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.

 

San Diego guitar teacher Kent B – Guitar & Ukulele Instructor 

Kent has taught a wide variety of guitar styles, from folk music to classical and pop. In addition to private lessons, he has taught workshops at the San Diego Folk Heritage and the San Diego Ukulele festivals, as well as the Museum Charter School, Chula Vista Elementary, and even children as young as Headstart aged. A specialty is fingerstyle Hawaiian music on guitar and ukulele. In addition to performing himself, he has played on stage at multiple theater productions including shows at the Lyceum Theatre and Lamb’s Players, and contributed words or music to more than a dozen different companies and shows. He holds a BA in Music Composition from Whitman College in sunny Walla Walla, Washington.

Carmel Valley Vocal coach Salli M – Piano & Voice Instructor 

From Northern California, Salli ended up as lead singer for a house band in Richmond, California performing Jazz, R&B and pop music. In Oakland, she had the privilege to be a 3-year student of Judy Davis. Judy was a well-known vocal teacher among the famous from Sinatra to Billy Joe Armstrong of Green Day.
In 2006, she graduated with honors in music from San Diego State University. For 8 years she was the lead singer of a smooth jazz band and they performed throughout Encinitas and San Diego County. Currently she is a featured singer for Thousand Eyes band and perform in Coronado. She has taught voice and piano at several music academies in Chula Vista, San Diego and Temecula. Her students have ranged in ages from 4 to 70+. She uses several methods and techniques that she has learned from her education and experience. Tailoring the lessons to fit the needs of the student is important to her. She wants her students to have fun learning. Sharing her joy and knowledge with professional and beginning students keeps her inspired and she truly loves it.

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Nathan B – Piano 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 22 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!

Yaniv F – Piano, Drum, vibraphone & marimba

A native of San Diego, Yaniv participated in various music programs at a young age. After learning to play drums in elementary school, Yaniv went on to learn how to play other percussion instruments, including piano, vibraphone, and marimba. He has participated in and won various performances and in-school competitions. From these successes, he arranged at 16 for his music to be distributed to platforms such as iTunes, Napster, and Rhapsody. Following on these successes, Yaniv began composing music for short documentaries for Kawasaki and the MTV show Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory. Inspired by his past successes, Yaniv remains dedicated to composing and looks forward to sharing his passion for music with his students.

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.

Poway music teacher Megan G – Piano Instructor

Megan has been playing piano since the age of five. Her education includes an associates degree in 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 the 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.

 

 

San Diego Voice lessonsMichiru B – Piano & Voice Instructor 

Michiru started playing piano at the age of six then started singing at the age of 16 and graduated Kunitachi college of music, Japan.
She also finished Japan Opera Foundation opera singer course which she was selected as a solo singer during the training tour in Italy.
She has performed in the opera, concerts and recitals and has been teaching piano and voice over 15 years. Michiru is an established musician who works with kids and adults all ages and all levels. She helps students learn to play and love music  and see the importance of music in their lives. 

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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 techniques and forms as well as getting them the strong foundation in music theory. He participates in 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.

 

 

 

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 tutorAku A – Piano Instructor 

Aku  is a classically trained pianist who began to learn piano at a young age, and continued her studies through to a Bachelor’s Degree in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University. During the course of her study at PLNU, she enrolled in a number of music education elective courses, and began to develop a love for teaching. Aku is also an orchestral percussionist, and has experience with several ensembles in the San Diego area, including the South Coast Percussion Ensemble at San Diego State University, the Civic Youth Orchestra in San Marcos, and most recently, the North County Winds. Aku has a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family therapy, and uses her ability to connect with others to share the joy of music with students of all ages and abilities. Aku has been teaching Piano and Percussion to young students all ages and she use a creative and fun lesson  plan for each individual students based on the student’s age and their goals. 

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 had a passion for performing but for teaching too. 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)

guitar teachers for kidsMichael J – Guitar Instructor 

 Michael has been studying guitar for nearly twenty years. He studied jazz composition at Berklee College of Music.
He began playing at the age of 12 and soon after began attending jazz camps and summer music programs. He began teaching music in 2004 and has continued since.
During this time he has worked with all age groups and learned to address the needs of students on an individual basis. Michael employs elements of the Suzuki method of instruction in his private lessons, particularly with younger and beginner students.
He has taught and performed all across the country and is now based out of San Diego.

 

Poway Piano lessons Sahaw V – Piano Instructor 

She began learning piano at the age of 4 in Orange County with the Yamaha group. Since then she has fallen in love with this beautiful instrument. After moving to San Diego at the age of 8, she was fortunate enough to start taking lessons with Sally , the founder and owner of Sally Piano Music. Sally helped her expand and grow her understanding and appreciation by introducing her to many different styles and genres such as classical, Pop, Persian, etc. 

Sahaw has been teaching piano to people of all ages and her patience and her kid at heart personality helps her connect with even the youngest of kids. She look forward to passing her love for piano to you all.

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.

 

Poway Music lessons Shahrzad P – Violin & Piano  Instructor 

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.

 

 

Rancho Bernardo music teacherKirk B – Piano, Bass & Guitar  Instructor 

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 Instructor 

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.

carmel valley piano lesson Virginia C – Piano & Oboe Instructor 

 Virginia  was born in Taiwan. She is a piano/oboe teacher, active musician as well as orchestra performer. She received Master of Music Performance Degree from Queens College of City University of New York. She performs frequently in New York at venues that includes Alice Tully Hall of Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall of Lincoln Center, Merkin Concert Hall, Bohemian National Hall, Elebash Recital Hall of Graduate Center, Tills Center for performing art, Whitehead Hall and LeFrak Concert Hall, and UN International School. As a winner of Festival Eleazar de Carvalho concerto competition, she has toured throughout US, Canada, Taiwan, Czech and Brazil. In 2010, she was invited as guest soloist in Festival Eleazar de Carvalho in Brazil. In 2011, she has received full scholarship of Domaine Forget Music Festival in Quebec, Canada. In 2012, she joined UN Symphony Orchestra which the group amplifies the United Nations ideals and promote peace, friendship and cooperation between nations through music. In 2013, she was Musician-In-Residence in Banff Centre where is a leader of in the development and promotion of creative work in the performing arts. During residency, she gave a lecture about “Performance in Romantic Period” and recital. In 2015, she was invited as guest artist in the 7th Youth and Art festival and performed in ceremony concert at Carnegie Hall. Currently, she works as soloist with Eastern Chamber Orchestra and will premiere oboe solo for new music concert held by New York Composers Circles in April. Her solo performance has earned great reviews including music critic site, “The Glass” and “SoundWorldSight”. Currently, Virginia was invited by Department of Music Education of National Feng-Hsin High School, where in Taiwan, for Master Class Series. In 2015 fall, she serves as roster performer of New York Composers Circle. In 2017 spring, she has released her first EP “Delicate Flower” and her solo music album featuring Schumann, Marcello and Ravel in all platforms such as Amazon, Spotify and iTunes.
As a music Educator, she has served a piano/woodwind teacher in music schools in NY for many years. She helps her students in developing their musicianship and technical skills. Her passion and experience help students of all ages and levels in understanding art of music. Lessons are specifically designed for each student. Students learn to perform in various styles and finger exercises. She also teaches students music history, music theory, ear training to help them understand the content of graded music. She has accompanied students in lessons, ABRSM exam, recitals, audition. She encourages students of all levels to enjoy the beauty of music and to have fun. She also works closely with advanced students for the finer points of touch and interpretation. In 2015 fall, she serves as faculty of Piano School of NYC and Garden Street School of Performing Arts

Carmel Valley Violin teacherTingting W – Violin Instructor 

Tingting is a recent transplant to San Diego from Dallas, Texas. She has been studying violin for 20 years. She won numerous violin competitions and festivals. She has been working with kids ages 5 and up since 2010. She got a Bachelor’s of Arts in violin performance from China and a master of music degree in violin performance from the University of North Texas (UNT). Tingting had played in many orchestras, including the Dallas Chamber Orchestra, Monroe Symphony Orchestra, UNT concert orchestra and some churches. She has passion for teaching and sharing her love of music with all who are interested in learning music.

 

song writter teacher san diego Stu Sh – Piano & Music Composition Instructor 

Stu  began teaching piano over 25 years ago and since then, has taught songwriting at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, piano, theory & composition for 14 years at Music Training Center, and 13 years with the Lincoln Center-based enrichment program, The Institute For The Arts in Education.  Stu holds a Bachelor of Music in Composition from Temple University.
Stu’s career has taken him on tours and performances all over the U.S., as a solo performer, in bands and with the dynamic comedy show, The Original Dueling Pianos. He has written 4 musicals, two of which earned him high critical reviews including, “People to Watch” in San Diego Magazine. He is currently working on a new musical which will premiere in San Diego January. Stu works with kids ages 4 and up and he can start teaching young kids to improvise and write their own music from the early stage.

music composition lessons Matt D – Piano . Percussion, Jazz &  Music composition Instructor 

A San Diego based musician, Matt was born in Wellesley, MA in 1994 and began his passion for music studying classical mallet percussion and african music on marimba from the age of 5. In middle school he added the drum set and later transitioned to jazz vibraphone and jazz drums in high school. Matt graduated from Oberlin College & Conservatory in 2017 with bachelor’s degrees in jazz vibraphone performance and neuroscience. Early in his Oberlin career, he developed a strong interest for electronic music and began a career in music production. Ultimately, Matt strives to bring a gregarious and enthusiastic energy to all the music he creates, not only with the intention of having fun, but also with intention of enabling people to come to a deeper understanding of themselves.

Victor S – Violin Instructor 

Victor has played violin from 7th grade to his senior year in high school. He has played in his high school orchestra as well as the San Jose Youth Symphony Senior Orchestra. Victor loves teaching others how to play the violin because he enjoys helping others improve. Victor has helped many of the other players in his high school orchestra. Victor’s favorite violin pieces are Schindler’s List, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto, Butterfly Lovers, and Tchaikovsky’s D Major Violin Concerto. Victor specializes in violin fundamentals and can help students build a solid foundation so that they can become excellent violinists. He is currently a UCSD premed student and has his own studio and teaches kids all ages and all levels at his home studio.

Guitar lessons del mar David R – Guitar , Bass , Drum & Ukulele Instructor 

David has been teaching and performing in the San Diego area for the last 8 years with a mutual love for both the arts and teaching. He has worked in various studios, after school centers, and in homes specifically with ages 5-18+. He has studied under Berklee graduate Daniel Dela Cruz of Slightly Stoopid, and jazz guitarist Bob Boss, where he has learned a wide range of music from blues, rock, funk/soul, jazz, and pop to name a few. Learning anything can be challenging, so David teaches in a patient, understanding, and relatable way to ensure that anyone can achieve their musical goals whether academic or simply for fun.