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Alameda, CA

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I began classical piano instruction in 1960 and took private lessons for ten years before branching out into all the other styles of music. I have taught, recorded and performed professionally since 1978, and will show you proper hand and finger technique, music theory, how to read notation and chord charts/symbols, and equally as important teach you how to play by ear. I teach all ages, all styles and all levels of piano, and will teach you how to have fun with it all along the way!

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 for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have over 40 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allman to name a few, and am currently teaching piano, theory and bass to Mike Dirnt, the bassist for Green Day. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and kno
wledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

My current rates are $40 per half hour, $60 per 45 minutes and $80 per hour, and believe me... you will get your money's worth! Also I should note that due to my current students, plus teaching at a private school in Sausalito and recording sessions, my time constraints only allow me to teach lessons out of my home studio in Alameda. Hopefully this will work for you as well!
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Eric H. June 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Steve is a rare find - an accomplished musician, a great teacher, and a genuinely nice guy. My 10 year old and I have been taking lessons with him for the past year, and our progress/improvement has been significant and noticeable. Particularly with my son, Steve is patient, supportive, and very encouraging, and he teaches at just the right level. He always makes sure that we cover music theory along with learning our favorite songs in order to get the most out of our training. My enjoyment of piano has increased significantly since starting lessons with Steve, and each time we leave a lesson he says: "Have fun with it!" I highly recommend Steve as a teacher.
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Billy May 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
wow amazing!
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Tim M. February 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher and great time taking the lessons! I wish we could take more lessons with him but we've recently moved out of the area. Thanks for everything Steven!
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Alameda, CA 94501
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About Donna D.

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Corte Madera, CA

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I take students of any age, starting with age 8, who are just beginning with their musical journey, or who are returning to the piano after many years. I teach the basics, including basic rhythms, notation, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc. as well as learning pieces. I am interested in the musical styles of the various periods of music history, and keyboard literature from the Baroque to the 21st century. I structure lessons to suit the needs and desires of each student.

Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to ...

About Donna
I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.

Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.

My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory while learning to read music, establishing confiden
ce in their own musicianship. They discover the music within themselves, while learning the technique necessary to be the best musicians they can be.

I enjoy teaching high school, middle school, and elementary students as well as adults. I Love teaching beginners. I am trained in vocal pedagogy, music theory, music history, repertoire, performance practice and methods.

My formal education:
B.A., UC, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., Occidental College
M.S. Pepperdine University
Lifetime General Secondary Teaching Credential

Teachers and mentors:
Howard Swan, Mary Jones, Edward Lawton, Robert Commanday, Roger Wagner, Linda Anderson, Boyd Jarrell, Paul Smith.

In the last twenty years, I have enjoyed being a participant in music at the College of Marin, through choral, vocal, opera and piano classes. I currently serve as volunteer assistant to the Director of Choral Activities.

I am particularly proud of my experience as instructional aide and coach for music students with disabilities at the College of Marin, including students with developmental disabilities and autism.

Past classroom experience:
Long Beach Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Low Heywood School and King School (prep schools), Stamford, CT, Choral Music Teacher

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Voice students can expect to learn how to produce tone beautifully, using correct posture and breathing, and proper vowel production, rhythmic precision, pitch accuracy, carefully formed phrases, and musical and stylistic interpretation. But beyond technique is the amazing art of communicating with other people the wonders of the music. You should expect to make good progress in all of these areas in just a few weeks. I hope you will come with serious interest in developing your beautiful voice.

Repertoire might include folk songs, art songs and arias from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Songs might be in English, or possibly in Italian, Latin, German or French, if you interested. We would sit down together and decide what dreams and goals you have, and then choose music to get you going down the path to those dreams and goals.

You can expect to have learned several new songs, and to have brought them to performance level in the first 3-6 months. If you have a goal to learn music for an audition, contest or festival, that can happen.

Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to choose which would help you get on a path to your musical dreams and goals, and what would be appropriate for your age and development as a musician.

You can expect to be playing pieces with 2 hands within a few weeks, and perhaps a melody with chords, if you are a beginner. Degree of difficulty will depend upon your age, experience and development, but even very simple songs can be played musically, with grace.

Of utmost importance to me is that every student learn to read music, and develop an understanding of music fundamentals. The level of sophistication will depend upon age and experience, but learning good musicianship is essential. At the same time, opportunities for creativity to develop through improvisation could be on the horizon for you. It is important to me that you want to learn and and want to become the best you can be.

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I have a piano and computer with Finale at my home. I provide music and practice sheets, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For voice, I teach classical style, including posture, breathing, tone production, vowel production, phrasing, diction, appropriate style and performance practice, and music reading. Materials I use include everything from folk songs to arias, and 16th century to contemporary compositions, in English, Italian, Latin, French and German. Voice is my primary interest. I am also competent to teach beginning theory, and beginning piano, both classical and standard popular, including improvisation from charts (melody, chords).
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Kylie July 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
I really enjoyed working with Mrs.Donna she
was a very sweet, patient and skilled teacher.
She taught me the skills of becoming a more well
developed singer and I had so much fun learning with her.
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Lori May 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My first and second lessons were wonderful and I am inspired by Donna's dedication, knowledge and patience. I feel that I can learn to build on these lessons and sing with confidence.
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Lori G. May 1, 2017
· Singing · In studio
First lesson: I feel encouraged and inspired!
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Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
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About Rebecca K.

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Patience, support and practice are the only things required to play the piano. I can help with all of them!

About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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wayne July 3, 2017
· Violin · In studio
very encouraging and knowledgeable teacher!
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Kim Ho May 31, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Always AWESOME!
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Kim Ho May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Always amazing!
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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About Albert K.

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Antioch, CA
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I have over 20 years of piano and music education & experience and have formally passed examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I have trained under renowned piano instructors who have trained in and taught at world-famous music institutions such as the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. I have passed one of the ABRSM grade examinations with distinction and was invited to play a piece at Chabot College in Hayward, CA at the annual California ABRSM recital. I have many years of experience performing on-stage in front of audiences in semi-formal settings. I specialize in teaching piano (all levels - from beginner to advanced) to children, teens, and adults. I have taught children as young as 5 years old. In addition to the piano, I also play the flute, clarinet, and piccolo. I have played in orchestras and participated in concert and marching bands.

About Albert
I have over 20 years of piano and music education & experience and have formally passed examinations for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). I have trained under renowned piano instructors who have trained in and taught at world-famous music institutions such as the Shanghai Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China. I have passed one of the ABRSM grade examinations with distinction and was invited to play a piece at Chabot College in Hayward, CA at the annual California ABRSM recital. I have many years of experience performing on-stage in front of audiences in semi-formal settings. I specialize in teaching piano (all levels - from beginner to advanced) to children, teens, and adults. I have taught children as young as 5 years old. In addition to the piano, I also play the flute, clarinet, and piccolo. I have played
in orchestras and participated in concert and marching bands.
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Albert K.

Albert K.

Antioch, CA 94531
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$35 / 30-min

About Michael H.

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San Francisco, CA

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With 40 years of piano playing, performing and singing, I hope to not only teach you to play but to gain a lifetime of joy from music.

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I have been playing and performing music for over 40 years and few things have ever brought me greater pleasure. I would love to help others to learn to love music with the same passion I feel.
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Michael H.

Michael H.

San Francisco, CA 94102
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About Kelley K.

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Oakland, CA

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I specifically and intentionally approach teaching students piano from a body-centric perspective, utilizing "Deep Listening" concepts. More than anything, though, I'm interested in catering to your individual needs as a student and musician. I'll do whatever I can do to support you in reaching your goal(s) with the piano, and try to make the journey to reaching that goal as accessible and exciting as possible!

About Kelley
I've been formally studying music and playing instruments since my first guitar lesson at four years old, when my hands were still too small to play chords on the instrument. Since then, my passion for music has only grown - I've continued to study the guitar, as well as the upright bass, saxophone, and piano, and now hold a BA in Music and German from Hampshire College, as well as an MA in Music Composition from Mills College. I'm currently in the process of applying to PhD programs in Musicology for 2019.

I've been teaching for quite a few years now, and have found that it's another passion of mine. Helping others to learn their own language of music is one of the most emotionally rewarding experiences I've ever been lucky enough to have.

My lessons always start with a focus on listening, and then move outwardly to sounding and mu
sic-making. I'm happy to cater to each individual student's musical goals and needs - so whether you're interested in learning advanced music theory, just learning a few chords on the guitar so that you can play while you sing with friends, or anything in between, I'm more than happy to support you in doing so!

I aim to create as safe a space as possible for folks of all ages, abilities, genders, and identities to explore their musicality.
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Shoshana May 4, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
Kelley is such an incredible instructor! They are so kind and patient and will work with you to find the best ways to teach according to your wants/needs. I highly recommend Kelley as an instructor for any level, from the very beginning of beginner to advanced. Happy learning!
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Yesenia C. May 3, 2017
· Ear Training · In studio
Kelley is such a patient, attentive, and caring instructor. With their help I improved my ear training skills immensely. They provided me with suggestions outside of our lessons where I could maintain a stress-free, organized practice. Without their help I wouldn't have passed my Musicianship Course! Kelley truly has a passion for education and working with them has been one of the best experiences of my life!
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Kelley K.

Oakland, CA 94613
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i haven been teaching for 10 years from beginner to advanced level. I've helped a lot of people solved the practice problem, stage strategy and become inspiring and musical. I cover as much as I can in the lesson so every student can earn as much as possible. Chamber music group is more than welcome to contact me.

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I teach both piano and chamber music. There are a LOT of teachers. But chamber music is all about working with friends and have fun while expressing the music. Why don't we do it?
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Xin Z.

San Francisco, CA 94108
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San Ramon, CA
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I have been playing piano for over 12 years. I am a young more modern pianist so i understand that most younger kids and teens (as well as some adults) would not like to read out of a music book the whole time but learn to play their own favorite songs or hits! What makes my lessons different is that they are all customized to the students needs and wants!

About Noel
Hello! I just graduated from UC Berkeley as a Track and Field athlete and one of my favorite past times between practice and class was playing piano! I took forced lessons when I was younger and I know how they can be sometimes so I want to make lessons fun where you can pick some songs you would like to learn and along the way you learn valuable piano playing skills!
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Noel F.

Noel F.

San Ramon, CA 94583
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$34 / 30-min

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Vallejo, CA
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I have been teaching piano in the Bay Area for the past 3 years, and have 25+ years experience working with children in music school, children's museum and in-home settings.

About Larisa
m compassionate, creative, and classically-trained piano teacher. With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Moscow University my teaching style is based on the classical foundation. I believe you have to “know the rules well, so you can break them effectively.” With my practical tips students learn to read sheet music in no time. The lesson plans I’ve created include theory, technique, sight-reading as well as improvisation in any musical style. Anyone can start learning today, regardless of their age or skill level.
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Larisa F.

Larisa F.

Vallejo, CA 94591
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$42 / 45-min

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We have a perfect teacher. Our daughter, 17, was frustrated with traditional lessons, requirements for practice, learning notes before playing, etc. We found a wonderful teacher who just met her where she was, has worked with her and within a month she was playing songs, learning to read music, and practicing of her own accord with no nagging. She loves music lessons now. Her piano playing is coming along beautifully. Best of all she is enjoying music. He also teaches voice, and she is working on that as well as piano with him. He's a pianist, composer, songwriter, music director. He will come to your house, and I couldn't recommend him more highly.   
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I could really use you more at Grease. The kids LOVE you and everyone has been asking for more Larry time. 
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Professional pianist and keyboardist, composer, sound designer, songwriter, music director and teacher.

Pianist and Assistant Musical Director
"Beauty and the Beast"
Ring Mountain Daly School

Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Musical Director
"Annie Get Your Gun"
YESTOKIDS.org-The Ross Valley Schools Foundation

Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Musical Director
"L’il Abner"
YESTOKIDS.org-The Ross Valley Schools Foundation

Rehearsal Pianist and Assistant Musical Director
"Grease"
YESTOKIDS.org-The Ross Valley Schools Foundation

Testimonials

We have a perfect teacher. Our daughter, 17, was frustrated with traditional lessons, requirements for practice, learning notes before playing, etc. We found a wonderful teacher who just met her where she was, has worked with her and within a month she was playing songs, learning
to read music, and practicing of her own accord with no nagging. She loves music lessons now. Her piano playing is coming along beautifully. Best of all she is enjoying music. He also teaches voice, and she is working on that as well as piano with him. He's a pianist, composer, songwriter, music director. He will come to your house, and I couldn't recommend him more highly.   
KARIN EVANS
Executive Editor
OneSky for all children    ‪www.onesky.org‬
‪kevans@onesky.org‬  

Hi Larry,
I could really use you more at Grease. The kids LOVE you and everyone has been asking for more Larry time. 
Thanks,
China Tamblyn-Cunniffe 
Managing Director
‪Yestokids.org‬

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Performed and Produced music tracks for cast to sing with
"A Christmas Carol"

Piano Accompanist
"Big Bang"

Music Director, Rehearsal Pianist
"Kinda Boo"

Rehearsal Pianist
"Alcatraz the Island of Love"
Ross Valley Players Theater (RAW)
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Larry T.

Albany, CA 94706
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$50 / 30-min

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