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Kayoko started playing the piano at the age of 5. She played the piano for music classes at grammar school and junior high school, and started teaching youngsters at the age of 15. She entered Kunitachi Music High School and graduated from Kunitachi College of Music, one of the top conservatories in Japan.
To take students from introductory to performance level, to teach students a drummer’s main job – to be the time keeper in any ensemble, an orchestra, jazz band, rock band, power trio – whatever music ensemble in which they are participating; equip the student with the ability to play the fundamental styles, blues shuffles, rock patterns, basic jazz patterns, funk patterns
I encourage students a lot and make the lessons fun for them, for younger students, they play nursery rhymes that they know how to sing, so it keeps them motivated, for teenagers, they are more interested in pop music, so we sometimes work on the pop songs they want to play. For beginning students who are children from age 5 to 8, I typically start with Piano Adventures lesson book. Once students finish the premiere level, they will start playing popular nursery rhymes, repertoires for performances, theory, and techniques. For teenagers and adults, I start with Alfred Adult lesson book and I discuss with them what are some classical pieces and/or popular songs they want to play in the future and when they are ready to move on, we would start working on those. Overall, I always keep the lessons fun and engaged in every level and ages.
I have been teaching since 2009, mostly with students who enroll in summer camp with the intent to study in a Music Conservatory. With this particular opportunity I was able to instruct students on a group and individual basis, as well as assist with classes such as Music Theory and other electives expanding their skills through other instruments and art forms. I've also worked with middle school and high school students during the school year to advance their individual and group ensemble proficiency. What I am most intrigued about is watching a student's growth, as a musician and as a person, from the beginning of our time together to the end. There's this sense of pride and appreciation there that can't be replaced.
I’m a musician and enthusiastic music educator in the California Bay Area. Currently, I’m a student at Sonoma State University working towards a Bachelor of Music degree in Trumpet Performance. I am an avid musician, an experienced instructor, and professional music educator. Some of my greatest experiences have been playing under the baton of Donato Cabrera and learning from world renowned trumpeter Mark Inouye. I teach from experience with a true passion for music.
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Review by Andy Snyder
Giorgi has made learning cello even more fun. From the sympathetic, "It is hard" to the precise, "Be careful about the curve of the thumb" he has strengthened learning in every lesson, without being overwhelming. He started playing a little duet on only the 3rd lesson or so, which made me feel, even as a beginner, that I'm already starting to make (occasionally screachy) music. He has suggested a variety of drills and practice techniques which have also sped up the process a lot. And he has a good sense of humor and surprising amount of patience.
Review by Nancy Fritsch
I honestly cannot say enough positive things about Rachel. We met her through CYT where my daughter took theater classes from Rachel and was directed by Rachel in several musicals. Because Rachel was so wonderful to work with and so clearly talented at teaching and directing, several years ago, my daughter started private vocal lesson with her and I have seen my daughter's vocal abilities grow in leaps and bounds. Rachel is an ace at picking music to work on that stretches abilities while at the same time, keeps vocal lessons fun. I highly recommend her as a voice and theater coach.
Review by Clinton Poskozim
Martina has been a great teacher. Our son is 8 and had taken some piano lessons before starting with Martina. She came right in and got him to improve. She does a great job of giving him just enough of a challenge to make him work and learn but not any pieces that are so overwhelming he can't get them. She has helped him through a lot of early music theory so that he not only can play the piano but understands the music he is reading in all of its complexity.
Review by Emily
Steve gets you started right away with songs but also goes into music theory and reading music which adds to understanding and appreciation of the music. He is very approachable and you can tell that he absolutely loves music and teaching. It is hard not to be excited about the process of learning with Steve. If you are considering lessons I highly recommend Steve for any level of student.
Review by Ro J.
“My son has been instructed by Mark for almost four years. Mark is an outstanding teacher. His credentials are by themselves impressive, but his ability to relate his knowledge to kids is even more so. Connor's ability to understand and read music is fantastic. Mark also knows the performance side of playing drums and has encouraged Connor to actually incorporate his knowledge to play alone and in a band. He is patient and encouraging which is what motivates Connor to work and practice. He is a mentor as well as a teacher. He is superior at what he does and we highly recommend him.” Ro J.
Review by Kristen Draughn
Mr. Lou M. is a God-send! With the various needs that our organization requires from our education partners in order to provide enrichment services to our students, Mr. Lou M. has always gone above and beyond in meeting all of those needs. Our students are learning, our caregivers are happy and satisfied, and we couldn't be more pleased with his performance.
Review by Bradford Putt
Angela has been a perfect match-up for me. She is warm and welcoming, and also serious about teaching - she keeps our time focused and on track. What I truly appreciate, as a new singer anxiously preparing for an event, is the confidence she gives me. Angela is very encouraging. I enjoy coming to class.
Review by Maureen Young
“Lynn has taught my daughter guitar for 9 years. She has always managed to keep her engaged and provide an exceptional learning experience. She tailors the lesson specifically to the student’s interests and abilities. She provides many opportunities for students to showcase their talents outside of lessons. We love working with Lynn.” Maureen Young, Dir. of Finance, Aug 2015
Review by Jennifer
Dave is a fantastic teacher. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to students that I think is invaluable. At the same time, this does not limit him from working with beginning students. He is very communicative with the parents as far as schedule changes. We are so grateful to have found him!!
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