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John A.

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About John

My job is to get your child crazy about the piano. If you have to nag your child to play, something is wrong. The basics are, of course, important, but until you have gotten the child to accept and love the piano as an object of enjoyment, all that practicing will go nowhere.

How do I do it?

I think it's easier to learn the piano if you are having fun, and that means playing music that you like.

You can always choose what you will play in lessons, and lessons are designed around your preferences, and move at a pace comfortable to you. The basics are still taught, but at a pace that your child finds comfortable. The result of this is that I will get your child to go the piano and play by themselves with no nagging.

I have had the complete classical conservatory experience, yet that doesn't mean I expect that of you in any way,

especially kids.

For children, the best start involves games and immediate playing to give the child a taste of the real joy of making music. Reading exercises have their place, but not at the very beginning.

I want you to play a song you know and enjoy your first lesson, and I can easily help you do that.

It's in your interest to play meaningful music, (to you) right away. It is possible for anyone can play music far more complex than what they can read on a page, so my first goal is to get you started playing real songs on your first lesson.

Education: BA University of California, Berkeley. Graduate work at University of Southern California Film School, Trinity College of Music, London.
Emmy Award winner, music direction. Broadway veteran. Recordings with American Symphony Orchestra released Sterling Records.
Advanced Piano lessons using the European tradition, pupil of Tobias Matthay School (London) and Denise Lassimone (Paris)

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If you're a beginner, I want you to start playing right away, with less emphasis on deciphering sheet music and more on the immediate physical sense of the keyboard. You have to enjoy playing by any means before you are inundated with the page. Reading music follows soon, but not before you can play music you like.
If you're more advanced, I can help you with technical development, and begin to widen your musical senses.

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1926 Steinway A

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I provide Books and Musical Literature. Students must have instrument, electronic or acoustic.

*** Specialties ***
I teach any style of music that you prefer. I also accept students with disabilities and special needs.
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December 31, 2014
Andrew R.
John has been teaching my 6 year old daughter for 3 months now and not only has he done a tremendous job gauging her abilities and teaching her but he has made it so much fun she wants to play the piano all the time.
July 23, 2014
Janet S.
John's biggest strengths are his patience, understanding and seeming endless facility with music. I read music but not fast enough to allow me to play good pieces, so John translates everything into physical movements. This makes it very easy to play interesting music, which makes me want to play more. I think he has shown me how learn, how to refine things so they are satisfying. I highly recommend him as a teacher, for beginners or advanced.
July 22, 2014
Heather S.
My son is six years old and has been taking piano lessons with John for six months. John is a unique and engaging teacher. His extensive knowledge of music and skill at the keyboard were apparent from the beginning. He can easily demonstrate a multitude of songs and then teach them on the spot. My son is excited to play a "whole song," be it Sponge Bob or Beethoven. John's teach-by-numbers technique appeals to my son's love of numbers and patterns yet he is also quickly learning how to read sheet music. John really is skilled at disguising a lesson on technique or theory as a game. He is goofy while at the same time encouraging and supportive of my son. He keeps it light, fun, and skill appropriate. Since he comes to our home, I also appreciate John's focus on the lesson - he arrives and departs in a timely manner. I highly recommend John as a piano teacher.

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Jennifer P.

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About Jennifer

I am a professional singer-songwriter and have been teaching lessons fulltime for the last 12 years. I teach students of all ages and levels of experience. My current range of students include: kids with learning/developmental disabilities, teenagers who have starred in school musicals, and performing adult singer-songwriters. Whatever your background or desire, I can help you to cultivate your unique musical potential, and to strengthen your creative voice.

As a professional vocalist and pianist, I have worked freelance, in a variety of settings, over the years--including solo, in wedding bands, small jazz and rock/pop groups and with big bands. I have been singing with the Mood Swings Big Band for 6+ years. During that time, we have performed at the White House, the Chamber of Commerce and in Kennebunkport, Maine (at the Bush e

state).

I also have an extensive professional and personal background in meditation (10 years), astrology (5 years) and healing (particularly Reiki, 4 years). I am very interested in the intersection between a healing/mindfulness-awareness approach and singing/playing piano.
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September 10, 2019
Bri K.
So friendly, flexible, and helpful
April 30, 2019
Leah W.
Jennifer was very attentive and worked very well with my 6 year old!
April 14, 2019
Yvonda
I read previous reviews which assisted me in selecting Jen. After connecting with her I realized she had the perfect location (less than 10 mins from my house in Catonsville) and professional patience with my twin 14 yr old sons. They had a little experience before the lessons with Jen, but after only a few lessons, their piano/keyboard playing was much sharper than before. She has a beautiful voice and the boys always felt really positive after each lesson. They were more eager to practice at home to demonstrate the skills she taught them previously. Also, Jen hand writes lessons for the boys, which helped them better understand sheet music. She's a Gem. Well worth the investment!

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Layla M. H.

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About Layla M.

Current Public Policy PhD candidate at George Mason's Schar School. MA in International Relations from NYU and nearly a decade worth of experience at the college and university levels. I am extremely passionate about education and am dedicated to helping my students succeed. I am excited to begin learning with you!

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College professor available to tutor students in a variety of social science disciplines as well as basic math. Also available for music and dance lessons both online and in person.

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October 15, 2019
Peggy R.
Layla is very knowledgeable and has a ton of patience. I enjoyed her class.
November 8, 2016
Boyd Shawn
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com
November 8, 2016
Boyd Shawn
Layla has been good since when she started doing this, I really want you to contact me because kids are looking forward working with you...infodelivery.agent021@gmail.com

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Layla M. H.

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Marcel M.

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About Marcel

I work as a tutor and mentor in many of those fields for years. It was and is a side business, but I always enjoyed teaching.
I am looking forward to move on with you and / or your kids.
Have a great day,
Marcel

Update 02/10/15: Takelessons is a great way to teach and a fantastic and easy way to learn for students. I currently have 3 students per week, with several hours. I really enjoy it, either online via Skype or Facetime or Live at the students place. Hit me up and let's move something together.

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June 11, 2019
Bill S.
I learned a lot from Marcel and liked his vision of how to redo the garden. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we discussed how to improve it. He pulled out his iPad and made several garden sketches that were helpful. The original garden was cluttered with overlapping plants and we decided to remove several of them and re-"orchestrate" the remaining ones. (We only bought new plants if they were needed to realize the new garden vision.) He is also a very hard worker, helping me (physically) transplant and add plants as required. For example, we transplanted a 100+ (?) pound Sago palm across the front yard. I would never have done that on my own (too heavy for me) but together we did it! Highly recommended. Bill
November 17, 2018
Bill S.
Excellent teacher. We took a 20'x2' section of "dirt" in the back, redid the soil, transplanted a rose in that section, added two other new roses and a bunch of ground cover. Looks great! Recommended.
July 2, 2017
Ems H.
I did not actually take any lessons with him, but his schedule did not reflect what showed as available in Takelessons. He had a very bad attitude and would not actually schedule the lesson after several exchanges.

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Marcel M.

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About John

Hi! My name is John (Tal) and I am a passionate violinist, student, and teacher! I have been playing violin since the age of 7 and continue to study and play at University of Massachusetts Amherst. In the past, and currently, I have put together string quartets and have played in a variety of ensembles for different settings; musicals, formal concerts, weddings, etc. and love teaching and talking to others about music!

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August 7, 2018
Kerry
John was great. I have not played a musical instrument since I was in Elementary School. Let's just say, John was very patient! I would highly recommend him as a violin instructor!
April 30, 2018
Nick
Amazing teacher, I have been taking lessons with John for about a year over Skype. I love the violin and he makes it very fun to learn.

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Jill D.

Joplin, MO 64804


About Jill

Hi! I have a passion for teaching and playing the piano (of course!) and I want to share it with you. I am my happiest when I am teaching, and I strive for all of my students to experience the equally rewarding joy of learning the piano.

I have been playing since I was 3 years old and taking lessons since I was 5. I graduated with a degree in Piano Performance from BYU, where I learned so much more than just playing the piano. I have experience teaching studio and online lessons, accompanying and collaborating, tutoring students during practice, and playing for weddings and events.

Outside of music, I love dogs, being in the sunshine, and cooking and baking. My favorite pastime is being with my husband and dreaming about getting a puppy.

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Joplin, MO

Caleb K.

Miami, OK 74354


About Caleb

Nice to meet you! I am a classically trained musician, I can play guitar, piano, drums, and harp! I studied music theory at Ottawa University and performed with several Jazz ensembles and Jazz combo groups. I can’t wait to meet you, we have a lot to study!

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Michael M.

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I am a professional vocalist in Los Angeles with singing credits ranging from opera to Disney. With over 15 years of professional experience, I practice what I teach to maintain my voice and have been lucky to have had great teachers along the way.

I started my career in opera and choral ensemble work. Formerly I have been a young artist at Opera Tampa and an ensemble recording artist with Oregon Catholic Press. In my three years in LA I have expanded my resume rapidly. In addition to being a member of two choral ensembles (LA Choral Lab and Tonality) and have sung this past season with the Los Angeles Master Chorale under the baton of Gustavo Dudamel.

In session work, I maintain an active career. Most recently I sang for Disney's The Lion King. I have also sung for Game of Thrones Live at the Forum and Assassin's Creed Live for E3. Tw

o years ago I provided vocals for a Nissan national ad campaign. Not only do I sing, but I'm also a Voiceover artist represented by AB2 talent. There's not a day goes by that I don't practice vocal artistry.

Singing with a strong foundation in the classical style has given me many opportunities to perform in some amazingly diverse situations. Although I specialize in classical voice, the bel canto technique I employ encourages flexibility and can prepare you to feel comfortable singing in every genre.
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September 11, 2019
Abram Poliakoff
You will love taking lessons from Michael! Not only does he have a lot of real-world experience performing in the music business here in Los Angeles, but he is also incredibly down-to-earth and inviting. You will have no problem feeling comfortable enough to start taking risks and improving your voice under his guidance!
September 9, 2019
Camille
Michael rocks! He's a fantastic singer and a wonderful person. He's supportive, encouraging, and an absolute pleasure to work with. He brings tons of solo, choral, and studio experience to lessons, which makes him well equipped to help you reach your singing goals.
September 9, 2019
Beatrice
I had so much fun taking my singing lessons with Michael! It can be somewhat intimidating and daunting to sing in front of someone at first, but Michael was very relaxed and has a very approachable personality.
From just a few of our sessions, I have learned so much about my voice. I have also been noticing a few desireable results while implementing techniques that Michael has introduced to me. I am very exciting to continue my voice lessons with him, and I highly recommend that you do so as well!

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each music to a person of any age. He is very adaptable to our specific goals and works alongside, as per our capacity to help us achieve what we intend to. I had no experience with music or piano whatsoever before this and started the lessons to learn a new skill. Over the months, I have not only developed interest in piano but also been able to play with confidence. I had experience with couple of more teachers before we got him, and he is certainly the best. Would highly recommend him."
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I went in to lessons with Peter looking for some review on theory and notation reading but I received much more. When I aske
d for a lesson on a specific subject he addressed exactly what I was looking for, as well as a quick history of the topics that we discussed. The combination of playing the bass, learning music theory, and music history, made these lessons very unique and a lot of fun for me. I would recommend Peter to any musician who likes a well rounded approach to music."
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