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By Amber C. - Irvine Piano Teacher

My name is Amber C. and I teach piano in Irvine, CA! Our wonderful city has an exceptional school system, low crime, lots of diversity, and cultural attractions. It’s also a wonderful place to learn piano!

If your desire is to take piano lessons in Irvine, there are many benefits! Pianists can improve coordination, comprehension, and discipline no matter what age. By allocating a certain time everyday to play piano, you develop the discipline to stick to a schedule. Practicing hands separate first, then playing hands together will help improve your coordination. Music is a language. Just by learning to read music will aid in your overall comprehension.

The Pacific Symphony performs everything from the greatest orchestral masterworks to music from today’s most distinguished composers. These stellar musicians complete 100 concerts a year, and the solo performances are always an inspiration. Some famous pianists include Joyce Yang from Korea, Conrad Tao, a young 20 year old, and David Fray. Take a look at their site to find upcoming performances: https://www.pacificsymphony.org.

Symphony Irvine is an ensemble of professional-level volunteer musicians based in the city of Irvine. It takes dedication to perfect your art, which means consistent practice develops technical skills and self-expression. Once these skills are perfected, you will have the confidence to pursue a professional career. For more information, go to http://symphonyirvine.org.

I cannot stress the importance of seeing live performances! They can inspire in a way that you cannot get from the radio, TV, or the Internet. Piano students can learn valuable tips from observing and listening to these seasoned performers. Pay attention to watching their technical skills,how they interpret the music, and their professional behavior.

Many Irvine schools offer the opportunity for students to perform in talent shows, musical theatre, choruses and bands. If you are interested in taking on one of these opportunities, your piano instructor is a great resource for you. They will help you choose appropriate material, help you prepare for your audition, and then help you practice your performance!

I always encourage my students to participate in the community because it provides a goal to achieve and also builds self confidence, creativity, and self expression.

Lately, I have started to record some of my students playing piano because it gives them instant feedback on how they look and sound, and gives us a strong starting point. One example is an eight year old student who was preparing to play solo at a recital. Previously, he had only played duets with me on stage so he was experiencing some stage fright about playing alone. I recorded him at home playing his piece, and coached him about his presentation of bowing, adjusting the piano bench if necessary, and taking a moment to collect himself before he started to play. I encouraged him to think about what the music meant to him and to keep playing if he made a mistake. He performed beautifully. Even though he made one mistake, it was hardly noticeable because he kept playing and didn’t get flustered.

Our city is conducive to learning and creativity, so take advantage of what we have to offer by checking out piano lessons in Irvine! Get inspired and become absorbed in the gift of music!

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I am enthusiastic, caring, classically trained piano teacher with over 30 years of experience who believes that all students can thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their abilities. I am looking forward to build a successful, long lasting teacher student relationship with you.

About Emma
I am a piano teacher, classically trained. I started my music education at the age of 7, at the Odessa College of Music in Ukraine. At age 16 I was accepted to the highly prestigious Odessa University of Music, where later I received my BA degree in Piano Pedagogy and Performance, Summa Cum Laude. I then decided to further my education and take a 2 year Piano Performance course at the Odessa Conservatory. For over 30 years thereafter, I am teaching students of all ages. I look to develop problem solving, multitasking and other intangible life skills for my younger students through the power of music. For my adult students, I look to reduce stress and keep their brains working like new. Regardless of age, I work very hard to improve all of my student's memory, brain function, coordination and most importantly teach them how to simply have
fun!
I believe that all students can thrive in a learning environment that is stimulating, comforting and appropriate to their abilities.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are designed based on famous methods of teaching to meet the individual needs and desires of each student.
I am always very patient and will take it as slow as each of my students needs to make sure that he or she understands everything of what is being presented.
I am growing up with the students, building a proper relationship with them and helping them develop life skills through music. I hope for all my students that they will indeed develop skills and attributes through the music experience they have with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright Piano, Baby Grand Kawaii for Recitals

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must provide piano in their home for piano lessons. Must have parking available

*** Specialties ***
I am using Alfred's Music for Little Mozarts, Alfred Piano, Bastien Piano, Piano Adventures by Nancy and Randall Faber, Thompson Modern course for beginners. I provide my student with a variety of music styles: classical, jazz, musicals/movie. Also, I introduce them to piano duets. These duets are very useful as supplementary material in a piano program, musically rewarding, and very motivational. I offer preparation to the ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) examinations.
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Jackson P. January 31, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jackson loved his first piano lesson! Our instructor was very informative and helpful.
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Jackie Pascual February 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Emma is encouraging to adult students like me! I look forward to my progress in piano with her!
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Vintee T. January 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I like everything. She's good with children. Recommend!
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Emma M.

Emma M.

Cypress, CA 90630
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About Sheila M.

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Piano was my first instrument as a child and I never stopped loving it. I have been teaching it for the last 5 years and hope to instill that same love for music the way my piano teacher did for me! Students will learn how to read notes, music terminology, technique, and a wide variety of piano repertoire.

About Sheila
Sheila's interest in music began at the age of seven when she began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, she began playing the flute. Sheila received her Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where she studied flute with Sara Andon. There, she performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During her third year at university, she studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

Sheila has performed in many different venues around the world such as Tivoli Gardens in Denmark, the Edinburgh Trade Center in Scotland, the Sydney Opera House in Australia, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Greek Theater in Los Angeles and the Valley Performing Arts Center in Northridge, CA.

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3, Sheila graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where she studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, she performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. She currently resides in Irvine and teaches private lessons in flute and piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will learn to read music and have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just make sure that you learn from those mistakes so as not to make the same ones and grow from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and sometimes sitting in on the lesson to take notes so that you can work on what we did during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

*** Required Materials ***
Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Annette B. October 7, 2017
· Flute · Online
hello MRS sheila i am so happy that we could have a lesson today and i just want to say have a nice honey moon thank you for your time and kindness i would never be where i am today without you
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Zoe October 5, 2017
· Flute · Online
Fantastic!
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Kyla October 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sheila is the best!
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Irvine, CA 92614
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About Brianna P.

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I have been teaching classical piano and music theory for last 7 years. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. Learning piano will allow you to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. You can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing your reactions when you reach where they doubted.

About Brianna
Hello..! I have been pursuing music for the last 20 years and I've taught toddlers, teenagers, and adults. As a student, I deeply understand the struggles, amount of patience, and constant hard work that comes with learning music. This holistic process will allow students to strengthen not only their ability to play, but also their patience. Learning music is a lifelong journey--students can remain music lovers even without music lessons! As a teacher, most rewarding aspect of teaching is witnessing their reactions when they reach where they doubted; Fundamentally, I am able to provide exciting experiences that will allow students to grow and perform in a enjoyable, curiosity-driven, invigorating environment!
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Brianna P.

Brianna P.

Irvine, CA 92620
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About Jessie S.

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Los Angeles, CA

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I have been teaching beginning to intermediate piano for the past three years, and love helping my students achieve their musical goals!

I received my Master’s in Voice from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and although I specialize in opera and classical vocal technique, I enjoy and teach a variety of other genres of music, and encourage a healthy technique with minimal tension for all styles. No matter your experience level, I am available to teach in-home lessons to fit your needs!

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun atmosphere, individualized lesson plans, no experience necessary!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, students must have a piano or keyboard available

*** Specialties ***
Piano, sight-reading, ear-training, classical repertoire, pop songs, Disney songs, music theory

Please feel free to contact me with any questions!
For more information, please visit my website: www.jessieshulman.com

About Jessie
Hi! I'm Jessie, and I'm a freelance singer and teacher in the Los Angeles area. I earned a Masters degree in Voice from the College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) at the University of Cincinnati, and my Bachelors degree in Opera Performance from CSU Long Beach (Go Beach!)

I have been teaching beginning-advanced voice and beginning-intermediate piano for the past three years now, and I absolutely love helping my students achieve their musical goals! Although I specialize in opera and classical vocal technique, I enjoy and teach a variety of genres of music, and encourage a healthy technique with minimal tension.

Currently I'm a full-time member of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, where I perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. I'm a session singer for movies and TV here in LA, and I have also sung with the Chicago Sy
mphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, and Cincinnati Opera. Check out my website for more information about me at www.jessieshulman.com

I teach private lessons in the Los Angeles area, and am available to teach both piano and voice, no matter your experience level! My approach is to focus on healthy, easy singing and/or playing. Correct posture, breath, and technique are fundamentals of a healthy instrument. I also have experience with the Alexander Technique, and incorporate its many benefits into my teaching. I am comfortable teaching various styles; whether it's pop, rock, classical, or musical theater, I would love to help you achieve your singing and piano playing goals! Please feel free to contact me with any questions, and I will happily answer them!

For more information, please visit my website:
www.jessieshulman.com

*** Lesson Details ***
Fun atmosphere, individualized lesson plans, no experience necessary!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For in-home lessons, students must have a piano or keyboard available

*** Specialties ***
Opera and classical voice technique, piano, sight-reading, ear-training, classical repertoire, German diction, Italian diction, French diction
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Shayna W. August 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
she is great!
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Mary F. January 24, 2016
· Singing · In home
Jessie has been great! The kids love her teaching style and look forward to their lessons.
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Jessie S.

Los Angeles, CA 90042
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About jiaxin A.

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I started playing piano when I was 4 and have performed as a junior concert pianist multiple times on different occasions.
When I was 17 I started tutoring and teaching beginner level piano to children and adults too. My job included teaching them the proper methods, making lesson plans and I always encourage them to explore their creativity in the music.
Learning how to play a musical instrument is not easy as well as teaching it but it was well worth it and I enjoyed every minute of it.

About jiaxin
I started playing piano when I was 4 years old and have performed as a junior concert pianist multiple times on different occasions. In 2009 I passed the Chinese National Piano Level Exam and obtained a "Level 10"certificate while the highest level is level 10. In 2011 I started teaching piano to children and adults too. My job included teaching them the proper methods, making lesson plans and I always encourage them to explore their creativity in the music. Learning how to play a musical instrument is not easy as well as teaching it but it was well worth it and I enjoyed every minute of it.
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AIINA April 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
Alina loves her teacher. She likes to be challenged and learn and also have some freedom for create her own music. Jiaxin provides exactly that for my daughter.
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Sasha & Aryana R. October 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
My kids first day with her and they loved her!!
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· Piano · In home
My kids first day with her and they loved her!!
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jiaxin A.

Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
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About Russell S.

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If you are ready to take your music skills SERIOUSLY then stop wasting time and money on teachers who don't fully understand what they are teaching. My name is Russell Steedle and I have been playing guitar professionally for 19 years and engineering and producing records for over 10. I have worked with artists such as Sean Kingston, Lifehouse, Disney's Caityln Taylor Love and have composed music to 100s of your favorite TV shows! Want to learn to record? produce? write? dive into theory?

About Russell
Russell is an incredibly gifted music producer born in Las Vegas, NV. With his first #1 Billboard record (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rookie_(EP) ) under his belt and endorsements and support of major music companies such as Fender and Dean Markley strings, Russell has toured the US opening for National Artists playing for audiences as large as 30,000.

In 2012, Russ inked a deal with Mach 1 Music and learned the rough ropes of the music industry as a part of a team selling over 19 million records worldwide. Soon after, Russ joined TV/Filmsound powerhouse “Signature Tracks” (signature-tracks.com) through which he has produced over 550 songs for networks such as Disney, MTV, VH1, BET, ABC, NBC, CBS, and many many more

Currently Russ performs with and produces talent from all over the world including Grammy Award winning artists a
nd songwriters The Jackie Boyz, Chart Topping Artist Sean Kingston, Disney's Caitlyn Taylor Love and many more!
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Edward J. October 5, 2016
· Arrangement and Composition · Online
Russ is a truly exceptional individual and very knowledgeable in all aspects of music theory, production and the industry. Not only is he an great at what he does, but he can also relate and impart that knowledge onto others - a skill that is surprisingly rare among high-caliber performers. The price per lesson seems higher than average at first glance, but I feel that the speed and amount of knowledge you acquire per dollar is actually lower than that of other instructors. Really.

He is also active in the industry, so the skills he teaches are current.

I take lessons with Russ online through Skype for EDM production in FL Studio. He is always punctual and promptly communicates if anything comes up. His teaching style carefully balances the need to provide guidance, while allowing freedom for individual artistic development. Every week, I start a composition or track analysis project that applies what I've learned in previous lessons, and I will submit it to Russ to discuss things that went well and things to work on in the future. In this way, you are not just being lectured, but you are actually learning to collaborate with an exceptional musician. I've personally experienced how constant application and feedback facilitates rapid learning.

He certainly is a serious musician, but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a fun personality. He is engaging and inspirational.

I would, without reservation nor hesitation, highly recommend Russ to anyone who is interested in professional music production.
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Kirsten August 29, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Encouraged and inspired my daughter's love for music. Taught guitar lessons in a fun engaging way that also challenged her creativity. Great teacher!
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Josh August 29, 2016
· Music Recording · In studio
I really enjoy learning from Russ. He is good at relating things back to a way I can understand and improve. He is so versatile in his music knowledge that I can litterally throw anything his way that I'm curious about and he points me in the right direction. I've taken guitar, bass, vocal, and even production lessons from Russ. By far the most value I have ever got from an instructor. At first I was a little hesitant because of the higher price than others, but when you start noticing that you are learning stuff other teachers had no idea about, it makes sense to pay a little more for the quality you get out of his lessons. Thanks Russ for all the lessons over the last few years! Wouldn't be where I am today without ya!
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Russell S.

Buena Park, CA 90621
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About Lena S. K.

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Lessons are tailored to individual student's ability. Method books are generally encouraged but are supplemented by materials based on student interest and teacher recommendation. Adoptive materials can be created based on student need.

About Lena S.
*Professional Classical Piano Teacher, over 14 years of teaching experiences
*Enthusiastic, patient and flexible for each student's learning progress
*Easy, fun and creative way to teach to develop student's musical potential and ability
*Semi-Annual Recitals
*College Audition prep for Piano Major/Music Major or Minor
*Competition prep

Lena was a music teacher at South Hampton Elementary school(K-6th grade) and Seneca High School(9-12th grade) in NJ, taught music history, music theory, singing, piano, guitar, recorder, violin, cello, brass instruments, and percussion instruments, and she was a director of choral ensemble and the orchestra.
Lena continued to study and obtained master's degree on music therapy and she has been working with students with special needs. Her teaching approach is specially designed for each student's
musical ability and their progress. Based upon her learning experiences, every single student will gain much knowledge and skills. Enjoy learning piano with Lena!
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Valenny N. April 20, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
It was ok
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cindy March 22, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
我女儿已经跟着Lena老师学了2年,老师有良好的性格,从来不会发脾气。
一个好的钢琴老师应该是一个颇具个人魅力的人、良好的性格、特有的艺术气质,能够针对不同学生的不同情况通过不同方式吸引、感染、带动学生。 好的钢琴老师,是你家儿子或女儿每星期要上课钢琴的那一天盼着要见的那个人。好的钢琴老师,是你家孩子弹了新曲子的时候,迫不及待的想分享的那个人。 一个好的老师还应该不仅仅只教授技巧,更教授为人之道, 好的钢琴老师,是让你孩子的文化境界更加提升的那个人。
Lena就是这样的老师也!❤
我积极推荐。
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Debbie November 16, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I purchased a gift certificate to gift piano lessons for my father. He had his first lesson with Lena today and asked that I write the review for him since he does not use the internet very much.

He said:
I really enjoyed my lesson with Lena today. She is a really patient, kind, and caring piano teacher. Her teaching style was very clear and easy to understand even though I do not have any past experience in music or playing instruments. She helped me learn the basic keys. I look forward to taking more lessons with her. I have already signed up for 4 additional lessons.
Thanks,
Matthew
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Lena S. K.

Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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About Pablo A.

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I will be glad to share my knowledge of basic theory and the ability to read music for students who have never played piano. You'll be able to learn to read any piece of music that you like from modern charts to more classical. For those 'self-taught' I will be able to show you a more in depth look at the theory behind the art of instrumentation.

About Pablo
Hi, my name is Pablo I am a musician and a music major at Chaffey College. I have been teaching beginners piano, bass, guitar, and percussion since 2009. I have been playing music for over 10 years now, I started taking piano lessons at 9 years old, then trumpet from the ages of 12 to 13 and percussion in high school till now. I have performed for piano recitals, voice recitals, live music, Jazz concerts, and marching band shows since the age of 9. I have extensive knowledge of music theory and many years of practice in a variety of styles of music.
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Pablo A.

Fontana, CA 92335
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Piano and Keys are a critical tool in my musical arsenal. Using basic keyboard skills and an understanding of harmony and theory, I use keys for everything in the studio from compositional arrangements to EDM synthesizer lines. I love teaching up to intermediate level piano students, and look forward to sharing my skills with you!

About Andrew
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My name is Andrew, and I am a passionate music producer and teacher living in beautiful San Clemente, CA. I have been living in, and teaching in this city for the past three years. In December 2014, I graduated from Musician's Institute with an Audio Engineering degree and Music Composition Certification; after completing these educational qualifications, I moved to San Clemente and began my own business, Custom Audio Solutions. Through this business I offer audio consultation and live sound services, and well as fully comprehensive music production and post production services.
I also offer private lessons on these subjects: Audio Engineering, Music Production, Guitar performance, Music Theory and composition and fundamental to intermediate piano skills & synthesis.
I have over 15 years of experience playing Guitar, Piano
and writing music. I was also an exemplary Product Specialist for Guitar Center for nearly 5 years while I completed school.
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Andrew F.

Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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What makes piano lessons with me unique is my wide interests,experiences, and passions within music. I've studied classical and jazz and have a degree in pop music which enables me to teach in any genre. I also work hard to personalize each lesson and really get to know my students learning styles.

About Rees
I am a professional multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter and producer. I graduated from USC Thornton School of Music with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance, specifically within Popular Music.
Students can expect their lessons to be highly personalized based on their interests and learning styles. Having operated in so many facets musically, I know how much depth is involved in being a complete musician and I encourage my students to be lifelong music lovers. I've performed alongside wide ranging acts such as John Fogerty, Glenn Frey, The Beach Boys, X-Ambassadors, and Diplo, and I've been mentored by greats such as Patrice Rushen and Glen Ballard. Knowing the value that mentorship has played in my musical journey encourages me to pay-it-forward. I love working with students who are as curious and passionate as I am.
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Rees F.

Sierra Madre, CA 91024
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Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises

As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can … Read More

Tips for Beginners: Piano Hand Coordination Exercises
As a pianist, there are many skills to develop through your practice regimen. Reading the grand staff means you need to be proficient in understanding both bass and treble clef, simultaneously! You need to develop independence between your left and right hands while playing and you also need to have an understanding of music theory, voice leading and harmony. One challenge that is both fun and practical to learn is coordination of your hands while playing. Here are some great exercises that can
10 Best Things About Being a Piano Player
What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
Is it Unethical to Have a Piano With Ivory Keys?
The piano is, by nature, unethical, discuss. For students in music programs or conservatories, this is a common essay prompt you'll come across. But academic thoughts aside, it's an issue worth thinking about for any piano player. Pianos pre-dating the 1950s are inexorably linked with the universally distasteful business of hunting for the purposes of obtaining ivory, whether legally or illegally. Read on to learn more about the history of instrument-making to see where the vogue for making p
5 Contemporary Pianists You Should Be Listening To
Beethoven and Mozart aren't the only famous pianists you should be listening to! Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares her recommendations for contemporary piano players to check out...    The world's getting smaller. Everything is global now. One great benefit is that the world gets to share music in ways that have never been seen before. Contemporary pianists from all over the world are keeping beautiful music alive and interpreting it in new and exciting ways. Listening
Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”,

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