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Julie M. West Sacramento, CA

Theory, form, set up and coloring of lyrics, chord progressions, melody writing, song analysis.

About Julie

I have been teaching voice, guitar and piano to students of all ages and levels for over 5 years now. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from Berklee College of Music with a BA in Songwriting and Vocal Studies. I teach mostly contemporary musical styles such as Pop/Rock/Country/R&B, but I have also trained and coached many students interested in pursuing musical theater and classical styles as well. I have performed live in countless venues in many cities both as a solo artist, and with a band as a side-woman. I like to emphasize performance skills as well as the basic techniques. I also have a lot of experience in the recording studio, and I relate that to any student interested in recording. As a songwriter, I have co-written with a few of my students and coached them on song structure, ...

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Tom A. January 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Julie is an excellent piano teacher. She arrives right on time to our home, and does a great job of tailoring my son's lessons based on his experience level.
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SusanD1 July 27, 2012
Julie is doing a good job of trying to keep Alexandria focused. Julie works well with her. Alexandria's attention during the 30 min. sessions is not as good as I had hoped. But Julie continues to try different songs, methods to keep her focused.
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JasonL April 19, 2012
Good Job!

Thanks for doing such a wonderful job with our kids.
John F. Sacramento, CA

About John

John was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began playing the guitar and composing music at the age of twelve. From 2002 to 2004, John attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied classical guitar performance and became the guitarist for the University Jazz Ensemble. John transferred to Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2004. At Berklee, he performed in guitar quartets and quintets and majored in Composition. He received his Bachelor's Degree in May of 2012. *** Lesson Details *** As a private guitar instructor, my primary goal has always been the development of each students' musical creativity. Whether a student of mine hopes to become a songwriter, composer, or jazz guitarist or if they simply wish to learn guitar for their own enjoyment, I can ...

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RobertH2 February 27, 2012
A great first experience ...

John has been outstanding. He's very patient yet he keeps the train rolling. My son is a beginner but he has progressed very well and enjoys his guitar sessions with John. It has been a very positive experience. John is a great teacher.
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Miak July 17, 2011
A1 teacher

John F is a kind, respectful teacher who knows his teaching methods. We really enjoyed his musical expertise and patience. He was a joy to work with and learn from- a great teacher and person.-John H
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PeterM1 May 15, 2011
John is a very talented guitarist with much knowledge of classical composers as well as compositional elements including scales and modes.John is also very personable and seems willing to teach in any format to which his students respond.
Kevin B. Wilton, CA

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 choirs 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 ...

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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.
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

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Martine H. April 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Gaw is a very professional and friendly teacher. I am really enjoying her teaching style. She is always supporting and encouraging. After only a few lessons, I already feel like I have learned a lot and continue to learn quickly.
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Kathy F. April 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Gaw is very welcoming, passionate & patient. My daughter loves her! She has progressed immensely in the short time she's been working with Gaw. Great teacher!!
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Rachel G. March 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Would give her 5 stars if I knew her better - she was great!
Loren R. Elk Grove, CA

Many people would like to learn to make up songs. Some aspire to include lyrics and communicate to the world. This can start with trying it out with a teacher. Lessons can provide an excellent bridge between the initial stages of gathering your musical tools and actually delivering a song to others with a recording or performance.

About Loren

Loren is a well-known music instructor and has been teaching private music lessons in the Elk Grove area since 2002. He has been teaching for years and years, has two music degrees and is an active performer in many styles, enjoying a steady gigging schedule in the Sacramento area. He's "the real deal." *** Lesson Details *** The lessons are of the highest quality available as the student learns to read music, is guided in music theory with ear training, technique, and performance, however performance remains optional. There are options. We often begin with songs that the student already likes. Sometimes that's the ticket. From Bach to the Beatles, Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, there are always great entrance points. Theory, (chords, intervals, scales, cadences, etc.) Reading ...

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David C. February 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Loren is the best

My son is 5 he is really enjoying his time each week with Loren. Loren lets Brandon have fun but keeps him on line with what Loren would like to do that night. It has been ruff finding a consistent practice time but Loren arrives each week and keeps plugging along with Brandon. Brandon looks forward to the time with Loren and is also enjoying learning piano. my wife and I feel fortunate that Loren is part of our sons learning experience.
Dylan M. Roseville, CA

About Dylan

Hey there! Maybe you are just getting started playing and need some guidance. Maybe you have a firm grasp on things but feel like something is missing. No matter the case, you've come to the right place to expand your musical knowledge. Not to mention have a lot of fun doing it! My name is Dylan M. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have been playing music since I was 8 years old. I received 2 local music scholarships and a general academic scholarship. I am currently attending college for my music degree. I spent much of my time being a teachers aid for the music classes at the high school I attended. I love playing music and do it every chance I get. To me there is nothing more fun than learning a great new song and playing with other musicians. I spent years studying music ...

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Gina M. April 23, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher!
My son, Cole, really enjoys working with Dylan and I appreciate how patient Dylan is with him when he's a little too unfocused. I think Dylan could sense that Cole was not really enjoying learning the ukelele (Cole has a problem with wanting to practice. He just wants to be good right away!). So, he brought him a cd with songs that are familiar to him. I would say that that was kind of a turning point. Cole started to practice on his own after that during the week, along with the cd, and was motivated to practice. It is great having a teacher who is willing to try different things to motivate and spark an interest. I would, and have, recommended him to my friends!
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Vivek R. January 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Really Passionate and talented guy.

I left his class each time learning a lot of practical and cool music and feeling inspired to play more.
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Stephanie G. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Dylan was great with my daughter and helped her learn a lot. He is a very nice young gentleman. The only disappointments I had were site related, and use of the site related. The way our appointments were abruptly cut off. I understand that he did have other obligations to school, but we paid for 1 full year so we could get the discount, and when he stopped being my daughter's teacher, we were left with whatever pieces of the funds we had not yet used. No longer a discount, as the "free lessons" added to the end of the arrangement were not met. Also, there was a lot of scheduling changes that were not reflected in the calendar on this site. It got very hard to track which appointments we actually attended as they were never on the dates it showed in the calendar. I am left unsure if we ended up paying Dylan for the correct amount of classes.

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