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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.

*** 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.
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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
(4)
starting at
$25 / 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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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

Looking to take your piano skills to the next level while learning proper technique, maximizing your practicing efficiency, and having a great time?

Look no further.

I can teach you almost anything you may want to know about the musical world! Music Theory, Music History, Aural Skills...you name it, I can do it!

I am a Classically trained Pianist enrolled at San Diego State University working to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. After my Bachelor's Degree is complete, I plan on obtaining my Master's in Piano Performance or Piano Pedagogy and later obtaining a doctorate in music.

While I do specialize in Classical piano, I can also teach basic Jazz chords and nearly any other style of piano you may want to learn.

About Ryan

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan C. and I am 22 year old pianist. I perform, compose, teach.... you name it! Essentially, I do all things music.

It is my personal belief that the study of music is an invaluable experience within a person's life. I believe that everyone can not only succeed at playing an instrument, but they can flourish at one and greatly enjoy the process as well. I strive to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible by creating a positive, encouraging environment within my lessons and by bringing a great attitude to every lesson.

I do my best to walk the fine li
ne between your progress and enjoyment. At our lessons, we will laugh and have a great time but cover a LOT of material.

**About Me**

My teaching style has been described as patient, gentle, yet straight forward and to the point. I have a keen eye for detail, and I know how to quickly identify "trouble-areas" to help you practice more efficiently. This unique combination of traits allows me to identify exactly what needs to be worked on in lessons, yet communicate it in a manner that is not intimidating to students.

I have been teaching for about 3 years now, and many of my students have progressed in LEAPS.

I am an honor's graduate from MiraCosta College where I received two degrees: An A.A. in Piano Performance and an A.A. in Liberal Arts.

I currently attend San Diego State University where I am majoring in Piano Performance. I later plan on obtaining a Master's in Piano Pedagogy.

I am engaged to the love of my life who I have been dating for the past 6 years.

I am friendly, approachable, organized, and always on time!

I'm excited to meet you and get started learning some music!

*** Lesson Details ***

I am looking for students who are serious about learning and have a dedication to daily practice. If you feel that you are not able to put in the time I am requesting of you, I may not be the teacher for you. With that in mind, if you DO practice consistently, you will progress quicker with me than you will with any other teacher.

I am generally looking for students aged 10 and up, although some exceptions will be made for younger students who have had prior private instruction on the piano. (I may also take on younger students if I've worked with their siblings or have given them a trial-lesson and they seemed to understand what was happening).

I teach piano lessons in a model similar to the following format.

1) Warm up with Scales / Arpeggios / Chords, etc. (As necessary)
2) Sight Reading Games / "Read Together"
3) Repertoire Coaching & Guidance

Of course, during these 3 branches of study I give guidance, feedback, and critique. Much time is spent on Repertoire rather than the other areas. That is NOT to say that Scales and Sight Reading are not important: they are ESSENTIAL, but only so much work can be done on them during a lesson.

When I teach, I try to give you the tools to succeed on your own and not be solely reliant on me. I do this through various means such as learning things in new rhythms, articulations, etc. I find that by taking this approach, my students are more likely to enjoy the learning process rather than just strive to reach difficult goals every week. This helps my students to stay motivated and have a desire to continue to learn on their own.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

With younger children, I find that it is much easier to have parents present to help keep their child focused during lessons. This may not apply to all children, but this will be at my discretion, so be prepared to stay if I find it necessary.

Let's face it: not everyone learning the piano actually wants to learn it. In my case - my mom made forced me to learn to play when I was younger. I completely understand that some children may have a hard time practicing consistently. However, I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time.

*** Studio Equipment ***

I own a Yamaha Baby-Grand Acoustic Piano

For those who want to record their playing, I also have microphones, digital recording plugins, and other software available for use.

*Additionally, to any students interested, I can film your lesson and put it in a private folder in my Dropbox account. I find that students who film their lessons often have to review far less than those who don't film them.*

*** Travel Equipment ***

I provide repertoire, flashcards, and supplemental materials at the first lesson. While I do have a MIDI keyboard, my other digital keyboard is not portable. While teaching lessons on-call, I expect that my students will have a piano or keyboard at their house.
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Pamela D. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a really great instructor. We have had a solid relationship working with him, and he has proven to be an incredibly competent teacher. He is very focused, and works well with kids. I highly recommend him.
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Spencer July 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Fantastic teacher that has a great eye for detail and is truly passionate about the instrument and teaching whoever is willing to learn! I can honestly say I've learned more in the past month or so that I've been taking lessons than I would have in 6 months of trying to teach myself. Very affordable pricing and absolutely worth every penny!
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Belen July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ryan is a very enthusiastic teacher to my 11 year old. He is very patient and makes lessons entertaining and stress free. My child looks forward to lessons every week. I highly recommend Ryan to all parents looking for a good piano teacher for their kids!
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Ryan C.

Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(15)
starting at
$30 / 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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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA

I enjoy finding innovative ways to encourage and challenge my music students. I am very down-to-earth and all of my students and parents enjoy working with me. My own training and experiences have given me a very open-minded but direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW FAST you should be able to progress each individual student. Just ask how my tailored style may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you may have.

About Matt

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. Just ask about how I may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you have. I am able to teach most students to an adva
nced level, but voice and drums I only teach to an intermediate level. Just ask if you need clarification -- thanks!
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Brian August 12, 2015
Christian Gospel · In studio
Matt is an excellent music teacher. I would recommend him for anyone!!
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Esther Zepeda August 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Matt is an amazing teacher! He loves what he does and will impart that love with anyone he comes in contact with! A blessing to know him!
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Jim July 29, 2015
Composition · In home
Matt is a first class musician and a man of integrity. you can be confident in Matt Sevina's ability to provide you with an excellent music education.
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Matt S.

Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92054
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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