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About Michelle G.

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No two students are ever alike. I've learned that using only one method may not benefit all students. Therefore, I use a variety of methods, some of which include Hanon, the Bastien Series, Suzuki technique for Piano and Violin, and countless others depending on what the student wishes to achieve. I have found that my most successful (and satisfied) students are the ones that express to me their specific musical goals, and then I am able to find a combination of methods to help them practice, rehearse, and refine their style of interest.

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Lessons are uniquely tailored to the students' goals, be it to become functional with an instrument or to dominate at an audition. We will go through warm-ups that will place emphasis on technique, explore various methods so that the student may decide which one gets them the best result, and then work through the repertoire not only for proficiency, but also for interpretation, precise yet passionate phrasing, and of course, to ...

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VOCAL COACH
Rehabilitating and strengthening voices are two of my top specialties, and each lesson will have specific exercises tailored to helping you transform your voice into the highest and best version of your instrument. I work with singers signed to labels as well as the indie artist just starting to find his/her voice, style, and signature sound. My coaching approach incorporates some of the newest technologies that have shown extraordinary results in breaking down the inner blocks of each artist. It is a tremendously joyful and fulfilling experience to watch as my students really let their instrument shine brightly, boldly, and with an aboslutely stunning groundedness as they discover how powerful they truly are.

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Poised, energized, and armed with unforgettable performance ability, Michelle G
. is a firework in the artistic arena. Her training began at the young age of 3 with the violin, and a few years later received classes for piano and voice. Excelling in all three, Michelle developed a very passionate and dramatic personality that eventually led her to more dramatic genres such as opera and stage acting. Her aptitude to understand human emotions and relationships gives her a wide spectrum to play in as an actress. There is an organic flow to her interpretations both as an actress and musician that leads the audience to feel her emotional current. Her honest characterizations introduce deeper perspectives on what seems like the ordinary roles and storylines. Amongst the many other leads that she has played, her participation in roles like “Susanna” in The Marriage of Figaro, or “Donna Elvira” in Don Giovanni embody much vibrancy and integrity.
Through the development of her voice as a singer and actress, she has crossed over into other media such as voice over commercial work and vocals for pop/main stream music productions. She has recently participated as a vocalist and violinist in the albums of artists such as international jazz pop artist David Longoria, Latin pop singer Erick Bolivar, Grammy-nominated percussionist Souhail Kaspar, and American Idol’s Seysha. Over the last few years she has unraveled her musical skills as a songwriter/composer/arranger and has even had some small victories acquiring music placements on TV shows (NCIS, short film “Sumtin’ Like Dat”, The Dictator) for herself and some of her colleagues. Her singing can also be heard on the hit tv show "Jane The Virgin", "Castle" and "Shameless" amongst others.

Education
Michelle completed her Associates of Arts for Music/Music Education at the age of 18, and got later graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Miami with a Bachelor's of Arts for Musical Theater and Music Business, as well as from Florida International University with a Master's of Music in Vocal Performance.

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I tailor my lessons to my student's needs, style, abilities, and goals. Learning is truly a fun and passionate adventure for me, and my enthusiasm has consistently been a contagious quality :) I love to challenge myself & my students to discover how immense their true potential is, and I create a safe and fun environment to explore such facets.

My curriculum is combination of solid tradition (Suzuki method for piano & violin, and Bel Canto technique for singing) interwoven with pop-culture, and modern influences. Within the first 3-6 months, my students will know the basic building blocks of music - which includes scales, arpeggios, triads, intervals, technique, and performance repertoire; and for my singers this will include proper breath technique, tone placement, support, very often increased vocal range (both high and low), and will feel significantly stronger vocally and more confident getting up to sing.

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Full size Keyboard, mics, pro tools, Violin (electric, acoustic, and Chinese Ehru)

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Specialties include:
- Audition technique and prep
- Vocal Technique
- Violin Pedagogy
- Acting Audition Technique
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Janai H. January 29, 2018
· Spanish · Online
Michelle is awesome!!! She is so sweet and a very good and encouraging instructor. She inspires me to be a better teacher. She helped me with where I was weak and gave me homework. I will definitely be working with her for EVERYTHING that I want to learn.
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Arielle June 24, 2017
· Acting · In studio
Michelle is a very nurturing and dynamic teacher. She easily understands where you're coming from and knows how to bring the best out of you! I definitely feel more confident in my acting skills after working with Michelle.
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William T. November 22, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Really great! Looking forward to learning more!!!
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About Peter B.

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Trumbull, CT

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Instructions are conducted by using custom curriculum for every student. The curriculum is based on student's desires and abilities. Teaching material is combined from several books that include American and European authors

About Peter
I am energetic, experienced and creative music teacher with a proven ability to get the very best out of pupils, an expert at identifying the appropriate resources required for a subject matter and ensuring that they are used efficiently and effectively Most of my students read and play simple music after 2-3 classes of active instruction.

I posses an extensive classical music and music pedagogy training. All my musical knowledge and expertise was attained in Eastern Europe. I play and teach piano, upright bass, bass guitar and a range of other instruments. Over the years I taught basic piano, the beginner violin, viola, cello and a variety of school instruments such as recorder and xylophone. I also teach advanced music theory, harmony and basics of composition and orchestral arranging required for music colleges. I especially
find it rewarding working with beginners and the opportunity to show them the amazing world of listening, playing and making music.

The teaching begins with identifying student's musical needs, goals and tastes. Students are taught a stimulating, thorough, and graduated course of recital solos, theory, technical studies, and classic repertoire. For those wishing to pursue more of a classical approach to music, there are proven methods to accomplish that goal established by European master teachers and pedagogues. Also, I can teach the know-how of Jazz and Blues though gradual lessons that cover basic theory, scales and chords up to melody and harmony development.

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The learning process should be, for the most part, fun and based upon a strong relationship between the teacher and the student. Curriculum and lesson plans are based on student's abilities and aspirations with appropriate balance between theoretical and practical work. The lesson material is always carefully chosen, and when necessary, adapted to specific learning needs.

With a proper approach, everyone can learn to play music. Whether you want to pursue a music career, or just play for fun and enjoyment I can help you attain your goals. From basic piano and stringed instruments, to advanced theory, harmony, composition and improvisation to jazz, pop and rock.

Classes are not based on a single source or book. I provide other exercises in printed form for students to keep and take home.

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Two high end digital keyboards, two violins, viola, cello, upright bass, bass guitar and amplifier, music stands, stereo equipment with a large CD collection of just any conceivable music style.. Assorted school instruments: recorder (soprano and tenor), xylophone. Various music charts and a large library of music resources and other books; Extensive e-library and ability to print any required material on the spot. Instant access to many on-line sheet music resources.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Full size and a school grade digital keyboards , bass guitar, amplifier, staff paper and other printed resources, violin, viola, spare parts, maintenance tools and equipment.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, Classical, Jazz, Ethnic and Modal music, Composition, Arranging, Harmony, Counterpoint, Advanced Music Theory
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Callum ". August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Peter got right down to business and it is clear he knows what he is doing. My son is 5 and Peter kept his attention for the full 30 minutes, which is really saying something. At the end of the first lesson, my son was introduced to and could repeat note names; could play a five-note scale; and was learning his right hand from his left. I myself went to Juilliard and Yale for music and am so pleased Peter will be teaching our child(ren).
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Bekah S. October 7, 2016
· Upright Bass · Online
Peter provides great instruction and has a fantastic rapport with his students!
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About Jacob R.

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I approach piano from a classical background and students can expect to study some materials related to classical music, and if a students interest is outside of classical they can expect to learn how to play their favorite song, or a familiar melody from a movie, or how to listen to songs on the radio or online and be able to figure them out!

For students who would like a broader understanding of piano and how to play they will be expected to study a lesson series of books they must purchase at the discretion of the teacher, or as a teacher I can also teach out of any existing books a student might have. If they would like to learn one song they love and want to purchase Pay-As-You-Go lessons until they have mastered it, that is great, too!

Students who want to gain a comprehensive study of piano will also learn music theory and ear training, and how to read music.

About Jacob
If you want to learn piano or continue study this is a great place to start! I like to have fun while encouraging a student to work and study hard to gain a strong foundation in music. I have my B.A. in music and I have studied at the graduate level and I am a professional performer. Whatever your interest in music, whether you just want to learn a couple of songs on the piano or you would like to become a studied and versatile musician, I can help you achieve your goals.

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Students can expect to learn the basics of music technique on the piano. I encourage students to work hard and I advise regular practice to accomplish goals. Along with weekly assignments, I like students to choose songs they want to play because music is also about having fun while you're learning!

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Adult lesson book and pencil. Piano or keyboard. Computer with a built-in or external microphone and speakers, and access to the internet.

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I am classically trained and incorporate this training in all aspects of my teaching. I am also familiar with different styles of jazz, rock, pop and world music.
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Nikisha S. June 29, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Jacob was a great instructor. He was very kind and class time was very productive! He is a very positive teacher and highly recommended!
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Afnan A. February 24, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Jacob is awesome. Super caring and understanding regardless of what level you're at.
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Renita Q. October 12, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Aaron was very pleased with the singing lessons.
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About Robert R.

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Learning Piano by Learning to Read Music

Emphasis on Posture, Hand and Finger Control at the Keyboard, Controlled Relaxation

Classical and Popular Styles

About Robert
Both my mom and dad were musicians and taught private lessons at home, so I grew up wanting to be a part of the music making. Now I am a university music educator who performs frequently as a soloist and collaborative pianist. I hold piano performance degrees from Carnegie Mellon and Yale. In addition, I've studied chamber music at the American Conservatory in Fontainebleau (France) and vocal accompanying at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria. I perform as a church musician, choral accompanist, and recital pianist in traditional and more modern styles. I'm active as a collaborative artist in competitions, auditions, and recordings. In the past three years I've been studying ballroom dancing for fun and as an extension of my interest in experiencing music from the standpoint of total body movement. It's been a game-changer for sure!

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I favor an easygoing approach to lessons as a joint venture (and Adventure) between the student and me. I enjoy encouraging students and responding to their individual needs and levels of accomplishment. I have taught beginners of every age as well as more experienced pianists. For beginners I aim to establish a comfortable relationship with the instrument so that they can feel at ease in playing in high and low registers and everywhere in between. For more advanced players the goal is to connect good technique with their own innate musical skill. Students at all levels will work on their music-reading and sight-reading skills. If your dream is to learn to play piano, I can help you to get started. If you already play, I can help you to prepare for auditions and recitals and, in short, to reach the next level. Let's roll!

*** Studio Equipment ***
six foot grand in living room seating for parents

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For many years I taught young children from the Frances Clark "Music Tree" series. With more intermediate and advanced students I used the Alfred Series as well as volumes by James and Jane Bastien. I also enjoy teaching and coaching students in the art of accompanying, particularly in choral music and vocal art songs. This is a specialty of mine, as I have made my living as a collaborative pianist. In recent years I have studied more popular genres that include piano arrangements of Gershwin, Porter, Kern, Rodgers, and many other American composers. While I shy away from teaching these to young students (even of high school or college age), I do occasionally teach contemporary arrangements of hymn tunes (Mark Hayes, Larry Shackley, and others) to students who show promise in handling modern genres, which of course require no small amount of technique and discipline.
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Tatiyana February 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson. He really gave lots of encouragement and sent her home with homework.
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Lucy January 28, 2016
· Piano · In studio
Highly skilled, positive, and kind!
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Brena' N. April 20, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Robert is a great teacher! He was very patient with me and designed the lessons to accommodate my needs as an adult beginner.
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About Heather E.

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I love teaching piano! Within the first few lessons you will start reading music. As you continue you will be able to play basic pop songs and introductory classical pieces. I use a mix of classical and keyboard teaching styles. For your core study I use Piano Adventure by Nancy and Randall Faber and I also love hearing song suggestions from students. I specialize pop styles and beginning students. I enjoy working with all levels of students and look forward to meeting you!

About Heather
Hi! I'm Heather and I have been teaching music since the early 2000s. I grew up studying voice and piano because my mother is a voice and piano teacher! I have had lots of choral, solo, and operatic experience. I went to the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and where I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance. One thing I am passionate about is helping you learn music you are excited about! Studying music doesn't have to all be "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" and rigorous exercises. I want to help you get better at what YOU love! Classical technique can be applied to any genre! I am excited about helping you achieve your goals!
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Gracelynne Wilkins January 31, 2018
· Singing · In home
I would highly recommend Heather to absolutely anyone , She is one of the most talented people I’ve ever met and she really is an amazing teacher and has helped me improve my voice incredibly , she’s also not just my teacher to me she’s my friend and is such an overall incredible person . So if you're looking for someone who can help you improve your voice or piano skills in a professional but fun way Heather is exactly who you’re looking for ! :)
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Samantha C. October 24, 2017
· Singing · In home
Fantastic teacher! I am so comfortable with her. We have a lot of fun during our classes. My range has expanded and I feel a lot more comfortable practicing.
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Gracie S. August 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My 12 year enjoyed her first lesson with Heather, she told me she is "really nice" and she is also excited about her assignment. Thanks Heather!
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About Cindy H.

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I have bachelor of music and master of arts degrees and have been teaching piano for 15 years. I teach using a traditional method (Alfred), but also teach Suzuki when requested. I have taught at multiple music schools as well as public school. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.

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I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have 20 years of experience teaching violin, viola, cello, and piano and 7 years of experience teaching public school orchestra. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.
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Rodney D. November 2, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great teacher, very kind and patience.
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Ishta R. August 24, 2017
· Violin · In home
Ms. Cindy is a wonderful teacher. She is very patient and sweet. She has a lot of great tips and tricks to make the lessons easier and fun for even the youngest learners. I highly recommend Ms. Cindy.
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James July 18, 2017
· Cello · In home
Very patient and knowledgeable. Great lesson.
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Begginer Piano lessons are about scales, technique, chords, and song form.

About Eric
MUSIC!
I think music is the most beautiful thing in the world, so lets take time to learn and play music together.
I have been playing the drums for over sixteen years, and been in over fifteen bands in the course of that time. I have a degree in Music from the Berklee College of Music were I studied music theory and focused on Music Production and Engineering. I have been playing Piano, Bass, and Guitar for about ten years in addition to the drums, and have been recorded in sessions on each. I have a deep passion for synthesizers and electronic music, so lets make some bleeps and bloops together.

I am extremely kind, friendly, and funny so lessons with me are very relaxed and have an easy to learn environment. However I am very passionate about teaching to fit student needs; so if a student likes deadlines and homework, if that is w
hat will help them learn the best, then that is how I will teach.
Lets make some sweet music together!!
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Dalton A. January 15, 2018
· Piano · In home
1st lesson went perfectly!
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About Roger V.

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Kim L. from Somerset (Waxhaw, NC)
Roger taught my son Max for over two years, took him from finding middle C to advanced Mozart, Bach and other music that Max selected. Roger's musical knowledge is extreme and he will adapt his teaching style to individual learning personalities. When Max had some less enthusiastic or frustrated moments, Roger would make every effort to re-motivate him with positive encouragement and by finding fresh music that inspired him. Max is an absolute pleasure to listen to on the piano now. So is Roger by the way if you can catch him playing some of his favorites between lessons :) Recommend as highly as possible!

About Roger
Teaching piano is my passion. Within the first few lessons you will start reading music. As you continue you will learn introductory classical pieces. As you progress, you will be given opportunities to choose pieces that you want to play. I teach using the Bastien book series, but customize each lesson to suit your needs. Depending on your interest level, we can explore composing and songwriting. Twice a year, you'll get to showcase your talents on recital.

I taught piano to K-12 aged children in the Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, North Carolina, from December 2013 until September 2016. I thoroughly enjoyed teaching all the precious children in my care.

I love teaching kids of all ages, starting at 4 (depending on child) and up through 18. My biggest thrill is when I see a child's eyes light up and I "see the light bulb come on",
that they have grasped what it is I am trying to teach them.

I became a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National Music Honor Society in 1992, partially as a result of my piano composition "Melancholy", which is also registered with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers).

I don't just teach mechanical playing and reading skills. I try to go the extra mile and teach children the "why" behind the music, including music theory, harmony, composition techniques and music history. I also like to teach, when appropriate, chords, chord progressions, and how to incorporate them, even into their own compositions.

I earned by Bachelor of Music Education in 1993 from East Carolina University. I majored in voice (high baritone, not quite a tenor) and minored in piano.

My final grade point average was 3.64 and course work included four years of voice lessons and a senior recital that counted for 8 semester hours! My professor considered me an "anomaly" as French was the language I was best at singing and pronouncing.

I look back on my college days with fondness and have no regrets whatsoever. The music skills I learned have helped me in all walks of life.

I am a member of ASCAP since 2006.
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Kim August 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Roger taught my son Max for over two years, took him from finding middle C to advanced Mozart, Bach and other music that Max selected. Roger's musical knowledge is extreme and he will adapt his teaching style to individual learning personalities. When Max had some less enthusiastic or frustrated moments, Roger would make every effort to re-motivate him with positive encouragement and by finding fresh music that inspired him. Max is an absolute pleasure to listen to on the piano now. So is Roger by the way if you can catch him playing some of his favorites between lessons :) Recommend as highly as possible!
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Satya August 19, 2017
· Piano · In home
Roger is the best and knowledgeable! He had my two sons ages 9 and 11 playing music in a few short months. He encourages student creativity which makes for fun and enjoyable lessons. I can't say enough about Roger, he's wonderful music teacher!! I would recommend Roger to anyone!
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About Jinglin Z.

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I’m a graduate from both Mannes School of Music and Parsons School for Design, Piano Performance and Fashion Design major. I have performed all over the world in different cities concert halls, such as “Carnegie Hall”, “Palais Miller von Aichholz, Vienna, Austria”, Internatipnal Academy at Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, Sichuan Convervaroty of Music in China, and my own artistic organization in New York which is gathering more than 100 members and 50 experiences top musician in NYC who are graduates from Juilliard, Manhattan and Mannes School of Music in multiple majors, as well as illustrators, fashion designers, photographers and other young artists and audiences.

I can provide my students the best opportunities to perform monthly in front of other professional musicians and artists, get the most useful inspirations on not only the music performance, but also the musical comprehension and imaginations.

About Jinglin
I'm a graduate from both the Mannes College for Music in Piano Performance, and Parsons School for Design for Fashion Design.

Other than the various awards I have won, I am the founder of a popular music & artistic organization in New York City, which aims to provide top young musicians and artists from top music schools, such as Juiliard, Manhattan and Mannes, to share ideas with each other and to inspire audiences to play / show something as well.

I myself as an active pianist, has performed all over the world -
Carnegie Hall in New York City, Palais Miller von Aichholz in Vienna, Concerts in Dresden and Berlin, International Academy of Music in Castelnuovo di Garfagnana in Italy, a Second Class Award from the 16th Hong Kong - Asian Piano Competition in China and so forth.

As a passionate artist, I do not limit my imaginat
ion and creativity as there are unlimited types of languages, formats of art, ways of self-expressions and no one speaks exactly the same to another. For instance, Schoenberg designed his playing cards in private and I went to Parsons and designed my fashion garments on the back of Mannes, eventually I got both my piano concert and my fashion show done together - they were soon exposed by editors from more than ten mainstream medias in China.

As a reliable piano educator, I would teach not only the piano playing techniques and music theory, but also encourages my students to explore their imaginations and self expressions. I am the teacher you should probably expect to bring you / your child to various piano concerts and competitions, but probably not to the level examinations. My goal in education is to inspire students to keep the classical music playing, to be a creative artist and a unique treasure in the world.

Teaching style: Strict, patient, effective and could be a little fun.
Topics: Basic Music Theory, Piano playing techniques and performing tips; Music analysis and "language translations”; a little about life.
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What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
5 Amazingly Fast Piano Pieces (and How to Play Them)
Want to really impress your friends and family? There are so many famous piano songs out there designed just for that! Here, Nutley, NJ teacher Christina C. shares five amazingly fast piano pieces, and her tips for mastering them...   Playing piano is a lot of fun, but it is even more fun to play fast! It is an indescribable feeling when you have mastered a fast piano piece to the point where you can play it fast with no mistakes. It is almost as if your fingers play themselves (which

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