Anna Yarbrough

Anna Y.

New York, NY

About Anna Y.

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Anna teaches: Ages 6 to 80
Teaching since: 2005
Last sign in: 4 days ago

Overview

Hey there!

My name is Anna Y., and I have been teaching private piano lessons across the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States since 2005. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree (hons) from Queen’s University Belfast (Northern Ireland), and certifications from ABRSM (the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Berklee College of Music and NSAI (Nashville Songwriter’s Association International). I am also affiliated with BMI (Broadcast Music Inc) and Taxi Music Independent A&R company, working as an independent songwriter.

Two things characterize my teaching style: encouragement and flexibility. I believe in “mentoring” my students - not just teaching. My students can expect to excel in an encouraging environment. I am passionate about developing well-rounded students - students who are equipped with the skills and techniques that will fuel their own musical goals. I emphasize a strong musical foundation and great technique, while exploring many different genres and musical outlets. Above all, I love helping students find their "thing"!

To this end, I teach a wide range of styles in a variety of different genres - Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Blues, Singer-songwriter. I also do a lot of chord work with my students (including the Nashville Number system). I have found that students who develop versatility as musicians feel equipped and empowered to go after their own musical dreams - whatever that might look like.

I recommend age 7 to start, but I will take younger students on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions, or wonder if you/your student is ready for private lessons, please reach out and we can chat about your goals!

***Studio Equipment***

Whitney Upright Piano
YAMAHA P45 Stage Piano
Audio-Technica AT2035 Condenser Microphone
MacBook Air with Logic Pro X

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Experience

Private Piano Lessons

Sep 2005 - Present
Self Employeed

I have been teaching private piano lessons across the United Kingdom, Australia and the United States since 2005. I endeavor to instill a solid musical foundation and correct technique while helping students find their creative voice. I teach Classical and Contemporary Piano, including chord work. This results in versatile, well-rounded students who can play music in a variety of styles - whether that involves reading music, or playing songs by ear. My specialty is helping students excel in their technique, regardless of the kind of music they choose to study. The way I see it, the notes don't change - but they way you play them does!

Music Program Coordinator

Oct 2015 - Aug 2016
ROOTS Academy

In addition to teaching music at ROOTS Academy, I also held a role as the Music Program Coordinator. This involved overseeing the whole student body - approximately 300 students. A large part of my job included facilitating lessons between mentors and students, developing our programs and maintaining a high level of education across the board. Our goal was that our students would have an excellent experience while studying with us - both in the quality of teaching and in being part of a creative, performing community.

Piano Mentor

Apr 2015 - Aug 2016
ROOTS Academy

At ROOTS Academy I taught beginner, intermediate, and advanced piano students between the ages of 5 and 60 years old. ROOTS Academy is located just outside of Nashville, Tennessee, and as such there is a huge demand for excellent musical education in a variety of genres. My students trained in classical principles, excellent technique, music theory, ear training, and chord work (including the Nashville Number System). I mostly taught within the Classical, Contemporary, Pop, Blues, and Singer-Songwriter genres, and mentored some of these students in the art of songwriting. Curriculum included Alfred, Faber and Bastien.

Education

Certificate IV in Ministry (Songwriting and Creative Arts)

Jul 2012 - Jul 2013
Hillsong International Leadership College, Sydney Australia

Bachelor of Music

Sep 2007 - Jun 2010
Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland

Languages Spoken

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Certifications

Songwriting

Jan 2015
Nashville Songwriters Association International

Songwriting

Mar 2014
Berklee College of Music

Advanced Level in Music Performance (Violin)

Jun 2007
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Advanced Level in Music Performance (Piano)

Jun 2007
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

Affiliations

TAXI

Jul 2015
Taxi2

TAXI is an Independent A&R company, based in Calabasas, CA, that was founded in 1992 by music veteran Michael Laskow with the intent of helping songwriters, artists, bands, and composers get their music heard by record labels, music publishers, and supervisors of film/TV projects.

Nashville Songwriters Association International

Jan 2015
Nsai

The Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) is the world’s largest not-for-profit songwriters trade association. Established in 1967, the membership of more than 5,000 active and pro members spans the United States and six other countries. NSAI is dedicated to protecting the rights of and serving aspiring and professional songwriters in all genres of music.

Broadcast Music Inc.

Jan 2015
BMI

One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.

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5 Reviews on Anna Y.

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Jennifer Nov 19, 2016
Piano · In studio
I cannot say enough good things about Anna. She is an incredible piano teacher- patient, kind and completely in tune with each individual student she instructs. Anna has a wonderful way of finding what makes the student tick and tapping into that drive. She makes even the fundamentals seem fun and exciting. My daughter adores her and we are devestated that she is no longer in Tennessee! Come back soon, Anna. Piano will never be the same without you!
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Leah Nov 1, 2016
Piano · Online
Anna is an experienced and accomplished instructor. She is professional and fun to work with.
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Leah Nov 1, 2016
Piano · Online
Anna is an experienced and accomplished instructor. She is professional and fun to work with.
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Julia Burnette Oct 27, 2016
Piano
Anna taught my twin 10 year olds piano for 6 months or so and she is an awesome, patient instructor! My girls loved her and miss her!
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James Oct 7, 2016
Piano · In studio
Phenomenal teacher and musician! Anna is not only a gifted piano player, but she actually has the teaching skills to pass on that knowledge. I always felt like she truly cared that I was advancing and learning how to play. She is also extremely friendly and easy to get along with on a personal level. I always looked forward to my lessons with her, and I advanced tremendously as a musician because of her teaching.
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