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About Stephanie D.

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Voice/Piano available for all levels: beginner to advanced/professional.

PIANO: I teach piano to children and adults.

VOICE: Above all I love to help singers achieve a higher potential. From beginners to very experienced, I can help you get ready for an important audition or just enjoy singing more.

I have a Doctorate in Vocal Performance and have performed in many operas, solo with orchestra, Broadway style, etc. over many years. Extensive piano skills. You do not need to provide an accompanist.
Bachelor & Masters in Vocal Performance from Northwestern University.
My doctoral minor was Music Theatre.

I have maintained a piano and voice studio for over 25 years in Tucson, Arizona.
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Paige B. May 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Dr. Stephanie is insightful with a gentle guidance and encouraging way about her that is magnetic. Her type of instruction is calming while still challenging to my children. I think what is most remarkable is her ability to pull out of a child what they are longing to show the world while still letting them know that these moments of training and practice are also for their inner growth.
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Kathryn P. February 15, 2015
· Singing · In home
My daughter is 12 and just had her first lesson with Dr. Stephanie. We both were so incredibly pleased with the lesson! Dr. Stephanie was warm, welcoming, intelligent and clearly incredibly experienced. My daughter can't stop talking about how much she loved the lesson and she just can't wait for her next one!
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Stephanie D.

Stephanie D.

Tucson, AZ 85718
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About Scott K.

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As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to trying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College
in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.

I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

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I am laid back and playful in my approach. I like to gear lessons toward the interests of the student, and if I am doing my job correctly, all traditional technique will be painless. I also like to delve into music theory to give one a deeper appreciation as well as an understanding and steady grasp of the tools of composition if their heart is so inclined. When it comes to music I am rather eclectic and I feel every style has something to add to the techniques of a solid performer, so I tend to draw from many disparate places to offer a fuller experience. In no time at all, you should be playing pieces you love, understanding how they work, and perhaps embellishing them or writing your own.

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Keyboard, Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Provide: My guitar, music stand, and amp if necessary.
Student Provides: Their instrument (Piano/guitar etc.)

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Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
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CLIFF June 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
this was my first guitar lesson with scott, and it's been many years since i've even tried picking up a guitar. i enjoyed the lesson. scott started with me at a place that was good and comfortable for me. i felt like a klutz and he had a good way as a teacher in working with me at that klutzy level, listening to me and going at a pace that felt good. i'm grateful, and i know i need to show it by practicing!
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Izzy August 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Scott has been working with my six year old and teaching her piano. He is very patient and consistent and my daughter really enjoys these lessons.
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Mo P. June 2, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Scott is very good with kids and is willing to take the time that is needed to help my son progress at his own speed. He is very knowledgable in his craft and we thoroughly enjoy learning from him.
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Scott K.

Tucson, AZ 85746
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About Ray F.

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I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just signed a contract to be in 3 operas in the 2012 - 201
3 season. Also in 1992 I started my own business as a pre-school music specialist and that has been my day job for the last 20 years. I'm known as "Mr. Ray" to tens of thousands of Tucson pre-schoolers and see about 1500 little guys a week!

I have been teaching guitar and voice privately for 35years. I've had students as long as 8 years! Teaching is one of my greatest passions in life. I have a wealth of experience to draw from and would love to help you or your child realize your dreams! Obviously I specialize in kids but have had many adult students also.

I am also a recording engineer with a multi track project studio. I have produced 2 children's CD's: "Mr. Ray Sings the Dinosaur Dance and Other Favorites" and "Mr. Ray Sings Lullabies".

I've been writing songs since the 70's and can help you in many ways in that field!

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I have a patient style that is infused with energy! My curriculum depends on age and student goals. Acoustic guitar and voice are my specialties. Texts include Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books 1 - 3 and Beginning Classroom Guitar by Philip Hemo as well as strumming patterns and finger picking. I do assign homework. Voice lessons include ear training, vocal exercises, accessing all notes in your range and , of course, working on songs of music styles/artists you like. All students are furnished with a cd recording of the lesson. The goal for most is to perform and I have many opportunities including recitals and X-mas shows. After 3 - 6 months? Progress depends on you!

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Lessons in a music room, recording equipment, keyboard, PA system, mic, multi-track recorder, double french doors in glass so parents can see the lessons without being in the same room. Students take home a CD of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
acoustic guitar, all styles vocal
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Gabriel July 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My 13 year old son just had his first lesson with Ray to improve his vocals for musicals, and we were both so impressed. Ray subtly evaluated where my son was starting from, and how quickly he could master a technique and move on. He has a laid back style and is kind and funny, yet manages to stay focused and move the lesson forward with efficiency. He offered both recommendations for improvement as well as positive reinforcement. The CD that he sends home with each student after each lesson is a brilliant idea... when we got home, my son listened to how much his voice improved in just that 45 minutes, and why, and practiced those techniques. Ray's home studio is comfortable and airy, and there is a nice sitting area outside the studio's glass doors for parents during the lesson. We can't wait for the next lesson!
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Dave Epperson February 22, 2017
· Guitar · In home
excellent class, information and instruction were first rate
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Caye Norwick November 17, 2015
· Singing · In studio
I have never had lessons before, I was very impressed with Ray. His knowledge and his teaching style. He stayed on task and was very informative and helpful
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Ray F.

Tucson, AZ 85742
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About William D.

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Autism, blindness
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Stephen Kelly July 30, 2018
· Bagpipes · Online
I am greatly encouraged !
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George G. June 19, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
I am a Retired Federal Special Agent and I was born in Glasgow, Scotland. I've always wanted to learn how to play the Highland Bagpipes. I met William a few years ago and he has made my dream come true. William is a caring and patient instructor. He will teach you all details and techniques of playing the instrument and how to play the tunes correctly. William will take a complicated piece of music and will show you an easy path to successful completion of of playing the tune. I have seen William teach all ages and genders and special needs students and all have been successful musicians. William has transformed this hard headed student from a person that could not read music to a performing as a band member with the Tucson Highlanders Pipe band. I STRONGLY recommend William as a Bagpipe Instructor.
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Ike E. June 16, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
William as been giving me lessons on the bagpipes since January of 2013, and I have enjoyed every minute of it. William's guidance, style, and skill have taken me from my first lesson on the practice chanter to my first public performances.

William has a easy-going, comfortable and capable style of teaching. He is comfortable adapting to each student's wants and needs rather than forcing each student to follow the same lessons and learning path. He has taught the bagpipes to students from all walks of life and ages.

I've been very happy with his training. I'm looking forward to continuing my training with him, and would recommend him to beginners and experienced musicians alike.
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William D.

Tucson, AZ 85718
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About Kate S.

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Tucson, AZ

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I believe that a good teacher helps students teach themselves. Most of a student’s learning will be done on his or her own at home or in a practice room, so a teacher must give them the necessary tools to succeed, as well as constant support and encouragement. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance, and from Penn State with a Master's in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I have been teaching all levels of voice, and beginning/intermediate piano for almost ten years. I also have extensive experience working with special needs students. My goal is to teach healthy, grounded singing, no matter what musical style my students are interested in pursuing. I focus on balanced and centered body alignment, accurate body mapping, an easy breathing technique, and vibrancy/flexibility in sound. If ther
e is unnecessary tension or problems in these areas, this can hold students back from truly enjoying singing.
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Rebekah March 29, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kate is very knowledgeable, and was able to very quickly pick out specific areas where I can improve in my singing. In addition, she has specific exercises and techniques for strengthening the voice and reversing harmful habits, and I found these to be really helpful and effective. I am excited to see the results of lessons with her over the next few months!
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Louie C. February 27, 2017
· Singing · In studio
So fun!
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Jaysa January 11, 2017
· Singing · In home
My daughter enjoyed her first lesson, she thinks the warm ups are fun.
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Kate S.

Tucson, AZ 85742
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About LeeLee H.

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While I teach many styles of music, I emphasize foundations in classical technique and encourage all of my students to have a basic understanding of musical principles in order to strengthen their playing and comprehension of the music. I received my Bachelors and Masters of Music in Guitar Performance from the Peabody Conservatory and currently am working on my Doctorate at the University of Arizona; I also teach and perform throughout the Tucson area. All of my students are encouraged to participate in recitals and performances while they are taking lessons. I believe that sharing your musical talents is an important part of learning an instrument.
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Soha October 8, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
LeeLee is a really wonderful teacher. She’s calm, patient, knowledgeable, and flexible. She is able to offer insights that are allowing me to make much faster progress than I ever have on my own or with any other ukulele teacher, so I’m motivated to continue. With her instruction, I’m finally enjoying playing my instrument, and I see that proficiency is on the horizon. I’d recommend her to anyone.
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Lynnetta July 29, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
I started taking ukulele lessons with LeeLee as an adult. She was very encouraging, professional, and flexible. She focused on the basic musical elements, always explaining concepts. She was willing to explore the types of songs I wanted to learn to play. She made taking lessons again very fun. I would highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Chris July 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing instructor. My son lived Leelee she always made lessons fun n exciting
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LeeLee H.

Tucson, AZ 85719
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About Michael W.

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I am a woodwind specialist with a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Arizona. I have been performing and competing since the fifth grade. Since arriving in Tucson in 2010, I have performed with dozens of groups, perhaps most notably the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. I play a variety of musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me the opportunity to travel all over the world, from London to China and Mexico to Peru.
I opened my private lesson studio in 2012. Since then, I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. Lessons revolve around strong fundamentals, but feature fun and engaging activities such as games, transcriptions of pop tunes (or any genre), active listening and discussion, free and guided improvisati
on and anything else that inspires each individual student. I have taught beginners as young as eight years old to advanced players well into their retirement.
I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you!
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Rebecca February 10, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Michael is an excellent teacher and he was so patient with my daughter (5th grade). She was way ahead of the other students in her class and he found additional music for her to learn so she wasn't bored.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Michael W.

Tucson, AZ 85705
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About Jessica C.

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I started playing the clarinet in 6th grade. I soon realized that I was a decent musician, but the clarinet just wasn't fulfilling... then I saw it. The BASSOON. I fell in love with this instrument. So much so, that I have two degrees and professionally play in Arizona! I currently play in the Tucson Symphony, Arizona Opera, True Concord Voices and Orchestra (Grammy-nominated), and Broadway in Tucson.

I have had my own bassoon studio since 2002. I started in Florida and moved out here to begin my doctorate in bassoon performance. I am originally from Columbus, GA, where I received my Bachelor's in Music Performance degree. I then went to Florida State University and completed my Master's of Music Performance degree after being a full-time teaching assistant.

I have been making my own bassoon reeds from scratch since 1996 and continue to
research and hone my craft. I have a professional reed-making business through Etsy and eBay, and soon to be (unofficially) bassoon/oboe websites.

Being a crafty person, I am also trying to develop my own silk bassoon swabs and bassoon-wrapped pencils! When I am not doing that, I make my own jewelry to give to friends and family.
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Jessica C.

Jessica C.

Tucson, AZ 85713
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$40 / 30-min

About AJ P.

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Hailing from Michigan's capitol city, AJ's passion for progress has motivated him to grow and evolve with those around him. Having studied with some of the most well known players, drive towards teaching and musicianship is all but second nature.

Upon completion of his Bachelor of Music Education at Eastern Michigan University, he began studies towards a Master of Music in Saxophone Performance at the University of Arizona. AJ has had many great performance opportunities including at historic Carnegie Hall, NASA conferences, and MTNA competitions as well as being a featured soloist with the Waverly High School Symphonic Band and the Waterford Mott High School Symphony Band. In 2015 and 2016, he was selected as Honorable Mention for the William Stewart Undergraduate Competition and was selected to perform as a featured soloist with the E
MU Symphonic Band in the latter year. AJ served two years as principal saxophone in the EMU Wind Symphony and one year as soprano chair of the Stone Tower Quartet which was selected to perform at the 2017 International Saxophone Symposium hosted by the US Navy Band.

Always striving to advocate the instrument, AJ has collaborated with different composers such as Michael Markowski, Geoffrey Stanton, Frank C.S. Nawrot, Brian McCloskey, and Josh Trentadue, and has premiered their work at North American Saxophone Alliance’s Regional Conferences.

His primary teachers have included Woody Chenoweth, Connor Mikula, Kim Goddard Loeffort, and Todd Gaffke. AJ is currently studying under Dr. Edward Goodman.
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AJ P.

Tucson, AZ 85705
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$25 / 30-min

About Bryce M.

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No matter which subject you decide to choose, know that my overall goal is to help you enjoy it! Whether that involves looking at actual constellations in the night time sky, learning your favorite song on an instrument, or even finding your new passion in cooking, everything is geared towards you! I will always have a lesson plan ready to go, but if there are specific things you want to go over, great! We'll focus on that! All you have to do is simply know what you want to learn, and I'll work on getting us there!

If you have any questions feel free to send one to me. It can be about basically anything; no holds bard! Even if you feel it might be a dumb/weird question, I will still answer it with zero judgments. A question is a question.
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Don January 17, 2019
· Astronomy · In studio
Bryce knows his astronomy, and much more! I helped teach him - a standout student! He's very personable, happy, approachable, and explains concepts clearly and respectfully. You can't go wrong with Bryce as your teacher!
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Bryce M.

Tucson, AZ 85719
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