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About Jim T.

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Fairfax, CA
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I've been teaching piano for over 20 years and emphasize the fundamental skills in the beginning: how to easily read music, play in time, sight-reading, basic music theory and basic scales and technique. I'm a versatile performing musician and composer myself and so love to teach all styles including classical, jazz, rock, blues and more! We have a student showcase party every year where all the students get together to perform and showcase their skills.

About Jim
My career in music began at an early age (four!) with classical piano lessons until the age of thirteen. After expanding my musical horizons in high school listening to jazz, blues and rock I attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA where I studied jazz & music theory with renowned jazz educator Ray Brown and jazz piano with Paul Nagle who has worked with Grammy award winning singer Bobby McFerrin among many others.
I have been performing solo and in groups since the Eighties in a variety of different genres including rock, jazz, blues, r&b, funk, reggae and everything in between! Performing with such artists as Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Dan Hicks, David Grisman, Tommy Castro, Eric McFadden, Mark Karan & Vinyl I have appeared at most of the major venues in the Bay Area including the Warfield Theatre, the Great American Music Hall,
Yoshi's SF, the Regency, Bimbo's & the Sweetwater.
My teaching experience goes back over twenty years and I relocated to Marin County in the Bay Area in 1995 where I've been teaching extensively since 2002. Since then I have helped hundreds of students realize their dream of learning to play piano and keyboards as well as read music, play perfectly in time and learn songwriting skills. Playing music is fun & easy......I can show you just how easy it is!!

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My style is laid back with a large supply of patience and devotion to my students. I teach beginning , intermediate & advanced piano and keyboards (including organ). For adult beginning piano students I use the John Thompson Modern Course for the Piano Grade One along with Thompson's Note, Scale & Chord Speller books and flash cards for a quick and easy route to learning how to read music and basic music theory. For kids (5-7) I like Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play" along with the kid's music theory books by Linda Ng.
In the first six months students can expect to study basic finger exercises and scales, how to read music easily and quickly, how to play perfectly in time & develop a repertoire of songs to play. Once students have learned basic skills it is possible to explore many different genres including classical, jazz, blues, rock, reggae and much more. I customize the lessons to fit each student's needs and desires and can also help the students with songwriting and learning from the recorded works of great artists!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Beautiful 1884 carved English maplewood Estey upright piano!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the books and supplies at cost...students should have some kind of keyboard to practice on...preferably a real piano although I have taught many students initially on electric keyboards.

*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning, intermediate & advanced piano in the styles of classical, jazz, blues, rock, r&b, pop, country, etc. ages 5-105! Usually I start beginners in the John Thompson method & speller books along with music flash cards and then am willing to shift into different styles as the students gain basic skills.
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Mario L. June 7, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very good at tuning into my needs. Jim is an excellent musician and teacher.
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Sarah April 2, 2018
· Piano · In home
Jim is a great instructor. His knowledge of theory and his piano skills are really amazing. I appreciated his no-stress style of teaching, and it is obvious that he has a true love of music and musicians.
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Al Lyle December 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
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Jim T.

Fairfax, CA 94930
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About David W.

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Redwood City, CA
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I've been teaching piano for 8 years and my students have gone on to enjoy performing and playing the piano in multiple facets. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play some of your favorite songs and as time goes on you'll be able to perform for your family and friends. I specialize in classical, pop & rock, typically use Bastien books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About David
For over 30 years, David has had a passion for the piano. Classically trained as a child by numerous teachers, David has mastered the expressive aspect of piano accompanied by a solid rhythmic foundation. David is also a composer and is currently supporting the release of his 3rd CD! A graduate of SFSU with a focus on Music Theory, David has been teaching students for over 8 years. By living the music on a daily basis, David is easily able to channel that energy through the lesson and to the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is important for the student to HAVE FUN and enjoy the piano lessons! I make the lessons fun with my relaxed, yet focused style of teaching. It is important that the student is always working on something they want to learn, accompanied by exercises and techniques to strengthen their performance abilities.


*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are required to purchase books, music

*** Specialties ***
Music, Piano, Theory
Classical, Pop, Rock
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Gayle G. December 11, 2016
· Piano · In home
My first lesson went very well. David has a lot of patience which I appreciate.
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Sofia K. April 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
Today we had our first lesson for our 6 year old Sofia. David was very pleasant and kept Sofia focused for the whole lesson :) Great start!
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Pete March 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
First session was great. David appraised my skills (ha), picked up where I needed to go next, and created a lesson plan on the spot. He did not ask me to buy more lesson books, but used the ones I brought from a previous class - which I appreciated. He says that if I stick to the plan, I'll be playing Maple Leaf Rag in two months. Game on!
His studio is very well organized & equipped, and we went right to work, beginning and ending on time.
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David W.

Redwood City, CA 94061
(11)
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$40 / 30-min

About Donna D.

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Corte Madera, CA

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I take students of any age, starting with age 8, who are just beginning with their musical journey, or who are returning to the piano after many years. I teach the basics, including basic rhythms, notation, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc. as well as learning pieces. I am interested in the musical styles of the various periods of music history, and keyboard literature from the Baroque to the 21st century. I structure lessons to suit the needs and desires of each student.

Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to ...

About Donna
I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.

Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.

My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory while learning to read music, establishing confiden
ce in their own musicianship. They discover the music within themselves, while learning the technique necessary to be the best musicians they can be.

I enjoy teaching high school, middle school, and elementary students as well as adults. I Love teaching beginners. I am trained in vocal pedagogy, music theory, music history, repertoire, performance practice and methods.

My formal education:
B.A., UC, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., Occidental College
M.S. Pepperdine University
Lifetime General Secondary Teaching Credential

Teachers and mentors:
Howard Swan, Mary Jones, Edward Lawton, Robert Commanday, Roger Wagner, Linda Anderson, Boyd Jarrell, Paul Smith.

In the last twenty years, I have enjoyed being a participant in music at the College of Marin, through choral, vocal, opera and piano classes. I currently serve as volunteer assistant to the Director of Choral Activities.

I am particularly proud of my experience as instructional aide and coach for music students with disabilities at the College of Marin, including students with developmental disabilities and autism.

Past classroom experience:
Long Beach Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Low Heywood School and King School (prep schools), Stamford, CT, Choral Music Teacher

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Voice students can expect to learn how to produce tone beautifully, using correct posture and breathing, and proper vowel production, rhythmic precision, pitch accuracy, carefully formed phrases, and musical and stylistic interpretation. But beyond technique is the amazing art of communicating with other people the wonders of the music. You should expect to make good progress in all of these areas in just a few weeks. I hope you will come with serious interest in developing your beautiful voice.

Repertoire might include folk songs, art songs and arias from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Songs might be in English, or possibly in Italian, Latin, German or French, if you interested. We would sit down together and decide what dreams and goals you have, and then choose music to get you going down the path to those dreams and goals.

You can expect to have learned several new songs, and to have brought them to performance level in the first 3-6 months. If you have a goal to learn music for an audition, contest or festival, that can happen.

Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to choose which would help you get on a path to your musical dreams and goals, and what would be appropriate for your age and development as a musician.

You can expect to be playing pieces with 2 hands within a few weeks, and perhaps a melody with chords, if you are a beginner. Degree of difficulty will depend upon your age, experience and development, but even very simple songs can be played musically, with grace.

Of utmost importance to me is that every student learn to read music, and develop an understanding of music fundamentals. The level of sophistication will depend upon age and experience, but learning good musicianship is essential. At the same time, opportunities for creativity to develop through improvisation could be on the horizon for you. It is important to me that you want to learn and and want to become the best you can be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano and computer with Finale at my home. I provide music and practice sheets, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For voice, I teach classical style, including posture, breathing, tone production, vowel production, phrasing, diction, appropriate style and performance practice, and music reading. Materials I use include everything from folk songs to arias, and 16th century to contemporary compositions, in English, Italian, Latin, French and German. Voice is my primary interest. I am also competent to teach beginning theory, and beginning piano, both classical and standard popular, including improvisation from charts (melody, chords).
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Jayden S. February 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Donna seems very good with my grandson, Jayden, age 7 3/4. Today was his fourth lesson. He was sick one week. She is very encouraging and sees that he has talent. I think she is setting a good pace for him. He struggled with wanting to go last week, but was fine with going this week. With six more lessons, there is every hope he will want to finish the 10 lessons course.
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Kylie July 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
I really enjoyed working with Mrs.Donna she
was a very sweet, patient and skilled teacher.
She taught me the skills of becoming a more well
developed singer and I had so much fun learning with her.
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Lori May 9, 2017
· Singing · In studio
My first and second lessons were wonderful and I am inspired by Donna's dedication, knowledge and patience. I feel that I can learn to build on these lessons and sing with confidence.
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Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
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About Marwan S.

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Redwood City, CA

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Playing piano is fun! So should your piano lessons.

I've taught piano since I was in high school, and continued to teach while I was a student at Cornell University. I also taught theory classes in the Cornell Piano Society, where I served as President for 4 years.

Why? I simply love music, piano, and sharing it with others.

While I'm classically trained, I've dabbled into other genres, such as Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, songwriting, and music production / audio engineering. I've recently been accepted into the Steinway & Sons (the piano makers) Teacher Partnership Program. Feel free to message me for more details!

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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Michelle March 22, 2019
· Piano · In home
Marwan is the best of the best!
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Susan March 18, 2019
· Piano · In home
I'm very impressed with the quality and care of instruction Marwan has been providing my 5.75 year old son. He's able to keep him engaged and focused for an hour long piano lesson each week. Marwan's style is highly relational, and it's evident in how excited my son is to see him every week. Marwan's teaching methods have been effective, and my son has been making fantastic progress. I highly recommend Marwan as a children's piano teacher!
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Mark March 16, 2019
· Piano · In home
Marwan has been teaching my two boys (8 and 10) and me piano in our home weekly for the last two months, and he is doing a tremendous job of it so far. He is great at explaining things, at understanding how to meet each student where he is, and at keeping everyone motivated and making progress. He is professional, punctual, responsive, fun to be around, and an all around excellent teacher. Thank you, Marwan.
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Marwan S.

Redwood City, CA 94063
(17)
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$75 / 30-min

About Rebecca K.

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Vallejo, CA
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Patience, support and practice are the only things required to play the piano. I can help with all of them!

About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Claire March 4, 2019
· Singing · In studio
We just had our first lesson with Rebecca and she did a wonderful job with our young daughter. She's the right mix of patient and keeping the student on task! Needless to say our daughter is looking forward to her next lesson.
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jose March 1, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
Rebecca is a wonderful teacher. My son loves going to saxophone lessons.
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Juliana R. February 7, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Wonderful teacher
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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About Surya P.

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San Pablo, CA
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Surya offers lessons in beginning piano, teaching songs, scales and arpeggios, music theory, reading and writing music notation, aural skills, chords and more. Students start with fingering numbers, identifying notes and simple call and response. Students learn to play melodies in both their left and right hands, as well as together.

After learning a series of simple melodies, the student learns to begin reading the Grand Staff, finding middle C and other notes, and to identify rhythmic notation such as quarter notes and half notes. By the end of Faber Level 2 the student can play and read waltzes, Christmas tunes, folk songs and more. Surya uses the Faber Piano Adventures books and teaches Primer Level, Level 1 and Level 2.

Many students prefer to take Beginning Piano in conjunction with or as an add-on to voice lessons or drum lessons.

About Surya
Hi! My name is Surya and I've been teaching private lessons since 2003. I'm a music educator and I got my Bachelors of Music from the Oberlin Conservatory. I teach voice, drums and beginning piano. My focus has been primarily on teaching young people. I love connecting people to music and helping them bring their whole selves into the process. Check out my website suryamusiclessons
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Surya P.

San Pablo, CA 94806
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$35 / 30-min

About Charlotte L.

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San Francisco, CA
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Hi! First, I will ask for your experience not only with piano but with music. We will work on posture, playing technique and reading. Because of my tutelage, my default material for beginners is Suzuki Book 1 which you can either purchase yourself or I can bring one for you. If you have other music material that you would like to work on, I am happy to use that instead. Then I will assign you homework which you will need to practice on your own in preparation for then next lesson.

About Charlotte
Hi! I graduated from USF with a degree in Biology and Neuroscience. I began studying piano when I was 4 through the Suzuki method and started teaching when I moved to San Francisco to start school. I am dedicated to the Suzuki method and believe in it. When I take on a student, I want them to accomplish their goals but will require that they practice and prepare for each lesson. With practicing done, we can work on and hone your skill together and (I hope) develop a love for music and an instrument I hold very dear.
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Ernest March 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Charlotte was amazing for our son’s first lesson!
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Eyza M. October 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first session. Location was easy to find. Kids felt comfortable, and they enjoyed their lesson (despite being resistant in the beginning). Charlotte was very friendly and warm with them, which helped a lot!
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Justin July 23, 2018
· Piano · In home
a really positive and encouraging teacher
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Charlotte L.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(9)
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$30 / 30-min

About Laylo R.

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San Francisco, CA
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I am an experienced pianist that has performed with the National Orchestra of Uzbekistan and have won many international solo piano competitions. I currently attend the San Fransisco Conservatory of Music as a piano student. I would love to share my musical experience with students in a friendly manner, by teaching them a firm understanding of piano technique. As I was taught in a Russian music school, I believe in asking my students of their best effort.

About Laylo
My name is Laylo and I’m from Uzbekistan. I have been studying piano at a Russian school for 9 years before I moved to America. I came to the U.S. 4 years ago and graduated from Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. It is one of the greatest experiences that I’ve had. Studying music, living in the woods and having most of the time to play music is all I could have wanted for those three years. Now, I’m a sophomore at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. I enjoy giving piano lessons to my students. Piano performance is my Profession and I would love to share my experience with students.
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Laylo R.

San Francisco, CA 94103
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$50 / 30-min

About Isaac B.

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Oakland, CA
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Whether you want to learn to play your favorite songs, learn to improvise, or to deepen your knowledge of chords and how they fit in keys, I’m here to help! I have been teaching for 7 years and am happy teaching students of any age and level.

About Isaac
I graduated from Wesleyan University with a degree in music and an honors music thesis in 2017. Since my time in the Berkeley High jazz program, I have been teaching lessons both privately and through various Bay Area music programs. I currently teach at several elementary and middle schools in the east bay. I perform regularly with several ensembles that I write and arrange music for.
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Isaac B.

Oakland, CA 94618
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$40 / 30-min

About Nikki H.

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San Francisco, CA
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I believe that the piano can be the first step on the road to a life enriched by the appreciation of music. At any skill level or age, piano can hone the fundamentals of music. These skills can be transferred to other instruments or voice. My teaching methods include a variety of method books, performance books, singing, theory, and songwriting.

A teacher once told me that playing music is like being an artist with a palette or a carpenter with a tool belt – you have to pick the right tools to craft your best work. I have learned to apply this to teaching. No two students are the same, so I tailor my approach to each individual student, using every tool at my disposal to help give my students a deeper understanding of music. Most importantly, I aim to make music a source of joy rather than a source of anxiety.

My mission is to create a supportive environment where creativity flows, technique is balanced with musicianship, and execution is balanced with ear development.

About Nikki
A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Nikki Hillis began playing the trombone at age 13, having begun her musical training on the piano several years earlier. Throughout middle and high school, Nikki studied with Kate Jenkins before taking up studies at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music under Timothy Anderson. While attending the Conservatory, Nikki competed in numerous competitions and received multiple awards, including winning the Undergraduate Concerto Competition. She has also enjoyed a semester abroad in Aarhus, Denmark at the Royal Academy of Music where she studied with Niels-Ole Bo Johansen.

She has participated in a variety of festivals and seminars throughout the summers including the Brevard Summer Music Festival, the Rafael Mendez Brass Institute, the Cleveland Trombone Seminar, the Mulcahy Semina
r and most recently, performing with the Spoleto Festival Orchestra. She is a recent graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music where she studied with Timothy Higgins, principal trombone of the San Francisco Symphony. Nikki has enjoyed the opportunity to play with groups such as the San Francisco Symphony, the Philip Glass Ensemble, and many regional orchestras in the Bay Area. Most recently, she was one of three finalists in the International Trombone Association Frank Smith competition.

Despite her heavy performance career on trombone, she credits her love, passion, and drive for music to her early exposure and lessons on the piano and has continued to explore the instrument as a creative outlet. She enjoys helping people of all ages explore what music can bring to their lives through theory, practice, and performance. Her teaching obligations have included the Conservatory in the Schools program and being a precollege teaching artist on trombone. On piano, she has been a teacher at Village Music and Music City Academy since 2016.

My mission is to create a supportive environment where creativity flows, technique is balanced with musicianship, and execution is balanced with ear development. At the center is the belief that music should be a source of joy rather than anxiety. A teacher once told me that playing music is like being an artist with a palette or a carpenter with a tool belt; you have to pick the right tools to craft your best work. I have learned to apply this to teaching. No two students are the same, so I tailor my approach to each individual student.
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Nikki H.

San Francisco, CA 94122
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