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Popular Music Performance Teachers Near San Francisco

Kathryn K.

San Rafael, CA
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Phoebe P.

San Francisco, CA
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Ken W.

Concord, CA
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Kathryn K. San Rafael, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Film Acting, Film and TV Acting, Jazz Voice, Method Acting, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Songwriting, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Vocal Training, Voice Acting

About Me

If you want to sing or act for fun or as a profession, or are auditioning to get into a particular high school of performing arts or college or have auditions, I can help you. If you have a little one who is, clearly, a performer, send them in and we will have a blast!
I have been singing, recording and acting my entire life. I am fortunate to work as a singer and songwriter. I teach all ages and levels and I love it. I will collaborate with you to bring your performance to life.
I believe every person has a place in my studio.
Just one thing about me. I'm really nice. I teach from a place of thinking anything is possible. I don't crush dreams.
I have been in show business so long that I know anything IS possible! I am generous with what I know. I have a lot of experience in performance, recording, songwriting, and film work and will help you in any way.
I studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In New York City I was under the care of opera teacher, Leona Matthews, as well as with Word Baker at the Herbert Berghof Studio. As an adult I worked extensively with Mark Monroe in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I currently work as a coach, recording artist and as a composer.

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I will work with you to discover your authentic singing voice or to bring your full self to your work as an actor. My background in acting and singing performance is Method. I will give you technique, which will include vocal exercises to secure a strong foundation (pitch, tone, breathing, vowel production, etc.) for your voice. There are basics we all must learn and practice and they work. You can expect to be able to sing for the first time, or to sing better, or to finally feel great about your vocals! You can work on songs you would like to sing or I can assign material for you to work on. We will decide. And, more than anything, we're going to accomplish what you want and we will have fun doing it! Please note: If you are a parent bringing me your little one I will ask you to join in if you wish as your child will be allowed to experience many instruments as they wish including grand piano, drums, cello, electric guitar, electric bass, electric keyboard, ukulele and other various instruments. Emphasis will be on allowing little ones to experience the love of music as I offer beginning structure.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have instruments or bring your own. Grand Piano, Drums, Cello, Electric Guitars, Electric Bass, Acoustic Guitars

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Mac

*** Specialties ***
Acting - Method
Singing - Technique and performance

Phoebe P. San Francisco, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano

About Me

M.M in Piano Performance from Manhattan School of Music
B.A in Piano Performance from UCLA

I have studied and worked with Arkady Aronov, Walter Ponce, Antoniette Perry, Max Levinson, Gloria Cheng, Malcolm Bilson.

I currently work at The Hamlin School in Pacific Heights a Piano Instructor and am on the Piano Faculty at Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) in Mountain View. Previously, I worked at Citibabes LLC in SoHo as well as at Brooklyn Musical Arts. In addition, I also have my own private studio in San Francisco.

I have experience working with both children and adults ranging from 4-37. I also am very familiar with preparing students for different music tests: NYSSMA, ABRSM, Music Development Program, and CM. If students are interested, there are 2 recitals annually that students can perform in--the latest was held in Steinway Hall in December, 2012.

Phoebe P., a native of Singapore, began her piano studies at the age of three at Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts in Singapore. During her early years, she participated in the Associate Board of Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and passed the Practical and Theory exams with distinction. At the age of 10, Phoebe moved to the U.S and continued her pursuit in music, studying with Dr. Michael Martin, a retired Professor at Chapman University, California. Under the tutelage of Dr. Martin, Phoebe won several prizes.

At UCLA, Phoebe studied with Walter Ponce and 2009 Grammy Winner, Gloria Cheng. in 2008, Phoebe attended the 18th Curso Internacional De Musica Scala in Juiz de Fora, Brazil. During her attendance, she performed two solo recitals. Her other achievements include receiving 2nd and 3rd place in the Benno Rubinyi Piano Competition in 2008 and 2009, respectively. Phoebe was also granted a number of scholarships from UCLA, including the Guck Foundation Scholarship, Joyce & Aubrey Chernick Scholarship, Grancell Award, and Sophie & Pick Memorial Scholarship. Phoebe was also active in the Gluck Outreach program, where she performed all around the LA county. In addition, Phoebe was a part of the UCLA Chancellor's Residence Recital Series, performing both solo and chamber works.

Phoebe continues to expand her spectrum of music performances. Besides sharing her music through performing, she also does so through teaching. She believes that music making should be fun and enjoyable, and has dedicated herself to customize lessons according to the students' needs.

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My teaching style and lesson plan is different for each student because every student has his or her own needs. During my first lesson, I usually like to talk to the students to get an idea of what they would like to achieve with playing the piano. For some, it might just be for leisure, learning the contemporary repertoire. For others, they might want to focus on nailing that famous third movement of Mozart's Turkish March Sonata. I believe that communication in key! My main priority is to make music enjoyable for you, so if ever you feel overwhelmed, or not fully challenged, let me know, and we can figure out a solution. I also promote my students to ask me any questions that they might have and discuss with me any issues they might encounter during the week while they've been practicing. I am by no means a strict teacher, but that doesn't mean that I tolerate students who do not put in effort. As long as I can see you are trying, that is all that matters. For children beginners, I like to use the Faber and Faber Piano Adventure series. They are fun and have many delightful little tunes. With the adults, sometimes they have their own piano books they want to work off from. If not, I'd also recommend the Faber and Faber Adult Piano Adventures.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an upright Yamaha UX3

*** Specialties ***
I am a Classical Pianist, so I have a strong foundation in Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Contemporary Music.

Ken W. Concord, CA

Subjects Taught

Audio Engineering, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Songwriting, Ukulele

About Me

At age 12 Ken picked up a guitar and fell in love with the instrument. He began with an obsession with Metallica and related bands that later evolved to a big interest in classical and jazz music as well as an interest in music theory.

From 2008 -2010 completed the music program at Diablo Valley College in June of 2010, which includes extensive coursework in Music theory, Piano and Guitar. Since 2011 Ken has been a Jazz Guitar Performance Major at Cal State East Bay where he will complete and receive a BA in music. There he has studied Classical and jazz Guitar performance with world class musicians.

"Music has many different levels and the beautiful thing is there is a place for everybody. I have spent a lot of time throughout my music career going “back to basics” in order to become a better musician. We are all capable of becoming great musicians and just because someone can play faster than you doesn't necessarily make them better. Music provides everything from healing power to just plain fun for the human spirit so I always encourage students to go at there own pace and work within their abilities."

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20+ years experience as a musician and teacher Ken has taken self taught route and the lessons route. "I believe 100% that being taught by someone who has sufficient experience really provides the roadway for a solid foundation whether you are planning on being a pro, just for fun and all levels in between. The combination of self-discipline and a good teacher are a must to have as a musician."

Amongst many other approaches of teaching music, I try to instill the 3 most lacking areas most musicians usually have to begin.

1. Sight reading: Unfortunately most common with guitarists! Tablature is a somewhat useful way to start but reading music will open many doors and opportunities for any musician

2. Collaboration: A teacher provides one way of collaboration as well as a band or an ensemble at school or in the community.

3. Improvisation: I provide a music theory background and I have a method plan for chord progressions, and help with learning the entire guitar.

I take step-by-step approaches towards giving a student encouragement and instilling music appreciation. I am very organized so every lesson will be documented and we will work on specific areas of fundamental development. Most of all have fun! That what gets us playing music in the first place!

I look Forward to meeting you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lesson room, music stands, benches, amps, two pianos, computer area for recording,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument and any necessary cables, amps etc. for them I will provide my own

*** Specialties ***
I mostly specialize in jazz and classical guitar and have taught blues, rock, metal and Latin American guitar. All ages and all levels. I also teach western music theory (classical and jazz) from the baroque period to modern day. I teach beginning piano which consists of the basic fundamentals (i.e. scales, posture hand positions, etudes and beginning repertoire)

Vir M.

Berkeley, CA
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Sophia S.

Oakland, CA
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Rachel A.

Oakland, CA
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Vir M. Berkeley, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Anatomy, Bass Guitar, Biology, Drum, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I am a graduate of U.C. Berkeley.;I have been teaching and performing music for over 15 years. I have toured the United States and other countries playing many types of music. I play Guitar and Bass and Sing   I teach in a fun style that emphasizes the students creativity.  Styles range from Rock, Folk, Electronic, Jazz,  African, World, Hip Hop to Country.  I can give you the skills to go to the next level.  From 5-99 years old!

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson would look like this:  Depending on your level we would first work on some new chords and/or a new scale and how to play them.  We "jam" a little to get the feel.  I have a really great way of teaching theory that will get you playing what you want.  The second half we usually focus on learning a song of your choice or working on an original of yours. I am very personable and easygoing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Have guitars and amps, basses and amps, drum set, microphones and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Have equipment

*** Specialties ***
Rock, World, Hip Hop, Folk, Electronica, Classical, Jazz

Sophia S. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Music Performance, Opera Voice, Singing

About Me

Sophia S. is a dynamic performing artist whose talents have led to the opera, recital, choral, rock, and electronic music stages.

At Sophia Voice and Music, lessons are tailored to each unique voice. Whether you need foundational technical work, a musicianship tune up, song preparation for a show, recording, or audition, or performance coaching-- Sophia designs her lessons to fulfill each student's particular goals. Students of Sophia Voice and Music have gone on to gain acceptance to music programs in institutions such as San Francisco School of the Arts and California Institute of Integral Studies. Under Sophia's tutelage, students have also strengthened their abilities as lead singers and solo artists, delivered high quality recordings, nailed auditions... the list goes on!

"I believe that whether you are a beginner or a very experienced vocalist, there is always room to grow. I am deeply committed to teaching an exceedingly strong vocal technique rooted in the Italian Classical school of vocal pedagogy. I effectively communicate these ideas to each student, helping them build a solid foundation for great singing in any and every genre. Singing is equal parts artistry and skill, and it is beautiful, free, powerful, and communicative."

Over a decade of intense classical music training combined with adventurous experience in songwriting, radio, theater, and movement result in a teaching approach that is inquisitive, passionate, and most of all- effective. Sophia holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory, studying voice with the esteemed Catherine Cook. Originally from Portland Oregon, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Portland State University with a B.A. in Music and minors in Theater and Classics. Sophia has sung operatic roles locally and abroad; has performed at some of the best concert halls and indie venues the Bay has to offer, both as a backup singer and a solo artist. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Vocal exercises are foundational to improve technique, and I employ many tried-and-true exercises (vocalizes) to build each student's technique at their own pace. Good news- they are fun too.

We discuss your short- and long-term vocal plans in order to motivate you and achieve improvement. You also have access to my musicianship-improving Mini-Guides, and music theory and/or production lessons at a discounted rate. I provide any advice and support my students need- creating recordings, booking successful performances, preparing roles and recitals, making a marketing strategy, or nailing an audition.

If you need performance coaching to improve your delivery, confidence, stage presence, or all of the above- we can achieve that! Song and movement work at the piano, guitar, or microphone is a sure way to greatly improve all of these areas.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland RD-500 weighted keyboard w/ VOX amp.

2 music stands, mirror, beverage station, music library, Neumann microphone and stand.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, cabaret, rock, production and songwriting.

Rachel A. Oakland, CA

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audition Prep, Christian Gospel, Country Singing, Guitar, Jazz Voice, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Songwriting, Vocal Training

About Me

I love teaching! I love that everybody has different learning styles, experiences, and goals. I've taught singing, vocal technique, and music performance in a wide range of contexts both in the US and the UK for 10 years. I studied the fantastic Estill Voice Training System in both places, which has led to my work in vocal recovery.

From being an instructor for several years at Queen's University in Belfast, UK to working with individuals and community groups, I've built an understanding of how to help you the learner meet your goals in rock, pop, jazz, and even in recovering your voice after a voice injury or illness. In addition, I'm a well-seasoned musician so can provide industry experience as well as guitar, songwriting, and performance coaching for auditions, gigging or recording.

So whether you're a beginner or a seasoned professional, we can get your voice to where you want it to be!

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