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Popular Music Teachers Near Descanso

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David B. Santee, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California. *** Lesson Details *** I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application

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Paul K. May 8, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Excellent Teacher

Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.
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LeahM June 13, 2012
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
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KristieD March 2, 2012
My son is really enjoying his lessons. David is a great teacher.
John G. San Diego, CA

About John

I am a 33 year old Trumpet, French Horn and Voice Instructor in the Ramona area. I have 20 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including: The Amalgamated, a Ska/Reggae Band Full Strength Funk Band Heartland Brass Ensemble Trumpet R Us Ottly Mercer Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego California Beach Brass Quintet Tierrasanta Lutheran Church, Choir and Bell Choir and Brass Ensemble Ramona High School Trumpet and Mellophone/French Horn Coach Thurgood Marshall Middle School Musical Vocal Coach I am very passionate about music, learning, teaching, performing and practicing. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing. ...

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Tatiana Q. November 24, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Very patient, optimistic, and friendly. I highly recommend this instructor who's very flexible when it comes to scheduling.
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DaniW February 9, 2012
Have throughly enjoyed each lesson with John. His skill, knowledge, and personality make the lessons enjoyable, informative, productive, and fun! I appreciate his willingness to help me reach my goals and structure our lessons around that. I would recommend John to anyone!!!
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BryanB1 November 30, 2011
Great, Confident and Knowledgable Instructor!

In the short amount of time I've worked with John, he has really helped me to understand the instrument, how my body and my breath effect pitch and has really helped me to overcome my concerns with picking up the Trumpet after 10 years of not playing. He relates music to me in a way that makes it understandable and encourages me to better my playing. Great instructor! Highly recommended!
Tiffany S. Santee, CA

About Tiffany

*** Travel Equipment *** The student should provide all equipment, save a stand and possibly curriculum as I instruct them to buy it. I will provide my own instrument to show them anything that may come up. *** Specialties *** Classical Violin Performance and Irish Fiddle

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Charlama C. April 10, 2015
Violin · In home
She is my daughter's teacher and she is awesome! They get along so well and my daughter has learned and grown so much from her lessons. No only that, but she loves and looks forward to her lessons while stating that she "gets to practice". How many students say they GET to practice instead of "have to practice? "
I highly recommend Tiffany Lynne Sieker.
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Bryce N. April 9, 2015
Violin · In home
Aside from being an amazing violin player, Tiffany is a great instructor. I haven't taken lessons since I was 14 -- that's almost 30 years -- and while I consider myself to be a professional-caliber violin and viola player (I'm also concertmaster of a local community orchestra), I know I have areas that can use improvement. Tiffany was very quick to spot them, and to find ways to help me improve them. After only a few sessions, I've already noticed a positive change in my sound and technique. I am continuing to work with her to keep improving and to reach my full potential.

Tiffany has studied under some well-known teachers, and attended Mannes School of Music in New York City (some refer to Mannes as the "little sister" to Julliard). She is well-versed in classical and modern music, performing regularly for classical orchestras, ballets, musicals, and an Irish Punk Rock band! While I'm sure this is all in her profile, I just want to make mention of it here, because it showcases not only her knowledge and experience, but her versatility.

Whether you're a beginner, mid-range amateur, or professional looking for improvement (like me), I highly recommend Tiffany. You won't go wrong with her!
Katrin N. Santee, CA

About Katrin

I am a 1991 graduate of Tallinn Conservatory in Tallinn, Estonia, where I studied music education, child psychology, choir conducting and voice. While a student, I gained experience as a choir conductor-associate and concert administrator for Tallinn Philharmonic Society. I managed music festivals of all kind and local and foreign musicians. I arrived in San Francisco in 1992 for the Estonian Mixed Choir. I conducted the choir and was an accordionist for Estonian folk dancers until 1995. I enjoyed playing the accordion with ALSI (Accordion Lovers Society International) Ensemble in San Diego (also produced a CD recording with them). I give private instruction in piano, accordion and choir conducting. I also sing and have produced recordings with several classical vocal groups ...

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D M. March 28, 2013
Piano
Fantastic!

We've used six different piano teachers in three different states --Katrin is definitely the very best. Highly recommended for children of any age -- our oldest is 18 and our youngest is 7.
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W Robert P. October 29, 2012
Piano
Highly recommended!

Miss Katrin has been coming to our home to teach piano to our 7 and 10 year olds for the past 2 years. From day 1 they have loved the experience. They are always excited about their upcoming lessons, and their motivation has lead to increasing daily practice time.
She has a good way in communicating with the children in a clear and patient manner, and they take what she says quite seriously. We can feel that the love is mutual as she clearly enjoys teaching and witnessing her students progress.
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Amy L. September 24, 2012
Piano
Two thumbs up!

I inherited a piano at age 43 and with absolutely NO musical experience upon which to draw, started taking lessons with Katrin. Her enthusiasm for the subject, friendly and patient manner have kept me dedicated to my mission of mastering this instrument. It does not come easily or naturally for me but Katrin's charisma has kept me at it for more than three years. She is both my teacher and now my dear friend and I cannot recommend her enough.
Rebecca N. El Cajon, CA

About Rebecca

I began playing piano at age six and I received my early training from Jeanne Pennino and later studied with J. Mitzi Kolar, Krzysztof Brzuza, and Karen Follingstad. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Professional Studies from San Diego State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and/or Music Theory in the near future. I have been professionally teaching piano since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I am a believer in balanced musical training. I currently reside in San Diego and keep busy teaching piano and practicing my own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch. My 60+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to ...

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Jessica S. September 30, 2013
Piano
Rebecca is an amazing piano teach

Before taking piano lessons with Rebecca, my only experience with musical instruction was through elementary and junior high.

Rebecca's training and personal dedication to music makes her an extraordinary teacher. We use the Suzuki books, which I love because that's what I used for violin and flute. She supplements those favorites with really nice adult-learning-centered books on theory. As an adult learner, this was helpful, because I could read through these brief books, but then had the terminology to look up my questions online or know what to ask in lessons.

The lessons are so fun and well organized. We work on the songs in the books (which included CDs of the songs so you can hear what the song might sound like if you practice enough) and she would help me with songs I brought in too. Rebecca is so kind, and is great with my five-year-old too.

Really, Rebecca is an excellent music instructor. Her academic background, many years of actually playing piano and singing, knowledge of the music available and books, and variety of students -- all make her a versatile teacher, capable of helping anyone learn to the play the piano in whatever style they are interested in. Plus, she is an incredible person. I look forward to piano lessons with her.
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bruce P. September 24, 2013
Piano
great teacher

Rebecca gave my children piano lessons for several years, bi-monthly. She was very good about working with my limited budget (my wife is anti music). They really enjoyed their lessons and progressed nicely until my wife put an end to it and let her go.

In addition, Rebecca helped me with my more advanced music when she could and I appreciated this, too.

One slight criticism is that she was a little too nice, my son sometimes got out of hand during lessons.

Good luck Rebecca!
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Rachel S. September 23, 2013
Piano
Amazing Piano Teacher!

Rebecca taught my daughter piano for over two years, and brought her from knowing nothing about piano to being able to read music. Her demeanor and personality were a perfect match for my daughter; calm and gentle, friendly, genuinely interested in getting to know her aside from simply teaching piano. Yet she also knows how to keep children on track throughout a lesson, as they can get easily distracted. She is wonderful with kids and knows how to get them interested in music. She is very flexible, and always worked with me to schedule make-up lessons when we missed a week. The skills my daughter learned with Rebecca have transferred nicely to my daughter's choir class in middle school, allowing her to learn her parts more easily. The only reason my daughter is no longer a student is because we moved from San Diego. I highly recommend Rebecca to anyone wishing to enroll their child in piano lessons!
Andrew B. Ramona, CA

About Andrew

Being a music teacher gives me the opportunity for me to merge two of my greatest passions; music and teaching. I've been actively playing/studying music for 6 years and performing for four (bass guitar, rhythm guitar, vocals). I've been teaching social media marketing at University of San Diego for two years and absolutely love it. I started playing music "late." I bought my first acoustic guitar when I was 24 years old, which is past the time when many people think they can pick up an instrument or music in general. My patience and love for sharing knowledge makes me a great first teacher, either for kids who are interested or for adults who have thought "I've always wanted to learn guitar" but haven't gotten over the hump. As somebody who went through that process, I can say ...

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Lisa K. December 5, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
We hired Andrew to teach my 8-year-old son. Andrew has been amazingly patient. I noticed he has been putting music theory into games, and repeat these theories through out his lessons. My son has so much fun with him, he can't wait for his guitar lessons every Saturday. Thank you Andrew!

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