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James P.

Petaluma, CA

I was a full time professional musician for several years and have a wealth of performing experience both as a solo artist and as a band member. I can help you discover who you are as a performer

About James

I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others.

Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop
a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there.

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I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by helping each student clarify their goals. Then we can proceed to plan our path to the stated goals. This plan will of necessity be unique to each student.

Obviously, expectations for the lessons would depend on the student’s starting point but I would say that for a child piano student who is just beginning, it would be reasonable to expect that within 3-6 months they would be able to play songs by reading the music. These would include some songs of their own choosing as well as some that I might recommend. For adult piano students, although reading is highly encouraged, our goals might take us in a different direction.

For songwriting students, we might choose to forego working at the piano entirely and instead take our lessons into my recording studio. It all depends on our goals and the path that we choose to get there. We might spend an entire lesson on lyrics. But I really like to see a student leave each lesson with some concrete progress on their song, and preferably with it documented on a recording. Depending on the level of the student, after 3-6 months I anticipate that we would have at least a few songs written and demoed.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: 2 vertical pianos

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide a piano or appropriate keyboard in a well lit room. I would also expect a bench and music stand.
I could provide a digital recorder and a metronome.

*** Specialties ***
blues, jazz, pop and rock
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Marcus C. July 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson for my grandson and James was excellent, looking forward to future lessons.
Thanks James.
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Mike W. March 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
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Jane M. November 25, 2013
Piano
Jimmy is a great teacher

I have been taking lessons once every week from Jimmy for over a year and I haven't ever been disappointed by a lesson we've had. My favorite part of the lesson is always when we do the blues together at the very end. Overall, Jimmy is a great teacher.
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James P.

James P.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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$39 / 30-min
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Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA

I teach not only the physical part of performing with the instrument but the psychology of performing, learning how to relax the mind, and play at one's optimal level. I teach in a way that a student feels secure with what they have been taught, not just going through the motions, but the connection of the music to the keyboard is very important. It is an amazing experience, and one never stops learning!

About Roxanne

Bachelor of Music, Master of Music Degrees from S.F. Conservatory.
Soloist with San Francisco Symphony at age 12, Denver Symphony, Oakland Symphony. First place winner of Young Musicians Foundation, North American Young Artists Competition, played with Nadja Salerno Sonnenberg, accompanist for Irving Klein Competition, Coach at Kirkwood Chamber Music Workshop, adjudicator for many competitions. 35 years experience teaching all levels. Students have won competitions and performed at Carnegie Hall.

I believe having the proper foundation to learning is the key to making learning much less
challenging, and fun as well. I believe strongly in learning by doing, and not just imitating. As we use different senses when learning piano, one component to learning is to read music without looking down at the keys, so as to become adept at playing by feel, just like a blind pianist does. This makes a fair sight-reader a great sight-reader. Teaching a child or adult to develop that all important critical ear is extremely important to me, so that they can learn to trust their own musical sense, with or without an instructor. It does not come right away, but with patience and persistence, it is attainable. Being an avid chamber music performer myself, playing duets or in larger ensembles is one of the greatest ways to learn to listen, not only to oneself, but being able to blend in with other musicians.
I am committed to instilling good habits from the very beginning with my students, teaching them note reading, sight reading, theory, technique, and teaching them how to practice, not just how long to practice. I am a disciplined teacher, but also teach with humor as well. I also love to incorporate imagination, having the student think of colors, textures, scenery, or making up stories about the music they are playing. It makes a world of difference in how they play.
I have been on the piano faculty of Santa Rosa Junior College.
I also taught piano for 13 years at the Nueva Center for Learning in California, San Domenico Conservatory, as well as giving master classes throughout the United States and Canada.

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Roxanne M's Music Studio

“To play without passion is inexcusable!”
– Beethoven

My lessons are 30/45/60 minutes once a week.

The focus of each lesson is based on technique, theory, diverse repertoire, that will fit the student's needs and wants, sight-reading, ear training, and working in ensembles

*** Specialties ***
I teach mainly classical piano, and love to teach not only solo playing, but chamber music and accompanying as well. Each form uses the ear in different ways, and I believe develops listening ability even greater.
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linda July 2, 2015
Classical Piano · In studio
I am an older adult and have been taking lessons with Roxanne for about 4 years. She readily displays the qualities of patience and kindness, love for music, and always challenging you to learn and move forward.I feel much gratitude in having Roxanne as my piano teacher.
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Trish S. June 9, 2015
Piano · In studio
Roxanne is a true professional. She is calm, patient and encouraging. Music theory is a part of every lesson helping to gain the knowledge of how music is put together. Roxanne is realistic about the level of music you should be playing, while encouraging you to stretch. She has a solution for every problem area that you may encounter. I would highly recommend Roxanne.
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John G. June 8, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
I came to Roxanne with the hope of deepening my understanding of music. I had played the clarinet in various ensemble for decades and yet had a fairly weak grasp of how music is structured and how compositions make sense musically. Fortunately, this is exactly Roxanne's main strength, for me anyway. Along with learning to play piano, I am gaining more and more insight into "music theory" and that is helping me become a more rounded and capable musician. I commend Roxanne to anyone with an interested in a deeper understanding of music as well as gaining proficient keyboard skills.
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Roxanne M.

Roxanne M.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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$40 / 30-min
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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA

What can often be the most important part of a performance? Stage presence! Liz teaches students how to be more comfortable on stage, and hold the attention of a crowd!

About Liz

After graduating California Institute of the Arts with a multi-focus on several aspects of music including African dance, Indonesian gamelan, songwriting, recording, classical voice and piano, folk guitar, and more, Liz had the excellent opportunity to teach theater to a local musical theater summer youth program. All summer, she taught class sizes ranging from 10 to 26 students of the ages 5-10. Her initiative later led to being hired at this local community theater. Along with this theater teaching experience, she has been teaching piano, guitar, ukulele, flute & voice lessons for over 10 ye
ars. Her students have gone from knowing nothing about music to learning and performing entire pieces on their own as well as even auditioning & for agents and becoming signed artists in Los Angeles. Liz knows that it is her place in the world to teach music & spread positivity through her own music and would love nothing more than make learning music a positive and fun experience for everyone.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach out of the Alfred's Piano course, but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books they would like to learn out of and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for having practiced well, and for performing well in our lessons. I would love it for my students to be clear on what they would like to learn, and I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio, I have a full size Cable-Nelson upright piano, as well as two ukuleles, and two guitars (one acoustic-electric and one electric).

*** Travel Equipment ***
When I travel, I bring my own instrument that the student is learning on so that I can demonstrate, as well as a music stand if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, folk, opera, musical theater, classical, rock, reggae
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Tyze A. April 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Liz was great! And my 6 year old who wants to make decisions for himself made the choice to continue to go to piano lessons. Amazing!
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Arati G. March 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great and very nice teacher. Very helpful and helps makes my daughter feel very comfortable and makes her want to go back and learn more
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Christopher M. December 9, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Liz is a skilled instructor who can communicate well in an online environment. She has a relaxed manner and encourages the student to extend him/herself in order to learn and improve. Liz understands music theory as well as technique and is a good fit for a beginner or an advanced player - young or old. She is on time and dependable, has varied musical taste and I recommend her to anyone looking to begin or improve.
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Liz J.

Liz J.

Sonoma, CA 95476
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$50 / 30-min
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Anthony C.

Rohnert Park, CA

I tailor my lessons to the individual student. However there are some basic principals the usually apply. Forming a solid mental concept of sound and phrasing. Good fundamental warm up and practice routines. Attitude toward ones own self in the practice room and on stage. We also cover how to work on specific aspects of playing (i.e.: high playing, low playing, soft and loud playing, multiple tonguing, etc.). Also different genre of music depending on the interest of the student.

About Anthony

Trombonist Tony C. is in demand as one of the top freelance trombone artists in the San Francisco Bay area. He frequently performs with many of the professional symphony orchestras in the area including Symphony Silicon Valley, The Santa Rosa Symphony, The Oakland East Bay Symphony, The Marin Symphony, The Fresno Philharmonic, The Monterey Symphony, The Napa Valley Symphony, The California Symphony, The San Francisco Opera and Opera San Jose. He holds the position of principal trombone with the Stockton Symphony and second trombone with the Modesto Symphony and during the summer months Mr. C
. is the principal trombonist of the Sunriver Music Festival in Sunriver, OR.

Tony graduated from the Manhattan School of Music and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera, The Atlanta Symphony, The San Francisco Symphony and the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra.

Among the jazz, and pop artists that Tony has performed with are The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Moody Blues, Yes, Lou Rawls, Tony Bennet, Dianne Schurr, Franky Valley, Vicky Carr, Johnny Mathis and Chris Botti.

Tony is on the low brass faculty of Sonoma State University and Santa Rosa Junior College. He is also formerly on faculty at San Francisco State University and U C Santa Cruz and has been a guest artist teacher at The University of Oregon. He performs regular educational concerts with his brass quintet the Silicon Valley Brass.

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Lessons generally focus on how to be a better musician and how to easily play with the least amount of effort.
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Anthony C.

Anthony C.

Rohnert Park, CA 94928
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$30 / 30-min
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Robert G.

Napa, CA

I can help a student become more aware of their music performance. Everything from stage techniques to song selection, etc.

About Robert

I was born in 1984. I started playing trumpet at the age of 9. My second instrument is the piano. I played trumpet in school bands since the fourth grade. I also studied Jazz music in school. I come from a family of musicians. My dad is a drummer, and he has a Latin Rock band. Jazz music is my favorite music (and Salsa music as well). I do love all music's though. I believe that Music Therapy is a very important job in society, as I believe we need to decrease prison/jail populations and music is a core discipline to help others in the rehabilitation process. And teaching music to children is
the greatest thing a parent can do for their kids, as music is great for health, happiness and the brain. (I am also a dad and my son is 3 years old. I am teaching him drums, piano and trumpet).

“Let us use music to decrease jail, prison and psychiatric hospital populations… let us heal, and develop each others minds, with the use of music.”

Can Music save lives? Can we use music to decrease jail/prison populations? Will music help a child’s brain development? Psychology and Child Development are related studies. The Senate just passed an Act That The Arts Are Considered Core Subjects.

We need more people to use music, start programs, to help our country move toward better goals, like decreasing prison populations and to heal minds, and develop minds, with the use of music.
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Robert G.

Robert G.

Napa, CA 94558
starting at
$50 / 30-min

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