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Joanna M.

San Diego, CA

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!

About Joanna

*** 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.


Colin D. September 30, 2015
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Off to a great start!!
Tara & Emma D. September 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Just getting started, but great so far!
Giovanni September 10, 2015
Piano · In home
Joanna had my daughter having fun and looking forward to her next lesson in a way that I hadn't seen before. She had her own activities and worked around the traditional method book lessons. Awesome teacher!!!!
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Joanna M.

Joanna M.

San Diego, CA 92107
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Dr. Ariana W.

San Diego, CA

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.


Alexandria P. June 28, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Exceptional instructor
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Dr. Ariana W.

Dr. Ariana W.

San Diego, CA 92101
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Adrián T.

San Diego, CA

"“You can play a shoestring if you're sincere." - John W. Coltrane

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 new
found 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 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, Adrián 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 2004 Adrián 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, Adrián 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 Adrián 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.

Adrián ’s solid performance and versatility have allowed him many opportunities to collaborate with a vast array of professionals worldwide. Adrián 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 among others.

Adrián '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 full flesh member of one of the strongest lineups in funk music The Earful. 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 world.


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. 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 (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 likeminded 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 Sumarian Records.

Adrián states:

“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.”


A concept ensemble with its roots in west coast music, TRANSIENT performs original music inspired by the tradition of Jazz and Chamber Music on today's world. This genuine ensemble led by saxophonist Adrian (The Mars Volta, T.R.A.M. and The Earful) followed by cellist Artyom Manukyan (Peter Erskine and Draco Rosa), trumpeter Mike Cottone (Everette Harp, and Rick Braun), 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.


The Adrián Quartet
"Cu Taan (2009)." - INDI-O Music Award Nominee 2009

The Mars Volta
"Frances The Mute (2005)."
"Scabdates (2005)."
"Amputechture (2006)."
"El Bufalo de la Noche - Soundtrack/Music Score (2007)."
"The Bedlam in Goliath - LP (2008)." - Grammy Award Winner 2008

The Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group
"Omar Rodriguez (2005)."
"Please Heat This Eventually (2007)."
"Se Dice Bisonte, No Bùfalo (2007)."
"Omar Rodriguez-Lopez & Lydia Lunch (2007)."
"The Apocalypse Inside of An Orange (2007)."
"Calibration (Is Pushing Luck and Key Too Far) (2007)."
"Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fungus (2008)."
"Old Money (2008)."
"Woman Gives Birth To Tomato (2013)."

Alavaz Relxib Cirdec
"The Special 12 Singles Series - Single (2005)."

Big Sir
"Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer (2006)."
Song(s): Cause That Shit's Too Evil (And She's Just A Gangsta Bitch) and I Lie Down

Zechs Marquise
"Our Delicate Stranded Nightmare (2008)."

"El Rey Del Camino (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010

Alex Otaola
"El Hombre de la Camara (2010)." - INDI-O Music Award Winner 2010

T.R.A.M. (Band Leader)
"Lingua Franca (2012)." Sumerian Records - #2 iTunes Jazz Charts 2012

Trevor Hall
"Everything Everytime Everywhere (2011)."
Song: Different Hunger ("The Change-Up" Movie Soundtrack)
Written by Trevor Hall, Jimmy Messer; Courtesy of Vanguard Records, a Welk Music Group Company;
Under license from EMI Film & Television Music

Ten Kens
"Namesake (2012)."
Song(s): Mousetrap

BG5 (The Beach Girl5)
"Rock Mafia Mix Tape Vol. 1 (2012)."
Song(s): Kids r Ok

The Memorials
"Delirium (2012)."
Song(s): Mr. Entitled (Arranger and performer).

Le James Davey
"Vol 1: Le Processus (2012)."
Song(s): Un Mouvement - La Catalyse, and Trois Mouvement - Humilité

Mister Sparx
"Default Jazz (2014)."

"JAZZTEC (2013)."

Billy Ray Cyrus
"Change My Mind (2012)."
Song(s): Change My Mind

Trey Spruance
"Three separate releases (2013)."

"Neurasia (2013)."
Song(s): R136a1 (Intro), and En Tus Ojos

Los Random (Argentina)
"Pidanoma (2014)."
Song(s): Mee Changó

(yet to be titled 2014).

“Giant MKT/Rising Pulse Records 2014 (7 inch Single Release).”
Song(s): Invaders by Iron Maiden

Troy Baker
“Sitting in the Fire (2014).”
Song: Apparition (horn arrangement and performance)


Radio Serva
"Radio Serva/Movie Music Score by Adrián T. © 2009 EL REGIMEN Music BMI.
A movie by Ferdinando Vicentini Orgnani and Marcello Fois (November, 2010)."

El Tercer Sendero
A film by Jimmy Cohen and Erik Majzner, Music Elements by Adrián T.
© 2014 EL REGIMEN Music BMI


EL REGIMEN Music President Creative Music Movement,
Founding Member Sheet Music & Recordings

EL REGIMEN Music BMI President Music Publishing
Publishing Company


“Adrián Terrazas-González performs exclusively on Yamaha Flutes, Saxophones and Clarinets.”
Yamaha Corporation, Inc.
Hiroshi Tamezawa - Yamaha Music Corp.

“Adrián Terrazas-González is M-Audio Artist and AVID Artist.”
José Reveles González
Artist Director (Avid/M-Audio)

“Adrián Terrazas-González plays González Reeds.”
Eduardo Davolos
Rio Negro 2240 Guaymallen
Mendoza, República Argentina
(+54 1 54) 528-0834

“Adrián Terrazas-González is a Samsun and Hartke Artist.”
Ira C. Blanco
Samson Technologies Corp.
45 Gilpin Avenue, Suite 100
Hauppauge, NY 11788
+1(631) 784-2200 Ext. 107

Yamaha Professional Series (piccolo, soprano and alto flutes).
Yamaha Custom Z (alto, tenor and baritone saxophones).
Selmer 1972 Series 10G clarinet
Yamaha YCL-621 bass clarinet

Selmer Super Session G Soprano Saxophone Mouthpiece
Selmer Super Session E Alto Saxophone Mouthpiece
Selmer Soloist H Tenor Saxophone Mouthpiece
Vandoren V16 Ebonite E9 Baritone Saxophone Mouthpiece
Otto Link New York 7* Tenor Saxophone/The Mars Volta Setup
Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece 4L
Clark W. Fobes San Francisco Bass Clarinet Custom Mouthpiece
González Reeds (All Saxophones and Clarinets)
Francois Louis Ultimate Ligature for all Saxophones and Clarinets
De Jacques Neck Straps

Hartke KM200
Mackie Stage Back Line for (T.R.A.M.)

Effects Pedals Stage/Studio (The Mars Volta)
Ernie Ball WAH
BOSS PS-5 Super Shifter
BOSS RC-2 Loop Station
BOSS RE-20 Space Echo
W-2 Maestro Woodwind Effects Box
MXR Phase 90
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator
DigiTech JamMan Looper Performance Loop Pedal
TECH 21 SansAmp Bass Driver DI

Samson AirLine 77 UHF Wind Instrument System
Samson CL8
Electro-Voice RE20


Daniel D. October 4, 2015
Piano · 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.

Thank you Adrián!
Chazz P. June 6, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
I've known Adrian for many years, and you won't find anyone more dedicated to the Saxophone and Flute - I mean what you see (and hear) is what you get! He's in it for the long haul and willing to share his vast amount of experience.

I haven't taken continuous lessons from him, but I had the pleasure of hiring him to play and he's jammed with a bunch of my friends who play professionally. Adrian has been and always be someone I look up to to always provide tips and technique improvement suggestions. He does this with a true humble spirit. He meets you wherever you live musically and builds upon what you've already got.

Adrian is a talented Musician who can instantly engage an audience and keep them connected through his Music. If I had more time, I would take lessons from him regularly. He has so much to share musically and does it with a giving spirit.

Keep up the good work Adrian! I know the future is bright for you and all of your Students!
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!

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Adrián T.

Adrián T.

San Diego, CA 92113
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Ian T.

San Diego, CA

I encourage all my students to enjoy exploring the sound of the saxophone and to find their voice on the instrument. Lessons include everything from reading and basic stylistic concepts, to improvisation, playing along with recordings of your favorite players, and transcription. I am a graduate of the University of North Texas Jazz Studies program and have over 15 years of teaching experience.

I am also very diligent in teaching sound production, embouchure, and tone. I specialize in prepping saxophonists for high school and college auditions. Many of my high school students have participated in San Diego Honor Band and San Diego Youth Symphony and received top honors. I also offer full-service recording services and can help guide you through the college audition process.

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About Ian

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
Flute · 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
Saxophone · In studio
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
Saxophone · In studio
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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Ian T.

Ian T.

San Diego, CA 92104
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Joey E.

San Diego, CA

I specialize in Jazz Saxophone, but also am very fluent and familiar with the classical world as well. One huge plus that my saxophone students have is that I can accompany them on piano. This makes lessons in jazz improvisation much more effective. I focus on fundamental skills such as sight reading, technique, jazz and classical theory, improvisation and composition. I also make recordings for my students on request. I have worked with multiple wind ensembles and jazz bands in the past, and can help polish up ensemble music.

About Joey

Joey specializes in music lessons for piano, saxophone, composition, and production. He teaches all levels and ages. He received a Bachelor of Music degree in jazz studies and saxophone performance from UC Irvine, and has a Master of Music degree in Composition from San Diego State University. He has been teaching music lessons for 10 years for all ages, and has been playing the saxophone and piano for 17 and 18 years respectively. Joey also produces and composes electro-acoustic music. All students will have opportunities to get professional recordings of their music. Joey records, mixes, a
nd produces music on request. Joey has a very adaptable approach when he teaches. He understands that all students have very different learning styles and are interested in various musical avenues. His broad range of musical training allows his students to learn many styles and genres of music while honing their craft as an instrumentalist, composer, producer, artist, or all of the above.


Nina October 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Joey has been teaching piano to our now 8 and 11 yo boys for more than a year. Although my kids aren't musical per say and don't tend to practice during the week, thanks to Joey their piano skills are impressive! Without ignoring the theory, Joey was able to adapt his teaching style to their personalities and has taught them to play their favorite songs. My younger son was so excited to to learn Fall out Boy's "Centuries" he would run to the piano to practice! Both boys are clearly proud of their accomplishments and love to show them off to their friends. Thank you Joey!
Daniel T. October 5, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
It is too early to make a conclusion about Joey's teaching style after just one lesson. But I love the way he communicated with my son, the way he explained thing and encouraged my son. He is very passionate about the instrument and the music. I hope we will be able to work out the schedule for our future lessons.
Sue July 2, 2015
Piano · In home
We have been incredibly pleased with Joey. He teaches (and motivates) both of my young children who have completely different learning styles. Joey understands and adapts to them at each lesson. He sets consistent goals and expectations for progress each week but never loses sight of the concept that learning should be joyful. My kids have never protested that they have to take piano lessons and I attribute this to the fact that they really like working with Joey.
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Joey E.

Joey E.

San Diego, CA 92119
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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