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Viva Z.

San Jose, CA

About Viva

Degree: Piano Performance, Eastman School of Music.

As a concert pianist, Viva grew up performing and teaching music. Viva graduated from the Eastman School of Music under world-renowned piano pedagogue Nelita True.
Over the years, she has won numerous national piano competitions in the states and Canada and debuted with numerous professional orchestras including Eastman Symphony Orchestra and Parkdale Orchestra. Additionally, she held numerous solo and student recitals recognized by TV stations such WCTV, as well as several newspapers including the Boston Globe, Andover Townsman, and Wil
mington Advocate newspapers.
In addition to performing, Viva's greatest passion is in teaching. Her beginner students grow an average of 2 years worth of study within the first year. Her former piano students' levels ranged from beginner to advanced, and their ages ranged from 4 to 30. Two of her previously held student recitals were recognized by the Boston Globe and as a result of its success, one of which was recorded by WCTV for broadcast. Viva also speak English, Spanish, and Chinese fluently and have taught in these languages.

Theory and Pedagogical Approach:
"My students are not just masters of notes, but also masters of performance. My pedagogical approach centers on developing technique, theory, harmony, aural skills, but also artistry and showmanship. Apart from being taught the structural and aesthetic components of music, my students are taught the art of performance. Each of them is a showman and a stage performer. Two student recitals are held annually, and all friends and family are encouraged to join. I believe that any student who has a heart for music will be able to reach his/her greatest potential in music. I really look forward to becoming your child's step 1 towards scholarship and showmanship."

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a very enthusiastic and exciting teacher. My students are always engaged and inspired to play and perform. My students will learn to play popular songs and familiar pieces, but most importantly develop into well-rounded performers.
Each lesson will focus on developing technique, aural skills and performance. Technique strengthens and develops students' fingers and provides the foundation. Aural skills includes ear training and singing, will develop the students' sense of pitch and tone. Performance will develop students' ability to master new songs and get ready to perform in front of others.
For beginners and intermediate students, I use the Alfred Series, Bastien Series and Thompson Series. For advanced students, heavy repertoire by well-known composers will be assigned.
Students can expect to excel individually but also collaboratively as there will be many opportunities to play duets with their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano, seating for parents, living room

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano

*** Specialties ***
Levels: Beginner's, intermediate and advanced piano. While the focus is classical, there is also a lot of time for popular, jazz and ragtime. Lessons can be taught in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Students will have multiple opportunities to perform in public settings, in studio concerts or talent shows.
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
i wish to learn piano. i am simply new to music instruments. i am indian, i am going to stay for 3 months only. i wish regular class. if possible please call me. my no: 9256635260
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Pamela O. February 12, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Viva is amazing!! How did I get so lucky to find an instructor that is so passionate, talented, patient, and pleasant. She makes learning fun. I will definitely be taking more lessons and am excited to work with her.
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Linda L. February 3, 2016
Classical Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ms Viva is a patient, loving teacher. My 11-year-old son loves her piano lesson and has more motivation at practice since he started learning from Ms Viva.
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Viva Z.

Viva Z.

San Jose, CA 95126
(10)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Michael K.

Saratoga, CA

About Michael

Hi! My name is Mike and I am 26 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 13 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. We recently returned from a national tour with Trapt, Pop Evil, Nonpoint etc. I have been on 10 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.

I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to t
he next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.

I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.

I can't wait to get to know you, Lets rock out!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a self taught musician, I know it is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors of the instrument. It is not impossible and you can, with practice and dedication, be a great musician. I also find it necessary to make lessons fun and entertaining. Though technique is important, it is important that you enjoy playing and practicing.

I am a very laid back teacher as long as you are doing your job :) My teaching style does cater to different skill levels as well as the material you would like to learn.

I hope to make this a fun and stress free environment for anyone. You can not learn an instrument if you are afraid of your teacher and your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10 HD Native w/ Avid Omni interface.
Axe Fx 2 Guitar Processor and 2 Bogner Uberschall Half Stacks.
Line 6 Mini Combo
2 Esp Eclipse
1 Gibson Les Paul Studio
1 Warwick Bass
Roland V-Drum TD-20

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar if need be. I ,however, would prefer students to have a guitar, tuner, and some kind of amp. (amp not necessary)
If teaching music recording, I would like the student to have a computer, DAW, and interface.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in hard rock/metal guitar but can also teach Pop. I am knowledgeable in pro tools/musical recording as well. I also can teach music writing and music performance. As a touring musician who has toured with multi-platinum bands Fuel, 12 Stones, and The Letter Black, I pride myself on my knowledge in the industry that I can share with you.
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Rishab February 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He was fun, attentive and great with my son!
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Rajat M. June 14, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michael has been a great teacher for our 7 year old son. This was the first time our son is learning guitar, and Michael got him started on the right foot. He makes the lessons fun and interesting and keeps the positive energy flowing.

Always on time - really easy to work with for schedule.
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sunitha K. July 11, 2013
Guitar
Excellent teacher

My 7 year old has been taking guitar lessons from Mike for the past 4 months. It has been an amazingly positive experience for my kid. He has learnt a great deal in such a short time all thanks to Mike's exceptional professionalism, patience and encouragement. He is very observant and is able to spot the problem areas right away, as a result, my kid is learning the right techniques from the get-go. He has the unique ability to tailor the lessons for the student and make the class very enjoyable. My kid looks forward to his lessons every week and doesn't want to stop at the end of the class :-) He is a very motivating teacher and sets high standards and my kid is eager to practice at home, so he can impress Mike at the next class!!
Our experience with Mike has been nothing short of terrific and I would recommend him highly.
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Michael K.

Michael K.

Saratoga, CA 95070
(6)
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.

Garrett S.

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

Palo Alto, CA

About Victor

I am a professional teacher and performer based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been teaching guitar, banjo, and mandolin professionally since 2004. I have performed on all of these instruments and have played at numerous music festivals throughout the United States as well as teaching at many music camps on the West Coast. I am currently performing in bands on electric guitar, banjo, and mandolin.
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Shaheer M. January 25, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Had a great lesson with Victor! He knows music really well and is very patient with beginners.
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Jade M. January 19, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Polite and thorough. We're off to a good beginning
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Kevin Hughes January 6, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Had a god lesson with Victor. Will be back next week!
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Victor S.

Victor S.

San Jose, CA 95130
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ricardo M.

San Jose, CA

About Ricardo

I am a saxophonist and music educator with experience in multiple woodwinds and piano. I have nineteen years of performing experience with a decade of teaching experience and have studied with some of the the world's preeminent musicians of my instrument. I am very patient and I enjoy teaching both children and adults. I strive to keep lessons fun and engaging by exploring music that students enjoy. I encourage parents to be present for their child's lessons and take part in the learning process.

I teach out of two studios in Fremont and Los Gatos. In San Jose, I am able to travel to studen
t's homes, but please confirm availability with me before booking.
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Ben E. March 24, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent! Couldn't have been better! I'm an adult beginner on flute, but play guitar and have played both tenor sax and clarinet in the past, so I come with a mixed set of skills. Ricardo asked me my goals and assessed my strengths and weaknesses. He was very patient and receptive to all my questions. In my first lesson I've already learned techniques which have improved my playing. Ricardo's resume of performing and teaching give me great confidence and payed a role in choosing him to be my teacher. I feel very fortunate to have connected with him!
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Sasha A. November 23, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Santwana Singh October 14, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Ricardo is an excellent teacher. He is a skilled musician and along with that he is kind, patient and encouraging with our kids. We started with our older son getting saxophone lessons with him and seeing how good he is with kids we asked if he can try teaching our younger one Piano. Our 5 yr old son enjoys getting lesson from him. I have already recommended Ricardo to a friend and would continue to do so.
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Ricardo M.

Ricardo M.

Los Gatos, CA 95030
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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