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About Teri H.

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Renton, WA

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About Teri
I'm a professional composer, teacher, and pianist - and I like to keep active doing all three throughout my community. On July 31, 2013 TakeLessons featured me on Seattle King 5's morning TV news program - I taught a miniature lesson and discussed the impact of piano lessons on the brain. My piano and composition lessons are very in-depth, but also very flexible. Because of my thorough knowledge and experience with music, I can teach all ages, skill levels, and an array of important subjects - including piano, ear-training, music theory, improvisation, composition, creativity, music history, ethnomusicology, and percussion. I cater to each student's interests as well as incorporate many of these subjects into my piano lessons so that every student gains a thorough understanding of music and becomes a well-rounded musician.

I started ta
king Suzuki piano lessons when I was 5 and quickly fell in love with the piano. Since the Suzuki method incorporates such thorough ear-training and the ability to play without sheet music, I quickly began to explore my creative side and was improvising on the piano by age 7. Naturally, this led to composition! Music was flowing through me, and I was able to both improvise and compose my inspirations on the piano. I entered and placed in the Reflections state composition contest each year. Throughout my youth, I was also very involved with the band (played trumpet), dance, drama and attended many symphonies, ballets, plays and operas - giving me a well-rounded artistic upbringing.

I pursued my passion and earned a Bachelor's degree in music composition from Mills College, followed by a Master's degree in music composition from the renowned California Institute of the Arts. My thorough education has taught me to compose for any instrument or ensemble as well as compose for film, dance, and theater. It has also taught me to understand the piano in-depth, along with theory and ear-training. Since graduating in 2006, I have scored several films, received commissions to compose for ensembles and musicians, and taught both composition and piano lessons. I also created an ensemble named SIRËoNa that I composed for, managed, and performed piano, percussion, and indigenous flutes in, and I was interviewed and featured on NPR along with local radio stations and newspapers. I have produced two CD's. Most recently, I composed a score for a silent film, premiering live with the Seattle Jazz Ensemble as part of the moisture festival in Seattle.

Do you want to learn to sit at any piano and simply play what you feel? Or turn that tune running through your head into a song that you or others can perform? Or to master every detail of a piece of music so that you can express it exactly as the composer intended? I can teach you! I encourage all ages and backgrounds to explore their creative musical passions and discover the endless possibilities of piano performance and music composition!

*** Lesson Details ***
When teaching piano, I take a similar approach to the Suzuki method. But instead of teaching from the Suzuki books, I teach my own composed exercises and pieces that I believe are more fun and accessible to today's student of any age! I create MP3 recordings of each exercise and have students listen to and memorize the exercises in their own time.This is a very important aspect of my lessons that thoroughly develops the ear - giving the student the ability to play the exercise from memory and to deeply understand the connection between their actions and the resulting sound.

I develop my exercises to progress each student through an increasing degree of technique difficulty and musical parameters - such as rhythm, melody, chords, harmony, key and range. Beginning exercises will isolate a specific musical parameter to bring thorough understanding of its possibilities, while advanced exercises and pieces will work on coordinating multiple parameters and techniques at the same time. Within 6 months, a beginner piano student will have tackled and perfected simple yet fun exercises that incorporate each major musical parameter, as well as develop correct posture and finger technique, and have developed some ear training and basic music theory skills. I also have my students do creative exercises, which develop more thorough ear training and the ability to eventually improvise and compose on the piano. More advanced piano students will perfect their ability to interpret and express each piece of music that they play and will receive thorough ear training, music theory lessons, and develop their creative abilities through piano improvisation and composition. Once they have tackled the fundamentals, intermediate and advanced piano students will learn the classics as well.

Along with piano lessons, I'm also highly qualified to teach music composition - including beginning to advanced composition, music theory, composing for any instrument or ensemble, Sibelius computer notation program, film scoring, and orchestration.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private room, desk, professional digital piano - 88 keys fully weighted, piano bench. 2 professional cameras and iMac computer for online lessons. Percussion instruments for young students. Sibelius for composition students... Parents can sit in.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect students to have their own piano or keyboard when having a lesson in their home.

*** Specialties ***
Piano, Composition, Suzuki method, Classical, Contemporary, Ear Training, Memory Training, Piano Improvisation, Music Theory, Piano Ergonomics, In-depth Holistic Approach, Music History, Rhythm and Percussion. Success in teaching ages 3 and up, all backgrounds and ages.
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yigong L. April 29, 2017
· Classical Piano · In studio
Terri is very nice with my boys, especially patient with my younger son Jon who has just learnt Piano for about half-one year. Terri taught the intro music theory, how to train ears and finger skills, which Jon really enjoys. And Terri kindly email us music sheet and practice recordings after every lession, which are very helpful for kids to practice. Although we have to change schedule, we miss her!
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Megan W. March 23, 2017
· Piano · In studio
My daughter had her first session yeaterday with Teri and came home very impressed and wanted to practice right away.
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Tam Pham January 7, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She is agreat teacher. I learnt a lot within one day. Her teaching way is easy to remember and learn.
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Teri H.

Teri H.

Renton, WA 98059
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About Ian H.

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Seattle, WA
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About Ian
Ian has graduated with an associates of music, along with studying with a handful of Seattle's finest instructors for Jazz guitar. In addition to studying flamenco guitar in Barcelona with the world-renowned Pedro J. Gonzales, Ian is also is a practiced percussion and drums instructor, and trained vocalist. He regularly plays in clubs around Seattle, is frequently employed by local musical theater orchestras, and already teaches a vibrant studio in Northeast Seattle.

I have a six year background of teaching music, which overlaps with a six year background of working at and managing a K-5 after school/summer daycare, so I can especially excel at getting the best out of young students, but love to teach all ages. 

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Depending on your age, experience and musical aspirations, lessons will be approached from va
rious angles. I have taught seven-year old girls to strum and sing Taylor Swift songs just as much as I have taught aspiring young jazz players their beginning standards and Jazz theory. I try to work music theory in to my lessons, and always assure that my young students have proper music reading skills. Ultimately my goal as a teacher is to have fun connecting and playing the music that my students are passionate about, while simultaneously attempting to introduce them to new concepts and music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum Sets, Guitars, Amps, Keyboard and more.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Various Acoustic and Electric Guitars, amps, Snare Drum, stands, etc. Drum sets, if necessary.

*** Specialties ***
Teaching Guitar and Drums/percussion to children. Jazz and Funk Guitar, Classic Rock, Musical Theater.
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Ian H.

Ian H.

Seattle, WA 98125
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Dan H.

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About Dan
Some of Dan’s past students have been finalists in televised talent shows and now enjoy professional music careers. For example, Sofia Olsson, (”True Talent" Finalist, Sweden), Feridah Rose ("Denmark's Got Talent" Semi-Finalist), and Rasma Freimane ("Top Overall Vocalist", Tech Music School, London) —see videos.

Now you have an opportunity to learn from acclaimed producer, composer, pianist, and vocal coach, Dan whose resume includes studio recordings, Radio- and TV broadcasts, and concerts in venues such as the Presidential Palace of Ukraine, the Latvian Government, the nationally televised talent show, ‘Clash Of The Choirs’, Christmas Spectacular, and Coca-Cola Holiday Caravan. Dan has performed in 30+ countries on four continents, and his music is available on Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, etc.

Dan holds an MA from Uppsala Univ
ersity and is currently writing his Doctoral Dissertation. With Dan, you will receive unparalleled, professional, and masterful classes. Do not miss this opportunity to learn from an award-winning expert in his field. Allow me to take you to the next level, whether you are a beginner or an experienced virtuoso. I teach all ages and skill levels.

I look forward to guiding you on your educational journey! Lessons are offered either in my home studio in Kent, WA, *or* I can teach you through live, online private video lessons.
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Emily Zachariasen September 7, 2017
· Singing · Online
he is the best voice teacher ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Monica G. August 5, 2017
· Piano · Online
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Theresa D. July 16, 2017
· Singing · In home
I had my first singing lesson with Dan in person, and he was awesome. It started right away with me singing a song of my choice for him so that he could get an idea of where I am at and how to work with me. From there, Dan explained in great depth and detail with helpful analogies and examples of basic techniques that I can use and apply right away after my first lesson. Already, I can tell I have found a very good teacher to help me on this new journey.
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Dan H.

Kent, WA 98042
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About Elizabeth M.

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Lynnwood, WA

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About Elizabeth
Elizabeth is available for lessons in your home in the greater Seattle area. She teaches all experience levels and age groups. Lessons will be scheduled to fit with the student's availability whenever possible.

Although trained in standard teaching methods, Elizabeth has developed her own practice of teaching to positively enhance her student€™'s strength, dexterity, ear-training, and trombone techniques. Her teaching is tailored to help you achieve your goals as an artist and a musician. Elizabeth frequently employs technology in her lessons and encourages students to use it to enhance their learning and their practice.

Elizabeth grew up in a music-loving household and started playing the trombone at age ten. More than a decade later, she now plays a variety of styles including classical and jazz. She has her Bachelors degree
in Trombone Performance from UC Santa Barbara and has recently completed a Masters in Brass Performance at University of Washington.
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Harvey October 12, 2016
· Trombone · In studio
The Best! Elizabeth is both patient and at the same time challenging. My son is learning that work, and effort invested, lead to measurable improvement. And he is enjoying playing the trombone!
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Bethany S. August 18, 2016
· Trombone ·
I have worked with Elizabeth for years and she is a fantastic colleague. I'm not sure if I've met anyone else to match her incredible work ethic.You can expect very creative and effective lessons from her - she has a knack for inventive problem solving that makes musical improvement really fun and transformative for her students. While she is extremely friendly and warm, she is also informative and knowledgeable - a great balance to look for in a music instructor!
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Elizabeth M.

Elizabeth M.

Lynnwood, WA 98037
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About Abby V.

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Seattle, WA

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About Abby
Due to my maternal grandfather's work as a Chicago vaudeville orchestra leader, from early childhood, the performing arts have been in my blood. Starting to study classical flute at age 12, then playing in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras and taking professional jazz/classical flute workshops/master classes, I've been teaching and playing all styles of music professionally since my 20's.

Vocal study began at age 15 with some great artists/educators in SF, Seattle, and Europe, including Bobby McFerrin, Mark Murphy, Adrian West from NYC Broadway, David Tigner- SF Opera, Davida Kagan-Seattle Opera, and Roland Wyatt-
Manhattan Transfer coach /NY Academy of Dramatic Arts. Through many teaching years, I've developed a very successful, uniquely simple 8 part method to help cross cultural individuals and groups sing optimally from thei
r hearts. For all levels from beginners to professional. the necessary basic vocal techniques can be taught effectively in 4 to 8 lessons, though the process of becoming a successful artist continues during one's lifetime.

With a BA in Theater Arts from SFSU, and over 50 years directing, acting, and musical experience, including 15 years working successfully as an ESL educator, my experience has allowed me to help any student achieve their personal and/or professional goals.
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Elizabeth D. July 15, 2017
· Singing · Online
Wonderfully encouraging and knowledgeable.
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Na October 12, 2016
· English · In studio
Abby is an excellent teacher. She tried her best to help me understand English by providing me examples, explaining detail, revising grammar, and so on. Besides teaching me English, she shared her own experiences with me. She told me how people can get through difficulties.
She is not only a real teacher in English, but also in life.
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MARLE May 23, 2016
· Singing · In studio
Abby van Spronsen is an excellent teacher, who has helped me develop my voice and musical style before and during my Conservatory studies. She really takes time for her students and because of her musical background she knows about many different styles, from jazz to pop to musical and even classical music. She knows how to use this knowledge well in her classes and loves to teach, which makes her a very inspiring voice teacher. I have learned a lot during the time that I took classes from Abby.
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Abby V.

Seattle, WA 98133
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About Christie R.

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Seattle, WA

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Find Balance, Maintain a Healthy Instrument, and Experience Freedom to Live Truthfully in the Moment!
We sing because we have something to say; whether a professional singing on Broadway, an amateur singing in the church choir, or a hobbyist singing karaoke. I know first hand the struggle it can be to say what you need to say when your instrument (your voice) seems to be working against you. For this reason, I have made it my mission to learn everything I can about how the voice works, scientifically, in order to understand and then share with my students how we can work WITH our instruments and not against them.
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Sarah June 11, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Christie is an amazing voice teacher who focused on what my voice needed each lesson. She is incredibly kind, flexible, and talented and has helped me with not only the vocal quality but the overall performance of every piece I worked on. I cannot say enough on how much I would recommend her.
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Alicia June 8, 2017
· Vocal Training · In studio
Christie has been a literal godsend. I am a trained opera singer but have been struggling with nodules and edema of the vocal chords related to a thyroid condition and acid reflux and I feel like I can finally sing again. Her instruction has given me real methods for working around these issues and healing my voice. It has improved my speaking voice as well. The voice is a sensitive instrument and in the wrong hands, you can develop damaging habits. Christie is a teacher you can trust!
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Christie R.

Christie R.

Seattle, WA 98115
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$45 / 30-min

About Marissa M.

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Tacoma, WA
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About Marissa
Hello! My name is Marissa and I am a current Junior Vocal Performance and Anthropology Double Major at Pacific Lutheran University. I love music, and love teaching it to others even more! I have a vast resume of choral music, opera, and early music. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like a copy of my resume (either choral, early music, or opera), please let me know!
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Marissa M.

Marissa M.

Tacoma, WA 98422
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$25 / 30-min

About Anton S.

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Bellevue, WA
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An expert educator with a welcoming, positive outlook and an irresistible passion for music, Anton is a longtime faculty member of the California Jazz Conservatory. He's been Artist in Residence at Harvard University and The Brubeck Institute, and a clinician & featured soloist for countless university & high school jazz programs. Anton has headlined major jazz clubs across the US and Canada and has five critically acclaimed CDs as a leader.

"Anton is an exceptional player & inspirational teacher… and a lot of FUN! He is organized & prepared, and so well versed in so many aspects of jazz performance & education… What more could a student want?!"
— Susan Muscarella, Director, California Jazz Conservatory

"Anton's the perfect blend: a top-flight saxophonist, an inspired composer and a professional with a keen sense of the music indus
try. His teaching combines these gifts into a unique presentation with sophistication, clarity & personality; before you know it you've got the keys in your pocket!"
— Joe Gilman, Musical Director, Brubeck Institute
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Anton S.

Anton S.

Bellevue, WA 98004
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$45 / 30-min

About Laleh A.

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Bothell, WA

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About Laleh
I have been teaching piano for more than 20 years, have played in multiple concerts, and have had the pleasure of teaching many talented students. What I do want to tell you is what I love about teaching piano and how I work with my students.

What gets me excited is when my student and I have been working on a piece for couple of weeks and after putting the right effort we start to see results. The fluid movement of the hands, picking up the tempo of the piece, and steadily following through the melody are all part of these results.

This is always the case whether we're playing Twinkle Twinkle with one of my beginner and younger students or diving into Beethoven's For Elise with some of my more advanced students. It is really energizing to see and be part of this progress and improvement. That's what I enjoy the most from teaching
piano.

I keep my classes relaxed and fun, we laugh and enjoy ourselves, but when it comes to practice and learning piano, discipline is key. What I do guarantee is that you will not get bored.

My specialty is in classical and jazz music, but I've worked on a wide variety of genres.

I look forward to hearing from you and to start our piano journey.
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Shima August 29, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I've been taking piano lessons with Laleh for a couple of months. She is a knowledgeable, patient, and helpful teacher who always provides great feedback. She equally spends time on theory and performance based on your favorite style of music. I'm surprised with the amount of progress I've been able to make in such a short period of time. I highly recommend her.
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Laleh A.

Laleh A.

Bothell, WA 98011
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$42 / 30-min

About Jason M.

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Tacoma, WA

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I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Pensacola Christian College in 2003. While there, I studied under a teacher who was a student of Mike Guerra, widely recognized in his generation as one of the greatest technique instructors on clarinet and saxophone.

After graduation, I went on to teach private lessons for two years on the high school and college level, after which I took a position at a church as music director. I taught lessons, directed choirs, and organized music performances for twelve years before moving to Washington. I'm now in my first year of specific focus on private instruction.

I've learned that proper technique, sight reading, playing by ear, and listening to great artists are all critical to becoming a well-rounded musician. I would love to help you find the same love for music and the clarinet that I've
found!

A little about me: I've been happily married since 2003, and I have four children 12 and under. I love a large variety of music and I love the outdoors.
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Laura August 1, 2017
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I did not take private lesson from Jason, but was in the church choir that he directed. As a director he was excellent. He was very easy to follow. Our choir improved tremendously under his direction. His ear for music is amazing. He can pick out the parts of a piece of music that need work and works with the singers to get the part right. I know some of the students he taught at our church and they always talked highly of him and how easy it was to work with him. I have also heard him play the clarinet and the clari-sax and the saxophone. He is a phenomenal performer. I would have my child take lessons from him anytime.
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Jason M.

Jason M.

Tacoma, WA 98422
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$25 / 30-min

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