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About Kathleen G.

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Blue Springs, MO
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Teaching for over 40 years, classic to blues and all in between. I will tailor your lessons to ability and desires within reason!

About Kathleen
For the last 40 plus years, I have taught children as young as 3 and adults as old as ahh they won't tell me!

I have been participating in band and musical programs for over 30 years in the Kansas City Area. I am activity in a brass octet called the "Joyful Sound Brass Ensemble". We play at nursing home, churches, and other function in and around our area.

I began my musical training when I was 5. I started on a small 12 bass accordion and loved it. I moved up to the full size accordions when I was 6 years old and it was as big as I was! I wanted to learn more, so my mom took pity on me and pulled out her alto saxophone for me when I was 8. My love of music grew more with each instrument I learned. With the help of my band teachers in middle school and high school,
I studied: Alto, tenor and bass saxophone, clarinet, flute,and piano before I left high school. My band instructor and his wife gave me a wonderful opportunity to play in the Stage band in high school along with a special band during the summer. Their guidance and encouragement lead me into a wonderful College where I studied music. In 1970, I graduated from Adams State College now (Adam's State University) in Alamosa Colorado in 1974 with a B.A. in Biology and a minor in Music.

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I try to make it enjoyable for everyone and hopefully they learn and acquire the needed skills quickly in the process. I believe it takes a lot of positive reinforcement and repetitive motions to learn anything physical. Each person is different as is the speed they learn at, it all depends on a positive attitude and there dedication to try to do their best. The trick to learning is making it fun and wanting to keep doing it.

At first I introduce each student to various types of music. This helps them to recognize a rhythm, or understand alternatives to a difficult fingering. This helps with at home practicing, never let them get bored and not challenged.. I will be adding new music all the time for them to try. If there is something specific you really want to learn, I will help you with it. I will do my best to make sure that the piece is at your learning level or below. My goal is for them to succeed and not get frustrated in the process. Remember we can always use it later if it isn't just right for you now. .

I think sight-reading is very important. It develops a personal ability to read music (it pushes you to learn rhythm and note identification quickly) and this in turns builds more confidence in what you are doing. Now if we add duets to it, this will be even make more interesting and enjoyable. Usually the first time it seems hard, but we will take it slow and before long it becomes something that the student will look forward to. Reading music is the key to learning and enjoying music. Once this is done the student has had time to hear and beginning to explore. This is when a new and creative part begins with improvisation and learning to make your own music.It is simply waiting for your exploration.

The student will progress as fast or slow as they want. It all depends on how comfortable they are after each lesson. I will either assign a new lesson or use the last with something new to help you gain a better understanding of what was being taught and something new to learn each week. Each week will be different, and never the same unless that is what you want!

The student is asked to buy a lesson book for their instrument. A 3 ring binder with plastic inserts is also an excellent addition. to add the supplemental material that always seems to get lost somewhere? This book becomes part of your repertoire, maybe it will become your most valued and loved memories of how far you have gone.

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Please bring your own instrument for your lessons, unless it is a piano :) I have a studio piano to give lessons on. Music lesson book is available for purchase for students individual instrument. I will furnish stands for the lessons.

There is parking and parents are welcome and encouraged to come in and join in the lesson or just wait, listen and watch. Its up to you,

*** Travel Equipment ***
Bring your books and instrument and stand if outside the studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have worked with special need students, along with the gifted students. Every student has to be taught differently.
This is one thing I have had to learned to do with 40+ years of teaching and raising my own children and grandchildren.

I have played all genres of music at one time or another, but my favorite is playing in a old style swing Band. There is nothing sweeter than a good old dance band with swing and blues. I have far more training and exposure on the woodwind instruments because of my background, but will teach the others instruments gladly. Music is a gift that needs to be shared with generation to generation..
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Dave R. August 22, 2017
· Accordion · In studio
Great, had a great, got to meet with her family. I learn a lot.

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Scott T. December 11, 2016
· Saxophone · In studio
Learning alto sax
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Jan G. February 24, 2016
· Accordion · In home
Kathy is so very patient and positive. I always felt like my efforts were appreciated. I would take lessons from her always.
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About Rodrigo R.

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Long Beach, CA
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The accordion I use is the piano type, not the buttoned.

About Rodrigo
With an associates degree from El Camino, and lots of musical studies in Mexico, I have been fortunate to tour through the States and through my country. My lessons include real working tips for the real life, keeping it fun as the material is created for your specific needs. I am a multi-instrumentalist that will pass as much knowledge as you can practice...
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*** Lesson Details ***
We'll cover music basic theory and the most part of your lesson will be the music you want to learn, saving a small portion of the time to repertoire that I consider will help you grow musically.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sibelius, Logic, apple, Kala ukes, U-bass, vihuela, charango, piano, keyboard, accordion, acoustic and electric guitars, panflutes, boss fx, amps, mics, and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
instruments and books needed
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*** Specialties ***
mariachi, Catholic music, Andean music, Latin rhythms
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Miguel July 24, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Great introductory class, covering the basic fundamentals of singing the right way with confidence.
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Warren Croft September 16, 2016
· Accordion · In studio
Rodrigo is very thoughtful and methodical in his teaching. He taught me just the right amount to keep me busy without being overwhelmed. Can't wait for the next lesson!
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Earnest G. February 3, 2016
· Accordion · Online
Very knowledgeable about music theory and very likeable.
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About Grey W.

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Hesperia, CA
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Let's have fun! Learn finger position on keyboard, learn notes, time and key signatures. Learn to sight read music, right hand and left hand on basses. Learn note values, accent marks, and most important, expression! Learn scales, and chord structures, including chromatic! Music theory, arranging,and composition are available.

About Grey
Hi there! My name is Grey. I grew up in the Lawrence Welk era. I started teaching for Milton Mann Accordion Studios, in 1975. I received a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Music from Cal State San Bernardino, Ca. I have played in weddings and mostly non-profit organizations, especially at Christmas time. I love Christmas carols, Classical, Jazz, Polkas, and standard tunes. I enjoy most genres. I am looking forward to meeting you and getting started playing the accordion.
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Nancy July 26, 2017
· Accordion · Online
Grey hung in there even with all my connection problems. Then he taught me accordian information that I had been thinking about, but never knew the answer to before, because I have been out of the picture for so long. It was just the right timing from my 5 previous lessons. I am looking forward to my next lesson. I just need to get in enough practice time. My learning curve is in my hands now. Until the next lesson.
Thanks Grey
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Al August 24, 2016
· Accordion · In home
My name is Al Philipp, used to serve in ministry with Grey and what an awesome gift God has given him in music. Grey would play all kinds of music and my favorites were the old hymns and the contemporary Christian music, but when he broke out the polka music it would get your heart pumpin and your feet jumpin. Yes Grey is very good with the accordion with a great personality to go along with his teaching ability. I highly recommend Grey if you are wanting to learn this instrument.
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Jim April 28, 2016
· Accordion · In home
Grey is an amazing player. His patience and hands-on approach to teaching and learning make him an ideal instructor for the novice and those who just need a refresher.
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About Connor C.

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Los Angeles, CA
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Accordion is one of my truest loves. I've been a musician as long as I can remember. I've been playing traditional Irish accordion for 6 years and have had 5 very talented teachers myself. I can apply my performance and teaching techniques to piano or button accordion. I've also played concert piano accordion for 6 years, and can teach the fundamentals of accordion playing, advanced technique and style for accordion, basic to advanced music theory, and general performance and practice techniques. I have several accordions that can be rented as well.

About Connor
I'm a film composer by trade, but I love teaching as well. I love sharing my passion for music with others. I have a BM from Appalachian State University in piano performance and music theory/composition. I also have an MFA in music composition for the screen from Columbia College Chicago. I studied abroad in Ireland for a summer and learned traditional Irish music. I've been playing piano and composing since I was a young child, and picked up folk instruments along the way. Folk music has been a constant source of joy in my life, and I am continually learning more about it. Music is what gets me out of bed in the morning!
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Kevin March 26, 2017
· Composition · Online
Personalizes the lessons towards your needs and helps you grow as a musician.
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Susan B. March 13, 2017
· Mandolin · In home
It was a great first lesson - she assessed where I was, fixed some technique problems I was having and gave me things to work on for next time. She's very friendly and approachable, which is great for new-student anxiety ;-).
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Saoirse January 7, 2017
· Accordion · Online
First lesson couldn't be better! Connor was totally patient with my kiddo, and she gave good advice on what to look for in a smaller accordion and variations in shoulder straps to help my tiny daughter not get tired from trying to hold up a big (at least for her) accordion.
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About alexander B.

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Woodland Hills, CA
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i play Accordion since i was a child, of course growing up in Germany i love oktoberfest and party music, but once you understand how the Accordion works you will be able to play anything

About alexander
Hi, there! My name is Alexander and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1997 and have loved helping my students i won countless awards for Film composition, i am playing Accordion in a very successful Oktoberfest Band, and understand not only the Instrument but how to use it most effectively.
I went to school in Munich Germany and earned a degree in Economics in 1987.
i Later studied Music at UCLA when i arrived in Los Angeles in 1996 I'm a fun and patient person and my teaching style is disciplined but, relaxed.

I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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corinna Beiter April 11, 2017
· Accordion · In studio
i always wanted to learn how to play accordion, but i was afraid it is way to complicated.
I did see a big oktoberfest show with Mr. bubenheim as the Headlining act.
We startet to talk after the show and he told me he can teach accordion to me.
i love it so much and it is a lot of fun with Mr. Bubenheim i feel really good about what i have learned so far in just a few sessions.
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About Kathy L.

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I'm excited about introducing the accordion to beginning students. I use a basic popular lesson format, while also gearing supplementary material to the interest of the student. Explore with me the wonders of the accordion!

About Kathy
I have loved and played the accordion my entire life. I am largely self taught, but in recent years have studied with internationally known accordion performer and instructor Beverly Fess. She has introduced me to the many shades of accordion. I play for personal enjoyment, and also enjoy performing solo and with area dance bands.

I am new at teaching accordion, but I have taught in other areas through the years. I would like to teach beginning students of all ages. No thrill is greater than learning to play an instrument, and the accordion is an exciting way to start as well as an intriguing new idea for people already enjoying music performance.

I would also love to work with people who have had accordion experience in years past and would like to develop or refresh skills.
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Kirk September 12, 2017
· Accordion · Online
I am a novice accordionist. I have more enthusiasm than skills. Kathy is great at helping me improve.

She is not a routinised teaching machine. She's a skilled player, who makes time to share her talent, experience and enthusiasm. She never loses track of, and reminds me, this is all about having fun.

Yet she realizes that it's not fun unless your making progress. She's organized and takes responsibility to keep things moving. Our lessons, the schedule, my skills, even my wavering enthusiasm. She's warm, understanding, forgiving and steady. She's an excellent guide through what for me is new territory.

I especially appreciate how empathetic she is. She understands my struggles, remembering her own. She offers a helping hand to enable me to make the next step. Without being patronizing or impatient.

For me she's the right balance of insistent and supportive.
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