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Marty W.

Chandler, AZ

About Marty

Open up to your own unique voice. Play piano with energy and freedom.

"With singing, your body is your instrument. Helping you become all you can be as a performer is my number one goal. Protecting your voice is a close second as we work to strengthen your vocal range and the quality of your sound. As well, piano students will learn techniques that will speed up their comprehension of sight reading and/or improvisation. Teaching gives me an opportunity to energize my students and share with them historically proven techniques - as well as new ways of practicing and performing." - Marty


Originally from Boulder, Colorado, Marty moved to the Phoenix, AZ area eight years ago. Marty has over 20 years of performing and teaching experience. She studied for three years at the School of Music, University of Colorado, Boulder. She has studied in the Masters program in vocal pedagogy and has performed in a variety of venues from blues to opera.

You will find her pedagogy technique to be respectful of the masters that have come before her. She is also open to new techniques from belting (in popular music), to microphone usage skills. As a student, you will be invited to perform in student recitals. You will be joining a team of dedicated, passionate performers who know the pleasure of performing.

As a beginning and intermediate piano instructor, Marty will guide you in the basics of sight reading. If you prefer, your piano classes will consist primarily of improvisation and chord progressions (you will also learn a little bit of sight reading which will help you 'flesh out' the melody). You will gain a solid foundation in music theory as well as an introduction into the vast world of music history. All age ranges are welcome, from the beginning elementary student, to the retiree just now finding the time to pursue their passion to perform.

I have authored a variety of music theory articles to assist you with your progress. We use these in the lessons to speed up your assimilation of the material. You will receive support via this literature and will quickly recognize how music theory supports your efforts with either singing or playing the piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
Your voice is unique to you. How you currently sing and what you want to sing will be the foundation from which we work. We will explore your voice and strengthen it via breath and physical exercises and practice with a repertoire that suits your individual tastes. We will also prepare your mind for quick and fluid articulation of your musical sensitivities.

Music theory and various musical explorations will assist you in moving forward in the most rapid manner possible. Whether you are twelve years old or sixty-five, you will find fun as well as perceptive methods for strengthening your passion for musical performance.

Since your body is your instrument, I am very conscious of the need to assist you in waking your body up in order to perform most successfully. The warm-up exercises include not only traditional vocalizes, but also methods for stretching your body and strengthening your diaphragmatic breathing. My students become very aware of any residual tension in their bodies. Singing is a wonderful way to get in touch with - and expel - any way in which you might 'close down' or 'tense down' your physical body. By working with a caring professional, you will learn how to freely share your unique talent with the world.

As we progress through the series of classes, you will use breathing exercises to activate the thoracic (throat & chest) and visceral (stomach) cavities. Your lessons will continue into specific vocalization exercises; such as singing scales, triads and specific exercises to assist you with fluid musical expression. Traditional ear training will also be a part of the lessons for intermediate students.

Many of the lessons I teach include a theme of working on confidence, vocal projection, breath support, finding and releasing tension, vocal range expansion, audition preparation and stage performance. All singing includes a core of story-telling. You will be encouraged to 'deconstruct' a song and discover the story, along with the emotions that are found in the lyrics of the songs you will sing.

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In a similar fashion, my piano students will work on exercises to establish kinesthetic learning or muscle-memory. I have a unique method for sharing chord-progressions and piano improvisation. You will learn to quickly share music in a satisfying and pleasing manner that will surprise you and the people who hear your music. From your unique 'ear,' and via your new-found understanding of music theory, music will pour out of your piano.

As a piano student, you will also be exposed to lessons of the masters who have taught for hundreds of years. Sight-reading at the piano is a very enjoyable skill. It is also a foundation from which we will work (while taking in mind your particular interests). Again, whether a pre-teen or a senior citizen (or anyone in between!) who has finally found the time to explore their musical talent - you will find classes uniquely suited to your musical trajectory.

Your lessons will proceed as you acquire the ability to successfully perform your exercises and musical literature. Playing the piano fluidly and sharing your abilities with others is an amazing experience! It is my intent to ensure that your progress is swift, enjoyable and based on the work of the masters who have come before us! See you soon... Cordially, Marty W.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, metronome, microphone and amp. I can provide supplemental piano music; in some cases, students will need to purchase their own music. I also have an area where parents can wait for lessons to end. We also have a market or restaurant close-by as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to student's homes - they need to have a piano. In some cases, students also need to buy their own voice or piano books. In the event that a vocal student prefers in-home lessons and does not have a piano, I can bring an electric piano to the lessons (let's talk!).

*** Specialties ***
Barbara Doscher method of Opera Voice and Singing
Have experience with conducting choral music
Piano - beginner and intermediate sight reading
Piano - chord progression and music theory (some songwriting)
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Rebecca A. October 15, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Marty is helping me figure out what I want to get out of voice lessons. I have loved signing my whole life, I am 50 now, still love it but never had any formal training, she is helping me find my real voice and express it the way that I want to. I LOVE HER!
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Brooke C. September 21, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
My daughter had a great time and learned so much about her voice in her first lesson.
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Karyn P. September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I swear you don't just learn piano from Marty. You learn about life. She caters to the needs and skills of each student. She personalizes each lesson with a music binder that she puts together for you. And she is gracing the music world with a book on her method! Her repertoire/bookshelf is endless. I looked forward to every single lesson (and she's so flexible when it comes to rescheduling) during my seven months with her! I had a blast. Thanks Marty - you're the best!
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Marty W.

Marty W.

Chandler, AZ 85224
(30)
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$31 / 30-min
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Alysia R.

Gilbert, AZ

About Alysia

Music has been my passion for the past 18 years. I started piano when I was 5 yrs old and the violin when I was 7 yrs old. I continued with lessons until I entered the Detroit High School for Performing Arts. During my sophomore year, I took additional classes at Wayne Sate University for music theory and in my senior year I took on my first piano students. I have been teaching piano, violin and music theory ever since. I have also choreographed and taught dance for many years as dancing has been with me since my first lessons at 4 yrs old. My focus is in ballet, tap and jazz. I am a gradua
te from Eastern Michigan University where I was actively a part of the music and dance program.

*** Lesson Details ***
I remember my piano teacher and I try to keep her balance of fun and learning. I am a very fun teacher, but I do expect my students to work, and learn. I introduce learning games and have contests. I also regularly quiz my students. For the younger students I like to inform the parents about what they should be practicing and of any theory exercises they may have for the week. Music is a rewarding and enjoyable passion that I try to pass on to my students.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students should have their own instruments. I will provide the first books, but they will have to provide the books that come after and I will assist them with that.

*** Specialties ***
I've been doing ballet, tap and jazz for 16 years and i taught all of them for about two years. I teach classical piano and violin.
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GAVIN H. December 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She was very respectful that I didn't know my fingerings and walked me through the whole process. She also didn't care how long it took for me to learn a song. I'd say at this rate I'll be playing the Entertainer in just 1 month. I give Mrs. Rojas 4 stars.
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Sarah I. March 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
We were disappointed when Alysia showed up late to our 8 year old daughters very first piano lesson (which was an 8th birthday gift.....she was very excited) And then to our surprise she leaves the lesson 5 full minutes early. We thought that maybe she was having a rough day and decided to give it a shot again next week. Well, this time, not to our surprise, after a suspiciously quite...piano lesson...our daughter confirmed what we had hoped was not going on....Ms. Alysia spent much of the lesson texting with "her parents". Just disappointing.
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Suzannah B. November 27, 2013
Violin
Verified Student
Solid, happy Teacher, quality instruction!

Aysia has been a fantastic teacher for my 13 year old daughter for violin. She has clear expectations and lessons. She is very competent with her skills and good at communicating her knowledge in an encouraging and constructive manner. She has been flexible with the schedule when necessary, due to life happening. I highly recommend her as a choice teacher.
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Alysia R.

Alysia R.

Gilbert, AZ 85298
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Adam T.

Chandler, AZ

About Adam

I hold a doctorate degree in Music and specialize in classical music from the Renaissance period, Baroque, and classical periods. Languages including French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. I have considerable experience training children's voices to sing healthily, preserving their voices for longevity. I am studied in the Bel Canto technique and have prepared many students for auditions, contests, and festivals.
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Eddie B. January 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Adam is amazing him took the time to work with my special needs child on a very professional level. He used different methods to find the best to be able to teach my child to use his voice. Eddie is excited about learning to sing and is already practicing. He loves to do his homework. Can't wait for the next lesson. Thank you so much Adam. Johna Brown
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Andre December 30, 2015
Classical Voice · In studio
An excellent instructor, who tailors each lesson according to what the singer needs. My voice, technique, and posture improved. I highly recommend Adam.
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Dolores September 9, 2015
Singing · In home
A pleasant and effective singing teacher. Dr. Thomé has been great at getting the most of our children' voices. He was able to adapt to our children' different personalities. A great blend of patience, understanding, and sternness to get the most of out of his students.
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Adam T.

Adam T.

Chandler, AZ 85249
(9)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Dongyi H.

Gilbert, AZ

About Dongyi

I am originally from Jinan, China and have a degree in English from Shandong Normal University in Jinan. I have played the violin since I was 15. However, I have taught music a total of forty years, thirty-five at the university. I am now retired, teaching violin in my home for the past 5 years in China. I now live at the Lyon's Gate neighborhood in Gilbert Arizona and teach in my home studio there.
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Michelle F. January 9, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Dongyi was wonderful....kind, patient and so good at what she does. I feel very fortunate to have found her, and I am looking forward to many more lessons!
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Susan S. November 19, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Dongyi is the best! She's so patient and a lot of fun at the same time. She's very knowledgeable about violin. I hope to play like her someday!
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Isabella C. November 15, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Best instructor ever! 100% satisfied
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Dongyi H.

Dongyi H.

Gilbert, AZ 85295
(7)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Trang N.

Mesa, AZ

About Trang

I like to teach kids, students, and adults, one-on-one to help them reach their goals whether it's Fitness, Music, Math, Spelling, Chemistry, or Spanish.
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Carmen Murphy November 17, 2015
Algebra 2 · In studio
Trang was very patient and sweet to our daughter. Her grade and understanding improved during her tutoring time with Trang. Our daughter didn't need too much tutoring just enough to help her get to the next level. Thank you Trang😊
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Sam M. November 10, 2015
I have known Trang & her family for over 10 years. I remember helping her with her homework while she was in high school & college.

Early on, I was impressed with the high quality of her educational efforts. She has consistently maintained her high level of educational performance over the course of our association. I am glad to learn that she is carrying this forward in helping others learn.

She is a polite, honest, conscientious, & patient person that will do her absolute best to assure that you understand the course material that she is teaching.
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Nancy November 5, 2015
In studio
I have known Trang since she was a child since I worked with her mom and we became good friends. I have helped Trang with her studies in high school and college whenever your mother had trouble helping Trang due to language barriers since her mother, Han is from Vietnam and English is her second language. I have always noted how devoted Han was to her children and helping them with her studies and how diligent her daughters were with their school work so when it came to something she couldn't help them, she called me. The times I worked with Trang it was very obvious that she wanted to do well with everything she did and that she studied hard and did whatever she needed to do in order to do a good job. Although I haven't worked with Trang as her being a teacher, I'm sure she would be very helpful, knowledgeable and kind with all her students.
Please consider Trang, she is a smart and sweet young lady.
Nancy Cleland
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Trang N.

Trang N.

Mesa, AZ 85209
(3)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

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