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About Derek C.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Music has been Derek’s life from a very young age. He has played saxophone, piano, and percussion for over 20 years. Derek has played with numerous grips, not limited to: The Arizona Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, The Arizona Wind Symphony, The Ambassadors of Music Throughout Greater Europe, The ASU Steel Drum Band, The Arizona Regional Band, The Corona del Sol WGI World Percussion Ensemble, as well as "for-hire” sessions. He has performed at various venues throughout the greater Phoenix Metro area with the successful indie band PALMS, signed to 80/20 Records.

His lessons will cover areas such as drum beats, songs, warm-ups, approaches to technique, skill-building exercises, rudiments, tuning, chart reading, basic musical theory, developing internal subdivision, world percussion, instrument care, drum history, orchestral percussion, ha
nd drums, differences among types of equipment, aspects of performance, and studio recording.
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Derek C.

Derek C.

Phoenix, AZ 85007
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$29 / 30-min

About Alysia R.

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Chandler, AZ
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About Alysia
Music has been my passion for the past 18 years. I started piano when I was 5 yrs old and the violin when I was 7 yrs old. I continued with lessons until I entered the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. During my sophomore year, I took additional classes at Wayne Sate University for music theory and in my senior year I took on my first piano students. I have been teaching piano, violin and music theory ever since. I have also choreographed and taught dance for many years as dancing has been with me since my first lessons at 4 yrs old. My focus is in ballet, tap and jazz. I am a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where I was actively a part of the music and dance program.

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I remember my piano teacher and I try to keep her balance of fun and learning. I am a very fun teacher, but I do expect my stu
dents to work, and learn. I introduce learning games and have contests. I also regularly quiz my students. For the younger students I like to inform the parents about what they should be practicing and of any theory exercises they may have for the week. Music is a rewarding and enjoyable passion that I try to pass on to my students.

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Students should have their own instruments. I will provide the first books, but they will have to provide the books that come after and I will assist them with that.

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I've been doing ballet, tap and jazz for 16 years and i taught all of them for about two years. I teach classical piano and violin.
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Alexa September 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter is shy sometimes. My daughter felt comfortable. She loved it. My daughter wants me to increase her time! Super excited!
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Jessica February 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
This is my first lesson with Alysia. She is very punctual, and she listen to my thoughts and incorporate in her teaching which is what I liked. Looking forward to more classes with her.
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Larry M. October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jacob is slightly autistic and being able to relate to the instructor was very important to his success. Alysia did a great job in working with Jacob and we look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Alysia R.

Alysia R.

Chandler, AZ 85286
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$25 / 30-min

About Cathy W.

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Phoenix, AZ

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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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Bobbie June 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Cathy is a very good teacher. She goes at a pace that is good for me. She is friendly and I have already learned a lot.
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Lorna Doone Lopez February 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Very patient , good teacher.
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Veronica February 16, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Cathy is a great teacher and very easy to work with. She has a very upbeat attitude and there is no such thing as a silly question, she provides great practice goals.
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Cathy W.

Cathy W.

Phoenix, AZ 85041
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About Prophet C.

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Chandler, AZ
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About Prophet
Prophet C. is professionally known as The Prophet X. He is a professional rap artist, music production company owner, record label owner, website design company owner and more.

Currently, Prophet is teaching all of the following classes both in students home locations, in his Teaching Studio and online here at TakeLessons:

Reason 10 Software - Beat Making - Hip Hop Music Production - Freestyle Rapping - Rap Composition & Songwriting - Rock & Heavy Metal Music Production - Midi Orchestration - Film Scoring - Audio Engineering - Multi-Track Recording - Mixing & Mastering - Life Coaching Photography - Video Production - Live Stage Performance - Beginning Guitar & Bass - Drums - Bible Studies and much more!

Prophet’s teaching style focuses on the primary learning method of the student. All students are either Visual, Auditory or Ki
nesthetic learners or a combination of the three. By adapting teaching methods to these learning methods, great results can be produced in a short time.
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Tennyson J. October 19, 2018
· Hip Hop & Rap · Online
Prophet was real helpful! Well worth the money. Dude dropped some heavy knowledge on me that really related to where I'm at with my music.
Whatever level you're on he'll be able to get a feel for that and give you info that will help you improve what you got.
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Slava September 25, 2018
· Music Recording · Online
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Jake September 5, 2018
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Honestly I wasn’t impressed with his skill set and he wasn’t very clear with the points he made on how to rap. Also a little condescending I would not recommend having Prophet as a teacher especially if you’re advanced in hip hop.
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Prophet C.

Prophet C.

Chandler, AZ 85286
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About Devin A.

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Phoenix, AZ

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About Devin
Devin A. has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons at his home studio in Phoenix or online via the TakeLessons Classroom video-conference platform.

Devin has worked with students of all ages and levels of playing ability from beginners to professionals. He is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Music Composition and Interdisciplinary Digital Media from Arizona State University in Tempe. He holds a Masters Degree in Music from McGill University and a Bachelors from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University, where he was a recipient of the Charlie Byrd Memorial Scholarship.

Devin has extensive teaching experience in private lessons as well as group classes in guitar, music production, and music ensembles. As an expert in his field, Devin looks forward to helping new s
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Fabian M. July 4, 2018
· Ableton · Online
Devin is an excellent and knowledgeable teacher! He taught me the basics of Ableton and the details of music production, recording audio/midi tracks, sound libraries, effects, etc. He guided me through the songwriting process, and made this complex software easier to navigate through and understand. I highly recommend Devin for anyone interested in enhancing their skills in music production. Thank you Devin for all your help!
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Jacob W. September 6, 2017
· Guitar · Online
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Vanessa G. August 29, 2017
· Music Theory · In studio
Devin is so personable and easy-going! He was prepared for our lessons and helped me better understand the material. He's the best!
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Devin A.

Devin A.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
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About Lonze R.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Hello , My name Is Lonze. I can't wait to meet you and start a fun , professional and rewarding private lesson. I have been teaching for 7 years and I enjoy what I do . Every lesson of interacting with my students is a great experience for us both . Many of my students carry the skills I teach them to play with their high school , college and local bands.

I began playing the Saxophone in elementary school going on to play at Cass Technical High School . There after I went on to Knoxville College Of Music studying classical and jazz improvisation. I have played at the Fox Theater in Detroit Michigan with the All State Symphonic Band. First Chair Alto Saxophonist in the Ben Pruitt and friends at Bakers Keyboard Lounge. I've played with several bands throughout the years performing classical , many forms of jazz , and blues music. I c
urrently perform in various venues around the Metro Phoenix area.

I am a very easy going an enthusiastic person that will bring those qualities to every lesson with my students. I have plenty of experience working with Kids working in the music department of the Rosedale Community Center in Detroit Mi.

Regardless of skill level I will teach the basics and progress at the rate that you learn the material. I look forward to helping you reach your goals to become better at any level school band , as a hobby or if u just want to play songs for your friends.

I look forward to hearing for you!!
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Fredrick L. October 19, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Had good experience.
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Jamie September 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
My son is having so much fun taking piano lessons from Lonze! They get along so well - Lonze clearly knows a lot about music and about teaching young kids. My son is excited about music and looking forward to learning more, thanks to Lonze's expertise.
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Dency September 16, 2018
· Piano · In home
For my child , it was a great experience.
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Lonze R.

Lonze R.

Phoenix, AZ 85012
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About Allan W.

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Phoenix, AZ

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About Allan
I have over twenty years of teaching experience 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. Willing to travel to your home for lessons, as long as you have an acoustic piano. 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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Alli O. September 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
He is excellent at working with you at a comfortable pace and is super helpful and friendly
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Jonathan February 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
First lesson was great. My son is learning and really enjoyed his time with Allan.
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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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Allan W.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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About Deborah B.

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Phoenix, AZ

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I am the award winning concert pianist, piano educator and composer. I have studied and performed at several nations in the world and earned my Doctorate in Piano Performance from Arizona State University. I earned Masters in piano performance from New England Conservatory and Bachelors from University of Michigan. I was the recipient of the Excellence in Piano Performance Award (created especially for me) at the University of Michigan for the first time in their history of piano department and I won many awards in piano competitions. I have a great passion for performing and teaching both classical and modern music.

With many successful years of performing and teaching, I have taught over 25 years privately and music classes at Elite Piano Academy and a few universities ranging from beginner to doctorate and professional levels. I cu
stomize individual piano lesson based on each student's interest, strength, learning ability and goals for the most optimal musical learning experience. My students will also learn to love and enjoy playing piano music while they build a great foundation of the excellent piano technique, music theory and positive performance preparation. They will also discover the joy of learning piano music as they gain great confidence through creative, fun, individual and excellent musical learning environment.

I LOVE to teach classical and modern piano music as well as creative improvisation of traditional and contemporary worship music and accompanying. My students have won many competitions, awards and become professional musicians. It is my great joy to teach students of all ages and all levels and continually inspire them to reach their full musical potential! I look forward to meeting you and helping YOU to be the pianist you have always wanted to be.
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Julie March 15, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
I received classical piano lessons from Dr. Backus for almost two years before college. In those two years, I grew so much in my playing and in my love for music. Dr. Backus has a deep passion for music and her students. In my lessons, Dr. Backus incorporated extensive knowledge about music history, theory and technique. Our goal was to build knowledge and technique so that I could freely create and make a beautiful sound with each piece. After taking lessons from her, I LOVE the piano. Dr. Backus taught me how to express music from my heart, and it was a privilege to learn from her and know her. I would highly recommend her for piano lessons!
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Mary Lou March 10, 2018
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I have had the pleasure of knowing, Deborah Joy personally, for over seven years. During the years of our acquaintance, I have gotten to know Deborah in many capacities.

I have always known her to be an intelligent, capable, dedicated, and personable woman of integrity who possess an amazing warmth and compassion.

Deborah also has an excellent rapport with people of all ages. Her excellent communication skills allow her to connect with all kinds of people and to inspire them to put forth their best effort.

Deborah has shown herself to be an exemplary role model always expressing her passion in sharing her talents and creativity with others.

As a performer, I have witnessed Deborah’s ability to demonstrate a strong presence of poise and focus on stage and simultaneously elicit a warmth and charm that engages her audience.

Deborah’s dynamic performances evoke from her audiences a wonderous range of emotion as they experience a journey through her exciting and powerful musical compositions.

As a pianist, the extremes of her dynamic range which requires much refinement of technique and a depth of musical understanding to perform, confirms her excellent musicianship.

Her deep stylistic knowledge and interpretive flourishes in her program of works demonstrate a wide range of techniques and technical difficulty.

Without reservation, I highly recommend Deborah Joy!
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Marnel March 9, 2018
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Deborah is a gifted teacher and pianist. She teaches and performs with deep passion. Deborah is very loving, kind and patient. She brings out the best in others and makes those in her presence feel valued and important.
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Deborah B.

Deborah B.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
(5)
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$40 / 30-min

About Sara H.

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I love working with people and helping them discover and develop talents. I have been playing the piano since I was a child, and I have taught children, teens, and adults over the last 10+ years.

I expect my students to practice, but I also expect them to have fun and share their interests so that we can include their passions in the lesson plan. I am flexible and love to work with people who know what they want or help those who may not figure it out!
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Marissa Y. November 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sara is very detailed and inspiring. She explains the reasons behind the music and helps scholars with a better understanding.
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Tiffiny July 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
While shopping for qualified piano teachers that have successful experience teaching toddler ages children, I luckily came across Miss Sara on. i would most definitely recommend her to all of my friends and family or anyone searching for piano instruction. From our first conversation, I knew she was an excellent fit and that she would be my four year old daughter's piano instructor. From her upbeat, friendly, helpful, and personable attitude; to her seasoned demeanor, extending patience and understanding with answering all of my questions and concerns...she assisted in our decision-making process without missing a beat.

Sara was very responsive, attentive, and never seemed bothered by the vast amount of concerns I had prior to starting lessons. She listened to everything we expected, and needed, then she eliminated our financial concerns by tailoring a beneficial lesson plan that also fit into our budget.

I sincerely appreciate her very caring, yet candid and honest, wealth of information. She made sure I was educated about and understood the importance of a decent starter keyboard, as well as, helped me narrow down options within our budget. She even went as far as to personally research equipment, per my criteria, in my area, and send me several different links to compare and review. Miss Sara's genuine helpfulness, knowledge overall, and reassurance without pressure was comforting throughout our decision making process.

Once I informed her of our decision to formally select her as our piano instructor, she made an appointment with me to come to my home and meet everyone; from my daughter (her new student), to me, my mother, and even our cat! 😁 Again she re-explained everything in great detail; which I need and love! She covered all of the costs, my expectations and hers, and we set up our lesson schedule. Also, she also made sure that our physical practice area at home was set up appropriately and conducive to proper and successful home piano practices; from equipment inspection and advice, to proper posture, seating, lighting, and music stand placement. She then went a step further and explained the importance of proper posture and ergonomical seating while practicing especially for extended periods of time.

I truly appreciate her very warm personable attitude, great expertise, and willingness, as well as flexibility, to work with all of my little qwirks. Lastly, if it were even possible (and it's not😉), I would say Miss Sara may be as excited, if not more, than my daughter is to get started with lessons! We can't wait!

We feel extremely lucky, and look forward to the opportunity for this new, positive musical education endeavor we are about to embark on, with Miss Sara Hammond as my daughter's piano teacher.
Thanks Miss Sara!
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Amy May 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
We loved having Sara teach our daughter piano in our home! She provided weekly lessons over a three year period and we found her to be encouraging, positive and enthusiastic. She was always prompt and used lesson time efficiently. She clearly communicated expectations, but made lessons fun at the same time. It was great to see our daughter's confidence grow as her skills developed. We highly recommend Sara for piano students of all ages.
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Sara H.

Tolleson, AZ 85353
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$45 / 30-min

About Gulli B.

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Guitar lessons and tutoring from award winning guitarist and composer (Tempe)

Hi, my name is Gulli Bjornsson :)

I'm a 26 years old guitarist and composer from Iceland! I finished my Master's degree in guitar from Yale two months ago and just moved to Tempe with my partner this month. I also hold a Bachelor of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in New York.

Since 2014, I have worked as a private guitar teacher, providing guitar lessons to students of all ages and abilities. I specialize in teaching classical, acoustic, fingerstyle, and electric guitar but I am open to any style you want to focus on!

If you are new to guitar playing I will get you started with the correct technique! I get so many students who've had bad teachers that taught them incorrectly giving the students bad tension problems and awkward hands. It can be
difficult to change those bad habits but with me you can be sure you will be going the right direction from the get go :)

I love all sort of music and am open to all styles. If you are interested in composing your own music I can give you compositional lessons to help make your songs even greater!
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Gulli B.

Gulli B.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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