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About Helena G.

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San Jose, CA

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About Helena
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

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My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students qu
ickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Elsa March 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter has had multiple instructors over the past 4 years and Helena is her favorite. Her technique and personality make her a joy to work with and Elsa is eager to practice and looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Jill March 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Helena has great insight and can spot areas that need improvement quickly! She is kind and patient, and a wonderful violin teacher/player.
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Joe A. March 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
I am an adult beginner. Helena is amazingly patient and has clearly mastered teaching the violin. I am very excited that I found her and look forward to having her guide me on my journey to learn such a beautiful musical instrument.
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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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About Matthew I

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About Matthew J
I have been playing guitar for 14 years and teaching guitar and bass for 7 years. I have worked as a private and group guitar instructor at several music education establishments in the Chicago, Los Angeles and in Eugene, Oregon as well. I have also worked as a band coach for youth groups, where I taught them cover songs, helped them write their own songs and prepared them for live performances.
I studied at Columbia College Chicago majoring in Classical Guitar.
I started taking private guitar lessons as a teenager for several years and played in my high school jazz band along with original rock bands. While in high school, I was able to study with popular Chicago rock virtuoso guitarist Kevin M. Buck, where I first learned music theory and was inspired to be more studious with the guitar.

I have performed in rock/modern ban
ds for 12 years as an electric guitarist and also for 4 years as a solo acoustic guitarist mixing Bossa Nova, Classical Guitar and original compositions into my performance repertoire.

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I'm a patient teacher that's passionate about guitar and helping students reach their musical goals whether they are casual players or serious musicians. For beginners, I use Hal Leonard instructional guitar books along with paper handouts and sheet music. I believe it's important for everyone to learn the fundamentals of music to create a strong base of skills in order to continue playing and learning music throughout one's life. For more experienced players, I like to teach various modern rock/pop songs, classical guitar songs, picking patterns, finger picking patters, improvisation, scales and music theory. I teach nylon string acoustic, steel string acoustic guitar and electric guitar and bass
I believe the most basic goal for a guitar student is to be able to play a song in it's entirety, whether it's by themselves or with other musicians/music students. I believe that some of the most important music skills are learned while actually playing with other musicians. It is crucial when learning an instrument to be able to play in 'real time'; playing music with a steady sense of rhythm.

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I teach Classical Guitar, Brazilian Jazz, bass guitar, rock, pop, blues, funk and folk guitar using method books, sheet music and guitar tablature.
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Fiona M. March 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Absolute joy to be taught by Matt, knowledgeable, encouraging and enthusiastic. (Timely as well if that's important to you!), i learnt an awful lot from Matt and felt fortunate to have chosen him as my teacher.
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Matthew has been a wonderful instructor. I feel that i have learned a lot and also enjoyed the process. He has also been very accomodating about special teaching requests that have helped me develop my skills in genres I enjoy.
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Matthew I

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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About Katherine S.

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San Jose, CA

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About Katherine
Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.

Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Holy Family Church. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church, professional singer for Fremont Presbyterian in Sacramento, and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private tea
cher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.

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I teach from a comprehensive approach, taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the art.

Studio Equipment:
- Piano
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Travel Equipment:
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Specialties:
Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical
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Mustafa July 17, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, made me feel comfortable at home, easy to get along with, and helps to sculpt to music you like.
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Marjorie October 10, 2016
· Broadway Singing · In studio
She is very good at telling me what is expected for each lesson and long term
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Roxanna B. July 25, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very informative, detailed, and helpful! Gives a lot of instruction in varying methods to better teach you.
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Katherine S.

Katherine S.

San Jose, CA 95124
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About Dr. Elizabeth M.

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About Dr. Elizabeth
Dr. Elizabeth’s students have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Citi Field and have received top scores in New York State School Music Association Exams (NYSSMA), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM). Her most dedicated students have been accepted into top universities in the country such as NYU, Bard University, Juilliard Pre-College and Rutgers University and have been featured in broadcasts for radio and TV stations including FOX News, the Don Francisco Show on NBC, the Harry Connick Jr. Show on Fox, SAT. 1 TV in Germany, for President Obama at the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, Good Morning America on ABC News.

Dr. Elizabeth has been actively involved in the training of young violinists in NYC and abroad for the past ten years. She currently mai
ntains a private violin studio in the California Bay Area, serves on the faculty of the New Mozart School in Palo Alto and performs with the Santa Cruz Symphony. Dr. Elizabeth was previously on the faculty of Stony Brook University Undergraduate Chamber Music, Stony Brook University Pre-College, the Herald School of Music and the Joyous School of Music in New York.

She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States, receiving numerous awards and scholarships. She was the 2nd prize winner of the Frank Preuss International Violin Competition in Ibague, Colombia, “special prize” winner of the Diabelli International Chamber Competition in 2012, 1st prize winner of the Columbus State University Concerto Competition, 2008, 2nd prize winner of the LaGrange Young Artist’s Competition in 2008, top prize winner of the Canadian National Chamber Music Festival 2005, and 1st prize winner of the Atlanta Community Orchestra Competition.

Dr. Elizabeth’s studies have taken her across the globe from the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, to the University of Performing Arts in Graz, Austria, the Schwob School of Music in Georgia, USA, the Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest and Stony Brook University in New York where she completed her doctoral studies. Her primary teachers include Hagai Shaham, Philip Setzer of the Emerson Quartet, Silvia Marcovici, Sergiu Schwartz, and Vilmos Szabadi.

For more information about Dr. Elizabeth please visit www.elizabethmaccorquodale.com
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Cam September 20, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great with young talent, vary encouragjng and dedicated.
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Elise September 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Elizabeth always greets us with a big smile and is full of laughs and jokes, which makes learning a difficult instrument a lot more enjoyable for my son. She's is very knowledgeable and eagerly explains technique and does not shy away from giving feedback and guidance, which has helped him improve a lot. I was so worried that he wouldn't like learning the violin or that he'd have a lot of difficulty, but neither of those have been the case. My husband and I have recommended Elizabeth to several of our friends and we are happy to provide her an online referral as well. Thank you Elizabeth for teaching our son the violin! - Elise & John
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Selim September 18, 2017
· Violin · In studio
My main instrument is piano, however I have taken a year of violin lessons during my composition studies in Austria. I wanted to focus on my string instrument writing and also develop my violin playing skills (at the age of 33!).

Dr. Elizabeth proved herself to be a great teacher, who didn't only make my lessons fun (believe me, it's not that easy when you are at a certain age), but also made made things very interesting to me by relating the techniques I learned to string instrument writing (which is an amazing experience for a composer!).

Sometimes when I arrived early for my lessons, I observed Dr. Elizabeth with children and talked to some of the students' parents. They all speak highly of her and are very happy with their children's musical development.

I am (also) a music teacher at UC Berkeley, and have seen all kinds of teachers throughout my career and I can confidently say that you can't go wrong with Dr. Elizabeth. I still continue my weekly lessons and am amazed how much I've developed as a violinist since we started working together.

Thank you Dr. Elizabeth, see you next week!
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Dr. Elizabeth M.

Dr. Elizabeth M.

Mountain View, CA 94043
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About Judy E.

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Los Gatos, CA
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About Judy
I have taught may different kinds of subjects, ESL, Drug and Alcohol Education, Social services, in the past. Mostly, though, I have taught piano, my first and greatest love, starting in the 70's and off and on until I took it full time during the past 2 years. I develop special relationships with all of my students, and together with individually specific incentives, nearly all my students progress very quickly in their learning. I enjoy children of all ages as well as adults.
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Andy Z. October 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
Judy E did good job for her first class. Both Andy and Jody like her. They are looking forward to the next class,
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Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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· Chess · In studio
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Nancy K.

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San Jose, CA
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About Nancy
Hello there I'm Ms. Nancy! I have earned two masters degrees in Music Performance and in Music Education and I have been teaching violin/viola private lessons, chamber coaching and music classes in classroom settings. I enjoy teaching music and to bring joy and excitement along with challenge into my lessons, I love seeing students grow in this safe and trust environment we create together and to accomplish new knowledge and musical skills, and I believe all students will be successful in life through learning music; gain self-esteem, learn problem solving, and to always be hardworking, strike for the best!
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Chloe Lai September 8, 2015
· Viola · In studio
Nancy is one of the best teachers i've ever had. Her lessons are engaging and productive. She communicates music in a way that is meaningful, constructive, and easily understood which for me are the most important and desirable elements learning music from scratch. With her majors in both performance and eduction, she is able to provide a hands-on teaching style integrated with the theory basis. Nancy is definitely the ideal teacher if you are looking for someone professional and fun to grow your music journey.
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Natasha September 8, 2015
· Viola ·
Nancy is very patient with kids. I found my daughter getting more interested in playing the viola. She is a very experienced and responsible teacher!
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Nancy K.

Nancy K.

San Jose, CA 95123
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About Colleen M.

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San Jose, CA
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About Colleen
Colleen is a Grammy award winning recording artist and has been teaching music to ages 6 and up for 10 years.. She also performs around the bay area. She currently teaches music in Redwood City for KIPP (Knowledge is Power Program), a national organization of charter schools known for their rigorous high standards. Colleen Teaches out of her home in downtown San Jose as well as online through Skype and FaceTime.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Colleen has taught students of all ages and abilities. While teaching elementary school, she led over 250 singers in school wide performances. While teaching middle school, her four choirs won multiple awards and gained a reputation for giving top quality performances. While teaching high school she led a district wide masterwork performance that featured singers from three high school choirs, accompa
nied by a full orchestra. Her top high school choirs toured California and won best overall at the California Music Educators conference. Her adult students have gone on to great heights, winning recording contracts, lead roles and awards. Her students have won movie rolls, singing competitions and some have even become YouTube viral sensations.

TEACHING METHODS:

Classical technique: Colleen has studied classical technique under Sherri Greenawald, the Grammy winning Artistic Director of the San Francisco Opera.

Contemporary technique: Colleen has studied with some of the top voice teachers in the music industry. She studies directly from Linda Septien, a legend in the music industry. Linda is ranked as one of the top 5 talent coaches in the world. Some of Linda's students include: Beyonce, Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Ryan Cabrera and Hunter Parish and more. She is an adviser for American Idol, The Voice and America's Got Talent. Colleen continues to pass on Linda's stellar methods to her students.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Voice lessons consist of a tailored curriculum created specifically for each student, targeting areas that will have the most impact for each individual artist. Learn to expand your range, using your diaphragm properly; learn scatting, breathing techniques, belt, mixed voice and head voice. Learn how to add texture and style to your performance.
Great entertaining is also about presentation, visual energy and staging. Learn how to be an all around entertainer through timed movement, staging and story telling.

YOUR FIRST LESSONS

Lessons can be booked by clicking the green "continue" button. Want to talk first? Click the "Ask A Question" button at the top of your screen.

It would be great if you could come to the first lesson with a song you can perform, one you can sing either on your own without music or using a karaoke track from YouTube.
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Lilly R. July 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
She made us feel 100% comfortable taking our daughter to her first lesson . I definitely recommend her if anyone it's looking for someone. I drove almost 1 hr to her spot but well worth it .
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Michelle January 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I love Ms. Colleen! She is so nice and she really helped me with my audition. I can match pitch better and she helped me move more and I sound much better!
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Ricardo January 27, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My son is 9 and Colleen has been seeing him once a week. She has him on a program where he sings everyday with homework. She has a professional recording studio in her home and records exercises that she sends my son home with. She is a very good teacher. She is clear and kind and always has something new to do.
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Colleen M.

Colleen M.

San Jose, CA 95112
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About Victoria W.

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Cupertino, CA

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About Victoria
Victoria came to the Bay Area in 2015 from Atlanta, Georgia where she received her music degree from Georgia State University. She has been playing the flute for 15 years and is knowledgeable in music theory and aural skills. Her teachers have included Allison Gillon and Sarah Ambrose, and has participated in masterclasses with professionals such as: Julien Beaudiment (former principal at LA Philharmonic), Christina Smith (principal at Atlanta Symphony), and Viviana Guzman (international touring artist) to name a few.

She has participated in many ensembles ranging from chamber groups, wind ensembles and orchestras, and performed a solo recital in her senior year at GSU. She also performed with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet in 2011 and 2012. She has taught several high school marching bands since 2011 and currently w
orks with the Homestead High School Marching Band while maintaining a private studio. She believes in teaching strong fundamentals.
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Tera N. July 1, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter needed lessons before a college audition. Victoria helped her with er site reading and tone & technique for 2 months before her audition. My daughter got a scholarship and into the group she wanted because of Victoria's help! She was flexible with my daughter's crazy schedule and helped her feel confident in her abilities. Thanks Victoria!
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Macy April 13, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Victoria.
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Claire C. March 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
On time, polite, knowledgable, and talented! What more do you need?
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Victoria W.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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About olivia C.

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San Jose, CA

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Hello, everyone! I started to play the piano when I was 4 years old.
I have 8 years experience of teaching young piano beginners. My lessons have lots of fun and my goal is letting all my students love the music and play the piano.

I am a bilingual piano teacher with English and Mandarin, very well-trained with age of 4~12 years old children. I do private or semi-private lessons, twice a year recital, and an optional piano exam! Looking forward to hear from you!!
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Nancy K. September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have worked together with Olivia several times for our students' combined events. Olivia is a very patient and loving teacher, I really enjoyed working with her and listening to her students' piano playing.
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olivia C.

olivia C.

San Jose, CA 95128
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