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Travis C. Watsonville, CA

About Travis

Travis grew up in a musical family in Santa Cruz, CA. His father was a professional guitarist and his grandfather was the head of the music program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, so naturally he grew up with an instrument in his hand. After years of toying with the guitar Travis began formal lesson at the age of 9, quickly developing into an exceptional musician. By the age of 13 Travis was in several rock bands and performing frequently. Once in high school, Travis had no doubt that being a professional musician was what we wanted to do with his life so he started studying jazz and classical piano at a college level, studying with jazz trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown and classically trained pianist Ivan Rosenblum. Travis excelled and quickly began playing in the top Jazz Combo at ...

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MaryaC April 26, 2012
My son is really enjoying his lessons. Travis is a great teacher: patient, fun and very kind.
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SaciM December 5, 2011
Travis

He was super. Patient, and a good teacher, all 4 of us liked him.
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AmyS2 June 25, 2011
Parent

Travis is amazing. He's been teaching my son for about 8 weeks and he's well exceeded my expectations. Travis is very patient and an excellent teacher. He keeps the class pace moving from music theory to playing songs and somehow manages to keep my rambunctious 10 year old fully engaged for an hour""no easy task. I highly recommend him!
Hristo V. San Jose, CA

About Hristo

Hristo is an impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads a variety of modern jazz formations, ranging from duets to quintets. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally, appearing at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Quartet’s 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six ...

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Kim L. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding Performer

Hristo is the most inspirational teacher I've every had the pleasure to learn from. He shares his talent in a way that I look forward to every lesson. His patience and positive reinforcement encourages me to keep practicing. He selects the appropriate music for my level and teaches all genres. Thank you for working with me every week. I hope I get to work with him for as long as I can until he becomes too famous to continue teaching us.
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AllenH April 4, 2012
Great Instructor

I've been taking lessons from Hristo for a couple of months now. He is friendly, affable, and extremely patient. I enjoy our lessons, and have learned quite a bit in the short time we have been working together.
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JeanetteY March 7, 2012
wonderful instructor and very accomodating. We are appreciative of his talents!!
Helena G. San Jose, CA

About Helena

Classically trained at prestigious Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. In addition to Violin Performance, I teach Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several teaching methods to best suit the needs of a student and make lessons enjoyable and productive. I introduce my students to a variety of styles while teaching classical techniques for lifetime skills. When not teaching, I play with Nova Vista Symphony (First Violin) ,Campbell String Chamber Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros. *** Lesson Details *** My ...

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Dana N. March 21, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
I'm very happy with my first lesson. Helena is very informative, and I really like the way she teaches, with wonderful attention to detail. I'm looking forward to next lessons. Meanwhile I'm practicing!
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Debbie M. November 11, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Gifted Teacher!!!

If you are searching for an outstanding violin teacher, I highly recommend Helena.  Her students benefit from her many years of teaching and performing experience as well as her extensive educational background.  When you learn musical pieces with Helena she teaches proper technique with just the right amount of music theory to produce well-rounded musicians.  Some of her best qualities are her great abundance of patience that she mixes with professionalism, kindness, a sense of humor, and a great deal of encouragement.  Helena is certainly a violin teacher you will be glad you found. I feel privileged to be her student! Thank you Helena for continually inspiring me to learn and keeping me challenged as well!
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Linglin D. November 5, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
perfect teacher

Thanks Helena for her patience in teaching my 10-year old son.

My son is in intermediate and advance level. Helena makes music materials easy to understand so that he can love it.....
Christopher J. San Jose, CA

About Christopher

Chris J. has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris J. has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts. Chris J. is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris J. is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris J. looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris J.'s teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards. *** Lesson Details *** Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since ...

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Lori S. Santa Cruz, CA

About Lori

I am a singer and performer, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. I have been singing since I was 10 years old, beginning with musical theater and then training as an opera singer, and currently perform in operas, musicals, and as a concert soloist in the bay area. I love teaching all levels and all ages, and I will cater your private lesson to your current skill level. In lessons, we will work on breathing and vocal exercises, good posture and support, and the singing and performance of songs. Voice lessons will help you with confidence, improve your range and posture, prepare you for auditions, solos, competitions, or even just for fun! Whether it is Broadway, classical, or folk singing, let me help you find your inner singer!

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Kathleen H. April 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lori is the best. My daughter is a singer-songwriter who has never had much formal training. As she approached her junior year in high school she announced that she would like to go to college for music. We toured her top choices and found out she needed some very specific skills she had not yet developed. Exasperated by her rejection of the instructors I found I told her to find her own instructor and let me know when she had. She found Lori online and we gave her a trial run. Lori is very talented skilled and patient. My daughter's singing and music theory abilities have soared since she began working with Lori. She got into her top school choice. One of the best music schools in the world for what she wants to do. I know Lori was a big part of making that possible.
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Danna M. December 29, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Musical training at its best

Lori is a marvelous teacher. She is skilled in her profession. With students she is patient and encouraging. I have made excellent headway as a singer in a short period of time.
Sam S. Morgan Hill, CA

About Sam

Morgan Hill native Sam S. has been playing drums for over the past forty years and is well versed in all styles of music. He studied percussion/drumset with Ralph Hardimon, Dan Sabanovich, Gary Hess, Taka Numazawa, Wally Schnalle, Ralph Humphrey, Joe Porcaro, Joey Heredia; African drumming with Kobla Ladzekpo and Joe Caploe; Afro-Cuban, Brazilian and Latin percussion with Luca Brandoli, Changuito and the great Tito Puente. He spent most of his career in the Los Angeles music community doing sidelining work in film and has worked recording sessions with various artists such as the Yellowjackets. Along with this, he has also worked in Post Audio Production for Film/Television and the Web. Currently, he plays out in the South Bay and Santa Cruz areas with Michelle Pollace’s Latin Jazz Trio, ...

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