Olema Music Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio lessons? Our Olema teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Olema?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Music Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Music instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

1 , 9 0 0 , 5 1 7

lessons and counting!

Popular Music Teachers near Olema

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Olema including Point Reyes Station, San Geronimo, Nicasio, Lagunitas and Forest Knolls.

Showing 5 of 65 results View More

About Kathryn K.

Close
Profile_85354_pi__MG_4599
San Rafael, CA

View Full Profile
About Kathryn
Actors and Singers - Work with s coach that is supportive and knowledgable about your craft and about the industry at a rate you won't find anywhere but here.
Knowledge gives you the ability to be prepared for this business. It's also fun.
We will work on monologues, scenes, cold readings, audition technique, music performance and songwriting.
I am a member of SagAftra and Actors Equity and a Critic's Circle Award winner. I trained in New York City and at Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and in Los Angeles and work in the industry and I share what I know.
If you don’t have access
to a teacher where you live you absolutely can study effectively online.
I'll not only collaborate with you to stretch your acting/music or writing chops but I'll also help you understand the industry and how you fit in to it. I am generous with what I know and have been in the industry my entire life. I care about the artist.
For Parents of Minors:
I'm available to help you understand this somewhat confusing industry. I was a young actor/performer in the industry myself.

More about Kathryn
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. I 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 I 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. I have been coaching actors and musicians and developing artists ever since.
My background in acting and singing performance comes from the Method. Musicians, Bring or have (online) your instrument.
Recording Studio Vocal Coaching Available - Vocal Coaching
Music Performance - Technique and Performance coaching
Electric Guitars, Acoustic Guitars Grand Piano Electric Piano Uke Cello Drum Kit
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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 :-)
View More
View Profile
Kathryn K.

Kathryn K.

San Rafael, CA 94903
(13)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Jim T.

Close
260461_pkbttzbfyrww9mfkn3cn
Fairfax, CA
View Full Profile
About Jim
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.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Al Lyle December 30, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Great Teacher
Silhouette-80
Lorne P. October 1, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Jim was a great teacher. His patience and positive attitude made it easy for my wife and I to learn something new.
Silhouette-80
dorothee C. March 4, 2013
· Piano ·
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.
View More
View Profile
Jim T.

Jim T.

Fairfax, CA 94930
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About James P.

Close
224518_386084_1345243480
Petaluma, CA
View Full Profile
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
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
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.
View More
View Profile
James P.

James P.

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

About Donna D.

Close
198576_164785_13901
Corte Madera, CA

View Full Profile
About Donna
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

*** Lesson Details ***
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).
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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.
Silhouette-80
Jerry I. January 19, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very good. Right pace and understanding
Silhouette-80
Cindy C. December 4, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
It's been great. Absolutely recommend!
View More
View Profile
Donna D.

Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
(8)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About John T.

Close
Profile_100745_pi_DSC05226_2
Novato, CA

View Full Profile
About John
My name is John Thies, 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
figured on distance from me to you. My general fee is 65.00 per hour. Half hour lessons would be 50 dollars. There is a discount if you pay for 10 lessons at a time. I also teach over the internet which I have done with numerous students over the years.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
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!
Silhouette-80
Harrison February 19, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I am NOT a gifted guitarist and am slow to get it! John's incredible passion for guitar and music is totally evident and along with his never ending patience keeps me there for the long haul. John helps demistify the complex aspects and I am able to progress much quicker than self study programs on the internet. One would be hard pressed to find a better more qualified teacher.
Silhouette-80
Kyle February 19, 2017
· Guitar · In home
John is an awesome teacher. His most valuable trait is his ability to contextualize everything he teaches. Intervals and chord progressions are not just a product of music theory, but songs that I can relate to. He's very knowledgeable and is very good at explaining what I don't understand. John makes learning the guitar fun and rewarding. I'd definitely recommend him.
View More
View Profile
John T.

John T.

Novato, CA 94947
(7)
starting at
$60 / 60-min

Recent Music Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Music articles on our blog.

Learn the Piano in 9 Easy Steps

Learn the Piano in 9 Easy Steps

Have you decided to take piano lessons, but you don’t know where to start? In today’s guest post, you’ll learn some basic principles and tips on how to get your piano experience started in the right way: The time has come when you start to follow your piano dream. Even if you want only to play to entertain yourself or your friends, you should know some of the basic facts that will help you learn it the good way. There are many 'by ear' piano artists that don't even know how to properly read a p … Read More

Learn the Piano in 9 Easy Steps
Have you decided to take piano lessons, but you don’t know where to start? In today’s guest post, you’ll learn some basic principles and tips on how to get your piano experience started in the right way: The time has come when you start to follow your piano dream. Even if you want only to play to entertain yourself or your friends, you should know some of the basic facts that will help you learn it the good way. There are many 'by ear' piano artists that don't even know how to properly read a p
How to Find the "Sweet Spot" On Your Violin
The violin can be a difficult instrument to master. Intonation is often challenging; unlike the guitar, there are no frets to guide the fingers, and even if all the notes are correct and in tune you're still left with the issue of tone. The purest and perfectly in-tune notes can still sound bad if they're played with poor tone. However, there are many methods and tricks to help your violin bowing, which can instantly improve your tone. 5 Points to Consider for Violin Bowing 1. Pre
The Beginner's Guide to Violin Scales [Video Tutorial]
One of the most important aspects of learning to play violin is understanding the scale. As a beginner violinist, learning scales will give you a foundation as you launch into your craft and begin to explore exercises and pieces of music. With a little bit of practice, and these tips and videos from Austin, TX violin teacher Naomi Cherie S., you can learn to play violin scales... Violin Scales for Beginners Simply put, a scale is a series of notes, ordered by frequency or pitch, that span
Learning How to Sing: Getting Rid of the Culture of Fear
Do you love singing, but worry about what others might think of your voice? Has something been holding you back from performing, playing an instrument, or taking lessons? Read on as teacher Dan G. examines the culture of fear today - and how to overcome it: As a musician, student, and teacher of many years, I have become aware of a certain enigma surrounding music in our culture, specifically in relation to the experience commonly known as “fear.” Music was originally a sacred art form. In nati
Beginner Basics: How to Teach Yourself Guitar
Getting started on guitar can be mystifying without a great teacher to guide you. Follow these tips from guitar teacher Jerry W. and  you'll be on your way to playing the guitar... So you want to teach yourself how to play guitar? You dream of playing your favorite song or gigging in a band. You've bought a guitar and you're ready to start. But now what? Where should you begin? In this post I will walk you through making a plan to teach yourself guitar. I will cover the steps to developing

Get Started with Free Resources

Why TakeLessons?

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More