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Betsy F.

San Diego, CA

About Betsy

Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.

I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.

I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.

I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
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Annmarie Seaman February 17, 2016
Viola · In home
Verified Student
Betsy was AMAZING!! She helped me work on scales and my concerto, she made it so mug more fun and was very nice to be around.
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PAMELA H. January 8, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Betsy came to our house to teach my 5-year-old daughter singing lessons. Betsy's methods were useful and good. My daughter loved taking lessons with her. After a handful of lessons, Betsy began to reschedule our lessons. One time, she had rescheduled and showed up at our house at the original time...just as we were pulling into the driveway from an outing. Okay, fine. Then, she'd contact me and hour or two before our lesson, to see if we could reschedule. This is unprofessional and unacceptable! It became the norm with her, so we cancelled our lessons with Betsy. It isn't easy for our family of five to rearrange our schedule for her. Once or twice? Okay, but not all of the time! My daughter was greatly disappointed an defeated, and we haven't taken singing lessons since. I have yet to receive my money back from TakeLessons. Go figure.
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Delaney M. January 7, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She was wonderful. She went out of her way to meet us on short notice. Very patient. She made my daughter feel very comfortable.
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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92117
(18)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA

About Jesse

Jesse H. plays guitar with The Mar Dels, one of San Diego’s best-known dance and party bands. But he’s more than just a rock-and-roller — he’s studied jazz and classical guitar with other master musicians.

His lessons focus on developing:

- Right and left hand technique
- Finger picking and flat picking
- Tonal and sound quality
- Playing and singing
- The ability to play a solo
- Chords, scales, and arpeggios

Jesse’s broad skill set allows him to teach a variety of styles, though he’s happy to focus on one particular style if that’s what the student prefers.

Don’t miss this o
pportunity to take guitar or ukulele lessons from one of the top musicians in San Diego.

*** Overview ***
I studied jazz guitar with Peter Sprague and classical guitar with Celin Romero. While at UCSD, I studied with Pepe Romero in master classes. In 1982, I became interested in classic rock and founded my band, The Mar Dels. During my time with the band, I’ve learned and performed many classic rock hits. One of the best-known dance/party bands in San Diego, the Mar Dels continue to play at private and public events locally, nationally, and globally.

*** Lesson Details ***
I give my guitar students a solid background in right and left hand technique. This includes finger picking technique for the right hand as well as flat picking. It’s important for students develop a correct left hand position, if they wish to continue to play for many years without injury to the left hand. It’s also very important to young students who may wish to move into classical music. Most classical guitar music can’t be played well with a standard rock left hand technique, but all rock music can be played very well with a good classical left hand technique. 

Most of the studies I use with my students are songs, scales and arpeggios from my personal library, so it won’t be necessary for my students to buy any books right away. However, if students want some additional materials to review, I can suggest some titles.

I emphasize the quality of sound that the student produces with the instrument. Many musicians feel that playing a piece of music is like running a 100-yard dash. I prefer that my students play at a comfortable tempo and create beautiful sounds, rather than rushing through a song simply to show an ability to play fast. I feel that it’s very important to practice any new piece or exercise at a slow tempo till it can be played well with relaxed hands. When the tempo is gradually increased, one acquires beauty with speed.

Within the first three months, the average student should be able to play some open position chords, bar chords, and arpeggios, and be able to improvise over a chord progression using four or more notes from at least one pentatonic scale. I like my students to learn at least one guitar solo (a piece that features guitar either solo or with accompaniment) within six months that they could play for their friends or parents. If the student’s goal is to use the guitar to accompany their voice, they can learn to sing and play at the same time. This is a special skill that takes time to master, and is something that I have done for years. I’m happy to share my ideas on how to develop this skill with my students.

Ultimately, the progress of the student depends on their talent level and their desire to acquire skills. If a student is interested in only one style of playing, I am happy to focus on it; however, I have a very broad skill set on the guitar and I like my students to develop as many techniques as possible.

*** Equipment ***
Depending on the student’s interest, I bring either a steel string or a classical guitar, and I prefer that the student also have an appropriate instrument. If it’s an introductory lesson for a beginning student, I can bring an instrument for them to use for the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Since 1982 I have played guitar in The Mar Dels, a popular dance and party band so I am familiar with most pop, blues & rock styles of playing.

I have always loved the classical guitar and I am especially interested in good technique and tonal quality.
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Andrew May 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse has such a great disposition. He is so calm and so relaxed. His experience is unmatched. Playing guitar for so long and with advanced training. One day I messaged him that I wanted to learn a couple specific rock songs and he showed up with the tablature all printed out for me!
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Robert T. April 27, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is going to be a great teacher for me. He obviously knows what he is teaching and I can already tell, that he will be able to judge how far to push me, or to back off a bit if I get stumped. His enthusiasm is contagious.I am already looking forward to future lessons.
I am a visual person so his method makes perfect sense to me, just have to get the
fingers to keep up with my brain. I was afraid it might be the other way around, so am pleasantly surprised. Now, practice begins.
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Blake E. April 19, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Jesse is our first music teacher and my 9 year old son is really enjoying his Ukulele lessons. My favorite thing about Jesse is how often he compliments my son during his 30 minute lesson. Practicing has yet to be a struggle and my son looks forward to his lesson. Jesse is able to keep my son's attention and make his lesson fun for him. In 5 lessons my son has learned to read music and several basic songs. It is easy to welcome Jesse in our home for the lesson. We highly recomend him as a teacher. My son wants me to add that when Jesse rides his motorcycle to our house for the lesson it is also super cool!
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
(36)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah L.

San Diego, CA

About Sarah

Cello students receive a customized weekly practice plan that usually includes:

1) 1-3 points of specific technical focus
2) scales with variations
3) exercises to develop dexterity and bow control
4) current pieces
5) review pieces
5) something just for fun

*Parents of students and adult students are encouraged to set aside predictable, routine practice times during the week ("right after school," for example). A weekly schedule with many short sessions tends to more effective than a schedule that includes just a few longer ones.

*Lessons provide support for the unique journey
of the individual, and pieces are selected based on interests and temperament.

*Because it can boost motivation, playing with family and friends (or with the teacher) is encouraged whenever possible.

*It is especially helpful for young children (under age 9) have experience with singing and perhaps another simpler instrument before "graduating" to the cello. (This is included with lessons for younger children.)

*Although ideally we would all be motivated by the intrinsic pull of music, a little extrinsic motivation can be helpful for practicing. At present, we are putting stones in a jar for every day practice occurs. When the jar is full, everyone will receive a small present!
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Meg R. January 25, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is infinitely nice, patient and encouraging. Recommend!
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Tim January 1, 2016
Cello · In studio
Sarah is a skilled cellist, a caring person, and an excellent teacher.

I am an advanced adult student who is returning to cello after playing for 6+ years as a child. Sarah has proven highly qualified to teach advanced technique. It is also very apparent that her patient and positive manner is very suitable for children and beginners as well.

She selects songs that are fun to play, showcase my strengths, and help to improve my weaknesses. Each lesson she focuses on just a couple key points, which has helped to keep me productive without becoming overwhelmed. I have learned a lot and had fun along the way!
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Hiram S. December 12, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor, personalized service, very nice teacher. My 10-year-old daughter is having a blast with her!
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA 92122
(6)
starting at
$15 / 15-min
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Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA

About Lawrence

Lawrence P. is a pop/r&b/gospel singer from San Diego, CA. Lawrence has been trained and continues to train with UCSD's Gospel Choir Professor Ken Anderson (since January 2010.

Lawrence now gives back to his community by coaching and teaching students in singing, and they have seen vast improvements in breath control, power, stylistic vocal trills (or fancy vocal runs) vibrato, stage presence and especially confidence.

Lawrence graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from UCSD in 2012 and has knowledge of singing techniques, exercises and tips on auditioning/performing (Lawrence has advance
d through multiple rounds of American Idol, the X-Factor and The Voice).

Lawrence would love to teach any and all ages.

If you like what you hear, hit the "BOOK ONLINE" button and get acquainted with an up and coming artist that wants to give back to his community!
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Annu C. April 28, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lawrence is an amazing instructor my kids have really gained a lot of progress in a short period of time and they really find joy in singing because of Lawrence. He really relates to the my kids (6 and 10) by allowing them to pick popular song and accompanies them on the piano or the guitar. He has a very kind way about him the kids really love him and look forward to their lesson. He is punctual and prompt in getting back to us on our questions/etc. The homework he assigns is simple to follow. Its the only extracurricular activity my kids have where they practice every day without being told - I truly believe this is because Lawrence makes it so fun for them.
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Mackenzie L. December 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kenzie walked in with some confidence issues and some singing talent, and after just a few sessions with Lawrence, has much more confidence and a much bigger voice. We are glad to have found Lawrence and to build on a very great start.
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Ronald M. November 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was more than I expected by far I'm so excited and pumped up can't wait for the next lesson. I was really comfortable right away and Lawrence is so incredible with his teaching methods.
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Lawrence P.

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA 92093
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA

About Niki

I am a passionate classically trained Piano Teacher specializing in Classical music and pop . I create an enjoyable, customized, yet disciplined lesson plan to help my students achieve their musical goals . I enjoy working with the students of all ages( Young children and Adults). I am determined to develop the full potential of each student .It’s up to a teacher to interact with a student in such a way to discover the potential hidden talent . I truly enjoy to be part of each step in the learning process and helping students to achieve their musical goals .

Lesson Style :

I customize
and plan my lessons for each student and therefor my teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and Piano Technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition and performance exercises along with Repertoire ( Classical , pop and some Jazz)

Lesson Details :
I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, finger number positions, and gradually incorporate Music theory, ear training, note reading and Piano techniques along with Repertoire. I work a variety of methods some of which include Bastien Series, Alfred, Faber, Hanon, little Mozart and many others depending on the student’s age and wishes to what they like to achieve.

Additionally for younger children :
I incorporate a variety of enjoyable off bench musical activities during lessons to help them expand their creativity.

Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time.

Lessons for Adults :

Lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals We will go through warm-ups , music theory that will place emphasis on technique and then work through the repertoire to discover the joy of performing/playing music.

Piano Recital

I also organize performance opportunities and piano recitals for students and their families which is a great experience for both students and their loved ones.The purpose is that students could meet each other and observe others' accomplishments which provide great inspiration and joy to the students and their parents.

For Students who are interested in certificate programs :

The Music Development program

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginners to advanced levels. I'd like to encourage my students to participate in the Music Development certificate program. This program is suitable for students of all ages and provides an internationally recognized assessment service while celebrating the achievements of every student at all levels. The examination results provide assurance for the parents and allow them to track students’ progress to an international standard.

My Piano Studio

I maintain a private home studio in Carmel Valley/San Diego. The relaxing modern space equipped with an upright Yamaha piano extensive library of teaching books and many creative teaching tools.

Come try a lesson, and see for yourself how music can be a part of your life!
Looking forward to meeting you :)
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Heather March 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Niki is very patient and encouraging with my son. We've been with her for four years and counting!
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Kim February 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Niki is an outstanding piano teacher. She began teaching my daughter when she was 9 years old, and after 3 years of lessons, I am extremely pleased with how well my daughter plays the piano. Niki makes learning piano fun and interesting for children by allowing them to choose some of their own popular pieces. Her teaching style is the perfect balance of friendly and encouraging, yet very professional with an emphasis on progress. She sets high expectations and inspires her students through her own love of music. I would highly recommend Niki to any student fortunate enough to work with her.
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Rachel February 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
While many piano instructors teach children, I had difficulty finding someone willing to have me (an adult) as a student. I tried two different teachers before finally hearing about Niki . Her lessons focus on the basics (like scales and lessons from technique books), as well as songs. She breaks the songs into manageable portions, so I am never overwhelmed and notice my progress from week to week. Her approach works. I am getting better at reading notes and I think I sound better too. I highly recommend Niki to anyone, at any age, who needs a piano teacher.
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Niki S.

Niki S.

San Diego, CA 92130
(33)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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