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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ

About Robert

Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I remember. (I used to give concerts for all the family gatherings!) I've been formally performing in music for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your perform
ance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and computers with recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.
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Satya K. May 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Rob is a great teacher. I feel very comfortable in our lessons and I am progressing.
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Gustavo L. April 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I wanted to wait a while before giving Rob a review so that I could be fair and honest about his teaching and my experience. Rob is a kind, dedicated, and patient singing instructor. He understands how to make students feel comfortable with singing, which for me was a really big deal. I'm a 25 year old male and that didn't make him flinch, despite my lack of formal musical training.

Rob's also great about letting his students pick songs that they're actually interested in singing and is encouraging when you're struggling. He understands how to point out strengths and remains optimistic in a way that bolsters your confidence and helps you get over whatever obstacle (mental/physical) that stands in your way. There's no "can't" when working with Rob. Only suggestions on how to be a stronger singer and words of reinforcement.

In my time learning from Rob I feel my vocals have improved pretty dramatically. I can sing without strain, my power, breathing, and general understanding of proper singing technique have improved ten fold. He gives you the tools that you need to continue working on your own (singing exercises, keyboard warmups, stretches, plosives, etc.). I can't say enough good things about the guy.

I would recommend Rob to music lovers of any age that want to learn a new skill. I hope to continue taking lessons from Rob for a long time to come. Thank you for all of your hard work, Rob!
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Robert B. March 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Rob and I are off to a great start. He is helping me with the fundamentals in both reading and singing music. Looking forward to next week.
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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$27 / 30-min
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Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard

I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender.
I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007.
During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar.

I am involved with a number of extra mu
sical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, piano players, other guitarists of all ages) From this has spawned a number of bands. It's a lot of fun! So if you have any interest in starting a band and don't know where to find other players, let me know!

Also, I arrange and conduct for an electric guitar ensemble. This class is by far, one of a kind. In this program, I take classical symphonies and arrange all the parts out for electric guitars. Recently, my students just completed Bizet's "Farandole" (check out the audio clip) which I arranged for four electric guitars and one bass guitar. The ensemble program is more detailed oriented than the jam session, so this class is by audition only.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy Bach and Beethoven, but I still love a good old- fashioned heavy metal band. I have a keen sense of constructive criticism, all while still remembering what it’s like to be a beginner. I pride myself on a teaching style that is refined, yet relaxed. I love to joke around and have fun, but remember, your recital is just around the corner!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ keyboard, guitar, bass, amps, banjos, and seating for parents. Small inventory of guitar supplies available for purchase.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide handouts and bring my own instruments. Students are required to have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
I have always believed that improvisation is one of the best ways to learn a fret board. Improv allows the player to just dive in to playing, without having to stare at a piece of paper the whole time. Out of all the things I have been trained to do, I feel that improvisation is my strong point.
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Ruth S. May 19, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Richard was very friendly and good at explaining things. I could tell that he knows his craft very well and would definitely recommend him as a teacher. I enjoyed my lesson very much. Ruth S.
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Kasey G. April 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He was a great and patient teacher for my son!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is highly recommended!!!!!!!!!
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Justin December 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a good guy and he knows how to teach.
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Richard C.

Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
(18)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Carolyn B.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Carolyn

I have been teaching violin, viola and beginning piano for over twenty five years. I have been teaching beginning cello for over seventeen years. I have a Doctorate in Music. I am very good with young students, teens, as well as adults. You can also hear some of my string quartet album on my Classics Unlimited Music site.
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Eilana S. April 1, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Carolyn has been a great instructor for our daughter. She is knowledgeable, patient and uses positive reinforcement to facilitate learning. We are off to a great start and look forward to seeing the progress our daughter will make.
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Karen K. August 30, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Carolyn has done a great job with my son on the violin. She is filling in the missing pieces from his past instruction and is making sure he gets what he needs going forward. She also encourages as she teaches.
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Olivia T. August 19, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful first lesson. My daughter is very excited to attend the next one.
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Carolyn B.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ

About Karen A

Give the Gift of Music! "Music brings joy to the heart, peace to the soul & life to everything." "We teach children music, not so they can make beautiful music, but because music makes beautiful children." Two of my favorite quotes. I've taught for many years and I love what I do. Watching a student learn and grow is more rewarding than anything else.

Furthermore, Music is beneficial! No one thing is better than music for child's development and or for stimulating your own brain. Studies show that it can even help stave off dementia and other results of aging. Why? Music is the only activi
ty that we do that uses All areas of the brain at once. Music increases IQ (in children), improves intuitive math and reading skills, raises test scores and the ability to focus and more. Furthermore, Students who study music are also more likely to graduate, go to College and to be accepted at demanding schools like law and medicine. Music is a great way to maintain your mental skills and flexibility, explore different times, cultures and styles.

I AM A:
- An experienced teacher (since 1983) with typically up to 55 private lessons weekly.
- An experienced and successful teacher in working with a wide range of disabilities.
- Professional Pianist (since 1981).
- Nationally Certified Piano Teacher with MTNA.
- Certified teacher in all levels of Kindermusik (14 years).
- Certified teacher of Orff-Schuelwerk (2004).
- Experienced teacher in working with a wide variety of disabilities.
- Teacher (was) for the pioneering studies on music and brain development at UC Irvine.
- Founder of the Empire Music Teachers Association.
- Was District IV Coordinator for the California MTA (5 years).

WHAT IS A TYPICAL LESSON LIKE?
- Arrive and get your things out
- Warm-ups: trills, scales, 5 finger patterns, thirds, octaves, etc.
- Did you have trouble on your assignments this week? If so, we'll go directly to that.
- Demonstration of all pieces while working on any problems
- Assignment and demonstration, practice and special directions for each piece.
- Theory check and new assignment. Complete as needed.
- As time permits, review of flashcards, ear training and so forth.
- Music Lab (either before or after the lesson as fits in with the students around you) - 15-20 minutes of independent study: musical computer games to support what we are working on, read books about music, composers, music history and so forth, listen to music as supports what we are working on, complete any missed theory assignments, review of flashcards if needed.

WHO AM I?
I am Karen. I love Music! My family has always incorporated music into our lives. Some of my earliest memories are being danced around in my Mom’s arms and listening to her sing. I began formal lessons on the Piano when I was 7 years old. Growing up also I sang in the Church Choirs, played on Hand Bells, and explored the Flute. I spent a formal year each on Trumpet, Drums and Harpsichord and am currently working on learning Zither, Autoharp, Dulcimer, and Soprano & Alto Recorders, and sometimes the guitar (when I have a chance). Of course, I also regularly read and attend lectures, conferences, seminars and master classes to always improve my teaching skills. I have been teaching piano and music theory for over 31 years in this area and have played professionally. I am a member in good standing with the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA), and was with the California Association of Music Teachers (CAPMT), Empire Music Teachers Association (EMTA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC), the Suzuki Association of North America, the National & the Inland Empire Kodaly-Orff Association, and the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy – I have not hooked up here yet. I am a fully certified and licensed teacher of Kindermusik and Musikgarten and have earned National Certification (NCTM) through the MTNA and have earned Level I & II (out of 3) in Orff-Scheulwerk. I was District IV Coordinator for CAPMT, and Vice President then President of the EMTA. I keep busy and love teaching!

WHAT DO WE DO HERE?
I try hard to present students with a solid, broad based approach with an emphasis on understanding the fundamentals of musical comprehension, music reading, musical memory, and ear development. These are essential to playing and enjoyment of any instrument! To this end we cover theory, music history, performance, technique and practical application. These basics are supplemented and reinforced by the monthly group sessions, several annual field trips, access to regional, state and national music competitions and performances, as well as the formal Student Evaluations each Spring. I have a full music lab, an extensive library of music and music reference materials and up to date postings on local free or low cost musical events While I tend to emphasize classical music and technique, we will also cover a wide range of music in various meters and modalities: classical, popular and world music in solos and duets. Supplementary books are available: holiday, religious, popular, classical, music from specific times, places, composers, movies... or whatever the student wishes, when they are ready. My personal goal is not to have a studio full of competition performers. A few are always nice of course, but the average student just wants to be able to make music - to make it sing. I DO want them to understand, appreciate, and be able to pick up something and figure it out - or apply what they know to another instrument. Once music is part of a life, it never leaves; it is the one universal language.

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Warmly,
Karen A Magruder, NCTM
Beginnings in Music Studio
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Valeria G. April 9, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I am so happy with Karen, I made the right decision to choose her. She is so patience and the way she teaches will get me to achieve my goals.
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Linsay M. January 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Karen is excellent with our 5 year old daughter. Her experience and expertise was apparent on the very first lesson. Our daughter has been through three instructors prior to Karen and this is the first one she has connected with and looked forward to seeing each week. She truly knows how to connect with children and her enthusiasm is infectious! Definitely recommend to children and adults seeking lessons!
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Alexia B. November 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Learning how to read music, I am playing much better now. Karen is the best piano teacher ever
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Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ 85022
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starting at
$30 / 45-min
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Lacy S.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Lacy

Hello! I have a Master's in Vocal Performance from Indiana University and did my undergraduate at Arizona State University. I have performed as a professional opera singer all over the country and have also performed in music theater productions throughout the valley. At Indiana University I was an Associate Instructor of Voice and I can teach styles ranging from pop to classical. I have extensive stage and audition experience and love to help others find ways to express themselves through singing and acting. I can help you learn to read music, improve your vocal technique and increase you
r range. Come experience the joy of singing!
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Hyunmi L. August 5, 2015
Classical Voice · In home
Verified Student
I am a pianist who works as a Director of Music at a church. I needed a teacher who could help me with vocal techniques that can not only benefit myself but for me to be able to teach and help my choir.
I feel very lucky that I have found Lacy who is very knowledgeable at what she does. She is patient and easy to get along with. She won't try to flatter you, but she will try to make you a better singer. I highly recommend Lacy, especially if you are looking to improve your technique.
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Lacy S.

Lacy S.

Scottsdale, AZ 85254
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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