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Popular Music Teachers Near Phoenix

Marty W.

Chandler, AZ
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Travis B.

Mesa, AZ
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ
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Marty W. Chandler, AZ

Subjects Taught

Broadway Singing, English, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.

"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studied in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.

You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.

As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.

I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.

Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.

Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalises, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.

As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.

Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.

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In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.

As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.

Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing
Have experience with conducting choral music
Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading
Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)

Travis B. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.

Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations throughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.

"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.

Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.

Lessons with me will focus on the following:
 Students of all ages and skill levels
 Improve your technique and creativity
 Play in any style of music you are interested
 Drum set and hand percussion
 Learn through fun exercises

• Understanding rhythm
• Rudiments
• Sight reading
• Stick control
• Accent and rebounds
• Double bass
• Soloing
• Studio drumming

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano, Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussioninstruments.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice pads.
A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training
Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.

I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.

Aaron B. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing,moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.

Robert K.

Chandler, AZ
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Anna-Lisa H.

Mesa, AZ
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Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ
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Robert K. Chandler, AZ

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Flamenco Guitar, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Theory, Piano, Singing, Songwriting

About Me

I am a Board-Certified Music Therapist with over twenty years of Therapy and Teaching experience. I am a DePaul University Music graduate and studied Classical Guitar with Richard Pick. I enjoy working with beginning and challenging students and love singing and playing guitar.

*** Lesson Details ***
You or your child can expect to be reading music after 3 months, expect to be able to strum some basic guitar chords, and notice some positive improvements in playing and singing with guitar or piano within weeks. As a Music Therapist I realize the importance of a positive learning experience that is non-stressful. In other words Music is FUN ! I realize that all students learn at different rates but it is important to feel progress in our musical journey. Being able to express ourselves is a human need and through improvisation in music we can tap into our creative selves.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Guitars, amplifiers rhythm instruments, (drums, shakers, etc.,) portable 4-track recorder, karaoke CDs, Music. Students should be able to provide their own instrument, method book, commitment and desire to learn.

*** Specialties ***
Blues & improvisational guitar. Music therapy method of teaching primarily using children's songs. Multi-sensory approach with focus on tactile learning with visual and auditory cues.

Anna-Lisa H. Mesa, AZ

Subjects Taught

Acting, Broadway Singing, Flute, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

I grew up with music surrounding me. Both my parents play many instruments and they have passed that love on to me and my brothers. I started singing as a toddler and piano and flute came soon after. I love to teach, am patient and help my students to achieve their best. I create an environment for my students to feel safe expressing themselves, making mistakes,laughing and honing their musical language.

In my voice lessons I teach solid technique focusing on bringing out the beauty of each individual's voice giving them the tools to be able to sing musically. I've been told by students that they have learned more from me in 2 lessons then they have working with prior teachers for years.

I earned my BM in Vocal Performance from the distinguished Eastman School of Music. I have earned the Bravo!Scholar and Howard Hanson award as well as first place in the Schubert Club vocal competition. I continue my studies with acclaimed Mezzo-soprano Gail Dubinbaum in Phoenix and I am a member of National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).

I've sung all over the united states as well as in Germany and Italy. I performed the role of Frasquita in Phoenix Opera's production of Carmen as well as La Fata Azzurra in "La Bella Dormente nel Bosco" and as Sister Constance in "Dialogues des Carmelites" of which I was acclaimed by reviewers to have "revealed a luminous voice, and sang with ease and spontaneity." I have been a soloist with the St Paul Chamber Orchestra as well as with the Eastman Collegium. This past December I was a featured soloist with the Phoenix Symphony and returned to the Phoenix Opera to perform The Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute as well as worked with the Ohio Light Opera performing the lead roles of Hannah Glawari in "The Merry Widow" and Madame Pompadour in "Madame Pompadour."

I'm equally comfortable with musical theater and have played leading roles in many productions including Marian in "The Music Man," Laurie in Oklahoma, Margy in "State Fair," Rapunzel in "Into the Woods," and Mrs. Gardiner in the premier production of "Pride and Prejudice."

My students have advanced in the Classical Singer National Competition, Arizona Fiesta Chorus Competition, Hot Pipes Competition, and have been accepted to and attended summer programs at distinguished music schools including Westminster College and Eastman School of Music. They also perform with local theaters including Copperstar Theater, Moezart Productions, EVCT and more.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every vocal student will have different talents and struggles and will be at different levels so, I structure my lessons for the individual. However, with every student I focus on teaching correct breathing and healthy vocal use to enhance the natural beauty of the voice.

Overall I have a laid back, humorous personality. I work to help the student achieve their goals whether its to be able to sing better in the shower or to become a professional musician. I offer 2 recitals per year to perform at and often form duets/trio's out of my students. I also offer studio classes for my singers who desire to have more performing experience with immediate encouraging feedback and for my more advanced singers I offer Master classes with guest artists to perform at and attend.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ piano, books, mirror, and seating for parents. Parents can observe if the student is comfortable with that but, I do not allow parents to comment on the student's singing of performance during the lesson.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If they are a voice student they will need a piano, and they will need to purchase their own music and if possible purchase a recording device to record lessons and technique exercises. If they are a flute student, they will need to provide the music, and the instrument. If they are a piano student, obviously they would need a piano and would provide their own music based on my suggestion.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Opera, Operetta, Broadway, and jazz. I also teach pop, rock and country. On the piano and flute I teach classical and contemporary. I do not teach jazz piano or flute.

Amy Z. Avondale, AZ

Subjects Taught

Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone, Trombone, Trumpet

About Me

Hello there! If you are reading this then you or your child must be interested in learning how to read and play music. I am so excited for the journey you are about to begin!

My name is Amy and I am a certified music teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in instrumental music education, and my primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 8 years in the Valley.

I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially beginners! I teach beginner lessons in piano, and brass instruments, beginner to intermediate level students in woodwinds, and beginner up to advanced high-school level clarinet.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be tailored to each student's needs and goals, however note and rhythm reading will be a strong component in each lesson - especially for beginners. I have a very laid back and patient personality but I do feel that practice at home is very important and expect it from my students in order to give them the best chance at success.

Students with intermediate or advanced ability on their instrument will have the opportunity to have lessons directed towards specific interests such as preparing for chair placement tests, honor band auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals.

It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or accoustic piano is not available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio.

There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons of their children as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do while their child is having his/her lesson. :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel to student homes for lessons at this time.

*** Specialties ***
Working with beginners of all ages.

Phoenix Music Lessons

Phoenix is one of the great secrets of the music industry. Other cities get the glory, but Phoenix has held strong in producing its own music legends. Did you know Stevie Nicks was born in Phoenix? So was pop phenomenon Michelle Branch. Even Alice Cooper received his musical education in Phoenix and started his first band here. The city is also home to many successful alternative bands, including Jimmy Eat World and Gin Blossoms.

With such a rich tradition, Phoenix music lessons can help you become the next musician to take the stage. And that’s where TakeLessons comes into play.

The idea of TakeLessons is easy: recruit talented local musicians who want to share their knowledge and technique, and then connect them with students who want to take their skills to the next

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