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About Laurence B.

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San Mateo, CA
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I am a highly qualified and experienced teacher, and adapt my approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student. I ensure they can read the notes they are playing so they can become independent musicians. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association. I teach either in English or French using both musical systems (do re mi or ABC).

My qualifications are:

* master of music (piano pedagogy), Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (GPA: 4.0)
* state piano teaching diploma, France
* gold medal in piano performance, Conservatoire National
* bachelor of arts degree in musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)

I speak both English and French languages.

About Laurence
I am a highly experienced and qualified piano teacher, teaching all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Music (piano pedagogy), 2004, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (award of excellence)
Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)
State Piano Teaching Diploma, France
Gold Medal in Piano Performance, Conservatoire National

EXPERIENCE

I have been giving weekly individual piano and theory lessons for many years, presenting many for the ABRSM grade examinations. I also accompany high school choirs, and enjoy playing chamber music with the Arte Piano Trio. I am a enthusiastic pianist and enjoy sharing t
his passion with my students.

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I am familiar with the major piano methods, but rather than slavishly following one method, I prefer to adapt my teaching approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student, using whatever material is best suited for them. I ensure my students can read the notes they are playing, and thoroughly understand the rhythms, so they can become independent musicians. I also emphasize playing musically, even at beginning level, so they can enjoy and understand the music immediately. My students also have the opportunity to play in student recitals twice per year.

I can teach in English or French, using either letter name notes or the solfege method (do re mi).

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano (all periods) and chamber music
Broadway musicals and popular song music
I am specialized in preparing students for the internationally recognized ABRSM Grade exams.
I am familiar with most popular piano methods such as Faber and Faber, Alfred, Denes Agays, John Thompson and Bastien, and Dozen a Day for technique, and use them when I feel it is appropriate for the particular student.
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Laurie January 22, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Very detailed and precise, focuses on why each technique is used and also touches on the history of terms and periods. Also she is very nice and funny.
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Sam M. October 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is the best! Lessons with her are one of the best parts of my week. She is a master of piano pedagogy, ready with a solution to any trouble I'm having with the exercises, sight reading or music I'm working on. She loves to joke around and have fun but is very serious and passionate about music at the same time. It's a perfect balance! Can't recommend more.
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Kurt October 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is an excellent teacher. She was understanding when the schedule needed to be changed due to my scheduling needs. She provided the appropriate amount of encouragement and patience, especially when my practicing was limited. I learned a great deal from Laurence and highly recommed her.
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Laurence B.

San Mateo, CA 94403
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About Mandy B.

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San Leandro, CA

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Piano students will learn warm-ups using scales and other techniques including Hanon exercises as well as learning how to practice. Genre is dependent on student's goals/needs.

About Mandy
I have been singing for as long as I can remember and started studying voice at age 15. I sang in my first band when I was in high school, then 2 others while in college. Professionally, I was a back-up vocalist and percussionist with the Sam Morrison Band from 2006-2012, where I traveled all over the country. This premiere Bob Seger tribute band is signed by Titan Tribute Media and has recorded 3 albums that can be found on iTunes.

I left home to study music at Cal State, Long Beach. There, I was challenged with more difficult genres, like opera and Lieder. My appetite continued to grow as I immersed myself in performances, competitions, and traveling the world with college choirs.

I have worked in opera companies based in southern California, including Lyric Opera of Los Angeles, Long Beach Opera, and Celestial Opera. I have
also been hired as a soloist at various local churches.

I was a faculty member at Orange County School of the Arts, for almost a decade, where I taught Music Theory, Music History, and Musicianship.

As a member of Belle Musique, a hand bell trio, I played and sung for weddings, funerals, and private parties.

I got to wail as the lead singer of Pine Street Band singing classic covers from CCR to Blondie to Tom Petty.

In addition, I sing and play in a band, Wheel House, where we create a unique blend of rock, blues, and funk.

It is my belief that it is never too late to follow your passion, but you have to find what really makes you happy and fulfilled!

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I teach students according to their own goals and interests. However, I must include elements that are vital in the musical world whether the student is a hobbyist or leaning toward a professional career. My instrumentalists will learn all aspects of theory including rhythm, basic theory, and musicianship. My singers will learn about breath, anatomy, alignment, and performance. This is in addition to learning fundamental repertoire.

I have very high expectations for my students and do my best to motivate and challenge them, bringing out the natural musician. I am goofy but demanding and always develop a strong and trusting relationship with each and every student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In home music studio with upright piano, electric piano, recording equipment, drum set, amps, guitars, bass, and seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Specialize vocally in opera, rock, funk, musical theater.
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Gina Weaver September 13, 2016
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Mandy has been nothing but lovely to work with, Isabella Ruby has enjoyed her lessons and can't wait to sing more!
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Michael P. August 16, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
She was wonderful,knows what is needed to get things started.Felt very comfortable with her,can't wait for the next lesson.
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Elizabeth Kwiatkowski-Wrixon July 19, 2016
· Piano ·
Mandy is a great teacher! She is very patient and works with you at your own pace.
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Mandy B.

San Leandro, CA 94579
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About Larry T.

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Albany, CA
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Now Accepting Piano Students.

I will teach you the skills you need to play the music you want to play.

Beginner to intermediate, or coming back to play.

Rock, Pop, Broadway, Blues, Jazz and Country.

Testimonials

We have a perfect teacher. Our daughter, 17, was frustrated with traditional lessons, requirements for practice, learning notes before playing, etc. We found a wonderful teacher who just met her where she was, has worked with her and within a month she was playing songs, learning to read music, and practicing of her own accord with no nagging. She loves music lessons now. Her piano playing is coming along beautifully. Best of all she is enjoying music. He also teaches voice, and she is working on that as well as piano with him. He's a pianist, composer, songwriter, music director. He will come to your house, and I couldn't recommend him more highly.
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About Larry
Music is my passion. As a professional Songwriter, Composer and Pianist, I have toured the United States in Rock and Roll bands, and made my living working as a songwriter, composer and pianist accompanying singers and instrumentalists, as a soloist, and as a recording session keyboardist and composing music and writing songs for Film and Live Theatre.

I am an award winning songwriter and I am a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers- A.S.C.A.P.
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Larry T.

Albany, CA 94706
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$30 / 30-min

About Astrid C.

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Martinez, CA

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I can teach beginner to intermediate piano, which would include scales, proper fingering techniques, teaching to play with both hands together and even into modes and Jazz chords and jazz theory. I believe my students need to learn music theory along with piano, other wise they don't understand what they are doing. Plus it will help them in the future with music.

About Astrid
Teaching is my passion. Over the last few years I have worked with some amazing students of all ages. My youngest student was 2 years old and my oldest student is in her 70's and I absolutley love that! I have experience working with children with learning difficulties and students who get frustrated really easily. I love helping students fall in love with music, like I did growing up with my music teachers and professors. I am passionate about music and passionate about my students learning and excelling in their craft. I enjoy working with all ages and all types of music abilities. As a teacher I really push my students to understand music itself and spend time going over theory, which is super important. I would love to help you or your child grow and learn in their music abilities and hope to hear from you soon!
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Patricia T. September 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very patient teacher.
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Stuart Cutt March 30, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Astrid was wonderful
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Janice P. January 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Astrid is a great teacher. She is patient, clear, and works so well with my six year old daughter. I highly recommend her.
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Astrid C.

Martinez, CA 94553
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

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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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Priyanka S. August 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Melissa was the perfect teacher for my child. She's warm, engaged, patient -- and very skilled. I think my daughter continued with her piano instruction only because she enjoyed her classes so much! If we hadn't moved an hour away, we would still be going to Melissa. She's awesome! I highly recommend her.
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James August 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher. I learned a lot.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Charlotte L.

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San Francisco, CA
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Hi! First, I will ask for your experience not only with piano but with music. We will work on posture, playing technique and reading. Because of my tutelage, my default material for beginners is Suzuki Book 1 which you can either purchase yourself or I can bring one for you. If you have other music material that you would like to work on, I am happy to use that instead. Then I will assign you homework which you will need to practice on your own in preparation for then next lesson.

About Charlotte
Hi! I graduated from USF with a degree in Biology and Neuroscience. I began studying piano when I was 4 through the Suzuki method and started teaching when I moved to San Francisco to start school. I am dedicated to the Suzuki method and believe in it. When I take on a student, I want them to accomplish their goals but will require that they practice and prepare for each lesson. With practicing done, we can work on and hone your skill together and (I hope) develop a love for music and an instrument I hold very dear.
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Ernest March 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Charlotte was amazing for our son’s first lesson!
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Eyza M. October 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first session. Location was easy to find. Kids felt comfortable, and they enjoyed their lesson (despite being resistant in the beginning). Charlotte was very friendly and warm with them, which helped a lot!
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Justin July 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
a really positive and encouraging teacher
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Charlotte L.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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About Alex L.

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Fremont, CA

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Piano is the optimal instrument to learn as a first instrument. Everything is laid out in front of you, with only time and practice between you and greatness. Let me help you get there!

About Alex
I was passionate about music when I was younger, but I never had the tools to get where I wanted. Music was always a mystery to me and I got stuck learning from tabs and not stepping out of my circle of knowledge. It wasn't until I pursued music seriously that my love for the art really took off. I suggest doing the same! Let me help you get there quicker!

I received my associates degree in music from Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, and I will receive my Bachelors in music from San Jose State University Spring of 2019. I have taught guitar, bass, piano, and composition to students from 8-80 over the past 12 years. I am excited to meet you and to help you succeed!
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Pratibha January 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Alex is experienced and seasoned guitar teacher . My kid is learning and enjoying at the same time
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Nidhi January 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Alex has been teaching guitar to my 14 year old son since last summer and my son really enjoys his lessons. Alex is very patient and goes at my son's pace. He is prompt and flexible. I would highly recommend Alex!
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Andy January 29, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun. I'm an adult learner and intermediate musician and Alex provided me with exactly the kind of hands-on assistance I wanted. He really kick-started implementing music theory into my own playing.
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Alex L.

Fremont, CA 94539
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$40 / 30-min

About Andria S.

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Concord, CA

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Specialty in beginning and intermediate piano students of all ages. With nearly 10 years of experience, I provide a specific curriculum for training in piano with an emphasis on proper technique to ensure quick, steady, and measurable improvement in my student’s piano playing ability. That said, each lesson is tailored to the needs of each student. Learning piano and music theory should be enjoyable; I teach it that way. We will also work on sight reading and performance prep!

I believe that music is the universal language and when learned properly and with care, it provides an important outlet for many students to more fully express themselves.

I have studied and performed piano and voice most of my life, and am currently studying. I have derived much enjoyment and gratification through those channels. My greatest joy, however, comes from teaching and being part of my students’ growth in their skill level and observing the expansion of their confidence through the ...

About Andria
I have had a career of playing piano and singing professionally for more than 15 years. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from San Jose State University having had the distinction of studying voice with the late, great Irene Dalis, mezzo soprano.

I travel to your home to teach piano to students of all ages and abilities specializing in the beginning and intermediate levels. I studied piano for 13 years, 7 of which concentrated in classical, and 6 years in pop stylings. I teach students to read music classically, and also to read and write lead sheets, i.e., chord sheets. I have a specific curriculum that I follow with an emphasis on proper technique. Mostly, I want my students to experience the joy that playing piano brings, and the confidence it builds in your everyday life.

I look forward to having the opportunity t
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Andria S.

Concord, CA 94521
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$39 / 30-min

About Han W.

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San Jose, CA
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I began to study piano at the age of three. My education experiences includes bachelor and master's degree from China Conservatory of Music, the artist degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the doctor degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Kansas.

In addition to preforming over more than 20 cities in China, I have also held piano solos in world-famous concert halls and important musical events, such as Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the US, Musikschule Bayreuth Concert Hall in Germany, Theater Vredenburg Concert Hall in Germany, Grottammare Theatre in Italy, Teatro Degli Industri Grand Theatre in Italy, the Opening Ceremony of International Liszt Festival in LA, Opening and closing Ceremony of Pennsylvania International Music Festival.

I have won many international piano competition awards, including the

About Han
Hi, this is Han!

I began to study piano at the age of three. My education experiences includes bachelor and master's degree from China Conservatory of Music, the artist degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the doctor degree in piano performance and piano pedagogy from the University of Kansas.

In addition to preforming over more than 20 cities in China, I have also held piano solos in world-famous concert halls and important musical events, such as Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in the US, Musikschule Bayreuth Concert Hall in Germany, Theater Vredenburg Concert Hall in Germany, Grottammare Theatre in Italy, Teatro Degli Industri Grand Theatre in Italy, the Opening Ceremony of International Lisz
t Festival in LA, Opening and closing Ceremony of Pennsylvania International Music Festival.

I have won many international piano competition awards, including the winner of the Washington DC International Young Artists Piano Competition, the grand prize at the New York Metropolitan International Piano Competition, the bronze award of the American Chopin International Piano Competition, the gold medal of the US Virtuoso Artist International Piano Competition, the bronze award of the Paderewski International Piano Competition, the first place in the Asia Pacific region of the Netherlands Liszt International Piano Competition, etc.
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Han W.

San Jose, CA 95129
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$60 / 30-min

About Georgia S.

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San Ramon, CA

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I customize the beginning or more advanced student’s plan according to their musical goals. Main focus is on learning to play and read music fluently on the piano or keyboard. If they need help or tutoring in Music Theory I have a few years experience. Also experience with the California Certificate of Merit program and students who want to learn and play just for fun!

About Georgia
I have over thirty years of experience teaching piano and tutoring music theory with students of all ages from age 4 to senior citizens! Young or older beginners and students who want to refresh their piano training from years ago are especially welcome as I am patient and like to set up reachable goals in small steps.
I like to work with beginners especially because I truly enjoy watching them grow into proficient players playing music they enjoy. Most of my students want to get a solid piano background playing music they love as well as becoming a proficient reader of music. And that is my goal!

I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association and also participate in the Certificate of Merit program if the students want to participate.
I have a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory and piano from the Wisconsin College Conse
rvatory of Music and a Master of Arts degree in Music Composition from Mills College.
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Georgia S.

San Ramon, CA 94583
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$47 / 30-min

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