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For musicians in or around Phoenix, piano lessons are a wonderful place to begin your music education. The piano is fun to play and relatively easy to learn, as long as you have a qualified teacher guiding you along the way. Whether you’re learning piano as a hobby or as a possible career path, we’ll help you find the best teacher for your goals, interests and needs.

Phoenix is home to many great musicians, from jazz to pop to rock styles. Up-and-coming pianists like Kristin Moran and singer-songwriter Michelle Branch are just a couple of the big names who call Phoenix home. The city is also well-known for its jazz scene, with musicians getting their start at wineries, lounges and restaurants.

But whether you want to play like Alicia Keys or Beethoven, beginning with the fundamentals of piano is key. Working with a private teacher will ensure you learn how to read music and practice the right exercises.

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Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ

Music reading, sight reading, harmony and transposition, improvisation

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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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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Kelly H. June 9, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Carolyn R.

Phoenix, AZ 85044
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Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ

For 20 years Ginni has been helping students of all ages to play the piano. Her youngest student was 3 and her oldest (so far) was 72! You really can learn to play at any age! All you need is desire, some time to play and a keyboard or piano.

What students achieve from their lessons depends upon their goals. Some students play to relax at the end of a long day. Others want to play some songs that they love. Students may have always wanted to play piano and have decided that now is the time. Some are developing their gifts while others just think that it's fun!

Good technique is essential in playing the piano. Ginni teaches her piano students how to use their bodies when they play.This helps them to move their fingers across the piano with ease.

Ginni teaches students how to make sense of what is on the page. Whether from a beginning student or an advanced student Ginni answers their questions and guides them ( and if she doesn't know the answer they might look it up together ...

About Ginni

You can learn to play piano or sing at any age! Whatever your musical goals are, Ginni will help you to reach them.

Ginni has been teaching piano and singing for 21 years. Whether you are a beginner, an intermediate or advanced she will help you to learn and have fun making music!

Technique is key! As a professional musician Ginni knows the importance of good technique. Great technique gives the performer confidence and the ability to excel.

Ginni's piano and singing students are taught how to use their bodies to perform at their best. Some of the methods that Ginni uses come from
her studies at university, personal study and from watching, listening to and performing with world class musicians. From all of this experience, Ginni developed a proven method for teaching piano and singing that helps students progress quickly and perform with ease.

Performance anxiety can be overcome. Using the tools that Ginni has developed, students relax, focus and enjoy their performing experience.

Reading music is important for pianists and singers. Ginni helps beginning through advanced students to more fully understand written music and quickly sight read it.

It’s important to perform songs that you enjoy. Students help choose supplemental songs that they love whether that be contemporary pop, traditional classical, Broadway, jazz, country or any other genre that they would like to learn.

Ginni’s piano and singing students increase their range, power, agility, control, confidence and expressiveness through technical exercises, scales, arpeggios, applying technique and lots of encouragement! Students grow the more that they share their talents. Students of Ginni’s are invited to participate in recitals, the Arizona Study Program and are guided through auditions, solo and ensemble performances.

Ginni uses the latest technology to help her students, whether by finding a song online for a student to listen to and learn from, transposing a piece on keyboard, improving the sound of an iphone song by plugging it into a speaker system or by using a mic to learn microphone technique.

A century old stand up piano may not be cutting edge technology but, Ginni’s sounds beautiful and her students enjoy playing it. Music is such a gift. So is participating in and watching the growth and progression of others.

Ginni asks her students to remember three things:
Try, Relax and Have Fun!
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Melissa C. July 5, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Ginni is a fabulous piano instructor. I went with my gut on who I thought would be a great instructor for my 7 year old granddaughter. Ginni turned out to be fabulous and works extremely well with children. My granddaughter is now starting her second year of piano with Ginni.
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Febe N. June 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Ginni taught both, my husband and I, piano and singing lessons. We had the best experience ever with Ginni learning to play the piano and sing. The only reason we stopped is because our lives got more busy with work and we now relocated to NY and have a baby. If we would be living in AZ still we would choose her as our baby's teacher. Highly recommend her!!! Ginni, I thank God for you!!!!
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Linda K. April 22, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She makes learning a fun experience!
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Ginni A.

Chandler, AZ 85226
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Jeffrey O.

Phoenix, AZ

I can teach beginning piano lessons starting as early as age 4 (if the child has shown an interest in music) as well as lessons for an advanced level student. I have 2 different toy pianos available that are great for young children. I use the 'Music for Little Mozarts' series for kids age 4-6. I use method/lesson books as needed with all of my students. We work on music that you want to play and learn! We will work on finger control, scales, arpeggios, technique, and general musicianship. I use flash cards to help you learn to read music faster. For the advanced students, I can help you with your musicality and advanced levels of technique. I can give tips for adding embellishments, improvising, and memorizing music.

About Jeffrey

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.
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Jacqueline R. June 14, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jeffrey was very pleasant from the moment I entered the studio. He was very kind and patient as I am a beginner on learning piano. He shared with me that I am not his only beginner student so that afforded me an opportunity to feel a bit more confident. Overall I had a inspiring session and am looking forward to my next lesson.
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Tristin S. March 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jeffery was great! My son learned a ton in the very first lesson!
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Rebekah M. January 6, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Dr. Jeff does a great job of tailoring the lesson to his client's needs. I enjoyed our first lesson!
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Jeffrey O.

Phoenix, AZ 85007
(14)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Cathy W.

Phoenix, AZ

At the present time, I am just teaching Beginning Piano. I have been playing piano for over 20 years, but have recently put it on hold to concentrate on mastering my violin skills. I have taught one student in the past for a short period of time. She was doing well but had to quit for financial reasons.

My playing experience includes playing in two piano recitals in San Diego, CA where there were over 50 pianos on a large stage and we played music with partners. That was a lot of fun. I have also accompanied a fashion show which was fun too. I completed four semester of piano at a Jr. College and tested out of piano in a 4-year college, but I mostly play for my enjoyment and relaxation.

About Cathy

I have been teaching students on a regular basis since receiving my Violin Performance Degree in 2008, but have taught several students on and off for over 20 years. I also play in a local symphony.
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Alicia July 2, 2015
Violin · In home
A wonderful, patient lady who loves what she does!!
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Whitney D. March 19, 2015
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Cathy provides attentionto her student. She uses positive reinforcement and is encouraging.
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Maria M. March 17, 2015
Violin · In studio
Verified Student
Cathy is very patient and offers a wealth of musical knowledge!
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Cathy W.

Phoenix, AZ 85041
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Jill M.

Glendale, AZ

I have been teaching young children for many years and will take beginning piano students as young as 5 years old. While I was a public school music teacher, I used Orff-Shulwerk strategies for teaching music. This approach to music teaching and learning is appropriate for pre-school through middle school grades. These strategies are based on the way children learn: sing, chant, clap, dance and keep a beat on anything near at hand. I'm also a certified Joy Tunes iPad piano teacher and with that I am able to gift my students with free access to Piano Maestro.

About Jill

I have been a professional oboist for over 35 years and have taught beginning piano privately and in group classes. For the past 18 years, I've taught beginning piano,chorus, guitar, band, and music history for the Deer Valley Unified School District. I will make your lessons fun and exciting and teach to your abilities. I believe that all children are inherently musical and the study of music can help a student in all aspects of their life, not just music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In addition to the standard music stands, metronome, tuners and music, I have digital recording equipment fo
r student's audition recordings. I have helped college bound students get into serious music programs like Arizona State University and the University of Arizona. For students ages 5 to 9 years old, I recommend the recorder as a introductory woodwind before learning the oboe.
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Alissa July 21, 2016
Oboe · In home
Great teacher, very patient and knowledgeable. My daughter has been taking lessons for a bit over a month and has made very noticeable progress and is excited to practice and go to lessons.
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Mariah M. July 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Very good teacher
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Linda July 19, 2016
Oboe · In studio
My 10-year old son is taking oboe lessons from Jill. I like that she is such a specialist on the oboe but also understands children and how to teach them. This is a great combination. We are very happy with her!
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Jill M.

Jill M.

Glendale, AZ 85304
(10)
starting at
$29 / 30-min

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