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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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Carole April 15, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
He was very patient and provided a good understanding of learning the drums. He provided information I never knew and know it will help me better understand the learning process. Look for to my next lesson.
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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
(3)
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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Valentino K. December 26, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Wonderful instructor with my 7 year old son. Mr. Anderson has been patient and thorough in his teaching and also was helpful in the selection of guitar that was suitable for my son. Thank you Mr. Anderson.
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Kelly L. November 5, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I love David! He was very laid back, patient, just totally fabulous. I can't wait to go back! :)
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Joycelyn M. September 14, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Josh learned so quickly and efficiently under
David's tutorials. David is highly recommended.
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David A.

David A.

Goodyear, AZ 85395
(12)
starting at
$32 / 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 I am nearly finished with my Master's degree in Band Conducting at American Band College. My primary instrument is clarinet. I have taught instrumental music for 10 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 woodwinds, and beginner 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.

As a general rule, young students and those with less than a year of experience on their instrument will likely do best with a 30 minute lesson. More advanced students may opt for the longer 45 minute lesson.

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.

*** Required Equipment ***

I have a full size (88 key) digital piano with attached pedal in my home studio for lessons. It is extremely important that students taking piano lessons have an instrument to practice at home - a keyboard is fine if an electric or acoustic piano is not available.

Students playing wind instruments will need to bring their own instrument and supplies (reeds, oil) to their lessons.

Students should rent or purchase an instrument prior to beginning lessons. If you are uncertain what brands are best I would be happy to provide assistance so please don't hesitate to ask any questions that you have before making a decision.

*****Parents and Guardians*****

Parents are welcome to run errands,take a walk, or stay in the car during lessons if that is their preference, just be sure to return on time.

There is a lazyboy and magazines for parents who like to stay for the lessons as well as a table and chairs for those that have work to do.

*** Specialties ***
Working with beginners of all ages.
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Emmafaith March 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Amy has been great for my daughter who is just learning piano for the first time. Very kind, calm, and patient and encouraging. Just what we would want in a piano teacher!
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Melissa C. August 27, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is really patient, easy going and understanding. She explains things in a way my son can understand. Recommend!
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Lisa M. August 2, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son loves Miss Amy! He never once gave me a hard time about going to his piano lesson even when I was pulling him away from playing with his friends. Amy is so patient and supportive and always made my son feel special. I am truly grateful for everything she has done to help my son learn and understand music better. Thank you, Amy! You are simply awesome.
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Amy Z.

Amy Z.

Avondale, AZ 85392
(13)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Erin W.

Goodyear, AZ

About Erin

I am an enthusiastic, caring, and patient voice and piano instructor. I am passionate about both music and teaching.
I began playing piano when I was 9 years, and began classical vocal instruction at the age of 10. I have been teaching both voice and piano since 2004. I received my Bachelors of Music in Music Therapy in 2013. I believe passionately in the healing and restorative power of music. My teaching methods are based on traditional practices and pedagogy while also incorporating my student’s musical preferences, and personal goals. My main goal as a teacher is to help each student
reach their highest musical potential while developing a life-long love for music.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a relaxed and patient teacher. I use positive reinforcement in order to help inspire and motivate my students. I do expect my students to play and/or sing outside of lessons, but I will never make my students feel anything but proud of their accomplishments as a musician.
My piano students will learn note reading, proper fingering, posture and technique, music theory, chord theory, ear training, and performance.
My voice students will learn proper posture, breathing, vocal technique and alignment. They will also learn how to sing in many different styles, or if they wish we can focus on specific genre of music.
Within 3-6 months my students will have a much greater understanding of music, and will have developed a passion for playing their instrument or singing.

*** Specialties ***
I use many different method books when teaching piano and am most comfortable with the Bastien series and Alfreds. When teaching voice I draw on many different methods and am comfortable teaching classical, pop, musical theater, and jazz.
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Susie Youngblood April 1, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Erin is a breath of fresh air. No matter what the problem she is there to help and her skills are impeccable! Erin really knows how to teach and I am very happy as I continue learning. I am an older person and Erin has the patience needed to work with anyone. I highly recommend Erin and I love it when she sings, what a wonderful voice.
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Joseph P. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Erin is very kind and is very patient with my child. My son is learning a lot and I am quite pleased with how she teaches.
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Faith November 5, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Faith was VERY HAPPY w her lesson/ THANK YOU!
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Erin W.

Erin W.

Goodyear, AZ 85395
(20)
starting at
$32 / 30-min
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Jill M.

Glendale, AZ

About Jill

I have been a professional oboist for over 35 years and have taught beginning piano privately and in group classes. For the past 18 years, I've taught beginning piano,chorus, guitar, band, and music humanities for the Deer Valley Unified School District. I will make your lessons fun and exciting and teach to your abilities at the moment. I believe that all children are inherently musical and the study of music can help a student in all aspects of their life, not just music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In addition to the standard music stands, metronome, tuners and music, I have digital recor
ding equipment for student's audition recordings. I have helped college bound students get into serious music programs like Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. For students ages 5 to 9 years old, I recommend the recorder as a introductory woodwind before learning the oboe.
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Emilee P. May 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great Teacher
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Taylor D. February 8, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We had our lst lesson and Jill was wonderful. She was patience and lots of interesting things for our 5 year to keep her attention. I loved her style and very personable too. At the end of the day our daughter was saying te te te te.
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COURY H. February 3, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Great she works will with the boy great experience
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Jill M.

Jill M.

Glendale, AZ 85304
(6)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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