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Sachie T.

Sunnyvale, CA

I am a passionate teacher and believe in the musical potential of all students. I am eager to work your child to help unlock their abilities and motivation. It is my view that communication is a two-way road and it is excited to provide instruction while properly communicating with her students. Through this, I can overcome each individual’s obstacles and also enhance their inner strengths. With the right instruction, developing the right motivation, and of course practice, she feels every student has the potential for great success.

About Sachie

Born to an award winning conductor and music teacher, I was exposed to music at a very early age. With my father’s supervision, I began my piano and ear-training at the age of three. At age four, I joined the Yamaha musical after-school program and engaged in group lessons. As I got older, group lessons gave way to private instruction as I learned and played piano passionately through my childhood.

I was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan and left my native land in 2006 to the United States to better my education. In school I studied general music, with an emphasis on piano. Additionally,
I have also studied Early Childhood Development and Education.

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor my lessons depending on the age and experience level of my students, but in general I believe in the Suzuki method as one of the tools for first steps. The Suzuki method is a very well established philosophy of learning that focuses on ear and practical training. By training ear and musicality while learning proper finger position, the child improves without spending too much time at the start learning note reading.
As the child quickly progresses I music theory and reading follow.

I am a passionate teacher and believe in the musical potential of all students. I am eager to work your child to help unlock their abilities and motivation. It is my view that communication is a two-way road and it is excited to provide instruction while properly communicating with her students. Through this, I can overcome each individual’s obstacles and also enhance their inner strengths. With the right instruction, developing the right motivation, and of course practice, she feels every student has the potential for great success.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, Modern, Traditional


Sambit B. June 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Sachie taught my daughter Piano. She was very easy to work with. She tailors her teaching in consultation with the parents. For example, during the school year my daughter was not keeping pace with 5 homeworks a week. I spoke to Sachie, she adjusted it to 2 per week and my daughter was learning more. The reason that Sachie is not teaching her any more is because we moved and it's too long a commute for her. Otherwise, I'd happily have her as my daughter's piano teacher.
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Sachie T.

Sachie T.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
starting at
$45 / 30-min

David W.

Redwood City, CA

I've been teaching piano for 8 years and my students have gone on to enjoy performing and playing the piano in multiple facets. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play some of your favorite songs and as time goes on you'll be able to perform for your family and friends. I specialize in classical, pop & rock, typically use Bastien books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About David

For over 30 years, David has had a passion for the piano. Classically trained as a child by numerous teachers, David has mastered the expressive aspect of piano accompanied by a solid rhythmic foundation. David is also a composer and is currently supporting the release of his 3rd CD! A graduate of SFSU with a focus on Music Theory, David has been teaching students for over 8 years. By living the music on a daily basis, David is easily able to channel that energy through the lesson and to the student.

*** Lesson Details ***
It is important for the student to HAVE FUN and enjoy the pian
o lessons! I make the lessons fun with my relaxed, yet focused style of teaching. It is important that the student is always working on something they want to learn, accompanied by exercises and techniques to strengthen their performance abilities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are required to purchase books, music

*** Specialties ***
Music, Piano, Theory
Classical, Pop, Rock


Lawrence Onyejekwe July 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I have an "energetic" 5 year old boy with an attention span measured in seconds, let alone minutes. David has done a grew job being patient with him, keeping him excited about lessons (and practice), importantly teaching him challenging music theory and piano in an age-appropriate manner. I'm actually shocked how well this "experiment" has worked! Highly recommended!!
Elise K. July 1, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very patient! We had been on vacation with no practice, and he still was great!
DianneD March 27, 2012
David is very accomplished, patient, gives constructive criticism, and gives good pointers to be a better player. I am enjoying my lessons and playing the piano once again. Thank you.
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David W.

David W.

Redwood City, CA 94061
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA

I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Melissa. Please see her TakeLessons page here:

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.

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

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 Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar class
es 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 with my wife, Melissa. We're very happy to be developing our own business, and are ready to help you any way we can. She specializes in beginning piano lessons for children. Please check her account on TakeLessons if that's what you're looking for:

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally in a relaxed setting and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. 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.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but I prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible like my older students as well.

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 drum set

*An electric piano console

*A 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


Cindy July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Jesse has been a wonderful guitar and piano teacher for my 17-year old son, and has been above and beyond patient with him. He has tried a variety of techniques to encourage Jack's interest and to inspire him. I am sure that Jesse's very personalized teaching style would be great with any age student. I can attest from experience that he can really relate to teenagers. He will not give up on them and truly wants them to learn--and to love--music.
Randy C. May 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic teacher. Really loved the way he had my daughter start working immediately on popular songs from her favorite artists--that was just a wonderful way of keeping her interested while also working on basics. He always tries to get her to think for herself about what's she's doing. He also has the patience of a saint for those lessons when she seems to be mentally out of it!
Lisa W. May 11, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jesse is a great instructor. I'm an adult who had no experience with music before. He is very patient and finds new ways to explain concepts I don't understand the first time. He uses my favorite songs to teach me new skills. He also takes time to find other songs for me to play. He urges me to do my best, and not to be afraid to make mistakes. I have learned a great deal about music and can hardly wait to go to my lessons!
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
starting at
$55 / 30-min

Alexandra P.

San Mateo, CA

I teach beginning piano to students who are trying to learn musicianship for fun or for use in music theory or for help learning other instruments.

About Alexandra

Alexandra has been teaching harp around the country for fifteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her st
udents have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.

A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is currently the President of the Orange County Chapter of the American Harp Society, and serves as a Member of the Board of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years.

Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.

Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.

Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eight years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she has also helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps learn to care for them.

Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys working on music startup companies.

*** Lesson Details ***

As a harp teacher, all of my
students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in
their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for
every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire
for students according to their technical progress and although I may
take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has
to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long
term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and
repertoire both orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn
technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before. 

I require all students make
at least an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods
at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I
have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all
beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built
differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them
from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a
brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able
to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with
both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and
arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized.
Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is
individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about
your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources. 

*** Specialties ***
HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.


Carol M. September 30, 2015
Harp · In home
Verified Student
Alexandra was the most patient and caring teacher. She is very interested in going at the student's pace. She excelled my expatiations! Thank you Alexandra!
Yana T. June 13, 2015
Harp · In studio
Alexandra Perdew is a one of a kind instructor. She not only pushes her students to excel, but I truly believe that she inspires greatness. She treats her students with the utmost respect and works diligently to provide them with every possible resource needed for learning. She is not a teacher who will let anyone get by with putting in half the effort. She motivates me to work and perform at the highest level possible.
Melody T. June 10, 2015
Harp · In studio
Alexandra Perdew is an amazing teacher. I could not be where I am or had great opportunities such as performing at the Grammys if it wasn't for her help and support. Alex always pushes me to do my best and is truly passionate about her work!
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Alexandra P.

Alexandra P.

San Mateo, CA 94404
starting at
$45 / 30-min

Melissa M.

Palo Alto, CA

Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa

I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.


Milena A. September 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Melissa was very patient and very knowledgeable.
Calem F. September 15, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Melissa is great for beginners! Amazingly patient and gets the kids learning their favorite song (pop, hip hop, jazz) on the second lesson. It's a great way to learn while keeping the lessons contemporary and keeping the kids interested!

No need to have a proper piano at home - a decent keyboard to practice on is all that's needed.
Abhijit September 1, 2015
Piano · In studio
This is my second attempt to get my daughter learn Piano and I am pretty happy with Melissa. What I observed is she makes it real easy for kids to understand Piano. She kinds of stimulate thinking at the time of learning and hence make piano learning interesting for kids rather than something complicated and boring stuff.

She was also nice to offer free lessons in month of august, that helped us to evaluate her compatibility with my daughter.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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