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Review by Lan
"I'm so happy that I've found a best piano teacher, Michael. He explains theories clearly. He gives me lots of encouragement during the lesson. I got his e
mail about Triad theory reinforcement and next lesson 2 hours after my lesson. Highly recommend Michael to all retirees like me who love to take piano lessons."
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Lilia
"So lucky to have found him
Me and my 2 daughters have been taking piano lessons with Peter for 2 years now and we are so happy to have him as a teacher.
My girls started from knowing nothing and now they are performing classical pieces in recitals, workshops and master classes...they really like their lessons with Peter as he takes a very laid back approach while making sure they are progressing. I think this to be a very important thing to engage children, since some piano teachers can come across as too serious and make learning music a tedious thing for kids.
As for me, after studying piano for 6 years a while back, I have been learning more advanced pieces now, including some of his original compositions (the most difficult stuff so far!) On top of that, Peter started me studying music theory, and that has helped me tremendously in understanding what I'm playing.
I was also very impressed with the level of performance of his other students at this past recital, some of them composing and performing their own pieces at a very young age.
So if you are looking to learn music (piano, voice, composition) I could not recommend Peter enough!"
San Francisco, CA teacher:
Review by Mara
"We love her! Great experience so far : )"
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Bo
I am a 63 year old retiree just learning the guitar-Fortunately I was "assigned" to Nick by TakeLessons--Nick has a great musical backgroun
d and despite his pedigree he relates well and doesn't hold your lack of knowledge against you -He has a great command of the instrument and is able to play well in many different styles--he is able to impart his knowledge so that it is understandable --finally he makes you feel comfortable as you struggle through those early lessons--I actually looked forward to practicing what we had gone over during the lesson--My only disappointment in Nick is that he has relocated."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by MT
"I've been taking online lessons with Phil for almost two years now and have been enjoying every minute of it. It is very seldom you come across someone w
ho truly loves music and shines through in teaching style. His love for music is an inspiration for me. Phil is an experienced professional, reliable, enthusiastic and his lessons are always meaningful and productive. If you're wanting to learn how to play the guitar or uke, Phil is the guy. Never to late to learn how to play an instrument. He is the best. ;-)"
Phoenix, AZ teacher:
Review by Marco
"Easy to learn drums with him
Casey is an awesome drums instructor. Very easy going and professional. If you are looking into learning to play the drums i
n a fun way Casey is your guy. Great drummer!"
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Jonah
"Diego is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons from him for a while now and I have improved considerably. He is very clear with his teaching using
the information learned through his information psychology. He explains why we must do something a certain way and this leads to a better understanding of flamenco and the guitar. He teaches not just guitar, but also how to practice. Diego is incredibly friendly and makes learning something so difficult manageable and fun!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Hailey
"Ben was great with my eight year old daughter, very patient and kind. She had never picked up a guitar before and now she can't put it down and is very ex
cited for her next lesson!"
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Jesse
"Spring is so talented and patient with many years of experience! Def suggest!"
Greetings Groovy Guitar Student! Thanks for checking out my lessons. My name is Judy G., aka Groovy Judy. I'm a guitarist, singer, songwriter and performer. I've been playing guitar for 35+ and teaching private and group lessons for 12 years. I have also taught ukelele, some voice, and electric bass. ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***
I work with a lot of kids (as well as adults) and beginners. I'm extremely patient, and I enjoy getting brand n
ew guitarists up and running with proper techniques and good habits. My teaching style/philosophy is to get my students playing guitar as soon as possible in an easy and fun way. I focus on basics such as tuning, rhythm, proper pick technique, strumming, reading guitar tab and/or sheet music, and playing songs. I tailor my lessons to the student so it's fun for both of us. I work with beginners and immediate/advanced guitarists. Basically anyone that wants to learn how to play or brush up and enhance their skills. Styles I teach are: rock (classic, indie, punk) folk, pop, reggae/ska funk, blues, r&b, country, some finger-picking, and a bit of classical. I can teach you any song you want to play whether it's rap, rock hip-hop or a piano piece. I will find a way to do it and make it fun. :-)
My style is easy going, but not lackadaisical. I take teaching seriously and do my best to make the student feel comfortable. I give my students weekly assignments that I ask them to complete. However, if a student doesn't work on their assignment, I don't criticize or condemn them. I go over the assignment with them and gently remind them to play and work on the materials I've given.
I love teaching, music, and sharing my gifts with others.
Thanks and I look forward to working with you! Cheers, Judy G. aka Groovy Judy
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are once a week. Payment is due at the time of the lesson. Package rates are available upon availability.
*** Studio Equipment *** 2 guitar amps, a guitar stand, a music stand, mp3 player, a lava lamp and some cool rock posters
*** Travel Equipment *** acoustic and electric guitars, music stand, small amp, mp3 player and lots of cool music ***Please note - I'm located on the Peninsula, so the areas I serve are: Millbrae, Burlingame, Hillsborough, San Mateo, Belmont, San Carlos, Redwood City, Atherton & Menlo Park.***
*** Specialties *** I love rock, pop, folk, funk, fingerpicking and the blues. I teach all of those styles and songs by great artists such as The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Ed Sheeran, Jason Mraz, Taylor Swift, Jimi Hendrix, The Rolling Stones, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Green Day, Sly & The Family Stone, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and many more.
Yuki November 24, 2015
In studio Verified Student
She's lesson is very efficient and fun! Can't wait next lesson!
Edward S. September 21, 2015
In home Verified Student
Groovy Judy is a "great guitar teacher" with "unique" and "very effective" teaching methods.
Thanks to Judy, my son Joseph plays complete songs very well by Pink Floyd, Green Day, Modest Mouse and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers using strumming and picking.
Joseph is extremely happy with the guitar skills that he received from Groovy Judy !
Ifat G. August 17, 2015
In home Verified Student
My 10 year old son has been taking guitar lessons with Judy for over a year, and he really enjoys them. Judy is patient, flexible and fun. Highly recommended.
Alexandra has been teaching harp around the country for fifteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her st
udents have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.
A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is currently the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society, and serves as a Member of the Board of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years.
Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.
Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.
Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).
In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eight years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she has also helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps learn to care for them.
Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys working on music startup companies.
*** Lesson Details ***
As a harp teacher, all of my students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire for students according to their technical progress and although I may take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before.
I require all students make at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized. Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources.
*** Specialties *** HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.
Carol M. September 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Alexandra was the most patient and caring teacher. She is very interested in going at the student's pace. She excelled my expatiations! Thank you Alexandra!
Yana T. June 13, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is a one of a kind instructor. She not only pushes her students to excel, but I truly believe that she inspires greatness. She treats her students with the utmost respect and works diligently to provide them with every possible resource needed for learning. She is not a teacher who will let anyone get by with putting in half the effort. She motivates me to work and perform at the highest level possible.
Melody T. June 10, 2015
Alexandra Perdew is an amazing teacher. I could not be where I am or had great opportunities such as performing at the Grammys if it wasn't for her help and support. Alex always pushes me to do my best and is truly passionate about her work!
As a musician that has played for about a decade, I have studied and worked to become a teacher. I've played in numerous bands, have worked in studios, and have been teaching for about four years now and am always finding new ways to understand and help accomplish my students' goals. I've studied music theory and composition from Mike Keller (Letters From the fire) and David Meckler (Canada College music department). I'm currently working on an independent album that has begun recording.
*** Lesson Details *** I find it's easiest to asses the level at which a student is at and work from th
ere, moving towards the goal set by the student using music the student already enjoys, not kiddy books with songs they'll never actually play. My styles focus on technique and work back to theory. I play anything and everything from country to Santana, to Metallica, and to everything in between. I teach from covers to original works.
*** Studio Equipment *** The equipment I have for the studio are a couple of my electric guitars: Midnight Blue Schecter Omen 6, Ibanez S470DXQM, KSE ASG, Ibanez F0509338, Fender Stratocaster. My BOSS ME-33 special effects pedal, my Raven RG20 amplifier, and my Fender Frontman 15G amplifier. I also have multiple iMacs for Garageband and a recording studio. (services of which cost additional value for use)
*** Travel Equipment *** The equipment I have for travel are a couple of my electric guitars: KSE ASG, Ibanez F05, and a Fender Stratocaster. My BOSS ME-33 special effects pedal, my Raven RG20 amplifier, and my Fender Frontman 15G amplifier.
*** Specialties *** I specialize in technique so I can help even the newest of players find their style and learn how to work on memorizing the fretboard without even having to look at it or your finger placement. I can also help more advanced players smooth out their way of playing.
Rocky P. September 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chris is a pleasure to have as a guitar teacher. He is polite and respectful to our family and has inspired my son to become a better guitar player. Thank you Chris
Rocky P. September 22, 2015
In home Verified Student
Chris is a great guitar instructor! He has been encouraging and helped my son become a confident on the guitar! Thank you Chris you are awesome
Kelton K. August 13, 2015
In home Verified Student
A great teacher who listens to the kids and seems to know that letting them play songs that they want to play will make them want to practice! He is teaching theory, technique and fun at the same time. Kelton was bored with so much theory and playing 'baby' songs that he didn't know. Cristopher's did his first recital with the song that my son wants to learn, too! I've already recommended him to neighbors and friends.
“Described by critics as possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle) and “a voice focused and alluring... subtly expressive” (Opera News), Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online. A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo
Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera，Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen，La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca)，;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida) Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries. In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.
Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally.
Rick T. November 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Olga is very motivational and inspirational! Olga is very serious about music and let 's you know how passionate she is toward being a great teacher for you. I feel she is dedicated to music and has lifted me up to do my best ! Thank you for this great opportunity !!
Irina M. November 14, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Olga is a very experienced and knowledgeable teacher. I always enjoyed her lessons, and saw real and quick changes of my voice. The progress was obvious, and I would highly recommend this voice teacher to anyone.
Marina November 9, 2015
Classical Voice ·
Olga is an amazing teacher. Due to her great efforts, my daughter's voice has improved tremendously. She is a very passionate teacher who truly cares about the success of her students. She has a deep expertise in voice-training that she is able to clearly communicate to her students. We are fortunate to have her as our voice teacher.
Allison has recently moved to the San Mateo, CA area from Indianapolis, Indiana. She graduated from Saint Joseph's College in 2010 obtaining a Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a minor in Business Administration. During her studies her flute teachers have included Carol Goul, Sally Berger, and Harriet Coppoc. She is committed to her own education and currently studies with Pamela Ravenelle.
In 2010, she was awarded the Shuyler P. Robinson award for her performance at Saint Joseph's College Chapel. Other performances at St. Joe's include performing in the pit orchestra for Cask of A
montillado, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Into the Woods, Pirates of Penzance, and Andrew Lloyd Weber's Requiem with the SJC chorus. She was also a member of SJC's Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Flute Choir, and Drum Line.
Allison also has experience in various singing ensembles including SJC Concert Choir, SJC Chamber Singers, and the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. While singing with the Indianpolis Symphonic Choir, received the honor to perform Carmina Burana with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra conducted by Krzysztof Urbanski.
While in Indianpolis, Allison worked at Paige's Music as the manager of a specialty flute shop, Indy Flute Shop. On a day to day basis, Allison became familiar with flutes, piccolos, and harmony manufactured and hand-made by Altus, Amadeus, Avanti, Azumi, Brio!, David Straubinger, Gemeinhardt, Haynes, Miyazawa, Resona by Burkart, Yamaha, and more. She became involved with the Greater Indianapolis Flute Club serving as Membership Chair from 2011-2013 and GIFC Advertising Committee member for the 2013 Flute Fest.
Currently she plays flute with the Magic Flutes Flute Orchestra, a 30-member flute choir based in San Mateo, CA under the direction of Pamela Ravenelle.
Allison has experience teaching beginning and intermediate flutists individually and in full sections. She can begin a student with no experience and help improve those with experience.
Audrey S. June 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Allison was patient and kind with Audrey. Audrey enjoyed the lesson. She actually wanted to practice after Allison left.
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