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About Jesse M.

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Andrew. Please see his TakeLessons page here:
https://takelessons.com/profile/andrew-i5

Intermediate
Learn about music theory regarding rhythm, harmony, and melody and how it applies to the piano. Learn how to talk about music and improve how you read sheet music and lead sheets.

Advanced
Learn about more advanced rhythmic feels. Understand modal concepts, and how to use them to improve how you currently play. Venture past diatonic playing into full comprehension of out chords and certain types of chromaticism.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Helena G.

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San Jose, CA

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Strong classical Piano foundation and fun popular tunes! I work with my students particular interests and goals.

About Helena
Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students qu
ickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Elsa March 3, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter has had multiple instructors over the past 4 years and Helena is her favorite. Her technique and personality make her a joy to work with and Elsa is eager to practice and looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Jill March 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Helena has great insight and can spot areas that need improvement quickly! She is kind and patient, and a wonderful violin teacher/player.
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Joe A. March 10, 2016
· Violin · In home
I am an adult beginner. Helena is amazingly patient and has clearly mastered teaching the violin. I am very excited that I found her and look forward to having her guide me on my journey to learn such a beautiful musical instrument.
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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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About Kathryn G.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Kathryn
From the moment Kat was tall enough to reach the keys she made so much noise on her family's piano that they eventually bought a kid-sized version to keep in her room. When Kat turned 7 her family got her the best present ever; lessons with an amazing piano teacher.

Kat also began to study flute several years later and soon realized that music was the life for her. She majored in music in both high school and college graduating with a BA in Music from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Kat has a very diverse career in music. From a full time private music teacher to the Musical Director of a Burning Man Opera, to the Section Leader for a Youth Orchestra, to the keyboard player in a Theatrical Heavy Metal Band, Kat is always thrilled to stretch her wings and try new things.

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I teach Tuesdays
and Wednesdays in San Francisco, and the rest of the week in the Santa Cruz area!

PLEASE NOTE - because I commute into SF to teach I do not offer in-home lessons. I teach at a lovely studio in the inner sunset!

I have a ridiculous sense of humor. I believe in stickers, high fives, and celebratory fist-bumps. And yes, that goes for the adults as well.

I always looked forward to my lessons because they were so fun, even if I knew I hadn't practiced enough. That is exactly what I try to create for every student I work with.

Besides the humor, I customize lesson plans to fit you. Not just the types of music you want to learn, but HOW you learn. My number one goal is that you completely understand what you are learning. I don't mind in the least if I need to explain a new lesson 10 different ways-€“ we will work together until you really get it! Understanding what you're doing makes it so much more fun.

Have a favorite song stuck in your head, but the sheet music is still too hard? No problem. I'm happy to write the song out for you at your own level. I want you to enjoy yourself, and if that means Lady GaGa then I'm happy to oblige. I will probably stick Mozart in when you're not looking just to make sure you're learning a lot of different things, but that's what teachers are for.

Of course we cover fundamentals and start with the basics. I typically incorporate music theory and ear training with your lessons as well . In 6 months on piano, with regular practice, you will be comfortably reading music and playing songs you enjoy with both hands AT THE SAME TIME! (Gasp!) On flute in 6 months you will also be able to read music comfortably, will no longer feel like you are about to drop the flute at any given moment, will have a solid range of notes and have a solid feeling of control while you play.

I look forward to sharing music with you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
My number one goal is comprehension -to make sure that all of my students really understand what they are doing. I work very hard to ensure an atmosphere where all of my students - no matter their age - can feel comfortable to say "I don't understand".
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Hailey May 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kathryn is great. Her positive approach really builds confidence and makes you look forward to the next session.
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Andrea February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My first lesson with Kathryn was fantastic. As an adult student, I was a bit embarrassed by knowing absolutely nothing about piano, and Kathryn would have none of it! She was wonderfully disarming, positive, and really knew how to structure the lesson so that I'd walk out motivated. I'm thrilled to continue lessons with her on the piano.
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Mia January 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Doing great so far!
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Kathryn G.

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Ben Lomond, CA 95005
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About Marwan S.

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Mountain View, CA

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Playing piano is fun! So should your piano lessons.

I've taught piano since I was in high school, and continued to teach as a student at Cornell University. I also taught theory classes in the Cornell Piano Society, where I also served as President for 4 years.

Why? I simply love music, piano, and sharing it with others.

About Marwan
Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.
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Cherie June 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
We had a great first lesson. Very relaxed and unassuming. Looking forward to upcoming lessons.
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Ava March 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Terrific with our small kids. Extremely patient and easy to laugh
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
· Piano · In home
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA 94043
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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Judith F. November 11, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Melissa is a knowledgeable, direct and friendly instructor. I appreciated her foundational growth method. Teaching from the basics and building from there. I am looking forward to future lessons. Thank you Melissa!
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Diana August 27, 2016
· Watercolor Painting · In home
Melissa was a great teacher. She was clear, patient, and provided the right amount of instruction. She provided very interesting information about the subject. I really enjoyed the lesson and will continue.
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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Sharon Hsuan-yu W.

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Mountain View, CA

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Patient, dedicated and caring. I have been in the music field for 21 years. As a current doctoral student in piano, and the daughter of a 30-year veteran music educator, providing a comfortable and stressless experience for students is my principle. My goal is to cultivate every student's interest in music and ability to learn music as their own teacher. I apply musical games and online musicianship development activities in teaching. It's FUN!

*Teaching in Chinese is available.

About Sharon Hsuan-yu
***Not currently accepting Adult Beginner

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 Master degree in Piano under Dr. Steven Spooner as a scholarship student at the University of Kansas. I am currently pursuing a D.M.A degree at Stony Brook University, where I study with Gilbert
Kalish.

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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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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Maya K. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sharon is great at keeping me on track and tailoring the lessons to my specific goals as an opera singer and voice teacher!
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KN January 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sharon is very patient and at the same time rigorous about getting every single detail right. She has been very helpful in revising different concepts when I first learnt playing piano many years ago, as well as teaching various piano techniques that I didn't realize was important for the long term, especially guiding me how to fix my hand posture. Thanks Sharon!
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Mountain View, CA 94040
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About Robin L.

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San Jose, CA

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I've been teaching piano for a year and my students have gone on to perform in recitals. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play a few folk songs and as time goes on you'll be able to read both bass and treble clef. I specialize in classical and pop, typically use Alfred piano books, and have the following tools available for your lessons: metronome, and laptop. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Robin
Hi, there! My name is Robin Lacey and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and have loved helping my students learn to play their band instrument for solo competitions, or just for fun! I went to Roberts Wesleyan College and earned a degree in music education (K-12) in 2016. I'm an energetic and fun person. I believe that with hard work and dedication, you can accomplish anything; but I also believe that the process should be fun! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Kris June 29, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Robin is friendly, supportive, knowledgeable, and a skilled teacher. We appreciated her help.
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Pratyush June 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Don't trust Robin as your kids teacjher!

When we stumbled upon her - we read her reviews and ended up in requesting a session with Robin. I gave a schedule and Robin agreed to that. I was very specific in setting the expectation with take lessons that i am looking to utilize summer vacations as much as possible. Robin takes the first lesson (which was an ice breaker for my 6 year old daughter, as first lesson cannot be more than that). But as soon as the lesson was over, Robin sends the initiation that she is out for 2 weeks. Not only that, the very next class she just abruptly cancels the session. She very well knew that how keen we were for her to cover up as much ground as possible. TO explain a 6 year old such a behavior is not easy. It's negative attitude from Robin and had to somehow makeup something for my daughter. We ended up canceling all her sessions. Robin did not even feel necessary to call and schedule in such a way that its a progress for my daughter. I wrote 2-3 emails and we called 3 times. She did not respond to any of our calls. I you are looking for your child - i would not recommend Robin to be trusted. Just keep away from her.
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Robin May 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
After one lesson, I really think I may be able to learn the piano! Robin is terrific. I felt absolutely no pressure. At 62 years young I want a little apprehensive about actually taking piano lessons. Not any more.
Thank you Robin.
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San Jose, CA 95112
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About Andrew I.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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I will teach you proper and comfortable techniques to play the piano. You will learn to play in all major keys and with different rhythmic styles so you can play songs you like. I include learning to play piano using both hands so that you can play melody and harmony simultaneously. I will also teach you how to read music for your instrument. My lessons are adjusted to the specific student's pace and their learning style. Piano is a great starting instrument for all ages because anything you learn on piano you can apply to most other instruments.

About Andrew
I have been playing and studying music in a variety of settings since 2008. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. This has given me experience in writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

I have been training people in various fields since 2013. I am currently a junior instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA where I teach a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations. Feel free to send a question if you want to ask about anything before starting up.
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Lucas I. August 17, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andrew is a really good teacher, my son enjoyed his drum class, we will continue to take lessons here
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Mayu June 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Andrew has been an amazing piano instructor for my 6 year old son. My son is so comfortable that he acts a bit silly at times and have to remind him that this is a lesson. He is familiar with other instruments too which makes it really fun for kids. Currently he plays the ukulele while my son plays the piano and he absolutely loves it. Outside of his obvious skill, he is probably one of the most patient instructor I know. Maybe that's why my son loves him so much :) Definitely recommend him if you want your child to start enjoying music.
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Destinee T. June 11, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
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San Jose, CA

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I began my musical education at age six with piano lessons and continued on to acquire my M.M. from California Baptist University. I have more than 10 years of experience teaching piano, I work closely with students to develop a course material that will keep them engaged and provide a solid foundation for techniques, music theory and so on. I enjoy working with students of all ages from 5 year olds to adults. I'm also a member of MTAC and have experience in CM and ABRSM exam preparations.

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San Jose, CA 95133
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I've been teaching music, both piano and violin since 2011. As an educator, I believe that each student has an inherent talent that can be fostered through a formal music education. My aim is to inspire students to listen actively, take part in production, and contribute their insights through music. My teaching philosophy enables students to enjoy learning while pursuing their interest, and this resides concurrently with motivating them to explore the field in a comprehensive manner.

About Tracy
My professional background is distinguished through piano instruction at all ages from beginner to the advanced level and violin instruction from beginner to the intermediate level. In addition, teaching group lessons for over 6 years in a studio, preschool and elementary school has been a truly rewarding experience. I enjoy inspiring young children in both group and private lessons, while also preparing them for the National Guild Exam, ABRSM and Youth Focus competition.
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Laya June 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Tracy Chen is a great music teacher. She is very good with kids and teaching!
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Supriya June 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Tracy has been teaching my daughter piano and violin for more than 2 years now. She has helped her improve in technique, form, style, and sight reading. Also, my daughter took the National Guild Examinations in piano, and with Tracy's help and guidance, she was able to pass into the preparatory(advanced) level with flying colors. When my daughter wanted to start learning violin, Tracy created a very convenient platform for her to learn the new instrument while taking a break from piano. Overall, Tracy's positive teaching style and motivational personality have really helped my daughter keep her passion for music alive.
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Cupertino, CA 95014
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