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Review by Nick
"Best thing to happen to my voice
Peter has been the best thing to ever happen to my voice. I started studying with Peter freshman year of college and I s
till see him regularly 6 years later. He took my completely untrained voice and helped me find, not only technique but also confidence in myself and my abilities. If it weren't for him I would not be pursuing musical theatre as a career. I would also not be booking jobs professionally. I owe my current and future musical theatre career to him. GO SING WITH HIM!!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Peter Van D.
Review by Gary
"Excellent experience. Just bought more lessons with Matthew!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Samantha
"It was really a great experience! Very inspiring! He is a great mentor!"
Nashville, TN teacher:
Review by Pat
"Steve D. is an excellent teacher! My daughter is in the band at her middle school, and she started taking lessons a few weeks before school started. She
was worried about having to play a part on the bells that she did not know. Steve showed her exactly how to play it, and she was able to play the whole piece before leaving her lesson. She came worried, and she left confident! Steve is very patient, and is able to answer any question you ask him regarding percussion. He is very kind as well, and I would recommend him to anyone who needs lessons."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Marc
After 40 years, I decided I wanted to learn how to play the piano. James has been an excellent teacher, taking me from knowing nothing
at all about the piano to being able to play short songs. I look forward to practice and to my lessons every week.
James is patient, encouraging, and always offers helpful suggestions. Highly recommended!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by andrea
"I am a rhythm guitarist but have always struggled with branching out to soloing. After one lesson with David, I immediately felt like I had a better handl
e on playing scales. He gave me some great feedback on how to play more efficiently. He's also an amazing guitarist and very inspirational!"
I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.
I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.
What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.
Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.
It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.
I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.
Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.
Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!
*** Lesson Details *** I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.
*** Studio Equipment *** Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.
*** Specialties *** music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera. I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
Kate G. September 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!
Kerry C. June 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Carol is awesome! Complete professional with tons of knowledge and experience yet laid back and approachable. Honest assessments and expert guidance. Carol is a great person and a wonderful teacher and I feel lucky to study under her!
Lydia S. June 9, 2015
Speaking Voice ·
In studio Verified Student
My son Steven has been taking taking lessons with Carol for about 2 years now and we think she is the greatest! Carol was very knowledgeable during the lessons and her patience with my son helped him achieve greatness. My son is now moving and we wish he could take Carol with him but shes got great work to do with other students! I HIGHLY recommend lessons with Carol!
Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music. Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.
I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.
*** Lesson Details *** Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.
Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.
Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.
*** Studio Equipment *** Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.
*** Specialties *** Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
Cat W. July 2, 2015
In home Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
Christina N. June 9, 2015
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
Stephanie R. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.
Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.
Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals fr
om the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on childhood development. While at U.S.C. Judi accompanied other piano and violin students for master classes and juries. In the summers Judi attended master classes at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In addition to teaching and accompanying Judi has performed for many community events.
Judi enjoys teaching piano and music appreciation because she sees that there is a potential to have fun, enjoy and learn music in everyone. She is very patient, fun and well trained and enjoys teaching students how to use and develop their talents to increase their self-esteem, confidence and self-discipline.
*** Lesson Details *** Judi is an experienced, patient and enthusiastic teacher. Students will learn to develop proper technique as a foundation to build their individual strengths, talents, abilities and skills. Your individual learning style, interests and needs are my first concern in tailoring your lessons to suit your personality and learning style to help you reach your musical goals.
*** Specialties *** Music theory, classics and popular music.
Eddie B. January 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking my son to Judi now for almost a year. He has grown by leaps and bounds since learning under Judi! His lessons in reading, playing, and understanding music under Judi has increased his passion and confidence in playing the piano which he loves so much.
Judi is professional, courteous, and accommodating to us and she is one of the most patient people I've ever met, I love working with her and I highly recommend her as a teacher. She does exceptionally well handling children. I trust her and I appreciate her style of teaching for my son.
Carol W. January 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
As a beginning "youthfully mature" piano student, I was very concerned about finding an instructor who was both adept and well experienced with teaching adults. Whether it was 'beginners luck" or plain good fortune, I found just that person in Judy. Her approach to teaching is multi-faceted with focus on the essentials of theory, technique and playing to enjoy many types of music. She has high expectations of her students and recognizes good effort always.
I highly recommend Judy as a very capable instructor.
Angie D. November 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I am an adult student who returned to piano after 25 years. I had only taken lessons for 5 years originally, so after all the years in between, I was essentially starting over. Judi has been great, she tailors my lessons to my pace and keeps me moving for continual learning. After a few months of lessons I feel very comfortable and I'm surprised at my progress, Judi is very musically talented and shares her talent and knowledge in a professional and friendly manner. I really enjoy my lesson time, my favorite moments are when Judi sits on the bench with me for duets, so fun!
I have a good sense on how to teach. I've been teaching little kids beginner piano and people basic vocal fundamentals for a few years now. It is something I enjoy and will always love doing.
EDUCATION Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 3.5 GPA Graduation date 06/14/2013 Mira Costa Community College, San Diego, CA 3.0 GPA Completed FALL 2012 3 credits Music Theory 1 Completed FALL 2013 4 units English 100 Completed FALL 2013 3 units Psychology 101 Honors Completed FALL 2013 1.5 units Modern Dance Completed SPRING 2014 3 units Astronomy / 1 unit Astronomy Lab Completed SPRING 201
4 0.5 units Education Planning/ Assess Completed FALL 2014 4.0 units Algebra I Completed FALL 2014 4.0 English 201 Children's Literature CURRENT SPRING 2015 4.0 Psychology 101 I am an Honors Scholar Student at MiraCosta and will be attending in order to learn my general education. Fall 2013-Current Vocal Instruction 2000 - 2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater and choral music.
TECHNICAL SKILLS Technologically Savvy - Microsoft Word - Microsoft PowerPoint - Networking - *Willing to learn anything required.*
LANGUAGE SKILLS I speak, read, and write English. I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling. I speak, and read *basic* Spanish. - English - ASL - Spanish
INTERESTS - Community Service - Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.) - Singing - Reading - Writing - Piano - Hot Tea - Movies - Smiling/Laughing - Horseback Riding - Camping - Climbing Trees - Interacting with people, especially children. - Animals of all sorts. - Dancing - Family - Friends - Music - Learning
EMPLOYMENT 2009 to CURRENT Music Teacher Privately -Beginner Piano -Vocals -Both piano and vocals at the same time I have nine students, currently, and will have 8 students over the Summer, privately.
December 2013 to February 2014 Kidville -Music -Supervising -Singing -Helping -Assisting
July 2013 to January 2014 Starbucks Carlsbad, CA Monday â Friday anywhere between 4:30am 12pm (Will be adjusted every 6 months) -Cleaning -Cashier -Making hot and cold beverages *Uses espresso machine and blender, etc. -Organizing
VOLUNTEER Experience Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 Spiritual Counseling and Astrology Encinitas, CA Saturdays, and occasional various weekdays various amount of work time. - Paper Filing - Organization - Electronic Filing - Information Input
Jun 2010 to Aug 2010 Assistant/Receptionist Live Scan Solutions Hillcrest, CA - Answered Phones - Handled Money Transactions - QuickBooks - Filing
2009 to Present Occasional Babysitting -Newborn -3 month-years-old -Ages 1-14
MUSIC Experience (Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)
Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines. Canyon Crest Academy Choir 2009-2013 I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.
Masterworks Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010. Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010. 5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010. Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011. Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013
Operas/ Operettas Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012. A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.
Envision Collaborations Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010 PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011 Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011 The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013 The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013
Solo Performances Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010 Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011 Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012 Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013 I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.
Repertoire Italian: Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca French/ Catalan: Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure German: Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus English: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne Music for a While, Henry Purcell Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim My Johann, Edvard Grieg
RECORDING Experience: I have experience with ProTools 11 and Avid, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.
WRITING Experience: I have been writing for most of my life and am looking to get published soon.
*** Lesson Details *** Vocals
Basic Music Theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals) Condenser Mic
*** Travel Equipment *** Bongo Drums Avid on my laptop Condenser Mic
*** Specialties *** Pop Modern Jazz *Classical* Country *Opera* Basic Theory
**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
Micah K. August 31, 2015
Within minutes of working with Sarah, she will help you find your vocal range, pinpoint the exact area you need to improve in, and walk you through the exercises necessary to improve. This method is highly cost effective in comparison to some instructors who don't get straight to the heart of the matter and simply stick to their standard curriculum.
Sarah W. January 2, 2014
Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
I was originally trained on Saxophone, Voice and basic piano skills at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. My professional experience has been working as a traveling house band for the Ted Allen Agency in Chicago as well as numerous types of classic rock, fusion rock, jazz, jazz standards and fusion jazz and wedding bands. I'm currently studying at Miracosta Community College to complete my music degree to advance to a 4 year University in Music Education. I have been requested to play baritone sax in the Miracosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and also play with the Collective a smaller jaz
z ensemble taught by Steve Torok. This year I have been teaching before and after school music classes with children from 8 to 13. Our focus has been elementary training incorporating basic music theory, harmony and rhythm as well as instruments such as clarinet and flute as well as sax.
Stefan R. February 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tony is terrific. He's full of enthusiasm for the saxophone and brings a great deal of encouragement and positivity needed when you're starting out. He's also very capable of adjusting his teaching style to reflect the interests and needs of the student. For example, I've got some music reading skill, so Tony adjusted the lessons to reflect that. He and I txt when I have a question during the week. He's always encouraging.
Jason B. September 30, 2014
Tony is such a patient, fun instructor. I am mainly a pianist and wanted to work on my vocal fundamentals and get my singing to a better level. His expertise has really helped me start achieving my goals. I met him in college last year in Jazz band, and that man can really blow on saxophone as well! Thank you for all your help!
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