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Sindhu G.

Lilburn, GA

I teach beginners from a classical perspective using the Faber method with a strong emphasis on sightreading and music theory. As the students advance, we may move into other genres at the students' interest, with a continued focus on artistry and technique.

I suggest 30 minute lessons for beginning students and 45 minute lessons for all Level 1 and above piano students.

About Sindhu

Sindhu, singer and pianist, received her Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Georgia State University where she studied with W. Dwight Coleman. She is familiar with many genres of music including classical, pop, christian contemporary, and music theater. Her stage credits include the roles of Cendrillon in Massenet's Cendrillon, Mi in the Atlanta Lyric Theater production of The Land of Smiles, and Voice of the Fountain in the Lincoln Center Opera production of Ainadamar.

Sindhu is also at home in orchestral singing, having sung as a featured soloist with the Atlanta Symphony Orchest
ra on several occasions, including performances of West Side Story as well as the concert setting production and Deutsche Grammophon recording of Osvaldo Golijov's Grammy Award winning Ainadamar, which she also sang at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

In addition to singing, Sindhu is accomplished pianist, having performed as a music director and accompanist for many musicals including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, The Wiz, High School Musical, and the Secret Garden. She currently serves as the Children Choirs accompanist at Tucker United Methodist Church and plays regularly in the worship services at Gwinnett Community Church.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons take place once a week for either 30 or 45 minutes. I strongly suggest 30 minute lessons for all beginning piano students and 45 minute lessons for all Level 1 and above piano students as well as all voice students.

For Piano: I use the Faber method books. Lessons usually begin with a concept out of the Lesson Book followed up by an assignment from the Theory Book. If time permits, we will play out of the Performance Book, another song book, or a song of the student's choice. I always try to end the lesson with a music game that emphasizes ear training, sight-reading, and theory.

For Voice: I teach breath focused singing using a variety of approaches, the main being Bel Canto Technique. I enjoy teaching many genres of voice including music theater, classical, pop, and jazz. I begin the lesson with exercises emphasizing breathing and technique. I then move to working through songs enhancing the student's artistry. If time allows, we work on sight-reading and ear training at the end of the lesson.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano and music stand. I also have recording equipment if the student needs to record themselves.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not provide any equipment besides books and materials. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard accessible in the home.

*** Specialties ***
Classical and Contemporary Piano

Classical, Pop, and Music Theatre Voice
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Tamara B. June 7, 2014
Piano · In studio
I think that Ms. Sindhu is a great piano teacher and that she taught me to play a billion times better. She is very nice and helpful when it comes to me making mistake. She encourages me to try new songs. Also, she makes piano fun and enjoyable. I used to play piano because my mom made me take lessons but now I love it.
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Michele K. February 5, 2014
Piano
Excellent teacher with great patience

My 6 year old son takes lessons with Sindhu. He is an active boy and she does an excellent job of motivating him and keeping him focused throughout the entire lesson. She moves at his pace and encourages him to improve with every lesson.
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Katherine S. February 5, 2014
Piano
Great Piano Teacher!

Sindhu is a great musician and an excellent teacher. I have been very impressed with how quickly my son has learned and how thorough his education has been. Sindhu doesn't teach her students piano tricks so they can impress their parents with songs the first week. She makes sure they have a real grasp of each step before moving to the next. I'm so so glad she is a part of my son's early education!
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Sindhu G.

Sindhu G.

Lilburn, GA 30047
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$35 / 30-min
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Anna T.

Lawrenceville, GA

About Anna

I have played piano for 20 years and sang almost as long. I had professional voice lessons from Daniela Opravialova, retired opera singer, for 6 years and have performed on local stages in several leading roles. I am a proficient sight reader who participated in All State Chorus for 6 years and was awarded the music departmental plaque for the class of 2004. I have a focus on opera, musical theater, folk, and intermediate piano.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a fairly laid back instructor who will focus on your improvements and showcase your talents through performances. I will use a variety
of curriculum varying from theory (to teach you how to read your music) to vocal techniques and performance pieces. In a few months I will have your vocal range strengthened and you will play piano with more confidence. I will start with your lowest ability and work up to more difficult pieces whether in piano, voice, or both.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
n/a

*** Specialties ***
I studied music with a focus on opera and musical theater but am also fond of folk and pop.
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Lan B. March 8, 2015
Singing · In studio
Hi there Ms. Anna, I am hoping to have you as a teacher for singing lessons, but I have one request. My dad doesn't want to pay using his credit card, so is there any way we can pay using checks or cash? I would really like for you to be my singing instructor. Please email me at lanbui0430@gmail.com as soon as you make up your mind, thank you very much! Hopefully you read this review, as I didn't know any other way to reach you.
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Alexus A. August 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first lesson singing lesson ever as well as my first lesson with Ms. Anna yesterday. Ms. Anna is a great instructor who makes her students feel comfortable to learn, make mistakes and grow without any pressure to be perfect. She listens to what her students want from their experience and sets goals to better help you achieve them. Overall Ms.Anna is a great instructor who I would recommend to anyone wishing to learn or better themselves as a singer.
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Christine S. December 10, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Wonderful voice teacher for my daughter

Anna has a beautiful voice and works with my daughter on the music she wants to sing, but also encourages her work with many other different types of music as well to broaden her experience. My daughter's voice has gotten stronger, her range has increased and she has become much more confident since she has been working with Anna. She looks forward to her voice lessons every week.
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Anna T.

Anna T.

Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Lark S.

Lawrenceville, GA

Teach younger and older beginners (including adults) up to advanced.

About Lark

I absolutely love music and teaching it to others! Having studied both clarinet and piano at the University of Georgia, I am patient and encouraging with both children and adults. I have taught piano, clarinet, and alto saxophone for several years and have children of my own; so I understand that each person is an individual and has different needs and strengths. I am also the Beginning Band Director with the Athens Area Homeschool Band and assist with solo festivals and auditions and have played with the Gwinnett Community Band. I enjoy teaching beginning students as well as more advanced
students. It is such a huge joy to see a student grow in their understanding of music and gain the confidence that comes with it!

*** Lesson Details ***
I use the Bastien lesson series with my young beginning pianists which starts with being able to identify the notes and keys on the piano and then moves to reading music on the staff. I am very patient and encouraging with young students and speak to them on their level. My goal is for them to be able to identify the notes on the keyboard, find the correct hand position, and play a few simple songs within two to three months. After six months, they will be playing songs while reading notes on the staff. They may also participate in the Spring Recital and Christmas Recital depending on when they begin. *Please note, that I expect all beginners to have a piano or keyboard to practice on before beginning lessons. (Please look under Studio Equipment to see details and suggestions.)

For my adult beginning pianists, I use a lesson series by Alfred which combines music theory with the lesson songs and exercises. At the beginning they jump right into reading music, and within three months, the student will be able to play some nice songs. After six months, basic chords will have been introduced and they will be able play more complicated songs.

For my more advanced piano students, I use the Faber lesson series. With all students, I include music theory in each lesson, but the Faber series goes into more depth. It also covers a variety of music genres, including ragtime, jazz and classical. Also, depending on the individual, I will begin to incorporate some classical pieces as soon as they are ready. I'm always open to knowing what a student likes and pursuing songs that they will enjoy playing, particularly as they become more accomplished!

With my clarinet and alto saxophone students, I focus on scales and arpeggios, help them with songs that they are working on in band, and provide supplemental exercises, duets, or solos for them to play. I also help prepare students for middle school and high school district and all-state auditions by working on the scales, etudes, and sight reading and encourage them to participate in the Spring Music Recital.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano, keyboard, clarinet, and alto saxophone that I use for teaching, but I expect my students to have their own instrument before beginning lessons. A keyboard is fine for beginning piano students; it is not necessary to have a piano. I will be happy to recommend models and brands of keyboards to new piano students. Keyboards need to have full size keys and be 'touch sensitive' or have the 'grand piano touch', meaning how hard you press the keys will determine how loud it will sound. Some Yamaha models I recommend are: PSR E333, PSR E423, YPG 235, and EZ 220.

*** Specialties ***
I use Bastien piano method books with my younger (early elementary) piano students, and prefer the Faber piano method series with my older piano students (upper elementary through high school) which includes a variety of songs, ear training, transposing, and more music theory. With advanced piano students, I primarily focus on a variety of Classical music in addition to songs that may be of interest to them. With my adult piano students, I use the Alfred adult series which contains popular and classical songs that they may be familiar with. Each method includes music theory. I prefer teaching piano from first grade and up through adults, but have taught some five year old students as well.

I am familiar with the "Essential Elements" and "Standard of Excellence" method series for both clarinet and saxophone. I teach beginning to advanced clarinet and beginning to intermediate alto saxophone. I am classically trained on the clarinet although I enjoy playing and teaching a variety of genres.
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JimF July 1, 2012
Patient and Knowledgeable

Lark has turned out to be a good fit for my learning style. Trying to learn as an adult can be challenging and frustrating... And I am sure it can be a substantial test for the teacher as well. Lark has been very patient and understanding as well as very encouraging. Her lesson notes are extremely helpful as I prepare for each week's lesson. She knows her stuff and also knows how to create a good environment for the student. I am having a good experience indeed.
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MorganR January 8, 2012
Flexible teaching style

Lark is extremely flexible with her teaching style. As a middle aged adult who has never read a note of music, I don't have a lot of patience with starting at the very beginning. I want to start playing songs I am interested in immediately. Lark manages to work this music into her lesson so that I keep my interest. I would recommend her to anyone who is just starting out.
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SherryC December 7, 2011
Piano

She is an excellent teacher. My daughter has really learned alot from her.
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Lark S.

Lark S.

Lawrenceville, GA 30043
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Ginger T.

Lilburn, GA

I have been teaching private piano lessons for ten years. My students perform in an annual recital and many have played for their school holiday program. This year, I began offering my students the opportunity to play in local festivals where they earn a score and rank by level. I teach my keyboard students to play through singing the melody and finding the matching tones on the keyboard. I use the Musikgarten curriculum as well as the Piano Adventure series for my private students. In both private and group lessons my students learn to play the same music in different keys. This demonstrates how well a student is using his or her ear to play the melody. My students read and learn to write music through our theory time in our lesson. I continually aim to provide my students with additional skills on the piano. We evaluate what is being learned by it's form and key. I include repertoire beyond our method books and help my students play music they know but don't have music for.

About Ginger

I have been teaching music to young people since 1987. I began as an elementary music specialist and taught in public schools for thirteen years. After starting my family, I began to teach part time as a Preschool music and movement teacher and private piano instructor. I now have fourteen years experience in this field. In the fall of 2013 I added a group keyboard class to my schedule for young beginners. This experience has given me firm footing for approaching music students of all ages. Students respond positively to the excitement and beauty of making music.

During every piano less
on I aim to help the student play musically and beautifully. We listen to different styles of music and use expressive technique to recreate that style.

My piano studies began in the first-grade. I studied the piano through high school and entered college as a music major with piano as my principal instrument. I chose the flute when middle school band was offered and continued to play through high school and college. My degree course was classroom/choral music which lead me to be a University Singer at Ole Miss during my four years there. It's fair to say that music has contributed greatly to make me the person I am .

I lived in Yokkaichi Japan after graduation from college where I taught conversational English and served as a Christian missionary. When I returned to the Atlanta area, I began my music education career. My music library has grown to include books, cds and music in American Folk music, multi-cultural folk music, classical and jazz music. I've also had the privilege of gaining many hours of professional training in Orff Schulwerk , Kodaly, Choral education and working with young children .

My mission is to bring music to life in my lessons and my students' lives!

*** Lesson Details ***
I think my best teaching characteristic is encouragement. When you're learning something new, you need time to get it right. I use Alfred's Premier Performance series because it includes duets for the teacher and student to play together. This is a fun way to play rhythmically and have ensemble sound while getting started. Alfred also introduces multiple styles of music, simple folk songs to more complicated boogie and dance rhythms as well as classical selections. My students prepare music for the winter holidays and a spring recital. I introduce scales for students who are ready by the second and third year and supplement course books with popular and classical pieces.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Petrof studio upright piano, drums, CD's, library of supplemental piano music.

*** Specialties ***
Traditional method series instruction for young students through adult. I recently added the Musikgarten "Making Music at the Keyboard" curriculum to my method choices. The Musikgarten approach focuses on aural training, leading students to internalize the music they learn before playing it at the keyboard. It emphasizes hearing, singing and playing the rhythmic and melodic patterns before reading them. Like learning to read words, this approach starts with "speaking" the language of music followed by reading and writing it.
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Christine S. May 17, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter practice with Ginger for only 1 and 1/2 month ( every Saturday) and perform her first recital today. Ginger T. Is a very patient and overall a great teacher. Thanks to her and takelessons.com it was well above what I expected.
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Beth R. November 25, 2013
Piano
She makes piano fun!

My children love that they have lots of choices as to which songs they play. They are gently challenged and always encouraged. The recitals are thoughtfully put together and are enjoyed by all!
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Craig N. November 21, 2013
Piano
Patient and encouraging

My son has been taking piano lessons with Ginger for a year and a half starting at age 8. Playing an instrument was quite different from anything my son had tried before. He can get frustrated when things don't come easily. But Ginger is patient and makes sure to pace his lessons accordingly, sometimes giving him another week on a piece to gain more confidence. Ginger was also my son's preschool music teacher, so I've seen her in action with a group of very young children and know that anyone that can put together a preschool music program is a primo teacher!
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Ginger T.

Ginger T.

Lilburn, GA 30047
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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Kristin T.

Lawrenceville, GA

I can teach good piano playing technique, how to harmonize with chords, and how to play with two hands doing two separate rhythms. Beyond teaching piano basics, I can teach how to play piano in a contemporary worship band. I can also teach how to improvise on the piano in different musical styles.

About Kristin

Teaching Style:

In my lessons I emphasize both technical skill and musical creativity. I use the Russian Method to instill my students with good technique and tone and I make sure that my students are confident on their scales and etudes. I try to chose pieces for my students that encourage artistic expression and I aim to help my students develop their own musical creativity.

Musical Experience:

I teach and perform on the violin, viola, and cello. I was a principal in the Gwinnett County Youth Symphony Orchestra, assistant principal in the Kendall Youth Symphony Orchestra, and an a
ssistant principal in the Emory Youth Symphony Orchestra. Currently I play violin in the Georgia State University Orchestra, perform composer's new works in the Atlanta area, play violin in contemporary worship bands, and I am also a sectional coach for Couch Middle School. I am completing my Bachelors degree in Music Education at Georgia State University and I hope to soon teach orchestra in the public school system.
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Maya M. May 16, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
My experience was more fun than I thought. It was funner to learn how to play the cello.So, that why I gave it 5 stars
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Sharon J. April 23, 2015
Drawing · In home
Verified Student
We love Kristin. My 8 year old daughter is taking drawing lessons with Kristin. She is fabulous with kids. My daughter enjoys the class so much. I recommend her highly.
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Kristin T.

Kristin T.

Lawrenceville, GA 30044
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$25 / 30-min

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