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About Andrew H.

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San Francisco, CA
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I'm a focused but easygoing tutor and musician with over a decade of experience playing and 8 years teaching experience in individual and group settings. In 2016 I completed my Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance at Humboldt State University, where I received numerous academic and musical honors.

I'm currently living in San Francisco, about to finish my Master's degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and looking to build a teaching studio. In addition to my musical skills, I'm also an experienced writing tutor and spent several years working for a nonprofit after school enrichment program. As a result, i have experience working with children of various ages and backgrounds.
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Moses A. August 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
great patience to teach. 2 thumbs up!!
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Jamie June 8, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Andrew is such a great teacher! I'm a beginner guitar player who wanted to learn some of the basics and work on my technique, and Andrew was so patient and really took the time to work with me. Very easy-going and helpful, even though I know I'm not the best player. He clearly knows what he's doing when it comes to anything guitar-related and I cannot wait to set up another lesson. I already feel more confident in my abilities! Thanks Andrew!
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Andrew H.

Andrew H.

San Francisco, CA 94112
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About Arrica R.

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Oakland, CA

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About Arrica
I was born and raised in Los Angeles but I've just recently relocated to the Bay Area. I am a Professional Musician/Songwriter/Vocalist teaching songwriting, voice, and performance technique as well as a combination thereof. I began singing at a very young age for anyone who would listen (so my parents tell me) and began taking music lessons shortly thereafter. I am now a USC graduate and have also studied music privately for over 25 years as well as at the esteemed Vocal Power Institute. I've professionally released several albums and I am grateful to have had my music featured/licensed by Starbucks, NBC, The CW network, NikeWomen.com, and MTV. I've toured extensively playing to audiences across the country and have had the honor of sharing the stage with artists ranging from Conor Oberst, Inara George, Johnette Napolitano, Martha Wain
wright, to Jackson Browne. I have experience teaching both adults and children, and enjoy teaching beginning as well as intermediate to advanced students. In addition to teaching privately, I have experience teaching children through my volunteer work with The Girls Rock Alliance, a non-profit organization that aims to teach young girls about self-confidence and self-expression through music education.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy-going, friendly and I believe that developing a great student/teacher rapport is the key to making the most out of the time we spend together. The curriculum I utilize is specifically designed to meet the student's individual needs. Initially we'll spend time assessing where you are and where you'd like to be. Most importantly, we'll set goals and create a lesson plan that will allow you to attain them. We'll work on basic techniques (or intermediate to advanced depending on skill level), for example - breath support, vowel placement, posture, relaxation, the fundamentals of song structure and music theory. We'll also work on the psychology of performance and eliminating any unwanted tension that may arise. We'll choose songs to work on that you'll enjoy singing, or analyze the songs you love in order to discover and/or improve upon your own songwriting abilities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front music studio area w/ guitars, computer with protools, keyboard, microphone, pa system, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a small keyboard and/or guitar

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My main musical styles that I perform and teach are Pop, Rock, Folk, and Americana/Country. I specialize in creating a lesson plan that suits the needs of each individual student.
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Evelynne L. January 7, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Connected well with my 9 year old daughter. Strong musical and teaching skills and a pleasure to work with. Run don't walk to see Arrica!
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Richard M. October 1, 2015
· Singing · In studio
First lesson very comfortable, relaxed yet structured, getting to know each others personality, musical abilities.
Take home exercises.
Looking forward to the next lesson.
Thanks Arrica
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Julie B. September 10, 2015
· Music Performance · In home
Arrica has been such a wonderful teacher for my 11-year-old daughter. (She was 9 when she started with Arrica.) Our girl has a lot of raw talent but needed some good instruction that wasn't too formal. Africa is just the right blend of traditional singing technique and fun rock-n-roll, record your own music on Garage band. We love her!
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Arrica R.

Arrica R.

Oakland, CA 94611
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About dongni y.

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San Francisco, CA
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As an award-winning concert pianist, Yang’s performances have been described as"Brilliant, powerful, but also sentimental, exquisite, touching, coming from the bottom of the soul".

Yang started piano lessons since age 4 under professor Shixu LI, and then continued with professor Huifang Ye, the leading authority in classical piano education of the time, and renowned piano professor Yafen Zhu, whose students also include prodigy international concert pianist Langlang.

Following this, She was accepted to XinHai conservatory of music where she did her undergraduate studies with esteemed pianist Vivian Li, and earned her Bachelor's degree in piano performance at XingHai in 2009 and right after, she was accepted to San Francisco conservatory of music, which is ranked as one of 10 best conservatory of music in U.S, where she studied under di
stinguished pianist Mack McCray, and finished her Master's degree in piano performance in 2011. Yang received scholarships from both famous institutions.

Yang actively performed in Bay Area and China. Since 11 years old, She has given performances many times at Changzhou Red Star Symphony hall, XingHai Recital Hall, XingHai Symphony hall, SFCM concert hall, Osher Salon, SFCM Recital Hall, and San Francisco Music Academy Recital Hall, San Francisco community of music. Yang also won the first prize in “SanDu” piano competition in ChangZhou, 2004, the young pianist competition in “Nanjinbei” 1999, Guangdong province “Shaude”pianist competition in 2009, and third place in the German young pianist competition in 2009. She also has attended several national piano music festivals and master classes in China and U.S.
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dongni y.

dongni y.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$67 / 30-min

About Carl G.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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Private Music Instrument Lessons by Professional Player. Lessons for Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced students. Focus will be reading, Basics, Sound production and performing. 30 minute, 45 minute and 60 minute sessions. Lessons can be once a week, one every 2 weeks or once a month. 38 years experience teaching private.
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Paul W. May 3, 2018
· Fiddle · In home
Carl was great. What a pro!
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Mike H. April 3, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Excellent. Carl was great, patient yet high expectations.
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Mark S. February 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Carl is a great guitar teacher! I am grateful for what he has taught me and his patience and encouragement. It has been a great experience learning from him.
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Carl G.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Stephen E.

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Palo Alto, CA
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I have taught music (K-8) in a private school in Palo Alto for 13 years and have created a very successful program. I conduct 5 bands, an orchestra and a beginner string ensemble. I have started hundreds of children on instruments and have taught dozens of children privately with great results. I have a BA degree from Luther College and did post-graduate work in music at the University of Iowa.
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Yuko July 4, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My 10 years old son loves the way Steve teaches. My son is a beginner on trumpet, but Steve stays calm and make his lesson fun for my son. Not too much pressure, just a daily practice of 10 mins or so. My son is looking forward to his lesson!
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Aaron L. May 8, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
Stephen is a patient instructor and proactively analyzed my son's abilities(and lack thereof) before making necessary adjustments. I appreciate that he catches what the student is doing wrong and helps to correct it on the spot. Highly recommended.
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Pieter September 23, 2016
· Trombone · In home
Stephen is very professional, and seems to be a great fit for my son. Highly recommended.
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Stephen E.

Stephen E.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Marissa August 22, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Lella quickly recognized what I needed to practice and brought me a great book that helped me get back to where I was very quickly.
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San Francisco, CA 94117
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About Cosmos H.

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Santa Rosa, CA
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Hey, my name is Cosmos, and I'm looking forward to teaching you guitar! I love playing guitar, and over the years, I've learned many styles and genres, including rock, pop, blues, folk, and soul/R&B. I am passionate about experimenting and incorporating new styles into my own, such as world music influences. I'd love to share my experience and passion for guitar with you!
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Cosmos H.

Santa Rosa, CA 95407
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$25 / 30-min

About Anna H.

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Anna H.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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$100 / 60-min

About Michael W.

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Emeryville, CA

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I am a professional guitarist and music educator located in the bay area. I have studied music at the college level both classical guitar during undergrad. and jazz studies as a graduate student at Northern Illinois University. I enjoy my connection to the educational side of music as well as the performance side. As a performer I have played many of the historic venues the bay area has to offer such as, The Great American Music Hall, Fox theater, The Independent, The New Parish, The Chapel, Elbo Room, Slim's Boom Boom Room, Fillmore Jazz festival, The UC Theatre, Sweetwater Music Hall, Ashkenaz and the Rickshaw Stop.
I have had the pleasure of opening for such legends as George Clinton, Bernie Worrell and Leo Nocentelli. Last summer I performed and toured with grammy winning artist Jody Watley. In addition to musical freelan
cing I am a member of 12 piece Oakland based band Strike Iron which features high-energy grooves, hypnotic percussion, and heavy horns wrapped into socially charged dance music. You can also catch me playing with bay area funk powerhouse Kuckaw!. My commitment to musical versatility has allowed for diverse musical opportunities in a variety of styles from gospel music in churches, to funk & jazz at local clubs, summer festivals throughout California, and corporate/wedding gigs throughout the greater bay area.
It has been my privilege to teach guitar over the last twenty years to students of all ages in multiple cities. I take great care in getting to know each student's motivations and goals and then together we set sail for the musical journey. I thoroughly enjoy students that are open to the learning process and that are excited and curious about understanding the mysteries of music. I always aim to create an environment that supports both discipline and fun. Some of the topics to be expected in lessons with me are the following:
Chord knowledge, learning songs, music theory, chord/scale theory, improvisation, composition, note reading/sight reading studies and fun!
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Emeryville, CA 94608
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$109 / 45-min

About Jesse C.

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Albany, CA
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Jesse began studying piano at 5 years old. At the age of 7, he began to study drums from private teachers. At age 13, he joined his first band as a drummer and began performing professionally in Southern California. Since then he has consistently been involved in musical performance and education.

Jesse has studied and played with Ravi Shankar, Anoushka Shankar, Tim Shea, Richard Wilson, Zoro, Chuck Silverman, the Mira Costa Jazz Band, the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, the California Symphony Orchestra, and rock legend Ike Turner.

His performances cover a broad spectrum of music, including classical symphonic works, jazz, world fusion, blues, soul, funk and rock. He has performed in many countries including, The United States, Canada, Australia, India, Thailand, Scandinavia, The United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Based in Southern
California, he continues to be involved in various recording projects, live performance and education.
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Jesse C.

Jesse C.

Albany, CA 94706
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$35 / 30-min

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Ready to start learning to play ukulele? Check out these easy ukulele chords from music teacher Raymond L. and you'll be strumming a tune in no time! There are many easy ukulele chords that could be considered essential for beginners but I will try to limit my choice to only seven. In my opinion, it's best to start with these seven chords based on the following criteria: the technical difficulties or skills required to play them, the usefulness of the chords, their harmonic properties, and th
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