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Ken S.

Seattle, WA

About Ken

Greetings! My name is Ken and I am a piano and voice teacher teaching from my studio in the Beacon Hill neighborhood of Seattle. I graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Music from Western Washington University in Bellingham with an emphasis in voice. As a freelance vocalist, I perform many different styles from opera, musical theater/Broadway, sacred songs and hymns, as well as old-school ballads. I have sung all over the Pacific Northwest (WA, ID, OR) with many different groups and organizations, including the Bellevue Opera, Puget Sound Opera, Fat Chance! Opera Company, Seattle Glee Clu
bs, in numerous community events, fundraisers, and churches. I was also a first-place winner in the Performing Arts Festival Eastside in the vocal/opera division. As a pianist, I am currently serving as the pianist/keyboard player for the Worship Team at a church in South Seattle.

I have a passion for sharing and teaching music to others and helping people discover their own musical potential. My goal is to help students to learn how to use their respective instruments, helping to develop an appreciation and enjoyment for music so that in the future, they can pass down their love of singing/playing to others, so that they too can enjoy it as well. I'm looking forward to guiding you throughout the learning process and making sure it's fun and memorable!

*** Lesson Details ***
I approach music like learning a new language. With my beginning piano students, I start off with the basic music vocabulary which helps build a solid foundation for music theory. We then apply the technical concepts to piano playing, such as getting familiar with the keyboard, finger/hand positions, basic movements, etc. We then can build upon the foundations and incorporate additional material for variety (such as music note flash cards). I use the Alfred Piano Series as a curriculum and choose the appropriate level based on the student's needs. I also encourage students to bring in music that they would like to try out and learn as it's a great way to stay motivated, being able to play music that is interesting to you.

As for voice, I mainly train in a classical style which helps develop a good foundation for vocal technique and teach beginners all the way to advanced students. Initially, I would ask the new student to bring in a song to sing so that I can hear what they sound like (tone), checking for pitch issues, breathing, as well as musicality. From there, I can usually identify the technical issues and able to give the student an idea of what we can work on. Usually for voice, there is really no printed curriculum to use as it's based on each student's strengths and weaknesses, tailoring more so to their needs.

After a few months, the students can expect to learn the basic fundamentals of musical vocabulary, such as the names of the notes, common rhythmic patters, as well as simple sight-reading skills, phrasing, and overall basic musicianship.

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

*** Specialties ***
Piano - Alfred's Piano Books, utilize visual approach, basic sight reading and also playing by ear
Voice - Classical technique, opera, musical theater/Broadway, sacred songs, love ballads
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carmencita L. April 1, 2013
Piano
He's a great teacher....

We were referred by a friend.At time I'm really looking for a new piano teacher.I dont know much about his background but then I just trusted him 100%.My son has only little know how on piano but when he had his first month with teacher Ken we were amazed that he had lots of music vocabulary and can really play the piano by himself.I just said"He was a very good and excellent teacher".And he had full of patience especially to kids,know his material well and very professional when it comes to teaching.Over all he's an awesome teacher,so if your looking someone that meet with your expectation,he was the one.I'm so happy to recommend him to your kids....
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Ken S.

Seattle, WA 98108
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Teri H.

Renton, WA

With a background in Suzuki method and composition, I use my own method and curriculum that aim to give a thorough understanding of how music works and sounds as well as training the memory of songs and exercises.

About Teri

I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, e
thnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.

I started taking Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.

I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRËoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.

Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!

*** Lesson Details ***
When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.

I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.

Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
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Ron I. March 28, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
She is patient and knowledgeable, I highly recommend her!
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Mercedes L. January 9, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Teri has been instrumental in bringing music back into my life. Her teaching abilities allow her to adjust to students specific needs. She takes the time to learn and understand her students which allows them to feel comfortable and move at a pace that best works for them.
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DavidM6 January 24, 2012
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Teri has a unique ability to communicate an understanding of music both by ear and theory that makes learning and appreciating synonymous. Her use of mp3's for home study and systematic/ progressive teaching method makes learning both measurable and fun.
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Teri H.

Teri H.

Renton, WA 98059
(3)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Marcus T.

Seattle, WA

Focus instruction based in traditional and contemporary techniques. Multiple methods and a diverse repertoire are presented to each student when assessing their needs.

About Marcus

Experienced and highly qualified instrumental instructor.

University credentials from programs that remain amongst the best in music performance and education in the nation. These credentials are matched by 10 years of performance and teaching experience - New York and Seattle.

As an experienced soloist, orchestral and lead player, I have had the time to develop a deep physical connection to my instruments. This connection, gained after years of practice and performance, informs my approach to instruction. My goal is to impart technique and knowledge that assists the student to break t
hrough physical barriers and achieve maximum musical expression, no matter what the style.

*** Lesson Details ***
PIANO - As long as you love the sound the exercises will make sense. Great works - Beethoven to Ellington - Contemporary- Rock, R&B,etc...
TRUMPET - Any style, any score, any chart - learn to read - improvise across jazz chords - compose etudes.
VOICE - Male vocals - Classic Rock/Broadway, American Folk, specializing in the changing adolescent voice.
All curriculum is designed so that instrumental and vocal students have the opportunity to engage standard repertoire as well as modern and contemporary practice/method (Rock/Jazz/World music). Established curricula are driven towards individualized instruction encompassing interest, ability and personal expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
open living room, two pianos, couches, chairs,

*** Specialties ***
PIANO: Bastien, Pace, Bartok (Mikrocosmos), Hannon, Brahms, Beethoven, Adult contemporary/Jazz
TRUMPET: All methods (Arban's, Clark, Rubank, Smith, Charlier, Bitsch etc...)
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Tim/Teresa G. September 26, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Marcus has a gift for teaching children! He was able to take our inexperienced boys, and in only a short time, help them become strong, comfortable singers. That is great, but even better - our kids enjoyed every minute of their work with Marcus. His approach provides and excellent foundation. We are thrilled to recommend him with 5 Stars!
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Cori K. April 26, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Marcus' teaching technique works wonders with young children

My 5-year-old grandson has been taking piano lessons from Marcus since December, and I am thrilled -- and quite amazed -- with his progress. Marcus is unfailingly patient -- calmly encouraging and sensitive to just how much he can expect from a little boy who is being exposed to music education for the first time. Marcus' approach gives very young students an excellent foundation, and my grandson is eager to come to his lessons and stays focused the entire time. The results are exciting!
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Oscar M. March 6, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great at what his doing

I agree that his good because he spend time watching you working on the keys and shared his skills.
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Marcus T.

Marcus T.

Seattle, WA 98122
(13)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Brett R.

Seattle, WA

Structured to reading sheet music and ear training. Includes music theory chord progressions, classical and pop.

About Brett

MUSIC INSTRUCTION AND
ENJOYMENT OFFERED. Very enthusiastic and
experienced musician available for instruction offering the following:

# In-depth written music theory coupled with an equivalent of ear training and tone
recognition

# Introduction to performance skills with instruments that include:

Guitar - electric & acoustic
Drum Kit and percussion rhythms
Piano/Keyboard

# Group lessons or private instruction, depending on personal preferences and age
groups

Personal
experience includes:

1) 15 years of GUITAR: professional perfor
mance
and composition. Styles include rock, folk, blues, chord
progressions, and alternate tuning.

2) 15 years of DRUMS and PERCUSSION: Latin, swing, blues, as well as rock, funk, punk, and reduced top forty beats.

3) 15 years of PIANO: which utilize
several years of personal instruction in classical, popular, and some ragtime,
in addition to an intimate knowledge of Piano Proficiency (scales & modes,
chord structures & inversions, common chord progressions, intervals, circle
of 5th, and finger exercises)

4) 2 years of MUSIC THEORY and COMPOSITION at college level.

Lessons will include additional materials to the primary instrument such as sheet music for
sight reading, rhythm patterns, tabletures, and chord charts.

***Above all, I encourage students to select those pieces, tunes, or songs that have appealed to them the most; perhaps even inspiring them to learn a musical instrument in the first place. Adaptations are a common and enjoyable part of the teaching process.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect efforts, on my part, to steer learning into areas of the students particular interest as well as conventional genres such as classical, popular, folk, blues, etc...

Moreover, I rely on ear training as a strong complement to written music theory and sight-reading; often using recorded music samples or simple patterns on a piano.

I try to balance method-type published lesson books with beginner, intermediate, or original composition sheet music to specifically selected pieces.

Ideally, with a reasonable practice schedule each week, full comprehension of the written music grand staff and an ear to catch a false note will become second nature. By then, more opportunities to learn actual pieces and styles become greater, having got the initial learning curve under the students belt.

*** Studio Equipment ***
*snare drum
*electronic keyboard/piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
lesson material/music media samples can be provided for copy
student would have own instrument

*** Specialties ***
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums, Percussion, Music Theory
finger picking styles and chord progressions - guitar
lead and rhythm patterns - electric guitar
latin, blues, rock, jazz styles - drum kit & percussion
classical & popular tunes - piano/keyboard
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Nirav P. April 16, 2015
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Charlie E. May 24, 2014
Verified Student
What a terrible experience. I signed up for lessons for my wife from Brett as a gift because he listed times that would work for my wife given that we have a young daughter, and have a hard time making time for lessons. Brett told us 3 days before the lesson that the time wouldn't work, then simply never showed for the rescheduled first lesson. Worse, he simply refused to do scheduling via email (he would leave voicemails and failed to return my wife's call when she called back as they were playing phone tag), and then told us he had another commitment during the slot we had supposedly reserved for him. Worse, he failed to update the site as he continually cancelled lessons and never showed up for scheduled times. I now have a huge hassle of getting a refund on the money I paid for lessons as opposed to a lovely gift for my wife. Life's too short and we're too busy for such an awful experience.
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Scott P. March 12, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher for my young daughter

Brett has been a great teacher for my 5 year old daughter. She is just learning the basics of piano and Brett has been great at expanding her skill sets. She really enjoys practicing with him and actually looks forward to when he comes over every week!
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Brett R.

Brett R.

Seattle, WA 98106
(11)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Rian D.

Seattle, WA

I offer Simply Music piano lessons in my studio. Simply Music focuses on the sheer pleasure of playing. The hands-on approach, and immediate results, dispels the notion that learning to play means enduring years of lessons, boring practice sessions and relentless hours of drills.

How is Simply Music different?

-The quantity of music learned

-The quality of music you immediately learn to play

-The speed of your progress

-The ease with which you experience the process

The Simply Music Method is based on the premise that everyone, without exception, is naturally musical. Traditional methods insist that beginners learn to read music as the means of learning to play. This removes the natural connection between student and instrument and commonly, removes all the fun, too. In fact, expecting children to read before they have learned to play is like expecting children to read and write before they have learned to talk.

In stark contrast, Simply Music temporarily delays ...

About Rian

A native of West Seattle, Rian took his first piano lessons at the age of seven. His middle school music teacher recognized Rian’s musical talent and gave him his first public performance opportunity during the school’s annual musical. Rian would go on to play piano for the middle school productions for 3 more years. As Rian progressed into high school his talent increased as well. As a freshman in high school Rian successfully tried-out for the award winning JFK High School Jazz Band and soon took over as the primary pianist. While performing at a high school jazz band festival he was sin
gularly awarded the “Best Rhythm Section” award, a prize usually given to a band’s entire rhythm section. Rian concluded his high school musical career with a trip to the Washington Music Educators Association Solo & Ensemble Competition (WMEA) after achieving a 1+ Superior rating for Solo Piano Performance.

Pursuing his passion for music, Rian attended Washington State University (WSU) and studied under the tutelage of Julliard alums Jeffrey and Karen Savage. During his time at WSU, he expanded his boundaries and became accomplished in his study of classical piano, earning gold medals in multiple years at Musicfest Northwest. In addition, Rian performed as a soloist with the Washington-Idaho Symphony as a winner in their Young Artist Competition. Prior to his senior year at WSU, Rian received the Presser Scholarship. The Presser scholarship is a nationally funded scholarship awarded by each University to only one student each year. The Presser Scholarship represents the highest level of academic achievement in the United States.

Following graduation from WSU in 2010, Rian began teaching piano and working as a freelance musician in Seattle. Rian joined the staff of the Ballard Academy of Music and Dance as a piano instructor in addition to working as an accompanist for several local churches, high schools and music schools.

Rian’s passion for playing, teaching, and learning about music has taken him throughout the Pacific Northwest and parts of the east coast of the United States. Besides his work as an accompanist and teacher, he also maintains an active presence in the Seattle music community, frequently volunteering at local events and serving as Secretary of the Seattle Music Teachers Association. As an educator, Rian understands the value of continued learning and has conducted independent study with Randy Halbersadt, jazz professor from Cornish College of the Arts, as well as studying classical technique privately under World-Renowned Pianist-Teacher Peter Mack.

Rian became a Licensed Simply Music Teacher in 2013.
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Allyson M. August 4, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Rian is a great teacher. When he needs to correct you, he does it gently, and it doesn't make you feel like you have done something wrong. He teaches from a set of books that is very precise, and so would be a fantastic fit for younger students.
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Cameron C. October 23, 2012
Piano
Verified Student
rian is a good teacher

he is the only piano teacher i have had. i was teaching myself piano and was given some lessons as a gift, and i chose him somewhat randomly from the teachers listed on takelessons dot com. i had several lessons from him and he gave me lots of good ideas. i would have continued with him, but for circumstances out of my control. i would recommend him as a teacher. he has lots of experience and can tailor his teaching depending on what you want to do
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JudithS June 30, 2012
Rian is patient which is what I needed. He makes you feel comfortable and has a low key way of pointing out areas for improvement without offending.Would recommend him to others who want to play piano, regardless of how old you are.
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Rian D.

Rian D.

Seattle, WA 98108
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starting at
$37 / 30-min

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