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Regina B.

San Diego, CA

I am an outgoing, positive teacher who has a passion for music and for sharing this passion with students in a fun and relatable way. I don't approach every student the same way - as unique individuals, I learn about the student's goals and personality, and will create customized lessons based on the information and relationship we form. Knowledge of the instrument, music theory, and basic fundamentals are building blocks of any lesson, but the sky is the limit!!

About Regina

Regina became inspired to play the violin after seeing the local middle school orchestra perform when she was 8. Since starting the following school year, she has been consistently involved in developing her passion of and involvement in music, participating in many classical orchestras and small ensembles, interning at 91X radio station during college, performing as a session and live string musician in the San Diego rock scene.

She graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Nazarene University in 2010. In addition to teaching violin
, viola, and piano in her private studio, she is involved at a community music center in San Diego, plays for weddings, and can be found playing in acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, various sheet music, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach from more traditional methods and use my personal experience to give students a well-rounded learning experience. I have been in orchestras and small ensembles all my life and absolutely love classical music, but have also extensively played Irish/Celtic music, hymns/religious pieces, and contemporary songs.

I want each of my students to have a lot of different experiences to have that foundational knowledge and also to expose them to a variety of genres so that they can see what's out there and hone in on what they're most passionate about.
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Sharon R. August 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Regina is a great teacher. Zoe loved everything about Regina and everything about the lessons. 5 stars all the way around!
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Fernanda L. November 27, 2013
Viola
Verified Student
Charismatic teacher

My daughter is 6-years old and is taking viola lessons with Regina for some weeks now. My daughter finds the class interesting and she is enthusiastic with her progress. The instructor is charismatic, dynamic and didactic.
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Regina B.

Regina B.

San Diego, CA 92110
(2)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Betsy F.

San Diego, CA

Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing multiple songs.

About Betsy

Music is the biggest passion in my life. I love being able to share that gift with my students, and look forward to their progress as much as my own. I continue to grow and develop as a musician, and love connecting with people through music. My students all learn to love and appreciate music, theory and performing as I share my knowledge and expertise.

I have degrees in Violin, Viola and Vocal Performance, that I earned while on full scholarship for music. I started violin as a young child with the Suzuki Method and later added viola. I began singing professional gigs while still i
n high school, and was the youngest member ever with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Chorus at 17. I also have extensive experience singing in non-classical groups and bands and am comfortable performing and teaching musical theater, pop, country, opera, operetta, and church music. With solid vocal technique my students are able to cross genres with ease, and sing whatever inspires them musically.

I currently sing with the San Diego Master Chorale and the San Diego Symphony. I was concertmaster in several symphony orchestras and have played as section leader for viola in numerous groups. I also play in and manage a string quartet and am also currently coaching small group string ensembles. My siblings and I have played in our family string quartet for over 20 years, and still perform together. Most recently I was chosen to record a new song Glow for Disneyland's California Adventure World of Color Winter Dreams.

I am comfortable teaching with various different methods, and cater lesson plans to the individual student. With over 14 years of teaching experience, I have taught students that vary in age from 3 to 75 years old, and am very comfortable with teaching children.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are fun. My philosophy is that students should have music in their lives and benefit from the lessons they take now for years to come. Learning to play a musical instrument will help students with math skills, study habits, and develop a skill that will last for a lifetime.

After 3 months students will understand the fundamentals of their string instrument or voice, know how to care for their instrument, warm up properly, be able to read and play/sing introductory passages. After 6 months the student will have learned basic music theory, how to read music, and have advanced through playing/singing multiple songs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a violin and viola that I bring to assist in teaching lessons. I expect that the students provide an instrument and their books. A keyboard or piano is essential for voice students for vocalization. A student need not know how to play piano in order to take voice lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Vocal students are encouraged to pick songs from whatever genre sparks their interest. With violin and viola I use the suzuki method of training and follow the books and lessons, I use other books to supplement scales/technique.
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Emma April 30, 2015
In studio
Verified Student
First day went very well.
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Regina B. May 22, 2014
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Betsy has been my daughters coach for about a year now, and she is wonderful. My daughter has learned so much in the past year, and now she's interested in singing, thanks to Betsy. Betsy has a wonderful spirit, she knows how to communicate on their level, and she makes them feel as though they can do anything. I also like her because she encourages kids to follow their dreams, and to do the right things, and we all know that it takes a village to raise a child. I would highly recommend Betsy!
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Ivana May 14, 2014
I have an audition tonight. I was very grateful that Betsy was able to help me with last minute suggestions. Betsy was available immediately which made the lesson possible. She is a wonderful voice teacher and helped me polish up my song. Thanks so much for making this format available. Linda
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Betsy F.

Betsy F.

San Diego, CA 92117
(15)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Sang S.

San Diego, CA

I have had the opportunity to instruct students of all ages and abilities. My skills as a soloist, and orchestra member allow me to teach a wide variety of repertoires. I work with my students by using the Suzuki method and European traditional fundamental method together. Also I believe by using scale books and etudes books to help building solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selection of violin solo music to work on development in musicality.

During the lesson, I play along with my students , which is very helpful for their ear training. Communication is important between the student and the teacher. I encourage my students to ask questions , and I will answer them in details.

My goal is to help my students to enjoy playing the violin and perform the music with confidence.

About Sang

My name is Sang, I am a professional violinist for over 18 years. I have been playing with the San Diego Symphony, the Nova Chamber Orchestra. My private studio is in UTC, La Jolla. And I also teach for California Music Studio. I have given numerous recitals and philanthropic performances all over the San Diego areas. Please allow me to tell you a bit of my musical Career.

In 1988 I received a full scholarship from Roosevelt University in Chicago to study music and violin. I currently hold a first violin position with the Chicago Grant Park Symphony in the summer season. I have been playin
g the violin since the age of 4. At the age of nine, I was accepted to the prestigious Shanghai Conservatory of Music. I performed as soloist with numerous orchestras in China and won most of the major national competitions.

I was a full time member of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra between 1993-2010. I have performed in Germany, Austria and Cuba. Being an accomplished violinist has given me the opportunity to work with famous people such as Yoyo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Frank Sinatra Jr, Doc Severinsen and Marvin Hamlisch to name a few.

*** Specialties ***
I work with my students by using Suzuki method, along with traditional fundamental methods. I will help them to develop music reading skills. Also I believe using scale books , etudes books to build solid techniques. In addition, I use wide selections of solo music ( from classical selections to popular music) to work on musicality. I encourage my student to communicate with me, all questions will be answered in detail. My goal is to train my students to perform with confidence.
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Coleen W. September 29, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
wonderful teacher

As an adult beginner, I was very nervous about beginning violin lessons. I've been taking lessons with Sang for about 15 months now and have loved every lesson. She is patient and has helped me progress farther than I thought I possible for me. Along with technique, she encourages me to learn and explore music beyond the etude books.
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MannyM July 17, 2012
Great violin teacher!!

Sang is very patient and encouraging. She's really good at explaining things and can see immediately where I need to improve (so I don't develop incorrect habits). I've learned so much in a relatively short amount of time. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for a violin instructor!
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GarrettS November 11, 2011
Excellent Instructor

Sang is very patient and encouraging, and very understanding for those who are just beginning like myself. I would highly recommend her to others.
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Sang S.

Sang S.

San Diego, CA 92122
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. Winning the latest SDMA Music Awards, he uses a multi-instrumental approach to learning individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

About Mikhail

Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction especially in stringed instruments specifically that of Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano.

In 2014 he received SDMA Music Awards and nominations on various instruments in collaboration with several different Artists.

He uses a multi-platform approach in teaching individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

So if you are looking for a place to f
lourish musically, and where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical choices then Mikhail is the guide for you. A story Mikhail likes to tell is how Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger. They did so by nurturing their inner self, and making it bloom. Music is a very personal journey, and no two musicians are ever the same.

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.

Here are some of the Albums Mikhail Recorded:

"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.

Here is a little about his 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), Jon 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 teacher and conductor of the Creative and Performing Arts Academy Orchestra. What could be a greater learning experience than being tossed into that world 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 can also be found on soundcloud.

Mikhail has also composed the first half of the flimscore of a short film "Picture This" for an NBC commercial by Macintosh Films.
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Helene D. May 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is an incredible music teacher. Talk about patience - he has got it. Mikhail has a unique way of meeting his pupils where they are at. Sometimes I am heading into my lesson feeling like I'm not playing well enough and within minutes , I get from him that I'm doing just fine. Music lessons are more fun with Mikhail than I have had in previous attempts with others. Music lessons are fun and I am actually learning. Thanks Mikhail for being awesome.
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Amy H. May 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Yep, he's awesome! Mikhail is a well-rounded musician. His calm, patient demeanor as well as his unique teaching style makes learning very enjoyable.
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Ken W. April 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is definitely as awesome as his biography indicates.
He not only has experience with many different styles and genres of music but also understands their histories and origins.
Mikhail is exceptionally good at teaching challenging concepts in both music theory and violin technique that would otherwise be very difficult to learn. Since starting lessons with him I have noticed my ability to play the violin and to read music have both improved greatly.
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Mikhail B.

Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA 92116
(11)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Sarah K.

San Diego, CA

Learn any piece you want! With instructor's perfect pitch, you're not limited to just books. Sarah will teach you posture, rhythm, reading, sound, performance, technique, etc.

About Sarah

Hello, my name is Sarah. I'm a classically trained violinist and pianist that has a passion for music and teaching! I started both instruments when I was 4 years old, and obtained perfect pitch--I can compose/transpose whatever you would like to learn just by singing or showing me the music on YouTube. :) I use this gift to compose, transpose, and teach music of all genres of various instruments and arrangements (classical in different keys that fit levels and vocal ranges, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, etc.).
I have taught students as young as 3 yrs old and as old as 83 yr
s old, students with physical/mental/learning disabilities, group lessons and more! I believe that learning to play an instrument doesn't have to be difficult or frustrating, and that it should be enjoyable and fun!

*** Instructor's Music History ***
Because mother was a piano teacher for over 30 years with contagious passion for music (teaching while I was in the womb and an infant), music was inevitable. At age 5, I began performing solo and in ensembles, and since age 6, I've been a part of the church choir, school ensemble and later the school band, and orchestra. As I entered high school, I decided to become more active and take leadership in the ensembles. I became the Concert Mistress of the symphonic and string orchestra and held onto my first chair until graduation. I also participated in the San Jose Philharmonic Orchestra, as first violinist. I was a first violinist of the Korean American Music Supporters Association (KAMSA), performing a concert at the Disney Concert Hall. Since 1997, I have won countless awards from CWC Annual Music Competitions, California Music Education Association, KTVN Bay Area Annual Music Competitions, Prospect-Westmont String Orchestra voted Most Outstanding Instrumentalist, and passed all levels in both piano and violin in Certificate of Merit (CM) Tests.
I moved to San Diego to study Music Performance at University of California-San Diego. I became the Concert Mistress of the UCSD Chamber Orchestra and look forward to continuing my education for Music Performance, Music Education, and Music Therapy. In my music career, I've worked in senior communities as the music director, conducted orchestras and ensembles, formed and performed in duets, trios, and quartets, in public and private concerts, weddings, nursing homes, etc. I also am a part of an indie rock/bluegrass band (voice and fiddle) recording and performing, as well as a classic rock band (voice, keyboard, violin). In my free time, I compose and transpose for myself as well as for my students who would like to learn an easier version of a piece, different genres like pop songs, movie soundtracks, TV shows, favorite artists, etc.

*** Lesson Plan ***
Mix and match genres and lesson elements: Classical, contemporary, jazz, soundtrack, rock, pop, folk, ensemble, solo, theory, sight-reading, technique, Suzuki, Hanon, etc.
My main priority in every lesson is to make learning an instrument fun and comfortable. I have a plan mapped out for every lesson, for every student. Depending on the student's age, level and preference of genre, I pick out books suitable for each student, and also ask the student to bring in a piece or book they would like to work on. I find it important to make every lesson enjoyable, so it is crucial that the student enjoys the homework assigned when they leave the lesson. I usually begin the lesson with warm-ups, scales, music theory, then continue with reviewing past homework, focusing on posture, rhythm, technique, etc. Lastly, we will sight-read and preview the next pieces to be assigned for homework. Pace is set mostly by the student and how much they practice, but I will always nudge the student to improve in musicianship and posture after every lesson, with patience and perseverance.
[There will be an annual/semi-annual recital, optional but highly recommended for all students!]

** SPECIAL NOTE FOR BEGINNERS **
If your child is a beginner, we will take turns picking songs (i.e. one week "Pirates of the Caribbean" and the next week "Minuet in G" by Bach) to ensure that they practice. I utilize stickers and goal-oriented tasks to have fun and encourage students to maintain their interest and also hold them accountable.
If you're a beginner adult, I will require more self-discipline from you, but you will not be excluded from sticker rewards. ;) We will still pick songs and genres you want to play, with classical and recognizable folk songs to cover the basics.
Whether you are 3 or 83 years old, I look forward to helping you play any instrument with comfort and enjoyment, with the right posture and techniques.
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Maya G. August 4, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent teacher! My daughter has learned quickly. She's very patient! Recommend!
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Shihong W. July 26, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
It was not an easy task to find a great violin instructor for my boy who was entirely new to violin. After almost two years, I have to say we were incredibly lucky to have Sarah as his violin teacher. She is very pleasant, hardworking and detail-oriented, my boy absolutely LOVES his lectures and practice with Sarah! Sarah invested so much into my boy's learning, and well tailored his learning experience based on the progress made. My boy's violin skills have improved dramatically, I cannot believe he is now No. 4 violinest (out of ~ 40) in his middle school orchestra only after 1.5 years learning from Sarah, and the No.1-3 have been practicing for > 6 years! If you are looking for a truly outstanding violin instructor for your kids, I recommend Sarah without any reservation!!!
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Almira N. July 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Sarah is awesome for my 2 kids. They started about one and a half years ago and they have progressed through about 5 different song books already. She adapts to the strenght of each, and she keeps them focused with a variety of activities: individual piano song practicing, duets, paper tests, learning to recognize famous classical music parts. She totally connects with the kids, and succesfully pushes them with a firm and fun grip. Great teacher!
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Sarah K.

Sarah K.

San Diego, CA 92122
(18)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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