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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA

About Marsha

Hello hello! Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

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lessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Renee A. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
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Laura N. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marsha is flexible, easy to work with and I really liked the way she taught theory. She's a great teacher!
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Donna Chu C. November 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Marsha is such a great teacher. My son who is 11 years old is learning a lot in such a short period of time. She makes it easy for him to understand how to read notes and how to play them in such a fun way. We were just going to try 8 sessions, but after just 2 sessions, we would like to continue for more. We just love her! I'm glad she had an opening when we were looking for a teacher.
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Marsha K.

Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
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$32 / 30-min
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Charles F.

Auburn, CA

About Charles

Hello! My name is CJ and I am currently a graduate student at California State University, Sacramento. I have my BM in saxophone performance. I have played for 12 years in a number of different settings including jazz bands, concert bands, symphony orchestras, small ensembles, and I have done solo work. I attended Placer High School, playing in the jazz, concert, and marching bands for four years. I also attended Sierra College, where I played in similar ensembles as well as a number of pit orchestras for various musicals. I also won a number of awards including the MACRO scholarship (2011), t
he Auburn Symphony Young Artist competition (2011), and the outstanding music student award at Sierra College (2011). At Sacramento State I have been focused on classical saxophone and I have been involved with the Sacramento State orchestra, the Auburn Symphony, the CSUS saxophone quartet, and their Symphonic Wind Ensemble. I specialize in alto and soprano and I do have some experience on both tenor and bari as well and I would love to accommodate those students, too!

I am involved with a number of community groups outside of school, including Auburn Concert Band and the Sierra Nevada Winds. Seasonally, I also play with a number of other groups and at a number of other events. I enjoy making music but more importantly I enjoy making other people enjoy the music I make, and my goal is to help my students do the same: enjoy what they do, and help them to create something that other people can enjoy with them.

I have studied with clarinetist Elizabeth McAllister, M.M., graduate of Louisiana State University and instructor at McLaughlin studios in Loomis, CA, and saxophonist Keith Bohm, D.M.A., instructor from CSU Sacramento and director of the Festival of New American Music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a classical saxophonist. That is not to say that I will not nor cannot work with other styles, but I will definitely work from a more classical approach. In my opinion, this is to the benefit of my students, as really in the end all music derives from the same scales, the same techniques, and the same basic disciplines. I will just be a bit more strict in certain areas that will, with effort, work to improve my students in every aspect of their playing.

I have taught both individually and groups sessions, from ages as young as 6 up to 65, from beginner to early college, so I feel that I have a lot to offer!

I want my students to succeed, and, more importantly, I want my students to do what they want to do. I understand not everyone is seeking to become a music major and I know that everyone is at a different level. I will help my students achieve what they want to achieve (and push them when I feel they can and need to be pushed)!

Students must provide their own instrument (I can assist with rental/buying options), music (including both repertoire and technique books, to be decided upon in lessons), reeds (to be discussed), a neck strap, a pencil, and a folder for music, to stay organized.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my studio space I have music stands, seating for parents (as they are more than welcome to sit in if needed/desired), audio equipment as needed for instructional purposes, a clean and inviting space, and a good atmosphere for making music!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring my own instrument(s), music stands, and other materials as needed based on the student for each lesson. Please note that having your own music stand isn't required but is highly recommended as students should be practicing regularly!

*** Specialties ***
I have been fairly involved with jazz styles in the past, but I am now mostly focused on and involved with classical saxophone and practices!
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Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
Saxophone
Charles is considered by many at the California State University of Sacramento to be one of the best saxophonists in the Music Department. I have had the pleasure of listening to Charles perform in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, a very prestigious group which includes advanced music as well as passionate performers, on more than one occasion and he is amazing. I have also socialized with him outside of the music building a couple of times and he never fails to impress gentleness, humility and sheer kindness wherever he goes. Charles is a good guy and a great musician and the details of his craft hardly go unnoticed.
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Charles F.

Auburn, CA 95603
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Allie H.

Rocklin, CA

About Allie

Music Is my passion. I have been playing guitar for 12 years, upright bass for 8 years and bass guitar for 6 years. With 3 years of college level music experience as a music education major, there is a lot I can teach you. I have been teaching music lessons for 8 years and I would love to share my musical knowledge with you.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electric and acoustic guitars, 12-string guitar, guitar and bass amp, bass guitar, upright bass
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James H. June 24, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Hi, this is Allie's dad. I'm responding to the previous review. This person was 21 miles away and at least a 40 minute drive in traffic. Allie's profile stated within 10 miles. It was clearly a miscommunication, and Allie apologized and even offered a free lesson at our house as compensation. Driving an hour and 20 minutes is not feasible. This person never took a lesson from Allie.
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Dalena R. December 2, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I paid 150 for lessons 2 weeks ago for Allie. A week later she cancelled her first lesson with my 12 year old daughter due to not feeling well, which is fine. Another week later, the day of the next scheduled lesson she asked for my address at 1 and at 3 tells me I live 12 miles away and she will only travel 10 miles away because that is an hour out of her time that she can be teaching and that either she has to charge me more or I will have to drive to her. No where on the website does it say that she only travels 10 miles and the website let me chose in home lessons. My problem is this... A professional would have asked for the address and checked the location before cancelling and making a 12 year old little girl who has her hear set on guitar lessons wait 2 weeks to only be told she won't travel this far in the first place. Very disappointing.
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Amy B. July 8, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My eight year old daughter just started taking guitar lessons with Allie. Allie is very sweet and patient with my daughter. She is a wonderful teacher:)
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Allie H.

Allie H.

Rocklin, CA 95677
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Richard A.

Grass Valley, CA

About Richard

Richard has participated in over 1000 film scores as studio violinist, and continues to perform as Principal for Danny Elfman,.
He is also a composer for concert stage, video games, TV and film. He has been a featured composer at Sundance. Richard was also chosen among 12 composers worldwide to participate in the prestigious ASCAP Film Composers’ Workshop,
Maintaining a 4.0 GPA, graduating with High Honors, Richard has earned Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Music. He currently works with several violin students teaches composition / theory, and Music Notation students in his studio
and online via Skype.
His philosophy about teaching involves the concept of an effortless, natural approach mentally and physically to playing the instrument and creating music. When conveying a particular concept to a student, he does not rest until the student truly demonstrates mastery or understanding of the skill. He is patient and affable, and conducts his lessons with good humor.
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Richard A.

Grass Valley, CA 95945
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Sunnie W.

Rocklin, CA

About Sunnie

Sunnie has been performing in front of audiences since the age of 5. Throughout grade school and college she has been an integral member of many choirs including vocal jazz choir, show choir and concert choir. Sunnie is currently a lead vocalist for Hip Service, one of the most active party bands in Sacramento! She also writes and records original pieces. Sunnie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from California State University, Sacramento and has since developed a passion for sharing her knowledge and experience in both vocal arts and music theory. Whether a student wants to si
ng jazz, pop, classical or musical theater, Sunnie is eager to coach vocalists on how to sing in a beautiful, healthy way!
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Carrie July 3, 2015
Vocal Training · In home
Sunnie has been teaching our 8 year old daughter, Caralena, for a little over a month now and already we have noticed she is improving her skill; she practices her warm-ups on her own and tries the different techniques she has been shown to reach different sounds. Sunnie has a lovely personality; happy, positive and encouraging, and is very knowledgeable about how to train your voice to do what you want it to do. It is obvious to us that Sunnie is truly educated about what she is teaching Caralena. Sunnie keeps the lessons fun and on track and Caralena is always excited to have her next one. I would recommend Sunnie to someone who is interested in improving their singing!
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Eli A. May 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Sunnie Williams is a well rounded educator, musician, performer, and a songwriter.
While singing with one of the hottest bands in California, and performing multiple shows every week all year long, she continues to pursue her second bachelors degree in Commercial Recording. Meanwhile, she continues to songwriter, teach voice, and arrange vocal harmonies. She has never been late to a gig, rehearsal, or a lesson, and always comes prepared. You cant go wrong with hiring Sunnie Williams.
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Sunnie W.

Sunnie W.

Rocklin, CA 95677
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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