I have been a musician all my life -- started learning the piano at age 3. I am classically trained, was going to be a concert pianist, but then when I became 18, I realized that I wanted to explore other genres of music. I have played big band jazz, was in a professional original rock band and played on the stage with many famous rock musicians, have played with many different bands in almost every style of music (including hip hop), and am an accomplished studio musician as well. I love music, period. I also am a percussionist and vocal coach. I also can teach church musicians to play
"outside the hymnal." (I have played in almost every kind of church, including gospel)
*** Lesson Details *** I am very laid back, I use a variety of curriculums and methods, depending on what is needed by the student. My goal is to help you learn what YOU want to learn. If you are are parent reading this, my goal is to help your student learn what they want to learn as well...I will discuss it with you, but the bottom line is that your student is the one who will be learning. I know through experience that music students only really learn what they want to learn.
*** Studio Equipment *** Grand piano
*** Travel Equipment *** I expect them to have an acoustic piano or an electric piano
*** Specialties *** My specialty is finding out what works for the student, and making sure they learn what it is they wanted to learn. I use a variety of methods and curriculums depending upon the student. I am very good at helping church pianists learn how to play "outside the hymnal" -- helping people learn how to play from chord charts or how to read music and learn all the scales and chords, etc. I can help teach people that play by ear how to play from written music. Another specialty is helping people to develop relative pitch, and ear training in general.
Debbie F. January 26, 2014
Extremely talented and patient
Mollie has a gift. I can't get enough of listening to her play the piano. She is an accomplished pianist and performer. Mollie has taught children of all ages and is extremely patient and effective with them. I believe if you are wishing to grow musically, than Mollie can help you whether you are a child wishing to play the piano or an adult wishing to write music. I highly recommend Mollie as a music teacher.
Mark C. January 25, 2014
Making Music Fun For Everyone!
Mollie is a great instructor with a great knowledge base. She genuinely wants everyone to enjoy music as much as she does. She cares enough to mold the lessons around her students, i.e. if one wants to learn a particular song first, then that is what happens. She makes it fun too. She is kind, patient, and very humble. She knows music, to the core and back again. It has been a real honor to have been able to study with Mollie. If you need someone who can play the entire music genre, classic piano to the latest hits on the radio, Jazz Standards to Improvisational Masterpieces, Mollie is tops.
Carolyn E. January 25, 2014
Mollie is the one piano teacher who was able to get through to me and make it so it was easy and fun to use my left hand. I highly recommend her!
Mollie is the one piano teacher who was able to get through to me and make it so it was easy and fun to use my left hand. She is patient, and very knowledgeable. Even though I came to her as an adult, I've observed her interacting with children of different ages over the years and she always treats people with respect and dignity. Furthermore, I have known of several of her students going on to enjoy successful music careers. I highly recommend her!
Basic Music Theory is introduced. My method includes chord construction, improvisational skills, and finger exercises.
I have been teaching professionally since 1965 I am also a professional (full time) jazz and gospel pianist. I perform primarily in the Phoenix area..but have performances throughout the year..in all 50 states. I have written and produced a musical, "Kleo the Kat", which includes 10 original songs. I have recorded 6 albums..of piano and vocal music. My lessons are diligent, yet friendly. I combine fun and learning. ALL of my students, consistently comment on my patience..that is because teaching is my PASSION. I enjoy playing and performing, but there is NO fulfillment like coaching children
and adults alike, as they learn to create the music within them. I teach all ages. Currently, my youngest is 3 and my oldest is 83!! I have taught over 600 people of all ages to play music. I began taking lessons when I was five years old, and continued private until I was 20. I attended Glendale Community College and Gateway College of Music. Students enjoy taking lessons from me because they learn and are allowed to explore their creative side of music. I customize lessons for my adult students...teaching them to improvise jazz, gospel, country, pop, and blues music. I also write some of the lessons for my students of all ages..if they have a favorite song, and an arrangement at their level cannot be found. I encourage creativity and originality, while emphasizing the importance of theory and structure.
*** Lesson Details *** The lesson are information filled, with hands on guidance as the student understands and implements the lesson taught. The student, ( as well as ME) is usually surprised that the time has come for the lesson to end! I share my enthusiasm for music with my students.
*** Studio Equipment *** I have a baby grand that I use for teaching in my studio. I also have a Hammond B3, with a leslie speaker. I have a 120 bass accordion. In addition I use a Yamaha 88 key digital, when necessary.
*** Travel Equipment *** If necessary, I bring a 61 key Tecnics keyboard with me my travel lessons. I prefer the student have their own keyboard, but am willing to bring mine for the first 2 or 3 lessons..if they are unsure about their ability to learn piano.
*** Specialties *** proficient at improvisational techniques in jazz, gospel, country, blues teach to write and read charts for musicians
Hilton G. March 27, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Kenny is patient with my daughter (5 yrs. old) in her learning and very encouraging! Kenny is always quick to congratulate successes and never makes the lesson feel hurried in any way. My daughter loves going to piano with Kenny!
Laurie L. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Loving Piano Lessons
My grandson has just started taking lessons w/Kenny. Already he has learned so much & I hear him humming his practice pieces around the house & he tells me he likes playing piano. Kenny is very patient & good w/children. Would recommend Kenny highly.
I have been a teaching assistant at ASU for undergraduate music theory for 4 years. I can teach basics of reading music all the way to advanced classical harmony/form and advanced contemporary music practices. I know how to get you to spell chords faster and arrange them in progressions with proper voice-leading. I can help you learn your key signatures faster with flash cards. I can prepare a student for college entrance exams and AP tests.
I currently teach over 30 students ages 4-75 piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet, recorder, and singing. This is my full time job, this is not a side hobby to make extra cash. I am a professional teacher with a big schedule and flexibility. I do not travel, students come to my home.
TEACHING EXPERIENCE: I have taught general music K-8 in a charter school and basically had to build a music program with no funding and almost no supplies. I left this job in favor of teaching privately because the staff and administration were horribly disrespectful and unappreciative of what I did for t
heir school. Teaching privately allows me to teach music passionately without limits (and without administration who know nothing about music telling me what to do!). I can also focus on one student at a time, rather than try to manage an entire class.
I have taught private lessons for about 13 years. These have mostly been clarinet lessons because that is my primary instrument, but in the last three years, I've expanded what I can teach. At one time, I was teaching several high school students music composition, music theory, and ear training to prepare for college entrance as music composition majors. One of them did get into the Juilliard school and was actually placed in advanced classes because of the theory and ear training work I did with him. I've also taught one of my flute students for years, starting her at an early age first on recorder, switching to fife, and then on to flute. I currently teach several students from 4 yrs old-adult various levels flute, clarinet, and piano.
I have been a music theory/ear training TA at ASU for four years. I can definitely prepare anyone for college level music academics. Most high school band programs do not prepare students for the academic side of music study in college.
LESSONS I TEACH: Clarinet: All ages (starting 4th/5th grade) and levels Flute: All ages (starting 3rd/4th grade with fife), beginner to high school level Piano: All ages (starting at age 4-5) and levels Recorder: All ages (starting 2nd grade) and levels Trumpet: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only French Horn: All ages (starting 5th grade) beginning only Music Theory/Ear Training: recommended for HS students looking for intensive music study in college Music Composition: recommended for HS students or adults who want to write music, or pursue music composition in college
WHY I TEACH MUSIC: I love music, and I enjoy passing my passion and knowledge on to others. Watching a student, grow, explore, and enjoy music is a great reward. Music gave me a voice to express myself, and a creative outlet, and I want others to have the same opportunity. I also enjoy the social interaction with students.
WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE LESSONS: I have a lot to offer students (check out my specialties). A school music teacher or band director doesn't have the time to give one-on-one attention. Nor do they have the chance to go deeper into music with students. I will help you find music that you like at your level, and I will also teach you how to practice and correct bad habits.
MY STUDIO: I teach in the music room of my house, which is clean and cozy. If you are a parent, my couch in the living room is a comfortable place to wait during the lesson, or you may sit outside on the porch (weather permitting). I live in a safe neighborhood close to downtown Phoenix.
LESSON DETAILS: I am a firm believer in the humanistic approach to learning. I want to teach you what you want to learn, the way you learn best, doing activities that keep you engaged and add growth as a musician. Come to me with your questions, curiosities, and requests for what you want to learn ("How do I play two notes at the same time on the clarinet?" "What is this key for?" "I really want to play Sleigh Ride"). Please bring in any musical goals you may have for yourself. I incorporate meaningful scales and exercises that apply to the music that you are working on (they are not chosen at random). Conducting, ear training, music theory, and music composition are all incorporated into lessons over time (depending on the student's interest). I am aware of the state standards (they are my instinct anyway), but I ultimately analyze your interests and abilities and follow your lead, acting as your guide along the way. My teaching and activities are age appropriate.
If you are interested in music composition lessons, I give advice on your work, give ideas to continue your music, educate you on instrument capabilities, help with orchestration, open your ears to music by others, teach theory/counterpoint/form, give you advice on how to get your music performed, help you use Sibelius software, and help prepare a college portfolio if you are pursuing music composition in college.
STUDIO EQUIPMENT: ~2 different toy pianos (Schoenhut and J. Chein) ~88key Yamaha digital grand piano ~Macbook computer with Sibelius 6 (for writing music) ~Music for Little Mozarts starter pack with the cute puppets and music board (for young beginners on piano) ~Music stand, clarinet stand ~Log Drum
~SPECIALTIES~ TEACHING TO CHILDREN AT YOUNG AGES: If your child is showing interest in music at an early age, I can start as early as age 4 on piano. I use the "Music for Little Mozarts" series that come with cute little puppets, and the storybook lesson style is perfect. I also have 2 nice toy pianos that can be incorporated into the lesson. If your child wants to play a wind instrument at an early age, I start them on recorder at about age 7. I can then switch them over to fife (a smaller simpler flute) in a year or so, and then to flute -or- they can go from recorder to clarinet at about 4th or 5th grade.
INCORPORATING CONDUCTING TECHNIQUES: If taking lessons on a wind instrument, I teach conducting patterns and techniques so the student learns how to follow a conductor and what it means to lead musicians visually without speaking. Musicians rely a fair amount on body language to communicate while playing together. I've also found that incorporating conducting makes lessons fun, and it improves the student's sense of rhythm and control.
INCORPORATING MUSIC THEORY/EAR TRAINING: Music is more than just breathing and moving fingers up and down. Great musicians understand music and have good listening skills. Knowing how music works (music theory) actually helps students recognize patterns and learn music faster (or spend less time practicing). Ear training helps with intonation and playing music with others (you'll sound better and notice more detail in music!). I do activities that are age and ability appropriate; most young students love listening games with their instrument.
INCORPORATING MUSIC COMPOSITION: For variety, I teach students how to use Sibelius (using my computer) to write music for their instrument. This encourages creativity, an awareness of how music works, and helps them learn technology. Plus, they get the pleasure of writing their own music and playing it! I print the music, and it looks like real published music!
SHEET MUSIC: I love thrift shopping, and I collect lots of music for my students. Some music is copied, and some music I sell at the great price I paid ($1 or less!). Music can be expensive, so I try to save you the time and money if possible. I only get used music in good condition.
Candice D. April 2, 2015
Dr Jeff has been doing an amazing job with my 6 year old son. He listens to what my son has to say and really encourages him to learn the musical notes as well as how to play correctly. He is very encouraging and patient.
Dr Jeff's philosophy is really great for fostering a love of piano playing. We recently had to miss a piano lesson but were going to do something else that was fun as well. My son's reaction was, "Aw. That'll be fun, but I wanted to go to piano." In my opinion, very rare is the piano teacher who can encourage that enthusiasm!
Ram P. March 13, 2015
My son takes Piano Classes from Dr Jeff.
He has lots of knowledge and is very good at adopting to the students skill level. Super good with younger kids, makes learning music a fun and encourages them a lot. one of the best teachers my son ever had. Class schedule is flexible. Definitely recommend to any one.
Benjamin B. December 21, 2014
Dr. Jeff has helped bring music back in my life. I have always wanted to learn how to play the piano and had been trying to teach myself because of my past experience (played trumpet from elementary school– 2 yrs of collage). Learning that way was not ideal though and I was really not progressing at all. I finally decided to start lessons and I can’t tell how grateful I am that I did. Dr. Jeff has helped me learn and practice correctly and I really feel that I am progressing well. I am having so much fun learning and playing.
Basic theory methods include scales, intervals, non-chord tones, 1st through 3rd species counterpoint, basic voice leading, building blocks of form, etc.
Intermediate theory methods include 4th and 5th species counterpoint, part writing and voice leading including modulations, leading tone chords, secondary dominants, and form of inventions and fugues.
Advanced theory includes set theory, part writing with modulation to distantly related keys, analyzing atonal music, German, Italian, and French augmented sixth chords.
Only beginning and partial intermediate theory is needed to exceed on the AP test.
Kierstyn Greenberg has diverse and substantial experience in piano performance, classical composition, and private pedagogy. A pianist for 16 years, a drummer for 14 years, a guitarist for 8 , and a saxophonist for 7, Kierstyn loves composing, performing, and teaching in many styles. She has performed extensively in venues such as the Wigwam Resort, and the Ground Controls in Goodyear and in Verrado. She also has played for two weddings and several private parties. She has played (both solo and on worship teams) for four different churches over a period of six years. She was the accompanist fo
r all three choirs at her high school, North Pointe Preparatory, during her senior year and played in the jazz, concert, and marching bands throughout high school.
Kierstyn began composing short songs at the age of 7, and received a 98/100 (Superior) rating on her first classical composition at the age of 12 in the composition contest given by the Arizona Federation of Music Clubs. Since then, she has written more than twenty classical pieces of different tonalities and instrumentation. She won her school-wide talent show by performing her virtuosic arrangement of "Phantom of the Opera" on the piano. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Music in Composition at Arizona State University. Since attending college, she has been commissioned by the Ironwood High School Band, a small group of singers from The Barrett Choir, and Voices for the Voiceless (a non-profit organization) She has also been commissioned to compose incidental music for musical "Poseidon's Revenge" written by John Perovich who is pursuing his Master’s Degree in creative playwriting here at ASU. She recently won the Four Seasons Women's Composers Competition, and her string quintet "The Monarch" will be performed in September by their professional orchestra.
Over the years, Kierstyn has taught more than 30 students private lessons in piano, guitar, drums, and clarinet. She can also play/teach saxophone, trombone, and electric bass. Kierstyn has worked with students aged 5-23 and everything in between. She absolutely adores sharing her passion for music with children, and wants them to have the same advantages musically that she did growing up.
(For academic purposes, Kierstyn is currently summa cum laude at Arizona State University and received a 5 on both the AP English and AP Music Theory exams during high school.)
Angela M. February 10, 2015
Online Verified Student
We are very happy with the lessons my daughter has with Kierstyn. She took the time when they started to learn what my daughter's goals were, what type music she likes, and makes the lessons personalized. She works well with my daughter, is patient, but pushes her to continue going and learning.
Joshua H. January 24, 2015
Online Verified Student
She was very straightforward and helped me a lot with my compositions. She is very good at the piano and has written some wonderful compositions. I will definitely be considering starting lessons with her again.
Music theory tutoring for students at a beginning to intermediate level. Chord structures, intervals, major and minor modes, functional harmony, tonality, and more.
I have over 10 years of experience working with students at all skill levels, from beginners picking up the bassoon for the first time to young professionals looking for audition and performance coaching. I am a positive, supportive instructor and my lessons are tailored to each individual's goals and needs. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University in 2011, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University in 2008.
Willow L. February 19, 2015
Online Verified Student
Kristilyn is great at teaching, listening and explaining. She knows everything there is to know about playing the bassoon, and I feel as though I have learned so much from her. I was unsure that online lessons would work, but they are awesome!
When Eric was a college student, he was employed as a Tutor in various subjects including Musi
c Theory and Intro to Humanities as well as various social studies and history courses. Eric was a wonderful tutor, whose strengths included reliability, passion for helping others be successful, and great teaching skills. He also is exceptionally talented with a wonderful singing voice and can play multiple instruments including guitar and banjo. While I never had the pleasure of being tutored by Eric, as the Coordinator of the tutoring program, I did have the opportunity to hear student feedback. He was very much appreciated by students and definitely made a positive difference in their success."
Grand Rapids, MI teacher:
Review by Lili
Heidi is an awesome music teacher with great patience and love. She is very inspiring. She helps me to build my confidence and love for music
when I felt upset with my voice. She is willing to walk extra miles with her student. Whenever I send her my practice record, she always encourage me and give me helpful suggestions to beautify my songs even after class. Also, I am from China, she is very patient when communicating with me. She loves teaching international students. To me, she is not only a music teacher, but a loving friend."
Dallas, TX teacher:
Review by Autumn
Kirk is an extremely patient teacher who caters to each studentâs needs and abilities while pushing him or her forward in their music ed
ucation. His extensive background and many years of experience qualify him to teach students at all levels."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Arghavan
"HI every one"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Graham
"I never thought I would confidently understand music theory, even after years of practice, self-teaching, college electives, etc... I just never felt like
I "got" it. Brad changed all that. Studying music theory with Brad's guidance and encouragement, I quickly began to feel as though I could "speak" music fluently.
Brad is a phenomenal teacher, and can adapt to almost any situation. If I wasn't understanding something, he never got frustrated, he would find a way to explain it differently until something finally stuck. That's very important I think. I've had too many teachers give up and say, "If you don't get this, you never will." Brad doesn't think like that. To him, "just not getting it" isn't an option. If you want to learn something, he'll find a way to teach it to you."
Philadelphia, PA teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Tegan is a lovely young woman with great skills in teaching children music theory and piano for beginners. Two of our children are currently taking lesso
ns and both are thrilled with Tegan. She is patient, kind, a master at her art and very entertaining while creating a constructive, fun atmosphere for children.
Tegan is very prompt - and her focus on teaching is evident from the moment she sits at the piano. This is our first experience with TakeLessons but definitely not our last thanks to Tegan. She is an asset and a joy to be around. We will definitely continue our class' with her - she is the perfect choice for our family."
Boston, MA teacher:
Review by Thulasiraja
"Shane is very knowledgeable and flexible. Great teacher!"
Trenton, NJ teacher:
Review by Alicia
"I have had the pleasure of working with Travis for about two years now. I am an employee at Katzin Music, the lesson studios where Travis taught in Durang
o, CO before moving to Denver. It was sad to see one of our favorite teachers go! He is friendly, knowledgeable, and very easy to work with. I have had lots of great feedback from parents and students alike about his flexibility, patience, and overall upbeat, positive attitude towards learning. But what makes Travis such a wonderful musician and teacher in my opinion is his genuine passion for guitar. Travis radiates a contagious excitement for what he does. Whether he is on stage or in the classroom, Travis is the kind of person that inspires me with his skill and love of music. I highly recommend him as a teacher."
Denver, CO teacher:
Review by Crystal
"Jack is the best music teacher I have ever had, hands down! I started taking lessons from Him about a year ago and am so glad I stuck with them. He is ver
y patient and understanding, as I just could not understand any theory for the longest time. I used to play piano by ear so I knew some things but when it came to reason and theory I was so behind but ever since I started to take lessons from Jack, I feel more confident in my playing and in my listening as I try to apply all of the things he taught me. He is very down to earth and has an accent so it makes the who hour more enjoyable. Overall I would recommend Jack to anyone, no matter how little or how long they've been playing!!"
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