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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 tea
ching 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 students. She doesn’t just push rules at them. She remains curious about her art and is fearless in her exploration of it. My pet peeve is artists who refuse to improvise. Improvisation is a core component of musical expression. We must play with our instrument and dig into our studies. We must think more as young children do and thrive off inquisitiveness. Children do not fear being wrong. They sing and play with a reckless abandon that we can all learn from (one of the reasons I love teaching kids). The trick is to love what we do and have the courage to give it value. Remember this as you embark upon your quest to find a great piano instructor. Good luck!
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Mikhail B.

San Diego, CA

Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. Winning the latest SDMA Music Awards, he uses a multi-instrumental approach to learning individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance.

About Mikhail

Mikhail Borisovsky is a professional music teacher by day, and a corporate gigging musician/composer and award-winning recording artist on the side. Some Musicians teach, but Mikhail puts teaching first, and just so happens to be an award-winning musician also. Maestro Mikhail is on the leading edge of Multi-Instrumental Instruction. In 2014 he received an SDMA Music Award in multiple instruments. He uses a multi-platform approach in teaching individual instruments to attain a wider musical scope. He is very warm and charming, adapting to individual personalities and bringing out the unique style of his students. No wonder so many have succeeded under his guidance. Last year (2014) Mikhail Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best ...

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Helene D. May 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is an incredible music teacher. Talk about patience - he has got it. Mikhail has a unique way of meeting his pupils where they are at. Sometimes I am heading into my lesson feeling like I'm not playing well enough and within minutes , I get from him that I'm doing just fine. Music lessons are more fun with Mikhail than I have had in previous attempts with others. Music lessons are fun and I am actually learning. Thanks Mikhail for being awesome.
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Amy H. May 8, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Yep, he's awesome! Mikhail is a well-rounded musician. His calm, patient demeanor as well as his unique teaching style makes learning very enjoyable.
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Ken W. April 27, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Mikhail is definitely as awesome as his biography indicates.
He not only has experience with many different styles and genres of music but also understands their histories and origins.
Mikhail is exceptionally good at teaching challenging concepts in both music theory and violin technique that would otherwise be very difficult to learn. Since starting lessons with him I have noticed my ability to play the violin and to read music have both improved greatly.
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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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Jason R. April 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby does an excellent job breaking challenging sections down for you at any skill level. Her variety of techniques to tackle each new challenge make her an amazing resource and a great instructor. I particularly appreciate her emphasis on trying to perform your work for other people so that you get practice in front of an audience. After only a handful of lessons, I had already improved far more than I had in years of independent study without someone skilled to guide me. She is definitely an excellent instructor and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher.
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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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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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Joe Galardi May 22, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I have only had my first lesson with Brandon. I am an intermediate-level guitar player who has been searching for a mentor to take my playing and understanding of music theory and composition to the next level.

My immediate impression of Brandon is that he has an amazing depth of understanding of music and guitar. In my first 45 minute lesson, Brandon was able to assess my current knowledge and abilities and begin to build a development strategy.

His use of technology during the lesson with regard to video, communications, demonstration, and instruction was efficient and effective. He is professional and approachable. I never sensed any condescension or arrogance, as I have with one or two teachers in the past.

I cannot compare him to any others available through takelessons.com, however, I believe that he is easily better than the credentials that are listed in his profile.

I would highly recommend Brandon to anyone looking to learn to play guitar, or advance their abilities.
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Luke V. May 11, 2015
Guitar · Online
Verified Student
I've been playing guitar for about eight years. I'm proficient at rhythm guitar, but recently I've been wanting to improve my lead guitar playing by learning scales, modes, etc. I looked through many internet tutorials, but none of them really helped me to understand how to get better at soloing, so I decided to try online lessons with Brandon. I was extremely skeptical at first about online lessons, but Brandon is incredibly friendly and made me feel comfortable right from the beginning. In the first lesson we identified my strengths, weaknesses, and goals for taking lessons so that he could devise a curriculum for us to follow. After each lesson he takes very detailed notes on what was accomplished during that session and what should be practiced during the week. Also, Brandon is very flexible when it comes to rescheduling. I contacted him to move a lesson, and within ten minutes we had the new lesson scheduled. Brandon made learning lead guitar a much less daunting task than it had seemed, and he also made it very enjoyable. You will not be disappointed by taking lessons with Brandon!
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Samantha S. May 1, 2015
Guitar · Online
Online lessons are the way of the future. Period.

We get so much more done in the same amount of time I've had with prior instructors that it makes me sad just thinking about how much money I wasted before I started guitar lessons online with Brandon.

I love the fact that he stores everything in the cloud, so I'm able to view assignments from my iPhone or pull up any of our materials regardless of where I am or whose computer I'm on - super convenient for someone who travels as much as I do!

Brandon is very bright, kind, easy to get along with, and overall a fun person to spend time with. You can also tell that he really wants you to succeed; he really cares that you get value from each lesson. He's also never charged me for a last minute cancellation (something I can't say about past teachers), which means a LOT to me since I'm not made of money!

It shows that Brandon loves what he does and has the best intentions for his students.

Oh, and for anyone who thinks an online lesson isn't as good as normal lessons, it's the opposite. Brandon really knows his stuff when it comes to computers and takes full advantage of it. I looked at other teachers who were offering online lessons, but after a trial with Brandon, realized that the other teachers weren't doing much beyond sitting in front of a webcam. Brandon, on the other hand, essentially takes over my screen and uses it to display sheet music, he turns the page for me, he'll explain theory using a white board complete with pictures and movies, uses multiple cameras so I can see his fretboard better than if we were in the same room, and a lot of other awesome things I'd never seen anyone else do. Check him out.
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Steven B.

Coronado, CA

STEVEN B - PIANO TEACHER
The piano keyboard is the king of instruments! So much fun to play! I have over 30 years experience as a professional teacher of piano successfully teaching hundreds of students. I teach in studio as well as in student’s homes online. Provide teaching at all levels and ages. Beginners are welcomed. Whatever level, be prepared to have a lot of fun!

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My piano students have fun discovering what they want to play. I combine methods of reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation... And this work wonders for my piano students. They play with confidence, feeling, and great interpretation! Through the process, I teach all the fundamentals of technique in piano for correct hand positions, fingering, and attitude. My students may learn classical, jazz, pop, blues, ragtime, as comfortably as other genres. I have a recording studio, and produce recordings and CDs to aid in the learning process, as well as making it more fun for my piano and ...

About Steven

I teach piano, guitar, and voice. I teach at all levels. Beginners are always welcome and encouraged to attend. I have successfully taught hundreds of students. I'm a passionate and motivated teacher who loves working with students. Be prepared to have a lot of fun! Here is a little bit of history for you. At age 19, I started performing piano at private parties, cabarets, and hotels throughout the San Diego and Los Angeles regions. While performing, people would come up to me and ask me if I teach piano. I agreed wholeheartedly. Those students referred me to other potential piano students. Within a couple years I was teaching piano full time. The entire process repeated for both guitar and voice. Today I teach full time on all three instruments. Many of my students receive lessons on

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Adrián T.

San Diego, CA

"This is a comprehensive course designed to help students master theory concepts. I gradually introduce new ideas in a clearly presented format, and follows up with lots of effective reinforcement."

About Adrián

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 newfound 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

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Itzel S. May 9, 2015
Saxophone · In home
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.
Thanks, Adrian!

-Itzel
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kenneth S. March 27, 2015
Composition
Adrian has been a major part of my knowledge of woodwind composition. As a song writer/artist, i've hired Adrian to help score and perform on many recordings for me.

Adrian plays all saxes, flute and clarinets and i can't thank him enough for his
wisdom and instructional guidance in gaining a broader understanding for how to make those instruments work in my music.

Thank You Adrian, Cheers!!!!
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Jorge S. January 26, 2015
Arrangement and Composition · Online
Recomiendo ampliamente a Adrián como una excelente opción para tomar clases de manera particular tanto de manera presencial como a distancia. Si algo puedo resaltar de mi experiencia como alumno suyo es la de aprender con precisión y de manera dinámica todo lo que en el salón de clases no alcanza uno a comprender. Y como alumno que requiere a un maestro tan preparado como paciente, debo decir que Adrián es un excelente músico, notable maestro, y todavía mejor persona.

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