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Erasmo R.

Murrieta, CA

About Erasmo

Hello Parents and Students,

I have been teaching and writing music professionally for ten years. My first introduction to music was just like some of you, starting in high school where I had a great teacher that encouraged me to play. This helped me so much, and I wouldn't be where I am at if it weren't for his help and positive encouragement. Now I try to encourage all of my students the same way.

After high school I went on and played percussion with various Orchestras such as the "œInland Valley Symphony Orchestra" and "Mt. San Jacinto Symphony Orchestra."

I have also been involv
ed in the DCI (Drum Corps International) and Drumline community. I toured for four years and experienced performing with groups such as Yamato Drum and Bugle Corps 2002-2005, Black Knights 2006, and RCC marching and winter percussion under the direction of Scott Johnson & Jeff Lee in 2002, and Sean Vega & Jim Wunderlich in 2003.

During my college years I started playing Jazz Vibraphone in my school'™s top big-band. This allowed me the opportunity to play Jazz Piano which I have performed and still study until this day. As a result, Jazz has now become one of my biggest passions.

As a Professional International Composer, I have had the privilege of writing and arranging for many marching bands, wind ensembles, and indoor percussion ensembles, including orchestrations, recordings and sequencing projects for media, and musical theatre in the United States and Japan.

I am also currently an adjudicator for the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and a member of the Vic-Firth Education Team.

I hope that this gives you a close and personal Idea of where I come from and hope that I can help you get the most out of your experience with music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that in order for you to get the most out of our lessons it takes both, the Teacher'™s and Student'™s understanding and attention from both ends. sometimes giving all of the information in the world won't help if one there is no engagement and two if me as a teacher don't make sure that you understand. So I like to make sure to explain things in more than one way to make sure the student understands the concepts and what to practice.

I like to keep a relaxed atmosphere, but also making sure that there is a high level of professionalism and expectation of attentiveness from the student.

Of course, I also understand that this all depends on the age of the student, and as we meet and get to see what it is that you want to focus on and I will make sure to concentrate on that and help you reach your goals!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(Acoustic and Electric Piano are available depending on the time we arrange our lessons at the studio)
(Electric Drumset Available soon)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Mallets, Concert and Marching Sticks, Metronome, Practice pad, and Literature.
(I sometimes bring additional implements, such as hand drums, like a djembe and other accessories, depending on the focus of our lessons.)
I may be able to bring a Keyboard upon request

*** Specialties ***
I have been performing with Drum and bugle corps since 2002, (DCI)

Marching Rudimental, and Concert Percussion styles. All Percussion.
Orchestral, Marimba, Vibraphone, and Marching Percussion.

I specialize in the Jazz genre, and have performed Jazz piano.. which includes sight-reading and chord recognition in the Jazz idiom.


Sheila October 19, 2015
Erasmo is a grt kind teacher! He is outstanding, my daughter loves his class and he is so incredibly sweet! Great piano teacher!!!
Lauren York September 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed her first class! Erasmo is very sweet and Lauren felt comfortable from the moment he shook her hand! Very professional and very sweet! We feel blessed that we found such a kind teacher!
Arianne August 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very good music teacher!
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Erasmo R.

Erasmo R.

Murrieta, CA 92563
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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


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!
Taylor August 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson with Tiffini!
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
starting at
$34 / 30-min

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


Cat W. July 2, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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!
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
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Sarah W.

Oceanside, CA

Through creativity and imagination.

About Sarah

I currently have 12 students that I teach on a weekly basis. I have been teaching piano and basic vocal fundamentals for a few awe-inspiring years. Below, please take special note that whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over 1,000 hours of extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices, and 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir.

I teach music based off of passion, inspiration, creativity, imaginations! The proper techniques are then allowed to be taugh
t in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to practice.

2007-2009 MY great-aunt taught me the beginner piano basics.
2009-Present Self-taught.

Vocal Instruction
1995-2009 Self-taught.
2009 Melody Moor gave private instruction.
2009-2013 Private and choral music instruction with Anne Whattoff and Renea Woodring. Emphasis on performance of classical, musical theater, opera and choral music.
2013-Present Self-taught.

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
I was a soprano in a 45-person choir that performs a very diverse array of music.

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.

Non posso disperar, Sergio De Luca
French/ Catalan:
Bonne Nuit, Jules Massenet
Apres un reve, Gabriel Faure
Sensucht Kennt, Franz Schubert
O Kewler Wald, Johannes Brahus
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

I am the singer and pianist in a band where I write half of the music and lyrics to. We perform at various locations between Oceanside and San Diego. We have recordings and new material almost everyday.

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

*** Lesson Details ***

Beginner Piano

Intermediate Piano

Basic Music Theory

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

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

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
- Spanish

- 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

2013 to Present
Private Music Teacher
-Beginner Piano-Intermediate Piano
-Both piano and vocals at the same time

December 2013 to February 2014
Kidville Carlsbad

July 2013 to January 2014
Starbucks at the Carlsbad Outlet Mall

VOLUNTEER Experience
Jun 2011 to Nov 2011
Spiritual Counseling and Astrology

Jun 2010 to Aug 2010
Live Scan Solutions

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


**MUST HAVE: Passion for Music**


Micah K. August 31, 2015
Within minutes of working with Sarah, she will help you find your vocal range, pinpoint the exact area you need to improve in, and walk you through the exercises necessary to improve. This method is highly cost effective in comparison to some instructors who don't get straight to the heart of the matter and simply stick to their standard curriculum.
Sarah W. January 2, 2014

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
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Marianne K.

San Diego, CA

About Marianne

I am a native of Michigan and have attended Michigan State University. I have taught elementary music education with an emphasis on band and vocal music. I specialize in Piano studies with beginning, intermediate and advance students. Vocal studies, beginning intermediate and advanced, specializing in good voice structure. This includes Broadway musicals, pop and jazz. I teach beginning and intermediate Woodwinds. I have done advanced studies in Europe including University of Innsbruck, University of Graz in Austria as well as Moscow Conservatory in Russia. I am affiliated with the Assoc
iated Board of the Royal School of Music in London, England and have students participating in the Practical as well as the Theory Boards.

I believe in a good progressive music education and pride myself on giving my all to share the LOVE, MAGIC AND MIRACLE of MUSIC.


David S. September 6, 2015
Clarinet · In home
Verified Student
The first day went well. He is very enthused!
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Marianne K.

Marianne K.

San Diego, CA 92128
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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