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James P.

Petaluma, CA

I'm an award winning, published songwriter and I have a passion for songwriting and I love to help people with their songs. I can help you shape that music that lives inside you and is longing to get out.

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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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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Lars R.

Petaluma, CA

What is a song to you? My historical knowledge of the musical medium known as song is well developed, and it would be a pleasure to share it with you. Let's explore different forms, linguistic effects, accompaniments . . . the song is a small form, but very potent!

About Lars

I began to teach guitar at 16 years of age. I have taught students from 7 to 60 years old in a wide variety of styles. From age 12 to 21 I took private guitar lessons regularly. Now I have a lesson every once in a while. I studied jazz guitar primarily with Randy Vincent, one of the San Francisco Bay Area's greatest guitar players. Aside from teaching lessons as a job, I have played guitar in many concerts and continue to do so. Before moving to San Francisco, I gained a lot of experience and valuable education with guitar. I played in the jazz bands in Junior High and High School. I
went to four years of a week long summer jazz camp called jazz camp west where I took classes, played open mics and had fun with many musicians, making some good friends. I hold BA degrees in Music (Jazz Guitar) and Spanish from San Francisco State University. I currently attend San Francisco State University in a Music History master's program. I recently switched to seven-string guitar, which is the same instrument as the standard six-string plus one more low string. By now, I am confident in working with whatever musical material students offer! Thank you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a laid back teacher, but I definitely expect students to practice what I suggest they practice. I advise that students use method books or sheet music of some sort, and I will certainly make notes for them and create materials they can learn from. I always teach based on the goals of the student and what type of music they enjoy, but I also like to guide the student in a direction I think would benefit them. I usually introduce music to play right away, conforming of course to the skill level and interest of the student. I now play seven-string guitar, which is just a six-string guitar (same tuning and technique) with an extra low string. It will be practical to aide students by accompanying with a bass range instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar
I consider myself a Jazz musician, but I am happy to consider a very wide range of styles. I am focusing now on music of the Spanish Golden Age, 1500-1700.
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Lars R.

Lars R.

Petaluma, CA 94952
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$50 / 30-min
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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA

With 15 years of poetry-writing and songwriting experience, Liz loves to teach songwriting with passion and creativity. She uses practices such as improvisation and listening to encourage and develop each student's individual creative style.

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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Jerry F. August 3, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
An easy manner to encourage doing things that you did not think you could do. Knows music theory and can explain. Enjoyable to work with. Wish I had her for an instructor when I started guitar in my early 70's.
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Dokleida K. July 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Liz is very kind, patient and professional.
Our kids enjoy learning with her and look forward to each class.
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Henry B. October 16, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Liz is great with my son. She has a great demeanor with kids. She talks to them on their level. My son is enjoying his lessons with Liz. We definitely recommend her as a music teacher especially to young kids!
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Liz J.

Liz J.

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

Santa Rosa, CA

About Luna

After over 20 years experience teaching music, I listen carefully to every student's goals. Learning to play piano or sing should be an enjoyable experience, even when the lessons require a mix of hard work, practice, and perseverance in fulfilling those musical goals. With my many years of experience as a performer, songwriter, and teacher, I can bring first-hand insight to each lesson. After all, music is a wonderful journey; let the adventure begin!

*** Lesson Details ***
Music should be both fun and fulfilling. I help my students reach their musical goals by giving them the tools they
need to make that journey. Together we explore different musical styles as each student learns how to navigate reading music, ear training, and musical theory. With some practice and commitment, in just a few short months my students will have a repertoire of songs they will enjoy, and a lifelong love of making music!
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Luna C.

Luna C.

Santa Rosa, CA 95404
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$39 / 30-min
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Miles M.

Sebastopol, CA

I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.

There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.

While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!

I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, ...

About Miles

Miles began playing piano at the age of 7, then took up trumpet and singing shortly thereafter. He has performed with numerous musical groups in Sonoma County and around the country, at venues including the Wells Fargo Center, the Green Music Center, and Chicago's Orchestra Hall. Miles has appeared on multiple albums, including Orjazzmic's self-titled debut. Currently, he is composing the score for the upcoming internet-television series Cupid's Conundrum. He is also actively teaching piano, voice, music theory/composition, and ear training at Prune Farm Studio in Sebastopol and around the Son
oma County area.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place.

There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve: Musicality, Technique, and Repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas.

While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love!

I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, lessons are much more of a dialogue than a lecture. The more active you are in this dialogue, the more you will get out of your lessons.

The first lesson is primarily spent discussing your musical goals and getting a feel for your current level of experience. By the end of the first lesson, you will have a few songs and/or exercises to practice. After your first lesson, I will prepare material based on your personal strengths and weaknesses. And if you specify some songs that you would like to learn, I will transcribe them and be ready to help you learn them at your next lesson!

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Blues, Latin, Funk, Sou/R&B, Hip-Hop, Classical, Electronic
Music Theory, Composition, Ear Training
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Lisa K. July 6, 2014
Piano · In studio
Miles has not only helped me learn piano, he has introduced me to a ton of great music I had never heard before. He has been very patient and encouraging with me, and he has helped me get over my fear of playing in front of other people. Miles is an excellent, inspiring teacher!
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Lily S. July 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
I started taking piano lessons from Miles a year ago as a complete beginner. He's taught me how to read music, play classical music, and play a few rock and blues songs as well! My favorite part of the lesson is when I get to improvise while Miles plays with me. The lessons are always so fun and inspiring.
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Miles M.

Miles M.

Sebastopol, CA 95472
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$35 / 30-min

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