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Sang S. La Jolla, CA

About Sang

My name is Sang, I am a professional violinist for over 18 years. I have been playing with the San Diego Symphony, the Nova Chamber Orchestra. My private studio is in UTC, La Jolla. And I also teach for California Music Studio. I have given numerous recitals and philanthropic performances all over the San Diego areas. Please allow me to tell you a bit of my musical Career. In 1988 I received a full scholarship from Roosevelt University in Chicago to study music and violin. I currently hold a first violin position with the Chicago Grant Park Symphony in the summer season. I have been playing the violin since the age of 4. At the age of nine, I was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. I performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in China and won most of the ...

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Coleen W. September 29, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
wonderful teacher

As an adult beginner, I was very nervous about beginning violin lessons. I've been taking lessons with Sang for about 15 months now and have loved every lesson. She is patient and has helped me progress farther than I thought I possible for me. Along with technique, she encourages me to learn and explore music beyond the etude books.
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MannyM July 17, 2012
Great violin teacher!!

Sang is very patient and encouraging. She's really good at explaining things and can see immediately where I need to improve (so I don't develop incorrect habits). I've learned so much in a relatively short amount of time. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a violin instructor!
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GarrettS November 11, 2011
Excellent Instructor

Sang is very patient and encouraging, and very understanding for those who are just beginning like myself. I would highly recommend her to others.
Sarah K. San Diego, CA

About Sarah

I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult. It should be enjoyable and fun! If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs to ensure that they practice; I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable. If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but we will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs on the side. For beginner&intermediate students: For piano, you'll have to adjust your hands in awkward positions; for violin/viola, you'll have to make some unpleasant sounds before you make beautiful ones. So why not make the transition enjoyable? Regardless of your level and ...

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Karina E. February 27, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is great!
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Andrew B. September 2, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor. Teaches the low level basics through advanced compositions. My partner has progressed very well because of Sarah's instruction.
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Sarah K. January 24, 2014
Piano
Patient and Humorous

Sarah is like a friend I visit once a week. My first violin lesson was almost a year ago and I came to Sarah very nervous, without any experience in music. In just two lessons, she taught me how to read music and play a song. We now play duets of songs we feel like. Sarah is a talented teacher and also makes her students feel comfortable.
Kevin T. San Diego, CA

About Kevin

Kevin T. is a music professor at MUM, Vice president of the San Diego Songwriters guild, and CEO of Songwriting Planet. He is an instructor of guitar, bass, voice, piano, songwriting, composition, orchestration, jazz arranging, music theory, ear training, production and engineering, and music business and career development. He graduated from Musicians Institute with a performance certificate, received his BA degree with honors from Berklee College of Music with a dual major in Songwriting and Performance, and received his Masters degree in Music Composition from the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. Kevin has written and performed myriad and diverse styles of music which include everything from jazz, rock, funk, country, blues, fusion, R&B, and classical, to world music ...

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David P. June 27, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I played clarinet for ten years. I wanted to find a teacher who really knows how to focus on a student's goals and weaknesses. Kevin has provided me with weekly lessons that I can take home and make trues progress in picking, timing, reading, fingering, and listening, Kevin is a true professional.
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Karly M. May 1, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Learning a lot!

Kevin is a very knowledgeable, dedicated, patient, flexible, and professional instructor. He is very observant about when to push me to practice more and when to just allow me space to absorb what I've just been taught. And occasionally when I get a little frustrated with my guitar and progress is particularly slow for me we sometimes switch to vocal coaching.
Plus I have an incredibly busy work schedule and Kevin has always been very willing to adjust my lesson time as necessary.
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David F. April 30, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Voice Lessons

I've been trying for a while to get to the level where I can confidently sing, knowing that I am doing the best my voice can attain. Kevin is helping me pull through my bad habits, and re-enforcing the proper technique without drowning out my personal style.

Really helpful! Thanks, Kevin!!
Sarah L. San Diego, CA

About Sarah

I received my undergraduate training in music from Pomona College and my graduate training from San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I have studied with Gaiana Mndoian, a pupil of Mstislav Rostropovich, and with Mark Kosower, a pupil of Janos Starker. In addition, I hold a Certificate of Completion from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California. In teaching, I work to combine the instrumental technique gleaned from my musical training with Steiner’s insights about music and about working with children. Both my musical and Waldorf studies have emphasized to me the innate power, significance and benefit of sound, or tone, itself. The cello can be soothing to a child for exactly this reason—it has a deep, comforting voice. In addition, learning to play an instrument provides a ...

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Kenzi J. February 22, 2015
Cello · In home
Verified Student
I'm learning to play cello as an adult. Sarah has been really patient with me, and allows me to pick what I'd like to work on. We play songs together, which is nice since duets sound so much better than solo playing. We have also been doing exercises. She started playing cello at age 7, I believe, so she definitely knows her stuff. I'm making slow progress but that is much more a reflection of my inconsistent practice than her teaching.
Joe Danny O. San Diego, CA

About Joe Danny

Hello! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been playing guitar for about 10 years and I'm currently studying Jazz guitar at Mesa College. I'm part of the Applied Music Program which is an audition only program that only lets in the top 15 music students at the school per semester. I'm studying under Bob Boss who is one of the finest jazz guitarists in southern California (he can definitely play some mean rock solos though). I've been playing other genres for a lot longer though! I can teach you pop, bluegrass, folk, rock, and more. How I usually teach my students is I ask what their long term goals are and we get there by learning repertoire of your choice that is appropriate for your skill level. Feel free to contact me and ask any questions you may have!

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Alanna D. January 11, 2015
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Joe was a great teacher! I had no experience with the mandolin and he was really helpful with explaining concepts and tailored the lessons for my personal goals and music preferences. Great experience overall, I highly recommend taking lessons with Joe!
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Kris M. October 29, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Joe is such a patient and great teacher. He takes his time to explain everything to my child. She has had 0 musical experience. He is on time and polite. Very good with children. He also happens to be extremely talented. Thanks for all you do Joe
David H. San Diego, CA

About David

Hi. My name is David. I love teaching the Guitar!! Over the last 25 years I've taught 100s of students of all different ages and abilities, both in my native country of England, and now in the US. I get a real kick out of taking a student from a raw beginner, and seeing their excitement as they realize that they can soon play their favorite songs! I'm very relaxed, and very friendly. I think music should be fun, and will do anything I can to make your lessons enjoyable. Looking forward to helping you play music that makes you happy!!

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Laura W. January 26, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
David is super laid back, and so thoughtful. He hasn't just taught me how to play the Guitar, but how to think more positively. You'll love him!
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Jason S. January 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
David's a great teacher. He has got me from absolute beginner to rocking out to my favorite tunes in no time...and he really makes me laugh.
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Perri N. January 26, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I've been struggling with the Guitar for years before I decided to take the plunge and actually take lessons. I wish I had done it sooner!

David's teaching is inspirational. He knows how to get the best out of his students and that's quite an art! He's a great guy, a great musician and the best teacher!

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