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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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Mike November 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Learn something new every lesson!
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Bryce S. August 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think my son really enjoyed the lesson. I'm very hopeful for a continued positive relationship. Hope we can meet next lesson a week from Labor Day! Thank you! Brenda
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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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Carol F.

Carol F.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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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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$27.50 / 30-min
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Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA

I teach beginning piano for children through adults.

While I will provide music when possible, the student is responsible for purchasing the bulk of the lesson material. For the first lesson, I will bring a range of levels with me so we can find the right fit for the student.

In addition to learning your favorite songs, we will focus on:

- Learning to read music
- Sight reading
- Treble and bass clef
- Scales
- Proper fingering
- Basic music theory
-Playing melodies and chords
-Right and left hands independence
- Singing and playing, if desired

Required materials:
Piano Lessons:
-Piano or keyboard at home
-Method/Lesson books -- I teach from the Faber series. We will decide which books to use in our first lesson. I ask that the student purchases the books (I will provide an Amazon link if needed) which will range in cost from $15 - $25 per level.
-Supplementary sheet music may be required-- I will provide from my library whenever possible.
-Binder (for ...

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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Chris J. December 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Our daughter loves Charlotte and really enjoys her piano lessons.
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Chris J. December 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Our daughter loves Charlotte and really enjoys her piano lessons.
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Leila King December 4, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoys each lesson. Charlotte is very professional and considerate. I would recommend her to anyone looking to learn to play guitar!
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Charlotte L.

Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA 92028
(12)
starting at
$25 / 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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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.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(14)
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

I have been studying the piano for about 12 years. Recently I have become more involved with the pipe organ, which has greatly aided and influenced my piano studies.

I currently sing in the Mira Costa Chamber choir and absolutely love the choral setting. I am pursuing my AA degree in Pipe Organ Performance through the Applied Music Program at Mira Costa College, and aim to transfer to a four-year university to get my B.M. in Music Education. My long-term aspiration is to obtain a M.M. in Choral Conducting and Pedagogy.

I come from a large family and love working with young child
ren. I find 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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Haydn (10) October 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Another fantastic lesson. Our kids are enjoying My Linh's instruction immensely and continue to improve each week!
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Haydn (10) October 7, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Another fantastic lesson. Our kids are enjoying My Linh's instruction immensely and continue to improve each week!
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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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My Linh D.

My Linh D.

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

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