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Exploring Orlando’s Piano World

By Melody C. - Orlando Piano Teacher

Hello. My name is Melody, and I teach piano lessons in Orlando, a city full of many exciting attractions. I hope this little tour of the musical side of the Orlando area will help you find some interesting places to explore as you are learning to play piano!

One of my favorite places in Orlando is the Steinway Gallery in Altamonte Springs, FL. Would you like to imagine yourself as a young Liberace or as a concert pianist, performing in Carnegie Hall? Walk into this place with its seemingly endless array of gorgeous pianos under a crystal chandelier. Look around, pick one to sit at, and start playing. The Steinway Gallery has various models of grand pianos, baby grands, and uprights - some new and some used.

As you try out different pianos, you will find that each one sounds and feels slightly different. Whether it is the weight of the keys, the height of the bench, the sensitivity of the pedals, or the brightness of the sound, you will find that the more pianos you play, the more unique each one seems to you. At the Steinway Gallery, you can try out many incredibly beautiful pianos! Also, they sometimes have concerts and recitals that are fun and enriching to attend!

Another place I love to visit is the Sam Ash music store. In Orlando, there is a store on Lee Road and one on East Colonial Avenue. It is a great place to find just about anything for creating music, whether you need something small like piano lesson books or big equipment like a keyboard. Sometimes, I stop by just to play for a while on one of their keyboards. Another great thing about Sam Ash is that they have open mic nights for those daring enough to try out their musical pieces on a live audience.

Orlando has several colleges with music programs where you can hear concerts and recitals throughout the school year, especially toward the end of each semester. Valencia Community College's East Campus has various concerts and recitals throughout the year, many of which are open to the public. Recently, they hosted world-class pianist, Francesco Attesti, who taught a master class and performed an amazing concert (an experience I will never forget!). The University of Central Florida has frequent piano recitals and workshops throughout the year, as well, which are usually open to the public. You can experience a wide variety of piano music at UCF, from jazz to classical to contemporary, and you can begin to network by introducing yourself to professors and performers!

Rollins College in Winter Park, FL also hosts recitals, and it has a very famous pianist and composer you may remember from your childhood - Mr. Rogers! Fred Rogers was not simply singing about a beautiful day in the neighborhood; he also wrote the song and played it on the piano for his famous PBS TV show…And to think he studied here in the Orlando area! Wow!

One way to improve yourself as a pianist is to look for opportunities to play in public. This will help you to grow as a performer. Many churches are glad to have someone stop by on off hours and give some love and attention to their pianos. You can also sometimes find nice pianos in hotel lobbies. It never hurts to ask if you can play. The more experience you get playing in public, the better performer you will be.

The Orlando area has several little sidewalk pianos which are "everybody's piano." There is one outside a café near the Morse Museum on Park Avenue in Winter Park, and another outside the Red Lion Pub on Howell Branch Road. If you are in the area, it can be fun to sit down and play a few tunes, or you can enjoy listening while someone else plays. As you learn more and more from your piano lessons in Orlando, you will find that you often enrich the lives of others who are simply passing by and overhear you relishing a moment at such a piano.

I hope you have enjoyed your little tour with me today. Now, get out there and have fun taking piano lessons in Orlando and exploring the city's wonderful musical community!

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Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL

About Nicole

"To play wrong notes is insignificant. To play without passion is inexcusable." - Beethoven

I was five years old when I discovered my singing voice. My youthful curiosity soon blossomed into a passion for musical expression through voice, violin, piano, and guitar. My mission is to share the musical exploration that has enriched my life by fostering my students' desires to express themselves through music.

As a teacher, I focus equally on formal technique and artistic expression. Mastering correct form provides the foundation upon which a student’s capacity for the latter may grow. Tec
hniques used during lessons are designed to develop a holistic understanding of music through aural, visual, and tactile cues. These include ear training, sight-reading, improvisation and using visualization to navigate the instrument. Progress is evaluated by developing a set of goals specific to each student. I find that allowing students input in originating goals facilitates a cooperative learning environment and allows me to tailor lessons to a student's interests, strengths and learning preferences. Providing students with a plan to succeed inspires a drive to learn and sense of achievement. I encourage students to play their instruments daily. Through consistent practice, students will benefit from increased discipline, patience, creativity and self-esteem. Students are rewarded with the chance to share what they've learned at recitals held biannually. For the duration of our lesson, my students are in a private, nurturing zone of free expression. Join me in an exploration of personal talent and creativity!

Nicole has performed with the Rollins College Bach Festival Society Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She has also performed with the Florida Space Coast Philharmonic under the direction of Dr. Candler Schaffer. She is experienced as a session musician, recording vocals and violin at Wright Entertainment Group Studios (Justin Timberlake) with producer Will Baker (India Arie, Pink). She has performed as a soloist at the White House, Bob Carr Performing Arts Center, Amway Arena, and Hard Rock Live.

Nicole Omat holds Bachelor of Arts degrees (with honors) in Music and Anthropology, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Rollins College. A member of the Honors Program (top 2%), and one of nine Cornell Scholars in her graduating class, she is very grateful to have been awarded a full academic scholarship. Nicole pursued concentrations in Violin and Vocal Performance, as well as Ethnomusicology. Nicole served as co-concertmaster of the Rollins College Orchestra and String Ensemble for three, consecutive years, under the direction of Dr. John V. Sinclair. She was featured at Christmas Vesper services in a solo performance of Winter (The Four Seasons) by Vivaldi, at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David Oistrakh. She has performed as a soloist with the Rollins College Gospel and Concert Choirs and studied vocal pedagogy and performance with Dr. Edmund Leroy and Dr. Lori Lovell. At Rollins, Nicole studied piano with Dr. Gloria Cook and enjoys playing classical, jazz, and Latin styles. Nicole has studied classical guitar for seven years and especially enjoys playing Latin American folk music and flamenco. Nicole pursued her love of world music in publishing her senior honors thesis, “Cultural Fusion of Music Constructs: A Look at Hybrid World Styles,” analyzing the effects of globalization on traditional, ethnic musics. She has published research in the Rollins Undergraduate Research Journal, where she also served as Music and Anthropology Editor for three years.
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Colleen Loomis March 22, 2016
Jazz Voice · In home
Verified Student
Nicole O. is a great teacher! I am a mature woman and would recommend her to anyone. I have learned a lot and enjoyed every note of it. She fosters love of music as well has a talent for making it blossom in others. She's one of the best instructors I've met.
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Anouska J. February 18, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is absolutely fantastic and we have enjoyed her lessons thoroughly.
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Monty M. February 18, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is a wonderful teacher and talented musician. She's very patient with our 9 year old daughter and encourages her every step of the way.
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Nicole O.

Nicole O.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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Rebekah P.

Winter Park, FL

With over 10 years of teaching experience, and 25 years of playing experience, you're in capable hands to learn it all from the basics to the classics! I have a bachelor's degree in music, and an unquenchable passion for teaching!

About Rebekah

With a degree in classical voice and over 10 years of teaching experience, I can help you reach your musical goals! Using proven methods, you can learn the techniques necessary to sing like the pros or make the ivory keys of your piano dance!

My teaching style would be best described as intense and flexible. I'm a total stickler for proper technique and classical learning theory, but I also give my students the power to choose what repertoire they work on. I often tell my pupils, "I don't really care what you're playing or singing, as long as you focus on the fundamentals learned in lesso
ns". I believe students will practice music they like, so I encourage them to pick songs they enjoy hearing. The concept that purposeful learning can be achieved using almost any repertoire is at the core of my teaching philosophy.
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Ishah S. April 7, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
She is really nice :)
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Adam March 14, 2016
Singing · In home
I went to Rebekah for recreational voice lessons and had a great time singing with her. She was patient, knowledgeable, and very easy to learn from. She always had a good approach to her lessons and different techniques for me to try to remedy any issues I was experiencing until we found the ones that worked best for me.

I would recommend her for anyone looking to take lessons, if you're just starting or have been singing for years!
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Siena S. March 9, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Singing lesson was for my 6 year old granddaughter and it went so good,Rebekah
was wonderful and Siena my granddaughter like her from the beginning,We are looking forward for a next 30 minute class.Thank you Rebekah
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Rebekah P.

Rebekah P.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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$32 / 30-min
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Melody C.

Orlando, FL

In May, 2016, I am graduating from Valencia College with an A.A. in Piano Performance. In 2014, I started teaching piano lessons for beginners. I teach in an after school program at a middle school in Orlando, and have several private students as well.

A typical lesson with me looks something like this:
The student plays what they have practiced, and we work on any difficult areas and techniques for playing better.
We discuss the next lesson, making sure the student understands everything.
I expect my students to practice every day, just as I do. It is the only way to become proficient.

About Melody

Hello. My name is Melody Cook. I graduated from Valencia College with an Associate of Arts degree in Piano Performance.

I began learning to play the piano when I was five. As an adult, I pursued other interests for several years, and returned to piano a few years ago. I studied Piano Performance for three years at Valencia college, and completed my degree in May, 2016, having received a GPA of 4.0 in all my classes.

As for my teaching experience, I was home schooled, so I taught some of my younger siblings reading, mathematics, and beginning piano. I have tutored children ages 5- 13 in
reading and math. I worked as a daycare teacher off and on for a few years in my twenties, teaching children ages 2- 10. Currently, I am teaching a piano class in an after school program at a middle school, as well as teaching private lessons to all ages.

I spent four years in Russia and helped some of my friends who were learning English as a foreign language.

While in Russia I studied the Russian language at the university for a year, and am proficient enough to teach beginning Russian.

On my profile I stated that I can teach students with special needs. I want to clarify that I do not have training or experience in this area, but I would be happy to try teaching children with special needs. It would be important to me to meet with the parents before the first class to discuss the special need and what I would need to know to be able to teach their child well.

[April, 2016]: I have a few students with ADHD and/or high functioning Autism. They are great piano students! They enjoy playing the piano and do well with it, and I love working with them!
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Samantha April 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Melody is a great instructor for my 5 year old son, she is very patient and handles him very well. He has learned a ton and loves going to his piano lessons. I highly recommend Melody for children!
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Annette April 25, 2016
Piano · In home
Great at keeping kids' attention and progressing quickly enough to keep their interest.
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Rosemary B. April 25, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed everytime she has piano lessons.
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Melody C.

Melody C.

Orlando, FL 32817
(15)
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$20 / 30-min
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Fernando B.

Windermere, FL

Teaching the PIANO for over 15 years,

I'm a Professional Musician with over 20 years of experience. Can't wait to see you soon!

''All the subjects are based on Students' needs and Level of knowledge, these are just an order example of a lesson's plan. ''

I'm a piano player and a teacher with many qualities. I have been Playing Piano since 7 years old and teaching for over 15 years. You will learn from an experienced professional all there is to get you playing your favorite songs, reading the music sheet, understand the harmony, different music styles, chord progression, scales, key signatures, accidents, sharps and flats, play popular songs and as well as classic ones, use the youtube to help you and learn about great Pianists. Can't wait to get you started :) Fernando Barros.

My teaching philosophy is to make sure that you enjoy your learning process. I'm a positive person, I believe in encouraging the student, every step you'll take toward your goal shall be ...

About Fernando

I have been studying Film and Photography for the past 10years, and I have been a musician since 7years old,now I'm finally able to teach my students the Arts I once also fell in love with.

I'm a pretty much a very mobile shooter, I can adapt to all scenarios and situations very quickly based on restrictions,locations,lighting.You will experience something very professional and academical and your Work / Art will turn into something spectacular for yourself and all those around you. I plan to follow your ideas and projects for shoots,being sharp and ready to teach when scheduled.My Photogr
aphy and Film shooting style are modern plus contemporary and uses at all times elements and composition rules.Being a Musician for so long helped me to become more sensitive with my other Arts.

I will focus my time towards the projects that you have,will provide exciting new ways to learn with a very active style, I'm sure I can help and be ready for your needs based on my Experiences and education.

As a very active Artist I always worked a lot in different positions inside the media Arts: Productions, Short Films, lessons, classes, workshops, web commercial, Tv Commercial, Youtube Vlogs, Bloggers, Corporation Seminars, Institutional videos and photoshoots, Interviews, Fashion, Wedding industry Film and Photo, Artistic Photography, fine Art, Theme photography, portraits, advanced editing, free lancer photographer for the city of Malden MA, Studio, Out doors, being them my own and contracted ones as well. My specialties, and diversities on this field are vast and my studies and equipments are sharp on, i like to say that I evolve with the market and industry always.

My vast experience on Film, Photography, Music and Directing, leaded me into important jobs along the industry.

Photographer with a passion for the studies for the past 10 years and now I'm finally able to teach my students the Art once I also fell in love with.

ON DRUMS: Teaching the drums for over 15 years,

I'm a Professional Musician with over 20 years of experience. Can't wait to see you soon!

''All the subjects are based on Students' needs and Level of knowledge, these are just an order example of a lesson's plan. ''

I'm a Drum player and a teacher with many qualities. I have been playing Drums since 7 years old and teaching for over 15 years. You will learn from a experienced professional all there is to get you playing your favorite songs, applying cool technics, reading the music sheet, understand the styles, rhythms, different music volumes and approaches, play popular songs and as well as classic ones, use the youtube to help you and learn about great drummers, get your speed, your foot work, tuning the drums, recording with the drums, performing for your loved ones, playing with other musicians, rudiments, chops, gospel chops, Pop, rock, jazz, indie, Samba, Ballad, Electronic, progressive, fusion, afro, and so many others. Can't wait to get you started :)
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Arti Dusane December 4, 2015
Adobe Photoshop · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Looking forward to the rest.
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xiuwei ji October 13, 2015
Drum · In studio
Great lesson, friendly instructor....My son learned a lot about in a very short space of time. Look forward to our next session
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Cassandra taylor September 20, 2015
Piano · In home
Fernando is an innovative teacher! I find him fun, thoughtful and concerned with where one is with their feelings about music , ability to play, and what goals they have in mind. He allows the student to participate in their development but with a guiding hand. I recommend him to those that are ready to learn and listen from a new perspective .
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Fernando B.

Fernando B.

Windermere, FL 34786
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Ray M.

Orlando, FL

I have been playing piano for over 25 years. I have given lessons at piano stores and privately. I also play piano for business and social events. Lessons are $30.00 and range between 30 to 45 minutes as needed.

About Ray

Ray has been teaching private lessons since 2001 and is currently available to teach lesson at his home in Orlando, Fl.
Ray has been a professional musician for over 25 years playing at cocktail parties for private parties and group events, and business grand openings. Ray has given piano lessons through a music store and privately since 2001. Harmonica lessons are a big part of Ray's lesson programs.
Lessons range between 30-45 minutes as needed.
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Andrew P. May 21, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I had never touched a piano before selecting Ray for my teacher. After just a few lessons he has me playing and improving with each time I practice. Because of his great teaching ability I'm on the right path to playing well. He's very patient and explains everything in terms that are easily understood. I'm not sure I would be progressing so well if it wasn't for his exceptional teaching skills.
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Patty Wade May 9, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I had a great first lesson experience with Ray. I look forward to learning how to play and think he will be a great instructor.
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Bill B. March 9, 2016
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
Ray is a very fine harmonica teacher. He knows music very well.
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Orlando, FL 32805
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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