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I have been teaching piano for over 17 years to ages 4-90 at all levels from beginner to advanced. I teach the importance of mastery at each level, so that the student understands what it takes to play and perform at her/his best.

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Gfire has been teaching and performing music full-time for over 17 years. Based in Austin, Texas, the "Live Music Capital of the World," she offers voice, piano, songwriting, yoga, folk guitar, and DJ'ing lessons to students from 5-105 and she specializes in sculpting her lessons to the strengths and desires of each individual student. Her students range from beginning to advanced levels, and they sing and play a multitude of musical styles, including classical, pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, musical theater, blues and more.

Gfire loves to share her talents with her students. She prides herself on instilling a "sense of mastery" to each of her singing and piano students, no matter on which level they are. The students come away with a real sense of knowing their songs and their instruments inside out an
d with a real sense of confidence in their musicianship. Plus they have a lot of fun as they make musical progress!

Gfire is also an award-winning singer-songwriter and "Yoga for the Voice" innovator. She has released 4 CDs of all-original music and is currently working on her 5th CD, to be released in 2015.

As a teacher, Gfire works with students of all levels and all areas of interest. In October 2007, Gfire became the only vocal teacher in the Western Hemisphere to gain full certification in the Science of Singing, developed by Ernest G. White of London, England. Her unique voice training program, entitled "Yoga for the Voice," combines this knowledge of the Science of Singing with ancient yoga breathing techniques. This technique allows each voice student to develop a "vocal tune-up" for the voice AND to discover what the natural singing range is and how to use the voice as effectively as possible. With the internet SKYPE technology, Gfire teaches voice students all over the world, from Switzerland to the U.K. to New Zealand to New York.

Her vocal students have sung in touring rock bands, on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, in successful auditions, in karaoke clubs, in coffee houses and folk clubs, at weddings and for their own enjoyment amongst family and friends. Whatever level of singing training you wish to acquire, she will show you the way to achieve it!

Gfire was also the main voice instructor and one of 3 main piano teachers at the Austin branch of Mars Music (now defunct) for 3 1/2 years. In addition to her vocal study and innovation, she has studied piano with top classical and jazz pianists, studied songwriting with Pat Pattison of Berklee College in Boston, gotten her full yoga teaching certification in 2004 and DJ'd at clubs and parties worldwide. For eight years straight - 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 - she has won the prestigious ASCAPlus Award for professional songwriting.

As a singer-songwriter, Gfire continues to write, record and perform with some of the best musicians and engineers in the world, including engineer Stuart Sullivan (Willie Nelson, Sublime, Meat Puppets, etc.), Hammond organ player Ian McLagen (Rolling Stones, Rod Stewart), cellist John Hagen (Lyle Lovett), fiddle/mandolin player Warren Hood (The Waybacks), bassist George Reiff (Ray Wylie Hubbard) and banjo picker Danny Barnes (Bad Livers, Dave Matthews).

Gfire's original songs have been played on over 200 radio and television stations worldwide. She has toured in over half of the fifty states, plus the U.K. and Canada.

*** Lesson Details ***
NEW - Gfire is now available to teach WORLDWIDE via SKYPE or FaceTime - so you can have a music lesson in the privacy of your own home!!

Voice lessons - I have created a unique and wonderful vocal method, "Yoga for the Voice," which combines ancient yoga breathing exercises with special vocal exercises to give you a "complete vocal tune-up." These techniques are simple, effective and easily-learned by any student of the voice, from about age 5-105. I love to help you learn to apply these wonderful techniques to learning the songs you wish to learn - whether they are pop, r 'n' b, folk, singer-songwriter, rock, country, opera, musical theater, jazz, etc. "Yoga for the Voice" is just as effective for professional speakers, such as teachers, lawyers, clergymen or actors - we just use a range of notes that is smaller than a singer's range, and we focus on using your speaking voice as effectively and efficiently as possible.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the "breath of fire" and "one-minute breath" - the BEST yoga breaths for singers!
2. master the "sinus humming exercises" - identifying where EACH note in your range originates in your own head
3. master the "full-body exercises" - traditional singing exercises on "mah, mee, moh, moo, meh" - so that you can move easily between your chest voice, middle voice, and head voice
4. master 2-10 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song - being able to sing each song in TUNE, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
5. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Piano lessons - I teach a wide range of piano styles at levels from beginner to early advanced, beginning around age 5. Whether you want to learn classical, rock, blues, country, boogie-woogie, or other styles of piano and keyboard playing, I will sculpt your lesson plan so that you have a great foundation in technique AND you learn the styles and songs you wish to play.

In 3-6 months, you will be able to:

1. master the Leschetizky, hand massage, and isometric warm-up exercises - the BEST piano warm-ups!
2. depending on your level, master Hanon exercises 1-12, major and minor scales, major and minor arpeggios
3. for beginners, you will be able to play with BOTH hands on the treble and bass clefs - at the same time!!
4. master the I-IV-V progression in 3-12 keys, depending on your level - so that you can play blues, rock, country, boogie-woogie, and ragtime songs!!
5. master 4-20 songs or more, depending on your level and the level of difficulty of each song (classical songs tend to take more time to master) - being able to play each song with great technique, with feeling, and having a blast doing it!!
6. if you wish, you can perform your song(s) at one of my voice and piano recitals - on a REAL Austin stage!!

Songwriting lessons - I will teach you how to create a great song, in the style you wish to write in. Country songs, pop songs, rock tunes, r'n' b, folk, etc. - all of these genres have "unwritten rules" about how to put together an effective song. We will utilize special songwriting exercises and tools to help you learn to be a wonderful songwriter.

DJ lessons - I teach beat matching, turntable fine-tuning and repertoire selection to help you become the DJ you aspire to be. I own crates and crates of vinyl records and CDs, and I have DJ'd all over the world to enthusiastic crowds, so I can teach you to attain a real joy and skill in the art of turntablism.

Yoga lessons - I am a fully KRI-certified yoga teacher and I can help you develop a valuable yoga routine to help you achieve your health and relaxation goals. We will choose from literally hundreds of exercises and breathing techniques specifically geared to your needs and wants.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pro Tools mBox PRO Full Recording Studio
Yamaha U1 Upright Piano
Shure SM 58 Microphone
Shure SM 57 Microphone
Korg microKorg Synthesizer
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann TLM 103 Microphone
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Nord Lead Synthesizer
Taylor Acoustic Guitar
West African Djembe
MacBook Pro Computer
Universal Audio LA-610 Pre-amp
2 Technics 1200 Professional DJ Turntables
American DJ Pro-Scratch 1 Professional CDJ
Rane MP22 DJ Mixer
Mogami Professional Audio Cables

*** Travel Equipment ***
Yamaha M06 Synthesizer
Yamaha StagePas 300 PA System
Neumann KMS 105 Microphone
Macintosh Laptop Computer

*** Specialties ***
music, singing, piano, songwriting, DJ'ing, yoga, folk guitar

I have developed "Yoga for the Voice" - a combination of my 18 years of studying and receiving certification in the "Science of Singing" (as taught by Ernest George White of London, England) and my 10 years experience and certification in yoga, specifically ancient yoga breathing techniques. I will work with voice students as young as 4 and as old as they want to go! Voice lessons span all styles and all levels - pop, rock, r 'n' b, country, folk, singer-songwriter, opera, classical, musical theater, etc. from beginner to advanced. Generally beginning around age 7.

Piano - levels beginner to early advanced, most styles, including classical, rock, pop, folk, country, singer-songwriter, blues and boogie-woogie. Generally beginning around age 5.

Songwriting - all popular styles, including rock, pop, folk, country, blues, singer-songwriter, r 'n' b, etc.

DJ'ing - all basic DJ methods, including beat matching, turntable basics and repertoire selection.

Yoga - yoga breathing AND physical exercises, depending on the needs and wants of the student.

Folk guitar - finger picking and accompaniment skills for folk singers.

In piano, I specialize in teaching students who want to play a wide variety of music - classical, pop, rock, country, blues, etc. I begin with piano students who are 5 years of age and older, as long as they have the requisite attention span.

In songwriting, I specialize in teaching students methods of developing popular songs - pop, r 'n' b, country, rock, folk, etc.

In DJ'ing, I specialize in basic beatmatching and repertoire selection.

And in yoga, I specialize in tailoring the yogic needs of the student - whether she/he wishes to work on stretching, breathing, abdominal strengthening, etc.
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Christopher November 27, 2017
· Piano · Online
Amazing and patient teacher! Really has helped me learn the basics and I'm looking forward to more!
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judy October 31, 2017
· Speaking Voice · In home
Gfire was very encouraging, even though my voice was barely audible at times.
She had very effective advice for training my voice to go higher ("less effort on high notes"). She incorporated singing to help my speaking voice and overall made me feel like she really cared about my improvement. I will use her again next year, and feel like our phone lessons were quite successful.
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Kenan August 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great intro singing class today. I'm looking forward to the next class with Gfire!!!
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I prefer to go straight for the pieces each student wants to learn. I love to ask what my students think of each piece, so we can eliminate music they find too boring, and move on to the music that gets them excited! Each student will receive a solid education in the fundamentals of posture, hand position, and fingering.

For beginners, I start with Thompson's "Teaching Little Fingers to Play." Advanced students will work with Hannon's "Exercises for the Virtuoso Pianist;" a compendium of scales and arpeggios, as well as pieces of increasing complexity for developing sight-reading and musicianship.

Together, we will explore the music that really gets you motivated. If you're interested in pop music, we can study the chord progressions that make it work, and the different techniques it takes to make music really MOVE.

About Geoff
Current Keyboardist for Vokab Kompany ( 3 time San Diego Music Award Winners)
Composed a song that appeared in a Kia commercial, and another that appeared in a movie trailer for the movie "A Good Year" staring Russell Crowe.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will travel to you if it is convenient for me. Let me know where you are located when contacting me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin 6 foot grand piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling to you, a piano or keyboard would need to be provided in the location where we are meeting.

*** Specialties ***
I can teach you how to write music, by giving you the basic building blocks: e.g. chord and melody structuring, scale modes, and harmony sculpting. These lessons un lock doors for my students to create their own music
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Calvin February 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Geoff has been great at working with us to tailor the lessons to us.
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Matt Burke September 10, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geof has been playing keyboar for Vokab Kompany since 2008. He not only plays keys, but writes and teaches drums at a middle school (and often writes those parts for our band as well). He also writes vocal harmonies, basslines and runs our practices. He arranges our songs and implements complicated key changes, as well as simple solutions to bridge sections that need work. He is a masterful guitar player. Geoff has played: xylaphone, guitar, drums, keys and bass at our live shows. We have played over 500 shows as a band, and while other members rotate, Geoff is the irriplaceable key to our machine. His studio work completes his already steller resume, as a master of Pro-Tools and upper level understanding of the popular writing software ABLETON Live.
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Valerie August 28, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Geoff is an outstanding musician. He has accompanied my flute students on the piano for many years. His musicianship, and ability to share it with students of all ages, is the gold standard of excellence. He is professional, patient, engaging, and kind, and he always brings out the best in my students, whether it is at festival, recital, or auditioning for colleges. When someone's looking for a piano teacher, I always recommend Geoff.
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About Denise D.

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I am a master pianist and lessons cover everything from beginner to advanced. Whatever you desire to play, I can teach you!

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Teaching music is my passion. Giving students the joy of learning to play the piano, guitar or to sing the songs of their favorite pop artist is my mission! I am a professional entertainer and teacher with 25 + years experience. I can teach you any kind of music your heart desires.
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Rockwood L. July 28, 2016
· Vocal Training · In home
Denise is wonderful. She has a great personality...and makes "voice lessons" Fun! She motivated me to work hard to improve my voice...and I can hardly wait for my next lesson.
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Lina D. July 30, 2015
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Denise,She is great!! I cant wait to have an another lesson!! She makes it so much fun ! I would recommend Denise to everyone,
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Jem July 30, 2015
· Vocal Training · In home
When we realized that our daughter Veronica enjoyed singing and showed keen interest in music, we decided to put her through some formal training in vocals. One of our friends referred us to Ms. Denise.

Ms. Denise is an excellent teacher. She taught our daughter vocals for almost two years. Our daughter had the most wonderful time with her. She focuses on strong fundamentals, instills confidence in students and makes the whole experience enjoyable.
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I teach technique, audition and contest preparation, music reading, chord reading, theory, and musicality.

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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education as well as nine years of private teaching experience. My students are all different, so each lesson is different!
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Erin October 31, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Avah December 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Bethany was wonderful and my granddaughter responded well and was very happy after lesson.
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Jacob R. September 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Bethany has amazing skills with children. As a former teacher, I appreciate the purposeful methods she uses as well as her genuine warmth and positivity! Absolutely hit the jack pot finding Bethany.
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About Joseph M.

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Over 35 yrs experience, teaching and playing.
Classical to Jazz
Fun + work.

About Joseph
Local tutor;

Will travel to you, or we can use my studios located in Nassau, Suffolk and all 5 boroughs.

My name is Dr. Joseph M., Ba/Ma/Dma, in Education and Performance. I have reference lists a mile long, (with phone #'s, so you contact my previous and current

clients), full of success story after success story!

22 yrs teaching experience. I have sent thousands of children to Nyssma. Most of my students have scored; "Outstandings", (lvls 1-4), and A+'s, (lvls 5-6). Have gotten students

into All-County,

All State, and All National honor bands. This requires a ranked Nyssma level 6 score of 100.

I have prepared students for auditions to the finest music schools in the world, Julliard, The Curtis Institute, Berklee, etc.

My students have appeared on Broadway, have played at Birdland/the Bluenote, and have won
Grammys.........

I play and teach all styles; Classical, rock, Broadway, jazz,pop, etc.....

I have performed at the world class, A-list level in all the above mentioned styles as well.

I believe it is critical to be humble, down to earth and easy to work with, no matter how accomplished, student, teacher, or parent. :)..................
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Dana September 18, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
Very professional and thorough!
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louis R. August 9, 2016
· Saxophone · In home
First lesson with my grandson. My grandson enjoyed it. Joseph was very professional.
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Joshua W. April 19, 2016
· Singing · In home
We couldn't be more pleased and thrilled to have discovered Dr. Merkel. He is committed, gifted, firm, yet kind,
with my son. Thank you Dr. Joe!!!
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About Lisa O.

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I'm not here to make a performance major out of every student. I'm here to teach students to love to learn music with the natural talents they already have! If they love to learn this will carry on into every other subject that they need to learn! It's proven that playing music is the number one thing parents can involve their children in to help them become better thinkers.

About Lisa
Hello and welcome to my profile!

If you love to learn I love to teach!

For my beginner adult students I can have you playing your favorite song (with both hands) in just a matter of weeks and as for my beginner little kids I use the FJH company curriculum so that they will become well rounded pianist. I'm able to teach anyone that has a natural ear for playing and those that don't.

I homeducreated my kids for 16 years so from that experience I'm able to bring very customized training to each person.

If you would like online lessons I'm now able to do that. Please, contact me for specific scheduling.

With Kind Regards,

Lisa Overly
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Amy May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
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Sierra May 1, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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"Study music while experiencing lessons to an enjoyable and relaxed approach!" This has been my goal and approach for students from young children to professional musicians in college. Whether piano, voice, or organ let's see how you learn best and make this a positive experience for you!

About Joseph
PIANO / VOCAL / ORGAN INSTRUCTOR - I am a music educator and performer that loves working with individuals from the young child to professionals. I taught public school for 12 years and then at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY for the last 14. My degrees are from Western Michigan University (Bachelor of Music), Indiana University (Masters in Secondary Education) and Ball State University (Doctorate of Arts). During my teaching career, I also gave private lessons outside of the school and the college. When I left NY, I had 35 students of which 6 remain with me online. Having now relocated to Oahu, Hawaii I am looking to add private students. I love teaching and believe in creating an atmosphere where the students, regardless of age, feel successful in their endeavors.

WHAT DO I DO?
Currently, I am the Coordinator for Therapeuti
c Music & Volunteer Coordinator at Hospice Hawaii and the Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu.

WHAT DO I TEACH?
I teach piano, organ, and voice.
*Piano: All levels from beginning to professional
*Organ: All levels from beginning to professional
*Voice: Beginning and those working with music theater

WHERE DO I TEACH?
*Piano: In Mililani, St Peter’s Episcopal, and online
*Organ: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
*Voice: St. Peter’s Episcopal
NOTE: Parents are welcomed to attend the lessons!
In fact, I encourage that!!

WHAT IS MY STYLE OF TEACHING?
Every student is different and what works for one may not work with another. It's important for me to know my students so I can better shape the lesson. I love questions, reflection, and even humor. I'm also very patient and understanding. We are all very busy and accept that students may have weeks they can't practice a huge amount of time. As long as some progress is made at lessons, all is well!

AER THERE RECITALS? ... Absolutely. You work hard at your lessons and it’s great to show your talent! Recitals will be at St. Peter’s Episcopal. I’m going to have a recital for my online students soon to see how that goes.
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Kurt thomas October 18, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I am brand new to singing and Joseph taught me the fundamentals of breathing. I felt that he was supportive and informative. Great teacher!
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Nick September 28, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Excellent work! Extremely patient and encouraging teacher!
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Akiko Saito February 26, 2017
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To be great you have to have a solid foundation. I will learn how you learn and custom tailor a plan to get your foundation as strong as possible, aligning with your goals! Great with kids and adults.

About Miguel
I am a professional saxophonist and recording artist with 14 years of playing experience. I studied Jazz Saxophone at the Manhattan School of Music and William Paterson University, where I graduated with a Bachelors degree. I am currently pursuing my Masters Degree in Music Education at Towson University. I have performed original music with my jazz group for the last 5 year across New York, New Jersey, Maryland and D.C. I have had the good fortune of being able to study with some of the worlds greatest jazz musicians including Mulgrew Miller, Christian McBride, Rich Perry, Chris Potter, Seamus Blake and Donny McCaslin.
I have enjoyed helping students of all ages reach their fullest potential and simultaneously find lasting joy and excitement in music. I think these qualities are so important for anyone trying to improve their mus
ical skills! I enjoy passing on all of the knowledge I possibly can to my students, crafting our lessons to their individual learning styles and comfort levels.
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Whether you are just starting to learn the piano or are studying music at a university or beyond, I have the experience and knowledge to further your skills at the piano. I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a B.A. in Music Performance, studying with Dr. Alexander Tutunov, a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory in former USSR. I've studied jazz with Pat Moran McCoy, who played alongside the likes of Bill Evans, Chet Baker and with Scott LeFaro back in jazz's heyday. In lessons, no matter your age or skill level, I prioritize having fun all the while developing your musicianship and answering any questions you might have.

About Ian
I'm a professional pianist, accompanist, composer/arranger, instructor and piano technician based in the Rogue Valley region in southern Oregon. I make my living working full-time in the field of music.

Currently, I work as an accompanist for the American Eurythmy School, the Rogue Valley Chorale's Cantare Choir, and for the First United Methodist Church in Ashland. I perform jazz in small groups and with the Timberline Express Big Band from Medford, OR. I teach piano part-time from my lesson studios in Medford and Ashland as well as in-home lessons. I also tune pianos.

As a composer, I've written music for small jazz ensembles, saxophone quartet, SATB choir, solo piano, and instrumental hip-hop. My musical interests have no limits, and I believe that every genre of music has something to offer. Composition and improvisation are one of
my teaching specialties.

In my teaching, I lend the most focus to my students and their needs. I tailor my teaching to their unique goals and learning styles, and I ask many questions if not more than my students. This approach serves to keep my students engaged in the material and allows us to go at a pace that is most beneficial for the student to truly learn and absorb complex concepts in music.

My lesson studios are open locally to all ages and skill levels, and I offer private online lessons from my professional home studio. Chances are if you need help with anything regarding the piano then I can offer my services.
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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
Long-Live the Keytar: 4 Reasons Why This Portable Piano Should Come Back in Style
The piano is an instrument that will never go out of style. The various forms of electronic keyboards, however, have seen waves of popularity, as technology advances and exciting new features are added to new models. While some keyboardists are content to stay horizontal, a handful of musical trailblazers have been known to work their magic on that most interesting hybrid of instruments – the keytar. Whether you’re new to learning keyboard, or a seasoned expert, the keytar can be a fun instrumen
4 Surefire Signs You've Chosen the Right Piano Teacher
Want to learn how to play the piano? Not all piano teachers are equal -- and different students need different things when it comes to guidance. So how do you know if you've found the right teacher? Find out in this guest post by San Antonio, TX teacher Andrew F...    When you go about your search for a piano teacher, what things do you consider? A few important things to consider could be location, experience, and affordability. I could not and would not argue against their certa

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