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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 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 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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Joan H. San Diego, CA

I have experience with all ages from 4 to 65. Each person is different, but age has nothing to do with someone's desire to learn the piano.

About Joan

I started piano lessons when I was about 6 years old. I graduated from the University of Arizona in Tucson with a BA in Music Education. After moving to San Diego, I spent the next 20 years or so being a wife and mom and raising 3 kids, one of them a special needs child due to a drowning accident. I've been a church pianist and choir director for almost 30 years and worked at a charter school in Lakeside as a choir teacher and Music History class teacher. I started teaching piano about 10 years ago on the recommendation of a friend and fell in love with it! I have taught kids from the ages of 6 to 16, but would welcome adult students. I enjoy and can teach many different musical styles on the piano. If you like classical, we can do classical. If you like pop or Broadway, we can ...

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Chloe K. April 30, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Teacher Joan is so kind and gentle, she has been the perfect instructor for Chloe's first lessons!
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Curtis T. November 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I can not express how pleased I am with Joan. I have learned so much since I started. It is a pleasure going to my lesson. Joan is fun to be around, we get along very well, I come home and can't wait for my next lesson. The good Lord was looking over me when I choose Joan. Thanks Joan, you're the best, can't wait til next Monday.
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Monica S. October 14, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joan is a wonderful teacher! She is patient, kind and very knowledgeable. Her home is welcoming and my 9 year old son enjoyed his first lesson so much he asked to go every week instead of every other week. We couldn't be happier with his progress under Joan's expert guidance.
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.
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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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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Rand S. April 29, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
There is a reason Brandon is so highly rated and has so many great reviews. He is an outstanding educator! I’m a 58-year-old self-taught, intermediate-level piano player looking to get to the next level. After little more than a month of online piano lessons with Brandon I’m making great progress. He is teaching me techniques, sight-reading skills, and strengthening my understanding of music theory and song structure. All this while keeping it fun.

At first I wasn’t sure about the whole online lessons thing but now I’m convinced that online is the best way to go. First, with his help the set up was easy. Second, online lessons are incredibly convenient (no commute, no picking up the house before a visit from a teacher). Finally, Brandon takes full advantage of the technology to share sheet music, links to relevant websites, music video and audio files, etc. and uses piano graphics to illustrate what he is doing at the keyboard. He can play a passage and on your screen will appear the notes as he plays them and/or the keyboard graphic will show his key strokes. It’s brilliant!
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Mike P. April 16, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · Online
Try the online lessons with this guy, you won't regret it. Brandon knows his stuff. As a pianist and guitarist, I love how Brandon is able to translate knowledge between both instruments for me. Even though we do guitar lessons, he explains how everything also maps onto a piano, which I find incredibly valuable since most of my previous guitar teachers couldn't do this. Makes music seem downright simple.
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.
Steven B. Coronado, CA

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. My piano students are reaching their goals and having fun doing it. Teaching all levels. Beginners are welcome. In teaching the piano, 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 posture. My students learn classical, jazz, popular, blues, ragtime, etc. 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 keyboard students! For instance, I have already recorded two piano teaching books. Here the student gets my CD for each book. On the CD are one-third of the songs ...

About Steven

I have over 30 years experience as a professional teacher of voice, guitar, and piano successfully teaching hundreds of students. My students are reaching their goals and having fun doing it. Teaching all levels. Beginners are welcome. Most all ages. My music lessons are always fun and educational for the student. My guitar and piano lessons have students reading music, playing by ear, and improvising. Generally, my guitar and piano students learn music that brings them joy. I have collected hundreds of great songs, both standards and popular, and my students learn music technique while learning great songs! In singing, my students learn the secrets of singing, Bel Canto, and Alexander techniques. Lessons are taught in the Coronado Music Studio... or online, live with the teacher

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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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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Daniel W. January 18, 2015
Music Theory · In home
One of the best instructors I've had to this date. Really easy to understand when it comes to exchanging concepts. Also great at explaining harmony to guitar players. If you're looking to get deep into harmonic concepts, this is the guy to learn from!

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