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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA

About Marsha

This week I started giving out lockable gold stars, you know, the old-fashioned kind? They are for those students who mark their lesson sheet and come prepared... They really seem to enjoy that, and I adore the nostalgia!

It is a great week when students are nearly all prepared and ready for their lessons. This makes both Coach and student more effective and the time together more enjoyable.

Each week we focus on something in my STUDENT PAL - mnemonic. One choice is Articulation. Articulation is how you press the keys, whether short (staccato) smoothly (legato) or accented. Vocal stu
dents as well worked on their diaphragm and getting sounds out in a variety of ways.

Perhaps you are reading this with both a little excitement and a little concern. Finding the right person for your or your student can be intimidating. A short introduction follows so that you know a little about me and my philosophy which can assist you make an informed decision. If we are a good fit, lessons and learning progress more joyfully.

I have been teaching music, performing music and enjoying music since I was a tiny three-year old. My first piano lessons were at age seven. I have since taught the students of former students! How fun is that?

Music has blessed my life in countless ways and given me opportunities I'd never dreamed of. Teaching at the Young Artists Conservatory of Music; Singing in Carnegie Hall, Performing across Europe and teaching the best students for over 25 years has been a delight.

I believe strongly that those who spend their time and resources for musical education are some of the brightest and most intelligent people around. Each of my students have their own individual goals and reasons for taking music lessons, which we revisit monthly. I believe that my role is to be a support and tool for them/you to accomplish the goals set, working with music that delights and educates.

You want the best teacher, who offers information, example, practice and performance opportunities and then gets out of the way of the student's own "voice" (whether playing or singing) so that they can be free to create their own style.

*** Lesson Details ***
In our lessons, we work with a predictable schedule of balance. We have weekly exercises to make strong fingers and or voices, and technique and theory practice to hone skills that will improve our performances, whether they are for others or for our own benefit. Each student of piano can learn how to create and write their own music in time, choose their own pieces to work on, and have a say in their classical and performance goals.

We have a program of advancement, so you and your loved ones can visually see your progress and measure your skills, complete with awards and trophies.

What you learn, has everything to do with your commitment. Practice doesn't make perfect, Practice makes permanent. Only perfect practice makes perfect.

Learning the piano ought to be a JOY. I believe in playing the piano, not 'practicing' it. Enjoy what you do, and you'll do it longer and with celebration instead of duty.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano - upright; CD player; Music stands; Dozens of music books and lesson materials; flash cards; computer and music writing program; mic and mirror, syllabus.

*** Travel Equipment ***
No travel.

*** Specialties ***
Over the years I have dabbled in most methods, but finally come to use my own syllabus and musicianship. I can easily adapt to your favourite if that is your desire. I specialize in a total music education, not merely in learning notes. It is like looking in a mirror and only seeing eyes and skin. Music has many facets and we discover all of them.
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Lisa D. July 20, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I got my monies worth just in the first lesson! I am amazed she can teach me, where several have failed.
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Jessica Reyes March 21, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very encouraging
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Renee A. May 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Marsha took the time to get to know my daughter and created personal lessons for her.
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Marsha K.

Roseville, CA 95747
(11)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Eduardo C.

Sacramento, CA

About Eduardo

(Hi! Looking forward to add you!! Don't forget to see the videos and pictures below after reading.)

Since my birth, my life was influenced by music and my father's passion to sing. My sense of music started not with understanding of lyrics, but of melodies and rhythms. As matter of fact, the first language I learned was music!! How is this possible?! Well, because of my hearing disability, I did not speak fluently and very well until I was in 9th Grade!! But with God's grace, I understood the language of music first!!

At the age of 10 months, I was hit with a deadly disease: Spinal Menin
gitis. But thank God, I survived. Because of the disease, I became legally deaf (profound-severed) in my left ear and hard-of-hearing (severed) in my right ear. I currently use a hearing-aide device on my right ear. Regardless of my hearing disability, I have the gift of playing music, understanding music, and living musically. I have learned and played music since I was 8 years old.

Piano was not the first instrument I learned. I started off with playing drums which is my secondary. I decided to make piano as my primary instrument and loved playing the piano ever since. My parents noticed my gift of music and agreed to take me to private piano lessons weekly.

After multiple years of private piano lessons from age of 8 to 14 and taking music classes in High School, at the age of 16, I joined the full band in a local church as the lead keyboardist. Of 17 years - and counting - with experience of performing and playing piano with a band locally and out of towns, I've had the privilege for 2 years as the Director of Worship & Music Ministry at Victory Outreach Sacramento (Spanish). Victory Outreach International granted me an opportunity to perform the instrumental piano background at the 2011 Victory Outreach International/World Conference at the Los Angeles Convention Center, California.

In that same year, I enrolled into the full 2 1/2 year program at Life Music Institute (Instituto Vida Musik). The Director of Life Music Institute noticed my passion for music and the desire to create a Deaf Music some day; we became very close friends. He invited me to participate with 70 member choir at a local Sacramento Festival 2012. Saving the best for last, I was honored to lead in front of 3,800 people of the final special song "En Una Sola Voz" (In One Voice) in American Sign Language.

Currently, I am excited and honored to be the Music Director at Elevate Life Church in Sacramento, CA. Meanwhile, I am excited in continuing in pursuing a BA in Music at Sacramento State University. There are always room for me to learn and grow as a musician. Without a doubt, I am thrilled to learn even more in Jazz, Classic, and Performances.

Not only I play piano and drums, I play guitar as well! I loved acoustic guitar and decided to pick up a guitar and starting learning. Now, the guitar is my third instrument.

Besides living and playing music, I teach also! By numerous peers, families, and friends, I've been told that I have the gift of teaching. I love teaching!!

I felt compelled to start teaching piano in 2010 at home. I've been hired by Southgate Recreation & Park District in Sacramento, CA as a Special Interest Instructor and I am still in connection to teach there. I teach piano, guitar, and American Sign Language there. Again, teaching - and giving - are my gifts.

My teaching experience did not start there however. I first started teaching at the Sacramento City Unified School District as the Teacher Assistant from 2001 to 2004 at Sacramento High School and J F Kennedy High School. It was an unforgettable experience teaching the Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Hearing, and disabled students. I returned to the Sacramento City Unified School District as an Instructional Assistant I & II in the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Special Education Program and worked there making a difference from 2012 to 2016.

While seeking a way to further serve the Deaf Community at a greater scale, I received a surprise message from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) from a high reputation non-profit organization called Norcal Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. She has heard about me and watched me volunteered and witnessed my ASL poetries in different events. In within 20 hours, I got hired on the interview. I am now serving the greater Northern California and across the nation as a Deaf & Blind Client Advocate. Just since June 2016, I am now very proud to serve with the Norcal in serving the Deaf Community and bridging the gap with the society using full ASL communication as well as English and Spanish.

From time to time, I participate, volunteer, or get invited to share my unique gift of performing MuSign (music & signing), poetry, and dance. I also volunteer to interpret for any service as needed.

Occasionally, I share special events to all my students, friends, and family to witness, participate, or to support. Many times, I participate in those events and always encourage others to participate as well.

I believe that music is not our life. Our life is a music. You ARE a music. I'm looking forward to help you have a musical life!!

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach is play music first, then read and write music. Just like an infant would speak first, then read and write later. It is more effective and smarter. Lessons are for all ages and are started off with songs based on their familiarity and strengths. Then progressively, I build on their weaknesses and expand their instrument and performance skills. The finally, when students are ready, I clearly explain and reveal on the music theory. There, their ‘whys’ are answered and ‘oohhhh-that-makes-sense’ are uttered. Lessons are progressive and it's not strict on my plan, but on the students' progress. Through patience and encouragement, my students enjoy succeeding learning how to play music on their choice of piano or guitar.

During the first lesson, I care about my students and their parents first; I want to be a friend to both of them. At the same time, they'll have a strategical, knowledgeable, and wise teacher. I start off with lots of comfortable questions about my new students, parents, and their interest. I even encourage my students to ask me questions too!! I move on in empowering my students to feel more at ease, confident, and fearless - and to enjoy!! Can a student learn without believing in themselves? Can a student have interest and passion without having fun or with a smile on their face? I encourage those important factors.

After noting down key strengths and weakness, their culture and daily environments, goals, examples of lessons, their preference of styles and songs, and creating a song list together, through excellence rapport and communication, I'll get the feeling of the students’ expectations, needs, and what they enjoy.

My style of teaching is very interactive and for anyone to learn. I had a 6 year old student who learn her first song, "London Bridge" on her first day. One adult student, who supposedly could never be on tempo, finally achieved this from tempo #50 to tempo #150 in 3 lessons. Other students who can play 'well' now improve their flexibility playing Major Scales with two hands with up-beat rhythms. Others can now fully understand the theory and rules of Major Scales, Minor Scales, Major and Minor Chords, Diminished and Augmented Chords, and fill out the exercise charts without hesitation. Surprisingly, another student now performs comfortably in front of their friends and family just for fun!! These are just few examples of techniques, lessons, skills, theories that students succeed through my passionate teaching. I love what I'm doing!!

Additionally, the curriculums and book information I provided below are just a few and are not same for all students since each student learns in different ways. I am flexible and have access to many outside resources to ensure that my students' lessons are effective. My personality is lovely, fun, patience, peaceful, funny, kind, and friendly. From time to time, shy and timid private and group students are now confident and courageous. One very young student came up to me on his second lesson and said, "I really like you, Mr. Eddie!! I always enjoy seeing my student smile and laughing learning how to play music.

*** Studio & Equipment ***
The home studio lessons are now at the nice and safe new location in the warm and natural setting in midtown area. The studio holds an 88 keys keyboard, guitar, and sounds surrounded with some music & art decorations under a cool high ceiling atmosphere looking over a patio. Comfortable seatings are available. Parking is on the residential street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a professional KORG keyboard with a studio size speaker, a keyboard stand, and a bench.

It is highly recommended, however, if students has a keyboard or a piano with full-weighted 88 keys, that would be great!!

I would expect the students to provided enough space for a minimum of 3 people with nice 'work-traffic'.

Although not required, it is a plus if a WiFi internet is provided. It would be excellent to expand my access through my laptop to resources such as videos, sounds, websites, etc as an extra tool as well.

A quiet area is required for effective teaching and learning.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in contemporary, alternative, soft pop, pop-rock, R&B and uniquely gifted signing songs in American Sign Language with dance. But I am flexible in different genres. I enjoy all kinds of styles and genres. But more importantly, I study students' preference of genres to teach them basic fundamentals and go from there to more complicated fundamentals and techniques. I focus on teaching the students thoroughly of 3 elements of music: Melody, Harmony, and Rhythms - whichever is easier and more enjoyable for students to start with. Dynamics also are taught as well to add another important dimension to the music.

To achieve in understanding and performing all these elements, I highly implement them through visual, reading, writing, listening, and playing. Lessons are hands on, active, thorough, and with common-sense examples and clarifications. Also, I enjoy teaching through many life examples to 'open their eyes' to the music language. I make sure that all their 'whys' are answered in a timely manner.

See the videos and pictures below!! Looking forward to meet you!!
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Cathy D. September 7, 2016
American Sign Language · Online
Verified Student
heard me
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Cathy D. July 30, 2016
American Sign Language · Online
Verified Student
very impressed, he evaluates and presents subject matter and interact very professionally
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Rosemary R. June 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Eduardo is a perfect piano teacher! He is patient, clear with instructions and a very good communicater. He helps build Leila Leila's confidents. I are both happy with Eduardo.
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Eduardo C.

Eduardo C.

Sacramento, CA 95825
(17)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Benjamin W.

Orangevale, CA

About Benjamin

*** Classroom Textbooks ***
If the student uses a textbook and/or study material on subject, prepare those in advance of the lesson to facilitate fluid transition between subject matter and material.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books and study material. The student should have a pencil and pad for any notes as well as the instrument of choice for the proper lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I am a big advocate towards playing the instruments together that way it helps to solidify my knowledge as well as the students. Also if it is a theory lesson than have the instrument right there for appl
ication.
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Orhan S. June 25, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
Polite, punctual and willing to address questions. Benjamin created a great environment for my son to learn. Thank you.
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Matthew January 26, 2016
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
Benjamin is awesome! He takes the time to listen to any concerns my son has and is truly genuine. Matthew can't wait to meet with him every week. The confidence that Matthew now has, has been noticed not only by his school band teacher but his fellow band members have given him compliments as well. I highly recommend Benjamin to anyone who is looking for an instructor that meets there child where they are at skill level and encourages with his magnetic personality, while showing immediate results.
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Kent P. June 21, 2014
Saxophone · In home
Verified Student
We are making outstanding progress. Benjamin has an excellent rapport with his students. He makes each lesson relevant to the students interest even when teaching the basics. Benjamin brings a very positive outlook and attitude to the class. We’re enjoying the lessons very much!
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Benjamin W.

Orangevale, CA 95662
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Laura R.

Rescue, CA

About Laura

I am 31 years old and new to California. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, and a Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education-Biology. I am certified in the state of Florida. The first lesson will consist of diagnostics so that I can better tailor my teaching to your child. If there are basics that need to be covered before a student can successfully complete a more advanced concept, the basics will be retaught. I am fun, I make learning fun and easy and I do not judge, I just help.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Pencils/Pens
Paper

*** Specialties ***
K-8 General Science

9-12 Biology
Reading
Social Studies/History
Writing
Language Arts/English
Study Skills/Test taking strategies
K-8 Math
Algebra I
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Laura R.

Laura R.

Rescue, CA 95672
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Barbara S F D.

Placerville, CA

About Barbara

Students tell me exactly what they want to learn, and I go to work fulfilling that list. On the way, I add enhancements. We add current local and global conditions so you can express your points of view in your second language. I'll introduce you to a little music and art of the culture you're studying. It helps you acquire the language faster.

Your pronunciation, grammar and sentence structure will improve brilliantly when you speak or write your political, economic, social or environmental points of view. Lessons are more interesting when the topics are pertinent to real life!

I'm a f
ormer Spanish teacher with a degree in Literature from UCSC, Students say I give them a strong foundation and confidence to converse in Spanish. You'll be able to understand and respond, even to complex sentences and ideas.

As a journalist and creative writer, teaching English is pure enjoyment for me. I tutor students in reading, spelling, grammar, comprehension, homework assignments and creative writing. As a published author, I can really help you shine in English class.

It's fun for me (maybe not so much for you!) to help students prepare for Big Tests like ACT and SAT. I take them from time to time myself. Let me help you feel confident.

Spanish lessons focus on training the ear and then looking at the written word. The result is very good pronunciation (some native speakers think I'm Latina). I love the Spanish language. Let me help you love it too, so that you're effective as a student, on the job, traveling and socializing.

For fun, I took the College Board SAT on-line in May, 2015. I scored in the 98th percentile for Reading and the 95th for Writing. I scored 32 correct out of 33 on the Spanish Practice Test.
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Ray Y. May 12, 2016
Spanish · In home
Verified Student
I have taken three lessons so far with Barbara and it has been immensely educational and enjoyable. Her wit, humor and knowledge of the Spanish language is evident because she makes learning fun and interesting. Simply outstanding.
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Deborah G. January 28, 2016
Spanish · In home
Verified Student
Exactly the instructor I was looking for !
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Angie January 13, 2016
Meditation · In home
Verified Student
I felt very comfortable with Barbara and I really felt like she knew what I needed. I will be staying with her for awhile
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Barbara S F D.

Barbara S F D.

Placerville, CA 95667
(4)
starting at
$32 / 30-min

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