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About Bo L.

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Teach beginners to learn music theory, to study intervals, chords and also teach them how to read music for on different clefs. Provide intermediate and advanced level to improve their theory to analyze music pieces.

About Bo
Bo, a soprano, is currently a DMA student at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, did Master's degree at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Her performance experiences include opera performances, the major role "Alice" of Verdi's opera Falstaff at University of Illinois-Champaign, the main role"Lauretta" in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Suor Angelica, singing in Duquesne University’s Aria Night, Night of Broadway and Cabaret Favorites, and Scene Night.

As a native of China, she completed her undergraduate at the Shenyang Conservatory of Music in Shenyang, China. Her performances in China include performances with the Shenyang Conservatory of Music and the Luxun Academy of Fine Arts. Bo also took part in making the recordings for Ma Kai’s “Motherland Is In My Heart”. In the summer of 2011, Bo traveled to Rome, Italy, to study and
perform at Duquesne University’s Rome campus, successfully completing their Lirica Roma program.

Bo has had numerous success teaching students of all ages. Whether they aspire to become professionals or just singing as a hobby, her teaching techniques are adaptive to each individual student’s needs. She is also offering reading, speaking, and writing tutoring in Mandarin Chinese.

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As a voice teacher, I believe that my job is to allow the students to discover their own unique characteristics. I like to teach in an relaxed environment where the student will be able to develop a healthy (learning bad techniques can be harmful to the throat and body) strong techniques. It is important for the students to learn their own bodies and limit, while being taught to use their bodies to help produce beautiful singing.

Singing is more than just about using their voice and achieving proper technique.. It is equally important to learn the music history, theory, acting, etc. appropriate to the piece they are working on. When everything comes together with proper singing and the correct knowledge, students will be able to perform a piece in an intelligent manner.

Finally, something I have learned from my previous teachers, it is important to go beyond being just a teacher, and become a role-model and a mentor to my students.

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Music studio of BB

*** Specialties ***
Music performance, Opera Voice, Broadway Singing
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Tim C. November 20, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bo is truly a great instructor!

As basically a beginner with piano, she deployed a perfect blend of patience and push. She makes lessons fun, works with you, but also pushes you to get better.

Bo is also very accommodating to your schedule and is great a working with you to make sure you get your lesson in.
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Isabella November 20, 2017
· Singing · In studio
I always look forward to my lesson! With Bo's guidance, I've made a lot of progress in only four lessons
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Elizabeth P. February 15, 2013
· Singing ·
Great singer and teacher

I have worked with Bo as a singing colleague. She is professional, knowledgeable, and intelligent. She has a beautiful voice and knows what students need in order to improve their own voices. Bo has a keen ear for identifying vocal faults and finding practical solutions. Whatever your singing goals may be, Bo will help you reach them.
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Bo L.

Bo L.

Pittsburgh, PA 15206
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About Gabrielle E.

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Music Theory instruction focuses on the academic core of music. Students will begin to understand how music is built and and analyzed.

About Gabrielle
Originally from Baltimore, classical pianist Gabrielle E. studied at Peabody Preparatory with a focus in performance and music theory. Later, she moved to Pittsburgh and received her Bachelor's Degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University and her Master's of Music Degree in Music Technology: Composition/Piano. She has won the Spring Piano Competition of the Duquesne Piano Department for three years in a row. She frequently records all periods of repertoire and also many original compositions. She has a strong passion for performing and writing the highest quality of music. If you are considering becoming a professional musician or are just interested in developing a rewarding hobby, she will help you accomplish your musical goals.

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First and foremost I want any potential student to know that I thoroughly en
joy teaching and want to help you explore your hidden talents and reach your fullest potential. With that in mind, the learning environment in my studio is relaxed and fun. I never condescend or put pressure on a student who makes mistakes. I encourage students to try new techniques and make mistakes along the way. I also work very closely with my students to achieve their own personal goals. I know that there are many different types of learners who all have different aspirations and I feel it is my job to ensure that my students are satisfied with their progress. I understand that someone hoping to attend a conservatory will have different needs than a small child. I promise to give nothing less than the highest quality teaching in an environment conducive to learning.

For piano students, I will spend much time on proper technique and making sure the student does not compromise the wrist, fingers, arms, or back which may create discomfort later. In the first 3-6 months a student can expect to learn technique, repertoire, and basic musicianship skills such as sight reading and transposition.

Composition/ Songwriting students will be coached according to what their specific goals and interests are. I incorporate the technical aspects of writing music along with music business which will help students get their music played and recorded.

Music theory students will practice skills such as four part writing, melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic dictation, modulation, roman numeral analysis, sight singing, and score analysis.

I do encourage the use of specific curricula but I am always willing to explore something new if you have a preference or have found success with something else. I hope that music will give my students lifelong enjoyment and I encourage you to come make music with me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Aeolian Baby Grand Piano

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect piano students to have their own piano but beginning students can start out on a keyboard if need be. Also, students are responsible for purchasing all books and materials for lessons.

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lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.I specialize in classical piano in all eras from baroque through twenty-first century music. I also am trained in various compositional styles including baroque through twentieth century harmony as well as jazz, pop, and songwriting.
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Kathy November 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My first-ever lesson exceeded my expectations! Gabrielle is patient and is a very good teacher. By the end of the first hour I learned so much and am looking forward to my next lesson!
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Zach January 30, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've only had three piano teachers, but of them Gabrielle has been the best. She's flexible, intelligent, and helpful.
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Greg J. January 26, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult student coming back to the Piano. We hit the ground running and I am excited to continue my lessons with Gabrielle.
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Gabrielle E.

Gabrielle E.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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About Nicole L.

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I will teach you the basics of music theory to make sure that you, as a singer, have a grasp of the fundamental of music that will carry you through the duration of your musical journey.

About Nicole
As a vocal instructor, I am dedicated to helping you discover your own vocal styling so that you can take the same daring approach to the stage that I take as a professional.

As a performer, I am well versed in several genres including Classical, Jazz, Soul, R&B, and Gospel Music. I believe this has helped me to develop well rounded knowledge in vocal delivery and helps me to prepare you to become more marketable in the music arena. I am passionate about ensuring that you are able to take on any vocal challenge you are faced with! I want to ensure that you are able to get any music job that you want or better yet...CREATE YOUR OWN!

Whatever your musical goals...large or small..I AM HERE TO MAKE SURE YOU GET POSITIVE RESULTS!

let's get started now!!

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Nicole's approach to teaching voice is very laid back.
She believes that if you have a rigid curriculum, you leave no room for individuality and creativity. Her goals are to assess your voice, listen to her students goals and needs and develop a plan based upon what her student wants coupled with her professional suggestions on areas that she feels need the most focus for development. This can change on a weekly or monthly basis. There is no set time to determine when you reach your desired goals, it is all about your development during the journey!

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Jazz, Classical, R&B, Soul, Neo Soul, Contemporary, Gospel, Christian, Hip Hop, Soul and more

Note- I also teach other skills such as acting, writing, speaking, skin care, studying etc.
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Ivan C. August 23, 2017
· Singing · Online
Very easy to work with. Open, honest, and positive.
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Wanda C. April 25, 2017
· Skin Care · Online
Nicole gave me great tips for improving my skin care routine. I recommend her services!
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Shawn Lloyd September 24, 2015
· Singing · Online
Excellent
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About Amanda S.

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About Amanda
Amanda is a professional Pittsburgh-area flutist and private teacher. She has served as principal flutist with the Pittsburgh Philharmonic as well as second flute/piccolo with the Undercroft Opera. She has also served as a substitute flutist for the Edgewood, Westmoreland and Johnstown Symphonies. Amanda also performs with the Dolce Appassionato Trio, a chamber ensemble comprised of flute, cello, and piano. She is active as a soloist, performing in a variety of venues throughout the Pittsburgh region.

An ardent advocate of early music and historical performance, Amanda also plays the baroque flute. She has performed in masterclasses for internationally known baroque flutists Kim Pineda, Janet See, and Barthold Kuijken.

Amanda received a Bachelor of Music degree in music education from Seton Hill University, and a Master of Music de
gree in flute performance from Duquesne University, where she studied under Damian Bursill-Hall of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.
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Danielle W. August 12, 2014
· Flute · In studio
Amanda is a perfect instructor for my child. Friendly, knowledgeable and positive, Amanda has made my daughter's flute lessons and ongoing learning, a pleasant experience.
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Amanda S.

Irwin, PA 15642
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About Kelly J.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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I can teach all major and minor, chords, triads, circle of fifths, accidential, compositions, cadences and etc...

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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Julia P. January 29, 2016
· Piano · In home
Our daughter had her first lesson with kelly. We are excited and can not wait for her next lesson!
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Melissa B. September 27, 2015
· Piano · In studio
We had our 1st lesson with Kelly. She was very kind, patient & knowledgeable. My 6 year old enjoyed the class- she kept it fun for her. So far, I would recommend her!
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richard June 27, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Kelly is a great teacher and a good hearted person she is very good with kids I felt very comfortable with her teaching and lesson planning
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Kelly J.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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About Perry N.

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Part writing, aural skills, solfeggio, harmonic analysis, Classical and Jazz styles.

About Perry
Hello!

My name is Perry and I am a professional classical, flamenco and electric guitarist performing and recording in the Dallas area. I studied with Robert Guthrie at SMU for many years, as well as Brad McLemore of "Soul Food Cafe" and professional jazz musician Chuck Pangburn at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. In addition, I have taken masterclasses w/ many professional guitarists in all styles such as the flamenco guitarist Miguel Antonio.

I am familiar with all styles. I teach using a foundation in classical/flamenco style and technique. I have found that for my own career as a recording artist in both the classical, acoustic and electric guitar fields that the classical/flamenco styles are the most useful for developing and training the hands to become a consummate professional.

I teac
h beginner to advanced students of any age. I also can provide pro and amateur electric guitarists an in-depth study of correct hand postures and left-hand/right-hand technique which can help to refine their overall technique and stylistic approach. I can also advise professional electric guitarists on their electronics, effects pedals, and amplifiers to achieve their own individual sound. I also teach Bass, and reading the Bass clef.

My teaching specialties include: Solfeggio, Sight Reading, Music Theory, Scales and Modes, Left and Right Hand Technique, Blues Progressions, Jazz Standards the Classical Repertoire, Flamenco styles, techniques and repertoire, and the works of Sor, Giuliani, and Carcassi, Brouwer, Aguado, Villa-Lobos, Sabicas and Paco de Lucia.

I have an in-depth knowledge of the stylistic approaches and techniques of such guitarists as Eric Johnson, Jeff Beck, Joe Satriani, Randy Rhoads, Jimi Hendrix, Robert Fripp, Adrian Belew, and SRV to name a few, and I can teach you the components they use to build their signature licks.

As a rule I only transcribe to give the students examples for lessons. I intend for all of my students to grow as musicians, so my lessons do not consist solely of transcribed solos and riffs.

I have a vast library of music, so I can draw from my own resources to teach you, or from a method of your choosing.

My schedule has a few openings right now. I do teach outside of my stated teaching radius, but ONLY at the 60 minute rate.

I teach people of all ages, from children to adults. I believe everyone is on an even keel, if they are willing and eager to learn.

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Emphasis on classical posture and technique.
Emphasis on sight-reading.
All students learn to play basic blues and jam
Technique varies depending on the particular style the student wishes to learn.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I presently don't teach in my home studio. I can bring a folding music stand or extra footstool if necessary.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a limited number of learning materials such as copied exercises, listening or practicing CD on occasion. However, I feel that it is the student's responsibility to provide their own guitars, and the bulf of their own learning materials and necessary electronic equipment. This can include footstools, music stands, method books, amps, cables, pedals, etc.

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I've been playing guitar for 25 years, and this has given me the time to study, perform, and perfect many styles of guitar playing.

I studied classical and flamenco guitar with Robert Guthrie for 4 years before and after my studies in the SMU program. I've also played in jazz and rock ensembles since the age of 14. I studied with Chuck Pangburn, pro jazz cat, and Brad McLemore, an indie rock songwriter, early on in my studies as an adolescent.

I encourage most students to learn to play on a classical or nylon-string guitar early on in order to develop proper technique, posture, sensitivity, and sensibility. I also encourage all students to learn to sight-read at a very early point in their studies. Once, this hurdle is cleared many other challenges are easily surpassed.

Presently, I am developing a new method which incorporates solfeggio, blues and popular music forms, and improvisational playing. I also am exploring the vanguard of new guitar technology such as the Moog Guitar, analog effects, and various guitar synthesizers.

I try to introduce an understanding of music theory early on so that students develop a full comprehension of not only the written language of music, but also the sonic-aural language of music.
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Darrell D. December 12, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Great personality and knowledge of music, really makes the lessons very personalized, fun and interesting. Definitely a good choice!!
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vishal May 8, 2017
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Perry takes the time to explain flamenco and related styles deeply and thoroughly. He also provides detailed micro-scale feedback on hand/arm placement, orientation, range and which muscle groups to engage. But more than the technical, he has an awesome vibe and makes learning guitar quite an enjoyable experience.
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Patricio P. February 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Perry is excelentt, very dedicated, patient and acknowledgeable.
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About Sam K.

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Oakdale, PA
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I you to understand scale and chord construction and chord progressions through worksheets and piano and applied to your main instrument(s) and ear development and basic song forms and composition basics.

About Sam
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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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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D. B. February 4, 2016
· Banjo · In studio
Four lessons with Sam have been amazing. I had previous banjo lessons and plodded from one song to the next. Sam has expanded the entire scope of music for me. I continue with the lesions and enjoy music much more
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Sam K.

Pittsburgh, PA 15234
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About Xinlei C.

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Theory is the foundation behind everything related to music. In these lessons, we will cover everything from the basics of reading and writing music, identifying, reading, and writting key signatures, time signatures, scales, chords, rhythm, voice leading, figured bass, modal music, and an extensive plethora of music terminology.

About Xinlei
I started taking music lessons when I was 7 years old. I have earned a bachelor's degree in music composition from the Tianjin Conservatory of Music in China, and a master's degree in music composition from Duquesne University. I have years of experience teaching voice, composition, ear training, and music theory in both private lessons and in classroom settings. I am very friendly and outgoing, and I'm very easy to work with.
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Neal August 28, 2017
· Singing · In studio
First lesson was great. Xinlei is a fine teacher. I can learn a great deal from her.
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Yam B. August 23, 2016
· Singing · In home
Perfectly fit as a voice teacher
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Nina T. March 28, 2016
· Singing · In home
Xinlei is very knowledgeable an very nice. Xinlei made my daughter feel very comfortable and she can't wait until her next lesson.
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Xinlei C.

Pittsburgh, PA 15216
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About Dane C.

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I have my Associate's from OCC as a Summa Cum Laude graduate in Music Theory and Composition. I am currently finishing my Vocal Music Education degree at WSU and have never received less than an A in all the Undergraduate theory courses.

Studious, well versed, communicative, and friendly; these are adjectives that have been used to describe me by colleagues and students alike. I would love to pass my accumulated knowledge on to you!

About Dane
Greetings!

I am a current WSU student of Vocal Music Education with my principle instrument as voice (Tenor). I'm 25 years old, and a well rounded musician with a great sense of humor and a laid back attitude. This isn't to say that my lessons are all fun and games; there is a serious element to every session, but students have always give positive feedback in that they feel very comfortable with me.

I have been singing for 15 years and do so professionally in two churches, one of which I am the section leader of (Fort Street Presbyterian in Detroit). I am also the section leader of the WSU Concert Chorale, the audition level choir. For both voice and guitar, I have studied under numerous great men and women who have guided my practices to the point where I have began to pass my knowledge to others!

My studio for both disciplines fo
llow and logical and practical guideline that will allow musicianship in it's greatest form to bloom forth from the student. Heavy emphasis on solid technique, artistry, theory, and ear training makes for a well rounded and informed player/singer! I can teach from my home, your home, online, or even from the practice rooms at Wayne State if Detroit is a good middle ground or closer for you!

Thanks for taking the time to read this :)
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Anthony July 16, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Dane is an excellent teacher to work with. You can get a lot accomplished with him any time you work with him. He'll make you feel super comfortable in your own abilities no matter what level you are, while also working with you towards realistic goals. He explains things very well and with patience. He'll treat you way more on a personal one on one level than anybody I've tried to work with thus far. Extremely understanding, and great teacher. 11/10.
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Ellisa July 12, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Very helpful. Works at your pace. Makes it so you can easily understand new things. It's nice to not feel pressured to get something down quickly. I feel like I'm learn a lot comfortably.
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About Joshua A.

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I am a music major at Kansas State University, having completed four of the required music theory classes at a exceeding level.

Lessons will involve learning the basic elements of music theory, such as major and minor keys, music notation rules, and chord structures. With fundamentals in place, we will advance on to the harder aspects of chord identification, counterpoint, and structure.

Because of the nature of learning this subject, we can work with instruments or voice to help learn and grasp the concepts. You should also expect to have some level of outside work as well so that we do not waste time in our lessons going over material you have already learned.

About Joshua
My name is Joshua, a teacher, composer, and performer. I am proficient in saxophone, and competent in flute, clarinet, composition, and piano. I will be entering my third year at Kansas State University as a Music Education & Composition student. I come from a small town where I have had extensive amounts of experience working with children as a lifeguard, saxophone teacher, and teacher's assistant.

I run my lessons based on what YOU want to learn while building the basic skills required of your instrument of study. I have played classical, jazz, pep, and modern saxophone, and as a composer I am exposed to many different styles of music.

I think one of my biggest advantages is that I am also still a student. I am confident in my abilities to assist students of any level while still being exposed to new music, a variety of professio
nal musicians, and musical connections myself. Because of this I can offer my knowledge of music, as it is ever growing throughout my own education.

Music is so much more than notes on a page. It is expression, emotion, feeling...
And I understand that as your teacher, it is my job to equip you with the skills needed to fulfill the true music you want to create.
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Dr. Wytko July 17, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
It is with great pleasure that I recommend Joshua Arnoldy as a private saxophone teacher. Joshua is a gifted player and thoughtful teacher who is capable of meeting a wide range of student needs. He is well organized and thoughtful in all of his work and preparations. I highly recommend him!
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