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About Peter D.

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Oakland, CA
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Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth.

Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goals. We can cover the full spectrum of technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading, and performance. What emerges over time is tailor-made program suited to your needs and goals.

A little bit about my background: I have studied with over 12 music professors, both in the classroom and individually for 6 years at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. I’ve studied a number of styles while composing for and performing in various small ensembles, including:  world music, classical, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. I continue teach, produ
ce and compose music for myself and other artists as well.

I look forward to getting to know you!
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Sam October 21, 2015
· Singing · Online
I have always known I have had some kind of voice. I started doing lessons with Peter for not only vocals but also guitar. He has helped me explore the different ranges my voice can actually hit and how to add more emotion into a song. In one lesson just today, he made a song that i perfomed which sounded okay in the beginning of the lesson sound 10x better and to the very best of my ability by the end of the lesson. Every lesson is alot of help! He is great at understanding how to work with people whether it is vocally or trying to learn to play guitar - he uses great techniques for understanding and will work at the perfect pace appropriate for the student. He makes learning guitar and singing very fun. Highly reccomended!
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Charles October 19, 2015
· Piano · Online
I am Peter's father, so obviously this review will be a little biased. And, I have never taken a lesson from Peter, as I am not a musician and do not play an instrument. BUT, I can say this: Peter is hard-working, conscientious, and devoted to his profession. He is passionate about music and about teaching, and genuinely cares about each student. AND, he knows how to make learning fun! (Evidently he inherited that trait from his mom, who teaches English and Spanish). So, hire Peter! He's the best!
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Louise Comfort September 29, 2015
· Piano · In home
I found Peter to be very intelligent and very knowledgeable. Peter was great in not only classical styles of playing but also jazz which really kept me engaged! I especially liked the way he taught music theory alongside some of the standard learning points like scales and such. Overall I had a delightful experience with this teacher. If Peter ever moves back to my area I would love to take lessons with him again!
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About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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About Imani G.

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Silver Spring, MD
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My name is Imani and I am a professional dancer, having danced with Taurus broadhurst Dance company, Bebe Miller, and Dayton Contemporary Dance company's Crystal Perkins. I have recently received my BFA in Dance from The Ohio State University after studying at Duke Ellington School for the Arts and CityDance Conservatory.

I have also trained at BalletMet, Jones Haywood Dance School, University of California Los Angeles,under the tutelage of Irene Tassadembo and others in Burkina Faso, and under the tutelage of Kaustavi Sarkar. I am trained in Ballet, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Modern Dance (Horton technique), Contemporary and Odissi (Classical Indian). I have completed my Mancha Pravesh in Odissi Dance.

I have taught to people of all ages (3-60) internationally. Some of the places I have taught are : CityDance, Columbus Refugee and Imm
igration Services, King Arts Complex, The Phillips School, The Highwood Theatre, and Wuhan University (Wuhan, China).

I was Captain of (and competed Internationally with) OSU Nashaa ( The Ohio State University's Co-Ed Bollywood Dance team).

I am so excited to teach new students, and I hope you'll be one of them!
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OLA T. July 24, 2017
· Indian Dance · In studio
She made fun and is very patient.
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TeArra February 24, 2016
· Ballet · In studio
Very focused and determined to help me reach my goals. Great first lesson and there definitely will be more.
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Michael G. November 4, 2015
· Ballet · In studio
I have been taking ballet lessons with Imani for the past month, and I could not be happier with the instruction that she has given me. Her attention to detail is incredible, and she is always 100% committed to perfecting my technique. She is genuinely interested in helping her students, and she even creates detailed lesson plans specific to her students. She is very personable and introduces new ballet movements and terminology in a fun and encouraging way. Also, my flexibility has greatly improved within only one month as a result of her effective conditioning that she incorporates into her lessons. I highly recommend Imani as a dance teacher! - Lauren Gold
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Silver Spring, MD 20910
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About Katya S.

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Warminster, PA
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About Katya
I got my first students in high school when I helped teachers and gave classes to the kids from primary and since that time I've been teaching different people different things.
I graduated as economics specialist & teacher of economic theory
and it gives me a great knowledge of how to build classes what method to choose etc but I prefer to teach more practical and useful things.
I enjoy sharing things I know to help others live better simpler life. It's so exciting to see how my student starts practicing things she learnt and how it influences her life. Small excel tip helps to finish tasks in 5 minutes instead of hours of work. Yoga asana which gives you joy and balance for the whole day. Receipt of healthy no-sugar dessert which is more tasty than anything in Cheesecake factory. Small things change your life.
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sy-going person and I know how to make classes efficient and interesting.
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chirs August 21, 2017
· Microsoft Excel · Online
worked out great!!
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Diane May 29, 2017
· QuickBooks · Online
Katya was wonderful, very helpful and clear and knowledgeable- I look forward to working with her for more sessions.
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scott January 27, 2017
· QuickBooks · Online
Very good instructor.
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About Austin Y.

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Milpitas, CA

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Hello! My name is Austin, and my personal life motto is: doing my best to help others realize and reach their best! I have been teaching a number of topics ranging from music, fitness, to technology, writing, and religious texts for over 7 years. Over these years, I have also worked a myriad of jobs to receive invaluable experience as well as learn how to interact with all kinds of people.

It has always been my deep passion and true joy to journey along with someone who is simply willing to learn the many gifts that life has for us to enjoy! I am currently studying for my masters at Western Seminary, interning at a church in Milpitas, and a certified teacher here at TakeLessons.

Time and time again, I have come to realize that life is about serving, teaching, and loving others with what we already have; teaching is such a simple y
et profound way to practice this!

I look forward to doing my best in order to help you realize, reach, and ultimately relish your best!

Best regards,

Austin Ying
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Neha March 27, 2017
· Volleyball · In studio
I am an adult and absolute beginner in volleyball and was looking to learn some basics and Austin did a great job of teaching me.
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Samuel February 25, 2017
· Weight Loss · Online
It was a treat to have Austin guide me toward my personal goals of losing weight while gaining muscle. He displayed constant knowledge and patience. I really enjoyed each session and have learned a great deal from him! Really great tutor to have!!!
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· Acoustic Guitar · In home
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About Amanda K.

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Kalamazoo, MI
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Hello! My name is Amanda, but I prefer to be called Mandy, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons just since 2016, and have loved helping my students become more confident in their skills and have fun learning something new. I'm still in high school, but I dual enroll at a community college for Spanish and Culinary studies. I'm an enthusiastic and patient person, and my teaching style is usually fun, encouraging, and upbeat. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Isabella May 1, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
Today was our first lesson and it went very well. My daughter really liked the instructor and is looking forward to the next lesson.
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Amanda K.

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About Dana W.

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Edgewater, MD

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Hello! I am so excited to help you along your life journey! I am a laid back Master Heath and Wellness Coach, whom is driven to be one of your biggest cheerleaders! I solely believe in cheering my clients on throughout their life journey, and I will stand beside you, while doing so! My purpose and my mission, is to create a positive impact throughout society! Heath and Wellness Coaching, truly fulfills my heart and soul. I am so absolutely grateful, to have found my purpose as a Master Health and Wellness Coach! What makes Health and Wellness Coaching with me unique, is I offer a wide-variety of suggestions in regards to healthy tools and skills, for my clients to implement within his or her life. I have the knowledge and educational background as a Master Health and Wellness Coach, I am a proud member of the Golden Key International Hono
ur Society, a proud member of Alpha Sigma Lambda Honors Chapter, and my major at my University is Psychology. Where of course I feel education is so incredibly important, and does have a monumental impact on me delivering the best advice to all of my clients, so does the life experiences that I have encountered. Considering I have experienced several life challenges that I personally have overcome, I am able to not only know what my client is being challenged with, but I am able to feel what he or she is going through. Some of the challenges that I have experienced, are the loss of my best friend due to an intoxicated driver, loss of my niece, betrayal, and I have also been a victim of being bullied. I have taken all of these challenges, and transformed into a very strong and independent woman, and I never want an individual to feel as though, he or she is alone in battling such challenges. Also, I worked in the gym industry for 9 years, and have extensive knowledge in regards to implementing and utilizing healthy lifestyle tools, and in turn lead to healthy lifestyle changes. Ultimately, helping others throughout his or her life, truly fulfills my heart and soul.

Please feel free to reach out to me anytime for any questions! I look forward to talking with you soon!

Thank you,
Dana
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Kristina July 1, 2017
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Dana truly is a positive and empowering Health and Wellness Coach. I instantly felt comfortable, she is non-judgmental, a great listener, and offers a wide-variety of feedback to help me reach my goals, and overcome challenges. I have began suggesting to my family and friends, to reach out to Dana, and will continue to do so! I highly recommend!
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Edgewater, MD 21037
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About Ashleigh S.

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I'm a full-time Spanish teacher at a private high school in Washington, DC where I have taught levels 1-IV for the last 4 years. Prior to that, I lived in Germany as a military spouse where I taught yoga. Before Germany, I taught Spanish for two years at a private boarding school in Raleigh, North Carolina. My first teaching position, however, was in Granada, Spain where I taught English at a rural school near Granada, Spain having won a fellowship after university graduation.
Although my bachelors is in Spanish Language and Literature I am studying TESOL at American University where I have completed 12 credits in language assessment, second language acquisition and linguistics. My classes are engaging and personalized. For my athlete students, I find articles and clips about their sport that we build language around. I do the same
for the interests of my other students, thereby making their connection to the language personal and intrinsic. In our tutoring sessions, there will be music, video and games! Because I am a teacher, I can help you liaise with your student's teacher in a way that will help us understand how to help your student.
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Ashleigh S.

Alexandria, VA 22311
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Strongsville, OH
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Sarah is a seeker and teacher of emotional and mental wellbeing who is always eager to connect, learn and offer love. As a counselor, coach, Reiki practitioner, and meditation instructor, she dedicates herself in helping others to step into their own power and light.
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About Hannah G.

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I adjust my classes to the type of practice you want. If you want to break a sweat and build physical strength, I go with a vinyasa style class, which is a continuous flow of postures through breath. I am also a huge fan of yin yoga, which consists of holding poses for longer periods of time on the floor. It is a miraculous, ultra healing, passive practice and reaches the deeper layers of our connective tissues. If you struggle with anxiety, stress, depression, etc...we can incorporate meditation into any class. Meditation has been scientifically proven to change the brain. It increases well-being and quality of life. I am a very compassionate listener. I know what it is to struggle and battle dark times. Yoga has helped me heal physically, mentally and spiritually. I love to pass this knowledge to others. Nothing is more fulfilling than
watching others gain a sense of peace and becoming stronger.
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Hannah G.

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