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Chandler, AZ

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Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.

"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studi
ed in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.

You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.

As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.

I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.

Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.

Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.

As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.

Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.

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In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.

As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.

Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).

*** Specialties ***
Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing
Have experience with conducting choral music
Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading
Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)
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Daniel M. November 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
I loved it. I can't wait for more.
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Jeannette D. October 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Marty has a true heart for music! She really cares about the success of her students. The only reason I didn't give her 5 stars is because I had a long-time instructor previously who was out of this world, so I couldn't select "Best Instructor ever" as that would do him a disservice. He no longer teaches. Marty comes in a close second and I would recommend her services. She is sweet and kind. I enjoyed my time with her!
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Lily K. September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Miss Marty was very sweet and fulfilled our request to make lessons fun for our young daughter. We are very happy so far
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About Edward A.

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Phoenix, AZ
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About Edward
My passion is helping clients to create clearly focused action-plans that supercharge their motivation for reaching their goals.

Here's a Truth: You and I are exactly where we are today because of the decisions we've made and the habits we follow.

Here's the Great news about that: Now that you understand how you got here, you can easily create the life you want going forward. Simply make a decision to create the habits that will move you towards that new life.

Whether it's improving your relationships, career, or any other area of your life; together we'll clarify your focus, fire-up your motivation and build your action-plan to reach your goal.

Here is the simple process we use to reach your goal.
• Clarify exactly what you want.
• Zero in on your true motivations.
• Identify the actions and resources nee
ded.
• Take consistent action with ongoing support to stay on track.

The complete 7 Step Goal Achievement Process is explained in my book, The Success Habit Secret: A 21 Day Success Program. Endorsed by self-development guru, Dr. Denis Waitley author of The Psychology of Winning.

I received my Transformational Life Coaching certificate from The Southwest Institute of Healing Arts in Tempe AZ, Business Coaching certification from BusinessCoach in Sacramento CA, a bachelor's degree in business from University of Phoenix, and hold an MBA from Western International University.

As your coach I will personally walk you through this simple seven step process to quickly move you each and every day towards reaching your goals.

I am in Phoenix, AZ, but work with many clients over the phone and via the internet using Skype.

If you are ready to get clear and excited about reaching your goals, call TakeLessons for your introductory session today.
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Edward A.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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About Howard R.

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West Hills, CA
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I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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About Sarah F.

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Try something new with me whether it's learning the flute or piccolo, training for your first half marathon, learning the do's and don'ts of triathlons, losing some weight, or simply getting in great shape and feeling good about yourself.
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Xin September 24, 2017
· Flute · Online
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Susan August 15, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
Sarah has been great in working on my specific flexibility needs and VERY flexible (no pun intended!) with my scheduling conflicts / internet issues. So glad I found the Take Lessons website and chose Sarah as my instructor!
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Sharon B. August 10, 2017
· Flexibility Training · Online
Sarah was awesome really friendly and very professional she really helped me a lot with my challenge on getting s straddle. I am really looking forward to her flute lessons.
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Sarah F.

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About carlyne K.

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I am a true advocate of our coaching profession because it empowers yourself and others. Coaching is a tool that get clients from where they are at the moment to where they want to go next. With coaching, you will be able to see your magnificent self! I worked with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and special needs, students, parents, teachers, leaders, professionals, career transition, retirees, executives, and entrepreneurs.

My coaching style is fun and experiential. For many years, I was fortunate to coach clients here and abroad. Each client is unique so I use transformational coaching skills to coach them either in-person or online.

It will be a great honor for me to be part of your journey! Together, let us harness your talents and skills inside of you and present it to the world! Thank you, salamat po, y muchos gracias!
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CeCe September 16, 2016
· Life Coaching · Online
Carlyne is overall an empathetic person with high standards and ethics. She always practices with integrity and is a naturally caring person. She always thinks in the best interest of the client and is totally passionate about being a Coach. I admire Carlyne because of her loyalty to her clients and her love for the field if Coaching!!
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About Laura R.

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Hi, there! My name is Laura and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since1994 (classroom teacher since 1990) and have loved helping my students succeed as writers, English speakers, filmmakers, actors, martial artists, and yoga teachers.
I went to Hofstra University and earned a dual degree in Drama and English in 1986, earned my 3rd degree black belt in jujutsu in 2009, my Master's in Education in 1995 from USC, my RYT-200 in Yoga in 2013. I'm a patient teacher with a sense of humor and my teaching style is both detail and goal oriented; I like to challenge my students while making sure they have fun in the process. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Agatha August 18, 2017
· Improv Acting · Online
Laura was awesome and so much fun. She gave me a lot of tips to help me with Improv.
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Laura R.

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About Jessica L.

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Jessica M.A., C.Ht is a certified hypnotherapist, intuitive healer, and inner life coach who comes from an indigenous Taiwanese shamanic lineage. Out of her extraordinary experience overcoming debilitating illnesses and generational trauma, she embodies remarkable intuitiveness, empathy, and deep compassion in her healing work.

Jessica is trained with Dr. Rick Levy, Ph.D. a pioneer of mind-body medicine, and this provides her a profound understanding of the intricate connection between the mind and body. With this she specializes empowering women and men transcending the “brokenness” in their lives, and move into a place of healing and wholeness.
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Luzmarina September 20, 2017
· Meditation · Online
Hi, I am writing because I want you to know what happened to me when I took a meditation class with Jessica. I am hyper by nature and very seldom could I relax. Let me tell you, with Jessica, not only that I relax, but I meditated and fall sleep! I highly recommend Jessica and her meditation techniques.
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About Devi R.

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I am a professional and full certified STTOT Pilates Instructor. I've been working for 10 years in Fitness & Health industry. Working with many people with many level of fitness give me experiences to design Pilates workout that are designed for my clients need. You will discover how to develop lean muscle, alleviate pain, achieve a better range of motion, and tighten trouble areas such as abs, arms, and thighs all in in a safe and effective workout.

What drives me is my passion to help people change their life. I always believe that a healthy body will lead you in healthy life, relationship, confidence, happiness and a peaceful life. It's easy to just working out do the movement. you can watch it from the DVD or you tube. But I'm here to bring you to a new way beyond the movement. I will introduce you to yourself so you can be the best
version of you. My exercise will cover every aspect of fitness and give you a complete understanding of your body that perhaps you have never known before.
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Devi R.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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Hello. I'm Jaqueline Cruz, Brazilian voice over actress of Portuguese and translator interpreter of Spanish and Portuguese, dancer and model.
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Jaqueline M.

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