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Popular Music Teachers Near Santa Cruz

Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA
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Hristo V.

San Jose, CA
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Thomas B.

Saratoga, CA
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Jeff W. San Mateo, CA

About Jeff

Hello Students/Parents:

I have been drumming for 19 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting.

I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts.
Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop.
I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012) and Out of The Blue. (Hit band)

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During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize them.
I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall.
Next, we will ...

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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Suparna V. November 11, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Friendly and great teacher.

Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback instantly in order to help me improve.
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Blake W. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
I've gotten so much better!

So far, with just having three lessons with Jeff, I feel that the amount that I have progressed in three weeks is far greater than the amount I've improved in the two years I've been drumming! I highly recommend Jeff to anybody.
Hristo V. San Jose, CA

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!!
Thomas B. Saratoga, CA

About Thomas

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).

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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 ...

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Touraj T. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A great piano teacher

Thomas is very professional and a passionate pianist. He helps me to achieve my goals. I really appreciate his attention he pays to details.
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BettyD May 21, 2011
A delightful professional!

Tom works with my 88 year old mom. Learning the piano at her age is a challenge! My mom tends to be hard on herself and doesn't think she plays well. Tom has re-kindled her joy of music, increased her confidence and pushed her just enough to keep it a challenge. I'm very grateful for his work with her!

John S.

Santa Cruz, CA
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John L.

Cupertino, CA
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Theresa B.

Santa Cruz, CA
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John S. Santa Cruz, CA

About John

I'm classically trained as a singer, and currently sing with L'harmonia, a quartet of soloists focusing on renaissance polyphony.

I have broad experience singing, playing piano, guitar, and drums, Korean instruments, and programming beats using computers. I'™m well versed in classical, popular, and world styles. As well as teaching instrumental techniques, I teach music theory and analysis, and coach composition to budding songwriters and electronic music producers.

I have a doctorate in music composition from UCSC, and have written a lot of music for a wide variety of instrumental and vocal forces. I studied traditional music in Korea for one year on a research grant from the Korea Foundation. I also write songs in a pop/rock style, and compose electronic music for ...

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Robert L. November 1, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
I appreciate John's patience and style in working with me on the Cello, given my issues with dexterity, range of motion and some memory deficits, as a result of a major stroke, of which I am thankful to have survived. It takes a special person with incredible patience like John, to be willing to take this journey with me, to a place where the healing power of music lives. I anticipate a great ride!
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Catherine C. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great Vocal Coach - he has helped me live my dream of singing (on my bucket list for years)

John is so tal'ented, plays multiple instruments, he's artistic and laid back (So Santa Cruz) and he helps me with breathing, posture, finding the right key for me, being able to put the emphasis where it belongs and just be comfortable expressing my inner self with confidence. I LOVE HIM! He is helping me live my dream. He lives right down the street from the beach so I can park on the overlook and practice singing along with my favorite artist - Brian McKnight on the way home after lessons.
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Heddi C. January 16, 2014
Piano
Great music teacher

John has been teaching my son (age 12) piano for the last eight months. We have been really impressed by how knowledgeable he is about a wide range of music and music theory and how patient and supportive he is with our son. John is great at working with kids where they are at and taking them to the next level. He's flexible in his approach and really tailors his teaching to the student. I would recommend John as a teacher to any level of student.
John L. Cupertino, CA

About john

I am an experienced instructor focused on beginning students of any age. It is never too late to learn the violin. I use the Shinozaki method as the primary textbook with Suzuki and Miller as supplemental texts. Students will be introduced to the history and structure of the violin and will learn how to read music, accurate intonation, identifying notes by ear, correct posture, proper bow holding, breathing and relaxation techniques. Methods I've developed over the years will help beginners master techniques that normally take years to develop and will allow students to quickly build up confidence and overcome psychological barriers.

Here is a recommendation written for me by a former student:

I am pleased to write a letter recommending Mr. John L. as an excellent violin ...

Theresa B. Santa Cruz, CA

About Theresa

I grew up in Southern California, earned my BA in Performing Arts with an emphasis in Musical Theatre from California State University of Fullerton, lived in New York City for 8.5 years where I performed and chased my wild dreams, moved to Long Beach CA where I continued performing while working in Marketing and publishing my children’s book, and now I live in Santa Cruz CA with my handsome husband where I continue to stay true to who I am as I dive into the theatre and art world up here!

As a teacher, I put to good use my years of experience in performing and auditioning, my abundant love for acting and singing, and my whole-hearted desire in connecting with and helping others. I have experience in directing, teaching musical theatre to classrooms of kids and private lessons for ...

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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
In studio
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I worked with Theresa when directing Little Shop of Horrors on our Mainstage last summer. Straddling the line between musical comedy and verisimilitude is never easy and she took it on with confidence and grace. I would absolutely work with her again in a heartbeat.
– Andrew V., Long Beach Playhouse CA
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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
Singing · In studio
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Theresa gave voice lessons to my 13 year old daughter she was wonderful. My daughter felt her stamina improve after just a couple of lessons. I would highly recommend her.
– Teresa H., Newport Beach CA
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Theresa B. September 22, 2014
Singing · In home
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My daughter Sarah was frightened to go before an audience. She even refused to rehearse her lines and sing in front of her parents. We worked with singing and acting coaches, but it was Theresa Finamore that really changed my daughter. Once we started working with Theresa, we dropped all the other coaches. Theresa was positive and vivacious. She brought fun to the whole acting and singing experience. She turned my daughter from a shrinking wall flower to the star of her school musical. The experience with Theresa changed my daughters life. She now has confidence and poise whenever she is in front of an audience.
– Mindy E., Newport Beach, CA

Santa Cruz Music Lessons

Santa Cruz is regionally dubbed as California’s surf city. It’s the place where young people travel to find sun, waves and a rush of adrenaline. In fact, the place is so well know for good times that it’s already considered as one of America’s best resort communities. So, if you’re a fun-loving, adrenaline-pumping resident from Santa Cruz, we have a treat for you. We’re inviting you to join our Santa Cruz music lessons with one of our local Santa Cruz music teachers.

So check out our Santa Cruz music lessons and find an instrument that’s right for you. Here, you can learn how to play an amazing guitar riff, awesome drum adlib or funky bass line that you’ve always dreamed of. Not only that, we’ll ensure you develop the fundamentals and proper technique. This way ...

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