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Music has been Derek’s life from a very young age. He has played saxophone, piano, and percussion for over 20 years. Derek has played with numerous grips, not limited to: The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, The Arizona Wind Symphony, The Ambassadors of Music Throughout Greater Europe, The ASU Steel Drum Band, The Arizona Regional Band, The Corona del Sol WGI World Percussion Ensemble, as well as "for-hire” sessions. He has performed at various venues throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area with the successful indie band PALMS, signed to 80/20 Records.

His lessons will cover areas such as drum beats, songs, warm-ups, approaches to technique, skill-building exercises, rudiments, tuning, chart reading, basic musical theory, developing internal subdivision, world percussion, instrument care, drum history, orchestral percussion, ha
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Derek C.

Phoenix, AZ 85007
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I teach all levels of Music Theory. My teaching includes basic musical terms and symbol recognition, staff, notes, and pitches names, ear training, note values, time signatures, rhythm, repeat signs and first and second endings, dynamics, D.C. D,S, Coda and Fine, accidentals (flats and sharps), chord progressions, Circle of Fifths, roman numeral chord analysis, and basic composition.

About Karen
Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, who performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though
Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-6 Choristers group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Mrs. Darling and a Pirate in Peter Pan, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school and music teacher at Grace Christian Academy, Bethany Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy part-time.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU who traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

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Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

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I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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Ms Lee August 30, 2018
· Makeup · In studio
Karen made me feel very comfortable & gave me what I needed so I have a very natural look using makeup. Would highly recommend her to anyone looking for help with cosmetics!
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Megan August 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Wonderful teacher for our 12 year old. Very kind, encouraging, organized and knowledable. I would highly recommend!
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Michael T. June 15, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Karen was great with our almost 11 year old son. She does a great job of personalizing lessons to make it more motivating.
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Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Robert D.

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I'll use my academic and practical experience to help you make sense of music theory. I studied music as a performance major in college, and have been a performing musician for over 20 years. I'll help you apply theory to your instrument as well.

About Robert
Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I can remember, and performing professionally for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

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All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your performance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and co
mputers with recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.
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Alaina August 20, 2018
· Singing · In home
Great instructor!
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Pete August 2, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Teaches just the way I learn, very methodical, and starting with good technique from the beginning.
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Don H. January 19, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Robert was a pleasure, caring and patient. we will be working together for a while I hope.
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Phoenix, AZ 85016
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About Kierstyn S.

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Basic theory methods include scales, intervals, non-chord tones, 1st through 3rd species counterpoint, basic voice leading, building blocks of form, etc.

Intermediate theory methods include 4th and 5th species counterpoint, part writing and voice leading including modulations, leading tone chords, secondary dominants, and form of inventions and fugues.

Advanced theory includes set theory, part writing with modulation to distantly related keys, analyzing atonal music, German, Italian, and French augmented sixth chords.

Only beginning and partial intermediate theory is needed to exceed on the AP test.

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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Kierstyn S.

Kierstyn S.

Phoenix, AZ 85008
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About Karen A M.

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Thorough and useful grounding. Application to pieces and performance including music history, especially as pertains to performance of pieces.

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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Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ 85022
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Music Theory is the study of how music works. I enjoy helping students understand the elements of music theory including harmony, counterpoint and analysis.

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Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio in Phoenix or online via the TakeLessons Classroom video-conference platform.

Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media from Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

Devin has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production, and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new s
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Fabian M. July 4, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sound libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
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Devin A.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
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I use a hands-on approach to teach music theory. We focus greatly on patterns and socratic exploration. I love to make music theory more relevant to my students by integrating students' music into our theory lessons.

About Brianna
I graduated from the University of Idaho in May 2014. I earned my degree in Instrumental Music Education and have been teaching privately for since 2008. My main instrument is violin, and I am qualified to teach viola, and cello. Before moving to Arizona, I taught many violin students through my own private studio and through the University of Idaho Preparatory Division. My students ranged from ages 3 to 50. I have taught private instrumental lessons to grades 2-8 at a private school and I currently work as a full time 5th grade classroom teacher at a Great Hearts school. I also run the instrumental music program at the same school for grades 6-12. I continued their intermediate orchestra program and started the beginning orchestra program in the 2015-2016 school year. In the 2016-2017 school year, I piloted a successful beginning instrum
ents club. The majority of my experience is with students age 3 through 9th grade.

I primarily teach lessons in the Gilbert area where I teach full time. I also accept lessons in Tempe and Mesa. Students outside of this area are welcome to travel to my house in Tempe. My travel availability is limited, but my home studio availability is far more flexible.
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Xandrian April 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Brianna has helped me progress with my violin rapidly, and she is very patient and kind. Her studio is great and there is a calm, quiet atmosphere there. I would recommend her to anyone that loves the violin and wishes to progress in their learning.
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Katie M. June 15, 2016
· Violin · In home
My daughter really enjoyed her first lesson and is very excited. Brianna is so patient, kind and knowledgable.
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Saba B. October 20, 2015
· Violin · In home
An excellent teacher for my 7year old daughter. Very patient, on time, and engaging. An excellent teacher and mentor.
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Brianna L.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Lonze R.

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I'll start by saying that music theory is a language that helps you play more effectively with ensembles and writing music of your own. Its very important that u learn your theory to become a great music performer and song writer. I will start with the basics of music and we will go on to learn more complex material so you will be on your way to musical freedom.

About Lonze
Hello , My name Is Lonze. I can't wait to meet you and start a fun , professional and rewarding private lesson. I have been teaching for 7 years and I enjoy what I do . Every lesson of interacting with my students is a great experience for us both . Many of my students carry the skills I teach them to play with their high school , college and local bands.

I began playing the Saxophone in elementary school going on to play at Cass Technical High School . There after I went on to Knoxville College Of Music studying classical and jazz improvisation. I have played at the Fox Theater in Detroit Michigan with the All State Symphonic Band. First Chair Alto Saxophonist in the Ben Pruitt and friends at Bakers Keyboard Lounge. I've played with several bands throughout the years performing classical , many forms of jazz , and blues music. I c
urrently perform in various venues around the Metro Phoenix area.

I am a very easy going an enthusiastic person that will bring those qualities to every lesson with my students. I have plenty of experience working with Kids working in the music department of the Rosedale Community Center in Detroit Mi.

Regardless of skill level I will teach the basics and progress at the rate that you learn the material. I look forward to helping you reach your goals to become better at any level school band , as a hobby or if u just want to play songs for your friends.

I look forward to hearing for you!!
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Fredrick L. October 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Had good experience.
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Jamie September 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is having so much fun taking piano lessons from Lonze! They get along so well - Lonze clearly knows a lot about music and about teaching young kids. My son is excited about music and looking forward to learning more, thanks to Lonze's expertise.
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Dency September 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
For my child , it was a great experience.
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Lonze R.

Phoenix, AZ 85012
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I've taught music theory since 2013. I teach traditional classical counterpoint and voice leading, modern jazz theory, and twentieth century extended harmonic techniques. I bring the students examples from various time periods and styles to analyze the theoretical framework of music.

About Bryan
Bryan has been teaching private lessons since high school and is currently available to teach out of his studio or in your home.

Bryan received a Bachelors of Arts in piano performance from Berklee College of Music in 2016. As an expert in piano performance, sound design, sound engineering, and composition, Bryan is excited to help people achieve their musical goals. Bryan has studied many musical idioms especially Jazz, Classical, Blues, and many world folk and classical traditions. Bryan is a composer and songwriter, who uses many composition techniques from traditional baroque counterpoint, twelve tone serialism, and traditional Carnatic forms.

Bryan helps his students to play easily with relaxed technique, but to also understand the compositional integrity. Bryan also helps his students with ear training and improvisational
exercises. Though mostly Bryan explores new musical avenues with his students to help them succeed.
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Jana S. May 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st class and I learned lots already! I can’t wait for next week class :)
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Daniel March 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bryan is deeply knowledgeable about all kinds of music from jazz to classical to world music. He is a great player as well as an experienced composer and improviser. Whether you need to learn the piano or get help with a recording project at his studio, he has the knowledge and skill set to help you succeed.
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Cam March 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I went to Bryan for a piano lesson--it was great! He was extremely patient and definitely knows his stuff. He was able to carefully and clearly explain challenging musical ideas to me. He also provided very practical tips that almost immediately improved my piano playing. When teaching, he is able to demonstrate even the most complex of techniques. The lesson was informative and well taught! None of my previous teachers even come close. I'll definitely be back!
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Bryan D.

Mesa, AZ 85213
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I have had four years of college music theory classes, as well as practical theory training through voice and piano lessons. I can take a student step by step from a basic knowledge of notes and rhythm to an advanced understanding of music.

About Christina
Hi, my name is Christina, and I am a graduate of Grand Canyon University with a Bachelor's degree in Voice. I have sung in many ensembles in church and school since I was a child and continue to sing in choirs today. As a young child I began learning classical piano, but was largely self taught. I was classically trained vocally as well, but love to sing folk music most of all. I have been teaching voice and piano for over two years and am currently teaching choir as well. I have a great passion for cultivating a love and appreciation for music in my students.
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Christina L.

Mesa, AZ 85213
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As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound
4 Painless Steps to Help You Learn Music Theory
Sure, music theory is complex -- but there's no need to fear it! Here, Jamaica Plain, MA teacher Noaa R. shares four steps to get you started...   Many students tend to avoid studying music theory and harmony. This can stem from a fear of compromising one’s creativity with rules and numbers, a failure to connect concepts with application, or from feeling overwhelmed by the perceived volume of material to be learned. However, when you approach theory as an exploratory process that help
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, trans

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