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Richmond Hill, NY

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I am an active professional singer with six years of teaching experience in both voice and piano. While my degrees specialize in vocal performance, I have studied piano privately for over 10 years. My students include a range of levels and ages who vary in musical aspirations and backgrounds. My students are given every opportunity to become well-rounded, performing musicians when studying with me. I am a friendly, open-minded, enthusiastic musician who loves teaching others!

About Elise
I am a professional, classically trained soprano with a love for theater and the arts! In addition to being a performer, I also love teaching music lessons. My private vocal studio includes a range of students from young children to adults, who vary in musical aspirations and sing in many different styles, including opera, art song, jazz, blues, pop, and musical theater. My students have gone on to sing on Broadway, pursue music and theater degrees, compete and win competitions. I have extensive training and knowledge of proper vocal use, as well as a passion for teaching my students self expression through music. My students are given every opportunity to become well-rounded, performing musicians, and my goal is to give students the tools to become life long, passionate musicians themselves!
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Austyn September 19, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Elise is an incredible voice coach! She listens close to your vocal needs and helps you achieve the vocal aspirations. I worked with Elise for a little more than nine months and my range, tone, and technique improved so much. By far best vocal coach I've ever had.
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Andrea September 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Elise is an incredible teacher, with real attention to detail and experience working with many different levels. She is patient, kind, and comfortable to be around (with a great voice!). I would recommend her to anyone.
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Dylan September 14, 2017
· Singing · Online
Elise is an extremely talented, classically trained singer. She was very patient with me as a beginner and has improved my singing dramatically so far. I will definitely continue taking lessons with Elise.
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About Athena M.

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Experienced piano teacher of 15 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation in rhythm, reading, style and performance skills. I specialize in pop, gospel, jazz and classical, typically use methods books for beginners, and also use materials that experienced students already have. (No need to buy all new stuff if you like what you have.)

About Athena
About Me

If you can recognize your favorite song when you hear it, you already have what it takes to be a great musician!

MY PROMISE TO YOU:
1. Your lesson will always be geared toward what YOU want to learn, and if it seems like we are working on something that doesn't match that, I will always take the time to make clear why what we are doing will have you be able to play what you want.
2. You already have every skill you need to be a great performer, and my job is just to steer the ship in the right direction to have that happen. All I am ever doing in a lesson is making sure that we are moving you in the ultimate direction that you want to be going musically.
3. I will do everything I know how to do to make sure that what I have learned that will benefit you becomes something you have mastered. If I could take th
e "computer chip" in my head and put it in yours, we would do that. Study with me and you will get the next best thing!
4.If I say something that isn't clear, or isn't useful to you, I will ALWAYS re-explain, or say it a different way, until it is useful to you and something you know how to use for your benefit on your instrument.
5. If you have a practice schedule set up with me, and for any reason you do not have time to practice or get an assignment done, I GOT IT! You can always tell me, because I've been there and I know. Music Lessons are NOT school, and I will never act like they are.

OK, now for the credentials:

MY EDUCATION

I learned how to read music at 4 years old, before I had even learned to read English. If I can do that, anyone can do that given the right set of elements.
1. I started singing at three, piano lessons at nine, began teaching myself guitar at twelve and I have never stopped playing and learning since then.
2. I earned a B.A in Music from Towson University and graduated Magna cum Laude with a Major in Jazz/Commercial Piano Performance and a Minor in Opera.
3. I made my stage performing debut in a solo role at six, and I have never stopped performing since then. I wrote my first song, all by myself, at eleven and have composed over 1000 pieces since then.
4. I have studied brain science and practical neurology for fifteen years as part of my continuing education.

MY EXPERIENCE

In addition to my extensive study of the piano, I have had many other valuable experiences as a musician and teacher, including but not limited to the following:

1. I have been a choral singer for twenty three years, and during that time toured Italy, sang at St. Martin of Tours Church in Los Angeles for fifteen of those years, and worked on mastering just about every form of sacred choral and gospel music.

2. As a soloist, began performing professionally in 1988 and have done numerous performances of my own compositions around Southern California. I also have had songs of mine pitched to major artists in Nashville and currently compose both contemporary music and feature songs for film and television.

3. I developed a method of curing tone deafness, and authored a course that teaches this to anyone whether they are a trained singer or beginner. I also authored a second course specifically for karaoke singers to learn stage presence and better performance skills.

4. I have been teaching for twenty years, working with students from 3 to 78 years old at every level of musical experience. I have taught not only music performing and instrumental technique, but song-writing, arranging, and the tricky task of singing while playing an instrument to accompany one's self. Believe me, this is a skill that DOES take a separate set of lessons to master, but every student who studies it with me does!

In short, if it's music, or even music-related, I've done it and I can teach it and I can figure out the best method to have your brain master it!

My Specialties:
Working with kids and young people in a SAFE environment to learn their instrument
Rhythm, and understanding why it is your ticket to musical mastery
How to use your own brain to be your own best teacher (when I'm not there in a lesson with you!)
Pop, Classical, Gospel, Rock, Musical Theater,

Education
B. A. Music

Subjects Taught
piano, voice, guitar, music theory, song writing/composition, arranging

*** Lesson Details ***
Your BRAIN is your greatest musical asset, and I have spent the past twenty-five years learning how to make the musical brain easy for everyone.

I've been a musician since I was in the cradle, and I
learned to read music before I could read English! Over the past twenty years of teaching piano, voice and guitar I have learned how to use your brain, and the basic musical skills you ALREADY have to help you turn yourself into a great musician and performer.

If you can tap your foot along with a song, and you can recognize Mary Had a Little Lamb, you've got what it takes. My specialty is taking these simple skills you already have and using them to teach you EVERYTHING you want to know how to do on your instrument. I also teach combined
lessons so that you can learn more than one instrument in your course of study if that is what you choose.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student provides piano in their home for piano lessons. Voice students provide a recording device to record their lesson for their practice. Guitar students provide their guitar, any amps, cables, anything else they need for their rig. All students provide any CD's or mp3's they are working with during study. They pay for all books needed.

*** Specialties ***
Beginner level through advanced in kid songs, pop, rock, gospel, contemporary Christian, Broadway and classical. Emphasis on rhythm and technique. Lessons specialize in using knowledge of brain neuroscience practical applications in hearing, learning, reading, practicing and performing music.
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Randy December 4, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Athena was very knowledgeable as well as a great listener very tuned into the areas I want to improve in. I went away very encouraged and looking forward to our next lesson.
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James Lim November 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Athena is a great teacher. I”m motivated to learn and I always look forward to having piano lessons with her.
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Amee (. November 3, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Fist lesson was awesome!
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About Christopher J.

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While my piano chops are sub-professional, piano is my second best instrument, tied with Saxophone, behind trumpet. I have had 5 years of piano in school, and have studied the entire piano repertoire in some way or another.

About Christopher
Chris has been teaching private lessons since 2009 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home and online. Chris has helped students make premier bands, excel in school, win state competitions, and win auditions to highly competitive youth symphonies.

Chris received his education and training at San Jose State University, and the Naval School of Music. Chris currently plays professionally for the United States Marine Corps Band, and is finish his Bachelors in Music Education and Jazz Studies. As an expert in his field, Chris ensures new students achieve their personal and musical goals. Chris's lessons are personalized, flexible, and ensure standards are met with knowledge from some of the worlds greatest musicians. Chris also has experience teaching students with special needs.

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Michele June 3, 2016
· Trumpet · In home
Incredibly patient, supportive, and knowledgeable.
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Michael H. June 13, 2014
· Trumpet · Online
Chris taught one lesson to my son, then he cancelled the following week's lesson and never returned numerous phone calls, emails, and text messages. He didn't respond, then the following week at our next scheduled instruction he called me 30 mins before the lesson asking if he could move the date.

Needless to say, it was very unprofessional of him, and we intended to end our relationship with him as my son's instructor.

The thing got worse when he proceeded to schedule my son for a weekly reoccurring lesson for the next year. I've had to manually cancel each lesson, at least until Jan 2015.

I would strongly warn you against signing up with Chris if you expect an instructor who is reliable and responsive to your communications. I'm sorry it didn't work out, but the other problem is that this was my son's first experience to music lessons, so it was a bad first experience.
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Bill C. May 27, 2014
· Violin · Online
We're giving 3 out of 5 stars since that seems fair. With regards to the lessons themselves, Chris certainly met our expectations with our son's violin lessons. However, with regards to communications and scheduling, it could have been much better. More than once my son was waiting on Skype after receiving the "You have upcoming lessons" email from TakeLessons. Chris needs to learn how to cancel the lessons ahead of time. He rarely responded to emails (was trying to get him to stop showing our email openly to all his other students, really needs to learn how to use BCC). He never returned phone calls. Due to the canceled lessons, our TakeLesson pay date came prematurely, and since I waited until our son's paid lessons were completed before paying for new ones, we got dropped from the schedule and lost our time slot. Too many frustrations led to finding a new teacher.
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About Benjamin M.

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Detroit, MI

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As a professional musician, songwriter and composer, I often use the piano/keyboard for composition, arrangement and sound design. Although my primary instruments are alto saxophone and guitar, having piano skills have been an asset in visualizing the musical spectrum.

I've had two years formal training on Piano, and taught 2nd Year Piano in NYC public and private schools.

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

I recently moved from NYC to Ypsilanti - very close to Ann Arbor where I was born. 10 years on the East Coast and another 10 before that in Chicago has helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching. Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home or through the use of Skype. I hope to get my Car fixed soon!

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subjects not directly related
to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

Besides touring internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist, I am a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs. So, if you are a songwriter, we can polish up your approach!

If you would like to learn how to compose a Solo, a Duet or Ensemble, I can get you started in a low-stress, one-step-at-a-time procedure. As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co. I am Composer and Conductor for New York City's first full-on Saxophone Orchestra; a 13-member ensemble.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

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My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
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Cathy October 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very patient and encouraging
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Cathy September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I was very pleased with my granddaughters first lesson. Ben was patient, speaking to her positively and encouraging. Nora was very happy, showing her dad what she learned and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Elizabeth S. April 26, 2017
· Piano · In home
Ben is a great teacher! He communicates very well. He is relaxed and very professional.
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About Hannah B.

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My goal is to give your child a fun, creative, and relational environment to enhance the piano learning experience. Every lesson is filled with tools and games for your child to use on their piano at home when they practice. Whether your child is beginning or has played for a while, they will learn ear training, music theory, technique, and composing basics.
I want to use my 20 years of experience playing the piano and 7 years of experience teaching, to engage your child in the learning environment.

About Hannah
Hello!
I am looking forward to meeting you and your child! I'd love to do introductions in person, but let me tell you a few things about me:

I am a Michigan-born twenty-something who recently got married (yay!). Before moving to Kentwood to live with my husband, I taught piano at Marshall Music in Kalamazoo and was an Administrative Assistant at a local church for about 4 years.
Before that I received my Bachelors in Business Administration and a Minor in Music at Indiana Wesleyan University. I was homeschooled all the way from Kindergarten to 12th grade and graduated with my other homeschool friends.

I have taken piano lessons for about 20 years and have learned a few things from my amazingly talented teachers. One, develop a relationship with your student by having conversations about everyday life, two, have a great structur
ed reward system for students who practice, and three, ALWAYS have fun.

There are a few things on the side that I like to do or have done in the past (this information might be useful to tell your son or daughter). I was a very busy homeschool student. Sports were very important to me growing up, I did softball, volleyball and soccer. I also was highly involved in performing arts. I currently enjoy doing crafts like sewing, card making, refinishing furniture, and cooking/baking. I am also a pet lover!

I can't wait to learn more about you at our first lesson.
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Belmari August 1, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excelente teacher who taught my son four years. He did not know anything when he got started and Hannah taught him to play the piano and to love music. He is loving it so much that now he plays the piano an also trombone in band too, thanks to Hannah. She is such a great teacher that I ended up taking clases too and I am loving it. She makes it really fun.
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Dawn July 29, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hannah is a very sweet and patient young lady. I took piano lessons from her a few years ago. I didn't know how to read music and had never played before. At age 60 it was one of the things I wanted to accomplish on my bucket list. She helped me achieve that.
I highly recommend her for anyone. Young or old!
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Kristina July 14, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hannah is not only a wonderful piano teacher, she is also a wonderful person. She is kind and cares about her students. At the same time, she sets high expectations for them to achieve success. We feel lucky to have found Hannah. She taught my daughter to love music, and to work hard."
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Just imagine, seeing your child light up to the joy of music during music lessons, just begging to go back to their piano lesson. Watch and listen as he fills your home with music at the most recent family Christmas party.

Then time passes and they become little performers on the big stage in front of a big audience of their friends, parents, and fellow students. Enjoy the compliments you as the parent receive for your child's hard work and beautiful playing!

Eventually you begin to see him developing positive character traits like valuing hard work, all while making their favorite pop, classical, and blues tunes! You can't remember when you stopped having to beg your child to do their homework and get off of the iPad!

All these vivid futures are possible at my piano studio because of my core value that studying music should be an enjoyable experience. I offer a positive learning environment with piano games and tend the growing seed of music education through encouragement

About Eric
Hi, there! My name is Eric Rinehart and I can't wait to meet you! I am licensed in the Simply Music Piano Method and I am so excited because this program is quite literally the best thing I have seen in music education.

I've been teaching private lessons since 2015 and have loved helping my students experience the joy of music, improve their performance skills, and learn to play their favorite songs early on in their lessons. Simply Music guarantees you will learn 30-50 songs in your first year of lessons! Isn't that incredible?

I went to UCSB and earned a degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry in 2015. I'm a passionate, nurturing, and warm teacher excited to bring the FUN and joy of music making!! I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

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Ignite the joy of music.
Build performance skills.
Develop discipline and persistence.

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***Qualifications***
- Licensed Simply Music Educator.
- 15 years of playing experience.
-2 years of teaching experience.
-2 time record-holding World Champion Euphonium player with the Concord Blue Devils.
-Born to 5th generation piano family.

***My Mission***
To give my students a life long love to music with full creative expression.

***Bio***
I began lessons with mom at the age of 8 and was hooked by music. After my fifteen years of playing and study of music, I continue to learn and evolve as a pianist and educator.

When I am not playing the piano my other hobbies include going to learning about marketing and business, staying healthy, and watching something that will make me laugh.

It is my dream to grow my strong communal piano academy of highly motivated students that pursue excellence in music.
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Kaleena August 2, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Eric tutored me throughout the 2016-2017 school year in AP Chemistry. Throughout the year I played competitive volleyball and Eric was always very flexible with scheduling and making sure he could fit me in- even if it was last minute.

I could tell that Eric generally cared about how well I understood each piece of material. No matter how long it took for me to understand he never gave up on me; if one explanation didn't make sense to me, then he would reinterpret it another way. Even during times throughout the school year when I was just so over chemistry, he pushed me and he kept me on track.

The impact that Eric had on me was incredible and I highly recommend his services. Without Eric's help, I know that I would not have been able to receive an A in this class or be able to manage all of my activities.

I learned more about the subject of chemistry then I ever wanted too.... AND I ended up passing the AP exam! Thank YOU Eric!
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Kaleena August 2, 2017
· AP Chemistry · In home
Eric tutored me throughout the 2016-2017 school year in AP Chemistry. Throughout the year I played competitive volleyball and Eric was always very flexible with scheduling and making sure he could fit me in- even if it was last minute.

I could tell that Eric generally cared about how well I understood each piece of material. No matter how long it took for me to understand he never gave up on me; if one explanation didn't make sense to me, then he would reinterpret it another way. Even during times throughout the school year when I was just so over chemistry, he pushed me and he kept me on track.

The impact that Eric had on me was incredible and I highly recommend his services. Without Eric's help, I know that I would not have been able to receive an A in this class or be able to manage all of my activities.

I learned more about the subject of chemistry then I ever wanted too.... AND I ended up passing the AP exam! Thank YOU Eric!
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Tempe July 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Eric recently played our baby grand piano during a Christmas party, and he was a delightful addition to the festive atmosphere.  He played for about 5 hours and skillfully performed a repertoire of holiday classics and a perfect mix of standard classics which added to the holiday flair.  We look forward to asking Eric to entertain our guests at a future festive party!
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About Elliott N.

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Learning how to play piano can be intimidating, but it can open all sorts of musical doors, like being able to write your own songs, play your favorite tunes, and jam with your friends! I have more than 5 years of experience teaching both children and adults, and I emphasize tailoring lessons to the individual pianist's interests and skills. I incorporate music theory to build a solid musical foundation. If you are interested in learning pop, jazz, or classical piano from a patient, fun and flexible teacher, let's get in contact!

About Elliott
I'm a professional pianist and composer. I recently graduated from Swarthmore College with a BA in Music. Beyond that, my musical education has included the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, as well as participation in festivals in the US, China, Austria, and Germany.

I teach in a laid-back and goal-oriented fashion; by making small steps every lesson towards a larger goal, students see big-picture improvements and gain confidence in their musical abilities. I customize every student's lesson plan to their interests. Whether you vibe with Chopin, Monk, or Star Wars, we will work together to produce exciting and effective progress.

I teach piano students of all ages and abilities. I have experience teaching to those on the autism spectrum, as well as other learning and development differences and disabilities.
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Maggie R. October 10, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
I'm a beginner and I wasn't sure what I was looking for. Elliott made me immediately comfortable and was approachable. He really listened to what my goals were and helped me to stay on target.
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Jacob July 17, 2017
· Classical Piano · In home
Elliott made me the pianist I am today. He really showed me how hard work and smart practicing can bring you to whatever goals you have, and then some! I would highly recommend Elliott to any parent looking to give their kid an enriching and fun piano lesson experience.
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Jenee July 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My child loves going to his piano lessons! elliott is fun and enthusiastic. He clearly loves music and has made my son excited to learn too.
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Greetings! I specialize in introducing beginners to piano, and have worked with students as young as two and a half! If you're looking for a teacher who makes learning to play piano fun, then please contact me!

I recently filed a patent for an easy-to-read music notation system for beginners, which is so easy that 4 year olds can read and play songs on their own! The basic idea is that just playing the instrument is much easier than reading the notes. For example, instead of reading classical notation, a lot of guitarists play very complex music using tablature, which is a way of writing notes using numbers instead of dots on a staff; it writes music in a language they can already read, so that's what I did with piano, then violin, viola and cello.

Students around age 10 and under have a hard time orienting the piano staff because lower notes go left on the keyboard and higher notes go right, so I start young students by orienting the piano staff in the same direction as the ...

About Zach
Greetings! I specialize in introducing beginners to piano, and have worked with students as young as two and a half! If you're looking for a teacher who makes learning to play piano fun, then please contact me!

I recently filed a patent for an easy-to-read music notation system for beginners, which is so easy that 4 year olds can read and play songs on their own! The basic idea is that just playing the instrument is much easier than reading the notes. For example, instead of reading classical notation, a lot of guitarists play very complex music using tablature, which is a way of writing notes using numbers instead of dots on a staff; it writes music in a language they can already read, so that's what I did with piano, then violin, viola and cello.

Students around age 10 and under have a hard time orienting the piano staff because
lower notes go left on the keyboard and higher notes go right, so I start young students by orienting the piano staff in the same direction as the keyboard (left is left, right is right), then the notes are read top-down. You can see in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, in the examples below. When the music is easy to read, it means students can play literally dozens more songs each day, even from the first few lessons. Yesterday, my 4 and a half year old literally played over 40 pages of music. (It helps that dad teaches music...)

Students around 10 and older usually don't have problems with the staff orientation, so they start with a modified staff closer to standard notation. The modifications in my patent, though, make it easier to play music that would otherwise be years away. Many students play Fur Elise in their first few weeks, or sometimes their first lesson. Others move into Moonlight Sonata and the like within just a month or two.

There are samples below, but the complete collection is currently available only on my website until I compile them into books. I compiled a few violin books a couple of years ago, but I was changing the notation system so much that I realized they'd become obsolete. They have, and need to be remade.

It takes better planning for young beginners to be successful with video-based lessons, which is why I've done a tremendous amount of work organizing my new website, and I'm pleased that it's become a core learning component for a few dozen of my local students. I'm also sure that many of the families currently using it would be happy to share their experiences with you, and I'd be happy to get their permission if you'd like to contact them!

Every new student gets a free trial lesson, and I'm happy to help any way I can to help you get started in music!
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Sofya December 9, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 6 yo is taking violin classes with Zach online. The classes are high energy, very engaging, informative, and fun.
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Sofya Tairova December 1, 2017
· Violin · Online
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Kathryn November 19, 2017
· Violin · In studio
I really appreciated that Zach was very understanding and flexible with crazy changing work schedules. He does a good job of mixing music theory, technical exercises, while still being open and even encouraging the student to working on styles and pieces they are interested in and enjoy. Zach is great about asking the student what they want to learn and work on, while still making sure that they are always learning something new and always pushing themselves. Zach always seems to genuinely care and get excited about music, teaching, and his students.
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Grand Rapids, MI 49504
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Learn scales, chords, techniques, and note names that will transfer to any style you would like to play! I keep lessons fun by adding ear training and improvisation activities.

About Brittany
I have been teaching lessons for four years and online lessons for two! I have a bachelor's in voice with piano as my secondary instrument. I love playing piano for weddings and church services as well as singing in and directing choirs.
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Robin December 8, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My granddaughter Hannah had Brittany as a piano teacher for two years. It was a wonderful experience as Brittany was so encouraging and taught her to play well in a short time. I highly recommend her!
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Christy December 8, 2017
· Classical Voice · In studio
Brittany is an excellent teacher with a ton of experience! She taught both voice and piano for my studio and the students loved her!! She has worked with all ages and levels. She’s kind and knows how to teach each student at their level. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for lessons!
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Hudsonville, MI 49426
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