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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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Cailean August 26, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Tiffani was interested in the knowing what I wanted to learn about. I am looking forward to more lessons!
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Taylor August 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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Taylor August 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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Tiffini L.

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
(37)
starting at
$34 / 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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Cheryl G. August 21, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful lesson! Great teacher.
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Nolan August 7, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Chris is great with kids. He makes it fun. My son will definitely enjoy going to his lessons.
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Abigail R. August 30, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Really patient and excellent teacher. My teenager looks forward to her lessons with him. DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY.
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Chris S.

Temecula, CA 92592
(4)
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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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

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 teach you almost anything you may want to know about the musical world! Music Theory, Music History, Aural Skills...you name it, I can do it!

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.

While I do specialize in Classical piano, I can also teach basic Jazz chords 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 have massive success at playing one. I strive to make the learning process as enjoyable as possible by creating a positive, encouraging environment within my lessons and by bringing a great attitude to every lesson.

I do my best to walk the fine line between develop
ing your piano skills and doing so in a entertaining manner. At our lessons, we will laugh and have a great time, but cover a LOT of material.

**About Me**

My teaching style has been described as patient, gentle, yet straight forward and to the point. I have a keen eye for detail, and I know how to quickly identify "trouble-areas" to help you practice more efficiently. 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 have been teaching for about 3 years now, and many of my students have progressed in LEAPS.

I am an honor's graduate from MiraCosta College where I received two degrees: An A.A. in Piano Performance and an A.A. in Liberal Arts.

I currently attend San Diego State University where I am majoring in Piano Performance. I later plan on obtaining a Master's in Piano Pedagogy.

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

I am friendly, approachable, organized, and always on time!

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

*** Lesson Details ***

IMPORTANT: Due to my incredibly busy school schedule, I currently ONLY teach in my home studio or at homes of students who are within 10 minutes driving distance of where I live. Thanks!

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 I am requesting of you, 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 generally looking for students aged 10 and up, although some exceptions will be made for younger students who have had prior private instruction on the piano. (I may also take on younger students if I've worked with their siblings or have given them a trial-lesson and they seemed to understand what was happening).

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 Games / "Read Together"
3) Repertoire Coaching & Guidance

Of course, during these 3 branches of study I give guidance, feedback, and critique. Much time is spent on Repertoire rather than the other areas.

My teaching style is quite dynamic, and no two students are taught the same way. I will do my best to identify your particular needs and adjust my style to match.

When I teach, I try to give you the tools to succeed on your own and not be solely reliant on me. 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 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.

*** Parent Responsibilities***

While teaching 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.

I do ask that parents find time to set aside so that their children can get consistent, daily practice time.

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!

*** 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. 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.
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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.

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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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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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.

Danny W.

Oceanside, CA 92057
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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