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Steven B.

Alameda, CA

I began classical piano instruction in 1960 and took private lessons for ten years before branching out into all the other styles of music. I have taught, recorded and performed professionally since 1978, and will show you proper hand and finger technique, music theory, how to read notation and chord charts/symbols, and equally as important teach you how to play by ear. I teach all ages, all styles and all levels of piano, and will teach you how to have fun with it all along the way!

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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Billy May 17, 2016
Piano · In studio
wow amazing!
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Tim M. February 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and great time taking the lessons! I wish we could take more lessons with him but we've recently moved out of the area. Thanks for everything Steven!
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Noor A. October 18, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
I was, initially, unsure whether I had made the right decision in using TakeLessons to revive my piano-playing skills, but after meeting Steven, I have no doubts that it was one of the best decisions I have yet to make.

Steven is wonderful! He is inspired and inspiring, encouraging, and his passion inspires passion - I could not have asked for better! Steven is an absolute pleasure, and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone!
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Steven B.

Steven B.

Alameda, CA 94501
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Julie M.

Oakland, CA

My philosophy of teaching is nurturing enthusiasm and curiosity. It is my job to tap into what excites each student and we work together to create experiences that continue to develop as a musician and as a creative being. Ranging from writing songs to 'remixes' to learning to play your favorite pieces, we together can explore any of these avenues together in a fun and engaged way. I keep it interesting and moving for the younger beginners to keep them engaged with various activities and fun ideas.

About Julie

Seoul National University of the Arts, music conservatory, piano performance ('93-'01)
Cornell University, Music Major, Computing in the Arts concentration ('02-'05, '11-'12)
Mills College, MFA in Performance and Literature for Improvisation ('13-'14)
Mills College, MA in Music Composition ('14-'15)

teaching music theory, piano performance for ages 2 and up
lessons customized to suit needs and talents
teaching experience of 10+ years
specializing in teaching young children
individual teaching pedagogy or preferred methods

My philosophy of teaching piano and music is an integrate
d, individualistic approach. My responsibility as a teacher is to tap into the enthusiasm of the student - what excites them and captivates them about music and nurture that curiosity. While covering the spectrum of theory, technique, and depth of sounds - it is also important to keep it fresh with innovative approaches to learning different concepts and I achieve this using many different ways honed over the years. What I also aim to teach is effective and efficient practicing - and teach the tools that the student needs to continue evolving as a musician.

*** Specialties ***
Piano Performance
Classical Piano
Prepared Piano
Free Improvisation
Music Composition
Music Theory
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Michael T. August 9, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Julie is very knowledgeable, she has a wide array of experience and knowledge. Her passion and her ability to teach the lesson makes her a joy to work with.
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Nick M. April 10, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great instructor for my children

My kids are on their way to their 5th lesson and completely enjoy the company of Julie. Her lessons are stimulating & have a lasting impression on my 2 sons. When they get home they are excited about what they have learned & gladly take to the piano at home.
I am happy to have found such a wonderful kid friendly instructor.
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Julie M.

Julie M.

Oakland, CA 94611
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starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Nick R.

Oakland, CA

Learn how to read music, or how to accompany yourself or others on your favorite songs. Or start to write your own! I'll help you to learn the basics quickly, or continue growing with this amazing instrument.

About Nick

I've been teaching voice, piano and guitar lessons for over ten years, and I love it! It's an enormous joy and privilege to be asked to help others in their musical journeys. I take my work seriously, but it's a pretty great job.

I am easy going and friendly, and when people come to me I try to understand exactly what their goals are. Some students thrive with a highly technical approach; some thrive in a less formal, more supportive environment; most do best with a mix of the two. I welcome students of all ages and levels.

I have a bachelor's degree in music from UC Santa Cruz, I've rel
eased two full albums of original music, and am currently working on my third. I've performed professionally in NY, LA, and all over the Bay Area. My students have performed at clubs and concert venues, studied at schools such as the Conservatory of Vocal and Instrumental Arts, Oakland School of the Arts, and UC Santa Cruz. And some have made beautiful, original recordings of their own. I enjoy working with children and adults alike.

​My Priorities as a Music Teacher:

To facilitate an experience of music that is gratifying, challenging, or some combination of the two (depending on the student).

To discover what styles of music most interest a student, and to help them to cultivate the tools necessary to sing/play in that style.

To work with the student to figure out a practice routine that makes the most sense for their lifestyle and their musical development.

To encourage students, when they're ready, to bring their skills out into the world (through performing groups, choirs, open mics, recordings, videos, etc.)

To continue to learn about the student every lesson, in order that my instruction may be most effective to his/her progress!
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Mara C. August 18, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very nice start for a "get to know each other lesson. Nick was very positive and encouraging with my daughter, 14 years old. 30 minutes was short, so we may increase to 45 down the road.
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Eleanor W. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nick is teaching beginner piano to my 3 children in the comfort of their
home. They absolutely enjoy it. He is patient & gives great direction. His
calm & encouraging demeanor allows them to focus on the music. Each of them
have made wonderful progress & look forward to their lessons each week.
Thank you Nick for your continued instruction! I highly recommend him.
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Kara N. April 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nick has been teaching my daughter (age 10) piano for the past 7 months and I could not be more pleased! I'll start by saying that my daughter had never before taken lessons and, to be certain, was a reluctant student at the onset. That said, she is progressing at an incredible pace under Nick's weekly instruction, and is genuinely loving the experience. In fact, I no longer have to remind her to practice each day, as she sits to play piano whenever she has free time!

Nick comes to our home every week, is punctual, flexible in scheduling, and always brings a warm smile, lots of encouragement, and a captivating variety of songs for my daughter to learn. He is truly wonderful with children (that magical balance of supportive and challenging), and is able to adeptly incorporate my daughter's individual learning style into his lessons.

I highly recommend Nick as an instructor and feel so grateful to have him supporting my daughter's musical education.
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Nick R.

Nick R.

Oakland, CA 94605
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mack R.

Oakland, CA

I have been teaching piano for 35 years. I have had several student who started with me as beginners and advanced to playing in the jazz band in school. Over the years I have developed a unique technique for getting students started as beginners.

About Mack

I have a BS in music education received at Lehman College, Bronx, NY. I am a professional musician/ composer/ arranger.I received my teaching credentials at SFSU and have been a General music teacher as well as a, band teacher. I have studied trumpet with Classical ( Wilmer Wise)and Jazz musician (Bill Hardman) and big band arranging with Frank Foster( saxophonist and arranger with Count Basie Band). At present I am retired and teaching privately.

I have been teaching music for over 50 years as well as being a professional musician/ composer and arranger. I not only know my fundamentals ins
ide and out, but also I know many tricks of the trade. Over the years I have developed special teaching techniques that enable students to make sense out of music and progress rapidly on their instruments.I love playing music and aim at stirring that same kind of excitement abut music in my students.

To each lesson I bring a unique mix, encouraging the student to pursue excellence and also have fun. I am well qualified to teach: woodwinds( oboe, flute, clarinet, all saxophones) brass(french horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and piano.

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I make music interesting to learn. I encourage students to practice daily so they can improve. The more they improve the more fun they can have with music not only alone, but with others.

I am very patient with my students especially with beginners. I know that for them it is like learning a new language. Once they begin to increase their musical vocabulary, they will enjoy what they can do with music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Seating for parents, basement studio, piano, drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should provide their own instruments.
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Cynthia N. September 14, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Mac is a very patient and excellent instructor!
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Joseph L. August 24, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Just one lesson so far but Mack has me moving along with things to study and improve. He has a lot to offer and I very much appreciate his patience.
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Billy O. August 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My son, 9, likes to learn from Mack - my son remembers what Mack told him to do and practice. This is quite a surprise for me considering how he dislikes teachers in general...
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Mack R.

Mack R.

Oakland, CA 94607
(14)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Constance M.

Hercules, CA

I structure lessons based on each student's level and learning ability. Fundamentals are taught such as scales and exercises that will attribute to their technical and musical growth.

About Constance

M.M. from CSU Long Beach
B.M. from San Francisco Conservatory of Music

Freelance Musician in SF Bay Area

I am patient, and I understand that each student learns at a different pace, and that each lesson should cater to his or her own level, needs, and ability. One of my main goals as a teacher is to help students find happiness through music, and I want to help them reach their musical goals.
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Prudent B. August 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Constance is very understanding and patience.
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Kilsoo June 11, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
It was good lesson.
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Rachel M. June 1, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Good lesson & teacher and I learned
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Constance M.

Constance M.

Hercules, CA 94547
(4)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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