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The building blocks of theory are in every piece of music we play no matter what the instrument we choose to perform on once theory is mastered there isn't anything you can't do!

About Peter
Hi, there! My name is Peter Verdugo and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have loved helping my students learn how to read music, perform in groups at a higher level, and compose their own music. I went to GCU and earned a degree in Music Education in 2016. I'm a mello kind of fellow and my teaching style is engaging, fun, and effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Method Books
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Helping students get to the next level of performing and writing
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Reggie October 30, 2017
· Music Theory · In home
Peter is an incredible instructor. His breadth of knowledge and understanding is unparalleled to that of anyone I have ever encountered. He is patient, and kind and genuine all around good guy. I enjoy working with him.
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Mary Margaret September 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Pete is an excellent. Very patient and a good sense of humor. As a late in life learner I was anxious about learning something new. Pete let's me go at my own pace. I highly recommend him.
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Jon Jon J. July 10, 2015
· Trumpet · In studio
Peter is very nice and my son really enjoyed his lesson. I really am glad we got Peter as his teacher!
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Tempe, AZ 85283
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About Phillip Z.

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Chandler, AZ

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Some people are afraid of music theory, they think it is a bad word. However, all my instrumental students learn music theory. There is nothing to fear. Music theory is foundational, as important as learning scales and chords. It is necessary to know to play at a high level. In classical music it is an interpretive tool, in jazz it is a tool for improvising. Like note reading, it opens up entire worlds for us to explore. It is FUN!

I teach theory, composition, and improvisation to students of all instruments, even instruments I do not play. I love working with violinists, vocalists, even dulcimer players. I am also available to tutor those who are prepping for high school and college.

My basic chord function theory course is twelve lessons / assignments. With that information students have the knowledge to progress to analytical and improvisational concepts. With some time and effort, everyone I've taught has learned it happily and easily.

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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Carmen & Ethan J. January 12, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My 8 years found him funny and helpful. They got a lot out of their lesson so far and are wishing they could see him more than once a week 😊
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Bonnie R. May 10, 2017
· Ukulele · Online
Happy Teachers Day! You are a great ukulele instructor and make learning fun. I am having a great time. Thank you for your patience and encouragement. Keep on plucking :)
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Jeri A. March 30, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Phillip is extremely knowledgeable in music. He is able to keep me on track of what my goal is and keeps me from wandering into areas that I am not ready for and wasting time. He stretches me in the written music, rhythm and timing. He is pulling me out of my slump.
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Phillip Z.

Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Andrew A.

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Tempe, AZ

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With a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Arizona State University, I have plenty of experience with music theory, and I'm here to share my knowledge with you on the instrument of your choice!

About Andrew
My name is Andrew, and I've been a musician nearly my entire life. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, but my background goes far beyond classical music. My performance experiences range from playing violin in my high school symphony orchestra to playing lead guitar in a Santana cover band, and just about everything in between! As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and encouraging. My biggest goal is to inspire you and help you discover a similar passion for music as I've developed over the years.

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While I do expect students to practice consistently, I always do my best to tailor the lesson plans to their wants as well as their needs so practice is both fun and challenging. For students pursuing classical music, I'll typically start them in a book an
d reading sheet music, but for just about anything else, the lesson plans will be more customized to the taste of my students and will not require music reading ability in most cases. After the first few months, my students can expect to have a solid understanding of music, their instrument, and what steps to take to reach their long term goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my own guitar and bass guitar, but for piano and drum lessons, the student will need their own instrument and a quiet area to get the most from the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
While I have a degree in classical guitar, I have several years of experience with blues and classic rock, specifically on the electric guitar and drums. Aside from those, I enjoy all genres of music and have plenty of musical experience outside of the aforementioned genres.
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Gage October 7, 2016
· Drum · In home
My great nephew has been taking drum lessons and he loves the lessons and is making really good progress. Andrew makes all the difference. He engages and encourages Gage to continue and he is fun.
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Avery D. October 20, 2015
· Guitar · In home
Avery really enjoyed her first lesson. Thanks Andrew!
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Tempe, AZ 85282
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About Carolyn R.

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Music reading: sight singing, ear training (voice); sight reading, chords, harmony and transposition, improvisation (piano)

About Carolyn
I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience.

I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages.

As a soprano, I have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US, and have sung professionally with many choral ensembles. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher.

In addition, I have performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts.

Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University.

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y expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement:, stretches, breathing, and relaxation while focusing on good posture. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness.

For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory.
After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred.

Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them!

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lessons in large living room with upright piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire

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Opera, classical, musical theater
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Yitao C. December 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Carolyn is a very nice instructor. She is very patient and knowledgeable. I learn a lot from her and enjoy every lesson.
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Bryana S. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
Great first lesson! Carolyn was awesome !
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Jon R. May 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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Phoenix, AZ 85044
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About Alysia R.

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About Alysia
Music has been my passion for the past 18 years. I started piano when I was 5 yrs old and the violin when I was 7 yrs old. I continued with lessons until I entered the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. During my sophomore year, I took additional classes at Wayne Sate University for music theory and in my senior year I took on my first piano students. I have been teaching piano, violin and music theory ever since. I have also choreographed and taught dance for many years as dancing has been with me since my first lessons at 4 yrs old. My focus is in ballet, tap and jazz. I am a graduate from Eastern Michigan University where I was actively a part of the music and dance program.

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I remember my piano teacher and I try to keep her balance of fun and learning. I am a very fun teacher, but I do expect my stu
dents to work, and learn. I introduce learning games and have contests. I also regularly quiz my students. For the younger students I like to inform the parents about what they should be practicing and of any theory exercises they may have for the week. Music is a rewarding and enjoyable passion that I try to pass on to my students.

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Students should have their own instruments. I will provide the first books, but they will have to provide the books that come after and I will assist them with that.

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I've been doing ballet, tap and jazz for 16 years and i taught all of them for about two years. I teach classical piano and violin.
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Larry M. October 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Jacob is slightly autistic and being able to relate to the instructor was very important to his success. Alysia did a great job in working with Jacob and we look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Victoria October 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Excellent teacher!
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Suriya R. September 20, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Alysia is my 7yr old son's violin teacher. I send him for few lessons to boost up his learning at school. My son loved it. This review is based on my son's interest and opinion on Alysia's teaching. She is friendly, kind and knowledgeable. We will go again when we plan him to continue violin learning.
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Alysia R.

Chandler, AZ 85286
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Tempe, AZ

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Music theory tutoring for students at a beginning to intermediate level. Chord structures, intervals, major and minor modes, functional harmony, tonality, and more.

About Kristilyn
I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to teaching at Grand Canyon University and performing with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country, I'm also a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club. We've gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding out what motivates and inspires them, and helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Debbie January 14, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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Owen December 10, 2017
· Bassoon · Online
Good lesson.
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Janet November 18, 2017
· Bassoon · Online
Great teacher and knows a lot of what she is doing
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Tempe, AZ 85282
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About Karen A M.

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Thorough and useful grounding. Application to pieces and performance including music history, especially as pertains to performance of pieces.

About Karen A
Give the Gift of Music! "Music brings joy to the heart, peace to the soul & life to everything." "We teach children music, not so they can make beautiful music, but because music makes beautiful children." Two of my favorite quotes. I've taught for many years and I love what I do. Watching a student learn and grow is more rewarding than anything else.

Furthermore, Music is beneficial! No one thing is better than music for child's development and or for stimulating your own brain. Studies show that it can even help stave off dementia and other results of aging. Why? Music is the only activity that we do that uses All areas of the brain at once. Music increases IQ (in children), improves intuitive math and reading skills, raises test scores and the ability to focus and more. Furthermore, Students who study music are also more likely to
graduate, go to College and to be accepted at demanding schools like law and medicine. Music is a great way to maintain your mental skills and flexibility, explore different times, cultures and styles.

I AM A:
- An experienced teacher (since 1983) with typically up to 55 private lessons weekly.
- An experienced and successful teacher in working with a wide range of disabilities.
- Professional Pianist (since 1981).
- Nationally Certified Piano Teacher with MTNA.
- Certified teacher in all levels of Kindermusik (14 years).
- Certified teacher of Orff-Schuelwerk (2004).
- Experienced teacher in working with a wide variety of disabilities.
- Teacher (was) for the pioneering studies on music and brain development at UC Irvine.
- Founder of the Empire Music Teachers Association.
- Was District IV Coordinator for the California MTA (5 years).

WHAT IS A TYPICAL LESSON LIKE?
- Arrive and get your things out
- Warm-ups: trills, scales, 5 finger patterns, thirds, octaves, etc.
- Did you have trouble on your assignments this week? If so, we'll go directly to that.
- Demonstration of all pieces while working on any problems
- Assignment and demonstration, practice and special directions for each piece.
- Theory check and new assignment. Complete as needed.
- As time permits, review of flashcards, ear training and so forth.
- Music Lab (either before or after the lesson as fits in with the students around you) - 15-20 minutes of independent study: musical computer games to support what we are working on, read books about music, composers, music history and so forth, listen to music as supports what we are working on, complete any missed theory assignments, review of flashcards if needed.

WHO AM I?
I am Karen. I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Trumpet, Drums and Harpsichord and am currently working on learning Zither, Autoharp, Dulcimer, and Soprano & Alto Recorders, and sometimes the guitar (when I have a chance). Of course, I also regularly read and attend lectures, conferences, seminars and master classes to always improve my teaching skills. I have been teaching piano and music theory for over 31 years in this area and have played professionally. I am a member in good standing with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was with the California Association of Music Teachers (CAPMT), Empire Music Teachers Association (EMTA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Suzuki Association of North America, the National & the Inland Empire Kodaly-Orff Association, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – I have not hooked up here yet. I am a fully certified and licensed teacher of Kindermusik and Musikgarten and have earned National Certification (NCTM) through the MTNA and have earned Level I & II (out of 3) in Orff-Scheulwerk. I was District IV Coordinator for CAPMT, and Vice President then President of the EMTA. I keep busy and love teaching!

WHAT DO WE DO HERE?
I try hard to present students with a solid, broad based approach with an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of musical comprehension, music reading, musical memory, and ear development. These are essential to playing and enjoyment of any instrument! To this end we cover theory, music history, performance, technique and practical application. These basics are supplemented and reinforced by the monthly group sessions, several annual field trips, access to regional, state and national music competitions and performances, as well as the formal Student Evaluations each Spring. I have a full music lab, an extensive library of music and music reference materials and up to date postings on local free or low cost musical events While I tend to emphasize classical music and technique, we will also cover a wide range of music in various meters and modalities: classical, popular and world music in solos and duets. Supplementary books are available: holiday, religious, popular, classical, music from specific times, places, composers, movies... or whatever the student wishes, when they are ready. My personal goal is not to have a studio full of competition performers. A few are always nice of course, but the average student just wants to be able to make music - to make it sing. I DO want them to understand, appreciate, and be able to pick up something and figure it out - or apply what they know to another instrument. Once music is part of a life, it never leaves; it is the one universal language.

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Karen, NCTM
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Pat May 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Miss Karen is wonderful and our 6 year-old granddaughter loves her. We are so pleased that we found her.
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Elaina March 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Karen is very knowledgeable and understanding with a young student!!
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Sara W. January 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Karen was very organized and was more than willing to cater the lesson to my skill level. Great first day!
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Phoenix, AZ 85022
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Theory/ Composition. Students of Music Theory can transfer their knowledge to quickly learn any instrument. Materials will be a tailored recipe variable per student

About Tyler
My name is Tyler. I have taken lessons on six different instruments with piano being the primary at ten years of lessons. I received a Bachelor's Degree in Music Theory/Composition from Southwest Minnesota State University and moved to the Phoenix area in January of 2016. I teach at a music school four afternoons/evenings a week and am looking to fill out my schedule with in-home private lessons. I've taught, tutored, and mentored students of various levels of skill and I very much enjoy teaching. I strongly believe in developing a student's love for music by allowing them to have a say in what they learn. I believe exposure is one of the best ways to develop a student's taste for music. The appreciation for many genres can open up doorways that would otherwise be inaccessible. I won't let a student choose the entirety of their cur
riculum, rather I'll work with them to develop a curriculum that is interesting to them, but also educational. I am definitely available to travel farther, as long as you're not in Chandler. Due to an agreement with my job, I can not accept students from Chandler.
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Alex November 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Tyler was so good with my very active 4 year old, and I look forward to continuing to work with him!
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Joanne C. September 1, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
I had so many questions, and sometimes the same question. He was very patient with me, and very kind. You can tell he loves what he does and he loves music. I'm excited to keep learning.
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Kierslynn M. May 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great teacher. Always communicates schedule and my kids love him already.
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Mesa, AZ 85204
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I've taught music theory since 2013. I teach traditional classical counterpoint and voice leading, modern jazz theory, and twentieth century extended harmonic techniques. I bring the students examples from various time periods and styles to analyze the theoretical framework of music.

About Bryan
Bryan Deister has been teaching private lessons since high school and is currently available to teach out of his studio or in your home.

Bryan received a Bachelors of Arts in piano performance from Berklee College of Music in 2016. As an expert in piano performance, sound design, sound engineering, and composition, Bryan is excited to help people achieve their musical goals. Bryan has studied many musical idioms especially Jazz, Classical, Blues, and many world folk and classical traditions. Bryan is a composer and songwriter, who uses many composition techniques from traditional baroque counterpoint, twelve tone serialism, and traditional Carnatic forms.

Bryan helps his students to play easily with relaxed technique, but to also understand the compositional integrity. Bryan also helps his students with ear training and improvis
ational excersizes. Though mostly Bryan explores new musical avenues with his students to help them succeed.
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Daniel March 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bryan is deeply knowledgeable about all kinds of music from jazz to classical to world music. He is a great player as well as an experienced composer and improviser. Whether you need to learn the piano or get help with a recording project at his studio, he has the knowledge and skill set to help you succeed.
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Cam March 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I went to Bryan for a piano lesson--it was great! He was extremely patient and definitely knows his stuff. He was able to carefully and clearly explain challenging musical ideas to me. He also provided very practical tips that almost immediately improved my piano playing. When teaching, he is able to demonstrate even the most complex of techniques. The lesson was informative and well taught! None of my previous teachers even come close. I'll definitely be back!
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Mesa, AZ 85213
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I have completed courses ranging from 1500s-present music theory.

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Hello I am Raul I have been playing guitar for 12+ years. I have attended Phoenix College and Glendale Community College and have completed an Associates Degree. I am also planning to complete a Bachelors Degree in Music Education at ASU. Musical styles that I have experience in are Classical, Rock, Heavy Metal, and Jazz.
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Tempe, AZ 85281
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