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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 enjoyed 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, ...

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Todd R. February 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mark is very patient and very talented! I never feel like he is rushing through my lesson. He makes learning fun!
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Marc M. December 18, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Everything a music teacher should be

My worst nightmare was that taking guitar lessons as an adult would be similar to my forced and short-lived piano lessons as a youth. Mark quickly set my fears aside the first lesson by outlining what I would need to learn to reach my goals. He is very adaptive to the student based on music preferences and skill progression. Each week we focus on progressively harder songs.

Aside from guitar knowledge and teaching skills, Mark is also very flexible around your schedule. He really makes an effort to communicate and to reschedule when needed.

I'd recommend Mark to anyone looking for guitar lessons. I feel lucky to have found Mark as a teacher.
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Mike E. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
Very good teacher

Helps you out when in need doesn't get frustrated . Will take the time to teach you how to play rather than to assign you something and except for you to understand. Very good teacher
Rhonda S. Hayward, CA

About Rhonda

I have always had a love for music. From all the music trivia games my family won't play with me, to my large collection of records, cassettes, and CDs - I am hooked! I made my solo performance debut at age 7 by singing "It's A Small World" acapella in a school talent show. At age 9 I started taking clarinet lessons where I learned musicianship and how to read music. Throughout my school years I also sang in choir, played tenor saxophone in the school jazz band, and hoofed it in marching band. During my first year in college I took a beginning guitar class for fun and I never looked back! I studied classical guitar for 3 years and piano for 2 years. I ultimately received a Minor in Music from California State University, Hayward in 1990. I have been playing guitar for 27 ...

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Peggy S. March 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Rhonda has a calm and gentle way with my pensive 13 year old daughter. She felt completely at ease after the initial five minute introduction and she has been looking forward to her lessons ever since. Rhonda is a very experienced musician and is versed in many musical genre, which allows her to assign music that will excite the student and makes learning fun.
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Lillian Espanola E. January 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rhonda is very patient with my nephew Davis who has special needs. She is very friendly and makes him feel comfortable and at ease. She is helping him to to play easy classical pieces and introducing music theory in a way that he can understand. She's awesome!
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Megan M. January 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Seriously the best instructor ever. Rhonda is patient and kind and can connect with you where ever you are in your progression. I started lessons with enthusiasm but some fears of failure, the enthusiasm has been supported well and the fears slowly forgotten because there's always something to practice and be excited about.
When I took some time off from lessons, and returned, just after one lesson my passion resumed again, after seeing Rhonda. I feel like I can ask her about anything.
I'm super glad I signed up for lessons. ~
Anna C. Emeryville, CA

About Anna

Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA. Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic designer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording ...

Isabella G. Fremont, CA

About Isabella

I was born in New York, then moved to overseas with my family. I have started to sing in 1983 with various choirs, in Istanbul, Turkey. I have performed with the prestigious TRT (Turkish Radio Television) Istanbul Youth Polyphonic Choir for 4 years. With the choir I had appeared on regular TV concerts, live concerts and radio recordings .I have a B.A. degree in "Advertising & Marketing Research" (emphasis on Creative Writing) from Istanbul University. I also have a teaching certificate from the University of Cambridge, CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults). I have a B.M. (Bachelors of Music) "Vocal Performance" (emphasis on Opera). I graduated from SFSU in 2005. I have performed with various ensembles, groups and choirs at SFSU since 1998. While I was at SFSU my ...

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Excellent teacher!
James S. Castro Valley, CA

About James

Hello! I am a performing freelance musician who loves to teach. I recently graduated from the Master's of Music program at the San Francisco Conservatory of music. I've played with many groups and orchestras in the bay area including the Symphony Silicon Valley, Berkeley Symphony, Napa Valley Symphony, Stockton Symphony, San Francisco Chamber Orchestra, and more. In my undergrad, most of my playing was in jazz. I've toured Europe (Italy, Switzerland, and France) with a big band in 2007, and performed at Yoshi's. I began on the electric bass in high school, playing in bands and everything from the Beatles to Tool. I also picked up some electric guitar. I've taught double bass annually at La Honda Music Camp as a double bass counselor, and look forward to taking on many students and sharing

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Adam A. October 23, 2014
Upright Bass · In home
Verified Student
James is very accommodating to my needs and offers valuable suggestions for me.
I have a very specific reason and goal with the lessons and he works that in every time.
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Ugo S. February 12, 2014
Upright Bass
Verified Student
Great Teacher with lot of experience!

James has lot of experience especially on the kind of music I'm learning. There wasn't even a single piece that he was not able to give me advices and improve the way I play (or try to play).

Also on the personal side he is really friendly and ready to help on any other informations like basses, bow, strings, songs, books, etc.

To summarize, I saw a lot of progress in my playing after taking the classes with James... totally recommend him!
Molly R. Hayward, CA

About Molly

I have been teaching for 13 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...tese are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE! What you get in voice lessons with me: laughter as you learn! I have learned solid classical vocal technique from the very best . I have trained with respected opera singers as well as leaders in vocal pedagogy. I believe everyone deserves the same useful tools, no matter what it is you like to sing! I am patient and customize each and every lesson. Need more time on ear training? No problem . How about beginning music theory? I can help with that,too. Are you feeling more confident, and want to focus more on song ...

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Suehay H. March 23, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My 10 year old son has been taking signing (and recently some drama) classes with Molly for some time now, and we can honestly say that she is truly an outstanding voice and drama coach. My son is learning so much from her and always looks forward to his lessons with Molly. Molly is the best and we totally recommend her!
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Julene D. March 10, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Molly is excellent as a voice/drama coach. Molly helped my 12 year old get her first real part for a play at a local theater. Not only has my daughters singing improved, she has also gained confidence. Molly is so encouraging and super positive. She helped prepare my daughter for her audition with lots of great advice on how to prepare her voice and perform. She coached her on body language and how to stand out at an audition. My daughter adores Molly and always looks forward to her next lesson with her.
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Patti C. January 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Molly is not only a knowledgeable and highly professional singing coach, she makes learning fun! Singing is a joy with Molly guiding you through the techniques and "tricks" of the trade. She recently did a group lesson via Skype with my friends and I and it was a blast. My New Years resolution: more lessons with Molly!

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