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Ishmael M.

Spring Valley, CA

$35/hour

Vocal and Music Theory Tutor

In-person lessons
Background check passed as of 8/26/13
5.0 average from 6 ratings
Not only is he super nice, but he is a great teacher.
— Jennifer, San Diego, CA on 4/30/16

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Cuyamaca Community College
AA, Music Industry Studies

Education

Cuyamaca Community College (AA, Music Industry Studies)

About Ishmael

Hello, My name is Ishmael. I currently have an AA-Music Industry Studies, this degree is earned upon the learning of all general aspects within the music industry including: music theory and tonal dictation, and performance. I've majored in vocals and have a long musical background. I have classical experience including some foreign languages and some popular and stage music. I also have an AA-Social and Behavioral Sciences.

I have played drums since I was 8 years old, I can play the harmonica, I have learned theory through the voice and piano, and I play some guitar and piano. I have experience in the recording room, on stage set up, and with a mixing/sound board. I have experience with composing and writing lyrics of about 7 years.

I am currently a working actor and have been training as an actor since April 2014. I will be teaching a Songwriting class at Tower Talent Studio West beginning late February.

Preferably, one-on-one lessons are the easiest to aim towards specific aspects of each individual student. I am open to groups of no more than 10 students per lesson.
Hello, My name is Ishmael. I currently have an AA-Music Industry Studies, this degree is earned upon the learning of all general aspects within the music industry including: music theory and tonal dictation, and Read more

Policies
Cancellation
24 hours notice required

Individual FIRST HOUR FIRST LESSON - $20! 1 Hour Lesson - $35 2 Hour Lesson - $60 Group FIRST HOUR FIRST LESSON - $15 each 1 Hour Lesson - $30 each 2 Hour Lesson - $50 each

Travel Radius
Travels within 15 miles of Spring Valley, CA 91977
Background Check: Passed
In-person lessons

"Not only is he super nice, but he is a great teacher."

- Jennifer, San Diego, CA on 4/30/16

"good teacher and patient."

- Jared, El Cajon, CA on 4/23/16
Math:
Algebra 2, Discrete Math, Logic, Prealgebra
Music:
Composition (Music),
General Music, Music Production, Music Theory,
Sight Singing, Songwriting,
Voice (Music)
Art:
Composition (Music),
Drawing
Sports/Recreation:
Football,
Yoga

Approved subjects are in bold.

Approved subjects

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Composition (Music)

In today's world, composing and writing lyrics go hand-in-hand. First you must understand what a song is, what poetry is, and what music is. Then, you must find the inspiration and create a story using both emotion and structure. Once the flow of the story is moving, the musical theory training comes into play. Making a connection with the listener is the goal of composition, be it a short 5 second commercial tune or a progressive operatic ballad.

Football

I played for five years. I played offensive line (including center) my first two years. I played middle and outside linebacker the next two years. The last year I played defensive tackle. I have studied films and have read playbooks. I know many training exercises (including weights and calisthenics) and techniques to better understand mentally and physically how to play. Teamwork ability and good character on and off the field are the main components to a winning team.

Music Theory

I believe music is a universal language with its own vocabulary and it can be learned by everyone and anyone. To learn Music Theory, you always have to first understand that music has a vast amount of potential to be transformed into an emotional journey. In this understanding, there are roles in which certain notes in a key signature play. I can teach how to employ a variety of techniques to clarify underlying voice leading, harmonic structure, and formal procedures.

Songwriting

In today's world, composing and wrting lyrics go hand-in-hand. First you must understand what a song is, what poetry is, and what music is. Then, you must find the inspiration and create a story using both emotion and structure. Once the flow of the story is moving, the musical theory training comes into play. Making a connection with the listener is the goal of composition, be it a short 5 second commercial tune or a progressive operatic ballad.

Voice (Music)

I have professionally been singing for 7 years. My methods incorporate; the use of diaphragmatic breathing and voice connection- building a foundation for true vocality, learning the melodic lines of a song and breaking down each chord for optimal harmony, and reading and writing notation on a staff. I know many exercises that can teach a singer how to use other resonators to strengthen and smooth out the cracks in the voice.
For children; I have incorporated the exercises to relate to familiar sounds (animals, sirens, etc.) to help them remember what to listen for.

Cuyamaca Community College
AA, Music Industry Studies

Education

Cuyamaca Community College (AA, Music Industry Studies)

Not only is he super nice, but he is a great teacher. — Not only is he super nice, but he is a great teacher. In only three lessons I have gotten so much better. He taught me singing warm ups and breathing warmups. ...

— Jennifer, San Diego, CA on 4/30/16

Hourly rate

Standard Hourly Rate: $35.00

Cancellation: 24 hours notice required

Individual FIRST HOUR FIRST LESSON - $20! 1 Hour Lesson - $35 2 Hour Lesson - $60 Group FIRST HOUR FIRST LESSON - $15 each 1 Hour Lesson - $30 each 2 Hour Lesson - $50 each

Travel policy

Ishmael will travel within 15 miles of Spring Valley, CA 91977.