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Nikola M.

Oceanside, CA

About Nikola

Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.

In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, N
ikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.

Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar Institute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.

*** Lesson Details ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.

Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:

The Rudiments of Music

* Chords
* Rhythm studies
* Scales
* Warm up stretches
* Sight reading for beginners
* Theory
* Modes

Technique and Repertoire

* Lead improvisation
* Ear training
* Dynamics

Master Class

* Sweep picking
* Speed picking
* Arpeggios and pentatonics
* Two-hand tapping
* Chicken picking
* Blues improvisation

*** Travel Equipment ***
Amplifier (if needed)

*** Specialties ***
Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
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IrisL May 5, 2011
He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.
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Nikola M.

Nikola M.

Oceanside, CA 92057
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA

Rock and Roll, Blues, Folk, Pop, they can all be played on the guitar. Let's find out where you want to go with your guitar.

About Steve

Learning to play music should be fun. Learning to play the songs you like and listen to everyday is a good first step in that direction.

As early as I can remember our house was filled with music. My parents had records of the popular music of the time as well as movie soundtrack albums. At eight years old I got my first trumpet and joined the school band. Soon I was taking private lessons. We also had a piano in the house and I often found myself sitting and trying out chords and melodies to fit the songs I would hear. At sixteen I got my first guitar, along with a songbook that promi
sed I could play “hundreds of songs with just three magic chords”.

Moving west I studied music at West Los Angeles College and played trumpet in the school’s concert band. A group of us formed a jazz quintet and started playing gigs in and around LA. We then expanded the scope of the band by adding a second sax and more exotic percussion as well as incorporating elements of reggae and rock into our original music. This helped us land jobs at clubs like the Troubadour and larger venues like the Shrine Exhibition Hall. We played together professionally for five years.

After at stint at the Dick Grove School of Music I joined an eight piece cover band playing popular dance music. We toured Western Canada for six months, riding in a converted city bus and taking turns driving a large panel truck with our equipment. When I returned I met a talented female singer who also played flute. We formed a pop/rock quintet and played professionally in the LA area for several years.

I’ve continued to take lessons along the way and have taught trumpet, piano and guitar to both young people and adults. I believe my rich musical journey and my experiences both teaching and performing can help you to achieve your musical goals!

*** Lesson Details ***
Listening to music is fun. Playing music is fun. Learning to play a musical instrument should be just as much fun. The first step toward a solid musical education is to find out what type of music the student likes and what particular musician or artist he or she enjoys. From there we can choose material that the student will have fun performing as they learn.

Each session will involve a brief review of previous material covered and a preview of ideas to work on going forward. In between, the student and I will play together and discuss how best we can each improve, and have a little fun along the way!!

I will work with a variety of methods and concepts customized to fit each student. My experience has shown me that no two students are alike, but every student will enjoy playing more, and more often, if they like the study material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments but would expect the student to have their own instrument for lessons and practice.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, reggae, R&B, blues.
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Dean K. May 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Steve takes the time to evaluate my skills and has the experience and tools to help me achieve my goals.
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Justin H. March 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Excellent teacher !
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Lauren L. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Steve is an excellent teacher

My son is 7 and taking piano lessons for the first time. I expected him to lose interest pretty quickly, but he absolutely loves it! In large part due to Steve - he is very patient and let's him learn at his own pace...no pressure. He brings songs to play that my son actually knows so he stays more engaged in interested. He really goes the extra mile to show that he cares and to keep it fun. Steve has been very easy for me to work with as well. He is always very flexible and is always on time and very professional. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn the piano.
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Steve H.

Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA 92011
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dillon C.

Carlsbad, CA

About Dillon

Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010.

He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain und
er legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably the In Motion Collective which was voted Best Jazz at the 2011 San Diego Music Awards and nominated for the same award in 2013. The group has opened for national and international acts like the Mattson 2, Budos Band, Sierre Leone Refugee All-Stars, and Zongo Junction.

Dillon began teaching while still in high school, where he taught the Magdalena YMCA group guitar classes. He has also been teaching privately since then as well as at the Encinitas School of Music and Electric Ladyland Music School in Ocean Beach. He focuses on learning chords and songs, developing rhythm, proper technique, an understanding of theory and composition, all while making the lessons fun and interesting for the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
All you need to be prepared on our first lesson is your guitar (acoustic or electric) and a folder for lesson materials. If you are doing piano lessons you will need a folder for lesson materials only. I will provide a keyboard for you.
Options for lesson times are 30, 45, or 60 minute lessons.
I start beginner students with some great introductory chords and songs and use these as a platform to develop technique. As you progress, we will get into more challenging songs, learn about music theory (scales, keys, improvisation) and will also learn about composing songs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric and Acoustic Guitars
Nord Electro Keyboard
Amplifiers
Laptop/Speakers for Education Aid

*** Travel Equipment ***
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
Laptop for Education Aid

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock/jazz/blues and folk/fingerstyle. I incorporate my classical training to develop smoother technique in these styles. I also have many years experience in teaching younger students (ages 7-18)
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Matthew H. January 30, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!

I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.

I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
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Amanda B. January 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
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Chris D. October 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!
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Dillon C.

Dillon C.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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John P.

San Marcos, CA

John has more than 15 years of experience teaching students how to play the music they want to play. He provides a fun and supportive environment and his love and enthusiasm for music is highly motivational. Students are given practical exercises to compliment studies in music fundamentals. Most importantly, each student is treated as an individual and is expected to progress at their own pace.

About John

John is a very patient teacher. His students enjoy success in acoustic and electric guitar fundamentals as well as music studies. John always keeps the individual student's needs as his first priority. Lessons with John may cover, but are not limited to the following topics: chords; scales; reading music; rhythm guitar; lead guitar and improvisation; finger-style; ear-training; practice strategies; performance preparation; playing rock, blues, pop, country, and other popular music styles..
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Kaelyn W. March 19, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter just took her first lesson with John and it went very well. His style is easy going which made learning fun for her. She is looking forward to more lessons with John.
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Michael M. December 4, 2014
Guitar · In studio
I met John in 2008 when I opened "Music One" in Carlsbad. John auditioned as a guitar instructor and it was clear, his passion and skills towards teaching guitar/music was very special. John was the first teacher I hired and if given the chance, he would be my first choice again.
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Annie H. November 10, 2014
Guitar · In studio
John has taught guitar to both of our sons for many years. In addition to being a great guitar instructor, John is an all around great guy. Our eldest son can read music and play by ear. He tends to be less of a "performer" than our younger son, and John was able to get him out of his shell and perform for an audience at a musical showcase during the holidays. John also dipped into musical theory. We would highly recommend John as a guitar instructor....he understands kids and teens and teaches them to play what interests them. The best reward for parents is hearing the kids pick up and play without nagging them to practice!!
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John P.

John P.

San Marcos, CA 92078
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ippolito D.

Carlsbad, CA

I have been teaching this subject since 2009 as an extra-curricular supplement to my college education

"Some die with their sound still in their soul while others live expressing their spirit with every note" -Unknown

- Guitar Instruction and Musicianship training -
Teaching the know-how and skills to create proficient musicians out of the everyday music lovers!!

For more information please find (and like me on Facebook! "The Axe Academy - Music")

About Ippolito "Paul"

EDUCATION:
High School - Tri City Christian High School (Graduated '09)
AP's: English Language and Literature
University - Point Loma Nazarene University "PLNU" (Graduated '13)
Degree Training: Business Admin. - Concentration in Finance & Entrepreneurship
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) - PLNU (currently enrolled until Fall '15)

EXPERIENCE:

Various industries including, but not limited to, Real Estate, Accounting, High End Wood & Vinyl Flooring, Law, Chat Sales - Auto Accessories Industry, Food & Beverage, Health & Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Business Development,
and Life Coaching.

I have done some volunteer work with SALT Missons (through PLNU), Missions work through Carpathian Mountain Outreach in L'Viv, Ukraine, and Calvary Chapel Oceanside.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Include Devil Pups (10 day youth training with the Marine Corps.), VP & President of PLNU's Martial Arts Club ('09-'13); Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Combatives Course Graduate), 3rd Degree Black Belt / Certified Instructor - Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan
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Melanie H. October 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My son had the pleasure of taking guitar lessons for 3 years from Ippolito. His passion for music and teaching style was very inspiring, as well as, his patience and motivating demeanor kept my son interested and wanting to improve his musicianship. Always encouraging, with guided interaction, he kept my son on task during lessons. He was very professional and punctual in all our interactions. Above all, he was appreciative and accommodating to my son's style of music without compromising the basic core instruction for guitar. His goal, as an instructor, was to instill a lifelong passion and appreciation for music. I would highly recommend Ippolito as a guitar teacher. It was a pleasure to work with him.
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Ippolito D.

Ippolito D.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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