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Baltimore, MD

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I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

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Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to locate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the ...

About Ian
I have been playing piano since the age of six. Originally classically trained, I made a change to learning Jazz after hearing it on the radio one night while still in high school.

I began my teaching career in 2007, providing private piano instruction to beginners at a small, privately owned music school in Laurel, Maryland.

After the school closed it's doors in the Fall of 2011, I continued working with many of the students privately. It is these efforts I continue to this day.

Having the opportunity to work 1 on 1 with students and see their progression and development on a week to week basis is a truly, rewarding experience that I feel fortunate to be a part of.

*** Lesson Details ***
Although the approach you take with each student will be different, basic standard requirements will consist of:

1) Being able to loc
ate notes on the piano in relation to middle C

2) Being able to recognize notes on the staffs and play them in the correct locations on the piano

3) Scale theory- understanding how scales are constructed and being able to play at least 2 octaves of all 12 major scales with both hands at the same time

4) Chord theory- understanding how triads and eventually seventh chords are constructed

5) Sight reading- there is a "trick" to this, if you will, a way to go about approaching tunes that I've found makes them easier to digest

6) And for those interested, we can give the lessons a more Jazz-oriented approach (lessons would then more heavily emphasize scale and chord theory, syncopation, and learning Jazz standards)

Remember, we are all students. Instrument teachers, instructors, coaches (whatever you want to call them) do not represent an end to the learning process, but rather a continuation of it. We're all trying to improve, develop our craft, build up our chops, practice new and uncomfortable things, and expand upon our abilities of what we can do. I have heard from Jazz pianists in their 80s say that they are still learning, still trying to get better. I think that's an important thing to keep in mind as you begin this journey. The journey never ends, it just extends and continues. You'll never run out of new things to learn. The only thing you can strive for is to be the most competent you can be at your instrument. Your playing ability at any point along this journey is only a mere reflection of who you are at this moment in time. So make this moment the most meaningful it can be. The journey begins here.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Full Sized, Fully Weighted Electronic Keyboard in living room
Comfortable sitting area in waiting room for parents

*** Specialties ***
music, piano, jazz piano
Jazz
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Kim L. March 14, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ian is a great guy, very patient. My son and I both take piano lessons from him and we are really enjoying it!
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Toney C. October 1, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Ian is a very flexible teacher. I would recommend him as an instructor.
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Stephanie R. April 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Ian has been great to work with. He is so patient with our son, and we appreciate him. Our son, Taylor, thinks he is the best.
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Ian D.

Ian D.

Baltimore, MD 21230
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About Lisa B.

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Silver Spring, MD
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I provide a pleasant atmosphere, encouraging, considerate, compassionate teaching.
Playing to sing or classical playing, theory, and more.

About Lisa
Elementary school principal and music teacher for more than 10 years. BA in Music, Graduate degree UMET, Puerto Rico. Recording and performing experience.

*** Lesson Details ***
Guitar: Strum and play chords, chord progressions and songs. Singing, finger picking, basic theory, reading music, composition. Violin: technique, reading music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Dedicated music room, room for parents to wait.

*** Specialties ***
I teach classical violin using the Strictly Strings Music Book and Essential Elements 2000 with improvisational violin and creative composition, as well as some Suzuki methods. I also teach rock violin. Students may bring their own pieces.
I teach folk guitar and singing, playing chords and note reading, composition, music theory, history and appreciation. Students may also bring songs of their choice.
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Barbara Ann C. June 11, 2017
· Violin · In studio
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I enjoyed my lesson with Lisa. I learned so much and had fun doing so.
Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Mariana S. July 2, 2016
· Singing · In studio
She was very professional and she teaches very. Mariama understood every bit of the lesson and enjoyed it. She said she would like to continue with Miss Lisa for more Classes.
Thanks.
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Mariamma Philip April 13, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Lisa has been giving voice lesson over a month, for my 12 year old daughter. My daughter seems to enjoy the class and looks forward to continuing the lessons. Lisa attends to and includes the strengths of my daughter in her teaching.
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Lisa B.

Lisa B.

Silver Spring, MD 20904
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$45 / 30-min

About Justin M.

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Halethorpe, MD

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My lessons are designed to provide students with a foundation that not only carries over to each new piece of music, but also manifests in the individual. Through Ear Training, Theory, Piano Pedagogy and Sight Reading my students will learn to trust the quality and not just the quantity of what they know.

About Justin
Hello^^ My name is Justin. I studied Music Composition and Piano at Towson University, and I've been teaching for over Nine years. A few things I would like you to know about me are that I love video games, cartoons, and movies. I especially love the music found in them. Teaching, for me, is a way to learn. If something doesn't make sense we must figure out what's going on inside the mind. By discovering the best way for a student to learn or how a student learns best, already, we have a gateway to endless potential.

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-Fun and engaging

-Customized to how your brain learns. One size does not fit all when it comes to education!

-Keyboard Memorization, Sight Reading, Singing, Posture, and Technique

-Theory and Harmony

-Compose and perform your own Music!

-Free Interpretation and Artistic Deve
lopment

A typical lesson with me will have us tackling a number of music fundamentals and general technique. My goal is to teach you HOW to learn, as well as what to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio consists of a separate fully furnished room with an acoustic upright piano.

*** Specialties ***
The only general method that I use is teaching basic singing to help develop a strong sense of relative pitch. I specialize in teaching Classical and classical hybrid musics including video game scores, and movie scores.
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Iris Kane March 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Good experience. Justin is a patient and a knowledgeable instructor. Enjoyed the experience.
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Peggy December 6, 2016
· Piano · In studio
My daughter is in her second year of taking lessons with Justin. She enjoys her lessons and is eager to practice, since she gets good feedback from Justin. He has a good rapport with kids and makes piano even more enjoyable.
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Sandra November 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
When our daughter said she wanted to take piano lessons, we checked out several instructors in various teaching settings. We feel very fortunate to have found Justin for our 10yr young daughter's first piano lessons! His approach with her has invited her to want to learn and do well. He selected just the right books for her lessons and is also helping her learn a song she wants to play from one of her favorite bands. This keeps her engaged with other aspects of skill building and music reading! He also wrote out a clear description of what she is to include in home practice sessions. We definitely recommend Justin.
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Justin M.

Justin M.

Halethorpe, MD 21227
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About Yelena S.

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Burtonsville, MD

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I teach piano for all ages and all experience levels. I also play ensembles with students and accompany clarinet and other instruments. Have accompanied at the University of Maryland. 35 years professional experience. I studied at an elite Russian school for musical talent and have been awarded a masters degree from the Kharkiv conservatory. I enjoy excellent interaction and engagement with all my students. Students of all ages and backgrounds welcome!

About Yelena
*** Studio Equipment ***
upright piano seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or a keyboard

*** Specialties ***
Russian School of Piano Playing
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Kayleigh F. May 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
Kayleigh enjoyed her first lesson and learned a lot on the first day. She is looking forward to her 2nd class and is really excited. We hope she continues with an attitude of wanting to learn from Yelena. Looking forward to future practices.
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nadine M. September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher and very patient. My daughter really enjoyed it
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nadine M. September 11, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Great teacher and very patient. My daughter really enjoyed it
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Yelena S.

Yelena S.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
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About Joe K.

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Silver Spring, MD
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Currently offering a fun, creative, open learning piano style designed for someone who wants to create their own original music.

I have lots sheet music and recordings that we can study and learn from. Ellington, Chopin, kid songs, boogie woogie and more

Best as one hour sessions as we read lyrics and look over sheet music to start the session.

Plus I bring a Yamaha keyboard with a built in recorder that allows us to create simple patterns that we can play along to.

listen, play, have fun from the beginning.

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Currently offering a fun, creative, open learning piano style designed for someone who wants to create their own original music.

I have lots sheet music and recordings that we can study and learn from. Ellington, Chopin, kid songs, boogie woogie and more

Best as one hour sessions as we read lyrics and look over sheet music to start the session.

Plus I have 2 Casio keyboards that i can bring if you do not have a keyboard.

Make music or a computer or tablet with

Rainbow Joe Music Recording School

Music creation lessons using Windows based software.
Computers are provided.

Learn to select loops and samples of short music clips to create your own original songs.
Learn to create your own original beats from scratch.
Learn to add photos and tit
les to create fun music videos that can be burned to a cd or dvd.
Learn to create music files like mp3's.
Learn the different music sites to post your music.

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drums
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Collection of proverbs and folktales from around the world

Antioch College degree studied music and theater
Had Close To Nature Arlington cable TV show 10 years
Kennedy Center as a teaching artist taught world music
Choral Arts Society of Washington as a teaching artist
Washington National Opera as a teaching artist
Fillmore Arts Center taught computer music
Learn Now Music taught piano and guitar to young people
School for Tomorrow as teacher, started music resource center
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Joe K.

Silver Spring, MD 20903
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About Jennifer P.

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Gwynn Oak, MD
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I can teach you to play piano in a mindful, body-conscious way (which I find more relaxing and fulfilling). My specialties include any/all of the following: beginner/intermediate piano (any style, including classical and pop/jazz), teaching music reading/theory, learning to playing by ear/with chords, accompanying oneself while singing, learning to arrange/write music and working with individual/special needs.

Though I am not a concert pianist/accompanist by trade, I have 12 years of piano teaching experience, and have worked steadily as a singer-songwriter and in pop, rock and variety bands (as a keyboard player).

About Jennifer
I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedding bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush e
state).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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Jesse V. February 9, 2017
· Singing · Online
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Gabrielle I. January 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Jennifer is an awesome piano teacher! She works great with children! My 6 year old is very engaged, interested and ready to learn! She leaves each week saying how she cannot wait for her next lesson and she practices a lot at home. I believe this comes from Jennifer's excellence in teaching! I would highly recommend her!
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Lindsey December 9, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Jen is a great instructor! Very friendly and has a lot to offer!
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Jennifer P.

Jennifer P.

Gwynn Oak, MD 21207
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$30 / 30-min

About Arthur C.

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About Arthur
Hi my name is Arthur I've been playing music all my life but I started on drums at the age of 4 from there I moved on to the bass and now playing piano. I've also been open to showing others what I know but I officially started teaching in 2001 my 9th year of high as a part time job.
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Arthur C.

Arthur C.

Baltimore, MD 21217
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$60 / 30-min

About Maia T.

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Baltimore, MD
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Taught on a small private yacht in Canton, you can learn all genres of piano. Whether you would like to learn classic hip hop, R&B, or country, I'm the teacher for you. I teach how to read music as well with sight reading basics. I assess the students in an initial lessons and teach towards the students learning style; everyone has their own way of learning. What do you want to learn? let me know we can write out music / sight reading chords Theory or just learn a song.

About Maia
Learn to master the basics of music theory, technique, and performance on a small private yacht in Canton. Teacher is fun, competent and patient with over 20 years of experience giving private instruction with amazing results.
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Martin V. July 6, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Maia has given me the tools and confidence to perform in public. She is funny, inspirational, and very enthusiastic. I am a better more confident singer thanks to her! Thank you, Maia!
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Sahkirah G. April 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Ms Maria is very nice and patient, I like her a lot!
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Ms Ann March 8, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Peace and Blessings my daughter's first lesson went well Ms Maia was very professional and patient with her. I look forward to watching my daughter blossom into a awesome musician.
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Maia T.

Maia T.

Baltimore, MD 21224
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$45 / 30-min

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Odenton, MD

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Cheerful and energetic teacher with several years of teaching experience and over 18 years of performing experience. I teach my students technique, artistry & musicianship, music theory, music history, composition, sightreading, and improvisation. I believe in a wholistic approach to music that expands beyond the boundaries of the keyboard. In order to understand the piano, you must also understand music as a whole! I firmly believe that that the key to success in learning how to play the piano is learning how to become your own teacher. Many students don't realize that 99% of the work is done at home. Unfortunately, most teachers don't teach their students how to practice, resulting in very slow progress and a bored and frustrated student. I give my students the tools they need to learn quickly, which improves their focus and motivation, and most importantly allows them to have fun! My curriculum focuses on classical music, but also incorporates other genres like jazz and pop ...

About Sarah
I am a pianist and light lyric soprano. In May 2017, I graduated cum laude from the University of Maryland in College Park. I received my B.M. in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Mayron Tsong and my B.A. in Vocal Performance under the tutelage of Linda Mabbs. I am a CAPA scholarship recipient and a member of Pi Kappa Lambda. I have maintained a private piano studio since 2014 and also teach additional skills such as music theory, music history, improvisation, and sightreading. I am excited about introducing children to the beauty of music and believe that learning an instrument positively affects individuals in all areas of life. Listening to, practicing, and performing music equips children with important skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Since the age of 8, I have also been an active performer and competitor
in the Washington Metropolitan Area. At the age of 15, I débuted with both the Capital City Symphony and the JMU Symphony Orchestra in performances of Liszt’s Totentanz. I have won numerous awards and competitions in VA, MD, and D.C. In 2010, I placed 2nd in the NSO Young Soloist’s Competition and performed at the Kennedy Center Mainstage. In 2013, I won the Golden the Voices of America Competition and performed at the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. This year, I won the Mary Graham Lasley Scholarship Competition in Alexandria, VA and as a result will be performing the Barber Piano Concerto with the Alexandria Symphony Orchestra in their next season. In past years I have also performed at the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C., and the Alden Theater in McLean, VA. One of my primary passions is new music, and I have premiered numerous compositions at the New Music at Maryland recital series. In 2013, I was invited to collaborate with the New Street Dance Group in a performance of two new works for chamber ensemble at the FringeArts Festival in Philadelphia. In future years, I hope to frequently premiere new works on an international scale.
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Erica W. July 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Sarah is a brilliant pianist, singer and teacher. She is a longtime friend and colleague, and I've seen her develop her musical skills to extraordinary levels. Sarah is also one of the most patient people I've ever met, and has an undeniable passion for music and love for helping others. I highly recommend anyone to work with her--you definitely won't be sorry!
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Sarah B.

Odenton, MD 21113
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$42 / 30-min

About Ailey L.

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Welcome to Sunny Side Piano Studio!
As a specialized piano teacher, I won't be using any books. My students and I will be sharing my own teaching book, writing, coloring, learning, and listening all at once! My lessons are creative, active, fun, motivated, and my students love being engaged in each lesson!

About Ailey
Hello everyone!

Welcome to The Sunny Side Piano Studio! I'm very looking forward to meeting and working with you!
My name is Ailey and I will be your new piano teacher and we will be walking this amazing journey together! Isn't it interesting!!! I'm glad you chose me as your new teacher and I'm very excited to have you as my new student!
I'm a specialized, professional classical pianist, travelling around the United States, Asia, and Canada for various fundraising and solo concerts. I've been teaching children, age from 3 to 15 and beyond for almost ten years!
My profession is spreading the music and its love to the people who appreciate its magic, but my most important goal is to share the music with young people who love to learn and play it!
Music is a lot of fun and so is piano! Piano is a magic instrument! You will love learn
ing it and playing it for yourself, your family, friends, and your puppies too!
I am very thrilled to share my passion for music with you! and I hope you and I will be new best friends, beyond being just a teacher and a student!
I am a very funny and kind teacher:) When you meet me, you will realize "she is very funny" HAHA!!!
Just choose me and you will see why many students have worked with me and love learning music with me! And let me know if you have any questions about lessons or anything that is not about music too! I'm more than happy to answer them for you!

One thing! If you are interested in booking lessons with me, please only book five! Sometimes it is very difficult to find a good, I mean "really-good-matching" teacher for a student. I want to be the best teacher for you and I promise I will, but if for any reasons, we are not good matches, I will try my best to find a good one for you!

Thank you!!!

Cheers!

Your new music friend/teacher

Ailey-SooJi Lee

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John Springer Foley July 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
SooJi has been teaching my 11 year old son for three years. I remember the day I met her. She was smiling for whole time of our first meeting. She helped us getting a good conditioned used keyboard for practice, by taking her time. One thing I always wondered was "does she have anger?" Before being a father, I'm also an artist, painter, so I know ho some artist behave which irritates me sometimes. SooJi recommended me to stay during few lessons so I can observe my son's improvements over time. She never gets mad. Literally, NEVER. Being a teacher is difficult job. Students can be rude and that makes teachers angry and sometimes lessons go real wrong. One day, my son got so tired that he couldn't focus on lesson. I got mad but SooJi said "that's ok. I understand. People work and get tired and that's normal. We have few minutes left so why don't we play something fun then?" and my son smiled. I don't know, but I can definitely feel SooJi has a very special talent of making people feel better and more comfortable. She knows how to ease people and how to deal with problems without getting angry or shouting at kids. Her lessons are so much fun, yet so much learning too. Sometimes even I enjoyed the lesson and I participated and SooJi and my son laughed at me haha. Before meeting her, my son never knew the "music" but after having lessons with her, my son already just completed his third solo recital which was around 40 minutes. I was so proud of him that I actually cried during the concert. SooJi is not just a teacher. My son one day told me that SooJi is his best friend. They get along well, my son laughs a lot which doesn't happen often and SooJi makes silly jokes that make him feel ease during lessons. They are just too many good things I can say about her, but I won't because it will get way longer.
One thing I want to say is if people want to be a teacher, they need to learn from her. They need to observe SooJi's talent, humor, kindness, and smiles. We love her so much and we appreciate her playing during our wedding. Thank you SooJi! You are our second daughter! We love you so much!
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Karen Hummel July 17, 2017
· Korean · Online
My daughter started taking Korean lessons from SooJi about a year ago. SooJi teaches her grammar, pronunciation, vocabulary, and conversational phrases. My daughter's Korean language skills have improved dramatically with SooJi's teaching. SooJi explains things in a way that is easy to understand and her teaching has been a positive influence on my daughter.
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Angel Hummel July 17, 2017
· Korean · Online
SooJi, I don't even know where to begin...
She is an amazing human being in general. I pick up things very easy but for some reasons, Korean was and is a really challenge for me. I'm not sure why this is. Maybe because I want to learn this more than anything else? Maybe my brain wants to work harder to get where my heart is? who knows. But I do know why I'm even progressing in this challenge. "A good teacher" ca inspire, hope, stimulate the imagination, and instal "a love of learning" It that quote and a title, it would be SooJi. She is truly my only role model. I'm not exactly sure why she is this to me, but she is. I respect her so much and she inspires me all the time. Honestly, I can't imagine my life without her in it. SooJi means so much to me. More than what can be expressed with pretty little words. A teacher is supposed to give hope to students, but she does so much more She IS so much more. She isn't my teacher anymore. She is my friend, my role model, my sister. Because of her, hearts have changed, hearts have healed, and bonds have been created that some blonde little girls can't get anywhere else. Yes, sometimes SooJi scolds us, but that's what she's supposed to do. We know she cares even more when she does this because she wants us to grow. Without her, I don't think I would know anything nearly as close to what I know now. Not just the language, but also the culture. I want to always have someone like SooJi in my life. Someone who inspires and loves me. SooJi is honestly so amazing and perfect as a teacher, best friend and sister! I love her so much! I miss you!
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Ailey L.

Baltimore, MD 21202
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Once you've memorized the notes on the piano, it's time to put them together to create piano chords! Here, Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L. reviews the eight chords to master first...    Except for most minimalist or avant-garde of styles, every musical genre is based on chords. From Mozart's piano concertos to the Beatles' hits, chords are foundational. Memorizing them is essential to songwriting, reading new music, and understanding the theory beyond the basics of piano. The f
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These days, there are so many resources available to help you or your kids learn how to play the piano - and many of them are free.  But are free piano lessons for kids the best way to learn? Are there any differences between finding free resources, or paying for private piano lessons? In this article, we’ll go over some of the options, and how to determine what will best suit your child’s needs. Finding Free Piano Lessons for Kids -- Available Free Resources YouTube: Nowadays, it’s ext
Pianist Spotlight: How Stevie Wonder Overcame Blindness to Play Piano
Have you ever wondered if you have the potential to become a famous musician? If so, you probably know that it takes more than just raw talent to break into the music industry. Stevie Wonder is an excellent example of this. Beyond his amazing talent, vocal and piano practice, along with hard work and persistence, were the keys to Stevie’s success. Read on to learn more about Stevie Wonder and how he came to be the musical legend we know today. Who is Stevie Wonder? Stevie Wonder is an Ameri
9 MORE Amazing Benefits of Piano Lessons
We've discussed the benefits of playing the piano on the blog before, but there's always more to learn! It seems like every time we turn around, a new study has emerged that proves just how important music is to our brains, our emotions, and even our social behavior. Our friends at OnlinePianist.com recently pulled together a great round-up -- complete with videos and stats -- with some of the most interesting benefits of piano lessons and music in general. Below are a few we think are wo
Do You Need a Better Keyboard? | Signs It's Time to Upgrade
If you've been playing keyboard or piano for a while, you might be wondering when the right time is to upgrade your instrument. Learn how to proceed in this guest post by Saint Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...   There comes a point in every pianist's life when he has to take one very important action: get a better keyboard, or maybe, buy a piano. It's a special step in your journey that shows how hard you've been working and, frankly, how hard you plan on working in the fu

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