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"Experienced Piano teacher of 7 years available for eager students of all experience levels and ages! I structure my lessons so students learn what they want to learn, while also building a strong foundation of classical and popular piano skills. I specialize in rock, spiritual, patriotic and standard music and typically use the Alfred series books for all ages. I teach music theory, ear training, dynamics, technic as well as sight reading. I also have the following tools available to use during lessons: piano, sheet music, keyboard charts and more. Let a caring teacher bring the love of music into your life. Let your talent shine.

About Sandra
I studied under Mr. Willis Ley at Ley Studio for eighteen years. She was an accompanist for the Heritage School of Dance for twelve years and also played for the School for the Richmond Ballet for One Year. Sandra was trained in contemporary, patriotic and classical music as well as music theory. She has taught children and adults piano both in their homes as well as in her home. She is an accomplished pianist who will give the student a rewarding and fulfilling experience in mastering the keyboard to their fullest potential and play any song for there own enjoyment and for the enjoyment of others.

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As a teacher, I would work with the student on learning there favorite song. This would be a goal to set for the student for the first three months. They would be taught to do the scale with their right hand. The
y would learn there sharps and flats and the difference between the two key signatures. They would also learn during the first six months some of the basic terms in music theory. I would set goals, but never overwhelm the student, but work with them according to how much they could take in. They would have weekly assignments. If an assignment is not mastered during that time, then we would review it and carry it to the next week. When one assignment is mastered, then the student would work on the next. This would be a step by step processed. My goal for the student the first six months is to get that child or adult to be able to play their chords in their left hand, octaves and fillings in their right hand and know how to work the pedals. They would understand and know the key signatures and what timing they are playing in. The student would also know some of the basic music terms. Please keep in mind that this depends on how much information that the student can process. With some it could take a little bit longer. With others it would take less time.

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f/w keyboard ("It's heavy, it was metal inside it!") w/ seating for parents

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I expect payment on any music material that I purchase at the Music Store.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Classical, Patriotic, Standard and Spiritual and also children's music for beginners. I do a wide range of music from the fifties up to today.
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Dodd C. April 4, 2018
· Piano · In home
So far so good. Sandra seems to have the patience I need as a beginner. Thank you Sandra.
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charles February 20, 2018
· Piano · In studio
She is very patient. I am excited to continue learning from her.
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Leticia February 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
My daughter is student the, Ms Sandra she is good with teach piano , have patience with the kids . Thank you Ms Sandra to teaching my daughter.
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About Frixos P.

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We will learn starting from the basics and move gradually to harder material. You will learn lots of songs, scales, how to solo, and to compose your own music.

About Frixos
Frixos states that his love for music probably started before he was born. “I’m pretty sure the Motown sounds my mother loved to listen and move to permeated to me through her.” Add to that his exposure to different ethnic sounds like Greek (his origins) folklore and contemporary music, Portuguese Fado (his birthplace and early childhood), Italian Bel Canto and modern pop, American Jazz, Afro, etc. and it’s easy to see how music helped shape Frixos’ passion. Each had an influence on him, “as they were incessantly played by my parents,” Frixos adds. “In fact it would be safe to say that music was the predominant form of entertainment at home."

By the age of seven, Frixos started to frequent a music school where he was introduced to percussion instruments. Soon after, he took on classical guitar based on the UK Royal Academy of Music cu
rriculum. A couple of years later in 1998, Frixos found his true calling … music composition, Jazz and the Saxophone. Frixos’ purple tenor sax goes everywhere he goes!

“Part of my love for the Saxophone is rooted in this instrument’s versatility for improvisation.” Moving into music composition seemed a natural course for Frixos to follow, culminating in his graduation in 2013 with a University of Florida Music Composition BA from The New World School of the Arts in Miami.

“I was fortunate to be selected to play in various collegiate and other Jazz bands and be mentored by great jazz performers and educators.” Among them was Ed Calle, twice nominated for the Latin Grammy Award; Joe Donato, one of the most active and innovative musicians working in the field of jazz who has performed with many of the greats including Dizzy Gillespie, Art Blakey, Carmen McRae, Nina Simone, Jack Jones, and Arturo Sandoval; Rafael Valencia where “I was honored to play for his Latin Jazz Big Band” says Frixos; the wonderful pianist Jim Gasior who has played with Ed Calle, Wendy Pedersen, Fernando Ulibarri and Aaron Lebos; the published and well decorated guitarist Dr. Mike Di Liddo, to name a few.

Of course there were lesser known people that had a profound influence on Frixos for which he makes it a point to say that he is “eternally grateful”. He adds, “My passion for composing was further affirmed thanks to Dr. Susan Epstein Garcia who showed me that there’s no limit to musical expression.” Dr. Ferdinando De Sena brought Frixos another dimension through his teachings of electronic music.

Frixos seeks to create variety in his compositions, by using worldly rhythms and sounds expressed through a multitude of instrumental expressions to create his own unique contemporary sound. “I look for connections between different music genres, from classical, rock, pop, funk, reggae, fusion, jazz etc. These connections are what I bring to my music” continues Frixos.

In October 2007 Frixos released his first CD titled “Cause Frixion” which was dedicated to fund-raising for The Epilepsy Foundation of Florida. This album included a tune he wrote earlier that year called “Freedom”. Other works have been published more recently on the internet, namely cdbaby, iTunes etc. and are played on internet radio stations.

Frixos continues to perform gigs with different musicians and bands in venues around the Miami and Ft. Lauderdale area, including recording sessions for Fourth Dimension and others. He plays multiple instruments including alto, soprano and tenor sax, flute and keyboards. His performances comprise events at the renowned Van Dyke Café on Lincoln Road; Avenue D; Crescendo Jazz and Blues Lounge; Churchill’s Pub, a bastion for local musicians; Tobacco Road, the oldest music bar in Miami; Blue Jean Blues in Ft. Lauderdale where Al Kanovsky for The South Florida Jazz Scene wrote on October 15 2012, “They continued, raucously on, with everybody, musicians and audience having fun. A young man walked in, sax case in hand. Joe (Donato) invited him up to jam. What can I say. His name is Frixos, (yes it's right) and this kid can blow.”
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Devin W. November 20, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
Frixos is very nice and patience. I learned a lot in 3 lessons. Would be better if I can see more of his screen on when showing finger positioning. Defnitely reccomend him.
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Benjamin October 17, 2017
· Piano · Online
My son was extremely nervous about the first lesson, but Frixos allowed him to show what he already knows regarding the piano, which made him more comfortable. Frixos also picked up in the book right where my son left off with his last teacher. My son enjoyed it a lot. He's excited about the next lesson.
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Evan T. May 22, 2017
· Piano · Online
My first lesson today was explained clearly and detailed.
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About Sheila M.

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I have over 14 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and levels. Students will learn to read music, music terminology, music theory, technique, and a wide variety of piano repertoire (classical, pop, rock, international music etc.)

About Sheila
My interest in music began at the age of seven when I began private instruction in classical piano, and by the age of ten, I began playing the flute. I received my Bachelor of Music with a degree in Music Education from the University of Redlands, where I studied flute with Sara Andon. There, I performed in the university's Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, and Orchestra. During my third year at university, I studied abroad at the Zoltan Kodaly Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemet, Hungary.

In 2013, I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Masters degree in Flute Performance where I studied flute with Sandra Kipp. At CSUN, I performed in the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Northridge Flute Quartet, and various chamber ensembles. I currently reside in Irvine where I teach private flute and
piano lessons and perform with local ensembles.

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My goal as a music educator is to foster excellence in the art of music through private instruction. I have worked with students of all ages ranging from 5 to older adults.

In my studio, students will have a well rounded music education. This means that we will work on a variety of things such as sight reading, music theory, music history, and a wide range of repertoire (from Beethoven to the Beatles!) While I have high expectations for my students, I do my best to keep the lessons relaxed and lighthearted. My hope is that the student is always engaged and interested during lessons.

My three expectations:

1. Come prepared both mentally and physically (this is especially important for flutists-- make sure to warm up prior to the lesson!)

2. Don't be afraid to ask questions and make mistakes. This is non-threatening territory, I'm here to guide you and help you. Remember that mistakes happen, we're human. Just be sure to learn from those mistakes so that you can take something away from each experience.

3. For parents-- BE INVOLVED! I can't tell you how often I've seen younger students excel when their parents were proactive in the experience. This means encouraging them to practice, coming up with a rewards system, and even sitting in on the lesson to take notes. This way, you can reinforce what we accomplished during the lesson at home together. It's difficult for music teachers to compete with iPads, Playstations and television, so let's get creative together!

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Flute students must own a well maintained flute, as an instrument that is out of adjustment causes frustration and can initiate bad habits. In addition, the student must also have a metronome and tuner, a music stand, flute repertoire, and an assignment book for me to write down each week's assignments.

Piano students must have a working acoustic piano or digital piano in their home for piano lessons. The student must also have a metronome, piano repertoire, and an assignment book for each week's assignments.
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Annette B. February 8, 2018
· Flute · Online
only three words ........ BEST TEACHER EVER (written by a 11 yr old Flutist
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Emily January 21, 2018
· Flute · In studio
Shiela is one the best flute teacher my daughter ever have!! In 5 sessions my daughter had advanced on her skills.
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Cindy January 18, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Sheila made me feel very at ease and comfortable. I can't wait to take my next lession!
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About Sylvia W.

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With over ten years of teaching experience, I know every student, learning style, and lesson is unique. Students will find lessons tailored to fit their individual pace and needs.

About Sylvia
Sylvia is a violinist based in Cleveland, with an active career as a performer and teacher. She is a graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Music with both a Bachelor’s in Violin Performance and a Master’s degree in Violin Performance and Suzuki Pedagogy. A fully certified teacher through the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches through the Music Settlement, Laurel School, Bard High School, and maintains a private studio of students in Cleveland and Zimbabwe with ages ranging from three year-olds to adults. As a performer, she performs regularly throughout the Cleveland area with the Akron Symphony, and in chamber and solo appearances in a variety of settings from concert halls to hospitals.

During the summers Ms. W has participated in Bowdoin International Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, and Music Inspire Af
rica, a life-changing program that allowed her to share her love of performing and teaching music with the people of South Africa and Zimbabwe. Building from this experience, Ms. W founded her own program in 2017, Cleveland Harare Music Exchange, which seeks to bring musical guidance to the children of Harare, Zimbabwe through the Suzuki method and high level performances.

Ms. W believes strongly in music education as a tool for social change, and is excited to study this topic in depth as a member of the 2018 Global Leaders Program. As a participant, Ms. W will have the opportunity to engage a diverse group of students in Chile and Puerto Rico this spring.
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Vienna January 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
She was on time and our girls were engaged throughout the lesson.
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Michael December 22, 2017
· Violin · In studio
Sylvia was patient and very helpful to teach me the basics and give good advice. She has a kind disposition and really knows about music
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Geoffrey T. January 5, 2017
· Piano · In home
Sylvia is calm and supportive. I am just restarting my lessons and it can be frustrating. Sylvia is patient and stays with my strengths, while encouraging me to work on the areas that are difficult. Really appreciate her style, so far.
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About Roy C.

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I teach a style of beginner piano that is easy to understand and creates fast results. Moving at the students pace we will learn the correct hand techniques, we will study basic music theory, and we will study the type of music the student prefers relating all concepts back to the music to get you playing the songs you love fast. I've had many successful students using these methods and I hope you'll be the next!

About Roy
My name is Roy C., I'm a music teacher from Castle Rock Co, specializing in beginner guitar and piano. I'm currently attending The University of Colorado Denver, majoring in Music Performance. I have over four years of private music teaching experience and over 13 years of performance experience under my belt. I make a point to take the extra time and effort to connect with my students, and strive for them to achieve all of their musical goals.
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Kristy R. July 24, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Roy has been an amazing teacher to our daughter. She likes him alot, and so do we. It's been fun to watch her grow and learn a new instrument with a teacher that makes it so fun for her. We would highly recommend Roy, he's awesome!
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Jennifer July 9, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In home
First experience with private lessons for my 13 year old son. He had a blast with Roy! Roy was knowledgeable, fun, courteous......good communication and flexibility for scheduling as well.
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Heather June 26, 2017
· Ukulele · In home
Roy does a great job encouraging and working with my 11 year old daughter who has partial epilepsy. She's excited to learn and enjoys how Roy instructs her.
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I specialize in beginners! No music experience necessary! I teach classical and jazz piano. I can cater to your needs, whether you want to advance really quickly or just have some fun.

About Aaron
Hello! I am a pianist and cellist with many years of teaching experience and a Master's degree in music performance. I am patient and flexible, but also methodical. I am fascinated by the learning process, and I enjoy finding the most effective and enjoyable ways for each student to learn and practice.

If you send me a message, please include the following information:

1) Why do you want to learn music?
2) What types of music do you listen to?
3) What experience/how many years do you have of playing music?
4) How old are you?
5) What are your goals with music?

I have worked with 4 year olds, up through adults of various ages. As well as being a classical musician, I improvise and teach many styles such as jazz, pop, and rock.
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Katie November 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Aaron teaches piano to my 8 year old daughter, Abby. She is shy but loves piano and she very much looks forward to his visits! He customizes her lessons to her skill level and interests. No question he is a serious musician, but he is also laid back and funny which is perfect for young kids as it puts them at ease. Abby is thriving under Aaron's instruction, I'm so glad we found him!
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· Cello · Online
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· Cello · Online
We are very happy with Aaron's instruction. He is very patient and skilled.
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About Laura Leighe S.

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Whether you desire traditional piano lessons, or a more simplified, progressive method tailored just for your specific needs, we can get you to the place you want to be!

I teach a simple, and broken down system of music theory and piano that is ideal for the vocalist, songwriter, and beginner or intermediate pianist to quickly grasp and apply to their practice! It is the perfect method for the vocalists/ songwriters to be able to accompany themselves using basic piano chords within the first few lessons!

If desired, I teach traditional piano lessons out of the Alfred's books for children and adults, which are wonderful tools to help cover all grounds of sight-reading, technique, scales, repertoire, and music theory. Incorporating tried and true tools like flash cards are also essential in helping students quickly and wholly memorize notes of piano along with correlating position on staff (sheet music.)

Note: Most often, I teach a combination of the two methods, and ...

About Laura Leighe
International Billboard hit singer/ songwriter - Laura L.'s hit single "Boys Just Wanna Have Fun" hit #5 on the UK Music Week Pop/ Dance Charts, and #27 on the US Billboard Dance charts in the same week!

Laura Leighe is also a finalist in the 2017 Unsigned Only International Music & Songwriting Competition, with 2 of her songs making the top 12 of their genres out of 6,000 submitted.

For 11 years, Laura has been a private vocal instructor in Los Angeles, OKC, and Skype. Certified in the "Singing with Ease" (Seth Riggs S.L.S) method and teaches from the perspective of someone who's voice and life has been changed, strengthened, and brought to it’s full healthiness, range, and ability through the holy grail of techniques. Degree in Vocal Music Edu. from Oklahoma University.

As a piano instructor and songwriter, she has devel
oped a simple system of teaching music theory and chording to her clients, which is ideal for vocalists and songwriters to learn to accompany themselves, as well as for the beginner or intermediate pianist to learn a combination of traditional sight-reading and reading / composing chords on their own. Laura and her husband, Trent own and operate a Recording Studio & Writing Room in Santa Monica, CA.
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Keegan C. December 28, 2017
· Singing · Online
Laura is amazing. We're so fortunate to have come across her here. She's talented, patient, and encouraging of my daughter's singing. She has a gift for bringing out the best in her and challenging her to sing beyond what she knew she was capable of.
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Sheryl December 11, 2017
· Singing · Online
The most amazing vocal teacher I've ever had and she gives you great tips and she encourages to be the best you!!!!!! I am so lucky to have found Laura as a teacher
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Lee Roy K. August 30, 2017
· Singing · In home
She's great
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About Carolina V.

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You will learn the basics if a good technique and how to be able to play songs on the piano

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Hola Soy de Colombia/Native Spanish speaker, with 2 degrees and a Master's degree with more than 15 years of experience teaching all levels. I can help you if you are just a beginner or want to improve your vocabulary and conversational skills.
My lessons are fun and I have a lot of material you will enjoy while you learn. My students get results pretty quickly. All ages and nationalities
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Theressa October 8, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I had a great time learning Spanish with Carolina. She was encouraging and made learning easy and fun. I wanted to use my Spanish in real life situations and it really came in handy when I was travelling in Barcelona. I’m still taking lessons from her because there’s always more to learn :) .
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Ellie October 6, 2017
· Spanish · In studio
I loved having classes with Carolina, I looked forward to them every week! Carolina is very patient and explains things very clearly. I took classes with Carolina when I needed to start using Spanish in my job. Carolina helped me to find a way to express myself in business interactions very specific to my role. I am forever grateful.
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Flor g solos October 5, 2017
· Singing · Online
She is a good teacher very knowledgeable Patient ..... helpful end funny 😄
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As an experienced musician, composer, and teacher, I've been trained by some of the best music professionals in the PNW. After 6 years of teaching violin and piano, I know how to best fit my students needs. Whether you're a beginner or intermediate player, we'll work on developing fundamental skills. In our lessons we'll focus on technique, music theory, sight reading, learning your favorite music, and most importantly how to be relaxed and have fun! I believe the best musicians are the ones who play because of their love for music. If you're looking to become a better player who's willing to practice and have fun, send me a message and let's get started!

About Peyton
At a very young age I discovered my passion for music. As a child I was involved in numerous state choirs, prestigious orchestras, and symphonies. In college, I studied piano performance, music composition, and played violin in the Western Washington University Symphony. Throughout my music education I was instructed by some of the greatest teachers and conductors in the PNW, all of whom used different teaching styles and techniques. I've taught both piano and violin for 6 years and incorporate what I've learned to personalize lessons for each student.
In my experience, people learn best when they enjoy the music they're learning and become aware of their progress and accomplishments. I encourage my students to be patient when learning a difficult piece or gaining new skills. Like anythings progress takes a little time and hard work, but
that doesn't mean you can't have fun along the way!
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Teresa March 24, 2018
· Piano · In studio
Patient and caring instructor! Allows you to choose what you want to play instead of choosing music for you. I chose a composition by Hayao Miyazaki, as I always loved his music. Showed me websites I could use to support my learning, as well as provided relevant assignments. Taught me about musicality, rather than just playing the notes. Helped me with reading spacing between notes as intervals rather than looking at the notes themselves which was very helpful
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I believe that everyone has unique talents and gifts. Private piano lessons are an excellent way to hone your musical skills and keep your brain active and stimulated. I firmly believe that students of every age can benefit from piano lessons, and it is my mission to provide you with the perfect mix of top-quality instruction, musical development, and good, old-fashioned fun that will keep you playing for the rest of your life! No matter what your personal goals, I look forward to helping you experience the magic of making music.

About Benjamin
Hello! My name is Ben, and I am a musician and educator in the Northern Neck of Virginia. I hold a Bachelor of Music with concentrations in Music Education and Music Theatre Performance from James Madison University. In college, I studied voice (classical, musical theatre, and opera), piano, and other instruments. I currently teach general music, choir, and band to PreK through 7th Grade students at an elementary school. I am starting up my voice and piano studio, and I would love to discuss starting lessons with you! Everyone has unique talents and gifts, and I look forward to helping you harness these gifts so that you can experience the magic of music-making for the rest of your life.
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