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Judi B.

Oceanside, CA

About Judi

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.

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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.
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Eddie B. January 28, 2015
Piano · 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.
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Carol W. January 24, 2015
Piano · 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.
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Angie D. November 13, 2014
Piano · 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!
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Judi B.

Judi B.

Oceanside, CA 92058
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Corby S.

San Diego, CA

My number one goal is to keep students interested in piano, and I have an enormous repertory of music for them to choose from which helps succeed in that goal. I would prefer they all at least begin playing classically, but it just sometimes doesn't turn out that way. If they start lessons very young I use the Bastien Books but almost immediately I am supplementing their repertory with auxiliary pieces. No matter what age, I start them in an appropriate method book (love Bastien) but pull from a large surplus of auxiliary books and sheet music to supplement the method book. I play songs at their level and let them choose which ones they like best as we go along. I NEVER force a student to play a certain piece. NEVER. They can build a rock solid music foundation choosing pieces they love. Ideally they are playing some classical standards accompanied by some popular pieces. I incorporate theory, from a key based perspective. Songs, scales, primary chords, ear training all in the same ...

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC.

I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and perform
ed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students.

I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, whether that be Boogie, Classical, Jazz, their own composition, or the latest Adele song.

I returned to Southern California at the end of 2011 and am currently building my student clientele in San Diego.

To get an idea of what I do please click on the VIDEO tab above to see my students and me performing in NYC!

*** Lesson Details ***
I HAVE 2 PRIMARY GOALS FOR BEGINNER LESSONS:
#1. Provide a strong musical foundation
#2. Keep students interested in playing

I use specific techniques to achieve these goals. I structure a plan that outlines the fundamentals of music theory while teaching pieces that the student loves. I have an ENORMOUS supply of music books (which cost a fortune to ship to San Diego!) and let the student choose from a wide variety of music pieces to supplement their method book studies (I use Bastien.)
For children, parents are encouraged to stay for lessons, but if they can't I write down the "practice prescription" for the week so both student and parent know what should be worked on!

FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYERS:
There are SO MANY THINGS you might be interested in working on such as ….

1. Learning pieces as quickly/efficiently as possible
2. Creating proper practice habits so you’re not spending wasteful time at the piano.
3. Learning effective techniques for memorization.
4. Improving your “Feel”
5. Improving your technique so you can play effortlessly fast!!
6. Interpretation of pieces from the different classical periods
7. Improving understanding of Music Theory
8. Song writing!! Yes, you can do it yourself!!
9. Performance (Yes, this is a skill, separate from learning the song is learning to perform it!)

I’ve got specific techniques for all of the above, and more. I don’t say “Just do it this way.” I have bona fide tried and true techniques you can use. They even have names such as “Pulse Play,” “Shadow Play” “Visualization” “Mental Play” “Spot Work” “Wrist Rotate” etc.

I shouldn’t give away all my goodies here! Come take a lesson to see what I’m talking about!

And as much as I know, I am very easy to get along with and have a great sense of humor. I will keep you on your toes, inspire you, and probably make you laugh while I’m at it

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in my living room with a 5' Yamaha grand piano. The atmosphere is clean, comfortable and professional, and I have no pets. Parents are encouraged to stay for lessons!

*** Specialties ***
My number one goal is to keep students interested in piano, and I have an enormous repertory of music for them to choose from which helps succeed in that goal. I would prefer they all at least begin playing classically, but it just sometimes doesn't turn out that way. If they start lessons very young I use the Bastien Books but almost immediately I am supplementing their repertory with auxiliary pieces. No matter what age, I start them in an appropriate method book (love Bastien) but pull from a large surplus of auxiliary books and sheet music to supplement the method book. I play songs at their level and let them choose which ones they like best as we go along. I NEVER force a student to play a certain piece. NEVER. They can build a rock solid music foundation choosing pieces they love. Ideally they are playing some classical standards accompanied by some popular pieces. I incorporate theory, from a key based perspective. Songs, scales, primary chords, ear training all in the same key. Then we move to a new key. I have charts that I have created to accompany their repertory.
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Leah K. June 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby has been an excellent piano teacher for my 6 year old daughter! She has a great combination of sweetness and firmness that appeals to both parents and kids. My daughter loves going to lessons and has learned a lot from Corby. I highly recommend her.
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Jason R. April 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby does an excellent job breaking challenging sections down for you at any skill level. Her variety of techniques to tackle each new challenge make her an amazing resource and a great instructor. I particularly appreciate her emphasis on trying to perform your work for other people so that you get practice in front of an audience. After only a handful of lessons, I had already improved far more than I had in years of independent study without someone skilled to guide me. She is definitely an excellent instructor and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher.
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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Corby S.

Corby S.

San Marcos, CA 92078
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Steve H.

Carlsbad, CA

88 keys, 13 unique notes, yet only 7 letters to remember! It can be done. Start with songs you know and move on to songs you want to know. Work at your own pace and gain a lifetime of entertainment.

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
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jason B.

Vista, CA

I can teach anyone from total beginners to intermediate and advanced players. I can teach classical piano but specialize in Rock and Jazz piano.

Want to learn how to play piano?
Want to be able to play the pop or rock songs you hear on the radio?
Want to learn to play some Jazz?
Want to learn good fundamentals and practice habits for piano?

I'm the guy you should talk to!

About Jason

I've been playing Piano for over 15 years and across all the different genres. My main specialty is playing Jazz and Rock piano. I am also a Music Theory nerd and love exploring why things work in music.

I currently am in my final year to get my Jazz Performance BA at Mira Costa College. Next year I am going to transfer to SDSU to major in Music Education. Teaching is the only passion I have that rivals music.

I want to teach you to make music! I want to teach you to perform! I can teach you whether you are an advanced pianist wanting to learn how to play some jazz, or a complet
e newbie who doesn't even know what or where middle C is.

My teaching method will not only have you learning mechanically how to play, but I incorporate theory into my lessons so you will start having a base of knowledge about music. I teach all ages, and tailor each lesson individually to each student.

Give me a try and find out how fun it can be to learn to play!
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Melanie July 22, 2015
Piano · In home
My 4th grade daughter wanted to play the piano for the school talent show. She never had a lesson before and in approximately 3 months Jason had her playing warm ups, reading notes, understanding concepts and playing songs. We would listen to the lessons from the other room and were amazed at how fast they progressed. We used a key board for lessons and she insisted on a playing the school piano for the show. Her performance on the Piano at school was a hit and the transition from keyboard to piano worked for our purpose.
Jason is a terrific music teacher and has become a dear friend. He is a perfect teacher for beginners!
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Daughter S. June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jason was great! My daughter loved her lesson! She is excited to continue.
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Harriet M. June 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher - great with kids, very patient... and he keeps it fun.
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Jason B.

Jason B.

Vista, CA 92083
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Anthony L.

Carlsbad, CA

I am most comfortable using simple methods for teaching children. The student will become acclimated to the instrument and move through recognized, engaging study materials some of which have prerecorded tracks for the student to listen to at home.

About Anthony

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.
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Stefan R. February 14, 2015
Saxophone · 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.
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Jason B. September 30, 2014
Singing · In studio
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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Anthony L.

Anthony L.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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