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Troy W.

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I have been teaching this subject for over 16 years. The main curriculum for beginners is Alfred's Basic Piano Library. There are three beginner levels (beginner, late, adult) and one will be selected after the first meeting. For non-beginning students, the course of study will be developed based on past experience, current abilities, and goals. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is a part of subsequent lessons. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music.

During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students.

Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, voice, piano, literature, and history for over ten

years. Students who have studied with him come from a wide range of backgrounds with different goals. Those who have continued with musical studies in college have consistently placed out of at least the first two semesters of music theory and achieved advanced placement in their chosen fields of study. Those who chose a different path continue to benefit from the education and training they received from taking music lessons.

*** Lesson Details ***
There is no "standard formula" to lessons. Each student has their own unique background, needs, and goals. Lessons tend to be somewhat casual but are structured in such a way as to meet the unique requirements of the student.

To accomplish your goals, there are a few requirements and basic expectations that the student and parent must meet.
The first is practice. Students are expected to practice daily for at least the length of their lesson time. This, above all else, is essential to progress. It is also expected that a parent will attend lessons for students who are too young to drive themselves here. It's important for a parent to guide the student's practice time (particularly for younger students) to ensure that the most is gained from it. This is why I ask that a parent observe lessons.
Each student or parent should bring to each lesson a notebook, pencils (with erasers). The notebook will be used to record notes about each lesson, homework, practice advice, etc. Pencils (not pens...nobody's perfect!) are used by composers to record their creations and performers to mark their music. Both of these essential practices are subject to changing thought and must be open to change. So no ink, please!

Performers: It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Lessons are not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it will be selected based on the student's learning needs but also with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.
Note: Voice students must be at least 16 years of age.

Composers: Just as with performers, it is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons. Many young composers have great ideas but can only hear them in their heads or play them on an instrument. Lessons will allow you to obtain the skills to write them down with greater speed, accuracy, and clarity. More advance students will also include exploring a wider range of harmonic languages, advanced notation, instrumentation, orchestration, and aural skills. Students should come to the first lesson with examples of their work, either written, notated, or recorded in a digital format. They should be prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
• To reschedule a lesson, more than one day notice is required.

• Make up lessons must be scheduled before the next regular lesson.

• A make up lesson cannot be scheduled in place of a regular lesson.

• If, for any reason, two 30-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 30-minute lessons, not one 60 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• If, for any reason, two 45-minute lessons are scheduled one right after the other, they will be charged as two 45-minute lessons, not one 90 minute lesson which is a different rate.

• the studio space is also inhabited by two lovely cats. Do consider this when signing up for lessons.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl River 48" professional studio upright piano
Yamaha DGX-650 weighted 88 keys full sized keyboard
area for parents to sit and observe lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Main area is in classical music and media scoring with secondary focus on musical theatre vocal performance and composing/arranging.
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September 13, 2019
Antonio C.
Very patient, and meticulous.
May 31, 2019
Mark
Very organized and focused.
Troy is affable and attentive.
May 7, 2019
Glenn
Troy was knowledgeable and patient in the first lesson, and I can already see improvement.

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Jonathan B.

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Piano was the instrument I ran to when I was tired of classical guitar in college. As a consequence, I develop a very special relationship with it. I've learned to use it as a vehicle for expressing music in a way that's more free than any instrument that I do. Things I teach on piano usually include...

-Basic technique: scale fingerings, finger mechanics, dynamic posture
-Music Learning: how the piano makes music easier than with any other instrument, and what is the most efficient way to learn music
-Improvisation: how to explore music freely using easy keyboard techniques
-Composition: how to find and discipline your creativity through exploratory piano exercises

About Jonathan

I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B

lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
http://takelessons.com/blog/how-to-play-acoustic-guitar-like-john-mayer-z01
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October 16, 2019
Finn M.
Jonathan really inspires my son. His teaching is both deeply thoughtful and impulsively fun.
August 29, 2019
Glenn
Very patient but also good at pushing the boundaries
January 31, 2019
Jett O.
Our son just finished his first lesson with Jonathan and he is all smiles.

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Jonathan B.

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Paula Johnson is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano and holds the Permanent Professional Certificate from Music Teachers National Association. She received a degree in Music Education from Carson Newman College and has been a long time member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Music Teachers Associations, in addition to being a Past President and Teacher of the Year of the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association. In addition, Ms. Johnson received training through Kindermusik International, a music and movement program for young children beginning at age birth, and is licensed to teach all Kindermusik curricula.

Regular attendances of classes, workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well as review of current professional journals are an important part of Ms. Johnson’s continuing education. She has honed her piano performance skills by serving many years as church musician in congregations of various different denominations, as well as performing at weddings, funeral services,

About Paula

Paula Johnson is a Nationally Certified Teacher of Piano and holds the Permanent Professional Certificate from Music Teachers National Association. She received a degree in Music Education from Carson Newman College and has been a long time member of the Tennessee and Knoxville Music Teachers Associations, in addition to being a Past President and Teacher of the Year of the Smoky Mountain Music Teachers Association. In addition, Ms. Johnson received training through Kindermusik International, a music and movement program for young children beginning at age birth, and is licensed to teach all Kindermusik curricula.

Regular attendances of classes, workshops, seminars, and conferences, as well as review of current professional journals are an important part of Ms. Johnson’s continuing education. She has honed her piano performance skills

by serving many years as church musician in congregations of various different denominations, as well as performing at weddings, funeral services, and for musicals.

Ms. Johnson’s students have performed locally at the National Federation of Music Clubs Piano Festivals, National Piano Guild Auditions, MTNA Local and State Auditions, Pianorama, Music Field Day, American Piano Gallery - Home of Steinway, West Town Mall, Knoxville Fantasy of Trees, Knoxville Chocolatefest, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Ijams Nature Center Holiday Market, Farragut Community Nativity, and the General Morgan Inn, as well as opportunities at their schools and studio recitals.

Through her piano study with Dr. Paul Ridgway, Ms. Johnson follows in a teaching tradition that can be traced back to Ludwig van Beethoven. Ridgway was a student of Leon Fleisher, who had been a student of Artur Schnabel, student of Theodor Leschetizky, student of Carl Czerny, student of Beethoven.

Ms. Johnson is particularly noted by her students and their families as a calm, patient, and thorough teacher. Her students learn standard music theory, and to read music through instructional methods as well as supplemental pieces in various genres of music according to their interests including classical, sacred, popular, jazz, and more.
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October 6, 2017
John
I have been taking piano lessons from Paula for close to 10 years, and it has been great experience. I have learned to play a variety of music from rock to classical. Some qualities I like about Paula is that she is patient, and she will challenge and encourage you. We have played various venues in Knoxville, but my favorite is the Fantasy of Trees. It is a great way to support Children's Hospital. Young or old, I highly recommend Paula for anyone wanting to learn piano.
September 16, 2017
Linda
Upon re-locating to the area, we were referred to Paula Johnson for our daughter's continuing lessons. We were fortunate to have four years with Paula before our daughter left for college. During that time, our daughter was challenged in all genre's of music and excelled under Paula's excellent tutelage. Her instruction in theory and practical application instilled skills in our daughter that she has taken with her into her adult life and will enjoy in the future.
September 7, 2017
Susan
My daughter has been taking piano lessons from Paula for over 4 years, she started when she was just 9 and knew next to nothing about music. Paula is great teacher, very patient and has provided lots of different music options (Disney movie theme songs, Classical, Jazz and Christmas classics) which has helped to keep my daughter interested in continuing to play.

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Brent E.

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Teaching is my passion. When you study with me, you will learn exactly what you need to help you along your musical quest. I keep my lessons fun and interactive so you'll have clear instructions on how to accomplish your goals.

About Brent

I'm a professional pianist and drummer based in the bay area. I have been teaching for over a decade, and find great joy in helping students progress and develop a love for music. As a performer, I am active in several bands and enjoy playing a variety of musical styles.

The lessons are personalized to suit your needs. Whether your a beginner or want to refine your skills, I will help you find an effective practice routine that maximizes progress.

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October 14, 2019
Kelly
Brent is a talented musician and makes learning fun. His style is tuned to the student’s level and ability. Our daughter (now 10) has been taking lessons on and off for 3-4 years and reads music, composes her own music and enjoys playing (not so much practicing...) I highly recommend Brent for learning in a traditional tailored mixed with jazz inspired love of chords and improvisation.
October 8, 2019
Sara
Brent is a fantastic teacher! My son takes both drum and piano lessons from Brent in our home. He's a calm and patient instructor to my high-energy kid. He's a musical pro with a wide range of styles and techniques to help kids explore their own interests while learning the necessary fundamentals. I recommend him highly!
October 8, 2019
Milan
Brent is a great piano teacher. My son has been taking lessons from him for almost 2 years. He is great at reinforcing fundamentals which is critical for kids to have a strong foundation in music. He is good at motivating my son w/o pushing him unnecessarily. Also he is very open to giving parents the tools to help children practice away from class. Most importantly he makes learning piano fun.

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Gabriela G.

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B.M degree in Performance with an extensive background teaching various age groups and group classes as well. Private lessons are an excellent choice for anybody looking to grow exponentially on their instrument, with lessons plans catered to your individual growth.

About Gabriela

I've been playing music for over fifteen years and have gained a lot of experience during that time.

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Gabriela G.

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I have been playing piano for 23 years and cello for 16 years. I love sharing music with others and seeing them grow to love music as well. I am currently a pianist for the KC Ballet’s ROAD program. I have a Bachelors of Music from Lindenwood University. I have been a piano accompanist for 7 years. I taught 5th grade Orchestra Club in the Fort Zumwalt School District and was a substitute teacher for Orchestra classes for 3 years. I have been teaching private lessons for 10 years.

About Melissa

I have been playing piano for 23 years and cello for 16 years. I love sharing music with others and seeing them grow to love music as well. I am currently a pianist for the KC Ballet’s ROAD program. I have a Bachelors of Music from Lindenwood University. I have been a piano accompanist for 7 years. I taught 5th grade Orchestra Club in the Fort Zumwalt School District and was a substitute teacher for Orchestra classes for 3 years. I have been teaching private lessons for 10 years.

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May 13, 2019
Jinlei
She is a really nice teacher! I’m enjoy the class!
January 28, 2019
Donna
Melissa is fantastic!! Extremely kind and very patient. She’s a great teacher!!!

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Alex W.

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I'm a fun person who loves different genres of music. I'm laid back but I try to keep things interesting so that lessons don't feel like a chore. I sometimes teach current songs from the radio to explain theory.

About Alex

I'm a multi-instrumentalist who is excited about music and would love to teach what I have acquired about piano. I've started my journey at the age of 5 with formal lessons. I took these lessons all throughout grade school and high school. In my middle school years through high school, I played trumpet in the concert, symphonic, and marching band. Piano in Jazz band. In High School I played for my home church as well as the gospel choir at school with friends. I learned a lot about playing by ear in those years, as I am mainly classically trained. Through learning theory in my lessons and having friends who play by ear, I have learned to play radio hits and explain them. I also am a music producer and I find it fun to teach and learn through the studio as well as with piano students.

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January 2, 2019
Valencia
Alex is patient and relates with his students. He uses what interests them most to motivate and better comprehend lessons.

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Paul R.

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Every student has their own way of learning, and I will find that way! The beginner is brought through the traditional, classic method. But then I branch into modern styles, helping the student to find an original voice and perform music that resonates with today's listening audience. Together, we will explore American music that brings the intermediate and advanced student to understand blues and jazz improvisation, as well as composition.

About Paul

Motivation to practice is the key. Working with the parents, I like to make the lesson fun for the student, while getting the student to work hard and to keep them focused on success. Both current and former students and their parents are eager to provide references.
I've taught all ages; in music stores, online, in private homes and my home. Focusing on technique and theory, I also provide historical context for modern music, and help the student to discover our wonderful culture.

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d it, I found Josh to be the perfect teacher. He got to know me and found out what my personal musical goals were. Then he adapted lessons to fit both my (beginner) skill level and my taste in music. He has a wealth of knowledge and can incorporate theory into the lessons to whatever detail you may desire which I personally enjoyed. He also was very adept at recognizing where I was having trouble and helping me work through those areas.

I found his own musical talent to be extremely inspiring and even attended some of his concerts. His skill and dedication to music definitely helps him in being the effective teacher that he is.

The environment of his lessons is relaxed and comfortable and he was always available to contact and willing to help if I had questions between lessons.

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