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Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA

About Jena

Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD, The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter,
coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Santa Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

*** Lesson Details ***
To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
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Tucker W. December 4, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
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Lisa G. January 29, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
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Jena D. July 31, 2013
Guitar
The Whole Musician Way...

I love her style of teaching. Nothing is bad as long as it comes from the heart. Music is about passion and sharing. Now I can go on to share what I've learned with others. She taught me guitar, voice and songwriting. Thanks Jena
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Jena D.

Jena D.

Goleta, CA 93117
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Steven S.

Ventura, CA

About Steven

Steven graduated with his bachelor of music degree from California State University, Northridge. While at C.S.U.N., Steven was the winner of the Andres Segovia memorial scholarship and the Randy Rhoad
s memorial scholarship. Also, Steven has studied with many guitar greats such as Christopher Parkening and Randy Rhoads (Ozzy Osbourne). Currently, Steven is recording and performing with the virtuoso violinist Hekar Rivera and is the guitarist in a super cool instrumental Rock/Jazz/R&B fusion quartet. In addition to performing, Steven teaches guitar at his studio in Ventura. Also, Steven is the head of the music department at North Hills Preparatory School and teaches guitar workshops at the Ventura College Institute.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are available for all ages, styles and skill levels. Beginners are encouraged to apply. Students will have fun while reaching their musical goals. Students are taught to be musicians and artists through the study of the guitar. Students will learn cool songs, improvisation and music theory. I really love teaching music because I think music make the world a better place!
Lessons take place at my studio in Ventura, CA
ONLINE LESSONS AVAILABLE IN EARLY 2016!

*** Studio Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Travel Equipment ***
More information upon booking

*** Specialties ***
I am able to teach all styles from blues to jazz and all points between. My areas of expertise would most likely be in hard rock, metal, rock/jazz fusion, classical guitar, improvisation, songwriting and application of music theory.
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Elliot F. September 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I took lessons with Steven for almost a year and I must say working with him has truly been a blast. I emailed Steven originally looking for help with my theory skills as well as both my acoustic and electric guitar playing and I have without a doubt gotten a hundred times better at all of the above. I have never been able to play a guitar solo before working with him and thought it would be months until I could even begin to think about that but right away he showed me the ropes and got me going. I was totally discouraged about my skill level because I’ve been wanting to major in music in college but started playing late in the game. However, Steven was nothing but encouraging through not only teaching me crucial musical skills but also sharing invaluable stories from when he was in music school leaving me nothing but inspired. Its often intimidating to meet a private instructor for the first time (I’ve met plenty of bad ones) but Steven is one of the nicest guys in the world and I can’t wait to continue lessons with him again once I have the time. Be sure to check out the Rivera Sunnarborg Duo live they are absolutely breathtaking! Have fun taking lessons and get ready for some nerdy music theory jokes!
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Jackie July 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Steve has given my son and daughter guitar lessons for years. They always look forward to seeing him and learning new music. He not only teaches them a great foundation in guitar he also teaches them whatever songs interest them. If my daughter wants to learn a piece from some obscure artist Steve finds the music and writes the music for her. He then helps her learn to play what she loves. We couldn't ask for a better teacher.
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Eisley G. June 20, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and does well with teaching children.
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Steven S.

Steven S.

Ventura, CA 93003
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Bethany S.

Santa Barbara, CA

About Bethany

Horn teacher currently located in Santa Barbara, CA.

About Me | Teaching Experience
I have been teaching private french horn lessons as a freelance teacher since 2008. I am currently on faculty a
s a Horn Instructor at Westmont College and on staff at the Music Academy of the West.

As a teacher, I find the most joy in seeing technical improvement translate into artistic freedom and musicality. I tailor lessons and take time to understand each student's pace of learning and playing style.

In the past, I have also worked as a tutor at local junior high/high schools. I have unique experience in tutoring college bound students and assisting with college preparation, admissions, and auditions. I also have experience with special needs students.

Lesson Details | Private Horn Lessons
I will drive to you for lessons - the only required equipment is 2 chairs and 1 stand. A piano/keyboard is preferred for music theory and ear training aspects of horn playing but not necessary.
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Bren June 16, 2016
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Aria December 4, 2015
French Horn
Bethany is a wonderful instructor! She is consistently caring and insightful, and has appropriately high expectations--which push her students to improve. She was able to help me wisely choose music that would be both challenging and rewarding. I highly recommend her, and I had a great experience taking lessons from her.
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Christina November 19, 2015
Music Performance · In home
I have had the pleasure of collaborating with Bethany over the years and can't recommend her enough for lessons. She is professional, efficient, and a wonderful musician. She has a unique musical insight and intuition that shows in her performances. Bethany has always been incredible at explaining ideas in both a constructive and clear manner. She is a wonderful, patient, kind teacher, and has inspired many, including myself with her playing and discipline in honing her craft.
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Bethany S.

Bethany S.

Santa Barbara, CA 93103
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jaclyn U.

Sherman Oaks, CA

About Jaclyn

I am passionate about guiding each student to explore his singing voice and full artistic expression in both Contemporary Commercial Music and Classical repertoire. Emphasis is placed on functional so
matic voice work, and healthy vocal technique through successful breath support, effective vowel modification, and increased self-awareness and freedom in the body. I also incorporate Yoga principles of body awareness, breath training, as well as Andover Education and Alexander technique principles into my comprehensive vocal training style, as I believe kinesthetic body awareness is integral to successful singing. In addition, I delight in engaging each student’s imagination and musicality so that they may express the composer’s intentions with their own authentic voice.
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Jaclyn U.

Jaclyn U.

Ventura, CA 93003
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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