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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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Cornelia December 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan is a wonderful piano teacher. We are so grateful that he is teaching our 7 year old daughter. After 4 month she is already playing a couple of songs. She feels encouraged to practice and has always a fun time with Dan.
We give the highest ratings and our best recommendations.
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Matisse B. November 27, 2017
· Piano · In home
Dan arrived 15 minutes early - good sign for the 1st practice !
Matisse (8yrs old) says "he is super good because he explains the notes in a way that I will remember".
I thought Piano lesson would be a drag for Matisse but he is really excited :) Happy Mom !!!
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Lena H. October 29, 2017
· Dance · In home
Terrific job connecting with my 14 year olds!
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Dan S.

San Francisco, CA 94109
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About Trevor M.

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Concord, CA
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My name is Trevor Murphy. I am 24 years old and have been teaching music lessons for 4 years. I completed my Bachelor’s of Music – Jazz Studies from San Jose State University in 2017. I have been a member of the International Society of Bassists since 2012 and achieved my Eagle Scout Rank in 2011. I have 14 years of performance experience and specialize in Double Bass Performance and Music Theory as my main focuses. I also offer lessons in guitar, piano, trumpet, electric bass, and upright bass. I enjoy working with motivated students of all ages and backgrounds who are passionate about music and want to develop a great work ethic and sense of self-discipline, while having fun in what they do. It’s more than just music – It’s about combining what’s in your heart with what’s on the page and truly expressing the music. Additionally, I will
go into detail on the secrets of overcoming fear and performance anxiety when playing for audiences. The inner game of music is about overcoming self-limiting beliefs. Become brilliant. Become fearless. Become the most confident version of yourself through music. Learn a higher level of musicianship and book with me today!
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Scott December 26, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
I was looking for an upright bass teacher and found Trevor on Takelessons.
After we got through the maze of takelessons website ( a real issue that needs to be resolved. How can you know if a teacher is right for you without communicating with them Takelessons?) we were able to discuss what my interests and goals were. Trevor understood I was new to double bass, but had some experience on electric bass and was able to put together a lesson plan that helped me progress rapidly while still keeping the lessons interesting and fun.
I asked Trevor to help me with bowing, classical and Jazz improv. Each lesson contained time for each and I was sent home with practice pieces on each of the disciplines. My zeal for learning "everything" may have been a bit unrealistic, but Trevor made sure to spend time with me on each area and worked on correcting anything he saw come up that was not correct form.
Trevor has an easy going style, but shows a great love for music.
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Trevor M.

San Jose, CA 95112
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About Stacey R.

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Denver, CO
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About Stacey
I am a lifelong student of many subjects. My approach to teaching is one of patience and enthusiasm. I do my best to understand the student's learning style and teach accordingly.
I have been a professional actor, model, and singer for 10 years. I specialize in on-camera acting for TV commercials, industrial video, and host. Most of the modeling I've done is commercial print and live promotional modeling. I've taught group acting classes to kids ages 6-17, including on-camera auditioning, stage directions, script analysis, and business skills (headshot/resume, finding an agent, industry terms, etc.).
My singing experience includes pop, musical theatre, and jazz. I've coached students who believed they were hopeless, and they were pleased to discover their gifts and see growth!
I am a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and have taught
for 3 years, both group classes and privately.
I minored in French in college and tutored beginning French.
My motto: Never stop learning!
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James April 12, 2018
· Singing · In home
Trying to sing in front of someone is very intimidating for me but Stacey made me feel comfortable from the start. She was very professional and the lesson took a very logical sequence that I could understand. In the past I took lessons from another teacher and my experience with Stacey far exceeded my previous experience and exceeded my expectations...with her help I may actually be able carry a tune!
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Alicia February 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Great instructor that makes the somewhat scary act of singing lessons seem stress-free. Great technical information and tips and exercises to do as homework.
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Marci J. January 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I am a high school choir student needing some help with my pitch, tone and singing confidence. Stacey has been a perfect fit for me. She relates well to my personality and what I am working on currently in choir. I look forward to attending my voice lesson each week!
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Stacey R.

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About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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About Bryan M.

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Dallas, TX

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My name is Bryan, and I am a Bass player/ Instructor in the Dallas- Fort Worth area. I have over 20 years of playing experience and teach with a self paced ethic. My primary style is to teach my students how to be "Utility" players in order for them to take on any kind of musical work they wish to pursue, and I am accepting students of all levels.
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About Victoria L.

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Menlo Park, CA
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Hello, my name is Victoria!

I am a ballet teacher for professional ballet dancer. I teached many students and they entered many famous Ballet school and dance company in Europe. I have three ballet school in South Korea.

I wanna make new branch studio here. Before start my new studio I wanna teach many Potential student. If you want to go to the best ballet school or ballet company. Or Adult ballet lesson( l love it.) Please let me know. Let's start with me.
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Victoria L.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Las Vegas, NV
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I'm a registered dietitian, board certified specialist in obesity and weight management with a bachelor's and master's degree in nutrition from Bastyr University. I specialize in whole foods nutrition with a motto of healing the body from the inside out!

I've been practicing for over 5 years, with experience in both community and clinical settings, teaching a variety of nutritional classes (weight management, grocery store tours, heart health, diabetes, bariatric, and weight management support groups) and individual consults.

As a dietitian, my goal is to help you become your best self by sharing my education, knowledge and passion of nutrition with you.
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Mike February 9, 2018
· Nutrition · In home
We found Julie to be a God-send considering the many digestive issues that I had since October of 2016. We learned of Julie from a member of our family and called her for help. Julie came to our home where she spent three hours explaining what I was enduring while also providing a reason for every thing that I was allergic to. She also helped us figure out a diet that was more conducive to my needs while also explaining how many other foods weren't good for me. As Julie explained, it would take time battling what is called Acid Reflux, but the end result is that I have gained back about 15 pounds and feel much better thanks to her guidance and understanding. We highly recommend her for not only her expertise, but also her understanding in dealing with a painful and confusing disorder.
I also wrote a blog which details our experiences with acid reflux and how Julie carefully diagnosed the issue and paved the way to my recovery. I now understand what food to eat and what vitamins to take en-route to a better life.
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About Makiko N.

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Hi, my name is Makiko. I've been teaching private and semi private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students. I completed Yoga Alliance teacher training 200hr certification in Tokyo in 2015 and Yin yoga immersion in CA in 2018. My passion for yoga is toward integrating ancient yoga wisdom into daily life. I love to share my love of yoga with youths and adults and in international settings. Instruction is available both in English and Japanese. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Makiko N.

Los Gatos, CA 95032
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About Alexandra C.

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Charleston, SC
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My journey to meditation instruction started when my dad taught me to meditate at 6 years old and has lead me on a loving journey inward ever since. After finishing my degree at the College of Charleston, I was propelled to the Redwoods of Northern California to study meditation under the Tibetan Lama, Tarthang Tulku. During my time in California, the doors of my heart were completely blown open, and I knew that I needed to share what I had learned. I believe that meditation shouldn't be too serious. To me, it should always be practiced with curiosity, joy, and openness! I believe that connecting our bodies, minds, and souls in an intentional way is the best way to lead a joyful and fulfilled life. My modalities include Tibetan Yoga, guided meditation, and intentional journaling. I love to share what I know, and I love to learn from other
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Nick February 26, 2018
· Meditation · In studio
Alexandra is an amazing instructor. Through her calm demeanor and positive energy, she is able to lead deeply peaceful meditations. I have some experience with meditating on my own, but much prefer being guided by Alexandra. I will certainly be back and highly recommend her to all meditators.
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Kate February 26, 2018
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Alexandra shares from the heart. She truly cares about creating an environment where the students gain deeper awareness and peace. Her class was restorative and gentle. Thank you, Alexandra, for such a great experience!
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Alan February 25, 2018
· Meditation · In studio
Alexandra is wonderful. I'm a beginner and I really appreciated that she took the time to make sure I was comfortable. She let me know how to set my expectations but, most importantly, she made sure my experience was enjoyable. I will be going back for sure!! Highly recommend.
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About Isabelle P.

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Former marketing leader turned wellness evangelist. Passionate about helping people discover their own potential through the wisdom of yoga, meditation, and the science of well-being

Specialities include Vinyasa, Yin, Restorative, Yoga Nidra, Meditation/Mindfulness, stress reduction, functional alignment, and Trauma informed yoga.

RYT-500 hour through Yoga Alliance.
Yin Yoga Certified
Meditation Certified
Adult First Aid & CPR Certified
Balanced Athlete Level I

"In her signature workshop “She Blinded Me with Science,” Isabelle takes the time to make sure the information given is from valid, reliable, scientific sources and findings. In one breath she is science and the next breath she is creativity, stellar Vinyasa Yoga, profound meditation & a humble heart all in one. She has assisted me at Kripalu & I would follow her to
the moon!"

Jacqui B.
Owner, Yoga Studio

"The Nature of Creativity Workshop is a multi-sensory feast for the body and mind. It reconnected me with the playful, inquisitive, creative side of myself. The facilitators are knowledgeable about yoga and the science behind art and the creative process. This is for anyone interested in expanding their thinking beyond the usual routines and being open to finding inspiration in everyday life."

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