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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA

About Matthew

A drum instructor since 1988, I'm a graduate of Musicians Institutes Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) and hold a Bachelor of Arts from California Polytechnic State University San Luis Obispo.

I teach beginning to advanced drums to students of all ages. Before relocating in San Diego, I was a full-time instructor for The Drum Circuit Drum School in San Luis Obispo where I was teaching 200 lessons a month. Originally, I'm a native of the Los Angeles area where I taught for the Van Nuys and Alamany High School music programs.

I've been lucky enough to study with
some of the music industry's very best educators including: Steve Houghton, Jeff Porcaro (Toto), Joe Porcaro, Casey Schurell (Frank Zappa) Efrin Torres (Latin and World), Chuck Flores (Jazz Legend), and Ralph Humphrey. These professionals provided me with the foundation for a teaching career that is now into its 25th year.

Outside the practice rooms, I'm an on-call, independent performer / contractor and clinician. Some of my credits include performances/recordings with Jon Anderson of Yes, Award winning songwriter Maia Sharp, (Bonnie Raitt, The Dixie Chicks), nationally recognized blues band Pryor Baird and the Deacons, and many other noteworthy talents. I've also performed for various stage productions in the Los Angeles area, such as Little Shop of Horrors, How to Succeed in Business, and Once Upon A Mattress.

Currently, Matt can be found performing with what many call "the ultimate Santa cover band" Santana Ways as well as a number of other musical projects.

I work hard to implement teaching techniques that encompass all styles of drumming and performance. Sight reading, rudiments, chart interpretation, soloing, hand/foot control, independence, and working in a band are just a few areas of focus. It may sound like it's difficult - but you can do it all and I'll prove it to you. 25 years of teaching experience has not only taught me patience but has given me the tools to encourage, develop and refine the abilities of any student. (And that means you :)

I am proud to endorse Sabian Cymbals and Vater Percussion.

*** Lesson Details ***
Don't worry. First things first, you're going to make mistakes so don't be afraid to. If you don't make any mistakes during a lesson, you can go ahead and teach me. I'm really laid back with my approach to lessons: we'll talk, we'll play, I'll explain a few things and boom - you're playing' drums better than ever.
If experience has taught me anything, it's that a student can not be forced to practice. However, even the younger students understand the idea of "you get out of it, what you put into it". I pride myself in being able to make lessons enjoyable and thereby the student is going to want to learn more and in turn, practice more. I will give you all you can handle - when you're ready.
Playing to music is essential - it's what we're going to strive to do right? Students should try to have an MP3 player of some sort: Ipod, ipad, smart phone etc.. I'll bring one just in case so we can plug in, listen to your jams and play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own drums. Minimum of a practice pad and Drum Sticks. (Available if needed). Music paper and a folder or binder.

*** Specialties ***
Drummers need to be versatile and more often than not, versatility is limited by two factors: physical independence and music interpretation. Out of the gate, I focus on these two hugely important aspects of modern drumming so that the student may better pursue their desired style with as much freedom and knowledge as possible.
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Tim Y. July 28, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Matthew and it exceeded my expectations! Matthew was professional yet really down to earth and he made me feel comfortable from the get go. I look forward to taking my drumming to the next level with Matthew as my teacher.
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Ronald C. March 4, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Awesome teacher! I am a self-taught drummer and he showed me exactly what I needed to do to improve myself.
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Stacey S. February 22, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Matt is AWESOME. He has been a great musical role model for me since day one. The knowledge that Matt has passed down to me has completely reallocated my purpose as a musician and challenged me to question my role as a drummer in an ensemble situation. What insight! I have absolutely no doubt that I will be prepared to confidently attend college university music ensembles in the next couple of months, because of Matt's mentorship and how it has inspired me (and of course, taught me how) to achieve my best. Matt has exposed me to styles of music I didn't even know existed. His talent is beyond the capacity of any other teacher I've had, and my family and I respect him very much. Very personable, easy-going, and intelligent. Thank you Matt, for everything. :)
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Matthew G.

Encinitas, CA 92024
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA

About Cristopher

I began taking piano lessons when I was six years old, but switched to guitar lessons at age ten. Ever since then, my passion has been playing guitar and songwriting. I am a music composition honors major at UCSD.

Whether you want to learn to be a guitar virtuoso or you just want to be able to play some songs for your friends and family, I want to provide you with the best information and tools to help you accomplish your goals. I believe in trying to get the most out of the minimum - I want you to get the most benefit out of the time you spend, regardless if you are practicing for thirty
minutes or for eight hours.

My background focuses mostly on classical, rock/metal, and jazz, and my specialty is the electric guitar. I can also help you learn classical guitar on a nylon string guitar if you prefer, including some flamenco.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want the student to have fun with music, and rather than focusing on scales and tedious exercises, I have my students learn technique and music theory more from the actual music (Not to say that learning and practicing scales isn't important, but it is much more useful in the long run to have actual musical melodies and riffs that you can play, and that you know how to take them and use in different musical situations).

I try and be as flexible with the student as possible, as I know we all have different goals and amounts of time that we can dedicate, but I believe that even if someone just wants to learn some basic guitar playing, that a little understanding music theory will help them go a lot further.

Regardless, the student should be able to learn the music they want to play, and I will go out of my way to try and find/learn the music you want. I will even transcribe or write my own arrangement if I can't find a suitable one, or to make a simpler version that the student can learn. I believe the student should be able to access and interact with the type of music they want to learn early on, as this will help keep the student interested while at the same time teaching him/her the elements of music and guitar.

As I want the students to be able to interact with the music as early as possible, I will always try and find ways that we can play together, and I will even make recordings so they can practice playing with someone even when they are at home. I also will periodically record the student so that they can not only get the experience playing and recording, but so that they can also look back on their progress, as well as having something they can show their friends/family.

While I mostly play classical, rock/metal, and jazz, I can help students with a large variety of styles, including blues, r & b, and pop music. I also believe that learning different styles and how to take the elements from each that you like and make them your own will lead to a greater mastery of the instrument, regardless of which style you prefer to actually play.

I recommend that my students practice at least thirty minutes a day if they want to see consistent progress, although in the beginning they may not be able to practice that much until they develop calluses on the fingertips. Of course, if they can practice more, that would be great, but I understand that with everything else going on, it isn't always possible to practice every day or for everyone to put the same time into it.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitars, guitar amplifiers, music stands, computer/audio workstation for recording and notating/printing music, microphones, mixer, studio monitors, etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar, amp when needed, music/paper, possibly a music stand
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Jason S. October 30, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Its been a pleasure taking lessons from Cristopher! He is a very passionate teacher and gifted musician/songwriter. He really cares about his students. He will do what ever is necessary to help you learn and understand what he is teaching you. Very kind and fun to be around. A+ all the way for Cris!
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Christopher N. July 18, 2014
Songwriting · In home
I have had the pleasure of playing, and practicing, with Mr. Cris over the last few years. We actually took guitar class together in high school, and even then, I could tell that he was exceptionally talented. Given his family background in music, and his desire to create wonderful compositions, it was no surprise that he chose to pursue music in his life. Recently I have needed assistance with my songwriting and I have had no hesitation in bringing my work to Cris in order to gain insight into what I may need o do in order to successfully finish my composition(s). He is well educated in music, has learned from many accomplished professionals, and is extremely hard working in his craft. And finally, Cris is very patient, insightful, and motivated, when working, and/or teaching, individuals. I would highly recommend him to anyone of all ages.
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Ryan A. July 18, 2014
Guitar · In studio
One of the problems with musicians these days is a lack of formal training. Cris has spent the last 20+ years perfecting his abilities to teach music. In my opinion, Part of what makes Cris stand out from other instructors is his knowledge and open minded view of different styles of music. A teacher with a diverse musical background is ideal for a student who wants to create a good basis or reach the next level in their abilities. Cris is able to help you learn guitar the right way and set a path that will advance your abilities quicker than most other teachers.
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Cristopher E.

Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA 92130
(4)
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$25 / 30-min
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Tom S.

Encinitas, CA

About Tom

Tom has been teaching private lessons since 1987 and is currently available to teach lessons at his studio in Encinitas, CA. He has helped many students exceed their expectations not only as guitarists, but as very well rounded musicians.

Tom received his training at Berklee College of Music (Boston, MA) in 1987 where he received a degree in Music specializing in Music Production and Engineering. As an expert in his field, he looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals.

Tom's versatility as a live performer has brought him into opening slots for the following major headli
ning acts:

Pop/Rock:

STING
*The Theater at Madison Square Garden, NYC
*Central Park, NYC
*and more

L.L. Cool J & Jewel
*Presidential Inaugural Ball - Bill Clinton

Isaac Hayes
Boz Scaggs
Collective Soul
Huey Lewis and the News
Maceo Parker
They Might Be Giants
Lyle Lovett
Ratdog (Bob Weir)
Chaka Khan
Los Lobos
Ben Harper

Jazz & Acid Jazz:

George Benson
Charlie Hunter
Michael Brecker
Roy Haynes Trio
Count Basie Orchestra
Bela Fleck & the Flecktones
Wayne Shorter
Yellowjackets

Blues:

B.B. King
Jonny Lang
Buddy Guy
Koko Taylor
Lonnie Mack
Etta James
…and many more

In the studio, Tom has recorded on countless TV & Radio commercials including:

McDonald's
Coca-Cola
Disney
Budweiser
Sears
Buick
Gatorade
State Farm
Ford Motor Co.
Miller Brewing Co.
…and many many more.

Tom has also played on many CDs receiving local and international acclaim. In 2001 Tom garnered a GRAMMY NOMINATION for his work with the Chicago based band Liquid Soul.

He has written and performed on music for TV and has even recorded on a few tracks that have hit the Billboard charts.
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Dave P. October 14, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Tom S.

For the two years that I took guitar lessons with Tom S. I found that he possessed a real sensitivity to what I, the student, wanted to do musically. Tom often went out of his way to find supplemental material to augment the learning experience. If I wanted to learn something a bit beyond my capability he'd find a way for me to build to the next skill level without ever discouraging me. Proper technique was always stressed and the payoff was worth it. His respect for the music and the craft of guitar playing is something that impresses me still.
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Tom S.

Encinitas, CA 92024
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA

About Jessica

"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica
Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life.
She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
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Alice July 14, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Jessica is my favorite vocal trainer. Such a great individual approach to each student. I took lessons from her for a year and after this year I got so much better at singing and what is most important - I learned to have more control over my voice and I don't lose my voice any more!
She's also a great person. Very patient, encouraging, and she always gives cool tips for specific situations - whether it's a performance or vocal recording or just practicing. I highly recommend Jessica as a very experienced and highly qualified vocal coach.
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Crissi A. June 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Jessica is a fun and yet thorough! Love her!
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Gabriella B. May 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My children love working with Jessica! She inspires them to play and practice.
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
(4)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA

About Niki

I am a passionate classically trained Piano Teacher specializing in

Classical music and pop Songs.

My teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and

Piano technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition

And performance exercises along with Repertoire.

I provide a fun, well-disciplined environment for my students and work

With most famous Piano Books such as Bastien, Faber & Faber, Alfred.

I also hold fun annual piano recitals for students and their families

I have been teaching for the past 11 years in San Diego and I am one of the Villa
Musical School Piano Teachers.

Looking forward to meet you

www.Facebook.com/PianoByNiki
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Sofie August 29, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I like her she is the best teacher never have , she so sweet and intelligent I really. Recommend to all kids and parents for teaching
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John August 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Great teacher and amazing patience.
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Niki S.

Niki S.

San Diego, CA 92130
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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