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How to Write a Song on Piano | 6 Tips for Writing Lyrics http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-write-a-song-on-piano
8 Simple Steps for Learning Fast Piano Songs http://takelessons.com/blog/learning-fast-piano-songs
How to Safely Store or Move a Piano | Caring For Your Piano http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-moving
How to Practice Piano Arpeggios | Tips and Exercises http://takelessons.com/blog/piano-arpeggios
I am from a musical family of several generations, all the way back to my great
grandfather! I am the niece of acclaimed Jazz Trombonist Urbie Green, the cousin and ( I'm told ) the first classical piano inspiration of award-winning Jazz Pianist Jesse Green. Many of the musicians in my family are members of the American Federation of Musicians; I am a former member of the AFM in good standing.
Among my other relatives have been numerous less-known, yet greatly accomplished professional musicians, from famous name swing bands to New Orleans jazz. Stars and glamour in the music business have been part of me from the time I was a gleam in my parents' eyes.
Although my family's renown is in the jazz idiom, I studied classical piano, sheet music and singing for musical theater from pre-K through high school. My experience has included playing an electric keyboard and singing vocals in a professional, working band.
After playing with bands in high school, as a college music major, making good grades was a piece of cake! I was invited to phi theta kappa honors society, graduated with honors and, with a 4.0 grade point average, was offered an opportunity to study in the professions.
Being from such a musical family, the idea of learning an academic profession sounded exciting, so I graduated University, served an internship, and passed professional licensing exams before I learned that being a " pro " did not guarantee financial security.
Due to the economy, I made a decision to return to my roots. I have dusted off the piano and refreshed my music skills so I may teach quality, private lessons to dedicated students. The variety and extent of my knowledge in music, and my family values, will help you learn what you want!
*** Lesson Details ***
I will be available for beginning and intermediate students. If you have never touched a piano before, you are also welcome! Beginner students may come to the first lesson without books, but if you have books or sheet music you are familiar with, please bring what you have worked with most recently.
Be prepared to start with an evaluation of your abilities ! We will cover posture ( both body and hands ), warm-up exercises and ( surprise ) cool-downs too. After the evaluation we will take a look at what you want to learn, and we will help you find the pathway to make your goals with piano music. After each lesson, you will be able to practice what you have learned on your own, for a week or two, and then we will meet again for a new lesson to re-evaluate what has been accomplished. We will discover your strengths, increase your understanding, and then open the door to what we will work on next.
*** Studio Equipment ***
You get a great view of a beautiful lake, and a fantastic and fun music lesson at the same time ! My humble yet dependable upright studio piano is in the foyer just as you walk in.
*** Travel Equipment ***
The student is expected to provide all instruments, books, and/or any other equipment to use for practice and performance outside of the lessons.
I used to say that you need to have access to a piano or keyboard to learn piano, and that is definitely the best way to learn. If you have access to a computer and not a keyboard, you can still learn to play music with these resources I heard about from George W. Russell, Jr., Professor of Harmony/Piano, Berklee College of Music:
I am sure you will love my studio. I do expect students to do the travelling for music lessons :)
*** Specialties ***
I teach beginning through intermediate students.
Classical piano, music theory, sheet music, vocals with microphone, vocals for stage, acting.
*** Other things I can teach ***
Tutoring for writing, basic studies, including study skills, setting goals and motivation.
Architectural design for buildings, homes, gardens and interiors.
Mythological Goddess Studies and Practical magic.
*** Note regarding dates of certificates and education ***
Dates posted are approximate, and to the best of my recollection without actually having to locate each certificate and find the date on it. If anyone wants the exact date, just ask me and I'll take a look.
Angel R. November 22, 2013
Piano Verified Student
Makes Learning Fun!
Sylvia is a great teacher. She is very understandable and helps you learn in whatever manner you choose. If you're serious about learning piano, Sylvia should be your choice because of her array of knowledge and tips.
TakeLessons.com Instructor since 2005, Jason M. is now available for online lessons worldwide featuring multiple-camera angles and a share screen experience leaving no stone un-turned!
Jason has been playing guitar for over 15 years and teaching music since 1996. Although trained in standard teaching methods, he has developed his own method of teaching to positively enhance the students strength, dexterity, ear-training, memorization and techniques. His goal as a teacher is specifically designed to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician.
This year Jason was also the M
usic Director at the National Guitar Workshop Day Jams Rock Music Day Camp where students ages 7-15 came out to form bands, record original material and master their craft. He also taught beginning to advanced guitar/ vocals/ performance and songwriting as hosted a recording clinic at the end of each day.
Jason has host student showcases/charity benefits where his students were able to get on stage and show off their new talent and perform with other musicians. It wasn't mandatory though, if you were just looking to come out and support there was no pressure other than to come out and have fun.
Jason has been transcribing for guitar and bass since the age of 18 and since then has become a master of the craft including both 5 line staff and tablature, hand-crafted exercises and deconstructions to better enhance the students learning. Artists and genres that Jason has experience with range from Classic Rock, Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, Guns N' Roses, Santana, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson, Pierce the Veil, Paramore, All Time Low, Demi Lava to, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Pantera, Avenged Sevenfold, The White Stripes, Green Day, Old Crow Medicine Show, Taylor Swift, Mumford and Sons, Bruno Mars, Rob Zombie, John 5, Audioslave, Rage Against the Machine, Van Morrison, the Beatles, AC/DC, ZZ-Top, Bullet For My Valentine, All That Remains, Ozzy, Black Label Society, Sublime, Aerosmith, At the Drive In, Type O Negative, the Black Keys, the Pixies, the Toadies, Black Sabbath, Jason Mraz, Lady GaGa, John Mayer and Journey.
Jason attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage where his degree is in Music and Business. He is constantly continuing his education with music theory courses as well as private guitar instruction. He attends guitar workshops and seminars by artists such as John5 and Kerry King who are known as some of the worlds finest guitar players. He reviews every day from a wide range of over 1000 sources working to become a better musician and instructor.
Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one on one sessions with Jason is learning the ability to craft and record your own songs using state of the art technology that caters to your own unique personality. There are no limits!
Jason teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced as well as artists that are signed to labels.
Local news outlet Fox 5 did a segment with one of his students who overcame issues with ADD and depression as a result of taking guitar lessons.
His students advance quickly, some have released albums, been in Guitar World Magazine as well as its online companion and won awards for their music websites.
*** Lesson Details *** Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student's schedule when possible. Students receive complimentary audio lessons and transcriptions of songs upon their first or second session. Jason is a very patient instructor and understands that students learn at a different pace, after all everyone is an individual.
*** Travel Equipment *** Voyage-Air Guitar (Acoustic) Laptop with ProTools/Backtrack or Guitar Pro 6 Scott Ian Randall Amp Various guitars depending on project or mood.
*** Specialties *** piano, guitar, music theory, music, bass guitar, banjo, songwriting, electric guitar, acoustic guitar,
Audrey L. October 20, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I am so lucky have Jason as my daughter's electric guitar teacher. He is very professional, he knows what to teach and how to teach my daughter based on her level. My daughter really learned a lot from the first 5 lessons that she just completed. Of course I will sign her up to continue with Jason. Jason is also a very nice teacher. He never mind to teach extra time if he finds my daughter is still with passion to the music of the class, and Jason even lend his own guitar to my daughter for her jazz band audition. Thank you so much Jason!
Owen September 20, 2016
Online Verified Student
Jason was great! He engaged my son (11 yrs old) immediately and took him through a fun, introductory lesson (and even went over time)! We are definitely planning to continue with Jason.
Lola P. September 19, 2016
In studio Verified Student
I'm a loving and caring yoga Instructor trained by NSEW and instructing at Tranquility Community Health, and the Bergey Spine Institute for Orthopedic Spine Surgery as a rehabilitation yoga instructor. I grew up a professional child actor, model, and television singer within SAG. I first started teaching yoga as part of the curriculum when I was a sports coach for Amazing Athletes. After I achieved my BA in Psychology, I started working on my current program, his Masters of Education becoming a high school drama teacher, while being a professional guitar instructor and vocal coach through Musi
ka, teaching a wide array of clients ages 3-80. Also a part-time bartender for Party Staff Catering, as well as substitute teacher, I enjoy the variety of individuals. I enjoy health and became a certified personal trainer and sports nutritionist while currently in massage school as well. I love to be present and helpful as I truly want to do service for others. I will become an attorney in the future for non-profit organizations.
Heather October 11, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
We loved David. He was enthusiastic and professional. He taught theory in a fun way while helping my son to play songs and feel accomplished. I strongly recommend him!
Afshin August 30, 2016
Acoustic Guitar ·
In home Verified Student
Our first lesson was a big hit. He was professional and easily connected with my son making the lesson lots of fun.
I am a true advocate of our coaching profession because it empowers yourself and others. Coaching is a tool that get clients from where they are at the moment to where they want to go next. With coaching, you will be able to see your magnificent self! I worked with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and special needs, students, parents, teachers, leaders, professionals, career transition, retirees, executives, and entrepreneurs.
My coaching style is fun and experiential. For many years, I was fortunate to coach clients here and abroad. Each client is unique so I use transformational coaching
skills to coach them either in-person or online.
It will be a great honor for me to be part of your journey! Together, let us harness your talents and skills inside of you and present it to the world! Thank you, salamat po, y muchos gracias!
CeCe September 16, 2016
Life Coaching ·
Carlyne is overall an empathetic person with high standards and ethics. She always practices with integrity and is a naturally caring person. She always thinks in the best interest of the client and is totally passionate about being a Coach. I admire Carlyne because of her loyalty to her clients and her love for the field if Coaching!!
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