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Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA

About Roxanne

Bachelor of Music, Master of Music Degrees from S.F. Conservatory.
Soloist with San Francisco Symphony at age 12, Denver Symphony, Oakland Symphony. First place winner of Young Musicians Foundation, North American Young Artists Competition, played with Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, accompanist for Irving Klein Competition, Coach at Kirkwood Chamber Music Workshop, adjudicator for many competitions. 35 years experience teaching all levels. Students have won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall.
I am committed to instilling good habits from the very beginning with my students, teaching
them note reading, sight reading, theory, technique, and teaching them how to practice, not just how long to practice, and how to listen to themselves when they practice. I am a disciplined teacher, but also teach with humor as well.
I have been on the piano faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College.
I also taught piano for 13 years at the Nueva Center for Learning in California, as well as giving master classes throughout the United States and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
Roxanne M's Music Studio

“To play without passion is inexcusable!”
– Beethoven

I believe having the proper foundation to learning is the key to making learning much less challenging, and fun as well. I believe strongly in learning by doing, and not just imitating. As we use different senses when learning piano, one component to learning is to read music without looking down at the keys, so as to become adept at playing by feel, just like a blind pianist does. This makes a fair sight-reader a great sight-reader. Teaching a child or adult to develop that all important critical ear is extremely important to me, so that they can learn to trust their own musical sense, with or without an instructor. It does not come right away, but with patience and persistence, it is attainable. Being an avid chamber music performer myself, playing duets or in larger ensembles is one of the greatest ways to learn to listen, not only to oneself, but being able to blend in with other musicians.

I give monthly recitals(masterclasses) at my home. Having a goal and working towards it offers students a way to measure their progress and share what they have learned with others. With proper preparation, performing can be an exciting and even life changing one!

My lessons are 30/45/60 minutes once a week.

The focus of each lesson is based on technique, theory, diverse repertoire, that will fit the student's needs and wants, sight-reading, ear training, and working in ensembles

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly classical piano, and love to teach not only solo playing, but chamber music and accompanying as well. Each form uses the ear in different ways, and I believe develops listening ability even greater.
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Trish S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Roxanne is a true professional. She is calm, patient and encouraging. Music theory is a part of every lesson helping to gain the knowledge of how music is put together. Roxanne is realistic about the level of music you should be playing, while encouraging you to stretch. She has a solution for every problem area that you may encounter. I would highly recommend Roxanne.
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John G. June 8, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I came to Roxanne with the hope of deepening my understanding of music. I had played the clarinet in various ensemble for decades and yet had a fairly weak grasp of how music is structured and how compositions make sense musically. Fortunately, this is exactly Roxanne's main strength, for me anyway. Along with learning to play piano, I am gaining more and more insight into "music theory" and that is helping me become a more rounded and capable musician. I commend Roxanne to anyone with an interested in a deeper understanding of music as well as gaining proficient keyboard skills.
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Dianne D. June 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Roxanne is an exceptional piano teacher. After more than 30 years, I decided to start taking lessons again. I found Roxanne and am so grateful that I did. I appreciate that she is classically trained and that she includes music theory in the lesson. For the first time, I'm learning how music is put together. Roxanne's insights, guidance and attention to detail improve my technique and my playing. She is supportive and positive, but never gives false praise, something I appreciate a great deal. I highly recommend Roxanne.
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Roxanne M.

Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Michael J.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Michael

I have been involved in music all of my life. As a child I played trumpet in band and sang in school and church choirs. My favorite movies were musicals and they still are my favorite. Music was my major in college, which included singing, dancing, acting and playing musical instruments. I like all types of music. As a school teacher, I taught 3rd. grade through high school, everything from band and choir to musical theater. I also taught private students, of all ages, piano, guitar, voice and most of the wind instruments.

*** Lesson Details ***
My students can expect to learn the basics
of music theory, such as melody, harmony, key signature and rhythm. I want my students to have fun by learning the kind of music they like best while learning to appreciate the kind of music that will develop their musical skills. Piano books like John Schaum and guitar books like Mel Bay's Guitar Method are good books to learn to read music and learn the proper way to play your instrument. Scale exercises are important for instrumental, as well as, vocal students. I use a practice log and CD-DVD recordings of my students so they can see and hear their progress. At the end of 6 months I want my students to play their favorite songs in 3 different keys. C, G and F Major.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Designated music room: Two keyboards, guitars, sound equipment, PA system, computers, seating for parents (he encourages it!)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students need their own inst. I have one of every inst. to demo. except piano and guitar which I have 2 of each.

*** Specialties ***
Open-minded to all music. I specialize in performance. I help my students with their look, as well as, their sound. I know how to bring out the best in my students.
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Tod B. June 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We couldn't be happier with Michael. His passion and expertise are what you'd want from a teacher (clarinet + guitar), but beyond this, he's a kind, patient man who really took the effort to reach my son outside of just the lesson. This made a huge difference when it comes to keeping my son engaged.

Considering lessons? Go with Michael.
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Tod B. October 29, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
Michael is simply awesome. My son has been through lessons before, but they neer inspired him to practice or take his clarinet seriously. Michael's joy and interest not just in music, but in who Justice is, has made a big difference. Thanks, Michael!
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PaulR July 14, 2012
Learning made fun

Michael is very informative and fine tunes to where you are at on a vocal level.So far I have learned a lot about vocals and am improving right off the bat.
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Michael J.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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$30 / 30-min
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Luna C.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Luna

After over 20 years experience teaching music, I listen carefully to every student's goals. Learning to play piano or sing should be an enjoyable experience, even when the lessons require a mix of hard work, practice, and perseverance in fulfilling those musical goals. With my many years of experience as a performer, songwriter, and teacher, I can bring first-hand insight to each lesson. After all, music is a wonderful journey; let the adventure begin!

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be both fun and fulfilling. I help my students reach their musical goals by giving them the tools they
need to make that journey. Together we explore different musical styles as each student learns how to navigate reading music, ear training, and musical theory. With some practice and commitment, in just a few short months my students will have a repertoire of songs they will enjoy, and a lifelong love of making music!
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Luna C.

Luna C.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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$39 / 30-min
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Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Cameron

Cameron is a drum instructor currently located in the bay area. He is a professional touring and recording drummer who has traveled nationwide and internationally playing sold out venues all over the states, the UK, Europe, and Australia. Cameron has also worked in Los Angeles with A-list producers famous for producing artists like: Katy Perry, 30h3, Selena Gomez, Kelly Clarkson, Boys Like Girls, Panic At The Disco, Alanis Morrissette, Queens of the stone age, Tool... and many more.... Cameron has albums available for purchase in stores nationwide and all over the world through WEA distributio
n on Roadrunner Records. Before his career in music began, he attended Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California, where he studied with some of the best teachers in the drumming community. It was during this time at MI that he learned all styles of drumming and how to utilize the proper hand/foot technique to play the drums.

Here are some of Cameron's previous teachers and mentors:

Rob Carson- 5 time world champion rudimental drummer

Andy Megna- student of legendary drummer Dave Weckl

Glen Sobel- Alice Cooper

Ray Luzier- Korn

and many other great teachers too.

Cameron is endorsed by Gretsch Drums, Paiste Cymbals, Gibraltar Hardware

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect to learn proper hand/foot technique and all of the skills necessary to facilitate independence on the drum-set. Students will be given the tools to expand their vocabulary on the drum-set so that they can begin their own improvisation exercises, which will eventually lead to developing their own unique musical style. The first part of a lesson is spent working on hand technique on a practice pad before moving to the drum-set. From there, students will learn grooves, fills, drum solos, and various exercises to help them become better. Students are also welcome to ask about drum parts to their favorite songs if they want to learn them. The lesson is really tailored to each individual student! Learning how to count is an essential part of learning to play the drums and after a short time students will be able to count as they play and understand what notes they are playing in any given subdivision. Most of all, the lessons are always fun. Learning music should be a joyful and exciting time and something to look forward to!

*** Studio Equipment ***
2 full drum-sets, practice pad set-up, recording equipment, electronic drum- set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a practice pad, drum sticks, and a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
I teach proper technique and am able to teach all styles and genres.

I specialize in Rock Drumming.
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Sawyer B. June 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I came to Cameron having essentially no drumming experience whatsoever. He's a great instructor: relaxed, friendly, comfortable. Very knowledgable and easy to work with. The best part for me is how easily he can transfer from genre to genre; we've gone from alternative to jazz without an issues, and I always feel comfortable approaching him with a problem or new need. Uses positive reinforcement and has so far been able to find a fix and/or exercise for every issues I've had. Obviously a great drummer, as well. Would definitely recommend to any person.
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Katrina B. July 2, 2014
Drum · In home
Cameron is a very encouraging, patient and supportive teacher. He genuinely cares about your desire to improve and creates lessons that not only improve your skills but also push you to a new level. His passion for music is obvious and is quickly recognized by his professional yet relaxed and fun attitude as well as his dedication. Great teacher. Great person. I never thought I'd be able to do what I've done with his support! Girls can drum too!!
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Cameron M.

Cameron M.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Beverly J.

Santa Rosa, CA

About Beverly

I have a life long passion for the sound of the flute, and have been very lucky to have had some legendary teachers. I love passing on the tradition of great flute playing. I have played in symphony orchestras around the country, recorded albums, performed with chamber music groups, and taught at elementary, middle schools, high schools, and colleges. I enjoy teaching all levels, focusing on developing a beautiful tone, an ear for pitch and rhythm, exposure to the repertoire, and the fun of ensemble playing.
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Jaya June 25, 2015
Flute · In home
Beverly is amazing. She is more than a flute teacher. She is a life coach, a mentor, a friend and an inspiration. She recognized and encouraged both my girls to reach the levels that they wanted. Prianca continued to learn the flute till she graduated high school and Kavya learned till her sophomore year in high school. They both loved Beverly's lessons and we owe her much.
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Pam B. April 5, 2015
Flute · In home
My son has been taking flute lessons from Miss Beverly for five years, and we couldn't be happier. Not only is she a terrific teacher with impeccable credentials, she's a wonderful person. She has a delightful sense of humor, is kind, and always seems to know the right thing to say. Sometimes that is encouragement, sometimes sympathy, and sometimes it's a little push. Miss Beverly's broad knowledge of the world of music is a big bonus. We look forward to our lessons each week.
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Sandy F. April 2, 2015
Beverly Jacobs is a terrific teacher. She has worked with our daughter Sabina for over three years and kept her inspired in music and with the flute. She is easy to be around and has become a friend to our whole family. My daughter looks forward to her lessons and has made a lot of progress working with Beverly. She has a large range of knowledge about flute repertoire and technique.
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Beverly J.

Beverly J.

Santa Rosa, CA 95401
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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