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Review by Eli
"I have only had three lessons so far, but Parker has been very easy to work with. I am sure that I present a challenge as far as structuring a lesson prog
ram. I am an older student (late 60's), I had some formal music training learning to play the accordion when I was young, but I am entirely self taught on guitar. I played guitar for several years when I was in my late teens, & picked it up again about 8 or nine months ago. Consequently, I am all over the map in terms of my capabilities. Advanced beginner or intermediate in some technical areas, but with major gaps in my understanding of both theory and technique, Parker has done a nice job initially of not spending too much time on things I already know, but still covering enough of the basics with me to identify gaps in my abilities that need to be strengthened. I have enjoyed my sessions, and the pace has been about right so far."
Denver, CO teacher:
S. Parker G.
Review by Crystal
"Michelle is an awesome teacher!
I've only been taking lessons for her for a month and she has been absolutely amazing teacher. Very patient and fun! She
has good advice to help my voice. I would recommend her!"
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by jon
"Eric is an incredible musician (singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer) with the added gift of teaching. His approach is so fluid you advance greatly in a s
hort period of time. Eric has taught me how to expand my range, have a constant and clear tone plus scream without harming my vocal chords. His calm demeanor and broad range of knowledge will give you a better sense of your musicianship."
New York, NY teacher:
Review by Megan
"Comptitent, Professional, Personable
I took violin lessons from Alexandra during my senior year of high school. She was extremely patient with me and wen
t above and beyond to make sure I understood. Alexandra was always accessible for questions and gave me supplementary worksheets to help continue my education outside of class. She always had organized lesson plans but was accommodating to my personal learning experience. Exceptionally professional and extremely qualified,I would highly recommend Alexandra to anyone."
Chicago, IL teacher:
Review by Maddie Kline
"Great teacher. Very patient, and able to transfer his skill to me very efficiently. I felt I learned a lot right from the first lesson."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Jason Miller
"Good start to re-engaging the piano."
Los Angeles, CA teacher:
Review by Bruce
"Chris is a great music teacher, I've learned a lot more with him in the last few weeks than I did with my previous instructor in six months. Highly recomm
Seattle, WA teacher:
Review by Renga
"Excellent teacher. Encouraging, enthusiastic, committed, precise, pleasant and sincere with the teaching methods. At every step, she wants to make sure th
at one learns the technique in the right way."
Washington, DC teacher:
Review by Jennifer
"Daryl was my very first music teacher! He himself is a great violinist and has much knowledge on various techniques. He really cares about his students
and has the patience, positivity, and passion necessary to facilitate a wonderful, fun, and informative experience. Although I no longer play violin, I am now a renowned singer and Arabic lute player, and I believe I was able to pick up the lute with no problem and very quickly due to learning proper violin technique with Daryl early on in my musical practices. Highly recommend taking lessons with him!"
I am a college graduate and lifetime learner of musical artistry having 4 years practical piano teaching experience after 25 years of employment at a local higher education institution. I can engage the beginner in such a way that they will be motivated to continue into advanced and a professional level. I started my own music education at the age of 5 and have loved music ever since. My music career began in 3rd grade when I performed in a musical play and participated in vocal choral groups. I continued to improve in piano and vocal skill and traveled extensively with a national organizati
on and a college representative team. My travels took me to Europe where I had the privilege to perform in places such as Notre Dam, palace of Versailles, the Basilica in Rome and other places. I currently teach groups of 6 in community programs in Kirkland and Bellevue. I teach any style of music from classical to gospel. I have a strong classical background so I enjoy teaching all my students, even as young as 4 to learn about and play classical pieces (e.g. Beethoven, Bach, Mozart). Since my vocal involvement has allowed me to participate in school, church and community music groups and singing solo, I have a strong background in pianist accompaniment which is a unique skill that every piano musician should master. This creates a well rounded approach so that the pianist can participate and showcase their talent in various ways. I like to teach students to play beyond what is in the written page, and to develop a musical ear through improvisation and memorization. My students have the opportunity to play in optional recitals with other students and for family members.
*** Lesson Details *** I will teach you how to read music, play by ear and improvise. I believe theory, technique, scales, chords and memorization is the foundation of a strong musical background. While learning the basics a student is working on classical, popular, jazz, and secular, or church music. I am strict about fingering, technique, and interpretation, enforcing this in a caring way, playing an example of what I require. I like each student to be able to have a knowledge of the entire keyboard not just the middle octaves. I teach rhythm as the tempo and note variations are the soul of a song. If possible, and providing scheduling coordination, the student may be teamed with other students for a portion of their lesson for group learning. The group learning allows for a fun approach to theory and rhythm learning. I use lots of games to reinforce learning.
*** Studio Equipment *** Baldwin Acoustic Piano Casio Fully Equipped Electronic Keyboard Whiteboard, background Play Long CDs, games, worksheets
I have been teaching French Horn, piano and composition privately for about eight years, mainly in Snohomish and King counties. I have also coached horn players in local school bands during this time, as well as helping students with learning disabilities. There are many difficulties that students encounter when studying music, and I want to help you turn weaknesses into strengths, and help you find out where your greatest strengths (and interests) lie in music. I'll work with you to help you understand your own musical desires and goals, so that you can get the most out of your lessons. I
am committed to understanding each of my students, and to sharing my love of music with each one of them. I teach French Horn, piano, music theory and composition as well as songwriting. Currently, I teach in the South Snohomish County and North King County areas.
I was eight years old when I started taking piano lessons in Tacoma, WA. When I was 12, I discovered that I had perfect pitch while playing church hymns with my dad. This ability has served me well on a number of occasions. I discontinued formal piano lessons when I started college, but I continued to play piano on a nearly daily basis from that point on, keeping my technical skills at a very advanced level. I played trumpet in school bands starting in the 5th grade, and switched to French Horn in the 8th grade. The appeal of the horn may have had something to do with its rich, warm sound, its intricacy and complexity, and the demands that it placed on me to play with a high degree of pitch accuracy. I loved the challenge of playing accurately on the horn then, and I still do. As a horn student, I have studied with Jacqueline Shannon, Kathy Farner, Kathy Colton, Lawrence Lowe, Elizabeth Ward, Jeff Snedeker, Rodger Burnett and Stacie Eliason. As a horn performer, I have played with community and regional professional orchestras in the Seattle area, Central Washington, Olympia, in the Tacoma Youth Symphony, and in numerous ensembles in college.
I have studied music at Tacoma Community College, Brigham Young University and Central Washington University. I received Bachelor of Arts in Music at Central Washington University. I plan on attending graduate school in the future, focusing on music composition and film composition, as well as French Horn and piano performance.
As a music composer, I have written works for many different ensembles, choral works, solo piano pieces, and works for solo instruments. I am drawn to rich harmonies and beautiful melodies, as well as interesting timbres and musical variety, in my own music and that of the music I listen to. I am easily able to visualize music in color, and I have a thorough understanding of how the elements of music combine together to affect emotions in listeners. This is one of the reasons that I am currently pursuing film and media composition.
As a student, teacher, performer and music composer, I know that there are countless musical topics that students are curious about. I feel that students should feel free to ask any question in the field of music, even if it may seem like a "dumb" question. I value the sincerity and passion for good music that so many students have. I will help you acquire the knowledge and skills that you need, so that you can see more clearly your own musical goals. Previous and current students I have, each have made improvements in their own playing and knowledge of music, some of whom have made vast improvements in their playing and knowledge of music.
As I have taught music privately for a little while now, and can reasonably compare how I teach with other instructors that I know well, I can say with certainty that there are at least a few areas of my teaching that are somewhat unique and highly beneficial for certain students, if not most students. I value ear training and using flashcards with beginner students quite a bit, and am fond of teaching not only the "nuts and bolts" of music, but also, how music "works", such that a student of mine can write their own music if they have the desire to do so. I also try to assign a wide variety of music for each student (which differs according to each student's musical interests, abilities, and areas of their playing that need to be improved), especially as they improve and approach the intermediate levels of playing. There are many reasons I do this, but for the student, it is very important that they do not feel particularly "bored" with the music they are playing. I also have found that students who have a more sensitive nature tend to be more comfortable with the way I teach, as I reserve higher, stricter expectations for more advanced, older students. I also try to always be as patient, kind, and considerate with every student as I can be. Lastly, I highly encourage questions and feedback at any time during a lesson, and I try to create an atmosphere where the student feels comfortable to do so.
I accept students from five years old on up, but I prefer horn students to be at least ten years old before starting lessons, unless they have noticeably greater abilities to focus for a certain period of time than other children their age.
Employment and Musical Experience:
Transcription Work for David Templeton, Composer, 2010
Private Composition Instructor, January 2009-Present
Private Horn Instructor, January 2009-Present
Private Piano Instructor, Fall 2006-Spring 2007, January 2009-Present
Principal Horn: Ensign Symphony Orchestra, December 2014
Fourth Horn: Olympia Symphony, September 2012
Third Horn: Mid-Columbia Symphony, February-May 2007
Second Horn: Washington East Opera, Barber of Seville, January 2006
Substitute Third Horn: Yakima Symphony, Winter 2006
Third/Fourth Horn: Wenatchee Symphony, Fall 2005
Substitute Horn: Leavenworth Summer Music Theater: Summer 2005
1st Horn: Shoreline Community Church, Christmas 2004
Principal Horn: Central Washington University Symphony, Chamber Orchestras
Principal Horn: Central Washington University Wind Ensemble
Finalist, Northwest Horn Workshop Mock Auditions, March 2005
Graduate, Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program
Post-Baccalaureate Music Education Courses: Central Washington University, 2006-2007
Bachelor of Arts in Music: Central Washington University, Summer 2006
Associate of Arts and Sciences: Tacoma Community College, Fall 2002
Served 2 Year Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
*** Lesson Details *** I have always wanted people I interact with to be, as a general rule, comfortable and relaxed in any setting. This certainly applies to the students I teach. However, students can expect that musical improvement will only occur through daily practice and constant effort. That being said, I am more interested in helping students overcome any difficulties in this area through reviewing their own practice habits and motivations, rather than using harsh discipline. It is crucial that students see the connection between their own practicing and musical improvement. Once this occurs, they can take more responsibility for their own progress with that added awareness.
The material chosen for each student will vary considerably, depending on their current knowledge, experience and ability level, innate abilities, musical tastes and priorities. The progress that is made will, to a large extent, be determined by the student's practice habits and natural ability. However, over the course of a few months or so, students should see noticeable improvement in their own musical abilities, if they practice and pay attention during lessons.
*** Studio Equipment *** Piano, music stand, computer/printer, metronome
*** Travel Equipment *** -French Horn: pencil, mute, tuner/metronome, maintenance/cleaning supplies, some books depending on if it is a first lesson, etc. I bring my own horn, and expect the student to have their horn. I also expect them to have a music journal to use as a reference for practicing and keeping track of their progress. Occasionally, I will employ a recording device for the purpose of assessing personal teaching effectiveness, or for the student to evaluate their progress/record their practicing. -Piano: Metronome, pencil, some books if it is a first lesson, music journal, possibly a recording device from time to time. -Music Theory/Composition: Music paper, pencil, music journal.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.
Regarding method of instruction/teaching style, I am student oriented, and tend to adapt to each student's personality and learning style. I tend to teach more in the classical genres, with some pop/film music thrown in for variety (from time to time). I prefer using the Bastian, Alfred, and/or John Thompson piano methods, and Pottag-Hovey, Maxime-Alphonse books, etc. for French Horn.
Sheila M. May 29, 2014
In home Verified Student
I was apprehensive to the type of instructor I would hire. As we got over the first two sessions and able to get more acquainted, I like that Ben paid attention to the type of music I wanted to learn and tailored his lesson based on my skills level.
DeidreD July 27, 2012
This Music Man is great!
Having taken piano lessons for over 40 years on and off, Ben is a refreshing change. He makes me laugh and learn in new ways and has rejuvinated my love of playing music. (Even though I had to bring out the dusty Hanon book!)
DaynaT May 3, 2011
Tre's mom; REALTOR/Broker
Ben is teaching Tre wonderfully. He is really getting to know Tre and adjust the lessons accordingly. Tre likes his lessons and seems engaged in the songs, material (theory, practice book and flash cards) and process. It helps that Ben is patient, seems to be a good listener and gives helpful praise when Tre gets a concept or improves in his technique. Keep doing what your doing Ben. We care that it is all a positive experience for everyone : )Dayna
Become the masterful Singer that you really ARE! Learn to bring out the natural beauty and power of your Voice, and to match your own unique personality and vocal qualities to complementing repertoire in order to show your voice and talents in their best light. We'll develop the repertoire that fits YOU. You'll learn how the Voice works and where it really comes from, and probably be amazed at the almost immediate widening of your vocal range.
Trained by one of the Metropolitan Opera's most beloved Voice Coaches, Vanessa brings to the world of music a wonderfully varied Performing and
Teaching career ranging from Opera to Broadway. She holds a BA degree in Music Performance from the School of Fine and Applied Arts of Boston University, and is an award winning Poet. Vanessa has produced, hosted, sung, and broadcast over 2,500 television programs, concertized and spoken in the US and abroad, recorded nine albums in various languages, co-authored an Early Childhood Education book which included training in the use of music for the young, authored three poetry books and accompanying cd's, and teaches Voice to her private and group students.
*** Lesson Details *** The atmosphere is relaxed in our comfortable professional studio. We work hard, and enjoy the journey as we develop your voice and repertoire with a focus on whatever style of singing you choose. It won't be long until you will see that songs that were previously too high or too low are now comfortably within your grasp. And, you will be able to sing for longer periods of time without getting tired or injuring your voice. You might also want the experience of practicing stage presence, working with trax, learning how to relate to an audience, and learning microphone technique, all of which will add to the professionalism of your most excellent and enjoyable career.
*** Studio Equipment *** Music studio room w/ piano and seating for parents
*** Specialties *** I specialize in finding the student's unique voice, and helping them to understand its natural operation in order to set it free to be used in any style they choose to sing. The Italian Bel Canto method describes the basic singing technique, and is the foundation from which a healthy and versatile voice can be developed. My upcoming book, "All God's Chillun' Got A Voice" How To Find It, and Release It As A Creative Toolâ, discusses both the technical and esoteric sides of the singing voice, its operation and purposes.
Rebecca M. April 25, 2015
In home Verified Student
Vast amount of experience...kind ....patient....inspirational...super encouraging.
My daughter has grown musically and personally by leaps and bounds.
Maxim A. October 20, 2014
In studio Verified Student
Seriously, best instructor ever!
Courteous, friendly, knowledgeable professional.
Pleasure to work with and to learn from.
Curt H. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Superior Teacher, Outstanding Vocal/Music Lessons
Vanessa is an exceptional vocal instructor with an amazing ability to connect with my daughter Cameron and elevate her skill level as a vocalist. Her commitment to supporting the needs and requests from the student is fantastic and I appreciate her dedication to the Arts and her ability to communicate the language of music with such vigor and clarity. Thank you so much Vanessa!
I have been playing guitar since I was 14 and I have not looked back since. I love music and I love helping other people discover the joys it can bring. In college I studied classical guitar and got experience playing in many different groups. I currently perform in and around the Seattle area.
*** Lesson Details *** My lessons are tailored to each individual student, to their interests and needs. I generally use the Hal Leonard Guitar method but I will use any method best suited for the goals you want to reach. Whatever method we use will be supplemented with other songs and exercises.
My lessons tend to be laid back and fun but also challenging. I expect students to do their best and make an effort.
*** Studio Equipment *** The lessons are taught in my studio with an amp, guitar, music stand, books, and seating.
*** Travel Equipment *** Students are required to have their own instrument. I do have instruments available to rent.
*** Specialties *** *Teachers marked as a Student Favorite have taught a minimum of 25 lessons and have received the highest feedback rating from students.Fingerstyle Guitar, Classical Guitar, Folk, Rock, Christian, Worship, Hal Leonard Method
Charlie A. March 6, 2014 Verified Student
Greg is knowledgeable, patient, and a fantastic teacher. Attending lessons is a great way for me to take a break from my work day and Greg makes it a relaxing experience.
Carlene B. September 14, 2012
Guitar Verified Student
I highly recommend Greg...
Greg is an excellent teacher. Very easy going manner and willing to start where ever you are as a musician. Gives great feedback, lessons to work on that are challenging and fun, and at a pace that's comfortable.
LizP2 May 22, 2012
Great Experience. Can't wait for my second lesson.
A fourth generation pianist, I love to help others explore their personal world of music. I customize each lesson plan to the student, and provide any additional materials that I think may improve the student's learning experience. If you have any questions, please feel free contact me! I look forward to working with you.
Lisa R. March 16, 2015
In home Verified Student
Erica provides piano lessons to our eight year-old son. She is timely, creative, and an excellent motivator. Erica easily built rapport with our son and made him feel special and respected. She knows how to keep him focused, while having a lot of fun. Our son looks forward to every lesson and we are impressed with how quickly he is advancing.
Meg G. December 4, 2014
As a colleague of Erica's I have watched her grow into an incredible performer and educator. Her wisdom in teaching piano supersedes her years and is evident in her thoughtful integration of educational techniques, music theory, diverse repertoire, etc. in engaging lessons tailored for each student. Erica believes in herself and encourages others to do the same, thus creating an environment of "I can" rather than "I cannot or am not." If you are seeking a teacher to nurture a love for the instrument in addition to establishing fine technique in a safe and supportive setting-- call Erica.
Sara Y. October 22, 2014
Classical Piano ·
In home Verified Student
From the moment we met Erica we knew we were going to lover her! She put both of our boys (8 and 11) at ease, made them laugh and challenged them right away. My 8 year old had lost interest in piano and after his first lesson with Erica he was hooked. Both boys now voluntarily practice and are learning a ton about overall music education. Erica is prompt, creative and energetic. We are thankful we found her!
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
When you start learning how to play the ukulele, you first learn a few simple chords, but it isnt very long before you want to start learning more complex chords to play more advanced songs. So, to make this transition easier, I am going to present the top 10 websites I have found that will help you learn new ukulele chords. These websites are ones that I have found to be particularly helpful to my stu …
Top 10 Websites for Learning Ukulele Chords
Surf the web with your uke with this must-bookmark list from music teacher Willy M....
When you start learning how to play the ukulele, you first learn a few simple chords, but it isnt very long before you want to start learning more complex chords to play more advanced songs. So, to make this transition easier, I am going to present the top 10 websites I have found that will help you learn new ukulele chords. These websites are ones that I have found to be particularly helpful to my stu
5 Blues Guitar Secrets That Will Make You a Better Player
Learning how to play blues guitar? Pay extra attention to these five things from guitar teacher Mike B....
1. In Tune Bends
The blues guitar style is full of bending strings. Bends, as well as hammer-ons, pull-offs and slides, give guitarists the ability to imitate the way singers use various inflections while singing melodies. However, unlike hammers-ons and slides, bends are not guaranteed to be in tune. Since there is nothing worse than an out-of-tune bend in the climax of a great solo,
15 Fantastic Jazz Songs for Female Vocalists
When it comes to jazz, incredible female singers are not hard to find. Here, vocal instructor Molly R. lists some of the top popular jazz songs that are sure to get your foot tapping and your soul singing...
As a voice teacher, one of the genres I am consistently suggesting that students give a try is jazz singing. Why? A few reasons! One reason is that learning a jazz standard really helps you get stronger with your vocal phrasing. It's also great for singers because it allows
The Pros and Cons of Online Guitar Lessons
So you've heard about online guitar lessons but you're not convinced they're right for you? Guitar teacher Edward B. shares the benefits and drawbacks he has learned from teaching live online lessons...
Live online guitar lessons are filling a much-needed gap in societys need for lessons, especially for students in rural areas who dont have access to music teachers, and busy students who have trouble fitting lessons into their schedules. Ive given guitar lessons quite successfully via Skyp
Science-Backed Rituals to Calm Your Nerves Before a Piano Recital
Do the butterflies in your stomach seem to turn into bats before each and every piano recital? You are not alone. Millions suffer from performance anxiety, or stage fright, from actors to professional athletes. But you dont have to let this anxiety prevent you from letting your talent shine for the world to see!
Is anxiety affecting you before your piano recital? Look for these signs:
Increased heart rate
Trembling limbs or voice
Dry mouth or difficulty speaking
Cold, sweaty hands