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Popular Music Theory Teachers Near Santa Clara

Mathew B.

San Jose, CA
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Catherine D.

Santa Clara, CA
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Mathew B. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Upright Bass

About Me

Although my attention has recently been focused on classical music and orchestral double bass playing, my diverse musical background has given me a great deal of experience in many styles. Beginning my studies on electric bass close to ten years ago, I discovered early on that I had a passion and a talent for learning music. Soon after, I decided to pick up the guitar so that I could broaden my understanding of my favorite music. Throughout my life, I have been interested in rock, pop, jazz, funk, and heavy metal. My first experience as a music teacher was in my senior year of high school. Before entering my sophomore year of college, I started teaching privately and have taken on students ever since.

In fall of 2012, I completed my Bachelor of Music in String Bass Performance from San Jose State University. My completed coursework included music theory, music history, and ear training. I have played with the orchestra for four years now, sitting principal bass for the latter of the two years. As an orchestral bass player, my experience includes playing as a substitute for the Monterey Symphony, Stockton Symphony, Modesto Symphony, and Symphony Silicon Valley. I sat associate principal in the second of my two seasons with the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra. As an electric bassist, I performed with the Symphony Silicon Valley Summer Pops orchestra in 2011. Also, a rock band I performed and recorded with received a Hollywood Music Award for Best New Alternative Song in 2008. My musical experience is not only limited to these situations, so please feel free to inquire about what else I have done as a musician.

Currently, I am a sectional coach for the San Jose Chamber Youth Orchestra as well as the San Jose Youth Symphony. I also teach at Legato Music School and Tavan Music School. Working as an upright bass coach and guitar elective teacher at San Jose State's music camp, Summer In the City, motivated me to begin expanding my private studio. Discovering that teaching can provide just as much fulfillment as even the most rewarding performances inspired me to reach out to students of all ages who wish to learn music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're looking to play your favorite songs on guitar, learn to walk a bass line in your school's jazz band, develop your sight-reading, make the switch from electric to upright bass, or audition for a local youth orchestra, a good private teacher is necessary in order for results to be achieved. I believe that focusing on technical facility throughout a students development will lead to natural musicality.

Each student learns differently, so appropriately evaluating the needs of each student on an individual basis is the best way to properly teach. While structured study from an appropriate method book is essential to long term musical growth, to encourage the student I think it is best to allow the student freedom and flexibility if they have a passion for learning a particular piece or technique.

Beginning concepts such as reading sheet music, rhythms, phrasing, and intonation are abilities that build upon one another; one aspect of music that I love is that the skills are all cumulative. My primary goal is to constantly provide students with the necessary resources to build upon these cumulative skills not only during their lesson time, but when they go home to practice throughout the week.

*** Specialties ***
Although my specialty is classical upright bass, I also enjoy teaching popular music and Jazz.

Catherine D. Santa Clara, CA

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Singing, Speaking Voice

About Me

Catherine D. has worked with musical theater and opera companies regionally and internationally. She has performed in a variety of musicals and operas, including The Music Man (Mrs. Paroo), Honk!ˆ (Henrietta), Once Upon A Mattress (Lady Rowena), Once On This Island, Miss Saigon, Aida, Singing In The Rain, Seussical the Musical, Jesus Christ Superstar, Chess, Die Fledermaus, and Cosi Fan Tutti. Along with Janae Mariant, Catherine co-directed and starred as Jane Watson in the independent film Shirley Holmes and Jane Watson: The Murder In The Park. She has been a regular performer at the Camino Real Playhouse in San Juan Capistrano, CA where she recorded an album of songs celebrating San Juan and its history, entitled “Back to Capistrano,” with songwriter and playwright Gary McCarver. She recently was lucky enough to see another country’s perspective of musical theatre while working on the brilliantly acclaimed production of Blood Brothers at the Q in Queanbeyan, Australia, just outside of the nation’s capitol of Canberra (hailed along with Les Miserables as the show with the most heart-stopping final 15 minutes). Catherine holds teaching credentials in both Theatre and Dance through California State University: Fullerton and has extensive training in voice, acting, and dance (jazz, tap, ballet, modern, salsa, samba, ballroom) through the Grande-Goodsell Institute for the Arts and Humanities. She has taught acting, singing, and dancing skills for over six years with ages 8-adult with Children’s Musical Theatre of San Jose, Southern California Institute of Music, and Del Obispo Elementary School. She is so grateful to her friends, family, and angel of a voice teacher Jill Grande-Goodsell for their unending love and support.

*** Lesson Details ***
When we begin training together, we will begin by building a solid foundation of breathing and vocal technique and exercises for an extended period of time, for this is where the true growth of the voice lies. We want a clear, open sound that keeps your voice free of pain and strain and allows you sing safely, competently, and joyfully. When you are ready, we progress to working with longer exercises and then songs, while simultaneously continuing ongoing training to grow in vocal technique. The training is classically based, which then allows you to create any specific genre or sound, be it musical theatre, jazz, opera, or other, safely and adeptly. Singing is a skill that everyone is capable of learning, and at the same time, it definitely requires hard work and patience. You are an athlete. Just as training for a marathon will not do itself or happen overnight, singing requires persistence and consistent practice. With such, you will reap the rewards. The consistency of training allows you to have a voice that is there for you every day, independent of weather, illness, what you have eaten, or your the circumstances of the day; you will be able to trust your voice. I look forward to entering into this adventure with you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
separate unit attached to the house w/ f/w keyboard w/ seating for parents

Small studio- best suited for singing and acting rather than dancing.

*** Travel Equipment ***

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.For voice, I use the Grande-Goodsell Method. It is a form of vocal technique that makes absolutely certain that your voice and airflow are being produced in a healthy manner in order to allow you to sing safely and effectively. It trains the voice through a classical approach that can be used to safely achieve all styles and genres of music without stress or strain and enhances breathing and overall physical and mental health.

I also teach theatrical acting, jazz, samba, ballroom dancing, speaking voice and beginning to intermediate music theory.

Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Subjects Taught

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

About Me

My Background

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

*P.A. System

*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

Helena G.

San Jose, CA
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James L.

San Jose, CA
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Sheri L.

Palo Alto, CA
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Helena G. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Viola, Violin

About Me

Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to Violin Performance, I teach Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students quickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano keyboard, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin - All for Strings, Essential Elements, Suzuki, Russian methods, or a combination of the above.
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.

James L. San Jose, CA

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Imagine how incredible it would be to play the music you love, write your own songs and perform with other musicians? Guitar is an exciting and versatile instrument that inspires you to express your unique creative abilities.
Whether you’re a new player or looking to expand your musical horizons, James has the patience and expertise to guide you to a level of personal satisfaction and beyond.

Although the profile says beginners. intermediate and advanced students are also provided methods to expand their musical abilities.

I have recently signed up as a Take Lessons teacher so there are no reviews as of yet.

*** Lesson Details ***
The advantage of having your own guitar coach is that we focus on fun and the techniques you need to achieve your musical goals in the style you choose. Additional material is available to all players in the “Guitar Tool Box”. A free online folder containing chords and lyrics for popular songs as well as streaming audio files for all method books used in session.

“Guitar Speed Trainer” software is integrated into sessions as a proven method for increasing speed and accuracy.

An annual concert is performed by guitar players, bass players, drummers and vocalists. This year we are at the Poor House Bistro in San Jose on Sunday March 9th at noon. All ages are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools Recording System
Various Synthesizers, Mics, Amps etc.
Fender Stratocaster
Gibson ES-335
Martin Acoustic Guitar
Marshall Amplification
Various Effect Devices

*** Travel Equipment ***
Laptop with wireless internet provider
Roland Amplification
Fender Stratacaster

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Pop, Rock & Jazz. You choose the music you enjoy listening to and playing along with.

Sheri L. Palo Alto, CA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are unmeasurable." May 31, 2011

Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I love to teach drums!

Come and learn to play drums with me! I will have you playing and performing in very little time. I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning.

If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, come and learn with me.

I'™m looking forward to working with you soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, rock, funk, R&B) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician'™s personal style and passion for music. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I like to combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music. I will train you for recitals, competitions, a music career, or just for fun!

For beginners, within 3-6 months, we'll begin discovering how to read notes and rhythms and understand the language of music. We'll learn how to play some of your favorite songs and learn some that you might not know. We'll discover what you really want to learn and achieve while taking lessons, and we'll work toward those goals!

For the intermediate student, we will begin to discover how to get you more comfortable on your instrument, building a great foundation and understanding of music reading and basic music theory. We'll also learn performance techniques and how to have a great stage presence in front of a live audience! For all my students, it's a journey that is exciting, unique to each individual.

My studio is in a safe, family-friendly, smoke-free environment. We have no pets and are careful about allergies. Parents are always welcome, and encouraged to attend lessons, or just sit and relax in the waiting area.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My music studio has two drum kits, PA system, recording equipment, microphones, keyboards, and lots of other fun instruments!

A comfortable waiting area is also provided.

*** Specialties ***
I play drums in a band. I specialize in rock, R&B, funk and taught drum line at a local high school. I also play flute, Irish whistle, recorder and can teach music theory up through the college level. I have lots of experience with performance.

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