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Popular Piano Teachers Near San Jose

Sachie T.

San Jose, CA
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Cindy W.

San Jose, CA
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Chloe S.

San Jose, CA
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Sachie T. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano

About Me

Born to an award winning conductor and music teacher, I was exposed to music at a very early age. With my father’s supervision, I began my piano and ear-training at the age of three. At age four, I joined the Yamaha musical after-school program and engaged in group lessons. As I got older, group lessons gave way to private instruction as I learned and played piano passionately through my childhood.

I was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and left my native land in 2006 to the United States to better my education. In school I studied general music, with an emphasis on piano. Additionally, I have also studied Early Childhood Development and Education.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons depending on the age and experience level of my students, but in general I believe in the Suzuki method as one of the tools for first steps. The Suzuki method is a very well established philosophy of learning that focuses on ear and practical training. By training ear and musicality while learning proper finger position, the child improves without spending too much time at the start learning note reading.
As the child quickly progresses I music theory and reading follow.

I am a passionate teacher and believe in the musical potential of all students. I am eager to work your child to help unlock their abilities and motivation. It is my view that communication is a two-way road and it is excited to provide instruction while properly communicating with her students. Through this, I can overcome each individual’s obstacles and also enhance their inner strengths. With the right instruction, developing the right motivation, and of course practice, she feels every student has the potential for great success.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Modern, Traditional

Cindy W. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano

About Me

Music can inspire creativity and growth; it can evoke tranquility and joy. This was the case for Cindy W. who began playing the piano at the age of ten and within a couple of years studied composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Bach, and Chopin. While only in junior high, she started teaching piano, rapidly gaining teaching and business experience. She held annual recitals giving the students an opportunity to perform for their parents and peers in a public setting.

Cindy studied music with Rachel Perez-Hayes, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and was considered gifted and talented with perfect pitch recognition. Her background in music coupled with a Master'€™s degree in Educational Psychology has enabled her to create unique lesson plans for each student focusing on individual strength and ability. Cindy has performed in concerts, weddings, parties, churches, and school functions. Her entire life has been enriched with music and it is her passion to promote the arts to young minds as well as adults.

*** Lesson Details ***
Cindy teaches private 30 or 45-minute lessons from the beginning level to advanced. Students are taught using the Alfred all-in-one piano course because it is a step-by-step method that provides a solid foundation for playing and interpreting music while building self-confidence and an appreciation for the fine arts. Students typically learn how to read music and play pieces from their book while learning music theory, ear training, and rhythmic skills. Students have the option of performing in front of an audience or simply learning how to play for their own pleasure. Cindy coaches those desiring to play publicly in a non-threatening, relaxed manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano, and keyboards available, room for parents to wait

*** Specialties ***
I have taught using the John Thompson and the Alfred piano course methods. I prefer using the Alfred method because it gets the students comfortable playing on the black keys from the start.

Chloe S. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Ear Training, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Vocal Training

About Me

Hi there! I am finishing up my BM at San Jose State University, and have been teaching voice and piano lessons for 4 years. I have over 13 years of experience in music, musical theater, and singing, and 19 years of piano training. My most exciting accomplishment to date is my artist residency with Opera San Jose for the 2014/2015 season.

Although my main passion is opera performance I absolutely LOVE to teach as well! I can teach voice to students of all ages and in all styles, and also teach beginning to intermediate piano for all ages.

--Voice Lessons--
I usually like to split the lessons in half: the first half on technique (breathing exercises, posture, body alignment, warm-ups, vowel clarity) and the second half on repertory. I can teach my students to sing in Italian, German, French, Russian, Spanish, Latin, and English. I specialize in operatic singing, but can also offer students who are looking to sing musical theater a solid vocal foundation.

***For voice students under the age of 13 (pre-pubescent) I split my lessons in half between musicianship and singing. The reason I do this is:

1) Young voices are simply not physically mature enough yet to begin rigorous training

and

2) Musicianship skills are equally as important to being a good singer, so why not build a great foundation until they get a little older?

--Piano Lessons--
I divide my students into basic, beginning, and intermediate levels.

Basic: We will go through the beginning stages of music theory: notation, rhythm and scales. Repertory will consist mostly of teaching music to develop the students reading, and beginning to develop two hand coordination.

Beginning: With the basics mastered, I will begin to teach my students beginning music theory: major/minor scales, tonal harmony, and more advanced rhythms. At this point I like to start having my students work on easy repertory from the common practice period.

Intermediate: Now we cover all major/minor scales, chromatic harmony, and intermediate repertory from classical to modern traditions.

--Studio Equipment---
If taking a lesson out of your own home I do require that you own a keyboard for music lessons.

--Studio Policies--
Progress, not perfection!
A good musician listens with an open heart.
Practice, Practice, Practice! (duh!)

Brianna J.

Campbell, CA
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Thomas B.

Saratoga, CA
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Peter S.

San Jose, CA
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Brianna J. Campbell, CA

Subjects Taught

Cello, Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Violin

About Me

Music has been a large part of my life since I first started taking piano lessons at the age of six. In fifth grade, I learned to play the flute, and I performed in bands all the way through college. In high school, I also picked up the violin, and enjoyed playing in orchestras as well. I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Education and my California teaching credential from Biola University in Southern California. During that time, I enjoyed playing many other instruments. My primary instruments are the flute, piano, and violin, although I also play (and teach) beginning clarinet, viola, and cello.

In addition to giving private lessons, I also teach school band and orchestra, so I bring the added perspective of a conductor who can help students learn how their part fits in with the whole ensemble. I have taught elementary, middle school, and high school band and orchestra, as well as clinics and small group classes.

Currently, I teach music in the Los Altos School District. I also enjoy performance opportunities. I have years of experience teaching private lessons on several instruments to students of all ages and backgrounds. I love to help students experience the joy of music, whether it is as a future career, or simply as a hobby. My goal for my students is to learn and grow as musicians, and to have fun in the process!

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach teaching private music lessons in a way that is both fun and productive. Students will find my personality to be very warm, encouraging, and easy going. I am genuinely passionate about helping students reach their musical goals, whether they are career oriented or simply as a hobby. I am well versed in a variety of literature on each instrument that I teach, and will help students find enjoyment in learning to make music at any age. I believe in having a strong foundation in the basic fundamentals of music technique and also in the importance of playing styles of music that are both fun and rewarding. It can certainly be challenging to learn a new skill, but with hard work, determination, and fun motivation, it will certainly be worthwhile!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open living room setting. Upright piano. Couches for parents. Parking across the street. One small, friendly dog.

*** Specialties ***
I am very well rounded in both popular and more traditional styles of music. I do not necessarily insist on teaching from any one particular series of method book, although I am familiar with several. I will work with each student to determine which method books are most appropriate and also provide supplemental materials. If you already own a book, have a particular one in mind, or are already playing from a certain book in school, that is fine, too!

Thomas B. Saratoga, CA

Subjects Taught

Piano

About Me

I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston.

I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

*** Lesson Details ***
Music: For novice students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series as a basic program. I augment this with other resources as the student progresses. While Western classical keyboard literature is the main focus of my teaching, my students also explore many modern and contemporary works. The language of the piano continues to evolve through these compositions and there is an astonishing variety of pieces available for study and enjoyment.

Technique: Most “technique” issues are related to unnecessary physical tension that interferes with proper execution. In order to give shape and form to music, our playing must be as free as possible from such tension. From the beginning, I will help you identify these obstacles and introduce practice strategies that will expand your capability and greatly enrich your playing experience.

Theory: Music is a language. It expresses and communicates the broadest possible range of feelings and ideas. But just as it is possible to memorize and recite a story in a foreign language without ever knowing the meaning of the words and sentences, it is possible to mechanically learn a piece of music and not appreciate what the composer seeks to express. To avoid this, we must understand the language of music and how each composer uses that language. Music Theory is the key to this understanding and I make it part of every student’s lesson plan.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front room in his home with a 7' Steinway grand piano, with seating. Very spacious and open room with vaulted ceiling with good acoustics.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must have a piano/electronic keyboard in their home.

*** Specialties ***
Western Classical Training

Peter S. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Piano, Singing, Trumpet

About Me

Peter S., a bay area native, is a professional musician, teacher, and performer. He's an active guitarist, pianist, and vocalist. He is currently the guitar player for the acclaimed local country artist Amy Gass, as well as the music director for his church in Morgan Hill, CA. He has written compositions for local churches, as well as arranged, recorded music. Peter currently resides in the bay area, with his wife and 3 children.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each student is a unique person, thus I like to cater each lesson to that person's interest as well as provide them with a strong musical foundation/education.

Various musical styles and techniques are taught, to enable the student to be a well-rounded player. Musical styles include Rock, Blues, Classical, Pop, Bluegrass, religious, etc. A variety of excellence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are given on a upright Piano. Guitar lessons-each student must provide their own guitar, a guitar amp and bass amp is provided. Music recording of lessons is an option.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student must have a piano to practice on and in which to give the lessons with. Guitar students must have a guitar or bass to receive lessons, I can provide a amplifier for the lesson. Music recording to aid the student is also a option.

*** Specialties ***
Experienced song-writer and guitarist for the acclaimed country artist Amy Gass. I can enable one to write and arrange their own music.

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