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About Heather M. L.

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Saint Augustine, FL

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Playing the piano is so much fun. My piano students learn how to read music, play with proper technique, and express themselves musically. More importantly, they learn to believe in themselves and their own strengths. We'll begin our learning journey together by discussing your specific goals. Each and every student's lessons are customized to his preferences.

About Heather M.
More important than my conservatory education and my experience as an educator and a performer is my passion for teaching music and acting and my undying belief that anyone can learn to be a musician and an actor. I'm currently available to teach lessons in my own St. Augustine home studio and online around the globe.

I'm a cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey and a winner of its merit scholarship.
After performing with the New York and Royal Philharmonics, the New Jersey and Virginia Symphonies, the American Boy Choir and the internationally renowned opera star, Andrea Bocelli, studying opera and piano at Westminster Choir College and performance art and improvisational acting at East Carolina University in North Carolina, and appearing in shows and pageants across the east coast, I found my life'
s work in 2003 when I began teaching music.

I've successfully taught hundreds of different students since 2003, from 5-year-olds with special needs to middle-aged professional opera singers, from a professor in Saudi Arabia to a 65-year-old doctor of music, from kids of Radio Disney to students of the famed Actors Studio in New York, from busy stay-at-home parents to retirees with bucket lists, from CEOs to touring singer-songwriters.

I've created and led a workshop about singing called, "The Whole Body Singer". I've written dozens of articles about music and music education for the blog at TakeLessons.com.

My extensive knowledge of the voice has encouraged and empowered hundreds of singers and prepared many of them to win competitions, pageants and auditions, as well as roles in operas and musicals.

Having both taught myself piano and received formal training at a conservatory has prepared me to teach almost anyone how to play.
The intensive training and education that I received at Westminster Choir College in songwriting, music theory and sight reading has benefited my students at every level.

My current work as singer and keyboardist in the acoustic rock duo, Timberwood, has strengthened my knowledge of a broad range of styles and genres. I have a strong commitment to continuing my education. That's why I recently (2014) studied songwriting online with the Berklee College of Music in Boston.

In the lessons that I teach, I'm flexible, positive and encouraging. While I want my students to have fun and love music, not dread it, I expect hard work and persistence. I am caring, patient, nurturing, and compassionate. In piano lessons, I usually allow the student to choose a piece with which to warm up and then move on to technique and repertoire. In voice lessons, I usually warm up the singer and discuss technique and sight singing before focusing on song choices. Joan Frey Boytim wrote a book for voice that I like to use, and I like the Estelle Liebling exercises for the more advanced singer. Hanon exercises are a big part of my piano curriculum, and I enjoy the Bastien and Alfred books for young and old. I have used completely random songs pulled out of a piano bench and a karaoke CD for kids. I will use almost anything I can get my hands on if it means effectively teaching music.
Acting lessons consist of exercises and games that apply learned concepts, and monologue and audition coaching. Parents, siblings and spouses are always welcome to observe lessons quietly.
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Tammi A. May 8, 2018
· Piano · Online
We loved the experience that our daughter recieved from Heather! Great instructor!
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Ludwika April 27, 2018
· Improv Acting · Online
It was super fun to work with Heather. She is delightful and a great teacher that can get your creative juices flowing!
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Haley E. April 11, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter had a great first lesson. She is excited to spend more time with Heather.
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About Charles N.

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Student lessons are designed and planned according to the his or her knowledge of music and level of playing as the student progresses. I teach the very beginner and those who have advanced in their playing.

About Charles
Charlie is a certified music teacher, who teaches in areas surrounding Wendell and travels to teach in the Raleigh, Zebulon and Knightdale areas. He teaches in his home in Wendell and travels to other areas on certain days. (See availability)

He first began teaching guitar and piano during his music studies at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS. At the university and after receiving his degree in music education, he has taught and performed in various musical settings and venues which has included the genres of classical, jazz, blues, rock, folk and country. Besides teaching and performing, Charlie also is a songwriter who writes songs for his groups performances and teaches his more advanced students songwriting.

Drawing upon his education and experiences as both performer and teacher, he strives to rel
ate his background to his student's learning experiences and progress. As each student comes with his or her individual musical wants and interests, student lessons are designed to meet these needs of a particular student. Charlie has young students of ages 5 to 14 as well as students of upper ages. According to a student's level of musicianship (beginner, advanced or in between), students are taught how to read music, music theory in relation to their progress, chords, scales and how to write/compose their own songs. He has designed a method of teaching which is full of great musical exercises & fun illustrations for the young student to enjoy while learning skills on their instrument.

For example, students can began with simple fingerings of chords & beginning melodies played in slow rhythms to allow the student to develop at a comfortable pace. Students that can not read music notation begin simple reading exercises of note recognition, time signatures, note values, eye hand coordination and more.

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I design student lessons according the age, playing level and music related interests as lessons can cover a broad range of interests and musical styles. For my beginning students- to develop their understanding of playing chords and rhythms,
I teach chords as they relate to musical keys and some common rhythm patterns used in many popular songs.

For guitar students, I have designed & developed my own materials for guitar (sheets & accompanying CD) which guide students in practicing chords progressions, strum/rhythm patterns & scales/melodies in relation to chords. My students have shown much success in these methods of concentrating on developing that essential sense & feel for playing different rhythm styles. Piano instruction is centered on learning to read music notation and music theory as it relates to the student's progress.

As students advance, more emphasis is placed on improvising on melodies, different approaches to soloing and chord extensions and substitutions. Also, students are taught music theory as it relates to their progress to enable them to create their own music.

I have a good selection of method books and materials to fit each student's level of musicianship and choice of playing style(s) to extend upon their interests and goals.

My approach to teaching is to make lessons fun and enjoyable in a comfortable and relaxed setting to allow the student full
concentration on each lesson. But, also to provide the necessary guidance and encouragement to challenge and motivate students to improve and develop natural strengths and new skills.

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I have a good selection of materials (many I've developed), extra instruments if needed and recording equipment. The student will need the instrument and an amp for electric guitar.

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Teach theory as relates to students progress- examples, chords as relate to major scales, understanding of I IV V chords
in popular music genres, develop knowledge of chords & rhythmic sense before learning songs. I teach in styles of blues,
rock. jazz, country and classical.
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Alex R. March 1, 2016
· Piano · In home
I began piano lessons with Charlie as a total beginner and he quickly helped me find my footing. He was always patient and encouraging and asking questions designed to make sure the lessons were structured in a way that would most efficiently achieve my own personal goals. I'm usually a pretty nervous person, but Charlie has a warm presence that makes it easy even for people like me to be able to open up and focus on what's important, the music. I highly recommend him to anyone who's been thinking about learning the piano but hasn't quite been able to take the plunge yet.
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Vaden Y. April 18, 2015
· Piano · In home
Vaden is really enjoying the lessons!
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Emily D. October 29, 2014
· Piano · In home
We enjoy having Mr. Charlie come to our house and teach our 5 year old son Xavier how to play the piano. He makes sure our son stays focused and goes at a pace that works for him. Xavier has learned a lot, and we are grateful to Mr. Charlie.
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Wendell, NC 27591
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About Kevin D.

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Beginner to intermediate can teach classical or jazz.

About Kevin
I am a professional music teacher with 30+ years experience. Very experienced at teaching all band instruments. Expert at Saxophones - Clarinet. I am Nationally Board Certified as a Band Teacher. I can teach a student what they need from specific solos to audition materials to Jazz Improvisation. I currently perform throughout the area. I am experienced at teaching students of ALL ages what they want to learn about the saxophone and clarinet. I can play and demonstrate for you as a musician. I own and play Soprano, Alto and Tenor Sax. Bari as well but do not own one. I also play clarinet and flute. I am a good young piano teacher.

I have successfully taught many students to success at district and honors band level auditions, as well as prep for Governor's School and College Auditions.

I can teach you what you would like to know
to be successful at your instrument.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Stands, Chairs, Recording Equipment and Sound Playback if needed.

Can do Smart Music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
My Chrysler 2011 - if needed.

*** Specialties ***
Saxophones and Clarinets - Young Piano. Beginning ALL Band Instruments.
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Kristen October 4, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kevin was very patient and kind. Kristen can't wait to go back next week!
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Yaoyu October 4, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Professional! Nice!
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Connor August 3, 2016
· Piano · In home
Kevin is a great teacher for my little beginner.
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Raleigh, NC 27614
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About Le'Andra M.

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Durham, NC

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I've been teaching Piano for 7 years. I teach a variety of skills, including ear training (playing by ear), reading/sightreading, dictation/transcription, and more! I specialize in classical, jazz, and gospel music, typically use Faber books for my beginning kids, and have the following tools available for your first lessons: notebook, paper, page protectors, and pencils. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Le'Andra
Le’Andra McPhatter was born into a clan of musicians, singers, as well as music lovers. Since the age of 3, she has been enthusiastic about music, especially the piano. Growing up as a self-taught pianist, she gained her start in the church and studied theory and musical notation independently. Music has influenced her life so eloquently that she is en-route to her BA in Jazz Studies with a Certification in Teaching (Dec 2017). Along with piano, LeAndra also has experience training vocals and playing clarinet in both middle and high schools. She is a multi-genre performer who takes great joy in instructing people of all ages about the fun, beautiful journey music has to offer. She believes that the most beautiful thing about music is how it allows people to share a piece of their world with complete strangers – creating an intimate, unden
iable connection that people will never forget.
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Mei April 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Le'Andra is a great piano teacher. I enjoyed my first class with her.
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Ruth W. April 26, 2018
· Piano · In home
What a wonderfully sweet and capable young woman. Wise beyond her years.

My wife was very happy with her. Thank you very much for finding Le'Andra for us.
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Joceline April 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Le'Andra was wonderful for our first visit. She arrived on time and was very professional. She kept the lesson fun and engaging for my 8yo daughter which helped her stay focused for the hour. They were giggling and having fun while also learning! My daughter really enjoyed their time together and is looking forward to her next lesson.
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Durham, NC 27713
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About Kaia N.

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I work with YOUR goals - I love teaching basic music foundations, theory & chord-playing/songwriting, up to advanced music reading and technique. With years of experience, I have learned to work with different learning styles and go at your pace. Please don't hesitate to ask for more information!

About Kaia
Hi! My name is Kaia, I'm passionate about teaching students in the way that makes the most sense to them, & inspiring others to reach their potential. I am a singer-songwriter from Denver with a diverse background and years of teaching experience. I studied classical voice at CU Boulder 2008-2010, and songwriting & commercial music business at CU Denver 2010-2013. Teaching full-time since 2013, I LOVE helping students find their best natural sound and how to use their instrument. My strength is teaching fundamental basics in a way anyone can understand, using a variety of ways of thinking and learning. I encourage students to play & sing when they are interested and try composing their own songs. I've played classical piano 23 years, guitar 16 years, and taken voice lessons for 15 years (plus a degree). I also LOVE arranging & composing
and translating this to Ableton and electronic music! Let me know how I can help you!
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Ernie April 13, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Kaia helped me so much more than just the guitar. Helped with music theory as well as some vocals. I intend to take more lessons with her after I complete my spring and summer travels. She helped me understand the entire fret board and I am so appreciative of all she helped me with. I would recommend her to beginners and veteran players and singers. She's great.
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Helen January 29, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Great experience. Learning from a real pro
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Jonathan December 5, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Kaia has been really terrific so far. She has a unique way of explaining complicated concepts in a way that is easy to understand and fun to learn. 10/10 would recommend.
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I graduated from NYU, and earned a Master degree in Music Performance. I've been teaching Piano and Flute since I was in college. My students are ranging from 3 years old to 50 years old. And now, I am teaching at Cary School of Music, I have rich experiences to teach students. I always create different teaching and practicing strategies/methods for different students. I usually combine piano/ flute lessons with music theory, I teach music theory as well as piano and flute lessons while we're having lessons.

As a professional performer, I know how to train my students into a music professionals. However, my students will not feel much pressure to be a music professionals, because I want y students to learn it happily with a high music level standards.

About Julie
I have a very complete formal classical music education background. I have been learning piano when I was 5, and I have been learning flute when I was 9. I was educated in music school during middle school, high school, undergraduate, and graduate school (New York University). I also took many classes, which are related to woodwind teaching in college. I've started my teaching career since 2011, I am good at providing different teaching methods for different students. It would be really fun to work with me, you will definitely like playing flute and piano.

I worked in an orphanage when I was a sophomore. I worked as a general music tutor, some of them were kids who needed special cares, and I did a successful work there. I taught them how to play with music.

And I have organized four solo flute concerts and other different kinds of
chamber and orchestra concerts. You will definitely learn more than you thought form me!!
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Meera August 12, 2017
· Piano · In home
Wonderful patient teacher flexible pace with me. Clearly very talented. I'm so excited to be learning from her!
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Raleigh, NC 27605
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About Scott M.

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Raleigh, NC

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I teach beginning and intermediate piano for adults and children. I will teach you to read music and understand the theory that goes behind it. Like teaching voice I start with a classical foundation then build from there, along with scales, arpeggios, chords/structure, etc. Then from there we dive into whatever music you wish to play. Whether you want to work through books like Faber's Piano Adventures, or Alfred's Adult technique books or you just want to learn to play your favorite songs, I will help you navigate how to play!

About Scott
Scott Mulligan is a multi-talented singer-songwriter and actor from Seattle, WA and a graduate from “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music." After finishing a seven month run of the Broadway Musical "Tarzan" for Disney at Tuacahn Amphitheater where he played the lead role as Tarzan for 3,000 people a night, Scott moved to Raleigh, NC to pursue his music career. Since being in Raleigh, Scott has had the chance to work with super producer Sam Harmonix along with several other incredibly talented local musicians and producers. Scott has also had the chance since his arrival to perform his original music on the runway at Charlotte Fashion Week, be apart of the cast of Gypsy at North Carolina Theatre, and perform his original music in downtown Raleigh at the Pour House Music Hall!

As a fully trained singer, actor, and dancer
from the #1 music school in the country “Boston Conservatory at Berklee School of Music” where Scott received his Bachelor of Performing Arts in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in songwriting, he surpasses the qualifications for teaching the craft more than the majority of people. Scott has worked closely with Tony award winning Broadway directors such as Liesl Tommy (Frozen Live, Broadway’s “Eclipsed”), Jason Michael Webb (Music arranger for “Frozen” and Music Director for Broadway’s “Color Purple”), and Glenn Casale (Broadway’s “Peter Pan”). Scott’s credits also include the original cast of Frozen Live (Disney Land), Rock of Ages (Norwegian Cruise Lines), Hunch Back of Notre Dame (Tuacahn Amphitheater), Peter Pan (Tuacahn Amphitheater), and Marius (Les Miserables). Scott is also a proud member of The Actor’s Equity Association (AEA).

With Scott’s expertise and rigorous years of training, along with all of his professional experience— from Broadway caliber productions, to working among the top notch musicians and directors in this country— he knows what it takes to transform someone into their highest potential and enable them to succeed far beyond what they could ever dream possible. Scott will help you reach your dreams because he’s living his and he’s walking proof that it takes years of training from the best to be the best! Whether you are training for your next big Broadway audition or your just learning to sing for the first time, Scott has all the tools to help you. He can train someone in any vocal style they need, or even piano, and can help with acting the song to book an audition! He knows the inside scoop of what it takes to excel because he has excelled himself is in the business. Scott looks forward to meeting you and transforming you into everything you hope to be!
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Megan February 26, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Scott is absolutely FABULOUS! He is everything you need in a vocal coach and more. I signed up for lessons with Scott to prep for some Broadway auditions. I'm a dancer who knows nothing about singing in an audition. Scott to the rescue! He helped me put together a songbook, taught me how to properly speak to the accompanist, and act out the lyrics I was singing. He has such a great background and knowledge in musical theater and it shows! Scott has a great personality and is so much fun to work with! 10 out of 5 stars!
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Raleigh, NC 27614
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About Malik D.

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Durham, NC
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Greetings!

My name is Malik Denny and I am an undergraduate vocalist and pianist at North Carolina Central University. I love what I do, therefore I have lower rates compared to other instructors. I have a solidified lesson plan for beginner and intermediate students looking to expand their knowledge and skills on the piano.

I believe strongly in efficiency as well as patience. I want my students to learn efficiently and quickly as possible while remaining patient knowing learning takes time and effort.

Book your session today! You will not be disappointed!

About Malik
I have been intensely studying music for 5 years specializing in piano and vocals. I aspire to be a performer and composer in genres that include jazz, R&B, soul, and classical. I also love to instruct to share my gifts and abilities through teaching. I've been living in Durham North Carolina for 3 years now and really love the area! I'm a 22 year old senior at North Carolina Central University and am excited to here from people looking to increase their skills in piano proficiency!
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Durham, NC 27707
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I care about the unique goals of every student I teach, and always have a tendency to help them relax, have fun, and be themselves while learning. Full time music teacher for 4 years -- part time for 10. All ages and experience levels welcome.

Learn your favorite songs and connect to music the way it means the most to you. Jazz, classical, blues, funk, rock, and more.

About Isaiah
Former attendee of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston Salem as well as SUNY Purchase School of Music.

I've worked as a professional church choral music director, and have extensive experience teaching (in addition to piano) hand drums, drumset, singing, and beginning guitar -- all in a variety of genres.

I help singers achieve vocal freedom, connecting most directly to songs as well as their natural voice.

I perform around my local area in a variety of venues from upscale wine bars to weddings.

I live, teach, and play with passion -- and look forward to sharing that with every new student I meet.
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Joshua April 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Isaiah is professional and kind teacher. He's always had the best attitude and approach to your education, especially if you put the effort forth to work on your skills. I recommend him for all ages.
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Michael April 16, 2018
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I am an adult learner (over 65). I have been taking lessons from on Isaiah for 4 years. I am so grateful for the combination of encouragement and challenge he brings to each piano lesson. I look forward to each lesson because I am always learning. I recommend Isaiah with the highest recommendation possible. You will not be disappointed taking lessons from Isaiah.
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Muntazar April 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Isaiah is a great music teacher. Multi-instrumentalist, talented, down to earth and friendly. My 8 year old daughter takes lesson to him every week for almost 2 years now. She loves it and definitely making great progress. Isaiah is great with kids and customizes his lessons according to my daughter's interests and talent. I highly recommend the Simpson School of Music, especially for parents who are looking for a convenient music school for their children in Raleigh-Cary area.
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I am a musician of 20+ years that passionately enjoys teaching and helping students new to music in discovering and developing their skills and aptitude for music. I have performed live on many occasions in contemporary and religious settings. I come from a musical family: My father made an album in 1969 with Bob Seger and wrote nearly half of the music on the album. My brother was a part of a musical group that produced songs that made it to a Hollywood movie. I play multiple musical instruments and can help students learn some of their favorite songs based on their level of skill. I teach out of my home in Sterling Heights, Michigan. My goal is to help students develop an interest in music and an appreciation for the history and development of music. It is also my goal to help students develop their skill in music to a place where they can become independent in their growth and exploration of music, music writing, and music performance.

About Aaron
I am a musician of 20+ years that passionately enjoys teaching and helping students new to music in discovering and developing their skills and aptitude for music. I have performed live on many occasions in contemporary and religious settings. I come from a musical family: My father made an album in 1969 with Bob Seger and wrote nearly half of the music on the album. My brother was a part of a musical group that produced songs that made it to a Hollywood movie. I play multiple musical instruments and can help students learn some of their favorite songs based on their level of skill. I teach out of my home in Sterling Heights, Michigan. My goal is to help students develop an interest in music and an appreciation for the history and development of music. It is also my goal to help students develop their skill in music to a place where they
can become independent in their growth and exploration of music, music writing, and music performance.
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The average cost of 60-minute piano lessons in Clayton is $52. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $52 and $52 per hour.

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From piano basics to the more advanced techniques -- what are the best ways to instantly improve your playing? Take a look at these 20 helpful tips from Augustine, FL teacher Heather L...   Maybe you're a brand new piano beginner, ready to start your journey. Maybe you're a seasoned pianist who's found himself in a state of stagnated growth. Either way, you could use a boost for your skills. Here's a list of 20 ways to instantly improve: 1. Stretch before you play. So much pain,
10 Classical Piano Songs Boys Will Love to Play
Are you having difficulty getting male piano students to practice classical piano? Our friend Doreen Hall from Paloma Piano shares some helpful suggestions below... Sometimes it can be tricky to find classical piano songs that don't bore young male students. Over the years however, I have found several awesome classical piano pieces that my boy students enjoy learning. Here are my top 10 pieces to keep boys engaged and interested in their classical piano lessons. Songs are listed in orde

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