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About Matthew M.

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About Matthew
My father, Al Miller, was a prominent drum teacher on Long Island who taught hundreds of people throughout his career. My musical background began in the early 70's. From the time I was five, I would go on almost every gig my father played and sit right behind his floor tom. I began sitting in as much as possible and played my first paying job at nine years old. He entered me in the drum corps where I learned a lot about playing with other drummers and also entered me in various drum competitions. I came in first place in the state for the Louie Bellson National Drum Contest when I was 11, but failed miserably when my sight reading was not good enough to get me to the next level. I worked real hard to get my reading up to par after that.

I received full scholarships to Berklee College of Music in Boston, North Texas State University
and Miami University. I chose to attend North Texas. After school, I began studying in New York with Robbie Ameen, a truly great teacher. His instruction was so meaningful to me. I later took lessons with Kenwood Dennard which was a priceless experience. I studied with many of the greats in New York, including Joe Ascione, Joel Rosenblatt, John Riley, Kim Plainfield, Chris Parker, Jim Chapin, and, of course, my dad. Frank Bellucci was very helpful when I was experiencing pain in my right hand. There were many others including Mark Hymes for piano and Joe Cavallaro for vibraphone.

I have made a living playing various original, cover gigs and club-dates (Weddings) and in 1996 I joined Blood, Sweat and Tears and toured the U.S., Canada and South America. Playing with BS&T was a great experience for me, and certainly taught me how to deal with different personalities.

I've always worked - playing (both club-dates and music that I enjoy), teaching and producing. I run a recording studio now, which is perhaps my favorite place to be. I'm in there as much as possible.

Most recently, I spent three years touring Europe with The Healers!, a hard hitting blues band from New York.

Since 2006, I've been producing music for the Oprah Winfrey Show. While her show was on the air, you would often hear my drumming during the "Bumper Music" section in between commercial breaks or during guest introductions. I've also played on some film scores including The Christopher Walken movie, 5 Dollars a Day.
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Frank P. June 6, 2016
· Drum · In home
Matthew has been great. I could not be more satisfied. I am a senior citizen and he has been patient and enthusiastic. Happy to recommend him to all.
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Ed P. April 24, 2015
· Drum · In home
Met with Matthew at my home for my first lesson after an earlier phone chat to
discuss my background and goals.

Matthew is well spoken, motivated, friendly, and experienced in playing jazz, blues, and rock.

Lesson was a good sign of things to come. Matthew helped right away with a few tips on playing styles, kit setup, and hand grip to improve my speed and articulation.

Next few lessons will be addressing hand- foot independence and perhaps even a little jazz improve, or more advanced rock beats.

It was great to have a teacher like Matthew with both music education and field experience observe my playing and suggest improvements that work for max
effect! He's quite a drummer himself, and briefly sat on my set and illustrated a few concepts.
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Brian C. February 20, 2013
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Often an accomplished musician might not make the best teacher. Matthew, however, is both an outstanding teacher and musician. The son of a well known drummer/teacher, Matt has clearly learned what it takes to be a successful teacher himself. Coupled with his personal accomplishments as a drummer, Matt has what it takes to teach drummers at any level...novice to expert. I really enjoy my lessons with Matt and know that if I stick with his instructions, I will reach my goals.
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About Danielle L.

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Hello Students / Parents!

I specialize in providing a fun, inspiring and safe space for each student to reach their goals - whether that be for the novice singer whose been wrongfully told they shouldn't sing, the more experienced singer looking to do more with their music, or the budding songwriter, actor or speaker looking to develop the talent and drive they feel within them.

I always remember the inspiration and patience I received from my best teachers, so I strive to provide exactly that to my own students. I sing and teach most vocal styles, with the exception of opera and screamo, and utilize my studio to create a supportive, empowering experience singing, speaking, writing and recording. I absolutely love teaching both children and adults and look forward to learning how to best support each one of my students in their indi
vidual path toward realizing their potential.

Here's a bit about my background and musical experience:

Bachelors of Fine Arts degree (Theatre/Voice) from United States International University Graduated Valedictorian
Chula Vista School of Creative and Performing Arts Graduated Valedictorian
Workshops and studying with Bill Doyle, Roy Mote, Andrew Barnicle, Jack Tygett, Leanne Summers, among others.

"After seeing Danielle, I was impressed with her intensity as a performer. Her ability to get behind a lyric was stunning, she lives every line. As an artistic performer, I've yet to see better."
-Tony Ferguson / Interscope Records: No Doubt, Bush, Fisher

My original band, Danielle and The Masses, has been recording and performing live since 2001. We are endorsed by Ani Difranco, The Black Eyed Peas, The Bruce Hornsby Band, and have shared the stage with artists as Jamie Foxx, CAKE, Metric, En Vogue, David Byrne, Berlin, Margaret Cho, Cyndi Lauper, Jonatha Brooke, Beth Hart, Semi Precious Weapons and more.

I have written and performed music and voice over for Ace Ventura, Nutty Professor, VH1, various TV shows and independent documentaries, Eveoke Dance Theatre, among others, as well as having recorded eight professional CDs of various styles on various record labels.

For over ten years, my record / production company, Say It Records has been producing socially conscious music events throughout San Diego and Southern California that promote independent music, film, art, community and human rights. I also co-own Durga Sound, a teaching and production studio, with producer Alicia Champion, as well as San Diego IndieFest, a powerful community event which promotes and supports music, film, art and civic engagement.

I have a great time utilizing my contacts in the industry to help my students get work/ press / entrance into the schools of their choice, etc. For example, I'm happy to report that just last year we were able to book eight musicians on GLEE, as well as lots more in other capacities including using their music in commercials and film and helping them get cast in local theatre and accepted into arts-centered schools.

*** Lesson Details ***
I start on the first lesson by becoming clear about what the new student's goals and desires are from there, we start developing technique to achieve those goals along with having fun right away doing what they came for - singing, writing, voice over, acting or using a combination of these things be it for professional purposes or personal fulfillment. Every lesson is personally customized to meet the specific goals of each student. As a teacher, I'm encouraging and fun, passionate and positive. While I'm definitely not "strict", I do appreciate focus and drive. However, I often work with people who have special needs and are working on developing those very things. I'm especially good at helping people through progress plateaus, roadblocks, stage fright, loss/ stress. Using music as a means of release and healing - for both kids and adults - is something I do a lot of and am very comfortable with.

As far as technique is concerned, I focus on utilizing posture, correct breathing and developing relaxed, strong support, so that the muscles are developed properly. We want the voice to develop without stress, enabling the student to constantly grow while steering clear of any injury that can happen as a result of straining, not to mention other habits that manifest when we sing without proper technique.

I strongly encourage students to record their lessons on a mobile device so they can practice easily on their own, and so they eventually have a record of how far they've grown.
We mostly use tracks to develop repertoire, prepare for auditioning and performances, and to have fun singing the music that excites each student the most.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Apple Mac Pro Quad Core running OS 10.8.3
Avid Pro Tools 10 HDX
Propellor Reason 4.0
UA 2-610 Microphone Pre-amp
UA LA-610 Microphone Pre-amp and Compressor
UA Teletronix LA2A Compressor/ Limiter
Behringer ADA 8000
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*** Specialties ***
Using music, writing and voice as a means of expressing yourself, growing as a performance artist, coping in challenging times, as well as a means of going professional and earning income are all areas I specialize in. Utilizing proper technique and learning how to sing / speak safely is also an area I focus on a great deal.

Learning precisely what each student wants is the key factor in my decision on how to achieve their goals. For example, using Speech Level Singing is definitely entrenched in my teaching, but I may not highlight it as much for those who want a more classical sound.

I excel with the following: first timers, very young kids, students working through stage fright, artists looking to develop their own original project, those seeking growth in their process of writing / recording / performing, those who are interested in using music and / or writing as therapy as well as with amateurs who've always wanted to do something musical but who think they are "too old" or too "untalented/short/tall/ fill in the blank" to try. I believe we all have something to say with our lives - finding the voice within you can be an incredibly powerful and transformative experience!
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DAVID R. August 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
MY THIRD LESSON WITH DANIEL WENT WELL AND I AM HAPPY HAVING DANIELLE AS MY TEACHER
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Liz June 12, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Danielle was absolutely wonderful with my 7 year old daughter. She tailored the voice lessons specifically for what we needed (help preparing for an audition), and what my daughter could handle. We had originally signed up for 1-hour lessons, but ended up doing a mixture of 45 minutes and 30 minute sessions because that worked better for my daughter. We did a mixture of in-person and Skype lessons, and I was surprised at how well the Skype lessons worked.

My daughter warmed up to Danielle very quickly, and really enjoyed working with her. Lessons were fun, and she got tremendously better over the course of a few weeks.

Danielle went way out of her way to accommodate my crazy work schedule and my daughter's need to practice (a lot) before her audition. She also created a track of piano music for my daughter to practice to at home, and emailed us all of the warm ups and other tools we needed. We ended up not using her fancy recording studio, but even having that as a possible option was amazing.

Danielle is a truly excellent teacher, and we will certainly return if my daughter decides that she wants to pursue singing on an ongoing basis.

Yay Danielle!
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Cynthia Ralph May 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Danielle brought a singer out in our daughter we had no idea was there. My daughter is incredibly shy but with Danielle's wonderful instruction & guidance she grew so much. She is a incredible instructor & person & would highly recommend her.
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About Sonya P.

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Sonya has performed solo, chamber and choral works at Southern Oregon University, Rogue Music Theatre and Rogue Opera. After graduating at SOU with BA's in both Music Performance and Music Education, she was given the opportunity for many starring roles in opera, musical and stage theatre throughout Oregon. Currently, her favorite audience consists of her three young children who often accompany her on the piano or drums!

Sonya also has had the pleasure of becoming a Master Organizer and Health and Wellness guru with many thanks to her husband and children and is looking forward to sharing her wealth of knowledge with others!!
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Melissa B. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Both of my daughters take lessons from Sonya. Previously we were at an academy in Cedar Mill and much of the love of music was being lost in an overly structured environment. Now that my girls are with Sonya, they are playing the piano for fun again and their confidence is building. Sonya is a fantastic teacher that keeps it light with the kids and has a natural ability to encourage and make people feel comfortable so they can perform to their greatest potential.
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Abigail April 28, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Omg!!! She is a great teacher, I have been learning piano with her for 5 years, and she is the nicest teacher ever. She gives feedback, for what she liked, and what you can improve on. She has made me learn that with lots of time great things can happen, and to shoot for the stars. Everyday she will ask "How are you" and I would say what happened in school like she was my mom, and she would nod patiently. I Think she is the best teacher ever. If you are looking for a Piano teacher she should certainly be one of the options. THANKYOU SONYA!!!!
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Viktoriia November 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sonya listens about what matters to the students and has a lot of feedback. Strongly recommend
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About Amanda O.

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About Amanda
Hello everyone! My name is Amanda O., and I am a Harpist, Voice teacher, Therapeutic Musician, Life Coach, Alternative Medicine Practitioner, and Vocalist who has over 21 years of experience as a classical vocalist and performer. By 8 years old, I began training as an opera singer and have merged my love of classical vocals with the therapeutic harp. I graduated Magna Cum Laude from Diego State University, with my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology and am currently in my graduate program at Chaminade University of Honolulu studying to obtain my Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology. I graduated from the International Harp Therapy Program as a Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner and have completed an internship at Apreva Hospice. I have experience playing therapeutic harp music at over 30 different facilities around San Diego, such
as Narzerath House, Bay View, Bella Vista, Monte Vista Village, and La Mesa Health Care Center, as well as making In-Home visits. These include independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care facilities around SD! I also have experience playing for the actively dying for hospice and consider it an honor to be of musical assistance for people in transition.

I love to teach and can make my harp and voice lessons unique to each individual based on their current skill level. I love watching people expand and grow through music. Your lessons will be engaging, compassionate, fun, and organized! Each lesson will encourage you to become excited about your musical growth and inspire you to continue. I offer something unusual for a harp teacher in that I can teach both improvisation and music theory for the harp. This means that you will get the best of both worlds!

I also have obtained education from the Self-Heal School of Herbal Studies here in San Diego, where I have learned about herbal medicine. I am well versed in many alternative therapies (such as E.F.T., meditation, therapeutic music, Ayurvedic medicine, amino acid therapy, etc.) and can provide compassion, understanding, and strategies for alleviating suffering as a Life Coach. My education towards my Master's degree in Psychology also helps me increase my understanding of the human condition and offer additional support for anxiety, depression, addiction, and other stresses. I believe that everyone deserves to live a life of freedom, safety, comfort, and relaxation. I hope to provide loving assistance for anyone seeking someone who cares and will put in the time to truly listen and offer advice.

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please let me know how I can be of service to you!
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Leanne June 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Amanda is a very enthusiastic and patient instructor. I look forward to our future lessons together and am happy I found such a great ukulele teacher!
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Nicolette July 8, 2016
· Harp · Online
I just had my first lesson and I love Amanda already! Looking forward to more lessons
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Ali Marie February 11, 2016
· Harp · Online
Amanda is great! I look forward to our classes every week. She is very supportive and encouraging for a beginner like me :)
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About Alysa T.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Hi! My name is Alysa, and I have been teaching flute for almost 10 years. I am excited about introducing students to the flute, music, and helping develop those skills for people of all ages, abilities and ambitions. I have a masters degree in flute performance, and play with orchestras in the greater Los Angeles area. I'd love to make music with you! You find find out more about me on my website, www.alysaflute.com
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Faraz November 13, 2016
· Flute · In studio
Alysa is a very smart and kind teacher. She is always very patient and friendly and knows exactly how to help me improve. She is also very generous with her time and makes the most out of each lesson. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
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I have double degrees on Audio Engineering and Music Production. I graduated from Shoreline College in Seattle. I worked for the same school at music department for four years. I moved to US from Istanbul about eleven years ago. I have been gigging as a DJ for twenty four years. Worked on many music recording, production, post production and live gigs as well. I can play several instruments and do live performances. I have four Dance records with a few German Labels. I love what I'm doing and I am good at it.
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Cem A.

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Honolulu, HI 96821
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About Joseph E.

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Honolulu, HI

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I am a musician 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 were 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 Music Therapy at Hospice Hawaii and the Dire
ctor 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: At my home in Mililani, St Peter’s Episcopal, and online
*Organ: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
*Voice: St. Peter’s Episcopal and possibly online
NOTE: Parents are more than welcomed to attend the lessons!
In fact, I encourage that!!

WHAT IS MY STYLE OF TEACHING?
Every student is different and what works with 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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Akiko Saito February 26, 2017
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Diana Delp December 6, 2016
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Joseph is a special instructor. My daughter had taken lessons from several instructors and none met our needs until Dr. E. He is encouraging and supportive while maintaining goals and expectations. Having attended his full class recitals we recognize the breadth of his teaching capacities. Although our goals are currently focused on appreciation and the basics, we are as warmly welcomed as his collegiate scholars.
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Susan Virgilio December 5, 2016
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My daughter started taking piano lessons from Joseph when she was 5 and she has been with him for 11 years. She has taken lessons both in person and online, and both formats work well. He has kept her captivated with piano and fueled her love for all music in general. Students are treated respectfully and he makes piano fun for them. As a parent, I appreciate his organizational and communication skills. He is a genuine, nice person who is easy to work with. Highly recommended!
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Louise Taylor is a professional musician, known for her hypnotic rhythm guitar work, dusky vocals, and the strong poetic imagery of her songwriting. She has toured internationally and recorded 6 critically acclaimed CDs between 1991 - 2012 with Indie label Signature Sounds.

In 2007 Louise moved to Hawai'i and started a private studio. Louise shares the joy of singing with students, novice to masterful, at her Kailua studio and over Skype worldwide.

Taylor is also the co-creator with musician/mindfulness instructor Wendy Beckerman. Offering workshops and residential retreats that explore the commonality between vocal expression and Mindfulness.
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Kailua, HI 96734
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Diana Buckholz, B.A., Music, Texas Woman's University, Summa Cum Laude and B.A., Political Science, University of Michigan, Cum Laude, Former Treasurer of Carrollton Music Teachers Association, TMTA, MTNA & Suzuki Member, fine tuned her natural musical talents during her studies at one of the most prestigious arts schools in the United States, Interlochen Arts Academy. While there, she also studied various other genres, such as poetry and dance. Her language experience that she infuses into every Voice lesson comes both from formal education, and from personally being widely travelled. A person of many interests, she is still just a regular gal with activities outside of music devoted to her pets, yoga, domestic errands, and spending time with family.

Diana has experience acting in theatrical and musical productions, as well as commer
cial voice-over work. She has a long history of competitions and Detroit Metro area show choir performances, in the Seaway Chorale for Voices of the Young and Youth Sings, from the elementary to high school years. She competed in Solo and Ensemble Music Festivals, where she won first place medals in Voice and Symphonic Band Performance. Her Instrumental Ensemble competition experience was gained through her past Marching Band and Symphony performances with the Trombone. Her most recent endeavors include solo performances sponsored by Voces Intimae and a Choir Performance at the Lincoln Center (NYC) in April 2015, as well as playing in an ensemble as a jazz pianist at Collin County Community College's Jazz Camp. She also has also dabbled in composition, having created a three movement arrangement while studying at TWU, one movement of which her professor described as "Chopinesque." Always willing for a new adventure, she took up Guitar this year, and now teaches beginners basic chords for students who want to learn fun sing-along music.

She works with students that have developmental and physical disabilities, having been certified in caring for these individuals since at least three decades ago.
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Pamela July 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Diana has been a pleasure to work with. She is a kind and cheerful person. She has the interest of her students in mind as she works with them in picking songs to play. She is patient with them as well. I would recommend Diana to others as a piano instructor.
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Seema July 25, 2017
· Piano · In home
My children have been taking piano and voice lessons with Diana for years. Diana makes the lessons fun and exciting for them. She primarily follows the Suzuki method, but teaches the children from a variety of lesson books to incorporate more theory and make them more well rounded in music. They are well prepared for festivals and theory tests. She also encourages more challenging pieces to keep them interested in practice and lessons. We enjoy the recitals that she sets up, usually at a senior living center.
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Reagan July 25, 2017
· Audition Prep · In home
If your looking for a great in home music teacher- look no further. Diana has been teaching my children voice lessons for about a year. She has worked with them on specific songs and the basics of beginning vocal training. Diana takes her job seriously and sets appropriate expectations for girls to meet. Most importantly, she is teaching them an appreciation for music, confidence to use their voice and a foundation for a lifetime love of music.
Selfishly, I love the hour of hearing their voices fill my home.
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Pooja’s love for music began at the age of 4 when she began to seek training in Indian classical music- vocals and harmonium. She has successfully completed Madhyama from Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, Hyderabad. While pursuing a Computer Science Engineering degree, she performed on keyboards at sought-after venues as a part of classic rock bands. During this time, she recognized her growing passion for music. She has successfully completed Grade 6 in music theory (ABRSM) and Electronic keyboard (Trinity College of London). She moved to Sydney, Australia to study music at a Bachelor’s level from Academy of Music and Performing Arts (AMPA).

After graduating, she had the opportunity to train students of all ages and levels at two different music organizations in Sydney. She believes in designing a lesson plan according to the student's needs an
d interests in order to maintain a fun learning process while developing good piano technique. Pooja's students will learn sight reading, listening skills, musicianship and improvisation while learning their favorite songs. She also guides students for Illinois state, ABRSM and other exam preparations. With the fundamentals and meaningful experience in hands, she feels excited to make a difference in a person's life by providing them with the gift of playing music.
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David Baek February 4, 2017
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Ms. Pooja is a wonderful piano teacher. Our daughter is 5 years old and she is very patient with her. Ms. Pooja teaches and explains in ways our daughter can understand. We are very happy we found her for our daughter!
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As a vocalist, should you practice singing with a metronome at your side? Read on for St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L.'s advice...    Metronomes are devices that produce sounds in regular, pre-chosen rhythms. Many years ago, the only metronomes were simple gadgets. Though the first one that's even similar to what we now think of as a "modern" metronome was invented in the 19th century, the kind that most adults are familiar with is a mechanical, wind-up metronome. It makes a s

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