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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Brisbane

Nathan C.

San Francisco, CA
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Donald B.

Livermore, CA
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Christine J.

San Francisco, CA
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Nathan C. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Originally from Washington, I started taking piano lessons in second grade. In high school, my piano teacher suggested that I start teaching piano lessons, and after the first couple lessons with my first student, I found that I loved teaching! Watching a student grow and improve is one of the most rewarding experiences a teacher can have in life.
I am a classically trained pianist with a bachelors degree in music and I'm currently pursuing my masters. I have five years of teaching experience with students ranging from young children to adults. I'm patient and laid back and I believe that learning should be enjoyable. I'm flexible with my teaching style. Each student learns differently and I like to try to teach based on how the student learns best.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are designed to help students reach their goals. I like to find a balance of teaching proper technique and music theory during lessons. In addition to this, students work on a piece or pieces that is more properly suited for a recital or they work on a larger project that is directly related to their personal goals.

*** Specialties ***
I like to find a balance between teaching technique, and teaching musical understanding.

Donald B. Livermore, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Hi. I'm Don. I have been playing the piano for over 40 years, and B-3 organ and synthesizer for over 30 years. My early training was in classical piano, but then I saw the Beatles on Ed Sullivan, and there was no turning back. After a couple of years of teaching myself guitar, I returned to the piano, and later, organ and synthesizer. I ha™ve been playing professionally in rock, R&B, blues, country, light jazz, and lounge bands for over 30 years. I did continue to study classical music in college -- piano, theory, composition, and history -- but by then I was committed to popular music. I've always loved teaching -- even while I was in college, I tutored my fellow students in piano and music theory.

Along with performing, I have done much recording session work, and have worked with songwriters to help them better arrange their songs. I a™m currently working in three classic rock bands, and sub in several other bands. I also play in an eclectic duo with my wife, a singer / guitarist / bass player. I still play guitar, and also recorders.

While I'm equally at home teaching beginning through intermediate classical piano, my background gives me a lot to offer to people playing in bands, or hoping to play in bands. I can teach not only playing technique and music theory, but also band dynamics, chart reading and writing, improvisation, and fundamentals of composition.

My personal style is easygoing, and my approach to teaching music is also easygoing. If it's not fun, as well as rewarding, why do it? The love of music is what draws us in.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching piano:

Piano lessons have to be fun and interesting. The method I use will be based on each student's area of interest -- classical, popular, or a combination -- regardless of age, and taking into account previous studies. Technique and applicable theory and history will be covered from the start. Sight reading and ear training will be incorporated as lessons progress.

For those students interested primarily in popular music, lessons will include fundamentals of chart reading and preparation, ear training, improvisation, technique building, and theory and history appropriate to the styles.

I also welcome those musicians who are already proficient on other instruments, who would like to expand their horizons to keyboard instruments; and songwriters as well, who wish to learn to better accompany themselves.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room - baby grand piano, also digital piano/synthesizer, organ and synthesizer options, limited room for parents to wait at this time

*** Travel Equipment ***
At the student's home, there should be a piano or digital piano / electronic keyboard that has preferably at least a 76-note keyboard, with adequate piano patches, touch sensitivity, a damper / hold pedal, and a bench that can be raised to a suitable height. I can provide music books needed, to be purchased by student or parents, at my cost. Student may want to keep a 3-ring binder and notepad for note-taking and keeping of any other materials that I may add.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty is contemporary music styles - rock, pop, R&B, blues, country, standards. I teach music and chart reading and preparation, ear training, theory and improvisation appropriate to the styles of music. The method will be tailored to these students' needs. I also want to familiarize students with musical group dynamics.

I also teach beginning to intermediate classical piano. Although not adhering to the strict guidelines of the Certificate of Merit program, I use the program syllabus as a resource for choosing teaching materials.

Christine J. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Classical Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

Who Am I?

I am a fabulous teacher. Really! Designated by Take Lessons as a "Student Favorite," fourteen of my students have written about their excellent experience s studying with me in the student feedback section here.

As a member of NATS (National Organization of Teachers of Singing), I hold my teaching skills to a high standard. No matter what kind music you like to sing, I can help you become more comfortable and have lots of fun! Maybe you want to experiment with pop, jazz or rock? Maybe you like current Broadway hits? Come visit me. Lets play with your favorites, and enjoy! My primary focus is classical, which is the foundation for all healthy singing.

Beginning Theory and Composition? I can get you started. Need to shore up your sight reading & sight singing? I can give you the tools you need.

I just directed a comic opera, The Old Maid & the Thief at my university. It's in English, so have no fear. I teach in San Francisco, and am in the process of relocating my Peninsula studio..

I love singing. It fills my life with transcendent joy as nothing else. I thrive on performing. It feeds my soul to offer my gifts to my audience. I know that for a few hours I have transported them from their daily lives to another world just by using my voice and commitment to the text, and that brings me such pleasure. The natural progression from these first two is the call to share my experience as a teacher of voice, and performing techniques, as well as beginning composition and popular songwriting.

What I Have Done & What I Am Doing?

I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not sing and perform. At the core of my being I am singer. Being a singer informs every aspect of my life. If a day goes by without singing I just don't feel right!

I began performing professionally as a teenager in Los Angeles, and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area for college. After receiving my Bachelor of Arts degree from Sonoma State University. I majored in music performance, and excelled in that institution's highly regarded opera workshop program, led Peggy Donovan Jeffry and modeled on the principles of Boris Goldovesky.

I moved to San Francisco to work with my coach and new teacher, and soon began entering and winning major local, national and international competitions and being cast in principal roles in local and regional opera companies, and solo vocal parts in oratorio works.

I was a finalist twice each for the San Francisco Opera Center Auditions and the Merola Opera Program of the San Francisco Opera. I was finalist twice in the Metropolitan Opera Regional Auditions, and won first runner-up. I won a national audition for an apprenticeship in the prestigious Glimmerglass/New York City Opera Young American Artists program. While there I performed Violetta in Verdi's "La Traviata" (directed by the delightful Sir Jonathan Miller), Adina in in Donizetti's "The Elixar of Love",and the Female Fan in William Schumann's "Casey at the Bat." The following summer I was awarded a fellowship at the highly competitive Music Academy of the West where I sang Alice Ford in Verdi's "Falstaff" and studied voice with Marilyn Horne. The next summer I went to Austria to study with Professor Joseph Wallnig, head of the vocal music division of the famed Universitat Mozarteum.

Among my roles are all the great Mozart and bel canto heroines, and repertoire of Puccini, Verdi, Strauss and Stravinsky and Britten.

In addition, I am a lyricist-songwriter, and a member of the America Academy of Composers, Artists and Publishers (ASCAP). I've been a member of the Recording Arts Academy and have sung for films and popular recording artists, and has some voice-over work.

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What Do I Do?
For Singers:
Every voice is different because every body is different. Unlike instrumentalists who pack away their tools at the end of the day, we carry our voices with us. This is an important distinction. How we feel physically and emotionally effects our singing. Our age, our musical experience (or lack of),our educational background, our family and social situations- the great mixture of things which makes us the special people we are. Therefore as a teacher, I teach each student individually, taking into account all these variables.

When a new student comes to see me for the first time, I ask a lot of questions and I listen carefully. Why are you here? What are your goals? Sometimes there is no clear answer to these, and that's okay! Singing is all about process. In fact, it is a lifelong process. Sure, you may have an audition of concert to prepare for, but the fabulous thing about singing is that no matter what our experience, be it beginner or seasoned professional, we are constantly learning and evolving. Isn't that fantastic?

Come join me. We will have fun, and learn together how you can best enjoy and succeed in you singing.

I encourage students to record their lessons, keep a small pocket notebook for taking notes, and create a binder with copies of your music that you bring to lessons. For opera-classical students, I will recommend a specific lyric diction book.

For Theory, Composition and Music History:
I enjoy beginning students. I've had moms bring their weary young piano students to me because they were losing their love of music over the strict demands of the piano studio. I take what a student is learning from piano, and show them how to connect the dotes so they see the BIGGER picture. We have fun, and those kids become more active learners with their piano teachers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Primary studio is in a home in the front of the house with 2 keyboards, mirrors, with windows across the front. It is on the ground floor with seating available.

Secondary studio is in Belmont, CA.

*** Specialties ***
When performing any style of music as a singer, the most important thing one can present is a dedication to the words. The words serve the music. Meaning the words will naturally color one's voice, and the audience will feel an authenticity from the singer.

I also believe that muscle memory plays a great part in developing a healthy technique; this requires patience of both student and teacher, time to create new habits, and trust that one's instinct is most often correct.

Ken W.

Concord, CA
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Benjamin G.

San Francisco, CA
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Leon R.

San Mateo, CA
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Ken W. Concord, CA

Subjects Taught

Audio Engineering, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

At age 12 Ken picked up a guitar and fell in love with the instrument. He began with an obsession with Metallica and related bands that later evolved to a big interest in classical and jazz music as well as an interest in music theory.

From 2008 -2010 completed the music program at Diablo Valley College in June of 2010, which includes extensive coursework in Music theory, Piano and Guitar. Since 2011 Ken has been a Jazz Guitar Performance Major at Cal State East Bay where he will complete and receive a BA in music. There he has studied Classical and jazz Guitar performance with world class musicians.

"Music has many different levels and the beautiful thing is there is a place for everybody. I have spent a lot of time throughout my music career going “back to basics” in order to become a better musician. We are all capable of becoming great musicians and just because someone can play faster than you doesn't necessarily make them better. Music provides everything from healing power to just plain fun for the human spirit so I always encourage students to go at there own pace and work within their abilities."

*** Lesson Details ***
20+ years experience as a musician and teacher Ken has taken self taught route and the lessons route. "I believe 100% that being taught by someone who has sufficient experience really provides the roadway for a solid foundation whether you are planning on being a pro, just for fun and all levels in between. The combination of self-discipline and a good teacher are a must to have as a musician."

Amongst many other approaches of teaching music, I try to instill the 3 most lacking areas most musicians usually have to begin.

1. Sight reading: Unfortunately most common with guitarists! Tablature is a somewhat useful way to start but reading music will open many doors and opportunities for any musician

2. Collaboration: A teacher provides one way of collaboration as well as a band or an ensemble at school or in the community.

3. Improvisation: I provide a music theory background and I have a method plan for chord progressions, and help with learning the entire guitar.

I take step-by-step approaches towards giving a student encouragement and instilling music appreciation. I am very organized so every lesson will be documented and we will work on specific areas of fundamental development. Most of all have fun! That what gets us playing music in the first place!

I look Forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson room, music stands, benches, amps, two pianos, computer area for recording,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument and any necessary cables, amps etc. for them I will provide my own

*** Specialties ***
I mostly specialize in jazz and classical guitar and have taught blues, rock, metal and Latin American guitar. All ages and all levels. I also teach western music theory (classical and jazz) from the baroque period to modern day. I teach beginning piano which consists of the basic fundamentals (i.e. scales, posture hand positions, etudes and beginning repertoire)

Benjamin G. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I have been studying music my entire life. I first sat down at the piano at four years old and have never strayed. After attending a performing arts high school, I studied music composition and theory at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My studies not only enhanced my passion for music, but gave me an understanding of it and the listening experience. My desire to share this love and excitement led me to become a piano teacher. Developing my own teaching practice has required intense organizational skills and independent motivation and enhanced my ability to work with others as I interact with my students, their teachers, and parents. In this position, I have had the pleasure of expanding my students’ musical understanding by introducing them to new and different styles and genres of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Provide interactive and engaging private lessons to students of all ages at my studio and their homes.
Teach piano, music theory, and composition to students of all ages and skill levels.
Develop lesson plans, practice activities, and homework assignments tailor-made for each student maintaining their interest and heightening their skill.
Improvise and sight-read with students to helping them develop a working knowledge of musicality and movement.
Arrange popular songs and simplify advanced compositions to suit my students’ skill levels.
Help students listen to and understand the music they know and love through musical development and ear training.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 2 upright piano's and sound proofing equipment that helps reduce the intensity of the pianos.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in improvisation and ear training. I love teaching in the postmodernist classical genre. I also love teaching popular styles and methods where the student chooses what direction they would like to go. I do not force my students to play music they don't appreciate.

Leon R. San Mateo, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

My name is Leon, and I've been teaching piano jazz pop blues and classical, for over 15 years. I have a talent for communicating music to a wide variety of minds. I enjoy working with children, teens and adults.

Many of my students come from 'off the beaten path.' Everyone learns differently and respond to new information in their own way. I'm flexible, challenging, and I enjoy what I do. I love teaching. I'm not strict and I always work with the students to find how they will best enjoy the process and arrive at their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am flexible, caring and competent. People learn in unique ways and have unique goals.

My style of teaching is validating and noncompetitive. yet, we push to succeed and become the best, most creative pianists we can be.

Jazz is my specialty, and my first choice is working with people who really love jazz. I teach classical music as well as composition, songwriting and music theory.

Are my lessons for you? Lets find out!

For new students:

1. Always bring a dedicated notebook for our course and a pen.
2. Review it each week, once.
3. Practice the minimum of one practice session between lessons.
4. Ask questions! Make sure you don't try to prove to me you get something. A bad question is any question that you don't ask me ten times,
5. Don't miss out on learning something or trying something because you want to impress me. My goal is to help you!

For adults:
It is so easy for adults to give up. No one wants to feel like a beginner. But it can be a great chance to be a kid again and learn something new. It won't be instant. It won't be easy, but my job is to make it fun and move as quickly as we can with integrity.

For parents:
I teach children who want to learn piano. So far I've been lucky, and I can often bring out a love for music - but that's what this is: music. If you'd like it to be rocket science, I can recommend a few wonderful, angry Russian piano teachers who would be a perfect fit. I tend to prefer things to be a little more fun.

Learning an instrument is made every moment when we believe in our ability to overcome ourselves, be present, have fun and learn!


Leon R.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My piano, color coded keys for educational purposes. I have two other pianos, as well as a small software setup for digital audio production.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a traveling keyboard rig if you don't have a piano, but please for the love of the craft, get yourself a piano! you'll never regret it.

*** Specialties ***
Piano - jazz, classical, blues, pop. Composition, Arranging. Improvisation, Songwriting, Musical Theater, Sound Design.

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