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About Carlos R.

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La Jolla, CA

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About Carlos
Hello! My name is Carlos and I can't wait to have you as a student! I've been teaching trumpet for over 10 years and have loved helping my students discover the joy of playing an instrument, and making beautiful music! I studied music at San Diego State University and the New England Conservatory of Music where I earned a degree in Music Performance and was an Academic Fellow. I'm an encouraging, patient, and lively teacher. We will be learning the basics of trumpet playing, and progressing each week with tailored lesson plans, all the while making beautiful music in the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Gary June 10, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Axel R. April 2, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
Today was my first lesson with Carlos and he was amazing! He is very cool and funny and I really liked him. We worked on a lesson from the book he sent me. I had a lot of fun. I can't wait for my next lesson!
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Jonathan G January 5, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
I would recommend Carlos to ANY parent looking to give their child trumpet lessons, he has been teaching my son Michael for over 3 years and he has become a dear family friend. He is patient, resourceful, and has insurmountable talent with teaching children of any age, we are blessed!
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Carlos R.

Carlos R.

La Jolla, CA 92037
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About Jesse H.

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Del Mar, CA

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About Jesse
Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master class
es. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.
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Janet November 2, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Jesse is an absolute delight of a teacher. He’s patient and encouraging and excellent with technique, music theory, I’m just the joy of playing!
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Heather August 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jesse is very patient and encouraging.
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Garth April 11, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Jesse was wonderful at improving my techniques and inspiring me to do better.
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
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About Rebecca N.

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El Cajon, CA

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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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San Diego, CA

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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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pecialties ***
Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
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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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Erin H. August 26, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA 92121
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About Joe Danny O.

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San Diego, CA

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Hello! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been playing guitar for over a decade and mandolin for about four years. I studied jazz with the Applied Musicians Program at Mesa College, which has changed my view on playing music across all instruments and styles. I've been playing other genres for a lot longer though! I can teach you pop, bluegrass, folk, rock, and more. Let me know what your short or long term goals are and we will get there by learning repertoire of your choice that is appropriate for the skill level we are working on. If there is a time that works best for you that isn't listed let me know! Feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have!
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Connor G. October 21, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
just finished my first lesson with Joe. It was a great experience. He is fun, very laid back and informative. I got a lot out of this session
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Janet September 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In studio
First lesson, and loved it. I am being forced to think. Now we'll see how well I can practice on my own.
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Glorene F. June 21, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
Joe is the most knowledgable & relatable instructor I've ever had the experience of learning from.
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Joe Danny O.

San Diego, CA 92104
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About Anton M.

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Oceanside, CA
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My name is Anton and music is my passion. I am 21 years old and I have been singing and Acting professionally in San Diego for the past 2 years. I am classically trained by the reknown American Bass Louis Lebherz, who has taught me everything he knows. My specialty is building the voice from the ground up and really finding that special place where the voice can both produce a strong sound but also a healthy one.
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Anton M.

Anton M.

Oceanside, CA 92057
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$20 / 30-min

About Sarabeth B.

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San Diego, CA

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About Sarabeth
Hello fellow singers! My goal is to help you refine your own unique instrument and help you to express a story and art through the voice!

I grew up taking piano lessons and singing in my church and school choir. I always had a love for all classical music and soon enough fell in love with opera! I begin taking classical voice lessons at the age of 15 and soon realized that my heart and soul belonged to opera and had to continue my studies a lot more in depth.

I went to the University of California of Los Angeles where I received my Bachelor of Arts with my emphasis in Opera Performance. Throughout the years spent at UCLA, I not only continued to sing with choral groups, but also performed in every opera. I sang one of the principles roles in Ravel's L'enfant et les sortilèges, and sang one of the principles roles in many opera scen
es such as Dorabella from Così fan tutte, Mercedes in Carmen, Second Lady in The Magic Flute, Nerone in L'incorazione di Poppea.

Since I graduated college I sang the role of Rebecca Nurse in The Crucible with the Miami Music Festival. Besides opera, I compete in vocal competitions and sing in professional choirs in San Diego and Los Angeles.

As a teacher my job is to help my students learn to sing with as much ease as possible, while refining the instrument for the classical repertoire. I not only focus on technique, but also diction and artistry, because as singers we are story tellers.
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Megan November 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
I'm an adult student and very new to piano -- after several decades since the last lesson. Sarabeth was very patient and encouraging. I learned a lot in the very first lesson.
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Antonia October 16, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
Sarabeth teaches you how to use your voice correctly and helps you accustom it to different styles of music. She's super fun to be taught by and understanding. Plus, she's totally chill with dogs.
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Robert September 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very nice and effective.
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Sarabeth B.

Sarabeth B.

San Diego, CA 92127
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About Isaac A.

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San Diego, CA

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About Isaac
TEACHING STYLE: I provide positive, patient, professional instruction, customized to each individual student's levels and goals.

LEVELS: I teach all levels of students; beginner through advanced are all welcome. I teach all ages-- children (age 5+), teens and adults.

LOCATIONS: I teach in 3 locations: (1) my home in San Diego (92129), (2) in your home if you prefer (if your home is located within my travel radius), or (3) anywhere in the world via online saxophone lessons!

FOCUS: Lessons are customized based on the student's levels, musical preferences and goals. Beginning students will learn basic saxophone technique and fundamentals, sight reading (learning to read music), ear training and theory.

For students who have mastered the basics and are more advanced, lessons are focused on three main areas:

(1) Tone
development: A beautiful sound will set you apart.
(2) Technical facility: in order to be a great improviser, you need the technical facility to play what you hear in your head and I can help you get there.
(3) The jazz language, through rigorous transcription and a practical application of those concepts by soloing over chord progressions (blues, rhythm changes, etc.). Students will be able to immediately apply the concepts learned through transcription to real live performances and other contexts.

I also coach students as they prepare for auditions, such as high school or college bands, or for work as a professional musician.

MUSICAL STYLE: I am fluent in a variety of musical styles and customize musical repertoire based on my students' tastes and goals. Genres I specialize in include: straight ahead/traditional jazz, smooth jazz, classical, pop, funk, hip-hop, R & B, Gospel, contemporary Christian music, soul and much more.

Lessons are generally once per week and scheduled at a regular time. If you have different scheduling needs, please let me know and I will do my best to work with your schedule.

LESSON LENGTH: Beginning students typically start with 30 minute lessons; intermediate and advanced students usually opt for 60 minute lessons.

RESCHEDULING/CANCELLATIONS POLICY: please give me at least 24 hours notice if you would like to reschedule a lesson. Missed lessons with less than 24 hours notice will not be rescheduled. Exceptions: sudden illness (e.g., waking up that same morning with a fever) or sudden true emergency (e.g., severe accident or injury, etc.).

Some of my training/education and experience include:

B.A.: Music Performance


M.A.: Jazz Studies from California State University, Long Beach (Bob Cole Conservatory). 


Studied with Eric Marienthal (Chic Corea, Rippingtons, and Peak Records Recording Artist).


My latest single, "Begin Again," was a radio success and made Billboard's Most Added List for the Smooth Jazz Chart


I've performed/recorded with Kirk Whalum (saxophonist on Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You"), Malcolm Jamal-Warner, DW3, among many others, as well as at Paisley Park (the late Prince's estate).
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Seth October 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have seen Isaac teach kids, adults and professionals. I have also seen Isaac play at weddings, churches and professional concerts. I even saw him play at his own wedding! He is by far the best saxophone player I have ever met. I highly recommend Isaac.

When you work with Isaac, you are working with a professional musician. As a professional, Isaac shows up on time, follows through on his promises and delivers a high quality service.

On top of that, Isaac can put on one heck of a show!
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Mel October 17, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Isaac's passion for music comes through.
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Nazareth October 16, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
The crowning moment when he played at the Chateau Marmont Hotel during the middle of a birthday dinner and all the celebrities seated at other tables shut up and listened and then applauded. They had no idea who he was but we all felt his gift. That was a divine experience from a fearless master of his craft that will remain forever etched in my soul.
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Isaac A.

San Diego, CA 92129
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About Victor B.

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About Victor
I am a professional composer, pianist, songwriter, and author. I graduated from The National Conservatory with a PH of Music Composition.

Piano students can learn any song they like, but I follow the syllabus from the California Music Conservatory, which makes the learning here, very professional. I can help any student to learn at their own pace, with confidence.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 20 years, and also I can teach modern music. The system I use is unique, organized and has everything you will ever need to learn, Chords, Scales, Songs, Studies and more.

I have written music for bands, solo singers, soundtracks for movies and more, I have my own website where you can find all my compositions songnes.com. My books can be found in any music store and on line just
type Victor M Barba books in Google and you will see them.

My personal passion is film music but I believe you can learn any style you want using the method of the Conservatory. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to have fun while learning to play the Piano!
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Victor B.

Murrieta, CA 92562
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$34 / 30-min

About Remy S.

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San Diego, CA
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About Remy
A New York City native, I have been living in Southern California for about 5 years. I am a deeply passionate guitarist and musician. I have been a playing guitar avidly over 7 years. That said, I am enthusiastic to share the joy of music with others.

I specialize in rock, blues, and pop.

My teaching style is intuitive and fun. I am light on theory with and mostly focus on techniques with students to get you playing as quickly as possible. I have multiple instruments, including several electric guitars, acoustic guitars, and a bass. I also have a drum kit and microphone setup. I even have recording and filming equipment. My lessons cater to your needs and at your own pace.

The goal of my lessons are to help you self-discover your hidden talents. I really believe anyone can become the musician they want to be with the right tools
and direction. I look forward to working with you!

-Remy
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Eric November 19, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
Remy is an awesome teacher! He taught me everything I know, and is fun to jam with. Highly recommended.
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James November 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
I've been taking lessons with remy for the past 2 months and my ability has massively increased. Not only is remy a great guitar player but his patience makes him an awesome teacher. His understanding of music is fantastic and he is very good at breaking songs apart to make it easy for the student to learn. As well as teaching he also uses his own time to find songs for me to practice that would improve my
Technique. I would recommend remy to anybody from beginner to intermediate. Great guy and awesome teacher.
Thanks Remy
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Remy S.

San Diego, CA 92109
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