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About Adrian B.

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Carlsbad, CA

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I started studying violin at age 7 and felt in love with the instrument ever since. I have been playing and teaching for the past 20 years and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with music enthusiasts of any ages and levels. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons or just want to improve your playing, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument.
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Christopher R. February 12, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Adrian is great. We've only had one lesson so far, but my 8-year old already wants to go back and he really enjoyed Adrian's welcoming and comforting approach. Adrian took time to understand why my son wanted to learn the violin, why he choose the violin and what his motivation was for learning such a unique instrument. We can't wait to go back and learn more!!
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Alessandra C. June 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
It was very good and very informative. My daughter is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Efat S. June 26, 2017
· Violin · In home
I had 3 different teachers before Adrian BUT OMg he is a life changer,, he taught me how to understand the piece and play it with confidence, he is very knowledgeable about music and the history of music , I strongly recommend him to anyone who really wants to play violin ,I know it's not an easy instrument but if you understand it you'll play it well ..
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*In order to avoid an awkward schedule, I have limited my availability to a few evenings during the week. However, I am open to working another time that may work best for you.*

I have experience working with people individually and in groups, as an undergrad Psychology intern, a cognitive skills trainer, a counseling student, an adjunct instructor and an academic coach. As an undergrad intern, I worked with elementary school children as a tutor and a mentor. As a counseling student, I have worked with various populations, from grade school students (grades 4-8; making healthier choices) to adults (stress, anxiety, career decisions, bereavement, etc.) to older adults in hospice care. I have facilitated psycho-educational groups with individuals suffering from a mental illness as well. Lastly, I worked with college students at a local u
niversity as an academic coach. In this role, I helped students process concerns and create goals regarding developing time management skills, coping strategies for anxiety, study skills, information processing and motivation. These experiences have helped me gain a continually growing understanding of facilitating the learning process with individuals and with groups.

I teach student development classes (critical thinking, motivation theory, study strategies, time management, stress management, etc.) at a local community college, I teach an upper-level learning and development course (views of learning, motivation, the memory process, memory strategies, critical issues in education, etc.) at a local university, and I work as an academic coach at another local university.

As the information above may suggest, I hold education to such a high, passionate regard. It is what promotes a healthy, well-informed society. As an auto-didactic learner, I believe that everyone has the ability to learn anything one desires. It is a matter of how one approaches it. Therefore, my approach is one that is peculiar to each of the individuals I work with.

I present concepts with the idea that the combination of experience, discourse, and meaning-making is the key to learning. This aside from my teaching tools based on the views of learning. With an aversion towards cookie-cutter approaches, I maintain an open mind to my invariably evolving approach of sharing knowledge and insight with others. This comes with my continual seeking of growth in the art of teaching with consideration of the process of learning. Further, I strive to create a warm, positive atmosphere that allows one to feel comfortable with making mistakes, with making progress and with being themselves. Fundamentally, this is my approach to working with people.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACHING: Using my insight gained as a counseling student, I am happy to offer my personal development coaching service. In this role, I help individuals develop their path of change, making sure motivation and focus is well-maintained. I provide a judgment-free and understanding atmosphere for one to reflect and process concerns as well as work towards making personal changes (e.g. self-actualization, career, anxiety management, lifestyle, life changes) from an existential perspective. I believe that such a space should be available for everyone, so I am especially happy to provide it.

My approach to personal development coaching is based on my therapeutic orientation called Gestalt Therapy (GT). The underlying idea of GT is that awareness is the key initiator of change. Awareness allows one to discern where such things as anxiety, unhappiness, ambivalence, etc. stem from. I believe that it is important for every human being to go through such a process so that peace and awareness within brings peace and awareness to the outer world. I am inspired by and influenced by the ideas of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology- particularly the Psychological Types) and Carl Rogers (Client-Centered Therapy). I help facilitate the process in a genuinely humane, empathic and professional manner. If interested, please, see the details I have provided under Life Coaching. I work with grade school students and adults. I am absolutely loyal to the idea of confidentiality; therefore, I ensure that information of anybody I work with is not at risk of being shared with a third party.

ACADEMIC COACHING/STUDY SKILLS: Using my passion for education and my insight gained in my few years (so far) immersed in the world of education, I help students (grade school and college) develop areas of their academic life needing improvement. As suggested above, I help students develop time management, learning strategies, coping strategies for anxiety, and motivation (i.e. help them to see the value of learning). Though it is a valuable tool, it is presently not a service that is offered at most schools in the area.

WRITING: As a lover of reading and writing, I understand the value of expressing thoughts, feelings and ideas. As a writer, my focus is on creative writing (mostly short stories presently) and essays. Given my undergraduate and postgraduate experiences, I have written many academic papers, in APA format and in MLA format. I edit and revise papers as well as help individuals develop their writing voice, develop their ideas, develop an approach to structuring writing, maintain consistency with writing and provide genuine feedback. Beyond that, my help with writing is limited to the goals of the the individual.

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS: I strive to maintain a positive collaboration with those I work with. I believe this is one of the most important parts of the process. Also, I promote the idea of Soul. To me, Soul is any sincere display of passion. With Soul, we perform in a most genuine and graceful way. I personally believe that whether one is playing the piano, writing a story, living life, singing, giving a speech or anything (necessarily peaceful), one should do it with Soul.

LASTLY, I am open to: Going beyond my travel radius, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; working with multiple students, at an agreed-upon adjusted rate; meeting at a public place that is convenient, if it is preferred; and meeting at a student's location, depending on the preferred time and the distance.

I mentioned everything that is above so that it may be known and understood. Feel free to send me a message if you have questions about any of the services I provide, my approach or anything!

PEACE BE WITHIN YOU
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Justine J. June 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very professional, friendly and informative. Andrew is patient and keeps my daughter interested. Thank you Andrew for making piano lessons for my daughter the best experience ever!
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Katherine Booth January 5, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Andrew is very patient and friendly
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Ryan Ragels December 28, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I have to give Andrew 5 stars for the first lesson. He really cares about meeting goals specific to the person he is teaching. He started out with some basic exorcises that I can do at home and then we talked about how the lessons can be structured in the future for what I think I need to improve. He was very nice and I highly recommend him!
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About Ryan B.

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A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan Brady is a professional composer, songwriter and pianist. He currently writes music for several production companies and has composed music for a variety of shows on ABC, FOX, CBS, USA, Discovery, ESPN, TLC, A&E, TNT, PBS, MTV, VH1, Bravo, Style, E!, FX, Oxygen, Esquire, Spike, Travel Channel, Military Channel, and The History Channel. From Advertising to Internet podcasts and Mobile Apps, his roster of clients runs the gamut and ranges from local businesses and entrepreneurs to corporate moguls like Chevrolet and Google.

Ryan believes all musicians need to be able to use technology to further their art. He is a positive, encouraging and understanding mentor. Not only do sudents learn foundational concepts related to musicianship, music theory, music production, popular keyboard/vocal techn
iques, everything is taught in a studio based environment. All lessons are centered around creating PROFESSIONAL RECORDINGS of student work.
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nat S. June 17, 2015
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Fellow musicians:
I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan Brady for the past few years on various projects, with a main goal of placing my music in TV, film, and the like. As a musician, I need a vehicle to get my music to the right people to be used commercially. Ryan is that vehicle. I would not have landed one single piece of music if it weren’t for Ryan Brady’s knowledge of the music licensing business, his expertise in how a song needs to sound for the client, and his ability to mix any piece of music and make it sound bigger than the sum of its parts. My music has been transformed, through Ryan’s vision, to a place I had never thought possible.
I have heard my music on TV shows. There is no greater feeling than that, knowing that millions of people are listening to something I created! That is the dream, the ultimate achievement for a musician. If it were not for Ryan and his expertise of the music industry, I would never have realized the success I’ve had with music placements. His musical experience has opened doors for me, and they continue to open.
Ryan Brady should be your first choice for the best chance of getting your compositions out to the masses, and hearing that music on a TV show or in film or whatever you’re striving for. There is no one better than Ryan to give you the right guidance and direction for your music. I could not recommend him more highly nor can words alone convey my appreciation and thanks for all he has done for me.

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nat S. June 17, 2015
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Fellow musicians:
I have had the pleasure to work with Ryan Brady for the past few years on various projects, with a main goal of placing my music in TV, film, and the like. As a musician, I need a vehicle to get my music to the right people to be used commercially. Ryan is that vehicle. I would not have landed one single piece of music if it weren’t for Ryan Brady’s knowledge of the music licensing business, his expertise in how a song needs to sound for the client, and his ability to mix any piece of music and make it sound bigger than the sum of its parts. My music has been transformed, through Ryan’s vision, to a place I had never thought possible.
I have heard my music on TV shows. There is no greater feeling than that, knowing that millions of people are listening to something I created! That is the dream, the ultimate achievement for a musician. If it were not for Ryan and his expertise of the music industry, I would never have realized the success I’ve had with music placements. His musical experience has opened doors for me, and they continue to open.
Ryan Brady should be your first choice for the best chance of getting your compositions out to the masses, and hearing that music on a TV show or in film or whatever you’re striving for. There is no one better than Ryan to give you the right guidance and direction for your music. I could not recommend him more highly nor can words alone convey my appreciation and thanks for all he has done for me.
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Nashville, TN
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I want to teach the material that excites students. After a handful of really crummy experiences with teachers who wanted me to learn a specific way, I stumbled across a music school in Philadelphia and a college in Boston that really got the principle of teaching what students are drawn to. Bruce Springsteen wrote, "we learned more from a three minute record than we ever learned in school." Although I don't agree with that on all occasions, there is something so special about hearing something that makes you tick and going, "ok let me listen to that again, and now let me figure out HOW I can do that myself." As a teacher, I'm flexible, focused, and also love to have fun with music. It's something that makes us excited and alive; there's no use in pursuing something you love if you don't equally enjoy the process of getting great at
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Aaron R. March 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Jake is knowledgeable and a great singing teacher.
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About Shawn G.

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Orange, CA

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Shawn has been teaching private lessons since 2014 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, his home studio and online. Shawn has helped students go from no musical knowledge to giving public performances.

Shawn received his training at the UC, Irvine where he received his Bachelor of Music and Cal State, Fullerton where he is pursuing a Master’s degree in Music.

Shawn teaches and performs on guitar, and electric and upright bass. He is proficient in genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical.

As an expert in his field, Shawn looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Shawn’s teaching style focuses on engaging the student and making learning fun. He feels that sparking a student’s interest is key to their success. As a lifelong learner of music, he has a vast array of knowledge to draw
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Todd June 2, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Shawn is very well informed on music theory. I have had discussions with him on numerous occasions, quite enlightening.
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Adolfo June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
He is a very patient teacher and really goes the extra mile when it comes to explaining things I'm having trouble with.
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Karen June 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
My daughter became interested in playing the bass guitar after seeing a friend perform in the Jazz Band concert at her school. After asking around, Shawn came highly recommended. He was nice, knowledgeable, dedicated to teaching and I was impressed with how kept my daughter engaged and motivated. He is someone I recommend highly.
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Bronx, NY
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I am a Musical Theatre Performer, who is still studying at a University. I perform all the time and believe that warm-ups are a big importance when it comes to performing. Technique is something I have been studying for a while, as I am still understanding what techniques work for myself.
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Jeffrey November 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teacher came to my home, she was on-time. I love that she puts emphasis on warm-ups and techniques. She is very nice and understanding. Always reminding me to have fun while focusing.
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Dayhana November 17, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is very focused and nice. Has a good voice. Great teacher! I’m very nervous about singing, but as a beginner she made me feel so comfortable. I’m going to book more classes soon. She puts importance on technique.
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Celeste M. November 17, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
(I accidentally hit submit on the other review before it was done so it's continued from the other one) We did vocal warmups and I sang a couple songs. I'm looking forward to working with her more. :)
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Fort Collins, CO

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I studied guitar for 7 years through private instruction from a great teacher who not only taught me guitar and music theory, but taught me to teach it. I eventually began instructing alongside him at the music store where I learned, accumulating over 30 students, ranging in age from 10 - 70 (never too late to start!). I think what I love most about teaching is reliving the excitement of learning all over again with my students. Music is a rewarding venture, well worth the trip! Feel free to click on the "Ask Dan a Question" button near the top of the page - I'd love to hear from you!
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Nate October 4, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Dan is a uniquely awesome dude that is super well rounded and smart musician . From my experience it seems as though he could teach almost any genre and a player at any level and his lessons are very fun. He leads a very interesting life and has a lot of strange hobbies like storm chasing !
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Rachel September 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Our son has been taking guitar lessons from Dan for a couple of years and we are so pleased! Dan is very qualified, professional, punctual, patient, and thorough.
Highly recommend!!!
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Jared September 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Dan has been my guitar teacher ever since I was a little kid. Granted there was a period where I didn't take lessons from him for 6 years or so but when I wanted to start them back up he was very willing to do so!. His knowledge on guitar is incredible and I wouldn't recommend anyone else!. If you want to learn to play guitar and learn about music in general, Dan is your man!.
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About Devin M.

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Kalamazoo, MI

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I am a professional violinist and aspiring writer. I graduated from Roosevelt University with a Bachelor of Musical Arts with a concentration in Creative Writing.

I did not begin taking private lessons on a weekly basis until I was a junior in highschool. In the ten years prior to those lessons, I remained in the beginning-intermediate level. Due to my personal experience, I am especially cognizant of the technical troubles students face and, after studying with many incredible professional musicians, understand how to alleviate them. My instruction matches my personality which is calm, well-mannered, respectful, kind, and empathetic. My approach is practical and I am devoted to the growth of my students in whatever capacity they need.

My teaching style is focusing on the foundation of modern-day violin playing, prioritizing the mecha
nics of violin sound, to create a robust tone, and ensuring comfortability and confidence in posture and technique. I believe this is achieved through professional instruction and demonstration, but also by selecting repertoire the student will enjoy. Classical “Standard” repertoire will be the norm, but popular songs may be included as well, with the evolving entrepreneurial potentialities of the musicians in mind.

I am a positive, goal-oriented instructor and care for the musical and emotional growth of my students. I prioritize positive affirmations throughout lessons and remind students what they have learned and overcome, emphasizing and praising their progress, no matter how small. I believe private lessons are an opportunity to develop self-confidence in students, setting them up for success in whatever path they choose in life.

My violin students can expect in-depth instruction and demonstration on HOW to practice, ear training, music theory, opportunities to compose and improvise, ensemble training, career advice, and more!
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Molly February 15, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My daughter (7) wanted to learn violin and Devin was recommended to us. Devin is knowledgeable, patient, and offers practical and fun instruction. He is communicative and accommodating when scheduling lessons.
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