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Exploring Orlando’s Piano World

By Melody C. - Orlando Piano Teacher

Hello. My name is Melody, and I teach piano lessons in Orlando, a city full of many exciting attractions. I hope this little tour of the musical side of the Orlando area will help you find some interesting places to explore as you are learning to play piano!

One of my favorite places in Orlando is the Steinway Gallery in Altamonte Springs, FL. Would you like to imagine yourself as a young Liberace or as a concert pianist, performing in Carnegie Hall? Walk into this place with its seemingly endless array of gorgeous pianos under a crystal chandelier. Look around, pick one to sit at, and start playing. The Steinway Gallery has various models of grand pianos, baby grands, and uprights - some new and some used.

As you try out different pianos, you will find that each one sounds and feels slightly different. Whether it is the weight of the keys, the height of the bench, the sensitivity of the pedals, or the brightness of the sound, you will find that the more pianos you play, the more unique each one seems to you. At the Steinway Gallery, you can try out many incredibly beautiful pianos! Also, they sometimes have concerts and recitals that are fun and enriching to attend!

Another place I love to visit is the Sam Ash music store. In Orlando, there is a store on Lee Road and one on East Colonial Avenue. It is a great place to find just about anything for creating music, whether you need something small like piano lesson books or big equipment like a keyboard. Sometimes, I stop by just to play for a while on one of their keyboards. Another great thing about Sam Ash is that they have open mic nights for those daring enough to try out their musical pieces on a live audience.

Orlando has several colleges with music programs where you can hear concerts and recitals throughout the school year, especially toward the end of each semester. Valencia Community College's East Campus has various concerts and recitals throughout the year, many of which are open to the public. Recently, they hosted world-class pianist, Francesco Attesti, who taught a master class and performed an amazing concert (an experience I will never forget!). The University of Central Florida has frequent piano recitals and workshops throughout the year, as well, which are usually open to the public. You can experience a wide variety of piano music at UCF, from jazz to classical to contemporary, and you can begin to network by introducing yourself to professors and performers!

Rollins College in Winter Park, FL also hosts recitals, and it has a very famous pianist and composer you may remember from your childhood - Mr. Rogers! Fred Rogers was not simply singing about a beautiful day in the neighborhood; he also wrote the song and played it on the piano for his famous PBS TV show…And to think he studied here in the Orlando area! Wow!

One way to improve yourself as a pianist is to look for opportunities to play in public. This will help you to grow as a performer. Many churches are glad to have someone stop by on off hours and give some love and attention to their pianos. You can also sometimes find nice pianos in hotel lobbies. It never hurts to ask if you can play. The more experience you get playing in public, the better performer you will be.

The Orlando area has several little sidewalk pianos which are "everybody's piano." There is one outside a café near the Morse Museum on Park Avenue in Winter Park, and another outside the Red Lion Pub on Howell Branch Road. If you are in the area, it can be fun to sit down and play a few tunes, or you can enjoy listening while someone else plays. As you learn more and more from your piano lessons in Orlando, you will find that you often enrich the lives of others who are simply passing by and overhear you relishing a moment at such a piano.

I hope you have enjoyed your little tour with me today. Now, get out there and have fun taking piano lessons in Orlando and exploring the city's wonderful musical community!

About Jill H.

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Learn to play piano by reading the Grand Staff. Play legato and staccato with softs and louds. Learn the touch of the piano or learn to play on your keyboard. Learn positions, keys, scales and songs. Learn to play styles and from memory or by ear with chords and rhythm. Learn to read music notation, chord charts, lead sheets, accompaniment and lead.

About Jill
Jill holds a Bachelor's degree in Music Education and has master's work in choral music and Orff-Schulwerk. For many years Jill has taught private and group music lessons to all ages with many varying styles of singing and instrumental music. Her lessons are unlike the ones she remembers from childhood; Jill's lessons are full of creativity, fun and excitement. It is amazing how students improve with each lesson. Jill brings more than just technique to the studio, she strives to find the best in each student and then concentrates on improving each individual's strengths and then delves in
to ways to correct the weaknesses.

Since Jill is a vocal soloist, instrumentalist, accompanist and music director, she knows what it takes to prepare and rehearse and therefore she makes it clear which concept the student will be working on during the lesson. With an instrumental and choral background, Jill brings music to life and then shares with the students how to keep music in their lives forever. Many students who had vocal problems have achieved vocal success after taking several lessons with Jill and learning to keep their voices healthy for the rest of their lives.

Jill has worked with children, teens and adults in many schools, churches and after school programs that she designed. Her success with students who are very young or students who come with disabilities or autistic spectrum diagnosis are moved by the music Jill creates. With the help of the ORFF-SCHULWERK certification, Jill has many ways of reaching children through the use of instruments, rhythm activities, games and other fun ways of learning. Breaking barriers is Jill's best asset, she will not quit until the student has an understanding of the instrument or his/her voice.

The young and the older adults find that taking lessons with Jill has brought them to a place of realizing their potential. Successful stories include pre-school age through students who are retired. The length of time one studies depends on the student's practice and diligence. Many students have started with Jill in preschool or elementary school and have continued through high school and college. Several college age students wanted to improve their singing or instrumental skills so goals were set and met through Jill's successful teaching ability. Several students learn music theory and many students have learned song-writing and creating arrangements.

Many of Jill's students have become better musicians and a considerable number of students have chosen music professions for their careers. Multiple students have won contests, auditioned for parts in musicals, started local bands and have become songwriters and performers after taking lessons with Jill. One student has recently auditioned for American Idol and has made it through several auditions. Teaching a myriad of students from various places in the world who have come to the United States has been a great experience. The cultural differences makes the teaching of these students exciting since Jill learns about music in their own home countries. Some of the students are from China, Norway, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Colombia, Puerto Rico and many who moved to Florida from some other state in the U.S.A. What a joy it has been to learn to communicate with these students and to verify that music is a universal language. By special request Jill is available for online lessons through internet and devices as well as traveling to student locations when her schedule allows. Students interest in online or in-home lessons should send a message to her to request certain days and times of availability.

"Jill was Steinway Pianos" Concert and Artist Director in Dallas Tx in the 80's, working with Steinway artists and Dallas Symphony, Opera, Ballet and other events like planning pianos for Prince Charles' visit and many other concerts and events. Jill also performed in many Dallas Venues as well as providing pianos for the Cowboys, the clubs, hotels, country clubs and museums including The Dallas Museum of Art.

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers, plans succeed. " (Proverbs 15:22) It is Jill's belief that with her teaching qualifications and past record of success with student achievement and great experience studying with wonderful advisers, teaching YOU or YOUR CHILD will be one of success!

*** Lesson Details ***
Jill's teaching technique is flexible. Some students require a stern and strict approach while others seem to work best with more creative license. Jill is open to each student's needs. When booking lessons with Jill, one will find that the first thing she will do is find out more about the student's needs and desires to succeed in their chosen instrument. Meeting goals are important in music and in life!

Because of her flexible approach, method books vary depending on the student's need to succeed. Sometimes young students will need to review several beginning methods until their reading skills are achieved. For the young students, Jill teaches theory and gives the young students time during the lesson to explore musical symbols and try their hands at improvisation, rhythms, manuscripts and creativity.

Some students may desire to learn to play "by ear" or through improvisational skills. Jill is very good with improv and her song writing skills are strong. When a student desires to write music, Jill is there to help with questions about time signatures, note values, key signatures and transpositions.

Taking lessons with Jill is a journey that those who have tried have not had regrets. Several parents and past students would be happy to tell you how their talents and gifts improved after working with Jill for a few months. After three months of working together, Jill will know how to pursue the student's musical career. After 6 months the student will be able to play complete songs and have a sense of basic music theory. The hope is for the student to be confident of their instrument's abilities and to have a list of repertoire for upcoming events in the student's life.

Several of Jill's students have taken their skills, gifts and talents to the professional level. Students who have studied with Jill are professional music directors in high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, churches, soloists and some who are in school studying music as their major. Taking lessons with Jill will be something that will add value to the student's life forever because MUSIC is her life! Without music, the world would be a very dull place and individuals would be unhappy and depressed in every walk of life. Music brings out the beauty of creation and man's ability to skillfully play an instrument for pleasure or for one's occupation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Conservatory Grand
Yamaha keyboard
5 string bass guitar/amp
mandolin
5 string banjo
small MACKIE mixer with mics
Digital audio recording
computer
Gibson electric guitar with effects and amp
6 string Takamine e-coustic with amp
recorder (the instrument)
clarinet
violin
dulcimer
bongos
cymbals
tambourines and many percussion instruments
music stands
soprano and baritone ukuleles
trumpet
djembe
many amplifiers and sound system accessories
I-pad
drum set (at the Lake Underhill Rd. Orlando location only)
harmonica
various rhythm instruments
Wifi
Mallets and tone blocks

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide my own equipment, but I expect the student to provide his/her own instruments and music stand.

*** Specialties ***
My specialty in voice comes from years of lessons and performance experience. Including Solo gigs, bands and service performances such as parties, weddings, funerals, organizational roles, skills, clubs, recordings, hotels, country clubs, churches, schools and much more. She uses many methods, handouts and books to bring out various ideas to learn to sing correctly. Jill takes each individual at his/her level and tries to improve breathing technique, posture, enunciation with style and phrasing, depending on the student's aspirations.

Jill plays most instruments including piano, guitar, bass guitar, band instruments, ukulele, banjo, dulcimer, drums, percussion, harmonica, trumpet, clarinet, recorder, mandolin and violin. Jill enjoys many styles of music and she has played with many bands and groups throughout her musical career. She is a full time musician, music teacher and music director. Years of experience traveling the U.S. And Bahamas with bands, choirs and ensembles enables Jill to work well with many styles of music including contemporary, rock, Christian, Broadway, classical, country, bluegrass, jazz and her favorite, blues.

Sign up for five lessons today and you will not be disappointed.

Here's to your success!!!
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Susan H. January 31, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Excellent
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Katy November 13, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Very knowledgeable, patient, experienced, and approachable.
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Marilyn K. January 19, 2016
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Very friendly, kind and patient! She explained things well. Just a wonderful teacher. Recommend!
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Jill H.

Orlando, FL 32825
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$27 / 30-min

About Ella G.

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About Ella
Educated in Russia, 35 years of piano and music theory experience, 20 years of which in the US.
Five years ago obtained a Harmony Road Music method certification and established a very successful music school in Maryland. At the moment the school provides lessons in piano, guitar, violin, vocals, music theory and music history.
Moved to Florida recently. Hope to utilize my experience here and looking forward to introducing the wonderful world of music to my future students.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether it's in my studio or your place, I maintain friendly environment, show passionat
e attitude. I develop an individual lesson strategy based on unique student's personality. I provide all the necessary material.
I am particularly successful with very young (3+) kids and manage to create a game like engaging environment in the class room.
Can teach in both English or Russian.

*** Studio Equipment ***
piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
portable piano

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano music
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Stephanie T. December 8, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ella was so great! She was very welcoming and prompt. Her instruction was easy to understand and just the right amount of information for my first lesson. I'm really excited about moving forward and continuing my lessons with her.
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Sarah m May 14, 2014
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Mrs Ella

Great teacher. Very patient especially with one of my kids who can can be a bit difficult at times.
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Don D. February 24, 2014
· Piano ·
Very glad I found her

Ella has a lot of patience, esp. for me as a beginner. She makes me play perfectly without making me feel frustrated.

She is a delight to learn from.

Thank you Ella.
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Ella G.

Casselberry, FL 32707
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About Rebekah P.

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Winter Park, FL
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With over 10 years of teaching experience, and 25 years of playing experience, you're in capable hands to learn it all from the basics to the classics! I have a bachelor's degree in music, and an unquenchable passion for teaching!

About Rebekah
With a degree in classical voice and over 10 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals! Using proven methods, you can learn the techniques necessary to sing like the pros or make the ivory keys of your piano dance!

My teaching style would be best described as intense and flexible. I'm a total stickler for proper technique and classical learning theory, but I also give my students the power to choose what repertoire they work on. I often tell my pupils, "I don't really care what you're playing or singing, as long as you focus on the fundamentals learned in lesso
ns". I believe students will practice music they like, so I encourage them to pick songs they enjoy hearing. The concept that purposeful learning can be achieved using almost any repertoire is at the core of my teaching philosophy.
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Denina April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rebekah listens to student interests and builds lessons to develop skills. Practice isn't a chore because the student loves the music. She always listens and supports teenagers in way they will listen.
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Tony D. April 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebekah made a first time voice lesson seem like you were meeting with a old friend. She's seems very knowledgeable and shares it with compassion and a genuine concern for your progress.
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Merry L. January 7, 2017
· Singing · In home
Rebekah was very good with a first time student. She brought my 10 year old out of her shell a bit.
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Rebekah P.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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About Melody C.

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Orlando, FL

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In May, 2016, I graduated from Valencia College with an A.A. in Piano Performance. In 2014, I started teaching piano lessons for beginners. I teach in an after school program at a middle school in Orlando, and have several private students as well.

A typical lesson with me looks something like this:
The student plays what they have practiced, and we work on any difficult areas and techniques for playing better.
We discuss the next lesson, making sure the student understands everything.
I expect my students to practice every day, just as I do. It is the only way to become proficient.

About Melody
Hello. My name is Melody Cook. I graduated from Valencia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

I began learning to play the piano when I was five. As an adult, I pursued other interests for several years, and returned to piano a few years ago. I studied Piano Performance for three years at Valencia college, and completed my degree in May, 2016, having received a GPA of 4.0 in all my classes.

As for my teaching experience, I was home schooled, so I taught some of my younger siblings reading, mathematics, and beginning piano. I have tutored children ages 5- 13 in
reading and math. I worked as a daycare teacher off and on for a few years in my twenties, teaching children ages 2- 10. Currently, I am teaching a piano class in an after school program at a middle school, as well as teaching private lessons to all ages.

I spent four years in Russia and helped some of my friends who were learning English as a foreign language.

While in Russia I studied the Russian language at the university for a year, and am proficient enough to teach beginning Russian.

On my profile I stated that I can teach students with special needs. I want to clarify that I do not have training or experience in this area, but I would be happy to try teaching children with special needs. It would be important to me to meet with the parents before the first class to discuss the special need and what I would need to know to be able to teach their child well.

[April, 2016]: I have a few students with ADHD and/or high functioning Autism. They are great piano students! They enjoy playing the piano and do well with it, and I love working with them!
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paola July 21, 2016
· Piano · In studio
the progress my girl has had under Melody is palpable. she is very good.
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Cyrus H. July 15, 2016
· Piano · In studio
First lesson went great! My son really enjoyed the experience and is excited to keep going. At first he thought he wouldn't like going to piano lessons, but now he says he really really likes it!
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Samantha April 26, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Melody is a great instructor for my 5 year old son, she is very patient and handles him very well. He has learned a ton and loves going to his piano lessons. I highly recommend Melody for children!
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Melody C.

Orlando, FL 32817
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$20 / 30-min

About Kristen J.

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I love to facilitate a fun learning environment. We start with the basics of music theory and learning to read the staff. I use the iPad, flashcards and listening to vary the lessons, especially for the younger ones. I encourage my students to learn modern/ popular songs as well as the standard classical literature.

About Kristen
I have been teaching voice and piano in the Dr. Phillips and Windermere area for four years. My studio is a fun learning environment and I take great pride in finding out what each students' goals are. I have two studios, one in Windermere and one in Dr. Phillips, for convenience. I do travel to students' homes on occasion, if my schedule allows. Lastly, there is always a very fun end-of-the-year recital.

Please note for singing, I teach a classical technique that lends itself to Classical and Musical Theatre types of singing.

My experience in music starts from an early age playing pian
o and singing in choirs. I attended Dr. Phillips High School, was apart of the Visual and Performing Arts Magnet and graduated with the Voice Department's Most Outstanding Graduate Award. I eventually earned a B.M. in Voice Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University and I have recently received my Masters from UCF in Music.

Here is my professional bio:

Kristen, mezzo-soprano, has appeared as a soloist with the Palm Beach Symphony, Palm Beach Atlantic University Concert Choir, Palm Beach Atlantic University Oratorio Chorus and in the Palm Beach Atlantic International Piano Festival. Kristen has been a featured staff soloist in recital, concert and worship with the First Presbyterian Church of North Palm Beach. She has also been seen on the opera stage as part of the chorus with Florida Opera Theatre and Palm Beach Atlantic’s Opera Workshop performing scenes as Rosina in Il barbieri di Siviglia and Cheubino in Le Nozze di Figaro.

Kristen as a chorister, has sung with Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus and Chamber Choir, Atlanta’s up and coming Chamber Choir, Coro Vocati and Miami’s Seraphic Fire in their Professional Choral Institute Program. She has recorded with Stetson University’s Concert Choir: Duruflé Requiem and Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Reqiuem, Op. 45, which was honored with a GRAMMY nomination.

A native of Florida, Kristen received her B.M. in Voice Performance from Palm Beach Atlantic University, studying with Bryon Grohman. She graduated cum laude, as a member of Who’s Who Among Universities and Colleges and received the University's Music Department’s Outstanding Graduate Award. Recently, Kristen received her M.A. in Music at the University of Central Florida, studying under Beverely Rinaldi.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns, I would be more than happy to answer them!
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Alyssa (. April 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kristen is kind, patient and flexible.
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Dayla O. April 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
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Maristela January 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Amazing
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Windermere, FL 34786
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