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Joni C.

Woodinville, WA

About Joni

I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.

*** Lesson Details ***
I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Baldwin Acoustic Piano
Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard
Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets

*** Travel Equipment ***
Electronic keyboard
Worksheets

*** Specialties ***
Group and independent lessons, all styles of music but focus on classical and pop.
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Konrad M. July 6, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Joni was fantastic with my 2 year! Very patient and offered age appropriate lesson material.
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Judy H. April 12, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I'm 6 years old and am enjoying lessons with Joni very much.
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Joni C.

Joni C.

Woodinville, WA 98072
(2)
starting at
$18 / 15-min
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Ben G.

Lynnwood, WA

About Ben

I have been teaching French Horn, piano and composition privately for about seven years, mainly in Snohomish and King counties. I have also coached horn players in local school bands during this time, as well as helping students with learning disabilities. There are many difficulties that students encounter when studying music, and I want to help you turn weaknesses into strengths, and help you find out where your greatest strengths (and interests) lie in music. I'll work with you to help you understand your own musical desires and goals, so that you can get the most out of your lessons. I
am committed to understanding each of my students, and to sharing my love of music with each one of them. I teach French Horn, piano, music theory and composition as well as songwriting. Currently, I teach in the South Snohomish County and North King County areas.

I was eight years old when I started taking piano lessons in Tacoma, WA. When I was 12, I discovered that I had perfect pitch while playing church hymns with my dad. This ability has served me well on a number of occasions. I discontinued formal piano lessons when I started college, but I continued to play piano on a nearly daily basis from that point on, keeping my technical skills at a very advanced level. I played trumpet in school bands starting in the 5th grade, and switched to French Horn in the 8th grade. The appeal of the horn may have had something to do with its rich, warm sound, its intricacy and complexity, and the demands that it placed on me to play with a high degree of pitch accuracy. I loved the challenge of playing accurately on the horn then, and I still do. As a horn student, I have studied with Jacqueline Shannon, Kathy Farner, Kathy Colton, Lawrence Lowe, Elizabeth Ward, Jeff Snedeker, Rodger Burnett and Stacie Eliason. As a horn performer, I have played with community and regional professional orchestras in Central Washington, Olympia, in the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and in numerous ensembles in college.

I have studied music at Tacoma Community College, Brigham Young University and Central Washington University. I received Bachelor of Arts in Music at Central Washington University. I plan on attending graduate school in the future, focusing on music composition and film composition, as well as French Horn and piano performance.

As a music composer, I have written works for many different ensembles, choral works, solo piano pieces, and works for solo instruments. I am drawn to rich harmonies and beautiful melodies, as well as interesting timbres and musical variety, in my own music and that of the music I listen to. I am easily able to visualize music in color, and I have a thorough understanding of how the elements of music combine together to affect emotions in listeners. This is one of the reasons that I am currently pursuing film and media composition.

As a student, teacher, performer and music composer, I know that there are countless musical topics that students are curious about. I feel that students should feel free to ask any question in the field of music, even if it may seem like a "dumb" question. I value the sincerity and passion for good music that so many students have. I will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that you need, so that you can see more clearly your own musical goals. Previous and current students I have, each have made improvements in their own playing and knowledge of music, some of whom have made vast improvements in their playing and knowledge of music.

As I have taught music privately for a little while now, and can reasonably compare how I teach with other instructors that I know well, I can say with certainty that there are at least a few areas of my teaching that are somewhat unique and highly beneficial for certain students, if not most students. I value ear training and using flashcards with beginner students quite a bit, and am fond of teaching not only the "nuts and bolts" of music, but also, how music "works", such that a student of mine can write their own music if they have the desire to do so. I also try to assign a wide variety of music for each student (which differs according to each student's musical interests, abilities, and areas of their playing that need to be improved), especially as they improve and approach the intermediate levels of playing. There are many reasons I do this, but for the student, it is very important that they do not feel particularly "bored" with the music they are playing. I also have found that students who have a more sensitive nature tend to be more comfortable with the way I teach, as I reserve higher, stricter expectations for more advanced, older students. I also try to always be as patient, kind, and considerate with every student as I can be. Lastly, I highly encourage questions and feedback at any time during a lesson, and I try to create an atmosphere where the student feels comfortable to do so.

I accept students from five years old on up, but I prefer horn students to be at least ten years old before starting lessons, unless they have noticeably greater abilities to focus for a certain period of time than other children their age.

Employment and Musical Experience:

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Private Composition Instructor, January 2009-Present

Private Horn Instructor, January 2009-Present

Private Piano Instructor, Fall 2006-Spring 2007, January 2009-Present

Summer Camp Counselor: Lutheran Summer Music, Summer 2006

Principal Horn: Ensign Symphony Orchestra, December 2014

Fourth Horn: Olympia Symphony, September 2012

Third Horn: Mid-Columbia Symphony, February-May 2007

Second Horn: Washington East Opera, Barber of Seville, January 2006

Substitute Third Horn: Yakima Symphony, Winter 2006

Third/Fourth Horn: Wenatchee Symphony, Fall 2005

Substitute Horn: Leavenworth Summer Music Theater: Summer 2005

1st Horn: Shoreline Community Church, Christmas 2004

Principal Horn: Central Washington University Symphony, Chamber Orchestras

Principal Horn: Central Washington University Wind Ensemble

Finalist, Northwest Horn Workshop Mock Auditions, March 2005

Education:

Graduate, Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program

Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Courses: Central Washington University, 2006-2007

Bachelor of Arts in Music: Central Washington University, Summer 2006

Associate of Arts and Sciences: Tacoma Community College, Fall 2002

Other:

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Served 2 Year Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

Music Composer/Arranger

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I have always wanted people I interact with to be, as a general rule, comfortable and relaxed in any setting. This certainly applies to the students I teach. However, students can expect that musical improvement will only occur through daily practice and constant effort. That being said, I am more interested in helping students overcome any difficulties in this area through reviewing their own practice habits and motivations, rather than using harsh discipline. It is crucial that students see the connection between their own practicing and musical improvement. Once this occurs, they can take more responsibility for their own progress with that added awareness.

The material chosen for each student will vary considerably, depending on their current knowledge, experience and ability level, innate abilities, musical tastes and priorities. The progress that is made will, to a large extent, be determined by the student's practice habits and natural ability. However, over the course of a few months or so, students should see noticeable improvement in their own musical abilities, if they practice and pay attention during lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, music stand, computer/printer, metronome

*** Travel Equipment ***
-French Horn: pencil, mute, tuner/metronome, maintenance/cleaning supplies, some books depending on if it is a first lesson, etc. I bring my own horn, and expect the student to have their horn. I also expect them to have a music journal to use as a reference for practicing and keeping track of their progress. Occasionally, I will employ a recording device for the purpose of assessing personal teaching effectiveness, or for the student to evaluate their progress/record their practicing.
-Piano: Metronome, pencil, some books if it is a first lesson, music journal, possibly a recording device from time to time.
-Music Theory/Composition: Music paper, pencil, music journal.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.No specific methods in particular, and I tend to teach more in the classical genres, with some pop/film music thrown in for variety (from time to time). I prefer using the Bastian, Alfred, and/or John Thompson piano methods, and Pottag-Hovey, Maxime-Alphonse, etc. for French Horn.
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Sheila M. May 29, 2014
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I was apprehensive to the type of instructor I would hire. As we got over the first two sessions and able to get more acquainted, I like that Ben paid attention to the type of music I wanted to learn and tailored his lesson based on my skills level.
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DeidreD July 27, 2012
This Music Man is great!

Having taken piano lessons for over 40 years on and off, Ben is a refreshing change. He makes me laugh and learn in new ways and has rejuvinated my love of playing music. (Even though I had to bring out the dusty Hanon book!)
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DaynaT May 3, 2011
Tre's mom; REALTOR/Broker

Ben is teaching Tre wonderfully. He is really getting to know Tre and adjust the lessons accordingly. Tre likes his lessons and seems engaged in the songs, material (theory, practice book and flash cards) and process. It helps that Ben is patient, seems to be a good listener and gives helpful praise when Tre gets a concept or improves in his technique. Keep doing what your doing Ben. We care that it is all a positive experience for everyone : )Dayna
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Ben G.

Ben G.

Kenmore, WA 98028
(5)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Vanessa P.

Lynnwood, WA

About Vanessa

Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.

Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera'€™s most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.

*** Lesson Details ***
The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Tool”, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
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Rebecca M. April 25, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Vast amount of experience...kind ....patient....inspirational...super encouraging.
My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
Amazing teacher!
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Maxim A. October 20, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Seriously, best instructor ever!
Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
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Curt H. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Superior Teacher, Outstanding Vocal/Music Lessons

Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
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Vanessa P.

Vanessa P.

Lynnwood, WA 98036
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA

About Nicholas

*** General Bio ***
Hi! My name is Nick and I was born and raised in the pacific northwest. Initially from the Olympia, WA area, I have lived in Seattle for the past 13 years and received my education at UW in music performance.

I am perhaps most known in the northwest marching percussion community from a recent 7-year stint instructing and coordinating the University of Washington Husky Drumline. During my time with UW, I helped propel the UW drumline from regional to national prominence. In the summer of 2013, I also led the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps to their highest percussion scorin
g in 6 years. Last but not least, I have also been involved with both the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline & Sounders Sound Wave.

Outside of marching percussion, I currently tour with cinematic-electro-pop band HARPS (fb.com/thesoundofharps) and maintain a busy private lesson studio.

I proudly endorse Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that good teaching revolves around finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle.

As your teacher, I will do my very best in making you a more complete and well-rounded musician while helping guide you toward your goals. Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced pro wanting to brush up on a few new skills, I can help you. Over the past decade, I have successfully instructed folks from every age range and skill level. I'd love to have the opportunity to help you, too!

One thing I pride myself on is the ability to go at the students pace. I will teach in whatever way gets you the best results. In my experience, some people respond well to strict, regimented curriculum while others prefer a more laid back approach. I let everyone of my students know up front the amount of work it's going to take before X, Y and Z are going to happen.

My curriculum utilizes recordings, videos, demonstrations, transcriptions, books, play alongs, etc. I focus a great deal on maintaining great posture with relaxed playing technique, as well as reading and ear training. As a big influence of mine, Dave Weckl, once said: "Technique is a means to an end, and hopefully that end is good feeling and sounding music."

One thing I love about drums is that no matter how good you get, there's always a laundry list of things that you could still improve upon!

How do you eat an elephant?

Easy, one bite at a time.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound panels, two drum kits, sound equipment, practice pad station (w/mirror setup).

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rudimental, Drum Corps, R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop
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Dana C. June 7, 2013
Percussion
Way Beyond Excellent

Have you ever had something so amazing that you did not want to share it? Well, that is how I've felt about Nick's lessons. Nick has inspired and challenged my son to become a well rounded percussionist. Nick's professionalism, punctuality, and teaching skills far exceeds five stars. After each lesson, you will receive through notes on what was covered and what needs to be worked on. With all the different learning styles it usually pretty easy to note and area where an instructor could use improvement. This is absolutely not the case with Nick. If you a searching for an outstanding instructor, you've discovered him. My secret is out.
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Morgan B. February 15, 2013
Drum
Well-rounded lessons that are worth your time.

I feel a little bit ridiculous for writing 5/5 stars for everything, but I have got to admit, Nick is an excellent teacher. I have been taking lessons on the marching snare with him, and have seen improvement over even the shortest periods of time. Nick can be quite serious when it comes to putting in a good effort, but he is very laid-back and makes the lessons fun, too. He has many approaches to teaching techniques in order to ensure that the student understands, and has helped me discover some of my true potential. I highly recommend Nick, whether you're a beginner, or trying to make the Husky Drumline.
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David C. February 15, 2013
Drum
Solid Teacher

Nick does a great job in all respects. He's well-versed in a lot of styles and is capable of teaching pretty much anything you want to learn on drum set. One thing that's set him apart from other teachers I've had is how he's able to precisely identify flaws in your playing while offering specific and direct ways to eliminate those flaws. If you take lessons from Nick and follow his instructions you're definitely going to become a better player.
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

Seattle, WA 98125
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Erica L.

Seattle, WA

About Erica

Every piano has black and white keys. They contrast each other in color, but work together to create beautiful harmonies. Similarly, I love working with all types of individuals to bring out the beauty in their lives through music. Please contact me, and let's see how music can contribute to your life!
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Lisa R. March 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Erica provides piano lessons to our eight year-old son. She is timely, creative, and an excellent motivator. Erica easily built rapport with our son and made him feel special and respected. She knows how to keep him focused, while having a lot of fun. Our son looks forward to every lesson and we are impressed with how quickly he is advancing.
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Meg G. December 4, 2014
As a colleague of Erica's I have watched her grow into an incredible performer and educator. Her wisdom in teaching piano supersedes her years and is evident in her thoughtful integration of educational techniques, music theory, diverse repertoire, etc. in engaging lessons tailored for each student. Erica believes in herself and encourages others to do the same, thus creating an environment of "I can" rather than "I cannot or am not." If you are seeking a teacher to nurture a love for the instrument in addition to establishing fine technique in a safe and supportive setting-- call Erica.
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Sara Y. October 22, 2014
Classical Piano · In home
Verified Student
From the moment we met Erica we knew we were going to lover her! She put both of our boys (8 and 11) at ease, made them laugh and challenged them right away. My 8 year old had lost interest in piano and after his first lesson with Erica he was hooked. Both boys now voluntarily practice and are learning a ton about overall music education. Erica is prompt, creative and energetic. We are thankful we found her!
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Erica L.

Erica L.

Seattle, WA 98155
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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