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About Teri H.

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Renton, WA

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About Teri
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, ethnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.

I started ta
king Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.

I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRËoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.

Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!

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When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.

I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.

Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.

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Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
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yigong L. April 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Terri is very nice with my boys, especially patient with my younger son Jon who has just learnt Piano for about half-one year. Terri taught the intro music theory, how to train ears and finger skills, which Jon really enjoys. And Terri kindly email us music sheet and practice recordings after every lession, which are very helpful for kids to practice. Although we have to change schedule, we miss her!
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Megan W. March 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had her first session yeaterday with Teri and came home very impressed and wanted to practice right away.
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Tam Pham January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is agreat teacher. I learnt a lot within one day. Her teaching way is easy to remember and learn.
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About James T.

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Van Nuys, CA

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I started my musical career at the age of 2, on the piano, shortly afterwards moving to the violin, and the viola. Earning the music scholarship at school for best classical musician, and later on the scholarship for best orchestral instrumentalist at the world renowned music conservatoire WAAPA (West Australia Academy of Performing Arts). Earning my first diploma (A.Mus.A) at age 14, my music has taken me all around the world. I've played such places as the Australian High Commission, Rheingoldhalle in Mannhein, Dvorak hall in Prague, Australian embassy in London, Disneyland in Paris, and the opening the Australian embassy in Berlin, all before the age of 18.

Most recently through my many musical endeavors, I have been granted a visa of extraordinary ability as musician to enter the United States.

Since then I have lead the LADSO
viola section, played with the West LA Symphony Orchestra, played alongside Laryn Hill, a show presented by Quincy Jones, played in movie orchestras, recorded for studio sessions, performed electronic violin for private parties and nightclubs across the US.

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I have been teaching music since age 11. My mother is a concert pianist and I started off by teaching her students the violin. I have taught ever since and I love it. I have studied in Australia, Europe and the US.

I will help you create a fantastic technical base so you will be able to play with ease as your skill level develops, all while keeping the lessons fun and engaging.

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Piano, Violin, Viola, Music Stand, General Teaching Aids, Recording Equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand and basic materials but the student is expected to have their own instruments and to buy the music I recommend. I will help source and instruments and materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in classical music. I also teach other styles of music including improv, how to play pop music and can help you reach any musical goal. In Australia I used the AMEB syllabus. Which is the Australian examination system for music. I also teach Suzuki method and similar methods. I like creating a great foundation with a lot of exercises and scale patterns to really build up a solid base.
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Katrina B. April 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
James is a great teacher. I haven't practiced piano in years and James made it enjoyable and easy to get back into it.
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Naum Y. January 26, 2017
· Violin · In studio
After several lessons I should say we are very pleased with the teacher and his instructions style. My 12 year old is enthusiastic and waiting for his lessons every week.
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Victoria November 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Great first lesson!
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About Benjamin S.

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Redondo Beach, CA
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About Benjamin
I am a saxophonist and clarinetist and have been teaching for over 12 years. I am currently the saxophone professor at California State University, Northridge, I also maintain a studio of private saxophone and clarinet students throughout Los Angeles County, and am the saxophone and clarinet instructor at HYPERIUMconservatory in Rolling Hills, Palos Verdes.

I specialize in everything from beginners in elementary or middle school through high school students, college audition preparation, and also teach undergraduate and graduate students.

I previously held teaching positions at the University of Southern California, Sinai Akiba Academy, and Young Musicians Foundation.

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I am currently teaching lessons in the following areas/cities, so even if you are out of my 10 miles radius, feel free to message me!


Santa Monica
Beverly Hills
Bel Air
Redondo Beach
Palos Verdes
Torrance
Hermosa Beach
Arcadia

Lessons combine work on sound production, technical work, along with fun music (such as movie music) as well as repertoire and exercises to develop students musical skills. As a teacher I have worked with both 6 year-old and adult beginners, college music majors and graduate students, always tailoring how I teach for each student.

It is my goal that each student is able to play at least one simple tune by the end of the first lesson. Often, they can do much more!

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Classical Music
Saxophone
Clarinet
Audition Prep
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Benjamin S.

Benjamin S.

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About Bethany R.

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Holgate, OH
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I have a Bachelor's degree in Music Education as well as eight years of private teaching experience. My students are all different, so each lesson is different!
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Avah December 15, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Bethany was wonderful and my granddaughter responded well and was very happy after lesson.
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Jacob R. September 23, 2016
· Piano · In home
Bethany has amazing skills with children. As a former teacher, I appreciate the purposeful methods she uses as well as her genuine warmth and positivity! Absolutely hit the jack pot finding Bethany.
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Jeffrey G. September 22, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Really enjoyed my first lesson, singing is way out of my comfort zone and Bethany made it seem achievable
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About Hiromi S.

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Louisville, KY
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About Hiromi
I am a student at Ball State University, pursuing a Doctor of Arts degree in piano performance under the guidance of Dr. Robert Palmer. As a teaching assistant throughout my graduate studies, I have worked as an accompanist and taught ear training, group piano, and private piano lessons. Prior to Ball State University, I studied at the University of Kentucky and Ohio State University where I earned Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees in piano performance, respectively. To expand my expertise in music, I have attended summer music festivals and conferences including Adamant Music School and “Musical Summer at the Mill” International Masterclasses & Festival in Moulin d’Ande, France. Recently, I presented my lecture recital on the music of Jean-Philippe Rameau at College Music Society regional conferences in North Dakota, Montana,
and New York. I was an recipient of the outstanding student presentation award at the CMS Great Lakes Regional Conference, 2014.
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Aviva September 6, 2017
· Piano · In home
My daughter had a wonderful experience with Hiromi. She is looking forward to working with her again next week!
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Hao December 4, 2016
· Piano · In home
Just the first leson but i love the way she explained and teached
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Noah October 18, 2016
· Piano · In home
Hiromi is wonderful. This was my 13 year old son's first lesson on piano, and Hiromi tailor made the lesson to fit his level of experience. He was able to improv and experiment with the keyboard, and Hiromi guided him through perfectly, while then following up with structure. Thanks to Hiromi and a wonderful first lesson. :)
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About Kim K.

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Perrysburg, OH
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I am a Creative with expertise in several areas. I have a Certificate of Worship Arts and Leadership, and many years experience in vocal training. I am also a Professional Photographer with 18 years of experience in shifting families and weddings. I am also an accomplished seamstress and love to teach people and help them discover their gifts.
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Dorenthea August 1, 2017
· Vocal Training · In home
Kim was very knowledgeable in providing the guidance that I was seeking in regards to vocal technique and expanding my range. She's very professional, yet so easy to work with. She displayed sincere concern in helping me get to the next level in my music career. She wasn't only my vocal coach, but also a friend. She's amazing!
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About Eric P.

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Culver City, CA

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Based in Los Angeles, Eric currently plays saxophone and teaches professionally throughout Southern California. Since graduating from USC, Eric has pursued professional jazz and music education with equal passion. Eric currently directs the combos and improv classes at Downey High School, and is on faculty with Children’s Music Workshop. Eric plays saxophone in clubs, restaurants, and at weddings up and down the West Coast. Eric is the tenor saxophonist in James Gang, one of the most in-demand private event bands in the country. Eric also currently serves as the assistant worship leader for City Light Church in Downtown Los Angeles.
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Alec August 1, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Eric is apart of a select group of musicians who can play at an extremely high level and effectively translate their knowledge to others. His customized and methodological approach with enough time and effort can turn any novice into a skilled player. He is also extremely encouraging and flexible. I've studied with Eric for five years and don't plan on stopping any time soon.
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Larry July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Eric's method is uniquely suited to the young aspiring jazz musician. His real life experiences as both a teacher and performer make this method practical and successful. Highly recommended.
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Cory July 28, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
I have been working with Eric for the past 10 years. He has helped my Downey HS Jazz Program tremendously through his method of teaching jazz improvisation. Eric made my job a lot easier, having students understanding the art of creating something out of nothing! As it is very frightening for young musicians to improvise, Eric developed a sense of confidence in our students when it comes to it. I can’t thank him enough for what he does every week
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About Bogdan B.

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Toledo, OH

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Plato once said that “Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.” I believe that music is one of the deepest and most complex art forms. It reaches the depths of our souls and affects our lives in meaningful ways. It is my constant aspiration to inspire students to communicate the deepest longings of their souls through music, something that also requires the development of discipline and clear thinking. I strive to inspire my students to make music a life-long pursuit. While realizing that not all my students will become professional musicians, I do think that learning to play a musical instrument is essential in becoming a well-rounded human being.
Teaching students to play their instruments in such a way that their souls are reflected in the music they perform is no easy task. My job as a teache
r is to identify what Michelangelo called the “rubbish” -- those obstacles that stand in the way of natural and free musical expression -- and devise the most effective and fun ways to bring the “David” within to the forefront.
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Bogdan B.

Bogdan B.

Toledo, OH 43620
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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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Erin September 5, 2017
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Xavier is an amazingly kind and patient teacher. I have seen him work well with students of all ages and ability levels. He has a wonderful rapport with students! He makes students feel safe and comfortable while challenging them to do their best each and lesson.
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Hilary August 31, 2017
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Xavier possesses the unique ability to work with many students, tailoring his instruction to each of their needs. He reaches out with humor and high expectations, which raises the caliber of performance he is able elicit from his students. I appreciate working with Xavier for his consistency and commitment to excellence.
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Martin August 31, 2017
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Xavier is an excellent pianist and a versatile artist who is comfortable playing and teaching a wide range of musical styles. We worked together at a summer music camp for children and teens, and although he has the skill set to be a fine instructor for students of all ages, he has a special ability to make learning music fun and accessible for younger students while still producing superb results.

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About Justin G.

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New York, NY

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Justin Gallagher - Is a New York Based actor, director and photographer. Gallagher trained at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NY under TOP industry professionals and has directed various shows in Manhattan and outside of the city.

Theatrical credits include: Disney's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 2: Live on Stage! as an alternate for the teen ensemble (World Premiere/Fox Theatre/TOTS/Directed by Tony Nominee, Jeff Calhoun), BLOODY, BLOODY, ANDREW JACKSON (5th Floor Theatre Company/Dir. Marc Cornes) as Lyncoya Jackson. Film: MILLTOWN PRIDE (UNUSUAL FILMS/ Dir. Tim Rogers) and "FEELS SO MUCH BETTER TO LOVE" music video with Drew Seeley of Disney Channel's HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL fame. TELEVISION: THE POINT OF DIVERGENCE (History & Sci-Fi Channels Spec-Pilot/Dir. Glen Trotiner). Other memorable performances include: McDONALD'S: THE GIFT T
ALENT SHOW (Vocal Finalist), THE GWINETT BRAVES GAME (National Anthem Vocalist), DANCING WITH THE STARS: FOR HOPE (Choreographer and Performer).

JUSTIN GALLAGHER's Directing Credits include- THE WIZARD OF OZ (Muny Version), ALICE IN WONDERLAND, SEUSSICAL THE MUSICAL Jr., WILLY WONKA Jr., ANNIE Jr., THE WIZARD OF OZ (RSC Version). NY Directing Credits: COMFORT WOMAN (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC), COMFORT WOMAN (The Secret Theatre/LIC, NY), BELLA NAPOLI (Manhattan Repertory Theatre), BELLA NAPOLI (The Secret Theatre, NYC), BELLA NAPOLI (Midtown International Theatre Festival/Jewel Box Theatre, NYC).

-**The American Musical and Dramatic Academy - NY Conservatory Program** 2011/2012. (Classes include: Tap, Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting, Musical Theatre, Voice Production and Speech, Individual Voice, Sight Singing).

-Broadway Dance Center - Ballet & Tap training.

-Tap dance training under the guidance of Tony Winner, Ginny King (Original Lorraine in the Broadway cast of 42ND STREET).

-Regional Winner of the Georgia One Act Competition for "MIRRORS".

-I have seen over 30 BROADWAY Shows and have been Typed in for WICKED on Broadway and National Tours twice at auditions.
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Aziz September 1, 2017
· Musical Theater · In studio
Learn a lot of new stuff from Justin, very nice and professional instructor.
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