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About Kathryn G.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Kathryn
From the moment Kat was tall enough to reach the keys she made so much noise on her family's piano that they eventually bought a kid-sized version to keep in her room. When Kat turned 7 her family got her the best present ever; lessons with an amazing piano teacher.

Kat also began to study flute several years later and soon realized that music was the life for her. She majored in music in both high school and college graduating with a BA in Music from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Kat has a very diverse career in music. From a full time private music teacher to the Musical Director of a Burning Man Opera, to the Section Leader for a Youth Orchestra, to the keyboard player in a Theatrical Heavy Metal Band, Kat is always thrilled to stretch her wings and try new things.

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I teach Tuesdays
and Wednesdays in San Francisco, and the rest of the week in the Santa Cruz area!

PLEASE NOTE - because I commute into SF to teach I do not offer in-home lessons. I teach at a lovely studio in the inner sunset!

I have a ridiculous sense of humor. I believe in stickers, high fives, and celebratory fist-bumps. And yes, that goes for the adults as well.

I always looked forward to my lessons because they were so fun, even if I knew I hadn't practiced enough. That is exactly what I try to create for every student I work with.

Besides the humor, I customize lesson plans to fit you. Not just the types of music you want to learn, but HOW you learn. My number one goal is that you completely understand what you are learning. I don't mind in the least if I need to explain a new lesson 10 different ways-€“ we will work together until you really get it! Understanding what you're doing makes it so much more fun.

Have a favorite song stuck in your head, but the sheet music is still too hard? No problem. I'm happy to write the song out for you at your own level. I want you to enjoy yourself, and if that means Lady GaGa then I'm happy to oblige. I will probably stick Mozart in when you're not looking just to make sure you're learning a lot of different things, but that's what teachers are for.

Of course we cover fundamentals and start with the basics. I typically incorporate music theory and ear training with your lessons as well . In 6 months on piano, with regular practice, you will be comfortably reading music and playing songs you enjoy with both hands AT THE SAME TIME! (Gasp!) On flute in 6 months you will also be able to read music comfortably, will no longer feel like you are about to drop the flute at any given moment, will have a solid range of notes and have a solid feeling of control while you play.

I look forward to sharing music with you!

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piano, seating for parents

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My number one goal is comprehension -to make sure that all of my students really understand what they are doing. I work very hard to ensure an atmosphere where all of my students - no matter their age - can feel comfortable to say "I don't understand".
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Hailey May 15, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kathryn is great. Her positive approach really builds confidence and makes you look forward to the next session.
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Andrea February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My first lesson with Kathryn was fantastic. As an adult student, I was a bit embarrassed by knowing absolutely nothing about piano, and Kathryn would have none of it! She was wonderfully disarming, positive, and really knew how to structure the lesson so that I'd walk out motivated. I'm thrilled to continue lessons with her on the piano.
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Mia January 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Doing great so far!
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Kathryn G.

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About Geoff N.

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El Cajon, CA

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I prefer to go straight for the pieces each student wants to learn. I love to ask what my students think of each piece, so we can eliminate music they find too boring, and move on to the music that gets them excited! Each student will receive a solid education in the fundamentals of posture, hand position, and fingering.

For beginners, I start with Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play." Advanced students will work with Hannon's "Exercises for the Virtuoso Pianist;" a compendium of scales and arpeggios, as well as pieces of increasing complexity for developing sight-reading and musicianship.

Together, we will explore the music that really gets you motivated. If you're interested in pop music, we can study the chord progressions that make it work, and the different techniques it takes to make music really MOVE.

About Geoff
Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

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I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

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I can teach you how to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Calvin February 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geoff has been great at working with us to tailor the lessons to us.
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Matt Burke September 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geof has been playing keyboar for Vokab Kompany since 2008. He not only plays keys, but writes and teaches drums at a middle school (and often writes those parts for our band as well). He also writes vocal harmonies, basslines and runs our practices. He arranges our songs and implements complicated key changes, as well as simple solutions to bridge sections that need work. He is a masterful guitar player. Geoff has played: xylaphone, guitar, drums, keys and bass at our live shows. We have played over 500 shows as a band, and while other members rotate, Geoff is the irriplaceable key to our machine. His studio work completes his already steller resume, as a master of Pro-Tools and upper level understanding of the popular writing software ABLETON Live.
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Valerie August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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Geoff N.

Geoff N.

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About Beau D.

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Soquel, CA
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Depending on your level and what you want to play, we'll cover things like sight reading, proper technique, scales, chord voicings, reading rhythms, rules for improvisation, solfeggio, music theory etc... The more basics we cover, the easier it is to branch off into different styles and genres that speak most to you. The goal after all is to not only improve your skills, but have fun in the process! I enjoy teaching old and young, and one of my specialties is providing an enjoyable, rewarding experience for younger students, and providing them with a proper foundation.

About Beau
Beau found his love for piao as a young boy and believes that anyone who has a passion for music can experience the joy of playing with expression and warmth.

With 22 years of experience playing and 15 years teaching professionally, Beau knows firsthand the needs of growing musicians and is commited to helping them reach their potantial and guide them towards fure success.

Beau recieved four music scholarships, and was fortunate enough to study with renouned classical professor Frederick Squadritio, and World famous jazz professor Ray brown.

In 2001 he started playing professionally around the bay area and was luck enough to share some world famous musicians such as Earnie Watts, Lew Soloff, Bill Watrous, Allen Vizzuti, and Jiggs Whigham.
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Beau D.

Beau D.

Soquel, CA 95073
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About Michele R.

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Walled Lake, MI
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Piano students can expect theory, technic, note reading and performance pieces presented in a way that is fun and encouraging.

About Michele
I have been teaching strings, piano, harp and drums since 1999. Many of my students have studied with me for years and developed a lifelong love of music. Some have gone on to be professionals.

I have been tutoring music therapy students as well as teaching music composition for seven years.

I strive to help students achieve their musical goals however I can, but I do not tolerate laziness or half-hearted attempts.

Music can be a tool and thus, summers are dedicated to fun, composition and learning to record.
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Jan September 7, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
So far Michele is a talented instructor. She is a down to earth person and knew my strengths and weakness right away. I am looking forward to my next class with her.
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About Michelle J.

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Charlotte, NC

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With over 15 years of experience, I provide versatile piano training, tailored to fit each students' interests and needs. Do you prefer classical training? Let's play some Mozart. Are you a Star Wars fanatic? Let's learn the theme song! Do you want to perform? Let me find you some opportunities to get in front of a crowd. Enjoying the music itself is the greatest motivation towards becoming an excellent musician. Let's discover your potential together - and have fun along the way!

About Michelle
I took private music lessons (piano and voice) until I graduated from high school, and gained experience as a performer and accompanist. I obtained a regular role playing at our church when I was in the 7th grade, and became a regular accompanist for the school choir and various community activities. I was the pianist/music director in each high school drama production and gained experience working with an orchestra and singing in and directing the choir.

I continued as an accompanist and vocalist in college. Since college, I have provided music for weddings and events.

I love to share music with others. Music is happiness! It brings people together and aids development for children. It's truly enjoyable for me to pass along the love of music to my students.
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Keith September 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very helpful and nice
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Katie J. September 12, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My daughter loved her seeing lesson with Michelle and can't wait to continue working with her!
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Rosemary N. April 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Michelle is a great teacher. She helps students with rhythm counting and is very patient. She is someone that you will feel very comfortable around and trustworthy toward.
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About Connor C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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Susan B. March 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).
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Saoirse January 7, 2017
· Accordion · Online
First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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About Justice P.

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Marina, CA
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Justice is an accomplished performer and accompanist. He enjoys helping students learn the ins and outs of performing: the musicality, musicianship, and confidence that demonstrate the professionalism of the performer. For more advanced students, Justice can also discuss relevant music theory and music history, which is helpful in building a good understanding of the music as an art form.

About Justice
Hello! I'm a classically-trained pianist who first started learning music at age seven. I studied music with private teachers for many years and also played in school ensembles like orchestra and choir. After high school, I continued by majoring in music in college.
Since 2013 I've worked as the pianist/accompanist for a church in Marina, CA.
I've also worked as a piano accompanist for other ensembles and soloists, and I've performed as a solo pianist for various parties, galas, and other events.
As a teacher, I've had success with students of varying ages. From children, as well as older adults who wish to take lessons for their own enjoyment!
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Justice P.

Justice P.

Marina, CA 93933
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About Dr. Erik G.

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San Diego, CA
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I am a Doctor of Music with two graduate degrees in music. I have been teaching piano, voice, and music for nearly 10 years. If you are looking for a highly educated teacher who is also understanding and fun, then look no further.

My main goal in piano lessons is to educate my students on the essential elements of piano while we search together for their passion on the instrument. Basic piano skills, geography, and music theory knowledge are all essential to aiding a growing student's musicality. I will never neglect a student's music theory and technique in lessons.

However, some students are more inclined to perform modern works. I am well versed in all piano repertoire from Bach, Mozart, and Beethoven to Ray Charles, Elton John, and Stevie Wonder. I have trained students to perform on piano and sing at the same time and I have also trained students to play complex etudes at the level of Chopin Op. 10 and higher.

Piano holds a special place in my heart. I have studied music

About Dr. Erik
My name is Dr. Erik G.and I am a conductor, pianist, percussionist, and music educator residing in San Diego, CA. My music studies began at Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education in 2010. In 2013, I completed a Master of Music in Orchestral Conducting at California State University Northridge (CSUN). Finally, I received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from the University of South Carolina (UofSC) in 2017. I completed my dissertation in April, 2017.

I have conducted many music ensembles in the United States including: the PLNU concert band (2007-2010), the PLNU chamber orchestra (2008-2010), San Diego Honor Band (2008), Point Loma Opera Theatre (2009), CSUN Symphony Orchestra (2011-2013), CSUN Opera (2011-2013), CSUN Youth Philharmonic and Youth Symphony (
2011-2013), UofSC Symphony Orchestra (2014-2017), UofSC Campus Orchestra (2014-2017), and the Columbia Community Orchestra (2016-2017).

I am a doctor of music, but I am also a lover of music. I have performed and studied piano for over 20 years. My goal with students is to educate them in theory and technique while also finding the piano music that most interests them. I am highly experienced teaching piano to children and adults.
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Dr. Erik G.

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About Natasha B.

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The Colony, TX
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I create a step-by-step monthly plan that I tailor to each student taking into account their music goals and education level.

About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to continue my studies in Music Education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continued in Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 65 in both voice and piano.
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Craig Ongley June 6, 2017
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Outstanding. I have had four lessons and I am very pleased with Natasha.
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Saha Reddy April 10, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Great teacher.Knows very well how to teach to our rather shy daughter.
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Rob Cassidy March 9, 2017
· Piano ·
I'm new to piano and Natasha has been great! I've had 4 lessons with her as of this review, and I'm happy with my progress so far. Natasha explains technique, and musical theory in an easy to understand way. She's also really patient and encouraging.
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