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Peoria, AZ

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About Lynzi
Hello everyone! I've been singing since the age of 3 and performing since the age of 6. I am not only an experienced music teacher with a passion for music and teaching, but an experienced performer, and songwriter. I started performing at a young age with the Columbia School of Theatrical Arts, and as I grew older I studied different techniques such as speech level singing, classical, and even techniques from Brett Manning, one of the most amazing vocal coaches today who teaches artists such as Haley Williams from Paramore. I have experience performing many styles of music, and also was a voice major in college. The students I teach will benefit from my contemporary techniques, and can learn to sing in almost any style of music they choose.

*** Lesson Details ***
Do you want to learn how to sing your favorite song just like the artist?
I can teach you the techniques! Or how about how to make a cover song your own based off of your own unique voice? We can work together to find, develop, and build the amazing qualities that you have in your voice. I will not only work on aspects of what you would like to improve on with your voice personally, but I will make an individual plan for you that will dramatically improve your voice! I will work with you individually to strengthen any weakness you may have in a fun environment. I am fun, encouraging and motivating! When asking students to do any vocal exercises, I will explain what the certain exercise does to improve your voice so that you can have the knowledge you need to be a good vocalist, and not just know how to sing properly. You will learn many things in lessons and what I teach you will vary on where you are vocally.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a keyboard, CD, Boom box, music sheets, etc. Students do not need to provide anything.

*** Specialties ***
Speech level singing method, classical techniques, singing success, various genres including: pop, blues, contemporary, and musical theatre. I utilize the different techniques I have learned through proper classical training, but mix it with contemporary methods I have learned from speech level singing methods.
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Gloria M. November 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Super great full and excited!
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Hazel November 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Lynzi was very patient with me, which I appreciate. She explained every detail and made sure I understood. I loved working with her. Very nice.
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Andrew August 14, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Lynzi is a passionate and fun teacher that will give you all the tools you need to improve your vocal abilities! First she'll find your range and work out a warm-up routine, which she'll fine-tune as necessary, that will challenge you on different vowels, scales, jumps, crescendos/decrescendos, etc. She's also very helpful with body/jaw relaxation and breath support techniques that will help you develop your optimal tone and control. She's eager to work with you closely on songs and help you bring out your own personal flair in your performances and continually encourage your musical growth. Overall, she's helped with my progress and confidence a lot! A+
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Lynzi H.

Lynzi H.

Peoria, AZ 85382
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About Matt F.

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Gilbert, AZ

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Matt is versed in a wide range of musical styles including jazz, rock, funk, blues and popular music. Whatever your musical interest is, Matt can provide an easy to understand approach to attain your goals.

About Matt
Matt holds a degree in Jazz performance with a concentration in guitar from the Arizona State University School of Music. His extensive training consists of music theory, ear training, composition, improvisation and arranging. Matt can provide many resources and insights to guide each student through their musical development.

Lesson topics range from sight reading/rhythm counting, improvisation, technique, composition/songwriting, song form and learning tunes, recording and jam sessions.
Method books, personally created lesson materials, music recording and notation software are resources Matt utilizes within his lesson plans.

The development of musicality is challenging but Matt has a way of making music education fun and enjoyable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
guitar amplifiers and instrument cables, lesson resources(books,
sheet music etc.), audio resources/stereo, drum sets.

*** Specialties ***
Ability to teach beginners to advanced players guitar, bass guitar and drum set. Proficient in recording software and audio production.
Matt is well versed in music theory, composition, arranging, technique, recording, practice methods, musical interaction, improvisation, ear training and transcribing.

Lesson materials and resources include method books, personally created resources, music notation software, practice audio tracks, recording sessions.

Matt specializes in improvisation within the rock, blues, funk, jazz, popular music genres.
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Matt F.

Gilbert, AZ 85297
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About Peter V.

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Tempe, AZ

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The building blocks of theory are in every piece of music we play no matter what the instrument we choose to perform on once theory is mastered there isn't anything you can't do!

About Peter
Hi, there! My name is Peter Verdugo and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students learn how to read music, perform in groups at a higher level, and compose their own music. I went to GCU and earned a degree in Music Education in 2016. I'm a mello kind of fellow and my teaching style is engaging, fun, and effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Music stands,
Method Books
Sheet Music
Mac Book Pro

*** Travel Equipment ***
Method Books
Sheet Music

*** Specialties ***
Helping students get to the next level of performing and writing
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Reggie October 30, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Peter is an incredible instructor. His breadth of knowledge and understanding is unparalleled to that of anyone I have ever encountered. He is patient, and kind and genuine all around good guy. I enjoy working with him.
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Mary Margaret September 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Pete is an excellent. Very patient and a good sense of humor. As a late in life learner I was anxious about learning something new. Pete let's me go at my own pace. I highly recommend him.
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Jon Jon J. July 10, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio
Peter is very nice and my son really enjoyed his lesson. I really am glad we got Peter as his teacher!
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Peter V.

Tempe, AZ 85283
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About Phillip Z.

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Some people are afraid of music theory, they think it is a bad word. However, all my instrumental students learn music theory. There is nothing to fear. Music theory is foundational, as important as learning scales and chords. It is necessary to know to play at a high level. In classical music it is an interpretive tool, in jazz it is a tool for improvising. Like note reading, it opens up entire worlds for us to explore. It is FUN!

I teach theory, composition, and improvisation to students of all instruments, even instruments I do not play. I love working with violinists, vocalists, even dulcimer players. I am also available to tutor those who are prepping for high school and college.

My basic chord function theory course is twelve lessons / assignments. With that information students have the knowledge to progress to analytical and improvisational concepts. With some time and effort, everyone I've taught has learned it happily and easily.

About Phillip
I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and
excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

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I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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Carmen & Ethan J. January 12, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My 8 years found him funny and helpful. They got a lot out of their lesson so far and are wishing they could see him more than once a week 😊
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Bonnie R. May 10, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Happy Teachers Day! You are a great ukulele instructor and make learning fun. I am having a great time. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. Keep on plucking :)
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Jeri A. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Phillip is extremely knowledgeable in music. He is able to keep me on track of what my goal is and keeps me from wandering into areas that I am not ready for and wasting time. He stretches me in the written music, rhythm and timing. He is pulling me out of my slump.
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Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Ginni A.

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Understand music! That is music theory! What do all of those symbols, notes and words on the musical page mean? Does understanding those things make performing easier? Yes!

All of Ginni's piano and singing students are taught:
Notation
Scales, Intervals, Tonality, Keys
Harmony
Melody
Voice Ranges

As students progress they learn:
Harmonic Progression
Style Periods
Style Analysis
Chords-major, minor, augmented, diminished, dominant seventh to 13ths
Modulation
Two- Part ( Binary) Form
Three -Part ( Ternary) Form

Music theory can be fun!

About Ginni
You can learn to play piano or sing at any age! Whatever your musical goals are, Ginni will help you to reach them.

Ginni has been teaching piano and singing for 21 years. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or advanced she will help you to learn and have fun making music!

Technique is key! As a professional musician Ginni knows the importance of good technique. Great technique gives the performer confidence and the ability to excel.

Ginni's piano and singing students are taught how to use their bodies to perform at their best. Some of the methods that Ginni uses come from her studies at university, personal study and from watching, listening to and performing with world class musicians. From all of this experience, Ginni developed a proven method for teaching piano and singing that helps students progress quickly an
d perform with ease.

Performance anxiety can be overcome. Using the tools that Ginni has developed, students relax, focus and enjoy their performing experience.

Reading music is important for pianists and singers. Ginni helps beginning through advanced students to more fully understand written music and quickly sight read it.

It’s important to perform songs that you enjoy. Students help choose supplemental songs that they love whether that be contemporary pop, traditional classical, Broadway, jazz, country or any other genre that they would like to learn.

Ginni’s piano and singing students increase their range, power, agility, control, confidence and expressiveness through technical exercises, scales, arpeggios, applying technique and lots of encouragement! Students grow the more that they share their talents. Students of Ginni’s are invited to participate in recitals, the Arizona Study Program and are guided through auditions, solo and ensemble performances.

Ginni uses the latest technology to help her students, whether by finding a song online for a student to listen to and learn from, transposing a piece on keyboard, improving the sound of an iphone song by plugging it into a speaker system or by using a mic to learn microphone technique.

A century old stand up piano may not be cutting edge technology but, Ginni’s sounds beautiful and her students enjoy playing it. Music is such a gift. So is participating in and watching the growth and progression of others.

Ginni asks her students to remember three things:
Try, Relax and Have Fun!
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Kiki December 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
Ginni is proffesional and supportive. She is encouraging, but doesn’t hold back when there is room for improvement. She is also a lot of fun!
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Laura October 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 6 yr old son started taking lessons with Ginni about a month ago. He is a very active boy who has difficulty sitting still and focusing. Ginni is wonderful with him! She is very patient, kind, and understanding of children's specific challenges. She works with him while gently nudging him to stay on task. He actually really likes going to piano lessons and is always excited when 'piano day' rolls around. So hats off to Ginni for her skills in making learning music fun and enjoyable to an active little boy! I always wanted my son to learn an instrument (we are a family of musicians) but what I didn't realize is the process learning piano is helping him with needed skills in school: concentration, focus and discipline. I am very happy I chose Ginni.
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Mary August 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson. Ginni is patient & is clear when giving instructions. I look forward to our next lesson.
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Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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About Stephanie H.

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Chandler, AZ
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Study theory with Stephanie, a musician with graduate degrees in music! Theory lessons are a great way to improve your technical understanding of music, which leads to more effective performance. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced student, theory lessons can improve your musicianship.

About Stephanie
Stephanie Hoeckley is an award-winning flutist and teacher in the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Recognized as a skilled performer, Ms. Hoeckley placed 1st in the Arizona Flute Society's 2017 Young Artist Competition, 2nd in 2016, and has been a finalist in the Florida Flute Association’s College Young Artist Competition and Advanced Masterclass. Most recently, in March 2017, she performed in Carol Wincenc's recital at Arizona State University; having the time of her life performing a trio with two of her all-time favorite flutists, Carol Wincenc and Elizabeth Buck.

Despite having degrees in Music Performance, Ms. Hoeckley is a passionate and engaging music educator. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Performance at Arizona State University, is the Flute Graduate Teaching Assistant at ASU, directs the ASU Commu
nity Flute Choir, teaches classes at the Arizona Flute Society's annual Summer Camp, and has an active private studio called the Colorful Clef Studio, with members ages 9-60+. She is on the board of the Arizona Flute Society, and is a member of the National Flute Association and the National Association for Music Education.
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Bob May 31, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I started taking flute lessons with Stephanie last September 2016. I have been playing flute since 2011 and play regularly at church. I take a hour long lesson. I have really enjoyed taking lessons from her. She has also been willing to adjust to my schedule, when she could, when work won’t allow me to make it to my normal lesson.
I had been taking lessons from another flute teacher since 2011 and knew it was time to change. Stephanie has always been able to help me. She is very knowledgeable about all questions and problems I was having on playing the flute or reading music. When questioning a technique she is able to demonstrate it or explain it in a different way so I could understand it. I’ve always had trouble with the high notes and alternate fingering and she definitely has helped me on those. Stephanie personally is a lot more enjoyable than my last teacher. She always seems happy to see me.
I also play Low Flutes and just bought my first Bass Flute. She also plays low flutes.
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Maddie F. September 20, 2015
· Flute · In studio
My daughter loves her flute tutor
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Stephanie H.

Stephanie H.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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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, NCTM
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Pat May 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Miss Karen is wonderful and our 6 year-old granddaughter loves her. We are so pleased that we found her.
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Elaina March 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very knowledgeable and understanding with a young student!!
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Sara W. January 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Karen was very organized and was more than willing to cater the lesson to my skill level. Great first day!
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Phoenix, AZ 85022
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About Brianna L.

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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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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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Madison H. June 17, 2015
· Violin · In home
Great teacher with lots of tricks and advice for students to practice with and improve their play.
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Tempe, AZ 85281
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory/ Composition. Students of Music Theory can transfer their knowledge to quickly learn any instrument. Materials will be a tailored recipe variable per student

About Tyler
My name is Tyler. I have taken lessons on six different instruments with piano being the primary at ten years of lessons. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory/Composition from Southwest Minnesota State University and moved to the Phoenix area in January of 2016. I teach at a music school four afternoons/evenings a week and am looking to fill out my schedule with in-home private lessons. I've taught, tutored, and mentored students of various levels of skill and I very much enjoy teaching. I strongly believe in developing a student's love for music by allowing them to have a say in what they learn. I believe exposure is one of the best ways to develop a student's taste for music. The appreciation for many genres can open up doorways that would otherwise be inaccessible. I won't let a student choose the entirety of their cur
riculum, rather I'll work with them to develop a curriculum that is interesting to them, but also educational. I am definitely available to travel farther, as long as you're not in Chandler. Due to an agreement with my job, I can not accept students from Chandler.
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Alex November 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Tyler was so good with my very active 4 year old, and I look forward to continuing to work with him!
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Joanne C. September 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I had so many questions, and sometimes the same question. He was very patient with me, and very kind. You can tell he loves what he does and he loves music. I'm excited to keep learning.
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Kierslynn M. May 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Always communicates schedule and my kids love him already.
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Tyler S.

Mesa, AZ 85204
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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 Deister 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 improvis
ational excersizes. Though mostly Bryan explores new musical avenues with his students to help them succeed.
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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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$40 / 60-min

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How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist

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 … Read More

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
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
All in Order: Tricks for Identifying Key Signatures
What are the "keys" to identifying different key signatures? Read on for some great tips from Tucson, AZ teacher Lourdes C... In reading music, there are a few things that give musicians the biggest headaches. One major migraine-maker is determining keys from the key signature and then remembering the order of sharps and flats. This chart gives musicians a quick way to help with identifying key signatures. Key Signatures at a Glance Major sharps: the name of the key can be fou
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
Subdivision: The Easy Trick for Reading Rhythms Right
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

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