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Rhonda C.
Fairfield, Washington
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We are going to HAVE FUN! I will be customizing your lessons to your needs, your skill level, your age, and most importantly, what you would like to learn on the Ukulele. The Ukulele is such a fun instrument to play. It's a small instrument with a big sound. There are 4 different sizes: Soprano, Concert, Tenor, and Baritone. Soprano is the smallest and the Baritone is the largest. I teach the first 3 sizes for the reason being they all have same string arrangement which is G, C, E, A. The Baritone is tuned to D, G, B, E. The Baritone can be tuned to G, C, E, A, but will require a different set of strings to do so. If you own a Baritone and wish to have lessons, you'll need to change the strings, then proceed to tune to G, C, E, A. If you want the true Hawaiian sound you will need the Soprano Ukulele. If you have really big hands or thick fingers you might want to go with the Concert or Tenor size so it will be easier to play. I will help you sight read music (new songs) which is extremely useful should you join a group or accompany others and they suddenly place a piece of music in front of you and would like you to play it. Sight reading helps you to play songs you've never seen or had a chance to practice ahead of time. Of course the most important is learning the genre of music (songs) you like. I am fairly versed in most music genres and we can discuss the areas you are most interested in before signing up to see if we are a good fit in this area. Before moving on to Lesson Details, should you sign up for Ukulele lessons, I want you to know that the above mentioned is not in concrete. I will never force a student of mine to do something they absolutely do not want to do. I will encourage you to try it, but once you've come to the conclusion you have no desire for certain areas, we will focus on what it is you desire to learn and feel most comfortable at learning. NEW! Starting on 9/1/2021: I have decided to offer all new students an "indefinite discount" for not only back-to-school students, but for all ages. To be a bit of a financial help, I've lowered my current prices to give a long term discount. A 30 minute lesson is usually $28.00. With the discount, it will be $23. A 45 minute lesson is usually $39, with the discount, it will be $34. A 60 minute lesson is usually $50, with the discount, it will be $45. *** Lesson Details *** Listed here are the basics you will need to get off to a great start at your first lesson and future lessons. These are required items to learn properly, as well as for me to teach you adequately. Without these tools, we will struggle as both teacher and student, which is not what either of us would want. Please be sure to order these items as soon as possible once you've committed to lessons. If these items have not arrived before the lesson, I do have material we can and will use, so again, don't fret over this. As you will see, I am flexible and want this to be fun, not frustrating for you. 1. Soprano, Concert or Tenor Ukulele. Make sure there is little difficulty when pressing down on the strings with the left hand. If you find it extremely difficult to press down, you may have a Ukulele with a warped neck or it has been damaged. Options are to take it to a shop where it can be fixed, or at best, get an honest opinion as to whether or not it can be refurbished to work well for you. Be cautious when ordering a used instrument online. If you are not familiar with purchasing used instruments in this manner, have someone who is experienced in buying online help you make your purchase. My suggestion, is go to a music store where you can try out the instrument to see if it's a good fit for you or your child. This way you will know what you are getting. I have a recommendation for an excellent quality Ukulele that has a very reasonable price, and is great for both children and adults. Aklot Solid Mahogany Ukulele. The price range I've seen is between $49-$69 depending on the size. It comes with a case, tuner, and some other goodies. This is the Ukulele I own and I really enjoy playing it. It has a great sound, easy to play, stays in tune, built very well, and excellent craftsmanship. 2. Tuner. This is the one I recommend: Snark ST-8 Super Tight Clip On Tuner (Current Model). If you purchase the Aklot Ukulele, it comes with a tuner that works great. 3. Lesson Books. Once you are signed up and paid, I will send you an email with the books you'll need to order. I like to start with lesson books that are great for all ages. They will be relatively easy, thus making learning how to play the Ukulele fun, not grueling. As you progress through the first series of lesson books, I will send you an email with next series of books to be able to continue with lessons, if you so desire. *If you have a particular book you would like to work out of, please send me the name of the book so I can review it (and purchase if need be) so I can help you with it. *** Studio Equipment *** I have a dedicated area of my home where I keep all my instruments as well as having high quality audio equipment, a computer with high speed internet, and excellent lighting. As a side note, this is my home in which I also have a business raising Bernese Mountain Dogs. They may come and go in the background, but I can assure you that if they appear to be a distraction in any manner, especially for younger children, I will make sure they are placed appropriately so as to remove this form of distraction before the lesson begins. *** Students Equipment *** Before starting the first lesson, I do expect the student to have a Ukulele, a tuner and lesson book(s) as mentioned above in "Lesson Details". You must have access to a computer with a good internet that will not drop or freeze in a Zoom lesson. *Note: I do not recommend viewing lessons from a smart phone or iPad. There are multiple reasons they are not conducive for zoom lessons. If this is the only method available when first starting lessons, this is understandable, but try your best to transition to a laptop. An iPad is better than a smartphone, but unless you have a high speed internet, there can be issues at times with iPads as well as with a smart phone. ***Steps to Prepare your Computer*** There are some important steps you as the student (or parent of a child/children) can take to prepare your computer to work efficiently for online lessons. I will list them here for you, as well as send them in an email along with the lesson books you will need to purchase. If you run into problems with any of the steps, try to find someone (friend, family member, neighbor) who may have a good working knowledge of computers to help you. If you have no one, I am willing to talk you through it over the phone, which could be a bit of a challenge, but worth trying! 1. Clear history, cookies, cache prior to each lesson. 2. Download zoom occasionally to ensure you are using the most recent/updated version. 3. Make sure others in the household are not online (on other devices) during your lesson. 4. Close all programs running in the background. 5. Stop or delete any unnecessary apps that may be running in the background. 6. Try to avoid using an iPad or a smartphone for lessons, if at all possible. Thank You for viewing my profile. Please feel free to ask me questions through Take Lessons. I will do my very best to answer each and every one to the best of my abilities. To Your Success! Rhonda
About Rhonda C.

Welcome to Rhonda's Instrumental Lessons! I love people and music and the two go superbly well together. I've been teaching piano, woodwinds, brass, strings, recorder, harmonica and even some accordion ever since I was 15 years old, which to date has been going on over 45 years of sharing my skills and knowledge, passing on what I’ve learned to others, young and old. I love to see kids and adults learn to play an instrument and play songs they really enjoy! The instruments I currently offer to teach in TakeLessons are Piano, Guitar, Banjo, Dulcimer, Violin, Ukulele, Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Trumpet and Recorder. The genres of music I love teaching the most are Gospel and Bluegrass, but I also offer to teach other genres of music that are of interest to my students such as classical, western, traditional, oldies, movie themes, etc. A brief background of myself; I am a country gal who loves the outdoors, hiking, walks, nature, and all kinds of animals of which I’ve had just about every kind of farm animal you can imagine, with horses being my number one favorite. I’ve worked in health care as a licensed caregiver to the elderly for years on and off in nursing homes, care centers as well as private homes. I’ve had the privilege to teach music k-12 in a Christian school where my children attended, as well as private lessons out of my home. One of my hobbies, along with my music, is raising German Shepherds and Shepadoodles which I did for the past 20+ years. I currently raise Bernese Mountain Dogs and German Shepherds. Should you decide to learn from me as your teacher, I am relaxed, very easy to get along with and most of all, I love to have fun, laugh and enjoy life! I believe in keeping our time spent together relaxed and stress free. Learning should be very enjoyable, not stressful, high pressured, or leaving you in tears at the end of a lesson. Music has always been my way to relax and do what I love the most. My desire is for you to have this same experience by learning how to play an instrument. Possibly something you've wanted to do for a long time. Now's the time to get started and fulfill your dream! Oh, and age is not a factor to learn. I’ve taught from as young as 4 years on up to people in their 80’s! It’s never too late! NEW! Starting on 9/1/2021: I have decided to offer all new students an "indefinite discount" for not only back-to-school students, but for all ages. To be a bit of a financial help, I've lowered my current prices to give a long term discount. A 30 minute lesson is usually $28.00. With the discount, it will be $23. A 45 minute lesson is usually $39, with the discount, it will be $34. A 60 minute lesson is usually $50, with the discount, it will be $45. I will continue, as I have been all along, to offer the additional "sale" for new students that lowers the price even more for the first 5 sessions. That means you will be paying even less for the first 5 lessons. In regards to days and times available, I offer morning, afternoon and evening lessons (online) Monday-Friday. Local lessons are offered here in my home studio on Thursdays during afternoon and evening hours. If you don't see a day or time conducive to your schedule or time zone, we can discuss what I have available that isn't listed, that may work for you or your child. I am open to Saturdays even though currently it does not show any openings on weekends. Saturdays would be considered a last resort if absolutely nothing were to work for you during the week. I offer lessons on the Recorder, (also known as the Flutophone) but as you will note, it currently is not listed in TL platform. They will be listing it, and until then, if this is of interest, whether for personal or group lessons, you can find more information by going to the clarinet or flute page in my profile information. If group lessons is something of interest, we can make arrangements through this platform. Group lessons are great for homeschool groups, especially when a music class has been incorporated into a home school co-op, and no one is available teach recorder. This is an excellent platform to provide those group lessons. Years ago, I taught the recorder in our Christian School, grades K-6th. The students looked forward to each class and had so much fun! Ever so often, I will hear from someone (who is now a grownup), and refers to those times as some wonderful memories. My intent to teach students of all ages is not just to earn a living, (which of course this is for me) but my desire and goals are to pass along what I know to future musicians in hopes they will come to love not only the instrument of choice, but hopeful they will learn to love music for the rest of their life. Music has a huge place in the human heart and soul, and if I can make a difference by sharing what I've learned, see others come to love even a fraction of how much I love music, then all the money in the world can't buy that. Looking forward to hearing from you!

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Lovely, fun, and professional lady.

Posted Nov 30, 2021
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Rhonda is a very well-versed instructor in a multitude of instruments. She is very patient with her students and very fun. What a great teacher! Highly recommend her

Posted Nov 20, 2021
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More than 10 years ago, I told a good friend that learning to play the dulcimer was on my bucket list. He made my beautiful instrument and said " now you need to learn to play". 2021 is my year! Fortunately, Rhonda has become my instructor and I look forward to the weekly lessons. Her enthusiasm for teaching, her extensive knowledge, and many years of experience have given me the confidence that I can learn .

Posted Nov 17, 2021
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Instrumental Teacher
Jun 1970 - Present
Rhonda's Music Lessons
I have been teaching piano, woodwinds, brass, string, beginner drum, harmonica and accordion ever since I was 15 years old. My instruments of choice to teach are piano, flute, clarinet, trumpet and dulcimer. Currently in takelessons I am offering Piano and Dulcimer lessons.
Church Pianist
Jun 1970 - Present
Chruches
I have been the church pianist in several churches throughout the years, I am the pianist and accompanist in my current church. I have accompanied and still do to this day, professional singers and musicians.
Music Teacher
Sep 1979 - Jun 1996
Pavilion Christian School
Music Education involving theory, singing, instrumental classes. K-12
Education
Music Theory, Piano, Instrumental
Sep 1968 - Jun 1974
Perry High
Languages
Sign Language
Limited Proficiency

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