Featured Piano Teachers Near Elk Grove , CA

Jack C

Jack C

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Emphasis on fundamentals and the basics. Beginning Lessons in Reading and Writing Music, as well as Sight-reading exercises and instruction on Jazz Theory for the more advanced students.

Jay Jay W

Jay Jay W

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I teach to the strengths and weaknesses of my students. If something doesn't work for them, I find other innovative ways to teach them so that learning is fun as well as educational. 

Elizabeth P

Elizabeth P

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I inspire other students to pursue their dreams. If they want to pursue music as a full time career, I will encourage that as well. If they are interested in learning or writing a song, I wil assist with that. 

Gabriel B

Gabriel B

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My teaching experience dates back to my college days, I began teaching private lessons part time and tutoring both theory and piano for beginners. I was a music teacher from kindergarten to 4th grade at the Isaac Newton School in Costa Rica. I've found that encouraging practice as one the most important elements in music is key my student's success.

Jacqueline (Joy) S

Jacqueline (Joy) S

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Welcome and thanks for choosing this Musical Path: stay positive, make beautiful music. This music program is based on the philosophy that play is the central basis for learning with young children and adults too. We will learn“technical skills” (50% of everyday practice must be on Technique and Method), but at the same time keeping in mind that music is not just about pyro-technical skills but also interpretation, story-telling, musicality, dynamics, nuance, and phrasing. I hope that we can also learn to apply “piano lessons as life lessons” (e.g. how to apply musical terms such as “harmony”, “countrapuntal voices”, “polyvocality” and so on, in everyday life). We will explore music theory (e.g. Scales and Arpeggios, Key Signatures and the Circle of Fifths; Note Values and Rhythmic Precision), preparation for music performance (solo, duet, and ensemble), and learn about music history (from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to Southeast Asian music/s). Some of the thematic issues we will learn about and practice include: Technique and Method: 50% of everyday practice. For piano and cello: Scales and Key Signatures Books for piano: “A Dozen a Day”; Czerny; Isidor Phillip; Hanon (all available from the teacher or if not, from the website International Music Score Library Project or IMSLP). Books for cello: Dotzauer; Rick Mooney’s Position Pieces. Music Theory Students will be given hand-outs (by the teacher) every lesson or worksheets can be downloaded and printed from internet websites on: Note Values and Rhythmic Precision: if you don’t already have a METRONOME, please make sure to get one. Until you get one, you can ask the teacher to borrow hers. Key Signatures and Scales (with Arpeggios and Chords): very important not only for technique and ear training, but also for composing. Phrasing Reading Notes (Sight-reading) Dynamics (the meaning of Italian and other musical terms): please try to get a comprehensive MUSIC DICTIONARY ( in order to understand the terms “legato”, “dolce”, “sforzando” and so on). Interpretation Ear Training, Tonalization, and Listening Students are strongly encouraged to listen to their songs/pieces everyday (either from a music disc or in youtube). It is very important that you are not just sight-dependent, but can play and compose music too by “playing it by ear”. This is a very useful skill to have specially when playing music and with musicians who are not familiar with printed texts or cannot sight-read (e.g. Timorese music, some Philippine music, jazz, some hymns and spirituals, folk songs). Learning how to cooperate with others by playing duets, ensemble work: This is a very important life lesson. You cannot just be a “soloist”. Our goal is to build a community of talented musicians in Timor Leste. Music History (from different countries and cultures) and Reading the Biographies of Composers and Musicians Students are strongly encouraged to read widely about music history and the lives of musicians. You can download composer’s biographies from Wikipedia or order books via amazon.com. I also have a “rotating library” of books I brought to Timor which I can lend to each of you and can rotate, please ask me: Highly recommended (you can borrow from me): Eric Siblin’s “The Cello Suites: J.S. Bach, Pablo Casals, and the Search for a Baroque Masterpiece.” Richard Powers, “The Time of our Singing.” J. Siapno, “A Society with Music is a Society with Hope: Musicians as Survivor-Visionaries in Post-war Timor Leste,” in Southeast Asia Journal. London, 2013. See link: https://www.academia.edu/4513125/_A_society_with_music_is_a_societywith_hope_musicians_as_survivor-visionaries_in_post-war_Timor_Leste_

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