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Popular Music Teachers Near Castro Valley

Roger K.

Emeryville, CA
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA
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Roger K. Emeryville, CA

About Roger

Drawing on solid jazz theory and technique, Roger is comfortable in a variety of performing and teaching situations. He currently plays all around the bay area in a variety of settings ranging from backing 50's swing and latin dance bands, accompanying singer-songwriters, to leading progressive and chamber jazz projects. Over the last six years, he has taught children and adults of all agents, both in private practice and in classroom settings, while remaining sensitive to the needs and potential of each individual student.

Roger studied jazz performance and composition under Myra Melford and Bryan Pardo at UC Berkeley where he received a Bachelors degree.

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Sandra N. June 25, 2013
Guitar
Great attitude, patient and professional

Roger is a patient teacher who helped me get some of the fundamentals of guitar down. He is very professional and worked with me to reach my goals. He also has a positive attitude and would be great for students at any level.
Mark B. Castro Valley, CA

About Mark

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 ...

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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.
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Mike E. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Very good teacher

Helps you out when in need doesn't get frustrated . Will take the time to teach you how to play rather than to assign you something and except for you to understand. Very good teacher
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Christian H. April 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Mark is an outstanding teacher - Highly Recommended

I contacted take lessons in hopes to better my soloing abilities and improve upon my theory. Mark Banning is the real deal. The man can play like no other and is undeniably knowledgeable in the realm of guitar. I have been playing since elementary and was once taught by Mark. It's great to have stumbled upon his profile on the take lessons site to be reunited with such an awesome teacher.

Teaching Skill:
-Extremely knowledgeable in countless styles of guitar
-A varied and highly organized curriculum that keeps things interesting
-I have applied everything that Mark has shown me thus far.

Professionalism:
-Apart from his goofy delivery of information it is clear that Mark has a professional side to him as well. Don't get me wrong. The guy is hilarious.
-Mark tracks every player's status in a binder so he knows exactly where they left off. I can feel and see my progression after every lesson.
-Mark will motivate you. He is not there to simply collect funds. The man genuinely cares about your playing ability.

Communication
-The information is always clear
-Allows time for questions each lesson
-Responds accurately

Reliability:
-I have only needed to reschedule once with Mark because he had a gig down south.

Teaching environment:
-In-house studio with a number of amps/guitars to choose from

Get lessons from Mark Banning. You WONT regret it.
Rhonda S. Hayward, CA

About Rhonda

I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately recieved a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

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Tony D. April 6, 2014
Piano
Excellent at expaining lesson material, very detailed and patient.

I have been playing music for years as a guitar player and I am now learning piano. Rhonda has brought me to the next level of music theory. She is an excellent teacher and takes the time to make sure I understand the concepts as I proceed. Very patient. She is a great listener and communicator.
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Mike Z. April 3, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
My daughters and I are learning a lot from Rhonda

Rhonda is an excellent teacher. She has been able to teach 3 people in our home (me and my 2 daughters) on guitar and piano. She listens closely to what each of us is trying to accomplish and helps provide materials appropriate for all of us. It has been a pleasure working with Rhonda.
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Julie C. March 7, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher.

Rhonda has patience and caring when teacher my daughter. She is an excellent teacher.

Anna C.

Emeryville, CA
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Skye A.

Berkeley, CA
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Molly R.

Hayward, CA
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Anna C. Emeryville, CA

About Anna

Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic designer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording ...

Skye A. Berkeley, CA

About Skye

I am a classically trained soprano with a special passion for folk songs. I also love to work with my vocal students on musical theater and pop styles.

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My lessons start with gentle physical stretches and breathing exercises. I will lead you through a series of vocal warm-ups, starting with very simple lip trills and progressing to longer scales and arpeggios. If you choose, then we will work on ear training and sight-singing to help you understand your printed music. After that, we work on songs we choose together, based on what music you are passionate about singing and what repertoire level seems right for you. Through your songs, we will work on diction, phrasing, breath support, tension, and the joy of interpreting a song in your own way. I provide ...

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Joseph C. October 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Skye is an excellent teacher, with a lovely voice, wide repertory, and patience to guide even a complete beginner! Our lessons have covered everything from the basics through sight reading, technique, and phrasing. Skye creates a no-stress environment that's enjoyable and very conducive to learning. I recommend her enthusiastically to anyone who's serious about singing!
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Janis S. October 21, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I am just about to finish my first set of lessons with Skye (and just signed up for another set). I am thrilled to be working with Skye! Skye is helping me learn some choir pieces. We get alot done in our 30 minutes together, plus she sends me a recording of our session via an email link, which enables me to practice throughout the week. Singing with Skye has really improved my confidence and is helping me expand my range and sight reading abilities. Thank you, Skye! Janis Sowder
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Iris S. April 25, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Singing lessons with Skye

It's been awhile since I've had singing lessons. Skye was able to pick up from where I left off. She is patient and knowledgable about the technical aspects of voice, warming up, sight reading and walking through new songs in Italian, French and Spanish.

She's also got a beautiful voice of her own. I highly recommend working with Skye.
Molly R. Hayward, CA

About Molly

I have been teaching for 12 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their sixties! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. These are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and Online!

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best, and I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools, no matter what it is you like to sing. I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing? I'll help you with that,too! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, ...

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Bella H. October 26, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
I have Molly R. to thank for getting me out of my fear of singing. At first, I was so nervous that I couldn't even sing along to the radio with my friends! I met her through a class with Boldly Me, and then ended up taking lessons with her to prepare for my first big audition with StarStruck (I know right? I love performing but I get shy about singing). Though I didn't get in, she had given me that boost of confidence and the arsenal of skills/tricks that I needed to keep trying. I worked with her again to audition for Stage1's "Seussical"- and got in as the "lead Wickersham"!!
Molly has helped me with so much; she teaches you beyond what you could expect of yourself and guides you to your fullest potential.. all while keeping it fun and comfortable!! Molly doesn't just help you learn how to sing, she helps you learn to love to sing.
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Gene W. August 19, 2014
Singing · Online
Molly is a great teacher. She is very flexible and easy to work with. I've learned a lot and, the lessons have been very enjoyable. I would recommend Molly to anyone considering taking singing lessons.
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sPENCER R. August 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
I brought my five-year-old son to Molly ten months ago to help prepare him for a choir class. My son wasn't overly enthused at first. With a lot of patience and understanding on Molly’s part, he’s come around to looking forward to their sessions together. He’s now six and can match pitch and learn multi-verse songs. He sings along to his favorite songs in the car although he complains, “Daddy, I don’t want to sing, I just can’t help myself.” That spontaneous urge to break out in song was just what I had hoped for my son. Thank you, Molly!

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