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Popular Music Teachers Near Aptos

Hristo V.

San Jose, CA
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Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Sam S.

Morgan Hill, CA
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Hristo V. San Jose, CA

About Hristo

Hristo is an impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads a variety of modern jazz formations, ranging from duets to quintets. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally, appearing at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Quartet’s 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the ...

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Kim L. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding Performer

Hristo is the most inspirational teacher I've every had the pleasure to learn from. He shares his talent in a way that I look forward to every lesson. His patience and positive reinforcement encourages me to keep practicing. He selects the appropriate music for my level and teaches all genres. Thank you for working with me every week. I hope I get to work with him for as long as I can until he becomes too famous to continue teaching us.
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AllenH April 4, 2012
Great Instructor

I've been taking lessons from Hristo for a couple of months now. He is friendly, affable, and extremely patient. I enjoy our lessons, and have learned quite a bit in the short time we have been working together.
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JeanetteY March 7, 2012
wonderful instructor and very accomodating. We are appreciative of his talents!!
Christopher J. San Jose, CA

About Christopher

Chris Johnson has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris Johnson has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts.

Chris Johnson is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris Johnson is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris Johnson looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris Johnson's teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards.

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Sam S. Morgan Hill, CA

About Sam

Morgan Hill native Sam Sotelo has been playing drums for over the past forty years and is well versed in all styles of music. He studied percussion/drumset with Ralph Hardimon, Dan Sabanovich, Gary Hess, Taka Numazawa, Wally Schnalle, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Joey Heredia; African drumming with Kobla Ladzekpo and Joe Caploe; Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin percussion with Luca Brandoli, Changuito and the great Tito Puente. He spent most of his career in the Los Angeles music community doing sidelining work in film and has worked recording sessions with various artists such as the Yellowjackets. Along with this, he has also worked in Post Audio Production for Film/Television and the Web. Currently, he plays out in the South Bay and Santa Cruz areas with Michelle Pollace’s Latin ...

Andy M.

Santa Cruz, CA
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Theresa B.

Santa Cruz, CA
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Soquel, CA
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Andy M. Santa Cruz, CA

About Andy

I am a Northern California native currently located in Santa Cruz. I attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and received my Bachelor's of Music in Performance. I am currently earning my Master's of Music degree in Music Education at San Jose State University. I have been teaching privately on both coasts of the United States for over 10 years, and am proficient on several different instruments. My principal instrument is the electric bass, and I am comfortable teaching any musical style, as I was exposed to and have experience playing in a wide variety of ensembles. Students of all ages and skill levels are welcome, as long as you are genuine in your desire to learn, and practice assigned work diligently. I take my student's success seriously, and strive to ...

Theresa B. Santa Cruz, CA

About Theresa

I grew up in Southern California, earned my BA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from California State University of Fullerton, lived in New York City for 8.5 years where I performed and chased my wild dreams, moved to Long Beach CA where I continued performing while working in Marketing and publishing my children’s book, and now I live in Santa Cruz CA with my handsome husband where I continue to stay true to who I am as I dive into the theatre and art world up here!

As a teacher, I put to good use my years of experience in performing and auditioning, my abundant love for acting and singing, and my whole-hearted desire in connecting with and helping others. I have experience in directing, teaching musical theatre to classrooms of kids and private lessons for ...

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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
In studio
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I worked with Theresa when directing Little Shop of Horrors on our Mainstage last summer. Straddling the line between musical comedy and verisimilitude is never easy and she took it on with confidence and grace. I would absolutely work with her again in a heartbeat.
– Andrew V., Long Beach Playhouse CA
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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Theresa gave voice lessons to my 13 year old daughter she was wonderful. My daughter felt her stamina improve after just a couple of lessons. I would highly recommend her.
– Teresa H., Newport Beach CA
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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
Singing · In home
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My daughter Sarah was frightened to go before an audience. She even refused to rehearse her lines and sing in front of her parents. We worked with singing and acting coaches, but it was Theresa Finamore that really changed my daughter. Once we started working with Theresa, we dropped all the other coaches. Theresa was positive and vivacious. She brought fun to the whole acting and singing experience. She turned my daughter from a shrinking wall flower to the star of her school musical. The experience with Theresa changed my daughters life. She now has confidence and poise whenever she is in front of an audience.
– Mindy E., Newport Beach, CA
Paul W. Soquel, CA

About Paul

Beginning students will start by learning the fundamentals of the guitar including basic picking and strumming patterns, string names, notes and chords in open position. I will emphasize practice techniques that will help to keep them interested and to have fun learning. Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace playing songs and styles of their choice. I will help them to pick songs that match their skill level. I will also emphasize ear training and teach students how to learn songs on their own.
Moving forward, students will learn guitar theory, music theory, sight reading, composition and arranging techniques, improvisation techniques and most importantly, how to play in a band situation and be able to jam successfully with others.

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