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About Mike G.

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Scotts Valley, CA
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Passionate abut music from a very young age, I began taking drum lessons when I was nine and quickly became interested in expanding my musical horizons. After High School I attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. This was an amazing experience for me because it not only improved my musical abilities but also showed me new and effective ways to teach. Since then I have had a chance to implement and hone these teaching techniques through over ten years of teaching private lessons to students of all ages and backgrounds.

Over the years I have played guitar, bass, and drums for various bands in styles ranging from jazz and blues to hard core. I currently play with the Bethany Ambassadors, a travelling gospel choir at Bethany University. Having played music of many styles in live situations at fairs, parks, wine festival
s, and many other venues, I believe that versatility is integral to a musician's growth and reflect that mentality in my private lessons.

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Because I have been on the receiving end of many different teaching styles and personalities, I understand that sometimes something may need to be explained or explored in a number of different ways before it "clicks" with a student. In my private lessons I promote a laid back yet focused atmosphere where the student is comfortable with experimenting; making mistakes and learning from them without embarrassment. When learning to play an instrument, technique is extremely important because it facilitates speed and accuracy later on. My lessons are generally divided between technique exercises and practical applications.

During lessons I will write out various exercises and information that the student can take home with them to learn and practice. I also will be using various books and incorporating them into my curriculum. Occasionally I will recommend that a student purchase a book but most of the time I will simply photocopy a page and let the student take it home with them. My lessons are very progress-oriented and the student will always be working towards one of a series of goals; with each goal the student reaches they will gain the confidence and technical ability to pursue the next.

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Drum set and amps

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At Musicians Institute I learned many different stick techniques from world champion rudimental snare drummer Rob Carson. I teach very similarly to the way I was taught at MI.
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Mike G.

Mike G.

Scotts Valley, CA 95066
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About Kelly M.

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Acworth, GA

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My name is Kelly Meholic and I am a private flute lesson instructor. I have about 20 years playing experience and 12 years of experience teaching private flute lessons. In 2009 I graduated from the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana with my Master's in Flute Performance. Prior to that I attended Florida State University and earned my Bachelor of Music in Flute Performance.

I am very lucky to be able to share my passion for playing the flute with others for a living! It is so awesome to hear how students grow with each lesson and to see them reach their goals whether it is gaining confidence in their playing, making All-State, or winning an audition or competition. One thing that I try to do in lessons is to send a recording after we have finished working on a piece. It is always fun to listen back down the ro
ad and hear the progress you or your child has made! I am a very patient person and in my teaching I try to keep the atmosphere positive and encouraging. I have taught in person and online all across the country including Hawaii and even as far away as Italy to all ages and levels, beginning to advanced. You never know what talent is hidden inside that could be brought out with proper instruction. After I had graduated college with my music degrees, I remember my first flute teacher finally sharing with me that I was the only student she ever had that could not make a sound in their first lesson! So you truly never know until you try!

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Lesson Length Recommendations:
Beginner - 30 minute lesson
Intermediate - 45 minute lesson
Advanced - 60 minute lesson

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I was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida and began studying the flute at the age of 12. My interest in music was sparked after weeks of gazing longingly through the window as my twin sister crossed the street to her French horn lessons. I was determined to play an instrument too, so I asked my mom if I could take music lessons. It turned out that there was a fantastic flute teacher who happened to live down the street, so I began walking to my flute lessons. That flute teacher was Betsy Hudson-Traba, principal flutist of what is now the Sarasota Orchestra. Meeting her and starting flute lessons set my life down an incredible journey through music that would eventually take me halfway across the world.

With Betsy's instruction and encouragement, I had much success as a young musician. Throughout high school I played principal flute in Sarasota’s youth orchestra program and was a winner of the Young Artist Competition. I attended Interlochen Arts Camp where I was exposed to many wonderful artists and teachers. With a lot of hard work, I was able to win first chair flute in the FMEA All-State multiple times and also participated every year in the Solo & Ensemble Festival. I loved playing classical music, but fell in love with marching band too and became drum major which ignited my passion for teaching.

Wanting to pursue music as a career, I went on to study with Eva Amsler at Florida State University where I earned my Bachelor of Music in flute performance. Her teaching gave me a greater understanding of tone development, movement, and body awareness. I had a lot of wonderful playing opportunities here and as an undergraduate was playing in the top orchestra. During my time at FSU I was a proud member of the “world renown” Marching CHIEFS, where I served as section leader to 50+ flutes! It was truly incredible having a weekly audience of 80,000 football fans cheering us on. One of my favorite and more unique ensembles I participated in at FSU was the Andean ensemble, Aconcagua. I played the zampona (panpipes) and the quena (Andean flute). I loved it because it gave me the chance to play flutes still, but in a different capacity that was much more free than the classical music setting I was accustomed to.

After undergrad, I decided to go abroad for graduate school earning my Master’s at a small conservatory in beautiful Lugano, Switzerland called the Conservatorio della Svizzera Italiana. I studied under Italian flutists, Mario Ancillotti, Stefano Parrino, and Giovanni Crola. Through their help I was able to refine and demonstrate greater musicality in my playing. Performance was emphasized greatly in lessons and in our school curriculum. I also had many opportunities to pursue my love of travelling and work on my foreign language skills!

After heading home to the States I began my freelance career substituting in various orchestras in Florida including the Sarasota Orchestra, Sarasota Ballet Orchestra, and the Southwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. I now live in Acworth, Georgia where I teach private flute lessons and play in the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra as well as serve on the orchestra board as the Personnel Manager. In addition to music, I love spending time with my family, friends, my husband, Vance, and our adorable kitties (Ron & Harry) and sweet dog (Leia). I also enjoy volunteering at church where I work with the elementary age kids, reading, hiking, trying to bake, organizing, and cleaning!

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I specialize in flute and piccolo solo, orchestral, band, and chamber ensemble playing and also audition prep.
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Edward September 12, 2017
· Flute · Online
Good first lesson! Kelly is insightful and supportive. Looking forward to implementing what she taught and the next lesson!
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Lily July 19, 2017
· Flute · Online
Kelly was knowledgable and worked great with my 11 year old who is a beginner. She is excited for her next lesson!
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Jessica L. April 28, 2017
· Flute · Online
Thank you Mrs. Kelly for being a great teacher. You are patient, kind, and funny. You make me feel confident playing flute and help me to get better so I can get ,ore opportunities for solo performances. Thank you so much! -Clarisse Lin, Student ☺🎼🎶🎵👍
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About Juliana P.

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Montebello, CA
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My name is Juliana, I m an international singer and musical theatre actress, Hollywood Music and Media Awards winner. For decades I performed in stage productions, as well as TV and International Gala such as "Millennium Promise" (producer Quincy Jones), NBC productions, big Symphony orchestras in Europe, and I had a privilege to collaborate with renown musicians from USA and Latin America.
I've been teaching private lessons since 2011 helping my students open up their talent in full potential, growing voice awareness, self-esteem and emotional response through voice, as well as stage performance mastery.

By enjoying vocal performance field, I learned vocal art as a science and a combination of physical, psychological, and creative ability of the artist. Singing has the power to bring a lot of positive effects to people’s lives thro
ugh opening their personality and engaging their well-being. This is why teaching is not just a profession to me- it’s also a mission to pass all the knowledge and experience I have to young enthusiasts and graduates.
I enjoy good and productive relationships with students of all ages and I have a friendly and supportive manner. I qualified to teach Vocal and to do so in a way that every student feels special, valued, and encouraged.
I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Angela Miretsky May 28, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
Juliana - outstanding professional singer and teacher, who has given my daughter and I unforgettable experience of vocal training. Her way of teaching has helped us discover are passion for singing and improving our vocals.
After just a few lessons with Juliana, my daughter was selected for one of the leading role in a musical theater company play.
Juliana is definitely our favorite teacher of all. Her beautiful personality and amazing talent helped us to understand better way to perform on stage.
I’m also an artistic director of theater- studio “Fan-fan” and Juliana has helped our actors to prepare their musical scenes. She is huge part of our success.
I can’t imagine better vocal coach for our theater!!!
Thank you Juliana!!!
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Natalia Kocherinskaya May 24, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
I work with Juliana for over 6 months and noticed such a difference in my singing! She was able to explain all the issues with my voice and helped to change them! She also helped my band with original songs, she gave us ideas about vocals and back vocals. Everything seems so easy with her! Now I feel 100% more confident! I am so happy to find Juliana! She is the best teacher I ever had!
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Terri Heerboth October 7, 2016
· Vocal Training ·
What an absolutely AMAZING experience! Juliana is not only a wonderful instructor, she is a true mentor whom my daughter adores. When we first signed up for lessons, it was to build my daughter's self-esteem, as she has several mandatory performances at school. What started out as a summer adventure has morphed into a regular slot for us on Juliana's calendar:)! My daughter thoroughly enjoys learning from Juliana who makes each session fun by mixing up songs, adding props, incorporating dance moves, etc. This is much more than a voice lesson -- this is a confidence-building journey. My daughter is developing life-long skills which will allow her to be successful "on stage" in life whether she continues singing or engages in public speaking. Thanks for caring about my daughter as an individual, Juliana!!
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About Matthew I

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Santa Cruz, CA
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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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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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About Samuel C.

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Santa Cruz, CA

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After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in Music and History, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and studying tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of the diversity of my tastes, I have an eclectic performance background. Over the past decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various independent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even a contemporary dance company. I am excited to be living in Santa Cruz and continuing my own education as a PhD student in Music at UCSC!
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Aimee September 12, 2016
· Drum · In home
Sam has been teaching our son Sam for a year now. He is an enthusiastic, focused and motivating instructor. What our son loves about Sam is that he is teaching him to play drums through the music that our son loves and relates to. This makes it that much more "fun" to learn.

Sam is always on time, very communicative, professional, passionate about drums and great with kids! We highly recommend Sam as an instructor.
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Jose and Deborah Vasquez July 23, 2015
· Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
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Samuel C.

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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About Joe M.

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Santa Cruz, CA

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I'm a professional percussionist and educator based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA. I received a B.A. in Music from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Music from Long Beach State University.

Versed in drum-set, hand drums, and Western and contemporary percussion, I've performed professionally in settings ranging from cruise-line house bands and symphony orchestras, to Hong Kong and bay area parades and festivals.

My 20 years of performance experience has given to teaching percussion-appreciation and world-music at summer camps, non-profit youth-group organizations, and after school classes.
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April R. June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor, very patient, positive and passionate about music!
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Lucas H. March 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
This is Lucas' 3rd lesson and he has enjoyed everyone of them. Joe has been patient and continues until he gets the lesson. He relates to him and teaches at his level (Lucas is 11).
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Marna February 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
friendly ,clear, motivating instruction. Joe was exactly what we were looking for as a drum teacher for our daughter. She loved it.
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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About Beau D.

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Soquel, CA
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Beau found his love for piao as a young boy and believes that anyone who has a passion for music can experience the joy of playing with expression and warmth.

With 22 years of experience playing and 15 years teaching professionally, Beau knows firsthand the needs of growing musicians and is commited to helping them reach their potantial and guide them towards fure success.

Beau recieved four music scholarships, and was fortunate enough to study with renouned classical professor Frederick Squadritio, and World famous jazz professor Ray brown.

In 2001 he started playing professionally around the bay area and was luck enough to share some world famous musicians such as Earnie Watts, Lew Soloff, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzuti, and Jiggs Whigham.
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Beau D.

Beau D.

Soquel, CA 95073
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Marina, CA
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Hello! I'm a classically-trained pianist who first started learning music at age seven. I studied music with private teachers for many years and also played in school ensembles like orchestra and choir. After high school, I continued by majoring in music in college.
Since 2013 I've worked as the pianist/accompanist for a church in Marina, CA.
I've also worked as a piano accompanist for other ensembles and soloists, and I've performed as a solo pianist for various parties, galas, and other events.
As a teacher, I've had success with students of varying ages. From children, as well as older adults who wish to take lessons for their own enjoyment!
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Justice P.

Marina, CA 93933
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About Natalie E.

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Aptos, CA

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My name's Natalie, and I'm a voice and flute teacher! I studied Vocal Performance and Flute Performance at the University of California Santa Cruz, and got my Masters of Music in Vocal Arts at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music.

I specialize in classical voice and opera, though I believe a good vocal technical foundation is applicable to all musical styles. I also teach music theory, for those just getting into music, and for those who would appreciate a refresher. Since I studied both flute and voice, I am especially well trained in breath management and alignment. The breath is the most important thing in both flute and voice. It's what sends our sound out into the world!
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Natalie E.

Aptos, CA 95003
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About Steve R.

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San Jose, CA

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Long time pro with 11 CD's released worldwide and extensive touring in Europe and the US. Not only do get a teacher who has an affinity for playing rock/metal you get the knowledge of a pro that can help with everything from guitar set up/gear to how to record/ compose and arrange songs. Lessons geared to your goals. I teach you what you need to
know and want to play.
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Guy July 28, 2017
· Guitar · Online
I have no idea who Steve is but he sent me an email asking that I review him. Sounds like a really honest guy. Right? Yeah, no. Never even heard the guy play. Bummer.
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San Jose, CA 95120
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