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Kathryn K. San Rafael, CA

About Kathryn

Just want to shout out a big congrats to my student Josh for booking a lead in a feature film! Dreams come true! If you want to act or sing as a profession or for fun, or are auditioning to get into a particular high school of performing arts or college or have professional auditions or are trying to land an agent. If you need help understanding the industry, come in. My students are featured on television, in commercials and have had leads in films. Several of them have signed contracts with union affiliated agents. Together, we strive to make dreams come true. I have been singing, recording and acting my entire life. I am fortunate to work as a singer and songwriter. I teach young people and adults and I love it. I will ...

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Alison S. February 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
It really was such a treat to work with her!

My work with Katherine has been nothing but amazing. She surpasses the label as teacher by all accounts and is a true mentor.
Whether I was feeling low that day as an artist or on my game, she inspired my best work and I walked out of her studio every time feeling fulfilled and grateful.
Thanks to Kathryn, my voice and acting chops have excelled and I have gained callbacks knowing full well it was due to the work I prepared with her for the auditions!
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Jamie B. November 1, 2014
Verified Student
Kathryn is the real deal! I have never acted before and thought I'd like to give it a try. She has this ability to help you believe in yourself in such a way that after the first session I knew if I wanted to pursue acting full time Kathryn would help me make that happen. After working with her I also walked away feeling enlivened. Kathryn took me under her wing and taught me a great deal in a short amount of time. She's also grown up in the industry so her knowledge is vast and priceless.
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Wendy H. October 21, 2014
Acting · Online
Verified Student
Kathryn is the best teacher I ever had! She is an award winning artist and knows the industry inside out. She really cares about your progress and wants to help you! I highly recommend her!
Rob F. San Anselmo, CA

About Rob

Rob (aka R.J.): Born in Detroit, Michigan, RJ studied r&b and jazz from Motown drummers and Funk Brothers Benny Benjamin and Uriel Jones. From the age of fifteen he played in rhythm & blues and jazz combos around Detroit. He then studied privately with Berklee School of Music drum maestro, Gene Stuart, mallet studies with Mark Johnson at Michigan State University and earned a Bachelors Degree from Michigan State. He moved to San Francisco where he studied North Indian percussion and tabla with Zakir Hussain, trap set with jazz recording artist George Marsh. He is a consummate producer, performer, recording artist and teacher. He plays and teaches all styles of rhythm including jazz, funk, blues, rock, latin, and world fusion. He teaches drumset, congas, djembe, tabla, cajon and hand ...

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Barbara S. October 29, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
I Got Lucky

A year and a half ago I decided to try to learn how to play an instrument, and chose drums. Learning how to also read and write music for drumming was high on my list. I also needed this to be a fun adventure with no real public performance goals for the first couple of years. It needed to be a stress reducer from the demands of the day job. Finding and working with RJ has been a total kick in the pants. I couldn't ask for a better coach. He hasn't let me get stuck in any one form, I'm learning all of them. It's hard! But I couldn't imagine not drumming now. It's very exciting, and I look forward to learning more over the coming years.
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KatyV January 11, 2012
Rob Franco

You won't find a better teacher than Rob. He obviously knows music, both theory and application. He is concerned about proper technique, but also enjoyment and variety, which means that you get it all. I'm learning tons more than I thought I would.
James P. Petaluma, CA

About James

I've played keyboards and sang professionally for the last 25 years. During that time my home has been in the San Francisco Bay Area but I have performed all over the country and have toured several times in Germany, Switzerland, and Japan. I’m a two time winner of the West Coast Songwriters “Song Of The Year Award” and I write music and lyrics as well as record and produce songs for myself and others. Over those years I've developed a wealth of knowledge and experience that I’m very excited to share with my students. I want you to tell me what your musical dreams are and we will develop a plan to reach them and I will be honored to guide you there. *** Lesson Details *** I see music lessons as a partnership between the instructor and the student. I like to start this partnership by

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Mike W. March 24, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
James is a great teacher. Patient and inspiring. I have just begun my late in life music learning experience and he is perfect for that.
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Jane M. November 25, 2013
Piano
Jimmy is a great teacher

I have been taking lessons once every week from Jimmy for over a year and I haven't ever been disappointed by a lesson we've had. My favorite part of the lesson is always when we do the blues together at the very end. Overall, Jimmy is a great teacher.
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Lynn C. November 19, 2013
Piano
Wonderful Teacher

James is a wonderful, patient and talented teacher. His love of music is infectious and I leave each class feeling inspired and motivated. WOW I am making so much progress in my playing!
I highly recommend lessons with him.
Donna D. Corte Madera, CA

About Donna

I love to sing, and I have a passion for teaching students to sing well. I have sung in choruses all my life, and have been inspired by fine conductors and great composers. I am certain that music enlivens my life like nothing else, and it can do that for everyone. Whether you sing in the shower, or in the choir, or with a few friends, or in an opera, you can find your song. Learning to play the piano, from the very beginning, or picking up where you left off in the past, will bring a spark to your life. Whether you want to play for yourself or some friends, or want to get on track to becoming a concert pianist, music will enrich your life. My students develop an appreciation for music of the Renaissance up through the 21st century. They are willing to delve into exciting territory ...

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AndreaS February 16, 2012
Very nice singing classes

Donna is a very warm teacher, her way of teaching is very encouraging and supportive. I enjoyed her classes and learned a lot, more than only singing. I would surely recommend her as a teacher.
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carmenl May 17, 2011
Donna is a great teacher. Gives me the direction I need to focus and progress and enough freedom to experiment with what I'm trying to learn. She also reveals some of mystery of how music works.
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LenoraY June 15, 2010
Feedback for Donna

Donna's method of teaching gets quick results. She simplifies, presents and reinforces concepts such that I've managed to make progress with each lesson. Highly intelligent yet flexible, Donna was quick to analyze my learning process/style. Therefore, when I do falter, she knows exactly why - and helps me make adjustments.
Ben L. San Rafael, CA

About Ben

Originally from West Virginia, Ben has quickly made a name for himself within the music community since moving to San Francisco in 2009. Having performed in a wide array of musical situations early in his career Ben draws on those initial performances to shape his current music experience. While earning his degree in philosophy and music from West Virginia University, he had the opportunity to travel to China in the summer of 2008 to perform with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. During his time at WVU Ben performed with the €œLittle Big Band€, WVU'€™s premiere jazz ensemble, along with other Jazz and world music ensembles. A teacher himself, Ben has had many influential teachers including: Tommy Igoe, George Willis, Tim Adams, Mike Dawson, Al Wrublesky, Scott Amendola, ...

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Carole C. March 23, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Ben is an awesome teacher. He is patient and kind with my 8 year old and he covers a lot of material during the session. Would definitely recommend him.
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Nathan B. June 3, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Ben is fabulous. My son is 5, nearly 6, and Ben he loves his drum lessons with Ben. Without much prompting from mom and dad, our boy has decided that he loves rock n' roll and Ben has really channeled that enthusiasm. He's learning notations, theory, and rhythm. And having a great time doing it. Thank you Ben!
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Maggie H. December 2, 2013
Drum
Great teacher in a great environment!

Ben has been teaching my son Jack for the last seven months. Jack leaves each lesson with more excitement for the drums than the previous week. Ben's enthusiasm for music is infectious! Jack has improved tremendously since initially starting lessons with Ben. Each lesson is structured very methodically and he gives a very well rounded approach, covering rudiments, music theory, and drumset studies.
I would recommend Ben for anyone interested in taking drum lessons.
Dan G. Fairfax, CA

About dan

Hi! I have studied, performed and taught the violincello (the cello), electric bass and contra-bass (acoustic, upright or double bass) for over two decades. I have played in symphonies, orchestras, chamber music ensembles, rock , blues , R&B, funk, and bluegrass bands, jazz combos, and Indian kirtan ensembles, performing everything from Beethoven and Tchaikovsky to Stevie Wonder and Miles Davis. Among numerous outstanding players and teachers, I have studied with Cameron Sawzin of the Boston Virtuosi as well as with renowned bassist Victor Wooten at his camp in Tennessee and California. I take an intuitive approach to my lessons, focusing on the feel and tone of the music. I have found this to be the fastest and most effective way for my students to learn. I also put emphasis ...

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Mia R. July 14, 2014
Cello · In studio
I would highly recommend Daniel! He has a true gift for teaching in a way that supports students to blossom in their own unique way. A deep listener with a talent for finding what lights up each person's musical inspiration; Daniel is patient, supportive, and a talented musician. I left lessons feeling inspired to practice instead of obligated to. Best teacher I ever had!
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Ben M. March 28, 2014
Bass Guitar
Finally a teacher I can learn from!

Dan came over to my apt and was very polite and a good listener. I told him what I wanted to learn and the types of music I liked. We talked for a bit and I instantly felt comfortable. After a good laugh we launched right in! I found his teaching style to be invigorating! We "jammed" on the first chord pattern he showed me and it actually sounded good. After a few more tricks I was hooked. I left my first session with Dan feeling not only inspired, but also informed. I had material to practice. Dan is a very fun, smart, broadly trained talent to learn from. I highly recommend him. A true musician!
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julie Q. February 28, 2014
Music Performance
Awakening

I invited Daniel as a guest teacher into my junior high classroom, and I witnessed a very natural and compelling interest awaken from both he and the students. He has a very humble and direct way of sharing his knowledge and skills, which includes Socratic teaching, and (an) awakening (of) interest and enthusiasm. My students immediately felt very comfortable in his presence, they gained a lot, and they left the class feeling inspired to further feed their curiosity on the topic.

Julie Q., Nevada City, CA

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