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Santa Cruz is regionally dubbed as California’s surf city. It’s the place where young people travel to find sun, waves and a rush of adrenaline. In fact, the place is so well know for good times that it’s already considered as one of America’s best resort communities. So, if you’re a fun-loving, adrenaline-pumping resident from Santa Cruz, we have a treat for you. We’re inviting you to join our Santa Cruz music lessons with one of our local Santa Cruz music teachers.

So check out our Santa Cruz music lessons and find an instrument that’s right for you. Here, you can learn how to play an amazing guitar riff, awesome drum adlib or funky bass line that you’ve always dreamed of. Not only that, we’ll ensure you develop the fundamentals and proper technique. This way you’ll not only be able to play your favorite riff, but you’ll also be able take what you’ve learned to the stage if you choose to do so. Now, if you want to build a career on music, then our Santa Cruz music lessons also feature fantastic lessons on songwriting, music performance, theory as well as music recording. No matter what your interest in music we’re sure to have music lessons that can help you achieve your musical goals.

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Adam S.

Felton, CA

About Adam

I'm an alumnus of Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA.
I have over 15 years experience playing composing and performing.
Will teach you guitar, piano or bass in any given style.
I'm great with music theory and ear training, and will work to make you a better musician. I perform regularly around California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a firm believer in learning music through songs, and it's the student's favorite music that will keep the student motivated. I do my best to communicate my passion about music to the student. My lessons consist of ear training, sight-reading, and
music theory.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Teaching studio w/ guitar, piano, bass and amplifiers.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar, bass and amplifier if needed.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student
Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest
feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Acoustic guitar
Classical Guitar
Electric Jazz and Funk Guitar
Rock.  Recording.
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Scott L. February 15, 2013
Classical Guitar
Verified Student
Up for the challenge...

I am a professional musician, playing several different instruments and singing most of my life. I never picked up the guitar until a year ago. I'm not the traditional student who wants to learn rock 'n' roll, but am instead a lover of classical music. From day one, Adam worked with me to find out my skill level and taste in music. He challenged me to learn amazing pieces, played in finger style #I highly recommend#, and even taught me a few songs from the rock genre. Adam has a cool demeanor and makes learning guitar interesting and fun. What I learned from Adam in just a short time amazes me, and I know he can teach even the most challenging student.
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CarlosS June 25, 2012
Adam is charismatic, enthusiastic, super educated, and dedicated to teaching! He's a great professor overall and is always looking to find better ways to fit your learning style. I've had dozens of music instructors throughout my life and Adam is definitely one of the best!
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GabeP May 9, 2012
Absolutely Great!

Adam is an outstanding guitar instructor and makes learning lots of fun! He has a unique way of breaking down lessons to make playing enjoyable while understanding the fundamental concepts of musicianship. He rocks! (pun intended) :-)
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Adam S.

Adam S.

Felton, CA 95018
(5)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Brianna J.

Campbell, CA

About Brianna

Music has been a large part of my life since I first started taking piano lessons at the age of six. In fifth grade, I learned to play the flute, and I performed in bands all the way through college. In high school, I also picked up the violin, and enjoyed playing in orchestras as well. I earned my Bachelors degree in Music Education and my California teaching credential from Biola University in Southern California. During that time, I enjoyed playing many other instruments. My primary instruments are the flute, piano, and violin, although I also play several other instruments.

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dition to giving private lessons, I also teach school band and orchestra, so I bring the added perspective of a conductor who can help students learn how their part fits in with the whole ensemble. I have taught elementary, middle school, and high school band and orchestra, as well as clinics and small group classes.

Currently, I teach music in a local school district. I also enjoy occasional performance opportunities. I have years of experience teaching private lessons on several instruments to students of all ages and backgrounds. I love to help students experience the joy of music, whether it is as a future career, or simply as a hobby. My goal for my students is to learn and grow as musicians, and to have fun in the process!

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach teaching private music lessons in a way that is both fun and productive. Students will find my personality to be very warm, encouraging, and easy going. I am genuinely passionate about helping students reach their musical goals, whether they are career oriented or simply as a hobby. I am well versed in a variety of literature on each instrument that I teach, and will help students find enjoyment in learning to make music at any age. I believe in having a strong foundation in the basic fundamentals of music technique and also in the importance of playing styles of music that are both fun and rewarding. It can certainly be challenging to learn a new skill, but with hard work, determination, and fun motivation, it will certainly be worthwhile!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Open living room setting. Upright piano. Couches for parents. Parking nearby. One small, friendly dog (stays in another room during lessons).

*** Specialties ***
I am very well rounded in both popular and more traditional styles of music. I do not necessarily insist on teaching from any one particular series of method book, although I am familiar with several. I will work with each student to determine which method books are most appropriate and also suggest supplemental materials. If you already own a book, have a particular one in mind, or are already playing from a certain book in school, that is fine, too!
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Wing P. August 28, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We choose Briana because we like her background as a music teacher for a school district. We are looking for someone who's resourceful and have ways to encourage kids to enjoy and love music. We hope not to just learn & practice one piece after another, but find someone who can influence, introduce and educate. Our first meeting went very well. My daughter, who's generally very quiet and reserved, likes Briana's warm, upbeat and encouraging approach. We are looking forward to our next lesson.
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Liza G. June 14, 2015
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter Liza enjoyed the lesson.
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Rebecca (Becky) Routon June 5, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Brianna is very sweet, very encouraging, and she is a wonderful piano teacher! I'm 64 years old, and she has the patience of a saint with me! I really feel that she is interested in helping me become a very proficient player! I couldn't be happier with her!
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Brianna J.

Campbell, CA 95008
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Lori S.

Santa Cruz, CA

About Lori

I am a singer and performer, with a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from San Jose State University. I have been singing since I was 10 years old, beginning with musical theater and then training as an opera singer, and currently perform in operas, musicals, and as a concert soloist in the bay area.
I love teaching all levels and all ages, and I will cater your private lesson to your current skill level. In lessons, we will work on breathing and vocal exercises, good posture and support, and the singing and performance of songs. Voice lessons will help you with confidenc
e, improve your range and posture, prepare you for auditions, solos, competitions, or even just for fun! Whether it is Broadway, classical, or folk singing, let me help you find your inner singer!

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are based on the classical technique of singing which focuses on breath support, and works for any style of singing you are interested in. In lessons we will begin with a few breathing exercises and then do some vocal exercises. After the warm-up portion of the lesson we will move on to repertoire. If there is a specific piece you want to work on with me I am happy to help you with it, and otherwise I will recommend a repertoire book for you to buy depending on the style you are interested in.
Singing is a lot of fun, and I always want my students to have fun. I have a lot of energy, am very supportive, and will create an environment in which you can grow as a singer, performer, and musician. But remember, it will take some work and practice on your part to become a better musician. The voice is like any other muscle, and you must practice in order for it to grow stronger. With regular practice outside of lessons, you will see in a matter of months that your range will begin to expand, you will have better posture and breath support, better musicianship and an easier time learning new music, and even more confidence.

*** Specialties **

I am a trained opera and classical singer, with a background in musical theater, so I am comfortable teaching either style. If I am teaching classical, I can help with the diction and pronunciation of Italian, German, and French, as well as English I teach the basic singing technique involving breath control, and resonance, and posture, but I also like to balance that with stage presence and the performance of the music. I am also proficient in music theory and can teach or tutor music theory for high school or college students.

I love working with both children and adults. I am excellent with teaching musical theater to kids and teens, and getting them ready for auditions at their school or local theater companies. I teach all levels from beginning to advanced in voice. For piano, I only teach beginning and I specialize in teaching this level to children. I try to make it fun and incorporate basic music knowledge into the lessons.
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Michael B. July 26, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She was great! I'm really comfortable with her.
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Kathleen H. April 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Lori is the best. My daughter is a singer-songwriter who has never had much formal training. As she approached her junior year in high school she announced that she would like to go to college for music. We toured her top choices and found out she needed some very specific skills she had not yet developed. Exasperated by her rejection of the instructors I found I told her to find her own instructor and let me know when she had. She found Lori online and we gave her a trial run. Lori is very talented skilled and patient. My daughter's singing and music theory abilities have soared since she began working with Lori. She got into her top school choice. One of the best music schools in the world for what she wants to do. I know Lori was a big part of making that possible.
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Danna M. December 29, 2013
Opera Voice
Verified Student
Musical training at its best

Lori is a marvelous teacher. She is skilled in her profession. With students she is patient and encouraging. I have made excellent headway as a singer in a short period of time.
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Lori S.

Lori S.

Santa Cruz, CA 95062
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Samuel C.

Santa Cruz, CA

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!
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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!!!
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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.
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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
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Arielle V.

Santa Cruz, CA

About Arielle

I am a voice, guitar, songwriting and music theory teacher located in Santa Cruz for the summer! I have four years of teaching experience, and a lifetime of performance and writing experience. I graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014 with a degree in songwriting. Since then, I have been working with several bands, writing and performing my original music and teaching students of all ages. My lessons are customized to fit you or your child's specific goals and interests. Above all, I believe music should be fun!
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Audrey W. June 11, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter, Audrey loved her. Asked me if Arielle could come over every day. Wish we could afford that...for now once a week.
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Arielle V.

Arielle V.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(1)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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