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About Janet P.

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Eugene, OR

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About Janet
I am outgoing, encouraging, friendly, and have a good sense of humor. Music is a passion, and teaching is my vocation. I have been on the music faculty of Colorado State University, University of Puget Sound, and Duke University, and I was the contracted keyboardist with the Southwest Symphony Orchestra for many years. These professional teaching experiences have taught me much about teaching and the needs of students, and all this I bring to your lesson. My musical interests are not strictly classical. I adore jazz and pop and was even the lobby pianist for the Westin Hotels. I am here to help you with whatever style music you love.

*** Lesson Details ***
General Information about lessons—
• In-studio lessons on grand piano and/or harpsichord
• Ages 4 and to 99 years of age (and older!!)
• Levels beginner and advanced

• Classical, Pop, Broadway, and Standards

I offer lessons always with a smile, encouragement, and plenty of positive feedback. I have many years of experience teaching piano and music theory, and I promise that your lessons will be enjoyable and rewarding. Learning music must be built upon a strong relationship between teacher and student, and this is relationship involves good communication, honesty, open mindedness, and a recognition that all students are different and at various skill levels. These are my guiding principles. Although I am a classically trained pianist, I have experience as keyboardist with an eclectic trio playing anything and everything from pop to jazz, and as the lobby pianist with the Westin Hotels. I approach teaching by first knowing and understanding the student's musical goals, and teaching fundamentals, theory, and technique through the style of music that the student wants to learn. The Alfred Piano Methods—used by many universities—is my preferred instructional books for the beginner and intermediate student, but I am also quick to supplement with additional FUN material tailored to the student’s interests whenever possible. Learning music will promote confidence in your abilities and satisfaction in your accomplishments!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Living room w/ grand piano, harpsichord, and seating for parents

*** Specialties ***
I enjoy teaching students of all ages and have had success with students as young as 4 as well as 65 years of age. Particularly satisfying is helping adults reach life-long goals of learning music. I excel in teaching the classical repertory, but I have a passion for popular music and other types as well.
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Janet P.

Janet P.

Eugene, OR 97401
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$25 / 30-min

About Nils B.

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Los Angeles, CA
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About Nils
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, age 5 or 500, in my experience, with just a little bit of practice each day anyone can learn to play guitar.
Maybe your goal is to simply learn to play your favorite songs or maybe you want to learn to write your own music, improvise, or perform live.
Like all good things in life, there are no shortcuts, and learning the guitar takes time and effort, but in return you get the ability to express yourself through music, which is one of the most rewarding skills anyone could ever learn, at any age and in any situation.

My main focus is on helping you reach the point where you are actually playing music, instead of endlessly going over exercises or theory.
I want you to be able to play music you would enjoy listening to, because this is when you will start to truly appreciate your accomplish
ment, and progress will start to come much easier.

Together we will discuss your personalized course, based on your goals and situation, and along the way I will provide materials/tools and a summary or a recording of each lesson as needed, for you to take home to work on.
Different aspects we'll discuss are technique, chart/sight reading, music theory, ear training, soloing/improvisation, and developing a strong sense of rhythm, most of which will be done through simply learning to play the songs you like.
Besides the basics, it's very important to learn how to independently keep challenging yourself, learn from your mistakes and continue growing musically, simply using your ears and whatever information you can find online or anywhere else, even without my help.

Besides teaching you how to play I can also help with finding the right instrument and equipment, provide advice on guitar/amplifier maintenance and setups, as well as recording techniques, or any other practical matters related to playing music/guitar.

Lessons can be either at your residence or at my fully equipped home studio in the Hollywood Hills/Studio City area. In a beautiful and private environment, with plenty of (free/safe) street parking available.
Lessons via Skype are obviously available as well.
I look forward to hearing from you!
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Yaakov A. June 27, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great teacher!
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Adam April 14, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lessons! Providing lots of avenues to take my playing to the next level. Nils gives very clear explanations and has a great understanding of music theory and how to apply it
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Jacques February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Amazing teacher!
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Nils B.

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About Alane U.

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Eugene, OR

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About Alane
Committed to teaching all levels, Alane's teaching philosophy encourages students to always ask questions and never be afraid to make mistakes. Her teaching technique fosters formulating one's own opinion, creativity, and individualism. Alane highly values building a strong foundation with ear training, tuning, music theory, rhythm, and the ability to read music. Most of all, Alane believes that music should be fun!

Alane loves to see her students succeed, and has helped students to audition for school ensembles, solo contests, and university admissions.

Alane is currently available to teach lessons at your home or school, or in her home studio.

Alane is a classically trained musician living in Portland, OR. She has studied clarinet since the age of ten, and has taught privately for over ten years. She graduated from the Univer
sity of Oregon School of Music with a Bachelor of Music in Clarinet Performance.
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Dan S. November 17, 2014
· Clarinet · In home
Alane worked with me when no one else would. I am missing part of my finger, so that creates an extra challenge when playing the clarinet. Alane helped me develop a technique that would work for me and my abilities. I was able to meet my goals and play all the parts in songs that I wasn't able to before.
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Alane U.

Alane U.

Eugene, OR 97405
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$20 / 30-min

About Gary K.

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Rochester, NY

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About Gary
Hello! My name is Gary Kong. I have been teaching piano since 2008 and am looking to expand my studio outside of my current locale, where I teach around 40 students. I received my Master of Music degree in Performance and Literation at the Eastman School of Music, and my Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music at the same school.

For parents researching piano lessons for your child / children, please know that the beginning stages of learning are crucial to cultivating good habits and fundamentals down the road. I am fully committed to making sure that your child do just that. Parental involvement is not only welcomed but strongly encouraged - feel free to sit in on your child's lessons!

If you are an adult looking to learn piano, know that I am a very detail-oriented teacher, and will patiently answer whatever questions you might
have. I understand full well that adult students have many other obligations, and I am happy to work around them as long as you are willing to learn.
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Christian D. February 2, 2017
· Piano · Online
I have known Gary for a while now, but only recently started taking lessons with him. He is very helpful and professional for every lesson. He answers all my questions and has suggested materials for me to practice in order to improve my playing. I have already learned a lot from the few lessons we have had. I enjoy our lessons and look forward to our next one!
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Gary K.

Gary K.

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About Gena S.

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Allston, MA

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I majored in music education/ flute performance in my undergraduate and got a music education master degree at BU. I'm an easy-going person, and also interested in doing yoga, watch movies.

My teaching philosophy is a student-centered teaching model. In my class, I, as a facilitator, but authority, hope to build a bridge that is connecting both teacher's music world and students' music world! Now, Let's have fun!

We will learn basic breath technique, fingering, and easy songs through playing the games. Students will able to self-evaluate their song quality, rhythm, and articulation through the rubric and recording.
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Gena S.

Gena S.

Online
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About Brittany R.

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Eugene, OR

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About Brittany
As a professional vocalist, I have gladly pursued performance opportunities in varying genres, including opera, oratorio, musical theatre, choral, and solo recital work. My love of music began to grow into a passion as I studied and gained my Bachelor of Arts in Music and Theatre at Concordia University, St. Paul. I then went on to receive my Master of Music from the University of Minnesota. Over the last few years I have taught private voice lessons within three separate high schools, given instruction at an elementary charter school and, have privately taught students of varying ages.

Inspired with a love of teaching, I hope to give my students the tools for healthy singing, guiding them as they find their unique voice. I work with my students toward the goals they set for themselves and encourage them to use their voice to the best
of their ability.
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Kirsten May 2, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Taking lessons with Brittany really helped grow my confidence as a singer. I never felt like she was trying to make me have a cookie-cutter voice because her teaching was so individualized to my specific needs. She is incredibly personable and anything but intimidating, a very important trait in a teacher, especially for a student who is lacking some initial confidence. She was smiley and positive in every lesson, and I really appreciated thay. Overall, Brittany is an outstanding teacher!
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Sophie April 25, 2017
· Singing · In studio
If you are seeking private voice instruction, I cannot recommend Brittany Rudoi highly enough. I have had the privilege of working as Brittany's colleague in both a performing and teaching capacity. She carries the grace, warmth, and expressive creativity of her singing seamlessly into her private studio lessons. She has a gift for meeting each student's individuals needs and works diligently to build up, not only the voice, but the performer as a whole. Her knowledge of vocal technique is strong, efficient, and flexible. I would wholeheartedly trust Brittany's teaching methods with my most precious beginning voices all the way up through my competitive adult students. Eugene, Oregon is lucky to have such a wonderful teacher as an addition to its thriving music community!
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Allie April 24, 2017
· Singing ·
Brittany is an absolutely phenomenal teacher! I had her as a voice teacher in high school when I was still trying to find my voice. She asked me what it was that I wanted to do and planned the lessons to fit my wants and help my voice to grow. She is very knowledgeable about the aesthetics of the voice and helps students discover their own voice.
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Brittany R.

Brittany R.

Eugene, OR 97404
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About John C.

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North Hollywood, CA
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I have been a professional Piano and Keyboard player for many years and enjoy teaching students of all skill levels. In addition to teaching, I'm a music producer and composer and sound designer for film. I have worked in the music industry for many years and have worked with many singer/songwriters and recording artists in the production of their music. I also enjoy teaching music production, and songwriting.
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John C.

John C.

Online
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$50 / 30-min

About Becca S.

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Eugene, OR
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About Becca
I am a friendly, outgoing, and passionate music teacher! I play the harp and piano and absolutely love to spread the joy of music. I started playing the harp because my grandmother was a harpist and I thought it was the most beautiful instrument ever. After all these years, I still love the amazing sound of the harp. Please let me know if you have any questions- can't wait to get started!
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Becca S.

Becca S.

Eugene, OR 97401
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About George H.

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Houston, TX

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About George
As a guitarist, composer, educator, and collaborator, Houston musician George has worked with a wide variety of artists, organizations, and schools. Equally at home in a diverse range of styles, the genre-hopping musician has played guitar with many of Houston’s leading music and theater organizations, local songwriters and rock/pop bands, and numerous churches and contemporary worship services. He has composed and contributed music for television, radio, theater, jazz and chamber ensembles, and rock/pop acts. In 2016, his setting of Psalm 88 was premiered by Duo Scordatura at Carnegie Hall. Since 2004, George has taught music in a number of capacities, from teaching general elementary school music, to music theory and electronic composition at a tier one university.
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George H.

George H.

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$34 / 30-min

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