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John D.

Berkeley, CA

About John

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will develop a passion for music and a desire to play!

I like to get right to the experience of actually playing music. I start with learning songs, drum beats, and chord progressions and get to technique and music reading AFTER we have had some fun.

My key to successful teaching is to create a custom curriculum for each student. Some students are interested in the details of how to do it "right", and others just want to rock. I try to adapt to different learning styles and musical goals to give each student an ideal experience.

I want student
s to learn how to play, not just how to read or do drills. We will listen to music together, and talk about the function of each instrument. For drummers, I play bass lines on the piano and we lock into a groove. For piano students, I play along with drums or percussion. It's important for students to learn how to play with others, and to listen and get inspired by what's around them.

Students will have the option to perform in a student recital where you are backed by a band of professional musicians!

***John D.'s Biography***

I was born in Amsterdam, Holland, where my father worked as an opera singer. While listening to vocal warm-up arpeggios, my mother bounced me on her knee and taught me rhythms and rhymes.

In my family we beatbox, play piano, and sing together. The family moved to the States in 1995 where my parents worked as music teachers. My Dad is a voice professor at the University of Wisconsin, and my Mom runs an amazing music program at Country View Elementary School in Verona, WI.

I played in the band program throughout high-school and had an amazing and demanding music teacher and highly talented friends. The drumset became my passion and I played, blissfully and recklessly, as often possible. Our teacher took the high school band on a concert tour of Europe in 2002 in Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy.

The band program led me to classical and contemporary music at the University of Wisconsin, where I honed my craft and discovered the profound breadth of music around the world. I paid my way through college as a member of the WI Army National Guard Band, a great wind ensemble with jazz and rock band components, and slowly built a career as a musician. I took every gig that came my way and created my own if nobody was calling. Pretty soon I became "œthe guy in, like, 8 different bands", including Funk, Rock, Jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and West African bands. I've been working as a musician ever since, performing several nights per week, and teaching during the day.

I began teaching drum lessons to my friends when I was about 18 and realized I was really good at it. I began taking on private students and teaching group lessons and classes. Students of mine have achieved the highest ranks at the State Solo and Ensemble Festival in Wisconsin, and auditioned into the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. I am on the annual faculty Wildcat Percussion Camp, was adjunct faculty at New York University, and directed the world percussion ensemble at the University of Wisconsin. I've worked as a teacher with the Madison Area School District, Wisconsin Youth Company, YMCA, Global Arts to Go, University Settlement, and in many different public schools in the New York metro area. I taught a high school class called "The Spirit of Jazz", and

I've learned how to be a real teacher, to put myself in your shoes to help you achieve your potential as a drummer, and as a musician. My teaching style is to de-mystify the art of percussion: getting great sounds out of the drums, being prepared for any style, practicing productively, and focusing your mind.

I have a Bachelor's degree in classical percussion from the University of Wisconsin, a Masters degree in Jazz Performance from NYU, and have traveled to Africa, Europe, and Latin America to perform, record, and study. I have performed with Badal Roy (Miles Davis), Chris Potter, Kenny Werner, Brad Shepik, Lenny Pickett, Chuchito Valdez, and many other great musicians. I was Adjunct Faculty at NYU'™s jazz program, and at the University of Wisconsin dance program. I've given masterclasses at Juilliard, University of Michigan, Lawrence Conservatory, and many other colleges. I played for 5 months in the Off-Broadway show "Fun Home", and toured and gigged with a wide variety of bands.

I've recorded on nearly 20 albums and have been involved in many other projects. Ask me anything you want in our music lessons!
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Kameron February 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very impressed with his teaching methods and my son feels very comfortable with John.
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Eva L. September 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Our son enjoys working with John. He is very patient with young kids. I am amazed at what he's learned in a year!
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Cristina E. September 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
John is a great teacher. My 7-yr old enjoys his classes. John is very patient and knows how to draw my son's attention back to focus. A lot of hands-on drumming even before my son knew how to read notes.
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John D.

John D.

Berkeley, CA 94708
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$30 / 30-min
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Javier A.

Sacramento, CA

About Javier

My name is Javier and I love to teach !

I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and in my last year of high school, I decided to take private piano lessons with a local teacher and it was during this time period that I learned classical pieces by Beethoven and Mozart. I also took music notation and I tried a hand at composing, discovering a new way to communicate in terms of music.

After moving to the USA, I resume my music education, learning new concepts on classical, blues and pop styles, as well as chord progression and accompaniment pieces. After a year and after completing the teac
her training program, I started to teach piano from my home studio.

During this time, I took upon myself two more years of intense composition study and experimenting with some of the secrets of this art, which now has become one of my passion. In 2007 I earned a diploma from this institution and in the same year I released two CDs of my own compositions: Van Gogh Sunflower's and Dimes y Diretes.

This year I have enrolled in a music program at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco, where I am expecting to learn and expand my knowledge on technique, performing, and music ensembles.

For six years, I have been teaching successfully from my home studio, teaching students of all ages and with different music backgrounds.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach piano and I specialize in classical and contemporary music styles

I am a strong believer of traditional teaching methods, however, I have learn that we all learn in different ways, so I let my students discover music by teaching them how to relate to the piano first, after they become familiar with the instrument by playing easy but wonderful melodies I start with the process of teaching music notation, scales, chords, analyzing songs, music history, exercises.

I teach all ages, I am very patient and supportive, never pushy but firm with my students goals.
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Gabriella M. May 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has now had 3 piano lessons with Javier and she loves it. I really appreciate how patient he is with her especially this being her first time taking piano lessons. Looking forward to more lessons with Javier.
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giuseppe S. April 14, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
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Javier is a great teacher for kids. My kid loves to take lessons, and he has progressed so much in few months. Great job Javier!!
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Diane K. April 10, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

Javier is very knowledgeable, kind and patient teacher. I enjoy my lessons and improve weekly. A relaxed learning environment which I need due to being a over 60 year old student going through my bucket list and deciding this was finally MY time.
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Javier A.

Javier A.

Sacramento, CA 95831
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Micah E.

Benicia, CA

About Micah

My performance experience locally and abroad has provided me with a unique insight into teaching what I call a complete singer - stage movement and presence, voice projection, and great vocal tone. I have performed professionally for 20+ years...many years in the Bay Area in the genre of New Music. I have done several recording projects including voice-overs, opera, voice acting for video games, and other special recording projects for organizations.

*** Lesson Details ***
At the first lesson we will discuss your current goals as well as your long-term music aspirations. Together we wi
ll create an action plan based on your level and vocal need. We will check-in from time to time to see if your focus is changing or your needs have changed. I am committed to you! Success depends on your commitment to the process of singing and a lot of patience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
The student should provide keyboard or have a piano.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Pop, Opera, Jazz and R&B.
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Francene T. February 12, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Hi Micah,

I just purchased five (5) lessons, yet didn't get your contact information from Javier Chavez at TakeLessons. So, I'm writing to you to give me a call. (707) 731-1738. Thank you much.

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David July 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Micah is fantastic. I had no singing experience at all but he was willing to work with me starting at my level. The drills were fun and built on easy steps of progress.

I know that i'm no Pavarotti, but I'm gaining capability and confidence every week. Lessons with Micah are truly the high spot of my week!
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Micah E.

Micah E.

Benicia, CA 94510
(2)
starting at
$30 / 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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Larrissa G. February 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Rebecca is amazing, she is not just my piano instructor she is also my tutor. Rebecca is very knowledgeable and helpful with my music class that I am taking as an elective at Solano College. She also has a wonderful family.

Thanks, Becca

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Joshua R. February 12, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Rebecca has so much patience to work with a little one, like my 6 years old. He enjoyed his first class.
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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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Rebecca K.

Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
(7)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Constance M.

Hercules, CA

About Constance

I received my Master's Degree in Music Performance from California State University Long Beach in May 2015. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Performance from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2013.

I am patient, and I understand that each student learns at a different pace, and that each lesson should cater to his or her own level, needs, and ability. One of my main goals as a teacher is to help students find happiness through music, and I want to help them reach their musical goals.
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Frank Pan February 1, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She is very patient and I am very excited to take on violin with her guidance
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Constance M.

Constance M.

Hercules, CA 94547
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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