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By Patty N. - Houston Piano Teacher

Teaching Houston piano lessons has been more rewarding to me than any previous experience I have had. I used to live in a VERY small town in Kansas. My students wanted to learn piano, but that was pretty much as far as they could go. There weren’t events or contests, and opportunities to take their learned skills to play along with others were few and far between.

In Houston, the opportunities for my piano students are endless. There are piano classes at school, community groups for musicians, and even opportunities to play within their churches. Some of my proudest moments are when my students walk into their Houston piano lessons and tell me about a time when they played one of their songs for a friend, or that their family was in town and they were able to show them what they had learned.

I highly recommend that up-and-coming musicians and music teachers to take on some students of their own. From this experience, I have been able to hone in on my own music skills along with my students, as well as expand my contacts with people in the music industry and school districts. It is a very rewarding and humbling experience when someone calls or emails me to ask for lessons, advice, or even a performance because of the work I have put in with another student. The hard work and dedication you put in to your Houston piano lessons will open doors to opportunities which would not be available to you without this experience.

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Shannon S.

Houston, TX

beginning through intermediate / adult.

Affiliations:
American Association of University Professors
American Federation of Musicians
American Symphony Orchestra League
College Music Society

About Shannon

See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:

AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber
ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Leah M. April 30, 2016
Bassoon · In studio
Verified Student
Shannon is very thorough explaining the music and clear in her expectations. We plan to stay with her for long term.
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Jay C. March 14, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
This was our first lesson and Shannon did a great job assessing my son's needs and teach him in a manner he could relate.
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Tara March 10, 2016
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
Ms. Small was very nice and helpful :)
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Shannon S.

Shannon S.

Houston, TX 77047
(19)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Hsin-Jung T.

Houston, TX

I don't accept schedule-as-you-go students.

Studio Policy:

Regular practice: Students are required to practice 5 days a week. The more you practice, the better prepared you are for the lesson. The length of each daily practice session depends on the age or level of the student. Minimum daily practice requirements by age are:

Ages 4 ~ 10/ beginners: 30 minutes
Ages 10 ~ 14/ intermediate: 45 minutes
Ages 14 ~ 18/ advanced: 60 minutes and more

Regular attendance to lessons: I want you to have correct music reading, playing, and good posture, and these cannot be achieved without regular guidance by the teacher. Regular attendance to lessons also insures that no change of schedule will be made to yours because of someone else’s lesson cancellation.

About Hsin-Jung

Hsin-Jung has been teaching in both Taiwan and the U.S. for 20 years. She is a patient, professional music instructor, and would like to bring the joy of classical music to all students.

[Biography]

Hsin-Jung T., a native of Taipei, Taiwan began her piano studies at the age of five, and composition studies at 18. She attended the Hua-Kang Art School in Taipei, where she majored in piano performance. In 1996 she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music Theory and Composition from the Taipei National University of the Arts, Taiwan, where she studied with Nan-Chang Chie
n. Hsin-Jung then came to the United States in the fall of 1997 to study at the Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens College of City University of New York (CUNY), where she received her Master of Music Degree in 1999 while studying with Bruce Saylor. In 2000, she studied at the PhD-DMA program in music composition at the CUNY Graduate Center, where she is studying with Tania Leon and Bernadette Speech.

Through her involvement in programs such as the Taiwan-Japan Exchange Concert “Euterpe Spring ‘99”, conductors Sung Su Jeong, Chun-Fung Lee, and Lance Inouye as well as the Juilliard String Ensemble, the Contemporary Chamber Orchestra of Taipei, and others have performed Hsin-Jung's compositions in Japan, Taiwan, and the United States. In May 2000 Hsin-Jung held a program of her chamber music at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall. Among her recent works are two film collaborations, Poetry of A Painter, a clarinet solo piece composed for a short film on the life of the artist Fernando Gerassi; the score for Allatonceness, a multimedia performance where the composer also conducted; music design and improvisation for a documentary film Turning Japanese; music for Palace of Loneliness, a play by Dorothy Tan, produced by MultiStages, Inc. and HERE Theatre for the Performing Arts in New York; The Music Composition Award for Capturing The Spirit of the promotive film from Asian American/ Asian Research Institute in New York (2002); and the score for a documentary film Ocean and People produced by Civilization Explorer Association [CEA] (2005). In 2006 Hsin-Jung was invited as a guest composer and held a solo composition recital at Tarrant County College South Campus, Fort Worth, Texas.

In 2008, Hsin-Jung relocated to Houston, where she has been actively contributing her compositions, as well as performing as an improvisational artist.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am patient, and detailed. High concentration and certain skills are necessary in learning classical music; thus, I will be focus on build up student's concentration, fingering skill (writing skill in composition), and understanding of music. Students will learn how to play in a beautiful tune, how to "listen" with both ears and heart, and how to concentrate on what they are doing, and most important -- enjoy what they are playing, and what they are composing!

*** Specialties ***

*Teachers
music, Theory, Composition, Piano
Theory: I am experienced in helping students to prepare the ABRSM exam.

Composition: Start with harmony, counterpoint with analysis of master composer's music; then, encourage students to develop and create their musical ideas.

Piano: any kind of music scores and books are suitable for my teaching.
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Maria Reyna September 29, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
One of the best instructors we have worked with so far! My daughter looks forward to the lessons each week and she has learned a lot from her time with Hsin-Jung.
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Sandra U. August 31, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I like everything. She is very good with my son. Recommend!
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Judah T. August 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Our first lesson was awesome! She Is very kind and easy to understand. She works well with childrenand she uses easy to understand concepts. We hope to be students for a long time.
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Hsin-Jung T.

Hsin-Jung T.

Houston, TX 77035
(30)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Troy W.

Houston, TX

I have been teaching this subject for over 13 years. The main curriculum for beginners is Alfred's Basic Piano Library. There are three beginner levels (beginner, late, adult) and one will be selected after the first meeting. For non-beginning students, the course of study will be developed based on past experience, current abilities, and goals. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is a part of subsequent lessons. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summ
er Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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Landon T. March 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher
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Mary Ann H. February 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Excellent teacher. Very patient even with Senior Citizens. Great credentials as well.
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Indiana P. February 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very good
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Troy W.

Troy W.

Houston, TX 77006
(39)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Rebecca L.

Houston, TX

Rather than music being just a definition term, music has a broader meaning that many people don't realize. I believe music itself is not the only thing people can learn from lessons alone, but the ability to concentrate, develop characteristics such as patience, and dedication. That being, music teaches very important life skills to carry. Being in the music industry, I've aspired that teaching is not always expecting perfect results in terms of performance, but the perfectionist results of having integrity, in addition to having a genuine passion for music itself.

About Rebecca

Hi! My name is Rebecca and I can't wait to meet you! I started learning the piano when I was 5, violin and viola when I was 7, and have taught all these instruments since I was in middle school (over 10 years!). I love helping my students achieve their goals and fulfill their passion.
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I received my bachelor's degree in music performance at Rice University, and I am currently back at Rice for master's degree.

I grew up in Taiwan, and I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese. I would love to help anyone learning a second language and tell you more about the culture!

I look forward to helping
you reach your goals!
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Rebecca L. December 23, 2014
Piano · In studio
Rebecca is a very excellent teacher with a lot of patience! As an older women learning a new instrument, it is often hard to find a suitable teacher. However, Rebecca is very flexible and is very knowledge explanations, which is a big plus. I've even played simple songs for my friends and family! Also, she is a very sweet and nice girl! Love her!
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Rebecca L.

Rebecca L.

Houston, TX 77005
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Amelia L.

Houston, TX

For young beginners, I teach out of the Faber Piano Adventures series and have had much success with students using those books. My students learn note-reading, rhythm, proper piano technique, scales, and they gain confidence in their abilities through a positive reinforcement. Young students get stickers for each completed assignment!

For older beginners, I use both the Alfred All-in-One Adult course or the Faber Accelerated Piano Adventures for the Older Beginner, depending on the student's preferences and strengths.

About Amelia

Amelia L. graduated from UT- Austin in 2013 with a Masters degree in Opera Performance and has recently relocated to Houston. For the last three years Amelia has been teaching beginning to advanced students of voice and beginning to intermediate students of piano of all ages. Ms. L's teaching focuses on breath support, proper body alignment, vocal consistency of the entire range, and the pure enjoyment of music-making. Instilling confidence by enabling students with strong vocal technique and musicality is Ms. L's main goal.

*My availability indicates that I travel for lessons, but I usuall
y only do this when I teach at the same location for several students (for example, if a family has two or three students totaling an hour and a half+ in lesson time per week). Other than that, I teach from my home. I have a ten year-old miniature Australian Shepherd-Catahoula mix named Amity. Her name discloses her temperament; she is very friendly to all people and other animals! If you prefer, I can keep her in another room or in her "house" (her crate) during lessons.
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Chongzhang li February 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amelia is very patient and gave me many straight to the point advices. I felt my singing has been improved after the first lesson.
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Jeimmy B. January 6, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I like the way she teaches. I feel like I have learned a lot from her. She does activities to enhance learning. She is very patient and sweet. Recommend!
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Nicole K. December 1, 2015
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
The first session was great. I felt very comfortable and look forward to learning this craft.
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Amelia L.

Amelia L.

Houston, TX 77027
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starting at
$40 / 30-min

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