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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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Mike November 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Learn something new every lesson!
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Bryce S. August 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think my son really enjoyed the lesson. I'm very hopeful for a continued positive relationship. Hope we can meet next lesson a week from Labor Day! Thank you! Brenda
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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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Carol F.

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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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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Dan H. July 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
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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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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
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$30 / 30-min
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA

About Laura

I teach voice, piano and guitar. My Music Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University is in Vocal Performance. I love what I do. I teach children through adults. I have lots of experience in worship
leading for church if that is of interest.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, but I expect you to practice. I am thorough in my approach. For piano lessons, I utilize the Alfred method. I emphasize note reading and theory in each genre, whether taking guitar, voice or piano. I am currently using Hal Leonard's Guitar Method books for guitar and a few different things for vocal curriculum.
All lessons can be supplemented with what you are currently interested in or working towards. I enjoy helping prepare young people for their performances in theatre arts. Lessons can be combined, for example; if you are interested in both voice and guitar, you can take a longer weekly lesson and have both subjects covered! Weekly assignments are given and checked to see if done before proceeding to the next step! I do not recommend students come every other week. I recommend one lesson per week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar and books. Student provides their guitar during lesson and for piano, must have a piano or keyboard at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping young worship leaders hone their gifts. I enjoy preparing people for their musical theatre performances.
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Ethan D. August 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Yesterday was our first meeting with Laura. She was kind, and patient with my son. She showed that she cared about his needs and interest which I like.
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Sierra W. May 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Laura is amazing. She was patient with my 7 year old.
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Amber April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
My experience with Laura has been great! She has definitely helped me rekindle my piano playing abilities and feel comfortable playing again.
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
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$30 / 30-min
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My Linh D.

Vista, CA

About My Linh

I have been studying the piano for about 12 years. Recently I have become more involved with the pipe organ, which has greatly aided and influenced my piano studies.

I currently sing in the Mira Costa Chamber choir and absolutely love the choral setting. I am pursuing my AA degree in Pipe Organ Performance through the Applied Music Program at Mira Costa College, and aim to transfer to a four-year university to get my B.M. in Music Education. My long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.

I come from a large family and love working with young child
ren. I find 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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Haydn (10) October 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Another fantastic lesson. Our kids are enjoying My Linh's instruction immensely and continue to improve each week!
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Haydn (10) October 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Another fantastic lesson. Our kids are enjoying My Linh's instruction immensely and continue to improve each week!
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Hugh (7) September 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson for both children! My Linh was very personable and attentive to the pace and difficulty level for new students; she challenged them in their learning, yet made it fun at the same time!
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My Linh D.

My Linh D.

Vista, CA 92081
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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John M.

Carlsbad, CA

About John

I have 36 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much joy to my life and expanded my creativity more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly, nothing better than an im
pressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
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Melinda November 1, 2016
Drum · In home
We feel like we hit the teacher jackpot with John! He really knows music & has a passion for sharing this knowledge. Plus he can REALLY hit those drums. He was patient, flexible, & 'made it fun' with my 12-year-old son picking up drum sticks for the first time. So grateful we booked with 'Mr.John!'
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Katja June 17, 2016
Drum · In studio
We would like to thank John for becoming our all time favorite drum teacher. In just 7 lesson John managed to not only give our daughter the support and teach the techniques she needed for her upcoming concert, but also boost her self-confidence tremendously. Our daughter is a quite girl and as the only percussionist in the school band, she needed and needs to learn from someone with John's experience at teaching children.
Thank you, John. We can't wait to take more lessons soon!!!
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Greg May 9, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have had a couple different drum teachers and learned to play pretty good, and then I saw John performing at the Belly Up! I was able to get his contact info through a mutual friend. Called for lessons and he was so cool, he asked all about my musical styles and direction and really made me feel comfortable and confident. I jumped from feeling like a 5th grader on drums to a legit drummer in just a few weeks (got paid for my first gig last month:)) Yes, Recommend!!!
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John M.

John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(6)
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$32.50 / 30-min

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