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Popular Music Teachers Near Petaluma

Michelle P.

Petaluma, CA
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Michael C.

Sonoma, CA
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Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Michelle P. Petaluma, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice, Theater Acting

About Me

I love to sing, I love to act and I love to teach! I have been teaching for over 10 years and sincerely value bringing music and theater into people’s lives. My teaching philosophy is simple; anyone can sing, each person has something wonderful to offer and everyone deserves a chance to shine.

With that in mind, here is a little background on me and my journey to becoming a teacher.
I graduated from California State University, Northridge in 2005 with a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education with an emphasis on voice and choral conducting. At the age of 15, I was accepted into the California State Summer School for the Arts on a full merit scholarship in the field of Theater. There, I studied acting, directing, singing, writing, stage combat, voice, set design, lighting and sound. I performed as a member of the Masanga Marimba Ensemble for ten years, singing and playing music from Zimbabwe, South Africa, Central and South America. As a group, we have toured all throughout California, Arizona, Colorado, Oregon and Washington, playing at world music festivals, charity concerts, weddings, private parties and more. I have been singing in choirs since the third grade and was a member of The Northridge Singers (named Choir of the World 2003) for three years. In college, I was the Vice-President of the MENC (Music Educator’s National Conference) CSUN chapter and received a recognition award for my work as a singer with the Women’s Chorale and an achievement award for my work as a student teacher in the Music Education department. I have been singing and acting for over 20 years and have been directing musicals and teaching voice since High School. My passion for directing and teaching started in a high school elective class called Musical Show Production. This is the class that I began to write, produce, direct and perform in my own original, full-length musicals. For the past 6 years, I have been a classroom music teacher at a private school in southern California. There I taught grades Kindergarten through 8, music, musical theater, acting, choir, tone chimes, scenic design, art, dance and character development. I recently moved to the bay area and I am currently directing musicals in the North Bay (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, School House Rock Live, Rent, Once on This Island) and teaching voice, musical theater and acting.
I have been living out my dream as a performing arts teacher and have had the honor of working with the most wonderful students over the years. I can’t wait to meet you and can’t wait to see you shine!

*** Lesson Details ***
I work with students to bring out their individual strengths and nurture their love for music and performing. During lessons, we will work on breathing, posture, diction, articulation, projection, musicianship, stage presence, and tone. I think it's important that a student loves what they sing so I try to find repertoire that is fun for the singer, presents a challenge, aids in developing strong vocal technique, promotes good vocal health and will make their music theory and singing voice as strong as possible.
Every genre of music has something unique to offer, so during lessons, we will work with many different styles of music from Italian arias to show tunes, and from pop songs to R & B favorites, versatility is the key. Together, we’ll find the beauty in your one-of-a-kind voice, get you singing what you love, and sounding brilliant! I look forward to working with you to build confidence, express yourself, discover your own style, and have some fun! I value proper technique but the most important lesson I provide to my students is to have a great love for performing. I will help you love to sing and sing really well!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: Good neighborhood, seating for parents, piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would provide sheet music, audio tracks to practice with and a music player. They should have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Musical Theater style singing, R&B style and Jazz/Blues style singing. I also have classical voice training and can teach music in several different languages. I can also teach African style Marimba and singing.

Michael C. Sonoma, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

My first musical memories are jamming with his father Robert (who plays guitar) in a make-shift garage music room in his hometown of San Diego. I soon discovered a love of and fascination with drumming that led me to pursue music as a lifelong passion.

In 2001 I received a B.A. in music from San Diego State University, where I studied classical theory, sang in choirs, took every jazz course available, and played in West African/South Indian drumming ensembles.

*** Lesson Details ***
I've decided to settle down and have made Sonoma my home. I feels blessed to be teaching and learning from students. I strive to share my knowledge and experience in a positive, exciting way, inspiring creativity, individuality and self-discipline.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio is a room separate from rest of house, drum set, electronic drum set, electrical guitar, digital piano, and seating for parents. Parking is available in a dirt driveway.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have their own instrument, I will sometimes bring a guitar to drum lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Soul, Rock, Pop, Blues, Latin, Funk and 80's.

Cameron M. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion

About Me

Cameron is a drum instructor currently located in the bay area. He is a professional touring and recording drummer who has traveled nationwide and internationally playing sold out venues all over the states, the UK, Europe, and Australia. Cameron has also worked in Los Angeles with A-list producers famous for producing artists like: Katy Perry, 30h3, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Boys Like Girls, Panic At The Disco, Alanis Morrissette, Queens of the stone age, Tool... and many more.... Cameron has albums available for purchase in stores nationwide and all over the world through WEA distribution on Roadrunner Records. Before his career in music began, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied with some of the best teachers in the drumming community. It was during this time at MI that he learned all styles of drumming and how to utilize the proper hand/foot technique to play the drums.

Here are some of Cameron's previous teachers and mentors:

Rob Carson- 5 time world champion rudimental drummer and world class instructor on technique

Andy Megna- student of legendary drummer Dave Weckl

Glen Sobel- drummer in Alice Cooper

Ray Luzier- drummer in Korn

and many other great teachers too.

Cameron is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Gibraltar Hardware, and Evans Heads.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to learn proper hand/foot technique and all of the skills necessary to facilitate independence on the drum-set. Students will be given the tools to expand their vocabulary on the drum-set so that they can begin their own improvisation exercises, which will eventually lead to developing their own unique musical style. The first part of a lesson is spent working on hand technique on a practice pad before moving to the drum-set. From there, students will learn grooves, fills, drum solos, and various exercises to help them become better. Students are also welcome to ask about drum parts to their favorite songs if they want to learn them. The lesson is really tailored to each individual student! Learning how to count is an essential part of learning to play the drums and after a short time students will be able to count as they play and understand what notes they are playing in any given subdivision. Most of all, the lessons are always fun. Learning music should be a joyful and exciting time and something to look forward to!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 full drum-sets, practice pad set-up, recording equipment, electronic drum- set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a practice pad, drum sticks, and a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
I teach proper technique and am able to teach all styles and genres.

I specialize in Rock Drumming.

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