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Review by Michael
Great teacher! I have been taking lessons for about a year and Nico helped me focus my practice and reach my goals."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Agnieszka
"He is a great teacher. He is always on time, very organized and my son really enjoys guitar lessons with him."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Deanne Pascual
"Lianhua is a very excellent teacher, Deanne is very happy and understand what she is doing, I do highly recommend Lianhua."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Hirono
Brianna is a very dedicated teacher who makes learning an instrument fun.
Two of my young children learn from Brianna. In both cases s
he moves at the student's pace while still prodding them to do move through the lessons. This is true even with the violin, where getting a 5 year old child to focus on the instrument and bear through the very challenging learning curve has proven difficult. Brianna's patience, pleasant demeanor and encouragement has served well in making the instrument fun, challenging and sound better every week."
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by Julie
Cory is a great teacher! My son is not easy to teach but he loves going to his lessons and trying! He didn't really enjoy his previous teac
hers. Cory is creative with him when he seems stuck and I think that makes him feel valued as a student."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Estelle
"Molly is an amazing artist and person. I absolutely love learning from and knowing her!
I've played in a band with Molly for several years now, in which
we both play violin and sing. She's taught me so much about music, from violin, cuatro, and vocal technique, to arranging music, to the specificity and detail that bring a performance from good to great.
She's wildly gifted, energetic, patient, as well as extremely kind and encouraging. But most profoundly, she leads by example with her pure love and curiosity for music. She reminds me that the integration and practice of the things in life which make us sing on the inside not only make us happier, more balanced people, but make it possible to touch others with our work."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Marilyn
"If you are serious about learning this instrument, you couldn't find a better teacher.
Dennis is extraordinary in all ways: He knows about all there is t
o know about harmony; he can pinpoint and diagnose exactly what difficulty a student might be having and then explain how to overcome it; he is a talented composer and improvisor; and above all, in whatever genre he chooses to play, he is simply a beautiful musician."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Zoe
"Lisa is great. She has gotten having fun while learning music is what my kid needed. Lisa accomplished that, my kid loves her."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Cathy
"My son takes Ukulele lessons from Travis and it has been a wonderful experience! Travis has made lessons fun and engaging with my son so he has enjoyed p
laying and doesn't feel like it is a chore to practice. Travis also used a music book we already had so we didn't have to buy a new one, and he was also able to quickly write out music with chords for my son to play that was at his level when the book didn't provide appropriate level of music. Travis is always encouraging and never makes us feel rushed...he genuinely has a love of music and comes out through his lessons!"
I am a professional violinist and violist living in Winters, CA, frequenting Sacramento and the Bay Area. I have a passion for performing many different styles and instruments and want to share that with my students! Nothing makes me happier than igniting the drive for music in my students and seeing what music can do for them. I have Bachelors and Masters degrees in music performance from the University of North Texas and the Eastman School of Music, and I am Suzuki trained. I have spent most of my life surrounded by Suzuki teachers and students and am very comfortable with the method! I also
love to teach with the traditional methods and am willing to find what works best for each student individually.It is most important to me that the lessons are fun! I find that everyone learns best when they are engaged and truly enjoying themselves. Each and every student should be able to experience what learning music can do for them, and I wish to pass along my knowledge and passion in every lesson.
*** Lesson Details *** Expect lots of questions! I love to engage my students by asking them questions about their own playing. We learn together, solve problems together, and play together. The lessons are about YOU. I am willing and able to change my teaching style based on what will yield results most efficiently and with the best quality.Â A lot of my teaching is done with the Suzuki violin books. If there are any specific songs or pieces you want to learn, we can make that happen! In our first lessons, we will decide together your personal, individualized goals and how to achieve them the best way.
*** Travel Equipment *** I have my own instruments and teaching materials/books. I supply tape for fingerboards and bows as well. I expect students to have their own instruments and to buy the music books (most likely Suzuki) that we use in their lessons so they can practice.
*** Specialties *** I am Suzuki trained and can teach all levels in the Suzuki method. I can also teach traditionally, without Suzuki method if the student/parent prefers. I also specialize in Baroque performance practice, and can teach Baroque violin, baroque viola, and viola da gamba.
Jose O. March 19, 2015
In home Verified Student
Being the parent of a 5 year old daughter, my wife and I were quite careful on choosing what we considered to be a good violin teacher, especially given the fact we would be bringing this person into our home (in-home lessons). From the beginning Caitlin demonstrated being capable of teaching a child, making every effort to make classes fun, and to encourage our daughter to practice. Her professionalism, patience and dedication were visible in all her lessons. We were quite sad to hear she was moving outside of NY. Searching for a new teacher proved quite difficult as she set the bar quite high.
In summary, Caitlin not only met, but exceeded our expectations. I highly recommend her.
My music education began at age 8 when, after a year of pestering my parents, I got my first guitar. My self-taught forays began casually at first, until I was introduced to the likes of Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton (the Cream years) and then later, Frank Marino, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, and Allan Holdsworth. By age 15, it was "all about the guitar: eat-sleep-school-guitar," with many countless hours burning the midnight oil, deciphering the solos of my heroes. I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after high school and began studying guitar under the mentor-ship of virtuoso Marc Bonilla (who
has worked with such luminaries as Ronnie Montrose, Derek Sherinian, Keith Emerson of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple). Bonilla has since moved to L.A. to pursue an impressive career as a film and T.V. composer, while I stayed on in the Bay Area as full time working guitarist/studio musician/composer/teacher.
My love and passion for teaching guitar is matched only by my love of studio and stage performance as a full time professional musician.
My ability to play many different styles of music has led me to a great diversity of music projects over the years. This versatility has afforded me work with Latin jazz, Caribbean (soca), nouveau flamenco, world-beat, hard rock, and blues bands all over the San Francisco Bay Area for the last 20 years. This also includes a stint with a San Francisco based funk-jazz quartet that performed, among other things, funky and creative renditions of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock.
In 2005 I released a solo rock album called âLeft Turn on Spanish Highwayâ. The music on this CD is a passionate blend of hard rock instrumental guitar with contemporary flamenco rhythms (think Gipsy Kings meets Joe Satriani). It has received a lot of five star reviews on online stores such as iTunes and CD Baby.
My Jeff Beck-ish electric guitar style has been repeatedly featured in live performances by the world-renowned vertical dance troupe Project Bandaloop in San Francisco, Oregon, and at the Banff Center for the arts in Alberta Canada.
My acoustic guitar performances are heavily featured on the 2004 album "Despi A Alma" by internationally acclaimed fado singer, Ramana Vieira, and subsequently, on her 2009 follow up release, âLagrimas De Rainhaâ.
In the late 90âs, I had the opportunity of challenging my improvisational skills, by performing many seasons with San Francisco's longest running theater improv troupe, Flash Family, where I was called upon to create on-the-spot compositions in real-time, to match the actorâs unscripted and unpredictable story lines.
In the audio/visual world, I've composed music for film and a children's story. I frequently collaborate with local film, theater and T.V. composer Chris Houston (my musical contributions to Houston's compositions can be heard in the movie "Enchantedâ, which in the past has enjoyed wide circulation on Showtime, and also on the soundtrack to the Marin Theater Companyâs 2009 production of âMagic Forrest farmâ, and the San Francisco Playhouseâs production of âOur Lady of 121st street.
Currently, Iâm the lead guitarist for the San Francisco funk-rock originals band, FiveDown, fronted by R and B singer Ishtar Monique. Other music projects include co-writing, recording and producing an upcoming album for the Marin based hard rock band, Urban Fiction. I continue to perform on occasion around the bay area as solo guitarist for corporate events and weddings, and also with Ramana Vieira and ensemble where my Al Di Meola-style approach to acoustic lead guitar playing is sought.
*** Lesson Details *** Think of me not only as your teacher, but also your dedicated coach, whose purpose and goal it is to help you reach your highest musical aspirations. I am very passionate about teaching guitar. Your success is my success. Iâm also very patient and easy going but will push you gently when you need it, to ensure your continued musical growth and success. I will not only teach you what you want to learn, but also what you need to learn in order to progress. During your first lesson with me, Iâll spend some time finding out what your goals and aspirations are, then develop a lesson plan from there. The lesson plans are used as a guide and also as a way to track and monitor your progress.
You will be taking your lessons with me in my home recording studio, which will make learning a lot more fun, creative and rewarding. Youâll also be able to record yourself performing songs and pieces youâre working on, from time to time. Recording yourself is an excellent way to see where your strengths and weaknesses lie; it will also help you to develop a critical and discerning ear.
When applicable, I like to use my studentâs favorite songs as a vehicle for learning crucial aspects of music study, which include music theory, scales, chords, arpeggios and of course, proper technique. I also like to encourage and support sight-reading for very young students and have developed ways to make that fun, interesting and rewarding.
*** Studio Equipment *** The studio has a keyboard, computer with music tutorial software, and guitars. The studio also has an ample supply of books, DVD, and transcription materials. The studio also has amps to be a working studio. The studio also has a nice seating area for parents.
*** Specialties *** Guitar (beginning to advanced): Rock, Blues, Funk, Fusion, Jazz, acoustic finger-style, hybrid picking, cage system, tremolo bar technique, two handed tapping, speed picking, alternate and legato picking. I also teach beginning Flamenco.
I like to meet students were they are musically and build from there. Typically, I like to use a repertoire of songs that inspire them; using their favorite songs (when appropriate) as a means of learning theory, harmony, and technique. Over the years, I've learned that the most important first step with any student (specially beginners), is to get them playing right away - the emphasis is always on fostering love and enjoyment for music - as they move through proficiency levels at their own pace. Having said that, I do like to make sure they are pleasantly challenged but not frustrated (beginners), is to get them playing right away - the emphasis is always on fostering love and enjoyment for music - as they move through proficiency levels at their own pace. Having said that, I do like to make sure they are pleasantly challenged but not frustrated.
Auncharee W. June 4, 2013
Guitar Verified Student
Didier is an Amazing Teacher!
My 8 yr old daughter has been taking lessons from Didier for the past 6 months and looks forward to her lessons each week. He challenges her while still keeping it fun and teaches her songs that interests her. Didier is a wonderful instructor who is very patient, kind, knowledgeable and easy to talk to. He is an extremely talented and passionate musician who enjoys teaching and it shows.
Sailaja S. November 13, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
Guitar lessons experience with Didier
Hi,here to share my wonderful experience in taking guitar lessons with Didier. Being a beginner, I have started learning the way to hold the guitar, strings, it's notations etc from him, off course the journey still continues.....I am happy that I found an instructor with lots of patience, talent and skill to groom me further in this music world:)
Josephb February 28, 2012
My son is attending lessons with Didier for few months now. He started from scratch and now he is starting to rock. We drive for lessons every weekend from far away and it is definitely worthy...
Colin James G. is one of the most decorated and progressive young music educators in California. He has taught hundreds of students in schools both public and private institutions all throughout California. He is now pleased to be offering private lessons to a limited number of students.
Colin recognizes the individuality in music and in musicians. Therefore, in order for a student to really absorb the most from his lessons, he forms highly structured lessons plans tailored sp
ecifically to the students needs, while still maintaining the basic curriculum that every musician needs to know. The skill level does not matter: from beginners to advanced levels, there are things Colin can teach a student to elevate their drumming to the next progression. Equally as important, Colin always maintains a very exciting and encouraging environment for the student to grow and become their best, because at the end of the day, a teacher is supposed to provide the inspiration so that the student can end up teaching themselves.
JenniferK3 May 10, 2011
Really enjoyed the lessons and feel happy with my progress every week. Colin obviously has the skills AND he knows how to teach them. A really nice person and instructor :)
Frank is passionate about sharing the natural method of singing with students of all ages.
Frank received a Bachelor of Music in Voice performance from Indiana University, and is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique (Posture Awareness in Action).
He has taught vocal music at Elementary, Intermediate, High School and College levels.
His students have won college scholarships and music awards.
Frank has performed leading roles in Broadway shows, Light Opera and Opera.
His experience as a vocal musical specialist in schools has helped to shape of
method of instruction that is fun, easy and yields amazing results.
*** Lesson Details *** Frank's lessons are focused on achieving the students goals.
Students choose songs meaningful to them along with songs the teacher recommends to broaden their muscial appreciation and vocal skill. Styles of music include: folk, show, pop, classical.
Interpretation and acting skills are developed.
Students learn the language of music (rhythm, pitch, symbols ) through games and activities.
Students will find their voices getting stronger and more beautiful through increased awareness of posture, diaphragmatic breathing, and vitality of jaw movement. This creates a wonderful sensation of freedom and relaxation. In 3-6 months time the student will experience an increase in range, beauty and power. I can guarantee your most beautiful and powerful voice with perfect high notes in 3-5 years of regular lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano and Keyboard
*** Specialties *** All styles of music except woman's chest voice (belting). very strong with children's voice training and classical ,especially opera. Natural method of singing using awareness of posture.
Elaine M. June 13, 2015
In studio Verified Student
I went in never having had a voice lesson. He took me through the basics in a wonderfully welcoming and creative way. I know I will be much the better singer after his classes!
Jessa M. December 8, 2014
Broadway Singing ·
In studio Verified Student
It was a great joy learning from Frank for the several weeks I had him as instructor. He has his own little studio at home, with his piano, so you can enjoy and be comfortable singing out loud without other disruptions. His method is very simple and effective. It's all about energy, posture, and jaw movement! I definitely saw a change in my singing after only two lessons of learning from Frank.
He is also friendly, smiling, and courteous! He'll start you with warm-ups and then end with songs/pieces to practically implement the movements you've learned during warm-ups. Try a lesson with Frank! You'll not regret it!
Diana D. May 17, 2014
In studio Verified Student
My daughter has been taking singing lessons with Frank for 2 years. She started lessons when she was only four and a half years old. She is now 9 years old and Frank is one of the best vocal teachers she has ever had. Frank is amazing with kids. He keeps my daughter focused and has fun with her at the same time. My daughter looks forward to her class every week. We've seen great improvement in her singing as well as her confidence. I have been extremely happy with Frank and would highly recommend him to anyone looking for vocal lessons--young and old.
After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 10 ye
ars. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to teach music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.
*** Lesson Details *** I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.
*** Studio Equipment *** In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as two ukuleles, and two guitars (one acoustic-electric and one electric).
*** Travel Equipment *** When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.
Dokleida K. July 23, 2015
In home Verified Student
Liz is very kind, patient and professional.
Our kids enjoy learning with her and look forward to each class.
Henry B. October 16, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Liz is great with my son. She has a great demeanor with kids. She talks to them on their level. My son is enjoying his lessons with Liz. We definitely recommend her as a music teacher especially to young kids!
Tracy E. November 24, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Liz is so patient, encouraging, fun, flexible, and always happy! She has taught my daughter Kaity to have confidence on top of courage to jump in a learn to play the piano in a fun way. We have truly enjoyed lessons with Liz!
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