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Popular Music Teachers Near Diablo

Kevin S.

San Leandro, CA
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Ken W.

Concord, CA
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Kevin S. San Leandro, CA

About Kevin

I love sharing my passion for music with my students. They describe me as a Fun, Patient, Punctual, and Organized teacher.

I hold a B.A. degrees in Music and Spanish from San Jose State University, and have 15 years experience in teaching and performing.

My musical palette encompasses Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Symphonic, Opera, Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B.

I am very fortunate to have shared the stage with many masters in the Jazz and Afro-Cuban/Salsa scenes, notably: Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (of Santana), Louie Romero (Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon) Wayne Wallace (Wayne Wallace Quintet) the famous salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, Cuban-born vocalist Fito Reinoso,
legendary Bolivian charango player Eddy Navia, Bolivian guitarist Gabriel Navia, Eric Rangel y su Orquesta ...

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George E. October 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is a great teacher. He is patient, punctual, and highly knowledgeable. He teaches technique, and offers tips on how to improve. He teaches the theory behind the notes. I highly recommend him.
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Kyrie S. September 7, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
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My 7 year old daughter wanted to play the piano since 5, so we finely got her lessons elsewhere at 6. She was so excited!.. but after a year it got boring and wasn't learning much. Then we found Kevin!.. He made learning music very easy and fun for her. Now, she is always practicing and trying to make her own music notes, as well as learning theory of music. Kevin is very welcoming and is great with my daughter. She loves him!..
He is also very knowledgeable and passionate about music and plays multiple instruments. We're very happy and satisfy with him.
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Eugene W. H. September 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Beginning Piano

Kevin is teaching me beginning Piano .
After being away from Piano for almost 30 years(since college),his patience and knowledge is making the instrument fun and challenging to learn again without all of the confusion that comes with a classroom experience .
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.
Ken W. Concord, CA

About Ken

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 passion for classical and jazz music, 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. 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 ...

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Rahul S. November 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In home
Ken is an awesome teacher and an great person. He teaches my 5 year daughter and she loves his lessons and his jovial approach. Within 4 weeks, she has picked up a lot of things and is improving day by day. He is patient as you ought to be with the kids and yet persistent enough to stick to the task.

I am really looking forward to them picking up songs in the coming lessons. I will recommend him anytime and completely vouch for his credentials and ability as an excellent guitarist as well as teacher.
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Jon C. August 18, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ken is a talented musician, nice person, and a fantastic teacher. I wanted to branch out into classical guitar after many years of playing other styles. Ken was good at adapting to my background and goals.
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Francesca G. June 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Ken W. is an awesome teacher, my daughter loves her lessons with Ken, he is very patient kind and makes my daughter feel very comfortable. He also is very positive inspiring. I plan on keeping Ken as my daughters instructor for a very very long time

Frank R.

Concord, CA
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Laura R.

Pleasant Hill, CA
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Sue W.

Dublin, CA
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Frank R. Concord, CA

About Frank

Frank is passionate about sharing the natural method of singing with students of all ages.

Frank received a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance from Indiana University, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Posture Awareness in Action).

He has taught vocal music at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and College levels.

His students have won college scholarships and music awards.

Frank has performed leading roles in Broadway shows, Light Opera and Opera.

His experience as a vocal musical specialist in schools has helped to shape of method of instruction that is fun, easy and yields amazing results.

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Diana D. May 17, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking singing lessons with Frank for 2 years. She started lessons when she was only four and a half years old. She is now 9 years old and Frank is one of the best vocal teachers she has ever had. Frank is amazing with kids. He keeps my daughter focused and has fun with her at the same time. My daughter looks forward to her class every week. We've seen great improvement in her singing as well as her confidence. I have been extremely happy with Frank and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for vocal lessons--young and old.
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MaElenaL November 17, 2011
An amazing vocal teacher and very encouraging to continue to discover the beautiful voice within you. Still taking lessons from him and he always sets good examples and good positivity for his students.
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DawnS1 December 5, 2009
Current Student

Frank is an excellent teacher and really helps you get a sense of your true voice and where it comes from. He is positive and professional as well as encouraging. He knows his stuff.
Laura R. Pleasant Hill, CA

About Laura

Hi there! I'm a recent graduate of the Juilliard Master's program in Historical Performance. I'm new to the bay area after being in NYC and love it here. I did my undergraduate degree at Sacramento State, where I did a minor in photography and was a member of the honor society. I was an assistant teacher in the String Project program at CSUS, where I taught alongside Judy Bossuat-Gallic, a colleague of Shinichi Suzuki. I have taught at the Sacramento School of Music, Tim's Music, Sacramento Youth Symphony Chamber Music Workshop, and Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra camp. I am Suzuki Book 1 trained with certificate pending and am a member of Music Teacher's Association of California.

Aside from teaching, I am an avid performer and concertize frequently. I am a ...

Sue W. Dublin, CA

About Sue

With 20 years teaching experience, I am patient and passionate in helping my students succeed in learning piano. My goal in piano lessons is for my students to become well-rounded and confident pianists, and to love and appreciate music for the rest of their lives.

I hold a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and a Masters degree in piano performance. I am a member of the Music Teachers' Association of California , and a member of The National Guild of Piano Teachers.

I offer the opportunities for my students to do recitals, participating Certificate of Merit (CM), taking national piano tests and ABRSM.

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Fion N. November 1, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Sue is very passionate and professional in teaching piano. My son is an very active 6 years old, but she is very patience with him. We are very happy with her piano teaching skill and her great piano performance. It's a pleasure and joy to listen to her play/demo the piano pieces during the lesson.
Great piano teacher!
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John C. October 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Teacher Sue has a wisdom to teach senior students according to their special needs. She smartly arranges student's requested favorite music pieces, give them proper length of time to practice. Choose the good time to start a new one.
I feel comfortable to learn from her class. As seniors, we want to learn according to our schedule. She meets my expectation.
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John C. June 25, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very easy going, understanding and well experienced to help senior students to fulfill their goal.

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