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James P.

Petaluma, CA

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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Mike W. March 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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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Jane M. November 25, 2013
Piano
Jimmy is a great teacher

I have been taking lessons once every week from Jimmy for over a year and I haven't ever been disappointed by a lesson we've had. My favorite part of the lesson is always when we do the blues together at the very end. Overall, Jimmy is a great teacher.
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Lynn C. November 19, 2013
Piano
Wonderful Teacher

James is a wonderful, patient and talented teacher. His love of music is infectious and I leave each class feeling inspired and motivated. WOW I am making so much progress in my playing!
I highly recommend lessons with him.
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James P.

James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA

About Roxanne

Bachelor of Music, Master of Music Degrees from S.F. Conservatory.
Soloist with San Francisco Symphony at age 12, Denver Symphony, Oakland Symphony. First place winner of Young Musicians Foundation, North American Young Artists Competition, played with Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, accompanist for Irving Klein Competition, Coach at Kirkwood Chamber Music Workshop, adjudicator for many competitions. 35 years experience teaching all levels. Students have won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall.
I am committed to instilling good habits from the very beginning with my students, teaching
them note reading, sight reading, theory, technique, and teaching them how to practice, not just how long to practice, and how to listen to themselves when they practice. I am a disciplined teacher, but also teach with humor as well.
I have been on the piano faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College.
I also taught piano for 13 years at the Nueva Center for Learning in California, as well as giving master classes throughout the United States and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
Roxanne M's Music Studio

“To play without passion is inexcusable!”
– Beethoven

I believe having the proper foundation to learning is the key to making learning much less challenging, and fun as well. I believe strongly in learning by doing, and not just imitating. As we use different senses when learning piano, one component to learning is to read music without looking down at the keys, so as to become adept at playing by feel, just like a blind pianist does. This makes a fair sight-reader a great sight-reader. Teaching a child or adult to develop that all important critical ear is extremely important to me, so that they can learn to trust their own musical sense, with or without an instructor. It does not come right away, but with patience and persistence, it is attainable. Being an avid chamber music performer myself, playing duets or in larger ensembles is one of the greatest ways to learn to listen, not only to oneself, but being able to blend in with other musicians.

I give monthly recitals(masterclasses) at my home. Having a goal and working towards it offers students a way to measure their progress and share what they have learned with others. With proper preparation, performing can be an exciting and even life changing one!

My lessons are 30/45/60 minutes once a week.

The focus of each lesson is based on technique, theory, diverse repertoire, that will fit the student's needs and wants, sight-reading, ear training, and working in ensembles

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly classical piano, and love to teach not only solo playing, but chamber music and accompanying as well. Each form uses the ear in different ways, and I believe develops listening ability even greater.
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linda July 2, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I am an older adult and have been taking lessons with Roxanne for about 4 years. She readily displays the qualities of patience and kindness, love for music, and always challenging you to learn and move forward.I feel much gratitude in having Roxanne as my piano teacher.
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Trish S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Roxanne is a true professional. She is calm, patient and encouraging. Music theory is a part of every lesson helping to gain the knowledge of how music is put together. Roxanne is realistic about the level of music you should be playing, while encouraging you to stretch. She has a solution for every problem area that you may encounter. I would highly recommend Roxanne.
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John G. June 8, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I came to Roxanne with the hope of deepening my understanding of music. I had played the clarinet in various ensemble for decades and yet had a fairly weak grasp of how music is structured and how compositions make sense musically. Fortunately, this is exactly Roxanne's main strength, for me anyway. Along with learning to play piano, I am gaining more and more insight into "music theory" and that is helping me become a more rounded and capable musician. I commend Roxanne to anyone with an interested in a deeper understanding of music as well as gaining proficient keyboard skills.
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Roxanne M.

Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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$40 / 30-min
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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA

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 from San Francisco State University. I currently attend San Francisco State University in a Music History master's program. I recently switched to seven-string guitar, which is the same instrument as the standard six-string plus one more low string. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Lars R.

Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Ruth E.

Santa Rosa, CA

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, students ages 5 to 80. 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 p
iano, 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!
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Annika U. June 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Hi, I'm 9 years-old and I think Ruth is very nice!!!!! She understands how you can sometimes feel uncomfortable, and she puts me at ease. I'd say that once you've had 3 lessons with her you'd feel completely comfortable with her. But I was comfortable with her at 2!! She teaches you how to sing in a healthy way, and teaches you how to take care of your vocal cords. Long story short, if you take her class you will love it!!!
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Rani F. June 2, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
Ruth is a consummate voice teacher. I went through many other teachers around whom I felt uncomfortable. She is extremely sensitive. She listens carefully to your voice, your feelings, and to how your body feels. I have been able to do amazing things vocally that I only dreamed of previously. She also understands so many styles, including early music, folk, opera, and Broadway. Right now we are working on a Monteverdi solo with lots of ornamentation.
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Isabella P. April 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson! She got home and went straight to her workbook to learn more and took it to school the next day to share with her friends.
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Ruth E.

Ruth E.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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$45 / 30-min
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Beverly J.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Beverly

I have a life long passion for the sound of the flute, and have been very lucky to have had some legendary teachers. I love passing on the tradition of great flute playing. I have played in symphony orchestras around the country, recorded albums, performed with chamber music groups, and taught at elementary, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. I enjoy teaching all levels, focusing on developing a beautiful tone, an ear for pitch and rhythm, exposure to the repertoire, and the fun of ensemble playing.
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Jaya June 25, 2015
Flute · In home
Beverly is amazing. She is more than a flute teacher. She is a life coach, a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. She recognized and encouraged both my girls to reach the levels that they wanted. Prianca continued to learn the flute till she graduated high school and Kavya learned till her sophomore year in high school. They both loved Beverly's lessons and we owe her much.
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Pam B. April 5, 2015
Flute · In home
My son has been taking flute lessons from Miss Beverly for five years, and we couldn't be happier. Not only is she a terrific teacher with impeccable credentials, she's a wonderful person. She has a delightful sense of humor, is kind, and always seems to know the right thing to say. Sometimes that is encouragement, sometimes sympathy, and sometimes it's a little push. Miss Beverly's broad knowledge of the world of music is a big bonus. We look forward to our lessons each week.
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Sandy F. April 2, 2015
Beverly Jacobs is a terrific teacher. She has worked with our daughter Sabina for over three years and kept her inspired in music and with the flute. She is easy to be around and has become a friend to our whole family. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and has made a lot of progress working with Beverly. She has a large range of knowledge about flute repertoire and technique.
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Beverly J.

Beverly J.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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