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Minneapolis Piano Lessons - Making Music in a City Full of Talent

By Beth V. - Minneapolis Piano Teacher

During my final year at Berklee College of Music, I often thought of how lucky some of my fellow classmates were to call places like New York, Los Angeles or Nashville their hometowns. Many Berklee graduates take that stressful step of moving to an unfamiliar city known for its abundance in arts culture, but for others that’s simply a familiar place called home. After finishing my undergraduate degree in Boston, I also moved back to my hometown of Minneapolis/St. Paul to begin my career as a professional musician. I’d like to share with you today how lucky musicians are to have these Twin Cities and all the potential resources available to students taking Minneapolis piano lessons.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul region is filled with professional artists, musical and otherwise. I’m not talking about hobbyists, although there are plenty of hobbyists and part-timers living here who contribute to our wonderful culture. I’m talking about full-time, profitable, top-notch craftsmen who have built their careers on their own creativity. If you don’t believe me, check out MN Original, a television show dedicated to exploring local artists.

I know what you’re saying – “Wow, I had no idea snowy old Minnesota would have enough artists and musicians locally to build an entire television series around them. Is there something in the water over there?” Close. It’s built into the school system. In addition to the dozens of music colleges in the area, Minnesota has arguably one of the most organized and detailed set of guidelines for the arts in K-12 public schools. A quick glance at the Academic Standards for Music Education posted on the Minnesota Department of Education website shows that Minnesotans not only value music education, but have the resources to deliver it properly.

We also have one of the most influential private companies in music right here, just 9 miles outside of Minneapolis. MakeMusic Inc. is the producer of Finale, the world’s leading music notation software, and SmartMusic interactive learning software. If you’re a musician, you’re no doubt using a music notation program such as Sibelius or Finale. Finale and I share the same home town, and they are extremely dedicated to delivering tools to enhance musicianship all over the world.

Many Minnesota musicians have achieved fame on a national or international level. You may have heard of Minneapolis artists such as Prince, Bob Dylan, the Jayhawks, Johnny Lang, Brother Ali, the Jets, or Morris Day and the Times. I personally live for the local artists that are HUGE right here at home. The Wolverines Big Band has been in operation for decades. The rhythm section, also known as the Wolverines Trio, has been together for over 20 years. Dr. Mambo’s Combo has been playing their steady weekly Sunday + Monday gig at Bunkers for 30 years, schooling the town in Funk, Rhythm and Blues. It’s an easy place to catch Michael Bland (Prince’s drummer). The famous Wabasha Street Caves, once a safe haven for world-renowned mobsters, now host swing night every Thursday featuring the best local Big Bands week after week. Yes, the underground swing dancing culture is alive and well in Minneapolis.

Whether you have dreams to pursue a serious music career or simply embrace a new hobby by taking Minneapolis piano lessons, this is the place to live. There’s work here. There’s play here. There are resources here. There is education here. Many people here - from private music instructors to software developers - are also professional gigging musicians. A simple search on the TakeLessons website for a Minneapolis piano lessons instructor pulls up many diverse and qualified choices in the Twin Cities area, not just one or two. Do not hesitate to get involved in music! I may not be from Los Angeles or New York, but quite honestly I think that’s why I have such a rich career in music - because I’m from the Twin Cities.

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Lauren H.

Saint Paul, MN

Piano lesson repertoire is chosen by you! If you want to play a classic, a holiday song, or what's on the radio, I'll guide you how to play it while giving you the techniques and basics in a way that is easy and fun.

About Lauren

Lauren graduated from McNally Smith College of Music magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in vocal performance. She played everywhere from Duluth. Minnesota to Lima, Peru: sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Andres Prado and Judi Donaghy. In addition to her McNally Smith Degree, Lauren received master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices. Passionate about giving back to the community, Lauren instructed voice and piano students at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN. She spent the last 6 months of 2011 as an instructor at Jazz Jau
s in Lima, Peru. She taught music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO for 3 years. She recently moved back to the Twin Cities to perform and teach.

*** Lesson Details ***
Every student has an experience unique to themselves. I am strict about meeting the goals developed by each student. However, the learning process is highly individual. You will learn at a pace and with a curriculum we develop to best suit your learning style, musical preference, and goals.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students will have a keyboard or piano.

*** Specialties ***
Trained 10 years in classical voice and piano.
Undergrad in contemporary voice.
12 years of theatre experience
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Sarah July 11, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter came out of the lesson with a big smile and super excited about her experience with Lauren!
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Constance Y. June 28, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I really liked my piano lesson. My instructor is very kind and caring. My instructor individualizes our lessons so none are ever the same and my lessons are different from someone else's. My lessons go at my own pace. She makes sure to practice things that I struggle with and gives me constructive criticism. She says and does it all in a positive way and it causes me to really enjoy my lessons.
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Katie June 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Lauren is such a patient and thorough teacher. She designed each lesson based on my progress and learning style. I feel like I made so much progress in my singing and speaking because she was an astute listener and helpful guide. Also, I enjoyed going to each lesson.
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Lauren H.

Lauren H.

Saint Paul, MN 55104
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starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Yasmin B.

Minneapolis, MN

Classical theory, technique, pop, rock, classical genres. Tailored to suit student's goals and level of devotion. Learn how to practice to learn challenging musical passages. Higher fees are listed for lessons requiring travel to student's home.

About Yasmin

I studied classical piano and theory with Sr. Cecile Amore, jazz theory and mellophone with be-bop saxophonist John Mastroianni, jazz piano with Noreen Grey Sauls, and jazz history with the late Bill Finegan- big-band leader and acclaimed arranger for Tommy Dorsey and Glenn Miller.

I enjoy playing classical music (primarily Mozart, Beethoven and Chopin) tango, and pop songs as well. I have played keyboards and bass guitar professionally and enjoyed some commercial recognition in California when invited to open for a well known Bay Area band ("Foxboro Hot Tubs" a.k.a. "Green Day") at The Ro
xy and a handful of other west coast venues.

My music students are introduced to basic music theory, notation, and technique to enable them to play fun, simple melodies after the first lesson, and fun simple arrangements after the first month.
My students can expect lessons to suit their tastes and goals, whether they intend to pursue music formally, professionally, or for personal enjoyment.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect this to be fun! All lessons will incorporate proper playing technique and elements of the most basic theory, no matter the style of music. If students can devote some time to practice every week, they will see results. If students practice daily, they may exceed their expectations!

With each new song or lesson to be learned, I walk you through each part so that your practice time alone is fruitful. I encourage students to tell me what they want to learn. Any arrangement, classical or pop, can be made accessible to any level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-Studio lessons take place in teacher's home.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student is expected to provide instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Ear training, sight reading, tablature, lead sheets.
solo and ensemble.
Classical training, for those so inclined!
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Benjamin B. July 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
SIMPLY AWESOME!!
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Benjamin B. February 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
YASMIN, WAS AWESOME SHE REALLY MADE ME FEEL WELCOMED,AND CONFIDENT THAT I CAN ACTUALLY LEARN.
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Karen G. September 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Yasmin is a wonderful instructor! She has a warm and inviting personality and is extremely motivating. On my first lesson I told Yasmin what my dream song on the piano to learn and after a few lessons, she had an arrangement of that song prepared for me to play! Would recommend to any one wanting to learn piano!
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Yasmin B.

Yasmin B.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
(5)
starting at
$30 / 29-min
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Matthew S.

Saint Paul, MN

M.M. in Piano Performance, B.A. in Performance and Pedagogy. Offering an accelerated course of all styles tailored specifically to each individual. No extra costs of materials, everything provided by Mr. S. His Focus is to make music fun for ANY level student and encourage students to be creative, no matter their goals.

As important as performing is to Matthew, teaching is also an essential part of his mission. His wide knowledge of the instrument's power and his ability to adapt to your goals and learning needs makes him one of the best in the field. Current students are all ages and abilities.

Tablets are encouraged!

Background

Matthew S. is a Mankato, Minnesota native and began performing for the public as a choir accompanist and church musician at age 11. Participation in piano competitions and master classes also helped fuel his passion for the instrument early in life.

Mr. S. earned a B.A. in Piano Performance from Bemidji State University. He received his M.M. ...

About Matthew

M.M. in Piano Performance, B.A. in Performance and Pedagogy. Offering an accelerated course of all styles tailored specifically to each individual. No extra costs of materials, everything provided by Mr. S. His focus is to make music fun for any level student and encourage students to be creative, no matter their goals.

As important as performing is to Matthew, teaching is also an essential part of his mission. His wide knowledge of the instrument's power and his ability to adapt to your goals and learning needs makes him one of the best in the field. Current students range from young to wi
se.

Biography

Pianist Matthew S. is a Mankato, Minnesota native and began performing for the public as a choir accompanist and church musician at age 11. Participation in piano competitions and master classes also helped fuel his passion for the instrument early in life. Still today he is an active chamber musician and also thrives as a soloist.

With the little free time that remains on his schedule, he shares his music with schools, churches, hospitals and friends. He looks forward to continuing his education and to a career of teaching and concertizing.

Mr. S. owes his success to the support of his family and the patience of his mentors.
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Helen H. May 11, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I'm don't know nothing about piano but I think he ok .....
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Gracen S. April 28, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My kids are so excited for Thursday's! They love Mr. Matt.
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Evelyn S. April 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
It was my 6 year old sons first lesson and he really enjoyed it, he can't wait till the next one!
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Matthew S.

Matthew S.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
(12)
starting at
$23 / 30-min
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Siri C.

Minneapolis, MN

I am passionate about providing a thorough musical education for my piano students. This includes sight-reading, healthy playing technique, music theory and analysis, appropriate repertoire, and performance opportunities. I am an active member of MMTA/MTNA and encourage my students to participate in events. I use several method books depending on the student, which includes Piano Adventures, Music Tree, Piano Pronto, and Alfred Premier. I also supplement with "fun" and classical repertoire.

About Siri

I am passionate about providing the most well-rounded music training to singers and pianists of all ages. This includes learning healthy technique, sight-reading, theory and analysis, and appropriate repertoire. Singers also learn acting techniques. Flutists can get a solid start on their instrument with good tone and note-reading skills. I have MM degrees in Voice and Piano Performance and Instrumental Conducting and am nationally certified in piano teaching through MTNA. I am an active member of both MTNA and NATS.

I started learning German through what is now the Concordia Language Villa
ges. I spent my senior year of high school as an exchange student in the southern Black Forest of Germany and took several high-level German classes in college. My pronunciation of Hoch Deutsch is perfect. (And I know a wee bit of the local dialect too!)
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Christine S. April 22, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I had my first lesson with Siri last week and I can't wait till my next one. She knows her stuff and is real encouraging..
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Cydney January 20, 2016
Singing
Siri is a fantastic teacher who prepares any singer very well for whatever competition or audition they may have. I worked with Siri for many years and she has taught me so much about singing and my voice throughout the years. I highly recommend her as a voice teacher, you will learn a lot.
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Melody M. January 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Siri is an incredible teacher, extremely personable and knowledgeable, it can be daunting to find the right vocal instructor, but she will immediately help you feel at ease and address your vocal concerns and goals. She can help you read music, write and perform in an authentic manner that is unique to you! I really enjoy working with Siri and hope you give her a chance, you won't be disappointed.
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Siri C.

Siri C.

Minneapolis, MN 55406
(4)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Laura V.

Minneapolis, MN

Want to learn how to play the piano and are just getting started, I have private lessons available! Contact me for more information.

About Laura

Disclaimer: because I am pregnant I will only be taking students for the month of August. After that I will be on maternity leave for a few months.

I am currently teaching lessons at Redeemer Covenant Church. I am a elementary music teacher with the Anoka-Hennepin District. I have a degree in music education and music performance from Crown College and a minor in theatre. I directed theatre for high school and junior high school for 2 years and have spent the rest of my experience teaching music at all the primary and secondary levels of education.

I run both private lessons and group le
ssons out of my studio at Redeemer Covenant. Contact me for more information about all lessons available and any questions that you may have.

I am a full time working mother of almost 2 kids and I live in the Minneapolis area. I am committed to making music and lessons available to all students and helping all children learn.
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Eleanor L. May 28, 2016
Singing · In home
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She was great with Eleanor!
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Laura V.

Laura V.

Minneapolis, MN 55445
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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