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Kelly A.

Seattle, WA

Learn how to write songs, develop songwriting ideas, improve your lyrics, and discover new and interesting ways to compose music. Learn how to write the songs down (in music notation) so you can play them with other musicians. Learn to transcribe songs that you like (pick up by ear) and use them for inspiration.

About Kelly

After years of teaching all levels, and many different styles of voice and piano lessons, I can tell you this-- I LOVE teaching! My students have ranged from 5 to 65, from classical piano, or jazz/ pop piano to pop/ rock/ jazz singing, and no matter what we always have a great time. I guarantee that in our lessons, you will see progress almost immediately... but above all, learning music is FUN! A little extra info....
**In 2012 I finished a Masters degree at NYU in Jazz Studies, and just finished a new album of some jazz, folk, and original music.
**I perform in New York City and Seattle,
and I tour with my band a few times each year
**I taught jazz piano and voice lessons for four years at NYU and also through the New York Jazz Academy and Brooklyn Music Factory, from beginning to advanced, classical, pop or jazz -- and I teach rock bands how to learn music by ear and have fun playing with other people! I have also been teaching privately for six years out of my home.
**I organize and teach vocal workshop classes, where singers can learn how to work with a band.
**I am joining the Cornish College of the Arts adjunct jazz faculty in Spring 2015!

I moved back to Seattle in April 2014 after being in NYC for four years -- completing my Master of Music degree (NYU), living, teaching, and performing in Brooklyn and Manhattan. NYC was amazing, and I'd love to share with you all of the cool things I picked up during my time there. From 2005-2010, I lived in Seattle and taught music lessons. I graduated from Cornish College of the Arts in Jazz Performance (voice) and performed a lot around Seattle-- from jazz clubs to concert halls-- performing pop, rock, soul, jazz and even working in a Steely Dan Tribute Band!! (your parents might appreciate that more than you do)

More than anything, I'm fascinated by the different ways that students learn and always love figuring out what kind of learning works best for YOU.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love watching my students progress and enjoy their music, no matter what style they enjoy or what level they are. I work with students to pick out music that they'll enjoy working on-- it's always more fun to learn songs you love!
I'm a pretty laid back teacher, but I work to inspire my students to try their hardest and do the best that they can do. I will provide you will the exercises, materials, and right level of songs to help you meet your goals, and together we can assess a plan for our lessons.

In our lessons we will cover a variety of topics, including:

--Strong, Healthy TECHNIQUE so that you can gain a command of your instrument and play or sing whatever you choose. Through various EXERCISES you will develop strength, control, musicianship, and good habits.
(Vocalists:)
It is important to develop a healthy technique so that you can sing whatever you want without getting fatigued or injuring your voice. We'll work on developing strong technique and finding your own unique SOUND-- we'll choose music that is right for your vocal style and music that YOU connect with so you can really express yourself.
(Pianists):
No matter whether you want to play classical, pop, or jazz, you'll want your fingers to be strong and agile enough to get the sound that you want out of the instrument. With good technique you can play anything!

--Rhythm, subdivision, and groove

--Ear-training & Music Theory (chord qualities, pitch matching, easy transcription)

--Building your REPERTOIRE so that you have songs to play, and discussing techniques specific to each style of music you study

--Arranging or Communicating with a band (if that is something which interests you)

--Performance considerations.... developing confidence and personal expression!

My goal is to inspire students to play their instruments (or sing!), develop good habits and encourage healthy curiosity..... but most of all to Love Playing Music! 

*** Studio Equipment ***
full music room with 88 f/w keyboard with music stand, amp, microphone (if applicable), seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide lesson plans and corresponding handouts, exercises, examples, etc. If the student is taking piano lessons they should have access to a keyboard or piano at home. Where appropriate I can also bring a vocal microphone to work on microphone technique.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in jazz/ pop piano and voice, and have a strong background in classical and jazz theory and technique. I typically design a curricula which includes technical exercises from my classical background and then focus stylistically on the genre that the student is interested in. I have extensive experience both performing and teaching in many jazz, pop, rock and soul styles-- I try to help the student find their unique voice while establishing a strong foundation of healthy technique.
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Andy June 29, 2015
Music Theory · In studio
Kelly really knows her theory, inside and out. And she can explain how it all works. It's much easier to memorize a piece once you understand the theory behind it: the progression of the chords, and their functions. I wish my former teachers had known theory instead of making me memorize all those notes with no explanation.
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Eric K. June 22, 2015
Piano · In studio
I have been studying jazz piano on my own for a while and started lessons with Kelly a few months ago. Her knowledge of chord theory and practical application has helped me to move along very quickly. She is also very supportive and a pleasure to study with. I highly recommend her as an instructor.
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Tjorvi H. June 19, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
When my family moved from Iceland earlier this year one of the first thing we did was searching for singing teacher for our 16 years old daughter an we could not have been luckier meeting Kelly. She welcomed our daughter and from first lesson my daughter has been improving her skills.
I can surely recommend her and am confident that anyone will become better musician learning from her!
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Kelly A.

Kelly A.

Seattle, WA 98103
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starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Todd R.

Bellevue, WA

About Todd

I have a Bachelors of Music in Classical Guitar Performance from Cal State Northridge. I come from a background of instrumental guitar where rock, metal, classical and jazz are my specialties. I believe that music should take you on a journey and that it begins with your first lesson and your first note.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are tailored to the individual and are built upon the student’s needs and goals. Concepts of rhythm, theory, repertoire, technique and musicality are discussed during the lessons. Patience, encouragement and fun are stressed at all times.

*** Studio E
quipment ***
Lessons take place in a separate music room. I provide all the accessories to get started.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide amp, music stand, Materials. Student provides the Electric/ Acoustic guitar. I have two or more steel and nylon string guitars for use.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Metal, Classical, Jazz, Flamenco.
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Audie M. April 26, 2015
Classical Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
I am learning a lot of essential part on how to play a classical guitar!
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Gayathri R. October 29, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Todd has been teaching my 14 year old son for several months now. I have to say he has kept my son's interest in the instrument and tailoring teaching to his interest perfectly. Todd is very pleasant and accommodating to my family's scheduling needs. I would recommend him highly!
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Jerelyn K. June 18, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My daughter has been taking lessons from Tod since last December. He is patient and encouraging with her and she enjoys her lessons. He lets her pick the music she wants to play while ensuring she is learning the fundamentals of reading music.
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Todd R.

Todd R.

Bellevue, WA 98006
(6)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Greg D.

Kirkland, WA

About Greg

I have been playing guitar since I was 14 and I have not looked back since. I love music and I love helping other people discover the joys it can bring. In college I studied classical guitar and got experience playing in many different groups. I currently perform in and around the Seattle area.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are tailored to each individual student, to their interests and needs. I generally use the Hal Leonard Guitar method but I will use any method best suited for the goals you want to reach. Whatever method we use will be supplemented with other songs and exercises.

My lessons tend to be laid back and fun but also challenging. I expect students to do their best and make an effort.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The lessons are taught in my studio with an amp, guitar, music stand, books, and seating.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students are required to have their own instrument. I do have instruments available to rent.

*** Specialties ***
*Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar, Folk, Rock, Christian, Worship,
Hal Leonard Method
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Charlie A. March 6, 2014
Verified Student
Highly Recommended

Greg is knowledgeable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. Attending lessons is a great way for me to take a break from my work day and Greg makes it a relaxing experience.
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Carlene B. September 14, 2012
Guitar
Verified Student
I highly recommend Greg...

Greg is an excellent teacher. Very easy going manner and willing to start where ever you are as a musician. Gives great feedback, lessons to work on that are challenging and fun, and at a pace that's comfortable.
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LizP2 May 22, 2012
Great Experience. Can't wait for my second lesson.
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Greg D.

Greg D.

Kirkland, WA 98034
(4)
starting at
$27 / 30-min
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John Paul S.

Seattle, WA

Having published over 25 original works of music, I can help you take your songwriting to the next level!

About John Paul

I have been teaching voice and music lessons for several years now to a wide range and variety of students. I have successfully helped individuals learn how to sing, speak, act, write songs, and play the piano. Some students come to me to build their confidence or skills. Other students come to me just to have a really great time. All my students grow from their experiences learning music with me. I use a variety of methods and it all depends on what you, as a student, are needing from your lessons.

My background is diverse. I have written and recorded dozens of musical albums over the las
t decade. I often perform for music and theater events in Seattle and Washington. I have a bachelor of science in contemporary vocal performance and a master of arts in information and learning technologies (educational psychology and online learning). I am very involved in the theater industry within Seattle and direct productions from time to time.

I work out of my apartment close to Capitol Hill in Seattle, Washington. I can also arrange online lessons. I am, however, not mobile.

Thank you for your time and I look forward to hearing from you!
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Preston E. July 8, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! and fun
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Preston E. July 8, 2015
Acting · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! and fun
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Elyse N. December 12, 2014
Singing · In studio
John Paul is an amazingly talented artist (performer, writer, teacher, singer, producer, composer, director...the list is seriously too long). We have worked together as professional singers, and I have collaborated with him on an album that he wrote/produced/recorded/edited himself. He is a kind and inspiring person who LOVES music more than anything in the world. I wholeheartedly recommend him to students of all ages who want to find and express their creative voice in the world.
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John Paul S.

John Paul S.

Seattle, WA 98122
(4)
starting at
$45 / 45-min
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Joshua B.

Seattle, WA

I have written music for small wind ensembles, including wind quartets as well as a group of bassoon players.

I currently write a few songs per week on my guitar, which often times have vocal melodies and sometimes words.

About Joshua

While building a professional career, I'm looking to re-engage with my roots and experience as a educator. I specialize in helping kids learn how to learn. It's one thing to teach a student the answer, but it's exponentially better to teach students how to find the answer for themselves, encouraging and guiding along the way.

I grew up in Ohio and went to one school district my entire public school life where I took honors and Advanced Placement classes through high school. I also participated in band, earning membership into the Ohio All-State Honor band two times.

I went to Ohi
o State University for college, earned a BA in Music Education, and graduated Suma Kum Laude. I also spent 4 years in the Ohio State University Marching Band.

I have a breadth of experience for someone my age having worked with youth in schools and on social programs, both in English and Spanish, and some in Hebrew.

I currently live in Madison Valley.
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Irlanda G. June 14, 2015
Math · In home
Verified Student
I'd like to write a quick testimonial about the tutor I found here on Takelessons. Joshua has worked with my 1st grade brother for about 8 weeks and he has made impressive progress in both his reading and math skills. He has also helped discover my brothers learning condition, dyslexia, but it seems like Joshua has had no problem with that. My brother has enjoyed working with him and is demonstrating new learning, this delights me. Joshua has also developed a fun relationship with my other brothers too. I could not more strongly recommend Joshua to tutor any student.
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Geoff M. May 28, 2015
Spanish · In studio
Verified Student
Josh is good and was good at helping us set reasonable goals. It was fun!
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Joshua B.

Joshua B.

Seattle, WA 98112
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starting at
$25 / 30-min

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