Musical Reflections

Musical Reflections

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17 years in business

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I have been teaching music, both flute and piano for over 35 years. Al flutists became 'Honor Band" players, one one to Peperdine University and naother on to Juillard. Some of students have been with me more than thirteen years. Have reviews and references on file. I hold a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education from Northern Vermont University/Johnson. A three time Dean's List and President's list student. 


Pamela Cotta wrote at 2016-06-15 07:06:32

Can't imagine a better piano teacher (10.00)

"Sherman has been teaching my children piano for about 12 years. They have learned how to play many different genres of music, they can read music, and they perform with confidence. Sherman also teaches music theory and thanks to that knowledge, my son was accepted to SDSU's School of Music. We owe Sherman a world of gratitude for his professionalism, patience, and knowledge. I highly recommend Sherman as a piano teacher. "

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Stephen Schares wrote at 2016-06-14 18:47:30

Sherman (10.00)

"Sherman has been teaching piano to my two children (twins), a boy and a girl, since they were six years old. They are now thirteen. They have become very accomplished pianists during that time. He is an excellent instructor, a very caring person, and of high moral character. He has always been very responsible, punctual, and flexible with scheduling when necessary. He provides the lessons in our home. I have seen many of his students over the years in recitals. His standards are high, and that shows in the performances of his students. I highly recommend him for the position being offered."

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San Diego, CA 92120
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I always have a phone conversation with a new client before meetig them to find out their level and what books i may need to purchase. 

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Bachelor of Arts in Music Education K-12 - Was elementary music teacher for both west Haven and Fair Haven Elementary schools. Have been past artistic director for the Seattle Puget Sound band, Hillcrest Wind nseemble and presently an assistant conductor for the Kearney Mesa Concert Band. I have experience as flutist ranging 50 years and presently perform as a piano soloist for "Presto" a master proforming group playing concerts throughout San Diego County.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

Usually $22.00 for haf lessons comign to my home or $24.00 travelling to student. Advanced lessons involve more time and skills and prices vary based on distance or whether they coe to me.

How did you get started teaching?

I did my student teaching during college at Union 32 High School in Montpelier, Vermont. I received a 4.0 GPA. After graduating I began teaching elementary vocal music at both West Haven and Fair Haven Graded Schools. After moving to California I was a member of the San Deguitto Symphony and principal flutist for the San Diego County Symphony.  I also was a pianist at the La Costa Hotel and Spa. I have continuyally taken on students throughuot the past thirty five years and many have stayed with me for over ten years at the time. 

What types of students have you worked with?

All ages from 6 years of age to people hitting 80 years old. I have worked with austistic children with great success and students of above average flute and piano skills.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every year all my students put on a formal recital with invited guest. I have received feedback from even Genaro Santoro of Memphis whom was my teacher praises my success after weatching video of performance.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

That you must be commited and have a desire to succeed.

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Their expectations and level of expertise.