to have her as a piano teacher. Niki provides a wonderful balance of patience, nurturing and encouragement with building solid discipline and understanding. She has fostered joy and pride in my daughter and a love of piano that will stay with her a lifetime.
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Heather March 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Niki is very patient and encouraging with my son. We've been with her for four years and counting!
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Kim February 22, 2016
· Piano · In home
Niki is an outstanding piano teacher. She began teaching my daughter when she was 9 years old, and after 3 years of lessons, I am extremely pleased with how well my daughter plays the piano. Niki makes learning piano fun and interesting for children by allowing them to choose some of their own popular pieces. Her teaching style is the perfect balance of friendly and encouraging, yet very professional with an emphasis on progress. She sets high expectations and inspires her students through her own love of music. I would highly recommend Niki to any student fortunate enough to work with her.
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA 92130
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About Sally S.

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About Sally
Sally has been teaching private lessons since 1995, and is currently available to teach lessons at your home & at her studio. Sally learned her own method of teaching to positively enhance the student's strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques; through exposures to recitals, festivals & competitions students developed their confidence in performance.

Sally received her training for a year under the personal tutelage of Mrs. Christine Lauhoff, then attending for four years at Bob Jones Memorial Bible College (Philippines); with continuous education & attending different workshop, convention & conferences through Music Teachers National Association, & California Professional Music Teachers. December of 1999 started her home studio till present time with the help of her husband, Timothy, music teacher as well. Sall
y looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.
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Remy June 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
I chose Sally to teach my granddaughter the fundamentals of piano playing and she's done a amazing job . I have to commend Ms. Sally on her knowledge and patience on her teaching ability. I would highly recommend Ms.Sally to any of my friends and or relatives
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Kaitlin Oliveri July 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sally has truly been the most wonderful instructor! I started taking lessons a few months ago with her. I played piano when I was younger but I wanted to get back into playing before my twins arrive. I am almost 8 months pregnant at this point and Sally has been kind, compassionate and so helpful in helping me remember the piano skills I didn't know I had in me and haven't used in many years. She challenged me, taught me things I never learned when I was younger and helped me improve across every lesson. I'd highly recommend Sally as a piano instructor for all ages and skill levels and I look forward to working with her again in the future!
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Arianna G. July 6, 2016
· Piano · In home
She's very pacient and sweet with my 3 year old❤️
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Sally S.

Sally S.

San Diego, CA 92139
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About Clarissa L.

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San Diego, CA

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Hi, thanks for checking out my profile! My name is Clarissa Lee and I've been teaching piano for 15 years. I'm an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California. I am committed to providing professional, well-rounded music instruction. My goal is to provide a comfortable environment for you to learn and enjoy music!

I provide a combination of repertoire, theory, sight reading, and ear training appropriate to your level. My piano studio is very fun, with plenty of games and learning incentives. Students are given many performance opportunities.

I expect each student to practice consistently each week. I believe that training in classical music is essential to build quality musicians. The core repertoire will be from the great classical composers, but I always add kid-friendly music to the assignment, whether it’s the
James Bond theme or Star Wars.
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Nadine March 14, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I appreciate each minute with her. I was stressed by my English which is not perfect and she put me immediately comfortable. And by the lack of knowledge in music bothered me. For her it was not a problem.
Thank Clarissa .
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Lizzy February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Fun, energetic, knows how to level it down or up for both of my children. I'm thinking about taking lessons from her too! Highly Recommend!
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Chloe February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Easy to talk to, always professional and ready to go when we show up, very patient with my daughter who is not a "natural" at piano. I'd definitely recommend her.
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Clarissa L.

Clarissa L.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Vitaly R.

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About Vitaly
I’m a Theatre Major from UCSD. I've studied music since my early teens, and have played and performed for over a decade. I love music, and I love creating art. If you’re looking for a by the book instructor (here follow the instructions in your music book) I’m probably not a good fit. Music is fun and should be taught that way. But that does not mean you shouldn’t learn the foundation of good technique and how to master those skills. I enjoy teaching as much as I do playing or performing. That is why I do it. "If it ain't fun, why do it?" - Cockrum -
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Vitaly R.

La Jolla, CA 92093
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About Dr. Erik G.

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About Dr. Erik
My name is Dr. Erik G. and I am a conductor, pianist, percussionist, and music educator residing in San Diego, CA. My music studies began at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2010. In 2013, I completed a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Finally, I received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina (UofSC) in 2017. I completed my dissertation in April, 2017.

I have conducted many music ensembles in the United States including: the PLNU concert band (2007-2010), the PLNU chamber orchestra (2008-2010), San Diego Honor Band (2008), Point Loma Opera Theatre (2009), CSUN Symphony Orchestra (2011-2013), CSUN Opera (2011-2013), CSUN Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony
(2011-2013), UofSC Symphony Orchestra (2014-2017), UofSC Campus Orchestra (2014-2017), and the Columbia Community Orchestra (2016-2017).

I am a doctor of music, but I am also a lover of music. I have performed and studied piano for over 20 years. My goal with students is to educate them in theory and technique while also finding the piano music that most interests them. I am highly experienced teaching piano to children and adults.
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Dr. Erik G.

San Diego, CA 92107
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About Alex G.

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I enjoy a diverse and adventurous musical life, here in San Diego and around the world. As a member of the Hausmann Quartet I'm an Artist-in-Residence at San Diego State University, where I teach cello and chamber music. As a long-time member of The Knights chamber orchestra (based in Brooklyn) I've performed throughout the U.S. and Europe, from New York to Vienna, Ireland, Germany and the Canary Islands, and appeared at the festivals of Caramoor, Dresden, Ojai, Ravinia, Tanglewood, and last season in Aix-en-Provence and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg. I've recorded for Ancalagon, Bridge, Canary Classics, Cantaloupe, In a Circle, Koch, Naxos, Warner Classics and Sony records.

I'm a committed educator who's been teaching cello for twenty years, and enjoy working with students of all levels and ages to help them fulfill their musical goa
ls and dreams. I regularly coach individuals and groups of pre-college students at the Hausmann Chamber Music Program (at SDSU's Community Music School) and adults as part of the Hausmann Quartet's Living Room Program of community chamber music.

My varied interests have led to collaborations with dance companies, recordings for film, television and commercials, early music work and performances throughout Mexico. Locally, I'm a founding member of the San Diego Baroque Soloists, a mainstay on the Art of Élan series, an affiliated artist with San Diego New Music and appear regularly with Bach Collegium San Diego. I have degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and CUNY Queens College (MA). My teachers have included Steven Doane, Marcy Rosen, Ross Harbaugh, Joseph Elworthy and Andre Emelianoff. I live in North Park.
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Dan April 30, 2018
· Cello · In studio
My 16 year old daughter has been taking lessons from Alex for two years. He's a very accomplished cellist with a strong background in all areas of playing the cello. He has been very patient with my daughter. He makes the lessons fun. Her skill level has steadily improved and can be directly attributed to lessons with Alex. Most importantly, he has helped her gain more confidence in her playing! I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to become a better cellist!
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Bren April 23, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Alex is an excellent cello teacher! He is very perceptive and offers solid suggestions to help you improve your technique and grow as a player. Learning a new instrument can be quite stressful, but Alex is a supportive teacher whose friendly smile and casual demeanor will help put you at ease in your studies.
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Alex G.

San Diego, CA 92104
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$48 / 30-min

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