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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. I studied classical music there, grateful to have been taught by the likes of tenor Thomas Faracco and renowned voice scientist and pedagogue, Dr. Scott McCoy.

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 pe
rformance 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, including lead roles in Limelight Theater and Curtis Camp productions. . 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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Bridgid August 2, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
I really enjoyed Heather’s enthusiasm in preparing me for the Caberet Audition. I was impressed when she looked up the audition in advance to see the roles being cast. She is kimd, talented , and well versed in the performing arts.
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Nisha P. August 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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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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About Kierstyn S.

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--Bastien for children (beginning-intermediate)
--Alfred's adult series for adults (beginning-intermediate)
--Individual classical pieces (intermediate-advanced)

About Kierstyn
Kierstyn E. St. John is a pianist, composer, arranger and improviser who possesses an impressive repertoire of more than 500 memorized songs in every genre from classical to jazz to contemporary/pop. Kierstyn is also a talented improviser-- which she can do for hours on end in both classical and jazz styles. Because she has studied piano for over eighteen years, she has developed extremely impressive technicality from studying everything from Rachmaninoff to Bill Evans to Dream Theater. Furthermore, her performance experience has given her an innate talent of programming. She knows exactly which songs to choose for a certain gig; if you give her a genre, she can make a setlist that exactly suits the needs of your arrangement.

She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in V
errado. She has played hundreds of events including weddings, memorials, private parties, festivals, and church fairs; Kierstyn was also the accompanist for all three choirs at her high school. She was the principal pianist for Northminster Presbyterian Church for four years and rocked the house as the pianist in the ASU Latin Jazz Combo for two.

Kierstyn just graduated summa cum laude with Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. She has studied with James DeMars, Rodney Rogers, and Kotoka Suzuki. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by Ironwood and Imagine Prep high schools, The ASU Barrett Choir, The Phoenix Art Museum, The ASU Art Museum, and Voices for the Voiceless. In 2014, she won the Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" was performed in September by their professional orchestra and her score for the play “Poseidon's Regret” received a nomination for a 2016 ariZoni Award!
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Peter July 20, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Kierstyn is very knowledgeable and very easy to understand and work with.
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Jacob September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Very well trained piano teacher. Was able to teach the kids in a meaningful way that hooked them on learning the piano.
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Jacob September 9, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Kierstyn had the incredibly unique ability to teach me every single song I wanted to learn while still teaching a range of classical, jazz, and pop fundamentals all along the way. I couldn't recommend her more.
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About Daniela K.

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I have been teaching for more then 20 years and my main goal is to develop deep love and appreciation for music.

About Daniela
Hi ! My name is Daniela and I can't wait to meet you!
I have been teaching piano and theory since 1994 and have loved helping my students discover the beautiful world of music. Seeing my students grow into well rounded and educated people that love art, are able to recognize different styles of music, express their feelings and emotions on this wonderful instrument makes me really happy. My students range from people who simply want to learn how to play proficiently as a hobby to students who are considering making music their future career.
I strongly believe that a chance to go on a big stage and play on a great Steinway piano in front of people, makes a big difference in children's lives: teaches them self control, gives them great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. Taking part in festivals and piano competitions helps
with building high self esteem even more.
I look forward to helping you and your children to reach your goals!
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Tammy F. July 2, 2018
· Piano · Online
Daniela is great. As an adult learner, I need flexibility of scheduling sometimes and of course, a lot of patience. Daniela always makes our sessions fun even when I am struggling through a piece. She is a great teacher and musician. I really enjoy our lessons and she has really helped me see progress.
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Scott June 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
After my first lesson with Daniela I knew she was the perfect instructor. She was very patient but didn't let you slide when you messed something up. That means a lot as an adult learning to play. If you are looking for an instructor, look no further than Daniela.
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Andrea P. April 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · Online
She is a skillful pianist and a talented musician. Video and sound quality over her side is well equipped for the online lessons.
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About Karen A M.

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Thorough, complete grounding, including technical skills, music reading, injury prevention and practical application.

About Karen A
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.

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Warmly,
Karen A Magruder, NCTM
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Charles May 30, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
My child has been seeing Karen for a while and has really grown in her abilities. Karen is very welcoming, flexible and a joy to work with. If you ever have issues she is always willing to work with you. I would highly recommend her for lessons!
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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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About Clementa C.

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In over 30 years experience my students have enjoyed exploring music in a unique and fun way. I teach traditional European style and my goal is to have the students not just learn to read music and understand theory and composition but the art of interpretation. I have prepared students for state evaluations from the beginning levels to the most advanced, for the ABRSM exams, competitions, auditions to many events including famous institutions like The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music and many others, also working with music major students in colleges and universities who need to improve in their piano skills. I also teach interests like music theory, accomplishment, church music, improvisation, Voice and Chamber music. I have taught children from 4 years old to adults in their 70s and beyond.

About Clementa
I am a fun, very experienced pianist, teacher, coach and artist.
In my early age I won many competitions and performed in solo recitals and with symphony orchestras, also as a chamber musician, therefore I understand what it takes to not just learn music but what it takes to be a great performer and interpreter of music.
My beginner students enjoy a fun way of learning to read notes and interpret even the simplest songs and pieces. I introduce my students to technique by teaching scales in many forms , exercises and etudes. I also teach them theory and give them written homework to practice their knowledge while away from the lessons. They are rewarded with surprise gifts after earning a certain amount of A grades. Students of school age are prepared for state evaluations and festivals and participate in studio recitals. I also work wit
h students on their sight reading skills, theory, harmony and basic composition which tremendously help their understanding of the pieces they learn and how to aproach memorization and ultimately the interpretation and composer’s musical intent.
Students also enjoy performing chamber music with their fellow musician friends and enjoy fun parties after recitals.
Adult students come to my classes for many reasons the main ones being: wanting to learn about music or to perfect their skills. Many students are also interested in preparing for auditions to music institutions or exams in the music field they are already majoring in. Other areas of interest my students have include church music, hymn improvisation and sacred music performance.
My studies began when I was 6 years old in my city of birth Brasov, Romania and ended with my Bachelor and Masters degrees at the Juilliard School of Music in New York City. I performed all over the world as soloist and chamber musician together with my two brothers who are also professional musicians, violinist and cellist.
Students will be given a studio informational package upon registering with my studio which includes my resume, studio fees, studio activities and general studio activities information.
My students find me to be very funny but at the same time professional and very serious in my expectations of their weekly preparation for lessons.
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. August 15, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I've had a great experience learning from Clementa! She is patient and breaks things down in a way that I can understand clearly.
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Martha August 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Cazan is a remarkable teacher--kind, empathetic, and always smiling! She is flexible and willing to work with your personal needs, whether you want to play at a highly professional level or just for recreation. She is always encouraging and inspires you to do your best. What an amazing woman!
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Hyacinth August 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
I have had multiple teachers, and can easily say that Clementa stands out as most effective. What sets her apart is her outstanding qualities. She demonstrates
incredible patience and possess advanced technical ability. She is an inspiring teacher who makes learning fun. She engages with her students, and make music lessons an experience to look forward to. Her enthusiasm over a new piece, and her eagerness and joy to hear of progress made, is powerful and
contagious.It shows that she cares and is interested in our progress.
Her dedication has an immeasurable impact on the lives of al her students.
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About Allan W.

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This subject is for intermediate to advanced students who have already completed two or more years of piano instruction. Special attention will be focused on scales, arpeggios, and other technique builders. Students will be able to perform works by the great masters of piano and keyboard literature appropriate to their level.

About Allan
I have over twenty years of teaching experience and hold two Master's degrees: one in Music and one in Education. I work with students ages 7 to 70 from beginners through late intermediate levels. Willing to travel to your home for lessons, as long as you have an acoustic piano. Every year, my students will participate in a recital to showcase their newly acquired skills. I look forward to working with you.
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Jonathan February 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
First lesson was great. My son is learning and really enjoyed his time with Allan.
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Denice July 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I liked Allan very much, he was very patient and very knowledgeable and learned a lot in 30 minutes
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Oscar A. April 8, 2017
· Trumpet · In home
Very professional. Able to keep the attention of my seven-year-old for the whole half hour ! I think he'll make a lot of progress.
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About Randy M.

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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 Wen-Huei C.

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Students are given instruction and form a solid playing technique, theory, and they can learn a variety of repertoire from many different styles. The teacher will provide games, practice, and performance opportunities for students in learning to play the piano.
Come explore the talent inside of you by learning to play the piano! No matter your age or experience, Wen-Huei can help you to have an incredible achievement.

About Wen-Huei
Pianist Wen-Huei began formal piano study at age five in her native Taiwan. In 2014, she earned a Bachelor degree in Piano Performance from National Taipei University of Education (NTUE), where she studied with Dr. Chin-Chuan. As a student of Dr. Chi-Chen Wu, she received a Master's degree in Piano Performance from University of Wyoming (UW). Currently, she is a Doctoral student at Arizona State University (ASU) under the guidance of Professor Caio Pagano.
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Samantha &. January 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
Wen-Huei is fun and patient as a teacher.
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I believe in planning for each student's goals and interests. If there is a song you love and want to play someday, I'll help you get there. I teach a variety of music skills including memorization, sight reading, playing by ear, theory, technique, exercises, aural perception, and more. I have experience teaching children and adults. Although I am well trained, I am encouraging and positive.

About Steven
I love helping others progress and develop skills and a love for music. My history includes playing in church regularly since 2005. In addition to piano, I am also proficient at cello and the pipe organ. My training includes private instruction at college in piano and organ performance. Although I enjoy a variety of music, my favorite composer is Bach. I believe playing music is a vital part of experiencing and understanding music more than just listening to it. In today's fast-paced instant gratifying world, music performance teaches patience and discipline in a way few other things can. I attribute many of my successes in life in part to traits learned from music.
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Steven B.

Phoenix, AZ 85029
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