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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.


Emma April 30, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
First day went very well.
Regina B. May 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92117
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Jason M.

San Diego, CA

About Jason Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!

Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the student€™s strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.

This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.

Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.

Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.

Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!

Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.

Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.

His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s schedule when possible.
Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.

*** Studio Equipment ***
ESP KH2 "skully" Kirk Hammett signature model Electric
Epiphone Zakk Wylde signature model Electric
Schecter SLS Blackjack Special Edition Avenger with ©Sustainiac
Schecter Blackjack ATX 7-string
Jackson Randy Rhodes V
Fender '51 Pawn Shop Series
Epiphone Banjo
Mahalo Ukulele
Savannah Ukulele
M. Acoustic
G&L S-500 custom Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "banjo" Electric
ESP LTD AX-50 "guitar"
Fender Squire John 5 signature model
Epiphone 12-string
Nylon Classical
Yamaha Acoustic (left and right handed)
Voyage-Air Guitar Acoustic
Fender Squire Bass
Dean Vendetta Electric
Dean Dime Razorback
B.C. Rich Warlock
Yamaha Keyboard
ProTools LE
Guitar Pro 6
Tascam CD-GT2
KRK Rokits speakers
Line 6 AXSYS212 Amp
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Cry Baby Wah
Digitech Whammy/Bad Monkey/Death Metal/Grunge pedals
Ibanez Chorus/Flanger Delay/Echo
Line 6 Backtrack
Drum sticks and practice pad
Multi-angle cameras for online students

*** Travel Equipment ***
Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic)
Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6
Scott Ian Randall Amp
Various guitars depending on project or mood.

*** Specialties ***
piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,


Tina H. November 16, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Jason is an excellent instructor. On my first lesson, he was able to efficiently gauge my level and provide clear and directional teaching. I look forward to taking my guitar playing to the next level. I also appreciated the communication with lesson planning and his punctuality.
Derek L. November 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Nice and solid first lesson. Jason hit the ground running by quickly assessing where I was and then providing me with info to help me move forward. I walked away with straight-forward exercises to get me ready for my next lesson. I appreciated that Jason reached out before my appointment to gauge my experience and was very positive as I moved (that is stumbled) forward. Jason manages to jam a bunch of information in a short amount of time without rushing. I look forward to my next lesson and am encouraged to put in the time to put my best foot forward.
Jack C. November 8, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson was great!
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Jason M.

Jason M.

San Diego, CA 92109
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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.


Jackie K. November 14, 2015
Classical Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Pretty cool! As impatient as I am, Jesse is pretty good at letting me know about improvements and how to play and still makes it a relaxed environment. SO much better than learning when i was a kid in public schools with instructors on a "lesson plan".
Don M. October 28, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
The best teachers don teach; theylisten to the learner and work from there. That's pretty much what Jesse did. Enuf said, Looks like it's going to be a good trip.
Madison A. August 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Jesse's approach to music really fit my learning style.
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Jesse H.

Jesse H.

Del Mar, CA 92014
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA

About Sarah

Cello students usually work on:

1) 1-3 points of technical focus
2) scales and arpeggios
3) exercises (often by Feuillard)
4) songs suited to age & personality
5) something just for fun

The lessons may be a good fit if the student:

*is willing to set aside regular practice time.
*values a personalized approach to the instrument.
*views lessons as a creative and individual journey.
*enjoys playing with others (We'll often play duets).


maria June 15, 2015
Cello · In studio
My son has been with Sarah since he was in 4th grade on his first days of the cello. Last month he and another buddy played the processional at a wedding. This type of confidence and love for the instrument is a direct result of Sarah's patience and her own soul-filled playing.

I highly recommend her for beginning students or if you need a gentle ease into this rewarding instrument.
Caroline R. April 9, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
She is very encouraging and a good teacher.
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.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA 92122
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA

About Lawrence

Lawrence Park 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 (who ranked #3 in 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 audi
tioning/performing (Lawrence has advanced through multiple rounds of American Idol, the X-Factor and The Voice).

Lawrence would love to teach any and all ages.

He wants his singing to speak for him so go ahead and search "Lawrence Park" on YouTube and take a listen. 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!


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.
Nathan S. November 8, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Lawrence is most definitely the best vocal instructor ever! He knows his stuff and really helps you when you are having a hard time understanding something. But the best part is he lets you sing modern songs xD. I would recommend anyone from any age to take vocal lessons from this man!
Yosef .. September 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lawrence is one of those teachers that instantly makes you feel comfortable around him. He does a great job of connecting with you while still remaining professional. I have never had any sort of vocal training before and decided that it needed to change. His patience and character make classes enjoyable, mistakes are never seen as bad but rather he encourages you to work through them and improve. He is truly interested in your goals and will help you achieve them.
You can tell Lawrence loves music and his passion for it is contagious.
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Lawrence P.

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA 92093
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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