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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
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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
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$45 / 30-min
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Beverly B.

Sunnyvale, CA

With 30 years teaching experience, I help my students succeed in learning piano and theory and discovering the joys of playing all kinds of music. I help them stay on task and let them know what they need to do each week.

About Beverly

With 30 years teaching experience, I'm friendly and interested in helping my students succeed in learning piano and theory and discovering the joys of playing all kinds of music.
I hold a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University. My students participate in 1 or 2 recitals per year and receive awards for doing so.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an understanding, good-natured teacher but I do expect effort put forth by the student to practice and do theory. I try to have fun at the lesson and am patient. I use the Alfred series piano books. After 6 months, students will be playing
fun songs with both hands, and know the staff notes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated studio space. Full size upright piano. Lots of music and reference books. Small sofa for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide piano and books

*** Specialties ***
Alfred method, classical and pop books
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Adelina S. May 18, 2015
Piano · In home
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Beverly is a great, patient teacher!
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Beverly B.

Sunnyvale, CA 94087
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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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
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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!!
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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!
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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.

Redwood City, CA 94061
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$40 / 30-min
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA

Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner students, but I can refer you to my studio partner, Melissa. Please see her TakeLessons page here:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

Intermediate
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.

Advanced
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:
https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62

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
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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.
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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!
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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.

Palo Alto, CA 94303
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$55 / 30-min
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Abi R.

Mountain View, CA

I've been teaching piano (Classical, Jazz/Blues & Latin) since '93. As a Venezuelan pianist I performed with Symphonic Orchestras in my country and USA. As a Jazz pianist, with great artist as Ernie Watts, Jeff Berlin, Aaron Lington, John Shifflet and Joe Hodges. GPA at SJSU: 4.0 (MA in Jazz Piano). Got 2 Int'l film Festivals awards (Best Original Music for a Film). All this background only shows how much I love music and teaching it. And is at your service from day 1.I Speak English/Spanish :)

About Abi

Hi, my name is Abi. I'm an University Professor. I've been teaching Piano (Classical, Jazz, Latin & Blues), Jazz Harmony, Song Writing, Film Scoring and History of Music since 1993. I have a Master Degree in Jazz Piano Performance from San Jose State University. My GPA at SJSU was 4.0. I love to teach music and improvised Piano styles in a way the student could really relate with the logic and essence of this beautiful Art Form and be aware of his/her own skills' development in the process. Everyone has a different pulse/rhythm and pace; hence, I don't believe in an hard template when it matte
rs to teaching. I DO believe in an unique personal and proactive approach of the teaching/learning process. Only you decide what and when to learn, and how far you want to go with your music. Because music is Art, no a Sport. So why rush when you can truly enjoy the learning process? An ancient parable says: The slower you learn, the fastest you'll Succeed. TRUE. Happy Music Life.
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Kevin M. June 24, 2015
Piano · In home
Abi is a true master of the piano, both with classical and jazz, as well as patient, funny, and able to approach concepts and techniques with a variety of approaches, all while tying this in with musical examples from both past (ancient and relative) and present - he is a true educator. As a jazz and Latin jazz pianist, I truly feel lucky to know and have learned from him and will continue to do so!
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Hristo V. June 23, 2015
Jazz Harmony · In studio
Abi is an amazing educator and performer. His insight into the history, theory, and traditions of the music is immense and can inspire everyone. He is a very passionate and professional person and puts all his love and heart into transmitting the necessary concepts to the students. He is patient, funny, and can make everyone feel very comfortable and ready to engage and immerse themselves in the musical universe.
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Nicole C. June 22, 2015
Piano
Abi is an incredibly knowledgable teacher. His extensive background in multiple genres allow him to teach any student versatility with the piano. He is patient and truly enjoys sharing his skills, always with the student's best interest in mind. Abi makes learning fun, and he breaks down complicated techniques to make them accessible and easily understood. You couldn't ask for anything more in a music teacher.
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Abi R.

Abi R.

Mountain View, CA 94040
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starting at
$70 / 30-min

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