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Northampton, MA

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I can teach theory any level you need me to from Classical to Jazz.

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I started playing piano when I was four and was trained classically. I went to Berklee College of Music to try out different styles of playing. I learned a lot about blues and jazz and I played in an indie-folk-rock band on the side! I've been teaching piano lessons since high school, and after Graduating from Berklee College of Music, I decided to teach in Los Angeles. I also compose on the side!

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I like my lessons to be collaborative and fun. My students have input on what they would like to play, and I try to find the best practice routine that works for them. But I also make sure to include technique and theory in any way I can, to get my students off to a good start.

Take lessons with me if you would like to learn fast by being inspired!

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I can provide instruction books and staff paper and writing utensils. Student should have piano or keyboard if lessons are taking place at their home.

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Blues, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Improvisation, Hanon, Czerny, Suzuki
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Isaac R.

Isaac R.

Northampton, MA 01060
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Yucca Valley, CA

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I absolutely love music theory and believe that it enables a musician to grow in so many ways! I have been teaching music theory for two years and have always enjoyed it. Taking lessons in music theory will help you analyze and better understand important classical works. It will also enable you to apply these new understandings to your musical performance, making it more interesting and enjoyable for both you and the listener. Learn how to write music in the classical style and obtain a variety of tools that can be applied to any style of music. When I teach music theory, I like to help my student build a strong foundation that can be applied to their specific musical interests. I also believe that it is important to implement singing, movement, and ear training into my lessons and I also focus on ways of teaching that can be valuable to auditory, visual, and kinesthetic learners.

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Hi, there! My name is Johnny and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2012 and have loved helping my students build a solid foundation and understanding of music, as well as developing their skills to become well rounded musicians. I went to the University of Redlands and earned a degree in Music Composition in 2014. I have a fun and friendly personality and my teaching style is constructed in a way that will appeal to visual, aural, and kinesthetic learners. Kodaly's method of inner hearing and music literacy particularly interests me. Along with this method, I implement warm ups that will help my students develop proper playing techniques, and I teach my students how to play with expression and emotion. I strive to teach at the best of my ability, work hard, and share my love for music
with others. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Giovanni May 20, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Very nice person, and he has all the patience for my son. Happy mama
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Kate January 21, 2016
· Piano · In home
Sweetheart! Very nice to work with.
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· Piano · In home
Johnny is very personable, knowledgable, patient and a pleasure. He is very welcome in our home.
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About Carl S.

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Broken Arrow, OK

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My doctorate is in music and I have experience teaching music at multiple universities, as a public schools teacher, and as a private instructor.I have experience as a Lecturer of Music Theory to Graduate Students and I have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant of Music Theory previously at the university level. I have helped my university students with theory in their private lessons and taught jazz improvisation to my ensemble members. For booking, please sign up with TakeLessons today, and then we'll arrange a mutually agreeable meeting time. I look forward to hearing from you!

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Dr. Spaeth is currently working with Palen Music Center. He is also teaching at the University of Tulsa as an adjunct faculty member during Spring 2018. Spaeth maintains an online music studio through TakeLessons, where he teaches several instruments privately and in group settings including saxophone, guitar, oboe, music theory, flute, clarinet, and piano.

Dr. Carl Spaeth taught at Oklahoma State University as a Lecturer of Saxophone and Music Theory during Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert's sabbatical beginning August 2017. His duties included graduate saxophone lessons, graduate music theory review, graduate saxophone pedagogy, and saxophone studio class.

Prior to working at OSU, Spaeth was Instructor of Jazz and Saxophone at South Dakota State University from 2014-2017. His responsibilities included directing the annual SDSU/Brookings Optim
ist Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles I-II, Jazz Combo, Jazz Improvisation lessons, Jazz Pedagogy, online Jazz Appreciation, private saxophone lessons, saxophone quartets, private oboe lessons, and group guitar class.

Spaeth 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. He is currently a member of the North American Saxophone Alliance, the Jazz Education Network, Music Teachers National Association, National Association of College Wind and Percussion Instructors, and an Honorary Member of Tau Beta Sigma. He has held previous memberships with Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Kappa Delta Pi, and the Oklahoma Bandmasters Association.

While at KU, Spaeth was also a graduate teaching assistant for the saxophone studio and jazz studies program. His responsibilities included Assistant Director of the KU Jazz Festival, directing Jazz Ensembles II-III, directing Jazz Combo III-VI, directing Saxophone Quartets II-III, teaching private saxophone lessons, assisting in saxophone studio class, and teaching the music education woodwind methods course. His Lecture Recital Document, A Performer’s Analysis of Selected Jazz Works for Saxophone Quartet, featured an interview with Bob Mintzer. Spaeth was a member of KU Jazz Ensemble I, KU Saxophone Quartet I, and KU's Helianthus New Music Ensemble. As a member of KU's Jazz Ensemble 1, Spaeth has performed with Dave Douglas, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Alex Sipiagin, Steve Owen, Gary Foster, Steve Houghton, Clint Ashlock, David von Kampen, Peter Epstein, Jeff Miley, James Miley, Roger Shew, and Brian Hamada, Brandon Draper, Rich Wheeler, Beau Bledsoe, Jeff Harshbarger, and Matt Otto. In July 2014, Spaeth went on a European tour with KU Jazz Ensemble I featuring Steve Leisring and Deborah Brown. Together, they performed at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Vienne Jazz Festival in France, and performed in several cities in Germany. Recordings by this band resulted in KU winning the DownBeat Student Award (Graduate College Large Jazz Ensemble Division) in 2015.

While at OSU, Spaeth was a GTA for the saxophone studio and music theory programs. His responsibilities included Music Theory I-IV tutoring and grading, sight-singing grading, piano labs, classical and jazz saxophone lessons, saxophone quartet coaching, saxophone studio Webmaster, and saxophone studio class. Spaeth was a member of the OSU Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble 1. He had a regularly performing jazz trio and played in OSU's X2End saxophone quartet. The X2End quartet performed locally at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium in Washington D.C., at the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and has won the state and division rounds of the 2010-2011 MTNA Chamber Music Competition. The X2End quartet went on to win the 3rd place prize at the national final round of the MTNA Chamber Music Competition. They also were the Division II Chamber Ensemble winners at the 2011 Hubbard Music Competition where they were awarded the 2nd place prize in the overall finals. Spaeth's final degree paper at OSU was a study of composer/performer collaboration. He traveled to Texas, Michigan, and Ohio to interview saxophonists and composers including David Dees, Peter Fischer, John Sampen, Marilyn Shrude, Joe Lulloff, and Charles Ruggiero. He has presented his lecture at the 2011 Navy Band Saxophone Symposium, the 2011 NASA Region IV Conference, and the 2012 OSU Single Reed Summit. As a member of OSU's Jazz Ensemble 1, he has performed with Bob Sheppard, Conrad Herwig, Wayne Bergeron, and Andy Martin.

While at SWOSU, Spaeth performed as a member of the marching band, wind ensemble, Jazz Ensemble A, saxophone quartet, and his own jazz combo named Five-Seven. As a member of SWOSU's Jazz Ensemble A, he has performed with Dan Haerle, Bob Bowman, Jack Mouse, Fred Forney, Janice Borla, Eddie Daniels, Pamela York, Lynn Seaton, Carl Allen, Dr. Michael Cox, Tom Williams, Dr. Robert Chambers, Dave Hanson, Drori Mondlak, Delores Williams, Byron Stripling, Frank Wess, Kenny Drew Jr., Dennis Mackrel, Bill Watrous, Rich Eames, Jennifer Leitham, and Randy Drake.

Spaeth's primary saxophone instructors have been Vince Gnojek, Dr. Jeffrey Loeffert, Dr. Ann Bradfield, Dr. Keith Talley, and William Rodney Hull. He has had additional instruction in lessons and masterclasses from Gary Foster, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Dr. Michael Cox, Bob Sheppard, Johnny Salinas, Dr. Kimberly Goddard Loeffert, Dr. Geoffrey Deibel, Dr. Jonathan Nichol, Dr. Griffin Campbell, Dr. James Laughlin, and Dr. David Dees. Spaeth's jazz directors have included Dan Gailey, Bob McCurdy, Dr. Jonathan Martin, Dr. Keith Talley, and Dr. Terry Segress.

​Spaeth enjoys recording several instruments in his home studio and composing new music. His compositions that have been performed include his big band arrangement of Cat Battles by Joshua Redman, September in the Refrain (alto saxophone and electronics), Funk-o-matic (jazz combo), Smooth (jazz combo), and The Deadline Arrives at Dawn (alto saxophone and electronics). As an advocate of new music involving the saxophone, he has participated in a commissioning consortium for Alone Together by composer David MacDonald through Kick Starter. In 2013, Spaeth performed the premier of Cuento #3 by Nelson Ramirez Diaz. During summer of 2014, he recorded selections from Dr. John Walker's "The Alto Saxophone in the Attic," published by Carl Fischer. At the 10th Annual SDSU/Brookings Optimist Jazz Festival in 2015, Spaeth directed SDSU Jazz Ensemble I's premier of Dog, Tired by David von Kampen.

​Dr. Spaeth is a Conn-Selmer Endorsing Artist. He hosted the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 3 (ND, SD, NE, MN, IA) Conference at South Dakota State University on March 17-18, 2017. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, Spaeth performed Dreams in the Dusk by David Biedenbender with South Dakota State University's Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jacob Wallace. On Monday, February 6, 2017, Spaeth performed the premiere of Lhotse for alto saxophone and percussion by Steve Danyew with Dr. Aaron Ragsdale. In April 2017, Spaeth performed solo tenor saxophone and orchestral clarinet in Ethan Bortnick's national PBS Special called "Generations of Music," which featured special guest, Peter Yarrow, from Peter, Paul and Mary.
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Kevin May 18, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Great lesson! Carl is very patient and knows how to teach someone without much music background.
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Erin Hogan May 16, 2018
· Guitar · Online
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Melody May 10, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
Carl makes learning musical instruments fun! He's very knowledgeable and I am having a great time learning from him.
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About Ben Z.

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I teach music theory as integrated with the activity of playing music.
Learning "how and why" things work together is an essential undertaking to deepen your understanding of music you listen to and play, accelerating your ability to improvise, compose and write original music, and communicate effectively in the language of music. This type of lesson can be customized to fit your specific goals and is not instrument specific.

About Ben
Ben Z. has been helping people achieve their goals in guitar and music since 2001, and is passionate about teaching students of all ages and skill levels. As an instructor, Ben combines traditional teaching methods with ear training and improvisation to create well rounded experience for the student. Proficiency and creativity are both emphasized in lessons that are designed to be both fun and rewarding. Ben is an avid performer, regularly playing a wide variety of genres. Blues, Oldies, Soul/R&B, Funk, World Music, Classic Rock, Country, Musicals, Ragtime, Gospel, Acoustic fingerstyle, Travis picking, Chicken pickin', Slide guitar, Chord melody/solo arrangements, Lead/rhythm techniques, Music theory, and reading music are all topics that can be covered in lessons. Ben welcomes children and beginners with the same enthusiasm as adults and
experienced players. Ben also offers Lap Steel, Pedal Steel, and Banjo lessons for beginners.

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Tim D. November 3, 2017
· Banjo · Online
I was a great experience and Ben is very knowledgeable easy to learn from
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Lance August 9, 2017
· Country Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with Ben was great. He got straight to what I was interested in learning and even helped me figure out the chords to a song I've been wanting to play. Can't wait to learn more :)
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Rick June 6, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Just my first lesson with Ben. But clearly he's very knowledgeable and loves what he does. He quickly assessed where I was, stayed positive, and gave me some things to work on and practice before our next lesson. Glad I found him!
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About Dillon S.

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Miami, FL

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This type of lesson is mostly intended for people already learning an instrument at school (or on your own), and wish to gain a deeper understanding of how music works. Some topics I cover are harmony, rhythm, voice leading, sight-singing and/or sight-reading, counterpoint, and chord theory.

About Dillon
Hello and welcome to my teacher profile! My name is Dillon S.

I am a music and art teacher, and I have earned my Associate's degree in Music Education at MDC with a focus on jazz guitar. I have a diverse experience in different genres of music (rock, pop, punk/metal, jazz, praise & worship/gospel, and others). I have also sung and played guitar, drums, and bass in numerous bands throughout the years (currently, drummer/percussionist in folk-rock band The Fortune Tellers in Miami, FL).

I have always had a deep love for art, and am currently working on my Bachelor of Science in K-12 Art Education. I have a particular interest in figure drawing/portraiture (charcoal, graphite, India ink), landscape and still life painting (acrylic and oil paint), and both digital and film photography.

I am hoping to improve my teaching skills throug
h this platform and impart knowledge onto others. I am laid-back and a kid at heart, and I find it important to teach with a sense of humor. For the record, I'm also a huge geek. I enjoy video games, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy, animals (I have two cats), board games, cartoons/anime, technology/science... I also love traveling! If you're into something, feel free to talk to me about it, I love getting to know what you're passionate about!
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mark May 21, 2018
· Drum · In home
Real nice guy and good teacher
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Marja Engel May 8, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Nilda April 28, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
My first lesson was great...breathing exercises...Mr. Dillon is an excellent teacher!
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In music, a chord is a group of notes that ring together in harmony. One of the first things that beginning guitarists learn is how to finger a basic chord shape and strum across a group of strings. Chords are usually at the base of every song and help to establish the tonality of a piece of music.

Because melody is such a prominent aspect in so much music, its construction and other qualities are a primary interest of music theory. The basic elements of melody are pitch, duration, rhythm, and tempo. The tones of a melody are usually drawn from pitch systems such as scales or modes.

With the knowledge of music theory, you will learn how to put together your own chords, notes, modes and scales, pentatonic, intervals, arpeggios, harmonization of scales and chord substitution concepts.

About Richard
I started learning how to play the guitar around 15 years old. I have over 36 years experience. I took lessons for three years of reading, writing tab and notations, chord charts, melodies, classical guitar, soloing, taping, techniques, song learning, ear training and transposing. From the songs, I've learned to play the rhythm and solo. Over the years, I self taught myself guitar by listening to my favorite artist. I played in local bands for many years and performed in venue's in my home town. When I play in bands, I'm always labeled the lead guitar player of the group. I would help everyone out with their parts and timing. I have recording experience in the studio as much as my home studio using Steinburg's Cubase. I took a music theory course and received a certificate.
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Garrett September 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
My time with Rich was really strong. I took lessons from Rich for a short while when living in Connecticut. The time I spent with him was VERY helpful to me as a novice guitar player. Rich has an unbelievable knowledge of the instrument and is quite an accomplished player. He is a really strong instructor and genuinely wants his students to get better.

In short, Rich is a very talented instructor/player and I would definitely take lessons from him again.
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My theory training came from the top notch theory staff at Chicago College of Performing Arts. I love to teach music theory from building major and minor chords to jazz modes, chord progressions, four part harmony, voice leading, etc. I am currently a tutor at the University of Iowa for undergraduates taking music theory and am especially knowledgeable about that course material.

About Caleb
I am excited to start offering my teaching services on trombone, euphonium and the rest of the instruments from the brass family here at takelessons.com.

I have played with notable groups such as the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and am a former member of renowned Axiom Brass Quintet. I studied with Jay Friedman and other members of the Chicago Symphony at Roosevelt University for five years. My teaching philosophy falls into the Arnold Jacobs Song and Wind school of thought. I teach a lot of mouthpiece buzzing, and fundamental exercises to get my students playing with golden singing sounds!

Currently I am starting my second year in the DMA program at the University of Iowa where I am also a graduate teaching assistant in the trombone studio. In addition to the teaching I do at the University I am also a low brass teaching partner a
t West Music in Coralville.

Currently I am affiliated with two professional orchestras in the Eastern Iowa area. I am the second trombonist in Orchestra Iowa based out of Cedar Rapids, and will be filling in as an interim second trombone for the 2017-2018 Quad City Symphony season. I have been playing in professional orchestras for the last ten years and can teach you orchestral style, and audition preparation.

In addition to my orchestra playing, I was also a member of Axiom Brass Quintet from 2012-2014 where we were the first prize winners at the International brass competition held in Passau Germany.

As a soloist, I was also the grand prize winner of the Chicago International Brass solo competition in 2012 on euphonium.
Currently, I am also an active member with the New Chicago Brass, a modern brass ensemble based out of Chicago. I am comfortable teaching all brass instruments for all ages and skill levels. I look forward to answering any questions you may have in regard to taking lessons on a brass instrument.
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Nicholas December 4, 2017
· French Horn · Online
My son has learned so much in just a few lessons with Caleb. He is also practicing more than ever as Caleb is giving him excellent feedback and instruction. Can't wait to see how he does with upcoming auditions and looking forward to more leasons.
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Mike September 14, 2017
· Trombone · In studio
My son is brand new to the trombone and Caleb has been great. My son is having fun which is all due to Caleb.
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Greenfield, MA

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I am experienced as a performer and composer as well as music theory teacher, and I use these other parts of my musical identity to relate what I teach to real, compelling musical examples. I have a wide variety of musical interests, including classical, choral, folk and pop music, and like analyzing what is similar—and different—about these different genres. I am excited to learn what kind of music you are interested in and help you learn what makes it tick!

About Micah
Hi! I'm Micah, and I'm passionate about making, writing, analyzing, and teaching music. I graduated with high honors in music from Haverford College, where I studied music theory, violin performance, choral singing, and composition. I completed a Master's degree at Harvard University in music; I studied the place of music in history and culture, and continued to study music theory and analysis.

What I especially love, however, is making connections with the music you or I enjoy. When I teach music theory, I always try to bring the focus back to that spark that makes the music so exciting in the first place. I also study folk music, and teach fiddle – I love that music like this is able to connect with so many people in ways that extend beyond the concert hall, and most of all let everyone have fun!
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Greenfield, MA 01301
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I have been teaching music professionally for over 20 years. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute, Cornel School of Contemporary Music and currently I teach at the California College of Music. My lessons are customized and follow the need and goals of each student. All ages welcomed!
I teach beginner, intermediate and advanced piano students, songwriters and coach vocalists! I have developed curriculum for contemporary piano, ear training, solfege, music theory, songwriting and composition. Students will have the opportunity to build a strong foundation in contemporary musicianship and repertoire while having a wonderful time! Send me a message and let's get started!

About Carlos
I am a professional pianist, producer, composer, author and educator. I have taught music for over 20 years to students worldwide. I taught at Berklee College of Music, New England Conservatory, Musicians Institute in Hollywood, Cornel School of Contemporary Music and currently, I teach at the California College of Music. I earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee, Masters of Music from New England Conservatory and an Honorary Doctorate of Music Arts from Shepherd University. Some of my teachers include Edgar Valcarcel, William Thomas McKinley, Herb Pomeroy, Ran Blake, Anthony D’Bonaventura, Stephanie Tiernan, James Williams and others.

As an author, I have written books on Latin Jazz, Ear Training and Solfege, Keyboard Voicings and Technique, Contemporary Improvisation and other musical subjects. I have also worked as a producer, music
arranger, songwriter and keyboardist in Los Angeles and the Boston area.

I teach contemporary piano styles to students of all ages and musical levels. I work with guitar, bass and wind players on their improvisation, music theory, ear training and melodic development. Being a pianist and producer, I coach vocalists on their contemporary repertoire and prepare them for auditions. As a composer, I work with songwriters, arrangers and composition majors.

I teach from my studio in Los Angeles onsite or online. My classes are always fun, stress free but with a strong curriculum, organized and dynamic.

My personal passion is contemporary music but I firmly believe that strong musicianship is key to any and every style. I look forward to meet you and help you achieve your musical goals!
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Lorna May 4, 2018
· Ear Training · Online
Such a privilege to have Carlos as my teacher! Through his unique method I improved so much my musicianship! he’s the best teacher you can get for sure!
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Santiago April 19, 2018
· Ear Training · In studio
Carlos is an Amazing teacher, he was a wonderful method.
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Ein Ein April 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Carlos is a GREAT teacher. He not only teaches music but also a good healthy mindset and philosophy of being a musician. I'm so grateful I get to take lessons from him. Strongly recommended!
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Clear explanation of theory elements and concepts, effective assignments and an approach based on the principle of "experience first, theory second." I believe this principle is extremely important. Any theory of music every devised is inadequate. It's extremely helpful to know, but if it is not known through experience and application, it's not very helpful for learning, performing or creating music.

About Kevin
I am a musician/teacher with almost 30 years of professional experience. I have successfully taught students as young as 3 and as old as 89. Some of my students are exceptionally gifted and excel in competitions and music exams. Some have few natural gifts, bringing to lessons little more than a basic interest. Most are somewhere in between. Supremely gifted or not, I don't care. My motto is "Growing the Seeds of a Musical Life." If I can plant those seeds and help them grow, I find joy and satisfaction in my work.
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Johanna May 14, 2018
· Piano · In home
I’m an adult student who has been taking lessons for over 5 years. He has helped me grow by leaps and bounds. He is exceptionally good at breaking things down and engaging you through well thought out illustrations that are common in every day life. He is encouraging and patient. He is knowledgeable not just about piano music but music history and all things music and is able to relate much of this in a lesson that is very beneficial.
I was a returning student when I started with him as I had years of lessons before, but he took me where I was at and was able to move me along past my hurdles. I am so grateful that I found him as a teacher. I look forward to more growth.
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Jackie May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kevin is a great music teacher. He is really patience during lessons and he spends time to work at the individual student’s pace. If he recognizes the student’s talents, he will talk to parents and encourage student to advance to the level that student can achieve. My son has been having lessons with Kevin for almost two years. Within one year, my son learned and progressed so much.
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gina May 14, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I'm very grateful for having Kevin as the first piano teacher to introduce the delight of playing music to my son at his early age. He is very patient. My son enjoys the time with him and said he wants to be a piano teacher when he grows up.
Thank you, Kevin.
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As you're learning to read music, you'll come across complex rhythms at some point. Here, Saint Augustine, FL music teacher Heather L. offers some helpful tips to help you get through the tricky parts...   Have you ever found yourself sitting in a big concert hall, or in your room, listening to a soloist play a practically perfect rhythm? Almost all of us have, and almost all of us have asked ourselves, "How do they do that?" Their secret is subdivision. You might be just begin
Why Learning Piano Theory is Important for All Musicians
Struggling to understand music theory? Try heading over to the piano -- seeing a visual representation can help a ton! Here, Lowell, IN teacher Blake C. shares how to get started...   Many musicians avoid learning music theory altogether because it can feel much like learning a foreign language; as a result, many musicians enlist in the anti-music theory organization. I will admit it – I was a member of the anti-music theory organization in my early years, declaring that music theory
How to Prepare for Sight Reading at an Audition | 3 Helpful Tips
Nervous about the sight reading portion of an upcoming audition? Find out how to work sight reading practice into your routine in this guest post by Saddle Brook, NJ teacher Christian D...   “Be prepared to sight read.” That dreaded requirement on all auditions that makes us all nervous. But the fact is, you shouldn’t be! Sight reading is a learned skill, just like everything else in music. Think of it as sight reading a passage from a book in front of an audience. With so many
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Thelonius Monk, Herbie Hancock, and Duke Ellington are just a few of the great jazz piano players. What beautiful and fascinating sounds fill our ears when their names come to mind! The seemingly illusive progressions and spontaneous elements, like syncopation and improvisation, sound

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