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About Marsha K.

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Roseville, CA
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About Marsha
Fall, fall, fall! Beautiful music, beautiful weather, beautiful trees that look like flowers for leaves! We are finishing Halloween pieces and starting Christmas ones! Master Class next month preparation, and a 100 day Music Challenge in full swing. I am currently full except for ONE slot Wed at 4:30, snatch it up quickly!

Goals: Since I am also a Life Coach, we really focus on how to accomplish our hopes and desires. We begin by weekly, then monthly and even a yearly goal.

Each week we also focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. Another is TECHNIQUE. Technique is the ability to have proper position, wrist-lifts and finger curve as well as Theoretic knowledge and application.

I started giving out lickable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet a
nd come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

Music has blessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Lisa D. July 20, 2016
· Singing · In home
I got my monies worth just in the first lesson! I am amazed she can teach me, where several have failed.
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Jessica Reyes March 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Very encouraging
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Renee A. May 19, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
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About David M.

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Carmichael, CA

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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.

*** Specialties ***
Folk guitar, rock and roll and blues bass, classical flute, analog and digital recording, music theory
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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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Bill M. February 25, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Had a great time , I got a lot of new information and insight about my playing right from the get go. Looking forward to next week.
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David M.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Colin M.

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Sacramento, CA
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I'm a life-long musician with a passion for the art and a love of teaching it. In 2012, I graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors in Music. Through my schooling and personal study, I have become a well-rounded musician able to teach many instruments effectively. Making music with others at a high level, teaching, and having the opportunity to perform professionally around the Sacramento area has been a great experience. I look forward to continuing that journey, growing as a person and musician, and being a positive role-model for others!

I've been playing trumpet nearly my entire life, and studied it in college. However, I am a multi-instrumentalist and currently teach trumpet, guitar, piano, and trombone. I specialize in classical style, but can also teach jazz theory, correct swing style, articulation, etc. I have
studied with multiple music professors and have learned their most effective teaching methods. I have taken music theory classes that allow me to explain theory in a simplified manner to students. I have been playing guitar since high school and have taken many piano classes while in school, where proficiency is necessary in order to advance in the major. In my free time, I even play drums and multiple other instruments and listen to music constantly. Music is very much my life. This allows me the versatility to teach a variety of instruments and mold myself and my students into well-rounded musicians.
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Mae July 13, 2017
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I have had experience with quite a few teachers over the years, and none have quite felt the same as Colin. He is knowledgeable, educated and personally very talented at his instruments, and he prepares well for his lessons and always thinks of creative/well planned approaches for each student's individual needs. He seems to invest in each studio member on a personal level, which is sadly not terribly common. The fact that he is also a working professional performing and making music out in the community makes him an even more rare asset to have. I would highly recommend him for your or your child's instructional needs.
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Colin M.

Sacramento, CA 95864
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About JoAnn R.

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Carmichael, CA

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Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG.

During your lessons you will receive instruction in skills needed to sing or play the cello as well as musical skills including rhythm, melody, harmony and style. Because there is a lot to learn, I encourage you to consider 45 or 60 minute lessons, which I offer at substantially reduced rates to make them more affordable for you.

I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you
perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date.

What will your lessons be like?
At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.

In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.

Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.

Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don't have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.

You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.

Not sure how to practice at home?
To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each of your lessons to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.

Nervous about performing?
When you are comfortable I will provide opportunities to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.

You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers.
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Al September 17, 2017
· Cello · In studio
JoAnn is such a wonderful instructor and as a beginner I feel lucky to receive instruction from such an accomplished cellist. I highly recommend JoAnn as an instructor.
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Oksana July 20, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
Awesome instructor. Sees what one strugles with right away and corrects on the spot. Very fun to work with as well :)
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Alicia S. July 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
JoAnn is a. Very good teacher and suited the needs I had to polish and reawaken my vocal skills. I look forward to working with her.
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JoAnn R.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Ardalan G.

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Ardalan is a worldwide artist. He started playing Violin at the age of six. His former teacher was Cyrus Azemikhah.At the age of nine, he was first featured as a young artist in the most prestigous concert hall of Tehran, Iran built in early 1922 by the Shah of Iran. He soon made a sucessful career as a performing artist and appeared with local classical and persian orchestras within the capital city of Iran. At the age of 15, he moved to United States to continue his music education and had studies with Igor Veligan. Three times winner of Aria/concerto competitions ( 2012-2015 )at American River college, Ardalan appeared as a soloist with ARC Symphony Orchestra and played major concertos from Violin literature such as Lalo symphonie Español and Mozart Violin concerto no 4. He also frequently serves as a Co-concertmaster of ARC orchestr
a for their concert seasons. Ardalan is greatly acknowledged for sucessful performances with orchestras in Opera festivals in Italy, Chamber music festival in Germany and persian music ensembles in Iran and Dubai ,UAE.

He started teaching Violin and Viola at the age of 14 as an assistant teacher, and soon he started running a Violin studio teaching young talents making effort to help them grow musically up to their potential. Ardalan is a string instructor at Language Academy of Sacramento LAS where he teaches group string/violin classes, musicianship and chamber music to young talents. Some of His students play in youth Orchestras such as Sacramento youth Orchestra and Stonelake youth Orchestra. Ardalan is currently teaching in string Project at Sacramento State University. He teaches Private Violin lessons, conducts and coaches the orchestra.

Ardalan is a member of the Symphony Orchestra of Northern California SONIC, Benicia Ballet Theater orchestra where he plays first Violin. He is also the Co-Concertmaster of Sacramento State University Symphony Orchestra.

Ardalan currently studies Violin with Professor Anna Presler and is attending Sacramento state University School of Music majoring in music performance BM.

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His lessons are totally based on individual needs, abilities and long term goals. Ardalan believes that learning process for every individual is different and it is teacher's job to recognize the needs of his or her students and find instant solutions to student's problems.He gives so many performance opportunities to his students throughout the community. this can help them to combine their skills with experiences and use them for their future. for beginners he fundamentally use SUZUKI STYLE and also his own personal style of teaching. He gives an specific syllabus to his students about the materials needed to be learned in each level of violin performance. also this gives them a very clear clue about what is expected to be mastered in each level. so this way students can feel success and see the bright path to proficiency in Violin. for intermediate levels he usually uses kaiser etudes, sonatas and concertos which are recommended for this level. in the advanced level, students start to learn Bach sonatas and partitas, plus working on valuable etude books like Kruetzer or Rode,also concertos will be offered to students based on their skills and level of advancement in this level of teaching.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, stand, metronome, recording equipment, sound acoustic

*** Travel Equipment ***
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Yoojeong E. July 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Not only he has such an amazing Bio, but also he has very pleasant expression and smile. He seem very patience, and humble. I really enjoyed my experience with him, and I realized that I really like Violin~☆.Thank you.
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Grace N. June 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ardalan is very positive and patient.
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Ronan N. June 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ardalan is very friendly and positive.
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Ardalan G.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Anne R.

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Placerville, CA
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Take harp lessons from a GRAMMY® Award winner! Anne has some 30 years of performance and teaching experience and would love to help you get started learning to play the harp, or help you continue on your harp adventures if you have had some previous lessons and experience. And, you can now take lessons from Anne no matter where you live in the world through a webcam and TakeLessons.com!!

Here is what Anne can help you learn:

Proper hand technique
Sight reading skills
Improvisation skills
Music theory
Repertoire building-Learning Celtic, Classical, Renaissance, Folk, and all kinds of tunes
Arranging music for the harp
Accompaniment skills
Performance skills
And much more!

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her in
terest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book: Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne is an active member of the American String Teacher's Association.

Take lessons online at her studio in South Lake Tahoe, California, or in in Placerville, California.

FAQs:

Do I need to have any musical experience to learn to play the Celtic harp?

It's not necessary to have any prior musical background before embarking on harp lessons. If you have never taken up an instrument before, Anne will teach you harp technique and how to read music, too. It's a plus if you have some past musical experience, because you'll already know the rudiments of reading sheet music. Anne teaches from ages 7 and up. If your child is younger than 7 and anxious to play the harp, get them started on the piano first. This way, when they come to Anne at an older age, they will already know how to read music (harp sheet music and piano sheet music look alike).

Is the harp difficult to learn?

It's no more difficult to learn than any other instrument. If you really want to learn and you practice, you'll learn quickly. It's all about motivation.

Do I need to own a harp to learn to play?

For online lessons, you'll need to have your own harp. You can also buy a harp from Anne. She uses Triplett Harps as rentals and can help you get started on a rent-to-own harp, and is an authorized dealer if you decide you want to purchase a harp in the future. (Note: Anne only rents to students taking lessons from her in her studio. Rentals are not available to students taking online lessons.)

What does Anne teach?

Anne assesses your goals and your experience before designing a learning path that is right for you. For this reason, her lessons are always one-on-one and not taught in a group fashion. Of course, parents are welcome to sit in on their child's lesson.

What is Anne's experience?

Anne studied music theory and received her formal music education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). When the Celtic harp piqued her interest, she studied harp techniques from world-renowned harpist Sylvia Woods and later contributed to her book Music Theory & Arranging Techniques for Folk Harps. Anne also studied professional stage performance with Ed Hooks (San Francisco, CA) and at the Living History Centre (Novato, CA). Anne applied her formal training to teaching music for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She continues to work with students presenting educational demonstrations for school assemblies. Anne has given workshops to students in the Sacramento Waldorf School, El Dorado Union School District, Merced Union High School District, and Minden Elementary School. She has taught harp since 1987, offering educational demonstrations, focused workshops, and taking on private students. She performed on the 2015 GRAMMY® Award Winning Best New Age Album, "Winds of Samsara".
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Annette May 30, 2017
· Harp · Online
Anne Roos is an A+ teacher and a joy for my daughter to work with. She is an all around professional as a player and a teacher. I would definitely recommend her to anyone!
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Anji March 26, 2017
· Harp · Online
Anne is a marvelous teacher! She is wonderful and PROMPT in her communication, follow up and lesson sessions. She genuinely exudes joy in her teaching methods, is clear in her instruction and seems to honestly love my kids. We couldn't be happier with our choice in instructors.
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Laureen February 16, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Mrs Roos has been a kind, patient and gentle teacher with my two daughters. You will enjoy taking lessons from her as she has a wealth of experience to glean from and is an encouragement.
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Anne R.

Placerville, CA 95667
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About Pranshul G.

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My name is Pranshul and I am a current college student. My major is Cognitive Sciences B.S. I have been actively involved in music activities in and out of school and have been playing music for over 14 years. I received honors throughout middle and high school and in college. My lessons consist of educating students through doing. I start with the basics and make sure students have a deep understanding of the subject before we move onto advanced topics. This way, the student gets the most out of the lesson and leaves satisfied with their progress!
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Nikolai January 13, 2017
· Drum · In home
He gave my 8 year old his first lesson and was great as well as patient, very nice person and we can not wait for his next lesson
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Evan January 24, 2016
· Drum · In home
Very good experience. Seemed to really know his stuff!
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Pranshul G.

Roseville, CA 95747
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$22 / 30-min

About Taylor F.

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Hey guys! My name is Taylor and I have played guitar for about 5 years now. I started playing guitar on my church worship team and it stuck. It pushed me to want to learn more and more. I currently play for two different churches in folsom and would love to start giving people lessons for guitar.
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Tim R. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Taylor is ethusiastic, clear, makes things understandable, and is very focused on the result that the customer wants!
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Elyssa March 17, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My daughter who is ten said it was very easy to learn. Taylor really makes sure my daughter understood everything he's teaching her. He is very patient and seems eager to teach. Ten stars!!!
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Lisa February 7, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Taylor has been an inspiration for my 9 year old son! Learning to play guitar has been a fun and educational experience for him. He looks forward to his lessons each week!
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Taylor F.

Rocklin, CA 95765
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About Maurissa J.

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Missy Jones (AKA Maurissa Jones) has been playing professionally since she was 16 years old. She started with the violin when she was in the fifth grade and expanded her musical knowledge to other instruments such as bass, guitar, piano, and drums once she got into high school.

In her freshman year of high school she joined her first band, Darkhorse, and played bass with them in American Legions, Moose lodges, and VFW Halls.

Once she gained the necessary experience playing live, she was hired by many other bands. Soon she was playing professionally with multiple bands at a time.

Teaching being her passion, she began giving music lessons to her classmates. It didn't take long before she was teaching the children of family friends and fellow church goers. And now, with many years of teaching experience, she is playing and teaching
music full time.
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Talli August 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Maurissa is not only one of the nicest people I've met, but beyond knowledgeable in so many different instruments! It's impressive! She's going places!! Patient (as I'm a beginner) she really pays attention to what I need to be working on!
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Jay C. April 9, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
I have had the pleasure to be in a band at one time with Missy and have also known her for many years. She is a very dedicated musician and artist. Her work ethic is outstanding never late for shows etc. She is also very patient with children of all ages.
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Chris M. April 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Talented, smart understands young minds.
As well as the artistic personality. *makes you accountable warning..
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Maurissa J.

Citrus Heights, CA 95621
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About Todd W.

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Citrus Heights, CA

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Hi! I'm a full-time music teacher (guitar, bass and ukulele) who's been teaching 50+ weekly students for over 12 years! I am very easy-going and do my best to make lessons fun for all of my students. I have been playing in performing (not garage) bands for over 25 years and have an actual AA degree in music from Sierra College! I am versed in songs from classic rock up up through today and am always trying to be on the cutting edge of teaching, using my iPad, Youtube and the Amazing Slow Downer app with almost all of my students. No books to buy--I write out your lesson on my tablet and send it to your e-mail to practice! Feel free to hit me up with any questions.
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Duncan September 1, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I took lessons from Todd for a few years and he was always a great teacher.
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Brenda September 1, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Both my sons have taken lessons from Todd for over a year. They love going to lessons and look forward to it throughout the week. I have been impressed at how quickly they have learned to play actual songs. Todd teaches reading TAB, and also music reading. He is very kind and patient. He always lets us know about schedule changes ahead of time and is especially accommodating if we need to change our schedules.
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Nicolle August 31, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I was part of a Beginner Guitar group lesson with Todd. In that class, he managed to give us all personal attention. Since then, I've had a weekly lesson for years and he's always had me progressing at my own rate. I like how we spend our time with a quick review of whatever it is I've been learning before we move on to something new. It's amazing how much we pack into a lesson. Todd is always very flexible with whatever I want to learn so we can take detours into favorite songs or artists (and we even added a bit of harmonica at my request). Even if I pick a difficult piece he can adapt it to my skill level (and then add the complexity as I progress). And through it all, he has shown endless good humor and patience.
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Todd W.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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Being a mom is hard work, way harder than being  rockstar, yet somehow these amazing women do it all! In honor of moms everywhere, music teacher Jessica D. highlights a few amazing women in music who deserve a great big breakfast in bed this Mother's Day... Where did you get your love of music? Was your mom musical? Maybe she played an instrument, sang in church or in a band, or splurged (or currently splurges) so that you could take guitar lessons? Regardless, this Mother’s Day, we can’t
7 Ways to Use Movable Guitar Scales to Write Solos and Riffs
Learning guitar scales prepares you for the fun of playing riffs and solos. If you know your scales but you don't know how to take the next step, try one of these tips from guitar teacher James W... You have 7 notes to choose from and the following 7 steps will help you in ways you cannot even predict. Most guitar players learn the basics such as the 5 basic major scale patterns in G major and go on to learn them in the other major keys as well. Perhaps you know what a pentatonic scale is in

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