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A Closer Look at Music in Oklahoma City

By Beverly M. - Oklahoma City Piano Teacher

I’ve lived in some interesting places in my life — Paraguay, South America: Roswell, New Mexico; and Scottsdale, Arizona - just to name a few. I can tell you a lot about Paraguay and Roswell, because I spent long periods of time in each of those places. But in the 8 ½ years I have lived and taught piano lessons in El Reno, Oklahoma, I had no idea until today that there was a famous musician from this sleepy little town.

Surprisingly, there is a famous musician from my little town—and a very good one at that! Sam Rivers is a jazz musician and composer who performs on soprano and tenor saxophones, bass clarinet, flute, harmonica and piano. He was born in 1923, currently resides in Orlando, FL, and performs regularly with his orchestra and trio.

The other thing I discovered today came during a moment of self reflection. You would have thought as a musician I would have searched for the musical history of my new home, but I didn’t. I got busy — very busy — and put my blinders on like a good workhorse and got right to work. I had to build a business teaching piano lessons in Oklahoma City from the ground up.

Not only did I not know about Sam Rivers, but I also didn’t know about the Damrosch Music Club, which has existed in this town for five years. The monthly meetings that I attend with that group of musicians and singers are now one of the highlights of each month, and I totally missed it for five years. I only discovered it because the chorus director of the group came to a piano recital of her nephew and immediately asked me to perform at their meeting the following week. If I had only done some research, I could have been a part of this group when I first arrived in town. Our Christmas performances at the Federal prison are THE performance experiences of the year for me.

I would have to say that I have found teaching piano in El Reno/Oklahoma City more challenging than in other areas I have lived, but not in a way that you might think. In each community I have always had a few students who were special needs or had physical handicaps, but it wasn’t until recently that I realized that 28% of my 48 students have some sort of learning disability or physical handicap. It’s not that this community has more special needs population than any other—far from it! It’s somewhat of a mystery to me as to how these students found me, but I must say that I am SO blessed that they did! Although I have no special training to teach them, somehow we always figure out a way to make it work. What an eye-opener it has been for me to realize that ANYONE can learn to play piano! My “orchestra” is full of musicians who are “different.” What wonderful flavor they add to my life, and to the music that fills the air in this community.

If we’re not careful, we can become so one dimensional, so focused, so caught up in our own little world, we forget to look around to see all the incredible talents that have blazed a trail before us, or appreciate who is blossoming around us. From time to time, let’s look up, take the blinders off, and look to see who else in playing in the orchestra or singing in the chorus of life! I encourage you to remember this as you begin your musical journey taking piano lessons in Oklahoma City.

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Beverly M.

El Reno, OK

I am qualified to teach piano by note from beginner through early advanced (all ages)

By ear, I teach beginner through very advanced.

I also have experience teaching special needs students, students with physical handicaps, and students with physical limitations (Ex: Autism, delayed learning, ADD, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, etc.), and feel that anyone can learn to play. We may need to slow the pace or change the technique, but I haven't found a child or an adult who couldn't learn to play piano, if they really have the desire to do so. In many cases, I've seen students who struggle in other areas of life excel in the area of music.

About Beverly

My greatest desire is that I will instill in each of my students the love I have for making music. I consider it to be the language of the heart, and nothing equals the moment you realize you are hearing your thoughts and feelings in the music you are playing. What a priceless gift to give yourself!

Perhaps you've decided to become a professional musician, or maybe you've decided to follow a dream you've had for a lifetime, to play piano for your own enjoyment---whatever your goal is, I can lead you there! It's NEVER too late to follow a dream!

I am a classically-trained pianist, and
received music education in Paraguay, South America, and at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, Waxahachie, TX. I have also excelled at playing many styles by ear. I am fortunate to also love teaching, which allows me the incredible privilege of sharing my musical knowledge and my love for playing with anyone who wants to join me on this amazing journey.

I have 30 years of experience teaching piano--from numerous four-year-old to an eighty-six-year-old student. In addition to teaching students to play by note, I enjoy teaching students to play by ear. Together, we will explore many different types of music--Easy-listening, Country, Southern Gospel, Black Gospel, Blues, Latin, Contemporary, Classical, etc.

I am qualified to teach piano by note from beginner through early advanced (all ages); by ear, beginner through very advanced.

I also have experience teaching special needs students, students with physical handicaps, and students with physical limitations (Ex: Autism, delayed learning, ADD, ADHD, Multiple Sclerosis, arthritis, etc.), and feel that anyone can learn to play. We may need to slow the pace or change the technique, but I haven't found a child or an adult who couldn't learn to play piano, if they really have the desire to do so. In many cases, I've seen students who struggle in other areas of life excel in the area of music.

I have written more than 200 songs (mostly Gospel and some easy listening), with numerous ones having been recorded by various artists. Several have been arranged and published for church choirs.

Having lived in South America as a child, I am bilingual and qualified to give piano lessons in English or in Spanish.

I would be honored to share my knowledge and love of music with you. Give yourself a priceless gift that will last a lifetime!

*** Lesson Details ***
Our sessions will be laid back and comfortable, yet challenging. Humor will often find its way into our sessions. I am patient with my students, while helping them master new songs or techniques. I understand that every student learns in a way that is unique to them, and I will do my best to discover each student's learning method. I do not expect perfection, but I do strive for excellence. I believe every student should work to be the best pianist they can possibly be, while having fun doing so!

I believe it is important for students to have a strong foundation of learning to read notes--so much so, that I will not teach a young student to play by ear, who is is not willing to learn to play by note as well.

Adults who have never had piano lessons are encouraged to learn to play by note as well, and will be given the opportunity to learn to play by ear if they desire. Adults who have a good knowledge of reading music will truly enjoy learning to play many styles by ear, and learning how to improvise (adding extra elements to written music).

Each lesson will conclude with an assignment of songs given to work on throughout the week--usually 2-3 songs for 30-minute lessons, and 4-5 songs for an hour-long lesson. These will be the same songs we have worked on during the lesson time, so you will go home with the knowledge you need to master each song. Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.

Daily practice is strongly urged, in order for the student to progress. If a student doesn't practice, they won't progress. If they don't progress, they will become bored. It's a very short path from boredom to quitting. That's a tragedy that can very easily be avoided, by making a commitment to practice 5-6 days a week. The amount of recommended practice times varies according to age and level of skill.

Students will showcase what they have learned at a yearly recital, the second Saturday in December. I also encourage students to share their talent in community and school talent shows, at church, at family gatherings, and for friends. In just a few weeks you'll be playing songs that others will recognize!

Note: I do have cats in my home. Unfortunately, I do not have a way to block their access to the music studio. If you or your child has a problem with cat allergies, I can teach the lesson next door in our church.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in the front room on a studio piano. There is a couch for seating for parents who wish to stay and observe a lesson. The yearly piano recital is conducted at First Assembly of God (next door to the studio), and students will enjoy playing my 5'9" grand piano located in the church sanctuary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I purchase the necessary books and lesson binder, and the student reimburses me. I provide weekly lesson sheets for the lesson binder. Every student needs to have a piano or keyboard, plenty of good lighting, and a reasonably quiet room.

*** Specialties ***
Classical, Country Gospel, Floyd Cramer Country, Black Gospel, Easy Listening, Easy Rock, Contemporary Christian, Latin, Pop. By note and by ear.
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Debby G. November 5, 2013
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I like this product.

Ms Bev is such an awesome teacher. She makes learning fun.
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Myra P. November 5, 2013
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Awesome!

Excellent experience! Skills, professionalism, communication, and reliability are second to none!
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JamieR1 November 30, 2011
Beverly has been a wonderful instructor, she is very patient and my daughter loves going to her lessons.
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Beverly M.

Beverly M.

El Reno, OK 73036
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Kendra C.

Oklahoma City, OK

I have been teaching piano lessons for about 20 years. I am able to teach beginning method, classical, and pop, as well as chording, improvisation, and ear training. I studied classically through high school and college, and also have over 20 years of experience playing in and leading church music teams.

About Kendra

*** Studio Equipment ***
Acoustic upright piano, music stands and metronome
Church- baby grand and electric keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
I am willing to purchase music books for students if I am reimbursed. I may provide other sheet music. I expect students to provide a piano or keyboard, and a notebook for recording notes and assignments.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching piano lessons for about 20 years. I am able to teach beginning method, classical, and pop, as well as chording, improvisation, and ear training. I studied classically through high school and college,
and also have over 20 years of experience playing in and leading church music teams. I have experience with pop-rock, pop, and easy listening styles of music using methods of chording and improvisation. I also have recorded a CD.
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Cole M. June 9, 2015
Piano · In home
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She is very good with children, and has made my son excited to learn piano. Thanks
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Abigail W. January 17, 2015
Classical Piano · In home
Kendra was my instructor for several years and through several skill levels. I began lessons with her learning theory and counting, and several years later performance with other musicians. She has the patience and experience to guide pianists of any age and skill level.

Kendra guided me early on into a love for classical piano and theory. I had other teachers who gave me primarily their own favorite composers, but Kendra showed me an array of composers and helped me find which style fit me the best. She encouraged me to go beyond what I thought I could do to what she knew I could do, but she did so with kindness and complete confidence in my skills.

Kendra also drew me out of the solitariness of classical piano solos. She taught me modern piano and how to play within a group. Harmonizing with guitarists, drummers, and vocalists is a completely different arena than mastering a sonata by Chopin or Bach. Kendra focused on rounding out my talent so I wasn't focused on just one part of being a pianist.
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Jeff P. January 6, 2015
Piano · In home
I took piano lessons from Kendra for almost three years and loved it. She was very easy to learn from and helped foster an environment of creativity and encouragement - not pressure or unrealistic standards. Kendra has lots of experience in both classical and current/modern music. That was perfect for me because I wanted to learn the piano for pleasure and practicality. I wasn't interested in becoming the best classical pianist, so she helped me grow into what I really loved and enjoyed, which was learning to play worship music. I would highly recommend Kendra as a piano teacher to anyone who is interested in taking lessons, especially if you are a beginner who wants to explore where piano might take you in life and what you really love about it.
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Kendra C.

Oklahoma City, OK 73112
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$20 / 30-min
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Amanda M.

Bethany, OK

Amanda is a classically trained pianist well versed in multiple styles of music and music theory throughout the eras. Your lesson will begin by getting to know your individual goals and desires. An individualized plan will be developed to help you meet your goals. You will learn to read and understand music and be able to play full songs as well as learning exercises to develop your technique. Amanda uses hard work and positive reinforcement and encouragement to keep lessons fun.

About Amanda

Recently moving back home from working as an actress and singer in the entertainment business in Los Angeles, Amanda Martindale is bringing her teaching to the OKC area. Amanda has taught piano and voice for 18 years. She is also a board certified Music Therapist who works with children and adults with special needs. Amanda has also performed in national tours of music theater shows and is a singer/songwriter with 2 country albums available on iTunes.

She was trained classically in both voice and piano. Amanda specializes in teaching classical piano and theory of music/reading music. Class
ical, opera, and music theater for voice as well as performance/vocal coaching for all other styles of popular music.

Amanda enjoys catering to the individual goals and needs of each student and developing an individualized plan that includes the repertoire and desires of the student. She believes in positive reinforcement and encouragement and keeping music fun while working hard to meet their goals.

There is also a yearly recital for students.
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Aiden N. July 27, 2015
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Amanda is amazing! She is great with kids!
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Amanda M.

Oklahoma City, OK 73132
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Nathan K.

Oklahoma City, OK

Been teaching guitar for over a decade. I cater the lessons to the individual and what they are looking to get out of them. I played lead guitar and keys in several bands before starting my solo thing. I will give you all the tools you need to be great.

Thanks,
Nathan

About Nathan

I am a singer/songwriter with a Grammy Award Winning producer who has started many bands in different genres over the years. I cater lessons to the individual and what they are looking to get out of them. I have over a decade of experience in performing and teaching professionally.

My solo album, It's Not Enough is playing on over 203 FM radio stations, 112 college radio stations, and 57 Independent radio stations across the US and Canada. It has received 23 synch and master licenses for use on the following TV shows:

-Fox
-MTV
-The Discovery Channel Network
-NFL Network and NFL
Films
-ESPN Network, and Stadium use for college games
-E!
-Rob Dydreks: Ridiculousnous (MTV)
-Keeping up with the Kardashians (E!)
-The Real World, Road Rules, and RW/RR Challenge (MTV)
-Fox Sports Network (FSN), also stadium use for College Games
-Nascar: Broadcasts and Events
-Best Ink
-Bad Girls, and BG All Star Battle
-Take (Kardashians)
-The Ruckers
-Total Divas
-Rob Dydreks: Nitro Circus (MTV)
-Love Games
-Lookbook
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Nathan K.

Nathan K.

Oklahoma City, OK 73116
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$40 / 30-min
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Renee M.

Blanchard, OK

I teach out of the Bastien Piano course, and others. I do expect my students to purchase the books if taught online and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for completing certain goals. I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

About Renee

Hello, there! My name is Renee and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2014 and can teach beginning method, classical, and pop. I went to the University of Oklahoma and earned a degree in Business Administration with a major in Accounting in 1995. I attended the University on a non-major's scholarship playing the clarinet and participated in the University of Oklahoma Marching Band.

I took piano lessons growing up for 9 years learning classical music and performed before the National Guild yearly for those 9 years. Currently, I play piano and keyboards for
my church. I'm a patient and fun person and I believe everyone learns at a different pace. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!

***Lesson Details***I teach out of the Bastien Piano course, and others but am open to trying out any music books you may already have in your home. I do expect my students to purchase the books if taught online and to have the material I have given them for homework ready, completed, and practiced by the time we have our weekly lesson. I recommend at least twenty to thirty minutes of practice every day, and will give rewards for reaching goals and for performing well in our lessons. I love using songs that the student enjoys to make his or her music learning process fun.

*** Studio Equipment***
Upright piano and metronome

***Travel Equipment***
I am willing to purchase books for students to be reimbursed. I expect students to provide a piano or keyboard, and a notebook for recording notes and assignments.
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Renee M.

Blanchard, OK 73010
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$20 / 30-min

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