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Raymond C.

San Diego, CA

About Raymond

I was fortunate to be professionally taught in the Romero style of classical guitar and have studied with great concert artists such as Robert Wetzel, Dr. Alexander Dunn, Celino Romero, Dr. Randy Pile, and Dr. Colin McAllister at Grossmont College, University of California San Diego, and Victoria Conservatory of Music. I have performed in numerous masterclasses including Antonio De Innocentis, Alexander Dunn, Gerd Wuestemann, Scott Wolf, Jason Vieaux, and Celino Romero. I have also performed with various ensembles including the Grossmont, VCM, UCSD, Villa Musica, and SDSU guitar ensembles.

While I get quite a bit of enjoyment out of playing the guitar, I get greater enjoyment from passing my knowledge and experience of the instrument along to others. I have been teaching since 1999 and still get excited when a student is able to play their first melody, chord, or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
The curriculum covers a wide range of topics and techniques for classical guitar:

Finger-style picking (Classical)
Rasguados
Tremolo
Ligado/Slur technique
Scales. Arpeggios, & Modes
Sight Reading (Tab and Standard Notation)
Music Theory (Harmony and Counterpoint)
Performance practices

Learning the guitar (and music for that matter) is not so much like climbing a ladder as it is a journey. Sometimes there are obstacles you must pass, but once you get past these obstacles there is no stopping you from achieving your goal. My job is to make it easier for you to get past these obstacles (ex. technical problem) and get you to the music you want, whether it is playing your favorite song or writing the next hit single.

Note:
The classical guitar program has sight reading requirements and technique is emphasized. The beginning student will learn basic technique (ex. Apoyando and Free strokes), right hand arpeggios, left hand ligados, and sight reading through the use of exercises and etudes. Advanced students will focus on style and form. They will also be encouraged to transcribe and compose there own works. All students will be encouraged to perform, but not required.

All students are expected to have their own instrument, music stand, and books. Daily practice (20-30 min/day) is required.

While the guitar presents challenges along the way it can also be one of the most worthwhile journeys of your life. It would be an honor for me to serve as a guide on this journey.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Stand
Books and resources
Tuners
Metronomes
Guitar Footstools

Note: Students should have their own guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own guitar and book. The student has to provide a place appropriate for study as well as their own instrument, music stand, books, and computer (for recording students).

*** Specialties ***
I am trained professionally in Classical Guitar, but I also have experience with rock guitar as well as composition and arranging. I also have years of experience with recording and editing in Logic Pro and Sibelius.
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David Daris July 4, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Very knowledgeable. Masters in musicology, wide range of experience, yet able to reach back to bare beginnings and teach a know nothing like myself from the ground up. Our structured plan of slow improvement helps me to see milestones instead of wanting to be an expert immediately and giving up to soon, as I have many times before.
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Shunichi S. November 7, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I took four lessons so far with Ray and found that he is not only a great teacher but also an amazing guitarist. He corrects my fingering to make it easier and gives me ideas of how to practice certain strums. He also teaches me effective ways how to improve my skills. He is very pleasant and easy to get along with and learn from. Strongly recommended.
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Jerry K. September 26, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Raymond is an excellent guitar instructor.

My first lesson with Raymond went exceptionally well. After listening to me play a little, Raymond immediately honed in on my biggest weakness, and stressed the vital importance of using the metronome to play the Giuliani Right Hand Studies correctly. HIs manner was disarming and he happily answered all my questions as I tried to "pick his brain" with the many questions I had re. technique. Thus, Raymond proved to be a very knowledgeable instructor, carefully analyzing my right hand technique and sharing from his extensive background the subtleties of modern classical guitar technique as opposed to the Segovia and Romero styles. Above all, his amiable demeanor and eagerness to help me become a better player was evident throughout the entire lesson. HIs respectful behavior was very conducive to learning, and I am very excited about my next lesson with Raymond!
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Raymond C.

San Diego, CA 92119
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Charles W.

La Mesa, CA

About Charles

As far back as I can remember, music has been a central part of my life. I grew up in a musical family; my father a drummer and pianist, my mother a woodwinds player, and my brother a bassist, I have been surrounded by music as far back as I can recall.

Upon graduating from San Diego SCPA, I became interested in recording and audio engineering, eventually working as 2nd engineer at Signature Sound in Clairemont, and main engineer at Proxy Music in Oceanside. This afforded me invaluable experience working with some of San Diego's finest musicians and recording artists.

In 2008, I atten
ded Berklee College of Music on scholarship - majoring in Professional Music with an emphasis on performance and composition. In 2011, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor's degree in Music.

Currently, I am an active music performer and teacher in the San Diego area. I often encourage my students to come out and see my concerts, or any other concerts of interest. I believe live music is the best source of musical inspiration!

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons take place in a music room in the home. The room includes a drum set, keyboard, amps, guitars, bass guitars and seating is available. Parking is on the street and driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their instrument and all necessary equipment, along with their music and a quiet space for the lesson. If it is a private lesson on drums or piano at my house, I can provide the instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I have been in a number of professional playing positions, and am comfortable teaching styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Classical, Show Music and more.
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Jordan M. April 23, 2015
Charlie is a fantastic music teacher, and an incredible musician. Just go see this guy play, and see who he plays with. So fun to work with and one of the best drummers around :-)
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Steve G. March 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Charlie is exactly what I was looking for. My situation is unique but that didn't phase him. By lesson's end, I felt more like a partner in this process than a student. And that's how I operate the best, and learn the most. I'm excited. After all these years, I'm finally going to learn to play the keys!
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Tyler L. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great personalities.
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Charles W.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jessica C.

La Mesa, CA

About Jessica

Jessica C., a native of Charleston, SC, has a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her recent performances include Fiddler on the Roof (Lamb’s Players), the world premiere of Life in the Park (14th Street Playhouse, Atlanta, GA), The Full Monty and The Pirates of Penzance at the Lawrence Welk Resort Theatre. Other California credits include Hello Dolly (Starlight), Swingtime Canteen (Moonlight), Godspell (Lamb’s Players), and Fiddler on the Roof (Sierra Repertory Theatre). Jessica has also been a featured soloist in Las Vegas appearing in Jerry
Springer, The Opera (MGM Casino’s Hollywood Theatre), and enjoyed an extended run as the principle vocalist in Jubilee! (Bally’s Casino). Other regional credits include Into the Woods (Fulton Opera House), Beauty and the Beast (Broadway Palm Theatre), The Pajama Game and Christmas from the Heart (Dutch Apple Theatre), Fiddler on the Roof and Young Abe Lincoln (Lincoln Amphitheatre), Sunday in the Park with George (Strollers Theatre), and The Sound of Music (Oregon Straw Hat Players). She has been a soloist and guest lecturer with the Madison Savoyards, UW-Madison’s Early Music Ensemble, Madison Music in Performance Series, Charleston Community Orchestra, and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival. Jessica has been seen in numerous commercials in the Las Vegas and Los Angeles area. She currently resides with her husband, Jordan Miller, in San Diego where they run a vocal and acting studio. Jessica is a pround member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.

During her academic studies Jessica concentrated on the bel canto technique and learning to sing in a multiplicity of classical styles, such as, Renaissance madrigals; Baroque cantatas and ornamentation; German, French, Italian, Czech, Swedish, Norwegian and Danish art songs; and opera from 1600 to the present. After completing her doctoral exam review, she began to work professionally in the world of musical theatre and has not had a moment to breathe since that time.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very flexible teacher that wants to know what your goals are as a voice/music/acting students. Once I know your goals, I use all of my knowledge and experience to help you meet your goals. We work together as a team! I do not require a specific text book for lessons, since I have a large library of my own from which to pull repertoire and texts. I have taught and coached professional opera singers to children as young as 5 years old in private lessons and group classes. I would love the opportunity to teach you!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide a keyboard and CD player. My students do not need to provide anything.

*** Specialties ***
I am trained in the classical bel canto technique of singing. I have taught and worked professionally in opera, operetta, musical theatre and jazz, as well as, acting.
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dexter M. February 15, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is very pleasant to work with. She understood what my goals were and she right away created a path for me to follow. I have learned valuable points in singing to be aware of since I have been working with Jessica.
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antoinette K. January 14, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 11 year old daughter has been working with Jessica for several months now. She is amazing!!! My daughter just started doing musical theatre at school and I wanted a singing coach to help her to feel more comfortable on stage. Jessica not only has helped her with singing, but has coached her with monologues for auditions with the San Diego Junior Theatre. My daughter had her first audition with SD Junior theatre and because of the wonderful support and direction of Jessica, she was called back for a lead role...this on her first audition. My daughter was not cast as the lead, but was cast in the play. Jessica has given my daughter much more confidence to perform and speak in front of people, even if she never becomes a serious actress. This will help her in any career she chooses. I would highly recommend Jessica to anyone looking for a highly qualified and professional teacher. Every time we leave her private tutoring session, my daughter always says " I love her!!!"...not kidding.
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Dan D. September 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Jessica is absolutely brilliant!

Her method has done what I can only describe as "unlocking" abilities.

Her friendly yet diligent explanation of techniques activated and energized my body in ways I've never experienced -- like some sort of soundwave-based yoga. I barely recognize myself when this bold sound blasts forth stoked by her encouragement -- It borders on the transcendent, but mostly it just feels amazing and is tremendous fun!

Otherwise, Jessica herself has the voice of an angel -- and she's also incredibly smart, patient, precise, knowledgeable, encouraging, sweet, interesting, charming, eclectic, funny, super-talented, and generally lovely.

I knew I was out of my league in asking such a seasoned, classically-trained pro for help perfecting my rock n' roll grit, but she can effortlessly condense her formidable wealth of knowledge into succinct pearls of wisdom to toss to swine like me. She is a much better teacher than I deserve, but I am nonetheless incredibly grateful and thankful for every hour I spent with her.

I'll be recommending Jessica to everyone I know and will keep coming back whenever I can.

I'm sure you'll love her too!

Sincerely,

Dan Drake
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Jessica C.

Jessica C.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Geoff N.

El Cajon, CA

About Geoff

Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how
to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Valerie August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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Corina Rose August 28, 2015
Songwriting · In studio
I've been working with Geoff for almost 10 years! He is an amazing person all around - a great friend, a great musician, and a great teacher! Geoff is patient and will go over the same thing as many times as you need. He is creative and likes to try new things and he is also very encouraging of his students to be original and incorporate their own ideas. He is passionate about what he does and he lives his life for music. Geoff is the best teacher I know because he not only gives his students the skills to succeed at anything they want to do in music, but he gives them the motivation to continue with their personal goals!
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Carl August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
My son took lessons with Geoff on Piano because he wanted to play in his middle school jazz band. Not only was Geoff able to help him with technique and his piano parts, but gave him the skills and confidence to take a solo too! Geoff is very talented and patient. I would HIGHLY recommend him.
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Geoff N.

El Cajon, CA 92019
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amanda O.

Spring Valley, CA

About Amanda

Hi, my name is Amanda. I am an upbeat, dedicated and enthusiastic musician. I am passionate about helping you to reach your goals, and healthfully achieve your most beautiful sound. I can't wait to work with you!

I am currently studying at San Diego State University where I am pursuing a degree in vocal performance. As an avid learner and experienced performer, I look forward to helping new students achieve their goals. My teaching style is accessible, honest, and catered to each individual student. My number one goal is to create a safe atmosphere for creativity and growth.

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GRAPHY

California native, Amanda O., is currently in pursuit of her Bachelors Degree in Vocal Performance at the San Diego State University where she studies with Laurinda Nikkel.

Recently, Ms. O. was selected as a soloist for the Stephen Paulus oratorio, To Be Certain of the Dawn, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Walders with the SDSU Symphony Orchestra in May of 2015.

Ms. O. was the 1st place winner in her division of the San Diego National Association of Teachers of Singing 2015, and the 3rd place in her division in 2013.

In the summer of 2014, Ms. O. attended the prestigious young artist program Si Parla, Si Canta in Urbania, Italy where she studied italian opera performance with Benton Hess, Hugh Murphy, Robert Cowart, and others. She is also a proficient Italian speaker.

She has performed roles at SDSU Lyric Opera Theater, and has also sung solos with the choirs at SDSU.

Lesson Details:

I would like my students to come to their lesson warmed up and ready to sing so that we can jump right into technical exercises. I begin every voice lesson with vocal exercises, which will help improve vocal and breath technique. Then we will move on to theory, sight singing, and other musicianship exercises, if the student wishes to do so. The last part of the lesson will be devoted to repertoire study. To get the most out of lessons I recommend at least an hour of practice outside of lessons each week.

I use many of different books for my students depending on their voice type, age and preferred genre of study. I will cater each piece I assign to what I believe is the healthiest way to develop your voice. After 6 months with me students can expect to understand basic singing technique and be seeing a significant change in their sound. Students who choose to incorporate musicianship/theory/sight singing into lessons with me can expect, at minimum, to understand how to read music, basic music notation, note names, key signatures, time signatures, rhythm, solfege syllables, major and minor scales, and basic harmonic relationships.

Singing is a physical and full-bodied experience, so be ready to move and be silly with me sometimes. The voice is different than any other instrument because we don't have strings, buttons, or valves to press to help us achieve the right sound. Our instrument is inside our bodies. The voice is a very complicated instrument, and thus, in my opinion, is much more rewarding than many other instruments to master. I encourage all my students to record their lessons to use during the week to practice with. Please come to my lessons planning to work hard and have fun!

Studio Equipment:

Upright piano/Electric Keyboard, repertoire books, and seating for parents or other respectful observers

Travel Equipment
I expect my student to be able to provide a piano or weighted keyboard with a bench for me. I provide a mirror, music, and a CD player if necessary.

Specialties:

I specialize in classical voice training and believe this style of singing to be an imperative source of proper singing and breathing technique that can be used to train singers of all genres.
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Preston June 29, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Amanda taught me how to improve my breathing and overall vocal technique, especially expanding my baritone and tenor ranges and helping me learn how to "land on the note" instead of "sliding into it." Kind, enthusiastic, a great listener with just the right amount of patience and direction to help one improve their ability.

I've had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with Amanda. Her passion for singing and growth is inspirational.
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Amanda O.

Amanda O.

Spring Valley, CA 91978
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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