Laura Pruett
Phoenix, AZ
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Laura Pruett

Laura P.

Phoenix, AZ
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I have been teaching piano since 2001. I teach in a therapeutic style, using my music therapy training to be as observant, adaptive and flexible as I need to be for the student's benefit. I teach at the student's pace and to their interests, while building their musicality, music theory, improvisation and performance skills. 1-2 times a year, we work towards building a repertoire of 1-4 pieces (depending on the student) to play at a local assisted living facility or skilled nursing facility.

About Laura P.

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.

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Karen Hillhouse
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Does great in order to make sure you achieve your musical goal :)

Posted Aug 19, 2021
Ana M.
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She's great! Can't wait for next session

Posted Jun 8, 2016
Mikhail D.
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Great first lesson! Very patience.

Posted May 31, 2016
Mikhail D.
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She was very patient with my grandson . I felt she knew how to work
with children.
Looking forward to the next lesson.

Posted May 31, 2016
Sean
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Great start! We believe with Laura's teaching technique, our son will be able to learn and play the guitar soon.

Posted Apr 3, 2016
Sean
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Great start! We believe with Laura's teaching technique, our son will be able to learn and play the guitar soon.

Posted Apr 3, 2016
Ayelet L.
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Firs lesson was great

Posted Jan 28, 2016
Dylan W.
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Laura was great. She was very patient with Dylan and came very prepared for our first lesson. We are looking forward to many more!

Posted Jan 12, 2016
Darrell P.
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She is great!

Posted Dec 18, 2015
Aliyah
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Aliyah really loved working with Laura and wanted the class to be longer! :) She can't wait to do more.

Posted Dec 16, 2015
Mckenzi G.
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Excellent!

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Rob
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Laura was patient, kind and went above and beyond. Extremely pleased with the lesson.

Posted Nov 12, 2015
Florence P.
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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.

Posted Oct 28, 2015
Cambria B.
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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!

Posted Oct 27, 2015
Brandon Gordon
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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.

Posted Aug 18, 2015
Jesse J.
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Posted Jun 24, 2021
Jesse J.
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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.

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.

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).

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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