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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.
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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!
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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.
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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
(25)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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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
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Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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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!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
(20)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

About Ryan

I'm here to make music a fun, engaging, and awesome experience for you!

Prepare to play the piano in a way you never thought you could before. I'm going to take your piano playing to the next level.

*** About Me ***

I am a 23 year old Music Major currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at San Diego State University.

I am passionate about music and I live for piano playing. It's what wakes me up in the morning.

*** Lesson Details ***

We're in this together. I will help you narrow down and reach your goals quickly. I'm very organized and have a grea
t eye for detail. At the same time, I'm a lot of fun to be around! My students constantly tell me how much fun they have at our lessons and I can tell from my first-hand experiences with them how much they enjoy studying with me.

What type of music interests you? Is it pop, rock, classical, or jazz? Whatever it is, I'm happy to teach you any style of music you want to learn.

I believe that my ultimate goal of teaching students is to give them the tools they need to succeed on their own. I find that by taking this approach, my students are more likely to retain information and the skills we learned at our lessons. This also helps my students to stay motivated and have a desire to continue to learn on their own

*** Specialties ***

I specialize in Classical piano. I have had extensive training in learning the nuances of Classical piano and bringing them out in my playing and teaching.

Additionally, I'm extremely knowledgeable about proper hand position and incorporate hand position exercises into almost all of my lessons.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

While teaching younger children (Ages 5-10), I find that it is much easier to have parents present to help keep their child focused during lessons. Again, as no two children are the same, this may not be the case for all children. I've had students who were 5 years old who were perfectly well behaved at lessons; I've had others that weren't. For the ones who may tend to be less focused during lessons, having a parent present would be helpful.

I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time. I am happy to discuss practice techniques with you in person at our lessons.

Learning alongside your child is also INCREDIBLY helpful to them. If you want to be a learning-buddy for your children, I absolutely encourage that and am happy to teach both of you at once! Additionally, if your child has a friend that wants to take lessons with them in the same time block, we can arrange for that to happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***

I own a Yamaha Baby-Grand Acoustic Piano

For those who want to record their playing, I also have microphones, digital recording plugins, and other software available for use.

*Additionally, to any students interested, I can film your lesson and put it in a private folder in my Dropbox account. I find that students who film their lessons often have to review far less than those who don't film them.*

*** Travel Equipment ***

I provide repertoire, flashcards, and supplemental materials at the first lesson.

I expect that my students will have an IN-TUNE piano or keyboard at their house.
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Alexia K. April 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great piano teacher.
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Pamela D. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a really great instructor. We have had a solid relationship working with him, and he has proven to be an incredibly competent teacher. He is very focused, and works well with kids. I highly recommend him.
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Spencer July 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Fantastic teacher that has a great eye for detail and is truly passionate about the instrument and teaching whoever is willing to learn! I can honestly say I've learned more in the past month or so that I've been taking lessons than I would have in 6 months of trying to teach myself. Very affordable pricing and absolutely worth every penny!
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Ryan C.

Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(16)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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.
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Justin H. April 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Awesome experience!
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Brian A. March 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Danny is teaching both of my boys... one in piano and another in guitar. He's a wonderful teach and very kind and upbeat person which makes learning fun. Please see my review for his piano lessons as well. Highly recommend him!
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Devon A. March 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny is a very kind and fun teacher and my boys really like him. We are so happy to have him as a teach and look forward to many more lessons! He has a great approach to teaching and I can tell has a "plan" for beginners while keeping it interesting and still fun for the youngsters. I'm thinking of taking some lessons from him too soon to get back into piano and or kickoff some guitar!
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Danny W.

Danny W.

Vista, CA 92084
(8)
starting at
$26.25 / 30-min
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My Linh D.

Vista, CA

About My Linh

My Linh (mee-lin) has been studying the piano for about 12 years. Recently she has become more involved with the pipe organ, which has greatly aided and influenced her piano studies.

My Linh currently sings in the Mira Costa Chamber choir and absolutely loves the choral setting. She is pursuing her AA degree in Pipe Organ Performance through the Applied Music Program at Mira Costa College, and aims to transfer to a four-year university to get her B.M. in Music Education. Her long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.

My Linh comes from
a large family, and loves working with young children. She finds a great spirituality in music; it is a sacred place for the soul, where emotion, expression, and truth manifest together as art.
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Sage K. March 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Linh is caring, on time, and invested!
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Norah K. March 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Linh was patient, gentle, knowledgeable and exactly the kind of piano teacher My girls and I were looking for in a piano teacher. Great match!!
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Jason B. March 5, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
My Linh is an exceptional pianist, and an even better teacher. As a jazz pianist, the techniques to classical piano have been obtuse to me, and My Linh has gently guided me to understanding. If you are looking for a fun teacher with great skill to really shape your growth, she has my highest recommendations.
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My Linh D.

My Linh D.

Vista, CA 92081
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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