trumpet was another instrument I picked up in high school for fun. l really enjoy teaching trumpet.
I am experienced at teaching all levels of players. I studied sax, woodwinds, brass and piano performance at West Virginia Wesleyan College and Berklee School Of Music, and I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree. In addition to all the book knowledge, I have vast experience in performance - where it counts! Having played in bands since high school, moving on to Boston and performing with the most sought-after band, Eye2Eye, for 10 years then on to Arizona, playing and singing live in countless venues.
*** Lesson Details *** I have an easy-going personality and people are comfortable with m
e and I offer great direction and expect students to do their part in order to grow. For beginning woodwinds and brass, I use the Standard Of Excellence series and once students advance we go to a variety of scale, etude and performance pieces and songs. I prefer to teach classical (legit) music and techniques in conjunction with ear-traing and "street-knowledge" for pop and jazz music. After several months, students will have learned a great deal of technique and will be able to play increasingly challenging music. (trying to keep this brief since I teach a wide variety of instruments and skill levels)
*** Studio Equipment *** Wurlitzer piano.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students provide their instrument and instrument books.
*** Specialties *** all styles
Carter A. August 26, 2015
In home Verified Student
Very patient and kind. It was our son's first piano lesson and he is looking forward to the next one.
I began piano lessons at four years of age, and was blessed to have an amazing piano teacher, who taught me for 14 years. She gave me a passion to teach others and impart to them a love for music. I have carried on that calling and taught hundreds of adults and children over the last 30 years. I am very thorough in my method and customize each lesson around the goals and dreams of each student. I incorporate theory, ear training and technical into all my lessons, regardless of the style of music they are learning. This gives my students an all-round musical education and appreciation for this
wonderful gift they have in their hands.
I have experience in the professional music world as a pianist and french horn player, performing with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Australian Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Sydney Sinfonia, Sydney Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir, as well as productions of "Cats", "Phantom of the Opera", Sesame Street, and touring all over Australia, U.S.A. and Israel. I have also been a part of the worship teams at Hillsong Church and C3 Church Australia.
I studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, and also received my Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in French Horn (Teaching) and Licentiate Diploma from the Trinity College of London (L.T.C.L.) in Piano (Performance). So my experience not only comes from an inspiring teacher, but also from hundreds of performances on stages across the world working with the finest of musicians, singers, conductors and worship leaders.
I love music, and more so, love imparting it to others.
*** Lesson Details *** Students come away from their lessons inspired and excited about their ability to accomplish their dreams. Whether it is to play 'Phantom of the Opera' or an Adele song, Debussy's Claire De Lune or Jingle Bells, I show them how to do it and help them get there. I am very thorough, taking no short cuts, but making it fun to learn an instrument. You will be amazed at what you are playing in three to six months!
*** Specialties *** Classical, Jazz, Rock, Contemporary Christian
Renee M. October 19, 2014
Acoustic Guitar ·
In studio Verified Student
We LOVE Peter! He has such an easy going personality and his instruction in learning the guitar makes it easy to pick up. I would recommend Peter to any age who has the sincere desire to learn an instrument. I know I can trust him with instructing my son, as well as any member of my family.
Richard S. July 15, 2014
In home Verified Student
As an adult student (52) returning to the arduous task of learning the piano, Peter has been a blessing after four different piano teachers. Peter is patient, kind, inspirational, and probably most important for a budding musician, is not shy in emphasizing the necessary discipline necessary in performing a piece of musical as it was written. I'm quite confident that I will be able to reach my goals with Peter's instruction.
Richard S. June 3, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Lessons consist of theory, trumpet literature, and musical stylings of different genres
My name is Peter V. I've been teaching private lessons since 2010 and have enjoyed helping my students become the musicians that they aspire to be. I currently go to Grand Canyon University and am working to attain a BA in Music Education. I'm a easy going, fun person and my teaching style can be demanding but is very effective. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
*** Studio Equipment *** Music stands, Books/sheet music, Laptop
*** Travel Equipment *** I provide all teaching materials needed other than a music stand.
*** Specialties *** Well rounded in many styles of mu
Jon Jon J. July 10, 2015
In studio Verified Student
Peter is very nice and my son really enjoyed his lesson. I really am glad we got Peter as his teacher!
I can teach beginning level trumpet levels to about a 2nd year level. We will work on tone, and expanding your register. We will learn and review basic scales, arpeggios, and technique. I also incorporate music theory, conducting, and music composition on the side depending on the student's interest. I look for music that interests the student.
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.
I am a foremost a performer and entertainer that has specific knowledge and skill on the trumpet. The past 15 years of my life have been dedicated to learning and mastering this intensely hard instrument. My background in behavior health and elementary education have provided me with the right tools to teach any personality and age group and provide a foundation of fundamentals that will last.
I offer lessons in basic, intermediate, and advanced trumpet fundamentals as well as jazz theory and improvisation. To help you reach your goals with school band, personal trumpet development, or just to have fun. Students may be required to purchase their own practice materials.
Curriculum is designed specifically for the unique individual and their goals.
Looking to get ahead of your band mates? Want to play higher? or softer? or louder? Want to learn jazz theory and improvisation? Played in high school 30 years ago? Want to pick it up again? Want to learn the basics or improve on what you already know?
I am providing trumpet lessons in the Phoenix and surrounding areas!
For the past 15 years I have been playing and practicing trumpet and have learned many styles. I have extensive experience playing in jazz groups, orchestras, wind ensembles, polka bands, rock bands, salsa bands and tribute groups.
What I offer:
90 minute lessons Curriculum designed for the specific and unique individuals Jazz theory and improvisation Sound concept Fundamental Embouchure evaluation and tweaking Warm up and practice routines Experience with special needs students
The best part? I will come to you!
I look forward to meeting you and providing you with the tools necessary to succeed in today's competitive music world!
Torrey M. July 24, 2014
very flexible, relaxed yet punctual, and has great and constructive advice to offer to any ages. has great experience, and knowledge to offer beginners to advance players. all around just a great guy
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Review by Anita
Our son is taking lessons with Chris. He really enjoys and loves the music. He wasn't very interested in music at first but now he practices all t
Colorado Springs, CO teacher:
Review by Nan
"My daughter really enjoyed the lesson and interaction."
Winchester, VA teacher:
Review by Billy
I come in every time learning something new and useful in my career to pursue trumpet. He is a great person to talk to and very friendly. T
here are no interruptions in the learning environment also."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Sarah
"I have studied with Mr. Millsap for the past four years. He has been patient and expert in identifying methodologies focused precisely to my needs. I hav
e progressed steadily and will continue lessons with him for some time to come. I offer my highest recommendation."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Kathleen
"Michelle is great. Always on time and even when running only a couple minutes late she will let us know right away. Very nice with my 12 year old son. We
have been taking lesson with Michelle for almost a year now and we think she is the best! I would highly recommend her for younger kids no matter what playing level."
Detroit, MI teacher:
Review by Plamena
"Very happy with Genevieve - great teacher. My son couldn't play anything on his trumpet when he started. After 3 lessons with her he was able to read the
music by himself and to play it. Genevieve is very patient and finds the right way to make her students comfortable and engaged with the instrument. So grateful to her!"
San Jose, CA teacher:
Review by James
"I have had several other trumpet teachers before, but Gary is the best! He has shared with me processes to improve my playing that are literally "trade s
ecrets" from top level trumpeters that are helping me to take my trumpet playing to a whole new level. My wife is ecstatic at how good I sound! She even enjoys listening to my warm up exercises! I find Gary to be very responsive to my needs and adept at spotting where I need to improve. I could not recommend him more highly!"
San Diego, CA teacher:
Review by Amanda
"I am a freshman in high school and I have been taking lessons with Evan for about 2 years. Evan is a dedicated teacher, he's amazing on trumpet, and an ov
erall great person. When I first started going to lessons with Evan he was able to correct all of my many bad habits very quickly and easily which had amazed me since I had been trying to fix them for years. Also, another thing that has helped me a lot is that every week, no matter what I was working on, he always had a new way of showing the material so it is easier to understand. Everyday I apply these helpful techniques when learning new music. I am very happy with my lessons with Evan."