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About Laurence B.

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San Mateo, CA
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About Laurence
I am a highly experienced and qualified piano teacher, teaching all ages and levels from beginner to advanced. I have proven success in taking students up to the top level of the ABRSM exams, and I am a member of the California Music Teachers Association.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Music (piano pedagogy), 2004, Notre Dame de Namur University, Belmont, CA (award of excellence)
Bachelor of Arts degree in Musicology, Sorbonne, Paris (cum laude)
State Piano Teaching Diploma, France
Gold Medal in Piano Performance, Conservatoire National

EXPERIENCE

I have been giving weekly individual piano and theory lessons for many years, presenting many for the ABRSM grade examinations. I also accompany high school choirs, and enjoy playing chamber music with the Arte Piano Trio. I am a enthusiastic pianist and enjoy sharing t
his passion with my students.

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I am familiar with the major piano methods, but rather than slavishly following one method, I prefer to adapt my teaching approach and pace to the needs and personality of each student, using whatever material is best suited for them. I ensure my students can read the notes they are playing, and thoroughly understand the rhythms, so they can become independent musicians. I also emphasize playing musically, even at beginning level, so they can enjoy and understand the music immediately. My students also have the opportunity to play in student recitals twice per year.

I can teach in English or French, using either letter name notes or the solfege method (do re mi).

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano (all periods) and chamber music
Broadway musicals and popular song music
I am specialized in preparing students for the internationally recognized ABRSM Grade exams.
I am familiar with most popular piano methods such as Faber and Faber, Alfred, Denes Agays, John Thompson and Bastien, and Dozen a Day for technique, and use them when I feel it is appropriate for the particular student.
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Sam M. October 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is the best! Lessons with her are one of the best parts of my week. She is a master of piano pedagogy, ready with a solution to any trouble I'm having with the exercises, sight reading or music I'm working on. She loves to joke around and have fun but is very serious and passionate about music at the same time. It's a perfect balance! Can't recommend more.
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Kurt October 8, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is an excellent teacher. She was understanding when the schedule needed to be changed due to my scheduling needs. She provided the appropriate amount of encouragement and patience, especially when my practicing was limited. I learned a great deal from Laurence and highly recommed her.
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Lin February 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Laurence is an excellent teacher! I really like her systematic teaching style with integrated music theory. She is very good at going at the student’s pace, and her enthusiasm inspires greatness. I learned from her for about half a year and the results excelled my expectations. I’m always look forward to talking more lessons from her!
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Laurence B.

Laurence B.

San Mateo, CA 94403
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$38 / 30-min

About Jeff W.

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Montara, CA

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About Jeff
Hello, My name is Jeff Wheeler.

I have been playing drum set for 19 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 6 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

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- reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
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Zeon L. October 25, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jeff is a very creative teacher. His play is wonderful. This motivate my son a lot from learning drum with him. My son has a great improve just a few lesson. We all like his hard work and patient be with kid. He is a gentle and polite drummer that impressing us his great play!
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David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
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David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from Jeff.
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Jeff W.

Jeff W.

Half Moon Bay, CA 94019
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About Rhonda S.

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Hayward, CA

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About Rhonda
I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked!

I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band.

During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990.

I have been playing guitar for 32 years. I have played professionally in the San Franc
isco Bay Area in various rock, country, and blues bands as well as playing solo acoustic performances at local coffee houses and Farmer's Markets.

I have been teaching private guitar lessons for 25 years and piano for 15. I like to keep learning fun! I am a very patient, compassionate teacher who will come up with creative ways to explain/demonstrate something new.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is the most fun activity that people of all ages can enjoy. And learning how to play music should be fun too! When students inquire about taking lessons from me I always ask, "What do you want to learn?" I try to keep students interested by showing them things they want to learn. I also believe in teaching the basics. Whether you want to take piano or guitar lessons I believe you should learn basic musicianship which includes learning to read simple notes and where those notes are on your instrument, rhythm concepts, and tempo. It's easier than you think! The more you know the more you can teach yourself later on, and the more you can collaborate with other musicians.

After 3 or 6 months of taking lessons with me, students will be able to read basic music notation. They will be able to play songs either by their choosing or mine, they will have self-confidence to play songs in front of an audience/friends, and they will have the knowledge to figure out how to play songs on their own.

*** Specialties ***
I studied classical guitar at Cal State Hayward and have taught different finger picking styles as well as genres such as pop and country.
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Desiree April 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Doing great
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Promila V. October 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rhonda’s teaching style is very easy to follow. She is very organized in teaching step by step which was very helpful for me. She really made me feel at ease and made me believe that I can learn this.
Thank you,
Promila
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Kathleen June 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have great experience w/ Rhonda on my first day to be with her. She's attentive to her students needs & concerns. Thanks Rhonda!
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Rhonda S.

Rhonda S.

Hayward, CA 94541
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About Lars R.

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Petaluma, CA
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About Lars
I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught seven- to 60-year-old students in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now, I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco for university studies, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week-long summer jazz camp called Jazz Camp West, where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish, as well as
an MA in Music, from San Francisco State University. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

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I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now a play seven-string guitar that differs from the standard six-string guitar in that it has one string lower than the low E of a six-string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
My guitar roots are mainly Jazz, but I am always happy to employ a very wide range of styles. I work with both modal and tonal musical styles.
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Norberto cabrera August 24, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great teacher very patient
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Darlene V. August 3, 2018
· English · Online
Lars is very patient and he goes into details explaining all my doubts. He also knows Spanish very well.
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Emma December 23, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Very patient with me.
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Lars R.

Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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$17.50 / 30-min

About Michael C.

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Concord, CA

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About Michael
Hello,

I will work to bring you from the point which you are at and help you enjoy a greater skill level. You will study in a secure and supportive studio. I have enjoyed success with all ages. My wide back ground will be able to address all styles needs.
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Desiree C. December 23, 2018
· Singing · In home
This review is from Desiree. I learned a lot in a short time today.
Thank you
Desiree
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Zack P. December 2, 2018
· Singing · In studio
A great start. Thanks!
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Jason July 4, 2018
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Hes great
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Michael C.

Michael C.

Concord, CA 94519
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About Lella L.

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San Francisco, CA

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About Lella
I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Maxine M. August 10, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Friendly introduction to piano for this beginner
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Mo March 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
5 stars' teacher
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Kayli September 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
We just had our first lesson and we hit a few bumps but my daughter has never had music instruction before so we're giving it another go next week to see if things go more smoothly. 3 stars above says meets expectations, and though it didn't, I just hesitate to give someone 2 stars based on one lesson.
Here are some details from class:
My daughter (K) just turned 5 but is pretty mature for her age and has expressed an interest in learning the piano so we signed up for individual lessons with Lella. At the start of class I mentioned again (I had noted it at booking time as well) that K has had zero experience with music instruction. Immediately Lella sat with K on the piano bench and started explaining treble clef sign, bass clef sign and what hands they relate to. Lella also has a thick accent as I was trying to follow along with her explanations with a little difficulty. She even asked if K speaks Chinese and I said "no" so she said "you're Indian right?" My daughter would look around from time to time while Lella was explaining at which point Lella would just keep seeing "Pay attention sweetie!" Then she asked my daughter to write the numbers 1-5 in a book and when she said she didn't know how to write the number 2, Lella laughed and said "you know, but you forgot right" so I spoke up and explained "no she has not been taught to write her numbers yet, but she can read/recognize them" to which Lella seemed very surprised, so I felt the need to say, "she's still in preschool. But if you write them she'll be able to tell you what they are." So then Lella switched to counts, explaining about the values of different notes. She asked my daughter if she had questions, to which my daughter said "I think I understand what you're saying, if it's just a circle that means four, but if it's a circle with a line..." And before she could finish her thought Lella said "no that's not a line, it's a stem". At another point when Lella asked if she had any questions, my daughter slowly said "yes... what's velour?" And when Lella looked confused I had to step in and explain that Lella was saying "value", the amount of counts for a note. By the end of the half hour lesson, Lella had reached her explanation of middle C, which she described to my daughter saying "this is middle C because it's in the middle, there are two black keys, then on the left is C. Can you find another one?" When K didn't respond right away, she repeated herself, and again another time. So I said "she really has had no previous music experience, I think you need to even explain to her that those are called keys, like there are black keys, white keys..." And Lella just looked at me confused.
At the end of the lesson I agreed to buy the theory book so we can practice that at home, and Lella asked if I can sit in on the next lesson to help explain things to my daughter, because she "doesn't really focus". I agreed to sit in on the lesson, for my own benefit so I can help her with HW since I also don't have music experience. But I also mentioned to Lella that her accent is quite strong and I think my daughter was having trouble understanding her, and Lella seemed surprised by that comment.
I don't know... it says on Lella's profile that she has worked with young kids but I can't really see how the class was any different from how she would teach me, an adult with no prior music experience.
Oh! I forgot to mention something so basic - when we met Lella she thought I was someone else so I re-introduced myself and introduced my daughter. Then as we were saying goodbye at the end of class I realized Lella had never introduced herself to my daughter, so I asked "oh, what would you like K to call you, Ms. Li, or Lella? Ms. Lella?" She said Lella was fine so I turned to K and said "Tell Lella bye K." It just hit me, I mean that's something about creating a relationship with a young student. Speaking to them directly, making that connection. Lella was really smiley which gave the impression she was friendly but she never really made a connection with K who is the student, not me.
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Lella L.

Lella L.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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$35 / 30-min

About Eric B.

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San Francisco, CA
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About Eric
I'm a professional musician, educator, and arts administrator. I have Bachelor's degree in Music Performance and a Masters degree in Arts Administration, both from Florida State University.

As a musician, I play as a soloist and with chamber ensembles in the Bay Area including the New Century Chamber Orchestra, Echo Chamber Orchestra, I've performed in concert halls and music festivals throughout the United States and Europe, and my recordings have been featured on NPR's Performance Today. As an educator and clinician, I've held teaching and performing residencies at Universities and music schools around the country including Northern Arizona University, SUNY Fredonia, Florida State University, Sacramento State University, Colorado State University, and others. I'm also a co-founder of the Mana Quartet Saxophone Institute; a national s
axophone workshop for musicians all over the country!

I'm drawn to many genres of music but and I'm committed to creating a comfortable and flexible learning environment that will help you achieve your musical goals. I look forward to working with you!
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Eric B.

Eric B.

San Francisco, CA 94121
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$50 / 30-min

About Josh B.

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San Rafael, CA

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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.

Josh B.

San Rafael, CA 94901
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$45 / 30-min

About Jon T.

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San Francisco, CA

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Hi! My name is Jon and if I could live and breathe playing guitar and singing, I would. I moved to San Francisco to fulfill my dream of performing and after getting sidetracked by life, I am coming back to bringing music into the forefront. I'm here to hopefully inspire and foster a love for music in others so that it brings them as much joy as it brings me.
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Jon T.

Jon T.

San Francisco, CA 94117
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$30 / 30-min

About Victoria R.

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About Victoria
Would you like to sing freely - with more power, stamina, breath control and fun? I have taught locally and internationally for 27 years, and studied voice for 40 years. I teach beginners through advanced professionals in all styles ranging from Opera and Musical Theater to Pop and Jazz! I have trained with some of the finest and world renowned Master Teachers and Vocal Pedagogues that have molded my teaching.

You can finally overcome your vocal obstacles, eliminate vocal tension, add more resonance and depth, and have more fun singing! I can help you find your *true voice* and explore your full potential. Being a true “vocal detective” and vocal technician, I develop and prescribe vocal exercises based on your individual needs, and then apply it to your song. I teach you how to practice correctly, and we both witness the prog
ress and steady growth.

Perhaps you want to cross-train and explore other vocal styles? Maybe Classical to Pop, Musical Theater to Opera, and more? Great! I love cross-training singers! I can teach you the tools to sing in other genres smoothly and authentically.

I can help you with audition preparation or putting on a stunning (killer) performance. My students regularly win prizes in competitions. Many have gone on to pursue professional careers in performance, or as voice teachers and choral conductors. I also provide consistent performance opportunities and offer affordable group voice classes.

Every singer is unique. Singing is the most personal art form. It is my privilege to bring out the natural voice that lies within you and develop it to its fullest potential.
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Tom January 2, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Over the years I've taken voice lessons to improve core skills. Not all voice teachers are the same! I started with Ms. Rapanan’s group class just to check out her skills and style of teaching. I discovered a truly great teacher who integrates her long-earned breadth and depth (classical to pop) styles of singing into her teaching methods. This is rare! I truly enjoyed her challenging and inspiring me to push my limits. And, she's fun to work with. She has a high-energy positive teaching style. Maybe what I like most is that she personalized my lessons; taking into account my particular voice, style, and, limitations/strengths. I have not found these teaching attributes elsewhere; knowledgeable with great command. Since she is a serious -but loads of fun- teacher, I totally endorse her for serious and committed students.
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Jeff January 1, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Victoria Rapanan is a solid vocal technician who transforms voices. She can really diagnose vocal issues and provide specific and clear solutions in a fun and creative manner. Her students are excellent singers. Victoria is also a magnificent performer. I give her my highest rating in all categories.
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Victoria R.

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
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