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Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA

About Curtis

Hello there! I'm a friendly and patient teacher who understands the frustrations that can occur when learning the guitar. Each individual student learns differently and having studied in the Guitar Institute of Technology program at Musicians Institute has given me a well rounded perspective on how to help my students overcome problems from many different angles. I first started out teaching only a handful of students on guitar in 2009. Since then my student base has grown and the art of sharing my knowledge of music has become a passion of mines. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and l
evels!

Growing up, I have always had a passion for music. I was listening to Pop, Top 40, Rock, Metal, Blues, Jazz and everything in-between. However, I didn't start playing the guitar or studying music until I was 21 years of age. This presented some challenges as most professional musicians start much earlier. But through determination and having great teachers guide me, the age old saying of "It is never too late", resonates loudly in my life.

I was self taught for the first year of playing the guitar. I ran into many problems and picked up bad habits. I noticed my growth as a musician had hit a plateau. I then decided to get serious and take lessons from professional teachers. I spent one year studying with Kurt Shiflet and three years with Musicians Institute alumni Scott Allen. After the four years of private lessons in Sacramento, I decided to study in Los Angeles attending Musicians Institute(G.I.T). After the two years, I graduated from the G.I.T program with a certificate in Guitar Performance. During my time at the Musicians Institute, I was instructed by Keith Wyatt, Greg Harrison and Daniel Gilbert (just to name a few). Having been instructed by these great musicians has proven to be invaluable in my career. Allow me to share the wisdom bestowed upon me from my great teachers to you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to develop a customized lesson plan for each of my student's specific goals in music. We can work on specific areas that the student wishes to work on such as: Reading standard notation on the Guitar, Guitar Tablature, Theory and Ear Training, Songs and Guitar Soloing. I can also create a customized well rounded curriculum that is similar to what I went through at music school. Anything music related we can work on, nothing is off limits in our private lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Boss E-Band Js10 and Fender Guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
Boss E-band Js10 and Fender Guitar. For my electric guitar students I expect them to have their own electric guitar, guitar tuner, instrument cable and a amplifier. Acoustic students I only require they own a tuner and guitar.

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Funk & Pop styles on electric guitar, Music Theory, Beginner to Intermediate Acoustic Guitar.
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Miguel A. February 9, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis is a very knowledgeable, and skilled instructor. I strongly recommend him!
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Aaron H. October 13, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
First Lesson with Curtis was great! He gave me take away sheets that he made personalized for my skill level and exercises that I have great need for. His skill and style are exactly what I was looking for in a guitar coach as well. If you like the work of Tony Iommi, Chuck Berry or Robert Johnson, Curtis is the man to see! Keep up the great work Curt!
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Joe J. September 10, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis is an excellent guitar teacher. Always patient and makes the lessons fun, not boring! His lessons are customized toward the students needs. Highly recommended!
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Curtis L.

Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(10)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Javier A.

Sacramento, CA

About Javier

My name is Javier and I love to teach !

I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and in my last year of high school, I decided to take private piano lessons with a local teacher and it was during this time period that I learned classical pieces by Beethoven and Mozart. I also took music notation and I tried a hand at composing, discovering a new way to communicate in terms of music.

After moving to the USA, I resume my music education, learning new concepts on classical, blues and pop styles, as well as chord progression and accompaniment pieces. After a year and after completing the teac
her training program, I started to teach piano from my home studio.

During this time, I took upon myself two more years of intense composition study and experimenting with some of the secrets of this art, which now has become one of my passion. In 2007 I earned a diploma from this institution and in the same year I released two CDs of my own compositions: Van Gogh Sunflower's and Dimes y Diretes.

This year I have enrolled in a music program at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco, where I am expecting to learn and expand my knowledge on technique, performing, and music ensembles.

For six years, I have been teaching successfully from my home studio, teaching students of all ages and with different music backgrounds.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach piano and I specialize in classical and contemporary music styles

I am a strong believer of traditional teaching methods, however, I have learn that we all learn in different ways, so I let my students discover music by teaching them how to relate to the piano first, after they become familiar with the instrument by playing easy but wonderful melodies I start with the process of teaching music notation, scales, chords, analyzing songs, music history, exercises.

I teach all ages, I am very patient and supportive, never pushy but firm with my students goals.
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Gabriella M. May 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has now had 3 piano lessons with Javier and she loves it. I really appreciate how patient he is with her especially this being her first time taking piano lessons. Looking forward to more lessons with Javier.
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giuseppe S. April 14, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
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Javier is a great teacher for kids. My kid loves to take lessons, and he has progressed so much in few months. Great job Javier!!
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Diane K. April 10, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher

Javier is very knowledgeable, kind and patient teacher. I enjoy my lessons and improve weekly. A relaxed learning environment which I need due to being a over 60 year old student going through my bucket list and deciding this was finally MY time.
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Javier A.

Javier A.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(18)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Maria H.

Sacramento, CA

About Maria

With more than 20 years of teaching experience for the cello, I have taught students of all ages, throughout California and overseas. I earned a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in Cello Performance and am currently the Principal cellist for the Camellia Symphony, California. In addition, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin lessons to my students in Folsom, Napa and Sacramento.

My professional performing experience began in Medellin, Colombia in 1985 with the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra where I was their Soloist beginning in 1992 and later on, as First Cel
lo, from 1998-2002.

While in Colombia, I also performed with the Antioquia Symphonic Orchestra and the Antioquia Chamber Orchestra from 1991-1999.

I left my hometown of Medellin to come to the United States where I performed with the Texas Christian University Orchestra in Fort Worth, Texas in 2000. Returning to Medellin, I spent the next year with the Eafit Symphonic Orchestra.

Finally, I settled in Sacramento in 2003, coming here to earn my Master's Degree in Cello Performance while performing throughout the next year with the California State University, Sacramento Symphony.

In Sacramento, I have also performed with the Sacramento Metropolitan Orchestra and with several other chamber groups.

At this time, I am teaching all levels of cello and beginner violin. My students range in age from six to seventy years and enjoy learning in a relaxing environment at their own pace.

I incorporate several different teaching styles to meet each students' individual needs and abilities.

*** Specialties ***
cello, violin
Suzuki for kids and traditional classical style.
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Zack Lauchli September 19, 2015
Cello · In studio
Maria was my first private cello instructor and I studied with her for 2 years. She is an extremely kind and warm teacher who made every lesson very enjoyable and immensely educational. She was very open to my ideas as well as my wants and needs as far as playing repertoire and pacing. It is rare to be taught by a professional performer that is quite so active in the area they teach; Maria's experience performing professionally has obviously given her a perspective that is valuable to any of us who want to excel at an instrument. It is a joy to see her perform and learn from her that way as well. I and all of her students had the opportunity to get our own performing experience in her recitals, which were fun and important to my musical growth. I am grateful to have started my education in cello with Maria's instruction; I am much better off because of it.
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Nancy A. September 18, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Maria is a wonderful teacher. We feel lucky to have her. She is an accomplished musician herself as well as an understanding and intuitive teacher. She has been teaching my daughter for 3 years now, and the results are beautiful.
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Gordon F. December 30, 2014
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
Maria has been my cello teacher for 6 years. She has made learning the cello so much fun and such a great part of me life. She is very positive and sweet even when I mess up and she helps me feel good about my mistakes. She looks at what I do well and gets me excited about working on the songs. She always helps me stay in perfect pitch and helps me prepare for when songs get harder, by making sure I have good tequnique. She always knows what to work on to make my lesson as successful as possible. After six years of playing with her I am playing this amazing and beautiful music. The Bach Cello concertos and the other songs I play make me feel so happy relaxed and filled with joy. She loves the cello and being a musician. And every time you go to her lesson, you just feel the love she has for the instrament and the music and how she wants to share that feeling with you and help you have the same feeling. Maria is the reason I can play so well and she is also the reason I have continued to play for so long and will continue to play for the rest of my life. I am so happy that I have the most amazing, loveing and fun teacher in the world. I think everyone thinking of playing an instrament should choose cello just so they can take lessons with Maria. My lesson is the highlight of my week.

Gordon Felesina, 14 years old
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Maria H.

Sacramento, CA 95864
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Liz J.

Sonoma, CA

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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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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Christopher M. September 11, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
Liz is a relaxed and helpful teacher.
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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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Liz J.

Liz J.

Sonoma, CA 95476
(7)
starting at
$50 / 30-min
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Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA

About Loren

Loren is a well-known music instructor and has been teaching private music lessons in the Elk Grove area since 2002. He has been teaching for years and years, has two music degrees and is an active performer in many styles, enjoying a steady gigging schedule in the Sacramento area. He's "the real deal."

*** Lesson Details ***
The lessons are of the highest quality available as the student learns to read music, is guided in music theory with ear training, technique, and performance, however performance remains optional. There are options.

We often begin with songs that the student alre
ady likes. Sometimes that's the ticket. From Bach to the Beatles, Taylor Swift to Bob Dylan, there are always great entrance points.

Theory, (chords, intervals, scales, cadences, etc.) Reading music, (tabs, traditional music notation, charts), Technique, (right and left hand patterns), it's all covered. It's fun and legitimate education.

*** Specialties ***
Lessons in piano or guitar cover all popular music styles including country, rock, and classical.
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Nicole L. September 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my granddaughter loves him as a teacher. He is creative with her which stimulates her desire to learn more and to enjoy her journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Micah H. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Loren is a great instructor and my grandson loves him as a teacher. He is creative with my grandson which stimulates his desire to learn more and to enjoy his journey. He is timely which is so much appreciated.
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Loren R.

Loren R.

Elk Grove, CA 95624
(4)
starting at
$32 / 30-min

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