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Khemya M.

Stockton, CA

About Khemya

With a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness Studies from J.F. Kennedy Univ, A BA in dance ethnology, performance and choreography and world music, and 3 A.A. degrees in dance, music and psychology, I feel successful to teach various subjects in the arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans will include: Beginning music theory, songbook and study, and beginning songs for piano

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric keyboard and dun dun drums, djembe drums, guitar and amps, with microphone, 320 square foot space, open space for dance floor :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
djembe drums, el
ectric piano, percussion
I expect the student to provide their notebooks, writing utensils and positive behavior

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation-jazz voicing on piano (music theory)
Dance-Afro-Caribbean dance and folklore
Dunham technique-Afro-Haitian-Afro-Cuban and Modern
African drumming and percussion: Jembe and shekere with song and folklore.
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Charlene August 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult is makes all the difference.
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Iakienide U. June 8, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ms. Khemya is very good at teaching piano lessons.
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Debra Q. October 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very clear and patient
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Khemya M.

Stockton, CA 95215
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Greg D.

Tracy, CA

About Greg

I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guita
r lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing experience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.

I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve.
I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
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Juan D. April 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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richard February 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Worked with my next perfectly.
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Dina R. February 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He was patient, my daughter was nervous but he made her feel comfortable. Great teacher!
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Greg D.

Tracy, CA 95377
(10)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Derek T.

Modesto, CA

About Derek

Hi, there! My name is Derek and I've been teaching private lessons since 2008. I am dedicated to helping my students master technique, apply themselves creatively, and exercise their minds. I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a Specialist Certificate in Music Theory in 2009. I'm a patient and articulate person and my teaching style is fun, engaging, and tailored to your needs. I look forward to helping you and your family enrich your minds!
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Derek T.

Derek T.

Modesto, CA 95350
starting at
$20 / 15-min
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Laura R.

Manteca, CA

About Laura

Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2003 and have loved helping my students learn both technique and theory as I seek to motivate them to play the best that they can and to instill a love for music. Although I do not hold a degree in music, I was trained to teach by a former music instructor from the University of the Pacific. I have been playing the piano for 37 years and I am looking forward to passing my knowledge onto you and helping you reach your goals!
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Helen August 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Laura is the best piano teacher i have ever met. I have taken 4 classes with her already. She is experienced, patient, kind and good at teaching. She explains everything structurally and easily understand.She also proceed based on my capability. I can see my huge progress. I recommend her as your piano teacher also. Esp compared to some other piano teachers, she is a real great piano teacher ..
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Diane August 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I am very pleased with Laura! She has a good plan and I will be learning exactly what I was hoping for.
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Matthew B. August 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Laura is very pleasant and I believe my son will be happy to learn from her.
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Laura R.

Manteca, CA 95336
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kyle C.

Hughson, CA

About Kyle

Hello potential students! I have a B.A. in instrumental music education and composition. I have taught private lessons for over 12 years. Teaching private music lessons is my primary job, so I have much experience and wisdom compared to teachers who teach "on the side." Students of all ages stay with me a long time because I am very flexible in my teaching and know how to interact with many personalities and learning styles, producing great results and progress. My specialties are piano, woodwinds, and music technology (i.e. recording and production). You can find more information about me and
what I do at caseymusicservice﮳com.
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Thalia J. June 4, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kyle is patient and a great instructor.
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Laura May 31, 2016
Upright Bass · In studio
Kyle has given me contra bass, aka upright bass,weekly lessons from August 2015 through May 2016. I have never played a string instrument prior to this, although I do play piano and have played the flute, bagpipes, and piccolo over the years. I did not need education in reading music.

Kyle was able to take me from sounding like a lower octave version of Jack Benny (a mid-20th century comedian famous for his howlingly horrid violin playing) to a level where I know how to hold the instrument and the bow, the fingerings, bowing technique, and how to get a very respectable sound from the instrument.

He also installed the strings when I received the new instrument, found a manufacturing flaw in the bridge height that the manufacturer subsequently paid to repair, and diagnosed a resonance issue with the instrument that was corrected with a balance weight on the string below the bridge.
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Kyle C.

Kyle C.

Hughson, CA 95326
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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