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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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Ben May 1, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Curtis is awesome. Very patient and positive. Great with kids.
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Matthew April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Curtis has been an excellent teacher in helping me start playing the guitar, with no prior experience. He is always in tune with the kind of goals I want to meet with my instrument while giving me useful exercises and tips to improve my skills. Would highly recommend him to other students looking to pick up the guitar or wanting to improve on your current skills.
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Miranda C. April 27, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher, great musician, endlessly patient and positive. Really grateful he's our first guitar teacher.
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Curtis L.

Curtis L.

Sacramento, CA 95831
(16)
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.

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

Napa, CA

About Nicole

Mezzo Soprano, Nicole Birkland is a professional opera singer based in Napa, California. She has worked with The Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Washington National Opera and has been a young artist with Merola Opera, Chautauqua Opera and Des Moines Metro Opera.

Ms. Birkland is a pupil of voice teacher Jean McDonald who she has been studying with for 18 years. She passes on what her teacher has taught her, while adding her own touch and personal experiences as a professional singer.

She loves to work with beginners who are learning to sing for the first time as well as experi
enced singers of all genres. She also has experience teaching choir in Elementary-High School. Ms. Birkland's experience and understanding of differentiating styles allows her to teach in any genre.
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Nicole B.

Nicole B.

Napa, CA 94558
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Tim K.

Sacramento, CA

About Tim

***Now available to teach Nationwide via SKYPE!!!***

My name is Tim and I have been drumming for 22 years. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from Sacramento State University and I teach and perform a wide array of styles: JAZZ, ROCK, HIP-HOP, FUNK, BRAZILIAN, AFRO-CUBAN and CLASSICAL SNARE. Beginners and beyond are welcome. I will teach you all you need to know, no matter what your skill level. The lessons are made to be fun! That is what music should be anyway...fun!

You will benefit from lessons with me by not only having fun and playing along with your favorite songs,
but you will also learn how to read drum music, which will offer you so many more opportunities once you go out into the musical world.

*** Lesson Details ***
***Now available to teach Nationwide via SKYPE!!!***

My style is pretty much right down the middle between laid back and always pushing my students. What I mean by pushing is that I always encourage, in a positive way, my students to Keep PRACTICING! Practice is one of the most important things while taking lessons. Students cannot get too far by not practicing. It just doesn't work that way.

I use a combination of simple rhythm books, drum set books, and listening and playing along with music. After 3-6 months of lessons with me, you should be able to play along with some of your favorite songs, and be decent at doing some simple sight reading out of books.

Please note: I have time available in the evening on my calendar, but that is only for traveling to a student's house. During the day, my studio is available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Room w/ drum set, practice pads, music stands, seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should have a drum set if lessons are at their house. I can provide sticks, brushes, etc.

*** Specialties ***
I teach jazz, rock, hip-hop, Latin, Afro-Cuban, funk, New Orleans second line, and classical snare.
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Antonia V. February 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Tim is a patient instructor who caters to his students. He gave my husband
strong foundational skills for reading music notation to build upon. He
also clearly demonstrates how the instrument should be played from simple
to more complex syncopated rhythms. I am very pleased with the improvement
of my husband's ability to play drums from an instructor with extensive
knowledge and expertise. I would highly recommend Tim for lessons in any
genre of music
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Debbie S. December 21, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Tim has been working with my 15 year old son for several months now! My son has made great improvements and enjoys Tim's lessons! Tim is always prompt and ready to work! It is really awesome that he comes to our house for lessons!!
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jennifer R. April 1, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Since the beginning of our lessons, Tim has been on time, easy going, patient and challenging. A great teacher for beginners but I'm sure just as great a teacher for any level student. I will continue to learn from his drumming expertise :)
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Tim K.

Sacramento, CA 95833
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Sue S.

Davis, CA

About Sue

Learning the flute is a great way to explore your creativity. Flute is the one wind instrument with amazing versatility and expression. It is as comfortable in an orchestra as a jazz band.

Do you or a child you know want to learn how to play flute, recorder, baroque flute, or even piccolo? I love to teach and can help you on your or your child's path to further your music education.

I began playing the flute when I was 10 and started teaching while I was still a high school student. I started playing flute professionally as a teenager and now I have over 30 years of experience in teac
hing and performing.

I teach students of all ages. I specialize in personalized, tailored instruction with a strong commitment to making the process of learning music simple and straightforward. Each student has a unique learning style and I work with each student within their style. Your lessons are designed for YOU, whether beginner, intermediate, or advanced. Your lesson pace, curriculum, and progress are based on your strengths and learning style.

I am by vocation a musician specializing in performing and teaching flute. I have taught flute and played professionally in the greater Sacramento area, as well as in SLC, Utah and Reno, NV.
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Leslie Crenna April 13, 2016
Flute · In studio
Sue has been very accommodating with our special requests. She understands how to be gently persistent in the process of leading kids into getting better each week. My daughter and I checked out probably 6 teachers and she picked Sue. Sue is the farthest from our house, but I have no regrets. I can sense the depth of mastery my daughter is developing under Sue's guidance. Thanks so much!
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Rebecca N. March 30, 2016
Flute · In studio
Verified Student
I have studied in the past with tow other flute teachers that I liked quite well so I was doubtful about finding another teacher that I would like as well. But, right from the start, Sue proved herself a very likable teacher and taught me some things that was hugely helpful rught away.

I am really excited about my flute lessons once again, thanks to Sue. Clearly she is an excellent teacher.
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Beth August 13, 2015
Flute · In studio
Our daughter has taken flute lessons from Sue for 3 years. These private lessons have provided our daughter with an excellent musical foundation and allowed her to develop skill in playing the flute. Sue has been very flexible in scheduling (when our busy schedule creates conflict). Most importantly, Sue has been supportive and relaxed in her teaching style to allow our very shy daughter to feel comfortable and confident in the lessons.
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Sue S.

Sue S.

Davis, CA 95618
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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