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Review by Louise
"Svetlin is a fantastic teacher and violinist. He's patient, kind, and considerate, as well as being funny. We will be using him again when we visit Vega
Las Vegas, NV teacher:
Review by Roxanne
"Thank you Amy! It is now 2 years since I started piano lessons with you as an adult beginner. I enjoy my lessons and even like to practice! You are a gre
Anyone out there who thinks they are too old to start music lessons - I started at 68 and think playing the piano has actually helped keep my arthritic hands limber.
Go for it!"
Minneapolis, MN teacher:
Review by Cleve Littlefield
"Good first lesson.. good framework to get over my plateau and finally learn to play beyond the basics..."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Nick
"Andrew is a very professional teacher. He taught me a ton about music theory. He is an excellent guitar and bass teacher. There is no one I would rathe
r have teach me. I would highly recommend Andrew as a teacher to anyone who wants to learn how to play guitar."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Ronnie
"My children are both studying with Mikhail and they are so enthusiastic about their lessons with him (piano and cello.) They find his manner of instructio
n compelling and inspiring. Mikhail is so patient as he guides them through each lesson which always include technique, theory and an abundance of fun. He is a natural teacher with a talent for keeping children both engrossed and inspirited throughout each lesson. They leave each class feeling elated and looking forward to the following week's lesson. They are also motivated to practice throughout the week, excited to return with their progress. I would absolutely recommend Mikhail as an instructor for both children and adults, as I thoroughly enjoy the lessons, as well."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by M&F
"My kids actually want to go to lessons!
We can't express how awesome it is to learn with Blake. My son and daughter have been working with Blake for abou
t five years. It's important to remember that what your child learns is more than just stringing a few notes together for a song or two. It's a foundation of discipline, knowledge and confidence with universal applications. I see the confidence Blake inspires in both my son and daughter after each lesson. Both kids have grown to love and enjoy their instrument. My kids look forward to working with Blake every week. Yes, my kids want to go to lessons and I know it's because of Blake!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Ineta
"A very nice, very profesionalpiano teacher. My daughter wants continue piano only with Ineta Y. She knows the way to teach and my makes a lesson very ples
ant and interesting. During one year my daughter learned so many songs, finished couple books level 1 and we moved to level 2 already. Sign up with Ineta Y!!"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Rachel
"Beverly has helped me more than any other instructor I've ever had. I felt she really cared about me as an individual and did everything she could to help
my vocal skills improve. With her help, I was able to expand my vocal range, improve breathing technique, and overcome confidence issues. Beverly is an amazing teacher and I would recommend her to anyone."
Rochester, NY teacher:
Review by Emma
"Both of my daughters have studied piano with Ching for 3 years. Ching loves them so much, and always tries different ways to evoke their interests. We are
I am a 34 year old Trumpet, French Horn and Voice Instructor in the Ramona area. I have 24 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including: 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, Ramona High School Trumpet and French Horn Coach
I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, prac
tice 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.
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.
*** Studio Equipment ***
My main teaching location is 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.
Noah November 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
John's a terrific instructor; personable, professional, and focused on teaching proper technique and music acquisition skills. He's working with our 3rd year student. Highly recommend him. He focuses on whatever music you are interested in learning. We couldn't be happier.
Renee W. August 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
John is an amazing teacher and is great with my two young children. I highly recommend him!
Mark R. August 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
John is always on time. Very good with our son. He teaches the whole student about singing. He has helped our son to love singing out more than ever which has really helped our son's confidence. We highly recommend using John as a singing coach.
I currently work as an Actors Equity Singer/Actor around San Diego and am a resident Music Director for SeaWorld San Diego. As an active actor and music director in San Diego I have worked with companies including Legoland, Sea World, San Diego Opera, Lyric at Birch, TAFFEE, San Diego International Fringe Festival, California Youth Conservatory, Martinis Above Fourth and have been a featured actor in two local indie films.
I have been immersed in music since the age of 5. Singing along to the radio and cassette tapes that my mom listened to in the car. I started training as a singer during
my freshman year in high school and have performed in numerous musicals, concerts, and operas since.
I feel that performance is an integral part of piano and vocal education and will make sure that my students are given ample opportunity to perform, whether it be at an Open Mic Night, or I arrange a recital or musical production to nurture each of my student's performance abilities.
First and foremost we need to have fun. Music is fun and so should the lessons be. When it comes to practice I recommend that students do spend time outside of the lessons practicing to ensure that they see results. If you choose to practice only while in the lesson you will get better but it will be at a slower pace.
Candice C. September 4, 2015
Always friendly, always provides helpful constructive criticism, and just a joy to work with!
Jenna I. September 1, 2015
Broadway Singing ·
Bryan is flexible with scheduling and makes sure that the lessons are specific to your needs.
Marina W. August 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
Bryan is a great instructor for my son! He is patient and provides clear and concise instruction! I would highly recommend him!
Ms Dilys has been teaching since 2001. She has taught children and adult of all experience levels. Her goal is to help students to make their musical experience in a fun and fulfilling way by implementing games and other teaching tools. Ms Dilys received the performance diploma from Associated Board of Royal School of Music. She is a national certified piano teacher from Music Teachers National Association.
*** Lesson Details *** For young beginners, I use a lot of listening and singing games to increase their interest in learning music. They will be able to read music notes after 3 mon
ths and be able to play some short pieces By using the right method, it becomes easy in reading notes.
I hold recitals once to twice per year which give important experiences for our children. For advanced students, i encourage them to take certificate examination and to participate in other competitions
I believe we are striving for the same goal --- make this music learning experience FUN and FULFILLING
*** Travel Equipment *** All games tools are provided by myself. I expect my student have their own books
*** Specialties *** Classical, Pop, Easy Jazz
Caleb S. August 28, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Dilys is very skilled in the art of teaching. She is very fluid. In only one lesson my son was playing a song. I feel we have found our life-long piano instructor.
CynthiaM September 21, 2011
Dilys is a great teacher. She keeps my son engaged and makes sure he learns all the skills needed while making it fun for him by incorporating songs that he enjoys.
andresA August 29, 2011
Miss Dilys is an incredible instructor. My son has only been taking lessons for a month now...and He learned so much ! He is very enthusiastic to attend his piano class and he's developed a passion to play piano. I attribute all this to Miss Dilys. Her enthusiasm and love of piano has inspired my five year old son. Miss Dilys has made the piano for my son easy to learn and fun to play.
My name is Erin. I am a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Music, with a concentration in Violin. I began studying violin at the age of six. I have performed with small chamber ensembles, orchestras, quartets, and trios. I enjoy playing for churches and weddings, and love teaching.
I began teaching beginner to advanced Violin and Viola in April of 2001 in NC. I moved to California in the fall of 2008. Since moving to California I have extended my teaching to beginner Piano and Cello also. I have taught students ages 3 to 87 how to play
and enjoy music on a personal level. My experience includes leading sectionals for middle school orchestra, organizing and instructing small ensembles, and organizing student recitals. Student recitals I arranged once or twice a year to showcase the students' growth and abilities, and to provide an opportunity to give back to family and friends whose sacrifices and support enable the students to succeed.
I teach because I love music and I believe God has given me a gift. Playing and teaching help me to use my talent for His glory. I love working with people and I love how music enables people of all ages to open up and express themselves in a positive way, no matter what life throws their way. I believe music teaches discipline, builds self esteem; helps set and achieve goals; and positively affects and enhances other curricular endeavors.
My teaching philosophy is to always have fun while learning, to set attainable goals for the student, to learn through encouragement and discipline, and to help students come to love music on a personal level. I focus on the character of each student and their goals and desires to see that the student and/or parents are satisfied. Teaching is a privilege for me that I do not take for granted.
*** Lesson Details *** I offer half hour, forty-five minute, sixty minute lessons, or longer on a weekly basis, but I do Not offer bi-weekly lessons. My lessons begin with the fundamentals of music. I believe a firm foundation in rhythm and reading is important because a student may switch musical instruments one day and the basics are universal and necessary. I have a deep love and appreciation for music which I hope to instill in my students as well. I am strict in the sense that I like students to polish their pieces before moving on. I like to keep them focused on playing well, not just playing.
A typical lesson will begin with scales to warm up, a review of the previous week's material, and a new assignment. Students will memorize pieces, be proficient in scales and rhythms, and all the while laughing and having a great time. I am known with my students for my creative analogies and flexibility to try new things in order to adapt to the students strengths and weaknesses. My students look forward to coming to their lesson, and that is very rewarding as a teacher.
I primarily use the Suzuki method for Violin and Viola, because it offers progressive steps to mastering technique, style, and musicality. My curriculum includes the use of Winning Rhythms, Wohlfahrt studies, All for Strings Theory, Essentials for Strings, and many more beginner and advanced studies; including shifting and double stops.
I love music and I love working with people; teaching is just icing on the cake. I look forward to helping you achieve your goals and discover your talents and I hope we can learn together. I look forward to meeting you!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music Stand and Keyboard
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect the student to have their instrument, and necessary accessories ie: rosin, shoulder rest, strings, books, and music stand.
*** Specialties *** I teach Music on Violin, Viola, and Piano, as well as beginner cello. I am very creative in my teaching methods, though I use the Suzuki Method primarily for string instruments. I believe learning should be fun. I teach all the fundamentals of music from the beginning: counting rhythm, scales, reading music, theory.
Makai S. October 7, 2015
Online Verified Student
Everything went well. Just getting started and had a couple of starting issues with the violin but other than that, good!
Debbie H. September 26, 2015
Online Verified Student
Erin is a wonderful violin instructor. My 9-year-old completely changes her attitude about her violin when Erin calls for class. My daughter is one of those who wants to be really good at the violin, but not practice much. Erin is changing that. She is a joy to work with. We are back and forth to China during the year and Erin has been amazing to accommodate our class times to our 15-hour time change. We are blessed to have found Erin. I highly recommend her!
Brittnea S. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Easy to work with, friendly, patient ,and knowledgeable,
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 18 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 9 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I am currently a full-time Dean's list student at San Diego State University, pursuing my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an
internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.
I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!
I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
LeeAnne Bielar September 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Extremely knowlegable and BEAUTIFUL singer!!! Very pleasant to have in my home and teaching my little 8 yr old!!!
Ella C. September 16, 2015
Online Verified Student
I just started, and Amanda is great!!
Sharon L. August 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Amanda is a fantastic instructor. She is very positive, kind, professional and encouraging. I had a lot of fun with my first harp lesson. Looking forward to the next one. Definitely very talented and knowledgeable in all aspects of the musical field.
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