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Carol F.

Oceanside, CA

About Carol

I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.

It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.

I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.

Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.

Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.


CJ C. October 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A caring and sensitive teacher which promotes confidence in her students. We are looking forward to more lessons!
Jolene S. October 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've really been enjoying my singing lessons with Carol. I'm learning so much. Carol is very upbeat and encouraging. I will definitely be continuing with her after my first five lessons.
Kate G. September 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!
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Carol F.

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
starting at
$35 / 30-min

Ruben D.

Vista, CA

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical


Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
Christina N. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
Stephanie R. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Danny W.

Vista, CA

About Danny

I was classically trained in piano for more than 10 years starting when I was eight years old. I've received Certificate of Merit multiple times for performance and theory. I've played many recitals performing pieces by composers like Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Rachnominoff, Debussy, Chopin and others. From piano I branched out into bass and guitar. I play almost any every style of music for all these instruments and am well-versed in tablature, chord charts and traditional notation.
I have played bass on an American nationwide tour in with a friend's band, recorded on various projects with pia
no, guitar and bass, played for numerous local bands, received guitar string sponsorship. I have also toured China with a performing arts group playing guitar and singing. I have written around 500 songs. My experience is extremely broad and music has been one of my biggest passions in life since I was young!

*** Lesson Details ***
I will help you achieve your musical goals! If you want to learn classical music and theory, I will teach you those things. If you want to learn how to play rock by ear, I'll help you do that. I have played and/or studied almost every kind of music imaginable and am ready to help you be the best you can be at whatever your musical goals are.
I will lay out clear practice directions at every lesson to make sure we are making progress. I am very patient and I like to make music fun no matter what we're studying! I sometimes cover a lot of ground with my lessons but I will always make sure to check in to see that you're getting everything and catching on.

*** Specialties ***
Performance, theory, music reading. Classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, metal.


Wendy K. September 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He has a very warm personality. He is easy to communicate with and a great listener. He focuses very quickly on your learning style. He teaches to your level and pushes just enough to make it challenging and fun. Absolutely recommend!
Nathan F. May 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny works great with me, he has taught me so much in just five lessons.
Gloria G. July 18, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny is a Great teacher. Already a guitar player, I was looking for a "different" kind of teacher, one that could help me transpose guitar songs/ chords to the piano. Danny is genuine and very creative. He works with the student on all levels. He is patient and open to where I am wanting to go with the piano. In only 3 lessons I am in love with playing the piano, I play ALL the time. I love the sounds that are available to me now.
Our lessons are challenging and fun at the same time. I am blessed.
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Danny W.

Danny W.

Vista, CA 92084
starting at
$26.25 / 30-min

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA

About Sarah

I currently have 12 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano and basic vocal fundamentals for a few awe-inspiring years. Below, please take special note that whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.

I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taugh
t in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to practice.

2007-2009 MY great-aunt taught me the beginner piano basics.
2009-Present Self-taught.

Vocal Instruction
1995-2009 Self-taught.
2009 Melody Moor gave private instruction.
2009-2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music.
2013-Present Self-taught.

MUSIC Experience
(Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)

Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week
As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines.
Canyon Crest Academy Choir
I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.

Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010.
Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010.
A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010.
5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010.
Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011.
Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013

Operas/ Operettas
Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012.
A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.

Envision Collaborations
Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010
PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011
Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011
The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013
The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013

Solo Performances
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011
Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012
Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013
I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.

Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca
French/ Catalan:
Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet
Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure
Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert
O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera
Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot
Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music
It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon
Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams
When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne
Music for a While, Henry Purcell
Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim
My Johann, Edvard Grieg

I am the singer and pianist in a band where I write half of the music and lyrics to. We perform at various locations between Oceanside and San Diego. We have recordings and new material almost everyday.

RECORDING Experience:
I have experience with ProTools, Avid, and Abelton, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.

*** Lesson Details ***

Beginner Piano

Intermediate Piano

Basic Music Theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Cheap Ukulele
YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals)
Condenser Mic

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Abelton on my laptop
Condenser Mic

I speak, read, and write English.
I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling.
I speak, and read *basic* Spanish.
- English
- Spanish

- Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.)
- Singing
- Reading
- Writing
- Piano
- Hot Tea
- Movies
- Smiling/Laughing
- Horseback Riding
- Camping
- Climbing Trees
- Interacting with people, especially children.
- Animals of all sorts.
- Dancing
- Family
- Friends
- Music
- Learning

2013 to Present
Private Music Teacher
-Beginner Piano-Intermediate Piano
-Both piano and vocals at the same time

December 2013 to February 2014
Kidville Carlsbad

July 2013 to January 2014
Starbucks at the Carlsbad Outlet Mall

VOLUNTEER Experience
Jun 2011 to Nov 2011
Spiritual Counseling and Astrology

Jun 2010 to Aug 2010
Live Scan Solutions

2009 to Present
Occasional Babysitting
-3 month-years-old
-Ages 1-14


**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**


Micah K. August 31, 2015
Within minutes of working with Sarah, she will help you find your vocal range, pinpoint the exact area you need to improve in, and walk you through the exercises necessary to improve. This method is highly cost effective in comparison to some instructors who don't get straight to the heart of the matter and simply stick to their standard curriculum.
Sarah W. January 2, 2014

Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA 92056
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA

About Susan

Susan™s' primary focus at Epiphany Voice & Music, is teaching the best and most effective Vocal Techniques to her students. She also teaches Acoustic Guitar and finger picking. Her teaching includes the Orff and Suzuki methods of music for children. Susan has been teaching beginning to advanced voice and beginning to intermediate acoustic guitar privately for over 25 years. Her students perform in recitals at least twice a year. They also participate in local Broadway Musicals, C.Y.T. and Coast Kids Theatre Productions, Classical and Rock performing. Many of her students have gone on to sing p
rofessionally. She currently teaches Professional artists with ongoing careers.
Her history as a musician started when she began her vocal training under the instruction of Anita Lee Mixson. She studied with Anita while attending Diablo Valley College in the San Francisco Bay area. During this time she was a member of the Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, which toured under the direction of Dr. Richard Kamprath. After two years she moved to the Chico, California where she later received her B.A. degree in vocal performance and English at CSU, Chico. While Susan attended Chico State, her main focus of study was with the Opera Workshop, under the direction of Dr. Gwen Curatillo. She was also equally active with the Chamber Singers and A Cappella Choir, which were conducted by Dr. Sharon Paul. Susan performed in the opera "Carmen", the yearly Opera Gala, and each annual Opera Ball headed by the Bravo Association. She did solo performances backed by the A Cappella Choir and toured with them throughout Europe in 1990. The CSU Chico Choir performed a musical piece specially written for this tour, by composer Kirk Meecham, entitled "Island in Space". The Choir and Chamber Singers also sang other sacred and contemporary compositions. During this trip the choir met in Estonia with the Choirs from UC Berkeley and UC Davis. There, they collaborated with the Estonian Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra in performing Haydens™ "Creation", directed by Eri Klass. They performed in Estonia, Germany, Poland, Russia, Finland, and the Ukraine.
Since her graduation Susan continued to perform and study. She has worked as a studio musician, recording with Grammy award producer and singer/song writer David Grow. Susan has recorded with Brent Bougoise at Moon Recording Studio in Sacramento, CA. She has also written and recorded her own songs for missions outreaches in the Philippines, Australia, and the Netherlands. She has been active in leading worship at various churches over the last twenty-two years. Susan has performed her original music for concerts on the same billings with Elvin Bishop, Dr. Hook, and the Earl Scruggs Band, for large audiences. A few years ago, Susan directed the Choir at Ocean Knoll Elementary School, with Owen Owen O'™Connor as Principal.
Susan continues her goal of sharing the gift of song and music with all of her students and colleagues. She hopes to continue to give her talents as an instructor, performer, composer and recording artist to the entire community. Susan gives honor to all of her teachers, including Anita Lee Mixson, Beth Freeman(University of Nevada Reno), Ulyses Solano (prominent Costa Rican tenor), composer/teacher Dr. William Ramsey, Dr. Sharon Paul (conductor), and Dramatic Soprano Opera Singer, Alla Markovich. Susan still learns, studies, and performs, which enables her to offer her students the best possible training.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are given one a week. The times allotted are 1/2 Hour, 45 Minutes, 1 hour, and 90 Minutes. If the student is young, the 1/2 Hour or 45 Minute time would be the best. Consistency is very important in learning any instrument. so, I encourage my students to practice with the vocal exercise I proved for everyone.

I have a set day any time of week for each of my students to have their lessons. This works out beautifully and is easy to work into a weekly routine.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I teach using a piano for learning vocal exercises and good techniques. I also have an acoustic Guitar that I use to teach my students how to play and learn good finger picking and strumming techniques. Using a computer is always employed, to pull up songs on YouTube, so students can choose what they would like to work on. Karaoke versions are used as well, for further training purposes.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I teach at a student's home, I bring my Guitar with me, if they're studying this instrument. It is helpful for a student to have a piano or keyboard for me to teach voice, but I do have a keyboard I can bring if none is available. Having a computer close by is very helpful, to get the most out of the lesson as is possible.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping people who have created possible "bad habits" in their singing techniques. "Placement" and breathing, or "support", are of key importance. When good techniques are used, just about anyone can learn to sing beautifully. I also work with all ages, having background with Children, as well as teens, middle age, and elderly vocalists. Singing is universal, so every ethnicity is included in my student roster. If someone wants to learn to play the acoustic Guitar, this is always a plus, to accompany ones-self, or to focus on the instrument on it's own. Singing and playing should be "easy" and this is the approach I take in teaching.


Christa October 14, 2015
Susan has changed my life for the better! I started lessons when I was sixteen years old, seven years ago, and at that time I was in two choirs at my high school. I felt I needed to start lessons because I had a passion for singing and also I wasn't happy because I wasn't getting chosen for any solos at my school and I wanted to be more challenged. After my first lesson with Susan I knew she was exactly what I was looking for: a teacher who taught proper technique that made it really fun and challenged me because she knew I had wonderful potential. I tried six different teachers before her and not one was even half as amazing as Susan! My voice was growing so fast within the next couple years and when it came time for college I joined the choir at CSUSM and was their top soloist for the four years I attended there. When it came time for college graduation I was selected to sing the National Anthem, a huge success in my singing career. Lately I have been using all my teachings from Susan in musicals and concerts and I am now an elementary school music teacher! I wouldn't have been able to get to where I am without Susan. Susan teaches amazing technique that is healthy and fun! I still take lessons to this day because you can never stop learning and growing. I still find surprising things in my voice that I haven't heard before because Susan challenges me and she cares about every student and knows the potential one can have if you stick with it and are passionate about singing. Never in my life have I met an educator quite like her. Susan is a loving, caring, passionate teacher. And lets be honest, she knows what she's doing!
Donna Wettstein October 6, 2015
Singing · In home
I love Susan and her love and art for singing. She comes to our home once a week and trains my daughter, and teaches her more than singing. She teaches her confidence and courage to express herself through her voice. I have seen a dramatic change with her singing, and love to watch her perform during the recitals. Not all singing instructors have recitals but Susan transpires recitals and it is so magical to see you child blossom on stage. Thank-you Susan for all that you do, and your hard work with our children. It shows you really care.
Jocelyn belleza September 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Susan has been an instrumental element in daughter's choice of vocation. She has provided an excellent combination of structure and nurture in the methodology of vocal instruction. She is patient and consistent and those qualities have allowed my daughter to find her voice and flourish. My daughter has been her student for 7 years and now has gone on to pursue opera instruction in college. I highly recommend Susan, you couldn't find a more supportive individual who loves her job as well as her students.
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Susan F.

Susan F.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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