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Popular Music Teachers Near San Leandro

Kevin S.

San Leandro, CA
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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA
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Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA
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Kevin S. San Leandro, CA

About Kevin

I love sharing my passion for music with my students. They describe me as a Fun, Patient, Punctual, and Organized teacher.

I hold a B.A. degrees in Music and Spanish from San Jose State University, and have 15 years experience in teaching and performing.

My musical palette encompasses Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Symphonic, Opera, Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B.

I am very fortunate to have shared the stage with many masters in the Jazz and Afro-Cuban/Salsa scenes, notably: Karl Perazzo and Jeff Cressman (of Santana), Louie Romero (Hector Lavoe and Wille Colon) Wayne Wallace (Wayne Wallace Quintet) the famous salsa vocalist Tito Nieves, Cuban-born vocalist Fito Reinoso,
legendary Bolivian charango player Eddy Navia, Bolivian guitarist Gabriel Navia, Eric Rangel y su Orquesta ...

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George E. October 30, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Kevin is a great teacher. He is patient, punctual, and highly knowledgeable. He teaches technique, and offers tips on how to improve. He teaches the theory behind the notes. I highly recommend him.
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Kyrie S. September 7, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
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My 7 year old daughter wanted to play the piano since 5, so we finely got her lessons elsewhere at 6. She was so excited!.. but after a year it got boring and wasn't learning much. Then we found Kevin!.. He made learning music very easy and fun for her. Now, she is always practicing and trying to make her own music notes, as well as learning theory of music. Kevin is very welcoming and is great with my daughter. She loves him!..
He is also very knowledgeable and passionate about music and plays multiple instruments. We're very happy and satisfy with him.
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Eugene W. H. September 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Beginning Piano

Kevin is teaching me beginning Piano .
After being away from Piano for almost 30 years(since college),his patience and knowledge is making the instrument fun and challenging to learn again without all of the confusion that comes with a classroom experience .
Mark B. Castro Valley, CA

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your ...

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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.
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Mike E. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Very good teacher

Helps you out when in need doesn't get frustrated . Will take the time to teach you how to play rather than to assign you something and except for you to understand. Very good teacher
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Christian H. April 29, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Mark is an outstanding teacher - Highly Recommended

I contacted take lessons in hopes to better my soloing abilities and improve upon my theory. Mark Banning is the real deal. The man can play like no other and is undeniably knowledgeable in the realm of guitar. I have been playing since elementary and was once taught by Mark. It's great to have stumbled upon his profile on the take lessons site to be reunited with such an awesome teacher.

Teaching Skill:
-Extremely knowledgeable in countless styles of guitar
-A varied and highly organized curriculum that keeps things interesting
-I have applied everything that Mark has shown me thus far.

Professionalism:
-Apart from his goofy delivery of information it is clear that Mark has a professional side to him as well. Don't get me wrong. The guy is hilarious.
-Mark tracks every player's status in a binder so he knows exactly where they left off. I can feel and see my progression after every lesson.
-Mark will motivate you. He is not there to simply collect funds. The man genuinely cares about your playing ability.

Communication
-The information is always clear
-Allows time for questions each lesson
-Responds accurately

Reliability:
-I have only needed to reschedule once with Mark because he had a gig down south.

Teaching environment:
-In-house studio with a number of amps/guitars to choose from

Get lessons from Mark Banning. You WONT regret it.
Rhonda S. Hayward, CA

About Rhonda

I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

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Tony D. April 6, 2014
Piano
Excellent at expaining lesson material, very detailed and patient.

I have been playing music for years as a guitar player and I am now learning piano. Rhonda has brought me to the next level of music theory. She is an excellent teacher and takes the time to make sure I understand the concepts as I proceed. Very patient. She is a great listener and communicator.
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Mike Z. April 3, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
My daughters and I are learning a lot from Rhonda

Rhonda is an excellent teacher. She has been able to teach 3 people in our home (me and my 2 daughters) on guitar and piano. She listens closely to what each of us is trying to accomplish and helps provide materials appropriate for all of us. It has been a pleasure working with Rhonda.
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Julie C. March 7, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher.

Rhonda has patience and caring when teacher my daughter. She is an excellent teacher.

Nick R.

Oakland, CA
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Sophia S.

Oakland, CA
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Molly R.

Hayward, CA
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Nick R. Oakland, CA

About Nick

After two decades of training, performing, composing and recording, a decade of teaching, and experience in just about every genre on the planet, Nick is ready for anything. Under his tutelage, his students performed at clubs and venues all over the Bay Area, studied at schools such as Oakland School of the Arts and UC Santa Cruz, and made beautiful, original recordings of their own.

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Nick believes strongly in the importance of building fundamental skills in order to sing or play with more confidence and stability. This means beginning each lesson with warm-ups and exercises, taking time and care with the students weaknesses. But he also knows how important it is to enjoy lessons and have fun with music.

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Kara N. October 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nick is amazing with my 9 year old daughter. He is the perfect mix of directive, playful, and motivating. My daughter is a beginning student and looks forward to his visits each week. I highly recommend Nick for kids!
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MichaelP1 November 2, 2010
How Lessons Going!

Again I must say that Nick R. is the best teacher I have had in the past thirty years of taking lessons from different teacher.He is the best!!!
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RebeccaO July 16, 2010
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Greetings,Our experince with Mr. Nick was awesome. We had been trying to get our Student to sing for a few years, has he had done in his younger years. After just two lessons he stood in front of us did the breathing techinque he learned and began to belt out some notes. We were so amazed that it brought tears to my eyes. Great Job! Mr. Nick.
Sophia S. Oakland, CA

About Sophia

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

With Sophia , 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 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 ...

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Lisa M. October 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lydian, my daughter, had a wonderful experience with Sophia. Sophia was great with our 6 year old, taught her a lot and was genuinely encouraging. I highly recommend her!
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Kyra P. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Pleasantly Surprised

After my 6 year old daughter's prior teacher relocated out of town, we searched for a another teacher. It took about 2 months.

At our first lesson with Sophia, I was pleasantly surprised at how she was able to pull my daughter's voice out and make her really sing.

Sophia is very passsionate about her art and passes that vibe along to my daughter. Sophia has an extremely strong voice and is stern enough to actually accomplish learning and progress. My daughter loves Sophia and I cannot wait to hear what the future holds for her.
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Rebecca Z. February 21, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Sophia is really patient and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to singing technique. She has taught me a lot about voice placement and the misconceptions that people have about voice control.
Molly R. Hayward, CA

About Molly

I have been teaching for 12 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their sixties! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. These are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and Online!

What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best, and I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools, no matter what it is you like to sing. I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song polishing? I'll help you with that,too! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, ...

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Bella H. October 26, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
I have Molly R. to thank for getting me out of my fear of singing. At first, I was so nervous that I couldn't even sing along to the radio with my friends! I met her through a class with Boldly Me, and then ended up taking lessons with her to prepare for my first big audition with StarStruck (I know right? I love performing but I get shy about singing). Though I didn't get in, she had given me that boost of confidence and the arsenal of skills/tricks that I needed to keep trying. I worked with her again to audition for Stage1's "Seussical"- and got in as the "lead Wickersham"!!
Molly has helped me with so much; she teaches you beyond what you could expect of yourself and guides you to your fullest potential.. all while keeping it fun and comfortable!! Molly doesn't just help you learn how to sing, she helps you learn to love to sing.
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Gene W. August 19, 2014
Singing · Online
Molly is a great teacher. She is very flexible and easy to work with. I've learned a lot and, the lessons have been very enjoyable. I would recommend Molly to anyone considering taking singing lessons.
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sPENCER R. August 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
I brought my five-year-old son to Molly ten months ago to help prepare him for a choir class. My son wasn't overly enthused at first. With a lot of patience and understanding on Molly’s part, he’s come around to looking forward to their sessions together. He’s now six and can match pitch and learn multi-verse songs. He sings along to his favorite songs in the car although he complains, “Daddy, I don’t want to sing, I just can’t help myself.” That spontaneous urge to break out in song was just what I had hoped for my son. Thank you, Molly!

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