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About Adam T.

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I have been writing and performing music since he was 15. Along the way I have played or recorded with numerous notable bands including Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees George Clinton and Parliament Funkedic, and members of Bob Dylan's band. In classical music, I have learned music composition under Dan Asia at the University of Arizona and East Indian Classical music from master musician Ali Akbar Khan at the Ali Akbar School of Music. I have been teaching lessons in guitar, vocals, banjo, and harmonica for 15 years. My lessons are always focused on whatever style the student is most interested in, yet still incorporate a dose of music theory and other styles to help inspire well rounded musicians. I can teach to any age, in any genre, as well as help with songwriting, performance techniques, recording skills, and classical compositi
on. Whether you want to learn to play songs from your favorite band, rock out with awesome guitar solos, play beautiful spanish guitar pieces, or write you masterpiece, I can help you realize your musical dreams. My goal is to inspire the next generation of musicians to get the most out of their instrument, and foster a life long love of music that can enrich their lives and the world around them.

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I am a laid back teacher with a diverse and serious knowledge of music. I truly love music and inspiring new or continuing musicians. I can adapt my lessons to the student so that if you have professional goals I will do my best to challenge and help you to reach them, or if you are a child who is just beginning I will do my best to teach you in a fun and relaxed manner that keeps you excited to come back and learn more the next week. No matter what the age or skill level I take my job very seriously, and try to make the process seriously fun.
If the students is interested in reading standard music notation I teach from the Hal Leonard Guitar Method series, which are the books of choice for countless music instructors. After 3 to 6 months most students have finished at least the first book in the series and can read and play simple songs easily.
If you are interested in reading tablature or chord charts, I have many lesson plans from years of experience that can quickly teach you how to play everything from simple folk songs and popular music to complex Jimi Hendrix solos.
If you are interested in classical guitar, or vocals I start with books of simple spanish guitar etudes and can work with you all the way up to complex advanced works from Segovia and the other masters. In a few months, even beginning students can play beautiful pieces that will impress family and friends.
If you are a banjo student I teach from the Hal Leonard Banjo Method series. I can work with simple clawhammer techniques, or more complex bluegrass methods. In a few months most students can play many simple country and folk songs.
If you are a vocal student I can teach anything from rock/country styles, to showtunes and classical techniques. In a few months I can show how to sing and breath correctly, and help learn how to read music and train your ears to sing in tune.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have all the necessary equipment, guitars, banjos, amps, etc. I expect the student to have their own instrument, but I can provide something for the lesson like an amplifier.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach any genre or method. I base the lessons on the students desires and abilities, not on any predetermined plan I may have. I can teach in standard notation, tablature, chord charts, or improvisational methods. I can also teach songwriting, performance/recording techniques, and classical composition.
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Luke February 8, 2018
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Adam is great and easy to work with!
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Haley E. January 18, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Adam did a great job of teaching Ukelele to my daughter. He was professional and kind. Look forward to more lessons
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Marcos December 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I was very impressed with Adam's lessons and learned a lot from them. He was very critical but that was something that I needed and had lacked from previous teachers.
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Tucson, AZ 85719
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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.)

*** Specialties ***
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
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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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Colin April 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
Scott is immensely patient and speaks to each student at their level. Both of my children are now learning with Scott and I recommend him to everyone.
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Tucson, AZ 85746
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About Brenton K.

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"Music is the best!" --Frank Zappa

That is the only thing I can claim to know for certain.

My ideals as a teacher are sound control, fun, and community. I teach all of my students how to play their instrument in a manner which they understand and enjoy. I demonstrate how much fun music can be once my student has the facility to create sound freely. And I inspire them to use this gift for bringing people closer together.

Since beginning my musical studies at California State University Northridge, I have been working as a musician in the greater Los Angeles area. Now over a decade later, I continue to perform and teach - enjoying the whole ride wherever it takes me. While my primary instruments are Contrabass and Electric Bass Guitar, I have technical know how on a wide variety of instruments. Some of these include the viol
in, guitar, and piano.

I'm also happy to teach students who already have technical facility are interested in learning about things like musicality, melodic phrasing, harmonic analysis, rhythmic accuracy, ear training, reading in various clefs, improvisation, and much more.

Let's jam!

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I can bring whatever I need to a lesson, but I expect all of my students to take the initiative to have all necessary equipment for playing. That being said, if a problem ever arises in the procuring of this equipment, I am always happy to help in anyway that I can.
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Barry October 5, 2017
· Fiddle · In studio
Brenton is certainly knowledgeable, additionally, he is caring, he wants me to get what I want out of the lessons. He always gives homework to work on away from the lesson. I feel comfortable and relaxed with the lessons. I am 68 years old just learning the fiddle.
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Beth L. September 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very thorough and patient. Makes the student think outside the box!
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Rachel M. February 27, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Brenton really took an individual approach and made sure we focused on what i wanted to learn and improve on, while at the same time, reinforcing fundamentals and technique. I couldn't figure out what i was doing wrong that was keeping me from getting better. He completely focused and studied everything from my hand position, hand pressure, and posture, and insured that i understood principles and concepts that must be engaged in order to get better, and made sure he figured out everything i needed to do for me to improve, and gave me exercises and techniques to get there-almost like solving an equation. i am an adult very beginning student with no background in music theory and he made me feel comfortable right away and started teaching at the level where i was so that i stayed motivated. i would definitely recommend Brenton to help you improve your playing regardless of what level you are starting.
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Brenton K.

Brenton K.

Tucson, AZ 85715
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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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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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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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David E. August 18, 2015
· Singing · In studio
My husband searched high and low for a voice lesson for our daughter. After reading many reviews online and interviewing a few potential voice teachers, he was convinced that Mr. Ray would be a great fit for our daughter. We instantly signed up for our daughter to work with Mr. Ray for 40 hours.

Mr. Ray has several fantastic qualities as teacher:

1. First and foremost, he is passionate about singing and music. there is nothing more paramount to us than for the love of learning to be fostered in our daughter. and Mr. Ray is perfect for this.

2. Mr. Ray has an incredible amount of experience in the music industry both as a singer/performer himself as well as a teacher and mentor.

3. Mr. Ray makes the singing lessons very fun. Our daughter giggles and laughs during classes while she is making serious progress as a singer.

4. Mr. Ray teaches beyond the classroom by sharing his personal wisdom in life. We were pleasantly surprised that our 7 year old daughter has ongoing conversations with Mr. Ray in career choice and development as well as self esteem. Let's just say Mr. Ray covers some pretty profound topics with kids during their weekly 1 hour sessions!

The list could go on, but why don't you (and your kid) see for yourselves.
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Ray F.

Tucson, AZ 85742
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About William D.

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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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Max L. June 11, 2014
· Bagpipes · In studio
William is an amazing teacher. Not only has he taught me to play the bagpipes but has also managed to form a greater appreciation for music in general. The little tidbits of information he throws into a lesson really stick with my mind and thus I feel I have learned a great deal more than just one instrument. He has clearly been teaching for a long time, you can tell by his patience and his resourcefulness of teaching techniques depending on the student. While he will show you proper technique he also throws in an analogy that manages to make a complicated piece of music understandable. I strongly recommend lessons from William if you want to learn the instrument and the music of bagpiping.
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William D.

Tucson, AZ 85718
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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 Jason L.

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Jason's music has been applauded in concert halls throughout the world.

His principal teachers were world renowned saxophonists Dale Underwood and Todd Rewoldt. Jason was privileged to have had some of the best teachers in the world, and has been able to effectively integrate the motivation and encouragement techniques they used as elements in his own teaching style to motivate and inspire you.

Jason’s goal as a teacher is to help you achieve your individual dreams as a saxophonist, and most importantly, as a musician. The pace of the lesson and amount of material that you will cover as a student of Jason is entirely up to you. Jason custom tailors each lesson plan for every student. This helps you master any style of music you enjoy.

Whether you want to play jazz, pop, rock, funk, bluegrass or classical, Jason will teach you th
e fundamentals needed to become an excellent musician.
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Robert August 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Jason is a musical genius!!! I've never learned so much, not only about the saxophone, but about MUSIC, in such a short time. He is a professional and conducts lessons like a professional. If you want the BEST possible private saxophone teacher, study with Jason.
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Laura July 25, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
You could eat at McDonald's, or with Jason, you could dine at Fleming's. The choice is clear.
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Claudia June 20, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
First time blowing into a saxophone in 2 decades plus! But Jason is making it easy for me to get back to playing!
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Jason L.

Tucson, AZ 85718
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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 in dozens of groups playing many various musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me with 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. My students have included 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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Tucson, AZ 85705
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About Julia P.

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I'm a passionate professional vocalist and a fourth generation music educator. With 20+ years of professional performing, coaching and teaching experience under my belt, my vocal teaching method unites my classical and musical theatre educational background with the techniques I have developed for singing Jazz, Rock, R&B, Country, etc believably, beautifully, and above all, safely!

In expanding my teaching practice to include piano and ukulele, I emphasize rhythm and musicality alongside technique and note reading. I always set myself the goal of learning what makes a musician sound "right," and not just "good" in a particular genre. This versatility has made me extremely employable as an artist, and, I think, uniquely qualified to teach. I believe that students will work harder on music that moves them, and I always encourage students
to suggest songs that they care about. Good technique(s) can be applied to any repertoire!
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Gabriel November 2, 2017
· Singing · In home
On the day of our first lesson, my son decided he did not want to take any singing or piano lessons after all. Since it was too late to cancel, and with the hopes he might change his mind, we went ahead with the lesson. Julia stayed professional, calm, and warm through the whole session, despite my son's lack of enthusiasm, and she tried everything to make him comfortable. She told him that the fear of singing in front of people is very normal, explained how lessons would work were he to continue, and gave a bunch of very helpful tips on singing AND piano in terms a 12 year old understands. Hopefully he will decide this is something he wants to do after all. Julia was obviously very knowledgeable, talented, and great with kids, and I hope we can continue lessons with her.
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Sam August 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
We are very happy with Julia's teaching of piano to our young daughter.
Julia deftly adapted her instruction to accommodate our daughter's interactivity level, and never over-praised, as modern psychology says is the correct way.
Our daughter practices spontaneously on her own, which can be at least partially attributed to Julia's teaching style.

Thank you, Julia.
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Caren June 8, 2017
· Singing · In home
Julia is very patient and kind and a good instructor. My daughter likes her a lot. A big plus for me is that she comes to our home and doesn't seem to mind that our piano is in our dark, dank basement! What more could you ask for?!
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Julia P.

Tucson, AZ 85741
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Hi, thanks for reading! My name is Elly. I was originally inspired to learn violin when I was only a toddler, and saw a performance of Riverdance. I fell in love with Irish fiddle, but I was still too little to hold one!

So, I got started on classical violin in elementary school and then viola during middle school, when my orchestra teacher convinced me that it was the superior instrument (haha... I still love both for different reasons). I pursued classical viola all the way through my attendance at the University of Arizona, as part of numerous string ensembles and symphonic orchestras. I continued independent studies of violin, frequently attending Bluegrass and Irish music jams and festivals.

One of my favorite musical experiences was being part of the Northwest Intergenerational Community Orchestra: a full symphony in which membe
rs ranged in age from 9 to 90, and skill levels from first-year player to retired career professionals. I started as a guppy and ended up a respected mentor after several years' participation. Being immersed in that environment was simply amazing, and showed me that age and experience are never a limiting factor in the kind of unified beauty that can ensue from musical passion.

During high school, I also discovered that I love to compose original works and create arrangements. I have had my pieces performed by the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and the Tucson Junior Strings Youth Orchestra. I can teach you about that sort of thing as well, if you're interested!

I currently teach high school at a charter school that does promote Fine Arts, but there is not enough interest among the student body to have an orchestra- so I miss teaching string players! Sure, I love my math and science, but music will always hold a dear place in my heart. Hopefully, I get the opportunity to share that with you.
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Elly K.

Tucson, AZ 85714
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Learning to play piano by yourself is fun, but learning to play with someone else can be twice as enjoyable! Here, music teacher Julie P. shares her picks for the best easy piano duets and books to check out...   One of the best parts of being a piano player is that you get to play music with other people. And I don’t just mean when you’re playing in a rock band or accompanying a soloist. You can play duets with your fellow pianists! There is a wide range of repertoire availabl

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