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As a pianist, one of the best methods you can use to master your instrument is to listen to other piano players live! If you’re taking piano lessons in Saint Paul and the Minneapolis area consider yourself lucky! You live in a city with a thriving live music scene, great music festivals and plenty of music and record stores. In other words, there are many opportunities for you to enhance your study by attending live performances throughout the city as you continue taking piano lessons in Saint Paul! Live Music Venues Saint Paul and the Minneapolis area both offer lovers of any musical genre plenty of opportunities to catch a live performance of their favorite music. Whether your love is for jazz, rock, blues, or classical - there’s a venue for you in the city. Here are a few to check out!

• Dakota Jazz Club - Located downtown at 1010 Nicollet Mall, the Dakota brings the best world-renowned jazz artists to the heart of downtown 7 nights a week. Past pianists who have performed include Joey Calderazzo, Danilo Perez and Ran Blake. A great place to hear live piano music. http://www.dakotacooks.com/

• Aster Café – Located at 125 Mainstreet Southeast, the Aster is another wonderful place to hear live music. The lineup is eclectic and features everything from solo piano players, Americana, New Orleans traditional jazz, and Bluegrass music. http://www.astercafe.com/

• Famous Dave’s BBQ and Blues – Located at 3001 Hennepin Ave. If you love rock and blues piano, Famous Dave’s is a great place to check it out! Live bands perform every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night with occasional weekly performances by local jazz groups. http://www.famousdaves.com/Calhoun

• Fine Line Music Café – Located in the heart of the Warehouse District at 318 First Avenue North, Fine Line is a showcase for top local, regional and national acts. Thousands of artists have graced its stage in the past 25 years. This is a great venue for checking out piano players from all genres. http://finelinemusic.com/

Festivals Saint Paul and Minneapolis plays host to numerous art and music festivals year round that feature live piano performance. Highlights include:

• Stone Arch Bridge Festival – Hosts three stages with dozens of local bands and pianists, keyboardists and organists, along with evening concerts on Water Power Park. http://www.stonearchbridgefestival.com/

• Twin Cities Jazz Festival – One of the largest jazz festivals in the Upper Midwest, the Twin Cities Jazz Festival features non-stop jazz by some of the best piano players and jazz musicians in the world. All weekend, neighborhood bars and restaurants also feature non-stop jazz music. http://www.hotsummerjazz.com/

Piano Joints A number of piano bars have opened in Minneapolis in recent years. Shout House Dueling Pianos, Nye’s Polonaise Room, Deuces Wild Dueling Pianos and Murray's are all great piano bars worth a visit!

Piano Resources Are you looking for a new piano, piano music, or repair? Schmitt Music has been a staple in the Minneapolis area for all things piano since 1896. If you’re looking for a new instrument or hard to find piano sheet music this is the place. http://www.schmittmusic.com/

Record Stores Saint Louis and Minneapolis are home to a number of independent record stores where you can find everything from rare classical piano recordings to the latest jazz, rock, pop, gospel and funk records. Check out Know Name Records (http://www.knowname.com/), Extreme Noise Records (http://www.extremenoise.com/), and Road Runner Records (http://www.landspeedrecords.com/) where you can find all musical genres!

If you’re currently taking piano lessons in Saint Paul or Minneapolis, you have dozens of opportunities to hear and learn from the best piano players in the world - 7 nights a week! Listening is an important part of learning to play piano. Head out to the bars, restaurants, concert halls, and festivals in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and get to work!

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I teach piano both as a starting to other instruments and as a goal in and of itself. My method is to teach as much as I can in the learning style of the student. I have taught from every available piano method book out there. The goal is not to get through each book as quick as we can. The goal is to become a student who enjoys making music. The student and I work as much as we can during the lesson time on the understanding of the songs, method, style, and theory of music. Therefore, if a someone does not have much time for practice during a week, as happens for time to time, they will still learn and progress.

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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Heather N. May 23, 2018
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Shae has been a wonderful instructor for my 15 year old daughter who started lessons 1 year ago has attended two recitals learning skills and loving it :-) Shae has become a friend as well as a teacher to her. And the Take Lessons app has made it easy. Highly recommended!
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Alan Z September 18, 2017
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I appreciate Shae's honesty. For she is a very "present" teacher! Explains what the song is supposed too sound like, look like and feel like. Then says "good luck"! Just kidding. Shae is patient and good to work with. Very supportive, even as I plodded along. She knows her stuff!!
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Tyler and Kendall Q. September 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
One kid came to me so excited saying "I'm actually learning it!" and the other "I really like her" Actually both kids told me how much they liked her. :-) Definitely one of the better experiences we've had with piano teachers. So excited to continue.
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Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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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.

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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.
*** 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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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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Maggie L. October 12, 2016
· Flute · In studio
An awesome personal touch. Just what Maggie needs.
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Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
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About Thomas C.

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About Tom
A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.

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The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I will play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perf
orm a wider range of music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Most instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Orff methods
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Alex Q. June 29, 2018
· Saxophone · In studio
Tom always delivers. The man is music made human.
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Manny January 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Tim is an expect at both music and teaching. He is personable and very good at teaching my son respect, and piano.
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Simeon H. May 21, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
My grandson is 8. He dreams about learning to play the trumpet. Today was his first lesson from Mr. Tom Cross. The lesson was delivered perfectly at his level. With positive reinforcement. Clear direction. Humor. All the way home my grandson smiled!
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Saint Paul, MN 55118
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About Lauren V.

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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 Jaus 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.

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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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Adrian L. June 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very interesting first lesson. I feel she is going to be a great teacher for Adrian.
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Ki December 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kind, patient, and knowledgeable.
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Lisa September 15, 2017
· Acting · In studio
My daughter looked forward to meeting with Lauren and felt like the work with Lauren was very helpful.
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Minneapolis, MN 55410
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About Mary S.

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I started taking piano lessons in 8th grade, because my little sister started taking lessons and I didn’t want her to be able to do something I could not! My motivation quickly changed as I began to love the piano and the music I found I could make come from it. Not only did I enjoy the challenges and rewards that came from learning the piano, but the habits of hard work and persistence that I formed along the way have paid off in every part of my life. I graduated with a BA in Music Performance in 2010 from North Central University.

I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every student is different and has a different purpose for wanting to learn music. Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate those aspects into lessons.

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About Mary
I began taking piano lessons on a whim in middle school, but it didn't take long before I realized I was completely in love with music. I enjoy playing and teaching many types of music, from classical to rock to hymns and church music. I learned to play by ear at the same time I learned to sight read, and both approaches have helped me to learn and enjoy the music I play.

I graduated in December 2010 with a BA in Music Performance from North Central University, here in the Twin Cities. I have been teaching and playing piano for the last 9 years. Watching other people learn to play music is one of the greatest rewards I've received.

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I believe music has incredible educational value, but I also believe that it should be enjoyable. Every music student is different and has a different purpose for wantin
g to learn music, and I enjoy working with students to help them achieve their goals.

Being a well-rounded musician has not only helped me in my music career, but it has helped me experience and enjoy many different kinds of music. I expect students to play different types of music with a main focus on one genre. If you want to learn to play classical music only, I teach sightreading, technical skills, and with a little time and practice you or your child can be playing some of the simpler masterworks by the end of the first year. But I also encourage classical pianist to try out a rock song or improvisation.

The same goes for those who are only interested in learning how to play rock music or church music. Being able to sightread is invaluable to a musician, and after a few lessons on chords and ear-training, I like to introduce basic sight-reading.

Developing a love for the instrument you play is just as important as developing the technical skills to play it. I do my best as a teacher to learn what it is that students enjoy most about playing and incorporate that into lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Studio--New Kawai upright

Lino Lakes--Baldwin upright, good condition, and electric piano

*** Specialties ***
I can play and teach in a variety of genres, from classical to pop to church music. I teach students to sight-read, and I can also teach students to play off a chord chart or by ear if these are things that student expresses an interest in.

I've found that the method books available to piano students are thorough and effective, especially for beginning students of elementary age. I've used different books, including Faber & Faber, Alfred, and Hal Leonard. All of these have strengths and weaknesses, and I like to pick the method depending on the personality of the student.
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Forest G. February 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 5 year old son has so much fun learning piano with Mary!
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Jen W. December 14, 2015
· Piano · In home
Mary is a great piano teacher! We are on our 4ht year with her! She is patient and makes it fun for the kids (even the wiggly ones)! My kids never complain about piano lessons which makes it fun for me too!
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Jackie B. December 11, 2015
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Mary was awesome! Patient, positive, wonderful teacher. We loved her style. Not pushy but encouraging!
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Mary S.

Circle Pines, MN 55014
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About Josiah B.

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I have played piano since I was four years old and have more experience teaching it than any other instrument.

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Teaching musicianship on piano, saxophone, and clarinet to students of all ages
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Josiah B.

Saint Paul, MN 55119
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About Mary Lou I.

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Years of professional teaching, as well as international performance, sets me apart as your piano educator. In addition, I have a 20-year career of professional nursing focused on specialties of cardiac care, psychiatric care, instructor of nursing, and home health director. I am able to work with children or adults with disabilities that require adaptations of the educational approach. I am a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music, having begun my own studies at age 5. Students have opportunities at this studio in local, state, and national competitions, piano examinations, and music theory.

About Mary Lou
The studio offers technology as an adjunct to traditional piano study. The art of music is an endeavor generated by the soul and spirit. Continued student success in performance, theory, and composition makes for a dynamic learning place. The teacher maintains her professional standing by performing and working with local, state, and national music organizations. Mary Lou is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music.

A highly regarded pianist and piano pedagogue, Mary Lou Iverson maintains her skills by being a frequent performer and staying in touch with latest pedagogical methods. Performing in Mexico and many areas in the United States, she constantly strives to add a new touch to each performance. As a piano teacher, she consistently has students who are state/national piano competition winners. Welcome to the wonderful world of mus
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Saint Paul, MN 55124
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About Matthew S.

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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 are all ages and abilities.

Tablets are encouraged!

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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 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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· Classical Piano · In studio
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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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Saint Paul, MN 55113
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I can teach you play your favorite songs
Or teach you by the book (music theory, scales, Hanon exercises etc)

About Kismat
I have been playing drums for the past 21 years! I studied jazz drumming at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory and later taught at the very place for 4 years before moving to the US. Although I majored in jazz I have been traveling the world playing Rock, Reggae, Metal music with my bands and different individual artists.

Suffice to say I can cater to your drumming needs be it jamming out to your fav metal bands or learning jazz licks off of charts. I also studied basic Classical/Jazz Piano and Guitars!
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Minneapolis, MN 55414
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About Hon Ki C.

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I care about the development of overall musicianship, instead of focusing on piano technique, such that the student can understand more about how music functions, and be able to be creative about music. My degree in music theory and experience as an aural skills instructor helps me identify the talents and shortcomings of a student, and I have various methods to help them tackle with difficult parts of the learning process.

About Hon Ki
I have a BEng in Electronic Engineering, BM in Organ Performance, Composition and Music Theory, and I receive full scholarship to complete my MM and PhD in Music Theory, both with graduate teaching assistantship. I am interested in helping you become music literate and enjoy music deeper, and would like to help you reach your musical goals! For tutoring students: I am more than passionate to help you ace your study.

My lessons are laid-back and fast-paced, and all aspects of music-making will be taken care of. I also focus heavily on building musicianship, which helps you go beyond reproducing sounds from printed music. I am also interested in expanding your musical taste, and experiment with new sounds that might excites you.

For my tutoring sessions, I will focus on reinforcing the concepts and ideas, introducing new concepts and
exercises, and a solid wrap-up. My evaluations from my previous tutoring work have proven that my work has successfully improve at least one letter grade for my students.

I am passionate about teaching and sharing my knowledge with you. I look forward to meeting you, learning your needs, and helping you to get you to wherever you want to be!
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Minneapolis, MN 55403
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One of the keys to successful piano playing is proper hand placement. Below, piano teacher Ryan C. shares three fun exercises beginners can do to improve their piano hand position... When trying to teach beginner students the proper piano hand position, I’ve often found that telling them to “move this finger in such and such a way” is a fairly challenging task. This is especially true if they haven’t developed finger independence through other means. It very quickly becomes necessary t
5 Easy Piano Songs for Kids + Video Tutorials
Whether you have a grand piano or a small, electronic keyboard, you can teach your child many easy piano songs for kids. It doesn't matter how much your child knows about music either; they're sure to enjoy learning with the fun songs on this list. Before you get started, you'll need to learn the location of the notes on the piano. Start by finding C - it's the white key directly to the left of the group of two black keys. Using only the white keys, the notes continue in alphabetical order up

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