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About Rhonda S.

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Hayward, CA

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About Rhonda
I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

I have been playing guitar for 32 years. I have played professionally in the San Franc
isco Bay Area in various rock, country, and blues bands as well as playing solo acoustic performances at local coffee houses and Farmer's Markets.

I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 25 years and piano for 15. I like to keep learning fun! I am a very patient, compassionate teacher who will come up with creative ways to explain/demonstrate something new.

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Music is the most fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. And learning how to play music should be fun too! When students inquire about taking lessons from me I always ask, "What do you want to learn?" I try to keep students interested by showing them things they want to learn. I also believe in teaching the basics. Whether you want to take piano or guitar lessons I believe you should learn basic musicianship which includes learning to read simple notes and where those notes are on your instrument, rhythm concepts, and tempo. It's easier than you think! The more you know the more you can teach yourself later on, and the more you can collaborate with other musicians.

After 3 or 6 months of taking lessons with me, students will be able to read basic music notation. They will be able to play songs either by their choosing or mine, they will have self-confidence to play songs in front of an audience/friends, and they will have the knowledge to figure out how to play songs on their own.

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I studied classical guitar at Cal State Hayward and have taught different finger picking styles as well as genres such as pop and country.
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Desiree April 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Doing great
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Promila V. October 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rhonda’s teaching style is very easy to follow. She is very organized in teaching step by step which was very helpful for me. She really made me feel at ease and made me believe that I can learn this.
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Kathleen June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have great experience w/ Rhonda on my first day to be with her. She's attentive to her students needs & concerns. Thanks Rhonda!
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Rhonda S.

Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA 94541
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About Greg D.

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Tracy, CA
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About Greg
I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guitar lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing exp
erience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.

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Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.

I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve.
I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.

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The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
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Robert February 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Greg was very thorough explaining the materials and helped me understand how the lessons build.
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Juan D. April 11, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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richard February 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Worked with my next perfectly.
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Greg D.

Greg D.

Tracy, CA 95377
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$27 / 30-min

About Jane H.

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Pleasanton, CA
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In today's market for piano lessons, you are looking for someone who is patient and loving with your child. I have been an elementary teacher for over 25 years and have played piano since I was 5 years old! Piano is relaxing, helps children have self confidence, and do well in reading and math!
It is the foundation of other instruments and vocal lessons. I use the Bastien books and my students all are having fun with piano. We enjoy a small recital in my living room in the spring. Lessons are for a half hour.

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Elementary age children
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Jane H.

Jane H.

Pleasanton, CA 94588
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$35 / 30-min

About Astrid C.

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Martinez, CA

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

Astrid C.

Martinez, CA 94553
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$30 / 30-min

About Laura R.

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Manteca, CA

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Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students learn both technique and theory as I seek to motivate them to play the best that they can and to instill a love for music. Although I do not hold a degree in music, I was trained to teach by a former music instructor from the University of the Pacific. I have been playing the piano for 37 years and I am looking forward to passing my knowledge onto you and helping you reach your goals!
"Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent" -- Victor Hugo
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Diane January 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Laura is the BEST instructor I could ever hope for as an adult learning to play piano! She is so patient, kind and encouraging. There are times, when I don't feel that I am able to learn to play, but I always leave her lesson with a renewed sense that I CAN do it and I feel so much better, ready to keep practicing!
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Melissa May 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
We just began taking our 7 yo daughter in for lessons. Laura worked extremely well with her and our girl can’t wait to go back. I would recommend Laura to anyone looking to learn piano!
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Margaret W. March 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great firs lesson today. Looking forward to many more. Thank you Laura
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Laura R.

Laura R.

Manteca, CA 95336
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About Drew P.

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Pleasanton, CA

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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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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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Ananya S. November 8, 2018
· Piano · In home
Excellent first impression. Drew came across as friendly, motivated and in control enough to manage my younger one. With the elder one he was great too.
Look forward to the lessons. Will post am update after a couple of weeks.
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Kathy August 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Drew was very knowledgable patient & helping me understand everything. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Drew P.

Drew P.

Pleasanton, CA 94566
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$30 / 30-min

About Calvin L.

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Union City, CA
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Dear parents and students,

I began playing the piano at the age of five. In 2008, I completed Music Teachers' Association of California Keyboard test and had the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level. I continued my training with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and Dr. Sultanov at San Jose State School of Music and Dance, where I received my Bachelor's Degree of Music Education.

Not only I had high-quality piano lessons with professional doctors in music, I took a copious amount of music classes to explore my music skills. Classes are including Piano Pedagogy, Piano Accompaniment, Recital Preparation and Interpretive, Piano sight-reading, Beethoven's literature, and High school choir. I have performed as soloist and chamber musician in various locations which included performing in concerts, nursing home, and school functions.

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n Cantonese and English and teaching at Fremont/Union City area.
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Serena September 15, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
From the way I sit to my hand position, Mr. Calvin has patiently guiding me to the right direction. My piano playing has been gradually improving in the last few months- thanks to Mr. Calvin.
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Sam August 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. Lo is great.
He makes my daughter play through a piece slowly without mistake first.
And then he will sing along and she can play in a steady tempo.

My daughter has a great time with Mr. Lo for three years already, and we are looking forward for another three years with him.
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Diane August 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
In the beginning I choose Mr. Calvin because he is really close to my home.
And it turns out that he is really nice and clear with his instruction.
My son enjoys learning piano with Mr. Calvin.
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Calvin L.

Calvin L.

Union City, CA 94587
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$40 / 30-min

About Dylan P.

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Newark, CA

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Hey, my name is Dylan. I started playing trumpet in middle school band and have now been playing for ten plus years. I did a BM in Jazz Performance at California State University Northridge where I studied with some amazing trumpet teachers like Wayne Bergeron, John Lewis, John Daversa, and Howie Shear. Then, I went on to do a MM in Performance at Berklee School of Music where I had some incredible playing opportunities like leading a jazz combo in the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and performing at the World of Business Ideas convention in Madrid. Inside and outside of school, I have experience playing almost any genre and feel comfortable working on reggae, ska, flamenco, jazz, bossa-nova, afro-cuban, classical, soul, rock, and electronic musics.

I produce and write my own music too. I use a lot of Ableton Live and Pro Tools and I'm
especially specialized in recording and mixing trumpet. I've done scoring, audio editing, sound design, and beat making and would be happy to teach any of those skills or even how to use a DAW.

All in all, I believe the combination of my professional experiences and my educational experiences gives me an abundance of resources to pool on when teaching. I'm just excited to be able to share all the knowledge and tricks I've learned with others!
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Dylan P.

Dylan P.

Newark, CA 94560
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$34 / 30-min

About Frank M.

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Stockton, CA
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Hello students my name is Frankie, and it's a pleasure to be teaching you. Together we'll learn everything you need to get up and running with the guitar, the basics are the most important thing but we will be learning some advanced techniques as well. I'm excited for our lessons I know that in no time you will be playing for friends and family and they will be shocked at how far you've come. Thank you for your time students, let's get started!
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Frank M.

Frank M.

Stockton, CA 95204
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$15 / 30-min

About Victoria R.

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Pleasant Hill, CA
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Would you like to sing freely - with more power, stamina, breath control and fun? I have taught locally and internationally for 27 years, and studied voice for 40 years. I teach beginners through advanced professionals in all styles ranging from Opera and Musical Theater to Pop and Jazz! I have trained with some of the finest and world renowned Master Teachers and Vocal Pedagogues that have molded my teaching.

You can finally overcome your vocal obstacles, eliminate vocal tension, add more resonance and depth, and have more fun singing! I can help you find your *true voice* and explore your full potential. Being a true “vocal detective” and vocal technician, I develop and prescribe vocal exercises based on your individual needs, and then apply it to your song. I teach you how to practice correctly, and we both witness the prog
ress and steady growth.

Perhaps you want to cross-train and explore other vocal styles? Maybe Classical to Pop, Musical Theater to Opera, and more? Great! I love cross-training singers! I can teach you the tools to sing in other genres smoothly and authentically.

I can help you with audition preparation or putting on a stunning (killer) performance. My students regularly win prizes in competitions. Many have gone on to pursue professional careers in performance, or as voice teachers and choral conductors. I also provide consistent performance opportunities and offer affordable group voice classes.

Every singer is unique. Singing is the most personal art form. It is my privilege to bring out the natural voice that lies within you and develop it to its fullest potential.
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Tom January 2, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Over the years I've taken voice lessons to improve core skills. Not all voice teachers are the same! I started with Ms. Rapanan’s group class just to check out her skills and style of teaching. I discovered a truly great teacher who integrates her long-earned breadth and depth (classical to pop) styles of singing into her teaching methods. This is rare! I truly enjoyed her challenging and inspiring me to push my limits. And, she's fun to work with. She has a high-energy positive teaching style. Maybe what I like most is that she personalized my lessons; taking into account my particular voice, style, and, limitations/strengths. I have not found these teaching attributes elsewhere; knowledgeable with great command. Since she is a serious -but loads of fun- teacher, I totally endorse her for serious and committed students.
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Jeff January 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Victoria Rapanan is a solid vocal technician who transforms voices. She can really diagnose vocal issues and provide specific and clear solutions in a fun and creative manner. Her students are excellent singers. Victoria is also a magnificent performer. I give her my highest rating in all categories.
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Victoria R.

Victoria R.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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