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About Justine D.

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San Diego, CA

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I have been playing upright bass for 12 years and have experience with jazz (big band and combo), chamber music, pit orchestra, and folk settings. I am familiar with arco (bowed) and pizzicato (plucked) playing as well.

Our first lesson will begin with a quick assessment of your musical background, experience with the instrument, and your musical goals. Your next lessons will build on that foundation to support the goals you want to achieve.

Whether it's improving your playing, auditioning for an advanced ensemble, or learning a new style or genre, we'll work together to reach your goals!

About Justine
I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan.

Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school.

My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London.

It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University.

And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love from my home in San Diego, teaching privately both i
n-person and online. I've recently moved to private teaching full-time and couldn't be happier!

I'm excited to get started with you and help you set and reach your musical goals!

*** Online & In-Person Lesson Details ***
It's most important to me that you are excited and motivated about your music lessons! I am a flexible instructor and am always open to hearing your ideas for songs. After working together to identify your beginning knowledge of music and your instrument, we'll progress from song to song to develop your musical abilities.

All of my online and in-person lessons begin by warming up with a quick exercise, scale, or even an improvisational activity. We'll use the music you love to develop your guitar technique, learn new chords, and sharpen your listening skills.

You'll gain an understanding of what makes the music work and why the notes, rhythms, and harmonies are what they are.

The music we study can also serve as inspiration for creativity. I may ask you to come to the next class with a short composition of your own or we'll finish a lesson by improvising together on related musical themes.

I'll do my best to make my expectations for you clear and at the end of every lesson, we'll go over what we accomplished together and make sure you understand what to work on before our next class.

*** Additional Online Information ***

Online lessons can be just as effective as in-person lessons for teaching you the basics of your instrument, developing technique, and achieving your musical goals! I'll use screen sharing to display music, chords, and scale charts during the lessons. Materials will be emailed to you as well for you to use at home. And communication is extra important when it comes to online lessons; because I can't make physical adjustments, I'll often assess how you hold your musical instrument and describe how you can make the adjustments yourself.

Please note that a high-speed internet connection is needed in order to make sure that we can see and hear each other appropriately. In addition, I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument (and amplifier, if you have an electric instrument) to use during the lesson.

*** Additional In-Person Information ***
I teach my in-person lessons from my home office with comfortable seating for both students and parents. I expect that you will be able to provide your own musical instrument to use during the lesson.

I will have music stands available for use during lessons and will accompany and demonstrate on my musical instruments. I will have an amplifier and cables, but if you prefer to bring your own amplifier you can do that, too!

Please note that I have two cats; they'll be in an enclosed room away from where we will have lessons, but if you have cat allergies this may not be a good fit.
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Alex July 30, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and flexible
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Keilei January 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We met with Justine for my daughter's first guitar lesson at her home and it went really well. My daughter said that Justine was very helpful with teaching her about the parts of the guitar, string exercises, strumming, and play some chords. My daughter is excited for her next lesson.
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Jordan January 7, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
Justine was great, communicative, prompt and my daughter had a great time!
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San Diego, CA 92103
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Learn basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody, and how they apply to the upright bass.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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About Andrew M.

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San Diego, CA

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If you want to sound great, and look cool doing it, this is the instrument for you!

About Andrew
I grew up in a musical family and have been surrounded by music my whole life. It was at the age of 12 that I took my first steps toward becoming a musician, and I'm very glad I made that decision! I would like to help others who are taking their first steps towards music and show them just how rewarding it can be! I've been working as a musician in the San Diego music scene since I was a teenager. 

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I want students to have fun during their lesson, and I want them to learn music that THEY want to learn. But I also want students to know the importance of dedication and practice because this is what leads to progress on ones instrument. Students can expect to learn theory, read music, read chord charts, and create a repertoire.
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Mary H. August 14, 2015
· Upright Bass · In home
Andrew is very knowledgeable, professional, and a fun instructor. He taught me fundamentals, a little bit of music theory, and even playing style tips. I very much enjoy his lessons and strongly recommend him.
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Joshua P. January 17, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
I learned a lot from Andrew! I came to Andrew knowing nothing about music or about guitar playing, and he was very patient and explained things in a way that was easy for me to understand. When my son gets a little older I'll be sending him to Andrew so he can start learning too!
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Omar A. November 24, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
Andrew is a very talented musician. He knows how to teach the instrument as well as incorporate theory into the lesson. He motivates me constantly and pushes me to improve. He is very professional and you will immediately sense his passion for music. I highly recommend Andrew to teach you music theory, technique, and share his love of music.
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San Diego, CA 92105
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About Dustin K.

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Sunnyside, NY
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I have been teaching upright Bass for 5 years and playing for 10 years. I will help you develop a good sound, whether playing arco (bowed) or Pizzicato (plucked). I can teach you how to build your own bass lines, to lock in with a drummer, and even how to solo.

About Dustin
​Dustin Kiselbach is a Canadian bassist, composer, and educator based in New York City. He has performed all over the world since he began his career as a professional musician.

Kiselbach began his life as a musician at 12 on the electric bass in his hometown of Vancouver, Canada. Eventually his interests turned to Jazz and at 16 he began playing the Double Bass. As a student in Canada, Kiselbach earned numerous awards and honors, including the best bassist award at the Envision Jazz Festival in Surrey, BC, Canada.

In 2008 Kiselbach won a scholarship to study Jazz bass with Lynn Seaton at the University of North Texas.

Proficient at both electric and upright, Kiselbach has performed in North America, Australia, Europe and Africa.

Currently Kiselbach is studying at the Aaron Copland School of Music under the mentorship of Dav
id Berkman, Antonio Hart, and Michael Mossman and regularily performs in New York City.​
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Adam June 30, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
First lesson complete. Good teacher who knows his stuff. Looking forward to keep learning.
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Pauline June 2, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Dustin is a fabulous instructor. He is so very talented and yet that doesn't stop him from being super patient and understanding. He has a way of showing students at their level what areas need improvement and how best to get there. His positive attitude and kindness makes him a great instructor. Thanks Dustin.
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Dave May 31, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Dustin is an excellent teacher. He is very good at explaining concepts and was able to help me sort out a few issues I was having. I feel like I took a real step forward after working with him.
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About Dean H.

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San Diego, CA
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From first day experience to the advanced student, my lessons cover a broad range of experience levels. Taking from my classical origins, The fundamentals are essential to learning the instrument. As a working world class musician, I have the experience and skill to give the student he or she needs in both Double bass and electric bass.

About Dean
For music, I have formal education in European classical music and jazz . I play double bass and bass guitar. I've played all over the world and I have toured and recorded with many names. I also have a passion for health and wellness. I've been teaching martial arts for several years and I'm a certified personal trainer. I speak, Spanish fluently as my second language.i also speak French and Portuguese.
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Mick M. May 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Dean is an exceptionally patient instructor. He always takes the time to thoroughly address my questions and concerns, and helps me overcome obstacles created by my bad habits. He has many different approaches to problems and has a knack for finding alternative solutions whenever the first method of teaching doesn't produce results. In just 3 lessons, I have improved my technique greatly.
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Farah May 8, 2017
· Upright Bass · In home
My son said he learned more in one lesson with Dean than he learned in two years playing in the school orchestra! He is excited about his upright bass again and is confident Dean can help him get ready for his SDYS Orchestra audition!
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Harley F. July 17, 2016
· Upright Bass · In home
Great start with Dean
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Dean H.

San Diego, CA 92113
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About Jordan B.

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Maspeth, NY

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The Bass was my first instrument, and the Double Bass (or Upright Bass) is my favorite to play. My Master's Degree is in Classical Double Bass but I am trained in Jazz and Pop disciplines as well. I have taught and performed Electric Bass, Upright Bass, Classical and Jazz, Music Theory and Composition, as well as Music History all over the United States. I'm always honing my teaching method and you can expect to become more than just a Bass Player when you study with me; Expect to become a Musician.

About Jordan
Welcome! I'm a Performer and Instructor of Electric and Double Bass in the NY Metropolitan Area. My B.A. and M.M. are in Bass Performance. I have been teaching private lessons and college classes, performing in various ensembles, and tutoring students in Music Theory and History for over 7 years. For more information, please visit my personal website at www.jordanbarmore.com or contact me by email at jordanbarmore@gmail.com
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Austin August 2, 2016
· Music Performance · In studio
Jordan instructs with passion and persistence. His musical leadership challenged me and stretched my performance abilities—my abilities wouldn't be the same without him.
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Aida August 2, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In home
Music is my first love. After taking music lessons in High School, I wanted to continue to persue my love for playing the Bass - so I started saving for music school. But just like the Pixar movie Up, life got in the way as my savings went to more pressings needs.

Then I met Jordan [my balloon]. Jordan made me realize that I can still get quality and affordable lessons from an experience performer.

After every lesson I would notice a difference in my performance [which I am currently still taking]. Not sure where my love for music will take me, but I am glad Jordan is there to guide me through.

So if you are looking for a talented, smart, and true profession, go with Jordan. You will definitely get more for your buck.

Thank you Jordan :)
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Todd August 2, 2016
· Upright Bass · In studio
Jordan is great! He's always on time, great with kids, VERY serious about music, and a gifted instructor. He was always willing to meet me in a location convenient for me, was incredibly patient with me, and ultimately made me a better performer than I've ever been before. A+!
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About Camellia A.

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Upright bass has been my passion for eight years. I've studied intensively with many of the world's best orchestral bass players, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra in Washington D.C. and the San Diego Symphony. I've performed in many capacities in both the jazz and classical areas as section leader. I currently perform with the La Jolla Symphony, the Opera NEO workshop, the San Diego City Ballet, as well the top ensembles at SDSU.

About Camellia
Hello! My name is Camellia and I am a classically-trained, well-rounded musician who loves sharing knowledge and spreading my love for what I do. Starting on electric bass, I grew up in an environment filled with all types of music which allowed me to fully immerse myself and decide to further pursue my passion. I now study classical bass at San Diego State University where I plan on receiving my degree in Double Bass Performance.

I've always had a passion for teaching and I find myself thriving and learning so much more about music when I'm helping others. I love being able to instill a love for music in any age group. I teach upright bass, electric bass, and violin, as well as music theory. I look forward to learning with you!
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Joey June 13, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
My son Tommy really wanted to learn bass. Just 1 lesson and Tommy felt like he was in heaven. His musical growth intensely grew after each lesson. I was impressed by Camellias dedication to providing my son with practical knowledge that helped him become more dedicated to music and to other aspects of his life. Thank you so much Camellia!
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Sharon June 13, 2017
· Ear Training · In home
Camellia is an amazing musician and teacher. I started playing bass a few years ago and was looking for an insightful teacher to help me improve my intonation and musicianship. I was so lucky to have found Camellia! Everything from her guidance, to her lesson plans, to her kind passionate teaching helped me become a better musician and person. If you can take lessons from someone, you should take them with Camellia!
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Camellia A.

Escondido, CA 92025
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About Shawn G.

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I have been performing on Upright Bass for more than three decades in both the classical and jazz realms. I have both a classical and jazz performance degree.

The foundation of my teaching is the Smandl method. I also have a large library of classical and jazz books as well as tunes I have transcribed or lesson material I have written myself.

Let me help you get started on bass or refine your skills.

About Shawn
Shawn has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, his home studio and online. Shawn has helped students go from no musical knowledge to giving public performances.

Shawn received his training at the UC, Irvine where he received his Bachelor of Music and Cal State, Fullerton where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music.

Shawn teaches and performs on guitar, and electric and upright bass. He is proficient in genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical.

As an expert in his field, Shawn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Shawn’s teaching style focuses on engaging the student and making learning fun. He feels that sparking a student’s interest is key to their success. As a lifelong learner of music, he has a vast array of knowledge to draw
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Todd June 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Shawn is very well informed on music theory. I have had discussions with him on numerous occasions, quite enlightening.
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Adolfo June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
He is a very patient teacher and really goes the extra mile when it comes to explaining things I'm having trouble with.
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Karen June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My daughter became interested in playing the bass guitar after seeing a friend perform in the Jazz Band concert at her school. After asking around, Shawn came highly recommended. He was nice, knowledgeable, dedicated to teaching and I was impressed with how kept my daughter engaged and motivated. He is someone I recommend highly.
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About Oliver H.

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My students can expect a loving, supportive, and encouraging atmosphere to learn a difficult instrument. We will go through the basics of hand shapes, learn how to navigate the neck with scales, and tunes that make the upright bass approachable.

About Oliver
I specialize in rhythm, attitude, and energy because I feel they are the most important elements that one needs to become a musician. Work ethic is also very close to my heart because by working consistently you gradually become a better musician and a better human--building good practice habits are critical to any musician. A passion for music gets me out of bed in the morning and also keeps me learning.

I got my degree in bass and vocal performance at Knox College. I continue to learn how to better my lessons, my life and my knowledge of music. I taught upright bass, electric bass, guitar, and rock bands at Flatts & Sharpes Music Company for two years. I currently teach upright, electric bass, guitar and rock bands at Rock House in Wilmette.

I am co-manager, upright bass player, and singer for an ambient-folk band, Sedgewick, based
in Chicago. I play upright bass in the Frank Catalano and Jimmy Chamberlin super group, 9 Worlds Ensemble, and Bowmanville.
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Lindsey July 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I worked with Oliver for over a year and saw his students blossom with both skill and confidence after just a few lessons. Oliver has a naturally calming presence and kids absolutely adore him. I could not recommend him enough. His multi instrumental talent and sweet personality make him a one of a kind, wonderful teacher.
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Oliver Horton os a naturally gifted teacher, passionate about sharing his love of music. Lovely person, talented musician, gracious and good humored teacher.
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Lucy June 28, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Oliver is a fantastic teacher! My daughter has been taking lessons with him for a few years now and loves it - she plays both the Electric and Upright Bass and Oliver teaches her both.
She loves his teaching style - he is very encouraging, and positive.
Can't recommend highly enough.
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