San Diego Area Piano Teachers
Ms. Karina Burch began playing piano at the age six at the Tchaikovsky Music School for Gifted Children in Moscow with professor Elza Apressova, a student of the legendary Heinrich Neuhaus, who was one of the founders of Russian School of Piano Perfomance and teacher of Sviatoslav Richter and Emil Gilels.
Ms. Burch graduated from Moscow Conservatory with honors and she continued her post-graduate music education for several more years.
After immigration to the United States, Ms.Burch started to work as a pianist at the San Diego Academy of Ballet and Theater. In 2002, she founded Burch Music Academy, teaching students in the best traditions of Russian School of Piano Perfomance. Her students always participate on many piano competition, festivals. Ms Burch is a member of California Music Teachers Association and a member of National Music Teachers Association.
Diva Paramita started piano lessons at the age of 3 and was enrolled at Lembaga Musik Murni (Indonesia) at the age of 5. Upon her arrival in the US, she attended the preparatory division program at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City at age 15 with full scholarship and later on admitted for the prestigious 5-year Double Degree Program in Biology and Piano Performance at Oberlin College & Oberlin Conservatory of Music. Throughout the years of her musical training, she was exposed to music theory, music history, piano pedagogy, and chamber music.
Diva has been teaching piano periodically over the past few years. She teaches mainly beginners and intermediates, focusing on providing them a good fundamental while allowing students to explore their own styles. Diva works full time in the lab. During her free time, she enjoys to knit, bake, and yoga.
My name is Stephanie Jones and I give private piano lessons throughout San Diego County. I was born and raised in Oceanside and moved to the San Francisco Bay to go to college at UC Berkeley. I fell in love with the Bay but was brought back down to San Diego to be near my family and to chase career opportunities. I am currently receiving my Master of Social Work at SDSU and plan to work in child welfare.
Through these moves, I have always maintained my passion for both practicing and teaching piano. I gave lessons all throughout college and when returning to San Diego. I have worked with beginners and intermediate levels ranging from child to adult age, as well as having experience teaching kids with disorders such as Autism and ADHD. I truly enjoy educating students about music theory and being able to use the instrument for an emotional and creative outlet!
I have been working on my own craft for almost 20 years! I was classically trained and have been exposed to many of the great composers. However, my favorites to play include Elton John, Paul McCartney, Adele, and movie music. I would love to help you explore your curiosities with the instrument or help you expand your potential.
Gabriel Nelson is a composer, singer, pianist, and guitarist versed in a range of styles. He studied voice under the tutelage of the great opera basso, Louis Lebherz. He also studied with soprano Karen Bryan and has workshopped with senor Dr. John Russell. Most recently, as a recipient of the Escondido Choral Arts Foundation Scholarship, Gabe has ascertained Master lessons with baritone and director of the group, Dr Joe Stanford. He has been exposed to the Russian School of voice, as well as the Italian and Vennard methodologies. A regular soloist, Gabe sings at local Churches and served as a Cantor for a time. Also, he sings Jazz, Salsa, Bossa Nova, Rock, Funk, and the Blues.
On the piano, Gabriel began learning at age 2 with his father, who holds a Master's at UT Austin in Composition and is an accomplished pianist. Gabriel studied with Rod Contreras, who taught a wide range of styles himself, always aware of Gabe's passion for composing and want to understand the underpinnings of how music works. Afterwards, Nelson studied with John Danke, who accompanied him for the Susan B Hawke Scholarship Foundation Vocal Competition. Gabe also studied with Maestro Fargo Rasul, a remarkable player of everything from Bach and Rachmaninov to Merengue and Salsa.
As for guitar, Gabriel has taken classes with Randy Pile, a Master Classical guitarist. He also studied Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Flamenco, in addition to developing his own fusion styles in his own songs.
Gabriel tailors each lesson to the goals and learning styles of each individual student, and takes the best modalities that he has acquired from the teachers he has had.
Nicholas Omary has been studying and playing electric and classical guitar for over 10 years. His early influences include jazz musicians such as Charlie Christian, Wes Montgomery, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, Pat Martino, and Django Reinhardt. Omary's musical range is impressive. He has been consistently learning and playing jazz, rock, metal, and funk for his entire musical career and has also been playing classical music for over 5 years.
Omary graduated with a Bachelors of Music under the instruction of John Schneiderman, a world-renowned guitar and lute player at the University of California, Irvine. He has also studied with prominent jazz musicians and instructors Darek Oles, Kei Akagi and Bobby Rodriguez.
Koosha is a San Diego based drummer/composer/pianist who's been gigging and teaching in the San Diego and Orange County area for the past five years. Starting as early as six years old on the piano and picking up playing the drums in middle school. He recently graduated from UC Irvine with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Drums Performance.
Koosha studied under professional musicians such as Jason Harnell (Maynard Ferguson), Kei Akagi ( Miles Davis) and Darek Oles (Brad Mehldau) to name a few.
He is very versatile in playing a lot of different styles such as Jazz, Rock, Latin, Country, Funk etc. and has a clear vision on how to help students become great musicians.