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Adam S.

Felton, CA

About Adam

I'm a Berklee graduate with a degree in music. I have over 15 years experience playing composing and performing. I 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 Miami and Ft. Lauderdale.

*** 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 m
usic 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.

Felton, CA 95018
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starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Travis C.

Watsonville, CA

About Travis

Travis grew up in a musical family in Santa Cruz, CA. His father was a professional guitarist and his grandfather was the head of the music program at Cabrillo College in Aptos, so naturally he grew up with an instrument in his hand. After years of toying with the guitar Travis began formal lesson at the age of 9, quickly developing into an exceptional musician. By the age of 13 Travis was in several rock bands and performing frequently. Once in high school, Travis had no doubt that being a professional musician was what we wanted to do with his life so he started studying jazz and classic
al piano at a college level, studying with jazz trumpeter/arranger Ray Brown and classically trained pianist Ivan Rosenblum. Travis excelled and quickly began playing in the top Jazz Combo at Cabrillo College and in the top Big Band as well as playing professionally. In 2013 Travis received his BA in Music for Film from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and currently resides in Santa Cruz scoring commercials, television and film as well as producing albums and working on his own projects.
Ever since Travis was 14 he has had an extreme passion to teach and pass on his musical knowledge. He started out teaching his friends and peers in high school for little or no money where he learned how to teach and gained valuable teaching experience. Eventually, he began teaching as a profession in the Santa Cruz area where he continued to hone the art of teaching.

*** Lesson Details ***
Travis has been teaching for over 8 years and has acquired extensive knowledge on the most efficient and fun teaching methods. Travis' goal for each student is for them to have fun while learning the instrument, and to pass on his passion for the instrument. Curriculum is different for each student, as not all students learn in the same way or want to learn the same thing. Travis teaches most genres including: all areas of rock, jazz, blues, funk, metal and more. He will cover topics including technique, soloing, chords, theory, sight-reading, developing your ear as well as learning about the guitar and how to take care of it. He is a patient teacher and devotes himself to each student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a guitar and if they are playing an electric, they need an amp at home.

*** Specialties ***
I excel at rock, jazz and blues guitar and have in depth knowledge of jazz theory and harmony.
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MaryaC April 26, 2012
My son is really enjoying his lessons. Travis is a great teacher: patient, fun and very kind.
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SaciM December 5, 2011
Travis

He was super. Patient, and a good teacher, all 4 of us liked him.
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AmyS2 June 25, 2011
Parent

Travis is amazing. He's been teaching my son for about 8 weeks and he's well exceeded my expectations. Travis is very patient and an excellent teacher. He keeps the class pace moving from music theory to playing songs and somehow manages to keep my rambunctious 10 year old fully engaged for an hour""no easy task. I highly recommend him!
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Travis C.

Watsonville, CA 95076
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$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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Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA

About Joe

I'm a professional percussionist and educator based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA. Ireceived a B.A. in Music from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Music from Long Beach State University.

In addition to teaching privately I hosti Bateria Samba Cruz, a percussion classes at Raizes do Brazil Capoeira Center and the Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center in Santa Cruz. The class has become a thriving community-performance group, with regular performances in the local and surrounding area.

Versed in drum-set, hand drums, Western, and contemporary percussion, I've p
erformed professionally in settings ranging from cruise-line house bands and symphony orchestras, to Hong Kong and bay area parades and festivals.

My 20 years of performance experience has given to teaching percussion-appreciation and world-music at summer camps, non-profit youth-group organizations, and after school classes.
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Joe M.

Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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