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Review by Rodger
"Lena has been my son Adam's piano teacher for the last couple of years. She has always been cheerful, polite and punctual. The lessons are always done wi
th a smile. Her knowledge of the piano and other instruments/music is vast.
Adam has improved immensely while taking lessons and looks forward to them each week.
I can highly recommend Lena. She is GREAT."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Melisha
"Awesome teacher!!!! she is both funny and encouraging. Her directions is very clear and easy to follow."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Georgia
"Great first lesson -- looking forward to next one!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Claire
"My daughter enjoyed her lessons with Beau because he has a calm demeanor and extensive knowledge of music theory and electric bass technique. Every week
she showed progress as she learned songs that were gradually more and more demanding. She also benefiitted from learning theory: modes, how to play scales in each key, as well as ear training and identifying song key. We would highly recommend Beau if you are looking for a bass teacher for you or your child."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Jenna
"Seriously, though. the best teacher ever. the efficiency in which he hammers out the lesson and ear to catch me immediately when I am not on point and tur
n me around left me feeling somewhat dizzy. because, like whoa. he covered more relevant (quantity and quality) material in 45ish minutes at his place than in a year of musicianship sections @ UCLA. and at about $10k cheaper.
felt like getting a one-on-one with a highly esteemed professor, only he's a punk in Brooklyn with bangle bracelets up to his elbow and leather(?) pants. to be more articulate: he is an artist. and he didn't even get weird."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by camille
"Sunne has been very inspirational and easy to work with!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Carol
"Jessica is a wonderful teacher and so very talented. Her passion for music shows in her teachings and she makes it fun for our children to learn. She brin
gs out the best in our children's abilities. We are grateful for her love and devotion as it has truly impacted our children."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Fernanda
My daughter is 6-years old and is taking viola lessons with Regina for some weeks now. My daughter finds the class interesting and sh
e is enthusiastic with her progress. The instructor is charismatic, dynamic and didactic."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Jan
"David taught my daughter when she first decided to play the trombone in middle school band. It takes a special person to work with a moderately motivated,
quiet 12 year old girl. He was patient, providing her with plenty of skills to achieve 1st chair without pushing too hard, or the wrong way. However, without his guidance, she would never have attempted to try out for mid-state. He urged her to play music she liked, but also made sure she was exposed to jazz, improv and other styles. He accommodated our ever changing schedule, and probably hid frustration well when she forgot her instrument or didn't practice. We couldn't have asked for a better 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 am a piano teacher with over 25 years of experience. I was hand-picked to began training at the early age of 6 through the Music School for Gifted Children in Russia. After 11 years of intensive training in piano performance and theory, I went on to complete my Bachelors degree at Music College, Russia. There I was classically trained in music education and accompaniment. Soon after that I began to pursue my love of teaching and taught students of all ages in a music school in Russia. I am currently a member of HMTA, MTNA, and TMTA teacher associations.
I have worked at the Suzuki Music S
chool of Houston since 2000, instructing students in piano, piano performance, and theory. My students perform at several musicales and recitals every year to demonstrate their skills and receive recognition for their hard work. I take pride in getting them ready for their debuts and encouraging their interest in different kinds of musical pieces and genres. Those interested in putting in the extra effort for competitions can be entered into those as well.
Teaching is my passion and I believe that children gain so much more than just the beautiful skill of tickling the ivories. Students of all ages gain confidence, self-esteem, and a good work ethic. Music is linked to better math grades, improved memory, and coordination in general. I love that my job is helping students achieve their goals. I enjoy watching them succeed and explore their talents in piano.I believe that music is a gift which you can give yourself at any age. It will expand your mind and fill your heart. It is a skill which you and your family will enjoy forever. Although many of the students I work with begin at age 5, I have seen adults of all ages succeed under my tutelage.
*** Lesson Details *** Students can expect to have a tailored curriculum based on their age, experience, and preferences. They can also expect a teacher who is patient, understanding, and demands the very best from the students to ensure that they are getting the most out of their lessons!
I am trained in both Traditional and Suzuki methods and alternate between them based on what the student wants. I often start the students on sight-reading and picking up the song by ear before moving on to more complex pieces. You will see your improvement and progress in just a few weeks time!
Initially I will provide copies of the musical pieces but will give my recommendations for a more permanent book. Students should be equipped with a piano or keyboard both for lessons and practice between sessions.
Many students play piano in hopes of continuing with their instrument well into their young adult and adult lives. Thus they seek to put their talent on college admissions applications. Requests for references and assistance in recording tapes to send will happily be fulfilled with advance notice!
*** Travel Equipment *** The students would need to possess a piano or keyboard at their place of residence.
*** Specialities *** I specialize both in Traditional and Suzuki methods.
Jean-Charles G. May 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher, very patient, covers practice and theory with variety of pieces and exercises. Lessons are very enjoyable!
I currently have 12 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano and basic vocal fundamentals for a few awe-inspiring years. Below, please take special note that whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.
I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taugh
t in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to practice.
Piano 2007-2009 MY great-aunt taught me the beginner piano basics. 2009-Present Self-taught.
Vocal Instruction 1995-2009 Self-taught. 2009 Melody Moor gave private instruction. 2009-2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music. 2013-Present Self-taught.
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
C O S M I CL U L L A B Y I am the singer and pianist in a band where I write half of the music and lyrics to. We perform at various locations between Oceanside and San Diego. We have recordings and new material almost everyday.
RECORDING Experience: I have experience with ProTools, Avid, and Abelton, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.
*** Lesson Details *** Voice
Basic Music Theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals) Condenser Mic
*** Travel Equipment *** Bongo Drums Abelton on my laptop Condenser Mic
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 - 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 2013 to Present Private Music Teacher -Beginner Piano-Intermediate Piano -Voice -Both piano and vocals at the same time
December 2013 to February 2014 Kidville Carlsbad
July 2013 to January 2014 Starbucks at the Carlsbad Outlet Mall
VOLUNTEER Experience Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 Spiritual Counseling and Astrology
Jun 2010 to Aug 2010 Assistant/Receptionist Live Scan Solutions
2009 to Present Occasional Babysitting -Newborn -3 month-years-old -Ages 1-14
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. :)
Susans' primary focus at Epiphany Voice & Music, is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to her students. She also teaches Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. Her teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for children. Susan has been teaching beginning to advanced voice and beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. Her 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 her students have gone on to sing p
rofessionally. She currently teaches Professional artists with ongoing careers. Her history as a musician started when she began her vocal training under the instruction of Anita Lee Mixson. She studied with Anita while attending Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area. During this time she was a member of the Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, which toured under the direction of Dr. Richard Kamprath. After two years she moved to the Chico, California where she later received her B.A. degree in vocal performance and English at CSU, Chico. While Susan attended Chico State, her main focus of study was with the Opera Workshop, under the direction of Dr. Gwen Curatillo. She was also equally active with the Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, which were conducted by Dr. Sharon Paul. Susan performed in the opera "Carmen", the yearly Opera Gala, and each annual Opera Ball headed by the Bravo Association. She did solo performances backed by the A Cappella Choir and toured with them throughout Europe in 1990. The CSU Chico Choir performed a musical piece specially written for this tour, by composer Kirk Meecham, entitled "Island in Space". The Choir and Chamber Singers also sang other sacred and contemporary compositions. During this trip the choir met in Estonia with the Choirs from UC Berkeley and UC Davis. There, they collaborated with the Estonian Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in performing Haydens "Creation", directed by Eri Klass. They performed in Estonia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Finland, and the Ukraine. Since her graduation Susan continued to perform and study. She has worked as a studio musician, recording with Grammy award producer and singer/song writer David Grow. Susan has recorded with Brent Bougoise at Moon Recording Studio in Sacramento, CA. She has also written and recorded her own songs for missions outreaches in the Philippines, Australia, and the Netherlands. She has been active in leading worship at various churches over the last twenty-two years. Susan has performed her original music for concerts on the same billings with Elvin Bishop, Dr. Hook, and the Earl Scruggs Band, for large audiences. A few years ago, Susan directed the Choir at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, with Owen Owen O'Connor as Principal. Susan continues her goal of sharing the gift of song and music with all of her students and colleagues. She hopes to continue to give her talents as an instructor, performer, composer and recording artist to the entire community. Susan gives honor to all of her teachers, including Anita Lee Mixson, Beth Freeman(University of Nevada Reno), Ulyses Solano (prominent Costa Rican tenor), composer/teacher Dr. William Ramsey, Dr. Sharon Paul (conductor), and Dramatic Soprano Opera Singer, Alla Markovich. Susan still learns, studies, and performs, which enables her to offer her students the best possible training.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are given one a week. The times allotted are 1/2 Hour, 45 Minutes, 1 hour, and 90 Minutes. If the student is young, the 1/2 Hour or 45 Minute time would be the best. Consistency is very important in learning any instrument. so, I encourage my students to practice with the vocal exercise I proved for everyone.
I have a set day any time of week for each of my students to have their lessons. This works out beautifully and is easy to work into a weekly routine.
*** 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.
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!
Donna Wettstein October 6, 2015
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.
Jocelyn belleza September 26, 2015
Susan has been an instrumental element in daughter's choice of vocation. She has provided an excellent combination of structure and nurture in the methodology of vocal instruction. She is patient and consistent and those qualities have allowed my daughter to find her voice and flourish. My daughter has been her student for 7 years and now has gone on to pursue opera instruction in college. I highly recommend Susan, you couldn't find a more supportive individual who loves her job as well as her students.
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.
Megan L. October 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tony has been great with my kids, ages 8 and 10, for learning piano. He is very knowledgeable and makes it fun for them :)
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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