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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.

About Amy W.

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I have many years of experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels. More of my background is explained in my biography section of this website.

About Amy
As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8
), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 18 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.

I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large music room: piano, electric keyboard, flute, clarinet, trumpet, music stands.
*** Specialties ***
I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new student’s musical experience.

I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child'€™s first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
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Debi January 27, 2017
Verified Student · Flute · In studio
I like Amy very much and I think we will get along very well. She is very patient and reminds me that perfection is impossible at the beginning of any instrument learning. I will enjoy having her very much.
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Maggie L. October 12, 2016
Verified Student · Flute · In studio
An awesome personal touch. Just what Maggie needs.
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Avery C. July 20, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Avery really liked working with Amy yesterday. She was patient, and really got him to focus on the task at hand. Well done Amy!
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Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
(13)
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$29 / 30-min

About Melody M.

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Minneapolis, MN

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Piano lessons will help you develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing, keyboard techniques (posture, hand position, fingering, etc.) and sight reading.
1. Develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing;
2. Freely engage in creative expression; and
explore the technical elements of music.
3. Perform keyboard pieces applying basic reading and coordinative skills.
4. Create and play from memory any assignment required by the performer.

About Melody
Are you looking to sing or play keyboard, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing or play in the church choir/band, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to the next level? You have come to the right place!

My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing and playing.

A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun an
d educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.

I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!

In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!

***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.

I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!

Degrees:
Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University
Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University

Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned €œEisteffodd Music Festival€ in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the Laupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of Sleepwalkers€ with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, Melody and The Dramatics!€ Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!

*** Lesson Details ***
My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.

When you understand what you'€™re doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson through their devices and take notes in their own notebooks.

I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.

Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!

Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.

Thanks so much!
Melody

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror.

The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson.
Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.
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dana March 27, 2017
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Melody was great. It was my very first piano lesson and she was very kind and generous with support. Looking forward to the next one.
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Kevin March 22, 2017
· Singing · In studio
A great teacher to help you get started in the world of singing. Really covers the basics for all types of singing. Can help anyone with any type of singing. She's even helping me train for a kpop audition.
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Diana February 10, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Melody is great! I think she is a fantastic teacher and I would highly recommend her.
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Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
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$30 / 30-min

About Mariana L.

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I've been teaching piano privately and in group settings for eight years. I strive to create a fun and exciting environment to fit each student's learning style and goals. In my home studio I have an upright piano as well as an 88 key weighted keyboard.
I enjoy using technology in my lessons and believe it is a great way to keep students excited. In addition to using the Faber Piano Adventures and Bastien methods, I use a few mobile applications on my tablet to assist in the learning of rhythm and note reading.

About Mariana
Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but
mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build healthy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own a Yamaha digital piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
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Sophia August 23, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
She is a wonderful teacher. So easy to work with. My daughter loves her!
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Richard leRoy August 19, 2016
Verified Student · Spanish ·
Outstanding! Mariana is funny and is easy to work with. She takes time when you are struggling and pushes you when you are not.

I woukd highly recomend her to anyone wanting to learn spanish.

She is the best! Rick L
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Sabina March 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
We absolutely love Mariana. She relates beautifully to our girls, she's positive, encouraging and creative. We are thrilled to have found such a lovely teacher.
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Mariana L.

Mariana L.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
(24)
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$35 / 30-min

About Kate D.

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I have been teaching music lessons since 2004. I come from a family of music teachers and have always loved teaching music. I started playing piano at age 6. I am classically trained: I received my Masters of Music in Trumpet from the U of MN. I have experience playing rock, blues, jazz, folk, and free improvisation. I currently play trumpet and piano (keys) in a blues folk band in the Twin Cities.

*** Lesson Details ***
What can parent and students expect from me? I emphasize good habits and technique from the very first lesson. I like to get to know my students and find out their goals as well as interests so that the student maintains interest and has fun. This is important to me.
I incorporate music theory, ear training, and rhythm into my lessons for a well rounded musical approach. I also teach beginning students how to read music. I am able to teach a variety of genres of music and am more than happy to explore them with all of my students.
What do I expect from students?

About Kate
I have been teaching music lessons since 2004. I come from a family of music teachers and have always loved teaching music. I am classically trained: I received my Masters of Music from the U of MN and love playing orchestral, concert band, and brass quintet music. I have experience playing rock, blues, jazz, folk, and free improvisation as well. I currently play trumpet with Brass Lassie, a Scottish big band; the Twin Cities Trumpet Ensemble, a swing band, pop music cover band, and an original folk music group. I also occasionally play with the Bloomington Symphony Orchestra and various bra
ss quintets in the Twin Cities.

*** Lesson Details ***
What can parent and students expect from me? I emphasize good habits and technique from the very first lesson. I like to get to know my students and find out their goals as well as interests so that the student maintains interest and has fun. This is important to me.
I incorporate music theory, ear training, and rhythm into my lessons for a well rounded musical approach. I also teach beginning students how to read music. I am able to teach a variety of genres of music and am more than happy to explore them with all of my students.
What do I expect from students? I expect students to come to lessons prepared: I expect them to have their instrument, music, and to have practiced at least 3-4 times that week. In my experience this is the best way to truly master a musical instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a large studio space with an upright piano, sturdy chairs, and music stands. I have a variety of different types of trumpets for intermediate-advanced students to experiment with: a Fluegel horn, piccolo trumpet, C trumpet, and a cornet.

*** Specialties ***
-My specialty is in teaching trumpet lessons. I am able to teach any level of trumpet lessons, from beginner to advanced.
-I teach beginner to intermediate piano lessons.
-I teach music theory lessons and can teach from a beginner to an advanced level.
-I teach free improvisation and encourage the ability to play freely and harness creativity.
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Kate D.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
starting at
$27 / 30-min

About Sphie H.

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Hello! I offer a well-rounded approach to piano instruction. Instruction is tailored to fit student's needs utilizing technique, performance and theory. I utilize foundations in any and all genres from classical to pop. I have ten plus years teaching experience in both private and group instruction and look forward to helping you meet your goals.

Clients will receive instruction in a variety of styles including, but not limited to, pop, R&B, jazz and classical. Students will focus on technique and theory while integrating improvisation and live performance techniques. Songwriting is also offered as an option. Classes are tailored to fit student's needs. I help in the discovery and better understanding of uniqueness in the individual.

I teach all ages and students from beginner to advanced.

About Sphie
Greetings! My name is Sphie (Pronounced Sfee). I offer a relaxed, fun and focused approach to singing lessons, piano, yoga, meditation and fitness. It is my goal to meet the individual's personal needs. I offer training to all levels and ages and creatively empower education in music, mindfulness, health and yoga. I offer this education as a tool for overall lifestyle enhancement outside of lessons. I have spent the past ten plus years teaching all ages and accept beginner to advanced students.

I received an A.A.S. in Vocal Performance from McNally-Smith College of Music in the Twin Cities,
and studied Piano, Classical Opera and Musical Theater throughout my youth. I specialize in classical and pop-based vocal training and piano instruction.

I am also a Hatha/Vinyasa, ERYT200 Yoga Instructor specializing in vinyasa, hatha, and restorative yoga technique for increased flexibility, stress relief and restoration. I teach all age ranges from beginner to advanced. I have trained nationwide with instructors such as Shiva Rea, Seane Corn and Hala Khouri.

Here is my article on the TakeLessons Blog about being a confident singer!

http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-sing-with-confidence-z02
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Lindsey J. February 24, 2016
Verified Student · Vocal Training · In studio
Sphie is an AMAZING vocal teacher! She is so knowledgeable and really encouraging!!!
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Avery February 12, 2016
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Awesome lady!
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Dave February 12, 2016
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Sphie's education and musical experience have made her very talented and well rounded in her abilities!! Highly recommend !
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Sphie H.

Minneapolis, MN 55421
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$30 / 30-min

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