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About Amber S.

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Vallejo, CA

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About Amber
I have been a performing singer-songwriter/graphic artist for 15+ years have written roughly 200 original songs, released several CDs and performed hundreds of shows. Music has been an important part of my life and has given me enormous amounts of joy and growth as an individual. Both of my parents are musicians and I was fortunate to have their support and guidance in addition to formal and informal training from various musicians over the years but mostly, I developed my style of playing from many hours of playing and experimenting. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach others the tools needed to start their own journey in music.

- Specialties -
Guitar, Piano, Songwriting: Folk, Rock, Blues & Country.

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I am both easy going and goal oriented. I want my students to get the most out of their lessons and
enjoy every minute. Ideally, within 6 months, the student should know and be able to play major and minor chords (instruments only), understand basic music notation, time signatures, and be able to follow basic sheet music (results will vary with each student). Students are encouraged to name songs that they wish to learn to keep them excited and interested in learning. Emphasis will be on accuracy, performance techniques and having fun!

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Each student needs a guitar or piano/keyboard and a 3 ring binder as well as a music book (book not required for voice). I provide both for $15. I recommend supporting local music stores before going to the big chains. I can help with choosing an instrument if needed.
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Theresa September 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amber is an excellent instructor.
My granddaughter is 7 years old and her ability to be attentive is limited.
However, Amber is able to maintain my granddaughter's attention. She is patient and work well with the challenging young children.
She promotes interest for the music world, and ensure that her students obtain an awesome experience.
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Veronica M. August 17, 2018
· Piano ·
Amber is very knowledgeable on what she does. She is very kind, sweet and professional. Couple of times she adjusted her time for my daughter ‘s availability in a short notice. I will recommend Amber to everyone looking for a piano lesson.
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keith February 19, 2018
· Piano · In studio
my daughter loves her!
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Amber S.

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About Matthew V.

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Saint Louis, MO

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About Matthew
I teach because I love it... I love seeing a student reach their goals.

I’ve been working with music students for long enough now that I am able to quickly determine what their next best action should be… the action that will enable them to grow & evolve as guitar players. I have a keen sense of ascertaining a student’s skill level, so that I can quickly get them into working on the musicianship skills that will transform their playing. My sessions are efficient: they are very effective, very quickly.

As a beginner, you can approach the learning process in a way that keeps it fun & exciting while building the techniques & vocabulary that you use every day.
The cool thing about the guitar is that all of the chords & strumming patterns that you learn from day one are the same chords & strumming patterns you’ll use as an intermediat
e or advanced player. You don’t have to start with super basic “baby” steps & then learn what the “real” players use later down the road. You get to immediately start with the real deal.
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Matthew V.

Matthew V.

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$75 / 75-min

About Emil V.

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Bronx, NY

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About Emil
I started to study the piano at the age of seven with Hrant Minassian in my hometown of Island Park, New York. During high school I continued my studies with Jack Chaikin , a graduate of the Juilliard School. I attended Hofstra University where I received a B.A. in Music in 1979. At Hofstra, my piano teachers were Blanche Abram and Morton Estrin.

After graduating from Hofstra, I moved into Manhattan and continued my piano studies with Elena Wolkonsky at the Juilliard School. I also took a few lessons from Adam Aleksander, concert pianist, in Miami. So all together, I took lessons for 20 years with six different teachers!

I started teaching piano when I was 18 years old and taught all throughout college. After enjoying a successful career in data processing for 22 years, I decided to go back to teaching piano in 2003.

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ughly enjoy what I am doing. It's a pleasure to pass on to my students everything that my great teachers taught me.
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Travis October 31, 2018
· Classical Piano · Online
A wonderfully skilled teacher with decades of experience, Emil will certainly help take your playing to the next level.
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Celia October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Emil is very easy to work with and is a fun and inspired teacher. My daughter loves taking lessons from him.
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LIYANG S. June 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher! Patient and nice to the kid beginner.
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Emil V.

Emil V.

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About Samuel P.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
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About Samuel
Hello potential students, my name is Sam! I would love to be your new music teacher. I received my Master of Music, Performance degree from San Diego State University where I served as a Graduate Assistant.

During this time I conducted the SDSU Percussion Ensemble, performed professionally with the San Diego Symphony and San Diego City Ballet, and had a large private studio of 37 students.

I recently moved to San Luis Obispo to work in arts administration. My experience as a professional performer, educator, and administrator provides my students with a well rounded background to pursue music at a variety of levels in a fun and engaging manner.

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Whether my students are young or old, taking lessons as a hobby or wishing to pursue a career in music, I tailor my lessons to meet each individual student’s nee
ds and expectations.
I want you or your child to have fun during our lessons but I also want you to grow as a musician.

I try to build on what the student already likes, listens to, and has a passion for. I encourage students to bring their favorite songs to learn during lessons. I also use songs by classic artists like The Beatles and other historical standards as they can provide a perfect (fun and familiar) platform to learn many different aspects of drumming and musical performance.

In addition to being a drummer and percussionist, I have a strong background in music theory and I want to make sure my students not only know how to play their instrument, but also become familiar with reading and writing music.

After a few months taking lessons, you or your child can expect to have a better understanding of music and have acquired the basic tools and techniques which will allow you to play your favorite pieces of music.

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For drum set lessons, I will provide a practice pad for starter lessons as students learn the basics of drumming. It is highly preferred that the student have a drum set at their location. The student should also supply a location in which to have a private lesson.

*** Specialties ***

All styles of drumming

*** Curriculum ***

My curriculum changes depending on the student's ability level, age, and instrument of choice. I typically use a method book for reinforcement of musical fundamentals, and a supplementary "project" piece of music that the student enjoys playing and learning. I do this so that my students can see direct connections between music fundamentals and playing music that they enjoy. My own personal knowledge and experience as a musician is always added to each lesson as well.
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Jim August 1, 2018
· Drum · In home
In home lessons with Sam are amazing. Sam allowed my son to get excited about drumming while teaching him how to be proactive about how to learn and practice. Great teacher, I highly recommend him!
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Tracey May 7, 2018
· Marimba · In home
I take marimba lessons with Sam. I rented a marimba just for something beautiful to learn and enjoy. I was looking for someone who can show me the basics and Sam has done a great job.
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Stacy May 7, 2018
· Drum · Online
Online lessons with Sam are easy, informational, and fun. I couldn’t ask for a better teacher!
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Samuel P.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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About Justin M.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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About Justin
Like most guitarists, I had always wanted to play the guitar as a little kid. Luckily, my parents finally caved to the request (ok ok, incessant begging) and I began my guitar journey at the age of 11. After now 20 years of playing and 12 years of teaching, I am excited to share my experience and thoughts about how to learn music and guitar.

My journey with the guitar has taken me from the electric rock of Jimi Hendrix, to the shredding of Joe Satriani, then the otherworldly sounds and speed of Al di Meola, and, finally, to the broad world of classical guitar, Flamenco and world music. Over the years, I have compiled a set of skills, techniques, and theories from all corners of the musical globe to help teach students the fastest path to guitar mastery. My goal is to show you how to master the fundamental skills of guitar in order to
play in any style and ultimately create your own music.
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Lisa November 14, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In home
Justin is an excellent teacher!! He is a master guitarist, always punctual, very courteous and gives 100% to my lesson. I am learning classical guitar and jazz guitar with him and I am delighted with the progress I've made in just a few months. I am playing beautiful songs and before his lessons I could not play any classical guitar songs at all. Justin tailors the lessons to help me learn the songs I am excited about learning to play. I most highly recommend him as a teacher for any style guitar. Amazingly he also teaches ukulele and mandolin too! He has a degree from Cal Poly in music and guitar and has over 20 years teaching experience. If you really want to learn how to play guitar easily and quickly, take lessons with him!
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Chris November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Justin has been awesome. He really knows his stuff, and he has a natural gift for teaching. I am learning everything from reading tabs to playing my favorite songs. I'm having a blast!
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About Ani K.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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About Ani
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. ​
I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios.
I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
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Teresa November 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
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Robert N. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing teacher, fantastic personality, excellent with my two kids! Very flexible with schedule, we are super happy with Ani!
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Angella W. May 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Today is my first day with Ani, not too much to say yet, but I gave her a four because of her knowledge and patience
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About David F.

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Eagle Mountain, UT

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About David
I have been playing guitar for 20 years I mainly play electric and sometimes like to just sit outside and play acoustic. I mainly play metal, rock and blues but can teach any style.
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David F.

David F.

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$30 / 30-min

About Alessandro G.

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Miami Beach, FL
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About Alessandro
"Provider of deep and infectious dance grooves and an environment of well-being".

This is how Alessandro describes himself as the same Producer & DJ. Without fear of going too deep, his emotional musical selections are his own therapy. Having grown up in his father's eclectic rock combination (Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam), European electronica (Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream), also lucky boy married to his fabulous Juliet, who influenced him with the music of the 80s synthesized ( Depeche Mode, Gary Numan) ... Lover of computers by vocation ... everything that is infused with his own love for techno and video game music, Alessandro ended with a quite varied spectrum of musical influence.

Nowadays, this translates into sets in which all the pieces of this music that he loves are mixed and inserted: beautiful synthesizer works, ethereal backdr
ops, restless bass lines and occasional vocal hooks ... all in the top of a pronounced rhythm of house-foot-shuffling.

A very active member of his local community, Alessandro is no stranger to the ups and downs of the music scene of a small town. Although he loves playing in nightclubs, courtyards and special events, his love for music goes beyond the spectrum of mixing melodies. As a producer, DJ, live mixer engineer, promoter and label owner, he has found many ways to express musically.

"For me, it's all about a state of mind and a deep and hypnotic rhythm ... playing the tracks that will hit your feet and nodding without the account, regardless of the gender, rhythm, style or date of launching. "
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Alessandro G.

Alessandro G.

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About Tommy Y.

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Mechanicsburg, PA
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About Tommy
Hello, my name is Thomas and I have been playing the ukulele for over 5 years now! I have taught my friends how to play the ukulele throughout the years and made it so enjoyable that they have went out to purchase a ukulele of their own. I think the world would be a better place if more people played the ukulele as it is perfect to relieve some stress.

I wouldn't say I am a "professional ukulele player" but not many can! I can, however, state that I can make very enjoyable lessons for you and can guarantee to get you to where you want to be. I can have you playing confidently in just a few lessons.

I have played in solo gigs as well as in a "band" and my biggest musical accomplishment was opening up for Mumford and Sons back in 2014.

I am excited to start a musical journey with anyone and look forward to seeing you progress :)
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Marissa September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Seriously the best instructor I've ever had hands down. He made me laugh and made the first lesson I had with him so stressfree. It was as if i knew he forever. he checks in on me every once in a while and that goes a long way. i would recommend tommy to anyone and hes the best! cant do better!
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Julia September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Really patient and fun teacher. I was really scared of reaching out but wanted to play the ukulele at my talent show. I only had 2 lessons with him but that was enough for him to give me the confidence I needed to play my piece flawlessly. He did a great job by being silly and bringing me out of my shell. Thank you for everything and I look forward to jamming with you soon
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Kat September 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Just like everyone has mentioned already, Tommy does a great job making an easygoing environment. I looked forward to each lesson and he did a fantastic job and helping me at my own speed. It was tons of fun and we still keep in contact just for fun. The highlight was having him play at an open mic night with me at our local coffee shop! YOU ROCK THOMAS
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About Kevin W.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

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I've been involved in music since fifth grade loved it since! As a performer, I was heavily involved in my high school's music program being involved in: the advanced jazz band (drum set), advanced choir (baritone), musical pit (drum set/auxiliary percussion), show band (vibraphone/tenor drums), and undefeated indoor percussion (drum set/tenor drums). I've also been offered spots to play the vibraphone with the world-class Seattle Cascades Drum Corps and tenor drums with the world-class Oregon Crusaders Indoor. As a performer, audiences love my energy and expressiveness.

As a teacher, students love my laid-back nature and patience to create a stress-free learning environment. I customize my lessons to fit individual students' goals and experience. I love teaching because I get to meet so many different people with varying backgrounds,
and I would love to meet you too!
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Sion November 2, 2018
· Drum ·
Very fun and cool dude. Learned a lot from him.
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Brian October 30, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Very knowledgeable and supportive. Matches the student's pace and teaches new concepts in an intuitive way, I would recommend him to musicians of all ages.
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Zeke October 27, 2018
· Percussion · In studio
Kevin was a great teacher. He’s patient, skilled, and always wants his students to succeed.
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Kevin W.

Kevin W.

San Luis Obispo, CA 93410
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