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About Renee H.

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Your first lesson with me will be fun and exciting. You will learn how to play a fun simple song and scales and rhythm. I measure your success by how well you practice using the techniques I give you, I also measure progress according to how many times a week you practice, I am committed to inspire people of all ages and skill levels to learn more about music. I believe that music for every individual should be a pleasurable learning experience. Whether you are a beginner or advanced musiciane or vocalist. I welcome all students of all ages encouraging them. I like to motivate all students to succeed. After 3 to 6 months with you, you will have learned how to play simple songs, 12 scales and read the lines and spaces of Treble and Bass Clef and play 3 rhythm patterns

About Renee
Renee has a Bachelor degree from the University of Dayton in Music Therapy with an emphasis on piano, voice and music theory. She has been teaching children from age five to adult for over 12 years. In 1995 I taught children from Kindergarten to 4th grade Music at Liberty Christain Cathedral. In 2000 she worked at The Dayton Academy teaching music classes to elementary school children. In 2006 she taught voice to a school choir at Nehemiah University. In 2007 she successfully taught voice and performance to a Senior Choir at Wesley Community Center. The Senior Choir had many Choir performances. Also in 2007,she taught voice lessons and keyboard lessons to a youth choir at Maranatha Worship Center for seven years. she cond
ucted a Black History choir and several Christmas Plays. She has successfully taught students in the past who have become music teachers and music directors in a church or school setting. She has taught students from various backgrounds. Music is my passion because it is international communication. It ministers to my soul and spirit.

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Your first lesson with me will be fun and exciting. You will learn how to play a fun simple song and scales and rhythm. I measure your success by how well you practice using the techniques I give you, I also measure progress according to how many times a week you practice, I am committed to inspire people of all ages and skill levels to learn more about music. I believe that music for every individual should be a pleasurable learning experience. Whether you are a beginner or advanced musician or vocalist. I welcome all students of all ages encouraging them. I like to motivate all students to succeed. After 3 to 6 months with you, you will have learned how to play simple songs, 12 scales and read the lines and spaces of Treble and Bass Clef and play 3 rhythm patterns

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I would expect my students to have their own keyboard/piano.

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The curriculum that I prefer is The David Carr Glover Method, Pre- Reading Books for Beginners, Popular Piano by Hal Leonard, Sight Reading and Rhythm Everyday. I teach Classical, Pop, Jazz, Gospel and Contemporary Gospel.
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Trayedell T. May 20, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was patient. She explained what we needed to do to make his learning successful.
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Melinda December 20, 2017
· Piano · In home
Renee is very patient with my granddaughter who has the typical attention span of a 6 year old. They've made remarkable progress this year.
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About Erick B.

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I have 15 years of music teaching experience and I have learned how to explain what seems "complicated" in the most effective and simple manner. My philosophy is that music must make us happy. We have to enjoy the process of learning, practicing, and performing music. It it's not fun it's not going to work for the student or the audience. I keep an inner child alive whenever I play and teach because it is my way to channel the purest feelings through my fingers and my instrument.
I learned classical music with teachers in music conservatories parallel to my own "by ear method" playing dozens of pop songs from the radio. That means that I am very flexible when it comes to teaching methods. I am happy teaching popular songs along with what's called "the traditional piano books." I'm not a purist. I love Beethoven
's music as much as Maroon 5's music. It's all beautiful to me. I can teach piano, guitar, music theory, music recording and production, and composition.

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G&L electric guitar
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I specialize in classical and pop music. I use various methods such as Bastien, Thompson, Czerny, Hanon, as well as ear training, and playing by ear approach, and always tailor my lessons to my students.
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About Maryam M.

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Maryama” is an award-winning hollywood composer/performer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Maryam has established herself as a professional celebrity music coach since her arrival in Los Angeles.

About Maryam
Maryam is an award-winning hollywood composer/performer currently residing in Los Angeles, California. Maryam has established herself as a professional celebrity music coach since her arrival in Los Angeles.
Growing up she studied guitar with Middle Eastern rock stars Ardavan Anzabipour and Homayoun Majdzadeh . Maryam has performed in prestigious international music festivals such as Fajr International Music Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival(student) and have competed and placed in competitions such as Iranian International Youth Competition : Music Composition category(semi-finalist) and Music Association of California Community Colleges Composition Competition(2nd place in state of California) .
She has won a Jazz Downbeat Award with ARC Advanced Vocal Jazz Ensemble, was nominated for a Hollywood Music in Media Award(2016) and has
composed pieces for prestigious figures such as Deborah Lavine and James Franco.
She holds two Associate Degrees in Jazz Voice and Music Composition from American River College where she studied with one of her biggest inspirations, Joe Gilman. She also holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts (music composition ,film music) from the California Institute of the Arts where she studied with Ulrich Krieger ( Lou Reed), Pirayeh Pourafar, Houman Pourmehdi, David Rosenboom, Larry Koonse , Miroslav Tadic and many more.
Maryam is currently working on her Master Degree from CalArts and also studying with Usher and Christina Aguilera through MasterClass inc.
Maryam’s musical style is derived from a fusion of jazz, soul, persian and classical music and inspired by endless number of artists. She has been the featured artist of the month in renowned publications such as GIRLTRIP, Muzik magazine, HuffingtonPost, DW Germany, POPDOSE, Obscure sounds, Girls underground, VENT Magazine, Celebrity cafe and many more. She is said to be one of Los angeles’s most unique and up and coming acts and has been compared to the likes of Sade, Dido, Natalie Merchant, Lianne Lahavas and Adele.

In 2017 Maryama Band was the winner of Acropolise Record's battle of the bands round one. Maryama's new music video/single “Where The Mermaids Are” gained spectacular feedback making it one of the artist’s most critically acclaimed pieces of work. Maryama’s upcoming record with the same name is scheduled to release in the same year.
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I want you to improve. I want you to put time and be great at what you do. I truly love all my students and I want your happiness. As of teaching goes, I'll make sure to meet all your needs but it's you who can make a difference. I don't believe in talent , I believe in hard work and practice. everybody is born with the same blank canvas it's what you draw on it over time that matters.If you let me know that you have other things than music or you're maybe busy to practice a lot, I'll give less things to practice after every 3 month ( what I call a semester) you can choose songs to record in my home studio. I don't have a fancy studio but I have enough equipment to record and edit demo songs. I'd love my students to participant in talent shows and I'm always looking to put you out there in the real world of music.

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Anything a student and their parents might need.

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I can bring my guitar to accompany but the student needs to also provide their own instrument. I will also need the voice students to have a keyboard or a piano as a lot of voice technique exercises need the piano accompaniment.

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I'm professionally an electric guitarist.. Started with classic guitar and then changed genre to rock and metal and then started exploring jazz but I consider myself a rock solo guitarist with some spices of jazz and i still play classical. I'm also a pop/rock singer with flavors of jazz and I've been singing classic music as well.
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Joey M. December 22, 2016
· Farsi · Online
Excellent! Five stars!
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Chuck S. August 13, 2014
· Guitar · In studio
She is kind, patient, flexible, and most importantly she listens to what your desires are and adjusts her style to meet those needs. She is also very good at explaining the importance of traditional exercises and does an excellent job of presenting those in a way that is a very comfortable way to learn.
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Benjamin W. June 20, 2014
· Music Composition ·
While studying at ARC I bumped into Maryam. Upon realizing that she was a music major the topic quickly escalated to focus of degree. At the time, composition was what Maryam was pursuing. After listening to some of her creations, I realized that I had never seen such talent at a junior college. Selecting Maryam from the rest of the pack will forever change yours and your child's lives. She is a fine musician and is very easy to talk to. All the while songwriting and composing is her specialty and she is the best that I know.
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About Peter Q.

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All of my students write songs! You don't have to, but you'll want to/do it accidentally.

About Peter
I'm a multi-instrumentalist from the Northwest with lots of love for teaching people to groove. I got my bachelor's degree in music from Whitman College with an emphasis in Jazz Performance. I can teach anyone to rock, swing or get unreasonably funky. Lessons can be casual or serious and I'm down to tell you how to get to Carnegie Hall or onto the stage at the local jam.

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I like to teach my students what they want to learn! I'm always game for setting up a fun path to being able to play your favorite songs as fast as possible. I don't scold or shame and having a blast is the name of my game. I can teach you to improvise, read music, become a strummer or virtuoso, it's all up to you.

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Lessons in the basement studio, piano, guitars, amps, hand drums, a bass, woodwinds, FULL DRUM SET!

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I can travel with a sax, flute, guitar, electric bass, and a didgeridoo....

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I'm a jazz musician! But I listen to and perform all styles of music. I have written string quartets, been the front man for a funk band, and recorded every style of music under the sun. I can teach Bach and the Beatles and explain how/ and why they intersect and are similar musically.
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Debbie P. January 10, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Perfect. He matched his lesson beautifully with the music I like and how I am likely to learn quickly. Could not ask for better.
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Paul May 23, 2017
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An excellent teacher. He is kind patient and imaginative
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Paul February 20, 2017
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Versatile, skilled and patient
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About Lauren V.

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Songwriting lessons are flexible. If you are a beginner we will work on lyric basics. As an intermediate we will add in chord and melody writing. If you are an advanced writer, I can help critique your works and give suggestions on revisions, give techniques on structure, and/or encourage you by extending your sources of inspiration.

About Lauren
Lauren graduated from McNally Smith College of Music magna cum laude in 2011 with a bachelors in vocal performance. She played everywhere from Duluth. Minnesota to Lima, Peru: sharing the stage with artists as diverse as Andres Prado and Judi Donaghy. In addition to her McNally Smith Degree, Lauren received master classes from Bobby McFerrin and the New York Voices. Passionate about giving back to the community, Lauren instructed voice and piano students at the Urban Hub, a community center for inner city youth in Minneapolis MN. She spent the last 6 months of 2011 as an instructor at Jazz Jaus in Lima, Peru. She taught music theory, history, songwriting, and applied voice at ex'treme Institute by Nelly in St. Louis, MO for 3 years. She recently moved back to the Twin Cities to perform and teach.

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has an experience unique to themselves. I am strict about meeting the goals developed by each student. However, the learning process is highly individual. You will learn at a pace and with a curriculum we develop to best suit your learning style, musical preference, and goals.

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I expect students will have a keyboard or piano.

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Trained 10 years in classical voice and piano.
Undergrad in contemporary voice.
12 years of theatre experience
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Adrian L. June 29, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very interesting first lesson. I feel she is going to be a great teacher for Adrian.
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Ki December 12, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Kind, patient, and knowledgeable.
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Lisa September 15, 2017
· Acting · In studio
My daughter looked forward to meeting with Lauren and felt like the work with Lauren was very helpful.
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About Kelly J.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I have written at least 20 songs in my entire music career. I have written, instrumental music, R&B music, Soul music and children music for my children.

About Kelly
My name is Kelly. I am a musician who specialize in piano, songwriting, singing and music theory. Earned an Associates and BA. degree in Music and Arts. My focus is to teach students of all ages, the fundamentals of music theory which includes solfege, majors & minors, chords, triads, & etc... Also, specialize in piano performance with, all the materials that follows in this category : postures, overcome performance anxiety, focus points,

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I am a very fun, energetic and soulful person. I would expect my students to feel comfortable and confident of what they are learning in my class.
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George December 7, 2018
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Kellys is an awesome person and great teacher. She's extremely talented and an inspiration
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Alex K. October 22, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Kelly’s very kind, patient and she makes sure that the student understands the lessons.
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Patrick July 30, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Kelly is a very open minded instructor. She's willing and able to adapt to the needs of any particular student. For me, a 24 year old with no singing experience, Kelly helped me ground myself and find the natural singing voice that I never knew I had.
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About Christopher M.

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Learn how your favorite songs work, what patterns are being used and what the song is really doing. Learn to write your own!! What chords work together and why! What parts go where and why! The harmonies to the music, why they work and what they are really implying! Writing multiple parts to a song (Rhythms, leads, melodies and solos). We can even record and work on your own songs at my studio!

About Christopher
My name is Chris and I am a professional guitar player. I have been teaching sense 2008 now and sharing the joy of music with others has become a passion of mine.
I started playing the piano at the age of five, the trumpet at nine and the guitar at thirteen. Over the years I have also learned to play the drums, bass, harmonica as well as how to sing. I studied at L.A. Music Academy as well as Musicians Institute. I am currently in two bands and putting together a third. I do session work for other artists and have played the National Anthem for a profession football team.

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When taking lessons from me there are many things my students can expect. First and most importantly it will be fun! Music is supposed to be fun and expressive so why make it boring and repetitive? For each student that I have I make a custom
curriculum just for them based on their musical desires, strengths and weaknesses so I can help them become the best player that they can be. Each lessons will be a balance of learning new technique and theory and applying them in songs that excite and inspire.
Things such as: music theory, ear and harmony training, single string technique, sight and cord chart reading, cord structure, song writing, tone shaping, guitar maintenance and playing live will be covered with students as they advance. Feed back is always welcome and appreciated. This is your lesson, let's make sure you get the most out of it.

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Music Studio: Guitars, amps, mixing board, protools, computer with external stereo, seating for parents can be arranged

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I can bring my own guitar and cables. But the student will need to have their own guitar, amp etc

*** Specialties ***
Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk and Country
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Hayden October 25, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
My daughter just had her first lesson and she enjoyed it so much!
He is really knowledgeable and easy to learn from,
highly recommend.
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Andrea and Bonita S. August 24, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Chris is welcoming, has an easy manner, and
displays a wide range of musical knowledge and interests. His positive support for this first lesson gave us confidence, challenged us, and we can’t wait for lesson number 2.
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Suzanne S. August 23, 2018
· Songwriting · In studio
Christopher is a wonderful teacher. He truly cares and does his very best to help you learn. He knows exactly how to effectively help you understand and move forward. I appreciate what I am learning from him and how he is so patient. I feel safe enough to take creative chances during our lessons (I'm pretty rusty). I'm grateful to have found him. He is exceptionally knowledgeable, conscientious, caring, trustworthy and genuine - and a really great guy. I highly recommend him without reservation.
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About Sam K.

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Sam K.

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I play and teach Guitar (Electric/Acoustic), Bass (Electric/Upright), 5-String Banjo (Bluegrass and Old-timey), Violin/Fiddle, Mandolin, Dobro, Pedal Steel Guitar and Lap Steel Guitar, Ukulele, Piano and Piano Accordion. I have been teaching in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and owned my music studio/store for over 10 years. I have instructional book/cd(s) and instruments for purchase or rentals usually available on-site. I am experienced and friendly. Parking lot is free and off-street.
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Katharina K. June 18, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Sam is very patient with this novice student and has given great practice tips for improvement.
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Marc S. October 8, 2016
· Fiddle · In studio
Great first lesson with Sam. Learned a lot the entire way through
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Karen May 27, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
I went into banjo lessons not knowing if I could master the instrument or not, being nearly 70 years old. While by no means a master (and never going to be), I have learned so much from Sam and he has shown such patience with me. I often leave my lessons wondering how he ever puts up with me - but he does. His encourgement, laid-back style, expertise and knowledge of music (plus theory) and the banjo is impressive. His good nature makes my lessons so much more pleasant. I would say Sam is a a great teacher for both a beginner or an accomplished musician or in between. He likes to talk and demonstrate (nice and slowly if requested) so I would recommend hour-long lessons at first.
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About Judith S.

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You like to write your own songs? You've got some ideas, melodies or beats in your head and want to glue the puzzle pieces together?

For more than 10 years I've also work as a singer/songwriter! A big part of my Master in Jazz/Rock/Pop voice was songwriting, arrangement and composing.

Learn some essential rules and your ideas can turn into a hit!

About Judith
Hi there!

I am Judith, a professional Pop/Rock/Jazz singer and pianist. In 2009 I've got my Master's degree in Popular Music Voice Education at the University of Music & Drama in Hanover, Germany, and for more than 10 years I've worked as a voice instructor and freelance singer/pianist in Germany, the UK, Egypt, Greece and now Houston, TX.

My approach to singing is to combine the voice with your whole body in order to reach higher registers, gain more power and lose strain and fears! I would love to help you to enjoy singing even more - in an effortless and comfortable way!

I've prepared previous students for music college or university auditions, plenty successfully graduated!

Content of my lessons are:

- speech level singing
- belting
- ear training
- breathing techniques
- score reading
- improvisation/scat
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gs from the popular music genre (Jazz, Rock, Pop)
- body & posture as a support for your singing
- singing harmonies

I can't wait to meet you and to start singing with you!

*****I can travel farther than 10 miles on a case by case basis. For distances greater than 10 miles, I do also charge additional. Please feel free to message me directly to discuss rates and times for that.
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Sonya December 4, 2018
· Singing · In home
Judith has a very pleasant and kind manner that completely put me at ease. She is excellent at her craft and I left my first lesson very satisfied and with clear direction on how to improve. Can't wait for my next lesson!
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Kandice November 16, 2018
· German · In home
Judith has been teaching my two young daughters German for a few months now, and it couldn't be going better. Judith is patient and puts a lot of effort into ensuring that my daughters are making progress. The girls have learned a lot and really enjoy their lessons.
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Surabhi P. November 7, 2018
· Singing · In home
Judith is an amazong teacher. She has patience and lots of positive energy. She really reached my daughter and was able to help develop her understanding of how to sing, how to use her mouth/body as an instrument. I highly recommend her for anyone looking to improve their singing!
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About Lia M.

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As a professional singer/songwriter who has toured around the country, and licensed music to TV networks such as E!, MTV, Netflix, and more, you can expect to learn tips, techniques, and helpful exercises that you can use to write smart, unique songs that come from the heart. Some of the tricks I teach are ones I use personally to help me write. Expect to have fun, be challenged/out of your comfort zone, but to also feel more confident and accomplished in your songwriting abilities!

About Lia
I'm a vocalist, pianist, and songwriter with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre, and am currently teaching voice and piano to nearly 20 students, of all ages and backgrounds. My versatility, experience and formal training helps me to make the learning experience easy, stress free and fun. I love to gear lessons towards the specific strengths and goals of each student.

While obtaining my Bachelor's degree, I took regular voice lessons from one of the leading vocal pedagogy experts in the world: Mary Saunders Barton. I also studied various aspects of music and performance, such as the art of auditioning, and music theory. I have spent many years performing in professional, regional musical theater productions, and am happy to work on auditions with my students. Currently, I play gigs regularly in my local area (Philadelp
hia) and write and record regularly. My songs have been licensed for national/international TV (E!, MTV, PBS, Netflix, and more).

I typically teach my clients either in their own homes (if within 12 miles of me), or online. I can easily accommodate to teach in my own home as well. I have also had background checks completed for the various schools I teach with, and am happy show them to you upon request.
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Tony August 1, 2018
· Singing · In home
Both of my daughters love to sing. We signed up for lessons so they could learn their favorite pop songs; one of my daughters also took piano. They've learned how to hit notes easier and how to properly warm up; Lia is great at finding fun ways to keep them engaged while also still learning. The combination of piano and voice for my youngest has been really valuable. I highly recommend Lia for your lessons!
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Nadine July 19, 2018
· Piano · In home
Lia has been a wonderful and nurturing teacher. She spent time getting to know my children and tailors lessons to keep them engaged and having fun!
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