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Popular Piano Teachers Near Rancho Santa Fe

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Rancho Santa Fe including Del Mar, Vista, Solana Beach, Cardiff by the Sea and Encinitas.

Nahal D. San Diego, CA

About Nahal

Music is the food for the soul. It inspires and influences people whether they are musicians or not. I started playing the piano when I was 10. My parents took me for piano lessons to introduce me to music and see whether I’d like it. Well, I loved it! I have been playing since then and music has become part of my life. I have been taking piano lessons with 3 different private instructors. My recent private piano teacher is a student of Iran’s most well-known pianist and composer, Emanuel Malek Aslanian. My focus area is classical piano music. Some of my favorite composers include Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Mozart, Schubert and Bach. However, I enjoy music from all over the globe and love discovering new musical styles and pieces I can play ! I have been teaching piano for over 6 ...

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Katherine S. September 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nahal has been a great teacher for my eleven year old daughter. She is very patient and makes the process of learning a new instrument fun and stress-free which is important in order to inspire young people to continue playing. I hope that she will continue to teach for many more years!
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DianeH1 May 29, 2012
Nahal is very knowledgable and patient. She enjoys teaching music. I've learned a lot just starting out.
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CherylR July 12, 2011
Doing a great job! Ruby loves her and she is making piano fun!
Yelena D. San Diego, CA

About Yelena

Profile: Classically trained Piano teacher with over 25 years of experience in professional level piano. Excellent teaching skills, with successful experience working with all levels and ages, particularly well with children. Possesses excellent communication skills in English and Russian. Deep and thorough knowledge of music literature, theory of music. Teaching elements of composing based on Berkley College theory. Music Focus: Russian School of study through European Composers such as Bach, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Chopin, Shubert, Gurlitt, Czerny, Delibes, Brahms. Worked out with Violin Concerto by Tchaikovsky. As well American school of study like Alfred, Bastein, Thompson.

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Thu T. December 28, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm very happy to have Ms. Yelena as my daughter teacher.
Pik W. San Diego, CA

About Pik

Year 2004 marks Pik's tenth as a private piano teacher for a variety of individual students. She aim's to continue sharing her experience and explore the fun of music with students together. Pik also offers to prepare students the opportunity to take the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) Piano Exams in both English and Chinese. EXPERIENCE 2007-Present TakeLessons.com Piano teacher for private lessons in Southern California, all ages 1994-2004 Hong Kong Evangelical Yan Yat Church, Hong Kong Pianist and piano teacher for private lessons, ages 5-10 1994-1995 S.K.H. Kei Oi Primary School, Hong Kong Music and English teacher for Summer classes 1993-1996 St. James' Church Youth Center, Hong Kong Piano ...

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MailaM September 7, 2008
My son had a great lesson with Pik.
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CeciliaO September 2, 2008
My boys are doing great with Pik!
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AnikK August 30, 2008
pik W.

pik is a very lovely and patient teacher for our granchildren - they adore her and we are very pleased with their enthusiasm.
Corby S. San Diego, CA

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC. I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and performed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students. I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, ...

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Jason R. April 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby does an excellent job breaking challenging sections down for you at any skill level. Her variety of techniques to tackle each new challenge make her an amazing resource and a great instructor. I particularly appreciate her emphasis on trying to perform your work for other people so that you get practice in front of an audience. After only a handful of lessons, I had already improved far more than I had in years of independent study without someone skilled to guide me. She is definitely an excellent instructor and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher.
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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Ann I. October 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Comfortable, friendly and highly skilled in instructing/playing

Corby is a phenomenal piano instructor. Her passion for playing and teaching the piano shines through in every aspect of her lessons with me. She does so much more than simply teach you how to play an instrument. She has a knack for making you understand the theory, the timing, reading notes, playing, understanding the pieces you're playing... and she seems to be able to tailor her teaching to each individual. She challenges me and its so refreshing. Her expertise in the piano as a whole is so apparent in everything she does during a lesson.
Her level of accountability and responsibility to her students has raised the bar with my own level of responsibility for practicing and learning. I want to practice not just for my own growth, but also because she seems to hold a standard of her own that I want to reciprocate. And the environment is fun, comfortable and non-intimidating.
Learning to play piano with Corby has been so beyond what I thought learning an instrument could be. I highly recommend her to anyone, any level. I've been playing for three months and I'm so much further along in my practice than I ever thought imaginable.
Emily S. San Diego, CA

Piano lessons consist of four main parts:
1. Technique - This includes scales, chords, arpeggios, and other fingering exercises to properly warm up the hands and improve muscle memory and help students recognize common patterns in music.
2. Repertoire - Students will play the pieces they have been practicing. This may include memorizing pieces and performing them in recitals.
3. Lesson - Students will learn new material and may receive a new piece to practice.
4. Music Theory - All piano students are required to learn music theory, which consists of one or more pages of homework to reinforce what the student has learned.

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 rewarding, 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 ...

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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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Lori R. February 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
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Emily is very sweet and knowledgable. She is a great teacher and keeps my son interested. She is accommadating and encouarging. She offer a lot of positive reinforcement and praise which goes a long way in my son wanting to learn piano.
George V. Carlsbad, CA

Playing piano is most popular thing. Every one who is interested in any kind and style of music can shortly study how to play it on piano.

About George

Hi, My name is George. I am professional viola player and teacher graduated with MM from Sankt-Petersburg Conservatory and BM from Sankt-Petersburg College. In both I had studied viola, piano, music theory, harmony and polyphony (basically), had a large experience of teaching children and adults. I'm able to work with any level of students being very flexible and making study process exciting, useful and funny. During lessons I usually show by my self how to play in order to inspire my students and help them to reach their goals and aims. My professional achievement as a teacher is that all my students begin to fall in love with music very quickly and practice with pleasure, even those who were frustrated or pained by their previous experiences with other teachers and have stopped ...

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Kristi M. November 25, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
George was an amazing and knowledgeable violin teacher for our 8 year old daughter. He taught with patience, and encouraged our daughter through each skill learned. Highly recommended!
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Lisa H. September 11, 2014
Violin · In home
Excellent teacher. I had a teenager who was loosing interest in playing the violin. Since having George as an instructor she has gained interest and practices her violin on her own. She has also drastically shown improvement by playing in all the positions and playing very difficult music to prepare her to play in an orchestra. George is very patient. He makes the individual fall in love him not only the instrument but with music in general. I feel very lucky to have found him. He is a wonderful musician.

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