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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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Mikhail B. San Diego, CA

1. Choose Instrument

VIOLIN CELLO PIANO ACCORDION GUITAR BASS COMPUTER VOICE MANDOLIN

2. Choose Type

Acoustic Electric Amplified Electronic Other

3. Choose Style

CLASSICAL | MODERN HITS | SPECIFIC SONG | JAZZ | LATIN

IRISH | GYPSY | OTHER FOLK | ROCK | ELECTRONIC | OTHER

4. Choose area of Focus

READ | IMPROVISE | CHORDS | LEADSHEET | BEGINNER'S NUMBERS

COMPOSE | BY EAR | TRAINING DRILLS

About Mikhail

As you read this please remember how awesome I am. Last year (2014) I Recorded violin and cello on an album which won a San Diego Music Award voted best "Americana Album" with a group called Midnight Pine. Albums Recorded: "Buried" with Midnight Pine nominated for best Americana album of 2014 in the SDMA music awards (Violin +Cello) "Past Forward" with Blaise Christopher Guld also nominated for SDMA award (Violin+Cello) 2 Live Albums from the AUM Dome with Krista Richards (Electric Violin) Online Album with I-earth Music , a corporate world music band +New Unreleased album with Trent Hancock (just debuted on 91X and 94.9) a possible hit! - a song called Splinter (Violin) probably will win win an SDMA award this year or maybe something bigger? My History: Born in

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Brandi H. March 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great instructor. Deals with a hyper 4 year old very well. Very patient and positive. After 1st lesson was very impressed with how well my child was doing. Mikhail makes it very easy to give a wonderful review
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Monte W. March 5, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
He's good people. Patient and helpful and not intimidating. Good times were had by all.
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Ronnie W. January 26, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
My children are both studying with Mikhail and they are so enthusiastic about their lessons with him (piano and cello.) They find his manner of instruction compelling and inspiring. Mikhail is so patient as he guides them through each lesson which always include technique, theory and an abundance of fun. He is a natural teacher with a talent for keeping children both engrossed and inspirited throughout each lesson. They leave each class feeling elated and looking forward to the following week's lesson. They are also motivated to practice throughout the week, excited to return with their progress. I would absolutely recommend Mikhail as an instructor for both children and adults, as I thoroughly enjoy the lessons, as well.
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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Crystal P. March 18, 2015
Guitar · Online
Got into Berklee College of Music because of this guy!!! Brandon is the man!

We've been taking online guitar lessons for about 9 months. He helped prepare me for my auditions. I also placed out of three classes which saved me nearly $10,000!! His rates are a little more than most teachers out there (though he's still half the rate of some teachers in NYC), but with Brandon you get more than what you pay for!
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Jerry N. March 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Where do I start...

Brandon recently contacted me out of the blue via email, something along the lines of, "I think you used to be my piano teacher 20 years ago...can you leave me a review?" Without having to read much further, I immediately recalled him as a student amidst the hundreds of other students I've since had. One word: savant.

Brandon was one of, if not, the most gifted students I've ever had. Within about a year, I remember progressing from scratch to level 8 pieces by Rachmaninoff and Chopin - something unheard of for a student of his age and experience. I distinctly recall him being one of my few students who never needed to be told by his parents to practice - something that certainly stands out after 35+ years of teaching!

From what I've gathered, he's since attended Berklee College and is now teaching as well. When I knew him, he had a nurturing and supportive family, an enthusiastic personality, and an unusual ability to pick things up so much faster than my other students that I had to completely shift the way I taught. Come to think of it, he probably taught me a lot as well.

Thought it's been many years, and I can only speak of him as a student, I have only distinctly positive memories and wish him the best. You would be amidst one of the finest should you enroll in music with Brandon.

Glad our past has helped pave your future,
Jerry
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Christine D. March 10, 2015
Guitar · Online
ONLINE LESSONS ARE AWESOME!

I was extremely hesitant to take online music lessons at first. I've been taking guitar lessons at a studio or at my apartment for a few years. I took a break and decided to resume. I read a lot about online music lessons and how they're quickly gaining popularity over traditional lessons, so I figured why not!

So glad I took the plunge! Lessons are so convenient and Brandon is an amazing teacher! He really tailors to my needs and makes each lesson fun and extremely productive. We get more done in one hour of our online lessons than I'm pretty sure I ever got in two hours of my previous traditional lessons!

Definitely give online lessons with Brandon a shot - you won't regret it!
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

TEACHER STEVEN B
He is an experienced teacher of piano / keyboard. He teaches all levels, including professional. Beginners are welcome. He enjoys teaching beginners. If it is a young person, he wants numbers when the student attends each week for the lesson. In other words, he wants to know how much time the student practiced during the week. Thirty minutes per day is the minimum he accepts from the student. Some of his students take lessons on two instruments as in piano & voice. He offers 30-minute lessons, 45-minute lessons, or 60-minute lessons. This teacher currently has one or two openings for new students.

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The teacher combines methods of teaching reading music, playing by ear, and improvisation... and this work wonders for his piano students. They play with confidence, feeling, and great interpretation! Through the process, he teaches all the fundamentals of technique in piano for correct hand positions, fingering, and posture. He has his recording ...

About Steven

Reviews From Students and Parents (Piano - Guitar - Voice) Steven B’s fun and patient teaching style rocks. I see how his bright, fun-loving personality, and knowledge of music for piano makes him top choice as my daughter’s music instructor. Anthony Steven B, a patient, gifted teacher has supervised my studies on guitar with good humor, wit and flexibility. I would recommend him without hesitation to players young and old. Tim I took voice and piano lessons in Mr. Bruce’s studio and also online via Skype. Both experiences were great, and it was really convenient to do the lessons on Skype. Mr. Bruce is an excellent teacher, and he is very patient. I recommend him to anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument or sing! Kat I just wanted to say Thank You and let ...

Adrián T. San Diego, CA

"Essential Elements Piano Theory is a comprehensive course designed to help students master theory concepts. Rejino gradually introduces 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!!!!
Ken Schalk
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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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