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Andrew A.

Tempe, AZ

With a degree in Classical Guitar Performance from Arizona State University, I have plenty of experience with music theory, and I'm here to share my knowledge with you on the instrument of your choice!

About Andrew

My name is Andrew, and I've been a musician nearly my entire life. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, but my background goes far beyond classical music. My performance experiences range from playing violin in my high school symphony orchestra to playing lead guitar in a Santana cover band, and just about everything in between! As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and encouraging. My biggest goal is to inspire you and help you discover a similar passion for music as I've developed over the years.

*** Lesson Details ***
While
I do expect students to practice consistently, I always do my best to tailor the lesson plans to their wants as well as their needs so practice is both fun and challenging. For students pursuing classical music, I'll typically start them in a book and reading sheet music, but for just about anything else, the lesson plans will be more customized to the taste of my students and will not require music reading ability in most cases. After the first few months, my students can expect to have a solid understanding of music, their instrument, and what steps to take to reach their long term goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio includes a full drum set, electric piano, as well as several guitars and a bass guitar. I would prefer that the student brings his or her own guitar or bass. I always have spare books and music in case the student forgets to bring their own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my own guitar and bass guitar, but for piano and drum lessons, the student will need their own instrument and a quiet area to get the most from the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
While I have a degree in classical guitar, I have several years of experience with blues and classic rock, specifically on the electric guitar and drums. Aside from those, I enjoy all genres of music and have plenty of musical experience outside of the aforementioned genres.
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Avery D. October 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Avery really enjoyed her first lesson. Thanks Andrew!
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Andrew A.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ

Music reading: sight singing, ear training (voice); sight reading, chords, harmony and transposition, improvisation (piano)

About Carolyn

I am an experienced voice and piano teacher with 25 + years of teaching experience.

I am passionate about teaching, and my experience includes teaching voice and piano to elementary through college students, in academic settings and in my home. I love working with people of all ages.

As a soprano, I have sung professionally with many choral ensembles, and have performed as soloist in recitals and concerts throughout the US. I have appeared in musical theater and opera productions in leading roles. I have also been a college choir director and voice teacher.

In addition, I have
performed as piano soloist in various settings, and piano accompanist for choirs, singers and instrumentalists in church, contest and concerts.

Recently, I earned my Doctorate in Music from Arizona State University.

My studio is where I share my expertise and passion for music with private voice and piano students. My approach is that music should be fun and satisfying. I want students to have the enjoyment of accomplishing great things, and build on their natural abilities and love of music. I look forward to meeting you, and seeing where your musical talents can take you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Each voice lesson begins with a warm up: movement:, stretches, breathing, and relaxation while focusing on good posture. Following that we continue warming up the voice with appropriate vocal exercises. If desired, we can spend time sight singing (reading music). Then we will turn to your chosen piece(s) of music. You could bring in a song or aria of your interest, or I could suggest pieces that I feel suit your voice. Some areas that I like to focus on in are relaxation, posture, breathing, support, use of registers, placement, growing your voice in size and range, intonation (pitch), tone color, clarity and consistency. My ultimate goal is to help students sing with musicality and expressiveness.

For piano, we may begin by working on things like hand position, posture, relaxation of the body and then exercises, including scales and chords. We may also incorporate music theory.
After a warm-up, we will focus on chosen music. I like to use music literature that is appropriate to the student's level, which gives enjoyment, and also increases breadth of knowledge and expertise. For beginning students, there are many good series available that I like to use, such as Bastian or Alfred.

Its very important that students feel comfortable in their lessons. I am sensitive, flexible and open to individual likes and dislikes, and any thoughts or concerns you have. These are your lessons and I am committed to helping you get the most out of them!

*** Studio Equipment ***
lessons in large living room with upright piano, mirrors; space for parents to sit/wait; repertoire

*** Specialties ***
Opera, classical, musical theater
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Serena August 24, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
She was very encouraging. I felt very comfortable with her. I felt like she was being honest with me when I felt like I wad doing something wrong.
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Nadia Z. July 10, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
First lesson went wonderfully. Carolyn is obviously a talented singer, musician and teacher. I'm extending future lessons to 1 h as 45mins is just not enough time.
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Russ Young June 22, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Looking forward to the next lesson!
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Carolyn R.

Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ 85044
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ

Music theory tutoring for students at a beginning to intermediate level. Chord structures, intervals, major and minor modes, functional harmony, tonality, and more.

About Kristilyn

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to teaching at Grand Canyon University and performing with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country, I'm also a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club. We've gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding o
ut what motivates and inspires them, and helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Owen June 24, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Kristilyn is very positive and encouraging, while guiding her pupil to be better. I was nervous about doing music lessons on line, but finding a local bassoon instructor was proving very difficult. I'm glad we found Take Lessons and Kristilyn.
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Lora April 13, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Jodi T. March 4, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
I was impressed after one lesson - clear, concise explanations, attention to how I learn (visual, memorization, or through physical learning) so that lessons and instructions could be tailored to my learning style. Encouraging, energetic and profesional. I couldn't be more excited to have her as a teacher and suddenly this all seems a lot less anxiety-inducing and far more enjoyable. Totally banished the bad memories of grade-school music classes, which put me off learning an instrument for many decades.
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ 85282
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sarah E.

Tempe, AZ

As a music student at Stony Brook University, I worked with some of the finest music academics in the country. I have studied music history and theory in high school, undergraduate, and masters degree levels.

My music theory background is deeply entwined with my studies in music history. My students will thus receive both rudimentary studies in music theory as well as practical training in analysis and interpretation of real pieces of music.

Whether students are looking to learn the basic foundations of music theory, an understanding of music theory as applies to performing on their instrument, or the ability to analyze music for scholarly works, my understanding of music theory is thorough and can catered to all levels.

About Sarah

Hi, my name is Sarah and I would love to teach you to become a better musician.

I began teaching at the Nevada Blind Children's Foundation as a piano instructor in my senior year of high school. Since then, I have taught as a music teaching assistant at Stony Brook University and a violin, viola, and cello teacher at Music & Arts in Mount Sinai.

I am currently the viola studio teaching assistant under Professor Nancy Buck at the Arizona State University School of Music.

I aim to teach my students more than just the basics. My students should expect to master: how to play their instru
ment most efficiently, body awareness, relaxed and proper posture, musicality and thoughtful phrasing, some aspects of music theory and ear training, stage presence, and more.

Most importantly, I will help my students grow more confident in their musical abilities. My goal is to help nurture my students' musical talents and help them grow into their potential.
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Alyssa January 29, 2016
Violin · Online
Verified Student
Sweet personality, very patient, and super flexible with schedule. Daughter is really enjoying playing again
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Kiera S. January 23, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sarah was great with my daughter. Very sweet and patient.
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Megan S. January 17, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
My daughter was so pleased. Sarah is awesome! The best instructor I have ever seen.
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Sarah E.

Tempe, AZ 85283
(10)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Daniel W.

Tempe, AZ

I am very knowledgeable in the basics of music theory, such as intervals, scales, triads, harmonic analysis, etc. I can help anyone learn these essential skills if you are looking to study at the collegiate level or just want to be well-versed in all things music!

About Daniel

I am very interested in helping my students become, above all else, musicians. To me, this means bringing the music off the page, and finding/playing what has not been written in ink. Too often, I see musicians merely play the notes and put no emotion into their music. That is not what music is about. Our job is to make the audience feel something, and if we cannot do this we have failed as musicians.

I received my Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University and recently received my master's degree in Tuba Performance at Arizona State University (December 2015) and recently was
selected as the 1st place winner in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Tuba Artist solo competition.

Currently, I can teach beginning piano, trumpet and trombone, and all skill levels of tuba and euphonium players.
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John K. August 23, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thank you for my first lesson. It was great!
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Oscar A. January 11, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Off to a good start!
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Keith B. August 31, 2015
Euphonium · In home
Verified Student
I'm very happy with Daniel. My son enjoyed playing with him and is looking forward to the next lesson. He was not excited initially when I told him he was going to have lessons, but Dan won him over in short order.

Dan has a keen ear and gives clear instructions. He is personable and easy to talk to. I recommend him as a teacher.
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Daniel W.

Tempe, AZ 85283
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$25 / 30-min

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