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About Jena D.

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Beginning piano lessons begin with the understanding of how patterns are used to play music on the piano. A student will learn to play scales and chords and to learn simple music theory in order to play along with a students favorite songs. They will also learn how to play by ear, write a song and exercises to help their piano playing and voice!

About Jena
Learn to SING, PLAY, WRITE. PERFORM and RECORD, The Whole Musician Way. Balance your life through Music.

From my songs, I am powerless to power-girl, I became a transformational singer/songwriter, coach, speaker, workshop host and author of the book, Change the World - Write Your Song! I have written songs since my teens and I found a kinship to writing songs that was driven by dynamics, power and the transformation music has to myself, to others and to the world. All I want to be is a transformational singer/songwriter and now teacher. It's my turn to help you write your song. Find your voice whether it be singing, playing an instrument, writing or performing. I teach the Whole Musician Way! It's way of life!

I have been writing songs for over 25 years. At 35, I returned to school and got an Associate of Art degree in music at Sa
nta Barbara City College and a Bachelor of Art degree in music at University California Santa Barbara. After receiving my degree from the University in 2001, I plunged back into my first love songwriting and started recording. In 2004, I released my CD, Faded Fiction. These were songs that I recorded in 1998, while attending school. Then in 2007, I released a second CD, The Ballad Of Calamity. In 2011, I self -published my first book, Change The World; Write Your Song! Book I - Fundamentals and beyond for the Aspiring Singer/Songwriter. I have been busy working on book II, writing songs, working for a non-profit After school program called, Girls Rock SB, teaching privately, singing and acting with Santa Barbara Revels, performing with my band The Stone Phoneys - Linda Ronstadt Tribute and recording.

Special note to the Parents of prospective music students:

Many doctors and scientist are also musicians because it is a creative craft stimulating a part of the brain that academics does not. Music will always be around and when you learn music you also learn; math, language, history, reading and science. Whether your child continues in music or not, the benefits of knowing music are documented.

Together with your child I will help them realize their greatness. They can learn so much about themselves just by writing their song. I have a unique perspective on the pre-teen and teen because that is when I began writing songs. If only I knew then what I know now! This is something I can do for your child. For me, songwriting was my escape and my therapy. I survived my troubled teens through music. And now I want to teach your child all I know. Combined with some performance opportunities! Your child will love it! Most of my kids get a kick out of my lessons. I am very patient and yet provide incentives to inspire motivation for the possibilities of great things.

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To teach "The Whole Musician" means to teach, voice, guitar and/or piano, songwriting, performance, recording and the music business. I teach anyone who wants to learn. With this "whole musician" style of teaching, we will together create your unique style by focusing on your strengths.

Music has the power to influence and change lives, therefore changing the world. As a beginning singer/songwriter, you will discover how to look within first, before creating your song and exploring your voice. This process ultimately encourages you to resolve and evolve emotionally. Once you’re ready to share your song with the world, it will be your song and no one else. My objective is to help you create your song, your voice, your style!

~ Beginning Vocal Lessons: Learn scales, harmonies, vocal tech, music theory & musicianship, learn to read vocals parts and more complex songs, performance experience.

~ Learn beginning guitar, piano and bass. Learn the basics, chords, scales, TABs and how to read simple music charts. Also, learn the basics in music theory, musicianship and to read music.

~ Songwriting for Pre-teens- Learn about how to write songs from a title and other methods, simple lyrics, songwriting forms and rhythms.

~Songwriting for Teens and beyond! Learn different methods to write songs, chord progressions, songwriting forms, Lyrics, complex rhymes and rhythms and much much more!

~ Performance. each student will have the opportunity to perform, the performer etiquette and the music business.

~ Record. each student will learn about the different music software programs and learn the basics.

I love to teach voice, guitar, piano, songwriting, performing and recording. I can help you learn everything you need to know to become the next superstar. If you love Taylor Swift, Katie Perry and The Beatles you'll love to work with me because I love them too.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have an electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I like to teach the "whole Musician" meaning if a student wants to learn voice and guitar or piano to accompany their voice or to help them write a song or help them complete a song I can teach them. Students will begin by learning songs they like by singing, playing and performing them with my guidance. What ever I know I will pass it on! I love to teach songwriting. I wrote a book and believe that songwriting is very therapeutic and easy to learn. I mostly like to teach a student by ear but can teach them how to read music too. I also love to teach how to perform, record and to find their best singing voice.
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Mark December 17, 2016
· Singing · In home
I had multiple lessons with Jena and was impressed with her familiarity on voice techniques which she made easily understood. Jena has a great demeanor and related well on a personal basis. I learned a lot and appreciated the experience with her.
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Tucker W. December 4, 2014
· Singing · In home
Jena is an amazing teacher and is very easy to get along with. She makes the student feel comfortable and gives great lessons and advice each time. I would recommend starting any music lessons with her.
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Lisa G. January 29, 2014
· Guitar ·
I recommend Jenna to all levels of learners!

I knew nothing about playing the guitar before my first lesson. She made me feel comfortable right away and was able to help me learn quickly. She also helped me with my singing at the same time. She let me pick the music I was interested in and gave me tips on how to learn at home too. She is also very nice and patient.
Thanks Jenna!
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Jena D.

Jena D.

Santa Barbara, CA 93110
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About Michael R.

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Piano is such a lovely instrument, good for exercising both hemispheres of our brain for sure! At this time, I am only able to teach piano at client's home.

About Michael
Michael has worked with kids for 10 years in schools and arts programs to find fun and their best self through performance. He has taught orchestra, chamber music, jazz band and music theory in the public schools, while performing in local ensembles in and around the city. He also has studied drama, voice and movement and believes all these skills help in expressing yourself--no matter what pieces you want to play!

In addition to working with students K-12, he also loves working with adults. I try to provide a nurturing atmosphere for someone trying revive or discover previously hidden musical interests!

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We begin with what we love. The student usually chooses one of his or her favorite songs to interpret. Later, we add music, usually from the classical or jazz fields, that build our skills and help us f
eel successful. All technique is based on real music. Learning scales, keys and music theory become part of the music. By the end of 6 months, we will have a "repertoire" of several songs that express our best self!
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zeph S. August 4, 2014
· Viola · In studio
Great teacher very knowledgeable and works with you on whatever pieces and style you want to do not just general music. Highly recommended!
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Lawrence M. November 6, 2013
· Piano ·
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I'm a senior citizen that still works. I played some other instruments when I was younger and always wanted to play piano and Michael has motivated me to continue to learn and fit my practice into my work schedule. Anyone who wants to learn to play an instrument should look no further then Michael.
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Susan D. November 1, 2013
· Piano ·
Excellent teacher

We are thoroughly pleased. The lessons are a highlight of the week........Michael knows how to challenge as well as have fun with each lesson. Thanks for all you do and accommodating us when the schedule requires.................
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About Rob S.

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I have played keyboard myself since the age of 7, and have played professionally for the past 40 years.

About Rob
Originally from Chicago, I attended Chicago Musical College for 2 years before moving to Calif. and receiving my B.A. in music from Cal. State Northridge. I also have an M.A. in Education from there. I have been a band director in public schools for over 40 years. My bands have won over 50 1st place awards in music competitions. I have been playing keyboard professionally since the age of 14. I truly enjoy working with both kids and adults on a one on one basis, and provide a relaxed and friendly, yet goal-oriented experience.

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In each lesson,students will work on technique, music theory, and learn pieces (both from the method book and from supplementary material). I choose material for each student to use based on age, ability, and interest. I don't use a "one size fits all" curriculum. Although lessons are r
elaxed, I do expect students to do their part and work on the assigned materials at home. In addition,I enjoy playing along with students as soon as possible.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music Room: upright piano, chair, sports memorabilia, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to provide instrument (except piano) and music (which I would select)

*** Specialties ***
Can teach any school band instrument and keyboard
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Brian August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Great instructor. Always a pleasure to go to class.
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Brian July 6, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I appreciate that Rob will teach me at my own pace. This is very helpful because I work full time and I'm not able to spend hours each day practicing.
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Lola May 24, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's too early to review. So far, I am satisfied.
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Rob S.

Rob S.

Camarillo, CA 93010
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About Christopher C.

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Camarillo, CA

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Piano is my main instrument and the one I enjoy teaching the most. I think it is approachable, versatile, and immensely rewarding. I recommend piano lessons to anyone with an interest in music, as it is an amazing tool and perfect foundation for studying music.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to the amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

About Christopher
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My name is Christopher, or Chris for short. I am a composer, arranger, pianist, vocalist, and private tutor. I have taught private lessons in classical and contemporary piano performance, vocal performance, guitar performance, music theory, and musicianship to local students for the past 10 years. I currently have 36 weekly students all over Ventura County. I attended CSUN'€™s school of music where I received my Bachelor'€™s of Music in Music Composition. My other experience includes teaching at 2 different music studios (Perry Music Studios and Brookyln's Conservatory of Music), teaching Confirmation classes to teenagers at St. Jude'€™s Catholic Church, and teaching English to Japanese high school students through the Rotary Youth Exchange Program.

IMPORTANT NOTE: My availability is very limited right now due to t
he amount of students I have, however please don't hesitate to message me requesting specific times that are currently unavailable -- I can often shuffle things around to accommodate different scheduling needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
My philosophy when it comes to doing anything with music is that it should be fun! Whether you're practicing a piece, playing with a band, writing something new, or even learning music theory, music is primarily about enjoying yourself and the others around you.

The best way to ensure that you enjoy yourself is to learn what you want to learn and play what you want to play. In addition to a standard curriculum, I want you to tell me what kind of music you're interested in and what kind of pieces you want to play! Do you love classic rock? Do you love pop? Blues? Jazz? Folk tunes? Opera? Or maybe you're a fan of the classical masters? Whatever the case may be, my number one goal is to make sure you're having fun while you develop your new talents.

I'm comfortable teaching students as young as 7 years of age, although I can teach even younger if they are especially well-behaved.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Blues, Jazz, Improv, Composition, Theory
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Ryan October 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
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Teresa April 4, 2017
· Piano · In home
I really like working with Chris a lot for several reasons. First he is a very kind & enthusiastic teacher who is always very cheerful and always brings his best to the lessons. As an adult student, I'm not very confident about myself. He has helped to bring that confidence back. He was able to help me tackle the speed problem for a piece of music that I was having trouble with for a long time. And with just a few words of advice, he was able to help me fix the problem right away. Chris is truly a fantastic teacher! I'm glad to be his student.
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Susan January 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Had a great lesson with Christopher
He plays beautifully and I am exited to learn what he can teach me
Chistopher took time to get to know me, my music interests and my goals for the piano
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Camarillo, CA 93012
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About Lynne M.

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Ventura, CA

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About Lynne
I offer quality piano teaching in my home  (classical). With a Bachelor's degree in music, I have many years of experience teaching the piano! I inspire my students to their very best and insure that they are happy. A patient teacher, I strive to develop my student's piano skills.
I am also a singer-songwriter and have a pop CD titled "Love Moves." Prior wise, I won a talent contest to perform (piano and sing) in Nagoya, Japan.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach my students with the John Thompson and Alfred piano books/series. Subjects covered include basic note reading and also piano technique and music theory for beginners and intermediate levels.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baby grand piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical music
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· Piano · In home
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Lynne M.

Lynne M.

Ventura, CA 93004
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About Brent B.

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Thousand Oaks, CA

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Congratulations on your decision to take piano lessons!

I firmly believe that the Classical Style (from Bach through Brahms especially), will continue to withstand the test of time, because it best meets the spiritual and creative needs of humanity.

About Brent
I have twenty-five years of Piano playing experience and have taught Piano privately for the past six years. I have studied in private lessons for over ten years, with different teachers. (I have also performed extensively in the past as an Electric Guitarist for jazz, big-band, funk and metal bands.)

My passion for teaching Piano led me on a 2-year long apprenticeship as a Piano Technician. The experiences from rebuilding and tuning real-life Pianos in a real-life shop were unforgettable, and still greatly assist me as a teacher of the Instrument today.

I personally love playing the works of the Romantic Composers Schumann, Chopin, Schubert and Brahms. John Williams' soundtracks were also a strong influence on my primordial Musicality. In addition to Classical, I appreciate Jazz, Latin, Rock, Video Game Music, and Scott Joplin
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As Pianist, my previous work includes accompaniment for singers of German Lieder, Italian Opera, Art Songs as well as choral concerts. I have authored dozens of original compositions, including 2 Sonatas for Piano, many Fugues, and a Sacred work for Chorus.

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5 and up

Please contact me for availability and any further questions.

Thousand Oaks, Westlake Village, Newbury Park, Moorpark
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Jennifer K. May 12, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
As a teacher of music (violin, voice, and choral) and a Classical singer, and colleague of Brent, I think the most important aspect of teaching is to take a personal approach with each student to see what "fits." Every student learns differently, and Brent recognizes that. He puts a tremendous amount of thought and creativity into the development of his students. Too many teachers today have a "cookie cutter" approach to teaching, and in my own experience, this turns students away from working on music later in their lives. Brent has the opposite approach, he is committed to developing the skills and love for Classical music simultaneously in the student, which has a more long-lasting affect on their schoolwork, concentration, character, and social life.
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Guy A. May 10, 2015
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He is a very dedicated classic artist that is very knowledgeable in his profession. I strongly recommend that everyone work with him.
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Cloret C. May 10, 2015
· Classical Piano · In studio
Without reservation, recommend Brent as an enthusiastic and thoughtful instructor-mentor to those seeking to actually enjoy the experience of mastering music and piano in particular.
As an observer, I'm impressed with Brent's teaching method, and ability to rekindle in young adults the interest and enthusiasm they may have experienced in former times for playing music at the piano.
As a sensitive and proficient accompanist, Brent works patiently and conscientiously with the singer; putting one at ease, even performing the most challenging works of classical composers.
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Brent B.

Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
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About Liz T.

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Beginning to Advanced

About Liz
Liz T. is an accomplished Singer, Actor, and Songwriter. She hold a M.M and B.M from the Berklee College of Music in Vocal Performance.

Liz currently performs/teaches all styles of music from Musical Theater, Classical, Jazz, Rock, Pop, R&B, and Country. Most recently Liz was performing on tour with Disney Live, and on the Nickelodeon Cruise Ship. Liz is also a songwriter, and just released her EP "Ciao Bambino" which consists of her original pop, world music now available on iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify.

Liz spent the past 2 years performing in New York City with her band and teaching her love for music with young children.

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I like to work with students at all levels, whether you sing for your own enjoyment or are serious about pursuing a career in performing, I want to help you be the best performer! Pl
ease send me a message before you sign up for lessons so we can coordinate time difference/scheduling, Thank you!

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory, Songwriting, College Audition Prep.
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· Choir · Online
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· Vocal Training · Online
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carol April 1, 2016
· Italian · Online
Liz could not be nicer and helping me learn my "R"
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About John B.

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30 years experience teaching at all levels
Classical Training with a BM, MM and DMA degree
Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
University of California Santa Barabara since 2005

About John
I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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Oxnard, CA 93035
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About Stephen M.

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If you want to learn the piano but don’t want to learn to hate music, I can help!
Most piano teachers work solely by the book, grilling you with rote memorization exercises and dry theory without application.
I like to have fun playing the piano and I think that’s how it should be. That doesn’t mean that it doesn’t take hard work and dedication to get good but nothing worth doing is ever easy.
We’ll get you sight reading, playing with both hands and all fingers together and independently, even composing and improvising in any and all genres, not just classical. Music needs to be understood intuitively and with the ears, not just with the eyes glued to a page!

About Stephen
Why should you take lessons from me?
Well, I started teaching myself piano at age 5. Started playing drums at 10. Went into school band at 11 and played tenor sax in concert and marching band. I picked up guitar at 12 and started my own gigging band and joined the school jazz band. That was the same year I got my first multi-track cassette recorder and have been producing demos and albums ever since. Over the years I've never stopped learning new instruments (just added banjo, flute, and ukulele), never stopped composing, and have gigged with 14+ bands across genres from alt/grunge, rock, to progressive metal, to funk/r&b, reggae, hip hop, industrial/electronic, etc...

Though I didn't attend an expensive university for music like many teachers, earning a BA in game Art/Design gives me a broader expertise from which to draw and a unique
perspective when it comes to music education. I've even been able to integrate my game design experience into my lesson plans with tailor-made Virtual Reality experiences! I think, "why shouldn't you take lessons from me?" would be a much more difficult question to answer.
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Newbury Park, CA 91320
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I am a professional Pianist who began his piano studies at the age of 7. I have never quit, even when times were tough, and can teach anyone to overcome any difficulty on the instrument.

About Steven
American pianist Steven Paszkowski is a musician of great versatility. Born in Hillsborough New Jersey, he began his studies at the age of seven under Jaques-Dalcroze Diplôme holder Jack Stevenson. Steven received a full ride scholarship to the Jaques-Dalcroze Institute in Bethlehem Pennsylvania. He completed the Five Module program classifying him as an Advanced Certified Dalcroze Instructor; honoring him the youngest American to complete the program.

Steven Paszkowski gigs regularly in both the classical and jazz genres, and enjoys performing original compositions as well. He has professionally recorded multiple classical pieces, and is on two jazz big band albums. Besides from performing Steven is also an acclaimed pedagogue piano and theory teacher; teaching both privately, and in private schools. He has taught at the Jaques-Dalcroze
Institute in Bethlehem, has presented multiple master classes in the methodology, and sat on the Jury during testing. Steven has also been hired for multiple positions teaching the understanding of Music Theory at Kutztown University Chamber Camp, and Bach To Rock Music School. He is often called for the position of Keyboard 2 in theatre pit orchestras due to his understanding of creating synthesis patches through digital audio workstations.

Steven Paszkowski holds the Bachelor of Arts in Music Performance from Kutztown University, and a minor in Jazz Studies. He studied under Dr. Maria Asteriadou, and Neal Kirkwood. Throughout this time Steven performed, and competed, regularly as a soloist in the classical genre of piano repertoire. He also performed regularly in chamber ensembles, jazz combos, and jazz big bands. He has been on four tours with Kutztown University’s top Jazz Big Band, and has performed selected pieces from the Claude Bolling Suite, for Jazz Piano Trio and Solo Violin, with NYC Ballet Orchestra Concertmaster, Kurt Nikkanen.
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How Pentatonic Scales Can Help With Piano Improvisation
Curious about pentatonic scales? Learn the basics of how to incorporate them into your improvisation in this guest post by Austin, TX teacher Tosin A..   Have you ever heard a great solo? I mean a piano solo that practically hurts your feelings because it’s so good? You think things to yourself like: They can’t be that good. What kind of scales are they using? Are they a wizard? The honest truth behind it is the brilliant use of pentatonic scales. Pentatonic Scales 101 A pent

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