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About Laurence B.

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San Mateo, CA
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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Carole Larsen February 16, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Laurence has the skill set and knowledge which I need.
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Beatrice B. February 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Lessons are wonderful. Laurence is patient, and with simple exercises she is helping my playing become more spontaneous and smooth.
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Alexandra K. September 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is an excellent teacher. She focuses on teaching theory and basics while also cultivating my daughter's love of music and keeping the lessons fun. My daughter loves her!
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Laurence B.

San Mateo, CA 94403
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About David W.

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Berkeley, CA

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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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Suzanne Valentine December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David was a great teacher for our 12-yr-old son who was beginning guitar -- we highly recommend him!
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Elliot November 2, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Really great teacher and person. Would highly recommend him.
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Kelley Martel March 24, 2016
· Guitar ·
It was a great first lesson with David . He is very kind and patient and helpful and I can see he is skilled as a musician. I am excited to work with him !
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David W.

David W.

Berkeley, CA 94703
(14)
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$30 / 30-min

About Olga C.

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San Mateo, CA

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I am very excited to share great news: 2 of my students took Certificate of Merit exam this spring. Both passed with honors. They also did 99% and 100% in their Music Theory tests.

You can see Olga perform role of Cio Cio San in Madama Butterfly by Puccini with West Bay Opera (Palo Alto) in May 2016.
Described by critics as "flawless in her singing" (Cultural World Bilingual ), "natural singer with beautiful colors...sings wonderfully, communicating the excesses of passion and emotion, the quick contrasts of mood , with grace and conviction" (San Jose Mercury News); possessing “a pure, strong soprano with phrasing of sumptuous elegance” (San Francisco Chronicle), " dazzling high notes are piercing without being ugly" (San Francisco Classical Voice), "beauty of her voice is outstanding...it has power to set the theater ringing, but it
also has a wealth of color... Her stage presence...is magnetic" (Peninsula Reviews), "Her mezzo tones...evoked memories of Maria Callas' spell-binding rendition" (San Jose Mercury News),
Olga was announced the Best Leading Female Singer in North East in season 2006-2007 by Opera Online.
A native of Russia, she appeared on the stages of the Bolshoi Opera (Maria in Mazeppa, Prilepa in Pique Dame, Brigitta in Iolanta, Anne Trulove in The Rake’s Progress, Musetta in La Boheme, to name a few), Kazan Opera Theater (Mimi in La Boheme), Stanislavsky Opera Theater (Micaela in Carmen), and Malmo Opera Theater in Sweden (Musetta) before emigrating to the U.S.A., where she appeared with Hawaii Opera Teater as Mimi in La Boheme, San Francisco Lyric Opera in title role of Aida, West Bay Opera and DiCapo Opera in New York in the title role of Manon Lescaut, Opera San Jose and Illinois Opera Theater as Tosca, and with Cedar Rapids Opera, Gold Coast Opera,Golden Gate Opera and Opera North as Cio-Cio-San in Madama Butterfly, with San Francisco Opera Merola Program and Tampa Opera as Musetta in La Boheme. In autumn of 2009 she appeared in Cairo as Tosca and, in spring of 2010 debuted it Italy at the Teatro Massimo in Palermo as Carlotta in Schreker’s Die Gezeichneten, where she returned following summer in the title role of Aida. From 2006 till 2010 Olga performed with touring company Teatro Lirico d’Europa all over United States in multiple performances of Madama Butterfly, Tosca, Aida, Carmen,La Boheme, Turandot, Le Nozze di Figaro, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana. Olga appeared in title roles with local opera companies like Opera San Jose (Tosca),;; West Bay Opera (Manon Lescaut, La Forza del Destino), Livermore Opera (I Pagliacci), Martinez Opera (Madama Butterfly), Golden Gate Opera (Madama Butterfly, Suor Angelica, I Pagliacci, Cavalleria Rusticana), San Francisco Opera Company (Aida)
Olga appeared with Orchestra Sinfonica Romana at the concert stage of Santa Cecilia in Rome and Washington Center for the Performing Arts in Verdi Requiem, Quatar with Gala concerts, Opera Santa Barbara in an evening of music by Giocomo Puccini, DiCapo Opera (Rachmaninoff’s Francesca da Rimini), in Russia at the Nizhny Novgorod Concert Hall for Bach’s Mass in B-minor, at the Grand Hall of the Moscow State Conservatory for Mahler’s Sympony No. 4 and for Orff’s Carmina Burana, Moscow’s Cathedral Catholic Church for Bach’s Easter Oratorio, as a featured soloist for both the Notti Musicali Modenesi Festival and Costa Rica’s XIII Festival de Musica Credomatic; and as a featured soloist for the political-cultural event entitled “Days of Russian Culture in Bulgaria, jointly sponsored by the Russian and Bulgarian Ministries of Culture and attended by the presidents of both countries.
In 2002 Olga participated in San Francisco Opera Center Merola Opera Program for young singers and sang Musetta with Western Opera on tour.

Currently Olga devotes herself to voice teaching and performs locally."
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Yachen August 29, 2017
· Singing · In home
The lesson was very helpful! I look forward to more!
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Jim F. May 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Too early to tell how it will go.
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Jason September 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Olga is a kind, patient instructor. We are glad to have her as our singing teacher.
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Olga C.

San Mateo, CA 94401
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About Dr. Elizabeth M.

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

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

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

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

For more information about Dr. Elizabeth please visit www.elizabethmaccorquodale.com
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Zakaria October 22, 2017
· Violin · In home
She is prompt, patient, fun and engaging! And she loves the violin and teaching it!
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Cam September 20, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great with young talent, vary encouragjng and dedicated.
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Elise September 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Elizabeth always greets us with a big smile and is full of laughs and jokes, which makes learning a difficult instrument a lot more enjoyable for my son. She's is very knowledgeable and eagerly explains technique and does not shy away from giving feedback and guidance, which has helped him improve a lot. I was so worried that he wouldn't like learning the violin or that he'd have a lot of difficulty, but neither of those have been the case. My husband and I have recommended Elizabeth to several of our friends and we are happy to provide her an online referral as well. Thank you Elizabeth for teaching our son the violin! - Elise & John
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Dr. Elizabeth M.

Dr. Elizabeth M.

Mountain View, CA 94043
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$75 / 45-min

About Honor L.

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Oakland, CA

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I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with an MFA in Music Performance and Literature, with a specialization in Improvisation.
I have taught beginner violin lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on!
I am a 24 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I look forward to learning with you!
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Renne B. September 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
First lesson went great. Honor breaks things down simply, she shows great patience and gives clear direction very well.
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Jack H. August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Last year my son expressed a strong desire to join his school's orchestra as a violinist that sparked our search for a violin teacher for him. We are so glad to have found Honor. She is a talented musician, and is engaging and patient when teaching my son. For a violin newbie, my wife and I were really happy to see my son setting a big challenge for himself and wanted to support his musical endeavor. For the past 9 months, he has steadily getting better with his violin playing techniques. As with any instruments, practice is key to getting better. Honor left my son clear instructions on what he needed to practice between lessons and let us know of her lesson plans. Now it's a pleasure to listen to him practice; no more cringing like in the early days. :) We are confident he has a very good chance of joining his school's orchestra in the coming year.

Honor is always punctual to the lessons. When there was any unexpected delay, she always texted us and kept us informed. She has been really accommodating to my son's school and after-school schedules. We highly recommend Honor to any parents seeking music lessons for their sons/daughters.
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Marilee N. July 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Honor is awesome. Out of the blue, my 8 year old son asked for violin lessons. I have never been very musical so I wasn't sure where to start. I looked at a few programs in my area but it nothing seemed like the right fit for us. I wanted someone who could nurture my son's new found love of the violin but not overwhelm him. I was getting a bit discouraged when I found Honor's profile on TakeLessons; she was the exact person I was looking for. In fact, I signed myself up for lessons too - you are never to old to learn something new. Our lessons have been great. My son is so much more comfortable having them at home. They are fun and challenging. My son is so excited I never have to remind him to practice - we love practicing together. We look forward to seeing Honor every week.
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Honor L.

Honor L.

Oakland, CA 94609
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About Kevin T.

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San Francisco, CA
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Originating from San Francisco, clarinetist Kevin Tang earned a M.M. at the Manhattan School of Music, where he was a student of Mark Nuccio. Kevin earned a B.M. from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he studied with Luis Baez and was a recipient of the Phyllis C. Wattis Scholarship. Kevin attended the San Francisco School of the Arts High School, where he studied with Jerry Simas and Art Austin. During the 2008/2009 season, Kevin won the SFSOTA concerto competition and was also named Principal Clarinetist of the California Youth Symphony.
Kevin is an active freelance musician in the Bay Area. Kevin was formerly the Principal Clarinetist of the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, and has performed with the One World Symphony, Astoria Symphony, Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Bergen Symphony Orchestra, LoftOpera, Phoenix Quarte
t, Tactus, New York Repertory Orchestra, Ohio Light Opera, San Francisco Wind Ensemble, Symphony Parnassus, Cazadero Symphony and Berkeley Symphony. During the summers of 2012 and 2013, Kevin was the Clarinet Instructor at Cazadero Music Camp. Kevin has attended the Hot Springs Music Festival and Miami Summer Music Festival, and has been a member of the Ohio Light Opera.
Kevin is also an active clarinet teacher. Kevin teaches through Discover Melody. Kevin maintains a private studio of students and has also taught through the Harmony Program, a nonprofit organization that brings intensive after-school music programs to communities with limited access to instrumental music education.
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Kevin T.

Kevin T.

San Francisco, CA 94122
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$30 / 30-min

About Constance M.

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San Francisco, CA
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M.M. from California State University, Long Beach
B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Whether a student wishes to learn music for fun or at a more serious level, my goal is to ensure they have a solid foundation by incorporating technique, theory, musical skills, and sight reading. Learning to play an instrument can be challenging at times, so I make sure to create a fun and encouraging environment for my students. I tailor lessons to accommodate each student’s needs and goals. I am patient and want them to learn at a comfortable pace. One of my main goals as a teacher is to help my students find happiness through music and achieve their musical goals.
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Wagner S. January 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Constance is an amazing teacher. If you really want to play violin, Constance is best teacher to learn from.
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Teresa C. October 17, 2016
· Piano · In home
This was my first lesson in 30 years. Constance was very good at asking questions and giving me some exercises to do so she could assess what my skill level is. She gave me an assignment to work on between now and next week's lesson. I am looking forward to learning more. Thank you, Constance! :)
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Prudent B. August 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Constance is very understanding and patience.
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Constance M.

San Francisco, CA 94122
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About Michael H.

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San Francisco, CA

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I have been playing and performing music for over 40 years and few things have ever brought me greater pleasure. I would love to help others to learn to love music with the same passion I feel.
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Michael H.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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$15 / 30-min

About Lucinda B.

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Berkeley, CA
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Whether you are a seasoned singer in the studio or stage or a beginner wanting to empower yourself and learn more, perhaps you just need brushing up on technique- I am looking forward to working with you. We will work on your material together whether it's cover songs or originals. My aim is to empower you by teaching you ways to overcome those vocal difficulties, build your confidence and get you to where you want to be. As a successful recording artist myself, I also can you help you define yourself and work with you on your artist development.

Most of all we are going to have fun together during the process! and you are going to love your voice so much more and love the process and the journey.
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Lucinda B.

Lucinda B.

Berkeley, CA 94705
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About Orlia A.

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I am an experienced music instructor who has taught in Chicago, Austin, Orange County, and the Bay Area. I graduated with a Bachelor's in Music Education from Vanguard University. My earnest desire is to see each student succeed in meeting or surpassing their musical goals and expand their understanding of the world through music, the universal language. No two students learn in quite the same way, so I tailor each lesson by taking into account individual strengths, weaknesses, and interests to make learning fun!

Students will learn aspects of classical and popular music styles, basic music fundamentals, and songs/repertoire from around the world.

I look forward to sharing the joy of music with you!
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Orlia A.

Palo Alto, CA 94304
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