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Vallejo, CA

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Award nominated singer-songwriter (wife and mom) with over 20 years experience available to teach 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 of skills, focusing on self-expression and technique. I specialize in pop, folk, rock, blues and country styles. Let's have fun making music!

About Amber
I have been a performing singer-songwriter/graphic artist for 15+ years have written roughly 200 original songs, released several CDs and performed hundreds of shows. Music has been an important part of my life and has given me enormous amounts of joy and growth as an individual. Both of my parents are musicians and I was fortunate to have their support and guidance in addition to formal and informal training from various musicians over the years but mostly, I developed my style of playing from many hours of playing and experimenting. I am excited to have the opportunity to teach others the tools needed to start their own journey in music.

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I am both easy going and goal oriented. I want my students to get the most out of their lessons and enjoy every minute.

I provide the syllabus & handouts needed initially
but will may assign a book after the first few lessons. Students should have an empty three-ring binder handy or iPad in addition to owning their own guitar or piano/keyboard. I recommend supporting local music stores before going to the big chains. I can help with choosing an instrument if needed.

Within 6 months*, the student should know and be able to play major and minor chords (instruments only), understand basic music notation, time signatures, and be able to follow basic sheet music. Students are encouraged to name songs that they wish to learn to keep them excited and interested in learning.

Emphasis will be on accuracy, performance techniques and having fun!

* results will vary with each student.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Each student needs a guitar or piano/keyboard and a 3 ring binder.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar, Piano, Songwriting: Folk, Rock, Blues & Country.
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JannessaB April 25, 2012
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Amber was great with my son. She was very pleasant, professional and on time. Very good teacher!
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About Lynwood B.

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About Lynwood F
With a Bachelor of Music from Yale University's School of Music, and a Master's Degree in Piano Performance from California State University Fullerton (CSUF), I have 40 years of experience taking absolute beginners from music fundamentals up through preparation for entrance to College & University music programs.

I was formerly on the music faculties of CSUF, Hartnell College in Salinas and California State University Monterey Bay. My wife, Renee, also a highly trained pianist and formerly on the faculties of Monterey Peninsula College and Hartnell College, and I operate a studio with two Steinway concert grands in our living room and two additional Steinways in a second studio, also in our home.

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Our goal is to take an absolute beginner from the basic fundamentals of reading and counting music to preparation for
entry to college at age 18, by which time they will be able to pick up any piece of music and teach it to themselves.

*** Studio Equipment ***
We have two studios in our home -- one with two late vintage Steinway 9' concert grands and the other with a Steinway L and a Steinway K.

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano with an emphasis on music theory, sight reading, ensemble and preparation for performances, master classes and competitions.
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Lynwood B.

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Carmel, CA 93923
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About Jennifer T.

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Basic music skills and reading. Fingering, scales and beginning songs for students to start building their piano skills,

About Jennifer
My name is Jennifer. I got my degree in vocal performance and minored in Jazz. I began voice lessons myself when I was eight. I am a mezzo soprano, and can teach both female and male voices. I have performed in several opera productions including but not limited to The Marriage of Figaro, Dido and Aeneus, Tenderland, and Hand of Bridge. I have worked and performed in masterworks by Brahms, Chopin, Mozart to name a few. I studied in French, English, Spanish, Italian, and German. I studied diction, ear training, piano, music history, pedagogy, and music theory. I have also performed with artists such as New York Voices, Bobby Mcferrin and Kurt Elling. I was blessed with many learning opportunities to grow in my passion and I would love to pass that knowledge and passion to anyone who wants to learn.

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signed around the needs of each student. The first lessons is always spent testing range, knowledge and abilities already known by the student. Then the student weighs in on what kind of music they would like to learn and what they hope to gain from the lessons. Theory and ear training are incorporated into the lessons. We work on breathing, technique and style. Generally we start with English or Italian. We work on vocal performance from a classical standpoint but Jazz and Broadway can also be taught if desired by the student. Scales and exercises are given each week to be worked on until the next lesson. A recording device is encouraged if the student cannot play the piano. Also, a voice note book to take notes during the lesson to be used during practice during the week.

*** Specialties ***
classical voice and jazz voice.
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SG R. October 18, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Jennifer is a talented and passionate teacher. Not only did she help me with technique, she helped me feel more confident in my singing. She is a fantastic coach who made me a better singer after only a few lessons!
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Chris May 9, 2017
· Piano · In home
She's super patient with me, and slows down to my pace while still pushing me weekly. It's really nice that she's knowledgeable on music theory too, beyond just good at piano.
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LeAnne March 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter loves her lessons!
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About Anna C.

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I am a kind of teacher (person) who is more laid back, make sure everything and everybody is comfortable, yet challenging and expecting good work. I like to make a lesson be worth it: as for me and as for the child. I use a combination of fun and work together, because I think it's important for the student to feel relaxed and also have a good time.
I am really patient with my students, while helping them master new songs and techniques. I understand that every student learns in a different way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I do not ask for perfection, but I do drive them to do their best.This is my motto: "Do the best you can", and "Be the best you can be".
I am a classically trained musician, and I believe that it's really important to have a strong foundation of learning the basics: reading notes, rhythms, a little bit of music theory etc. Everything else builds on this, for example, like learning and playing different ...

About Anna
Hi, my name is Anna. As an orphan, I grew up in Hungary in a foster home. At a very young age I was already exposed to music. It kind of blew me away. I didn't know how something could be so beautiful, and it was like a miracle for me. Then and there, I knew that something special was waiting for me ahead. When I was 3, I didn't talk for a long time, but I did do one thing: sing. At that point my life has totally changed. I began my long journey. My foster parents got me into a music school, called Janos Patzay Music School. I knew immediately what I wanted to be. I built my whole life on music. It always filled up a very special place in my heart, it still does, and it always will. I started to learn the violin when I was 5 years old. Being in a music environment always gave me strength, made me feel safe, and made me stronger as a perso
n. I decided to learn more, and to grow, I must never give up on my dreams. After elementary school, in 1998, I went to Bela Bartok Music High School, and graduated in 2002. I continued studying music at the University of Miskolc Bela Bartok Institute of Music trough 2004-2008. Those four years were some of the best years of my life. In college, I changed my major to viola instead of violin. I am never going to forget the day of my diploma concert (April 27,2008, Sunday). It was wonderful. All the hard work and studying got me here to this point. I had no family being there for me all these years, nothing really, only God and music. Knowing the fact what I wanted kept me going in the hard times. In 2003, I met with a pastor from the United States who were on a mission trip in Hungary, in the orphanage I lived. Nothing can describe it, not even words what we had. I felt like I always knew her. I used to say I was born in a wrong place in a wrong time. After my diploma concert she and her husband adopted me. Today I am able to say that I have a family, a real family with true love. So, I came here to study English (ESL) at the University of Minnesota for a year and a half. Not having time for me to practice and not have music around me for a little over than a year, it made me really sad. I was depressed, and I thought I am going to get crazy. Music was totally cut out from my life. In 2009, I finally had my music back. I was enrolled in Crown College for 2 years. I attended the school's chamber orchestra and quartet, and I also attended other classes as well ( English, drawing, painting, and piano). I have been in different chamber groups through all of my schools (duet, trio, quartet, symphony orchestra, chamber orchestra). I also studied how to teach violin ( teaching techniques) for four years in college. I observed teaching methods at the Beni Egressy Music School once every week. In my fourth year of college, I was also teaching little ones, and after my diploma concert I also had to do a diploma teaching.

I live in Shakopee, and I've been married for six years now. I made a little music studio in my home, that's where I teach most of my students. I have a couple of music stands, and I have my own instruments (violin, viola). I will be able to teach in Shakopee, in Victoria, and on online. I would be teaching from published repertoire, and my own as well. I would be more than happy to answer any questions as it appears. I'll be always available at my email. (bubumaci.anna@gmail.com)

It was a long and hard journey, but I never gave up. I became what I wanted to be, what I always dreamed of. With God's love and with music, everything is possible.

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I am a kind of teacher (person) who is more laid back, make sure everything and everybody is comfortable, yet challenging and expecting good work. I like to make a lesson be worth it: as for me and as for the child. I use a combination of fun and work together, because I think it's important for the student to feel relaxed and also have a good time.
I am really patient with my students, while helping them master new songs and techniques. I understand that every student learns in a different way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning style. I do not ask for perfection, but I do drive them to do their best.This is my motto: "Do the best you can", and "Be the best you can be".
I am a classically trained musician, and I believe that it's really important to have a strong foundation of learning the basics: reading notes, rhythms, a little bit of music theory etc. Everything else builds on this, for example, like learning and playing different styles or genres in music. You have to know the basics in order to be able to play them.
In each lesson, I will have assignments for the students to work on throughout the week: 1 song for 30 minute lesson, 1-2 songs for 45 minute lesson, 2-3 songs for an hour lesson, and I will always ask for a specific scale at the beginning of every lesson. How fast or slow we can move forward, and how much we can learn it's really depends on the students. These assignments will be showed first (I'll play it to the student), then we work on them together. I'll make sure they understand what I am showing and telling them before leaving. I will also have technique exercises, and music theory sheets for students.
I take practice very seriously. The amount of time I recommend is varies according to the student's age and skill level.
Students will have a recital once a year. They will show what they have learned through the year. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends.
Note: I do have cats in my home. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach in Victoria, give lessons in our church.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio lessons are taught in a finished basement which has been converted into a studio. Music stands and seating available.

Fellowship Church: Lessons in sanctuary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide their own instrument, music and stand

*** Specialties ***
I primarily perform classical, so I would be most comfortable teaching the classical repertoire.
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Jodanne T. December 7, 2014
· Violin · In studio
Anna has a wonderful rapport with our son. This, I'm certain, has greatly improved the quality of the lesson and his willingness to practice. In the very short time (year and a half) that he's been taking violin, he is playing better than many of the longer studied kids in his string orchestra at school, due to the tutelage of Anna.
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Jodanne T. June 2, 2014
· Violin · In studio
We have been very impressed with Anna and have also received feedback from our son's orchestra instructor that she must be fantastic based on the progress our son has made over the last school year. Thank you, Anna, for all of the encouragement and instruction you've given to our son.
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I have over 10 years of experience teaching piano lessons to students of all ages. It is most important to me that students love learning music. I see this as a way for students to develop self-motivation to practice and feel excited about their own musical growth. I strive to make music lessons both fun and challenging by incorporating interests from the student as well as mixing in technically challenging and traditional repertoire.

About Kim
I love teaching music and helping students to find a passion for learning an instrument. I have experience as a music teacher in K-12 classrooms and also teaching private lessons to people of all ages. I have been playing piano since I was 5 years old and have been singing long before that. I attended college for piano performance and then switched my major to Choral/General Music Education. Since graduating, I have consistently taught private lessons to students of all ages. In addition to being a music teacher, I have an MA in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Child Development and feel equipped to work with students with special needs.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have a piano or a keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Piano and Voice, Orff Schulwerk, Waldorf Education, Developmental Psychology
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Fiona Hammer December 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kim is fun, friendly and highly skilled! She is great with children and adults alike. She caters to the student’s needs and makes learning to play piano a positive experience. We loved having her in our house, and it was easy to change-up the schedule as we needed it! Kim is a wonderful teacher and mentor for any student!
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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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Oakland, CA

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I studied with various teachers in and out of college for five years, and have over a decade teaching hundreds of students, from the elementary levels to classical piano technique to jazz improvisation to pop piano to ragtime. You will be challenged and at the same time inspired to get the most out of your time with instrument!

About Peter
Whether piano, voice, songwriting/composition, music theory or music production, I bring all that I have learned and developed as a musician to the lesson in the interest of the student’s growth.

Whether we work in classical, jazz, or pop, We focus on what will directly fit your individual goals. We can cover the full spectrum of technique, theory, ear training, sight-reading, and performance. What emerges over time is tailor-made program suited to your needs and goals.

A little bit about my background: I have studied with over 12 music professors, both in the classroom and individually for 6 years at Saddleback Community College in Orange County. I’ve studied a number of styles while composing for and performing in various small ensembles, including:  world music, classical, pop, jazz, and musical theatre. I continue teach, produ
ce and compose music for myself and other artists as well.

I look forward to getting to know you!
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Susan December 8, 2017
· Piano · In home
My 10 year old son loves playing little riffs on the piano but really didn't want lessons for fear it would be too much like school. Peter has been awesome about tailoring the lessons so that my son can choose the Music he likes and move forward from his place of interest. Peter is a skilled and gifted pianist, and my son is totally inspired to keep playing and put in the work to improve.
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Leyla November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
I have been working with Peter for a little over a year and although I'm moving away, I will be continuing my sessions with him over video. Over the past year, I've had the most incredible mentoring experience with Peter and would highly recommend him to students of all ages. I used to play piano as a kid and quit when I was in middle school, and Peter has helped me regain, maintain and build on my skills. He takes measures to keep me accountable in my practice and also nurtures and encourages me creatively -- his experience as a composer comes in handy and we have dope jam sessions. In addition to his musical teaching practice, Peter is also training in somatic and trauma healing modalities that infuse his work with students with care and attunement. I know some parents who work with him keep him around their kids as a life coach and buddy as well as a music teacher. He's the best and I will miss seeing him every week in person!
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Mary Butler November 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter has taught my 11yr old son so much! The Focus is on the fundamentals but he is flexible and fun which support creative learning and keeps my son engaged! A great instructor that is very reasonably priced and it is convenient to have such a great teacher come to the house, many others we looked do not offer that kind of service.
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Phoenix, AZ

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Whether you're a total beginner or you've had previous piano study and want to refresh your skills, you're at the right place. Though I specialize in teaching adults, I believe that everyone can and should make music a lifelong companion.

GOALS:
* Understand how music works and be able to play music of any genre using a chord or note-by-note approach.
* Confidently play music in any situation.
* Play something on the spot for friends and family.
* Accompany a singer or play in a band.
* Improvise without printed music.

Like most worthwhile skills, learning piano takes regular practice. I understand everyone has busy schedules and I'm ready to help you go at your own "best pace" so you're always making progress.

Check out my availability and let me know if the days/times there are not good for you. Schedules are always changing.

About Terry
I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music. ​- Billy Joel

Start reaping the many benefits of learning a musical instrument today. I offer convenient in-person or live, online piano and voice instruction for children, teens, and adults.

* Choose convenient day or evening lesson times.
* Accelerate your learning with the best technology.
* Access tutorial videos and downloadable materials to review between lessons.

I want everyone to make music a lifelong companion. Music can boost a sense of achievement and confidence not duplicated in other pursuits. It can improve social skills and academic abilities, and it provides a creative outlet that will stay with you throughout your life.

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Niall M. March 14, 2014
· Piano ·
Terry brings out the best in his students.

My daughter, age 10, enjoys her lessons with Terry. She quickly built a repertoire which included classical pieces, blues and pop/rock songs. She takes great pride in performing them for anyone who will listen ;-)

Terry is a gifted teacher who motivates students, quickly pinpoints any difficulties and finds creative remedies.

Piano is going to be part of my daughter's life for years to come and I am very grateful that we found Terry.
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Anna H. February 28, 2014
· Piano ·
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As a piano teacher myself, I was anxious to find a teacher that would make learning music an enjoyable experience for my children. I am totally and completely happy with my children's lessons with Terry. He is patient and encouraging. He draws from a variety of resources to provide music that teaches, challenges, and is pleasant to play (and listen to). I highly recommend him!
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marcie H. February 22, 2014
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My daughter started taking lessons with Terry when she was a few months shy of 5 years old. He was very patient with her and met her at her level. He even suggested waiting a few months before beginning so she would not get frustrated due to her small, petite fingers. I appreciated the fact that he was honest and did not want to waste our time or money. Once she started back, he worked to determine what learning methods would work well with her. She has excelled tremendously and is proud of her accomplishments to read and play simple songs as a 6-year-old!
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Justice is an accomplished performer and accompanist. He enjoys helping students learn the ins and outs of performing: the musicality, musicianship, and confidence that demonstrate the professionalism of the performer. For more advanced students, Justice can also discuss relevant music theory and music history, which is helpful in building a good understanding of the music as an art form.

About Justice
Hello! I'm a classically-trained pianist who first started learning music at age seven. I studied music with private teachers for many years and also played in school ensembles like orchestra and choir. After high school, I continued by majoring in music in college.
Since 2013 I've worked as the pianist/accompanist for a church in Marina, CA.
I've also worked as a piano accompanist for other ensembles and soloists, and I've performed as a solo pianist for various parties, galas, and other events.
As a teacher, I've had success with students of varying ages. From children, as well as older adults who wish to take lessons for their own enjoyment!
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Number one is we always have fun, though we do a lot of hard work too! Lessons are split between technical/theoretical music study, and live performance practice. Emphasis is on gaining skills in coordination and dexterity, understanding the theory behind compositions, and finding individual expression with each piece. Technique exercises follow the Dozen A Day series; Lessons, Sight-Reading, and Theory from Faber & Faber; skills are applied to a performance song of the students' choosing. Students generally select a song at their level in either Classical, Jazz or Contemporary style. All students are required to practice at least 5 mins a day, every day. Each performance piece is later performed live in concert.

About Jameson
Jameson is a recording artist, songwriter and producer. He is a graduate from the University of Oregon, and holds a BA in Theater Arts, Music and Business.

As a vocalist, Jameson sings regularly in a wide variety of styles. He has studied the Alexander Method, Body Mapping, Singing by Speaking Voice, and Vowel Isolation as well as the application of this technical work through text and emotion. He completed the classical vocal performance pedagogy and created an extended fusion technique for Gospel, Pop and Musical Theater singing which utilizes similar principals. As an actor, his training includes work with both the Stanislavski Method, Meisner Technique, Shakespeare and Lyric Performance, Clowning, Improvisation, Dance/Movement for actors, and exposure to Stella Adler, Uta Hagen and Lee Strasberg's work. Jameson has also writ
ten three fully produced musicals for the stage, and continues to write and produce blues and pop music.
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Pearson August 10, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Firstly, Jameson is not a voice teacher for money. I do not know anyone who genuinely loves music and singing more than him. Jameson's passion for performing is evident from the moment you meet him. His rates are very reasonable considering the top-notch quality of the lessons. He focuses on the fundamentals of releasing your authentic voice rather than specialized techniques to mimic other performers. He listens carefully to your thoughts and feelings throughout each lesson, adjusting accordingly. He challenges you to express how your body is working with your vocals after each try so that you are able to be aware of your voice outside of lessons as well. He ensures that the lesson is fun and fast-paced so that you can feel great strides in vocal improvement with each time.
Thanks to Jameson, my voice has been freed. I sing strongly, with control, and with passion any chance I get. The confidence Jameson has giving me in my singing voice is quite honestly, priceless.
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Isaiah August 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
"Jameson is incredible. During my junior year of high school I was not selected for the All State Choir and it devastated me. Jameson was a fairly new vocal teacher in the area and was so accommodating to me when I reached out. Under his guidance I was able to further my confidence as a singer and a performer. Jameson's focused optimism really drove me to push myself. I am so thankful for my time with him and I would recommend him to any student who is ready for the "next step" but isn't quite sure where to go."
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Tristan August 10, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
"Before Jameson, I had tried out a few other vocal coaches that worked for semi large companies. These vocal coaches only focused on making each individual song sound good, but didn’t actually help me improve my voice at all. This wasn’t what I was looking for. However, my first lesson with Jameson was eye opening. I remember on the very first day he got me to come out of my shell and make my voice do things it hadn’t done before! I remember being amazed at the vocal range that Jameson helped me uncover and the different ways to help give my breath support; allowing my vocal chords to resonate smoothly and on key. Not only did he give me coaching in both pop and classical, but he gave me confidence in my voice and many opportunities to showcase what I had learned.
Other than the concerts that Jameson sets up himself, he also gave me an opportunity to try out for The Voice. This experience was one of a kind! It was a several day experience where me and a select few other people came to the Tabor Studio and worked on our songs together with multiple coaches to critique our voices so that we would improve for the following day when we actually got to professionally record the songs that we practiced to send to the voice! In addition to this, Jameson helped me place top 10 in the final for Portland Teen Idol, which hosted a few hundred singers. All in all, I regret nothing about my relationship with Jameson. If someone was looking for a vocal coach, Jameson Tabor would be the first person that I would point to."
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PRIVATE PIANO AND VOICE LESSONS WEST HOLLYWOOD

*Beginners to Advanced, ALL AGES!
*Over 20 years experience as a professional Pianist and Singer, over 7 years expirience as a Piano and Voice teacher
*Graduate of Kharkov National University of Arts in Ukraine (Bachelor in Music Composition and Theory of Music)
*Specializes in combining both Piano and Vocals together, but does individual Piano and Vocal instruction also
*Covers many popular genres, Pop, Rock, Alternative, Folk, Country, R&B, also Classical, Jazz, ect.

About Ganna
Dear student, I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Ganna, I'm singer, accomplished pianist and award-winning composer. I began my music career at the age of 7. I would like to share with you my experience as a professional musician and music artist. I teach piano, voice, theory of music, harmony, how to write your own song or instrumental piece, I teach music arrangements, history of music etc. Beginners to Advanced, ALL AGES!

Please don't hesitate to ask me any questions about my teaching methods. You can tell me what the results you expecting from our lessons and I will tell you from our first lesson what do you need in order to achieve your goals. I believe in every one of my students. All of you have special skills and power to become a great musician, it's just a matter of time and your passion.
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Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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9 Piano Sight Reading Exercises for Beginners

9 Piano Sight Reading Exercises for Beginners

The ability to sight read well is a skill that every pianist should have. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares 9 piano sight reading exercises to help you master this important skill... It’s the first day of rehearsals at your school’s choir. Everyone has been assigned new music that they haven’t seen or sung before. You can sing, but you definitely consider yourself more of a pianist. Your teacher walks in and solemnly says: “Hi everyone, our pianist is sick today, so we're going to ha … Read More

9 Piano Sight Reading Exercises for Beginners
The ability to sight read well is a skill that every pianist should have. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares 9 piano sight reading exercises to help you master this important skill... It’s the first day of rehearsals at your school’s choir. Everyone has been assigned new music that they haven’t seen or sung before. You can sing, but you definitely consider yourself more of a pianist. Your teacher walks in and solemnly says: “Hi everyone, our pianist is sick today, so we're going to ha
Your Best Piano Practice Routine: 4 Things to Focus On
You know practicing is important - but how should you design your ideal piano practice routine? Check out these helpful tips from Brooklyn, NY piano teacher Liz T...   In order to be prepared for your weekly piano lessons, you must spend your time wisely practicing on your own at home! In this article, I'll review some tips to help you figure out what you should be spending your time practicing. But first, how much practice? If you are taking a weekly 30-minute to an hour piano les
Can Labeling Your Piano Keys Help You Learn Faster?
Struggling to remember which key is which on the piano? One common learning strategy is to label the keys. Read on as St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares her thoughts on the method...   Can labeled piano keys help you learn faster? This is a highly controversial topic and hotly debated in the music education world. Having come from a high-pressure, formal music college, at the beginning of my teaching career I disliked the idea of any labeling for any age, either on t
Does Your Piano Practice Space Have These 11 Things?
Here on the TakeLessons Blog, we've discussed general piano practice tips, and well as how to structure and plan out your practice time. But if you don't have your practice space set up just right, you still could be costing yourself valuable time and energy. Fortunately, we received a sneak peak of an eBook designed to help you set up your space for success, so you can practice piano at home efficiently and comfortably. We're excited to check out the eBook, written by Allysia over at Pi
Feeling Stuck? Here's the Easiest Way to Learn Piano
The ever-popular piano: with its large repertoire of songs and adaptability across many genres, it’s no wonder it's one of the most enjoyable and accessible instruments around for beginner musicians. Maybe you’ve thought about learning this instrument, but how do you know where to start? What is the easiest way to learn piano, if there is one? Maybe you have tried striking a key or two, but weren't sure where to go from there. With the advent of the Internet and the ability to communicate with

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