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Esther B.
Sacramento, California
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I have been teaching the guitar 10 years. I'm building a strong foundation of techniques.I specialize in Blues, classical &typically use MelBay books and also have the following to use the Sheet music. In addition,I emphasize how to read a good sight reading.
About Esther B.

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea. I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone. I have 38 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 17 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I speak fluent Korean and English. *** Lesson Details *** My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents. Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student. Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student. A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs. An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college. I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner guitar. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar. *** Travel Equipment *** Guitar *** Specialties *** I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well. I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano. I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.

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Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

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Teaching since 1984

Education

Master of Music

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Teaches ages 5+

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Speaks English, English, Korean, Korean

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Esther B.
Sacramento, California
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Superior Sight Reading Lessons for Classical Guitarists from an Expert
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I have been teaching the guitar 10 years. I'm building a strong foundation of techniques.I specialize in Blues, classical &typically use MelBay books and also have the following to use the Sheet music. In addition,I emphasize how to read a good sight reading.
About Esther B.

I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea. I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone. I have 38 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 17 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I speak fluent Korean and English. *** Lesson Details *** My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents. Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student. Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student. A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs. An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college. I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner guitar. *** Studio Equipment *** Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar. *** Travel Equipment *** Guitar *** Specialties *** I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well. I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano. I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.

Levels taught

Teaches Beginner, Intermediate

Teaching since

Teaching since 1984

Education

Master of Music

Teaches ages +

Teaches ages 5+

Speaks

Speaks English, English, Korean, Korean

Speaks

Has background check

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Esther is amazing! My daughter enjoys her piano lessons.

Posted Sep 24, 2021
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Mrs. Esther is a really kind, patient, and honest piano teacher. She helped me work through my mistakes and told me what I needed to work on in order to improve. Her way of teaching is effective and it helped me gain more knowledge about piano and the techniques of being a good pianist. She is very caring and understands when I'm in a difficult situation and she always encourages me to keep going. I enjoyed all the experiences I had with Mrs. Esther and the unique personality she had. For the past 9 years, I have learned a lot about music and the hard work that goes into playing the piano. I will never regret having Mrs. Esther as my piano teacher and the adventures I had.

Posted Aug 7, 2021
Teacher's Studio

Mrs. Esther has taught me piano over the past 9 years. Over those years, I was able to learn a lot about the innerworkings of the piano, both theory and playing. Mrs. Esther carefully taught me piano with both elegance and patience and created wonderful experiences through the community concerts that she holds. Her kindness reached me in times where I was overburdened with both the study of piano and my schoolwork. The 9 years of piano that I spent with her have been very rewarding and an experience that I will continue to cherish as I continue pianoing.

Posted May 2, 2021
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Music Director and Pianist
May 2007 - Present
Peace Presbyterian Church
I direct the singing team and play the piano. Also I have been teaching 30 years piano; 15 years voice performing and 6 years Guitar.
Master of Music
May 2001
CSUS
Associate In Arts
May 1994 - May 1999
Sacramento City College
A.A , B.M., M.M.
May 1994
California State University of Sacramento
English
Professional Proficiency
English
Professional Proficiency
Korean
Fluent/ Native Proficiency
Korean
Professional Proficiency
Paraeducator
Feb 2009
Elk Grove School Dis.
A.A, BM, M.M.
May 2004
California State University Sacramento
Voice, piano, theory, guitar
Annabelle Jones Rose Memorial Scholarship
May 1995
Sacramento City College
Music Teachers National Association
Jul 2011
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.

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Guitar
Teaches Online
Teaches Online
Work hours
M
T
W
T
F
S
S
Times are shown in your local timezone (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)
Pricing
40 minutes
$45
45 minutes
$50
60 minutes
$65
New Student Special
First 3 lessons
$30