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By Steven O. - Albuquerque Piano Teacher

Hello, from Steven in Albuquerque. I have been teaching keyboard and piano lessons in Albuquerque for 21 years, and I find each year's students to be as refreshing as the last. They have musical spirit, and they share that in many ways.

If you are interested in taking piano lessons in Albuquerque, then you are in the land of opportunity. It is true that our town has provided the backdrop for shows from "I Love Lucy" to "Breaking Bad" - and for our musical youth, there have been the longstanding Albuquerque Youth Symphony and the boy and girl choir traditions.

It is that choir connection that helps piano lovers to thrive! Private piano students accompany choir groups or play solos at certain churches, which have impressive concert series. Also, many students play in talent shows put on by their public or charter schools. These students perform very well, with their peers cheering them on! I have heard selections such as Beethoven sonatas, traditional tangos, show tunes like "The Phantom Of The Opera," and music themes from video games.

Piano teachers in Albuquerque offer recitals at fine locations with excellent instruments. Certain teachers also offer competitions to their hardest workers. Soloists may compete, or those who prefer ensemble playing can enter the Concerto Competition. Advanced recitalists will set the stage as they inspire beginners with Bach Preludes or Minuets, themes from "Star Wars" or maybe even all nine pages of "Let It Go" from "Frozen!"

At all of these events, piano students receive professional evaluations, which provide growth experiences that build confidence. To become a self-assured piano player, a young beginner student might prepare just a few lines of "Yankee Doodle" or "Ode To Joy" for his or her first recital. Students may perform for 80 people in a beautiful church or in a recital hall with concert-quality acoustics. Either location could offer them a good Yamaha or Steinway grand piano on which they could perform.

When you want to take a break in the midst of your practice, you can check out the free concert offerings in the city of Albuquerque for some inspiration for your piano playing! These have included Christmas jazz concerts downtown, as well as musical events in the Albuquerque BioPark. If you'd like to see popular artists like Def Leppard or Lady Antebellum, they have performed here, as well. On the other hand, fine classical pianists like Olga Kern have played with the New Mexico Symphony.

From the Mariachi Spectacular to the Branford Marsalis Quartet, there is a wide range of music on the menu here in Albuquerque. If you yearn to be part of a musical community in which the most passionate thrive, then you are lucky to take piano lessons in Albuquerque!

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Jazz and classical piano lessons.

About Chris
I have studied music for 26 years. Piano was my first instrument and I have taken classical lessons from an early age and studied jazz piano for 14 years. I play guitar at the same level as piano. I play jazz, classical, flamenco and rock guitar; acoustic, electric and 9-string electric. I have studied at University of North Texas, Musicians institute and have a bachelor's of music from UNM. I have a certification in early childhood education and love to teach children, as well as adults of all ages.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very patient and flexible. I work with the student to design curriculum that is exciting and engaging for their individual level. Students enjoy studying with me because they can progress quickly if they practice and because I am easy to talk to and work with.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio
lessons are taught in the music room in the home which includes an 88 key weighted keyboard, 5 guitars, 3 amps

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I go to their house, I expect them to have their own instruments that they practice on during the week, a metronome, a tuner and the music books they are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz, rock and classical music. I usually allow the students or their parents to choose their method books based on their interests and goals.
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michael M. August 30, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Great lesson.
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Dwayne March 19, 2016
· Classical Guitar · In studio
He has taught me a lot. Lessons are not rushed. He allows me to learn based on my own interests, but also teaches a lot of basics of technique and music theory. The location is convenient to downtown Albuquerque and UNM neighborhood.
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Nic C. September 25, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Chris is easy to learn with, and knowledgeable. Is always patient and never makes you feel rushed, yet, makes sure you are constantly improving. He directs your playing in the style and direction you want to reach while exposing you to new styles along the way. Great teacher.
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Placitas, NM 87043
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My piano students study classical, Judeo - Christian, and certain ethnic styles. The December recital will feature two Beethoven Sonatas, a Bach Prelude and Minuet, "Hava Nagilah", and the three Latin favorites "La Cumparsita", "Miami Beach Rhumba", and "Tico Tico".

About Steven
I love to learn music! So do my students.

After childhood lessons, and BA and MA degrees from Minnesota and Iowa, I worked for private conservatories in Los Angeles, while teaching and playing for church events and celebrations. In that real-world school, I learned the music that the world loves.

I use that knowledge to fire my students' imaginations. If Bach or Mozart motivates them, we set goals to learn Bach's Toccata in D minor or Mozart's Turkish Rondo after two years of dedicated practice. These are realistic goals!
Maybe you would like to study Easter hymns for church, as one student did recently. Perhaps you would like to tame Beethoven's Tempest in front of sixty people at a nice recital hall.

*** Lesson Details ***
All my students can expect an experience focused on their musical goal
s, with lesson plans geared to 15 minutes of daily practice. Set the bar as high as you want! My students all choose to have a lesson every week under the recurring lesson plan, to make quick progress.
My studio has a big grand, and a digital piano. The neighborhood is quiet, with plenty of parking. Come with confidence, to a studio licensed in Albuquerque for twenty years.
After three months, a busy eight-year old beginner could have an easy rendition of "Ode To Joy" or "When The Saints Come Marching In" to perform for loved ones.
My students study technique, rhythm, fingering, expression and general musicianship. All this, while enjoying great musical selections.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a living room studio exclusively used for piano lessons including a Steinway piano. No pets. street parking

*** Specialties ***
Mostly classical, with occasional jazz, contemporary Christian, and popular. I mostly teach from notes, though occasionally with lead sheets and improvisation. Faber and Faber, Keys for the Kingdom, and Bastien methods are preferred until the student can play the composer's original notes. Then, their recital works tend to come from such as Bach, Beethoven, Clementi, Debussy, and Chopin.
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Cecily P. October 31, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Steven is an excellent teacher, and really engages my son each week. He is new to piano, and has helped my son progress very quickly with reading notes, tempo, and so much more. Mr. Steven makes every lesson rewarding. I recommend him!
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Shannon A. November 3, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent, intuitive teacher

Mr. Steve is an outstanding teacher whom I would recommend without reservation. He works at the pace of each of my children and they are eager to work for him too. My son bores quickly, but Steve challenges him with encouragement and speed. My daughter is slower to catch on and he accommodates her speed with equal talent. He is creative in his teaching methods and also in his approach to advising more practice or encouraging practice methods. I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to share the gem we have found in Steve. He is kind, patient, encouraging, excited about the music and the kid's efforts, witty, professional and accommodating. 5 stars.
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Justin G. May 14, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent patient, teacher with a lot to offer

I have been seeing Steven for several weeks, and I find his manner to be informative and supportive. He is fond of what he does, and it shows. He's interested in students that prefer challenges, and that want to improve themselves. At the same time he understands that growth is a controlled practice.

I believe he is a great teacher with an interest in teaching his students.
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Albuquerque, NM 87112
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To paraphrase Johann Sebastian Bach: "Playing the piano is easy...all you have to do is play the right notes...." Seriously, whether you're just beginning, or whether you've been studying piano for years, playing the piano is a lot more fun and rewarding than playing Pokémon GO...and it will keep you out of trouble and out of other peoples' backyards.

About Lawrence
Lawrence loves to teach music, especially piano, organ and voice. He began studying the piano at age 5; by age 12 he was studying the pipe organ and performing at church services in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois.

A graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan and the University of Massachusetts in Boston, he has continued his private musical studies throughout his adult life with illustrious faculty members from the Cornell College School of Music and the Winthrop University Conservatory of Music.

Presently, he teaches private music lessons in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque and is the Director of Music & Liturgy at Church of the Incarnation in Rio Rancho. He is a member of the American Guild of Organists.
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Nicholas May 19, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very personable and seems to be a good fit with our 6 year old. Were looking forward to our next lesson.
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Clifford S. February 3, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Very good instructor.
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Lawrence G.

Lawrence G.

Rio Rancho, NM 87144
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Every problem has a solution. Let me help you find it. My specialty is narrowing down the exact root issue that the student is having, which seems like an obstacle and to offer practical solutions to solve this issue. This allows for the student to reach their goals. Please see all the subject specialties. In addition, I can specifically help you with the following styles: classical, rock, jazz, blues, gospel, country, r&b, pop, reggae, folk, broadway, 50s, new age, funk, techno.

About Howard
I enjoy working with complete beginners as well as seasoned professionals. I teach classical and popular styles. I specialize in teaching learning how to learn, sight-reading, technique, improvisation, chord-reading, songwriting. One of my specialties is to help you break through your most stubborn blocks. These might be the strangest things that you think no one would ever understand -- fear of playing in public, feeling like your left hand is uncoordinated, practice procrastination, pain when playing, pain when reading notation, memory issues, musical dyslexia... ANYTHING. I can help you and I will never make you feel embarrassed.

*** All Levels, All Styles ***
-Classical
-Pop
-Country
-Gospel
-Blues
-R&B
-Rock
-Reggae
-Hip Hop
-Worship
-Church
-Hymns
-Techno
-50s
-Jazz
-New Age
-Folk
-Broadway
-Pop Ballad
-etc.

*** In Studio or Online ***
Of course it is more enjoyable if you can have lessons in person. But with modern technology, live online lessons come in a close second. I've been teaching for 40 years and I've been doing online lessons for about 7 years. I'm located in West Hills, which is a suburb of Los Angeles. If you are not local, using skype with a webcam works out surprisingly well. I have students in Sydney, London, Hong Kong and many cities throughout the US.

*** Use a Piano or a Keyboard for Practicing ***
I am not fussy if you use a keyboard but it needs to be a "weighted action" keyboard, so that it feels similar to a real piano. Ideally, you should also have a pedal and a stand if you are using an electronic keyboard.

*** Unconventional Approach ***
Each student is taught with a customized approach. You get to tell me what areas you want to focus on. Sometimes there may be a block or something that is a weakness that you need to bolster. Sometimes it is a narrow niche within music that you want to give your attention to. One way that I'm unconventional is that I actually have found that it is NOT better if you practice every day. I recommend that you build in about three days of rest per week. Just like people who work out at the gym learn that the off days are when the muscles regenerate, the same is true for your brain. This allows your subconscious mind to do its job and your progress will actually be faster, not slower. Another example of my unique approach is how I treat beginners. Even though you may not yet read music very well or at all, it doesn't mean that you can't start working concurrently on a more advanced piece. This is because READING notation is a comparatively slow process, but why should we restrict your ability to play something that you love to your rate of reading music? Usually, our FINGER TECHNIQUE develops much faster than our READING so I'm happy to guide you on one or two more difficult pieces and help spoon-feed it to you, bit by bit, "by rote."

*** Areas of Focus ***
-Finger Technique. How to play fast with ultimate control.
-Sight-Reading How to Read Music at Sight
-Rhythm Training
-Music Theory
-Interpretation
-Injury-Retraining
-Relaxation, Removing Unnecessary Tension
-Pain-Reduction
-Practice-Optimization - How to learn more in less time. -How to memorize music.
-Biomechanical Efficiency - Maximum power with minimum effort.
-Time-Management
-Improvisation and creativity development techniques
-Composition & Songwriting.
-How to create melodies for your poems and lyrics.
-How to put chords on your melodies.
-How to create “song sheets,” lead sheets and how to write music down on paper.
-How to notate your song so others can play it, without knowing how to read music!
-Chord-Reading and How to Play Lead Sheets & Fake Book
-Musical Styles and Piano Arrangements (Pop, Country, Gospel, Blues, R&B, Rock, Reggae, Hip Hop, Worship, Church, Hymns, Techno, 50s, Jazz, New Age, Folk, Broadway, Pop Ballade, etc.)
-Ear-Training (How to Play by Ear, Playing by Ear)
-Singers’ Tools
-Pitch Control Training
-Self-Accompanying
-How to Sing Harmony
-Sight-Singing (How to Hear the Notes in Your Mind)
-Self-Accompanying techniques in every style - Learn how to accompany yourself or learn how to accompany singers. (see “Musical Styles” above.)
-Audition Preparation - I will record the melody of the song for you so you can learn it.
-How to put melody to lyrics
-College Preparation
-Performance Anxiety, Stage Fright, Fear
-Releasing Emotional Obstacles to Playing Emotional Blocks, Healing Piano Trauma and Previous Performance Disasters, Piano Therapy
-Learning Disabilities including ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia, Dyscalculea, Sensory Integration Disorder
-Motiviation Issues - Solving your procrastination and avoidance of your musical growth issues.
-How to Look Like You’ve Played Piano for Years (for Actors, Singers and Celebrities Who Have A Role Deadline and Need a Crash Course.)

*** Celebrity Piano Teacher ***
Over the years, I've taught many pro musicians and celebrities. These include: Vonda Shepard, David E. Kelley, Dick Gautier, Michelle Pfeiffer, Pray Harper, Peter Horton, Michael Goodrich, Brianna Haynes, Starr Parodi, Briana Evigan, Stuart Ross, Roger Burnley, Chris Hardin, Stu Simone and Ben Bram.

*** Howard's Teachers Go Back To Beethoven ***
I feel grateful that my own training included top teachers of both the “German School” and “Russian School” of piano technique. Generally, the German School teaches how to play with close-to-the-key hand placement preparation and fingering efficiency, and is known for great speed and accuracy. The Russian School teaches how to play with gravity and relaxation and is known for beautiful tone production. Each approach has its strengths and weaknesses. In my own playing and teaching, I have incorporated the good aspects of each and have discarded the bad. The result is a blueprint for biomechanical efficiency and beautiful sound, making it the best of both worlds. Please see the photo of the "piano lineage chart."
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Oz B. May 16, 2016
· Piano · In home
Howard is very caring and detailed oriented. He really knows how to inspire and encourage children to learn piano. He makes it challenging and fun!
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Edward April 12, 2016
· Piano · Online
Howard's approach is patient while at the same time he actually leads my son forward - not just listening to what he practiced that week. Howard does not make the weekly lesson a "test" but rather a session to work together and my son enjoys the lessons instead of worrying if he prepared enough.

We moved from Los Angeles so we chose to transition from lessons in Howard's house to weekly lessons online - it continues to work beautifully.

Howard can accommodate any style of student - I know because I took lessons from Howard myself until my work built up too much to continue.

I recommend Howard without any reservation.
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Rusty Tinder October 12, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Folks, I'm excited to write this review for a true master in piano pedagogy and so many other skills! Howard is worthy of the title! In all my years that I have taken lessons from teacher at universities and privately, I've never come across someone with the genius and in-depth philosophy that Howard has. You may think this may be some fluff to help a guy out but my words will still not be enough to quantify the abilities of this man! I went from having severe arthritis in my wrists from playing with terrible technique to never having problems again and experiencing a huge leap in my playing abilities!

If you want to experience a paradigm shift in your playing, get ready to open yourself to a new way of thinking and playing that will lift you up! If your attitude to learn matches Howard's abilities to teach you will not believe the progress you will make. Its true what they say, when you are ready the master will come! I hope you are ready because Howard is the real deal!!!

Enjoy your paradigm shift!!!
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I vary students’ lessons with their interests and find the best teaching methods and practices to fit their needs. Because I believe everyone is different and unique. No one can stop you on learning anything but yourself. Therefore, I want students to focus on every lesson and have to practice outside of class which are required and important. Playing music is fun but learning takes time!!

About Ann
A native of Taiwan, Ann Chen, is a freelance flutist and pianist in Albuquerque. She moved to the United States in 2005 after receiving her first Bachelor’s degree in Taiwan. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Instrumental Music Education with a flute emphasis from the University of Arizona under the tutelage of Brian Luce. In 2016, Ann received a Master of Music degree in Flute and Piano Performance from the University of New Mexico, where she studied with Professors Valerie Potter and Pamela Pyle.
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samuel July 29, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Ann is wonderful teacher, explain in a way I can understand, good lesson
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Joel H. March 31, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Ann is great, I think she deserves 5-stars because she is talented and really wants to help me improve. Within just moments she had recognized some problems with my breathing and posture that are already helping.
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Albuquerque, NM 87106
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In lessons students will be taught the basics of accompaniment, harmony, counterpoint, and improvisation mostly from jazz and classical repertoire. Through studying piano through my intuitive and ear-based approach, anyone can become an excellent player as well as developing musicianship skills valuable for composition and making music with others.

About Drew
Aside from an extensive amount of personal and teaching experience in all of these subjects, I genuinely love connecting with students through music to help them reach their personal goals. I believe that my approach towards learning music is deeply rewarding, engaging, and aids brain development. Below is my bio which details my approach and teaching experience.

Drew received his Bachelors of Music in Jazz and Improvisational Music from the University of Nevada Reno and his Masters of Music in Contemporary Improvisation from New England Conservatory. He teaches guitar, piano, songwriting, and composition with an emphasis on intuitive learning, ear training, and music theory. His background includes jazz, classical, rock, blues, reggae, R&B, hip-hop, electronic music, and improvised music. As an educator he has eight years of experien
ce in private studio and has given workshops at the middle school, high school, and college level including his recent outreach work with the Boston Philharmonic to underfunded schools. Drew approaches each student as an individual with their own goals, needs, experience level, and learning style to create a specialized curriculum that helps propel the student towards their best self and enjoy the process at the same time.
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Peggy August 2, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Drew is an incredibly talented musician who brings a lot of creativity and variety to his teaching. I have learned a lot from Drew and highly recommend him.
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Jon July 29, 2017
· Classical Guitar · In studio
Was strictly interested in playing classical, nylon string guitar, and was a little nervous because Drew is very proficient and accomplished in Jazz and Improvisational guitar, which is a little outside of my interests.

Drew does a fantastic job at teaching classical guitar, and at the same time introduced me to the more modern world of improvisation guitar, which I now enjoy a lot more than before.

I'd highly recommend Drew if someone is interested in a well rounded musical education that goes beyond just playing an instrument. I not only learned a lot of guitar, but feel I'm an all around better musician after taking lessons with Drew
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Keanu July 28, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Drew was a very patient instructor with genuine interest in the material he presents. He builds his curriculum around the student's wants and goals. A flexible and impressive musician, I would (and will) recommend Drew to my friends at all levels of guitar/musical proficiency.
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With being a member of various performance ensembles throughout the southeast, my leadership roles have molded my mindset of advisement with instruction and performance. I have the competitive edge of diversity, eagerness, and determination to fulfill the needs of any company or artist seeking guidance in developing their creativity.

About Nate
I am an innovator of fine arts and education that is interested in experiencing unique opportunities throughout a progressive lifetime. I am determined to maintain a career that promotes creativity and academic advancement in the field of visual and performing arts. My experiences with education have gained me an interest of instructional design and organizational structure as a professional consultant that facilitates the sale of education as well.
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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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Meg's love for people is illuminated in her teaching. She is passionate about incorporating kindness while teaching a subject. Meg's formal training of classical singing equip her with tools for teaching anyone who is willing to learn. Meg also has experience teaching piano to beginning students. I would highly recommend Meg to anyone who desires a music teacher showing excitement and dedication toward your personal music learning.
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