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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 ...

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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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Marco G. September 19, 2014
Speaking Voice · Online
Verified Student
I would like to start off with by saying that Tiffini is an amazing teacher. I have been taking lessons with her for the last year and a half through Skype and each lesson in that time with her has been an enjoyable experience. I started taking speaking voice lessons with her then switched to singing lessons. She was able to help me immensely on both my speaking voice and singing; getting rid of my mumbling for former and helping me to regain confidence in the latter. With both types of lessons she was knowledgeable, encouraging, kind, patient, and a fun teacher to have. I could go on for at least a few pages about Tiffini, but bottom line is that she is a great teacher and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wanted to start taking lessons through takelessons.com.
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 ...

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Azima J. March 14, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
Verified Student
Fun, and open to new ways to teach.
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susan G. December 31, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Carol taught me a lot of techniques in singing that made me more confident when performing. She cares about improvement and not just teaching lessons.. I would highly recommend her.
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Lee J. November 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Just before I met Carol for my first singing lesson, I expected to feel embarrassed to sing in front of her. I was quite nervous, actually. But Carol's professional yet fun, laid back manner disintegrated all my trepidation and I left giddy and excited for the next lesson. She is a very encouraging and supportive instructor, and I feel so lucky to have found her!
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 performed 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, ...

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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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Ann I. October 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Comfortable, friendly and highly skilled in instructing/playing

Corby is a phenomenal piano instructor. Her passion for playing and teaching the piano shines through in every aspect of her lessons with me. She does so much more than simply teach you how to play an instrument. She has a knack for making you understand the theory, the timing, reading notes, playing, understanding the pieces you're playing... and she seems to be able to tailor her teaching to each individual. She challenges me and its so refreshing. Her expertise in the piano as a whole is so apparent in everything she does during a lesson.
Her level of accountability and responsibility to her students has raised the bar with my own level of responsibility for practicing and learning. I want to practice not just for my own growth, but also because she seems to hold a standard of her own that I want to reciprocate. And the environment is fun, comfortable and non-intimidating.
Learning to play piano with Corby has been so beyond what I thought learning an instrument could be. I highly recommend her to anyone, any level. I've been playing for three months and I'm so much further along in my practice than I ever thought imaginable.
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, I am most familiar with the Alfred method. I emphasize note reading and theory in each genre, guitar, voice and piano. 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 ...

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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... :-))

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Dennis A. February 19, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great

Didn't think I could sing,but Laura taught me that I can. I play guitar in a rock band and I just bought a new mic,and I'll be doing back up vocals. She's a great teacher, very professional,knows her music. If you have ever wanted to sing, she can make it happen. I highly recommend her.
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 described 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 ...

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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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Marco M. July 23, 2014
Piano · In home
Ryan is hands down one of the best piano instructors I have ever had. He's nice, upbeat, funny, very passionate about what he does, and is a GREAT teacher! Oh, he is also amazing at playing the piano ;) I am naturally a shy person, but from the very first day, Ryan's passion and playful personality made him very easy to be comfortable with, and makes me excited to play everytime. Whenever I mess up, Ryan is great with patience, and will spend as much time as needed until I am finally able to understand, and is more than happy to re-explain to me what in the world a staccato triplet is when my mind completely blanks out.

Overall, Ryan is really one of the best teachers you can find. Many of my other instructors spoon fed me the material and felt almost awkward and uptight to be with. But not only is Ryan fun to be around, but I have learned far more. He helps me as needed, but gives me an opportunity to figure things out myself and it has left a stronger impression on me as a musician. Every week he comes in and I learn something new each time. He challenges me with stuff I would have thought impossible for me to do, and makes me surprise myself with what I am actually capable of doing and makes me stronger, which I think every great teacher does. I am very thankful to have him as my instructor and guide through the fascinating world of piano playing (: I would recommend him highly.
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Yasmin K. July 16, 2014
Piano
The great thing about Ryan is he's super passionate about what he does. You won't find a more organized, down to earth, patient teacher around.
He's very straight forward when he explains things and you feel comfortable coming to him with questions because he knows what he's talking about and he'll take the time to make sure that by the end you'll understand it too.
I can only give the highest recommendations for Ryan C.
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 piano, 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 ...

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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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