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Popular Music Teachers Near Descanso

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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!
Charles W. La Mesa, CA

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall. Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists. In 2008, I attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

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Steve G. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!
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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Sean B. November 7, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Charles does a great job. Easy going and knows what he's doing. Glad to be learning with him.
Thanks,
Sean
Michael P. La Mesa, CA

About Michael

I have been playing electric bass and acoustic bass for over 26 years and teaching music since 1996. I teach all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced students. I've developed my own unique method of teaching to positively enhance my student€™s' groove, ear-training and modern bass technique. My goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. I attended James Madison University with a B.M. in bass and was a scholarship winner at the prestigious University of North Texas for graduate school. I've toured the world, played in 49 US states, and appeared on numerous Broadway shows, in concert, on television commercials and on Grammy nominated records. Modern technology has a prominent place in my studio. My ...

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Erica E. October 23, 2014
Upright Bass · In studio
Michael and I have worked together for many years. His playing (on acoustic, electric, and fretless bass) is outstanding, his time impeccable, and his intonation and technique are impressive. Michael holds himself to the highest professional standards and has the respect of all his colleagues. He's always cheerful and encouraging, too - I highly recommend him as a teacher!
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Tim M. October 23, 2014
I have known and been performing professionally with Michael for many years now. In every musical situation, whether playing in a rock setting or playing a jazz gig
or doing a musical theatre type show, his time feel and musical sensibilities are always spot-on and to top it off, Mike always brings a really positive attitude in all his dealings with people he works with and his students-take it from me, if you're an aspiring bass or guitar student, Michael is the real deal!
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Lorin G. October 23, 2014
I am not a bass player. I am an orchestra contractor who has had the pleasure of working with Michael for several years. He has been my "first call" since the first time I hired him. He is accomplished on acoustic bass, electric bass and fretless electric and I have not found a style that he can't nail including classical. He is always on time, prepared and always ready to make an extra effort in difficult performance situations.
Trevor H. El Cajon, CA

About Trevor

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection. After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar. On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the ...

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Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar · In home
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
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paul B. July 21, 2014
In studio
Great teacher & guitar player. Probably the finest teacher the School of Rock & Electric Music Studios ever had. Very patient and knowledgeable about many different types of music. The kids here all LOVED Trevor!!! Highly recommended !!!!
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EdwardG May 19, 2012
\Trevor is a great teacher--and I hope to pick up the lessons later on after I get done with my doctors. When I started all I knew for sure was that the piano had white and black keys. It's always nice to learn something new. Thanks to Trevor. ED
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 40+ 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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