Avenira Caswell
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Avenira Caswell

Avenira C.

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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Piano focuses could include....

Playing Favorite Songs
Classical Notation / Written Theory
Chords / Soloing / Jam/Improvise
Songwriting / Composing
Accompanying
Stage Performance
and so much more!

Let's Play Music!
Many people think that learning an instrument is a long and grueling process that takes years before being any fun, but this couldn't be any farther from the truth!

Especially in this day and age with so many resources available, it does not have to take decades to reach a fun and satisfactory level of musicianship.

What you are looking for is someone who can teach you what YOU WANT to know.

My approach to music teaching is FULLY CUSTOMIZABLE.
Instead of following a strict curriculum, every lesson is tailored specifically to your goals and interests.

Not interested in reading notes? No problem.
Only want to cover your favorite pop songs? You got it.
Trying to write your own stuff? Let's focus there!

Whatever makes music fun for you, you can count on me to help you find less work and more play.

For every student I keep a shared Log of our lessons together documenting what we worked on, resources we used, and goals or practice ideas for the week. My inbox is always open for questions or ideas. As an active partner in your curriculum design, you gain valuable insight, not only on music, but on how to go about expanding your knowledge of it, even on your own.


So what are you waiting for? Let's play some music!

Have questions?
I'm more than happy to help point you in the right direction.
(whether or not that's with me)

About Avenira C.

What is it that sparks your unique musical expression?
That is what I'm here to help you find and pursue.

Maybe you want yourself, or your child, to know everything there is to know about music?

Perhaps you'd like to learn to how to play your favorite songs?

Or do you have your owns songs longing to be put into music?

Maybe you're not sure and hope to find a teacher that can bend and flex with your interests?

The honest truth today is that there are so many resources available for music study, I believe every single person who has an interest in music should be pursuing it.

A plethora of Websites, Apps, Games and Video Courses offer truly quality content today, but knowing where to start and what to focus on can be overwhelming!

This is where I come in.

I conduct lessons as a trusty musical guide, someone who knows the various approaches of music learning that can show or help forge a path that meets your own music goals.

Lessons with me are fully customized together.
For every student I keep a shared Log of our lessons, documenting what we worked on, resources we used, reference material and practice ideas.

As an active partner in your curriculum design, you gain valuable insight, not only in music education, but on how to go about expanding your knowledge of it, even on your own.


Currently, I teach for a wonderful children's studio in Hollywood and have been having so much fun with my new home studio that I am eager to see more online students!


I teach:
theory, song writing, playing covers, jamming / solo / improvisation, notation, composition/songwriting, transcription(playing by ear), audition prep, band / ensemble performance, recording & computer music

On:
Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Violin, Viola, Voice

Across various genres and traditional lesson approaches.



BIOGRAPHY

Born into a family of singers and dancers music is more than a study or pass time to me, it is a language and a way of life.
I believe everyone is a musician at heart. 

Starting in my hometown of Portland, Oregon, my music career has taken me from Seattle to LA; and abroad to Haiti, Kenya, England, France. It is such an indescribable joy to connect with people around the world through music.

I've performed in concert halls, symphonies, marching bands, pit orchestras, children's productions, restaurants, solo and ensemble competitions, even at Disneyland.

In addition to my hobby of instrument maintenance, I've spent a number of years behind the scenes working stage production and harm reduction for many major events.

I've been teaching friends and tutoring regularly since before graduating high school. This early start to teaching has lead me to a very dynamic approach to music education. I know what it takes to go from childhood lessons to lifelong music dreams. And this path is unique for everyone.

Some people want to know all the math and science behind how music works, others just want to sing well to the radio.
A lot of people don't always know.
That's the beauty of musical arts, to listen and find that expression which speaks to you.


What are you waiting for? Let's play some music. :)


Have questions?
I'm more than happy to help point you in the right direction.
(whether or not that's with me)

~~~

Life is music.
There is rhythm in nature, tones of voice, being able to resonate with an idea. The most important aspects of our lives are governed by music; the birthday song, our ABCs, bedtime lullabies, graduations, parades, funerals, worship, movies...
- life just wouldn't be the same without music.

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Joy
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My 16-year-old ---who had not practiced for over a year---is absolutely loving her lessons with Ms. Avenira! With only 3 lessons, I am now seeing the spark for playing the violin return to my daughter's eyes. Ms. Avenira is meeting my daughter "where she is" and truly customizing lessons to move her forward. She provides detailed updates for each lesson, and I could not be happier with my investment. Excellent teacher.

Posted Feb 20, 2021
Michelle P.
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Avenira really connected with my 14 year old, while our daughter has always been enthusiastic to learn an instrument, putting in the practice and the work has been a challenge in the past. Avenira's format, which allows flexibility for how the student learns best, is really working. My daughter has been practicing every night (unprompted by us), and is really excited abut her next lesson with Avenira. She also loves that she can learn both guitar and piano with Avenira, since she is interested in both. Avenira was very motivating, complimenting our daughter for being focused and for doing a great job during the lesson. Definitely would rate Avenira A+++++++!!

Posted Nov 11, 2020
Ela
Profile-location-online Online

Avenira has such kindness! She has taught me so so much and she was the best instructor I had. She let me learn the song I wanted to learn, and I felt more passionate and confident about my singing and playing than ever. I wanted to practice more, I wanted to become better, and this never happened with other instructors.

Posted Sep 17, 2020
Rocio
Profile-location-online Online

Of course I recommend Avenira, my daughters really enjoyed their classes with her.
They both have different instruments, one has a Guitar and the other has a Ukulele, they are highly motivated by the songs they learned to play and sing.
It is a nice experience.
Avenira was always in charge of keeping them engage. Bravo!!!

Posted Sep 17, 2020
Brandon
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Avenira is one of the most passionate teachers I've ever met. She truly cares about the progress of her students, and her lesson plans reflect that. She treats each student as an individual, curating her lessons to suit their likes, dislikes, strengths and weaknesses. She's also one of the few teachers I've met that is able to keep even her youngest students fully engaged during online lessons. I highly recommend working with Avenira!

Posted Sep 13, 2020
Aaron
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Averina is a natural at teaching. I never had a lesson with her where I felt bored. She has such a passion for music that really shines when you're working with her. Whatever your skill level, aspirations, or age, I highly recommend taking lessons with her! I learned so much, and I can certainly say when I need further instruction, she'll be the first person I go to.

Posted Sep 11, 2020
Zac
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I was very hesitant to learn about music theory in general, as I have been led to believe it is a boring and monotonous field to learn about. Avenira changed all that negative thought about music for me after just a few short lessons! I listen to music differently now and am always noting intricacies in compositions/songs that I never had noticed before, and even have gone as far to write a few on my own songs. I highly recommend Avenira for any music-related teaching; she is extremely knowledgeable and very obviously loves what she is doing.

Can't wait to learn more from her in the future!!

Posted Sep 7, 2020
Bria
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Avenira is amazingly wonderful! She gave back to back piano lessons to both myself and my then 4 year old. Talk about adaptable! She was intuitively able to switch gears with my son when needed to keep his attention and keep it fun. She is a natural with kids, with all people. And she has deep and diverse musical knowledge and experience and is able to cater lessons to any one.

Posted Sep 3, 2020

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Experience

Manager & Instructor
Jan 2020 - Present

B-Music Studio, Los Angeles

In addition to Private and Duet lessons, we lead toddler mini-bands, introducing little ones to music fundamentals. And Studio Bands for older kids to learn the skills of playing in a real rock band. We are now beginning to offer new strings classes online too.

Free Lance Performer
Dec 2010 - Present

location varies

I've been hired for holiday parties, weddings, churches, school functions, eating establishments and more. This often entails providing my own equipment and preparing music, or getting a feel for the environment and improvising.

Childcare Provider
May 2015 - Jan 2020

Spilt Milk Nannies / Urban Sitter / Freelance

Years of experience caring for children in many different families on an as needed basis. My focus in childcare is to create a pleasant and inviting atmosphere filled with toys, games and learning.

Dispatch / Harm Reduction
Mar 2016 - Sep 2019

Major Dance Music Companies

Duties entailed overseeing the health and safety of patrons and performers in various types of weather and conditions. As well as assistance with staging and other set up and load out operations.

Program Coordinator
May 2013 - Aug 2013

Waldorf Kenya

Designed and instructed day camp activities focused on music, drumming, singing, dance and martial arts for children 3 - 7 yrs.

Musician
Sep 2009 - Sep 2011

Metropolitian Youth Symphony

Met for regular rehearsals and performed at local schools, community events and concert halls.

Education

Education and Psychology
Feb 2015 - Feb 2017

Portland Community College

Music Performance and Theory
Sep 2008 - Feb 2013

Milwaukie Arts Academy

Languages

American Sign Language

Limited Proficiency

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

French

Limited Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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