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Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA

I start you out understanding the Major and Minor Harmonies and then later we move into more intermediate theory such as 7th chord harmony and beyond. Modes of the major scale and super imposition of arpeggios and pentatonic scales for improvising. Drop Chords / Chord Inversions.

About Curtis

I'm a friendly and patient person who strives to be really encouraging towards the student's education. I believe a good teacher will make a huge difference in the learning process. I was born and raised in Northern California. I first began studying guitar with Musicians Institute alumni Scott Allen. After three years of private lessons, I attended and completed my training from Musicians Institute(G.I.T) with a certificate in guitar performance. At the Musicians Institute, I was instructed by Keith Wyatt, Ernesto Homeyer, Scott Parker, Al Bonhomme, Greg Harrison and Daniel Gilbert (just t
o name a few). Along with learning the standard curriculum of Musicians Institute, I performed in many styles such as Blues, R&B, Pop, Rock, and Metal.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to develop a customized lesson plan for each of my student's specific goals in music, whether they are starting or continuing their music education. Subjects that the student may specifically choose to learn are: Theory, Chords, Scales, Rhythms, Tablature, Standard notation, Songs and Improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Boss E-Band Js10 and Fender Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
Boss E-band Js10 and Fender Guitar

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar Styles, Music Theory, Beginner to Intermediate Acoustic Guitar.
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Gorica J. July 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My 7 year old son had guitar lessons with Curtis. It was his first time playing an instrument. Curtis was very welcoming and patient. My son enjoyed the lessons and his interactions with the teacher. Hoping to take more lessons in the future.
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Mohammad A. July 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I have been so impressed by the way he teaches ,he is more clear and try to use the methods to make the student learn faster .He is so kind and a gentleman .
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Chona L. July 28, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis is very patient, kind and in tune with what my son's interests are as he learns the guitar. He is extremely knowledgable and professional. I would highly recommend Curtis to anyone who is open to learning acoustic or electric guitar!
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Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(6)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Eduardo C.

Sacramento, CA

About Eduardo

Since my birth, my life was influenced by music and my father's passion to sing. My sense of music started not with understanding of lyrics, but of melodies and rhythms. As matter of fact, the first language I learned was music!! How is this possible?! Well, because of my hearing disability, I did not speak fluently and very well until I was in 9th Grade!! But with God's grace, I understood the language of music first!!

At the age of 10 months, I was hit with a deadly disease: Spinal Meningitis. But thank God, I survived. Because of the disease, I became legally deaf (profound-severed) in m
y left ear and hard-of-hearing (severed) in my right ear. I currently use a hearing-aide device on my right ear. Regardless of my hearing disability, I have the gift of playing music, understanding music, and living musically. I have learned and played keyboard since I was 8 years old.

Piano was not the first instrument I learned. I started off with playing drums which is my secondary. I decided to make piano as my primary instrument and loved playing the piano ever since. My parents noticed my gift of music and agreed to take me to private piano lessons weekly.

After multiple years of private piano lessons from age of 8 to 14 and taking music classes in High School, at the age of 16, I joined the full band in a local church as the lead keyboardist. Of 16 years - and counting - with experience of performing and playing piano with a band locally and out of towns, I've had the privilege for 2 years as the Director of Worship & Music Ministry at Victory Outreach Sacramento (Spanish). Victory Outreach International granted me an opportunity to perform the instrumental piano background at the 2011 Victory Outreach International/World Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California.

In that same year, I enrolled into the full 2 1/2 year program at Life Music Institute (Instituto Vida Musik). The Director of Life Music Institute noticed my passion for music and the desire to create a Deaf Music some day; we became very close friends. He invited me to participate with 70 member choir at a local Sacramento Festival 2012. Saving the best for last, I was honored to lead in front of 3,800 people of the final special song "En Una Sola Voz" (In One Voice) in American Sign Language.

Currently, I am excited and honored to be the Music Director at Elevate Life Church in Sacramento, CA. Meanwhile, I am excited in continuing in pursuing a BA in Music at Sacramento State University. There are always room for me to learn and grow as a musician. Without a doubt, I am thrilled to learn even more in Jazz, Classic, and Performances.

Not only I play piano and drums, I play guitar as well! I loved acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a guitar and starting learning. Now, the guitar is my third instrument.

Besides living and playing music, I teach also! By numerous peers, families, and friends, I've been told that I have the gift of teaching. I love teaching!!

I first started teaching at the Sacramento City Unified School District as the Teacher Assistant from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento High School and J F Kennedy High School. It was an unforgettable experience teaching the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and disabled students. Not too long ago, I returned to the Sacramento City Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant I in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education Program. I'm loving it!!

I felt compelled to start teaching piano in 2010 at home. I've been hired by Southgate Recreation & Park District in Sacramento, CA as a Special Interest Instructor and I am still in connection to teach there in the summer every year. I teach piano, guitar, and American Sign Language there. Again, teaching - and giving - are my gifts.

Monthly, I share special events to all my students, friends, and family to witness, participate, or to support. Many times, I participate in those events and always encourage others to participate as well.

I believe that music is not our life. Our life is a music. You ARE a music. I'm looking forward to help you have a musical life!!

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach is play music first, then read and write music. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter. Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to play music on their choice of piano or guitar.

During the first lesson, I care about my students and their parents first; I want to be a friend to both of them. At the same time, they'll have a strategical, knowledgeable, and wise teacher. I start off with lots of questions about my new students, parents, and their interest. I even encourage my students to ask me questions too!! I move on in empowering my students to feel comfortable, confident, and fearless - and to enjoy!! Can a student learn without believing in themselves? Can a student have interest and passion without having fun or with a smile on their face? I encourage those important factors.

After noting down key strengths and weakness, goals, examples of lessons, their preference of styles and songs, and creating a song list together, through excellence rapport and communication, I'll get the feeling of the students’ expectations, needs, and what they enjoy.

My style of teaching is very interactive and for anyone to learn. I have a 6 year old student who learn her first song, "London Bridge" on her first day. One adult student, who supposedly could never be on tempo, finally achieved this from tempo #50 to tempo #150 in 3 lessons. Other students who can play 'well' now improve their flexibility playing Major Scales with two hands with up-beat rhythms. Others can now fully understand the theory and rules of Major Scales, Minor Scales, Major and Minor Chords, Diminished and Augmented Chords, and fill out the exercise charts without hesitation. Surprisingly, another student now performs comfortably in front of their friends and family just for fun!! These are just few examples of techniques, lessons, skills, theories that students succeed through my passionate teaching. I love what I'm doing!!

Additionally, the curriculums and book information I provided below are just a few and are not same for all students since each student learns in different ways. I am flexible and have access to many outside resources to ensure that my students' lessons are effective. My personality is lovely, fun, patience, peaceful, funny, kind, and friendly. From time to time, shy and timid private and group students are now confident and courageous. One very young student came up to me on his second lesson and said, "I really like you, Mr. Eddie!! I always enjoy seeing my student smile and laughing learning how to play music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The home studio lessons are in the living room with an 88 keys keyboard, guitar, and speakers. Seating is available. Parking is on the residential street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a Yamaha PF80 keyboard with built-in speakers and full-weighted 88 keys, a keyboard stand, a bench, and a music stand. A professional KORG keyboard can be used as well as necessary.

If students has a keyboard or a piano with full-weighted 88 keys, that would be great!!

I would expect the students to provided enough space for a minimum of 3 people with nice 'work-traffic'.

Although not required, it is a plus if a WiFi internet is provided. It would be excellent to expand my access through my laptop to resources such as videos, sounds, websites, etc as an extra tool as well.

A quiet area is required for effective teaching and learning.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. But more importantly, I study students' preference of genres to teach them basic fundamentals and go from there to more complicated fundamentals and techniques. I focus on teaching the students thoroughly of 3 elements of music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythms - whichever is easier and more enjoyable for students to start with. Dynamics also are taught as well to add another important dimension to the music.

To achieve in understanding and performing all these elements, I highly implement them through visual, reading, writing, listening, and playing. Lessons are hands on, active, thorough, and with common-sense examples and clarifications. Also, I enjoy teaching through many life examples to 'open their eyes' to the music language. I make sure that all their 'whys' are answered in a timely manner.
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Eugene P. July 28, 2015
American Sign Language · Online
Verified Student
I have wanted to take ASL tutoring for 10 years now; I am stoked to have finally started! I don't know why it has taken me so long to get started, but I feel beyond lucky to have found Eduardo as my tutor! My first lesson felt welcoming and was well planned. Eduardo taught my lesson at a great pace for me after having done a few assessments. I'm thrilled to have assignments and can't wait to begin practicing!
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Mita O. June 24, 2015
American Sign Language
I’ve always dreamed of learning sign language and when I decided to finally start taking classes, I chose to take private lessons with Eduardo Cardenas because I wanted the lessons to be catered to my learning style and rhythm. It was the best decision I could have made.

Eduardo knew how to encourage me when I needed it but also to push me when he saw fit. Through his classes, I not only learned beginner ASL but also had the opportunity to experience the deaf culture and practice my ASL with other deaf/hard-of-hearing people.

Eduardo is creative in his teaching methods, organized and definitely has a talent for teaching. I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning ASL.
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Shing V. June 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Eddie is wonderful and so patient. He has a weath of knowledge and can play anything (from jazz, contemporary, rock, blues, and the list goes on)! What I enjoy the most is that he keeps me on my toes when it come to my lessons and practices. What I also like about Eddie is that he is flexible because I have a busy schedule.

Eddie is great and he comes highly recommended!
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Eduardo C.

Eduardo C.

Sacramento, CA 95811
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$30 / 30-min
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John F.

Sacramento, CA

About John

John was born and raised near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He began playing the guitar and composing music at the age of twelve. From 2002 to 2004, John attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania where he studied classical guitar performance and became the guitarist for the University Jazz Ensemble. John transferred to Berklee College of Music in the fall of 2004. At Berklee, he performed in guitar quartets and quintets and majored in Composition. He received his Bachelor's Degree in May of 2012.

*** Lesson Details ***
As a private guitar instructor, my primary goal has always been the devel
opment of each students' musical creativity. Whether a student of mine hopes to become a songwriter, composer, or jazz guitarist or if they simply wish to learn guitar for their own enjoyment, I can guide them in the right direction. I firmly believe in the value of music theory, sight-reading, ear-training and music history. All of these aspects of music will be incorporated into each lesson. However, when I cover such material with students, I make sure that it directly relates to the style of music and/or material they are interested in learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to provide his or her own guitar, amplifier and cables. I would be willing to bring books, charts, sheet music and anything else that would be needed to teach each lesson.

*** Specialties ***
Although I teach guitar styles ranging from jazz, blues and rock to classical and folk, I am most proficient as a classical guitarist/teacher. The majority of my training as well as musical interest is in this style.
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RobertH2 February 27, 2012
A great first experience ...

John has been outstanding. He's very patient yet he keeps the train rolling. My son is a beginner but he has progressed very well and enjoys his guitar sessions with John. It has been a very positive experience. John is a great teacher.
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Miak July 17, 2011
A1 teacher

John F is a kind, respectful teacher who knows his teaching methods. We really enjoyed his musical expertise and patience. He was a joy to work with and learn from- a great teacher and person.-John H
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PeterM1 May 15, 2011
John is a very talented guitarist with much knowledge of classical composers as well as compositional elements including scales and modes.John is also very personable and seems willing to teach in any format to which his students respond.
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John F.

John F.

Sacramento, CA 95816
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA

About Gaw

Gaw is a voice artist, music teacher, and arranger local to the Sacramento area, specializing in styles such as Jazz, Pop, R&B, and Classical. She began her music experience with the baritone at age 12, and eventually learned to play the violin, trumpet, French horn, piano, and percussion. She received her B.M. in Jazz Studies and her Master in Voice Performance at California State University of Sacramento.

Gaw sings locally in various Sacramento venues, such as Naked Lounge, the Shine, Shady Lady. She won multiple Downbeat Awards with vocal jazz ensembles at Sacramento State. She performed
with Schola Cantorum under the direction of Dr. Donald Kendrick and performed with world class choir RSVP (Reconciliation Singers Voices of Peace). Gaw played brass with the championship level drum and bugle corps, Mandarins and Blue Devils A Corps.

Gaw is a positive, personable, and enthusiastic teacher. She began teaching music in 2004 at VAPAC (Visual and Performing Arts Charter), and she taught percussion for several years at C.K. McClatchy High School and a season with Folsom High School. She directed C.K. McClatchy High School choir and was the student director for Sac State vocal jazz ensemble Vox 2 for many years.

She is a currently the director of Sac State vocal jazz ensembles and the jazz voice applied instructor. She also teaches privately throughout Sacramento.

*** Lesson Details ***
"I love teaching because it's worthwhile to see my students succeed in something they really work hard for. I believe that every student has their own unique way of learning music. I am patient and understanding, so my lesson plans will be based on the student's ability, personal interests, and goals. We can work on songs that range from Bach to Ella Fitzgerald, Rolling Stones to Adele and Taylor Swift. Music is fun and rewarding. With me, students will develop a strong music education to help them succeed while having fun."
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Kennedy L. July 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today was our first lesson and I was very impressed with Gaw. She is very organized and great with kids. My daughter, 8 years-old also really liked her!
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Mary S. June 17, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My daughter just completed her first piano lesson with Gaw and she loved it! Gaw is very patient and intuitive. My daughter can't wait for her second lesson!
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Sina D. June 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Motivating, very well educated ! Friendly! Punctual! Definitely recommend!
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Gaw V.

Gaw V.

Sacramento, CA 95826
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$30 / 30-min
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Katherine S.

Sacramento, CA

I teach basic music theory starting from simply knowing what note is what to being able to begin composing your own songs.

About Katherine

Kat S., Soprano, has her Bachelor's of Music in Classical Voice, as well as teaching singing lessons in San Jose and Sacramento, CA. A member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing, she strives to support her students in finding their voice, no matter what level they are at. A proponent of being able to use your voice healthily for all singing styles, she is versed in classical, jazz, musical theater, and pop styles. She also has experience teaching beginning theory.

Now a teacher for elementary school music in San Jose, CA, she is also a professional singer for Fremont Presbyte
rian in Sacramento. Previous jobs she's had are section leader for St. Mark's Methodist Church and director for music for young adult Masses at the Sacramento Newman Catholic Community. Her own private teacher is the renowned Dr. Robin Fisher, Soprano. Dr. Fisher is one of two classical voice instructors at CSU Sacramento, and has performed in both the United States and Europe.

Lesson Details:
I teach from a comprehensive approach of taking into account mind and body: the science of voice as well as the artistic aspects.

Studio Equipment:
- Piano
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Travel Equipment:
- Multiple books of music for: classical or opera voice, jazz voice, musical theater, children's music

Specialties:
Opera - Jazz Voice - Pop - Folk - Classical
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Valarie Watson July 21, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Personable, So skilled!
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LauraAmy Marise P. June 14, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Katherine not only is a very professional and thorough teacher, but she is a very lovely person as well. I felt comfortable right away, I would absolutely recommend her to other singers wanting to learn or brush up!!!
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Michelle C. May 11, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Katherine was a wonderful instructor for my 7 year old little girl. She is very patient and understanding. I appreciate how positive she is and the uplifting encouragement she provided my daughter. Once school starts back in the fall, we hope to see Katherine again for more lessons. I can't say enough about how great she is and I'm so glad we chose her. You will not be disappointed if you choose her!
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Katherine S.

Katherine S.

Sacramento, CA 95825
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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