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About Robert D.

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Phoenix, AZ

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I'll use my academic and practical experience to help you make sense of music theory. I studied music as a performance major in college, and have been a performing musician for over 20 years. I'll help you apply theory to your instrument as well.

About Robert
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!

*** Lesson Details ***
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.

*** Studio Equipment ***
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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Melody G. March 7, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Patient, passionate about guitar and very reliable!
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Oscar February 8, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Rob is very professional. He teaches me how to sing with songs I enjoy. He uses scales to warm up and is very detail orientated. He’s amazing. I’ve taken lessons with him for about 8 months and my voice has improved tremendously! Thanks rob.
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Jode February 4, 2019
· Singing · In studio
we can learn exercises online. was hoping for something more.
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About Andree-Ann D.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Music theory is an important component of musical education - whether you want to learn how to transcribe music, are preparing for an audition or exam, or trying to get college credit through AP classes, I can help!

I have been teaching privately for over 10 years, and also teach at a local university; I have taught students of all ages, all levels and from all backgrounds.

I can help prepare for auditions, pass Certificate of Merit exams (with MTAC), enroll in SYMF, and much more.

About Andree-Ann
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Welcome to my profile - I can't wait to start working with you!

I have been teaching piano and general music topics for over 10 years, and I am currently on the faculty at California State University Los Angeles - needless to say, I've seen students from all ages, all backgrounds and all levels. Lucky for me, they all one thing in common: a strong desire to learn music, and an open mind!

Some of my younger students have gone on to audition for arts high school in the greater LA area, and I've also helped a few prepare for college auditions. I've also been working with several students to prepare Certificate of Merit exams (in California) and I have been affiliated with the Southwestern Youth Music Festival as well. Other little ones were quite content learning how to play their favorite Christmas song or impress their fri
ends at their school's talent show.

I have also taught adults, who used to play and decided to pick it up again - or newbies wanting to discover the wonders of jazz standards.

In short, whatever your personal goal is, I can help you achieve it and hopefully inspire you to set a new goal to achieve right after that!

I can also help with music theory entrance exams, tutor for AP music classes or college classes, etc.

*Quick note on online lessons:
Many prospective students are wary of online lessons and not sure if it's the right way to go for them - I always tell them that you'll never know until you try it for sure! I have taken online lessons myself in the past and loved the experience. I can also attest that several students get a much deeper musical understanding this way, because teachers can't just play an example and have the student copy it - the teacher actually needs to explain how to perform the passage, which leads to the student understanding clearly what is expected and how to achieve it, rather than just copy someone's hand movements without understanding why they are doing it in this particular way. I'm sure you'll also be more relaxed in the comfort of your own environment, at your own scheduled time!

Professional Bio:

Canada-born pianist Andree-Ann has performed extensively across North America and Europe; her work has been heralded as “…Gorgeous, gritty, powerful, and traditional, all in one package” (The Music Farmer).

Specializing in familiarly-danceable yet traditionally-influenced Latin Classical music, Andree-Ann has found a calling for her art on the Left Coast, an ideal melting pot for blending cultures and musical styles. Aside from being recognized as a semi-finalist for the American Prize and nominated at the Utah Music Awards, Andree-Ann’s first album, Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth earned the Global Music Awards’ Silver Medal for Outstanding Achievement. Most recently, her Summer 2016 release, Milhaud & Ginastera, blended French, Canadian, Brazilian, Argentinean, and American musical traditions – perfectly timed with the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This album has also been recognized at the Global Music Awards in September 2016.

With keen interest in developing her uniquely diverse repertoire, Andree-Ann regularly performs as a soloist, chamber music (in a piano-percussion duo), jazz pianist, and accompanist in the Los Angeles area. Her training includes a Master of Music degree in Afro-Latin music from California State University Los Angeles, and she is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree at Claremont Graduate University. Prior to relocating to Southern California, she graduated with honors from Humber College in Toronto, Canada.

Cervantes, Lecuona & Nazareth has been featured as “New & Noteworthy” on iTunes Canada, and may be heard on KXLU 88.9 FM. Andree-Ann’s music is also available on Amazon, CD Baby, CD Universe, and Arkivmusic.
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Dena P. December 28, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Madison June 29, 2018
· Piano · Online
My 7-year-old has had 5 lessons with Andree-Ann so far, and she is really enjoying it. In fact, she asked to take lessons more often with her! My daughter has absolutely no piano background, so I appreciate Andree-Annʻs patience while still ensuring that my daughter plays correctly.
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Dena P. June 4, 2018
· Piano · Online
First lesson for my 7-year-old and she really enjoyed it. Andree-Ann was very patient! Looking forward to the next lesson. :)
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About Kevin M.

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Davenport, FL

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Having a basic knowledge of Music Theory can really help you understand, appreciate, and enjoy music to the fullest. Whether you want to be thoroughly ready for your Freshman year in a music college, or if you just want to reach a new level in understanding the basics of music, you've found the right place to learn. You'll learn everything you need to know (pitch, rhythm, harmony, form, etc). Knowing that each student learns differently, I love figuring out someone's learning style and customizing the lessons for them. I like to break down concepts in their simplest forms so that there is no room for confusion whatsoever. I "turn over every stone" so that Music Theory students can gain a mastery of the basics of music.

About Kevin
Hello! My name is Kevin, and I am looking forward to teaching you everything I know about music! I've been singing at Walt Disney World for over 23 years (and I still am currently) with the Voices of Liberty, the Dapper Dans of Main Street, and Four For A Dollar. I have a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from Penn State University. Even more than singing, playing the guitar, arranging for a cappella, and playing piano, I love to teach! Ever since I was a sophomore in high school, I've wanted to be a teacher of music in various capacities. My favorite aspect of teaching several private students each week is that every individual student has a different story: What is it that you want to accomplish? Would you like to sing, play piano, or play guitar? Would you like training in music theory? Do you want to eventually have a career in m
usic? Will this be a hobby for you? Whatever your goals are, I am excited to know your story.
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Ana V. March 8, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin is great very professional and patient, I really recommend him , my daughter enjoyed every class..
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Tatiana A. January 10, 2019
· Piano · In home
The Class was excellent. The method that Mr Kevin use to teach is easy . My daughter is happy
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Hanna C. July 26, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Kevin is very considerate and committed to his students. It's been a fantastic experience.
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About Darrell V.

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Austin, TX

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Western Tonal Harmony

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Trien B. March 4, 2019
· Piano · In home
Darrelia a good teacher. He is very knowledgeable and fun to work with. We would like to book him for a next 5 weeks.
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Harvill W. February 18, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Gave detailed assignments/homework to help learn reading script music. Great insight into stumbling blocks to avoid. Measured my effective voice range. Easy to get along with and very encouraging to a basic beginner. I told him I understand why his students gave him rave reviews.
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George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
George Coyne, Parrot Tracks Studio
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Darrell V.

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About Loren A.

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Arcata, CA
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Expect to learn about Counterpoint, Functional Harmony, Atonal Harmony, Set Theory, Jazz Theory, and Sheet Music Notation.
No previous knowledge of Music Theory required, but an open mind and access to sheet music and a pencil.

About Loren
Want to learn how to play bass ? Maybe your looking to up your production chops on Ableton? Maybe your curious to learn more about music theory or musicianship?
Hello My name is Loren, I have a Bachelors of Arts in Music Studies with an emphasis in Contrabass. I play and am able to perform on Contrabass, Elec. Bass, and Piano. I am well versed in a variety of music including jazz, classical, world music, and more. I enjoy discussing and teaching music and hope to share my passion with you. I enjoy incorporating technology into music via Digital Audio Workstations, Audio Interfaces, and Recording technology. I am here to help expand your knowledge and facility of music in general!
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Zen January 19, 2018
· Bass Guitar · In home
Top of the line for musicianship! Hands down the best bass instructor i've ever had.
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About Leah H.

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Henderson, NC

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-Berklee College of Music Almuna
-Interlochen Arts Academy Graduate

I studied Music Theory since I was in High school. To some it does take a while to grasp. There is classical theory and there is also modern/contemporary theory which differ. There are music charts and scores. There is reading and writing music. There is harmony. We will learn and practice these things and get you on your way to becoming a pro.

About Leah
Leah, a teacher, singer/songwriter, musician, entertainer and Berklee College of Music graduate.

She loves teaching and loves her students. Her main joy in teaching is watching her students grasp a new understanding and appreciation for their desired art and growing in their skills and talent. She loves seeing her students overcome obstacles. In her lessons, Leah sets the tone for care and a safe space to truly grow fearlessly. It is important to grow in confidence in your craft. In lessons, she covers setting a foundation, different genres, confidence, warm-up exercises, vocal techniques, ear training, music theory, harmony, performance techniques, audition preparation, range, improvisation, agility, freedom and more. She focusses on a few things at a time and has her students grow into other areas to work.

Musically, she provides
sounds and smooth tones of Jazz and Soul. Her latest EP entitled SonKissed is Jazz influenced music with Neo-Soul vibes and a positive message about love and life. She has been singing around Boston and New York and writing and recording new music. She has great things in store for her in the near future and much music and passion to share with the world.

Originating from Henderson, North Carolina, she grew up singing in school, church and choirs including the Raleigh Girls Choir of Raleigh, NC. Taking singing and piano lessons grew her love for music. She always had a fondness of jazz music starting at a young age, as her father would play jazz music. Studying music has led her to perform in recitals, concerts and festivals such as the Mozart Music Festival with The Capital City Girl’s Choir in Vienna, Austria, to study and perform abroad in Valencia, Spain, to graduate from Berklee College of Music and to continue writing, performing and growing as an artist. Leah also enjoys being involved in and performing in community events as she gives back. It is very important to her to help others as many have helped her.

She gets much of her inspiration from influences such as Jesus Christ, her parents, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, Dianne Reeves, Lisa Fischer, Sammy Davis Jr., Sade, Anita O’day, India Arie, Erykah Badu, Adele, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Mary Mary, Robin Thicke, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Esperanza Spalding, Miles Davis, Al Jarreau, Nancy Wilson, Ledisi, Sounds of Blackness, Take 6, Gretchen Parlato, and Quincy Jones just to name a few.
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Michael June 26, 2018
· Vocal Training · Online
I have worked with Leah for quite some time now for vocal training. I have heard a major improvement in my voice with regards to vocal strength and breath control. I would reccomend Leah for vocal training.
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Yannick .. June 24, 2018
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Leah has ability to spot what your voice really needs to improve and she's a great vocalist .
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Courtney April 16, 2018
· ESL · Online
Leah is so energetic while teaching her class. She goes above and beyond for her each student, by having activities to spark their interest. She meets each student where they are academically and successfully help each student complete the course. She is patient, kind and full of a loving spirit and a joy to watch online. Allow her the opportunity to teach your children because she is fully equipped with the knowledge, credentials and experience to do so! Enjoy the leah teach experience!!!
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About Eunice B.

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Miami, FL
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We will explore the wonders of music theory and fully understand why music works the way it does and how can we use that to create really cool stuff!!

About Eunice
Hello! My name is Eunice and I am currently earning my Associates as a Classical voice major. To earn this, I had to take four music theory levels, piano lessons and voice lessons. I love music because it isn't just about what you're singing or playing, it's about how you play it and what emotions you're getting across! I want to teach upcoming musicians not just how to play music but how to really get your own message across.
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John M. January 31, 2019
· Singing · In home
Very nice and helpful. Eunice is a talented singer herself and has studied the craft in detail. I have taken weekly lessons for several months now. Really enjoying working with her. Highly recommended.
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Devine C. November 4, 2018
· Piano · Online
Knows how to connect with kids greatly. Will recommend others. Thanks for the Piano lesson.
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Terry H. September 9, 2018
· Singing · Online
Best instructor I've had. Kind, attentive and knows what she is talking about. Definitely get her!
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About Tom L.

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Hudson, OH

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HI there! my name is Tom Leach! I am a professional musician with almost two decades of experience (and a fancy music degree) teaching, recording, and touring with musicians from all over the world. I have developed methods while teaching at many schools that will pave the way for you to enjoy music theory no matter what specific goals we are tackling. If you are committed to improving your music theory skills, have a look at my profile, read about me, and if I seem like the the instructor for you, please send me a message when you are ready to book that first lesson!

About Tom
Tom’s years of professional experience have taken him all over the world. After graduating with First Class Honours with a Bachelor of Music, Tom took to playing for international acts, cruise lines, and even recorded for BBC documentaries. As a music director and educator, Tom works to play to his students’ interests and institute an enjoyable curriculum to cultivate a life long love of music and live performance, while preparing them for real world musical situations.
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Tom L.

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About Matt H.

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Brooklyn, NY
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I know what it's like to need a mentor, and not just a teacher. Having been through music school and developing my own approaches to problems, I'm devoted to creating custom content and exercises, and research for your growth- the curriculum is based on your goals. Additionally, I'm continuing my education through Berklee online and Juilliard evening division to distill the best available information for you.

About Matt
Hello and welcome!

My name is Matt and my goal is to create an enjoyable, safe environment for you to learn as effectively as possible. Music is hard work but it is the most fun when you are improving and doing what you want! Having been through years of many types of music lessons, a master's program and worked in music publishing, I know that what is most important it is to have a mentor who is thoughtful and open to honest conversations about goals, needs, and interests--- someone who invests and goes the extra mile to help you succeed--- someone who inspires and challenges you. This focused, collaborative approach to education is rare but of utmost importance to my style.

I'm first and foremost a composer with interest in using these skills to encourage you to discover and achieve your goals in composition, theory, or beginn
ing piano: additionally I'm in the very beginning stages of developing these ideas into a mobile/web application to further encourage consistent learning habits outside of lessons.

I look forward to meeting with you!
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Jon September 19, 2018
· Composition · Online
Awesome teacher. Very knowledgeable and fun
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Brandon September 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Matthew is an excellent teacher with a ton of patience, as well. Coming into our first lesson, I had some beginner experience, but it had been a while since I actively played the piano. His lessons focus on assuring that the fundamentals are understood, then progressively building into more difficult pieces and even some theory. I would definitely recommend, as I am still taking lessons weekly!
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Chris September 5, 2018
· Composition · In home
Matt has a better understanding of how to analyze and explain compositional theory and techniques for me as his student than any other source I’ve found. He’s patient, intuitive of your level of understanding, and extremely knowledgeable not just about theory but the meaning and artistic expression that composition on this level has to offer. Thanks Matt!
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About Charlotte R.

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Mequon, WI

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Whether you are looking to improve your performances with a richer understanding of the music itself or to compose pop songs or intricate symphonies, music theory is extremely useful! We can work at your pace to learn how to read and write music, including transposing and chords using flashcards, worksheets, and textbooks. Expand your music knowledge today!

About Charlotte
Hi there! My name is Charlotte Rosenthal, and I am a piano teacher! I attend Concordia University Wisconsin and am in my second year in the Music Program there. I have been playing piano since 1st grade and have accompanied choirs, played for church services, and won awards at State Solo & Ensemble. I love teaching kids (and adults) the ins and out of piano playing and developing a casual interest into a lifelong skill.
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Charlotte R.

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