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Review by Dianna
After one of my daughter lessons, she stated "it was like he believed in me." Buzz is a positive non-judgmental teacher. He is concerned
about finding the best way to teach you. He is very patient. He has a way of making students feel comfortable and motivated in a safe learning environment.
Buzz is a brilliant musician with professional etiquette that surpasses most teachers."
Atlanta, GA teacher:
Review by Steve
"John has been teaching my 12 year old son Cole who is completely new and just starting out playing drums. John took the time to set up Cole's kit and ad
just it for him. He has focuses on music that Cole likes and has been extremely patient in teaching him and making the lessons fun. I would highly recommend John as a teach - especially for children."
Orlando, FL teacher:
Review by Mark
"I am a brand new singing student, although, at 59, I am not brand new. After my first three lessons I am completely satisfied that I chose the right inst
ructor. JoAnn is warm and friendly and makes me feel welcome and comfortable. It is clear she has a deep knowledge and love of music and singing, has a lot to offer her students, and enjoys the teaching interaction. I am thoroughly enjoying the experience and look forward to every lesson. Although my development is in the very early stages, I'm already noticing progress and certainly a more educated awareness of my voice."
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Harry
Randi taught my kids for many years and I have to tell you, she is absolutely superb. Tremendously caring, technically superb and a great communicat
or. My kids loved her! We want her back in New York City!!!!
She also held an annual performance for all of her students at a cafe and you could really see the genuine warmth that all of her students had for her.
If you can grab some lessons from her, you will be very fortunate and very happy."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Gina
"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 thi
nk 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!"
Sacramento, CA teacher:
Review by Gerardo
"Carissa Austria, age 8, learned piano with Jeff. Her lessons were instrumental in giving her the incentive to practice on her own. Jeff created lessons th
at made my daughter curious on how to play on her own and experimented with certain keys and sounds. Thank you Jeff for giving my daughter the deep insight to playing the piano not only from her weekly lessons but encouraging her to practice on her own with minimum supervision.
Sincerely Gerry Austria"
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Caroline
"She is very encouraging and a good teacher."
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Remy
"Very good teacher and listener
Sebastian is a wonderful teacher. Patient and dedicated to his students, he always comes up with appropriate exercises dep
ending on his student's levels or expectations. I highly recommend Sebastian as a teacher."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Whitney
"Cathy provides attentionto her student. She uses positive reinforcement and is encouraging."
Hello hello! Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.
I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?
Music has b
lessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.
I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.
You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.
*** Lesson Details *** In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.
We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.
What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.
Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.
*** Travel Equipment *** No travel.
*** Specialties *** Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
Renee A. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
Laura N. May 19, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Marsha is flexible, easy to work with and I really liked the way she taught theory. She's a great teacher!
Donna Chu C. November 7, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Ms. Marsha is such a great teacher. My son who is 11 years old is learning a lot in such a short period of time. She makes it easy for him to understand how to read notes and how to play them in such a fun way. We were just going to try 8 sessions, but after just 2 sessions, we would like to continue for more. We just love her! I'm glad she had an opening when we were looking for a teacher.
Steve began his musical journey on the piano as a child, later moving on to explore clarinet and trumpet in band before discovering the French horn in high school. Though he earned his bachelor of music in horn performance at CSU, Sacramento, he never gave up the piano, teaching students and accompanying choirs throughout college, and earning scholarships for both instruments.
Steve has played for a number of musical groups, from orchestras, chamber groups and community bands to being a pit musician in musical theater and opera. This year, he will be joining the William Jessup University
Wind Ensemble and playing horn in that group. For the last several years, Steve has directed the orchestra at his church, and has also arranged hymns and worship music for church orchestras and smaller ensembles.
Besides teaching piano and horn, Steve's musical interests include music theory, arranging, composition, piano ensemble playing and ethnomusicology.
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching children and adults for the past 15 years. I have worked in public schools as a band instructor, choir director, orchestra director and general music teacher. I have also taught English and Spanish classes. My private piano and horn students have enjoyed playing from a wide variety of musical styles from classical to modern.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano
*** Specialties *** I choose from a variety of publications, depending on the nature of the student. I strive to have my students become well rounded by learning a variety of music literature and learning theory, scales, chord progressions, and integrate sight-reading as a regular component of lessons.
Timothy D. June 25, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Steve is very friendly and patient I very much recommend him for lessons.
LipingF November 11, 2011
Thank you for the extra effort last night. Kevin really likes working with you and the results speak for themselves.
AliceB June 24, 2010
Encouraging and knowledgeable teacherSteve is an excellent music teacher. We highly recommend him and will continue to take lessons from him. He is great at giving constructive feedback and making you feel you are making progress. We especially liked the music theory and warm up exercises he taught.
I grew up in a household of 9 where music was always center stage. We would sing as a family in different venues and were often called the VonTrapp family. I have enjoyed singing and performing from a young age. I began studying flute at age 8, after scoring highest in the harmony listening exam and began formal violin lessons at the age of 9. I studied all genres including, fiddle, classical, musical theater and 20th century. I have continued to study violin since then and have performed in many orchestras and small groups, such as Honor Orchestra, the Paradise Symphony, the Yuba College Orch
estra, Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society Orchestra and more. I have been concert master and first stand in many of these. I have also soloed in many and have been the first violinist in quartets for countless weddings and other events. I have also played in numerous pit orchestras for musicals. I have been in choirs and soloing since I can remember. I have performed and soloed in choirs such as the Yuba-Sutter Oratorio Society, CSUS Chamber Choir, the CSUS Women's Choir and more. I have toured to Victoria, Montreal, Ottowa, Oregon and Washington. I have also been in opera productions such as The Magic Flute, Peleas and Melisande and Die Fledermaus (The Bat) with CSUS Opera. I am a recent recipient of the Saturday Club Scholarship, a prestigious award, and have won many competitions (some repeatedly) both vocally and with violin, such as the Tri-County Competition, Young Artist Competitions, and the California Soloist and Ensemble Competitions. Additionally, I have performed musical theater repertoire and have performed as lead in musicals such as Beauty and the Beast and Into the Woods. I have also soloed repeatedly with the Yuba College jazz band and at churches all around. I have earned my Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from CSU Sacramento. I have my Associates Degrees in both Music and Early Childhood Education from Yuba College. Additionally, I have obtained my certificate of completion of training from Music Together, an organization which trains teachers to teach Basic Music Competence (both in tonality and meter), and am currently teaching this curriculum. I have been teaching music privately for over ten years to all ages, genders and abilities. Additionally, I have taught ages 0-5 years in a preschool setting for 7 years and am extremely familiar with developmentally appropriate practices for both preschool and school age, as I am a site supervisor at a child development center with a preschool and after school program. I have had many adult students as well and encourage adults to enrich their lives with music at any age! Additionally, I have experience teaching parent child classes and am familiar with how to teach to the particular needs of each family and student. I'm extremely excited and looking forward to growing as a professional, both teaching and performing, in both the areas of violin and voice and to be instrumental in your musical growth too; I can't wait to share my passion with you and to ignite your passion for music too!
*** Lesson Details *** I have been teaching since 2002 and have loved every minute of it! I teach all ages. I tailor my style of teaching to each student's goals and to what works for you. If you want to learn Taylor Swift music, I won't be giving you arias. On the other hand, if you wish to study classically, I have repertoire appropriate for you. I teach fiddle, classical, orchestral, 20th century and more for violin students and have experience with jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, religious, spiritual, choral, 20th century and more vocally. For violin students, I use the Suzuki method as a pushing off point, a tried and true method used in many countries across the world, though I have other repertoire including fiddle, orchestra, small ensemble, solo, concertos, Christmas, and more. For vocalist, I start with the book, Adventures in Singing. I also have warm ups and exercises to keep you vocally healthy. I will teach you anything you want to learn! I also teach how to read music, theory and harmony, depending on your interest and tailored to your current skill level. I am encouraging and knowledgeable. I will meet you at your current level, be that beginner, intermediate, or advanced. My students can look forward to being encouraged and growing through their time with me. I don't have preset ideas about where you should be in 3-6 months, nor do I have a one size fits all teaching style. Instead, I will work with you individually so that you will become the best musician you can be, meet your goals, and increase your enjoyment and appreciation for music.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lessons in open space, upright piano, digital piano, music stands, metronome, violins available for rent, music, staff paper and computer
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect my students to provide the instrument with all of it's accessories (ie shoulder rest, rosin, bow and case) along with the appropriate level Suzuki book. I have instruments available for rent. My voice students should bring their own music also. I have a piano in my studio along with music stands. Of course, every student must have a pencil and come ready to have fun learning! :)
*** Specialties *** Suzuki, solfege, art songs and arias, reading music, fiddle, classical, healthy vocal technique and musical theater. I am very good at working with any age.
Joe F. November 15, 2012
Violin Verified Student
Kimberly is an excellent teacher and I highly recommend her. She is patient with you as a student and explains things at your level. She is very knowledgable about music as she plays many instruments and has a great ear. As an adult student she had me learn to read music early in the lesson which I found to be very helpful. Lessons are at her home and it is in an appropiate setting. My Lessons fly by as she has an engaging teaching style and she stays focused on helping your improvement from week to week. She is flexible in rescheduling your weekly lesson if needed.I would rate her an A+ as a Music teacher!
janet P. September 14, 2012
Singing Verified Student
We have enjoyed and learned so much from Kimberly
Kimberly is very professional and makes me and my daughter feel very welcome. Emily has been taking singing lessons for a couple of months now and no two lessons are alike a she learing so much from Kimberly.
janetp July 18, 2012
Emily has really enjoyed her teacher and singing lesson.
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 sch
ool 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 and putting the pieces together. I want to help you avoid the frustration of not knowing what to practice and how to practice. I can help you discover your talents by teaching in a straightforward and common sense approach. I encourage a relaxed but focused learning environment.
It is a great time to take lessons with me because I am currently taking music courses full time in college so I am immersed in the subject. Music has been my main passion.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach all levels of guitar and beginning and intermediate piano/keyboard.
Having exercise/song/workbooks is extremely helpful for players who want to learn fast.
And of course, these are just guidelines, we will see what works best. I have several books that I normally use that I find work really well.
Available instruments for hands on learning are guitar, bass, and keys. I will explore with you the ways to create original music or I can simply show you what it takes to play your favorite songs. I can keep you engaged by giving you important information from technique and theory books but then immediately show you how what you learn in the books can be applied.
I find it very important to teach aspiring musicians a broad understanding of music. We need to understand why it works in order to effectively play and create music.
During the first lesson I will focus on seeing what level your playing is at and would like to get out of music lessons. From there we will jump in to learning by focusing on material for your skill level and interest. I will help you with your specific needs while also going over what any musician needs to be successful. During lessons I will give you exercises to practice including reading charts/notes and playing. I will identify how you best learn and fit the lessons to you. I have a tried and true approach that will get you seeing improvement as long as you practice and are ready to learn.
It is extremely important that you practice regularly. That way you can see real progress.As you can see, I feel it is very important to structure lessons in order to have success. We will work in sequence and build your skill from the ground up. That said I love catering to individual students needs and want to make sure I teach them what they want to learn. If you have something particular you want to learn. Be sure to let me know.
*** Studio Equipment *** At my studio I have a great keyboard, several guitars, a bass, 2 amplifiers, and some simple recording equipment, as well as relevant textbooks. I have everything needed for quality lessons. Be sure to have your own instrument.
*** Travel Equipment *** For guitar lessons I will bring my guitar and any handouts for that lesson. If you are using one of the books I will use your copy to give you practice materials as well. I will bring my guitar tuner, but being a guitarist, it is important that you invest in a tuner, picks, and buy strings when you need them.
For piano lessons I will bring any handouts for that lesson. I will use your book that you purchased at the beginning of your lessons to give you practice materials.
*** Specialties *** Pop Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Groove Metal, Contemporary, Jazz, Classic Rock, Pop Punk, Thrash, Blues, Country, Classical
I love so many styles of music. I help students with any style they wish and I love to incorporate different styles together. Seemingly very different music styles such as classical vs more aggressive rock may seem like two different worlds but they really are closely related! I show students how to know what notes to use over which chords and how chords relate to one another through the teaching of modes, and the diatonic chords within a scale.
With the determination to create this art and the right tools nothing is holding you back!
I teach fingerstyle, picking, alternate picking, economy picking, tapping, appropriate use of the whammy bar, palm muting, inversions, chord functions, progressions, scale degrees, harmonics, syncopation, modes, finger strength exercises, rhythm exercises, speed exercises, and more. And of course, I show you how it all relates and why it's important so you can utilize your new knowledge!
Mackenzie B. June 29, 2015
In home Verified Student
He's very patient and encouraging!
Dolores Zeiher June 18, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Per my 8 year old grandson, Brennen, Dylan is the best. He is cool and takes his time. Brennen likes the fact that Dylan will go over something time and again till he understands and is able to play the notes. Brennen leaves the lesson feeling happy and very excited.
Preston B. June 9, 2015
In home Verified Student
Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.
Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Fremont Presbyte
rian in Sacramento. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private teacher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.
Lesson Details: I teach from a comprehensive approach of taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the artistic aspects.
Studio Equipment: - Piano - Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music
Travel Equipment: - Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music
Specialties: Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical
LauraAmy Marise P. June 14, 2015
In home Verified Student
Katherine not only is a very professional and thorough teacher, but she is a very lovely person as well. I felt comfortable right away, I would absolutely recommend her to other singers wanting to learn or brush up!!!
Michelle C. May 11, 2015
Online Verified Student
Katherine was a wonderful instructor for my 7 year old little girl. She is very patient and understanding. I appreciate how positive she is and the uplifting encouragement she provided my daughter. Once school starts back in the fall, we hope to see Katherine again for more lessons. I can't say enough about how great she is and I'm so glad we chose her. You will not be disappointed if you choose her!
Elizabeth S. April 16, 2015
I really enjoyed taking lessons from Kat. She's a fun teacher who knows her stuff. She explained to me the mechanics of singing in a way that I could easily understand. She was great at pinpointing the exact areas that I needed to work on and gave me specific directions to enhance my abilities. She made me feel very comfortable and helped me get over my fear of singing in front of others. I look forward to more lessons with Kat in the future.
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