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Levels 1-10 MTAC Certificate of Merit, College Level Classical and Jazz

About Maureen
•The styles I teach most often are jazz, classical and popular. Although I have studied many different genres, my specialties are saxophone and composition. I have studied with music teachers such as Anthony Braxton, Herb Pomeroy, Charlie Banacos, Jerry Bergonzi, Gary Burton, Joe Viola, Ken Pullig, John LaPorta, Hal Crook, James Newton and Ken Radnofsky. If you are enrolled by October, you have the opportunity to enroll in MTAC Certificate of Merit and Composer's Today programs and recitals.

•9/1997 – Present San Lorenzo (CA) Unified School District Independent Music Teacher 9/1990 – 11/1997 St. Felicitas School San
Leandro, CA St. John School Fiat School of Music Music Unlimited San Lorenzo, CA Pinole, CA San Leandro, CA Provide individual and group music instruction to people from age 3 to 99. Deliver instruction based on Music Tea
chers National Association Certificate of Merit Curriculum for Saxophone, Flute, Clarinet and Piano. Incorporate Jazz
Improvisation, Theory and Harmony lessons

• Listed in Who’s Who Among International Professional Educators. • Listed in Who’s Who in American Education • Listed in Who’s Who Among American Women • Listed in Who’s Who in America • Six Lessons published in • Recognition for Self-Assembly Method Instructional Design Theory • Published article in OnCUE, Journal of Computer Using Educators

• Krause Center of Innovation 2005-2006 EWYL Cohort Participant • Krause Center of Innovation 2006-2007 EWYL Fellows Participant • Iisme (Industry Initiatives for Science and Math Education) Fellow 2004: Intranet Web Designer at Applied Materials using Macromedia Dreamweaver and Contribute • Alameda County Representative to the CTAP Technology Leadership Academy at the Alameda County Office of Education (2000). Co-leader of Staff Development Program for Grade 4-8 Technology Integration • Taught University of Phoenix class for Technology Integration • IMTC class teacher in FrontPage and MS Paint • Member San Lorenzo Unified School District Ed Tech Committee and Lorenzo Manor Elementary Ed Tech Committee. • Past District Web Page Coordinator and FrontPage Trainer • Participant in Intel Teach to the Future training • Provide opportunities for children to meet Technology Standards• Incorporate technology into the curriculum using desktops and wireless laptops, FL Studio, Cubasis VST 4.0, Music Ace, Band in a Box, Finale Notepad, Silver Burdett MIDI Connection, Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft Office Suite, recording and burning CDs, DVDs, etc. • Manage a High School Computer Music Lab. • MarcoPolo trainer.• Teach Music Technology classes after school for the Gifted and Talented (GATE Program).

• Member Music Educators National Conference • Member Technology Institute for Music Educators. Lesson plan published on their Web Site. • Member California Music Educators and present music technology sessions for educators at the Bay Section Conferences.

• Deliver instruction in the area of the curriculum pertaining to National and District Music Standards. • Create and implement lesson plans, rubrics and assessments. • Organize and produce Winter and Spring Concerts. • Experience working with children with challenging behaviors and disabilities (Special Day Class and Continuation School).

• Provide children with learning experiences that promote their cognitive, social and emotional development.  • Experience in teaching students from diverse linguistic and cultural backgrounds. • Communicate with parents. Handle record-keeping of grades and attendance. • Work cooperatively with other education professionals. 

• Organize and produce Winter and Spring Recitals, including County Recitals for the National Guild of Piano Teachers. Communicate with parents. Handle advertising and record-keeping of tuition payments. • Vice-President of the Alameda County Branch of the Music Teachers Association of California. Attend Board meetings and plan guest speakers • Licensed Kindermusik instructor for children ages 18 mos. to 7 years. • Students chosen for State and County Honors Recitals. • Listed in National Honor Roll, National Guild of Piano Teachers; Member Music Teacher’s National Association. • Taught Undergraduate Musicianship class as a Graduate Assistant at Mills College.

•Professional Freelance Musician 9/1984 – 12/1995 Boston, MA; Bay Area, CA Performed own compositions and others works in various styles in innumerable local venues and clubs such as The Oakland Museum, Yerba Buena Gardens, The Valencia Café, Trans America Building, the Marriott Hotel, as well as in Las Vegas. She have performed with musicians such as Vijay Iyer, Anthony Braxton, MC
Hammer, Luciana Souza, Lloyd Nibbs (Skatalites), Fred Lonberg-Holm,
Andy Borger (Norah Jones), Stuart Popejoy, Aaron Stewart, Sheila
Sofian, William Calhoun (Living Color), Sean Kennerly (Samiam) and Joey Cheezhee.• CD Recording on Curious Pogos Records:Frederick Lonberg Holm’s “Theory of Motion”. • Composed music on Sheila Sofian’s Animations “Faith and Patience” and “Secret Rage”. Won 15 awards in International and National Film Festivals. Broadcast on WHYY TV12 and WYBE TV35 Educational Stations. • Honorable Mention in Composition: City of Oakland Creative Arts Fellowship. • Live Performances on KPFA, KNBR and KALX radio stations.

•EDUCATION Ph.D. in Education (10/2013). Specialization in Professional Studies Capella University Teaching Credential: K-12 Single Subject Music 8/1999 Chapman University GPA 3.9 US-CA-Concord Master of Fine Arts degree in Electronic Music and Recording Media with an emphasis in Composition 5/1992 Mills College GPA 3.64 US-CA-Oakland Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Composition and Arranging 5/1987 Berklee College of Music US-CA-Boston GPA 3.59 Cum Laude

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I am interested in teaching you what you need and want to learn so that you achieve your dreams. Please note that I only take serious students who will practice at least 30 minutes every day or 35 a day 6 days a week at home. I would like you to keep a log of how much you practice. This will enable you to make progress through the curriculum as you will be a beginner for the first 3.3 years, an intermediate for the next 3.3 years, and then an advanced student for 3.3 years. I will give you assignments to do over the week, and the next week we will go over them, learn something new and get new assignments. It takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert!

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Currently I am converting my detached garage into a music studio with keyboard and instruments. There is a sitting room where parents can wait for their children. In the meantume, we will have lessons in my living/dining room.

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Jazz, classical, popular, saxophone, composition, music, flute, clarinet, piano, violin, trumpet, trombone, french horn, tuba, baritone, oboe, songwriting, recording, children's music Composition
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Songwriting
Reading and Notating Music
Music Software such as FL Studio, Band in a Box, Reason and GarageBand. Bring your laptop to lessons!
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Extended and Secondary Dominants
Tritone Substitution
Modal Interchange
Altered Dominant Scale
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Kristina March 1, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Wonderful teacher.. very happy
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Ruth January 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Maureen Spranza, is a great music teacher, my son is taking piano classes with her and I'm very grateful with her, because she always take the extra time to make sure my kid is learning, my kid loves Mrs. Maureen because she is a great teacher but also she is a great human being, she really cares about her students. And she not only plays the piano, she plays all the instruments, I hope to see my son become a great musician thanks to the dedication that Maureen puts in his classes, my kid loves his piano classes, every time after clases he came home very exited to practice what he learned and al of this if because Dr. Maureen encourage him to be better in Avery class
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Nana December 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Spranza is one of the best piano teachers in the Bay Area. My two daughters take weekly lessons with her. She encourages them and empowers them to do their best. She teaches them both theory and practicals. They have participated in an informal recital and are now registered to take part in the MTAC Certificate of Merit program.

As parents, we see a big improvement in our daughters' piano playing skills. They even practice on their own, without us telling them to. All thanks to Dr. Spranza.
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About Andrea V.

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Every lesson will be taught according to the student's needs. There will be the basic structure of improving upon technique and musicality but discovering a love of playing the violin will come first!

About Andrea
I am a recent graduate from SUNY Fredonia with a dual degree in Music Education and Violin Performance. I have taught about 10 students between ages 9-12 in my home studio. I have also worked at the Amadeus String shop individually teaching around a dozen beginner students in 2014.
Teaching music is something I absolutely love to do! I believe that creating and discovering music is a gift that everyone should be able to experience and it is never too late to start! Enjoying yourself is my number one goal, then making you the best musician you can be comes afterwards.
At Fredonia I have learned to become viola, cello, bass, and piano proficient so I could teach any student those instruments on a beginner-intermediate level.
I am also an avid performer and fiddler. I have played in my school's symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra, and
many chamber ensembles. I have also performed with the Northern-Dutchess Symphony Orchestra, the Orchard Park Symphony, the Warren Philharmonic, the Southern Tier Symphony, and the Woodstock Chamber Orchestra. These are only a few groups I have played with!
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Rachel C. November 1, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
Andrea is one of those rare individuals with a zest for life that is contagious. Her lessons are fun, upbeat, and lesson time spent with her absolutely flies by. I learned a few fiddle tunes with her and loved every minute of it! As a performer she brings her charisma onto the stage with her and is an absolute joy to watch perform. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is in search of a teacher.
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Julia C. June 26, 2015
· Violin · In home
Andrea is a warm and friendly young teacher. While we only spent 30 minutes together for our first lesson for my 12 year old daughter yesterday, I can see that only positive things lie in store for my daughter as a violin student with Andrea this summer!
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About Sara C.

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Bloomington, IN
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A good basic understanding of the fret board leading to great intonation. Vibratto taught as the student progresses. German method used as well as Suzuki. Concertos taught to students as they develop bow and arm technique and note reading. Learn simple melodies such as Danny Boy and more to enjoy.

About Sara
Hi! My name is Sara. My studio began in 2000, teaching one violin student. I took a break and went to college to earn my A.A. in Music and my Piano Performance Certificate from Riverside Community College in California. I graduated Great Distinction and was on the Dean's list. I received many piano and academic scholarships. While in college I started my studio in Riverside California teaching Piano to an autistic child. I taught him 3 times a week and made exceptional progress. I enjoyed it so much I started teaching full time in 2008 teaching piano, harp, violin, voice, guitar, flute and clarinet. Soon I had 50 students and created a 501 (c) (3) non-profit music school. My students and I perform for the public, including nursing homes. The performances are important for the students progress as well as the Piano Guild where students are
adjudicated by judges in a non competitive environment. Moving back to my hometown, I am excited to meet new students!
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Lauren September 6, 2017
· Harp · Online
Wonderful lesson! I am so excited to continue my lessons with Sara!
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Maryam August 23, 2017
· Harp · Online
I really enjoyed my first lesson with Sara. She is friendly and encouraging, and gave me some very useful instruction to improve my playing. It was my first lesson with a harp teacher, and I'm glad it was with her, as I felt I received a much needed confidence boost! I look forward to future lessons with her.
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Meghan July 17, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Sara introduced my 6 year old son to ukulele though online lessons. She was patient, positive, and knowledgeable. I highly recommend Sara if you are thinking about having your son or daughter try out an instrument.
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About Vitalis I.

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Ellenville, NY

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As a violinist, I specialize in teaching beginners and intermediate level students of all ages. I also offer Suzuki-style group classes for children under the age of twelve.

I have been exposed to a number of different pedagogic approaches to the violin including the Suzuki Method, the Orff Schulwerk, and other more traditional and contemporary methodologies. Because there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach to learning the violin, lessons are always tailored to meet the unique strengths and weaknesses of each and every individual student.

Please feel free to contact me to set up a trial lesson.

About Vitalis
Vitalis Im is a tenor and violinist residing in the greater Hudson Valley area. He is a graduate of Bard College, where he studied music, anthropology, and ethnomusicology. His principal teachers include mezzo-soprano Ilka LoMonaco, violist Marka Gustavsson, and violist Anastasia Solberg. He has participated in masterclasses and opera productions with directors including Nic Muni and Rod Gomez.

Recent performances include solo appearances with The Orchestra Now under the baton of Maesto Leon Botstein at the Sosnoff Theater, and the Bard College Conservatory Orchestra at the LUMA Theater, of the Richard B. Center for the Performing Arts in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Recent roles include Sam from Kurt Weill's Street Scene, Eisenstein from Strauss' Die Fledermaus, Tito from Mozart's Clemenza di Tito, and the titular character of Verdi's Don
Carlos at Bard College.

An active chamber and community violinist, Vitalis has performed throughout the Hudson Valley with singer-songwriter Kristin Hoffman, the SUNY Ulster String Ensemble and the Community String Ensemble of the Music Institute of the Sullivan and Ulster Counties as concertmaster and guest soloist, the River Ensemble of the Hudson Valley, an Ellenville-founded orchestra dedicated to the performance of new and original compositions, and the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra.

Vitalis teaches voice and violin through his studios in Ellenville, NY and Red Hook, NY. He is currently on staff as a voice and violin teacher at the New Windsor Music Academy in New Windsor, NY and the Music Institute of Sullivan and Ulster Counties in Ellenville, NY.
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Ellenville, NY 12428
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About Xavier R.

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NYS Certified Music Teacher. Public school teacher (Elementary)on Long Island since 2002. Excited to work with new students and students desiring to learn more and do more with their instrument!

About Xavier
Music education is my passion. Currently a certified New York State N-12 music teacher, teaching instrumental music in a school district on Long Island. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and performed a pair of recitals at Carnegie Hall and other fine performance halls. In addition to the piano I play multiple instruments and teach several such as the cello, violin, trumpet, clarinet and saxophone. Learning to play an instrument and make music can be challenging but it is wonderful experience! I look forward in teaching you.
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Chelsey S. November 13, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her 1st Session. She stated that the Instructor was very patient and he made learning to play the Violin very interactive and fun.
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I cater to the individual's needs while instilling the basics of violin. Every student learns in a different way, and I make sure to teach in the method that is most effective for that student. Because I perform so often, I know the necessary skills to teach violin practically and efficiently.

About Grace
Grace Rodgers, originally from Detroit, is a Los Angeles based violinist who enjoys a varied musical career spanning from classical to pop. Grace often works with current artists, and has been a part many studio recordings and live productions (Kesha, Lea Michele, BØRNS, Megadeth, Gallant, Sabrina Carpenter, and others.)

Grace earned her Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Violin Performance from Wayne State University under Dr. Laura Roelofs, where she was also an instructor for String Project @Wayne, a four year teaching internship with the youth of Detroit.

As an avid performer, Ms. Rodgers knows the necessary skills to make a great violinist. While she caters to the individual student's needs, Grace instills the basics in an engaging and useful manner. Ms. Rodgers specializes in finding out how a student best learns, an
d then utilizing the necessary tools to take that student to the next level in their performing skills.
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Girthael August 16, 2017
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Grace was a very professional teacher and really took my playing to the next level. She was very patient with me and I look forward to continuing lessons with her!
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Natalie August 16, 2017
· Violin · In home
My daughter studied with Miss Grace for 3 years while she was in Detroit. Her expertise in violin performance was such an inspiration to my daughter and she learned so much. Grace was timely and prepared to all lessons, friendly in her approach, and my daughter's musical growth was enormous over those important formative years. We miss her very much!
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Washingtonville, NY
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Students of all ages and abilities learn at their own pace. Wherever the student is in their musical journey, I ensure solid technique is matched with artistic excellence in their musical pursuits. Building refined technique means being able to focus on the true reason for playing - the pure fun and enjoyment of music!

About Rachel
I am a classically trained professional violinist. I graduated with my Bachelor of Music degree from SUNY Fredonia and received my Master of Music degree from The University of Akron. I have also completed coursework for my Master in Arts Administration.

While in school, I took classes on pedagogy and truly enjoyed learning how to teach. I maintained a studio, taught non-music majors, and worked as a substitute violin/viola teacher in local music academies. I have taught students as young as 6 to students exploring music in their retirement. It is a rewarding challenge to be able to find the key or missing link in the pursuit for artistry.

I believe it is essential to be a well rounded individual no matter what the career goals are set. Music has been proven to be a great skill to pursue. When I meet new students, I want to learn not o
nly where they are musically with their instrument but also what other interests the student may have. Having wide and varied interests personally, being able to tie in the similarities to encourage ease of learning was essential to me.

My students can expect scales, etudes, and repertoire assignments based on their skill level. It is expected that students will practice throughout the week to see the most improvement.
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Washingtonville, NY 10992
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The best thing about my teaching method is I love to make learning fun! My motto is “If it isn’t fun then it isn’t worth doing!”
My students can always expect their first lesson to start with an assessment of their abilities. After I determine my student's level, we establish a goal & I create a personalized lesson plan for each student. Each week I go over what we had previously learned and then start on something new. I send my students home with a detailed practice log and short videos to make sure they are practicing the correct way. Each month I give my students an assessment of both performance & music theory.

About Katie
The Violinist Katie is a Classically Trained Violinist and has played as a virtuoso soloist and as the first Chair in the Philharmonic Orchestra for over 40 years and is celebrated for her musical versatility as well as her dedication to musical youth programs.
She has played with the Philharmonic Orchestra in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York. She is the proud Owner of Guitars-N-More, LLC for 5 years now. However, on May of 2017, she closed her store in Atlanta, GA and August 21, 2017, moved here to Buffalo, NY to concentrate on private Instruction and spreading the love of music to all ages.
Her individualistic and passionate teaching style is infectious to all who know her. She has forged a very tight relationship with Rozanna Weinberger owner of Rozanna’s Violins in the Upper West Side of New Your City. Rozanna is not only a close
friend and mentor but, also her Teacher.
Katie can Play 15 instruments but, her go-to instrument is the Violin. She has been playing the Violin since the age of 10, Cello age of 13, Upright Bass & Viola age of 15, and the Piano since the age of 17. She is also a String Lither and can repair and fix all stringed musical instruments.
All her instructional programs are original and specifically made for each individual student. Additionally, she has created 3 instructional courses and has written 5 books on Musical Theory, Violin, Ukulele, Tablature reading, and Musical Notation.
She teaches the String Builders, Watch N Play, and Essential elements programs as her core. The best thing about Katie's teaching method is she loves to make learning fun! Her motto is “If it isn’t fun then it isn’t worth doing!”
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With 8 years of teaching experience, I pride myself in creating lessons that cater to each student. A good foundation of technique and theory is important but I also believe in having fun while learning. With this, I like to find out what interests each student and finding ways to incorporate songs or techniques that make violin more fun to practice!

About Emily
Emily Lenck is an active studio musician, performer, and teacher in the Los Angeles area. A native of Florida, Ms. Lenck received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of South Florida with Carolyn Stuart. She continued her studies as a graduate teaching assistant to violin professor, Lina Bahn, at the University of Colorado at Boulder earning a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance. With over 16 years of experience, Emily has been able to play with many artists in varying genres and venues. She has performed with Coolio at Chyna’s memorial service, Trans-Siberian Orchestra Florida tour, Cirque Du Soleil at the Honda Center, John Debney Jungle Book live performance, Reza Sadeghi at the Nokia Theater, Andrea Bocelli at the Dolby Theater, Total Divas TV wedding ceremony, and many more. As a studio musician, she has recor
ded for many movies, video games, and albums, including a Sphero Star Wars commercial. Emily also enjoys performing covers of popular music, having most recently toured the Caribbean on a cruise ship playing in a violin and vocal/guitar acoustic duo.
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I started studying violin at age 7 through high school, with my father who was the concertmaster of China Radio Symphony.
I have both BM & MM in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy.
I’ve been playing with Charleston Symphony since 1992, and have taught at SC Suzuki Institute for many years. I’ve been teaching both in schools & privately to students from 3 years old to adults since 1991.

About Mei
I believe that a solid technical and musical foundation is most important in learning to play the violin. Without great foundations, there can be no real progress and improvements.
I began violin at age 7 thru high school with my father, who was the concertmaster of China Radio Symphony Orchestra. I have both BM & MM in violin performance and Suzuki pedagogy from Columbus university, GA & East Carolina University, NC. I’ve been performing professionally in the Southern states, including Charleston Symphony since 1991, teaching violin in SC Suzuki Institute, both private & public schools and private lessons at Gawlik Stringed Instruments, Inc.(formerly Gawlik Violin Co.) since 1991.
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