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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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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 Cent
ral 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 their instrument, but also a more broad range of music theory and performance knowledge which will apply to any other musical endeavor they may wish to pursue.

*** Lesson Details ***
I offer a relaxed environment where students will be given new challenges and information without feeling pressured or stressed out. I want to make learning fun while also giving them a firm grasp on the techniques and practices. I use a variety of music books and series such as Piano Adventures, but I also like to find out what type of music the student is interested in playing and cater the curriculum to their needs.
After the first set of piano lessons, most of my students will know the basics of reading music/music theory and basic practice techniques. After a few months, they will be able to read and play a piece of music on their own. Depending on the level of skill and hard work, students can progress quickly and they will love showing off their new skills to their friends and families.
In voice lessons, students have an opportunity to focus on their personal goals while being guided toward healthy singing habits and optimal tone. Students can work with me to choose their own repertoire, and we use primarily karaoke tracks so that I can focus on the vocals and pinpoint problematic areas.
Performance opportunities are given semi-annually, so that students can be given a chance to show off their new skills! Our winter recital is also a benefit to raise money for various children's charities.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a keyboard if necessary, but prefer that the students have their own. I provide some method books, folders, and sheet music.

*** Specialties ***
"Head voice" singing for children, sight reading practices for piano, Broadway singing and performance, opera singing and performance
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Rebecca C. December 3, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Had a good first lesson. She's great at explaing techniques & what to focus on
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Caitlin C. November 28, 2015
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Very helpful. Off to a great start1
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Vincent P. September 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
My son just finished his 3rd piano lessons. He love learning from Ms. Monica.
She's his first piano teacher, so far this has been a good experience for him.
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Monica W.

Monica W.

Orlando, FL 32825
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$25 / 30-min
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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.

Winter Park, FL 32792
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starting at
$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

Lesson Schedule Open for Summer 2016! Reserve your spot!

I will have more time to teach this summer, and have opened up my schedule! New students may begin lessons on May 14, 2016!

Hello. My name is Melody and I am a Sophomore at Valencia College majoring in Piano Performance. I learned to play the piano as a child. A few years ago, I decided to pursue a career in music. I have completed my general education and music courses with GPA of 4.0 in all my classes, and will be graduating in May.

As for my teaching experience, I was home schooled, so I taught some of my younger siblings re
ading, 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.

(Update: I have a few students with ADHD and/or high functioning Autism. They are great kids. They enjoy playing the piano and do well with it, and I love working with them.) [April, 2016]
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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.

Orlando, FL 32817
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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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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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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Sherine Makar February 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ray is a great piano teacher! He's patient and explains things in a way that even someone who has no musical inkling can understand.
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Leigh C. October 19, 2015
Harmonica · In studio
Verified Student
Ray is super personable and really understands the harmonica. I look forward to classes with him each week and he is very patient. A++
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Ray M.

Ray M.

Orlando, FL 32805
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