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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA

About Marsha

This week I started giving out lockable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

Each week we focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. One choice is Articulation. Articulation is how you press the keys, whether short (staccato) smoothly (legato) or accented. Vocal stu
dents as well worked on their diaphragm and getting sounds out in a variety of ways.

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?

Music has blessed 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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Lisa D. July 20, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I got my monies worth just in the first lesson! I am amazed she can teach me, where several have failed.
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Jessica Reyes March 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very encouraging
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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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Marsha K.

Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
(11)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Benjamin W.

Orangevale, CA

About Benjamin

*** Classroom Textbooks ***
If the student uses a textbook and/or study material on subject, prepare those in advance of the lesson to facilitate fluid transition between subject matter and material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books and study material. The student should have a pencil and pad for any notes as well as the instrument of choice for the proper lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I am a big advocate towards playing the instruments together that way it helps to solidify my knowledge as well as the students. Also if it is a theory lesson than have the instrument right there for appl
ication.
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Orhan S. June 25, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Polite, punctual and willing to address questions. Benjamin created a great environment for my son to learn. Thank you.
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Matthew January 26, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Benjamin is awesome! He takes the time to listen to any concerns my son has and is truly genuine. Matthew can't wait to meet with him every week. The confidence that Matthew now has, has been noticed not only by his school band teacher but his fellow band members have given him compliments as well. I highly recommend Benjamin to anyone who is looking for an instructor that meets there child where they are at skill level and encourages with his magnetic personality, while showing immediate results.
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Kent P. June 21, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are making outstanding progress. Benjamin has an excellent rapport with his students. He makes each lesson relevant to the students interest even when teaching the basics. Benjamin brings a very positive outlook and attitude to the class. We’re enjoying the lessons very much!
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Benjamin W.

Orangevale, CA 95662
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA

About Nathan

TEACHING METHOD & PHILOSOPHY

Nathan knows that learning music can be intimidating. Because of this, he emphasizes patience, kindness, and encouragement: he wants the student to be as comfortable as possible. Nathan gently guides the student through various fundamentals which include scales, counting, finger exercises, melodic and harmonic patterns, and rhythmic structures. Then you move into working on a song or other piece of music (as lessons progress, you often begin with the song and work back toward the exercises). Nathan counts the beat or plays along with the student as needed.

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udents of theory, songwriting and composition learn the names of notes, and then learn how these notes make scales and chords. There is also work on rhythm. With these elements, we move into exploring how musical pieces – songs, compositions – are made. Student original work is highly encouraged.

There is of course space for the spontaneous: students often will play something new, outside the lines of the lesson, and wonder what it is they made. Nathan shows them how to notate their creations so they may play them again. Also, students often have questions, and Nathan highly encourages the asking. They may be wondering about a song they heard or already enjoy, or something will rise from the work of the lesson. All music questions welcome.

LESSON STRUCTURE

Half-hour lessons are recommended. Thirty minutes of focused concentration can be a lot of time – especially for children (you often just need to be open to more spontaneity) – and much work can be done in that space. For those wanting a longer lesson, Nathan suggests considering learning two instruments at once, and/or complementing your instrument by going more in-depth with theory. What you learn on one instrument can be translated onto another. The lesson time would be split between the two areas of focus.

For drums and piano, Nathan use the adult and children’s versions of the Alfred Beginner Series. With guitar and bass (and often with drums), Nathan encourages students to bring material of their choice (as well as acquiring a tuner), however he can make recommendations depending on the student's needs and goals. Students of these instruments generally seem more motivated at the beginning by the thought of learning a song, or learning how to write a song, while the piano lends itself more naturally to learning notation. Nathan asks all students to use spiral notebooks. This helps track the lessons and brings clarity to what will be expected for the next lesson. For students, writing down their music goals is very helpful, too. With children, these books are great for communication, as well as aiding the parents in helping their children keep up with practicing. Nathan also recommends music manuscript paper (learning an instrument CAN make you a composer).

For theory, song-writing and composition, you use the aforementioned spiral notebooks as well as the manuscript paper. Nathan typically uses the piano and drums to teach these topics, but if the student wishes, you may enter this work through another instrument.

LOCATION

Lessons may take place in Nathan's home music parlor in Midtown, Sacramento or at your location. Lessons online via Skype are available.

COST

$25/30 minutes
$40/45 minutes
$50/60 minutes

BIO

With 5+ years teaching experience (and over 30 years music experience), Nathan is here to offer beginning level lessons in drums, piano, electric bass, guitar, theory, songwriting and composition. If there is a more advanced musician who just needs a refresher, or possibly some different ideas, Nathan is available to you as well. Learning music can be terrifying, and Nathan wants to be the one to help you get past that fear, to help you feel how joyful and fun it is to make music.

Nathan entered the world of music by listening and appreciating music (first memory – at age 2 or 3 – is being fascinated by the sounds of a Neil Diamond record). At age 11, he began to learn the drums. At 12, he joined the junior high Jazz ensemble and has been enjoying the drum set ever since.

After high school, Nathan dived into his study of music theory, songwriting and composition (and began studying piano, guitar and bass) and soon had an AA in Music from Sacramento City College. After a number of years wherein he composed and performed my own material, Nathan wanted to broaden his compositional palette. He transferred to the University of California, Davis, where he received a BA in Music. Diving ever deeper into composition at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, Nathan earned an MFA in Creative Inquiry, Interdisciplinary Arts. His MFA Thesis included composing and recording an album of all-original material for solo piano.

Throughout his teens, Nathan performed drums and percussion in numerous music groups, including marching and concert bands, symphony orchestras, instrumental and vocal Jazz ensembles, show pop groups as well as drumming in a band with close friends. In his late teens and early twenties, Nathan branched out, learning other instruments, songwriting and composition. At 23 he had his first solo show featuring his own songs, and soon after had his first band. Since then he has maintained various ensembles as well as working as a sideman in numerous groups. From wild and chaotic Noise and Free Jazz shows to the sad solemnity of memorials to the joyful bliss of wedding celebrations, Nathan has enjoyed and continues to enjoy performing in diverse situations and venues. Equally close to his heart is the writing: he maintains a composition practice, which he nurtures daily.

INFLUENCES

Nathan enjoys soaking in the influences of various styles of music. Jazz, Classical, Rock & Roll, Rock Steady, Progressive Rock, Hip-Hop, Folk, Blues, Heavy Metal, R & B, Reggae, Pop, Funk, Latin, New Age, Punk, World Beat, Trance, Country, Adult Contemporary, and Soul: all these styles influence his playing and writing.
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Laith G. September 13, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nathan is a really great guy , he was very nice and patient with my 4 year old, welling to work with me on my busy schedule. Very kind and helpful.
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Kylie K. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great Teacher for young children.
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Gizelly C. December 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It took us a while to find a good music instructor but I am glad though, because we found Nathan! With our children having short attention span, some instructors don’t have patience with kids like that.
Nathan is not only patient but also very calm and good with children. I recommend him to my family and friends. :-)
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Nathan B.

Sacramento, CA 95816
(8)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Laura R.

Rescue, CA

About Laura

I am 31 years old and new to California. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and a Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education-Biology. I am certified in the state of Florida. The first lesson will consist of diagnostics so that I can better tailor my teaching to your child. If there are basics that need to be covered before a student can successfully complete a more advanced concept, the basics will be retaught. I am fun, I make learning fun and easy and I do not judge, I just help.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Pencils/Pens
Paper

*** Specialties ***
K-8 General Science

9-12 Biology
Reading
Social Studies/History
Writing
Language Arts/English
Study Skills/Test taking strategies
K-8 Math
Algebra I
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Mark December 7, 2016
Biology · Online
Laura is fantastic with children and has great knowledge of the subject material. She is always prompt and friendly. The convenience of online lessons worked great and the hour long lessons are a great value
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Laura R.

Rescue, CA 95672
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Clarissa B.

Auburn, CA

About Clarissa

I focus on the student. My approach and materials will vary depending on the progress, past experience and interests of the student. I want her or him to want to learn.My hobbies include backpacking, hiking, travel, reading, and language learning.

I am working on my Masters in Secondary English and currently hold an Associates in ECE, this combined with my extensive experience with the AP system and the time that I lived in and attended université in France make me qualified to tutor in these subjects and the satellite subject areas such as diction, study skills, reading and writing. I have
experience learning four foreign languages in addition to English. It is my love of the learning process, patience and passion for these subjects, however, that are most efficacious in the tutoring process. Best of luck with your studies!
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Marie June 30, 2016
French · Online
Clarissa was really thoughtful and attentive to my needs. She checked in with me at the end of every lesson to figure out what worked for me and make new goals for the next lesson.
She was really understanding about my accent (which wasn't great). I didn't realize accent could be fixed, but she showed me how to make the right sounds and was really patient.

I could really see how much better I was getting with her help and the way she sets up lessons, I could use the class materials and practice in between lessons.

I originally picked her because she was so affordable, but I am so glad I did now!
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Marie June 30, 2016
French · Online
Clarissa was really thoughtful and attentive to my needs. She checked in with me at the end of every lesson to figure out what worked for me and make new goals for the next lesson.
She was really understanding about my accent (which wasn't great). I didn't realize accent could be fixed, but she showed me how to make the right sounds and was really patient.

I could really see how much better I was getting with her help and the way she sets up lessons, I could use the class materials and practice in between lessons.

I originally picked her because she was so affordable, but I am so glad I did now!
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Clarissa B. June 30, 2016
French · Online
Clarissa was really thoughtful and attentive to my needs. She checked in with me at the end of every lesson to figure out what worked for me and make new goals for the next lesson.
She was really understanding about my accent (which wasn't great). I didn't realize accent could be fixed, but she showed me how to make the right sounds and was really patient.

I could really see how much Bette to was getting with her help!
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Clarissa B.

Clarissa B.

Auburn, CA 95603
(4)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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