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Jenny P.

Jenny has always been passionate about music and teaching piano and feels privileged to have taught for over three decades. She believes that because every student is different, each lesson should be different. Her emphasis on the importance of positive reinforcement helps her students excel rapidly. Jenny was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and began to play the piano when she was two. She began serious piano studies with her mother when she was five, and mentoring with Juilliard-trained Olive P. Endres when she was seven. Jenny’s “teaching lineage” can be traced back to Beethoven through Miss Endres! Accepted to Oberlin College Conservatory when she was 16, Jenny majored in Piano Performance with Sedmara Zakarian Rutstein, a former professor of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. She taught Sight-Singing and Ear-Training to fellow conservatory students at Oberlin and was a member of the Oberlin College Choir as a freshman. Jenny was also a MacPhail Performance Scholar in Minneapolis, studying piano with Yakov Gelfand, also originally of the Leningrad (St. Petersburg) Conservatory. Jenny has been teaching piano in San Diego County since 1991 and has been living and teaching in Ramona since January 2007. She also coached vocal students, specializing in ”getting them to sing in tune.” In addition to teaching, Jenny served as Service Keyboardist and Choral Rehearsal Accompanist at St. Mary’s in-the-Valley Episcopal Church in Ramona. Here, she became Choir Director and Music Director until 2017. With a desire to focus on choral singing, Jenny joined the La Jolla Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and the Point Loma Nazarene University Choral Union. She also accompanies the White Sands Retirement Community Sandpiper Singers choir in La Jolla.

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Jenny P.

San Diego County

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

Miguel Z.

"Miguel is a flute and keyboard player based in the Tri City Area around Vista, CA, where they coach at Aviara Oaks Middle School, and are currently pursuing an associates degree in flute performance at Mira Costa College, under the teaching of Dr. Elena Yarritu. They began their musical journey at age 12, picking up flute in the Aviara Oaks Middle School band, they accomplished what they could by practicing hard until high school, when they began to study under their first teacher, and around the same time, began to rediscover their love for piano under a new piano teacher as well. Since then, Miguel has pushed hard to become proficient in their two main instruments, also stopping along the way to tidy up their skills in mallet percussion, drums, and voice, from their past experience in percussion and vocal ensembles. They have had many opportunities to play with and perform in masterclasses for renowned artists such as Steve Kujala, Ian Clarke, Brian Pezzone, Julien Beaudiment, and more. Miguel thoroughly enjoys teaching and coaching people of all ages, helping anyone to discover where their musical interests lie, and helping uncover the hidden talents of their students. They incorporate elements of music theory, concepts from other instrumental disciplines, a healthily diverse selection of music and musical concepts, and their students' personal interests into their flute and piano lessons. Miguel is looking to help in any way they can, and broaden the understanding and appreciation of music for all of their students."

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Miguel Z.

San Diego County

  • Piano.
  • Flute.
  • Music Theory.

Virginia C.

Virginia appeared in concert halls throughout the United States, Canada, Brazil and Taiwan. As a winner of the Eleazar de Carvalho Festival concerto competition, she made her Carnegie Hall debut as a soloist at the International Music Festival. Ms. Chang Chien enjoys a varied career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist and piano educator. She has performed numerous concerts in significant venues, such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the United States Capitol. Among Ms.Chang Chien’s career highlights, she was a guest soloist and presented the “Marcello Oboe Concerto” in Eleazar de Carvalho Festival, Brazil. During her residency in Banff Centre for the Performing Arts, she gave a lecture about “Performance in the Romantic Period” and a recital. After her Carnegie Hall debut, she was commissioned by New York Composer Circle to premiere contemporary works. In 2017, she released an EP featuring contemporary solo work for oboe and my first album “Oboist: Virginia ChangChien” featuring works of Marcello, Schumann and Ravel, published by MEII Enterprise INC, NYC. In 2019, she joined as principal oboe at Bear Valley Music Festival under conductor Michael Morgan, performing concert series with renowned pianist Olgan Kern. In 2021, she founded a chamber ensemble called “Phantasy Trio”, composed of oboe, cello and piano. The debut concert received favorable reviews. As a seasoned oboe player, her appearances include with the United Nations Symphony Orchestra, Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra, and UN woodwind quintet, Bergen Symphony Orchestra, the Ureuk Symphony and New York Composer Circles. Recent solo appearances include a performance of Bach Concerto For Violin and Oboe, Marcello Oboe Concerto with Asian Cultural Symphony Orchestra, Schumann Fantasy Op.73 arranged for oboe and piano, Peri Mauer’s “Journey for solo oboe”, Eugene Marlow’s “Agitation du Coeur” and Moshe Knoll’s "Introduction and Allegro" for oboe, cello and piano. Contemporary works were premiered at New York Composer Circles and Weiwuying National Concert Hall, Taiwan. Her solo performance earned my reviews, including from music critic sites, "The Glass" and “Soundwordsight”. As an oboe and piano educator, she conducted Oboe Master Class in Taiwan. In addition to her private studio , She's been teaching oboe and piano lessons for more than 10 years in the Greater New York area such as faculty of Piano School of NYC, Beekman International School and Léman Manhattan Preparatory School, NYC. In fall of 2022 , she began working with Musikey Company, which is the largest music school in Southern California. Originally from Taiwan, Virginia received a master’s degree under Professor Humbert Lucarelli at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College (City University of New York). She also participated in a master class under Gordon Hunt, Washington Barella, and Sarah Skuster.

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Virginia C.

San Diego County

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

Laura C.

My name is Laura and I’m from Romania. I come from a family of musicians. My father is a conductor, and my mother was a concert pianist. I'm a professional singer & violinist with more than 12 years of teaching experience! I was the founder, manager, lead vocalist and violinist for Duo Strings Cafe, an established Café Concert band in Bucharest. I performed in various Mariachi and pop / rock bands in Romania. I'm also an actress and played various opera and theater roles like the soprano Caterina Cavalieri in the "Amadeus " play. I offer singing & violin classes to students of all ages. I'm a vocal coach versed in various styles (pop, rock, Latino, jazz, etc.) I have been playing the violin since I was 5 years old. I've graduated with a Bachelor of Art in classical canto. It was always my dream to manage and teach in a music school, this is why I opened my own in Bucharest. It had 2 branches and a separate recording studio location. I love my job because of the satisfaction I get from witnessing my students' passion grow as they improve. During my singing classes the students learn how to breathe correctly. I will also teach them about proper posture, rhythm, articulation and train their ears. We will be able to differentiate and properly switch between voice registers, from chest voice, to head, mix, falsetto. I will also show them different voice "effects" like vocal fry, adding distortion, using twang, belting... During violin classes, i will start with some exercises focusing on technique, scales, rhythm and bow control. We'll brush up on our previous lessons, then we'll go through the homework till we finally get to the best part of our lesson: playing a song. The violin aids in keeping a straight posture and improves our hands dexterity. I look forward to seeing you in class!

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Laura C.

San Diego County

  • Voice.
  • Violin.
  • Online Lessons.
  • Music Theory.