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Teaching Piano in Elk Grove: The Gift of Music

By Kecia T.-Elk Grove Piano Teacher

Not everyone plays a musical instrument. Yet, many of us wish we did. It’s not until we become adults that we regret not learning an instrument or being able to play music. So when you make the decision as a parent to offer music lessons to your child, remember that you are giving them a gift that will last a lifetime.

I am the mother of two boys and I teach piano in Elk Grove, CA. I specialize in teaching beginning piano and the majority of my students are children, ages 6-10. I love working with kids in a variety of after school programs. With my patience and enthusiasm, I know just how to guide your child on their musical journey, and encourage them to learn. As a piano teacher, being able to teach your child is a wonderful gift to me.

When I was a young piano student I wasn’t properly trained. As a result, I had to relearn some basic music concepts. When I began teaching piano, I vowed that I would teach the proper techniques and concepts correctly to all my students, so they would not have to go through what I went through. This is truly where my passion thrives! Our children give us many gifts throughout their childhood. The gift of music is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great time to learn piano in Elk Grove, CA!

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Kevin B.

Wilton, CA

I have taught/tutored/play piano for 10 years and am currently working as a pianist/accompanist for 4 choir and teach piano to over 10 independent students and group piano classes.

About Kevin

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin and I am a pianist, vocalist, and instrument connoisseur. I have been playing the piano since I was 10 and taught myself how to play by ear. Growing up in a church environment I first taught myself gospel and later jazz. I personally love jazz, and this is one of my areas of strength. It wasn't until I was about 16 years old, while attending my first college, that I started exploring music in depth and as a potential career. As I started to delve deeper, I began to compose and have had some ensemble groups perform my pieces. I have arranged pieces for ch
oirs and accompanied them as well. I also play guitar and bass guitar. As a well rounded musician I can teach you how to play the piano, how to learn music theory, how to compose and the beginning levels of guitar and voice.

I've been teaching and tutoring music students for about 5 years now. I've always loved and enjoyed music, and want to share that same joy through teaching. I started teaching by tutoring my peers in college and realized how rewarding it is. I then started to include students of all ages while continuing my education. I have a knack for music theory as well, this is typically a challenging area for most people, and I find it extremely important for a growing musician. I've been teaching choirs and bands in multiple school districts over the past 2 years, and I love working with children especially. I have conducted my community college choirs, along with their concert band, and orchestra. My true passion lies in conducting as I am a classical pianist with an ultimate goal as a conductor in my future.

I am currently attending college to obtain a bachelor's degree in music, with my emphasis on collaborative piano, conducting, and composition. I have been taught from coast to coast, while gathering much more in between. I previously attended Bard College at Simons Rock (Great Barrington, Massachusetts) at the Age of 15, then moved back to California at the age of 17. I currently attend Cosumnes River College and have plans to transfer this fall to a major four year university to complete my bachelors degree. Presently, I work for the Sacramento Unified School District as a Piano Teacher and Choir Accompanist.

*** Lesson Details ***
In first meeting with a student I like to establish realistic short term goals, along with an overall goal in mind. Say nothing and teaching them everything. I like to promote a learning style of self-found knowledge. The best way to make something stick, is to discover it yourself. I like to see the "light bulb" effect in my students. Children seem to learn best when a lesson plan is catered to them, and when teaching is shown physically. Adolescence and adults tend to learn from a more technical stand point, with the emphasis on "how it works." My goal is to fuel a students thirst for the instrument and music as a whole. Depending on the student, and their goals, we can have a lesson ranging from really fun and easy going lesson to something a bit stricter that will keep up their progression and focus. I am a very patient person and have experience with ALL ages and ALL types of people.

I use a lot of different materials during lessons. Typically each of my students will have about 2 books at a time, one for the instrument and technique, and the other for theory. Though I love to cover many bases and provide the most knowledge to each of my students, it is also a priority to make sure that the knowledge is affordable. For that reason, I try to stick with more commonly used, easily accessible, and affordable books from publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred, and G. Schirmer.

Within 2 or 3 months my students can look forward to having clear knowledge in the basics of their instrument(s) along with the theory behind the music. I will continue to keep an open line of communication with my students to ensure that I am meeting their goals, encourage questions, and ensuring their progress forward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard and Amp
Bass Guitar
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Gospel, Jazz, Classical, and Pop in both piano and performance. I specialize in Jazz. Pop. and Classical Music Theory. I specialize in Pop and Jazz Bass Guitar and Guitar. I specialize in Gospel, Contemporary, and Jazz voice. In songwriting I specialize in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Choral.
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Alicia V. February 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kevin was great with our two sons! He made piano lessons fun for them. My sons have learned a lot about music theory. We would recommend Kevin to anyone interested in personalized instruction.
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Daniel G. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good experience with Kevin very helpful and willing to take time to explain the fundamentals of Basic Guitar. Daniel Galvez
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Alexander N. December 2, 2013
Music Theory
Verified Student
excellent ability to work with the student

You will enjoy taking lessons with Kevin, because he adapts very well to your skill level and is very intuitive as to whether you 'get' what's being discussed. He is patient as well, just like he says.
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Kevin B.

Kevin B.

Wilton, CA 95693
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA

About Gaw

Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Naked Lounge, the Shine, Shady Lady. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed
with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A Corps.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and a season with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently the director of Sac State vocal jazz ensembles and the jazz voice applied instructor. She also teaches privately throughout Sacramento.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."
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Kennedy L. July 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson and I was very impressed with Gaw. She is very organized and great with kids. My daughter, 8 years-old also really liked her!
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Mary S. June 17, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My daughter just completed her first piano lesson with Gaw and she loved it! Gaw is very patient and intuitive. My daughter can't wait for her second lesson!
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Sina D. June 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Motivating, very well educated ! Friendly! Punctual! Definitely recommend!
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Gaw V.

Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA 95826
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Kecia T.

Elk Grove, CA

Along with teaching from the method books, I offer my students a variety of musical genres to play--from classical to blues and anywhere in between. I also help students write/compose their own original songs as well.

About Kecia

I took piano lessons as a child and my passion for music blossomed. I have been playing for over 30 years. I have always loved writing my own songs, and finally recorded a CD of original contemporary piano. I started teaching piano in 2007, and I am passionate about teaching my students proper techniques and concepts correctly so they will become proficient at reading and playing music. I have always connected easily with children and consider myself very fortunate to be able to teach the joys of music to children of all ages! I have a Bachelor's degree in Communications, I performed as a me
mber of a local college orchestra for 2 years, where I played second string violin and piano. I also have performed drama on stage. From 2011-2013 I have taught music classes to kindergarteners up to sixth graders at a local private elementary school. I am a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

*** Lesson Details ***
Poorly taught lessons do more damage. Improperly trained students will often have to start back at the beginning to undo bad habits. Why not teach them right the first time? I specialize in teaching beginning students in a fun learning environment. No two students are alike, and everyone learns at a different pace. I cater to your child and will find the best way to encourage them to learn. Your child will learn how to read and play written music proficiently, while learning the proper techniques and concepts correctly the first time. I focus half my lesson time on music theory, and I use fun music apps on my iPad to reinforce note recognition, rhythm counting, and many other fundamental music concepts.

I am a member of Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT).

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room, grand piano, upright digital full keyboard piano, patio for parents to wait.

*** Specialties ***
I like to incorporate discovery learning and step-by-step teaching methodology in my lessons, where I help the student arrive at the answers on their own, thus improving the process of concept retention, and building their confidence. My focus is mostly on building a strong musical foundation where my students will learn to read and play written music proficiently.
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Carol K. March 12, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kecia is a very upbeat person with patience. Haley is learning so much from her and just enjoys the piano. Thank you Kecia for all you do for Haley!
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VanH September 30, 2011
Ms.kecia is a wonderful teacher.She is very patience with my son, Jason. He always got a good time in his lessons with Ms.Kecia.
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MichaelH3 August 12, 2011
Ms Kecia T. is a wonderful teacher. She is very patience with our son, Joshua. We're glad to have found her.
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Kecia T.

Elk Grove, CA 95624
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Esther B.

Sacramento, CA

I have been teaching the piano lessons for 30 years. Curve fingers, Pre-level to 10 levels(Keith Snell piano books), All the Techniques (Major,minor scales,Music Structures), Etudes etc.....

About Esther

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.A. in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic
and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 30 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 6 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I speak fluent Korean and English.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner oboe and beginner guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar, oboe

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Karen E. June 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My granddaughter, Brittney, is in her third year of lessons with Esther. Brittney's piano playing has continued to improve and she loves music, which I attribute to Esther's kind and patient manner of teaching. She is a wonderful teacher!
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Karen E. June 8, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My granddaughter, Brittney, is in her third year of lessons with Esther. Brittney's piano playing has continued to improve and she loves music, which I attribute to Esther's kind and patient manner of teaching. She is a wonderful teacher!
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Joselito N. June 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very thorough. Best teacher.
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Esther B.

Esther B.

Sacramento, CA 95828
(22)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jon D.

Elk Grove, CA

I am an excellent sheet music reader and play by reading then memorization - perfect for playing on-the-spot anywhere! I prefer classical (think Beethoven) and rag-time (think Scott Joplin) and own my own digital piano that has weighted keys, three pedals and all the keys. If you want to learn how to play amazing, quality piano music I can teach you the way I was taught and continue to perfect!

About Jon

Hello,

I'm an average height young male highly proficient in mathematics, patterns, English, web-developing, script-programming, and an avid piano player self-taught and taught by my father who was a prodigy pianist as young as 8. I come from a well-balanced home with my mother, a breast cancer survivor, and step-father along with three pets: one kitten, one cat and one dog.

I have my high school diploma, have taken both coding and band in schooling before continuing my learnings independently. I have several custom modifications written in PHP with HTML, CSS templating and Javascript fu
nctionality for forum softwares: vBulletin and MyBB and would be willing to show anyone my work before teaching. If you have ever heard of Dragonbyte Technologies (Forum software) I am an ex-employee before I quit due to personal reasons involving my family.

Jon
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Linda July 13, 2015
Study Skills · In studio
Jon was a wonderful TA for the Workplace Communication's course I taught in 2012-13. He was available and eager to assist students with their projects and papers. Jon had a wonderful demeanor and explained things clearly and in detail to students that were having issues with a particular assignment related to grammar, communication skills, essays, and presentations. I would highly recommend him as a tutor.
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Dan July 9, 2015
Web Design · Online
I was a part of the staff team that Jon was a tech admin for and witnessed first hand his proficiency and quality of work when coding features and applications on a web platform. He patiently taught me when I was a total newcomer and through our time working together I learned enough from him to be completely self sufficient in those areas. Great teacher and coder.
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lesley Agius July 9, 2015
Math · Online
excellent salesman, great with customers... good at the computer and piano
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Jon D.

Jon D.

Elk Grove, CA 95758
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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