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Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN

Piano lessons will help you develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing, keyboard techniques (posture, hand position, fingering, etc.) and sight reading.
1. Develop the basic skills of keyboard (piano) playing;
2. Freely engage in creative expression; and
explore the technical elements of music.
3. Perform keyboard pieces applying basic reading and coordinative skills.
4. Create and play from memory any assignment required by the performer.

About Melody

Are you looking to sing or play keyboard, work on material for your band, build your repertoire, sing or play in the church choir/band, audition for a production, become a better lead singer in your rock or pop band, overcome stage-fright or wanting to get to the next level? You have come to the right place!

My lessons provide students with an opportunity to deeply explore the voice, build confidence, and to develop healthy and effective singing practices, which can be applied to any style of musical singing and playing.

A well-rounded music education is very important and I have fun an
d educational resources for learning vocal technique, ear training, harmony, pitch matching and music theory.

I am very fortunate to have performed and studied Classical and Opera, musical theater productions, have sang in Rock, Pop, Country, R&B bands and can bring that real-world experience into the lesson. The student will receive real hands-on knowledge about singing in a variety of environments and how to manage his/her vocal goals!

In addition to being vocally healthy, I encourage self-expression and enhance self-esteem in my students: singers of all ages, skill levels and styles. Plus, it has to be fun, otherwise why do it? Singing is a process and less about the end goal and we train the body, mind and use imagination and it's a very exciting process!

***My students regularly receive scholarships and placement in music schools and programs around the U.S., have won competitions, do well in auditions, are performing in successful bands and/or recording artists.

I am energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. My experience as an educator is to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills. I really care about my students and provide the tools to help them reach their goals!

Degrees:
Bachelor of Music, minor in Psychology from Michigan State University
Master of Vocal Pedagogy from Oakland University

Here is some of my experience as a performer: I have sung Internationally at the renowned €œEisteffodd Music Festival€ in Wales, toured through Britain and performed at the Laupin Agile Cabaret in Paris. I was honored with a nomination to attend the prestigious Yale Cabaret Conference and worked with cabaret legend Julie Wilson and Manhattan Transfer founder Laurel Masse. Sung and performed roles with the Mid-Michigan and Detroit Opera Companies. Performed a production of Sleepwalkers€ with the Kari Margolis Brown Company at the O'Shaughnessy Theatre. I currently perform all over the Twin Cities with my own R&B/Soul Band, Melody and The Dramatics!€ Plus, I am a contract vocalist and perform in a variety of other projects, so needless to say, it is all a very awesome ride!

*** Lesson Details ***
My laid-back and fun approach allows for versatility and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual student. When studying the art of singing you are gaining skills, which build confidence.

When you understand what you'€™re doing and why, you bring more confidence to your performance. Progress is made with regular practice outside of lessons. Voice students record each private lesson through their devices and take notes in their own notebooks.

I have "warm-up" tracks which you can use in your car or at home and you will notice significant improvement once you start your routine.

Practicing is very important and I have great methods to teach students how to maximize their time and get the best results! I am privileged to have an opportunity to teach and very passionate about coaching a student to meet his or her musical goals!

Also, I have a Beagle named "Bacon" and he will always be very excited to see you, however he does calm down when you're in the studio. In addition, I have two cats, so please let me know if you have allergies or any special recommendations.

Thanks so much!
Melody

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the music room, PA system, piano, keyboard, laptop, recording microphone, microphone, mirror.

The house is in a cul-de-sac and there is ample street parking. Also, in the case of a snow emergency, you will be able to park in the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in a variety of vocal styles including, rock, pop, jazz, country and classical, keyboard and music theory. I have been trained by some of the best instructors in the country and strive for my students to be vocally healthy, so they'll have long careers. I also perform in professional bands, orchestras and can bring that experience into the lesson.
Energetic and enthusiastic; actively promote values and traditional teaching practices coupled with the introduction of technology into the lesson. Experienced educator eager to share passion and talent for music with the next generation of musicians and outstanding communication skills.
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Juan Casas October 31, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Amazing! I feel confident she will take me to where I want to be. Or at least 1,000 better than where I am
Now. I felt very comfortable right away.
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Sara Ann Avelsgaard September 30, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Melody listens to what you want and responds accordingly. Her lessons are designed with you in mind. She smiles and laughs with you and seems to be just genuinely happy to be teaching. She loves what she does.
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Makenzie R. August 11, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is wonderful with my little girl. My daughter looks forward to her lesson every week. Thanks Melody!
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Melody M.

Melody M.

Minneapolis, MN 55426
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Mariana L.

Maple Grove, MN

I've been teaching piano privately and in group settings for eight years. I strive to create a fun and exciting environment to fit each student's learning style and goals.
I enjoy using technology in my lessons and believe it is a great way to keep students excited. In addition to using the Faber Piano Adventures and Bastien methods, I use a few mobile applications on my tablet to assist in the learning of rhythm and note reading.

About Mariana

Born in Panama City, Panama, Mariana completed a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Shenandoah Conservatory and completed a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy at the Catholic University of America with an emphasis in Latin American Music in 2009. She has sung on the stages of Italy and Spain participating in performances of Die Zauberfl te, L'Elisir d'Amore and La Traviata. Mariana has sung in the DC area with Zarzuela Di Si and the In Series as well as The City Choir of Washington and The Washington Chorus.
As a voice teacher, Mariana has experience teaching students of all ages but
mostly children and teenagers. Her approach is simple yet effective, speaking in terms that are easy for each individual student to understand and remember.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will develop a strong vocal technique and build healthy vocal habits. They will learn all aspects needed to become a well rounded singer: diction, interpretation, musicianship, breath support and focus, all of this while having fun! Also, they will acquire the tools to keep up the work they've done during their lessons in the time between meetings with the teacher.
Pianists will learn to read music and play by ear while acquiring a healthy technique to avoid any injuries.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own a Yamaha digital piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I own a traveling keyboard but prefer to use a larger instrument if available at the student's home. I also provide musical scores and the use of metronome.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, pop, musical theatre, rock
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Riley N. September 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Overall - my first lesson was good. There were a few terms she used, that I didn't know. It would have been helpful if she explained more. She is very friendly and I think I'm going to like working wit her.
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Grace E. August 17, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
thank you for teaching me so much and i am exited for the next ones. YOUR THE BEST (;
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Bryan B. July 31, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Super nice! Super fun! Sign up before she fills up! Noticing a large improvement! Very knowledgable. Definitely recommend her!
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Mariana L.

Mariana L.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN

Students really have fun as they learn to play Piano! Not only does it make their brain smarter, but it will also improve their reading and math comprehension! Many different methods are used, using the one most effective and tailored for your student. Faber and Faber is a favorite. I also teach Suzuki Piano lessons. Students have a 30 minute private lesson once per week. Quarterly all the students get together for a group lesson. this is a fun time of playing music games, performing a special piece for each other, learning how to be an appreciative audience, coloring music notes for music theory and listening examples of the great Classical composers. We have Christmas, fall, and Valentine parties too with the group lessons. Students are able to perform at many Recitals thru the year. They can earn ribbons, medals, and trophies! We always have a Christmas Recital at the Mall of America, and a huge Recital in the Spring!

Karen has a BA in ...

About Karen

Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student!
Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to
Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Educat
ion, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Learning in the home, they become very comfortable in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!

Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.

Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.

We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!

Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :)
They will want their friends to join along! :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in the Living room.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
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Terri R. August 12, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
According to my daughter who is taking lessons " My instructor is pretty Chill" :)
Just started the lessons and already notice significant improvement . Looking forward to future lessons
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Karen H.

Karen H.

Elk River, MN 55330
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$29 / 30-min
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Rachel R.

Maple Grove, MN

I've been teaching piano for about eight years. I love teaching this instrument to people of all ages and ability levels. If your child cannot read, please don't let that prevent you from signing up for lessons. For kids under 4, I usually combine pre-piano activities with music & movement exercises. Students will have the opportunity to explore other instruments in order to determine which instrument suits your child best.

I also have experience with more advanced students as well as adults at the beginner level. No matter your age or circumstance, you are welcome here.

About Rachel

Hi there! I'm Rachel and I'm so glad you're looking into taking lessons with me! I've been teaching private lessons for 8 years. I graduated from Luther College with a Music Education degree. I currently teach K-5 general music at Hamilton Elementary in Coon Rapids. I am actively accepting and I'd love to have you on board!
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Brian O. July 24, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
My son is learning a lot and is excited each time to go to his cello lesson.
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Grace July 21, 2015
Cello · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter says she is very nice
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Rachel R.

Rachel R.

Maple Grove, MN 55311
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starting at
$24 / 30-min
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Eileen J.

Minneapolis, MN

Piano lessons taught in my home for 30 minutes weekly.

About Eileen

Confidence, creative thinking, discipline, and joy are benefits of a music education. 70% of adults wish they had learned to play music.

SUBJECTS TAUGHT IN PERSON
Piano, Keyboard, Music Theory, Technique

EDUCATION
Graduate of Anoka High School, Music Education Workshops in Piano Pedagogy, Music Theory, Technique, Popular Method series, Classical Music and Appreciation, Jazz styles, Teaching Tips and Helps, Christmas and Popular styles. Some workshop teachers I have studied under are Joyce Grill, Dennis Alexander, Martha Mier, Helen Marlais, Jane Bastien, Carolyn Miller, Randy and
Nancy Faber, Melody Bober, Nancy Bachus, Jane Magrath, Timothy Brown and many others.

SPECIALTIES
The students learn from Faber Piano Adventures, Alfred Premier Piano Course, and FJH Succeeding at the Piano. These books contain all styles of music from classical to jazz and everything in-between. We also study popular songs by request and Christmas music in November and December. When students are ready, lead sheets, which use only chords in the left hand, are presented and learned.

LESSON DETAILS
We begin each lesson by listening to a CD of a piece of music. The students follow along by looking at the piece and a brief discussion follows at the end. They also listen to pieces in their books prior to learning them. This gives them a sense of what the piece should sound like as they are learning it.

There is a bulletin board with each students picture on it. Practicing five days per week, with parental support, is expected and should be made nonnegotiable (as is math homework, brushing teeth, etc.). Parents are encouraged to listen to at least one practice session each week.

Pieces for the weekly review are chosen by the student. Theory, note drills, chords and scales, music history, and composers are also learned.

Students learn the foundations at a comfortable pace that is well-structured with achievable goals and are taught with patience, kindness and respect. The atmosphere is relaxed and fun for all ages.

The piano lesson year is split up into two semesters. First semester begins mid-September and ends mid-December. Second semester begins the first week in February and ends the last week in April. Each semester has one make-up allowed. A recital is held each spring for those who wish to participate. Each student plays several solo pieces and a duet with another student, if possible. We have performed many recitals for seniors in residences and/or nursing homes as well as recitals at Schmitt Music. The yearly book fee is $20 and paid at the first lesson.

MUSIC FOR PARENTS
If you are a parent of my current or my former students, consider experiencing the joy of learning how to play the piano for the first time or brushing up on old skills learned previously. Be a part of Recreational Music Making (RMM), a national movement that is encouraging adults to bring music back into their lives. I have had several adults taking lessons along with their children. Fun for the kids to have Mom or Dad learning to play the piano, also ... as well as an encouragement for them. It also helps the parents to realize some of the struggles that their children are encountering in their pursuit of music.

ABOUT
I have taught piano/keyboard for 25 years. Many of my students began in first grade and continued on through high school. They are using the musicianship skills learned in lessons as adults. I have also taught several parents of my students, both beginners and those returning to piano. I have been involved in music since the age of 8, playing piano, and also playing clarinet from 5th grade through high school. I look forward to sharing the joys of music with you!

EQUIPMENT
Yamaha Digital Piano
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Eileen J.

Eileen J.

Minneapolis, MN 55430
starting at
$28 / 30-min

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