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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 27 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.

I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 20 years and piano for 10.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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
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.
Thank you,
Promila
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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 Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
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Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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$40 / 30-min

About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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

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

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

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

I typically travel
to each student's home for lessons. I travel all around the Bay Area: as far north as Richmond, as far south as Los Gatos, as far East as Livermore (and every place in between, including the Peninsula).
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Milun February 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher!!
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Kate R. January 22, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Marwan has put a lot of effort both in and out of our lesson slot to make these sessions a great learning experience for our 14 year old daughter. His weekly recap emails are terrific, too.
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crystal December 4, 2017
· Python · In home
Marwan always has smile on his face. And I have the very first python lesson with him. He is a great teacher.
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
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About Dr. Sharon W.

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Mountain View, CA

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About Dr. Sharon
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Native of Taiwan, one of the few pianists in the world to successfully perform “The People United Will Never Be Defeated!” (Frederic Rzewski’s hour-long set of 36 variations) from memory, and I have performed in the United States, Taiwan, and Prague. I am also involved in chamber music, contemporary music, and piano collaboration.

*Certificated MTNA (Music Teacher National Association) piano teacher.

*Certificated MTAC (Music Teacher Association of California) piano teacher.

*Preparation of music exams like CM, ABRSM and RCM.

*Host student recitals and performance classes.

I received my D.M.A degree (PhD) in Piano Performance at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert Kalish. Master degree in Piano under Dr. Steven Spooner
as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas.

Every individual has different goals of learning piano. Some want their children to simply enjoy music, some want to ensure their children shine on the stage. I cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher.

*Teaching in Chinese is available.
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Vicky March 5, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Excellent instruction. Sharon is an inspirational teacher that uses effective techniques to help you learn classical pieces. Highly recommend her.
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Apple January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sharon is very nice and patient for my first lesson. I'd like to keep learning from her:)
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C. W. July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 8 year old is so happy to be taking lessons from Sharon Wu! Ms. Wu is a true professional: in addition to her top qualifications, she has high expectations for her students and a genuine interest in their learning. She also has a kind and encouraging manner. Highly recommended!!
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Dr. Sharon W.

Dr. Sharon W.

Mountain View, CA 94040
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About Margaret G.

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Palo Alto, CA

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About Margaret
I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College. I offer weekly lessons or lessons on a schedule as you go basis only, not biweekly or other schedules.
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Anirudh V. June 21, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I am a beginner. Her instructions are very clear and simple. She makes sure that I understand the basics concepts really well. I really enjoy going to her classes.
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Della O. June 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
The instruction is clear, and pleasant. And the suggestion was very helpful. Enjoyed!
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Vince W. January 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 57 years old, have never played before. Margaret made me feel relaxed and confident.
Excellent teacher, very attentive, very patient and good communication skills. I look forward to my coming lessons.
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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About Victoria W.

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Cupertino, CA

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About Victoria
Victoria came to the Bay Area in 2015 from Atlanta, Georgia where she received her music degree from Georgia State University. She has been playing the flute for 15 years and is knowledgeable in music theory and aural skills. Her teachers have included Allison Gillon and Sarah Ambrose, and has participated in masterclasses with professionals such as: Julien Beaudiment (former principal at LA Philharmonic), Christina Smith (principal at Atlanta Symphony), and Viviana Guzman (international touring artist) to name a few.

She has participated in many ensembles ranging from chamber groups, wind ensembles and orchestras, and performed a solo recital in her senior year at GSU. She also performed with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet in 2011 and 2012. She has taught several high school marching bands since 2011 and currently w
orks with the Homestead High School Marching Band while maintaining a private studio. She also plays with the Foothill Symphonic Winds.

She believes in teaching strong fundamentals. Students will have the opportunity to perform in recitals, audition for local ensembles and at the state level, and often reach the top chairs in their school bands. Lessons are tailored to fit each student's specific needs and goals. All levels of experience are accepted; whether you are just beginning, an intermediate player, prepping for an audition, or picking it back up after a long break.

In her free time Victoria enjoys traveling, camping, hiking, reading, dance, and gymnastics.
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Kati January 22, 2018
· Flute · In home
Working with Victoria is a joy. She is flexible and understanding regarding schedule updates, my daughter enjoys her flute lessons, and I can clearly hear the results. My daughter played well when Victoria started to teach her, but with her instructions she has stepped up to the next level and her tone has improved a light year.
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Tera N. July 1, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter needed lessons before a college audition. Victoria helped her with er site reading and tone & technique for 2 months before her audition. My daughter got a scholarship and into the group she wanted because of Victoria's help! She was flexible with my daughter's crazy schedule and helped her feel confident in her abilities. Thanks Victoria!
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Macy April 13, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Victoria.
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Victoria W.

Victoria W.

Cupertino, CA 95014
(5)
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$35 / 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.

I am bilingual i
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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$35 / 30-min

About Josh M.

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Santa Clara, CA
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I'm a prize winning pianist and a music enthusiast. I started piano at age 5 and started winning competitions at age 10. I've won prizes at the local and national level. Ultimately though, I'm just passionate about all-things piano and would love to share my passion with you.

My background is in the Taubman technique, having spent 12 years working with one of Dorothy Taubman's personal students. However, whatever your technical background, I'm excited to help you find more freedom, power, and passion in your playing!
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Maegan B. June 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
I've had a great experience with Josh. He's an incredibly skilled player and fantastic teacher. He's helped me improve my technique in a very short amount of time and has done a great job pushing me to challenge myself. Highly recommend him!
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Josh M.

Josh M.

Santa Clara, CA 95050
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About Erik R.

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Menlo Park, CA
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I am currently an undergraduate student in engineering and music at Stanford University

MUSIC:

I currently study with Stephen Harrison of the Ives Quartet and SF Contemporary Music Players. I have been principal cellist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, as well as a member of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra. I have also appeared in many other recitals and shows on campus.

Originally from Menlo Park, I studied with Sara Styles and Irene Sharp, and was a longtime member of the El Camino Youth Symphony. I also participated in music festivals including California Summer Music, Interlochen, and the Tanglewood Institute, where I was principal cellist of the orchestra. I won both the Palo Alto and Los Altos branches of the California VOCE competition and placed fourth in the senior instrumental solo category of
the United States Open Music Competition.

In high school, I occasionally tutored my peers. Later, my teacher (Prof. Harrison) started deferring prospective students to me. I have worked primarily with adult beginners and intermediate high school students, though I am willing to take on anyone who is self-motivated and ready to learn. I try to break the complexities of the instrument's technique into individual tasks. I then assign repertoire that exercises these tasks individually, allowing students to build up intuitive expertise without losing focus.

MATH:

So far in college, I have taken many of the introductory engineering courses (vector calculus/solid mechanics/etc.) and maintained a 4.0 GPA. In high school, I received several departmental awards, regularly won CA Math League contests, and attained maximum scores on seven AP exams as well as the level two SAT subject test and math portion of the SAT.

I also spent two years volunteering at an after-school program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
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Erik R.

Erik R.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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$35 / 30-min

About Sin-Tung C.

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San Francisco, CA
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SIN-TUNG CHIU

Sin-Tung Chiu won prizes in violin and chamber music in Hong Kong at the age of 12 as a student of Chung-On Chan. He later studied with Denes Zsigmondy and Anneliese Nissen in Ammerland, Germany. Sin-Tung Chiu is an alumnus of Dartmouth College, The Juilliard School, Teachers College of Columbia University, Meadowmount Summer School of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. At The Juilliard School, he studied violin with Dorothy DeLay and privately with Ivan Galamian, as well as chamber music with Felix Galimir and members of the Juilliard String Quartet (Robert Mann and Claus Adam). Subsequently, he performed in master classes under the tutelage of Nathan Milstein at The Juilliard School and Ruggiero Ricci in Victoria, Canada.

As a Founding violinist of the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra in New York City, Sin-Tung Chiu performed
in its concerts at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, and participated in its tours to Europe, India, Israel, North and South America, and Puerto Rico, which included two U.S. State Department sponsorships.

He was Artist-in-Residence at Bay View Summer Conservatory and Music Festival (Michigan); Assistant Professor of Violin at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga; Visiting Associate Professor of Violin at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Co-Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra and Concertmaster of its Chamber Orchestra, Music Consultant of the documentary film of the 1977 Van Cliburn Quadrennial International Piano Competition; and Associate Concertmaster of the Round Top Festival Orchestra (Texas). At that time, Sin-Tung Chiu frequently appeared in sonata recitals and faculty chamber music concerts, in addition to live broadcasts on regional public radio and television.

Sin-Tung Chiu became an American citizen in New York in 1984 and established his home in San Francisco in 1988.

In San Francisco, Sin-Tung Chiu teaches privately and is on the violin faculty of Community Music Center (CMC) since 1988, serving on the CMC Faculty Council (2007 to 2010) and (2012-2015); Chinese American International School (1997-2015); Music City Academy (2008-2017); in Hillsborough, California, on the violin faculty of The Nueva School as a Menuhin violin instructor since 1991, serving also as Director of the Nueva String Ensemble since 2005.

From 2005 to 2008, Sin-Tung Chiu was a member of the Board of Directors of the Del Sol Performing Arts Organization that oversees the career of the San-Francisco-based
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Sin-Tung C.

San Francisco, CA 94132
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