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Piano in the Piedmont: Piano Lessons in Winston Salem

By Robert R. - Winston Salem Piano Teacher

People all over the world love to play the piano. Studying piano at any age brings countless benefits and is a strong foundation for learning any other musical instrument or voice. If you’re looking to take piano lessons in Winston Salem, or anywhere within the Piedmont Triad in North Carolina, opportunities abound for learning the instrument and for hearing great piano performances. Winston Salem, known as the “City of the Arts and Innovation,” is a thriving university town with a vibrant cultural arts district in its downtown. Music has always occupied a leading role in the city’s arts scene.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts, located on South Main Street, is home to a renowned School of Music with a full slate of public recitals and concerts each year, many of which take place in the intimate setting of Watson Hall, a 300-seat auditorium that houses two beautiful Hamburg Steinway concert grand pianos. Hearing great music played by master artists on these instruments is an inspiration to any aspiring pianist. The school’s outreach extends further off campus, too, to the magnificent Stevens Center downtown, where piano artists perform regularly with the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra and the highly acclaimed Winston Salem Symphony. There’s no better way to learn the piano repertoire than to hear an engaged live performance.

Just a stone’s throw from UNCSA is Salem College, a jewel of an institution with a School of Music that is steeped in both tradition and innovation. Founded in 1804, the school boasts a thriving performance calendar and remarkable facilities, including a historic and highly admired 1938 Steinway concert grand in Shirley Recital Hall. The opportunity to hear such an instrument in this acoustically fine venue, whether it be in a solo piano performance, chamber music presentation, vocal recital, or choral concert, is not only enriching, but is "de rigueur" for any budding pianist in the city. Here is a perfect place to learn the art of listening for subtlety and nuance in piano playing while taking your piano lessons in Winston Salem. We learn so much from listening to others, especially in a live performance.

Winston Salem has much to offer pianists outside of the university scene, too. Jazz is alive and well in the Downtown Summer Music Series, including “Downtown Jazz” on Fridays and “Summer on Trade” on Saturdays in the evenings. Looking to buy a piano? Mitchell’s Piano Gallery has some great options, including digital and player pianos. Or, check out Piedmont Music Center, which for a limited time had in residence the actual Steinway grand that Vladimir Horowitz played in Moscow in his famous 1986 concerts.

Finally, a short venture down the highway is all it takes to attend the renowned Eastern Music Festival, in summertime residence at Guilford College in nearby Greensboro. The piano program there is an exciting mix of great master teachers and gifted young artists. Add chamber music and an accomplished symphony orchestra, and the results are top-notch music making.

In short, the city of Winston Salem and the surrounding Piedmont Triad provide a flourishing haven for motivated pianists of all ages and interests. If piano is your thing, you’re in the right place to be a part of it all. Time to practice!

About Phillip F.

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Phillip teaches any level from ages 4-100. Anyone can learn at any age.
These lesson will, in a methodical way, teach you the skills you need to play piano. The only thing keeping you from reaching your potential is starting lessons. Lessons are geared to your speed of learning and needs.

About Phillip
I am a pianist and singer who started learning to play the piano at age 6, and I love teaching all students of all experience levels. Growing up I competed and placed highly in many competitions including playing with the Symphony Orchestra in my home town of Spartanburg, SC after winning it's concerto competition at the age of 17. In college I took piano from Dr. Charles Fugo at the University of South Carolina and also started taking voice lessons from Tonya Currier and Walter Cuttino. While still in college I worked with The South Carolina Opera company for a season as a member of the ensemble and as Chorus Master.
Professionally, I have worked with different theater and opera companies as a lead actor and as a musician. I have also worked in many different church positions as a musician and singer.
I have many years of teaching ex
perience with piano at all experience levels.

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I have experience teaching since 1995 while I was still in college. I primarily use Alfred and "Faber & Faber" piano methods for beginners. I teach how to read music, understand the theory behind the music, and the technique needed in a patient atmosphere at the pace of the student. I also teach you how the piano works and the different types of pianos as well as the history of keyboards used for different classical music. The lessons are geared toward the goals of the student no matter what level is desired.
In teaching singing, I will teach you the basics necessary to create a healthy and relaxed sound through technique. With experience singing music ranging from classical to contemporary church music to musical theater, I can teach you how to use the voice in a way that will promote a long time of singing without adding stress to the voice. I will work with any style of music and will give you the technique and confidence needed to become a better singer.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In my home studio is a piano and books with big windows to look out. Pianos are an upright piano and an Alesis Synthesiser. Seating is available for parents as well.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to have a piano or an electric keyboard at home for piano lessons. For voice lessons a keyboard is not required but is helpful.

*** Specialties ***
I primarily teach piano in a classical style using either "Faber & Faber" or Alfred Methods for piano lessons.
For voice, I teach all my students to sing in a way that will be the most beneficial to the health of their voice. Doing this is helpful to all styles of singing.
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· Singing · In home
Was really anxious as an adult starting something new and different but he put my mind at ease and I have learned a lot already.
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He knows what he's teaching and he made the lesson a lot of fun!
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Phillip F.

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Rural Hall, NC 27045
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About Tomina P.

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Piano lessons are offered to students of all ages and levels in the New York area.
​Lessons are offered online, focus on developing technique, musicianship, music theory, harmony. Above all, focusing on music appreciation and developing fast learning techniques so the student can enjoy the process as well as the outcome.

Flexible and creative approach individually tailored to each student's needs.

About Tomina
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I began my musical training on the piano at the age of 6. Later, I took lessons on the harp and double majored for a few years. I mainly focused on the harp as a performer but always continued playing and teaching the piano. I have performed with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular Orchestra, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Ballet, Opera Boston, and many other orchestras and ensembles. In 2011 I was the harp fellow at the prestigious Tanglewood Music Festival.

I was awarded full scholarship for my Bachelor of Music from the Boston Conservatory (2009) and my Masters degree from Boston University College of Fine Arts in (2011). I garnered numerous awards and honors, including first prize at the Bulgarian International Young Artists Competition “Young Virtuoso,” second prize at the USA International Music Co
mpetition, and I was selected candidate to perform at the 9th World Harp Congress, in Dublin, Ireland, "Focus on Youth" concerts.

My teaching experience includes harp faculty at the Boston Conservatory, Long Island City Academy of Music and Sage Music School. I am the principal harpist of New York Repertory Orchestra and a substitute harpist for "Hello Dolly", "Amelie" and "The Fantasticks" on Broadway. Symphony orchestras include Albany Symphony and Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

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My lessons are focused on musicality, technique and good tone production.
I combine practical studies with harmony and ear training.
I am a versatile teacher and try to help each student achieve their own goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, Harp

*** Travel Equipment ***
Piano or Harp at home

*** Specialties ***
Classical genre. Methods - Russian, French, American
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I've been teaching piano/keyboard studies to beginner and intermediate students for five years now. As a student in Berea College, I taught lessons both to college students as well as students who were residents in the town of Berea, KY. Here's how I teach: imagine a sound, play a sound, and reflect on a sound. This approach helps you learn music on your own. We will collaborate together to tackle a hard piece, your favorite piece. We will learn the beauty of how scales/chords make music.

About Francois
*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the living room of my home. The student and I will collaborate on a Yamaha upright piano. An accessible sound system will be readily available for cases where the student and I might want to listen to the playing of the student.

*** Specialties ***
For all ages. The basic approach I take in my teaching method can be summed into three parts: imagine a sound, play a sound, and reflect on the sound. This strategy will be used for technical studies of scales, studies of Classical compositions, and studies of the students favorite song. The ultimate goal is help the student grow into a musician who can learn on his/her own. An additional skill of improvisation will be taught and encouraged through the use of learning scales, chords, etc.
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Francois B.

Francois B.

Winston Salem, NC 27127
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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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Lucy January 28, 2016
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Highly skilled, positive, and kind!
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Brena' N. April 20, 2015
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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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DEVILA T. May 7, 2013
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So far my daughter has good experience advancing in the piano leasson. Looking forward for her to learn more and get some mastery.

Piano teacher is very patient and communicates very well with my daughter. We don't have any chance for her to perform using her piano skills yet but may be in the future.
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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! My name is Heather and I love teaching music! I have taught lessons since 2008 and have loved helping my students discover new ideas and have fun with music. 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, specializing in singing. I'm a caring, dedicated person and my teaching style is kind and methodical. I am excited about helping you achieve your goals!
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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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Zoe June 5, 2017
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Mrs.Heather is a great teacher and encourages you to be yourself and helps you learn she teaches and expands your singing range by octives she's also amazing with helping with problems other than singing always happy very inviting home.If anyone wants to be Mariah Carey you need to go to Mrs Heather cause she's awesome
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Kernersville, NC 27284
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About Lisa O.

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I'm not here to make a performance major out of every student. I'm here to teach students to love to learn music with the natural talents they already have! If they love to learn this will carry on into every other subject that they need to learn! It's proven that playing music is the number one thing parents can involve their children in to help them become better thinkers.

About Lisa
After graduating from college with a degree in education I was determined to change the course of the education for my own family. I was the first on either side of my entire family (all generations) ever to go to a university and graduate. I came from very humble hard working (yes bullheaded Irish) people. As a naturally highly creative person the school system was not a nurturing place at all for me. As a deeply right brained visual person the left brained system was toxic for my creativity and I struggled to thrive and be myself.

For the past 21 years I've dedicated my time, energy, creativity to home schooling my own two children and supporting them in their academic quests as well as teaching them life skills. Thankfully, I had the opportunity not to put either of them in day care one day. My focused sacrifice has been int
ense, serious, determined and planned.

The ignorant verbal flack I encountered, during these years was insane, but I didn't waver. I believe in one on one education customized for each child and knew from the start what I wanted to accomplish with both of them! I wanted them to learn how to learn with their personalities, natural strengths and talents but I had to observe and implement very different parenting and teaching techniques with both from birth.

Yes, my hard unwavering work has paid off and is continuing to pay off. Both of my children walked into their first college courses at age 14...yes, real college classes on real college campuses! Both are honor students and my first will finish his degree in English Lit/Creative Writing at UNC Asheville in Dec 2016 at age 21!

All that to say...private piano lessons are nothing more than home schooling. I bring the same customized passion I used for my own children to teach yours! Not only do I have an education degree I have a proven track record of teaching children how they uniquely need to learn whether it's visually, audio, or kinetically etc. I know how to challenge them and make them work...even the super smart lazy ones!

After each lesson I take a few moments to consult the parent(s) about the lesson and what needs to be accomplished during the students next practice week. You need to be aware of their education because they grow rapidly and there is much to accomplish before they attend college! Do some research on the benefits of learning and playing music if you are not a musician yourself. It's incredible what it will do for the development of their brain little brains!

Apparently, I'm not allowed my customary studio "meet and greet" with Takelessons. I have studio rules that must be followed and if they aren't I will not continue to teach your children. You must have a piano or keyboard for them to regularly practice on and believe me I know when they don't practice. I know what method books I like to teach from so I'll be happy to share that information with you. If you don't have any I cannot start the lessons without them. They must be purchased before hand.
There are other rules so please message me first so that we can discuss them first so that there is no confusion about the studio policies. This isn't a hobby this is serious valuable education for your child.

I don't have the time nor the energy to deal with unprofessional parents because my time and energy goes fully towards teaching amazing students.

I look forward to passionately educating you or... those you love!

Lisa
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Amy May 1, 2016
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Excellent teacher for my high energy little boy who loves music!
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Lisa is an amazing piano instructor. She has taught my 6 year old daughter since she was 4 years old and my daughter has learned so much. Lisa is very professional, nurturing, and loving. My daughter loves her and can't wait to come to her lessons each week. I highly recommend Lisa to anyone who is looking for a piano instructor.
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Lisa O.

Greensboro, NC 27408
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About Shuai R.

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Experienced piano teacher of 8 years available for students of all ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of piano skills. Let's get our beautiful piano journey started!

About Shuai
Shuai Ren is a Chinese musician based in Los Angeles. She received her Bachelor's Degree from Renmin University of China and her Master's Degree of Public Policy from University of California, Los Angeles. She is currently studying film scoring in UCLA.

Shuai started playing piano and singing since age 5. She has been participated in many large scale events, especially in organizing choirs to perform in and outside China. Her chorus used to perform in National Centre for the Performing Arts, the Beijing National Indoor Stadium and China Central television.

Shuai has composed music in a wide range including documentaries by China Central Television since she was in high school and over 100 songs including choral songs, A Capela and pop songs. Shuai has also arranged many classic songs such as “My heart will go on” and “You raise me u
p” as choral music.
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Learning piano with Shuai is such a great experience! I'm getting better and better playing piano thanks to Shuai!!!
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Shuai is an amazing teacher! I enjoyed taking lessons with her. Very patient and explains everything super clearly.
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About Ken F.

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Brooklyn-based private music teacher operating in Brooklyn and Manhattan. Over a decade of experience teaching a broad range of styles to students of all ages and backgrounds. Strong focus on the individual student's personal interests and goals. Master's degree in music with years of experience touring globally and recording for both major and indie labels.
Whether you're looking to begin your or your child's piano learning experience, or take your playing to the next level, it's my passion to get students playing the music they want to play, right from the beginning!

About Ken
A recent transplant to the Park Slope area, I'm a composer and multi-instrumentalist originally from Raleigh, North Carolina. Prior to receiving my master's degree in composition from Mannes (The New School), I was the lead guitarist in the indie rock band Annuals. As part of this group I signed with two major record labels, appeared on national television programs such as Late Night with Conan O'Brien, and performed globally both on tour and at prominent festivals such as Bonnaroo, Coachella, Glastonbury (England), and Roskilde (Denmark).

I have been teaching private music lessons for twelve years, both freelance and as part of various organizations. My approach to teaching is highly dynamic—I don't use the same method with every student and I have no stylistic prejudices or an agenda to push. I approach each student as an individual
, tailoring lesson plans to suit their personal goals and interests. I have experience playing and teaching an extensive range of styles including pop, rock, jazz, country, metal, and classical. One of my main goals is to foster a sense of musical understanding with every student so that they may learn to combine technical, theoretical, and aural skills into a unified whole.

Most students want to learn to play songs they know and love. To that end, I get students playing the music they want to play right from the beginning, often through personally crafted arrangements of songs/pieces of the student's choosing, specifically tailored to their current skill level. This way, technical and theoretical skills are learned through direct experience with actual music, and only very rarely through rote exercise.

For more advanced players, I offer an array of strategies designed to take your playing to the next level. I find that the most common shortcomings of advanced players are conceptual. The technical skills are there but the level of conceptual and theoretical understanding has hit a wall. Many players find themselves playing the same chord shapes, melodic patterns, and harmonic progressions over and over again. I've had much success over the years in getting advanced students out of this rut and helping open up new pathways for exploration in both improvisation and composition.
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I've been playing off and on for 15 years and am mostly self taught. I knew what I wanted to learn but was having trouble figuring it out on my own. In the first lesson Ken was able to zero in on what I want to learn and the best way to go about it. In three lessons I feel that I understand the guitar so much more than I have in the past 15 years of playing. Not only from a technical standpoint, but also in a "feel" sense. On my own I could learn all the scales, chords, and songs I wanted, but Ken has helped me to make sense of everything and use these skills to become a better player all around.
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Brittany Pare February 8, 2017
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Ken is an incredibly talented musician and teacher and I would recommend him to anyone. He tailors his lessons to meet the individual goals of his students. If I wasn't understanding something, he knew how to explain it in a different way until I understood. He also taught me some techniques for figuring out songs on my own which I really appreciate since I am about move out of NYC. However, if I wasn't leaving I would still be taking lessons with him!
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adam baker March 24, 2016
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Ken is an outstanding musician/composer who I have had the privilege of taking lessons from for years up until I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a music production career. My favorite part about Ken is his perceptiveness in teaching. He can always tell when i am not understanding something, and he will address it before I have to say "I don't get it." Which would keep my confidence level up during the lesson. He is also EXTREMELY versatile in his musical ability. I have come to him with everything from death metal, to impressionist classical, to electronica and he never skips a beat. He is very passionate about music, which transfers to his students easily due to his easy going nature, and natural skill for teaching. It is no exaggeration in my mind to say he is the best musician I have ever known personally. On top of all of this, Ken is an incredible song writer, and composer.... He does it all!
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Hi, I started piano studies when I was 7 years old. Through my career as Pianist and music educator, I have learned from great masters from Germany, Rusia, and America. I got to have a good technical foundation that I am ready to pass it unto you. I am glad you want to learn piano. This is one of the most beautiful instruments, I don't regret to have spent hours practicing and enjoying what I love.

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Hi, I started learning the Piano since I was seven years old. I loved it from the very same day. I had the privilege to study with great masters and different piano style schools (German, Russian and American). I am excited to teach piano online, although this option was not available back in my days! I believe there is a lot that can be learned online. I have a Master degree in Music Theory from West Texas A&M University.
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Curious about playing jazz or blues on the piano? Learn about some of the essential scales to learn in this guest post by Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L...   Jazz music has been called the only truly American art form, born and raised on this very soil. A combination of the historical music forms of both African and Caribbean slaves and European immigrants, it may be the only way in which the "melting pot" objective was ever successful. To listen to jazz is to listen to A

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