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Viva Z.

San Jose, CA

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.

As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True.
Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wil
mington Advocate newspapers.
In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 30. Two of her previously held student recitals were recognized by the Boston Globe and as a result of its success, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. Viva also speak English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently and have taught in these languages.

Theory and Pedagogical Approach:
"My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship."

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
Levels: Beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. While the focus is classical, there is also a lot of time for popular, jazz and ragtime. Lessons can be taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Students will have multiple opportunities to perform in public settings, in studio concerts or talent shows.
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
i wish to learn piano. i am simply new to music instruments. i am indian, i am going to stay for 3 months only. i wish regular class. if possible please call me. my no: 9256635260
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Pamela O. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Viva is amazing!! How did I get so lucky to find an instructor that is so passionate, talented, patient, and pleasant. She makes learning fun. I will definitely be taking more lessons and am excited to work with her.
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Linda L. February 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Viva is a patient, loving teacher. My 11-year-old son loves her piano lesson and has more motivation at practice since he started learning from Ms Viva.
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Viva Z.

Viva Z.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Garrett S.

San Jose, CA

About Garrett

I picked up guitar when I was in 6th grade. I loved it ever since. I have been a few bands, and performed it's a great experience. I'd like to help others who want to exceed and learning guitar to help them reach their goals and dreams in the best way that I can. I love teaching and sharing music. The styles of guitar that I am familiar with are metal, rock n' roll, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, etc. If you have any questions all feel free to message me :)
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Kelly H. October 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old was very comfortable. He had a great first lesson. Garrett thought about the lesson from a younger persons prospective and it really helped. I trust Garretts judgment and look forward to our future lessons.
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Harsha N. September 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Garrett is nice teacher for young students. My child had no music knowledge when we started the class. So he started from very basic, also he is working on the young child concentrated, get interested and make it fun learning.

He gives feedback on every class bases to the parents.
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Garrett S.

Garrett S.

San Jose, CA 95136
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA

About Joe

I'm a professional percussionist and educator based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA. I received a B.A. in Music from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Music from Long Beach State University.

Versed in drum-set, hand drums,and Western, and contemporary percussion, I've performed professionally in settings ranging from cruise-line house bands and symphony orchestras, to Hong Kong and bay area parades and festivals.

In addition to teaching privately I host a twice-weekly Brazilian percussion class called Bateria Samba Cruz at the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Ce
nter. It has become a thriving community-performance group with regular local performances.

My 20 years of performance experience has given to teaching percussion-appreciation and world-music at summer camps, non-profit youth-group organizations, and after school classes.
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Chuck P. March 16, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Verified Student
Joe has been super helpful, patient and informative. He brings a special attention detail to his lessons. He is supportive and encouraging at every turn in the process.
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Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(1)
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$30 / 30-min
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Ricardo M.

San Jose, CA

About Ricardo

I am a saxophonist and music educator with experience in multiple woodwinds and piano. I have nineteen years of performing experience with a decade of teaching experience and have studied with some of the the world's preeminent musicians of my instrument. I am very patient and I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I strive to keep lessons fun and engaging by exploring music that students enjoy. I encourage parents to be present for their child's lessons and take part in the learning process.

I teach out of two studios in Fremont and Los Gatos. In San Jose, I am able to travel to studen
t's homes, but please confirm availability with me before booking.
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Ben E. March 24, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent! Couldn't have been better! I'm an adult beginner on flute, but play guitar and have played both tenor sax and clarinet in the past, so I come with a mixed set of skills. Ricardo asked me my goals and assessed my strengths and weaknesses. He was very patient and receptive to all my questions. In my first lesson I've already learned techniques which have improved my playing. Ricardo's resume of performing and teaching give me great confidence and payed a role in choosing him to be my teacher. I feel very fortunate to have connected with him!
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Sasha A. November 23, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Santwana Singh October 14, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Ricardo is an excellent teacher. He is a skilled musician and along with that he is kind, patient and encouraging with our kids. We started with our older son getting saxophone lessons with him and seeing how good he is with kids we asked if he can try teaching our younger one Piano. Our 5 yr old son enjoys getting lesson from him. I have already recommended Ricardo to a friend and would continue to do so.
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Ricardo M.

Ricardo M.

Los Gatos, CA 95030
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Todd M.

Watsonville, CA

About Todd

Hello there! Are you ready to free the music within? I am a full-time elementary school teacher with a bachelor's degree in music and a master's degree in education. My extensive training and experience in music and education allow me to perfectly tailor every lesson to each student's specific needs, goals, and interests. I specialize in allowing your style and personality to shine through your music, so that lessons are not only about achieving proficiency on your instrument, but about self-expression and personal growth! I love teaching, I love music, and I enjoy every moment that I can use
my education, experience, and expertise to help others free the music within! Let's get started!
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Renee February 4, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
I highly recommend using Todd. He is positive, enthusiatsitc (every lesson feels like a good push in the right direction), attentive, and great at rephrasing something if it doesn't make sense the first time. He's the BEST!
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Maikalani January 17, 2016
Vocal Training · In studio
Todd is very knowledgable about music. He has a beautiful singing voice and is very personable. He is very patient and has experience in teaching. Todd has a gift for being able to explain things in a way that is easy to understand and precise. He explains things using analogies that make it easy to grasp. He is very positive and encouraging and makes you believe that you can succeed. I highly recommend him.
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Stephanie January 15, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Todd is very knowledgeable and friendly. He is a patient and kind teacher. My son has enjoyed taking guitar lessons with him.
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Todd M.

Todd M.

Watsonville, CA 95076
(5)
starting at
$70 / 60-min

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