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About Vanessa S.

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Palm Springs, CA
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About Vanessa
A concertizing musician since age 9, I hold a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Music in instrumental performance from the California State University Los Angeles, where I was named the CSU system's youngest to receive a graduate degree. In 2005 I earned a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Arizona, where I was the Graduate Teaching Assistant. I have also been honored as the University of Arizona's youngest doctoral graduate, receiving my degree at age 19.

I have performed as a member and guest soloist with countless chamber ensembles, orchestras, and bands across the United States. Highlights of my international tours include concerts in Shanghai, Seoul, South Africa, Madrid and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. In addition to playing for such notables as Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou, Tippi Hedren, Barbara Sinatra, and
Florence Henderson, I have played as an honorary guest at UCLA, the Colburn School, UC Santa Cruz, for the Japanese Ambassador and Embassy, and appeared as guest artist with the Anderson String Quartet, Barry Manilow, and most recently with Il Divo, as well as made several television appearances. My extensive performing experience means that no matter your skill level, as my student I will have you performing, sharing your music with others, and becoming an artist.

I have been the recipient of numerous awards for both my musical and academic performance, including the Valeria Finzi Memorial Harp Competition two years consecutively, the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, and have been named as a Medici Scholar and on the Who's Who Among American Women and National Dean's List. I am also active as a composer, arranger, and transcriber, and have taught for the past 16 years. Teaching has always been a special joy of mine, and I have experience teaching students of every age and skill level. I believe in an individualized approach for each student and love to inspire students with my own love of music and lifelong learning. I have worked as a teaching artist with the McCallum Theatre Institute (with elementary-age children) and an instructor for the Osher Institute (age 55+). With a solid background in Classical masterworks, my technical skill and artistic vision allows for interpretations of a variety of music spanning Celtic, Latin, pop, jazz, and rock genres. I teach piano, harp, music theory and musicianship at Mt. San Jacinto College, music history at College of the Desert and provide private instruction from my studio in Palm Springs.

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What do you want to learn? If you are passionate about music and interested in improving your skills I will mentor you to help you achieve your personal goals. I will personalize our curriculum depending on your experience level, needs, and desires. I believe in a well-rounded approach so we'll focus not only on leaning the notes, but the inflections and expressions of music, performance techniques, technical dexterity, music theory, and music history. In this way not only can you be a skilled performer, but an informed one as well, no matter what your age. My students are my highest priority- I love working with children, introducing them to music for the first time, as well as with the adult student who "always wanted to take lessons" but hasn't been able to yet. Furthering the talents of experienced musicians is also a pleasure. I will be honored to help you in your musical journey!

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Studio: quarter grand piano, pedal harp, Celtic harp, electroacoustic harp. There is an adjacent seating area so parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons.

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Under special circumstances I am happy to travel to students who have their instrument and related equipment.

*** Specialties ***
I teach both Classical and popular styles and can specialize according to my students' needs/interests.
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Lindsay October 5, 2017
· Harp · In studio
I am an adult student, new to music in general. I have been taking harp lessons with Vanessa for about 10 months now and she is absolutely wonderful. Vanessa is extremely knowledgeable about harp, music, and pedagogy. She is also very patient, helpful, and flexible. Vanessa is professional without being stuffy and I always look forward to my lessons! I feel that I have progressed so much and wouldn't have been able to do that without Vanessa.
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So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
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About Caleb T.

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Seattle, WA
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About Caleb
My name is Caleb T. I am twenty-six years old and a graduate from Antioch University Seattle. I have lived in Washington since 2006, and have been an avid performer in the greater Seattle area.

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I am a violinist of fifteen years. In high school, I won the Outstanding Underclassman in Orchestra Award two years in a row, as well as the Arion Award and Scholarship my Senior Year. I have played in groups such as the Louisiana All-State Youth Symphony, the Cascade Youth Symphony, the Seattle Rock Orchestra, and the Rainbow City Orchestra. In addition to this, I have soloed with the Rainbow City Orchestra and Issaquah Philharmonic Orchestra. I have performed numerous times in pit orchestras for the Driftwood Players, Madrona Children's Theater, and several other institutions/shows.
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Debra M. August 19, 2014
· Violin · In home
Caleb is an awesome teacher. He is extremely knowledgeable, very patient, and makes learning violin fun!
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About Mallory B.

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Hermitage, TN

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About Mallory
My name is Mallory and I just recently moved to Nashville from Los Angeles. I had a roster there of 55 private students of all ages and levels. I am immediately available and I have extensive experience instructing at summer camps, musical theatre, contemporary vocals, songwriting workshops etc. For Private Lessons, I teach a combination of a classical and contemporary approach in all mediums: Piano, Voice, Guitar, Songwriting, Acting, Musical Theater, Audition Prep, Shakespeare etc. Teaching is a passion and a joy so if you're looking for a teacher who cares and will tailor each lesson to the individual student, look no further!
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Hoa L. January 14, 2018
· Piano · Online
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Robert S. January 11, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mallory was very personable knowledgeable and best of all patient. Can't wait to continue our lessons.
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Joy December 6, 2017
· Singing · Online
Mallory is very personable, encouraging and knowledgeable. Truly enjoyed our time. She makes it fun.
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About Rebekah A.

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Point Lookout, MO

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About Rebekah
A senior in college, Rebekah is working on her Music Theory and Composition Degree and will complete it May of 2018. She also earned her Piano Pedagogy Certificate in the Fall of 2017. Piano Pedagogy is the study of teaching of piano playing.

Since 2012, Rebekah has taught many students of all age groups. Her favorite part about teaching students of any age, is their excitement when they accomplish the goal they set for themselves. Her goal is to help you become the musician you wish to be!

Rebekah is also capable of tutoring students who need assistance in music theory. Rebekah has taken several upper division theory classes and is capable to teach beginning and intermediate theory to students. She is willing to cover some advanced theory.

Lessons are scheduled to fit the student’s schedule.

Rebekah is a patient, fun-loving
instructor who understands that each student learns at his or her own pace and thus tailors the lessons accordingly. She believes that all people are unique, special and most importantly, ONE OF A KIND!
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Caleb June 28, 2017
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Rebekah is a talented musician who is committed to her students. She is an excellent choice for anyone interested in starting or continuing piano lessons.
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Luke June 7, 2017
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Smart, confident, and dedicated to excellence, Rebekah is equipped to be a great teacher. She is ambitious in her work and commits to every endeavor whole heartedly.
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Lynn May 30, 2017
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Rebekah is a very diligent and encouraging teacher. She will teach with care, compassion, and persistence to help others reach their potential.
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About Chris V.

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Chatsworth, CA

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About Chris
I am a jazz guitarist based out of beautiful Los Angeles, California. I received and Associate of Arts degree in Music in 2015, and have been pursuing a bachelors in Jazz Studies since then.

While in community college I really grew into my own as a musician and discovered that I love jazz. Not only the music, but the history of how it formed as well as the differences from classical music. When at school I stood out from the other guitarists because I was hungry to learn and that attitude will hopefully follow me for the rest of my life.

Thats what I'd hope to pass on the students; that knowledge, be it music, english, math, physiology, etc. is the key to everything. And that it doesn't have to be all stuffy and boring! I tailor my lessons to the student wether its guitar, piano, ukulele, etc. and my main objective is to learn and have
fun, so the learning is reinforced with good natured thoughts. This will set up the student to actually want to practice!

As a musician I've been in a couple of groups, and starting to get a jazz group together recently. I also try to utilize the computer to produce when possible so I can learn about that aspect of music. My passion is improvisation/composition, because I hope to one day leave songs behind that people can play forever and be influenced by them like so many have influenced me.
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Komal December 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Mr. Chris is really pleasant and fun teacher. He was on time and made his first lesson very interesting. He reviewed my son patiently for whatever he has learned before and then introduced him to some new notes. He didn’t rush with the time and made sure my son is comfortable with him.
Looking forward to the next class with him.👍🏻
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Andrew August 16, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Chris has been an excellent teacher and has done a fantastic job of helping me not only improve my playing ability, but also improve my understanding of music theory. He is clearly very educated in all styles of music and he had great lesson plans that were specifically tailored for my level of playing. Lastly, he does a fantastic job of making sure I'm having fun while learning music.
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lisa Schuyler February 20, 2017
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My son has never played a musical instrument so I wasn't sure how this would go, but Christopher has really connected with him. He came home and actually practiced during the week! And Christopher always comes out after the lesson and gives me a little update which matters to me as a mom. I also appreciate how he doesn't just boot him out the door at the end of the lesson. AND my son is actually talking about music! Definitely learning more than just some chords. Good instructor who obviously loves and respects music. :)
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About Angie O.

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Littleton, CO

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About Angie
I started playing the piano when I was about 8 years old living in Salt Lake City Utah. My family would be watching TV or doing something else and I would go upstairs and play the piano instead. I practiced until I got to the level to play Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata original composition. I still love to play that one. I also loved to play a piece my grandfather gave me called Cordoba, by Isaac Albeniz.

I have played bass and keyboards in an original band giving a good knowledge of musical body language. From there I went on to teaching private and group lessons at Pianos n' Pianos studios. I use a few different method books. When deciding which one to use during a lesson, I assess the age of the student and what they can absorb. I started supplementing their lessons by using a write-it-out method, where students can take a few lin
es from a song they like and combine it with other songs. That way they can “compose” and be more invested in the music we are playing.

If you play a wrong note, I tell my students to just keep going and to not lose concentration. Wrong notes happen sometimes. If you make a wrong note in a performance, you can’t stop, you just have to roll with it and keep going. I also encourage singing with the piano that helps learns pitches and notes!

When teaching young children, I make sure to give them variety and plan lessons only about 30 minutes long. For adult learner, it is very good to play piano to keep the mind active and sharp. So really any age, 6 and up, is a good age!
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Heather January 17, 2018
· Piano · In home
Angie has been teaching piano to my 6 and 8 year old sons for more than a year and they have learned so much. Angie is great at keeping the boys motivated and keeping the lessons fun. Angie is a great piano teacher.
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About Jill W.

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Rigby, ID
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About Jill
I am a harpist, pianist, arranger, composer, performer and lover of music. With over 10 years of experience teaching both piano and harp lessons. Although I graduated from Brigham Young University in Idaho with a Bachelors in visual communication, I have continued to stretch my skills as musician and teacher.

I perform frequently and love sharing my passion for the harp and piano through teaching so others can also experience having these beautiful instruments in their lives.

I teach piano and harp students of all different ages and experience levels, although I have an especially great love for teaching children and youth. I studied classical piano for over 12 years, and classic harp for over 11 years. A huge part of my music education was focused on theory and as a result I have a great love of having a strong foundation in musica
l theory.

I strive to help my students develop a love music that can last throughout their entire life while still learning proper technique and theory. I strive to help students set individual goals and then structure lessons to help these students reach each of their dreams.

I really enjoy composing and arranging so something that I especially love to do is help students play music and songs that they want to by arranging music specifically to their individual levels and skills. I've found that this not only helps motivate students but also adds an extra fun aspect to our lessons.

My passion is sharing my love of music with those around me. I would love the chance to meet you and hopefully share this passion with you!
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About Valeria P.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL

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About Valeria
I am a professional violinist. I have a Bachelors Degree in Music with a violin specialization and Musical Pedagogy.
Violin students can expect to improve week to week in their skills and technique. It is important to be consistent with violin classes; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to play with expression, intonation, and confidence.
I cannot wait to start with our lessons!
I teach violin students of all different ages. I studied classical violin for 19 years, and popular for 5 years. I am qualified to teach students to read music and pursue classical excellence, to learn how to play popular music whether the student prefers a music sheet to read while they are playing or memorize it, depending on the student's goals
and choice.
I have performed in a Chamber Orchestra for ten years. I have toured South America and the Caribbean. I also have performed as a soloist in different ensembles and Orchestras with a vast repertoire.
My personal passion is for classical, popular, pop and rock music, it is important to understand that an accurate technique is essential to all music styles.
I look forward to meeting you and helping you to improve and become a better musician and performer in every class!
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MARBEL January 11, 2018
· Violin · In home
Excellent teacher
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Edward J. December 13, 2017
· Violin · Online
My daughter had the chance to take lessons with Valeria and the improvement on my kid skills has been amazing. My daughter is more motivated towards the classes and the violin and wants to keep learning. Valeria is very good at motivating and teaching her classes. Highly recommended!!!
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Jennifer December 2, 2017
· Violin · Online
Valeria is great with my 10 year old daughter - very encouraging and positive while at the same time giving very good continuous and constructive feedback to her on how to improve and what to practice next. The lessons are purposeful and structured. She gives homework (and makes my daughter write it down!! :), checks in on how practice is going during the week, sends articles for us to read about how to improve her playing and she gives my daughter input into the songs she will learn next. Moreover, she has been flexible and easy to work with around schedule changes.
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About Emily M.

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Colorado Springs, CO
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About Emily
Hi there! My goal is to share my passion for music along with the technical skills that make it possible. I've been playing and performing the piano for about twenty years, and guitar eight years. I've given private lessons on a case-by-case basis. Regardless of what level you are currently at, I enjoy teaching people who are genuinely interested in learning. My job is to enable you to express yourself.
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Kevin werre January 15, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Very thorough. I have a lot to learn and Emily appears to be up to the challenge and very capable.
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Dean October 31, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Emily is an amazing musician. She interacts so well with my children, even my shyest feels comfortable around her. Highly recommended.
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Esther October 30, 2017
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I have not only enjoyed Emily's radiant and engaging personality, but also been blessed to see her love and passion for good music, be it on the piano, guitar or several other instruments. She is a very talented young lady with a love to pass on her passion for music. I believe she would be a great teacher to anybody who wants to enhance his/her musical skills, children and adults alike. One more benefit: she teaches out of her home AND in-home.
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About Brent M.

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I am a graduate of the famous Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and have been performing professionally for years touring around the world playing with name bands such as the Glenn Miller Orchestra, the USAF Band of Liberty, and numerous professional bands of all styles. I have performed as the main theater drummer on 5-star Luxury Cruise Lines such as Princess, NCL, and Celebrity for ten years playing Vegas style, Rock, Motown, Jazz, and Broadway shows. I play a variety of styles and can teach you how to play Rock, Blues, Jazz, Big Band, Broadway, Classical/Concert music, and more. Many of these performances required sight-reading sheet music, which I can teach you how to do. I am very patient and encouraging and create a positive environment for you to learn. I am also very flexible and accommodating to your wants and needs in
the lesson. Please contact me to set up a lesson so I can help you with whatever your goals are.
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