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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, and rhythm, techniques, playing your favorite song of choice etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to Compose their own original works and Recording in the recording studio, sometimes even adding other artists, and uploading to youtube and connecting the students musical practice to the real world.

About Mikhail

Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. With the help of modern technology for recording and teaching, he helps his students and friends achieve their goals instrumentally. The main instruments he specializes in are Violin, Viola, Cello, Accordion, and Piano. Other instruments include; Guitar, Ukulele, Voice, and electronics. He uses a broad range of styles, and techniques making music simple and fun for all ages! He provides a beautiful space for an artist to flourish no matter which direction they choose to take! He has many paperback and electronic materials availa
ble to browse/buy, as well as accessories for your instrument. Please don't hesitate to ask him about where to purchase/rent an instrument or about possible discounts for those who need them. A lot of Mikhail's students have chosen to stay with him long-term so space may be limited, and he does have many more students which may not be indicated by his availability on this site. He really does his best to accept new students, and to stay in touch with former students such as Annelle Gregory.

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award for Best Americana Album on violin and cello and another nomination in a different style in the same year. Mikhail teaches lessons valued at $150 an hour, at a current going rate of $45* per hour (*which is subject to change). He can do this due to the high volume of clientele he is willing to handle at the moment in between undertaking movie-music projects.

He follows in the lineage of Ludwig V. Beethoven who was a teacher of a teacher of Fritz Kreisler the great violinist, who was a teacher of a teacher of one of Mikhail's mentors.

Collaboration is very important to Mikhail, he sees his students also as his collaborators working together to create amazing works of sound. He spends part of the live practice lesson professing the deep intricacies and traditions of instrumental techniques, which are important for the subjective elements of music such as reading, pitch, tone, rhythm techniques, and playing your favorite song of choice with the other part of the lesson guiding the student to perform, and/or compose and arrange original and covered works with techniques in Live Recording in his recording studio. Collaborations with other artists may occur, and uploading music to youtube and connecting the students' musical practice to the real world is also an option in Mikhail's studio.

He has also taught such modern, classical, pop, fiddle, and rock musicians whom developed into virtuosos such as Annelle Gregory, Vasi Hunton, and many more competition winners and non-competitive masters! As proof of Mikhail's competence in the art of teaching.

If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical decisions then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like so; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner musical self, and making it bloom into its own unique and original artist. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same. Mikhail is directly related to the great jazz pianist, Leonid Chizhik, and as mentioned before his personal viol training is traced back to Beethoven through Fritz Kreisler who was one of his teachers' teachers' teachers. These are some of the examples of his deeply rooted and priceless qualifications beyond any degree which one can ever hope to achieve. In addition, he has strong ties with the New York City Ballet where his cousin is a dancer and one of the last Russians on the squad born in the same year as George Balanchine's passing. Some have said that she is a reincarnation of the great Ballet master himself. Mikhail has worked on a ballet for the NYC ballet, which is unfinished to this very day.

Albums Mikhail has played on to take note of:

Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine.

"Lion and the Lady" with Trent Hancock released March 2015

"Buried" with Midnight Pine winning best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello)

"Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello)

2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin).

Online digital recordings with i-earth music, a corporate world music band.

Some of Mikhail's personal History:

Mikhail was born in the Soviet Union, and came over with his family in 1989...

He was taught Violin by his Russian Gypsy Uncle.

As a teen, he was became the Concertmaster violinist in his Sophomore year at Poway high school's 150 piece philharmonic orchestra conducted by the legendary Gary Horimoto playing many symphonies such as Beethoven, Mahler, and Tchaikovsky winning first place by unanimous decision in numerous festivals including a grand festival of over 100 high schools held in San Francisco.

Mikhail later joined the La Jolla Symphony chorus as a vocalist.

Mikhail holds a UCSD music composition and performance degree, from mentors including Janos Negyesy (Berlin Philharmonic concertmaster), Chinary Ung (Grawemeyer Award winner), Aleck Karis (film piano), Andrew Infanti (piano), Steven Takasugi (composition), John Fonville (microtonal composition), Edwin Harkins (polyrhythm +world music performance), and Phil Larson (voice).

During his studies at the university, Mikhail was hired as a elementary, middle, and high school orchestra director at the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into the deep end at 17 years old?

Excelling in that profession for the last 15 years he has taught at many schools and programs including the National City School District, CCPAA in El Cajon and Clairemont... Montessori school in La Jolla, Old Town Academy, and "Camp Wings" inspiring the underprivileged youth of Barrio Logan and National City.

As a professional gigging musician in the world of performing and recording he has also done many hired gun gigs in the styles of Latin, Latin Jazz, Classical, Jazz, Gypsy, Electronic, Rock, Americana, and Pop. Been on KUSI numerous times, and has won the latest 2014 SDMA music awards.

Some of the groups Mikhail has worked with include:

Sene Africa (world music) (Violin)
I-earth Music (corporate world music) (multi-instrumental)
Trent Hancock (Americana)(violin and cello)
Midnight Pine (Americana)(violin and cello)
Cafe Moliendo (Cumbia/Salsa/Latin Jazz)(piano, violin, accordion)
The Downs Family (Irish Rock)(Irish Accordion)
Busno (Romanian Gypsy band)(Romanian Gypsy violin)
Trio Gadjo (French Gypsy Jazz)(Violin)
Orchestra Mustachio (Electro Gypsy)(Electric Violin)
Zirk Ubu circus (the circus)(multi-instrumental)
EDM(Dubstep violin) at Downtown Mardi Gras
Lou Fanucci (Italian/Tango)(Violin)
UCSD (modern classical) (violin)
As well as many other local and global living and passed legends of jazz

Mikhail opened for the Eagles with his corporate band, "I-earth" during a private corporate event in Los Angeles

Some of Mikhail's compositions, and his student uploads can be found on youtube by searching his name.

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.

For more info and videos please feel free to check out Mikhail's profile on Youtube.

Mikhail has passed very strict background checks with the Takelessons company, and according to his many positive reviews found on the site, he is good with kids and adults. There is a money-back guarantee, and no long-term contracts required, however he does ask that you give 2 weeks prior notice before cancelling a lesson so that he can keep his schedule as full as possible. There is absolutely no risk in trying out this amazing teacher while the opportunity is here.

The only one bad review Mikhail received was due to some confusion about parking. On their first lesson, the student didn't know where to park and tried calling Mikhail right before the lesson. However, due to the high volume of clients, Mikhail was unable to answer his phone and the student was upset. So just to clarify, there IS parking available in spaces no. 7,8, or 9.
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Maria July 29, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome teacher, enthusiastic, knowledgeable, fun!
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Diane June 18, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Misha was very understanding and encouraging. I am a woman in my early 70s and haven't read music or played an instrument in over fifty years but I came away being convinced I can do this! I can't imagine a better teacher.
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Jill B. June 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Encouraging. Easy to learn from.
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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
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Amanda D.

San Diego, CA

As a classroom music teacher and a string class instructor, I am able to take violin students from the beginning through book 3 of Suzuki. I focus on proper technique, ear training, performance readiness and note-reading.

About Amanda

As a teacher, I have had the privilege of working with private students for the past 15 years. It is one of the great joys of my life. My studio currently consists of students of all ages who study cello, piano, or violin with me.

As a lifelong student of music, myself, I have been blessed to study under a number of great teachers, including world-famous cellist Nathaniel Rosen, and I hold a Bachelors of Music Performance from Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University.

I have also had the chance to record cello for film, classical albums (including recordings by Maest
ro Paul Phillips and Dr. Jack Delaney), and contemporary music projects.

In drawing on my experiences both as a teacher and performer, my goal with each of my students is to guide them on a focused, disciplined, but always-fun journey of musical discovery as they learn their chosen instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a very flexible approach to teaching music. Do you want to be a classical musician? Great! Or, would you rather learn pop or movie music? No problem. As long as you're learning, I'm happy!

As far as curriculum, I use the Faber piano series to get my students started. For my string students I use Essential Elements for strings and the Suzuki books. These methods are used for learning the basics of the instrument. Once proficiency is achieved, we can switch directions to whatever style of music the student prefers to learn.

How fast a student learns is completely up to them. I can pour a lot of information into a half hour lesson, but if the student isn't practicing at home, their progress is going to be extremely slow. My best students put in at least 30 minutes of practice at home and have a passion for what they are doing. I'm only part of the process of helping a student learn music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A baby grand piano, tons of music, good lighting and a separate waiting area for families....toys included for little siblings.

*** Specialties ***
I mainly teach classical, but I also encourage exploring all styles of music. For strings I use the Suzuki method and for Piano I use the Faber method.
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Anna F. May 15, 2016
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is great! I've been studying with her for a little over a year and as an adult student and first-time strings player, it not been easy. Amanda is part of the reason I've pressed on! She is so encouraging and she tailors the lessons to help me to achieve my goals. She is always upbeat, prepared and genuinely interested in what you wish to accomplish with music. She is a very talented and knowledgeable musician. It's a comfortable environment; the only pressure I feel is that which I place on myself. Whatever your age or previous experience, I would recommend Amanda. She is a very good teacher.
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William Judge January 25, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is a fantastic instructor, she was able to quickly assess where I was in my learning and what I needed to work on to bring my playing to the next level. She was very accommodating with scheduling and even supported lessons via Skype when I wasn't able to make it to her studio. Highly recommend Amanda for lessons, proceed with confidence!
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Sarah B. September 24, 2015
Cello · Online
Verified Student
As an adult student I was nervous, but excited, to start playing a new instrument. I wanted to challenge myself since I already knew how to play piano. Amanda is an amazing instructor, she is so patient and is always encouraging. My schedule can be chaotic but she is always very flexible and accommodating. Another huge advantage is being able to use Skype, I wasn't sure how it would work out, but it has been great! I am learning the correct techniques and making improvements weekly! I would highly recommend her to anyone!
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Amanda D.

Amanda D.

San Diego, CA 92124
(13)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Adrian B.

San Diego, CA

My teaching purpose is to instill a music appreciation while showing the technical aspects, reaching for a deeper way of transposing the even the most distinct feelings into music. To share my musical and educational experience with others, to exceed all others expectations, as well as mine, to fulfill my dreams, and create stronger principles, while reaching personal growth.

About Adrian

I started studying violin at age 7 and felt in love with the instrument ever since. I have been playing and teaching for the past 20 years and I enjoy sharing my knowledge with music enthusiasts of any ages and levels. If you’re thinking about taking violin lessons or just want to improve your playing, be prepared to find benefits in several surprising ways beyond just gaining the ability to play beautiful music on a new instrument.
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Sasha B. June 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Adrian has very nice approach, listening, trying also understand character, personality of student. His corrections for playing were straight to the point. Very nice, productive and pleasant.
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Juan April 9, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
I had a wonderful first lesson! I'm 32 years old and was tough to think I could start learning the violin, however, Adrian makes it very easy to pick up on what he is trying to explain. Very knowledgeable and highly recommended!
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Minseon P. March 29, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He's been my son's private teacher over an year. He is very pleasant and patient. My 15-year old boy is really enjoying learning from him. My son is in Suzuki book 5 and joining in Great Miami Youth Symphony. Adrian helps him for preparing an audition or concert music as well as correcting skills. I am very satisfied with his teaching style and would like him to teach my son as long as he can.
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Adrian B.

San Diego, CA 92124
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Alethia E.

San Diego, CA

I use many methods of teaching including Suzuki, Kodaly and traditional teaching in order to accommodate each student's learning needs. I am very flexible and more than happy to discuss teaching methods and/or special needs with parents and students.

About Alethia

Growing up I was raised in a home full of music. My father, a graduate of the Conservatorio Nacional Superior de Musica (National conservatory of Superior Music) played piano day and night and from there my love for music blossomed. My first experience with music was at the age of 8 when I began to take piano lessons from my father. I decided to switch to violin when I was 12. I was introduced to violin thanks to the Waldorf School of San Diego and have played in the orchestra throughout all of middle school. After 8th grade I was accepted into Young Artist Symphony and played with them until
2011. My education in orchestras continued with USD Chamber Orchestra, and Youth Philharmonic Orchestra. I began to teach at the Waldorf School as an assistant orchestra teacher in 2011, and have since been teaching privately as well.

My goals when teaching is to teach the appropriate techniques in order to play violin successfully and to hopefully inspire love and appreciation for music. In my experience I have learned that every student has a different way of learning therefore it is important to adjust to every student's needs. Learning should be fun but it should also be disciplined, it is important to understand that there is a time for fun and a time to be serious when learning.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me!
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Daigo K. July 31, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Alethia was very nice and patient with our 4 year old son. Our son liked her very much from the first lesson.
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Daigo K. July 30, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Alethia was very nice and patient with our 4 year old son. Our son liked her very much from the first lesson.
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Georgiana R. July 15, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Very patient and encouraging.
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Alethia E.

Alethia E.

San Diego, CA 92123
(9)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Souaad N.

Spring Valley, CA

My main focus of study for violin lessons is classical music. The student will learn: proper technique, music theory, music history, to sight-read, tune the violin on his/her own, solos, collaborate with other musicians, how to conduct, and how to prepare for an audition. I take the lessons at the student's learning pace, and I challenge them to get past mental barriers.

About Souaad

Hello there, curious musician to be!

I am a competitive individual and I like to challenge and to be challenged. I started playing violin when I was 10 and have performed with several Honors Orchestras, mariachis, as well as some professional groups. My Junior and Senior year of high school I was honored to be Concertmaster.

I began my classical vocal training at San Diego State University in Spring of 2012. I was trained as a Soprano and an Alto because of my coachability, and versatility. Since then I have worked with several talented and dynamic directors throughout my training expe
rience. I have attended the annual San Diego Summer Choral Festival, as well as the Conducting Workshop under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders, which consisted of an intensive choral training weekend followed by performances. I am also part of a growing professional choir in San Diego called Pro Arte Voices, which debuted its first CD in December '14 (!!). Lastly, I am a strong advocate for the arts in our community and am very proud to be a teacher. Most recently, I have started developing a choir program for the youth at a local church. In the near future I have plans of developing a music program for underprivileged youth, which would incorporate choir, and orchestra. I continue to work on myself so that I can always give my best to my students, and teach them something new. I look forward to making music with you, or your little one soon :)
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Robert W. August 25, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
A kind and attentive instructor.
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Greg W. August 12, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Professional and personal.
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Chelsea June 22, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter signed up for a talent show at show at her school. I felt that she needed a extra help so I signed her up for 5 voice lessons with Souaad, and this is what she said, "Personally I like it. She helps and is great at teaching. She is also very nice, and can help you reach your goal. She is very patient, but at times she will ask you to do better. I met my goal, and feel like my singing has become better". She helped my daughter reached her goal and I can hear the improvement on my daughter's voice after the 2nd lessons. However, I do feel that it is a bit pricing. But with the limited time I have is okay.
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Souaad N.

Spring Valley, CA 91977
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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