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Review by Elise
"Our son is taking violin lessons from Tigran. We absolutely love him. Tigran comes to our home every week and we have complete trust in him. He is extr
emely kind and patient and has an amazing teaching style. Our son has only had about 7 months of lessons and each month he has tremendous growth. He is 18 years old and has never had a violin lesson until now. He practices without us having to tell him and he looks forward each week to his lessons with Tigran----That speaks volumes about Tigran as a teacher. We highly recommend him as a teacher and a friend."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Celina
Jared is a VERY patient teacher. I had played the cello when i was younger for a year but i hated my music teacher so i was afraid it would turn o
ut to be the same. I was wrong because from the start he helped me select a cello and has since then been very helpful and nice."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sue
"What a great experience! I like Ray's approach and his willingness to share no nonsense remarks about his expectations. Yes, practice is key to becoming
a good banjo player. Imagine that! I appreciate the fact that Ray was so open in sharing the fact that many of his students underestimate the importance of regular practice. I whole-heartedly agree. Since we share the same philosophy and approach, this is the start of a great relationship. (Can't give it 5 stars though, solely because of the traffic. The lessons are worth the trip!)"
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by anthony
"songwriting is a lot of fun.and yet harder then i thought.
Ive always have wanted to write songs.And finally now i can.James is a great teacher.He's the
only teacher ive ever had who has gone out of his way to come up with another way to teach me song writing with guitar.because i dont have a piano.he's great and a lot of fun."
Lancaster, PA teacher:
Review by yujuin
"Tara is a wonderful instructor. Her method of showing me how to sing has been more like helping me stand out. She also is good in making sure that you don
't take things too fast as far as breathing exercises come, and how you sing. Music and singing are there to regurjitate your voice as well as your how your mind, your heart and who you are. Take it as an exercise, or better yet, something that will help you become something better in life."
Austin, TX teacher:
Review by Terrence
"Molly is the best hands down she knows exactly what your looking for"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Rachel
"I have a strong music background through instrumental music and choral singing. Tina has taught me to be a soloist singer, and my auditions and performan
ces have greatly improved. Tina is highly professional, no doubt, but her best quality in a teacher is her continued support to bring out my best vocal performance possible. I highly recommend Tina for singers at any level because she clearly communicates her feedback and her commitment to her students' success."
Saint Louis, MO teacher:
Review by Molly
"Denise is amazing!"
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Lee
"Sally has taught piano for over 15 years with her husband Tim. Tim teaches voice and has professional singing experience with San Diego Opera. There teach
ing style has provided a structured environment with very patient, encouraging tone so the most timid of students will want to learn. Students with learning challenges have done well with their program. Periodic recitals and music competitions are scheduled during the year to showcase each students learning accomplishments. Both Tim and Sally are loving people and would welcome anyone who desires to learn piano, guitar, violin, and voice from their experienced teachers."
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 playin
g 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 major national competitions.
I was a full time member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra between 1993-2010. I have performed in Germany, Austria and Cuba. Being an accomplished violinist has given me the opportunity to work with famous people such as Yoyo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra Jr, Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch to name a few.
*** Specialties *** I work with my students by using Suzuki method, along with traditional fundamental methods. I will help them to develop music reading skills. Also I believe using scale books , etudes books to build solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selections of solo music ( from classical selections to popular music) to work on musicality. I encourage my student to communicate with me, all questions will be answered in detail. My goal is to train my students to perform with confidence.
Coleen W. September 29, 2013
Violin Verified Student
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.
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!
GarrettS November 11, 2011
Sang is very patient and encouraging, and very understanding for those who are just beginning like myself. I would highly recommend her to others.
Hello, my name is Sarah. I'm a classically trained violinist and pianist that has a passion for music and teaching! I started both instruments when I was 4 years old, and obtained perfect pitch--I can compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube. :) I use this gift to compose, transpose, and teach music of all genres of various instruments and arrangements (classical in different keys that fit levels and vocal ranges, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, etc.). I have taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 83 yr
s old, students with physical/mental/learning disabilities, group lessons and more! I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating, and that it should be enjoyable and fun!
*** Instructor's Music History *** Because mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music (teaching while I was in the womb and an infant), music was inevitable. At age 5, I began performing solo and in ensembles, and since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests. I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.
*** Lesson Plan *** Mix and match genres and lesson elements: Classical, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, ensemble, solo, theory, sight-reading, technique, Suzuki, Hanon, etc. My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sight-read and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance. [There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]
** SPECIAL NOTE FOR BEGINNERS ** If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs (i.e. one week "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the next week "Minuet in G" by Bach) 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 you will not be excluded from sticker rewards. ;) We will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs to cover the basics. Whether you are 3 or 83 years old, I look forward to helping you play any instrument with comfort and enjoyment, with the right posture and techniques.
Maya G. August 4, 2015
Music Performance ·
In studio Verified Student
Excellent teacher! My daughter has learned quickly. She's very patient! Recommend!
Shihong W. July 26, 2015
In studio Verified Student
It was not an easy task to find a great violin instructor for my boy who was entirely new to violin. After almost two years, I have to say we were incredibly lucky to have Sarah as his violin teacher. She is very pleasant, hardworking and detail-oriented, my boy absolutely LOVES his lectures and practice with Sarah! Sarah invested so much into my boy's learning, and well tailored his learning experience based on the progress made. My boy's violin skills have improved dramatically, I cannot believe he is now No. 4 violinest (out of ~ 40) in his middle school orchestra only after 1.5 years learning from Sarah, and the No.1-3 have been practicing for > 6 years! If you are looking for a truly outstanding violin instructor for your kids, I recommend Sarah without any reservation!!!
Almira N. July 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Sarah is awesome for my 2 kids. They started about one and a half years ago and they have progressed through about 5 different song books already. She adapts to the strenght of each, and she keeps them focused with a variety of activities: individual piano song practicing, duets, paper tests, learning to recognize famous classical music parts. She totally connects with the kids, and succesfully pushes them with a firm and fun grip. Great teacher!
With its deep, comforting voice, the cello is a particularly soothing instrument to learn. It improves our quality of life and provides us with a constant source of inspiration and renewal.
Using insights from traditional classical training as well as techniques from Suzuki and Waldorf methods, I create a practice plan for the individual student. I go at the student's pace and offer encouragement as well as suggestions. I often play duets with the student.
We are all multi-faceted and have special needs as well as particular strengths and gifts, and we are all constantly learning. I
am continually inspired by students' creativity, musicality and enthusiasm. I think that playing music can be a healing and therapeutic endeavor as well as a creative one.
I hold a Master's degree from San Francisco Conservatory of Music and a Certificate of Completion from the Waldorf Institute of Southern California.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Best wishes, Sarah
maria June 15, 2015
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
In studio Verified Student
She is very encouraging and a good teacher.
Kenzi J. February 22, 2015
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.
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 ratemyprofessor.com) 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!
Sidney M. July 8, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lawrence is awesome! My daughter had a great lesson with him...he is a great teacher...very enthusiastic and fun. We feel so lucky to have found such a talented teacher!
Eduardo L. June 9, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Great first lesson with Lawrence
Kelly N. April 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lawrence is such an amazing and teacher, and has a wonderful personality. I recently signed up to take singing lessons with him and already he makes me feel confident and comfortable with myself. Even though I'm starting out as a beginner and I don't know much about the different aspects of singing, but Lawrence has taken the time to patiently teach me step by step from the start. What I love most about the way Lawrence teaches is that when I make a mistake he doesn't point it out and make me feel bad about myself, instead he teaches me on how to make it better and how I can improve myself from that point on. Slowly but surely he assures me that he will help me reach my goals, and I truly believe him. I will continue to take more and more lessons with him just because he knows how to show me what I am capable of and also the fact that each lesson I take with him he makes it fun and interesting! So thank you Lawrence for being so patient with me. I can't wait to see where I will be a year or so from now! I look forward to more fun lessons with you!
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