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About Marsha K.

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Roseville, CA
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About Marsha
The Recital was fabulous- thanks for all your work.

Goals: Since I am also a Life Coach, we really focus on how to accomplish our hopes and desires. We begin by weekly, then monthly and even a yearly goal.

Each week we also focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. Another is TECHNIQUE. Technique is the ability to have proper position, wrist-lifts and finger curve as well as Theoretic knowledge and application.

I started giving out lickable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

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?

Music has blessed 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.

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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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Jason August 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I was a student of Marsha’s for several years, and I have never had such a qualified instructor! Incredibly bright, positive, flexible, and experienced. Genuinely enjoyed my time learning from her.
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Hailey H. July 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Marsha is really nice. My daughter loves her and is looking forward to many more lessons
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sarah June 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Marsha is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend her to any person looking to expand there piano skill. -Robert
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Marsha K.

Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
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About Steve P.

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Sacramento, CA
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Steve began his musical journey on the piano as a child, later moving on to explore
clarinet and trumpet in band before discovering the French horn in high school.
Though he earned his bachelor of music in horn performance at CSU, Sacramento, he never gave
up the piano, teaching students and accompanying choirs throughout college, and
earning scholarships for both instruments.

Steve has played for a number of musical groups, from orchestras, chamber
groups and community bands to being a pit musician in musical theater and
opera. This year, he will be joining the William Jessup University Wind
Ensemble and playing horn in that group. For the last several years, Steve has
directed the orchestra at his church, and has also arranged hymns and worship music
for church orchestras and smaller ensembles.

Besides teaching piano and hor
n, Steve's musical interests include music theory, arranging, composition, piano ensemble playing and ethnomusicology.

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I have been teaching children and adults for the past 15 years. I have worked
in public schools as a band instructor, choir director, orchestra director and
general music teacher. I have also taught English and Spanish classes. My private
piano and horn students have enjoyed playing from a wide variety of musical
styles from classical to modern.

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Piano

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I choose from a variety of publications, depending on the nature of the student. I strive to have my students become well rounded by learning a variety of music literature and learning theory, scales, chord progressions, and integrate sight-reading as a regular component of lessons.
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Lena S. August 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
Steve was great, very patient and very clear with his instruction. My daughter Lena is looking forward to the next lesson...
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Elisabeth G. June 7, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
He was very patient and thought outside of the box to help me play w a tremor... I liked him a lot!
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Renee E. February 8, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Steve is a fabulous teacher and is so very patient with me. I have learned so much with only three lessons, and can't wait to learn more from him.
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Steve P.

Steve P.

Sacramento, CA 95841
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$25 / 30-min

About Benji C.

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Fair Oaks, CA
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Hi there, my name is Benji and I have been teaching private lessons since 2013. I started playing the violin at age 4 when my parents signed me up for Suzuki violin lessons. l feel in love with the violin and began to play non-stop. I also have been competing in state fiddle competitions since the age 6. I am trained in classical and fiddle/bluegrass music and enjoy both styles.

I individualize lesson plans around students wants and needs. My most important goal is to put a love and admiration of music in my students. For that reason, I focus on a variety of musical styles of interest to the student.

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have and I can't wait to help you reach your goals!
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Ryker E. August 23, 2018
· Violin · In home
Benji did a great job with Ryker!
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Mindi February 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Benji teaches violin to my 11 year old beginner son. We are busy and my son is involved in several extracurricular activities. Benji is very flexible with scheduling. He is extremely patient and positive with my son. He always gives complements and encouragement. He is moving at my child's pace. I highly recommend him!
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Kim August 2, 2016
· Violin · Online
Benji is very patient and is very positive and praising. He still tries to get them to practice. My granddaughter loves him and now wants to go to California. LOL.
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Benji C.

Benji C.

Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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About Gabriel C.

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Carmichael, CA

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About Gabriel
I started playing drums when I was in second grade and formed a band with my 2 older brothers who played bass and guitar. It was something to do when we younger but when I got into high school, I took playing drums a lot more seriously. I was in a very competitive marching band playing bass drum and tenors in the drumline and at the same time, I was introduced to jazz drumming. The improvising aspect of jazz drumming sparked my love for it because the freedom it gave me to express myself was something drumline could not do. After getting state recognition for my playing in jazz bands, I transferred to a high school with a more intensive jazz program. I am currently a jazz studies major at California State University, Sacramento. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Holly H. September 14, 2018
· Drum · In home
I’m a visual learner. It was very helpful that Gabriel provided the music sheet. It helped me to see and hear how he played the rhythms on the drum. I’m looking forward to my next lesson.
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Kevin (. April 29, 2018
· Drum · In home
Gabriel is great! he is so patient with my seven year old grandson and has a wonderful personality. He is making the drum lessons fun.
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Sree N. April 2, 2018
· Drum · In home
Very polite and patient. Goes with the flow in teaching with no rigid rules , making it enjoyable for the kid.
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Gabriel C.

Gabriel C.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Brianne G.

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Sacramento, CA

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About Brianne
Hello! My name is Brianne and I am a professional performer, actress, and vocalist. Originally residing in LA, I decided to further my education and experience by enrolling in the jazz voice program at CSU Sacramento.

From as early as elementary school, I began singing and performing in my church choir and musicals. Once I got older, I began to take vocal lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy in Huntington Beach, at which I continued to do for 6 years. At the age of 16, I began performing as a professional lead singer of the wedding and entertainment band High Altitude. I currently perform as a lead singer of ESSEX, an entertainment band that is well known in the Sacramento region.

Though voice is my primary focus of study, theatre and musical theatre is another huge passion of mine. Throughout my high school years, I have also been
in a variety of professional theatre productions, playing Hermia in A Midsummer Night's Dream, the Witch in Into The Woods, And a dancer/ Marguerita in Steven Sondheim's West Side Story.

In the middle of high school, I became more intrigued by the jazz genre, and the beauty and complexity that lies in a vocal jazz ensemble. While performing with Downey High School Epic Jazz Choir, we performed and often placed in the top 3 at the Monterey, Folsom, Reno jazz festivals. We also had the honor of performing at the JEN jazz festival held in New Orleans, Louisiana. I currently perform with CSUS Voices under the direction of Gaw Vang Williams. Last winter, we had the honor of sharing the stage with the very well established vocal jazz group New York Voices.

Though I mainly sing contemporary music and RnB, I truly love all styles and can teach students the foundational and essential vocal technique that can be applied to any style of music you want to sing and perform. I can also give guidance on how to read music at a beginning and intermediate level and how to play the ukelele and piano as an accompaniment to singing. As a musician, it is very important to me that a student developes their knowledge of music as well as their own beautiful and unique sound. By working together, I know we can achieve it! :)
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Brianne G.

Brianne G.

Sacramento, CA 95819
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About Corey O.

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Carmichael, CA

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I am a dedicated cellist and string teacher from Kansas City, Missouri, currently living in Sacramento. I just completed the first year of my Master's degree in Music Performance at Sacramento State, and plan to graduate in May of 2019.
I am passionate about making a difference with my music, and am currently teaching in the Sacramento String project to educate young musicians willing to learn. I started playing cello at the age of 9, and have studied with great cellists Dana Hughlett, Andy Luchansky and Thalia Moore. While performing in the Liberty High School Chamber Orchestra, I competed at the National ASTA conference in 2011 and 2013. I was the principal cellist during my time at Graceland University, where I earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Music performance and Publication Writing and Design. I now play as assistant principal in
the Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra.
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Corey O.

Corey O.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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$30 / 30-min

About Emery M.

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Sacramento, CA

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Emery Mesich is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer hailing from Sacramento, California. As a child he was first introduced to musical genres like classic rock, folk, and jazz. Driven by music, he started playing clarinet at the age of eight. Two years later he quickly became fluent on saxophone after discovering jazz greats like Charlie Parker and Jackie Mclean. Emery grew up playing in symphonies, community bands, churches, college bands (Sacramento State University an American River College), and was considered an “old soul” because of his ability to excel on his instrument and command great stage presence at an early age. Throughout High School Emery excelled winning numerous awards at Reno, Monterey, Essentially Ellington, and Charles Mingus Jazz Festivals as well as touring with the Next Generation Jazz Orches
tra to Japan in 2014. In 2014 Emery was granted a full scholarship to the Berklee School of music where he recently graduated with two Bachelor's degrees; Performance (saxophone principal) and Contemporary Writing and Production. Emery owes much of his success and inspiration to his private instructors who assisted his learning at an early age, and in turn teaching others has also become a passion of Emery's. Because of his age Emery works well with young kids as well as young adults. If you have any questions feel free to reach out.
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Emery M.

Emery M.

Sacramento, CA 95819
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$59 / 30-min

About Krista J.

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Rocklin, CA

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About Krista
Welcome! I am a performing pianist, accompanist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. I have been teaching for over 25 years, in schools and privately. I emphasize learning enjoyment and convenience, with lessons at your location or at the studio.

You will use top tier programs, and technology as appropriate, to learn quickly and with good techique.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in your vocal technique. Every voice has a unique sound; we will work to unlock your own individual style and sound, using music you enjoy. You can sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I am classically trained, but perform many styles of music. For students age 7+, your accelerated piano program includes a proprietary software to help you progress at amazing
speed, so you can play the music you love, with technical skill and artistry. No more wondering what to do next!

Young students (age 3-5) use a story based curriculum just for young beginners, with fun characters and success. Adult learners and players who want to refresh your skills love our group recreational music program. It's a relaxed environment to play and improve your foundation.

As a multi-instrumentalist, I encourage students to explore a second or third instrument or voice training. I love to mentor students who want to develop their talents. I teach several instruments.

My passion is teaching music. Everyone can learn, given the right tools. I firmly believe that great technique and performances are possible with just a few minutes of practice a day.

I look forward to helping you add to your natural abilities in an enjoyable, convenient learning environment. Let's get started!
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Krista J.

Krista J.

Rocklin, CA 95765
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$36 / 30-min

About Emmett H.

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Roseville, CA
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About Emmett
The phrase "been there done that"certainly applies to Emmett Hayes. He's been working with voice industry professionals for more than 15 years in talent development and voice coaching for television personalities, charting artists, stars and more.

If you are in the greater Sacramento area, you might have seen him on local area news stations like Good Day Sacramento and FOX 40 talking about what it takes to be a great singer and performer. Emmett has also served as a talent judge and panel expert on many voice and music related panels, camps, and competitions throughout California. In 2017, he was hired as Casting Producer for the show Boy Band on ABC.

Singers from shows like The Voice, American Idol, X-Factor, Rising Star and more work with Emmett because of his ability to immediately identify and eliminate vocal issues by creating sp
ecific exercises designed to eliminate vocal breaking, cracking, and fatigue. In an industry where time is money, professional singers and performers turn to Emmett for professional vocal guidance and support.
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Emmett H.

Emmett H.

Roseville, CA 95747
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$40 / 30-min

About Giuliano K.

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Sacramento, CA
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I love teaching percussion, have lots of experience performing in classical, orchestral, wind ensemble, and percussion ensemble settings, and really enjoy seeing students' hard work pay off!
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Giuliano is awesome! He's kind, patient, experienced and really helpful. I highly recommend him for all ages.
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Giuliano K.

Giuliano K.

Sacramento, CA 95816
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