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About Marty W.

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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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Marty W.

Chandler, AZ 85224
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About Cassandra C.

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About Cassandra
I have played the piano since I was 5 years old. My grandmother was my first teacher and then I continued with many other teachers. After over 10 years of piano lessons, playing clarinet in the concert band and singing in the choir in high school, music has become a part of who I am. At a young age, I learned to perform, at least once a year while I took piano lessons and later on every Sunday with my church band. Music for me has been a skill to master, but also a gift to share and serve others in my friends, family and community.

In the last few years I have been able share my love of music with others by teaching students of all ages the basics of piano and music theory. I have also directed musical ensembles for churches and a music school, coaching students to be able to perform and play together. Outside of music I teach and manag
e various programs and summer camps for youth and children.

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During lessons, students can expect to learn or improve their technique, sight-reading, and theory in order to be prepared to play a wide variety of genres. Every student will experience a unique lesson because I do my best to work with students on an individual basis, encouraging their strengths and motivating them to strengthen what is most difficult for them. I ask each student what their personal goals are so that these can be accomplished within a reasonable time. I am a very patient and kind teacher, my students enjoy their lessons, but they are also pushed to work on the things that need improvement, even if it takes time. I encourage students to practice throughout the week in order to see the progress that they hope for.

After 6 months, most beginner students should be able to read beginner level music, play scales and chords and perform a piece that they are confident with. Intermediate students should be able to play more advanced pieces confidently and go beyond just playing the notes to communicating through music. They should also begin to be able to learn music on their own by sight reading and/ or by ear.
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Vee November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient and awesome with kids!!!
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Cassandra C.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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$25 / 30-min

About Dominick C.

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About Dominick
I have more than 12 years teaching experience. Of those 12, five of them have been in music stores wherein I taught students of all ages, musical interests and skill levels. My students have gone on to form rock bands of their own, compete in singer/songwriter contests and pick up other musical instruments all because of the musical interest/passion I have helped develop.

I was very involved with the local music scene in the Midwest and now, in the Phoenix area. I have written, produced, engineered and played on many recordings ranging in genre from folk to metal and classical to jazz.

I have a professional studio built in my home that has a both a control and live room, wherein, I can record something as elaborate as a full band or something as simple as a single vocalist.

Please be sure to check out my blog "SCALES and CHO
RDS and STRINGS, OH MY!!" it is a one-stop place for getting guitar insight and pointers.

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style has three major areas: technique, theory and composition. I try to motivate students to write their own music and by doing this I establish a need for theory and technique to accomplish what it is they may feel or hear in their heads.

I try very hard to establish and maintain a comfortable environment with my students. In a comfortable place, someone will be open and not afraid to express themselves and make mistakes. Moreover, they will be able to recap the benefits of having a one-on-one musical instructor that can help them reach their goals.

I respond to passion very quickly. I can promise if the student is serious about learning guitar and passionate about music all together, then they will excel quickly with me and have much versatility to show for the hard work and practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools, music workstation, keyboards, guitars, basses, amps, effects processing, microphones, stools, studio monitors all in a professional studio space with good lighting.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide instrument cables, tuner, music stand and practice amplifiers. I always expect a student to have his or her own guitar with a complete set of strings. However, I am always willing to let a student use one of my guitars for experimental purposes. Also, depending on the student and type of lesson, more may be required; such as: a computer with recording software, audio interface and a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in music theory-based instruction, improvisational techniques, songwriting and instrumental versatility. It is my goal to produce musicians that are passionate about all three parts of music: creation, practice and performance.
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Andy J. September 16, 2013
· Guitar ·
Encouraging Guitar Teacher

Dominick was nice, patient, and encouraging with my eleven-year-old daughter, which she needed. He was also responsive about rescheduling lessons by texting (which we both needed to do at times).
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Dominick C.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About J. Adam A.

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About J. Adam
I've been playing drums and percussion since the age of 13, and teaching as soon as I graduated high school. I have studied and performed on all manner of percussion instruments, with emphasis on Rudimental Drumming and Drumset. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music from Rollins College, and my Master's Degree in Music from the University of Florida, and outside of the world of academia I've played with Orchestras, Drum Corps, Indoor Drumlines, Rock, Jazz, and Steel Bands, as well as all manner of Wind and Percussion Ensembles. I've also been playing Guitar and Bass for about 5 years, and studied Piano in college.

My home studio has everything you'll need to learn, play, and succeed at your instrument of choice!
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Catalina October 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Adam is kind, patient and knowledgeable. I am excited to take these classes with him!
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Cole H. September 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
J. Adam was everything we had hoped. He was patient with my son and praised the things he was doing well. We are excited for the lessons ahead. Thanks J. Adam!!
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Sheryle W. March 4, 2013
· Drum ·
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I Highly recommend Adam as an instructor! He Is great with my son.
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J. Adam A.

Mesa, AZ 85204
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About Victor Q.

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Phoenix, AZ
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I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it to them free of charge. I teach students how to play music on their given instrument. Not just how to play the instrument but working on technique, finger dexterity, expert note reading ability and total musicianship. How to play a piece of music that will move the audience emotionally. I stress vocabulary and music history and theory as part of being a well-trained musician.
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Suzanna June 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
In my opinion, having been an educator in the Isaac School District for many years, Mr. Quintana exhibits excellent teaching techniques and strategies to enable the learner to be successful. He is professional, prepared, courteous, and prompt. For the past 6 years, Mr.Quintana has been my cello instructor. The environment that he creates as an educator provides an excellent foundation for continued learning. Mr. Quintana's knowledge of string instruments and piano are superb.
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Laurie June 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Victor is a great instructor and a great person. He is wonderful with my young son, who was an absolute beginner when he started lesson with Victor at age 8. My son has a learning disability that makes it harder for him to read music and process instructions. Victor worked with all of that with patience and respect. Now my son can play beautiful songs and perform in front of others. I believe that learning music has also helped my son become better at reading, math, and thinking! Most of all, he feels successful about his guitar skills, which adds to his confidence. I cannot thank Victor enough!
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Kelly June 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Victor is really professional and knowledgable and I would recommend him to anyone who is learning to play for the first time đź‘Ť
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Phoenix, AZ 85015
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About Kendra C.

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Phoenix, AZ
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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
ic, folk, classical, jazz, or sacred music.
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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.

Phoenix, AZ 85024
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About Allan W.

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Phoenix, AZ

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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
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$25 / 30-min

About Richard M.

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I have 22 years of professional gigging experience - 17 years of teaching experience and a college education from ASU School of Music. My lessons are catered to the individual student. Typically half of the session is spent on technique/fretboard harmony and the other half is spent on learning music/songs. I have found it is best for younger students (12 and under) to learn from a book - for added structure).
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Richard M.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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$30 / 30-min

About Dalton F.

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I've been playing piano since I was seven years old and trumpet since I was eleven. I'm classically trained, but I also love to play jazz, improvise and write my own music.

If you or your child have never even touched an instrument, I'm the man for you. Students of any age can expect to see week to week improvement. I will ensure you learn the skills you need to not only play a song, but to understand how to read music and chords and even improvise, if that interests you.

I'm great with kids and have a reasonably flexible schedule. And best of all, I COME TO YOU.

Music truly is one of the great joys of life. I'd love to give you or your child the ability to enjoy playing music as much as I do.
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John November 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
He was great. Have 3 kids of very different skill levels, and after the nightmare of a piano teacher we had before, I'm happy to get someone who knows what he's doing.
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Dalton F.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Phyllis R.

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Gilbert, AZ
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I started playing flute in 1969 (5th grade) in Tempe, AZ. So many wonderful private lesson teachers and band/orchestra directors fostered a love of music, the satisfaction of mastery and the excitement of playing in many different kinds of ensembles.
I graduated with a BA in music performance Arizona State University and have been teaching private flute/piccolo since 1976. I love playing and studying flute and I hope my students see that as we learn together. It is so rewarding working with new flute students because getting them started with the very best habits assures they will stay with the flute. I teach to see children grow, not only in music instruction, but in being able to apply those skills in life.

Weekly lessons include mastery in technique, duets, solos with piano accompaniment, composition and music theory. We will have
two recitals each year; one informal and one formal. What a joy for everyone to hear the progress and to encourage each other.
A few highlights of my life in music include:
• Lyric Opera Orchestra and multiple ensembles at ASU
• Phoenix Little Theatre
• Principle Flautist, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra
• Sub and extra for Phoenix Symphony, New Mexico Symphony.
• Piccolo Masterclass at National Flute Association Convention
• Weddings and corporate gigs with harpist Jill Pack
• Principle Flautist, East Valley Chorale Orchestra

Every student is different in the way they learn, understand, retain and share music. It is my job, and joy, to find out what works best for you.
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Laurie September 21, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I highly recommend Phyllis Reed a flute instructor! Her knowledge and passion for her instrument is contagious and inspiring. She brings with it a level of commitment to learning the basics well and brings out the best in her students in a fun, caring environment.
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Gilbert, AZ 85295
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