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About Bernadette T.

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Lindenhurst, NY

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Piano lessons consist of technique, ear training, music reading, and music theory.
NYSSMA preparation is available.

About Bernadette
I am a NYS certified Music teacher who has been teaching in the school system for over 20 years.

I hold both my BM and MA degree in Music Education, and Jazz guitar was my major instrument in college. My focus is to teach techniques, skills and concepts for life-long learning.

I am currently available to teach Guitar, Music Theory and Beginner Piano.

Aside from teaching private guitar and piano lessons and teaching General music and Chorus in school, I perform and accompany singers as a guitarist in churches on Long Island.

For your added security, I've been VIRTUS trained with the Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre and fingerprinted with the NYS Education department.

My system of guitar training includes:

* Right hand and Left hand technical exercises geared towards developing coordination and confidence;

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work in music reading of standard music notation and TAB;

* Fretboard navigation, pick-control and fingerstyle techniques.

* Song repertoire knowledge and memorization

*Solo guitar interpretation of popular songs as well as accompaniment styles appropriate for backing your or another's voice;
*Ear-training and Music theory is incorporated into each lesson.

NYSSMA preparation is available for both Classical and Jazz auditions.

Piano lessons are available with concentration in proper hand mechanics and technique, theory, ear-training and music reading. NYSSMA preparation up through level 4 is available.

*** Lesson Details ***
My guitar lessons follow a structured format. I begin with technical exercises for both the picking/strumming hand and the fretting hand, leading to good sound production. As students learn to achieve well-balanced tones, they learn to apply that to the written page using standard music notation and the TAB system. From single notes, students learn to build harmony, (chords), from 2 notes, to 3, and thereafter, 4. Song repertoire is built from a variety of sources including published method books. Memorization of song repertoire is stressed.

After the student has learned the notes and scales in the first position as well as the associated chords, he/she can learn songs of his/her choosing from the Folk, Pop, Classical and Jazz repertoire that is appropriate to his/her current level.

Piano method books used include the Dozen-A-Day and Hanon technique exercises as well as the Schaum and Michael Aaron method book series'.

NYSSMA training/coaching is available for both piano and guitar with suitable training beginning a least a year before the NYSSMA audition is to take place.

The Guitar student should have a good quality guitar, (steel strings, nylon strings, or steel-string electric) professionally set-up with light-gauged strings (for the beginners), a strap, a music stand, and time and space in the home in order to encourage a daily routine of practice.

The Piano student should have daily access to a piano or keyboard instrument with weighted keys in order to be able to practice lesson material daily.

For young students, a practice chart is given where a student is to mark his/her practice time in order for progress to be made.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a dedicated room in my home that is set up for private practice and teaching. It has an electronic piano, folding chairs, a music stand and guitar amplifiers and cables.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring an acoustic guitar with me to all out-going lessons so that I can play along with the student and demonstrate techniques as necessary. I bring extra blank sheets of music writing paper, fret board diagrams, and study sheets, as well as extra copies of the books I use most frequently. I can purchase books/materials for the student, with the student's or parent/guardian's reimbursement, or the student may purchase materials on their own.

*** Specialties ***
Pick-style and finger-style guitar, both acoustic and electric; music reading, music theory; re-harmonization and arrangement techniques to make a song your own!
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Sophia C. September 2, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Bernadette is really kind and patient, Both of our kids look forward to working with her.
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Gianna Z. April 9, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
Just wonderful with my children very pleased
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Michaela Z. April 9, 2016
· Piano · In studio
She's very patient I couldn't be happier
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About Andrew Y.

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Wichita, KS

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Learn fundamentals of how to play, yet allowing students to learn other styles of piano music they are interested in.
We play games and activities to help each student develop their piano potential. Currently we're playing water balloon games with rhythms, notes on the piano and staff. The students love how piano lessons can be incorporated outside.
Providing opportunities to play in the community, that produces more experience and confidence as a pianist.
Students complete tasks and musical concepts to help them succeed as a musician.
Spend time creating and composing new songs through games and activities, including Crazy Critter Composing. We make up songs about events that happen each day.

About Andrew
Obtained an Associates in Arts at Butler County Community College, El Dorado, KS.
Obtained a Bachelors in Music Education from Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.
I'm an accomplished accompanist and vocalist, with 10 plus years of expertise. Currently, I’m a volunteer worship leader at church, for over 6 years; helping other musicians fulfill their ultimate potential through training and education. Collaborate with other musicians for worship opportunities and projects. Been able to facility vocal training, how to lead a worship experience and which instrumentation and vocal concepts to are appropriate.
Played piano at Von Maur, for 6 months where I utilized my piano skills to provide entertainment and guest requests.
Currently have many different music students, where each week we assess their strengths that fulfill their
ultimate potential, through activities and diverse learning concepts.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that all musicians have the abilities to fulfill their ultimate potential; by assessing students learning styles, accessing community resources and just having fun learning musical concepts.
Curriculum examples that I would utilize for piano would be Adventures in Piano and Succeeding at the Piano. For the vocal students I utilize Exceptional Musicianship, created by Hal Leonard for accurate vocal techniques.
Within 3 months the students will have opportunities to demonstrate their musical abilities. I will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate musical expertise through recitals and other events.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Main Room: electric keyboard (full 88 keys), couch, TV, and a chair, book cases, parents can sit in the lesson (encouraged)

*** Travel Equipment ***
The expectation is that the students must have access to a piano and audio equipment for their success.

*** Specialties ***
The musical genres I'm an expert include Broadway, Show Choir, Faith-Based, Classical, Jazz, Pop, Performing Arts, Acting, Staging, Costuming, Props. I believe that students need to have access with various musical styles that will aid their musical abilities.
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john July 8, 2019
· Acting · In studio
Andrew is a fantastic teacher! He puts in hard work and creates a fun environment to learn
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Allison May 23, 2019
· Piano · In studio
We have had a great experience with Andrew teaching our daughter piano. He works great with kids and has a wide range of teachable skills. He organizes fun events for his students that showcase their hard work. I am really pleased with our decision to enroll our daughter in his program, she has a lot of fun and has learned a lot in a short amount of time.
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Brent May 21, 2019
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I can't choose a subject because Andrew teaches so many different things in his piano lessons that I would be doing him a disservice if I chose just one.

As a former piano lessons taker myself, I must admit that I had some lofty expectations for my daughter's piano lessons. On the first day of lessons for her, I knew that we were in great hands. Andrew has exceeded my expectations with every turn. And a fun and lighthearted way, and through games, activities, and fingers on the piano , Andrew helps the young learner learn the most important thing about music: it's fun! Theory is fun, composition is fun, ear training is fun, performance is fun. As a musician myself, I'd almost forgot. Andrew has helped me to remember, and is instilling these values in my daughter.

Thank you Andrew for being so awesome.
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About Nathan R.

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Hanover, MD
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I mainly focus on classical technique, can I can also include rock/pop and jazz if the student is interested

About Nathan
I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method book appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Joshua V. June 24, 2019
· Trombone · In home
Very pleasant teacher. First lesson went well. Thank you
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Twila June 21, 2019
· Bugle · Online
Nathan is kind and encouraging. My son is enjoying the lessons and making progress towards playing tapas and reveille. He sounds good!! Online classes are convenient to add into a busy schedule.
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Jonas L. May 24, 2019
· Upright Bass · Online
This is the first lesson I got to listen to of my son working with Nathan. Usually I'm not home from work. I am really impressed with how much he was able to help my son improve so quickly. I wish we had started this much sooner.
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About Lyle R.

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Sun Prairie, WI
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I have been teaching private music students for over 25 years, and I welcome all ages. My lessons focus on building fundamental skills, while keeping things interesting through improvisation and composition.

About Lyle
- Degree in Music Theory / History from University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
- 25 years' teaching and performing experience.
- Fluent in all electric styles, plus acoustic and classical.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to cover the fundamentals while focusing on your personal goals. All stages of ability are welcome, from rank novice to pro. We'll determine what you wish to learn, and build a roadmap to get there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Home Office in his Townhouse: Music stand, recording equipment, two chairs.

*** Specialties ***
All types of jazz, from swing to modern. Rock, Metal, Blues and Country. Composition and improvisation.
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Scott R. February 4, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
So far so good. Very patient as mistakes after mistake was made. Corrected quite a few mistakes I was making so that my habits would be good habits from the start. Let me talk to myself as I messed up and complimented me when I was on the right track.
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Nancy C. January 18, 2019
· Banjo · Online
Great lesson! Thanks!
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Robert C. January 2, 2019
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
complete novice; adult student. First lesson very relaxed. Excellent blend through-out lesson of questions and information my goals and background as well as instructor's goals for me and his background. First "technical" part of lesson was manageable and care taken by Lyle to make sure I understood what was being presented. I left the first lesson feeling this would be a good fit between instructor and student
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About Rachelle M.

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Auburn, WA
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Here are the core things that I focus on in Piano lessons.

Alignment is the basis a great technique. Each person is different, and knowing how to help them release unwanted tension is critical.
Building hand coordination is essential to playing piano. A variety of agility and strengthening exercises will help you gain greater control and comfort in playing.

Articulation and phrasing is how pianists convey emotion. By Understanding the different colors available, a performer can create a dynamic and moving experience.

Selecting songs for your skill level and interest is important. Playing music you love will make your experience more enjoyable

About Rachelle
I love sharing the knowledge and techniques I've learned through years of training and performing. Lessons are so much more than just learning the notes. Everyone has a unique perspective and way to express their feelings through music. I help my students embrace their artistry while learning. I have extensive training in music and vocal pedagogy that gives me the ability to teach both voice and piano. I hold a Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the University of North Texas.

Whether you want to have more confidence singing karaoke or play Beethoven. I can help you reach those goals. We will build a repertoire that is appropriate for your age and ability. Over time you will gain greater control, endurance, and confidence.

VOICE LESSONS
*The vocal folds are the core of the sound, and must be given the utmost care a
nd consideration. Proper hydration is essential. They are also muscles that need strengthening exercises and time for them to change. This will improve your vocal endurance and range. As a highly trained voice teacher, I can hear if the vocal folds are behaving in a healthy and efficient manner. It is essential that your teacher understand how to care for these delicate components of the human voice.

* Vocal resonance is how opera singers are heard without amplification. It can be enhanced through awareness and coordination of the various portions of the vocal tract. Using this natural resonance will make singing in any style more comfortable.

*The most important part of the singing is emotion. Anyone can sing words, but if you don't know what they mean or how to express them they become nothing but white noise.

*Selecting the perfect songs for your age, voice type, skill level, and interest is really important. I will help guide you in finding the right choices for you.

PIANO LESSONS
*Alignment is the basis a great technique. Each person is different, and knowing how to help them release unwanted tension is critical.

*Building hand coordination is essential to playing piano. A variety of agility and strengthening exercises will help you gain greater control and comfort in playing.

*Articulation and phrasing is how pianists convey emotion. By Understanding the different colors available, a performer can create a dynamic and moving experience.

*Selecting songs for your skill level and interest is important. Playing music you love will make your experience more enjoyable.
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Susan May 29, 2019
· Piano · Online
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Randy S. May 16, 2019
· Singing · Online
Even with a bit of technical difficulties it was a good lesson. We are enjoying working with Ms. Rachelle
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Thor I. March 13, 2019
· Piano · In home
Racheal was very nice. Knowledgeable and got to business right away. Really knew how to discover the students prior knowledge and where to begin!
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About JunZhao(Ryan) D.

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Hello! My name is JunZhao, and I have over 10 years of teaching experience! I teach all ages, of all levels. I specialize in classical piano, but I can be flexible to fit what every student wants to learn. I am fluent in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. If you are interested in picking up piano as a hobby, being a serious player, or just brushing up on your music theory/playing skills, send me a message!

About JunZhao(Ryan)
My name is JunZhao Deng, originally from Guangzhou, China. I am a classically trained pianist, with my bachelor's degree in music education from Xinghai Conservatory of Music and my master's degree in piano performance from Kent State University.

Over the past 10 years, I have taught private lessons to students of all ages and playing levels. Students who study with me can expect to gain a better understanding of music theory as well as technique. I strive to push my students to their maximum potential, and will encourage them to participate in concerts, competitions, etc.

In my career, I have performed in numerous competitions in China, such as the DeYiShuangQing Piano Competition, winning awards such as the Guangzhou Golden Award and Hong Kong International Piano Competition Frist Prize.

I am personally trained in classical mus
ic, but I have a great respect for all genres of music, and encourage my students to listen and play more than classical.
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Gina L. June 26, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is an excellent teacher. He makes the lessons easy to understand and makes it fun. He is punctual, down to earth and has a great personality on top of his awesome teaching skills. I would definitely recommend him especially for beginners like myself. I'm looking forward to the next lesson already!!
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Andrew J. June 26, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My first online lesson and I can already sense this style of learning is the right fit for me. I work full time and this allows me to do both. Ryan is an amazing teacher to work with. Very friendly. I highly recommend him for lessons.
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Adam T. May 19, 2019
· Piano · In studio
Ryan is the best! I have learned so much.
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About Loren G.

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Burbank, CA
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As a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years, I know how to make lessons fun and productive. I am currently the keyboardist for The Who and Roger Daltrey, performing in front of tens of thousands of people at a given time. I also have performed with Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, among many others. As Musical Director, I built bands and developed Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks. I will teach you any popular or classic rock song of your choosing (Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, etc), and show you small little nuances that you can apply, making a world of difference in the sound of the performance - i.e. subtle expressions the artists play on the recording, which are not notated in the sheet music.

About Loren
Keyboardist for legendary rock band The Who and Roger Daltrey since since 2009. As a professional musician and teacher for over 20 years, I know how to make lessons fun and productive. I have two instructional books published through Alfred Music; Sitting In: Rock Piano and Sitting In; Blues Piano.

Performing in front of tens of thousands of people night after night, I have learned many things along the way. I have also performed with Kenny Loggins, Don Felder, Taylor Hicks, among many others. As Musical Director, I have instructed musicians, built bands, and developed artists such as Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, and American Idol winner Taylor Hicks.

I will teach you any popular or classic rock song of your choosing (Elton John, Billy Joel, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, etc), and show you small little nuances that you
can apply, making a world of difference in the sound of the performance - i.e. subtle expressions the artists play on the recording, which are not notated in the sheet music.
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About Laura M.

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Warrendale, PA

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Do you want to play classical piano music, rock keyboard, pop music, jazz? You are in the right place!

I choose and adapt songs according to the age, interests, goals, and skills of the students. I also use the songs to teach different musical concepts: intervals, progressions, scales, chords. Every student is different, so I don't use any specific method.

La clase puede ser en español.

About Laura
I am a pianist, songwriter, and keyboard player and backup singer for a prog-rock band and also a music teacher.

I've been teaching music for a long time. Why? Because I love music and I love to teach. My mission statement: get you to enjoy music while learning.

The best moments on my work are when the students realize that they can play/sing something that they couldn't do before. I love their expressions at that moment.

I started playing music when I was 7: the recorder, the Spanish guitar, a double keyboard organ that I used to learn how to play the piano by myself. Later on, I started with official piano lessons and ended with my BA in piano.

My training was classical but I love new age music and jazz.

During my piano lessons, you can learn theory, composition, play classical music and know the differences between diffe
rent periods, play pop, jazz, rock, learn how to read lead sheets. I adapt songs you like to your skills so you can start playing your favorite music from the first day.

During my singing lessons, you can learn how to use your "instrument" (your voice) properly: breathing, posture, pitch, resonance, agility, vocal range, riffs.
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Julia June 7, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
My son, Dominick, has taken voice lessons with Laura for a few months at the School of Rock. He made great progress and was able to perform nicely. He feels very close to Laura and misses her a lot and can't wait to learn with her again when he's back in town.
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Heather M. May 30, 2019
· Singing · In studio
Laura was beyond kind and understanding with me! I learned so much in just one short hour, and more importantly, she made the lesson so much fun! I absolutely look forward to learning more from her.
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Dana April 11, 2019
· Piano · In studio
My daughter has been taking lessons with Laura for over 3 years. Laura makes the lessons fun and challenges her to learn. She even adds a little music theory which my daughter enjoys.
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About Sarah Lynn W.

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Julian, CA

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I am an intuitive teacher, helping students establish a lifelong appreciation for piano and vocal arts, enabling creative freedom through musical expression and songwriting. I also guide meditation and yoga practices aligned with each student independently. I love teaching our children of today, adults of tomorrow, so let's get started!

About Sarah Lynn
"Music is what feelings sound like." ~Anonymous

Music:
I am a lead vocalist, a pianist and a songwriter. I love all genres of music, harmonizing and songwriting are my passion.

I teach music outside the box by listening to the goals of my students and incorporating passion, inspiration, creativity, and imagination towards those goals. The proper techniques are easily taught in a fun, positive manner instead of something that most people dread to learn or practice.

There are so many different processes individuals use to learn, and being creative is an excellent catalyst to build and motivate learning experiences. I have been teaching piano, singing, composition and songwriting or over five amazing years.

Whilst attending Canyon Crest Academy, I spent 3 years in a vocal conservatory where I dedicated over one thousand hours of
extra-curricular activity in music theory, music history, and classical, operatic, and modern vocal practices. I spent 4 years being a member of their highly esteemed choir. I've been singing in choirs for sixteen years taking on solo roles. The Folklore Guild was a previous choral project I loved being a member of, and I have experience being in a band.

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Yoga:
When I was introduced to the world of Yoga, I instantly wanted to understand the historic background and benefits. My yogic journey began with practicing daily yoga at sunrise. Through Rachel Lubich’s School of Yoga, I received my 200-hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training hosted by Trilogy Sanctuary in La Jolla, California.

Each path I take guides to seeing and understanding what Yoga means to me. Yoga is an opportunity to find harmony in my mind, body and spirit through my intentions, breath, actions, stillness, movement and music, mindfulness, meditation and truly listening to the highest vibratory version of who I Am on a breath-to-breath rhythm.

"Yoga is not a religion, but an inclusive lifestyle that guides to be the best version of one's Self. Yoga should be for the individual student." ~ Rachel Lubich

Students learning from more experienced students learning from more experienced students; my journey has only begun.

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Ask me your questions, and let’s work something out for you on my schedule. 😊
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Kristie March 13, 2019
· Piano · In home
Sarah is amazing. A wonderful teacher who my children admire. She caters each lesson to the child she is teaching. Very kind and patient. We tried out many teachers before Sarah and she was by far the best!
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About Sophia C.

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Music has been an important part of my life: I have been playing the piano for 14 years and the violin for 8 years now. In 2014, I was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall after my participation in the American Fine Arts Festival. I completed panel level and have been recognized as a Talent Student by the National Guild of Piano Teachers. In high school, I also competed in competitions held at local places such as Diamond Bar High School and Chapman University, always placing either first or second for solo, duet, and ensemble competitions.
Music helps me de-stress and view things from different perspectives. I have taught music for 3 years. I am hoping to share this passion with my community and would like to teach students of all ages and levels. I will tailor the lesson style depending on the age of the student. It’s never too late to start!

About Sophia
Hi there! I am majoring in mathematical and computational biology at Harvey Mudd College. I love studying the sciences because it's exciting to learn how things work and to logic things out. I love working with others - I have been tutoring students (ranging from elementary school to high school) on various school subjects for about 6 years now.

Music is another huge part of my life: I have been playing the piano for 14 years and the violin for 8 years now. I am currently a violinist in the Pomona College Orchestra. In 2014, I was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall after my participation in the American Fine Arts Festival. In high school, I placed either first or second on solo, duet, and ensemble competitions in various competitions held at places such as Diamond Bar High School and Chapman University. Through these activities, I prac
ticed on persistence and patience. Teaching experience wise, I have taught piano for 3 years before.

Additionally, I enjoy actively participating in my community. In high school, I was really involved in the American Red Cross and Key Club. In college, I am still finding joy in volunteering in different organizations on campus. I also enjoy other activities such as reading, meditation, theater, tennis, rock climbing, and ballroom.

I work with people according to their personality and the way that they learn best. If I were given the opportunity to tutor your student, I would make sure everything is clearly explained because I hate memorizing.

I look forward to sharing my passions with you!
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For beginner pianists, and especially younger children or players with small hands, building up the dexterity of your hands and fingers can do wonders for your playing.  Just as singers need to warm up their most important muscle with vocal warm-ups, piano players need to take their fingers into consideration. In this article, we'll share 5 great exercises to improve your finger strength and dexterity, as originally published by Piano and Synth Magazine. But first, check out this simple an
Five Movies that Will Change the Way You Look at the Piano
Settling in for movie night? Here, St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L. shares her recommendations for five piano films every musician should watch...   Movies have an amazing way of changing how we look at the world. Every once in a while, some studio will release one that has a tremendous impact on so many of us. After the Cold War fighter jet film "Top Gun" came out in the 1980s, for example, the United States Navy saw a huge increase in recruitments to their aviation program. When a

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