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Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA

About Mark

I have played on tour with several professional bands, playing rock, pop, blues, African, metal, and country. I now perform live in various bands and record original music as often as possible. My music has gotten airplay in many countries.

I started playing guitar at age 9, and recorded 2 singles in the LA area by age 14. I was a music major throughout High School and College. I also learned a lot by educating myself at the Brand Library in the Los Angeles Area, which specializes in the arts. I specialized in advanced music theory and improvisational techniques.

I have enjoye
d teaching music lessons since 1978.

I custom tailor a lesson plan to fit your individual needs and goals! I can teach you songs you'd like to learn instantly when I hear them on your iPod, mobile phone, cassette or CD that you bring in. I can explain musical theory and concepts many different ways to make sure you understand them. I am very friendly and patient.

Sometimes I might inject humor into the learning process to make it an enjoyable learning experience, and to help you remember the important things.
I love the satisfaction of seeing my students grow musically proficient and and seeing the JOY that it brings them. Many of my students have gone on to become professional. I am well-versed in many styles: Rock, Pop, Blues, Alternative, Country, R&B, Metal (and a few plastics and wood as well).

*** Lesson Details ***
I will develop a personal lesson plan for each individual student. During your lessons, I might cover topics ranging from learning how to play, starting from the basics (if you are a beginner), to choosing music that will inspire you on your level, to improving your technique, ear-training, music reading (if that's what you'd like), reading and understanding tabs (if that's what you'd like), knowing what it is that makes certain chords and notes sound good together for writing your own music, as well as guitar maintenance and adjustments, getting a good tone, amplifier settings, effect pedals (settings & placing them in the most effective order), recording tips, and where to get a decent pizza.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room or Studio, both very comfortable. Amplifiers, guitars, effects pedals, bass, ukulele, balalaika, drum set, PA system and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide guitar, bass, or ukulele and amplifier when necessary, teaching tools. The student provides their guitar and paperwork I give them.

*** Specialties ***
Teach note reading using Alfred's New Guitar course. Genres: Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Folk, Country, Hip Hop, Funk, R& B, New Age, Ambient.

I currently have 4 albums out under my name. My music is on a major new age compilation, and has been played on the radio in several countries, and several internet radio programs. I have played on other people's albums.
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Paul M. October 16, 2016
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Hanging out like old times and had a Great lesson. Thanks Mark
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Michael P. July 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Mark was an excellent teacher, made me very comfortable. We talk about music and set some goal,he keeps a chart to know what his teaching each student and he write it all out on paper and he writes that you can understand his writing .so very happy. Mike
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Scott June 8, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
First lesson. Mark really dialed in my skill level and completely exceeded my expectations in terms of material, lesson plan, genre etc. Even got to play one of his ridiculously sweet tele's.
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Mark B.

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Thomas W.

Danville, CA

About Thomas

I am a saxophonist, composer, and improviser from the East Bay area. I am currently a graduate composition student at Mills College in Oakland, CA, studying with Roscoe Mitchell, Pauline Oliveros, Zeena Parkins, and Chris Brown, among others. I received my BM in Jazz Composition from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2012. I have been teaching saxophone and guitar lessons since 2005, and maintain an active schedule performing original music.

I have taught students saxophone and guitar independently in the Bay Area, Boston, and New York, in students' homes and my own home and rehearsal s
paces. I have taught children as young as 10 years old, adult beginners, and professional musicians learning to double on saxophone. I have taught students for up to five years consecutively, and have also given master class style one-off lessons.
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Yifan T. May 21, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Tom is awesome, he is always very patient to instruct my son how to use, play and maintain saxophone. I will very happy to continue to add more classes and recommend him to my friends.
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Yeonathan March 7, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Tom is a true gem of a teacher. As a student with some prior music experience but no saxophone experience, Tom was able to help me work on my saxophone technique while always mainting a creative, musical, and compositional approach to even the most mundane exercise. I truly wouldn't be half the musician I am today if it weren't for Tom's mentorship. Could not recommend him more.
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Harry March 7, 2016
Saxophone · In home
As a percussionist transitioning over to the world of wind instruments, I can't thank Tom enough for helping to guide me along the way. He's great at breaking down larger concepts into smaller, more manageable pieces, and I never felt overwhelmed or pressured by his teaching methods. I really appreciated Tom's friendly and casual approach, as I know from prior experience that a convival atmosphere does wonders for helping to learn an instrument in a stress-free way. Can't recommend him enough, two thumbs up!

P.S. Be sure to ask him for jazz recommendations, the guy's got quite the taste!
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Thomas W.

Thomas W.

Danville, CA 94526
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Anthony C.

Pleasanton, CA

About Anthony

My name is Anthony Campolo and I've been teaching music in various forms since 2009. I have a Bachelor of Music degree from CSU Stanislaus with an emphasis in Instrumental Music Education.

Since 2009 I have taught music at uCamps, a performance art summer camp that specializes in teaching music through the Modern Band, a new style of music education that emphasizes teaching students to perform the music they know and love in contemporary styles. The Modern Band instruments include (but is not limited to): guitar, bass, drums, piano, voice and technology.

I am also well versed in classica
l and jazz instruction. While playing Upright Bass at Stanislaus I received a balanced education in classical string instruments and the jazz rhythm section. My wide ranging experience gives me the ability to work with students with diverse backgrounds and goals. I will work with you to design a personalized lesson plan for the instrument you want to learn and the music you want to learn to play.
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Anthony C.

Anthony C.

Pleasanton, CA 94566
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Siyin M.

Newark, CA

About Siyin

Hello, this is Mary, a friendly, patient and experienced tutor with 5+ years of experience in tutoring and teaching. I have professionally trained and played the piano with enthusiasm for 18 years, had a lot of students age from 6 to 60.

If you're looking for an organized, patient and experienced tutor, look no further. Please contact me as I will also make some time for you to talk about what I can do for you. No matter if you're looking for a tutor for you or your child, I will guarantee you the most satisfying tutoring experience.
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Lexi G. January 24, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
The teacher is a very friendly person and my wife thinks that she will be good for Lexi.
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Siyin M.

Newark, CA 94560
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Kailee D.

Pleasanton, CA

About Kailee

Piano has been part of my life since I was very small. I began taking lessons in first grade.
In high school, I discovered more about chords, improvisation, and playing in a band.
I also was in my high school's choir, where we received sight singing skills, using solfeggio and intervals for ear training.

I went on to graduate with a B.S. in Music in Worship (Piano), an interdisciplinary major in Biola University's Conservatory of Music. I have played on praise bands at several churches since junior high, and currently am on rotation playing keyboard at my church in Livermore.

I teach c
lassical, popular, jazz, improvisation, and any other genre you desire to learn.
I also adore giving direction to those who wish to create their own songs.

Dive in as a beginner,
explore musical expressions as an intermediate,
or hone skills as an advanced pianist.

(I also have tutored elementary math and reading for about four years now.)
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Sarai M. February 9, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kailee was able grab to my five year olds attention and express her excitement in playing in a way that captured my daughters excitement!
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Josiah & Elijah M. February 9, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kailee loves the piano and really enjoys teaching, it was a blessing to have her intruction
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Kailee D.

Kailee D.

Pleasanton, CA 94588
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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