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Steven B.

24 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $40
  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 7 to 65
  • Teaching since 1978
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Steven B.

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How to change voicings and inversions to best suit vocal and instrumental accompaniments.

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams! About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music f

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Debora H.
Wonderful first lesson with Steven. Steven shows a real interest in teaching. My success is his sucess. I learned a lot at the first lesson. He’s very knowledgeable, informative and has an easy going and fun teaching style. Looking forward to future lessons!
Sue M.
Great. He’s very talented I’m excited to begin working with him.
Lavernne
I've been taking lessons from Steven for I think two years now and he's helped me so much not only in reading music but also in ear training and in my song writing. He's incredibly patient and fun to work with. He also has a really nice cat.
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Kristen B.

16 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $55
  • Speaks German, French, Italian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Kristen B.

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This is the focus of my vocal studio, and I began teaching in this style when I opened my voice studio in 2005. Curriculum will vary depending on your experience level with the subject and voice type. Technique is instructed from a variety of backgrounds, with basis in physiology of healthy voice production due to my combined background in classical vocal performance and voice therapy.

About Kristen

COVID has changed the singing game, and I like to believe that it opened the opportunity to sing to those who otherwise wouldn't try it. I hope more people find joy in these moments of isolation through creating music from their homes! I want to dispel the myth that only a select few are "gifted"

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Emily
I am so thankful for Kristen! She is so knowledgable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend her for beginner singers.
Catheryn L.
I love Kristen!
She's so good at explaining the most confusing things about singing technique (which for a beginner is a lot). She's very patient and it's heartwarming when she gets excited about the times I do something right. I trust Kristen with my voice and I like how she encourages me to do hard but fun repertoire. Would definitely recommend!

P.S. Her voice is absolutely beautiful. You know you have a good teacher when she demonstrates something and you think, "I want to sound like that."
Ilja
A very good teacher for a beginner!
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Mirco M.

2 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $32
  • Speaks English, Italian
  • Upright bass from Italian Conservatory Bruno Maderna
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Mirco M.

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I moved to Alameda from Imola, near Bologna in Italy. I am an experienced and highly skilled bass guitar and upright bass teacher with in-depth knowledge of music theory and a knack for inspiring students. My thorough musical training includes a diploma from a classical Italian conservatory and numerous master classes and workshops.
In Italy I taught more than 100 students raging in age from seven to sixty years old for over 10 years. My bass guitar teaching curriculum includes rock, pop, blues, jazz, funk, Latin jazz and reggae. I have extensive experience teaching modern styles, for example slap and tap. My upright bass teaching subjects include both classical and modern techniques using both the bow and pizzicato. I have expert knowledge of music theory, harmony and composition.
I am really friendly and easy to get along with and talk to. Lessons with me are always fun and inspirational!

About Mirco

I am a bass and upright bass player and musical arranger from Bologna, Italy and currently live in Alameda, California. I began studying bass guitar at the age of fourteen in Imola, Italy with renowned teacher Pierluigi Mingotti. I have played in many tribute, cover, and local rock bands and have ad

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Sarah
Mirco is such an incredible teacher. My 15 year old son's confidence, and not just in playing the bass, has increased so much since starting lessons with Mirco a few months ago. His skills improve weekly, he looks forward to practicing playing everyday and he can't wait for his lessons. Mirco chooses awesome songs for them to play and assigns appropriate exercises. The lessons are a pure joy to listen to. I highly recommend Mirco as a teacher!
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Erik C.

6 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $85
  • Speaks
  • Master Of Music Voice Performance from Boston University College of Fine Arts
  • Teaches students 18 to 65
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Erik C.

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With a Master Of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, I am passionate about helping each student discover his/her unique voice. A student of the esteemed operatic soprano, Phyllis Curtin, my pedagogy is founded on the principles of classical bel canto technique. With strong emphasis on maintenance of a coordinated singing posture and fully supported diaphragmatic breathing, my teaching allows most students to see improvements in ease and beauty of tone within two lessons.

I do believe that time spent outside of one's lessons applying the technique in private practice is THE MOST important building block to mastery of one's voice. I encourage all students to record their lessons for use in their private practice. Objectively listening to yourself and developing a discriminating ear for your sound is essential to successful development.

In addition to teaching, I am a busy performer in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing the singing voice for celebrated drag ...

About Erik

Let's make some joyful noise together! Singing beautifully is one of the most freeing and gratifying experiences one can have. I grew up singing in church, my local high school music program and community choral organizations. So singing is a fundamental part of my personal history and experience. M

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Lily
Erik was a warm, engaging, intelligent, and FUN vocal instructor. My husband and I took lessons for our wedding performance and continued afterward as well because it was so fun! Erik has a bounty of knowledge, an incredibly precise ear, helpful tips, and a lot of patience! Highly recommend him for any style of vocal signing as he has a broad range of technical talent and is very precise in his feedback. Erik you rock!!
Mark
Erik is a fantastic voice teacher and is a wonderful person. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I have recently started voice lessons with Erik after a 10+ year break from singing opera and choral music, and I have learned so much from him already in the two moths we have been working together - posture, breathing techniques, analysis of the text and score, ....
Our lessons are well organized, very helpful, and a lot of fun. I look forward to my weekly lessons with Erik and hope to study with him for a long time.
Max
I had the good fortune of participating in two master classes led by Erik Chalfant. Erik is very knowledgable about the mechanics of vocal production, but what’s more is that he inspires as he teaches. He is engaging and energetic, and also very effective. He connects with his students, regardless of their level of expertise or experience. I have recommended Erik to several fellow musicians, and would again without hesitation.
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Lance S.

San Francisco, CA
Starting at $65
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2002
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Lance S.

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Lessons for all ages and levels focus on tone production through body awareness, technical fundamentals of flute playing, and music from the standard flute repertoire. Beginners through college prep and adult amateurs are welcome.

About Lance

Each flute lesson with me focuses first on fundamentals. My goal is to help each flute student to find their most efficient, streamlined method of sound production and a natural musicality. Through my personal series of tone-developing exercises, I aim to create a seamless flow of sound from the low

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Esther A.

Oakland, CA
Starting at $48
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2016
  • Teaches students 11 to 65
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Esther A.

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I have over 10 years experience as a performer in orchestras, musical pits and chamber groups, and four years teaching trombone and euphonium extensively, at all levels. I have had students be accepted into California All-State bands, university music programs and Interlochen Summer Arts Academy.

In trombone lessons with me, you will learn how to approach playing your instrument in the simplest way possible, with great musical maturity. We will work on a variety of lyrical and technical etudes, as well as your fundamentals and daily routine. I will encourage you to perform and audition in things like all-state, summer music festivals, solo & ensemble festival, and I will guide you to preparing a great performance in any of these challenges.

About Esther

I current hold a studio of 16 private trombone and euphonium students. I teach introductory to advanced lessons, and have had private students accepted to the Interlochen Summer Academy, university music programs, and California All-State Honor Bands. Your lessons with me will focus on integrating m

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"Francesca is a terrific vocal coach. She has made me aware of several techniques to help me improve my vocal abilities. She is really interested in helping me succeed as a singer."
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Took Opera Voice lessons from Francesca V.
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"Michelle is very knowledgable and passionate about music. She has a way of explaining that makes confusing concepts easy to understand. Great teacher."
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Took Classical Piano lessons from Michelle Sage C.
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"Great lessons, I have had 8 or 9 lessons and already working on James Bond theme song! Great way to learn by giving your fingers knowledge of the cords and various tempos. Fun and learning. Now as Mark says instead of practice, “go catch some fun”"
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Took Accordion lessons from Mark V S.
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"Kristin is a great teacher. She is professional and have patience in teaching little kids. She also has excellent teaching techniques and the ability to motivate. My eight-year-old developed a love of music after taking a few month of piano lessons with her and improved significantly since she would practice every day on her own."
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Took Piano lessons from Kristin A.
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"Wes is a great teacher!!!"
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Took Piano lessons from Wes C.
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"The first lesson was great. Chris worked with all three of my children and was patient, fun and still able to promote good foundations."
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Took Piano lessons from Chris S.
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"My daughter loves going to her. She is in tune with a pace that works well for my daughter."
Anna
Took Piano lessons from Kristin M.
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"I began taking piano and theory lessons with Yoon-Jae several months ago. He is incredibly patient (a virtue for any teacher), knowledgeable and accommodating. He pays close attention to your playing and points out the subtlest details in your technique while offering simple methods to help you improve. His fool-proof approach to tackling scales, arpeggios and the like make it simple and accessible. I can't recommend Yoon-Jae enough. If you want to take lessons seriously or just for fun, you will find no better instructor."
Benjamin
Took Piano lessons from Yoon Jae L.
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"Athena is an awesome instructor! She really knows what she is doing. She has a lot of knowledge and make it very easy to understand. She is also very funny and patient. My daughter really enjoys her class. I am so happy we find her!"
Sophia
Took Singing lessons from Athena M.
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