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Byron H.

6 Reviews
Hayward, CA
Starting at $50
  • Speaks english
  • Awarded First Prize Winner, 2018 from Yellow Springs Chamber Music Competition
  • Music Performance from Florida Southern College
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Byron H.

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I've been teaching cello for 10 years and my students have gone on to participate in All-State orchestra, and play in professional orchestras. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to produce sound and play simple songs and as time goes on you'll be able to read music fluently and perform with ease. I specialize in Classical, and typically use Suzuki and Klengal scale books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Byron

I love music. I love it so much that I have made it my career. I have been playing the cello for over 20 years and have studied in universities since 2002. In that time, I have worked extensively with great artists such as, Rhonda Rider, Joel Krosnick, Andy Mark, Nicholas Tzavares, and Mark Steinbe

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Julia W.
Byron is incredible. He is so inspirational to watch, and yet he makes his skill feel achievable. He is the most accommodating and encouraging instructor I have ever had, but still pushes me to improve. I feel like I am recieving a world class education, despite the more casual goals I have for my music. Couldn't be happier!
James D.
I'm an adult and I've been working with Byron for 5 months now. We've worked in person and now through video during quarantine. It's been a great experience and I would surely recommend him!

I had no experience with string instruments and feel I'm on my way to playing the cello competently. Byron keeps things fun and moving along at a good pace. He's especially good at diagnosing the cause of any difficulties I'm having.
Sheila
Excellent for someone new to the instrument.
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Marshal Y.

Oakland, CA
Starting at $42
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches students 5 to 80
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Marshal Y.

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I start from scratch with every student, and create a plan based on their goals, experience, and preferred music styles. No two students have the same lesson.

Additionally, because the jazz school I attended gave students very strong instruction in harmony and ear-training, I teach students not just how to read notes, but to understand what they're playing so they can be more creative and versatile. Moreover, I encourage students to feel comfortable making mistakes in a safe environment so they can step outside of their comfort zone.

About Marshal

I've been involved with music for nearly my whole life. I started out with Suzuki violin lessons and then switched to the piano when I was in the 2nd grade and have been performing, studying, composing, and teaching ever since. I graduated from Yale with a Bachelor's in History and afterward e

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Josh
I recently took an intro to piano class from Marshal via Zoom. He e-mailed the course .pdf materials promptly after booking so that I could visually go over the lesson ahead of time. He had an easy going manner about himself and was okay with me interrupting on several occasions to ask a question or tell him I already knew the material being taught. Definitely recommended for beginners and children!
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Kristen B.

15 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $55
  • Speaks German, French, Italian
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Kristen B.

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This category of singing is listed under my profile for singers who are unsure about the genre of music they wish to pursue, or who may want to pursue more than one at the same time. My studio focuses on operatic and classical voice, with some reach into musical theater. I also offer limited voice coaching in other genres like screamo and metal with focus on healthy voice production and safety.

About Kristen

I want to dispel the myth that only a select few are "gifted" with beautiful voices. Singing is like a sport; it is a skill requiring refined muscular coordination, which anyone can improve with practice and focused instruction. My teaching experience encompasses students of all ages and abili

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Catheryn L.
I love Kristen!
She's so good at explaining the most confusing things about singing technique (which for a beginner is a lot). She's very patient and it's heartwarming when she gets excited about the times I do something right. I trust Kristen with my voice and I like how she encourages me to do hard but fun repertoire. Would definitely recommend!

P.S. Her voice is absolutely beautiful. You know you have a good teacher when she demonstrates something and you think, "I want to sound like that."
Ilja
A very good teacher for a beginner!
Ryan
Great first lesson. Broke everything down very nicely and got me excited to excel.

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Elaine L.

Teaches Online
Starting at $34
  • Teaches students 6 and up
  • Bachelor of Music - Vocal Performance from California State University of Long Beach
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Elaine L.

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Hi there! I graduated from CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance, and I also has 10 years of piano study under my belt and have completed Certificate of Merit Level 7. Let me know your goals with piano and I can help you get there, whether you're an ADULT (trust me, it's NEVER too late to start. Don't listen to nay-sayers, they are just afraid), a TEEN (this is the time of your life when music can seize your heart so if you have favorite artists, let's play their songs after we solidify some piano basics), or a child (we can learn at your pace while having fun). Progress is built with consistent practice and familiarizing yourself with piano, even if you're just messing around on it during the week.

About Elaine

"Elaine graduated from CSULB’s Bob Cole Conservatory with a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance. She studied Bel Canto singing technique and now applies those techniques as the lead vocalist in a multi-genre band Experiment 6 (pop, jazz-pop, r&b, rock, disco). With her band, she performs at bars, resta

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Gfire

78 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Speaks French, French
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Gfire

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In country music, it is all about connecting with the lyrics you are singing in an honest and musical fashion. I help you master this country singing technique, at all levels, beginning to advanced.

About Gfire

Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths

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Danny K.
So great in so many ways. Smart, supportive, flexible, understanding, professional, real smart ( did I mention smart)
Nancy
Gfire was amazing. In this very difficult year, Gfire's lessons gave my daughter an opportunity to continue with an activity that was safe and engaging. My daughter looked forward to her lesson every week. Gfire was fantastic at communicating with us and problem solving any tech issues that arose. She definitely did everything possible to provide the best possible lesson for my daughter. Thank you so much!!!!
Deepasriya
She works well with my daughter and is very nice and skilled. However, I personally prefer in-person piano lessons
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Gretchen G.

5 Reviews
Teaches Online
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  • Teaching since 1989
  • Teaches students 7 and up
  • Bachelors degree in Music Education from Shepherd University
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Gretchen G.

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Hello! I’m Gretchen and my love for flute playing and teaching runs deep! With over 25 years of experience, I am devoted to teaching flute to students of all ages and all ability levels. My degrees in music (BA in music education and MM in performance) have provided me with many teaching opportunities. Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of teaching elementary band in the California public schools, teaching flute and music appreciation at community colleges in Florida, directing a middle school honors flute ensemble, and, of course, teaching private flute lessons!
Currently, I teach at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton, at my studio “GIFT” in Kettering, and with the New Horizons Program through the University of Dayton. My love for all things flute shines through in my work. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced flutist looking to advance to the next level, I would love the opportunity to work with you. I encourage you to find your voice, tell your story, and share

About Gretchen

Hello! I’m Gretchen and my love for flute playing and teaching runs deep! With over 25 years of experience, I am devoted to teaching flute to students of all ages and all ability levels. My degrees in music (BA in music education and MM in performance) have provided me with many teaching opportu

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Kim
Our son began taking lessons with Gretchen starting the summer of 2016. She was his first flute instructor and we are glad he started out with her. In addition to her just being a great teacher, the opportunities she offers really increase the value of her as an instructor. The idea of learning to critique and be critiqued, performing in front of live audiences through GIFT, and having classes with other known instructors allow the students to improve general musicianship as well as flute playing.
Mary
Gretchen is a fantastic teacher. She is always encouraging and patient. Very good at listening and clearly explains all aspects of playing the flute.
Don
I am a lifelong musician (sax) who wanted to learn to play the flute and began by taking lessons from Gretchen. She is a terrific, experienced teacher and performer. She is an incredible musician and has a wide range of students ranging from young children to senior citizens (me as well as others) with a wide span of ability, skills and knowledge …beginners (me again) to very accomplished, experienced musicians. Gretchen is very adaptable and can effectively teach at all levels. She connects with her students and establishes excellent relationships with all. She is relaxed but focused, very positive and complimentary but can be gently critical when necessary. She’s cheerful, patient, optimistic and enthusiastic. Her lessons never get boring but are fun and fresh as she varies the focus of them, teaching basics, technical aspects and musical interpretation. She is great at managing any frustrations a student might experience and always celebrates their accomplishments and successes. And one of my favorite things is that somehow she always makes me feel good about my playing as we finish our lessons wether they be on-line or in person. Never boring…always encouraging…Gretchen is a great teacher. I’m lucky I found her.

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"Madeline is the best teacher!! My 12 year old daughter looked forward to each and every lesson! She made things so fun and she was so positive! Very up beat personality. My daughter got two major lead roles in school musicals with Madelines training. Our time with Madeline ended because she moved, or we would still be with her!!"
McKenzie
Took Vocal Training lessons from Madeline H.
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"This is only my 4th week and I have already decided to continue taking lessons from Murray. His skill, knowledge, teaching style, and enthusiasm has inspired me to practice for SEVERAL hours a week. Murray has not just simply gone through the lesson plan, but has given me some very good suggestions on how to practice more efficiently and gain comfort with new material. I see progress and I look forward to more in the upcoming months."
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Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Brittany is amazing. She clearly is a talented musician as well as she is amazing with kids. My kids were very excited to be taught by her and greatly look forward to their lessons.
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Took Violin lessons from Brittany N.
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Took Guitar lessons from Justin M.
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"I knew nothing about singing...but I feel like I’ve already learned so much! She has a contagious passion for music and I’m looking forward to growing with her help!"
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Took Singing lessons from Rachel H.
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Took Sitar lessons from Jonathan B.
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"Kristen is a wonderful teacher. She makes lessons enjoyable and productive."
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Took Singing lessons from Kristen B.
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"Excellent teacher. She teaches in a way that you can learn and understand. I would highly recommend her."
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Took Violin lessons from Rebecca F.
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"Sophia is absolutely the best piano teacher ever! She's punctual, kind, and patient. She genuinely cares that I understand not just how to play the piano, but also the theoretical apparatus behind the music that I'm learning to play. I will take lessons from her until I'm taking a dirt nap."
William
Took Piano lessons from Sophia T.
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"Camille is awesome!!! She is so knowledgeable and this was exactly what I was looking for. Thank you! `"
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Took Vocal Training lessons from Camille V.
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Music Lessons in San Francisco, CA

Welcome to San Francisco, the mecca of performing arts. While San Francisco may not have the musical history of other cities like New York or Nashville, what it does have is passion, and music groups ranging from classical to punk rock call the city home.

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