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By Francesca V. - San Diego Piano Teacher

My name is Francesca, and I teach piano lessons in San Diego. After a recent relocation, I was able to build a thriving studio teaching piano in less than 6 months. When my friends and colleagues heard that I had more than 60 students in such a short time, the air was filled with gasps and questions. They asked “In this economy? How do you do that?” or “How do you teach that many students and not burn out?” People are always looking for me to answer semantically, but I feel it is a philosophical question. I built a studio teaching piano in San Diego around my philosophy, and thus it thrived.

I think the secret to having a buzzing studio is the same as what makes a respectable musician. A great teacher shares her love of music with her students. She doesn’t just push rules at them. She remains curious about her art and is fearless in her exploration of it. My pet peeve is artists who refuse to improvise. Improvisation is a core component of musical expression. We must play with our instrument and dig into our studies. We must think more as young children do and thrive off inquisitiveness. Children do not fear being wrong. They sing and play with a reckless abandon that we can all learn from (one of the reasons I love teaching kids). The trick is to love what we do and have the courage to give it value. Remember this as you embark upon your quest to find a great piano instructor. Good luck!

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After assessing a student's abilities and needs, I tailor their instruction according to what best fits their individual personalities and capabilities. I stress proper technique, beauty of tone, rhythmic accuracy, and expressive musicality. Understanding of music theory is intertwined with the musical experience. Playing in ensemble is encouraged; I play lots of duets with my students.
The atmosphere presented to my students is always casual and friendly. I take care to make them feel relaxed and uninhibited. I relate to them as whole persons, not just music students. I strongly emphasize their enjoyment of the music and my expression of pleasure in their successes. I consider it a privilege to nurture others in the experience of music!

About Diane
I have been playing the flute since fifth grade, a long time! I have taught flute privately for about twenty years.
My second degree is an AA in Music from Grossmont College, near San Diego, CA. As a flutist I have been a member of both the La Jolla Civic Orchestra and the Grossmont Symphony Orchestra.
Since 1989 I have been the principal flute and a soloist with the San Diego Concert Band. In that group I regularly lead flute sectional rehearsals.
Since 2007, I have been a flute coach every summer at San Diego's Band at the Beach music camp for junior high and high school students.
I have taught students from ages 5 to 80 and have good rapport with every age.

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I'm a casual, easy-going, caring person, and I enjoy establishing a unique working relationship with each student.
In teaching I employ a person
al, individual, flexible approach, to give my students each what benefits him/her the most. I emphasize proper technique, beauty of tone, musical interpretation, and enjoyment. Music theory is intertwined with the instruction. And we play lots of duets!
I also play the piano, thus sometimes accompany my flute students.

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living room with console piano w/ seating for parents

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Classical, popular, light jazz, folk, Celtic
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Laura June 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Diane was so patient and kind with my 13 year old daughter.
she had her playing music in no time at all. I highly recommend her as a piano /music teacher. She was a blessing to us!
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Lokesh October 3, 2016
· Flute · In studio
I have been taking flute lessons from Ms. Wilson for close to 4 months now and its been a great experience so far. I had very little idea of music and had no such formal training but wanted to learn flute. She is supportive from day 1 and started to teach me the basics of music and flute. She is very calm, listens to my problems when I don't get some things easily and tries to suggest solutions. She has been very flexible in class timings and adjusts her schedule to accommodate me when I can't make it to the class on some days. I wish I get to learn a lot from her and become a good flutist.
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Karen September 9, 2016
· Piano · In home
She's very patient and friendly. Looking forward to my next class.
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Diane W.

Diane W.

San Diego, CA 92120
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Classical, by ear, by notes, pop, rock, synth, play with a band or solo, Keyboards are the ultimate instrument.

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I am passionate about helping people reach their musical potential.

I am a composer of themes for Musicals and Video games. I play piano - by ear or by notes. (Classically trained, but fluent in all styles) I incorporate chord theory in all my lessons. You can have a GOLDEN EAR.

I play rock-funk-pop-jazz electric guitar and bass. And I love to play acoustic , as I am currently experimenting with Drop-D tuning arrangements for acoustic guitar. I am a professional brass player - trombone, trumpet, and french horn.

I can show you how to ENJOY and get the most out of your musical pursuits at ANY level, beginner to pro.

I would love to open your eyes and ears to the possibilities of new ways to make and enjoy your own music!
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Jay B.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$50 / 30-min

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Carlsbad, CA

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Learn the Tricks of the trade and get up and going fast!!!

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I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Max September 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 15 year old son is very happy with his electric guitar lessons. He looks forward to his lessons with John.
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Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
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Caroline D. April 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
John is an amazing teacher. His ability to comprehensively synthesize complex ideas and explain them in easy-to-understand terms makes learning guitar approachable and fun.
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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Patient, flexible, experienced, creative, and student-centered instruction across all styles, ages and abilities. Josh's integrative approach begins with skills you already have and develops those you will need going forward--including rhythm, sight-reading, improvisation, composition, two-hand independence, and more. Josh is a highly resourceful teacher who excels in helping students "find" the music (and musician) that is already inside them.

About Joshua
Josh provides patient, flexible, resourceful instruction designed around your goals. He works with students' current strengths and abilities to craft a personalized and highly effective instructional approach that is unique to each student. Even if you have never touched a musical instrument, you already have many of the skills you need to play one; the trick is to find the connection. Josh helps you make fast and effective progress from the beginning, and keeps applying the same personalized resourcefulness as you progress through the learning process.

Josh is a working/touring pianist, organist, educator and music-director; a licensed and CMJ-charting songwriter and composer; and an audio engineer and producer. He teaches college, and maintains a private studio of students of all ages, abilities, and interest levels. His own love of
learning and teaching creates an environment where students come away eager to advance and confident in their own potential.
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joan August 1, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Joshua is a great teacher!
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Nina G. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Loved my first lesson. Can’t wait for more. What took me so long?
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Steve June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
If you are looking for a fun, energetic and relaxed teacher then Josh is for you.
Being 56 with zero musical back round Josh has taught me how not only how to enjoy the process but is always making sure that I understand the process. No question goes unanswered. Their is a clear and decisive explanation in a manner which make them easy to understand. It makes learning a blast
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Joshua W.

Joshua W.

San Diego, CA 92117
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My experience teaching piano spans nine years and I have helped my students develop their performance and interpretation skills to succeed in both examinations and their academic pursuits.
In addition, my students have learned to play their favorite songs, sing and play or improvise for special occasions or recreation. In our first lesson, we'll discuss your private goals and develop a plan for their realization. Within the first few weeks, we'll work on specific skills and techniques in order to achieve your goal. From the beginning, you will have a chance to practice your skills and work on music that inspires you on a grand piano. If desired, you'll have an opportunity to play your music at an annual recital or other performance opportunities.

My selection of materials depends on your skill level and personal goals. For beginners, I will often use Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred Piano, and the RCM Piano series. The RCM Piano series also caters to intermediate and advanced ...

About Ania
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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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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Chen June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been taking the piano lessons with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Santee, CA 92071
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I use a mixed method approach to teaching that aims towards creating versatile and well rounded pianists. I change my teaching style for every student, but students will generally learn how to read music, music theory, technique, rhythm, healthy practice habits, and more. Repertoire can consist of classical, pop, jazz, etc. I am very patient and take care to make sure that students fully understand new concepts. I can also be very quirky and love making lessons fun and engaging!

About Monica
Hi, I’m Monica! I am really passionate about playing and teaching the piano! I have been playing and performing piano for 23 years and teaching for 10 years. I have a BM in Piano Performance from California State University, Northridge (rated among the top 25 music programs in the US by Hollywood Reporter), I have been granted 7 scholarships and music awards, and I am member of multiple music teacher associations that allow me to register students in regional assessments and competitions. I enjoy making lessons both fun and enlightening and I aim for students to fall in love with their practice.
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Sheila May 3, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Monica is a wonderful and patient teacher. I am an adult student who has not touched the piano for 40+ years --she is perfect for me in helping me to develop agility, sight read and to rediscover the music again for my own enjoyment. Exactly what I needed!
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Monica W.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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love teaching and keeping students interested. It's important to find titles that students can get behind and taking time to find pieces that are appropriate and interest students is my first priority.

I like to make sure that exercises are not looked at as a punishment. Breaking down how to apply a technique is as important as learning it.

Finally, I like to keep things light. I'm not going to motivate you by scaring you into practicing. There are other teachers that are good at that, but that's not my style. I'd rather work on finding out how to get you to be self motivated and actually enjoy what you're doing.

My specialties include jazz and pop styles.

About Steve
I'm a saxophonist, pianist, arranger & songwriter. I graduated from Berklee College of Music with a Professional Music Degree, and currently run a sheet music startup called NiceChart. I have been a Music Director for Middle School and High School Bands and also have over 15 years experience teaching privately. Private lessons allow a better transfer of knowledge and I love watching students progress!

I have been in touring bands, jazz bands, wedding bands, funk bands, and pop bands. Fun Fact: I was even once in a bossa nova Guns n' Roses jazz trio called Guns n' Nova. You could say I've played a lot of different styles.

I teach my clients in my comfortable home teaching studio in Clairemont, San Diego. I work with beginner and intermediate piano students and all levels for saxophone. I'm open to students of any age and music
al goals.

In my music career I've performed with Steffan Lessard (Dave Matthews Band) and Ed Robertson (Bare Naked Ladies) and played in bands that have opened for Guster, Blues Traveler, and The Wailers.

Some of the musical styles I regularly teach: Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Soul, R&B, and Classical.
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Josh D. May 15, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
I started taking saxophone lessons from Steve in Fall 2017 after not picking up the horn in 10 years. He is very knowledgeable in theory and technique and has been extremely beneficial in helping me get my chops back up par. In these lessons I did not have much direction for Steve on what I'd like to accomplish but that wasn't an issue for him as he was able to make each lesson worth while by shedding light on harmony theory and creating lines as well as different techniques to focus on to improve my playing.

I just bought an additional 10 lessons and had my first lesson of 2018 with Steve this May and am very happy with my decision. He is giving me great feedback on charts I am playing and really giving me a sounding board to ask questions and grow as a musician within this instrument (alto). I personally have a fairly solid foundation in music theory but if you are new to music theory Steve can break that down for you step by step.

I look forward to continuing my lessons with Steve and am already seeing the benefits of having a great teacher.
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San Diego, CA 92117
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Voice & Piano Lessons By Opera Singer
Master of Art in Music
All Styles of Music, Solid Vocal Technique
Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced
35+ Years Teaching & Performing Experience

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I have been an opera singer for more than 35 years, teaching piano and voice. With a unique technique, I will help you to reveal your natural voice and show your own timbre. Expect an improvement within weeks.
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Oliver July 3, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Although, this is the first time I am taking voice lessons I thought Aleksandr was great! I learned a lot (I just wanted to learn a particular song) and realized I needed more knowledge of music. Therefore, I hope to continue to grow with him.
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Kelly G. April 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr.Alexander is an EXELLENT vocal instructor.Very professional.He shows lots of interest in his students.He goes above and beyond his requirements as vocal instructor.I am very happy to have found Mr.Alexander for our son and would recommened him to anyone.
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Wadad B April 10, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
expert teaching and voice training has brought my ability to sing from almost non-existent to a strong.beautiful and power ability.Through skilled teaching and patient partnership over several years,he has been able to bring my voice back to nearly its former state,and it has made me very happy to be able to sing again.
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San Diego, CA 92119
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Every student, at any age has their own unique projection of what the piano should do for them. I have always maintained a great relationship with my students, and worked with each one of them, as if they were the only students I have. first is to et them to understand technique, and to read both staffs. then, we run with all types of pieces and songs, classical to Jazz, to Pop ,to Spanish pieces to Guilds repertoire to recital pieces or songs. Come join me on this music adventure. I love giving recitals through out the year. Not mandatory, but I invite all to attend. I am a Guild member for 25 years also.

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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.

Chula Vista, CA 91914
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I am an experienced piano player and have taught music to children from ages 4-11.
I have an excellent understanding of music theory, musical notation and how to develop a good musical ear. My music lessons allow pupils the freedom to play music they are interested in whilst developing a sound musical knowledge.

About Rachel
I am experienced elementary school teacher with over 10 years of teaching experience in school. I have worked with children aged 4-11 across a range of subjects including reading, writing and maths as well as having the role of Special Educational Needs coordinator for 5 years. I have a wealth of experience working with children with specific and moderate learning difficulties as well as Autism and ADHD.

I am an incredibly patient person and enjoy helping others succeed in their learning. I have an excellent understanding of how children learn which means I am able to tailor lessons to individual needs and interests. I endeavor to ensure all learning is fun and enjoyable for the pupil as well as inspiring them to become independent learners.
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Mary September 12, 2018
· Basic Math · In home
Rachel is a great tutor. She takes time to get to know her students really well and works out their learning style. My son is a kinesthetic learner and Rachel worked out how she could support him. He loves the sessions and he his grades are improving already.
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Amanda September 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Rachel is patient, full of enthusiasm. She paces the lesson for the need of her students. My daughter was so happy when it was piano lesson day. She made progress in a really short amount of time. Highly recommend.
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Nicola September 12, 2018
· Basic Math · In studio
My 11 year old son has attended tutoring classes for approx 2.5 years. Rachel has helped him with math, reading, spelling.

My son has grown in confidence so much over the last couple of years. I have noticed a real difference when he does his homework - he is far more willing to give things a go and his teachers have confirmed they have seen a real improvement.

Rachel gives feedback at the end of each session as to how he has got on and things he/we can do at home.

My son describes the sessions as fun, interesting and says Rachel helps everything make sense!
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Rachel L.

San Diego, CA 92109
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The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons in San Diego is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $30 and $120 per hour.

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