Learn how to read music, keyboard awareness, proper hand position, technique and musicality.
Jessica is a fun, patient, passionate teacher whose mission is to pass on the wonderful knowledge and love for music that was instilled in her onto a new group of eager young minds. Jessica Winn has been studying and performing classical music for over 20 years. Her relationship with music started at age 9 with the Contra Costa Children's Choir and she has maintained her classical vocal studies ever since. Along with her vocal studies, Jessica studied classical piano privately with Keith Snell for 7 years, competing and achieving high marks in regional competitions. She went on to receive her Bachelor's degree in Music at Mannes College of Music in New York City and finished her education at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her Masters, receiving training in vocal pedagogy and physiology, as well as vocal pe
rformance. Jessica graduated from SFCM in 2009 and immediately began perusing both a teaching and performing career. Jessica has maintained an active voice and piano studio since 2011, leading her students to high musical achievements in both fields, and is a Master Vocal coach at Acalanes High School. Other teaching experience includes Musical Theater Camp Director for the Heads Up Program at Head Royce in Oakland and Village Center for the Arts, giving private lessons, leading In-School Outreach Programs throughout the Bay Area, and heading their Musical Theater program. Jessica is an active performer in the Bay Area as well, performing with Opera San Jose, Phenix Opera, Berkeley Chamber Opera, Verismo Opera, West Edge Opera and Marin Baroque. Jessica has also been employed as a performer on the east coast, making her professional debut with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 2011 and with The Manhattan Opera Studio.
*** Lesson Details *** In my lessons, I feel it is important for my students to have fun and to and enjoy the learning process. However I believe in order for both student and teacher to get the most out of the lesson, practicing at home is extremely important and I expect my students to do so. I will always send them home with a goal or assignment that should be reached or completed by the next lesson to the best of the students ability.
For my voice students, we always begin with breath. Proper breathing is the foundation for all good singing. Then we move on to warming up both the voice and the body. During warm-ups, we will focus technical concepts such as breath control and support, vowel placement, and optimum vocal production. In most lessons (time permitting) we will work through a piece of music, one of their choosing or, if needed, I will recommend a piece. We finish each lesson with a review of the concepts we discussed during the lesson and practice goals for the week. For my piano students, I begin with finger placement and keyboard awareness. Depending on the students age and level, we will use both a music book and a music theory book (for very young students, I will hold off on the music theory and focus mostly on finger placement and keyboard awareness). Each week, I will assign two pieces of music and pages in the music theory book (again depending upon student's age and level). Students are expected to prepare the assignments by practicing at home and have them ready at the next lesson.
Communication is something very important to me as a teacher. I want my students to feel comfortable expressing their needs and/or concerns, musically or otherwise and hope they would appreciate me, as the teacher, to do the same.
*** Specialties *** Classical voice is definitely my specialty. I believe good classical technique is the basis for all good singing and can be applied to ALL musical genres.
The online lesson is something to get used to but Jessica was very kind and patient with my daughter! Looking forward to more lessons!
April 28, 2014
Patient and encouraging
I'm always impressed with how Jessica is patient with our 7 year old daughter and still is able to draw her out and motivate her when she is tired from school. Jessica always finds creative ways to be inspirational. Both my husband and I drive 15 miles to be able to have Jessica teach our little girl. We think she is worth it. She has been flexible and always tried her best to work within our schedule and has even driven out to our house to cover a lesson when things didn't work out in the schedule.
March 11, 2014
Jessica is teaching piano and voice to my 10 year daughter, and I am so impressed with her skills as a teacher. She is patient, encouraging, and inspiring, and her love for both music and teaching is apparent. She is also extremely knowledgeable about music theory and uses a teaching method that's very effective and gets students actually playing music right away, without shortchanging their long term development as musicians. Jessica is a rare find, plus she comes to our house for lessons!
I teach beginner through intermediate, adult and children. I can teach for half an hour, 45 minutes or an hour.
I have over 40 years of playing piano for enjoyment and as accompanist for several musical productions and choral groups, and, 10 years of teaching experience. I can teach children or adults, and beginner to intermediate is my specialty. I also have experience with teaching special needs children (ADHD and Autism). HOME SCHOOLERS don't forget - I am available to come to your home to fulfill your music requirements!
*** Lesson Details *** As a busy mom of four children, I can fully appreciate your time as very valuable. That is why I will come to YOUR home for YOUR piano lesson. I will make it as convenient as possible for you - daytime, afternoon or evening! I love to have fun while teaching. Laughter is part of the great time we will have! I adore watching the student learn and grasp the concepts of piano and duets are a great way t
o get both of us involved. Each student is an individual and pace will vary with each student. We will learn using the Faber's Piano Adventure series of books. Our time will be used for learning a lesson or two from the book, a performance piece is worked on until perfected, and piano theory will be learned along the way. You will need to practice everyday and everything will noted in a workbook. Either if you have been away from the piano and need a refresher or you have the desire to learn, I am ready for you with my total interactive method.
*** Studio Equipment *** Have a keyboard I can bring and extra books
*** Travel Equipment *** I have a keyboard and extra books I can bring with me. I can shop for the books so they don't have to. They just need to pay for the books and I get them. Convenience is my goal for you.
*** Specialties *** Faber Music Adventures Beginner-Intermediate Students
Learning to play the piano is like learning any foreign language. These lessons will de-mystify music and lead to quicker and more comprehensive understanding of music theory concepts, hand-strengthening and control, rhythm, note and chord reading, and overall enjoyment.
Â Vocal and Piano Teacher A proven leader in teaching and motivational development with years of experience and expertise; a self-directed, creative individual who possesses superior skills in interpersonal development and great interpersonal care helping individuals and groups
Key Areas of Strength - Studied piano 17 years; taught for 20 - Studied voice nationally with internationally-renowned teachers; taught for 25 years - Masters in Special Education, as well as a second Bachelor's in Communicative Disorders - Private business owner/entrepreneur with successful retail sales of private label products - Comprehensive skills in writing, singing, entertaining, analyzing music for over thirty years - Sixteen years of retail marketing and on-site sales experience - Proven expertise in marketing, advertising, and sales - Publ
ished Writer and Music Writer
Private Voice, Piano and Acting 1/89 to present Teaching and Coaching Individual and small group instruction in vocal and/or piano technique, including piano chording technique and instruction over all musical styles, including all ages. Acting coaching for monologue preparation, scene and character development. All instruction is personalized/customized to the student's needs. Includes audition preparation, vocal techniques for therapeutic needs, and overall instruction in wellness practices for artistic longevity. Includes warm-up exercises as well as performance development, demeanor, and execution. Emphasis on creating and strengthening positive habits as opposed to negative discipline. Personal, professional, practical.
Huckleberry Creative Learning Center 9/07 to present Teacher Classes in Singing, Music and Art Education, Cooking, Geology, Theater, History, Reading/Grammar, and Crafts - created Custom curriculum for specific classes - Taught to California Standards
Vibe Performing Arts Studios 8/08 to present Instructor Private and Class Instruction in Piano, Voice, as well as Special Needs Classes
Risen Son Productions/R. Enterprises, Inc. 1/89 to 2007 Co-Owner Production, Marketing, Manufacturing and Sales of Internationally marketed goods Composer and artist of finished musical products Booking of Concert Appearances Teacher and Motivational Seminar Speaker Speech Writer My husband Rick and I toured the World with our Praise and Worship concerts and speaking engagements
Headline Performer/Background Vocalist/Booking Agent 9/79-12/88 Vocalist to US Presidents Carter, Reagan, and Bush Annie on Broadway, N. Y. Grace Farrell Singer/ Dancer/ Lead Performer Various Summer Stock performances touring the eastern seaboard: The Music Man, My Fair Lady, On a Clear Day, Fiddler on the Roof, Funny Girl, Hello Dolly Did a command performance for King Olaf of Norway in Godspell Cabaret - Sally Bowles lead performer - Atlanta, GA Booking Agent for Mike Hein Agency, formerly of Ray Bloch Agency Worked world-wide as soloist and background vocalist for internationally renowned artists (i.e. Placido Domingo, Julio Iglesias, Charles Aznevour, etc) Performed at international sites (i.e. Radio City Music Hall, Rockefeller Center, Carnegie Hall, Paris Opera, etc) Performed solo show in Grande Palais in Monte Carlo - Main Stage Royal Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line - Head Liner Cathy Baker Show
Choir Director Experience: Hand Bell Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir Ash Street Baptist Church Atlanta, Georgia Children's 6-9 Choir The Church on the Way Van Nuys, CA
Theater Direction: Robin Hood Revisited (a short play I adapted for Elementary Students) The Bard is Back (modern version of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet Cindy (A Musical I wrote based on the Cinderella legend, featuring Beatles (Music)
Education: Utah State University - Secondary BS in Communication Disorders National University - MS in Special Education Georgia State University - BA in Advertising and Public Relations, Minors in Music, History, and Geology
Vocal Instruction: Joseph Amayo University of Georgia Florence Kopplef Georgia State University Andrew Terry Atlanta, Georgia Robert Strickland New York, New York
Additional Skills/Interests: Show dance including jazz, some ballet, tap, and modern; piano accompanying; sky diving; bike riding; gardening; teaching reading and writing, as well as working with students who have speech and language disabilities; and multiple philanthropic/church involvement and activities, including handi-crafts creations.
Miscellaneous: Proficient in Microsoft Office, Excel, and Powerpoint
*** Lesson Details *** Every lesson is customized to the specific needs of each student. Each lesson includes work on vocal essentials like breathing, hydration, and anatomy, as well as technique, work on specific, student-chosen songs, vocal and physical exercises, performance tips, music theory. Fun but educational!
*** Specialties *** Voice in all Styles from Pop to Rock to Country to Classical; Vocal Performance in all styles; Music Theory; Piano, including Sight-Reading and Chord Theory; Theatrical and Acting Coaching: Audition Preparation; Song and Music Preparation; College Audition Prep; Resume Preparation; Vocal Breathing Techniques; Reading; Composition; Special Education Tutoring. Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary Academic Tutoring in English, Grammar, Composition, History, Social Studies, Earth Science, Music and Art History
Cathy is a great and caring teacher who helped me correct the vocal problem I was having. I highly recommend her and hope to work with her again in the future.
September 30, 2017
Cathy is patience and methodically, intuitively Planning lessons that are specific to my personal goals.
March 19, 2017
Cathy was terrific! My daughter had one week to prepare for a very important10 minute presentation and Cathy gave great advice and was truly invested in helping her be her best self with poise and confidence. Definitely recommend her!
You will learn basic keyboarding skills as well as music theory to be able to read and write music and help apply the skills to songwriting.
Stephanie speaks both english and Spanish fluently from having grown up in a multi cultural family, as well as having lived in seven different countries throughout her life. From a very early age, she studied and took lessons both in school and privately, for many different forms of dance, visual arts, & music (voice & piano). In 2012, Stephanie graduated with honors (Cum Laude), from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. She currently resides in the Los Angeles area and works both corporately and independently teaching and coaching in voice and music. _________________________________________________________ Artist Bio:
Stephanie is a vocal performance and songwriting graduate from the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Having taken workshops and classes from artists such as John Mayer, James & Livingston Tayl
or, as well as Amy Heidemann (lead singer from Karmin), Stephanie is a well-coached vocalist and songwriter. She has performed for the President of Costa Rica, the Ambassador & Deputy Chief of Mission of the United States Embassy, as well as having performed with the Grammy award-winning Latin American band Maná. Additionally, she has written a song for renowned Producer Howard Dando (know for his Broadway Musicals of the Beatles' SGT. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band and others). Stephanie has been giving voice lessons and songwriting workshops for around 6 years since she graduated. She teaches a full range of subjects, including ear training, music theory, beginning keyboarding & accompanying skills, vocal health, vocal technique, the Alexander Technique, choreography for performance, relaxation techniques, developing proprioception/interoception as well as an emotional and energetic awareness, for a better interpretation of songs and optimal vocal quality. She leads songwriting workshops and mentors/co-writes with her students so that they are able to master their songwriting skills and develop as artists. She is comfortable teaching a variety of styles including, Pop, Classical/Opera, Blues/Jazz, R&B, Broadway, Folk/Indi, Rock, Latin styles, etc. Her primary focus when teaching are vocal techniques emphasizing control and understanding of the voice. LA Weekly's interview and article on Stephanie's teaching experience can be found online at LA Voyage Magazine.
My child has been working with Stephanie and she is an absolutely fantastic vocal coach. My daughter is learning so much about her voice, vocal health and improving ever week. A++++
October 7, 2019
As an older guy who loves music but sounded like a squeeze toy when trying to sing, I had always believed I could not learn to sing but part of me wanted to try. I was nervous to sing even a single note in front of anyone and I was worried any vocal teacher would kindly decline to take me as a student once they heard what they were working with.
I can’t express my surprise, appreciation and excitement at how studying with Stephanie has gone. From day one I was comfortable singing with her. She makes me laugh so much that every class is a blast. I can actually sing now and I know I’ll keep getting better and better as I work with her.
She taught me it’s all about the mechanics of the body and her confidence in my ability to learn made me believe it. I’m so grateful to have found her and the amazing experience of growth and learning I’ve had with her. I look forward to working with her every week and I would highly recommend her to anyone at any level of singing.
October 4, 2019
Stephanie is an amazing vocal coach. My daughter has learned so many techniques from her that have improved her singing ability. I highly recommend Stephanie. She is positive, caring and passionate about what she does. Dont have anything negative to say! We love working with Stephanie!!!
Have you or your kids always wanted to learn to play piano? I am an experienced music teacher specialized in beginner and intermediate piano students of ALL ages. I believe that it is never too late to learn to play an instrument, no matter your age! I teach classical piano through Suzuki method and can also teach modern piano styles upon request.
After studying piano for almost 10 years I decided I wanted to learn a new instrument and began taking violin lessons when I was 16 years old. In spite of people telling me that I was “too old” to learn to play the violin, I continued practicing and one year later I joined my first orchestra. In 2016 I graduated with a BA in Music from the University of Massachusetts Boston and I am now the violinist of Boston-based fusion rock band " The Sunset Kings". In November of 2018, I released my Spanish debut single "Ni Una Más" under my artist name "Hannah Schzde". "Ni Una Más" is now available in every music streaming service world-wide! In addition to offering private violin and piano lessons and performing with The Sunset Kings, I am also a studio violinist and perform with different orchestra pits in the Boston area while I continue to wri
te and record new material for my upcoming debut EP. ***Note: My availability is flexible! Please send me a message if my calendar doesn't fit with your schedule and we'll work it out!***
Hannah was so patient working with squirmy five year old! He really likes it too!
February 13, 2019
Hannah does a wonderful job with my daughter, she started with how to tune and set up the violin. Hannah does a great job working with my daughter showing her the proper technique and providing her exercises and activities to do in between lessons. You can tell Hannah loves teaching and music.
May 14, 2018
Hannah is a very dedicated and patient instructor. She always tries to keep the lessons interesting and fun, she also makes sure I take little stretch breaks in between exercises and always teaches me something new!
Andrew is a gifted teacher who prides himself on making the student feel comfortable, no matter their level of experience or ability. This approach has worked successfully for many of his students, allowing them to be more open and understanding of some of the many concepts introduced and practiced while learning the piano.
Andrew is also very adaptable, understanding that each student is different, responding to unique learning styles and approaches that suits them better than others. But one thing remains the same, and that is the ability to enjoy the work as well as feel clear and measurable progress. This is any student's ultimate goal, and Andrew has a proven track record of success when it comes to learning the instrument.
Andrew will work with you to establish clear goals, if you don't already possess them, and be a steady and comforting guide for you on your journey - no matter how far you intend to go.
Andrew started playing piano at the tender age of 3. His mom wanted him to spend his endless energy on something artistic so she started him on piano lessons. Very early on it was clear Andrew had a natural, unique ability to connect with the piano. He played in school bands throughout grade school and began performing around DC in high school. While Andrew also plays guitar, drums, and bass, the piano has remained his first love and primary instrument.
At seventeen, Andrew left DC and started college at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City. Andrew studied Jazz Piano but also led big bands, wrote and arranged music, produced, and engineered recordings. Shifting from Jazz to Rock in his early twenties, Andrew joined the band Ambulance LTD, playing live throughout New York City, the United States, and internat
ionally, as well as on the "LP" and "EP" recordings.
Upon returning to New York from touring, Andrew began assisting younger students at The New York Piano Academy—helping them to develop their playing skills, as well as their composing and arranging pursuits. The experience exposed his innate ability to build students’ talents through patience and encouragement, consistently taking them farther than they thought they could go. Andrew realized his passion for teaching and began working with students of all ages, from 3 year-old children to seniors. As a teacher, Andrew focuses on making learning enjoyable while teaching all types of music—pop, rock, jazz, classical, and even Broadway. Andrew tailors his lesson programs to the uniqueness of each student and teaches them not only how to play, but also how to better hear, enjoy, and love music.
Never thought l could to be able to learn a Bach invention before. Now I’m playing it. Very enthusiastic teacher.
April 4, 2019
Great first piano lesson for my 10 year old - Andrew was encouraging, patient and inspiring- my daughter connected with him right away and couldn’t wait to get home and practice. Looking forward to more lessons!
If you have never played piano before and want to experience a new musical world, you have come to the right place! In beginning piano, you can expect to learn the fundamentals and basics of the keyboard and music theory.
I am a professional singer with a Bachelor of Science in music from the University of Michigan.
Students can expect to improve week to week during their lessons with me. While I am passionate about opera, I teach every genre and style of music. I believe every student can improve with great breathing and vocal technique. I can help students sing with confidence and expression.
It is my belief that music should be exciting and fun. Music is very rewarding and all ages can enjoy it. I look forward to meeting you and helping you create beautiful music!
My piano lessons are customized to meet your specific musical goals, and whether you are an adult wanting to take lessons for the first time, or a teen aspiring to make music your full-time career, I am excited to help you achieve success on the piano. My lessons are rooted in classical training, and I incorporate many contemporary techniques including piano improvisation and playing by ear.
I have played and studied music for over 15 years, performing locally and internationally in a wide variety of solo, chamber, and orchestral music settings. I've had several years of teaching experience, both through my private studio as well as affiliations with local music schools.
While I love performing in a variety of contexts, what I love most is to inspire students and watch them succeed! I have a passion for empowering students to develop their musical skills, as well as to teach them how to have a love for what they do, to problem solve, to have grit, to be disciplined, and to use music to benefit their families and communities.
I started playing piano when I was 8 years old, and in high school I started playing viola. In 2018, I graduated with my B.M. in performance from Cedarville University, and anticipate graduation in
2021 from Kent State University with my M.M. in viola performance. I offer a high level of expertise, drawn from the curriculum of over five master teachers including Peter Slowik (Chicago Symphony), Joanna Zakany (Cleveland Orchestra), Sheridan Currie, Arthur Klima (Cleveland Orchestra), and Jane Jaquith.
Chris was very patient with me. I had special challenges due to be an older student that started later in life. We communicated very well--asking and answering questions. Chris knew how to help me as I am challenged with intonation. He did not let me slide which is an excellent quality in an instructor.
When I had questions or problems that we were not able to figure out between the two of us he went to his instructor to ask. He was not afraid to admit that he didn't know. He respected me as a scientist who had challenging questions.
Overall, I highly recommend Chris as an instructor for viola.
July 29, 2019
Chris is super knowledgeable, flexible to make lessons work over Skype, and attentive to make sure the lessons are tailored to what I am trying to learn as a growing pianist. I’ve had a great experience, grown a lot, and look forward to more lessons!
"I feel very comfortable and feel he is doing a good job. A very nice well spoken young man. This is my first lesson , ask me again later."
"My 4 year daughter has been taking piano lessons with Heidi since she was 3 yrs old. It is amazing how much my daughter has learned from her. My daughter
has become confident and independent reading music and playing the piano. My daughter enjoys and respects Heidi so much. I would not recommend any one else if you are looking for a great piano teacher. She is patient, very positive, talented and great with children."
"First lesson, Sarabeth was great!"
"We have really enjoyed our experience with Adrianne. My daughter works very hard for her and loves going to her lessons. I'm very impressed by the pace at
which my daughter is learning!"
"Zebie is a fantastic teacher. He is very patient and is excellent at finding new methods to teach techniques which I am struggling with at the time. Thoug
h I am only 3 weeks in (from being pretty much a complete beginner), I can already tell I am making progress. I am very excited to continue my lessons and improve. I highly recommend taking lessons from Zebie."
"Dan is an awesome instructor - and teaches not just from the music but from the heart. It's not only the mechanics but the ART - and Artistic presentatio
n of music counts!!!"
"Being a senior citizen struggling to learn or not to learn the piano which I longed for as a child I wish I had found a teacher like Jee. He really know w
hat my problem is right away, one lesson gave me hope to continue."
"Will was great. We look forward to everything he can teach us."
"Great teacher. So patient. Really worked well with my daughter who is very shy and introverted. I recommend her highly."
So you've made your mind up and you want to learn how to play the piano, right? Fantastic! Before you plop down and start banging away at the keys, there are a few things you should clarify so that you start out on the right track.
Set the Stage for Success
How do you play piano with no previous knowledge of music? One way is to hire an expert to show you. So first, take a look at your daily and weekly schedule. You will need to set aside time for lessons, and make sure your daily routine ca …