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Jayna J.

Mesa, AZ

About Jayna

I have performed my whole life! I started with choir in Elementary School, and was in choir all throughout Middle School and High School. My show choir was featured on the pilot episode on Glee! I graduated from college with a degree in Classical vocal performance, and am classically trained. I love Musical Theatre, and a good Mariah Carey song, on any given day!

In college I had extensive theory training and took over 40 units of just Music theory including, ear training, and counterpoint.

I have performed in over 3 operas, and I think that performance is very important in all asp
ects of life!

I took piano for 10 years, and believe that piano is the foundation for any sort of musical training.

I have been teaching for about 3-4 years now and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT!!!! I can't imagine doing anything else.

*** Lesson Details ***
I always bring necessary materials to our first lesson. From there, I will assess where the student is at, and prescribe the proper methodology. I have an excellent selection of vocal books, and am willing to suggest other books that might be suitable.

I use 2 different methods for teaching piano. The Alfred Series or the Faber and Faber series. I will asses which will be necessary to for the student after our first lesson.

I am not a strict teacher, but I am not laid back either. I expect all of my students to practice at least 4-5 times a week. However, I do understand when unexpected life circumstances come up, and time does not permit one to practice.

For my piano students, after 3 months, you can expect to be reading music on the staff, and after 6 months, with practice you can expect to be playing music off the staff with hands together hopefully in the second level. :)

For vocal students, after 3-6 months, my students will have developed a healthier, better technique to singing. Hopefully we will have 3-5 songs in the students repertoire list, and he/she will gain a sense of confidence when singing out loud or in front of an audience.

Guitar students can expect to learn how to play their favorite pop song within 3 months.

ASL students will be able to participate in deaf conversation within 6-9 months. However, by the end of the first 3 months, students will be able to finger spell their names, as well as various greetings to introduce themselves, and start conversations with deaf people.
*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a piano at my home, as well as a plethora of vocal and piano repertoire.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Necessary supplementary curriculum for students to learn. I expect the students to have a piano or keyboard, ready to use for weekly lessons.

***Strength***
Keeping the lesson grounded, focused, with a clear objective, all while being fun, and engaging.
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Teresa August 24, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
She is awesome! Explains things so well and is very patient and encouraging.
Can't wait for my next lesson.
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Simi /. August 23, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We REALLY enjoy working with Jayna for my son's (6) piano lessons and my daughter's (4) singing lessons. We have had 3 weekly lessons so far and my kids really look forward to the lesson and are happy to do the practices at home.

Miss Jayna is very good with kids, she breaks things down for them in easily understand ways, she is encouraging while still holding them to a standard.

I wanted to teach more of the technical method for piano and signing and she was fully able to incorporate my wants (and instruction book) with no difficulty into her lessons. My kids are really moving fast in their education!

We drive nearly 45 miles to Miss Jayna and it's worth every minute.
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Edwin wold August 16, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Jayna is a great teacher! She is upbeat and teaches in a way that is very easily understandable. Especially for someone coming into it so late in age. She does a great job!
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Jayna J.

Jayna J.

Mesa, AZ 85201
(16)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
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Andrew A.

Tempe, AZ

About Andrew

My name is Andrew, and I've been a musician nearly my entire life. I have a Bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance from Arizona State University, but my background goes far beyond classical music. My performance experiences range from playing violin in my high school symphony orchestra to playing lead guitar in a Santana cover band, and just about everything in between! As a teacher, you can expect me to be positive and encouraging. My biggest goal is to inspire you and help you discover a similar passion for music as I've developed over the years.

*** Lesson Details ***
While
I do expect students to practice consistently, I always do my best to tailor the lesson plans to their wants as well as their needs so practice is both fun and challenging. For students pursuing classical music, I'll typically start them in a book and reading sheet music, but for just about anything else, the lesson plans will be more customized to the taste of my students and will not require music reading ability in most cases. After the first few months, my students can expect to have a solid understanding of music, their instrument, and what steps to take to reach their long term goals.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My studio includes a full drum set, electric piano, as well as several guitars and a bass guitar. I would prefer that the student brings his or her own guitar or bass. I always have spare books and music in case the student forgets to bring their own.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I travel with my own guitar and bass guitar, but for piano and drum lessons, the student will need their own instrument and a quiet area to get the most from the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
While I have a degree in classical guitar, I have several years of experience with blues and classic rock, specifically on the electric guitar and drums. Aside from those, I enjoy all genres of music and have plenty of musical experience outside of the aforementioned genres.
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Avery D. October 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Avery really enjoyed her first lesson. Thanks Andrew!
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Andrew A.

Tempe, AZ 85282
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starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Sheila M.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Sheila

I love teaching music!
I have been teaching violin and fiddle for 20years now. I have been a professional violinist for 40years and love to share my experiences and knowledge of music with others.

I teach beginners/intermediate and advanced students with a complete focus on getting students to play as soon as possible. I teach both by ear and with sheet music. I am extremely patient and my students always have a great time learning.

I have won over 65 National Violin Championships and 13 World Violin Championships, andI have managed 3 violin shops across the US.

If you don't w
ish to take lessons with me, I still plead with you that you take any lessons from anyone and PLAY MUSIC! :) :)

You can see more about me at sheilamaguire.net and read some testimonies from my students.

Looking forward to hearing from you! :) sheilamaguire@live.com
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john April 29, 2016
Violin · In home
Verified Student
Sheila has a great personality, very patient with beginners, and creates a friendly learning environment. She has great world wide violin experience and has won many violin contests.

In just a few lessons my skill and understanding has greatly improved.
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Andy March 9, 2016
Fiddle · In home
Verified Student
Sheila was exceptionally supportive and patient with my beginner's efforts . . . looking forward to steady improvement with my fiddle-
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Erin D. August 11, 2015
Fiddle · In studio
Verified Student
Sheila was so friendly, and did a great job pushing me to work hard, but in a gentle, friendly way. I had a lot of fun in the lessons! I went in with no real knowledge of the fiddle, and came out with a great experience. I definitely recommend her!
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Sheila M.

Sheila M.

Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(3)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ

About Kristilyn

I am a classically trained bassoonist with a passion for all types of music. I received my Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in bassoon performance from the Ohio State University, and my Masters of Music in bassoon performance from Arizona State University.

In addition to teaching at Grand Canyon University and performing with symphonies and classical chamber music groups all over the country, I'm also a founding member of the band Dry River Yacht Club. We've gone on tours, played music festivals, and recorded 3 studio albums.

I love working with students on an individual level, finding o
ut what motivates and inspires them, and helping each one accomplish his or her personal goals. Lessons with me focus on technical precision while also developing listening skills, focus, sensitivity, and appreciation for refinement and beauty.
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Owen June 24, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Kristilyn is very positive and encouraging, while guiding her pupil to be better. I was nervous about doing music lessons on line, but finding a local bassoon instructor was proving very difficult. I'm glad we found Take Lessons and Kristilyn.
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Lora April 13, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson!
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Jodi T. March 4, 2016
Bassoon · Online
Verified Student
I was impressed after one lesson - clear, concise explanations, attention to how I learn (visual, memorization, or through physical learning) so that lessons and instructions could be tailored to my learning style. Encouraging, energetic and profesional. I couldn't be more excited to have her as a teacher and suddenly this all seems a lot less anxiety-inducing and far more enjoyable. Totally banished the bad memories of grade-school music classes, which put me off learning an instrument for many decades.
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Kristilyn W.

Kristilyn W.

Tempe, AZ 85282
(10)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Daniel W.

Tempe, AZ

About Daniel

I am very interested in helping my students become, above all else, musicians. To me, this means bringing the music off the page, and finding/playing what has not been written in ink. Too often, I see musicians merely play the notes and put no emotion into their music. That is not what music is about. Our job is to make the audience feel something, and if we cannot do this we have failed as musicians.

I received my Bachelor of Music from Central Michigan University and recently received my master's degree in Tuba Performance at Arizona State University (December 2015) and recently was
selected as the 1st place winner in the International Tuba and Euphonium Association's Tuba Artist solo competition.

Currently, I can teach beginning piano, trumpet and trombone, and all skill levels of tuba and euphonium players.
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John K. August 23, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Thank you for my first lesson. It was great!
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Oscar A. January 11, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
Off to a good start!
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Keith B. August 31, 2015
Euphonium · In home
Verified Student
I'm very happy with Daniel. My son enjoyed playing with him and is looking forward to the next lesson. He was not excited initially when I told him he was going to have lessons, but Dan won him over in short order.

Dan has a keen ear and gives clear instructions. He is personable and easy to talk to. I recommend him as a teacher.
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Daniel W.

Daniel W.

Tempe, AZ 85283
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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