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Carol F.

Oceanside, CA

I teach beginning students any age the basics of Music Theory including note reading, rhythm, hand placement, chords etc. Learn to play some of your favorite songs.
I use the Faber & Faber series of piano books. I also like to use other material to add interest and variety.
I've been teaching piano for 8 yrs.
Piano should be a fun and exciting way of expressing yourself. Once you learn the notes and some theory it becomes easier to learn other instruments too.

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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starting at
$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.

Temecula, CA 92592
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starting at
$27.50 / 30-min
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Laura W.

San Marcos, CA

Alfred method used. I teach Beginners to Intermediate level.

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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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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Patricia April 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Laura is a great teacher! My grandson is interested in a variety of styles and has already shown progress after only four lessons. Laura teaches proper technique and gives good warm up exercises. My grandson really looks forward to his class each week.
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Laura W.

Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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My Linh D.

Vista, CA

Mission Statement:
I seek to teach the language of music; to give students the basic building blocks they need in order to find their own style of expression and harmony in life. When I was growing up practicing piano, I hated how boring it was to practice (I still loathe practicing!). I want to show students how they can break the music down and enjoy the tone of the simplest chord, and find practicing to be more brain engaging.

Missed Lessons:
Learning an instrument requires commitment and responsibility, both from teacher and student. Please let me know at least 24 hours ahead of time if a lesson is to be missed, and we can schedule a make-up lesson.

Student Responsibilities:
Learning is a two-way process. I cannot teach if the student is not willing to listen, learn, and try new things. Practicing MUST be a daily routine (at least 20-30 minutes a day); without practice we cannot move forward.

Parent Responsibilities:
With younger children, I ask that the ...

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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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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Jason B. March 5, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
My Linh is an exceptional pianist, and an even better teacher. As a jazz pianist, the techniques to classical piano have been obtuse to me, and My Linh has gently guided me to understanding. If you are looking for a fun teacher with great skill to really shape your growth, she has my highest recommendations.
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My Linh D.

My Linh D.

Vista, CA 92081
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Jamie R.

Temecula, CA

Each lesson will be from 30 minutes to an hour depending on the student's preference. Lesson books are typically used for beginning students. Intermediate students may bring their own music books or sheet music from pieces or songs they would like to learn. Music theory is incorporated into each lesson.

About Jamie

Hello! My name is Jamie and I am a private piano teacher. I have three years of teaching experience and have earned my B.A. in General Music at Cal State San Bernardino. I teach at my own home studio but can also travel to my student's homes for lessons. I am patient, organized and have great passion for my line of work. I have experience teaching children as young as four, and adults as old as 60.
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Darian B. March 27, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son absolutely loves taking lessons with Jamie. He really looks forward to his lesson every week.
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Thomas March 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jamie is wonderful with my son! He is enjoying piano!
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Raquel January 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Jamie was a great teacher to my son and daughter!
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Jamie R.

Jamie R.

Temecula, CA 92592
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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