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Welcome to San Francisco, the mecca of performing arts. While San Francisco may not have the musical history of other cities like New York or Nashville, what it does have is passion, and music groups ranging from classical to punk rock call the city home.

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That’s where we come in. If you’re looking to give your music career the boost that it needs, our San Francisco music lessons can help. Whether you’re looking to learn to play guitar, drums, violin, piano, or even fine-tune your voice, our certified and pre-screened music instructors will cater lessons to your individual goals and interests, ensuring an excellent experience.

We offer music classes ranging from beginner to advanced, and all ages are welcome. For our advanced students, we even offer courses in songwriting, music theory, music recording, voice training and music performance. If you can’t go to one of the many studio locations here in San Francisco or the surrounding area, don’t worry about it. We can come to you! Several of our dedicated music instructors are available for in-home lessons. Give us a call and we’ll help you set up the schedule that best fits your needs.

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Kathryn G.

San Francisco, CA

About Kathryn

From the moment Kat was tall enough to reach the keys she made so much noise on her family’s piano that they eventually bought a kid-sized version to keep in her room. When Kat turned 7 her family got her the best present ever; lessons with an amazing piano teacher.

Kat also began to study flute several years later and soon realized that music was the life for her. She majored in music in both high school and college graduating with a BA in Music from St. Norbert College in DePere, Wisconsin.

Kat has had a very diverse career in music. From a full time private music teacher to th
e Musical Director of a Burning Man Opera, to the Section Leader for a Youth Orchestra, to the keyboard player in a Theatrical Heavy Metal Band, Kat is always thrilled to stretch her wings and try new things.

Kat has taught over 100 piano and flute students in her career. She currently resides in San Francisco, CA where she performs in two professional rock bands, works as the musical consultant for Blue Scorpion Dance Theater, and the composer for Wily West Productions, as well as continuing to teach private piano and flute lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a ridiculous sense of humor. I believe in stickers, high fives, and celebratory fist-bumps. And yes, that goes for the adults as well.

I always looked forward to my lessons because they were so fun, even if I knew I hadn't practiced enough. That is exactly what I try to create for every student I work with.

Besides the humor, I customize lesson plans to fit you. Not just the types of music you want to learn, but HOW you learn. My number one goal is that you completely understand what you are learning. I don’t mind in the least if I need to explain a new lesson 10 different ways – we will work together until you really get it! Understanding what you’re doing makes it so much more fun.

Have a favorite song stuck in your head, but the sheet music is still too hard? No problem. I’m happy to write the song out for you at your own level. I want you to enjoy yourself, and if that means Lady GaGa then I’m happy to oblige. I will probably stick Mozart in when you’re not looking just to make sure you’re learning a lot of different things, but that’s what teachers are for.

Of course we cover fundamentals and start with the basics. I typically incorporate music theory and ear training with your lessons as well . In 6 months on piano, with regular practice, you will be comfortably reading music and playing songs you enjoy with both hands AT THE SAME TIME! (Gasp!) On flute in 6 months you will also be able to read music comfortably, will no longer feel like you are about to drop the flute at any given moment, will have a solid range of notes and have a solid feeling of control while you play.

I look forward to sharing music with you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room, piano, seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
My number one goal is comprehension -to make sure that all of my students really understand what they are doing. I work very hard to ensure an atmosphere where all of my students - no matter their age - can feel comfortable to say "I don't understand".
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Kimberly P. January 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Kat is the best! I'm 29 yrs old and never played the piano. I was really shy about taking lessons at such an old age and she made me feel super comfortable and she is great at figuring out how you specifically learn. She is super friendly and really great teacher.
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Jonathan F. October 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kat is a terrific teacher! I can highly recommend her without any reservation whatsoever. I was brand new to the piano, with only minimal Middle/High School experience, and she's helped me build a very solid foundation. She has a wide variety of musical knowledge and teaching experience, and uses this combination to help find areas to focus on and develop. She's also in a rock band and the position on her business card is Piano Destroyer, which is probably one of the coolest titles I've ever heard.

If you're considering learning the piano for the first time, or want to develop your talent to a rock-star level, take Kat's lessons!
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Kody T. July 25, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
What a great piano teacher! Very friendly. Highly recommended, especially anyone who has young kids.
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Kathryn G.

San Francisco, CA 94122
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$31 / 30-min
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Benjamin G.

San Francisco, CA

About Benjamin

I have been studying music my entire life. I first sat down at the piano at four years old and have never strayed. After attending a performing arts high school, I studied music composition and theory at San Francisco Conservatory of Music. My studies not only enhanced my passion for music, but gave me an understanding of it and the listening experience. My desire to share this love and excitement led me to become a piano teacher. Developing my own teaching practice has required intense organizational skills and independent motivation and enhanced my ability to work with others as I interact w
ith my students, their teachers, and parents. In this position, I have had the pleasure of expanding my students’ musical understanding by introducing them to new and different styles and genres of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Provide interactive and engaging private lessons to students of all ages at my studio and their homes.
Teach piano, music theory, and composition to students of all ages and skill levels.
Develop lesson plans, practice activities, and homework assignments tailor-made for each student maintaining their interest and heightening their skill.
Improvise and sight-read with students to helping them develop a working knowledge of musicality and movement.
Arrange popular songs and simplify advanced compositions to suit my students’ skill levels.
Help students listen to and understand the music they know and love through musical development and ear training.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 2 upright piano's and sound proofing equipment that helps reduce the intensity of the pianos.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in improvisation and ear training. I love teaching in the postmodernist classical genre. I also love teaching popular styles and methods where the student chooses what direction they would like to go. I do not force my students to play music they don't appreciate.
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Charlotte R. November 20, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Benjamin is the best teacher ever, talented, nice and open to every type of music you want to learn!
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Dan Briton July 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ben is patient when I am moving slowly through exersizes, he makes sure that I really understand how to read music and he is the #1 reason for me being able to learn the piano. He is very encouraging and I'd recomend him to anybody who seriously wants to learn how to play!
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Jassim L. July 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Benjamin was really awesome. Definitely recommend!
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Benjamin G.

Benjamin G.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(15)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Emily T.

San Francisco, CA

About Emily

I provide a fun, supportive and creative environment for my students, exploring music with enthusiasm and finding new ways of approaching the voice to facilitate a healthy technique.

I teach students of all ages and levels, and all musical genres. I believe that in order to sing any kind of repertoire (whether it be rock or opera), you first need to understand and work on the fundamental principles of singing; body alignment, breath support and a clear, resonant tone.

Originally from Gainesville, Florida, I started studying piano at the age of 6 and then started voice lessons around t
he age of 8. I started mainly with musical theater and pop music, and it wasn't until high school that I left Gainesville to pursue a more rigorous arts education at Interlochen Arts Academy. There, I discovered my love for opera and classical music, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from Oberlin Conservatory, and my Master of Music from San Francisco Conservatory.

Studying and performing music has been such an integral part of my life, and I have a lot of enthusiasm and energy to teach aspiring musicians!
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Mark G. April 3, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Friendly. Relaxed. Emily is very a talented vocal musician. Her female Chihuahua is adorable, too. Parking on the street and secure parking next door. XLNT.
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Jonny March 15, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Bryan March 3, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Extremely capable voice teacher.
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Emily T.

Emily T.

San Francisco, CA 94102
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Lella L.

San Francisco, CA

About Lella

I studied Musicology and Piano Performance at the Shandong Normal University School of Music, where I graduated with my BA in 2005. I taught music and established a band at a property management institute while a student there, and established my own practice after I graduated. I came to the United States in 2013, where I have continued to play piano and have joined a local band. I am happy to continue sharing my love of music with my students here.

I began tutoring Mandarin in January 2015. As a native speaker, I can guide you to a very high level, and help you learn to speak with a proper
Chinese accent.

Please note: Online classes are available for Mandarin Chinese only. Piano lessons are only available in person.
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Alyssa March 17, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Amazing!
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Yan Luo March 5, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Lella is a very good teacher. I've learned what I want from her.
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Ha-My L. February 19, 2016
Chinese · Online
Verified Student
Very nice, friendly and thoughtful teacher. She always tries to accommodate me and my busy school schedule.
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Lella L.

Lella L.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(10)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Warinya R.

San Francisco, CA

About Warinya

Hello!
I am a recent graduate from University of California, Berkeley, majoring in Legal Studies and Political Economy minor. Teaching has always been my favorite thing to do! It feels great to share knowledge, techniques and skills on a particular subject and even better when the students can use it for their school and/or career advancement.
I started teaching in 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand. My first job was an English tutor for Thai students (part time) while attending the final year of high school. After I have moved to the US, whenever I have time, I always accept teaching jobs, mostly r
eferrals from my friends or friend of friends.
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Cameron S. February 8, 2016
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Teacher was fantastic, extremely pleasant and kind, and on time! Would recommend her to other students.
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Ava A. December 8, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
In just 3 visits, she has completely changed my daughters' feeling about piano. They both are very happy with Warinya!!!
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Mohammed A. December 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Warinya is an awesome teacher. Really encouraging and focuses the lesson on what you want to get out of it.
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Warinya R.

Warinya R.

San Francisco, CA 94117
(12)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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