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Allen D.

San Diego, CA

About Allen

Hello! My name is Allen and I've been playing guitar for 13 years, and teaching for the past 8. I've been performing and writing since the age of 16 with bands in many styles. I'm originally from Santa Maria, CA, and I obtained my knowledge of music theory, performance, and songwriting skills from taking private lessons in the central coast at a place called Coelho's Academy of Music. Our head instructor, Jerry Coelho, was a student of the late Howard Roberts and was one of the first graduating students to who helped to establish Guitar Institute of Technology (GIT), currently known as The Mus
icians Institute. After dedicating 4 years of private lessons under Jerry and his other top instructors, my hard work payed off and I was given the opportunity take students of my own. For the following two years, I've managed to consistently teach 40 students per week. I decided to move forward and take my musical experience with me to San Diego, where I currently teach, write, record, and perform my music with others who have similar goals and aspirations. I am playing with three bands at this moment. Quel Bordel, Science Fiction Jazz, and Foreign Film. These bands have given me the opportunity to perform with local and big named artists such as D.J. Artistic, Gary Wilson of Stones Throw Records, The Aristocrats, Terry Bozzio, Alan Holdsworth, and Tony Levin. As a teacher, I'm here to help you with where you want to be with guitar. Whether it's rock, pop, funk, hip hop, reggae, jazz, blues, indie, folk, and country, I can help you with the technical and theoretical side of things.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal- To get you to become better than me. I find myself as an easy going teacher, and can provide that push when I see students getting more engaged in their lessons. Students are expected to have their own copy of my recommended method books. I emphasize heavy chord vocabulary and steady rhythm. I believe that in order to be a good lead player, you would have to be a great rhythm player. As we develop technique, you can expect me to incorporate theory as to maintain an even share of the HOW's and WHY's. Moreover, expect to DO something with our lessons. Repetition is the mother of learning, and sometimes it comes down to the idea of 'monkey see, monkey do' before we can have in depth conversations about the application of your lessons in real situations. To me, music is very creative. So I'm a big believer on improvisation with both chords and scales. I believe in practical application when learning the songs you want to learn. So every student will have a unique way of learning the fundamentals only necessary to their personal goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small practice amps, cables, method books (personal copies), extra picks, extra guitar, music stand, blank sheet music/tabs for notes, extra strings, music stand, metronome, tuner

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music stand, extra guitar (if needed), blank staff/tab paper, tuner, metronome, battery powered amp, cables, extra strings (if needed), picks

*** Specialties ***
I primarily use Hal Leonard method books for beginners when it comes to reading and basic technique. For those who want to learn at the intermediate/advance level, I use the book called Jazz and Pop Guitar (chords and progressions) and Scales and Modes in the Beginning which can cover all aspects of chord theory and improvisation. I model my curriculum off of my prior lesson plans from my teachers ( based off of Berklee and GIT) My genres specialize in rock, funk, jazz, indie rock, folk, country, blues, pop
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Susan F. January 27, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
I'm a total beginner with no experience on any instrument. I don't know have anything to compare to but I'm pretty sure Alan is an outstanding instructor. He got me from the basic understanding of a timing signature to through various strumming techniques to playing a song on my first lesson.

I've had several lessons now and am able to play several of the songs in the awesome song book he sent. Not only can I pluck them but I can strum them in various ways to create different vibes. I honestly didn't think I'd be progressing this fast and I'm pretty sure it's simply because Alan is awesome at explaining things with a combination of techniques.

He draws on paper to show the score / theory and then he demonstrates - starting very slow at first. Then he speeds up to regular time for a moment. Then he slows down and we play together. By watching and following what he does everything just seems to come together.

Alan is obviously a gifted musician. I imagine he would be an awesome instructor for even experienced folks.

His apartment is centrally located with ample street parking during the day. I went for a lesson once at night and the parking was kind of tight. Just allow time to walk a block or so. The lesson is definitely worth the walk and the neighborhood is nice.

He gives lessons in his living room which is very comfortable. He uses apps on his phone and a tablet in addition to paper that he scores during the lesson. You get to take the score home to practice from, which is awesome. He also takes video of his demos and emails them to you after the lesson so you can review during practice.

Alan is really nice and does a good job or encouraging me to practice and participate in the ukulele community, which is a lot of fun and highly motivational.
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Jordan K. September 10, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson for my daughter. Not only did she learn chords but also the history of the instrument!
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Neal S. November 2, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Great with Kids.
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Allen D.

Allen D.

San Diego, CA 92104
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$20 / 30-min
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Regina B.

San Diego, CA

About Regina

I was inspired to play the violin after seeing the local middle school orchestra perform when I was 8 years old. Since beginning group violin lessons the following school year, I have been consistently involved in developing my passion for and involvement in music in versatile ways -participating in many classical orchestras and ensembles, interning at 91X radio station during college,
and performing as a session musician and live string performer in the San Diego music scene.

In 2010, I graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Music and a minor in Pre-Therapeutic Psychology from Point Loma Naza
rene University. In addition to teaching lessons, I play for weddings, parties, and other events, and can be found rocking out on stage in acoustic world punk band QUEL BORDEL!

I teach from more traditional methods and use my personal history to provide a well-rounded learning experience. I enjoy sharing the beauty and creativity of classical music, Irish/world music, hymns/religious pieces, as well as contemporary songs.

My approach to teaching is very holistic, helping to create for each of student a solid foundation of music theory, history, note-reading, and technique while also exposing them to a variety of pieces and genres so they can be better prepared to explore what most interests them.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, music stand, tuner, metronome, flashcards, etudes and exercises, various sheet music, etc.
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Savvy N. December 11, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My 8 year old daughter is loving music, and music lessons with Regina.
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Troy December 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Regina teaches wonderfully. My eight year old new to music daughter loves her lessons with Regina. And, is eager to practice the lessons assigned each week. Regina is a positive influence in my daughter's life. And, that is what this father is always striving to provide her. Thank you, Regina
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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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Regina B.

Regina B.

San Diego, CA 92110
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starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Michael B.

San Diego, CA

About Michael

Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction with the help of modern technology he seeks to attain high achievement for his students specializing in electronic composition and string instruments such as Violin, Viola, Cello, and Piano, etc.

In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award and an additional nomination in various style categories on various instruments in collaboration with several different Artists.

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 etc. and the other part of the lesson guiding the student to compose and arrange their own original works with techniques in Recording in his recording studio. Collaborations with other artists do occur, and uploading music to youtube and connecting the students' musical practice to the real world is commonplace in Mikhail's studio.

He has also taught such modern classical/ pop virtuosos and prodigies such as Annelle Gregory and Vasi Hunton.

If you are looking for a place to flourish musically, where you won't be judged for your ever-changing musical choices then Mikhail is the guide for you. Mikhail may bring up a story which goes like this; Stravinsky, Bartok, Gershwin, and Piazzolla flourished under the guidance of Nadia Boulanger, and they did so by nurturing the inner 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 his personal viol training is traced back to Beethoven through Fritz Kreisler who was one of his teachers' teachers' teachers.

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), 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 can also be found on youtube by going to the channel titled by 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.

Some of his former and current students are flourishing into great acclaim. For more info and videos please feel free to check out Mikhail's profile on Youtube.
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Yvonne O. January 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail listens to what the student's goals are and adapts the learning accordingly. At the same time he is setting the framework so that the student can learn correctly and make forward progress.
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Amy B. January 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is very patient! He's really good with children. Absolutely recommend!
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Zachary C. January 13, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful!!!!!!!!
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Michael B.

Michael B.

San Diego, CA 92116
(16)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA

About Steven

Piano - Guitar - Voice Lessons in the convenience of your home anywhere in the United States or in the Coronado Music Studio. Steven B is one of the best teachers out there. For over 25 years, successfully teaching hundreds of students. Teaching all levels. Most ages. Beginners are welcome. Whatever your level, be prepared to learn and have fun!

Reviews From Students and Parents (Piano - Guitar - Voice)

“I just wanted to say Thank You and let you know how much I appreciate all the information and help you have given Mikey. You helped him form a great hobby that he loves to do and the f
amily loves to hear. He has come so far since his first lesson and I am happy you kept the Piano lessons interesting for him. Thanks again for being a kind, great teacher to him.” - Cheryl, 5 Stars! 

“Steven B, a patient, gifted teacher has supervised my studies on guitar with good humor, wit and flexibility.  I would recommend him without hesitation to players young and old.” - Tim, 5 Stars!  

“I took voice and piano lessons in Steven B’s Coronado Music Studio and also online via Skype.  Both experiences were great, and it was really convenient to do the lessons on Skype.  Steven B is an excellent teacher, and he is very patient.  I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument or sing!” - Kat , 5 Stars! 

“Steven B’s fun and patient teaching style rocks. I see how his bright, fun-loving personality, and knowledge of music for piano makes him top choice as my daughter’s music instructor.” - Anthony, 5 Stars!   

“Steven B is a wonderful teacher!  He is talented, always enthusiastic, and extremely motivational! Each lesson is designed specifically for our daughter Kelsey's ability and desired genre of music! Kelsey began guitar and vocal lessons in the Coronado studio and is now taking lessons via Skype since our move to Virginia.  The lessons are convenient, affordable, and productive. We are excited to be able to still have Steven B as her guitar and vocal teacher!” - Amy, 5 Stars!  

“I came to Steven B as a beginner in piano and I took the piano lessons on my Casio keyboard. I just wanted to learn my favorite songs. Steven B got me into the music I really enjoy!  In only three months, I was able to play and sing a song I truly love titled “Angel” from Sarah McLachian.  My teacher said I performed it as well as the artist. My friends, loved my performance of the song!” - Katrina, 5 Stars! 

“My son has taken guitar and voice lessons with Steven B for the last year.  We are pleased with classes and the improvement we've seen in comparison to a previous instructor.  Steven B is punctual and extremely respectful of the time and money it takes to provide lessons.  He can be counted on to be both friendly and professional.  He comes prepared for lessons and expects the same of his students.  If you are serious about learning and improving your skills, we highly recommend him.” - Christina, 5 Stars! 

“My time in being instructed by Steven B on piano was a great, informative experience. Ever since the first lesson, he is a very good teacher that clearly knows what he is doing. Mr. Bruce taught me at my own pace, taking time to help me work on skills, especially small details that help me perform much better. He is a very skilled instructor, teaching me pieces from not only music books that he provides, but also the valuable skill of learning by ear, a skill few other teachers bother to touch on. Steven B has helped on a number of occasions with songs that I am learning on my own and fit time into our lessons to work on them. He is always willing to let the student work on what they like as well as what he gives out. When I once mentioned my liking for jazz, we soon started an in-depth series of lessons into the genre, teaching me much more than I ever knew prior to it. I’ve never felt pressured by my assignments and pieces to bring home, as Steven B knows everyone goes at their own pace and can take anytime from a few days to a few weeks to learn a song. My time with him was a very fun and informative time that I thoroughly enjoyed.” - Michael, 5 Stars!

PIANO - GUITAR - VOICE LESSONS:
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Kirby C. January 25, 2016
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Steven is wonderful...has taught Kirby more in 5 classes then she learned in 2 years with another instructor
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LucyQ January 4, 2016
Piano · In studio
Mr. Steve Bruce is a dedicated and professional instructor. He not only appreciates his students, but is committed to see them progress as musicians. He let's them know that they can go as far as they want with their music; they just need to do this one thing: do your homework-->practice, practice, practice, he will work on the rest. Both my daughters have been taking lessons with Steve for over 4 yrs and have the confidence to play in front of a group, they are only 8 & 9 yrs old. If you are looking to find a teacher who is committed to you, then Steve is the right instructor.
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Robert December 21, 2015
Piano · In home
I have known Steven Bruce for many years. When my girlfriend Gloria said to me "I'd like to take piano lessons," our choice for teacher was easy. From the very start, Steve showed patience, skill, understanding, knowledge and a warm sense of humor. To feel confident in his guidance, consistency and care is very comforting. His empathy in moving Gloria along the early stages was truly appreciated. I knew this would be the case, because our teacher is passionate, creative, unique and also happens to be one of the kindest individuals I've ever known. Please consider Steven, if you happen to be looking for an incredibly complete music teacher.
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA 92118
(10)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Eulis K.

San Diego, CA

About Eulis

---------- Now teaching in Orange County AND San Diego! ---------

Hello! Thanks for visiting my Takelessons profile. Let me start off by telling you a bit about myself:
I have been performing for about 20 years as a musician, acting since I was a small boy, and working on and off with public speaking, accent reduction and other presentational skills throughout my career. I started my musical education as a woodwind player and settled in to the wonderful world of singing over time. Music has opened me up to so many opportunities from touring the world to performing in marvelous concer
t halls and working with some of today's most revered artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance through acting in various plays, musicals, television, and film.

Performing has absolutely been my salvation! It has been a best friend and constant source of joy, and I share this gift with others so that it might help them find the same joy. After more than 10 years of teaching, I have so many new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent my last 7 years performing with Disney in Anaheim and abroad in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that those experiences, vast and varied as they are, have given "performance" a new depth. I'm always excited to dive into every lesson with fresh ideas that will mesh well with many tried and tested teaching techniques.

Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to have expanded my studio to San Diego as well! I get such joy from sharing my experiences with the people of this beautiful and inspiring town. If you're interested in learning more about my lesson style, feel free to contact me and I'd be happy to talk with you about a plan to help you reach your goals!

For Students of Voice: Teaching Style

Over the past several years I have focused much of my personal growth on developing my ears' ability to pick out and pinpoint vocal “placement”, resonance, subtleties of timbre, changes in pitch, breath support, air speed and flow, pronunciation and diction, and in general, the way in which all of these work together to create style. From these assessments, I work with the student’s particular needs to address each area individually and based on the learning style of each person.
To illustrate to the student their method as I see and hear it, as well as ways in which they might make changes to facilitate the ease of singing --be they changes of tessitura (range), length of phrase, tone color, the release of unnecessary tension etc.-- I make use of vocalise (vocal exercises), simile and metaphor, examples from recorded performances, demonstration, self assessment, and techniques to “trick” the voice into acting in a different way, in addition to videos, diagrams, and texts on anatomy and physiology. I feel that all of these tools provide a unique and personalized learning experience for each student.
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James January 23, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Eulis is simply an amazing vocal coach. He not only identifies any corrections in your voice he actually clearly explains why your voice is behaving a certain way and has many solutions to correct the issue. He is a very patient and personable instructor that makes you feel comfortable, which is especially important if you are self concious about your voice like I am. Definitely saw major improvements while working with Eulis and I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with him.
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Steven T. December 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing!!!!
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Mary C. December 1, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Eulis is personable, highly intuitive, and not only knows his craft, but can teach it well. Highly recommend!
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Eulis K.

San Diego, CA 92120
(22)
starting at
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