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About David W.

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Berkeley, CA
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About David
Hi there, and thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am excited to be a part of the team in Berkeley, CA.

I started teaching lessons while in music school for Classical Guitar in 1996. From 1998 onwards, I played with a variety of musicians from Africa and Latin America, as well the as great American traditions of gospel, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. All the while, I continued to study music theory and composition, on my own and in private lessons with both well-known players and local professionals. Flamenco and Indian Classical music have also been great interests which I am still involved with.

Though guitar is generally my "go-to" instrument, I often use a MIDI keyboard for composition, and studied/performed on bass for 10 years. The last few years, I have begun to develop my voice as well.

Since 2006, I have been teachi
ng music theory and composition at Ex’pression College in Emeryville. This is a digital production environment for the arts, and my students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are musicians/aspiring musicians, and some are primarily interested in working with technology; but all are audio enthusiasts and love music!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing gigs for years, are very young or old, I have something to offer you!

How we structure lessons depends in part on you and your goals, as well as your learning style. Having taught music for over 15 years, I have a large amount of resources at my disposal, and can either teach from a method book, or a variety of materials, some of which are my own creations.

I also like to use technology as a teaching aid, and can show you how to use your own computer, keyboard, or music production application (garageband, etc) to practice and create music at home. Another thing that I offer is to make recordings of key parts of the lesson, either as an audio or video file, or both. These can be shared with you through email, dropbox, or a flash drive if you bring one along to your lesson.

Please contact TakeLessons if you have any further questions! I look forward to meeting and working with you or your child.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: Front room with computer station, guitars, music stand. Waiting area with couches and table, and parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available, no pets.

College: practice rooms and classrooms available with computers and MIDI controllers.

*** Specialties ***
On guitar and bass, I have experience in world music including Africa, Latin America, and Flamenco. I also love American traditional music, including funk, jazz, rock, and gospel. I specialize in teaching music theory and composition, no matter what instrument. Rhythmic concepts applied to any instrument are a favorite topic.
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Adam R. December 1, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Had a great experience. David is patient, explains things clearly, and really knows his stuff. Definitely recommended.
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Simon Carlile August 25, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Was very quick to spot the holes in my technique and theory and provided an exercise after the first lesson that has helped immensely. An astute musician and an effective communicator.
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Diane P. June 8, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
David really listens! Not only to what I want and need, but to where I am and to when I'm being too ambitious. I look forward to the rest of our lessons; I know I'm going to learn a lot.
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David W.

Berkeley, CA 94703
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About James B.

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Alameda, CA
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About James
I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

NOTE: I'm trying to do more online sessions for my students. If you need in-home tutoring please ask before booking and give a the days & hours that work for you. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availabil
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*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
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Pia November 10, 2015
· Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. October 30, 2015
· Singing · In home
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
· Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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James B.

Oakland, CA 94606
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$45 / 60-min

About Lin X.

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Belmont, CA
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About Lin
I have been teaching Chinese and Violin in bay area for years. I am very experienced in customizing private lessons for students of different age. Now I am accepting new students. If you have any question regarding my course, please contact: lartstutor at gmail or send a message online.

I have got my Master degree in Education in China, with a high school teaching credential. I have passed the violin performance assessment Lv 10 in China, and played as a first violin in the student orchestra in the city. I wish one day I could share all my learning and teaching experiences with you:)

My class is designed in a student-friendly way. I will always discuss your learning goals and expectations at the very beginning; I believe a mutual understanding of the big picture between the student and the teacher will serve a good start. I enjoy e
xchanging ideas with my students in the class and let them dig deeper through this two-way communication. In my class, you can learn with joy, making a steady progress step by step. I will also introduce a most-fit textbook to you, with plenty of supplementary learning materials provided, as well as a customized teaching plan offered based on your goals and learning progress.
Course benefits include:
- 1-on-1, or 1-on-more tailor-made executive private tutoring lessons
- Most flexible option and suited to busy lifestyles
- Having lessons on your preferred timetable
- Focusing solely on your learning requirements and obstacles
- Opportunities to practice in the class with timely feedback

Now I am accepting new students in my private violin / Chinese class. If you have any question regarding my course, please contact: lartstutor at gmail or send a message online.
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Sam April 9, 2019
· Violin · In studio
Lin is patient and encouraging. My son enjoys the lessons and is motivated to practice and improve.
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Maxwell H. February 23, 2019
· Violin · In home
Highly recommend for my son of 4years and since his first class only, he tells me he learned a lot then and will love to appreciate and learn more in the future sessions with teacher Lynn.
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Michael January 24, 2019
· Mandarin Chinese · In studio
好有准备, 很专业. 对于学习很期待。
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Lin X.

Belmont, CA 94002
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$40 / 30-min

About Marc Z.

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Oakland, CA
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About Marc
My strengths are in Music Composition/Theory as well as in languages (English, Portuguese, and Spanish). I am honest and encouraging to students, providing guidance and support as well as all the necessary information relevant to their needs. Critical feedback is essential in order to grow. I have experience tutoring English to native and non-native speakers. I have experience teaching guitar and theory.
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Marc Z.

Oakland, CA 94609
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$35 / 30-min

About Antoniy K.

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Oakland, CA
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About Antoniy
Take classical guitar lessons with a seasoned, award-winning and professional classical guitarist! I am an active performer throughout the country as a soloist and member of the Pacific Guitar Ensemble alongside David Tanenbaum and Peppino D'Agostino. I graduated from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and hold bachelor's, master's, and professional studies diplomas. I am currently the classical guitar faculty at the top rated charter Oakland School for the Arts.

I welcome students at any age or skill level! I focus on classical guitar playing but can also provide lessons in other styles.

I am very passionate about music and take joy in teaching this art to kids and adults! I have been teaching classical guitar for over ten years and take great enthusiasm in it. I focus on proper technique, which will allow the guitarist to pl
ay relaxed and with ease, musicality, which is such an essential part of classical guitar music, as well as having a beautiful sound. I will provide you with a good approach to guitar playing, including exercises to strengthen your technique and ways to practice in order to build a solid playing foundation. I am patient, but I will also challenge my students to progress naturally.
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Mark March 6, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
Best of the Best
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Mark March 5, 2019
· Classical Guitar · In home
The most experienced and professional teacher I have ever met .
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Mike R. September 2, 2014
· Classical Guitar · In home
Tony is a fantastic teacher! His instruction is very clear and he is really patient with this students.

My daughter is thrilled to be studying with him and always looks forward to her lessons. Tony is very personable and pleasant to work with.

If you are serious about classical guitar and would like to develop proper technique -- then I would *highly* recommend Tony. He is an expert in his field and loves his instrument!
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Antoniy K.

Oakland, CA 94612
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About Drew P.

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Dublin, CA

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About Drew
As a recent recipient of a Master's Degree in Flute Performance from Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, Drew Powell is a promising young flutist and highly sought after flute teacher. For 15 years, he has participated in numerous music competitions, festivals, and performance opportunities, both as a soloist and part of ensembles, and actively continues to do so. He is an advocate of the arts and passionate about spreading the gift of music, which has lead him to teach over 30 students (and counting!) in just the past 3 years.

Drew won the 2017 Myrna Brown Artist Competition (an international competition with no age limit) hosted by the Texas Flute Society. He was recently invited to be a guest artist at the 2018 Texas Flute Society Annual Convention, where he taught several masterclasses and gave solo performances.

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**My Vision***
I seek students who share a love of learning. I am not looking for the finest musicians or highest IQ's, because those gifts are not required to learn and grow. My greatest experiences as a teacher have come from when I work with students who just want to learn more.

***My Requirements***
I hold my students to high expectations when it comes to practicing. Each week, I give students individual assignments that I know will improve their learning and playing abilities, and I expect those assignments to be fulfilled by the next lesson. A failure to do so will result in frustration for both myself and my student.

However, I know that nobody is perfect, and I myself have had my share of weeks where life happens, and I simply don't progress as much as I would like. As a teacher, I understand this perfectly, and I will always strive to listen to my students, and work with them through their difficulties or struggles.

***What To Expect From Lessons***
I bring a lot of energy to lessons! I am very passionate about teaching and helping students grow, and I make sure to bring that to every lesson. I give concise, direct feedback to students, making sure to give them the information they need to understand how they can achieve their goals and grow.

I am very perceptive of students' feelings, and I take care to be sensitive to their needs each week. My worst fear as a teacher is to cause hurt feelings, so I will do everything in my power to avoid that!

I am an expert in the field of music and the flute, so you can be rest assured that the quality of instruction will be the highest.
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Gary April 3, 2019
· Piano · In home
Great
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Nami L. March 19, 2019
· Flute · In home
In the few months that I've had flute lessons with Drew, I've grown so much. As a beginner in flute, I was completely scared and overwhelmed with taking band for the first time. Knowing I needed lessons, I'm so glad that I was paired with Drew. On my first lesson, Drew asked me what my goals were and I told him that it was to just simply read the notes on the page. That's all I expected to learn from him, but he taught me so much more! Drew taught me about musical expression, tone and all the little details behind flute playing. His teachings challenged and motivated me. My peers and band teacher have noticed my improvement and progress. Thanks to Drew, I can now play with confidence and poise. -Emma
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Alka S. December 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
My two kids have now had five piano lessons with Drew and we have booked further.
My impression on day one had been that he is highly motivated, energetic and professional. His relative youth combined with authority makes him a great teacher for teens. First impressions were correct.
My kids like him a lot and they are already playing recognizable tunes. :)
I heartily recommend Drew for Flute and Piano.
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Drew P.

Dublin, CA 94568
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$30 / 30-min

About Josh M.

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Menlo Park, CA
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I'm a prize winning pianist and a music enthusiast. I started piano at age 5 and started winning competitions at age 10. I've won prizes at the local and national level. Ultimately though, I'm just passionate about all-things piano and would love to share my passion with you.

My background is in the Taubman technique, having spent 12 years working with one of Dorothy Taubman's personal students. However, whatever your technical background, I'm excited to help you find more freedom, power, and passion in your playing!
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Lavanya K. September 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
Josh is patient and extremely knowledgeable teacher! Had a great first class. Looking forward for my next lesson.
Overall he is supercool !

Thanks,
Lavanya
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Emiliano September 13, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is so happy with Josh!
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Maegan B. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
I've had a great experience with Josh. He's an incredibly skilled player and fantastic teacher. He's helped me improve my technique in a very short amount of time and has done a great job pushing me to challenge myself. Highly recommend him!
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Josh M.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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$80 / 60-min

About Matthew W.

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Oakland, CA

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About Matthew
I am a graduate student pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music and received my dual degree BM from Berklee College of Music in Composition and Electronic Production and Design.

I am an alto/tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, performing in symphonic wind ensembles, orchestras, and musical theatre pit ensembles. I also sing in concert choirs as a baritone/bass, and have played lead and supportive roles on stage in musical theatre shows.

As a composer I write choral, chamber, musical theatre and electroacoustic music. My other works include sonic installation pieces that encompass recording, sampling, mixing, surround sound, and production. I have also written music and created sound effects for several video games and trailers.

I can teach composition, orchestration, and basics in mixing, production, and sound design. In instrumental
studies I teach classical, contemporary, or musical theatre pit orchestra, and musical theatre training for voice and/or acting.
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Amoura H. March 16, 2019
· Piano · In home
Matt was very patient with my grand-daughter. This was her 1st time having lessons and she seems pretty excited from the lesson.
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Matthew W.

Oakland, CA 94613
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$35 / 30-min

About Merav S.

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El Sobrante, CA
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About Merav
I grew up in Israel listening to my parents' bluegrass band, and I enjoy playing everything from Old Time fiddle to klezmer. My training is classical, with an M.M. in violin from Cincinnati Conservatory. I believe that solid technique can give you a foundation for learning any kind of music. Although I have a particular course I recommend for beginners, I'm happy to help you learn whatever music inspires you.

I've always liked learning about music too, and I integrate music theory and history into lessons. Understanding the harmonic structure of a piece can help you learn it more easily, and knowing about the composer and the style can give you insight into how it might be performed. Together they create a richer learning experience.

My PhD in ethnomusicology from UC Berkeley allowed me to think about music in a social context, and I'
m especially interested in violin music around the world. I still teach musicianship at UC Berkeley and can help you with sight-singing if you like.
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Merav S.

El Sobrante, CA 94803
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$34 / 30-min

About Evelyn S.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Evelyn
Experience music teacher of 7 years. I find a student's unique gift and let it shine through their music! I build a solid foundation in my lessons, so a student can sing/play/write any style of music and reach their specific goals. I provide all of the tools necessary to hone their craft, from technique, musicianship, theory, and performance skills. Whether you are an aspiring professional or music is your hobby, all backgrounds are welcome! I set high, yet attainable expectations for my students, all while being patient and understanding of the exciting learning process!
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Evelyn S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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$50 / 30-min

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