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Popular Piano Teachers Near Palo Alto

Laurence B.

San Mateo, CA
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Cindy W.

San Jose, CA
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Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA
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Laurence B. San Mateo, CA

I am a highly qualified and experienced teacher, and adapt my approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student. I ensure they can read the notes they are playing so they can become independent musicians. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association. I teach either in English or French using both musical systems (do re mi or ABC).

My qualifications are:

* master of music (piano pedagogy), Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (GPA: 4.0)
* state piano teaching diploma, France
* gold medal in piano performance, Conservatoire National
* bachelor of arts degree in musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)

I speak both English and French languages.

About Laurence

I am a highly experienced and qualified piano teacher, teaching all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Music (piano pedagogy), 2004, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (award of excellence)
Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)
State Piano Teaching Diploma, France
Gold Medal in Piano Performance, Conservatoire National

EXPERIENCE

I have been giving weekly individual piano and theory lessons for many years, presenting many for the ABRSM grade examinations. I also accompany high school choirs, and enjoy playing chamber music with the Arte Piano ...

Cindy W. San Jose, CA

I began teaching piano to children in my neighborhood when I was in 7th grade and continued teaching through high school. I used the John Thompson method along with a note speller and taught on a baby grand piano. After several years, I returned to teaching piano not only to children, but to adults as well using the Alfred All-in-One method. Currently, I teach piano at my home studio on a grand piano and at three private school campuses four days a week in an after-school program. With everyone I teach, my specific goals include helping students gain proficiency in sight-reading, rhythm, and playing with expression. Through the process of teaching, I identify what the student is interested in as far as style-of-music is concerned. For example, I have a child that is interested in playing jazz, so along with teaching the basics, I include a jazz pieces. Overall, I want my students to love what they are doing with their music and I strive to achieve this.

About Cindy

Music can inspire creativity and growth; it can evoke tranquility and joy. This was the case for Cindy W. who began playing the piano at the age of ten and within a couple of years studied composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Bach, and Chopin. While only in junior high, she started teaching piano, rapidly gaining teaching and business experience. She held annual recitals giving the students an opportunity to perform for their parents and peers in a public setting.

Cindy studied music with Rachel Perez-Hayes, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and was considered gifted and talented with perfect pitch recognition. Her background in music coupled with a Master'€™s degree in Educational Psychology has enabled her to create unique lesson plans for each ...

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Gizaw Y. November 21, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We have been with Cindy for more than a year she is doing excellent job we have 7 years old daughter learning piano we recommend her she is the best!!
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Gizaw Y. March 3, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
We are happy with the class

Our 7 year old daughter have been taking piano lessons for 8 months Cindy Withers did a great job for our kid. She is very patient and put priority for accuracy as well as artistic expressions, so our daughter learning with a very good technique that made her very much interested in playing music and we see a change every week. We really like Cindy Withers and we highly recommend her. Cindy Withers is an excellent instructor for our daughter.
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Araceli P. April 19, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

I enjoy the class a lot. I am comfortable learning with Cindy because she is a polite and patient teacher. She is also very helpful and considerate when it comes to my learning.
Rhonda S. Hayward, CA

I've been teaching piano for 10 years. Within the first few lessons students will be able to read basic music notation and as time goes on they will be able to confidently play beginning songs of their own choosing. I typically use Alfred or Faber books which builds playing skills and teaches music theory.

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 received 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.

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Brianna J.

Campbell, CA
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Thomas B.

Saratoga, CA
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Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Learn about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to the piano. Learn how to talk about music and either read sheet music and/or lead sheets depending on your fields of interest.

About Jesse

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay ...

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Nima A. November 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Jesse so far. He clearly knows what he is doing. My learning experience as an adult has been a lot of fun so far.
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Kia G. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jess is dedicated, patient, and confident teacher!!!

I am so happy that I have found Jesse as the ukulele teacher of my 7 years old son. You can tell that he lives for music and it's not just a job for him teaching students. He is determined but patient with the kid and really has educational skills.
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Brent P. July 1, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic instructor. He is talented, fun, and has a passion for music and teaching. He is an excellent choice for anyone looking to learn about music. I really enjoyed my time with him, and I intend to continue lessons with him.
Brianna J. Campbell, CA

I use a variety of piano methods, depending on the skill level and desires of the student. I am well rounded in both classical and popular literature at these levels. I will work with students to select materials that are effective and enjoyable.

About Brianna

Music has been a large part of my life since I first started taking piano lessons at the age of six. In fifth grade, I learned to play the flute, and I performed in bands all the way through college. In high school, I also picked up the violin, and enjoyed playing in orchestras as well. I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Education and my California teaching credential from Biola University in Southern California. During that time, I enjoyed playing many other instruments. My primary instruments are the flute, piano, and violin, although I also play (and teach) beginning clarinet, viola, and cello.

In addition to giving private lessons, I also teach school band and orchestra, so I bring the added perspective of a conductor who can help students learn how their part fits in ...

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Kabita D. November 22, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I was looking for a teacher who will make my son's lesson fun and keep the learning experience as interesting as possible. I would say, Brianna met that criteria. She is an amazing teacher. My son always look forward to the class.
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Nicole B. April 8, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Fantastic Instructor

Brianna is an amazing instructor. She is patient, knowledgable and has a brilliant way of explaining things to a beginner. I cannot recommend Brianna enough...she is wonderful!
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Hirono M. March 12, 2014
Violin
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

Brianna is a very dedicated teacher who makes learning an instrument fun.

Two of my young children learn from Brianna. In both cases she moves at the student's pace while still prodding them to do move through the lessons. This is true even with the violin, where getting a 5 year old child to focus on the instrument and bear through the very challenging learning curve has proven difficult. Brianna's patience, pleasant demeanor and encouragement has served well in making the instrument fun, challenging and sound better every week.
Thomas B. Saratoga, CA

About Thomas

I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

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Music: For novice students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series as a basic program. I augment this with other resources as the student progresses. While Western classical keyboard literature is the main focus of my teaching, my students also explore many modern and contemporary works. The language ...

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Touraj T. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A great piano teacher

Thomas is very professional and a passionate pianist. He helps me to achieve my goals. I really appreciate his attention he pays to details.
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BettyD May 21, 2011
A delightful professional!

Tom works with my 88 year old mom. Learning the piano at her age is a challenge! My mom tends to be hard on herself and doesn't think she plays well. Tom has re-kindled her joy of music, increased her confidence and pushed her just enough to keep it a challenge. I'm very grateful for his work with her!

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Whether you are a beginner Piano student, intermediate Piano student, or advanced Piano student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Piano skills. Your choices for a Palo Alto Piano instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Piano instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with helpful details like teaching style, background, photos, student ...

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