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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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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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Ray A. July 8, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think Mark is a good guitar player and the best guitar instructor i ever had. Igive him 5 star rating.
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Mark B.

Mark B.

Castro Valley, CA 94546
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$40 / 30-min
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Amanda B.

Livermore, CA

About Amanda

Hello, I'm new to California, but not new to teaching! In Pennsylvania, I sustained a studio of 10-20 driven students. I now want to start building up a group of great students in the Livermore area. I obtained my B.M. in Violin Performance from West Chester University. I have been furthering my teaching skills as an active American String Teachers Association member, through Suzuki training, and pedagogy study at The Juilliard School during the Starling-Delay Symposium on Violin Studies.

I work to help students create and achieve their musical goals. I pride myself on clearly communicating
lesson topics and assignments so every student knows exactly what must be practiced for the upcoming lessons. Teacher clarity helps students practice in a more focused fashion so they can improve as steadily and quickly as possible. I ensure my students get the most out of each lesson by using a variety of teaching styles and tools. Students with longer lessons (45 minutes or more) can benefit from music theory workbooks and games which I incorporate into the lessons. My goal is to make every lesson fun and challenging for my students!

I offer multiple performance opportunities each year. For the past three years I organized formal spring recitals where all my students gained the experience of playing with an accompanist in a recital hall. This past year I invited a few select students to perform in an honors recital. Another performance opportunity I offered a few years ago was a more casual Duet Day where my students and I performed duets for their family and the community in a park. Of course, these opportunities change from year to year, but the emphasis is always on giving a performance to be proud of!
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Ela M. February 23, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is an excellent instructor and I like her work ethics and her dedication to teaching music.
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Riley P. January 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Amanda is very nice and patient with my girls, they really like learning with her. They have really learned a lot in only 3 lessons. We will definitely keep taking lessons with Amanda:)
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Jamaal W. May 21, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Amanda is very patient, very understanding and a true professional. She teaches with passion and is very dedicated to the success of her students. I'd highly recommend her.
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Amanda B.

Livermore, CA 94551
(5)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Molly R.

Hayward, CA

About Molly

I have been teaching for 14 years: kids, teens-even beginner vocalists in their seventies! Rockers, an "Idol" finalist, church musicians, lapsed opera singers, preschoolers. ...these are just a few of singers I have worked with, in person, in the classroom, and ONLINE (I just love teaching singers all over the country and the world!) .

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 who have performed with companies such as Lyric Opera of Chicago, as well as leader
s 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 polishing and getting into the heart of your songs? Let's do it! Confidence an issue? I am a pro with very shy people. I'll get you out of your shell, relaxed, and having fun right away so we can free that voice of yours! I have worked with many singers who have been diagnosed with anxiety: you're in good hands and you can trust me with your voice.

I am also a drama teacher who has worked with groups as well as individuals. I love working with beginning acting students! I'll assist with monologue prep, improvisation, voice for the stage, body awareness, and more. I love being on stage and want you to see how fun it is to jump in and let go,too!

If you're interested in beginner ear training or music theory, I'd love to help you with that as well. I present it in a no-nonsense and fun manner! I'll provide you with simple worksheets to increase your confidence in learning the language of music, as well as run you through increasingly challenging patterns and sight reading for the ear training. Don't be afraid: I make it easy and customize it all.

I have been singing for over 20 years. Performances with the Lira Ensemble and Opera on Tap Chicago, and in master classes with international opera stars Alan Held and Lorna Haywood. Coaching with Collaborative Works Chicago and Rossini Opera Festival. Additional studies in Rock Vocals, Voice Care, Improvisational Comedy, Holistic Voice, Acting, Foreign languages, Dalcroze, Speaking Voice for Singers, , Commercial Vocal Styles/Belting with Lisa Popeil, teacher mentoring workshop with Maestro David Jones. Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance. Additional workshops in Vocal Pedagogy with David Sabella-Mills, Jeannie LoVetri. Dr. Karen Prokop.

Certified CoreSinging Instructor- one of only a few in the U.S. trained by Meribeth Dayme, PhD, respected clinician and authority in vocal pedagogy and author of "The Singing Book".

My students do a variety of great things! One was a top 12 "American Idol" finalist. Current students perform in musicals, top rated choirs, and professional rock , jazz,and blues bands. Many have won awards for their singing at competitions such as NATS. Students of mine have also been accepted to prestigious performing arts high schools and undergraduate music programs.

I think if you can speak, you can sing. Everyone can and should sing! Don't let anything hold you back. I am a people person that is very passionate about music and singing, and want to be the teacher you'll trust with your voice. Come laugh and learn with me!

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach in person (East Bay, California) and online via Skype or FaceTime.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sing and See Software. Additional materials I use: Funky n' Fun Vocal Exercises, Estelle Liebling Vocal Methods, Bona and Dannhauser for sight-reading.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner vocalists! Very shy singers. Children, teens. Lapsed singers,older beginners, and seniors. Experience in working with those with learning disabilities , special needs, and victims of abuse. Have also worked with transgendered .
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Stephanie August 25, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Molly is a patient and lively teacher. From the very first lesson she made me feel comfortable singing around her, which is great because I get self-conscious about my voice. She makes the lessons fun and I honestly have a good time every time I meet with her. Awesome teacher.
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Farrah August 24, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wonderful teacher, she knows exactly how to make class fun for young kids and bring out their best voice!
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Sharon August 17, 2016
Singing · Online
Molly has been great. I am completely new to any sort of singing lessons and she has been very patient. I am really enjoying my sessions with her and have already learned so much in a short time. As I am a beginner, I was really nervous but she has made the whole experience really great!
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Molly R.

Molly R.

Hayward, CA 94545
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Will J.

Livermore, CA

About Will

Hi there! My name is Will J. and I can’t wait to meet you! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, hobbyist or professional, I customize each lesson plan to suit your needs and make you the best musician you can be.

As a drummer, I’ve been fortunate to study with some of the world’s top musicians. I hold an AA in Drum Performance from Musicians Institute, and studied privately with many great drummers. Some notable instructors include John Xepoleas, Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, M83, Miley Cyrus), Chris Coleman, Michael Iveson (Gotye) and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power).

It’s my passion and ple
asure to take everything I’ve learned from these experiences and share them with you in a fun and upbeat environment.
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Adam June 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Will is GREAT! He is down to earth and on the first lesson he is already customizing my lesson/s to fit my needs! he asked questions of what I know, where do i think i plan on taking this in the future, did some assessments and away we go!

I am TOTALLY looking forward to my next lesson!
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Jane Manprasong May 21, 2016
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lesson with Will for almost a year and he loves it. Will is a very nice , polite and academic instructor. The lessons given are useful to young musician and easy to follow .Will has years of experiences being on tours with a lots of different bands, I also strongly recommend him to anyone who want to study advance drumming as well .
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Kendric May 12, 2016
Drum · In studio
As a drummer already with 12 years experience behind the kit and many previous teachers, I can say without a doubt Will has by far been the best instructor I have taken lessons from. Will is a great, well rounded player who is able to communicate ideas clearly and most important of all he is critical without ever coming off as harsh.

I would definitely refer anyone looking to learn or improve their craft to Will.
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Will J.

Will J.

Livermore, CA 94550
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Carina W.

Fremont, CA

About Carina

I have been playing piano for 15 years, and am studying piano performance and pedagogy at Oberlin Conservatory, one of the premier internationally acclaimed music conservatories. I have been teaching for over a year now, and I have learned so much and continue to do so every day. The core of my teaching philosophy is to provide tools for people of all backgrounds to enjoy music on a deeper level and to develop their own musical ideas and skills. I love teaching students of all ages and skill levels, and am extremely flexible with each student's own goals for their lessons. My teaching covers t
he development of technique and musicality, and will incorporate music theory, ear training, as well as a bit of music history. You can find recordings of my performances on YouTube -- search "Carina Wu junior recital" and/or "Carina Wu Gijon". I look forward to meeting you and discovering the joys and power of music with you!
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Gabi C. August 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great with kids! My daughter is loving every second of the time with the teacher! She's great with kids! Highly recommend!
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Carina W.

Carina W.

Fremont, CA 94539
(1)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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