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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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Kevin B.

Wilton, CA

About Kevin

Hello everyone! My name is Kevin and I am a pianist, vocalist, and instrument connoisseur. I have been playing the piano since I was 10 and taught myself how to play by ear. Growing up in a church environment I first taught myself gospel and later jazz. I personally love jazz, and this is one of my areas of strength. It wasn't until I was about 16 years old, while attending my first college, that I started exploring music in depth and as a potential career. As I started to delve deeper, I began to compose and have had some ensemble groups perform my pieces. I have arranged pieces for ch
oirs and accompanied them as well. I also play guitar and bass guitar. As a well rounded musician I can teach you how to play the piano, how to learn music theory, how to compose and the beginning levels of guitar and voice.

I've been teaching and tutoring music students for about 5 years now. I've always loved and enjoyed music, and want to share that same joy through teaching. I started teaching by tutoring my peers in college and realized how rewarding it is. I then started to include students of all ages while continuing my education. I have a knack for music theory as well, this is typically a challenging area for most people, and I find it extremely important for a growing musician. I've been teaching choirs and bands in multiple school districts over the past 2 years, and I love working with children especially. I have conducted my community college choirs, along with their concert band, and orchestra. My true passion lies in conducting as I am a classical pianist with an ultimate goal as a conductor in my future.

I am currently attending college to obtain a bachelor's degree in music, with my emphasis on collaborative piano, conducting, and composition. I have been taught from coast to coast, while gathering much more in between. I previously attended Bard College at Simons Rock (Great Barrington, Massachusetts) at the Age of 15, then moved back to California at the age of 17. I currently attend Cosumnes River College and have plans to transfer this fall to a major four year university to complete my bachelors degree. Presently, I work for the Sacramento Unified School District as a Piano Teacher and Choir Accompanist.

*** Lesson Details ***
In first meeting with a student I like to establish realistic short term goals, along with an overall goal in mind. Say nothing and teaching them everything. I like to promote a learning style of self-found knowledge. The best way to make something stick, is to discover it yourself. I like to see the "light bulb" effect in my students. Children seem to learn best when a lesson plan is catered to them, and when teaching is shown physically. Adolescence and adults tend to learn from a more technical stand point, with the emphasis on "how it works." My goal is to fuel a students thirst for the instrument and music as a whole. Depending on the student, and their goals, we can have a lesson ranging from really fun and easy going lesson to something a bit stricter that will keep up their progression and focus. I am a very patient person and have experience with ALL ages and ALL types of people.

I use a lot of different materials during lessons. Typically each of my students will have about 2 books at a time, one for the instrument and technique, and the other for theory. Though I love to cover many bases and provide the most knowledge to each of my students, it is also a priority to make sure that the knowledge is affordable. For that reason, I try to stick with more commonly used, easily accessible, and affordable books from publishers like Hal Leonard, Alfred, and G. Schirmer.

Within 2 or 3 months my students can look forward to having clear knowledge in the basics of their instrument(s) along with the theory behind the music. I will continue to keep an open line of communication with my students to ensure that I am meeting their goals, encourage questions, and ensuring their progress forward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard and Amp
Bass Guitar
Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Gospel, Jazz, Classical, and Pop in both piano and performance. I specialize in Jazz. Pop. and Classical Music Theory. I specialize in Pop and Jazz Bass Guitar and Guitar. I specialize in Gospel, Contemporary, and Jazz voice. In songwriting I specialize in Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Choral.
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Alicia V. February 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kevin was great with our two sons! He made piano lessons fun for them. My sons have learned a lot about music theory. We would recommend Kevin to anyone interested in personalized instruction.
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Daniel G. June 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Good experience with Kevin very helpful and willing to take time to explain the fundamentals of Basic Guitar. Daniel Galvez
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Alexander N. December 2, 2013
Music Theory
Verified Student
excellent ability to work with the student

You will enjoy taking lessons with Kevin, because he adapts very well to your skill level and is very intuitive as to whether you 'get' what's being discussed. He is patient as well, just like he says.
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Kevin B.

Wilton, CA 95693
(4)
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
(35)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Dylan M.

Roseville, CA

About Dylan

Hey there! Maybe you are just getting started playing and need some guidance. Maybe you have a firm grasp on things but feel like something is missing. No matter the case, you've come to the right place to expand your musical knowledge. Not to mention have a lot of fun doing it!

My name is Dylan M. Let me tell you a bit about myself. I have been playing music since I was 8 years old. I received 2 local music scholarships and a general academic scholarship. I am currently attending college for my music degree. I spent much of my time being a teachers aid for the music classes at the high sch
ool I attended. I love playing music and do it every chance I get. To me there is nothing more fun than learning a great new song and playing with other musicians.

I spent years studying music and putting the pieces together. I want to help you avoid the frustration of not knowing what to practice and how to practice. I can help you discover your talents by teaching in a straightforward and common sense approach. I encourage a relaxed but focused learning environment.

It is a great time to take lessons with me because I am currently taking music courses full time in college so I am immersed in the subject. Music has been my main passion.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach all levels of guitar and beginning and intermediate piano/keyboard.

Having exercise/song/workbooks is extremely helpful for players who want to learn fast.

And of course, these are just guidelines, we will see what works best. I have several books that I normally use that I find work really well.

Available instruments for hands on learning are guitar, bass, and keys. I will explore with you the ways to create original music or I can simply show you what it takes to play your favorite songs. I can keep you engaged by giving you important information from technique and theory books but then immediately show you how what you learn in the books can be applied.

I find it very important to teach aspiring musicians a broad understanding of music. We need to understand why it works in order to effectively play and create music.

During the first lesson I will focus on seeing what level your playing is at and would like to get out of music lessons.
From there we will jump in to learning by focusing on material for your skill level and interest. I will help you with your specific needs while also going over what any musician needs to be successful. During lessons I will give you exercises to practice including reading charts/notes and playing. I will identify how you best learn and fit the lessons to you. I have a tried and true approach that will get you seeing improvement as long as you practice and are ready to learn.

It is extremely important that you practice regularly. That way you can see real progress.As you can see, I feel it is very important to structure lessons in order to have success. We will work in sequence and build your skill from the ground up. That said I love catering to individual students needs and want to make sure I teach them what they want to learn. If you have something particular you want to learn. Be sure to let me know. 

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my studio I have a great keyboard, several guitars, a bass, 2 amplifiers, and some simple recording equipment, as well as relevant textbooks. I have everything needed for quality lessons. Be sure to have your own instrument.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For guitar lessons I will bring my guitar and any handouts for that lesson. If you are using one of the books I will use your copy to give you practice materials as well. I will bring my guitar tuner, but being a guitarist, it is important that you invest in a tuner, picks, and buy strings when you need them.

For piano lessons I will bring any handouts for that lesson. I will use your book that you purchased at the beginning of your lessons to give you practice materials.

*** Specialties ***
Pop Rock, Pop, Hard Rock, Groove Metal, Contemporary, Jazz, Classic Rock, Pop Punk, Thrash, Blues, Country, Classical

I love so many styles of music. I help students with any style they wish and I love to incorporate different styles together. Seemingly very different music styles such as classical vs more aggressive rock may seem like two different worlds but they really are closely related!
I show students how to know what notes to use over which chords and how chords relate to one another through the teaching of modes, and the diatonic chords within a scale.

With the determination to create this art and the right tools nothing is holding you back!

I teach fingerstyle, picking, alternate picking, economy picking, tapping, appropriate use of the whammy bar, palm muting, inversions, chord functions, progressions, scale degrees, harmonics, syncopation, modes, finger strength exercises, rhythm exercises, speed exercises, and more. And of course, I show you how it all relates and why it's important so you can utilize your new knowledge!
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Mackenzie B. June 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He's very patient and encouraging!
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Dolores Zeiher June 18, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Per my 8 year old grandson, Brennen, Dylan is the best. He is cool and takes his time. Brennen likes the fact that Dylan will go over something time and again till he understands and is able to play the notes. Brennen leaves the lesson feeling happy and very excited.
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Preston B. June 9, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
He's prepared and good with my kids!!
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Dylan M.

Dylan M.

Roseville, CA 95678
(13)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Craig T.

Folsom, CA

I am a published songwriter and film composer. Please contact me with your goals and aspirations and we will formulate a plan to help you succeed.

About Craig

Technique, theory, ear-training, and improvisation
for keyboard, voice, guitar, and drums/percussion.
My experience with live performance and studio recording with major label artists is now available to students of all ages. I am a multi-instrumentalist, a live performance keyboard player, lead vocalist, guitarist and a recording studio producer and arranger. I am thoroughly versed in the use of electronic drums, MIDI keyboards, Apple computers and the hardware and software used to arrange, produce and record music.
Please contact me with any questions about your quest to be the best musi
cian you can.
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Dave Schwartz May 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Craig is very knowledgeable and a very patient teacher. I'm returning to studying music after a approx. 20 year break. He is very flexible with my interests and what I want to accomplish.
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Michelle G. February 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Craig is great to work with. He is obviously very knowledgeable. He's encouraging and patient with me and I learn more and more at each lesson.
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Craig T.

Craig T.

Folsom, CA 95630
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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