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Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Musicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach
40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

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My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

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Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Hannah M. March 9, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter is very shy which is why she won't try new things very often. However, after her first lesson with Allen she was excited. She said he made the lesson very fun and made her very comfortable. She learned her first two chords and is eager to practice transitioning between the chords and is looking forward to her next lesson with Allen.
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Tiffini L.

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Want to write your own music and songs? Learn about song structure, work on rhyming, and more, to create and polish your compositions. Do you have words that need musical accompaniment? Created your composition and need help finding the just the right words? Put your lyrics and beats together with some basic chords. Style your own compositions to be completely unique or model them after your favorite artist.

About Tiffini
I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Profession
al Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

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Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

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Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

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Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
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Adriana M. June 7, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Tiffini is an amazing teacher she is super nice but yet doesn't sugarcoat what you need this is my first time taking singing lessons i am 27 years old and im very excited to learn and having her as a teacher makes things easier ..
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Cailean August 26, 2015
· Acting · Online
Tiffani was interested in the knowing what I wanted to learn about. I am looking forward to more lessons!
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Taylor August 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
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About Francis R.

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San Diego, CA

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Whether you want to write in the style of your idols or you want to create something new and different, help is never a bad idea. I've been writing songs as long as I've been playing music, and have advanced musically as a way to get better at writing songs. I've ALWAYS bounced ideas off of like-minded friends. There's something a second opinion gives you that you'll never get on your own. Let me help you make your first (or tenth) album something special!

About Francis
Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007.

I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and my music has been featured on at least 7 albums. I want to make your goals accessible, and I want to help you find your sound.

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I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love to hel
p people get better at sounding like themselves.

During lessons from me, you can expect to play, sing, clap your hands, and become completely immersed in the music you love. Whether your goal is to perform in front of an audience, record albums, or just play for fun in your living room, I'll help you make that happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room, seating available, street parking.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I only teach students who provide their own instrument. I am willing to provide a loaner guitar for the week if a student's instrument needs to be repaired or is not accessible for any reason. I also provide homework when necessary :)

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching confidence in performance practices, technique, singing and playing, and good microphone habits for singing, speaking, recording, and songwriting. I teach based on student needs, and I find each student benefits from a different curriculum.
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David B. July 20, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very personable, very talented, and very patient. Great first lesson!
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Kimberly July 10, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Francis is a great instructor! He is patient and knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things. He is also super laid back and friendly and will customize lessons based on current level. I would definitely recommend him!
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John Lowe May 10, 2017
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An extremely attentive and helpful coach, was able to not only assist me in developing a stronger voice but also a passion for music. Would highly recommend!
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Francis R.

Francis R.

San Diego, CA 92102
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About Camille H.

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I have won awards for songwriting and wrote many songs in Nashville for 10 years.

About Camille
I graduated from Berklee College of music with a voice performance degree in 1993. I'm trained in all methods of teaching from classical to Suzuki, Kindermusic, Harmony Road, and many others. I've directed children's choirs of 100+. I've directed over 15 musical theatre productions and I own a studios in Enconitas where I ha river 12 teachers and a recording studio for students to learn how to record music. To date we've put out four albums! We host bi-yearly recitals with over 150 performers on all instruments.

**Please be aware that as the owner of a large music studio if you do any bookings online through Take Lessons you may have one of my highly skilled teachers instead of me.
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Gloria G. September 14, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I loved my first lesson, I can tell I'll be taking more than just voice lessons here. Very friendly staff, and Camile is solid, knowledge and creative teacher. SHe's just what I was looking for.
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Camille H.

Camille H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA
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Learn different tips and tricks for songwriting.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

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A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
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Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
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Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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El Cajon, CA

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Basics of songwriting, forms, lyrics, music, arranging.

About Masashi Alex
I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.

After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of understanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and
amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.

I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - classical and rock/pop.
Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
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Tyler O. August 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Being the first lesson, I had an instant connection and a really great lesson!
He makes learning fun.
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Miranda D. September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great lesson
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Rylee July 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Masa is great. I think he will provide the structure, while having a bit of fun, that my daughter needs.
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Masashi Alex N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Aasim S.

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San Diego, CA
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How to create chord progressions, and melodies. Really, that's all there is to songwriting :)

About Aasim
Zo is an ambitious musician from San Diego. Since he was a young child, he always had a fascination with music. After picking up his first guitar, he realized that he wanted to take his passion in music to the next level and absorb as much music as possible. He formed a rock band with two of his close friends and finally got the experience of what it was like to play in a band. This caused him to make the decision to study music while going to college since he truly wanted to do something he enjoyed. So, he enrolled in the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music of California State University Long Beach where he majored in a Jazz Performance Guitar degree. Through his experience here, he met many musicians to learn from and play with. While at school, he was receiving guitar lessons from two of the top guitarists in the Los Angeles area, Ron Esche
te and Michael Higgins. Along with receiving lessons, he was also giving private lessons to many students while studying at CSULB. While developing his expertise in Jazz, he decided to go back to his roots and put together a blues ensemble with some of his colleagues in the music department. His band is currently gigging regularly under the name “Zo's Crooked Blues Band”. As Zo strives to excel in his music career, he also hopes to help as many students as he can along the way to get them in the same level of focus and dedication that he has to music.

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Whether your looking to seriously master your instrument or just have some fun, I can help you along the way! Whether you want to learn some tunes, go over some music theory, or improvise your own music, we will work together to get you to that stage. My focus is to aim you towards being a better musician while developing technical ability on your instrument. I always make sure my students are having fun while they are learning and applying the information to the music they love to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, music stand

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide teaching materials, obviously. I can also bring a music stand, or an extra guitar to my lessons if the student doesn't have one. I will also be making regular print-outs on my own to hand out to my student.

*** Specialties ***
I received my degree in Jazz Performance with the Guitar as my main instrument. My favorite styles are jazz, blues, rock, and pop. I could teach Bass Guitar, Piano, and Ukulele till about an intermediate level. I took four semesters of Piano classes at CSULB so I learned how to play all scales and arpeggios two hands and two octaves.However, I'd like to focus mainly on teaching the guitar to all levels, especially to those who are focused and dedicated to the instrument.

For whatever reason, I have a good knack for theory and ear training as well, so I could always teach Music Theory as well. I'd be a great Jazz Theory teacher.
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Aasim S.

San Diego, CA 92127
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$35 / 30-min

About Gary R.

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I started writing in 1977 and have not stopped since. I can teach you to construct a song, create lyric, the context of songwriting, and how to find the chords you hear in your head for your song-
Let me show you how to bring your songs to life!

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 teaching methods vary from student to student, as we all learn a bit differently. I will often write custom lesson plans for my students, as one book does not fit all. As a teacher, I enjoy a fun, relaxed learning environment designed to help you enjoy the process of becoming the best musician you can be.
I have more than 30 years experience teaching and pl
aying music, and look forward to meeting you. Lets get started and make some music!
You can hear me performing around San Diego at Bourre', Harbor Music Hall, The Amigo Spot, and other venues as a trumpeter/vocalist.
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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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San Diego, CA 92116
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About Jessica A.

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Jessica has written 20+ songs and has performed these at numerous events. "I love the creative process of songwriting." Sometimes it starts with a melody, a written line or a chord. However you start your writing, there are a few basic things you can apply to help you be on your way in song writing!

About Jessica
"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica
Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life.
She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
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Sophia A. June 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It was our first lesson but Jessica's professionalism with children was easily recognizable.
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Kristen C September 22, 2016
· Singing · Online
Jessica is a great teacher and fun!!!
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Chava M. July 14, 2016
· Vocal Training · Online
My daughter's first lesson today went exceptionally well--she had only very good things to say about Jessica.
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Solana Beach, CA 92075
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San Diego, CA

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What makes songs truly unique are the lyrics. I am here to help you write songs that share the stories and experiences you really want to share. I am an award-winning songwriter having composed the music and lyrics for five published full-length albums. I am also an award-winning author of a series of children's books. Words matter to me. I am passionate about helping people say what they truly desire to say in their songs. I have helped other songwriters bring their complete songs to life and I would love to help you, too.

About Kathryn
Hi there!! My name is Kathryn and I look forward to meeting you. I'd love to help YOU write songs that will share your unique stories with the world. I am an award-winning singer/songwriter and have released five full-length albums on an independent label. I have solo composed both the lyrics and core music for most of my own songs, and have enjoyed collaborative co-writing on some as well. I am also the lead singer and rhythm guitar player of my own band and have played live shows at some legendary venues including opening for a major show in Las Vegas, headlining at the Belly Up, performing at the iconic Troubadour in Hollywood, and many more.

Words matter to me and I excel at helping people say what they really want to say to create complete songs, both musically and lyrically, that they are proud of. As a teacher, I will partner
with you in a comfortable and professional manner to help you shine your natural talents. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and do so online or at a studio I work out of in the Point Loma area of San Diego (off of Sport Arena Blvd). Our sessions will be productive and enjoyable. I look forward to working with you!
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Kathryn C.

San Diego, CA 92110
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