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Alexander Eccles - Musician/Teacher
Alexander Eccles - Musician/Teacher

Alexander Eccles - Musician/Teacher

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$100/hour
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Introduction: Well, Thumbtack limits me to one introduction, so I'll just preface by saying that I'm both a highly qualified music and piano teacher but also a highly qualified golf instructor (former golf coach). I'll mention the latter below the music portion of this. Thanks for reading! My approach to teaching music is simple: get the concepts in stone, but be flexible in method and make sure, above all else, that a love for music is being cultivated. I studied in master classes at Stanford, taught for 10 years as an award-winning instructor at a high school in Marin, and more recently have taught at a studio in San Francisco that caters to younger kids. I'm equally comfortable working with sophisticated children (ages 10 and up, usually) and with adults; likewise, I work well with utter beginners and conservatory-level folks. I'm a unique blend: I've been playing classical piano since the age of 3 (and it remains my foremost love), but I also have a strong background in rock, songwriting, and performance. I've found this allows for a really versatile and dynamic teaching style. That said, if you're seeking strictly classical music lessons, focused on technique and literacy and the amazing repertoire out there, I'm your guy. And now: as mentioned above, I'm also offering golf lessons. I coached winning boys' and girls' golf teams for years at a high school in Marin, and, as with piano, I've offered private instruction to all ages and ability levels. I know piano/golf is quite the odd combination, but I'd like to think there's a thread there regarding detail and feel. At any rate, feel free to contact me if you're looking to hone your swing or are simply a new player. Thanks! -Alexander
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Hired 6 times

Serves San Francisco, CA

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Customers rated this pro highly for responsiveness, professionalism, and work quality.

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Eric H.

Piano Lessons

Alex is a terrific communicator and understands where I am, and my needs as an adult new to piano. Looking forward to many terrific lessons with him.
Feb 28, 2021
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Callie S.

Alexander Eccles has gone above and beyond with teaching me piano. He has been great at evaluating my strength and weaknesses so that I can improve to be a more well rounded pianist. It's been easy to stay in love with piano because Eccles always gives me lots of options of what kind of pieces I want to play before we start working on something new. He always knows how to improve technique, and makes a point of incorporating theory into our lessons. I've had a great time taking lessons from Eccles and have learned to appreciate piano even more over the past 4 years with him.
Apr 13, 2015
Marco D.

Piano Lessons

Alex is awesome - he can teach in a way that exactly matches your style, which is an incredible skill. Look no further!
May 10, 2015
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Leslie K.

I'll tell you what I told Alexander: "I have to tell you that you seemed to have cast a spell over Carly. We can't believe our eyes (and ears) as she literally now sits down at the piano as soon as she wakes up in the AM and its the first thing she does when she gets home from school. Wow - I wish I knew your secret to get an 11 year old to suddenly be so passionate about something that she had marginal interest in prior."
Apr 4, 2015
Vered L.

Piano Lessons

May 31, 2015
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  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    I'm willing to work on a sliding scale; what's truly, honestly important to me is that all people get to have music in their lives.

  • Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?

    I've been teaching a young girl who had given up piano and was hoping to find a new teacher to rekindle her interest. After several lessons, her mother gave me the following testimonial: "I have to tell you that you seemed to have cast a spell over [C]. We can't believe our eyes (and ears) as she literally now sits down at the piano as soon as she wakes up in the AM and its the first thing she does when she gets home from school. Wow - I wish I knew your secret to get an 11 year old to suddenly be so passionate about something that she had marginal interest in prior."

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