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About Lou S.

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My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were enco
uraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!

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My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations.
I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming.
Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance.
My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically.
Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically!
I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres.
Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be.
Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves.
From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.

*** Specialties ***
The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles.
I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.
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Carole April 15, 2016
· Drum · In home
He was very patient and provided a good understanding of learning the drums. He provided information I never knew and know it will help me better understand the learning process. Look for to my next lesson.
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Ted B. June 6, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
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Justin F. April 10, 2013
· Drum ·
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching

Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
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Lou S.

Lou S.

Surprise, AZ 85379
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$29 / 30-min

About Adrienne K.

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About Adrienne
"So Russell, what do you love about music?"

"To begin with...everything."

One of my favorite quotes from my favorite movie, Almost Famous.

I'll spare you the snooze worthy details of my background, which is probably similar to everyone's profile on here. Instead I'll highlight what sets me apart.

Broad Music Style and Interest - On any given day, I can listen to, perform, practice, or play everything from the Beatles to Bach to the Beastie Boys

Extensive Training - I studied with the Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and have performed with the prestigious Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Focused but Fun - I keep students on task but have a light hearted, humorous approach to teaching.

Communicative - I'm available 24/7 (well, minus the hours I'm sleeping) if you have any questions during your practice durin
g the week. I accept text messages and videos. I support you at all times!

References and Experience - I've been teaching for over 5 years and believe I have a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method.
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Annie from Phoenix August 23, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne is a professional teacher with stunning credentials! My previous harp teacher highly recommended her to me to continue my studies as a therapeutic harpist. She has a beautiful performance style and a great personality. Her teaching skills are amazing. In 6 months, she has improved my tone, timing, and technique so much that people at my facilities are inviting me to play at their events. And that is the proof. Thank you Adrienne!
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Jan E. January 27, 2017
· Harp · Online
What a great first lesson! I chose Adrienne for a harp teacher because of her description, "From the Beatles, to Bach, to the Beastie Boys..." I'm a classically trained guitarist, full-time guitar teacher, and contemporary guitar/vocal performer. I bought a Celtic harp last spring, thought maybe I could learn via Youtube videos. Nope. Not enough good instruction, not enough motivation. I was thrilled to find that Adrienne is BIG on technique, as I am with my guitar students. She was so encouraging throughout our Take Lessons Classroom session! I have a lot of practicing to do before next week's lesson, and I am so psyched!
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Chris January 24, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne taught my daughter Harp. Adrienne was incredible with her, making her feel comfortable and happy to be playing, even when my daughter did not want to play. I especially liked how she was always on time, never late.
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Adrienne K.

Adrienne K.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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$40 / 30-min

About Carolyn R.

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About Carolyn
I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience.

I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages.

As a soprano, I have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US, and have sung professionally with many choral ensembles. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher.

In addition, I have performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts.

Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University.

My studio is where I share m
y expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement:, stretches, breathing, and relaxation while focusing on good posture. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness.

For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory.
After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred.

Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in large living room with upright piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, classical, musical theater
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Bryana S. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great first lesson! Carolyn was awesome !
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Jon R. May 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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Nick V. March 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Carolyn is excellent teacher .
My son is learning a lot in voice training and piano.
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Carolyn R.

Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ 85044
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About Derek D.

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Derek has been singing for over 15 years and began singing in school choir from 4th grade up until his last year of college at Grand Canyon University. He has experience singing a wide variety of music from Classical, Jazz, R&B, Gospel, Pop, and contemporary worship music. Much of his vocal roots are found in Gospel and contemporary worship music. He has been a worship leader for 9 years, serving in various capacities as a worship leader for kids, youth, young adults, and adults. He is currently one of the worship leaders at Church For The Nations in Phoenix, AZ. His passion is to help singers discover their voice and develop their gift. For Derek, it is all about the investment in others and his desire to see vocalists embrace their unique sound.
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Derek D.

Derek D.

Phoenix, AZ 85012
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$30 / 30-min

About Lonze R.

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Phoenix, AZ

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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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Roman October 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
We have only had one class but Lonze was great with my son! Charismatic, engaging and patient! Looking forward to the next class!
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Kellan October 4, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Lonze is an excellent teacher. My son really enjoys his lessons and is progressing beautifully.
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shana September 15, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Lonze is fantastic. My son is excited for his lesson and has really improved! I would highly recommend Lonze.
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Lonze R.

Phoenix, AZ 85012
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About Allan W.

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Phoenix, AZ

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About Allan
I have over twenty years of experience teaching piano lessons 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. 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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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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Steven H. February 24, 2017
· Piano · In home
I find Allan to be very caring and nurturing in his teaching. Very patient. Would recommend.
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Allan W.

Allan W.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
(5)
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$25 / 30-min

About RasTaylor W.

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About RasTaylor
16+years in Music with 8+ years experience teaching. Taylor has created a proven method of practice guaranteed to keep the student on their finger tips!
All skill levels are welcome:
beginner
intermediate
advanced.

All Styles, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country

You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of any genre.
Instruments:
-Guitar Lessons
-Vocal Lessons
-Song Writing Lessons
-Drum Lessons
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Luis September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher, very informative and patient. Great lessons on enforcing my fundamentals and improving my skills as a singer. Would reccomend!
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Dianna August 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Taylor is very knowledgeable and patient. It felt nonjudgmental when we asked a question.
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jeremy July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very attentive and experienced!
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RasTaylor W.

RasTaylor W.

Phoenix, AZ 85017
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About Yoonjee K.

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Peoria, AZ

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Hello, My name is Yoonjee.I am a composer, performer, and educator who loves music and enthusiastic in teaching music. I am holding Doctor's degree in music composition and theory, mainly focused in classical music but not limited. I am also interested in pop, jazz, and other types of music and able to give lessons in any genre of music. I can teach piano, keyboard harmony, accompaniment, music theory, composition, and flute. I am also highly skilled in Finale (music notation software) and arrangement.

• Piano lessons:
10 years of Private lessons (Kindergarten~adult)
5 years of Group lessons in music institution (Kindergarten~elementary school)

• Music Theory lessons:
4 years of work experience as a Teaching Assistant in the universities.
- University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
MUS 120 Music Skills and Structure (Music Theory
for Freshman)
: Teach aural skills and written theory, responsible for giving exams and grading assignments,
quizzes, and exams
- University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
MUT 1121, 2126, 2127 Theory in Music I (Freshman), III, IV (Sophomore)
: Teach aural skills, written theory, and keyboard harmony, responsible for grading exams

- Music Theory Tutor
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
: Teach freshman, sophomore, and graduate students
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Yoonjee K.

Yoonjee K.

Peoria, AZ 85383
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$39 / 30-min

About William G.

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About William
I am a professional guitar instructor. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated with High Honors. My formal training includes classical guitar performance, jazz guitar and improvisation, music theory and arranging, psychology, piano, violin, recording, and much more.

With over 25 years of teaching experience and well over 30 years of experience playing music, I have enjoyed working with students as well as other musicians with broadly diverse backgrounds. I have performed solo, played in rock bands, blues and jazz combos, duos, trios, and classical guitar quartets as well as large guitar ensembles.

Students currently studying with me include young through older adult and retirement age students with performance goals ranging from the private, personal enjoyment of playing music, to professional and semi-profess
ional aspirations.

I strive to provide a friendly, comfortable learning environment my students can thrive in. I won't pressure you to play in recitals in order to increase my studio size, but I will greatly encourage you to play an active role in customizing your own individual curriculum. As soon as you have the skills to do so, you should be learning to play the music you love.

Regardless of what your musical goals are, I would love to help you learn the skills you need to reach them. Thank you so much for your time.
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Nicole B. September 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've been a self taught student via the internet for a year and a half and I recently moved to Phoenix and decided to take a stab at taking lessons. I've been taking lessons with William for one month and I can honestly say, I've learn more in my first lesson then I've learned the year and half I've been playing on my own. I was blown away with his patience, knowledge, and passion for teaching guitar.

William is definitely worth more then what take lesson charges. His lessons has super exceeded by expectation. I highly recommend taking lessons with him, there so much information he teaches regarding reading music, the proper way to hold the guitar, proper technique, learning scales, the proper way to hold a pick and proper equipment selection base on your style.

I can go on and on, but the bottom line is choosing William as a teacher will be an investment with your guitar playing and I promise you will not be disappointed.
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Larry August 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've taken lessons from William for several years. He helped me choose several of my guitars and worked with me on my acoustic, classical and electric guitars. His knowledge is extensive as guitars are his life. I've had other guitar instructors who teach to make money, or on the side. William on the other hand, teaches because he lives guitar, it's his passion.

William is exceptional with many of the technical aspects that improved my playing efficiency and increased my safety on the guitar. You might ask, "What do I mean by safety?" He taught me how to hold my guitar and reinforces playing it in a manner that reduces the potential for injuries and allows me to play for longer periods of time without getting tired. That's very important if you love the guitar!

No matter what style of playing I'm interested in, William has been excellent in showing me how to achieve the sound I'm looking for. If I want to play a particular song and he doesn't know it, all I have to do is play it on I-Tunes for him. He immediately shows me how to play the song, or adapt it to my level so that I can.

William is a patient and enthusiastic teacher that encourages and challenges me to continue to improve. That's why I continue to take lessons from him and recommend him to anyone who is serious about learning to play.
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Ron M August 13, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I chose to take up the guitar later in life (after retirement). I did not read music nor did I feel that I had any rhythm. William was extremely patient with me and brought me to levels that far exceeded my expectations. William has a rare ability to be able to put a person at ease and reduce their tension level. Sometimes it was through playing and sometimes through playing. He was able to read my apprehension level very well and seemed to always choose the correct method. I moved away from the area and thus far have not found a guitar teacher with the same abilities. Regardless of age or ability, I would recommend William to anyone. Were it not so expensive I would gladly fly back to Phoenix once a week to continue my lessons with William.
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William G.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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About Linda E.

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I have played piano for over 60 years and have accompanied soloists and choirs, both in church and college. I have played organ in the past for several churches. I love creating music at the piano. I learned later on in my life after working and earning a living doing "other jobs" that teaching piano is really where my heart and passion is. I love seeing the growth and progress being made with my students and enjoy working with my students on an individual basis. My hope is to create an enjoyment of playing the piano in my students as much as I do. To create an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment in my teaching. Former students and parents have commented on how flexible and easy I am to work with. I am very approachable and patient with my students and families. I love each and every one of them.
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Bala November 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mrs. Edwards is a great teacher who brings in broad insight and experience during each lesson. She was instrumental in re-igniting the passion for piano in our daughter when she had a big gap in her lessons and had several distractions. Mrs. Edwards is very patient in dealing with children who can easily lose interest or get distracted. She can adjust the pace of the lessons to suit to the child's grasping capabilities and work with them achieve success. She is also very good in teaching piano to adults and I had the opportunity to get initiated into piano by her. We highly recommend Mrs. Edwards for your piano lessons.
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Kim November 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
Linda has been a great instructor for our 3 children. She is patient, accommodating and works very well with kids. I would recommend her to anyone looking for a knowledgeable, easy to work with, top notch instructor.
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Tami November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Linda is wonderful! She fully engages my 7 year old daughter and makes learning piano fun and positive.
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Linda E.

Linda E.

Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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starting at
$42 / 30-min

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