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About Aaron D.

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I studied jazz and world music in college, so I have extensive knowledge of advanced music theory. I also help students with ear training so they can figure out songs on their own. While I believe that music theory is second in importance to being able to play your instrument, I feel it is essential in creating well rounded musicians.

About Aaron
Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile!

To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and
Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, I went on to pursue my education in music and received my BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. I started teaching music privately during my time with Jerry and Dominic and continued to teach during college up until the present, and have taught hundreds of students since. I now live in San Diego where I teach, work as a freelance musician, and play in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kickstomp outfit Quel Bordel!

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I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couches, table and TV, music stand, student can borrow instrument for first lesson, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, and reggae. I studied jazz in college so I also have extensive knowledge of jazz theory.
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· Music Performance · In studio
For the past couple months, I've been holding down the drum chair for a local San Diego band Aaron and I play with regularly called Quel Bordel! Aaron is super passionate about creating music and provides a fun atmosphere when playing live. He's encouraging, quick witted, enthusiastic and REALLY GOOD! Watching a crowd go crazy during his solos is definitely a testament to his skill as a guitar player and performer. Playing with someone with such a high skill set pushes me to play better myself and hopefully so will you!
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Chris May 4, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Aaron is really patient. I'm grateful for the lessons.
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Aaron D.

San Diego, CA 92108
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About Nikola
Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.

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

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

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

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

The Rudiments of Music

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

Technique and Repertoire

* Lead improvisation
* Ear training
* Dynamics

Master Class

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

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Amplifier (if needed)

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

San Diego, CA 92122
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About Trevor H.

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El Cajon, CA
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Learn how to read music, and how notes fit together to create it. From ancient music to modern techniques, including orchestration and arrangement.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
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Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Rebecca N.

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I've studied music for over 21 years. I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Professional Studies: Piano and have been teaching professionally since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I have experience teaching ages 3-84. I include theory in all my lessons and also love to dwell solely on music theory without emphasis on an instrument. Looking forward to meeting you!

About Rebecca
I began playing piano at age six and I received my early training from Jeanne Pennino and later studied with J. Mitzi Kolar, Krzysztof Brzuza, and Karen Follingstad. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Professional Studies from San Diego State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and/or Music Theory in the near future.

I have been professionally teaching piano since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I am a believer in balanced musical training. I currently reside in San Diego and keep busy teaching piano and practicing my own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch.

My 65+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Associ
ation of California (MTAC), Southern California Junior Bach Festival, The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and AP Music Theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient teacher with experience teaching students ages 3-84 at various levels. I use a variety of curricula since each lesson is tailored specifically to each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Yamaha Clavinova CLP-555 fully-weighted 88-key Digital Mini-Grand Piano, 3) Gemeinhardt Flute, 4) Studio copies of all method books used, sheet music and materials used during lessons,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Gemeinhardt Flute, method books and materials needed during lessons,

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach jazz/pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I am familiar with and use various different methods including but not limited to Faber: Piano Adventures, Keys for the Kingdom, Bastien Basics, and Suzuki. Each lesson is tailored toward the individual student's needs.
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Kellie C. October 6, 2017
· Flute · In home
Very pleasant first meeting and will enjoy seeing my progression.
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Nickolas A. August 24, 2017
· Piano · Online
Nickolas enjoyed your teaching and he is learning a lot.
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Riley G. March 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Rebecca has such an easy personality. My daughter leaves motivated to learn more and can't wait for next lesson.
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Rebecca N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
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About Nader T.

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Music theory has been a fascinating and ongoing subject for the major portion of my life, since I was working on my Master's degree and Doctorate degree in composition. I teach music theory with clarity, demystify dark spots, remove any ambiguity and offer my musical life experience to my students.

About Nader
I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accompaniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.

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Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
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Sean K. January 22, 2018
· Violin · In home
Mr. Nader is an excellent instructor who always puts his students first. He customizes his lessons in accordance to each individual and patiently works with them so that they may achieve their optimum potential.

More than just a passive teacher of the violin, Mr. Nader dedicates his time and energy as a full time instructor of violin, cello, and music theory. Furthermore, Mr. Nader exhibits a level of knowledge, intellect, understanding, and culture rarely seen in the world today. When one walks into his music room, one will be struck with awe at not only the amount of books in Mr. Nader's library collection, but also the wide variety of subjects ranging from Music, Music History, Biographies, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, and many more. However, do not think that these books are just for display. Quite the contrary, one short conversation with Mr. Nader will show that he is well versed in all these subjects; a modern incarnation of the Renaissance polymath. Building off of his broad knowledge base, Mr. Nader not only teaches one how to play an instrument, he also teaches one how to cultivate oneself in Music and the culture from which it originates.

With a passion for Music and a yearn to pass on higher culture to the avid learner, Mr. Nader is the best instructor for all those who wish to learn Music along with its connection to the history, society, and culture from which it springs.
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Efat S. March 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I AM SO Lucky to have Mr.Nader as a teacher, Trust me he's the Real deal He's very authentic and patient, Mann he taught me a few tips that made love the violin even more , I'm so eager to learn more and more from him
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E. Hafezi May 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Nader is well experience and professional cello teacher.
I'm recommending Nader if you guys looking for cello teacher.
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA 92121
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About My Linh D.

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Using the MTAC Certificate of Merit as a measuring device, I can teach/tutor Preparatory level through level 8.

About My Linh
My Linh is a 22 year old Music Major at Cal State Fullerton. She is a full time student pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Pipe Organ Performance. She has been playing piano since she was nine, and has been teaching since 2013. She comes from a large family and loves working with children.

My Linh currently sings in the Women's Choir at Cal State Fullerton and plays organ for St. Patrick Catholic Church in Carlsbad.
Her long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.
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Avi October 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
My Linh is awesome! And very patient with my 6 year old.
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Charlotte September 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kind, knowledgeable and fun !
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Hannah T. September 21, 2017
· Piano · In home
She is wonderful and fun person. Just on the first day, I could tell she will be very good teacher for my daughter.
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My Linh D.

Vista, CA 92081
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About Matt S.

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Covering all of the basic music theory necessary to jump start your understanding of music, while learning songs from day 1.

About Matt
With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it should be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before,
and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Ling February 9, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt has the ability to keep his students interested in their music while bringing out their appreciation and musical creativity. I would highly recommend him as an instructor no matter the age of the student.
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Al February 7, 2018
· Composition · Online
A very good teacher all phases of music and application.
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Allison February 5, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matt is very professional. Very patient. VERY flexible in scheduling. Loves music and teaching his students
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
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About Ronald Chaz B.

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As a music education specialist, Ronald Chaz develops and restructures educational programs and teaching guidelines in piano and vocal performance as well as music theory to include rudiments and composition, for leisure, college matriculation, or as degree course components administered by Trinity College London (external dept). He teaches these subjects in either English, Spanish, Italian, German, or French.

He has a B.A. and M.Ed. (majors in Vocal/Piano Performance, Music Education, Spanish, German; minors in French, Italian, and Interpreting/Translations ). He is fluent-native speaker fluency to teach Voice in these languages in addition to Tagalog and Cebuano (Visaya).

He has taught up to Fellowship levels, entrance matriculation to colleges and universities, undergraduate-postgraduate requirements, curriculum-based graded examinations requirements, or for leisure and self-enhancement.

About Ronald Chaz
As a music and foreign language education specialist Ronald structures and restructures educational programs for leisure, college matriculation, and as degree course components administered by the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Testing-USA), ACT (American College Testing), HSC (Higher School Certificate-Australia), Trinity College London (external studies dept for Music, Speech, Drama, and English as a foreign language), the Certificate of Merit program (MTAC), and other music examinations boards such the R.S.M. and R.C.M. His subjects of expertise are: Music Theory, Composition, Piano and Vocal Performance - taken up in either English or as a Music program immersed in language programs in either Spanish, Italian, or German; and language courses from Beginner's to Advanced Conversational / Literature in English, Spanish, Italian, and German;
as well as French from Beginner's through Advanced levels.

He is a graduate with a Bachelor's and Master's Degree in EDUCATION in the fields of Music, Spanish and German Literature, with a minor in Linguistics, French, and Italian Studies from UNSW (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia).

He is fluent (native speaker fluency) to teach Music in language immersion programs in these languages: English, Spanish, Italian, French, German, Tagalog, Cebuano (Visaya).

He also has advanced students with an Associate Degree (A Mus TCL) and B Mus candidates teaching at much lesser rates.
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Maria J. February 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excellent! knowledgeable, friendly, easy to follow. Great introduction for a total beginner.
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Angelika April 1, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
I have taken lessons with Ronald since I was 6, I am now 23. In my 17 years of taking lessons I have learned to play piano, sing and am proficient in music theory. In the more recent years I have even had the opportunity to teach music through Ronald. Throughout the years, I have experienced and witnessed the patience and kindness Ronald consistently shows his students. He encourages his students to become better and shares in their enthusiasm due to their accomplishments. Ronald genuinely cares about his students and is dedicated to making sure his students improve. I fully recommend Ronald for students who have parents who want to be involved in the learning process and especially for young children who are just starting out. Ronald works well with families, includes parents every step of the way and is very patient with young students helping them learn in an open and encouraging environment.
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Sarah March 8, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mr.Chaz is really dedicated to his profession. He started to teach my seven year old son over one year ago and he has motivated him to sing his best and he started piano with him last year which has been a phenomenal experience for my son. Chaz really focuses on the detail, theory and groundwork necessary to excel in music. If you are lucky enough to get your child started with him you will never regret the experience. He is simply the best! My son sings all the time now and loves to play piano. I am so happy for my son to have found someone to expand on his talents!
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Ronald Chaz B.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Clarissa L.

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Music theory is one of my favorite subjects! So important for really understanding the music we play.

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

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

I expect each student to practice consistently each week. I believe that training in classical music is essential to build quality musicians. The core repertoire will be from the great classical composers, but I always add kid-friendly music to the assignment, whether it’s the
James Bond theme or Star Wars.
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Lizzy February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Fun, energetic, knows how to level it down or up for both of my children. I'm thinking about taking lessons from her too! Highly Recommend!
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Chloe February 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Easy to talk to, always professional and ready to go when we show up, very patient with my daughter who is not a "natural" at piano. I'd definitely recommend her.
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· Piano · In studio
Clarissa is intelligent, caring, listens to concerns, patient and wonderful with children! We love her!
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San Diego, CA 92129
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About Dr. Erik G.

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I will give you step by step training in music theory that only a doctor of music could supply. We will first review your current knowledge, and then attend to increasing your knowledge of harmonic structure, dictation, ear training, and more.

If you would like to know more about me, please visit www.completeconductor.com to view my bio or message me at any time.

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

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

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

San Diego, CA 92110
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6 Fun and Unique Ways to Learn Music Theory
Staring at the Circle of Fifths and memorizing key signatures isn't the only way to learn music theory! Here, Brooklyn, NY teacher Liz T. shares some creative ideas to revive your learning...   Music theory is a very important part of your musicianship, whether it be mastering ear training, harmony, or sight reading. No matter what instrument you play or what styles you enjoy, those who learn music theory grow further as musicians. A solid knowledge can help you improve your perform
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
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