I have been teaching elementary / middle school band for the past 13 years. In my experience, I have found that taking a play-based approach to music education, helps young beginners remain engaged and excited throughout their lessons and home practice. In lessons, I custom, teaching materials which have been proven to accelerate the process of learning to read music, and am familiar with popular band methods used by school band directors. I look forward to working in partnership with both you and your child!
*** Specialties *** I specialize in young beginning music students and emergent readers. I like to create play-based lesson plans that align with student goals, and provide customized materials that are tailored to each student's individual progress. I have taught elementary school music and beginning band for the past 13 years, and have provided reading intervention in a 1:1 setting for 8 years.
Colin D. September 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Off to a great start!!
Tara & Emma D. September 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
Just getting started, but great so far!
Giovanni September 10, 2015
Joanna had my daughter having fun and looking forward to her next lesson in a way that I hadn't seen before. She had her own activities and worked around the traditional method book lessons. Awesome teacher!!!!
Using method books teach various techniques to learning to properly play instrument.
I have been teaching music since 19, and have also been teaching various instruments and voice. My students have been as young as 4 to 60+. I have been playing music for the majority of my lifetime, having started playing piano at age five. I am a multi instrumentalist teaching piano, clarinet, violin and guitar. I have also taught elementary school classroom music for and have directed musicals for a private elementary school.
I received my Associate of Arts degree at Grossmont, College with an emphasis on music education. I am now attending San Diego State University to finish my Bachel
or's degree in Music.
My lessons consist of exercises that emphasize proper techniques for each instrument. I would like my students to fully understand the entire musical process, including theory. I tailor my lessons according to the needs of each individual student.
My students have told me that they enjoy taking lessons from me. I am serious about lesson content and am always seeking out ways to make lessons enjoyable. I include parents/guardians by informing them of lesson requirements and progress, and make myself available to answer questions for students and parents.
My goal is to share the joy that music brings to each life. I'm looking forward to meeting you.
*** Travel Equipment *** Expect students to have instruments and to purchase lesson books. I have piano and some instruments at home.
*** Specialties *** Bastien, Alfred, Dozen-a-Day, Keith Snell, Hanon, Czerny and others - piano; Suzuki, Laoureux etc. - violin; Leonard - guitar; Lazarus - Clarinet.
Together with these method books, I also include personalized techniques, tailoring lessons each individual student.
Augie Monroy M. August 21, 2014
In studio Verified Student
I really enjoy going to my lessons. Laura is very patient, with great knowledge and a great personality. I am a 58 years old violin student and I want to learn more about the violin so that I can play at my Church. Her classes are fantastic and I know I will be playing in front of the congregation soon. I highly recommend her style whether you are a child, young adult or older like me. IT IS FUN!!
I have been playing music for 11 years and teaching for about 3 years. My students excel in everything they do because of the techniques we learn that incorporate skills to strengthen learning in subjects including: math, science, languages, reading, writing, creativity and many more life long skills. I challenge my students and encourage them to have fun most of all in pursuing their passions for music.
I teach all levels of clarinet, flute, piccolo, and saxophone. I also offer beginning piano to those who just want to learn!
EXPERIENCE: I have taught private music instruction, group ensembles, and conducted middle school bands. I have been teaching since 2012 and I have been performing music for 11 years. I am currently working towards my bachelor's degree in music education.
PHILOSOPHY ON TEACHING: I have studied and adapted teaching methods to accommodate for a variety of learning styles. My philosophy on teaching is to allow the student to determine how far into th
e music he or she wishes to go. I will encourage, motivate, and provide positive feedback.
MY HOPE: * My job is primarily to teach music. However, I try to impart valuable life skills through the music such as building confidence, having fun while working hard, and learning how to apply music in other subjects. Through music, we can learn so much about history, culture, art, math, science, and even foreign languages.
FINAL MESSAGE: I am passionate about music. Even more so, I am passionate about helping others find their inspirations in life. Music is a creative form of expression. Whether music is your life or a hobby you've always wanted to get into, I would love the opportunity to create music with more students.
Message me with any questions, concerns, or fun stories. :)
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Tara C. July 11, 2014
In home Verified Student
Kaitlyn has a very kind and positive demeanor with my daughter. Clarinet lessons are going so well!
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Hello! Thanks for visiting my profile. Allow me to tell you a bit about myself: I have been performing as a musician for about 20 years and acting since I was a small boy. 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 concert halls and working with some of today's most revered artists, as well as giving me the opportunity to expand my performance through act
ing in various plays, musicals, television, and film.
Performing has 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 offer them the same. After 10 years of teaching, I have new experiences to draw from and share with my students. I've spent my last 6 years performing with Disney in Anaheim and this past year touring Japan in their Tokyo Disney cast, and I must say that my experiences have given "performance" a new depth. I'm excited to dive back into lessons with fresh ideas that will mesh well with my tried and tested teaching techniques.
Originally from Los Angeles, I now reside in Orange County and I'm especially proud to be expanding my studio to San Diego as well! I am so excited to share 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!
My 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.
I just had the first session with Eulis for voice acting today! He taught me in really fun and exciting way! He kept encourged me even though I made many mistakes. Also he taught me lost of good techniques to do voice acting! I'm looking forward to have next class with him!
Jesse R. July 20, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Eulis is an amazing teacher.
He is vibrant, encouraging, and gives great examples (and often humorous) examples to help better understand working the voice.
In just my very first lesson, he pinpointed huge holes in my singing that I never even noticed before in recordings of myself, and attuned each exercise specific to my needs.
I'm looking forward to improving with him!
(and he definitely deserves all five stars)
karizma V. June 5, 2015
Spoken Word ·
In studio Verified Student
Adrián : Born on October 17, 1975, and raised in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, Adrian T. grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central America from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba, to Son and Mambo. Adrián began developing his musical ability starting at the age of eleven. He was inclined to play the tenor saxophone and the flute with an understanding of classical music and a distinct attraction to jazz, and five years later chose to take on the clarinet. His grandmother, a "Danzón Nut" according to Adrián, urged her grandson in that direction, but the young player was adamant towards a new
found paragon for himself: John W. Coltrane.
2001 was a year that would have a profound impact on Adrián’s music. While pursuing Sociology and Music Studies at The University of Texas, El Paso, he learned more about the transmission of these ideas and theories through music. In an effort to track the development of marked philosophical and spiritual traditions observed by ancient cultures, Adrián arranged to meet, learn, and creatively collaborate with musicians involved with traditions originating from West Africa. One of his primary interests was the Yoruba tradition (predominantly out of Western Nigeria), the ancient African religion underlying Santeria (Cuba and Puerto Rico), Candombl (Baha, Brazil), Vodun (Haiti), and Cu Taan (México).
THE MARS VOLTA
In 2004 Adrián joined The Mars Volta recording the studio album, “Frances the Mute”, and continues to work with the band (as a full-fledged member) on subsequent albums (“Live Scabdates” 2005, “Amputechture” 2006, “The Bedlam in Goliath” 2008) and all of The Mars Volta side projects (movie scores, DVD‘s, etc.). The Mars Volta is comprised of guitarist Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez, lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, bassist John Alderete, guitarist Paul Hinojos-González, drummer Thomas Pridgen, percussionist Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez, and keyboardist Isaiah “Ikey” Owens.
Through his work with The Mars Volta, Adrián went on to earn his first Grammy Award in 2008 for the “Best Rock Performance” category with the song "Wax Simulacra". Working with The Mars Volta has enabled Adrián to gain further exposure as a multi-instrumentalist, particularly in Europe.
Television performances of The Mars Volta include (but not limited to): The Henry Rollins Show, The Tonight Show with David Letterman, and The BBC. THE STUDIO/TOURING MUSICIAN
Adrián ’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. Adrián has shared the stage and/or recorded with the likes of Larry Harlow, Antonio Sánchez, Bob Sheppard, Edwin Livingston, Erik A. Unsworth, Dr. Willy Hill, Dr. Donald G. Wilkinson, Damo Suzuki, Lenny Castro, Money Mark Nishita, Los Lobos, EMI Gospel Artist Smokie Norful, Lisa Papineau (Big Sir), Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez Quintet/Group (Se Dice Bisonte, No Búfalo 2007, music scoring for the Guillermo Arriaga Jordan and Jorge Hernández Aldana film on El Búfalo de la Noche on La Neta Films/Naco Films performed by The Mars Volta), Hans Glawishing, John Beasley, Brian Lynch, Shaila Dúrcal, John Frusciante, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders), Ken Schalk, Juliette Lewis, Nuriya Michan, Deantoni Parks, Candiria, The Memorials, Trevor Hall, Oscar Stagnaro, Billy Ray Cyrus, David "Fuze" Fiuczynski and Freedom Bremner of Screaming Headless Torsos, Pete Escobedo, Oskar Cartaya, Hadrien Feraud, and Luis Conte among others.
Adrián 's professional involvement with the music industry has continued to develop under his own publishing and record label, EL REGIMEN Music BMI, leading T.R.A.M. and as a full flesh member of one of the strongest lineups in funk music The Earful. This dignified and prolific musician collaborates with an eclectic number of international musicians, tours internationally on an intense and annual schedule, all the while teaching workshops to numerous school districts and universities around the world.
It's extremely rare to come across a band that flips the script of conventionality, throwing caution to the wind. The debut effort from T.R.A.M. does just that, while blazing a trail of creativity quick to turn heads throughout the world. This unit will easily be referred to by many as a “Super Group”. However, the members of this dynamic unit aren't in this for any reason other than to use it as a platform to further express their art without limitations or any preconceived notions.
T.R.A.M. is comprised of such renowned and musically proficient artists as Adrián (The Mars Volta) on saxophone, flute, bass clarinet and percussion, Javier Reyes (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders) on guitar, and Eric Moore II (Suicidal Tendencies) on drums. This is a group of likeminded individuals that are naturally gifted with the collaboration of their unique talents resulting in something truly amazing. Their much anticipated debut album, “Lingua Franca”, was released February 2012 through Sumarian Records.
“Tosin Abasi and I were originally introduced by a mutual friend, Raanen Bozzio (Terry Bozzio's son), summer of 2010. This meeting also served as my first introduction to Animals As Leaders and Javier Reyes. Since then, Abasi, Reyes, and I have developed a great relationship. We got together almost every day to try out ideas, and after a month we had already formulated a majority of the record. At this point we contacted Eric Moore, an incredible drummer and the most joyful person to be around, and soon everything we had envisioned rhythmically came together on our first meeting/recording session (at the Farias Productions Studios) on what is now T.R.A.M…
I never know how people will respond to our music, I just never know! My goal is to try to instill a strong feeling or energy in people and I feel that collectively we achieved this goal tenfold with this new project. We all have a great enthusiasm and desire to perform this material live and see this band further develop. We look forward to hearing what you all think of it.”
A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Jazz and Chamber Music on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by saxophonist Adrian (The Mars Volta, T.R.A.M. and The Earful) followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and Draco Rosa), trumpeter Mike Cottone (Everette Harp, and Rick Braun), and on the drums the powerful young lion Tim "Figg" Newton, brings a collection of original compositions written as a story line of work of solid experimental material and improvisation. Translating the live performance into the world of sound,
TRANSIENT exists as a unique new voice comprised of some of creative music's fearless players on the globe.
The Adrián Quartet "Cu Taan (2009)." - INDI-O Music Award Nominee 2009
The Mars Volta "Frances The Mute (2005)." "Scabdates (2005)." "Amputechture (2006)." "El Bufalo de la Noche - Soundtrack/Music Score (2007)." "The Bedlam in Goliath - LP (2008)." - Grammy Award Winner 2008
The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group "Omar Rodriguez (2005)." "Please Heat This Eventually (2007)." "Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007)." "Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch (2007)." "The Apocalypse Inside of An Orange (2007)." "Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) (2007)." "Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus (2008)." "Old Money (2008)." "Woman Gives Birth To Tomato (2013)."
Alavaz Relxib Cirdec "The Special 12 Singles Series - Single (2005)."
Big Sir "Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer (2006)." Song(s): Cause That Shit's Too Evil (And She's Just A Gangsta Bitch) and I Lie Down
Troker "El Rey Del Camino (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010
Alex Otaola "El Hombre de la Camara (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010
T.R.A.M. (Band Leader) "Lingua Franca (2012)." Sumerian Records - #2 iTunes Jazz Charts 2012
Trevor Hall "Everything Everytime Everywhere (2011)." Song: Different Hunger ("The Change-Up" Movie Soundtrack) Written by Trevor Hall, Jimmy Messer; Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company; Under license from EMI Film & Television Music
Ten Kens "Namesake (2012)." Song(s): Mousetrap
BG5 (The Beach Girl5) "Rock Mafia Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2012)." Song(s): Kids r Ok
The Memorials "Delirium (2012)." Song(s): Mr. Entitled (Arranger and performer).
Le James Davey "Vol 1: Le Processus (2012)." Song(s): Un Mouvement - La Catalyse, and Trois Mouvement - Humilité
Mister Sparx "Default Jazz (2014)."
JAZZTEC "JAZZTEC (2013)."
Billy Ray Cyrus "Change My Mind (2012)." Song(s): Change My Mind
Trey Spruance "Three separate releases (2013)."
ESTIRPE (Spain) "Neurasia (2013)." Song(s): R136a1 (Intro), and En Tus Ojos
Los Random (Argentina) "Pidanoma (2014)." Song(s): Mee Changó
CANDIRIA (yet to be titled 2014).
CANDIRIA “Giant MKT/Rising Pulse Records 2014 (7 inch Single Release).” Song(s): Invaders by Iron Maiden
Troy Baker “Sitting in the Fire (2014).” Song: Apparition (horn arrangement and performance)
EL REGIMEN Music President Creative Music Movement, Founding Member Sheet Music & Recordings
EL REGIMEN Music BMI President Music Publishing Publishing Company
“Adrián Terrazas-González performs exclusively on Yamaha Flutes, Saxophones and Clarinets.” Yamaha Corporation, Inc. Hiroshi Tamezawa - Yamaha Music Corp.
“Adrián Terrazas-González is M-Audio Artist and AVID Artist.” José Reveles González Artist Director (Avid/M-Audio) email@example.com
“Adrián Terrazas-González plays González Reeds.” Eduardo Davolos Rio Negro 2240 Guaymallen Mendoza, República Argentina (+54 1 54) 528-0834 firstname.lastname@example.org
“Adrián Terrazas-González is a Samsun and Hartke Artist.” Ira C. Blanco Samson Technologies Corp. 45 Gilpin Avenue, Suite 100 Hauppauge, NY 11788 +1(631) 784-2200 Ext. 107 email@example.com EQUIPMENT
Woodwinds Yamaha Professional Series (piccolo, soprano and alto flutes). Yamaha Custom Z (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones). Selmer 1972 Series 10G clarinet Yamaha YCL-621 bass clarinet
Mouthpieces/Setups Selmer Super Session G Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece Selmer Super Session E Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece Selmer Soloist H Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece Vandoren V16 Ebonite E9 Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece Otto Link New York 7* Tenor Saxophone/The Mars Volta Setup Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece 4L Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Bass Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece González Reeds (All Saxophones and Clarinets) Francois Louis Ultimate Ligature for all Saxophones and Clarinets De Jacques Neck Straps
Amplifiers Hartke KM200 Mackie Stage Back Line for (T.R.A.M.)
Effects Pedals Stage/Studio (The Mars Volta) Ernie Ball WAH BOSS PS-5 Super Shifter BOSS RC-2 Loop Station BOSS RE-20 Space Echo W-2 Maestro Woodwind Effects Box MXR Phase 90 Moogerfooger Ring Modulator DigiTech JamMan Looper Performance Loop Pedal TECH 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI
Daniel D. October 4, 2015
In home Verified Student
I'm a beginning-intermediate piano student and been looking to improve my playing abilities and comprehension. Adrián was able to quickly evaluate my needs and devise a lesson plan to keep me focused. He is very fun, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend Adrián as your instructor.
Thank you Adrián!
Chazz P. June 6, 2015
I've known Adrian for many years, and you won't find anyone more dedicated to the Saxophone and Flute - I mean what you see (and hear) is what you get! He's in it for the long haul and willing to share his vast amount of experience.
I haven't taken continuous lessons from him, but I had the pleasure of hiring him to play and he's jammed with a bunch of my friends who play professionally. Adrian has been and always be someone I look up to to always provide tips and technique improvement suggestions. He does this with a true humble spirit. He meets you wherever you live musically and builds upon what you've already got.
Adrian is a talented Musician who can instantly engage an audience and keep them connected through his Music. If I had more time, I would take lessons from him regularly. He has so much to share musically and does it with a giving spirit.
Keep up the good work Adrian! I know the future is bright for you and all of your Students!
Itzel S. May 9, 2015
Adrián Terrazas-González ha sido desde el inicio una parte crucial en mi desarrollo musical. Adrián cuenta con una habilidad inigualable como saxofonista, flautista, clarinetista, multi-instrumentista, arreglista, compositor y educador. Tiene una gran facilidad para transmitir de manera coherente y directa su conocimiento y su gran experiencia en el jazz, música clásica, música contemporánea y otros géneros. Adrián posee un enorme conocimiento en cuanto a armonía, ear training, counterpoint, ejecución, etc. Tiene la gran habilidad de poder trasmitir herramientas específicas y concretas para cada una de las capacidades que sus estudiantes necesitan desarrollar y la inteligencia como profesor para provocar en sus alumnos una exigencia personal para dar lo mejor de si mismos. Gran acercamiento y abordaje en cuanto a transcripciones y sonido. Sin duda un pilar muy importante en mi desarrollo como saxofonista y músico. Totalmente recomendable como profesor.
Gracias Adrián !
Adrian Terrazas Gonzalez has been from the beginning a crucial part in my musical development . Adrian has a unique ability as a saxophonist, flutist, clarinetist, multi -instrumentalist, arranger, composer and educator . He has a superb ability to transmit his knowledge and experience in jazz , classical music , contemporary music and other genres . Adrian has a tremendous knowledge of harmony, ear training, counterpoint, execution, etc. He has the great ability to convey specific and concrete tools for each of the skills that his students need to develop themselves, and the intelligence as teacher to lead students to their personal growth as musicians, pushing them to always give the best of themselves. Great approach regarding to transcriptions and sound . Certainly a very important part in my development as a saxophonist and musician . Strongly recommended as a teacher.
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