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Aaron D.

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Whether you are a beginning musician or a seasoned veteran, I can teach you skills in helping to express and create the music you hear in your head. This comes with knowing music theory and training your ears to hear and interpret melody and harmony.

About Aaron

Hello fellow and future musicians, and thanks for checking out my profile!

To tell you a little about myself, I was exposed to music at a very young age since my dad was a musician. I first picked up the drums at the age of 5, and took piano lessons for a year when I was 6. I later played the saxophone in 4th grade, and finally discovered the guitar when I was 9. (Ironic since my dad is a guitarist and the guitar was around the house forever!) He showed me my first chords and really got me started on the instrument, and I played in several local bands in high school playing a range of musical styles from rock, blues, funk, and reggae. I really didn't take music seriously until I was in college, and began studying under Jerry Coelho, a member of the very first graduating class of the Guitar Institute of Technology in Hollywood, CA, and

Dominic Castillo, a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, who was a student of Jerry's as well. After studying under these talented musicians, I went on to pursue my education in music and received my BA in Music from San Jose State University in 2004. I started teaching music privately during my time with Jerry and Dominic and continued to teach during college up until the present, and have taught hundreds of students since. I now live in San Diego where I teach, work as a freelance musician, and play in local funk/jazz/rock group Science Fiction Jazz and gypsy/kickstomp outfit Quel Bordel!

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I am a very easy going, friendly individual who believes that learning music is built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student. This relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and most importantly the desire to LEARN and have FUN. I approach teaching music by knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style(s) of music that the student wants to learn. For beginners, I tend to teach basic techniques and chords through simple songs to get the student playing music as quickly as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: couches, table and TV, music stand, student can borrow instrument for first lesson, parents can sit in on lesson

*** Specialties ***
My main musical styles that I perform and teach are rock, blues, jazz, funk, R&B, and reggae. I studied jazz in college so I also have extensive knowledge of jazz theory.
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August 6, 2019
Lukas M.
May 10, 2019
Cain C.
Worked really well with my 10 yr old, super happy about our decision.
November 8, 2018
Mackenzie R.
Aaron has been teaching my 13 yr old daughter for a few weeks now and it's going great. He's teaching her songs she wants to learn and great tips to create her own songs. I would recommend him to teach anyone.

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Aaron B.

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About Aaron

I've been a full time professional musician for 13+ years and have toured all over the world performing with music icons like Chacka Khan, Beyonce, and many more. I have a lot of experience with many different styles of music and I love sharing this gift with anyone who's interested. My teaching philosophy is simple: Get students playing music! It's much easier to understand the nuts and bolts of music when put into the context of the music you like.

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I like to design a lesson plan for each individual student. The first lesson will begin with a basic assessment of skill level. We will discuss goals for the lessons then get down to work!
Students will learn:
1 Technique. the proper physicality to increase dexterity and avoid injury.
2 Music theory and comprehension. Usually through learning songs and analyzing

different concepts they incorporate
3 Ear-training/pitch recognition. Strengthening the ability to "pick up" new material more quickly and translate ones Ideas to the instrument.
4 Music appreciation/Musicality. Listening to new and different types of music focusing on the different elements that make up a great performer/performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Studio: piano, stereo system, no drum there! room to sit for parents
A1: drum kit, whole performance set up with recording studio, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
amplifiers, cd/mp3 player

*** Specialties ***
ear training, most musical styles (pop/rock, r&b, reggae, jazz , world)
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May 23, 2019
John T.
I was surprised at how easy it was to connect with Aaron. His diving right in was fun as we got into playing music from the first moment.
September 17, 2018
Tate
Aaron knows how to work with kids. After 30 minutes my 6 yo came out confident and ready to play!! He doesn’t realize that he still is terrible because he at least knows one chord!! Lol!
March 26, 2018
Howie
Very helpful and informative instruction.

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Jessica C.

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Why do some melodies stand the test of time and others don't? Why are some words better choices than others? How do people write good songs? It takes a lot of time, some guidance and mostly discipline. I will help you to stay on track and provide support based on personal industry experience.

A 30 or 60 minute lesson is a great add-on to a voice lesson and it grants the opportunity to learn how the two are connected. If done properly, the two can support one another, helping the singer and the writer share a both voices, the written and the physical voice.

About Jessica

Hi! My name is Jessica and I can't wait to help you find YOUR voice because YOUR voice is unlike anyone else's . No two people sound exactly the same; isn't that a beautiful thing? I truly believe it is, so much so that I've dedicated over two decades of my life to it. After double majoring at the University of Delaware (music, communication) I continued my private voice study with coaches based in LA and NYC and soon began sharing my knowledge of the voice with my own students, all the while landing my own gigs on-stage and on-screen.

Watching my students exceed their own expectations has been just as much, if not even more rewarding than performing for myself.

I am fortunate enough to say that teaching, performing, recording, writing, producing and arranging music has taken me all over the world. Through staying true to my voice

, I continue to create a life I love and my students are an incredibly important piece of that life!

Some things you should know about me:

- From 2003-Present Day I've trained with several classical and broadway style voice coaches as well as NYC's most in-demand pop-style vocal coach. I've spent many years performing in choirs and professional a cappella groups.
- In 2007 I began teaching private lessons in my hometown and continued to do so sporadically throughout college and afterwards in NYC
- I recorded with a major record label (now Capitol Records) and performed with a classical crossover group on PBS Television
- I performed on NBC's The Sing-Off with my group The Deltones for which I was once a director, arranger and vocal coach.
- I sang with Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks and Carrie Underwood, filling in for Emmylou Harris
- I've shared a stage and gone on tour with GUSTER, The Band Perry, Marc Broussard, LAUV, Shoffy, Pentatonix and more.
- My work as a songwriter, recording artist, vocalist and vocal recording engineer & producer has garnered roughly 15+ Million Streams over the past few years.
- My original music and cover songs have been heard on CBS, NBC, PBS and Disney's Freeform Television.

Question: Cool, so what does this mean about your style of teaching?

Answer: Glad you asked.

1. I am most interested in your personal, authentic style and making sure you are accessing YOUR voice in the most healthy way possible. Singing is a full body and mind activity and I like to take a comprehensive approach, teaching concepts that you can take with you into other areas of life. Many students want to "have better intonation", "sing more on key" or "sing more freely" and YES YES YES LET's definitely do that! Just not solely with ear training tricks and repetitive scales.

2. I'm best suited for students who prefer to sing modern and contemporary music or craft their own songs. I am also a great resource for recording studio-prep work.

3. As a working recording artist, I bring real-life experience into my coaching with a strong understanding of the modern music world.

While I've performed musical theater and classical music, there are more specialized coaches better equipped for those genres.
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October 11, 2019
Kristin
My goal in taking lessons was to get back to singing after a long hiatus of lessons and performing... to reclaim my love of singing and break through my insecurity. Jessica's warmth, humor and expertise helped me do just that. I learned new techniques and had a full on very emotional breath through right in her living room!

She made me feel safe, confident, and helped me learn about my unique voice as well as shared her expertise in proper breathing and gaining vocal control and increasing range.

In sum, Jessica is an incredible vocal coach and I'd definitely recommend her.
September 25, 2019
Sally
Jessica is an amazing teacher! She not only understands all the technicalities behind singing but she works to your strengths and helps you cultivate both your inner and outer voice! I felt very comfortable with her and even got emotional a few times as it was such a powerful experience to be able to be vulnerable and engage in something I love so much. Jessica is the perfect mix between professional and experiential where you'll learn skills but you will also have fun doing it. I highly recommend Jessica for your musical needs. I look forward to my future sessions!! It also helps she is incredibly talented! An all around win and positive experience :)!
September 23, 2019
Tyrel J.
Jessica is an amazing teacher. I felt amazing after our lesson. Looking forward to future lessons.

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Moa M.

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Learn how to structure a song and how melody and chords work together and how to write killer lyrics!
I am signed myself as a songwriter with BMG and will give you my best tips and tricks (#1: do it every day).

We will analyze a few of your favorite tunes and figure out how to recreate those elements and put your own flavor on it.

About Moa

Having grown up with two teaching parents and a teaching sister, I think it was pretty clear what I was going to be when I grew up. After touring all over the world, having songs on TV and radio and being signed both as an artist and a songwriter, I have learned some amazing things and I love passing that knowledge on through teaching. Being able to share the joy music has continued to bring me is an awesome feeling.

As my student, you will learn how to play and sing your favorite tunes, write songs, learn songs by ear, music theory and everything in between. You will also learn from my mistakes (like how to keep playing after breaking your foot on tour) and get real-life tips and tricks to help you reach your goals, no matter how big or small. I got you! I specialize in pop/rock and guitar for girls, but all genres and students are w

elcome.

You can contact me with questions above ^^ or book your first lesson to the right —> to get started today!

Choose from one of my exciting lesson plans!

- Guitar 101: (acoustic or electric) We will work on your favorite songs, chords, melody, ear training, technique, scales, theory and more. I will also provide instruction on playing guitar and singing simultaneously.

- Singing 101: We will cover the basics you need to sing with proper technique. We will also tackle breath support, upper, middle and lower register, vocal stamina, scales and we will learn your favorite songs. I will provide instruction on singing harmonies, tackling extreme vocals, and how to play guitar and sing simultaneously. We will also cover artist development for students who are interested.

- Songwriting: We will cover how to structure a song and how melody and chords work together. We will also cover how to write killer lyrics! I am signed myself as a songwriter with BMG and will give you my best tips and tricks (#1: do it every day). We will analyze a few of your favorite tunes and figure out how to recreate those elements and put your own flavor on it. We will also cover artist development for students who are interested

Some of my recording credits include:
Signed to BMG Production music, writer for Vanderpump Rules on Bravo and my single “Better With You” received airplay on national radio in Sweden. I am currently working on my sophomore ep to be released later this year through The Den//BMG.

Some of my live credits include:
I have toured all over the US with several different bands and played
Warped Tour, Kiss Kruise, Kid Rock Cruise, Monsters of Rock Cruise, Hard
Rock Hell Festival (UK), Sweden Rock Festival, army bases in the Middle
East and Japan and more. I currently play bass and sing for Bay Ledges.
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May 30, 2019
Jurnee P.
Moa is an amazing teacher! She’s patient and very helpful and I’d definitely recommend her to anyone looking for singing lessons.
May 24, 2018
Kelly B.
Moa is a great teacher. She really understands how to bring out the best in people.
February 12, 2018
Paige
I've been talking lessons with Moa for the past month and I've already learned a lot and can tell my voice is getting stronger. She's a great instructor.

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Dan H.

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Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Cabinet, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Leavenworth’s 50th Anniversary Christmas Lighting Festival. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Uppsala University (Sweden). Dan ...

About Dan

Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Cabinet, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan, Northwest Folklife Festival, and Leavenworth’s 50th Anniversary Christmas Lighting Festival. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music i

s available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science from Uppsala University (Sweden). Dan has won teaching awards for five consecutive years, including the "Tacoma Best Vocal Coach 2019" (see photos). He is the director of Tacoma Gospel Choir and Tacoma Chancel Choir, as well as Roar Children's Choir.

With Dan, you will receive unparalleled, professional, and masterful classes. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from an award-winning expert in his field. Allow me to take you to the next level, whether you are a beginner or an experienced virtuoso.

I look forward to guiding you on your educational journey! Lessons are offered either in my home studio in Tacoma, WA, *or* I can teach you through live, online private video lessons.
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August 31, 2019
Kathy
Dan is truly enthusiastic about sharing his love for his native language! Of course his pronounciation is excellent, and he has infinite patience. He is also open to meeting his student wherever they are in the process. I am really enjoying learning Danish with Dan!
January 31, 2019
Logan M.
Dan is an incredible coach. I enjoyed the lessons I took with him and learned alot. I look forward to working with Dan in the future
January 7, 2019
Grace T.
I was impressed with my first lesson with Dan. He adjust lessons according to my needs. Will continue to take lessons with him. Thank you.

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Dan H.

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Sam K.

About Sam

I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.

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June 13, 2019
Catherine
Sam was awesome - is a wealth of knowledge and skill and had so much to share. I will definitely be going back for many more lessons!
June 18, 2018
Katharina K.
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
October 8, 2016
Marc S.
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through

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Concetta A.

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How to write a song and write charts that other musicians can follow and understand. Exploring lyrics and rhythm and how they relate as well as song topics. Discovering new ways of thinking about melody.

About Concetta

Concetta is a NYC based violinist, strings specialist and composer. She writes original art songs inspired by natural science, folk tales, poetry and everyday objects and sounds. She released her first solo album entitled Falling in Time in February 2015 on Waterbug Records. She was a visiting composer in residence at TAKT gallery in Berlin both in 2014 and 2016. In 2018 she co-composed a dance composition for the Wendy Osserman Dance Company. Concetta is most known for her collaborative work with poet Cornelius Eady (Kattywompus Press), musical instrument builder Skip La Plante, photographer Vera Comploj and Latin music band Inti and the Moon (Intiluna Records).

Concetta is the musical director of a music education non-profit called "Teacup Music". She holds a masters degree in Music and Music Education at Columbia University and has

received grants from the Rauschenberg Foundation, Department of Cultural Affairs, Brooklyn Arts Council, the Charles Mayer Foundation as well as The Roothbert Fund.

She loves dogs, hiking, cooking and gardening! She tailors her private lessons to individual students goals and needs.
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June 25, 2019
Jim
My first lesson with Concetta was great. I received a lot of good feedback and things to work on for this first week. Really looking forward to lesson 2 next week!
June 11, 2019
katherine
Concetta is a super knowledgable and supportive teacher! She adjusts her teaching to student interests and needs. She teaches in a lovely space and if you are super lucky you will meet her adorable dog, pepper <3. I highly recommend her!
March 1, 2019
Micaela
Hire Concetta, especially to support a beginning violin player! She is warm, professional and very adept at finding your child's musical strengths and then identifying material to help them access and enjoy the music and instrument. AKA GOOD TIMES for all and excited to continue...as it should be. Thank you Concetta for your expertise and flexibility with schedule. Keri-Ann

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Josh L.

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I frequently take trips to Nashville to co-write with prominent writers, I teach my students to use words appropriately, allow the words to inform the music, and become dynamic songwriters.

About Josh

I am a professional singer, pianist, songwriter, and recording artist. I graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with a Bachelors of Music, specifically voice.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 16 years, and contemporary keyboard for 7 of those. I can teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the student.

As a professional recording a

rtist I frequently take trips to Nashville for co-writing, recording, and meeting with record labels. I have written with well-known writers like Mia Fieldes from Hillsong, Tony Wood from Provident Label Group, Stu G from Delirious?, and Jon Steingard from Hawk Nelson. I love to mentor students who want to become effective, dynamic songwriters.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
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July 20, 2019
Blake
Extremely friendly, understanding and explains everything so anybody could understand. I highly recommend Josh to anybody who wishes to learn how to sing.
April 12, 2018
David P.
great lesson. Excellent instructor
January 31, 2018
Benjamin
Josh is awesome. Great guy and amazing teacher!

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Faith
"Any time I've needed guitar help with songwriting, Garrett has always come in with something and we've come up with some pretty good songs. I'd recommend
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Dana
"He was able to Break down song writing in a very easy way so that I could take lyrics and apply them to cords. I really enjoyed the methodology and how pe
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Paula
"Mimi is very compassionate, patient, instructive, and she really inspires my creativity and gives me more self confidence- she is a great songwriting teac
her-definitely several points above average!"
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Paula
"Chrissy is very helpful and informative and creative and supportive, with much positive feedback for my songs. She brings out the best in me and gives me
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Hardy
"Bill is a great instructor. I haven't been taught something I wasn't going to need to elevate my understanding."
mimi
"Enormous Student base an affirmation of an Enormously Successful Teacher

Fawn is a warrior for justice. She rights all the wrongs of other teachers bad c
oaching. She turned my sons bad piano habits around in just 2 lessons! My daughter's bad vocal habits changed after the first lesson! I have never seen anything like it. We are grateful to have found her. I now have confidence that my children are in the best hands possible. I love the energy she puts into her recitals and the enormous student base she has is an affirmation that she is doing great things in California!

-mimi"
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"Dan is really good and creative teacher! I had fun lesson with him!"
Sarah Jones
"I got so much value for my daughter's piano lessons. I was surprised when she played her own songs to me. On top of that, Alec was very on top of things w
hen it came to lesson planning, homework, and attendance. If you are new to piano, I would recommend signing up with Alec."
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Karena
"Heather gave me many great ideas as to how to structure melody and lyrics. I highly recommend her."

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