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Max S.

16 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Max S.

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About Max

While other instructors teach multiple instruments, my specialized knowledge of saxophone can get you farther, faster. I help students make quick and efficient progress in developing a strong sound concept, learning saxophone-specific techniques, making appropriate repertoire choices, setting smart

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Larry C.
Thoroughly enjoyed the lesson with Max.
Daniel B.
awesome instructor saw great results in first lesson!
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Emiliano T.

12 Reviews
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Starting at $75
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (Jazz Performance) from The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Emiliano T.

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Professional guitarist, composer, and producer in Manhattan, NY. Honors graduate from the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music with 5 years of teaching experience. I'm here to help you achieve whatever it is YOU specifically seek in your musical development! This includes (but is not limited to) learning your favorite songs, developing guitar technique/facility, music theory/harmony, ear training, sight reading, rhythm/time/feel, home recording/production techniques, and even tools to combat performance anxiety. I'm a specialist in jazz, rock, blues, country, metal, alternative, folk, funk and pop guitar. I've dedicated my life to music and have a vast amount of experience studying, performing, recording, and teaching in a variety of genres. I'm here to help you tackle your personal goals and dreams in music!

About Emiliano

Born and raised in Austin, Texas, Emi began his formal training in jazz guitar with Berklee College of Music mentor and professor Bruce Saunders while attending college preparatory school at St. Stephen’s Episcopal. After graduating high school cum laude, at 18, Emi relocated to New York City wher

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Sam
I've taken lessons with Emi as a beginner and later as a more experienced guitarist. Always a great lesson. He's a fantastic teacher for people of any experience level. He goes out of his way to tailor his lessons to whatever you specifically want to learn.
Will
I've been trying to teach myself to play the guitar for months now, and I learned more with Emiliano in 2 lessons than I did in those months. If you really want to learn to play, get a lesson with Emiliano. It is worth it. He makes things easy to understand, and was super patient with me who has zero musical talent. I really cannot recommend him enough.
Matthew
Emiliano is a fantastic teacher. I knew little to nothing about guitar before working with him and he was able to easily walk me through everything. Thanks Emiliano!
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David S.

10 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2015
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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David S.

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My goal as a teacher is to give you the facility to express yourself through music. The key parts to developing this facility are:

1. theory -- if you know your theory, you know the best way to express your idea without having to think about it
2. technique -- the last thing you want is for your technique to hinder your ability to express your idea. Having good technique lets your ideas flow naturally

When you take lessons with me, you get out of it what you put in. Your job as student is to be honest with what you expect to achieve and my job as teacher is to give you the tools to achieve it

About David

I have been playing music almost my entire life. I first started on trombone in 4th grade then switched to guitar in 6th. I picked up the electric bass in my later teenage years and learned the upright bass (both jazz and classical) in college. My students get the benefit of my education, as well

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Jay
Very grateful to have found David on this site and add to the chorus of great reviews. I have entered the world of music through the bass guitar with David's instruction and am already hooked. Bass is a fascinating (and challenging) instrument so I appreciate working with a professional who caters to beginners. I am looking forward to exploring more about music with each lesson and gaining more confidence playing this instrument. Thanks David!
Kim
David has been immensely helpful in getting me on my way to understanding timing and getting me through some of my mental blocks. In 2 months with David, I feel like I understand more about music than I ever have. His explanations are clear and that makes all the difference in the world for me. He has an abundance of patience, knowledge, and a passion for music. I'm nowhere near where I want to be, but I'm closer than I've ever been...All thanks to David.
Lucas
David was very patient and thorough with the introductory lesson. He corrected some basic habits my son had and had him sounding better in 10 minutes.

He also had practical recommendations for daily practice.

I highly recommend David.

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Max S.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Awarded Grand Prize from International chamber music ensemble competition
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Max S.

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Music performance.

About Max

While other instructors teach multiple instruments, my specialized knowledge of saxophone can get you farther, faster. I help students make quick and efficient progress in developing a strong sound concept, learning saxophone-specific techniques, making appropriate repertoire choices, setting smart

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Chinna
Larry C.
Thoroughly enjoyed the lesson with Max.
Daniel B.
awesome instructor saw great results in first lesson!
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Carl W.

60 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from University of North Texas
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Carl W.

60 Reviews
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About Carl

As far back as I can remember I have always enjoyed performing music. I can remember during my elementary school years how I would play drums during church service. Some days I would sneak in my dad's closet to play his saxophone. I began learning how to play saxophone in middle school and by the ti

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Dee
Carl is a wonderful instructor. I may get a little overzealous at times, but he’s always patient and he indulges my imagination of being Kenny Dee. :)
LaRon Archibald
GREAT INSTRUCTOR!!! Carl is very patient when teaching technique. I liked the approach he'd take to help me understand fingering and learning theory behind what I was doing. Just unfortunate covid 19 came and disrupted my in-home teachings.....I'd recommend him to anybody looking for an good instructor.
Dionna J.

Rob S.

27 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Speaks
  • Teaches students 1 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Rob S.

27 Reviews
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I can help you to improve your performance skills with my extensive experience performing all over the country.

About Rob

I am an accomplished, award-winning guitarist, composer and teacher and have been teaching guitar and music for 20 years. I have both a Bachelor's and a Masters Degree in Music. I teach all levels from beginner to advanced, including at the university level, and all styles (rock, jazz, blues, folk,

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Juan *.
Great teacher for my 8yr old daughter. He is patient and explains things I'm a way that gets through to my kid. Highly recommended!
Bella
Phenomenal teacher! Rob simplifies advance techniques and organizes your lesson based on your personal goals. My lessons have been very informative but still always fun! I’ve improved significantly since our lessons began and have received guidance on how to make the most of my practice time on my own as well.

During this quarantine, having my lessons virtually is such a light during these challenging times, and they’re just as enjoyable as in person. Rob really is easygoing and has a great sense of humor!
Myles
Excellent teacher! Highly recommend! Feel like I’m going to learn so much and improve greatly!

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Average Cost of Music Performance Lessons in Santa Cruz, CA

The average cost of 60-minute music performance lessons in Santa Cruz is $69. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $300 per hour.
30 min
$41 average
45 min
$56 average
60 min
$69 average

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"Jesus is an excellent teacher in every way. He is personable, patient, flexible and has great rapport with my daughter. I feel very lucky to have found such a wonderdul teacher."
Victoria
Took Music Performance lessons from Jesus G.
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"Eric was great. Hadn't played in a while and he really helped me get back into it and rekindled my love of music."
Phil
Took Music Performance lessons from Eric B.
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"Nicholas has been teaching my daughter vocal lessons for about 11 months and he’s fantastic!

She’s improved so much in 10 months! He’s awesome and delivers results! My daughter enjoys her lessons with him and she’s just 9 years old and has developed so much due to his mentor ship. My daughter also has an aptitude for singing and tends to catch on to his instructions quickly."
Ashok
Took Music Performance lessons from Nicholas M.
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"She is a great teacher. She loves God and wants to serve him to the highest. Awesome experience."
Marty
Took Music Performance lessons from Melanie A.
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"Greg is a true craftsman and consummate performer. I can’t think of a better Bass Player I’ve had the pleasure to work with."
Bill
Took Music Performance lessons from Greg C.
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"Since I was in high school, I’ve always wanted to develop my skills as a piano player, drummer, or guitarist. I had a ways to go, and Greg was assigned to help me grow in our youth worship team. Out of the years I spent there, Greg was the best teacher I had! Hands on training, coherent instructions, and constructive feedback from our sessions were what made me into the musician I am today. Greg Campbell is the best!"
Christian
Took Music Performance lessons from Greg C.
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"My daughter Ashley has studied with Stacey for over 2 years. She is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and makes lessons fun but productive. She wants the very best for her students and works very hard to make sure that they excel in their chosen field of music. Stacey always made sure that Ashley was prepared for upcoming competitions, college auditions and even helped her find scholarship opportunities.Stacey has also worked with numerous other students that Ashley attended school with and they absolutely love her as well. I would highly recommend Stacey to anyone in need of a good music instructor."
Ashley
Took Music Performance lessons from Stacey S.
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"I have had the pleasure of playing in very complex musical collaborations with Suzan G. a couple of times recently and am thrilled to find out that she is a teacher with Takelessons. I am a TL music teacher, and having seen her live and in person and discussed the theory of the music we are performing, I can highly recommend her.

Suzan is thoroughly knowledgable about music theory and composition and movement. Her piano skills are excellent especially when seen in the arena of jazz improve composition on the fly with a group of professionals. She can sight read complicated charts and sing beautifully at the same time, for songs she has never done, and these are the challenges that true musicians thrive upon.

As a TL teacher of children also, I can see that Suzan is very family friendly and cheerful, kind and helpful. All good signs of an excellent teacher! Your Kids will love her.

Way to go, Suzan, and keep up the great work!"
Jane Y. (Ridgefield, WA)
Took Music Performance lessons from Suzan G.
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"Anastasia is helping me prepare for a role in a German Operetta with spoken dialogue. She is assisting with the translation of the German libretto, pronunciation, and playing the score. She has been great to work with!"
Jennie
Took Music Performance lessons from Anastasia S.
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"Simply amazing. Best decision I've made in a long time."
Don
Took Music Performance lessons from Shanita J.
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