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Fallbrook, CA

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I teach beginning piano for children through adults.

While I will provide music when possible, the student is responsible for purchasing the bulk of the lesson material. For the first lesson, I will bring a range of levels with me so we can find the right fit for the student.

In addition to learning your favorite songs, we will focus on:

- Learning to read music
- Sight reading
- Treble and bass clef
- Scales
- Proper fingering
- Basic music theory
-Playing melodies and chords
-Right and left hands independence
- Singing and playing, if desired

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Piano Lessons:
-Piano or keyboard at home
-Method/Lesson books -- I teach from the Faber series. We will decide which books to use in our first lesson. I ask that the student purchases the books (I will provide an Amazon link if needed) which will range in cost from $10 - $20 per level.
-Supplementary sheet music may be required-- I will provide from my library whenever possible.
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About Charlotte
Hello! My name is Charlotte, and I am a San Diego vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. I hold a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I honed my vocal jazz chops before branching out into the East Coast folk, blues and indie rock scene. I moved to Southern California in 2011, when I took a brief hiatus from performing to focus on commercial songwriting and composition and teaching voice, piano and guitar privately. I am currently once again performing in multiple groups in the San Diego area.

My areas of expertise are contemporary styles and genres. I put a strong emphasis on developing healthy technique alongside strong musicianship skills in a fun environment! With over 10 years experience working with kids and teenagers, I am passionate about teaching all ages (adults, t
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With all instruments, the student will learn (please click on specific Subjects for more details on the way each instrument is taught):

-Musicianship/ear training
-Reading music & sight singing
-Proper technique
-Building repertoire
-Performance techniques
-Music Theory

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, folk, pop, and musical theater. Songwriting (lyric and musical composition), learning to sing while playing an instrument.
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Sara C. October 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Charlotte is an amazing teacher. She has an incredible depth of knowledge about singing, songwriting, music theory, preparing for auditions, etc. I feel very lucky to work with her.
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Steve October 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Charlotte has done an awesome job teaching guitar to our 12 year old daughter. She inspires her to want to learn more, to practice on her own and to be excited to show us what she has learned. We highly recommend her!
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Ramon I Valdivia July 5, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
First lesson was great very friendly instructor
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Charlotte L.

Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA 92028
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About Minoo M.

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piano lesson in your home. I have been teaching piano more than 18 years. Your love of music will grow as I help you develop your piano skills.

About Minoo
My teaching philosophy is based in the belief that learning music should be fun and exciting! I always encourage my students to pursue the kind of music that they find most appealing, rather than using the same curriculum and method book. I teach private lessons and have had the experience of working with hundreds of students ranging from beginners with no experience to advanced players.
I go to my students In all over Orange county and Corona.

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Fun and patient piano teacher with more than 15 years of experience.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music staff paper
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Tim H. March 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Awesome teacher. Really cares and takes the time to teach
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Luz March 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
She has very festive time when I need change my schedule I don’t have problems
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Katharine February 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
Minoo is a wonderful instructor--II did not begin lessons until nearly 60 and was apprehensive about starting so late, but she has been extremely patient, professional, and encouraging. She is passionate about teaching and is dedicated to her students. I highly recommend her!
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Minoo M.

Minoo M.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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About Fred A.

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San Diego, CA
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I HAVE 2 PRIMARY GOALS FOR BEGINNER LESSONS:
#1. Provide a strong musical foundation
#2. Keep students interested in playing
FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYERS:
There are SO MANY THINGS you might be interested in working on such as ….
1. Learning pieces as quickly/efficiently as possible
2. Creating proper practice habits so you ’re not spending wasteful time at the piano.
3. Learning effective techniques for memorization.
4. Improving your €œFeel€
5. Improving your technique so you can play effortlessly fast!!
6. Interpretation of pieces from the different classical periods
7. Improving understanding of Music Theory
8. Song writing!! Yes, you can do it yourself!!
9. Performance (Yes, this is a skill, separate from learning the song is learning to perform it!)
I have got specific techniques for all of the above, and more.I should not give away all our goodies here! Come take a lesson to see what I ’m talking about!

About Fred
I graduated from Oxford University and Master of Music Degree from Tehran university .Also I have had many years experience in piano teaching at Arasbaran Art Institute and had the privilege to gain experience under many famous supervision of Maestro . I teach piano and keyboard. I have fifteen years experience teaching to all kinds of learning styles.
My Teaching Philosophy
My approach to teaching music is to have the student work at their own pace or my location. I incorporate theory, in both my piano training and keyboard. I keep a strong eye and ear on technique, and develop good practice and performance habits.

For my singing students I use age appropriate songs, and often we choose music together, based on interest and the students needs and experience. Students tape their lessons, and use the tape to practice vocal exercises
and songs.

For my piano students I use several books, depending on the age of the student, and their background. I always include a Theory Book, Lesson Book, and Performance Book. I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, and the finger number positions, and gradually teach reading the music, while building skill with fingering techniques.

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I HAVE 2 PRIMARY GOALS FOR BEGINNER LESSONS:
#1. Provide a strong musical foundation
#2. Keep students interested in playing

FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYERS:
There are SO MANY THINGS you might be interested in working on such as ….

1. Learning pieces as quickly/efficiently as possible
2. Creating proper practice habits so you’re not spending wasteful time at the piano.
3. Learning effective techniques for memorization.
4. Improving your “Feel”
5. Improving your technique so you can play effortlessly fast!!
6. Interpretation of pieces from the different classical periods
7. Improving understanding of Music Theory
8. Song writing!! Yes, you can do it yourself!!
9. Performance (Yes, this is a skill, separate from learning the song is learning to perform it!)

I’ve got specific techniques for all of the above, and more.

I shouldn’t give away all our goodies here! Come take a lesson to see what I’m talking about!
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Laura April 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
My son is 6 years old and he is very happy taking piano lessons with Fred. He is so nice, friendly and patient. My son started with Fred about 1 year ago and so far so good! I recommend Fred because he is very encouraging and supportive to my son. I am so glad I switched piano teachers because Fred has all the qualities I was looking for in a piano instructor. My son is learning more each week and he is having fun taking lessons with Fred!
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bani November 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
Fred is a great teacher, he has been teaching our daughter for only few month and has created so much interest in her. I believe that a good teacher is the best and the most important thing in teaching for children. Fred is a wonderful teacher who is patient with children and listens to them and creates interest in them. He adjusts the lessons to the students so students love and look forward to the next lesson. He is very professional and I highly recommend him.
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Jay November 24, 2015
· Piano · In home
Fred is a wonderful piano teacher. He is doing a great job on my son with his piano lessons. My son is very excited each time he works with Fred. He instructs at the age level of my son, so he could understand and follow directions pretty easy. I totally recommend him for any parents or individual that likes to learn piano in classic and middle eastern theme.

Thank you Fred.
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Fred A.

Fred A.

San Diego, CA 92130
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About Marianne K.

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Piano study from early age (4 years beginning student) through Advanced level. International trained. With daily patients and practice great results make be obtained. Great atmosphere for learning.

About Marianne
I am a native of Michigan and have attended Michigan State University. I have taught elementary music education with an emphasis on band and vocal music. I specialize in Piano studies with beginning, intermediate and advance students. Vocal studies, beginning intermediate and advanced, specializing in good voice structure. This includes Broadway musicals, pop and jazz. I teach beginning and intermediate Woodwinds. I have done advanced studies in Europe including University of Innsbruck, University of Graz in Austria as well as Moscow Conservatory in Russia. I am affiliated with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music in London, England and have students participating in the Practical as well as the Theory Boards.

I believe in a good progressive music education and pride myself on giving my all to share the LOVE, MAGIC
AND MIRACLE of MUSIC.
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Samuel P. March 2, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
First lesson when well something I knew I just haven practice in a long time far the vocal But on the soprano saxophone was all new to me so I have to do is practice practice practice practice . Thank you Marianne
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Thomas R. January 20, 2018
· Oboe · In studio
Marianne is a fantastic instructor. She has the most important thing needed in teaching music, in particular beginners, PATIENCE. If you don't have that as a music teacher you are in the wrong field. Before the 1st lesson she asked me a series of questions with regards to my experience with the oboe to help her set up a lesson plan for me which was great. She doesn't treat you like "you're a beginner, here is what you need" (the "Cookie cutter approach"). I highly recommend Marianne as a teacher and look forward to my musical journey on the Oboe with her as my mentor and teacher.
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Rick January 2, 2016
· Flute · In studio
She's motivating and caring!
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Marianne K.

Marianne K.

San Diego, CA 92128
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About Anna K.

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Irvine, CA

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I started playing piano when I was 5 years old, and my musical basics were built up through learning piano. I minored in piano at undergraduate School, Han-Yang university in Korea.

I have been teaching piano students of level between beginner and Intermediate. In order to make better progress learning piano, I focus on what students need because each student has different learning style and goal.

About Anna
I have over 20 years of experience in teaching viola and violin students of all ages and levels. And I have knowledge of Piano and Music Theory as well. I have been a member of MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California) since 2005, and I currently serve as string chair as well as first vice president of South Coast Branch - MTAC. I am also a member of SYMF (Southwestern Youth Music Festival), so I enter many talented students pursuing music into the CM (Certificate of Merit) test, violin or viola competitions and auditions every year.

Anna's Bio:

Anna K. performs extensively as soloist, chamber and orchestral musician. Ms K. has served as a director of the Orange County Chamber Ensemble from 2003 to 2012, and has appeared as a soloist with numerous orchestras in Korea, Europe, Japan, and more recently in US. She has pe
rformed as a principal violist with Seoul National Symphony Orchestra, Orange County Chamber Ensemble, and Southern California Chamber Orchestra. She has also appeared as guest principal violist with Los Angeles Korean Philharmonic Orchestra and California Central Philharmonic Orchestra. In September of 2002, Anna performed for the Concert called “Synergy” with Los Angeles Philharmonic directed by Esa-Pekka Salonen. In addition to being an active performer, Ms K. has established herself as an educator. Since 1992, she has been teaching students, and has served for 7 years as the string instructor of Amateur Orchestra at Seoul Women’s University in Korea. Besides her teaching career, she has served as chair of “Contemporary Flare Festival” from 2010 to 2012 and the SWV (Strings/Winds/Voice) Competition from 2012 to 2015 in South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Currently, she serves as string chair as well as vice president of South Coast Branch, MTAC (Music Teachers’ Association of California). Anna K. received her Master’s degree in music from University of Southern California (USC) . She has studied with Haeyoung Baik, Seongryong Choi, Chan-Ju Wee, Pamela Goldsmith, and Donald McInnes.
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Young February 19, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Anna corrects my daughter's posture and mistakes very smoothly. She is a patient and kind teacher. I strongly recommend Anna.
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Brigette P. April 25, 2017
· Viola · In home
My daughter had a very good experience with Anna. She is a knowledgeable and skilled instructor. Highly recommend!
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Tim April 17, 2017
· Violin · In studio
As a brand new adult student, I had concerns that I could find an instructor who could work with my sometimes-busy schedule. Anna enthusiastically agreed to teach me though, and after almost a year of taking lessons with her I've seen great progress! Anna shares her wealth of knowledge in a friendly and encouraging manner, and has happily tailored my curriculum to fit my interests. I'd highly recommend her to any student, without hesitation!
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Anna K.

Irvine, CA 92602
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Carlsbad, CA

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

About John
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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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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Maxton January 14, 2018
· Drum · Online
John was patient, very helpful, and met my son where he was in his journey. Already after the firs lesson, he was well improved and excited for the next lesson.
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Madi B.

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I'm an experienced teacher who loves working with beginners to get them excited about the piano! It has been proven just how helpful learning the piano has been for cognitive and mathematical skill development within the brain, so learning piano can help with school! Having the youth I have, allows me to connect with students on a less intimidating and more friendly level, making them excited to go see their friend.

About Madi
Hello! My name is Madison, but I go my Madi. I love the piano and the beauty and creativity it allows as you learn more about it. It may seem intimidating at first, but it will soon become your best friend. As you come to learn your favorite songs on the instrument, a fire you didn't know you have, will ignite inside you, and I would love to be that person to watch it grow.
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Agam March 26, 2018
· Taekwondo · Online
Madi has been extremely courteous and is an extremely qualified teacher of Taekwondo.
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Rick September 10, 2017
· Piano · In home
Madi was very well prepared and completely organized. Assigned homework and set goals for the lessons. Highly recommended!!!
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Deborah M. August 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Madi was well prepared based on my goals which we spoke of prior to meeting for my 1st lesson. Madi was also very patient with a piano novice like me. I look forwad to our next lesson!
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Madi B.

Laguna Hills, CA 92653
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About Sharon H.

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Poway, CA

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Piano has so many challenges for beginners so I emphasize the basics early. A student wants to be able to continue advancing independently and needs to have a proper foundation of theory in order to do that.
Students may have talents in playing by ear and may have interest in making their own compositions, I am a teacher who will encourage these ambitions. Not forgetting, again, to continue pressing the study of theory.
Knowing how to hone in on a student's learning style has helped me keep individuals moving forward and keep the instruction exciting!
I love music and just want others to get to express themselves and find the joy in it that I do.

About Sharon
Music has been a central pulse to my entire life. I started taking piano lessons at age 5 and picked up the clarinet in elementary school. By the end of middle school I was writing songs on the piano and guitar and trying to get anyone I knew to play in a band with me.
In High School I finally did manage to play in a band that would play shows in the Greater Rochester Area in New York State. Once I hit age 18, I packed my bags and moved to San Diego where I continued working on my craft and started my new life.
I never stopped playing music, writing songs, and trying to find people to collaborate with. By the time I started my career as a hairstylist, I knew that I had to share my love and passion for music with others and endeavored to build a student schedule.
My first students, as an adult, were my future in-laws. Mother, father and si
ster in-law learned piano, guitar and music theory with me. My late father in-law had a left leg amputation and was blind. We taped rice on the back of the guitar neck so he would have a tactile reference to his frets. It felt so good to bring a dream of his to life and to prove to naysayers that anyone can play, even if the challenges are far greater than average.
Within a year, I had enough referrals to fill 2 days of the week with students. I have held 3 recitals and plan on having a holiday recital this year.
I will never stop sharing music with others and look forward to meeting any new students granted via this platform.
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Dorothy August 8, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Excellent teacher! I haven't played my ukulele in years, she helped tune it and teached me a few more cords. I have guitar and piano lessons with her. She has lots of patience and encouragement when teaching. I highly recommend!!
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Keoni July 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's great! She's helped me learn about music and I highly recommend her. She's nice and great at answering any music question. She's an 11/10
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Poway, CA 92064
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About Alec W.

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Having been part of a band, Klaviam, for over 12 years, I have the technical skills and knowledge of not only the piano, but also a wide array of other instruments as well, such as the guitar, drums, and bass. My music is highly diverse as well, so I can teach my students everything from classical to heavy metal.

My foremost philosophy in teaching piano is following the student's goals and dreams, not mine. While curriculum work is certainly vital, it is far more important that my students receive help they need in accomplishing their biggest aspirations in music. Whether you want to be a music composer, rock-star, or just playing for your loved ones, I can bring you closer to that goal.

About Alec
-=Overview=-
I currently work as a video-game and film composer, so pairing my main career with teaching seems like a perfect marriage. I would be happy to discuss the techniques behind music creation.

Music has always been my passion throughout my life. I don't think there has been a day where I haven't engaged in music in some way. Teaching others how to experience this level of passion brings me the upmost joy in my life. There is nothing I would do else than sharing my knowledge of music.

-=What are your current rates?=-
Standard Lesson Plan: $25 for 30 minutes. The day's lesson will include practical warm-ups, going through the curriculum, and finally, learning a song of the student's choice as the end.

Premium Lesson Plan: $33 for 40 minutes. In addition to the previous activities, I will also teach the basics of creating
your own songs. I will demonstrate the techniques used in song creation, the rules, and how to break the rules if necessary.

-=What is your typical process for working with a new student?=-
I will first go over with the student the days and times for our lessons. After a sufficient schedule has been laid out, I will listen to the student's needs and goals he wants to accomplish. I will personally adjust the curriculum and session time to fit the student's requirements.

-=What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?=-
I have been a music composer for the past 3 years, part of the band Klaviam for over 12 years, and have played the piano for even longer. I have been instructed by wonderful and experienced tutors in both piano and compositional skills. I am also familiar with digital audio workstations (DAWs), and can instruct students should they want to pursue that area.

-=What types of students have you worked with?=-
Mostly 6-18 year-olds, but I have also worked with younger children, as well as adult beginners as well.
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Sarah Jones April 10, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things when it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec.
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David April 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
As the parent of my child who took lessons, Alec is by far one of the most organized tutors around. My daughter got through her first book at lightening pace and we are excited to continue taking lessons.
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Melissa April 10, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Fantastic lessons! I learned a lot about songwriting and even made a portfolio of songs I've written!
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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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About Ekaterina S.

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For the past decade I have combined my Russian training as a classical pianist with my studies of contemporary music in the piano lessons I have given to an ever larger number of students. I completed the Russian Conservatory in St. Petersburg,with Masters Degree on a class of a piano. Later graduated from the Theater Academy. My thorough study of motion pictures resulted in an appreciation of songs and arrangements that have become popular throughout the world.

Every year the number of students who have studied with me has increased, to the point where come to my home for their lessons. We practice on my Rohler and Campbell grand piano, and on occasion will listen to recordings of songs so that my students appreciate the popular context of the music they are studying. Although I am very attentive to technique and believe that mastering an instrument requires a certain degree of discipline, I fully understand that my young students – some as young as five – often lack the patience ...

About Ekaterina
For the past decade I have combined my Russian training as a classical pianist with my studies of contemporary music in the piano lessons I have given to an ever larger number of students. I completed the Russian Conservatory in St. Petersburg,with Masters Degree on a class of a piano. Later graduated from the Theater Academy. My thorough study of motion pictures resulted in an appreciation of songs and arrangements that have become popular throughout the world.

Every year the number of students who have studied with me has increased, to the point where come to my home for their lessons. We practice on my Rohler and Campbell grand piano, and on occasion will listen to recordings of songs so that my students appreciate the popular context of the music they are studying. Although I am very attentive to technique and believe that mastering
an instrument requires a certain degree of discipline, I fully understand that my young students – some as young as five – often lack the patience for diligent study. During the years I have taught I have devised many ways to interest them in playing the piano and pride myself on the success I have had. I welcome new students and offer a free lesson to anyone who is interested in beginning to experience the wonders of playing the piano.
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Ekaterina S.

San Diego, CA 92129
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Not sure where to start when you sit down at the piano? These practice tips will keep you focused on meaningful improvement. Practicing is the most important part of learning and becoming a piano player. Remember these tips to take your practice time to its highest potential! 1. Set a Clear Goal If you sit down at the piano and say, “I’m going to play for a bit,” you aren’t going to to learn anything. Instead, set a goal: “I’m going to learn how to play the opening song in Frozen.” Sinc
Learning Piano as an Adult: Tips for Making the Time & Commitment
Have you ever wanted to learn the piano, but worried it's too late? With all of your commitments at home, maybe you're concerned you won't be able to find the time to practice. But if the passion is there, it's time to stop the worrying! With a little patience and commitment, you can easily learn to play, and you'll find that desire and discipline can go a long way. Everyone can find time in their day - or rearrange their day - so they can sit down and learn to play the piano. Choosing the Rig
4 Signs You're Ready for Longer Piano Lessons
If you've been taking piano lessons for a while, you're likely familiar with that feeling of excitement - learning the "language" of music, playing your first piece, and thinking about all the beautiful piano songs that you could learn next! Whether you're on your way to Juilliard, hoping to perform something special at your next family gathering, or simply want to explore a new hobby, the piano is a fantastic instrument to master! Most students, regardless of age, start out with 30-minut

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