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Sang S.

San Diego, 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 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have had the opportunity to instruct students of all ages and abilities. My skills as a soloist, and orchestra member allow me to teach a wide variety of repertoires. I work with my students by using the Suzuki method and European traditional fundamental method together. Also I believe by using scale books and etudes books to help building solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selection of violin solo music to work on development in musicality.

During the lesson, I play along with my students , which is very helpful for their ear training. Communication is important between the student and the teacher. I encourage my students to ask questions , and I will answer them in details.

My goal is to help my students to enjoy playing the violin and perform the music with confidence.

*** 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.
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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.
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Sang S.

Sang S.

San Diego, CA 92122
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nader T.

San Diego, CA

About Nader

I am a violinist and composer. I have trained more than 400 students in more than twenty five years of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson includes scales, arpeggios, etudes and a new piece of music. I emphasize on correct intonation, accurate rhythm and strong vibrato for better expression and thorough musicality.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio at my home is a spacey room that is properly ventilated and well lit, possessing enough chairs available for both my students and possible guests. There are two music stands and an electric Suzuki piano, which can be used for accom
paniment in our lessons, especially in preparation for upcoming concerts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a 2012 Toyota Corolla car, with a trunk that has ample space to house and carry my instruments and music stands as they are needed.

*** Specialties ***
Patience and communicating in an effective way and encouraging students to practice without regarding such a task as a chore.
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Erin H. August 26, 2014
Violin · In studio
Mr. Nader is a wonderful teacher who truly cares about his students. He is kind, patient, and funny. When I first started taking lessons from Mr. Nader, I didn't know how to read the notes, let alone play the violin. But through his patience and encouragement I have drastically improved and have come to really enjoy playing the violin. Mr. Nader is very well educated and knowledgeable about a variety of different kinds of music and the history of music. I am very fortunate to have found such a wonderful instructor.
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Cory B. August 18, 2014
Cello · In studio
Nader has taught cello to my 10 year old son, Caleb for the last 2 years. During in this time, Caleb has made amazing progress. Nader challenges Caleb in a way that builds excitement for music and confidence to excel at his instrument. I can imagine that music lessons and practice can become a chore, but Nader's patience, positive attitude, enthusiasm, and method of teaching keeps Caleb engaged and excited to play the cello. Caleb has truly benefited from the way that Nader engages him each and every time they meet. Nader is a very good listener so that Caleb always feels heard. His questions and concerns are addressed. I give Nader my highest recommendation not only because Caleb has made such good progress, but also because Nader has made the cello very rewarding and enjoyable for Caleb.
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Harvey V. August 12, 2014
Violin · In studio
I am a 16 year old high schooler and athlete and I've been learning the violin from Mr. Nader since I was around 7 years old.

His teaching method is very organized and increased my knowledge of music to a level beyond all of my peers. His time that he takes to teach me is very well spent, always being productive, and always encouraging me to become a better violinist. He has taught me many techniques that I could only dream of learning because of their great difficulty. Even outside of class, if I happen to have questions, he always has time to answer them for me.

If you even are considering Mr. Nader as a teacher, go for it! It will be a great experience that you wont regret.
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Nader T.

Nader T.

San Diego, CA 92121
(4)
starting at
$55 / 60-min
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Sarah L.

San Diego, CA

About Sarah

Thank you for stopping by!

Playing the cello can be a therapeutic experience that improves our quality of life and provides us with a constant source of inspiration. I focus on enrichment to the student's well-being as well as on the continual process of learning.

I combine traditional instrumental technique with insights from Waldorf methodology. Both musical training and Waldorf education have emphasized to me the innate power, significance and benefit of sound, or tone, itself. With its deep, comforting voice, the cello can be a particularly soothing instrument to learn.

I striv
e to bring pictures, images, poems, metaphors and stories to awaken the impulse behind the music, bringing it to life. I go at the student's pace, gently and patiently encouraging.

After each lesson I give the student a list of what to practice and also 2-4 major points of focus. (Sometimes the student creates this list.) This short list creates the possibility of steady improvement if addressed at each practice session.

I enjoy working with those who have special needs and learning challenges as well as with those who show special gifts. I am continually inspired by the creativity, musicality and enthusiasm of my students. I find that teaching is really just constant learning!

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 have five years' experience teaching cello at a Waldorf school.

I look forward to hearing from you to see if these lessons might be a good fit for you.
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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.
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Caroline R. April 9, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
She is very encouraging and a good teacher.
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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.
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Sarah L.

Sarah L.

San Diego, CA 92122
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Joe Danny O.

San Diego, CA

About Joe Danny

Hello! Thanks for checking out my page. I've been playing guitar for over a decade and mandolin for about three years. I studied jazz with the Applied Musicians Program at Mesa College, which has changed my view on playing music across all instruments and styles. 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 their choice that is appropriate for the skill level we are working on. Feel free to contact me and ask any que
stions 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
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Joe Danny O.

Joe Danny O.

San Diego, CA 92117
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 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!
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Eduardo L. June 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson with Lawrence
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Kelly N. April 29, 2015
Singing · 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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Lucia April 20, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
From the first greeting to the finishing of the class, Lawrence is a class act. He has a great personality with a voice to match. My 9 year daughter enjoyed her first class with Lawrence and is looking forward to many more.
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Lawrence P.

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA 92093
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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