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About Henri B.

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I've been teaching Piano for over 5 years and my students have gone on to successfully play, perform, and understand the instrument. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to lay the groundwork for everything there is to know about the most important part of the piano, THE KEYS! So if you are an absolute beginner and this is the first time you have ever set eyes on a piano, or you have worked with one before and just looking for some reminders, you are DEFINITELY in the right place! You will have a blast while learning all the piano basics! As time goes on you'll be able to play songs, read/understand music notation/theory, play with both hands, improve your technique, and enjoy the instrument to it's fullest potential. I specialize in all styles, including classical and contemporary, typically use several method books, and have a 66 key Casio available for use during our lessons. Students are also encouraged to have access to either a piano or keyboard outside of lessons, and

About Henri
Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has years of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club,The Hourglass Cats, The Everyday Players and Lara Ruggles and The Lost Gold are the current projects), perfo
rming shows in 46 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE), Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival), and Mexico (Circus Mexicus) in 2016. His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions, as well as working for several local preschools in support of his children's music business "Wee Rock Music.". A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, percussion, or piano lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords, finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist/pianist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar/Piano students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring human being! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Tama Rock Star Drum Kit, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Casio CTK-800, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, keyboards, percussion instruments, and all developmental material for students to retain and practice.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments, piano/keyboard) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments (including reading music notation); 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks as well as for others; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.

I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your musical desires. Thanks so much for stopping by and have a music-filled day.
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Amy October 19, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Henri is always super kind and patient with me. He works really hard to break things down in a way that will make sense and be easier to grasp. He’s also always in a great mood and it’s refreshing to see! 10/10 would recommend.
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Alice April 20, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very chill and informative first lesson. He really seemed to listen and understand my learning curve. Looking forward to future lessons.
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Landon March 30, 2017
· Piano · In home
Really great and friendly guy. Super enthusiastic. Great choice for anyone wanting to learn piano..
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About Anthony D.

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Students will learn proper piano technique as to play comfortably and with ease. Warm-ups will help the student to prepare the hands to play on the keyboard. Students will learn piano pieces that will develop they're playability and reading of piano music.

About Anthony
Having an ear for music of all styles and genres, I had an interest in playing music and instruments at a very young age. At just 5 years old, I took my first piano lesson. I studied with that piano teacher for another 10 years, working on technique, theory and classical music, including playing piano recitals as a performer. I practiced piano to become a solo classical musician. Then in middle school, I joined the symphonic band where I was exposed and learned to play instruments in the percussion section, including drums, xylophone and marimba, and other instruments. At the same time, I joined the middle school jazz band. This was my first transition both as a piano player and musician into a new genre of music and playing. Needless to say, I fell in love with the music. In 2005, I auditioned and was the only pianist accepted into the c
lassical piano department in the School of the Arts High School of San Francisco. There I went through rigorous classical training and learned vast amounts of repertoire. At the same time, I still studied and played jazz in the high school Big Band, Latin Jazz band and small jazz combo. It was during this time that I deeply focused on not only Jazz music and improvisation, but also Salsa, Latin Jazz, R&B, Funk, Pop. Basically all other forms and styles of music. I learned what it means to be in a band and how to make an ensemble sound good and to make an audience like and cheer for the music. I was lucky to have bands and musicians to play with all around San Francisco, including jazz festivals.

After graduating as the only student to study in the Piano department for 4 years in my graduating class, I was accepted with scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston. I started my first semester in 2009, and declared a Piano Performance and Jazz Composition Dual Major in 2010. At Berklee, I studied under amazing piano teachers to focus on my jazz playing and technique and repertoire. Some of the classes I took included music theory, ear training, composition and arranging, scoring and analysis, even guitar and bass labs. As well, I was the main piano player for the Berklee Salsa Ensemble for 3 straight years. I was also involved with bands and playing recitals, shows, clubs, outdoors and indoor venues throughout Boston and Massachusetts. I had the honor of being hired by Berklee to travel and play along with other selected students at the Carnaval de Barranquilla honoring Joe Arroyo. This was the most memorable musical experience for me yet, as I played along great musicians for hundreds of people in a theater, including Joe Arroyo sharing the stage with the band.

All of this experience and training is what I bring to my lessons and tutoring sessions. I teach my students how to prepare themselves for any kind of musical situation, from music theory and technique, to piano playing and repertoire, and understanding and playing all kinds of styles and genres of music. Most of all, I teach my students to be unique in their musical endeavors and to bring out their own voice through music. And the most important element of all, the happiness and joy it brings to the students and others.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my piano and music lessons, you will be learning music theory, proper piano technique, ear training, sight reading, and repertoire. It will be up to the student to determine what genre and style of music they want to learn and study. It can be anything from classical music, jazz, or even Funk and R&B music and more. My students will also develop an ear, meaning that instead of only focusing on written material and music in sheet music format, they will learn to hear intervals and chords, and also play or sing back melodies.

My teaching style is very easy to get along with. I don't pressure or push students by being too strict. When learning music, being hard and strict gets the student nowhere. I approach the student with listening and understanding. It's my job to see the students advantages and keep them strong, as well as working on bringing up weaknesses and what's needed to make the student excel in both playing technique, and all other musical aspects.

When it comes to proper piano technique, I always teach my students with "Hanon, the Virtuoso Pianist in sixty excercises", and "Scales, Chords & Arpeggios" by James Bastien. After 3-6 months as my student, you will progress in your technique skills, ear training, repertoire and memorization

*** Studio Equipment ***
Main keyboard: Nord Stage 2 88 keysRecording equipment: M-Audio ProFire 2626 interface (modified), Black Lion Audio Inst/Mic Preamp, Black Lion Audio Master clock, KRK Rokit 6's, Shure SM57/SM58, Sterling Audio ST57 FET Condenser microphone, MacBook Pro with Logic, Ableton Live, Reason, Digital PerformerBass: Fender '57 reissue P Bass, made in JapanGuitar: Fender Deluxe Players Stratocaster, made in MexicoAmps: Behringer PA/Keyboard amp, Fender DeVille 2X12 60W all tube Guitar amp

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sheet music material and copied pages from books. Student should be able to provide their own books.

*** Specialties ***
Classically trained in Piano. Most recent styles and genres include Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B/Soul, Latin, Latin-Jazz, Salsa, Afro-Cuban
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Wolf November 1, 2015
· Piano · In home
We've only had a few leasons so far but Anthony is great with our 5 year old. Very patient and great instruction and gentle disposition.
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Caitlin D. October 20, 2015
· Guitar · In home
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Tina W. April 17, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Anthony is a really great piano teacher and has been a great fit with my 12 YO son. Having said that, I can imagine that he'd do just great with any person in any age group. If you're looking for a terrific teacher, look no further. A+ in book!
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New Orleans, LA 70118
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About Fresas B.

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About Fresas
Ready to have a fun time on the piano? I am the teacher to have! Fresas attended the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts where she was involved in the piano, choral, and theater departments. She participated in numerous competitions including the MTNA Young Artist Performance Competition. In college, she was involved with the University Choir and Gospel Choir where she was a featured soloist. She received her simultaneous Bachelor’s degrees in Business Administration and Music from UC Berkeley, with an emphasis on piano performance. She also obtained an Executive Master of Business Administration from Colorado Technical University. She had the opportunity to perform for the US troops as a singer in Qatar and Afghanistan first in October 2007 and recently in February 2009. She is a faculty member of the La Jolla Conser
vatory of Music and served as an accompanist for the San Diego Children's Choir. She has been active with the Philippine American Community of San Diego County since winning the titles of Miss Philippines San Diego County in 2006 and Miss RP-San Diego Tourism in 2007. She also composes her own music and is always eager to share that music with other music lovers. She continues to perform around San Diego County in various events.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are informal and engaging. I do not follow a strict schedule and leave room for creativity and spontaneity. I follow the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program curriculum, a national standard and pioneer in music education, and I encourage my students each year to take the exams for musicianship and theory for the appropriate grade level. I incorporate my classical piano training in my lessons, and my interests span from jazz piano, gospel, to contemporary music. My teaching philosophy entails the acknowledgment that each piano student is different and that is why I'm a firm believer in having a personalized yet structured lesson, so that it promotes creativity while strengthening the technical aspect of each student. My teaching style consists of intense training in virtuosic technique while incorporating musicality and expression into the music. My method of teaching is one that is driven with motivation, dedication, consistency, and persistence. I am very enthusiastic about sharing my knowledge of music to anyone who is interested in making music a fun and wonderful learning experience.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a mid-sized music room, with an upright piano, a digital keyboard, guitar, recording equipment, and a computer in the studio.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz, gospel, pop, musical theater genres for piano and voice. Specializes in beginning and intermediate students but teaches all levels for piano and voice. Music theory and songwriting are also offered.
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Gloria M. March 6, 2014
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Amazing Teacher.

Fresas is an excellent piano instructor who takes pride in her work and is very dedicated to her students. She is amazing with boys and can keep them motivated and inspired to learn more. I have and will continue to recommend Fresas to anyone with a desire to learn piano.
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EvaMarieF May 21, 2011
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Highly recommended

Fresas is a wonderful, proficient, talented, patient and encouraging piano teacher. She has a cheerful and likable personality and my 6 year old daughter looks forward to her lessons every week. My daughter has already learned alot from Fresas and i am very pleased with her rate of progression. I highly recommend Fresas, especially for first time pianist.
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Fresas is an excellent teacher, my granddaugter is very happy with her
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About Denise B.

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The beginner piano lessons are designed to develop your mechanical abilities on the piano and increase your understanding of the piano keyboard. I will teach you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique, and music theory, as well as how to practice effectively,

I've given successfully online lessons via TakeLessons Classroom and if you are interested here is a list with some of the advantages:
1. Quality of the teacher: I believe it is better to have online lessons with an excellent teacher than it is to have in-person lessons with a mediocre teacher. TakeLessons Classroom gives students even more options to choose from when looking for a teacher since they are not restricted to their small local region.
2. Weekly Convenience: Students don’t have to travel 10 or 20 minutes to their teacher’s studio.
3. Convenience of Recording Lessons: While students always have the option to record their face-to-face lessons, that never happens (at least, in the history of my teaching).

About Denise
I hold a Master's in Voice Performance degree from University of New Orleans and Bachelor of Science degree in Voice Performance from State Music Academy, Sofia, Bulgaria.
In 2001, I toured with International European Opera Company which performed numerous times in Denmark, France, Italy and USA.
I currently perform and teach in the New Orleans area and love to share my knowledge and experience with my students. There is so much more to performance then just beautiful vocalizing.....

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My teaching is based on my own personal, classical training from Europe and North America. Whether it's opera, oratorio, musical theater or pop-style singing that is desired, I believe that classical technique is an essential source of proper singing that can be used to train singers of all genres.
Just like a piano, flute or vi
olin, your voice is an instrument.
The purpose of voice lessons is to help you develop a beautiful and dynamic singing voice and also to teach you to use your voice in a healthy age-appropriate way that will keep you singing for many years to come!
As your teacher, I want your lesson to be more than just singing through a few songs.
While what specifically happens during a voice lesson can vary greatly from student to student and from week to week, the overall structure of the lessons remains similar.
We will always start with some combination of warm-ups for your breath, body, and voice. Just as you wouldn't go running without first stretching and warming up your muscles, you don't want to start singing full songs without first getting your body and voice warmed up.
Warm-ups will also introduce you to new techniques for properly using your voice in a healthy and beautiful way.
After warm-ups, we will work on songs. Typically, you will sing through the song once, and then we will go through it in small, manageable chunks, applying the techniques from the warm-ups to the songs.
During the lesson we will also work on expression and acting. A song isn't just pretty notes—it tells a story. If it's a song from a musical, there's a specific character that sings it. It's your job as a singer to tell the story and to make it fun and exciting for the audience.
While there's a lot of hard work that goes on during a lesson, voice lessons are lots of fun! As your teacher, I am here to encourage you, support you, and guide you in your vocal studies. I look forward to working with you soon!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room, 2 full size keyboards, music stands, book shelf, desk, parking lots (free).

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Music Theater, Jazz
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Lexi December 7, 2017
· Broadway Singing · Online
This was a wonderful beginning to our first time on TakeLessons.
Denise was kind, warm and funny and perfect for my 11-year old daughter.
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Felicia P. November 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Mrs. Denise is awesome!! She’s very knowledgeable of breathing techniques and doesn’t mind questions. I’m so glad I followed m instincts and chose her as my instructor
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Amy November 15, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms. Denise is an ambitious teacher, and she will help you in any ways possible to help you achieve your goal. She will be real with you about everything and that is because she cares about your success.
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Denise B.

Denise B.

New Orleans, LA 70118
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About Phillip L.

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The focus of my piano teaching is the classical style, but the fundamentals we learn as classical pianists are necessary for any type of music! Whether you're just starting out, looking to brush up on your skills, or learning more advanced repertoire, I am happy to adjust lessons to YOUR personal needs! We can also incorporate music theory and history to broaden your learning.

I am a professional musician residing in New Orleans. I have a bachelor's and master's degree in music and have been studying and playing the piano since the age of 8!

Please contact me to discuss method books, repertoire, etc. I am happy to teach online, in person at Tulane University, or at your location. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about lessons, scheduling or anything else!

About Phillip
I believe that the study of music is one of the most rewarding pursuits we can undertake! Whether a total beginner, college student or adult looking to brush up on skills or learn new ones, I will help you reach your goals!

As a lecturer with the Tulane University Department of Music in New Orleans, LA I primarily teach music theory and history. I received my Master's degree in Oboe Performance from the University of Akron where was a graduate assistant for oboe and music theory. There I taught private oboe and piano students and provided music theory tutoring at all levels.

I perform with professional orchestras throughout the area and state of Louisiana, including the Louisiana Philharmonic, and Rapides, Acadiana, and Lake Charles Symphonies. Having studied piano since the age of 8 through graduate school, I enjoy performing as a
vocal accompanist for Tulane students as well as for local churches.

I am able to offer lessons at Tulane University and am able to travel throughout the metropolitan area. As I am frequently performing throughout the state, I can also arrange special lessons in other cities. Feel free to contact me about scheduling a lesson!

I am also happy to assist you in finding an instrument, supplies, sheet music and method books. Having the right setup is the best way to ensure success!
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Valorie October 30, 2017
· Oboe · Online
Did a lot of work on technique, which should really help my playing (especially pitch).
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Ava B. September 12, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher great with kids my daughter loved him and is excited to keep going to him for lessons !!
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Jody T. April 27, 2016
· Oboe · Online
Very good and got help on scales and music.
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About Dr.Tem T.

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I am accepting new private students for piano lessons. I have extensive experience teaching children and adults of all levels for 29 years. I also conducted many large projects like musicals with children and they enjoy working with me very much. I have a PhD in Music and I'm a professor at Tennessee State University.

I'm very good with little ones. They think we play on the piano while I'm doing my job. My first aim is to welcome them to world of music and share my love of music. This is very important for me as once they feel and understand music, it will have an important place in their lives.

My sessions for ages between 4-6 will be 30 minutes most but I highly advice 1 hour of lessons for older students, teenagers and adults.

About Dr.Tem
“As an artist/educator who has a childlike soul, I both feel and sense life, and reflect this through my art; teaching is the best way to share and convey this understanding to younger generations. “Revealing students’ spirits with the love of music and helping them to use it with passion while making music” is my main philosophy in teaching.”

Dr.Tem

A composer and music technologist. Composing experience is diverse and includes composing for orchestras, and composing with computers for multimedia, computer games and film. Academic, research and work experience in Music Composition, Film Scoring, Music Theory and Ear Training, Piano, E-Learning, Music Technology, Computer Music, Sound Design, Game Audio and Game Technologies among favorite areas. Teaching in institutes offering such curriculum.

Has been the Director of Music & S
ound Production Department at SEBIT LLC., Between 1996-2015. SEBIT's primary areas of focus are E-Learning, Multimedia and Game Development, as well as research in these areas. It is located at Skysong, Arizona State University, Scottsdale AZ, USA.

Now teaching at Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN as a professor.
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Farzad S. September 19, 2017
· Turkish · Online
Thank you for teaching me in a simple way
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Gabriel February 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dr. Tem is a wonderful teacher for any age and audience. If you only want to learn to play, then you will be satisfied. However, if you are interested in music as art and a form of expressing one self, you will find this is where Dr. Tem's ability to teach really shines through.
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Kolby K. February 7, 2016
· Piano · In home
This man is amazing, we are so blessed.
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My lessons are tailored to each individual skill level to maximize individual students' strengths. My teaching style is based on relaxation techniques to facilitate finding the students' natural talent, helping them to discover the strength and potential inherent in their music.

About Dena
I am a long-time music educator and performing vocalist. After obtaining a degree from the Indiana University School of Music, I taught high school choir in Chicago and held the position of alto section leader in the renowned Chicago Chamber Choir. I also performed with the Marion Consort, Music Box Theater, and I was a soloist at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church. In New Orleans, I sing with the selective chamber ensemble, Krewe de Voix, I have performed at the French Quarter Festival, and I am a soloist and section leader at Trinity Episcopal Church. I have seventeen years of experience working with piano and voice students of all ages and ability levels.

In piano lessons, I ask thought provoking questions to encourage students to find patterns in music, to think critically about the music they are learning, and to develop strong au
ral skills. We focus on technique and theory, but never at the expense of enjoying the experience of playing and learning.

In voice lessons, I specialize in developing beginning-level singers by focusing on breath, posture and aural skills as well as cultivation of vocal quality. If you think you "can't sing," I look forward to proving you wrong!
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S. March 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My kids enjoy their time with Dena a lot. She brings a lot of enthusiasm to the lessons.
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Ron March 29, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Dena is really knowledgeable, experienced, and very patient. She's helped me refine my singing voice, improve my vocal tone, and better develop my ear. So grateful I found her!
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New Orleans, LA 70125
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I know how to work with students, including children and adults.

I have been teaching piano for over 20 years. My students take to me quickly, and I have often been referred on to other students.

I have an extensive background in music, including a master degree in music, from of Houston. I have also studied at Oberlin University, in Ohio.

About Robert
I love talking music and giving piano lessons. I have a masters degree in piano performance.

I've been giving piano lessons for over 20 years. I get along well with both children and adults. Many of my students refer me on to other students.

Take lessons from me and you will be playing piano in no time.
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Robert S.

Robert S.

Kenner, LA 70065
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Have you ever wanted to play jazz? Here in New Orleans is the perfect place to learn and eventually play it on the music scene! I have been teaching jazz for the last five years in many subject areas including piano, jazz theory, composition, ear training and more. Lessons will include methods and technique for students to be able to express themselves on their instrument through jazz improvisation. My primary instrument is piano but I am open to teaching any student on any instrument that is interested in learning how to play jazz. Send me a message if you are interested!

About Jason
I am a professional jazz pianist and composer. I attended the Florida State University studying jazz under some of the best jazz musicians in the world including Scotty Barnhart, director of the Count Basie Orchestra and Marcus Roberts, pianist for Wynton Marsalis. I have been playing music professionally since 2011 with my own bands and other groups including the Tallahassee Jazz Symphony Orchestra and a jazz trio here in New Orleans. I truly enjoy teaching anyone interested in learning more about jazz because playing jazz can truly help one grow in their musicianship. I also enjoy exploring more contemporary genres of music like Neo-Soul, R&B, and electronic music. I released a single on Spotify in 2016 called The First Breath and plan on releasing more music. Some of my biggest musical inspirations are Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, and
Robert Glasper. I hope to reflect my musical influences and experiences on all of my students.
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Jason F.

Jason F.

New Orleans, LA 70119
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I approach piano from a jazz composition perspective. I can start beginners off with good fundamentals and technique. From there we can branch out into studying music theory, composition, or improvisation, but I am not classically trained, so don't expect me to bust out any Rachmaninoff!

About Mike
I've toured the world and lived to tell the tale!

Being on the road can be arduous and taxing, but it is the adventure of a lifetime. I've done it all, from roughing it up and down the eastern seaboard in a minivan with the Indie Rock band Busman's Holiday, to playing big stages in Botswana, South Africa, and the United Kingdom with Zimbabwean music legend Thomas Mapfumo and his band Blacks Unlimited. I even got my sea legs performing in the orchestra aboard the Island Princess and the Grand Princess cruise liners! The cruise ships sent me around the Mediterranean, across the Atlantic, through the Carribbean to Colombia, along the Panama Canal, up the coast of Mexico, and finally dodging icebergs on the Alaskan Coastline! And last but not least, I got the chance to play cutting-edge jazz at festivals in Taiwan and China.

As a friend of
mine once said, "Your horn is a magic wand. Just point it the direction you want to go, and it will take you there!" Truer words were ne'er spoken. If you want your music to take you places, studying with me is a great place to start.

Come join the music, and let's go places!
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Mike M.

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Learn how to play the piano in these video tutorials from a professional piano teacher!

Have you always wanted to play the piano? We’re here to help! Get started with these 20 video tutorials hosted by San Diego, CA piano teacher Jordan M, one of our expert instructors with TakeLessons.com. In this free video series, you’ll get an introduction to the instrument and learn a few easy exercises to get you reading music and understanding rhythm!

Video #1:
Intro to the Piano

Intro to the Piano: Learn about the parts of the piano and how to find the all-important Middle C.

Video #2:
Piano Basics

Learn about proper posture, hand placement, and other beginner essentials.

Video #3:
Reading Piano Notes

Learn about the treble and bass clefs, and tips for remembering the notes on the piano.

Video #4:
Time and Key Signatures

Learn what all those sharps and flats really mean, and how to decode your music.

Video #5:
Understanding Rhythm

Follow along to master quarter notes, quarter rests, and half rests.

 

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Learning Piano as an Adult: Tips for Making the Time & Commitment

Learning Piano as an Adult: Tips for Making the Time & Commitment

Have you ever wanted to learn the piano, but worried it's too late? With all of your commitments at home, maybe you're concerned you won't be able to find the time to practice. But if the passion is there, it's time to stop the worrying! With a little patience and commitment, you can easily learn to play, and you'll find that desire and discipline can go a long way. Everyone can find time in their day - or rearrange their day - so they can sit down and learn to play the piano. Choosing the Rig … Read More

Learning Piano as an Adult: Tips for Making the Time & Commitment
Have you ever wanted to learn the piano, but worried it's too late? With all of your commitments at home, maybe you're concerned you won't be able to find the time to practice. But if the passion is there, it's time to stop the worrying! With a little patience and commitment, you can easily learn to play, and you'll find that desire and discipline can go a long way. Everyone can find time in their day - or rearrange their day - so they can sit down and learn to play the piano. Choosing the Rig
5 New (and Fun) Piano Practice Warm-Up Routines
Are you in search of some new piano practice warm-up routines? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares some fun piano practice warm-ups you can try before your next practice... You wouldn't go for an hour-long run before properly warming up. So, why wouldn't you warm-up before an hour-long piano practice session or lesson? No matter what instrument you play,  it’s extremely important that you go through a series of warm-ups before you start playing. In this post, we will discuss why you
9 Piano Sight Reading Exercises for Beginners
The ability to sight read well is a skill that every pianist should have. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares 9 piano sight reading exercises to help you master this important skill... It’s the first day of rehearsals at your school’s choir. Everyone has been assigned new music that they haven’t seen or sung before. You can sing, but you definitely consider yourself more of a pianist. Your teacher walks in and solemnly says: “Hi everyone, our pianist is sick today, so we're going to ha
Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 5 Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know!  Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Maple Leaf Rag”,
5 Tips to Accessorize Your First Piano | Beginning Piano Lessons
Before you can start beginning piano lessons, you'll need to have the right equipment--yes, that means more than just a piano or keyboard! Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares five helpful tips to keep in mind...    Getting your first piano is an exciting time! It’s like meeting your first pet, finding a new roommate, or buying the most amazing piece of furniture you’ll ever own. My first piano was a 1950s Henry Miller upright I bought for $200 in Manhattan. It sits in my Ha

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