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Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA

Having taught piano lessons for over 20 years, I enjoy working with everyone, beginner to advanced, young, and the young at heart. Depending on the student, I will choose from a number of different methods, (Alfred, Hanon, Bastien, Hal Leonard, and more,) to find the best match for each individual student. Are you an intermediate or advanced pianist that wants to learn how to improvise, play with a band, use a chart, and compose your own music, etc? Creative conceptual learning will help to use the skills you already have and to apply new techniques to make you a more versatile musician. It's never too late to start!

About Tiffini

I offer a fun, interactive teaching style that encompasses more than 20 years of performing and 15 years of teaching experience. As a performer I have worked as a professional singer, actor, musician, and dancer. I have always had a passion for teaching, directing, and composing. While my love for performing has lessened over the years, I have found my true calling: teaching, directing, and helping others to find their passion for music and the performing arts.
I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a special emphasis in music, theatre, dance, and psychology. I am
a graduate candidate working on completing my thesis as my final requirement for a Masters of Arts degree in Music at San Diego State University.
Member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT), and Music Teachers National Association (MTNA).

*** Lesson Details ***
Good technique, styling, and musicianship are VERY important but you have got to have FUN learning and performing! I channel and encourage each student'€™s creativity while helping them to learn to use their gifts as expertly as possible. My students can be seen on Broadway, Off-Broadway, on television, in commercials, in the movies, and in professional regional theatre throughout the United States. I have proudly seen many of my students go on to pursue higher education and careers in music, theatre, and dance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio/Office: desk, piano, mirrors, sound system, chairs, extensive collection of sheet music and arts related books.

Parents can sit in on lessons.

*** Specialties ***

Voice: Speech Level Singing, Broadway music, Popular music, Classical, Speaking
Piano: Classical, Improv, Harmonization, Songwritting
Acting: Theatrical acting, Acting for the camera, Voice over, Comedy, Improvisation
Other: Conducting, Ear Training, Performance Coaching, Audition Coaching, Music Theory
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Jill B. June 29, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Tiffini has been an extraordinary instructor. She definitely has a positive approach to her teaching and makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you Tiffini for your patience and guidance.
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Jill B. March 19, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
I thought Tiffini was amazing. She made me feel so comfortable and she knew exactly what type of training would benefit me most for my goals. I look forward to my future lessons with her!
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Ann B. February 20, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
I couldn't have asked for a better instructor because I was primarily looking for patience. I have a long time fear of singing and singing in front of people, Tiffini is very patient and easy to work with.
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Tiffini L.

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Corby S.

San Diego, CA

About Corby

I grew up in Southern CA and played piano all my life beginning with classical studies at age 6. I moved to the east coast and obtained my music degree from NYU in 1995 and began teaching in Greenwich Village NYC in 1999. All the while I taught I continued to take lessons from some of the world's greatest musicians living in NYC.

I was classically trained, but ventured into jazz and pop studies after college. I played many jazz solo gigs in New York City as well as accompanied singers, performed and sang my own material at songwriter venues, accompanied rock bands on keyboards and perform
ed classical music in the recital galas I hosted for my students.

I've played and taught all styles and have a passion for teaching and learning! I encourage students to play what they love, whether that be Boogie, Classical, Jazz, their own composition, or the latest Adele song.

I returned to Southern California at the end of 2011 and am currently building my student clientele in San Diego.

To get an idea of what I do please click on the VIDEO tab above to see my students and me performing in NYC!

*** Lesson Details ***
I HAVE 2 PRIMARY GOALS FOR BEGINNER LESSONS:
#1. Provide a strong musical foundation
#2. Keep students interested in playing

I use specific techniques to achieve these goals. I structure a plan that outlines the fundamentals of music theory while teaching pieces that the student loves. I have an ENORMOUS supply of music books (which cost a fortune to ship to San Diego!) and let the student choose from a wide variety of music pieces to supplement their method book studies (I use Bastien.)
For children, parents are encouraged to stay for lessons, but if they can't I write down the "practice prescription" for the week so both student and parent know what should be worked on!

FOR INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED PLAYERS:
There are SO MANY THINGS you might be interested in working on such as ….

1. Learning pieces as quickly/efficiently as possible
2. Creating proper practice habits so you’re not spending wasteful time at the piano.
3. Learning effective techniques for memorization.
4. Improving your “Feel”
5. Improving your technique so you can play effortlessly fast!!
6. Interpretation of pieces from the different classical periods
7. Improving understanding of Music Theory
8. Song writing!! Yes, you can do it yourself!!
9. Performance (Yes, this is a skill, separate from learning the song is learning to perform it!)

I’ve got specific techniques for all of the above, and more. I don’t say “Just do it this way.” I have bona fide tried and true techniques you can use. They even have names such as “Pulse Play,” “Shadow Play” “Visualization” “Mental Play” “Spot Work” “Wrist Rotate” etc.

I shouldn’t give away all my goodies here! Come take a lesson to see what I’m talking about!

And as much as I know, I am very easy to get along with and have a great sense of humor. I will keep you on your toes, inspire you, and probably make you laugh while I’m at it

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in my living room with a 5' Yamaha grand piano. The atmosphere is clean, comfortable and professional, and I have no pets. Parents are encouraged to stay for lessons!

*** Specialties ***
My number one goal is to keep students interested in piano, and I have an enormous repertory of music for them to choose from which helps succeed in that goal. I would prefer they all at least begin playing classically, but it just sometimes doesn't turn out that way. If they start lessons very young I use the Bastien Books but almost immediately I am supplementing their repertory with auxiliary pieces. No matter what age, I start them in an appropriate method book (love Bastien) but pull from a large surplus of auxiliary books and sheet music to supplement the method book. I play songs at their level and let them choose which ones they like best as we go along. I NEVER force a student to play a certain piece. NEVER. They can build a rock solid music foundation choosing pieces they love. Ideally they are playing some classical standards accompanied by some popular pieces. I incorporate theory, from a key based perspective. Songs, scales, primary chords, ear training all in the same key. Then we move to a new key. I have charts that I have created to accompany their repertory.
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Leah K. June 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby has been an excellent piano teacher for my 6 year old daughter! She has a great combination of sweetness and firmness that appeals to both parents and kids. My daughter loves going to lessons and has learned a lot from Corby. I highly recommend her.
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Jason R. April 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Corby does an excellent job breaking challenging sections down for you at any skill level. Her variety of techniques to tackle each new challenge make her an amazing resource and a great instructor. I particularly appreciate her emphasis on trying to perform your work for other people so that you get practice in front of an audience. After only a handful of lessons, I had already improved far more than I had in years of independent study without someone skilled to guide me. She is definitely an excellent instructor and I am very grateful to have her as a teacher.
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Zenka S. November 8, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Learning with Corby has been a great experience. She does a great job of making sure I'm learning scales, piano theory, as well as songs I enjoy playing. Practicing on a grand piano has been a wonderful experience as well.
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Corby S.

Corby S.

San Marcos, CA 92078
(9)
starting at
$35 / 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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Breanna M. June 16, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely patient and kind. The first thing my daughter said when she left her first lesson was how nice Laura is and how she learned a lot in her first lesson. We look forward to more lessons.
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Daniel S. December 10, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My experience working with Laura has been wonderful. She is a compassionate person with a beautiful voice and is quite experienced at providing guidance and techniques in improving my voice for singing. Her methods inculcate lifting up and elevating ones vocal capabilities, not tearing down or diminishing ones capabilities. I am very pleased with her professionalism and insight in how to work with and train my voice.
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Laura W. April 7, 2014
Guitar
Taught a retired math school teacher

Laura is a fantastic teacher! I'm delighted to learn to play the guitar and feel blessed to work with Laura... :-))

Linda Crumpacker
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Laura W.

Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

I am a Classically trained Pianist who has graduated with Honors from MiraCosta College with an A.A. in Piano Performance.Currently I am enrolled at San Diego State University working to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education. I am able to teach anyone from a beginner to early advance (roughly college freshmen level) playing. I specialize in phrasing, "Classical" nuance, and Music History. I strive to incorporate these three elements into my lessons to create a cohesive "Classical" sound.

While I do specialize in Classical piano, I can also teach basic Jazz chords and voicings and nearly any other style of piano you may want to learn.

About Ryan

Hi everyone! My name is Ryan C. and I am 22 year old pianist. I perform, compose, teach.... you name it! Essentially, I do all things music.

It is my personal belief that the study of music is an invaluable experience within a person's life. I believe that everyone can not only succeed at playing an instrument, but they can flourish and greatly enjoy the learning process itself. I strive to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible by bringing digital tools, interactive learning techniques, and a great attitude to every lesson.

**About Me**

My teaching style has been descri
bed as patient, gentle, yet straight forward and to the point. This unique combination of traits allows me to identify exactly what needs to be worked on in lessons, yet communicate it in a manner that is not intimidating to students. I hope you will find that you agree :).

I have been playing for about 5 years and teaching for 2. Many of my students have progressed in LEAPS, and their technical and performance ability clearly demonstrates a commitment to excellence through their practice.

I am an honor's graduate from MiraCosta College where I received my A.A. in Piano Performance and Liberal Arts. I currently attend San Diego State University where I am majoring Music Education with an instrumental emphasis on Piano, and later plan on obtaining a Master's in Piano Pedagogy.

I am friendly, approachable, organized, and never late to anything.

I'm excited to meet you and get started learning some music!

*** Lesson Details ***

I am looking for students who are serious about learning and have a dedication to daily practice. If you feel that you are not able to put in the time it takes to progress, I may not be the teacher for you. With that in mind, if you DO practice consistently, you will progress quicker with me than you will with any other teacher.

I am looking for students aged 10 and up. Some exceptions will be made for younger students who have had prior private instruction on the piano.

Typically I'll teach lessons that are an hour or less in duration.

I teach piano lessons in a model similar to the following format.

1) Warm up with Scales / Arpeggios / Chords, etc. (As necessary)
2) Sight Reading
3) Quick Study / Etude
4) Repertoire.

Of course, during these 4 branches of study I give guidance, feedback, and critique. Much time is spent on Repertoire rather than the other areas. That is NOT to say that Scales and Sight Reading are not important: they are ESSENTIAL, but only so much work can be done on them during a lesson.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

With younger children, I find that it is much easier to have parents present to help keep their child focused during lessons. This may not apply to all children, but this will be at my discretion, so be prepared to stay if I find it necessary.

Let's face it: not everyone learning the piano actually wants to learn it. In my case - my mom made forced me to learn to play when I was younger. I completely understand that some children may have a hard time practicing consistently. However, I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time.

*** Studio Equipment ***

I am equipped with two pianos.

1) A Yamaha Baby-Grand that is used primarily during lesson time.
2) A digital Casio Celviano that I use for recording purposes.

I also have microphones, digital recording plugins, and other software available for use.

*** Travel Equipment ***

I provide repertoire, flashcards, and supplemental materials at the first lesson. While I do have a MIDI keyboard, my other digital keyboard is not portable. While teaching lessons on-call, I expect that my students will have a piano or keyboard at their house.

I typically use the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Program books with my students as they explore a wide variety of genres and difficulty levels. I find that many of the music theory books are not beginner friendly, so I usually supply supplemental materials for my students for their music theory.
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Belen July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Ryan is a very enthusiastic teacher to my 11 year old. He is very patient and makes lessons entertaining and stress free. My child looks forward to lessons every week. I highly recommend Ryan to all parents looking for a good piano teacher for their kids!
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Pamela D. May 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ryan is enthusiastic and energetic, which rubs off on my son. He has good communication skills and rapport with both my son and myself, and patience needed for teaching younger students. We both have been very happy with Ryan's lessons and I highly recommend him.
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heather G. January 13, 2015
Piano · In home
A RENEWED LOVE FOR PIANO!

Ryan has put the passion for piano back in my kids! About a year ago, my kids completely burned out on piano and had no desire to start back up. But then we found Ryan, and now they absolutely love playing and practicing.

I have a 12 year old daughter and a 9 year old son. They both adore Ryan and say that he makes learning piano fun. My son loves that Ryan finds fun apps for him so he can practice his piano notes on the iPad.

Ryan comes to our home for lessons. He is always incredibly timely (even arrives a few minutes early) and is always organized. If the kids have a question on a piece between lessons, he will FaceTime to help them through the work. He is great about using modern day technology to work with the kids in a way that they know and appreciate in order to teach them an instrument that is timeless. We cannot thank Ryan enough for putting the love of piano back in our children.
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Danny W.

Oceanside, CA

About Danny

I was classically trained in piano for more than 10 years starting when I was eight years old. I've received Certificate of Merit multiple times for performance and theory. I've played many recitals performing pieces by composers like Beethoven, Bach, Mozart, Rachnominoff, Debussy, Chopin and others. From piano I branched out into bass and guitar. I play almost any every style of music for all these instruments and am well-versed in tablature, chord charts and traditional notation.
I have played bass on an American nationwide tour in with a friend's band, recorded on various projects with pia
no, guitar and bass, played for numerous local bands, received guitar string sponsorship. I have also toured China with a performing arts group playing guitar and singing. I have written around 500 songs. My experience is extremely broad and music has been one of my biggest passions in life since I was young!

*** Lesson Details ***
I will help you achieve your musical goals! If you want to learn classical music and theory, I will teach you those things. If you want to learn how to play rock by ear, I'll help you do that. I have played and/or studied almost every kind of music imaginable and am ready to help you be the best you can be at whatever your musical goals are.
I will lay out clear practice directions at every lesson to make sure we are making progress. I am very patient and I like to make music fun no matter what we're studying! I sometimes cover a lot of ground with my lessons but I will always make sure to check in to see that you're getting everything and catching on.

*** Specialties ***
Performance, theory, music reading. Classical, rock, pop, blues, jazz, metal.
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Nathan F. May 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny works great with me, he has taught me so much in just five lessons.
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Gloria G. July 18, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny is a Great teacher. Already a guitar player, I was looking for a "different" kind of teacher, one that could help me transpose guitar songs/ chords to the piano. Danny is genuine and very creative. He works with the student on all levels. He is patient and open to where I am wanting to go with the piano. In only 3 lessons I am in love with playing the piano, I play ALL the time. I love the sounds that are available to me now.
Our lessons are challenging and fun at the same time. I am blessed.
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Danny W.

Oceanside, CA 92057
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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