S.M. Music Lessons

S.M. Music Lessons

5.0 (7)
2 hires on Lessons.com
1 employee
19 years in business

About this pro

At six years old, Salli already had a passion for music and began with classical piano and voice lessons. She continued her music lessons in college taught by Mary Mackenzie, graduate of Julliard, and American composer and professor, David Ward-Steinman. She graduated with a Psychology degree, and a Music degree with honors. This combination of study has proven to be the key in teaching aspiring musicians to develop their confidence and creativity in music!
She prefers a well-rounded music education for her students that includes performance pieces, music theory and ear-training. She has taught for over 16 years at music academies, various music schools and studios. She teaches in-person and online to all ages, specializing in beginners.
Her students range in age from children to professional musicians performing in local bands.                 


Being a musician, has made my life worth living.  As a teacher, sharing my knowledge continually rewards me with the joy expressed by my students.  I truly love teaching!  And more importantly, my students learn, enjoy the lessons, and are grateful for our time together.  The best gift I can receive as a teacher is witnessing the increased confidence of my students and thier development as singers, pianists and songwriters.


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San Diego, CA 92103
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7 Reviews


  • Sean Pitts

    Salli is exceptional - very technical and nurturing - this leads to confidence and skill for you as the student. I was previously the guitar player for my rock cover band - MDB (My Dad's Band) when collectively the band agreed I would move to the front and take on the lead vocalist duties for which I had no previous training. I began with Salli about 8 months ago - have had a couple of gigs and the response from our friends, family and the crowds has been amazing. I can sing out entire 3 hour set list without fatigue and having that confidence has allowed me to get better at engaging with the crowd and focusing more on my performance aspect. If you need a singing coach who is technical, specialized, and will get the most out of your voice in a healthy way - connect with her without delay - she is exceptional!!

  • Mary Flagstad

    I am so grateful that I started taking singing and Sontag writing lessons with Salli!!! The improvement in my voice since starting our lessons is kind of amazing. I have so much more power, tone and control. My song writing has also really taken off and I’ve gone from wanting to be songwriter to writing a new song every couple weeks. Salli’s teaching style makes you feel encouraged and supported. Unlike some other music teachers I’ve had in the past that have made me feel nervous to perform in front of them, I feel like Salli is able to make me feel confident, while still providing helpful pointers to improve. I also really appreciate the structure she gives you for practicing on your own. You will be armed with warm ups, cool downs and breath exercises that really work if you keep it up!

  • Sally Sciarrino

    My 8 year old daughter has been getting lessons from Salli for a year and a half and she is playing really well. Salli taught her to read music and makes the lessons fun, so that my daughter looks forward to her lesson each week. We originally started with a different teacher and my daughter wanted to quit piano, because she wasn’t enjoying it. I’m so happy that we decided to keep trying with a different teacher and got Salli, because that made all the difference.

  • Daniel Carr

    "What can I say. I was the guy who everybody said " You can't sing!" During the two years of working with Salli, she helped me to prove them all wrong! Now I'm singing with a rock band having big time fun. She is very flexible and easy going, no pressure but expects you to do your home work. She developed a routine specifically designed for me to get me the results I was looking for. You may think singing teachers are all alike. Not true. I have worked with several other instructors over the years but Salli's direction was what I needed to get to the next level." -Daniel Carr, singer and keyboardist for 'Nerve Damage'

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

Started orivate piano and voice lessons as a child and continued my study in college. Sang in bands from northern and southern California.  Attained my degree in music in 2006.  I've taught at music academies, studios, schools and through my own studio.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have taught piano and voice, to children and adults, from 4 and half to over 65 years of age.  Some of my students are working as recording and performance artists in bands throughout the country.