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Piano (ages 4+)

Amanda

Amanda, a full time Bay Area preschool teacher, began studying the piano in 2005 and quickly developed a passion for it. She particularly enjoys classical and contemporary music pieces. As a teacher, her aim is to help students unlock the meaning and message of any piece of music. Amanda’s teaching and learning are both about exploration, inquiry and experimentation. She approaches each lesson fully committed to spark a student’s imagination and musical understanding through these principles. Her joy is seeing students’ ideas develop and being there to guide them each step of the way!

Together with her students, they discover a wide range of repertoire, from Schumann, Kurtag, and Prokofiev, to Beethoven, Ravel and Philip Glass. She also equips students with the practical skills of lead-sheet reading, accompaniment styles, transposition and improvisation so they can take their creativity and love of music in many directions.

But Amanda’s goal is to do more than teach piano. She helps students become problem solvers and independent learners, as they find their own artistic voices. Amanda ask lots of questions to help students make their own musical decisions and take ownership of their interpretations. She’s taught students ages 5 to 68, and has found that at every age, the discovery of how music can communicate and connect people is richly rewarding.

No timeslots available at the moment.

Drums (ages 4+)

Bill


Bill has been passionate about music since an early age.  Growing up in Maine, he competed at the state level in high school jazz band, then went on to study classical music at the University in Hartford in Connecticut. 

After relocating to the Bay Area, Bill studied with local legend Wally Schnalle, the driving force behind the fusion power trio I3.  Bill continues to hone his craft studying under George Breiter, a working drummer based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. 

He is an active member of the Bay Area music scene, playing with groups such as God Analog, an industrial pop group, and Intica, an electronic pop outfit built around a singer-songwriter.  

Bill takes pride in helping young drummers to express themselves by developing the right skills for whatever genres they want to play.  This involves working on the fundamentals of drumming such as hand technique, drum set technique and timekeeping, in a way that is rigorous, but also fun!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Violin (ages 4+)

Crystal

Crystal is a passionate and dedicated violin teacher, studying since the late 2000's. Her love for the violin began at a young age resulting from her family's history in violin making. She has since honed her skills and developed a deep understanding of the instrument. Known for her patient and nurturing approach, Crystal strives to create a supportive and inspiring environment for her students. She believes in tailoring her teaching methods to meet the unique needs and goals of each student, recognizing that every individual has their own learning style and pace. With a strong emphasis on technique, musicality, and expression, Crystal helps her students develop a solid foundation while fostering their creativity and passion for music.

In addition to her teaching, Crystal has played with the San Jose Youth Symphony for 7 years, the Philharmonic Orchestra for 3.  She has completed ABRSM exams recieving all distinction marks, and competing in many competitions including USOMC and American Protégé Music Competitions at Carnegie Hall. She believes that her experience as a performer enhances her teaching, allowing her to share valuable insights and practical techniques with her students.

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Drums (ages 4+)

Damien

Damien began drumming in the mid 2010's, a late start some may say but he proved that you can start at any point in life if you stay focused. Since then he has played in many bands, toured, and does session work.

Damien's Lessons are easy to understand and fun to do

You will learn to:

Play the drums in a fast pace

Develop Coordination between hands and feet

Read sheet music

Outpace the Competition

Sing while playing drums

Damien's main goal is to make you the best!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Friday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Sunday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Guitar (ages 4+),   Banjo (ages 4+),   Mandolin (ages 4+)

Dave

Comming Soon!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Bass (ages 4+),   Upright Bass (ages 4+)

Dennis

Dennis is origially from Hawaii and moved to the Bay Area in the 70's.  He plays 4, 5 and 6 stringed electric fretted and fretless basses as well as Upright bass.  Dennis has years of playing experience and has an Associate Degree in Music from College of San Mateo.  In the past, Dennis has worked with Blue Bear School of Music in San Francisco , California School of Music in Berkeley, College of San Mateo, Skyline College, and Heriz Music in Burlingame. Dennis has studied with :Kai Eckhardht -electric bass- (John McLaughlin, Billy Cobham), Glen Richmond- Upright bass (Mimi Fox, Bobby Hutcherson), Dave Belove- electric bass (Wayne Wallace, Tito Puente), Al Obedenski-(Circle Star, Benny Goodman). Dennis has his own jazz -funk bands that play locally in the Bay Area. 

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Guitar (ages 4+),   Ukulele (ages 4+)

Emma

Emma is a guitarist and a lifelong San Jose native. She has been playing guitar since she was 10 years old, and has years of experience playing all over the Bay Area in various bands. Mostly self taught, Emma knew she wanted to learn guitar when she first heard Led Zeppelin, her favorite band! Since then, she developed a deep passion for the guitar that continues to grow with every hour she has devoted to learning. Emma’s skills escalated even further when she decided to take lessons in 2015, and still continues to study to this day! Emma’s favorite genres to teach are classic rock, blues, and country. She also has a love for jazz, funk, and R&B. Emma takes pride in creating a positive, motivating environment for her students, and hopes that you leave her lessons feeling inspired!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Friday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Violin (ages 4+),   Cello (ages 4+),   Viola (ages 4+)

Eric

Eric is an active performer in the Bay Area, playing with the Cambrian Symphony and the Mission Chamber Orchestra. His other performance experience includes performing Schumann's Cello Concerto in A minor with the San Jose Youth Symphony, and giving free chamber music performances, working with organizations dedicated to offering music education to less privileged communities. Eric is experienced with teaching cello and violin to all ages and is enthusiastic about sharing the excitement and beauty of music to others!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Friday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Voice (ages 4+)

Eshika

Eshika is a graduate of NYU with a bachelors degree in Vocal Performance. She has learned Musical theater and Classical starting at a young age, and since has competed and placed in NATS competitions, performed in an opera with the Vivace youth chorus, and performed solos in choir. At NYU she trained in classical voice, where she performed recitals and was part of productions such as “Last Resort: Scenes in Paradise” and the Contemporary Music Society showcase. Eshika can teach musical styles such as musical theatre, pop, and classical. Additionally, she can teach songs in different languages such as German, Italian, French, and Spanish. Establishing a solid vocal technique, a strong ear for pitch, song interpretation, and stage presence are skills she would focus on developing in her lessons.

No timeslots available at the moment.

Piano (ages 4+)

Evvie

Evvie has been teaching piano to students at varying levels and ages, and with wide-ranging goals — from simply learning for the joy of it, to preparing for conservatory entrance auditions and international piano competitions since the 2000's. She has been playing the piano since about 1990 and received her training in Piano Performance with Jerome Lowenthal as an undergraduate student at The Juilliard School.

Evvie’s mission as a teacher is to create a space in which her students’ curiosity and inner potential can flourish. She aims to nurture, encourage, and empower her students through a personalized approach and a strong musical foundation.

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Guitar (ages 4+),   Ukulele (ages 4+),   Bass (ages 4+)

JP

John Paul has been playing guitar since the 2000's and has a Bachelors of Arts in Music Education. His goals at their core have always been to refine and improve what it means to be a professional musician. He specializes in making breakthroughs in left and right-handed guitar technique, songwriting, theory and musicianship. The genres of music he plays are progressive, power and heavy metal. He looks forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals as a musician. 

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Starting Jun 15th, 2024

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Piano (ages 4+),   Voice (ages 4+)

Marie

Marie is a music instructor and producer, specializing in vocal performance, music theory, piano improv, & composition. She has a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance, is ProTools certified and earned a Vocational Certificate in Music Recording & Production alongside her bachelors degree.  Her lessons are student-centric, emphasizing classical foundation in all fields, while striving to direct lessons according to students' unique ambitions.  Strong stage presence, deeper understanding of blending & breath support, and a sharper ear for intuitive learning are all skills you can expect to develop with Marie.  Song motivated lesson plans, and making music in every lesson are tenets she holds near and dear.  Most of her free time is spent writing and producing songs working in Logic X and ProTools.  Raised in a bicultural household, she speaks french fluently and much of her time growing up was spent pursuing artistic avenues of music and poetry.

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Sunday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Piano (ages 4+)

Maya

Maya has been playing piano since 2009. She has done several recitals throughout the years and went to music school in Livermore, CA. Maya completed the Certificate of Merit Level 10 in 2022 with Honors in 2020,2021, and 2022. In May 2022, she achieved 2nd place at the Northern California Young Talents Competition in Livermore, CA. Shortly after, she began working as a part-time teacher at San Jose School of Music, emphasizing the importance of learning music theory for her students as an essential foundation for all learners. Currently, Maya is a student at Santa Clara University studying Psychology and Graphic Design (exp. 2026). Maya enjoys playing with other fellow musicians at her school and produces music with her peers in spare time

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Violin (ages 4+),   Viola (ages 4+)

Panithi

Panithi has played violin and viola since the 00's with his primary instrument being the latter. He has held positions as Principal and Associate Principal during his timel in the Saratoga Strings, an ensemble that has been invited to the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago, and a previous member of the Golden State Youth Senior Orchestra and the California All-State Orchestra/Symphony. Within these groups, he has gained experience in not only ensemble performance but also solo performance. In addition, he has toured and performed in several other countries and venues, such as the Musikverein in Vienna, ┼Żofín Palace in Prague, Ljubljana, etc. While he primarily plays in an orchestra, Panithi has other experience in other ensembles, which include Marching Band, Pit Orchestras, and Winter Percussion, where he has soloed and knowledge in playing different instruments. 

Panithi is experienced with teaching a large range of levels, from pure beginners to more advanced players. With his guidance, these students were able to get into their school’s advanced and even their most advanced orchestra level at schools which are known for having a strong music program. He holdsor has held teaching jobs at Saratoga High, where he is the viola coach for the orchestra, the La Honda Music Camp, and regularly coaches for children’s church orchestras. 

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Friday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Piano (ages 4+)

Sharon

Sharon is a classically trained piano teacher and performer with over a decade of experience. In 2013, she graduated from UC Davis with her undergraduate degree in music and Spanish. Then, she earned her Master of Arts in Teaching at Santa Clara University. As an educator, Sharon has prepared students of all ages for performance opportunities and musical examinations (including Certificate of Merit). She works to help students build a strong musical foundation and encourages them to explore music outside of their regular lesson books. In doing so, her students find enjoyment in their learning and motivation to practice and progress.  

No timeslots available at the moment.

Drums (ages 4+)

Steve

Steve began drumming at age 7, and since then, he’s been in dozens of bands and played a thousand gigs, and still enjoys it!  Steve’s lessons are fun and challenging.  You'll learn to:

-Develop coordination between hands and feet
-Play a variety of drum beats and fills
-Read drum music
-Play along to the songs of your choice
-Come up with your own drum beats and fills

His goal is to teach drumming skills that will allow you to play drums throughout your life.

Have Fun-Play Drums!

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Violin (ages 4+),   Cello (ages 4+),   Viola (ages 4+)

Subin

Please note - Subin only teaches online.

Subin is currently a fourth year viola performance and music education student at the University of California, Los Angeles. She began playing viola in fourth grade and has been involved in a wide variety of musical ensembles and organizations throughout her musical career. Over the years, she has studied under Yunsun Kim, Jay Liu from the San Francisco Symphony, and now Brian Chen at UCLA, where she has been able to further grow her musical skills.

Subin has had extensive orchestral experiences, from being part of the San Jose Youth Symphony Philharmonic as the principal violist and going on two international tours to Europe and South America, to playing in the San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra, UCLA Philharmonia, and Cambrian Symphony. Subin has also participated in the CASMEC All-State Orchestras for three years, Pioneer High School Chamber Orchestra as the viola principal, and the Korean-American Music Supporters Association Orchestra as the principal violist. Subin has also received awards from the United States International Music Competition, KAMSA competition, the Silicon Valley Youth Music Competition, and the Pioneer High School music departmental awards.

Throughout the years, Subin has performed at senior centers and organized benefit concerts as the former president of the Almaden Youth Musicians. She also spent her free time leading after-school music classes at Simonds Elementary School and teaching private lessons to young violin and viola students, which ultimately inspired her to pursue music education at the Herb Alpert School of Music.

Subin’s philosophy of music education revolves around fostering every student's musical interest, and allowing them to explore and enjoy all areas of music. She aims to deliver engaging material to teach fundamental musical concepts, while still giving students enough freedom and independence to establish their own unique paths in the musical field.

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Monday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Tuesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Sunday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

Voice (ages 4+),   Guitar (ages 4+),   Ukulele (ages 4+),   Bass (ages 4+),   Voice/Guitar Combo (ages 4+)

Will

Meet William, affectionately known as Mr. Will, a passionate music teacher who brings a unique blend of musical expertise and infectious energy to his lessons. With a wealth of experience and an impressive array of certifications from prestigious institutions like the Musician's Institute, BerkleeOnline School of Music, and Stanford Jazz Workshop, Mr. Will is dedicated to nurturing your musical journey. Having transitioned from a successful career in graphic arts and publishing to pursue his love for teaching music in 2006, Mr. Will has honed his craft, teaching hundreds of students of all ages.

What sets Mr. Will apart is his innovative approach to teaching. He understands that learning an instrument like the guitar or voice requires more than just technical skill-it demands creativity, emotional expression, and a love for music. By incorporating rock, blues, and contemporary pop music into his lessons, Mr. Will ensures that his students stays engaged and excited about learning.

But it's not just about playing notes on a page-Mr. Will empowers his students to read music, interpret chord charts, improvise, and jam with confidence. Whether a student has dreams of performing on stage or simply wants to explore the joy of making music, Mr. Will provides a supportive and encouraging environment where every student can thrive.

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Wednesday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Thursday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons

$44.00/lesson, Month to month

Saturday at San Jose School of Music or Online Lessons