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Campbell, CA

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I started playing French horn in college. When I decided to become a music teacher, I had to learn how to play all instruments, and I fell in love with the horn!

I've been teaching for over 30 years. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to produce a good, solid tone, begin learning how to read music, and be able to play simple songs. Any beginning horn method book will get us started. In addition to your horn and book, you will also need valve oil. As you progress, a a metronome may be helpful. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Linda
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

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I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have lear
ned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
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Felix November 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Friendly and great with my teenage son
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Dale B. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
I didn't know what to expect. Linda was fantastic. I'm a beginner sax player and she worked with me to get my sounds correct. She has the right attitude for a teacher and I felt good after my lesson. I'm looking forward to my next lessons
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Anthony N. August 4, 2016
· Flute · In home
I and my son come to the studio in the morning. It has lightened with ceiling skylight and the teacher already prepares for the lesson with music instrument and book stand, etc. Her personality is nice and joyful, and as she instructs my son first lesson for flute beginner fast but thoroughly, I found her the best teacher.
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Linda C.

Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
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About Maureen S.

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San Leandro, CA
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About Maureen
•The styles I teach most often are jazz, classical and popular. Although I have studied many different genres, my specialties are saxophone and composition. I have studied with music teachers such as Anthony Braxton, Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Burton, Joe Viola, Ken Pullig, John LaPorta, Hal Crook, James Newton and Ken Radnofsky. If you are enrolled by October, you have the opportunity to enroll in MTAC Certificate of Merit and Composer's Today programs and recitals.

•9/1997 – Present San Lorenzo (CA) Unified School District Independent Music Teacher 9/1990 – 11/1997 St. Felicitas School San
Leandro, CA St. John School Fiat School of Music Music Unlimited San Lorenzo, CA Pinole, CA San Leandro, CA Provide individual and group music instruction to people from age 3 to 99. Deliver instruction based on Music Tea
chers National Association Certificate of Merit Curriculum for Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Piano. Incorporate Jazz
Improvisation, Theory and Harmony lessons

• Listed in Who’s Who Among International Professional Educators. • Listed in Who’s Who in American Education • Listed in Who’s Who Among American Women • Listed in Who’s Who in America • Six Lessons published in • Recognition for Self-Assembly Method Instructional Design Theory • Published article in OnCUE, Journal of Computer Using Educators

• Krause Center of Innovation 2005-2006 EWYL Cohort Participant • Krause Center of Innovation 2006-2007 EWYL Fellows Participant • Iisme (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education) Fellow 2004: Intranet Web Designer at Applied Materials using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Contribute • Alameda County Representative to the CTAP Technology Leadership Academy at the Alameda County Office of Education (2000). Co-leader of Staff Development Program for Grade 4-8 Technology Integration • Taught University of Phoenix class for Technology Integration • IMTC class teacher in FrontPage and MS Paint • Member San Lorenzo Unified School District Ed Tech Committee and Lorenzo Manor Elementary Ed Tech Committee. • Past District Web Page Coordinator and FrontPage Trainer • Participant in Intel Teach to the Future training • Provide opportunities for children to meet Technology Standards• Incorporate technology into the curriculum using desktops and wireless laptops, FL Studio, Cubasis VST 4.0, Music Ace, Band in a Box, Finale Notepad, Silver Burdett MIDI Connection, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Office Suite, recording and burning CDs, DVDs, etc. • Manage a High School Computer Music Lab. • MarcoPolo trainer.• Teach Music Technology classes after school for the Gifted and Talented (GATE Program).

• Member Music Educators National Conference • Member Technology Institute for Music Educators. Lesson plan published on their Web Site. • Member California Music Educators and present music technology sessions for educators at the Bay Section Conferences.

• Deliver instruction in the area of the curriculum pertaining to National and District Music Standards. • Create and implement lesson plans, rubrics and assessments. • Organize and produce Winter and Spring Concerts. • Experience working with children with challenging behaviors and disabilities (Special Day Class and Continuation School).

• Provide children with learning experiences that promote their cognitive, social and emotional development.  • Experience in teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. • Communicate with parents. Handle record-keeping of grades and attendance. • Work cooperatively with other education professionals. 

• Organize and produce Winter and Spring Recitals, including County Recitals for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Communicate with parents. Handle advertising and record-keeping of tuition payments. • Vice-President of the Alameda County Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Attend Board meetings and plan guest speakers • Licensed Kindermusik instructor for children ages 18 mos. to 7 years. • Students chosen for State and County Honors Recitals. • Listed in National Honor Roll, National Guild of Piano Teachers; Member Music Teacher’s National Association. • Taught Undergraduate Musicianship class as a Graduate Assistant at Mills College.

•Professional Freelance Musician 9/1984 – 12/1995 Boston, MA; Bay Area, CA Performed own compositions and others works in various styles in innumerable local venues and clubs such as The Oakland Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, The Valencia Café, Trans America Building, the Marriott Hotel, as well as in Las Vegas. She have performed with musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Anthony Braxton, MC
Hammer, Luciana Souza, Lloyd Nibbs (Skatalites), Fred Lonberg-Holm,
Andy Borger (Norah Jones), Stuart Popejoy, Aaron Stewart, Sheila
Sofian, William Calhoun (Living Color), Sean Kennerly (Samiam) and Joey Cheezhee.• CD Recording on Curious Pogos Records:Frederick Lonberg Holm’s “Theory of Motion”. • Composed music on Sheila Sofian’s Animations “Faith and Patience” and “Secret Rage”. Won 15 awards in International and National Film Festivals. Broadcast on WHYY TV12 and WYBE TV35 Educational Stations. • Honorable Mention in Composition: City of Oakland Creative Arts Fellowship. • Live Performances on KPFA, KNBR and KALX radio stations.

•EDUCATION Ph.D. in Education (10/2013). Specialization in Professional Studies Capella University Teaching Credential: K-12 Single Subject Music 8/1999 Chapman University GPA 3.9 US-CA-Concord Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media with an emphasis in Composition 5/1992 Mills College GPA 3.64 US-CA-Oakland Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging 5/1987 Berklee College of Music US-CA-Boston GPA 3.59 Cum Laude

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I am interested in teaching you what you need and want to learn so that you achieve your dreams. Please note that I only take serious students who will practice at least 30 minutes every day or 35 a day 6 days a week at home. I would like you to keep a log of how much you practice. This will enable you to make progress through the curriculum as you will be a beginner for the first 3.3 years, an intermediate for the next 3.3 years, and then an advanced student for 3.3 years. I will give you assignments to do over the week, and the next week we will go over them, learn something new and get new assignments. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert!

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Currently I am converting my detached garage into a music studio with keyboard and instruments. There is a sitting room where parents can wait for their children. In the meantume, we will have lessons in my living/dining room.

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Metronome, CD Boom Box

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Jazz, classical, popular, saxophone, composition, music, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, baritone, oboe, songwriting, recording, children's music Composition
Arranging
Songwriting
Reading and Notating Music
Music Software such as FL Studio, Band in a Box, Reason and GarageBand. Bring your laptop to lessons!
Music Theory
Improvisation
Minor Key Harmony
Extended and Secondary Dominants
Tritone Substitution
Modal Interchange
Altered Dominant Scale
Diminished Harmony
Non-Functional Harmony
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Kristina March 1, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Wonderful teacher.. very happy
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Ruth January 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Maureen Spranza, is a great music teacher, my son is taking piano classes with her and I'm very grateful with her, because she always take the extra time to make sure my kid is learning, my kid loves Mrs. Maureen because she is a great teacher but also she is a great human being, she really cares about her students. And she not only plays the piano, she plays all the instruments, I hope to see my son become a great musician thanks to the dedication that Maureen puts in his classes, my kid loves his piano classes, every time after clases he came home very exited to practice what he learned and al of this if because Dr. Maureen encourage him to be better in Avery class
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Nana December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Spranza is one of the best piano teachers in the Bay Area. My two daughters take weekly lessons with her. She encourages them and empowers them to do their best. She teaches them both theory and practicals. They have participated in an informal recital and are now registered to take part in the MTAC Certificate of Merit program.

As parents, we see a big improvement in our daughters' piano playing skills. They even practice on their own, without us telling them to. All thanks to Dr. Spranza.
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San Leandro, CA 94577
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About Jeremy R.

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Dunedin, FL

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I will customize your lessons round your goals and road-map how to reach them. Through weekly lesson milestones and practice plans I will help you practice less, progress faster, and enjoy the path to your goals!

About Jeremy
I have been a professional performing musician and producer for over 10 years and have had hundreds of students during that time. I grew up playing classic rock and classical. By the time I graduated high school I had visited 26 states playing music. I have studied music at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma and have performed in various groups. I have a unique passion for teaching music and making it fun. I have the classical training and performance experience to help take your musicianship to the next level while having a blast.
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Gregg September 2, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Awesome first lesson great personality listens to students and designs lesson plan around their goals...
What I loved most was his love of music he has the same passion I did and be has been doing this for years and it was my first day!!!!
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Chukwuemeka M. July 27, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
It was quite interesting, and easy to learn from a teacher with great experience. I sincerely recommend him anytime to a student ready to learn trumpet.
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Hilda U. July 27, 2017
· Trumpet · Online
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Jeremy R.

Jeremy R.

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About David O.

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San Carlos, CA
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Learn embouchure, hand technique, reading music on natural horn, F horn and double horn.

About David
I've studied with some of the finest trombonists in the US and completed my Bachelors degree in Trombone Performance at the University of Arizona. My performing background is a balanced mix of classical and commercial ensembles. I've played in symphony orchestras, pit orchestras, show bands, jazz bands, chamber music, and dixieland to name just a few. It all starts with learning the basics and that's how I approach trombone, bass trombone, euphonium, and tuba with my students. I have several years experience with my private studio, in-house lessons, as well as teaching brass at a performing arts high school. Students learn relaxed technique, production of a beautiful tone, and overall musicality.

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I place an emphasis on building embouchure, breathing, posture, musical interpretation, sight-reading and theory.

I encourage relaxed technique while enjoying the process of making music.

All of the above can be applied to any style of music the student is interested in exploring.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio is located in a relaxed setting near a creek. For the teaching of brass instruments, not much equipment is needed though I have a metronome, tuner, digital recorder, sounds system, and plenty of music to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with necessary instruments, metronome, digital recorder, and whatever music I'd be introducing at that particular lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet, French Horn, Trombone, Baritone/Euphonium, Bass Trombone, and Tuba
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Brian C. September 15, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
My first instruction from David O. couldn't have gone better. He quickly summed up my abilities (or lack thereof) and put me on a course for improvement. Dave's style of teaching was fun and unintimidating. In addition, Dave is extremely patient and sincere. I'm looking forward to the next lessons.
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David O.

San Carlos, CA 94070
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About Mateusz J.

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Experienced musician - started to play horn at the age of 7 in Poland. In 2009 he moved to the USA to study at the Interlochen Arts Academy. Mateusz studied with one of the most famous horn players and his experience from both Europe and the USA is very valuable for people seeking somebody with broad experience.

About Mateusz
Hi! My name is Mateusz but you can just call me Matt. I have been studying how to play horn in Europe and in the USA. I love to teach as much as I love to perform and I would like to encourage you to take a lesson with me. I will make it fun while you will be learning essential skills to not only be a great horn player but also a musician and an artist as a whole. I have been playing horn for over 17 years and I have taken lessons with the most famous horn players in the world. If you also want to tap into this knowledge let me know and lets work together!
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Hunter A. February 19, 2017
· French Horn · In studio
I've been taking lessons with Matt for three weeks now and he's helped me a lot with improving my tone. I would recommend him to any other high school player trying to prepare for college.
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Ethan November 20, 2016
· French Horn · In studio
Matt is very patient. He easily recognizes small adjustments that can be made to help with fundamentals.
Matt slowed things down and really explained things in a way to help my son understand. Wonderful horn tutor.
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Gabriel A. June 7, 2016
· French Horn · In studio
Just awesome
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About Bethany S.

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Simi Valley, CA

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All levels and ages welcome! Whether you are playing your first notes or you are preparing for a career, I would love to help you with your horn playing. I definitely emphasize technique and believe that strong fundamentals in breath control, articulation, and dynamic range are so incredibly helpful for the production of the gorgeous sound we all know and love in the Horn. My lessons differ greatly from student to student and I will work with you on any aspect of horn playing you would like to learn and improve.

About Bethany
Hello! My name is Bethany. I have been studying horn for almost 20 years and have been teaching for almost 10. I am currently located in Simi Valley, CA, a little valley located next to THE Valley, quite close to most of Los Angeles. I teach online lessons and local lessons in Ventura and Los Angeles County.

About Me | Teaching Method
As a teacher, I find the most joy in seeing technical improvement translate into artistic freedom and musicality. I also just love sharing my nerdy love for the horn with young musicians!

I tailor lessons and take time to understand each student's pace of learning and playing style. I typically write out customized warm ups for each of my students that highlight aspects of horn playing that promote flexibility and teach music theory. I use etudes in not only a way that promotes technique, but also i
n a way that inspires creativity, giving a student freedom to experiment with musicality and composition. Students are welcome to bring me any ensemble, solo, or audition music they wish to work on.

Lesson Details | Private Horn Lessons
Local Lessons: I will drive to you! The only required equipment is 2 chairs and 1 stand. A piano/keyboard is preferred for music theory and ear training aspects of horn playing but not necessary.

Online Lessons: I use Skype mostly; I can of course use any method of video chat that you prefer.
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Clara October 2, 2017
· French Horn · Online
My daughter is enjoying her lessons! Bethany has been patient and encouraging with my daughter being brand new to the instrument.
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Bren June 16, 2016
· French Horn · Online
Great first lesson!
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Aria December 4, 2015
· French Horn ·
Bethany is a wonderful instructor! She is consistently caring and insightful, and has appropriately high expectations--which push her students to improve. She was able to help me wisely choose music that would be both challenging and rewarding. I highly recommend her, and I had a great experience taking lessons from her.
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About David R.

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I am a professional orchestral trombonist and I have been an active brass teacher for almost twenty years. I have played in orchestras across the USA and Europe, including the Cincinnati Symphony, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra and many more.

I aim to give my students a solid understanding of the technical skills required to play a brass instrument, and to share with them the musical knowledge I have gained from studying with some of the best brass teachers in the world.

About David
I'm an experienced brass tutor with almost twenty years teaching experience, and I'm currently accepting students in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.
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Brogan November 26, 2017
· Tuba · Online
David helps a lot. My playing has been getting better every week.
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Natalie May 15, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
David was very knowledgeable and patient with my 4th grader during her first lesson. She is excited to continue her lessons! Highly recommend David!
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About Dennis P.

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The mission is to provide top-quality, engaging, and fun private and small group music instruction at great prices for students of all ages (starting at age 15 months in one of our MusikGarten programs for a parent and their child).

One of our goals is to get students performing as quickly as possible, because performing music is really cool & fun!

About Dennis
Dennis:

Education: Dennis has a Bachelor’s (April 1985, GPA 3.80 with honors—Cum Laude) and a Master’s Degree in Music Education (August 1988, GPA 3.86) and another Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership (June 1998, GPA 3.98), all from Brigham Young University.

Recent job functions: Dennis was a very successful Instrumental Music Teacher for 12 years in Provo School District. He also worked as a highly successful Principal in the Provo School District for 18 years. He still holds Utah State Teaching and Administrator Certifications. He is now retired, but plans to work at least 12 more years. Dennis also taught music students privately for several years, and is a former member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Dennis is highly committed and passionate about music and helping students be successful in their musical pursuit
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Dennis P.

Dennis P.

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Expect to learn faster and funner while exploring valuable skills & musical ideas each lesson!

My 30 years in music has taken me around the world performing with San Francisco Symphony, Broadway Musicals, Operas, Rock Bands, and more.

I've worked with thousands of pro musicians & students on 3 continents. Teamwork and respectful collaboration are core values.

About Marc
Hi I'm Marc, a professional French hornist & founder of a music edtech startup in San Francisco.

I am so excited about helping musicians learn and achieve their goals. Everybody has musical talent. But far too often, music learners don't get the right teacher to help them express that talent.

Even though I started playing music at age 5, my own talents stayed hidden for far too long. I struggled at music all through middle school and high school. When I was 18, I went to Northwestern and studied learning sciences.

Ho ho ho! After graduating I applied science to learning French horn, studied at America's #1 music school (Indiana University), and got a full time orchestra job in just 2 years. I played 6 seasons with Hong Kong Philharmonic. I also served as Professor of Horn at HK Baptist University.

After learning Kung Fu & Yog
a, I applied those to music, and my career went even further. I've recorded & toured with San Francisco Symphony, played with Yo-Yo Ma, and even run my own music learning camps.
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Marc G.

San Francisco, CA 94107
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