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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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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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Serena P. September 12, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Helena is wonderful! She is so patient with both my 6 year old daughter and I. We are both new to the violin but loving it so far!
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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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Helena G.

Helena G.

San Jose, CA 95111
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Craig M.

San Martin, CA

About Craig

I love to play drums, I love to teach drums, I love to talk about drums and drumming.
I have been a student and a teacher of drumming for over 35 years now, and i learn something new every day.
I have played in many bands, and play in many bands now mostly ranging in styles from Hard rock to Gospel and everything in between. I am the on staff drummer for Evergreen Valley Church, Church On The Hill and St Catherines Church. I also sub for Holy Spirit, Central Church, and a number of others.
Currently play drums for OTR (KFOX 2009 Last band Standing Winner and 2010 runner up),
Gundacker (o
riginal music)
Zoe Tree with Polo Jones and Dave Adams (orignal music)
Worked with Ronnie Montrose 2010-2011
Played for Israel Houghton at EVC 2012
I have 3 albums to my credit as well
My teachers..Steve Mitchell, Bob Cooper, Prairie Prince, Richard Peterson (Tympani) as well as all the clinics I attended with Billy Cobham, Narada Michael Walden, Jeff Porcaro, Tommy Aldridge, Steve Smith and hundreds of others.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my newly built studio I cater your lessons to what you want to accomplish. If it's being a better reader we do that...if it's working grooves, we do that,...if its technique, we do that. Everyone has a unique set of goals and I aim to assist you in accomplishing those goals
If you are just starting out, we will cover all the fundamentals to get you started on the right path.
After you get the fundamentals working, then we can explore your interests!!!
Books I currently use
Syncopation
Stick Control
Funky Primer
Bass Drum Control

*** Studio Equipment ***
6 pc Sonor Rosewood Teardrop set
6 pc Sonor Signature Bubinga kit
8 pc Sonorlite set
4 pc Viper set
10 snare drums, cymbals, music stands

*** Travel Equipment ***
For travel i can supply my own drums/sticks but i would expect them to have their own equipment if I am going to their home

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Gospel, funk, Worship, Ballad, Classical
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sherry B. November 16, 2013
Drum
Amazing teacher!

Our son enrolled in lessons with Mr. Martin when he was just eight years old, and we could not have asked for a finer drum instructor.

When we first met Mr. Martin, I was very impressed by his friendly personality and his enthusiasm for teaching. His positive attitude and laughter set the stage for an enjoyable lesson. He provided clear instructions, was able to guide our son to complete the lesson, and the whole time they laughed. Needless to say, our son left his first lesson highly motivated, and happy. It has been over three years now, and our son still loves taking drum lessons with Mr. Martin.

Mr. Martin’s ability to teach and motivate his students with laughter and musical expertise is a rare gift very few teachers possess. We give him our highest accolades as a music instructor, and our deepest appreciation for instilling enthusiasm for music in our son.

Thanks to Mr. Martin, our son currently performs in both church and advanced music conservatory programs successfully. And if you are wondering, yes they still laugh during lessons.
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Mark S. November 12, 2013
Drum
An awesome drum teacher for kids

Craig has been teaching my 11 year old son drums for 3 years. Craig is exceptional at working with kids and keeping it fun and the kids engaged. He is an extremely talented drummer who has a great combination of musical theory and practical knowledge from years of playing in bands. His passion for drums really comes through. He knows how to teach and relate to the kids in a way that creates a great learning environment. I would highly recommend Craig.
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Brian H. May 17, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Great instructor for drummers of all levels

I've been playing drums off and on for many years, but only had formal lessons while in school. In a few lessons, Craig has been able to help me correct years of ingrained bad habits. He's also a genuinely nice guy, and easy to talk to, and he really DOES love to talk about drums.
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Craig M.

San Martin, CA 95046
(3)
starting at
$40 / 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.

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.

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

Morgan Hill, CA

About Alison

Hi, I'm Alison Yin, I have been playing piano around 20 years. I passed the highest level in piano exam of China Musician Association. I also learned film scoring during my college in China, and had a master degree of Music production in Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

I became a piano teacher and worked with children and adults since 2015. I feel happy and I think making the children happy is very important thing. The reason I began to teach because I just want to help others to know more about music and to enjoy learning piano. To do this, I am going to share my personal ex
periences with you and what I have found over these years through my teaching and learning experience.

I will ensure the students have a wonderful class and they can learn something during the class. I'm looking forward to hearing from you and help you to achieve your goals!
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Wan February 1, 2016
Composition · Online
she is very good teacher and very interested in music composition.
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Ivy February 1, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
She is a really good teacher, well experienced, great personality! She is good at what she do. I learned a lot from her, and I really enjoy the time when we have our class. Excellent learning environment, I always feel relax when we have class!
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Manni February 1, 2016
Piano · In home
I really liked Alison's styles. I had a lot of fun during her lessons. She teaches the basic skills first, and then teaches me some good healthy practice ways. Also, she teaches some theory stuff is really helpful.
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Alison Y.

Alison Y.

Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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