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Review by Tara
"I am a math/science nerd and do not have much experience in proper singing, less in stage performance. After reading Benjamin's profile, I was very positi
ve that he had the right personality and teaching style suited for me. My guess was correct! I have enjoyed every single of the 10-15 lessons with him and look forward to many more. Teaching how to sing is much more than just giving instructions and demonstrating correct techniques. Even a YouTube video can do that. You hire a mentor so that he/she can criticize what you are doing wrong and create exercises customized to fix such malpractices. Benjamin has been doing exactly that. Additionally, he has been helping me improve on my stage etiquette, as well as performance skills. His sessions are also thoroughly entertaining, and he puts you under right amount of pressure, allowing you to be motivated without feeling embarrassed. I started as an amateur singer and planned to pursue singing as a hobby at best, but now I hope to turn singing into an avocation. I am happy to recommend Benjamin to anyone looking for singing and stage performance lessons!"
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Genna
"Only had 1 lesson so far. My daughter seemed to enjoy her lesson. He seems very nice."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Linda
i have just finished my second lesson with her last week and i really like Tiffany she very nice and has lots of patients she is always loo
king to make the lesson fun but if you have a pitch or something in your voice shell let you no that you needed to hit the notes right which i think makes her the best teacher on this site i would recommend Tiffany 100%"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Josie
My son, Jack, has been seeing Parker for a few years now, and my son has become not only a fantastic guitar player, but a real lover
of music. Jack was a complete beginner, but now plays like a pro. He is amazing! Parker inspires Jack to work hard, but also have fun playing. Jack looks forward to seeing Parker every week, and can't wait to show us what he's learned. Guitar has opened up a whole new world to my son, and given him focus as well as inspired his creativity. Parker is not just Jack's teacher, but has become his friend, and that makes Jack want to work even harder. I can't imagine a time when Jack does not take lessons with Parker. I really cannot say enough about Parker, and impact he has on my son's life. Jack isn't just learning guitar, but a new way to think. It has been life changing."
Denver, CO teacher:
S. Parker G.
Review by Gabriel
"Great teacher! I have never had a so clear explanation on how things work on our voices, both mentally and physically.
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Mike
"I'm no drummer because anyone who knows music also knows that solid, professional drummers, such as Phil, are multifaceted and extremely talented people.
I have had the great honor to have Phil record drums for several of my tracks and I couldn't have been happier with his performances. I've always enjoyed hearing his final take because he has the ability to tap into any piece of music and bring it completely to life in a manner that any songwriter or recording artist will definitely appreciate. Phil is dedicated to making music the very best it can be. With that being said, while I've never been a drum student, I can only imagine the care and complete attention to detail this gifted individual would take in passing on the things he's learned to a future drummer. In a word, "Amazing!""
San Antonio, TX teacher:
Review by LARRY
The first singing class I had with Tyanna,she made me feel relax.She is a very good teacher. Tyanna first explain to me how the class will go
.She have a very relaxed environment,she have great insight and view on how to sing the proper way. Tyanna have a very nice way in using constructive criticism.I learn somethings that will help me to be a better singer everytime I was in class. Thank You L.D. Green"
Raleigh, NC teacher:
Review by Rylante
"My son really enjoyed his first lesson. I can't wait to see how he grows"
Vallejo, CA teacher:
Review by Rose
"Carrie is a very warm person, very clear in her instructions, and I learned a lot from her."
Actors and singers if you're ready to move forward as an artist and If you looking for a coach to work your chops with or need more confidence for everything to come together, let’s make it happen. I coach privately in Los Angeles and SF and online, globally. I'll help you prepare for universities, agent auditions and auditions. Don't let your location stop your dreams. If you need to understand how to make sense of yourself in the Industry, I can help you.You deserve to study acting or singing/songwriting and you deserve a place in my studio. Here, anything is possible. I'm going to give you
technique, a system and a strategy so you can do what you love. We will work on audition prep, monologues, scenes, singing performance and songwriting and we will find out who you are and how you show up in the biz. I have been in show business my entire life. I am generous with what I know. I learned it by working very hard. And I studied like mad. I still do. I have a resume, references. I care about the craft. And I care about you, the artist. I am a member of SAG/AFTRA AEA and have been for many years. I studied at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music (CCM). In New York City I was under the care of opera teacher, Leona Matthews, famed acting teacher and director, Word Baker and Edward Morehouse as a student at HB Studio in NYC and Mark Monroe in San Francisco and Los Angeles. I have my own writing doc, the revered Dr. Joyce Block. I work as a recording artist and writer. And I’m lucky to work as a concert artist, too. If you want to experience this thing we call showbiz call us. I cannot wait to meet you. More about Kathryn Kathryn began teaching in the early 90's in San Francisco with Mark Monroe, after co founding Mark Monroe Studios. MM Studios began originally in 1987 when Kathryn and Mr. Monroe packed their studio, by word of mouth, and when the studio totaled six hundred and fifty actors, they added a studio in Los Angeles. Kathryn has been coaching actors and musicians and developing artists ever since. She has been involved in the industry her entire life and has a passion for it. She most recently has been working in Los Angeles and San Francisco on her own show that had the good fortune of being awarded a residency at Berkeley Reps The Ground Floor. She also works as a songwriter and singer and her latest release is with renowned Grammy award winning producer, Narada Michael Walden. Her students follow suit, working constantly, winning awards, signing with agents, joining unions, and enjoying the perks of being active in showbsiness as gifted artists. Kathryn loves passing the torch to young artists and she s thrilled to be able to do so. Lesson Details *** I will work with you to discover your authentic self. My background in acting and singing performance comes from the Method. Yes, we will work on technique and we will work on you as a whole person, too. Musicians, Bring or have (online) your instrument. If you are a songwriter, or want to be, you've come to the right place.. *** Specialties *** Recording Studio Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching Music Performance - Technique and performance coaching Screenwriting – Creative Brainstorming Sessions This Business of Acting - Business Strategy Studio Equipment *** Bring your own. SF I have - Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars Grand Piano Electric Piano Guitar Uke LA Guitar Uke Travel Equipment *** Guitar, Mac Uke Specialties *** Acting - Method Singing - Technique and performance coaching
Jessica U. May 22, 2016
Online Verified Student
Profession, super smart and to the point! Highly recommend, she helped my daughter prepare for an audition and book the job! We will be back!
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Dylan A. August 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kathryn was a tremendous teacher! I not only progressed in my singing technique but Kathryn helped be grow my confidence as a performer and a composer! Kathryn also has an amazing personality on top of everything which I believe makes her a great person to learn from.
My career in music began at an early age (four!) with classical piano lessons until the age of thirteen. After expanding my musical horizons in high school listening to jazz, blues and rock I attended Cabrillo College in Aptos, CA where I studied jazz & music theory with renowned jazz educator Ray Brown and jazz piano with Paul Nagle who has worked with Grammy award winning singer Bobby McFerrin among many others. I have been performing solo and in groups since the Eighties in a variety of different genres including rock, jazz, blues, r&b, funk, reggae and everything in between! Perfo
rming with such artists as Bob Weir (Grateful Dead), Dan Hicks, David Grisman, Tommy Castro, Eric McFadden, Mark Karan & Vinyl I have appeared at most of the major venues in the Bay Area including the Warfield Theatre, the Great American Music Hall, Yoshi's SF, the Regency, Bimbo's & the Sweetwater. My teaching experience goes back over twenty years and I relocated to Marin County in the Bay Area in 1995 where I've been teaching extensively since 2002. Since then I have helped hundreds of students realize their dream of learning to play piano and keyboards as well as read music, play perfectly in time and learn songwriting skills. Playing music is fun & easy......I can show you just how easy it is!!
*** Lesson Details *** My style is laid back with a large supply of patience and devotion to my students. I teach beginning , intermediate & advanced piano and keyboards (including organ). For adult beginning piano students I use the John Thompson Modern Course for the Piano Grade One along with Thompson's Note, Scale & Chord Speller books and flash cards for a quick and easy route to learning how to read music and basic music theory. For kids (5-7) I like Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play" along with the kid's music theory books by Linda Ng. In the first six months students can expect to study basic finger exercises and scales, how to read music easily and quickly, how to play perfectly in time & develop a repertoire of songs to play. Once students have learned basic skills it is possible to explore many different genres including classical, jazz, blues, rock, reggae and much more. I customize the lessons to fit each student's needs and desires and can also help the students with songwriting and learning from the recorded works of great artists!
*** Studio Equipment *** Beautiful 1884 carved English maplewood Estey upright piano!
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide the books and supplies at cost...students should have some kind of keyboard to practice on...preferably a real piano although I have taught many students initially on electric keyboards.
*** Specialties *** I teach beginning, intermediate & advanced piano in the styles of classical, jazz, blues, rock, r&b, pop, country, etc. ages 5-105! Usually I start beginners in the John Thompson method & speller books along with music flash cards and then am willing to shift into different styles as the students gain basic skills.
Al Lyle December 30, 2015
In home Verified Student
Lorne P. October 1, 2015
In home Verified Student
Jim was a great teacher. His patience and positive attitude made it easy for my wife and I to learn something new.
dorothee C. March 4, 2013
Great teacher for children, including jazz
Our 3 kids have taken piano lessons at our house with Jim for 6 years. Jim is a unique piano teacher, the kind that is hard to find in the bay area. He teaches classical music to beginners and confirmed students and goes to your house to teach. His training was in classical music, and he knows very well that it takes time and effort to get there, he is patient and encouraging, our kids NEVER felt pressured by him and still learned how to play in an exponential way. Thanks to Jim, they like to play for themselves AND in front of other people, which is one of Jim's important goals. Jim is now a renowned jazz piano player and cofounder of a band (Tre Mojo's) and we are always invited in his gigs when they take play in the bay area. Our son is learning jazz with him, it has been impressive to watch and hear, after a year he does know the jazz harmonies and can do impros. Every spring, Jim organizes a very nice recital where all his students come and perform various types of music (from Beethoven, Chopin, to the Beatles, to jazz impro. from beginner to professional level). Jim basically taught our children to play music with no stress, no competition, and still at a high level. Besides, Jim is highly professional, has NEVER been late, and always does what he says and -we believe- says what he thinks. There has never been a bump in our relationship. We would highly recommend him as a piano teacher.
Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, perfo
rmer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand percussion. In addition to teaching privately, RJ has directed special week-long drum and percussion focused ensemble productions at Drake High School and Marin Academy and was Music Director at Cascade Canyon (K-8) School for two years where he directed variety shows and produced scores for the drama department. In his teaching practice all ages are welcome and all levels including: beginners, intermediate students, advanced players, and professionals.
*** Lesson Details *** My approach to drum lessons is simple. I want my students to be excited about every stage of the process. I want to be as productive as possible with each student and want the lessons to be fun and focused. I want beginning students to learn the essentials of good posture, correct hand positions or grips (how to hold the sticks in matched and military grip), how to best use their hands and feet to get around the drumset and to then develop a solid foundation of applicable rudiments, rhythms and patterns. In fact, I have master drumset rudiments that help facilitate fluid movement around the drums in all directions. My studio is equipped with a top level TAMA drumset with Zildjian cymbals, congas, timbales, hand percussion, piano, vibes, excellent recording and listening equipment and speakers. I provide the necessary foundations of rudiments, rhythms, patterns and grooves. Then I show how to combine these essentials to the drumset. I combine these developments with essential reading studies so the student learns to read drum music and charts from the very beginning. I find out what kind of music the student listens to and likes and then I will use some of the more familiar tracks by those artists to help the student apply each pattern stylistically into actual arrangements…like a guitar teacher would teach some scales and chords, then apply them to actual songs. That way the student will remember the different patterns and remained engaged in the process. It’s a “see, say and do” approach. I have a saying that I use: “FREEDOM follows FUNCTION and function follows FORM.” First you learn the forms (rudiments, rhythms and patterns). Then, with practice, you become functional with the forms, rhythm patterns and combinations. Then you are free to use everything you learn as it relates to the music. Your are “free” to create and improvise both alone and with others.
Within six month my students will have a firm grasp of essential rudiments, rhythms, patterns, sticking, single and double bass drumset techniques and be reading charts for the drumset. Later on, as part of the student’s development, I will introduce them to different styles of music including jazz, African, Afro-Cuban, Latin and Brazilian rhythms and patterns so that the student becomes a well-rounded player.
*** Studio Equipment *** My Private Studio is on the first floor of my house: there is a six-piece professional series TAMA drumset and an assortment of K. and A. Zildjian cymbals, a piano, set of vibes, timbales, congas, bongos, djembe and a variety of hand percussion. There are additional chairs to sit on, Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons.
*** Travel Equipment *** Five and six piece drum sets, hard cases, three congas with cases, bongos in a hard case, timbales in a hard case, trap case for stands, cymbal case and stick bag.
*** Specialties *** Trapset all styles, African djembe and shekere, Latin congas and timbales, Indian tablas.
Barbara S. October 29, 2013
Drum Verified Student
I Got Lucky
A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
KatyV January 11, 2012
You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
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
Marcus C. July 16, 2015
In studio Verified Student
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Mike W. March 24, 2015
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.
Jane M. November 25, 2013
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.
I started my solo and backup singer career at the age of 12, working for RG Recording Studio (Italy). When I was 15 I founded a children's choir (ages 5 to 15) called Voci di Pace. I trained them as soloists and as an ensemble, as well as conducted them through the professional recording of dozens of CDs, such as: https://play.spotify.com/album/07WSECpRIw9aub1hpbIqLe. I also trained and conducted students for the recording of highschool musicals such as: https://play.spotify.com/album/44FrC6GPgFYNDyjD6fbMS3.
I began my conservatory bachelor degree training in cello and chamber music in 1997
, and graduated 2010. Since then, I have studied singing technique with pop star Silvia Mezzanotte (www.silviamezzanotte.com) and with opera singers Chiara Fiorani and Noa Frenkel.
I love to teach singing, singing in Italian and Italian diction to students of all ages and backgrounds who are ready to explore their own souls and bodies and to learn how to be themselves through sound and music.
Paul May 13, 2016
Giorgia is an awesome teacher! I was nervous about singing in front of people, but Giorgia creates a comfortable environment and makes every lesson informative and fun. I have a much better understanding of the fundamentals of singing and I feel more confident. Unfortunately I am moving out of the area, otherwise I would definitely continue lessons!
Cecilia November 30, 2015
Giorgia was my first teacher in singing when I was just 8 years old. Since then she has always been a model for me: her talent, her competence, her determination really impressed me. She is able to teach very delicate and complexed topics with genuine irony letting your hair down. I strongly recomend her as a teacher, and I will always thank her for letting me able to apreciate at best music.
Kiki November 19, 2015
Giorgia is amazing! She has an incredible ability to make you feel safe to be vulnerable and open. I was very shy with my voice and Giorgia was the very first person to be able to make me sing in front of another person. She takes you through the basics and explains very constructively how things work. I can recommend her to anyone who is wanting to discover their voice!
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