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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Rancho Santa Fe

Ian H.

Carlsbad, CA
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Ayanna H.

Solana Beach, CA
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Cristopher E.

San Diego, CA
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Ian H. Carlsbad, CA

Unless you're looking for a hardcore breakdown of Schenkerian reductive analysis, I know pretty much every style of music analysis you can get your hands on. Whether its understanding the chord progression in The Beatle's song "All My Loving," learning how to connect chord extensions in a jazz standard, or picking apart one of Arnold Schoenberg's 12-tone rows, I have all the knowledge and experience to teach you how to analyze and understand music from both a theoretical and practical perspective.

About Ian

Ian H. – Drumset/Percussion/Guitar/Bass/Vibraphone/ (Piano) Educational Performance Experience • Bachelor of Music Degree in Jazz Studies from SDSU. • Percussionist in the SDSU Wind Ensemble. • Drummer for the SDSU Jazz Combos 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. • Studied at Berklee College of Music for their 5-week summer performance class, testing in to the top levels of theory, ear-training, ensembles, and master classes. • Performer in the Gamelan at SDSU – played at the Eastern Asian Music Festival at Canyon Crest Academy, Spring 2011. • Canyon Crest Academy Rock Band – 2005-6 • Canyon Crest Academy Symphonic Band (1st Chair) – superior ratings: El Camino High School, Point Loma Nazarene University & Heritage Festivals, Chicago Music Competition, 2006-2008 • Canyon Crest Academy Jazz ...

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Jarel P. January 27, 2015
Ian is an awesome teacher! He is so understanding and sensitive to what you need as a student, aiming to meet you where you're at. Also, his knowledge of theory is exceptional, particularly in the area of jazz. I've found him to be well-grounded in his musicianship and feel confident in seeking him for instruction and guidance.
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Christopher B. January 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Ian was my combo instructor for 3 semesters at SDSU. If there is one thing I can say about him is that he knows his stuff. I was blown away by the experience and knowledge that he possesses, especially given his age. He knows more about music and how to teach than most instructors I've had. I would recommend him as a teacher in any musical circumstance.
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Aasim S. January 17, 2015
Music Theory · In home
Ian is a very solid teacher. He's very well rounded and can teach virtually any instrument. As a jazz guitarist, I found his insight very helpful with developing my musical vocabulary. He's very well studied with his masters degree, and very good with explaining concepts!
Ayanna H. Solana Beach, CA

About Ayanna

PROFESSIONAL SINGER, Ayanna has been teaching private voice & piano lessons as well as facilitating group vocal labs & workshops, seminar presentations and lectures since 1991. She has received a BA in Metaphysical Sciences, is currently working on her Masters in Metaphysical Sciences with an emphasis on healing arts utilizing vibrational frequencies & sound, in particular the human voice. She is currently writing articles and a book about the techniques and psychology of performing arts as well as finding ones' "true" voice for singers, speakers and pure everyday enjoyment of life. Students can expect to have fun learning in a sensitive, relaxed and supportive environment with Ayanna. She encourages students to explore and develop their creative styles while learning the ...

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Dee P. January 19, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter had just one lesson with Ms. Ayanna at Chula Vista Best Buy location. Unfortunately, the classes were discontinued at that location, and we couldn't continue with Ms. Ayanna.
Ms Ayanna has a wealth of knowledge, and she is very patient and encouraging. Within a short time she provided tips to improve my daughters breathing techniques ...and did some vocal exercises that made my daughter to literally sweat (My daughter has had 5 years of prior training and this had never happened before :) ) .
I wish the very best to Ms. Ayanna, and to would recommend her to any student.
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Nechel B. October 12, 2014
Speaking Voice · In home
Verified Student
Ayanna is a "natural" teacher. Intuitive, she helped me remove obstacles to reveal my authentic voice by meeting me where I was and providing generous feedback on multiple aspects of my process. The space in her home is professional, comfortable and flows with good energy. I highly recommend her services!
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Nancy C. August 1, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ayanna has been a wonderful teacher for my 10 year old daughter! She has a calming presence and is a kind and gentle teacher, while also motivating and encouraging my daughter. My daughter's singing has significantly improved working with her!
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 ...

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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.

John S.

Encinitas, CA
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Kayla G.

San Diego, CA
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Dillon C.

Carlsbad, CA
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John S. Encinitas, CA

About John

Born in Omaha, NE, I have played bass for 25 years - and began teaching bass 15 years ago. I play and teach many contemporary musical styles, and have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Denver, Colorado, Austin, Texas, and currently reside in San Diego, California. I began studying Bass in 1987 under guidance of David Valentine and Jim Vaughn (both Principal Bassists with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra), and quickly began performing with the Colorado Springs Community Jazz Big Band, and other local artists and jazz swing small groups. In the early 1990's and after moving to Denver, Colorado, I joined the Neil Haverstick Band which often featured popular area vocalists such as Charla Bevan and others. While with the group, I played the Cherry Creek Arts Festival, and opened for ...

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Marcie S. June 4, 2014
Upright Bass · In studio
Verified Student
John is a phenomenal instructor, coach and mentor. He met my son at his level and patiently encouraged him to grow as a musician. His easy-going manner makes him approachable and his vast knowledge, as well as experience, helps the student to expand their musical skills. We like John:)
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SusanS March 27, 2011
John has been great for Cameron (our son) Cameron had to take a break for reahearsals for a musical that he was performing in.
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DanielK January 21, 2011
exactly what I wanted

Great teacher. Tailored the lesson to my wants and needs. Explanations are easy to understand. Just a very relaxed and cool guy. I left my lesson very inspired to practice and meet again.
Kayla G. San Diego, CA

Music Theory is the written language of music. Music came before notation, and I teach with that in mind. I provide listening examples for each concept so students can understand the real application of the theory.

About Kayla

For the past 6 years, I have taught students in classical voice, musical theater, piano, and music theory. I am happy to accept students of all ages, levels, and interests. I recently graduated with my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. I am a member of the National Association of Teacher of Singing (NATS), and serve as the Music Director for Folklore Guild. As a classically trained musician, I perform locally in San Diego as a soloist and a choral singer. Although my true love is opera, I have performed three solo art song recitals in high school and college. I have performed in both musical theater and opera productions, with roles including Suor Genovieffa from Puccini’s Suor Angelica, and Spirit from Mozart’s The Magic Flute. *** Lesson Details ...

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Meredith W. November 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
So happy with Kayla. She is working with my 12 yrs. old daughter and we have seen such improvements in her singing ability and her self-esteem!
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Ann C. October 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I should say Kayla has different teaching styles for different students depending on their abilities. I am 27 years old who sings without knowing how to read music whatsoever, so I was quite nervous when started. Being a non-English speaker made me even more nervous because I have been singing in Vietnamese my whole life. With Kayla's coaching, I am a lot more confident now even though it has only been a month. I am ready for the next step, learning proper singing techniques, after my fear for learning how to read music is now over thanks to Kayla.
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Karen M. October 16, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have been with Kayla for a few weeks now.
My experience is that she brings an enthusiasm to every lesson. She is very good at spotting areas that need help [like theory-type areas] and she is very patient, which as a person on the autistic spectrum, is something that I find to be invaluable.

She is very good about being flexible with lesson times. I come in, I may not be feeling as excited about the lesson, but when I leave, her enthusiasm stays with me for at least a few days! :D I cannot say enough good things about her.
Dillon C. Carlsbad, CA

About Dillon

Dillon C., a San Diego native, has been studying guitar since age 11. He began gigging professionally with local rock groups at age 14 and became interested in jazz while in high school where he played in the La Costa Canyon High School Jazz Band. In 2009, his rock group, The New Archaic, won Best New Artist at the San Diego Music Awards and were nominated for Best Alternative Album in 2010. He graduated from San Diego State University as a Classical Guitar Performance major where he studied under world-famous classical guitarist Celin Romero. He received a scholarship to study in Spain under legendary guitarists Manuel Barrueco and David Russell. He studied jazz guitar under local luminaries Peter Sprague and Bob Boss. He plays in many different jazz groups around town, most notably ...

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Matthew H. January 30, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Dillon is a first rate guitar instructor!

I've taken lessons with Dillon for 5 months, and he has helped me make tremendous progress. I was lucky to find Dillon because my music interests are all over the place. I wanted to learn about fingerstyle, soul, jazz, blues, Latin music, music theory, transcribing for bands. Dillon helped me with all of those. He's the kind of person whose has really studied the guitar and can distill the music from many styles into a few simple ideas for the guitar, and explain those ideas in a memorable way.

I'll continue taking lessons from him, and would recommend him as a teacher to anyone looking for a teacher with charisma.
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Amanda B. January 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dillon is an absolutely amazing teacher. I just started playing the piano a few months ago and he has been instrumental in motivating me and giving me the tools I need to get started. He is always willing to switch it up each lesson depending on how I am feeling that week and I really enjoy working with him. Dillon is extremely talented and dedicated to music which is really great, because starting out can be hard. I would highly recommend Dillon to anyone!
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Chris D. October 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dillon- was not reliable. He no-showed twice and his phone was not active. Not a good start for beginner student!

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