SAN DIEGO COUNTY MUSIC INSTRUCTORS

 

sally piano musicSally Kafaei – President 

Sally Kafaei is an accomplished musician and the founder of Sally Piano Music, a large independent music studio in  Southern California.  She teaches piano,music theory, and basic composition to children ages 3 and up and adults at all skill levels, from beginners playing for enjoyment to aspiring professional musicians. Sally graduated from  Eastern Michigan University with a degree in Piano Performance and Education. She has taught over 300 children the past 17 years. Her passion for music encourages her young students to explore their creativity and have fun! Sally Piano Music provides a supportive atmosphere for kids of all ages to learn music with the most creative and highly-qualified instructors all over San Diego, Orange County and Coachella Valley.

 

carmel valley Piano teacherEverett L – Piano & Voice Instructor

In the San Diego area, pianist Everett  has appeared as a soloist and accompanist with the Cooper Music Center at Point Loma Nazarene University, competing and volunteering at the Jane Bastian Sonata Competition at San Diego State University and gigging at various restaurants. He has performed classical piano works, classical and secular choral works and jazz and pop improvisations. As a pianist,  has served as an accompanist with the Point Loma Singers touring Scotland, England, The Pacific Northwest, the greater Southern California area and San Francisco.

A native of Portland Oregon  has a  Bachelors of Arts in Music with an emphasis in piano at Point Loma Nazarene University in the Cooper Music Center studying under Dr. Kenyon, Dr. Labenske, Dr. Phee and occasional instruction from Professor Martin. In the summer of 2011 he attended a piano camp at Washington State University receiving private and ensemble instruction from Dr. Karen and Will Savage. In his earlier years Everett studied under Jeanie Baldwin and Susan DeWitt Smith competing in the MTNA Competition, participating in the OMTA Syllabus Exams and various Romantic and Classical Festivals. Attending many master classes and giving over four solo recitals Everett  has continued to learn and exercise his knowledge in classical and secular repertoire. As well as performing classical repertoire Everett  plays jazz weekly at Salvatores Cucina Italiana, downtown San Diego, and in the past has played for Vigilucci’s in their jazz bar. Using both his skills as a classical and jazz pianist Everett James Lewis continues to gain diverse experience in different musical environments.

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Naomi L – Piano & Violin Instructor

Naomi has been studying piano for 13 years and violin for 9 years under prestigious pianists and violinists. She competed in numerous piano competitions and festivals such as Bach Festival, Theme Festival, National Guild, etc. Naomi was also a violinist in Claremont Young Musicians’ Orchestra, performing at Walt Disney Hall, Hollywood Bowl, famous venues (such as the Mozarteum) in Germany, Austria, and Italy in the CYMO European Performance Tour as well as collaborating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Naomi has completed the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level for piano and violin. She has been a private piano teacher since she was 17 years old and has most experience teaching young children. She is currently a student at University of California San Diego studying music and neuroscience.

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Nathan B – Piano & Voice Instructor 

Nathan began his musical journey at the age of 5 when he began taking piano lessons.  His musicality expanded immensely when he joined the Poway High School Emerald Brigade Marching Band and discovered his love for composing.  Since then Nathan has composed music ranging from single piano pieces to full orchestra scores and continues to write in his free time today.  Currently at San Diego Mesa College he is involved in the vocal ensemble, the Applied Music Program, and volunteer tutoring. He is pursuing his Associates Degree in music  and plans to  pursue his love for music composition, hoping to one day achieve his dream of becoming a film composer.  

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Khoi N – Piano Instructor

Khoi is Vietnamese born and educated in Piano Pedagogy. He specializes in teaching new age and contemporary piano music. His teaching method thoroughly focuses on principles of proper technique and the understanding of harmonization.  Music theory is also part of his weekly lessons. In addition, as a member of Choir at Good Shepherd Catholic Church, he is holding a position of a conductor. As an experienced musician in piano performances and conducting choral music, his main goal is to teach students to play both piano solo and accompaniments. Students receive an excellent foundation for developing basic techniques at the beginning level as well as they eventually master difficult piece of music at the advanced level. 

la jolla piano lessonsDelaram N – Piano Instructor 

“Delaram started playing piano at age of 8, taking classical music lessons from the most acclaimed piano instructors of her hometown.  Being a top student with highest grades in music theory classes along with concrete skills obtained from performative courses, resulted in comprehensive experiences for her. Shortly afterwards, Delaram became passionately interested in music composition and started to write a few pieces for piano. Delaram has been working with young students and been watching her  students falling in love with music and following their dreams (as she always wishes).

 

san diego guitar lessonsBen D – Guitar & Songwriting Instructor

With over 18 years of experience , Ben Specializes in technical high-speed electric guitar.  He has played in bands all his life whole life and he’s constantly working on writing new music. Ben had studied classical and flamenco under Fred Benedetti at San Diego State University, He feels well rounded stylistically in addition to the staple genres of rock/blues/pop. His goal as a musician is to create something that lasts forever, and his goal with students is work individually with each in finding their paths with the instrument!

voice teacherMandy T – Piano & Voice Instructor

Mandy specialize as a vocal and beginning piano teacher, focusing on all ages for voice and young children who are just starting piano. She has been working with music since the age of 4 and have been a member of various choirs and vocal groups. Mandy has participated in too many musical productions to count. While she works towards my B.S. in psychology at UCSD, her passion for singing and music inspired her to work as a vocal teacher. She has an extensive knowledge of vocal technique and harmonization and she is extremely enthusiastic about sharing it with young kids.

san diego guitar lessons  Angel S – Guitar & Piano Instructor

Angel has been working with kids ages 3 and up  since 2006 and has managed to perform from high school recitals to sharing the stage with local and touring acts throughout Southern California including SOMA San Diego (legendary punk venue), The Epicentre (Mira Mesa), and in the Queen Mary ship (Long Beach). Being classically trained, Angel is able to teach techniques that would later help in the long run. His way of teaching is in a step-by-step section-by-section process that would allow the student to learn small portions at a time to not make it look so overwhelming.

carmel valley piano teacher Sherry U – Piano Instructor

Sherry has played the piano since the age of six and mixed percussion at 11, and began tutoring fellow section members before starting private lessons in both instruments.  Sherry is an honors graduate from San Diego State University, with a Bachelor’s of Science in , she spent much of her time in the San Diego State University Wind Symphony, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, and South Coast Percussion Ensemble. During her time with the South Coast Percussion Ensemble, she became the Organization’s President, and participated in a multitude or duets, trios, quartets, and others. Since 2010 when she taught her first percussion lesson, Sherry has fallen in love with watching others find their love for music and strives to make every musical experience an enjoyable one.

carmel valley piano lessonsJohn R – Piano & Voice Instructor 

John has been playing piano for 23 years and teaching piano and voice to children in the San Diego area with positive results in all of his students. In 2007 he traveled with the global education and music program Up With People where he had the opportunity to perform music throughout Asia, Europe, and the United States and for events including the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Tournament of Roses Parade. John has performed in several musical theater productions as both a singer and musician. He has sang in the role of Seymour for the musical Little Shop of Horrors, and used his piano abilities to play for productions of Grease and Bye Bye Birdie. John has successfully created and maintained a youth choir for children and teens at his church, focusing on tonal quality, accurate diction and performing as a group. With a solid understanding of children, he is  able to make a connection with all students that help them to understand the complexities of music. John uses relatable examples and interactive activities that exercise their creative abilities while solidifying their musical foundation. In this way, he is able to analyze the students’ abilities and tailor the lesson based on his/her ability to comprehend and create music. His goal is to explore music with others so they may develop a unique form of expression which resonates in any country while enjoying the serenity that coincides with creating music on a piano.

kids piano teacher Megan G – Piano Instructor

Megan has been playing the piano since the age of five. Her education includes an Associates degree is music studies and a certificate in music theory from Mesa College, where she tutored college students in the areas of piano, music theory, and ear training. She is currently working on a BM in Music Education with her instrument being piano. She has been teaching since the age of 15 and has been a part of several churches as a worship leader. She played guitar and sang as a Children’s ministry leader at Reliance church for several years and was a keyboardist and vocalist at Existence Church for two years as well. Megan has also toured the East Coast as an Alto in the Mesa College Vocal Ensemble. Her passion is to see a love of music grow in her students while teaching them to be well-rounded musicians.

Rancho Santa Fe Piano teacherLina T – Piano & Violin Instructor 

Lina started studying music almost as soon as she could walk. She has been classically trained in piano since the age of 4 from various pedagogues originating from the Moscow Conservatory of Music and has completed Certificate of Merit for the instrument. She took up violin at the age of 10 after years of admiring the instrument from the audience of orchestral concerts, eventually playing in El Camino Youth Symphony, her school’s orchestra, and New Millennium Chamber Orchestra. She has performed and competed with both instruments. She taught violin, viola, and cello to elementary school students throughout her high school career in both group and private settings and has continued to teach for privately the past four years. Her teaching style puts heavy emphasis on music theory and sight reading abilities, in order to help students to become not only great performers, but great entertainers as well. Lina is working towards a B.S. in Probability and Statistics at UCSD.

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Amelia B – Voice Instructor & Online lessons 

As a classically trained vocalist and graduate of Berklee College of Music, Amelia specializes in utilizing contemporary repertoire as a vehicle for teaching solid technique. Depending on the individual goals of the student, lessons can consist of any combination of the following: technique, music theory, sight reading, vocal workouts, diction, interpretation, stage presence, leading a band, etc. Lessons are customized to the individual, with a goal of developing both technical skill and individual style. Areas of expertise include jazz, pop, R&B, country, and musical theater. Amelia can also be seen performing around San Diego with her jazz quartet.

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Melissa M – Piano Instructor 

Mel is a 26-year old pianist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music, major in Piano Performance from the University of the Philippines (Cum Laude) and is currently finishing her Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the Philippine Women’s University. A scholarship recipient throughout her college life, she has participated and won in local competitions in Manila including the University of the Philippines Centennial Piano Concerto Competition in 2008 featuring Saint Saens’ Concerto Op. 22 no. 2 in G minor in which she won 2nd prize and has also performed with Manila Symphony Orchestra for her graduation recital featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto Op. 18 no. 2 in C minor. Included in Preview Magazine’s Creative It-List (2011), Mel has been featured in various local newspapers and magazines and has gained further recognition through her YouTube channel .Mel has worked as a professional keyboardist for theater shows and musicals in Manila including “Jekyll and Hyde”, “The Addams Family” and “Shrek: The Musical” and along with her performing career came her love for teaching piano. She has been teaching numerous students through both traditional and Suzuki methods.

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Joe C – Piano & Composition Instructor

 Joe is a composer who has been studying the piano for 20 years.  A Bachelor of Music from UCSB, for the past few years he has focused on teaching, particularly beginners and young people.  Primarily focused on classical playing, his teaching emphasizes a grounding in musicianship and a patient, flexible approach to learning the instrument. 

Piano teacher San MarcosJoanna S – Piano & Voice Instructor

Joanna has been teaching piano and voice since 1991.  Some of her students have gone to become music majors in performance and education.  She has a passion for her student’s to grow to love and appreciate every aspect of music as a language. In voice her studies as been in emphasis of children’s education Kodaly a Hungarian curriculum based on three different styles of teaching from Italy, England and France. Other studies would include  solfege, voice, piano performance, Alex. technique emphasis performance ,release and. piano studies emphasis theory. She is also certified by the state of California for Activity director. She started playing in church when she was 12 years old and started arranging some simple versions of hymns.  She has been in competitions in her junior high years and performances.  She was very involved in musicals in high school and sang in elite choirs in college.   She has written Christian Contemporary music for churches and written children’s musicals.  She also composes classical contemporary music with stories. and her plans someday to write the stories in books for expressive therapy for children, learning disabilities, dementia to learn to express more creativity and confidence in awareness of music with art and color. She also does music awareness in retirement homes.. In 1996 she wrote Christian contemporary music for a ministry and participated as one of the singers and soloists on cable t.v for a year.  She is a member Ascap and has had music on local Christian radio stations and throughout Europe. She has performed piano and voice in different areas in Riverside, San Diego and Colorado.  

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Richard D – Piano & Voice Instructor 

Richard had started teaching piano in high school before attending the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, where he received the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. .He attended the Moody Bible Institute and received the Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the Sherwood Conservatory of Music in Chicago. Richard had  played the piano in church and in classical concerts, including a number of piano concertos with orchestra.  He had  played concerts at Chicago’s historic Orchestra Hall and at the Cultural Center in Hong Kong, China.  Besides teaching piano, Richard has accompanied soloists and choirs, performed many concerts in churches and in solo recitals, and conducted choirs and ensembles, both vocal and instrumental. Richard wants to instill the love of music and the creativity and discipline of learning an instrument in students, whether it be the piano, voice, or another instrument.  Understanding theory and how music is designed and created is an integral part of the learning process. He  loves teaching proper technique, so that a person can make and enjoy music for a lifetime. Richard teaches children, teens, and adults.  Home-school and seniors are welcome with flexible schedules.

mira mesa piano lessonsJimmy H – Piano Instructor 

UCLA trained piano teacher.   With over 25 years of experience working with young kids and adults, Dr.Jimmy H can help students find love in music and help them become a great piano player.  Dr.Jimmy H focuses on teaching the kids the right technique and form as well as getting them the strong foundation in music theory. He participate the Piano Guild audition annually and enroll all his students to get certified. Jimmy has performed at Piano Recital at Amateur Pianist in San Diego and Local Artists of the International Concert Committee in Dhahran where he studied piano under Harriet Bushman* for two years.

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Cheyenne R – Violin Instructor

Cheyenne has played the violin for 14 years, since she was in the fourth grade. She has played in the Lemon Grove Middle School Orchestra and the Helix High School Orchestra. In the Helix Orchestra, She had  competed in competitions and festivals and  expanded on various skills. Once out of high school, she joined the East County Youth Symphony where she played in various concerts and worked on more challenging classical songs. It was during this time whereshe was given the opportunity to play in the musical Les Misérables at Cuyamaca College. After the musical, Cheyenne  joined the Greater San Diego Orchestra and further developed my techniques with the violin. With this orchestra, she was able to play with various soloists and perform at a Chinese Film Festival. Currently, she is a part of the City Heights Music School playing in the Mariachi. 

Piano lessons Rancho BernardoLadan N – Piano Instructor 

From early years of childhood, her parents could see the amazement on my face whenever she watched someone play the piano. Ladan started taking piano lessons when she was in 4th grade. Ladan had studied her music education with two of the greatest piano instructor in Iran and  During these years, She has performed in many piano recitals in  Baran School of Piano in Tehran. After she moved to the United States, she has been fortunate enough to work with Mrs. Homa Massih and perform at Green Music recital center. All along, she had  taught the piano based on academicals methods and techniques and that is how she aims to teach the piano to her students.  

Piano lessonsJody L – Piano & Violin Instructor 

Educated in Massachusetts where she received a degree in Biology and Music, Jody has studied piano and violin since the age of 5 and 9 respectively. She regularly participated in music clubs during her youth, from which she accumulated countless scholarships, awards, and honors through youth competitions and national theory exams. Jody enjoys performing with music ensembles and orchestras in her spare time, but is especially passionate about the musical education of young children. With nearly two decades of experience under her belt, Jody has found that she enjoys working with beginning musicians and helping them approach music in a fearless way.

Piano tutorAku A – Piano Instructor 

Aku began to learn piano at a young age, and has continually studied the instrument for over a decade. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University, and is an active keyboard player for Skyline Church’s young adult service. Aku is also a percussionist; she has participated in many ensembles including the Point Loma Nazarene University Concert Band, Orchestra, Choral Union, and the San Diego Civic Youth Orchestra in San Marcos. Aku is currently a member of San Diego State University’s South Coast Percussion Ensemble. Aku has a passion for sharing her love of music with all who are interested in learning, and welcomes students of varying ages and experience levels.

 

San Diego voice teacher Amy W – Voice Instructor 

Amy is a recent transplant to San Diego from New York City. She has been teaching private voice lessons for the past five years in Ohio, New York City, and San Diego. She also teaches for CYT San Diego as well as San Diego Junior Theater. Amy holds a BFA in Musical Theater. As a trained vocalist and actress, Amy has extensive knowledge of the voice, specializing in how to utilize the vocal instrument in performance. A typical lesson with Amy is fun! Students learn the anatomy of the voice, efficient breath technique, discovery of points of resonance, proper diction, and more. Amy believes in helping each and every student find their authentic, unique voice, and trains students in a variety of genres (including Jazz, Pop, Musical Theater, Classical, and Country).

Coronado Piano teacher Nicholas J – Piano Instructor 

Nicholas began playing the piano at age 5, and currently is on track for his Bachelor’s of Music in Performance at San Diego State University. Nicholas has attended the Schlern International Music Festival in 2015 and also has participated in a number of local piano competitions. He also takes an avid interest in church music, and is playing for a local church every Sunday. Nicholas has not only has a passion for performing but for teaching. He loves to see his students progress and watch as they become immersed in the Joy of Music, and the joy of being able to play an instrument, which he thinks everyone should experience.

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Rachael F – Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum & Composer Instructor 

Rachael began playing piano at the age of seven, and this foundation quickly led her to learn more and more instruments – first clarinet, saxophone, and vibraphone, then acoustic and electric guitar, then drum kit and violin. In 2010 she was accepted into Berklee College of Music in Boston as a piano major where she furthered her instrumental studies and developed a passion for orchestral composition and film scoring. After graduating in 2012, her work with the Chicago Symphonietta led her to Chicago where she began writing music for advertisements, including brands such as Fisher Price, Allstate, and Nintendo. In addition to ad agency work, she also composed scores for short films, one of which was recently screened at Pasadena International Film Festival and awarded Best Short Comedy at Downtown Film Festival Los Angeles. Her current passion is for drums and she enjoys seeking new styles and challenging grooves. She primarily teaches piano and enjoys working with beginners and introducing new concepts in a simple, straightforward way, and hopes to inspire a love for music in her students.

Chula Vista Music teacher Michael S – Piano, Clarinet & Saxophone 

Piano, Clarinet, and Saxophone, performer and instructor with over 27 years of experience. Hundreds of performances with the 296th Army Band in Japan, and Navy Band Southwest: tours all across Japan and the southwest region of the United States. Performing for dignitaries: diplomats, ambassadors, and high level military officials at numerous venues such as Japan’s Budokon Hall, Sapporo Snow Festival, Hiroshima, Kobe, Kure, Shimoda, American Consulate in Tijuana, Mexico, Las Vegas. Performed for President Barack Obama on the USS Carl Vinson(2011)The 60th Anniversary of the Bataan Death March in the Philippines, to name a few. Winner of numerous competitions. Paul and Lilian Petri Award Competition, Mu Phi Epsilon woodwind division, honorable mention Oregon Symphony’s Corbett Competition. Concerto performances of Claude Debussy’s “Premiere Rhapsodie” with Portland State University’s orchestra and Cavallini’s “Adagio and Tarantella” with Naval Band Southwest at the Escondido Performing Arts Center. Winner of the 2008 University of Arkansas Concerto Competition. Member of the Armed Forces woodwind quintets, show bands, Dixie and marching bands. Performances on all family of clarinets and saxophones. Classically trained pianist of 20 years, accompanies students in recital. Latin pianist for Navy Band Southwest for 2 years. Former member of the Portland Youth Philharmonic under Jacob Avshalomov, and Huw Edwards. Performances with Tito Puente Jr., Miss America 2010 Caressa Cameron, Mike Bogart Tower of Power Trumpet, Manny Cepeda Latin percussionist, Japanese Ground Self Defense Force Bands, Keith Clark conductor, Oliver Mercer Tenor, Brian Jagde Tenor. Graduate of the Armed Forces School of Music with an outgoing score of 3.2 “Outstanding”.

Michael holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from: Purchase College–State University of New York (SUNY), and my Master’s Degree in Public Administration from: National University in La Jolla.

  • Currently on faculty with Sally Music, and the Chula Vista Academy of Music and Dance.
  • Clarinet Studies under: Dr. Nophatchi Cholthitchanta(University of Arkansas), Ayako Oshima (Purchase College/Juilliard), Dr. Thomas Stanford (Portland State University), Harold Vreeland (Pacific University). Master Classes: Dr. Robert Spring (Arizona State University), David Shifrin (Yale University), Charles Neidich (Juilliard)
  • Piano Studies: Jura Margulis (University of Arkansas), Daphne Spottiswoode (Purchase College–SUNY), Sarah Watkins (Purchase College), Cynthia Gerdes (Portland State University).
  • Saxophone Studies: Stan Morris (University of Arkansas)
  • Japanese Koto Studies: Yoko Kawasaki (Camp Zama, Japan)
Vista Music lessons Josh P – Piano, Guitar & Bass 

Josh began his life as a musician at the age of nine when he began playing trumpet in the Madison Middle School band. He soon realized that music was one of his biggest passions and began taking guitar and piano lessons. Since then, Josh has recorded multiple albums with his indie rock project “Lesser Strays,” and played on stage and in the studio with a number of bands. After graduating from Portland State University, Josh moved to Italy to teach English. He returned to Southern California in the summer of 2016 to continue his musical aspirations. You can listen to Josh’s music on Bandcamp and Soundcloud under the names “Josh Petroni” and “Lesser Strays.”

La Jolla Music lessons Sean L – Piano Instructor

Sean has had 12 years of classical musical experience, and has earned numerous awards and accolades being a part of music, such as CM level 10 and ABRSM level 8. He has always been passionate about music and deeply loves playing his piano, and hopes to spread his joy in music while helping others find enjoyment and happiness. Sean works with kids ages 5 and up and he has a very creative lesson plan for his students.

Miramar Music lessonsMargie V – Piano & Guitar Instructor 

Margie’s teaching career began at age 7, when she gave piano lessons to her 14-year-old brother. She began teaching full-time 30 years ago. She’s had experience with all kinds of music learners, of all ages, and she develops lesson plans to spark the unique interests of her students. She enjoys doing customized arrangements, and is flexible about teaching material. Margie plays a number of other instruments in addition to piano: guitar, organ, Russian gusli, and hammer dulcimer. She studied piano, organ, conducting, and pedagogy, on 3 scholarships, at UCSB, SDSU, USD, and Shenandoah Conservatory. Margie is a life member of the national music honor society, TRI-M, having served as chapter president in high school. Currently she is an active member of the National Federation of Music Clubs, a teachers’ organization.

Del Mar music lessons Kelly D – Piano Instructor 

Kelly is a classically trained pianist who is currently working on a BA in Music at San Diego State University while also completing the necessary pre-med requirements for medical school. She started playing the piano at the age of 5 and has been playing consistently for 15 years. She currently studies piano under Dr. Karen Follingstad and has finished majority of her music courses, which include music theory, aural skills, music history, ensembles, and performance study courses. She has participated in the Guild Program and has achieved both a state and district member certificate. She has also won the “Reflection” contest for her compositions while growing up. She is the President and founder of a club at SDSU called Music as Medicine, and she has experience performing at school performances, family events, nursing homes, retirement homes, and the lobby of hospitals. She grew up teaching her sister piano and has previously taught at the local Boys and Girls Club. She strives to keep her lessons fun, focused, and aims for a positive learning environment. She loves to see growth, improvement, and encourages her students to not just play the notes, but to play them musically and passionately. Though the Romantic era is her favorite, she also enjoys teaching Baroque, Classical, Contemporary, and Modern pieces. She integrates music theory in her lessons, and believes that with a good foundation and experience in music, it will influence and help students in the future with their education, creativity, and work ethic.

Poway Music lessons Shahrzad P – Violin & Piano 

Shahrzad has a degree in music from Tehran Music conservatory. She has been playing Violin with many different orchestra including Tehran Academic Orchestra and currently playing with Poway symphony Orchestra. Shahrzad enjoys teaching kids and she connects very well with younger students. Shahrzad has been teaching Violin and Piano to kids ages 5 and up for many years . Her passion is to work with younger kids and teaching them how to learn an instrument in a fun environment and bring the love of music to her students . She is patient and creative and she use a different lesson plan for each individual kid depending on the student’s age and level.

San Diego Piano lessons Lee L – Piano Instructor 

Lee started studying piano from the age of 5 all the way up until his senior year in high school. He picked up the violin, guitar, drums, and various other instruments along the way and has a passion for singing as well. He has participated in various tests, auditions, and competitions in his piano performing career, such as USOMC Solo and Concerto showcase, MTAC, Certificate of Merit (CM), and National Guild, earning multiple 2nd and 3rd place awards, honorable mentions, CM exemption, and the Paderewski Medal for completion of 10 years of National Guild auditions. He has also performed a violin solo and was concert master of the Bay Area CPYO associate orchestra. He also performed with ECYS throughout high school and was part of an all-male high school A Capella group called The Rits his senior year. He is currently in the top A Capella group on campus, the UCSD Tritones, and is actively involved in music. He tutored piano to young students in his junior and senior year of high school and is continuing to help his piano teacher with her current students prepare for recitals, competitions, etc. when he is back in the Bay Area.

Carmel Valley Music teacher Elizabeth S – Piano, Violin &  Voice 

Elizabeth  has recently moved to Carmel Valley with her family from Germany .
Born in Pennsylvania, but raised and educated in Scotland.  Elizabeth completed her Master’s degree in German language and literature at the University of Edinburgh, where she also played in the Edinburgh University Symphony Orchestra and sang in the University Chorus.
After her studies in Edinburgh, she gave in to her first love and was delighted to be accepted on to the Music Education program of Cologne University, Germany, where she studied for 5 years and completed a joint Master’s degree in Music and English. She majored in piano and organ with violin and voice as her minors. A teacher training diploma complemented these studies. She gained her doctorate in Music History in 2001 from the University of Cologne. She has been a Music and English teacher at German grammar schools for many years and has recently been teaching at university level and has also conducted the Sport University Chorus for 8 years. She has been an independent piano and violin teacher for over 25 years and prides herself in still keeping in touch with most of her prodigies!. She adapts instrumental learning programs to the ability and preferences of each child. She is passionate about making music fun and accessible and believes in intrinsic motivation in music. 

San Diego guitar teacher Michelle R – Guitar Instructor 

Michelle began playing the guitar at 8 years old and has now been playing for 13 years. From elementary school to college at UCSD, she has enjoyed shouldering her guitar to campus to play for her friends and teachers: during lunchtime, in front of the class, and at talent shows. She has guided several of her friends into learning how to play guitar when they asked her to teach them. While she was in high school, she played at the Third St. Promenade, Santa Monica during the cold winters, hoping to share her love for music to the multitude of strangers passing by. She has performed at The Loft at UCSD three times in the past two years and plans on performing at more shows.  Michelle specializes in finger-style guitar. She is familiar with most genres i.e classical, rock, pop. Teaching is her most cherished passion. Her lessons are designed to inspire students and encourage them to love and appreciate the guitar as much as she does.

piano vocal teacher san diego Parastu Y – Piano Instructor
Parastu started her musical journey at age 12 by taking piano and voice lessons back in her home country and has been pursuing music ever since. Currently studying at San Diego Mesa College, she has been involved in various musical programs there while also working towards her B.S. Degree. Coming from a musical family herself, she aspires is to work with younger kids who are just beginning to learn how to play the piano and be able to create a lasting sense of enthusiasm about music in them by creating a fun and low-stress atmosphere while also helping them become proficient performers.

Rancho Bernardo music teacherKirk B – Piano, Bass & Guitar 

Kirk’s love of music began at the age of 12, when he picked up the trombone and began playing jazz. Demonstrating talent and dedication, he was playing in advanced jazz groups and orchestras within several years, eventually playing in Utah’s Youth Symphony as 1st Trombone. Kirk transitioned to the Electric Bass in high school and continued on to Hamilton College in Clinton, New York for a Bachelors Degree in Music. There, he split his time between two jazz bands, three rock groups, and his own jazz/funk ensemble. In addition, he was a member of the student orchestra, playing on an Upright Bass. After graduating, he was accepted to Berklee College of Music and immediately involved himself in half a dozen bands, student performance projects, and regular weekly gigs throughout Boston, all while holding on to the Dean’s List academic standing and double majoring in Bass Performance and Film Scoring. After Berklee, Kirk moved to New York City where he began scoring for independent and student films. Most notable works include a composition for NPR’s “This American Life,” where he scored the nationally played trailer showcasing their live HD broadcast.
Now in San Diego, Kirk’s newest chapter in music is teaching piano and bass guitar to children and adults who are beginning their own musical journeys. Kirk’s experience as a jazz bassist and composer offers a unique perspective towards music and music theory. Without losing sight of the importance of fundamentals, Kirk encourages his students to “think off the page.” His philosophy is to inspire learners to think creatively and internalize the music, which can help not only in the understanding of music, but with critical thinking skills as well. Above all else, his naturally patient and positive personality serves to keep lessons light and always fun.

chula vista piano lessons Alma S – Piano Instructor 

Alma was born in Mexico, where she received a degree in Psychology and as a Piano instructor. Since then, she has been teaching piano to beginners and early intermediate young students. She has also worked as a music teacher in a well-recognized school in her hometown, where she taught flute and music theory, as well as directed a choir and composed songs (such as the hymn of the school, Mother’s and Father’s songs, etc.) that are performed every year at the school’s special celebrations. Alma’s passions in life are music and teaching.  In addition to teaching music and piano, Alma has taught English and Spanish to young students. She believes that the learning experience should be fun and enjoyable, therefore she strives to create lesson plans that meet the interests and learning needs of her students. Alma recently got married and moved to San Diego, where she is planning on earning a teaching credential and a degree in Music Education.

Erica T – Piano, Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Drum 

Erica is a musician born and raised in San Diego, CA. Erica’s passion for music began early in life with classical piano lessons and has continued since then! After receiving a Bachelors of Business Administration from Texas Christian University, Erica received her J.D. from California Western School of Law. Erica plays the drums, piano, guitar, bass, ukulele, cajon, etc. Her favorite styles include rock, indie, pop, hip-hop, and funk.
Electronic and high-energy sampled beats also influence her drum techniques and creativity. Erica loves the joy music brings and wants to share this passion by preparing students to read, play, create, and jam with others. Everyone learns differently, so lessons are tailored accordingly; Erica is highly motivated to teach music in a fun and engaging manner. Formal technique will challenge students while preparing them to develop improvisation skills.