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Five Tips for Efficient Piano Practice in Costa Mesa

By Dustin C. - Costa Mesa Piano Teacher

Learning to play the piano can be a very rewarding experience. However, the ability to express and communicate effectively through music can be limited without proper piano technique and learning procedures. In order to make steady progress as a student taking piano lessons in Costa Mesa, it is important to know how to quickly acquire the necessary technique to conquer challenging musical passages. The following are five efficient learning procedures that can be applied to any new piano piece you begin to learn.

  1. When you are first starting to learn a piece, listen to a recording. Don't be concerned about imitating the recording because playing styles are very individualistic. If possible, listen to many recordings. The idea is to assimilate and gather new ideas and possibilities of how to approach the new piece. In the end you will most likely choose your own playing over some of those in the recordings.

  • The key for acquiring technique rapidly lies in being aware of specific tricks for reducing difficult passages to not only playable but often surprisingly simple ones. Start by practicing the most difficult sections first. Many will start a new piece off by learning the easy sections and avoid spending as much time on the difficult ones because they are not as fun and enjoyable. However, the hard sections will take the longest time to learn, so they must be given the most practice time.

  • Our next practice tip is to choose a short practice segment. This tip can have the largest effect on reducing the practice time for many reasons. First, within a difficult section there are generally only a handful of notes that cause problems for you. It really is not necessary to practice anything other than those note combinations. Second, rehearsing short segments of music allows you to practice them several, even hundreds of times in very little time. This type of practicing can teach the hand new motions very efficiently. Third, the shorter the segment you practice is, the quicker you can play it without difficulty because the short segments are much easier to play.

  • When practicing one segment or passage, make an effort to include the start of the following segment. This continuity will allow you to connect two small chunks of music that have been isolated for practice and connect them as a complete musical idea. The general idea is that any larger musical passage may be broken up into short segments for practice; however, these segments must overlap.

  • Hands separate practice is one of the most important ways of developing technique. Many students attempt to develop finger/hand technique by playing hands together and that can be much more time consuming and difficult for a variety of reasons. It is important to note that hands separate practice should be used mainly for difficult passages that cannot be played otherwise. As a student becomes more technically proficient during their piano lessons in Costa Mesa, there will be less of a need to depend on hands separate practice. However, many students and even some professional pianists never completely give up on incorporating it as a strategy in their practice. Having said that, beginning students would do well to practice hands separately with everything they learn so as to instill this important learning procedure as quickly as possible.

  • Whether you're a beginner who has just started piano lessons in Costa Mesa or a seasoned pianist, I hope these practice tricks will assist you in getting through the technical aspects of the sometimes monotonous and tedious phase of learning new music. Now that you are armed with these practice strategies I hope you will have more confidence and freedom to express yourself as a musician!

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    I focus on technique, music reading, and theory. But can tailor the lessons to your personal goals.

    About Sarah
    Sarah was born and raised in Los Angeles and has been involved in music and theater since a young age. She spent many of her early years performing in both school and church choirs, and was heavily involved in both theater and dance throughout high school. Sarah has played roles such as "Mrs MacAfee " in Bye Bye Birdie, "Nancy" in Oliver, and "Golde" in Fiddler on the Roof, as well as doing "extra word" for Zondervan, and Billy Gram films. She holds a B.A. in Voice, and an M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University. While at Biola, Sarah performed with the Biola University Chorale for 5 years performing such works as, Mozart requiem, and Carmina Baurana. She has training in both classical and musical theater voice, and has been working with children and teens for the past 10 years.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    I believe that
    classical technique provides a solid foundation for every singer. Within the first 3months my students will understand the basics of posture, breathing, tone placement, support, diction, and phrasing.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I have a keyboard, and some sheet music. I would prefer the student to have a piano, and sheet music

    *** Specialties ***
    I have a B.A. in Classical Voice, and have taken 1 semester of pop voice
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    Fabian C. February 3, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Hi.our experience with Sarah is so great our son Fabian loves the way she teach.im glad I did get this program I'm looking forward to see more improvements on Fabian piano lessons thank you ....
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    Frances C. July 20, 2015
    · Singing · In home
    Sarah is a fantastic teacher! She's patient, gives good constructive criticism, and is very flexible. My granddaughter loves her. I would recommend her to others.
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    Eva G. July 2, 2015
    · Singing · In home
    Sarah is very patient with my daughter. She tailors the class to her personality. She gets her to do the class in a fun way. She makes the class enjoyable but still focuses on her growth. She pushes Alexa enough to keep her going. She motivates her to learn. My daughter looks forward to her lessons. Recommend!
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    Sarah G.

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    Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
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    Experienced piano teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation in rhythm, reading, style and performance skills. I specialize in pop, gospel, jazz and classical, typically use methods books for beginners, and also use materials that experienced students already have. (No need to buy all new stuff if you like what you have.)

    About Athena
    About Me

    If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

    MY PROMISE TO YOU:
    1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
    2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
    3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
    e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
    4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
    5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

    OK, now for the credentials:

    MY EDUCATION

    I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
    1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
    2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
    3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
    4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

    MY EXPERIENCE

    In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

    1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

    2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

    3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

    4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

    In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

    My Specialties:
    Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
    Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
    How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
    Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

    Education
    B. A. Music

    Subjects Taught
    piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

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    Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

    I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
    learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

    If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
    lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Large studio space with a piano and plenty of room to make noise! In fact, our room just got a terrific upgrade with new carpet and paint, so it looks great, feels great and sounds great.

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

    *** Specialties ***
    Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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    Nethra September 17, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    We had our first class yesterday with Ms. Athena. She was great. My daughter loved her class.
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    Duncan September 16, 2017
    · Singing · Online
    We loved Athena! We had a time crunch and she took the challenges! She understood quickly what my son (with little singing experience) :) needed to achieve. She patiently guided and taught him the vocal basics. We accomplished exactly what I hoped for. I highly recommend Athena for all levels.
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    · Singing · Online
    Athena was very easy to listen to.and understand. I was very at ease with her way of teaching and explaining things. This will be a fun time.
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    Athena M.

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    Lomita, CA 90717
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    Classical and Jazz piano

    About Joseph
    Joseph R. has 5 years of experience teaching students elementary, middle school-aged children and adults on to how to play keyboard, guitar, flute and saxophone while sharing his learning experience with them as a self-taught saxophone and flute player and his more conventional education on piano and guitar.

    Joe started developing his musical talent through piano lessons at the age of 7. After only a year of formal study, he began to experiment with other instruments such as the bamboo flute, the guitar and the drums. When he moved to the United States at the age of 13, he was introduced to the school’s band where he chose to hone his skills with the flute. Since then, he has been exposed to classical and symphonic repertoire. During high school, he joined the marching band and at the same time, found interest in jazz and alto saxoph
    one. He decided to pursue a career in music by majoring in Jazz Studies and Performance at the University of California in Irvine where he has received his Bachelors degree in Music. He is currently performing at local jazz clubs, formal events and concerts. He would like to continue to inspire his students while nurturing his passion.

    *** Lesson Details ***
    Scale Mastery
    Instrumental Technique
    Note Reading/Sight-Reading
    Ear Training (!)
    Live Performance
    Music in the real world

    *** Studio Equipment ***
    Wurlitzer upright piano
    Roland D20
    BX5a monitors
    BX8a monitors
    Shure, MXL mic's
    M-Audio Profire 610
    Yamaha YAS-82ZII

    *** Travel Equipment ***
    I provide manuscript paper. Student provides instrument and have the option to purchase my music books.

    *** Specialties ***
    I train my students the classical approach for their beginning and intermediate stages, and specialize in Jazz and Pop music.
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    Jeff P. August 5, 2015
    · Saxophone · In studio
    Joe is a great instructor. He has done a fantastic job explaining concepts in an understandable way, and utilizes a lot of computer tools to help the lessons, such as backing tracks. I would definitely recommend him as a teacher.
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    · Piano · In studio
    Couldn't be happier with my piano lessons. Joseph has really catered the lessons towards me and my needs. He's a great teacher, very patient, and encouraging.
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    Jeff P. June 2, 2014
    · Saxophone · In home
    I am happy with Joseph teaching. He knows his stuff. I like the fact that he plays a lot of different instruments and has electronics to boot.
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    Joseph R.

    Joseph R.

    Los Angeles, CA 90023
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    I've been teaching piano for more than twenty years and many of my students have gone on to numerous competitions and won many awards. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play simple songs and recognize a few of the notes and as time goes on you'll be able to read and communicate with harder pieces. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

    About Regina
    At the age of fifteen, Ms. Regina graduated with honors from the Z. Paliashvili Special Music Gymnasium for Gifted Children in Tbilisi, Georgia. As a student of a famous Georgian pianist, Tengiz Amirejibi, she presented her country in numerous competitions. (Tengiz Amirejibi was a student of Heinrich Neuhaus, a famous Russian teacher and pianist.)

    As a child, Ms. Regina gave many solo recitals and concerts with the Georgian Symphonic Orchestra. Ms. Regina earned her Doctorate of Musical Arts with emphasis on Advanced Piano Performance from the Yerevan State Conservatory. After graduating, she worked with talented children in her alma mater for many years. Later in her professional career, Ms. Regina taught at the Tbilisi State Conservatory as well as the Moscow Music Gymnasium.

    With more than eighteen years of professional teachin
    g experience, Ms. Regina is able to offer her students a diverse range of educational resources. She specializes in teaching piano, performance, and music theory to students of all ages and levels.

    Ms. Regina's teaching techniques are based on a combination of the famous Russian Music School (based on music giants such as Konstantin Igumnov, Daniel Barenboim, and Heinrich Neuhaus) and the American Music Education System. This combination allows each student to work at a pace comfortable for him/her, and helps all students make significant progress in the areas of sight reading, ear training, and performance skills.

    ***Teaching Schedule***
    Ms. Regina teaches in her Glendale studio and the surrounding areas every day of the week except for Saturdays. She teaches in her Orange County studio located in Fountain Valley on Saturdays.

    ***Travel Area and Special Rates***
    If the system shows that your location is out of my travel area, please contact me by messaging through TakeLessons! Also feel free to inquire for discounts for siblings!
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    Karina G. February 6, 2017
    · Classical Piano · In home
    Regina was awesome can't wait for my next lesson!
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    Hannah F. January 23, 2017
    · Piano · In studio
    Comfortable to be with.
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    Kerry A. January 19, 2017
    · Piano · In home
    Regina is wonderful. My son has only been playing for a few months and the ease with which she teaches and instructs leaves him feeling successful and motivated. I would recommend her to anyone.

    Kerry
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    Regina G.

    Regina G.

    Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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    Cypress, CA

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    About Sean
    Hi, there! My name is Sean Roberts. I'm a singer/songwriter/producer and guitarist here in Orange County, CA and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1997. I specialize in beginners and intermediate players but can also help advanced players as well. I love helping my students learn their favorite songs, learning how to solo, and being able to play with other musicians without fear.

    Philosophy:
    I teach the language of music through guitar, bass and piano. It is up to the student to develop their own sentences through the guidance that I provide. Many students feel overwhelmed by the thought of learning to read music. My goal is to make it easy as well as fun. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will
    always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.

    My Commitment To You:
    There is nothing like having private instruction. Besides enjoyment music contributes to the development of imagination, creativity, positive self concept, achievement, self discipline and positive social skills. I go out of my way to make sure that all of these criteria are met by tailoring the lessons to each students learning ability. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.

    I'm a easy going teacher and and my teaching style is geared to the way that you learn, at your pace. I look forward to helping you reach your goals! My job is to make you better than me. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take the "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
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    Sean R.

    Cypress, CA 90630
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    $35 / 30-min
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    With 10 years of teaching experience, I specialize in working with beginning students of all ages. In lessons I strive to build a strong foundation of reading music, rhythm and music theory. Students are placed in the appropriate level of Piano Adventures during their first lesson. They are required to have the books by their next lesson. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

    About Grace
    Grace has extensive experience teaching private and group lessons, including lessons in Piano, English Horn and reed making. Her students have gone on to win scholarships and place in honor orchestras. Currently, her students hold the top spots in nTyme's (North Torrance Youth Musicians Ensemble) Chamber Orchestra.

    Locally, Grace has performed with the Dana Point Symphony, Symphony Irvine, as well as other groups around Southern California. Previously, she was a long time member of the Cheshire Symphony.

    Whether you choose to take lessons online, in my home studio, or in your home, I strive to make each lesson engaging, informative, and fun! Students are expected to practice in-between lessons and come to lessons prepared with their instrument and music. I also encourage students to bring any music that they're interested in learni
    ng to their lessons.

    **In-studio Lessons**
    In-studio lessons take place in my home studio in Stanton, CA. Availability is limited, so please use the Ask-A-Question feature if a time you'd like isn't currently available.

    **In-home Lessons**
    Currently, I'm traveling to the Southbay area on Tuesdays and Thursdays only. If you reside within that area and the time you'd like isn't in my availability, please let me know, as I may be able to make it work (depending on location). If you have any scheduling questions, please contact me before booking lessons.

    **Group Lessons**
    I don't offer traditional group lessons, as I've found they slow down the progress of both students and therefore aren't cost effective. Arrangements can be made for back to back lessons instead. Please contact me before booking lessons.

    Please feel free to ask me any questions you may have, and I can't wait to meet you!
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    · Classical Piano · In studio
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    Stanton, CA 90680
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    Piano has been my longest love affair. I play and teach all styles from Classical to traditional Irish accompaniment. I teach basic to advanced theory and performance skills depending on the student's desires. I have a BM in piano performance, so I'm extremely comfortable performing and teaching on piano. I'd love to help you discover your own individual piano style and find what music you love to play. If you want to learn to write music on piano, I can help you there too!

    About Connor
    I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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    Kevin March 26, 2017
    · Composition · Online
    Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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    Susan B. March 13, 2017
    · Mandolin · In home
    It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).
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    Saoirse January 7, 2017
    · Accordion · Online
    First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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    Los Angeles, CA 90026
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    Lessons involved cooperative learning, language experience approach, hands-on/minds-on experiences, and interdisciplinary teaching.

    About Elena
    My name is Elena Tikhonova. I am very pleased to welcome you to my French lessons! I have been teaching French for all age groups (beginning from 3 years old kids to the adult advanced level) for more than 20 years and I am really happy to provide my students with the experience and skills I have acquired for all the years.
    I have worked with the kids of all the age groups creating cooperative learning, hands-on and minds-on approach. I also participated in "Write-to-Read" program in California and used these methods to encourage reading/writing at home, parent involvement, and listening/speaking/writing skills. I always try to create an individual approach to every child to develop his/her unique language skills and personal perception.
    I am a professionally credentialed and certified teacher from California state and I am happy to shar
    e my experience and my love for French with all students and their families.

    Sincerely,

    Elena Tikhonova
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    Elena T.

    Lake Forest, CA 92630
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    $25 / 30-min

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    I love teaching piano because it was my first instrument at 2 years old. I have been playing since before I could talk so it is my best form of expression. The most important thing about teaching is remembering that the student wants to enjoy what they're playing, and they are learning because they ENJOY MUSIC.

    I would love to help you play, write and perform your own music!

    About Kyle
    Hello!
    I began learning piano at 2 years old and started teaching at the beginning of high school. During high school, I picked up percussion and guitar and started writing and singing my own music. In 2012 I joined a world class indoor drumline and played keyboard, placing 11th in the world. The beginning of last year, I was given the opportunity to teach a group piano class to adults with developmental disabilities.
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    Kyle R.

    Ontario, CA 91764
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    $25 / 30-min

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    Learning piano should be fun! Take piano lessons with me and you get to:

    -Pick the songs YOU want to learn!
    -Play music games to learn theory, note reading and ear training!
    -Learn at your individual pace!

    I have 2 years of experience working with kids and adults from 3-28 years of age. My main objective is to cater to the needs and goals of my students.

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    I have 2 years of experience
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    Cynthia F.

    Chino, CA 91708
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    $67 / 30-min

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    Intro to the Piano

    Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

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    Piano Basics

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    Time and Key Signatures

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    Understanding Rhythm

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