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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA

About Liz

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.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk, opera, musical theater, classical, rock, reggae
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Christopher M. December 9, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Liz is a skilled instructor who can communicate well in an online environment. She has a relaxed manner and encourages the student to extend him/herself in order to learn and improve. Liz understands music theory as well as technique and is a good fit for a beginner or an advanced player - young or old. She is on time and dependable, has varied musical taste and I recommend her to anyone looking to begin or improve.
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Christopher M. September 11, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Liz is a relaxed and helpful teacher.
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Jerry F. August 3, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
An easy manner to encourage doing things that you did not think you could do. Knows music theory and can explain. Enjoyable to work with. Wish I had her for an instructor when I started guitar in my early 70's.
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Liz J.

Liz J.

Sonoma, CA 95476
(7)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Matthew F.

Walnut Creek, CA

About Matthew

Hello!

My name is Matthew, and I teach many people of different ages academic topics from arithmetic to algebra 2/trigonometry, science, reading/grammar, as well as all kinds of music and instruments!

I hold a Masters of Arts in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Santa Cruz.

Musically, I specialize in drum set and percussion, piano, voice, and guitar instruction (4 and 6 string) woodwinds, brass, and violin family strings. I have been teaching in Walnut Creek at my home studio/office for 10 years, worked with local schools such
as Walnut Creek Intermediate, Meher School, Las Lomas High School, and Stanley Middle School.

Some basic pedagogical ideas:

I make sure each student learns the necessary techniques, rhythms as well as reading and performing skills that each player must posses on their instrument or voice to properly play the instrument. Alongside this crucial, ever-lasting quest to have a good sound and play the repertoire of the instrument I teach many other aspects of music that most students indulge in as they progress. These including but not limited to ear-training, improvising, composition, theory, music history and appreciation, transcribing, arranging and performing popular music, basic tracking and recording/computer compositions, as well as basic singing and drumming.
Each student has different goals and interests that draw them toward certain aspects of music. My goal is to supplement the basic music training while offering guidance in more complex areas of music that bring excitement and enjoyment to learning. I work with each student to find not only what aspects of music they are interested in but also what styles and groups they enjoy and aspire to play or just enjoying listening or singing along.
Balancing all of this during a 30-60 min lesson and then during your practice time in the week can be tough, so I work with each student to set priorities and goals based on their interest and skill and follow through with them!

Here are a few of my BASIC POLICIES; please read so you can know if we will be a good fit. If you have any questions about them feel free to ask, but I rarely make exceptions!

-I only accept students who take weekly lessons

-I only accept students (usually) who have already started reading

-All students and parents must be on a fairly flexible schedule and reply to phone calls or texts on the day of lessons. With 30+ concurrent students and families, schedules are constantly changing to accommodate each other. If it works for everyone to help another student out by switching, then I will request that of you, but I ALWAYS GUARANTEE YOUR SCHEDULED LESSON TIME.

-I always guarantee your full lesson time. Driving from my home studio and house to house around the East Bay during the after school/work hours does come with traffic delays, so I ask that each student (unless previously noted) keeps 10-15 minutes before and after their lesson free in case of an unexpected delay or cancellation.

- I require AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCED NOTICE FOR RESCHEDULES. If you need to reschedule then I prefer knowing a week in advance. IF YOU CANCEL WITHIN 72 HOURS I DO NOT GUARANTEE A MAKEUP SPOT.

-I rent beginner instruments so that you can get started while I help you shop for an instrument. This includes weekly checkups, maintenance, changing strings, cleaning, and covers any basic damage done to the instrument (for example, broken bridges, broken bow hair, pegs, tuning parts, replacing strings, minor dents on brass). This does not cover non-reusable parts (strings, reeds, drum heads, cork/slide/valve oil, rosin) as well as damage to the body of the instrument or theft. I charge $45 dollars a month flat for the instrument and service.

If you are at all interested for yourself or your child please don't hesitate to call and ask questions.

Have a great day!
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Sam Maldonado January 11, 2016
Composition · In studio
Verified Student
great time at my first lesson
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Denise S. October 31, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter took lessons with Matthew for 5 months and we are severely disappointed. We originally switched because he was constantly changing the days/times of our lesson to accommodate his schedule or that of new clients, which is a terrible way to do business. However, after having one lesson with a new teacher, we realized that my daughter never learned the basics of viola playing - how to hold the instrument properly, how tightly the bow should be strung, the names of the parts of the instrument, etc. He also rented us an instrument that didn't tune properly at twice the cost of what local music stores were charging. She also was not properly measured for that instrument, which I learned was standard. Since I am not musically trained, I went on faith that she was being taught properly. After the first lesson with a teacher who actually knew what they were doing, my daughter was in tears over all the things she didn't know. I feel like all those basics should have been covered in the first month of instruction. In addition, his bio states that he has been teaching for 10 years. At his current age, that would mean he started teaching at the age of 13 or 14. I'm very disappointed in our experience with both this instructor and with Take Lessons for not vetting their instructors properly.
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Adriana September 25, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
It was excellent. He has the patience and the knowledge. I do recommend him.
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(5)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA

About Rebecca

Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Rylante R. January 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson. I can't wait to see how he grows
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Megan M. January 24, 2016
Cello · In home
Verified Student
Rebecca is a very good teacher with lots of patience.
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Andera H. October 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It was wonderful she knows what she is talking about She's a very good teacher
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Rebecca K.

Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
(5)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Amanda C.

Napa, CA

About Amanda

Ever the arts lover, I've split my last 11 years between privately teaching violin and viola and being a wedding photographer - both things I absolutely adore!

My past age ranges have been from as young as 3 (we build box instruments and have lots of fun!) to 67. Both spectrums have their bonuses for me. I love to make lessons insightful, very fun informative, and hopefully a bright spot in your week. I'm NOT the stereotypical strict, no-nonsense teacher (if that's what you need, I'm sorry that I'm not your girl!). I hope to provide a warm and friendly learning enviroment which will last w
ith you as you grow musically.

(And if you're wondering - I was trained at University of Indianapolis as first chair (viola) in their chamber orchestra and have been playing for 22 years thus far.)
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Debra January 5, 2016
Violin · In studio
I bought my first Violin for my 50th birthday. I knew it would a challenge to learn and then I met Amanda. She completely put me at ease and I was playing songs in just a couple of weeks. After just a few months I played Silent Night at Christmas for my church. Plus Amanda came and played along with me. As she did a few other times. After about a year I played my first wedding. Amanda teaches with patience and understanding. She is very easy to learn from. My only complaint is that she moved away from Indiana.
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Amanda C.

Amanda C.

Napa, CA 94558
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Jennifer F.

Vallejo, CA

About Jennifer

Jennifer has been teaching private lessons since 2008 and is currently available to teach lessons at her home studio. Jennifer has helped students from all over the bay area strengthen their vocal technique and gain confidence while performing. Jennifer is a graduate of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music receiving her Master of Music in Vocal Performance. Her recent main stage engagements include Sieglinde in Wagner’s Die Walküre with Verismo Opera and the role of Donna Elvira in Mozart’s Don Giovanni for Opera Academy of California. Some of her other performing highlights include sin
ging the role of Nedda in Leoncavallo's Pagliacci under the baton of Curt Pajer with Verismo Opera, and First handmaiden in West Bay Opera’s production of Turandot. She is a two-time finalist of the NATS festival, professional division as well as a finalist in the Young Stars of the Future competition. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Music in voice from Cal State, Fullerton.
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Jennifer F.

Jennifer F.

Vallejo, CA 94591
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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