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Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ

Get help finishing, recording, arranging your songs. Also get help with theory, melody, rhythm, timing, production, and lyric writing.

About Henri

Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has yea
rs of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, or percussion lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music book work, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords and finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments; 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.
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Chris S. March 18, 2016
Songwriting · In home
Verified Student
Henri understands my goal of wanting to learn to cover songs and eventually write my own. It's exactly what I'm looking for.
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Bradford M. November 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson, I look forward to next week!
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Amara J. July 20, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Where can I start I don't Know but what I do Know for sure, this guy is very kind and patient. He's a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. I am so glad I have you as my instructor thank you Henri B.

Instruction is always individualized and positive. He always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. He works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with him is a great pleasure.
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Henri B.

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ 85006
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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ

I teach songwriting basis which include: Composition, music theory, different musical styles, how dynamics, rhythm, and musical styles will affect the meaning of the song, etc.

About Karen

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and s
tage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the Choristers at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and recently taught class guitar and class piano to students at East Valley Educational Program.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

*** Lesson Details ***
Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Elizabeth N. July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.
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Elizabeth N. July 25, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She is cheerful and seems very knowledgeable in music. I feel l will learn my piano easily.
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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85202
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ

I want to help you to express yourself through the songs you write and have lots of fun in the process! I've been writing songs for over 30 years, and I have years of experience as a professional musician, writing, recording, and performing my own music. Let's get you connected to your Muse!

About Robert

Hey there! I've been performing music for as long as I remember. (I used to give concerts for all the family gatherings!) I've been formally performing in music for over 30 years. I have formal training and 12 years of teaching experience. I teach with positivity, patience, and perseverance and help you express the music in you!

*** Lesson Details ***
All of my lessons are customized to your needs, preferences and goals. No matter what instrument or skill level, I'll take you through the basics and help you build solid practicing fundamentals. I'll also help you develop your perform
ance and, depending on how serious you'd like to get, I can also teach you to read music and learn music theory as well! I balance learning and technical skill with fun and self-expression.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated music room, stocked with guitars, basses, and practice amp, keyboard and computers with recording software.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Keyboard, practice amp, and/or instrument cords. I expect the student to provide his/her own instrument, and prefer they have an amplifier for electric instruments.

*** Specialties ***
I teach in all genres, but have experience in rock, alternative, pop, jazz, and even music theater.
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Gustavo L. April 2, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I wanted to wait a while before giving Rob a review so that I could be fair and honest about his teaching and my experience. Rob is a kind, dedicated, and patient singing instructor. He understands how to make students feel comfortable with singing, which for me was a really big deal. I'm a 25 year old male and that didn't make him flinch, despite my lack of formal musical training.

Rob's also great about letting his students pick songs that they're actually interested in singing and is encouraging when you're struggling. He understands how to point out strengths and remains optimistic in a way that bolsters your confidence and helps you get over whatever obstacle (mental/physical) that stands in your way. There's no "can't" when working with Rob. Only suggestions on how to be a stronger singer and words of reinforcement.

In my time learning from Rob I feel my vocals have improved pretty dramatically. I can sing without strain, my power, breathing, and general understanding of proper singing technique have improved ten fold. He gives you the tools that you need to continue working on your own (singing exercises, keyboard warmups, stretches, plosives, etc.). I can't say enough good things about the guy.

I would recommend Rob to music lovers of any age that want to learn a new skill. I hope to continue taking lessons from Rob for a long time to come. Thank you for all of your hard work, Rob!
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Robert B. March 9, 2016
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Rob and I are off to a great start. He is helping me with the fundamentals in both reading and singing music. Looking forward to next week.
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Kye C. February 19, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
So far. The lessons are great and Robert has been professional and encouraging. Thank you
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Robert D.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ

About Richard

I started taking piano lessons at the ripe age of 4, but I quickly found my calling on the guitar. At the age of 20, and with 13 years of playing experience, I graduated from the Roberto-Venn School of Luthiery (guitar building), after building both an acoustic and an electric guitar and receiving repair certification from Fender.
I later completed my Bachelor’s Degree of Music in the field of classical guitar performance, at ASU in 2007.
During this time I expanded to other instruments such as the Ukulele, Banjo, Mandolin, Dulcimer and Bass Guitar.

I am involved with a number of extra mu
sical activities that are available for you. First, I am part of a weekly jam session where my students meet and jam on a rotation with other music students in the phoenix area (drummers, singers, piano players, other guitarists of all ages) From this has spawned a number of bands. It's a lot of fun! So if you have any interest in starting a band and don't know where to find other players, let me know!

Also, I arrange and conduct for an electric guitar ensemble. This class is by far, one of a kind. In this program, I take classical symphonies and arrange all the parts out for electric guitars. Recently, my students just completed Bizet's "Farandole" (check out the audio clip) which I arranged for four electric guitars and one bass guitar. The ensemble program is more detailed oriented than the jam session, so this class is by audition only.

*** Lesson Details ***
I enjoy Bach and Beethoven, but I still love a good old- fashioned heavy metal band. I have a keen sense of constructive criticism, all while still remembering what it’s like to be a beginner. I pride myself on a teaching style that is refined, yet relaxed. I love to joke around and have fun, but remember, your recital is just around the corner!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ keyboard, guitar, bass, amps, banjos, and seating for parents. Small inventory of guitar supplies available for purchase.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide handouts and bring my own instruments. Students are required to have their own instrument

*** Specialties ***
I have always believed that improvisation is one of the best ways to learn a fret board. Improv allows the player to just dive in to playing, without having to stare at a piece of paper the whole time. Out of all the things I have been trained to do, I feel that improvisation is my strong point.
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Kasey G. April 4, 2016
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
He was a great and patient teacher for my son!!!!!!!!!!!!! He is highly recommended!!!!!!!!!
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Justin December 30, 2015
Bass Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Richard is a good guy and he knows how to teach.
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Collin W. December 14, 2015
Mandolin · In home
Verified Student
Richard was great in working with my son. He was very patient and my son left excited for the next session. Thank you Richard!
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Richard C.

Phoenix, AZ 85032
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Jeffrey O.

Phoenix, AZ

Songwriting is much like music composition, but a little bit more popular style oriented. I have a rhyming dictionary and can help you write lyrics in a form that makes sense as well as critique something you may have written. I can also help you develop harmony, rhythm, and melody that will make your song attractive. There are a lot of bad songs out there, and I would help you write a quality song, one that is catchy, has good lyrics, and is worth listening to.

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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Tristin 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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Candice D. April 2, 2015
Piano · In studio
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!
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Jeffrey O.

Phoenix, AZ 85007
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