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About Desiree S.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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About Desiree
I'm excited to be a TakeLessons instructor and to be able to share my experience and knowledge with you. I have been a singer and performer for over 20 years and have taught voice and beginning piano for over 12 years.

I received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. I continued my studies in New York City in voice, acting and diction.

I continue to be an active performer specializing in musical theater, opera and concert. I began my professional career as an apprentice with the Portland Opera in Oregon. My love for music has taken me across the U.S. and around the world. I come to Pittsburgh via Memphis, Cincinnati, St. Louis, Portland, New York City, ports around the globe through Cunard Cruise L
ines, San José, and Chattanooga.

Currently, I can be seen performing the first Tuesday of each month with Aria412 at Wallace's at Hotel Indigo. I especially enjoy new music and have premiered new works with Pittsburgh Festival Opera, Alia Musica and the New Dischord Festival. The most exciting premiere was the title role in Eve Apart by composer Tim Hinck and my husband, which was produced both in Chattanooga and Pittsburgh. My favorite operatic role is Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute and I have had the pleasure of singing it with Undercroft Opera, Opera San Jose, West Bay Opera, Stockton Opera, Pocket Opera and as a Resident Artist at Portland Opera.

I premiered the role of Flora Dart in A New Kind of Fallout by composer Gilda Lyons and playwright Tammy Ryan with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera. That same season I portrayed Joe Boyd in PFO's gender bending Damn Yankees. Other theatrical performances include Roselinda in Die Fledermaus with Undercroft Opera, Despina in Cosi fan tutte with Mission City Opera, Blonde in Abduction from the Seraglio with Pocket Opera, Cunegonde in Candide with Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., and Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood with Chattanooga Theater Center. I have appeared as Abigail in The Crucible, Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Lucy in Threepenny Opera and Celeste #1 in Sunday in the Park with George.

As a soloist with Pittsburgh's new music ensemble Alia Musica, I premiered Kierkegaard's Pantoum by composer David Lidov, was soprano soloist in Shadow in the Hot Sun by Paris-based composer Nissim Schaul and Al Vacio by composer Federico Garcia, a work she premiered at the inaugural New Dischord Festival in Chattanooga. I created the role of Pamela in the premier of TOOWHOPERA by composer Sorrel Hays in Rome, GA.

I was named a world finalist in the Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition, a regional finalist in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, a semi-finalist in the Jenny Lind Competition and a regional winner in the MacAllister Competition.

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Whether it is preparing for a competition, an audition or a role for the school play, I enjoy helping students of all ages reach their goals. I structure the curriculum to the individual needs of my students, focusing on healthy vocal technique, musicianship, stage presence, and joy in music.

During your first lesson, you will sing various vocalises to determine how you negotiate the changes in registration, what your vocal range is, and what you have to work on to improve your vocal quality, stamina, and flexibility.

If you do not see an available time, please call Takelessons. I sometimes have availability that is not visible on my calendar.

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Living Room: baby grand, couch, chair, bench, small table, adjoining dining room where parents can wait.
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Skye P. December 11, 2018
· Piano · In home
Desiree is very good and patient with my Granddaughter. I believe this is a great fit. I am excited that my Granddaughter is finally interested in learning how to play the piano. Thanks Desiree
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Isabella K. October 16, 2018
· Vocal Training · In studio
Desiree is an excellent voice teacher
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Tallulah March 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Desiree is fantastic and my 9 year old daughter really looks forward to her lesson each week.
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Desiree S.

Desiree S.

Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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About Kelly J.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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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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Kelly J.

Pittsburgh, PA 15212
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About Patti C.

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Murrysville, PA

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About Patti
Hi! I am a classically trained pianist originally from Syracuse, NY. I graduated from Allegheny College in Meadville, PA where I studied piano under Professor Alec Chien. I also enjoyed playing the French horn and percussion with the Allegheny Wind Symphony and Wind Ensemble.

I have performed numerous piano solo recitals, as a featured pianist with the Allegheny Wind Ensemble, in piano duos, a piano quartet, small instrumental groups and in the pit orchestra for musical productions. I know the skills and technique needed to play as a soloist and in different types of groups. I am eager to share this with aspiring pianists.

I have 6+ years experience teaching private lessons to young children and 3 years experience in teaching fun group EZ play organ classes to senior citizens. My senior year I was also a substitute teacher for b
eginning class piano at Allegheny College.

So whether you’re looking to study as a serious pianist, just as a hobbyist or somewhere in between, I can guide and teach you along your journey.

I started piano lessons when I was 8 and music has been a part of who I am ever since. My goal as a teacher is to make a students' experience positive and rewarding. I have studied under 3 piano teachers in my life. Each teacher had a positive influence on me personally and musically. I strive to do the same for my students.

I am the strongest and most comfortable working with beginners of all ages. I get great joy out of seeing people realize their dreams or desire to start playing the piano.

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I like to use the Bastien or Alfred piano methods. Students will be engaged and excited with the progress they make. For the younger students 5-7 I prefer the Bastien method which includes 2 books: lesson book and theory/technique book. For young students 8 and up the Bastien method includes 4 books: lesson, Theory, Technique and Performance/Solo. For adults I use the Alfred's Basic All-in-One Piano Course. Once students are ready I incorporate chord progressions, scales, sight reading and ear training into the lessons. Each lesson builds on the concepts and skills learned in prior lessons. I provide an opportunity for students to perform in a recital twice a year to show family and friends their progress.

I put great importance on proper technique right from the start. Poor technique can frustrate a student and therefore hinder their enjoyment and sense of accomplishment.

Lessons incorporate things that appeal to different learning styles. For example, a visual learner may really enjoy the flashcards to help learn the notes on the staff. For an audible learner they may look forward to hearing me play a new musical passage for him/her before talking about it. Finally, clapping a rhythm before playing it can really benefit the kinesthetic learner.

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Sarah H. November 6, 2018
· Piano · In home
Patti has a great connection with children and provides clear and easy instruction to my daughter!
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Linda S. January 27, 2018
· Piano · In home
My grandson is 5 and he had his first lesson last nice and he loved it. My daughter said that Patti C, was kind and supportive and so good with Mason. He can' t wait until next week.
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Rayenah January 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
I really enjoyed spending time with Patti. She broke the steps down to where I could understand easily. I am looking forward to next week.
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Patti C.

Patti C.

Murrysville, PA 15668
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About Cindy H.

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Pittsburgh, PA
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Cindy has been making music for as long as she can remember. She was the assistant director of a synagogue children's choir by age 14 and has directed and sung with many community choirs and pickup groups since then. But it wasn't until 1996 that she discovered the autoharp and began teaching and performing in earnest. Now one of the best recognized autoharp workshop leaders in the US, she has taught and performed at festivals and private concerts from Pennsylvania to California, as well as Tasmania, Australia, England, aboard cruise ships, and an upcoming visit to Sweden. She also shares her knowledge of old-time West Virginia fiddle techniques and repertoire, and is known locally as a sympathetic and effective voice teacher for those who think they cannot sing. In addition to her teaching activities, Cindy founded and directs the Pi
ttsburgh Threshold Choir, a group of women who sing at the bedsides of people who are very ill or dying.

Lessons with Cindy are self-directed with coaching intended to help the student accomplish his or her personal objectives. She will ask you to provide examples of music that you love so much that you'd be willing to work hard to learn to play it, and you will find yourself working on that music right from the start. Technique is taught in the context of the music: if you need a technique for a particular song, you will learn that technique. And of course once you've mastered a technique it's yours to use on the next song or tune and the next. It's a constant process of enjoying the music and discovering and mastering the technique needed to recreate it in your own playing or singing.

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Lessons start with a review of the work you've been doing. We might take that song or tune to the next level with a new technique, or we might apply technique you've already learned to a new piece. Every lesson is different, customized to the needs of the student at that moment.

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Instruments, audio and video recording equipment

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Instruments, audio and video recording equipment as needed
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Chad S. March 14, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Love Cindy's lessons, super patient.
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Naida January 29, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Patient, every word she says means something important! Learned a lot today!
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Tenley September 22, 2015
· Singing · In home
I recently approached Cindy for vocal coaching on songs that I perform on a regular basis with my duet. I am extremely pleased with her instruction. She was to the point, very clear and concise with her guidance. I know she improved my performance (I had a concert the very next day!). She gave me so much to think about. I really trust her approach with me. She made me feel very much at ease, which resulted in rapid-fire student/teacher give and take vocal direction. This is the way I like to learn! I loved my time with her and will certainly have another session with her soon!
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Cindy H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15238
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About Clint H.

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Pittsburgh, PA

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"The Harmonica is my specialty as a professional performer and teacher. It's not my 2nd or 3rd instrument, but my primary one that I've spent a lifetime mastering. I've been teaching, performing and recording on the harmonica for over 30 years and I'm an expert on both the chromatic harmonica and the ten hole diatonic "Blues Harp". I work with absolute beginners to the most advanced professional level in a wide variety of styles. My lessons are tailored to suit your individual needs."
Clint Hoover originally hails from Minneapolis, MN and began playing the “harp” after seeing Muddy Waters perform. A rare breed of musician, Clint has mastered both the chromatic harmonica and diatonic blues harp. From modern jazz to pre-war blues, Clint has delved deep into the musical possibilities of the harmonica. A professional for decades, he's lent h
is talents to movies, commercials, TV, radio, theater, instruction books and countless CD projects. His own albums have received rave reviews nationally and internationally. He’s worked with diverse artists ranging from jazz guitar wizard and composer Reynold Philipsek, to folk blues legend Papa John Kolstad to Nashville songwriter Tom Mason. With a reputation of musical flexibility, he became a sought after studio session player. As a respected music educator, he was on staff at Mpls Community and Technical College, McNally Smith College of Music, The West Bank School of Music and The Homestead School of Folk Music. In New York City, he attended Parsons/New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Program and studied with classical harmonica virtuoso Robert Bonfiglio. Clint’s work has earned him a place in the Encyclopedia of the Harmonica. 
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David P. November 22, 2018
· Harmonica · In studio
Great teacher and and even cooler person. Making steady progress on my learning curve and having fun in the bargain.
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elena giulia rossi June 4, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Clint Hoover is an amazing teacher, patient and very generous in giving incredible tips while transmitting his great experience as a musician with a very wide knowledge of different instruments.
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Jim March 29, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Clint was very personable and very helpful getting me, a beginner, started with the basic fundamentals. I liked his relaxed style and the fact that he patiently waited while I made notes to myself about the lesson. I am looking forward to our next lesson.
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Clint H.

Pittsburgh, PA 15202
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About Bennie D.

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Hello. If you want to learn to play and understand piano and music,... I can help you!

I teach, play and compose a variety of styles, such as pop, rock, blues, classical, jazz, and new-age music. I can show you how to listen to a recording and to play it without written music. Also, I can teach you to read a lead sheet/fake book/chord chart or the grand staff for piano. I can teach you simple or fancy chords/scales/songs.

I have played keyboard and or piano for the "Diana Ross Show Review", "Beatlemania" and various notable restaurant/clubs in Pittsburgh, Pa. I studied music at Duquesne University and studied privately with Frank Cunimondo for Jazz improvisation.

I enjoy helping students learn to play the piano and understand music. We will have a good time.

I can teach you the fundamentals and beyond and help you pursue all
of your musical goals.

Please listen to my CD, "Spaces With Time", on the "Bandcamp.com" website. I hope you enjoy it.

Ready to play? Let's schedule some lessons together soon.
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Bob S. January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I couldn't ask for a better teacher. Bennie has the talent and experience to help anyone trying to either learn from scratch or improve their current skill level. Due to the fact that I travel quite a bit with my business I used the holiday season to get a refresher course and Bennie was the right teacher for this. He gave me more in 5 lessons then I could have gotten from anyone else if I had 20 lessons. Unfortunately, I travel a lot for my business and I can't commit to a regular lesson schedule.
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Bennie D.

McKeesport, PA 15132
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About Diane M.

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West Newton, PA
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DIANE'S PIANO LESSONS. I'm a trained classical pianist/former band musician who played at age 2-1/2. Studied classical piano age 6-18, played in bands 20 years and still fill in with bands occasionally and play solo piano for wedding, parties, banquets, etc. I use Schaum course books with Schaum or Alfred's Classical until advanced enough to play Sonatina's/Concerto's, etc. In the summer, I let the students pick their preferred music. In addition to basic books(Schaum, Scale, Fingerpower,chords, Notespeller, Classical, if the student is interested, in about 2 years I add the extra "outside of the box things" i.e., playing by ear, writing music, transposing, developing your own style. Lessons geared towards the big picture of students being well-versed in whatever they decide to do with their music and bringing each student to their "Pe
rsonal Best." I also put the assigned lesson (last 5 min of lesson) on tape/iPhone so students have an audio or visual of assignments. I love doing this & feel blessed to be able to do what I love for a living.
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Mary August 22, 2018
· Piano · In home
Diane is an awesome teacher! So glad to have found her! She taught all three of my children for years, and they all have a love and appreciation for the piano. Diane taught them what my piano teachers did not teach me! They can transcribe music, they know all the chord progressions, and she even had them writing their own pieces :) I still want to take some lessons myself when i retire! Diane also taught my ADHD son when no other teacher we tried would! Patient, kind, and a great teacher! I highly recommend her! Thanks, Diane!
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Diane M.

West Newton, PA 15089
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About David B.

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Latrobe, PA

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Hi, there! My name is David B. and I look forward to meeting you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1993 and have loved helping my students learn music in a way that not only increases their skill and knowledge, but also builds self esteem, allows for creative expression of themselves and creates lifelong music lovers. I went to St. Vincent College and earned a degree in music education, with a voice concentration and studies in piano and organ, in 1998. I'm a positive, helpful person and my teaching style is demanding yet patient. I strive to push students to be their very best, yet am patient while working to overcome the stumbling blocks we all encounter when learning. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Zoe September 26, 2018
· Singing · In studio
Doing a great job teaching my 13 year old daughter.
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Aliza S. August 15, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Worked very well with my six year old daughter.
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Annabel R. August 13, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Went to David about a year ago for audition help! I didn't have much piano experience, but the school was requiring violinists to perform a basic piano piece as well. He totally helped me become an expert in the single piece as well as teaching me other piano basics!

He's a very patient teacher and awesome personality to study with!
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David B.

Latrobe, PA 15650
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About Evgeny T.

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Hello everyone,
My name is Evgeny Taimanov and I am a clarinet teacher at Carnegie Mellon University, as well, as associate member with Columbus Symphony Orchestra(OH).
I maintain my private studio at home and help my students to achieve their goals,going through auditioning process and getting the highly expected results as a reward of hard working combined with my instructions.
To be successful you need a strategy and I am the one who will help you to build the one and guide you through it.
My teaching philosophy is simple- the teacher is your friend who tells you the things as they are, and provides solutions that simplify the tusks making them part of fun to resolve.
Thank you for your time.
Hope to hear from you soon.

Evgeny.
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Anzu October 11, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny is a wonderful clarinet teacher. I have been able to learn a lot from his lessons and the lessons have helped me tremendously with auditions. He is very thorough in his teachings and methods which help increase your tone quality as well as technique. I high recommend taking lessons from him.
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Andy October 8, 2017
· Clarinet · In studio
Evgeny's the best. Evgeny is not only one of the best clarinetists in the country but also makes learning fun. I'm 48 and started playing about 6 years ago and learning the clarinet from him has been a rewarding experience.
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Matthew October 5, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Mr. Evgeny has helped me develop a beautiful sound through his results driven approach to teaching the art of clarinet performance. He has patiently provided the necessary coaching to help me overcome obstacles and allowed me to discover strengths and use them to my advantage. I truly value our lesson time, and highly recommend Mr. Evgeny to anyone who wants to improve as a player.
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Evgeny T.

Pittsburgh, PA 15215
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About Linda C.

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* Piano instructor for hundreds of students since 1986
* All ages, from preschoolers to senior citizens
* Comprehensive instruction including performance, theory, ear training & sight reading
* Variety of styles taught: classical, jazz and contemporary
*Highly personal and individualized approach to every student - tailoring curriculum to your needs, interests and abilities
*Current PA Child Abuse and Criminal Clearances
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Sally November 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had been with another instructor before we were able to get a place in Linda's studio. I knew that Linda was a good teacher, but just how good became even more apparent once we moved our daughter to be under her instruction.

By far, Linda's approach was far more comprehensive. My daughter walked away with a knowledge of music theory as well as learning how to play piano. In addition, she was given opportunity to play in front of both smaller groupings and larger crowds; both were invaluable in terms of giving her the confidence to perform in front of others.

I have recommended Linda many times over the years! I continue to give her my highest recommendation. You will not be disappointed!
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Christina November 7, 2018
· Classical Piano · In studio
I have been taking lessons on and off for the past 5 years. As an adult student, learning new things can be intimidating and frustrating. Linda is extremely patient and knows how to pace the material and selection of music towards the level of the student. She also teaches my 9 yr old daughter who has become a more confident pianist.
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Linda C.

Carnegie, PA 15106
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