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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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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
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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
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$30 / 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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Micah K. August 31, 2015
Singing
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.
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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.

Oceanside, CA 92056
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Spencer S.

Oceanside, CA

Songwriting is a skill many wish to pursue, but do not know where to start. Students will learn how to write for a variety of band instruments, how to blend these instruments, arrange pop and rock tunes, and more.

About Spencer

Hello! My name is Spencer, I am 23 years old, and I've been playing piano and composing music for over 16 years. I am currently attending MiraCosta College for Music Performance, in order to transfer to earn my degree in Music Composition. I've played a wide range of styles, from baroque to jazz, and everything in between. I've played a multitude of performances, as well, from supporting church bands, to solo concerts. I currently accompany MiraCosta's Frequency Vocal Jazz ensemble, as well as serve as the Director of Music for the SLR Valley United Methodist Church.

My main focus is to mak
e music as absolutely fun as possible, allowing the student freedom to study what they're most interested in. I seek to give aspiring musicians the skills they need, at any level, to continue to progress on their journey as a musician! I personally learned how to play on my own - no teachers, except for myself - before I finally began taking lessons. One of my greatest fears was losing the passion I had for music due to a bad teacher. Because of this, I seek to make music lessons enjoyable for the student, so that their passion for music can only grow!

I incorporate music theory, as well as ear training, into my piano lessons. This ensures the highest level of musicianship for the student, and helps train a well-rounded musician. I believe in students maximizing their potential, and having fun doing it! I allow the student freedom to follow their curiosities, select their repertoire, and choose what they wish to work on during the course of a lesson. For this reason, I highly recommend the hour-long lesson as opposed to 30 minutes, to ensure the highest effectiveness of lessons.
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Arman T. May 26, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
I have had the privilege of taking lessons with Spencer and I would not recommend anyone else. I'm always eager to recommend him to anyone seeking lessons. He a kind, patient and great at explaining content in the most elegant way. I always go to Spencer when I need help learning new music or on technique. He is #1 and now what are you waiting for?! Start your piano journey with Spencer and you'll learn more than pay'd for!
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Jason B. April 24, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
As a dedicated Musician I am always looking for ways to improve my playing. Spencer has been one of my greatest assets whenever I have needed some instruction. He is friendly, dedicated, and explains things in an easy to understand way. He also is a monster on the piano using exquisite technique, and outstanding artistry. He is my go to whenever I need some instruction in classical music, or if I want a second ear on something I'm working on.
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Spencer S.

Spencer S.

Oceanside, CA 92054
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA

Jessica has written 20+ songs and has performed these at numerous events. "I love the creative process of songwriting." Sometimes it starts with a melody, a written line or a chord. However you start your writing, there are a few basic things you can apply to help you be on your way in song writing!

About Jessica

"I love music! Music has the power to move the soul when simple words fail. Learning music is just as powerful." ~Jessica
Jess has a mission for instilling confidence and excellence in performers through music. Whether you wish to play for excellence or simply the enjoyment of it, music should bless your life.
She offers voice and piano lessons through Speech-level Singing and Reading Keyboard Music. These methods are non traditional and produce top level creative performers.
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Alice July 14, 2015
Vocal Training · Online
Jessica is my favorite vocal trainer. Such a great individual approach to each student. I took lessons from her for a year and after this year I got so much better at singing and what is most important - I learned to have more control over my voice and I don't lose my voice any more!
She's also a great person. Very patient, encouraging, and she always gives cool tips for specific situations - whether it's a performance or vocal recording or just practicing. I highly recommend Jessica as a very experienced and highly qualified vocal coach.
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Crissi A. June 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Jessica is a fun and yet thorough! Love her!
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Gabriella B. May 8, 2015
Piano · In home
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My children love working with Jessica! She inspires them to play and practice.
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
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starting at
$45 / 30-min

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