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Diane C.

24 Reviews
Greenbrae, CA
Starting at $32
  • Speaks French, German, Duala, English, Arabic
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1976
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Diane C.

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As I needed to learn other languages, I can assist anyone whose native language is not English to become more proficient, improve their grammar, and gain better conversational skills. Thanks to my knowledge of other languages (and cultures), I am uniquely positioned to understand some of the English language's challenges.
One of my specialties is interview prep. I worked in IT, in marketing, and have an MBA, interviewed candidates and been interviewed myself - so I can share insights with my students. I also help edit resumes, and ask relevant questions about your professional journey...
I also hold "regular conversation," while I listen attentively to my student, and correct grammar and style.

About Diane

Bonjour! Hello! Hallo! Yay! We can start in-person lessons again, as long as basic distancing is kept. I have been vaccinated and I would prefer my students to be vaccinated, too, but it's not a deal breaker. I teach several languages: French, German, and English for non-native English speaker

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Daria
I have been a student with Diane for the last few years and she is the best French teacher I have ever had. Not only is she an amazing teacher but she is also genuinely fun to be with. This year, Diane helped me pass the French B2 Certification exam - she provided me with all the resources I could have ever hoped for, and I really couldn't have done it without her! I highly recommend her for anyone
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Wonderful Lesson. I believe Diane will be able to help me learn French well.
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Kristen B.

16 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $55
  • Speaks German, French, Italian
  • BM, Voice performance- opera from Concordia College
  • Teaches students 12 and up
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Kristen B.

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This is the focus of my vocal studio, and I began teaching in this style when I opened my voice studio in 2005. Curriculum will vary depending on your experience level with the subject and voice type. Technique is instructed from a variety of backgrounds, with basis in physiology of healthy voice production due to my combined background in classical vocal performance and voice therapy.

About Kristen

COVID has changed the singing game, and I like to believe that it opened the opportunity to sing to those who otherwise wouldn't try it. I hope more people find joy in these moments of isolation through creating music from their homes! I want to dispel the myth that only a select few are "gifted"

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Emily
I am so thankful for Kristen! She is so knowledgable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. I highly recommend her for beginner singers.
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!
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Jim T.

5 Reviews
Fairfax, CA
Starting at $40
  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Jazz Piano and Modern Music Theory from Cabrillo College, Aptos, CA
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Jim T.

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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 B

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Mario L.
Very good at tuning into my needs. Jim is an excellent musician and teacher.
Sarah
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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Steven B.

24 Reviews
Alameda, CA
Starting at $40
  • Speaks
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 7 to 65
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Steven B.

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How to change voicings and inversions to best suit vocal and instrumental accompaniments.

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 f

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Debora H.
Wonderful first lesson with Steven. Steven shows a real interest in teaching. My success is his sucess. I learned a lot at the first lesson. He’s very knowledgeable, informative and has an easy going and fun teaching style. Looking forward to future lessons!
Sue M.
Great. He’s very talented I’m excited to begin working with him.
Lavernne
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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Kathryn K.

34 Reviews
Petaluma, CA
Starting at $95
  • Speaks English
  • Awarded Critics Circle Award Kathryn K from San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle Award
  • Teaching since 2001
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Kathryn K.

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Working with actors for film and television is my specialty. I coach for auditions, self tapes and for productions in development and on sets making sure they are prepared and doing their best work.
If you’ve never been on set we will work to make sure you achieve the ability to understand what is needed to work as an actor in this medium. I want you to explore what it's like to experience the unbelievable amount of satisfaction you can have by allowing yourself to study acting. I teach from a method base and will work on monologues and audition materials, collaborating with you on what it is you need to understand how we go about doing this thing called acting. One thing you must know about me, I am really nice. I won't crush your dreams. I will, however, make sure you attain them. I can come to you or you can meet me where I teach. I have been teaching virtually for 10 years. If you want to act, we can make it happen.

About Kathryn

Kathryn K I am happy to offer committed actors, music performers and executives private sessions to strengthen your performance and ignite your work. For actors I specialize in acting for film, television and theatre as a Method Acting Coach. I am a member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA. We will address

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Deborah D.
Kathryn has helped me build my skills and confidence in presenting and recording myself on video for corporate and sales facing content. No detail too small or not discussed... in a good way... from lighting, to microphone placement, to clothing, to make-up, to how to mentally prepare before hand, to the content and the delivery. This is the beginning of what I hope to be a long term journey to continuously hone my skills. She is down to earth, real, genuine, kind and funny. Money very well invested.
Jamie M.
Loved working with Kathryn this first lesson. She gave me some tools that I can use right away. She is delightful and fun to work with!
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Erik C.

6 Reviews
San Francisco, CA
Starting at $85
  • Speaks
  • Teaching since 1995
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Erik C.

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With a Master Of Music degree in Voice Performance from Boston University, I am passionate about helping each student discover his/her unique voice. A student of the esteemed operatic soprano, Phyllis Curtin, my pedagogy is founded on the principles of classical bel canto technique. With strong emphasis on maintenance of a coordinated singing posture and fully supported diaphragmatic breathing, my teaching allows most students to see improvements in ease and beauty of tone within two lessons.

I do believe that time spent outside of one's lessons applying the technique in private practice is THE MOST important building block to mastery of one's voice. I encourage all students to record their lessons for use in their private practice. Objectively listening to yourself and developing a discriminating ear for your sound is essential to successful development.

In addition to teaching, I am a busy performer in the San Francisco Bay Area, providing the singing voice for celebrated drag ...

About Erik

Let's make some joyful noise together! Singing beautifully is one of the most freeing and gratifying experiences one can have. I grew up singing in church, my local high school music program and community choral organizations. So singing is a fundamental part of my personal history and experience. M

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Lily
Erik was a warm, engaging, intelligent, and FUN vocal instructor. My husband and I took lessons for our wedding performance and continued afterward as well because it was so fun! Erik has a bounty of knowledge, an incredibly precise ear, helpful tips, and a lot of patience! Highly recommend him for any style of vocal signing as he has a broad range of technical talent and is very precise in his feedback. Erik you rock!!
Mark
Erik is a fantastic voice teacher and is a wonderful person. I cannot recommend him highly enough. I have recently started voice lessons with Erik after a 10+ year break from singing opera and choral music, and I have learned so much from him already in the two moths we have been working together - posture, breathing techniques, analysis of the text and score, ....
Our lessons are well organized, very helpful, and a lot of fun. I look forward to my weekly lessons with Erik and hope to study with him for a long time.
Max
I had the good fortune of participating in two master classes led by Erik Chalfant. Erik is very knowledgable about the mechanics of vocal production, but what’s more is that he inspires as he teaches. He is engaging and energetic, and also very effective. He connects with his students, regardless of their level of expertise or experience. I have recommended Erik to several fellow musicians, and would again without hesitation.

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"Dynamite today......really practical lesson training my voice instead of learning to play the keyboard. (think I'll miss another week like I did last week so I can keep getting to the neat stuff---but I trust Ben's guidance). And he gave me a glimpse of where we are headed in the next couple weeks. GETTING EXCITING NOW !!!!"
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"Dave is a very talented musician. He knows how to connect with students and is always willing to try new things. Easy going and informative, I have been coming to Dave for the greater part of 8months.

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"My daughter is loving her lessons with Tammy. We are grateful for her kindness, warmth, and abundant talents in all styles of music for piano. She listens to my daughter to better understand her and her tastes in music while also ensuring that skills and fundamentals are also developed. Tammy is always prompt and dependable as well. I recommend her for students of all ages."
Marsha
Took Acoustic Guitar lessons from Tammy Y.
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"Trevor is a great instructor, even if you are just beginning to play the guitar. He pays attention, provides good feedback on technique, is appropriately encouraging, and shares my enthusiasm for learning this instrument. Very knowledgeable, a real pro."
Rob
Took Classical Guitar lessons from Trevor P.
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"Chris adapts to different learning styles very well, and he's very approachable and kind. His passion for music is inspiring and he makes complex ideas simple and easy to understand. If you're a beginner (like me), he makes sure you completely nail down the fundamentals to prevent any later confusion. It's also very helpful that he provides lesson recordings and short lists, summarizing what you should be practicing each week."
Steph
Took Bass Guitar lessons from Chris C.
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"Sienna enjoyed her first class with you Kevin. She is super excited for more lessons."
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Took Guitar lessons from Kevin D.
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Murray does a great job of encouraging the student while he is teaching. He takes the time needed to explain the very basics before moving onto the more difficult concepts. He played for me and my family after my lesson was over! We really enjoyed it! He knows what he's doing and he has the instrument knowledge to back it up!"
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Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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Took Singing lessons from Molly M.
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