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Popular Piano Teachers Near San Diego

Corby S.

San Diego, CA
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Brandon B.

San Diego, CA
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Erica C.

San Diego, CA
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Corby S. San Diego, CA

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC. I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and performed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students. I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, ...

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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Ann I. October 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Comfortable, friendly and highly skilled in instructing/playing

Corby is a phenomenal piano instructor. Her passion for playing and teaching the piano shines through in every aspect of her lessons with me. She does so much more than simply teach you how to play an instrument. She has a knack for making you understand the theory, the timing, reading notes, playing, understanding the pieces you're playing... and she seems to be able to tailor her teaching to each individual. She challenges me and its so refreshing. Her expertise in the piano as a whole is so apparent in everything she does during a lesson.
Her level of accountability and responsibility to her students has raised the bar with my own level of responsibility for practicing and learning. I want to practice not just for my own growth, but also because she seems to hold a standard of her own that I want to reciprocate. And the environment is fun, comfortable and non-intimidating.
Learning to play piano with Corby has been so beyond what I thought learning an instrument could be. I highly recommend her to anyone, any level. I've been playing for three months and I'm so much further along in my practice than I ever thought imaginable.
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Hilal H. May 8, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
The Best

When I signed up for lessons, I honestly did not know the fundamentals of playing the piano. Corby carefully helped me learn from the ground up. Her kind compliance helped me ignite more and more ambition each week, and now I am understanding and playing with much more confidence. Not only does she teach you how to play the piano, but she teaches you the theory behind the music as well, so that you're a STUDENT of the instrument, rather than just a musician that plays the notes. She's articulate and remarkably organized. If you're interested in the piano, I would be baffled if you didn't sign up with Corby.
Brandon B. San Diego, CA

I have over 20 years of piano experience. I was trained via the Suzuki method, but I prefer to use my own method with my students. I mostly play dark classical (Rachmoninoff meets Muse) and anything current I hear on the radio that gets stuck in my head (Popular Music).

I encourage my students to learn music theory and sight reading, but I respect that everyone has different motivations for learning piano. If your goal is to play the songs you hear on the radio by ear, I will teach you how to do that without wasting your time with sight reading.

About Brandon

What do Britney Spears and Beethoven have in common? They're both pop music! One just happens to be 200 years old. Berklee College of Music graduate from Boston, MA with a passion for all genres, though mainly popular music. For me, music has always been about having fun and doing what feels natural, and I try to pass this on to my students. In all seriousness, if it's not fun, why do it? I'm super laid back, but I refuse to let you spend your money, or someone else's, on lessons like it's going out of style. I believe that the more fun you have with music, the more you'll want to play, and as a result, the better a musician you will become. *** Lesson Details *** Together, we will create daily, weekly, and monthly goals for you to achieve. In this way, we can both ...

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Sam S. February 28, 2015
Guitar · Online
I've known Brandon for almost four years and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn guitar. I was self-taught for about five years and relied heavily on YouTube and other free online resources. While some of the free stuff online was good, you get what you pay for. I found myself hitting a plateau and not getting any better, that's when I met Brandon.

I actually met Brandon at an open mic and was super impressed by his ability to play just about anything on command! I later asked him if he was just born that way and he explained there are actually tricks to being able to figure out almost any song be ear. Flash forward a few years and I can happily say that I'm now able to do that too, thanks to Brandon.

If your goal is to become a better guitar player, a better musician, or to be able to play by ear, you have to take lessons with this guy! His approach is very simple yet highly effective. I'd be amazed if someone isn't able to learn how to play by ear using his methods.

HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!
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Rachel S. February 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Brandon has been giving drum lessons to my special needs son, Lucas (8 years old). He has been incredibly patient about building a relationship with Lucas and fabulously effective about teaching him drum skills even though my son is very prone to shut down due to anxiety and stress when learning anything new. Brandon has been awesome for my son! I would highly recommend Brandon to any other parents with special needs children.
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Shanna H. February 23, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I'll have to admit I was skeptical about any kind of online teacher format for learning guitar but after experiencing it with Brandon I think I actually prefer it now. He is an extremely knowledgeable teacher who can get down in the nitty gritty of theory but explains everything in simple and direct terms. He is what I would describe as "chill", doesn't force you to do anything you don't want to, and definitely uses your input to direct his lesson plans. He'll take you in any direction you want to go and will make sure that you're getting what you want out of his lessons! If you're looking to learn guitar in any way, shape, or form, I highly recommend that you work with Brandon.
Erica C. San Diego, CA

I teach from a variety of methods, using many different teaching strategies to engage students.  For piano instruction, I normally use the Bastien method and incorporate other methods, such as Faber, Fletcher, and Celebrate Music. For younger beginners age 4-5, I use the Music for Little Mozarts series (Alfred). For teenage and adult beginners, I use Alfred's Group Piano Book.  The method series are the building blocks that serve as a foundation.  I incorporate music that the students wants to learn and find music in other books to keep things interesting.

About Erica

I see my role as a teacher to be like a guide to my students, helping them to navigate their own musical path. I teach key concepts through a variety of strategies and methods so that I can reach each student in his or her strength or interest. This includes class instruction and discussion, small group discussions and projects, and individual projects and reflection. I believe that teaching the fundamentals of music are most important because the basics empower the student to learn. When students have mastered the basics, then they can go on to achieve their personal best. My classroom culture is based on respect and care for one another, which starts with me, the teacher, setting the example and modeling what that looks like for the students.I believe is setting high standards that ...

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Amy K. February 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have always wanted to take singing lessons but have been afraid to
get started. I used to play the flute in high school and have always
loved music. Erica is a skilled professional teacher who modifies each
lesson listening to see where I am on my learning curve. She teaches
theory and has advanced musical knowledge with many years on
experience. She makes me feel comfortable and confident through each
lesson. I have already seen my voice reach levels I never thought
possible. She is an incredible teacher who inspires me each lesson.
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Amy K. February 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have always wanted to take singing lessons but have been afraid to
get started. I used to play the flute in high school and have always
loved music. Erica is a skilled professional teacher who modifies each
lesson listening to see where I am on my learning curve. She teaches
theory and has advanced musical knowledge with many years on
experience. She makes me feel comfortable and confident through each
lesson. I have already seen my voice reach levels I never thought
possible. She is an incredible teacher who inspires me each lesson.
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Amy K. February 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have always wanted to take singing lessons but have been afraid to
get started. I used to play the flute in high school and have always
loved music. Erica is a skilled professional teacher who modifies each
lesson listening to see where I am on my learning curve. She teaches
theory and has advanced musical knowledge with many years on
experience. She makes me feel comfortable and confident through each
lesson. I have already seen my voice reach levels I never thought
possible. She is an incredible teacher who inspires me each lesson.

Spencer V.

San Diego, CA
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Ferlyn F.

San Diego, CA
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA
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Spencer V. San Diego, CA

About Spencer

I was born in Santa Barbara, but I have lived in many states and I have also lived outside of the country. I started to play the piano at age 11, which is much older than when most children start. Once I began playing the piano I became addicted to it. Because I have moved around a lot, I had many piano teachers and learned from many different teaching styles. In college I began playing the organ and I am now the organist at St. Ann Catholic Church in Logan Heights. *** Lesson Details *** I am neither too strict nor too laid back, but just right! I have taught many students, each of whom respond differently to different teaching styles. Some students respond better to a more rigid style of teaching, where others need more flexibility. What is important to me is that my students enjoy ...

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LaVerne J. December 15, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
wonderful

Spencer is a great teacher, really, the best! Best!
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Judie D. November 29, 2013
Organ
Verified Student
Excellent organ instructor

I recently started taking organ lessons, after having taken piano lessons years ago. Spencer has been great in helping me build on my past skills as I learn to play a new instrument. He’s very professional and enthusiastic. I highly recommend him as an instructor.
Ferlyn F. San Diego, CA

My History of Piano:
I have been teaching piano for 10 years. My 25 years of training is mostly through private lessons and passed down generational methods taught through my mentor, Joann Maybe.

My Teaching Method:
I assess each students' levels, knowledge and styles of learning, determine the best learning paths to incorporate into the lesson and bring a "natural movement" approach of training and education.

With the 3 Be3ts Method, this is to provide a collaborative & supportive environment as well as actively develop a person's life, culture and well-being. I strive to take a step further and deeper within the mind of the person who is learning and find one's "True Inner Self." This is the 3 Be3ts Method.

My Teaching Credits:
Private Piano Lessons

My Training Credits:
Private Piano Lessons - Joann Maybe

My Trained Methods:
Alfred
Bastien
Faber
Carr-Glover
Glover
Thompson
Schaum

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About Ferlyn

**Currently My Studio location is in transition between two locations. We will be at two locations until March 15, 2015, then moving into the new temporary location. If interested in learning at one of the studios, please be sure to indicate which studio when booking! Thanks!** My Teaching Philosophy: "Everyone is capable of dancing, playing an instrument, and understanding music & art performance; it is the desire, drive, determination, dedication and discipline instilled within a person and the guidance of the 3 Be3ts Method that will bring these abilities to light." - Ferlyn I believe each and every person has a unique brand of movement, understanding of music, and learning style for any dance form or instrument. Whether it is hip hop, breaking, ballet, jazz, tap, ballroom, ...

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Jesse M. January 29, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son has taken piano lessons with Ferlyn since September and she has been absolutely fantastic! He has gotten so much better since that time. Ferlyn is very good about rewarding and stern (not mean) when she needs to be. She has lots of patience. I've never seen her get frustrated or irritated with my son, which says a lot. Most of all my son really likes her!!!!

We are blessed to have two really great music teachers. Don't hesitate to signup for any of her lessons!
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Hanam D. September 3, 2014
Dance · In studio
Verified Student
I was able to book incredible dance lessons with Ferlyn at the last minute for my friends who needed dance lessons for their wedding. Here is what they had to say:

"We had a little over a week before our wedding and needed to figure out our first dance. We went to Ferlyn for dance lessons. In 5 sessions we had our first dance down! She helped us build confidence in our dance. She is extremely professional and helpful. She allowed us to change up some moves and suggested new moves that would improve our style. We learned a lot of new techniques with great insight. Our first dance went really well and we definitely recommend her!" - Dang & Niki

I've received glowing reviews from them about that experience ever since, and they'll be cherishing that memory forever. I will continue to recommend Ferlyn for my other friends from now on! She won't let you down!
Steven B. Coronado, CA

ABOUT THE PIANO TEACHER
Steven B is a professional teacher of piano. He teaches all levels. Beginners are welcome. Teaching ages seven on up. In 30 years, he has successfully taught hundreds of students. Some of his students take lessons on two instruments as in voice and piano. He offers 30-minute lessons, 45-minute lessons, or 60-minute lessons.

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His combined methods of teaching reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation works wonders for his piano students. They play with confidence, feeling, and great interpretation! He has his recording studio, and may be the only teacher who produces mp3s and CDs so piano students can learn playing by ear, with great songs and music. Again, and in a nutshell, he teaches reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation. Through process, he teaches all the fundamentals of technique in piano. Students need the watchful eye of a professional teacher. Whether his students take lessons in the Coronado Music Studio or online ...

About Steven

A Few Reviews My time in being instructed by Steven B on piano was a great, informative experience. Ever since the first lesson, he was a very good teacher that clearly knows what he is doing. Steven B 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 ...

Teaching Piano Lessons in San Diego

By Francesca V. - San Diego Piano Teacher

My name is Francesca, and I teach piano lessons in San Diego. After a recent relocation, I was able to build a thriving studio teaching piano in less than 6 months. When my friends and colleagues heard that I had more than 60 students in such a short time, the air was filled with gasps and questions. They asked “In this economy? How do you do that?” or “How do you teach that many students and not burn out?” People are always looking for me to answer semantically, but I feel it is a philosophical question. I built a studio teaching piano in San Diego around my philosophy, and thus it thrived.

I think the secret to having a buzzing studio is the same as what makes a respectable musician. A great teacher shares her love of music with her ...

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