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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.

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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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Christopher February 9, 2018
· Piano · In studio
My son always enjoys his lessons with Teri. He likes her method of teaching and her flexibility with what they work on during a given lesson.
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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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Teri H.

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Renton, WA 98059
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About gwendolyn b.

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Bellevue, WA

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I currently teach private lessons in saxophone, flute, and piano and have experience working with individuals as well as small groups. In 2007, I received a Bachelor’s degree in Music Performance from the University of Washington where I studied jazz and classical saxophone. For the past 15 years, I have been performing with many professional groups, ranging in styles from big band jazz, classical, samba, funk, to gospel and blues.
As a private instructor, I genuinely encourage efficient practice, solid technique and good tone quality, as well as an appreciation for music. I also incorporate the study of music theory and the study of music fundamentals in my lessons. I have experience teaching the genres of classical, jazz, modern, folk, and pop music and hope to extend the joy of learning music to my students. Over the past ten years I
have been able to help my students grow and gain confidence, which brings on-going fulfillment to their musical experience.
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Alexis March 31, 2017
· Saxophone · Online
It was an honor and a pleasure working with Gwen. Due to personal circumstances, I had to stop working with her, but I highly recommend her as an instructor. She's very knowledgeable, accommodating, and made me feel comfortable. You'll find yourself in good hands with her.
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gwendolyn b.

Bellevue, WA 98008
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About Andrew B.

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My name is Andrew. I am a private guitar teacher in the Puyallup,WA area. I have been teaching professionally in the area for the past 6 years, and have been playing and studying the guitar since I was 11 years old. Music is my life, and teaching people to play this music on guitar is my passion. My focus is on the individual student, not on just one uniform curriculum. I teach each student at his/her own pace and in their musical interests, focusing on style, technique, and music theory. I have had many successful students over the years and have shown them that playing guitar is fulfilling, educational, and most of all fun. It is rewarding for both my students and myself to further this musical experience.
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Hannah October 15, 2015
· Acoustic Guitar ·
Andrew is an excellent instructor. He is really knowledgeable in music theory. I took lessons for only a short time but was able to learn so much, because he used my knowledge of piano to help me understand guitar concepts and he focused on the techniques and songs that I was most interested in.
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Andrew B.

Andrew B.

Puyallup, WA 98374
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About Rachelle M.

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Gig Harbor, WA

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About Rachelle
I teach voice and piano.

I can help you be a great singer or pianist in any style (Jazz, Pop, Rock, Musical Theater, Operatic, etc...). We will build a repertoire that is appropriate for your age and ability. Over time you will gain greater control, endurance, and confidence.
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Trong January 10, 2018
· Singing · In studio
She’s a good teacher. My voice had improved a lot, and I feel really comfortable learning with her. Also, I love cat ❤️
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Eric January 6, 2018
· Singing · In studio
I found Rachelle to be very knowledgeable and was able to gage my voice almost immediately. She explains techniques in a very understandable way and makes it quite easy to understand. I will definitely be continuing my lessons with Rachelle and I highly recommend her.
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Beth December 11, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I have really enjoyed lessons with Rachelle. She had been so great not only helping me re-learn piano technique again, but also explaining music theory & even some music history which are my goals!!
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Rachelle M.

Gig Harbor, WA 98332
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About Jonathan G.

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Seattle, WA
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I have nearly thirty years of experience working with students of all ages, both in private and group settings. I have also taught in Latin America - in Spanish.
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Jordan July 14, 2017
· Violin · In home
Jordan really enjoyed his first lesson. Jonathan validated for him that the daily work he is putting in is helpful and gave him small steps to go forward with.
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Catalina March 4, 2017
· Violin · In home
Great first lesson! Friendly, and very easy to follow. Looking forward to our next lesson.
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Chad T. January 20, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Jonathan has a demonstrable amount of knowledge about the violin including different playing styles, music theory, and its practical application. His approach is incremental and measured that adapts to my specific strengths and weaknesses intermixed with an appropriate amount of patience. He is also very personable. I always look forward to our lessons together.
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Jonathan G.

Seattle, WA 98144
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About Melanie A.

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Tacoma, WA

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Hi!
I have been playing piano for 18 years and am excited to share the passion with others!

Music has been a special part of my life since I was 4 years old. I took lessons for 10 years and continued to play in college for the Naval Academy Women's Glee Club as the accompanist. While with the Glee Club, I had the opportunity and honor to sing for two Presidents and play piano for one, and sing with Beyonce as part of Obama's Inauguration Celebration.

I specialize in teaching children as I put a great emphasis on fun! I want students to have joy playing before it gets difficult in order to encourage them to play longer. Part of that is I encourage learning songs that they are interested in tandem with the course so they continue to love what they play.

I'd love to meet you and share my love with you.
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Susan June 17, 2017
· Piano · In home
Melanie was an amazing piano instructor for my twin daughters. They very much enjoyed every lesson with her. She used creative and kind methods to get them to practice and enjoy learning.

We were very sad to learn she was moving (but understood wanting to be closer to family). If you're lucky enough to have her near you, don't hesitate!
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Melanie A.

Melanie A.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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About Joshua T.

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Tacoma, WA
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ABOUT ME:
My name is Joshua Turner, I have been singing and playing instruments for over 10 years. I have been trained in the styles of rock, pop, blues, R&B, folk, classical, and opera. I got my vocal training from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston where I studied voice. I was trained by the best vocal teachers in the country and I have lots of Berklee curriculum to base my teachings off of. I also attended Musicians Institute for guitar study.

MY TEACHING STYLE:
My teaching style is very simple and to the point, the goal is to learn how to use your instrument. I don't like to get too technical about it because it can actually slow your progression down if you do. The simplest way that I was taught to sing is that "if it hurts, you are singing wrong." That is why vocal exercises are so important to keep your voice stro
ng so you can build stamina and avoid pain, I also have audio vocal exercises that I can provide. I don't like to put people down while they are learning because I know that singing and playing an instrument is a really sensitive thing and that could cause the singer or musician to stop singing or playing completely, which defeats the whole purpose. I have experience in all forms of music from live rock shows, to teaching music in pre-schools. I teach confidence!

THE BENEFITS OF MY MUSIC LESSONS:

-Higher self esteem

-Better grades

-More confidence

-Stronger social skills

-And so much more!

You are actually learning all of the above things, while simultaneously learning your instrument! If you follow the lesson plan that I provide you, my GUARANTEE is that you will become a noticeably better musician and singer and unlock a new found confidence within 4 lessons (1 month).

MUSIC EDUCATION:
Musicians Institute- Guitar Performance (April- November 2010)
Berklee College of Music- Vocal Performance (September 2007- May 2009)

AWARDS:
Berklee achievement scholarship (2008)

"My mission is to strengthen individuals by helping them build confidence, self esteem, and identity through the gift of music!"
-Joshua Turner
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Linda September 26, 2017
· Country Singing · In studio
I really enjoy my instructor. He is very constructive in helping me see what I'm doing and where I need to spend time practicing. I feel like I'm improving. Thank you Joshua!
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Sam Skalski May 18, 2017
· Bass Guitar ·
Great approach that is patient, educational and fun for student!
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Curt Harvey March 27, 2017
· Vocal Training ·
All of my lessons with Joshua T were excellent. I would recommend him highly.
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Joshua T.

Tacoma, WA 98405
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About Michael D.

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Seattle, WA
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I have been teaching trombone privately for 7 years. I love teaching, especially building confidence and a sense of pride in the skills which my students attain. I work towards also being able to impart the true end goal, a lifetime of musical enjoyment.
I am living in Olympia, studying at The Evergreen State College during the school months and in Seattle over summer and over breaks. Feel free to request a lesson if you're unsure of my availability. I'm happy to clarify!
I perform in any place and setting I can get my hands on. In small combos, in medium ensembles and in big bands, as a back-up for vocalists and miscellaneous. I love engaging an audience, a skill I have used also performing and hosting with an improv troupe for more than 3 years.
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Brooks December 11, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Excellent knowledge and ease of communication
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John July 2, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Michael is an excellent musician and teacher. He is patient, nurturing, encouraging, enthusiastic, and fun. I highly recommend him.
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Dan July 2, 2017
· Trombone · In home
Michael is an excellent teacher as he communicates well with his students and has such a welcoming personality that encourages students to do their best. He gives students appropriate music that will challenge them at their current playing ability along with making it fun to learn and move on to the next level.He would be an excellent choice for a private teacher for trombone.
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Michael D.

Michael D.

Olympia, WA 98505
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Drumming is a passion of mine since 1972 when I first started to play on my cousins drum set next door. When I entered in to High School I became the first freshman drummer in Marina High Schools history to be selected to play & tour Europe twice with their pop vocal group called the Mariners. Later I joined many professional bands doing studio recordings from 1978 to present day. I taught drums to a group of special needs kids in Ohio and that was very rewarding for me to see them drumming good and taking drumming seriously. I have been on national radio as drummer for a rock band called The Tweezers and International TV while I was the drummer/co-producer for a band called Bad Juju that was on MTV worldwide and we opened up for a well known rock group called: Living Color. I studied drumming under the direction of the legendary Joe Porc
aro privately at his home in 1981 and he taught me some amazing things about drumming in various time signatures & proper technique in drumming overall. Over the years I have work with as opening band for The Bangles, War, Shenna Easton and many others. I did two live performances with two well known guitarists. Mark Kendall who later became the founder of the super rock group Great White and also Neal Schon who was one of the founding members of the rock group Journey. Lately, I have gone back into music production for original songs I wrote for my cd called: Alan Sweet Project or "Asp Dig-it-al" and this cd will feature amazing singers and musicians selected in my city of Kent, WA. and it has already has captured amazing tracks by legendary musicians such as: Abraham Laboriel Sr., Michael Landau, and Alex Acuna with more that are interested like them to still come in as my very special guest musicians. You will be getting a good drum teacher in me that can surely show you new things if you are open minded in learning as much as I can show you. It's up to you whether you are just starting out or have been playing/performing for years. I have learned and pull from the BEST drummers alive and I am still learning at age 57 now. Anyway, hope to hear from you and happy drumming! Alan CK Sweet of Asp band/prod. feat. the REAL STARS Of Music!
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Michelle February 5, 2018
· Drum ·
Alan has had over 40 years' experience playing the drums and percussion instruments. During this time, he has been tutored by the great drummer, Joe Porcarro,
instructed kids on the drums, and has had about 40 years experience playing in numerous bands. He is presently serving as the drummer on his Worship Team, and have endeavoring to produce another CD. On top of all of this, he loves children and wants to make a difference in their lives.
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Lloyd February 5, 2018
· Percussion ·
I play on the worship team at Calvary Chapel South in Kent WA with alan Sweet.
Alan has got an excellent grasp on what the percussionist roll in a band setting is. He also has a teachers heart. Great job Alan!
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Jared February 5, 2018
· Drum ·
Alan is genuine in his passion to play drums and to share his knowledge and passion with others. He's a very likable guy and would be a great teacher for anyone getting started or just trying to learn new technique.
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Alan S.

Kent, WA 98030
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Andrew B.

Auburn, WA 98092
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