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Popular Piano Teachers Near Petaluma

James P.

Petaluma, CA
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Michael J.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA
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James P. Petaluma, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.

Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.

*** Lesson Details ***
I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock

Michael J. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Bass Guitar, Broadway Singing, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Singing, Speaking Voice, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to learn the basics of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.

*** Specialties ***
Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.

Liz J. Sonoma, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 9 years. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to teach music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as two ukuleles, and two guitars (one acoustic-electric and one electric).

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk, opera, musical theater, classical, rock, reggae

Katie A.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Miles M.

Sebastopol, CA
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Will G.

Sebastopol, CA
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Katie A. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, American History, American Literature, AP English, AP English Literature, Art History, Audition Prep, Baking, Bible Studies, Biology, Broadway Singing, Choir, Classical Voice, Cooking, Creative Writing, Dance, Desserts, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Grammar, History, Horseback Riding, Italian Cooking, Language, Literature, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Paper Crafts, Phonics, Piano, Poetry, Psychology, Public Speaking, Reading, Scrapbooking, Shakespearean Acting, Sign Language, Singing, Speaking Voice, Speech, Spelling, Stage Performance, Study Skills, Swimming, Theater Acting, Vocabulary, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Water Polo, Writing

About Me

Musically, I have been involved with music and theater all my life. I started singing and acting when I was 8 years old. I started singing in choirs when I was 9 and never stopped. I have been playing piano, guitar, flute and harmonica since I was 10. I started teaching private vocal and piano lessons when I was in high school. In college my major was English but I minored in Music. I assisted my choir professor with teaching the first and second year choir students. I have been trained in both classical and contemporary music.
Academically, I have an AA in English and Computer Science. During my years in school I was on Honor Roll and AP English, History, and Science. I have also studied Psychology extensively.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music/Performing Arts Tutoring:
I can prepare you for recitals, competitions, a musical career or just to learn for fun! I have a pretty laid back teaching style. Not only do I make sure that you can perform well but I also make sure you know the history of what you are performing and what it means to you. I allow my students to choose most of the music they want to play, as long as it's in their ability. I am also happy to rearrange the music so it might be easier for you to play and/or understand. It is very important that my students have goals and we work towards achieving them. I give small homework assignments so that you can reach your goals with ease. I put a lot of importance of family involvement in learning and performance. I have a monthly recital with all my students. I also offer free MP3 recordings so my students can track their performance audibly!

Academic Tutoring:
Struggling in class? Need help writing a paper? Have a difficult test coming up? I am happy to help. It's important to attend all tutoring session and on time. If you need to cancel, please call and let me know. I'm happy to attend classes if you need me to. I will have you set goals and I expects you to stick with them. Your success is my success.

ALL AGES AND LEVELS ARE WELCOME!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room or art studio: studio for dance, living room for music, has good acoustics, electric piano, parents can sit in on lesson, couch and chairs. Art Studio for Arts and Crafts Tutoring. Academic tutoring can be done anywhere.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own books and sheet music. I also have a keyboard and I bring my voice. For academic tutoring I have my own laptop and will have my own books.

*** Specialties ***
Music: I specialize in Theatrical Broadway singing, blues/jazz singing and Rock and/or Pop singing; like Lady Gaga. In piano I was trained classically but I can teach anything.
Academics: I specialize in English Studies, History(American and Art), and Biology

Miles M. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Ableton, Arrangement and Composition, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Organ, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trumpet

About Me

Miles began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He has performed with numerous musical groups in Sonoma County and around the country, at venues including the Wells Fargo Center, the Green Music Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Miles has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic's self-titled debut. Currently, he is composing the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid's Conundrum. He is also actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training at Prune Farm Studio in Sebastopol and around the Sonoma County area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.

There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.

While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!

I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, lessons are much more of a dialogue than a lecture. The more active you are in this dialogue, the more you will get out of your lessons.

The first lesson is primarily spent discussing your musical goals and getting a feel for your current level of experience. By the end of the first lesson, you will have a few songs and/or exercises to practice. After your first lesson, I will prepare material based on your personal strengths and weaknesses. And if you specify some songs that you would like to learn, I will transcribe them and be ready to help you learn them at your next lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk, Sou/R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronic
Music Theory, Composition, Ear Training

Will G. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Bluegrass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Fiddle, Guitar, Logic Pro Software, Mandolin, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Tennis, Ukulele, Violin

About Me

I am a dedicated music instructor and instrumentalist who not only has a long history of teaching, but over the years i have performed perhaps as many as a thousand weddings, and all types of events.

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