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Joni C.

Woodinville, WA

About Joni

I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Acoustic Piano
Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard
Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electronic keyboard
Worksheets

*** Specialties ***
Group and independent lessons, all styles of music but focus on classical and pop.
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Konrad M. July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joni was fantastic with my 2 year! Very patient and offered age appropriate lesson material.
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Judy H. April 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm 6 years old and am enjoying lessons with Joni very much.
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Joni C.

Joni C.

Woodinville, WA 98072
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starting at
$18 / 15-min
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Marcus T.

Seattle, WA

About Marcus

Experienced and highly qualified instrumental instructor.

University credentials from programs that remain amongst the best in music performance and education in the nation. These credentials are matched by 10 years of performance and teaching experience - New York and Seattle.

As an experienced soloist, orchestral and lead player, I have had the time to develop a deep physical connection to my instruments. This connection, gained after years of practice and performance, informs my approach to instruction. My goal is to impart technique and knowledge that assists the student to break t
hrough physical barriers and achieve maximum musical expression, no matter what the style.

*** Lesson Details ***
PIANO - As long as you love the sound the exercises will make sense. Great works - Beethoven to Ellington - Contemporary- Rock, R&B,etc...
TRUMPET - Any style, any score, any chart - learn to read - improvise across jazz chords - compose etudes.
VOICE - Male vocals - Classic Rock/Broadway, American Folk, specializing in the changing adolescent voice.
All curriculum is designed so that instrumental and vocal students have the opportunity to engage standard repertoire as well as modern and contemporary practice/method (Rock/Jazz/World music). Established curricula are driven towards individualized instruction encompassing interest, ability and personal expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
open living room, two pianos, couches, chairs,

*** Specialties ***
PIANO: Bastien, Pace, Bartok (Mikrocosmos), Hannon, Brahms, Beethoven, Adult contemporary/Jazz
TRUMPET: All methods (Arban's, Clark, Rubank, Smith, Charlier, Bitsch etc...)
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Tim/Teresa G. September 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus has a gift for teaching children! He was able to take our inexperienced boys, and in only a short time, help them become strong, comfortable singers. That is great, but even better - our kids enjoyed every minute of their work with Marcus. His approach provides and excellent foundation. We are thrilled to recommend him with 5 Stars!
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Cori K. April 26, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Marcus' teaching technique works wonders with young children

My 5-year-old grandson has been taking piano lessons from Marcus since December, and I am thrilled -- and quite amazed -- with his progress. Marcus is unfailingly patient -- calmly encouraging and sensitive to just how much he can expect from a little boy who is being exposed to music education for the first time. Marcus' approach gives very young students an excellent foundation, and my grandson is eager to come to his lessons and stays focused the entire time. The results are exciting!
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Oscar M. March 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great at what his doing

I agree that his good because he spend time watching you working on the keys and shared his skills.
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Marcus T.

Marcus T.

Seattle, WA 98122
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Greg D.

Kirkland, WA

About Greg

I have been playing guitar since I was 14 and I have not looked back since. I love music and I love helping other people discover the joys it can bring. In college I studied classical guitar and got experience playing in many different groups. I currently perform in and around the Seattle area.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to each individual student, to their interests and needs. I generally use the Hal Leonard Guitar method but I will use any method best suited for the goals you want to reach. Whatever method we use will be supplemented with other songs and exercises.

My lessons tend to be laid back and fun but also challenging. I expect students to do their best and make an effort.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The lessons are taught in my studio with an amp, guitar, music stand, books, and seating.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are required to have their own instrument. I do have instruments available to rent.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar, Folk, Rock, Christian, Worship,
Hal Leonard Method
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Charlie A. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Highly Recommended

Greg is knowledgeable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. Attending lessons is a great way for me to take a break from my work day and Greg makes it a relaxing experience.
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Carlene B. September 14, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
I highly recommend Greg...

Greg is an excellent teacher. Very easy going manner and willing to start where ever you are as a musician. Gives great feedback, lessons to work on that are challenging and fun, and at a pace that's comfortable.
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LizP2 May 22, 2012
Great Experience. Can't wait for my second lesson.
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Greg D.

Greg D.

Kirkland, WA 98034
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Christopher M.

Seattle, WA

About Christopher

Hello! My name is Chris. I'm a private tutor and piano teacher in and around Seattle. I have a terrific time learning about the things I enjoy in life. I would like to share this kind of fun with you or your son or daughter!

Piano lessons and tutoring. Reading, writing, math, test prep, etc. Affordable, fun, professional, effective.

TEACHING QUALIFICATIONS

Academics: B.A. from Columbia, 2370 SAT (800 Math, 800 Reading, 770 Writing), 1590 GRE (800 Verbal, 790 Math), seven years' tutoring experience, all ages, almost all abilities.

Piano: repertoire from Beethoven to Chopin to Ravel
to Mussorgsky, experience as a symphony and opera critic in college, comprehensive knowledge of classical music and music theory, 15 years' experience playing, all ages, beginner to strong-intermediate abilities.

PHILOSOPHY

Academics: I tutor because I want to work against the worst aspects of school, and embody the best ones. I tutor to make school more worthwhile and more fun for my students. I tutor to relieve anxiety and frustration and stress. I tutor to help students cultivate their sense of curiosity. I'll raise your or your kid's grades by putting school in the right context, and giving them the skills to deal with it, emotionally and intellectually.

Piano: My lessons are fun. I love music, and I can help you love it too! I want to teach you how to play what you want to play, how you want to play it, and to that end I promote a relaxed atmosphere while also gently emphasizing technical skills to bring out your musicality. This doesn't mean you won't learn --” quite the contrary! --” it means that you'll be put in a better mindset to learn, since you'll have a great time coming to lessons and you'll want to practice. I can motivate you to discover what you like most about music and enjoy the gift of musicianship well into adulthood.

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Reading and writing: Everyone needs language skills. With the rise of the Internet, the increasing difficulty and subjectivity of college admissions, and the competition for scarce jobs hinging on resumes, interviews, and communication skills, a proficiency in reading and writing is more critical than ever before. I've written for, and been paid by, several different websites on topics ranging from modern TV to old literature and card games. I was an English literature student at Columbia. I read and write compulsively. I tutored writing in 2007 to students ages 9 to 18, and was a content editor and proofreader for a boutique educational-software firm in 2007, 2008, and 2011-2012.

Math: Nearly every math class could be aced by a majority of students, but math is poorly taught. I can help by teaching conceptually. In high school, I was three years ahead in math, finishing AP Calculus AB as a sophomore, AP Statistics as a junior, and AP Calculus BC as a senior. I scored a 5 on each of those AP tests. I played poker (a math-based game) professionally from 2010 to 2011.

Test prep: Test-prep is one of the easiest and cheapest investments you can make. My SAT score was 800 in Math, 800 in Reading, and 770 in Writing. My GRE scores were 800 in Verbal and 790 in Math. I got 5's on the AP US History, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, and Statistics tests, and 4's on the English Language and Composition and European History tests. As a gamer, I'™m well-versed in the 'strategic' aspect of test-taking.

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It's important to me that my lessons remain affordable to maintain the kind of diversity and plurality of experience in my students that makes education worthwhile.. For music or academic tutoring, my rate is well below the industry standard at expensive aggregators.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons from 30 minutes to 120 minutes, either in your home, or my warm and welcoming studio / home just off I-5 in Ravenna.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Boston grand piano, nice piano bench and couches, extensive music library; snacks, caffeine, pets, and an otherwise welcoming vibe

*** Travel Equipment ***
The works!

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano, 19th-century music, music theory, music and literature, ethnomusicology, having fun
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Allen E. January 2, 2015
College Admissions · In studio
Chris did a good job of meeting me halfway, encouraging me to apply to the colleges I was already interested in, and telling me about a few more I’d never heard of. I’m now going to one of the latter and am so glad I booked a few hours with Chris!
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Zach M. January 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
We needed a last-minute replacement when our keyboardist bowed out of our wedding. We called Chris. He was professional and courteous, and his playing is one of many happy memories from that evening. He should be far from your last option!
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Richard N. October 21, 2014
GRE · In studio
I knew I couldn't study for the test by myself as soon as I saw the first page of math questions. Chris makes dusting off a decade of math a matter of a little study; one of my classmates even helped me out, too, and I’m now a grad student in the field of my choice.
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Christopher M.

Christopher M.

Seattle, WA 98115
(29)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Joshua B.

Seattle, WA

About Joshua

While building a professional career, I'm looking to re-engage with my roots and experience as a educator. I specialize in helping kids learn how to learn. It's one thing to teach a student the answer, but it's exponentially better to teach students how to find the answer for themselves, encouraging and guiding along the way.

I grew up in Ohio and went to one school district my entire public school life where I took honors and Advanced Placement classes through high school. I also participated in band, earning membership into the Ohio All-State Honor band two times.

I went to Ohi
o State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Suma Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.

I have a breadth of experience for someone my age having worked with youth in schools and on social programs, both in English and Spanish, and some in Hebrew.

I currently live in Madison Valley.
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Irlanda G. June 14, 2015
Math · In home
Verified Student
I'd like to write a quick testimonial about the tutor I found here on Takelessons. Joshua has worked with my 1st grade brother for about 8 weeks and he has made impressive progress in both his reading and math skills. He has also helped discover my brothers learning condition, dyslexia, but it seems like Joshua has had no problem with that. My brother has enjoyed working with him and is demonstrating new learning, this delights me. Joshua has also developed a fun relationship with my other brothers too. I could not more strongly recommend Joshua to tutor any student.
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Geoff M. May 28, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is good and was good at helping us set reasonable goals. It was fun!
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Seattle, WA 98112
(2)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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