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San Diego has an incredibly rich and diverse music scene and musical history. Artists like Frank Zappa, Anne Wilson from the band Heart, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers bassist Ron Blair, and Blink 182 have all called San Diego home. San Diego continues to be a great stomping ground for aspiring musicians and performers. Have you or your children ever expressed an interest in studying music? Have you ever thought about learning to play? If you live in or around San Diego, music lessons have never been easier to schedule!

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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 Musicians 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 ...

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Neal S. November 2, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Great with Kids.
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Susanna S. June 13, 2014
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Allen is very kind patient and extremely great with kids. My daughter (6) looks forward to seeing Allen via Skype. Allen is always flexible, encouraging and surprises me with his ability to connect with my daughter right where she's at.
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Eren U. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Allen

He gave me courage, he inspired me.. Thank you Allen!!
Justine D. San Diego, CA

About Justine

I love music and believe in its ability to bring people together. It's been a part of my life since I was 5, practicing piano at home in Michigan. Music was a big part of every single one of my school years, and I was lucky enough to be able to double major in music and psychology at Kalamazoo College once I graduated from high school. My passion for music has taken me abroad, to London, where I studied Western & Russian art music and took classes in popular music studies at Goldsmiths College, University of London. It spurred my move across the country to New York, where I developed a better understanding of how important creativity is to all of us -- especially musicians! -- at Teachers College, Columbia University. And, most importantly, it's allowed me to do what I love ...

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Kristen O. January 13, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Justine was very patient and kind yet offered the right about of constructive criticism. She always picked great songs for my daughter to play as well. Thanks Justine
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Jacqueline M. December 30, 2014
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Justine is quite knowledgeable and patient, as she tailors the lessons to the student's ability and interest.
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Salina M. October 31, 2014
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I had apprehension about an ON line guitar class, however I live very remotely in the mountains of CO and finding a teacher to work with wasn't easy...FORTUNATELY, that was the case, because I found Justine! She is knowledgable, is very tuned into MY pace, and has the flexibility I need with my unpredictable scheduling needs. I can now pick up the guitar and play a tune and sing along, and am learning more and more each time. I can't say enough about her!
Salli M. San Diego, CA

About Salli

TEACHING EXPERIENCE Teaching proper singing techniques for pop, rock, jazz, and R&B styles and musical theater for all ages from beginners to professionals since 2004. EDUCATION Bachelor of Arts in Music - San Diego State University - San Diego, CA 2002 to 2006 -- Graduated May 2006, Pi Kappa Lambda Honor Society Vocal Study - Los Angeles Music Productions' Vocal Mecca - Hollywood, CA 2002 to 2003 ----- Attended workshops and seminars taught by the country's renowned voice instructors such as Elisabeth Howard, Lis Lewis, Seth Riggs, and James Lugo. Vocal Study - Judy Davis Vocal Studio - Oakland CA 1993 to 1996 ----- Student for three years, learning techniques from a teacher of many well-known artists. Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - Sonoma State ...

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Mercedes A. November 25, 2014
Singing · In studio
By far the most wonderful singing instructor I've ever encountered. Salli is very thorough in her teaching but she also makes it VERY FUN! Always encouraging at every lesson which in turn nurtured confidence within myself and my voice. Salli truly cares about the success of each and every one of her students. Always willing to go beyond the call! One instance of this great example was an evening of Karaoke. Salli knew I was deathly afraid of being in front of an audience so to build up my confidence she decided to join me on stage. WOW!!! Studying with Salli goes beyond the Teacher-Student relationship. I also gained a life long friend. I can't thank her enough and am forever grateful to her for always believing in me.
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Rob W. August 5, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Salli helped me immensely with my singing. I knew little to nothing when I started and now feel I have the knowledge and tools to use proper techniques and accomplish my goals. She is very patient and knowledgeable and I would recommend her to anyone!
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Heather T. July 29, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
I have been singing since I was a child however never had any proper vocal training until I started taking vocal lessons with Salli. She taught me many helpful techniques with singing from breathing mechanics to how to accurately mouth the words I am singing to project my notes better as well as many other techniques. Over the years I have used her techniques when recording and performing and I have seen my vocal abilities enhance and become way better than they have ever been. Salli is very professional and very knowledgeable in music and singing, and also a very sweet and sympathetic instructor. She really wants to help you perfect your art and will make sure it does happen, as I have seen it happen with me! She is also very patient and you can always discuss with her what you need to work on. I HIGHLY recommend Salli as your musical instructor, she truly enjoys her craft and loves to help her students.
Francis R. San Diego, CA

About Francis

Hi everyone! I'm a hard-working musician with a background in live performance, songwriting, composition, and home recording. I want to help you perform the music you love, whether you're playing to your family, your webcam, or a 15,000 seat arena. I have been teaching private music lessons since 2007. I am a graduate of UCSD, where I completed my bachelor's degree in music theory and composition. I have taken years of private lessons, played bass, guitar, and mandolin in local and touring bands, and released three albums of original music. I want to make your goals accessible. *** Lesson Details *** I focus on making lessons fun for my students. I emphasize the importance of practicing on your own and building confidence by performing live and/or writing your own songs. I love ...

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Bjoern P. March 8, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Francis has been just fantastic as my first ever singing teacher. He completely made me feel at ease, provided me with material to practice in between lessons, and is just a genuinely nice guy to be around. He provided good and intuitive help to improve my singing, and I fell I have improved lightyears in just a few weeks.
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Richard C. November 19, 2014
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is a fantastic instructor. He is very patient and knowledgeable. My friends asked me to play bass guitar in their rock band so I needed to learn fast. Francis taught me the basics and quickly moved on to tips and tricks to help me advance. I am having a blast.
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David K. June 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Francis is great. Always on time, always available to chat about areas I had questions or challenges, always insightful.
Ben Z. San Diego, CA

About Ben

Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children ...

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Cengiz K. December 15, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
It was a very productive lesson. Ben was able to teach a lot of things in the limited time given, and he gives enough material to work on that can easily last me a week. He makes his lessons enjoyable and educational at the same time.
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Cengiz K. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Verified Student
Although it was the first lesson , It is obvious Ben is very good on teaching.His approach is totally according to student's needs and level (it is very important!) He is very kind person and explains the things very well .My 13 years old daughter liked his teaching so much. Most important for us,was He does not start with boring cliches which you can find anywhere in the planet . You start to play with Ben from the first lesson. He is also very cooperative and flexible and open for the new ideas and requests. I strongly recommend him for all level guitarists , especially who already knows a few things and wants to improve to next level . Regards
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Peg J. July 16, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is a great guy. He starts with the basics and focuses a lot on technique. He has played the guitar for 20 years so he has lots of experience.
I really enjoy my lessons with him.
Madeline S. San Diego, CA

About Madeline

Madeline S. is a violin performer and teacher currently working in San Diego County. With music teaching experience since 2009, Madeline enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Madeline completed her Bachelor's Degree in Violin Performance from San Diego State University, where she studied violin pedagogy techniques through her degree and the SDSU String Academy program. As adapted from her own experience, Madeline's teaching philosophy promotes a healthy posture, proper technique, ear training, music theory, and ultimately a fun and encouraging learning experience. As a performer, Madeline's recent performances include the premiere of the Mozart's Requiem Ballet with San Diego City Ballet as the principal second violin. In August of 2014, she will once again perform with

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Ellen W. August 11, 2014
Violin · In home
I am an experienced pianist and flutist, but I wanted to learn the violin for the sake of my soul! Ms. Madeline was able to craft a custom-designed lesson plan that perfectly matched my own needs and musical level. She is fun, laughs a lot, and the lesson flies by. I'm inspired to practice, and can't wait until our next lesson. I am especially impressed with her own level of musical ability, as I have seen her perform in numerous orchestra, ballet and opera performances. She is a gem!
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Sam H. July 18, 2014
Violin · In home
I played guitar in middle school and began to learn violin in 10th grade. Madeline helped me learn scales and studies, and encouraged me to practice by awarding me with special arrangements (my favorites being Lord of the Rings and the Legend of Zelda theme songs.) As a freshman in college now, I'm studying biology but still participating in a local community orchestra. Madeline made lessons fun, and helped me with my AP music theory homework too. Strongly recommended.
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Melonie B. June 30, 2014
Violin · In home
My daughter, 7 years old, started learning the violin about a year ago, and she absolutely loves her violin lessons with Ms. Madeline! Ms. Madeline is a patient, encouraging, and knowledgeable teacher. She even helped us buy our first violin! I strongly recommend her.

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