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John G.

Spring Valley, CA

About John

I am a 35 year old professional musician, and Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, and singing. I have 25 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the San Diego area including:
The New City Sinfonia (Chamber Orchestra)
The Amalgamated, (a Ska/Reggae Band)
Full Strength Funk Band
Heartland Brass Ensemble
Trumpets R Us
Filarmonica Portuguesa Uniao De San Diego
Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,
Elk Tones Big Band
Dim The Lights Disco Tribute Band

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing
and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, practice and help people enjoy music either by listening or performing.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will start with good solid warm-up exercises focusing on breathing and proper technique for Brass playing.
The 2nd part of lessons will be technique, Scales and method books for trumpet and french horn.
The last part of lessons will be working on Solo repertoire and learning songs for performance, sight reading, playing duets and learning jazz improvisation if interested. Lessons will include sight reading, play along/sing along CD's Scales and technique as well as theory.

For my Trumpet Students I use Herbert L. Clarke Technical Studies Book to help improve aerobic endurance, technical and finger velocity as well as production of good tone quality. I will also use the Earl Irons Group of 27 exercises as well as the Max Schlossberg Method to help improve air flow, breathing control and fluidity of sound throughout all registers. I also use the J. B. Arban's Conservatory method for other techniques including scales, double and triple tonguing, intervals as well as duets and solo repertoire.
For jazz minded students I will start with basic fundamentals of improvisation including melodic improv, Blues forms and blues scales as well as reading through chord changes and playing in several modes and other scales used in jazz.

I also provide tailored instruction on Bugling, and the proper playing of military bugle calls for those students interested as well as those involved with Boy Scouts who wish to earn their Bugle Merit Badge.

For my French Horn Students I will use the same technique books as Trumpet but learning traditional French Horn Solo repertoire, as well as Brass quintet/choir repertoire and orchestral and concert repertoire. Focus for French Horn students will be mainly on control of partials and tuning techniques.

For my Voice students I will start with good breathing technique and warm up exercises designed to get the vocal chords warmed up and get all the other muscles relaxed in order to produce great tone quality. Focus will be on intonation, and learning to use the air and support to extend the vocalists range higher and lower as well as gain power and confidence in singing.
Each Vocal student will have a piece to practice or will bring a piece of their choosing in that they would like to learn and this will be used to apply the techniques learned at the beginning of lessons. Styles of singing that I sing and can teach are Classical, Jazz, Big Band and Standards, Oldies, Pop, Country, Soul, Rock, R&B, Christian Rock and Church Music and also harmonizing like in a duet style or choir/vocal ensemble setting. I will also teach performance techniques, showmanship, stage presence and the overall performance package every singer needs to have confidence while singing.

I am a classically trained musician on Trumpet, French Horn and Voice and reading music, articulations, dynamics and learning musical forms is an essential part to any performers success. I also have studied various jazz styles and improvisational techniques as well. I want to teach students the basics of good musicianship and help them to excel in learning, practicing and performing in their own selected styles of music, whether its classical music, or jazz/rock/pop/country and any other styles students are interested in.

For Academic students who need tutoring I have a very extensive background in history, specifically focusing on US History, Military History, and the study of different eras including major war eras. Academic tutoring can be geared towards the understanding, comprehension and critical thinking understanding of the subject matter, as well as research, essay writing, as well as public speaking and project presentation.

For Tennis Students, I focus on the basics from footwork, to basic swing mechanics as well as strategy. Tennis lessons can be geared to develop specific areas of the game of tennis, or an overall game improvement whether for those who want to be competitive, or just enjoy a friendly game more.

*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is my private studio in Spring Valley and at the Ramona Music Center in downtown Ramona for students in the area. I have all items needed including music stands, CD player for play along programs as well as an upright piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling I can bring my own personal music stand and electric keyboard with stand as well. Technique and song repertoire and theory books I can provide when needed.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Reggae, Ska, Pop, Rock, Hard Rock, Funk, Soul, R&B, Blues, Church/Worship.
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Gabi April 27, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
great first lesson!
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Adam W. February 24, 2016
Bugle · In home
Verified Student
So far so good! Adam had a great first lesson! Thank you, John!
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Isabel D. February 23, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
JR is excellent in assessing a student's skill level. Once he has determined it he immediately begins challenging the student with fun drills that focus in on improving areas where the student is struggling. Not a moment of the lesson is lost, everything is focused on moving to the next challenge - although patiently.
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John G.

John G.

Ramona, CA 92065
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$30 / 30-min
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David E.

Oceanside, CA

About David

A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a
multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord vocabulary, theory, song-composition, performing techniques), but I also base the lessons on whatever the interests and strengths are for the student. For example, if you enjoy jazz more than classical we'll focus more on what you are particularly passionate about. I have also been a part of School of Rock Programs in which we provided performances for the students a la Jack Black. Please contact Takelessons to let the musical journey begin...
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Mary January 16, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great start. Just had one lesson so far so I expect to learn a lot!
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colleen D. August 17, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is really easygoing and so patient. He's helped me to learn some songs in genres I like and I'm comfortable playing along with him in a way that I hadn't been in previous lessons. I'm glad to be learning from him.
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Peter P. August 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with David for about 4 months. Excellent teacher!! i have learned a lot from each lesson.
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David E.

David E.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$25 / 30-min
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Bosko C.

San Marcos, CA

About Bosko

My educational background in Math & Engineering has given me an exceptional understanding of Mathematics and its applications in real life. Also, my experience as a tutor provided me an opportunity to deliver math knowledge in developing way to students' interests in math as a science.

I also want to point out that I make learning process and understanding math much easier for students by initiating an interactive approach during my tutoring classes and always keep improving their knowledge by giving them challenging math and logic problems in order to expand their math potentials.

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dents can expect my help in wide spectrum of different math fields such as: Arithmetic, Algebra, Calculus, Geometry and Combinatorics; including various areas of Applied Math as well. I also prepare students and improve their performance in SAT Math, ACT Math, GRE and GMAT.

My schedule is very flexible.

I am looking forward to hearing from you and help you achieve your academic goals.
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Bosko C.

Bosko C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Robert K.

San Marcos, CA

About Robert

I am a native San Diegan with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for teaching. I have a law doctorate from USD and a bachelors in politics from UCSD. I am tech-savvy, patient, and professional.
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Margaret August 20, 2016
Life Coaching · In studio
Robert was well prepared and helpful.
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scott corriveau April 5, 2016
Microsoft Office · In home
Robert has been very helpful and flexible in giving me some new skills that will help in my everyday business
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Elsa April 4, 2016
Microsoft Office · Online
Verified Student
I have never taken classes online before, but if this is how Robert teaches I would not hesitate to refer him to anyone that is interested in taking classes online. He was thorough, patient and very informative. More importantly he did not make me feel foolish in what I did not know. Thanks Robert
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Robert K.

Robert K.

San Marcos, CA 92078
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$25 / 30-min
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Matthew H.

Encinitas, CA

About Matthew

Hi!

I am a professional mechanical engineer based in north San Diego county.

I can help teach you or your child all the skills that you'll need to thrive as one of the analytical minds that are so vital in the world today. Whether you're in high school and looking to prepare yourself for a future in STEM, or are in college and want a tutor to help sharpen you up, or are enjoying the world outside academia and looking to learn the newest tools or improve your English speaking skills, I'd like to help you keep moving forward.

I absolutely love math, engineering, physics, speech, and mo
st especially music.

My day job is to analyze power plants. I study all the complex systems that mesh to run these mega-machines with the goal of creating a completely virtual copy of the power plant. It's sort of like creating a giant virtual robot. This gets used to improve the plant systems and it provides a virtual power plant for operators to hone their skills on.

I received my Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California San Diego Jacob's School of Engineering in 2014.
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Matthew H.

Matthew H.

Encinitas, CA 92024
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$20 / 30-min

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