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Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN

I teach piano both as a starting to other instruments and as a goal in and of itself. My method is to teach as much as I can in the learning style of the student. I have taught from every available piano method book out there. The goal is not to get through each book as quick as we can. The goal is to become a student who enjoys making music. The student and I work as much as we can during the lesson time on the understanding of the songs, method, style, and theory of music. Therefore, if a someone does not have much time for practice during a week, as happens for time to time, they will still learn and progress.

About Shae

I am an music instructor with 23 years of experience. I have a Bachelor's degree in Sacred Music with a major in Voice. I have been playing piano for 33 years with having been an accompanist for choirs and soloists and a pianist at weddings and churches. I am a believer that anyone can learn piano and improve their vocal abilities! I also know that a knowledge of music and music theory go together to improve one's learning ability in any area of his/her life. The student and I would work together. I don't just teach the "how to", I help and encourage taking time at the lesson to learn an
d understand the music. I am a huge advocate of building the student's skills during the lesson time and using the rest of the week on their own to continue to review the skills they have already acquired. I look forward to being your teacher! We will have fun learning!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a friendly person and like to put everyone at ease. I try to adapt to each student's learning style. As I have hinted at in my bio, I teach the skills and then we work together on these skills during the lesson. The idea is for the knowledge and skills to come together before the student tries on their own. The student actually learns quicker this way and we repeat lessons much less. The student also desires to learn when they see those goals being attained at a quicker pace. I usually average one lesson book every 2-3 months, depending on the student.

*** Specialties ***
I have taught every method available for piano and have taught both Opera and regular singing methods.
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Lila S. June 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
She's really good, and helps me learn at my own pace.
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Kim F. May 22, 2014
Piano · In home
Shae has been working with my daughter for about a year now. Shae is patient, diligent and has a way of creating a love of piano in her student(s). My daughter has grown leaps in her knowledge and ability to play the piano. We are extremely grateful for Shae and highly recommend her!
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Shae K.

Shae K.

Saint Paul, MN 55113
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starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN

I have many years of experience teaching students of all ages and ability levels. More of my background is explained in my biography section of this website.

About Amy

As I child I had an early interest in music, dancing and creative things. I took piano lessons and excelled at my chosen instrument, the flute, in band at school. I continued with my music training at Northwestern College in Roseville, Minnesota and graduated with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Education in 1992. I worked for 11 years in my profession in various settings before I took a break to start my family. My experience includes teaching students in classroom general music, choir, band, piano lessons, and school plays/musicals. I spent six years at a private school (grades K-8
), three years at a charter elementary school and 2 years at a public elementary school. Also, since graduating in 1992 I have spent a total of 16 years teaching private lessons both at Hovland Conservatory of Music and in my home. Along the way I further broadened my background by accompanying church choirs and congregations, playing for weddings, and volunteering to lead children’s music time at church.

I love music of all kinds and have a strong belief that everyone should experience the joy and power of it in his or her life. It is very rewarding for me to help students develop their skills as they discover a meaningful way of self-expression using a universal language. Teaching music is something I love to do and I know that fact reflects to my students resulting in an enjoyable experience for them as well.

*** Lesson Details ***
What can a student/parent expect from lessons with me? I can provide my students with a solid foundation of proper technique. This is so very important because you do not ever want to have to unlearn bad habits. I also include appropriate music theory, ear training and improvising for each level. I purposefully pace the lessons to prevent students from feeling frustrated. Instead, I work to generate excitement about the learning process and keep students motivated by their own progress. Furthermore, I am willing to accommodate a student if they have a special interest in a certain musical genre or a personal goal they are working towards. I encourage, but do not require students to take advantage of recital and performance opportunities that I provide.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Large music room: piano, flute, clarinet, mouth pieces for trumpet, trombone, french horn and sax, snare drum

*** Specialties ***
I have a lot of experience teaching students who are brand new to their instrument. I believe the beginning is a very important time to start building a solid foundation for all future musical growth. I love being able to help my students establish good habits from the beginning and influence the overall direction of a new student’s musical experience.

I love music of all kinds and have fun playing and teaching all the instruments that I listed. However, the two instruments that I have the most training on and have performed on are the piano and the flute. I would be a great teacher for private lessons to help a student excel in band at school or for a high school student preparing for contests or auditions. Also, I am very patient with beginners and would be ideal as a child'€™s first piano teacher or for an adult who has always wanted to play a certain instrument of his or her choice.
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Kris June 26, 2015
French Horn · In studio
We only had one lesson with Amy, but I was impressed and I give her a 5. She was very patient with Josh, even when Josh wasn't very focused. I was impressed with how she conducted her lessons, even though her children were home. They were very respectful of our lesson time and never had an interruption. That says a lot about Amy's dedication to focus on her students.
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Jamison June 18, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Jamison loved his first lesson so much he came home and IMMEDIATELY started practicing for the next one! Amy is an awesome teacher. Both our daughters take lessons from her as well. She was a wonderful presence with the children. She is very complimentary and explains things clearly. Even I learn musical vocabulary and techniques during their lessons! I highly recommend her as a teacher.
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Katie W. February 23, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
We have only taken 3 or 4 lessons so far with Amy but from what I can tell she is great! Amy is very patient in our lessons which really shows that she is great with beginners. Amy is also always right on time which is always great to have. Amy is a friendly and kind person and that really helps make the lessons fun for my daughter.
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Amy W.

Amy W.

Saint Paul, MN 55109
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starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN

I can assist student in gaining knowledge of keyboard performance

About Tom

A love of music began in the third grade. I started on a silver metal clarinet and have not stopped playing. I am a musician, composer, arranger and performer. I hold a B.A. in music and have taught in the schools for 28 years. I bring extensive knowledge and humor to my teaching. I enjoy working with all age levels and pride myself on being intensely positive.

*** Lesson Details ***
The focus of music lessons is to overcome problems and increase skill and enjoyment in performance. I always want to focus on what was done well and carefully work on skills that will increase enjoyment. I wi
ll play with you to model and help you self correct as you learn musical concepts and musicianship. We will use method books for fundamentals and supplement with music that interest the students. After a time students will learn skills needed to perform a wider range of music

*** Studio Equipment ***
Most instruments

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the student to provide an instrument, method book, stand and supplies for that instrument. I will bring an instrument to play along and model.

*** Specialties ***
Kodaly and Orff methods
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Griffin S. June 4, 2015
Saxophone · In studio
Verified Student
My son seemed to really enjoy his first lesson with Tom. Looking forward to more!
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Jennifer M. January 21, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is wonderful, patient and understanding. My daughter is really enjoying working with him. We are confident that with his guidance and instruction she will reach her goals.
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Barb W. February 10, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
Vocal lessons with Tom

Tom is a great teacher. He is very encouraging and gives great advice on how to improve. Without his encouragement I do not think I would have tried out for the community choir. I made it through the audition and am back singing with a great group of people.
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Thomas C.

Thomas C.

Saint Paul, MN 55118
(14)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Beau J.

Saint Paul, MN

Also, every good musician should have a basic knowledge of the keyboard by being able to pound out chords, play some melodies, and even know a decent number of songs.

About Beau

Hello,
My name is Beau. The bass guitar is a great passion of mine and I am excited to share my knowledge and experience with others. I am eager to teach as well as continue my own personal journey as a musician. Initially self-taught, I attended McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, MN where I earned a degree in Bass Performance studying under Terry Burns, Gary Raynor, Jay Young, Jeff Bailey, and Charles Fletcher.

I have been performing professionally in various original and cover/variety/wedding bands for over 6 years. I also have extensive studio performance experience constructi
ng and recording bass lines of many different styles. My band, The Fontanelles, have been successfully writing, recording, and performing original music in the Twin Cities for the last three years.

I am the weekly bass player for the contemporary and traditional worship services at St. Mark's Evangelical Lutheran Church, and have also played bass in musical productions of Footloose and Godspell. People know me for being passionate, energetic, patient, and friendly.

*** Lesson Details ***
All students can expect to have a positive and fun, but focused and educational learning experience.

Beginner students will learn to navigate the fretboard, technique, pitch matching and ear training, scales, and learn to play bass lines and melodies to favorite songs.

As a student progresses, they will learn chord recognition and relations, music theory, more scales, more ear training, sight reading notation and chord charts, improvisational techniques and building walking bass lines.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Fender 62' Reissue Jazz Bass
-Ampeg BA-15 (amp)
-Fender BXR-25 (amp)
-Tech 21 SansAmp Bass Driver
-Electro-Harmonix Bass Micro Synth
-MXR Bass Octave Deluxe
-Boss TU-2 Chromatic Tuner
-Boss RC-3 Loop Station
-Yamaha MO6 Keyboard
-MacBook Pro
-Protools
-RME Babyface for recording
-iPad with various teaching apps

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide a music stand, amplifier, computer for musical playback and recording, my own bass or guitar, and a tuner.

Students should bring their own bass guitar.

*** Specialties ***
I find that developing a musical ear is vital as a student. To a student, I like to stress the importance of pitch matching and recognition, scales, chord recognition, as well as fingerboard technique. Students will learn to improvise walking bass lines, solo over various styles of music, sight read, and develop a personal repertoire.

As a player, I began playing rock, but am also passionate and experienced in jazz, funk, country, latin, pop, etc.

Also, you may be asked to sing sometimes! I believe in the importance of using our own natural instrument as a tool for musical growth in all areas (especially for bass players). You can practice music virtually anywhere when singing.
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Beau J.

Beau J.

Saint Paul, MN 55110
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN

Karen has a BA in Music Education. Karen's School of Music has been teaching Piano lessons for 25 year! We just celebrated our anniversary with a big Recital! Many students have won State and National Competitions, and one even at the National level.
Karen is a professional member of St. Paul Piano Teachers Association and Minnesota and National Music Teacher Associations.

Students have fun learning, and use which ever method works best for them. They have one private 30 minute lesson per week, with opportunities to perform recitals throughout the year, and win certificates in music theory, and repertoire through MMTA. We perform at Christmas, and have a big Spring recital each year.

About Karen

Karen has a B.A. in Music Education and has run her own business Karen's School of Music for 25 years! We just celebrated our 25 years Karen's Schools of music with a big Recital!!Karen is comfortable teaching all methods: Faber and Faber, Bastien, Alfred, Suzuki, etc. We will find the best method that works for your student!
Being a Music Teacher in Elk River and St. Paul Area Schools, I teach Orff instruments, teach classroom Music, and Direct Choirs and Concerts. This gives me a tremendous background in all approaches to
Teaching Music. Having half my Masters in Music Educat
ion, my Piano and Voices have won State, and National Music Contests! I even have one International Piano Contest winner, and was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award 2 years in a row!

Learning in the home, they become very comfortable in playing the piano, and have opportunities to sing and perform for other students in occasional groups lessons. There are opportunities to perform in recitals monthly, and earn theory and performance certificates through St. Paul Piano Teachers Assoc. We perform at Mall of America at Christmas time, and have a large Recital at the end of the year!

Your student will love Piano lessons and will learn quickly with daily practice! :)

*** Lesson Details ***
We start warming up with technique and scales, quickly reviewing our theory.

Students play 2-3 pieces from their Lesson books of Faber & Faber, Suzuki, Bastien, Alfred, or whatever works best for them. These are fun repertoire pieces they will enjoy playing.

We finish the lesson with a special Performance piece they are working on, or Melody Bober, Robert Vandall, Martha Mier, Catherine Rollins specialty pieces. We even play duets!

Students will love lessons and feel a sense of accomplishment as they enjoy singing &/or playing the piano! :)
They will want their friends to join along! :)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano in the Living room.

*** Specialties ***
Suzuki, Faber & Faber, Bastien, State and National Music Teacher's Association Theory, skill, and repertoire standards, and State Competition with Minnesota Music Teacher's Association.
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Karen H.

Karen H.

Saint Paul, MN 55119
starting at
$24 / 30-min

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