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About Derek S.

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

*** Specialties ***
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.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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About Phillip Z.

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Chandler, AZ

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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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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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Guy M. March 24, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson! Very good instructor
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Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
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About Adrienne K.

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About Adrienne
"So Russell, what do you love about music?"

"To begin with...everything."

One of my favorite quotes from my favorite movie, Almost Famous.

I'll spare you the snooze worthy details of my background, which is probably similar to everyone's profile on here. Instead I'll highlight what sets 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.

Communicative - I'm available 24/7 (well, minus the hours I'm sleeping) if you have any questions during your practice durin
g the week. I accept text messages and videos. I support you at all times!

References and Experience - I've been teaching for over 5 years and believe I have a fresh approach to an outdated teaching method.
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Annie from Phoenix August 23, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne is a professional teacher with stunning credentials! My previous harp teacher highly recommended her to me to continue my studies as a therapeutic harpist. She has a beautiful performance style and a great personality. Her teaching skills are amazing. In 6 months, she has improved my tone, timing, and technique so much that people at my facilities are inviting me to play at their events. And that is the proof. Thank you Adrienne!
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Jan E. January 27, 2017
· Harp · Online
What a great first lesson! I chose Adrienne for a harp teacher because of her description, "From the Beatles, to Bach, to the Beastie Boys..." I'm a classically trained guitarist, full-time guitar teacher, and contemporary guitar/vocal performer. I bought a Celtic harp last spring, thought maybe I could learn via Youtube videos. Nope. Not enough good instruction, not enough motivation. I was thrilled to find that Adrienne is BIG on technique, as I am with my guitar students. She was so encouraging throughout our Take Lessons Classroom session! I have a lot of practicing to do before next week's lesson, and I am so psyched!
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Chris January 24, 2017
· Harp · In studio
Adrienne taught my daughter Harp. Adrienne was incredible with her, making her feel comfortable and happy to be playing, even when my daughter did not want to play. I especially liked how she was always on time, never late.
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Adrienne K.

Adrienne K.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257
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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.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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About Matt R.

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Scottsdale, AZ

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I originally grew up in Scottsdale, Arizona. Since the age of 14, I have been traveling back and forth from Los Angeles. During my time in Los Angeles, I would spend most of my days in major music studios, working with a variety of Signed and Unsigned artists; learning songwriting, producing, arranging and vocal coaching. In 2012, I received a degree from Los Angeles School of Music in Vocal Coaching, Music Business, and Production. As of recently, a passion of mine is helping students become successful as vocalists. My focus is on technique, tone, pitch, building a deeper understanding of what's happening musically, ear/listening development, and confidence.I make sure my lessons are FUN and proactive with Tons of growth in each student. Remember, 77 percent of singing is MENTAL. Whether you want to be a professional singer, or sing f
or fun, I'm the teacher to help you achieve those goals!

I also have a desired background in life coaching and health and wellness. Understanding how powerful the mind and body is, can be extremely rewarding. Meditation, stretching, diet, mental stability and control, confidence, fulfillment, etc.. is by far my favorite subject to help individuals with.
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Avery D. April 19, 2017
· Singing · In home
Avery is really enjoying her singing lessons and learning more about the technical side of singing. Thanks Matt!
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Matt R.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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About Taylor W.

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16+years in Music with 8+ years experience teaching. Taylor has created a proven method of practice guaranteed to keep the student on their finger tips!
All skill levels are welcome:
beginner
intermediate
advanced.

All Styles, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Jazz, Blues, Metal, Heavy Metal, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country

You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of any genre.
Instruments:
-Guitar Lessons
-Vocal Lessons
-Song Writing Lessons
-Drum Lessons
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Luis September 17, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great teacher, very informative and patient. Great lessons on enforcing my fundamentals and improving my skills as a singer. Would reccomend!
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Dianna August 15, 2017
· Singing · In home
Taylor is very knowledgeable and patient. It felt nonjudgmental when we asked a question.
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jeremy July 23, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Very attentive and experienced!
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Taylor W.

Phoenix, AZ 85017
(5)
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$30 / 30-min

About Katryn B.

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Glendale, AZ

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I am a professional cellist and teacher in the West Valley. I've been teaching private lessons since 2008 to students of all ages and skill levels. I use both traditional and suzuki methods in my teaching, but all lessons are catered to the individual student. I love that every student is different and am excited that I can offer beginning basics through audition prep and everything in between.
I'm available to answer any questions you may have, so please do not hesitate to ask.
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Sarah March 21, 2017
· · In studio
As a former collaborative musical partner working with Katryn, I give her my highest recommendation. During every professional encounter, I witnessed her high integrity, thoughtfulness, hard/thorough work ethic, clear communication, effective use of time, and professionalism. As a fellow music instructor, I can also vouch for her incredible commit to her students and their success. Katryn formulates a unique curriculum for each student and even frequently arranges/composes her own exercises tailor-made to specific students' needs. She is a goal-oriented teacher and can teach all ages and learning styles in both one-on-one and group settings.
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Amy March 15, 2017
· Suzuki Method · In studio
Katryn is a passionate musician and exemplary teacher. Her musical knowledge and abilities combine with her skill as a motivator and coach to young children! As a band and music teacher myself, I needed a high-quality private teacher for my own children, and I couldn't have asked for a better teacher than Katryn.
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Jeffrey March 13, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I am band teacher that has had the opportunity of taking on an elementary strings program. My experience in string pedagogy is limited to basic techniques classes. I hire Katryn to come in on a weekly basis to assist with large group instruction, we well as privately working with myself. She is respectful of all classroom procedures and expectations that I have set with students. She demonstrates utmost professionalism in all interactions. Katryn is a valuable asset to the success in the students' string education.
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Katryn B.

Glendale, AZ 85302
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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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Phoenix, AZ

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I'm an opera singer with several years of teaching experience and I want to help you reach your musical goals! I have a Master of Music degree in Classical Vocal Performance and a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education.
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Elizabeth D.

Phoenix, AZ 85016
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