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Oakland, CA

 My name is Ariel Root Wolpe. I am a Jewish musician, artist, and community organizer. I love figuring out spiritual community and transforming people's hearts through music.

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Music Lessons

Learn to play the guitar and improve your singing through an engaging and creative group course or one-one classes.

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It can be a daunting task to imbue in your child a love and knowledge of music, while nurturing the confidence and motivation needed to learn an art form. Parents often tell me of their child's bursting creativity, and their search for a teacher who can help nourish and direct that energy to its highest potential. I share this desire and believe that fun, dedicated musical learning will not only teach you an instrument, but shine self-worth and productivity into all areas of your life.

Leila, guitar student, age 9

Leila, guitar student, age 9

I have infused this philosophy into my guitar and vocal teaching for the past 5 years to students of all ages. My approach incorporates the following elements:

  • technical skill and music theory comprehension
  • song-writing and music composition
  • positive relationship with music, instrument and the learning process
  • gaining self confidence as a musician, which includes performing learned music
  • "teacher as mentor," a relationship in which students feel believed in, practically supported and safe to experiment and challenge limits

I've observed these elements from the various guitar and voice teachers I have worked with over the past 10 years, and from my music theory and guitar studies at Emory University. My music has won a number of awards and been featured in articles for original compositions and performance. 

I make home visits and can instruct multiple students in a session. If you are considering hiring a teacher for yourself or your child, please contact me below to schedule a free 15 minute phone call. It is important to find the right teacher-student match and I am happy to answer any of your questions.

"Ariel is a role-model for my daughter, compassionate, spontaneous, energetic and profoundly deep young woman.  I trust her with my daughter, and with my home and heart.  As a clinical psychologist and professor at USC, I have been around many young people, and Ariel stands out above the rest of her peers."  -Bonnie, mother to Shira, guitar student

"Ariel is a great teacher- even for adults! She has great patience and knows how to pick out great practice ideas for her students - would highly recommend."  -Shanan, guitar student

"Ariel is more than Lucie's music teacher and friend, she is a mentor, spiritual advisor and role model.  She has shown her how to be more confident, thoughtful and generous teen.  As for Ariel's musical talent,  she is a wonderful teacher, helping Lucie find confidence with her vocal ability and insight into the language of making beautiful music.  Our family feels very lucky to have Ariel in our lives."  -Bette, guardian to Lucie, vocal student

"Ariel is a wonderful voice teacher. Ever since we started working together, she has helped me improve the accuracy of my pitches, my confidence and overall sound."  -Lucie, vocal student

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