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Popular Music Teachers Near Los Gatos

Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA
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Hristo V.

San Jose, CA
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Mikaela S.

San Jose, CA
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Jeff W. San Mateo, CA

About Jeff

Hello Students/Parents: I have been drumming for 19 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting. I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts. Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop. I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012) and Out of The Blue. (Hit band) *** Lesson Details *** During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize them. I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall. Next, we will pick a fun area to ...

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Adrien P. February 8, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
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Suparna V. November 11, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Friendly and great teacher.

Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback instantly in order to help me improve.
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Blake W. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
I've gotten so much better!

So far, with just having three lessons with Jeff, I feel that the amount that I have progressed in three weeks is far greater than the amount I've improved in the two years I've been drumming! I highly recommend Jeff to anybody.
Hristo V. San Jose, CA

About Hristo

Hristo is an impressionistic modern jazz guitarist and composer from Sofia, Bulgaria. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hristo leads a variety of modern jazz formations, ranging from duets to quintets. Hristo has toured nationally and internationally, appearing at some of the most prestigious jazz clubs and festivals, and has also performed guitar clinics in Europe and Japan. He has written more than 270 original compositions, many articles on jazz improvisation, and a book on chordal theory and construction entitled Between the Voicings: A New Approach to Chord Building for Guitarists. The Hristo Quartet’s 2009 debut album, Song for Messambria (First Orbit Sounds Music) quickly received outstanding reviews by the international jazz community and was selected as one of the six ...

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Kim L. April 26, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Outstanding Performer

Hristo is the most inspirational teacher I've every had the pleasure to learn from. He shares his talent in a way that I look forward to every lesson. His patience and positive reinforcement encourages me to keep practicing. He selects the appropriate music for my level and teaches all genres. Thank you for working with me every week. I hope I get to work with him for as long as I can until he becomes too famous to continue teaching us.
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AllenH April 4, 2012
Great Instructor

I've been taking lessons from Hristo for a couple of months now. He is friendly, affable, and extremely patient. I enjoy our lessons, and have learned quite a bit in the short time we have been working together.
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JeanetteY March 7, 2012
wonderful instructor and very accomodating. We are appreciative of his talents!!
Mikaela S. San Jose, CA

About Mikaela

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University in music education and have taught private lessons for the last couple of years. I am also currently in the teaching credential program and hope to teach music in the public school classroom soon! I have played the clarinet for 15 years and studied with Dr. Janet Averett for the last 4 while attending SJSU. What I learned from her about teaching is invaluable, I hope to be the inspiration and encouragement to my students that she was to me. I hope to encourage them to express themselves as well teach them good practice skills. Lessons with me will focus on not just the technical aspect to playing their instrument but the creative/expressive aspect to playing music on any instrument. After all, playing an instrument is about ...

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Dennis H. April 6, 2014
Clarinet
Verified Student
What a difference a few lessons can make

Our daughter is in middle school and is playing in a band with about 20 other clarinets. At the first testing, she was seated in the middle of the pack. When she asked to take music lessons, we looked online and found Mikaela. Within a few lessons, Mikaela was able to find small things that made a huge difference. Now not only is our daughter playing better but has a lot more confidence with the clarinet as well.

Mikaela is very personable and patient. She really seems to care about our daughter and makes the lessons enjoyable. Not sure that we could have found a better instructor for our daughter!
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Robin A. February 5, 2014
Clarinet
Verified Student
Mikaela is a fantastic clarinet instructor!

Happening across Takelessons.com while in search of a good clarinet teacher for our daughter, was by far the easiest and most rewarding. We feel grateful to have been so lucky.

Mikaela has been EXCELLENT in every sense of the word. She comes on time to our home for every lesson. She takes her time with our daughter and teaches in a way that makes our daughter look forward to each lesson. Mikaela is extremely knowledgeable about the instrument and what she is teaching, and it shows each and every time she teaches. The very first lesson, Mikaela let us know that our daughters instrument was not working properly (we didn't have a clue). She knew exactly what was wrong with it, and we had it fixed by the next lesson. Her communication with our daughter and with us is the best it could possibly be. We are so happy and fortunate to have found the perfect match for our 12 year old clarinet player. Our daughter was recently complimented by her music teacher at school, and was very excited to hear how well she is progressing.

Christopher J.

San Jose, CA
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Thomas B.

Saratoga, CA
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Judy E.

Los Gatos, CA
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Christopher J. San Jose, CA

About Christopher

Chris J. has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home, at his studio, and online. Chris J. has helped students place in advanced ensembles, win awards, compete in band competitions, and further their passion for the arts. Chris J. is receiving his training from San Jose State University where he is studying Music Education and Jazz Studies. Chris J. is a nationally TIPS Certified bartender through ABC Bartending College. As an expert in his field, Chris J. looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Chris J.'s teaching style is flexible based on students needs, structured, and based on state and industry standards. *** Lesson Details *** Aside from performing, I love teaching. I have been teaching since ...

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Michael H. June 13, 2014
Trumpet · Online
Verified Student
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
Violin · Online
Verified Student
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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Jane D. January 18, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher, especially for kids!

My two boys -- ages 8 & 10 -- needed just the right teacher to begin learning the piano, and I'm so glad we started with Chris. He related to them right away, just sat down and started working with them and within seconds they were playing. He interwove fun with learning seamlessly. The boys looked forward to their lessons with him. Thank you, Chris!!
Thomas B. Saratoga, CA

About Thomas

I have played piano and studied its literature for over forty years. As a college undergraduate, I majored in Piano Performance and Music Theory at the Cleveland Institute of Music and The Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. I also have a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts – Boston. I am currently a member of the Music Teachers Association of California (MTAC) and the California Association of Professional Music Teachers (CAPMT). *** Lesson Details *** Music: For novice students I use the Faber Piano Adventures series as a basic program. I augment this with other resources as the student progresses. While Western classical keyboard literature is the main focus of my teaching, my students also explore many modern and contemporary works. The language of ...

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Touraj T. November 27, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A great piano teacher

Thomas is very professional and a passionate pianist. He helps me to achieve my goals. I really appreciate his attention he pays to details.
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BettyD May 21, 2011
A delightful professional!

Tom works with my 88 year old mom. Learning the piano at her age is a challenge! My mom tends to be hard on herself and doesn't think she plays well. Tom has re-kindled her joy of music, increased her confidence and pushed her just enough to keep it a challenge. I'm very grateful for his work with her!
Judy E. Los Gatos, CA

About Judy

I have taught may different kinds of subjects. Between 1985 and 1991 I taught drug and alcohol education and prevention in public schools including community colleges. In 1986 I acquired a TESOL (teaching English and a Second Language) certificate through UC Berkeley Extensions and did some ESL teaching and tutoring privately. More recently, for about that past year, I have gone back been teaching and tutoring ESL to refugees from other countries throughout the International Refugee Committee. I teach ESL at all levels and specialize in those at level 1.

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