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Guitar Resources in Oakland

Are you considering taking guitar lessons in Oakland? Lucky for you, the city is filled with valuable resources for aspiring guitarists and hobbyists. From repair shops to live music venues, Oakland is a great place for guitarists to get inspired and stay motivated.

In addition to taking guitar lessons in Oakland, it’s important to take advantage of the different resources around you. Listening to live music and playing with other artists helps improve your skills and speed up the learning process.

Below are just a few of the local spots around Oakland in which you can take advantage.

Live Music Venues

Café Van Kleef: Are you looking for a place with an eclectic crowd and great live music? Then look no further than Café Van Kleef. On Friday and Saturday nights, this intimate hangout features a wide range of live music, including jazz, R&B, and soul.

The Sound Room: If you’re into the jazz scene than The Sound Room is the perfect place for you to get inspired and maybe even pick up a few guitar tricks. The live music venue is home of the Bay Area Jazz and Arts Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting jazz.

The Legionnaire Saloon: From soul to indie, the Legionnaire Saloon features an array of live music acts all throughout the week. If you’re tired of playing the same old songs, then make your way to the Legionnaire Saloon to get inspired by some new sounds.

Guitar Shops

A&G Music: Located on 564 14th St., A&G Music offers a large selection of new and used guitars for both beginner and advanced students. Need to repair some strings? The shop also does repairs in its in-house instrument repair facility. According to the shop’s website, close to 15,000 damaged instruments come through the shop each year!

Jon’s Music & Repair Shop: Do you have a guitar that’s been collecting dust in the attic and needs some major repairs? Take it to Jon’s Music and Repair Shop on 467 19th St. where the trusted and experienced staff members have a reputation for successfully repairing instruments at a great cost.

Econo Jam Records: While it might not be a guitar shop, Econo Jam Records is a great place to go if you’re looking for some musical inspiration. The shop carries an abundance of new and used vinyl records and music from independent artists.

Guitar Meetups

Neighborhood Acoustic Jam Group: Do you want to practice your acoustic guitar skills with other musicians while having fun? The Neighborhood Acoustic Jam Group is group that gathers to play instruments and have fun! Past meetups have included nights out listening to live music and intimate jam sessions.

Rise Up Singing: This folk singing group, comprised of 429 members, welcomes guitar players as well as other string instruments to play along during their singing sessions. Taking place around the Oakland, Berkeley, and Walnut Creek areas, this meetup is great for those interested in possibly forming a band.

So what are you waiting for? Don’t wait another minute. Sign up for guitar lessons in Oakland and take advantage of all the resources available to you!

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I teach all levels of guitar lessons, from beginner to advanced professional...in all styles, except classical/flamenco.

About Mark
I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoyed teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I ca
n explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed and well-equipped to teach many styles: Rock (including all sub-genres...Tribal Ambient Doom neo Punk, etc), Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Country, R& B, New Age, Ambient, Electronic, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Ear Training, Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 5 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums...some of which get major radio airplay in Europe.
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Marc January 11, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Mark is a terrific teacher. He knows and loves music. He is an awesome guitar player. He is patient and fits the lessons to your ability and tastes. He is also quite funny which helps make the lessons be enjoyable. His home studio is a great place to have the lessons.
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Tommy A. October 17, 2017
· Harmonica · In home
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Paul M. October 16, 2016
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Hanging out like old times and had a Great lesson. Thanks Mark
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Castro Valley, CA 94546
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About Matthew F.

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I taylor lessons to my students individual needs and desires. I believe music is an analogue to life: it's a journey that takes you to unexpected and often glorious new territory. I build a foundation using tried-and-true methods: Hal Leonard books, Eddie Lang Fingerboard Harmony, and any other material relevant to the musical direction each student wishes to go.

About Matthew
Hello Future Rock Stars!

My name is Matt Funamura. I'm a professional musician and music educator in the Greater Bay Area with over a decade of experience teaching all corners of the subject of music. I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music and have been teaching in San Francisco for since 2013.

I am opening my schedule to inspired and eager students in the greater Bay Area for lessons on guitar, bass, ukulele, and trumpet. Don't worry if you've never played as I believe that talent can be learned, as it comes from a desire to be the best performer you can be!

*** Travel Equipment for In-Home Lessons ***
I expect my students to own a music stand, a metronome, required lesson books, some pencils, staff paper, and a CD player or other media device.

I provide any additional lesson material at my discretion. I can also prov
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*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, Salsa, Hip-hop, RnB, and "Jam Band" styles
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· Music Performance · Online
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Matthew F.

San Leandro, CA 94577
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About Aidan C.

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I have been playing guitar since I was 10 and loving music my whole life. I have been in numerous rock bands, the high-school jazz band, classical guitar duos, trios, chamber ensembles, and even played mandolin in a bluegrass band. I received my Bachelor of Music at Guilford College as a student of Kami Rowan. During my third year of study there, I was nominated for the Guilford College Art Award as the outstanding student and performer in the music department. In February of 2010, I had the honor of being a member of the guitar orchestra during a performance of Shingo Fuji’s Concierto de los Angeles, alongside soloist, Grammy winner, William Kanengiser. I recently completed my Master of Music degree at the Cleveland Institute of Music where I studied with Jason Vieaux. There I was awarded the Rosalia Ablan Memorial Prize for my accomplis
hments on the guitar. In addition to guitar performance, I have studied music theory, jazz theory, and pedagogy. I am a native of San Francisco and have been teaching privately since 2007. No matter what a student's interests are, I can give them a rock solid foundation in technique, performance, reading, and theory.

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In my lessons I make it a priority to create an easy-going, non-intimidating environment, so that you, the student, can focus on your goals and learning, approach music at your own pace, and really look forward to coming in to lessons. Whether you are interested in electric, steel-string, or classical, Metallica, Mozart, or anything in between, I can teach you technique, musicianship skills, and songs that fit your personal interests.
For beginning students I like to teach a mixture of basic theory, music-reading, and chords/scales. Soon after, the student can begin to bring in songs that s/he is interested in, and I can start to build lessons around specific styles/pieces. I teach all levels and all ages, and I would love to share my passion and knowledge with you, and gain you skill and confidence on the guitar, as well as a deep understanding of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical guitar, and am very familiar with the teachings of Aaron Shearer. His methods and practices provide the basis for how I teach technique and how i approach learning pieces. I also supplement his ideas with those of Pepe Romero, William Kanengiser, and Scott Tenant (particularly their views on technique).
I am also more than comfortable teaching pop/rock guitar on steel-string or electric, and TAB-ing/teaching songs the student brings in. Whether the student prefers classical or popular s/he will get a good foundation in music theory and music reading.
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Peter N. February 28, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Very patient, very accommodating and flexible, very excited about the next lessons!
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Brian December 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Very solid and practical at teaching what you need to learn to understand the song or songs you want to play.
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Ingrid A. October 30, 2013
· Guitar ·
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Aidan is very patient & professional with his students.
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Aidan C.

San Francisco, CA 94131
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My name is Trevor Murphy. I am 24 years old and have been teaching music lessons for 4 years. I completed my Bachelor’s of Music – Jazz Studies from San Jose State University in 2017. I have been a member of the International Society of Bassists since 2012 and achieved my Eagle Scout Rank in 2011. I have 14 years of performance experience and specialize in Double Bass Performance and Music Theory as my main focuses. I also offer lessons in guitar, piano, trumpet, electric bass, and upright bass. I enjoy working with motivated students of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about music and want to develop a great work ethic and sense of self-discipline, while having fun in what they do. It’s more than just music – It’s about combining what’s in your heart with what’s on the page and truly expressing the music. Additionally, I will
go into detail on the secrets of overcoming fear and performance anxiety when playing for audiences. The inner game of music is about overcoming self-limiting beliefs. Become brilliant. Become fearless. Become the most confident version of yourself through music. Learn a higher level of musicianship and book with me today!
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Scott December 26, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
I was looking for an upright bass teacher and found Trevor on Takelessons.
After we got through the maze of takelessons website ( a real issue that needs to be resolved. How can you know if a teacher is right for you without communicating with them Takelessons?) we were able to discuss what my interests and goals were. Trevor understood I was new to double bass, but had some experience on electric bass and was able to put together a lesson plan that helped me progress rapidly while still keeping the lessons interesting and fun.
I asked Trevor to help me with bowing, classical and Jazz improv. Each lesson contained time for each and I was sent home with practice pieces on each of the disciplines. My zeal for learning "everything" may have been a bit unrealistic, but Trevor made sure to spend time with me on each area and worked on correcting anything he saw come up that was not correct form.
Trevor has an easy going style, but shows a great love for music.
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Concord, CA 94521
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I offer acoustic guitar for children and adults of all levels, from first time players to very advanced players. I offer lessons teaching Country, Rock, Classic Rock and Folk style guitar. I can provide a complete curriculum including tabs/sheet music or I can can give personalized lessons on skills or music of your choice. I can teacher material in both standard notation and tablature as well as learning to play by ear. I can also prepare students to play in bands and jams.

About Victor
I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
The lesson was great I told Victor the things I struggle with most & he started me off with some basics that I need to work on & also showed me some bad habits I needed to correct all with a patient pleasant attitude I'm looking forward to the next lesson.Steve S
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Steve August 19, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Victor was great I haven't picked up my Guitar in it felt like forever and I had picked up a lot of bad habits he was very patient and gave me the building blocks to help me get started back on the right track.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Even though I am only listed as giving hour lessons, I can give shorter lessons. The price for those would be negotiable on an individual basis. I have taught many half hour lessons over the years and I still like 45 minute lessons also. On line is a better choice for the shorter lessons in that I wouldn't be having to deal with the commute. So let me know about your interest, and we can work something out for you. I know you would enjoy the lessons and would get a lot out of them.

About John
My name is John, and I have been a guitar teacher here in Marin County, Ca since 1990. Before that I taught guitar and played gigs in the Kansas City area since 1974. I taught at Mt Tam School in Mill Valley for 10 years 1999 to 2009, and I taught part time at Branson HS in Ross Ca from 2006 to 2017. I am a patient, fun teacher and I teach everyone from beginner to semi pro. I can teach you to read, and to improvise over songs, and my specialty is chord, scale relationships, and chord building. I travel to you if you live in Marin or southern Sonoma County. My fees are reasonable and are figured on distance from me to you. I also teach over the internet which I have done with numerous students over the years.
I'd like to say a few words about my early lessons with you. If you are a beginner, we will start by becoming comfortable with th
e guitar, and explaining how it works, i.e. how to hold the guitar, how to hold the pick, some strumming tips, and explaining a bit about how the musical alphabet works, and any questions you have will be answered. If you've played before I will ask you some questions about what direction you want to take, and if you can, I will hear you play. If you are shy don't worry about that, you won't need to play for me. We will learn to find all notes on the guitar neck quickly, and will make sure your technique is proper. If you desire to learn to read music, I will also introduce that subject to you. Some other early lesson topics will include some picking exercises, and technique related issues. The lessons are geared for you, so you can let me know what you want to work on. Thank you and looking forward to our first lesson.
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SC August 12, 2017
· Guitar · In home
John is a great guitar teacher. He is friendly, relaxed and easy-going. John provides just the right amount of music theory. He keeps things moving during the lessons so there is time to cover and practice a concept. He is patient and there is zero pressure. John is conscientious and reliable about scheduling.
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Marc July 17, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Excellent Instructor with loads of information from the first lesson!
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Sophie March 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've been working with John for a while and have learned so much! We've been working on everything from acoustic guitar to electric bass, and I couldn't ask for a better instructor. Not only is John a great teacher, he's a fun person to be around!
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Novato, CA 94947
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I my first instrument was the drums, but later on I picked up the guitar and have become fairly advanced. I can get anyone started on playing guitar with chords, scales, and some basic songs.

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I have been playing drums since I was 9 years old and have been teaching for 5 years. I currently play in a professional band in the bay area called Constructs. I specialize in various genres, including those with double kick, and odd time signatures. I make sure that every one of my students understand and play with proper technique and dynamics to perform like the professionals. I teach how to read music, play various types of rhythms, play to a metronome, and play along to any of your favorite songs. I will often times play another instrument with my students to give them an understanding of what it is like to play in a band setting. I also offer group lessons where multiple students learn to play different instruments together to make music.
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Pavel November 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor: friendly and patient, clear guidance and fun process
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Joey November 23, 2017
· Drum · In studio
He's an experienced drummer and a good teacher. It helps that we have similar tastes in music.
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Dennis W.

Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Guitar lessons in my private Studio in downtown San Jose. I have toured around the world with bands such as Guns N Roses, Dokken, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt and Metallica. I have studio experience. Over 20+ experience in teaching, touring and recording.
I specialize in rock, metal, blues, acoustic, classical and pop music. I can teach beginners how to start correctly yet learn fast from techniques I developed myself and learned from guitar masters such as Joe Satriani, John Mayer, Stave Vai and George lynch themselves. I can also teach advanced techniques, artist development, live and gear consultation.

About Ahmad
I'm Ahmad a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself guitar at the age of 12. I moved to the U.S. in 2001 and studied music for 15 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music and audio production at San Francisco State University. I then moved to Los Angeles then studied and trained with John Mayer, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, George Lynch and many others. I have performed hundreds of concerts in the U.S. as well in Europe & the Middle East with Artists such as Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Guns N Roses, Michael Angelo Batio, Ratt, Sammy Hagar, Dokken and many others. I ranked #1 in the Slash Guitar Center competition. I was in the "list of top 5 guitar players ever" according to The Examiner, also picked as one of the best guitarists of 2013 and 2014 consecutively in the Rockwell UnScene magazine, and ranked 3rd in the Steve Vai Sam
Ash Best in Shred competition.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 25 years experience teaching kids and adults guitar. Also performing live and in the studio.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, guitar technique, and theory.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work weekly with my students.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and rest playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson has more focus on music and technique from a specific genre. A specialty is preparation for guitar auditions or doing live or studio gigs.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults.

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching Electric, Acoustic & CLassical Guitar.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Tim January 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Ahmad helped me crack the code and I'm learning and playing guitar with growing confidence.
The lessons are challenging and fun and I'm inspired to practice on my own.

Ahmad's talent and experience as a guitarist, guitar teacher and performer come through in small things such as making sure your metronome is loud enough and with more important items like performance preparation strategies such as playing in front of a neighbor or co-worker.

I only wish I had started lessons sooner!
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Jamie January 11, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Ahmad is an excellent teacher. He has huge experience in teaching and his lessons reflect that. I would recommend Ahmad to anyone who is interested in learning to play the guitar!!!!
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Emma January 10, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
Ahmad is very energetic and passionate about guitar and teaching guitar to people. He is very organized and systematic in his teaching. His style of teaching enables students to learn and get to know a wide variety of guitar aspects very quickly. He breaks up lessons into short but consumable modules while at the same time giving something concrete to start playing and get going from the word go whether you are a beginner or not. I've been going to him for several months now and would highly recommend Ahmad for his guitar teaching skills!
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San Jose, CA 95116
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I put an emphasis on reading the music and having a oneness with the instrument.

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I like having fun with music. It is exciting and it gives me something to look forward to.
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Alameda, CA 94501
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I teach music from the perspective of a modern musician and a songwriter. I want to make sure you are relaxed and having fun, as well as learning everything you want to learn in these lessons! We will get you playing songs you enjoy, right from the start. The most important thing to me, is for my students to have fun during their lessons, because real learning comes from commitment, and commitment comes much easier when you enjoy what you do.

About Loralee
Loralee began exploring music at a very young age, as part of a musical household. She enrolled in flute lessons at the age of 4, giving her solid roots in music theory and an appreciation for classical music. Her flute lessons later led her to take part in marching band and numerous musical ensembles. Aside from her love of music, 15 years of performing and studying dance led her to discover her joy in teaching when she began to teach creative movement and ballet to young dancers. In college, she began learning guitar and writing music to match a growing passion for songwriting and acoustic folk music. Her musical pursuits led her to join a local alt pop/punk band as a vocalist, and she performed with them in the surrounding area. After graduating with a B.A. at Michigan State University, Loralee began to pursue a career as a solo musici
an, and released a 4 song EP “If You Were a Song”. Now, she has written hundreds of songs and performs her original music in the San Francisco area.
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Anna M. January 12, 2018
· Piano · Online
Very sweet and engaging -- a perfect fit for my 6 year old daughter :)
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