Laura Pruett

Laura P.

Phoenix, AZ

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Laura delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
June 2001

I have been teaching music lessons since 2001. I teach piano, flute, guitar and ukulele. I have played piano for most of my life, then started playing the flute in elementary school, then the guitar and ukulele in college.

I attended California State University, Northridge, where I received my bachelor's degree in Music Therapy. My music therapy training has helped me to be more observant, sensitive and flexible in my music lessons. I am better able to tailor music lessons to my student's abilities, interests and needs. While I do not provide music therapy in music lessons, I do use a therapeutic approach when teaching music lessons.

Experience

Music Therapist
Sep 2014 - Present
Mind-Full Music

I lead music therapy sessions in individual and group settings for people of varying ages (2-90's) and needs (developmental disabilities, speech delays, socialization, dementia, etc.). I drive to lead sessions in people's homes, schools, and assisted living facilities.

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Music Teacher
Jun 2001 - Present
Self-Employed

I have been teaching private and group music lessons for 13 years. I teach piano, flute, guitar and ukulele. Once or twice a year, depending on how many students I have, and depending on how willing the students are, I arrange a performance recital at a local assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility. This is a way to develop the students' musical and performance skills, building their self-confidence and coping skills, while also offering volunteer service in the community.

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Music Therapist
Feb 2011 - Aug 2014
Del Amo Hospital

I designed and led group music therapy sessions for patients in an in-patient psychiatric facility. I led groups with people of various ages (6-70's) and needs (depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, dissociative identity disorder, etc).

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Education

BA in Music Therapy
Sep 2006 - Dec 2010
California State University, Northridge

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Certifications

Music Therapist-Board Certified (MT-BC)
Feb 2011
Certification Board for Music Therapists, Inc.

This certification allows me to practice as a music therapist throughout the country. While I do not provide music therapy sessions when I teach music lessons, I use my music therapy training to teach in a therapeutic manner. I am more observant, sensitive, and flexible, and am able to adapt lessons as needed.

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Affiliations

American Music Therapy Association
Jan 2010

AMTA's purpose is the progressive development of the therapeutic use of music in rehabilitation, special education, and community settings. Predecessors, unified in 1998, included the National Association for Music Therapy founded in 1950 and the American Association for Music Therapy founded in 1971. AMTA is committed to the advancement of education, training, professional standards, credentials, and research in support of the music therapy profession.

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14 Reviews

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Ana M. Jun 8, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

She's great! Can't wait for next session

Mikhail D. May 31, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

Great first lesson! Very patience.

Mikhail D. May 31, 2016
Ukulele · In studio

She was very patient with my grandson . I felt she knew how to work
with children.
Looking forward to the next lesson.

Sean Apr 3, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great start! We believe with Laura's teaching technique, our son will be able to learn and play the guitar soon.

Sean Apr 3, 2016
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

Great start! We believe with Laura's teaching technique, our son will be able to learn and play the guitar soon.

Ayelet L. Jan 28, 2016
Flute · In studio

Firs lesson was great

Dylan W. Jan 12, 2016
Piano · In home

Laura was great. She was very patient with Dylan and came very prepared for our first lesson. We are looking forward to many more!

Darrell P. Dec 18, 2015
Guitar · In home

She is great!

Aliyah Dec 16, 2015
Piano · In home

Aliyah really loved working with Laura and wanted the class to be longer! :) She can't wait to do more.

Mckenzi G. Nov 12, 2015
Piano · In studio

Excellent!

Rob Nov 12, 2015
Flute · In home

Laura was patient, kind and went above and beyond. Extremely pleased with the lesson.

Florence P. Oct 28, 2015
Piano · In home

Laura is teaching my mother who is 89. She had dementia, hearing loss and macular degeneration. Laura was very patient and upbeat. She was on time to the lesson as well. Look forward to working with her more.

Cambria B. Oct 27, 2015
Ukulele · In studio

This was really an amazing experience. Laura was great. My daughter loved it and was playing great songs in just a few lessons. so glad we did this!

Brandon Gordon Aug 18, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio

I'm really glad Laura was my very first guitar teacher. I learned a lot of practice exercises and a few cool little fun things. She was patient and helped with my confidence. I recommend her if you are a beginner like me.

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