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Teaching Piano in Elk Grove: The Gift of Music

By Kecia T.-Elk Grove Piano Teacher

Not everyone plays a musical instrument. Yet, many of us wish we did. It’s not until we become adults that we regret not learning an instrument or being able to play music. So when you make the decision as a parent to offer music lessons to your child, remember that you are giving them a gift that will last a lifetime.

I am the mother of two boys and I teach piano in Elk Grove, CA. I specialize in teaching beginning piano and the majority of my students are children, ages 6-10. I love working with kids in a variety of after school programs. With my patience and enthusiasm, I know just how to guide your child on their musical journey, and encourage them to learn. As a piano teacher, being able to teach your child is a wonderful gift to me.

When I was a young piano student I wasn’t properly trained. As a result, I had to relearn some basic music concepts. When I began teaching piano, I vowed that I would teach the proper techniques and concepts correctly to all my students, so they would not have to go through what I went through. This is truly where my passion thrives! Our children give us many gifts throughout their childhood. The gift of music is a gift that keeps on giving. It’s a great time to learn piano in Elk Grove, CA!

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I teach all ages and mentor anyone who wants to learn.

About Ronald
With a Bachelor's Degree in music from California State University Sacramento I studied with the best, including graduates from Juilliard and Eastman. I focus on what my students want to play and provide a harmonic grounding to enable the student to improvise or just "jam" with anybody. I also provide a positive reinforcement atmosphere and will accept ground floor beginners to advanced intermediate students.

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I believe it's important to create a relaxed, stress free lesson atmosphere to encourage creativity and self confidence. While mistakes are expected I believe building a students self confidence will make those mistakes disappear. We'll start with fundamentals which will build your understanding of what you're playing and be able to apply it to whatever music you wish to play.

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I read music and can sight read any style. I specialize in classical, but also play jazz, ragtime and new age music.
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Elizah March 28, 2017
· Piano · In home
So patient and always on time. My daughter learned so much for 3 lessons.
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Don B. January 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
It was great!
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Violet Z. February 12, 2014
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Ronald is a very good teacher.My son didn't know anything and in few months he was improving and it's.Been a year and my son is like a mini Mozart.He is an amazing and you should try him.
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Ronald S.

Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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From starting to learn the piano, to an intermediate level.

About Bianca
Hello! My name is Bianca and I would like to help you enter and enjoy the wonderful world of music!

I was introduced to music at a young age and haven't stopped playing. I love to have fun when I play, but I love sharing my passion and joy even more!

I feel that my experience as a teacher has helped me grow to build relationships with my students. I don't treat lessons like Juilliard studies. I have fun with my students. Music can be a serious study, but it is also one of the most fun and rewarding. My goal is to build a good relationship with my student so that I can work with them, rather than against them, to achieve the same goal. Making music is fun, but developing a passion for it gives it the life that nothing else can.

Qualifications:
A.A. Traditional Music
B.M. Music Education
17 Years Performance Experience
6 years
teaching Elementary School Band and Choir
3 years teaching High School Band and Choir
6 years teaching privately

In my time working as a music tutor, I have helped students falling behind in their performance classes to exceed expectations and come out ahead of their class in the end. As a teacher, my students continue to impress me with their application of knowledge towards their other classes, and continue to perform and compete.

*** Lesson Details ***
The first lesson is about getting to know each other. From here, I can decide how and what should be taught.

My lessons are laid back and include small breaks, especially for beginners. I understand that learning certain techniques can be frustrating. I also understand that a student can become tired. These short two minute breaks are used to further discuss the technique, theory, and history behind the literature. It also helps to strengthen the bond that I like to create with my students.

I use much of the same curriculum that band instructors use in the Sacramento area, making transferring from private lesson to band and other ensembles easier. I focus on both solo and ensemble literature, helping the student succeed as both a solo performer and an ensemble performer. With this, I also give a small amount of theory and history so that the student can develop a relationship with their instrument and the music.

I do give practice homework for each lesson to make sure the student keeps up with what we have learned and help them achieve their goals. I may also give research homework, or give the student a worksheet to complete by the next lesson in order to better understand the music and the time period they are working with.

Lessons start with a warm up and review to cover concepts before moving on to new ones. I only teach as fast as the student would like to go. I only move on to the next exercise when the student feels comfortable and ready.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Looking into adding a studio in the Sacramento Area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my own horn for instruction. I expect the student to provide their own instrument and have their own book to work from so that they may practice between sessions.

*** Specialties ***
Teach: Classical
Specialize in Classical with emphasis in solo and ensemble playing
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Mary August 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
This was my first lesson with Bianca. I felt I've learned the "easy" way to learn the piano keys. I was taught to memorize the piano keys in the past and that to me was hard. She has a way to make learning much easier and fun!
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Bianca P.

Woodland, CA 95695
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Piano is probably the best instrument to start music on, and is a great supplement to any instrument. A knowledge of piano, and an ability to play and understand it, will make the entire process of music much easier. It's also a lot of fun to play!

About Colin
I'm a life-long musician with a passion for the art and a love of teaching it. In 2012, I graduated from Sacramento State with a Bachelors in Music. Through my schooling and personal study, I have become a well-rounded musician able to teach many instruments effectively. Making music with others at a high level, teaching, and having the opportunity to perform professionally around the Sacramento area has been a great experience. I look forward to continuing that journey, growing as a person and musician, and being a positive role-model for others!

I've been playing trumpet nearly my entire life, and studied it in college. However, I am a multi-instrumentalist and currently teach trumpet, guitar, piano, and trombone. I specialize in classical style, but can also teach jazz theory, correct swing style, articulation, etc. I have
studied with multiple music professors and have learned their most effective teaching methods. I have taken music theory classes that allow me to explain theory in a simplified manner to students. I have been playing guitar since high school and have taken many piano classes while in school, where proficiency is necessary in order to advance in the major. In my free time, I even play drums and multiple other instruments and listen to music constantly. Music is very much my life. This allows me the versatility to teach a variety of instruments and mold myself and my students into well-rounded musicians.
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Mae July 13, 2017
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I have had experience with quite a few teachers over the years, and none have quite felt the same as Colin. He is knowledgeable, educated and personally very talented at his instruments, and he prepares well for his lessons and always thinks of creative/well planned approaches for each student's individual needs. He seems to invest in each studio member on a personal level, which is sadly not terribly common. The fact that he is also a working professional performing and making music out in the community makes him an even more rare asset to have. I would highly recommend him for your or your child's instructional needs.
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Colin M.

Sacramento, CA 95864
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I believe music makes an individual happier and assists in intellectual growth. If you just want to learn 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star' or pursue a professional career in music, you have to start with something and I would be more than glad to help you start in your new adventure.

About Javier
My name is Javier and I love to teach !

I am originally from Guanajuato, Mexico and in my last year of high school, I decided to take private piano lessons with a local teacher and it was during this time period that I learned classical pieces by Beethoven and Mozart. I also took music notation and I tried a hand at composing, discovering a new way to communicate in terms of music.

After moving to the USA, I resume my music education, learning new concepts on classical, blues and pop styles, as well as chord progression and accompaniment pieces. After a year and after completing the teacher training program, I started to teach piano from my home studio.

During this time, I took upon myself two more years of intense composition study and experimenting with some of the secrets of this art, which now has become one of my passion. In
2007 I earned a diploma from this institution and in the same year I released two CDs of my own compositions: Van Gogh Sunflower's and Dimes y Diretes.

This year I have enrolled in a music program at the Music Conservatory of San Francisco, where I am expecting to learn and expand my knowledge on technique, performing, and music ensembles.

For six years, I have been teaching successfully from my home studio, teaching students of all ages and with different music backgrounds.

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I teach piano and I specialize in classical and contemporary music styles

I am a strong believer of traditional teaching methods, however, I have learn that we all learn in different ways, so I let my students discover music by teaching them how to relate to the piano first, after they become familiar with the instrument by playing easy but wonderful melodies I start with the process of teaching music notation, scales, chords, analyzing songs, music history, exercises.

I teach all ages, I am very patient and supportive, never pushy but firm with my students goals.
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Leslie K. July 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My lesson with Javier is the highlight of my week! He is very patient and makes each lesson interesting, challenging, and fun.
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James C. June 5, 2016
· Piano · In home
My nephew's very first piano lesson with Javier was a very pleasant one.
He was comfortable and enjoyed it.
So we are looking forward to a very good and productive learning onwards.
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Gabriella M. May 13, 2015
· Piano · In home
My daughter has now had 3 piano lessons with Javier and she loves it. I really appreciate how patient he is with her especially this being her first time taking piano lessons. Looking forward to more lessons with Javier.
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Javier A.

Sacramento, CA 95831
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I have been teaching the piano lessons for 30 years. Curve fingers, Pre-level to 10 levels(Keith Snell piano books), All the Techniques (Major,minor scales,Music Structures), Etudes etc.....

About Esther
I'm Esther, a very enthusiastic musician. I started out teaching myself piano and singing in a choir at the age of 9. I moved to the U.S. in 1992 and studied music for 10 years receiving my B.M. & M.M in music at California State University of Sacramento. I studied and trained with Claudia Kitka & Jackie Victorino for voice and Kirsten Smith, Joan McDe, & Angel Mamn for piano. I have performed many solo concerts in the U.S. as well as South Korea.

I find a student's strengths and weaknesses using various ways to encourage each student. I am very patient, kind, flexible, and enthusiastic and I love working with children as much as adults. I strongly support basic skills: sight-reading, pitch and tone.

I have 30 years experience teaching kids and adults private piano and 6 yrs voice coaching (early period to contemporary). I spe
ak fluent Korean and English.

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My objectives: to help students powerfully communicate through the essence of music and aid the development of children and adults by finding their strengths and weaknesses and to develop their skills and show their musical talents. I emphasize basic skills, good sight-reading, and Solfege skills (Do-Re-Me...etc), vocal technique, vocal performance, and Alexandria technique. Students participate in their own recital and show their musical talents.

Lessons are held at either your home, or mine using composers from various time periods that speaks to the individual student.
Also,I do prefer to work a weekly student.
A beginner lesson may be 10-15 min. for warm-ups and scales, 10-15 min. theory and 10 min. playtime. In three to six months the student will be able to read sheet music and should be able to perform simple songs.

An intermediate lesson is longer, 45-50 min., with more focus on music from a specific chosen time-period. A specialty is preparation for voice and piano auditions for entering college.

I enjoy teaching children from age 5 up to adults. I also can teach beginner guitar.

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Piano, electronic keyboard, guitar.

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Guitar

*** Specialties ***
I teach the basic skills very strongly, and also encourage students and, challenge them, as well.
I also have new techniques for teaching voice and piano.
I do prefer to teach a weekly lesson.
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Amani P. January 6, 2017
· Singing · In home
First lesson was great! Truly love her energy.
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Lyla Y. November 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Esther has been really good with my daughter singing lesson. My daughter loves singing, she feels more comfortable singing out loud in front of other people.
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Lyla Y. November 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Esther has been really good with my daughter singing lesson. My daughter loves singing, she feels more comfortable singing out loud in front of other people.
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Sacramento, CA 95828
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Piano is my secondary instrument and I've been teaching it for the past 2 years. I've helped my students develop a love for the instrument as well as general music theory. I go through the different aspects of music, how to read and understand the different signs and symbols, step by step and make sure to give students enough material to practice. The book I like to use is piano adventures as well as works by Teleman, Chopin, and Mozart to start students off.

For more advanced students, typically the focus is put on performance, composition, advanced music theory and musical tones and colors. Works by Bach, Debussy and Beethoven are emphasized.

About Lilly
Hi there!
I am really excited that you've decided to take music lessons and are here on my page looking for an awesome teacher. I have lots of experience in music and I can't wait to teach it to someone else, whether they're a kid or an adult.

Currently I am attending graduate school for a Masters in Global Medicine so I can save the world later ;). I've spent a lot of time in school and music has been the one medium through which I have relieved stressed and made myself happy, inspired, and relaxed. While going to school, I also continued my music by being a teacher as well as helping out with the university orchestra.

Started music at a young age of 8, with my first instrument being the Flute followed by the Piano. Because I began music with a teacher who was studying music academically, I have a very strong background in theory
, technique, and tone. At the same time, I really think its all about having fun and loving what you play/learn.

I have taught adults and children so I do feel comfortable with any age group. I also have a pretty vast repertoire of different books and pieces that I use for different levels and ages.

My philosophy is for the learning/teaching experience to be a complete collaboration between me and the student. I am tough with certain things because I know they're super important to master but I like to also bend certain rules so that my student is happy with the classes.

I hope to hear from you and if not, I hope you find a really awesome music teacher!

Cheers,
Lilli
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Victoria Knecht April 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
I have been taking lessons from Lilly for about 5 months now.
She is fun, helpful and always has a positive attitude. She always arrives for classes with tons of energy. I have learned a lot from Lilly.
Thank you SO much for making learning the piano fun
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Purnachandra rao February 15, 2016
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call me 9256635260.
i wish to learn music.
purna9394@gmail.com
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Paula February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
Lilly is a great teacher. She genuinely cares about creating a great learning experience. She listens to questions and gives clear answers. She has a natural ability to be un-intimidating and very likable. Lilly is both fun and practical in her teaching approach. I learned and grew in leaps and bounds with each lesson. Thank you Lilly!
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Lilly K.

Sacramento, CA 95816
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In college I got very good at piano, and have continued to get better since graduating. I would love to help you get better too!

About Kevin
I've been teaching private lessons for the past year and am very passionate about my students - making you succeed is my life's blood and whatever your goal is, that's my goal too! I've performed in many different musicals and operas in Sacramento, and been hired to sing professionally both as a soloist and a chorus singer. I went to California State University, Sacramento and earned my Bachelor of Arts in Music in 2015. I've since been very active in the music theatre scene in Sacramento, and my music theatre students love me! I'd love to see what we can do to make you a great singer!
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Nancy G. March 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
I took lessons from Kevin for 5 months. He's a terrific teacher. I hadn't done any singing for years and he was patient with me, always very positive and gave me new challenges when I was ready for them. He's a gifted teacher and I recommend him for all levels of learning.

Thank you Kevin!!!!
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Natalia December 13, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Great instructor! Patient and gives helpful tips.
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Lisa August 17, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
My 12 year old son had private vocal lessons with Kevin and really enjoyed the time Kevin spent working with him. I appreciated Kevin's ability to assess my son's skill level and develop an individualized plan to help him work towards his goals at his own pace. Kevin maintains a relaxed, stress free atmosphere during his lessons, and my son really appreciated that. I highly recommend!
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Sacramento, CA 95826
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I have a special passion and love for teaching children. I love to encourage, praise, challenge and hold accountable my students of all ages. I enjoy beginning students and watching them blossom through the years, advancing in technique and artistry.

About Ollie
Playing and teaching piano is my joy and my passion. I've been playing for 24 years and teaching piano for more then 9 years. Teaching piano is something that I truly enjoy. Along with teaching from the method books, I offer my students a variety of musical genres to play from.
I pride myself on creating a fun, safe, and creative environment while teaching my students. I use reward stickers and numerous fun and exciting games to help my students memorize better. Guiding the student through various fundamentals which include scales, counting, finger exercises, melodic and harmonic patterns, and rhythmic structures. I also count the beat or play along with the student when needed. I teach in Ukrainian, Russian and English languages.

I have extensive backgrounds in all different types of piano genres such as jazz, classical, praise and h
ymn.
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Bonnie December 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Ollie has been teaching my 6 year old son for a month. He has already shown such amazing growth. She is a gentle, but firm teacher. She encourages my son to work to his potential.
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Macie September 28, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ollie is accessible, punctual, pleasant, and has made helpful suggestions to maximize student learning. My daughter enjoys working with Ollie and is making good progress taking private lessons at home. I recommend Ollie!
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Liliya August 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter really enjoys going to her piano lessons, Ollie has a great personality and is a great teacher.
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Antelope, CA 95843
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I provide students with the Bastien Piano Basics method and the Alfred Piano method. I believe that this is the best way for a beginning student to learn. I also teach students (both beginning and intermediate) the art of piano technique, and how to incorporate it in their piano practice.

About Arend
Arend Aldama was born and raised in Sacramento, CA. He began playing piano at 7. His teacher was Dr. Beverly Wesner-Hoehn, PhD, a classical Harpist and Pianist who performs throughout California. During his years at school, he performed in musical productions and was twice awarded the All Star Piano Student Award in 2004 and 2011.

In 2012, while attending American River College in Sacramento, CA, Arend auditioned and was chosen to be in the Piano Program for music major students. He studied Music Theory with Dr. Joseph Gilman. His piano instructor was Professor Tatiana Scott, a well-known professor and teacher who taught him the studies of ear training and melodic dictation. During his years at American River College, he auditioned and was chosen three times to perform with ARC Orchestra for the Concerto-Aria Competition. At ARC he e
arned his A.A. degree in Music and will continue on with his Music education at CSU - Sacramento earning his Bachelor's degree in Music Performance.
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Chadryhk September 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Great teacher.
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· Piano · In studio
Arend is a talented piano teacher. He is patient and personable. My 7 year old son enjoys his lessons.
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· Piano · In studio
Arend is a very good teacher
He accommodated me forgetting my textbook.
He found another good book to get through the class. Thanks
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Sacramento, CA 95811
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I have been playing piano since I was 4 years old. I first learned to play by ear and later by note. For all students, I begin with an assessment to determine what approach will be best for the student. Beginner lessons are 30 minutes. Intermediate and Advanced lessons range from 45 minutes - 1 hour.

About John
Before entering Baylor University as a music major, I won numerous awards in piano, voice and trumpet. At Baylor, I majored in voice and studied with Richard Robinson, opera star on the west coast and was Stravinsky's favorite tenor. I also studied piano with Dr. Michael Ard where I learned the world renowned "Taubman Approach" to playing the piano. I studied conducting with Michael Haithcock (currently director of bands at University of Michigan) and Dr. Hugh Sanders (past president of the American Directors Choral Association). I was also a member of the Baylor University Golden Wave Band for 4 years and studied trumpet. I studied organ with Dr. Joyce Jones.

Before coming to California to pursue my Masters in Music, I taught Junior High School choir in Texas for three years. I have over 30 years of professional music experience
and have taught and directed numerous choirs and orchestras in California and Minnesota. I am available to teach piano, voice, trumpet and organ.
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Stella August 23, 2017
· Piano · In home
John's wonderful!! Great communication, right on time and most importantly great with our daughter! Clearly he's classically trained and then some. From what I heard, he made it interesting and kept her attention. He didn't dawdle anywhere too long and showed her what a piece could sound like when practiced and perfected. That's incentive.
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Shingle Springs, CA 95682
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So you've started your piano lessons and you're in it for the long haul... but playing the same exercises over and over again is starting to get frustrating. We understand. Listen, no one goes to the gym and does the same routine day in and day out. Why should you have to trudge your way through the same repetitive piano exercises over and over? Teaching yourself piano requires a bit of creativity in this respect. So crack your knuckles, climb down off the top of the piano before you scratch th
Tips for Playing Piano Duets
Playing piano duets, or "four-hand piano," is a fun way to share your love for playing music! Buddy up with another pianist and get ready to make some rich and full sounds. If you've never played with another pianist before, let these tips for playing piano duets be your guide. Know Your Part Before you sit down together, decide if you'll be playing the high part (usually known as primo) or the bass part (known as secondo). You and your partner should spend some time practicing independe

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