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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.

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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.

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Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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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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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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Phillip Z.

Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Robert D.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I can remember, and performing professionally for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

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All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your performance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

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I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and co
mputers with recording software.

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Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

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I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.
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Pete August 2, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Teaches just the way I learn, very methodical, and starting with good technique from the beginning.
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Don H. January 19, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Robert was a pleasure, caring and patient. we will be working together for a while I hope.
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Elissa January 8, 2018
· Trumpet · Online
Instructed our son on the trumpet & guitar for 6 years. He is patient and flexible and just incredible. I would recommend him to anyone!
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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About Jill K.

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Chandler, AZ

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Having recently attained my MM: Vocal Pedagogy from ASU, I am now accepting new students at my home studio in Chandler!

With 16 years of experience as a singer and 8 years as a music educator, I am well-trained to safely teach all voices and most genres: including musical theatre, pop, rock, jazz, classical/opera, choral, and folk. Before moving to Chandler in 2016, I was a full-time musician in San Diego for 6 years, where I taught private voice & piano lessons, children’s group classes, and also ran summer camps and several choirs for adults & kids. I am committed to inspiring my students to explore and share their own love of music, regardless of age or prior musical experience.

For the past 8 years, I've been helping my students achieve their musical goals: get cast as lead & supporting roles in musical theatre (MT) shows, pre
pare choir & solo songs for upcoming concerts, gain entrance into college voice programs, learn how to "belt" properly without strain, or simply perfect their favorite karaoke songs!

I only work with students ages 12+ in my home studio because I believe that children under age 12 receive the most benefit by singing in a choir with their peers, rather than taking private lessons for their young, under-developed voices. Better instrument options for younger kids are piano, violin, or guitar, which require finger coordination and theory comprehension in order to sound good (singing just doesn't). I assign music theory homework to all my students, as being able to read music well is essential to becoming a well-rounded, independent musician (yes, singers are musicians, too!).

I also very much enjoy working with adults of all ages, and specialize in rehabilitating voices struggling from harmful vocal habits by finding & using their "resonant voice." I believe that a strong foundation in technique not only makes singing in any genre possible, but also ensures healthy singing habits for life!
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MariaW May 7, 2012
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Jill does a wonderful job with my 8 year old daughter. She has a bubbly personality, and is always encouraging my daughter. My daughter always enjoys her lessons, and has an upbeat personality when she leaves each lesson.
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GeorgenaT April 21, 2012
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Jill Is A wonderful Teacher!

Jill has been a perfect teacher for me. She motivates me with her positive attitude. She works well with adults and helps me with my disability. She comes up with ideas to help me every week. She always has a smile, even when I mess up!
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RosiC February 4, 2012
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Learning piano late in life!

It has been such a pleasant experience to take lessons from Jill. She is very positive and easy to understand in her instruction. I am a beginner in piano, and I feel I have learned a lot after only 3 lessons. She would be a wonderful piano teacher, no matter what your age!
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Jill K.

Jill K.

Chandler, AZ 85286
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About Dale S.

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As a performer I have been playing for over fifteen years on the piano. I have received training at Vanguard University where my teacher's were graduates from Juilliard and Yale. I am now attending Arizona State University where I will be teaching music theory and receiving my Doctorate in Music Composition. I am a published choral composer, and have had my music premiered in the U.S. and Europe.

In August of 2012 I began teaching piano on a part-time basis. My teaching philosophy has always been to make sure the students understand why and not just how to perform something. I emphasize music theory along with piano lessons and expect the students to take the time to practice every week. I have taught children of all ages from 4 to 16 years old.

If you would like a female teacher please contact my wife who is also a teacher on
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Tristan F. May 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first piano lesson experience. My child was fully engrossed in learning, he can't wait till next week!
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clark A. March 15, 2016
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson! We are excited to continue on a weekly basis with Dale.
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Dale S.

Dale S.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Kristilyn W.

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Tempe, AZ

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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 holding faculty positions at Grand Canyon University and Paradise Valley Community College, I teach a large studio of both online and in-person bassoon students. I also perform with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country. Outside of the classical world, I am a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club, which has 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 goa
ls. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Felix August 12, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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· Bassoon · Online
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Ping April 13, 2018
· Bassoon · Online
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Tempe, AZ 85282
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About Bryan D.

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About Bryan
Bryan 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 improvisational
exercises. Though mostly Bryan explores new musical avenues with his students to help them succeed.
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Jana S. May 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st class and I learned lots already! I can’t wait for next week class :)
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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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Bryan D.

Bryan D.

Mesa, AZ 85213
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About Reggie C.

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Phoenix, AZ

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Hi, my name is Reggie, and I’ve enjoyed teaching beginning, to advanced guitar students for over 30 years. My years as a teacher, and working musician, can provide a student, of any level, the foundation he or she needs to improve their guitar playing.
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Ken February 17, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have been a student of Reggie's for several years now, he is extremely knowledgeable and versed in many styles...we focus on everything from blues, to rock, jazz, country, metal, you name it! We learn sight-reading, theory, ear training...etc. Working on learning every aspect of the instrument is our goal. He is a great teacher and a great guy, I highly recommend anyone of any skill level, you will surely learn something from Reg! You can't go wrong with a guy like Reggie as a teacher!
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Aaron February 15, 2018
· Guitar · Online
My lessons with Reggie have been great. He knows the theory and how to introduce it to a student in digestible pieces. My lessons with Reggie are online and (while I was skeptical about online lessons at first) I have been very impressed by our interactions. He makes the online experience feel very personal. Reggie also put together some great videos for me that I'm able to watch and learn from at my leisure.

He is a great teacher and is very easy to get along with. I highly recommend.
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Jeffrey February 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Reggie taught me everything I know as a guitarist! He is patient, collaborative, and good with words! He also practices his own music and keeps looking to improve his skill. I was blessed to have Reggie as my guitar instructor for 8 years!
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Reggie C.

Phoenix, AZ 85029
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About Drew L.

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Singing is an art form that creates, inspires and is fun! That's what makes teaching people about music so fun! I get to do what I love and I break down music in a simple and easy to understand manner! You'll sing along to awesome songs and I'll teach you things you can learn from your favorite songs. I believe that's the most effective way to learn! I'll also teach you cool tips and tricks to stand out as a vocalist! I perform live as well as produce, teach Guitar Lessons and give Song writing Lessons when I'm not giving singing lessons! My life revolves around music and I wouldn't have it any other way! I look forward to being your Vocal coach and helping you become your best!
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Drew L.

Drew L.

Phoenix, AZ 85035
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$50 / 60-min

About Kristi H.

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Clarinetist Kristi Hanno has performed for various communities across the United States, and throughout Europe in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, Iceland, and Croatia as both a soloist and as a chamber musician. Discussing and workshopping various topics concerning the clarinet, chamber music, sustainability, interdisciplinary and sociological aspects are what Ms. Hanno enjoys to share with communities of all ages and levels of ability in masterclass and recital settings. As an advocate for utilizing her instrument in all genres of music, Ms. Hanno strives to shatter any traditional assumptions towards what it means to be a musician today. Presently, Ms. Hanno is a doctoral candidate for Clarinet Performance at Arizona State University and is a teaching artist in the Phoenix metropolitan area.
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Kristi H.

Kristi H.

Tempe, AZ 85281
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