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About Kathleen B.

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Menlo Park, CA
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About Kathleen
I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my students as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing. I love children, but I do not work with girls or boys younger than 14.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST C
redential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
· Singing · In studio
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
· Singing ·
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Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
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About Jeremy P.

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San Francisco, CA

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I began playing guitar by ear around age ten. I learned rock songs from records for a few years, and then I began a more serious study of theory in high school. Over the next several years I alternated between pursuing my music degree and playing in bands all over the midwest. In 2004, I transferred from Indiana University to Sonoma State to focus completely on jazz and finish my degree. I have worked with groups and privately, with all ages and skill levels. I am very flexible with the direction of your study and will help you with whatever aspects of your playing you would like to develop.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a teacher, I am here for your development. I will do my best to take the lessons in the direction that you want to go, while still providing adequate instruction in music fundamentals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large
room w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own guitar for examples, and i bring a pencil. Student provides guitar, and if they want to they provide a book. Otherwise I create a custom curriculum from scratch and they provide staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
I have studied classical guitar, jazz, and have played mostly rock and pop gigs.
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Y.L. June 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son has been getting guitar lessons from Jeremy for about six months. My son is really enjoying learning to play and he looks forward to his lessons with Jeremy! Jeremy is a wonderful teacher. He's knowledgeable, intelligent, professional and easy going. Jeremy is not the first teacher that my son has had but he's by far the best. I feel very fortunate to have found him!
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Brad May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I learned so much from Jeremy over about 4 years of lessons. He listened to my goals, and tailored his lessons to help me achieve them. From the fundamentals to more advanced skills, such as improvisation, he stuck with me and allowed me to develop my own voice on the guitar.
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Chris May 18, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I'm a total beginner on the guitar. Watched a few youtube vids, learned some basics, but working in-person with Jeremy I've progressed a LOT faster. Worth the investment!
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Jeremy P.

Jeremy P.

San Francisco, CA 94116
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$35 / 30-min

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.

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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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Kaylin July 25, 2018
· Flute · In home
Very opened and patient very knowledgeable highly recommended
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Gabriel R.

Gabriel R.

Oakland, CA 94613
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$25 / 30-min

About Jessica H.

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San Jose, CA
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About Jessica
Hi. This is Jessica H. Currently I just graduated from San Francisco conservatory of music with Masters degree. I am a very patient person who has huge passion about working with kids.I have been teaching piano over 15 years. Since I have been teaching a quite long time. I have had students who past the highest level of ABRSM exams. I can be more serious and push a student to get ahead, or simply teach to have fun - to appreciate and enjoy music. I have learned, is to expect the best, pay closest attention to the students - to what they are ready for, what they want, what they are struggling with, and have a good sense of humor. Inspiring and developing students passion into music.
By the way before you book lessons I want you to know that I only take the students who are willing to take lesson weekly.
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Pat J. November 7, 2018
· Cello · In home
Jessica is a professional. Her studio is set up to accommodate a student in maximum privacy and comfort. She Is a lovely young woman who obviously enjoys her craft and is skilled at teaching in a compassionate way yet sets a high standard for her student. It would be important for a student to be self-motivated to PRACTICE diligently. Jessica does not demand that a student practice, but expects that her student will have practiced. I compliment her teaching. One final note: she is kind.
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Emily R. May 7, 2018
· Cello · In home
Jessica is awesome! Full of positive reinforcement and very patience. I highly recommend!
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Eliana January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Eliana had her first lesson with Jessica yesterday. It was a very happy experience. Jessica is a skilled teacher, she immediately connected with Eliana and made her feel successful. We are looking forward to our next lesson.
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Jessica H.

Jessica H.

San Jose, CA 95131
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About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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About Marwan
I started playing piano when I was 3, and began writing music at the age of 6. I've taught music and piano for over 12 years, and tutoring other subjects for over 5 years.

Originally from Cleveland, Ohio, I graduated from Cornell University in Electrical & Computer Engineering, with a minor in Music.

As a student, I was President of the Cornell Piano Society for 4 years. I spent much time teaching piano and music theory to fellow Cornell students, faculty, and staff. I've also organized many concerts, recitals, and events during my tenure.

After college, I went on to work for Intel & Apple as an engineer, while continuing to teach and tutor on the side. Later on, I founded my own startup company centered around Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, and unmet needs in the B2C market.

I typically travel
to each student's home for lessons. I travel all around the Bay Area: as far north as Richmond, as far south as Los Gatos, as far East as Livermore (and every place in between, including the Peninsula).
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Milun February 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wonderful teacher!!
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Kate R. January 22, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
Marwan has put a lot of effort both in and out of our lesson slot to make these sessions a great learning experience for our 14 year old daughter. His weekly recap emails are terrific, too.
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crystal December 4, 2017
· Python · In home
Marwan always has smile on his face. And I have the very first python lesson with him. He is a great teacher.
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
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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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Matthew M. October 9, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Franklin was so patient with my 14-year-old son. We look forward to our next lesson.
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Cameron August 24, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
Mr Davis has been great! He’s very patient, encouraging and helpful!
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Franklin D.

Franklin D.

Belmont, CA 94002
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$45 / 30-min

About Dr. Elizabeth M.

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Mountain View, CA
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About Dr. Elizabeth
A dedicated teacher as well as performer, Dr. MacCorquodale has been actively involved in the training of young violinists and pianists in NYC and abroad. She currently maintains a private violin/piano studio in Mountain View.
Through her work as an instructor, Elizabeth has built up a studio of very talented musicians, some who have performed in such acclaimed venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center and Citi Field. Many of Dr. MacCorquodale’s students have received top scores in New York State School Music Association Exams (NYSSMA), the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music Exams (ABRSM) and others have been accepted into top universities in the country such as NYU, Bard University, Juilliard Pre-College and Rutgers University.
She has performed as soloist with orchestras in Canada and the United States an
d has received numerous awards and scholarships. She was the 2nd prize winner of the Frank Preuss International Violin Competition in Ibague, Colombia, “special prize” winner of the Diabelli International Chamber Competition in 2012, 1st prize winner of the Columbus State University Concerto Competition, 2008, 2nd prize winner of the LaGrange Young Artist’s Competition in 2008, top prize winner of the Canadian National Chamber Music Festival 2005, and 1st prize winner of the Atlanta Community Orchestra Competition. For more information please visit elizabethmaccorquodale dot com.
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Becca September 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Elizabeth is the best out there. She started teaching my nine year old about a year and a half ago. She is encouraging, fun, energetic, and incredibly talented and patient. Our daughter has learned so much and developed a new love of her Violin that with previous teachers was missing. We have never had a teacher our whole family loves seeing every week as much as her. Our daughter has improved so much and it is all thanks to the encouragement and skill that Elizabeth gives each lesson. She is one of a kind and an incredible teacher. We cannot recommend or thank her enough.
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Paul July 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
My main instrument is piano/violin, and I have taken a year of violin lessons during my composition studies in Austria. I wanted to focus on my string instrument writing and also develop my violin playing skills (at the age of 33!).

Dr. Elizabeth proved herself to be a great teacher, who didn't only make my lessons fun (believe me, it's not that easy when you are at a certain age), but also made made things very interesting to me by relating the techniques I learned to string instrument writing (which is an amazing experience for a composer!).

Sometimes when I arrived early for my lessons, I observed Dr. Elizabeth with children and talked to some of the students' parents. They all speak highly of her and are very happy with their children's musical development.

I am (also) a music teacher at UC Berkeley, and have seen all kinds of teachers throughout my career and I can confidently say that you can't go wrong with Dr. Elizabeth. I still continue my weekly lessons and am amazed how much I've developed as a violinist since we started working together.

Thank you Dr. Elizabeth, see you next week!
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Dr. Elizabeth M.

Dr. Elizabeth M.

Mountain View, CA 94041
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About Eli S.

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Mountain View, CA

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About Eli
I picked up the saxophone when I was in fifth grade and have since fallen in love with jazz music! After my first time going to the Stanford Jazz Workshop in sixth grade, I started transcribing Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan, and later Joe Henderson, one of my biggest influences. After playing alto in middle school, I switched to Tenor Sax in high school and began checking out Sonny Rollins and Sonny Stitt, who have become, along with Joe Henderson, my foundation of jazz language.

Currently in my senior year at Saint Francis High School in Mountain View, I am a part of the marching band (tenor sax), symphonic band (clarinet), and jazz band (tenor sax), while also gigging privately and with my mentor - Steven Lugerner - around the community in Atherton, Hillsborough, San Francisco, Oakland, and Los Altos. In ad
dition to performing I have also attended the Stanford Jazz Camp for six years, the Stanford Jazz Institute for two years, and the Centrum Jazz at Port Townsend Institute recently this past summer.

In addition to music, I absolutely love and have experience working with children, including those with developmental disabilities. For the past two years I have volunteered at the Arbor Bay School for Developmentally Disabled children in San Carlos as a teacher's assistant, working with elementary and middle school-aged children. In addition, during my freshman year I did individual math tutoring with the organization Healthy Cities Tutoring, helping a struggling sixth grader with understanding math concepts and learning time-management and organizational skills.

Although I love playing jazz music, I have several other passions, including but not limited to scuba diving, sailing, hiking, and lacrosse. At school I am known for being on the Varsity Lacrosse team while also being the quirky jazz kid! My first priority is having fun, and I hope to help you have as much fun as possible playing music!
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Eli S.

Eli S.

Mountain View, CA 94040
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$34 / 30-min

About Dylan P.

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Newark, CA

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Hey, my name is Dylan. I started playing trumpet in middle school band and have now been playing for ten plus years. I did a BM in Jazz Performance at California State University Northridge where I studied with some amazing trumpet teachers like Wayne Bergeron, John Lewis, John Daversa, and Howie Shear. Then, I went on to do a MM in Performance at Berklee School of Music where I had some incredible playing opportunities like leading a jazz combo in the Umbria Jazz Festival in Italy and performing at the World of Business Ideas convention in Madrid. Inside and outside of school, I have experience playing almost any genre and feel comfortable working on reggae, ska, flamenco, jazz, bossa-nova, afro-cuban, classical, soul, rock, and electronic musics.

I produce and write my own music too. I use a lot of Ableton Live and Pro Tools and I'm
especially specialized in recording and mixing trumpet. I've done scoring, audio editing, sound design, and beat making and would be happy to teach any of those skills or even how to use a DAW.

All in all, I believe the combination of my professional experiences and my educational experiences gives me an abundance of resources to pool on when teaching. I'm just excited to be able to share all the knowledge and tricks I've learned with others!
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Dylan P.

Dylan P.

Newark, CA 94560
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About Toby M.

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San Jose, CA

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About Toby
Enjoy customized lessons (beg-adv level) from a professional teacher/performer/composer who makes learning music exciting and rewarding. I promise you will learn to play songs in just a few lessons. I also maintain standards of excellence with tailored technical exercises, theory, and sight-reading practice customized to each unique individual. Detailed curriculum provided as well as weekly practice instructions. My students have 2 recitals a year at a gorgeous recital hall with a Steinway grand.

At a young age, I was earning scholarships and entry to competitive piano master classes; I then earned a BA in classical piano performance. Due to my many years of both individual private piano and university teaching, I am able to customize lessons to best fit each unique individual and use my knowledge of theory and music history to make
each lesson exciting and enjoyable.
I use games and apps to make learning music fun for younger children mixed in with playing and singing. I specialize in theory, repertoire, and technique and will find the perfect technical exercises to help you perfect that Mozart sonata or Rachmaninoff prelude. I also love teaching beginners and seeing them learn to love music.

I am a composer and work with my band. I have a music channel online (see videos) featuring original music written by me and performed by my band. I compose original piano compositions as well as rock/classical mash-ups with my band. I teach many of my students arranging and composing and several examples of my students playing original pieces that I helped them compose/arrange can be seen in the video section of my Profile.

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Himani November 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Toby is an amazing professional and an excellent teacher. She focuses on learning the technicalities which makes it easier to understand the complex nature of piano. I have had very good experience with her through and through.
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Ann November 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My two daughters who are at intermediate level have been with Toby for half a year now, and all of us are very happy with her. When we decided to switch to her we were looking for someone with different teaching style than our previous teacher. We do want someone who not only has formal training in classical, but also is well-versed in more modern music (rock, pop, etc). I also want someone who can explain and communicate well with children, is patient, encouraging and most importantly can inspire the students. So far Toby has met my expectations. After switching to her, my children have started to actually enjoy playing after all these years. They are now learning both classical and popular. Toby always encourages them to play with passion. I can see that they're improving both technically and musically. Toby gives her student 100% during the lesson. She also likes to share some insights related to the piece of music or the composer which I appreciate. I highly recommend her.
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Fiona November 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I really could not recommend Samantha more highly. I am SO lucky I found her! The value for the lessons is awesome. She is extremely well-trained and well-educated. To be honest, I wondered what I would get because some teachers charged more and as a student I really couldn’t afford more. A lot of teachers don’t actually teach proper technique. I love knowing that I’m learning to play properly, and that I learn some theory along the way. She’s also really encouraging and the way she tunes into what you like is a special gift she has as a teacher. She finds what you like and what you’re good at and capitalizes on it so you’re always enjoying yourself, being challenged, and feel motivated. I’m learning as an adult and I love the book she decided to use also. Samantha is also flexible and responsive to texts. Another thing I really like about her is that she writes up your “homework” for the week, with specific things to work on. Again, I really just can’t believe the value I get. I will be with Samantha for a long time.
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Toby M.

San Jose, CA 95124
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