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About Evan M.

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Dr. Evan M. is a pianist and composer who just move to Alexandria Virginia. He teaches piano, composition, and music theory lessons in the greater Washington area. He serves as the Music Theory Chair at Levine Music and teaches a private piano studio of passionate young students and adults.

Born in Long Beach, CA he began his musical studies at an early age, performing on piano, French horn, trumpet, and steel drums. He wrote his first compositions for PanDrumonium – his middle-school steel drum ensemble. Later on, in high school, he continued to perform, in additional to writing songs and arrangements for various rock bands and jazz ensembles.

While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Evan decided to focus on classical composition – in 2007 he received his B.M. composition from Chapman University in California. During this time he
studied piano under Karen Knecht. He went on to receive his M.M. in composition from California State University, Northridge (CSUN). At CSUN, he taught courses in music theory and music history.

In 2009, Evan moved to Maryland to pursue his doctorate in composition at the University of Maryland. Since receiving his degree he has taught courses in music theory and composition at American University, Hood College, Towson University, and VCU.

Evan’s compositions have been performed throughout America and abroad. His work has been featured in performances by the Aspen Contemporary Ensemble, the Nimbus Ensemble, the Great Noise Ensemble, the Calyx Quartet, and the University of Maryland Percussion Ensemble. Evan’s chamber opera, The Last Act of Revolution, was presented by New York City Opera’s VOX 2012; the opera was premiered earlier in the year by the University of Maryland Opera Studio. His orchestra piece, Fire Music, was premiered by the Minnesota Orchestra in January of 2015.

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Beginner, Intermediate, and Early Advanced Piano - I use the Faber Piano Adventures series. Students will learn the basics of piano technique and musicianship. While practice is the key to success, I also try to instill the student with a deep appreciation of the music we are studying. Within 6 months, students will begin to play basic songs/pieces from the repertoire. At this point, I will often let the student pick the music he or she wants to learn.

Music Theory - I offer tutoring for the AP Music Theory exam and other high school/college-level music theory courses. We will work from your class textbook and will gear sessions towards comprehensive review as well as focusing on specific skills that need improvement.

Song-Writing/Composition - I work with budding composers and songwriters to improve their musical notation, melodic, harmonic, and text-setting skills. I work with students who are interested in both classical and popular genres. More advanced students study orchestration and counterpoint.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student must have piano.

*** Specialties ***
Classical piano
Classical composition
Jazz arranging
Pop songwriting
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About Kevin B.

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Poughkeepsie, NY
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I am a private woodwind instructor and professional freelance musician. My main instrument is saxophone and I double on flute, teaching both with the addition of beginner to intermediate clarinet. I have a Masters in Jazz Studies from Manhattan School of Music and BA in Classical and Jazz Performance from Michigan State University. I am experienced in many different genres of music and have performed and recorded with many jazz, latin, funk, soul, fusion, R&B, pop, and classical ensembles.
For me teaching is extremely rewarding, the fact that I get to share and guide students through this creative art form that is so dear to me is really a special thing. Music has many aspects and certain students gravitate towards different aspects then others. I focus on these specific aspects so my students get the most creative and intellect
ual growth.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio w/ keyboards, chairs, stands, materials, computer, recording equipment (microphone, speakers) seating for parents in waiting room.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide books and learning materials for the first couple lessons and after that the student must supply for themselves. The student/s must have their own working instrument and accessories (reeds, mouthpiece, etc).

*** Specialties ***
Music Performance in Saxophone, Flute and Clarinet. Classical, Jazz and others. Improvisation, Theory and Ear Training
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Moshe September 12, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kevin has been my teacher for 3 years. We meet once a week. Kevin is a gifted teacher (and a great musician). He only corrects a mistake once I've reached the level when I can fix it. This way I have been making progress week after week, and it feels good.
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Cherilyn September 8, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Kevin is a wonderful teacher. My daughter started saxophone lessons with him at the beginning of the summer and she adores him. He's funny, patient, encouraging and thoughtful. We couldn't ask for a better sax teacher! Kevin also taught a master class at my older son's middle school and he was fantastic. I highly recommend him!
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About Lena E.

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Centreville, VA
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GUITAR CURRICULUM (VOCAL INSTRUCTION CURRICULUM SEE BELOW):
You like music. I like music. You want to learn how to play guitar. I can teach you how to play guitar, and so much more. It's that simple. I have real-world experience in getting out there and playing guitar in a band, in front of a real crowd, and I can teach you how to do the same. Whether you're interested in performing in front of your relatives, at your local open mic down the street, or if you want to pursue music as a possible profession, you need strong, basic fundamentals to get there. That's where I come in.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons include: guitar technique/knowledge/maintenance:
-Getting to know your instrument, such as the name for parts of the guitar, and what they contribute to the instrument. How to identify notes on each string and in every
fret across the fretboard. First, you need to learn how to speak guitar. This is like learning the basic language so we can communicate with each other.
You: "Why do I have to identify all the parts of the guitar?"
Me: "So when I tell you to strum over the sound hole, you won't mistake it for your ear."

-How to tune and care for your guitar such as changing strings
You: "Why do I need to learn how to tune my guitar and properly change my strings?"
Me: "So when you learn how to play the thing, it sounds good and stays in tune, and your neighbor's dog won't start howling when you pick up your instrument."

-Chords and Strumming: Open chords, Power chords, Barre chords, 7th chords, 9th chords, 1st and 2nd inversion chords. More chords than you can shake a stick at.
You: "Why do I need to learn chords?"
Me: "So you string chords together, and play a song, Silly."

-Scales (Major scales, Natural minor scales, Harmonic minor scales, Melodic minor scales, In every key and in six different positions)
You: "Why do I need to learn scales?"
Me: "Just to torture you. Just kidding! Scales build strength and speed and get your two hands working together. And scales are fundamental for learning licks and writing melodies later on down the road."

-Other fundamentals include chord chart reading, tablature reading, and specific technical skills such as hammer-ons and pull-offs, palm muting, using a pick, and finger picking styles.

MUSIC THEORY:
Strictly for impressing your friends and/or classmates. Ok, not really. Music theory is important, especially if you want to play other instruments down the road, and to give you a the "Big Picture" of music.

Fundamental theory you will learn includes
-Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc)
-Major and Minor Scales and Key Signatures (You've heard about the Circle of Fifths. Now you'll be able to decipher it!)
-How to identify and play intervals (Major, Minor, Perfect)
-Chord theory (What makes a Major chord, well, Major; Minor chord, Minor. Diminished, Augmented, etc)
-Harmonic Analysis
You: "I've heard about this I IV V I progression stuff. What does that mean?"
Me: "In due time, Grasshopper"
-Transposition (Good for changing the keys of your favorite songs so you or your lead singer can sing them in his/her vocal range)

First we learn this stuff through take-home worksheets. Then, we apply what we know to the guitar and make it useful and practical.

Music history and appreciation. Ever wonder about the origins of the guitar and how it came about to be one of the most popular instruments played in modern time? Or who the great Blues guitarists were from the 30's and 40's and how they influenced later day Rockers such as Jimmy Page or Keith Richards? Or how about how modern Western music formed and is what it is today, starting with Ancient Greece, through the Middle Ages, to Beethoven, to Ragtime to popular music today? Yep, we got that covered. It's all about perspective.

Songwriting. So you're tired of playing other people's songs and it's time to get your thoughts on paper. Congratulations. You are officially an Artist as well as a Musician. I can teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs sure to make your Mom or Girlfriend/Boyfriend proud. Songwriting expands the limits of learning, that simply copying another artist note-for-note cannot do. Tapping your "Creative Vein" is the ultimate path to learning music. Let's get started.

music performance. Alright, you got knowledge, you got skills, you got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
office/studio 5 guitars seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have my own guitar and curriculum. Students are expected to have their own instruments.

*** Specialties ***
Specializing in Rock, Folk, Country beginning guitar lessons. Focus on rhythm guitar, songwriting and performing. Incorporate music history and theory as well.

VOICE CURRICULUM INCLUDES:

VOCAL TECHNIQUE/KNOWLEDGE/MAINTENANCE:
-Anatomy of the voice
-Voice maintenance
-Body awareness, relaxation and posture
-Breath control and support
-Tone creation and range building
-Resonation
-Tone placement
-Diction

MUSIC THEORY:
-Basic music notation (The music alphabet, rhythm, the staff, ledger lines, time signatures, etc)
-Major and minor scales and key signatures
-Intervals (major, minor, perfect)
-Chord theory and harmonic analysis
-Transposition
-Aural and rhythm skills

MUSIC HISTORY AND APPRECIATION:
Have you ever how modern Western music formed and how it became what it is today? We’ll start with Ancient Greece, travel through the Middle Ages, learn about Classical composers such as Beethoven, and study different styles of music from Ragtime to today’s popular music all with listening examples to immerse you into the world of music history.

SONGWRITING
If you've grown tired of playing other people's music, then it’s time for you to get your songs on paper or recorded. I’ll teach you how to develop your lyrics and chord progressions into cohesive, tightly arranged songs. Songwriting expands the limits of learning that merely playing another artist’s music cannot do. Tapping your "creative vein" is the ultimate path to learning music.

MUSIC PERFORMANCE
Alright, you've got knowledge, you've got skills and you've got songs. You have the tools to get out there and show the world what you can do. But before you hit the local area open mic or book a gig, let's talk about music performance. You’ll learn simple, effective techniques such as strong stage presence and audience rapport.
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Mary April 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I couldn’t have asked for a better instructor for my daughter’s first guitar lesson experience. Lena’s lessons are focused in her student’s interests and level of experience. Would HIGHLY recommend Lena for anyone who is interested in leaning how to play a guitar.
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Jo-jo November 13, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lena is an absolutely fantastic teacher. She provides the encouragement needed for the beginner and the constructive feedback to take a person to new heights. I look forward to every lesson with her.
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Reg October 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Lena is simply amazing. I learned more about music in the first half hour, than I have in the last 25 years. Patient, talented, humorous, very inviting. A perfect personality and skill for teaching. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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About Benjamin K.

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Chicago, IL

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I have extensively studied vocal performance for many years and continue to add to my own technique. I have a Master of Vocal Performance Degree from the Chicago College of Performing Arts. I currently work for a recording studio (Sound Summit Studios in Naperville IL) where I teach voice and help singers record their music in the studio. I have previously taught at The School of Rock in Indianapolis Indiana. I have administered vocal lessons to every voice type at all different levels. Several of my students have recored albums and are currently performing all over the U.S.

I have a bachelors degree in biology with a minor in art. After graduating college, I was a full-time high school biology teacher, volleyball coach, and director of the school musical. As a high school teacher, I learned first hand the kind of pressure and expectat
ions that are placed on students in order for them to succeed. In college, I was the head student researcher on a two-year lab project. I took several upper level science courses including: biochemistry, calculus, organic chemistry, calculus based physics, cell biology, anatomy, and physiology. I studied marine biology in the Virgin Islands and am CPR certified.

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Voice lessons with me are fun and effective. You can expect to hear improved technique from day one, eventually reaching your long term goals. I begin every lesson aligning the students voice through various vocal warm ups and exercises. We then work together to pick repertoire that will suit the singer'€™s voice and they will enjoy singing. During a lesson we will also cover performance presentation, acting, diction, rhythm, musicality, style, and interpretation.

During tutoring you can expect a personalized plan based on your goals and aspirations. Since every student is different you can be assured we will come up with a plan that is designed just for you. I am a laid back tutor but will be sure to get the most out of you after our time together. Most students see at least a one letter grade improvement. My main goal for every tutoring session is student learning and comprehension.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano, recording equipment, large collection of sheet music

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in helping students find their true singing voice.
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Henry R. July 12, 2018
· Singing · Online
Ben takes you right down to the lick-log with what he wants and expects from you. At the beginning I didn't appreciate the various directions he was taking me, like having to learn various chords, etc. on a keyboard. But I can see now that it is all coming together. Don't get the bighead, Ben, but it's all coming together now.
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Kendric July 2, 2018
· Acting · Online
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· Singing · Online
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About Darrell V.

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Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
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Magnus July 9, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
The smell of smoke was intense. My son didn’t feel comfortable.
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Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
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Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
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About Andrew H.

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Rector, PA

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*Adults*
Whether you are a beginner or have been playing for years my comprehensive lessons will help you to quickly realize your musical goals. I tailor each lesson to fit your individual needs and will get you strumming your favorite songs, reading music, taking soaring solos, or writing your own melodies while simultaneously deepening your understanding of the language of music. At the end of each lesson you’ll receive an MP3 of all the material covered.

*Kids*
I believe in building music fundamentals while fostering a love of playing. My fun, imaginative, and age appropriate classes are just right for any budding musician! Each lesson is customized to get the individual student excited about music, that means playing songs they like and having fun while learning the essential techniques and developing musicality. I have extensiv
e experience working with children 5-16 and adapt my teaching to promote success for each unique student.

*Genres*
Pop, Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Bluegrass, Songwriting, Classical.

*Instruments* Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin, Harmonica

*About*
My name is Andrew Hendryx and I am a Grammy-balloted musician with over twenty years of experience teaching, performing, and recording. My playing has been featured on NPR, CNBC, FOX, CMT and on RollingStone.com. I am a passionate educator and teach for Vintage Guitar Magazine and the historic Calliope School of Folk Music. I have a bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from Elon University. I’d love to assist you on your musical journey, please feel free to reach out with any questions!
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Chris May 4, 2018
· Mandolin · In studio
I have been studying with Andrew for over a month now and I find mt his teaching technique is simply awesome. Andrew skillfully assessed my strengths and weaknesses and geared my lessons for n a way that showed benefits right from the start.
Oh ya, he’s a monster player too.
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Scott May 1, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Hi, I've been studying electric mandolin and guitar with Andrew for some time. He is so kind and enthusiastic, and really understands how to teach me at my level. He has been teaching me the deep theory behind improvisation in bluegrass, newgrass, rock, folk...and has an incredible mind full of music, riffs, scales, and chords from all genres. I've gone back and forth from guitar to mando with him, translating the same information onto the different fretboard, building my knowledge and appreciation of music, and I can now improvise confidently while playing out!
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· Mandolin · Online
Fantastic Instructor and outstanding mandolin player
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About Xavier S.

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Bowling Green, OH

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I am a professional pianist, vocal coach and organist. I am originally from Puerto Rico, were I got my Bachelors in Music Performance with a specialization in piano from the Conservatory of Music in P.R. and have two Masters of Music from Eastern Michigan University, in Piano Perfomance, and The University of Michigan, in Collaborative Piano.

My philosophy has always been to ask the student what he/she wants to accomplish with their piano studies and then come up with a plan to accomplish this. Pair that with my teachings of proper technique and becoming a well rounded musician which includes: sheet music reading, music theory, sight reading, ear training and playing from the heart and you have the perfect formula for success. But the secret ingredient is always the effort that you put in to get better, without that you will not get be
tter.

As a pianist I do a lot of freelance work with singers and instrumentalists. Working with them for their concerts/recitals, competitions and recordings. I work also with middle/high school students as the choir accompanist for the Bowling Green City Schools in Ohio. I perform my organist duties at Olivet Lutheran Church in Sylvania, OH.

I have a small private studio that I teach from home and looking to expand it with online lessons and with you. I look forward to working with you and helping you accomplish your musical goals whether that is in classical or any other genre, I am here for you.
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Gerald M. June 21, 2018
· Piano · In home
Very helpful
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Kim May 12, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I'm a 50+ adult who took years of lessons as a kid and am now returning to piano. Xavier is patient, pleasant, selects appropriate music, works on both technique as well as musicality, and is great fun.
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Julie May 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Mr Suarez has been teaching my 9 year old for just over 2 months. My son was excited about piano before we started, but now he loves it even more. He practices every single day without being told. Mr Suarez is patient, kind and teaches supportively with humor. He pushes just enough to make my son want to be better, without making him feel bad about his performance, should he be struggling. I highly recommend Mr. Suarez.
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Bowling Green, OH
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Bryana is a flute performance major at Bowling Green State University, studying with one of the most influential North American flutists, Dr. Conor Nelson.

Aside from teaching flute, Bryana also has experience teaching middle school and high school flute students and tutoring students in music theory, ear training, and world music. She is the second flutist of the Bowling Green Philharmonic and member of the Suoniamo Flute Quartet. Bryana has performed at flute festivals and conventions, such as the Central Ohio Flute Association Convention and South East Michigan Flute Association Convention.
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Eliana February 1, 2018
· Flute · Online
Bryana is an awesome teacher! Very thorough and patient. My daughter just started learning to play the flute and has never played an instrument or read sheet music. Bryana made her feel comfortable and at ease. Looking forward to next session!!
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Tom Valone October 26, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Great and talented teacher. She knew all of the artists and songs that I brought to the lesson and had many helpful suggestions.
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Michael October 1, 2017
· Flute · In studio
Bryana is a really great teacher. She was extremely patient and helpful.
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I am so passionate about teaching music lessons. The excellent thing about teaching is that it is a passageway of learning for students and teachers alike. Not only am I inspired when my students are learning, but I actually learn from my students as well. I have a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from the Crane School of Music.
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My name is Kino, I`m a established New York musician. Berklee College of Music Graduate, has CRLA certificates level 1&2. I teach piano, violin and music theory at my studio at East Flatbush, Brooklyn, student location or online. I speak both English and Chinese. My space is really big, bright and comfortable, I also have recording equipments for audio recording.

Lesson Details
Lessons are very relaxed and we will focus on reading, listening and playing, finding ways to practice and getting the student to learn what he/she wants. I will adapt different teaching style for varied ages and purposes. For kids, parents are more than welcome to seat in.

On our first class we will formulate a good plan so we can reach your goals in no time. If you want to know more about my musical works, please visit kinoleemusic.com
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Ian May 6, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kino is a passionate and generous teacher. She has a huge depth of knowledge and makes it fun AND educational. She is very comprehensive, covering theory, music reading and analysis, playing ability, and integrates them together through a deep, emotional connection to music in all of its forms. I can't speak highly enough.
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Kelly May 1, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Kino is a super nice teacher! I have so much fun during the class, and I learn many songs. I hope I can take her piano lesson every week forever!
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Drew W. May 1, 2018
· Piano · In home
Kino was a patient, kind, and incredibly inspiring teacher. After just one lesson I feel like I'm much closer to my goals. She gave the tools I need to progress in a structured yet very engaging and fun context. Highly recommended for any level!!!
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Tired of practicing piano scales over and over... and over again? While repetition is great for your muscle memory, getting bored won't do you any favors. Here, New York, NY piano teacher Nadia B. shares four ideas for how to practice scales in new ways...   It's no doubt that learning the fundamentals of piano -- like major and minor scales, arpeggios, and so on -- make a huge impact on your success as a musician. However, these exercises are often avoided at the piano, out of fear t
How To Write a Song Today: 4 Easy Steps
Learning how to write a song is easier than you think! Greeley, CO teacher Andy W. outlines the steps here...  Don’t you wish you could write a song that tells your own story - whether it’s about love, hardships, or finding humor in life? There’s no reason that you can’t do that today! To help get you started, here are four easy steps to writing your own song: 1. Play chords or a riff. 2. Sing or hum over the harmony. 3. Repeat steps 1-2 to form a chorus and then a bridge. 4. Place

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