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Cello, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, French Horn, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.
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I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding to those who have learned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.
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Has a keyboard, but no drum set
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I prefer to teach in my home studio.
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I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
Arrangement and Composition, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, ESL, Guitar, Hand Drums, Japanese, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Ukulele, Upright Bass
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 Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. More recently I've also started teaching online lessons via Skype and Google Helpouts with Take Lessons as well.
Philosophy of Learning
Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.
I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family. (You can hear some of the recordings I've made with my students in my "Pics & Media" tab.)
Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.
I also hold events for all my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Recital" every few months.
Adult students have a weekly "Jam Session Night" that they're welcome to come to whenever they'd like.
Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype as well as do a drop-in lesson through Google Helpouts.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)
*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
My studio is equipped with:
*Multiple Music Stands
*Vocal and instrument microphones
*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo
*Two guitar amps (1 tube, 1 solid state) and a bass amp
*Various percussion including both a full acoustic and full electric drum sets
*An 88 Key Keyboard (with extensive sound library and synth programming options)
*A Trombone, Cornet, and Flute
*An extensive physical and virtual music library
*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to
*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Accompaniment, Cantonese, Chinese, Mandarin, Piano
A native of Hong Kong, I discovered my love of music at an early age, and has been playing piano for as long as I can remember. I began taking piano lessons at age of six with my father's friend. I won third prize at District Tsuen Wan singing contest in 1994. I earned grade 8 certificate in piano performance and theory when I was in Hong Kong while I participated in several performances in school. I went on earning a Bachelor of Music and Master of Music in piano performance from San Francisco State University while studying under the virtuous pianist Roger Woodward. I also won a 3rd prize in Tsing Tao Newspaper Music competition during 2010. I have 6 years of private teaching experience (piano), and enjoys working with students from age 6-18.
It takes time, patience, dedication and persistence to make it in the musical industry. Diamonds in the rough don't make themselves sparkle; they need the help of a fine craftsman to help them form. In order to really excel, musicians need the guidance of a professional instructor to master their craft.
TakeLessons can help you find that perfect teacher. Within the San Jose area, several professional musicians are willing to give their time to help younger musicians lead the next generation. All San Jose music instructors complete yearly background checks to ensure your safety, as well as an extensive interview process - so you know youâre being taught by the best of the best. Moreover, your first music lesson comes with a 100% Money Back Guarantee, so there is absolutely no
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In addition to security and a great network of teachers, TakeLessons offers variety. Popular subjects include guitar, bass, drums and percussion, piano and voice. We also offer brass and woodwind instrument lessons, such as the trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, trombone and French horn. For our more advanced students, we also offer lessons in music theory, performance techniques, recording secrets and song composition.
Don't wait to take your music skills to the next level! Simply use our easy search tool to find a teacher for San Jose music lessons, or call 877-231-8505 to speak with a friendly TakeLessons representative who will guide you through the process. Book your private music lessons today, and start working toward all of your music goals!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."