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About Karen R.

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Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and stage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, who performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though
Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-6 Choristers group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, Mrs. Darling and a Pirate in Peter Pan, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school and music teacher at Grace Christian Academy, Bethany Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy part-time.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU who traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

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Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

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I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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Lucy B. August 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Karen is terrific!
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David A. July 8, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Aaron B.

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Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilitation.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

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I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

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A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Sam W. January 7, 2017
· Drum · In home
Very knowledgeable and a good teacher.
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Dan D. June 24, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Aaron is a good instructor and a great resource for knowledge. Learning alot.
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dave August 24, 2015
· Music Theory · In home
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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$23 / 30-min

About J. Adam A.

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I've been playing drums and percussion since the age of 13, and teaching as soon as I graduated high school. I have studied and performed on all manner of percussion instruments, with emphasis on Rudimental Drumming and Drumset. I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music from Rollins College, and my Master's Degree in Music from the University of Florida, and outside of the world of academia I've played with Orchestras, Drum Corps, Indoor Drumlines, Rock, Jazz, and Steel Bands, as well as all manner of Wind and Percussion Ensembles. I've also been playing Guitar and Bass for about 5 years, and studied Piano in college.

My home studio has everything you'll need to learn, play, and succeed at your instrument of choice!
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Cole H. September 4, 2017
· Drum · In home
J. Adam was everything we had hoped. He was patient with my son and praised the things he was doing well. We are excited for the lessons ahead. Thanks J. Adam!!
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Sheryle W. March 4, 2013
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I Highly recommend Adam as an instructor! He Is great with my son.
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J. Adam A.

Mesa, AZ 85204
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$24 / 30-min

About Carolyn B.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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About Carolyn
Carolyn has taught advanced, intermediate and beginning violin and viola lessons for over twenty five years. She has also taught beginning piano and cello for over eighteen years. Carolyn earned her Doctorate in Music Performance from Arizona State University. She has taught in the Maricopa Community Colleges as well as in Scottsdale School District. Carolyn is very good with young students, teens, as well as adults. She is currently the Principal Violist of the Scottsdale Philharmonic, and the Conductor of the Four Seasons Orchestra. She is the violist with Four Seasons String Quartet.
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Cagney B. September 15, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Carolyn was wonderful with my daughter we really liked her she had a very positive attitude and we were thrilled can't wait for our next lesson
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Eliana S. April 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Carolyn has been a great instructor for our daughter. She is knowledgeable, patient and uses positive reinforcement to facilitate learning. We are off to a great start and look forward to seeing the progress our daughter will make.
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Karen K. August 30, 2015
· Violin · In home
Carolyn has done a great job with my son on the violin. She is filling in the missing pieces from his past instruction and is making sure he gets what he needs going forward. She also encourages as she teaches.
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Carolyn B.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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About Victor Q.

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Phoenix, AZ
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About Victor
I believe that any student will practice more if he or she likes the music they are playing. Periodically I will ask a student to give me a name of a piece of music that they would like to learn how to play. I notate it for them, often simplifying the rhythm and chords in Finale NotePad and give it to them free of charge. I teach students how to play music on their given instrument. Not just how to play the instrument but working on technique, finger dexterity, expert note reading ability and total musicianship. How to play a piece of music that will move the audience emotionally. I stress vocabulary and music history and theory as part of being a well-trained musician.
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Suzanna June 12, 2017
· Cello · In studio
In my opinion, having been an educator in the Isaac School District for many years, Mr. Quintana exhibits excellent teaching techniques and strategies to enable the learner to be successful. He is professional, prepared, courteous, and prompt. For the past 6 years, Mr.Quintana has been my cello instructor. The environment that he creates as an educator provides an excellent foundation for continued learning. Mr. Quintana's knowledge of string instruments and piano are superb.
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Laurie June 10, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Victor is a great instructor and a great person. He is wonderful with my young son, who was an absolute beginner when he started lesson with Victor at age 8. My son has a learning disability that makes it harder for him to read music and process instructions. Victor worked with all of that with patience and respect. Now my son can play beautiful songs and perform in front of others. I believe that learning music has also helped my son become better at reading, math, and thinking! Most of all, he feels successful about his guitar skills, which adds to his confidence. I cannot thank Victor enough!
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Kelly June 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Victor is really professional and knowledgable and I would recommend him to anyone who is learning to play for the first time 👍
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Victor Q.

Phoenix, AZ 85015
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About Trang N.

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I like to teach kids, students, and adults, one-on-one to help them reach their goals whether it's Fitness, Music, Math, Spelling, Chemistry, or Spanish.
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Vincent W. February 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Trang was wonderful, she is great with children and all ages. Highly recommend Trang to anyone! I couldn't be happier and she willing to work around my schedule which is a plus. Her rate is great and affordable. My kids love it!
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Aubrey M. October 19, 2016
· Algebra · In studio
I was disappointed that the instructors page stated she would be able to meet in my home and she is not. Trang was flexible with her schedule for us to meet at her home, but that does not suit our needs at this time. Otherwise, she was kind and accommodating with her willingness to help teach.
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Isla August 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter really enjoyed her class and can't wait for more lessons!
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Trang N.

Mesa, AZ 85209
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$15 / 30-min

About April S.

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April has a background in classical and musical theatre with over 26 years of music experience and 16+ years of teaching experience. She studied vocal performance at MCC, played classical violin for 14 years, viola for 2, cello for 1, piano for 16, and studied voice for 26 years. She has also composed music for small indie films, in addition to releasing several CD’s of her own music.
Not only is April a passionate and dedicated instructor/musician but she is also very patient, which when learning anything new is so crucial.
With private lessons you not only learn how to play or sing, but also learn how to:
Read music, Write music, Keep tempo
Play, read, and write music scales, arpeggios, chords
Use a microphone and perform on a stage/in front of a crowd
In addition to learning required music you will also be able to learn your
favorite songs!
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Michael L. August 1, 2016
· Songwriting · In studio
April really went out of her way to make me feel comfortable. April listened to what I want to get out of my lessons and is going way up and beyond to help me reach my goal.
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April S.

April S.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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$25 / 30-min

About YEIL P.

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About YEIL
I am currently a cellist in Arizona Opera, a doctoral candidate at Arizona State University, and an active teacher and performer all across the US! Previously the Graduate Teaching Assistant to Tom Landschoot at Arizona State for two years, I also have over ten years of teaching experience, including my own studio in Iowa and Arizona. Many of my students have been chosen for the All-State orchestra in both Arizona and Iowa, and I have also served faculty at both Cellobration and Tucson Cello Congress.
As a performer, I play with Arizona Opera (tenured member), The Phoenix Symphony, and also as a soloist and chamber musician.
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Vanessa August 27, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Very knowledgeable, kind, and a great teacher!
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YEIL P.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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$35 / 30-min

About William G.

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Chandler, AZ

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I am a professional guitar instructor. I earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and graduated with High Honors. My formal training includes classical guitar performance, jazz guitar and improvisation, music theory and arranging, psychology, piano, violin, recording, and much more.

With over 25 years of teaching experience and well over 30 years of experience playing music, I have enjoyed working with students as well as other musicians with broadly diverse backgrounds. I have performed solo, played in rock bands, blues and jazz combos, duos, trios, and classical guitar quartets as well as large guitar ensembles.

Students currently studying with me include young through older adult and retirement age students with performance goals ranging from the private, personal enjoyment of playing music, to professional and semi-profess
ional aspirations.

I strive to provide a friendly, comfortable learning environment my students can thrive in. I won't pressure you to play in recitals in order to increase my studio size, but I will greatly encourage you to play an active role in customizing your own individual curriculum. As soon as you have the skills to do so, you should be learning to play the music you love.

Regardless of what your musical goals are, I would love to help you learn the skills you need to reach them. Thank you so much for your time.
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Nicole B. September 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
I've been a self taught student via the internet for a year and a half and I recently moved to Phoenix and decided to take a stab at taking lessons. I've been taking lessons with William for one month and I can honestly say, I've learn more in my first lesson then I've learned the year and half I've been playing on my own. I was blown away with his patience, knowledge, and passion for teaching guitar.

William is definitely worth more then what take lesson charges. His lessons has super exceeded by expectation. I highly recommend taking lessons with him, there so much information he teaches regarding reading music, the proper way to hold the guitar, proper technique, learning scales, the proper way to hold a pick and proper equipment selection base on your style.

I can go on and on, but the bottom line is choosing William as a teacher will be an investment with your guitar playing and I promise you will not be disappointed.
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Larry August 22, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I've taken lessons from William for several years. He helped me choose several of my guitars and worked with me on my acoustic, classical and electric guitars. His knowledge is extensive as guitars are his life. I've had other guitar instructors who teach to make money, or on the side. William on the other hand, teaches because he lives guitar, it's his passion.

William is exceptional with many of the technical aspects that improved my playing efficiency and increased my safety on the guitar. You might ask, "What do I mean by safety?" He taught me how to hold my guitar and reinforces playing it in a manner that reduces the potential for injuries and allows me to play for longer periods of time without getting tired. That's very important if you love the guitar!

No matter what style of playing I'm interested in, William has been excellent in showing me how to achieve the sound I'm looking for. If I want to play a particular song and he doesn't know it, all I have to do is play it on I-Tunes for him. He immediately shows me how to play the song, or adapt it to my level so that I can.

William is a patient and enthusiastic teacher that encourages and challenges me to continue to improve. That's why I continue to take lessons from him and recommend him to anyone who is serious about learning to play.
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Ron M August 13, 2017
· Blues Guitar · In studio
I chose to take up the guitar later in life (after retirement). I did not read music nor did I feel that I had any rhythm. William was extremely patient with me and brought me to levels that far exceeded my expectations. William has a rare ability to be able to put a person at ease and reduce their tension level. Sometimes it was through playing and sometimes through playing. He was able to read my apprehension level very well and seemed to always choose the correct method. I moved away from the area and thus far have not found a guitar teacher with the same abilities. Regardless of age or ability, I would recommend William to anyone. Were it not so expensive I would gladly fly back to Phoenix once a week to continue my lessons with William.
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William G.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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About Phyllis R.

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I started playing flute in 1969 (5th grade) in Tempe, AZ. So many wonderful private lesson teachers and band/orchestra directors fostered a love of music, the satisfaction of mastery and the excitement of playing in many different kinds of ensembles.
I graduated with a BA in music performance Arizona State University and have been teaching private flute/piccolo since 1976. I love playing and studying flute and I hope my students see that as we learn together. It is so rewarding working with new flute students because getting them started with the very best habits assures they will stay with the flute. I teach to see children grow, not only in music instruction, but in being able to apply those skills in life.

Weekly lessons include mastery in technique, duets, solos with piano accompaniment, composition and music theory. We will have
two recitals each year; one informal and one formal. What a joy for everyone to hear the progress and to encourage each other.
A few highlights of my life in music include:
• Lyric Opera Orchestra and multiple ensembles at ASU
• Phoenix Little Theatre
• Principle Flautist, Nouveau West Chamber Orchestra
• Sub and extra for Phoenix Symphony, New Mexico Symphony.
• Piccolo Masterclass at National Flute Association Convention
• Weddings and corporate gigs with harpist Jill Pack
• Principle Flautist, East Valley Chorale Orchestra

Every student is different in the way they learn, understand, retain and share music. It is my job, and joy, to find out what works best for you.
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Laurie September 21, 2017
· Flute · In studio
I highly recommend Phyllis Reed a flute instructor! Her knowledge and passion for her instrument is contagious and inspiring. She brings with it a level of commitment to learning the basics well and brings out the best in her students in a fun, caring environment.
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Phyllis R.

Gilbert, AZ 85295
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