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About Monica K.

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Chandler, AZ

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About Monica
As certified teacher in three states and over 30 years of music experience, I am comfortable with students of all ages in developing their musicianship and love of musical expression. Playing semi-professionally since the age of 16, my performance background includes symphony orchestra, mariachi, acoustic rock, chorus (alto), and various small ensembles. In college, I studied piano and currently play keyboard with a classic rock group.
My overarching goal is to share the benefit of a lifetime of experience with my students so that they will find their own 'voice' in the wide world of music.

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My approach to teaching is to customize lessons to meet the needs of individual learners and to make learning fun: It is always okay to make mistakes as long as you are willing to do the work to overcome them. I will be th
ere every step of the way to help you meet your musical goals.
The curriculum used will depend on your current level of playing and the particular style of music you are interested in. From that point, I can provide you with basic theory, techniques, and self-selected pieces to guide you towards your personal goal.
It is my hope that our lessons will develop into a lifelong teacher/student relationship: There is nothing that brings me such joy as seeing my students move forward and develop their own independence as a musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own violin; students must have their own instrument. Violin students that have a piano in their home is preferred but not required.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in working with beginning students to develop basic techniques and notation skills.
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Lisa May 14, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Monica was very friendly and encouraging to my 5 year old daughter during our violin lessons. Her instruction style was adjusted to my daughter and was easily adapted for days when my daughter was tired. She was always easy to talk to and flexible when I needed to reschedule an appointment. We thoroughly enjoyed our time spent with Monica and plan to return for piano lessons. I will continue to recommend her to all ages as she is wonderful.
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Jens March 28, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Very open and friendly. Great introduction into playing violin.
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Alanna J. October 16, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Monica created a very comforting and encouraging environment right from the moment I walked in the door. She has a very flexible teaching style which made it very easy to pick up and continue my lessons with the resources and tools I had already acquired.
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Monica K.

Monica K.

Chandler, AZ 85286
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About Lou S.

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My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were enco
uraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!

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My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations.
I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming.
Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance.
My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically.
Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically!
I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres.
Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be.
Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves.
From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.

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The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles.
I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.
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Carole April 15, 2016
· Drum · In home
He was very patient and provided a good understanding of learning the drums. He provided information I never knew and know it will help me better understand the learning process. Look for to my next lesson.
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Ted B. June 6, 2014
· Drum · In studio
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
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Justin F. April 10, 2013
· Drum ·
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching

Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
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Lou S.

Surprise, AZ 85379
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About Brian C.

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About Brian
My name is Brian C. and I've been featured in the Berkeley Folklore Archive for songwriting! I am a creative person who is adept at a number of musical instruments. While I don't play them all, I would certainly like too. I have a music degree and I would love to teach your student anything from how to read staves, notes or tabs to free improvisation and songwriting. While I read and write music proficiently, I believe all practice, improvised or from a book develops your ear and improves your skill. What can I teach you to make you enjoy music more thoroughly?

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I have a strict policy of fun. I'm rarely lenient on this policy. Practice is not always fun, but half the time you should practice with tenacity (e.g. sight reading, scales, arpeggios etc.) and the other half just noodle around with your instrumen
t. It fosters a sense of comfort with music and opens the door to mature improvisation, a tool of great importance to nearly every musical style. As for my fun policy, lessons should be a fun chance to show off and learn something neat, they are much less efficient if the practice due takes place solely during my time. So practice more at home so when it comes time to learn we'll make the most progress together.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel Ready!

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting/Composition, Ukulele, Guitar, Piano, and Saxophone
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Jane D. March 2, 2014
· Piano ·
Brian is great for kids and adults!

My 10-year-old showed interest in learning piano, and Brian is great! My 8-year-old thought it looked fun, so we added him, and Brian does a great job with him. In fact, my 40-something husband was so impressed, he signed up, too! Brian is terrific with all of them. Everyone is learning at his own speed and each is improving. Brian adeptly teaches according to skill, interest, aptitude, and attitude. I'm so impressed! I heartily recommend for anyone looking for a music teacher.
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Brian C.

Phoenix, AZ 85086
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About Ginni A.

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Chandler, AZ

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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.

Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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About Kendra C.

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Glendale, AZ
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About Kendra
Music lessons provided by Kendra C., Doctor of Musical Arts. Kendra has been teaching music to all ages for the past twelve 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
music, folk, classical, jazz, or sacred music.
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Lon June 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kendra is an excellent teacher!
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Audrey P. May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My kids are excited and happy to launch into piano lessons with Kendra!
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Kelli April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
One of the most adaptable teacher that is changing her lesson for the learner! She is absolutely amazing and her positive reinforcement for my child have been so impactful! If you are looking for someone in your area stop looking, Kendra is amazing!!!
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Kendra C.

Kendra C.

Glendale, AZ 85306
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About Benjamin O.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Music is an essential part of everyone's life, and I bring music to people as a classical performer, teacher, and scholar.

Currently, I am based in the greater Phoenix area, though have performed all over the state of Arizona. I am a member of the nationally-renowned Salt River Brass Band, as well as a performer with such groups as the Utah Symphony and Iceland Symphony.

As an arranger, I have experience notating music for individual instruments and full ensembles. I have written critically on the music of Johann Sebastian Bach, and have written grants to secure funds for classical music projects at the university level.

I teach elementary and middle-school band in the Peoria (AZ.) School District, and also have extensive conducting experience at the high school and collegiate levels. Since 1998, I have maintained a stuio of indiviidu
al music students all over the United States.
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Benjamin O.

Benjamin O.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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About Sara H.

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Tolleson, AZ

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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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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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Kotryna May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sara is a wonderful piano teacher! She taught my son a few years ago and I have always wished she could move back to our area so she can teach him again. Her methods worked very well with my son and he was able to learn quickly. She was willing to work with him and find ways that would help him learn the best. I highly recommend her to anyone!
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Sara H.

Tolleson, AZ 85353
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$45 / 30-min

About Madison E.

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Hey! I'm an Arizona native that loves what I do. I continue to teach piano lessons because of the experiences I get to share with all different kinds of people, and the challenges I get to overcome with my students when it comes to understanding different topics, learning to play a challenging piece, or progressing as a musician.

When I'm not playing the piano I am often creating pieces of art or working on my car of motorcycles. I love identifying problems and working to to fix them. My number one goal is to make the best out of each and every situation. I strive to help everyone I can and make my community a better place.
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Madison E.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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$30 / 30-min

About Corinne W.

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After earning a Master's Degree in Vocal Performance, I studied voice with Ellen Faull for 11 years. Her former students include Audra McDonald, Sarah Brightman and Dawn Upshaw. Continuted lessons with Todd Gordon, Seth Riggs; he taught Michael Jackson, Barbara Streisand, David Archeletta. ​

Bachelor's of Music Education - Brigham Young University
Master's Degree in Music - Vocal Perforamnce - Texas State University
Alexander Technique - Dr. Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Seth Riggs Voice lessons and "Pop Singing Workshop"

Corinne has appeared in dozens of Musical Theater productions and plays and sang opera in college. Student, Alison King is currently singing principal roles with the Frankfurt Opera Company.
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Todd July 7, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Corinne Walker is a marvelous vocal instructor and coach. She has great knowledge concerning vocal production and breathing which are the cornerstones of being a great teacher. Corinne is also versed in song interpretation and gives great tips on how to interpret the words of the song so that the listener in the audience understands completely what you the singer are trying to convey. I recommend Corinne to young and old, neophytes and advanced, or anyone 'in between.' I recommend Corinne without reservation and hope you enjoy working with her as much as I did when she studied with me in Boston, MA. Have a great time at your lessons with Corinne Walker.
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Corinne W.

Mesa, AZ 85207
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$30 / 30-min

About Janara R.

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Janara R.

Janara R.

Mesa, AZ 85203
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$34 / 30-min

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