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About Marsha K.

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My own syllabus covers basic theory as well as an introduction to composing your own musical pieces.

About Marsha
And... it is summer. There are lots of things and people we LOVE. I like to focus on those good feelings, and music that uplifts and enriches. We are really working on our OWN music compositions this month.

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 and 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.

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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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Roseville, CA 95747
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About Ronald S.

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Citrus Heights, CA

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Harmonic approach to playing stressing chord progression. I play all types of music from classical, to ragtime, blues and new age.

About Ronald
With a Bachelor's Degree in music from California State University Sacramento I studied with the best, including graduates from Juilliard and Eastman. I focus on what my students want to play and provide a harmonic grounding to enable the student to improvise or just "jam" with anybody. I also provide a positive reinforcement atmosphere and will accept ground floor beginners to advanced intermediate students.

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I believe it's important to create a relaxed, stress free lesson atmosphere to encourage creativity and self confidence. While mistakes are expected I believe building a students self confidence will make those mistakes disappear. We'll start with fundamentals which will build your understanding of what you're playing and be able to apply it to whatever music you wish to play.

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tudent must have own piano.

*** Specialties ***
I read music and can sight read any style. I specialize in classical, but also play jazz, ragtime and new age music.
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Elizah March 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
So patient and always on time. My daughter learned so much for 3 lessons.
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Don B. January 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
It was great!
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Violet Z. February 12, 2014
· Piano ·
Amazing

Ronald is a very good teacher.My son didn't know anything and in few months he was improving and it's.Been a year and my son is like a mini Mozart.He is an amazing and you should try him.
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Ronald S.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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About David M.

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Carmichael, CA

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

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

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

*** 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 Steve P.

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Carmichael, CA
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About Steve
Steve began his musical journey on the piano as a child, later moving on to explore
clarinet and trumpet in band before discovering the French horn in high school.
Though he earned his bachelor of music in horn performance at CSU, Sacramento, he never gave
up the piano, teaching students and accompanying choirs throughout college, and
earning scholarships for both instruments.

Steve has played for a number of musical groups, from orchestras, chamber
groups and community bands to being a pit musician in musical theater and
opera. This year, he will be joining the William Jessup University Wind
Ensemble and playing horn in that group. For the last several years, Steve has
directed the orchestra at his church, and has also arranged hymns and worship music
for church orchestras and smaller ensembles.

Besides teaching piano and hor
n, Steve's musical interests include music theory, arranging, composition, piano ensemble playing and ethnomusicology.

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I have been teaching children and adults for the past 15 years. I have worked
in public schools as a band instructor, choir director, orchestra director and
general music teacher. I have also taught English and Spanish classes. My private
piano and horn students have enjoyed playing from a wide variety of musical
styles from classical to modern.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Specialties ***
I choose from a variety of publications, depending on the nature of the student. I strive to have my students become well rounded by learning a variety of music literature and learning theory, scales, chord progressions, and integrate sight-reading as a regular component of lessons.
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Timothy D. June 25, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Steve is very friendly and patient I very much recommend him for lessons.
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LipingF November 11, 2011
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Thank you for the extra effort last night. Kevin really likes working with you and the results speak for themselves.
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AliceB June 24, 2010
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Encouraging and knowledgeable teacherSteve is an excellent music teacher. We highly recommend him and will continue to take lessons from him. He is great at giving constructive feedback and making you feel you are making progress. We especially liked the music theory and warm up exercises he taught.
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Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Bianca P.

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Sacramento, CA

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From the basics of learning music theory, through 20th century music theory, as well as some jazz theory.

About Bianca
Hello! My name is Bianca and I would like to help you enter and enjoy the wonderful world of music!

I was introduced to music at a young age and haven't stopped playing. I love to have fun when I play, but I love sharing my passion and joy even more!

I feel that my experience as a teacher has helped me grow to build relationships with my students. I don't treat lessons like Juilliard studies. I have fun with my students. Music can be a serious study, but it is also one of the most fun and rewarding. My goal is to build a good relationship with my student so that I can work with them, rather than against them, to achieve the same goal. Making music is fun, but developing a passion for it gives it the life that nothing else can.

Qualifications:
A.A. Traditional Music
B.M. Music Education
17 Years Performance Experience
6 years
teaching Elementary School Band and Choir
3 years teaching High School Band and Choir
6 years teaching privately

In my time working as a music tutor, I have helped students falling behind in their performance classes to exceed expectations and come out ahead of their class in the end. As a teacher, my students continue to impress me with their application of knowledge towards their other classes, and continue to perform and compete.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first lesson is about getting to know each other. From here, I can decide how and what should be taught.

My lessons are laid back and include small breaks, especially for beginners. I understand that learning certain techniques can be frustrating. I also understand that a student can become tired. These short two minute breaks are used to further discuss the technique, theory, and history behind the literature. It also helps to strengthen the bond that I like to create with my students.

I use much of the same curriculum that band instructors use in the Sacramento area, making transferring from private lesson to band and other ensembles easier. I focus on both solo and ensemble literature, helping the student succeed as both a solo performer and an ensemble performer. With this, I also give a small amount of theory and history so that the student can develop a relationship with their instrument and the music.

I do give practice homework for each lesson to make sure the student keeps up with what we have learned and help them achieve their goals. I may also give research homework, or give the student a worksheet to complete by the next lesson in order to better understand the music and the time period they are working with.

Lessons start with a warm up and review to cover concepts before moving on to new ones. I only teach as fast as the student would like to go. I only move on to the next exercise when the student feels comfortable and ready.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Looking into adding a studio in the Sacramento Area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own horn for instruction. I expect the student to provide their own instrument and have their own book to work from so that they may practice between sessions.

*** Specialties ***
Teach: Classical
Specialize in Classical with emphasis in solo and ensemble playing
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Mary August 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
This was my first lesson with Bianca. I felt I've learned the "easy" way to learn the piano keys. I was taught to memorize the piano keys in the past and that to me was hard. She has a way to make learning much easier and fun!
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Sacramento, CA 95825
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About Jamie J.

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Sacramento, CA

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Learning how to read and write music is a very fundamental concept that every musician needs to know how to do. Students will be able to recognize rhythms, pitches, dynamic markings, accidentals, key signatures, and many other text that only applies to music. These concepts are important because it will help them understand how to make music.

About Jamie
I've played flute since the day I fell in love with it. When I was a little girl I saw the flute for the first time and wanted to play it ever since. I had a rough start in learning how to play the flute but over the past 13 years I've developed enough skill to be an advanced musician.

When I first started I had private tutors to teach me how to play. Then I played in elementary, middle, and high school concert band. I earned my Bachelor's degree in Music Education and Performance at Sacramento State, where I've performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Concert Band, and Symphony Orchestra. I have also performed with the Camellia Symphony Orchestra and a variety of other ensembles in the Sacramento area.

I'm currently a music teacher for Twin Rivers Unified School District. I have several years of experience in teac
hing middle school band and elementary general music. I believe in giving children the chance to enjoy and love music to the fullest while still learning the proper way to play beautifully. Every student is different so I patiently work at everyone's various paces. And if some students have more difficulty with the instrument than other students, then I'll go as slowly as they need in order for them to understand the first step before moving on to the next. My hope is that every person can experience music to the fullest.

*** Lesson Details ***
If you have never held an instrument before then I'll go over all the basics before even playing the instrument. The instrument should be handled carefully and with proper care to make sure it stays in good shape.

Once we have all these basics down, we'll play music! Starting with tonal exercises, scales, short pieces, and maybe even fun pop music that the student likes. It all depends on the students' preference and progress.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to already have their instrument or get a rental. I'll provide a copy of the music that we'll be going over but they should purchase the book themselves when they get the chance.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Pop music
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patrice S. January 20, 2014
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Jamie is wonderful!!

My Daughter loves Jamie!! She works well with her and communicates at her level so it makes learning fun!! We look forward to each weeks lesson.
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Jamie J.

Sacramento, CA 95820
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About Grace H

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Shingle Springs, CA
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I can teach you note reading, sight singing, rhythm and music theory to enhance your vocal experience.

About Grace
Grace H. studied at Brigham Young University on a vocal scholarship. She later learned her teaching techniques from her teacher, Helen Blackstone, who wrote the book, "Even You Can Sing." She has appeared in many local theatres including Garbeau's, Music Circus, Imagination, and Magic Circle in a variety of roles, including Guenevere in "Camelot" Maria in "West Side Story", the Narrator in "Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat" and the Baker's Wife in "Into the Woods." She was named Star Entertainer of the Year and earned a Bill Birdsall award for her role as the witch in "Into the Woods."
She toured in Japan, Hawaii and Scotland as a featured vocalist and loves all styles of music. As a vocal instructor, she has trained singers for competitions, taught techniques for theatrical singing auditions, choir singing and even opera. Sh
e was the jazz and concert choir teacher for the Visual and Performing Arts Charter School and her choirs won gold and silver awards at choir festivals.

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I believe singing should be fun and not scary. The first thing we do at a lesson is put you at ease. I focus on confidence, increasing range, breathing techniques and vocal placement. We start on songs designed to help singers have confidence in their abilities. I teach beginners to advance, kids to adults. Believe in yourself and we can make beautiful music together!!!

*** Studio Equipment ***
keyboard, piano,microphone, singing machine with vocal recording capabilities. Access to a professional studio for recording.

*** Specialties ***
Broadway, classical training, pop singing.
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Maria January 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son Angelo really liked Grace. He was very reluctant to start piano but now is more interested than ever.

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Ruby December 14, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Grace is friendly, patient, and talented! She is also flexible and will tailor your lesson to your needs.
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James P. November 17, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Grace is an absolute delight to work with. She is quite knowledgeable and possesses a multifaceted base of experience and view. Perhaps the most enthralling aspect of Grace is her passion and love for all music and genre. I pray she will never cease to be musical and spread light through her sunny disposition.
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Grace H

Shingle Springs, CA 95682
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About Gaw V.

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

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

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"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students suc
ceed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."
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Bryson W. August 21, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Bryson was taking violin lessons before and he learned a lot but was unhappy with the teacher which was stern since working with Gaw not only has he improved with his technique but enjoys learning under her direction.
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Casey October 20, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Gaw was excellent. She was incredibly insightful. Her instructions were clear and helped immensely.
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Elaine August 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
My 11 year old daughter thinks Gaw is awesome and so do I!!
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Sacramento, CA 95826
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About Loren R.

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Theory is the musical secret that results in sounding like you know what you're doing. The music ends up sounding like you know what you're doing because you DO! :) It's one thing to know another riff, another song, another chord, but filing everything you hear over a period of years into a mental library of theory puts the aspect of playing by ear in an organized array of memories that you draw on thereafter. That arrangement of your musical memories can be a big mess, or it can be an organized inner tool for your music. Theory is that difference.

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

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

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

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

*** Specialties ***
Lessons in piano or guitar cover all popular music styles including country, rock, and classical.
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Nicole L. September 22, 2015
· Piano · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my granddaughter loves him as a teacher. He is creative with her which stimulates her desire to learn more and to enjoy her journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Sacramento, CA 95828
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About Kevin B.

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I took 4 semesters of music theory in college, I know pretty much anything you could want to know about music theory!

About Kevin
I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
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Nancy G. March 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took lessons from Kevin for 5 months. He's a terrific teacher. I hadn't done any singing for years and he was patient with me, always very positive and gave me new challenges when I was ready for them. He's a gifted teacher and I recommend him for all levels of learning.

Thank you Kevin!!!!
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Natalia December 13, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Great instructor! Patient and gives helpful tips.
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Lisa August 17, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
My 12 year old son had private vocal lessons with Kevin and really enjoyed the time Kevin spent working with him. I appreciated Kevin's ability to assess my son's skill level and develop an individualized plan to help him work towards his goals at his own pace. Kevin maintains a relaxed, stress free atmosphere during his lessons, and my son really appreciated that. I highly recommend!
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Sacramento, CA 95826
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