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Anthony J.

Palo Alto, CA

Theory links every genre and every instrument together. Starting with the basics (pitch, intervals, modes, keys) and later working on chord progressions, substitutions, and modulations, we can work on classical and jazz theory at your pace.

About Anthony

Extensive musical training, including thirteen years of jazz and classical guitar performance and theory, coupled with real-life experience as a studio and touring guitarist offers me a unique approach to music instruction focused on your individual goals and needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
While I do have a general method for education, the priority is always on what the student wants to learn. If you have specific subject material you would like to explore, contact me, I'll certainly help you out in any way I can!

*** Studio Equipment ***

Depending on the situation, I can bring some
of my recording and performance gear to lessons for demonstrations and exercises, including:

-Mesa Boogie Dual Rectifier
-Gibson Les Paul Standard
-Carvin DC400 Custom Build
-Music Man JP12 seven string
-A whole host of other amplifiers, mandolins, acoustics, classicals, and folk instruments
-Home studio equipped with Pro Tools 11 and Logic Pro X for recording

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring with me basic gear for teaching (not much more than sheet music and a guitar), but I can not leave gear with students. If a student had questions about specific types of gear I may have, including effects processors and amplifiers, and would like a hands-on learning approach, they can contact me in advance and I can demo the equipment for them.

*** Specialties ***
Music:
- I have been working recently as a touring musician and recording artist for rock and metal bands for the past few years. If you need assistance with breaking through stage fright, I can help your live presence dramatically. Check out my band, Love District!

https://www.facebook.com/LDistrict.Music/

- Folk stringed instruments and odd tunings.
- Sight Reading, both classical compositions and big band charts.
- Improvisational techniques.
- Theory and Songwriting.
- Recording techniques.
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BRIAN April 20, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great teacher, motivator and encourager! He can prepared to my first class with a plan and handouts to facilitate my practice in between lessons. I have an ambitious goal and timeline in mind, and I believe Anthony is just what I need to get me there!
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Tesni March 24, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
So far so good! Anthony engaged his students and shows a lot of enthusiasm.
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David March 15, 2016
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Fantastic start
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Anthony J.

Anthony J.

Palo Alto, CA 94306
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starting at
$35 / 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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Suriya M. December 28, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
10 stars! He's very good. He's always on time. Recommend!
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Michelle P. December 27, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Nicholas is a great singing teacher that is nice and is a great singer!! He helps my daughter understand easily as she tells me great comments about her lessons. Over all it has been great!!!
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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.

Nicholas M.

San Jose, CA 95126
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Cecilia C.

San Jose, CA

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About Cecilia

I earned my B.A. in Music with a minor in Italian Studies from Santa Clara University. I am currently getting my master's degree in education from Santa Clara University while working on a high school teaching credential. I have taught students from 5 year old to 70 year old and I studied classical singing with the most renown singers and teachers. I also had special training in music multiple times in Italy. I helped many people with pitch issues, tone quality, musicality, performance, and acting. My students were able to build their confidence; they turned from beginners to performers. I hav
e performed with many great singers around the world and have experience singing in opera productions, choirs, solo recitals, to name a few. The knowledge my students get are the essence from not only all my musical experience, also all my teachers and colleagues' essence.

I set my expectations high for all students. Students are expected to learn all the assigned music and practice throughout the week. Music is fun but it also takes a lot of work. However, students' progress will vary. As long you are eager to learn, passion about music, diligent with the work, you will far exceed even your own expectations.

Most of my students improve tremendously in a short period of time. I not only teach them singing, phrasing, and language, but I stress vocal techniques, emotions behind music, acting in character, and performing as a professional.
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Allegra M. April 27, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Was able to improve my vocals in one lesson! She seems very committed to helping me!
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Chun Y. July 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Cecilia was a quick study of singing level and able to connect well with our child to bring out his very best effort.
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Sheri H. February 4, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great with kids. Tries to accomplish singing lessons in what the student likes to sing in which makes the lessons fun.
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Cecilia C.

Cecilia C.

San Jose, CA 95131
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Devin K.

San Jose, CA

Instruction in classical and jazz harmony, ear training, and composition.

About Devin

I have been involved in music my entire life, and I love sharing my knowledge with others. I began taking vocal lessons from the age of 9 and have studied a variety of genres such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, Classical, Rock and Roll, and Folk. I studied Voice Performance at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.

I have been playing the violin for 16 years, and was classically trained from the start. I was involved in the Award-winning Sacramento Youth Symphony for several years before heading to Berklee. I was a member of Berklee's Contemporary Orchestra, and was involved in string quart
ets, Celtic ensembles, and led my own band. During college I branched out to fiddle styles such as Jazz, Celtic, and Folk, and became known for my improvisational ability.

Since moving to the West Coast, I have performed at venues including House of Blues Sunset, The Viper Room, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Pasadena Playhouse, and more. I am an accomplished songwriter, utilizing voice, violin, and ukulele in my arrangements.

My vocal instruction style varies based on the genre my students wish to pursue, and I have had excellent results. One student went on to tour in the international company of Bring It On - The Musical.

As a violin teacher, I instruct in the traditional style, and highly believe in a solid basis in reading music. As a fiddle teacher, I teach both from the page and by rote, and focus heavily on rhythm. I am happy to provide references from current students, if needed.
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Ayesha A. April 5, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Devin is a great teacher. I enjoyed my first violin class. Thank you Devin :)
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Daisy E. April 5, 2016
Devin is a terrific musician. She brings joy to whatever she plays. She has a warm and inviting personality which makes her easy and fun to be around. She has a natural ability with young people, making her a perfect choice in teachers.
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Devin K.

Devin K.

San Jose, CA 95117
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA

I have a strong background in music theory. My doctoral dissertation was analytical in content. I love music theory - it is like doing puzzles! If you want to learn about theory in an exciting and fun way, I would love to help you!

About DeAnna

Hello! I have been teaching piano since 1982 when I finished my degree in piano performance. I also have a Doctorate in Piano Performance, and have an artist diploma from the Mozarteum Academy in Salzburg, Austria. However, I think what makes me special is that I combine a friendly approach to teaching with high standards. My students do well in competitive and non-competitive events. And, they have fun!
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Helen N. May 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Today is my first lesson, I found Deanna to be a caring professional
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Ben Wolf January 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
DeAnna breaks her teaching down into segments focusing on smaller aspects, such as technique (scales and arpeggios), reading, theory, and repertoire, which I find to be pleasantly approachable in addition to giving me concrete smaller goals to work toward every week. The pieces I learn for repertoire span many historical styles, including classical, Baroque, and even some modern pieces (which are usually arrangements I've found online of songs I enjoy).

Before I started lessons with DeAnna, I had some musical skill but not to the level I wanted. One of those songs I wanted to learn to play had a section so difficult as to seem impossible every time I tried to play it. With DeAnna's help, I was able to master that song in 4 months, to the point where I can play it through on a whim, completely memorized. And even of the songs we haven't gone over, I'm confident I can handle them on my own, using the approaches DeAnna has taught me.

In addition to her skills as a teacher, DeAnna is quite personable and patient, reasonable in her expectations yet encouraging me to push myself even more, understanding when life interferes with practice, and just all-around fun to work with. I'm always looking forward to the next lesson!
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DeAnna H.

DeAnna H.

Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(2)
starting at
$55 / 30-min

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