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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near San Jose

Pablo F.

Davis, CA
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San-San L.

San Jose, CA
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Hristo V.

San Jose, CA
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Pablo F. Davis, CA

I have a strong foundation in music history and theory. I have taught students at the high school or college level, and can also instruct the basic piano skills that are so helpful for learning music theory.

About Pablo

I'm a freelance musician and teacher in the Bay Area. I recently graduated from Sacramento State with my Bachelors of Music. I have been teaching for years, both privately and through the University system, it has given me training for teaching every stage from beginners with no experience to preparing young musicians for college auditions.

No matter what you skill level, I can give you the tools to improve.

San-San L. San Jose, CA

Up to advanced level from prep level.

About San-San

San-San C.

OBJECTIVE: Piano/Flute/Music Theory teacher in a professional music studio

EDUCATION: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University-Spring 2006

Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State University, Spring 2003, in both Piano Performance and Music Education

SKILLS:
* University skill-level in piano proficiency

* Proficient knowledge of the Suzuki Method and Orff Instruments

* Proficient knowledge of Solfege

* Two Years of Marching Band at Lynbrook High School ('97-99)

* Proficient knowledge of ...

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Sridevi G. November 11, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Over all good

Mrs.Lin was very good in her teaching, flexible in timings and class duration...
Hristo V. San Jose, CA

I design my lessons with the specific student goals in mind.

For Beginner students: we will start by exploring rhythm concepts and understanding how to read music. Learning the physics of the guitar and exploring the notes in the first few positions. Learning open position chords, and simple chords progressions, major and pentatonic scales,etc.

For Intermediate students: we will continue expanding our knowledge of the higher positions of the guitar, as well as develop better sight-reading skills. Bar cords and chord transposition, and music theory. Expanding our scalar vocabulary to modes, and minor scales. Learning arpeggios and classical etudes.

For Advance students: Close interval voicings, jazz improvisation, chord to scale relationships, and harmonic substitutions are some of the concepts we will cover. Learning solo guitar playing (chord melody), incorporating walking bass lines, transcription skill and arranging skills.

I specialize in Jazz guitar, improvisation, ...

About Hristo

Hristo is an impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads a variety of modern jazz formations, ranging from duets to quintets. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally, appearing at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Quartet’s 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the ...

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Kim L. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding Performer

Hristo is the most inspirational teacher I've every had the pleasure to learn from. He shares his talent in a way that I look forward to every lesson. His patience and positive reinforcement encourages me to keep practicing. He selects the appropriate music for my level and teaches all genres. Thank you for working with me every week. I hope I get to work with him for as long as I can until he becomes too famous to continue teaching us.
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AllenH April 4, 2012
Great Instructor

I've been taking lessons from Hristo for a couple of months now. He is friendly, affable, and extremely patient. I enjoy our lessons, and have learned quite a bit in the short time we have been working together.
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JeanetteY March 7, 2012
wonderful instructor and very accomodating. We are appreciative of his talents!!

Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Gary O.

San Jose, CA
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Juanita H.

San Jose, CA
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Christopher J. San Jose, CA

I am a songwriter and arrange my own charts for the Scotts Valley High School Band. I have taken several college songwriting courses and have passed all theory courses offered at San Jose State University. I currently run my own Soundcloud, and write my own background music for my YouTube Channel.

About Christopher

Chris Johnson has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris Johnson has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts.

Chris Johnson is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris Johnson is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris Johnson looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris Johnson's teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards.

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Gary O. San Jose, CA

Music Theory lessons will develop the essential skills every musician needs to grow and expand in their musical ability. Lessons will be tailored specifically to students ability to develop their musicianship skills around classical literature from 1600 to present. Students will learn about Roman numeral analysis, composers, chord progressions, identifying keys, identifying harmonic and melodic tendencies, and practical application through guided practice and activities.

About Gary

***BIOGRAPHY***

Gary is a trumpet player and educator originally from Reno, NV. He graduated with a MA in Jazz Studies under the direction of Dr. Aaron Lington at San Jose State University in 2014. Gary has studied jazz and classical trumpet privately with Jeff Lewis, Dr. Kathryn Adduci, and Tim Wilson during his residency at SJSU. Gary will complete his Single Subject Teaching Credential in Music Education in 2015.

Most recently, Gary has been teaching instrumental music with San Jose Jazz in their project Progressions, a music program helping elementary kids in at-risk schools receive quality music education. Inspired by the Venezuelan music program El Sistema, Progressions works with students of low socioeconomic backgrounds who are at the highest risk for gang violence and drop ...

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Susan T. August 22, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Gary is a terrific piano/music teacher for my 14 year-old son. We signed up with Gary with the goal of my son learning how to read music. If Gary was looking for a teaching challenge, he found it with my son. The first few months was very difficult, since my son can be very hard to connect with. Despite this, Gary persisted. He always came to lessons bright, energetic, friendly, positive and prepared. It took awhile, but my son is connecting and playing the piano with much more enjoyment in comparison to other attempts I made in the past signing him up for piano and keyboarding. Gary was the right person to help my son build up his music foundation.
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Rachel L. January 22, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
gary was a great piano teacher

Gary was my piano teacher. I'm an adult non-serious player, just for fun. He is very knowledgable about piano and music. He was always very well prepared and reliable. I learned a lot from him! I would recommend him to anyone.
Juanita H. San Jose, CA

For vocalists, it is important to have the basic knowledge of the language they are "speaking". Being able to follow a melodic line, understand accidentals within a melodic line and if the student wishes, we can delve deeper into the world of theory and its intricacies for better sight reading abilities.

About Juanita

My name is. Juanita , and have been singing professionally for over 20 years. I sing Gospel, Pop, R&B, Broadway and Jazz.

Also a consummate instrumentalist and musician, I am a proficient reader of music and encourage vocalists should also learn how to read the language they speak. I began music theory when I learned to play piano at the age of 6. I am a graduate of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and studied years of Harmony and Composition.

Music Theory With TakeLessons

TakeLessons offers private in-studio and in-home Music Theory in San Jose and nearby areas. Learn how to understand music theory by working with a qualified TakeLessons instructor. Review San Jose Music theory teacher profiles and contact a friendly TakeLessons student counselor by phone or email for assistance with scheduling your Music theory lessons.

Whether you are a beginner Music theory student, intermediate Music theory student, or advanced Music theory student, a TakeLessons Instructor can help you learn or enhance your Music theory skills. Your choices for a San Jose Music theory instructor come from a variety of backgrounds, making it easy to find one that matches your interests and skill level. Each Music theory instructor's specialties are listed on their profile, along with ...

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