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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

Nicole O. 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, 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 selected to perform Winter from The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, with the Rollins College String Ensemble at Christmas Vesper services, to capacity audiences of community members, students and faculty at the Knowles Memorial Chapel. Nicole has studied violin with Joni Roos and Alvaro Gomez, protege of David ...

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Jack G. January 28, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole is talented, patient and fun to be around. I have only had 3 lessons and am loving every minute. She delights in sharing and notices any progress that I have made. I look forward to my lessons every week.
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john C. August 22, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I think the reviews speak for themselves. Nicole is a nurturing, patient, and loving teacher. Always with a welcoming smile. A great teacher. I'd recommend her any day of the week.
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Juliana F. August 18, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Nicole has a great energy and makes you feel at home. Her technique is very effective and she makes singing seems effortless. Highly recommended! :)
Erin C. Orlando, FL

For piano, I have worked with beginning and intermediate students. I have a lot of experience working with young students because of my Kindergarten through fifth grade music job as well as older students because of private teaching. I like to make music as fun as possible through theory, listening activities, and a fun lesson series. I like to use the Alfred Lesson series, Faber Piano Adventures, and A Dozen a Day as well as other books that would meet the student's interests and needs.

For both oboe and piano, students will learn about proper playing technique, theory, analyze music to find patterns and form, and build their confidence with their instrument. They will also learn how to critique themselves in order to find the positive aspects of their playing as well as things they would like to change or improve upon. It is important to celebrate all successes as well as look for areas of improvement. I am also able to record students and then play back for them during ...

About Erin

Music has been a part of my life since I was very young. Growing up in a musical family, I started piano lessons at age 5 and oboe at 11. I went on to get my Bachelors in Oboe Performance and Music Education from the University of Central Florida. I enjoyed studying music so much that I continued on to get my Masters in Oboe Performance from the University of Cincinnati, College- Conservatory of Music. I then studied oboe performance for one year in the Doctorate program at Rutgers University, Mason Gross School of the Arts. After Rutgers, I moved back to Orlando where I began teaching as an Elementary music teacher and taught private lessons for students in Orlando. I have been an elementary music teacher for four years now and have taught private lessons for the past 11 years. ...

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Mercedes V. July 31, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really likes Erin as a teacher. I think it's because she makes it fun for her with the teacher student duets, encouragement and patience. We especially like the students recitals. Annabel, 10 yrs, has learned a lot. I hope she'll continue to.
Monica W. Orlando, FL

In piano lessons, you will learn all the basics of music reading and music theory. I like to give people knowledge that they can use and expand on in their own time. You will play a variety of pieces and have the opportunity to choose music that you enjoy!

About Monica

My first priority is instilling a love for the arts into any student I teach. No matter what the skill level is, I want my students to love music and learning. I believe in setting the students up for success while also challenging them to be their best. My experience as a classroom teacher is useful in helping me understand different types of students and cater to their individual needs and learning styles. I have experience teaching both private piano and voice, as well as experience in putting together recitals and stage shows. I have a degree in music from the University of Central Florida, which has allowed me to receive a great deal of musical education as well as hands-on experience in teaching methods. A student of mine will not only learn techniques specific to ...

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Tad B. March 18, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great!
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Rob G. January 17, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Monica is an absolutely excellent teacher. She is patient and not afraid to tackle vocal challenges. She is a very hard worker and strives to assist the student in achieving their goals.
I highly recommend her.
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Cabbar D. November 24, 2013
Singing
Verified Student
Best. Teacher. Ever.

I'm a college sophomore with absolutely no background in music. I decided I needed a hobby so I looked into TakeLessons, and I am extremely glad I did! Monica is an amazing teacher. She knows exactly what she is doing and can basically work with every situation. She is also so approachable and easy to talk to that the lessons are actually fun! I learned so much in just two months, it's unbelievable! I recommend it to anyone at any age to give lessons with Monica a try, I guarantee you that you won't be disappointed.
Bonnie P. Orlando, FL

I like music to be fun!! I have created my own curriculum using colorful animals to learn the notes on the staffs. My students of all ages love the animals.

About Bonnie

Bonnie started piano at age 4, clarinet by third grade, and oboe in the 8th grade. In High School, she played oboe, bagpipes, and saxophone in the jazz band winning the Best Jazz Soloist Award. She also won the Young Artist Competition and played with the Tampa Symphony. While attending USF, she continued to perform with the Tampa Symphony and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She then attended the University of Michigan and received her Master of Music degree and performed with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and many chamber groups in the area. In 2003, she created the Pop Oboe series with 4 CDs, a member of the Recording Academy and had her cds on the Grammy Nomination list. Now in the Orlando area, she is a freelance musician and has performed at Universal, The ...

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Jazrina M. April 13, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
Bonnie is a really patience and fun instructor. She is also very approachable, warm and lets you talk about your musical preference and will gear the lessons toward the goals that you wanted to achieve. I am having a good time learning with her because she makes things a lot easier :)
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Becki T. January 9, 2015
Piano · Online
Verified Student
My 10 y/o daughter is taking online piano lessons with Bonnie and we couldn't be more pleased! Prior to Bonnie, she has taken lessons off and on since she was 5 and never really got into them. She dreaded practicing, and didn't really like her teacher. Bonnie is so sweet and patient with her. Every little step forward gets praise from Bonnie. My daughter is learning all kids of new stuff. She practices almost everyday, and without me telling her to. I was worried about online lessons for piano, but it doesn't seem to interfere with the teaching/learning process. Glad to have found TakeLessons and more importantly, Bonnie!
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Beth B. September 9, 2014
Oboe · Online
Verified Student
She was very patient with my 8 year old son. Very kind and punctual.
Michael W. Orlando, FL

I have played and studied piano for 58 years.

About Michael

I have been teaching for 41 years and opened 14 music schools. Ages 3-96. Taught and performed in Michigan, Arizona and Florida. *** Lesson Details *** Everyone has the ability to learn. Do not let someone tell you different. It is either the wrong teacher or wrong method for you if you are having difficulty. It is never the student. I use many combined methods to fit the individual student accoring to their skill level, desires and overcoming any difficulties. I have two recitals a year and video tape them so the student can see and hear their progress. In addition to piano I also teach keyboard, organ, improve, stand up comedy, recording, and ballroom dance ( won grand nationals in tango ). *** Studio Equipment *** professional studio seating for parents yamaha ...

Jessica K. Orlando, FL

First lesson: assessment and getting to know your level. Lessons begin with warm ups then technique and theory. Songs will be assigned. 2 books will be used for home exercises. If desired, songwriting will be taught as well, which is a fun way to learn theory. Recitals are a great way to gain live experience and confidence. These are optional and offered twice a year.

About Jessica

I am a singer, actress, composer, author, and teacher. After graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Music Degree, I landed a singing position with a 14-piece band traveling throughout the USA and internationally. I also performed in various Musical Theatre Productions. I sing many genres, even acapella groups in Major Theme Parks. Now I am taking on new students to share my experience and help advance your careers. *** Lesson Details *** First lesson is assessment and getting to know your level. Lessons begin with warm up then technique then song piece. Recitals are a great way to gain live experience and confidence. These are optional and offered twice a year. I can teach at your location or mine or even online using Google+ *** Studio Equipment *** Piano

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Cynthia P. March 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Ms. Jessica is an effective communicator, very professional and displays an immense amount of passion for teaching vocals. Since I've started vocal training with Ms. Jessica over a month ago, I've experienced growth in my musical and vocal abilities. I'm happy I've chosen Ms. Jessica to teach me the vocal training necessary in order to reach my potential. She exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend her!
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Claudia H. March 12, 2015
Acting · In home
Verified Student
Jessica has been amazing to work with!! As a beginner with no previous acting experience, she has been very patient with me in helping me grow every session. She is the sweetest and always makes a challenge seem achievable! I couldn't be more blessed to be able to learn from the best... Thank you Jessica!!(:
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Ashley L. January 26, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
When I first began my singing journey with Jessica about two months ago I was insecure about my voice but I knew that singing was something that made me feel good inside. Jessica gave me confidence and assessed my strengths and weaknesses. Each session she continuously analyzes my abilities and range in my voice. She clearly explains the purpose of the exercises that we do so that I can see a bigger picture which always gives me more inspiration to never give up and believe in myself and my abilities as an aspiring artist. She took time to get to know me personally and understand my goals. She is fun and her energy is beautiful. She took interest in me as a writer and during our sessions we also explore my songs and what I could do with them. So overall I rated her 5 stars because she truly deserves it! Not only will I continue with her but I will also be privileged to have her coach my son who loves music/instruments. Thank you Jessica for having me :)

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