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Valerie N.

Biddeford, ME

I like to tailor my teaching style to my student's needs, so you can progress at your rate, with your kind of music. I can teach pop or classical, whichever you prefer. What's important is your having fun and making progress.

Your goals are my goals. Whether you want to learn to play from music or by ear, it's up to you.

I like to explain the relevance of theory to the music at hand, and how it can help further understanding of the piece, even making it easier and more fun to play.

About Valerie

I like to tailor my teaching style to my student's needs, so you can progress at your rate, with your kind of music. I can teach pop or classical, whichever you prefer. What's important is your having fun and making progress.

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Although my favorite is classical music, I'm very happy to work with whatever genre suits you. I also like to include a reasonable amount of theory, if you'd like. I do try to explain the relevance of theory to the music at hand, and how it can help further understanding of the piece, often making it easier and more fun to play.
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Valerie N.

Valerie N.

Biddeford, ME 04005
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$25 / 30-min
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Paul B.

Portland, ME

I've been teaching piano now for 15 years. My goal is for the student to learn to play by feel in addition to reading music. A standard lesson would consist of some playing in books and going over some music theory followed by playing by feel. This would include blues,jazz, and rock grooves. My approach is creative and customized to the prospective student. The student needs to enjoy learning the piano. A happy student is a successful one.

About Paul

I am a musician who has played in many bands. My primary instrument is piano and voice. I also play rhythm guitar. My current group is a "Who" tribute band, performing a complete history of the rock group, The Who. Please check out our website magicbustour.com
I play by ear but also read music. If you are looking for an old school, rigid, teacher who only has students only follow books, then you should look elsewhere. If you want to be able to play or sing with feel and learn music theory with some reading in a comfortable working studio then contact me.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Petro
f upright piano
- Mackie PA system
- Guild F15 acoustic guitar

*** Travel Equipment ***
-Roland Midi 2
- Guild F-15 acoustic guitar

*** Specialties ***
Patient, creative, flexible and fun.
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Rob B. January 28, 2016
Singing · In studio
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Paul immediately put me at ease. Really enjoyed my first lesson.
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Alex M. January 16, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Paul does an excellent job getting to know the level of his student and teaching them to push their abilities with specific techniques. Highly recommend his teachings
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Gloria L. September 21, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Paul is a great teacher! He is very patient, encouraging and flexible. My 7 year old daughter is becoming more interested in piano than before she started to take classes with Paul.
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Paul B.

Portland, ME 04102
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$25 / 30-min
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Benjamin G.

Sanford, ME

I can teach anything lower than the Royal Conservatory of Toronto's grade rating of 7 (much harder than most piano method book grade levels) without any preparation and have played a handful of diploma level pieces in the "classical" idiom, which are considered the hardest difficulty pieces.
In the jazz idiom, I know many of the exercises of Charlie Banacos as well as an Abersold method. I have studied jazz extensively throughout most of my life and my main influences are Bill Evans, Chick Corea, Chet Baker, and Miles Davis.

About Benjamin

I studied jazz performance & classical music at USM and studied jazz piano with Charlie Banacos.
I have been teaching since I was 15 years old through the state's Gifted program and qualified for both gifted in fine arts as well as the general IQ requirement.
I currently have students ranging from the age of 4 to 78 years old, most of which are in the range of 6-17 years old. I have undergone background checks with Tune Town music in Wells, ME. since I started working there 6 years ago.

I have had great success with many students resulting in some deciding on music as a career and going
off to college specifically for piano.

I have had experience teaching people with special needs ranging from autism to ADD, and also sometimes with what I consider great success. (Achieved fundamental music literacy and one such student progressed into the 3rd level John Thompson book after 2 years.)

Currently I teach at Tune Town in Wells, ME. as well as privately in Sanford, ME. And perform in the greater Portland area.
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J M. November 3, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I can't rate Ben with 5 stars because he has been the only teacher my daughter has had. I would recommend Ben. He is great with her, she is learning and enjoying playing the piano. Kudos to Ben!!!
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J M. September 1, 2014
Piano · In studio
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Friendly, knowledgeable instructor. Would recommend him as an instructor
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Benjamin G.

Sanford, ME 04073
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$20 / 30-min
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Katrina M.

Portsmouth, NH

Piano lessons with me are fun and enjoyable, yet challenging in all the right ways! Music theory and performance technique are worked into the practice times in a way that makes it easy and accessible. I teach piano through classical music, jazz, blues, movie soundtracks, and pop music. My students are always encouraged to give feedback and share their preferences for the style of music they most want to learn.

About Katrina

I am a 20-something, self-taught musician. I have been extensively studying music, primarily piano and vocal performance, as well as guitar for the past 13 years. I am a composer and producer of my own songs, and have extensive experience with teaching children as young as three-years old. My philosophy is that music should be very enjoyable to learn, but that quality must not be sacrificed. My method of teaching focuses on classical and jazz music, as well as music theory and contemporary music, such as songs from movie soundtracks and pop songs. I am engaging and fun, allowing flexibility fo
r each student to concentrate on what they most want to learn.
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Max January 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Alicia January 9, 2016
Piano · In home
My daughter has had a wonderful experience learning to play the piano with Katrina. The pace of learning and music preference has been catered to my where daughter is at that moment. On Katrina's first day in our home she asked what our goals and expectations were for my daughter. My daughter had a desire to learn piano in a very casual manner, purely for her own interests and enjoyment. She has been able to learn a range of music from classical to jazz with some old radio favorites and holiday music thrown in for good measure.

We truly enjoyed inviting Katrina into our home on a weekly basis for more than year. Her patience with children coupled with her knowledge of the piano and ability to teach are unmatched. Our time with Katrina has been an enjoyable experience.
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Nadia December 16, 2015
Piano · In home
Katrina motivates and keeps our kids learning. She is able to challenge each one individually. She is on time and just a nice teacher and role model.
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Katrina M.

Portsmouth, NH 03801
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Alicia P.

Portland, ME

Students of mine can expect a holistic approach to learning the piano that includes music reading, theory, listening, non-idiomatic improvisation, and practicing techniques. By incorporating improvisation into the lesson students are able to practice techniques and elements of music off of the page in new and creative ways. My goal is for each student to walk away from a lesson with all of the tools they need to work and master skills independently. Piano students will use Nancy and Randall Faber's Piano Adventures Series.

About Alicia

Alicia is a jazz vocalist and pianist working as a private instructor and freelance musician in Portland, ME. Born in Shelburne, VT, Alicia has performed at many venues throughout the New England area such as the Burlington Discover Jazz Festival and Burlington First Night. Currently, Alicia is a freelance musician/teacher in Maine as well as the children’s choir director at the Westbrook-Warren Congregational Church.

Most recently Alicia has had the opportunity to sing with Grammy award-winning vocalist/saxophonist Darmon Meader (New York Voices),the Portland Jazz Orchestra, organist/pian
ist Dr. Joe Utterback, and renowned jazz pianist Jed Wilson.

Alicia has four years of experience helping children and adults find the joy of making music with their voices or at the piano. During lessons students will have the opportunity to explore many different topics and skills both on and off the page. Alicia also specializes in using improvisation as a learning tool in both voice and piano lessons. Through guided improvisational activities and games, students are able to explore new concepts and familiar ideas at the piano in a way that is engaging, fun, and full of possibilities.

Alicia teaches voice and piano lessons out of her home in Portland, ME and is also available for in-home lessons. Currently Alicia offers lessons on the following subjects for beginning and intermediate students:

Jazz and Contemporary Voice
Jazz, Contemporary, and Classical Piano
Jazz and Contemorary Chord Reading
Classical and Jazz Music Theory
Non-idiomatic and Jazz Improvisation
Practicing and Sight-Reading Techniques
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Lindsay December 17, 2015
Piano · In home
Alicia Phelps has an amazing knowledge of music, particularly jazz piano, vocals, songwriting, improvisation, and music theory. It’s an inspiration to play with her together on improvising exercises because she can make anything you do sound great! She has a fabulous rapport with students, young and old. (My daughters and I all take lessons.) Most importantly, she makes music fun even while she is stretching your mind, fingers, and heart to discover new territories and capabilities. – Lindsay Sterling
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Alicia P.

Portland, ME 04103
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