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About Stephen M.

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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
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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
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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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My teaching approach: I'm very patient with children and adults. The room where I teach is spacious; parents are welcome and encouraged to sit in and observe their children's lessons. I always allow time at the end of each lesson to update parents on the week's progress for their children.

I can help you with beginning piano (correct posture, hand position, basic scales and chords) through intermediate theory (extended chords & the scales used with them) and advanced theory (altered chords, chord substitutions, and scales used with them). I can teach you from beginning into intermediate classical, pop and jazz literature, including improvisation. I have performed for many receptions, weddings, and dinner events. When you get to the level where you need someone on the level of an Art Tatum or a Keith Jarrett to teach you, I'll know and I'll most gladly refer you on!

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Hi, thanks for visiting my profile! I love teaching. I hope you find this information useful. I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

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I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The former Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

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Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
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Elisha August 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had my first lesson with Stephen today and he is an awesome teacher. I've been teaching myself for the last couple of years and was very nervous about playing in front of anyone. He made me feel very comfortable and picked up my needs quickly. He's very flexible and patient. I have full confidence that he will take me to the next level of reading, performing and theory. I'm exited to have found Stephen and look forward to my next lesson.
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Ervin C. March 9, 2017
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Excelente maestro. Mi hija de 8 anhos siempre esta entusiasmada de llegar a clase. Steve tiene una metodologia muy entretenida y practica para llegar al alumno. Es tan bueno en lo que hace, que estoy entusismado tambien yo en empezar mis clases de piano con el. Gracias Steve.

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Tina June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I was excited about starting lessons. Stephen!s teaching exceeding my expectations and I am so looking forward to my next lesson.
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Stephen D.

Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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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.

Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
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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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Jonesboro, GA

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Hello, my name is Ray and I enjoy working with students from the ages 7 and up. I have been teaching for 30+ years and my passion for music instruction and development has only grown stronger with age. My background in music covers jazz, Latin, classical, pop, rock, R&B, gospel, and blues. I also customize instruction for individuals who are producers and want to strengthen their keyboard skills as well. I look forward to the opportunity of working with you or your child!

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MY BACKGROUND:
Originally from Port Huron Michigan Ray A. began learning to play the piano at age 5. His formal studies in piano include training at Bellarmine University (jazz studies) and the Naval School of Music (classical and jazz studies). Ray also completed electronics and computer studies DeVry University to stage his background for electronic music and music media.

MY EDUCATOR EXPERIENCE:
Ray served as the Music Media/MIDI Specialist and piano instructor at the Naval School of Music during the mid and late 90's and 2010-2014. His expertise allowed him to design develop and implement a music media/MIDI program for the Armed Forces Music Program. This program played a significant role in futurizing the way military musician's train produce and perform music. As a private instructor Ray has continued to developed and influenc
e many musicians at the beginner intermediate and advanced levels of training. His practical systematic and thorough teaching method allows students to develop quickly and rise to their full potential. Retiring from military music recently Ray is busy working on various recording projects and freelancing as a pianist/keyboardist teaching private lessons and providing music media services in the greater Atlanta area.

MY PERFORMANCE:
As a performing artist Ray has worked as a professional musician for the last 25 years performing around the world in more than 20 different countries with various ensembles. He has recorded on numerous albums with various artists to include the Army Ground Forces Band, Orquesta Sensacional, and most recently with the Ian Charleton Big Band (Brain Chatter Album available on Spotify). Ray is fluent and proficient in many different styles and genres of music. Specializing in jazz and Latin styles he is truly a master improviser and soloist. Ray's style of playing is influenced by artist like Herbie Hancock Chic Corea Oscar Peterson and Thelonious Monk. Ray has also performed and,or recorded with some of the most accomplished musicians from around the world to include Grover Washington Jr., Hillary Jones, Gerald Chavis, Roy Richardson, Gary Harris, Don Tillman, Brett Anderson, Corey Cross, Alfie Moss, Abdu Salim, Joel Joyner, Dexter Whitaker, Jim Lambie, Jamie Abersold, and Wayne Bergeron just to name a few. He has also had the distinguished honor to perform for former presidents Ronald Regan and George Bush. Ray aspires to be the consummate musician.

FOR BEGINNER PIANO STUDENTS:
For students just starting out I use the Leila Fletcher Piano series, John Thompson, or Alfred series. After students are doing establish the basic and are doing well I introduce music theory and technique (scales, basic chords, and technical exercises) as well.

FOR INTERMEDIATE AND ADVANCED LEVEL STUDENTS:
I define intermediate level students as students who already have had 2 yo 4 years of lessons and experience and can already play pretty well. With this level of student I work on strengthening their foundation and rounding out and diversifying their skill set. usually with this level of student they have specific goals in mind that we work towards as well.

The intermediate level is also where various piano and music styles are addressed to include classical, pop, rock, R&B, country, blues, jazz (modern & swing) and Latin, contemporary christian, and gospel. The technical aspects of playing these styles like chords, chord progressions, scales, modes, licks and ornaments,technical exercises, sight reading, lead sheet interpretation, music theory, ear training, playing by ear, song form, and improvisation, intros & endings, and performance concepts and techniques are addressed as well.

OVERVIEW:
Overall my students that apply themselves usually progress quickly and exponentially. some of them have went on to be professional musicians and band leaders and have far surpassed their initial intended goals and objectives.
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Gabriel T. March 25, 2017
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Awesome Awesome music instructor! Knowledgeable in a wide variety of music styles and in music theory. Thank you Mr. Ray!
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Victory T. March 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Raymond is an awesome Teacher. I really enjoyed my lesson. I really learned a lot in just my first lesson. He gave me great tips for my practice at home. Thanks Mr. Raymond.
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Marilyn G. December 16, 2016
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Raymond A.

Raymond A.

Jonesboro, GA 30238
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Do you want to be able to play your favorite song from the radio? Or your favorite classical piece? Well, you have dropped by the right profile! I am an experienced studio and in-home teacher with a passion for piano. I will help you to build a solid foundation of understanding music theory and how it relates to YOUR music. Shall we begin?!

About Cierra
I am a pianist, guitarist, ukulelist, and vocalist with a BA in music composition from Clark Atlanta University. I have participated in several jazz bands, including The Raelettes. I have also had the time of my life touring the country with the Clark Atlanta Philharmonic Society. I have now had the pleasure of teaching fresh out of college and have been doing so for three years now! It has become one of my greatest passions!

My students will focus heavily on building a solid foundation, as that is the beginning to anything that is great and that will last, right?! My piano students are usually playing songs within the first 2-3 weeks of lessons! We focus on strengthening sight reading and technique, so we can bring it to EVERY piece of music!

As a guitar teacher, one of my main focuses with my students is muscle memory and SCALES! If
you want to be able to solo along with your favorite lead guitarist, it would help to know what key they are playing, right? I am here to help you identify different positions and scales along the fretboard to get you playing that a lot sooner!

My ukulele students are quite unique, as so the ukulele! If you have taken up guitar at anytime, ukulele will be such a breeze for you! But even if you have not, it is one of the 'easier' stringed instruments to learn. I focus heavily on practicing individual note reading, scales, and of course, different strumming techniques for this instrument. This instrument is all about the strum!

I was first a vocal major in college before switching to music composition. My vocal students will see improvement in their breathing within the first two weeks of lessons. Once we understand the breathe, we will delve deeper into strengthening that breath in the core so that we produce a clear, healthy and melodious tone!

Music is first about passion. Then, it is about the doing, but also keeping the passion. And I think you're ready! Send me a message, and let's get started!
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Cierra F.

Marietta, GA 30067
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$45 / 30-min

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Marietta, GA

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Beginner small group lessons are great for young children! Small group (3 students): Develops performance confidence and poise ♪Encourages the development of critical listening and problem-solving skills ♪Is a motivational learning environment that challenges students to higher levels of preparation and commitment ♪Is an excellent format for teaching musicianship skills ♪Is a prime environment for the study of piano technique ♪Encourages the development of a strong rhythmic sense ♪Allows exploration of composition and ear training And more! Experienced, full-time piano instructor teaching beginner through advanced levels offering many extras like fun practice incentives, studio goals, monthly themes for beginners. You will love beginner group lessons!

About Andrea
Piano lessons feature all styles of music, including classical, jazz, and pop. Improvisation, lead sheets, and composition are introduced to all students, and can be pursued more intensively by older students. Acoustic and digital keyboards are available in a comfortable and quiet studio. Beginner students enjoy 45-minute small group lessons in interactive lessons. For all students up through high school: Theory features educational games, and interactive “learning by doing” theory is a feature for all ages. NoteFlight, iPad and iPhone music apps are all available as learning tools. Volunteer performances, friend days, music contests, quarterly group lessons, and a year-end formal recital are available to all students elementary through high school whether taking private or group lessons. Studio goals for younger students include various
 practice challenges, transposition, technique, "minute to win it" and other fun incentives which help students do their best. Adults are encouraged to pursue the music that most interests them and collaborate with me to build the program that is best for them.
I am an educator who will find the best learning style for each student, encouraging creativity and excellence. Twenty years of teaching experience, continuing education in the best teaching practices, a love for teaching, and a heart for instilling confidence and excellence are hallmarks of my studio.
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Andrea B.

Andrea B.

Marietta, GA 30064
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$35 / 30-min

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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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With being a member of various performance ensembles throughout the southeast, my leadership roles have molded my mindset of advisement with instruction and performance. I have the competitive edge of diversity, eagerness, and determination to fulfill the needs of any company or artist seeking guidance in developing their creativity.

About Nate
I am an innovator of fine arts and education that is interested in experiencing unique opportunities throughout a progressive lifetime. I am determined to maintain a career that promotes creativity and academic advancement in the field of visual and performing arts. My experiences with education have gained me an interest of instructional design and organizational structure as a professional consultant that facilitates the sale of education as well.
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Nate S.

Atlanta, GA 30316
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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.

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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.

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Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

Video #1:
Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

Video #2:
Piano Basics

Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.

Video #3:
Reading Piano Notes

Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]

4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]

Tired of practicing piano scales over and over... and over again? While repetition is great for your muscle memory, getting bored won't do you any favors. Here, New York, NY piano teacher Nadia B. shares four ideas for how to practice scales in new ways...   It's no doubt that learning the fundamentals of piano -- like major and minor scales, arpeggios, and so on -- make a huge impact on your success as a musician. However, these exercises are often avoided at the piano, out of fear t … Read More

4 Ways to Make Practicing Piano Scales FUN! [Infographic]
Tired of practicing piano scales over and over... and over again? While repetition is great for your muscle memory, getting bored won't do you any favors. Here, New York, NY piano teacher Nadia B. shares four ideas for how to practice scales in new ways...   It's no doubt that learning the fundamentals of piano -- like major and minor scales, arpeggios, and so on -- make a huge impact on your success as a musician. However, these exercises are often avoided at the piano, out of fear t
How to Tell if Your Old Piano is Worth Restoring
Are you curious about how to restore a piano that's been sitting in your basement or storage unit unused? Was an old piano passed down to you, and you're not quite sure how to make it playable? Here, Katy, TX music teacher Zachary A. shares his advice...   A piano is not only a part of the art of music, it is also a work of art itself. The machine is extremely complex and has thousands of moving parts. The piano is also one of the few instruments out there that has stood the test of t
How to Buy Your First Piano
Congratulations! You’ve made the decision to buy your first piano. Buying a piano can seem overwhelming, but knowing what to look for and which questions to ask can make this once-in-a-lifetime purchase an incredibly exciting experience! Where Do You Start? Before you even begin your research, consider the following: • What is your budget? • How much space do you have in your home - is a piano reasonable or should you purchase a keyboard instead? For your first piano, do some shop
Unlocking the Essentials of Music Exam Preparation
Need help preparing your students for their piano exams? Learn how to set your students up for success in this guest post from our friend Darlene Irwin from The Student Music Organizer... As piano teachers, successful exam preparation is a HUGE part of what we do. I often tell my students that passing an exam is like opening a musical door. When your student completes an exam, they pass through that door and enter a whole new level of music. Below are some important keys to help pre
5 Easy Piano Songs to Teach to Toddlers (with Videos!)
Whether you have a grand piano in your living room or a small electronic keyboard, you can teach your toddler how to play simple songs even if you don't know much about music. Your toddler will love learning the five easy piano songs listed below. Before you start though, you'll need to learn the location of the notes. Start by locating C - it's the white key directly to the left of the group of two black keys. Using only the white keys, the notes continue in alphabetical order up to G, and the

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