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With a background in Suzuki method and Masters degree in music composition, I use my own method and curriculum that aim to give a thorough understanding of how music works and sounds as well as training the memory of songs and exercises, technique, and improvisation.

About Teri
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, ethnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.

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king Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.

I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRËoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.

Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!

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When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.

I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.

Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.

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Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.

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I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.

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Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
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yigong L. April 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Terri is very nice with my boys, especially patient with my younger son Jon who has just learnt Piano for about half-one year. Terri taught the intro music theory, how to train ears and finger skills, which Jon really enjoys. And Terri kindly email us music sheet and practice recordings after every lession, which are very helpful for kids to practice. Although we have to change schedule, we miss her!
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Megan W. March 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had her first session yeaterday with Teri and came home very impressed and wanted to practice right away.
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Tam Pham January 7, 2016
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She is agreat teacher. I learnt a lot within one day. Her teaching way is easy to remember and learn.
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About Judy G.

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I am familiar with a wide variety of piano methods. Over the past 34 years I have often been able to combine ideas from many to support a student who is studying in a different book. I am familiar with middle c, landmark reading, multiple key and other methods. What is best for each student differs as widely as the learning style of each.

About Judy
I enjoyed my accompanist duties at Fitchburg High School, playing for their musicals; The Wizard of Oz in 2015 and Once Upon a Mattress in 2016, and also for their Winter and Spring concerts.

In July, 2015, I passed the Massachusetts Test for Educator Licensure (MTEL), completing the Communications and Literacy Skills-Reading and Writing.

Before I relocated to Massachusetts, I was an Active Member of the Music Teachers' Association of California, South Bay and Pomona Valley Branches, starting in 1980. I also served for 5 years as the Vice President of Music Teachers' Association of California, Pomona Valley Branch.

I have Adjudicated for the National Federation of Music Clubs.

My educational background:
B.A. in Music History and Theory, California State University Fullerton, 1980
Minor in English, California State University
Fullerton, 1980
M.B.A. With Distinction, NYIT, 2006
Honor Code Certificate, Harvard University, The Ancient Greek Hero in 24 Hours, Epic and Lyric, 2014

I have more than 34 years teaching experience, with student honors and awards in Music Teachers' Association of California Certificate of Merit program and Associated Board of Royal Schools of Music exams.
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I am a published author of a novel, several short stories, and many articles about Music Education. My articles about music, film and fashion appear online.
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Tanya T. December 23, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Judy is my son's first private piano teacher and one of his favorite ones. Patrick, my son, started learning piano late at about 11 years old and he could start playing pieces fairly quickly within months. She is very patient, mindful, and thoughtful. When Ms. Judy needed to move over to east coast, she provided a list of local piano teachers and even recommended one who would fit best with Patrick. With the strong background knowledge from her, Patrick continues learning piano with the recommended teacher and enjoys playing harder classical pieces. I strongly recommend Ms. Judy as a piano teacher!!!
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Brian L. September 7, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Both of my children have studied with Ms. Judy since age 3. Her knowledge of music is excellent, and her kindness and generosity is unsurpassed. She is extremely patient with children and simply a joy for the whole family to work with.
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Morris T. September 1, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Ms. Judy G is my child first piano teacher since she was 7, even we moved over 30+ miles, my child still prefer Ms. Judy as her piano teacher.

Ms. Judy has 50+ years experience on piano and many music instruments, she knows how to make lessons fun with lots of patient.
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About reut R.

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I am a professional full time Trombonist. At the same time, teaching has always been a big part of who I am - I love teaching. My music career has taken me around the world and back but more than that it has given me a wonderful tool of self expression, and for that I am forever grateful. Other than the Trombone I do play the Trumpet as well, and I have over 8 years of Piano under my belt. I feel very confident teaching Trumpet up to advanced level, but only beginner level for Piano. I would love to work with some of the younger piano students not only on learning to play the Piano but also about the joy that music can give you!

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I am a trombonist and teacher, with many years of experience teaching Hebrew as well as music.

As a music teacher I have worked with children starting from private lessons to young children beginning to learn, up to master classes in universities worldwide. I love teaching, and I feel confident teaching trombone and trumpet up to advanced level. For piano, I would prefer to stay with beginners and young ones only :) - but I promise you they will have a wonderful experience (and yes, I do have 8 years of piano studies under my belt).

As a Hebrew teacher, I teach both Hebrew reading and pronunciation and modern conversational Hebrew. My professional experience includes teaching at Golda Och Academy in West Orange, B'nai Abraham in Livingston, Central Synagogue in Manhattan and more, as well as many private lessons. In
the schools I provided classroom instruction, private and group tutoring and adult education as well as private instruction for the faculty.
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Joseph Bopp June 14, 2017
· Trumpet · In studio
Reut is an excellent teacher. She evaluated my current state, helped me set reasonable goals, and coaxed better playing from me than I thought I was capable of. I can't wait for my next lesson, and progressing.
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About Roberta D.

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I enjoy providing a foundation of good technique and music theory. I teach the traditional method of reading music. I welcome adult beginners as well. I also encourage serious voice students to add piano to their studies to improve their musicianship, help them learn their material independently, and enable them to play for themselves in practice

About Roberta
I am classically trained with over 25 years professional singing/acting experience at venues across the country/around the world, including off Broadway, Carnegie Hall and the Sydney, Australia Opera House. I work full time as a musician performing, directing, and giving private voice/acting and piano lessons. My education includes Drew University, the Academia Real in Spain, Hart School of Music and private study.

My teaching for voice & piano focuses on a foundation of correct technique. Vocal range, control, projection and tone quality will improve There is a focus on safeguarding the instrument through correct care and use. I can help you improve your singing and meet your goals for auditioning, performing, college admission or just having fun

I accept voice students of all levels and beginner to intermediate piano studen
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Teresa A. July 19, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Roberta has such a warm, open, friendly and professional demeanor. I enjoyed every moment of my singing lesson with her. I am grateful and very humbled to be her student. She has such a wealth and experience of knowledge to share. I look forward to seeing her again soon. ☺️
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Nathan July 14, 2016
· Classical Voice · In studio
Roberta is amazing! I went to her for a little more than 3 years for voice (and piano for a little bit) and she is very helpful, skilled, friendly, knowledgable, and fun. She helped me get into my top choice college as a choral music major with a full tuition scholarship and supported me the entire way. Roberta knows how to work with any voice with any level of experience of any age. Not only is Robera a fantastic teacher; she is also very understanding and a great person to talk to. I would highly recommend her to any student in the area.
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Gina February 24, 2016
· Vocal Training · In studio
Roberta is such an amazing teacher and my vocals have gotten so much stronger since my time being taught by her. She's so kind and I highly recommend her to anyone!!
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About Ania S.

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My experience teaching piano spans nine years and I have helped my students develop their performance and interpretation skills to succeed in both examinations and their academic pursuits.
In addition, my students have learned to play their favorite songs, sing and play or improvise for special occasions or recreation. In our first lesson, we'll discuss your private goals and develop a plan for their realization. Within the first few weeks, we'll work on specific skills and techniques in order to achieve your goal. From the beginning, you will have a chance to practice your skills and work on music that inspires you on a grand piano. If desired, you'll have an opportunity to play your music at an annual recital or other performance opportunities.

My selection of materials depends on your skill level and personal goals. For beginners, I will often use Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred Piano, and the RCM Piano series. The RCM Piano series also caters to intermediate and advanced ...

About Ania
Ania is a composer, performer and music educator currently based in San Diego. Ania has been teaching private lessons in piano performance, ear training, music theory and composition since 2008. She has helped students accomplish their musical goals including succeeding in The Royal Conservatory and Trinity College in London exams, and successfully passing entrance exams to renowned music colleges in Europe and USA, as well as succeeding in their academic pursuits.

Ania received her Doctorate in Music Composition in June 2016 from the University of Washington in Seattle. During her academic education she received training in conducting, music theory and piano performance. Between 2011 and 2016, Ania taught ear training, music theory and music appreciation at the University of Washington, and also served as a piano accompanist for both
undergraduate and graduate classical and jazz voice performance classes. As a pianist and composer, she has worked with the UW Modern Ensemble, Inverted Space and the Seattle Modern Orchestra.

Between 2014 and 2016, Ania taught piano, music theory and voice at private schools of music in Seattle and Bellevue, both in Washington. Since August 2016, Ania has served as the Music Director at Santee UMC, leading a choir and small voice ensembles while continuing to teach private voice, piano, and music classes in the San Diego area. As an expert in her field, Ania looks forward to help new students achieve their musical goals.
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Jeff July 4, 2017
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I know Ania's teaching from the time we worked together at music schools in Seattle, and I've gotten to see the passion and high level of musicianship that she brings to her lessons. Ania pushes her students towards clear and attainable goals with steady encouragement, and I saw the results in the rapid progress of her students, who loved playing their instrument and were visibly excited by the gains they were making. I highly recommend her as a teacher!
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Chen June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have been taking the piano lessons with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Chen June 29, 2017
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I have been taking the piano lesson with Ania for a couple of lessons. She helped me realize my life-long dream of playing classical piano music. She is a very talented and astounding instructor with a super solid theoretical background. During the lesson with her, the music goes way beyond just playing the right note with correct tempo. She shows me those exquisite parts hidden behind the sheet music. The piano music starts to become dynamic, alive and captivating. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Warm-Up will happen at the beginning of every lesson. Practice will be required week to week, only because practice makes perfect! In order to write songs, you must know theory and technique, that will also be covered.

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I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado. At the age of four,I sang my first solo in my church choir. Soon after, I began to play the piano and take piano lessons. After completing elementary school, still passionate about music, I auditioned for and attended Denver School of the Arts middle school. During high school,I continued to build my skills as a musician and vocalist. I helped to direct children’s choir at my church and developed my role in the music ministry. Not only did I direct the kids in the choir, I connected with them, encouraging them to stay on the right path. Shortly after graduating from high school, I relocated to Louisiana to attend college. In January of 2016 I started an organization called Stay In Tune. My organization was created to let kids live through music, and teach kids who are passionate about music,
that just a simple tune can touch a heart, or even save a life. I am currently working on a degree in Vocal Music Education.
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I have performed all around the world and experienced many ways music can change lives. I have performed with orchestras, chamber groups, jazz ensembles, and directed my own groups for many years. I have 4 albums available at www.chasemorrin.com.

Although I am a professional performer, I truly care about about teaching and have extensive experience teaching piano and working with students of all ages.

About Chase
My name is Chase Morrin, and I am a recent graduate of Berklee College of Music’s graduate program, where I studied piano performance and music pedagogy with Danilo Perez, Patricia Zarate, John Patitucci, and Terri Lyne Carrington. I also completed my undergrad at Harvard two years ago and finished a masters in composition at New England Conservatory last year. In the past couple years, I’ve traveled and worked in various music education programs in Panama, California, and Boston and have taught private students for numerous years.

I am always energetic and passionate with students - I know how life changing a good mentor can be. First and foremost, I care about motivating my students which means tailoring lessons to their interests and pushing them in the right directions so that they can observe tangible growth. This means flexibili
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Paula Johnson is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano and holds the Permanent Professional Certificate from Music Teachers National Association. She received a degree in Music Education from Carson Newman College and has been a long time member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Music Teachers Associations, in addition to being a Past President and Teacher of the Year of the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association. In addition, Ms. Johnson received training through Kindermusik International, a music and movement program for young children beginning at age birth, and is licensed to teach all Kindermusik curricula.

Regular attendances of classes, workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well as review of current professional journals are an important part of Ms. Johnson’s continuing education. She has honed her piano performance skills by serving many years as church musician in congregations of various different denominations, as well as performing at weddings, funeral services,

About Paula
Paula Johnson is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano and holds the Permanent Professional Certificate from Music Teachers National Association. She received a degree in Music Education from Carson Newman College and has been a long time member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Music Teachers Associations, in addition to being a Past President and Teacher of the Year of the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association. In addition, Ms. Johnson received training through Kindermusik International, a music and movement program for young children beginning at age birth, and is licensed to teach all Kindermusik curricula.

Regular attendances of classes, workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well as review of current professional journals are an important part of Ms. Johnson’s continuing education. She has honed her piano performance skills
by serving many years as church musician in congregations of various different denominations, as well as performing at weddings, funeral services, and for musicals.

Ms. Johnson’s students have performed locally at the National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Festivals, National Piano Guild Auditions, MTNA Local and State Auditions, Pianorama, Music Field Day, American Piano Gallery - Home of Steinway, West Town Mall, Knoxville Fantasy of Trees, Knoxville Chocolatefest, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Ijams Nature Center Holiday Market, Farragut Community Nativity, and the General Morgan Inn, as well as opportunities at their schools and studio recitals.

Through her piano study with Dr. Paul Ridgway, Ms. Johnson follows in a teaching tradition that can be traced back to Ludwig van Beethoven. Ridgway was a student of Leon Fleisher, who had been a student of Artur Schnabel, student of Theodor Leschetizky, student of Carl Czerny, student of Beethoven.

Ms. Johnson is particularly noted by her students and their families as a calm, patient, and thorough teacher. Her students learn standard music theory, and to read music through instructional methods as well as supplemental pieces in various genres of music according to their interests including classical, sacred, popular, jazz, and more.
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Linda September 16, 2017
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Upon re-locating to the area, we were referred to Paula Johnson for our daughter's continuing lessons. We were fortunate to have four years with Paula before our daughter left for college. During that time, our daughter was challenged in all genre's of music and excelled under Paula's excellent tutelage. Her instruction in theory and practical application instilled skills in our daughter that she has taken with her into her adult life and will enjoy in the future.
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Susan September 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Paula for over 4 years, she started when she was just 9 and knew next to nothing about music. Paula is great teacher, very patient and has provided lots of different music options (Disney movie theme songs, Classical, Jazz and Christmas classics) which has helped to keep my daughter interested in continuing to play.
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Matt August 30, 2017
· Piano · Online
Paula is a fantastic instructor. Her methods have helped me, an adult, fulfill a life-long desire to play the piano. You get to play a wide variety of music and you also get to chose genre's you prefer. I feel like I'm getting better each week. I wish I could leave six stars!
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Learn proper technique, reading music and keyboard harmony.

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I am a working drummer/percussionist/multi instrumentalist based in Las Vegas. I regularly perform in major productions here such as Rock of Ages and Million Dollar Quartet. I was a performance and music education double major in music school and I have been teaching private and group lessons off and on for about twenty years. I am well versed in many instruments and styles of music and always incorporate an overall understanding and development of many aspects of music such as reading, theory, composition, audio and recording, instrument maintenence and repair as well as many different styles and techniques.
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