CYNDI TAN SHANKS
I've been a teacher at Wagner's for group piano classes since 1998. I taught Kindermusik classes at Wagner's for 10 years, I graduated Bachelor of Arts in Piano Performance from Atlantic Union College 1995, I studied the Royal Conservatory piano system in Canada (while growing up) and tested up to grade 8, I taught private piano lessons for ten years, I served as piano accompanist for vocal students in college for four years, I served as middle school and high school choir piano accompanist for two years, I served as church pianist in several different denominations for seven years.
My wish for the students I teach piano to is that they learn the life lesson of good, consistent work ethics through the process of working on piano music. I hope that they will learn that with a little bit of consistent work, discipline, and a positive attitude that they can accomplish goals they put their minds to, and in the meantime, are rewarded with hearing themselves create beautiful sounds on the piano. I also hope that one day they can count on the stability of music symbols throughout life, even though many other things in life are constantly changing (musical symbols have been the same for hundreds of years and will continue to stay the same). I hope that my students will one day experience the outlet of expressing themselves through the music they play on the piano. Ultimately, I wish that each of my students will always have music as a part of their lives, whether it be through piano playing, singing, or playing any other instrument as it will enrich their lives in ways many other activities cannot.
Prior to graduating from the prestigious Musician's Institute in Hollywood, California, Brett, who is a San Diego Native, studied piano and music education at San Diego State University. In addition to having played piano for over 20 years and teaching private and group piano for over a decade, Brett is a highly skilled multi-instrumentalist who has composed music for film and television and also played with numerous local and internationally known bands. Brett's extensive experience teaching children in a group setting as well as his incredible talent as a performer has proven to inspire a love of music and piano in his students.
Grace Morrison earned her Bachelor of Music in voice and piano studies from Point Loma Nazarene University and San Diego State University, as well as completed her California teaching credential as a graduate student at San Diego Christian College. She started piano as a student at Wagner's School of Music at age five, and came back to the school as a teacher in 2007. In addition to teaching at Wagner's, she is the choral director a Heritage Christian High School, and takes her choirs to festivals and competitions across the country. She is currently a boardmember for the California Music Educator's Association (CMEA) and sings professionally in the San Diego Pro Arte Voices, as well as San Diego Lyric Opera. Grace is the former Arts Department Chair at the Rock Academy, and has taught piano and choral music at Valhalla High School.
With nearly 30 years experience, I have been teaching piano since 1987. My business is called Giggling Keys; Piano Lessons with Miss Candy. I teach both privately at my studio in La Mesa, and conduct group lessons at Wagner's School of Music.
My musical education started early and I am part of a large musical family. My grandmother was the church organist in her home church in Chicago Illinois. All my brothers and sisters and I enjoyed singing in the Children's Choirs my mother directed in church over the years. My formal piano lessons began at age nine at Alan's Music Center which is still located in La Mesa! I progressed to lessons with well-known teachers as Naomi Stein and Steve Baker, Former Dean of Fine Arts at Grossmont College.
I have a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Azusa Pacific University and am working on my Master's Degree and teaching credential, also at Azusa Pacific. I have used my musical ability to accompany adult and children's church and community choirs, and played piano worship services, in weddings, and at parties.
Music and Teaching are my two life's avocations. I love teaching children and adults to play the piano and helping them catch the love of music themselves.
Stephen Rinker is a versatile musician, music educator, and worship leader based in San Diego. He received a B.A. in Music from Point Loma Nazarene University in the Spring of 2017.
Stephen has been classically trained in piano and voice, and is an advocate for and passionate about all types of music. He also enjoys playing electric guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers, and percussion in contemporary music settings. When not performing or teaching, he enjoys both collecting and experimenting with a wide range of instruments, including harmonium, bagpipes, accordion, percussion instruments, banjo, synthesizers, and really anything that makes noise.
He is actively engaged in the San Diego music community, and currently serves as the organist for San Diego First Church of the Nazarene and accompanist for Sante Fe Christian Schools.