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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 Trumpet, French Horn and Voice Instructor in the Ramona area. I have 24 years experience playing trumpet, French Horn and Singing and play in several groups around the
San Diego area including:
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,
Ramona High School Trumpet and French Horn Coach

I am very passionate about music, from learning to teaching, practicing, performing and recording. Every day my goal is to promote music, learn, prac
tice 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.

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.

*** Studio Equipment ***

My main teaching location is 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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Carol F.

Oceanside, CA

I've taught music theory classes and privately for 20 yrs. I can help you to read music and improve your rhythm. I can also assist in A.P. music theory.
I use Julie Johnson's Guide to A.P Music Theory and The FJH Note Speller.

Students find that in a few short weeks they are improving in Music Theory classes and chorus/choir music is much easier to read.
It's fun when it's laid out easily.

About Carol

I've sung most of my life. I've been teaching since 1991. I listen to a lot of different singers but my real passion is jazz, Brazilian music and blues. I've performed in the US as well as England and Scotland. I also have recorded 2 Cd's.

I teach many different styles of music and work with beginners to advanced. Both of my teaching studios are equipped with a P.A. system so that students can also work on their performance skills.

What's the first lesson like? When I first meet a new student I ask about what experience they've had singing. Even beginners sing in the shower or along
with their favorite CD's.

Finding out what kind of music the student listens to and wants to sing is also a big part of the first lesson. I find that it is more motivating and fun to work on songs that the students enjoy.

It's good for me to know if they feel strain, tension or raspiness. I explain a little about how the vocal cords work, visualizing or picturing the action of the vocal cords and the muscles that work with them.

I encourage students to find their own images that they can relate to. We work on breathing, increasing range and power through vocal exercises. I record exercises at the lesson and give the student their own practice CD to work on during the week.

Working on songs is equally important. Knowing how to get the sound that is uniquely your own and expressing yourself without strain or damage to the vocal cords.

Do any of the following things interest you? Increased range and power, ear training, song writing, breath management, music theory, or improved performance skills? Try a lesson. It's rewarding and fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a warm down to earth approach to voice lessons. I'm laid back and very patient. This doesn't mean that I'm not demanding of my students. I'll help you find the best way to find practice time and enjoy the journey. In a few weeks you'll notice an easier time hitting those higher notes. In a few months you'll be singing songs with more freedom. You'll learn breathing, tone quality, how to increase range and power. We'll also work on performance and making a song all your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Both studios have a full PA system for singing on mic. Recording lessons or songs is also possible.

*** Specialties ***
music theory, voice, singing, speaking, beginning piano, performance skills
I specialize in jazz though I don't have much call for that. I'm good with most styles except Rap & Opera.
I am a believer in Speech Level singing. I combine methods of Caesari and the methods that both Musician Institute & Los Angeles Music Academy use.
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CJ C. October 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
A caring and sensitive teacher which promotes confidence in her students. We are looking forward to more lessons!
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Jolene S. October 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I've really been enjoying my singing lessons with Carol. I'm learning so much. Carol is very upbeat and encouraging. I will definitely be continuing with her after my first five lessons.
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Kate G. September 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Carol is a great teacher! I was glad that I was able to find a teacher who has experience in the genre's of music I like to sing which are Jazz and Blues. Carol keeps things fun by letting me learn the things that I want to learn and her flexibility make her such a good teacher. Thank you very much Carol!
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Carol F.

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$35 / 30-min
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Chris S.

Temecula, CA

About Chris

Hi there! My name is Chris and I've been playing music my entire life and I believe that with the right attitude and environment anyone can achieve musical greatness!

I was born into a musical family and have studied classical piano since I was 4 years old! I am very well versed in music theory and proper technique, with an emphasis on avoiding player's injuries, as well as a great knowledge of classical Pieces for any skill level.

Alas!

As a young teenager I grew rebellious and learned how to play the electric guitar and have since sought teachers outside my family to learn mod
ern styles and 5 other instruments!! I have also worked toward a music degree and have made music the center of my life.

Classical music is not everyone's passion but a good practice routine, attitude and environment is always a good thing to have as these things are important regardless of your favorite music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are held with a fun and relaxed attitude. Learning music should always be enjoyable and a good attitude and love for music is cultured and encouraged.

Lessons are structured just like a practice session should be. We will begin with a warm-up exercise designed to acquaint you with the proper technique to meet your personal musical goals. the next activities are highly personalized, but is usually something like reading music or a music theory game. These activities are things that are good for you but may not be your favorite part of learning music. They will, however, go a long way toward your better understanding of how your favorite music is structured.

Examples could be learning about 12 bar blues, common strum patterns (for guitar), scales, sight-reading, or music analysis.

We will spend the rest of class learning and practicing an activity of your choice. This is usually a song but can be anything you wish to improve upon. this is usually a long-term goal of yours. *I've always wanted to learn......*

By structuring our lessons the same as how you will practice, and by keeping good notes, it will be easy for you to take on practice at home and achieve all of your musical goals!

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own guitar/piano/keyboard etc. Guitar/violin students should also have a music stand and tuner to keep at home. I will bring picks, spare tuner, music, and handouts.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily specialize in classical piano in styles such as Muzio Clementi and Frederic Chopin. I also play Bach and various Spanish classical guitar pieces. I have also extensively studied electric guitar in Blues such ZZ Top, Metal such as Metallica, and rock such as Led Zeppelin. I have also studied Irish and Celtic folk music for instruments such as Mandolin and Violin.
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Matthew S. November 24, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Chris brings a great attitude to every lesson and sometimes I even catch my son having a great time!
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Summer November 22, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Chris made the lesson a lot of fun for my 7 year old daughter. He's the 3rd instructor we have tried and is by far the best!
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Isabelle M. October 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Chris is excellent with kids and is very knowledgeable about teaching guitar.
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Chris S.

Chris S.

Temecula, CA 92592
(8)
starting at
$27.50 / 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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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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Christina N. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
(20)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

Is an understanding of music theory essential for a deeper understanding of how music works? Absolutely!

Despite the fact that many people regard music theory as this big, frightening obstacle to learn, music you already know uses principles from music theory. You'll by surprised by how much you know already!

In my lessons, we will work to learn the core elements of music theory that are present in all music.

Concepts such as:

~Pulse
~Rhythm
~Note Values (and how to internalize them)
~Pitch Direction
~Melody
~Harmony
~Clefs & Staves
~Notation on the Staff
~Scales
~Chords
~Jazz and Rock Symbols
~Tension & Release
~Ear Training (Internalizing pitch)
~Harmonic Analysis
~Composition
~Voice Leading
...and other subjects as needed or wanted!

About Ryan

I'm here to make music a fun, engaging, and awesome experience for you!

Prepare to play the piano in a way you never thought you could before. I'm going to take your piano playing to the next level.

*** About Me ***

I've been teaching lessons for about 4 years and have a studio with 15+ consistent students. We host annual recitals, masterclasses, group lessons, and other awesome events!

I am an accomplished pianist who has taught and performed in a multitude of mediums. I have worked (and continue to work) as an accompanist and chamber musician at San Diego State University. I've a
lso taught group piano classes and private lessons within the school. I expect to graduate in 2017 with a Bachelor's degree in Piano Performance. From there, I plan on pursuing a Master's degree in Collaborative Piano.

I can honestly say that my students really enjoy studying with me. I bring a lot to the table, and I have a great personality and teaching style. By studying with me, you will not only reap results quicker than you would with any other local teacher, but you'll also have more fun learning to play.

*** Lesson Details ***

At our first lesson, I can quickly assess what level you should be playing at and suggest books that will be within a doable range for you.

~ Learn elements of Music Theory, Performance Technique, Music History, Ear Training, and Sight Reading

~Ages 6 and up (Beginners through Early Advanced players)

~Discover techniques to help you waste less time and progress at a very quick pace on the piano.

~Culminate a deeper understanding and appreciation of music through listening, interpreting, and improvising music.

~I have Repertoire Books, Flash Cards, and additional resources that we will use within lessons. I do ask that students purchase their own copy of repertoire books.

I also have professional recording equipment and I can record our lesson and put it in a private Dropbox folder for you on request. This allows you to watch what we worked on at our lesson and work on anything I coached you on that you may have forgotten during the week.

I believe that my ultimate goal of teaching students is to give them the tools they need to succeed on their own. I find that by taking this approach, my students are more likely to retain information and the skills we learned at our lessons. This also helps my students to stay motivated and have a desire to continue to learn on their own.

*** Specialties ***

I specialize in Classical piano. I have had extensive training in learning the nuances of Classical piano and bringing them out in my playing and teaching.

Additionally, I'm extremely knowledgeable about proper hand position and incorporate hand position exercises into almost all of my lessons.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

While teaching younger children (Ages 5-10), I find that it is much easier to have parents present to help keep their child focused during lessons. Again, as no two children are the same, this may not be the case for all children. I've had students who were 5 years old who were perfectly well behaved at lessons; I've had others that weren't. For the ones who may tend to be less focused during lessons, having a parent present would be helpful.

I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time. I am happy to discuss practice techniques with you in person at our lessons.

Learning alongside your child is also INCREDIBLY helpful to them. If you want to be a learning-buddy for your children, I absolutely encourage that and am happy to teach both of you at once! Additionally, if your child has a friend that wants to take lessons with them in the same time block, we can arrange for that to happen.

*** Studio Equipment ***

I own a Yamaha Baby-Grand Acoustic Piano

For those who want to record their playing, I also have microphones, digital recording plugins, and other software available for use.

*Additionally, to any students interested, I can film your lesson and put it in a private folder in my Dropbox account. I find that students who film their lessons often have to review far less than those who don't film them.*

*** Travel Equipment ***

I provide repertoire, flashcards, and supplemental materials at the first lesson.

I expect that my students will have an IN-TUNE piano or keyboard at their house.
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Alexia K. April 24, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great piano teacher.
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Pamela D. August 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ryan is a really great instructor. We have had a solid relationship working with him, and he has proven to be an incredibly competent teacher. He is very focused, and works well with kids. I highly recommend him.
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Spencer July 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Fantastic teacher that has a great eye for detail and is truly passionate about the instrument and teaching whoever is willing to learn! I can honestly say I've learned more in the past month or so that I've been taking lessons than I would have in 6 months of trying to teach myself. Very affordable pricing and absolutely worth every penny!
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Ryan C.

Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(16)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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