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About James P.

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Petaluma, CA
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I play and teach all styles and all ages. I'm patient and supportive with younger students. A typical comment from older students about my lessons would be: "I've had so many years of piano lessons and this is the stuff I've always wanted to learn.
I have most students improvising at their very first lesson.

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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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About Donna D.

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Corte Madera, CA

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I take students of any age, starting with age 8, who are just beginning with their musical journey, or who are returning to the piano after many years. I teach the basics, including basic rhythms, notation, scales, arpeggios, chords, etc. as well as learning pieces. I am interested in the musical styles of the various periods of music history, and keyboard literature from the Baroque to the 21st century. I structure lessons to suit the needs and desires of each student.

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

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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).
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Kate March 17, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Donna is a great piano teacher. I have been really enjoying my piano lesson and looking forward more to come :)
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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.
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Jerry I. January 19, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Very good. Right pace and understanding
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Donna D.

Donna D.

Corte Madera, CA 94925
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$40 / 30-min

About Ruth E.

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Santa Rosa, CA

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I am a great teacher for beginners of all ages. I include basic music theory and tailor the repertoire to the tastes of the student. I am highly trained as a classical musician but also love pop/rock. Being a Mom myself I'm good with little ones as well as older beginners. I love to help people to play the songs they love!

About Ruth
I've been a professional musician for many years in the classical singing world. I love all kinds of music and have been teaching for over ten years. I'm known for being very kind and supportive. I have two degrees in Music, one from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England. I've been active on classical choral and early music recordings and therefore I get to vote in the GRAMMYs ... my high school students usually help me to consider the Best New Artist category although I have strong opinions of my own because I love pop music too! I teach beginning piano, and all levels of
singing. I've raised two great kids of my own and am married to another professional musician. I love helping people to bring more music into their lives!

Here is an article I love about returning to music lessons as an older person: https://nyti.ms/2jG2kL8
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Aaron Arabian February 14, 2017
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
Exactly what I was looking for - classically trained, teaches professionally, connected to many types of of music and explains technique in an easy to understand way,
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Anasuya December 9, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Ruth is one of the best teachers I have had on any subject and my favorite voice teacher of the 3 that I have received lessons from. Ruth is deeply compassionate and highly skilled at bringing out the natural voice that wants to express from my heart. The first few lessons I was in tears, feeling the joy of my own beautiful voice make its way from the cave of my heart. Ruth's teaching technique is lovely and loving. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to explore the freedom of finding their voice!
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Steven D October 19, 2016
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Ruth is an awesome teacher and really knows a lot about the piano. She really teaches everything and is very knowledgable about all genres of music. She is very helpful and really makes learning to play the piano a fun experience!
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Ruth E.

Santa Rosa, CA 95409
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About Candy S.

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I have over 20 years experience teaching beginning to intermediate piano and music theory. My integrated musical approach works for all ages and attention levels. Learn rhythm on a full drum set, play or sing along in piano and violin duets, be involved in interactive music games, and then take the learning and fun home with suggested music apps and websites. Lessons are customized to your goals and include entertaining songs, fun technique exercises, hands-on music theory, and performance tips.

About Candy
Piano and Voice Lessons:
I have over 20 years experience teaching beginning to intermediate piano and music theory. For the last 3 years I have expanded my teaching to include voice lessons. My integrated musical approach works for all ages and attention levels. Learn rhythm on a full drum set, play or sing along in piano and violin duets, be involved in interactive music games, and then take the learning and fun home with suggested music apps and websites. Lessons are customized to your needs and goals and include entertaining songs, fun technique exercises, hands-on music theory, and perfor
mance tips.

Spanish Tutoring:
I have over 8 years of experience in this beautiful language. I have studied at the college level and have spent over a year in an immersion program in Mexico. I use sounds and relative English words to make the transition to conversational Spanish easy. Even though we will learn some essential grammar, the focus will be to have you speaking and reading fluently.
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Tammy August 24, 2016
· Piano · In home
Candy has years of experience, a great sense of humor and is very reliable. My daughter plays beautifully because of her patient teaching.
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Candy S.

Napa, CA 94558
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$25 / 30-min

About Michael M.

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Rohnert Park, CA

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Over the past 7 years of private music teaching, I have found there a two primary approaches to learning any musical instrument: reading sheet music and playing by ear. I believe both are essential to a balanced education and true understanding of creating music. In our lessons we will train both our ears and minds, building a repertoire of songs and creative ideas from a foundation of music theory and history. The most important thing to remember is that we don't "work" music - we "play" it! Note: Students must provide their own instruments for practice and travel lessons - I have a simple keyboard for beginner lessons at my home.

About Michael
Hello! My name is Michael McClean. I have been teaching independently for many years, beginning in high school as a tutor in Math and Sciences while studying on through AP Spanish and Calculus at Folsom High. I spent a year after this in an internship at my church, running the Middle School youth ministry. Into college I began work as a music instructor, studying music education for all woodwind and percussion instruments and teaching in both group and private settings. I also spent a year studying German and musical pedagogy in southern Germany. I have a B.A. in Music and minor in German Lang
uage from Sonoma State University. Please feel free to contact me at any time with questions - my goal in teaching to ensure that a concept is not only memorized, but understood to its core for easy replication and application. I look forward to working with you!
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Jonah December 8, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Michael was a great piano teacher to our 8 year old son who was brand new to playing any instrument. He was engaging and easy going. His lessons were structured and made sure a strong foundation was being set. Our son was playing and reading music within 5 sessions. We were disappointed to learn that Michale was moving away after 5 lessons but are glad we got off to a great start with him!
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Constantin October 26, 2016
· Piano · In home
My boys loved having Mike as their piano teacher. He is very dedicated and easy to work with, really great at teaching based on each kid's level and personal style. After more than 5 years working with him, they were so bummed when Mike moved out of the area and could not continue.
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Moji October 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Michael is a fine instructor. He is on time, professional, and enthusiastic, which are great qualities if you are looking to learn music in your own home. I am glad my son had the chance to be his student last year.
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Michael M.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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$30 / 30-min

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