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  • 18 years in business
  • 140 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA 94611

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Clifford is a great instructor. He's been teaching for a long time, and takes the time to tailor the lessons to each individual student. I have made great progress and really grown as a musician while learning from Clifford! Highly recommended.

  • 17 years in business
  • 57 hires on Thumbtack
  • Redwood City, CA 94062

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Garrick Davis is is easily the most artistic, fun, and creative guy I know. I have been taking lessons from him for four years now and if there is any thing I can say about him is that he is a great person and a wonderful roll model. Don't doubt him for a second he has amazing skills with the guitar and he will never leave you in the dust. He is grate at teaching you not only the song but each and every thing there is to know about each and every cord. He doesn't just teach you how to play songs, he teaches you how to play guitar.

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  • 4 years in business
  • 49 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Leandro, CA 94579

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Let me start off by saying, Andi is an incredible teacher. No, he is not magic; but he is capable of steering your guitar education in the right direction. I played guitar on-and-off for many years, it has been lackluster for the most part. Over the years, I’ve watched thousands of guitar lessons on the blackhole that is known as Youtube. Sure, I gained some knowledge, but in a very disjointed way that didn’t seem to push my guitar playing forward. My practice sessions were ineffective and I never seemed to follow a logical path to achieve my goals. I wonder how many self-taught guitarists are in the same boat? Then I started taking lessons with Andi. With some effort (and an instructor to motivate and direct), I begun to truly learn and understand things that I’d been too lazy to tackle in the past (modes, inversions, picking exercises). I’m somewhat embarrassed to say, until I took lessons with Andi; I never completely learned a song. I would pick up fragments of songs, and then move on to the next flavor of the week. Andi will spend weeks (if necessary) reviewing the material with you. He’ll break whatever solo or song you wish to learn down into bite-sized chunks; he’ll even send you slowed down mp3’s to help you learn the material. Trust me, this is very beneficial when learning the subtle nuances that make your favorite guitarist special (Prince, Nile Rodgers, David Gilmour, Mark Knopfler). I have no way of really quantifying the improvement that happened while taking lessons with Andi, but my personal satisfaction has gone through the roof. My fingers and wrists are stronger, my technique has tightened, and my 16th note strumming is getting ridiculously funky these days. I could sing praises about Andi for days, but you don’t you want to try him out and see how it works for you.

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  • 76 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94105

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Jessica was amazing! I haven't touched an instrument in over 10 years, and was a bit nervous, but she made me feel at home immediately. She let me find my comfort zone on the piano at my own pace, and was very supportive as I worked my way back to familiarity with the instrument. She had me reading music and playing by ear in no time! I will definitely by going back for more lessons. :)

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  • 18 years in business
  • 55 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94114

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I have been taking lessons from Nando for over a year now and really love the flexibility his lessons provide. He is so willing to help accommodate your schedule. His lessons are a good reminder to keep up with my learning and speaking Spanish. Since I only take 1 lesson a week, I have to do additional learning on my own (which everyone should do anyway) but I like the lessons so much that I just renewed!

  • 35 years in business
  • 37 hires on Thumbtack
  • Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Jake O.

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During my working years I was always saying "When I retire I'm going to take piano and music theory." Well it's that time and I saw Garry on Thumbtack and contacted him. So glad I did! Garry is very patient and understanding. He has a knack for making lessons fun. The materials are tailored for the older beginner - and lesson scheduling is very accommodating. I'm so happy I started lessons - humbling, frustrating (in a good way!), and exhilarating. Keeps me busy and the mind and fingers engaged. And you also think about all your favorite music in new ways. If you've been thinking about it - call Garry!

  • 8 years in business
  • 28 hires on Thumbtack
  • South San Francisco, CA 94080

Angelique C.

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We have had the pleasure of knowing Elizabeth for the past few years during which she has taught singing to our daughter, Katia, at home. Not only is Elizabeth knowledgeable, she is patient, thoughtful and considerate of her students. She puts nervous singers at ease while encouraging them to explore their full potential. We are most fortunate to have Elizabeth as Katia's singing instructor as our daughter really looks forward to her weekly lessons.

  • 9 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94121

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Forrest is a great teacher! I have been taking lessons for about two months now, and I am making much more progress than I was on my own. I suggest Forrest highly. He seemed very experienced with beginners with no experience.

  • 18 years in business
  • 10 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94708

Julia C.

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She and her fellow band members were wonderful to work with. I would definitely love to have them back.

  • 13 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94114

Kimberly S.

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I received an individual Yoga session from Audra. As I had never had an individual Yoga session before, I wasn't sure what to expect. She carefully assessed my skill level, interests, and goals for the individual yoga session. Then, through our practice, she discovered that my position in hip openers was slightly off. With a very slight modification, I was able to open up this area like never before. I think this had previously been something that was just too subtle for instructors to pick up in a group environment. I also learned to better understand shoulder openers. Once we discovered how tight my shoulders were, we spent extra time in this area, and she showed me what to do to assess and work out this tension. In summary, my group yoga and personal practice has been positively influenced by this experience. I feel like I understand my body much more after just one individual session. It was completely worth it, and I will definitely patron her services again. Of note, Audra is fun, warm, encouraging, and professional. She really knows her stuff, and I wholeheartedly give her 5 stars.

  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94110

Alpa S.

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My daughter (7yrs) and I began our first Piano lesson yesterday. Jane was very helpful prior to starting our lessons in helping through the Keyboard buying process. She took a lot of time to work with me to identify keyboards I should pursue from the listings I sent her on Craig's List. Not knowing anything about buying one, Jane's suggestions and direction helped us start of in a good place. Our first lesson with Jane was everything I would have expected. Jane was very comfortable teaching a child and an adult at the same time and worked the lesson so as to keep us both engaged through the class, a challenging prospect given the age difference. We both look forward to learning the Piano with Jane.

  • 10 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
  • Oakland, CA 94610

Richard Z.

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I had an awesome experience with Jennifer Meek. I am 69 years old, athletic but hampered with limitations. She pointed out my strengths, corrected some mistakes I was making and found ways around my limitations. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional, but also appropriately personal. I highly recommend her.

  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94702

Dahlia M.

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Gabe is a very patient piano and percussion teacher. He has provided lessons to our family for more than a year. When our youngest started she was 3 and barely able to sit at the piano...Gabe has taught both of our children to love taking lessons and they practice on their own. We love hearing their progress with him weekly and the kids express feeling they are learning songs they enjoy! Gabe has also been very flexible about extending lessons to other children who are friends of the family and allow each of them to learn at their own pace. Gabe is a wonderful choice for a music teacher.

  • 8 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Berkeley, CA 94708

Melissa G.

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Clark was an awesome guitar teacher. I had no experience learning any type of instrument let alone the guitar. After about two months of lessons I already had two songs under my belt. He is a joy to work with and was very patient with teaching me. He is very knowledgeable about all things music and taught me all the necessary steps and tips on learning how to play. I thought learning an instrument would be frustrating and hard in the beginning but with a teacher like Clark he made it fun and enjoyable which kept me motivated and encouraged me to continue to practice and play.

  • 13 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94109

Bill M.

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Here's the deal: If you are looking to learn how to play music from a nun-like creature weilding a ruler who whacks you every time you miss a note, this guy is NOT for you. Billy is NOT a Marine-esque typing instructor teaching you how to play notes by making you do endless drills. Not at all. No. Billy is a more like a musical flight attendant -- no, more than that but less sexy. He's a Sherpa. He's Yoda. He's a Ken Kesey-esque mystic. He's a smokey character yanked from the pages of a George Orwell novel for the express purpose of exploring your soul. He's not here to teach you how to play music, he's here to split you open and help you find the music within. Here's me: A guy with a brick tied to the back of each hand trying to play piano. My prior musical instruction is limited to playing one song on the zither in first grade: G7 G7 Am C. I am the musical equivalent of a stumpy piece of chalk. After our first lesson, I was reading music -- yes, really -- and playing a short piece. After two lessons, I was reading music and playing four short pieces -- and I wasn't learning how to play the notes, I was learning how to play the composition, a HUGE difference. Our lessons are more like therapy than a music class. Mostly we discuss...everything. Music, yes. Poetry, sure. Impressionist painting, absolutely. He opens my brain and dumps things inside. Important things. Meaningful things. We talk about how the world is made of music. We listen. He gives me listening assignments to pique my interest and excite me about what we're doing. After four lessons, I am composing my own short piece. Hey, let's be real, this is stunning progress. I'm doing something I thought I was in no way capable of doing, and I'm enjoying every moment. Most importantly, I haven't quit. In fact, I see no end in sight. I'm on a musical journey with Billy as my guide. I do see this: Me someday playing any piece of music I want to play. That's stunning. Yes, it's still very early, and it's not like I'm suddenly Ray Charles-ing out or knocking off Bach pieces with my ears closed. But I believe I can do this, I now know I can. I may never be able to play like Billy -- he doesn't play the piano, he turns the keyboard into a swarm of butterflies, bees and bluegrass -- but someday relatively soon I'll be a guy who can sit down at a piano and play something pretty darn sweet, and I'm not sure you can give a piano instructor a higher recommendation than that.

  • 4 years in business
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Roseville, CA 95661

Jessica P.

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Jillian has benn my daughter's piano teacher for I about 4 months and my younger boys for a few months as well. She has a good motivation system and the kids are starting to sit down a little more to practice.

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack
  • Daly City, CA 94014

Shiyun Y.

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Kevin is really passionate and enthusiastic in his teachings. I had no knowledge to how to play the guitar, but I feel like I'm learning so much every time I have a lesson. You would learn how to tune your guitar and would be willing to teach you anything you would like to learn. If you would like to learn to play a song, he would teach it to you. He really tailors his teaching towards your interest. He is very patient with his teachings and really guides you through the fundamentals of learning how to play the guitar. Very friendly and professional and is able to answer any questions you have. He is very encouraging and when you mess up, he will encourage you to not give up and keep trying. He gives positive feedback when showing improvement, and when you lack in a certain area, he would tell you techniques to how you can improve. Overall he is a very outstanding teacher and would go above and beyond if you are eager to learn about playing the guitar. Highly recommended.

  • 9 hires on Thumbtack
  • Campbell, CA 95008

Niklas B.

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Very relaxed experience!

  • 8 years in business
  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94121

Alyse C.

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Alex is one in a million! He teaches music through a structural perspective rather than by the more traditional method of learn a note here, learn a note there (I haven't played the piano since I was a child, but I still cringe at the memory of the tedious and monotonous scales, finger exercises and simplified classical pieces I used to have to play). Alex's lessons are anything but tedious, and, even though I am essentially a beginner (having forgotten everything I learned as a child), I feel like I am well on my way to having a deeper understanding of what I am playing because I have a developing understanding how it works. I feel like I am learning the language of music through total immersion rather than by the textbook method of learning how to read the notes. I now listen to and hear music differently, and there is much I am learning on my own. I am especially pleased with the way Alex tailors my lessons around what I want to do rather than what he thinks I should do. As a result, I am learning to play jazz piano rather the stuff I was forced to play as a child (unless I want to, of course, in which case he would teach me that). And the best part (as if it could get better)? Alex is so enthusiastic about what he does that it is contagious and makes working with him a sheer joy. There is not much I look forward to and enjoy more than my lessons with Alex. Needless to say, I highly recommend Alex Balmaceda for anyone who is interested in learning more about music than simply reading and playing the notes.

  • 2 hires on Thumbtack
  • San Francisco, CA 94122

Kara H.

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Wonderful instructor. Taught a morning class for conference attendees. Everyone really enjoyed the class. Stephanie was flexible as well when the times changed last minute. Thanks!

  • 9 years in business
  • San Francisco, CA 94110

About

Yaella teaches private and group classes of hatha yoga to all levels of students and seniors. She is articulate and versed in anatomy and explains the poses to students well, so they gain strength and flexibility (without injury) as well as an understanding of the benefits of yoga and a practice to listen to one's body. She has been practicing yoga herself since 1995, received her teaching certificate in 2009, and started teaching yoga to seniors that summer. She trained originally as a dancer and Thai yoga massage therapist starting at the young age of 5 in Bangkok, Thailand, where she was born and raised. Yaella has an intuitive, experienced understanding of movement, balance and flow in the body as well as in the body-mind connection. She has specialized in teaching private or smaller classes of yoga to impart a stronger awareness and sensitivity to the challenges and art of aging with health and agility. She tailors her classes to each student's needs and injuries to assure his/her safe and gradual improvement and conditioning. Her classes may include pranayama (breathing techniques), asana (postures), self-massage, chanting and hands-on adjustments to bring awareness, strength, greater circulation, stress relief, healing and presence. Yaella also offers healthy, yummy lifestyle coaching to students interested in deepening their commitment to their health and well-being. Coaching programs are for 6 months and include focus on diet, nutrition, exercise, lifestyle and rest. Please inquire for additional information.

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