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Ken S. Seattle, WA

About Ken

Greetings! My name is Ken and I am a piano and voice teacher teaching from my studio in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Western Washington University in Bellingham with an emphasis in voice. As a freelance vocalist, I perform many different styles from opera, musical theater/Broadway, sacred songs and hymns, as well as old-school ballads. I have sung all over the Pacific Northwest (WA, ID, OR) with many different groups and organizations, including the Bellevue Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Fat Chance! Opera Company, Seattle Glee Clubs, in numerous community events, fundraisers, and churches. I was also a first-place winner in the Performing Arts Festival Eastside in the vocal/opera division. As a pianist, I am currently ...

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carmencita L. April 1, 2013
Piano
He's a great teacher....

We were referred by a friend.At time I'm really looking for a new piano teacher.I dont know much about his background but then I just trusted him 100%.My son has only little know how on piano but when he had his first month with teacher Ken we were amazed that he had lots of music vocabulary and can really play the piano by himself.I just said"He was a very good and excellent teacher".And he had full of patience especially to kids,know his material well and very professional when it comes to teaching.Over all he's an awesome teacher,so if your looking someone that meet with your expectation,he was the one.I'm so happy to recommend him to your kids....
Kareem K. Tacoma, WA

About Kareem

A native of the Pacific Northwest, saxophonist Kareem K is a performer, composer, and educator, who is in high demand for his talents both on and off the stage. Growing up in the northwest with its vibrant music scene allowed Kareem the opportunity to study with, listen to and perform with world class jazz artists residing in the area. Artists such as Tracy Knoop, Jay Thomas, Don Lanphere, Bill Ramsay, Hadley Caliman, Julian Priester and many others had a large impact on Kareem early in his musical education. This direction and guidance continues to inspire and lead Kareem as he continues his lifelong passion undertaking a career as a professional musician. Today, as a performing artist he spends most of his time leading his group for which he composes and arranges most of the ...

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Adam A. January 1, 2015
Saxophone
Kareem has been teaching me since I was in the fourth grade. I am currently in 8th grade, and man what can I say, he's as good as it gets! After two years I was in my middle school jazz band, which is not easy for a person who has only been playing for two years. You, yourself will be able to see extreme progress within just a few lessons! You must know Kareem teaches at Pierce College, a class at the Tacoma School of the Arts (which I hopefully will be attending and taking his class), teaches numerous private students every week, and lastly he performs with a stellar jazz band of his own! He is extremely dedicated to the musical field. If I were anybody reading this review and wanted to start playing any of the variety of instruments he plays, I would call Kareem K.!

-Adam Allegro
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Robin J. December 7, 2014
Saxophone · In studio
Kareem is a dedicated and diligent musician and teacher. He is able to share his love of music with students of all ages. Not only is he extremely capable of teaching students the technical aspects of music, but his lessons incorporate a wider perspective as well, such as, listening to different genres of music and asking his students to discuss what they hear. He is always positive and encourages students to do their best. He has style and class and it is a privilege that two of my children can study under his tutelage.
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Ryan T. December 6, 2014
Music Performance · In studio
Kareem is the man. I first met him while playing in the Pierce College Big Band--which he directs and is a perennial first place at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. I studied with him for 6 months formally but over the past 2 years through his weekly jam session and mutual gigs he's become a tremendous influence in my life. Whether your a beginner on your axe or an aspiring jazz student of any level he is the instructor for you.
As an improvisor his main influences are Sonny Stitt, Dexter Gordon, and Joshua Redman. For any jazz musician on any instrument he is a master instructor of bebop. His overall playing versatility is solid but his forte is bebop. He is simply a beast of bebop and can aptly guide you along the path of musical enlightenment. Also, like most great jazz musicians his piano chops are excellent.
Heidi M. Bellevue, WA

About Heidi

With over 25 years experience teaching voice, including at the college level, I bring a wealth of experience to my students. I earned my Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in vocal performance, studied at the Tanglewood Institute, as well as with many other professional singers and acclaimed teachers. I have sung professionally with opera companies, symphonies and other presenting organizations. My students will learn vocal techniques that work and that will allow them to be the artists they want to be! I create a safe, supportive, and fun atmosphere for my students. I firmly believe that studying music should be enjoyable, and that high standards don't equal stuffy seriousness! *** Lesson Details *** My students start singing better immediately - learning the basics of breath ...

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Lydia B. September 7, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Heidi is very knowledgable in teaching classical vocal techniques.

I didn't realize how much Heidi changed my breathing techniques until several months later when the choir members I sing with told me that I was projecting my voice over all of the altos and all of the tenors. Her ability to demonstrate and teach great vocal range and tone is amazing.... She does require that her students practice these techniques at home and is also open to your needs and desires.
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Amanda S. February 26, 2013
Singing
Don't Miss an Opportunity to Learn from the Best

Heidi is not only excellently trained and incredibly knowledgeable, she is personable and a great friend. In the lessons, you can expect instruction not just on singing a song, but on the mechanism of your vocal chords, the way sound works, how to translate classical singing and correct technique into pop and other styles of singing, how to perform and be engaging, and a myriad of other skills and techniques.

It bears repeating, do you ever think "I can't or don't want to learn how to classically sing Opera... who sings that way anymore?! I want to learn how to sing 'for real'"? If you do, you'd be like so many other students who don't understand the correlation between pop/modern style and classical training and you'll miss out on an incredible opportunity. You will learn how to breathe correctly, use your voice in a way that will leave you singing for the rest of your life, and techniques to reach those notes that you thought were impossible. Don't let those thoughts stop you from taking lessons with Heidi. I can honestly say that the techniques I learned with Heidi over 2 years ago, I still use to this day and I'm singing all the time! (In private and in performance). I can sing longer and better than many other peers just because of my lessons with Heidi. I know how to use and treat my voice.

She will stretch you to the point where you sometimes feel like you're going to break, but she will always be there to encourage and push - she knows the exact balance! Along with her impeccable skills, talent and knowledge, she is a friend to her students.

Personally, I had gone through some very emotional life events and once or twice she would even say "Let's just go for coffee" because I was obviously not focused on singing that day.

I can't stress enough how valuable and instrumental she has been in my life. Don't miss out on taking lessons from the best!
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Elizabeth O. February 23, 2013
Singing
A Voice-Transforming Experience

Through 4 years of study with Heidi, I can honestly say her teaching has completely transformed my singing voice. Whereas before, I had poor pitch control and a thin, breathy tone, Heidi has taught me technique that has changed all of that for the better. She is a true master of her craft, which both inspired and challenged me to be the best that I can be as a singer. For those who want to be serious about improving their vocal technique and musicality, I could not more highly recommend Heidi as a voice teacher!
Brett R. Seattle, WA

Structured to reading sheet music and ear training. Includes music theory chord progressions, classical and pop.

About Brett

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and experienced musician available for instruction offering the following: # In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone recognition # Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include: Guitar - electric & acoustic Drum Kit and percussion rhythms Piano/Keyboard # Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age groups Personal experience includes: 1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional performance and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord progressions, and alternate tuning. 2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing,

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Nirav P. April 16, 2015
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
Verified Student
What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
Rian D. Seattle, WA

I offer Simply Music piano lessons in my studio. Simply Music focuses on the sheer pleasure of playing. The hands-on approach, and immediate results, dispels the notion that learning to play means enduring years of lessons, boring practice sessions and relentless hours of drills.

How is Simply Music different?

-The quantity of music learned

-The quality of music you immediately learn to play

-The speed of your progress

-The ease with which you experience the process

The Simply Music Method is based on the premise that everyone, without exception, is naturally musical. Traditional methods insist that beginners learn to read music as the means of learning to play. This removes the natural connection between student and instrument and commonly, removes all the fun, too. In fact, expecting children to read before they have learned to play is like expecting children to read and write before they have learned to talk.

In stark contrast, Simply Music temporarily delays ...

About Rian

A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was singularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators ...

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Cameron C. October 23, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
rian is a good teacher

he is the only piano teacher i have had. i was teaching myself piano and was given some lessons as a gift, and i chose him somewhat randomly from the teachers listed on takelessons dot com. i had several lessons from him and he gave me lots of good ideas. i would have continued with him, but for circumstances out of my control. i would recommend him as a teacher. he has lots of experience and can tailor his teaching depending on what you want to do
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JudithS June 30, 2012
Rian is patient which is what I needed. He makes you feel comfortable and has a low key way of pointing out areas for improvement without offending.Would recommend him to others who want to play piano, regardless of how old you are.
Edward H. Bellevue, WA

I've been playing piano for over a decade and I consider it one of my true passions in life. I can help students begin to read and understand sheet music, but my specialty is improvisation (which I believe is the basis of true mastery with any instrument).

Hope to see you soon!

About Edward

Hi! My name's Eddie. I'm a 23-year-old college grad who paid off his student loans by teaching and tutoring a TON of different subjects! I consider myself enthusiastic and I never feel more satisfied than when I'm helping students succeed and seeing their positive results.

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