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Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA

Want to write your own music and songs? Learn about song structure, work on rhyming, and more, to create and polish your compositions. Do you have words that need musical accompaniment? Created your composition and need help finding the just the right words? Put your lyrics and beats together with some basic chords. Style your own compositions to be completely unique or model them after your favorite artist.

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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Jill B. June 29, 2015
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Tiffini has been an extraordinary instructor. She definitely has a positive approach to her teaching and makes you feel very comfortable. Thank you Tiffini for your patience and guidance.
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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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Tiffini L.

Tiffini L.

Escondido, CA 92025
(22)
starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Ruben D.

Vista, CA

Taking ideas and developing structures to express those ideas with music.

About Ruben

Over the course of my musical career, I have had the opportunity to learn from many musicians. From University Professors to Street Corner Musicians, I have gathered much knowledge on how to play music. Applying that knowledge to my guitar playing has opened up many doors of opportunity and has made my life very interesting. One of my talents is to take complicated ideas and convey them in easy to understand ideas for my students. I now wish to share all my knowledge and experiences with you to enjoy a life of music.
Students of mine have been able to create their own music to record and p
erform. Ensembles that I have directed have performed at many local venues. I have also invited students to join me at my performances to help them become more confident in their playing.

I have been teaching guitar professionally since 2001 and performing professionally since 1994.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson is custom made to directly benefit each student. The music the student enjoys listening to, is explored to identify what skills are needed to play that music on their instrument. Exercises are then tailored to give students the finger strength and dexterity to directly attain those needed skills.

Favorite songs are also examined to understand the musical theory concepts that were used to create those songs. Once those concepts are understood there is no stopping the student from creating their own music.

Parents and guardians are more than welcome to be part of the process. Involving parents in their children's education is my pleasure. My studio has a comfortable waiting area where you can wait until the lesson is done. Questions are always appreciated.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two chairs, music, computer, internet, digital recording equipment, guitar, guitar amps, parents can sit in on lesson, bass, ukulele.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide whatever is necessary. Student should provide their instrument, music stand, and two chairs. Access to electrical outlet not mandatory.

*** Specialties ***
Latin, Rock, Blues, Classical
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Christina N. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
I can't say enough about how wonderful Ruben is! My son took weekly guitar lesson's with him for 8 1/2 years, and it was truly the best experience ever. Ruben's an incredible guitar player and passes on his great knowledge at every level. He's very personable, patient, and not only gets to know his student's strengths but where they need to work to help them grow as a musician. Ruben is an extraordinary teacher, and also became a great mentor and friend. We're so Appreciative and Thankful for him!
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Stephanie R. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old son has been taking lessons with Ruben for a couple of years now. Ruben's patience is nothing short of amazing. He is so wonderful with my son and has instilled a love for music in him. He is an incredible teacher.
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA

In this course you'll learn the form and structure of a song. After that we'll work on writing a lyrics to a song, learning how to harmonize a melody and gradually construct a song. Be ready for a lot of work and a fun course!

About Bijan

Hi!

I believe that music is rooted in all human beings and cultures in a reach and vast variety of forms. Music unifies and engages thinking and feeling in a direct and immediate way. Music influences individuals simultaneously on different levels of consciousness and form an important device for learning, recreation, arranging of conscious and unconscious impressions and at the same time for characterizing and conveying ideas and thoughts. This as a point of departure characterizes my teaching philosophy, which strives to create a climate in which my students can experience continuous mus
ical, intellectual, and emotional growth.

As a music instructor and musicologist I demonstrate the characteristics of professional and passionate for everything related to my teaching. I am passionate; for I know the more I teach the more I learn.

I have three educations:
1) PhD in Musicology,
2) Master in Music Education and
3) Bachelor in Electrical Engineering.

I have about 20 years teaching experience and I am a California Certified Music Teacher

I speak english, german, swedish and farsi and love to work with people of all ages.

I teach:
1) Guitar
2) Piano/Keyboard
3) Drums
4) Singing
5) Bass Guitar
6) Music Theory
7) Violoncello

Welcome to My Lessons

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop, Rock
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mohamedi K. May 27, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Both my son (over a year of piano lessons) and now my daughter (just started to learn to sing) take music lessons from Mr. Bijan and they both love it. He has a calm personality and a way with kids which I think brings out the best from his students. Extremely patient and changes the pace as per the students. My son has been learning piano for 3 years and had his moments of struggle but was good to see Mr. Bijan work with him and successfully motivated him to get back on track.
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Kelly B. September 4, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Bijan is a very good guitar instructor. My daughter and I both took guitar lessons and he was able to work with us as individuals since we both had different skill levels. Bijan is very patient with his students and helped us through various learning obstacles. I highly recommend anyone that needs or wants to learn any musical instrument to take lessons from Bijan.
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Z M. September 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Bijan is a great teacher. He is kind and knowledgeable at the same time. He is patient for all the questions you have.
He gives you good resources and goes with your pace.
I do recommend Bijan for the new and experienced piano learners.
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Bijan Z.

Bijan Z.

San Diego, CA 92129
(50)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA

Through creativity and imagination.

About Sarah

I currently have 10 wonderful students!

With my high school diploma and currently going to college to study Music Therapy, Art Therapy, and Dance Therapy, I have a good sense on how to teach. I've been teaching little kids beginner piano and people basic vocal fundamentals for a few years now. It is something I enjoy and will always love doing.

EDUCATION
Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
3.5 GPA Graduation date 06/14/2013
Mira Costa Community College, San Diego, CA
3.0 GPA
Completed FALL 2012 3 credits Music Theory 1
Completed FALL 2013 4 units English 100
Completed FALL 2013 3
units Psychology 101 Honors
Completed FALL 2013 1.5 units Modern Dance
Completed SPRING 2014 3 units Astronomy / 1 unit Astronomy Lab
Completed SPRING 2014 0.5 units Education Planning/ Assess
Completed FALL 2014 4.0 units Algebra I
Completed FALL 2014 4.0 English 201 Children's Literature
CURRENT SPRING 2015 4.0 Psychology 101
I am an Honors Scholar Student at MiraCosta and will be attending in order to learn my general education.
Fall 2013-Current
Vocal Instruction
2000 - 2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater and choral music.

TECHNICAL SKILLS
Technologically Savvy
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft PowerPoint
- Networking
- *Willing to learn anything required.*

LANGUAGE SKILLS
I speak, read, and write English.
I can speak and read *basic* American Sign Language as well as finger spelling.
I speak, and read *basic* Spanish.
- English
- ASL
- Spanish

INTERESTS
- Community Service
- Making other people happy (smile, laugh, etc.)
- Singing
- Reading
- Writing
- Piano
- Hot Tea
- Movies
- Smiling/Laughing
- Horseback Riding
- Camping
- Climbing Trees
- Interacting with people, especially children.
- Animals of all sorts.
- Dancing
- Family
- Friends
- Music
- Learning

EMPLOYMENT
2009 to CURRENT
Music Teacher
Privately
-Beginner Piano
-Vocals
-Both piano and vocals at the same time
I have nine students, currently, and will have 8 students over the Summer, privately.

December 2013 to February 2014
Kidville
-Music
-Supervising
-Singing
-Helping
-Assisting

July 2013 to January 2014
Starbucks Carlsbad, CA
Monday – Friday anywhere between 4:30am 12pm (Will be adjusted every 6 months)
-Cleaning
-Cashier
-Making hot and cold beverages *Uses espresso machine and blender, etc.
-Organizing

VOLUNTEER Experience
Jun 2011 to Nov 2011
Spiritual Counseling and Astrology Encinitas, CA
Saturdays, and occasional various weekdays
various amount of work time.
- Paper Filing
- Organization
- Electronic Filing
- Information Input

Jun 2010 to Aug 2010
Assistant/Receptionist
Live Scan Solutions Hillcrest, CA
- Answered Phones
- Handled Money Transactions
- QuickBooks
- Filing

2009 to Present
Occasional Babysitting
-Newborn
-3 month-years-old
-Ages 1-14

MUSIC Experience
(Soprano I and II and Alto Vocalist)

Vocal Music Conservatory, Canyon Crest Academy, San Diego, CA
2010-Present Over 1000 hours total, 6 hours/week
As a selected member of the Canyon Crest Academy Vocal Conservatory Program, I received private vocal instruction in a variety of musical genres including classical, musical theatre, contemporary, and jazz. I participated in ensemble work and collaborations with conservatories in other artistic disciplines.
Canyon Crest Academy Choir
2009-2013
I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.

Masterworks
Chichester Psalms (Leonard Bernstein) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra at St. Paul's Cathedral San Diego. Soprano soloist. Spring 2010.
Faure's Requiem (Gabriel Faure) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Spring 2010.
A Ceremony of Carols (Benjamin Britten) Vocal Music Conservatory. Fall 2010.
5 Mystical Songs (Ralph Vaughan Williams) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2010.
Messiah (George Frederic Handel) Canyon Crest Academy Choir and Orchestra. Fall 2011.
Two Love Songs (Robert Young. Texts from the Songs of Solomon and William Shakespeare.) Canyon Crest Academy. Spring 2013

Operas/ Operettas
Dido and Aeneas (Henry Purcell) Vocal Music Conservatory. Witch 2. Spring 2012.
A Gallery of Gilbert and Sullivan (W.S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan, arranged by Kellie Evans O'Connor) Vocal Music Conservatory. Chorus member in 'Pirates of Penzance' and Gianetta in 'The Gondoliers'. Spring 2013.

Envision Collaborations
Chess (Benny Andersson) Spring 2010
PLAY (Canyon Crest Academy Students) Spring 2011
Serenada Schizophrana (Danny Elfman) Fall 2011
The Wall (Pink Floyd) Spring 2013
The Moby Dick Performance (Charles Dickenson) Spring 2013

Solo Performances
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level One Fall 2010
Vocal Conservatory Recital Level Two Fall 2011
Vocal Conservatory Senior Recital Fall 2012
Vocal Juries Fall 2010- 2013
I had adjudicated juries every term while in Conservatory to track my progress.

Repertoire
Italian:
Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca
French/ Catalan:
Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet
Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure
German:
Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert
O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus
English:
Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again, Phantom of the Opera
Before I Gaze at You Again, Camelot
Climb Every Mountain, Sound of Music
It's All I Have to Bring Today, Ernst Bacon
Orpheus with his Lute, Ralph Vaughan Williams
When Daisies Pied, Thomas Arne
Music for a While, Henry Purcell
Take Me To The World, Stephan Sondheim
My Johann, Edvard Grieg

RECORDING Experience:
I have experience with ProTools 11 and Avid, as well as setting up and taking down sets to record.

WRITING Experience:
I have been writing for most of my life and am looking to get published soon.

*** Lesson Details ***
Vocals

Beginner Piano

Basic Music Theory

*** Studio Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Cheap Ukulele
YAMAHA Digital Piano (with pedals)
Condenser Mic

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bongo Drums
Avid on my laptop
Condenser Mic

*** Specialties ***
Pop
Modern
Jazz
*Classical*
Country
*Opera*
Basic Theory

**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**
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Reviews

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Sarah W. January 2, 2014
Piano
piano

Young and inspirational. "You learn something new everyday" is most definitely true with Sarah and how she teaches. She was slow at first, but one she got to know me and what I desired to learn from her, she was able to envision and teach me well. :)
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA 92056
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ippolito D.

Carlsbad, CA

The basic 101's of finding your heart song and articulating through your instruments

About Ippolito "Paul"

EDUCATION:
High School - Tri City Christian High School (Graduated '09)
AP's: English Language and Literature
University - Point Loma Nazarene University "PLNU" (Graduated '13)
Degree Training: Business Admin. - Concentration in Finance & Entrepreneurship
Master's in Business Administration (MBA) - PLNU (currently enrolled until Fall '15)

EXPERIENCE:

Various industries including, but not limited to, Real Estate, Accounting, High End Wood & Vinyl Flooring, Law, Chat Sales - Auto Accessories Industry, Food & Beverage, Health & Fitness, Sales & Marketing, Business Development,
and Life Coaching.

I have done some volunteer work with SALT Missons (through PLNU), Missions work through Carpathian Mountain Outreach in L'Viv, Ukraine, and Calvary Chapel Oceanside.

OTHER ACTIVITIES

Include Devil Pups (10 day youth training with the Marine Corps.), VP & President of PLNU's Martial Arts Club ('09-'13); Gracie Jiu-Jitsu (Combatives Course Graduate), 3rd Degree Black Belt / Certified Instructor - Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan
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Melanie H. October 28, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
My son had the pleasure of taking guitar lessons for 3 years from Ippolito. His passion for music and teaching style was very inspiring, as well as, his patience and motivating demeanor kept my son interested and wanting to improve his musicianship. Always encouraging, with guided interaction, he kept my son on task during lessons. He was very professional and punctual in all our interactions. Above all, he was appreciative and accommodating to my son's style of music without compromising the basic core instruction for guitar. His goal, as an instructor, was to instill a lifelong passion and appreciation for music. I would highly recommend Ippolito as a guitar teacher. It was a pleasure to work with him.
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Ippolito D.

Ippolito D.

Carlsbad, CA 92008
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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