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About Rob F.

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San Anselmo, CA
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Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, performer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand percussion. In addition to teaching privately, RJ h
as directed special week-long drum and percussion focused ensemble productions at Drake High School and Marin Academy and was Music Director at Cascade Canyon (K-8) School for two years where he directed variety shows and produced scores for the drama department. In his teaching practice all ages are welcome and all levels including: beginners, intermediate students, advanced players, and professionals.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to drum lessons is simple. I want my students to be excited about every stage of the process. I want to be as productive as possible with each student and want the lessons to be fun and focused.
I want beginning students to learn the essentials of good posture, correct hand positions or grips (how to hold the sticks in matched and military grip), how to best use their hands and feet to get around the drumset and to then develop a solid foundation of applicable rudiments, rhythms and patterns. In fact,
I have master drumset rudiments that help facilitate fluid movement around the drums in all directions. My studio is equipped with a top level TAMA drumset with Zildjian cymbals, congas, timbales, hand percussion, piano, vibes, excellent recording and listening equipment and speakers.
I provide the necessary foundations of rudiments, rhythms, patterns and grooves. Then I show how to combine these essentials to the drumset. I combine these developments with essential reading studies so the student learns to read drum music and charts from the very beginning.
I find out what kind of music the student listens to and likes and then I will use some of the more familiar tracks by those artists to help the student apply each pattern stylistically into actual arrangements…like a guitar teacher would teach some scales and chords, then apply them to actual songs. That way the student will remember the different patterns and remained engaged in the process. It’s a “see, say and do” approach.
I have a saying that I use: “FREEDOM follows FUNCTION and function follows FORM.” First you learn the forms (rudiments, rhythms and patterns). Then, with practice, you become functional with the forms, rhythm patterns and combinations. Then you are free to use everything you learn as it relates to the music. Your are “free” to create and improvise both alone and with others.

Within six month my students will have a firm grasp of essential rudiments, rhythms, patterns, sticking, single and double bass drumset techniques and be reading charts for the drumset.
Later on, as part of the student’s development, I will introduce them to different styles of music including jazz, African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian rhythms and patterns so that the student becomes a well-rounded player.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My Private Studio is on the first floor of my house: there is a six-piece professional series TAMA drumset and an assortment of K. and A. Zildjian cymbals, a piano, set of vibes, timbales, congas, bongos, djembe and a variety of hand percussion. There are additional chairs to sit on, Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Five and six piece drum sets, hard cases, three congas with cases, bongos in a hard case, timbales in a hard case, trap case for stands, cymbal case and stick bag.

*** Specialties ***
Trapset all styles, African djembe and shekere, Latin congas and timbales, Indian tablas.
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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
· Drum ·
I Got Lucky

A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
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KatyV January 11, 2012
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Rob Franco

You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
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Rob F.

Rob F.

San Anselmo, CA 94960
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About Julie M.

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Oakland, CA
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Seoul National University of the Arts, music conservatory, piano performance ('93-'01)
Cornell University, Music Major, Computing in the Arts concentration ('02-'05, '11-'12)
Mills College, MFA in Performance and Literature for Improvisation ('13-'14)
Mills College, MA in Music Composition ('14-'15)

teaching music theory, piano performance for ages 2 and up
lessons customized to suit needs and talents
teaching experience of 10+ years
specializing in teaching young children
individual teaching pedagogy or preferred methods

My philosophy of teaching piano and music is an integrated, individualistic approach. My responsibility as a teacher is to tap into the enthusiasm of the student - what excites them and captivates them about music and nurture that curiosity. While covering the spectrum of theory, technique, and depth of
sounds - it is also important to keep it fresh with innovative approaches to learning different concepts and I achieve this using many different ways honed over the years. What I also aim to teach is effective and efficient practicing - and teach the tools that the student needs to continue evolving as a musician.

*** Specialties ***
Piano Performance
Classical Piano
Prepared Piano
Free Improvisation
Music Composition
Music Theory
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Adam December 8, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
As an intermediate player returning to lessons, Julie provides great direction.
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Casey R. October 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great with kids and easy to work with.
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Jesse C. October 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I'm only on my second lesson with Julie and I like her very much, she's been very patient and understanding with me, as I knew absolutely nothing about the piano going in, I'm very much looking forward to an ongoing learning adventure with her and the piano...
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Julie M.

Julie M.

Oakland, CA 94611
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$45 / 30-min

About Rory C.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Rory
Rory is a touring guitarist and songwriter with Bay Area based Americana trio Quiles & Cloud, signed to Compass Records Group; a Nashville based roots music label with over 25 years in the industry.

With nearly 2 decades performance experience and over 12 years teaching private lessons, Rory provides musical instruction tailored to individual skill sets and goals.

From beginners to intermediate and advanced students, lessons cover a wide range of topics including - ear training, left and right hand technique for both flat-picking and finger style playing, basic to more advanced music theory and ear-training, sight reading, rhythm and lead playing, and more.

Have any other questions, feel free to ask!
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Rory C.

Rory C.

San Francisco, CA 94121
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$35 / 30-min

About Dan S.

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San Francisco, CA

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Dan is an accomplished, multi-disciplinary performer (Singer, Actor, Dancer, Pianist) and is the founder & CEO of Multiviewing; a five-month, life-coaching program providing clients a unique and structured platform for personal and professional development.

Dan has his BA in Communications and Music History & Literature from NC State University and his MPA in Public Administration & Nonprofit Management from Baruch College. He is currently working on his PhD in Integral & Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies. Dan excels in academia, as well as in multiple facets of the Performing Arts!

Growing up in NC, Dan trained at the Raleigh Conservatory of Music and was the youngest member of the Raleigh Oratorio Society and the North Carolina Master Chorale. He received excellent ratings in piano, vocal and a
cademic competitions, and was awarded the Triangle Theatre Award for Best Actor in a Musical and the North Carolina State University’s Theatre Endowment Award for Best Male Lead.

Dan is an alum of Broadway Theatre Project and the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus. He has directed, music directed, choreographed and starred in several theatrical productions and benefit concerts across the country for a variety of national nonprofits. He dreams of owning his own nonprofit healing and performing arts center in San Francisco.

Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Lived in: New York, NY
Current City: San Francisco, CA

Quote: “Everything starts with the decision and passion to succeed. Let’s unleash your potential and share your gift with the world!”

Top 10 artists: Luciano Pavarotti, Eva Cassidy, Samuel Barber, Jennifer Hudson, Frederic Chopin, Whitney Houston, Jason Robert Brown, Heather Headley, Stephen Schwartz, Stephen Sondheim.
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Adam October 16, 2017
· Singing · Online
Dan is a fantastic teacher. If you are looking for singing lessons you'll be hard pressed to find a better teacher.

When we started I thought that some people just can't sing and that I was one of those people. Not only did I not know how to sing, I had no idea how to *learn* to sing. Dan was super patient and I felt like he figured how I needed to learn just as much as what I needed to learn.

Singing is a life long journey, and I still have a long way to go, but the difference in my confidence and ability since working with Dan is like night and day. I recommend Dan highly.
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Dan S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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About James B.

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Alameda, CA

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I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked with children of all ages.

NOTE: I am currently a Teaching Associate with Citizen Schools during the week, So I will have very little time for lessons Monday-Friday. ALSO, I DO NOT DRIVE!!! Please ask about my availability and tell me where you
live prior to hiring me!!!

*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
Other
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Pia November 10, 2015
· Arithmetic · In studio
James and I worked together for 4 months at an elementary school tutoring 3-5 graders in math and english. James is professional, intelligent, and creative. It was a pleasure working with him. He cares very much for the youth in our community.
We've stayed in touch via email and are developing a friendship I hope lasts a life time. He is good people.
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gregory N. October 30, 2015
· Singing · In home
james is a good voice instructor with many years of experience to share with you to get you to be the best singer you can be.
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
· Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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James B.

James B.

Oakland, CA 94612
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$30 / 60-min
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About Honor L.

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Oakland, CA

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I am a recent graduate of Mills College in Oakland with an MFA in Music Performance and Literature, with a specialization in Improvisation.
I have taught beginner violin lessons to students of all ages, including preschoolers! I like to make learning fun and rewarding for kids and adults alike. I do my best to bring my passion for the subject into the lesson in order to pass it on!
I am a 24 year old woman and have experience teaching (on and off) since 2006. I look forward to learning with you!
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Renne B. September 27, 2017
· Violin · In home
First lesson went great. Honor breaks things down simply, she shows great patience and gives clear direction very well.
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Jack H. August 2, 2016
· Violin · In home
Last year my son expressed a strong desire to join his school's orchestra as a violinist that sparked our search for a violin teacher for him. We are so glad to have found Honor. She is a talented musician, and is engaging and patient when teaching my son. For a violin newbie, my wife and I were really happy to see my son setting a big challenge for himself and wanted to support his musical endeavor. For the past 9 months, he has steadily getting better with his violin playing techniques. As with any instruments, practice is key to getting better. Honor left my son clear instructions on what he needed to practice between lessons and let us know of her lesson plans. Now it's a pleasure to listen to him practice; no more cringing like in the early days. :) We are confident he has a very good chance of joining his school's orchestra in the coming year.

Honor is always punctual to the lessons. When there was any unexpected delay, she always texted us and kept us informed. She has been really accommodating to my son's school and after-school schedules. We highly recommend Honor to any parents seeking music lessons for their sons/daughters.
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Marilee N. July 29, 2016
· Violin · In home
Honor is awesome. Out of the blue, my 8 year old son asked for violin lessons. I have never been very musical so I wasn't sure where to start. I looked at a few programs in my area but it nothing seemed like the right fit for us. I wanted someone who could nurture my son's new found love of the violin but not overwhelm him. I was getting a bit discouraged when I found Honor's profile on TakeLessons; she was the exact person I was looking for. In fact, I signed myself up for lessons too - you are never to old to learn something new. Our lessons have been great. My son is so much more comfortable having them at home. They are fun and challenging. My son is so excited I never have to remind him to practice - we love practicing together. We look forward to seeing Honor every week.
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Honor L.

Honor L.

Oakland, CA 94609
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About Margaret G.

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Palo Alto, CA

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I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College. I offer weekly lessons or lessons on a schedule as you go basis only, not biweekly or other schedules.
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Della O. June 30, 2017
· Violin · In home
The instruction is clear, and pleasant. And the suggestion was very helpful. Enjoyed!
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Vince W. January 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
I'm 57 years old, have never played before. Margaret made me feel relaxed and confident.
Excellent teacher, very attentive, very patient and good communication skills. I look forward to my coming lessons.
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Gabriel S. July 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Margaret is very good
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Margaret G.

Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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$30 / 30-min

About Eyal S.

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Oakland, CA
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About Eyal
A private drum teacher for over 10 years, based in Oakland, CA, I am a lover of music and I share that passion with my students of all ages, from beginner to advanced levels. My lessons are fun and motivational, encouraging students to perform the best they can while enjoying the learning process. I am patient, and I am a big believer in improvisation to improve creativity and confidence. I expect students to practice the techniques they learn and come prepared for each lesson.
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Eyal S.

Eyal S.

Oakland, CA 94621
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$35 / 30-min

About Rob G.

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San Francisco, CA

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The guitar is an amazingly verastile instrument, with it’s capacity to produce melody, harmony and percussion, all at the same time!

As my student, you’ll be taught to maximize the power of this ever ancient, ever new instrument by learning:
Rhythm (strumming and finger picking)
Melody (playing the “tune” of your favorite songs):
Harmony (the chords and multi-note patterns that build off the melodic leads)

A good player is more than a mechanic who knows positions and technique:
A good player knows MUSIC, the theory and patterns that shape the actions of their hands.
Learning an instrument is not just about theory and discipine, its about the joy of expanding and sharing one’s world with other people.

This 30-year veteran teacher, performer and recording artist can get you started as a beginner, or bring you to the next lev
el as an intermediate or advanced player.

Fun and highly-individualized lessons...
Patient teacher who wants you to love music
Specializing in acoustic-style playing
Lessons in my studio or at your home/office
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Rob G.

Rob G.

San Francisco, CA 94114
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$50 / 30-min

About olivia C.

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San Jose, CA

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Hello, everyone! I started to play the piano when I was 4 years old.
I have 8 years experience of teaching young piano beginners. My lessons have lots of fun and my goal is letting all my students love the music and play the piano.

I am a bilingual piano teacher with English and Mandarin, very well-trained with age of 4~12 years old children. I do private or semi-private lessons, twice a year recital, and an optional piano exam! Looking forward to hear from you!!
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Nancy K. September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have worked together with Olivia several times for our students' combined events. Olivia is a very patient and loving teacher, I really enjoyed working with her and listening to her students' piano playing.
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olivia C.

olivia C.

San Jose, CA 95128
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