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Mark D.

Cave Creek, AZ

About Mark

I am experienced at teaching all levels of players.
I studied sax, woodwinds, brass and piano performance at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Berklee School Of Music, and I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
In addition to all the book knowledge, I have vast experience in performance - where it counts!
Having played in bands since high school, moving on to Boston and performing with the most sought-after band, Eye2Eye, for 10 years then on to Arizona, playing and singing live in countless venues.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have an easy-going personality and people are comfortable with m
e and I offer great direction and expect students to do their part in order to grow.
For beginning woodwinds and brass, I use the Standard Of Excellence series and once students advance we go to a variety of scale, etude and performance pieces and songs. I prefer to teach classical (legit) music and techniques in conjunction with ear-traing and "street-knowledge" for pop and jazz music. After several months, students will have learned a great deal of technique and will be able to play increasingly challenging music. (trying to keep this brief since I teach a wide variety of instruments and skill levels)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wurlitzer piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students provide their instrument and instrument books.

*** Specialties ***
all styles
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Carter A. August 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very patient and kind. It was our son's first piano lesson and he is looking forward to the next one.
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Mark D.

Mark D.

Cave Creek, AZ 85331
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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 8 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 performa
nce 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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Jamie R. October 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher very helpful and knowledgeable. Helped me dramatically
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Debbie F. September 22, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great personality. Learned about chords and ways to practice. Recommend!
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Allan August 3, 2015
Bass Guitar · Online
I have been taking lessons from Rob for several years. He is a terrific instructor and very personable. I know have an excellent knowledge of my instrument, some music theory, and can play music with other musicians. I highly recommend him
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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starting at
$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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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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Collin W. December 14, 2015
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Richard was great in working with my son. He was very patient and my son left excited for the next session. Thank you Richard!
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Gary M. November 15, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Finished first five lessons with Richard and signing up for 5 more. He's great!
Learning a lot, pretty quickly.
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Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
(16)
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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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
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ

About Karen A

This year Give the Gift of Music!

No one thing is better than music for you or your child's development. Enhance intuitive math and reading skills, improve test scores and classroom abilities, ability to focus and more.

Students who study music are more likely to graduate High School, go to College and 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.

Come and Enjoy!

- Technique, Theory & Practical Application For Ages 5 - 105.
- Students with disabiliti
es welcome.
- Professional Pianist
- Nationally Certified Piano Teacher with MTNA.
- Extensive work with a wide variety of disabilities
- Teaching music since 1983.

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.
- Farewell

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
Beginnings in Music
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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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Omar G. October 19, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Very dedicated and patient teacher.
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Karen A M.

Phoenix, AZ 85022
(3)
starting at
$30 / 45-min

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