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Clifford Lamb Music
4.7
from 85 reviews
  • 18 years in business
  • 152 hires on Thumbtack
Richard C.
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beginning music lessons

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Bettencourt Drumming
5.0
from 42 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
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Andres O.
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I've been trying to learn the drums for quite some time now mostly on youtube, but really i wasnt getting anywhere, then i found Neil Bettencourt and in 2 lessons, learned way more than I ever did on my own. He's always on top of his messages and gives me fast replies. Hands down, great teacher and amazing drummer.

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Mindy Music
4.9
from 37 reviews
  • 107 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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Started going for violin lessons (I'm in my 20's with no music background). Had only a couple of classes so far. I really like the pace and her style of teaching. She is professional and very easy to work with.

SHREDLAB
4.9
from 30 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 65 hires on Thumbtack
E. B.
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Andi is a really awesome guitar instructor. I started guitar lessons with him with absolutely no experience playing an instrument or knowing how to read sheet music. But because he is really patient, knowledgeable, and at ease with teaching, I have been able to pick up how to play the guitar and reading the tab handouts he gives me after each lesson. He goes at the student’s pace and is willing to change his lessons to teach what new songs I want to learn. After each lesson I am always inspired and reminded why I wanted to take up guitar lessons in the first place. Andi was the very first instructor I met and I’m glad I did. I could not recommend him highly enough as an instructor.

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Stella Lim Piano
5.0
from 28 reviews
  • 6 years in business
  • 41 hires on Thumbtack
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Josephine M.
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Stella has been a wonderful teacher! I've never taken any sort of music lessons and was worried about starting lessons as an adult. I came across Stella after looking through many websites and am glad I did. Stella is extremely patient and encouraging throughout the sessions. I can't tell you how many times I mess up in an hour and she always tends to find something good to say about what I've done. I really enjoy taking lessons with her and would recommend her to anyone needing a supportive and knowledgeable teacher.

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Kelly Keys
5.0
from 26 reviews
  • 44 years in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Nancy N.
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Kelly is an enthusiastic teacher! He is willing to spend over time with my kids and makes them engaged. My kids always look forward for his lessons. He also provides my little four year old daughter and myself free lessons! We like him a lot and highly recommend him!

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David Williams Music
5.0
from 27 reviews
  • 30 years in business
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Eric N.
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I've been taking guitar and singing lessons with David for a few months, and I've got to say I've had a really great time learning from him! David is an incredibly friendly and knowledgeable teacher who clearly cares about his students and their goals, and better still has played and performed with the artists that I like best. It took me a while to find a teacher who was willing to teach me the music I wanted to play instead of starting with their core competence, so it was really refreshing that within a month or two with plenty of practice I was able to learn one of my favorite songs (Three Rounds and a Sound by Blind Pilot, if you're curious), and a little longer to start singing it, which I was really stoked about. He has been great about breaking things down when the piece we're working on is too challenging. David has also pushed me to pursue my goal of creating music, helping along the way to create melodies and lyrics. I have to say, it takes a great teacher to get me to sing and to share lyrics with them (do you know how embarrassing that can be?). I could go on, but suffice it to say, David is a great teacher, and I'm really glad I started taking lessons with him.

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  • 1 year in business
  • 30 hires on Thumbtack
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Jeffrey F.
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I am an adult beginning piano student of Juan's. I couldn't be more pleased. Juan always begins a lesson by asking if I have any questions and listening to me play. He then decides what we should work on. The focus is usually on the process of learning a piece. For example, together we figure out fingering that feels best for my hands. Its fun as problem solving. Juan chooses music well suited for his teaching approach. And the music itself is very enjoyable to play.

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Sarah Elisabeth Studio
4.9
from 26 reviews
  • 44 hires on Thumbtack
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Rebecca Y.
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I love going to voice/piano lessons every week! Sarah has taught me so much in the couple months i've been with her - i have a much stronger and overall better voice than before i started lessons. It's also very fun just in general to go every week:)

PrinceSF Productions
4.8
from 19 reviews
  • 41 years in business
  • 35 hires on Thumbtack
Adam P.
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I can't say enough about my experience with Ken. He is very intuitive. His lessons are balence between exercises and therory. I have alway found myself mentally stimulated, with plenty of work for my fingers. He is very energetic and reaches out between lessons to give you more music to play with. His warm and friendly personality make the lessons fly by. He also willing to work through tought topics without cutting the lesson short (schedule permitting ). I really appreciate his effort into his students. He has also been pretty flexible with my shedule. As an adult these are not the piano lessons I hated as a child. Lol

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  • 16 years in business
  • 21 hires on Thumbtack
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Thumbtack Customer
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I'm loving taking lessons with Ilana! I love how she quickly could tell the pace I learn and how much she pushes me to improve my skills! Totally recommend her!

  • 38 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
Kat K.
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Both of our kids ( 12 and 10 ) are having a nice time with Lynn while learning their drills. She connects with them individually and helps them learn their drills in a smooth way. Our daughter loves her voice and piano lessons. On the other hand, our son did not want to take piano lessons at all but after a few lessons with Lynn, he decided to stay with it! How great is that! Thank you so much Lynn!!! :-) I am happy and looking forward to seeing more of their progress!

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  • 9 years in business
  • 16 hires on Thumbtack
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Siri Amrit R.
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I can't say enough good things about working with Patricia. She is always on time, always professional, incredibly knowledegeable, and always ready for our lessons. I have grown tremendously since I started working with her! I've actually started taking both voice and piano lessons from her because she is that good. She is classically trained and knows her stuff so well and can explain it so well that even a 5 year old could understand it.

Drum Lessons with Andrew
4.9
from 19 reviews
  • 10 years in business
  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Evan F.
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I’ve been taking lessons with Andrew for over a year now, and thanks to his innovative and adaptive teaching style, our lessons have never felt rote or unchallenging. Andrew is always positive and encouraging and quick to remind me of my progress when I’m feeling discouraged. He has been sensitive to the particular learning difficulties I have and patiently explains and demonstrates things in a way that I can easily absorb. His infectious enthusiasm and innate skill as a teacher make him an overall excellent, praise-worthy drumming instructor.

Rick Lowe
4.9
from 12 reviews
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
Keaton L.
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Great teacher, great guitarist, really friendly, and got me where i am today. Since I was little I have worked with rick and he has taught me so much. Next year i will be atteneding a music college because of his teaching. 10/10 would recommend

Fog City Jazz
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
Stacy N.
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I have been taking piano lessons with Jeffrey for the past year. Although I started taking lessons when I was young and have studied under other great teachers, Jeffrey stands out among them as exceptionally gifted. He is eternally patient and has a great sense of humor. I always look forward to seeing him. Besides his affability, the depth and breadth of his musical knowledge are hard to find, even among professionals. I would recommend him to anyone, regardless of age or proficiency.

Guitar Lessons with John
5.0
from 6 reviews
  • 19 hires on Thumbtack
Luveda B.
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I have had guitar lessons with John Lewis for two months now and I have to say without a doubt, he has exceeded my expectations in every way. Not only is he a very talented musician, he also possesses a rare talent for communicating and teaching guitar and musical concepts that are sometimes hard to grasp. He is patient, kind, encouraging, inspirational, and very creative in his teaching style. He knows how to judge exactly how much information I can handle at one time and I never leave feeling overwhelmed. He always makes the lessons interesting, challenging, and FUN! I am so grateful to have found this wonderful teacher and I highly recommend him to anyone from beginner to advanced. He truly is the Best of the Best!!!

The Studio Violin
4.8
from 6 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Munira J.
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Have started lessons with Chloe just one month back for my 9 year old. My daughter and I love the energy and enthusiasm she brings to each lesson. Her focus on technique is something I really appreciate. My daughter was learning violin for about 2 yrs before coming to studio violin, and just month I can see that her music is sounding better with Chloe's detailed focus on basics and techniques. My kid is loving it so far so thumbs up and highy recommend her!

Miriam Pantig Voice Studio
5.0
from 15 reviews
  • 13 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Agnes T.
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I highly recommend Miriam Pantig to you as a music teacher for your family and friends. Miriam is a voice teacher, a very well-respected in this community and, as you may know, she is one of the best entertainer in San Francisco Bay Area. She just recently relocated in East Bay.

Mu-Sick Beats Jam Studio
5.0
from 7 reviews
  • 28 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
Jove D.
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My experience with Atemu at Mu-Sick Beats was very good. Atemu taught me vocal lessons and music theory, and I learned an incredible amount from him. He is extremely knowledgeable about music, and very professional, and packs every lesson with depth and insight. He has a way of knowing exactly where you are and delivering what you need... he really tunes in. I walked away from every lesson feeling inspired and excited to dig in even more. I highly recommend Atemu and Mu-Sick Beats Jam Studio as a great source of musical knowledge and inspiration.

Brent Elberg
5.0
from 4 reviews
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Talyn I.
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I have been taking jazz piano lessons from Brent for the past 8 months and I've really enjoyed getting to work with him. He is very knowledgeable on the topic of jazz. Every week we practice improvising over jazz standards and he plays along with me on the piano or sometimes drums of there is a kit in the room. Brent if friendly and cares about his students. Would recommend to anyone wanting to take drum or piano lessons!

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