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Monica K.

San Tan Valley, AZ

About Monica

As certified teacher in three states and over 30 years of music experience, I am comfortable with students of all ages in developing their musicianship and love of musical expression. Playing violin professionally since the age of 16, my performance background includes symphony orchestra, mariachi, acoustic rock, chorus (alto), and various small ensembles. In college, I studied piano and currently play keyboard with a classic rock group.
My overarching goal is to share the benefit of a lifetime of experience with my students so that they will find their own 'voice' in the wide world of music
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*** Lesson Details ***
My approach to teaching is to customize lessons to meet the needs of individual learners and to make learning fun: It is always okay to make mistakes as long as you are willing to do the work to overcome them. I will be there every step of the way to help you meet your musical goals.
The curriculum used will depend on your current level of playing and the particular style of music you are interested in. From that point, I can provide you with basic theory, techniques, and self-selected pieces to guide you towards your personal goal.
It is my hope that our lessons will develop into a lifelong teacher/student relationship: There is nothing that brings me such joy as seeing my students move forward and develop their own independence as a musician.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own violin; students must have their own instrument. Violin students that have a piano in their home is preferred but not required.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in working with beginning students to develop basic techniques and notation skills.
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Alison P. January 23, 2013
Piano
Mrs. Monica

Mrs. Monica is a very happy and gifted teacher. She always greats her students with a smile and gives achievable goals to keep her students motivated to keep learning.
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Monica K.

Monica K.

San Tan Valley, AZ 85143
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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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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Ritha S. July 13, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
At first the reason I decided to take singing lessons was just for fun but after 9+ months with Marty, man oh man... I have made lots of progress, am more confident in my singing abilities, and learned a great deal of what it takes to be a great singer. Sometimes when I'm singing, I'm completely a different person!

I still have a long way to go, but Marty has taught me that it is possible for anybody to sing well and that is why we need Marty! She is friendly, very encouraging and full of energy and fun. Thank you, Marty!
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Bryan B. July 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I just finished my first lesson with Marty today. I was nervous and excited before the lesson but Marty was very welcoming, warm and friendly. She is very passionate about music and singing and during the lesson I could feel she was invested in my success. In the first lesson I already felt equipped to begin learning and practicing things to help me on my journey toward my goals. She also communicated a great commitment to my goals which was a major point for me. Her knowledge of music added to my excitement because I enjoy learning and Marty was more than happy to educate me, even on more complex topics. I am glad that Marty will be part of my journey to improving my musical skills and consequently, my life.
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Hannah April 9, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
All I can say is, WOW! We are so happy that we made the switch to Ms. Marty!
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Marty W.

Chandler, AZ 85224
(26)
starting at
$31 / 30-min
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Travis B.

Mesa, AZ

About Travis

Travis is a music educator that enjoys teaching and performing. He has a lot of patience and feels proud that all of his students can say they have excelled at their instrument throughout the duration of his instruction. With much experience teaching students of all ages,needs and skill levels he focuses specifically on the most important skills and concepts a student needs to be able to play proficiently and musically. This is accomplished through the use of proper technique and providing clear information of the fundamentals.

Travis has been involved in numerous playing situations thro
ughout his schooled training. Studying under great industry professionals has helped him to be well versed in all styles of music and make him a well rounded player and an exceptional teacher. He has performed in a number of different groups that include many diverse styles of music and has performed, toured and recorded with various artist in the mid-west and on the west coast. Now, settled in Arizona, he enjoys teaching at Blackbird Music and Art Center where he gives private lessons Monday through Saturday. He has dedicated his time to teaching piano and drum lessons, along with any other percussion instrument. In his teachings he improves the students technique and creativity while introducing many important concepts that have influenced modern music as we know it. He continues playing with various artist and is involved in many community events.

"I love to meet the needs of my student to enhance their growth through music." -Travis

*** Lesson Details ***
Piano students will focus specifically on the most important skills and concepts they need to be able to play proficiently and musically. This will be through the use of proper technique and providing clear explanation of music theory. Scales, progression, harmonizing, improvising and sight reading will all be demonstrated and explained thoroughly. Also creative exercises to help the students build chops and play parts that they can call their own will be encouraged.

Drum lessons will improve the students technique and creativity while introducing many diverse styles. I will introduce (or reinforce) the rudiments and how they might be applied to any beats or fills. Linear patterns and four way coordination patterns will be applied for developing good coordination skills and ambidextrous discipline. Styles will be covered to grasp a feel of straight 8th and 16th note patterns. Blues shuffle and swing rhythms will be covered so that the student can get a feel of grooves that are based on triplets. Students can also learn about music and rhythms from all over the world. (Latin, Jamaican, Afro Cuban etc...) After the basis of various rhythmic concepts are applied then we can reach into the field of playing over the bar line, playing in odd meters, and soloing.

Lessons with me will focus on the following:
 Students of all ages and skill levels
 Improve your technique and creativity
 Play in any style of music you are interested
 Drum set and hand percussion
 Learn through fun exercises

• Understanding rhythm
• Rudiments
• Sight reading
• Stick control
• Accent and rebounds
• Double bass
• Soloing
• Studio drumming

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio Upright Piano, Hammer weighted Digital Piano,  Drum practice pads, Drum kits, Congs, Other percussion instruments .

*** Travel Equipment ***
Practice pads.
A full library of exercises and instructional materials. Books, videos, laptop...

*** Specialties ***
Drums, Percussion, Piano, Music Theory, Voice and Ear training
Drum set, Snare Drum, Concert Snare, Hand Drums.

I try to meet the needs of my student in the styles they are interested in. I will use the proper teaching methods to help them to become efficient in styling of there choice.
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Lesley W. March 20, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Working with Take Lessons is easy and convenient

My son and I had a positive experience with both Take Lessons and the instructor, Travis Bloom.
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MarlysG January 11, 2012
Great! Patient with questions being asked of him.

Lessons are to the point and fast moving. He is willing to review the past lessons for confirmation of students doubts or questions.
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JessicaB March 17, 2011
Knowledgeable and helpful

He is responsive to our needs, patient, energetic, and positive. He makes lessons enjoyable and engaging for our 9-year-old son.
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Travis B.

Mesa, AZ 85208
(5)
starting at
$40 / 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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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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KellyU May 15, 2012
Awesome!!!!

Alysia is a great teacher I was a little nervous to use her because most of the reviews were written by parents whos kids are learning and I am an adult who just really wanted to learn the violin but after meeting Alysia she is not only patient but informative I think learning as an adult we or at least I tender to want to run before I can crawl like let's just learn this so I can get to the "good stuff." The way she explains stuff really lets you see there is method to the madness of trying to learn something so complicated? She is also easy to work with both in song selections (within abilities) and how she teaches. Learning the violin poster among a thousand other things is important and she has a way of correcting that doesn't make me feel stupid I know my husband has the nicest things to say. After a few lessons I am still on simple songs at only a few lessons and I still mess up but I have improved enough he doesn't run away or put in ear plugs anymore. Thank you Alysia!!!! I cant wait till I get a few more lessons in.... I am very excited!
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Alysia R.

Alysia R.

Gilbert, AZ 85298
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Karl K.

Queen Creek, AZ

About Karl

Karl K. has been playing drums for nearly 30 yrs and has been teaching private drum lessons for nearly 15 yrs. Karl earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from Arizona State University and has also completed an advanced leadership program at ASU in Non-profit Leadership and is currently in a citizen leadership program with the Town of Queen Creek. Karl maintains an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card and works as an Associate Director for a major child welfare organization. Karl's musical background is extensive. Karl took private le
ssons for drums and percussion in Michigan and Arizona for 14 yrs with 4 instructors. Karl also took a few years of private instruction in guitar and piano. Karl received the John Phillip Sousa award in high school and went on to play in Mesa Community College and Arizona State University bands. Karl's professional experience includes performing in various styles and venues. Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums. Karl has an extensive advanced knowledge of child and adult learning methods and utilizes them in his instruction. Karl prides himself in being a well rounded drummer, musician, and a teacher who focuses on helping students become the drummer they want to be.

Karl is a Girl Scout Troop co-leader and also enjoys traveling extensively, visiting museums, plays, concerts, national parks and amusement parks with his wife and 3 children.

Karl cites Buddy Rich as his biggest influence. Other major influences include: Steve Gadd, Elvin Jones, Ron Bushy, Mike Mangini, Weckl, Peart, Bonham, Starr, Escovedo and on and on and on! Ask him to name a few, and he will try to name them all if you have a few hours!

*** Lesson Details ***
I help you to become the drummer you want to be. We spend about 10-15 minutes on the snare or practice pad learning the chops you need to be successful, and then we spend the rest of the time on the full drum set where I show you exactly how those chops/rudiments transfer to a drum set. I have dozens of drum books and thousands of drum exercises/handouts to use.
Most students want to rock, so I focus on rocking out, but I also have the students dabble in jazz and Latin so they can get some exposure and learn how these styles of playing will enhance their rock drumming. If a student chooses, we can spend a lot more time on Jazz and Latin, and even explore hand drums. I think they are all important. If a student wants to learn marching snare then I pull out the marching snare and we work on that, if a student wants to learn bells/xylophone, then I pull out the bells and we work on that. If a student wants to learn congas, bongos, timbales, etc., then we pull those out and work on those. I have it all in my studio ready to use.
I have experience teaching both right and left handed drummers. Left handed drummers have some advantages and we can talk about the different options left handed drummers have and find the approach that is best for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
No Mutes or Muffles here! Play on professional equipment.
Several drum sets, snares, marching snare, Timbales, Congas, Bongos, lots of other percussion instruments, guitars, organ, keyboard, a piano etc.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, brushes, mallets, a practice pad and some books/handouts. Come to me with the same (don't bring your practice pad).

*** Specialties ***
Karl teaches rock, jazz, funk, Latin, marching and orchestral percussion and drums.
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Karl K.

Karl K.

Queen Creek, AZ 85142
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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