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About Steven B.

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Alameda, CA

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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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Lavernne June 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've been taking lessons from Steven for I think two years now and he's helped me so much not only in reading music but also in ear training and in my song writing. He's incredibly patient and fun to work with. He also has a really nice cat.
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Chuck B. June 5, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great experience
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Brett M. May 2, 2018
· Organ · In home
Just getting started, but Stevens clearly the teacher for me. He really listens, and really knows his stuff. Looking forward to many more lessons.
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About Marty H.

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Campbell, CA
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About Marty
I've been playing guitar for 32 years and teaching for 13 years, music is my passion. Born and raised in New York, I grew up in a musical household as my mother was a professional piano player in New York and I was exposed to the industry at an early age. After leaving college in New York, I moved to San Jose, California and stumbled across a music book, studied it and taught myself guitar. I went on to play with professional musicians at The Musical Institute in Hollywood, California. From there I've played with a number of local bands and am fluent in the genres of Christian music, all types of Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Blues, and Reggae. I am able to learn songs by ear and transpose them, as well as teaching from music books in a simple, easy manner for my students to play successfully their favorite songs. My passion for music is d
isplayed in my easy going and patient style of teaching and making music fun to play. Acoustic and electric guitars (6 and 12 string) are my preferred instruments.to teach, Even though I play piano , mandolins and ukulele s.

*** Lesson Details ***
My easy going and patient personality allows me to teach my students to become their best, whether they are just starting out or are more advanced in guitar. I believe the positive relationship between teacher and student is a crucial part of a student's success in learning while having fun playing. My focus is for my students to leave each lesson feeling confident and empowered to want to play and learn more each day. I know what it's like to go from knowing nothing about the guitar to becoming a seasoned musician, so I use extreme patience, encouragement, and guidance with simple guitar techniques. My focus for the beginner is to teach the fundamentals and basic chords for them to play their favorite songs as quickly as possible using a variety of books and personal instruction. For the more advanced player, I focus on theory and advanced techniques to challenge them to play at a higher level. My overall goal is to see the success and achievements of my students to play with confidence while having fun at the same time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a 1/2 stack Crate amp with preamp 1600GX also a Peavey VYPYR that I can travel with. Various types of affects for guitars electric or acoustic.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar book, and lesson plan. Student should provide own guitar if possible.

*** Specialties ***
Christian music, all types of Rock, Folk, Pop, Country, Blues, and Reggae. Types of guitars available to teach are 6 String, 12 String, Electric, and Acoustic.
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Marty H. March 25, 2013
· Guitar ·
Excellent teacher

Marty is a fantastic teacher. He’s been great teaching my 14 year old daughter. He’s very patient and makes playing the guitar so simple for her. The first lesson he really was interested in what SHE wanted to eventually be able to play, then taught her some basics and a few simple cords. By the end of the lesson, she was playing a simple song and was so excited. Also very respectful to me as her parent and has a gentle, non-aggressive personality making us both very comfortable. My daughter now even is writing her own songs and playing guitar to them. I would highly recommend Marty as a guitar teacher, he really knows what he’s doing.
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Marty H.

Marty H.

Campbell, CA 95008
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$45 / 30-min

About Jeff W.

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Montara, CA

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About Jeff
Hello, My name is Jeff Wheeler.

I have been playing drum set for 18 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 5 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

Example of our First Lesson:
-your choice of a fun so
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- reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
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David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
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David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from Jeff.
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Julia March 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff has been great! I'm an adult student, returning to drumming after at least 15 years. My lessons have been fun, and the instructions have been excellent.
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Jeff W.

Jeff W.

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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About Jesse M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba, flute, and saxophone. I highly recommend my studio partners Tyler and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Ukulele, Piano, Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba, Flute, & Saxophone
https://takelessons.com/profile/tyler-j8

Piano, Ukulele, & Drums
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed
with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have opportunities to perform for friends and family at my studio every few months. Once or twice a year we'll also stage a larger event off site for more individual students and bands classes to perform.
Adult students also occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Music Stands

*A P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, Ukulele, Banjos, etc

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console and Yamaha organ

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, Saxophone, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Melissa June 24, 2018
· Tuba · In studio
Jesse is a really good teacher in not only just tuba, but music in general. He explains musical concepts in an intuitive way through patterns or playing it out to the student. I really enjoy the lessons I have with him and I feel that I'm becoming a better musician.
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Ayse K. March 7, 2018
· Violin · In studio
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Robert O. March 1, 2018
· Japanese · Online
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Gabriel R.

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Oakland, CA
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About Gabriel
I view my role as an educator to be bigger than simply training a performer. I believe in creating a complete musician--one who thinks deeply about music. I accomplish this by working on, yes, the technical aspects of playing an instrument, but also through constant listening, ear-training, theory education, and history education. I engage both children and adults through fun activities that build musical knowledge.

*** Lesson Details ***
I take a multi-pronged approach to music education and, likewise, to lessons. Depending on the age and ability of the student, a lesson typically involves a brief warm-up followed by review of earlier material, introduction of new concepts or discussion of improvement areas, then a look forward at what to work on this week. The material ranges from technical exercises such as scales, thirds, finger p
atterns, etc. to ear-training activities, progressive study pieces, and long-term repertoire projects. For some students, I also add listening or light research assignments to encourage musical discovery.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have flutes to rent to students for a small maintenance fee. I provide all of the educational materials for piano students though may ask a student to purchase a book or two. I occasionally can provide or lend sheet music, but mostly I expect the student to purchase those materials as well as books for theory/history.

*** Specialties ***
My flute students receive methods all over the board from Marcel Moyse, Taffanel, and Gaubert to Trevor Wye and Wagner. My theoretical knowledge is quite comprehensive and always taught through a historical lens. My piano students (I have several young beginners currently) receive combined methods from Bartók, Faber and Faber, Bastien, Donald Waxman, and many of my own inventive techniques. I have experience with special needs students, especially with neuroatypical students.
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Gabriel R.

Gabriel R.

Oakland, CA 94613
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$25 / 30-min
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About Franklin D.

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Belmont, CA

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About Franklin
I am a San Francisco native and a graduate of Lowell High School and San Francisco State University, where I earned degrees in music performance and education.
I teach all the brass instruments at my studio in Belmont, at Skyline College in San Bruno, and at Manor Music in Pacifica.
I have also taught on the faculties of San Francisco Community Music Center and Walnut Creek Civic Arts.

As Trumpeter, Arranger & Bandleader, I lead three of the Bay Area's finest musical groups: The Brassworks, Gabriel's Trumpets, and The Memorial Brass.
I perform with Symphony Parnassus, Golden Gate Park Band, Golden Gate Symphony, The E-Ticket Band, Silicon Gulch Jazz Band and the Kally Price Blues Band.
I am also Jazz Cornetist and Musical Arranger for San Francisco’s long-running immersive theatrical show The Speakeasy.

With over 30 years pl
aying and teaching the brass instruments, I know how to make our lessons educational, productive and fun.

In our lessons, I cover all the basics of playing: breathing, technique, rhythm, style, improvisation, etc. You’ll learn the language of music, some music history and theory, and we’ll play duets.

As you apply yourself to your musical studies, you will experience improvement and be able to attain your musical goals.
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Franklin D.

Franklin D.

Belmont, CA 94002
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$45 / 30-min

About Calvin L.

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Union City, CA

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Dear parents and students,

I began playing the piano at the age of five. In 2008, I completed Music Teachers' Association of California Keyboard test and had the Certificate of Merit Advanced Level. I continued my training with Dr. Gwendolyn Mok and Dr. Sultanov at San Jose State School of Music and Dance, where I received my Bachelor's Degree of Music Education.

Not only I had high-quality piano lessons with professional doctors in music, I took a copious amount of music classes to explore my music skills. Classes are including Piano Pedagogy, Piano Accompaniment, Recital Preparation and Interpretive, Piano sight-reading, Beethoven's literature, and High school choir. I have performed as soloist and chamber musician in various locations which included performing in concerts, nursing home, and school functions.

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n Cantonese and English and teaching at Fremont/Union City area.
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Serena September 15, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
From the way I sit to my hand position, Mr. Calvin has patiently guiding me to the right direction. My piano playing has been gradually improving in the last few months- thanks to Mr. Calvin.
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Sam August 26, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. Lo is great.
He makes my daughter play through a piece slowly without mistake first.
And then he will sing along and she can play in a steady tempo.

My daughter has a great time with Mr. Lo for three years already, and we are looking forward for another three years with him.
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Diane August 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
In the beginning I choose Mr. Calvin because he is really close to my home.
And it turns out that he is really nice and clear with his instruction.
My son enjoys learning piano with Mr. Calvin.
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Calvin L.

Calvin L.

Union City, CA 94587
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$35 / 30-min

About Erik R.

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About Erik
I am currently an undergraduate student in engineering and music at Stanford University

MUSIC:

I currently study with Stephen Harrison of the Ives Quartet and SF Contemporary Music Players. I have been principal cellist of the Stanford Symphony Orchestra and Philharmonia, as well as a member of the Stanford Collaborative Orchestra. I have also appeared in many other recitals and shows on campus.

Originally from Menlo Park, I studied with Sara Styles and Irene Sharp, and was a longtime member of the El Camino Youth Symphony. I also participated in music festivals including California Summer Music, Interlochen, and the Tanglewood Institute, where I was principal cellist of the orchestra. I won both the Palo Alto and Los Altos branches of the California VOCE competition and placed fourth in the senior instrumental solo category of
the United States Open Music Competition.

In high school, I occasionally tutored my peers. Later, my teacher (Prof. Harrison) started deferring prospective students to me. I have worked primarily with adult beginners and intermediate high school students, though I am willing to take on anyone who is self-motivated and ready to learn. I try to break the complexities of the instrument's technique into individual tasks. I then assign repertoire that exercises these tasks individually, allowing students to build up intuitive expertise without losing focus.

MATH:

So far in college, I have taken many of the introductory engineering courses (vector calculus/solid mechanics/etc.) and maintained a 4.0 GPA. In high school, I received several departmental awards, regularly won CA Math League contests, and attained maximum scores on seven AP exams as well as the level two SAT subject test and math portion of the SAT.

I also spent two years volunteering at an after-school program sponsored by the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
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Erik R.

Erik R.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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$35 / 30-min

About Liv W.

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Dublin, CA
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** PS: Please contact me before you pay, thank you. **
** I'm having a performance in LA, will be back on August 5 (Sunday)**

Levels Taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Ms. Liv earned her M.M. (Masters of Music) in music performance, and her undergraduate degree on Music performance. A member of Music teachers' association of California (MTAC) and a faculty member of U.S Beacon artist association.

Liv is an energetic, fun love teacher who is very much loved by her students. Liv teaches private lessons for students of all ages and abilities and with a variety of styles. She is committed to helping students to build the technical skills of their instrument, giving them a solid foundation for which musical expressions can be projected.

For Piano lessons: Ms. Liv is passionate about teaching and sharing musical ideas of pi
ano playing. In her lessons, she like to create musical games to help students learning the music fundamentals. She teaches dynamic balances, phrasing, musical forms, and incorporates melodic singing in piano playing. She also helps students preparing for the exam for the Associated Board for the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

*YOU CAN LEARN ALL KINDS OF MUSIC:
CLASSCICAL, JAZZ, CHURCH MUSIC, POP, CONTEMPOARY AND MORE…

*We give lessons to all ages from preschool (4 years-old) to adults!
*Student Recitals, Music Festivals, and Standardized Music Exams including ABRSM and CM.

MY ZIP #: 94568
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Liv W.

Liv W.

Dublin, CA 94568
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$38 / 30-min

About Brian A.

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San Mateo, CA
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I've been performing and teaching professionally since 1990. I teach private lessons, after-school programs, clinics and lectures. I am a contributing writer to DRUM! Magazine with my Afro-Caribbean Practice Pad articles and create corresponding videos for their on-line presence. I have also contributed a Master Class article for Downbeat Magazine. I'm currently an endorser for the Bosphorus Cymbal Company and a Regional Artist Endorser for the Sakae Drum Company.
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Brian A.

Brian A.

San Mateo, CA 94402
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$59 / 30-min

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