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About Mary Frances K.

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Peachtree Corners, GA

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I've been a piano teacher for over 10 years. I teach music reading, basic music theory, correct posture and finger positions, fingering techniques and musical interpretation and expression. I use Alfred method books primarily with some augmentation with supplemental materials. I teach with a relaxed and nurturing style. I like to use Alfred method books however, I will accommodate students who have already begun working in another method. I supplement the method books with Hanon and other fun and interesting materials.

About Mary Frances
TIME AVAILABILITY:
My availability changes from time to time. I am generally teaching between 2:30PM and 8:00PM Monday through Thursday. I follow the Gwinnett County School schedule. I will post all holidays and other conflicts in the calendar.

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 projection 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 the late Elizabeth Nohe Colson 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:
30-minutes for beginning adults and elementary students up to 5th grade. 45-minutes for intermediate adults and students 5th to 8th grade. 60-minute lessons for more advanced students high school and up.

TEACHING STYLE AND CURRICULUM:
ALL: My teaching style is relaxed and nurturing I use positive reinforcement to encourage progress with adults and children. Students are allowed to progress at their own pace.

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. 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 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
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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 Nate S.

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Atlanta, GA
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Whether you’re interested in classical compositions from J.S. Bach to Beethoven; contemporary music like that of Philip Glass or John Williams; or you want to write for ensembles, with piano as the focus, like Herbie Hancock and The Bad Plus; this package will show you how to get started, turning the music you hear in your head into music everyone can hear! Using time-honored, traditional composition techniques based on theory and practice, this lesson package will help you develop melodies, add harmony, and show you how to produce strong, satisfying arrangements. Applying know-how found in all styles of music, these lessons are applicable to all aspiring composer/pianists.

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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Antonio July 24, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
A great experience for my son. Mr. Nate was punctual and professional while still making each lesson fun enough for an enthusiastic 10 yr old kid.
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Nate S.

Nate S.

Atlanta, GA 30316
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$42 / 30-min

About Joseph S.

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Atlanta, GA
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With over 10 years of experience teaching music privately as well as in a classroom environment, Joseph is skilled at facilitating students with various learning styles and abilities. He is trained in classical piano and has achieved an ATCL degree in Piano from Trinity College, London.

About Joseph
Joseph has been passionate about music since the age of 8 when he started playing the piano in church, and ever since music has been a prominent part of his life. Since school, he was involved with bands where he played the piano, keyboards and developed his interest in song writing, production and sound designing. He has several published newspaper articles to his accolade. All of these experiences motivated and inspired him to seek a career in music. Joseph went on to complete his training in classical piano and achieved an ATCL degree (Trinity college London) in Piano.
Presently, Joseph has over 10 years of experience in teaching music privately as well as in a classroom environment. He has taught in two private IB schools as a ‘Music Teacher’ and 'Director of Music' where he taught elementary, middle and high school. He taught musi
cal analysis, performance and composition components. He offered lessons in piano and music technology as an after school activity. He has attended several workshops to ensure his personal growth as an educator and is also an accredited teacher for IGCSE Music (University of Cambridge).
His lessons are tailor-made with individual student(s) in mind. His method of teaching allows students to establish their personal learning goals and objectives. He selects a repertoire for students based on their skill level. He creates a curriculum which helps them achieve their goals whether it be learning to read music, playing by ear, or simply learning to play their favorite covers. He likes to start out with a basic curriculum and adjusts it according to how quickly the student absorbs, understands and applies the information.
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Keeca P. March 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Joseph was very in tune to my learning style and pushed without causing unease. He is encouraging, positive, and very motivating.
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Brad L. February 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Perfect for what I was looking for.
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John January 28, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Joseph is very patient as a teacher. He approaches each student according to their ability/skill level. His lessons are structured well. He is very talented and he is an excellent pianist. Its very inspiring to just to hear him play the piano. Apart from classical music he also teaches Pop, Jazz, Rock etc. He's the best!!
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Joseph S.

Joseph S.

Atlanta, GA 30339
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About Darren G.

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Atlanta, GA

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Your musical goals are my number one concern by providing you with a solid foundation in which to grow in any direction of your choosing. I have been teaching and working in many facets of the music industry for over 45 years which gives me a unique perspective in helping guide you to success. Your lessons are completely tailored to your individual needs utilizing established and customized content.

About Darren
Starting a professional career at age 15 and never looking back has taken me many places during my 45 years in the entertainment field. I have experienced many facets of the industry and continue to apply the highest degree of skill, professionalism and talent to my full time music career. With an unblemished history of thousands of performances, I have established a track record of outstanding proportion.

Starting at only eight years old, I studied classical and contemporary organ literature with acclaimed accordionist Daniel Desiderio. In high school, I studied voice and conducting with Dr. Harry Mechell and went on to major in Music Education with concentration in piano and voice at Temple University. After Temple, I began my studies in jazz, theory and composition with virtuoso guitarist William J. Walton and worked with him for e
ight years.

My professional affiliations have included membership in the National Association of Music Educators, board member with Atlanta based TORCH (Together Orchestras Revitalize Community Harmony), board member and music director with Florida based For-Kids-Only and music director with Atlanta based Yes You Can! Foundation. All three organizations work through music to benefit a wide range of needs for children and communities.

I have worked extensively as a pianist, multi- keyboardist, vocalist, soloist, group performer, accompanist, teacher, music director, conductor and arranger as well as being an international recording artist.

THE ACCOMPANIST ~~~
To be an accompanist is an art form that requires the ability to cross effortlessly between multiple styles. It also requires that the lead vocal or instrument is supported to the fullest degree that allows total freedom of expression while knowing each moment of a performance can be undertaken with complete confidence.
This is the art form that I have mastered and give total attention to detail in each performance.

THE TEACHER ~~~
Teaching is an area that I am passionate about. Working with young aspiring musicians as well as seasoned professionals and amateurs of all ages, I found many people lacking a well rounded understanding of theory and how music works in general. This prompted me to begin teaching many years ago. When I studied with William Walton who was a Dennis Sandole disciple, I was given full permission to teach the same method and expand upon it as it naturally evolved. My varied experience gives my a unique perspective on working with people who are truly interested in expanding their talents and musical understanding.

Highlights of my career include performances as conductor and pianist for the one-and-only Mickey Rooney and pianist for a series of teaching clinics with the most recorded guitarist in the world, Tommy Tedesco.

I have also appeared for or performed with: actress & singer - Susan Anton, R&B artist - Archie Bell, Mr. QVC - Bob Bowersox, jazz & classical guitarist - Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist - Jerry Byrd, Oregon, Rochester and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra principal bassist - Colin Corner, the one-and-only - Rodney Dangerfield, NBC Today Show Superstar Vocal Winner - Dan Gardner, legendary big band vocalist - Connie Haynes, guitarist - Jef Lee Johnson, guitar superstar - Earl Klugh, R&B superstars - Blue Magic, sports legends - Mike Schmidt & Fran Tarkenton, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members - The Shirelles, Broadway sensation Susan Stroman, legendary trumpeter & saxophonist - Glenn Zottola, governors, mayors, major political figures and prominent diplomats.
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Darren G.

Darren G.

Atlanta, GA 30324
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About Gail D.

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I have been teaching piano for 40 years. My teaching style is specially geared to each individual student of any age. I keep the lessons interesting and appropriate to the ability of the student. Lessons include learning correct use of posture, fingers, hands, learning to read notes, use of timing, scales, chords, discipline of practice, and the pleasure of playing the piano. Teaching piano and watching a student progress has been a passion of mine for a very long time.

About Gail
Hello to all potential students. I have been teaching piano for 42 years. This has been a truly rewarding experience for me over the years. I studied piano beginning at eight years, old enjoying many different types of music. I excelled because of my dedication and love of piano. I did go to college for music and have been teaching piano ever since.

I enjoy all types of students from beginners to intermediate, trying to keep the lessons interesting and designed for each individual students' need. For beginners, we will learn how to read notes, keep time/rhythm, use of positioning and correct use of posture, and the many facets of reading and loving music. It is also important to learn the discipline of practice and learn the love of playing this beautiful instrument. For students who have some knowledge of music and/or piano
, we will find where you are at and go on from there.

I continue my love of music by accompanying for a choral group for 40 years and directing/designing musical shows. Music is a wonderful gift and piano is a great choice.
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Izzie R. April 22, 2018
· Piano · Online
If you are looking for a knowledgeable, experienced, and (very) patient piano teacher, look no further. As an adult learner....with absolutely NO piano playing experience...I can honestly say that Gail started from where I was, and we gradually moved forward from there. Lessons are always fun, and light-hearted, in a serious kind of way.

Honestly...if I can get from, "Which one is middle C?" to Chopin, with Gail as my piano teacher, she must be good (did I mention VERY patient?).
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About Alexander C.

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Canton, GA
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I make learning music fun. I build musicianship one step at a time. I have many
years of teaching instrumental and vocal music and excel in beginning and intermediate piano at all ages preferably above 6 years of age. I am a professional teacher, musician, songwriter and inventor. I can provide references
from parents and students about their success with me as their instructor.

About Alexander
Many of my students present and past say that I am the best of the best because I make learning music fun. If the music learning experience isn't fun, than a person should find something else to do. I combine pop, classical, and jazz into my piano lessons. I believe that a person must have the ability to read music in both clefs and apply this to the piano keyboard. Scales, chords, and exercises especially in the beginning stages are important. I have a gift from God as I have tonal memory where I can look at a piece of music and automatically hear what the notes sound like. I am very patient with my students and try to challenge them according to their ability. I am a professional musician, songwriter, and inventor. I have references from present parents and students which can be contacted to get information on how lessons
with me as the instructor were like . Hopefully we can make the connection for a great music learning experience. I have had a recent background check and everything is A-OK.
Alexander (Alex) C. aka Mr. C
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Mary June 5, 2018
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Alex is a great inspiring teacher on the piano. He is patient and has many years
of teaching experience. I have learned so much in so little time. I highly
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Alexander C.

Alexander C.

Canton, GA 30115
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About Allison K.

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Want to learn piano but don't know where to start? Interested in giving those piano lessons from when you were a kid another shot? I'm your gal! With 12+ years of piano training under my belt, I can provide you with a fun and simple crash-course that allows you to adopt a jack-of-all-trades mentality, which ranges from following what's on the page to "faking it."

About Allison
Thanks for stopping by! My name is Allison, and I'm a student with a passion for music!

I am a classically trained vocalist, pianist, and composer who has been studying music for 16 years. My abilities in ear-training and sight-reading have given me the perfect springboard to experiment with different musical techniques, and I have spent my time as a music student developing my own jack-of-all-trades style.

Piano students can expect to learn beginner tools such as basic sight-reading techniques and proper finger coordination to finding exciting ways to "fake" your way through a piece. I aim to give students an adaptable tool box that allows them to feel confident in multiple facets of piano-playing.

Vocal students can expect to approach their singing with a musician's ear, and gain the confidence to nail their next big audition
or voice recital. I aim to provide a leg up in sight-reading and ear training to give the student an advantage over their peers.
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Lindsay Rinaldi, Executive Director of The Nashua Community Music School August 23, 2018
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Allison is an enormously talented and multi-faceted musician who demonstrates a unique understanding of voice, piano, and overall musicianship. Allison is perfect for singers looking for a compassionate vocal coach that will improve style, grace, and musical and dramatic interpretation. With perfect pitch in her toolbelt, Allison is an excellent choice for anyone looking to practice singing with live piano accompaniment while receiving top quality musical feedback.
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Allison K.

Allison K.

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About Cathy G.

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Rockmart, GA

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Hi! Are you looking to learn to play piano or keyboard? Or do you want to brush up on your skills? I have over 40 years experience with piano/keyboard. I started lessons at 8 years old and studied music for almost 10 years. Let’s get started and have fun igniting a passion for music!

About Cathy
I have taught beginner to intermediate piano/keyboard lessons about 8 years. My students range in age from 5 years to adult. I studied piano over 10 years and have played keyboard at church and also for weddings. I teach my students to read music and you can learn to play any type of music to include contemporary/modern, classical, Christian, jazz, Latin, country, rock, and Christmas/holiday music. I can teach you from the comforts of your home (if local) and I am now offering piano/keyboard lessons online.
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Cathy G.

Cathy G.

Rockmart, GA 30153
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About Vera G.

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Alpharetta, GA

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I have two passions in life: music and teaching. People say I have a gift for working with kids, for understanding their needs and how to make learning enjoyable and rewarding. With my over 20 years of experience and Master Degree in Music, I can cater my lessons to any skill level (from the beginner to advanced) and any learning pace, depending on your unique needs and goals.

About Vera
I've been teaching piano for more then 20 years. Many of my students stayed with me from elementary through high school. I think it is extremely important to develop a trusting relationship with a student and being able to understand them. I think I am pretty successful at that. I have very kind personality and extremely patient. My philosophy - I teach a person first of all, not just a piano as a subject. My main goal -is to make students life-long music lovers, give them the skills for enjoyable music making for life.
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Lily August 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My children took lessons with Ms. Vera from early elementary school, up until both of their senior years of high school! So many people stop taking lessons once they reach middle school/high school and then regret it later on in adult life, but Ms. Vera motivated them to keep coming back! What my kids liked the best is how she let them choose what they wanted to learn how to play, whether it be the theme from star wars, harry potter, etc. You won't regret taking lessons with her!
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Alexander August 21, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Vera is a great teacher! I do not know much about classical music, but her program is very impressive. My child likes it a lot, much more than any other after school activities. And it helps him to concentrate during regular school hours, I have noticed a difference. Highly recommend. Take a trial lesson and you will see yourself.
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Vera G.

Alpharetta, GA 30022
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