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Marc D.

Petaluma, CA

About Marc

I've been playing music since I was 14 years old. I studied classical guitar at State University in Buffalo, NY. and also studied guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. I love just about every style of music. I mostly play Celtic, Bluegrass, American traditional, jazz, and classical. I also love to improvise.
My goal is to get my students results so they feel that they are really making progress. I do this by incorporating practice exercises, ear training and some music theory.
Music theory and reading music can be intimidating for beginning students. So I like to get you pla
ying first and add theory a little at a time so you can better understand it through experience and it makes learning more fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio has a piano, acoustic guitars,mandolins and other instruments.Students receive sheet music and written materials.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet music and other written materials.

*** Specialties ***
I play a lot of Irish fiddle tunes and also know a lot of American Folk styles,popular music and some jazz. I play some classical pieces on the mandolin and some bluegrass. I consider improvisation one of my strengths.
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Annie B. March 3, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
I have been taking fiddle/violin lessons from Marc for a few months now, and it has been a great experience. He is very patient and keeps things fun by helping me learn pieces that I am interested in learning to play. I would highly recommend him for any instrument you are wanting to learn.
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David S. February 19, 2015
Mandolin · In studio
I have been playing the mandolin for about four years now and have had several different teachers, of which Marc is by far the best one I have had. I wish I had started with him. Marc is very patient and works with you to bring out your best effort. He challenges me with interesting music to play, helps me to understand the piece and shows me different ways to finger the notes. When I started with Marc two months ago I was playing hornpipes and dances and now I've moved up to Bach and Vivaldi. Marc is also an accomplished instrument maker.
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Kelly B. October 1, 2014
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Marc is an excellent violin teacher with an easy-going yet effective style. My 8 year old daughter looks forward to her lessons and is rapidly improving with Marc's guidance. Marc makes the lessons fun by choosing music that my daughter enjoys and playing along with her. I highly recommend Marc as a teacher.
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Marc D.

Marc D.

Petaluma, CA 94954
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starting at
$39 / 30-min
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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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Marcus C. July 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
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
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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James P.

James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
(7)
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$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 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 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. I am a disciplined teacher, but also teach with humor as well. I also love to incorporate imagination, having the student think of colors, textures, scenery, or making up stories about the music they are playing. It makes a world of difference in how they play.
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, San Domenico Conservatory, 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

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.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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$40 / 30-min
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Michael J.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Michael

I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to learn the basics
of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.

*** Specialties ***
Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.
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Tod B. August 4, 2015
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
It’s one thing to have the gift of teaching music, which Michael does. It’s another, entirely, to be able to relate to young students in a way that fires them up and keeps them excited.
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Tod B. June 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patient man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.

Considering lessons? Go with Michael.
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Tod B. October 29, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is simply awesome. My son has been through lessons before, but they neer inspired him to practice or take his clarinet seriously. Michael's joy and interest not just in music, but in who Justice is, has made a big difference. Thanks, Michael!
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Michael J.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
(6)
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$30 / 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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