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Mezzo Soprano, Nicole Birkland is a professional opera singer based in Napa, California. She has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and has been a young artist with Merola Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Ms. Birkland is a pupil of voice teacher Jean McDonald who she has been studying with for 18 years. She passes on what her teacher has taught her, while adding her own touch and personal experiences as a professional singer.

She loves to work with beginners who are learning to sing for the first time as well as experienced singers of all genres. She also has experience teaching choir and music from K-12. Ms. Birkland's experience and understanding of differentiating styles allows her to teach in any genre.
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Napa, CA 94558
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Berkeley, CA
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About David
Hi there, and thanks for viewing my TakeLessons profile! I am excited to be a part of the team in Berkeley, CA.

I started teaching lessons while in music school for Classical Guitar in 1996. From 1998 onwards, I played with a variety of musicians from Africa and Latin America, as well the as great American traditions of gospel, funk, jazz, and bluegrass. All the while, I continued to study music theory and composition, on my own and in private lessons with both well-known players and local professionals. Flamenco and Indian Classical music have also been great interests which I am still involved with.

Though guitar is generally my "go-to" instrument, I often use a MIDI keyboard for composition, and studied/performed on bass for 10 years. The last few years, I have begun to develop my voice as well.

Since 2006, I have been teachi
ng music theory and composition at Ex’pression College in Emeryville. This is a digital production environment for the arts, and my students come from a variety of backgrounds. Some are musicians/aspiring musicians, and some are primarily interested in working with technology; but all are audio enthusiasts and love music!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you are a complete beginner or have been playing gigs for years, are very young or old, I have something to offer you!

How we structure lessons depends in part on you and your goals, as well as your learning style. Having taught music for over 15 years, I have a large amount of resources at my disposal, and can either teach from a method book, or a variety of materials, some of which are my own creations.

I also like to use technology as a teaching aid, and can show you how to use your own computer, keyboard, or music production application (garageband, etc) to practice and create music at home. Another thing that I offer is to make recordings of key parts of the lesson, either as an audio or video file, or both. These can be shared with you through email, dropbox, or a flash drive if you bring one along to your lesson.

Please contact TakeLessons if you have any further questions! I look forward to meeting and working with you or your child.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home studio: Front room with computer station, guitars, music stand. Waiting area with couches and table, and parents can sit in on lessons. Street parking available, no pets.

College: practice rooms and classrooms available with computers and MIDI controllers.

*** Specialties ***
On guitar and bass, I have experience in world music including Africa, Latin America, and Flamenco. I also love American traditional music, including funk, jazz, rock, and gospel. I specialize in teaching music theory and composition, no matter what instrument. Rhythmic concepts applied to any instrument are a favorite topic.
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Simon Carlile August 25, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Was very quick to spot the holes in my technique and theory and provided an exercise after the first lesson that has helped immensely. An astute musician and an effective communicator.
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Diane P. June 8, 2018
· Music Theory · In studio
David really listens! Not only to what I want and need, but to where I am and to when I'm being too ambitious. I look forward to the rest of our lessons; I know I'm going to learn a lot.
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Suzanne Valentine December 8, 2017
· Guitar · In home
David was a great teacher for our 12-yr-old son who was beginning guitar -- we highly recommend him!
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David W.

David W.

Berkeley, CA 94703
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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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Michael is very nice, he just treat Hannah like 12 year old. Hannah always look forward to her voice lesson and she is enjoying it.
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Michael C.

Concord, CA 94519
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About Larry T.

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Albany, CA
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Music is my passion. As a professional Songwriter, Composer and Pianist, I have toured the United States in Rock and Roll bands, and made my living working as a songwriter, composer and pianist accompanying singers and instrumentalists, as a soloist, and as a recording session keyboardist and composing music and writing songs for Film and Live Theatre.

I am an award winning songwriter and I am a member of The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers- A.S.C.A.P.
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Larry T.

Larry T.

Albany, CA 94706
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$30 / 30-min

About Teresa P.

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Sacramento, CA

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About Teresa
I was born into a family of musicians. We must have had every style of music floating around every family gathering. I would roam with delight among the Mariachis, Rockers and R&B singers and musicians in my family. As early as 3 or 4 years old, in an effort to get me to quit bugging them, they began to invite me to sing with them.... at least that way I wasn't twirling around knocking down their equipment, or asking a bunch of questions while they were rehearsing or jamming. Music was always and continues to be part of my existence, as normal to me as breathing. I love to sing and enjoy sharing that passion with others. It makes my day to see my students grow in their talents and confidence.

From beginners who just want to sing for fun to the more experienced vocalists, I can help you understand how your voice works and how to ge
t the most out of it.

**In your first lesson, I will get to know you by asking for your vocal history, influences, goals, and style. Most importantly, “What would you like to get out of this lesson?” Every singer has different challenges, needs, and goals, so I approach each student and lesson as a unique experience where the student’s most pressing needs will be addressed.

I’ll give you an honest idea of where your voice needs to grow and then will work with the tools to get there! You will get a personalized lesson plan to practice with. Like a gym workout routine, these exercises will target your weak areas to correct bad habits and build a strong, balanced instrument.

**I will ask you to sing a song…… your latest repertoire, “Happy Birthday,” "twinkle twinkle little star", something just to get an idea of your voice and style. Then I will take you through a few singing technique exercises to quickly assess your strengths and challenges.

**As your technical abilities grow, you need to apply them to songs. The key is to maintain the same easy feeling in your songs that came out in the exercises. Bring in your music and we can work out any kinks and I will also suggest appropriate material in your key and style that will build upon the successes of your exercises. Stylistic and performance coaching is available, but our focus is technique, if you don’t learn HOW to sing, WHAT you sing will always be limited. I will work with you so that as a singer, you will be able to sing through a greater range with more consistency. As a performer. you will become confident that your voice will deliver time after time. My goal is to help you sing in a free, natural manner, while keeping your lessons engaging and fun.

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As a choir and vocal director, I am trained to listen and pay special attention to all the details including pitch, vibrato, dynamic and harmonies. I will help you learn to listen and gain confidence to "hear" progressions in the music and their voice.

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Being a worship leader, choir and vocal director in a major urban church in the Sacramento area, I have over 13 years experience as a gospel artist and contemporary christian singer, singing, performing and recording with many gospel artists and contemporary christian artists, both local and professional. I have recorded and performed with such artists as Israel Houghton, Lincoln Brewster, BJ Putnan, Trent Corey, Darnisha Taylor and the Porter Brothers.

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I am a Voice Teacher (student) with the Institute for Vocal Advancement. The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Old Italian School of Singing. Our goal is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer's range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. We accomplish these results by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture.

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As a former entertainment business professional and singer, I have experience in dance, choreography, stage blocking, performance technique and vocal coaching. I will help you prepare for your performances and/or auditions to present the best YOU, that you can be!
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Renee August 15, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first session with Teresa was amazing. I really noticed an improvement in my voice through specific yet simple techniques. She is fun and very kind-hearted. I am looking forward to my future lessons with her!
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Dana August 10, 2017
· Singing · In home
Teresa's style is energetic, fun and very professional. Her instruction was awesome. My goals are being met and my first lesson has exceeded my expectations. I trust Teresa's expertise completely and look forward to our next sessions.
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Zuza H. November 5, 2014
· Singing · In studio
I am very lucky to have Teresa as my vocal teacher. Her passion for music is contagious and when she sings, her soul comes through. She's patient, encouraging and energizing. I love lessons with her, she truly cares for all of her students and she adjusts the lessons based on how comfortable you feel. Not only is she a great teacher but she also has an amazing personality and a tremendous amount of energy.

Within a few months, my vocal range has extended and I learned how to make my voice sound more powerful. Vocal training really doesn't get any better than this!
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Teresa P.

Teresa P.

Sacramento, CA 95835
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Davis, CA

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Learning the flute is a great way to explore your creativity. Flute is the one wind instrument with amazing versatility and expression. It is as comfortable in an orchestra as a jazz band.

Do you or a child you know want to learn how to play flute, recorder, baroque flute, or even piccolo? I love to teach and can help you on your or your child's path to further your music education.

I began playing the flute when I was 10 and started teaching while I was still a high school student. I started playing flute professionally as a teenager and now I have over 30 years of experience in teaching and performing. Actually make that 40 years!

I teach students of all ages. I specialize in personalized, tailored instruction with a strong commitment to making the process of learning music simple and straightforward. Each student has a uni
que learning style and I work with each student within their style. Your lessons are designed for YOU, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Your lesson pace, curriculum, and progress are based on your strengths and learning style.

I am by vocation a musician specializing in performing and teaching flute. I have taught flute and played professionally in the greater Sacramento area, as well as in SLC, Utah and Reno, NV.
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Sherri October 21, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Sue is patient and extremely knowledgeable about music and flutes. She has an easy going personality and I feel very comfortable learning under her guidance.
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Beth September 4, 2018
· Flute · In studio
I can't say enough great things about Sue! Under her guidance, it's been a pleasure getting back into playing my flute after a hiatus of over 25 years. Her knowledge of the instrument and expert instruction (as well as her infinite patience!) continue to provide me with the motivation I've needed to overcome some of the challenges I've faced after being away from my instrument for so long. Her teaching style is relaxed and flexible but firm; she knows just when I need to be challenged and just when to back away a bit. She's been a great fit for me, and I encourage other flute players of all levels to giver her a try!
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Rina August 26, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Dr. Sue Sheya is truly an exceptional instructor. As a student who studied a little bit of music in Europe, it was difficult for me to adjust to the American solfege system (C, D, E scale) as I was used to the European solfege (Do, Re, Mi). However, Dr. Sheya was very flexible and adjusted all her lesson materials so that I could truly succeed in learning. I highly recommend her for anyone looking for a supportive, friendly, and enthusiastic teacher that can truly guide them in learning how to play the flute!
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Sue S.

Davis, CA 95618
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Sacramento, CA
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Allexa graduated from the Jazz Studies program at Sacramento State University in 2017, with her emphasis in Voice. She teaches Jazz and Pop genres, and greatly enjoys introducing students to basic music theory and ear-training concepts. She is a positive and passionate teacher, and looks forward to further developing her career in music education.

Allexa has been teaching private lessons since 2013, and also directed the Vocal Jazz Lab ensemble at Sac State from 2015-2017. She started her own journey with music on the violin, and has spent many years since then developing her knowledge and passion for voice, piano, ukulele, and music theory.

Allexa won numerous Downbeat Awards with the Sac State vocal jazz ensembles under the direction of Kerry Marsh and Gaw Vang. In her undergrad she performed locally with C-Sus Voices and the Sa
c State Jazz Singers, and individually at venues such as Shine Cafe and Naked Lounge. She was also a member of the Sacramento State Chamber Choir under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick.

In her post-collegiate life, Allexa has taken to teaching private lessons full-time. She stays very busy with the help of her 35 students, and she wouldn't have it any other way!
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Bela H. November 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
Allexa was very knowledgeable and my children really liked her! She evaluated them very thoroughly. Looking forward to working with Allexa in the future.
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Allexa C.

Allexa C.

Sacramento, CA 95819
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About Gellimy S.

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Sacramento, CA
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I recently graduated from the Sacramento State School of Music (California State University of Sacramento) with a BM in Jazz Studies (Vocal Performance). I am a professional singer, piano player, and music director.

I love singing jazz, pop, musical theatre, broadway, CCM and RnB, but I can teach any student any style and I believe that great technique is essential to any and every style. Besides improving in vocal technique, building up confidence is the most important aspect of a performer's education. I am readily equipped to help you expand your range, strengthen your instrument and build your repertoire.

I also teach beginning piano and music theory. I can teach students to read with musical excellence, learn how to play and read contemporary music using chord sheets, or both depending on the goals and preference of the stud
ent.

I have a great passion to teach music and my goal in life is to cultivate a culture of authentic beauty through the arts.
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Kayleen N. September 10, 2018
· Singing · In home
Gellimy was very thorough and worked with my daughter on the skills what she needed. It was a very focused lesson.
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Lucinda August 27, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very resourceful, really knew how to assess my daughter’s voice and helped her to find what skills to work on.
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Jemel May 18, 2018
· Piano · In home
I really enjoyed my first lesson I can’t wait til next week
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Gellimy S.

Sacramento, CA 95819
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Emeryville, CA
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Hi I'm Micah!

Before learning drums in my Junior year of high school I can remember using chopsticks to bang on the kitchen table. Needless to say my family wasn't having it! Fast forward to now and I'm successfully converting pen tappers and air drummers into actual musicians.

I cater all of my lessons depending on your interest of why you want to learn drums. I've taught people who were in it to start a band and others who simply wanted to learn a new skill. Regardless of why you choose drums, we will always tailor our lessons to play along with your favorite music! In our first few lessons you will learn drum basics like how to properly hold sticks, strike the drum, and keep time --- essentials for any beginning drummer.

I've personally played in bands that are rock/alternative, blues, funk, reggae, soca, pop covers and dubstep/el
ectronic music. No matter the genre, it seems like I always find a way to connect with the music because of my passion for the drums, something I hope to pass onto my fellow students.

What are we waiting for? Let's jam!
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Cannon September 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Very kind guy!
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Micah C.

Micah C.

Emeryville, CA 94608
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Berkeley, CA
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I am a cello performer and teacher based in the Bay Area. This is what I do full-time, and I love it! I received my Master's in Music, Cello Performance from Florida State University, and my Bachelor's in Music, Cello Performance from Sacramento State University.

I have been teaching students of all ages and levels of experience since 2009. I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals in playing the cello!
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Mattia October 30, 2018
· Cello · In home
Alex was very professional and connected very well with my 9 years old.
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Rosa A. September 25, 2018
· Cello · In home
Alex is a great instructor. He is very direct, clear, pays close attention to all the parts of playing cello and tells you what is wrong with positive reinforcement. He, especially, pays attention to detail and is concerned on getting a good sound.
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Lily August 1, 2018
· Cello · In studio
He is a great teacher and gentle man.
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Alex W.

Alex W.

Berkeley, CA 94703
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