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About Alexander A.

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Tacoma, WA

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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!
-Alex
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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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Jake June 2, 2017
· Upright Bass · Online
Alex was great! We had problems with the website audio but were able to continue via phone.
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Alexander A.

Alexander A.

Tacoma, WA 98466
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About Teri H.

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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!

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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 Allison P.

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Hi! My name is Allison and I'm an opera singer. I fell madly in love with music and singing as a young child and was bitten by the opera bug at age 15. Ever since seeing that first opera, I've never looked back. I did lead roles in my high school musicals, then got my Bachelor of Music and my Master of Music degrees in Classical Voice and Opera Performance both from competitive conservatories. Ever since graduation, I've been lucky enough to make my work as a professional singer. I've traveled all over the country and even internationally bringing this amazing art form to audiences. Now I feel like my dream has come true because I get to do what I love: sing! Pavarotti said, "I think a life in music is a life beautifully spent and this is what I have devoted my life to." I feel so lucky to have a life in music and now I want to s
hare everything I've learned with you.

Students of mine regularly are chosen for lead roles in school and extracurricular musicals and operas and score very high in school music evaluations.

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During a voice lesson with me, we'll warm up and do vocal exercises for the first half, then we'll learn new music together or work on music you've already learned. I love teaching all styles of classical music and working in many different languages including French, German, Italian, English, and more. I teach lyric diction of all of these languages and the styles of each composer. Above all, lessons with me are relaxed and really fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ electronic piano and seating for parents

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I specialize in Classical Vocal Technique. I feel very comfortable assigning repertoire of any difficulty and I am especially confident in my lyric diction knowledge of Italian, French, German, and English. I can teach audition preparation and audition technique, as well as acting and stage technique for singers.
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Eugenie Moore May 13, 2017
· Singing · In home
Allison is a very knowledgeable teacher. She' really good. She explains the what and why of the exercises she's teaching. She leads by example.
She' s patient in teaching you a skill till you get it. I'll highly recommend her.
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Leonardo King March 6, 2016
· Singing · In home
If you want a real professional that draws out the best in you and helps you to rise to the challenge than pick Allison. I was extremely nervous and worried, it was my first real singing lesson, she made me feel comfortable and relaxed immediately. She can be fun as well as challenging. It was a wonderful pleasure to take classes with her and I hope to continue in the future.
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Marie P. May 2, 2015
· Singing · In studio
Allison was able to identify my natural vocal range in the first lesson. Never thought that I would be comfortable singing in the soprano range, but she has given me week by week goals to build vocal technique and help me see my progress. She has an outgoing and enthusiastic personality! Lessons are a pleasure.
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Allison P.

Allison P.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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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 Chris J.

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Seattle, WA

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Chris has been playing the bass since the age of ten. He loves music and sharing has enthusiasm with students. Chris has been teaching students of all ages for seventeen years and is eager to share his skills with others. He teaches upright and electric bass, as well as music theory for students of any instrument. Chris' teaching style uses individual interests to tailor student-specific lessons.

Chris studied jazz at the University of Washington and has been a part of the Seattle music scene for over 15 years, playing many styles including jazz, classical, big band, and rock. He has played in the Issaquah Village Theater's orchestra for seventeen years and currently plays weekly in the Andy Coe Band.
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Sue F. March 8, 2017
· Upright Bass · In studio
It's back to the basics for me! That is good because I am a new bass player. Lots of good feedback!
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Chris J.

Chris J.

Seattle, WA 98168
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About Megan M.

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I am a certified music teacher in the state of Washington. After beginning my journey in piano at age 11, I continued in music through high school and college. My main performance instruments are saxophone and piano, however as a certified music teacher I am able to teach all major band and percussion instruments, as well as music theory and aural skills.

I am passionate about music for music's sake and am happy to support you or your young one in developing foundational music skills or build on your existing knowledge!
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Mary July 13, 2017
· Piano · In home
Had my first ever piano lesson. Megan is great. I am 65 years old and it's like trying to get a 1st grader to read. Megan is very patient. Love her.
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JJ June 7, 2017
· Piano · Online
Great!
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Elisiana June 7, 2017
· Piano · In home
She was so engaging and patient!!! My daughter loved her!
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Megan M.

Megan M.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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About Melanie A.

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Tacoma, WA

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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 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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About Polina D.

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I am a classically-trained vocalist and have been studying/performing for the last ten years. Currently pursuing my Bachelors of Music. I have experience working with youth in music and enjoy other genres including Jazz and Broadway Standards. Also able to teach pop/contemporary. My central focus is on technique and building the foundation for healthy, beautiful singing, giving my students tools that they can apply long into their musical careers. I have quite a bit of performance experience and work with my students to develop their stage presence for auditions and competitions. Can also teach basic theory. Comfortable with both female and male voices.
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Nicole August 7, 2017
· Classical Voice · In home
This vibrant young lady was just simply a blessing: knowledgeable, dynamic and simply a pleasure to be around and in-take information from. My child was simply taken by her and was, as it seemed and looked to me, craving every following visit from her. She was able to commence, see through and complete the entire task I set in front of her-for my child to be ready for the next stage in her education. My son is going to be in need of similar educational assistance soon-I have already discussed his lessons with Polina and will definitely call upon her once the concrete dates arise!
I strongly recommend this highly gifted, professional and serious individual to anyone looking for a tutor, in more subjects then one, that can captivate and deliver results, not just talk!
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Polina D.

Polina D.

Tacoma, WA 98406
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About Megan T.

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After receiving two performance degrees in music, I focused my efforts on becoming a fantastic teacher. For over a decade, I've received constant training on cello pedagogy and enhancing my teaching skills. I've taught in 2 different Suzuki strings programs and I've taught privately in my home studio since 2005. I also perform regularly as a freelance cellist. I've had experience playing in professional orchestras, in string quartets, as a recording artist, and as a soloist. When I'm not immersed in music, I like to explore the mountains on skis, on a bike, or on foot.
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Megan T.

Megan T.

Seattle, WA 98118
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