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Lou S.

Surprise, AZ

About Louis

My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’
re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were encouraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!

*** Lesson Details ***
My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations.
I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming.
Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance.
My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically.
Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically!
I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres.
Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be.
Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves.
From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.

*** Specialties ***
The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles.
I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.
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Ted B. June 6, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
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Justin F. April 10, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching

Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
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Lou S.

Surprise, AZ 85379
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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David A.

Goodyear, AZ

About David

I am a pianist, guitarist, singer and songwriter. Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, I studied classical and jazz piano with Carole Neal, and classical and jazz guitar with Hank Bryant. I have won one Washington Area Music Award for an original instrumental composition. I have performed with numerous and varied musical situations, including The University of Maryland Jazz Orchestra, Pavement Chasers Tribute to Adele, Elvis Aaron Presley Jr., and my own original group “LUMA”, which performed at venues all over the Washington, D.C. area. In 1999, I received a Certificate of Au
dio Engineering from The Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences in Tempe, Arizona. I then produced and performed as a studio musician on a variety of regional and national projects, including radio advertisements for The United Way, Chevrolet, and Pringles. In 2000, I produced, performed, and co-engineered on a recording of my own original music entitled “A & LILL”. I have extensive background and experience in rock, jazz, blues, classical and country musical styles. I currently perform as a freelance keyboardist and guitarist in the Phoenix metro area. In addition to teaching, my other musical passion is writing and performing my original music. I am published through Big Fish Music Publishing Group. With many years of experience teaching students of all ages, I am confident that I can provide lessons that combine both the necessary instruction in theory and technique with the fun and enjoyment of learning new songs! I am able to find out where each student wants to go in his or her musical adventure, and tailor a lesson plan based upon those needs.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a teaching style which is informative and fun at the same time! I do typically use method books for piano and guitar lessons, as well as handouts which I provide. After a certain period of time, usually within 6 months, my students have a solid foundation in theory (scales, chords, etc.) and technique, and are usually on their way to playing songs. I encourage students to let me know what songs they are interested in learning! We learn music through both reading and by ear. I am very patient and I believe in repetition so that my students fully understand the music that they are working on.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front room w/ grand piano, f/w keyboard, guitars, amps, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
For my students, I incorporate a method involving a logical way to learn what the notes are on their instrument. My method involves a combination of music theory and hands on participation. I systematically expose them to theory in order to help them understand what is behind the exercises and songs that they are playing. I use both method books and my own supplemental handouts to enhance their learning experience. I also help students to learn music from audio recordings. I teach jazz, rock, pop, blues, country, and classical music styles.
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Bob July 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I went to Dave to learn theory to improve my note reading. With his patient persistence I'm learning the Seven Keys thru the Circle of Fifths. This is really helping me to play the pop and rock songs I love.

There is no accomplishment like learning music and Dave is a great guide to do it.
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Bob July 2, 2015
Guitar · In studio
I went to Dave to learn theory to help with my note reading and thru his patient persistence, I have learned the seven keys thru the circle of fifths which has enabled me to play the pop and rock songs I love.

The accomplishment of learning music is like no other and Dave is best at guiding the way to it .
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Joycelyn M. June 23, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
David is the most patient music instructors my son has ever had. His professionalism is most outstanding and the passion he has for the music he teaches is a testament to why we need music in our lives.

David is warm and personable. He is flexible with my son's school and baseball schedule but the largest compliment I can give David, is that my son doesn't want to miss his weekly piano lessons.

Another important fact about David is that he doesn't pressure shy students to do recitals. Finding an instructor who understands his students' feelings such as this makes it all more important that I HIGHLY recommend David.

His in-home studio is in a great location for Southwest Valley residents. Goodyear is center of the surrounding cities and David's location is within 2 miles off the freeway.
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David A.

Goodyear, AZ 85395
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starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Nanette G.

Tolleson, AZ

About Nanette

I started studying piano and singing from a very young age. I used to make my friends come over and watch me perform (karaoke style--before karaoke was big) when i was in the 4th grade. My greatest love is music, performing music, and sharing it with others. As a singer i have studied all types of music, but my favorite- and what i excel at- is opera.

I have taken private voice and piano lessons constantly since the age of 5, and have studied opera performance and music theory in college. I perform locally around the community as a singer, direct the church choir, and occasionally
accompany soloists on the piano. I have taught private lessons in voice and piano for 5 years and i greatly enjoy the one on one experience of teaching private lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
I want my students to enjoy the time they spend with me. I believe in a very relaxed, comfortable environment, where students feel they can express themselves, but it is still an environment where time is maximized. In piano, 10-15 min is devoted to theory, scales, and chords, then we work on songs, some of my choosing and some of the students choosing. In voice we spend about 10-15 minutes on warm-ups and the rest of the time is devoted to songs. Again, there are songs that i choose for the students according to the needs of their voice and development, but i also allow the student to bring things he/she wants to learn for fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a sound system and microphone. i have my iPod hooked up to the sound system to play karaoke music.

*** Specialties ***
In piano I am partial to the John Thompson method. I also spend a portion of each lesson on scales and music theory.
In voice, I specialize in bel canto. The most beautiful sounds come when you are not straining the voice. I work on getting it out of the throat and into the mask.

**i do not recommend every other week lessons. take lessons does offer them, but i have not seen many students thrive or progress with that much time in between lessons.
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Marianne P. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Great Teacher

Very patient and well connected with her studentd. My son has learned a lot from the few mths he has been under her tutilage.
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Jeanine S. March 1, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Best teacher for my girl!

Nanette is do kind and patient and she takes the time needed to ensure that the voice and range are being developed. I have to say, since she has been teaching us I have seen such an incredible difference and so happy with the progress!! Thank you and so happy we found her!!!
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RenateN April 13, 2012
Very patient and excellent teacher. So happy we choose her.
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Nanette G.

Nanette G.

Tolleson, AZ 85353
(10)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ

About Amy

Hello there! If you are reading this then you or your child must be interested in learning how to read and play music. I am so excited for the journey you are about to begin!

My name is Amy and I am a certified music teacher. I graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in instrumental music education, and my primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 8 years in the Valley.

I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, especially beginners! I teach beginner lessons in piano, and brass instruments, beginner to intermediate level studen
ts in woodwinds, and beginner up to advanced high-school level clarinet.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons with me will be tailored to each student's needs and goals, however note and rhythm reading will be a strong component in each lesson - especially for beginners. I have a very laid back and patient personality but I do feel that practice at home is very important and expect it from my students in order to give them the best chance at success.

Students with intermediate or advanced ability on their instrument will have the opportunity to have lessons directed towards specific interests such as preparing for chair placement tests, honor band auditions, or solo and ensemble festivals.

It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or accoustic piano is not available.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio.

There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons of their children as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do while their child is having his/her lesson. :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
I do not travel to student homes for lessons at this time.

*** Specialties ***
Working with beginners of all ages.
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Shavon B. June 27, 2015
Flute · In home
Verified Student
Amy was a great teacher. My daughter is shy and she was nervous to be a beginner with a flute. Amy was patient with her and made her feel comfortable. I would recommend Amy for any nervous beginner.
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Justin B. May 2, 2015
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Amy was very pleasant & worked well with Justin.
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Lisa M. August 11, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amy is awesome! My son just turned 5 and his attention span is very short, but Amy is able to keep him on track. She is very patient and always go over the material with me, so that I understand it and I am able to help my son practice at home. I really appreciate her teaching style.
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Amy Z.

Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ 85392
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Susan K.

Sun City West, AZ

About Susan

Ms. K. been teaching private lessons since 2000 in Michigan and she has recently move to Arizona to teach music in a public school. She is currently available and looking to teach lessons at her home studio. Ms. K. has worked with students of various ages and abilities and loves the one on one attention she can give to helping her students grow as musicians. She takes great pride in not only teaching how to play or sing, but also how to practice in a time saving manner.

Ms. K. received her training at Madonna University (a private university in Michigan) in 2009, where she received a Bach
elor's degree (with highest honors) in Music education. She has had extensive training in music theory, piano pedagogy, piano, voice and organ performance - along with work in music theater. She has been a choir director and is currently a public school music teacher (K - 8). She looks forward to helping you achieve your musical goals.
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Laura Olohan June 13, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was a great 1st lesson. I loved her teaching style. Although I am a novice, she made me feel good about my accomplishment. Looking forward to more lessons.
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Carolyn T. January 3, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
Susan is a terrific teacher --patient yet challenging and most knowledgeable. Her lessons are quite delightful!
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Susan K. November 6, 2014
Piano · In home
Susan was my Piano teacher for a couple of years before she moved to Arizona. She was just wonderful. A great teacher and yet flexible and understanding. Although she made sure I was challenged, she was willing to work with me on the pieces that I was interested in and kept me encouraged to continue playing and learning the piano with my terribly busy schedule. I highly recommend Susan as a music and piano teacher.
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Susan K.

Susan K.

Sun City West, AZ 85375
(4)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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