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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 ***
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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Peter W. August 12, 2017
· Singing · In home
Very tutor easy to follow and knowledgable
However, location was said to be 2.7 miles from me, it is actually 21 miles...... beware and double check!!
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Angelika July 17, 2017
· Opera Voice · In studio
So far, I look forward to each lesson! Troy is very kind, yet very helpful and has helped me target on my personal goals with opera while also learning more each time! I highly recommend him. It doesn't matter if you have no experience in voice or only experience in voice ( as my experience is theatre and musical theatre), he is patient in helping you achieve the goals set. I cannot wait to continue lessons with him!
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Jonathan May 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Troy is a rare talent in the Houston area. He's well qualified, very detailed, and has a great sense of humor. Troy has been teaching me for 6 months and I have come so far. I'll go sing karaoke anytime! Thank you Troy!
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About Anastasia S.

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I am a classically trained pianist with five completed degrees in Piano Performance from Germany and the US.

About Anastasia
After Anastasia’s Carnegie Hall Debut in 2006, the New York Concert Review wrote: "For a critic, hearing a new pianist with a truly warm, luscious tone is like breathing in the scent of jasmine blooming - a pleasure to be recalled again and again - and so I'm happy to report that from the first note she touched at her Weill Hall recital, Anastasia S. was a genuine pleasure to listen to. Every piece, every measure, every note - no matter how complex the texture, no matter how many strands of melody and accompaniment - was wrapped in a halo of golden tone..."

Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Anastasia S. gave her first solo recital at the age of eleven. Ms. S. is a graduate of the Hochschule für Musik Würzburg, Germany, and holds a Master’s and a Doctorate degrees from The Hartt School at the University of Hartford.

In 2003 Anastasia received
First Prize in the 14th International Piano Competition for Young Pianists in Rome, Italy, and was awarded a Special Prize. In year 2006 Ms. S. won the Puigcerda International Piano Competition in Spain. In the same year she recorded the complete works for piano and orchestra by Balakirev with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra for NAXOS records. In 2008 Ms. S. received the “Outstanding Award”, which granted her a return engagement to give a second solo recital at Carnegie Hall in New York City. In 2010 Anastasia was awarded a Special Prize for the best interpretation of French composition at the International Piano Competition “Parnassos” in Mexico. Her solo recital in 2008 at the Myra Hess Concert Series in Chicago was broadcast live on WFMT Radio, in Internet, and on the TV-Station “Channel 25“; Anastasia was invited to play there again in 2011. Her career continues with numerous appearances as a soloist both in concertos with orchestra, in solo recitals, and in chamber music concerts in Ukraine, Germany, Macedonia, Italy, Switzerland, France, Russia, USA, and Japan. Anastasia’s recent engagements included a performance at the Bolshoi Hall of Moscow Conservatory as well as solo appearances with orchestras in the United States and Germany featuring concerti by Prokofieff, Mozart, Grieg, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Stravinsky. In 2014 her new CD "Music of Russian-Jewish composers for oboe and piano" was released. Currently, Anastasia is working on her two new solo CD's for Centaur Records.

In 2013, Anastasia was granted the Extraordinary Abilities in the Arts permanent US residence, as one of a small percentage of those who have risen to the top in their field of endeavor. Anastasia served as an Adjunct Faculty in Piano and Chamber Music at the Hartt School, and is currently on faculty of the New England Conservatory in Boston.

I offer scholarships for advanced level students upon request.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano. Piano books and theory material available if needed

*** Travel Equipment ***
Travel myself by car

*** Specialties ***
Traditional piano method. Classical music.
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Dmitry October 13, 2016
· Piano · In studio
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Denny July 23, 2016
· Classical Piano · In studio
As an adult beginner, I chose Anastasia for more personalized instruction, especially in technique, after learning the basics through community center group lessons. I have not continued only because another equally well-qualified instructor who lives close by, within walking distance, has become available. I am very pleased with the lessons and pointers that I have received. Anastasia is professional, encouraging, and friendly. An especially helpful part of her instruction is the set of comments and suggestions that she writes down to guide practice between lessons. If the neighbor instructor does not work out, I’ll be back.
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Yara Shaban May 29, 2016
· Piano · In studio
excellent teacher, patient, and very professional
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About Cindy H.

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With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am able to prepare students for polished, accurate, playing with an emotional connection. Beginners will learn to read music using method books that are supplemented with authentic classical pieces (as opposed to beginners' versions of popular pieces). Intermediate students will learn classical pieces from all musical eras. We will cover all major and minor scales, arpeggios, sight reading, and aural skills.

About Cindy
Regardless of where your musical interests lie, I can help you improve your skills! Growing up, I fell in love with playing and singing all styles of music! I've delved into classical, jazz, R&B, soul, gospel, reggae, soca, pop and musical theater, and I can teach you how to apply proper technique to the genre(s) of your choice!

If you're looking to become a better singer, we will focus on finding the beauty and power in your voice in a healthy manner. Vocal health is an important component of everything I teach, and I work to eliminate strain and vocal fatigue. We will work on balancing your vocal registers to give you control over the troublesome middle range. With a healthy foundation in place, we will fine tune your skills by addressing pitch accuracy, vocal control, phrasing, dynamics, expression and microphone technique.

If y
ou're interested in playing piano, you will learn how to read music and/or play by ear. You'll learn scales, chords, arpeggios, sight-reading, and basic music theory. For singers who are interested in piano, I've developed a great technique to teach you how to accompany yourself.

For songwriters, I can help you write stronger lyrics and set them to music appropriately.

In general, I'm pretty upbeat and fun. However, I expect you to practice. When you practice, you hear and feel the difference and everyone's happy! If you don't practice, you'll remain in the same place, and it's frustrating for everyone. :( Please, please, please practice! :)

My degree in music education and wide range of experience allows me to accommodate different learning styles. I have a knack for breaking down seemingly difficult or mysterious concepts in a way that's easy to understand. I also understand the demands of being a full time musician, and can offer advice to students who are interested in going that route.

I would love to help you enhance your enjoyment of music by making it fun and easy for you to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Upright piano
Yamaha keyboard
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Full length mirror
Library of great music
Music theory workbooks
Manuscript paper

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theater, Gospel, Pop
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Deborah May 3, 2018
· Vocal Training · In home
From the moment we walked in Cindy made my shy daughter immediately feel at ease. Her approach and ability to connect with students at any age (I overheard her lessons with an older woman), makes her a gem. She provided helpful tips to help improve while practicing. With each lesson, my daughter walked away feeling more confident and clear on what she needed to practice at home. I would definitely recommend her.
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Lauralyn A. March 29, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
This was my first lesson with Cindy and she has already started to journey in helping me to understand my voice and what it has the capabilities of doing
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Kaydin C. March 28, 2018
· Singing · In studio
My daughter had a Great experience! Cindy is informative, patient and knowledgeable. Her enthusiasm and positive energy was just what my daughter needed to help build her confidence and desire to keep singing!
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About Rebekah P.

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With over 10 years of teaching experience, and 25 years of performance experience, you're in capable hands to learn it all from the basics to the classics! I have a bachelor's degree in music, and an unquenchable passion for teaching! Learn it all from the basics to the classics!

About Rebekah
With a degree in classical voice and over 10 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals! Using proven methods, you can learn the techniques necessary to sing like the pros or make the ivory keys of your piano dance!

My teaching style would be best described as fun and flexible. I'm a total stickler for proper technique and classical learning theory, but I also give my students the power to choose what repertoire they work on. I often tell my pupils, "I don't really care what you're playing or singing, as long as you focus on the fundamentals learned in lessons". I believe students will practice music they like, so I encourage them to pick songs they enjoy hearing. The concept that purposeful learning can be achieved using almost any repertoire is at the core of my teaching philosophy.
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Andrew W. January 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Rebekah is a great teacher. In just five lessons I feel really comfortable sitting in front of the piano.
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Omar September 21, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Rebekah is very professional and have tons of patience with her students. Definetly improves the way I sing and the way I prepare for songs.
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Denina April 28, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Rebekah listens to student interests and builds lessons to develop skills. Practice isn't a chore because the student loves the music. She always listens and supports teenagers in way they will listen.
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About Ashley B.

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I truly love playing piano, and being able to bestow upon a student the ability to achieve proficiency on this wonderful instrument is not only personally gratifying, but for the student as well.
I emphasize teaching proper technique, the ability to express oneself through music and having the utmost fun, enjoyable experience while playing it.
I will also provide helpful worksheets and homework material designed by myself.

About Ashley
Hi! My name is Ashley and I'm a recent both music and writing graduate of William Paterson University.

I am a passionate multi-instrumentalist.

Do you want to learn how to play your instrument and make up your own music too one day?

If you'd like to try out a teacher who truly loves what they do, I may be right selection. My primary instrument is piano, though I play several others such as flute, clarinet, guitar and violin. I am most proficient on piano, flute, clarinet and guitar so I feel more comfortable teaching these instruments in order to give students the best possible musical foundation. All students are welcome to learn from me, and I have a soft spot and understanding for special needs students.

Music has been in my life since I was a young child, as my grandfather who was proficient on both organ and clarinet
, taught me how to read music and play keyboard. Music is something that can never escape my life! I practice my instruments on a daily basis and avidly compose my own music as well. Besides being involved with piano at school, I was a member of the William Paterson Symphony Orchestra where I played second violin, as well as a member of the school's flute ensemble. My goal is to have a career in which I can instill within my students the same love, endearment and appreciation for music that has grown with me over the years.

I am someone who truly has a passionate love for music, as it is what my whole life is about and brings me immense happiness on a daily basis. I am not just a robotic teacher who is providing lessons as a financial opportunity, but someone who honestly cares about the growth of a student's musical ability and love for music itself.

A huge part of music is not just learning how to play the notes correctly, but to come to understand the amazement that can be experienced from the act of playing an instrument. To be the most successful in any music related business, I feel that it is essential to love what you do and to practice as much as you possibly can. Love and practice can take someone very far if they are truly dedicated to their art.

Witnessing a student enjoy what they're doing while improving their skills in the process is an amazing feeling for both student and teacher. I want to show people what it is I love about music so much, and hopefully instill within them the same love and passion.

I would like possible future students to know that I am not like any other instructor, as generic as this may sound. I have a true, fervent passion for music which I yearn to share with others.
Whether music is a way of life or just a hobby for someone, it can be something that sticks with them for the remainder of their lives and brings great happiness and enjoyment.
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steve konopka May 12, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
i took lessons for 1 year when she worked at the music store and really enjoyed it so thanks
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Jared May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Ashley rocks. My son has learned a lot in such a short period of time.
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Michelle May 9, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Teacher for past year now-great with kids. Can't ask for better
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About Amber W.

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Experienced Music teacher of 8 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of their instrument and theory skills. I specialize in all styles. Typically, I use a variety of method books to pick from to meet the needs of the students. I also have many tools available to use during lessons.
My students have gone on to NYSSMA and on to college auditions successfully!

About Amber
I have been teaching private lessons since 2008, but have been studying music since I was only 4 with non stop private and in school lessons. I now have my Bachelor's degree in Music education and am working toward my Masters in Music performance and Instruction.
I love working with my students. Watching them succeed at what they do is what makes my day great. I always love to have a fun atmosphere around me and enjoy every minute it. Music is great for self expression a great Escape or an easy pass-time. It's nothing that should be stressful, but the opposite and that is what my lessons aim to do. Provide an educational, but fun and expressive learning experience to carry with you or your child throughout your lives.
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Tyrese P. November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Amber is nice. I can tell she has a lot of knowledge and i can tell she cares for her students.She is very easy to approach with questions or concerns. I cant wait for my next lesson
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Kitty December 5, 2016
· Piano · In studio
So far, so good !!
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Greg H. December 1, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Amber is really patient with a new student. I'm glad to be her student.
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About Natasha B.

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I create a step-by-step monthly plan that I tailor to each student taking into account their music goals and education level.

About Natasha
I am an opera singer and pianist who studied at the Aaron Copland School of Music in NYC and I recently moved to Texas to continue my studies in Music Education.

I started teaching piano and voice privately in New York City in 2012 and I continued in Texas. I have experience teaching ages 4 to 65 in both voice and piano.
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Michelle April 3, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Over the last 15 months I have taken over 50 lessons with Natasha. As an adult re-leaning piano I was a little nervous but immediately she made me feel comfortable, utilizing my previous experiences and my progression to challenge me continuously. She is so patient and will keep motivating you to reach your goal, whatever it may be. Natasha also writes everything down which is really helpful for review and shows her true knowledge of music theory and application. I highly recommend her as a piano teacher. I am the better for it!
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Kim November 16, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
First class is excellent!
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Kelly October 15, 2017
· Broadway Singing · In studio
Natasha was very helpful and very friendly. She is a very knowledgeable instructor and I look forward to working more with her.
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I have been teaching private piano lessons to all ages (4-60+) at pretty much any level (beginner-advanced) for the past 7 years. I also began teaching musical groups 4 years ago consisting of instruments you would typically see in a rock band or big band. This year is my second year as the band director of the GA 4-H State Performing Arts Group, Clovers & Company. With my 18 years of musical experience (which began as classical training) and 10 years of music performance experience, I am able to teach my students nearly anything they want to learn.

Something that surprises my students when I first meet them is that my college education is not in music but, instead, in Psychology. I use my education to help my students find their weak points in learning and help them overcome those obstacles by looking at it from a psychological standpoint.

And before I go, if you like "normal" teachers, you came to the wrong place. I have been told by my students that I teach very differently than ...

About Daniel
At my core, I am an entertainer. I have been performing music and magic for over 10 years in front of audiences and crowds ranging from my family to nearly 10,000 random people. I started music at the age of 5 and magic at the age of 9. I do my best to make my lessons interesting and engaging. I have no problem teaching out of a book or creating a home-made learning plan for you based on what musical path you want to go down.

Do you like classical music? Make sure to come Bach every week for your next lesson! Do you like music on the radio? Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing! Do you want to play in a band? Hold your applause until after the lesson! Don't know what you want to do? Don't feel bad because I am still figuring that out for myself.

My piano lessons will be taught to you from my own bedroom. I have a Kawai Studio ke
yboard that I will hook up to a board with a microphone to give you some top quality sound. I have a single HD webcam for now but will eventually purchase another one so that I can have 2 views to swap between (myself and my hand on the piano).

On the side, I also help tutor Psychology and teach website development. If you are interested in any of these lessons, feel free to ask me questions!

Some Of The Things You Will Learn While Taking Music Lessons With Me:
- Complete understanding of The Circle of Fifths
- All 12 + 12 Major and Minor Scales
- The 9 most commonly seen chords (Major, Minor, Second, etc.)
- How to read sheet music in both Treble and Bass Clef
- How to read lead sheets and chord charts
- How to keep time and develop your internal metronome
- How to improvise your own music with just a chord chart
- How to use the piano to visualize music theory in your mind
- Practice writing down your own music onto staff paper
- Practice not letting distractions mess you up when playing
- How to know what to play when in a band/group
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Dylan May 25, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Daniel is a great teacher if you want to learn music from all kinds of different genres and he’s flexible depending on what you want to learn. I’d recommend him to any wanting to learn.
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Jerry May 22, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My 13 year old son took piano lessons from Daniel. My son's knowledge, skills and interest grew as a result. Daniel was able to teach him fundamentals while allowing him to learn some pieces of his choice. Daniel kept him engaged and interested. It was an all-round great experience. Now, my son performs in the marching band at his high school and plays a number of instruments.
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Marie May 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My adolescent grandson took piano lessons from Daniel for 3.5 years and learned enough to become a life long lover of music and has continued to enjoy playing this instrument. Daniel has a great rapport with young students.
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Classically trained in Russia for 10 years. Now play and compose songs, jazz and variety of musical directions. Teaching experience of 10 years (kids and adults). Work in studios as session and composer. Play celtic harp and teach vocal.

About Daria
I am a professional musician and I have a big education as a psychologist which helps me to find the unique and right way for everyone to learn music. The most important for me is to make it as straightforward as it can be for my students to reach their goals in music.
I play piano and harp. Know a lot about music theory and composition. I've played in a band and wrote many songs that were performed by famous artists and music used in many Russian movies. I worked with music for theatre.
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I am a conservatory-trained, experienced piano teacher of over 10 years who has worked with students of every age and level. I have taught privately as well as at colleges and local community schools. My background is in classical music and so I make sure to start every student with a firm foundation in reading music and understanding it. From there, I tailor lessons specifically for each student and their interests and goals. I am also a professionally performing pianist who can bring real-world experience to lessons, for anyone at any stage of their development. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, I take special care to make sure that each of my students feels safe and empowered to ask questions, make mistakes, and experiment. My studio space is a safe place for everyone.

About Sophia
I am a professionally performing and touring pianist, recording artist, educator, and event producer. I graduated from Indiana University Jacobs School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and from Manhattan School of Music with a Master of Music in piano performance.

As an educator, I have been teaching piano for over a decade, and have worked with everyone from beginners through very advanced adults and college students. I have also taught workshops, coached music ensembles, and helped prepare young musicians for auditions.

As a performer, I travel nationally for concerts and have also performed internationally, most recently in Mexico and South Africa. Venues I've performed in include The Kennedy Center and the United States State Department in Washington, DC, and The Apollo Theatre and National Sawdust in Ne
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Last year, I released a full-length album on a label and self-released and produced two EPs. I also co-founded and co-direct an organization that produces concerts in collaboration with scientists and researchers. We've produced concerts around the East Coast and have collaborated with researchers at schools including Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, and NYU. I'm also part of an electroacoustic duo that creates across genres.
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