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As a composer and performer, I always encourage players to understand the fundamentals of music…music theory. There are many misconceptions about music theory: it’s too hard, it’s no fun, no one needs it - all wrong! The principals of music are simple, fascinating, and incredibly useful. Whether you took music classes in college or are just getting started with your first instrument, I can help you change the way you look at music. At first, the language of music seems strange and unfamiliar. That’s because it is! But when you take it one step at a time – one foot in front of the other – the meaning behind all the chords and scales becomes clear.

The first thing to learn about music theory is that your ear already knows it. Theory simply describes and gives definition to what your ear already hears. It’s like studying a language. By studying how nouns and verbs work we have a more powerful command of our language. The same is true for music.

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About Alexander
My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working with.

Here’s who I am…

I earned a Bachelor's of Music from Berklee College of Music where I studied Bass Performance and Composition. I have years of experience playing upright and electric bass in many styles such as rock, jazz, orchestral, and big band. I’ve studied a variety of instruments over the last 20 years including guitar, bass, drums, ukulele, and piano.

Here’s what I can do for you…

I will give you my full attention and unyielding patience with each and every lesson. Together we will explore the principals of music that
will enable you to learn to play in any style you choose to study. Ultimately my job is not to teach you to play, but to show you how to teach yourself. I will arm you with a thorough understanding of technique and theory.

I love working with kids and adults. I love brand new players with no experience as well as seasoned players who just want to fill in some gaps in their knowledge. Whatever your age, and wherever you’re at with your playing, I hope you will give me the chance to help you have more fun and confidence in music.

Every player I work with gets access to a personal online Lesson Journal where you can see my notes from our lessons, do homework from your “Stuff to work on” lists, and access my entire digital library! Every lesson is designed just for you.

Let’s get started…

You can take lessons at my studio, in your home, or online via Skype.

For lessons in my studio, I can provide instruments and amplifiers for both of us.

There is ample seating for parents to sit in on lessons. Parking is available in the driveway.

You’re going to love your lessons!
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Andrew November 22, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
Great instructor ! He knows to shift focus towards what you need to work on. As soon as the instructions are given or the questions he asks you feel relief because the energy is going towards what you already feel you need to work on and not just moving on to the next lesson. The tailored lessons make for a low pressure learning environment to fit your needs. As long as your consistant with receiving his lessons you will get where you want to be with your talents and be jammin out soon.
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Sandy F. June 14, 2017
· Ukulele · In studio
Very knowledgeable, tailored the lesson to my level and very open to anything that I want to learn.
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Lisa June 9, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
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Music theory section added in the end of the lesson. Using theory work books. Note names, note values, music terms etc. to increase ability to read and perform music and to gain deeper understanding about music in written form.

About Elisa
Violin Teacher's Certificate - Sibelius Academy, Finland
Suzuki Teacher Training - Marylhurst University, OR

Classical and Suzuki options - starting Suzuki students as early as 3 yrs old. Teaching Suzuki Books 1-11.
Beginners, intermediate and advanced levels
I am using classical method books including Kayser, Wohlfart, Kreutzer, Mazas, Dont and Paganini Caprices with students looking for more rigorous studies and more advanced skills.
Keeping music and technique in balance - Learn how to enjoy performing - Find your own highest potential - Fall in love with music

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I am friendly and like to inspire my students to find their own best potential. Suitable challenges are fun and needed to keep the personal progress going on. "No suffering in my studio!" means that the process of learning needs to be enjoyabl
e but at the same time I am asking the students to give their best effort. Setting frequent goals in form of group classes and recitals keeps us in full sail and teach us to enjoy the act of playing both alone and in front of friendly audience.
I teach both classical and Suzuki methods. I like to keep my students musically well fed and encourage exploring music reading and music theory next to practical skills. I stir my students toward high standard personal level in their studies, an ingredient from Finnish cultural climate.

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Suzuki method and classical method, fiddling, beginning jazz, improvising
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Elspeth November 8, 2017
· Cello · Online
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· Viola · Online
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Bonnie Q. October 26, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Elisa has been great with my teenage boys. She is always prepared for the next step and has really picked up on what will inspire them.
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Elisa B.

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I teach applied jazz theory to guitar players and all other instruments accept piano. You must know how to play your instrument and know you basic scales. From there we take you into a wonderland of melody making patterns, scales, and an understanding of jazz theory that you didn't even know existed. This is the thrill of a life time when you hear notes that you already know extending over the chords like silk threads from a golden treasure. You will love this study.

About Speedy
I have been teaching music for over fifty years. I have taught many professional teachers and students over the years. I have played professionally in Many Classical and Jazz groups. My quick start method gets beginners playing music right away.
I studied classical violin from Don Samuleson, Professor at Western Washington College during my Junior High and High School years. I also studied from Lamar Barus at Ricks College and Paval Farcus at the University of Redlands and from Leslie String of the Redlands Symphony.
I studied Classical guitar from Seko Sessoko a Brazilian guitar player and Jazz guitar from Studio musicians Howard Roberts, Joe Pass and Horace Hatchett.
I have played violin in the Bellingham Junior High School Orchestra, the Bellingham High School Orchestra, the Ricks College Orchestra, the University of R
edlands College Orchestra, the Riverside Symphony, the Palomar Symphony, and the North Coast Symphony in San Diego. I am currently playing with the Timpanogos Symphony in Highland Utah.
I played guitar with the Woody James big band and with the big band and hall of fame orchestra. I've played classical guitar for weddings and dinner parties. I played guitar with the variety band "Sound Investment" and other rock, blues and jazz bands
My theater performance experience includes play violin for Annie, Hello Dolly, Chess, Cinderella and more. I also played guitar in theater performances of Les Miserable, Man of La Mancha, Hairspray, Marvelous Wonderettes, and Catch Me if You Can.
My studio, The Speedy Beers Music Studio is a highly professional studio equipped with computer, recording equipment and video lighting and camera for making highly professional videos.
I teach all styles of music on the guitar and violin including classical, jazz,rock, blues, country, folk and fiddle. I have a strong back ground in applied music theory that works for all instruments.
I have a Bachelors degree from the University of Redlands and I have studied privately from some of the best teachers in the world.
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Gary D. January 4, 2018
· Guitar · Online
Speedy is very competent and is a great teacher, he will take me on a musical journey, thanks
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Hope December 19, 2017
· Violin · Online
Speedy is a very patient & knowledgeable instructor to my super active (not always attentive) 8 year old. He has been making many improvements.
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Miranda November 26, 2017
· Viola · Online
I've been getting lessons for 2 years and I've improved greatly.
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Speedy B.

Speedy B.

Lehi, UT 84043
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About Caitlin
I am a life-long musician and active performer that moved to Salt Lake City in the summer of 2015 from Chicago, IL. I've been playing music since age 5 and have variously studied piano, cello, and percussion. As a double major in Anthropology and Music at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI), I am drawn to music as a creative cultural phenomenon that resonates between all people and it is for this reason that I love to share, teach, and learn music with others. As I build a studio here in SLC I am excited to share my love of cello and piano and my commitment to making music fun as I work to build students into life-long musicians.

My primary instrument is the cello and I have performance experience as a soloist, as well as orchestral and chamber musician. Upon arriving in Chicago in 2010, I served as Principal Cellist with the Universit
y of Chicago Symphony Orchestra for two years and took gigs as a classical and improvisational chamber musician throughout the city. In addition to my private studio, I was the primary cello instructor at Musical Chairs Studio, Inc. and Ortegan School of Music in Chicago.

I am also a percussionist and teacher with Salt Lake City's Samba Fogo, an afro-Brazilian music and cultural organization. I have studied Brazilian music with some of the major musicians and scholars in the field at California Brazil Camp in Cazadero, California. My training in percussion has brought an entirely new perspective to my musical practice that highlights rhythmic fluency and precision as a foundational element for both left and right hand stringed instrument technique.

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I am excited to offer lessons to people of all ages and ability levels and have experience teaching within and beyond the Suzuki Method approach.

Lessons are tailored to each student’s experience, individual needs, and most importantly, their goals! Lesson plans will combine interactive rhythmic, singing and listening exercises away from the instrument with music theory and technique-building exercises. The aim is to cultivate musicians with strong rhythmic, aural, and technical foundations and great problem solving skills that will open many doors as you or your child grow into your talent.

I aim to develop well-rounded musicians and performers by focusing on these 5 teaching priorities:
1. Balanced posture of body including instrument and bow hold
2. Balanced tone production or "tonalization"
3. A system of "perfect" or excellent intonation
4. Artistic musicianship in performance
5. Learning notes and bowings to new pieces

While learning notes and bowings is lowest on the priority list; it must be taught first! Fun listening games aid in the development of aural memory as I help students acquire listening skills that will stay with them for years to come and allow them learn to play any tune they can imagine. Once my students can do the note choosing on their own we are free to focus on the other teaching priorities during lesson time.

I also focus on teaching my students how to practice efficiently and use excellent problem solving skills! We want to get the MOST improvement with the LEAST amount of practice time. I like to combine practice at the instrument with games and exercises that can be done away from the instrument to give each student a degree of flexibility for those busy weeks when it's hard to find time to sit down and play. Students leave each lesson with a detailed practice plan that breaks down the difficult question of "what" and "how" to practice into a clear, concise checklist of familiar exercises. Students will also have suggested YouTube videos to watch some of the best musicians of all time and learn from their mastery of technique and musicality!

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I also have experience with extended and amplified cello techniques using loop and distortion pedals to layer and explore the variety and versatility of the cello.

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2015 Subaru Forester that will get me to your lesson with all my instruments and any other equipment each and every time!

I travel to lessons with a music stand, metronome, and all teaching materials that would be present at a lesson taught in my home or studio.
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Taylor C. September 7, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Caitlin is the bee's knees! Great at explaining things in a simple format and passionate about teaching! I would highly recommend her for all your musical needs!
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Christian N. December 9, 2016
· Cello · In home
Wonderful! I haven't seen my son this excited about the future of his music in a very long time. She helped him correct a few issues and listened to what was important to him in continuing his musical journey then made a bit of a plan to continue forward. She even stayed a little longer to help with a piece he will be performing in a couple of weeks. She seems to have a very strong classical base but has expanded into other areas, which is exactly what my son needs at this time.
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Tara A October 5, 2016
· Cello · In home
Caitlin is a committed teacher and life-long learner. Having experienced Caitlin's passion for music through her riveting performances and devoted teaching, I cannot recommend her more. She is a sensitive, communicative and passionate teacher and musician, and one of the best teachers you will find.

From first hand experience of observing her teaching, she masterfully matches the energy of her students. She is able to effectively direct and keep their focus, while fueling their enthusiasm through encouragement. She takes the time to tailor each lesson for each individual, helping them (for example) notate the melody of the Star Wars theme. She's a trained and experience pedagogue, and has attended Suzuki and other teacher trainings.

Caitlin's dedication to her own musical learning is impressive-- she attends and teaches workshops for percussion often, and is actively involved in the SLC music and arts community.
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Salt Lake City, UT 84106
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I compose music for films, video games, and for all kinds of genres. My favorite is for epic orchestras. I have developed a very simplified version of music theory that I believe anyone can understand. I always make things simple and understandable. I was in Prague last year recording the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra on an upcoming album. So I really know what I'm talking about in this area.

About Richard
My goal is to help students ENJOY the piano by finding ways to make it easier and doable. I have a very useful approach in helping students become self sufficient to sight read very well, to see patterns, understand music theory to either help them play well, or to even create their own music(I compose a lot of great music as well)

I couldn't sight read very well until I was 16, but I had a great sight reading teacher that showed me how to develop it, and now I can say that I'm one of the best sight readers out there that I know. I was a ballet pianist at Brigham Young University for several years where all I did was sightread binders full of ballet/classical music. I play for choirs, church congregations, jazz bands, or musical jam sessions all the time, and I couldn't do that at all if I didn't learn how to sight read well.
I would love to help you learn the piano, and I will do my best to make learning as effective as possible. I especially enjoy teaching those who quit and would like to try again, because I know what that is like.

Concerning my musical background, I've played, arranged, and composed piano for choirs, bands, jazz combos, singers. I've been in bands all my life, and have composed for jazz bands, choirs, and orchestras at BYU and in Eastern Europe. I also play about 10 different instruments. I won two Student Emmys in Hollywood for my compositions to BYU's animations in 2010 & 2014.

I am currently writing music for video games.
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Valerie L. February 5, 2018
· English · Online
Richard is a great teacher, and is patient, always ready to answer my questions. I am becoming more confident in my conversations.
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Valerie L. December 15, 2017
· English · Online
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Rachel M November 27, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Richard is awesome with my daughter. He continues to be patient with her and with me, as often my work schedule conflicts with lessons. He continues to work with me despite the schedule conflicts. My daughter is enjoying Piano more and more, as he continues to find ways to help her learn. Thanks for all the hard work.
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Provo, UT 84606
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For anyone looking to grow in their understanding and application of western theory, I am your guy. On a collegiate level I have studied everything from Mozart to Obscure Jazz voicings. Together we will set up a personalized course to help you reach your goals.

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Hello my name is Henrik! I have been playing the saxophone ever since I first picked one up in grade school. I consider myself a goofy individual who takes my instrument very seriously. I have been teaching private students for about eight years. I am currently getting my degree in Saxophone Performance from BYU. I love it when my students learn to have fun while practicing and gain confidence in performing. No matter your schedule or location, I am determined to make a difference and help people improve. I have a flexible class schedule that allows you to pick a time that works best for you.

I find it most successful to prepare a lesson for each student before hand, rather than going over the same thing with every one of them. You can expect a well rounded range of exercises and practice techniques. From motif development, t
une memorization and progressive patterns, to theory studies, music analyzation and playing along with the great recordings with the pros.
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Yu January 18, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Mr. Henrik is teaching my son with flexible teaching plans and he adjust the contents based on my son's progress. He also shared his tips and his understanding of music with the student and take time to listen and answer any questions my son has. We can feel the improvement after three lessons and we are looking forward to more lessons from Mr. Henrik
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Yu January 5, 2018
· Saxophone · Online
Mr. Henrik is very encouraging and my son had a very good experience with him at the first lesson, can't wait for the next one!
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Kylee November 3, 2017
· Saxophone · In home
Very patient and good at answering questions. Kind an easy to work with. Very experienced
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Provo, UT 84601
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Students will learn different musical notation, elements of music such as pitch and rhythm, simple meter and compound meter, Sharps; Flats; and Naturals, Major and Minor Keys/Scales, Intervals, Musical background, the Harmonic System.

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I came out of college pursuing a degree in music; however, I know my material in music and was involved in percussion for many years.
Angel G. has over 8 years of music experience in Florida.
Avon Park Middle School~Drumline (6-8 grade) Hollywood Hills Highschool~Drumline (9-11 grade) Hollywood Hills Highschool~Tv/Music Production/Audio Engineering (9-11 grade) Avon Park High School~Drumline Captain (11 grade) J.P. Taravella High School~ Piano (12 grade) Broward College~Music Technology (Present day)
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Sean June 16, 2017
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Angel and I have collaborated many times in live music performances as well as in recording studios. He continues to grow as a musician as well as a teacher and has helped me countless times accomplish many music related tasks. Angel is no doubt one of the hardest workers I know and wont stop till the job is done.
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Christopher June 16, 2017
· Audio Engineering · In studio
Angel taught me to read music and play the snare drum! He's teaching was absolutely amazing. His rates were extremely favorable compared to that of the competition, and his Patience with me was astonishing. Id recommend him to anyone. Before I went to him I'd no idea how to read or even hold a drum stick. After a few lessons with him , I'm satisfied with my ability to preform, read and play on my own. I recommend him to all.
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Ivan C. August 21, 2016
· Piano · Online
1st lesson on line and it went exactly as expected. Angel was punctual, patient, and friendly. Looking forward to the next lesson.
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Students can expect to learn the foundations of music theory as well as theory used from the Baroque to Contemporary eras of music. Students take home "homework," things to compose/arrange themselves to use the techniques they learn, and a bit of basic piano practice to visualize what they are learning.

About Michelle
Michelle H. is a classical pianist located in Springville, Utah. She has accompanied people and played solos in church and collegiate concerts, as well as judged at the Northern Utah Valley and Juab piano festivals in Utah. She obtained an Associate’s of Science in Music at Snow College in 2016 and is now at Utah Valley University to complete a Bachelor's.
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Ginger September 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
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Ammon December 21, 2016
· Classical Piano · In home
Michelle is a brilliantly expressive pianist and so great to work with! She is always full of great insights, and always seems to know what to do to make a passage of music have a little more of that special "magic"! I find her to be always quick to solve problems and she really knows her material. She has a great personality, is always positive, very organized, and on time. I look forward to continuing to work with her!
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Springville, UT 84663
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Is there a song you would like to learn? Are you interested in learning about harmony and improvisation? I believe learning music should be a joyful experience, and one that will be a positive change in your life. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student. All ages welcome. Lets get Started!

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I believe learning music should be a joyful experience, and one that will be a positive change in your life. Is there a song you're trying to learn? Are you interested in improvisation? Would you like to improve your technique? Together we can explore any genre that you would like to know more about. Each lesson is customized for students needs.
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Theory lessons can be stand-alone, or complement additional study on a private instrument or voice. I provide a thorough learning experience to give a strong foundation of music theory and literacy.

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I’ve been teaching piano for the last 18 years, and I’ve been playing for over 30 years! This isn’t a hobby or something I do on the side, this is my career, my profession, and my passion. I have worked with young children, teenagers, and adults all the way up to senior citizens. My comprehensive background helps me to be effective at helping a variety of people learn music through the piano. I love helping people develop their musical skills in order to enhance their lives. It doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to piano or have played for years, I can help you on your journey with music.

I have Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in piano and I’m a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music in piano through MTNA (Music Teachers National Association). In addition, I have training and experience in Dalcroze Eurhythmics, Recreational Music Making,
Improvisation, and Jazz. I have had articles published in American Music Teacher, given presentations at local, state, and national music teachers conferences, have been on numerous committees, and I have been a judge for contests, competitions, festivals, and for the Royal Conservatory of Music Examinations based out of Toronto Canada.
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