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About Derek S.

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Tempe, AZ
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About Derek
My name is Derek, and I am a musician and music instructor based in Tempe, AZ. I have played music for nearly 25 years, during which time I've coached a diverse range of students, played hundreds of shows locally and regionally with several musical acts, and participated in dozens of recording projects as a session musician, producer, and songwriter. I strive to create a fun, relaxed learning environment, and students often commend me on my patience and positivity.

Many of my students have gone on to join signed bands, embark on national tours, jam at open mic nights, or simply master a few songs to play on the back porch with good friends and family. I believe I can teach anyone, and that there's always a way to reduce the complexity of learning. I aim to keep all lessons practical because I want to help people become musicians. Absol
ute beginners to advanced players welcome.

I'm flexible with musical styles, and I love how eclectic my students' musical tastes are. Whether it's rock, pop, indie, folk, country, jazz, or blues, one thing is true—a great song transcends genre. That's why I love to teach music theory and the building blocks of a song, including melody, harmony, rhythm, chord progressions, and chord structure. These skills give students the ability to learn their favorite songs in minutes, as well as write their own music.

I know how tough it can be to find the right teacher, so go ahead—check out the subjects I teach! Also, be sure to skim through the reviews that my students have left me, as I'm quite proud of them. If you have any questions, send me a message by clicking the "Ask Derek a Question" button above.

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Owen S. April 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Derek is patient and friendly. His knowledge keeps each lesson interesting and he makes lessons fun but educational. We really enjoy him.
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Mark March 22, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Derek was amazing! In the first lesson I learned more then I have in months with others. I felt he really took the time to understand where I was, and what would help me most. I didn't feel rushed and the way he explained concepts was amazing.

He is obviously a talented musician but has the ability to take that knowledge and make it accessible and understandable.

I would highly recommend Derek for any level of guitar player.
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Brad R. March 21, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Derek is a fantastic instructor! He is patient, and he will teach you how to play the songs you love to hear, without shortcuts. You will learn to play guitar. All you need is determination! I began my first leaaon with Derek having never even held a guitar before, and after 3 lessons, we are starting to learn songs from my favorite band!
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Derek S.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Phillip Z.

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Chandler, AZ

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About Phillip
I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me. They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and
excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

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I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

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Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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Sunny F. December 20, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
My first class was fantastic. Phillip cares about what I want to learn and he gives useful feedback and proper exercise/homework. I am motivated to practice everyday and look forward our my future sessions!
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Mark November 10, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Great first lesson. I felt comfortable and that Phillip was an excellent teacher.
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nadine May 22, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Taking online ukulele lessons with Phillip has been a wonderful experience. He is patient, supportive and makes the lessons fun. He gives really great explanations for things. So he’s a perfect instructor for a beginner like me. I feel really lucky to have found him. I highly recommend Philip.
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Phillip Z.

Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Adrienne K.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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About Adrienne
One of my favorite quotes from my favorite movie, Almost Famous:
"So Russell, what do you love about music?"
"To begin with...everything."

My musical background is probably like many other teachers - Masters of Music, 10+ years teaching experience, etc. Here are some characteristics that I think set me apart:

Broad Music Style and Interest - On any given day, I can listen to, perform, practice, or play everything from the Beatles to Bach to the Beastie Boys

Extensive Training - I studied with the Principal Harpist of the Philadelphia Orchestra and have performed with the prestigious Curtis Symphony Orchestra

Focused but Fun - I keep students on task but have a light hearted, humorous approach to teaching.

Adaptible - I've been teaching for over 10 years and believe I have a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method.
I recognize that not all teaching approaches work the same on every student and am able to shift accordingly.

Communicative - I'm available anytime if you have any questions during your practice during the week. I accept text messages and videos. I support you at all times!
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Harper December 27, 2018
· Harp · In studio
My daughter, Harper, had her very first lesson tonight! She loved it and Miss Adrienne was very patient with her. She can’t wait to come back :-)
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Erika December 20, 2018
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne is amazing. She clearly loves the harp and teaching it. She is very patient, even with an exuberant child. I also like that she uses technology to assist in learning. For instance, she had me download an app for my daughter to use to learn her notes. Obviously, a game makes it way easier to learn over other memorization techniques. Other times she has me video her practicing so we can make sure her technique is right.

I cannot recommend her enough!
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Samantha December 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Adrienne made learning piano both exciting and fun, but also still challenging enough. She is very friendly and made me feel comfortable right away, as I was nervous being new to playing piano. She'll help you correct your mistakes and push yourself to do better. She helped me to learn to read sheet music and the basics of piano very quickly, and from then on she helped me to improve. I highly recommend Adrienne as an instructor, especially if you are new to the instrument.
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Adrienne K.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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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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Hannah H. November 28, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Adam helped me a lot in my first lesson. I am excited to keep going.
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Catalina October 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
Adam is kind, patient and knowledgeable. I am excited to take these classes with him!
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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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J. Adam A.

Mesa, AZ 85204
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About Lacy S.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Hello! I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and did my undergraduate at Arizona State University. I have performed as a professional opera singer all over the country and have also performed in music theater productions throughout the valley. At Indiana University I was an Associate Instructor of Voice and I can teach styles ranging from pop to classical. I have extensive stage and audition experience and love to help others find ways to express themselves through singing and acting. I can help you learn to read music, improve your vocal technique and increase your range. Come experience the joy of singing!
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Sofia August 26, 2018
· Classical Voice · In studio
She is awesome!
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Jim W. April 17, 2018
· Singing · In home
Lacy has been a great instructor to our son. She has a great singing background that she is able to pass on to her students. It has been a pleasure having Lacy as our son's instructor.
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Terri September 9, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 17 year old daughter loved her!
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Lacy S.

Phoenix, AZ 85008
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About PAUL L.

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Tempe, AZ
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Hi! My name is Paul. I graduated in 2016 from Arizona State University with my Master of Music in Performance. I am completing the final year of my D.M.A. program at Arizona State University.

I have almost a decade of teaching experience that ranges from private, one-on-one lessons to larger masterclasses. My private students have auditioned into numerous all-region and all-state ensembles.

My performance experience is quite varied. I was a tenured member of the Washington-Idaho Symphony on bass trombone for five years. I left to pursue my Masters degree from ASU. Other orchestral experience includes several Summer Pops concerts with the Great Falls Symphony, some featured artists such as Kansas and Charlie Daniels. I have spent several years playing in jazz bands, Jazz I from the Uni
versity of Idaho and Concert Jazz Band from ASU. In the spring of 2016, I performed with ASU's Concert Jazz Band at Highland Jazz Festival where we featured Wayne Bergeron and Andy Martin. Recent performances include Salt River Brass' " Made in America" program featuring trumpet soloist Rex Richardson, Phoenix Theatre's run of "Bullets Over Broadway," and performing with and conducting the Arizona State University Trombone Ensemble at the 2017 International Trombone Festival. In December 2017, I made my solo debut performing with Salt River Brass. I recently attended the 2018 Pokorny Seminar where I worked with numerous musicians including Tim Higgins (SFO), Jim Markey (BSO), Dr. Andrew Glendening (Host/RSO), and Gene Pokorny (CSO).
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Donna December 15, 2018
· Trombone · In studio
Paul is a very gifted musician and a great teacher. He is passionate about music, and very patient with students. My son loves his trambone lessons. I highly recommend Paul.
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Bruce June 28, 2016
· Trombone · In home
I could tell Paul definitely knew all the tiny details about mastering the trombone since the first lesson. He recognized what I needed to improve upon in order to reach my goals in a timely manner, armed me with the tools to do so, and I have no doubt that I will achieve those goals as the lessons progress.
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PAUL L.

PAUL L.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Jeremy M.

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Gilbert, AZ
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I just want the best for everyone, I will make my self available and will help as much as I can.
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Jeremy M.

Gilbert, AZ 85233
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$22 / 30-min

About Sara H.

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Tolleson, AZ

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I love working with people and helping them discover and develop talents. I have been playing the piano since I was a child, and I have taught children, teens, and adults over the last 10+ years.

I expect my students to practice, but I also expect them to have fun and share their interests so that we can include their passions in the lesson plan. I am flexible and love to work with people who know what they want or help those who may not figure it out!
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Marissa Y. November 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Sara is very detailed and inspiring. She explains the reasons behind the music and helps scholars with a better understanding.
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Tiffiny July 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
While shopping for qualified piano teachers that have successful experience teaching toddler ages children, I luckily came across Miss Sara on. i would most definitely recommend her to all of my friends and family or anyone searching for piano instruction. From our first conversation, I knew she was an excellent fit and that she would be my four year old daughter's piano instructor. From her upbeat, friendly, helpful, and personable attitude; to her seasoned demeanor, extending patience and understanding with answering all of my questions and concerns...she assisted in our decision-making process without missing a beat.

Sara was very responsive, attentive, and never seemed bothered by the vast amount of concerns I had prior to starting lessons. She listened to everything we expected, and needed, then she eliminated our financial concerns by tailoring a beneficial lesson plan that also fit into our budget.

I sincerely appreciate her very caring, yet candid and honest, wealth of information. She made sure I was educated about and understood the importance of a decent starter keyboard, as well as, helped me narrow down options within our budget. She even went as far as to personally research equipment, per my criteria, in my area, and send me several different links to compare and review. Miss Sara's genuine helpfulness, knowledge overall, and reassurance without pressure was comforting throughout our decision making process.

Once I informed her of our decision to formally select her as our piano instructor, she made an appointment with me to come to my home and meet everyone; from my daughter (her new student), to me, my mother, and even our cat! 😁 Again she re-explained everything in great detail; which I need and love! She covered all of the costs, my expectations and hers, and we set up our lesson schedule. Also, she also made sure that our physical practice area at home was set up appropriately and conducive to proper and successful home piano practices; from equipment inspection and advice, to proper posture, seating, lighting, and music stand placement. She then went a step further and explained the importance of proper posture and ergonomical seating while practicing especially for extended periods of time.

I truly appreciate her very warm personable attitude, great expertise, and willingness, as well as flexibility, to work with all of my little qwirks. Lastly, if it were even possible (and it's not😉), I would say Miss Sara may be as excited, if not more, than my daughter is to get started with lessons! We can't wait!

We feel extremely lucky, and look forward to the opportunity for this new, positive musical education endeavor we are about to embark on, with Miss Sara Hammond as my daughter's piano teacher.
Thanks Miss Sara!
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Amy May 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
We loved having Sara teach our daughter piano in our home! She provided weekly lessons over a three year period and we found her to be encouraging, positive and enthusiastic. She was always prompt and used lesson time efficiently. She clearly communicated expectations, but made lessons fun at the same time. It was great to see our daughter's confidence grow as her skills developed. We highly recommend Sara for piano students of all ages.
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Sara H.

Phoenix, AZ 85034
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About Panagiota K.

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Tempe, AZ

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I have been teaching nearly 20 years at several universities including Indiana University and Arizona State University, as well as beginning and intermediate students. Building a strong foundation and cultivating music expression, I have successfully prepared students for entrance auditions of undergraduate and graduate music programs at Universities and for regional/ all state orchestra auditions. I also teach the Suzuki method to beginner students. I believe that music makes smart kids smarter. All ages and levels are welcome, whether you want to play professionally or for fun!
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Jeff November 13, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Dr. Kalantzi has been an excellent instructor for my daughter. We have been taking lessons from her for several years. She is very personable and patient with my daughter, knows how to motivate her and make each lesson (and homework) fun, and continues to look for ways to help her improve. I would recommend Dr. Kalantzi for anyone new to violin as well as for more seasoned musicians.
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Kristin October 30, 2018
· Violin · In studio
I have been taking music lessons from Panagiota for over a year. I am very pleased with my progress on my instrument, and she has definitely helped me improve! Her teaching style creates a positive and enjoyable atmosphere at every lesson. As well, Panagiota’s musical knowledge and instructional abilities make music lessons fun and productive!
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Alexis October 24, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Panagiota is an amazing instructor, and I have improved so greatly since I started lessons with her! I completely recommend Panagiota as an instructor if you’re looking to make progress and greatly improve your violin or viola skills. She is a patient, knowledgeable, and spectacular instructor to have!
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Panagiota K.

Panagiota K.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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About Melissa M.

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I am a clarinetist and woodwind doubler in the Phoenix area. I perform as a member of the Driftwood Quintet, and consistently in theater companies across the Valley.
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Melissa M.

Melissa M.

Phoenix, AZ 85004
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