Class Details

  • Beginner
  • 5 Students
  • 10+
  • 45 mins.

Class Objectives

How to play major and minor chords

All about chord inversions

Playing a song with chord inversions

Requirements

A reliable internet connection

A laptop or desktop computer if you’re joining from home - The Google Chrome web browser is recommended for computer users

A tablet or smartphone if you’re on-the-go - The TakeLessons app (for Android or iPhone) is required for smartphone users

A built-in or external webcam

Description

These interactive piano classes will teach you the fundamentals of piano chords so you can start expanding your playing skills. You’ll begin with learning the major and minor chords, and then move on to playing major and minor chord inversions. An experienced instructor will explain what each of these are, and make them easy to understand! Finally, you’ll put it all together by learning how to play a song with major and minor chord inversions.

Teachers

To provide the greatest availability of start dates we have assigned multiple teachers to this class. All teachers will cover the same class material however their teaching styles may vary.
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Phillip F.
I am a pianist and singer who started learning to play the piano at age 6, and I love teaching all students of all experience levels. Professionally, I have worked with different theater and opera companies as a lead actor and as a musician. I have also worked in many different church positions as a musician and singer. I have many years of teaching experience with piano at all experience levels.

I teach how to read music, understand the theory behind the music, and the technique needed in a patient atmosphere at the pace of the student. I also teach you how the piano works and the different types of pianos as well as the history of keyboards used for different classical music. The lessons are geared toward the goals of the student no matter what level is desired. I can't wait to work with you!
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Edwin I.
I am a professional teacher/studio musician/performer/producer with over 17 years of private teaching experience and a graduate of the University of Miami Studio Music and Jazz program in 2002. During 1996-98 I studied jazz guitar at the New World School of the Arts music program under the direction of J.B. Dyas and Dr. Roby George. Upon graduation, I was immediately accepted to the University of Miami jazz guitar program under the direction of Randall Dollahan. It was during this time that I also refined my skills as a classical guitarist and as a composer/arranger. In addition, I began passing my knowledge onto friends and eventually began working as a teacher.

My ability to play almost any genre of music is the fruit of past experience playing with an impressive variety of music groups, including jazz combos, symphony orchestras, Andean world music ensembles, and several rock and pop groups as well. As a studio guitarist I have recorded for various artists including Jaci Velasquez, Carlos Ponce, Alexandre Pires, and Noelia.
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Loretta M.
I have always been fascinated with how music is created and who works behind the scenes of performances and recordings. I started playing the flute in elementary school, piano in junior high school, and singing in high school. I have been teaching for over ten years now. Working with students both in person and online has been amazing. With online lessons I am able to work with students who love the convenience of being at home and in person I can show students what it is like to really grow! I love my students of all ages, and can only hope to show others how amazing music can be. I have worked with a handful of students with special needs and am comfortable teaching in a non-traditional style. I am currently preparing to complete my certification in music therapy. Those who can do teach, and those who can teach totally do!
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Denise B.
Just like a piano, flute or violin, your voice is an instrument. The purpose of voice lessons is to help you to 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 our class to be more than just singing through a few songs. 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. 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 class, voice classes 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!
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Jared J.
I am overjoyed and grateful to say I have been playing music for more than half of my life. It has never stopped being the light in my day and now it is my hope to shed some of that light onto you or your child. I am a very friendly and fun teacher with a great deal of professionalism and patience, even more importantly I love teaching and music with a passion.

I have been playing an instrument since the 4th grade (cello) and, as I learned more about how music works, was slowly able to pick-up a greater variety instruments with an increasing degree of ease. In high school, I decided to pick-up the guitar just to "have fun and rock out". I joined a band, played in the high school orchestra, joined the high school jazz band and began to practice songwriting and cover songs. Still, it was not until after I took my first class on music theory that I knew how much I not only loved the thrill of playing music but the discovery of how it worked. With this experience I can show you or your child why learning an instrument can be not only an exciting experience but an interesting and enthralling one as well.
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Carl S.
Dr. Carl S. is currently Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University, a position he has held since 2014. His responsibilities include directing the SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, and teaching the saxophone studio. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in saxophone performance at the University of Kansas in 2014, and his Master of Music Pedagogy and Performance from Oklahoma State University in 2011. He graduated from Harrah High School in 2002, earned his Bachelor of Music Education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2008, and was a 5th-12th grade Head Band Director at Fairview Public schools.
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Luis M.
I am a hard working tutor that will bring the joy of the subject to our sessions of tutoring. I have taught several students in many fields including but not limited to: Spanish, Piano (beginner-intermediate), Vocal Development etc. I am very friendly and personable, but also professional. When students come to me with problems, I will do whatever it takes to bring them to the solution. My motto is, a problem is just another opportunity for you to do your best.

Reviews

6 Reviews
Philip understood what I am looking for and my goals. He was easy to follow and explains the lesson well.
Larissa
Mar 10, 2017
We just had our first lesson and Philip was great. Connected with my son and explained things in a very understandable way. Good balance between theory and practical exercises. Also was excellent at communicating with me prior to the lesson to learn more about my son and introduce himself.
CJ Z.
Mar 31, 2017
Phillip is a great teacher! He customizes his approach to what you need and gives you exercises to practice at home between lessons (going out of his way)!
Tori
May 31, 2017
Phillip was very patient with me, and tried to teach me everything he knew. I could sense his passion!
Charles O.
Aug 29, 2017
He knows what he's teaching and he made the lesson a lot of fun!
Caroline Z.
Sep 12, 2017
Was really anxious as an adult starting something new and different but he put my mind at ease and I have learned a lot already.
Jennifer S.
Sep 13, 2017