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 tenor 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.
On and off the stage, Christen leads by example. She sees herself as a student of life; she is always learning. In the past three years, she not only earned her Masters in Opera Performance (with Honors) from the University of Kansas, she learned that she genuinely loves teaching. Christen has been working tirelessly to expand what she has to offer students and while she has been teaching singing (any style) for over 5 years, she now also offers beginning piano lessons and coaches acting for singers and cosplayers.
Christen has also learned to embrace the diversity of the music she loves. While focused on opera for the past 10 years, she has an incredible passion for musical theater, movie scores, video games scores and soundtracks in general (like the music for Avatar the Last Airbender and anime shows like Full Metal Alchemist). In her newest adventure, Christen is auditioning not only for local operas and musicals, but for session work so that she can be a part of the video game and movie music that she loves so much.
Jillian LaDow is a musician at heart and an educator by choice. She is a vocal coach, piano teacher and elementary music educator dedicated to the art of teaching positive life-changing experiences through music. New to San Diego, Jillian hails from the great state of Indiana where she received her BM from Ball State University - School of Music in vocal/general music education. As a lyrical soprano, she studied voice under soprano Yoko-Shimazaki-Kilburn and piano under Dr. Lori Rohden. Jillian was the recipient of the Sigma Alpha Iota Choral Scholarship as well as the Outstanding Future Music Educator Scholarship. Jillian works with singers and pianists of all genres and experience levels. Her teaching philosophy is rooted in developing correct singing and playing techniques, applying successful healthy vocal strategies and helping students grow creatively in their own voice or instrument. Jillian specializes not only in classical singing but contemporary musical theater. She specializes in applying Bel Canto derived techniques to modern contemporary singing in order to develop a beautiful, vibrant, powerful, and balanced tone. She has been teaching private voice and piano for the past 5 years and her students have been awarded superior and gold ratings at state and regional solo and ensemble competitions throughout the state of Indiana. Jillian is a devoted teacher and works patiently and effectively to bring out each student's full musical potentional.
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 short films and ad agencies. In 2016, the sunny weather drew her to San Diego where she currently teaches music to beginners through advanced students and hopes to inspire students to not only have a broad understanding of music but also to create and share their own works.