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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Brisbane

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Nathan C.

San Francisco, CA
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Luke D.

Oakland, CA
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Mark B. Castro Valley, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Guitar, Harmonica, Music Theory, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed in many styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Alternative, Country, R&B, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers classified as a Student Favorite
have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students. Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 4 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums.

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.

Luke D. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Algebra, American Goverment, American History, American Literature, AP English, Arithmetic, Arrangement and Composition, Asian Cooking, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Banjo, Basic Math, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Chess, Classical Guitar, Composition, Cooking, Country Guitar, Creative Writing, Drum, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Film Scoring, Film Studies, Geography, Guitar, History, Language, Literature, Logic Pro Software, Math, Mixology, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Poetry, Science, Screenwriting, Social Studies, Songwriting, Spanish, Spelling, Stand Up Comedy, Study Skills, Test Prep, Upright Bass, Vocabulary, Writing

About Me

I have been a professional performing musician and teacher for going on a decade. I've studied jazz guitar and film scoring at Berklee as well as bass and composition at Lewis and Clark. I've toured across the country several times over, playing everything from jazz to funk, metal to pop. More importantly, I've been teaching privately since high school when I'd bike to students houses around my neighborhood. Since then I've taught at the local branches of School of Rock in Portland, OR, Boston, and New York, teaching privately, coaching ensembles, directing student concerts, and teaching theory workshops. I also have been working to integrate cutting edge digital technology into my teaching practices should students wish to explore contemporary processes. Music has long been my life's love, and my highest hopes lie in in sharing its rewards.

I also have spent terms on and off teaching middle and high school English, History, and Spanish and have moonlighted in kitchens and bars. I freelance as a writer of both fiction and journalism.

No matter what you are interested in, my lessons are wholly student driven. I work with you to determine your goals and how to best achieve them through fun and accessible exercises.

*** Lesson Details ***
My primary interest with any student regardless of age or instrument is to cultivate a higher appreciation and understanding of music, both as a listener and a participant. As the hopes of any student is the mastery of songs, my teaching style is largely founded in learning songs, no matter the difficulty level. While I have a myriad of exercises and drills to build technical prowess, I work with each student to build a curriculum as unique as they are, they're own musical tastes the seeds from which we will grow our goals. Not too far removed in years from my own beginning days, I know it's no fun to try and play what you wouldn't listen to in the first place. As basic technique is developed I introduce students to a wider range of influences that best suits their interests and aims. All I ask from my students is that they enjoy their practice, however strenuous or laid back it may be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio Desk with amplifiers (no drum kit)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own instruments and amplification. I can loan students both for a lesson, but not for take-home practice.

*** Specialties ***
Funk, Jazz, Metal, Blues, Rock

Christine J.

San Francisco, CA
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Ken W.

Concord, CA
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Rachel A.

Oakland, CA
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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

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)

Rachel A. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audition Prep, Christian Gospel, Country Singing, Guitar, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training

About Me

I love teaching! I love that everybody has different learning styles, experiences, and goals. I've taught singing, vocal technique, and music performance in a wide range of contexts both in the US and the UK for 10 years. I studied the fantastic Estill Voice Training System in both places, which has led to my work in vocal recovery.

From being an instructor for several years at Queen's University in Belfast, UK to working with individuals and community groups, I've built an understanding of how to help you the learner meet your goals in rock, pop, jazz, and even in recovering your voice after a voice injury or illness. In addition, I'm a well-seasoned musician so can provide industry experience as well as guitar, songwriting, and performance coaching for auditions, gigging or recording.

So whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional, we can get your voice to where you want it to be!

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