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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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Having studied piano performance at Westminster Choir College after teaching myself as a teenager, and having taught piano for over a decade has prepared me to teach any beginner and intermediate piano student, no matter her background. My students learn how to read music well, while playing with great style and proper technique.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
s work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've taught hundreds of different students since 2003 with great success, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals. When a student comes to me in need of voice coaching, my job is to get to the root of mental blocks, to reveal why and how she's not singing at her optimum.

Both teaching myself piano and receiving formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.

The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. As a lifelong learner, I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston in 2014.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.

Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, with an emphasis on stage acting and Meisner technique, as well as monologue and audition coaching.

Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Rowan June 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Heather is fantastic with my son. He has some very specific special needs and she’s fantastic with engaging him and helping him progress with his music that speaks specifically to him. He looks forward to his lessons all week long.
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Shelly June 2, 2018
· Singing · In home
Ms. Heather is SO helpful. I love singing but had been too shy to really come out of my shell and see what I can do.... she built my confidence and has given me multiple helpful methods of improving during performances and in general. She is the best!!!!!
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Tammi A. May 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
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About Thomas W.

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Downingtown, PA

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I can help beginning students on piano learn the basics.

About Thomas
Thomas J. W. is an active music teacher, composer, adjudicator, and clinician in the greater Philadelphia area. He has over fifteen years experience as a concert band director, marching band director, jazz improvisation instructor, choral director, private instructor, and marching drill writer. His directing career has included small rural band programs, small metro programs, large high-achieving suburban programs, and non-profit youth bands. In addition to his band compositions, he also has over forty unpublished vocal arrangements to his credit, most written for use with collegiate men's a cappella groups. Thomas taught over 600 online and local private music lessons in 2016.

Thomas has a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a teaching certificate in the states of Pennsylvania
and New Jersey and has taught at the secondary level in both states. In addition to both instrumental and choral ensembles at Penn State, Thomas was a student leader in the Penn State Blue Band and a member of the brass section of the Cadets of Bergen County Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993 and 1994. He served as an Associate Director of the Warren Junior Military Band of Youngstown, Ohio from 1995 to 2005. He also served as a visual staff member for the renowned North Penn Marching Knights of Lansdale, PA for one season in 2004.

He is a current adjudicator with Drum Corps International and Cavalcade of Bands. He is a member of MENC, PMEA, NJMEA, ASCAP, CASA, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and the National Band Association. He appeared in the Marquis Who's Who Among American Educators in 2004 and 2005, an honor rarely bestowed upon teachers, as students who appear in the Who's Who Among American High School Students must nominate them. He currently is a music teacher at the Center for Performing and Fine Arts of the PA Leadership Charter School in West Chester, PA and resides in Downingtown, PA with his wife and two sons.

Thomas will happily work with students on the autism spectrum or students with ADD.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to the needs and interests of each student. If a student is involved in school music ensembles, we will work with their lesson books from school in addition to material outside of the books, including SmartMusic, Noteflight, and teacher-created materials. We will focus on building proper tone production and individual technique - something that often is difficult to learn in a large ensemble setting.

I am capable of starting a beginner student on any band instrument including percussion, any classical string instrument (violin, viola, cello, string bass), and piano. I can begin a student on drum set and work with them through their first method book, but I would then recommend they find a specialized drum set teacher after a period of six to twelve months.

For advanced students, I work from selected conservatory etude books on developing advanced skills and can work with students on audition pieces for honors bands/orchestras or college auditions.

My lessons are a half-hour once a week, with the option of working for 45 minutes or 60 minutes.

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music, band, orchestra, flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, saxophone, trumpet, french horn, trombone, euphonium, tuba, violin, viola, cello, string bass, piano, Percussion
classical, jazz improvisation
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Leo July 22, 2018
· Viola · In home
Thomas is so thorough & detailed oriented/ great with first-timers
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michelle July 16, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
extremely helpful!!
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Victoria March 27, 2018
· Bass Clarinet · Online
I really enjoyed by first lesson with Mr. West, he was very knowledgeable , it was a lot better than I expected.
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About Tyler A.

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Waltham, MA

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A fun and interactive lesson focusing on what peaks the student's interest!

About Tyler
I am a very passionate music teacher, it's really who I am. I thrive off of opening the doors of music to people and teaching them a foundation upon which to grow. I graduated from UMASS Lowell with a Bachelors in Music Performance in 2014 and have 6 years of teaching experience in and around the Boston area. I play and manage a band called Skyfoot and have for about 3 years now. I have played in 35 different states, playing with all kinds of musicians across the United States. The times I spent playing and learning from the musicians at school and on the road have been some of the most insightful of my life.
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David G. October 17, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Been meeting with Tyler for 4 lessons now and cannot give anything but the highest praise for him. Before we began we set the outline for what
I wanted to do and how he could help - the planning was good but the execution far exceeded anything I could hope for. His insight, technical ability, and highly positive attitude makes him the perfect partner to "re-introduce" me to the guitar (35+ year break in playing). Cons: initially opted for 1/2 hour lesson - too short. Pros: understands my goals, appreciates the musical genre that is important to me, great balance between teaching during the lesson and giving me things to work on on my own, very positive and encouraging attitude....and many more "pros". My suggestion is - if you are thinking of going with him give him a call - very easy to talk to and you will likely find out what I have found - Tyler is top notch!!
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Dylan Taylor January 24, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Extremely patient teacher, awesome with my kids. Accommodating and very receptive to tailoring the lesson to what I or my kids want. Would highly recommend!
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Jordana November 19, 2015
· Blues Guitar · In home
Tyler is a great teacher! He has taught me everything I know about song structure and chord patterns. Would highly recommend!
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About Randy M.

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Winchester, VA

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Learning piano from me is an opportunity for you to explore a variety of styles through the use of modern technology and flexible curriculum, tailored to your interests and goals. You are expected to develop technical skills, music theory knowledge, and performance excellence.

About Randy
I am an eclectic pianist-singer with dual Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance and Jazz Studies from Shenandoah Conservatory. My skills are diverse and I enjoy using them as I teach at any level. Other than teaching, I compete in voice and piano competitions, perform as a soloist and accompanist, arrange, and compose. I also play in a funk band called Souled Out, stationed in Winchester, VA. My passion is in classical and jazz music, as well as musical theatre, but I teach all contemporary styles.
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John P. March 30, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
Excellent teacher. I've studied jazz guitar, classical guitar, and voice in the past- he is building my confidence in my higher register- enthusiastic, disciplined and
hard working. You will progress with this teacher!
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John P. March 30, 2018
· Classical Voice · Online
I'm having a fantastic experience with Randy. I am a lifelong musician- have studied Jazz guitar, classical guitar and voice- he's a great voice teacher- very positive, and I feel I am progressing with him- I am more confident in my upper register, and he's helping to claim my singing voice!
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Gus June 21, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Mr. MC is an excellent instructor. He always takes into account students' background and interests in order to develop meaningful lessons. He explains and presents new music material clearly, and always models in order to facilitate learning. He also monitors progress continuously and provides feedback on students' performance. One of the best instructors I have had the pleasure to work with.
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About Alejandro G.

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Union, NJ

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I have seen which are the problems that most of the students struggle with and I also have seen a lot of teachers that don't help them in a good way.

So that's why I created lessons with an individual approach for each student, applying knowledge that I received from wonderful teachers I have had.

I come from a strict Russian method, but I found a way to balance this methods with the student itself, because everyone is unique.

About Alejandro
Hello! I'm from Venezuela, a country that has a lot of rhythms and music colors.

I started at the age of 6 and then formally at the age of 12 (a little bit late). I studied at the Simon Bolivar Conservatory in Caracas and then I moved to the US.

Here the mix of different cultures and music has created a deep impact on me, so I tend to create interesting programs for my students. Music that goes from J.S. Bach to Samuel Barber, or from Igor Stravinsky to Juan Vicente Lecuna.

I also have attend masterclasses of wonderful teachers such as Simone Dinnerstein, Yoheved Kaplinsky, András Schiff, Jerome Lowenthal and Hung Kuan Chen. Experiences that have been very enriching.

In Venezuela, I also studied venezuelan piano music with the pianist and composer Luisa Elena Paesano, and with pianist Guiomar Narváez. They impulsed me in a way that I
started to work with the contemporary composers that are still alive and that still create academic music inspired in Venezuelan rhythms and flavors.

It will be very exciting to share all these experiences with my future students!
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Luis April 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
What a great teacher, completely full ignored patience and determined to make you push yourself and practice until you get it right.
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Andrew April 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · Online
Alejandro is the best piano teacher that I could have had ever. He is well explained and his ideas are very clear. He deserve 5 stars!
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Rosy Julian April 18, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
He is a very talented and patient young man, who shows in each class his love and passion for music. He makes feel comfortable during the classes. He is the best, I recommend him a lot.
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About Madison E.

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Tempe, AZ

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Hi! I'm Maddie. I love teaching piano lessons and I've been working with all ages for years. I have a passion for helping people understand music and providing the resources necessary to do so. I have an extensive knowledge of music, I get along with everyone, and I'm patient with all types of learners. Message me if you'd like a lesson!

About Madison
Hey! I'm an Arizona native that loves what I do. I continue to teach piano lessons because of the experiences I get to share with all different kinds of people, and the challenges I get to overcome with my students when it comes to understanding different topics, learning to play a challenging piece, or progressing as a musician.

When I'm not playing the piano I am often creating pieces of art or working on my car of motorcycles. I love identifying problems and working to to fix them. My number one goal is to make the best out of each and every situation. I strive to help everyone I can and make my community a better place.
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About Anita L.

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Siloam Springs, AR

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I have been playing piano for 61 years. I am a mother, and grandmother. I teach on the individual's level. I offer personalized instruction. I am very good with young children, I will start as early as 6 years old, and adults. Learn at your own speed. I use Faber and Thompson teaching methods in combination.

About Anita
Hi! I started playing piano when I was 4. I have always loved it and I love teaching my passion to others. I currently have 11 students ranging in age from 6 to 28. One of my students is autistic and what a joy to see his progression over 2 years! I am a young 65. I relate well with all ages. I would love to meet you in person or online! Please contact me before purchasing books. I believe in having a good time while learning. Learning the piano will be a blessing to you your whole life!
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Emma July 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son had been taking lessons for a while and we relocated and had to find a new teacher. Ms. Anita took him right in and it has been great. In the past, my son had memorized songs by hearing them instead of learning the fundamentals. So, she took him a step back to make sure that he has the right foundation which is essential. She has helped us in other ways, too, by making sure he has what he needs to succeed. She cares about my kid and our family and has been a great addition to our circle in our new town. I appreciate her very much.
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About Jasmine S.

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Jacksonville, FL
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I enjoy the art and beauty of playing the piano. Also teaching and furthering the skills of others. It’s calming and relaxing for anyone wanting to learn. Learning to write music and play by ear, I’ve got you covered.

About Jasmine
I am a musician highly skilled in playing piano. I stroke my first keys at the age of 11. From there it’s been a long history of keys.
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Yakima, WA

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I have been playing piano since the age of four and been giving lessons for about a decade. I primarily play jazz and latin, focussing on such styles as bop, blues, salsa, bossa nova, and reggae, as well as classical, rock, and hip-hop. A friend and mentor of mine once said "If you know how to play classical you can play anything; if you know how to play jazz, you can play with anyone." Whether you want to play your favorite pop songs as a hobby, become a pro, or anything in between, I can create personal lessons and exercises built around what you want to accomplish as a musician.

About David
I have been playing piano since the age of four and been giving lessons for about a decade. I grew up in a small town, playing mostly in the church and school band, where I started playing guitar, bass guitar, trumpet, trombone, euphonium and tuba. When I moved to the city, I began playing piano for ballet classes at Studio West Dance Academy, as well as joining various jazz and rock bands. In Fall of 2014 I began as a pianist for the Edmonds Community College Jazz and Salsa band, where I studied piano under John Sanders. As a part of this group I found my passion for latin jazz and fusion, and got the opportunity to travel to Cuba and workshop with the jazz band at Havana, Cuba's Universidad de las Artes. It was also at this time I began playing reggae as a keyboardist, vocalist, and trombone player with Cannon and the Lion of Judah, pla
ying more then 200 shows with Cannon between 2015 and 2017. In 2017 I received my AA from Edmonds Community College and began attending Central Washington University's music education program with a scholarship from their jazz program. As my mother is a teacher, I have always known that I have a passion for teaching. I began giving piano lessons to students in my mother's special ed class in the late 2000's.

I love music and I love to teach.
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