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John G.

Spring Valley, CA

High School and College Level Music Theory for all instrumentalists, Song Writers and Arrangers

About John

I am a 34 year old professional musician, and Instructor. I teach Trumpet, French Horn, Voice/Singing, and can also tutor in several subjects related to History and I also teach Tennis lessons as well. Since August 2011 I have also been employed as the Brass Section Coach for the Ramona High School Band Program. I have 24 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
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Tierrasanta Lutheran Church,

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
(10)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

Understanding what music is, how it is written and how it is used.

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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Dan H. July 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
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Susana W. January 26, 2016
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
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$30 / 30-min
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Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA

Required material:

Alfred's Essentials of Music Theory

We will study music theory (reading music, ear training, etc.) in relation to your main instrument.

About Charlotte

Hello and welcome! My name is Charlotte, and I am a multi-instrumentalist with formal training on vocals. I love teaching music and I put a strong emphasis on developing healthy technique alongside strong musicianship skills.

You can check out some recordings of me singing here: https://www.reverbnation.com/charlottelittlehales

I have been actively performing and writing since the age of 16. I received my training at the University of the Arts, and graduated with honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance. I have performed and recorded with bands spanning many gen
res -- jazz, country, rock, pop -- and continue to write and perform as a freelance musician.

In addition to teaching from my home studio and student locations, I also teach voice and piano at School of Rock Oceanside.

My areas of expertise are jazz, folk, pop, rock and musical theater singing. I focus on applying proper vocal techniques to contemporary music to help my student achieve their goals! Some specific areas of focus are:

-Breathing
-Resonance
-Expanding range to the students best abilities
-Vocal Phrasing
-Tone
-Musicianship / ear training
-Reading music & sight signing
-Harmony
-Building repertoire
-Performance techniques, including mic technique

Sometimes we will work on a classical piece to help target specific techniques.

I also teach beginning piano and guitar.
We focus on:
-Reading music
-Music theory
-Beginning technique
-Understanding the instrument
-Playing melodies and chords
-Right and left hand independence

I do commute to Oceanside, so if you are interested in in-home lessons in Oceanside, Carlsbad or Vista, please contact me to see if we can work that out!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, folk, pop, and musical theater. Songwriting (lyric and musical composition), learning to sing while playing an instrument.
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Nya R. September 3, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Charlotte is patient, fun, and oh-so-talented. She's got the perfect blend of artistry and education.
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Kyle September 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
She did a great job, I was starting to play my favorite song by the second lesson and am getting more knowledgable about guitar with every lesson. It's been a pleasure to be her student .
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Christine July 26, 2016
Singing · In studio
Charlotte is a wonderful and extremely talented instructor. She is passionate about her craft and that has taught my son to appreciate what it really takes to be a musician. She is patient and takes her time to ensure her students reach their full potential.
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Charlotte L.

Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA 92028
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA

Music Theory included in every lesson, whether piano, voice or guitar.

About Laura

I teach voice, piano and guitar. My Music Degree from Point Loma Nazarene University is in Vocal Performance. I love what I do. I teach children through adults. I have lots of experience in worship
leading for church if that is of interest.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, but I expect you to practice. I am thorough in my approach. For piano lessons, I utilize the Alfred method. I emphasize note reading and theory in each genre, whether taking guitar, voice or piano. I am currently using Hal Leonard's Guitar Method books for guitar and a few different things for vocal curriculum.
All lessons can be supplemented with what you are currently interested in or working towards. I enjoy helping prepare young people for their performances in theatre arts. Lessons can be combined, for example; if you are interested in both voice and guitar, you can take a longer weekly lesson and have both subjects covered! Weekly assignments are given and checked to see if done before proceeding to the next step! I do not recommend students come every other week. I recommend one lesson per week.

*** Travel Equipment ***
guitar and books. Student provides their guitar during lesson and for piano, must have a piano or keyboard at home for practice.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping young worship leaders hone their gifts. I enjoy preparing people for their musical theatre performances.
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Ethan D. August 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Yesterday was our first meeting with Laura. She was kind, and patient with my son. She showed that she cared about his needs and interest which I like.
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Sierra W. May 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Laura is amazing. She was patient with my 7 year old.
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Amber April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
My experience with Laura has been great! She has definitely helped me rekindle my piano playing abilities and feel comfortable playing again.
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Laura W.

Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(14)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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My Linh D.

Vista, CA

Using the MTAC Certificate of Merit as a measuring device, I can teach/tutor Preparatory level through level 8.

About My Linh

My Linh (mee-lin) has been studying the piano for about 12 years. Recently she has become more involved with the pipe organ, which has greatly aided and influenced her piano studies.

My Linh currently sings in the Mira Costa Chamber choir and absolutely loves the choral setting. She is pursuing her AA degree in Pipe Organ Performance through the Applied Music Program at Mira Costa College, and aims to transfer to a four-year university to get her B.M. in Music Education. Her long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.

My Linh comes from
a large family, and loves working with young children. She finds a great spirituality in music; it is a sacred place for the soul, where emotion, expression, and truth manifest together as art.
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Hugh (7) September 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson for both children! My Linh was very personable and attentive to the pace and difficulty level for new students; she challenged them in their learning, yet made it fun at the same time!
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Sage K. March 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Linh is caring, on time, and invested!
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Norah K. March 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My Linh was patient, gentle, knowledgeable and exactly the kind of piano teacher My girls and I were looking for in a piano teacher. Great match!!
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My Linh D.

My Linh D.

Vista, CA 92081
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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