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About Chris H.

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I have a degree in music with a teaching certificate. I have been teaching cello privately for 10 years. Depending on the age of the child we will start with either Essential Elements or Suzuki cello book one. They will start with proper positioning and plucking. Once they have 8 notes down, we start bowing. As we progress, we will be doing scales, and etudes.

About Chris
I have been teaching private violin for over 20 years, and private viola/cello for about 10. I have taught in Charles and St. Mary's County Public schools. I am a member of American Strings Teacher's Association, National Association for Music Educators (Maryland Music Educators Association), and the Music Teachers National Association (Music Teachers Association of Charles County). As a teacher, I'm very student oriented. We move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. I do encourage learning to read music, but I use multiple ways of teaching to reach my students. Everyone learns in a different way. My primary job is to see you achieve your goals in relation to your instrument. I also encourage that you take every opportunity to perform. There are many groups in the area that allow for different ages and styles of music
. I can help you understand what is going on behind the music and hopefully see what the composer was hoping to convey, if that is something you want to know. When I was a student I always wanted to know "why?". As a teacher, you will know why if I do.

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I try to keep my lesson area as stress free as possible. It's OK to make mistakes in my studio. I would like you to bring a notebook to lessons as well as your music and instrument. I write as much as I can down because if you were like I was during lessons, I would forget everything I was supposed to be watching for after 3 days. Like I said above, we move at your pace. The more you practice, the faster we move. Questions are a good thing. It shows interest. But sometimes you just have to stop asking questions and just take the leap of faith.
We start with note reading as well as proper form and the parts of the instrument. We also deal with general care. I will tune your instrument every time you come in for lessons until you learn how to tune it yourself. We will review the day before, I will check on what work you've done and then move onto the next song/ technique etc. After we learn how to pluck the first 8 notes, we start with scales and bowing.

After that we move through the "usual" routine. Scale, etude, song(s) or school test songs, audition requirements etc.

I try to keep the same routine because for some students it's easier for them to focus if they know the lesson is going to move in a familiar way. It's reassuring. After we become proficient in the basics, we move into whatever genre you would like to play, within reason. If you are in the school orchestra we will work towards you getting an A.

I would say I'm more laid back when you are not preparing for an audition. Auditions require a lot of work and I want you to do as close to perfect as possible. I become fairly demanding during that time.

In about 6 months, you can play almost any tune you can hear on the radio. Explaining where you could be gets fairly technical and I might as well be talking like Charlie Brown's teacher.

*** Studio Equipment ***
at the away studio: music, music stand, stool, piano, laptop, tuner, metronome.

at home: music, music stands, chairs, computer, laptop, keyboard, microphone, tuner, metronome.

pictures of the away studio are posted.

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I am familiar with Paul Rolland's work, Valerie Bobbett Gardner's Violin Virtuosity, as well as Guillespie's. I was brought up Suzuki but haven't been trained in Suzuki. I have taken classes on how to teach to a variety of students so I could hold a teaching license in the state. I do participate with (Canadian) The Royal Conservatory of Music Music Development. This is active in the US also.

Special note: If you are allergic to cats, you will want to take lessons at my other studio location, not at the home.

IF you are contacting me with questions, please include either take lessons or lessons in the subject area so I can find you faster. I get a lot of junk mail and it is easy for me to miss a note from you.
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Brenda March 9, 2017
· Violin · In studio
She's very knowledgeable and patient even with an older learner.
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Tim January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
We both had a fun and pleasant first lesson with Chris. Set everything up and got the basics down.
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Callie January 11, 2017
· Cello · In studio
Great, fun first lesson. Chris taught me the rudiments of the instrument and set up (and more
Importantly gave me some guidance on setting up) the cello. We did some basic exercises and looked over some of the theory materials. Overall a very comprehensive first lesson for this beginner!
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White Plains, MD 20695
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About Shannon S.

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I teach beginning to intermediate levels.

About Shannon
See details of "AFFILIATIONS", "MUSIC" and "FITNESS" below:

AFFILIATIONS:
Music: AAUP, AFM, ASOL/LAO, CMS, HFC, NFA, IDRS, ICS, NASA.
Fitness: ISSA, NDETA, ASHI, USAT, LCT, BAM, HRTC.
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MUSIC (see fitness below): Shannon has numerous years experience teaching all skill levels on woodwinds, and beginning-intermediate piano & classical strings, using various approaches to best suit the students learning style, personality and needs.

Shannon is an active musician, who has been featured as a soloist, and in the flute and woodwind sections with various orchestras, chamber ensembles, opera orchestras and musical theatre within the United States, Italy, and Mexico. She is presently Principal Flute of the Baytown Symphony, Director of the Da Capo Chamber Ensembles, and is a substitute musician with the Orquesta Sinfnica
de Monterrey, Symphony of Southeast Texas, and Opera in the Heights.

Shannon has been a faculty member at various colleges, is currently Adjunct Professor of Music at Brazosport College, and also has an active private studio, Leigh Studios. She is the College Music Society South-Central Regional President; and is an Advisory Board member for the Houston Flute Club.

Shannon received her Masters of Music degree in Performance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She also studied at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and received her B.A. degree in Performance, and B.S. degree in Music-Business from Winona State University, and has studied with world-renowned instructors.

Shannon has received grants for her work, from the Minnesota State Arts Board, American Federation of Musicians, Rome Festival Orchestra, and the Winona Music Guild, and was the 1997 recipient of the Vivian Menees Nelson Music Award.

Shannon is also a sponsored triathlete and trainer/coach/race director, and gives workshops on the importance of healthy living, nutrition and exercise for musicians. She is a board member for The Lake Charles Triathletes. And she is a strong advocate for music, health, and triathlon. Sponsors: Maggie Martinez-LMT, Eating for Performance, Bikesport, DeSoto Sport, Gu Performance Energy, Rudy Project, Amit Jethva-DDS, Leigh Enterprises.

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I am pretty easy going. I want you to feel comfortable and at ease, but we do need to focus and can have fun doing it. :)
I utilize various methods for each instrument, which is determined by the students learning style and ability; needs, so this can change as time goes on (not sticking to one particular publishers materials). I have done (and continue to do) extensive research into materials available for each instrument I teach, and supplement with my own, to utilize the best out there for "YOU" for the best possible progress. While ensuring an extremely well-rounded musical education, so you can progress at the best possible rate. Since each student's potential is different, each will progress differently. This is also determined by your dedication to daily practice (the more you practice, the quicker you will progress & the more accomplished you will become). This is a 'Team Effort'; I give the guidance and tools. You practice, utilize learn these tools, and off we go! The sky is the limit!

*** Specialties ***
Classical, jazz
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FITNESS: Shannon has been athletic most of her life. she is a Certified Personal Trainer, and Specialist in Exercise Therapy, with 10 years experience in triathlon. She is a sponsored athlete. She applies her years of teaching experience to helping you reach your physical and nutritional goals, to be the healthiest you can be. She's not for quick fixes/results. It's all about a transformational lifestyle change. Enjoy the journey! It's well worth it! (see info above).
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Manuel November 9, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
It was just my first lesson but I am very pleased.
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Adele A. November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very accommodating for different levels, kind and patient
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Maddie M. September 20, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
So far- great!
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About Hrant P.

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About Hrant
Hrant's interests range from the solo cello repertoire to chamber music, teaching, and orchestral playing. As a teacher he has been a faculty member at Yale School of Music, 92nd Y, Summertrios Music Festival, and has held master classes at Yale and the William Blount-Slawson Competition. He has recently performed with Mark Morris Dance Group, Houston Symphony, Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Chris Botti’s Gala Concert at the Tilles Center. Hrant, together with violinist Benjamin Sung and pianist Jihye Chang are founding members of the Arsenal Trio. Their recent performances have been at the ClefWorks Chamber Music Festival, The University of Louisville New Music Festival, and Gregory Singer Concert Series in New York.

Hrant P. is a prize winner in International Competitions including, Houston Symphony Ima Hogg, The Montgomery Symphony
Fellowship, Olga Koussevitzky, HAMS, and Hudson Valley. He is an extensive solo as well as chamber music performer who, has appeared frequently in venues such as Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Music Gettysburg, Banff Center for the Arts, and Orford Festival. Recently he has collaborated with artists such as Hans Graf, Carlos Prieto, Vladimir Ashkenazy, Zakhar Bron, Natalya Shakhovskaya, Franz Helmerson, Richard Watkins, and Hansjorg Schellenberger, and Oxana Yablonskaya.

Born in Bulgaria, Hrant P. started the cello at the early under the guidance of his mother. His first recital was at the age of six. Two years later he gave his debut as a soloist performing C.P.E. Bach’s Cello Concerto. Hrant holds bachelor degrees from The Hochschulle fur Music in Wien, The Juilliard School, and received his Masters of Music from Yale School of Music where he studied with world renowned cellist Aldo Parisot.
Recently, Hrant won a position with the Army Band, married pianist Tatjana P., and is the proud father of son Benjamin.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that every student has his/her own need because we are all unique as human beings, every one of us has their stronger and weaker skills and my job as a teacher is to find the best tool to pass to the given student.

I am strict but fun, whichever amount the student needs more.

I use the Suzuki books because the songs (and later pieces) in are very good, popular, fun, and evenly progressive.

Achievements depend also on the student and the amount of practicing done at home. I as a teacher can only do that much in passing my knowledge and spur the student own.
Practicing at home is very, very important.

*** Specialties ***
Classical
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Patrick-Helios L. September 6, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful teacher. Able to engage young cellists.
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Ryan C. September 8, 2015
· Cello · In home
Hrant is very patient and believes in building a strong basic foundation prior to proceeding.
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Karl-Marx O. September 6, 2015
· Cello · In home
Amazing
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Hrant P.

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About Jonathan G.

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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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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In studio
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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About Robert M.

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Our cello lessons cover an array of topics from technique to musicality along with establishing the important connections of mind and body to achieve healthy and sustainable cello playing! I approach every student differently and try my utmost best to cater to every student's need. I have years of experience teaching pre-school age cellists to adults! I look forward to helping anyone achieve music and cello goals!

About Robert
Welcome! My name is Rob M. and I am professional cellist, string music educator and conductor who recently moved from the Philadelphia area returning to the DC Area. I hold a Bachelor of Music Education from DePauw University (2010). I am a certified K-12 instrumental/general music teacher in the state of Virginia and Washington D.C. In 2016, I completed my Masters of Music in String Pedagogy at Temple University. I've been playing cello for over 20 years and I have taught various age groups in public school and private studio settings for the last six years. I look forward to offering my musical expertise and experience working with you to grow musically and to reach your goals!!
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Erin December 10, 2017
· Cello · In home
I appreciated Robert's clear laying out of discussion for expectations, goals, strategies etc. for lessons. He went out of the way to make me feel comfortable and was very attentive to the lesson.
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George June 25, 2017
· Cello · In home
Robert is great. Professional, knowledgeable, and puts the student at ease. Tailors the lesson to the student's individual needs. Robert is flexible as well when life happens and you need to reschedule.
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Graham S. December 19, 2016
· Cello · In home
Rob is very knowledgable with regard to the cello--he and my 16 year old son hit it off immediately! He asked my son what he wanted to work on and then they spent the next 45 minutes working on those things. After the lesson, we worked out a continuing schedule of classes for the next few months. We are very happy with Rob as a tutor for my son and equally happy with TakeLessons!
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Robert M.

Arlington, VA 22204
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About Ryan S.

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Experienced cello teacher of 7 years! My lesson plan is simple : 1. we warm up with basic scales + finger exercises, 2. we focus on tone + proper technique, and 3. we play from a variety of solo pieces, duets, and ensemble music (I prepare backing tracks to help w/ rhythm and timing... or play the parts myself). If the student is working on music for school orchestra, we work on that as well.

The time devoted to each portion of the lesson is totally adjustable. You will learn what you want to learn at your own pace.

About Ryan
Experienced cello, drum, piano, and guitar player of 20 years. Has a MFA degree in music composition + a BFA in music performance. Recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra." Also records for "Sonoton Recordings." Currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Teaches locally, in-studio, and online. Occasionally travels to Japan to perform + teach.
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Akemi June 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son started lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly.
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Matthew K. February 5, 2017
· Cello · In home
Awesome first lesson with Ryan, he teaches at whatever pace you learn best at.
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Dat T. August 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Ryan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I had a great time learning guitar from him. Make sure you tell him what your goals are so he can help you achieve them.
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Have fun playing the cello! I emphasize beautiful tone and expressive playing. I am a patient teacher. Methodical yet flexible. All ages and levels!!

About Aaron
Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.

If you send me a message, please include the following information:

1) Why do you want to learn music?
2) What types of music do you listen to?
3) What experience/how many years do you have of playing music?
4) How old are you?
5) What are your goals with music?

I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.
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Katie November 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Aaron teaches piano to my 8 year old daughter, Abby. She is shy but loves piano and she very much looks forward to his visits! He customizes her lessons to her skill level and interests. No question he is a serious musician, but he is also laid back and funny which is perfect for young kids as it puts them at ease. Abby is thriving under Aaron's instruction, I'm so glad we found him!
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Bonnie August 5, 2017
· Cello · Online
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Nadine May 28, 2017
· Cello · Online
We are very happy with Aaron's instruction. He is very patient and skilled.
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About Donna I.

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After studying violin, strings, and piano in Boston, at New England Conservatory with Eric Rosenblith, Master Classes with Dorothy DeLay, chamber music with Leslie Parnas and Burton Fine, as well as other Juilliard teachers and studies with Robert Soetens in France, I have been fortunate to enjoy over eighteen years of teaching violin, strings (beginning cello), and piano students. I am currently teaching in the Harrisburg and York, PA areas.

My initial studio experience began during my education at New England Conservatory, where I began teaching young students in the Boston area. Later, I was able to give master classes, private and group lessons in France and Asia as a member of touring orchestras and currently teach private and group lessons as well as providing master classes for select students in all stringed instruments.

My students have continued their college studies at Music Schools, Conservatories as well as gone on to solo and orchestra performing careers.

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About Donna
After studying violin, (strings, cello), and piano in Boston, at New England Conservatory with Eric Rosenblith as well as Robert Soetens in France, I have been fortunate to enjoy nearly twenty years of teaching violin and piano students. I have earned a BS and MS degrees.

I believe all my students should enjoy music and lessons so students learn enjoyable music from the first few lessons.

For the younger students I use Music Mind Games training to enhance the lesson experience.

My professional violin experience includes performances with many orchestras including a ten-year member of the Chattanooga Symphony, Chattanooga Opera Orchestra, and the New Art Trio, Charleston Symphony, Savannah Symphony and chamber orchestras and ensembles in the Savannah, Chattanooga and Richmond areas. My experience also includes performances with R
ichmond Symphony in Richmond, VA, Virginia Symphony in Norfolk, VA, Dover Delaware Symphony as well as performance venues in the Pennsylvania area.
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· Violin · In home
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I want to work closely with students to help them develop their own unique pace, methods, and goals that work for them. We’ll work together to not just master their craft, but also find their voice and enjoyment with their instrument.

My goal is to discover what a student wants to learn and their strengths and weaknesses and then cater lessons accordingly.

About Christopher
Flexible teacher and multi-instrumentalist combining technical knowledge of classical, jazz, and pop/rock theory, sense of humor, and passion for helping students not just master their craft, but also find their unique voice and enjoyment with their instrument.

I have over 3 years of experience teaching lessons, including teaching seminars on songwriting and music business at Infinity Visual and Performing Arts and Jamestown Community College.

Between 2006 and 2015, I played over 1,000 shows, both solo and as an auxiliary musician for other touring acts. I performed on over 30 albums and have composed for radio, television, and internet video series. I've been featured in The New York Times, on the CBS Evening News, and on NPR.
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Niyati T. December 5, 2017
· Cello · Online
Chris has been an amazing cello instructor! He does a great job explaining how your body should feel when you're bowing (great for a first time string student) and hand positions. He really helps you integrate cello practice into whatever time you have for it and you can tell he really has a passion for the instrument and knows it well. On top of it all, he's just a really nice, fun person and the lessons fly by!
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Joel October 16, 2017
· Percussion · In home
chris is the man! super nice dude, great sense of humor, and crazy knowledgable about music! i took drum lessons from him a few years ago, and he took the time to get to know me and where i was coming from musically and tailored our lessons to uniquely suit me. still use the warmup exercises he taught me every time i sit down at the kit! highly recommend
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I am a classically trained teacher with ten years of cello teaching experience. Making music through cello is such an enjoyable thing. Therefore, no matter what level of playing or what piece you have in mind that you always wanted to learn,please come to me. I will design a lesson plan and practice plan according to your needs. In my lesson, you will learn music theory,music history,cello technique and of course, music appriciation. I will also chose the right method book regarding to your playing. Looking forward to seeing you.

About Alice
I am a classically trained pianist and piano/ cello teacher. By more than ten years of teaching experience, learning with me is going to be engaging and enchanting. I chose the right method books and design the lesson plan/ practice plan according to your needs. Through my lesson, you are not only learning music but also having a great time learning.

I held a Master degree in piano performance from Manhattan School of Music, , as well as a bachelor degree in piano performance from Taipei National University of the arts. By 27 years of indulging in music, I have to say, it is such a fulfilling journey!

Therefore, I would like to meet all of you. No matter what age you are, what level of playing you are, don't be hesitate to talk to me. I love meeting people and sharing musical thoughts. Looking forward to meeting you.
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Frances December 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My experience with Mrs. Alice has been nothing but pleasant, not only is she caring, kind, and considerate, she's extremely talented in what she does. I have had the honor of being her student for nearly 5 years and am glad to say that if you're a student of Mrs. Alice then you are in good hands.
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Wenley December 2, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Ms. Alice is one of the most memorable piano teachers I've taken lessons with. I would always look forward to piano lessons because she would make them fun yet still be able to move forward in songs and techniques. Whenever Ms. Alice plays a section of a song for demonstration, I could feel the emotion behind her playing and I think that plays a role in her being an excellent piano teacher.
I enjoyed my lessons with Ms. Alice very much and I strongly believe that anyone who takes lessons with her will enjoy them as well.
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Serena December 1, 2017
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Ms. Alice is a great piano teacher/instructor. She is so patient with her students even when they sometimes don’t listen. She is also very experienced with piano and amazing at playing it as well. She is not only a great piano teacher but also a great friend to have.
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