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Allen D.

San Diego, CA

About Allen

Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 16 years, and teaching for the past 10. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Mu
sicians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I love playing in as many bands as possible. The main one I play in is called Quel Bordel. Some of the bands I've played in have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a full time musician and performer, I'm typically out gigging anywhere from 2-5 a week. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. I typically teach out of two main books, and it's optional for students to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Lincoln G. February 7, 2017
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Allen is terrific!!!! Patient and clear he does a great job of connecting with my 7 year old. They are making ALOT of progress.
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Ryan C. April 22, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Allen's an awesome teacher. He definitely knows his stuff and he's a well-rounded guitar player. He's really easy going and doesn't ever make you feel intimidated or dumb asking questions. He's really helping in bringing my guitar playing to the next level.
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Peter March 29, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Allen is a very knowledgeable, kind and patient instructor with a laid-back and hands-on approach to teaching the guitar. I have already taken few sessions with him and see quite a bit of improvement, and I always look forward to my next class. I recommend Allen to everyone who feels the passion for learning the guitar at any level.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
(14)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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David B.

Lakeside, CA

About David

After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my
home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
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mallory G. February 8, 2017
Banjo · In home
Verified Student
I'm loving my new banjo and so excited to have found David as a teacher. David really has been instrumental in me learning the banjo. He's a great teacher and very knowledgable about music. He sets you up for success and builds on that! I highly recommend David for the banjo or pretty much any instrument. He does it all!
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Heather R. December 1, 2016
Banjo · In studio
Verified Student
I bought the lessons for my mom and she came home and told me she loved it! Thank you David!!
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Sylvia November 30, 2016
Mandolin · In studio
David is the best teacher for beginnings - he can teach you any beginner level instrument and make learning materials relevant available to you both in and out of class. I am so grateful that I found him to be my teacher - it took me 5 weeks to find a good Mandolin teacher. He is absolutely AWESOME! Knowledgeable, patient, passionate, all you can name. I am excited to follow his lecture and practice more with my new mandolin.
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David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
(18)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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John G.

Spring Valley, CA

High School and College Level Music Theory for all instrumentalists, Song Writers and Arrangers

About John

I am a 35 year old professional musician, and Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, and singing. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing
and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game more.

*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.
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Gabi April 27, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
great first lesson!
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Adam W. February 24, 2016
Bugle · In home
Verified Student
So far so good! Adam had a great first lesson! Thank you, John!
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Isabel D. February 23, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
JR is excellent in assessing a student's skill level. Once he has determined it he immediately begins challenging the student with fun drills that focus in on improving areas where the student is struggling. Not a moment of the lesson is lost, everything is focused on moving to the next challenge - although patiently.
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John G.

John G.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
(10)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Judy F.

Menifee, CA

Teach Beginning to Intermediate Music Theory in these subjects:
- Note Reading
- Chord Theory
- Sight Reading
- Hannon Finger Techniques
- Scales
- Skill building exercises

About Judy

I started taking music lessons at the age of 9. It began playing in the church and then I taught lessons in my home at the age of 16. I went on to attend and graduate from Christian Heritage College (now called San Diego Christian College) with a Bachelors Degree in Music and Business. I am now the Director of the Music Department at San Diego Young Artists Music Academy. I direct two youth and children choirs, a male chorus and a great adult choir. I also sing with the Voices of Prayze who travel with Jason Mraz from time to time. As a singer, pianist and as a teacher, I specialize in Gospel
piano & vocal technique and repertoire. I also have a great deal of experience in Pop, R&B, and Classical so I am able to help students excel in these genres as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
As your private teacher, I can promise you a very soulful and rewarding experience – having fun is part of my lesson plan. My goal for each student is to build confidence through knowledge and experience. I will encourage each student to reach into their spirit and bring out what is already inside of them through the type of music that brings them happiness. After 3- 6 months of lessons from me pianist will be able to know beginning concepts, play songs of their choice by ear and note read simple songs also. Singers will know beginning vocal exercises, be able to project their voice, and sing high and low notes accurately to songs according to their ability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Mic and Karaoke Machine
A Stage to Practice Performance Technique
Music Books

*** Specialties ***
Gospel & classical
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Janeen R. February 14, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My son who is going to be 17 loves his lessons with Judy always comes home singing and excited. She encouraged him and puts a lot of faith in his abilitys.
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Xavier February 6, 2017
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Judy is the best of the best! Every week I look forward to learning from her. I've worked with a couple other coaches previously and they do not even compare. Her heart is in the music and in the teaching. Would highly recommend to anyone no matter how much or how little training they have had.
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Shari F. February 6, 2017
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Judy is patient while challenging and motivating her students.
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Judy F.

Judy F.

San Diego, CA 92113
(34)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Dawn S.

Chula Vista, CA

Beginning theory will teach students the basics - how to read music, the various key signatures, types of scales, and chord progressions.

About Dawn

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and a Master's Degree in Music Performance. I also performed as a musician with a military band for over 20 years, performing on oboe, English horn, saxophone, percussion, piano/synthesizer, and as a vocalist. I have been teaching privately for over 20 years and enjoy working one on one with students.
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Leathia R. S. February 17, 2017
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
Dawn is the greatest teacher. She is very knowledgeable and patient. I really enjoy my oboe lessons.
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Serra S. February 10, 2017
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
For my daughters first lesson it went pretty good. We had some reception issues which is not her fault, but the downside to doing lessons online. She worked with her on some techinical issues , as well as jumped right in to work on her music she is using in band.
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Janet B. February 7, 2017
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
Dawn is a knowledgeable teacher. She is great at answering questions and offering practical solutions.
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Dawn S.

Dawn S.

Chula Vista, CA 91911
(13)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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