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Raymond C.

San Diego, CA

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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.

Raymond C.

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

San Diego, CA

I work to help students get ready for auditions and competitions.

About Renee

I am a San Diego native who grew up with the joy of music education, choirs, and opportunities to perform.
I am passionate about arts education for all people and my mission is to educate as many people as possible about the benefits about consistent music

I enjoy time away by traveling, walking, reading, fixing up my house, and spending time with friends.

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I believe in a solid, vocal foundation in order to sing in any style. Daily vocal exercises, breathing exercises, and healthy tone production are the bas
is for my teaching.
Learning to sing requires knowledge about the vocal instrument and the musculature involved.
Acting exercises are also incorporated into the text analysis of each song in order to fully understand the meaning behind each song.
Each student should record their weekly lessons in order to review instruction and also to help with acquiring accurate listening and pitch skills.
Music should be purchased and brought to every lesson.

Piano Lessons:
I tailor each lesson to the individual. I use a variety of methods: Faber and Faber, Alfred Premier, Succeeding at the Piano. The lessons involve ear training, written theory, rhythm recognition, and songs (repertoire). My goal is to teach a well rounded musician equipping with the tools necessary to enjoy music for a lifetime.
Daily practice, attention to details, and enjoying the music are my goals for each lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Ipad and laptop for special assignments or supplementary activities
PA and microphone for Advanced students preparing for auditions and competitions.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Voice, Popular Styles, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Opera, Church Music.
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Arturo A. September 3, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Thank You Renee!

I had never taken a singing lesson before and I was beginner. Renee is very patient and knows exactly what exercises to use to help you. Renee made me feel more confident when singing. Great person!

Thanks
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Javier M. September 7, 2012
Piano
Great with my kids!

I've been bringing my kids to Renee for 4 years. She has a great way of relating to the kids and I appreciate her dedication and discipline.
She has a lot of resources and always is sending my kids home with extra materials to help them learn about music reading.

Not only is she a great teacher, but she can actually play and sing at a professional level. My kids are going to be with her until they graduate from high school!
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JanieT March 26, 2012
My daughter loves Miss Renee and is learning a lot. Miss Renee is professional and personable which makes her the perfect instructor for children and adults.
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Renee C.

Renee C.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(20)
starting at
$33 / 30-min
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Sharon O.

San Diego, CA

About Sharon

I hold a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in piano performance. My experience includes accompanying choirs, small groups, and soloists; playing keyboard in a band; performing in a duo piano ensemble for community functions; performing as part of an orchestra; and playing keyboard in the studio.

I began teaching in high school, when my first students were neighbor children, and I discovered the satisfaction the comes with introducing music into people's lives. I enjoy teaching all ages. My students have ranged from beginners to advanced. My students (and their parents) comment on my
patience and enthusiasm. I welcome more students to inspire with a love a music!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each new student brings so much potential. It's my goal to discover what a student's unique traits are so I can motivate continued learning. Lessons establish a strong foundation in keyboard skills and music theory. From there, I encourage students to pursue goals that may range from mastering Bach to conquering a Gershwin song to playing Carrie Underwood arrangements of favorites. Students learn about music history and well known composers, too. A better understanding of music means a deeper enjoyment of it. My job as a teacher is to help build that understanding in the students -- and that will stay with them throughout their lives.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
Specialize in keyboard, with emphasis on theory and performance
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DanielM April 26, 2012
Sharon is an amazing teacher who is patient and extremely knowledgeable. I have learned more in my short time with her than I learned in all of my previous instruction. Her warm personality and strong expertise will make learning the piano enjoyable and rewarding.
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Sharon O.

Sharon O.

San Diego, CA 92120
(1)
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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Rebecca N.

El Cajon, CA

About Rebecca

I began playing piano at age six and I received my early training from Jeanne Pennino and later studied with J. Mitzi Kolar, Krzysztof Brzuza, and Karen Follingstad. I earned my Bachelor of Music degree in Piano, Professional Studies from San Diego State University. I plan to pursue a Master of Arts degree in Piano Pedagogy and/or Music Theory in the near future.

I have been professionally teaching piano since February 2008 when MuzikAdict Piano Studio was established. I am a believer in balanced musical training. I currently reside in San Diego and keep busy teaching piano and practicing m
y own repertoire. I am an active member of the Music Teachers Association of California, San Diego Branch.

My 65+ students participate in various programs which include but are not limited to Certificate of Merit through the Music Teachers' Association of California (MTAC), The Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program, and AP Music Theory.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am an extremely patient teacher with experience teaching students ages 3-84 at various levels. I use a variety of curricula since each lesson is tailored specifically to each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
1) Baldwin Upright Piano, 2) Yamaha DGX-20 weighted keyboard, 3) Gemeinhardt Flute, 4) Studio copies of all method books used, sheet music and materials used during lessons,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Gemeinhardt Flute, method books and materials needed during lessons,

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching classical music, but also teach jazz/pop/Broadway/Sacred styles. I am familiar with and use various different methods including but not limited to Faber: Piano Adventures, Bastien Basics, and Suzuki. Each lesson is tailored toward the individual student's needs.
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Anna D. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We had a wonderful first lesson with Rebecca! Anna is only 4, so I was interested to see if she'd take an interest in lessons and want to learn. She was excited to go, and did very well listening and participating - Rebecca was patient and spoke to her on her level and tried lots of different things to see what my daughter knew/didn't know and what she might be able to do. The lesson book she has seems very age appropriate and should make practice fun. I am excited to see how continued lessons go and Anna seems excited to go again and said she had a great time. :)
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Jessica S. September 30, 2013
Piano
Rebecca is an amazing piano teach

Before taking piano lessons with Rebecca, my only experience with musical instruction was through elementary and junior high.

Rebecca's training and personal dedication to music makes her an extraordinary teacher. We use the Suzuki books, which I love because that's what I used for violin and flute. She supplements those favorites with really nice adult-learning-centered books on theory. As an adult learner, this was helpful, because I could read through these brief books, but then had the terminology to look up my questions online or know what to ask in lessons.

The lessons are so fun and well organized. We work on the songs in the books (which included CDs of the songs so you can hear what the song might sound like if you practice enough) and she would help me with songs I brought in too. Rebecca is so kind, and is great with my five-year-old too.

Really, Rebecca is an excellent music instructor. Her academic background, many years of actually playing piano and singing, knowledge of the music available and books, and variety of students -- all make her a versatile teacher, capable of helping anyone learn to the play the piano in whatever style they are interested in. Plus, she is an incredible person. I look forward to piano lessons with her.
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bruce P. September 24, 2013
Piano
great teacher

Rebecca gave my children piano lessons for several years, bi-monthly. She was very good about working with my limited budget (my wife is anti music). They really enjoyed their lessons and progressed nicely until my wife put an end to it and let her go.

In addition, Rebecca helped me with my more advanced music when she could and I appreciated this, too.

One slight criticism is that she was a little too nice, my son sometimes got out of hand during lessons.

Good luck Rebecca!
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Rebecca N.

Rebecca N.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(5)
starting at
$33 / 30-min

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