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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoye
d teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed in many styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Alternative, Country, R&B, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 4 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums.
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Michael P. July 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mark was an excellent teacher, made me very comfortable. We talk about music and set some goal,he keeps a chart to know what his teaching each student and he write it all out on paper and he writes that you can understand his writing .so very happy. Mike
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Scott June 8, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson. Mark really dialed in my skill level and completely exceeded my expectations in terms of material, lesson plan, genre etc. Even got to play one of his ridiculously sweet tele's.
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Ray A. July 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think Mark is a good guitar player and the best guitar instructor i ever had. Igive him 5 star rating.
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Mark B.

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Nick R.

Oakland, CA

About Nick

I am a professional musician and songwriter, who teaches voice, piano, guitar and songwriting. I've been performing, composing and recording since I was very young, and I have a bachelor's degree in music from UC Santa Cruz. I have released two full albums of original music, and am currently working on my third. I've performed professionally in New York, Los Angeles, and all over the Bay Area. I started teaching in 2005 when I was a music student at UCSC, and haven't looked back! My students have performed at clubs and concert venues, studied at schools such as the Conservatory of Vocal and In
strumental Arts, Oakland School of the Arts, and UC Santa Cruz. And some have made beautiful, original recordings of their own. I enjoy working with children and adults alike.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am easy going and friendly, and I've found that the first step toward success is building a great rapport with my students. We begin by assessing where you are and where you want to be. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most do best with an approach that mixes the two. The important thing to know is that you will receive lessons that are specifically tailored to you. There's no single template.

I always encourages students to perform, no matter how big or small the venue. I hold regular studio recitals for all of my students. But this could also mean joining a choir, going to an open mic, or even preparing your own recital or show. I often records my students, or help them gain the skills to make recordings themselves. Music is for sharing!
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Mara C. August 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice start for a "get to know each other lesson. Nick was very positive and encouraging with my daughter, 14 years old. 30 minutes was short, so we may increase to 45 down the road.
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Eleanor W. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nick is teaching beginner piano to my 3 children in the comfort of their
home. They absolutely enjoy it. He is patient & gives great direction. His
calm & encouraging demeanor allows them to focus on the music. Each of them
have made wonderful progress & look forward to their lessons each week.
Thank you Nick for your continued instruction! I highly recommend him.
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Kara N. April 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nick has been teaching my daughter (age 10) piano for the past 7 months and I could not be more pleased! I'll start by saying that my daughter had never before taken lessons and, to be certain, was a reluctant student at the onset. That said, she is progressing at an incredible pace under Nick's weekly instruction, and is genuinely loving the experience. In fact, I no longer have to remind her to practice each day, as she sits to play piano whenever she has free time!

Nick comes to our home every week, is punctual, flexible in scheduling, and always brings a warm smile, lots of encouragement, and a captivating variety of songs for my daughter to learn. He is truly wonderful with children (that magical balance of supportive and challenging), and is able to adeptly incorporate my daughter's individual learning style into his lessons.

I highly recommend Nick as an instructor and feel so grateful to have him supporting my daughter's musical education.
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Nick R.

Nick R.

Oakland, CA 94605
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Christian C.

Brentwood, CA

About Christian

Christian has 20 years of teaching experience and 25 years of performance experience in a myriad of styles. He is currently enrolled at the Berklee School of Music (Boston, MA) through their online Music Production Degree Program.

Christian is also a member in the following organizations:

Vic Firth Education Team

Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program

Professional Drum Teachers Guild. He has studied privately with John Xepoleas, Steve Bowman (Counting Crows), Rob Hart, Alan Hall and currently with Mike Johnston.

Christian is also accepting a limited amount of students from the
age of 10 to adult, beginner to advance. He currently has openings at his Brentwood home studio on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

The air-conditioned studio is equipped with 2 drum sets and professional digital recording equipment to capture each lesson. The latest educational DVD's and play-along/minus-drums CD's are also incorporated in the lessons.

Parents are encouraged to sit in on the lessons or they can relax or do some work in the internet ready waiting room. An annual recital is conducted for family and friends.

Prepare for school auditions, refine hand and foot technique, learn double bass grooves and fills improve reading and transcribing , sharpen your timing, incorporate linear playing, apply rudiments to the drum set.

Styles: Rock / Funk / Country / Blues / Jazz / Latin

*** Lesson Details ***
Sometimes the availability calendar is not updated in a timely manner.

Every student is different. Depending on their age and/or goals, this is the typical curriculum for a beginning (no experience) student.

Beginners (build the foundation)
Technique
- Hands: how to hold the sticks correctly
- Feet: heel up or heel down technique

Reading
- Explain note values
- Explain drum set notation

Coordination and Timing
- Learn basic beats to play music
- Understand how to practice with a metronome
- How to play along to music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home room converted with sound absorbing materials with 2 drum sets, acoustic and electronic. Air conditioned living room seating for parents. Audio recordings are provided for every lesson and portions of each lesson are also video recorded.
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Dillon S. January 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. He was excited to start practicing his "assignment" the moment we arrived home.
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Noah M. October 5, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son is a perfectionist and sanatoria a little...christian is great!
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rita W. January 30, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Easy to sign up and Great customer service

My 12 yr old decided he wanted drums for Christmas and we knew that would include getting him lessons. Finding Christian through Take lessons was indeed lucky for my son. If you are looking for a teacher who is calm, level headed, knowledgeable and very easy to contact at anytime then Christian is who you are looking for. He has several students and they all come out happy and feeling good about their lessons. My son, even when not feeling great insist that he attend his drum lessons. compliments to the instructor.
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Christian C.

Christian C.

Brentwood, CA 94513
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Frank R.

Concord, CA

About Frank

Frank is passionate about sharing the natural method of singing with students of all ages.

Frank teaches students at all stages of development, beginning through advanced.

Frank received a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance from Indiana University, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Posture Awareness in Action).

He has taught vocal music at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and College levels.

His students have won college scholarships and music awards.

Frank has performed leading roles in Broadway shows, Light Opera and Opera.



His experience as a vocal musical specialist in schools has helped to shape of method of instruction that is fun, easy and yields amazing results.

*** Lesson Details ***
Frank's lessons are focused on achieving the students goals.

Students choose songs meaningful to them along with songs the teacher recommends to broaden their muscial appreciation and vocal skill. Styles of music include: folk, show, pop, classical.

Interpretation and acting skills are developed.

Students learn the language of music (rhythm, pitch, symbols ) through games and activities.

Students will find their voices getting stronger and more beautiful through increased awareness of posture, diaphragmatic breathing, and vitality of jaw movement. This creates a wonderful sensation of freedom and relaxation. In 3-6 months time the student will experience an increase in range, beauty and power. I can guarantee your most beautiful and powerful voice with perfect high notes in 3-5 years of regular lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and Keyboard

*** Specialties ***
All styles of music except woman's chest voice (belting).
very strong with children's voice training and classical ,especially
opera. Natural method of singing using awareness of posture.
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Katherine June 23, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is thrilled and looking forward to more lessons with Frank
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Elaine M. June 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I went in never having had a voice lesson. He took me through the basics in a wonderfully welcoming and creative way. I know I will be much the better singer after his classes!
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Jessa M. December 8, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great joy learning from Frank for the several weeks I had him as instructor. He has his own little studio at home, with his piano, so you can enjoy and be comfortable singing out loud without other disruptions. His method is very simple and effective. It's all about energy, posture, and jaw movement! I definitely saw a change in my singing after only two lessons of learning from Frank.

He is also friendly, smiling, and courteous! He'll start you with warm-ups and then end with songs/pieces to practically implement the movements you've learned during warm-ups. Try a lesson with Frank! You'll not regret it!
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Frank R.

Concord, CA 94518
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Amanda B.

Livermore, CA

About Amanda

Hello, I'm new to California, but not new to teaching! In Pennsylvania, I sustained a studio of 10-20 driven students. I now want to start building up a group of great students in the Livermore area. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies.

I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly communicating
lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my students get the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!

I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. For the past three years I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. This past year I invited a few select students to perform in an honors recital. Another performance opportunity I offered a few years ago was a more casual Duet Day where my students and I performed duets for their family and the community in a park. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
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Ela M. February 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
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Riley P. January 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
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Jamaal W. May 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is very patient, very understanding and a true professional. She teaches with passion and is very dedicated to the success of her students. I'd highly recommend her.
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Amanda B.

Amanda B.

Livermore, CA 94551
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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