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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.

*** 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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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 you
r 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 progress, I will be there! I want you to learn songs and genres you want to learn, while doing it the right way (with good posture, technique, theory knowledge, etc.).
I've taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 82 yrs old, students with physical/mental disabilities, group lessons and many different teaching environments.

My Musical background:
I began playing the violin and piano when I was 4 years old. My mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music and her students, so with training in perfect pitch, sight-reading, and other musicianship skills, I began performing solo and in ensembles. I soon became an assistant teacher, beginning my own private lessons.
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 Details ***
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 sightread 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!]

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full keyboard, instructor's violin and viola, mirrors, music stands, composition notebook and writing utensils.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Contemporary, Ensemble, Solo, Scales, Sight-reading, Suzuki, Homann, etc. Perfect pitch: I can also compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube!
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Shihong W. July 26, 2015
Violin · 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!!!
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Almira N. July 25, 2015
Piano · 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!
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Jeffrey Danks May 31, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is very professional and learning to play the violin with her is fun.
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Sarah K.

San Diego, CA 92122
(17)
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

With its deep, comforting voice, the cello is a particularly soothing instrument to learn. Playing the cello improves our quality of life and provides us with a constant source of inspiration and renewal.

Lessons focus on creating a practice plan for the student based on his or her particular individual needs. I use insights from traditional classical training, from my own experience learning through the Suzuki method and from Waldorf teacher training as well. I go at the student's pace and offer encouragement as well as suggestions of areas to focus on in practice.

Because music is s
o often a social endeavor, I often play duets with students or find someone with whom the student can play.

I am honored to be able to work with many kinds of students; each one is unique. In the end, we are all multi-faceted and all have special needs as well as particular strengths and gifts. I am continually inspired by students' creativity, musicality and enthusiasm.

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 if you think these lessons might be a good fit for your particular situation.

Thank you for your interest!
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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
$20 / 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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Sidney M. July 8, 2015
Singing · 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!
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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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Lawrence P.

Lawrence P.

La Jolla, CA 92093
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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