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Sarah W.

Modesto, CA

About Sarah

I am looking for new students that want to learn music or sing.

I come from the greater Modesto, CA area. I am a veteran music teacher with over 19 years of teaching vocal and instrumental music. I have taught both in the private and public sectors.

I hold a current music teaching certificate with a BA in Music Education, MA in Elementary Education, and an MA in Reading/Music Focus.

I believe that anyone can learn to sing or play a musical instrument. I am passionate about teaching music and the joy that comes from learning music.

I am experienced in the areas of vocal and instr
umental performance through concerts, recitals, musicals, community service, festivals and competitions. Some of my planned musical performances are a Christmas concert, playing and singing in our local mall at Christmas time, and a planned spring recital.

I am a classical and traditional music teacher with many new contemporary styles of teaching music.

My atmosphere of teaching is fun and nurturing!

*** Lesson Details ***
For online lessons, I am currently only teaching Guitar, Voice, Ukulele, Trumpet, and Clarinet.

Lessons are weekly or bi-weekly with a structure lesson, musical games to teach reinforcement and new concepts. I structure my music lessons according to the learning style of each of my students. Patience and understanding my students helps them in their success!
So, there is a lot of praise and encouragement in each lesson. Once a month there is music history that is taught with the lesson and music theory is included in each music lesson.

With each lesson book, there are weekly practice sheets to document daily and weekly practice. Practice is one of the most important keys to learning music. Each student is encouraged to learn one song or musical concept at their own pace.

Every week, I assess each student as they play for me their musical work. I don't expect perfection, but strive for excellence!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Great room w/ baby grand piano and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide assorted music books for piano, guitar, and band.
I have a great number of recorders with books.
Two music stands, one snare drum with sticks, CD player
I prefer, if I should travel, for my piano students to have their own piano/electric piano or guitar for guitar lessons.
Band: to have their own instrument to learn on and practice at home
Orchestral instruments: the same.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Christian and contemporary choir, band, and orchestra. Specialize in vocal coaching/voice lessons. Specialize in musical productions in both Christian and contemporary styles.
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Kennedy C. February 26, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great with my 9 year old, Sarah is very welcoming and very knowledgeable. Wonderful teacher. My Kennedy loves her 😊
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Emma S. November 3, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She had a lot of patience for a wiggly little girl.
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Jahzenyah W. October 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very good vocal instructor!
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Sarah W.

Sarah W.

Modesto, CA 95351
(12)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Greg D.

Tracy, CA

About Greg

I started playing guitar in the 5th grade and in middle school began playing in rock groups. At the beginning of high school, I started teaching in some of the local music stores in the area. While wanting more from my playing, I started classical guitar lessons with an Andre Segovia student, Rani Cochran, and soon started lessons from Warren Nunes, a top jazz guitarist in the Bay Area. While continuing to take lessons in both types of music, I majored in Music at the local college. There I played in the jazz band and in guitar ensembles. After receiving my A.A. degree, I took classical guita
r lessons with Larry Ferrara at the Conservatory of Music in San Francisco. At this point I transferred to San Jose State University and received a B.A. in guitar performance and a B.A. in Psychology, graduating with honors. My latest performing experience has been playing in the worship band at my church for the past several years. I enjoy teaching guitar and sharing what I’ve learned over the years of playing. We all never stop being students and learning new things on our instrument.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are provided in a comfortable, fun environment and are private and on a weekly basis. Initially the student will complete a questionnaire before the first lesson to allow me to better understand what experiences the student has had with the guitar and with music in general. Additionally, I try to find out what groups and guitarists he or she likes. Finally, discuss what goals the student has or put another way, what he or she wants to do with the guitar. When we have completed the first lesson, I will better understand what the student’s playing level is and be able to provide a lesson plan based on that level and current experience. The lessons are tailored to each student’s capability and desire to play/practice. The lessons will be challenging but not “out of reach”. The student will feel successful and see the difference in playing within a relatively short time.

I will assess the student’s progress each week, by reviewing the previous week’s work. Based on the student’s progress, I will advance to new material or stay within the same material. The student and I will agree on how much time the student will devote to practicing each week. The student will keep a three ring notebook for adding handouts as they are given. I usually use a guitar book, to have structure, along with supplementary material that fills in the gaps. It is vital to practice on a regular basis in order to improve.
I provide teaching with patience and motivation. Being a parent of a child with ADHD (I homeschooled for one year), I incorporate learning from my parental experiences into lessons as needed. There have been several studies done that show how early music lessons have longtime benefits.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a music room upstairs with large windows facing the street with guitars, amps, a computer, stereo and seating. The house has 3 cats which are kept separate from lessons. Street parking and/or driveway if needed.

*** Specialties ***
I've taught rock, blues, jazz, classical, contemporary Christian, and music theory. I try to get my students to play along with CD's and listen to others playing what they want to learn. I draw material from the hundreds of books I have collected over the years.
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Juan D. April 11, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
So far it's been a great experience with Greg. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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richard February 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Worked with my next perfectly.
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Dina R. February 24, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He was patient, my daughter was nervous but he made her feel comfortable. Great teacher!
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Greg D.

Greg D.

Tracy, CA 95377
(10)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Derek T.

Modesto, CA

About Derek

Hi, there! My name is Derek and I've been teaching private lessons since 2008. I am dedicated to helping my students master technique, apply themselves creatively, and exercise their minds. I went to Berklee College of Music and earned a Specialist Certificate in Music Theory in 2009. I'm a patient and articulate person and my teaching style is fun, engaging, and tailored to your needs. I look forward to helping you and your family enrich your minds!
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Derek T.

Derek T.

Modesto, CA 95350
starting at
$20 / 15-min
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Laura R.

Manteca, CA

About Laura

Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2002 and have loved helping my students learn both technique and theory as I seek to motivate them to play the best that they can and to instill a love for music. Although I do not hold a degree in music, I was trained to teach by a former music instructor from the University of the Pacific. I have been playing the piano for 37 years and I am looking forward to passing my knowledge onto you and helping you reach your goals!
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Robert December 15, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Knowledgeable, understanding, willing, generous...uncompromising...
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Helen August 29, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Laura is the best piano teacher i have ever met. I have taken 4 classes with her already. She is experienced, patient, kind and good at teaching. She explains everything structurally and easily understand.She also proceed based on my capability. I can see my huge progress. I recommend her as your piano teacher also. Esp compared to some other piano teachers, she is a real great piano teacher ..
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Diane August 22, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I am very pleased with Laura! She has a good plan and I will be learning exactly what I was hoping for.
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Laura R.

Laura R.

Manteca, CA 95336
(7)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Kailee D.

Pleasanton, CA

About Kailee

Piano has been part of my life since I was very small. I began taking lessons in first grade.
In high school, I discovered more about chords, improvisation, and playing in a band.
I also was in my high school's choir, where we received sight singing skills, using solfeggio and intervals for ear training.

I went on to graduate with a B.S. in Music in Worship (Piano), an interdisciplinary major in Biola University's Conservatory of Music. I have played on praise bands at several churches since junior high, and currently am on rotation playing keyboard at my church in Livermore.

I teach c
lassical, popular, jazz, improvisation, and any other genre you desire to learn.
I also adore giving direction to those who wish to create their own songs.

Dive in as a beginner,
explore musical expressions as an intermediate,
or hone skills as an advanced pianist.

(I also have tutored elementary math and reading for about four years now.)
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Kailee D.

Kailee D.

Manteca, CA 95336
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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