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Popular Piano Teachers Near Redmond

Joni C.

Woodinville, WA
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Rebecca P.

Seattle, WA
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Sharon M.

Marysville, WA
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Joni C. Woodinville, WA

About Me

I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 2 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organization and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Acoustic Piano
Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard
Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electronic keyboard
Worksheets

*** Specialties ***
Group and independent lessons, all styles of music but focus on classical and pop.

Rebecca P. Seattle, WA

About Me

I have been teaching piano for almost 20 years. I played piano and keyboards in a band for several years, and I have been playing piano and singing at church for over nine years. I can help you learn the proper technique and musical skills for any kind of playing in the future, with more advanced teaching for classical piano. I can also teach chord playing for students that want to quickly learn their favorite songs. I'll even help you learn how to sing along!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a lot of fun at my lessons, but I emphasize the importance of practice. For beginning students, I like to use the Alfred's Basic Piano Library (that teaches piano playing and note reading), which I supplement with fun games, history projects and music journal topics to ensure my students get a well-rounded music education while enjoying what they are doing. I also host a yearly recital (which is also for online students) so my students will all get a chance to show off their skills! I create a custom curriculum for my more advanced students.

*** Equipment/Books ***
I will supply the curriculum for local students at their cost. I choose the curriculum for online students to order on the Internet. The student must have a suitable keyboard or piano.

Sharon M. Marysville, WA

About Me

From the time I was a small child I have loved music, and from the age of six knew I would become a teacher.

I began private piano instruction at the age of six and continued through college until the present.

In middle school I began playing for school functions, churches and community events. During my college years I was chosen to be the musical director of a six member Teen Team that toured many countries in Europe giving high school assemblies and concerts for Youth for Christ International. Later I also toured many years in the U.S.A. with other groups and now it still gives me great joy and pleasure to play for churches, schools and other organizations.

After college I began my teaching career and was introduced to the Pace Approach to piano instruction. I am very fortunate to have received the intensive training and study required to teach this amazing piano method. It has been extremely effective with all my students for many years.

Later I discovered Pattern/Chord Play€ the piano series on improvisation and arranging authored by Forrest and Akiko Kinney. I have been studying with him for the past three years on how to teach improvisation and arranging. It has been an awesome privilege to work with him and other teachers in my area.

I will continue to teach piano for many years. I LOVE it!!

*** Lesson Details ***
The studio has a warm, friendly setting where you will receive positive encouragement to reach your musical goals. You will quickly discover how fun and easy it is!! Whether big or small every accomplishment is celebrated. No one is ever too young or too old to experience the joy that music brings.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is professionally equipped with a Kawai piano, staff lined whiteboard, music library, and many other teaching materials.There is a separate waiting room. You will need to have a piano (keyboard) at home for practicing and provide some lesson books/flashcards.

*** Specialties ***
Using the unique Pace Approach to piano instruction, which was discovered and developed by the world-renown dynamic educator, Dr. Robert Pace of Teachers College, Columbia University, who is credited with having revolutionized the art of piano teaching, you will enjoy learning to read, play, and write music in all styles and keys. But what becomes even more fun is to find your own creativity through improvisation, composing, and arranging pieces that you already know and
love. You will become excited to discover that you have your own personal music to share with the world.

Melissa M.

Everett, WA
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA
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Rian D.

Seattle, WA
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Melissa M. Everett, WA

About Me

Hello and welcome to your studio!

About your lessons:

My teaching style is developed specifically for each student, to give them the most out of their lesson without overwhelming them.

I will help you learn to play the songs you love!

I host two recitals per year: a Christmas recital in December and a Spring (with awards) recital in June.

I look forward to serving you as your music instructor!

My Teaching Philosophy for Piano

For the very young beginner (4-8), we will refer to Dogs and Birds, which is a wonderful book series developed in the United Kingdom with colorful illustrations making learning music more enjoyable for the young musician. We will also refer to Faber books and loose music material for their music studies. You will learn all major and minor scales in your studies along with ear training benefits. We will also utilize Faber, Bastien and Alfred. These same studies apply to ages 9 and up without Dogs and Birds.

My Teaching Philosophy for Guitar

You will learn how to read and play guitar music with William Leavitt's Guitar Method books. This is great for young adults to adult learners. With the studies I incorporate into your practices, you will be reading music, playing duets, understand rhythm time signatures and develop an ear for cadences.

For younger guitarists we will begin with Alfred's Kids Guitar Course.

I include a variety of sheet music and lesson studies throughout your lessons along with your book work.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Kawai Studio Piano, Selmer Clarinet, and Ovation Guitar with amplification (if needed) at my in home studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have book materials, a smile and instrument with him/her for each lesson. I also recommend they pick up a three ring binder for keeping track of their progress and weekly assignments.

There are two recitals hosted for the students per year. The next one is on June 7.

About your instructor:

Melissa attended Cornish College of the Arts from 2005-2007 to earn her music composition degree. She later transferred to Trinity Lutheran College earning her Bachelor of Music degree in Music and Worship. She has been playing music since she was five years old. Melissa has been in touring bands in California, choir throughout college, musical theatre and theatre since 2005. I recently performed guitar, along with one of my students, in Cotton Patch Gospel. You will also see me in this years It's A Wonderful Life, Live Radio Play, at Warm Beach Camp's dinner theater, 2014. I've improvised in jazz groups, open mic and solo gig(s), music composition groups at Cornish, songwriting and recording. She also plays music for residents at a retirement home and is in rehearsal with the goal to record her first full album. She is also teaching music to children in Montessori schools.

I look forward to serving you as your music instructor!

*** Specialties ***
I have composed many songs in diverse styles such as: folk rock, alternative, choral, jazz, electronic, show tunes and worship pieces. I learned classical piano before I studied jazz theory. I have years of musical/theatre experience. I love improvisation.

Brett R. Seattle, WA

About Me

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard

Rian D. Seattle, WA

About Me

A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was singularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Competition (WMEA) after achieving a 1+ Superior rating for Solo Piano Performance.

Pursuing his passion for music, Rian attended Washington State University (WSU) and studied under the tutelage of Julliard alums Jeffrey and Karen Savage. During his time at WSU, he expanded his boundaries and became accomplished in his study of classical piano, earning gold medals in multiple years at Musicfest Northwest. In addition, Rian performed as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as a winner in their Young Artist Competition. Prior to his senior year at WSU, Rian received the Presser Scholarship. The Presser scholarship is a nationally funded scholarship awarded by each University to only one student each year. The Presser Scholarship represents the highest level of academic achievement in the United States.

Following graduation from WSU in 2010, Rian began teaching piano and working as a freelance musician in Seattle. Rian joined the staff of the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance as a piano instructor in addition to working as an accompanist for several local churches, high schools and music schools.

Rian’s passion for playing, teaching, and learning about music has taken him throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the east coast of the United States. Besides his work as an accompanist and teacher, he also maintains an active presence in the Seattle music community, frequently volunteering at local events and serving as Secretary of the Seattle Music Teachers Association. As an educator, Rian understands the value of continued learning and has conducted independent study with Randy Halbersadt, jazz professor from Cornish College of the Arts, as well as studying classical technique privately under World-Renowned Pianist-Teacher Peter Mack.

Rian became a Licensed Simply Music Teacher in 2013.

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