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Popular Piano Teachers Near El Cerrito

John D.

Berkeley, CA
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Anthony S.

Oakland, CA
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Sandra M.

San Francisco, CA
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John D. Berkeley, CA

Learning piano is a great way to build a musical foundation. Piano students will learn how to use their ears to pickup on their favorite songs, in addition to working through books and fundamentals. Recently, a student who started from scratch went part of the way through the method book until she reached "When the Saints Go Marching In". We learned the chord structure of the song, and she learned to improvise over the structure. She decided to do the student recital, and performed a super fun 5-minute version of the song with a professional band. The whole room was into it and it was magical! Contact me for piano lessons and see what can happen when you understand not just how to read notes, but how music works when you play with a real band.

About John

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My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!

I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.

My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.

I want students to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano ...

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Mike T. September 22, 2014
Percussion · In studio
I have been a colleague of John's for 16 years and he has always impressed me with his constant dedication to the craft of music. Though he is incredibly talented, he has always been one that works hard and asks questions without fear. In my experience, this is the kind of person that makes the best teachers. He has always loved music, drums, all percussion and more recently has been learning so much about music technology and how to express yourself with any media available. It would be a shame to pass up an opportunity to study with him!
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Daniel P. August 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
I was pretty new to drumming when I first started taking lessons from John, and I could barely play a simple back beat. Long story short - within 6 months I was playing my first show!

I was looking for a teacher with both rock/jazz and classical background, so John fit the bill perfectly. He also knows a lot about Latin American percussion and other styles from around the world, and has a great understanding of how these different styles relate to each other and the various techniques which can be applied.

During the first few lessons, we discussed my background and aims, and came up with a solid plan for how I should proceed. John's broad experience was really helpful for this process. I had been playing guitar and piano for many years before I started on drums, so I already had a decent grounding in musicality and theory. We therefore focused mainly on technique during lessons. John has a real gift for explaining things in an easily understandable way, as well as going into detail when required. Whenever I had trouble with a particular technique, John's advice would help me overcome it. He is also very helpful in suggesting suitable exercises and repertoire. John also provides a private blog containing lesson notes and useful links, and he was also happy for me to record lessons, which I found very useful. With John's help, I was able to progress pretty quickly, and after 6 months I started playing in a band with some friends, which has been awesome fun.

John is super friendly and engaging, and this makes lessons with him great fun. As well as being a fantastic drummer, it is clear that he really cares about the quality of his lessons, and about his students. I'm sure he would make a great teacher for students of all ability/background. John, you rock! Thanks!
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Annie H. October 13, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great Musician & Great Teacher

My son started taking lessons with John when he was 7. During the past few months my son has become more aware of the music around him. He looks forward to drums every week. John has great patients and is amazing at connected with children. He is able to keep my son focused, which can be a hard task of itself. He offers instruction while still valuing the individual's personality and taste. John not only shares his knowledge and personal experiences, but his passion.

I would recommend John to anyone in a heartbeat.
Anthony S. Oakland, CA

I have taught piano students as young as 4 and as mature as 65. piano is usually the go-to instrument for individuals getting into music. I recommend musicians of every instrument to have at least beginner knowledge of the piano. I can help you learn your first instrument!

About Anthony

I have a BA in Music from CUNY College of Staten Island and a MM in Composition from CUNY Brooklyn College. I have been teaching Music in NYC Public Schools since 2005 where I have taught thousands of students ages 5 through 14; General Music and Instrumental studies. I have taught private lessons as young as 4 and as mature as 65. The best part of my week is when I get to work with my IS 192 Wind Band, we are working on my latest arrangements of Rock n' Roll and Punk Rock tunes which range from Blue Suede Shoes to Blitzkreig Bop. In addition to my work as an educator, I am a working musician and composer. I have just completed a full length musical titled Work, a short comedic film for NYU titled Goosey's Big Movie, and a video game for the iPhone, iPad and iPod titled Tin ...

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Renate K. December 12, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Our (then) 8 years old daughter took guitar lessons by Anthony last year. Anthony is a great teacher with a lot of humor, patience and expertise. It worked perfectly for our daughter and she loved the lessons and learned a lot. We would highly recommend Anthony to others.
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Katie M. November 22, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Anthony is a fantastic guitar instructor for our 7 year old son. He is patient and clear, kind and fun-loving. My son is learning quickly and looks forward to his lesson time with Anthony. Anthony is always punctual and professional. We highly recommend Anthony as a guitar teacher.
Sandra M. San Francisco, CA

Beginning students can expect to learn note reading and technique exercises designed to strengthen the fingers and help the student recognize common musical patterns, as well as starting to play simple songs immediately, and then songs using left hand chords.

Intermediate students can expect to learn more difficult pieces involving left hand and right hand chords, as well as basics in musical interpretation and improvisation.

Advanced students can expect a focus on the musical subtleties on more advanced works.

About Sandra

I am a classically trained pianist and trumpet player with a
bachelor's degree in music education. I have taught for over 20
years, to both adults and children, with a focus on classical basics
and music theory for beginners and stylistic development in various musical styles for intermediate and advanced students. I teach from a standard
method, but adapt my teaching style to the personality and learning
strengths of my students.

I teach from my home in the Castro neighborhood.

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You can expect a calm teaching atmosphere and a generally laid back approach to your learning. I am experienced in teaching students of all musical backgrounds or none, and adjust my expectations accordingly. I teach from a standard method, but incorporate other methods ...

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Elisabeth G. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
Excellent in all regards

Sandy is great. She is supportive and encourages me beyond what I think I can do (and usually I can do it). I've only been working with her for 3 weeks and already my high notes (my biggest problem) are much better and I'm sight reading at a much higher level. She is helping me to have a goal (an audition about 5-6 months) which gives me the incentive to practice when the going gets tough. She is helping me to bring my love of music back into my life.
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ChristineH July 23, 2012
Sandy is extremely patient! She is very fun to work with and I am enjoying my lessons thus far. Thanks Sandy!
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BrunoO July 13, 2012
Very happy

Sandy rocks! She's just really smart and always finds a way to keep me focused and entertained. Really happy with my trumpet classes :)

Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA
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Ronnie W.

San Francisco, CA
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Tony D.

Oakland, CA
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Donna D. Corte Madera, CA

I take students of any age, starting with age 8, who are just beginning with their musical journey, or who are returning to the piano after many years. I teach the basics, including basic rhythms, notation, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc. as well as learning pieces. I am interested in the musical styles of the various periods of music history, and keyboard literature from the Baroque to the 21st century. I structure lessons to suit the needs and desires of each student.

About Donna

I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.

Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.

My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory ...

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AndreaS February 16, 2012
Very nice singing classes

Donna is a very warm teacher, her way of teaching is very encouraging and supportive. I enjoyed her classes and learned a lot, more than only singing. I would surely recommend her as a teacher.
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carmenl May 17, 2011
Donna is a great teacher. Gives me the direction I need to focus and progress and enough freedom to experiment with what I'm trying to learn. She also reveals some of mystery of how music works.
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LenoraY June 15, 2010
Feedback for Donna

Donna's method of teaching gets quick results. She simplifies, presents and reinforces concepts such that I've managed to make progress with each lesson. Highly intelligent yet flexible, Donna was quick to analyze my learning process/style. Therefore, when I do falter, she knows exactly why - and helps me make adjustments.
Ronnie W. San Francisco, CA

About Ronnie

After pursuing a bachelors degree at Miami University of Ohio in biochemistry & microbiology, I went on to work as an engineer in Silicon Valley. Throughout my years growing up middle school, high school and in college, I performed tutoring services in physics, English writing, and music (percussion, guitar, bass guitar, and piano). Music gave me the edge and freedom to express myself, make friends, and challenge my own abilities throughout the course of my life. I wouldn't be the same person without these gifts and I owe a great debt to my parents who encouraged me and the teachers who taught me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha YPG-235 Keyboard
Yamaha APX-5NA Classical Guitar with pickups and tuner

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Drum, percussion, chord theory, rock, jazz, guitar, bass ...

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Kathy B. January 1, 2014
Drum
Great with our kids

Ron is very good with our children, ages 7 and 10. He's taught our 10 year old drums for almost a year, and we are very pleased with how far he has come along. Our youngest really enjoys learning the piano too. Ron is like an older brother, very polite and very flexible with our busy schedules! I've recommended him to friends of ours and will continue to do so.
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Utkir M. December 10, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
You can't rely on him

I was looking for a piano teacher and I found this teacher to take lessons for my 11 y.o. son. We were so excited to start the lessons. First time we called he was out of town. Later we figured out takelessons made a mistake in schedule. Then we waited another week until scheduled time on December 7, 2013. We showed up at his home address at appointed time but he did not respond to phone calls and he wasted our time and efforts. It is sooo unprofessional of Ronnie. We will never contact him again.
Tony D. Oakland, CA

I play jazz, rock, funk, blues and pop music on the piano. Also, I have improvised musicals on the piano with improv comedy troupes (this is super fun and I would love to teach you how!). I also can play classical pieces of music on the piano, but that is not my specialty.

In lessons, I focus on learning the proper finger technique and hand placement, good posture, and of course learning how to read music. I can show you lots of different styles of piano playing and help you improve whatever style of playing you're pursuing. If you can already play Rachmaninoff, you probably should find a piano instructor more suited to your needs.

About Tony

I have a Bachelor's of Music in Voice Performance from the University of Denver, which I earned in 2011. I started teaching during school, and have been teaching both privately and in high schools for the past 4 years. I have taught private voice and piano students from the ages of 9 to 60, and would be glad to teach outside of that range as well.

I currently live in Oakland, CA, working as a singer, pianist, and teacher. I'm happy to travel to your location; I have a car and a small keyboard I can bring to the lesson. I'm also able to travel further than 10 miles from my location, Take Lessons won't let you put a further distance.

In all of my teaching, I emphasize technique and improvisation. Learning to be a good musician is equal parts technical knowledge ...

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Katherine M. December 19, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Tony is great! He's very patient and makes his students feel very relaxed so they can focus on there singing. I would advise taking the 45 to 1 hour lessons. 30 mins. is not enough.
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Bethie M. November 12, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Tony has been fantastic to work with! He's flexible in style and adjusts his approach to teaching as we go along, based on what works well for me. 2 lessons in and I've learned a ton already!
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Susan E. October 12, 2014
Vocal Training · Online
Verified Student
Please read my previous review...I just forgot to select 5 stars!

In a nutshell: Tony is a super great instructor. Tony has been my instructor for quite some time & I have experienced awesome breakthroughs and improvements in my voice.

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