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I tend to teach Jazz theory to players who have joined Jazz Band and need some help with playing Vibes

About Kevin
I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years of teaching experience and constantly work to find better ways to show people how to be great. I am currently working on 4 new books in the Percussion area and about a dozen more for other instruments.I work with each student to find out what motivates them and how to set goals to reach whatever level they seek. I have worked with almost every age possible and find it exciting to see people find out how great they are. 

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Lessons with me will be positive and you will be pushed to be your best. I work with each student to f
ind out their goals and then show them the fastest and best way to reach those goals. As long as you follow instructions and practice, you can expect amazing results! Most of my students are in the top bands, make All-State auditioned groups, get highest ratings at Solo & Ensemble contests and know how to play!Even when time is a concern, I can still help you move forward. I always take where students are and show them how to get to the next step. I can move at any rate the student wants to move. I am committed to having them have fun and get better!

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2 Drumsets, Timpani, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Bells, Snare Drums, marching drum pads, Congas, Timbales, Bongos, Auxiliary Percussion (too many to list) and also TV/Audio equipment to help with playing with music while we do lessons!

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I have a series of Rhythm books that are used in multiple schools. I also am well-versed in Drumset, Concert Percussion, Marching Percussion, Steel Drums, and Mallet Percussion
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Jan Arleth December 11, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Respectful, knowledgeable, on task. I recommend to anyone.
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Janet November 8, 2018
· Drum · Online
Kevin is a great teacher. I am a total beginner and already feel more comfortable with notes than I ever thought possible and I’m having fun learning the drums. I would not hesitate to recommend him. Thanks Kevin!
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Tara October 29, 2018
· Steel Drums · In studio
Kevin is a great instructor! I am an adult learning steel drum for the first time with no music bacground.
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Kevin F.

Kevin F.

Mound, MN 55364
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About Shae K.

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Saint Paul, MN

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I believe it is very important to understand the why and how behind music. As the student understands music theory in relation to piano, voice, or any other instrument, he/she can start to join the knowledge of music theory with their instrument. When this happens, they are able to see a clearer of picture of the music; and become that much closer to true musicianship.

About Shae
I am an music instructor with 27 years of experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Music with a major in Voice. I have been playing piano for 35 years with having been an accompanist for choirs and soloists and a pianist at weddings and churches. I am a believer that anyone can learn piano and improve their abilities! I also know that a knowledge of music and music theory go together to improve one's learning ability in any area of his/her life. The student and I would work together. I don't just teach the "how to", I help and encourage taking time at the lesson to learn and understand the music. I am a huge advocate of building the student's skills during the lesson time and using the rest of the week on their own to continue to review the skills they have already acquired. I have a piano recital once a year in the spring
. 2 or 3 months ahead, we decide on a song they like that will show off their acquired skills. I look forward to being your teacher! We will have fun learning!

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I am a friendly person and like to put everyone at ease. I try to adapt to each student's learning style. As I have hinted at in my bio, I teach the skills and then we work together on these skills during the lesson. The idea is for the knowledge and skills to come together before the student tries on their own. The student actually learns quicker this way and we repeat lessons much less. The student also desires to learn when they see those goals being attained at a quicker pace. I usually average one lesson book every 2-3 months, depending on the student.

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I have taught every method available for piano. My preference is Faber & Faber. For more advanced students we create our own curriculum.
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Jenni L. January 7, 2019
· Piano · In home
Shae has been a great teacher for our son. She is easy to work with as school and activity schedules have changed. She makes the lessons fun for him and he wants to continue to learn and improve his skills.
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Sasha L. December 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson!
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Alicia C. August 28, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very friendly, knowledgeable. Worked well with both of my kids (ages 10 and 14).
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Shae K.

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Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Amy W.

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I have a music education degree, which included years of music theory classes. I am able to help students who want to learn music theory.

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.

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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.
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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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Candy November 5, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Amy is very helpful & instructive -- and, thankfully, very patient with this student.
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Payton August 8, 2018
· Clarinet · In studio
Very nice instructor. Professional and knowledgeable of subject material. My daughter can be easily intimidated and my daughter said she felt very comfortable with Amy.
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Debi January 27, 2017
· 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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Amy W.

Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
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About Eric C.

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Modern music theory is at the heart of nearly everything we do in a song. Understanding theory will give you a better grasp of how to demystify and play your instrument, create your own songs, riffs and melodies, easily play along and jam with other musicians.

About Eric
Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education, St. Paul Public Schools as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; Improvisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well as learn at their own pace. My goal as
a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Thuy-Dung September 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric really listens to where you are at with your playing and builds off of that in order to help you reach your goals.
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Burnam July 19, 2018
· Drum · In home
Eric did a great job encouraging my son to participate. He was very patient and kept my son engaged in the whole session. We are looking forward to our next lessons.
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Taylor June 27, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Great first lesson. Attentive, and I felt like we got right to playing. The hour went by real quick, but I feel like I gained something already, and expect to learn more in future lessons.

Did a great job of meeting me halfway on my experience level.
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Eric C.

Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
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About Schroeder S.

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Wanna know how music REALLY works???? It's actually pretty simple hidden inside all the stuff so to speak :)

About Schroeder
" There's a difference between playing the notes and making the Music. Wanna know the difference? "I've been a professional musician and teacher for over 35 years. I have a degree from the University of Minnesota and I studied music at the University of St. Thomas when I was in high school. I've performed and recorded with numerous artist including The Temptations, Peter Noone (Herman's Hermits), Bobby Z, Billy McLaughin, Presidential Inauguration 2005, The Shirelles, Martha Reeves, Larry King, The Guess Who, Quiet Riot, Loverboy, J. Hoye and many more. I received the Certificate of Achievement from Billboard Magazine for production and songwriting, etc.,etc. enough about me though.

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Every student is different so I like to base lessons for each student upon their strengths and weaknesses. Some students are just
beginning, others want to improve upon their skills. Some students want to learn more about Classical music, others want to learn jazz and improvisation, others rock and roll or country et. al.. Others want to know why
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PatriciaC March 21, 2012
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Excellent flute teacher. Inspiring and motivating. An exploratory journey in music and very enjoyable. I look forward to my lessons!
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WesleyS March 8, 2012
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Great teacher---I really enjoy the lesson.
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KathyH November 11, 2011
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wow! so knowledgeable, I can't believe what I have learned in 3 lessons. And I never feel intimidated or feel I can't learn it. And this comes from an over the hill piano player. Highly recommend Schroeder!!
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Schroeder S.

Schroeder S.

Minneapolis, MN 55410
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About Richard W.

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Minneapolis, MN
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Theory and Composition were my primary areas of study in college, and I currently have a Songwriting Vlog with over 1,000 subscribers. I know how to apply these tools to the Pop/Rock/etc. landscape and I like to help my students also appreciate and use these tools. There are no rules in music, only trends, and it helps to know them.

About Richard
Rick's been teaching Guitar, Banjo, and Ukulele at his home, and at the Mount Olivet School of Music in South Minneapolis, ever since graduating with a degree in Music from the University of Minnesota Duluth in 2003. He plays around town in 3 bands and also does the occasional Pit Orchestra and Wedding gig. He also taught at Dayjams Rock Music camp in St. Paul for the five summers of its existence. In his spare time he writes YA Stories and Musicals, he also runs a Songwriting and Music Theory Blog about Tonal Trends in popular music, a Guitar Curriculum Blog based on Karate Belts, and is a regular contributor to the music magazine Flypaper by Soundfly.

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Depending on student interest, lessons can consist of Ear Training, Improv/Jamming, learning Popular Guitar Riffs/Changes/Parts/Etc., Note Reading, the Music Biz
, and learning about all the cool new Music Technologies of the day. Rick also loves to transcribe any and all music the student wants to learn but for which they cannot find the sheet music or internet tab. Rick prefers to teach what the student wants to learn, but if they're not sure what that is, he helps them figure that out.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Wifi, Computer, and iPhone. I make good use of technology during lessons. Much used apps include Guitarbots, Slow Down Music Trainer, TabPro, and the Guitar Toolkit (metronome, tuner, etc.)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Music Stand (if needed), and iPhone tech.

*** Specialties ***
Music Theory and Songwriting.
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Andrea August 21, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
As an adult learner, I was put at ease and able to work on songs I was interested in right away. Wonderful teaching style.
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Nathan February 5, 2018
· Banjo · In home
I've had a great experience with Rick so far. He quickly identified my level of play and has provided good content for me to learn as well as new styles. Very knowledgeable on banjo, I would recommend to anyone looking to improve their banjo skills.
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Penelope S. July 15, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Richard was willing to introduce my 4 year old granddaughter to the instrument and he helped her with the most basic aspects of playing - how to hold it (he adjusted the strap to fit her properly) how to strum and how to use her left hand on the frets, etc. He was clear, concise, encouraging and patient!
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Richard W.

Minneapolis, MN 55409
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Hi! my name is Patrick. I've been playing guitar for 16 years and teaching private music lessons and performing in several groups since 2007.
I graduated from the University of Saint Thomas in 2013 with a Batchelor of Arts in Music. Since then I have worked in Long term care facilities providing music and other fun activities for seniors, as well as teaching private lessons on the side and playing in several bands. I also teach group band and orchestral instrument lessons to 3rd-5th graders for Saint Paul Public Schools.

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Everyone learns differently, Its my job to build lesson plans to fit each individual student's learning style and interests. If you aren't having fun, I'm not doing my job!

About Patrick
Hi! My name is Patrick. I have been playing the guitar for 16 years and teaching private lessons since 2007. I play in a few musical groups here in the cities, and teach group band and orchestra instruments to 3rd-5th graders for Saint Paul Public Schools. I have a bachelors in music from the University of Saint Thomas and a passion for teaching! Over the years I've enjoyed teaching my students everything from rock and roll to finger style and classical guitar. Learn the fundamentals of musicals reading, learn to jam out on your favorite tunes, or just brush up on your skills! Experience teaching all ages.
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Michael January 16, 2019
· Guitar · In home
My oldest son has always been very interested in music. I enrolled him in guitar lessons with Patrick and I'm really impressed with my son's progress. Patrick is professional and my son loves his lessons with Patrick. I recommend taking lessons from Patrick if you want someone who is both knowledgeable and easy to work with!
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Aidan January 14, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
I started taking lessons with Patrick as a beginner and will forever be thankful for the knowledge and skills that he gave to me. Beyond being an amazing guitarist and teacher, Patrick is a great guy who will make sure you're not only learning and progressing but also enjoying the process. He also makes great music recommendations, I swear he showed me half the music I listen to today. I would recommend Patrick to anyone, I couldn't have asked for a better introduction to guitar.
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Eric January 13, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Pat is an awesome teacher- he's a true student of music. it was really cool to have a teacher with such a wide range of music interests. Pat helped me out with some folk stuff I was really interested in, but I was just so impressed by his music knowledge. Definitely appreciated his patience and willingness to give some helpful hints and tricks. Pat got me from the point where I could play, to now, I can play and have fun with it!
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Patrick S.

Patrick S.

Saint Paul, MN 55130
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About Matthew S.

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Music theory teaching assistantship at the university level. I've taught college students as a class and individually.

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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 wise.

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 th
e 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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AJ July 21, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Matt was fantastic and flexible!
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Matias December 4, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
Very fun & awesome piano tutor!
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Gail G. August 11, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Matt is great! Learned a few things at my first lesson. Looking forward to my next lesson.
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Matthew S.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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About Maxwell L.

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I have been a music theory nerd since I was 8 years old. I have two degrees in Theory and Composition, and have taught theory both privately and in a class setting for 5 years. I specialize in classical theory, but have a good understanding of pop and dabble in jazz. Students who study with me get a real strong understanding of the fundamentals and how those relate to more complex subjects.

About Maxwell
I am a Twin Cities based composer. I've written music for soloists, chamber groups, orchestra, electronics, and the stage. My music has been performed from Iowa to Italy, Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi, by performers such as the Nevada Chamber Orchestra, the Mivos Quartet, the New Mexico Contemporary Ensemble, the NEXTET ensemble, Julia Bentley and many others. I have received grants from the Nevada Arts Council and the American Harp Society.

I received his MM at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas as the last graduate student of the esteemed Ukranian composer Virko Baley. I received his BA at Luther College under Dr. Brooke Joyce, where my collaborative piece with Kimberly Osberg, The Page-Turners' Retort, received the honor of performance at the National Conference of Undergraduate Research.

I've taught both private lessons and classes in gu
itar, composition and music theory and have received uniformly good post semester reviews. I focus on fundamentals and how those develop into more complex skills.
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Maxwell L.

Saint Paul, MN 55105
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I became obsessed with music theory when I started composing music in high school. I have an uncommonly high level of enthusiasm for it and would love to share it with you.

I know music theory basics like the back of my hand. I used to write pieces with Common Practice Period voice leading for fun. I regularly work with jazz harmony, and I have analyzed many pop and rock songs.

Whether you are looking to improve as a composer or songwriter, or to pass a music theory class, I can make music theory fun and relevant for you.

About Paul
I have played music my whole life, on piano, guitar, and trumpet, in symphony orchestras, rock bands, jazz combos, brass quintets, choirs, electronic music recordings, and more. I have extensive formal education in music, but my passion has always been for the music I've played outside of school, which has been mostly contemporary and jazz music.

I can teach you to have a very strong ear on the piano, and through a deep understanding of improvisation and music theory, you'll feel like you have mastered the instrument. I'll expose you to a wide range of music and help you discover your unique personal voice and taste. I'll teach you a natural and relaxed finger technique that is capable of expressing your ideal sound. I'll help you with analysis and transcription so you gain an understanding of how music works.
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Paul K.

Minneapolis, MN 55404
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