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About Kim V.

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Santa Cruz, CA
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I love teaching music and helping students to find a passion for learning an instrument. I have experience as a music teacher in K-12 classrooms and also teaching private lessons to people of all ages. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and have been singing long before that. I attended college for piano performance and then switched my major to Choral/General Music Education. Since graduating, I have consistently taught private lessons to students of all ages. In addition to being a music teacher, I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Child Development and feel equipped to work with students with special needs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a piano or a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Piano and Voice, Orff Schulwerk, Waldorf Education, Developmental Psychology
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Frances R. June 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kim was extremely knowledgeable; I expected this, but she was also extremely patient, as I know nothing about playing the piano. Just playing a line from "Ode To Joy" was pretty exciting for me! I cannot compare her to other teachers because this is my first time! That said, if I had a chance to begin with someone else, I would NOT. 5 stars+:0)
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Fiona Hammer December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kim is fun, friendly and highly skilled! She is great with children and adults alike. She caters to the student’s needs and makes learning to play piano a positive experience. We loved having her in our house, and it was easy to change-up the schedule as we needed it! Kim is a wonderful teacher and mentor for any student!
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Kim V.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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San Jose, CA

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I am a Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / and Band Leader and teacher who has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 20 years. Originally from the East Coast and Chicago I arrived in California in 1992. I hold a Master's Degree in music from San Jose State University where I majored in Jazz guitar performance and composition / arranging. I have been passionately teaching guitar for the past 16 years to students of all ages. My goal is to teach you the music YOU want to learn while expanding your musical awareness. I am a patient and understanding teacher who will attempt to inspire students while pushing them to their playing potential. In addition to teaching I lead by example performing regularly in various Jazz ensembles. I have released 2 CD's of original “Rivers Converge" (2010) and "In Roads" (2015).


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I have played and studied extensively the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical, electric and acoustic guitar. I begin lessons by teaching students the fundamentals of the instrument and after a basic grasp of the guitar is developed I encourage students to learn songs / styles of their choice so that the musical experience is inspriring for them. In the first few months beginning students will learn the architecture of the guitar: string names & numbers, finger numbers, fret numbers, tablature, chord diagrams, basic time signatures, strum patterns, chord charts. I divide guitar playing into 3 major principles: Lead playing / improvisation, Chord playing / accompaniment, and Melody / note reading. Lessons will reflect the development of these principles. Scales and arpeggios and music theory lead to improvisation. Chord playing, chord progressions, open chords, bar chords, & power chords are used to play rhythm guitar in songs of the student’s choice. Melody playing is developed through learning to read music. For reading studies I utilize the Hal Leonard Guitar method for beginners and William Levitt’s Modern Method for guitar for more advanced students. For Classical Guitar i work from Christopher Parkening's guitar Method 1 & 2 and Frederick Noad's "Art of Solo guitar Playing."

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Room with Chairs, music stands, Amplifier and guitar cables.
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students should have guitar, music stand and two arm-less chairs

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I specialize in Jazz. I have studied and played various Rock and Popular styles as well. I also teach classical guitar. I try to combine technique and music reading with the learning of songs that interest the student.
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Jane D. October 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Neil is an amazing music teacher! I wanted to learn guitar from scratch and he worked around all of my obstacles. He is beyond patient, super easy to learn from, and highly reliable. He has a deep understanding of all aspects of music but if you're not interested in that, he'll just help you put your hands on the instrument and play. Highly recommend!!!
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Jane D. December 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Neil couldn't be better for a first-time player! Very patient and positive. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Inja K. August 14, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very good !
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Neil K.

San Jose, CA 95118
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About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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About Marwan
I started playing piano when I was 3, and began writing music at the age of 6. I've taught music and piano for over 12 years, and tutoring other subjects for over 5 years.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Cornell University in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with a minor in Music.

As a student, I was President of the Cornell Piano Society for 4 years. I spent much time teaching piano and music theory to fellow Cornell students, faculty, and staff. I've also organized many concerts, recitals, and events during my tenure.

After college, I went on to work for Intel & Apple as an engineer, while continuing to teach and tutor on the side. Later on, I founded my own startup company centered around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and unmet needs in the B2C market.

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to each student's home for lessons. I travel all around the Bay Area: as far north as Richmond, as far south as Los Gatos, as far East as Livermore (and every place in between, including the Peninsula).
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Jayna C. December 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
We've had our first lesson with Marwan and my daughter loved it.
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Milun February 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher!!
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Kate R. January 22, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Marwan has put a lot of effort both in and out of our lesson slot to make these sessions a great learning experience for our 14 year old daughter. His weekly recap emails are terrific, too.
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Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
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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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Riley November 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son enjoys his lessons with Joe very much. He’s an encouraging teacher.
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Olin November 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
My son loves his drum lessons. Being eight, he naturally has an excess amount of energy and a tendency to chat but Joe has a way of engaging him and keeps him learning. Very positive and supportive as well.
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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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Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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About Margaret G.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College. I offer weekly lessons or lessons on a schedule as you go basis only, not biweekly or other schedules.
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Siavash August 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Margaret is a wonderful instructor who provides excellent teaching. I really appreciated that she made a point of not only explaining how to hold the bow, the violin, etc, but also explaining why it's important to use certain positions and posture and how it all comes together as one continues to practice. She's also super friendly and how's a very positive and welcoming demeanor.
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Anirudh V. June 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am a beginner. Her instructions are very clear and simple. She makes sure that I understand the basics concepts really well. I really enjoy going to her classes.
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Della O. June 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
The instruction is clear, and pleasant. And the suggestion was very helpful. Enjoyed!
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Margaret G.

San Jose, CA 95130
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About Sandra L.

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San Jose, CA
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Hi, I'm Sandra and I have been teaching in the Bay Area since 2006. I have a passion for working with young students, especially those with special needs, in a fun and encouraging environment. I design individualized lesson plans and your child will have clear direction of weekly goals. I expect my students to work towards mastery and passion for themselves through their talents with the trumpet, and music in general.

I have backgrounds in music performance and psychology, and I use both to understand your child's needs and working styles engaging them to find the most progress out of lessons. I have a holistic approach combining music with students specific interests to form discipline to learning the trumpet.

How does your service stand out?
​My studio requires students to practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day with wee
kly progress reports, weekly listening to music for their instrument with evaluations, semester auditions, and recitals. I require students to video record each practice session so I can verify practice time as well as provide suggestions to maximize efficiency. I encourage involvement with outside music ensembles and we take field trips to watch professional musicians. Any student with enthusiasm is welcome in my studio!!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?
I love getting to know all different students and seeing them grow. I look long term for satisfaction with my job, it barely feels like work. I get to make music daily with really cool kids, what could be better than that?!

What is your typical process for working with a new student?
I start wherever the student is. We work on fundamentals regardless of ability, and I assess what level the student plays to make a decision on what materials we use.

How did you get started teaching?
I started teaching when I was in high school to help my band director out. I always wanted to be the type of teacher that was similar to my mentors; compassionate, hard working, enthusiastic, and patient. I began teaching professionally when I was in music college and continued to enjoy working with all types of students.

What types of students have you worked with?
I have worked with students as young as 6 and as old as 70. I work with special needs in any form. I work with students that practice really hard to attain a specific goal and others who are only trying to get better for band music.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Find someone who can thoroughly answer your questions and will also be flexible to meet your needs. Make sure the teacher still takes enrichment classes to keep current with research, their instrument, and to help develop better and newer ways of teaching.

I offer in-person and online lessons ranging from 45-90 minutes.

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Carla October 3, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Ms. Laverty has been my son’s private trumpet teacher since the summer of 2012. She is patient, kind and very supportive of his efforts in playing the trumpet. In large part, she is the reason that my son enjoys playing trumpet and continues to thrive as a musician.

From the beginning she tailored her lessons to include the music that my son was interested in and also added increasingly more complex music to work on and master.

Sandra has taped him playing during lessons to show him how and where he can improve in body position, quality of sound and other nuances. She regularly uses her laptop computer to show videos of performances that support the lesson and also assigns various Internet sites to view for exposure to other musicians and styles.

Sandra regularly provides opportunities for my son to perform in public. He has performed at the annual CMEA event at San Jose State University, and other smaller events where he played solo on stage. They have both joined in at a local café for practice in improvisation, as my son loves to play jazz. This has really helped in his jazz solo opportunities at school. She has also organized a quartet of student trumpet players to work together on various music pieces and then they all performed together for family and friends. This was a unique experience for the children to practice and play together and perform as a group.

My son is also interested in basketball and baseball, and Sandra has been very flexible in scheduling lessons to accommodate my son’s athletic and school schedules. After about 6 months of lessons, she offered twice a week lessons to capitalize on my son’s enthusiasm and increase the speed of musical advancement so his confidence soared and he wanted to play more because he liked doing something he felt he was good at. He kept this schedule for about a year and then back to once a week to allow for more time for other interests.

During middle school, my son played trumpet in both the Advanced Band and also Jazz Band classes. This past summer, Sandra again offered twice weekly lessons to get ready for his high school debut. As a result, he was chosen to play first chair in the high school jazz band. He was also one of only two freshmen that were accepted into the most advanced band class (also known at Wind Ensemble) at Lincoln High School.

I recommend Sandra Laverty, without reservation, for any trumpet teaching opportunity.
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Daphne R. April 23, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Sandra was very helpful with my 11 year old. She taught a good mix of theory and practical experience. She helped my daughter build skills and was very encouraging.
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Sandra L.

San Jose, CA 95126
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$75 / 45-min

About Dennis W.

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Palo Alto, CA
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Hello, my name is Dennis Willoner.

Music and art have always been a huge part of my life. I have been playing drums for 15 years and have been teaching for 7. I grew up learning to play drums from a private instructor, and have been studying on my own ever since. I have played in many bands in my music career and have also tracked drums in studios for local artists. Today, I currently work at School of Rock in Palo Alto as a private and group instructor, and play in a professional band called Constructs.

I have been drawing ever since I can remember. I mostly draw realistically, but also like to get on the creative side. I enjoy drawing faces and people the most out of any subject. After learning so much about art, the world can be viewed in a complete other perspective.
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Manoj N. May 12, 2018
· Drawing · In home
I have been wanting to learn drawing since I was a kid. Had a few years of drawing when I was a kid and then haven't touched in a long time. When I rekindled my interest to learn, I came across Dennis.
Honestly, the reason why I chose Dennis was because he provided at-home classes and that would avoid the hassle of me having to travel. The first few classes were more of me and him warming up to each other, as I am sure he also found me different.
He comes with all the necessary equipment and spends a few minutes giving you some basics of the stuff we are going to do that day. Then he leaves you to draw while he also draws the same. He glances once in a while at your sheet and gives you very subtle feedback. If you have missed something, he will just try to nudge you in the right direction with minor comments like "Don't you think, these are of the same darkness?, There may be more highlights in this area or the mid tones here and here are of the same darkness. etc.". He never touches your paper, but only guides you.
Sometimes when some focus is needed (for example on the eyes), he will tell you the technique involved in depth and we did one full class just doing eyes, one full class on hair.
It was a little frustrating initially for me as I was not used to the teaching technique, and now I see the point. The first drawing itself turned out be much much better than I had anticipated it to be and he hasn't touched my paper till now - so this drawing is fully mine.
You can also continue drawing and send work via text message to him. You almos t always get detailed instant feedback. The only thing is, I haven't been very diligent in doing drawings due to lack of free time. So once a week for an hour is what I do.
He also spends extra time sometimes so that he can take the drawing to a logical point, sometimes even beyond 1.5 hrs though my session is for an hour each. That shows the commitment he has to his students.
I believe my work will improve as this course continues. We have had about 6 classes and I am already seeing the difference. A long way to go, but the first steps have been right - most of it due to Dennis and his method of teaching. I would say more than teaching, it is a method of mentoring where the hand holding is done in a unique way.
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Erin May 3, 2018
· Drawing · In studio
Dennis is a congenial, knowledgeable, and engaging instructor. It's been a rewarding learning experience.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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Dennis W.

Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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About Ahmad G.

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San Jose, CA

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I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East and toured with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the St
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I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

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My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Nobu November 29, 2018
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I have been studying with Ahmad for just about 2 months. But that's enough for me to say he is an awesome guitar teacher. I think his teaching experience and method is a huge advantage for people who need professional guidance.

I was self-teaching for about a year before I came to Ahmad. It worked out just fine. I learned something. But I started to get confused at a point where I don't know how to move forward. I like a very specific group of guitarist (mostly Japanese fingerstyle players). And I wanted to learn how to master songs from those guitarist. And there is no such website or book that would teach me how to do that. Most of the guitar books or websites either give out general informations or put all information together as a mess.

Finally I decided to find a teacher. I found the lesson with Ahmad pretty effective. He is an experienced teacher who knows what you need to learn in order to achieve your goal. He has plenty of handouts that really helps me practice. The most important thing I learned from him is the big picture of guitar learning. For example, I learned the connection between scales and chords, why/how to improvise with these, how to go from there to other relevant things, etc.

When I look back over a year, I realize I have wasted some much time and effort trying to teach myself and wish it could have similar outcome as having a good teacher. Studying with Ahmad saves me so much time and effort (because it's actually easier!)
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Daniel November 22, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad has opened up the world of music to me. Before I started taking lessons with Ahmad, music was simply something I enjoyed listening to, but was a bit of an abstraction. I had always wanted to learn an instrument, specifically the guitar, but had suffered an injury to my finger when I was a teenager and thought there was little point in trying with a significant handicap. Now at middle age I decided to try anyway.

For two years I've been taking lessons with Ahmad every week and have found a lifelong hobby. Ahmad has been patient and understanding to my level of ability and has guided me to not only improve dramatically my level of playing, but also has taught me the basic fundamentals of music which makes me appreciate listening to and playing music more than I ever had. Ahmad is a gifted teacher who can quickly uncover and fix fundamental problems with technique and builds lesson plans to teach one how to play the guitar as a musical instrument.

I am so happy I found Ahmad. He has given me a lifelong passion to improve my playing and a deeper understanding of the music I've loved my entire life. If you've ever thought about learning the guitar, do yourself a favor and see Ahmad now.
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Anna November 11, 2018
· Electric Guitar · In studio
If you're thinking about taking lessons from Ahmad, do it. For years I thought I just couldn't play the guitar. I tried learning online, but nothing stuck. I even took a group class, which was better than trying to learn online, but I still wasn't satisfied. So, I decided to look into private lessons, even though I was nervous about the one-on-one dynamic. For years I have struggled with performance anxiety and was afraid that would prevent me from ever really learning the guitar and playing with other people. I discussed this with Ahmad before and at my first lesson. I can't tell you how amazing it felt a few months later when we played a song together and I had no fear or anxiety.

I credit this to the fun and relaxing atmosphere Ahmad has created in his studio space which makes it easy to learn, ask questions and enjoy my lessons. He has a deep passion for music which is infectious. I leave every lesson feeling energized and excited to work on my new material.

If you're interested in learning how to play the guitar or improve your skills, give Ahmad a shot. You'll be so glad you did. Before, I thought I just couldn't learn how to play the guitar, now I'm looking forward to years of honing my skills, playing with friends and experiencing the joy of creating music.
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San Jose, CA 95116
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About Eli S.

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I picked up the saxophone when I was in fifth grade and have since fallen in love with jazz music! After my first time going to the Stanford Jazz Workshop in sixth grade, I started transcribing Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, and later Joe Henderson, one of my biggest influences. After playing alto in middle school, I switched to Tenor Sax in high school and began checking out Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt, who have become, along with Joe Henderson, my foundation of jazz language.

Currently in my senior year at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, I am a part of the marching band (tenor sax), symphonic band (clarinet), and jazz band (tenor sax), while also gigging privately and with my mentor - Steven Lugerner - around the community in Atherton, Hillsborough, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Altos. In ad
dition to performing I have also attended the Stanford Jazz Camp for six years, the Stanford Jazz Institute for two years, and the Centrum Jazz at Port Townsend Institute recently this past summer.

In addition to music, I absolutely love and have experience working with children, including those with developmental disabilities. For the past two years I have volunteered at the Arbor Bay School for Developmentally Disabled children in San Carlos as a teacher's assistant, working with elementary and middle school-aged children. In addition, during my freshman year I did individual math tutoring with the organization Healthy Cities Tutoring, helping a struggling sixth grader with understanding math concepts and learning time-management and organizational skills.

Although I love playing jazz music, I have several other passions, including but not limited to scuba diving, sailing, hiking, and lacrosse. At school I am known for being on the Varsity Lacrosse team while also being the quirky jazz kid! My first priority is having fun, and I hope to help you have as much fun as possible playing music!
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Eli S.

Mountain View, CA 94040
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I’ll keep it short but a little bit about myself!
I’m a professional musician and audio engineer. I’m mostly involved with jazz and improvised music and have a lot of experience in performance and composition of such music. I recently graduated the New School of Jazz in NYC with a BFA in Jazz performance. I’ve performed extensively with all sorts of bands ranging from jazz, indie rock, to metal, and have had the chance to share the stage with some amazing musicians such as Omar Hakim and Nir Felder.
I blend all sorts of genres and sounds in my own weird music, so I’m welcoming of all genres and styles.
I have quite a bit of experience teaching both privately and for institutions, for a whole range of skill levels and ages. I’ve taught complete beginners just picking up the guitar as well as college level students studying more advanced
concepts.

You can find my work online with my band (TinderGodz) or under my name.
Feel free to give me a shout if you’re interested or want to ask me any questions!

All the best,
Kenta Shimakawa
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Kenta S.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Have you decided you want to learn how to play the piano? Mastering a new skill can be challenging at first, so your enthusiasm to get started is a great first step! Use this guide to help you conquer the learning curve that everyone wanting to know how to learn piano must overcome. Setting the Right Goals No one expects you to become a concert pianist overnight. Set reasonable goals to help you feel accomplished and prevent discouragement. Set practice goals: Strive to practice, say
The Beginner's Guide to Ukulele Fingerpicking
As you advance in your ukulele lessons you will learn different techniques to achieve different sounds from your instrument. Ukulele fingerpicking is an important component if you want to boost your playing skills and take your music to the next level. Here, ukulele teacher Willy M. teaches you ukulele fingerpicking basics... A lot of people like to strum the ukulele, but they usually stop there and never explore all of the ways to fingerpick the ukulele. Typically, I deal with people who

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