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Mindy Music
4.9
from 38 reviews
  • 116 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
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.

  • 12 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Fiona Y.
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I really could not recommend Samantha more highly. I am SO lucky I found her! The value for the lessons is awesome. She is extremely well-trained and well-educated. To be honest, I wondered what I would get because some teachers charged more and as a student I really couldn’t afford more. A lot of teachers don’t actually teach proper technique. I love knowing that I’m learning to play properly, and that I learn some theory along the way. She’s also really encouraging and the way she tunes into what you like is a special gift she has as a teacher. She finds what you like and what you’re good at and capitalizes on it so you’re always enjoying yourself, being challenged, and feel motivated. I’m learning as an adult and I love the book she decided to use also. Samantha is also flexible and responsive to texts. Another thing I really like that she does is write up your “homework” for the week, with specific things to work on. Again, I really just can’t believe the value I get. I will be with Samantha for a long time.

  • 20 hires on Thumbtack
Tiffany F.
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Matt is an incredibly talented musician and teacher, and I can't say enough good things about him! I highly recommend him! He makes learning music fun and totally accessible for my son, who's 15. Matt is easy-going, supportive, fun, kind, and teaches music skills and theory through songs that his students pick and are interested in. My son gets to choose the songs he wants to learn, so "practicing" is a non-issue, since he loves the songs and gets to enjoy playing with them until their next lesson together. I couldn't find a better fit if I tried. My son loves it that Matt is a celebrated local musician who he has seen play and can tell his friends about and be proud of. When my kid grows up to be a rock star, or someone who can sit down with an instrument and play and sing songs that he and others love, we'll have Matt to thank. On top of all that, Matt makes house calls and has affordable rates! Now I just have to find the time to schedule my own lessons with him... :)

  • 27 years in business
  • 6 hires on Thumbtack
Heather D.
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Though I have been singing since age 9 in lessons and onstage, working with Stephen in the past year has really launched me to the next level, and helped immensely in the pursuit of my music career. His lessons, fine ear and extensive experience help me to see beyond my limits as a singer. He is accessible and enthusiastic as a teacher, and encourages the same qualities and focus in his students. I have become more technically apt, confident, and excited about my music career thanks to Stephen Bigger.

Karin Swanson
5.0
from 12 reviews
  • 32 years in business
  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
Electra M.
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We found out about Karin's teaching talent through a co-worker of mine. When I spoke to Karin about our daughter we were extremely motivated by Karin's prior teaching history and educational achievements. One can certainly feel comfortable on these fronts, but one never knows whether their child will stay interested in learning to play an instrument. Karin has an inherent gift at instilling such interest. Our daughter has been taking lessons for over one year and not only has she stayed interested, she has gone so far as to compose her first piece! Many of us have taken music lessons as children, but it takes a unique person to inspire a child to go beyond the wrote music practice. Karin has this ability to 100% connect and our daughter is now passionate about learning the art of music. Our daughter was ready to move on from a basic keyboard six months ago and Karin also helped us distill down, from the overwhelming number of options, an appropriate next-step purchase. This journey has been extremely special for us. We highly recommend Karin to other parents as we have seen our daughter flourish.

Utomo Music
5.0
from 11 reviews
  • 4 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
Jeremy A.
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Ivan has accompanied me and played for multiple groups that I've been a part of and each time I've had the pleasure of playing with him, there was never a moment where I questioned/doubted his professionalism, demeanor, musicianship, or knowledge of music. I have also witnessed Ivan expertly instruct countless musicians in music theory, which has in turn enhanced their musicianship. I cannot give him a stronger recommendation as a musician, an instructor, a professional, and a person!

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Natalia Pressman Piano
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 8 hires on Thumbtack
  • Top Pro on Thumbtack
Adriana P.
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I know Natalia for over 10 years now. I met her as a piano teacher for my older son, then she thought the middle one too. She is detailed oriented, always predictable and on time, hard working, and excellent quality of teaching. I recommend her intensely. Could not get a better piano teacher than Natalia Pressman.

The Hunter School of Music
5.0
from 8 reviews
  • 3 years in business
  • 3 hires on Thumbtack
Amy S.
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Brian teaches piano, music theory, and composition to our son. Our son starting working with Brian about ten years ago at age seven and worked with him for several years until Brian went away to go to graduate school. He began working with Brian again this year. Brian has been instrumental in helping our son become a fine musician and is helping him to find his voice as a composer. Brian has a wealth of knowledge music history and music theory. He suggests pieces to listen to and has interesting stories about the composers. It has been inspiring to our son to see Brian in performance playing his own compositions. Most importantly, Brian has shared his love of music with Jimmy and it's contagious.

  • 42 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
Crystal L.
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I had the pleasure of taking piano lessons with Mrs. DeMar for over twelve years, and it was a positive and formative experience. Mrs. DeMar is talented, patient, and kind, and she truly cares about her students. She fostered in me a love of playing the piano, as well as a solid understanding of music theory, both of which continue to this day. She has a positive and encouraging attitude, and I highly recommend her to anyone who hopes to learn to play and love playing the piano.

Lessons With Patrick
4.8
from 8 reviews
  • 12 years in business
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Emily C.
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Patrick has taught my 10 and 7 year old for about 1 year now. They love taking lessons with him and have learned so much - especially my older son who has learned an impressive amount... he's playing pieces it took me 3 years of piano to learn. Patrick has an easy going style and is great with kids. I highly recommend him!

Sweet Harmony
4.9
from 7 reviews
  • 7 years in business
  • 4 hires on Thumbtack
S. R.
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Mrs. Reed has been my child's piano teacher for 2 years. She is a certified music teacher and credentialed (California) teacher. Each session runs for a total of 45mins., it encompasses 15mins. of music theory which may include listening to pieces of music and 30mins. of piano practice. The class is tailored to my child's skill level and moves along at a pace that is comfortable to my child. Mrs. Reed is a professional - organized, punctual and has good communication skills. She is kind, respectful and compassionate to the children. We enjoy Mrs. Reed's classes because my child wants to learn music for the sake of music and is not in it to pass professional level tests that other schools/teachers might engage provide. Mrs. Reed has help develop a love for playing piano in my child.

Heather Houston Music
5.0
from 5 reviews
    Tom K.
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    I have been taking voice lessons from heather for over two years. When I began I wasn't sure I could sing at all. Heather has helped me immensely with expanding my range, rhythm, carrying notes, style and most importantly connecting with the music emotionally. She approaches vocal coaching with kindness but has gently pushed me to be new levels I never thought I would reach. I often get complements on my voice from friends other musicians and that makes me smile. Learning to sing has been one of the most freeing experience of my life and I am so grateful to Heather for all her expertise and encouragement.

    Holly Lasky Piano Studio
    5.0
    from 5 reviews
    • 13 hires on Thumbtack
    Dana R.
    Verified review

    Holly has been an amazing resource for my daughter who has been a music major at UOP. She has the experience to help her in both music theory and technique. She is very easy to relate with also. We would highly recommend her!

    Classical Piano
    4.8
    from 5 reviews
    • 7 hires on Thumbtack
    Sandra S.
    Verified review

    Dr. Isaacs' lessons connect students with music in a deeper way and develops their independent thoughts and interpretation with an approach that is unique! He not only teaches music but also gives complete attention to understanding the student and their personality which makes him such an effective educator and mentor!

    Phil Johnson Music Lessons
    5.0
    from 2 reviews
    • 6 hires on Thumbtack
    Denise G.
    Verified review

    He'said very patient and has a unique way of teaching that is easy for a person to learn.

    • 16 years in business
    • 5 hires on Thumbtack
    Hannah R.
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    Alicia's passion and enthusiasm for music/singing creates an environment that is both comfortable and a blast to learn in. She pushes me to be confident with my voice and has helped to improve my overall confidence. I recommend her without hesitation.

    About

    I am a guitar bass, and ukulele instructor, and a patient, dedicated mentor whose age range of students varies from 6 to 70. I provide exceptional online instruction with a wealth of experience, talent, and a true passion for instructing. In addition to the one-on-one focus, I offer lesson recaps in video format, scrolling tablature, and printable PDFs for your personal use away from the computer or smartphone. I have more info and signup forms at my website, broadbandguitar

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    I travel to students' homes and teach music theory and piano privately for beginners and intermediate students.

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    I think my work stands out from others because I care deeply about my students enjoying their lesson and playing their instrument. I strive to get my students to a point that they are excited and wanting to play or learn more on their own.

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    A talented multi-instrumentalist, Kevin's teaching is informed by his broad skill set and thorough understanding of both classical and jazz music. Kevin's unique approach to music lessons aims to instill students with a solid foundation of music theory and technique all while exploring music creatively. Kevin has 12 years of teaching experience with students ranging from 4 to 70 years old. He offers lessons in trombone, French horn, trumpet, piano, and a variety of other brass instruments.

    About

    Dennis Murphy School of Music in Monterey is an independent teacher collaboration, offering private lessons in all instruments to any age. Each teacher associated with our school is considered a master of his/her trade and offers personalized class material to each student, depending on how he/she would like to learn his/her skill. The school also offers a rock-band-oriented student collaboration, where students can get together on stage and learn to play as a band. This post has been created by Alaina Musich, a vocal and piano teacher at Dennis Murphy School of Music. The link provided is her personal website, which provides links to the school. Alaina is also available for class instruction and as an independently contracted music educator for elementary grades kindergarten through 8th grade.

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