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About Francisca M.

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From beginner to advanced. Basic fundamentals of piano and technique. Classical and modern/contemporary styles of playing including chord construction and voicing

About Francisca
I am a very passionate and dedicated instructor. I love working with students at all levels from ages 9 and up, from beginners to experienced adults. It doesn't matter where you are in your musical development, I can help and encourage you to be your very best. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music from the University of Western Sydney Australia with (High Class Honors) and Majored in Music Performance and Sub Majors in Composition and Theatre. I have had the opportunity to perform in the USA at various venues and overseas in Australia at the Sydney Opera House to name a few.

My teaching experience dates back to my University days. I was in my first year of my music degree when I applied for my first teaching position at a music school in Australia. I taught there throughout the Four years of my Bachelor's Degree and remained teaching
there after that. I also started teaching at another well respected music school and remained there until the end of 2010. During this time I was very fortunate to have a large database of students who were with me from the beginning of my teaching career up until I left both schools. The only reason I left was as I am also a performer; I was offered an opportunity to perform overseas and i took it. It was a very exciting part of my life as a performer and has helped me grow as an artist and teacher immensely.

In 2012, I relocated to Miami and have been teaching from my private home studio while I continue working on my music career. As a musician and educator, I am very passionate about my teaching and like to bring the best out in my students. Every lesson is tailored specifically to your individual learning needs. I will teach you a vocal technique based on the Seth Riggs Teaching method with my own methods implemented, performance skills, repertoire selection, and audition preparation amongst other skills. It doesn't matter what your desired goal is, I can help you achieve it. The most important part of it all is that you have fun!!

And for piano I like to teach through a series of books depending on your learning levels. We can start at book one, with scales from the book A Dozen a Day, or we can take the the more traditional route of scales, or learn popular songs. This decision can be made by you and I when we meet at our first lesson and discuss what your goals are as a musician.

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Every lesson is tailored to your individual learning levels. I normally asses this in the first lesson. Lets start with the Singers.

Most singers are looking for help with contemporary popular music so using specific texts are void here. I will teach you a method of singing technique based on the Seth Riggs singing method, implemented with a technique called "Emotion Centered Singing" which will help you understand music beyond melody and composition but also through text and individual interpretation through story telling customed to your needs. I also teach Musical Theatre Singing, pop, rock, jazz, so if these are routes you would like to take, I can help you on your way there. I will help you choose repertoire for auditions, performances, we will work on performance and audition technique and many more fun things!!!

For the Pianists. This also depends on what you want to get out of your lessons. Do you want to learn pop songs? arrangements? Or do you want to learn classical pieces? I ask you all these questions and more at our first lesson to make sure you and I are both happy with the direction we will take. I use either Scale Books or The Dozen a Day Series or the ABRSM Piano series, Alfred's Adult Piano book and many more. Once again the important factor here is Fun based learning!

*** Studio Equipment ***
I provide a full size digital weighted piano for all Lessons, it has various different sounds and a great grand piano sound for piano students. Printer for any homework given, and stationery

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I can provide some books for learning and make copies accordingly. The student should have a working piano/keyboard in the home. If i request they purchase a book for their learning development, they are required to purchase it.

*** Specialties ***
For Singing- I teach a method called Speech Level Singing. Similar to the Seth Riggs Speech level singing as well as a technique called Emotion centered singing which deals with connecting with the song and feeling the connection through the core. This is useful for performance and interpretation. I specialize in teaching, Pop, RnB, Musical Theatre, Rock and Folk

For Piano, I use a variety a books. I particularly like the Alfred's series as well as the Bastien Series. I also like to encourage other learning materials for holidays which is lots of fun!! This depends on the students learning level. I asses learning levels in the first lesson and plan lessons accordingly after that in order to have the student progress each week. I teach classical piano and contemporary, pop
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Colleen C. May 19, 2018
· Singing · In home
The first lesson went well. My teacher is very good. She explained everything well and was very encouraging. She told me good things and was very patient. She is very good in what she does. I look forward to learning more and more.
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Ed May 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I have known Francisca since late 2015 and come to know pretty well. She is an outstanding singer, composer, song writer, actress and musician. I have had the honor to attend many of her performances, including one in Lake Worth, FL as part of the Core Ensemble. All I can say is that until I heard her performance in Lake Worth I had no idea the depth of her talent. She is a great teacher and sets a high, but achievable bar for students. That’s how students grow. If you are lucky enough to have her for your teacher you are in good hands.
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Yudi August 23, 2017
· Singing · In studio
An amazing performer herself, Francisca, is knowledgeable, and caring. I had an amazing experience!
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About Bradley A.

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Westerville, OH

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I have a special passion and love for teaching children. I love to encourage, praise, joke with, challenge, and hold accountable my students of all ages. I enjoy beginning students and watching them blossom through the years, advancing in technique and artistry.

About Bradley
Brad has specialized in Vocal Performance developing talent and technique for the likes of Miss Ohio 2001, Touring Professionals, Karaoke Singers, and Conservatory Students. He has a large range of interest and ability in the Musical and Theatrical Arts and has performed with Cantari Singers, Columbus Light Opera, Weathervane Playhouse, and toured in Italy, Germany, Wales, England, France, Austria, Switzerland. He has given Masterclasses in vocal technique to his Alma Mater and German Diction in Sevilla, Spain. He's as comfortable playing Captain Von Trapp as Charlie Brown. He has appeared as a World Premiere Vocalist, Phantom of the Opera, 1st Trumpet with the select OSU Repetoire Band, and in International Competition.

He holds a Bachelor of Music Performance and a Bachelor of Music Education from The Ohio State University. His
passion for music extends from intense listening to creative expression. He is ready to share his Love of the Performing Arts with his next students.
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Alyssa August 24, 2018
· Broadway Singing · In home
My daughter has learned so much from Bradley already, and it’s only her 5th lesson. He teaches her breathing as well as vocal techniques to maximize her performance.
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Sarah S. October 3, 2017
· Christian Gospel · In studio
My daughter was so happy to have her first lesson with Mr Bradley which went well. She is looking forward to her next class thank you Mr Bradley.
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PHONG May 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
GOOD TEACHER AND VERY HELPFUL.
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Columbus, OH 43235
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About Lauren S.

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Music should never simply be a rote-learning process. We develop real artistry. My students learn how to interpret, transform, and create music. From the first lesson, we experiment with various musical "ingredients" and revisit these tools often as we move through a lesson series or repertoire. Students explore a variety of styles and learn to read, compose, and improvise. Students as young as five have created their own theme and variations on a favorite tune with these techniques.

About Lauren
Hello! My name is Lauren S., and I am excited to bring out the musician in you!

We have all sorts creating and learning—children and adults in their first lessons, teens and preteens performing and competing, working professionals looking for a creative love, and retirees coming back to an instrument from many years before. We have parents & children, siblings, and friends who learn and love to make music together!

Whether you're searching for yourself or your child, I would love to invite you to Musical Life—my beautiful in-home studio—and help you meet your musical goals.

We focus on developing true artistry and giving them the fundamental tools to be able to play and create various styles of music including classical, musical theater, folk, contemporary, Christian, and more.

We play from the very first lesson and learn o
ther concepts such as music theory, literacy, and technique in subsequent lessons.

My students are involved in school & community ensembles, school & community theater, and district contests. I support and seek out these opportunities according to their interests.

Please send me a note! I can't wait to get started.
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Aubrey M. February 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Aubrey loves her lessons with lauren! Lauren is very knowledgeable and helps Aubrey at her level. Aubrey is excited and can't wait until her next lesson. We appreciate lauren and all she does to help Aubrey!
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Michaela April 27, 2017
· Violin · Online
My 16 year old daughter is not only enjoying her lessons with Lauren and motivated to practice regularly, she is advancing at a strong pace due to the intuitive and creative teaching skills that a Lauren creates for my daughter! I get the sense that lessons are prepared with thoughtful consideration and attention to my daughter's needs and ability with the future goals always attended to! So far Lauren has been an excellent teacher for my child!🤗
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Dulce A. February 11, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Very nice teacher
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Pickerington, OH 43147
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About Ben U.

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Columbus, OH

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I have been playing the piano since I was five years old. My passion for music led me to steadily progress in my studies, and I naturally chose to major in music at Ohio State. To broaden my scope, I earned my degree in Composition while taking piano lessons concurrently from Professor Emeritus George Haddad and Professor Steven Glaser. Rather than focus on one area of piano music, I augmented my repertoire through extensive study of the Baroque through Modern periods. In addition, I accompanied orchestra and band instruments, a youth choir, and even performed the first movement of Shostakovich’s Second Piano Concerto with my high school’s chamber orchestra.

I am very perceptive of my students’ rate of improvement and level of engagement with the music they’re playing. If they are stuck on something, I take the time to break the music into manageable steps and to find appropriate supplemental material. I am thrilled when students are eager to learn and committed to practice; ...

About Ben
Music Lessons & Tutoring

Welcome to my studio, where I will instruct you in your musical and academic endeavors. What sets me apart is that I offer diverse instruction in two different areas. In my music studio, I give lessons in piano, violin, guitar, and composition. In my tutoring center, I specialize in Latin (learning from scratch and tutoring). I instruct students of all ages at different skill levels.

My in-studio lessons are given on a grand piano.

Education

BM Music Composition -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
BA Classics (Greek and Latin) -- Ohio State University, Autumn 2012
Classics Fellowship -- Indiana University, 2013-2014
Piano Training: Collegiate lessons from Steven Glaser and private lessons from George Haddad

Accomplishments

As a high school senior, under the tutelage of OSU Profess
or Emeritus and world-renowned pianist George Haddad, I performed the first movement of Shostakovich's Second Piano Concerto with the chamber orchestra.

I performed different self-composed pieces at seven OSU Composers' Workshops and won the Audience Favorite Award at the Johnstone Woodwinds Composition Competition in 2012. My Senior Composition Recital was performed on October 25, 2012. It showcased several of my three-movement works: string quartet, clarinet solo, set of classical songs for piano and voice, set of pop songs for piano and voice. Interspersed with these were two solo piano pieces and a duet for piano and violin.

My background makes me a knowledgeable and effective tutor. I was valedictorian at Delaware Hayes High School in 2009 and received OSU's Maximus Scholarship based on my ACT and SAT scores.
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Lisa S. September 10, 2018
· Latin · Online
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Joe A. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Good so far, first one so getting bearings but should be what I need, very helpful and supportive
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Mary R. June 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Ben goes patiently and slowly with my 3 granddaughters, ages 7 and 8.
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Columbus, OH 43220
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About Amy C.

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I specialize in teaching beginner-intermediate piano to children. A solid base is SO important if one expects to grow and eventually play more advanced pieces. I believe that every child is unique, and I tailor my teaching approach based on the individual child before me. I have lots of experience with children and understand how to keep young people engaged and active in a lesson. I look forward to meeting you!

About Amy
Are you interested in learning piano, or do you have a child who is? I can't wait to help you turn this desire into reality! My name is Amy, and I am a piano teacher who specializes in teaching children. I descend from a long line of musicians (both my mother and grandmother were piano teachers) and have played piano for 21 years, studying with a private instructor for 13 of those. I received my BFA at Goddard College (’14) and my MFA at Boston University (’16).

Over the past seven years I have taught piano to students of all ages and levels in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Boston, Massachusetts, and now Columbus! I am currently accepting students for the Winter 2018 Semester! As a member of the Ohio Music Teacher’s Association, I can offer your child multiple performance opportunities throughout the year, as well as small group lessons in my s
tudio. Learning an instrument is beneficial for many reasons. Aside from the obvious enjoyment one gets out of playing beautiful music, working at a skill week after week helps children build confidence and grow in all areas of life. I coach my students to take pride in their accomplishments, to exude an air of assurance and poise when sitting at the piano, and to become self-directed learners.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY:
One of the wonderful (and obvious) benefits of private instruction is that each student's unique abilities and shortcomings can be brought into clear focus and addressed. I am highly skilled at encouraging students through a careful balance of praise and constructive criticism. I make sure they are aware of (and take pride in) their strengths so that when challenging moments arise, they are motivated to do the work.

I maintain high expectations for my students, constantly reminding them that it's the quality (not the quantity) of their playing that counts. It is much more important to me that a student learns to play one piece well rather than ten pieces poorly. There is no race to the finish line. I believe in taking however much time is necessary to help a child understand a concept—we might spend the majority of a lesson on it if we have to. Learning must be done at the child's own speed. Children benefit enormously from having 100% of my attention during lessons; they will never need to try and "catch up" with other students.

METHOD:
Most method books for young students focus on teaching the child to read notes on a page, and as one can only learn to read music so fast, children are therefore stuck playing songs that keep the hands rooted on or around Middle C. There are so many problems with this method, least of all the fact that it's quite boring. A bigger issue is the lack of focus on technique and playing. Children are naturally musical--they love to sing and dance. Playing piano should be no different. Children can be taught songs using no music at all; rather, they can learn simple melodies by identifying patterns on the piano. This helps train their ear AND frees the child up to focus on technique rather than scrutinizing the notes on the page. My students get to use the entire keyboard almost right away (both black keys and white keys) rather than being crowded around Middle C.

Another issue with the Middle C position is that it creates an awkward twisting inward of the wrists, which breeds tension. The first thing students should learn is how to play with relaxed wrists, not tense ones!! This is one of the building blocks of good piano technique. Keeping kids rooted around Middle C for the first six months of their piano education does not set them up for good technique.

Now, all of this is not to say that I don't teach children to read music--I do. Absolutely! I introduce intervals and guide notes as soon as possible. I think the intervallic approach is super useful, especially when dealing with children who are coached from a young age to look for patterns. Alongside reading music, though, it is important to teach songs that are only for playing.

For beginning students, I like to use the Piano Safari method. These books offer a wonderful blend of rote pieces (for playing, not reading) and reading pieces that use the intervallic approach. These pieces are fun and engaging--some parents complain about how their children won't stop practicing them! Here is a sampling book of other books and materials I may use:

Beginning Students: Tales of a Musical Journey Books 1 + 2, Piano Safari Books 1 + 2, Carl Czerny's The Little Pianist, Bastien Piano Literature Book 1, Royal Conservatory Series Preparatory Books A & B and Book 1

Intermediate Students: Piano Safari Book 3, Bastien Piano Literature Books 2-4, Royal Conservatory Series Books 2-6

Advanced Students: Bastien Piano Literature Books 5-6, Early Advanced Classics to Moderns, Royal Conservatory Series Books 7-10
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Frank B. July 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
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Ali R. January 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very engaging first lesson! Ali is excited to continue.
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Jasmine R. November 16, 2017
· Piano · In home
We had our first piano lesson today and Amy was absolutely fantastic. My daughter left very excited and looking forward to her next lesson.
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Columbus, OH 43202
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About Cindy H.

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I have bachelor of music and master of arts degrees and have been teaching piano for 15 years. I teach using a traditional method (Alfred), but also teach Suzuki when requested. I have taught at multiple music schools as well as public school. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music to my students.

About Cindy
I hold bachelor of music and master of arts degrees. I have over 20 years of experience teaching piano, violin, viola, and cello. My favorite part of teaching is instilling the love of music in my students.
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Amanda H. September 17, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Cindy is very patient & attentive to my goals.
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Jocelyn W. July 21, 2018
· Violin · In home
Cindy is wonderful! She does well working with children!
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Jennifer July 5, 2018
· Violin · In home
She works wonderfully with children! She communicates well and understands how to motivate them. She also knows how to keep their attention. I would highly recommend Cindy!
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About Kristen S.

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All ages are welcome! Lessons are individually tailored for each student. Students will learn music theory as well as note reading and technique.

About Kristen
I am a classically trained vocalist and pianist.
I graduated from the University of South Dakota with Masters in Vocal Performance. I also have a Master of Arts in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran Seminary at Capital University.

When I started voice lessons in high school I started at the very bottom. I am a better teacher for having to start at the very beginning.

Voice students can expect to improve week to week in their vocal technique. Every voice has a unique timbre; I teach students to release built up tension and apply foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I can help any student to sing with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach piano students of all different ages and experience levels. I studied classical piano for 13 years. I can teach students to read music and pursue classi
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About Michael O.

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I am a versatile and effective teacher with many years of experience providing private piano lessons, leading workshops, and coaching ensembles. I possess the patience and creativity to provide fun, productive lessons for young children. I have also taught many college students, as well as adult professional musicians. My many years of training, as well my experience as an award-winning professional touring musician, make me a flexible and reliable teacher. While I specialize in performing jazz, I enjoy teaching all types of piano.

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B.M. in Jazz Piano and B.A. in Economics from Oberlin

Originally from Berkeley, California, pianist, composer, and educator Michael Orenstein enjoys teaching in a variety of settings. He has taught at multiple summer programs, including California Jazz Conservatory's Summer Youth Program. He also teaches many Oberlin College students privately. Orenstein recently taught piano at Hudson and Fairlawn music schools, where he had the honor of working with musicians of all ages. Part of what Orenstein loves about teaching is getting to watch young musicians develop a passion for music. While Orenstein strives to make music a big part of every students life, he also recognizes that for some, piano is a hobby, and that is just as great.

Orenstein recently graduated from Oberlin with a B.M. in Jazz Piano as well as a B.A. in Economics. Through
programs like the SFJAZZ High School All-Stars, the Jazzschool, and Oberlin conservatory, he has gotten to play with Terrence Blanchard, Eddie Henderson, Christian McBride, Wycliffe Gordon, Tiger Okoshi, and BiIlly Drewes. In 2015 Michael attended the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative music, where he got to perform his compositions with Ingrid Jensen and Zakir Hussain. In 2016, Orenstein's quartet at Oberlin was chosen to represent the jazz program by performing his original composition at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage.

Other awards Orenstein has won for compositions include Best Original-Lead Sheet in Downbeat SMA 2013, Outstanding Composition for Small Ensemble in Downbeat SMA 2017, and an ASCAP Young Jazz Composers award. In January 2017, Orenstein traveled to India with percussionist Jamey Haddad and nine other Oberlin students to perform and learn about Indian classical music. He also gigged in the Bahamas with bassist Adrian D'Aguilar. Most recently, Orenstein was chosen as a finalist for the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance, where he got to perform in front of Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, James Newton, and Ambrose Akinmusire.

While performing professionally is a big part of Orenstein's life, teaching is equally important. Orenstein is the right teacher if you are just beginning piano, serious about pursuing music as a career, or are anywhere in between!
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Tim August 26, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
Michael was an amazing instructor. He took my piano playing to the next level. He was always attentive, conscientious, and professional. I learned so much and had fun while doing it!
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Thanisa August 25, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I learned a great deal from Michael when I was taking jazz piano lessons with him at Oberlin (I majored in classical piano). Michael introduced me to jazz voicings and rhythms and really helped me work through them. I’ve felt much more comfortable with improvisation and playing in an ensemble since. A very nice and supportive teacher and definitely one of the best pianists I know!
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Justin August 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Michael is an amazing jazz pianist and a great teacher, very patient and knowledgable
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