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Joe H.

Inver Grove Heights, MN

Piano is a wide and wonderful world that allows you to dig into your kind of music at any level. We'll start with some basics and build you into the kind of piano player you'd like to be in no time.

About Joe

I began music in Winona, MN at age 9 with a pair of drumsticks and went on to become a world champion in 2003 with the Blue Stars drum and bugle corps. I do all things percussion and have been playing for 20 years but these days I do a lot more than just drums.

My time spent studying Music Education at the University of North Texas expanded my musical horizons adding piano and guitar among other tools of the trade. The majority of my students these days are piano students young and old but I love teaching a variety of lessons including guitar and ukelele.

I currently teach piano, drums,
and guitar at a local music store in the Twin Cities. I also teach the Hastings drumline in the summer and fall and the Red Wing indoor drumline in the winter time.

On a completely different note, I'm a veteran member of the Twin Cities Terrors all-star men's roller derby team. I travel across the country as Egon Strangler challenging teams on roller skates from Dallas to New York. You can find more info about when I'm skating next at tcterrors.com or just ask me about it. I love to talk about derby.

*** Lesson Details ***
We'll take a focused and fun look at the kind of music you want to play and make that an achievable reality. Whether we'll be playing Ben Folds, Bach, or Bruno we'll work together to find a direct path to making the music that you like.

My goal is to make your experience interesting and understandable. If I send you home with music you can understand that you enjoy playing then I know you'll practice and our time together will be successful. Everyone has that creative spark and I'm just here to help you shine some light on it.

*** Travel Equipment ***
An instrument they can practice on.

*** Specialties ***
I play and teach a method that customizes the experience for each student so they get the most out of their time on their instrument of choice. We can play any song in any genre and most importantly, have fun with it.
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Eric J. June 24, 2015
Guitar · In home
I've got two kids (ages 9 and 12) taking guitar and piano lessons with Joe for a couple years. He's been great! He's a gifted instructor who does a great job of meeting my kids at their level and tailoring the instruction style to their needs and personalities.
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Jennifer F. June 22, 2015
Drum · Online
Joe is a great teacher. He motivates my son to the nth degree. Focuses on music my son is interested in while also expanding his horizons. Drills without discouraging. He is just awesome.
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Theo N. June 22, 2013
Drum
The Good, the Bad, & the Drummy

Joe is knowledgable in percussion and pretty flexible with instruction. He identifies strength areas and assigns appropriate work. He also showed me how to install drum heads and gave me some tricks on care and maintenance of my equipment. Of the three drum teachers I've had, I like Joe the best. I have been playing drums for 3 years and I am 12 years old.
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Joe H.

Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Mary S.

Minneapolis, MN

About Me
I started taking piano lessons in 8th grade, because my little sister started taking lessons and I didn’t want her to be able to do something I could not! My motivation quickly changed as I began to love the piano and the music I found I could make come from it. Not only did I enjoy the challenges and rewards that came from learning the piano, but the habits of hard work and persistence that I formed along the way have paid off in every part of my life. I graduated with a BA in Music Performance in 2010 from North Central University.

I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every student is different and has a different purpose for wanting to learn music. Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate those aspects into lessons.

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About Mary

I began taking piano lessons on a whim in middle school, but it didn't take long before I realized I was completely in love with music. I enjoy playing and teaching many types of music, from classical to rock to hymns and church music. I learned to play by ear at the same time I learned to sight read, and both approaches have helped me to learn and enjoy the music I play.

I graduated in December 2010 with a BA in Music Performance from North Central University, here in the Twin Cities. I have been teaching piano lessons for the last 6 years, as well as directing a children's choir. Watch
ing other people learn to play music is one of the greatest rewards I've received.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every music student is different and has a different purpose for wanting to learn music, and I enjoy working with students to help them achieve their goals.

Being a well-rounded musician has not only helped me in my music career, but it has helped me experience and enjoy many different kinds of music. I expect students to play different types of music with a main focus on one genre. If you want to learn to play classical music only, I teach sightreading, technical skills, and with a little time and practice you or your child can be playing some of the simpler masterworks by the end of the first year. But I also encourage classical pianist to try out a rock song or improvisation.

The same goes for those who are only interested in learning how to play rock music or church music. Being able to sightread is invaluable to a musician, and after a few lessons on chords and ear-training, I like to introduce basic sight-reading.

Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate that into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fellowship Hall - Baby Grand or Sanctuary w/ Grand; seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide sheet music samples for student to choose from (when applicable) and listening examples from pieces. I expect students to provide the piano, bench, and personal music books.

*** Specialties ***
I can play and teach in a variety of genres, from classical to pop to church music. I teach students to sight-read, and I can also teach students to play off a chord chart or by ear if these are things that student expresses an interest in.

I've found that the method books available to piano students are thorough and effective, especially for beginning students of elementary age. I've used different books, including Faber & Faber, Alfred, and Hal Leonard. All of these have strengths and weaknesses, and I like to pick the method depending on the personality of the student.

Depending on the student, I've incorporated ideas from different methods (Dalcroze, Orff, etc.) as aids in teaching rhythm and musical interpretation. However these methods are usually a curriculum in themselves, and I've never been trained in any particular one.
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Angela F. April 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Mary is a stellar piano teacher. She is so creative in her techniques in helping kids to learn and enjoy playing music. She makes playing piano fun for my son-he even asks if he can practice! I work in the early childhood education field and am so impressed with Mary's skills working with my 6 year. She is a natural!

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Jen W. December 2, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Mary is EXCELLENT

Mary has been teaching my daughter Ava piano for the past year and a half. Ava loves lessons every week and practices without being asked. Mary is supportive while still challenging Ava. Highly recommend Mary!
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Donald L. May 3, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
A gifted teacher for teaching Piano Lessons

Mary has inspired my daughter Joanne to want to play piano. She has a way of balancing what the kids like to play and what the parents want in a music lesson for their kids. Joanne has not lost interest like we thought she might, but has wanted to Accelerate learning piano. She gets them playing music right away and then little by little explains more and more about music itself. It is an all-around winning strategy, especially when teaching kids.
Thank Mary
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Mary S.

Mary S.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
(8)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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Heather A.

Burnsville, MN

About Heather

Heather holds a Music Degree for Music Therapy from the University of Iowa. She is especially good with younger children and those with special needs. Much of her work experience has been with people of varied developmental and learning challenges. Her specialty is developing adaptive, one on one lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
Flute, Piano and Guitar. I'm laid back. Lessons are adaptive to the needs of the student. I expect my students to practice and enjoy their lessons and time playing at home. The learning environment creates a great sense of accomplishment for the student. Music
theory is incorporated in the lessons at the level appropriate for the student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
in home is guitar and flute: LivingRoomm she does not have room to do piano lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a flute, keyboard and guitar. Music books

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in teaching children and children and adults with mental impairments. When working with children I work on developing the ear and getting a feel for the instrument for the first few lessons before looking at a book.
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Jennifer W. November 12, 2013
Guitar
Verified Student
In Home Guitar Lesson

Heather is a wonderful teacher. My daughter looks forward and enjoys seeing her each week. She is very knowledgeable, and makes it easy for a child to learn and understand the guitar. It has been so convenient having her come to the house.
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ryanb January 30, 2012
Students father

Heather has been a great piano teacher for my 6 year old daughter. She is great with kids & a nice, patient & enthusiastic approach. My daughter has only had 3 lessons now & has made great progress. I would highly recommend Heather.
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JessieH December 1, 2011
Heather Feedback

Heather is very nice, cheerful and patient. I just decided to go with a much more experienced teacher that is charging much less but giving you much more, I am wishing Heather all the best she is really something.
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Heather A.

Burnsville, MN 55337
(6)
starting at
$39 / 30-min
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Jacob A.

Minneapolis, MN

About Jacob

Hi everyone. If you're reading this, that means you're taking the time to consider music lessons for yourself or a family member, which is fantastic. Most people play music because of one simple reason - it's fun. The fun and excitement of playing a song for the first time is a great experience that you don't forget. The benefits that musical study has on an individual, both young and old, are too many to list in full here. It provides a fun, relaxing hobby, it keeps the mind sharp, people who study music tend to do better in school and work, it can bring one out of a sad
mood, it is a fun social activity....... the list goes on and on!
As someone who has studied music for 25 years and taught for nearly 10, I understand the reasons why people become interested in studying music. I always strive to keep lessons fun yet ensure that students get the best educational experience from them as well. I treat each student as an individual, tailoring my approach to fit each student's personality and learning style. I also play and teach a wide variety of styles and feel that students can learn a lot and have fun from playing almost anything. Studying with me, you will definitely get to play the songs and styles that you've always wanted to. So if there's a song you've always wanted to be able to play yourself, now you will be able to!
I am currently studying piano and piano pedagogy in college and of course these experiences help a great deal in my teaching. Having played a lot of music on my own, and having had to figure a lot of things on my own as well, I feel I am especially well-equipped to teach students of all ages and abilities and to help students overcome any obstacle they may encounter. I firmly believe in keeping music-making an enjoyable, enriching part of people's lives and can't wait to do that for you.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a teacher who is laid back, fun, and easy to talk to yet focused on ensuring that students get the most out of lessons. I base the curricula I use on each individual's taste, goals, ability level, and age. After 3 to 6 months of study, students can expect to have learned at least the basic musical and pianistic tools needed to become more proficient players.
A beginning lesson with me is very much a "get to know each other" meeting. I strive to get to know the student as well as I can, what his/her musical background is like, what his/her goals regarding musical study are, etc. I typically ask students who have played piano before to play one or two short pieces so that I can get a good idea of what level that student is at, what his/her strengths and weaknesses are, etc. Students who have never played piano before will still get to play some, figuring out keyboard topography, playing short, simple rote pieces, etc. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and ability levels. I work especially well with adult students, although I have substantial experience teaching children as well, and enjoy it very much.
My musical philosophy is based on the fact that music and music making is one of the most pleasurable activities one can engage in. The discipline and diligence needed to excel at music are proven to have positive impacts on other areas of life, and the joy one experiences from it also have incredibly positive effects on one's life. I hope to make music an enjoyable, refreshing part of the lives of all of my students and hope that, in turn, the joy of music making will spread to other areas of their lives as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide some, but not necessarily all, sheet music, and if students meet me at a predetermined location, a piano as well. If traveling to a student's home, they should have a piano or keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
I am classically trained but play and teach a wide variety of music. My specialties are in classical music, ragtime, and jazz, but I am capable of playing and teaching nearly all styles. I don't necessarily have one particular method or approach that is predetermined, for I prefer to wait until I have met each student before deciding what is the best one, based on said student's needs, goals, and wants.
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Chris M. October 29, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Effective, pleasant, encouraging.

I am an adult student. Jacob has been great. Timely, responsible, motivational, interesting, knowledgeable, encouraging, extremely accomplished (PhD), creative (varying music styles), etc. I highly recommend him.
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Jacob A.

Minneapolis, MN 55417
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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William B.

Minneapolis, MN

Despite the fact that I'm primarily a percussionist, I've been playing piano for even longer, 15+ years, in fact. I graduated with a degree in Music Education and Performance from Berklee College of Music. I'm willing and fully capable of teaching beginning to intermediate piano students, and I have 500+ hours of experience student teaching, working with students at the elementary and high school levels. No matter what piano skills you want to work on, I'm happy to help!

About William

I'm a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied Music Performance (for Drum Set) and Music Education. I've studied under great teachers including Rod Morgenstein, Bob Gripp, Henrique De Almeida, Eric LeVan, Jackie Santos, Steve Wilkes, and the list goes on. I also have experience performing in a wide variety of contexts and genres. In your lessons with me I will help you to achieve any musical goals you have as well as to take your current skills up to the next level and beyond. I have a wealth of knowledge about music theory and teaching methodology, as well as experie
nce in execution of these skills. Your lessons with me will be fun as well as informative, and if you are willing to put in the work I can guarantee you will make progress as my student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an easy-going guy, so I won't push you very hard unless you want me too. My lessons will focus on achieving your goals. If you want to master your instrument in general, we will focus on theoretical concepts and technique. If you are looking for a fun time and just trying to learn a few songs, I will help you to do that as well. Regardless of your learning goals, I will strive to make my lessons entertaining as well as informative, and together we will make rapid progress if you're willing to put in some work!

Excepting students of all ages and all levels in and around the greater Twin Cities area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instruments and have something available to take notes with, but I will provide materials and anything else that is needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Drum Set, all genres, but my strongest ones are Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I can teach lessons through advanced levels on drums of all sorts and percussion. I can teach or tutor Music Theory to a very high level as well. I am also proficient enough to teach beginner-intermediate piano.
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Logan July 21, 2015
Music Performance · In home
Verified Student
William is a great teacher. I would recommend him for anyone seeking a teacher for children. He teaches both of ours (5 and 8). He has infinite patience, and power of redirection!

They both enjoy lessons--and they're learning!
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Lynette K. May 5, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
An excited learning experience

I have had lessons for a month with Billy, and will continue to study with him in future. He is an excellent teacher. Nothing to neat pick, everything is just amazing. He taught every single details of what I should know about drumming, recommended a really helpful textbook to me, and even helped to make my practice a great fun other than a dull work for a beginner. I really appreciate those. If someone is expecting to have an effective and pleasing learning experience, just go ahead try to work with Billy. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Hope that'd be helpful.
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William B.

William B.

Minneapolis, MN 55417
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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