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This lesson is for beginners and those who have some experience with piano playing. Students will be required to get books. Lessons will consist of learning to sight reading, scales, learning chords, some music theory, and learning to playing songs chosen by the instructor, as well as, songs that the student wishes to learn.

About Akiyla
Music is my eudemonia, as well as, my asylum. I have come to personally know and enamor its therapeutic benefits. It has inspired me to develop personally and academically. I have a bachelors in music and a masters in music therapy from Florida State University. I have experience teaching all ages and find unique and innovative ways to speak the language of you, to help you meet your desired goals as a developing musician. During my undergraduate year I proudly served as the following leadership positions in my 80 plus concert choir as the President, Vice President, soprano section and assistant section leader. I am also a sister of the cherish sisterhood Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity inc. Music is my life, I have no doubts that together we can create majesty to the beautiful art of music!

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tudents can expect to have fun while still incorporating discipline. All students will learn different styles and techniques from various styles of music to expand their musical talents and knowledge. Even if your focus is classical music, you can still expect to learn some jazz, pop, etc. Students can also expect to work on breathing exercises, diction, basic piano, basic guitar, sight reading, ear training, proper singing techniques as well as the anatomy of the throat. After a few months students will see tremendous improvements in the areas mentioned above as well as gain more confidence, individuality, creativity, adoration for the art and be able to execute their vocal instrument efficiently and beautifully!

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I have voice books for soprano singers, a piano, and a guitar. I require students to provide their own voice books (if I require them for your particular session), a notebook, and a recording device.

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Classical-Spirituals, Opera, Romantic, Baroque, etc.
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Atilola O. December 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My 5 year old had a wonderful and very memorable first lesson with Mrs. McQueen and is looking forward to the next lesson.
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Vincent S. October 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Very patient & professional
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Sheila Jordan August 21, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Great first lesson. Akiyla was very patient and is a really good teacher. I'm sure I will enjoy this experience.
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About Jonathan B.

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State College, PA

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Piano was the instrument I ran to when I was tired of classical guitar in college. As a consequence, I develop a very special relationship with it. I've learned to use it as a vehicle for expressing music in a way that's more free than any instrument that I do. Things I teach on piano usually include...

-Basic technique: scale fingerings, finger mechanics, dynamic posture
-Music Learning: how the piano makes music easier than with any other instrument, and what is the most efficient way to learn music
-Improvisation: how to explore music freely using easy keyboard techniques
-Composition: how to find and discipline your creativity through exploratory piano exercises

About Jonathan
I studied music therapy and music theory at Temple University from '06-'10. Learned a lot. Then again, I learned even more teaching at a school for kids with learning disabilities and working as a traveling street performer. Once you see the world and work with some unexpected challenges, you learn how to open up and knuckle down at the same time!

I am currently a full-time YouTube Creator, sidelining in cover bands and a solo act. Teaching is a big part of what I do online so I see my work as a private teacher as 'research' for the lessons I create. Although I'm firmly grounded in a classical music training, there's nothing you can ask about that I won't try to figure out. My favorite thing about teaching is using unexpected questions to develop new ideas that I then integrate into my original compositions. Check out my intro to the B
lues Raga video if you want to hear a good story about what I mean.

Recently I've had several articles published by the TakeLessons Blog. Check out my most recent post here.
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Rachel December 18, 2018
· Violin · In home
Jonathan has been terrific as a violin instructor for my 8 year old son.
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Lily F. October 2, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Jonathan is knowledgeable and patient. I am very pleased
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James July 13, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Jonathan does everything right. A good guy with a clear passion for what he does.
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About John B.

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Oxnard, CA
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30 years experience teaching at all levels
Classical Training with a BM, MM and DMA degree
Continuing Lecturer in Collaborative Arts
University of California Santa Barabara since 2005

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I have been a piano teacher and vocal coach since 1985.

I have a Doctorate in Collaborative Arts from the University of Southern California (1992)

I teach Collaborative Arts at the University of California Santa Barbara (since 2005)

I have been on the musical staffs of Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera, Sarasota Opera, Los Angeles Opera, Fresno Opera, Opera Academy of California and Opera NEO as a pianist, coach and chorus master.
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Lawrence June 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
John is a fantastic instructor. He has a love for educating others on musical expression and he is a wellspring of musical knowledge. He provides a depth to the piano that I wouldn't have noticed if I taught myself how to play.

John emphasized how to shape musical phrases to make music as opposed to a collection of notes. He had a good ear for honing in on my weaknesses such as how some notes that I played stuck out or the movement of my arms. Most importantly, he taught me how to approach practicing the piano in an effective way. I learned how to listen to myself and how give each note, phrase, and piece the attention and musicality it needed to sound beautifully.

For an adult learner as myself, he was accommodating with how busy I was. He adjusted to my needs and work schedule and taught at a reasonable pace. However, he also never veered from his expectations and praised what I was doing right and provided methods to fix what I was doing wrong.

Although there were times when John expressed his passion for music by delving into tangents on the broader historical significance of pieces, his mini-lectures were never irrelevant nor inappropriate. For example, he commented on how in waltzes, the rhythm on the left hand would need to emulate how a Romantic era string section would play it. For anyone who is serious about how or why pieces of music are meant to be played in a certain way, John is great about contextualizing pieces to make them sound great.

Most importantly, he made practicing piano something that was both enjoyable and challenging, which is difficult to find in a teacher. I owe a great deal of my musicianship to John and he met my expectations of learning the piano. Thank you!
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Kenny January 21, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
John is really great. He takes the time to understand what your goals are and teaches according to your needs. He is patient and provides constructive comments.
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Burt S. January 13, 2017
· Piano · In studio
It's hard to say enough about how happy we are to have found John. My 2 boys love taking lessons with him, but yet still he challenges them and holds them to a high standard. John is a talented and knowledgeable pianist, and a very friendly and approachable person. A top notch instructor.
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About Ben R.

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Granby, MA

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I have been playing the piano for many years. I studied under Deborah Gilwood, at Westfield State University.
I can teach classical beginner piano to students looking for a basic understanding of the piano.
Looking forward to working together!

About Ben
My name is Ben Rosenthal, your future teacher! I hold a BA in Music from Westfield State University. I am also a graduate degree in Music Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the-Wood's College. I have been playing the trumpet for 20 years, guitar for 15, and piano for 10. My horn of choice is a Bach Stradivarius model 37. I assist with coaching the trumpet section for the Youth Wind Ensemble of Springfield at Community Music School of Springfield. If you take lessons with me we will work on mainly classical music, as that is what I have been trained in. I am found of many genres of music and can gear the lesson to help whatever you would like to learn. I was in All States and Districts when I was younger and can assist with auditions.
I also teach the piano and guitar! I took piano lessons under the instruction of Deborah Gilwood from Westfield S
tate University and Kurtis John from the pop band The Last Goodnight. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about taking lessons with me. Looking forward to working together!
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Ben R.

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About Tylar D.

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Ready to have fun learning piano? Whether you've played before or have never touched a keyboard, I teach all levels of experience. I work hard for the student to learn every aspect of the piano while learning from the comfort of his or her home. Classical, jazz, rock, pop, you name it, I will help you learn any kind of genre you like! I am easy going, but will still push you enough to achieve greatness. I look forward to teaching and helping you reach your goals! :)

About Tylar
I absolutely love teaching and playing piano! I've been playing since I was five years old and I can't remember life without piano. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music degree from South Dakota State University. I plays a variety of styles including but not limited to Classical, Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical, Accompanying, and Church. I frequently plays for Weddings, Funerals, and other events. I've won numerous awards such as SDMTA pianist winner and top music scholar at SDSU. Music is my passion and I work hard for the student to have a great experience playing piano!
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Tylar is patient and easy to work with.
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About Nick H.

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Eastlake, OH

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Taking piano lessons with me will be the beginning of a journey you will be so thankful you started. I will teach you chord progressions, inversions, scales, and how to play your favorite songs all at your pace while challenging you to be the best you can! I look forward to helping you grow and seeing you love piano as much as I do!

About Nick
I am currently a lead guitar and piano player for a collective artist band that plays for events, camps, and churches across the country. I am also completing online courses through Michigan State University to receive my certificate in Music Theory and Guitar Scales/Chord Progressions to teach to the best of my ability.

I don't teach how to read sheet music (this isn't to be confused with chord charts and guitar tabs, I often use them to teach). What I do know how to do is hear a song, and by listening to it know exactly what to do in order to find out how to play it without the help of technology. Learning to play by ear isn't as hard as it may sound! When you learn how to read music, you cannot play anything unless you have sheet music in front of you. I firmly believe the true joy in becoming a musician happens when you really begi
n to understand the instrument, and can express yourself through it. My life has been changed by music in the best way, and I find it incredible that I get the opportunity to help you learn what has made me who I am!

My interest in music styles is endless. Whether its jazz, blues, rock, country, etc., I respect all genres! And whichever genre you would be interested in learning, whether its one or all, I look forward to meeting you and growing alongside you!
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Ashley January 8, 2019
· Piano · Online
So patient and willing to go at my sons pace!
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Firoozeh November 17, 2018
· Piano · Online
I have to say My kids enjoy and learn a lot from him Hope with his method they able to improve their performance significantly
Thx a lot for his effort
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Tyrone September 24, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Nick is an amazing instructor, he does step my step instructions while learning so that you can be assured that you are picking up on the material and playing all the right notes! His lessons are always fun and they perfect for the newcomer!
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Newtown, CT
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I enjoy teaching piano students of all ages and levels and it is a joy to help
them navigate the path of mastering their first melody or an advanced piece.
On both acoustic and electric piano, I patiently guide the student and allow
their natural curiosity and questions to lead the way - while ensuring they understand the essentials of good technique and sight reading. I adapt the emphasis on sight reading to the student's unique abilities and needs - as some are also singers, or prefer more rote-learning and playing by ear as they also learn how to read. Creative composition and use of repertoire that they find or prefer and select if key to keeping lessons fun, exciting, and motivating.

About Jim
Hello and thanks for considering lessons with me! I have been teaching all ages for over 20 years in Connecticut and I am also a performing singer-songwriter. I teach piano, guitar, voice, mandolin, bass, violin, saxophone, harmonica, songwriting, and more, including coaching students on a variety of instruments such as cello, banjo, accordion, etc.
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New England singer-songwriter Jim Allyn is known for his freewheeling improvisations on mandolin, guitar, piano and harmonica. “He plays a lot of good bluegrass too,” according to the legendary Bill Monroe.*

With a musical compass forged in roots, rock, country, blues, and gospel Allyn writes songs that cut a path straight to the heart and keep moving
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This summer marks the release of his first full length album Backyards of the Brave, featuring all original works: true stories from train yards, backroads, battlefields and coal mines (see review below). Recent years have included multiple tour dates with folk legend Jonathan Edwards as a member of Edwards' band. Allyn has also performed extensively with Peter Yarrow (of Peter, Paul, and Mary) and at venues and festivals over the years including onstage jamming with Bela Fleck, Livingston Taylor, Dar Williams, Tom Chapin, Guy Davis, Christine Lavin, Vaneese Thomas, Chris Hillman of the Byrds, Newgrass Revival, Vassar Clements, legendary fiddler Kenny Baker, and many others. Allyn's multi-instrumental work and vocals are also heard on recordings by numerous regional artists.

As Music Director and co-creator of the Flagpole Radio Cafe in Connecticut (2008-2014) Jim and the house band/ensemble garnered rave reviews: a "hit" show, according to the New York Times. The band, featuring Francine Wheeler, continues to do concerts each year and the show itself is likely to resume this year.

Pianist Tom Snow offered this recent praise for Backyards of the Brave:

"This album is a treasure. The amount of sonic and compositional variety is really quite incredible. One of the many wonderful attributes of this creation is that it stands up to multiple listenings. There is so much richness on many levels that I find myself hearing new things on successive listenings. Priority Gal and Lindytown and This Old Guitar and Jazzbo are real stand-outs for me. I love the compositional subtleties that inform the songs, especially chord choices! "
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About Daniel L.

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I have been teaching for over a decade, from young and adult beginners, to undergraduate conservatory students and occasionally "lending and ear" to other professionals when they have a concert or audition coming up. My musical experience has lead me to different cities in North, South America, and Europe; as an orchestral, chamber music, soloist, and educator. Each concert, like each student I've worked with has taught me something valuable in return.

Teaching Philosophy: To teach is to instruct with care and to nurture. I believe that each pupil is an aspiring
artist and must be nurtured as such. They must be taught not only how to be a proficient musician, but how to live as an artist. This is my mission and my promise to each and every pupil I work with. I believe that each aspiring artist is unique and must be instructed in a personalized, disciplined, and inspiring way. As a performer, I wish to pass on my experience and help each pupil find their own unique “voice” as we ...

About Daniel
I have been teaching for over a decade, from young and adult beginners, to undergraduate conservatory students and occasionally "lending and ear" to other professionals when they have a concert or audition coming up. My musical experience has lead me to different cities in North, South America, and Europe; as an orchestral, chamber music, soloist, and educator. Each concert, like each student I've worked with has taught me something valuable in return.

Teaching Philosophy: To teach is to instruct with care and to nurture. I believe that each pupil is an aspiring
artist and must be nurtured as such. They must be taught not only how to be a proficient musician, but how to live as an artist. This is my mission and my promise to each and every pupil I work with. I believe that each aspiring artist is unique and must be instructed in a pe
rsonalized, disciplined, and inspiring way. As a performer, I wish to pass on my experience and help each pupil find their own unique “voice” as we walk down the path to becoming the best artist they can be.

by being methodological, I find a way that is suitable and customizable for each individual student to best learn at their pace. Everyone is different and brings something unique to the table, therefore there can be no "one way" of playing the instrument.
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