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Carmichael, CA

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About David
I have been a working musician and occasional private music teacher for over 40 years. During that time I had a career in the professional audio and video industry, during which I learned how to successfully deal with people. I recently returned to school and completed a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree at CSU Sacramento. My goal is to bring excitement and enthusiasm for music and playing an instrument to my students, and to create musicians who will make and enjoy music throughout their lives. I play guitar, bass guitar and flute, and enjoy teaching all of them to all age groups.

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Playing music is supposed to be fun. Lessons include playing, so they should be fun as well. My lessons are both focused and fun. I believe you get out of music what you put in. If a student doesn't practice in between lesso
ns, I will know. If a student does practice, I will know that as well. My lessons stress not only what to practice, but how. In 3-6 months, the beginning student can expect to be able to make a pleasing sound on the instrument, and be able to play beginning repertoire. Most importantly, the student will be able to play well enough to enjoy the instrument, which inevitably leads to more productive practice and continued improvement. This continued improvement is what lessons are all about.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to a student's home, I will bring my instrument only. I expect the student to provide all other equipment necessary for the lesson.

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Folk guitar, rock and roll and blues bass, classical flute, analog and digital recording, music theory
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Max H. February 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
David is friendly and relates well to teenagers. Max enjoyed his lesson and is looking forward to more.
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Jedric T. June 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
David was fantastic! My son was anxious about his first lesson, but David made us feel welcome right away and quickly outlined our plan going forward.
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Mike D. September 20, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Good start! Fed me the right amount of info for a "total beginner".
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David M.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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Sacramento, CA

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About Gaw
Gaw is a voice artist and music teacher. She has been performing for 20 years and has been teaching music over 10 years. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She is a currently the director of the Sacramento State School of Music vocal jazz ensembles and the jazz voice applied instructor. She is also currently the director of the Christian Brothers High School vocal jazz ensemble and is an active private music instructor. Gaw has been working for several years as a vocal clinician, working with many middle school, high school and collegiate ensembles and served as an adjudicator for many music festivals.

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"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students suc
ceed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."
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Igor February 20, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She is an excellent instructor! I have for years been stuck in my progress and had no idea how to improve. Gaw has been patient and really helped me to get to a point where I feel confident in my skills as a singer to perform in front of others.
She’s very knowledgeable and really helps you develop your vocal technique/style.
I thought about lessons for a while, but now I only regret not starting sooner.
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Bryson W. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Bryson was taking violin lessons before and he learned a lot but was unhappy with the teacher which was stern since working with Gaw not only has he improved with his technique but enjoys learning under her direction.
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Casey October 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Gaw was excellent. She was incredibly insightful. Her instructions were clear and helped immensely.
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Sacramento, CA 95826
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About Loren R.

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Sacramento, CA
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Many people would like to learn to make up songs. Some aspire to include lyrics and communicate to the world. This can start with trying it out with a teacher. Lessons can provide an excellent bridge between the initial stages of gathering your musical tools and actually delivering a song to others with a recording or performance.

About Loren
Loren is a well-known music instructor and has been teaching private music lessons in the Elk Grove area since 2002. He has been teaching for years and years, has two music degrees and is an active performer in many styles, enjoying a steady gigging schedule in the Sacramento area. He's "the real deal."

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The lessons are of the highest quality available as the student learns to read music, is guided in music theory with ear training, technique, and performance, however performance remains optional. There are options.

We often begin with songs that the student already likes. Sometimes that's the ticket. From Bach to the Beatles, Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, there are always great entrance points.

Theory, (chords, intervals, scales, cadences, etc.) Reading music, (tabs, traditional music notation, charts), Te
chnique, (right and left hand patterns), it's all covered. It's fun and legitimate education.

*** Specialties ***
Lessons in piano or guitar cover all popular music styles including country, rock, and classical.
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Nicole L. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my granddaughter loves him as a teacher. He is creative with her which stimulates her desire to learn more and to enjoy her journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Loren R.

Loren R.

Sacramento, CA 95828
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Sacramento, CA
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All styles of popular songwriting. Covers form, structure, theory, lyrics and arrangements

About Eddie
I'm a Sac State B.M. Graduate who loves to teach! I specialized in Jazz at CSUS, but I love playing rock, blues, country, folk, punk, funk, you name it! I also studied English with an emphasis in Creative Writing, so if you're an aspiring fellow songwriter, I can surely help you out with that as well. I tailor each lesson to the individual needs and wants of the student. Just starting out? Welcome! Want to learn to write your own songs? I gotcha. Want to learn to sight read so you can pass an audition or play in a school band? No problem! Want to learn to improvise like Wes Montgomery, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, etc (just a few of my favorites)... let's get to work!
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Julian January 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
What a wonderful person to be teaching my 10 year old, patient and very knowledgeable
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James B. January 13, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My son's reaction when he finished, "Just one word, AWESOME ".
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Kevin September 4, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Eddie is a true musicologist. He's helped me with theory, scales, modes, music reading, song writing, and helped me to incorporate many different computer programs into my composing and recording. If you want to improve you music, Eddie can help.
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Eddie R.

Sacramento, CA 95826
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About Kevin B.

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Sacramento, CA

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In addition to my musical experience, which includes having a degree, I wrote music for a band I was in, Eden's Requiem. I am happy to teach about how to get over songwriting writer's block, methods of songwriting, and to work on your songs with you!

About Kevin
I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
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Lakesha Towns January 12, 2018
· Singing · In studio
He makes you feel welcome and free at the same time as keeping you leveled
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susan October 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I came to Kevin because I needed a refresher course. I had taken piano lessons as a child, but I'd lost a lot of it over the years. Kevin is very knowledgeable and patient and he explains things very well. I would recommend him wholeheartedly.
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Nancy G. March 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took lessons from Kevin for 5 months. He's a terrific teacher. I hadn't done any singing for years and he was patient with me, always very positive and gave me new challenges when I was ready for them. He's a gifted teacher and I recommend him for all levels of learning.

Thank you Kevin!!!!
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Kevin B.

Sacramento, CA 95826
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Folsom, CA

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Improve your songwriting by learning basic structure, music theory and ear training. Rock, pop,  film, alternative, indie, etc.. This class is very useful for singers-songwriters and live performing in a band. Commercial music and business knowledge. Studio preparation, basic song recording, etc.

About Keith
Voice and Piano Lessons with Keith Anthony Gray

VOICE LESSONS

Offering classical voice lessons for students all ages. I teach bel canto "Beautiful Singing" (Italian classical) voice technique for beginners. This is the fundamental technique to develop proper voice health, pitch, natural tone, strength, range, quality and breath control.

PIANO LESSONS

Offering classical piano lessons for students all ages. Piano lessons focus on basic music theory, scales and exercises. Step-by- step method emphasizes correct playing habits and note reading through interval recognition. 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Sacramento City College, Sacramento, CA - Music Performance, Theater Arts Acting & Dance Emphasis

 Sung at Carnegie Hall, State Capital and World Cup Sacramento International House Show

Music & Theater Skills

 Privately
studied voice from Jacqueline Victorino 2012-Present

 Vocal/Performing Arts Instructor for Capital Innovations Academy 2016-Present

Vocal Instructor for The Silver Orange (Teen Center) 2017-Present

 Extensive educational and professional background in music performance (voice, piano, upright bass, guitar, bass guitar), production (pro audio, recording, live sound engineer, producer), songwriting, and composing.

 Classes and performances in musical theater, choir, theater movement, advanced acting theory and techniques, stagecraft, dance and choreography.
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Pat April 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
A charming young man. Always willing to work around my crazy schedule ( on more than one occasion). Clearly an excellent teacher. Does not become irritated no matter how many times he has to repeat an instruction and responds to after hours questions A beautiful soul
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Norma Santillan May 22, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He's an outstanding instructor.
Very talented, patient , respectful and willing to work around my schedule..my daughter Loved going to take guitar lessons with him... I truly recommend him and wish him the best..
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Gordon May 16, 2017
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Keith is an incredibly gifted musician and one of the nicest people you're likely to meet. As his former bass instructor I've known him for decades and have seen him consistently grow as an artist. Anyone would reap benefits by being under his tutelage.
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Keith G.

Sacramento, CA 95815
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Austin, TX
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Learn to improve your songwriting skills! We'll study chord progressions, melodies, rhythms, intros & outros, arranging & orchestration, form, instrumentation, lyric-writing and much more.

About Trevor
Learn to play music that you love. I offer customized lessons based on your interests and the things you most want to learn. Using proven techniques from years of performing, research and teaching, I help my students make consistent progress while having fun!

***Areas of study***

Performance
Singing & playing
Music Theory
Improvisation
Technique
Fretboard Understanding
Recording
Songwriting & composition
Reading (notation, charts, TAB)
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Ali March 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My husband and I just had our first few lessons with Trevor and we couldn’t recommend him more. As a high school band director who is a guitar beginner, I think that Trevor is a fantastic teacher. He makes music and guitar fun, ensures you feel successful in each lesson, and is teaching quality information in a very logical order and pace.
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Nonye A. March 22, 2018
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Best Instructor ever!
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Will April 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
I've taken a couple of lessons from Trevor so far and they have been awesome. I've taken lessons from about 7 or 8 instructors in my lifetime and he is definitely one of, if not the best.
The thing that makes Trevor stand out to me is that he took the time to get to know what I wanted to learn and to figure out how I like to learn. He comes prepared to the lessons with material, answers any questions I have during the week by email and has worked with me to develop a specific education plan to meet my goals.
I suggest taking a trial lesson with this guy to see if you're on the same page. I am definitely not going anywhere else while I live in Austin.
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About Suzi R.

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Placerville, CA

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Teaching since 1988 upon insistence of my university music professors, I love helping others find their joy in music! In my studio lessons are custom-crafted to your needs. Please include a message phone number in your emailed inquiry :-) Thanks!

About Suzi
Thank you for considering lessons locally! I look forward to meeting you soon :-)
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Emma P. April 25, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
We love her teacher.
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Suzi R.

Placerville, CA 95667
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About Nancy M.

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Whether you want to write songs as an outlet to express yourself OR you want to write commercial hits that get published, these songwriting lessons will cover ALL of the basics of both music and lyric writing.

We'll go over song structure, rhyme schemes, repetition & contrast, musical motifs, common chord progressions, word choice, meter & tempo, prosody, melody & harmony, commercial considerations, copyright issues, and publishing, if applicable.

The emphasis here is on learning to express yourself in a way that connects with your audience - whoever that audience is. And it's also about having fun while doing it!

Let's work on your songwriting goals together!

About Nancy
I've been in the music industry for over 27 years, mainly as an independent singer, songwriter, and recording artist. I was Assistant Editor of American Songwriter magazine and an Artist Relations rep for a CD distribution company. I've also been an instructor at NSAI, SGA, and SAE, and have spoken at major music conferences such as NSAI's Spring Symposium, Advanced Song Camp, and TAXI's Road Rally.

I toured nationally as a solo performer and with a group. I have performed in a wide variety of venues such as coffeehouses, bars, restaurants, and music clubs, as well as in larger venues like theatres, concert halls, and performing arts centers. I've also done private and corporate events. So, I can teach you extensively about performing, booking, and touring.

I recorded and released four of my own CDs. So, I can help you with your r
ecording project from pre-production to release & promotion.

Since I came off the road, I have focused mainly on being an Artist Development Coach because I love to help other artists and musicians thrive and share their music.

I work with anyone willing to make a commitment to their music career. But my specialty is working with musicians, artists, composers, etc. who are "not quite mainstream" and those "second-timers" who are coming back to music after a long hiatus.

If you feel like you fall between two genres, or if you've been told you're not commercial enough, I can help you. Just because someone told you "no" or the "industry" doesn't "get you," doesn't mean you can't have a completely successful music career! It just means you have to go about it a different way.

If you're coming back to music and you don't understand all of this Internet and social media stuff because it wasn't there when you left, never fear. I can help you learn new skills and you can learn to carve out your own niche.

I tend to attract singer/songwriters and recording artists, but I can also work with songwriters, composers, producers, and musicians. So, if you're having trouble getting your music career off the ground, then maybe you need some help.

You take lessons for your voice, or for your instrument (guitar, piano, etc.). Why not take lessons for your business and your career?
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Nancy M.

Nancy M.

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I am a performing artist, session guitarist, songwriter, and producer. I have a background in guitar, voice, bass, ukulele, percussion, and piano. I was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but decided to continue my career in California. As a gigging musician for artists of various styles, I have studied and am able to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele in all genres to students ranging from beginner to professional. Music is about having fun and as a performer I know how to bring that excited energy into the lessons I teach!

My goal is to give students the tools necessary to chase out their personal desires with music wether it be learning to improve their technique, theory knowledge, or songwriting / compositional skills. I have an ability to simplify the way students visualize the fretboard so they can access the intervals and progressions they hear in their head.

Currently I am gigging, writing, and producing for The Five Thirty and my own project 'Ben Simmons'

About Ben
I am a performing artist, session guitarist, songwriter, and producer. I have a background in guitar, voice, bass, ukulele, percussion, and piano. I was accepted to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, but decided to continue my career in California. As a gigging musician for artists of various styles, I have studied and am able to teach guitar, bass, and ukulele in all genres to students ranging from beginner to professional. Music is about having fun and as a performer I know how to bring that excited energy into the lessons I teach!

My goal is to give students the tools necessary to chase out their personal desires with music wether it be learning to improve their technique, theory knowledge, or songwriting / compositional skills. I have an ability to simplify the way students visualize the fretboard so they can access the interva
ls and progressions they hear in their head.

Currently I am gigging, writing, and producing for The Five Thirty and my own project 'Ben Simmons' while teaching and providing services as a session guitarist. With The Five Thirty, we recently released our first single, 'Heat Stroke' in February which will be followed by our debut self produced EP.

My personal passion with music revolves around the guitar and writing the best songs I can. I grew up on Santana, Led Zeppelin, John Mayer and Nora Jones.

I teach from my home studio, a music store in downtown woodland, and my students' homes. Please contact me with any questions regarding lessons and I will be happy to get back to you!
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Ben April 18, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Ben is a good teacher for all ages (I'm 70 something). He is experienced, knowledgeable, and patient. I particularly liked that he came to my house. Give him a try!
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Virginia April 17, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I'm having such a great experience taking guitar lessons with Ben! He's flexible about teaching me what I want to learn, even though that may change from week to week. As a music teacher myself, I know that progress happens in the practice between lessons. Since most of my practice time goes to my primary instrument, my progress on guitar has not been what it might be. But, to Ben's credit, he is patient and accepting of how it is with me. So I look forward to my lessons, knowing that Ben will make it fun and interesting regardless of my lack of preparation.
Ben is skilled in many different styles of guitar playing, and well versed in music theory, which he incorporates seamlessly into the lessons.
The in-home aspect is such a convenience! Highly recommended for parent-chauffeurs.
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Martin April 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Ben for just under 2 years, and it was a great experience. He's extremely patient and easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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Woodland, CA 95695
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