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Popular Piano Teachers Near Petaluma

James P.

Petaluma, CA
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Pamela A.

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

Pamela A. Santa Rosa, CA

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About Me

Hi my name is Pam.

I am a Sonoma County Music Teacher with and currently have openings for private piano lessons in my home studio or yours.

I have taught piano in Sonoma County for over 10 years and spent 1 year teaching at the Napa School of Music. While at the school I not only taught private piano lessons but performed in the faculty band and formed a choir with the vocal teacher as well.

I teach all styles of music, all ages, and all levels of students.

I started taking lessons when I was 6 years old and have been playing the piano ever since. I was classically trained from age 12 through 18 and went on to study music while attending Sonoma State University in the late 80's.

In addition to teaching lessons, I also perform at weddings, private parties, etc. and accompany various musicians on gigs and at Music Festivals around Sonoma County.

Music is not just my job it's my passion, and I am so fortunate and grateful that I get to share this with people through performing and teaching piano lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
More than anything, I love to teach.

My lessons are not only informative and well structured but fun and motivating. If you don't like learning the piano then I'm not doing my job!
My approach to teaching is to encourage each student to have fun learning the piano and have fun playing the piano.
My personality is laid back and comfortable. As a teacher I like to inspire and motivate my students, not intimidate or overwhelm.

I teach the basic foundation of music: note-reading, theory, technique, performance, etc. But I also include and encourage students to learn music that they find most interesting. I have experience teaching all styles of music from classical to blues and jazz, and pop songs.

As far as method books go I have used them all. Currently I prefer to use the Hal Leonard and Faber books for students under the age of 15 and Alfred's Adult course for students ages 15 and up. If you already have method books and would like to remain using them, that's fine too.

I also teach music appreciation with "Composer of The Month". Students get to choose which musicians/composers they'd like to learn about each month. I research and provide interesting facts and info about each composer and students learn a song or two written by this musician. This is a fun way to gain exposure to many different styles of music and learn about composers from Chopin to John Lennon and anyone in between.

I hold two recitals each year. One in the Fall and one in the Spring. I have two sections - duets and solo performances.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio I have Yamaha Baby Grand piano that has been with me for 27 years. I hope that you enjoy playing on it as much as I do!

*** Travel Equipment ***
At this time I do not have a quality keyboard that I can transport to lessons. For this reason it is important that each student have their own instrument for lessons and practicing in their home. Keyboards are acceptable.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles/genres of music.

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

Michael C.

Sonoma, CA
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Tony B.

Santa Rosa, CA
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Miles M.

Sebastopol, CA
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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.

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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.

Tony B. Santa Rosa, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

Some music pulls you into its rhythmic embrace. Other music, like jazz saxophonist Tony B's escape album , has legs and it runs and jumps and invites you to come out and play. The aptly titled album, which just released, offers rich tones and brilliant moments that at once relax the soul and capture the frivolity of life.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Florida, Tony was first introduced to music at 14 years old when he used to watch his father play guitar. He persuaded his father to teach him how to play and began exploring a variety of instrumental stuff, but mostly lead guitar work. He then explored piano for a while until the day he was listening to jazz radio and heard the soprano sax. He then made a connection that directed his career.

Miles M. Sebastopol, CA

Subjects Taught

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

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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland RD-700NX Digital Stage Piano
Axiom 49 MIDI Controller
Akai EWI-USB Wind Controller
1956 Conn 6B Trumpet
1938 Conn 12B Trumpet
Various Student Trumpets
Roland Cube 60 Keyboard Amplifier
Hohner Instructor 32 Melodica

Windows 8.1 running on 3.5 GHz Intel i7 4770k with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD, and 3x 1TB Drives for samples and recording
Focusrite Scarlett 6i6 audio interface
Mackie 1202-VLZ Mixing Board
Fostex PM841 3-way Studio Reference Monitors
Yamaha NS-a635a Reference Monitors
Adcom GFA-545 Amplifier
Shure SRH-440 Studio Headphones
Sony PS-LX250H Turntable
(2) Audio Technica AT-3035 Large Diaphragm Condenser Microphones
(2) AKG P170 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphones
(1) CAD GXL1200 Small Diaphragm Condenser Microphone
(1) MXL R144 Ribbon Microphone
(3) Shure SM-57 Dynamic Cardoid Microphone
Zoom H1 Portable Stereo Recorder

*** Travel Equipment ***
My ears, my hands, my voice, a high-quality portable stereo recorder (so you can listen to your lessons later), and anything else you might need!

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

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