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Review by Mahesh
"Very good Piano Teacher
* Understands what the student already knows and plans accordingly. * I started off as a Learner , I was able to read the music n
otes by week-2. * I can play little rhymes to my kids all by myself in 4 weeks. * He is very patient and ensures that you learn the basics.
I would recommend him any day."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Hans
"This is it!
I've been taking lessons with Radina for a few months and I'm super happy with the progress I've made so far. I didn't know anything about he
ad voice, chest voice, mix and now it's all starting to make sense. I'm not afraid to sing higher notes which I always wanted to be able to do!
Radina is a highly professional and nice teacher, she really understands what is going on in a singers voice and mind and she hears everything.
I always look forward to my next lesson :)"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by John
"I am a beginner on the piano. Brandon is extremely knowledge about music and he has a patient process that has already helped me understand music in a wh
ole new light. I have a long way to go but I feel like Brandon's teaching style is putting me on the correct path."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Chuck
Alexandra is an excellent teacher, I have no background or experience with singing and she has patiently helpd me improve as a singer. Sh
e is very professional and friendly and makes the lessons enjoyable."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Hana
"Hana loved her first class! Heidi is very engaging--it felt as though she was right there in the room with us!"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Michael
"James worked with me in Youth Group leadership and mentoring. Completely responsible, very creative, and ready to try everything -- we used music, art, da
nce, theater, games, word puzzles, and anything else we could think of to develop the teaching material/learning outcomes that we were seeking. James brings a spirit of confidence and integrity to all he does. Certainly one of my favorite people to work on a project with and a true gift to a team or ensemble."
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Cole
"I Left My First Session SO EXCITED!!!
I didn't realize so much could be accomplished in an hour, but I left our first lesson with an understanding about
where I'm at with my voice, what is special about my voice, and feeling really excited and encouraged with where my voice can go. Vanessa was VERY patient with me, as I'm very much out of practice, but it took her no time at all to pin point my trouble spots and she quickly had other suggestions if certain exercises didn't work for my voice. After our session, I drove away in my car just beaming and I couldn't stop singing. Can't wait for our next session!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Ty Rick
"My son Christopher has been taking violin lessons with Alethia for 6 months. He has progressed dramatically in a very short time. I love her teaching
techniques. She is positive, super patient, and communicates very effectively with my son. She is also very thorough at teaching proper finger positioning as well as bow techniques. My son has lost almost all of his bad habits. He is finally starting to enjoy playing his violin and now thinks it is fun."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Geoff
"Shawn has the innate ability to help you extract the music and musical ability inside of you. He's got great feel, timing and loves teaching and playing
drums. He's got the bigger picture in mind when it comes to the song(s) you might want to learn or play and helps you get to the spot where the song becomes a part of you."
I am passionate about sharing with you all the knowledge that I've obtained from over 45 years of of studying piano with some of the best teachers available in the country. I will help you to both discover that sound image that is only yours and then to work on how to make that image come alive for you at the keyboard. I promise that working together will be a fun and inspiring adventure into that most expressive form of communications which is Music. One of the best ways to judge a teacher is by the way he plays. I am a performing teacher, still studying, and will be giving my second solo rec
ital at The Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad in February 2013 and will be playing masterpieces by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin and Liszt. You are, of course, invited to the recital or it would be my pleasure to play for you at my studio or your home. Looking forward to sharing and learning more about our craft by spending some quality musical time with one another.
*** Lesson Details *** I am considered to be a easy going guy but it is my job to be sure that value is obtained from investment, so I will let my students know when they are not completing their reasonable assignments. That said, I can't wait to share with you all the joys I feel about teaching. I didn't know anything about the piano at age 21 but seven years later I gave my Senior Recital and earned my BA degree with a Piano Major so I know how difficult it can be to start lessons as well as being able to advance at any level. We will learn how to understand basic theory to include notation, intervals, chord structure, scales and arpeggios and well as to learn or improve your ability to sight read without having to continually look down at your hands. All technical problems will be understood and solved so that you will be able to play those pieces you love at your ability level. Being able to play with a firm knowledge of a composer's life, his composition style and historical background is a sure sign of one that has studied with a fine teacher. It is my hopes that that teacher will be me. Thank you for your time and consideration.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room area w/ grand piano seating for parents
*** Travel Equipment *** A Piano and assigned sheet music
*** Specialties *** Have in depth knowledge in the Taubman Approach, the Whitside Piano Technique and the Mathay System
Marlon M. May 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful teacher, patient and understanding of the needs of our son, i have seen the improvement in hist technique and the enthusiasm when it is time to practice, we are pleased to have found him.
Mei-Lan S. January 11, 2014
Piano Verified Student
Alex is a wonderful piano teacher in all respects. He inspires me to try to do my very best.
Alex's enthusiasm and love for music is contagious and very motivational. He is simultaneously challenging and encouraging. He is very meticulous and knowledgeable in his teaching methodology. Overall, he is very generous in sharing his expertise and his passion for the piano.
Jules N. October 11, 2012 Verified Student
Patient and Encouraging!
Alex obviously has a love for music, and a passion for teaching. I look forward to my lessons because he is always pointing out my improvements, no matter how small.
I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.
After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of unde
rstanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.
I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.
*** Specialties *** Piano - classical and rock/pop. Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
Octavia P. August 14, 2015
I am currently taking piano lessons from Masa and can highly recommend him as a bright, talented, sensitive, and competent teacher. With great confidence, I encourage anyone interested in piano lessons to contact Masa.
michael S. September 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Guitar fun in El Cajon
Alex is a talented artist and teacher. You will learn more than just learning your instrument. He is very helpful and generous in giving you related information pertaining to your instrument. You can't go wrong. Want to learn guitar ? Well, call and ask about Alex. Michael Simpson (Jamul)
I have been teaching music since 19, and have also been teaching various instruments and voice. My students have been as young as 4 to 60+. I have been playing music for the majority of my lifetime, having started playing piano at age five. I am a multi instrumentalist teaching piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. I have also taught elementary school classroom music for and have directed musicals for a private elementary school.
I received my Associate of Arts degree at Grossmont, College with an emphasis on music education. I am now attending San Diego State University to finish my Bachel
or's degree in Music.
My lessons consist of exercises that emphasize proper techniques for each instrument. I would like my students to fully understand the entire musical process, including theory. I tailor my lessons according to the needs of each individual student.
My students have told me that they enjoy taking lessons from me. I am serious about lesson content and am always seeking out ways to make lessons enjoyable. I include parents/guardians by informing them of lesson requirements and progress, and make myself available to answer questions for students and parents.
My goal is to share the joy that music brings to each life. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
*** Travel Equipment *** Expect students to have instruments and to purchase lesson books. I have piano and some instruments at home.
*** Specialties *** Bastien, Alfred, Dozen-a-Day, Keith Snell, Hanon, Czerny and others - piano; Suzuki, Laoureux etc. - violin; Leonard - guitar; Lazarus - Clarinet.
Together with these method books, I also include personalized techniques, tailoring lessons each individual student.
Augie Monroy M. August 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoy going to my lessons. Laura is very patient, with great knowledge and a great personality. I am a 58 years old violin student and I want to learn more about the violin so that I can play at my Church. Her classes are fantastic and I know I will be playing in front of the congregation soon. I highly recommend her style whether you are a child, young adult or older like me. IT IS FUN!!
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 m
y own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch.
My 65+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and AP Music Theory.
*** Lesson Details *** I am an extremely patient teacher with experience teaching students ages 3-84 at various levels. I use a variety of curricula since each lesson is tailored specifically to each student.
*** Studio Equipment *** 1) Baldwin Upright Piano, 2) Yamaha DGX-20 weighted keyboard, 3) Gemeinhardt Flute, 4) Studio copies of all method books used, sheet music and materials used during lessons,
*** Travel Equipment *** Gemeinhardt Flute, method books and materials needed during lessons,
*** Specialties *** I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach jazz/pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I am familiar with and use various different methods including but not limited to Faber: Piano Adventures, Bastien Basics, and Suzuki. Each lesson is tailored toward the individual student's needs.
Anna D. June 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
We had a wonderful first lesson with Rebecca! Anna is only 4, so I was interested to see if she'd take an interest in lessons and want to learn. She was excited to go, and did very well listening and participating - Rebecca was patient and spoke to her on her level and tried lots of different things to see what my daughter knew/didn't know and what she might be able to do. The lesson book she has seems very age appropriate and should make practice fun. I am excited to see how continued lessons go and Anna seems excited to go again and said she had a great time. :)
Jessica S. September 30, 2013
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.
bruce P. September 24, 2013
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.
Hi, my name is Amanda. I am an upbeat, dedicated and enthusiastic musician. I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals, and healthfully achieve your most beautiful sound. I can't wait to work with you!
I am currently studying at San Diego State University where I am pursuing a degree in vocal performance. As an avid learner and experienced performer, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is accessible, honest, and catered to each individual student. My number one goal is to create a safe atmosphere for creativity and growth.
California native, Amanda O., is currently in pursuit of her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at the San Diego State University where she studies with Laurinda Nikkel.
Recently, Ms. O. was selected as a soloist for the Stephen Paulus oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra in May of 2015.
Ms. O. was the 1st place winner in her division of the San Diego National Association of Teachers of Singing 2015, and the 3rd place in her division in 2013.
In the summer of 2014, Ms. O. attended the prestigious young artist program Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy where she studied italian opera performance with Benton Hess, Hugh Murphy, Robert Cowart, and others. She is also a proficient Italian speaker.
She has performed roles at SDSU Lyric Opera Theater, and has also sung solos with the choirs at SDSU.
I would like my students to come to their lesson warmed up and ready to sing so that we can jump right into technical exercises. I begin every voice lesson with vocal exercises, which will help improve vocal and breath technique. Then we will move on to theory, sight singing, and other musicianship exercises, if the student wishes to do so. The last part of the lesson will be devoted to repertoire study. To get the most out of lessons I recommend at least an hour of practice outside of lessons each week.
I use many of different books for my students depending on their voice type, age and preferred genre of study. I will cater each piece I assign to what I believe is the healthiest way to develop your voice. After 6 months with me students can expect to understand basic singing technique and be seeing a significant change in their sound. Students who choose to incorporate musicianship/theory/sight singing into lessons with me can expect, at minimum, to understand how to read music, basic music notation, note names, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, solfege syllables, major and minor scales, and basic harmonic relationships.
Singing is a physical and full-bodied experience, so be ready to move and be silly with me sometimes. The voice is different than any other instrument because we don't have strings, buttons, or valves to press to help us achieve the right sound. Our instrument is inside our bodies. The voice is a very complicated instrument, and thus, in my opinion, is much more rewarding than many other instruments to master. I encourage all my students to record their lessons to use during the week to practice with. Please come to my lessons planning to work hard and have fun!
Upright piano/Electric Keyboard, repertoire books, and seating for parents or other respectful observers
Travel Equipment I expect my student to be able to provide a piano or weighted keyboard with a bench for me. I provide a mirror, music, and a CD player if necessary.
I specialize in classical voice training and believe this style of singing to be an imperative source of proper singing and breathing technique that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Preston June 29, 2015
Vocal Training ·
Amanda taught me how to improve my breathing and overall vocal technique, especially expanding my baritone and tenor ranges and helping me learn how to "land on the note" instead of "sliding into it." Kind, enthusiastic, a great listener with just the right amount of patience and direction to help one improve their ability.
I've had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Amanda. Her passion for singing and growth is inspirational.
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