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Scott K.

Tucson, AZ

About Scott

As a composer I have found it necessary never to stray too far from performance. The shear exhilaration one can obtain through playing an instrument is unique and powerful. I have devoted my life to t
rying to understand and master this elusive beast we call Music. As a child, of a peculiar spirit, I demanded my parents get me guitar and piano lessons. I felt an instant connection to these instruments and was compelled to investigate. After years of inquiry I ended up attending New School for the Arts, a high school devoted to the arts where I
studied music composition. From there, I went on to the University of Arizona to receive degrees in Music Composition and Philosophy with minors in Mathematics and English Literature. For my Masters' programs I wondered into the world of contemporary composers and experimental music at Mills College in Oakland where I finished my M.A. in Music Composition as well as my M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media. All the while pursuing a mastery of the instruments that caught my ear in the first place.

I have now returned to Tucson to work on my music and further my education in the field of philosophy at the University of Arizona.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am laid back and playful in my approach. I like to gear lessons toward the interests of the student, and if I am doing my job correctly, all traditional technique will be painless. I also like to delve into music theory to give one a deeper appreciation as well as an understanding and steady grasp of the tools of composition if their heart is so inclined. When it comes to music I am rather eclectic and I feel every style has something to add to the techniques of a solid performer, so I tend to draw from many disparate places to offer a fuller experience. In no time at all, you should be playing pieces you love, understanding how they work, and perhaps embellishing them or writing your own.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Keyboard, Guitar, Amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
Provide: My guitar, music stand, and amp if necessary.
Student Provides: Their instrument (Piano/guitar etc.)

*** Specialties ***
Rock/ Jazz/ Classical/ Experimental
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Quaid H. January 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son has taken lesson for almost a year with another instructor way across town. Scott spent an hour with him and had him playing a piece that was more demanding than he has ever don before. He kept my son engaged and learning for the entire hour and he says that he likes his new piano teacher very much.
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Gayle Martin November 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
So far we've gotten off to a great start. I'm looking forward to continuing.
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Rory E. September 26, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Scott is immensely patient and clearly loves sharing his love for music. Every lesson is relaxed and fun. As a teacher Scott's focus is on getting his student to love music, what more can you really ask for? I just signed up for more lessons!
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Scott K.

Scott K.

Tucson, AZ 85746
(12)
starting at
$22 / 30-min
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Ray F.

Tucson, AZ

About Ray

I grew up in a musical family in Tucson, where my dad was a high school choir teacher for 25 years. I had the privilege to be in his choirs for 2 years! I attended Northern Arizona University studying
music education/performance 3 years (music scholarship), Pima College music ed. 1 year. This included 3 hours per semester of private voice. Basically a different language every semester (French, Italian, German). During this time I formed an acoustic folk/rock duo night club act and played around Tucson for several years. Then I moved to L.A. to pursue my dreams. There I played beach clubs in another duo. I also was a studio singer and produced and sold a couple of jingles. I have been a staff singer with Arizona Opera since 1992. I have been in 80 + productions/600+ performances. I just signed a contract to be in 3 operas in the 2012 - 2013 season. Also in 1992 I started my own business as a pre-school music specialist and that has been my day job for the last 20 years. I'm known as "Mr. Ray" to tens of thousands of Tucson pre-schoolers and see about 1500 little guys a week!

I have been teaching guitar and voice privately for 35years. I've had students as long as 8 years! Teaching is one of my greatest passions in life. I have a wealth of experience to draw from and would love to help you or your child realize your dreams! Obviously I specialize in kids but have had many adult students also.

I am also a recording engineer with a multi track project studio. I have produced 2 children's CD's: "Mr. Ray Sings the Dinosaur Dance and Other Favorites" and "Mr. Ray Sings Lullabies".

I've been writing songs since the 70's and can help you in many ways in that field!

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a patient style that is infused with energy! My curriculum depends on age and student goals. Acoustic guitar and voice are my specialties. Texts include Hal Leonard Guitar Method Books 1 - 3 and Beginning Classroom Guitar by Philip Hemo as well as strumming patterns and finger picking. I do assign homework. Voice lessons include ear training, vocal exercises, accessing all notes in your range and , of course, working on songs of music styles/artists you like. All students are furnished with a cd recording of the lesson. The goal for most is to perform and I have many opportunities including recitals and X-mas shows. After 3 - 6 months? Progress depends on you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in a music room, recording equipment, keyboard, PA system, mic, multi-track recorder, double french doors in glass so parents can see the lessons without being in the same room. Students take home a CD of the lesson.

*** Specialties ***
acoustic guitar, all styles vocal
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Caye Norwick November 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have never had lessons before, I was very impressed with Ray. His knowledge and his teaching style. He stayed on task and was very informative and helpful
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David E. August 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My husband searched high and low for a voice lesson for our daughter. After reading many reviews online and interviewing a few potential voice teachers, he was convinced that Mr. Ray would be a great fit for our daughter. We instantly signed up for our daughter to work with Mr. Ray for 40 hours.

Mr. Ray has several fantastic qualities as teacher:

1. First and foremost, he is passionate about singing and music. there is nothing more paramount to us than for the love of learning to be fostered in our daughter. and Mr. Ray is perfect for this.

2. Mr. Ray has an incredible amount of experience in the music industry both as a singer/performer himself as well as a teacher and mentor.

3. Mr. Ray makes the singing lessons very fun. Our daughter giggles and laughs during classes while she is making serious progress as a singer.

4. Mr. Ray teaches beyond the classroom by sharing his personal wisdom in life. We were pleasantly surprised that our 7 year old daughter has ongoing conversations with Mr. Ray in career choice and development as well as self esteem. Let's just say Mr. Ray covers some pretty profound topics with kids during their weekly 1 hour sessions!

The list could go on, but why don't you (and your kid) see for yourselves.
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Adrian C. December 12, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
He makes lessons fun. His instruction tips are very helpful for improving skills.
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Ray F.

Ray F.

Tucson, AZ 85742
(4)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Kate S.

Tucson, AZ

About Kate

I believe that a good teacher helps students teach themselves. Most of a student’s learning will be done on his or her own at home or in a practice room, so a teacher must give them the necessary too
ls to succeed, as well as constant support and encouragement. I graduated from the Eastman School of Music with a Bachelor's in Vocal Performance, and from Penn State with a Master's in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. I have been teaching all levels of voice, and beginning/intermediate piano for almost ten years. I also have extensive experience working with special needs students. My goal is to teach healthy, grounded singing, no matter what musical style my students are interested in pursuing. I focus on balanced and centered body alignment, accurate body mapping, an easy breathing technique, and vibrancy/flexibility in sound. If there is unnecessary tension or problems in these areas, this can hold students back from truly enjoying singing.
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Erik C. February 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
First lesson with Kate and it went great. I have zero singing experience and my voice probably sounds like nails on a chalkboard, but Kate made it fun and was encouraging the entire time. She made sure she understood what my goals are before getting started. She's also teaching me more about music theory. Feeling really good about this now and excited to continue! Gave her five stars (never had a singing instructor in the past, but I've had instructers in other areas and she's definitely up there!)
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Melody M. January 12, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I was delighted to find out how easy this whole process of getting a specialized teacher that is just a few minutes drive away. The flexibility that this offers is so much needed for everyday people who need other people that have services they can share from the comfort of their home.

Kate made me feel very welcome and was very understanding. It was immediately apparent that she knows her talent. I look forward to learning from her.
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Kaitlyn J. October 25, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Kate was very nice and welcoming. She showed me her studio and let me know what she was going to be teaching our novice ten-year old singer. She gave us the option of waiting for my daughter's lesson to finish or come back and the end of her lesson. At the end of the lesson she gave me a recap of what they did, things to work on, music book ideas and some homework lessons to work on.

My daughter had so much fun. The whole ride home she was telling me what they did and she was singing and working on what Kate had asked her to. It was only our first lesson but my daughter can't wait to go back for more. That is a testament to Kate's personality, lesson plan and teaching abilities.

Communication was also a big help. I would definitely recommend Kate to anyone looking for a music lesson.
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Kate S.

Tucson, AZ 85742
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Michael W.

Tucson, AZ

About Michael

I am a woodwind specialist with a degree in saxophone performance from the University of Arizona. I have been performing and competing since the fifth grade. Since arriving in Tucson in 2010, I have p
erformed in dozens of groups playing many various musical styles including classical, jazz, musical theater, rock, funk and avant garde. Music has provided me with the opportunity to travel all over the world, from London to China and Mexico to Peru.
I opened my private lesson studio in 2012. Since then, I have cultivated a deep passion for creating personalized lessons for motivated students. My students have included beginners as young as eight years old to advanced players well into their retirement.
I'm looking forward to sharing my passion with you!
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Suzette February 4, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Suzette February 4, 2016
Saxophone · In studio
When my 11 year old son first began saxophone lessons with Michael Weiss, he was a true beginner but within 5 months, he was playing a song at a recital! Michael is patient and kind but firm in his direction and has instilled confidence in my son that he can play whatever songs he wants to play with focus and practice. Michael is flexible and adept at tailoring his lessons to the individual's needs. I highly recommend him.
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Michael W.

Michael W.

Tucson, AZ 85705
(7)
starting at
$45 / 60-min

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