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Julie L

Julie L

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I'm an experienced and caring instructor who loves to see students empowered in their own creativity and excellence.  I received my Bachelor's in Music Education from Ithaca College in 1988.  I have recorded and released three projects so far that have received radio play internationally and been on the charts on college & public radio.  My travels performing music in the U.S. and beyond have enriched my life immeasurably and I love sharing the spark of imagination with my students.

Michael L

Michael L

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I have been teaching music since high school, where I was the brass section leader.  I began to teach and play guitar in high school as well.  I have taught all ages, including small children as well as senior citizens.  Teaching is always refreshing and challenging- every day is different!  Every student has a unique perspective with his or her own learning style.

Alex C

Alex C

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I am a instructor with 10 years of experience giving 15-20 guitar lessons a week who loves sharing the gift of music. I've also performed jazz, rock, pop and other styles of music in groups and solo at many types of venues, including a few jazz festival appearances in addition to jazz clubs and a small number of sponsored concerts under my own name. Along the the way I released a CD that was played on 30 public radio stations and performed with many excellent musicians from the Bay Area, East Coast and Europe.

Fiona C

Fiona C

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For beginning students, I use the Piano Adventure Series by Nancy Faber and Randall Faber.  I also use the A Thousand Stories for a Little Pianist by Katrin Arefy. My special methods in teaching young students include stories, easy duets, and singing familiar folk songs. For intermediate level students, I use different method books according to the student's interests. However, I encourage them to play Classical music, which is very useful in developing good techniques in piano playing. I also encourage students to pick their own music.  The most important goal is that students are learning music from different time periods, and is having fun.

Joe P

Joe P

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Constructing good habits is key. So very much of every instrument is muscle memory, which means developing good habits or weeding out bad ones is extremely important. I customize my lesson plan for each student in order to maximize the learning curve and to keep things interesting. If the student is a beginner, I make sure to show them a (not the) correct way to approach a goal and keep focus. If the student is further along, I evaluate and monitor their progress to ensure proficiency. Most importantly, I make sure they are having FUN!

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