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Joanna S.

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 students to grow to love and appreciate every aspect of music as a language. In voice, her emphasis has been children’s education using 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 a piano studies emphasis in theory. She is also certified by the state of California as an 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. Her plans are to someday write the stories in books for expressive therapy for children, learning disabilities, and dementia to help them to learn to express more creativity and gain confidence and an 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 TV for a year. She is a member A.S.C.A.P. 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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Joanna S.

San Diego County

  • Voice.
  • Piano.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.

John R

San Diego County

  • Voice.
  • Piano.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.

Kirk B

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 bachelor’s 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.

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Kirk B

San Diego County

  • Piano.
  • Guitar.
  • Bass guitar.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.