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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
(25)
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
(8)
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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Courtney M. December 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My first lesson with Laura was very pleasant. I am looking forward to learning from her
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Scott P. October 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Laura is great! My son just turned 5 and has had only a handful of lessons with her and has already learned so much. She is very patient and so good with kids! Highly recommended!
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Inez M. October 6, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Extremely patient, kind and knowledgable. We will definetly continue to work with her and highly recommend her. My daughter felt really comfortable and enjoyed working with her.
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Laura W.

Laura W.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(8)
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!

We will explore the piano and music through many different adventurous ways. You'll have so much fun, you'll quickly lose track of how much you're actually learning. Prepare to play the piano in a way you never thought you could before.

I currently attend San Diego State University where I am majoring in Piano Performance. I study with Dr. Karen Follingstad and Dr. Toni James both of whom are internationally known and award-winning pianists. After I complete my Bachelor's degree, I plan on continuing my studies to ob
tain a Master's degree in music and later a Doctorate of Musical Arts.

*** About Me ***

Who am I?

Back before I was a pianist, I actually didn't care for music at all. In fact, I remember that my parents asked me if I wanted an Ipod for Christmas when I was in junior high. I responded with "No, because I don't like music!" All of this changed when I saw my first live concert. A thought immediately popped into my head: "I want to be on stage!" I was bewildered by this idea, yet somehow didn't feel like it was totally out of place. At this point in my life, I didn't play any instruments, but eventually enrolled in a guitar class at my high-school where I started to really understand and appreciate music. It was then that I decided that I wanted to have a career in music. I didn't know specifically what I wanted to do, just that I wanted to do something, in music. I spent some time working live sound, mixing CD's, and editing vocal tracks, but eventually came to love and appreciate the piano.

One of my colleagues suggested that I audition into a competitive music program at MiraCosta College as a Classical pianist, so naturally, I did! I got in, received a partial-scholarship, and have been completely engrossed in the Classical music scene ever since. Every semester there-after, I received a full-ride merit based scholarship. I graduated in Spring of 2014 from MiraCosta College with a A.A. in Piano Performance, where I received honors as a member of Phi Theta Kappa, maintained a 4.0 GPA for 4 consecutive semesters, and earned a place on the Dean's list within the school.

Where am I now?

I am a 23 year old Music Major currently working towards a Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at San Diego State University. I have worked (and continue to work)as an accompanist and chamber musician at SDSU. I have the privilege of studying with some incredibly talented pianists, namely Dr. Follingstand and Dr. Toni James. I gained valuable insight into the mechanics of piano playing from these two individuals, and I incorporate much of my understanding into the lessons I give to my students. My lessons use collegiate level principles that consistently produce excellent results within my students' playing. Piano is my life's work, my favorite hobby, and the thing I do to relax. I love a wide variety of musical styles and play as many different ones as I can.

***I recently wrote a blog about hand-position here on TakeLessons. Check it out here: http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-hand-position-z06 ***

I am engaged to the love of my life, who I have been dating for the past 6 years.

*** Lesson Details ***

We're in this together. For every day, week, and month of practicing, we will outline goals for you to achieve. Through these goals, we will discover what areas you are doing great at and also identify areas that we can improve upon.

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.

My teaching approach is quite different from that of my contemporaries. I believe that my ultimate goal of teaching students is to give them the tools they need to succeed on their own. I do this primarily through the student's own method of self-discovery. I will often be asking you questions and seeing what you think about a particular musical passage and why you think it. 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.

*** 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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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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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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Ryan C.

Ryan C.

San Marcos, CA 92069
(15)
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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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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Michael Liddle December 25, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Danny is an super friendly instructor. Looking forward to future lessons!
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Wendy K. September 4, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He has a very warm personality. He is easy to communicate with and a great listener. He focuses very quickly on your learning style. He teaches to your level and pushes just enough to make it challenging and fun. Absolutely recommend!
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Danny W.

Danny W.

Vista, CA 92084
(5)
starting at
$26.25 / 30-min

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