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About Kathryn K.

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San Rafael, CA

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About Kathryn
Acting and Singing Performance
I am so excited to be offering private acting coaching and singing performance sessions to teens and adults at my studio! My students book agents, films, commercials, industrials, and print work continuously.
I am very supportive, confidential and knowledgeable about the business, and connected in the industry. We will work on auditions technique, monologues, scene work, as well as all aspects of what you need to get what you want and where you want to be as an actor. My studio is in beautiful Marin County, close to San Francisco and the East Bay and there i
s plenty of parking. I also work in San Francisco and Online. I'm in Los Angeles, too! After school, evening and weekend hours are available. Im online early with my East Coast artists.
Okay, kiddos! Let it roll.
About Kathryn
Kathryn is a member of the Screen Actors Guild-AFTRA and Actors Equity Association and is a Critics Circle Award Winner and has been coaching actors, singers, speakers and those interested in expanding their lives through creativity since 1993. Her students work extensively in television, film, commercials, plays and musicals. A list is available upon request.
Kathryn is involved in all aspects of the film and commercial industry and shares her expertise with her students.
As a young teen Kathryn worked with such legends as Tennessee Ernie Ford, Ben Vereen, Word Baker, who directed the first a one-act version of “The Fantastics” and then the historic two-act show, Sandy Duncan, Loretta Lynn, Flip Wilson. She initially studied at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and HB Studio in New York City. Her studio work has included soundtracks and recordings for notable producers including Grammy and Emmy award winning producer, Narada Michael Walden. Walden says, “Kat is bringing the message of hope, light, love and faith to people’s lives.” Walden says. “I am proud of her and her divine mission.” Kathryn works tirelessly to pass the torch to artists and feels art is a key to finding happiness and can be useful, for many, in healing wounds.
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We will work on monologues, scenes, cold readings, audition technique. For music artists: music performance, audition technique, set creation and songwriting and performance.

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I'm available to help you understand this somewhat confusing industry.
My background in acting and singing performance comes from the Method though I believe there are many ways an actor can achieve artistic success and I have studied them.
Musicians, Bring or have (online) your instrument.
Recording Studio Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching
Music Performance - Technique and Performance coaching
Roland Digital Stage Piano, Baby Grand, Acoustic Guitars, Uke Cello
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Caroline S. December 12, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · Online
Very knowledgeable, friendly, and goes out of her way to help. Understands music and character and critiques in a way to get you were you want to go! Great instructor!
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Danielle Y. August 26, 2016
Verified Student · Acting · In home
Kathryn was great!! My daughter was very nervous before the lesson but when she was done she came out smiling and very happy. Thank you.
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Dawn N. August 17, 2016
Verified Student · Audition Prep · Online
Kathryn was awesome! The lesson was very informative, and we had a lot of fun! I look forward to our next lesson :-)
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Kathryn K.

San Rafael, CA 94903
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About James P.

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Petaluma, CA
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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 helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock
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Michele L. November 7, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I came away from my lesson with James feeling so happy and knowing that he will be teaching and encouraging me all the way going forward. I am actually lost for words to express what an incredibly positive experience I had today. I am also looking forward to my grand daughter taking lessons from James now too. I feel I got lucky that James is the teacher that was found for me.
MIchele
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Marcus C. July 16, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Thanks James.
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Mike W. March 24, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
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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James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
(8)
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$39 / 30-min

About Donna D.

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Corte Madera, CA

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I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song.

Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becom
ing a concert pianist, music will enrich your life.

My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory while learning to read music, establishing confidence in their own musicianship. They discover the music within themselves, while learning the technique necessary to be the best musicians they can be.

I enjoy teaching high school, middle school, and elementary students as well as adults. I Love teaching beginners. I am trained in vocal pedagogy, music theory, music history, repertoire, performance practice and methods.

My formal education:
B.A., UC, Berkeley (Phi Beta Kappa)
M.A., Occidental College
M.S. Pepperdine University
Lifetime General Secondary Teaching Credential

Teachers and mentors:
Howard Swan, Mary Jones, Edward Lawton, Robert Commanday, Roger Wagner, Linda Anderson, Boyd Jarrell, Paul Smith.

In the last twenty years, I have enjoyed being a participant in music at the College of Marin, through choral, vocal, opera and piano classes. I currently serve as volunteer assistant to the Director of Choral Activities.

I am particularly proud of my experience as instructional aide and coach for music students with disabilities at the College of Marin, including students with developmental disabilities and autism.

Past classroom experience:
Long Beach Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Choral Music Teacher
Low Heywood School and King School (prep schools), Stamford, CT, Choral Music Teacher

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Voice students can expect to learn how to produce tone beautifully, using correct posture and breathing, and proper vowel production, rhythmic precision, pitch accuracy, carefully formed phrases, and musical and stylistic interpretation. But beyond technique is the amazing art of communicating with other people the wonders of the music. You should expect to make good progress in all of these areas in just a few weeks. I hope you will come with serious interest in developing your beautiful voice.

Repertoire might include folk songs, art songs and arias from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. Songs might be in English, or possibly in Italian, Latin, German or French, if you interested. We would sit down together and decide what dreams and goals you have, and then choose music to get you going down the path to those dreams and goals.

You can expect to have learned several new songs, and to have brought them to performance level in the first 3-6 months. If you have a goal to learn music for an audition, contest or festival, that can happen.

Piano students can expect to learn everything about the keyboard, posture, proper use right and left hands, scales, chords, arpeggios, and fun exercises leading to good technique, rhythmic accuracy, speed and fluency. Playing beautifully, with artfulness and expressiveness will be priorities.

Repertoire might include beginning to intermediate compositions from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras, as well as compositions of the 20th and 21st centuries. We would sit down together and decide what pieces to choose which would help you get on a path to your musical dreams and goals, and what would be appropriate for your age and development as a musician.

You can expect to be playing pieces with 2 hands within a few weeks, and perhaps a melody with chords, if you are a beginner. Degree of difficulty will depend upon your age, experience and development, but even very simple songs can be played musically, with grace.

Of utmost importance to me is that every student learn to read music, and develop an understanding of music fundamentals. The level of sophistication will depend upon age and experience, but learning good musicianship is essential. At the same time, opportunities for creativity to develop through improvisation could be on the horizon for you. It is important to me that you want to learn and and want to become the best you can be.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano and computer with Finale at my home. I provide music and practice sheets, etc.

*** Specialties ***
For voice, I teach classical style, including posture, breathing, tone production, vowel production, phrasing, diction, appropriate style and performance practice, and music reading. Materials I use include everything from folk songs to arias, and 16th century to contemporary compositions, in English, Italian, Latin, French and German. Voice is my primary interest. I am also competent to teach beginning theory, and beginning piano, both classical and standard popular, including improvisation from charts (melody, chords).
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Kate March 17, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Donna is a great piano teacher. I have been really enjoying my piano lesson and looking forward more to come :)
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Alexandra W. August 26, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
My daughter was happy. Donna is very kind and seems to have a lot of patience. So far so good.
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Jerry I. January 19, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very good. Right pace and understanding
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Donna D.

Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$40 / 30-min

About Rebecca K.

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Vallejo, CA
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About Rebecca
Hello! I am a classically trained vocalist and percussionist, with a BA in Music, specializing in Education and Theory. I have taught band, choir, orchestra and piano in high school and middle school. I have also done Music Directing with kids aged 7-14 for various musicals and have taught elementary students aged 4-9, so I am ready for whatever you've got! I have also appeared on stage in various settings including opera, musical theater, solo work and even the occasional karaoke night. I am willing to work with your schedule and offer scholarships to those who are willing to earn them!
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Russell B. February 13, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Rebecca worked with my son before his performance in his spring musical. He was very happy with his voice lessons with Rebecca. She put him at ease and gave him very good instruction. We recommend Rebecca highly!
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Lily January 17, 2017
· Violin · In home
My son is enjoying his lessons. He was very excited after the first lesson. He is very glad to have this opportunity to learn the violin.
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Jack N. January 17, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very good Quick to compliment 5 stars
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Rebecca K.

Rebecca K.

Vallejo, CA 94590
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$15 / 30-min

About John T.

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Novato, CA

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My name is John, and I have been a guitar teacher here in Marin County, Ca since 1990. Before that I taught guitar and played gigs in the Kansas City area since 1974. I taught at Mt Tam School in Mill Valley for 10 years 1999 to 2009, and I taught part time at Branson HS in Ross Ca from 2006 to 2017. I am a patient, fun teacher and I teach everyone from beginner to semi pro. I can teach you to read, and to improvise over songs, and my specialty is chord, scale relationships, and chord building. I travel to you if you live in Marin or southern Sonoma County. My fees are reasonable and are figur
ed on distance from me to you. I also teach over the internet which I have done with numerous students over the years.
I'd like to say a few words about my early lessons with you. If you are a beginner, we will start by becoming comfortable with the guitar, and explaining how it works, i.e. how to hold the guitar, how to hold the pick, some strumming tips, and explaining a bit about how the musical alphabet works, and any questions you have will be answered. If you've played before I will ask you some questions about what direction you want to take, and if you can, I will hear you play. If you are shy don't worry about that, you won't need to play for me. We will learn to find all notes on the guitar neck quickly, and will make sure your technique is proper. If you desire to learn to read music, I will also introduce that subject to you. Some other early lesson topics will include some picking exercises, and technique related issues. The lessons are geared for you, so you can let me know what you want to work on. Thank you and looking forward to our first lesson.
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Sophie March 23, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've been working with John for a while and have learned so much! We've been working on everything from acoustic guitar to electric bass, and I couldn't ask for a better instructor. Not only is John a great teacher, he's a fun person to be around!
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Tony March 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
John has been a respected and valued member of our music faculty at The Branson School for over 12 years where he has taught worked with our jazz ensembles and taught our guitar students both in class and privately. He is well liked by both students and faculty, and his knowledge of technique and music theory is both extensive and practical. John is a wonderful colleague who is always upbeat and positive, and his students appreciate his approachability and warmth. John is a teacher of unimpeachable integrity, and I am happy to give him my most enthusiastic recommendation!
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Shelley February 24, 2017
· Guitar · In home
John is very enthusiastic and patient, even with absolute beginners. He is always on time and keeps the student engaged throughout the entire lesson. We would definitely recommend John!
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John T.

John T.

Novato, CA 94947
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$60 / 60-min

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