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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA

About Marsha

Hello hello! Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

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lessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Renee A. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
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Laura N. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marsha is flexible, easy to work with and I really liked the way she taught theory. She's a great teacher!
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Donna Chu C. November 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Marsha is such a great teacher. My son who is 11 years old is learning a lot in such a short period of time. She makes it easy for him to understand how to read notes and how to play them in such a fun way. We were just going to try 8 sessions, but after just 2 sessions, we would like to continue for more. We just love her! I'm glad she had an opening when we were looking for a teacher.
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Marsha K.

Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
(9)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Ronald S.

Citrus Heights, CA

About Ronald

With a Bachelor's Degree in music from California State University Sacramento I studied with the best, including graduates from Juilliard and Eastman. I focus on what my students want to play and provide a harmonic grounding to enable the student to improvise or just "jam" with anybody. I also provide a positive reinforcement atmosphere and will accept ground floor beginners to advanced intermediate students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it's important to create a relaxed, stress free lesson atmosphere to encourage creativity and self confidence. While mistakes are expected I believe b
uilding a students self confidence will make those mistakes disappear. We'll start with fundamentals which will build your understanding of what you're playing and be able to apply it to whatever music you wish to play.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have own piano.

*** Specialties ***
I read music and can sight read any style. I specialize in classical, but also play jazz, ragtime and new age music.
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Violet Z. February 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Amazing

Ronald is a very good teacher.My son didn't know anything and in few months he was improving and it's.Been a year and my son is like a mini Mozart.He is an amazing and you should try him.
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Carolyn S. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent Instructor

Ron is a very patient and knowledgable piano instructor. He is reliable and flexible. He can teach piano skills and theory from basic to advanced. Ron is a wonderful teacher!
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AmieJ December 28, 2011
Piano instructor!

Ronald is a really awsome piano instructor. He is friendly , knowledgeable and patience. I would recommend Ronald, piano teacher, to my friends and family!!
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Ronald S.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kimberly B.

Roseville, CA

About Kimberly

I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orch
estra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals.
I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around.
I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College. Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and meter), and am currently teaching this curriculum.
I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool and school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student.
I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally.
For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level.
I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in open space, upright piano, digital piano, music stands, metronome, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have a piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil and come ready to have fun learning! :)

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.
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Joe F. November 15, 2012
Violin
Verified Student
Great Teacher!!!

Kimberly is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her. She is patient with you as a student and explains things at your level. She is very knowledgable about music as she plays many instruments and has a great ear. As an adult student she had me learn to read music early in the lesson which I found to be very helpful. Lessons are at her home and it is in an appropiate setting. My Lessons fly by as she has an engaging teaching style and she stays focused on helping your improvement from week to week. She is flexible in rescheduling your weekly lesson if needed.I would rate her an A+ as a Music teacher!
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janet P. September 14, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
We have enjoyed and learned so much from Kimberly

Kimberly is very professional and makes me and my daughter feel very welcome. Emily has been taking singing lessons for a couple of months now and no two lessons are alike a she learing so much from Kimberly.
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janetp July 18, 2012
Emily has really enjoyed her teacher and singing lesson.
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Kimberly B.

Roseville, CA 95661
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Charles F.

Auburn, CA

About Charles

Hello! My name is CJ and I am currently a graduate student at California State University, Sacramento. I have my BM in saxophone performance. I have played for 12 years in a number of different settings including jazz bands, concert bands, symphony orchestras, small ensembles, and I have done solo work. I attended Placer High School, playing in the jazz, concert, and marching bands for four years. I also attended Sierra College, where I played in similar ensembles as well as a number of pit orchestras for various musicals. I also won a number of awards including the MACRO scholarship (2011), t
he Auburn Symphony Young Artist competition (2011), and the outstanding music student award at Sierra College (2011). At Sacramento State I have been focused on classical saxophone and I have been involved with the Sacramento State orchestra, the Auburn Symphony, the CSUS saxophone quartet, and their Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I specialize in alto and soprano and I do have some experience on both tenor and bari as well and I would love to accommodate those students, too!

I am involved with a number of community groups outside of school, including Auburn Concert Band and the Sierra Nevada Winds. Seasonally, I also play with a number of other groups and at a number of other events. I enjoy making music but more importantly I enjoy making other people enjoy the music I make, and my goal is to help my students do the same: enjoy what they do, and help them to create something that other people can enjoy with them.

I have studied with clarinetist Elizabeth McAllister, M.M., graduate of Louisiana State University and instructor at McLaughlin studios in Loomis, CA, and saxophonist Keith Bohm, D.M.A., instructor from CSU Sacramento and director of the Festival of New American Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a classical saxophonist. That is not to say that I will not nor cannot work with other styles, but I will definitely work from a more classical approach. In my opinion, this is to the benefit of my students, as really in the end all music derives from the same scales, the same techniques, and the same basic disciplines. I will just be a bit more strict in certain areas that will, with effort, work to improve my students in every aspect of their playing.

I have taught both individually and groups sessions, from ages as young as 6 up to 65, from beginner to early college, so I feel that I have a lot to offer!

I want my students to succeed, and, more importantly, I want my students to do what they want to do. I understand not everyone is seeking to become a music major and I know that everyone is at a different level. I will help my students achieve what they want to achieve (and push them when I feel they can and need to be pushed)!

Students must provide their own instrument (I can assist with rental/buying options), music (including both repertoire and technique books, to be decided upon in lessons), reeds (to be discussed), a neck strap, a pencil, and a folder for music, to stay organized.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio space I have music stands, seating for parents (as they are more than welcome to sit in if needed/desired), audio equipment as needed for instructional purposes, a clean and inviting space, and a good atmosphere for making music!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument(s), music stands, and other materials as needed based on the student for each lesson. Please note that having your own music stand isn't required but is highly recommended as students should be practicing regularly!

*** Specialties ***
I have been fairly involved with jazz styles in the past, but I am now mostly focused on and involved with classical saxophone and practices!
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Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
Saxophone
Charles is considered by many at the California State University of Sacramento to be one of the best saxophonists in the Music Department. I have had the pleasure of listening to Charles perform in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a very prestigious group which includes advanced music as well as passionate performers, on more than one occasion and he is amazing. I have also socialized with him outside of the music building a couple of times and he never fails to impress gentleness, humility and sheer kindness wherever he goes. Charles is a good guy and a great musician and the details of his craft hardly go unnoticed.
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Charles F.

Charles F.

Auburn, CA 95603
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Allie H.

Rocklin, CA

About Allie

Music Is my passion. I have been playing guitar for 12 years, upright bass for 8 years and bass guitar for 6 years. With 3 years of college level music experience as a music education major, there is a lot I can teach you. I have been teaching music lessons for 8 years and I would love to share my musical knowledge with you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string guitar, guitar and bass amp, bass guitar, upright bass
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James H. June 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Hi, this is Allie's dad. I'm responding to the previous review. This person was 21 miles away and at least a 40 minute drive in traffic. Allie's profile stated within 10 miles. It was clearly a miscommunication, and Allie apologized and even offered a free lesson at our house as compensation. Driving an hour and 20 minutes is not feasible. This person never took a lesson from Allie.
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Dalena R. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I paid 150 for lessons 2 weeks ago for Allie. A week later she cancelled her first lesson with my 12 year old daughter due to not feeling well, which is fine. Another week later, the day of the next scheduled lesson she asked for my address at 1 and at 3 tells me I live 12 miles away and she will only travel 10 miles away because that is an hour out of her time that she can be teaching and that either she has to charge me more or I will have to drive to her. No where on the website does it say that she only travels 10 miles and the website let me chose in home lessons. My problem is this... A professional would have asked for the address and checked the location before cancelling and making a 12 year old little girl who has her hear set on guitar lessons wait 2 weeks to only be told she won't travel this far in the first place. Very disappointing.
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Amy B. July 8, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My eight year old daughter just started taking guitar lessons with Allie. Allie is very sweet and patient with my daughter. She is a wonderful teacher:)
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Allie H.

Allie H.

Rocklin, CA 95677
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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