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About James P.

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Petaluma, CA
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About James
I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.

Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop
a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.

*** Lesson Details ***
I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock
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Michele L. November 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I came away from my lesson with James feeling so happy and knowing that he will be teaching and encouraging me all the way going forward. I am actually lost for words to express what an incredibly positive experience I had today. I am also looking forward to my grand daughter taking lessons from James now too. I feel I got lucky that James is the teacher that was found for me.
MIchele
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Marcus C. July 16, 2015
· Piano · In studio
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Thanks James.
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Mike W. March 24, 2015
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
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James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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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 students from 7 to 60 years old 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, 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 play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Ava April 18, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Wonderful guy who gives a well rounded lesson!
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Peter M. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Excellent class and a good teacher.
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Star February 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Lars has picked up on what we wanted to learn from the start. He listens well and is a good communicator in instruction. My daughter had only learned how to play certain songs, which she did quite well. With Lars she is learning how to pick and other techniques in strumming and chord change that she's never been taught before. We look forward to continuing with Lars and adding some voice instruction as well. Wonderful personality, great disposition !
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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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About Alexander M.

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Occidental, CA

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I've been playing guitar since I was 12 and a musician since very early childhood. I've exchanged musical ideas with hundreds and hundreds of people, studied music formally, and learned by ear; I am an advocate of folk-style teaching, that is, direct transmission from teacher to student; but music theory is central to my teaching and playing style. I believe in learning thing in order, first to last. This is not as boring as it sounds. In fact it is powerful. We start with basic rhythm, harmony, and scale forms. We immediately apply these to music of your choice. It is always about music and n
ever about "practice." Practice is just food for the music: we feed it according to its appetite. The hungrier you are for musical knowledge, the more I will feed you forms and practices. It is always proportional to your desire, so this learning is never difficult. You get exactly what you need.
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Mark April 12, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Alex has both advanced technique and extensive music theory knowledge. He is a creative musician and makes lessons much more interesting and inspiring than other teachers I've had before. He has a unique ability of explaining music theory with more than just the textbook approach, often using metaphors and examples that communicate the concept, making them easier to remember.

He's also a patient teacher which I appreciate. He didn't get frustrated when I struggled. Instead he focused on figuring out a different way of explaining the issue I was struggling with. We always found a way in the end.

He's also just a fascinating guy so lessons are more interesting and not just transactional. I've had other teachers in the past who were good but I didn't look forward to the lessons. It's easier to make progress when you have a creative and inspiring time with your teacher. Thanks Alex!
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Alexander M.

Occidental, CA 95465
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About Ruth E.

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Santa Rosa, CA

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About Ruth
I've been a professional musician for many years in the classical singing world. I love all kinds of music and have been teaching for over ten years. I'm known for being very kind and supportive. I have two degrees in Music, one from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. I've been active on classical choral and early music recordings and therefore I get to vote in the GRAMMYs ... my high school students usually help me to consider the Best New Artist category although I have strong opinions of my own because I love pop music too! I teach beginning piano, and all levels of
singing. I've raised two great kids of my own and am married to another professional musician. I love helping people to bring more music into their lives!

Here is an article I love about returning to music lessons as an older person: https://nyti.ms/2jG2kL8
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Aaron Arabian February 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Exactly what I was looking for - classically trained, teaches professionally, connected to many types of of music and explains technique in an easy to understand way,
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Anasuya December 9, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ruth is one of the best teachers I have had on any subject and my favorite voice teacher of the 3 that I have received lessons from. Ruth is deeply compassionate and highly skilled at bringing out the natural voice that wants to express from my heart. The first few lessons I was in tears, feeling the joy of my own beautiful voice make its way from the cave of my heart. Ruth's teaching technique is lovely and loving. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to explore the freedom of finding their voice!
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Steven D October 19, 2016
· Piano ·
Ruth is an awesome teacher and really knows a lot about the piano. She really teaches everything and is very knowledgable about all genres of music. She is very helpful and really makes learning to play the piano a fun experience!
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Ruth E.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Stephen E.

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Palo Alto, CA
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About Stephen
I have taught music (K-8) in a private school in Palo Alto for 13 years and have created a very successful program. I conduct 5 bands, an orchestra and a beginner string ensemble. I have started hundreds of children on instruments and have taught dozens of children privately with great results. I have a BA degree from Luther College and did post-graduate work in music at the University of Iowa.
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Pieter September 23, 2016
· Trombone · In home
Stephen is very professional, and seems to be a great fit for my son. Highly recommended.
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Mimi August 17, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Stephen is the perfect teacher for my 14 year old son who is a beginner on trumpet. My son enjoys trumpet as a hobby, and plays in his school band. Stephen's lessons are fun and low pressure. He is remarkably calm and professional, and he doesn't waste any lesson time. My son looks forward to his lessons with Stephen.
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Stephen E.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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