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Karen R.

Mesa, AZ

About Karen

Karen R. was born and raised in a musical family in Lindstrom, Minnesota. Karen has loved to sing and play instruments almost all of her life, and became passionate about music early in her childhood. She has played 7 instruments proficiently including piano, bass guitar, acoustic guitar, ukulele, trombone, recorder, and voice (also an instrument). As a child, Karen took private instruction in piano and classical guitar. She sang and played guitar in her first band in the fifth grade! In high school she played trombone in band, bass guitar in stage band, and sang in the high school choir and s
tage chorus. In high school, she also sang and played acoustic and bass guitar in a rock band called the 6 pack, which performed for school dances and community events. Karen was also the singer and guitarist, leading the Young Life group. Even though Karen has had training in many instruments, she has had the most training in voice.

As an adult, Karen has sung extensively in church choirs, women's ensembles, and has been a featured vocal soloist at church services, Christian retreats, and women's ministry events. She was extensively involved in vocal music at Grace Community Christian Church, where she was the singer and guitarist leading and teaching songs to women Bible study groups, preschoolers at vacation Bible school, and Kids Praise Club for elementary aged children. For Kids Praise Club, she also taught the children the choreography for the performances. Presently, Karen is a Choir Director for the K-3 Make A Joyful Noise group at First Presbyterian Church (FPC) in Mesa, AZ., and also taught singing and choreography to the children at VBS at FPC. Karen also had a main roles as Mrs. Paroo in The Music Man in April of 2013, and Mrs. Bucket in Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory in April, 2014, The Jailer's Daughter in Wind in the Willows, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins, performed by the First Players at FPC. Additionally. Karen is presently a substitute elementary school teacher at Grace Community Christian School, and teaches General Music K-12 at Young Disciples Christian Academy.

During Karen's college career, she was a voice major at Mesa Community College (MCC) and Grand Canyon University (GCU). At MCC, she performed in the Sun Valley Chorale (SVC) and Cadence women vocal jazz ensemble. SVC performed classical songs at the Mesa Arts Center, and Cadence performed jazz songs for MCC events. Karen was also involved in musical theater at MCC. Karen was an opera singer at Night at the Opera, and a Broadway singer at Broadway Bound, both at MCC. At GCU, Karen has been in the President Singers, Canyon Singers, Canyon Chorale, and Union Choirs. Canyon Singers were the honor students and ambassadors for GCU and traveled locally and out of state to recruit students for GCU. As a voice major, Karen has had 9 semesters (4 ½ years) of private voice instruction under the tuteladge of Dr. Cathy Hauan at MCC, and Dr. Sheila Corley at GCU. Karen has three degrees from GCU: A Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, a Master's of Education in Reading and Curriculum, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education. Music is Karens passion and she desires to teach it to all ages and stages of people. Music is the universal language and creates joy and healing in the soul.

Presently, Karen owns her own home music studio called Starshine School of Music in which she teaches piano, voice, and guitar. Karen also teaches Take Lessons music students (an online music student placement company) piano, voice, and guitar in her home. Karen is also an active Mary Kay Consultant.

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Karen's teaching style is very patient, nurturing, encouraging, and fun-loving. Karen is a teacher who sets loving but firm boundaries and guidelines. She implements structure and organization, but is not overly strict and harsh. She believes in encouraging, loving, and imparting knowledge with her students so that they will maximize their potentiality and their inner musical stars will shine.
Karen teaches piano, voice, guitar, and music theory for beginning through intermediate (for voice she teaches beginning through advanced). The curriculum that Karen uses is varied according to the student's personality and learning level. She uses her vast knowledge and information from her education and past experiences, and also Alfred Essentials of Music Theory, Alfred's Instructional books, Hal Leonard Pro-vocal Series, Faber Piano Adventures for all levels, and other resources. She also uses an assignment lesson plan book so that each student will know her clear objectives, what is expected of them and so that communication is established with the student's parents if the student is under 18. Additionally, Karen uses incentives, a point system, and rewards for self-discipline, consistent practicing, musical accomplishment and growth, and a good attitude.
Karen's students learn and perform remarkably well because of her very loving, organized, and comprehensive teaching style. They progress in amazing ways on a weekly and monthly basis. They look forward to coming to their lessons because they are treated with such respect and care. They know that Karen has such a passion and love for music, which is so contagious and is passed on to them. Therefore, these music lessons are enjoyable and enriching for the teacher and student alike.

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*** Studio Equipment ***
Guitar, Kimball piano, CD and cassette players, extensive music literature, Demo and Karaoke CD's.

*** Specialties ***
I have been classically trained as a voice major at college level. However, I have had so much musical experience (singing, and playing guitar and piano) in varied genres including rock and roll, Broadway and theatrical music, country western, Christian contemporary, folk songs, and children's music. I am very familiar with all kinds of music.
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David A. July 8, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Very punctual, pleasant and able teacher. Detailed-oriented instruction. Very helpful with theory as well.
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Larry Sindle February 20, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Karen is very a very good Teacher, she has patients, very helpful, and makes you feel comfortable.
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Elizabeth N. July 26, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
I think l have gotten the right piano teach. I was happy with her first lesson.
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Karen R.

Karen R.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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$29 / 30-min
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Dale S.

Mesa, AZ

About Dale

As a performer I have been playing for over fifteen years on the piano. I have received training at Vanguard University where my teacher's were graduates from Juilliard and Yale. I am now attending Arizona State University where I will be teaching music theory and receiving my Doctorate in Music Composition. I am a published choral composer, and have had my music premiered in the U.S. and Europe.

In August of 2012 I began teaching piano on a part-time basis. My teaching philosophy has always been to make sure the students understand why and not just how to perform something. I emphasiz
e music theory along with piano lessons and expect the students to take the time to practice every week. I have taught children of all ages from 4 to 16 years old.

If you would like a female teacher please contact my wife who is also a teacher on take lessons:

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Tristan F. May 19, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first piano lesson experience. My child was fully engrossed in learning, he can't wait till next week!
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clark A. March 15, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson! We are excited to continue on a weekly basis with Dale.
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Dale S.

Mesa, AZ 85201
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starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Trang N.

Mesa, AZ

About Trang

I like to teach kids, students, and adults, one-on-one to help them reach their goals whether it's Fitness, Music, Math, Spelling, Chemistry, or Spanish.
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Vincent W. February 20, 2017
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Trang was wonderful, she is great with children and all ages. Highly recommend Trang to anyone! I couldn't be happier and she willing to work around my schedule which is a plus. Her rate is great and affordable. My kids love it!
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Aubrey M. October 19, 2016
Algebra · In studio
Verified Student
I was disappointed that the instructors page stated she would be able to meet in my home and she is not. Trang was flexible with her schedule for us to meet at her home, but that does not suit our needs at this time. Otherwise, she was kind and accommodating with her willingness to help teach.
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Isla August 26, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
My daughter really enjoyed her class and can't wait for more lessons!
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Trang N.

Mesa, AZ 85209
(10)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
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Melinda B.

Scottsdale, AZ

About Melinda

I am currently enrolled in the honors program at Scottsdale Community College and will be transferring to Arizona State University next year. I am working towards a triple major in psychology, biology, and mathematics. I am ultimately striving towards my goal of being a child psychiatrist.

I am capable of tutoring many aspects of studies. My strengths lie in math, reading, writing, ballet, and science. I have over six years of experience working as a nanny and have been a consistent homework helper. In addition, I have been tutoring math at my college.

Math is one of my favorite subject
s! I am currently working as a math tutor at my college and I have tutored children that I have nannied in every level of mathematics.

I love tutoring all ages and I look forward to helping my students reach their academic goals!
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Tommy May 18, 2016
Algebra · In studio
Verified Student
Melinda has helped my son bring his grade up rapidly. We are signing on for next year! Thank you!
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Larry February 23, 2016
Trigonometry · In studio
Melinda is a very patient and knowledgeable tutor. She has helped my daughter understand the concepts that she was struggling with in trigonometry. After her weekly sessions with Melinda, she feels prepared and confident for her tests.
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Sara January 15, 2016
Pre Calculus · In home
My sessions with Melinda have helped my understand Precalculus much better.
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Melinda B.

Scottsdale, AZ 85257
(5)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Daniel B.

Tempe, AZ

About Daniel

Daniel B. is available for home, public, and online lessons worldwide to prepare for the GMAT, GRE, LSAT, SAT/ACT college entrance exams, and or otherwise study general math and persuasive writing topics.

Daniel has been helping students develop their skills and improve their test scores for almost 10 years. One student even improved from 40th to 80th percentile and got into his dream school of MIT. Another student said his relationship with his significant other improved as he learned how to listen carefully and critically to what other people were saying before responding. Daniel teaches
students from high school, to college, to several years of professional experience. All students are guaranteed to improve their academic/career performance by at least 10% within 90 days or their money back.

Daniel was trained in standard teaching methods, but has since developed his own methods to make sure students are positively engaged in the content. Knowing is not enough, we must do. And it's a lot easier to do things that are fun and relevant than things that are boring and don't seem to matter! Daniel's goal as as an educator is specifically to help people realize their personal and professional goals.

Daniel attended Carnegie Mellon University, and holds an MS in Civil Engineering. He is constantly continuing his own education as a professional researcher working to improve our critical infrastructure systems. Daniel regularly writes complex reports for engineering, business, and public policy.

Another nice feature that you might enjoy from one-on-one sessions with Daniel is learning techniques to refine your own long-term professional vision for yourself. It's a lot easier to run through the obstacle course when you have a clear visions for your future self on the other side.

Lessons are scheduled to best fit to the student'€™s availability when possible.

Students receive complimentary goal-setting worksheets upon their first or second session. Daniel is a very patient instructor and understands that different students have different strengths and different obstacles to overcome. Everyone has a unique story, and everyone is highly capable to create their own future!
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Daniel B.

Daniel B.

Tempe, AZ 85281
starting at
$60 / 60-min

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