Dee Fleming
Kalispell, MT
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Dee Fleming

Dee F.

Kalispell, MT
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Elementary, Middle School, High School, College
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About Dee F.

I have been a private studio teacher of piano, guitar, voice, violin, mandolin for over 30 years. I have taught band, orchestra, and choir in public schools for over 20 years, which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I hold an ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE ENDORSEMENT, K-12, from University of Phoenix and teach non-English learners English. I have performed concerts professionally as a jazz and classical pianist, and guitarist, for over 20 years. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years in Arizona and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years. I have a Language Arts college minor and have taught Middle and High School Language Arts in Montana public schools. I also teaching acting lessons, and have acted in numerous theater plays and films.

I have been a Middle and High School substitute teacher in Science, Language Arts, and Reading teacher for 15 years part time. I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christopher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a BACHELOR IN MUSIC EDUCATION, K-12; piano and voice were my focus of study. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I am completing a MASTER'S DEGREE IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP currently at Grand Canyon University. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!

Online student requirements: A fast, reliable COMPUTER; HIGH SPEED INTERNET (at least 400 kbps); WEBCAM (preferably HD); MICROPHONE (most laptops or tablets have mikes built in). Be sure your camera is focused on you and your instrument, if applicable. For 2021 students, follow customer service directions for Take Lessons Classroom. Students who cancel lessons without a 24 hour notice may incur a charge. Learning materials may be provided by the instructor.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.


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56 Reviews
Mike O.
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Very patient and understanding person. At my age of 62 and trying to learn the bass along with the challenges of issues brought by life, these sessions have become therapeutic in nature....

Posted Aug 17, 2021
Mike O.
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Dee was very informative and answered all my questions. She understands that myself an older student returning to music has a different approach and she is going to work with me. I am looking forward to next week.

Posted Jul 27, 2021
Raghav G.
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SHe is so AWESOME. SHe helps so much and payed attention to things my past teachers ignored

Posted Jul 2, 2021
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Dee is patient, encouraging and has been invaluable in helping me learn my way around the mandolin!

Posted Jun 9, 2021
Raghav G.
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She explained everything so great and took the time to needle out my mistakes

Posted May 3, 2021
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really helpful, works with you to become great

Posted Mar 9, 2021
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Posted Feb 23, 2021
Alicia C.
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Dee is patiently teaching both my son and daughter, and fostering their love for playing music. My hat is off to her, for accomplishing an already challenging task with young kids, while doing so virtually!

Posted Feb 9, 2021
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I am loving working with Dee! She is so understanding and gentle with me, while still keeping things moving, and ensuring that we are making progress. After just a few lessons, I feel confident working my way around my instrument, have developed a solid practice strategy, and am already building my repertoire, thanks to her guidance. I am so excited to continue studying the mandolin with her!

Posted Feb 8, 2021
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Dee is very kind. My daughter truly enjoyed her first lesson!

Posted Aug 28, 2020
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Dee is very kind and understanding. She was very supportive when a work issue came up and I to push back my lesson time.

Posted Aug 25, 2020
Rosanne T.
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Great first lesson.

Posted Aug 21, 2020
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Thank you Dee for a great lesson today with Laurel!

Posted Aug 18, 2020
Thuy N.
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Love her fun and understanding spirit! Can't wait for more lessons with her !! :D

Posted Aug 11, 2020
Alicia C.
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Thank you!

Posted Aug 4, 2020
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Dee is very thorough and has taught me a lot. She's stayed in touch even through the covid-19 social distancing and I plan on continuing to use her as an instructor. She's great about answering questions and encourages lots of practice.

Posted Apr 24, 2020
Melissa T.
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Dee is very knowledgeable and really listens to you in order to critique what needs tuning.

Posted Feb 1, 2020
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I just recently started with Dee. She is doing a great job of helping me realistically assess my performance, and constructively set goals to improve the aspects that need work. It's been fun and very helpful.

Posted Apr 19, 2019
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Our 8 year old son had his first Guitar lesson with Dee this past weekend, and she was amazing. She wasted no time getting down to brass tacks with our son, showing him the various parts of the guitar, how to hold it and within minutes he knew two chords. She was able to keep our kiddo engaged, offered great praise and positive feedback/reinforcement and kept him on task for the entire 45 minute lesson. We could not be happier and cannot wait to see what he learns during his next lessons with her!

Posted Apr 8, 2019
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See is patient, knowledgeable, and makes lessons fun.

Posted Jan 29, 2019
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Dee is a great teacher and very efficient. I am just starting, but I can tell I will be learning quickly. She is very cheerful and communicates clearly. Loving it so far!

Posted Jan 28, 2019
Marcus R.
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Dee is friendly and understanding and she explains things very well.

Posted Jan 14, 2019
Lane L.
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Dee went to a lot of work in preparation for our first lesson. A good start.

Posted Dec 30, 2018
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Dee is great, very good advice and Jenna is so pleased with her experience!

Posted Aug 22, 2018
Ashley T.
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Dee was a delight. I love how she just knew what level I needed by talking with her on the phone.

Posted Sep 9, 2017
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Dee,at the very beginning has a special way of making my 12 year old comfortable and be herself, and learn. She has made every minute count and yet,made the time pass by so quickly.
The very first day,Angel,my 12 year old daughter said "Mom--I like her"---plus,look at her qualifications ---and you will know that we found a rare gem in her!

Posted May 19, 2017
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Very patient, personable and good at communicating with children

Posted Apr 24, 2017
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I have learned so much from her

Posted May 11, 2016
Stephen Barnett
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I have learned a huge amount from Dee. She teaches very well and I see improvement with every lesson. I definitely recommend her.

Posted Mar 10, 2016
Jolanta Rode
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Dee gets the student to work hard and practice. She is flexible and willing to adjust hours and days when things come up.
Overall, I have been happy with my lessons progress and motivation.
Thanks Dee

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Ken C.
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Great teacher! Dee adapts to my progress and makes learning fun.

Posted Mar 1, 2016
Rosemary B.
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Posted Feb 18, 2016
Nancy M.
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I am a 52 year old who has never played an instrument nor do I know how to read music. Dee was more patient with me than I was with myself. I would recommend 30 minute sessions instead of 45 minutes. It is a lot to handle when starting from square one.

Posted Jan 19, 2016
Shang W.
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I would recommend Dee to anyone who would like to learn sining. She customizes every single exercise for you to help you improve. She's also very patience and nice.

Posted Jan 14, 2016
Sadia Zubairi
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Our experience with Dee has been very positive. She is punctual, very professional and pleasant with the kids. I would recommend her to another family looking for a music tutor for their child.

Posted Nov 1, 2015
David L.
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My mandolin lesson was a great experience. I found Dee to be extremely helpful with my lesson and it was obvious that she has great teaching skills and was able to convey ideas clearly. She has experience with multiple musical instruments and has real world band experience to support her teaching. I look forward to continuing my lessons.

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Stephanie V.
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Dee has been excellent so far and our son really likes the challenging and fun way she teaches!

Posted Sep 23, 2015
Harriette G.
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Dee is an excellent teacher and helped me a lot.

Posted Sep 23, 2015
Todd C.
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Dee has been great and creative in teaching piano in a fun and challenging fashion to my daughter and son. I would recommend her highly

Posted Sep 23, 2015
Chloe P.
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Only had one lesson so far. So far so good

Posted Sep 15, 2015
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Dee is incredibly patient and caring with my son AND me. Not only is he new to playing, but I am very busy and somewhat disorganized. Not to mention all the siblings wandering about the house. She is easy to work with and a joy for the whole family.

Posted Aug 27, 2015
Jed A.
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Dee has a great broad knowledge of different instruments. She teaches to your needs and I've been so happy with my lessons!

Posted Jul 29, 2015
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She was incredibly patient and helpful from the start. I am a beginner and she walked me through the basics and then let me work my way through my struggles while giving me notes on what to work on for next time. I highly recommend her!

Posted Jul 27, 2015
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Posted Jul 23, 2015
Jorden H.
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On behalf of Jorden, she truly enjoyed her session. She liked the guidance, direction and takeaways and practicing as instructed to be ready for her next session. Thank you Dee!

Posted Jun 19, 2015
Krista G.
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Dee is a pro, our kids have improved and she keeps them challenged. Would recommend her to any parent looking for a dependable and talented music teacher.

Posted Jun 3, 2015
Mike D.
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Great teacher. Quickly corrected years of technical mistakes. She covered a wide variety of fundamentals in a short time covering a broad range of music.

Posted May 21, 2015
Melody G.
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Dee is great! My granddaughter really enjoys her lessons with her. She's very patient, observant and encouraging!

Posted May 19, 2015
Melanie S.
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Dee is a wonderful instructor. She has extensive experience both in the musical field and with teaching. She sets forth a structured easy-to-follow program for practice. She is very personable, inspiring, and gives honest and helpful feedback. I would definitely enjoy having Dee as a teacher again.

Posted Apr 7, 2015
David H.
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Dee has done an outstanding job, taking an old dog and teaching new tricks, like playing the guitar.. I had no music background and thought myself to be tone deaf. But, in 3 short months she has me picking, strumming (several different types) and thumb plucking. I really appreciate her professionalism, upbeat attitude and most of all her patience. Highly reccommended!!!!!

Posted Mar 31, 2015
Jed A.
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Ms. Fleming is an excellent teacher, patient, encouraging, and working from a
broad range of experience. As a teacher myself (English), I really appreciate those qualities. Her experience across multiple instruments and music genres is especially appealing to me, as I play several instruments and am interested in many types of music. She gives me hope that I can develop some facility on
upright bass, a dream I have had since I was a boy. (Note: Her insights into how to practice are really helpful.)

Posted Feb 13, 2015
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Music Instructor
Jan 2017 - Present

Flathead Valley Community College, Kalispell, Montana

I taught Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Guitar; and Creating Music at Flathead Valley Community College, 1986-1990. I taught Piano In Class, Intermediate Piano, Intermediate Guitar, Advanced Guitar, Spring Semester, Summer Session, 2018; Fall Session, Piano In Class and Intermediate Guitar; History of Jazz, Spring 2018. Classes are ongoing into 2020: Beginning Guitar, Intermediate Guitar, Piano In Class, Intermediate Piano; and The Craft of Songwriting, Spring and Summer 2019. Currently teaching: Beginning Guitar, Beginning Guitar II, Intermediate Guitar, Piano In Class, Intermediate Piano, 2020-2021.

Music Educator
Sep 2003 - May 2014

Scottsdale Unified School District

I have 9 years experience as a choral and general music educator, grades 4-8; and 2 years experience as an orchestra director, grades 4-8 for this school district.

Private piano, voice instructor
Aug 2005 - Jun 2009

Music Masters store

I was a private piano and voice instructor for 4 years at this music store in Scottsdale. AZ

Private Guitar Instructor
Aug 2007 - May 2009

Midi For Kids, Inc.

I taught beginning to intermediate guitar classes for this national company, all styles, 2007-2009.

Title I Tutor, Summer School
Jun 2005 - Jul 2007

Scottsdale Unified School District

I taught Title I summer school for 7 weeks, summer 2005, 2006, and 2007 for the Scottsdale School District, Scottsdale, Arizona. I was a reading, Language Arts, tutor in Scottsdale, Arizona. i hold an English As A Second Language endorsement, K-12, from University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona.

Music Educator
Aug 1986 - May 2003

Various school districts in Montana

I taught choir and orchestra classes at several elementary and middle schools in Montana for public school districts, part time, for 17 years.

Adjunct Music Educator
Aug 1990 - Jun 2000

University of Montana, Western

I have 10 years experience teaching credit and non-credit classes; Creating Music 101, Piano in Class 101, Basic Guitar 121, Intermediate Guitar 102, and Advanced Guitar 103 for University of Montana/Western, Dillon, Montana, part time.


Masters Degree--Teacher Leadership
Jun 2013 - Present

Grand Canyon University, Glendale, AZ

English As A Second Language endorsement, K-12
Aug 2004 - Mar 2007

University of Phoenix

Library Science
Jul 1997 - Jun 1998

University of Montana

Graduate Work, Composition
Aug 1983 - Mar 1984

Montana State University

Bachelor of Music Education
Aug 1971 - Feb 1976

Montana State University



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Limited Proficiency


Standard Secondary Education, 7-12; Music K-12
Sep 2012

Arizona Department of Education

Music K-12 certificate, Standard Secondary Education certificate, Arizona.
English As A Second Language, K-12
Mar 2007

University of Phoenix

I hold an English As A Second Language teaching endorsement, K-12 through the University of Phoenix, Phoenix, Arizona.
Library Science, K-12
Jun 1998

University of Montana/Western

I hold a Library Science certification, Grades K-12 from University of Montana/Western, Dillon, Montana.
Music Education, K-12
Mar 1976

Montana State University

I hold a music education degree from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana.


Guitar Scholarhip, Crown Guitar Foundation
Jul 2018

Crown Guitar Foundation, Bigfork, Montana

May 2013

Scottsdale Unified School District, Scottsdale, Arizona

OUTSTANDING EDUCATOR, Marquis Edition, Who's Who Among American Women
Sep 2008

Marquis Book Edition, Who'a Who, 2007,2008

Oct 2006

Marquis Edition, Who's Who of American Women, 2006


National Association of Recording Industry Professionals
Aug 2015
Formed in 1998, the National Association of Record Industry Professionals (NARIP) brings together the brightest minds and leading innovators in the global record and music industries. NARIP was created specifically for record industry professionals.
National Education Association
Aug 2005
The National Education Association (NEA), the nation's largest professional employee organization, is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 3 million members work at every level of education—from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affiliate organizations in every state and in more than 14,000 communities across the United States.
Music Teachers National Association
Mar 1986
The MTNA was founded in 1876 with the goal of advancing the value of music study and music-making to society while supporting the careers and professionalism of teachers of music. With nearly 22,000 members in 50 states—and more than 500 local affiliates—the MTNA is the preeminent source for music teacher support, where members embody like-minded values and commitment to their students, colleagues and society as a whole, while reaping the rewards of collaboration, continuity and connection throughout the lifetime of their careers.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
May 1976
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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