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About Ruben D.

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Vista, CA

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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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Dan H. July 11, 2016
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Great lesson. Really enjoyed it!
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Susana W. January 26, 2016
Verified Student · Classical Guitar · In studio
Great experience, easy to understand, leads you step by step; I'm very happy to have Ruben as an instructor.
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Cat W. July 2, 2015
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
First lesson...soooooo impressed!!! Love it!!!! Cant wait for next one!!!
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Ruben D.

Ruben D.

Vista, CA 92084
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About Charlotte L.

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Fallbrook, CA

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I teach beginning to advanced songwriting. Learn to express yourself!

We will focus on both the lyrics and melody (including phrasing and cadence), as well as basic arrangements.

Please be aware that I may have required reading for this lesson, and I will alert you of what that is when you first sign up.

About Charlotte
Hello and welcome! My name is Charlotte, and I am a multi-instrumentalist with formal training on vocals. I love teaching music and I put a strong emphasis on developing healthy technique alongside strong musicianship skills.

I have been actively performing and writing since the age of 16. I received my training at the University of the Arts and graduated with honors in 2007 with a Bachelors of Music in Jazz Vocal Performance. I have performed and recorded with bands spanning many genres -- jazz, country, rock, pop -- and continue to write and perform as a freelance musician.

In additi
on to teaching from my home studio and student locations, I also teach voice and piano at School of Rock Oceanside.

My areas of expertise are jazz, folk, pop, rock and musical theater singing. I focus on applying proper vocal techniques to contemporary music to help my student achieve their goals! Some specific areas of focus are:

-Breathing
-Resonance
-Expanding range of the students best abilities
-Vocal Phrasing
-Tone
-Musicianship/ear training
-Reading music & sight signing
-Harmony
-Building repertoire
-Performance techniques, including mic technique

Sometimes we will work on a classical piece to help target specific techniques.

I also teach beginning piano and guitar.
We focus on:
-Reading music
-Music theory
-Beginning technique
-Understanding the instrument
-Playing melodies and chords
-Right and left-hand independence

I do commute to Oceanside, so if you are interested in in-home lessons in Oceanside, Carlsbad or Vista, please contact me to see if we can work that out!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, folk, pop, and musical theater. Songwriting (lyric and musical composition), learning to sing while playing an instrument.
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Hannah C. March 17, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In home
Somehow in amazing alignment of the stars this teacher is perfect for my daughter. She sang similar songs I have sung to her and was a match professionally and at a personal level.looking forward to fun classes.
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Kyle February 2, 2017
Verified Student · Guitar · In home
Charlette is the best. She is patient, open to requests and simplifies a lesson to your ability
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Adriana December 6, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Charlotte has been teaching my daughter guitar for few months now and my daughter has been enjoying and learning as she didn't do before with other teachers. I highly recommend Charlotte. She is very patience, kind and sweet, My daughter just loves her!
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Charlotte L.

Fallbrook, CA 92028
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$25 / 30-min

About Pablo S.

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Oceanside, CA
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You will learn to master the composition tools you need for your music creations. From basic songwriting to complex orchestral writing.

About Pablo
In 2005 Pablo started his piano studies and also enrolled the “Faculty of Arts and Musical Sciences” at UCA University towards a Music Composition degree.

The following year Pablo started working as a composer for different purposes and media, mostly for the advertising industry, this happened to be his dawn as a music producer.

A year later in 2010, he released his first production “Piezas Meridionales”, a solo project with compositions for classical guitar.

After composing in many varieties of styles, from classical to contemporary and for many different organics; solo instrume
nt works, full orchestras, and more, in 2011 after 5 years at UCA University, Pablo obtained his degree in Music Composition.

Since out of the music school, Pablo has been continuously teaching, composing, recording and producing projects of his own and other music for different purposes. This led him to the creation of his own music production studio “Nautilus Leaf Music”
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Ethan April 21, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
The kids loved the lesson. Very nice and knowledgable.
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Pablo S.

Oceanside, CA 92056
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$35 / 30-min

About Jessica A.

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Solana Beach, CA
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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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Kristen C September 22, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · Online
Jessica is a great teacher and fun!!!
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Chava M. July 14, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · Online
My daughter's first lesson today went exceptionally well--she had only very good things to say about Jessica.
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Mercer S. March 17, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Mercer loved her first lesson and we look forward to many more....
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Jessica A.

Solana Beach, CA 92075
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$45 / 30-min

About Matt S.

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Oceanside, CA

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A certain degree of music theory is recommended for this subject, but not required based on student preference. I have over 20 years experience and professional training that tailors the instruction to the weaknesses and strengths of each student.

About Matt
Please copy and paste this link to check out my YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQDiOf3WMT9wBlprkMVJd1Q

With most of my music students, we focus on several key areas to ensure success of overall technique and knowledge: WARM-UPs, SCALES, MUSIC THEORY, SIGHT-READING, and PREPARED SONGS. I tailor my approach and style to each student. Although I'm very detail-oriented with lessons and followup, I'm constantly in search of finding FUN ways to make sure the student is enjoying the journey. I also prefer to work on a song that the STUDENT wants to learn. It's music, and it s
hould be fun!

Please review the rest of my profile and send me any questions or concerns you may have. If I don't think I can be the best teacher for you, I will gladly refer you to someone else on Takelessons or elsewhere.

I've been a lifelong musician, and love finding unique and fun ways to motivate my students. I've worked with most styles of music before, and arranged music for many as well, so I'm very comfortable helping students with a variety of disciplines and interests. My professional experience in both the civilian and military music communities has given me an open-minded yet direct approach to WHAT you should learn, and HOW to develop each student's individual skills. I'm able to teach most students to an advanced level.
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Ira L. February 18, 2017
Verified Student · Drum · In home
Matt is a wonderful instructor! My son loves him & has improved so much In just 3 lessons! I highly recommend him!
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David January 12, 2017
Verified Student · Saxophone · In studio
Matt is an intuitive teacher who is able to read the student and meet him at his level. He is clearly highly proficient as a musician himself and has a clear talent in sharing his expertise in a clear and practical way to the student.
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Kelsey December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
My 7-year old daughter Kelsey has been receiving piano and vocal instruction from Matt for several months now. This is her first time taking music lessons, and already she is perfecting her first piano song, as well as a couple of songs she has learned to sing. In her own words, Kelsey describes Matt as a "kind and responsible teacher who always makes sure his students do the right thing, and is a great teacher." We are very thankful to have found Matt, and he is well qualified to teach a music student of any age.
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Matt S.

Oceanside, CA 92058
(15)
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$40 / 30-min

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