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Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ
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Ree B.

Phoenix, AZ
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Candace S.

Phoenix, AZ
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Henri B. Phoenix, AZ

About Me

Aside from being mostly self-taught and playing drums since he could hold the pots and pans, Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. He has also studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, or percussion lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music book work, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords and finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments; 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

Ree B. Phoenix, AZ

About Me

Hey there!

No matter what stage you are at in your singing exploration, I can help empower you to let your voice be heard and have FUN in the process. :o)

--- What do I bring to the table, you ask? Well....

As an experienced singer songwriter and current front woman of an indie rock band, I bring a lot of real world vocal and performance experience to my students. Having a diverse musical history ranging from pop, r&b, punk, emo, 80's soft rock, to big band, classical, musical theater, and black gospel, I am able to understand and teach students within the style that they feel most passionate about.

I'm a huge believer in directly applying the techniques taught, so our lessons will consist of scales and understanding of the voice, but will always include song application on songs of your choice. I mean, after all, if you don't like the songs you're working on, you will have less motivation to practice and get better!!

--- What is my educational background?

I studied voice for four years at Grand Canyon University, graduating with a B.A. in Creative Arts with a Vocal Emphasis. But to be honest, I gained most of my vocal power and control after graduating by studying with vocal coaches of artists such as Natasha Bedingfield, Justin Bieber, Hayley Williams and Taylor Swift. Because of this personal experience, I incorporate many of the Speech Level Singing techniques, and have taught students from ages 4-62 over the last 10 years.

--- Nervous or struggling with stage fright?

I understand that overwhelming feeling and can help you with this! I battled stage fright for what seemed like forever, so I have a close understanding of students dealing with the frustrations of stage fright. Music is an emotional expression, so I believe we must address the emotional side of being a performer as well as the technical side, if we truly want to have vocal freedom.

--- Looking for performance help?

Yep, I can help with that. I've been performing locally, nationally, and some internationally for many years. I've helped many students come out of their shell on stage!

--- What else am I about?

Along with teaching voice, I'm currently involved in a few musical projects, including my indie rock band Dearspeak. Earlier this year, I finished my second solo album, which can be found online, as well as previous albums. I'm also a mentor and advocate for abuse recovery.

I absolutely love being able to inspire people to sing and give voice to the unique sound that we all have within us. It's a personal passion of mine to help others find their voice and the inner strength to let it be heard!

See you soon!
Ree

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a laid back and fun approach in lessons. High focus on applying techniques to songs, mainly of the students choosing. Techniques shared are mainly from the Speech Level Singing method. We will also do some ear training exercises and work to improve diction. Performance skills and songwriting assistance if needed. Students are encouraged to bring their phones or iPod's to record lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano
Guitar
Microphone & PA equipment

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Pop, Rock, R & B, Folk, Indie and Musical Theater. Many of my techniques come from Speech Level Singing, though I borrow from the classical approach as well. I also specialize in helping students with performing and overcoming stage fright.

*** Background Check ***
I have an approved Fingerprint Clearance Card by the government, since I was a part time Substitute Teacher for the SUSD district.

Candace S. Phoenix, AZ

About Me

Arguably one of the most dynamic emerging vocal producers and songwriters to penetrate the music industry, “Candy” offers a brave, but fresh take on life through song. A native of Washington D.C., Candy studied and performed with the esteemed Washington Performing Arts Society for 7 years and graduated from Howard University with a Bachelors in Fine Arts. She has also trained and studied at the home of Seth Riggs in Los Angeles, which afforded her years of solid experience with Speech Level Singing (SLS), a widely-popular technique created by Seth Riggs and used to coach clients like Michael Jackson, Beyonce', and many others. She's advanced through over 4 years of professional training and performing in Theatre Arts and has also crafted an acclaimed approach to Broadway music and acting for the stage.

Candy is practiced and has worked alongside some of the industry's best as a writer, studio coach and vocal producer. Her clientele includes a growing list of popular performers and producers across national lines. With a range that spans several genres, it is increasingly easy to see why her buzz is growing also. Candy has already worked with some of the most respected names in music including Rich Harrison (Crazy In Love-Beyonce, No One Gonna Love You-Jennifer Hudson), Jazze Pha (Ciara, Cee Lo, T.I.), and James “Big Jim” Wright (Yolanda Adams, Chaka Khan, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson), having also caught the attention of Missy Elliot and Swizz Beats. The list continues to expand. A 4.0 graduate and well-versed professional, her value is irrefutable.

*** Lesson Details ***
My approach is student specific. Everyone does not respond to the same teaching style. I will assess where you are vs where you aspire to be and together, we will formulate a plan to get you there. In 3-6 months, the biggest thing you will walk away with is the confidence to explore and perform to your greatest potential, and the understanding that it will grow with you as you do. I am offering methods I've benefited from and acquired across multiple genres of music, each having heavily impacted the other. I am also an advocate for hands on learning! Let's dig in and get to it! Let's also record your lessons on my Protools set up so that you forever have a point of reference.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room set up.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect them to have the ability to take notes in a way that works for them (hand-held recorder, pen & paper/laptop, etc). They should also provide material they would like to focus on or I can provide as well, once discussed.

*** Specialties ***
I gear toward a focus of bringing the student into the moment/lesson and the artist into the performance. It is my goal in every aspect of teaching to help my students find truths to which they can relate and live honestly within. Finding a relatable link between them and the content of the lesson has made all the difference in my learning and teaching experience. I believe honing in on that honesty to be the key to an exceptionally developed craft. My style is defined by the ability to experience each new moment in the now, as you are. In doing so, you open yourself up and become readily available to internalize the nuances of your learning process.

Al P.

Glendale, AZ
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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ
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Jaxon W.

Mesa, AZ
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Al P. Glendale, AZ

About Me

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer-music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-02). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Bio:
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and ensemble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood, teaching drums and musical direction for show ensembles. Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

August 2011:
I have relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where I have my own studio for lessons and recording.

On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware, Zildjian cymbals,Vater Percussion(sticks/tape), Remo drum heads, E-Pad practice pads /accessories and Rhythmtec percussion.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Vintage Ludwig club date series kit with double pedal, Tama Starclassic maple kit, Brady, Ludwig, Slingerland and Tama snares, additional practice pads, various zildjian cymbals, metronomes, music and video examples. Protools recording capable.
Various electric and acoustic guitars and basses available as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Me: music materials, practice pad, sticks. metronome
Drum students: sticks, pad, 3 ring binder for notes, headphones and or drum set and the will to learn something new, fun and exciting!
Guitar students: guitar, picks, cable (for electric) 3 ring binder and you will eventually need a tuner.

Karen R. Mesa, AZ

About Me

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, womens ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and womens 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 womens 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 roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, 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 and class piano 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 womens 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 of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens 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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Specialties ***
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.

Jaxon W. Mesa, AZ

About Me

I am a graduate of ASU's guitar program, where I got my Master's Degree in Music- emphasis in Guitar Performance. I have been playing the guitar for 19 years and teaching for 10. My main style is classical, and due to the technical training I have had since I was very young, it has been very easy for me to learn and master other styles such as Rock, Jazz, Blues, Pop, Country, and other styles of guitar. I have a passion for performing and have played hundreds of solo and ensemble concerts. As a classical performer I was the Oregon State champion in their guitar competition for both 2005 and 2006 and won 4th prize at the Sierra Nevada International Classical Guitar Competition 2014. I have played concerts all over the United States as well as in Spain and Mexico. As a performer of other styles I have played in many bands and have won high school battle of the bands competitions and recently placed 2nd in BYU's battle of the bands 2011. I was a regional finalist in Guitar Center's "King of the Blues" competition as well.

I really love spreading the knowledge I've learned over the years about the guitar, bass guitar, songwriting, music theory, and everything music related to my students. I find a huge sense of fulfillment in seeing my students understand and enjoy learning and making beautiful music. I have a high level of knowledge and skills that I am very willing to use to teach students from the most beginner to the most advanced. Former students of mine have achieved lofty goals ranging from making it into a music program at the college level to winning their school's talent show to being accepted into their school's jazz band.

*** Lesson Details ***
My curriculum is based around YOU. I push my students hard, but I make sure they're always having fun and enjoying playing. I like to get my students playing real songs as fast as possible so they can see results immediately and get excited!

Note: I am trained and specialized in teaching children fingerstyle guitar. I have taught hundreds of kids in schools, privately, and in groups over the last two years. The method I use is proven to give kids the best possible start to music and maximize their potential. If you have children and you want them to learn good technique and music principles through guitar, you don't want to look any further, I promise.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have stools, music stands, and an amp here so all you need to bring is your guitar!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment.
Student must have their own guitar and amp if they play electric.
I do have guitars available for rental.

*** Specialties ***
-Children's fingerstyle guitar
-Proficient in Suzuki method
-Specialist in classical guitar, though proficient up to highly advanced in any guitar style (blues, rock, country, jazz, pop, etc)
-Also very experienced teaching songwriting and music performance

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