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About Steven B.

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Alameda, CA

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I began classical piano instruction in 1960 and took private lessons for ten years before branching out into all the other styles of music. I have taught, recorded and performed professionally since 1978, and will show you proper hand and finger technique, music theory, how to read notation and chord charts/symbols, and equally as important teach you how to play by ear. I teach all ages, all styles and all levels of piano, and will teach you how to have fun with it all along the way!

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.

Alameda, CA 94501
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About James P.

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Petaluma, CA
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I play and teach all styles and all ages. I'm patient and supportive with younger students. A typical comment from older students about my lessons would be: "I've had so many years of piano lessons and this is the stuff I've always wanted to learn.
I have most students improvising at their very first lesson.

About James
I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.

Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.

*** Lesson Details ***
I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then
we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

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Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock
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Michele L. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I came away from my lesson with James feeling so happy and knowing that he will be teaching and encouraging me all the way going forward. I am actually lost for words to express what an incredibly positive experience I had today. I am also looking forward to my grand daughter taking lessons from James now too. I feel I got lucky that James is the teacher that was found for me.
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Marcus C. July 16, 2015
· Piano · In studio
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Thanks James.
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Mike W. March 24, 2015
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
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James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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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.

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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
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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Youjia S. November 9, 2018
· Chess · Online
My daughter struggled to stay focused for the whole one hour. It would be better to have video conference option so she can see the teacher.
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Priyanka S. August 27, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Melissa was the perfect teacher for my child. She's warm, engaged, patient -- and very skilled. I think my daughter continued with her piano instruction only because she enjoyed her classes so much! If we hadn't moved an hour away, we would still be going to Melissa. She's awesome! I highly recommend her.
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James August 25, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher. I learned a lot.
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Melissa M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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About Josh B.

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San Rafael, CA

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Have fun learning piano! Making music is one of the greatest joys in life and anyone can do it. You don't need any musical experience at all to start playing your favorite pieces on the piano.

I teach beginning pianists who are just starting out or are continuing to develop their skills. I teach adults and children. I will work with you to improve your piano skills and musicianship and have fun while doing it. Play your favorite pieces or I can offer repertoire. My focus is classical and popular music. You will learn technique, music theory, and performance skills. Lessons are tailored to the student's interests and skills.

I have 7+ years piano experience and spent a year training at Juilliard's evening division. I am currently in school pursuing a degree in Music.

About Josh
Have fun learning piano! Making music is one of the greatest joys in life and anyone can do it. You don't need any musical experience at all to start learning to play the piano.

I teach beginning and intermediate pianists who are just starting out or are continuing to develop their skills. I teach adults and children. I will work with you to improve your piano skills and musicianship and have fun while doing it. Play your favorite pieces or I can offer repertoire. My focus is classical and popular music. You will learn technique, music theory, and performance skills. Lessons are tailored to the student's interests and skills.

I have been playing piano since I was 8 years old. I have trained privately, at the college level and spent a year studying at Juilliard's evening division. I am currently pursuing an Associate degree in Music.
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Josh B.

San Rafael, CA 94901
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$45 / 30-min
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About Alex L.

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Fremont, CA

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Piano is the optimal instrument to learn as a first instrument. Everything is laid out in front of you, with only time and practice between you and greatness. Let me help you get there!

About Alex
I was passionate about music when I was younger, but I never had the tools to get where I wanted. Music was always a mystery to me and I got stuck learning from tabs and not stepping out of my circle of knowledge. It wasn't until I pursued music seriously that my love for the art really took off. I suggest doing the same! Let me help you get there quicker!

I received my associates degree in music from Ohlone College in Fremont, CA, and I will receive my Bachelors in music from San Jose State University Spring of 2019. I have taught guitar, bass, piano, and composition to students from 8-80 over the past 12 years. I am excited to meet you and to help you succeed!
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Pratibha January 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Alex is experienced and seasoned guitar teacher . My kid is learning and enjoying at the same time
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Nidhi January 29, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Alex has been teaching guitar to my 14 year old son since last summer and my son really enjoys his lessons. Alex is very patient and goes at my son's pace. He is prompt and flexible. I would highly recommend Alex!
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Andy January 29, 2019
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, flexible, and fun. I'm an adult learner and intermediate musician and Alex provided me with exactly the kind of hands-on assistance I wanted. He really kick-started implementing music theory into my own playing.
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Alex L.

Fremont, CA 94539
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About Mohan S.

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San Francisco, CA
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This is Mohan - a global health professional that now calls the Bay area home. I am also a classical pianist with a background in light jazz/other contemporary styles. I started playing at age 3 in my home country, India, and have been playing for 30+ years and teaching part-time for a few of those years. I am looking to teach adults and kids of all ages on week nights and weekends while I stay active in the field of public health during the day. I am comfortable teaching piano (mainly classical piano) and music theory to students of all age groups and levels, including advanced classical players. I am conveniently located a block from BART in the busiest neighborhood in San Francisco, the Mission District.

I am a graduate of Berklee College of Music, Boston where I won the Zambelli piano competition. I emphasize and insist on strong music theory and ear training foundations as part of my instruction in piano playing, regardless of what style or genre you may be learning about. My ...

About Mohan
Mohan is a classically trained pianist who started piano lessons at the age of 3 and went on to win national-level piano competitions in his early teens in his home country, India. Mohan won the 1st prize at the Emmanuel Zambelli Piano Competition when he was at the Berklee College of Music in Boston from where he graduated Summa cum Laude in piano performance and music therapy. Mohan also holds a Master of Public Heath degree from Harvard University, where he was a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship at the Harvard Kennedy School.
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Mohan S.

San Francisco, CA 94110
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$50 / 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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