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About Marty W.

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Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.

"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty

Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studi
ed in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.

You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.

As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.

I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.

Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.

Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.

As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.

Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.

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In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.

As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.

Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).

*** Specialties ***
Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing
Have experience with conducting choral music
Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading
Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)
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Elly June 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
I was so nervous before my first lesson. Marty went above and beyond to put me at ease and made me feel excited and hopeful about my skill set. I chose her because of what other people had said and they were all right. You won't regret working with her.
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Grace July 27, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I enjoyed how flexible Marty is . She is a nice teacher who embraces different cultures and approaches.
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Anne B. March 3, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I am retired and wanted to start playing piano again after many years. Marty tailors my lessons to my skill level and to the kind of music I want to play. She is very personable, extremely well organized, and is a very effective teacher.
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Chandler, AZ 85224
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About Maurice S.

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Phoenix, AZ
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I taught special education in private schools for over 20 years, and then worked in the insurance industry for a few years before earning my teaching certificate and returning to teaching in the last 3 years.
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Matt May 30, 2017
· Algebra · In home
very poor
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Colin M. October 24, 2016
· Hebrew · In studio
Maurice is a blessing to my life and an answer to my prayers. If you are serious about learning Hebrew this man is the man to see. He is on time, good natured, and patient. His teaching method gives quick results.
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Kim Swenson August 6, 2015
· Math · In home
I am in my second year of homeschooling and had prayed specifically for a male teacher to come alongside us and assist in our homeschooling adventure. Although my son, who is six, is not having any difficulties at the moment, homeschooling is still new to me and I was hoping I could find someone who would keep us accountable and help fill in any gaps in my son's schooling. We have found Maurice to be just what we needed. He is engaging and encouraging and has been helpful in sharing strategies and teaching techniques that foster comprehensive learning and not merely memorization.
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Maurice S.

Phoenix, AZ 85015
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About Anabelle C.

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When did you begin playing [instrument], and why?:

I've been singing since I was about 8. I began to play piano when I was a teenager, because many of my classmates were very skilled at the piano, and I became inspired to be like them.

What are your personal goals as a musician?:

I love opera, and my goal is to compose my own. I plan on working closely with the librettist, since I'm a poet as well.

Do you have a memory of a time when a musical concept or technique really clicked? Something you'll remember forever?:

I never knew what perfect pitch was until I was much older. I also didn't realize I had perfect pitch until a professor at an audition made me aware of my ability. Since then, it's become a wonderful tool.

What is your favorite piece of advice from one of your past (or current) teachers?:

Being compassion
ate with a student will allow them to fearlessly open up to their potentials.

What was your most challenging moment learning an instrument?:

In the winter months, my body feels tight and cold, and sometimes this causes tension during playing or singing. That's why to me it's important to work in a warm environment, do proper daily stretching, and have a healthy lifestyle (good diet, exercise, proper sleep).

What is your biggest musical achievement?:

Composing a fugue.

Favorite thing about teaching?:

I love sharing my passion for music with other human beings.

What is a piece of advice you would like to share with anyone learning music?:

If at first you don't succeed, try try again. Music is meant to be fun, enjoy it!

Personal music projects: i.e. bands, groups, shows, recording, etc. (if any):

In 2015, I composed the music for my sister's walk down the aisle (wedding piece). Additional compositions underway, member of American Composer's Forum, member of Contemplum (composition club at Temple), participant in the Oticons Film Score Contest.

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About Anabelle...

Anabelle has been involved with sounds and music from an early age. Her greatest forte is her hearing. When she was young, people thought she might become a voice actor, because her skill at replicating voices was quite apparent. Still, she loved to sing and had been regularly involved in choirs. She dabbled in violin in the fifth grade, but she didn't feel a "click." Without despairing, she tried her luck with piano and felt instantly in sync. She knew this was the right instrument for her. During her piano studies, she continued to work on her voice. In addition, she studied the workings of a sound board, and was head sound chief at her high school. At the college level, she began to pursue composition, while still continuing with piano and vocal studies. She holds an A.A. with a music focus (piano performance), a B.M. in music theory, and a M.M in music education from Boston University. She has been teaching music since 2006 and has worked with a wide range of ages and various group sizes. Her joy is working with people in a field that she is passionate about. Her interests include music (jazz, classical, opera, new age), ballet, composition, yoga, meditation, going to the gym, hiking and camping, scuba-diving, sailing,Traditional Chinese Medicine and acupuncture, cooking and baking, film-editing, sound engineering, poetry, reading good books, building websites, and watching documentaries.
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Anabelle C.

Anabelle C.

Chandler, AZ 85224
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About Andrea G.

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Phoenix, AZ
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Although I do not have a background check through take lessons.com, I do have an IVP fingerprint card. My background has been cleared for teaching.
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Andrea G.

Phoenix, AZ 85028
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$50 / 30-min

About Hannah V.

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Paradise Valley, AZ
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I was born in Seoul, Korea. I'm a native Korean speaker. I came to the US When I was 20 years old in 1996 to study music. I hold a Masters of Music degree in Music Theory from the University of Texas in Austin and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from the University of Texas in San Antonio. Also, I have over 16 years of teaching experience. I'm an active member of MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) and my piano students have opportunities to participate in various piano events such as recitals and competitions.

I'm here to help you with learning piano or Korean.
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Rakefet July 26, 2017
· Korean · In studio
It didn't seem as if she had any experience teaching Korean. After the first lesson I decided to switch teachers.
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Hannah C. July 27, 2016
· Korean · In studio
Hannah was an excellent teacher! She is very knowledgable and enthusiastic! I recommend her to anyone wanting to learn the Korean language.
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Hannah V.

Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
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About Corinne L.

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About Corinne
Hello! :-)
I am French native and grew up in Normandie France; I have lived in the States for many years. I am dynamic and fun!
If you are looking for French tutoring, preparing for a test, document translation, a personal or business translator, or a French tour design, I'm your person!
I am experienced in teaching and tutoring children and adults. I home schooled 4 children. While going through college, I taught French classes for adults who were preparing a business or personal trip to France. I also tutored French to many students. I was a Physician Assistant. Later, I served as a Guide in France for the USO of a military base while stationed in Germany. In the last several years I was in Business as a manager, trainer, team builder requiring different teaching approaches. I also coach CrossFit, CrossFit Endurance (and do runnin
g analysis), health and wellness, and I am a Personal Trainer. Tell me your goal and I will design a program for you.
Ready to have fun with this?!
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Terri B. April 18, 2016
· French · In home
Corinne has been a wonderful French teacher! My lessons are tailored to my needs. She gives me clear and understandable examples and explanations that resonate well with me. She's personable, patient, supportive, and encouraging. I highly recommend her to you! Take a chance: I'm glad that I did!
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April E. September 8, 2015
· French · In home
She's excellent. She is just great. Recommend!
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Corinne L.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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About Marina O.

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Phoenix, AZ
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I am a software engineer who has over 10 years professional experience. I have expert knowledge of the Python, Java, PHP, HTML and Javascript programming languages, as well as the MySQL relational database, CSS and the MVC architecture. I am a native Russian speaker and am fluent in the Hebrew language (read, speak, write); have experience teaching both and translating to/from them.
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Marina O.

Marina O.

Phoenix, AZ 85085
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$30 / 30-min

About Jeehyae D.

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I was born and raised in Seoul, South Korea. I spent my first 20 years in Korea. I earned a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University. While completing my studies at NAU, I was the vice-president of the Korean club teaching college students the Korean language (reading, writing, speaking), and culture.

I have experience teaching Korean to students ranging in skill from beginner to advanced. Students can expect to learn not only the language but also Korean culture and how the language is actually used outside of textbooks.

I also worked at the international office at NAU and Ajou University in Korea. So because of this, I am very experienced in teaching and speaking to students who are either learning English or Korean, and have a strong ability to increase their learning speed.
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Morgan July 3, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Jeehye was amazing! She was extremely patient and helpful. I didn't know much Korean before jeehye taught me but she really took the time to work with me and make sure I knew what was being taught before moving on. I love learning Korean from her!
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Connor July 3, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Jeehyae was also an excellent teacher to me. She was always prepared with lesson materials and ready to answer all of my questions. Would recommend her to anyone looking to learn Korean!
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Keevan June 26, 2017
· Korean · In studio
Extremely helpful in teaching conversational Korean, and excellent in helping with proper pronunciation.
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Jeehyae D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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About Laura S.

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I am a professional singer, artist, voice artist, and actress. I graduated from the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors of Music, and a Professional Studies degree from the Cleveland Institute of Music, both specifically voice performance.

Voice and music students will work weekly to improve their vocal technique. I teach students to use the proper foundational breath and tension-free techniques to find their individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

Art, acting, and other students will learn the basics in their subject and professional level advice and training.
I teach music and art students of all different ages and backgrounds.
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Laura S.

Laura S.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
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$17 / 15-min

About Liubov E.

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Do you want to learn Russian but you don't know where to start? The best way to learn a language is with a private teacher. But sometimes, it is difficult to find a reliable native speaker near us. I have the solution: if you want to learn Russian, I'm going to help you.
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Liubov E.

Liubov E.

Phoenix, AZ 85014
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$34 / 30-min

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