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Review by Heidi
"Wonderful guitar teacher!
Jason has been teaching our son for 3 years and has been a wonderful teacher during that time. He has been supportive, patient
and encouraging of our son, even on the weeks he hasn't practiced as much as he should have. Jason is quick to respond when I call and always communicates with me if something comes up. Our son loves playing guitar and has developed a love of the Beatles, thanks to Jason teaching him various Beatles' songs."
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Lary
"Jeffrey rocks! I'm 59 and after a lifetime of not properly singing, I'm finally learning how to correctly sing and protect my instrument. It has been ab
out three months and I've improved exponentially. Jeffrey accepts you at whatever level you are at and brings you along from there. He is knowledgable, patient, and always positive!"
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Lisa
"As an adult with no singing experience ever, I was quite nervous to try my first singing lesson. Naara put me right at ease from the very beginning and m
ade me excited to come back. Her advice is spot on and delivered in a very supportive way. I learned a lot and gained so much confidence with my singing in very little time. I would highly recommend Naara for voice lessons."
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Holly Mills
"Kelvin is a very good teacher always trying to meet students where they are."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Joe
"Dave is the man!!! He is an excellent teacher and curtails the lessons to what you want to learn and not just out of some book. He is also great at expl
aining the functions of the scales or chords you are learning as well as picking great songs in order to showcase those elements. If you are looking for a great guitar instructor, look no further, Dave is your guy! And his cat is pretty cool too..."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Amy
"Yep, he's awesome! Mikhail is a well-rounded musician. His calm, patient demeanor as well as his unique teaching style makes learning very enjoyable."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Tammy
"Great teacher for beginners or advanced students
I'm a pop/jazz/classical pianist, and I took lessons with Sebastian to get better at improvisation, and
just improve my musicianship in general. Even though he is a drummer, he taught me performance concepts that can be applied on all kinds of instruments. His explanations are very clear and straightforward, and when I didn't understand something he would explain it another way. He's also very easy going, but pushes you to be better at your instrument. He always keeps a clear channel of communication open and always replies texts and emails. I highly recommend him!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Dajah
"My experience was great. I can tell that I will learn a lot."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Alex
"Paul is an awesome teacher! He is super positive, friendly, joyful, and professional. He was always on time and always adequately prepared for the lesson.
He is not only a fantastic musician, but also very supportive in helping you accomplish whatever your goals are as he cares about you as a person. I highly recommend Paul!"
Judi specializes in teaching classical piano and, as well as contemporary, popular, jazz/blues and music theory for all levels. She is currently choir director/accompanist for three choirs.
Before graduating from college Judi taught piano at Holy Trinity School, grades K-12. She taught piano, as well as accompanying the choir for church services. She also taught private lessons after graduation from college.
Judi began performing in recitals at the age of 8. She performed as a soloist with the Huntington Park Symphony Orchestra at the age of 13. She also performed solo recitals fr
om the age of 13 throughout high school and college. Judi received a music scholarship from the U.S.C. Thornton School of Music where she pursued a degree in piano performance, as well as receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with an emphasis on childhood development. While at U.S.C. Judi accompanied other piano and violin students for master classes and juries. In the summers Judi attended master classes at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. In addition to teaching and accompanying Judi has performed for many community events.
Judi enjoys teaching piano and music appreciation because she sees that there is a potential to have fun, enjoy and learn music in everyone. She is very patient, fun and well trained and enjoys teaching students how to use and develop their talents to increase their self-esteem, confidence and self-discipline.
*** Lesson Details *** Judi is an experienced, patient and enthusiastic teacher. Students will learn to develop proper technique as a foundation to build their individual strengths, talents, abilities and skills. Your individual learning style, interests and needs are my first concern in tailoring your lessons to suit your personality and learning style to help you reach your musical goals.
*** Specialties *** Music theory, classics and popular music.
Eddie B. January 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I've been taking my son to Judi now for almost a year. He has grown by leaps and bounds since learning under Judi! His lessons in reading, playing, and understanding music under Judi has increased his passion and confidence in playing the piano which he loves so much.
Judi is professional, courteous, and accommodating to us and she is one of the most patient people I've ever met, I love working with her and I highly recommend her as a teacher. She does exceptionally well handling children. I trust her and I appreciate her style of teaching for my son.
Carol W. January 24, 2015
In home Verified Student
As a beginning "youthfully mature" piano student, I was very concerned about finding an instructor who was both adept and well experienced with teaching adults. Whether it was 'beginners luck" or plain good fortune, I found just that person in Judy. Her approach to teaching is multi-faceted with focus on the essentials of theory, technique and playing to enjoy many types of music. She has high expectations of her students and recognizes good effort always.
I highly recommend Judy as a very capable instructor.
Angie D. November 13, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I am an adult student who returned to piano after 25 years. I had only taken lessons for 5 years originally, so after all the years in between, I was essentially starting over. Judi has been great, she tailors my lessons to my pace and keeps me moving for continual learning. After a few months of lessons I feel very comfortable and I'm surprised at my progress, Judi is very musically talented and shares her talent and knowledge in a professional and friendly manner. I really enjoy my lesson time, my favorite moments are when Judi sits on the bench with me for duets, so fun!
With my high school diploma and currently going to college to study Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance Therapy, I have a good sense on how to teach. I've been teaching little kids beginner piano and people basic vocal fundamentals for a few years now. It is something I enjoy and will always love doing.
EDUCATION Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 3.5 GPA Graduation date 06/14/2013 Mira Costa Community College, San Diego, CA 3.0 GPA Completed FALL 2012 3 credits Music Theory 1 Completed FALL 2013 4 units English 100 Completed FALL 2013 3
units Psychology 101 Honors Completed FALL 2013 1.5 units Modern Dance Completed SPRING 2014 3 units Astronomy / 1 unit Astronomy Lab Completed SPRING 2014 0.5 units Education Planning/ Assess Completed FALL 2014 4.0 units Algebra I Completed FALL 2014 4.0 English 201 Children's Literature CURRENT SPRING 2015 4.0 Psychology 101 I am an Honors Scholar Student at MiraCosta and will be attending in order to learn my general education. Fall 2013-Current Vocal Instruction 2000 - 2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater and choral music.
TECHNICAL SKILLS Technologically Savvy - Microsoft Word - Microsoft PowerPoint - Networking - *Willing to learn anything required.*
LANGUAGE SKILLS I speak, read, and write English. I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling. I speak, and read *basic* Spanish. - English - ASL - Spanish
INTERESTS - Community Service - Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.) - Singing - Reading - Writing - Piano - Hot Tea - Movies - Smiling/Laughing - Horseback Riding - Camping - Climbing Trees - Interacting with people, especially children. - Animals of all sorts. - Dancing - Family - Friends - Music - Learning
EMPLOYMENT 2009 to CURRENT Music Teacher Privately -Beginner Piano -Vocals -Both piano and vocals at the same time I have nine students, currently, and will have 8 students over the Summer, privately.
December 2013 to February 2014 Kidville -Music -Supervising -Singing -Helping -Assisting
July 2013 to January 2014 Starbucks Carlsbad, CA Monday â Friday anywhere between 4:30am 12pm (Will be adjusted every 6 months) -Cleaning -Cashier -Making hot and cold beverages *Uses espresso machine and blender, etc. -Organizing
VOLUNTEER Experience Jun 2011 to Nov 2011 Spiritual Counseling and Astrology Encinitas, CA Saturdays, and occasional various weekdays various amount of work time. - Paper Filing - Organization - Electronic Filing - Information Input
Jun 2010 to Aug 2010 Assistant/Receptionist Live Scan Solutions Hillcrest, CA - Answered Phones - Handled Money Transactions - QuickBooks - Filing
2009 to Present Occasional Babysitting -Newborn -3 month-years-old -Ages 1-14
MUSIC Experience (Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)
Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA 2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines. Canyon Crest Academy Choir 2009-2013 I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.
Masterworks Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010. Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010. A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010. 5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010. Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011. Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013
Operas/ Operettas Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012. A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.
Envision Collaborations Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010 PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011 Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011 The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013 The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013
Solo Performances Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010 Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011 Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012 Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013 I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.
Repertoire Italian: Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca French/ Catalan: Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure German: Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus English: Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne Music for a While, Henry Purcell Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim My Johann, Edvard Grieg
RECORDING Experience: I have experience with ProTools 11 and Avid, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.
WRITING Experience: I have been writing for most of my life and am looking to get published soon.
*** Lesson Details *** Vocals
Basic Music Theory
*** Studio Equipment *** Bongo Drums Cheap Ukulele YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals) Condenser Mic
*** Travel Equipment *** Bongo Drums Avid on my laptop Condenser Mic
*** Specialties *** Pop Modern Jazz *Classical* Country *Opera* Basic Theory
**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
Sarah W. January 2, 2014
Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
Hello! My name is Spencer, I am 23 years old, and I've been playing piano and composing music for over 16 years. I am currently attending MiraCosta College for Music Performance, in order to transfer to earn my degree in Music Composition. I've played a wide range of styles, from baroque to jazz, and everything in between. I've played a multitude of performances, as well, from supporting church bands, to solo concerts. I currently accompany MiraCosta's Frequency Vocal Jazz ensemble, as well as serve as the Director of Music for the SLR Valley United Methodist Church.
My main focus is to mak
e music as absolutely fun as possible, allowing the student freedom to study what they're most interested in. I seek to give aspiring musicians the skills they need, at any level, to continue to progress on their journey as a musician! I personally learned how to play on my own - no teachers, except for myself - before I finally began taking lessons. One of my greatest fears was losing the passion I had for music due to a bad teacher. Because of this, I seek to make music lessons enjoyable for the student, so that their passion for music can only grow!
I incorporate music theory, as well as ear training, into my piano lessons. This ensures the highest level of musicianship for the student, and helps train a well-rounded musician. I believe in students maximizing their potential, and having fun doing it! I allow the student freedom to follow their curiosities, select their repertoire, and choose what they wish to work on during the course of a lesson. For this reason, I highly recommend the hour-long lesson as opposed to 30 minutes, to ensure the highest effectiveness of lessons.
Arman T. May 26, 2015
Classical Piano ·
I have had the privilege of taking lessons with Spencer and I would not recommend anyone else. I'm always eager to recommend him to anyone seeking lessons. He a kind, patient and great at explaining content in the most elegant way. I always go to Spencer when I need help learning new music or on technique. He is #1 and now what are you waiting for?! Start your piano journey with Spencer and you'll learn more than pay'd for!
Jason B. April 24, 2015
Classical Piano ·
As a dedicated Musician I am always looking for ways to improve my playing. Spencer has been one of my greatest assets whenever I have needed some instruction. He is friendly, dedicated, and explains things in an easy to understand way. He also is a monster on the piano using exquisite technique, and outstanding artistry. He is my go to whenever I need some instruction in classical music, or if I want a second ear on something I'm working on.
I was originally trained on Saxophone, Voice and basic piano skills at the Chicago Conservatory of Music. My professional experience has been working as a traveling house band for the Ted Allen Agency in Chicago as well as numerous types of classic rock, fusion rock, jazz, jazz standards and fusion jazz and wedding bands. I'm currently studying at Miracosta Community College to complete my music degree to advance to a 4 year University in Music Education. I have been requested to play baritone sax in the Miracosta Oceanside Jazz Orchestra (MOJO) and also play with the Collective a smaller jaz
z ensemble taught by Steve Torok. This year I have been teaching before and after school music classes with children from 8 to 13. Our focus has been elementary training incorporating basic music theory, harmony and rhythm as well as instruments such as clarinet and flute as well as sax.
Stefan R. February 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Tony is terrific. He's full of enthusiasm for the saxophone and brings a great deal of encouragement and positivity needed when you're starting out. He's also very capable of adjusting his teaching style to reflect the interests and needs of the student. For example, I've got some music reading skill, so Tony adjusted the lessons to reflect that. He and I txt when I have a question during the week. He's always encouraging.
Jason B. September 30, 2014
Tony is such a patient, fun instructor. I am mainly a pianist and wanted to work on my vocal fundamentals and get my singing to a better level. His expertise has really helped me start achieving my goals. I met him in college last year in Jazz band, and that man can really blow on saxophone as well! Thank you for all your help!
I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. Just ask about how I may assist you personally, or ask any questions that you have. I am able to teach most students to an adva
nced level, but voice and drums I only teach to an intermediate level. Just ask if you need clarification -- thanks!
Brian August 12, 2015
Christian Gospel ·
Matt is an excellent music teacher. I would recommend him for anyone!!
Esther Zepeda August 6, 2015
Matt is an amazing teacher! He loves what he does and will impart that love with anyone he comes in contact with! A blessing to know him!
Jim July 29, 2015
Matt is a first class musician and a man of integrity. you can be confident in Matt Sevina's ability to provide you with an excellent music education.
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