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About Matthew G.

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Carlsbad, CA
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About Matthew
A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals pro
vided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

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Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Michael August 17, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Matthew has been great for my son, Michael! He has learned a lot in a short period of time!
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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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Tim Y. July 28, 2015
· Drum · In home
I had my first lesson with Matthew and it exceeded my expectations! Matthew was professional yet really down to earth and he made me feel comfortable from the get go. I look forward to taking my drumming to the next level with Matthew as my teacher.
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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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About Abby B.

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Carlsbad, CA

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I've had twenty years of piano and vocal practice, ten of those years with classical training. Music is my passion. When it comes to lessons, I feel that if a student isn't enjoying himself, true learning can't take place. Confident students who are supported and heard tend to perform well and take away more from the experience. I'm a big believer in being patient with students; taking the time to get to know them so that I can best tailor their lessons to their own individual goals. Students will be encouraged to play what they want to learn, and will receive classical training that will prepare them for anything they choose. While I strive to work with students and give them the opportunity to design some of their own lessons, I also want to make sure that parents are involved every step of the way and can weigh in on the progress of t
heir children. Each week the student will make progress and gain a confidence in their ability that they can take home and share with the family.
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Abby B.

Abby B.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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$29 / 30-min

About Batuhan K.

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San Diego, CA
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About Batuhan
I'm a devoted and a passionate teacher, my goal is to motivate you and share anything that will help you. Even though I'm teaching a wide variety of subjects I'm passionate to teach every one of them. I love teaching and learning in the process

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Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals, every lesson is as different as every person. What are your goals? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

As a teacher, my goal is to provide a positive hands-on experience. I strive to create an environment where learning is enjoyed and explored, teaching in an exciting, fun, and passionate mode. I am not strict, although I do expect the students to pra
ctice. I have an extremely optimistic, energetic disposition and positively encourage my students! This has always served me very well in working with anyone. Contact me for more information!
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Leo November 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
He is devoted and patient for beginner. I am glad to choose him. I definitely continues my study with him
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Jackie W. August 25, 2016
· Geometry · Online
My daughter only had two sessions with him and I am sure I paid for more than that. He could have reached out to us to schedule more time but he didn't.
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Roberto A. January 31, 2016
· Music Theory ·
Batu and I had a Music Theory class together. He was very helpful in helping me understand complicated rhythms.
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Batuhan K.

Batuhan K.

San Diego, CA 92126
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About Lara H.

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Oceanside, CA
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About Lara
I began playing violin 20 years ago and love sharing musical education with others. I continue to study privately and currently perform with a college symphony orchestra. I am a registered Suzuki instructor through the Suzuki Association of the Americas and combine it with traditional methods to best accommodate every student. I am also happy to assist with school or orchestra music, as well as preparation for festivals and auditions. Lessons are available in 30, 45 and 60 minute increments, and can be held at my studio or your home.

My goal is to make learning to play violin a fun and fulfilling part of you or your child's life!

For an overview of the Suzuki Method by the Suzuki Association of the Americas: suzukiassociation.org/teachers/twinkler/
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Jack K. July 5, 2017
· Cello · In home
Great first lesson! Looking forward to many more :)
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Hailey May 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Lara is very easy going and friendly. She makes you feel comfortable right away so it doesn't feel awkward to ask lots of questions if you're a beginner. We've only attended the first lesson but I think it's safe to say we will be sticking with her and would recommend her as an instructor.
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Roya I. April 27, 2016
· Violin · In studio
She was awesome!
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Lara H.

Lara H.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$25 / 30-min

About Shahrzad P.

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Poway, CA
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About Shahrzad
Shahrzad P. was born in 1983 in Tehran,Iran and she started playing Violin at a young age.
Her passion for Violin and her natural abilities created an opportunity for her at a young age to enter Tehran Music Conservatory.
She was taught by two major Russian professors: Mamuka Dolidzeh and Lika Kashir Sekaya.
She holds a bachelor degree of music in Performing International Classical music and International Instrument Instruction from Tehran Conservatory of Music.
She has over ten ears of professional music experience as a musc performer.
As a performer she has been a violinist in many classical orchestras such as: Tehran Academic Orchestra, Tehran Symphony, Tehran conservatory orchestras,Violet symphony orchestra, Sarv quartet and Pastoral orchestra and at the present time Poway Symphony Orchestra in San Diego.
She was also a constan
t violin performer at Fadjr International Music Festival for seven years.
Shahrzad also has experience in performing for theater shows at Tehran Shahr theater.
Shahrzad started teaching music in 2007.
She quickly became favorite among all students because of her teaching style and passion she was sharing with her students.

Teaching Style

My method is to start with Suzuki books but not before focusing on making a correct posture and producing a good tone.
teaching and working techniques,etudes and scales can sometimes be boring for the beginner students therefore I teach some small folks and easy concertos to encourage them more.

The books I work with my students are:
Suzuki method books
Wolfart,Kayser,Kruetzer,Rode
Cevcik method books
Mazas method books
Scales and arpeggio exercises
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Nathan S. July 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Shahrzad has a way of keeping my 11 y.o. son engaged throughout the entire lesson. He has fun, but at the same time he is being challenged. He practices without us even asking,. He will start orchestra in middle school this year and I know he will be ready!
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Shirley Y. June 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Shahrzad was excellent. She teaches with great passion and knows what to point out on my weakness. Not only is she thorough, she also knows when to demonstrate the piece of music. I really enjoyed my lesson with her. Thank you.
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Kira N. March 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
Very passionate about music and teaching!
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Shahrzad P.

Shahrzad P.

Poway, CA 92064
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About Scott S.

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Encinitas, CA

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Scott Samuels has been a performing singer/songwriter/guitarist/ukelele player on the San Diego scene and a touring musician for over 25 years. He has played ukulele and guitar since the early '70s. Scott specializes in teaching beginner and intermediate levels in rock, pop folk and other styles for students of all ages.

A Certified Senior Advisor (CSA), Scott has over twelve years of experience in working with older adults, and particularly enjoys teaching those who have dreamed about playing guitar or ukulele, but never got around to it.
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Steve January 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott is a great teacher! He has many years experience playing and performing. He has an especially good touch with teaching adult players, but he can teach anyone. I highly recommend Scott as your guitar or ukulele teacher!
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Charles January 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's professionalism and patience is unrivaled. He has a passion to bring the joy of guitar and ukulele to young, older and special needs students alike.
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Annette December 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Scott's enthusiasm for music is contagious. He has a lot of playing experience and a good knowledge of rock history. Have fun with your lessons!
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Scott S.

Scott S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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About Jennifer A.

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Oceanside, CA

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Featured in concert by WILLIE NELSON and recipient of the LA Music Awards' 'INSTRUMENTAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR', Jennifer Argenti graduated from the Baltimore School for the Arts, studied violin performance at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory in Cleveland and performs throughout the world. With over 30 years of performance and teaching experience, Jennifer has returned from touring and is now available to teach both violin and piano in person as well as virtually. Her plethora of musical knowledge in various genres makes her a high in-demand instructor ranging from beginner students to advanced players. A background in Suzuki ear training and classical studies combined with fiddle, jazz and improvisational skills enables Jennifer to custom tailor music instruction towards each individual student's goals and needs. As an added plus for in-person
violin pupils, Jennifer's ability to accompany violin students on piano during their lessons makes the learning experience that much more valuable.
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Angela June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have two children both taking lessons with Jennifer - one on violin and one on piano. They love when Jennifer shows up at the door and they both run to see who can open it first! Jennifer is a bundle of smiling energy, always excited to teach my kids something new and worthwhile. She makes the lessons fun, never boring. We started off with 30 minute lessons but increased to 45 minutes ‘cause my kids always want her to stay longer!
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LTM June 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
I cannot say enough about my violin teacher, Jennifer. What started out as just a refresher course turned into so much more. I hadn't played the violin since high school, and now, many years later, I have been able to dig into the part of me that really loves music, and really enjoys playing. Thank you, Jennifer, for helping me see the potential I did not know was inside me. Your patience and positive coaching are the reasons I am playing violin again!
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Celia May 31, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Jennifer is hands down the best! I've been taking violin lessons with her for over a year now and I went from only knowing "twinkle little star" to playing my fave pop tune! I look forward to learning more music from her!
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Jennifer A.

Jennifer A.

Oceanside, CA 92054
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$45 / 30-min

About Vitaly R.

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La Jolla, CA

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I’m a Theatre Major from UCSD. I've studied music since my early teens, and have played and performed for over a decade. I love music, and I love creating art. If you’re looking for a by the book instructor (here follow the instructions in your music book) I’m probably not a good fit. Music is fun and should be taught that way. But that does not mean you shouldn’t learn the foundation of good technique and how to master those skills. I enjoy teaching as much as I do playing or performing. That is why I do it. "If it ain't fun, why do it?" - Cockrum -
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Vitaly R.

Vitaly R.

La Jolla, CA 92093
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$42 / 30-min

About Matthew S.

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Vista, CA

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Music is the voice of the soul, hear the spirits scream.

Let's build the bridge to your goals:
Over 16 years of music experience.
Self-taught, and classically trained by guitarist Master Fred Benedetti.
Previously a director/instructor at the School of Rock for six years.
Currently performing in the bands Nihilist and Monarch.
Studio Master at Muffhaus Studios.

Any music style from classical to metal. Theory, technique, composition, improvisation instruction in guitar, bass, drums, and piano.
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Vista, CA 92084
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$34 / 30-min

About Matt H.

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San Diego, CA
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Trombonist Matt Hall, currently residing in New York City, is no stranger to the San Diego music scene and is in town for the duration of summer. Hall is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and was stationed in San Diego. While in the military, he served as a trombonist in the US Marine Corps All-Star Jazz Band and Third Marine Aircraft Wing Band, performing across the United States.

He has been a frontman to a vast multitude of various groups from coast to coast including the co-led Charlie Arbelaez-Matt Hall Big Band, a 17-piece group made up of local San Diego musicians.

Hall has performed with such artists as Arturo Sandoval, Bob Mintzer, Mundell Lowe, Peter Sprague, Bob Magnusson, Mike Wofford, Marshall Hawkins, Sean Jones, Gilbert Castellanos, Donald Brown, Eric Alexander, and Bob McChesney.

Hall is currently studying
with legendary jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis, leader of the Village Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, John Mosca, jazz baritone saxophone veteran Gary Smulyan and other esteemed faculty at SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, finishing a bachelors degree in Jazz Studies.

Matt Hall performs exclusively on Michael Rath Trombones.
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Matt H.

Matt H.

San Diego, CA 92126
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$75 / 30-min

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