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Popular Piano Teachers Near Apex

Carolyn B.

Cary, NC
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Matt M.

Raleigh, NC
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Kevin D.

Raleigh, NC
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Carolyn B. Cary, NC

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

I am a pianist and theorist who is enthusiastic about helping you learn more about music! I have a Bachelors of Music Performance from Appalachian State University and a Masters of Music Theory from Bowling Green State University. Music is one of my passions, a passion I would love to share with you!

I have experience with classical, classic, jazz, and Broadway music, among other genres. My performance and scholarly studies were primarily classical, but not limited to classical music.

Whether you pursue performance, scholarship, a greater appreciation of music, or simply a fun experience, I will help you reach your goals! None of these is exclusive, as all of them should be fun!

*** Lesson Details ***
I prefer to teach in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere where the student can ask questions and offer opinions without fear. I am a patient and encouraging teacher, though I do expect students to prepare for lessons and improve over time. Lessons and curricula are tailored to the individual, depending on the student's goals. Should those goals change over the course of his/her study, the curriculum and lesson format will reflect that change. I believe in a well-rounded education, incorporating not only memorization or sight-reading (for example), but the underlying theories and relevant historical information. Most importantly, I will endeavor to make lessons enjoyable as well as educational for all involved!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sight-reading/singing materials, handouts, and copies of music. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, textbook, and staff paper.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory/Aural Skills: tonal through post-tonal theory, including counterpoint, part-writing, Roman numeral analysis, set theory; tonal and atonal sight singing (with solfege, numbers, and European letter names), rhythmic and melodic dictation, chord series

Piano: primarily tonal music (Baroque through Romantic), sight-reading, show tunes, popular songs

Matt M. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

At heart, I'm a rock-nerd.

But the beautiful thing about music and especially music theory is that you start to realize that every composer, be it Bach or The Beastie Boys, uses the same tricks.

I can teach an arpeggio on piano and play a bit of a Beethoven song and then switch right to a Muse song and hear that exact same lick. With drums, I can teach a rudiment (the building blocks of percussion) and then play a Nirvana song back to back with a concerto and hear the exact same pattern played on the snare. It's all the same, in the best way. And at the risk of sounding corny, I think it speaks to the universal spirit of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Drawing on his touring experience and knowledge of several instruments, Matt helps engage his students in the process of learning an instrument and playing in a band. Blending the discipline of learning fundamentals to the expression and fun of playing music, lessons will be tailored to the student's goals as well as a practical perspective of music reading and ear training. He pushes his students to practice and yet is open-minded of kids and adult's busy schedules. Each lesson is different and includes a variety of learning games/activities.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Drum set, Snare, Roland Digital Piano, Roland keyboard/synthesizer, computer, library of musical books and sheet music, acoustic guitar, loop station, two microphones, effects pedals, congas, and general purpose amplifier.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I might bring my guitar on occasion, but mostly just a notebook and other books if needed. The student would need to provide the instrument if I come to their home, otherwise I have everything (and more) at my home studio. For drums only a drum pad and sticks are necessary for beginners. Piano players need a weighted keyboard or acoustic piano.

*** Specialties ***
Matt turned his habit of tapping rhythmically on chairs, desks, car seats, floors, (and nearly anything else) into a profession. When he was ten, his mother finally decided that maybe a drum set and a small keyboard would be a better outlet and he began channeling that energy into something musical.

Now after over 20 years of musical experience including national tours opening for acts such as Bonnie Raitt, Bobby McFerrin, The Average White Band, and even Styx (yes Styx!), he is dedicating his career to teaching.

Having trained since middle school with various private instructors, he studied with some of the top musicians of the region at Denver University's Lamont School of Music as well as Auckland University in New Zealand. Known as a multi-instrumentalist with a focus on drum set, he is also adept at piano, keyboard, and is also a nationally-recognized vocal percussionist (beatboxer) having performed around the country. He has won awards for vocal percussion, a Capella arranging, and live-looping, and has been featured on various radio stations and podcasts.

He passion, however teaching fresh faces how to find self-expression through an instrument through discipline and patience. He has taught drums and piano privately for over eight years and developed an engaging and effect method to learning the instruments. Mixing technique and ear training, Matt believes that leading student's to their voice and helping them develop discipline and intuition is the highest goal of any music teacher.

He teaches out of his home studio just outside Raleigh next to Cary where he and the student have access to a rich variety of resources. He also teaches kids and adults alike, how to play in a band as he will play guitar, piano or drums to whatever the student is learning to allow them to be conformable in a group setting.

This can be the first step towards a lifetime of musical expression!

Kevin D. Raleigh, NC

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone

About Me

I am a professional music teacher with 29 years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.

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