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About Marsha K.

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The Recital was fabulous- thanks for all your work.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Jason August 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I was a student of Marsha’s for several years, and I have never had such a qualified instructor! Incredibly bright, positive, flexible, and experienced. Genuinely enjoyed my time learning from her.
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Hailey H. July 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Marsha is really nice. My daughter loves her and is looking forward to many more lessons
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sarah June 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Marsha is very knowledgeable and experienced. I highly recommend her to any person looking to expand there piano skill. -Robert
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Marsha K.

Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
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About JoAnn R.

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Carmichael, CA

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Your lessons are designed to help you develop the skills and confidence you need to successfully perform in public. I work hard to prepare your lessons and I ask my students to invest daily time working on skills studied at their lessons. Performing music requires the patient integration of multiple skills over time, however, the rewards are BIG.

During your lessons you will receive instruction in skills needed to sing or play the cello as well as musical skills including rhythm, melody, harmony and style. Because there is a lot to learn, I encourage you to consider 45 or 60 minute lessons, which I offer at substantially reduced rates to make them more affordable for you.

I continually update my teaching methods by attending workshops and master classes and I incorporate my knowledge of human anatomy and function, to help you
perform with minimal strain. Also, I incorporate internet resources in your lessons to keep them interesting and up to date.

What will your lessons be like?
At your first lesson we will explore and name the parts of your instrument (voice or cello). We'll talk about what you would like to learn, set attainable goals and select songs that you will be successful learning.

In subsequent lessons you will warm up with scales and exercises, using common intervals with basic rhythms to improve your technical abilities and gain musical skills and knowledge, such as hearing pitches and intervals and keeping with the beat. This will also help you learn to read music.

Singers will learn to use breathing to coordinate with your vocal folds to make a beautiful tone and sing on pitch, relax your throat and tongue to create resonant chambers, shape your mouth and tongue to color the tone, and use your tongue and lips to form the words.

Cellists will learn to transfer your body weight into your cello to produce a mellow tone, placing your hands and arms on the cello and bow in a relaxed and balanced manner to allow you to play smoothly and in tune and to prepare you to produce a lovely vibrato. Since cellos don't have frets, you will also learn to locate each note on the cello but just a few notes at a time - until you know them all.

You will learn to use your technical skills and knowledge to create musical phrases that sound beautiful and authentic and are fun to perform and listen to. You will need to practice simple skills and phrases repeatedly until they become habit. I will lend you my kind and patient support to help you through the bumps in the road.

Not sure how to practice at home?
To support your practice at home you will: Receive a recording of each of your lessons to practice with; Learn simple exercises you can do at home; Learn to create and use simple backup tracks of your songs to learn to hear rhythm and harmony; Learn how to use your computer at home to get feedback for pitch, and tone quality.

Nervous about performing?
When you are comfortable I will provide opportunities to perform in student programs performing for friends and families.

You will have opportunities to participate and perform in workshops which include performance opportunities, lectures, demonstrations and Master Classes with nationally recognized teachers and performers.
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Larry July 18, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I received about 10 lessons from JoAnn and feel very good with the results. I started playing guitar and singing in a small band and knew that I needed help. Joann educated me with many warm up lessons, a good start on reading music, and numerous exercises towards reaching pitch that will also save my vocal chords from harm. It's up to me to practice and use the available tools that JoAnn has introduced me to while I take a break from lessons while traveling. JoAnn is a professional singing teacher.
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Abigail May 14, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She is great! My daughter really enjoys her lessons and we appreciate how thorough JoAnn is.
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Angelica January 23, 2018
· Singing · In studio
JoAnn is a very patient and kind teacher. In the last few lessons I've had, she has taught me more than Ive learned with my previous teacher of 8 years. She is very understanding and teaches her students everything we need to know to be a good vocalist. I would highly recommend her.
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JoAnn R.

JoAnn R.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Ardalan G.

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Ardalan Gharachorloo started playing Violin at the age of six. His former teacher was Cyrus Azemikhah. At the age of nine, he was featured as the winner of the Rising Stars Competition in Tehran and was featured in a recital in the most prestigious concert hall of Tehran,Vahdat Theater, built in early 19th century by the Shah of Iran. He soon made a successful career as a performing artist and appeared with local classical and Persian orches-tras in Karaj, Tehran and other cities in Iran. At the age of 15, he moved to the United States to continue his music education where he studied with Igor Veligan. Ardalan won the American River College Concerto Competi-tion three years in a row from 2012-2015 and appeared as a soloist with ARC Symphony Orchestra. He is also the winner of the CSUS concerto Competition and Watson Chamber Music Competit
ion. He served as the Co-concertmaster of ARC orchestra for three seasons. Ardalan Played first Violin in Northern California Symphony orchestra and Benicia Ballet Symphony for four seasons. He is now serving as the Concertmaster of the Sacramento State University Symphony Orchestra. Ardalan is acknowledged for successful performances with orchestras in Opera festivals in Italy, Chamber music festivals in Germany and world music festivals in Dubai, UAE. Ardalan served as music director of the Language Academy of Sacramento and taught private and group lessons in String Project at Sacra-mento State University School of Music. He is the executive Director of the Harmony Music Institute in Carmichael where he teaches violin and string Chamber music.Ardalan Gharachorloo is the Co-founder and Artistic Director of the Music Beyond Borders, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring cultural unity and create a platform for social advocacy through music. He also serves as the orchestra teacher and Violin instructor in the Overture string program at Sacramento Youth Symphony. Ardalan holds a Bachelors degree in Music and currently studies Violin with Professor Anna Presler finishing his Masters of Music Degree in Performance at CSUS School of Music.
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Joanne Y. September 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Satisfying!!!My daughter was so happy with the teacher, Ardalan.
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Yoojeong E. July 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Not only he has such an amazing Bio, but also he has very pleasant expression and smile. He seem very patience, and humble. I really enjoyed my experience with him, and I realized that I really like Violin~☆.Thank you.
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Grace N. June 17, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Ardalan is very positive and patient.
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Ardalan G.

Ardalan G.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Teresa P.

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Sacramento, CA

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I was born into a family of musicians. We must have had every style of music floating around every family gathering. I would roam with delight among the Mariachis, Rockers and R&B singers and musicians in my family. As early as 3 or 4 years old, in an effort to get me to quit bugging them, they began to invite me to sing with them.... at least that way I wasn't twirling around knocking down their equipment, or asking a bunch of questions while they were rehearsing or jamming. Music was always and continues to be part of my existence, as normal to me as breathing. I love to sing and enjoy sharing that passion with others. It makes my day to see my students grow in their talents and confidence.

From beginners who just want to sing for fun to the more experienced vocalists, I can help you understand how your voice works and how to ge
t the most out of it.

**In your first lesson, I will get to know you by asking for your vocal history, influences, goals, and style. Most importantly, “What would you like to get out of this lesson?” Every singer has different challenges, needs, and goals, so I approach each student and lesson as a unique experience where the student’s most pressing needs will be addressed.

I’ll give you an honest idea of where your voice needs to grow and then will work with the tools to get there! You will get a personalized lesson plan to practice with. Like a gym workout routine, these exercises will target your weak areas to correct bad habits and build a strong, balanced instrument.

**I will ask you to sing a song…… your latest repertoire, “Happy Birthday,” "twinkle twinkle little star", something just to get an idea of your voice and style. Then I will take you through a few singing technique exercises to quickly assess your strengths and challenges.

**As your technical abilities grow, you need to apply them to songs. The key is to maintain the same easy feeling in your songs that came out in the exercises. Bring in your music and we can work out any kinks and I will also suggest appropriate material in your key and style that will build upon the successes of your exercises. Stylistic and performance coaching is available, but our focus is technique, if you don’t learn HOW to sing, WHAT you sing will always be limited. I will work with you so that as a singer, you will be able to sing through a greater range with more consistency. As a performer. you will become confident that your voice will deliver time after time. My goal is to help you sing in a free, natural manner, while keeping your lessons engaging and fun.

-EAR TRAINING -
As a choir and vocal director, I am trained to listen and pay special attention to all the details including pitch, vibrato, dynamic and harmonies. I will help you learn to listen and gain confidence to "hear" progressions in the music and their voice.

-STYLES/GENRES -
Being a worship leader, choir and vocal director in a major urban church in the Sacramento area, I have over 13 years experience as a gospel artist and contemporary christian singer, singing, performing and recording with many gospel artists and contemporary christian artists, both local and professional. I have recorded and performed with such artists as Israel Houghton, Lincoln Brewster, BJ Putnan, Trent Corey, Darnisha Taylor and the Porter Brothers.

-SINGING/VOICE TRAINING -
I am a Voice Teacher (student) with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Old Italian School of Singing. Our goal is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer's range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. We accomplish these results by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture.

=PERFORMANCE OR AUDITION PREP-
As a former entertainment business professional and singer, I have experience in dance, choreography, stage blocking, performance technique and vocal coaching. I will help you prepare for your performances and/or auditions to present the best YOU, that you can be!
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Renee August 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first session with Teresa was amazing. I really noticed an improvement in my voice through specific yet simple techniques. She is fun and very kind-hearted. I am looking forward to my future lessons with her!
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Dana August 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teresa's style is energetic, fun and very professional. Her instruction was awesome. My goals are being met and my first lesson has exceeded my expectations. I trust Teresa's expertise completely and look forward to our next sessions.
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Zuza H. November 5, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I am very lucky to have Teresa as my vocal teacher. Her passion for music is contagious and when she sings, her soul comes through. She's patient, encouraging and energizing. I love lessons with her, she truly cares for all of her students and she adjusts the lessons based on how comfortable you feel. Not only is she a great teacher but she also has an amazing personality and a tremendous amount of energy.

Within a few months, my vocal range has extended and I learned how to make my voice sound more powerful. Vocal training really doesn't get any better than this!
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Teresa P.

Teresa P.

Sacramento, CA 95835
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$30 / 30-min

About Benji C.

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Hi there, my name is Benji and I have been teaching private lessons since 2013. I started playing the violin at age 4 when my parents signed me up for Suzuki violin lessons. l feel in love with the violin and began to play non-stop. I also have been competing in state fiddle competitions since the age 6. I am trained in classical and fiddle/bluegrass music and enjoy both styles.

I individualize lesson plans around students wants and needs. My most important goal is to put a love and admiration of music in my students. For that reason, I focus on a variety of musical styles of interest to the student.

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions you may have and I can't wait to help you reach your goals!
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Ryker E. August 23, 2018
· Violin · In home
Benji did a great job with Ryker!
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Mindi February 7, 2017
· Violin · Online
Benji teaches violin to my 11 year old beginner son. We are busy and my son is involved in several extracurricular activities. Benji is very flexible with scheduling. He is extremely patient and positive with my son. He always gives complements and encouragement. He is moving at my child's pace. I highly recommend him!
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Kim August 2, 2016
· Violin · Online
Benji is very patient and is very positive and praising. He still tries to get them to practice. My granddaughter loves him and now wants to go to California. LOL.
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Benji C.

Benji C.

Fair Oaks, CA 95628
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About April C.

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Rocklin, CA

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April Chung is a young Taiwanese pianist who has performed in many countries. She began to play the piano at the age of four and gave her first performance at the age of seven. Her recent performances include solo recitals in Boston and Los Angeles, piano concertos at the Perugia Festival in Italy, as well as chamber concerts in Luxemburg. She has also performed as a soloist in Salzburg, Austria and Taipei, Taiwan.

Besides performing, Ms. Chung enjoys teaching music. Her students include all ages and the subjects range from piano playing to music theory, harmony and counterpoint, ear training, form and analysis, as well as music appreciation.

Ms. Chung holds a Masters of Music degree in Piano Performance from the University of Southern California under the studios of Professor Bernadene Blaha and Professor Daniel Pollack. Ms. Chun
g also holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee under the instruction of Professor YaFei Chuang.

With a very warm and friendly personality, Ms. April always gives positive energy to her students. She is very caring, encouraging and she expects her students to bring out their best to the lessons. Her students love her fun and true music stories, which give them strong motivation to practice.

Please feel free to visit her website for more information about her teaching philosophy:

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David Chen October 15, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
April is a knowledgable, skilled and kind piano teacher. She is very knowledgable about and helps me with the little details in the songs I play like articulation in Bach and rubato in Chopin. Overall, since I've been taking lessons with her, my technique, interpretation and music theory have all improved greatly. :)))
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Alex July 1, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Very good piano teacher. I had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with April and she has a natural ability to teach. April helped me to make a lot of progress in a very short time! And she is very involved in having the classes always very enjoyable for the student, by adding some cultural/historical references and funny facts about classical composers and music in general.
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Yuh-Fang July 1, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Ms. April Chung for a couple months. I had not played the piano since high school, and was hoping to pick up the old habit. Lessons with Ms. Chung has been pleasant, efficient, and very informative. I am very impressed (or shall we say surprised?) in how fast my techniques improved over the short period of time. I was able to put together a solid Chopin piece in good shape over a few weeks. I especially admire April's tips for self-practicing, and her balanced focus on both basic skills and musical expressiveness. I highly recommend anyone, with different experience and age, to work with Ms. Chung and learn to enjoy playing the piano.
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April C.

April C.

Rocklin, CA 95765
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$40 / 30-min

About Alan P.

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Roseville, CA
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I have been around music my whole life and have been teaching music lessons for 10 years. My passion for music is matched only by my passion for teaching and seeing my students succeed. Alongside teaching, I enjoy performing and writing original music.
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Liam T. November 6, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Alan was awesome! My son needed some last minute lessons before an upcoming concert he was performing in. Alan helped him fine tune his part and gave him the confidence he needed. My son is now excited for the concert and can't wait to show everyone his talent!
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Arianna P. June 6, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
He's a great instructor and he's very good with children.
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Cristiana February 20, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I took guitar lessons with Alan for two years. Now my sons take piano, guitar, and drum lessons with him. I would recommend him because he is patient, very knowledgeable, and is a good teacher.
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Alan P.

Alan P.

Roseville, CA 95678
(7)
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$30 / 30-min

About Corey O.

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Carmichael, CA

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I am a dedicated cellist and string teacher from Kansas City, Missouri, currently living in Sacramento. I just completed the first year of my Master's degree in Music Performance at Sacramento State, and plan to graduate in May of 2019.
I am passionate about making a difference with my music, and am currently teaching in the Sacramento String project to educate young musicians willing to learn. I started playing cello at the age of 9, and have studied with great cellists Dana Hughlett, Andy Luchansky and Thalia Moore. While performing in the Liberty High School Chamber Orchestra, I competed at the National ASTA conference in 2011 and 2013. I was the principal cellist during my time at Graceland University, where I earned dual Bachelor’s degrees in Music performance and Publication Writing and Design. I now play as assistant principal in
the Sacramento State Symphony Orchestra.
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Corey O.

Carmichael, CA 95608
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About Dave H.

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I have been a professional bass player for over 15 years. My experience is primarily with cover bands: top 40, dance, rock, hot country, etc

Also, I have been playing in churches for over 20 years.

Finally, I have about 3 years of teaching experience.

As a teacher, I am happy to show you how a specific song is played, but my real interest is in equipping you with the tools to be a bonified “working musician”. Learn the Nashville Numbers System. Learn about modes and scales. Learn solid fundamentals and you will have the tools to teach yourself any song that you want! ...and learn about the world of “gigging”. Sure beats working for a living :)
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Dave H.

Lincoln, CA 95648
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About Krista J.

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Rocklin, CA

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Welcome! I am a performing pianist, accompanist, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. I have been teaching for over 25 years, in schools and privately. I emphasize learning enjoyment and convenience, with lessons at your location or at the studio.

You will use top tier programs, and technology as appropriate, to learn quickly and with good techique.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in your vocal technique. Every voice has a unique sound; we will work to unlock your own individual style and sound, using music you enjoy. You can sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I am classically trained, but perform many styles of music. For students age 7+, your accelerated piano program includes a proprietary software to help you progress at amazing
speed, so you can play the music you love, with technical skill and artistry. No more wondering what to do next!

Young students (age 3-5) use a story based curriculum just for young beginners, with fun characters and success. Adult learners and players who want to refresh your skills love our group recreational music program. It's a relaxed environment to play and improve your foundation.

As a multi-instrumentalist, I encourage students to explore a second or third instrument or voice training. I love to mentor students who want to develop their talents. I teach several instruments.

My passion is teaching music. Everyone can learn, given the right tools. I firmly believe that great technique and performances are possible with just a few minutes of practice a day.

I look forward to helping you add to your natural abilities in an enjoyable, convenient learning environment. Let's get started!
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Krista J.

Krista J.

Rocklin, CA 95765
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$36 / 30-min

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