After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my ho
me studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).
A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.
My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!
*** Studio Equipment *** Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio. Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!
*** Specialties *** Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
Mary Beth Hayes May 17, 2015
In studio Verified Student
David is very relaxed and put me at ease instantly. He was very interested in my knowledge base and goals so he could fine tune the lessons for me. My only dissapointment is that he doesn't have an hour time slot available yet.
Paul K. May 8, 2013
Drum Verified Student
Dave is able to work with me, a beginner, and provide me with enough challenge so that I keep learning and also keep interested in drums. He has a great sense of humor along with patience which is important with a teacher whom is teaching a beginner. At times he will also take out a guitar and play along which adds to the fun.
LeahM June 13, 2012
We at absolutely pleased with David. Our son loves to play his guitar and is always enthusiastic of his teacher.
6+ years teaching experience this instrument. The first few lessons are about establishing good ears, good time feel, and a few fundamental techniques for the left and right hand. After that, it's all about tunes and the kind of music you intend to play. Lessons include ear training, rhythm work, performance techniques, and a personalized tune list, in addition to common bass practices.
Do you want a teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you all the skills of a well-rounded musician in a relaxed, friendly environment? I am the teacher for you! With a solid foundation in classical technique and experience as a jazz performer, we will tailor a plan for you to achieve your dreams in any style.
Jordan was born and raised in the El Centro, California where he began playing the alto sax in the elementary band program. At the age of 12, he began his study of guitar and drums, performing in several rock and ska bands around his home town and San Diego. At a
ge 14, is where he found his love for brass instruments when he took up the trombone. While in high school he became a featured soloist with the Imperial Valley College Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of the legendary trumpeter Jimmy Cannon. It was this that lead Jordan to accept the Constance Weldon Music Scholarship to attend the University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL.
While performing in South Florida Jordan appeared with major acts including 10,000 Maniacs, and appeared on the Spanish television show "Calle Ocho." He also gained invaluable experience teaching in Miami public schools. His first teaching assignment was at Hialeah-Miami Lakes Senior High School where he directed 3 beginning bands, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, and their highly decorated Jazz Band. Later Jordan moved into the elementary setting, teaching vocal and instrumental music for grades K-5 at Cypress Elementary.
In 2007, Jordan returned to California to pursue a music career in San Diego. He can be seen performing all over San Diego, Orange, and LA Counties in styles ranging from rock, jazz, funk, blues, hip-hop, Latin, and more. He performs primarily on trombone, piano, and guitar, but is known to pick up percussion, harmonica, and other wind instruments as well. Jordan, along with the rest of the aggressively funky cover band SuperMagnetic, were the grand prize winner of the 2010 Viejas Ultimate Music Challenge 4. In 2011, Tori Roze & The Hot Mess were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the category of "Best Blues Artist" after the release of their first album "From The Hip." They released their second album "Turbulence" last December, and are heard regularly on local San Diego radio. This album has also been nominated for Best Pop album for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards. This spring, Jordan completed his Master of Music degree in Jazz Studies from San Diego State University.
On stage, Jordan is a talented and versatile performer. He is known for his trombone sound and improvisational ability, as well as his positive relationship with his fellow musicians. In lessons, Jordan is energetic and creative.
*** Lesson Details *** I enjoy teaching kids and adults of all ages. When I arrive for our first lesson, we'll start by getting to know your musical tastes and aspirations. Then we make a plan. Then we play!
Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some technique on your instrument we will explore music that suits you from a practical stand point in your development, and very importantly, stylistically. Together we will plan a curriculum that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your life style.
You can expect a laid back, yet focused environment. Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to see you soon.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room with large wall mirror, good lighting, with full size keyboard, weighted
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to provide an instrument for themselves. I also require a student to come prepared with sheet music, pencils, a binder or folder, and the texts from which they would like to study.
*** Specialties *** I have an extensive background in jazz bands, classical wind ensembles, and improvisation. I also currently perform in both original and cover bands on trombone, keyboard and guitar, in a range of styles including rock, reggae, Latin, and funk. I teach beginning and intermediate piano, guitar, and woodwind instruments, as well as advanced brass.
***Scheduling Policy*** One week notice for cancellations. 24 hours notice for reschedules. Reschedules are at teacher's discretion/availability and must be done in the same week. For students scheduled for every other week (or any recurring schedule that is not weekly) and students on the Schedule As You Go plan, cancellations are not accepted - reschedules must be made in the same week. Moving a lesson in order to roll the credit to the next available slot is considered a cancellation.
If I cannot attend our scheduled time, I'll always offer to reschedule but in that case canceling and rolling the lesson over is always an option.
Allyson M. July 22, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I'm an adult with some music background. Jordan has been great, encouraging me in my progress and helping pay attention to the details of music. He's also guiding me in teaching my kids who are 5 and 7. They have some special needs. We tried having my boys take lessons from Jordan initially, they just weren't ready for formal instruction. Too many typical crazy kid behavior. So I am doing what I can at home and Jordan has given me great input to get them ready to eventually take lessons. I'm so impressed with Jordan. He has a great, positive, fun personality and he really knows is music!!
Dirk C. July 14, 2015
Online Verified Student
Jordan has a personable, fun style. He put me at ease in my first lesson. He found examples and imagery that helped me understand how to play and appreciate some technical musical concepts. Jordan helped me get off my musical plateau in one lesson.
Tzahi S. June 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
Jordan help to get important basics by giving various techniques for practicing. He keeps encouraging which keeps me motivated and enjoying the lessons.
Nikola M is locally recognized as a guitarist extraordinaire that specializes in teaching and performing progressive rock. Nikola's proven teaching methods have been acknowledged by San Diego's finest musicians and his students range from beginners to highly accomplished professionals.
In addition to stints in various rock bands, studio session work and 16 years of playing experience, Nik's development of teaching guitar was made possible by having achieved a firm musical background throughout his earlier years of performing with orchestra ensembles. As a classically trained brass player, N
ikola studied music under college guitar professor Gary Tuttle and award winning SDSC band director/guitarist Phillip S. Marcus.
Nikola's client list has included the likes of music producer and composer Toby Weiss (son of jazz legend and Guitar Institute of Technology co founder Joe Diorio) pro touring guitarist Christopher Eck of the band Masterguru, former students of guitar virtuosos Greg Howe and Joe Stump and many other serious amateur and professional musicians.
*** Lesson Details *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, Nikola's goal as a teacher is to convey his knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing his own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. While his exploits in rock guitar gymnastics continue to attract and inspire new players, Nik's approach to teaching is simplistic, yet highly effective and suitable for young beginners and adults of all ages.
Nikola M's guitar lessons are professional, insightful, progressive and cover a wide and exciting spectrum including:
The Rudiments of Music
* Chords * Rhythm studies * Scales * Warm up stretches * Sight reading for beginners * Theory * Modes
Technique and Repertoire
* Lead improvisation * Ear training * Dynamics
* Sweep picking * Speed picking * Arpeggios and pentatonics * Two-hand tapping * Chicken picking * Blues improvisation
*** Travel Equipment *** Amplifier (if needed)
*** Specialties *** Heavily influenced by legendary virtuoso guitarists Eddie Van Halen, Steve Vai and Yngwie Malmsteen, my goal as a teacher is to convey my knowledge and expertise of the guitar on to others while emphasizing my own style, which exemplifies speed, intensity and finesse. In addition to teaching various genres like pop, jazz, country and folk, I specialize in instructing virtuoso rock and progressive metal guitar techniques.
IrisL May 5, 2011
He's an excellent instructor and very talented musician. He is very knowledgeable of all the music theory and techniques I need to be a good bass player. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Learn how to play bass guitar. Right-hand technique, including slap bass. Standard notation when desired.
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection. After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the gui
On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the sitar and, once again, the drums. After only a few years of practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar. Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to be a musician, not just a technician.
*** Lesson Details *** A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.
I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.
*** Specialties *** Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
Bobby O. July 11, 2015
In home Verified Student
Trevor is an amazing teacher. He is one of the best teachers I have come across for music, and I've had several. He has a near encyclopedic knowledge on almost all things music from composition to theory with a genuine interest in the material as well as teaching it. He is extremely patient, friendly, and kind of a nerd on several fronts, in the best, most awesome way possible I mean. If you want a truly comprehensive understanding of music from someone who knows what he is talking about and is fun to learn from, I'd say go with Trevor.
Christina Frangos April 30, 2015
Trevor has been my 12 year-old daughter's drum teacher for over a year and has started teaching my 14 year-old daughter and me the guitar. Above all, Trevor instills his love of music into every lesson...and to every student. He custom-tailors each lesson to the student's style, needs and goals. Lessons are always fun, positive and productive. He is responsible, always on time and communicates well. Trevor has been a great find. He is an amazing teacher.
Christopher R. January 3, 2015
Blues Guitar ·
Trevor is a knowledgeable and capable teacher. I am not a beginning student, I have a degree in music and I have played guitar for many years. I was looking for someone to help take my playing in a different more refined direction. Trevor is excellent. He knew I had an understanding of music already and came to me with a nuanced and exciting curriculum.
He is personable, professional, and most of all, an excellent teacher.
Students should expect to learn a variety of topics such as naming different parts of the instrument, tuning, technique, music theory, function within a larger ensemble.
About Masashi Alex
I've been teaching/tutoring music since 2007 with experience teaching music theory, aural skills, piano, and guitar. I can help students with a variety of musical tasks. The program I was enrolled in at SDSU ensured that I had a good grasp of a wide variety of instruments.
*** Lesson Details *** Piano students can expect to be started with Faber Piano Adventures. Guitar students may get Alfred's Guitar Course or a book on classical guitar depending on the maturity/level of the student.
After a few months, beginning students should expect to have gained a firm grasp of the basics of unde
rstanding music notation and should be able to play at least basic pieces.
*** Studio Equipment *** Living room f/w keyboard seating for parents.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own instruments, especially piano, and amplifiers and cables if applicable. If I am teaching recording then they should have their own workstation with computer, interface, and either monitors or 2 sets of headphones. I expect students to have their own copies of any relevant books/materials as instructed.
I will bring my own writing materials and guitar if necessary.
*** Specialties *** Piano - classical and rock/pop. Guitar - rock/pop, classical, and jazz. I prefer to start students with classical when possible as a means of getting hands to start finger-picking early.
Octavia P. August 14, 2015
I am currently taking piano lessons from Masa and can highly recommend him as a bright, talented, sensitive, and competent teacher. With great confidence, I encourage anyone interested in piano lessons to contact Masa.
michael S. September 24, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Guitar fun in El Cajon
Alex is a talented artist and teacher. You will learn more than just learning your instrument. He is very helpful and generous in giving you related information pertaining to your instrument. You can't go wrong. Want to learn guitar ? Well, call and ask about Alex. Michael Simpson (Jamul)
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