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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.

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

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practice room, amps, and the paper to write down the lessons

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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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Ron July 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Adam was a great singing instructor, with an eclectic background of formal music theory training, instrument training from various celebrated professionals, and performance experience in a variety of settings.

His training style is pretty laid-back, but he is also willing to go in-depth into music theory. While his training environment is modest but sufficient, he is a fantastic resource!
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Madelyn April 20, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Adam came for guitar lessons, but my 5 year olds hands weren't ready so we switched to piano and it has been great!
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Ezra G. November 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Adam is entirely unafraid of dishing out criticism when it's due but won't withhold praise either. He'll push you while you're with him but understands that it's ultimately up to the student to get the material. Working with him is a blast provided you come to lessons prepared and put in the effort. What you get out of your sessions with Adam depends on what you put into them. If you don't slack off during the week and leave your ego at the door he'll have you playing better in no time.
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Adam T.

Tucson, AZ 85719
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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 Dorothea G.

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About Dorothea
LATEST NEWS!
Not only am I am coach, but I also am a recording artist, singer/songwriter and composer. I just released my first EP, Beautiful Warrior, recorded at my own studio as well as throughout Greater Los Angeles studios.

EDUCATION
I started piano at age 4 and continued study for decades under top talent. I perform solo and in bands and keep up to date on techniques in the music industry through seminars, showcases and conferences. My own compositions blend classical piano with pop elements, which I have created throughout various local professional recording studios, including my own.

EXPERIENCE
I lend over 20 years of music and academic excellence to helping you realize your musical dreams: coaching, accompanying, performing (solo, ensembles, bands and rock bands), competing, arranging, composing, singing, songwriting an
d directing. I have experience working with singers, songwriters, live performers, DJ’s, producers, recording artists, stars and celebrities. From beginners to pros, I teach piano and songwriting in many styles: classical, contemporary, pop and rock. I specialize in classical and electronic pop.

I maintain professional association with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), IMDB (Internet Movie Database), LAWIM (Los Angeles Women In Music), NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CCC (California Copyright Conference), and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Alumni.

SPECIALIZATION
My unique journey as a musician/artist has led me to deeply understand what it takes to break away from the traditional grind of work and life to pursue professional musicianship and greatness as an artist. Although I train musicians of any age or skill level, I focus on those who are either professionals or who are motivated and committed to becoming professionals. I specifically teach (i) piano (with classical emphasis) (ii) the craft of songwriting, which has many multi-faceted components and (iii) composition. With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, ambient, down tempo) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician’s personal style and passion for music.

PHILOSOPHY
I want you to achieve your greatest musical abilities. Moreover, I want to help you discover who you are as an ARTIST. So, to pull the very best out of you as your coach, I consider it my job to be requiring of you. To challenge you. To assign homework when needed (most often theory-related), but to balance it with fun. To encourage technique which will allow you the ability to play, or even write music, free form. To set realistic goals with you that you can be accountable for, and to dream beyond those initial goals.

I will provide you access to materials and opportunities unique to your interests, in and outside of lesson times. But I will let you determine your own pace. I will encourage and inspire you to move beyond any misconceptions; that notions of age or talent have nothing to do with achieving the success you desire. But I will respect the level of success you wish to achieve.

LESSON DETAILS
Basically, what you need to start is motivation and commitment! I will then spend the first lesson discussing your materials needs based on what method/keyboard you currently use or prefer to use (if you have one), allowing you to make requests for information before proceeding further. Otherwise, I will provide you with informed recommendations. Equally important, at your first lesson I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can track them, together, and meet them, one by one!

I make special efforts to invest in each student’s particular needs to help them move beyond blocks and weaknesses, utilizing a variety of tools such as flash cards and supplemental workbooks, e.g. ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.

Set your own pace with flexible teaching times--Suggested reading materials--Suggested mobile downloads to complement learning--Opportunities throughout L.A. county to practice, perform and/or learn musically--MIDI training with Logic Studio

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES!
2011 marked the successful launch of Rockstar For A Day, a trademarked artistic development program and production I developed to help give music students a taste of rock stardom. You’re invited to participate!

TESTIMONIALS:
"I started to learn to play piano at the age of 31. Dorothea introduced me to the world of piano. She was very patient with me and tailored the class toward my pace and interests. She is a fun and enthusiastic person. I felt really sad when she told me that she had to move." ~Duoli, PhD, Tucson, Arizona

"Dorothea's teaching style and level of comprehension from a students viewpoint is unprecedented. Her ability to naturally sync with my learning style has left me with an absolute understanding of my musical abilities, ones I never thought I possessed. She has a seamless ability to progress from musical theory to practical application, and it continues to feel as if she knows the right direction to continue that progression. I drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend her classes, probably passing at least 50 other instructors along the way. I would, without a doubt, recommend Dorothea to beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages and backgrounds. With her you will succeed." - Jesse, radio broadcast DJ, San Diego, California
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Andrew April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thea is organized and pushes our son to learn the foundation of playing piano. She's a great teacher.
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Grace S. July 31, 2013
· Piano ·
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Dora is the best piano teacher I've ever had. Her methods are so solid and she is so great at communicating. Without her knowledge, she motivates me to practice at home :) She's seriously awesome. So take lessons with her :D
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Bill S. April 9, 2013
· Piano ·
Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator

I’m an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior experience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.

She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.

Another interesting example is scales. What’s new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one “point”. If you can do the same with your right, that’s another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach it’s not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher.
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Dorothea G.

Tucson, AZ 85741
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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 Adam J.

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I've been teaching, performing, and writing music for more than 20 years. My students have fun and develop awesome new musical skills and vocabulary.

My number one goal is to help you become an independent, creative music maker. I can help you develop the skills and confidence to make music at any level, and in virtually any genre.

If you take lessons with me, you'll have fun, and you'll make connections to both the hows and whys of music on deep and practical levels.

Don't wait, it's always a good time to start music lessons!
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Joe B. October 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Adam teaches at a pace I'm comfortable with and in a relaxed atmosphere.
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Timothy June 21, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
Adam Jone is an excellent music instructor! He works to create an instructional path based on student interests and goals. Always easy going and flexible, he creates an environment for students to enjoy music and succeed in reaching their goals.
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John Oswald April 11, 2017
· Classical Piano ·
Excellent teacher who can easily relate. As an adult learner and a beginning piano student, he has excellent patience and has a knack for motivating you!
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Adam J.

Tucson, AZ 85741
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About Julia P.

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Tucson, AZ

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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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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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Michelle June 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Lessons with Julia is my daughter's favorite part of the week. She is an amazing teacher!
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Julia P.

Julia P.

Tucson, AZ 85741
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About Alex Y.

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As a dedicated piano player for over ten years, I take great pleasure in passing on my knowledge to my students and hope to see them become excellent piano players! I teach how to play by ear and by feel along with many other pro tricks, while creating a personalized lesson plan for each and every student.
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Alex Y.

Alex Y.

Tucson, AZ 85737
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$30 / 30-min

About Lucas C.

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About Lucas
As a professional working in music for many years, I can say without a doubt I have learned at least a few things that will help you along your way.

Whether it is your intention to play songs around the campfire with some friends or to create a serious career in music, taking lessons is a solid first step towards making your goals a reality.

In addition to guitar, I have had a well-rounded education in the musical arts, studying instruments such as piano, drums, voice, and bass extensively. I graduated with a BA in guitar performance from the Bolton Guitar School at the University of Arizona and have been part of numerous musical groups around Tucson in both classical and popular music genres. I have taught students in Tucson for more than ten years.

Give me a call and well get you on some power chords. Or diminished sevenths de
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Lucas C.

Lucas C.

Tucson, AZ 85719
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About Sarah W.

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I have been playing the clarinet for over 20 years and have a Bachelor's in Clarinet Performance from the University of Arizona. I am also a High School Counselor. I love teaching and helping students succeed. I am also a mom of two and love watching my own children grow and learn. Students can expect a fully personalized lesson experience that will have you improving week to week. You will advance your skills of technique, general musicality and repertoire whether at a beginner or more advanced level.
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Sarah W.

Tucson, AZ 85741
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About Cherise S.

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Hi I'm Cherise! I'm a lover of music and play several instruments including the violin, clarinet, ukelele and various percussive instruments. The piano was my first and longest music love. I began playing at about age 5 and got very serious about it in my teens. As an adult especially I've found so much joy in playing music in my home, especially alongside others.

Almost more than I love playing music, I love teaching music. As an AMI certified Montessori teacher, I have a deep understanding of how the mind develops and I apply my knowledge of how to help people learn in my lessons.
My goals are to help my students feel positive about playing music, and to see them make progress. I have a lot of patience and I know what it takes to play well. We have bi-yearly recitals on a grand piano for the families of my students. I'm always impr
essed with the results of their hard work.
As a Montessori teacher I have a government issued fingerprint clearance card and am happy to show that before beginning lessons.

Taking the journey of learning music with another person is amazing and I consider it an honor to be that person for each of my students. I hope you'll join me and discover what is possible through the piano!
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Amber October 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Cherise piano lessons were a pleasure for my kids while they were learning beginning piano. She taught from the same piano curriculum mainstream studios were teaching their students for a fraction of the cost. Cherise teaches with a gentle and patient approach. Having experience teaching students of all levels of ability and strengths, she knows how to tailor the lessons specific for the student.
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Samantha October 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Cherise was such a great piano teacher to our kids, I'm sad she moved away! She's patient and kind, and does a great job of keeping them on track. She was encouraging at the right time and connecting, so my children loved lessons and were motivated to do their best. We highly recommend her for piano lessons!
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Cherise S.

Cherise S.

Tucson, AZ 85748
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