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James P. Petaluma, CA

I'm an award winning, published songwriter and I have a passion for songwriting and I love to help people with their songs. I can help you shape that music that lives inside you and is longing to get out.

About James

I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others. Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there. *** Lesson Details *** I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by

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Mike W. March 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
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Jane M. November 25, 2013
Piano
Jimmy is a great teacher

I have been taking lessons once every week from Jimmy for over a year and I haven't ever been disappointed by a lesson we've had. My favorite part of the lesson is always when we do the blues together at the very end. Overall, Jimmy is a great teacher.
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Lynn C. November 19, 2013
Piano
Wonderful Teacher

James is a wonderful, patient and talented teacher. His love of music is infectious and I leave each class feeling inspired and motivated. WOW I am making so much progress in my playing!
I highly recommend lessons with him.
Lars R. Petaluma, CA

About Lars

I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music ...

Luna C. Santa Rosa, CA

About Luna

After over 20 years experience teaching music, I listen carefully to every student's goals. Learning to play piano or sing should be an enjoyable experience, even when the lessons require a mix of hard work, practice, and perseverance in fulfilling those musical goals. With my many years of experience as a performer, songwriter, and teacher, I can bring first-hand insight to each lesson. After all, music is a wonderful journey; let the adventure begin! *** Lesson Details *** Music should be both fun and fulfilling. I help my students reach their musical goals by giving them the tools they need to make that journey. Together we explore different musical styles as each student learns how to navigate reading music, ear training, and musical theory. With some practice and commitment, in ...

Miles M. Sebastopol, CA

I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.

There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.

While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!

I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, ...

About Miles

Miles began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He has performed with numerous musical groups in Sonoma County and around the country, at venues including the Wells Fargo Center, the Green Music Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Miles has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic's self-titled debut. Currently, he is composing the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid's Conundrum. He is also actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training at Prune Farm Studio in Sebastopol and around the Sonoma County area. *** Lesson Details *** I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they ...

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Lisa K. July 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Miles has not only helped me learn piano, he has introduced me to a ton of great music I had never heard before. He has been very patient and encouraging with me, and he has helped me get over my fear of playing in front of other people. Miles is an excellent, inspiring teacher!
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Lily S. July 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
I started taking piano lessons from Miles a year ago as a complete beginner. He's taught me how to read music, play classical music, and play a few rock and blues songs as well! My favorite part of the lesson is when I get to improvise while Miles plays with me. The lessons are always so fun and inspiring.
Lilia V. Healdsburg, CA

About Lilia

I have a PhD. in music theory from Moscow conservatory, Russia. I am teaching for 25 years piano, composition, music theory. I am a concert pianist and composer and have released a CD "Yearning" in 2009, performed piano concerts in California. My lessons are developed according to the unique profile of each of my student. I am emphatic with the wishes of my students and create a unique method for each of them. It means, for kids I develop a creative approach, storytelling and other creative tools , when teaching basic music theory and piano. With adults I use a software "Piano Maestro" for beginners to catch up with music literacy and they enjoy it, because after they easily achieve a basic literacy they start playing real music and they are enjoying making progress ...

Julie S. Santa Rosa, CA

Beginning to advanced song writing education available. From formatting to creation of your first of many songs.

About Julie

I'm Julie. I'm a long time musician and performer and have been playing in the live, local music scene for over 20 years with my band. I've been a drummer and pianist for over 30 years, and the bass guitar for 23 years. Aside from teaching drums and piano, I also teach ear training/music therapy. I have a B.A. In music from Sonoma State as well. I look forward to meeting and teaching those who can't wait to improve their musical talents!

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