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Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA

About Curtis

Hello! I'm a supportive, positive and patient teacher who is passionate about helping my students. Each individual student learns differently and with my professional performance background and having studied in the world renown Guitar Institute of Technology(GIT) program at Musicians Institute, I have gained a well rounded skill set to guide my students to achieve their musical goals.

*** Lesson Details ***

I require all of my students to own their own Guitar, Instrument Cable, and Guitar Tuner. I supply most of the lesson material except for the suggested reading books that I re
commend for purchase. Of course we can go right into custom tailoring lessons and working on whatever the student wishes to work on. But, I have found through my years of teaching all levels and ages that my suggested curriculum for beginners yields great results.

Age Group 5 - 13 years old:

Suggested Reading Material: Hal Leonard Guitar Method Book 1, published by Hal Leonard.

Age Group 13 - 99 years old:

Suggested Reading Material: Music Reading for Guitar (Complete Method) published by Musicians Institute.

*** Specialties ***
Styles of music I specialize in: Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B, Soul, Top 40 & Pop
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Ben May 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Curtis is awesome. Very patient and positive. Great with kids.
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Matthew April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis has been an excellent teacher in helping me start playing the guitar, with no prior experience. He is always in tune with the kind of goals I want to meet with my instrument while giving me useful exercises and tips to improve my skills. Would highly recommend him to other students looking to pick up the guitar or wanting to improve on your current skills.
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Miranda C. April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great musician, endlessly patient and positive. Really grateful he's our first guitar teacher.
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Curtis L.

Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(16)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Javier A.

Sacramento, CA

About Javier

My name is Javier and I love to teach !

I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and in my last year of high school, I decided to take private piano lessons with a local teacher and it was during this time period that I learned classical pieces by Beethoven and Mozart. I also took music notation and I tried a hand at composing, discovering a new way to communicate in terms of music.

After moving to the USA, I resume my music education, learning new concepts on classical, blues and pop styles, as well as chord progression and accompaniment pieces. After a year and after completing the teac
her training program, I started to teach piano from my home studio.

During this time, I took upon myself two more years of intense composition study and experimenting with some of the secrets of this art, which now has become one of my passion. In 2007 I earned a diploma from this institution and in the same year I released two CDs of my own compositions: Van Gogh Sunflower's and Dimes y Diretes.

This year I have enrolled in a music program at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco, where I am expecting to learn and expand my knowledge on technique, performing, and music ensembles.

For six years, I have been teaching successfully from my home studio, teaching students of all ages and with different music backgrounds.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach piano and I specialize in classical and contemporary music styles

I am a strong believer of traditional teaching methods, however, I have learn that we all learn in different ways, so I let my students discover music by teaching them how to relate to the piano first, after they become familiar with the instrument by playing easy but wonderful melodies I start with the process of teaching music notation, scales, chords, analyzing songs, music history, exercises.

I teach all ages, I am very patient and supportive, never pushy but firm with my students goals.
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Leslie K. July 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My lesson with Javier is the highlight of my week! He is very patient and makes each lesson interesting, challenging, and fun.
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James C. June 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My nephew's very first piano lesson with Javier was a very pleasant one.
He was comfortable and enjoyed it.
So we are looking forward to a very good and productive learning onwards.
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Gabriella M. May 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has now had 3 piano lessons with Javier and she loves it. I really appreciate how patient he is with her especially this being her first time taking piano lessons. Looking forward to more lessons with Javier.
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Javier A.

Sacramento, CA 95831
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$29 / 30-min
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Esther B.

Sacramento, CA

About Esther

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic
and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 30 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 6 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I speak fluent Korean and English.

*** Lesson Details ***
My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner oboe and beginner guitar.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar, oboe

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Terri B. July 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Esther is a wonderful piano teacher. She is always positive, encouraging and patient. My daughter is 11 years old and Esther is great at challenging her to always improve without being overbearing. I think she brings out the best in my daughter which makes her want to do even better at her next lesson. I highly recommend her!
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Reynaldo R. June 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Esther is an excellent teacher! She is very good with my son who is very shy: three lessons in and my son already asked me when we will be going back to Ms. Esther for his next lesson! I have also observed the lessons and I am confident Ms. Esther knows what she is doing. We will definitely be staying on with her😊
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Preston H. June 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My grandson is an energetic 6 year old piano beginner. He enjoyed his first lesson with Ms. Esther B. I found her to be a very patient and an encouraging teacher throughout the lesson. She has high expectations of her students; and, the students can learn a lot from her. Ms. Esther B. is flexible and will work with your schedule when necessary via communication with her.
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Esther B.

Sacramento, CA 95828
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA

About Loren

Loren is a well-known music instructor and has been teaching private music lessons in the Elk Grove area since 2002. He has been teaching for years and years, has two music degrees and is an active performer in many styles, enjoying a steady gigging schedule in the Sacramento area. He's "the real deal."

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are of the highest quality available as the student learns to read music, is guided in music theory with ear training, technique, and performance, however performance remains optional. There are options.

We often begin with songs that the student alre
ady likes. Sometimes that's the ticket. From Bach to the Beatles, Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, there are always great entrance points.

Theory, (chords, intervals, scales, cadences, etc.) Reading music, (tabs, traditional music notation, charts), Technique, (right and left hand patterns), it's all covered. It's fun and legitimate education.

*** Specialties ***
Lessons in piano or guitar cover all popular music styles including country, rock, and classical.
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Nicole L. September 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my granddaughter loves him as a teacher. He is creative with her which stimulates her desire to learn more and to enjoy her journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA 95624
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starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA

About Melissa

I have been studying and performing music for the majority of my life, starting with piano in the third grade. I started singing in choirs in high school and continued studying voice throughout college. I have a classical background and moved to jazz voice as an undergraduate at California State University of Sacramento. I recently completed my Masters Degree in Vocal Performance in 2015!

*** Lesson Details ***
Teaching music gives me joy! I create a positive and encouraging environment for students to gain confidence in their performance abilities. Every student is different and I approa
ch each lesson accordingly in order to accommodate each student's needs and expectations.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, microphone, sound system, music stand, sitting area for parent(s) when needed. Students are expected to purchase their own books which are required for piano lessons. I can supply photo copies for the first couple of lessons until books are delivered.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a metronome for lessons, but each student should acquire their own for practicing purposes. Students should provide a stereo, preferably with an iPod adapter, to listen to musical examples, and a piano for voice or their own instrument for instrumental lessons. I can provide an extra ukulele for lessons, but students should have their own for practicing purposes.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz voice, teaching students jazz theory and improvisation as well as stylistic techniques.
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Samantha K. July 13, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing person, amazing instructor.
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Cassandra S. July 6, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Had a great first lesson so far - she's very knowledgeable, explains thoroughly and is helping me focus on specific areas for improvement.
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Carol V. July 6, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Friendly, well organized and positive. Both my 13 yr old granddaughter enjoyed our lesson
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Melissa F.

Melissa F.

Sacramento, CA 95826
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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