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About David S.

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Fairfax, VA
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David enjoys teaching students from all different backgrounds and levels of proficiency. Whether you are just starting out or a virtuoso shredder in the making, he is happy to teach you! Over all, he is fairly laid back, as long as you practice. He usually combines work with reading off of the treble clef (what he likens to "eating your vegetables." You may not want to do it, but it will make you a healthier musician!) with learning more popular songs (or songs the student says they would like to learn) through tablature and chord charts, depending on the style of the song.

David is also very pro music theory. He usually incorporates music theory into the curriculum in conjunction with the material already being discussed. He is also very knowledgeable about composition/songwriting, and if the student is interested in learning more about this area, he is happy to share what he knows!

About David
David is a successful singer/songwriter/guitarist out of Fairfax, VA. He has a bachelor's degree in Music with a concentration in composition from Salisbury University, where he also studied jazz and classical guitar . In the 25 years he has been performing (20 of those professionally) and playing guitar, he has released 4 CDs and written over 200 original songs. He has opened for major national acts like Journey, Maroon 5, Toby Keith, My Chemical Romance, The Used, Thrice, Story of the Year, The Bouncing Souls, Eric Hutchinson, Virginia Coalition and Graham Colton. In the process, he has performed at such notable venues as FedEx Field, Nationals Park, Jiffy Lube Live/Nissan Pavilion, the 9:30 Club, The Hamilton and Rams Head Live.

As a teacher, David has taught in numerous locations in the Maryland area for the last 23 years. H
is students generally range anywhere from 4-70+ years old and come from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of proficiency, from basic beginners to advanced. Some of his students have also gone on to pursue careers in music, others have just learned as a hobby, and some have been somewhere in between the two. All are welcome!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in living room with couches, chairs, cables/amps, as well as extra guitars (acoustic and electric) and a bass guitar, if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide amps and stands, etc if needs be. However, if they are already provided for the student's sake/in terms of the student (i.e. I'll bring the equipment needed for myself), this would be ideal.

*** Specialties ***
Pop, rock, jazz, blues, classical, metal and funk.
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Brendan December 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
I had to switch the lesson to in-home roughly 3 hours before the scheduled lesson. David was great and accommodating. He gave me a crash course on scales, which I didn't know anything about, and explained them so that I actually started to understand.
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Samantha Gordon March 10, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
My first lesson with David was excellent! He is very patient and knowledgeable. I now have extremely high expectations for learning to play the guitar. I highly recommend him. He gave me a thorough explanation about how guitars are made made, the parts, we tuned the guitar and I am ready to groove!
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John B. October 8, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Feeling very confidant with my choice in instructor!
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About Itai G.

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Jamaica Plain, MA
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Learn how chords and chord progressions are constructed and improve your playing and composing by understanding what you are hearing.

About Itai
Itai graduated from SUNY Purchase with a BA in Studio Composition in 2007, and from Hebrew College with a Masters' Degree in Jewish Education in June, 2016. He has been working in after-school, Hebrew school, camp, and other supplementary educational settings for over ten years. Itai's Hebrew students are either studying for their bnei mitzvah, maintaining their conversational Hebrew, or learning for the purpose of competence of services or Torah study. His piano students have ranged from five-year olds just starting, to young children learning Classical pieces, to teens learning to play the songs they like, to adults working on their songwriting and improvisation. Lessons will accommodate the student's goals. Itai's strengths are improvisation, music theory and ear training, and accompaniment of popular songs - rock, theater, pop, folk,
etc. As a musician, Itai writes songs, composes music for communal singing, improvises, and plays in a Klezmer band. Aside from tutoring, Itai works as a songleader, teaches at the Hebrew school at his synagogue, growing a new outdoor Hebrew school, and occasionally teaches at an outdoor education program.

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Please note that there's a name I don't use anymore and one of my reviews reflects that. Yes I am the same person.

Please note that there are cats in my home studio.
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Miles February 5, 2019
· Piano · In home
Itai was fantastic. Reliable and knowledgeable. I had been through many teachers to find one as good as Itai. Also very flexible with what I was interested in learning.
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Gracie H. October 29, 2018
· Hebrew · Online
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Zachary H. August 29, 2018
· Hebrew · Online
This first class was great. We had some small problems with the camera and voice, but that had nothing to do with Itai. My son was excited when class was over. He is looking forward to his next lesson.
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About Alexandra P.

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Gilroy, CA

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I have been teaching music theory for fifteen years in my private studios and in classrooms.

I focus on beginning theory from note reading and rhythm recognition through to the ABRSM theory exams.

I also teach and tutor theory from the Laitz and Kastka Payne theory textbooks.

My desire is to help people understand music theory in an easy and fun way.

About Alexandra
Alexandra has been teaching harp and piano around the country for eighteen years through her personal harp studio and the Salvi Showroom in Southern California. She has also worked as a sectional coach for the Orange County Youth Symphony, Asia America Youth Symphony, and Palos Verdes Regional Symphony Orchestra. Her students are currently attending Eastman School of Music, Columbia University, Barnard College, Harvard University, Boston College, University of Pennslyvania, Princeton University, Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Yale University and Purdue University among others. Her students have also appeared on National television as well as playing for the Grammy Awards.

A strong supporter of the American Harp Society, she is Vice President of the American Harp Society Foundation. Alexandra is also co-chairman of
the distinguished Anne Adams Awards Harp Competition where she has been a main Director for fifteen years. She has served as the President of the Orange County Harp Society Chapter as well as a board member of the Bay Area Harp Society Chapter.

Alexandra received her Bachelor's Degree from DePauw University, majoring in Music and Anthropology. She also completed premedical studies at DePauw after spending her Junior year studying harp at the University of Oregon. She received her Master's Degree from Roosevelt University in Orchestral Studies, and did post graduate work at the University of Southern California in Harp Performance and Anthropology.

Alexandra's harp teachers have included: Sarah Bullen, Sally Maxwell, Edward Druzinsky, JoAnn Turovsky, Harriet Thompson Moore, Kara Bershad, Faye Seeman, Joy Andreasen, and Neva Lydiard. She has also had many mentors who have guided her life and career including: Kathleen Bride, Victor Salvi, Sally Maxwell, Patricia Masri- Fletcher, Robin Gordon- Cartier, Carrie Kourkoumelis, Dr. Craig Pare, and Karen Thielen.

Alexandra has performed in many master classes given by such internationally known harpists as Skaila Kanga, Jana Bouskova, Marie Pierre Langlamet, and Bryn Lewis. She has also organized many masterclasses and events featuring: Kathleen Bride, Sarah Bullen, Gwyneth Wentink, Patricia Masri - Fletcher, Louise Vickerman, Sivan Magen, Sasha Boldachev, Ina Zdorovetchi, Angel Padilla Crespo, Elzbieta Szmytt, Susan Allen, Gayle Levant, Stella Castelucci, Robin Gordon Cartier, Emmanuel Ceysson, Yolanda Kondonasis, and Kim Robertson.
 
Alexandra has performed extensively throughout North America and Europe as a soloist, with small ensembles, and as an orchestral harpist. She has appeared in several television shows such as General Hospital. Her playing,"Is filled with care, artistry, and mature interpretation. She is a talented musician, well rounded in her knowledge of music, and has a healthy curiosity in areas beyond music." (Donald Chen, conductor) "Everything I heard was sensitive, artistic, and had beautiful intonation." (Richard Ferrin, violist emeritus, Chicago Symphony Orchestra).

In addition to playing, Alexandra has also served as the Ambassador for Salvi Harps in North America for the past eleven years. She has given numerous masterclasses and workshops in addition to performing at National Harp Conferences and National and Regional music showcases. In her role as National Sales Manager, she helped harpists from all over the world find their dream harps, learn to care for them, and has mentored them along the way.

Apart from harp activities, Alexandra also enjoys teaching middle school, teaching piano, coaching rowing, participation in sports activities, and writing articles for various journals including: The American Harp Journal, Chicago Health Magazine, and Atlanta Health Magazine. She also enjoys being a board member on the DePauw University Alumni Board and she enjoys working on music startup companies.

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As a HARP teacher, all of my
students play scales, arpeggios, and technical exercises in
their lessons. I believe having a strong technical base is the foundation for
every part of playing and you can't learn without it. I will set the repertoire
for students according to their technical progress and although I may
take into consideration a student's desires to learn a certain piece, there has
to be time and they have to be ready for it. I have both short term and long
term goals for each student that involve theory, technical ability, and
repertoire: fun, orchestral and solo. Adult students still have to learn
technique, it makes things much more fun and easy six months later, I promise! Beginning students will learn how to read notes, understand basic theory, and technique in a short amount of time, so don't be scared if you have never had a music lesson before. 

I require all students make
at least half an hour a day commitment to practice. I teach mostly the Grandjany method of harp technique, however, I also use Salzedo and Renie methods
at times to fit a particular students' build and unique physical attributes as well as what the piece requires. I
have studied all techniques throughout my education and I find them all
beneficial for different reasons. I do, however, believe everyone is built
differently and the technique should help the harpist play and not hinder them
from achieving their goals. Everyone learns at a different speed, but as a
brand new musician, after six months practicing regularly, you should be able
to read music fluently, understand basic theory concepts, be able to play with
both hands and four fingers on each hand, play all of the basic scales and
arpeggios musically and be able to play at least one piece memorized.
Curriculum is based on the student's technical ability and issues and is
individually created – if you learn slower than someone else, don’t worry about
your pace. In the end, lessons are about you personally and not someone else.

As a PIANO teacher, I want students to learn about music and not just the piano. Students will learn basic music theory and basic scales as a part of their lessons. They will also occasionally choose a song of their choosing to work on chords. I do promote note reading and theory, so I am not the right teacher for students who don't want to invest time in learning the basics. These basics are the building blocks of all music and can be used for any instrument the student chooses to learn in the future.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have harps and a piano at my studio, so you do not need to bring your harp to lessons. If you don't own a harp, you can rent one for around $45/month from several sources. 

*** Specialties ***
HARP - Grandjany Technique with an incorporation of Salzedo and French school depending on the player's body type and technical difficulties. I make use of the ABRSM as well as local, national, and international competitions depending on the student's level of commitment.

PIANO - I teach basic piano for fun through an Intermediate level. Although some students choose to take CM and ABRSM exams, I do not push them. I want students to enjoy piano and music lessons.
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George M. February 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Alexandra has met all my expectations. She is very patient. I feel like we are moving along at a good pace. I had zero musical experience and after only 3 lessons can read basic sheet music and actually have music come out of the piano!! I am enjoying the whole process.
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Patricia F. January 23, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson! Looking forward to next week.
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christina March 9, 2016
· Harp · Online
Alexandra was an excellent teacher! She really makes you feel at home even if you are nervous at the beginning… I look forward to taking more lessons from her
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About Stephanie Q.

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Asheville, NC
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Being a composer, and arranger, I have taught theory to students of a wide range of age and ability level. If you're interested in writing songs, I have a wonderful method and approach to help you!

About Stephanie
I am a career musician, and conservatory trained violin, piano and vocal instructor with over 40 years teaching experience, and a resume spanning many pages. I also am a well endorsed composer and public speaker. Furthermore, I LOVE teaching! I am a competition judge, member of National Music Teachers Association, and Suzuki Association of the Americas. I have proven results, as documented on my students YouTube channel. With my instruction, you will learn quickly and most importantly, correctly, saving you time and resources as you reach your musical goals. Fact: One of the only activities that activates, stimulates, and uses the entire brain is music, so let's get started!

Some people have difficulty reaching a teachers' studio. For this reason, I have perfected my ability to teach via Skype or FaceTime. It is an advantage f
or my students to be instructed by a quality teacher. It's worth a try, isn't it?

Please note: I only accept weekly lesson students. Also, due to my performances, I'm not always able to this calendar up to date....so when you request a lesson time, allow me to communicate with you, if we need to adjust it a bit. It almost always works out if you don't mind doing that.

*** Lesson Details ***
All the students on my Student YouTube channel who have studied under three years, are practicing 2 hours a week, and you will have a similar result. That's 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week. Students under 5 practice about 5-10 minutes a day.

Please have an assignment book that lies flat, and keep it next to your music books as you practice between lessons. My instructions are very detailed to insure your best progress.

Studio Equipment
For on-line lessons, you will need a quiet place, and please test your sound and video prior to beginning of lesson. For students under 13 or so, do have a parent or caregiver taking notes while we work together.

Specialties
I have much experience with various learning styles, and in fact, am featured in a documentary made of one of my autistic students.
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Hui F. February 25, 2019
· Piano · Online
Stephanie is one of the best teachers you can possibly find through Takelessons. We are extremely fortunate to have found her. She is a successful professional musician who is very strict yet with a kind heart and skills/experiences to steer students through their learning limitations. I had trouble to make my older daughter to practice piano for years, and almost came to the point to have her given up learning. Stephanie changed everything. Now my older daughter is getting not only serious with piano but practicing harder then ever. I am so happy to see the results. Highly recommend her!!!
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Sage M. September 26, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Stephanie is s fantastic teacher! My daughter has thrived and grown like never before. When she wants to push her she expresses complete confidence. This builds my daughters confidence and she flourishes! She is in love again with piano! We drive an hour every week and it is worth it. If you are looking for an experienced teacher who loves to teach Stephanie is the one to go to.
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John September 12, 2018
· Violin · In home
Stephanie method of teaching is ideal for me as an older adult...very patient but she challenges me not to take shortcuts and to follow her guidance. Our sessions are very productive yet enjoyable.
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About Anastasiya N.

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Minneapolis, MN
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About Anastasiya
Anastasiya N. currently lives in Minneapolis where she just completed her first year of Doctorate Degree in Clarinet Performance at the University of Minnesota. Prior to that, Anastasiya N. studied at Grand Valley State University, MI on a full scholarship while pursuing her Bachelor Degree and received her Masters from the U of Minnesota. From early age and on she was exposed to music from her dad and that early environment helped her to form as an individual, a musician and clarinetist.

I encourage my students to get exposed to music as early as they can. Pursuing anything professionally does not make it less fun and exciting. Everyone can chose how much they can learn. I'm ready to provide any additional help with music practice, theory, ear-training if I see a student is interested and motivated to learn.
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Mahesh M. June 8, 2019
· Clarinet · In studio
Ana is quite understanding which I feel is very important for someone who is totally a beginner in clarinet. She is teaching me from scratch and is working with me to overcome my disability-related challenges in learning the instrument.
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About Athan G.

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North Hills, CA

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As a Jazz performance major at Cal State University Northridge, I have received extensive training in both classical and jazz theory. From basic scales to advance harmonic applications, I have much to offer to help expand your knowledge of music theory. I teach based on each students individual needs in order to help them realize their goals.

About Athan
Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to t
he highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
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Jennifer May 14, 2019
· Drum · Online
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· Drum · Online
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Kanai March 21, 2019
· Drum · Online
Athan is teaching my 10 year old son. So far we have only done one lesson but it was a great experience and we hope to do many more. He has a very easy to understand, clear way of instructing. He is also very upbeat, and seems to genuinely care about the progress of his students.
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About Steve B.

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New Windsor, NY
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Its great to have a foundation of music theory. We'll talk about foundations of music theory and how to apply it to an instrument or to composing your own music. We'll cover things like reading music, ear training, chord progressions, scales, harmony, and use the tunes that you enjoy as a launching pad to delve into the world of music theory.

About Steve
I am a bass player, guitarist, piano player, drummer, vocalist, and I write my own music. I've been playing and studying music for 15 years. I started out on the bass guitar because it was what stood out to me most when I listened to music that I enjoyed. I had friends that were playing guitar and drums at the time, so we formed a band pretty much right when I started playing. It's great experience to just jump in and play with others!

The bass always resonated with me when I listened to music as a youngster and deciding which instrument to stick with. I was lucky to have some great teachers in school who inspired me and told me I picked the right instrument for my personality with the bass guitar. I had the benefit of playing in bands even when I was just starting out on my instrument. Learning my favorite tunes was a big part of what
kept me motivated as a musician and I strive to cater to each individual and work on the stuff they love so that they stay motivated and inspired. Music theory and the fundamentals are important, but I try to relate the theory to what the student is interested as best as possible.

I've been lucky to be able to study music in college and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I had the benefit of studying with amazing teachers, attending master classes with some of the best players in the world, and playing in groups and with people that have pushed me to continue studying and excel at my instrument.

I currently teach at New Windsor Music Academy in New York and I have several private students that I work with outside of the school. I try to keep lessons fun and informative, so I plan each lesson with structure so that the student can get the most out of our time together. I get the most joy out of watching my students feel elated when they are able to play tunes that they love, understand the theory behind what they are playing, and progress as musicians.
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Art March 27, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Relaxed and easy but relevant and expert. I got the detailed guidance in technique I am looking for in a well structured lesson with what looks like a comprehensive plan to cover and develop the skills I want to learn.
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Solomon July 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
No words can describe what a great teacher Steve is.
I’m just starting now. And I’m amazed how much you can push in. And learn in one lesson.
Of course It depends on your skills and practice.
Steve is definitely the right place for anyone who wants to learn fast and really easy. And most of all. Really enjoyable.
I’m looking forward to my next lesson
I feel like I’m in the right place.
Thanks Steve.
Solomon.
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Cathy June 10, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
Steve offered great lessons for my child learn bass guitar. The online lessons were clear, effective, and he provided visual materials and things to practice with each lesson. My child really enjoys the lessons and is learning a lot working with Steve. Highly Recommend!
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About Jacques G.

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Tivoli, NY
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Theory is the why of music. Learning it as a performer helps solidify and deepen understanding for music and genres. Music theory explains the way music can take us on a journey. My curriculum goes from learning to read music to applying roman numeral analysis to borrowed chords. I also emphasize an importance on modes and composition exercises.

About Jacques
Jacques is a recent graduate of the University of Miami's Frost School of Music. There he received Bachelors in Instrumental performance and minor in Chemistry. Jacques started violin at age four while living in Southern Illinois. He later moved to Homestead, Florida with his family and began playing in school and youth orchestras throughout the region. Jacques graduated from Coral Reef Senior High School where he returned to regularly to coach chamber music, teach sectionals, and give masterclasses. For the past four years, Jacques has taught chamber music through the Miami Youth for Chamber Music program. Recently, he moved to NY where he will be a fellow in the Orchestra Now. In NY he hopes to continue teaching and hopes to bring his knowledge to students regardless of where they may be through the platform of online teaching.
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Justyn August 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Jacques Gadway is a great teacher of the violin. He quickly adjusted to my pace of learning and realized my skill level which is so important! He has this sense of patience when it came to my learning and also has excellent time management within 1 hour of a lesson, as he can go on and on to lecture about ways to approach a certain technique or to a piece but somehow still finds time to move on and keeps you moving forward. Each lesson with this instructor had me leaving refreshed and inspired for another week of practice, practice, practice!
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Tutoring for general music theory courses up to the undergraduate level. I'm a pianist, so I definitely incorporate the keyboard into understanding and visualizing music theory.

About Joe
In the world of music, I have lots of interests and work outlets. I just completed my Master's of Music in Piano Pedagogy at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities, whether through my home studio or through piano courses at Lancaster Bible College in central PA. Of course I enjoy performing from time to time when I get the chance, whether solo, with a chamber group, with a vocalist, or my personal favorite--musical theater gigs!

My preference is towards traditionally "classical" piano, though I want to work towards the passions, goals, and projects of my students as best I can. Having been a professional accompanist for 8 years, I have a lot to offer in the areas of sight reading, collaborative piano, and performance/memory strategies. I also love exploring and incorporating music
theory so that students understand not only how to play the instrument, but why it works the way it does, and how an understanding of theory can facilitate a great technical toolkit.

I want my lessons to be fun and professional. I believe it's possible to offer a high standard of musical excellence while also being a time to enjoy the craft. Humor is a key component in my personality! I believe that if you pin hard work and raw talent next to each other for the long run, hard work will pay off more each and every time. That's why I love working with people of all levels--I love helping others see problems from different angles and figuring out how to solve them!

In my extra time I like to compose music, whether for solo piano, or in a completely different vein, for independent mobile games. I have a passion for music in video games, particular in the Final Fantasy and Warcraft franchises, to which I owe my love of music. These and other outlets inspire my own compositions as well!

*I also love to both watch and play ice hockey! The fast pace, intensity, and decision making are fascinating to me.
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Katherine May 20, 2019
· Classical Piano · In studio
Joe is a fantastic pianist and is able to communicate musical concepts in a way that helps anyone understand them. While valuing excellence, he truly wants students to learn and does everything in his power to help them succeed. I would definitely recommend him as a piano teacher!
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Lissa April 22, 2019
· Piano · Online
Joe is a really fun and easygoing instructor. He's great at explaining musical concepts and theories to beginners, like myself, by breaking down the complex concepts and making them simple and easy to understand.
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I made a 5 on my Music Theory exam in Florida during my high school years. Theory is like Math to me so it comes natural, but I know not everyone enjoys Math and not everyone picks it up that easily. I’ve been teaching and tutoring music and theory for over 10 years. My teaching style is flexible and adaptable, as teaching should be; I’m here to meet your needs and individualize your lesson to you.

About Arnisha
Hello everyone,

My name is Mrs. Johnson or Mrs. A. I’ve been teaching Math and Music for over 6 years. Some may say that’s not a lot of time teaching compared to my fellow colleagues on here, but I say, you gain more experience with time, which is why I’m here. I want to be able to expand my teaching experience, while simultaneously growing your student. I’ve ran a tutoring and enrichment learning center for 2 years and have been a classroom teacher for over 4 years (Elementary, Middle and High). My teaching style is flexible and adaptable, ensuring that I meet my students where they are and work with them upwards, not backwards. I know how frustrating that can be. I believe repetition and practice are key components to retention. Individualized and adaptable lessons to students’ learning styles are what makes my lessons unique. I like
building relationships with my students and praising them along their journey. I’m a Mother, so I have high standards for my students because I know the potential each child holds, and I’m here to help unlock and unload that potential, one lesson at a time! 😃 Let’s Learn!
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Understanding Music Theory Through Colors
Struggling to understand a music theory concept? Sometimes, all it takes is a tweak to the way material is taught for a student to really grasp it. Here, Pittsburgh voice teacher Jennifer V. reveals her unique ROYGBIV method...   Has your child ever come home in tears because they just couldn’t master a skill they learned in school? You listen, wipe their tears and tell them “Tomorrow is a new day,” and “I know you can do it!” But the next day he or she comes home upset about th
Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, tra
Music Student Face-Off: Memorizers vs. Readers | Which is Better?
As you learn songs and work through your music books, do you memorize the notes? Or do you read along every time you play? In this post, music teacher Vanessa G. discusses the pros and cons to the approaches...   Imagine your teacher gives you a piece of music to study. What's your process? Do you listen to a recording, memorizing the melody and the stylistic aspects before you begin, and then as you play? Or would you sit down and sight read the notes, and perfect it from that star
The Practice Decathlon: 10 Music Theory Games & Exercises to Try
Are you in a practice rut? Mix things up with these ear training exercises and music theory games for kids and beyond, compiled by music teacher Alicia B...   It's no secret that professional athletes have to train rigorously to reach the top of the medal podium. The path of music is similar, and you'd be surprised how your training is no different! Learning to play an instrument takes dedicated practice, mental stamina, and an organized plan for success. But don't worry -- it doesn'

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