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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ

About Karen

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and s
tage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the Choristers at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and recently taught class guitar and class piano to students at East Valley Educational Program.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

*** Lesson Details ***
Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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Elizabeth N. July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.
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Elizabeth N. July 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is cheerful and seems very knowledgeable in music. I feel l will learn my piano easily.
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Mark R. May 12, 2015
Karen is very conscientious, creative, and compassionate. She loves people, students young and old, and loves to encourage their best efforts in their areas of interest. Musically, she is gifted with a beautiful voice and a good understanding of the fundamentals of music. She motivates her students to excel by instilling in them a strong desire to practice and to study, and she makes it fun!
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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85202
(8)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ

About Phillip

I teach music. The guitar, bass guitar, and ukulele just happen to be the particular instruments I choose. Music as a language, discipline, and art, is the goal. I've been teaching, performing, studying, composing, for some thirty years. I've studied and gigged in the classical, jazz, rock, blues, R & B, and country idioms. I've taught composition and improvisation to instruments other than guitar, (vocalists, fiddle, sax, piano, trumpet) I've taught all ages and levels. I currently pursue a doctorate of music in guitar at university. Students learn many things when studying with me.
They learn physically how to play a particular instrument while learning music as its own language. Students learn how to learn, learn self-discipline, and access their musical expression, all potential life changing experiences. I am happy and excited to announce I am available for on-line lessons, and will now be able to work with students from all over the world, regardless of distance or location!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back, but at the same time very goal directed. I like to do technique and/or vocabulary, note reading, and songs every lesson. After six months students are able to to 'jam', (improvise over chord changes such as the blues). They are well on their way to becoming literate, probably a third way through the first book. They probably can play a half dozen songs well, and are starting to strum (comp) chord progressions in a musically rhythmic way. They may even have played in a couple concerts by then.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Office studio w/ guitar, bass, amps, and seating for parents, computer with skype capability.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring my guitar and writing tools, extra picks, extra paper etc. Students provide their own instrument, method book, staff paper, notebook paper. Hopefully they have a music stand and their own guitar picks and other items relevant for the study of their instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, rock, blues, country, bluegrass, theory/composition, improvisation
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Tom B. July 17, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
real good first lesson. phillip seems like he will have the patience to teach me how to play the ukulele. phillip was even able to teach me how to play my first song. looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chuck W. June 12, 2015
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Phillip was very insightful and made my lesson very applicable to me!
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MT Q. February 6, 2015
Ukulele · Online
Verified Student
I've been taking online lessons with Phil for almost two years now and have been enjoying every minute of it. It is very seldom you come across someone who truly loves music and shines through in teaching style. His love for music is an inspiration for me. Phil is an experienced professional, reliable, enthusiastic and his lessons are always meaningful and productive. If you're wanting to learn how to play the guitar or uke, Phil is the guy. Never to late to learn how to play an instrument. He is the best. ;-)
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Phillip Z.

Chandler, AZ 85225
(12)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilita
tion.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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Michelle M. August 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.
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ScottB2 July 1, 2011
Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.
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RebeccaB1 August 9, 2009
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The kids are ver excited about the lessons - Like Aaron. We can see that the are really learning and able to apply the lessons to their music.
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
(4)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ

About Ginni

You can learn to play piano or sing at any age! Whatever your musical goals are, Ginni will help you to reach them.

Ginni has been teaching piano and singing for 20 years. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or advanced she will help you to learn and have fun making music!

Technique is key! As a professional musician Ginni knows the importance of good technique. Great technique gives the performer confidence and the ability to excel.

Ginni's piano and singing students are taught how to use their bodies to perform at their best. Some of the methods that Ginni uses come from
her studies at university, personal study and from watching, listening to and performing with world class musicians. From all of this experience, Ginni developed a proven method for teaching piano and singing that helps students progress quickly and perform with ease.

Performance anxiety can be overcome. Using the tools that Ginni has developed, students relax, focus and enjoy their performing experience.

Reading music is important for pianists and singers. Ginni helps beginning through advanced students to more fully understand written music and quickly sight read it.

It’s important to perform songs that you enjoy. Students help choose supplemental songs that they love whether that be contemporary pop, traditional classical, Broadway, jazz, country or any other genre that they would like to learn.

Ginni’s piano and singing students increase their range, power, agility, control, confidence and expressiveness through technical exercises, scales, arpeggios, applying technique and lots of encouragement! Students grow the more that they share their talents. Students of Ginni’s are invited to participate in recitals, the Arizona Study Program and are guided through auditions, solo and ensemble performances.

Ginni uses the latest technology to help her students, whether by finding a song online for a student to listen to and learn from, transposing a piece on keyboard, improving the sound of an iphone song by plugging it into a speaker system or by using a mic to learn microphone technique.

A century old stand up piano may not be cutting edge technology but, Ginni’s sounds beautiful and her students enjoy playing it. Music is such a gift. So is participating in and watching the growth and progression of others.

Ginni asks her students to remember three things:
Try, Relax and Have Fun!
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Josie July 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons with Ginni for almost 3 yrs now. She started when she was 6 and Ginni is so patient and nurturing with her. Ginni always praises her and makes her feel like a superstar. She always takes the time to thoroughly cover the new concepts and does not hesitate to review them again if my daughter hasn't quite caught on. Even though it takes us about 25 mins to get to her lessons, I'm willing to make the trip because Ginni is such a great teacher! I highly recommend her for lessons.
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Melanie C. July 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ginni has been our 8 year old daughter's piano teacher for more than 4 years. She is consistently positive, engaging and creates a environment that has helped our daughter stay engaged in the learning process. Ginni is obviously well trained herself, and is attentive to ensuring that her students learn good fundamentals and are grounded in theory. Yet she manages to balance this attention with simultaneously supporting real enjoyment of the learning process and playing. She is truly a remarkable teacher whom our daughter absolutely loves.
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Jessica A. June 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I love Ginni! I had very little experience singing before and it's only been a month and a half and I have my basic technique down! I still need to practice of course, but I feel more and more confident after each lesson. I have always enjoyed singing but nothing feels better than properly using my voice, being able to express emotion while relaxing and in comfort. I make the drive from Scottsdale just for her!
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Ginni A.

Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sara Riley M.

Gilbert, AZ

About Sara Riley

I have two passions.

Music: Music is my favorite, favorite thing. If you want to learn to play your favorite pop/folk songs, I'd love to help you learn the tricks to make it easy and fun! Let's come up with some accompaniments that are inspired by your favorite songs but are still all your own. That is also the best way to became a songwriter. If you want to learn to write some songs that are true to you, I can help you do that, too.

Fitness: My degree is in Sport Science and I've been a happily employed master trainer and studio owner for 15 years. I sold my studio in Portland, so
my studio is sparse here, but I've got all that I need, including a Sunlighten Infrared sauna, and a chlorine-free, bromine-free pool. I love variety and even if you train with me for 5 years you won't repeat a workout. I still have clients on both coasts that I train over Skype so I am very experienced with that. Fitness should be fun and empowering.
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Lori July 28, 2015
Personal Training · Online
I have used Sara's services in her home, in my home and online. She is an amazing teacher whose zest for knowledge and willingness to share that knowledge is truly inspirational in any venue she is teaching. Although I used Sara's personal training services, she inspired me to begin taking guitar lessons after she shared her music with me during a training session. Sara is one of the best teachers I've had over my lifetime.
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Peter D. June 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Sara is my favorite music teacher. She's always so much fun and is endlessly creative. She has helped me start recording some of my song ideas and fill out covers. She is so positive and encouraging in helping an individual realize his or her potential.

I've also had the opportunity to do workouts with Sara for many years now and she is an amazing trainer. Really smart, tough and creative. Her training style matches her artistic temperament so there is always a lot of variety. She believes I can do it and so I do! (She also tells great stories so my workouts go fast and have lots of laughter.)

I would recommend Sara to anyone looking to improve his or her music skills and/or health.
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Sara Riley M.

Sara Riley M.

Gilbert, AZ 85233
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starting at
$30 / 30-min

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