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Peachtree Corners, GA
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I like to teach each lesson, for both voice and piano, by spending equal time on ear-training/sight-reading (sight-singing), music theory, technique, and repertoire.

When I teach ear-training to pianists, we do a lot of count-clapping and tonal memory drills. Count-clapping is a way to develop rhythmic accuracy. The act of speaking (counting) while clapping a rhythm activates more of the senses and therefore leaves a stronger impression on the brain, very similar to teaching reading comprehension by getting students to read aloud. Tonal memory is nothing more than developing a pianist’s listening abilities so they can quickly memorize what they’ve heard and recreate it on their instrument. I don’t teach pianists to play by ear, however, but I’ve always had great respect for musicians who have this ability.

Now, piano technique means different things to different pianists. For me, I firmly agree with the teachings found in Alfred’s Premier Piano Course. This is fairly

About Stephen
As a more seasoned music teacher, I’m learning that it’s essential to tailor music lessons to each client’s (family’s) individual goals. And no matter what the family’s goals may be, life is too short for a music teacher to ever stress out a student or the parents. For this reason, I try my best to impart as many smiles and laughs as I can into every music lesson. Also, I have a mindset that music lessons can have high standards AND be fun, not have high standards OR be fun; however, I will always regularly communicate with parents and students to make sure that their high standards and mine are on the same page.

As for my training, I have two degrees in vocal performance from Georgia State University and am currently “continuing education” as a staff singer at the renowned Episcopal Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta.
While at Georgia State, I had the good fortune to observe in action some of the most phenomenal musicians in Atlanta: Dwight Coleman, Dr. Peter Marshall, and Maestro Michael Palmer. Since that time, I’ve studied voice privately with bass Jason Hardy and soprano Sharon Stephenson, and I’ve fine-tuned, pun intended, both my vocal and pianistic musicianship by singing in choirs led by phenomenal directors like Dr. Eric Nelson, Walter Huff, and Dr. Dale Adelmann.

And not being a stranger to accomplishments in teaching (voice and piano), in 2013 I was recognized as a Top Teacher for student retention, communication with parents and staff, general positive feedback, and overall professionalism. In addition, both my voice and piano students regularly receive superior ratings at the local National Federation of Music Clubs festivals, pass ABRSM theory and piano exams, earn leading roles in school productions, and place in local talent shows.

P.S. For potential voice students, how many of you want to be a famous opera singer? My guess is, not many of you (to say the least :) However, what if I say, who would like to pretend they’re a famous bullfighter, a bird catcher (who likes to dress like a bird), an Ancient Egyptian, or a King or Queen while singing awesome music? Hopefully, more of you would try it. That’s why I love opera and classical singing. So I encourage you to watch, not just listen to, classical singing. You may be surprised at how cool it can be.
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Shari August 11, 2017
· Piano · In home
My son Burke has taken piano lessons from Stephen McCool for a few years and we think he is AWESOME! He shows a genuine interest in his students, stays serious about what he is teaching but also brings humor in to keep students from feeling stressed. It is clear that it brings him joy to share his love of music with his students. Mr. McCool is an excellent teacher and I would highly recommend him for students of any age.
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Andrew N. August 19, 2016
· Piano · In home
The first lesson was superb. Andrew really enjoyed his first piano class and really liked learning it from Mr. McCool. After class, Andrew was immediately motivated to do his practice. Mr. McCool is very encouraging, he makes the lesson easy going while making his student learned quickly (without pressure). We look forward to the next lessons with him. Leaving the students with their own desire to learn and to love music is indeed very important. He delivers that traits well.
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Roopa R. June 30, 2015
· Piano · In home
He works great with kids! Has the perfect balance and isn't strict. My daughter really enjoys her lessons.
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Stephen M.

Stephen M.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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About Mary Frances K.

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Reading music, basic music theory, correct posture and finger positions, fingering techniques and musical interpretation and expression. Use of method books primarily with some augmentation with supplemental materials. Opportunities for participation in MTNA festivals and studio recitals.

About Mary Frances
TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching after 2:30PM Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

SUMMER 2017: I have some openings for the summer that I'm not releasing in the availability calendar. Some of these time slots are tentatively reserved for students that plan to take the summer off and return in the fall. Send time requests through the Ask a Question feature or through Take Lessons staff.

LOCATION:
Mary Frances teaches exclusively from her home studio.

TEACHING OVERVIEW:
Mary Frances has been teaching voice since 1987. She works with youth and adults, beginner and advanced. She helps voice students develop a natural, healthy, beautiful sound, proper placement and projectio
n of the voice for singing and speaking. Her goal is to help singers gain fulfillment and joy while improving their art. She believes music should be fun and rewarding.

VOICE STUDENTS of hers have won university placement and scholarships and have been accepted into Allstate Chorus for High School in Georgia.

She also teaches PIANO. She has taught piano for about 10 years. She studied piano privately for 10 years and had further study at Indiana University.

Students wishing to have any COMBINATION of piano, music theory, sight reading and/or vocal development can receive a program of study that meets their individual needs.

PERFORMANCE EXPERIENCE:
Mary Frances has performed with the Southeastern Savoyards Light Opera Company, the Atlanta Opera Chorus and Studio, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, Marietta Theater in the Square, and Neighborhood Playhouse. She has sung title roles in Patience, Little Red Riding Hood and Hansel and Gretel. Other roles include Josephine in HMS Pinafore, the Princess in The Student Prince, and Connie in The 1940'™s Radio Hour.

She has performed many roles with Capitol City Opera Company (CCOC) including Annina in The Saint of Bleecker Street, Bastienne in Mozart's Bastien and Bastienne, Nora in Vaughan Williams' Rider's to the Sea, and Gilda in Milton Granger'™s Talk Opera. She sang for many years in CCOC's school outreach program. She has sung many concerts for CCOC as well.

Mary Frances was a soloist in Handel's Messiah for Peachtree Presbyterian Church. She has worked as the soloist at The First Church of Christ Scientist in Roswell, Georgia and at The Second Church of Christ Scientist in Sandy Springs, Georgia ( This church has now closed). She occasionally directs and sings in the choir, and substitutes for the cantorial soloist at Congregation Dor Tamid in Alpharetta, Georgia.

EDUCATION:
Mary Frances holds a bachelors degree from Indiana University School of Music in both Voice and Theater. Mary Frances was a long time student of Elizabeth Colson (now deceased) of Atlanta, Georgia. She has attended Brevard Music Center, The Georgia State Opera Workshop and the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. While in Graz, Mary Frances was a finalist in the Meistersinger competition.

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RECOMMENDATIONS FOR LESSON LENGTH:
Voice students: 30 minutes for young students up to 5th grade. 45 minutes for young students in Middle School and some 5th graders. 45 or 60 minutes preferred for high school students and adults. Piano students: 30 minutes for most beginners of any age. 45 minutes for young intermediate level and adult students.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed yet progressive. I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace which varies with age, coordination, processing speed and previous exposure to musical education.

PIANO: I prefer the Alfred'™s Basic Piano Library series for my piano students. I find that my students learn more music theory and music reading with this series. If the student has started lessons in a different series, I can work with that as well. I have a large music library that provides a wide selection of music in addition to the Alfred books. I expect most beginning students to learn basic music reading and theory in 3 to 6 months. They should also to be able to play simple tunes in that time. I am an active professional singer, so I have a large library of vocal material at my disposal.

All piano students are REQUIRED to have an instrument to practice on at home. The piano MUST HAVE AT MINIMUM:
IF Digital - 88 full sized, weighted keys with polyphonic sound ( at least 10 keys should be able to sound at at the same time) and a sustain pedal,
OR - If Accoustic - maintained and properly tuned.

VOICE: I begin my voice lessons with breathing techniques and vocal placement using widely accepted exercises coming from a large body of sources such as:
Vaccai, professional level vocal teachers, coaches and directors that I have worked with and learned from over the last 30 years, and the writings of highly acclaimed authors in the vocal field. I also have a wide selection of art song books, oratorio, musical theatre, and opera. My background is classical and musical theatre, but I believe all styles of singing need the basic skills of breathing and vocal placement. I strive to keep voices healthy as well as find each student's most beautiful sound. Most students will see progress in breath control, range, projection and diction in 3 to 6 months.

Repertoire is chosen on an individual basis depending both physical and musical ability. Younger students and beginners will be encouraged to not push their voices with material that is too difficult for their individual abilities because singing requires a certain amount of physical endurance. My goal is to find each student's natural sound without strain for whatever style he or she
sings.

Voice students are encouraged to bring a recording device to lessons to use for later practice and study.

STUDIO EQUIPMENT AND LIBRARY:
Piano, Computer with Internet Access, Library of Music and Reference Materials (Sample Listing): Alfred's Basic Piano Library Books Twenty-Four Italian Songs and Arias, Medium High and Medium Low Voice; Schirmer Sing at First Sight; Alfred Basics of Singing by Jan Schmidt; Schirmer Many Soprano Collections of Arias, Oratorio, Sacred, and Art Songs from Schirmer Several Broadway Music Collections from Hal Leonard Discover Your Voice by Oren Brown Training the Speaking Voice by Virgil Anderson International Phonetic Alphabet for Singers by Wall Dynamics of the Singing Voice by Meribeth Bunch Classical Singer Magazine Subscription Journal of Singing, The Official Journal of the National Association of Teachers of Singing,Inc.Subscription

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I am classically trained bel canto voice teacher, but I can work with broadway and pop styles. I teach sight singing for students pursuing auditions for All State Chorus and College entrance, etc. I use the Alfred Basic Piano Series for Piano students
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Mike Davis September 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Very knowledgable and patient teacher - recommended!
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Jennifer G. June 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Mary K Frances is a truly excellent teacher! My 14 yr. old daughter loved working with her. She possesses an impressive depth of talent, experience and a detailed understanding of the voice and vocal techniques. These qualities and a patient kind manner, enables her to teach any student at any level from beginner to seasoned professional. Anyone interested in improving their voice would be lucky to have her!
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Alizia S. March 1, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was patient with me, completely sweet, and clear with her instructions.
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Mary Frances K.

Mary Frances K.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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About Julian T.

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Marietta, GA

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I know some basic piano.

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I am a very smart person, who is passionate about math and music. I graduated from Georgia Tech with a civil engineering degree and have taught as a math teacher. I would love to do lessons with you. Thank you.
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Kristine C. August 30, 2015
· Math · In home
Julian is a good teacher. He has helped my daughter in math. She is doing well in class thanks to her tutor.
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Kathy Y. June 23, 2014
· ACT Math · In home
Great teacher! Able to relate to teens!
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Julian T.

Julian T.

Marietta, GA 30062
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About Justice E.

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Lawrenceville, GA
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I teach all ages with the mission to inspire and bring out the music in them.
My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that learning is fun!
Through practice and helpful instruction, I will work with you to achieve your goals in a relaxed, and encouraging environment with positivity and praise.

About Justice
Hi, I am Justice
I'm a director and music producer with approximately 20 years in the music industry.
As the son of a preacher, I began music by toying with the musical instruments in my home, which transpired me to play for my father's church at the age of 14.
After 8 years of music, I became a member of various musical groups in Ghana/West Africa, and later participated in European tours with famous artists and other European groups. Living in Germany for 15 years, I studied music theory, which tremendously enhanced and polished my musical expertise.
I have become a passionate and talented music teacher, with a very unique and effective style of teaching.
Today, I teach all ages with the mission to inspire and bring out the music in them.
My teaching philosophy is based on my belief that learning is fun!
Through practice and help
ful instruction, I will work with you to achieve your goals in a relaxed, and encouraging environment with positivity and praise.
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Reginald October 16, 2017
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My boys have been receiving piano lessons from Justice for a month now and they are loving it! He really relates to three very well and they respond in kind. He is attentive to them during the lessons and communicates what they need clearly to me. Couldn't have been happier with anyone else.
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Alma T. October 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Justice is a great teacher. He is very knowledgeable as well as patient. Justice has a method of simplifying complicated music theory making it easy to understand. I look forward to every lesson.
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James C. October 4, 2016
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Justice took me thru the basics with the guitar, really made me feel at ease. He really works to instill confidence. I am very happy with my first lesson with Justice.

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James
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Justice E.

Justice E.

Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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About Jiyeon K.

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• Fun and Structured Piano Lessons at the Convenience and Safety
of Your Own Home
• 30, 45, and 60 Minute Lessons Available
• Ages: 3+ and All Levels Welcome
• Tuition Paid Monthly
• Member of: MTNA, Georgia MTA,Gwinnett County MTA, NFMC, CAPMT
• Teacher of: CAPMT Romantic Festival Winners, Multiple NFMC
Scholarship Winners, Bach Festival Winners
• NFMC, MTNA, Junior Bach Festival, Recital, and Competitions Annually
• Fluent in both English and Korean
• 32 Years of experience
• Teach in both American Method (Letter system) and European Method
(Solfege) upon Request

About Jiyeon
• Fun and Structured Piano Lessons at My Home Studio or Your Own Home
• 30, 45, and 60 Minute Lessons Available
• Ages: 3+ and All Levels Welcome
• Member of: MTNA, Georgia MTA,Gwinnett County MTA, NFMC, CAPMT
• Teacher of: CAPMT Romantic Festival Winners, Multiple NFMC
Scholarship Winners, Bach Festival Winners
• NFMC, MTNA, Junior Bach Festival, Recital, and Competitions Annually
• Fluent in both English and Korean
• 32 Years of experience
• Teach in both American Method (Letter system) and European Method
(Solfege) upon Request
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Richard D. August 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Only one lesson so far, but exactly what I was looking for. Great lesson structure, work assignments, and tips to help speed things along.
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Ann D. July 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
She has been a great piano teacher for my son from the beginning of his piano studies. He has improved in all areas from technic, musicality, and theory. Highly recommended for all levels of piano playing.
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Marla June 20, 2017
· Piano ·
I have known Jiyeon since elementary school. We grew up together as friends and musicians! Aside from being an accomplished performer and sensitive accompanist, she is kind, dependable and dedicated to her work. Her students will find themselves challenged and motivated by the same high standards she holds for herself as a person and a musician.
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Jiyeon K.

Suwanee, GA 30024
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About Leigh Anne B.

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Acworth, GA

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Lessons are tailored to the individual student's needs. If you are just starting out or if you need college or audition prep I am here for you! I use a friendly and encouraging approach that is very accessible for even the shyest of students. Lessons encourage discipline and build confidence over time. We will play together and sing together for an enriching and lively lesson experience.

About Leigh Anne
I am a fun teacher who specializes in building confidence through practice techniques and performance opportunities. I am devoted to making each student leave their lesson with a smile on their face. I have a Bachelor of Music from Berry College, and I am very actively involved in the Cobb County Music Teachers Association.

Piano lessons are tailored to the individual student. I teach all ages and all skill levels. We participate in Pianothon every Christmas, which is a performance at Town Center Mall raising funds for a local music scholarship. We also do an annual Spring Recital, which may have a special theme (last year was video game music). Piano students will learn theory, history, and a love for their instrument.

Voice lessons are any genre the student prefers. I love musical theatre, art songs, lieder, pop music, anime music, ja
zz, or even rap/hip-hop! Each year high school students have an opportunity to go to a state vocal competition. We prepare for school events or All-State Auditions or any other auditions or performance opportunities that may arise. Vocal students will learn theory, history, and technique applicable to the songs their singing.

I also offer field trips! I like to take my students out of the studio and to musicals or shows or even the Renaissance Festival to experience music in real life. Come along for the ride!
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Leigh Anne B.

Leigh Anne B.

Acworth, GA 30101
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$26 / 30-min

About Patrick L.

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Flowery Branch, GA
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Very capable with beginning students. Focusing on entry level students means I can hone basics and create good habits from the get go. Have some great beginner books that I have had personal success with.

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I like to read music, but I LOVE to make it up as I go along. After learning a few basics, you can be making your own music!
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Patrick L.

Patrick L.

Flowery Branch, GA 30542
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$30 / 30-min

About Christopher N.

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Kennesaw, GA

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I've been teaching piano and keyboard for over 20 years and many of my students have gone on to careers in the music and arts field. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to identify notes and play simple melodies and as time goes on you'll be able to use both hands and play songs that you will definitely recognize. I specialize in classical and contemporary, and typically use the John Thompson method books. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Christopher
Chris is an award winning theatrical performer, musician, vocalist and sought after performance coach in the Atlanta area. Under Chris’ influence as a gifted piano instructor, vocal teacher and performance coach, his clients have gone on to appear on stage and screen globally with credits given to performances at Carnegie Hall, The White House and The Walt Disney Company just to name a few.

Chris has served as chief music director across the east coast in musicals such as Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Sound of Music, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and just recently is credited to the role of Neville Craven in Lucy Simon’s Tony Award Winning musical, The Secret Garden.

In his spare time Chris contributes back to the arts community by serving in local churches as a musician, gifted speaker and vocalist. Chri
s attended Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia where he studied music and vocal performance and continues to devote his energy to training and coaching people of all ages in the field of music.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I can teach students to read music and pursue musical excellence, to learn how to play classical and contemporary music using a variety of sheet music, chord charts and more!
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John August 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Chris is a true professional with an easy-going teaching style and fun to be with. I am a bass/baritone and he helped me increase my range beyond what I thought I could do and improve my breathing which has really helped me as a choir member. I'd definitely take more classes from him again.
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Kailee-Grace August 18, 2017
· Singing · In home
There are so many things I could say about my experience with Christopher Nanny, but the best thing about working with Christopher is the fact that every lesson is catered to the individual student. My lessons were always focused and fun, I left every lesson knowing I was prepared for my next performance. If you are a adult, teenager, or child who wants to receive excellent teaching and coaching, I would highly recommend taking lessons with Christopher Nanny.
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Samantha August 18, 2017
· Piano · In home
SO. MUCH. FUN! My daughter had given up on piano until we met Chris last year! He makes learning fun and is GREAT with our little girl!
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Christopher N.

Kennesaw, GA 30144
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About Selina M.

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I meet students where they are in their musical journey and help them to achieve their goals.

About Selina
I am currently a music educator (choral director) at a local middle school. I have been teaching for 10+ years in the district. I have a passion for music education and believe every student has a right to a quality music education.
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Selina M.

Acworth, GA 30101
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$42 / 30-min

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I have taught piano lessons to students between 5 years to adult for over 25 years.

In addition to this teaching experience I have a Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Music from the Indiana University School of Music( often rated the top School of Music in the US)

I also have several years of teaching experience in K-12 public and private school systems and was a full time College instructor in Music and Audio production for 16 years. I am also a member of NAfME and GMEA

I try to make private lessons both fun and productive for young people by using Traditional, Suzuki, and Orff methods. I base my lessons around traditional music method books but also include current popular songs, movie and game themes in material that I teach.

I also try to vary the lessons with Music Theory worksheets, games, and music software as well as internet resources. I encourage students to participate in frequent recitals and other community performance opportunities.

As a professional performer in

About Richard
I am a professional pianist, violinist and keyboard player for decades and have performed and recorded in classical, jazz, rock, popular, and sacred settings. i bring this variety of performing experience to my teaching.
I have been teaching private violin and piano students for over 30 years. I also was a college instructor in Music and Audio Production for 16 years and am very familiar with current Music and Audio technology. I try to use this as much as I can in my private teaching. I am currently a substitute teacher in the Gwinnett County Schools
I have Master's and Bachelor's degree's in Music from the Indiana University School of Music(One of the country's top rated music schools. Go Hoosiers!). I also have a Bachelor of Arts degree from Bowling Green State University where I studied English, Violin Performance, and Jour
nalism I also studied violin performance at the Oberlin Conservatory.
I am currently a member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) and the Georgia Music Education Association (GMEA) and encourage my students to participate in these events. I also compose music and am a member of the American Composer' Forum.
In my teaching I take a student/learning centered approach in which the student learning through activity is central to the lesson. With young students I supplement standard method books with a variety of extra classical, popular, movie, and gaming themes. I have also acquired a number of fun worksheets, games, and music education software which help the students with music theory.
With adults I always try to help them with music in which they are interested. Because my Music Majors were in jazz studies I also teach improvisation, theory, and composition to students who are interested in it.
In my experience students learn best when the lessons enjoyable and fun. I expect all students to make progress on their instruments, but I always try to create a relaxed but productive atmosphere tailored to each student's particular abilities and interests
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Richard M.

Duluth, GA 30096
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Are you in search of some new piano practice warm-up routines? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares some fun piano practice warm-ups you can try before your next practice... You wouldn't go for an hour-long run before properly warming up. So, why wouldn't you warm-up before an hour-long piano practice session or lesson? No matter what instrument you play,  it’s extremely important that you go through a series of warm-ups before you start playing. In this post, we will discuss why you
5 Things Your Piano Teacher May Not Be Telling You
Ready to start learning piano? If you're new to lessons, you might be wondering what to expect. Every teacher is different -- some may be more strict, while others may be worried about how they come across to students. Read on St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares a few insider tips to keep in mind...    There are three kinds of piano teachers. There are those who tell the truth, openly and all the time, those who sugarcoat practically everything, afraid to hurt their studen

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