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About Jesse M.

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Andrew. Please see his TakeLessons page here:
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Intermediate
Learn about music theory regarding rhythm, harmony, and melody and how it applies to the piano. Learn how to talk about music and improve how you read sheet music and lead sheets.

Advanced
Learn about more advanced rhythmic feels. Understand modal concepts, and how to use them to improve how you currently play. Venture past diatonic playing into full comprehension of out chords and certain types of chromaticism.

About Jesse
*Disclaimer*
I'm currently not taking beginner students on guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Drums, Piano, and Ukulele
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Piano and Ukulele
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My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Are
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Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
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Robert O. August 10, 2017
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Rajeev July 18, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
After a break of more than a year I wanted to restart my Trumpet lessons. I chose Jesse based on the reviews and Jesse did not disappoint. He is very patient and focused teacher. I liked his structured method and tools he uses. I was able to get back in groove in no time.

Highly recommended.
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BRIAN July 18, 2017
· Japanese · Online
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About Ossie M.

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Custom tailored lessons just for you. Designed
to teach students how to play the piano, read and understand music notations and music theory, and express themselves musically using music they like

About Ossie
I started taking piano lessons at the age of eight under the instruction of Robert Wilson before switching to Rosaline Saunders Music Studio. I play by ear, but also read music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Louisiana at Monroe with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. My purpose is to create well rounded musicians, who can play all genres of music, and who will also know how to set the atmosphere with their music. I love teaching piano and I love teaching all ages. I began teaching piano in 2003 before becoming the founder of The Master's Hands Music Studio in 2004. My greatest joy is seeing the knowledge and gift of music passed to others that was afforded me by the sacrifice of my late parents.

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I am patient but expect my students to practice so that our lessons are a continuation
of the lessons taught before and not practice sessions in themselves. I use the Alfred's Basic Piano Lesson and Theory books. I believe in custom tailoring the lesson to each student. Finding out what you love and working to get you to the place of playing that music.

*** Specialties ***
Teach all genres, specialize in gospel and R&B
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Herbert J. M. September 30, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Excellent
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Cheryl G. December 3, 2013
· Piano ·
Ms. Ossie is an awwesome instrutor!!!!

I wiould like to let anyone know if they are interested in learning to play the piano, especially an older adult that Ms. Ossie is the instructor for you. She is very patient and extremely knowledgeable in piano as well as teaching. I have learned more from Ms. Ossie in a short period of time, than I did from taking lessons for a year, with another. I want to thank take lessons for hiring such a competent, passionate instructor.
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DwightA May 7, 2012
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Very passionate!!

Ossie is a great instructor! She is very passionate about what she does. She is very patient and very easy to work with. Ossie passion translate well with my daughter, it helps with her confidence and makes her a better player. She's also very detail in her instructions, making it very easy to understand. I would recommend Ossie to anyone looking to learn to play piano. She is a very nice person and my daughter looks forward to the next lesson each and every week. She's great!!
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About Geoff N.

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I prefer to go straight for the pieces each student wants to learn. I love to ask what my students think of each piece, so we can eliminate music they find too boring, and move on to the music that gets them excited! Each student will receive a solid education in the fundamentals of posture, hand position, and fingering.

For beginners, I start with Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play." Advanced students will work with Hannon's "Exercises for the Virtuoso Pianist;" a compendium of scales and arpeggios, as well as pieces of increasing complexity for developing sight-reading and musicianship.

Together, we will explore the music that really gets you motivated. If you're interested in pop music, we can study the chord progressions that make it work, and the different techniques it takes to make music really MOVE.

About Geoff
Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Calvin February 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geoff has been great at working with us to tailor the lessons to us.
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Matt Burke September 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geof has been playing keyboar for Vokab Kompany since 2008. He not only plays keys, but writes and teaches drums at a middle school (and often writes those parts for our band as well). He also writes vocal harmonies, basslines and runs our practices. He arranges our songs and implements complicated key changes, as well as simple solutions to bridge sections that need work. He is a masterful guitar player. Geoff has played: xylaphone, guitar, drums, keys and bass at our live shows. We have played over 500 shows as a band, and while other members rotate, Geoff is the irriplaceable key to our machine. His studio work completes his already steller resume, as a master of Pro-Tools and upper level understanding of the popular writing software ABLETON Live.
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Valerie August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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About Ryan M.

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Saint Louis, MO

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I absolutely love teaching piano. It was my first instrument and my first love. My goal is excellence— for all my students as well as for me as your teacher, though we have a lot of fun along the way, too! I am a great diagnostician for intermediate and advanced students—I can bring all aspects of your playing up to snuff, but I'd have to say I prefer teaching beginners. There's nothing better than guiding someone along from day one of their musical journey. I can't wait to teach you!

About Ryan
Ryan M. is the Music Director at St. Barnabas the Apostle Catholic Church in O’Fallon, Missouri, where serves as organist, choirmaster, and cantor. He recently completed a six month term as Interim Organist of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, during which he played for over fifteen bishops, Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States, and Louis Alphonse of Bourbon, Duke of Anjou.

Mr. M. studied organ at Cleveland State University with Horst Buchholz and piano at Duquesne University with Natasha Snitkovsky. In 2011 Mr. Murphy came in third in the Rodgers North American Classical Organ Competition and was a winner of the 2005 Duquesne University Concerto Competition, playing Dimitri Shostakovich’s second piano concerto. A Colleague of the American Guild of Organists, he enjoys reading, dancing, and weightlifting in his
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Randy March 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
My first lesson was just what I was hoping it was. Very grateful to have Ryan as my teacher.

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Pete October 26, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent piano instructor. He is patient, yet will drive you forward at a sensible pace. Whatever your current level of proficiency, you will see quick improvement, guaranteed. I recommend him unconditionally.
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Kathi October 24, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He is very qualified. It doesn't matter your age. If you have a desire to learn Ryan is the person. He is approachable. If you have questions he is very happy to answer without hesitation.
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Professional musician with 6years teaching experience and a bachelor degree in piano performance
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About Connor C.

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Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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Susan B. March 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).
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Saoirse January 7, 2017
· Accordion · Online
First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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About Gary K.

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Whether you are a parent looking for piano lessons for your child/children, or an adult looking to learn piano, know that I am fully committed to helping you achieve your goals at the piano, no matter what they are. I have been teaching since 2008 and have extensively experience in teaching students of all ages and levels. Many of my students have studied with me for years and have consistently participated in various talent shows, festivals, and competitions.

About Gary
Hello! My name is Gary Kong. I have been teaching piano since 2008 and am looking to expand my studio outside of my current locale, where I teach around 40 students. I received my Master of Music degree in Performance and Literation at the Eastman School of Music, and my Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music at the same school.

For parents researching piano lessons for your child / children, please know that the beginning stages of learning are crucial to cultivating good habits and fundamentals down the road. I am fully committed to making sure that your child do just that. Parental involvement is not only welcomed but strongly encouraged - feel free to sit in on your child's lessons!

If you are an adult looking to learn piano, know that I am a very detail-oriented teacher, and will patiently answer whatever questions you might
have. I understand full well that adult students have many other obligations, and I am happy to work around them as long as you are willing to learn.
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Christian D. February 2, 2017
· Piano · Online
I have known Gary for a while now, but only recently started taking lessons with him. He is very helpful and professional for every lesson. He answers all my questions and has suggested materials for me to practice in order to improve my playing. I have already learned a lot from the few lessons we have had. I enjoy our lessons and look forward to our next one!
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About Chelsea M.

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My lesson environment is laid back and stress-free. I want students to feel inspired and encouraged as they begin, and/or continue, their music education. I introduce fun and innovative ways to build students' musicianship and creativity while retaining classic methods to develop strong technique and proper performance and practice habits. Students are asked to prepare for each lesson with the motivation and commitment to learn something new each week

About Chelsea
My teaching style is unique and individualized to each student. I set personalized goals to make every lesson a success, and I push my students to get the most out of themselves just as I do myself. I'm always enthusiastic and humor driven to create a personable learning environment for students of all ages. Music is a source of healing and inspiration in my life, and I would love the opportunity to share the creative experience with you.

I hold a Bachelors of Arts from New York University, and a Masters of Arts from the University of California, Davis. With over 15 years of experience, in both piano and voice, I've had to opportunity to perform, both domestically and internationally. I've served as a choral singer, pianist, accompanist, and songwriter both independently and in competitive music leagues, while pursuing my full-time ca
reer in the field of psychology. Although my main focus is piano, I also offer individualized tutoring and mentorship in my other field of expertise.
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Rochester, NY 14620
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About Shon M.

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Piano is one the best instruments to learn when you approach music, because you can see how music actually works physically under your fingers more than any other instrument. Playing piano is not Rocket Science, I can teach you to play easier and faster than you would think. Within the first 2 lessons you will be playing simple chord structures of a song that you choose. My goal is to customize your lessons around your learning styles and musical preferences. I've played piano for over 30 years in the studio and touring all over the US, Mexico, and Central America. I can teach you how to play with seemingly effortless technique, how to create unforgettable piano parts, how to improvise solos, and bring thunderous energy into your playing venues! I look forward to speaking with you soon

About Shon
My Name is Shon M.

I was raised in a family that has a tradition of passing the art of music down from generation to generation. I began playing at age 5 and I play 5 instruments professionally and 15 instruments in all. I studied music at Morehead State University and Musician’s Institute. I've been a touring and studio musician since the age of 16. I have been teaching music for more than 35 years. Many of my alumni have gone on to become professional musicians and teachers themselves. My approach to music education is somewhat unique, although it is gaining popularity in the mainstream of music education. I view music more like a language, as opposed to what some have called more of a data entry approach. Don't get me wrong, reading music is important and I do it everyday, but your music lessons should be teaching you how to play a
n instrument, not spending the majority of your time in learning to read right out of the gate. Yes there basics you must learn, but when you were a child, you didn't learn to read as you spoke your first words. You were learning to speak your language long before your learned your ABC's. There are many musicians with little formal training who play an instrument so well you'd swear you can see smoke coming from their fingers. Let me tell you, they weren't born that way. They learned to speak the language of music. The fact is, it's so much easier to learn to read music, after you have a basic understanding of how to speak the language. So say good bye to the frustrations of banging you head against the wall with the complexities of reading music and wondering how much longer you're going to have to endure this ongoing torture before you learn to play something cool, and say hello to having fun while learning how to play an instrument and the songs and styles you want to play...

You may have studied music before and given up because it was too difficult. Please know that's not uncommon. But I’m here to tell you, there is a better way! So if you've ever wanted to learn to play an instrument or sing, there is no better time than now.
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Kirk August 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Shon is a gifted multi-instrumentalist. Who has toured with Janet Jackson and Bruce Springsteen and many other artists. That combined with countless hours of studio recordings in L.A. Studios as a bassist, and countless other studios around the country. Shon is the consummate professional. Not only does he bring years of real world experience to everything he does, but he is also personable and great to work with on a project or a live performance. He's studied with Abraham Laborel, John Pattucci, Victor Wooten, and even has a bass given to him by the man who assisted in creating "the pocket" in Toto the late Mike Porcaro. He is a close friend and I am consistently inspired when I get to play music with my brother. You won't be disappointed. An investment worthwhile.
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Fredrick August 15, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
Shon is one of those rare talents, who is able to patiently distill difficult, complex concepts into easy-to-grasp, digestible portions that clarify them to crystal clarity almost instantly in a student's mind. A true "musician's musician," any student at any level will find great benefit from Shon's instruction, be it in guitar/bass (and other plucked instruments), piano/keyboards, drums, theory and composition or arranging. A great instructor, a consumate musician and an overall great guy! I could not recommend Shon Morgan more highly (or I would)!!!
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Michele August 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Shon worked with my son for several years as his guitar teacher, as well as coaching him on song writing and vocal training throughout high school. He also helped him take some of his original songs and record them in his studio — talk about going above and beyond! I couldn't speak more highly of Shon. His knowledge of all styles of music, his teaching ability, and heart for his students truly make him one of a kind!
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Pooja is a dedicated piano teacher who believes in guiding students according to their needs and genre interests in order to develop an eternal love for playing music.

About Pooja
Pooja’s love for music began at the age of 4 when she began to seek training in Indian classical music- vocals and harmonium. She has successfully completed Madhyama from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad. While pursuing a Computer Science Engineering degree, she performed on keyboards at sought-after venues as a part of classic rock bands. During this time, she recognized her growing passion for music. She has successfully completed Grade 6 in music theory (ABRSM) and Electronic keyboard (Trinity College of London). She moved to Sydney, Australia to study music at a Bachelor’s level from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA).

After graduating, she had the opportunity to train students of all ages and levels at two different music organizations in Sydney. She believes in designing a lesson plan according to the student's needs an
d interests in order to maintain a fun learning process while developing good piano technique. Pooja's students will learn sight reading, listening skills, musicianship and improvisation while learning their favorite songs. She also guides students for Illinois state, ABRSM and other exam preparations. With the fundamentals and meaningful experience in hands, she feels excited to make a difference in a person's life by providing them with the gift of playing music.
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David Baek February 4, 2017
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Ms. Pooja is a wonderful piano teacher. Our daughter is 5 years old and she is very patient with her. Ms. Pooja teaches and explains in ways our daughter can understand. We are very happy we found her for our daughter!
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