Learning the basics of music on piano lays the foundation to sing & play whatever else strikes your fancy on your musical journey!
Whether you are 5, 25, or perhaps 85 years old when you make the decision to enter the world of music, you will be changing your life for the positive.
Your relationship with music & your chosen instrument is unique & will be lifelong. I look forward to sharing your excitement as we pursue the path to comfort, confidence & the eventual, inevitable joy you will achieve with your new friend.
*** Lesson Details *** In a calm, easy going atmosphere you can expect to laugh a bit, as it is called 'playing music', as well as become focused & disciplined to succeed.
You will learn to have an understanding of how to read & play a minimum of 3 songs each month, & will be picking up enough music theory as it applies to your instrument each week to feel confident & inspired to continue on as far as you desire.
We will learn how to
'play well with others' in informal as well as more structured gatherings every few months, with no pressure, only compassion & encouragement.
For those wishing to join in the fun of playing bluegrass music, we will start out with technique exercises, scales, basic melodies & accompaniment patterns to prepare you to learn this unique & exciting style of American music. There are many gatherings in the area called 'Pickin' Parties' that I want to get you ready to participate in as soon as is humanly possible.
If you are one of those brave souls undertaking the lovely but challenging fretless instrument, the violin, my main focus is to get you started with the all the necessary basic techniques - holding the instrument & bow correctly, getting the best possible tone & pitch using efficiency & accuracy, mixed with a great deal of ear training & heart.
Specific songs you'd like to learn? Your reward for accomplishing what I deem necessary on whichever instrument you've chosen will be for us to then listen to & analyze your desired piece, & I will then write it out in either tablature or standard notation.
*** Studio Equipment *** Lesson studio contains music stand, tuner, metronome, & there is easy parking in the well-lit front lot.
*** Travel Equipment *** The student must have own instrument & be willing to purchase necessary tools as recommended at their first lesson for their instrument & playing level, such as music stand, tuner, pick, book, strap, etc. at a local music store or online.
*** Specialties *** Bluegrass, Country, Country Rock, Contemporary Christian, Americana, Ragtime Blues Guitar, Fingerstyle, Flatpick, Accompaniment, Ear Training, Theory, Harmony
With a background in Suzuki method and Masters degree in music composition, I use my own method and curriculum that aim to give a thorough understanding of how music works and sounds as well as training the memory of songs and exercises, technique, and improvisation.
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, ethnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.
I started ta
king Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.
I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRÃoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.
Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!
*** Lesson Details *** When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.
I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.
Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.
*** Studio Equipment *** Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.
*** Specialties *** Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
Learn how to do scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and improvisation! Classical, pop, and rock will be mastered quickly!
With a bachelor's degree in Music Education from Vanguard University, I've been teaching Voice, Violin, Piano, and Guitar since 2002. Currently I'm the music teacher at Oakwood Academy Schools of Long Beach and at Kids Space in Whittier. I am also the Music Director for Arts Aloud Theater Group. I have a BA in Music Education with an emphasis in Voice. I've been teaching for 17 years in classroom and one-on-one settings. Other places where I have taught are: Calvary Chapel Downey School, Dexter Music Academy, and ABC Unified School District. I've been complimented on my ability to teach in a way that makes my students learn very quickly. I was trained in the classical and pop/rock genres. I've toured with choirs throughout China, and the United States (including Carnegie Hall), and I have also toured with rock/pop bands in Spain, M
exico, Central America, Peru, and throughout the U.S.A.
I've worked with various vocal coaches including Grammy-nominated Ilene Graff, and Maxayn Lewis (who has worked with Celine Dion and Britney Spears).
I am also currently the lead singer (also playing guitar & piano) for the band Hello Human. I've worked with amazing musicians including Michael Thompson (guitarist for Michael Jackson, Christina Aguilera), and John Robinson (drummer for Quincy Jones, Elton John). I've also had the honor of working with Wyn Davis (producer of No Doubt, Sublime).
My vocal recordings/original songs are on television show The Young & The Restless (“Dreamers” June 11th episode 11449, “High Tops” June 6th episode 11447).
My vocal recordings/original songs are currently on KWAVE 107.9 and have been on Alcoa Tennessee's Love 89.1, Refuge, CSN, WCTL, and on hundreds of other radio stations.
*** Lesson Details *** I divide my class into 4 parts:
Depending on the instrument of your choice, and also what your specific goals are, each of these parts are customized. You will learn quickly.
*** Studio Equipment *** An Upright Piano is used for Piano Lessons. I also have extra Guitars at the studio. Free parking on street and lot.
*** Specialties *** My emphasis was voice (Tenor) at Vanguard University. I am classically trained and trained in Rock/Pop. I've done many professional recordings and performances throughout my career.
Everyone is unique (physically, mentally), and we all will play the piano our own way and for different reasons. Whether you want to learn how to build endurance, craft a great touch, improvise or interpret classical works, you first have to believe that you CAN, and with a little help, you WILL. I will cater what we work on to your individual curiosity, interests, personal goals, and how you naturally play the the piano. I will help you to discover your own voice on the instrument, and at the same time make sure you develop great technique and musical ability. You will learn to control what and how you play, and grow as a musician!
Hi! I'm Dr. Jonathan Saraga; professional musician and educator living in New York City. I have been working as a trumpeter, composer, arranger, and studio musician for almost 2 decades and have been teaching full-time for the past 7, which includes nearly 3 at the University level. I have nearly 10 years of conservatory training, a Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degree, as well as over 20 years experience performing, recording, and competing on an international level.
I’ve been recognized internationally, by way of several organizations for excellence as a trumpeter and composer: 2007-Winner of International Trumpet Guild Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition; 2009-Finalist in Carmine Caruso International Jazz Trumpet Solo Competition; 2011- Selected Participant in School for Improvisational Music Intensive Program; 2014-Callback for the Juil
liard Artist Diploma program auditions; 2015-Selected Participant in Banff International Summer Intensive Program in Jazz and Creative Music ; 2016-Semi Finalist in International Songwriting Competition; 2016-Recipient of the ASCAP Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award; 2017-Honorable Mention and Finalist in International Songwriting Competition; 2016-19-Full Scholarship w/ Paid Assistantship/Instructorship for Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder; 2019-Selected Participant in Banff Early Fall Musicians in Residence program; 2019-Finalist in Chamber Music America’s New Jazz Works Grant Competition.
I perform and record as a featured musician with Festival of New Trumpet Music, having participated in two world premieres, and in ensembles led by highly acclaimed and/or Grammy-nominated/winning artists such as Steve Coleman, Henry Cole, Maria Schneider, Darcy James Argue, Orrin Evans, Josh Evans, Jimmy Greene, Tyshawn Sorey, Eric Bergen and the Afro-Latin Jazz Orchestra. I've performed at arenas, clubs, and concert halls alike, such as Carnegie Hall, The Putra World Tower, Symphony Space, the Barclay's Center, Dizzy's Club Coco-Cola, and Rockefeller Center to name only a few venues. As a leader, I've been performing original music all over NYC at known creative and jazz venues like Seeds, Cornelia St. Café, The Bar Next Door, Jazz at the Kitano, Shapeshifter Lab and Smalls Jazz Club, which Down Beat magazine considers to be two of the best jazz clubs in the world.
Besides professing a passion and skill-set for music within the ‘jazz’ idiom, my interest in and usage of sound draws from and many other forms of art. I've composed and arranged music for lyricists, improvised music for poetry readings at the Firehouse Space, and have provided musical accompaniment for dance classes, workshops, and performances presented by the Martha Graham Dance Academy and the Jeoffrey Ballet School. I've even co-choreographed short plays and have played for Marc Jacobs fashion runway shows.
My music also extends into the health and wellness community. I've served as a regular performer at the New Life Expo, and as a musical aid for art exhibitions (including a Syrian-post war realist art exhibition), Yoga classes at Jivamukti Jersey City, and meditation classes for WeWork, St. Peter's Church at the Citicorp Center, The Tibet House, Triskelion Arts the Firehouse Space, the Jewish Community Center, the New York Insight Meditation Center, and the NYU Skirball Theater.
As an educator, I have taught all-level/all-age group music playing and appreciation courses for several New York-based organizations: The Afro-Latin Jazz Academy, The Gramercy Brass Orchestra of New York, New York Ensemble Classes, the Lyceum Kennedy International School, Jubilee Enrichment Programs, Jazz Empowers and The New York Jazz Academy. I have also completed 6 semesters of service as a Graduate Part-Time Instructor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, where I taught multiple playing ensembles as well as three semesters of a 100+ student History of Jazz lecture class for non-majors.
I teach out of a my home apartment studio on the upper east side, complete with weighted 88-key digital piano, Bose high quality speakers, recording equipment, as well as musical media, and tablature spanning many musical genres, cultures and time periods. I also am equipped with a spacious floor space for Yoga, Pilates, Weight Lifting, Meditation, and more.
While I specialize in the following broad areas of musical study, my specialties are not limited to: General Music, Composition, Arranging, Ear Training, Music History (includes classical, jazz, and world musics), Music Theory, Sight Singing, and Songwriting. I also specialize in the following instruments: Trumpet, flugelhorn, and Piano/Keyboards.
Last but not least, while I have invested over 30,000 hours into my musical training, my interests, practices, and skill sets extend beyond sound and visual art, and into the realm of philosophy, science, physics and spirituality. I have been practicing various forms of fitness, meditation and Yoga for the past 5 years, and my studies span the gamut of psychology, philosophy, calisthenics, Astral Projection, Reiki, Vipassana Meditation, Visualization, and much more.
I believe and live by the idea that creativity is an energy that flows through us, and one's creative abilities can be improved and expanded, through the emotional body, which is influenced by one's perceptions. Throughout my training in music, the arts, as well as my physical, mental and spiritual pursuits, I have realized that discipline, creative flow, and love for what one is and what one does can come together and yield great fulfillment and sense of purpose.
I would highly recommend Jonathan as a music teacher. Jonathan is absolutely passionate about music, which is evident by his enthusiastic and energetic teaching techniques. He is very patient with my five year old and encourages her to get her very best effort. Jonathan customizes the music and lessons for my daughter’s skill level while at the same time provides challenges to keep the learning process interesting. In a short period of time, my daughter's keyboard playing abilities have dramatically increased. I am very grateful to Jonathan for making learning fun for my daughter, who always looks forward to her lessons!
May 13, 2016
Jonathan has made a great impression with my son. He displays a great combination of patience and encouragement with Nick. I have seen an improvement in his trumpet skills as well as his confidence.
In piano lessons, I go over ALL the elements of studying piano, which include: sight reading, ear training and music theory. My goal is for you to be able to approach music ANY way you choose so you can figure out your favorite songs by reading or by ear. My goal is for you to feel so free that you can eventually freestyle and improvise.
We start class with warm ups and theory. If you are new to the concept of scales and chords, these will feel like finger drills at first. But once you push past the first few months, I will be able to show you how to make them sound MUSICAL. Remember, nothing good happens overnight! I often compare learning piano to the equivalent of learning a sport, a foreign language AND an art.
Let's play your favorite songs soon! I'm looking forward to working with you.
Hi there! So you're passionate about music?
Do you want to feel more connected to what you're doing?
Are you feeling stuck and frustrated, as if you hit a plateau?
Or maybe you just have certain goals you want to reach and need someone to hold you accountable.
Do your thoughts and self-criticism hold you back?
Do you want to feel free when you sing and/or play the piano?
If any of this sounds familiar, I'm here to tell you that I understand, because I have faced these hurdles myself as an artist and have helped hundreds of people with the same problems over the past ten years of teaching.
I graduated from Musicians Institute in Vocal Performance and have been studying piano my entire life, for over 20+ years. Classically trained since the age of 4, I did a quick U-turn and headed down the path of contemporary afte
r years of private classical training. I believe in the marriage of the two worlds to have a full mind, body and soul experience with music.
PIANISTS! I created a very easy to follow approach that includes ALL components of learning piano such as sight reading, ear training and music theory. My goal is to have my students be able to approach music in ANY way they choose: to be able to read sheet music, play by ear AND eventually be able to freestyle and improvise.
SINGERS! I provide a safe space for my students to express themselves vocally. Vocals is rewarding, but challenging to train because it is A PART OF OUR BODY we cannot see, only feel. In order to be your best, you must become IN TUNE with yourself. Lessons involve training the muscular functions of your vocal cords, LISTENING to great vocalists for intriguing melodies and rhythms, UNLEARNING toxic thought patterns and OBSERVING the mind as a huge part of singing is mental.
I have taught over 200 students in person, all over Los Angeles, California since 2010. I am looking to expand online so I can reach people outside of Los Angeles. Feel free to ask questions, I am here to help. I'm looking forward to hearing you share your favorite songs with me!
Learn your favorite songs! I like to start with basic note reading and theory, then playing, and go from there, but I will always adjust according to the student's level and what they want to play. Great with pop music and classical, and basic jazz.
I am Andy. I am a graduate of the California Institute of the Arts with a BFA degree in Composition/Violin Performance. I will be attending school again in the Fall to get my teaching certificate to teach in the public school system. My violin playing has been featured on Glee, with Kevin Olusola (Pentatonix), and guitar featured on shows like Rachel Ray and Dr. Phil. My main passions are songwriting, and collaborating with other great musicians all over the country.
I have been a private music teacher for the past 8 years and it has been an extremely rewarding journey. My students love their lessons with me, and parents love that I am patient and more open-minded than most music teachers out there. Students say I am friendly and funny, and fun to learn with. My teaching style on the violin is centered around the Suzuki method, but I l
eave a lot of flexibility to cater lessons around your interests. If you ask to play a certain song, I will find a way to help you play it. Every goal is achievable with practice, dedication, and fun!
Andy always manages to motivate my daughter and get her to enjoy playing her viola, which is no mean feet! She looks forward to the lessons and has improved greatly over the last couple of years.
June 11, 2019
Andy has been teaching my son piano for the last two years. My son always looks forward to going to piano with Andy and he has made so much progress. Andy is very communicative about my son's progress and ideas he has for new goals. Andy is very good at helping my son keep his enthusiasm for piano. He is also sensitive about where my son is at in terms of what he needs to strengthen or if any adjustments need to be made. I highly recommend Andy, not only as a music teacher, but as a person with whom you would want yourself or children to spend time with each week.
June 11, 2019
One of the best Cello instructors in the region. I strongly endorse this talented man.
Individual lessons I teach are thoroughly developed to advance students' skills in reading, technique & theory, as well as to enrich music appreciation by exploring compositions of variety of styles & genres. Built on the best combination of Russian & European traditions in music education, my teaching method is intended to discover the internal abilities & approach to an instrument, & master performing techniques.
I am an experienced classical pianist with honorable degrees obtained from the most prestigious musical institutions in the world - State Academy of Music (Russian conservatory of music) located in Minsk, Belarus, as well as The College of Saint-Rose, Albany, New York, Unites States. Piano has been my main area of concentration since I was five years old, so I consider myself to be a top professional in the music field.
I really enjoy working with highly motivated students and welcome various ages and levels. I have worked both with professional musicians and beginner level music enthusiasts. As a teacher and piano soloist, I have worked in various countries including Russia, Italy, France and the United States. My international teaching experience has been showing wonderful results, and I am proud of my students winning the highest p
laces in the international auditions, competitions and festivals worldwide.
My thoroughly developed teaching method is built on the best combination of Russian and European traditions in music education, and it is intended to build and advance skills in reading, technique, theory, to enrich music appreciation by exploring compositions of variety of styles and genres, to discover the internal abilities and approach to an instrument, and master performing techniques.
Polina is so knowledgeable and informative. We jumped right in and she gave me great feedback on a piece I’ve been working on for a while. She is very motivational and I am excited to continue to work with her and improve my technique and ability.
May 7, 2019
She is a great teacher ! She is the best!
December 7, 2018
Polina has been teaching my daughter for a year now and she is just amazing!!! I have also taken vocal lessons from Polina. I can't say enough about how wonderful and helpful she is. She has an impressive background in piano and voice and is a phenomenal teacher. She has a way of getting across exactly what she needs you to do. She is, also, one of the nicest people you will ever meet. We both highly recommend her.
I have been teaching piano for 2 years, with students of all ages.
I have been a professional bassist for over 10 years. I specialize in upright bass, electric bass, and some keyboard. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Music from Northern Michigan University, and studied with bassists Richard Davis, David Friesen, David Ziegner, and violinist Barbara Rhyneer. I have worked professionally with jazz musicians Dick Berk, Jon Mayer, and Ron Steen. I have played blues with guitarists Billy Flynn and Felix Reyes, vocalist Earl Thomas, and organists Doc Woodward and Paul Linden. I was also a member of the Marquette Symphony Orchestra from 2009-2016. I have played all styles of music from country western, to bar rock, to Latin, to pit orchestra musicals. My students have won top awards in their respective school music programs, and have earned positions in professional jobs.
Jonathan did a great job. I’m starting from scratch! Patient and very understanding. Loved it.
June 28, 2017
John is a very effective teacher. I took bass lessons and I have improved so much. John is an amazing teacher and I would recommend him to anyone looking to learn the bass guitar or upright bass.
June 28, 2017
Jonathan taught me when I was around middle school age and has left a lasting impression on how I approach the bass and music 10-ish years later. Under his tutelage I learned music theory, techniques, and all sorts of different genres and styles.
His lessons were always very professional. I always felt challenged, but not overwhelmed, by the material being taught. He also made it easy to be interested in the lessons; he would always ask if there's any song or genre that I wanted to learn and that sort of thing.
Overall, definitely a 5/5 top shelf educator and musician.
"Bethany was very professional. She arrived on time, introduced herself and was wonderful with my child during his lesson."
"Kathy is a kind, patient and methodical teacher. She develops your piano skills with a structured program of theory and exercises geared toward constant
improvement. She has helped me improve my piano technique throughout our time together. I have been able to play increasingly challenging pieces on a regular basis with her. I look forward to steadily improving my piano skills."
"I have Rosita for different classes for both piano and singing. And when I'm not able to go to her home studio she gives me the option to do the online le
ssons when I travel! And it has been a wonderful experience. I learn so much. I was very hesitant in trying online lessons. The way that Rosita does them is amazing! You receive copies of the slides that she goes over in class. If you are looking for an online teacher, pick her!"
"My daughter has been taking piano lessons with David. He makes it fun and interesting, she really enjoys the classes."
"Teresa is a great instructor. My son was kind of hesitant on taking piano lessons, but after his first lesson he said "mommy, I can say I loved it. Ms. Te
resa is very thorough and taught me in a way I know I will learn"."
"I learned tactics easy and fast. She is really good. I was amazed by how fast I was able to comprehend the notes and hand movement. I highly recommend her."
"Josh was very helpful for a beginner like myself. He got me started on my path."
"Ryan was the first instructor who made piano make sense. I'd tried three times before to get into piano and it just wasn't happening. Ryan took concepts a
nd techniques that I'd notoriosly and historically struggled with and broke them down for me. Each lesson was completely personalized and if I had a particularly challenging week of practice, we would dive into the exercises and ideas even more deeply -- rather than just say "ok" and move on.
Ryan is a great instructor, explainer, and communicator -- very knowledgable, well-humored, and genuinely interested in his students' success. It was great to see someone who has taught for so long be so enthusiastic about my progress. His attitude and experience are what made the difference for me this time around.
If you're looking to get started on piano or develop your playing in any regard, Ryan can draw you a map to get there and guide you every step of the way. Go for it, you'll have a great time and honestly surprise yourself with how much you can learn and improve."
Happy National Piano Month! To celebrate this September, why not spend some time making some easy art projects for kids that will add some pizazz to your music room? Crafting together is a great way to bond with your kids and get them interested in learning more about making music on the piano. It's a win-win!
For even more fun, try using decorative folding paper with interesting patterns and colors!
Kids love making fun finger puppets, and these …