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Teri H.

Renton, WA

With a background in Suzuki method and Masters degree in music 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, technique, and improvisation.

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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Tam Pham January 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is agreat teacher. I learnt a lot within one day. Her teaching way is easy to remember and learn.
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Alejandra S. December 16, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Teri's lesson was fabulous. She was clear, organized and ready to teach playing by ear. Just what I had always wanted. Thanks Teri!
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Jason B. November 10, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Teri has been great; very patient and organized. She has simple finger exercises that sound like songs. By the third lesson of practicing and playing them, I already understand one process which I can easily create my own original music. I'm excited to learn more.
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Teri H.

Teri H.

Renton, WA 98059
(6)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Serena E.

Issaquah, WA

Students will learn how to read music and gain foundational piano skills

*all lessons are always taylored to be appropriate vocally and dramatically for age, voice type, and ability

About Serena

Hello! My name is Serena!

Music shapes my life and has made me the person I am today. My experience in training in opera, musical theatre, jazz, and pop has expanded my musical skills and knowledge. Not only have I been trained in performance, but I have also studied music history, music theory, conducting, movement training, ballet, Alexander Technique, acting, yoga, stage craft, improvisation, other languages, diction and the International Phonetic Alphabet, voice science and anatomy, and vocal pedagogy. I have completed my Bachelor of Music in Operatic Vocal Performance from the prestig
ious Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University under the tutelage of the legendary Carol Vaness. I have also studied with acclaimed teachers and coaches around the world including Dr. Kari Ragan and Maestro Dean Williamson.

I am very excited to announce that I made my Seattle Opera debut this year singing ALITSA and RACCOON in their touring production of "OUR EARTH", as well as performing on the mainstage in Verdi's NABUCCO. My upcoming performances include singing ALKANDRE in "PENELOPE" with Vespertine Opera in Seattle, WA; FRASQUITA in "Carmen" with OperaBend in Bend, Oregon; and SUSANNA in "LE NOZZE DI FIGARO" with the Seattle Opera Guild. I also made my international debut in December 2014 singing GRETEL in "HANSEL UND GRETEL" with Opera Mariposa in Vancouver, BC. Recent performances include THE QUEEN OF THE NIGHT with Portland Summer Opera's "THE MAGIC FLUTE" by Mozart, a Soloist World Premiere of "In Nocte Plena" by Tommaso Traetta with Ensign Symphony at Benaroya Hall, Seattle, both Adele and Ida in Skagit Opera's production of Johann Strauss's "Die Fledermaus", and both Queen of the Night and First Lady with NOISE's production of "The Magic Flute". I have also been the featured soloist as "Christine" in Ten Grand's Phantom of the Opera at Benaroya Hall in Seattle, WA, and many lead roles in both opera and musical theatre: such as Semele (Semele), Marie (La Fille du Regiment), Gretel (Hansel und Gretel), Countess Ceprano and Gilda (Rigoletto), Blondchen (Die Entfuehrung aus dem Serail), Maria (West Side Story), La Fee (Cendrillon), Sarah Brown (Guys and Dolls), Cathy (The Last 5 Years), Rosina (Barber of Seville), and more! I have also been part of jazz ensembles, and won the Battle of the Bands at Indiana University with a rock group! I am proud to have won the Seattle Opera Guild/Opera Plus Young Artist Scholarship Award for the 2015/2016 season, the Encouragement Award in the Metropolitan Opera National Council District Auditions, First Place in the National Classical Singers Competition, the C.M. Gerber Scholarship, Music Dean's Scholarship, Music Faculty Award, First Place at Washington State Solo and Ensemble Competitions, First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) National Competitions, and many more!

Teaching brings me such joy! To share the love of music and to educate the musicians of tomorrow is both gratifying and inspiring. I have been teaching since 2005 and provide a fun and focused learning experience where there are no "wrong" questions, and everybody's unique voice is celebrated! Many of my students have gone on to study music in college, and have landed lead roles in musical theatre, choir solos, All State and All Northwest choirs, and won awards in Classical competitions.

In my spare time, I like to practice yoga, dance, and have recently taken up aerial silk acrobatics as a hobby!

*** Lesson Details ***
My studio provides musical knowledge through private lessons including healthy vocal technique, basic understanding of music theory, and basic piano skills. I encourage a fun and focused environment. Come ready to learn, and let's make music!

A typical lesson will include vocalises that detail proper technique, some ear training work, some music theory training, and will be followed by repertoire. During this time, students will learn how to produce clear and authentic diction (English and other languages), breath management, phrase shaping, smooth transitions between higher and lower pitches, stylistic ornamentation, as well as dramatic involvement of the piece.

Students will learn the importance of the foundations of breath support, and how to create a healthy sound for any genre while keeping the unique qualities of their own voice-- no cookie-cutter singers here! Students will also learn how to read music, practice effectively, perform authentically, and take care of their delicate instrument for a lifetime of singing!

While Skype is a marvelous tool that has revolutionized the world of teaching, nothing can replicate natural acoustics. In-studio lessons are suggested for a clearer and more personable lesson.
**Skype lessons are reserved for long distance students only**

STUDIO ABSENCE and CANCELLATION POLICIES:
Regularly scheduled and attended lessons are the best way to see positive changes in your voice! The smooth running of the Studio Schedule helps make that happen. Therefore, missing lessons is discouraged and make up lessons/cancellations are not given in the Studio unless:
- I have had a performance or rehearsal that conflicts with our lesson time and cannot have the lesson as scheduled. If this occurs, I will inform you of the event as soon as possible and give you the option of a make up lesson or cancelling the lesson.
- Notices of foreseen cancellations (family vacations, religious holidays, school functions, special occasions etc.) are eligible for rescheduling or cancellation if given before the first lesson of the month.
- Of course, life can throw us for a loop! Illness, emergencies, and unforeseen events may possibly be given make ups or cancellations and will be determined at the Studio's discretion. (In the matter of illness: standard procedure is that if the student can attend work/school, they should come to their lesson. A cold can easily be worked around. If the voice is affected (for singing students), Studio time can still be used to work on ear training, music theory, music history, etc.)

All other absences will result in the lesson being marked as "missed". A hard copy of the Studio Policies and further details will be given to the student at the first lesson. Please feel free to ask any questions or clarifications.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons take place in a separate studio room of the house. The room includes seating for parents to observe lessons as well as a weighted keyboard (88 keys), music stand, desk, and materials. No pets. Lots of street parking is available.

*** Specialties ***
Specialties: Classical/Opera
Other styles and genres: Musical Theatre, Jazz, Pop, and Rock.
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Narcisa K. January 20, 2016
Opera Voice · In studio
Verified Student
10 stars! She's very strict but in a good way. Keeps the students motivated! Recommend!
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Iris S. December 1, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I enjoy Serana's teaching very much. She is a talented teacher. I love to take her lessons.
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Nancy C. April 12, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Voice Teacher with a lot of knowledge

Serena,
Is competent at teaching. She has a goal and is clear about helping each child reach his/her potential. She is personable and conscientious about the small details that make a performer effective. She is supportive and encouraging.
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Serena E.

Serena E.

Issaquah, WA 98029
(3)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
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Dan H.

Kent, WA

I have 20 years experience teaching beginners, intermediate and advanced level piano. It is recommended that beginners acquire "The Complete Piano Player - Omnibus Edition" and "Chord Piano Is Fun!". These two books are phenomenal. For those who are not beginners, but are comfortable with sheet music, I recommend "42 Famous Classics arranged for easy piano". I teach both playing sheet music and playing by ear.

About Dan

Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson ("True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London). See videos below.

Dan Hegelund is an acclaimed concert pianist and expert piano teacher, with 20+ years experience teaching kids and adults from beginners to advanced level.

Dan’s schedule is filling up quickly, but there is room for a few more private students. Seize this unique opportunit
y to be trained by expert piano teacher, Dan and give your musical talent the chance to blossom it deserves. Dan also is an exceptionally skilled vocal coach.

"With more than twenty years experience as a vocal artist, I have worked extensively in studio and on stage. I have participated in numerous studio recordings, concerts, festivals, radio- and TV broadcasts. I have performed in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, before the Latvian Government, as an instructor and conductor at Copenhagen Gospel Festival and Krakow Gospel Festival, and in Clash of the Choirs (TV 4, Sweden). My music is on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon. I have started a music school, Common Ground Choir Academy, and I offer professional piano and voice lessons through TakeLessons. I am able to teach both beginners and advanced level. Some of my students have gone on to make music careers. Lessons take place in my home where I have a personal studio. I have a nice grand piano in my music studio. Whether you are looking for a vocal coach or piano teacher, I have the expertise to help you become the best that you can be." –Dan
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Nancy February 5, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Dan is very supportive and makes refining and learning to use my singing voice fun. He is able to provide correction in a positive way and inspire. I'd highly recommend him.
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Julian B. November 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dan is an excellent music instructor. Our two boys of 10 and 12, after taking piano and voice lessons with him for more than a year, show measurable progress. Dan has an effective teaching method, which he is able to adapt to the particular needs of each student. He is a good communicator and motivator. I would recommend Dan to beginner, intermediate and advanced students who wants to improve rapidly and reach performance level.
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David D. August 23, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Dan is terrific, an excellent singing/voice instructor. I cannot say enough good things about him!
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Dan H.

Dan H.

Kent, WA 98042
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jonathan G.

Seattle, WA

About Jonathan

I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.
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Ted H. June 2, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Being that this is based only on my first lesson, I am very impressed with Jonathan's approach and feel confident he will do an excellent job of teaching me the violin. So based on my impression I would recommend you consider Jonathan for a teacher.
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Jonathan G.

Jonathan G.

Seattle, WA 98144
(2)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Michele F.

Bellevue, WA

Piano lessons can encompass everything from learning how to read and growing finger independence to working on more advanced hand positions and developing your own personal style.

About Michele

Michele is a Berklee College of Music graduate with a degree in Jazz Composition as a Voice Principle. With over 5 years of teaching experience, she has had the opportunity to work with students of all ages and abilities. From students with auditory processing disorders, and delayed speech development, to professional music teachers and performing artists, Michele tailors each lesson to her student's personal needs and desires. She teaches Voice, Piano, Guitar, Trombone, Saxophone, Music Theory, Composition, and Ear Training. So wherever you wish for your musical adventure to take you, Michel
e is excited and happy to be a part of it.
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Dylan A. December 31, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Kids had a blast! Great first impression.
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Rajani November 3, 2015
Vocal Training · In studio
Michele is a wonderful music teacher. She took lessons for my 8 year old daughter at the 4/4 music school. Not only is Michele a great vocal teacher but also a great mentor. Michele helped my daughter with singing techniques, improvising songs and always encouraged her to make it her own - this helped boost my daughter's confidence. My daughter absolutely loved going to class and always looked forward to her weekly lessons - she is no longer shy to sing for an audience. With us moving out of state, I really miss having Michele as my daughter's vocal coach.

Thank you Michele for being a great teacher for my daughter !
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Annika L. October 18, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Loved it and looking forward to continuing
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Michele F.

Michele F.

Bellevue, WA 98004
(5)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

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