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If you want to read quickly and with complete understanding, I will explain your piano music's harmony, as well as its staff notation. After 33 years of teaching with a Masters degree in Music theory and composition, I am equipped to teach the location of notes, the spelling of chords, and the rhythm of passages.

About Steven
I love to learn music! So do my students.

After childhood lessons, and BA and MA degrees from Minnesota and Iowa, I worked for private conservatories in Los Angeles, while teaching and playing for church events and celebrations. In that real-world school, I learned the music that the world loves.

I use that knowledge to fire my students' imaginations. If Bach or Mozart motivates them, we set goals to learn the Toccata in D minor or the Turkish Rondo. These are realistic goals!
Maybe you would like to study Easter hymns for church, as one student did recently. Perhaps you would like to perform Beethoven's Tempest in front of sixty people at a nice recital hall.

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All my students can expect an experience focused on their musical goals, with lesson plans geared to twenty minut
es of daily practice. Set the bar as high as you want! My students all choose to have a lesson every week except for scheduled breaks, under the recurring lesson plan. This helps them to make quick progress.
My studio has a big grand, and a digital piano. The neighborhood is quiet.
Come with confidence, to a studio licensed in Albuquerque for twenty years. I have passed TakeLessons and Albuquerque Public Schools background checks.
After three months, a busy eight-year old beginner could have an easy rendition of "Ode To Joy" or "When The Saints Come Marching In" to perform for loved ones.
My students study technique, rhythm, fingering, expression and general musicianship. All this, while enjoying great musical selections.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio lessons are taught in a living room studio exclusively used for piano lessons including a Steinway piano. No pets. Parking in the right side of the driveway.

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Mostly classical, with occasional jazz, contemporary Christian, and popular. I mostly teach from notes, though occasionally from lead sheets or through improvisation. The Adventures, Keys for the Kingdom, and Step By Step methods are preferred until the student can play composers' original notes. Then, their recital works tend to come from such as Bach, Beethoven, Clementi, Debussy, and Chopin.

I welcome online students with a desire to learn and an ability to focus. Young students should have a parent or guardian near to direct their attention, if needed.
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Jacques V. August 7, 2018
· Piano · Online
Excellent first lesson. Steve was patient and encouraging, and looking forward to future lessons.
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Cecily P. October 31, 2014
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Steven is an excellent teacher, and really engages my son each week. He is new to piano, and has helped my son progress very quickly with reading notes, tempo, and so much more. Mr. Steven makes every lesson rewarding. I recommend him!
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Shannon A. November 3, 2013
· Piano ·
An excellent, intuitive teacher

Mr. Steve is an outstanding teacher whom I would recommend without reservation. He works at the pace of each of my children and they are eager to work for him too. My son bores quickly, but Steve challenges him with encouragement and speed. My daughter is slower to catch on and he accommodates her speed with equal talent. He is creative in his teaching methods and also in his approach to advising more practice or encouraging practice methods. I hesitate to write this review because I don't want to share the gem we have found in Steve. He is kind, patient, encouraging, excited about the music and the kid's efforts, witty, professional and accommodating. 5 stars.
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About Scott M.

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I can teach you quite a large amount about music theory

About Scott
Hi! I'm Scott. I perform with a one-man band setup I created which utilizes a modified guitar and home-made foot pedals to control a drum set, while I sing on top of it all. I have a recording studio at home, and have performed with bands as a singer, guitarist, saxophonist, bassist, percussionist, and as a sound engineer. I've written, performed and recorded my own album which made it to the 2nd round of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, and was a voting member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Grammy Committee and NARAS (National Association or the Recording Arts and Sciences.) I started piano lessons from age 5 and just kept picking up more instruments and gear as I got older and never stopped learning or enjoying it!

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I have been teaching Guitars, Basses, Percussion, Piano, Saxophone, Music Production, Re
cording, and Live Sound for 16 years.

I can teach you note-reading, tabs, ear training, music theory, composition, improvisation in just about any style of music.

Working with people writing songs is something I enjoy thoroughly; I can help you write and record your own songs. A computer and internet access are preferred to take full advantage of the technology for learning and producing music.

Knowledgeable in Instrument repair, set-up, and maintenance, I can help you fix it, and how to spot a good instrument.

Patient and experienced, with a broad knowledge of music in most areas, I can give you hundreds of good references from previous students I've taught over the years

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Guitars, basses, percussion and drum sets, a piano, saxophones, hand drums, a 20-track digital recording studio with monitors that are equalized to the room's acoustics for accurate listening and mixing, plus an assortment of microphones, amps, mic stands, cables, and connectors.
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Matthew T. October 3, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Scott is a great teacher, informative, very skilled and fun to work with
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Liam May 10, 2018
· Piano · In home
Had our first lesson with Scott. He was great with my 7 year old. We look forward to future lessons with him!
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Eric December 12, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Very personable and eager to share his love of music. He’s not looking to teach you “his way” but meeting you where you’re at and helping you get to where you want to go, musically.
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About Lyle R.

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I cannot learn something without wanting to immediately begin sharing what I know. That's what inspired me to begin teaching, and it continues to drive me today.

Music Theory is a field of study which enables performers and composers to better understand the "nuts and bolts" of their craft. It can be exciting, and I intend to make it so by applying the concepts we discuss to real musical examples in all genres.

If you do not live nearby, we can learn together through online chat via FaceTime, Skype, or Google Hangout. I have openings during early daytime CST, which means if you're in the UK or Europe and you're an English speaker, I would be happy to schedule you.

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.

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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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Janet November 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Great first lesson. I like goal setting and getting email about lesson.
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Evie June 14, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Evie came back very proud of what she learned in her first lesson & excited for more.
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Danielle March 7, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I am thoroughly enjoying my piano lessons so far! Lyle is very accommodating, fun, and great teacher! I am looking forward to many more lessons. Thanks Lyle!
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About Vanessa G.

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New York, NY
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Beginning & Intermediate music theory using college textbooks and breaking it down for the level of the student.

About Vanessa
Bachelor's in musical theater performance from Columbia College Chicago. Audition prep (acting/singing) and vocal technique for clients since 2007.

My critique during your lesson is always honest, so you know when I give you a compliment it is well deserved. I especially love working with non-singers and helping them find their voice. I always start with an assessment to see where your work is currently at and where we can go from there. I keep notes during your lesson, send you home with your homework for the week, and I use those notes to think of personalized ways to improve your technique before your next lesson.

If honesty and results are what you're looking for in a teacher, I promise to be that teacher for you.

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Whether you're studying vocal technique or prepping for an audition with me, each lesso
n starts with an assessment. Then, we start with where you are at that moment and push your technique to the next level. Afterwards, I will send you an email with notes from the lesson and your homework.

My goal is cultivate your technique and discipline to take you to the next level of your performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-Digital piano
-Large mirror (to see your technique)

*** Specialties ***
Beginner voice for non-singers, new singers, or singers that have been out of the game for a while.

Audition prep for both film/stage acting and singing auditions. (Great results!)
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Alassea December 2, 2018
· Singing · Online
Awesome advice
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Alassea October 7, 2018
· Singing · Online
Your so nice man
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Kristen R. August 1, 2018
· Film and TV Acting · Online
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About Zachary L.

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Miami, FL

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About Zachary
My name is Zach L. I am a professional musician in the Miami area. I have a Bachelor's Degree in Jazz Guitar Performance from the University of Miami. I am a multiple Downbeat-award-winning guitarist and have been drumming for the past 13 years. I have headlined multiple international tours and received both the Duncan Nelson Scholarship and the Davidson Scholarship at the University of Miami. Furthermore, I am also an accomplished composer and arranger with my works featured by groups such as the Steve Miller Band and the Henry Mancini Orchestra. Lastly, I have held a teaching position as the Professor of Improvised Music at the Narnia Arts Academy International Summer Course in Central Italy.

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Students' lessons are tailored to their individual needs. I don't teach out of a book (though I do use books to supplement
material when helpful), so students will only be learning what *they* need to be learning next, based on their unique blend of skill, experience, and curiosity. With that in mind, here are some topics on which we tend to focus.

Guitar Lessons:
-Proper Technique. (How to hold a pick. Proper ways to apply pressure to the strings with the left hand. Tension-free technique to prevent injury and strain.)
-Chord Formations. (Bar chords, Power chords, Open chords, Triads and inversions, CAGED system chords, Seventh chords, Advanced jazz voicing, Chords in alternate tuning.)
-Scales/Arpeggios. (Proper fingering to build technical skill. Three note per string scale forms. Conventional scale forms. Cross-fretboard patterns. Seeing arpeggios from different scale degrees. Pattern manipulation.)
-Reading Music. (One position reading. Multi-position reading. Sight reading practice. Understanding rhythmic variation. Ledger line studies. Dollahon 10th position method for sight reading.)
-Repertoire. (Songs in genre(s) of preference. Learning to play songs from favorite artists. Learn to accompany yourself if you sing.)
-Ear Training. (Hearing melodic phrases. Identifying chords. Transcription projects. Learning to "play by ear".)
-Rhythm Training. (Differentiate between different rhythms. Metronome work. Keeping solid time. Develop ability to clap/strum/pick a variety of rhythms with good time.)

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers, five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops, and an 88-key electric piano for music theory lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Two small jazz amplifiers and five guitars ranging from acoustic to electric to archtops.
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Jacob & Malikai H. September 24, 2018
· Drum · In home
Zach was great! My sons (9&11) are beginners and he was very patient and knowledgeable. He really engaged them and they are excited to continue.
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Akiva June 18, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Zach is an excellent teacher! He has such a thorough understanding of music, and plenty of experience teaching it. Taking lessons with him are both super fun and super informative. He's got a knack for making complex things seem simple and is really easy to work with. I highly recommend taking lessons with Zach for anyone wanting to take their playing to the next level.
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Guille June 12, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Zachary is great! Having some experience in playing guitar I was looking to gain some knowledge on the theory side of things. Lucky for me Zachary love to talk theory and was able to clearly explain things to me. I look forward to the classes every week. Highly recommend.
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About Mel P.

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Understanding music theory will give depth to your musical skills. I know how to make the complex easy to learn. I have studied music theory at Southern Illinois University and through Eastman School of Music ( top ranked music theory university). I will show you how to apply your knowledge to make it very practical and usable in every day instrumental playing. Lets get together.

About Mel
I have tons of experience and formal university training in music education. I know how to take the complex and make it simple.

There are very good reasons my students rise to the top. Experience makes a difference, and I have more professional teaching experience than 99% of other instructors.

Learning the best way, helps you learn faster and have fun while you succeed!
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Elizabeth Coyne August 7, 2018
· Banjo · In home
Mel is a very patient and knowledgable teacher. I feel like I fumble along at the beginning of a lesson but by the end Mel has improved my technique and timing. I would definitely recommend Mel to anyone who wants to learn or improve on their instrument!
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Lew B. February 27, 2018
· Fiddle · Online
Mel is a great listener. My first lesson was great.
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Vern B. February 20, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
He is an excellent instructor. His teacher technique are easy to understand and follow. His talent with the guitar is that of a professional. I’m looking forward in learning as much as I can from him.
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About Emil L.

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Knowledge of Chords and Music Theory, I can offer you offer you as a student:
* a relaxed learning alternative
* convenience which saves your time and money
* confidence in your world class teacher level
* reasonable rates per lesson
* lessons for students of all ages
* lessons range from beginner, intermediate to advanced skill levels

My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.

About Emil
I have MM degree in Violin performance and Orchestral Conducting from Europe and Russia and can teach you the Right Way Violin, Viola, Piano Music Theory, Conducting anywhere in San Diego in your own home or in my studio.
My students learn the music they want to learn including classical, jazz, pop style and how to improvise.

I use Russian & European Violin, Viola and Piano methods with Suzuki Books incorporating Scales and Etudes for technical development of the student.
Study with the Best Russian and European methods with results!
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Bryan October 25, 2018
· Violin · In home
Emil was a great instructor, very knowledgable and patient. I have improved in all areas thanks to his instruction. He would even stay late occasionally to play violin solos with me playing rhythm guitar!
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About Douglas B.

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I've been teaching music, tutoring, and performing for a combined 30 years and my students have gone on to be in the President's Own, Army Band, Marine Band, ALL State musicians, DCI Musicians, and many scholarship recipients at major Universities. I specialize in instrumental lessons, typically use Arban, Rubank, and traditional method books, and SmartMusic!. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!

About Douglas
Douglas is the Director the Gator Bowl pre game and halftime events and Event Director for many National Bowl Games and parades (Sugar Bowl, Alamo Bowl, Liberty Bowl, Chicago Thanksgiving parade, and more). Doug also serves as a performing tour event specialists and brings bands to Carnegie Hall in New York and other music festivals domestically and internationally including Heritage festivals and the St. Patricks Day Parade in Dublin, Ireland all through WorldStrides OnStage. Doug is also founder of All National Music. After 16 years as a Director of Bands in public and private schools, Professional Conductor, Church Music Director, performing musician, Music Technology Consultant, Writer, Producer, and most importantly a dad - a NEW Vision of Music for a Lifetime is created with this unique opportunity of music education & performanc
e paired with technology! A combination of teaching and tutoring, his products available through JW Pepper, consulting for Warner Bros, and his own children starting band has led Mr. Douglas to a vision of helping instrumentalists reach their highest potential all over the world. Mr. Brasell served as technology consultant for the Expressions Music Curriculum and has also utilized the SmartMusic system since 2007 in his own band programs. Douglas believes every student musician and band program can benefit from music lessons and looks forward to helping you all achieve your best potential!
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Seth S. August 3, 2015
· French Horn · Online
After the first lesson we are very impressed.!
We weren't sure what to expect with an online lesson, but we are so glad we went that direction.
Doug has sincerely listened to our son's goals and is challenging him to be his best.
Doug has an enormous amount of teaching experience and knows exactly how to help our son attain his goals!
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Seth S. August 3, 2015
· French Horn · Online
After the first lesson we are very impressed.!
We weren't sure what to expect with an online lesson, but we are so glad we went that direction.
Doug has sincerely listened to our son's goals and is challenging him to be his best.
Doug has an enormous amount of teaching experience and knows exactly how to help our son attain his goals!
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Lisa June 25, 2015
· Saxophone · In studio
Mr. Brasell has taught my daughter for the past two years. In these two years, she has grown as a musician gaining confidence and improving each week. He is a very talented musician with a passion to educate and help students realize their full potential with his enthusiasm, energy, and love of music. I have been very satisfied with his method of instruction, and you will not find a better music educator in the tri-county area.
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I will the basic fundamentals of music theory; there will be a good amount of practice and trivia, and I hope each student will enjoy the lessons.

About Sherman
Hello, my name is Sherman and I'm currently an undergraduate student at the University of Wisconsin Madison. I've played piano for about 14 years, and I participated in my high school orchestra for all 4 years. I passed the Grade 8 Piano Performance Exam for ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) in 2016. I've very excited to be helping young kids finding their love and passion and music and I will also help them stay committed to it.
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About Brendan K.

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Music theory is the grammar of music. Think of it this way: could you read a book in a language you don’t understand? Music theory teaches you to understand the language of rock songs and concept albums, sonatas and symphonies. This is an essential skill for all musicians.

The first step is to master the fundamentals: notes, intervals, key signatures, time signatures, clefs, terminology and correct notation. Students then learn rhythm; the structure of chords; harmonic progression and syntax; cadences; and phrasing.

If a student is interested in classical music, study will include the construction and creation of melody; counterpoint; form and structure; solfege; and the analysis of each of these aspects of music in the actual repertoire of classical music.

In all cases, particular attention will be paid to understanding the sound and meaning of music.

Experience playing an instrument is highly encouraged, although not required. Ear training is an ideal pairing to get the

About Brendan
I excel at the process of teaching and guiding students to get results. I know how to relate to students in different ways to help them understand problems and find solutions. I understand how frustrating and mentally exhausting practicing can be, and I know what to teach and when to teach it. I also understand that every student fits music into their life in a different way.

When studying with me a student can expect to be shown best practices in technique and musicianship, patient answers to questions, and to have time to absorb new information. Students will never be condescended to or belittled. Music is about adding joy to your life, and I can help.

I have studied nearly every style of music from medieval chant to Indian classical music. For over twenty years I have taught students in guitar, songwriting, classical composition,
music theory, and applied musicianship at all levels from beginners to graduate courses and students.
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Devin October 2, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
My son really enjoyed the lesson with Brendan and was amazed at his guitar skills.
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Sally September 7, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
I have had a couple of lessons with Brendan. I was still taught and knew little about technique. He has made both technique and theory relatable and has improved my playing immensely. I've already learned a couple of songs I've always wanted to play so I'm jazzed about that and looking forward to learning more. I highly recommend Brendan.
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Sarah August 21, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Brendan spent time helping me clean up my sound and increase my speed. He was very patient and knowledgeable. He was able to approach my problem in a way that helped almost immediately.
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Average Cost of Music Theory Lessons in Sun Prairie, WI

The average cost of 60-minute music theory lessons in Sun Prairie is $50. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $50 and $50 per hour.

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For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute music theory lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute music theory lessons are 26% less expensive at $37, and 30-minute lessons cost 50% less at $25.

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Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!

A knowledge of music theory is absolutely indispensable to musicians. For beginners, it can seem intimidating, but experienced musicians will attest that theory is well worth the effort needed to master it. While you can certainly acquire proficiency on an instrument without a knowledge of theory, you’ll miss out on the depth of understanding that it provides. Music theory is also extremely useful for musicians. Think of music theory as your tool box. It enables you to analyze, trans … Read More

Can You Pass This Basic Music Theory Quiz? Test Your Knowledge!
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