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I have been playing piano since I was 6 years old. It is a wonderful way to make up songs and recognize patterns in music. Under my direction, a student of the piano can expect to learn to play and contextualize complex chord shapes, to read melodies and charts, and to play along to their favorite music using music theory and skills (the ability to play by ear) and improvise. I am particularly good at explaining musical modes, and putting that knowledge to use in a way that jump starts a new students ability to play with various types of popular music more quickly than your average suzuki-method teacher.

About Julian
My musical background is uniquely rooted in classical training and popular music (non-classical) experience. I have professionally played toured and/or taught on a variety of instuments including Bass, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele and Voice for the past 8 years all over the world. My main focus has been bass guitar, on which I've played in over a dozen local bands. In addition, I received my Music BA from CU Boulder in 2014. My classical training in combination with my experience as a song writer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader gives me a uniquely well-rounded teaching style. I aim to teach and inspire students to use music as a joyful platform for learning important skills such as diligent practice, cognitive flexibilty, and creative expression.

Growing up and playing in Hawaii and Colorado, I have had the opportunity to l
earn from prolific, passionate and talented musicians from all over the globe. With my students, I love to share my experience, appreciation for eclecticism, nuance and groove while also emphasizing the importance of a theoretical foundation in music and comprehension of aural skills (hearing music in a theoretical context) as a means to fluent apprehension in any genre. Ultimately, this makes me a very flexible and expeditious teacher. What would you like to learn?

If you have any questions, or would like to chat, please feel free to call me at three O three 5032572 or message me via my Take Lessons profile. I look forward to it!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide most necessary lesson materials, however it is necessary that students have their own instruments on which to play and practice. I may request that students buy some materials such as tuners (for stringed instruments), lesson books, or music applications, but these are optional purchases.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I can teach in my home studio in South Boulder if that is your preference. The studio has keyboard, bass, drums, guitar, ukulele and vocal microphones. Students should bring their own instruments to the studio lessons (drums and piano provided in the studio) Parents may attend the lessons if they choose.

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Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Reggae, West-African Highlife, Funk, and Soul

***Some additional background to my experience***
I grew up "noodling". I avoided the difficult task of learning to read proficiently until I was almost 18. Looking back I realize that for me, music was a way to relax and pause internal dialogue. I would create music, especially on the piano that was entirely my own, and based solely on intuition. I got by in piano lessons and choir for so many years as kid by relying on an intuitive ability to aurally recall music and "play by ear". Eventually, I was turned on to the necessity of being able to read when I was accepted into a nationally competitive choral program at Fairview High School under the direction of Ron Revier. Shortly after that, I picked up a guitar and discovered music theory.
Realizing that reading, and theory were inherently different things allowed by to accelerate quickly at music theory which opened so many doors for me creatively. Suddenly, my ability to improvise in context and write my own songs was born.
I realized that every note I sang or played was part of an essential structure, whether or not I was paying attention to it. This is why I particularly enjoy teaching aural skills, sight reading, and music theory in conjunction with whatever repertoire or skillset a student wants to learn. These things facilitate becoming one's own teacher which is the most important thing I can pass on to a student. If you can contextualize everything you hear, you can more easily pursue whatever type of music inspires you.
Understanding theoretical things like musical modes creates a structure around the seemingly elusive nature of musical improvisation. It comes naturally to some, but is stubbornly avoided by others. I assure you, anyone can do it with some guidance. Through the years, I have developed a handful of shortcuts and tools that allow elementary musicians to start creating their own music that is not necessarily oriented in genre or style, but can be applied to all of them. I look forward to sharing my passion with new students!
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Grant -. November 16, 2017
· Guitar · In home
This was my 14 y/o and my very first lesson. We learned chords, strum patterns, and melody. Super fun evening! Julian even gave my 12 y/o a lesson on his drum set while we practiced on our guitars. Now the family is hooked! Excited for our lesson next week.
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David June 5, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Julian has spent lots and lots of fun time with his nephews and nieces (age 13-2), playing music with and teaching--ukulele, piano, guitar and drums over the last few years, and as a result they all have some great skills, confidence, and excitement about music. He's kind and very tuned in to where his students are.
I'm his Dad so I've seen how rewarding it can be for his students. He's also given me a basic set of skills on the guitar. It goes without saying, I recommend him highly!!
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Josh D. December 10, 2015
· Guitar · Online
Great instructor.
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About Christa H.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Fingering technique, Time and Rhythm mastery, Phrasing, Memorization strategies, Music theory, Sightreading skills and more!

About Christa
Hi, my name is Christa! I am a voice and piano teacher with a background in songwriting and classical piano. I embrace an intuitive and holistic approach to teaching, learning and discovering the uniqueness of your own style in a fun learning environment.

I studied voice and songwriting at Berklee College of Music and have been playing and teaching music to adults and children for several years. I bring a relaxed and holistic and also disciplined approach to my lessons, incorporating warmups and exercises, and song performance and interpretation into each lesson, providing you with tools and strategies for you to take away from each lesson.

Voice lesson skills might include: breath management and support, pitch control, ear training, music reading skills and various other topics as well.

Piano lesson skills might include note-
reading, sight-reading, music theory, time and rhythm, finger technique, music interpretation and more.

Lessons are always tailored to your learning goals and musical interests!
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Carvon Futrell June 11, 2017
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Great coach
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Rebecca Samson February 28, 2017
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Christa is a great teacher. She is warm and friendly and very knowledgeable. My six year old loves her!
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Cailey Fleming February 24, 2017
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Christa is amazing, she's fun & she really helped my daughter with her specific needs!!!
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About De'Anza P.

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North Hollywood, CA
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Reading, playing chords, rhythm, learning scales, etc

About De'Anza
As an active musician and graduate of LA College of Music, I believe that teaching is much more than a student learning to play their instrument. It's about creating a fun environment where students not only gets a solid musical foundation but are also encouraged to express themselves creatively. Lessons are personalized to meet student's goals.

Lessons include:

-Technique
-Reading Music
-Harmony & Theory
-Confidence
-Chord Structure
-Strumming Patterns
-Ear Training
-Songwriting (upon request)
-Performance (upon request)
-AND MORE!

I'm currently a private music teacher at the Hollywood Academy of Music school where my students range from as young as pre-school to adults.
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Karyne S. October 19, 2017
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She is chilled cool patient helpful fun encouraging
Knowledgeable she will look for solution to any problem/challenges you have.
She is a great teacher and she knows a lot about soulful music, rythms, tone, styles, jams and how to bring something alive. She is taking my hand throughout the baby steps I have to surpass and she is just soooo patient with me! You will love her place energy and calm and pretty decoration in a clean environment!
Have fun!
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John L. July 26, 2015
· Guitar · In studio
The guitar is the instrument with which I have developed bad habits and posture over the years, but in addition to correcting these things, I really needed help with music theory. Also, as opposed to being a kid with all the time in the world to practice and study, I'm a 40-something with a busy, full-time job in the middle of my daily life. De'Anza was flexible enough to work with these issues of mine while still keeping me focused on a positive, effective lesson plan. That is the mark of a professional. Thank you De'Anza!
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Cynthia H. June 8, 2015
· Singing · In studio
De'anza is a fabulous music teacher for my 12 year old daughter. We came to her for vocal lessons and she has encouraged her to learn piano and has helped her with her ukelele. She Inspires my daughter to want to learn and to grow as a musician. In the last few months of studying with De'anza, my daughter has notably improved vocally as well as learned so much more. I appreciate all she does for my daughter. I highly recommend De'Anza!
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About Concetta A.

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Brooklyn, NY

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Learn to play the piano alongside music theory and songwriting!

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Private instruction, early childhood education, elementary and high school education, Continuing Adult Education
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Winston Thomas June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
It was truly a pleasure meeting Concetta for my first ever violin lesson. It is difficult to learn anything at the age 40, specially a musical instrument, but she made it comfortable and easy to understand. She's extremely patient a key quality when teaching a subject such a music to anyone. I would say, give her teaching style a try and you won't regret it. Very knowledgeable indeed.
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Matthew February 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
She was great, first lesson and I learned a lot about how to improve my singing, demonstrably so. Very pleased, looking forward to continuing.
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Blyth February 2, 2017
· Fiddle · Online
Very patient and beyond knowledgeable! I haven't done anything with TakeLessons before and my online class was hosted via skype so it was easy to get connected and learn at my own pace. I like that my lessons will be tailored to my style and my level of musical understanding. She has excellent follow-up for after the lessons as well. I'm excited to be a student again :)
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About Isabel M.

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Westfield, MA

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I offer thoughtful, caring lessons to students in order to nurture their growth as musicians, whether they are just starting out or seeking to develop their skills and repertoire.

About Isabel
Thank you for visiting my profile!

To tell you a bit about myself, I am originally from New York where I earned my degree from the Arts and Sciences College at Cornell University. I have studied music at Cornell, Hunter College and Mannes College of Music, and have sung and played piano since my youth. I have been taught by jazz and classical concert pianists. My own professional musical performance career spans some fifteen years and counting.

For the past several years, I have specialized in piano teaching because I love to embark students on new journeys of musical discovery at the piano! I teach students at my home studio in Westfield where I have an acoustic piano. My specialty is serving beginners through intermediate students. Many of my students have gone on to shine in talent shows, recitals, bands and anywhere el
se where they choose to make music.

An everyday piano lesson with me incorporates piano improvisation, fun educational games and apps, music theory and, of course, plenty of music to take home and practice! It is my passion to make music come alive for others, and I would love to help you or your loved ones reach musical goals at the piano.
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Gino June 16, 2017
· Piano · Online
Isabel is a superb teacher who brings out the best in her students! They come in with a rudimentary knowledge of music and, over time, their musical abilities come to flourish thanks to her patience, encouragement, dedication and insight.
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Scott June 7, 2017
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Isabel is a talented, caring, driven, and warm teacher whose passion for music radiates out into her love for her students. In this way music becomes a reflection of generosity for Isabel, a way of connecting people. Highly recommended.
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Westfield, MA 01085
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About Karl L.

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Tallahassee, FL

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I have been teaching music for 30 years. I earned my B.A. in piano performance from Jacksonville State University and a Masters in Music Education from Florida State University. My experience has taught me that anyone can learn to play an instrument. Let me show you how!

About Karl
I have been teaching band and piano for 30 years. I am a member of the Florida Music Educators Association and the National Association for Music Education. I have been selected Teacher of the Year twice and District Teacher of the year. I have taught elementary thru high school and I am comfortable working with all ages and abilities.
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Stephanie August 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Lester is a wonderful instructor. He is extremely qualified, patient, and rigorous. I learned a great deal from him, both about music and about self-discipline. He remains truly inspirational to me, even years after he was my instructor. If you're looking for the best, he is right here.
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Brendon August 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
This man, has taught me how to play the piano, and it was actually kind of fun. I recommend this teacher!
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Charles August 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Extremely qualified to teach piano and is a very good teacher. He not only taught me how to play the piano, but how to understand what I was playing and how to be passionate about it. Highly recommended!
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About Natasha T.

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Baltimore, MD

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Current Masters student at the Peabody Conservatory, majoring in Vocal Accompanying with a Bachelor's of Music in classical Piano Performance. Experienced teacher of 8 years, specializing in beginner/intermediate level. All ages are welcome! I will specialize each lesson to each student's needs and will build a strong foundation of note reading, theory and sight-reading! I have access to studios at the Peabody Conservatory and am usually very flexible with my time. Let's get started!

About Natasha
Hi! My name is Natasha and I have been teaching piano to beginner students of all ages for 8 years. and I am currently a Masters student at the Peabody Conservatory pursuing a degree in Vocal Accompanying/Collaborative Piano as well as being an Opera Accompanying Graduate Assistant at the conservatory. I received my Bachelor of Music in solo piano performance from Binghamton University.

I teach piano to beginner students of all ages! I will tailor each lesson to each individual student and can teach a variety of genres, from classical to a pop song you'd like to learn! As a collaborative pianist I work with vocalists every day and can also teach accompanying skills.

I strongly believe in building foundation in technique and theory and becoming a well rounded musician-even at the beginner's level. My teaching style is very relaxed and f
un and I always like to get the best potential out of my students! Looking forward to sharing my love of music and piano with you!
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Katsumi December 3, 2017
· Piano · In home
Natasha taught our son piano. We knew her as the daughter of our neighbor so, she was more of a friend than just a teacher.
Our son enjoyed his time with her. She was patient and well educated in her subjects
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Nathan November 30, 2017
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Natasha is a colleague of mine, and I'd strongly recommend her as a teacher! She really takes the time to get to know anyone she works with and can easily adapt to their needs and particular style of learning. Her personality is very friendly and approachable, perfect for encouraging students, while still holding them to a high standard of musicianship.
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Madilyn November 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Natasha is professional, creative, generous, kind, and incredibly talented! Not only is she very good at describing what she wants musically, she is clear and consistent about scheduling and rehearsals.
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My approach to piano lessons is to MAKE MUSIC FUN. I am laid back but instructive, creating an atmosphere of joy and learning. Music is an incredible way to be creative and I strive to bring that out in all of my students.

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My goal with all my students is to MAKE MUSIC FUN! Students should see music as an enjoyable activity not a chore. My approach to lessons is laid back but instructive. I attempt to bring out each students creativity while progressing through each instrument.
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Fiskdale, MA 01518
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