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About Marc D.

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Petaluma, CA

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About Marc
I've been playing music since I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar at State University in Buffalo, NY. and also studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love just about every style of music. I mostly play Celtic, Bluegrass, American traditional, jazz, and classical. I also love to improvise.
My goal is to get my students results so they feel that they are really making progress. I do this by incorporating practice exercises, ear training and some music theory.
Music theory and reading music can be intimidating for beginning students. So I like to get you playing first and add theory a little at a time so you can better understand it through experience and it makes learning more fun.

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The studio has a piano, acoustic guitars,mandolins and other instruments.Students receive sh
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Sheet music and other written materials.

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I play a lot of Irish fiddle tunes and also know a lot of American Folk styles,popular music and some jazz. I play some classical pieces on the mandolin and some bluegrass. I consider improvisation one of my strengths.
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Avery B. January 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
It was really good information and I had a lot of fun.
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Annie B. March 3, 2015
· Fiddle · In studio
I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by helping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn.
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David S. February 19, 2015
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wish I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker.
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Marc D.

Marc D.

Petaluma, CA 94954
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About Rhonda S.

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Hayward, CA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA 94541
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About Elizabeth P.

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South San Francisco, CA
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About Elizabeth
Elizabeth P. is an operatic soprano and a private voice teacher. Raised in Pennsylvania by a family of accordionists, she resisted the family tradition and proclaimed a love of singing. She has since settled down in South San Francisco with her husband, John, and her cat, Bubby.

Elizabeth teaches singing to adults and children of all genres, from rock to opera. Her students have pursued music careers, entered college music programs, and performed in their communities. Elizabeth prides herself on building healthy voices and confident individuals.

Elizabeth performs regularly in operas throughout the Bay area. She has sung with Opera Cultura, Phènix Opera, Just Opera, Verismo Opera, West Bay Opera Chorus, and Valhalla Productions. Her opera credits include Ernestina (L'Occasione Fa il Ladro), Suor Genovieffa (Suor Angelica), First
Witch (Dido and Aeneas), Anna Gomez (The Consul), Giulia (La Scala di Seta), Chiquita (Coyotes and Rabbits), Waldvogel (Siegfried), Monica (The Medium), Oscar (Un Ballo in Maschera), Gerhilde (Die Walküre), and Carmela (La Llorona). Elizabeth has premiered three song cycles by the late composer Stephen Senderoff, entitled Spoon River Songs, Old American Songs, and Exits.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Gettysburg College and a Master of Music degree from Duquesne University.
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Angelique C. January 26, 2015
· Singing · In home
We have had the pleasure of knowing Elizabeth for the past few years during which she has taught singing to our daughter, Katia, at home. Not only is Elizabeth knowledgeable, she is patient, thoughtful and considerate of her students. She puts nervous singers at ease while encouraging them to explore their full potential. We are most fortunate to have Elizabeth as Katia's singing instructor as our daughter really looks forward to her weekly lessons.
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Jennyfer H. January 24, 2013
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Liz is great!

I'm quite nervous when it comes to singing and Liz is managing to put me more at ease with me and my voice. She is very amiable, gracious, and knowledgeable. She does her best to help me find my voice and points out where I could improve without making me feel awful or pressured. In just the few lessons I've had with Liz, I think I've made some great improvements that I can hear and feel when I sing, with Liz being enthusiastic about trying to push the boundaries of my voice gently while assisting me in reaching my full vocal potential.
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Penny T. November 13, 2012
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Good teacher.

My daughter had few singing teachers, Elizabeth is one of the best. She is nice, knowledgeable, very patient. The technique from her is really helpful.
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Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P.

South San Francisco, CA 94080
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About Michael C.

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Concord, CA

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About Michael
Hello,

I will work to bring you from the point which you are at and help you enjoy a greater skill level. You will study in a secure and supportive studio. I have enjoyed success with all ages. My wide back ground will be able to address all styles needs.
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Jason July 4, 2018
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Hes great
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GemmaW June 14, 2010
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Michael is very nice, he just treat Hannah like 12 year old. Hannah always look forward to her voice lesson and she is enjoying it.
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Concord, CA 94519
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$40 / 30-min

About Briana V.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Briana
Hello! I am a recent graduate from UCLA, where I received a degree in Oboe Performance. I have been playing the oboe for almost 8 years now! I am very passionate about music, the oboe, and reed making. I have played with numerous musical groups in San Diego and Los Angeles. I look forward to any future students!
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Meredith May 30, 2017
· Oboe · In studio
Briana is an amazing musician and a fantastic teacher! She has the experience to teach all levels and is a great reed maker. Lessons are always fun and I always learn something new. Thanks Briana! :)
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Briana V.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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About Eleonora P.

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Berkeley, CA
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About Eleonora
I love the harp and will comunicate you my passion.
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Susanna September 20, 2018
· Harp · In studio
Eleonora is an extremely talented musician and harpist. She is very patient and caring to her students. She tailors lessons to fit the students needs, which I personally found it amazing!!! Harp was not very easy for me to learn and I took a very long time to learn my pieces, but with Eleonora’s guidance I was able to learn them in the end. Thanks to her positive and encouraging teaching style, harp lessons were always enjoyable. I would highly recommend Eleonora…you will not regret to take her lessons!!
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Laura September 19, 2018
· Harp · In studio
Upbeat young woman, professional and very patient, extremely capable of teaching music to children and adults (as me).
Expert in translating concepts though metaphor and turning into easy things that might seem impossible at first sight.
She passionately plays and teaches the harp. She’s able to comunicate this passion to her students by inviting them to partecipate to harp festivals and competitions. 
Eleonora Pellegrini is a guarantee!
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Eleonora P.

Eleonora P.

Berkeley, CA 94705
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$30 / 30-min

About Brent E.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Brent
I'm a professional pianist and drummer based in the bay area. As a teacher, I have experience working with people as young as 4 and as old as 70. I have been teaching for over a decade, and I find great joy in helping students progress and develop a love for music. As a performer, I am active in 4 bands and enjoy playing a variety of musical styles.

My musical mission is to teach others to become the musician they were born to be. When you study with me, you will make progress very quickly.
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Teddy August 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Excellent class, my son was glued to the piano and loved the class
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Maggie July 12, 2018
· Piano · In home
Your child will love Brent. His enthusiasm in music will truly be a great influence. Exciting lesson, pick and motivate your child's interested and they don't get bored. Highly recommend.
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Brent E.

Brent E.

San Francisco, CA 94130
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$50 / 30-min

About Matthew W.

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Oakland, CA

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About Matthew
I am currently in Graduate school pursuing an MFA in Electronic Music and received my dual degree BM from Berklee College of Music in Composition and Electronic Production and Design.

I am an alto/tenor saxophonist and clarinetist, performing in symphonic wind ensembles, orchestras, and musical theatre pit ensembles. I also sing in concert choirs as a baritone/bass, and have played lead and supportive roles on stage in musical theatre shows.

As a composer I write choral, chamber, musical theatre and electroacoustic music. My other works include sonic installation pieces that encompass recording, sampling, mixing, surround sound, and production. I have also written music and created sound effects for several video games and trailers.

I can teach composition, orchestration, and basics in mixing, production, and sound design. In in
strumental studies I teach classical, contemporary, or musical theatre pit orchestra, and musical theatre training for voice and/or acting.
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Matthew W.

Matthew W.

Oakland, CA 94613
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$25 / 30-min

About Larisa F.

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Vallejo, CA
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About Larisa
I have been teaching for more than thirty years, after graduating with first prize and special distinction in piano performance from the Moscow Conservatorie.

Lessons can be held in my studio or your home provided it is nearby. Remote lessons via Skype and Google Hangouts are offered for adults and children aged 10 and up. The students perform twice a year in selected collaborating concert halls in San Francisco.

Piano lessons can be conducted in two languages: English, Russian.

Selected students are given the opportunity to participate in international music festivals and competitions, and take part in exchange programs with European conservatories.
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Larisa F.

Larisa F.

Vallejo, CA 94591
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$34 / 30-min

About Mohan S.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Mohan
Mohan is a classically trained pianist who started piano lessons at the age of 3 and went on to win national-level piano competitions in his early teens in his home country, India. Mohan won the 1st prize at the Emmanuel Zambelli Piano Competition when he was at the Berklee College of Music in Boston from where he graduated Summa cum Laude in piano performance and music therapy. Mohan also holds a Master of Public Heath degree from Harvard University, where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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Mohan S.

Mohan S.

San Francisco, CA 94110
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$50 / 30-min

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