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San-San L.

San Jose, CA

About San-San

San-San C.

OBJECTIVE: Piano/Flute/Music Theory teacher in a professional music studio

EDUCATION: Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from San Jose State University-Spring 2006

Bachelor of Arts Degree from San Jose State University, Spring 2003, in both Piano Performance and Music Education

SKILLS:
* University skill-level in piano proficiency

* Proficient knowledge of the Suzuki Method and Orff Instruments

* Proficient knowledge o
f Solfege

* Two Years of Marching Band at Lynbrook High School ('97-99)

* Proficient knowledge of teaching children vocal skills

* Proficient knowledge of teaching children beginning brass and string

instruments

* Proficient knowledge of both instrumental and vocal music repertoires

from the Renaissance to the present (especially works of Monteverdi,

Chopin, Lizst, J.S. Bach, S.Calvert, Telemann, Beethoven, William

Byrd, Robert Lowry, Robert I. Hugh, John Horma, Lowell Mason, D.

Bortiniansky, Magnus Lindberg, George Aperghis, Toshio Hosokawa,

Thierry De Mey, Steve Reich, James Wood and Helmut Oehring)

EXPERIENCES:
* Private Flute Students (Mar. '06-Present)

* Private Piano Teacher ('03-Present)

* Singer in University Women's Choir and Concert Choir, semester of

Aug.'99 and Aug.'00, and semester of Jan.'00 for the latter (sang

Holst's Planets with the San Jose Symphony Orchestra while in

Concert Choir)

* Singer in Ching-Ching Regional Chinese Children's Choir, Jun.'92-

Jun.'93

* Singer and Pianist/Accompanist at numerous Church Choirs

(Lutheran, Baptist and Non-Denominational for the last 15 years

* Teacher's Assistant of a graduate in Piano Performance (M.A., SJSU)

during special Saturday night program for children of Family Bible

Studies (Oct.-Dec. of '01)

Pertinent Course Work :

* Piano Repetoire Class

* Piano Accompaniment

* Music Theory

* Music History (From Antiquity to "Modern" Periods)

* Jazz Improvisation

* Jazz in America

* Fundamental "Skill" Classes (including Brass, String, Choral Literature, as well as the Voice.)

* Concert Choir

* Orchestration

* Music Technology/Music Notation/Computer Engraving

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a strict teacher in terms of students having a practice schedule that they will stick with/logging down times in terms of practicing regularly everyday (starting with 15 mins/day for younger, beginning students to 30 mins/day and 45 mins/day depending on the level of playing skill/background of each student.

For teaching piano I use Hanon scale book, Keith Snell's Fundamental Piano Theory and Baroque & Classical, Romantic and Contemporary Piano Repertoire books. I also use the Piano Adventure series set of books (which includes lesson, music theory, technique and performance books), and many variety of other Disney, Star Wars etc. of fun music kids nowadays enjoy listening to and watching on tv and in the movie theatres--for example Alvin and the Chipmunks.

For teaching flute, I use the "A Tune a Day for Flute" by Paul Herfurth & Hugh Stuart, "Mel-Bay's Flute Handbook" by Mizzy McCaskill & Dona Gilliam, the beginner Grade 2-6 and also the Advance Scales & Arpeggios Flute scale book by Daniel G. Theaker. Lastly, I also use "Disney Movie Magic for Flute" that includes songs from The Lion King, Pocahontas, 101 Dalmatians and Aladdin.

After 3 or 6 months, the student would have learned the basic mechanism of how their music instrument produces sound, high and low of sounds; the basic music theory --including concepts of the clef of their particular instrument, what an octave is, what are the different type of note values, the structure, format of how music repeats and how it is extended to various forms--eg. Variations of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star." Lastly, students will also be able to sightread 2-paged songs with ease (up to 2 sharps & flats) and also be able to play along with simple teacher accompaniment or a duet part without getting lost on their own playing part.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide lesson books, metronome, mp3 recorder, writing tools and post-its. I expect the student to provide their instrument of study.

*** Specialties ***
Music, piano, music theory, CM test prep, piano accompaniment
Classical, Baroque, Romantic, Contemporary, Christian, Disney, Suzuki, Orff, Keith Snell, Piano Adventure, Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Beethoven, Mozart, Bartok
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Sridevi G. November 11, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Over all good

Mrs.Lin was very good in her teaching, flexible in timings and class duration...
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San-San L.

San-San L.

San Jose, CA 95131
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$40 / 30-min
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Cindy W.

San Jose, CA

About Cindy

Music can inspire creativity and growth; it can evoke tranquility and joy. This was the case for Cindy W. who began playing the piano at the age of ten and within a couple of years studied composers such as Debussy, Liszt, Bach, and Chopin. While only in junior high, she started teaching piano, rapidly gaining teaching and business experience. She held annual recitals giving the students an opportunity to perform for their parents and peers in a public setting.

Cindy studied music with Rachel Perez-Hayes, a graduate from the Juilliard School of Music, New York, and was considered gifte
d and talented with perfect pitch recognition. Her background in music coupled with a Master'€™s degree in Educational Psychology has enabled her to create unique lesson plans for each student focusing on individual strength and ability. Cindy has performed in concerts, weddings, parties, churches, and school functions. Her entire life has been enriched with music and it is her passion to promote the arts to young minds as well as adults.

*** Lesson Details ***
Cindy teaches private 30 or 45-minute lessons from the beginning level to advanced. Students are taught using the Alfred all-in-one piano course because it is a step-by-step method that provides a solid foundation for playing and interpreting music while building self-confidence and an appreciation for the fine arts. Students typically learn how to read music and play pieces from their book while learning music theory, ear training, and rhythmic skills. Students have the option of performing in front of an audience or simply learning how to play for their own pleasure. Cindy coaches those desiring to play publicly in a non-threatening, relaxed manner.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room, grand piano, and keyboards available, room for parents to wait

*** Specialties ***
I have taught using the John Thompson and the Alfred piano course methods. I prefer using the Alfred method because it gets the students comfortable playing on the black keys from the start.
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Gizaw Y. November 21, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We have been with Cindy for more than a year she is doing excellent job we have 7 years old daughter learning piano we recommend her she is the best!!
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Gizaw Y. March 3, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
We are happy with the class

Our 7 year old daughter have been taking piano lessons for 8 months Cindy Withers did a great job for our kid. She is very patient and put priority for accuracy as well as artistic expressions, so our daughter learning with a very good technique that made her very much interested in playing music and we see a change every week. We really like Cindy Withers and we highly recommend her. Cindy Withers is an excellent instructor for our daughter.
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Araceli P. April 19, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Excellent teacher

I enjoy the class a lot. I am comfortable learning with Cindy because she is a polite and patient teacher. She is also very helpful and considerate when it comes to my learning.
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Cindy W.

Cindy W.

San Jose, CA 95112
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$40 / 30-min
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Mikaela S.

San Jose, CA

About Mikaela

I have a Bachelor of Music degree from San Jose State University in music education and have taught private lessons for the last couple of years. I am also currently in the teaching credential program and hope to teach music in the public school classroom soon! I have played the clarinet for 15 years and studied with Dr. Janet Averett for the last 4 while attending SJSU. What I learned from her about teaching is invaluable, I hope to be the inspiration and encouragement to my students that she was to me. I hope to encourage them to express themselves as well teach them good practice skills. Le
ssons with me will focus on not just the technical aspect to playing their instrument but the creative/expressive aspect to playing music on any instrument. After all, playing an instrument is about making MUSIC!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to provide for themselves their instrument, a music stand, and two chairs when in their own home. I will provide music if I can and, when at the university, the chairs and stand as well. They should also have the music they are working on at school if they have some.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Jerrod Nicholls June 25, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Mikaela is a very upbeat passionate teacher and was very warm and welcoming. I had no prior experience with instruments and I learned so much in 30 minutes and truly believe Mikaela will get me to my goal!
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Joey B. June 23, 2015
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Mikaela was very nice and patient with Joey. Joey had a bit of an attitude going in but he ended up enjoying his first lesson! Looking forward to the next one!
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Dennis H. April 6, 2014
Clarinet
Verified Student
What a difference a few lessons can make

Our daughter is in middle school and is playing in a band with about 20 other clarinets. At the first testing, she was seated in the middle of the pack. When she asked to take music lessons, we looked online and found Mikaela. Within a few lessons, Mikaela was able to find small things that made a huge difference. Now not only is our daughter playing better but has a lot more confidence with the clarinet as well.

Mikaela is very personable and patient. She really seems to care about our daughter and makes the lessons enjoyable. Not sure that we could have found a better instructor for our daughter!
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Mikaela S.

Mikaela S.

San Jose, CA 95112
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$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA

About Nicholas

Nicholas M. is available to give voice and piano lessons in-home and in-studio.

What to expect in a voice lesson:

Vocal warm-ups
Technique and style development
Selected songs to practice
A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

Nicholas' Choral Experience:

Past Conductors:
Dr. Sharlene Archibeque, Dr. Amanda Quist, Lou De La Rosa, Daniel Hughes and Dr. Jef
frey Benson.

Past Choir Concert Tours:
Europe 2005 with De La Rosa and 2010 with Dr Quist.
"Star Wars in Concert" October 2009 (Sacramento and San Jose)
"€œAndrea Bocelli in Concert"€ November 2012 (San Jose)
"The Rolling Stones 50 and Counting Tour" May 2013 (Oakland and San Jose)

Other Productions:
Eric Whitacre€™s "Virtual Choir"€ (Beta, 1, 2, 3)

*** Lesson Details ***
Voice and Piano Lessons

+ Vocal and/or piano warm-up exercises
+ Technique and style development
+ Selected songs to practice
+ A recorded copy of the lesson to review and practice with.

As a private instructor, Nicholas seeks to develop students of his own to build excellent technique that they may become confident and comfortable singers and pianists in any style they desire.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano Keyboard with Music Stand.
Piano and Vocal Song Books
Lesson Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a selection of music books to read from, a piano keyboard if the student does not have one, and a lesson recording device. Students may provide any music they wish to work on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in singing and teaching Art Song and Opera/Concert Arias.
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Ruma S. January 19, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Nicholas is an amazing singer and a great teacher! He is very professional, came before time, and went over time. My daughter and our entire family really liked him. He also teaches a colleague's daughter who spoke highly of Nicholas. All in all, a great experience!
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Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Matthew F.

San Jose, CA

About Matthew

I recently completed my Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from San Jose State with an emphasis in drum set performance and jazz composition. I also completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from San Jose State where I mainly studied snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion, but also studied the fundamentals in brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice. Additionally, I took private jazz drum set lessons to focus on becoming a versatile musician and teacher.

As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to teach percussion courses at a music camp to students between the ages of 6 and
17 that had no prior music experience. I developed daily music lessons to help all the students understand musical concepts and performance techniques. This opportunity helped me understand the importance of teaching music to children and how every student has a different way of learning. I always strive to shape my teaching style to my students needs.

As a drummer, I love to perform many different styles such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop. I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace; Symphonic Band; Marching Band; Jazz Combos; and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. Playing in all of these different ensembles has not only exposed me to variety of musical styles but also made me as comfortable playing in a group setting as in a solo context.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to help students achieve their musical goals and also make it fun. Lessons will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student. I will teach students proper technique and warm-up exercises that will provide them the skills required for the instrument. We will also work on various musical exercises to help strengthen the student's music vocabulary. Students will learn drum grooves from different musical styles such as Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, and Jazz according to their area of interest. I also like to have students play along with musical recordings to have them actively listening and exposed to different kinds of music. My goal is ensure that students enjoy every lesson but also that they take away a better understanding of playing the instrument and have fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice rooms w/ piano, drum set room, seating for parents. Parents are always welcome to sit in on the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum students should have drum sticks, drum pad, and a binder to hold all music that is given during a lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in drum set and orchestral percussion. Styles include: Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop.

I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee, Wayne Wallace, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals.
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Mark D. February 25, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Best instructor I could have ever hoped for!

Matt is professional and courteous, friendly and patient.
He will tailor his instruction to your needs and level. He is not just an instructor to me anymore; he is now also a friend!
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Tera N. November 27, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Matt is very pacient with my son, and he has learned a lot in only 3 lessons. Having the lessons at SJSU has also got him talking about college. My son is loving learning from Matt.
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

San Jose, CA 95112
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$55 / 30-min

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