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About Dorothea G.

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Piano can be made simple. My education of over 15 years includes Eastman School of Music talent and Phd level instruction. As a classical pianist, I've been awarded 6 years of Superior ratings by the American College of Music/National Piano Guild Auditions. As a pianist I've performed in 80's cover, original downtempo/trip-hop and indie pop bands, the later as the recording artist "Thea." I have created specific methods including my program Rockstar For A Day™ to guarantee your success!

About Dorothea
LATEST NEWS!
Not only am I am coach, but I also am a recording artist, singer/songwriter and composer. I just released my first EP, Beautiful Warrior, recorded at my own studio as well as throughout Greater Los Angeles studios.

EDUCATION
I started piano at age 4 and continued study for decades under top talent. I perform solo and in bands and keep up to date on techniques in the music industry through seminars, showcases and conferences. My own compositions blend classical piano with pop elements, which I have created throughout various local professional recording studios, including my own.

EXPERIENCE
I lend over 20 years of music and academic excellence to helping you realize your musical dreams: coaching, accompanying, performing (solo, ensembles, bands and rock bands), competing, arranging, composing, singing, songwriting an
d directing. I have experience working with singers, songwriters, live performers, DJ’s, producers, recording artists, stars and celebrities. From beginners to pros, I teach piano and songwriting in many styles: classical, contemporary, pop and rock. I specialize in classical and electronic pop.

I maintain professional association with ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), IMDB (Internet Movie Database), LAWIM (Los Angeles Women In Music), NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International), the CCC (California Copyright Conference), and Phi Theta Kappa Honorary Society Alumni.

SPECIALIZATION
My unique journey as a musician/artist has led me to deeply understand what it takes to break away from the traditional grind of work and life to pursue professional musicianship and greatness as an artist. Although I train musicians of any age or skill level, I focus on those who are either professionals or who are motivated and committed to becoming professionals. I specifically teach (i) piano (with classical emphasis) (ii) the craft of songwriting, which has many multi-faceted components and (iii) composition. With extensive experience in classical and contemporary (pop, ambient, down tempo) music, I put equal focus on technique and fostering a musician’s personal style and passion for music.

PHILOSOPHY
I want you to achieve your greatest musical abilities. Moreover, I want to help you discover who you are as an ARTIST. So, to pull the very best out of you as your coach, I consider it my job to be requiring of you. To challenge you. To assign homework when needed (most often theory-related), but to balance it with fun. To encourage technique which will allow you the ability to play, or even write music, free form. To set realistic goals with you that you can be accountable for, and to dream beyond those initial goals.

I will provide you access to materials and opportunities unique to your interests, in and outside of lesson times. But I will let you determine your own pace. I will encourage and inspire you to move beyond any misconceptions; that notions of age or talent have nothing to do with achieving the success you desire. But I will respect the level of success you wish to achieve.

LESSON DETAILS
Basically, what you need to start is motivation and commitment! I will then spend the first lesson discussing your materials needs based on what method/keyboard you currently use or prefer to use (if you have one), allowing you to make requests for information before proceeding further. Otherwise, I will provide you with informed recommendations. Equally important, at your first lesson I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can track them, together, and meet them, one by one!

I make special efforts to invest in each student’s particular needs to help them move beyond blocks and weaknesses, utilizing a variety of tools such as flash cards and supplemental workbooks, e.g. ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.

Set your own pace with flexible teaching times--Suggested reading materials--Suggested mobile downloads to complement learning--Opportunities throughout L.A. county to practice, perform and/or learn musically--MIDI training with Logic Studio

UNIQUE OPPORTUNITIES!
2011 marked the successful launch of Rockstar For A Day, a trademarked artistic development program and production I developed to help give music students a taste of rock stardom. You’re invited to participate!

TESTIMONIALS:
"I started to learn to play piano at the age of 31. Dorothea introduced me to the world of piano. She was very patient with me and tailored the class toward my pace and interests. She is a fun and enthusiastic person. I felt really sad when she told me that she had to move." ~Duoli, PhD, Tucson, Arizona

"Dorothea's teaching style and level of comprehension from a students viewpoint is unprecedented. Her ability to naturally sync with my learning style has left me with an absolute understanding of my musical abilities, ones I never thought I possessed. She has a seamless ability to progress from musical theory to practical application, and it continues to feel as if she knows the right direction to continue that progression. I drive from San Diego to Los Angeles to attend her classes, probably passing at least 50 other instructors along the way. I would, without a doubt, recommend Dorothea to beginner, intermediate, or advanced students of all ages and backgrounds. With her you will succeed." - Jesse, radio broadcast DJ, San Diego, California
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Andrew April 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
Thea is organized and pushes our son to learn the foundation of playing piano. She's a great teacher.
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Grace S. July 31, 2013
· Piano ·
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Dora is the best piano teacher I've ever had. Her methods are so solid and she is so great at communicating. Without her knowledge, she motivates me to practice at home :) She's seriously awesome. So take lessons with her :D
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Bill S. April 9, 2013
· Piano ·
Broad background muscially, interesting, and effective communicator

I’m an adult who has played the piano for years on and off. Because of my prior experience I often ask questions that a beginner would not think about. Such as, is this a better scale fingering than the traditional one? Or what is a common key to use to accompany a sing-a-along group on a piano? Dorothea consistently provides intelligent and sometimes surprising answers to my questions.

She also is very focused on what you want to accomplish. Unlike past piano teachers, and I loved them all, who seemed intent on my learning the full classical literature, Dorothea asks what your main interest is. Is it composition, or playing, or arranging? Then she drives the lessons in that direction. Very customized lessons.

Another interesting example is scales. What’s new in that area, I thought? So she pulls out a book that has clearly defined levels of accomplishment. For example, if you can play the C major scale, quarter note = 80, with your left hand, you get one “point”. If you can do the same with your right, that’s another point. Playing with both hands together is yet another point. Playing both hands together but in contrary motion is another point. This pattern is repeated at increasing tempos and the number of points accumulated indicates your skill level. With that approach it’s not a matter of how long one practices but one practices long enough to reach a desired, measurable, skill level. I think that approach is novel and I had never seen it used before meeting Dorothea. In short, she is an interesting teacher with interesting ideas, methods, and very student focused. I don't think you will find a better teacher.
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About Bill W.

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Cornelius, NC

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Will evaluate student's level of play, past instruction, and music materials. Instruction is then guided to enhance skill areas, such as reading, playing technique, theory, musicality, practice habits, to advance the student from their current level.

About Bill
Education from Texas Southern University, and, Indiana University - Bloomington, Indiana
Expertise with many styles of music; including classical, jazz, gospel, liturgical, Broadway shows, Popular.
My lessons emphasize training / guidance in the areas: Theory, Sight reading, Ear training, Piano technique, Song playing, at all student levels .
I Like to make music FUN !
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Destini September 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
Bill has been a very good piano instructor! He is very flexible and understanding of our busy schedule and does his best to accommodate us. He has taught a 13 year old girl to play Taylor swift songs, which are her favorite! I would highly recommend bill to anyone trying to get their children into piano!
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Cornelius, NC 28031
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About Michael M.

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Powhatan, VA
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I have been instructing students on piano for over 10 years and teach any age! From the elementary level to the pre-collegiate my students achieve success through a fun and personalized curriculum. I use a variety of methods and books that differ for each student and plan professional student shows that give my students a practical application to their instruction!

About Michael
Hello, My name is Michael and Im excited to meet you! I've been teaching private & Professional lessons since 1997! I love helping students accomplish their goals like, getting into college, hit auditions, and more, but above all I love to inspire the love of Music and Performance Arts!

Throughout my professional career I have toured and played with bands such as Soul Fire, 3 Door Down, and others, and have performed for companies such as 4 County Players in Virginia, Busch Gardens Williamsburg, and Carolina Players in NC. I play multiple instruments from woodwinds, brass, to guitar, mandolin, violin and have training in singing and vocal training and more!

I use a number of established teaching methods to instruct my studies as well as my own methods that I have perfected through my 18+ years of teaching. My philosophy is that
it is important to stay fluid and adjust to each student's learning style to create successful students at any age from 3 to 100!

My only goal is to help you reach yours!

-==Some of My Studio Equipment=--
Marshall, Crate, & Fender Amps
Williams and Yamaha Digital Pianos
Woodwind instruments
Violins of all sizes
Brass Instruments
Acoustic and Electric Guitars (Fender, Epiphone, Breedlove, etc..)
Computer and Multimedia Supplemental material
And others!

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I teach Suzuki Method when appropriate, as well as popular scholastic methods when needed for a school band program however, I mostly teach to the student. Each student gets a unique and personalized experience tailored to their specific goals and needs using a variety of available materials, but above all I strive to teach fun when learning the arts!
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Justine February 28, 2017
· Cello · In studio
I am an adult who has no experience with any type of instrument and was very nervous and intimidated at first. Then I met with Michael, and though there was a ton of information we had to go through, he really made me feel at ease. He has the knowledge, patience, and understanding I was really looking for in a teacher and I'm so happy I found him!
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Holly September 12, 2016
· Violin · In studio
With his flexibility and willingness to accommodate us my daughter learned a lot from him. He was a wonderful teacher and a great person to do business with.
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Sharon September 12, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Michael is very energetic and passionate about music. My kids have really enjoyed their time with him and we would recommend him to anyone!
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About Melissa M.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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Beginning Piano students will be taught the basics in a fun but productive way. I will teach a strong foundation so a student can move forward with confidence. Lessons would be individualized to focus on areas that need the most guidance.

Students will learn the basics about rhythm, harmony, and melody and how they apply to piano. They will become fluent in the 12 basic keys to a degree where you can play simple songs in any of them.

About Melissa
I have been teaching since 2006 on a variety of topics. I graduated with an BA from the University of Wisconsin. My degree is in History with and emphasis on East Asian history.

I've taught all age groups from age 2 up to retirees. My teaching experience includes one-on-one and group classes in a variety of settings. I've taught corporate classes, private lessons, small groups, and traditional classroom lessons.

We have a student-centric philosophy of learning. Lessons are generally relaxed and designed to work towards accomplishing student determined goals. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. Special focus on topics like music theory, self-accompaniment, composition, song writing, and home recording are available as well.


What are your personal goals? We'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

Lessons with small children are more focused on just having fun while developing a good musical foundation, but we prefer for them to have as much personal ownership of their lesson as possible.
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nina/olivia September 5, 2017
· Piano · In studio
fun and upbeat
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Katie August 28, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
My 8 yo daughter just started taking ukulele lessons with Melissa and always looks forward to her upcoming lessons! Friendly, upbeat, patient, and wonderful teacher.
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gary July 1, 2017
· Chess · In studio
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About Debra R.

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Clover, SC

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My goal is to inspire artistry, confidence, and great self esteem by sharing over 20 years worth of musical experiences and knowledge. All students will learn to play the piano in a fun and creative way that is beneficial and suitable for their particular learning style. I aim to make learning this beautiful instrument as easy as possible and the students love it!

About Debra
Debra has been teaching private lessons since 2002 and is currently available to teach lessons in her home studio, and online. Debra has helped students learn to read, write and perform music in a fun and relaxed environment.
Debra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Morgan State University with a concentration in Piano in 2004. As an expert in her field, Debra looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Debra’s teaching style is creative, fun, and focuses on the musical development of the individual technically and artistically.
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Rion April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Inaya has gained an incredible interest in playing the piano since beginning her classes. She practices on her own now very consistently. Debra is patient with her and that goes such a long way! I am proud of Inaya and highly recommend Debra as a piano instructor.
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David April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Debra was patient, fun and very warm. We felt welcomed the moment we met at her studio. Debra creates an environment that truly fosters learning with several brain games and activities for the kids to help them on the instruments.
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Gabriel December 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Debra is very talented as a musician and teacher. I am excited about what I have learned and about my next lesion.
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About Hannah M.

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Boiling Springs, NC

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I have been teaching piano for about 3 years, and over that time had 4 students. They were all completely new to the piano (and music in general) but by the time they finished taking lessons, all 4 students were able to play music in church, and just for fun at home! I love being able to take a completely new student who is willing to learn, and watch him/her learn to play and even enjoy (yes, enjoy ;) playing the piano.

About Hannah
Hey there! My name is Hannah, I have been teaching piano for about 7 years, and over that time had 6 students. They were all completely new to the piano (and music in general) but by the time they finished taking lessons, all students were able to play music in church, and just for fun at home. I love being able to take a completely new student who is willing to learn, and see him/her learn to play and even enjoy (yes, enjoy ;) playing the piano.
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KCS September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
We loved having Hannah in our home to teach our children each week. She was always cheerful and the kids warmed up to her quickly. They learned so much and in a fun way! She was always prepared and on time.
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Renee September 22, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Hannah is an awesome piano instructor. My daughter Cadence loves her. Hannah plays the piano beautifully. Her method of teaching has helped Cadence catch on really well.
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Adara September 22, 2017
· Piano · In home
Hannah is very sweet and gets along great with my daughter. They are having fun, and learning at the same time.
I love the hour-long lessons. It feels like there is actually time to do something...rather than rushing through a 30 minute session. They actually have time to discuss WHY something works the way it does, and I think it helps to cement the important concepts.
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Gastonia, NC 28052
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Kansas City, MO

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Patience, Passion and Perseverance! These are words to live by in my studio. What started as a curiosity turned into a passion and obsession. To pass that on to someone else? It is my ultimate dream!

About Dana
It has been a dream of mine for a long time to be a full-time piano teacher. I have been playing piano since the age of five. Teaching is in my genes, both of my parents teach special education. My father is a music nerd as well! He shared his joy of music with me and I want to pay it forward.

Some of my strengths include patience, humor and compassion for others. I want to figure out what makes you tick. What do you want to learn about piano? I am always looking for new and exciting ways to teach piano. Did you know they make color by note coloring books? At the end of the day if I can share even a fraction of my love for music with you and you are able to learn something, that is what gives me true joy.
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Matt July 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've known Dana for 7 years. She's very passionate about playing piano and her other instruments. She loves teaching other students one-on-one. She has been teaching off and on for five years and been successful. She's taught me how to play and even read music.
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Janelle June 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Dana is a skilled pianist with a great personality. She is kind, patient, and creative. What makes her a good teacher, in addition to her extensive study of the piano, is her ability to make music fun!
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TASHA June 17, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My son has autism and he was happy that he she works well with him and she makes him happy
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Having taught ages 3 to 73 for over ten years, I tailor my lessons to the needs and musical interests of all of my students, always striking a balance between note-reading/scales, and learning the songs and solos that inspire you to improve!

I'm a composer, arranger, audio engineer, and recording artist, based in Lake Wylie, SC, just outside of Charlotte. My experience involves all-ages instruction of Music Theory, piano, guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), drums/percussion, and alto saxophone. I provide studio and in-home lessons, for both individuals and small groups.

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Having taught ages 3 to 73 for over ten years, I tailor my lessons to the needs and musical interests of all of my students, always striking a balance between note-reading/scales, and learning the songs and solos that inspire you to improve!

I'm a composer, arranger, audio engineer, and recording artist, based in Lake Wylie, SC, just outside of Charlotte. My experience involves all-ages instruction of Music Theory, piano, guitar (acoustic, electric, and bass), drums/percussion, and alto saxophone. I provide studio and in-home lessons, for both individuals and small groups.
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Charlotte, NC

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I've had the extreme pleasure of playing piano and guitar for 27 years and my passion is to share my enjoyment of music with everyone.
Learning to play music can be one of the most rewarding and enjoyable hobbies and when you take lessons with me, I make sure that you are learning everything needed to start playing your favorite songs and writing your own songs.
I have had the honor of teaching music for nearly 15 years and I look forward to discussing your goals and helping and ensuring you achieve them.

About Douglas
Hi, my name is Douglas and I've been teaching music for nearly 15 years.
I play piano, guitar and drums and love classical music as well as rock, blues, jazz, some country music and some pop music.
My passion is to teach and to share my love of music to everyone.
I look forward to learning your goals and helping you reach your goals
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Jay September 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · Online
Doug is a fantastic music teacher and my acoustic guitar skills have noticeably improved since taking lessons with him. He also has an in-depth knowledge of music theory which helps to make sense of some of the more technical aspect of reading and playing music.
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Charlotte, NC 28210
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Cornelius, NC

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Learning a new instrument is so exciting and is such a wonderful opportunity to grow and learn! In lessons with me we will learn both proper playing technique as well as basic musicianship.

About Meg
I am a local Elementary Music teacher in Catawba County. I have extensive experience in vocal performance throughout the United States. I received my Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Belmont University in Nashville TN. While living in Nashville I performed at such venues as the Schermerhorn Symphony Center, McAfee Concert Hall, and Nissan Stadium. My background and training is in both Classical and Commercial Voice. I believe in developing well-rounded musicians and performers!
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