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About Steven O.

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Albuquerque, NM

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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 the Toccata in D minor or the Turkish Rondo. These are realistic goals!
Maybe you would like to study Easter hymns for church, as one student did recently. Perhaps you would like to perform 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 goals, with lesson plans geared to twenty minut
es of daily practice. Set the bar as high as you want! My students all choose to have a lesson every week except for scheduled breaks, under the recurring lesson plan. This helps them to make quick progress.
My studio has a big grand, and a digital piano. The neighborhood is quiet.
Come with confidence, to a studio licensed in Albuquerque for twenty years. I have passed TakeLessons and Albuquerque Public Schools background checks.
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. Parking in the right side of the driveway.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly classical, with occasional jazz, contemporary Christian, and popular. I mostly teach from notes, though occasionally from lead sheets or through improvisation. The Adventures, Keys for the Kingdom, and Step By Step methods are preferred until the student can play composers' 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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Steven O.

Steven O.

Albuquerque, NM 87112
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About Gabrielle B.

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West Friendship, MD
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About Gabrielle
I'm a violinist and pianist from West Friendship, Maryland with twenty years of experience on each instrument and ten years experience teaching. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education from the University of Louisville. I believe in using positive feedback to develop a student's passion for playing music. Beginner to advanced, I can make you a better musician.
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Rachel B. November 23, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Since ive never done this before i dont have much to go off of, but it was still a great experience that was easy to get started.
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Girish .. December 11, 2016
· Violin · In studio
I would have described how 'passionate' Gabbi is about violin but unfortunately never had that opportunity. I had scheduled the class 10 days in advance and on the day of the class Gabbi decided to shoot an email couple hours before saying she can't make it.
A dollar is minute is a very decent compensation which I don't make as an engineer with 7 years of college education. But unfortunately that didn't inspire enough professionalism in Gabbi. Maybe she reserves her professionalism for few people and not for everyone.
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Grace October 23, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Gabby is a great violin teacher. She customizes her lessons to your needs, and she encourages and gives great pointers throughout the lesson. My daughter leaves her lessons with so much more knowledge and hints - than when she came with to the lesson. I have seen her improve greatly in her playing in just a few lessons.
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Gabrielle B.

Gabrielle B.

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About Lawrence G.

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Rio Rancho, NM
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About Lawrence
Lawrence loves to teach music, especially piano and organ. 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 distinguished faculty members from the Cornell College School of Music, the Shenandoah Conservatory 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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$25 / 30-min

About Jacob R.

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Albuquerque, NM

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As a professional licensed private public school teacher and musician with over 17 years experience performing guitar and singing, 7 years experience teaching and an award winning album, Jacob has mastered the art of transforming beginning and intermediate students into advanced musicians.
“Together we will light the flames of your passion by mastering your favorite song, while, at the same time mastering proper technique and music theory. I work with some of the most advanced musical technology, which I demo for my students.

Together we write original pieces… But it’s really up to you. YOU chose the style. YOU choose the technique and I’ll lead the way. Let me inspire you to greatness.”

So if you’re interested in mastering Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, and pretty much ever
ything in between… if you’re interested in writing original pieces or studying music theory, then try a few lessons out!

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether it’s you, your daughter, or your grandpa, I teach all ages, all types of guitar (acoustic, electric, classical). I live in Albuquerque. I do not charge for lessons cancelled at least 24 hours in advance, but I have a flexible schedule and I am always willing to work with student's individual needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have everything we will need to record music and vocals, play through bass or guitar amplifiers, a variety of different instruments, recording and video technology, effects pedals, loop systems and more!

*** Specialties ***
Rock (classic, alternative, indie) Blues, Jazz,
Singing and playing at the same time
Writing original pieces and lyrics
Performances (solo or group)
Singing and finger picking, tapping, electric soloing, complex chord progressions
Technology: Pedal systems, loopers, professional recording, mixing, and mastering, Equalizing
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Hello!
I am a 7th grade certified Math Teacher at John Adams Middle School with room for 4 new students. I have about 5 years teaching/tutoring professionally and somehow I still love math!
I believe it's important to get a good grasp on math as soon as possible or else it can sneak up on you and affect college or career choices down the line.
One of my values is forming positive relationships and doing my best to make math easy and fun. The goal is to have a tutor temporarily; I'll help students unfold their wings so they can fly on their own. And my tutoring is based on scientifically proven teaching methodology, tried and true.
I offer the first lesson free of charge to get you started, so please email me quick before my schedule gets filled!
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Curtis S. October 5, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Great teacher. Patient with questions and puts time in after the lesson to make sure concepts were explained clearly. Highly recommend.
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Megan August 31, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Jacob was amazing! My son is very apprehensive about people and most of the time refuses to go back after meeting them. He absolutely adored Jacob!! He said he never wants to have a different guitar teacher. Jacob was very patient, explained things in different ways, and kept it simple as my son is only 7 years old. I was impressed and so relieved to have found Jacob.
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Daisy A. August 4, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My lessons are going great. I have learned a lot already in the last 5 lessons I have had. My teacher is very positive and works with my own style of playing and learning. I like the location for my classes too. I am very thankful for my teacher.
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Jacob R.

Jacob R.

Albuquerque, NM 87106
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About Ann C.

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Albuquerque, NM
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About Ann
A native of Taiwan, Ann Chen, is a freelance flutist and pianist in Albuquerque. She has her Bachelor degree 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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Ann C.

Albuquerque, NM 87106
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About Trevor S.

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Santa Fe, NM

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About Trevor
Willa says:
"A talented guitarist for multiple styles, and a very patient teacher!"

Ned says:
"Trevor clearly explains guitar techniques in line with students’ ability to implement."

I am a diverse and skilled lead and rhythm guitarist. I play Rock, Jazz, Blues, and Balkan music. I started my journey with Eric Clapton and George Harrison in 2004. I graduated with honors from the Contemporary Music Program at Santa Fe University of Art & Design in 2015.

I played lead guitar in a progressive rock power trio called Get Safe for three years. During my time at school, I was also exposed to Balkan and Middle Eastern music styles, which broadened my understanding of music and my technique. My most current project is one that fuses jazz guitar and electronic dance music, which I've titled SOZN.

My passion for music's functionality a
s well as its therapeutic and experimental nature is what has drawn me to a career in music. I look forward to meeting you and passing on what I know to improve your musical skills!
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Matt Ruder February 14, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Trevor is a great guy and a great guitarist. You'll find that his welcoming attitude, patience and knowledge of music will help you reach the next level in your playing. 10/10 would recommend!
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Robert B. February 9, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Trevor Snow is extremely knowledgable of ghitar play styles and theory and has really helped me keep up my chops! I highly recommend him as I go to him to remind myself of things I learned in college!
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Sherry February 8, 2018
· Guitar · In home
On my first lesson Trevor corrected my left hand technique that makes chord changes easier and my playing more relaxed. He definitely knows his stuff.
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Trevor S.

Trevor S.

Santa Fe, NM 87505
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About Elena L.

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State College, PA

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Born and raised in Moscow, Russia, I started studying piano at the age of 5 at a specialty music school. I attended the prestigious Gnessin Academy where I earned my Bachelor and Masters Degrees. I have performed on various stages around Russia before I decided that I loved to teach. Over the next 15 years I taught in several schools in the Moscow area, teaching piano and music classes to children and adults after which I started a studio of my own.
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Elena L.

Elena L.

Online
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$45 / 30-min

About Tyler J.

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Sunnyvale, CA

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About Tyler
Hi, I'm Tyler! Born and raised in Roswell, New Mexico, I am the son of a band director. That being said, I have literally been involved in music since I was an infant! I played trombone, bass trombone, and bass guitar all the way through high school, and went to New Mexico State University where I received my Bachelor's Degree in Music, and then moved to Los Angeles, California, where I received my Master's Degree at California Institute of the Arts, where I also learned to play the other brass instruments, as well as composition and arranging.

Throughout my career, I've been able to do some great things with music. I have been able to travel Europe and work with one of the world's finest brass instrument manufacturers, Michael Rath, I have toured Colombia with my University's Wind Ensemble, I've recorded at Capitol Records in Hollywo
od, and have written and premiered numerous works for orchestra and rock ensemble, trombone choirs, and even a duet for quarter tone trumpets!

I have an affinity for modern and avant garde music, but am well-versed in all genres and musical styles! I also like to play in and record rock and roll bands, I've amassed a quite a few years of recording experience as well. From gypsy bands to thrash metal groups, I've recorded a wide array of music.

I also taught in the classroom from grades k-12 for a few years before following my true passion of teaching privately. I love to reach you at your own level and work to grow with you from there.

My goal is simple: I simply want you to come to love music as much as I do, if not more! I strive to give you the tools to become a successful musician in your own right, and I work to keep my lessons fun and engaging.
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Nicolas O. July 22, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
I feel like I learned a lot in an hour and he really helped me find an anchor point that I can go back to if I am stuck on a note. I realized that he went over every proven method that I learned throughout my experiences from elementary school to highschool and then added on to them by explaining how these methods help. He even showed me methods usually taught to college musicians.

The reason I always believed in private lessons is because no matter how few or how many you take, the learning process gets expedited immensely.

I definitely would recommend this teacher for learning a brass instrument.
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Cate July 9, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Tyler was my 14 year old daughters instructor in both piano and guitar. We loved him! He's fun and keeps the student interested and engaged in learning. I can't believe how much she's learned in just a short time.
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Nicholas July 9, 2018
· Trumpet · In studio
Our son really enjoys his trumpet lesson with Tyler. He is learning a lot and really looks forward to his lesson every week!
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About Michael M.

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Albuquerque, NM
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My passion in life is to encourage and inspire people to become more than they think they can - and I'm usually successful! I don't read a note of music, but have been playing piano and singing at a high professional level for several decades. I'll teach you how to be musical - the subtle difference between good and great.
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Michael M.

Michael M.

Albuquerque, NM 87110
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About Mark S.

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Hopewell, NJ
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I love working with kids as well as adults, playing guitar is a passion of mine and I'm excited to pass this on to others.
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Mark S.

Mark S.

Online
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$45 / 30-min

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