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.
Abigail H. April 13, 2016
In home Verified Student
Joanna was so patient with our 4 year old daughter. The 30 minutes few by so quickly. She really knows how to connect with the little ones. So glad we found her. Our daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with her.
Moana P. January 4, 2016
In home Verified Student
so good with my daughter Moana. She loves every session and has learned so much!
Blake N. October 15, 2015
In home Verified Student
Beginning to intermediate Woodwinds including Flute, Clarinet Saxophone and Oboe. I teach tone work (extensive breath work) to produce a great tone. Scales and arpeggios are most important.
I am a native of Michigan and have attended Michigan State University. I have taught elementary music education with an emphasis on band and vocal music. I specialize in Piano studies with beginning, intermediate and advance students. Vocal studies, beginning intermediate and advanced, specializing in good voice structure. This includes Broadway musicals, pop and jazz. I teach beginning and intermediate Woodwinds. I have done advanced studies in Europe including University of Innsbruck, University of Graz in Austria as well as Moscow Conservatory in Russia. I am affiliated with the Assoc
iated Board of the Royal School of Music in London, England and have students participating in the Practical as well as the Theory Boards.
I believe in a good progressive music education and pride myself on giving my all to share the LOVE, MAGIC AND MIRACLE of MUSIC.
Rick January 2, 2016
She's motivating and caring!
Phil J. December 1, 2015
In studio Verified Student
My clarinet instructor, Marianne K, is an amazing teacher. After 2 months, my skills and confidence have improved dramatically. She expects you to work hard but in turn provides you great insight and knowledge and is determined you improve and enjoy the work. I highly recommend her. She is the best teacher I have had after 8 years.
Phil J. November 28, 2015
In home Verified Student
Marianne has been dedicated to enhancing my experience as a clarinet player. She is very skilled and organized in her approach. She is tough and expects you to practice consistently. Her teaching has made a substantial difference in my playing. I learn from her each lesson and I am enjoying my improved play. I strongly recommend her for adults. She is also supportive and her lessons are challenging but worthwhile. If you want to learn about music and performing better, pleasure hire Marianne.
Lessons on clarinet that focus on musicality and technique.
About Dr. Ariana
From Seattle to the Baltimore/Washington DC area, and now San Diego, Ariana has been teaching woodwinds to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Ariana holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of California, San Diego and both Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Performance from the Peabody Institute of the John’s Hopkins University. She began her musical career on alto saxophone in her elementary school beginning band, and quickly added flute and clarinet to her practice. As a performer she is experienced in classical, jazz, and theater, appearing at numerous venues and
festivals around the US and in Europe. Along with performing, Ariana is truly passionate about teaching and sharing music. The encouraging, nurturing technique of her former teachers strongly influences her approach to pedagogy.
Andrea December 16, 2015
Dr. Ariana Warren is by far the best instructor. She has a lesson plan, follows through, can motivate teenagers and younger students, all with a positive, direct approach. She knows the technical aspects to getting a great sound and she is an expert in teaching music theory.
Stewart December 16, 2015
Ariana was kind and patient with my daughter and really helped her progress in her playing. My daughter quit the school band because she was frustrated with it, but continued to practice and play on her own because of Ariana.
You'll be fortunate to have her as a teacher.
Monalisa December 16, 2015
Ariana is the best teacher My daughter has ever had. She bonded with Ariana, listened to all her instructions closely. Ariana helped her with auditions for advanced wind ensemble and district honor band. My daughter came out with flying colors. She is really very unhappy that she can't go to Ariana anymore because of the commute time.
Adrián T.: Born on October 17, 1975, and raised in Chihuahua, Chihuahua, México, Adrian grew up surrounded by the traditional music of Central America from Danzón, Boleros and Rumba, to Son and Mambo. T. began developing his musical ability starting at the age of eleven. He was inclined to play the flute and the tenor saxophone 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 T., urged her grandson in that direction, but the young player was adamant towards a newfound par
agon for himself: Hubert Laws.
2001 was a year that would have a profound impact on T.’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, T.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).
In May 2002 T. was diagnosed with Cancer that spread to his stomach and abdomen, treatments included surgery and extensive radiation treatment to the stomach and abdomen. In 2004, he was declared cancer free and in the same year he joined the band The Mars Volta as a full-flesh member.
THE MARS VOLTA In 2004 T. 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, T. 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 T. 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 T.’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. T. 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, Jack Costanzo among others.
T.’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 led member of one of the strongest lineups in improvisational music TRANSIENT. 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 globe. T. has also had the great honor of being featured on 2014's Channel 22 México and Channel 22 International.
T.R.A.M. 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. (T., Reyes, Abasi, Moore) 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 T. (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 like-minded 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 Sumerian 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.”
Adrián T. TRANSIENT A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Chamber Music and Contemporary Jazz on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by flautist Adrian T.(The Mars Volta, and T.R.A.M.), followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and The Joe Zawinul's Syndicate), 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.
Zephyr A. November 10, 2015
Arrangement and Composition ·
Adrián and I have now played together many times, and each time I have learned something new about myself. Interacting musically with Adrian has allowed me to expand my compositional horizon, and my understanding of the geography of my own instrument.
Adrián's experience and creativity is unparalleled by nearly anyone you will find in his field, especially when one considers his versatility as a woodwind doubler (sax, flute, clarinet, etc.) in genres including classical, jazz, experimental rock, and traditional mexican folk music.
If you are so lucky to have the opportunity, I would strongly recommend you study with Adrián.
-Zephyr Avalon, Bassist
Chelsea S. November 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Adrian has been giving my son saxophone lessons and we couldn't be happier. My son is new to the instrument and is progressing very well. Adrian is professional, on time and my son is enjoying his lessons. I highly recommend him.
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.
I've been teaching the clarinet for the past 10+ years and I am comfortable working with all age groups and ability levels.
Many of my students have participated in the San Diego Honor Band as well as San Diego Youth Symphony. Preparation is the key to success, and I specialize in coaching students for auditions.
I enjoy teaching all levels of clarinetists, from square-one up to the most serious high school students!
Music theory is an integral part of each lesson (as well as some basic piano concepts which can be very useful to woodwind players). Jazz conception and improvisation is also a specialty!
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I've been teaching woodwinds (saxophone, flute, and clarinet) for the past 15 years and enjoy the one-on-one interaction with students of all ages. Music is one of the last professions that is truly learned through apprenticeship. Having a good private teacher is absolutely essential to your growth and development!
Over the years I've amassed wide variety of concepts and materials to speed your learning process and keep things FUN. I've taught all ages and abilities: new beginners (elementary and middle school level), older students just picking up the horn again, conservatory-bound high sc
hool students, amateur professionals, marching band & drum core kids, retirees looking for a fun hobby, professional musicians looking to expand their jazz knowledge, and more. We'll start at your level and expand from there! Styles I've performed in include classical, jazz, latin, pop, fusion, rock, funk, and more.
I encourage all my students to enjoy exploring the SOUND of their instrument and to find their own voice. Lessons include everything from reading and basic stylistic concepts, to improvisation, learning songs, playing along with recordings of your favorite players, and jazz transcription. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program and have over 15 years of teaching experience. I'm currently adjunct faculty at USD Dept of Music, Mesa College, and have taught as a clinician/coach for numerous high school and middle school programs. In the past I’ve had the opportunity to study with many inspiring musicians and I enjoy passing on the tradition to new students!
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Christine G. September 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Ian is kind and supportive. He's making sure I get good habits and technique from the start.
Bow B. April 30, 2015
I am a beginning Tenor Sax student and a senior citizen. I have played other instruments years ago, but never a woodwind instrument. Ian has been a marvelous instructor for me. Although I had never picked up a sax until December 2014, he already has taught me how to play several simple tunes and a number of scales. His patience and sensitivity to the appropriate pace is impecable. He also keeps me informed of other activities - concerts, recordings, community events to reinforce my interest. I would recommend Ian as a music teacher to anyone without reservation or hesitation.
Bill W. April 30, 2015
I’m an adult beginner student and have been taking lessons for approximately one year. Ian’s approach and method have really motivated me. I’m playing music that I enjoy, while improving my basic skills. He is very patient and is an excellent instructor and outstanding musician. I would definitely recommend anyone who is serious about learning to play woodwind instruments. I’m looking forward to my next year working with Ian.
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Simon has such a pleasant teaching style! He points out the mistakes that you're making that are important at your given level and lets the right things slide. Every lesson we've learned more and not felt overwhelmed. He's a master teacher. While he's been great with adults, If I ever convince my son to pick up one of Simon's instruments, I bet Simon is the guy that could get my grumbly kid enthused. He's definitely a find! Five stars!"
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