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Broadway Singing, Classical Guitar, Cosmetology, English, Guitar, Language, Makeup, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Phonics, Piano, Reading, Singing, Songwriting
Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.
As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women’s ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women’s ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women’s Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the Choristers at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main role as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and recently taught class guitar to students at East Valley Educational Program.
During Karen’s college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence Women’s vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at “Night at the Opera” and a Broadway singer at “Broadway Bound”, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master’s of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karen’s passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.
Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.
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Karen’s teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.
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I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
Arrangement and Composition, Bass Clarinet, Clarinet, Classical Piano, Composition, Ear Training, Flute, French Horn, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Trumpet
There are a lot of people on this site who teach lessons; I've looked through profiles...and their prices. Many of them do not have degrees in music and/or their lessons are expensive. I am a professional musician and educator with the lowest rates I can afford. My pricing is low to be competitive and does not in any way reflect the quality of the lesson. I believe good lessons should be affordable to everyone at a weekly basis.
My Teaching Experience:
I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for their school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
What lessons I teach:
Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels
Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level
Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels
Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels
Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only
French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only
Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college
Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
Why I teach music:
I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
Why you should take lessons:
I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
I teach in the living room of my apartment, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the swing bench in the courtyard (weather permitting).
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I am a firm believer in the humanistic approach to learning. I want to teach you what you want to learn, the way you learn best, doing activities that keep you engaged and add growth as a musician. Come to me with your questions, curiosities, and requests for what you want to learn ("How do I play two notes at the same time on the clarinet?" "What is this key for?" "I really want to play Sleigh Ride"). Please bring in any musical goals you may have for yourself. I incorporate meaningful scales and exercises that apply to the music that you are working on (they are not chosen at random). Conducting, ear training, music theory, and music composition are all incorporated into lessons over time (depending on the student's interest). I am aware of the state standards (they are my instinct anyway), but I ultimately analyze your interests and abilities and follow your lead, acting as your guide along the way. My teaching and activities are age appropriate.
If you are interested in music composition lessons, I give advice on your work, give ideas to continue your music, educate you on instrument capabilities, help with orchestration, open your ears to music by others, teach theory/counterpoint/form, give you advice on how to get your music performed, help you use Sibelius software, and help prepare a college portfolio if you are pursuing music composition in college.
*** Studio Equipment ***
~2 different toy pianos (Schoenhut and J. Chein)
~88key Yamaha digital grand piano
~Yamaha B-flat clarinet (available for use during lesson if yours is broken)
~Angel soprano recorder
~Alpine alto recorder
~Macbook computer with Sibelius 6 (for writing music)
~Music for Little Mozarts starter pack with the cute puppets and music board (for young beginners on piano)
~Music stand, clarinet stand
*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel.
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Teaching to young ages:
If your child is showing interest in music at an early age, I can start as early as age 4 on piano. I use the "Music for Little Mozarts" series that come with cute little puppets, and the storybook lesson style is perfect. I also have 2 nice toy pianos that can be incorporated into the lesson. If your child wants to play a wind instrument at an early age, I start them on recorder at about age 7. I can then switch them over to fife (a smaller simpler flute) in a year or so, and then to flute -or- they can go from recorder to clarinet at about 4th or 5th grade.
Incorporating conducting techniques:
If taking lessons on a wind instrument, I teach conducting patterns and techniques so the student learns how to follow a conductor and what it means to lead musicians visually without speaking. Musicians rely a fair amount on body language to communicate while playing together. I've also found that incorporating conducting makes lessons fun, and it improves the student's sense of rhythm and control.
Incorporating music theory/ear training:
Music is more than just breathing and moving fingers up and down. Great musicians understand music and have good listening skills. Knowing how music works (music theory) actually helps students recognize patterns and learn music faster (or spend less time practicing). Ear training helps with intonation and playing music with others (you'll sound better and notice more detail in music!). I do activities that are age and ability appropriate; most young students love listening games with their instrument.
Incorporating music composition:
For variety, I teach students how to use Sibelius (using my computer) to write music for their instrument. This encourages creativity, an awareness of how music works, and helps them learn technology. Plus, they get the pleasure of writing their own music and playing it! I print the music, and it looks like real published music!
I love thrift shopping, and I collect lots of music for my students. Some music is copied, and some music I sell at the great price I paid ($1 or less!). Music can be expensive, so I try to save you the time and money if possible. I only get used music in good condition.
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Blues Guitar, Classical Guitar, Composition, Country Guitar, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Ukulele
Roget P. has:
-Over 40 years teaching guitar to all age groups
-Bachelor of Music from Wayne State University
-Years of performance experience as a solo guitarist at weddings, parties, worship music, and many other events.
-Won top Guitarist in North America for 2010 from gigmasters
- Consistent 5 Star performer with gigmasters with over 100 five Star reviews
- Over 275 live performances just with gigmasters
- Loves the guitar and teaching
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Lessons are private (parents are always welcome to sit in). I can travel to your house if within my driving range. Online lessons can be done with Apple FaceTime or Skype. I teach music reading and theory, tab available for both guitar and ukulele.Â
*** Studio Equipment ***
Bose, Crate, AER amps
Godin, Taylor, Takamine, Dauphin, Pimentel guitars,
Kala tenor ukulele
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*** Specialties ***
Classical and finger style guitar and ukulele
Ballet, Bible Studies, Business, Christian Gospel, Microsoft Access, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Word, Music Performance, Reading, Religious Studies, Scrapbooking, Spelling, Vocabulary
I am a former school skills teacher and toddler music teacher in the Phoenix valley area . I enjoy teaching all aged students - adults . If I can help you in your journey with my talents and treasures I have full filled my purpose in life .
Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Guitar, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Saxophone, Songwriting, Ukulele
Kierstyn G. has diverse and substantial experience in piano performance, classical composition, and private pedagogy. A pianist for 15 years, a drummer for 13, a guitarist for 7, and a saxophonist for 6, Kierstyn loves teaching, composing, and performing in many styles. She has performed in a few venues valley-wide such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in Verrado. She also has played for two weddings and several private parties. She has played extensively, both solo and on worship teams, for three different churches over a period of more than 4 years. She was the accompanist for all three choirs (junior high, concert, and premiere) at her high school during her senior year, and also played in the jazz, concert, and marching bands in high school.
Kierstyn began composing short songs at the age of 7, and received a 98 (Superior) rating on her first classical composition at the age of 12 in the composition contest given by the Arizona Federation of Music Clubs. Since then, she has written more than ten classical pieces of different time periods and instrumentation and over 100 songs in the styles of pop, country, progressive rock, metal, and jazz. She hopes to expand into writing film scores and to fuse her love of jazz music into her classical pieces during her time at Arizona State University, as she is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Composition there.
Over the years, Kierstyn has taught 11 students private lessons in piano, guitar (electric, acoustic, classical), drums, and clarinet. She can also play/teach saxophone (alto, tenor, baritone), trombone, and electric bass. Kierstyn has worked with students aged 5-23 and everything in between. She absolutely adores sharing her passion for music with children, and wants them to have the same advantages musically that she did growing up.
Classical Voice, Essay Writing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Singing, Vocal Training
Do you want a trained, well-rounded music teacher who keeps you motivated and focused, who can show you how to perform with more ease and freedom in a supportive environment? You've come to the right place!
I can help create a plan to suit your needs to fulfill your musical potential (singing, conducting, piano, music theory). I have my students' best interests at heart, and I want to empower my students with the right tools to bring out the very best in them! As a performer, I have a solid foundation in classical singing technique and experience as a choral and opera singer. As a teacher, I have worked with students from elementary to high school, but I also enjoy teaching adult amateurs.
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More lesson times may be available than what is shown. Please send me a message if you would like to find out about other times.
The most important thing to know about working with me is that I take the development of voices seriously. Each voice is as unique as a snowflake and as precious as a butterfly, to be handled with tender care. I will work to understand your needs in singing, and you will receive a learning experience tailored to fit your desires and goals. In return, I expect you to come prepared. I want to challenge you to reach deep within yourself to express your individual artistry through your voice.
Some examples of goals I can help you with:
- Learning music for church/school choir, auditions, or just for fun
- Music fundamentals: pitches and rhythms
- Music theory tutoring
- Improving singing technique
- Basic conducting skills
- Phrasing/musical syntax in piano (classical repertoire)
- Increasing awareness of bodily tension and releasing it
- Preparing for an audition or recital
- Exploring career possibilities in music
When you arrive for our first lesson, I'll start by getting to know your musical tastes/aspirations and most importantly, your voice. Then we sing!
Everybody's path is different, but we must start with a strong foundation in the fundamentals. After we start to establish some techniques for singing/playing, we will explore music you choose and music that suits you from a practical standpoint in your development. Together we will make a plan that keeps you motivated toward your goals and that fits your lifestyle. You can expect a focused, encouraging environment.
Most of all, you can look forward to progress! Hope to hear from you soon.
*** Studio Equipment ***
Office space with good lighting, a mirror, and a weighted full size keyboard
*** Student Expectations ***
I expect students to be punctual. I also require a student to come prepared with pencils and a notepad/notebook. You are more than welcome to bring something with which to record the lesson to study after the lesson.
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I have a strong background in choirs, classical singing, and some opera/musical theater. I am a classical pianist and also have a background in directing elementary music to high school music.
My music philosophy:
1. Music is for everyone and anyone can be a musician! Every student has unlimited potential, and it is my desire to unlock that potential, allowing my students to succeed in music.
2. Proper technique and mastering the fundamentals of musicianship can empower you! Whatever your goals, starting with good technique and understanding the music you play will keep you from injury and promote your success.
3. Music is meant to be an expression of one's heart and soul! I believe that while technique and reading music is very important, it is only half the story. I make the learning process enlightening at every stage by helping students connect with the music inside them.
4. Hard work should always be rewarded! I believe that working harder than you thought possible can achieve great results, and I am always positive with my students.
5. Listening is vital to understanding music! Students can expect listen to and analyze recordings of music they like to gain insight and understanding to how the music works. In addition to learning the fundamentals of musicianship, I encourage my students to sing along with recordings to work on the organic elements of music, which cannot be gained from dry academic study.
Jackie is a classically trained lyric soprano, a rising senior in General-Choral Music Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
Stage appearances include Catholic University's Spring 2014 production of Don Giovanni (chorus) in Washington, DC and the Yorkshire Opera Workshop's Summer 2014 production of Gilbert & Sullivan's Iolanthe (Leila) in Yorkshire, England. In Spring 2015, Jackie will be performing in Catholic University's production of Verdi's Rigoletto.
In addition to pursuing her interests in operatic repertoire and liturgical music, Jackie continues to refine skills in piano and conducting to further her development as an aspiring music educator.
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."