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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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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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Laurie C. April 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I really love my lessons with Laura and look forward each week for more of her patient instruction.
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Laura W.

Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA

Looking to take your piano skills to the next level while learning proper technique, maximizing your practicing efficiency, and having a great time?

Look no further.

I can give you the tools to help take your piano playing to the next level while also overcoming performance anxiety, building confidence, and trusting your internal musical self.

I am a Classically trained Pianist enrolled at San Diego State University working to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance. After my Bachelor's Degree is complete, I plan on obtaining my Master's in Piano Performance or Piano Pedagogy and later obtaining a doctorate in music.

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 am a 23 year old Music Major currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at San Diego State University.

I am passionate about music and I live for piano playing. It's what wakes me up in the morning.

*** Lesson Details ***

We're in this together. I will help you narrow down and reach your goals quickly. I'm very organized and have a grea
t eye for detail. At the same time, I'm a lot of fun to be around! My students constantly tell me how much fun they have at our lessons and I can tell from my first-hand experiences with them how much they enjoy studying with me.

What type of music interests you? Is it pop, rock, classical, or jazz? Whatever it is, I'm happy to teach you any style of music you want to learn.

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.

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

Vista, 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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Brian A. March 11, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Danny is teaching both of my boys... one in piano and another in guitar. He's a wonderful teach and very kind and upbeat person which makes learning fun. Please see my review for his piano lessons as well. Highly recommend him!
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Devon A. March 11, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Danny is a very kind and fun teacher and my boys really like him. We are so happy to have him as a teach and look forward to many more lessons! He has a great approach to teaching and I can tell has a "plan" for beginners while keeping it interesting and still fun for the youngsters. I'm thinking of taking some lessons from him too soon to get back into piano and or kickoff some guitar!
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Natalie Y. January 30, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Natalie looks forward to her next lesson with Danny. Danny is professional, and we're off to a great start.
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Danny W.

Danny W.

Vista, CA 92084
(7)
starting at
$26.25 / 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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