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Matthew F.

Walnut Creek, CA

About Matthew

Hello!

My name is Matthew, and I teach many people of different ages academic topics from arithmetic to algebra 2/trigonometry, science, reading/grammar, as well as all kinds of music and instruments!

I hold a Masters of Arts in Music Composition from Mills College in Oakland, CA and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from UC Santa Cruz.

Musically, I specialize in drum set and percussion, piano, voice, and guitar instruction (4 and 6 string) woodwinds, brass, and violin family strings. I have been teaching in Walnut Creek at my home studio/office for 10 years, worked with local schools such
as Walnut Creek Intermediate, Meher School, Las Lomas High School, and Stanley Middle School.

Some basic pedagogical ideas:

I make sure each student learns the necessary techniques, rhythms as well as reading and performing skills that each player must posses on their instrument or voice to properly play the instrument. Alongside this crucial, ever-lasting quest to have a good sound and play the repertoire of the instrument I teach many other aspects of music that most students indulge in as they progress. These including but not limited to ear-training, improvising, composition, theory, music history and appreciation, transcribing, arranging and performing popular music, basic tracking and recording/computer compositions, as well as basic singing and drumming.
Each student has different goals and interests that draw them toward certain aspects of music. My goal is to supplement the basic music training while offering guidance in more complex areas of music that bring excitement and enjoyment to learning. I work with each student to find not only what aspects of music they are interested in but also what styles and groups they enjoy and aspire to play or just enjoying listening or singing along.
Balancing all of this during a 30-60 min lesson and then during your practice time in the week can be tough, so I work with each student to set priorities and goals based on their interest and skill and follow through with them!

Here are a few of my BASIC POLICIES; please read so you can know if we will be a good fit. If you have any questions about them feel free to ask, but I rarely make exceptions!

-I only accept students who take weekly lessons

-I only accept students (usually) who have already started reading

-All students and parents must be on a fairly flexible schedule and reply to phone calls or texts on the day of lessons. With 30+ concurrent students and families, schedules are constantly changing to accommodate each other. If it works for everyone to help another student out by switching, then I will request that of you, but I ALWAYS GUARANTEE YOUR SCHEDULED LESSON TIME.

-I always guarantee your full lesson time. Driving from my home studio and house to house around the East Bay during the after school/work hours does come with traffic delays, so I ask that each student (unless previously noted) keeps 10-15 minutes before and after their lesson free in case of an unexpected delay or cancellation.

- I require AT LEAST 72 HOURS ADVANCED NOTICE FOR RESCHEDULES. If you need to reschedule then I prefer knowing a week in advance. IF YOU CANCEL WITHIN 72 HOURS I DO NOT GUARANTEE A MAKEUP SPOT.

-I rent beginner instruments so that you can get started while I help you shop for an instrument. This includes weekly checkups, maintenance, changing strings, cleaning, and covers any basic damage done to the instrument (for example, broken bridges, broken bow hair, pegs, tuning parts, replacing strings, minor dents on brass). This does not cover non-reusable parts (strings, reeds, drum heads, cork/slide/valve oil, rosin) as well as damage to the body of the instrument or theft. I charge $45 dollars a month flat for the instrument and service.

If you are at all interested for yourself or your child please don't hesitate to call and ask questions.

Have a great day!
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Reviews

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Sam Maldonado January 11, 2016
Composition · In studio
Verified Student
great time at my first lesson
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Denise S. October 31, 2015
Viola · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter took lessons with Matthew for 5 months and we are severely disappointed. We originally switched because he was constantly changing the days/times of our lesson to accommodate his schedule or that of new clients, which is a terrible way to do business. However, after having one lesson with a new teacher, we realized that my daughter never learned the basics of viola playing - how to hold the instrument properly, how tightly the bow should be strung, the names of the parts of the instrument, etc. He also rented us an instrument that didn't tune properly at twice the cost of what local music stores were charging. She also was not properly measured for that instrument, which I learned was standard. Since I am not musically trained, I went on faith that she was being taught properly. After the first lesson with a teacher who actually knew what they were doing, my daughter was in tears over all the things she didn't know. I feel like all those basics should have been covered in the first month of instruction. In addition, his bio states that he has been teaching for 10 years. At his current age, that would mean he started teaching at the age of 13 or 14. I'm very disappointed in our experience with both this instructor and with Take Lessons for not vetting their instructors properly.
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Adriana September 25, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
It was excellent. He has the patience and the knowledge. I do recommend him.
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Matthew F.

Walnut Creek, CA 94596
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Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA

About Marwan

Born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, I started playing piano at the age of 3, and started writing music at the age of 6.
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Caleb A. October 20, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My boys took to him right away! He has a fantastic balance of high expectations/standards mixed with positive reinforcement. He also differentiated expertly with the 2 boys' ages/capacities. We look forward to continuing our lessons with him!
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Laura September 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Marwan makes learning piano fun!
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Marwan S.

Marwan S.

Mountain View, CA 94043
(6)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Tiffany F.

Livermore, CA

About Tiffany

I love learning and helping others develop find joy in education, organization and science! I tutored Anatomy and Physiology all throughout college and then spent several years as a research scientist at national laboratories such as Pennington Biomedical and MD Anderson Cancer Center. I thoroughly enjoy teach other and sharing my gift of knowledge as it is the most rewarding service I have ever experienced. In addition to any science based discipline I enjoy working out, running, general fitness, cooking and baking, gardening and classical music. I have also taught an after school fun scie
nce program for children grades K-7 and taught 7-8th grade Math and Science at a local Montessori school. I am willing to travel or meet at any college or university or local coffee shop. I look forward to meeting you and sharing the gift of knowledge!
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Tiffany F.

Tiffany F.

Livermore, CA 94551
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel C.

Fremont, CA

About Daniel

Dan C. Master Magician is an internationally renowned, award winning magician whose magic has taken him all over the world. Based in Fremont, CA; Dan is regarded as one of the nation's top corporate magicians and performs at events worldwide. Dan C. Presents is the ultimate corporate entertainment experience.
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Bill March 27, 2016
Magic · In studio
Dan is a great teacher. He is patient and explains things clearly. He also encourages you to find your own style of performing. His helpful critique makes you a better performer.
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Daniel C.

Fremont, CA 94555
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starting at
$100 / 60-min
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Daljit S.

Pleasanton, CA

About Daljit

I am Dave Singh and Retired Aerospace Engineer. I worked with US Navy Lab in LA area for 13 years and then Lockheed Martin in Bay Area for 13, years. I have been tutoring middle school, high school and college students for last 7 years.

My favorite subjects are Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, Trig., Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics and Statistics. In addition to that, I like to teach Real State, Life insurance, Golf, Tennis, Racquetball and Yoga.

We can meet in Library, Starbucks or your place. I prefer staying near Pleasanton and surrounding areas. I usually like to teach one session a w
eek and give full online support. If you have any questions or comments feel free to email me at DaljitDaveSingh@Yahoo.Com
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Daljit S.

Daljit S.

Pleasanton, CA 94588
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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