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About Denise R.

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Palm Springs, CA

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About Denise
I'€™ve always had a love for music. When I was 8 years old, I taught myself how to read music before my first piano lesson because I was so excited to learn. I continued taking piano lessons throughout my school days and became involved in choir in high school.

When I began college I decided to study business. I auditioned for choir and realized that my dream was to become a music educator. I graduated from Point Loma Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. I studied piano, voice, clarinet, and music education. I had a lot of experience playing the piano and singing th
at I decided to learn the clarinet and join the concert band so I could have band experience. I was also involved in hand bell choir and continued to perform with the choir after I graduated. After graduating, I taught piano at various private elementary schools throughout San Diego. I also had the wonderful experience of being the pianist and vocal soloist at my church. I am a substitute teacher and have the opportunity to work with students from preschool to high school and am able to use my knowledge of each age group and school curriculum in teaching music.

"Great works are performed not by strength, but by perseverance" - Samuel Johnson

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Lessons are tailored to each individual student'€™s needs. I think everyone is special and has their own unique way of learning and customized lessons should reflect that. I believe that music theory is important and I include that in lessons. For piano lessons I mainly use Alfred'€™s piano books. In each lesson I will demonstrate the necessary skills in order for the students to feel comfortable in taking the music home to practice. For voice lessons I include vocalizations, vocal technique, and song study.

I want students to have fun with music. I am very patient and I think it'€™s important to encourage and praise students. I hope to instill the desire to learn in each student.

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams." - Eleanor Roosevelt

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room, full size keyboard for piano lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide a portable keyboard.
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Tom March 29, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
I'm an adult beginner and Denise was very patient with me. I'm looking forward to future classes with her.
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Yvonne C. February 26, 2016
Verified Student · Singing · In studio
I really liked Denise's teaching style. She's very thorough and exceptionally nice. I'm looking forward to continuing my lessons with her and learning more.
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Mary Z. February 18, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In home
Denise was an amazing teacher. She is very patient, prepared and professional. She did an amazing job with my son who is special needs. She really knows how to approach students with a disability and knows just how to cater to what they need. I would highly recommend her for any student.
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Denise R.

Denise R.

Palm Springs, CA 92262
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$25 / 30-min

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!

*** Studio Equipment ***
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.

*** Travel Equipment ***
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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So far Dr Vanessa is doing an excellent job, my daughter really enjoys learning with her.
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Vanessa S.

Vanessa S.

Palm Springs, CA 92264
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$40 / 30-min

About Rhonda G.

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Hemet, CA
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About Rhonda
With over 20 years of experience as a musician, piano teacher, and music director, I am able to explore all aspects of musical theory and make the piano an enjoyable and exciting instrument to learn to play.

My lessons will be rhythmically exciting, and never boring. I always have book lessons as well as personal musical pieces that the student would like to work on. I most often will incorporate ear training in all of my lessons without being obvious about it, as well as performance. I believe it should be music that speaks to the heart.

Not only will students achieve their goals i
n learning to play their favorite song or actually play well, they will find a peace and a calm in freely exploring the art of music. Whether they find it to be an escape from it all, or their future with a musical career, it shall be achieved.

Did you know that a troubled child can find rest and recovery from getting involved in the arts, especially that of the piano? Did you know that as a remedy from feeling despair and hopelessness, the piano is a proven healer? Wouldn't you like to play a song to a friend or a neighbor and make them feel better today? TAKE PIANO LESSONS!!... YOU ARE ON YOUR WAY...

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living Room: 3 pianos (upright piano and 2 digital 88 keys weighted). Microphones, amps. Music stands, additional seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
A piano, or at least a 40-key keyboard instrument that has depth of sound. A good quality instrument, because if not, they will lose interest.

I have a Roland-88 key traveling digital piano instrument. This can go wherever I go. I also own a Technics Digital piano that has all sound capabilities and recording features. I also own an Howard or Baldwin Upright piano, which plays beautifully for those getting to know a true piano sound and control of its pedal.

*** Specialties ***
contemporary gospel, jazz, show tunes, semi-classical
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Lucy H. August 25, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Rhonda was wonderful with my younger child. I wasn't sure if she was old enough to start piano but Rhonda was great with her and my daughter can't wait to go again!
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James G. June 25, 2016
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ms. Rhonda immediately put me at ease and I felt comfortable and relaxed. Ms. Rhonda has a wonderful personality and I can't wait for my next lesson! On the first day at a piano in over 45 years She allowed me to be excited about this new chapter in my life!
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Stefany N. August 19, 2015
Verified Student · Piano · In studio
Ms. Rhonda is a great teacher! She is very attentive to my daughter. She is able to recognize both her strengths and things she needs to work on and teaches her accordingly. I love that Ms. Rhonda is teaching her not just piano but vocal as well and it helping her develop her ear.
She is very patient and encouraging. My daughter has learned so much in such a short time. I highly recommend Ms. Rhonda.
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Rhonda G.

Rhonda G.

Hemet, CA 92543
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$30 / 30-min

About Vicki S.

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Indian Wells, CA
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About Vicki
I'm a mother and grandmother, active in my community and have lived in CA since 1998. I will travel to the home of the student so they can play in their own environment and on their own piano. My goal is to teach people to learn the rudiments and play piano for their enjoyment so they will feel joyful and eager about practicing daily! We can use popular music as well as the established programs so that students feel they are progressing more rapidly and can play for themselves or friends/family. Music is inspirational and especially when we are free to create our own! It makes us feel happy! :
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Eva March 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Vicky is an excellent teacher and wonderful person. She is very patient dealing with my ability to learn to play piano.
I highly recommend her as the best teacher for any age student.
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Eva
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Sejal Bhakta February 17, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She was very good with my 3 year old. He really liked her and she would give him breaks or change to another topic to teach. That was really nice. So he wouldn't get bored doing the same thing for the entire lesson.
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Laurie February 12, 2016
· Piano · In home
Good at bringing material to play
Good suggestions for learning
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Vicki S.

Vicki S.

Indian Wells, CA 92210
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$37.50 / 30-min

About Nolan M.

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Rancho Mirage, CA
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About Nolan
Nolan is an international music educator from NYC who has taught and performed in the US, India, Thailand, and Europe. He encourages creativity and improvisation in all of his students, combined with a well-rounded understanding of musical basics.
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Nolan M.

Nolan M.

Rancho Mirage, CA 92270
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$85 / 60-min

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