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Matthew G.

Carlsbad, CA

Be it an absolute beginner or you're already rolling - let's play.

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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Curtis W. September 17, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable and patient. My son has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
Highly recommend!
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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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Matthew G.

Encinitas, CA 92024
(13)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

Preparation, organization and mental discipline.

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Christina N. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
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Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
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$30 / 30-min
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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA

I can help you with all aspects of performance from preparation to the actual performance. Song selection, breathing tips, mental preparation/meditation, dress, equipment, warm-up drills, instrument maintenance, and many other important aspects are all considered and addressed specific to the style of music and audience/environment for which one may be performing.

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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Gil Armour January 23, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I've only had one lesson so far, but I found Cristopher to be very knowledgeable, encouraging, and effective in providing advice and helpful hints to advance my skills. I'll be practicing the drills and chords he suggested, and I'm looking forward to next week's lesson.
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Nico November 12, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very focussed, generous, and organized teacher. Our son will be learning a lot from Cris!
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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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Cristopher E.

Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA 92130
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA

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About Sarah

"Music is what feelings sound like."
I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taught in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to learn or practice.

Lessons plans:
Piano:
30 min: 5 minutes warming up
5 minutes on homework
5 minutes on music theory
15 minutes on song(s)

45 min: 5 minutes warming up
5 minutes on homework
10-15 minutes on music theory
15-20 minutes on song(s)

60 min: 10 minutes warming up
10 minutes on homework
15 minutes on music theory
25 minutes on so
ng(s)

Piano/Composition:
45 min: 5 minutes warming up
5 minutes on homework
15 minutes on composition time
10 minutes on music theory
10 minutes on song(s)

60 min: 5 minutes warming up
10 minutes on homework
20 minutes on composition time
10 minutes on music theory
15 minutes on song(s)

Singing:
30 min: 5 minutes stretching
5 minutes warming up
5 minutes on music theory
15 minutes on song(s)

45 min: 5 minutes stretching
10 minutes warming up
10-15 minutes on music theory
15-20 minutes on song(s)

60 min: 5 minutes stretching
15 minutes warming up
15 minutes on music theory
25 minutes on song(s)

I currently have 16 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano, singing, and composition for a few awe-inspiring years while keeping involved with my band Cosmic Lullaby or my choir Folklore Guild.

Whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.

M U S I C:
PIANO SUMMARY
2007-2009: My great-aunt taught me the beginner piano fundamentals and basics.
2009-Present: Proficiently self-taught and trained.

VOCAL SUMMARY
1995-2009: Self-taught and trained.
2009: Melody Moore Molinaro gave private instruction.
2009-2013: Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music.
2013-Present: Proficiently self-taught and trained.

VOICE DETAILED HISTORY
(Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)

2010-2013: Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
Over 1000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music, 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.

2009-2013: Canyon Crest Academy Choir.
I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.

Choir 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.

CCA 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.

Voice 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

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Cheap Ukulele
YAMAHA Digital Piano (with weighted keys and pedals)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Cheap Ukulele

**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
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Grace L. January 19, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
In just 3 short lessons Grace is having fun and showing great results
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Ralia December 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son is 14 and really enjoyed his first lesson with Sara. He liked her methods and happy attitude, as well as her enthusiasm for teaching piano. He is very excited to continue his lessons :)
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Richard J Senecal December 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Can't wait to learn more!
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Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA 92056
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA

Jessica has been in 20+ musical theater productions. From Cinderella to Leader of the Pack, these shows and training from these have shaped her performance skills. She took extensive training when it comes to monologues, and especially singing. When singing, you are telling a story and that comes through in your eyes and body language.

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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Ella February 2, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is great!
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James February 2, 2016
Piano · In studio
Our daughter was a bit nervous starting something she had never tried before but Ms. Allen put her at ease in the first few minutes. Now she loves going to the lessons, loves practicing at home. Ms. Allen deserves a lot of credit for her knowledge of teaching and way of creating enthusiasm to learn.
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Keeley January 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Jessica has taught me the major and minor chords in a fun way. Now I am learning how to read sheet music. She is understanding and patient with my music choices.
I really enjoy piano lessons with her.
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Jessica A.

Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
(10)
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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