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About Neil K.

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About Neil
I am a Jazz Guitarist / Composer / Arranger / and Band Leader and teacher who has been working in the greater San Francisco Bay area for the past 10 years. Originally from the East Coast and Chicago I arrived in California in 1992. I hold a Master's Degree in music from San Jose State University where I majored in Jazz guitar performance and composition / arranging. I have been passionately teaching guitar for the past 12 years to students of all ages. My goal is to teach you the music YOU want to learn while expanding your musical awareness. I am a patient and understanding teacher who will a
ttempt to inspire students while pushing them to their playing potential. In addition to teaching I lead by example performing regularly in various Jazz ensembles. I have released a CD of original works entitled “Rivers Converge.”

*** Lesson Details ***
I have played and studied extensively the styles of Jazz, Rock, Blues, Classical,electric and acoustic guitar. I begin lessons by teaching students the fundamentals of the instrument and after a basic grasp of the guitar is developed I encourage students to learn songs / styles of their choice so that the musical experience is fun for them. In the first few months beginning students will learn the architecture of the guitar: string names & numbers, finger numbers, fret numbers, tablature, chord diagrams, basic time signatures, strum patterns, chord charts. I divide guitar playing into 3 major principles: Lead playing / improvisation, Chord playing / accompaniment, and Melody / note reading. Lessons will reflect the development of these principles. Scales and arpeggios and music theory lead to improvisation. Chord playing, chord progressions, open chords, bar chords, & power chords are used to play rhythm guitar in songs of the student’s choice. Melody playing is developed through learning to read music. For reading studies I utilize the Hal Leonard Guitar method for beginners and William Levitt’s Modern Method for guitar for more advanced students.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Converted room in garage w/ seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
students should have guitar, music stand and two armless chairs

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Jazz, Blues, and Rock styles but am equipped to teach beginning classical guitar as well. I try to combine technique and music reading with the learning of songs that interest the student.
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Randy March 25, 2017
· Guitar · In home
We are still practicing an hour after he left. My son and I are energized and can't wait until the next lesson!
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Juan M. April 9, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Before Neil, my 9-yr old son had taken "group" lessons for a year that were unstructured and did little to expand my son's interest in playing (thankfully these were with friends so he stuck with it).

Having studied music very seriously, I helped him a little but knew that a real guitar teacher is what he needed. Neil is just what I was looking for! He has a very laid back "attitude" but he's laser focused on keeping things moving, keeping things light, and being totally encouraging. He also is very open to teaching rock and jazz and I can tell he just wants to teach a student whatever style/music type that will keep the student engaged. After every class my son has been satisfied and excited with what he's learning (and I stay and listen and get a kick out of it too). We drive quite a ways to get to his place, but it has been totally worth it. Thanks Neil! You RAWK!!
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robert V. July 11, 2013
· Guitar ·
This course served my purpose

I have had only oneother guitar Teacher, and Neil was the Best of the 2. He is very easy to understand, and he makes it Fun and interesting. He is just a Great Teacher.
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San Jose, CA 95118
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About Jessica H.

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San Jose, CA
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Hi. This is Jessica H. Currently I just graduated from San Francisco conservatory of music with Masters degree. I am a very patient person who has huge passion about working with kids.I have been teaching piano over 15 years. Since I have been teaching a quite long time. I have had students who past the highest level of ABRSM exams. I can be more serious and push a student to get ahead, or simply teach to have fun - to appreciate and enjoy music. I have learned, is to expect the best, pay closest attention to the students - to what they are ready for, what they want, what they are struggling
with, and have a good sense of humor. Inspiring and developing students passion into music.
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Shan March 29, 2017
· Cello · In home
Jessica is a great teacher. She helped me starting with very basic skills. She is very pacient and easy to communicate with.
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samantha chua October 28, 2016
· Cello · In home
Jessica is a very knowledgeable, patience and dedicated teacher. I look forward to taking more lessons with her.
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Kevin L. August 17, 2014
· Chinese · In home
Great teacher with great personality!
She speaks the most standard Mandarin I ever heard .
Very beautiful tone as well !
I enjoyed working with her .
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Jessica H.

Jessica H.

San Jose, CA 95131
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$40 / 30-min

About DeAnna H.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!
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Remi Adam A. H. March 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Remi my grandson enjoy his piano class very much. Especially when Remi got home he practice or continue the song he did with his teacher...like he appreciate himself because it sounds beautiful. We grandparents are very proud to here a lovely melody he played.
The instructor is very good and patient with Remi, she makes sure she gets through him in her own special way.
Very grateful,
Remi's grandparents.
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Eliza March 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My grandson seems to enjoy it, it's the first class and I hope he'll continue the positive behavior I'd seen on him toward his piano.
I appreciate the instructor very much and I believe that Remi will gain something better from his piano.

Grateful, Remi's grandmother.
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Anshuman S. February 14, 2017
· Piano · In home
DeAnna is very professional, knowledgable and and excellent music teacher.
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DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(10)
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$75 / 45-min

About Andrew I.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Andrew
I have been playing and studying music in a variety of settings since 2008. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. This has given me experience in writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

I have been training people in various fields since 2013. I am currently a junior instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA where I teach a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations
. Feel free to send a question if you want to ask about anything before starting up.
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Jude March 26, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson
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Victoria February 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Learned a lot my in first lesson. Andrew is very informative and lets you take the wheel on the first day. He's VERY patient and soft spoken but very direct with his instructions during the lesson. I'm 31 and didn't think it was possible for me to even understand the basics of reading music but Andrew really explains things in a way where it's easy to comprehend. I really look forward to being under his care as I learn.
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Daniel C. January 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Learned a lot in 30 minutes!! Portrayed confidence as well as friendliness. I'm very excited for my next lesson
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Andrew I.

Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(15)
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$35 / 30-min

About Victoria W.

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Cupertino, CA

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Victoria came to the Bay Area in 2015 from Atlanta, Georgia where she received her music degree from Georgia State University. She has been playing the flute for 15 years and is knowledgeable in music theory and aural skills. Her teachers have included Allison Gillon and Sarah Ambrose, and has participated in masterclasses with professionals such as: Julien Beaudiment (former principal at LA Philharmonic), Christina Smith (principal at Atlanta Symphony), and Viviana Guzman (international touring artist) to name a few.

She has participated in many ensembles ranging from chamber groups, wind
ensembles and orchestras, and performed a solo recital in her senior year at GSU. She also performed with Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps on trumpet in 2011 and 2012. She has taught several high school marching bands since 2011 and currently works with the Homestead High School Marching Band while maintaining a private studio. She believes in teaching strong fundamentals.
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Macy April 13, 2017
· Flute · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson with Victoria.
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Claire C. March 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
On time, polite, knowledgable, and talented! What more do you need?
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Jaeyun January 11, 2017
· Flute · In home
thanks for good lesson
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Victoria W.

Victoria W.

Cupertino, CA 95014
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$35 / 30-min

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