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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I atten
ded Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.
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Jordan M. April 23, 2015
Charlie is a fantastic music teacher, and an incredible musician. Just go see this guy play, and see who he plays with. So fun to work with and one of the best drummers around :-)
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Steve G. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!
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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Charles W.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA

About Trevor

Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
tar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
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Bobby O. July 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
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Christina Frangos April 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.
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Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar · In home
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.

He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
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Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92020
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jessica C.

La Mesa, CA

About Jessica

Jessica C., a native of Charleston, SC, has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent performances include Fiddler on the Roof (Lamb’s Players), the world premiere of Life in the Park (14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA), The Full Monty and The Pirates of Penzance at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre. Other California credits include Hello Dolly (Starlight), Swingtime Canteen (Moonlight), Godspell (Lamb’s Players), and Fiddler on the Roof (Sierra Repertory Theatre). Jessica has also been a featured soloist in Las Vegas appearing in Jerry
Springer, The Opera (MGM Casino’s Hollywood Theatre), and enjoyed an extended run as the principle vocalist in Jubilee! (Bally’s Casino). Other regional credits include Into the Woods (Fulton Opera House), Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Palm Theatre), The Pajama Game and Christmas from the Heart (Dutch Apple Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof and Young Abe Lincoln (Lincoln Amphitheatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Strollers Theatre), and The Sound of Music (Oregon Straw Hat Players). She has been a soloist and guest lecturer with the Madison Savoyards, UW-Madison’s Early Music Ensemble, Madison Music in Performance Series, Charleston Community Orchestra, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Jessica has been seen in numerous commercials in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles area. She currently resides with her husband, Jordan Miller, in San Diego where they run a vocal and acting studio. Jessica is a pround member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

During her academic studies Jessica concentrated on the bel canto technique and learning to sing in a multiplicity of classical styles, such as, Renaissance madrigals; Baroque cantatas and ornamentation; German, French, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish art songs; and opera from 1600 to the present. After completing her doctoral exam review, she began to work professionally in the world of musical theatre and has not had a moment to breathe since that time.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very flexible teacher that wants to know what your goals are as a voice/music/acting students. Once I know your goals, I use all of my knowledge and experience to help you meet your goals. We work together as a team! I do not require a specific text book for lessons, since I have a large library of my own from which to pull repertoire and texts. I have taught and coached professional opera singers to children as young as 5 years old in private lessons and group classes. I would love the opportunity to teach you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a keyboard and CD player. My students do not need to provide anything.

*** Specialties ***
I am trained in the classical bel canto technique of singing. I have taught and worked professionally in opera, operetta, musical theatre and jazz, as well as, acting.
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dexter M. February 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is very pleasant to work with. She understood what my goals were and she right away created a path for me to follow. I have learned valuable points in singing to be aware of since I have been working with Jessica.
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antoinette K. January 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 11 year old daughter has been working with Jessica for several months now. She is amazing!!! My daughter just started doing musical theatre at school and I wanted a singing coach to help her to feel more comfortable on stage. Jessica not only has helped her with singing, but has coached her with monologues for auditions with the San Diego Junior Theatre. My daughter had her first audition with SD Junior theatre and because of the wonderful support and direction of Jessica, she was called back for a lead role...this on her first audition. My daughter was not cast as the lead, but was cast in the play. Jessica has given my daughter much more confidence to perform and speak in front of people, even if she never becomes a serious actress. This will help her in any career she chooses. I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a highly qualified and professional teacher. Every time we leave her private tutoring session, my daughter always says " I love her!!!"...not kidding.
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Dan D. September 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is absolutely brilliant!

Her method has done what I can only describe as "unlocking" abilities.

Her friendly yet diligent explanation of techniques activated and energized my body in ways I've never experienced -- like some sort of soundwave-based yoga. I barely recognize myself when this bold sound blasts forth stoked by her encouragement -- It borders on the transcendent, but mostly it just feels amazing and is tremendous fun!

Otherwise, Jessica herself has the voice of an angel -- and she's also incredibly smart, patient, precise, knowledgeable, encouraging, sweet, interesting, charming, eclectic, funny, super-talented, and generally lovely.

I knew I was out of my league in asking such a seasoned, classically-trained pro for help perfecting my rock n' roll grit, but she can effortlessly condense her formidable wealth of knowledge into succinct pearls of wisdom to toss to swine like me. She is a much better teacher than I deserve, but I am nonetheless incredibly grateful and thankful for every hour I spent with her.

I'll be recommending Jessica to everyone I know and will keep coming back whenever I can.

I'm sure you'll love her too!

Sincerely,

Dan Drake
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Jessica C.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Paul B.

La Mesa, CA

About Paul

I'm a professional Musician and Music Teacher with over 25 years of experience of teaching music to children and adults. Member of the Music Teachers' Association of California. A classically educated and trained instructor with a College degree in teaching music, I also have a vast experience in arranging and recording music in different genre(s): Pop, Jazz, Blues and Rock. Member of the Music Teachers' Association of California.

I have combined my experience as a classical musician, band performer and music teacher to create my own proved method of teaching that simplifies the learning p
rocess, making it more enjoyable, fun and educational.

*** Lessons Details ***
- Lessons are suitable for all ages.
- Unique custom plan for each student.
- Comprehensive Technical and Musical Development.
- Develop sight-reading, repertoire, ear training and knowledge of fundamental music theory.
- Learn to play Classical, Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz.
- Build improvisational skills.
- Do your own arranging and songwriting.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano and couple of keyboards at my studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
At home students have to have their own instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Students will learn to play various styles of music, including Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, Pop, and you will be instructed in a variety of technical studies for the development of strength and dexterity, along with the fundamentals of music theory, sight reading and ear training.
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Damon V. August 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
My 2 kids (ages 7 and 9) are taking piano lessons from Paul. We switched from another piano teacher about 6 months ago and the difference in both of my childrens' ability is substantial. I am simply amazed at what my kids can do on the piano with Paul as our piano teacher.

Paul is an excellent piano teacher. He is very patient with my kids and dedicated to developing them into "whole" musicians. He teaches them piano technique and theory so that my children will be able to create music with other musicians as well as have a repertoire of songs to play for others. The songs are varied and very interesting. He even has my son working on 'the blues'! He sends recordings over email to help my children hear what the music should sound like and encourages them to listen over and over to gain 'a feel' for how a piece should be played. With Paul, it feels like my children are his only students!

I recommend Paul to anyone who wants to learn or improve their skill on the piano.
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Holly E. May 10, 2014
Piano
Best Teacher to Learn the Piano With

I have been taking piano lessons from Paul Burd for two years now. I am an adult student that returned to the piano after an extended hiatus. I studied the piano and saxophone from elementary school through middle school, but Paul is the best teacher I have ever studied with. In the past two year, I have learned more about music and technique than I ever had when I was a child.

Mr. Burd is very encouraging while trying to bring out the best in his students. He focuses on technique and provides excellent constructive criticism. I really appreciate his ability to focus on my personal growth by tailoring his lessons to strengthen my weaknesses. His passion for music is inspirational, and his knowledge of music is expansive.

TL;DR, Mr. Paul Burd is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher. I highly recommend him to anyone with a desire to study music.
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Tam V. April 12, 2014
Piano
Found The Right Teacher

Paul has helped me improve my piano playing technique while exploring many new and exciting things about music. He is very patient, accommodating, understanding, and enthusiastic. He is a perfect teacher for adults or children who wish to have solid foundation with music and various instruments. I also found out that I enjoy coming to his peaceful and very well decorated studio located on a quiet street near Lake Murray in La Mesa. “Playing music is a lot more fun than just listening”. Learning music from a dedicated and knowledgeable teacher like Paul will help us play with joy, style, and passion.
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Paul B.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Geoff N.

El Cajon, CA

About Geoff

Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how
to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Valerie August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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Corina Rose August 28, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
I've been working with Geoff for almost 10 years! He is an amazing person all around - a great friend, a great musician, and a great teacher! Geoff is patient and will go over the same thing as many times as you need. He is creative and likes to try new things and he is also very encouraging of his students to be original and incorporate their own ideas. He is passionate about what he does and he lives his life for music. Geoff is the best teacher I know because he not only gives his students the skills to succeed at anything they want to do in music, but he gives them the motivation to continue with their personal goals!
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Carl August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son took lessons with Geoff on Piano because he wanted to play in his middle school jazz band. Not only was Geoff able to help him with technique and his piano parts, but gave him the skills and confidence to take a solo too! Geoff is very talented and patient. I would HIGHLY recommend him.
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Geoff N.

Geoff N.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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