Vanessa C.

Vanessa has been teaching for over three years and is experienced teaching all levels of students. She began her formal musical training at the age of 6. She has studied with the Santa Clara University Music Department Chair, Professor Hans Beopple. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in music performance with a piano emphasis at University of California, Davis, and is studying with Lois Brandwynne. Vanessa competed and placed in the top three nearly every year in the United States Open Music Competition from 1997-2002.

Kathleen Martinez

Kathleen has been teaching piano to students of all ages for 40 years. She has a bachelor’s degree in music from Mills College and a master’s degree in piano pedagogy from Holy Names University. She has played for various church worship services for 30 years. Currently, she plays on a worship team at Victory Christian Church.

“My goal is to pass along to students a deep love for music and build their self-esteem by developing various musical skills: listening skills, reading skills, theory, and repertoire.”
- Kathleen Martinez

Dave Cardoza

Music has been Dave’s passion since he began playing piano at age 6. Wanting to soak up every bit of music knowledge he could, Dave played trumpet in grade school. At age 11, he began private lessons for the organ and took nearly every music class available at the time at Ohlone College. During his 20s, he studied privately with Don Haas, conductor of the Circle Star Theater Orchestra and professor at San Jose State University. He has enjoyed teaching private lessons at Allegro for over 30 years, and he has performed professionally for years. Dave is well-versed in all types of music and has vast knowledge of not only acoustic piano and organ, but the evolution of electronic music, composition, and keyboard technology.

"There is something to be learned from all types of music. I believe music is a form of art that should not be treated as a competitive sport. My students are allowed to advance at their own pace, and are able to choose their favorite songs to learn while following along with a lesson plan. Most importantly, music should be fun!"
- Dave Cardoza

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