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Phoenix, AZ

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Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has 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,The Hourglass Cats, The Everyday Players and Fayuca are the current projects), performing shows in 46 of the
US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE), Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival), and Mexico (Circus Mexicus) in 2016. 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 Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions, as well as working for several local preschools in support of his children's music business "Wee Rock Music.". 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, percussion, or piano 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, 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, 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/pianist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar/Piano 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 human being! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Tama Rock Star Drum Kit, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, and all developmental material for students to retain and practice.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments, piano/keyboard) 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.

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 (including reading music notation); 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 as well as for others; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your musical desires. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a music-filled day.
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Thanh May 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Henri is such a great teacher! He strives to make kids enjoy whatever they are doing. Henri always asks if you’re having fun because he never wants you to be bored of what could become a passion of yours. He is a great teacher! Highly recommended . I have two kids working with him and they both enjoy his company as a teacher!
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Ethan C. April 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My 6 year old son absolutely loved his time with Henri. He is so patient, kind, and such a wonderful teacher. I would definitely recommend Henri for ALL.
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Amy October 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Henri is always super kind and patient with me. He works really hard to break things down in a way that will make sense and be easier to grasp. He’s also always in a great mood and it’s refreshing to see! 10/10 would recommend.
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Henri B.

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ 85013
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About Aaron B.

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About Aaron
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.

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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.
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Norm R. May 19, 2018
· Bodhran · Online
Very patient teacher.
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David April 12, 2018
· Djembe · Online
Love aaron
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David March 24, 2018
· Djembe · Online
Aaron is a good instructor. Luckily I practiced quite a bit before hands to be able to catch up with the speed. The video audio quality are not that great though.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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About Kristilyn W.

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I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to teaching at Grand Canyon University and performing with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country, I'm also a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club. We've gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding out what motivates and inspires them, and helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Adam May 3, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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Kristilyn W.

Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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About Karen A M.

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Give the Gift of Music! "Music brings joy to the heart, peace to the soul & life to everything." "We teach children music, not so they can make beautiful music, but because music makes beautiful children." Two of my favorite quotes. I've taught for many years and I love what I do. Watching a student learn and grow is more rewarding than anything else.

Furthermore, Music is beneficial! No one thing is better than music for child's development and or for stimulating your own brain. Studies show that it can even help stave off dementia and other results of aging. Why? Music is the only activity that we do that uses All areas of the brain at once. Music increases IQ (in children), improves intuitive math and reading skills, raises test scores and the ability to focus and more. Furthermore, Students who study music are also more likely to
graduate, go to College and to be accepted at demanding schools like law and medicine. Music is a great way to maintain your mental skills and flexibility, explore different times, cultures and styles.

I AM A:
- An experienced teacher (since 1983) with typically up to 55 private lessons weekly.
- An experienced and successful teacher in working with a wide range of disabilities.
- Professional Pianist (since 1981).
- Nationally Certified Piano Teacher with MTNA.
- Certified teacher in all levels of Kindermusik (14 years).
- Certified teacher of Orff-Schuelwerk (2004).
- Experienced teacher in working with a wide variety of disabilities.
- Teacher (was) for the pioneering studies on music and brain development at UC Irvine.
- Founder of the Empire Music Teachers Association.
- Was District IV Coordinator for the California MTA (5 years).

WHAT IS A TYPICAL LESSON LIKE?
- Arrive and get your things out
- Warm-ups: trills, scales, 5 finger patterns, thirds, octaves, etc.
- Did you have trouble on your assignments this week? If so, we'll go directly to that.
- Demonstration of all pieces while working on any problems
- Assignment and demonstration, practice and special directions for each piece.
- Theory check and new assignment. Complete as needed.
- As time permits, review of flashcards, ear training and so forth.
- Music Lab (either before or after the lesson as fits in with the students around you) - 15-20 minutes of independent study: musical computer games to support what we are working on, read books about music, composers, music history and so forth, listen to music as supports what we are working on, complete any missed theory assignments, review of flashcards if needed.

WHO AM I?
I am Karen. I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Trumpet, Drums and Harpsichord and am currently working on learning Zither, Autoharp, Dulcimer, and Soprano & Alto Recorders, and sometimes the guitar (when I have a chance). Of course, I also regularly read and attend lectures, conferences, seminars and master classes to always improve my teaching skills. I have been teaching piano and music theory for over 31 years in this area and have played professionally. I am a member in good standing with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was with the California Association of Music Teachers (CAPMT), Empire Music Teachers Association (EMTA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Suzuki Association of North America, the National & the Inland Empire Kodaly-Orff Association, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – I have not hooked up here yet. I am a fully certified and licensed teacher of Kindermusik and Musikgarten and have earned National Certification (NCTM) through the MTNA and have earned Level I & II (out of 3) in Orff-Scheulwerk. I was District IV Coordinator for CAPMT, and Vice President then President of the EMTA. I keep busy and love teaching!

WHAT DO WE DO HERE?
I try hard to present students with a solid, broad based approach with an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of musical comprehension, music reading, musical memory, and ear development. These are essential to playing and enjoyment of any instrument! To this end we cover theory, music history, performance, technique and practical application. These basics are supplemented and reinforced by the monthly group sessions, several annual field trips, access to regional, state and national music competitions and performances, as well as the formal Student Evaluations each Spring. I have a full music lab, an extensive library of music and music reference materials and up to date postings on local free or low cost musical events While I tend to emphasize classical music and technique, we will also cover a wide range of music in various meters and modalities: classical, popular and world music in solos and duets. Supplementary books are available: holiday, religious, popular, classical, music from specific times, places, composers, movies... or whatever the student wishes, when they are ready. My personal goal is not to have a studio full of competition performers. A few are always nice of course, but the average student just wants to be able to make music - to make it sing. I DO want them to understand, appreciate, and be able to pick up something and figure it out - or apply what they know to another instrument. Once music is part of a life, it never leaves; it is the one universal language.

Call Today!

Warmly,
Karen, NCTM
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April May 21, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been seeing Karen for a couple of years and have to say that of all the instructors I have had, she is the best and most professional. She always has a smile and has always been very flexible with me. She had not minded changing times when issues come up. The recitals are great and she gives students extra assistance with group lessons. When there are events in the community that can help with music skills, she always lets me know. I would highly recommend Karen as your family instructor. The price is reasonable as well.
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Pat May 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Miss Karen is wonderful and our 6 year-old granddaughter loves her. We are so pleased that we found her.
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Elaina March 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very knowledgeable and understanding with a young student!!
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Karen A M.

Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ 85022
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About Elizabeth P.

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I have taught flute to children and adults for about 20 years. During that time, I have continued to develop as a flutist by taking my own lessons with professional symphony players and by playing principal flute in a community orchestra. I strongly believe in positive reinforcement and applauding my students as they make strides. You may find my profile on Linked in, and Elizabeth Pickens, flute instructor on Facebook. I also have a website fluteteacher.net which I encourage you to visit.
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Elizabeth and Mlada July 20, 2015
· Flute · In studio
A great teacher for the starting or intermediate flute student. Lessons are held in her house. Many opportunities are provided for playing competitively or concerts around Scottsdale.
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Andrea July 16, 2015
· Flute · In studio
As an adult student I appreciate Elizabeth's attention to so much more than just the notes on a page. She is a terrific encourager, and an especially good problem solver for people like me who have a stream of questions about the instrument, its place in music and history, and music theory. I recommend her for students who are beginning as youngsters and for others who choose to learn to play the flute at any stage in life because she believes that music enhances life.
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Elizabeth P.

Elizabeth P.

Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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About Kendra C.

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Music lessons provided by Kendra C., Doctor of Musical Arts. Kendra has been teaching music to all ages for the past twelve years in her own studio as well as in universities, arts academies, public and private schools, and summer camps. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2011 with a doctorate in Music Composition, and has had her original compositions performed by musicians in concerts and conferences around the world. Besides teaching, she has worked as pianist for ballet companies and as church pianist and keyboardist in both liturgical and contemporary services.

Kendra's students explore technique, expressive performance, reading and notating music, improvisation, critical listening, and music theory in a fun and creative format. The musical repertoire is selected according students' stylistic preferences, whether pop
music, folk, classical, jazz, or sacred music.
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Audrey P. May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My kids are excited and happy to launch into piano lessons with Kendra!
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Kelli April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
One of the most adaptable teacher that is changing her lesson for the learner! She is absolutely amazing and her positive reinforcement for my child have been so impactful! If you are looking for someone in your area stop looking, Kendra is amazing!!!
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Kelli January 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
Absolutely the best teacher for beginners. Ou little started at age 6 and she kept her interest with age appropriate tools and songs from current and classic movies. To add...amazing patience and constant positive reinforcement! We love Ms Kendra!
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Kendra C.

Kendra C.

Glendale, AZ 85306
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About Katrina K.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Katrina, an Arizona native, enjoys a full music life in the metro Phoenix area. Currently playing principal flute with the Symphony of the Southwest, Phoenix Opera and Four Seasons Orchestra, she also plays regularly with the West Valley Symphony. Katrina is a frequent soloist with local orchestras as well as small chamber groups. Freelancing brings Katrina into many valley resorts playing both classical and southwest style flute and guitar duos as well as concert and recital opportunities at various venues. Katrina’s primary teachers have been Joe Corral and Anne Diener-Zentner and is now herself enjoying a full private studio of flute students.
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Steve September 9, 2016
· Flute · In home
My tone has always been fuzzy and I've never been able to get a consistent sound. I had tried a few teachers and never really got what I was looking for. After starting lessons with Katrina, my tone improved quickly and with more time, I have the sound I've always wanted.
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Denise September 6, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Katrina is enthusiastic, encouraging, and upbeat! My son has progressed rapidly on the flute after studying with her. I appreciate that Katrina does not "spoon-feed" him the rhythms; she gently reminds him that he can figure them out on his own. She always has a positive teaching disposition - highly recommended!"
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Mitch September 6, 2016
· Flute · In home
I strongly recommend Katrina King as a flute instructor after taking lessons from her for several years. She not only plays the flute professionally but also obviously loves playing the flute and wants to share that love with her students. Her philosophy is that if a student does not learn a flute technique that it is the teacher's responsibility and she will find a different way to teach the technique until the student learns it. She has high expectations for her students, will push them to grow in their flute playing, while simultaneously working alongside the student to achieve their goals. If I have a question or a problem with regard to a lesson, she will promptly respond by email to my questions. Each lesson I find Katrina fully present, listening for improvements and making encouraging remarks when she hears them, while patiently correcting any mistakes I make and demonstrating how to play that part correctly.
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Katrina K.

Phoenix, AZ 85050
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About Deborah B.

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I am the award winning concert pianist, piano educator and composer. I have studied and performed at several nations in the world and earned my Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. I earned Masters in piano performance from New England Conservatory and Bachelors from University of Michigan. I was the recipient of the Excellence in Piano Performance Award (created especially for me) at the University of Michigan for the first time in their history of piano department and I won many awards in piano competitions. I have a great passion for performing and teaching both classical and modern music.

With many successful years of performing and teaching, I have taught over 25 years privately and music classes at Elite Piano Academy and a few universities ranging from beginner to doctorate and professional levels. I cu
stomize individual piano lesson based on each student's interest, strength, learning ability and goals for the most optimal musical learning experience. My students will also learn to love and enjoy playing piano music while they build a great foundation of the excellent piano technique, music theory and positive performance preparation. They will also discover the joy of learning piano music as they gain great confidence through creative, fun, individual and excellent musical learning environment.

I LOVE to teach classical and modern piano music as well as creative improvisation of traditional and contemporary worship music and accompanying. My students have won many competitions, awards and become professional musicians. It is my great joy to teach students of all ages and all levels and continually inspire them to reach their full musical potential! I look forward to meeting you and helping YOU to be the pianist you have always wanted to be.
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Julie March 15, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I received classical piano lessons from Dr. Backus for almost two years before college. In those two years, I grew so much in my playing and in my love for music. Dr. Backus has a deep passion for music and her students. In my lessons, Dr. Backus incorporated extensive knowledge about music history, theory and technique. Our goal was to build knowledge and technique so that I could freely create and make a beautiful sound with each piece. After taking lessons from her, I LOVE the piano. Dr. Backus taught me how to express music from my heart, and it was a privilege to learn from her and know her. I would highly recommend her for piano lessons!
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Mary Lou March 10, 2018
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I have had the pleasure of knowing, Deborah Joy personally, for over seven years. During the years of our acquaintance, I have gotten to know Deborah in many capacities.

I have always known her to be an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable woman of integrity who possess an amazing warmth and compassion.

Deborah also has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her excellent communication skills allow her to connect with all kinds of people and to inspire them to put forth their best effort.

Deborah has shown herself to be an exemplary role model always expressing her passion in sharing her talents and creativity with others.

As a performer, I have witnessed Deborah’s ability to demonstrate a strong presence of poise and focus on stage and simultaneously elicit a warmth and charm that engages her audience.

Deborah’s dynamic performances evoke from her audiences a wonderous range of emotion as they experience a journey through her exciting and powerful musical compositions.

As a pianist, the extremes of her dynamic range which requires much refinement of technique and a depth of musical understanding to perform, confirms her excellent musicianship.

Her deep stylistic knowledge and interpretive flourishes in her program of works demonstrate a wide range of techniques and technical difficulty.

Without reservation, I highly recommend Deborah Joy!
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Marnel March 9, 2018
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Deborah is a gifted teacher and pianist. She teaches and performs with deep passion. Deborah is very loving, kind and patient. She brings out the best in others and makes those in her presence feel valued and important.
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Deborah B.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
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Ashton Vaughn Charles is a dedicated, multitalented, collaborative musician who has been performing for 16+ years, and teaching for 5+.
Ashton has extensive experience in playing reed instruments (Saxophone/Clarinet), and has played in bands, as well as solo over multiple genres of music (Classical/Jazz/R&B/Hip Hop/Neo Soul/etc.).
Ashton thoroughly enjoys playing music quite often, and is looking to expand his horizons across the valley, and beyond, sharing his art with anyone who may enjoy it.
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Ashton C.

Phoenix, AZ 85037
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I love working with people and helping them discover and develop talents. I have been playing the piano since I was a child, and I have taught children, teens, and adults over the last 10+ years.

I expect my students to practice, but I also expect them to have fun and share their interests so that we can include their passions in the lesson plan. I am flexible and love to work with people who know what they want or help those who may not figure it out!
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Amy May 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
We loved having Sara teach our daughter piano in our home! She provided weekly lessons over a three year period and we found her to be encouraging, positive and enthusiastic. She was always prompt and used lesson time efficiently. She clearly communicated expectations, but made lessons fun at the same time. It was great to see our daughter's confidence grow as her skills developed. We highly recommend Sara for piano students of all ages.
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Kotryna May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sara is a wonderful piano teacher! She taught my son a few years ago and I have always wished she could move back to our area so she can teach him again. Her methods worked very well with my son and he was able to learn quickly. She was willing to work with him and find ways that would help him learn the best. I highly recommend her to anyone!
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Bekah May 9, 2018
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I’ve known Sarah since I was 6 or 7, and she taught me piano lessons for a little over 4 years. I couldn’t possibly give any higher review of her. She has an excellent work ethic, and instilled “practice makes perfect” into my learning habits. I absolutely adore her. She is genuine, sincere, hardworking, and talented. She was an amazing teacher who never let me slack off, because she knew my potential. I have never learned more from any other musical instructor, as she was an outstanding teacher, and now a wonderful friend. I highly recommend her, as any student would be LUCKY to have her as an instructor.
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Sara H.

Tolleson, AZ 85353
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If you're an aspiring guitarist, you're going to want to get to know the instrumental post-rock quartet sleepmakeswaves. Hailing from Sydney, Australia, the band kicks off their United States tour this month, behind the release of their new album Love of Cartography. We had a chance to catch up with Alex Wilson from sleepmakeswaves (bass, keys, electronics), to chat about the new album, and living the dream of being a touring musician. TL: First of all, congrats on the new album and th
25 Ways to Break Free from Songwriters' Block
Every songwriter runs into writers' block at some point in their career. To help you dig your way out of the dreaded doldrums of songwriters' block, we put together 25 songwriting tips and prompts plus great songs to inspire you. Check out these songwriting tips and find your muse today!   Bonus: Take the quiz to find out what you should write your next song about! Write about your day. Think your life is boring and you have nothing to say? Check out the lyrics to thi
Kawai vs. Yamaha: Who Makes Better Pianos?
Getting ready to buy your first piano, but not sure which manufacturer to look into? Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a bit about two of the best piano brands...   Two of the first questions that I get from parents of my piano students are "What kind of piano should I get?" and "What are the best piano brands?" The facts of the matter are that our modern piano is a 19th century invention about which many people, even pianists, don't know a lot about, and the curre
How to Play The Mandolin for Beginners: 5 Steps to Get Started
So you want to learn how to play the mandolin. For beginners to playing an instrument, the mandolin is a great option for starting your musical journey. Many people ask, "Is the mandolin easy to play?" or "Is it hard to play the mandolin?" Fortunately, the mandolin is not a difficult instrument to learn. It’s lightweight and compact so you can practice anywhere. It also has less strings than many other instruments, like the guitar, which makes reading tablature much easier. The mandol

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