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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA

I can help you learn music theory from the basics to advanced harmony. Whether you are just looking to learn the basics of how songs are constructed or you want to advance your knowledge and grasp of complex chords and how to figure out the harmonic possibilities of any scale, I can help you apply music theory to any instrument, although my expertise is in the guitar.

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
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$25 / 30-min
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Emily S.

San Diego, CA

Music theory provides an understanding of the fundamentals of music, which allows students to better read and play music. In order to be a successful pianist and/or vocalist, it is essential that students do their theory homework weekly, as we will review the material at each lesson and learn new concepts.

About Emily

When I was little, I begged my mom to let me play the piano. At age 5, I started taking lessons at my school. As my passion for music grew, I began composing and at age 11. I wrote my first complete song. Continuing to study and compose music, I completed all 10 levels of California'™s Certificate of Merit music program, and for several consecutive years, I was selected by the Certificate of Merit judges to perform in multiple honors recitals. I have also been singing all my life and have been formally trained in voice. Being able to sing and accompany myself on the piano has been very reward
ing, and I hope to help others to do the same! In addition, I graduated with a Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology with concentrations in Ballet and Literature from the University of California, San Diego. My degree in psychology gives me a broad understanding of different learning styles and personalities, enabling me to best cater to the needs of the students. I am very patient and kind, and I encourage each student to flourish and develop his or her skills and talents.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to mold my lessons based on the student's needs. I can be strict in order to encourage focus and develop discipline, but I am not mean. I do not believe in harsh yelling or criticism; instead I use positive reinforcement. I also believe that it is important to have fun and enjoy learning a new skill! I use traditional teaching methods for piano, music theory, and singing. Once someone is classically trained and has obtained proper technique as a solid foundation, he or she can easily venture into other genres and styles.

*** Studio Equipment ***
For Piano: Piano, music stand, selected music books, couch

*** Specialties ***
I have trained classically in music and have studied music history from each of the major influential periods such as baroque, classical, romantic, and contemporary.
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Renu W August 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
My 8 years old son enjoys his piano lessons with Emily and looks forward for the class each week. She teaches various pieces to introduce new techniques and pushes to see improvement. She is very talented and flexible with the schedule. In each class, she covers quite a lot of material (including theory).
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Dave P. April 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Emily works very well with my 7 year old son. She's very nice, patient, knowledgeable, flexible and great to work with!
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aaron F. February 25, 2015
In home
Verified Student
My daughter loves playing piano and has been super inspired to show off her skills after each lesson. Emily has established a great rapport with her and teaches to her at her level so she has gained of love for music and felt encouraged throughout her introduction to formal music training. They have been a perfect match and we look forward to seeing her excitement after every lesson.
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Emily S.

Emily S.

San Diego, CA 92130
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA

Basic music theory to advanced, college level four-part harmony. Also other 20th century techniques, i.e. twelve-tone technique

About Kevin

Kevin received his Bachelor of Music degree from New England Conservatory. He has been playing the piano since the age of five and received awards in competitions, including a gold prize in Korea National-Level Sonatina Competition at the age of nine, and first place in Certificate of Merit Sonata Festival Competition in 2009. He has also appeared as a soloist, playing a piano concerto with a live orchestra in his youth. As a violinist, he has performed with Youth Engedi, a nine-member string ensemble, in various venues like John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. As a composer, one of his o
rchestral compositions "Soaring Over the Vast Expanse" was premiered in front of an audience of over nine-thousand by Boston Landmarks Orchestra at an outdoor concert at Hatch Shell, Boston. Kevin has a deep passion for teaching, volunteering as an English and math tutor at a local elementary school and teaching piano and violin privately since the beginning of his college years. Discovering his desire to be in a helping profession, Kevin is currently a post-baccalaureate pre-medical student, at San Diego State University, hoping to become a medical doctor. Kevin also volunteers to play the piano at a local hospital, once every week, for the guests who are waiting for their loved ones to finish surgery.

Even though I am fully capable of teaching piano at a high standards, I know that many of my students are not seeking to become the next greatest concert pianist of the century. Since I was little, I played the piano out of love. My most important mission as a teacher is to spread that love of piano and hope that the piano will always be an enjoyment in my students' lives.

I can teach piano, chord piano, composition, music theory, and violin.
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Sam August 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
He's awesome, funny, very nice to my kids. He's just a really good guy
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Rachel P. July 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Next month will be my son's 4th month learning piano from Kevin. Right now, he's taking two lessons a week for 45 minutes each. One day he plays piano and the other day he learns theory. My son is only 8 years old and it's only been a couple months, but I can already see so much improvement! He really enjoys playing the piano! Kevin is also very easy to talk to. A lot of the other teachers nearby are much older and some of the well known ones are not too comfortable with English. We are definitely going to continue lessons for a long time!
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Sarah M. July 29, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I took classical piano lessons from somebody else before going to Kevin, and I can confirm that he is a great instructor. He was very helpful and approachable (maybe because he wasn't as old as my previous teacher). The only reason why I give him 4 stars instead of 5 is because he was almost too nice and didn't crack down on me enough for not practicing sometimes. I'm just the type of person who needs some more discipline, but that might just be me.
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Kevin K.

Del Mar, CA 92014
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Tonga R.

Encinitas, CA

I have spent the past 25 years learning and sifting through both Classical and Jazz theory in order to maximize my playing abilities and compositions. I specialize in teaching jazz harmony mainly because I believe it is the most useful for anyone who wants to understand any contemporary music forms. I connect how theory directly influences how you approach playing music you want to play, how you hear and experience music, and how it can make it infinitely easier to understand what to play based of the written chords/notes.

About Tonga

Music is a great passion of mine that I share with everything I do, whether it be through teaching, performing, producing, or recording. I have had the opportunity to study, perform, and teach alongside great individuals in music and continue so to this day.

I have been teaching both private lessons and in various classroom settings for the past 7 years, some of which include teaching at The Bishop's School (La Jolla), UCSD, and California State Summer School for the Arts (Los Angeles).

*** Travel Equipment ***

Yamaha AEX 1500 Hollowbody Guitar

Fender 5 String Jazz Bass

Bose
SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker III

Manuscript Paper

**I provide charts/material for the student to work on, through print outs and emailing PDF versions of the source material directly to you
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Nathaniel F. August 18, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very sweet and patient with my young son who is just beginning to learn guitar.
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Dave raffety August 17, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Tonga is a great teacher and great musician. Can't wait to learn more.
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Nate August 14, 2015
Guitar · In home
I have been taking guitar lessons with Tonga for about a year and a half now. Definitely the best experience I've had with any music instructor. He is well-versed in a wide range of musical styles and has the theoretical knowledge to explain how it all works. Not only is Tonga a great musician, he is also a true professional when it comes to music education. I would highly recommend taking lessons with Tonga.
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Tonga R.

Tonga R.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA

Experienced teacher of 11 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation . I specialize in classical , pop as well as music theory.

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
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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
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$35 / 30-min

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