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I teach all my students from the Alfred All-In-One Course Books (all levels), A Dozen A Day (Burnam), and Alfred Essentials of Music Theory. I select song pieces from my very extensive personal music library which contains books from all musical history periods and most musical genres. I have been playing piano since I was about 10 years old and personally love to play piano pieces from most genres. I have a Bachelor's in Music Education and have taken all four college level Class Piano Classes as well as private piano lessons as a child and in college.

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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Lucy B. August 29, 2017
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Karen is terrific!
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David A. July 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Karen R.

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Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Carolyn R.

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Music reading, sight reading, harmony and transposition, improvisation

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.

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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!

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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
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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 Holly K.

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Learn to play piano in a fun environment with an expert teacher! It's called "playing" an instrument for a reason- it's fun! We learn through a lot of games with younger students, and have game-based group classes once a semester. Students progress at a steady pace and receive an informal evaluation each semester to make sure we're keeping on track.

About Holly
I've been teaching piano lessons and group classes for over ten years and have helped hundreds of students have a great time while learning to play piano. I'm currently a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University.
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Holly K.

Holly K.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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$34 / 30-min

About Carolyn B.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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I have been teaching beginning piaon for over twenty five years. I teach both traditional western methods and the progressive style. I have a Doctorate in Music. I am very experienced teaching all ages. I teach out of my home studio in Scottsdale. If you have ever dreamed of learning to play music, I can help you make that dream come true.

About Carolyn
Carolyn has taught advanced, intermediate and beginning violin and viola lessons for over twenty five years. She has also taught beginning piano and cello for over eighteen years. Carolyn earned her Doctorate in Music Performance from Arizona State University. She has taught in the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as in Scottsdale School District. Carolyn is very good with young students, teens, as well as adults. She is currently the Principal Violist of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, and the Conductor of the Four Seasons Orchestra. She is the violist with Four Seasons String Quartet.
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Cagney B. September 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Carolyn was wonderful with my daughter we really liked her she had a very positive attitude and we were thrilled can't wait for our next lesson
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Eliana S. April 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Carolyn has been a great instructor for our daughter. She is knowledgeable, patient and uses positive reinforcement to facilitate learning. We are off to a great start and look forward to seeing the progress our daughter will make.
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Karen K. August 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
Carolyn has done a great job with my son on the violin. She is filling in the missing pieces from his past instruction and is making sure he gets what he needs going forward. She also encourages as she teaches.
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Phoenix, AZ

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At the present time, I am just teaching Beginning Piano. I have been playing piano for over 20 years, but have recently put it on hold to concentrate on mastering my violin skills. I have taught one student in the past for a short period of time. She was doing well but had to quit for financial reasons.

My playing experience includes playing in two piano recitals in San Diego, CA where there were over 50 pianos on a large stage and we played music with partners. That was a lot of fun. I have also accompanied a fashion show which was fun too. I completed four semester of piano at a Jr. College and tested out of piano in a 4-year college, but I mostly play for my enjoyment and relaxation.

About Cathy
I have been teaching students on a regular basis since receiving my Violin Performance Degree in 2008, but have taught several students on and off for over 20 years. I have played in orchestras since Jr. High, including 2 paid symphonies in Louisiana. I am presently playing with a local symphony.
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Gloria C. September 29, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I'm a beginner student with no music experience. She is very patient and enthusiastic. I was able to understand some of the basics of music beats and notes on the first lesson thanks to Cathy. She also thought me the proper position to hold the violin. I'm very excited to continue my four lessons with her and I couldn't choose a better instructor than her. You can see her passion for teaching violin. I highly recommend her, especially for beginner students.
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Kevin August 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I learned a technique in that first lesson which is worth all five lessons put together. Cathy is an excellent and patient teacher who uses encouragement and a very positive approach.
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Alicia July 2, 2015
· Violin · In home
A wonderful, patient lady who loves what she does!!
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Cathy W.

Phoenix, AZ 85041
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Experienced piano teacher of 10+ years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of music theory and practice skills. I utilize the Music Tree series of books (although, I do tailor this to student need), and my studio includes my upright Essex piano. Students may purchase books at an area music store or through my studio.

About Susan
Ms. K. been teaching private lessons since 2000 in Michigan and she has recently move to Arizona to teach music in a public school. She is currently available and looking to teach lessons at her home studio. Ms. K. has worked with students of various ages and abilities and loves the one on one attention she can give to helping her students grow as musicians. She takes great pride in not only teaching how to play or sing, but also how to practice in a time saving manner.

Ms. K. received her training at Madonna University (a private university in Michigan) in 2009, where she received a Bachelor's degree (with highest honors) in Music education. She has had extensive training in music theory, piano pedagogy, piano, voice and organ performance - along with work in music theater. She has been a choir director and is currently a public sch
ool music teacher (K - 8). She looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.
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Holly March 30, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Susan is very patient and kind to my 13 year old daughter. My daughter loves going to her for singing lessons and we can see improvement already after only 4 lessons. It doesn't matter how old you are, Susan can help you improve you voice. I highly recommend her.
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Raina C. January 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson. We are doing Voice and Piano and she was able to accommodate both. Very pleasant.
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Stacy ( Michael ) H. September 19, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
Its only my first lesson I was a little nerves but she was very patient and very knowledgeable. I felt relaxed I'm hoping she will be able to Improve my Vocal. She is Good and I look forward to learning more.
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Susan K.

Sun City West, AZ 85375
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I, like most graduate level musicians, have a functional grasp of piano. I can teach basics of technique, plus composition and music theory.

About Greg
I'm a local freelance musician living in Phoenix, AZ with a passion for many different types of music! I have a B.M. from Boston University and a M.M. from the UNC School of the Arts, both in Music Performance specializing in Trumpet. Though Trumpet is my primary instrument, I play and teach in a wide variety of musical disciplines, including Trumpet, French Horn, Piano, Music Production/Recording, Music Theory, and Ear Training. I've released one album of original music under the moniker Hands Up Eyes Shut, and I play in several groups in the Phoenix area-a classical brass quintet, two jazz combos, and an indie rock group, as well as substitute work with the Phoenix and Tucson Symphonies from time to time. On the teaching side of things, I've been teaching private lessons for over 10 years, maintain a healthy studio, and also teach s
everal music courses as an adjunct faculty member in the Maricopa Community College system. I've been fortunate to have trumpet students who have been accepted as music performance majors at both Arizona State University (on scholarship) and Northwestern University (the best trumpet studio in the country for many years) if you're thinking of making music a career, and I'm also available for audition coaching for any instrument if you're looking to brush up on your All Region or All State audition material!
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Greg L.

Greg L.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
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With a Doctorate in Musical Arts, I've been teaching music to all ages for 10 years. I enjoy helping students explore piano technique, expressive performance, reading music, improvisation, and music theory in a fun and creative format. From the first lesson, students begin reading musical notation and playing fun songs. As they gain mastery of each new concept, extra fun bonus songs are added to their repertoire from musicians such as Taylor Swift, Sabrina Carpenter, Shawn Mendes, Rachel Platten, Christina Perri, Lauren Daigle, Francesca Battistelli, JJ Heller, and also fun excerpts from favorite movie soundtracks. My students have won competitions and attended Interlochen Arts Academy and Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp. Repertoire is selected according to students' stylistic preferences, whether pop, folk, classical, jazz, or sacred music. I believe learning music should be fun!

About Kendra
Music lessons provided by Kendra C., Doctor of Musical Arts. Kendra has been teaching music to all ages for the past ten 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 mus
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Noe August 18, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This is my first time taking piano lessons from an instructor and Kendra was amazing. Kendra really wants to help you accomplish your goal and takes you into steps that will lead you to that goal.
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Sidney August 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kendra was very professional and knew exactly how to engage my 5 year old daughter. She loved it and can't wait for next lesson!
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Peggy H. August 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Kendra is a very soft spoken person. I look forward to my lessons with her.
She is a wonderful teacher who helps me to do my best! Thank you, Kendra!
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Kendra C.

Kendra C.

Phoenix, AZ 85024
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Peoria, AZ

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My name is Yoonjee Kim.
I am a composer, performer, educator and copyist who loves music and enthusiastic in teaching music. I have over 10 years of experience in teaching piano, music theory, and composition.

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, and composition.
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, ...

About Yoonjee
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 F
reshman)
: 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.

Peoria, AZ 85383
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Phoenix, AZ

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Piano is often considered the quintessential beginner instrument. Do you want to help your child refine their fine motor skills and learn the discipline that comes with musical training while building self-esteem? Are you are an adult who has always wanted to learn how to play the piano but never made time for it? Weekly piano lessons are a fantastic first step to mastering this wonderful instrument!

About Elizabeth
I'm an opera singer with several years of teaching experience and I want to help you reach your musical goals! I have a Master of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
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Elizabeth D.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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