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Carol F.

Oceanside, CA

I've taught music theory classes and privately for 20 yrs. I can help you to read music and improve your rhythm. I can also assist in A.P. music theory.
I use Julie Johnson's Guide to A.P Music Theory and The FJH Note Speller.

Students find that in a few short weeks they are improving in Music Theory classes and chorus/choir music is much easier to read.
It's fun when it's laid out easily.

About Carol

I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.

It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.

I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.

Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.

Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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CJ C. October 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A caring and sensitive teacher which promotes confidence in her students. We are looking forward to more lessons!
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Jolene S. October 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've really been enjoying my singing lessons with Carol. I'm learning so much. Carol is very upbeat and encouraging. I will definitely be continuing with her after my first five lessons.
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Kate G. September 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!
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Carol F.

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$35 / 30-min
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Dilys Y.

San Diego, CA

Theory test preparation for RCM

About Dilys

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
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Caleb S. August 28, 2015
Piano · 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.
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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.
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andresA August 29, 2011
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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.
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Dilys Y.

San Diego, CA 92128
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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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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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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 . I create a fun, customized, yet well-disciplined lesson plan to help my students achieve their musical goals . I enjoy working with the students of all ages( Young children and Adults). I am determined to develop the full potential of each student .It’s up to a teacher to interact with a student in such a way to discover the potential hidden talent . I truly enjoy to be part of each step in the learning process and helping students to achieve their musical goals .

Lesson Style :

I customize a
nd plan my lessons for each student and therefor my teaching approach grounds students in Musical fundamentals and Piano Technics by combining ear training, Note reading, composition And performance exercises along with Repertoire ( Classical , pop and some Jazz)

Lesson Details :
I begin by getting the student familiar with the piano, finger number positions, and gradually incorporate Music theory, ear training, Note reading, and Piano techniques along with Repertoire. I work a variety of methods some of which include Bastien Series, Alfred, Faber, Hanon, little Mozart and many others depending on the student’s age and wishes to what they like to achieve.
Additionally for younger children :
I incorporate a variety of fun off bench musical activities during lessons to help them expand their creativity.
Students will be able to see progress on a weekly basis provided that they are practicing what they have learned in lessons on their own time.

Lessons for Adults :

Lessons are uniquely tailored to your goals We will go through warm-ups , Music Theory that will place emphasis on technique and then work through the repertoire to discover the joy of performing/playing music.

I also organize performance opportunities and piano recitals for students and their families which is a great experience for both students and their loved ones.The purpose is so that students could meet each other and observe others accomplishment which provides a great inspiration and joy to the students and their parents.

Studio :
I have a nicely set up home studio in Carmel Valley.

Come try a lesson, and see for yourself how music can be a part of your life!
Looking forward to meet you :)
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Kate January 29, 2016
Classical Piano · In home
Niki has been teaching our son for a year since he was 6. He has learned so much in the last year- she does a great job of starting with the basics- sight reading, music theory, fingering. Her quiet way keeps him calm but also pushes him to learn. Most of all, he really enjoys the piano and looks forward to lessons!
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L.H. January 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Ms. Niki is a wonderful piano teacher! She is kind, patience and very knowledgeable. She makes learning fun yet knows when to "push" her students along. Our daughter responds well to her "non-pressured" style. She has been our daughter's piano teacher for over four years now. With Ms. Niki's guidance and loving support, our daughter can now play the piano and reads music fluently! We are pleased with our daughter's progress and would highly recommend Ms. Niki! Our daughter loves her and wouldn't want any other piano teacher!
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Per January 21, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Our 7 yo daughter have had Niki as her piano teacher for the last 2 years. It has been a great experience. Our daughter looks forward to every class. Motivation to practice on a daily basis is always a challenge at this young age, but Niki has instilled in our daughter a passion for piano. I love to hear my daughter practice her songs every day and go to her classes well prepared and motivated. This is something achieved only by an excellent teacher!

I am happy to give Niki my strongest recommendations!
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Niki S.

San Diego, CA 92130
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$35 / 30-min

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