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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA

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 provided 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 :)

I am proud to endorse Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion.

*** 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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
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
Verified Student
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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Ronald C. March 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I am a self-taught drummer and he showed me exactly what I needed to do to improve myself.
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Matthew G.

Matthew G.

Encinitas, CA 92024
(13)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

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 o
pportunity 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 classes. 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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Willy January 24, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Highly recommended.
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Martin S. January 9, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Friendly and professional. My son really enjoyed the lesson!
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Yijia L. December 16, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I enjoy the lessons with Jesse very much!!! He is professional, patient and with a pleasant personality. I never touched guitar before. It's amazing how Jesse taught me from the very begining and helped me to reach the goals each time. Looking forward to the upcoming lessons!
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
(32)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA

About Susan

My primary focus is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to her students. I also teach Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. My teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for children. I have been teaching beginning to advanced voice and beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. My students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway Musicals, C.Y.T. and Coast Kids Theatre Productions, Classical and Rock performing. Many of my students have gone on to sing professionally. I currently teach Profession
al artists with ongoing careers.

My motto is learn to sing the "Easy, Natural Way". I teach the very best techniques, so vocalizing is not strained or difficult. My main focus is on teaching good "placement" of the sound, using the best ways to secure breath support and control, as well as good stage presence. Dealing with stage fright is always addressed, whether the singer wants to sing just for themselves, or audition for Musical Theatre productions. Styles range from pop to rock and opera.
I teach students of ALL AGES and work with every style or genre of music. Having spearheaded the Music program at the local YMCA has been a special treat in my teaching career!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.
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Izzy M. January 7, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
It's not IDEAL to hold a lesson over Skype but we don't have instructors in our area. Susan makes up for it with her positivity, her inviting personality and knowledge, and her patience with both my little girl AND her technologically-challenged mother :) My daughter is excited to learn the instrument now.
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Christa October 14, 2015
Susan has changed my life for the better! I started lessons when I was sixteen years old, seven years ago, and at that time I was in two choirs at my high school. I felt I needed to start lessons because I had a passion for singing and also I wasn't happy because I wasn't getting chosen for any solos at my school and I wanted to be more challenged. After my first lesson with Susan I knew she was exactly what I was looking for: a teacher who taught proper technique that made it really fun and challenged me because she knew I had wonderful potential. I tried six different teachers before her and not one was even half as amazing as Susan! My voice was growing so fast within the next couple years and when it came time for college I joined the choir at CSUSM and was their top soloist for the four years I attended there. When it came time for college graduation I was selected to sing the National Anthem, a huge success in my singing career. Lately I have been using all my teachings from Susan in musicals and concerts and I am now an elementary school music teacher! I wouldn't have been able to get to where I am without Susan. Susan teaches amazing technique that is healthy and fun! I still take lessons to this day because you can never stop learning and growing. I still find surprising things in my voice that I haven't heard before because Susan challenges me and she cares about every student and knows the potential one can have if you stick with it and are passionate about singing. Never in my life have I met an educator quite like her. Susan is a loving, caring, passionate teacher. And lets be honest, she knows what she's doing!
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Donna Wettstein October 6, 2015
Singing · In home
I love Susan and her love and art for singing. She comes to our home once a week and trains my daughter, and teaches her more than singing. She teaches her confidence and courage to express herself through her voice. I have seen a dramatic change with her singing, and love to watch her perform during the recitals. Not all singing instructors have recitals but Susan transpires recitals and it is so magical to see you child blossom on stage. Thank-you Susan for all that you do, and your hard work with our children. It shows you really care.
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Susan F.

Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA

About Jessica

"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica
Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life.
She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
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Ella February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is great!
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James February 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Our daughter was a bit nervous starting something she had never tried before but Ms. Allen put her at ease in the first few minutes. Now she loves going to the lessons, loves practicing at home. Ms. Allen deserves a lot of credit for her knowledge of teaching and way of creating enthusiasm to learn.
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Keeley January 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Jessica has taught me the major and minor chords in a fun way. Now I am learning how to read sheet music. She is understanding and patient with my music choices.
I really enjoy piano lessons with her.
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
(10)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA

About Niki

I am a passionate classically trained Piano Teacher specializing in Classical music and pop . I create a fun, customized, yet well-disciplined lesson plan to help my students achieve their musical goals . I enjoy working with the students of all ages( Young children and Adults). I am determined to develop the full potential of each student .It’s up to a teacher to interact with a student in such a way to discover the potential hidden talent . I truly enjoy to be part of each step in the learning process and helping students to achieve their musical goals .

Lesson Style :

I customize a
nd plan my lessons for each student and therefor my teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and Piano Technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition And performance exercises along with Repertoire ( Classical , pop and some Jazz)

Lesson Details :
I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, finger number positions, and gradually incorporate Music theory, ear training, Note reading, and Piano techniques along with Repertoire. I work a variety of methods some of which include Bastien Series, Alfred, Faber, Hanon, little Mozart and many others depending on the student’s age and wishes to what they like to achieve.
Additionally for younger children :
I incorporate a variety of fun off bench musical activities during lessons to help them expand their creativity.
Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time.

Lessons for Adults :

Lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals We will go through warm-ups , Music Theory that will place emphasis on technique and then work through the repertoire to discover the joy of performing/playing music.

I also organize performance opportunities and piano recitals for students and their families which is a great experience for both students and their loved ones.The purpose is so that students could meet each other and observe others accomplishment which provides a great inspiration and joy to the students and their parents.

Studio :
I have a nicely set up home studio in Carmel Valley.

Come try a lesson, and see for yourself how music can be a part of your life!
Looking forward to meet you :)
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Kate January 29, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Niki has been teaching our son for a year since he was 6. He has learned so much in the last year- she does a great job of starting with the basics- sight reading, music theory, fingering. Her quiet way keeps him calm but also pushes him to learn. Most of all, he really enjoys the piano and looks forward to lessons!
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L.H. January 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Niki is a wonderful piano teacher! She is kind, patience and very knowledgeable. She makes learning fun yet knows when to "push" her students along. Our daughter responds well to her "non-pressured" style. She has been our daughter's piano teacher for over four years now. With Ms. Niki's guidance and loving support, our daughter can now play the piano and reads music fluently! We are pleased with our daughter's progress and would highly recommend Ms. Niki! Our daughter loves her and wouldn't want any other piano teacher!
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Per January 21, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Our 7 yo daughter have had Niki as her piano teacher for the last 2 years. It has been a great experience. Our daughter looks forward to every class. Motivation to practice on a daily basis is always a challenge at this young age, but Niki has instilled in our daughter a passion for piano. I love to hear my daughter practice her songs every day and go to her classes well prepared and motivated. This is something achieved only by an excellent teacher!

I am happy to give Niki my strongest recommendations!
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Niki S.

Niki S.

San Diego, CA 92130
(24)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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