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Steven B.

Alameda, CA

About Steven

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano, guitar or electric bass? Or maybe you've just felt like brushing up your musical knowledge and playing skills? Now’s your chance to fulfill those dreams!

About Me: San Francisco Bay area pianist/guitarist/bassist; I've been playing music for over 50 years. I'm classically trained with a solid foundation and knowledge of music theory, and have 35 years experience teaching, recording and performing. I have done session work and/or performed with members of Journey, Santana, Jackson Browne, Eddie Money, The Doobie Brothers and Greg Allm
an to name a few. Let me take my education and experience and pass them on to you!

My main goal as a music instructor is to pass along my love and knowledge of playing music to my students, always vigilant for sharing shortcuts that will help the student to achieve their lesson goals faster. Some teachers teach only out of books. I am not such a teacher. Books solve the problem of learning music in generalizations and by their very nature, cannot take into consideration personal issues a student will encounter.

Most students are able to learn enough of the necessary mechanics at the first lesson to actually play something before they leave that lesson. This is important because they realize that playing music IS possible. I always enjoy the look on their face when they realize they have actually “played” their instrument at their first lesson.

I am not the sort of teacher who yells and screams if the student comes in unprepared. I realize that people come to me for a variety of reasons and I work with them with whatever they bring in. I am patient and if a student is not understanding a certain aspect, I bring into play alternate approaches. Not everyone assimilates information in the same way. Learning music should be an enjoyable adventure for the student and I venture to say that my students enjoy coming to their lessons. We have fun, and we learn.

>>> FYI: I'm happy to come to your home if traveling to my studio in Alameda isn't convenient for you, and I cover most of the East Bay, including Oakland, Berkeley, San Leandro, San Lorenzo, Orinda, Lafayette, Walnut Creek and (of course) my own lovely town of Alameda. As much as I love our "City by the Bay", traveling to San Francisco, Marin, or the Peninsula just isn't cost or time effective for me; I apologize to you fine folks and potential students of the West Bay!
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Warren S. January 11, 2014
Guitar
Verified Student
Great Guitar Teacher

I'm really enjoying taking guitar lessons from Steven. He's easy going, fun to learn from and is not only teaching the mechanics of playing guitar but also the ear training and theory behind music in general and performance in particular.
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JulieB1 March 26, 2012
My son, Jake, is really enjoying his lessons with Steven. I am very impressed with all that my son has learned. Steven is patient, positive and keeps my son excited for each lesson. Perfect fit.Thank you!
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AlejandroF February 23, 2012
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
(12)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Audrey H.

Alameda, CA

About Audrey

With a Masters degree in vocal pedagogy from Holy Names University and twenty years of teaching experience, I can assist you toward better technique and artistry in a safe and enjoyable environment. I love teaching and I love helping students discover skills and musical enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
I split lesson time between vocal exercises design to build technique and repertoire, incorporating new skills and developing artistry.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I travel to the student's home, the student should provide the piano

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical vocal technique and s
ome musical theater (light belt)
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Sansa A. June 15, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Great!
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otgo S. January 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I am very glad that I found a good teacher. Perfect for me, perfect for anybody who wants to sing professionally. Teacher Audrey is very professional, nice and artistic. She explains what's the logic behind and what's going on when we sing as well as singing practice. So far I have only had three classes but I feel more confident and it improves the quality of my everyday life as well. Being taught by Audrey is helping tremendously not only singing but also other areas as well. If you need a singing teacher she is number one.
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Audrey H.

Audrey H.

Alameda, CA 94501
(2)
starting at
$70 / 60-min
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Sophia S.

Oakland, CA

About Sophia

Sophia S. is a dynamic performing artist whose talents have led to the opera, recital, choral, rock, and electronic music stages.

With Sophia , lessons are tailored to each unique voice. Whether you need foundational technical work, a musicianship tune up, song preparation for a show, recording, or audition, or performance coaching-- Sophia designs her lessons to fulfill each student's particular goals. Students of Sophia have gone on to gain acceptance to music programs in institutions such as San Francisco School of the Arts and California Institute of Integral Studies. Under Sophia's tu
telage, students have also strengthened their abilities as lead singers and solo artists, delivered high quality recordings, nailed auditions... the list goes on!

"I believe that whether you are a beginner or a very experienced vocalist, there is always room to grow. I am deeply committed to teaching an exceedingly strong vocal technique rooted in the Italian Classical school of vocal pedagogy. I effectively communicate these ideas to each student, helping them build a solid foundation for great singing in any and every genre. Singing is equal parts artistry and skill, and it is beautiful, free, powerful, and communicative."

Over a decade of intense classical music training combined with adventurous experience in songwriting, radio, theater, and movement result in a teaching approach that is inquisitive, passionate, and most of all- effective. Sophia holds a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from San Francisco Conservatory, studying voice with the esteemed Catherine Cook. Originally from Portland Oregon, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Portland State University with a B.A. in Music and minors in Theater and Classics. Sophia has sung operatic roles locally and abroad; has performed at some of the best concert halls and indie venues the Bay has to offer, both as a backup singer and a solo artist. 

*** Lesson Details ***
Vocal exercises are foundational to improve technique, and I employ many tried-and-true exercises (vocalizes) to build each student's technique at their own pace. Good news- they are fun too.

We discuss your short- and long-term vocal plans in order to motivate you and achieve improvement. You also have access to my musicianship-improving Mini-Guides, and music theory and/or production lessons at a discounted rate. I provide any advice and support my students need- creating recordings, booking successful performances, preparing roles and recitals, making a marketing strategy, or nailing an audition.

If you need performance coaching to improve your delivery, confidence, stage presence, or all of the above- we can achieve that! Song and movement work at the piano, guitar, or microphone is a sure way to greatly improve all of these areas.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland RD-500 weighted keyboard w/ VOX amp.

2 music stands, mirror, beverage station, music library, Neumann microphone and stand.

*** Specialties ***
Opera, cabaret, rock, production and songwriting.
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Lisa M. October 29, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lydian, my daughter, had a wonderful experience with Sophia. Sophia was great with our 6 year old, taught her a lot and was genuinely encouraging. I highly recommend her!
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Kyra P. March 12, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Pleasantly Surprised

After my 6 year old daughter's prior teacher relocated out of town, we searched for a another teacher. It took about 2 months.

At our first lesson with Sophia, I was pleasantly surprised at how she was able to pull my daughter's voice out and make her really sing.

Sophia is very passsionate about her art and passes that vibe along to my daughter. Sophia has an extremely strong voice and is stern enough to actually accomplish learning and progress. My daughter loves Sophia and I cannot wait to hear what the future holds for her.
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Rebecca Z. February 21, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Sophia is really patient and she knows what she is talking about when it comes to singing technique. She has taught me a lot about voice placement and the misconceptions that people have about voice control.
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Sophia S.

Sophia S.

Oakland, CA 94619
(13)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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James B.

Alameda, CA

About James

I have 20 years of experience as a tutor. I have had my own private tutoring business. My area of expertise is math (basic arithmetic to“ pre-calculus); however, I have tutored in English (grammar and writing), Computer science (Word, Works, Windows OS, and other general computer problems), as well as other subjects. In addition, I also have 15 years of experience working with after school programs both as a tutor and as a recreational instructor. My recreational activities consisted of cheer leading, dance, computer science, graphic design, music (singing), and board games. I have worked
with children of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
Tutoring sessions are 1 hour minimum to 2 hours maximum (depending on subject).

Basic sessions may consist of the following:
Review of current or past trouble spots
Homework help
Test prep and/or review
Extra practice exercises

Single and multiple subject sessions are possible depending on tutor assessment and availability.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Clients should bring any/all textbooks, class work, tests/quizzes, and teacher's note to all sessions.

Additional learning aids (games, worksheets, books) may be added to session if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Math (Elementary to High School)
Writing (Creative and Essay)
Music (Voice - Basics)
Computers (Basic Literacy & Various Programs)
Other
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Sherita N July 1, 2015
Study Skills · In studio
James is an excellent instructor that has tremendous amount of patience with the most difficult students. He is also very skillful in academics especially English and language arts. He has the unquie ability to break the assignment or steps down for the student to learn on his/her individual level! A great pleasure to work beside him !
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Michael June 28, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
James worked with me in Youth Group leadership and mentoring. Completely responsible, very creative, and ready to try everything -- we used music, art, dance, theater, games, word puzzles, and anything else we could think of to develop the teaching material/learning outcomes that we were seeking. James brings a spirit of confidence and integrity to all he does. Certainly one of my favorite people to work on a project with and a true gift to a team or ensemble.
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James B.

James B.

Alameda, CA 94501
(2)
starting at
$25 / 60-min
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Edgardo C.

Oakland, CA

About Edgardo

Edgardo is a Percussionist, Vocalist, Educator and Band Leader with over 33 years of professional experience.

A much in demand musician in the U.S.A. he has performed or recorded with artist like Jesus Chucho Valdes, Eddie Palmieri, Santana, Jerry Rivera, Keith Terry, Omar Sosa, Andy Narell, and Rebeca Mauleon among many others. He teaches at the Berkeley Jazz School Of Music as well as been a member of the SF Jazz Festival Educators roaster.
An LP (Latin Percussion) instruments endorser, he has traveled world wide as an LP clinician.

He leads the acclaimed multi-recording Salsa Band C
andela,€ founded in 1987, and the 4tet "LaTiDo" both Bands are Bay Area favorites among Salsa dancers and Latin Jazz music lovers.

*** Lesson Details ***
Edgardo'€™s style of teaching is fun, easy going, and very effective, utilizing the skills learned not just in the music field but also as a graduated of the National Institute of Physical Education (Buenos Aires, Argentina.)

Edgardo teaches students how to play correctly, while focusing on been musical.€

You and-or your kids will have fun playing Congas, Bonga, Timbales, Guiro, Maracas, Claves, Chékere, etc. Learn: Rumba, Son, Guajira, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Merengue, Cumbia, Bomba, and more...But more importantly: learn the correct technique for each instrument.

All Levels Welcome!

A typical lesson (regardless of the instrument in question) would consist of 15€™ to 20€™ of warm ups and technique exercises, followed by learning new rhythms, to be often concluded with €œjamming€ with the teacher and with accompanying music using pre-recorded tracks.

Edgardo is also an accomplished vocalist, often encouraging and teaching the students how to sing while playing if they wish to explore that as well..

Instruments are provided, but you can also bring and play yours.

*** Studio Equipment ***
LP (Latin Percussion Brand) Congas, Bong, Timbales, Cajun, Guiros, Maracas and Claves (many to chose from). Gretsch traditional drum set kit. Miscellaneous small percussion instruments, Shakers, Chekers, Tambourines, and many more to count here!

*** Specialties ***
Conga drumming for any music styles, specially, Salsa and Rumba, Afro-Cuban Folklore Music, Brazilian Samba, and Uruguayan Candombe .
Edgardo is a native of Uruguay.
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Nomad H. February 15, 2014
Percussion
Great Teacher

Edgardo is a patient, professional, and fun precussion teacher. I greatly appreciate his many years as a musician. He knows alot, and I enjoy his conga classes. Thanks for everything, Edgardo!!! Nomad Hayes
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John M. February 14, 2014
Percussion
Passionate teacher

I have enjoyed taking conga drum lessons from Edgardo the last few months. Edgardo brings many years of professional experience, attention to detail, vast amounts of patience, and a lively sense of humor to each lesson. He concentrates on the fundamentals while still making the lessons fun. Also Edgardo conveys the history of the instrument and the music as we tackle new rhythms. His passion for the instrument and teaching clearly show. I look forward to making a lot of progress on the conga drum this year with Edgardo's help.
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Bruce J. February 11, 2014
Percussion
Salsa musica a gozar!

More than an excellent teacher of technique and rhythm, Edgardo teaches music - the music of the drum and the music of playing conjunto in a band.
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Edgardo C.

Edgardo C.

Oakland, CA 94606
(7)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

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