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Viva Z.

San Jose, CA

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.

As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True.
Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wil
mington Advocate newspapers.
In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 30. Two of her previously held student recitals were recognized by the Boston Globe and as a result of its success, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. Viva also speak English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently and have taught in these languages.

Theory and Pedagogical Approach:
"My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship."

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
Levels: Beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. While the focus is classical, there is also a lot of time for popular, jazz and ragtime. Lessons can be taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Students will have multiple opportunities to perform in public settings, in studio concerts or talent shows.
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
i wish to learn piano. i am simply new to music instruments. i am indian, i am going to stay for 3 months only. i wish regular class. if possible please call me. my no: 9256635260
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Pamela O. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Viva is amazing!! How did I get so lucky to find an instructor that is so passionate, talented, patient, and pleasant. She makes learning fun. I will definitely be taking more lessons and am excited to work with her.
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Linda L. February 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Viva is a patient, loving teacher. My 11-year-old son loves her piano lesson and has more motivation at practice since he started learning from Ms Viva.
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Viva Z.

Viva Z.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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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. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, 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 Chamb
er Orchestra (Concertmeistress), Winchester Symphony Orchestra, and a variety of instrumental Ensembles featuring Klezmer Music, Russian Tangos and Brazilian Choros.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are a balance of fun and focus. My students quickly learn the basics and start playing familiar melodies. I teach memorization techniques to develop a performing repertoire.
In addition, my students develop abilities in rhythm, melody, harmony, understanding of theory, and improvisation. I also help with school orchestra practice and audition preparation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated Music Space, desk, piano, recording equipment, music stands, couch for parents to observe and wait or participate.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide their own violin and bow, music stand and a notebook. Students may also need to purchase sheet music/music books. I will provide basic recording equipment (audio and video), and pre-recorded piano or orchestra accompaniment. A live piano accompanist is available for recitals and pre-recital rehearsals.

*** Specialties ***
Classical Violin, Viola
Fiddle - Klezmer, American, Celtic
Piano - beginning and intermediate levels
Music Theory, Ear Training, Sight Reading, Improvisation.
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Joe A. March 10, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
I am an adult beginner. Helena is amazingly patient and has clearly mastered teaching the violin. I am very excited that I found her and look forward to having her guide me on my journey to learn such a beautiful musical instrument.
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Dawson S. February 25, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
She is doing a wonderful job sharing the experience of music with our son.
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Christina P. September 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
She has a great teaching style especially with young children. A very patient instructor. Recommend!
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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
(15)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Wendy S.

Hollister, CA

About Wendy

Hi My name is Wendy S. and I love teaching music lessons. I especially like working with kids and beginners, and giving them a great start on their musical journey. I have been teaching piano and voice for over 30 years and enjoy it more now then ever. I want my students to have a positive and happy experience with their lessons. I love motivating children and I 've got some great trick for keeping them practicing and growing as musicians. . I like to give my students music of all styles with an emphasis on the fundamentals. That way they will have the technique to move into whatever styles
of music that they like. I have been teaching for over 30 years, and I also performed professionally for over 20 years, playing piano and singing throughout the S.F and Bay area.I also teach in a local charter school and I have a current background check which I can provide. I also enjoy playing for private parties and love doing kids musical and Karaoke birthday parties.

I really enjoy working with special needs students. I will adapt my lessons plans to make them work for each specific student. It has to be a positive and fun experience. I feel that the joy of music helps these kids deal with some of the stresses they must deal with on a daily basis.

*** Lesson Details ***
The lesson consists of a warm-up, scales and chords, pieces in the books, and a few fun songs . While I am teaching I like to keep the mood light and happy, a little laughter and lots of positive encouragement. When students come back the next week, I always look for the positives and tell students how proud I am of how much they have already accomplished. Piano lessons should be a fun and positive experience. But don't worry I get results !

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a Yamaha upright and lots of keyboards

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboards, full P.A.and Karaoke equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I really enjoy helping kids get ready for vocal auditions and have had really good results with my vocal coaching.

I also enjoy playing private parties, Holiday parties, and Birthday parties. I do children's Birthday parties. For the 3-5 year old group,
I bring instruments and light-up keyboards and we play music games.

For the 6-12 year old group I bring my Karaoke set-up with microphones and we sing Taylor swift, and Disney favorites. It's very Fun !!
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Claudia Harden November 20, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
In just 3 lessons Wendy has shared several hints which increased the amount of volume my voice produced and approaches to improve the couple of notes where my voice breaks. She worked on songs that I especially wanted to perform and suggested other keys to use that are in a better range for my voice. I have wanted to take voice lessons all my life and finally now that I'm retired I am treating myself to this wonderful new experience. I'm enjoying learning and look forward to each week's lesson.
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Gail G. March 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wendy is an excellent voice teacher and coach. Her particular expertise lies in quickly identifying areas that can be improved, and offering targeted and effective methods for achieving those improvements. As an adult learner, I very much appreciate her friendly, no-nonsense approach. After only a few lessons I am already much more in touch with my voice and have greater confidence. I highly recommend Wendy for anyone who would like to rediscover the joy of singing.
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Wendy S.

Wendy S.

Hollister, CA 95023
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Garrett S.

San Jose, CA

About Garrett

I picked up guitar when I was in 6th grade. I loved it ever since. I have been a few bands, and performed it's a great experience. I'd like to help others who want to exceed and learning guitar to help them reach their goals and dreams in the best way that I can. I love teaching and sharing music. The styles of guitar that I am familiar with are metal, rock n' roll, country, bluegrass, jazz, blues, etc. If you have any questions all feel free to message me :)
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Kelly H. October 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My 9 year old was very comfortable. He had a great first lesson. Garrett thought about the lesson from a younger persons prospective and it really helped. I trust Garretts judgment and look forward to our future lessons.
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Harsha N. September 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Garrett is nice teacher for young students. My child had no music knowledge when we started the class. So he started from very basic, also he is working on the young child concentrated, get interested and make it fun learning.

He gives feedback on every class bases to the parents.
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Garrett S.

Garrett S.

San Jose, CA 95136
(2)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Ricardo M.

San Jose, CA

About Ricardo

I am a saxophonist and music educator with experience in multiple woodwinds and piano. I have nineteen years of performing experience with a decade of teaching experience and have studied with some of the the world's preeminent musicians of my instrument. I am very patient and I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I strive to keep lessons fun and engaging by exploring music that students enjoy. I encourage parents to be present for their child's lessons and take part in the learning process.

I teach out of two studios in Fremont and Los Gatos. In San Jose, I am able to travel to studen
t's homes, but please confirm availability with me before booking.
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Ben E. March 24, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent! Couldn't have been better! I'm an adult beginner on flute, but play guitar and have played both tenor sax and clarinet in the past, so I come with a mixed set of skills. Ricardo asked me my goals and assessed my strengths and weaknesses. He was very patient and receptive to all my questions. In my first lesson I've already learned techniques which have improved my playing. Ricardo's resume of performing and teaching give me great confidence and payed a role in choosing him to be my teacher. I feel very fortunate to have connected with him!
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Sasha A. November 23, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Santwana Singh October 14, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Ricardo is an excellent teacher. He is a skilled musician and along with that he is kind, patient and encouraging with our kids. We started with our older son getting saxophone lessons with him and seeing how good he is with kids we asked if he can try teaching our younger one Piano. Our 5 yr old son enjoys getting lesson from him. I have already recommended Ricardo to a friend and would continue to do so.
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Ricardo M.

Ricardo M.

Los Gatos, CA 95030
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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