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Anna C.

Emeryville, CA

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About Anna

Anna is a San Francisco Bay Area native. A professional drummer for over ten years, Anna has performed, recorded and toured with countless groups of various music styles. Her education includes a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley (where she was a member of the Cal Band for four years), and Certificates in Commercial Music and Recording Arts from Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, CA.

Anna is not only known throughout the United States as a drummer, but also as a concert producer, live sound engineer, record producer, booking agent, tour manager, web designer, graphic de
signer and instructor. Her teaching experience ranges from preschool education to private instruction to high school drum line. Anna is the director of Music Time Academy, a music lessons/recording studio and retail store in Livermore, CA. Anna is also the owner of Smiling Politely Presents (a production company that has produced hundreds of local shows in the Bay Area) and Hella Buttons (a button manufacturing company that has pressed tens of thousands of buttons for bands).

Anna can currently be seen performing with many groups including: Muncie (American Rock), West Grand Blvd (Motown/R&B/Soul), Seth Chapla Band (Rock/Blues), and Jump Back (50s covers).

*** Lesson Details ***
I tailor lessons to the needs and interests of each individual student, doing my best to ensure that all students gain enjoyment and appreciation not only for drums, but also for music as a whole. In general, I focuses on teaching technique and efficiency, reading music, and developing listening skills.

To improve music reading skills, I often use the classic books Syncopation and The Funky Primer (aka the bible of rock and funk drumming). For younger beginners, the Alfred's Kid's Drum Course is one of my favorite methods for learning to read music and for learning general music concepts that the kids can apply to any instrument they may choose to pursue in the future.

For building technique, speed, and endurance, I like to introduce students to standard rudiments (they are like the scales for drummers). I also like to encourage students to try to play a rudiments and other exercises along to their favorite songs, since this is a fun way to not only keep a steady tempo, but also to make the repetitive practice less monotonous.

I try to balance out the sometimes dry and mathematical reading and rudiment work with more artistic and musical ideas, making sure that no matter how much you study and learn from books, you still always remember that you are practicing the art of music making. This includes working on songs of the student's choosing (which I can pull up on online, in case the student does not own the recordings) and working on improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Time Academy: Large, sound-treated room with one drum set for the student, with practice drum pads for me to play along with.
Home Music Studio: One set of drums in a room of the house dedicated entirely to music

Parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons at either location.

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, I would expect the student to have their own drums and preferably a music stand. I can bring in books and other teaching materials, however it is best if students purchase their own copies of the books we use regularly.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles of drumming. My performing and teaching experience mainly falls in the categories of rock, funk, blues, pop, R&B, soul and jazz. I have 8+ years of experience with marching drum line (tenor drums/quads, snare, cymbals) and have training in classical percussion as well.
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Anna C.

Anna C.

Livermore, CA 94551
starting at
$30 / 30-min

Michael K.

Saratoga, CA

About Michael

Hi! My name is Mike and I am 26 years old. I have been playing guitar now for about 13 years. I am a national touring guitar player in the band Letters From The Fire. We recently returned from a national tour with Trapt, Pop Evil, Nonpoint etc. I have been on 10 major national tours and have played every state in the U.S. except Hawaii and Alaska.

I currently teach lesson in the South Bay Area, CA. My focus has been producing and song writing for film and television. I have taken it upon my self, as a product of the local music scene, to give back and help out younger bands get to t
he next level in the way they conduct themselves as musicians and in their songwriting.

I am also working with Ben Moody (ex. Evanescence) on score pieces for several movies. Music is my life and its everything I do.

I can't wait to get to know you, Lets rock out!

*** Lesson Details ***
As a self taught musician, I know it is important to take away all of the smoke and mirrors of the instrument. It is not impossible and you can, with practice and dedication, be a great musician. I also find it necessary to make lessons fun and entertaining. Though technique is important, it is important that you enjoy playing and practicing.

I am a very laid back teacher as long as you are doing your job :) My teaching style does cater to different skill levels as well as the material you would like to learn.

I hope to make this a fun and stress free environment for anyone. You can not learn an instrument if you are afraid of your teacher and your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools 10 HD Native w/ Avid Omni interface.
Axe Fx 2 Guitar Processor and 2 Bogner Uberschall Half Stacks.
Line 6 Mini Combo
2 Esp Eclipse
1 Gibson Les Paul Studio
1 Warwick Bass
Roland V-Drum TD-20

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a guitar if need be. I ,however, would prefer students to have a guitar, tuner, and some kind of amp. (amp not necessary)
If teaching music recording, I would like the student to have a computer, DAW, and interface.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in hard rock/metal guitar but can also teach Pop. I am knowledgeable in pro tools/musical recording as well. I also can teach music writing and music performance. As a touring musician who has toured with multi-platinum bands Fuel, 12 Stones, and The Letter Black, I pride myself on my knowledge in the industry that I can share with you.


Rajat M. June 14, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Michael has been a great teacher for our 7 year old son. This was the first time our son is learning guitar, and Michael got him started on the right foot. He makes the lessons fun and interesting and keeps the positive energy flowing.

Always on time - really easy to work with for schedule.
sunitha K. July 11, 2013
Excellent teacher

My 7 year old has been taking guitar lessons from Mike for the past 4 months. It has been an amazingly positive experience for my kid. He has learnt a great deal in such a short time all thanks to Mike's exceptional professionalism, patience and encouragement. He is very observant and is able to spot the problem areas right away, as a result, my kid is learning the right techniques from the get-go. He has the unique ability to tailor the lessons for the student and make the class very enjoyable. My kid looks forward to his lessons every week and doesn't want to stop at the end of the class :-) He is a very motivating teacher and sets high standards and my kid is eager to practice at home, so he can impress Mike at the next class!!
Our experience with Mike has been nothing short of terrific and I would recommend him highly.
John L. April 21, 2013
The best teacher I've ever had, an amazing guitarist and nice guy!

I've tried guitar lessons in the past from nearly a half dozen instructors. I'd pick up bits and pieces then go off on my own as it seemed many were more interested in pushing a style or agenda than actually helping me improve what I had (bad as it was), firm up fundamentals, and help me really progress with the styles and goals I had in mind.

Well, all that changed when I met Mike. In the first lesson with him I got more out of it than from all my past lessons combined. I thought there was no way this could continue, but every time I leave a lesson with Mike I'm blown away by the progress and by how quickly he gets to the root of what I need to change.

His patience, professionalism and great attitude also make him a fun person to hang out with and the lessons feel more like kicking it with a brilliant friend. He's also amazing with children and has my 9 year old begging to take lessons with him.

My only hesitation in writing this review is that if everyone knew how good he is, he might not have the schedule flexibility when my work gets in the way. Still, I can't let my selfishness stand in the way of his success and anyone that is fortunate enough to have time with Mike is in for a rare find in the world of music!
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Michael K.

Michael K.

Saratoga, CA 95070
starting at
$50 / 30-min

Richard F.

San Jose, CA

About Richard

I hold a Bachelors of Music degree from the University of the Pacific in Stockton California, where I studied piano and music theory. Since then I have been performing and playing piano in clubs and restaurants as a soloist, as a member of small groups, and as a one man orchestra using computer assisted accompaniment. I play a huge variety of musical styles from Bach to Beatles, jazz, pops, standards, and originals.

Also a computer engineer, I have worked in the field of digital audio and video recording technology for some well known Silicon Valley companies such as Adaptec, Roxio, and Str
yker. I have my own digital recording studio in my home and I have made many recordings of myself, as well as having composed many piano pieces, concertos and symphonies.

I teach Sequencing Engineering to musicians and pianists who are interested in composing or
recording their piano performances. . Most professional pianist today use sequencing recording to record their CD release.

. Sequencing recordings are better sounding than any analog or digital recording, the editing tools are
far more powerful, the technology is much easier to learn and the cost is pennies on the dollars over
purchasing expensive analog or digital recording equipment or hiring a studio.

I can set up your equipment for you, show you what equipment you need, and teach you
how to compose symphonies, piano concertos, small or large compositions, and, he can teach you
how to record sequence your own compositions or musical performances.

*** Lesson Details ***
Sequence Lessons.
Private Sequencing Lessons with an experienced Pianist, Composer and Recording Artist.

I am an accomplished pianist and composer and recording artist. I have composed and recorded several
piano pieces and piano concertos using sequencing software.

I specialize in recording pianists.

The advantages to sequence recording are many:

. Sequence recording provides the recording artist the ability to edit their recordings
in standard notation, note by note.

. It's easy to add backing onto a sequence recording using synthesized sound.

. Since sequencing is 100% digital there is no hiss, or noise, and the result is richer and fatter than
any analog or digital recording.

. Sequencing recording provides more powerful editing tools than digital or analog recording.

. Sequencing is easy to learn, the result is better sounding than any analog or digital recording.

. Sequencing cost pennies on the dollar over recording studio prices, especially since you learn how to do it yourself.

. You have far more control over the final product than hiring a recording studio.

. You can take your time and record anytime on your timeline.

. You can record anywhere, you don't need a sound proof room, you can record in your home, and nobody
can hear you.

. Most professional pianist recording artists today are using sequencing recording because the editing
is easier, editing is more powerful and the end result is better than any analog or digital recordings.

. There is no advantage to analog or digital recording. Analog or digital recordings require very
expensive equipment and extreme skill is required to filter out the hiss, noise and produce a fat, rich,
in the face sound.

. Editing wrong notes, and sloppy runs is near impossible using analog or digital recordings. It's easy
using sequencing software. Adding dropped notes is also very easy. Cutting out stumbles is very easy.
Speeding up or slowing down passages is very easy.

. There is no clipping, noise, hiss, distortion, pops, or unwanted sound using sequence recordings.

. Compression is not necessary the innate recorded sound is already compressed and normalized.
It's extremely easy to master sequence recordings.

I can set up your computer for you and teach you what equipment you need and show you
how to sequence record and edit your own piano recordings.

I can also teach you how to compose piano concertos and symphonies using sequencing software and synthesized sound.
The results sound just like a 90 piece philharmonic orchestra.

Learn how to do it yourself while recording your CD album.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have studio in my home and I have a portable all digital recording studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will learn what equipment they need, They can buy thier own equipment or use my equipment to record.. .

*** Specialties ***
I also teach sequencing and digital recording technology.


SuparnaV September 4, 2011
Piano with Richard

My daughter enjoys her lessons with Richard. She says he seems to love the piano and seems to love teaching. He has a lot of energy and enthusiasm. He also keeps the lessons challenging.
JackieD August 30, 2011
Feedback for Richard F.

We love Richard. Richard has a way of teaching that motivates our daughter to perform better, practice more, and enjoy playing the piano. Thank you so much Richard.
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Richard F.

Richard F.

San Jose, CA 95123
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA

see Audio Engineering

About Samuel

After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2010 with degrees in Music and History, I spent several years touring and recording with artists on the East Coast, teaching as many as 20 private lessons a week, and studying tabla (Indian hand drums) to keep my own musical education alive and moving forward. I have a passion for music of all kinds, and specifically for drums and percussion. As a result of the diversity of my tastes, I have an eclectic performance background. Over the past decade I have performed with rock and metal bands, jazz ensembles, percussion ensembles, various indepe
ndent singers and songwriters, musical theater productions, African drum ensembles, and even a contemporary dance company. I am excited to be living in Santa Cruz and continuing my own education as a PhD student in Music at UCSC!


Jose and Deborah Vasquez July 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Sam is wonderful drum instructor. He is very friendly and my teen son feels very comfortable around him. They worked for several months on drums and Sam even took time to listen to my son's DJ music production. Sam gave him his opinion and suggestions for improvements. We are very happy with how fast my son began to play drums only after the start of a few lessons. We highly recommend him!!!
Andi L. April 10, 2015
Drum · In home
Sam has taught our 10 year old son for over a year now. The best thing about Sam is his ability to make learning fun and also teach and keep our son engaged. He lets my son choose the songs he wants to learn and brings in piano and guitar as my son explores music each week. Sam is extremely professional, punctual and true positive role model to my son and we look forward to his visit each week. We truly found a gem when we found Sam and look forward to a long musical voyage with him and my son.
Maggie L. December 21, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Sam is terrific teacher. He's been working with our 8-year-old boy for just a short time, but in that time, our son has made amazing progress. Sam's lessons are well-structured, but he lets our son choose the songs he wants to learn. He also makes each lesson fun and is good at adapting if our son finds something easier or more challenging than expected. Sam is also really nice to work with-- professional, punctual, and courteous. We all highly recommend him.
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Samuel C.

Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Marwan S.

San Jose, 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.


Cecilia M. May 18, 2015
AP Calculus · In home
Verified Student
Marwan is amazing!
He impressed me already the first minutes of the first lesson he gave my son in AP Calculus BC by asking specific questions and pin pointing where my son might need help. After that he has come prepared and focused with materials for each tutoring session.
Marwan's piano credentials speak for themselves but I want to underscore that he is really good at adjusting to the student's level and making it fun. My daughter always tells me afterwards *it is so much fun with Marwan!*.

On top of all that, Marwan is a good, kind person and a really cool guy. You could not be in better hands.
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

San Jose, CA 95126
starting at
$45 / 30-min

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