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Pierce Peter B.

Menlo Park, CA

About Pierce Peter

Hello! Thanks for checking out my profile. I offer two types of sessions: VOICE LESSONS and PERFORMANCE COACHING. My lessons are fun but also informative and I take great pride in helping my students make progress and succeed! Please see below for more information...

•••• VOICE LESSONS ••••
(age 9–adult, beginner–intermediate levels)
I offer voice lessons for students interested in singing musical theater, standards, pop, and light rock. My lessons focus on enhancing the beauty and individuality of your true, natural voice and on training you to use your voice with versatility, freedom,
ease, and endurance, without discomfort in the throat. We will work on proper breathing technique, using your whole body as your instrument, and working through any vocal problems and/or replacing any bad habits you may have. We'll also work on developing the all-important "mix voice" when appropriate. As needed, voice lessons also include Performance Coaching (to prepare you for auditions and performances).

•••• PERFORMANCE COACHING ••••
(all ages and experience levels)
Being a great singer requires much more than just a great voice! This work focuses on the art of song acting, auditioning, and performance for singers and actors in musical theater and other genres of music performance. Whether you're preparing for a specific audition or performance, or just doing the important work of training, cultivating, and improving your song acting and performance skills, this work is essential for singers. I work with singer-actors and actor-singers of all levels of skill and experience (adults, teens, and kids).

In Performance Coaching sessions, you'll learn:
+ how to eloquently interpret song lyrics with depth and understanding.
+ how to make the song your own while still being truthful to the lyric.
+ how to color your journey through the song with the dynamics.
+ how to best use body language, blocking, and movement.
+ what to do with your hands and eyes.
+ when to sustain a note and when not to.
+ when to "sing pretty" and when not to.
+ how to relate to your audience whether in a performance or audition.
+ other important principles and techniques for great song performance.

I've been teaching kids and adults since 1996, in private sessions and in master classes and workshops at institutions around the country. I'm currently on the faculty of American Conservatory Theater's (ACT) Young Conservatory in San Francisco, and received ACT's Distinguished Artist Mentor Award in 2015.

I've been a professional singer since 1987, singing in Broadway productions (such as Cameron Mackintosh's original production of LES MISERABLES), major regional theatrical productions, concert halls, clubs, cabarets, recordings, and even cruise ships and amusement parks. I studied voice with Stanford University Professors Gregory Wait and Evelyn Draper, with Halbert Blair at the University of Southern California (USC), and with acclaimed international voice teacher, Edward Sayegh in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. In New York City, I studied with Bruce Kolb, and with coaches Brad Garside, Sara Louise Lazarus, and Phil Hall. I studied music and drama at USC and hold a BA from San Jose State University.
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Lori H. February 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Pierce,

Has been a great help to my son in identifying the right songs for his upcoming audition. Pierce goes above and beyond to help his students.
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Myra G. August 13, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 16 year old daughter had the wonderful opportunity to take lessons from Pierce and he was outstanding as an Instructor. His energy and passion for music and teaching really comes through in his lessons and was an excellent vocal coach. Besides the singing aspect, my daughter loved his insights and tips on stage performance and auditioning. Pierce is a wealth of knowledge, an excellent teacher and most of all, a great person, who you would find friendly and full of integrity. I wholeheartedly recommend Pierce for lessons.
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Kuhoo E. August 11, 2014
Broadway Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My 12 year old daughter had the ability to sing but lacked everything else - technique, acting, strength, and stamina - That's where Pierce came in. He taught her how to emote when singing, how to control her expressions and how to sing with confidence. His care and commitment meant the world to my daughter - she had someone in her court that had a vested interest in her success. As a mother, that meant the world to me. Pierce is wonderful - he is upbeat, hugely talented, and a joy to work with. I would recommend him any and everyday.
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Pierce Peter B.

Pierce Peter B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
(3)
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA

About Kathleen

I am a classically-trained opera singer. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Vocal Performance and Vocal Pedagogy (teaching), and have sung professionally in the U.S. and Europe. I have sung Opera, Operetta, Musical Theater and Concerts, as well as choral and cantorial singing. I have been a finalist and winner of vocal competitions in both the United States and Europe.
I have been teaching voice since 1980, and have worked with students of all ages, from 14 to 75. I have also directed and designed for musical theater and opera. Because I love singing, I want to bring that to my s
tudents as well, whatever kind of music they want to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that learning how to breath is the key to good singing. After 3 months of study, my students will have learned how to breathe, which improves both their singing and speaking voices. Good breathing is the key to good singing and a healthy voice. With a healthy, well-trained voice, my students can be valuable members of any vocal ensemble, and enjoy their singing, For solo singing, good breathing is most important, whether singing opera, musical theater or pop music, because it gives a beautiful, full quality to the voice.
I always begin a lesson with warm-up exercises, to check breathing and vocal placement. Once the (vocal) engine is warmed-up, then we begin to sing. I try to get to know my students, so that, together, we can choose music that will enable them to reach their goals and is both fun and challenging for them to sing.

In addition to music, I also teach English (ESL), Accent Reduction, German, U.S. & World History. I have my CBEST Credential And ESL Certification. I do private tutoring and teach classes.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio with Piano
I have a MacBook Pro laptop computer + stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If a student wishes to have on-site lessons, I require that a piano or keyboard be available for the lessons.
I usually travel with my MacBook Pro laptop computer & stereo speakers, to provide recorded accompaniment, when necessary.

*** Specialties ***
I am a trained opera/oratorio singer, but I teach Broadway, Pop, choral and classical singers.

I have had many international students who didn't speak English well. Music is an international language that helps me communicate with all of my students!
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Elizabeth (Betsy) June 3, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I took away a whole array of new strategies and techniques to help preserve my voice and to increase my range. What a surprise- I had no idea I could sing so high!! Kathleen is a wonderful teacher and a really super lady. I'll be back for more lessons in the fall.
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Nadia N. August 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter is really enjoying her voice lessons. Kathleen is a talented, caring teacher and knows how to make the process effective and fun for my daughter. My daughter loves being able to choose the songs she wants to learn, and this collaborative process keeps her quite interested and inspired.
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Leah Y. L. May 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Excellent Voice Teacher

Mrs. B is a wonderful and dedicated teacher who focuses diligently during class sessions. She thoroughly explains terms and technique and is friendly and sociable. Her extensive knowledge of languages comes extremely useful in Italian arias and other folk songs as to explain the meanings of words and to convey motion. Her classes are enjoyable and fun, while still being comprehensively academic.
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Kathleen B.

Kathleen B.

Menlo Park, CA 94025
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA

About Marwan

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Laura September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Marwan makes learning piano fun!
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Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA 94043
(6)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA

About Margaret

I am a professional violin, fiddle, and viola instructor offering studio lessons for kids and adults. I teach out of locations in Palo Alto and San Jose. I have performed in orchestras, chamber music groups, bluegrass bands, and country bands, throughout the bay area. I have played violin since 1988 and taught since 2003. I hold a Bachelor of Music (violin performance) from San Francisco State University and an A.A. in Comprehensive Musicianship (music theory and performance) from De Anza College.
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Gabriel S. July 12, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Margaret is very good
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Patrick April 3, 2016
Fiddle · In studio
I took took violin lessons from Margaret for a few months. She is very good at explaining concepts and teaching technique. She helped me correct my technique from what I was taught by another teacher I was with briefly and that helped immensely. I highly recommend taking lessons with Margaret!
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Margaret G.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA

About Andrew

I have been playing and studying music in a variety of settings since 2008. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. This has given me experience in writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

I have been training people in various fields since 2013. I am currently a junior instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA where I teach a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations
. Feel free to send a question if you want to ask about anything before starting up.
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Soojung November 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Before taking lessons, I had picked up some chords and strumming patterns from the Internet. Over the 10 lessons with Andrew, I learned music theory fundamentals, how to practice the guitar on my own, how to pick out chords from any song, and even got to participate in group lessons. Even though I had to stop taking lessons because work got too busy, I learned a lot and now have a better idea how to improve my guitar skills.
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Tanja November 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Andrew is a great teacher. He's super nice, very patient, and knows how to work with a complete beginner like me. I started taking piano lessons a couple months ago and I already feel like I've learned a lot.
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Rishi November 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Very good Teacher. Understands the student very well and teaches accordingly.
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Andrew I.

Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
(11)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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