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Popular Piano Teachers Near Orinda

John D.

Berkeley, CA
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Steven B.

Alameda, CA
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Kevin S.

San Leandro, 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
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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.
Steven B. Alameda, CA

I began classical piano instruction in 1960 and took private lessons for ten years before branching out into all the other styles of music. I have taught, recorded and performed professionally since 1978, and will show you proper hand and finger technique, music theory, how to read notation and chord charts/symbols, and equally as important teach you how to play by ear. I teach all ages, all styles and all levels of piano, and will teach you how to have fun with it all along the way!

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have 35 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music ...

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Warren S. January 11, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Guitar Teacher

I'm really enjoying taking guitar lessons from Steven. He's easy going, fun to learn from and is not only teaching the mechanics of playing guitar but also the ear training and theory behind music in general and performance in particular.
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JulieB1 March 26, 2012
My son, Jake, is really enjoying his lessons with Steven. I am very impressed with all that my son has learned. Steven is patient, positive and keeps my son excited for each lesson. Perfect fit.Thank you!
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Kevin S. San Leandro, CA

Whether it is music fundamentals all the way through advanced music theory and improvisation, I teaching with your goals in mind and get you to have the self-confidence as a musician.

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
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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 .

Jessica W.

Lafayette, CA
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Tony D.

Oakland, CA
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Matthew F.

Walnut Creek, CA
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Jessica W. Lafayette, CA

Learn how to read music, keyboard awareness, proper hand position, technique and musicality.

About Jessica

Hi! My name is Jessica and I would love to be your voice and/or piano teacher! I have been studying and performing classical music for 21 years. My relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and I have maintained my classical vocal studies ever since. Along with my vocal studies, I studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. I went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished my education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where I received my Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal performance. I graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing ...

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Christine G. April 28, 2014
Classical Voice
Verified Student
Patient and encouraging

I'm always impressed with how Jessica is patient with our 7 year old daughter and still is able to draw her out and motivate her when she is tired from school. Jessica always finds creative ways to be inspirational. Both my husband and I drive 15 miles to be able to have Jessica teach our little girl. We think she is worth it. She has been flexible and always tried her best to work within our schedule and has even driven out to our house to cover a lesson when things didn't work out in the schedule.
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Kellian D. March 11, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher

Jessica is teaching piano and voice to my 10 year daughter, and I am so impressed with her skills as a teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and her love for both music and teaching is apparent. She is also extremely knowledgeable about music theory and uses a teaching method that's very effective and gets students actually playing music right away, without shortchanging their long term development as musicians. Jessica is a rare find, plus she comes to our house for lessons!
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Jeannemarie H. February 27, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Jessica is great with kids and makes music so much fun!

I have two girls, ages 9 and 6. They both take piano with Jessica once a week. I can't express enough how great Jessica is with them and her ability to adjust to their ages and their ways of learning.
Jessica is so passionate about music which is demonstrated in her teaching style and of course all her education, training, and performances.
Jessica is so wonderful in her communication - showing such support throughout the lesson and has a great ability to explain the music so they understand.
My girls are very fortunate to have such a great mentor and teacher. Jessica is a true professional who is fully committed to music. We could not be happier!
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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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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Susan E. October 12, 2014
Opera Voice · Online
Verified Student
I have been under the tutelage of Tony D. and have experienced remarkable breakthroughs in my voice. He is a very positive, upbeat, talented professional. Tony is a great vocalist, opera singer, songwriter, pianist and vocal teacher.
What is most impressive about Tony's teaching style is that he doesn't waste your time; he is a great listener and will quickly pin-point issues in one's vocal technique and provide "vocal remedies" that literally yield immediate results!
He covers a lot of ground in a 1 hour session, which I appreciate.
Tony is also very well-rounded musically, which is great because I enjoy many genres of music and so we cover the gamut such as opera, Italian arias, rock, soft ballads, R&B, etc. So, whatever song suits your fancy, Tony will be able to teach you how to successfully sing it.

I highly recommend that you sign up your next piano/voice, etc. lesson with Tony D.
You will not be disappointed!!
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Matthew F. Walnut Creek, CA

Piano is the cornerstone instrument of our era of music starting back with the keyboard instrument of the baroque and pre-baroque periods. Now we have the modern piano which is not only a perfect instrument to learn for any aspiring musicians as young as 4 or 5 years, but also a instrument capable of playing some of the most difficult of our time and of course as an amazing compositional tool to create music.
Start your lessons today, don't wait, this will be something you do for the rest of you or your child's life and the more practice you have as a youngster the easier it will be as you progress to master this instrument and happily enjoy your skill of music-making!

About Matthew

Hello!

My name is Matthew, and I teach many people of different ages academic topics from arithmetic to algebra 2/trigonometry, science, reading/grammar, as well as all kinds of music and instruments!

I currently study at Mills College in Oakland, CA for my master's in composition, and I hold a bachelor's degree from UC Santa Cruz.

Musically, I specialize in drum set and percussion, piano, voice, and guitar instruction (4 and 6 string) woodwinds, brass, and violin family strings. I have been teaching in Walnut Creek at my home studio/office for seven years, worked with local schools such as Walnut Creek Intermediate, Meher School, Las Lomas High School, and Stanley Middle School.

If you are at all interested for yourself or your child please don't hesitate to ...

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