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Garmanian Jording, Garinee
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Tempe, AZ 85283
My name is Sarah Elise Grosland and I have recently moved to Tempe from St. Cloud, Minnesota. I have been playing the piano for 31 years and teaching piano lessons for 18. I work with students of all ages, ranging in skill levels from beginners to early advanced.
I have recently become a member of the Desert Valley Music Teachers Association and the East Valley Music Teachers Association, Arizona State Music Teachers, and the Music Teachers National Association, so I will be able to offer my students numerous event/performance occasions throughout the year. I also plan to have two recitals, Winter and Spring. I encourage my students to volunteer their talents whenever possible and will be looking into opportunities for students to play at senior citizen communities, and other venues, around the time of recitals.
Thank you for your interest in piano lessons. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the joy of music with you and your family.
Sarah E. Grosland
Chandler, AZ 85226
Joshua Hillmann has entertained audiences for years as both a solo and collaborative artist with his energetic and colorful musical interpretations and outstanding technical ability. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Arizona State University, studying with Dr. Baruch Meir, with whom he also earned his Master of Music Degree. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance at the University of Kansas, studying with Dr. Jack Winerock. His earlier musical training came from the St. Louis Symphony Music School, studying with artist/teacher Jane Allen.
Joshua has been the recipient of numerous awards in national and international competitions. Most recently he was awarded the special prize from the National Society for Arts and Letters for the “Most Outstanding Arizona Pianist” in the 4th Bösendorfer USASU International Piano Competition in Tempe, AZ, and was awarded 1st Place in October 2006 at the 1st WPPC PIANOvision Most Wanted Piano Competition: Etude Invitational in Atlanta, GA, was an Alternate Winner of Arizona State University's Concert of Soloists Piano Concerto Competition in 2005 in Tempe, AZ, was Winner of the 2003 Kansas City Musical Club Collegiate Piano Competition in Kansas City, MO, and was awarded 1st Place in the Kansas Music Teachers Association Collegiate Piano Competition in 2002 in Kansas City, MO, and also 1st Runner Up in 2001. He has also performed in master classes with Jeremy Denk, Anne Schein, Robert Hamilton, Hugh Sung, Philip Kawin, and Arbo Valdma among others. He has also performed in chamber master classes and received coaching from the Brentano String Quartet. He is also a member of the Music Teachers National Association and Arizona State Music Teachers Association.
He has performed solo recitals in St. Louis, Lawrence, KS, Kansas City, and Phoenix, and has performed as collaborative artist in South Korea with the Kansas City Chorale, and in the USA with the University of Kansas Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble, and as soloist with the Arizona State University Sinfonietta.
He has also been very active as a singer as well. He was a member of KU Jazz Singers and Chamber Choir, as well as Music Director and singer in the college a cappella group Genuine Imitation. At ASU he has been a long-time member of their choirs. He sang with the Chamber Singers and Symphonic Chorale, the Herberger Singers and Heatwave Vocal Jazz. He has appeared as bass soloist with the Phoenix Symphony with Michael Christie conducting the opera in concert "Ainadamar". He has appeared with professional choirs around the country including the Phoenix Chorale, Kansas City Chorale, Seraphic Fire, Tucson Chamber Artists, and Spire, and has shared the stage with such great artists as Kitty Carlisle and Dawn Upshaw. He is currently a bass singer with the Grammy Award-winning Phoenix Chorale and sings several times a week at Church of the Beatitudes in Phoenix.
Queen Creek, AZ 85142
Located in the Cortina Neighborhood across from Power Ranch at Germann and Power Roads in Queen Creek. I am a certified elementary school teacher. I left classroom teaching in 2007 to return to my true love, introducing children (from age 4) and adults to the joy and language of music. I am a member of the East Valley Music Teachers’ Association. My students have received Superior and Excellent ratings when evaluated in the Arizona Study Program. I believe my training as a teacher combined with my strong music background make me an excellent piano instructor for students of all ages. I teach from 3pm to 7pm on Monday through Thursday. First two lessons are free so it costs nothing to find out if I am the right teacher for you or your children.
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Stephanie Jones is a graduate of Northern Arizona University where she earned her Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2005. She was the student of Dr. Frank Scott. Ms. Jones studied Suzuki Pedagogy with Diana Galindo and has earned her Suzuki Certification through Book 3.
Ms. Jones has taught students of various ages for the last 9 years using both Suzuki and Traditional methods. She has experience as both a private and group lesson piano teacher. Ms. Jones taught in the Northern Arizona University Preparatory School of Music for 3 years, maintained a private studio in Flagstaff for 2 years, the Grand Canyon for 1 year, and currently resides in Gilbert Arizona where she has been building a successful private studio for the past 3 years.
Ms. Jones encourages her students to take advantage of performance opportunities. Her studio holds regular recitals and Ms. Jones encourages her students to be active in the Arizona Study Program.
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Chandler, AZ 85224
I have been a piano teacher for over 25 years! I earned my BA in Education from University of Arizona and Masters in Music History from Arizona State. My goal is to develop a life skill in piano and prepare my students to enjoy playing the piano their whole life long!
Mesa, AZ 85207
Hi Adult Learners,
My name is Ashley Bradford. I have been a successful piano teacher in Arizona for almost 25 years and am former president of the Arizona Music Teachers Association. Check out my website link above for a complete bio.
Through private weekly piano lessons, I work with adult learners to help them achieve their musical dreams. We do everything from pop, jazz, church music, rock, and classical styles to theory, analysis, improvisation, composition, and sight reading. Whatever your personal goal, we can realize it together.
Your lessons can take place from the convenience or your home via Skype, if you are in the Mesa, AZ area, you can stop by my in-home studio for weekly lessons, or we can work out me coming to you.
Follow your musical dreams. Create happiness.
Please e-mail me personally if you would like to learn more about creating your own musical happiness. I look forward to collaborating with you.
Master's Music Academy
Adult Piano Lessons
Neuberger, Julie Ann
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
Julie Ann Neuberger, a double masters and classically trained piano and vocal instructor, is the director and founder of The Scottsdale Studio of Music, a music school offering lessons in classically focused instruments. Julie Ann's goal for The Scottsdale Studio of Music is to offer a musically rich and inspiring environment in which learning and creativity can flourish. The music teaching philosophy of the studio is to keep music lessons fun and engaging while giving students an excellent foundation of the music essentials: music reading, rhythmic control, technique, musicianship, and performance skill. WIth these essential music tools, a classically trained music student can capably branch out into any form of music.
In addition to piano and voice, quality private instruction will be available in many different instruments, including violin, cello, flute, and acoustic guitar, beginning December 1st. The studio teachers seek to inspire musicians of any age and level to reach their fullest musical potential. The music instructors at the studio teach through a flexible perspective, modifying her approach according to the student's learning style and musical goals.
Julie Ann Neuberger, who has over ten years of teaching experience, earned a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Piano Performance and a Master of Music in Piano Pedagogy from University of South Carolina. She also graduated magna cum laude from Gordon College with a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance. During her graduate studies in South Carolina, Ms. Neuberger served as a piano faculty member of the University of South Carolina Community Music Program and taught for her private piano studio. Ms. Neuberger has performed as the pianist in several chamber groups, as well as in solo piano recitals in South Carolina, Massachusetts, and Maryland. She has served as a piano adjudicator for several piano festivals associated with the Music Teacher's National Association and a masterclass clinician for several events. Ms. Neuberger has lived in the Valley for the past four years and currently resides in Scottsdale. Ms. Neuberger is a member of the National Association of Piano Guild, the Music Teacher's National Association, Arizona State Music Teacher's Association, the Phoenix Music Teacher's Association, and the East Valley Music Teacher's Association. These professional memberships allow Ms. Neuberge's students to compete and participate in motivating and skill-building competitions, festivals, and other music events.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Christine completed her Bachelor of Music in Music Therapy degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University in 2005. She specializes in teaching beginning piano students and students with special needs but enjoys teaching students of all ages and abilities.
Chandler, AZ 85249
Umbrianna Music Studio embraces the love of music through classical study. We welcome the study of classical voice at all levels and beginning and intermediate piano students. We believe the enthusiastic formal study of classical technique will result in a lifelong love of music.
Wendy L. Umbrianna, Lyric Mezzo Soprano
MM Music Education choral conducting (voice)
ASU 2004 BM Music Education choral conducting (piano), UofA 1999
The Music Store: 1999-2004
Umbrianna Music Studio: 2004-current
Arizona Opera Company: 2003-2010:
Tosca, L'elisir d'amore, La Traviata, Lucia di Lammermoor, Madama Butterfly, Macbeth, Der fliegende Holländer, Paggliacci and La Boheme chorus member
Desert Ridge High School: 2004-2007
Desert Vista High School: 2003-2004
Mountain Pointe High School: 1999-2003
Mesa, AZ 85202
Bachelor of Science-Music Education; Nationally certified by Music Teachers National Association; 2007 recipient of Piano Technicians' Guild grant for further piano study; many years' experience teaching; students annually entered in Arizona Study Program, Ensemble Concert; Music in the Mall;
Mesa, AZ 85210
I have been practicing music therapy, performance, and/ or teaching professionally since 2008. My private lessons studio, JJO Music, has been in business since October 2010. We have had several recitals at My First Piano since I discovered them in 2011.
I am a young, fun, and energetic teacher who can help people of all ages develop the skills they need and get excited about playing and singing music they love. I currently offer in-studio and in-home lessons (within a 15-mile driving distance). I currently do have availability for more students in my studio.
It is my hope that this website will help students find me, and help me get more integrated in the music education community. I look forward to making music with you! For more information on my qualifications and background, please visit my website at www.jjomusic.com.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Dr. Janet Norman, originally from Cleveland, Ohio, received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Arizona State University in 2009. She received her Master of Music degrees from Arizona State University and Bowling Green State University in Ohio and her Bachelor of Music degree from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, OH. She has actively participated in and directed professional piano pedagogy events, master classes and conferences, including chairing the Arizona State Music Teachers Association conference in June of 2004 and 2007. She currently teaches theory, piano class and applied piano at Grand Canyon University. Norman also teaches private lessons at Scottsdale Community College.
Her performances include solo recitals in Italy, New York, Ohio, and Arizona.Honors for her performances include third place in the Klatzkin Piano Competition, the 1999 inaugural ASU Contemporary Music Society Competition for performers, a two-time winner of the Three Arts Club of Lakewood, OH in 1987 and 1988, and the 1986 Baldwin-Wallace College/Conservatory Concerto Competition. She is also a nationally certified member of MTNA(Music Teachers National Association).
I have a BA in music from Cal State Fullerton, and have been teaching piano for 10 years.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Gilbert, AZ 85298
I offer piano lessons for children and adults, as well as preschool music classes for younger children.
Tempe, AZ 85281
DMA. candidate, Arizona State University; MM. Cleveland Institute of Music; MM. Central Conservatory of Music (Beijing, China); BM. Southchina Normal University
Chandler, AZ 85226
Chandler, AZ 85249
Tabitha Kaminski was born and raised in Buffalo, NY. She has been classically trained in piano since the age of 9. During her beginner years, Tabitha studied piano and theory with pedagogue Mary Lou Edgecomb, and later transferred to her sister, concert pianist and music director, Annette Masterson, to study piano performance. In high school, Tabitha had the honor of studying under Dr. Gary Fisher at The Eastman School of Music and at Nazareth College in Rochester, NY. During this time, she performed and competed extensively throughout Western NY, gave concerts at local churches and retirement homes, and was a special guest on Tri-State Christian Television's live show "Celebrate," where she performed an original composition.
When Tabitha began teaching at the young age of 15, she immediately fell in love with it as a career. After moving to Arizona to attend college, she continued giving piano lessons in students' homes throughout the Phoenix metro area. During this time, she met her future husband, Mike Kaminski, who was a keyboardist in a local Christian rock band. After 2 years of college-level training in classical piano performance, she took some time off from school to get married and focus on teaching fulltime.
A year later, Tabitha and Mike founded KaminsKEYS Piano Studio (now called East Valley School of Music) and quickly grew the business from 20 students to 60 students in less than 2 years. During this time, they also became actively involved in the East Valley Music Teachers Association, participating and chairing various local events throughout the year. In the fall of 2008, Tabitha became a Nationally Certified Teacher of Music (NCTM) through the Music Teachers National Association.
During the past years, Tabitha has been privileged to study under the tutelage of Dr. Judy Lively, Dr. Andrea Fennig, Dr. Walter Cosand, Professor Ashley Bradford, and Professor Ruth Yandell. She is currently finishing her Bachelor's Degree in Piano Performance at Grand Canyon University under the instruction of Dr. Juan Hernandez, and is set to graduate in the spring of 2012.
I am a lifelong student and aspiring teacher of piano. Naturally, I am a huge proponent of the arts. Music in particular has been a huge part of my life from the time I learned to crawl, which usually meant that adults would either find me with a child's keyboard in tow or clambering my way up to my grandmother's piano bench. It wasn't until I moved to Arizona at the age of eight that I began taking formal piano lessons, but I and my piano have been virtually inseparable ever since.
During my college years, I tried my hand at teaching piano for the first time and found that I enjoyed working one-on-one with new students and sharing my passion for piano with others, regardless of age or experience. My senior thesis project, in fact, was dedicated to studying different learning styles, particularly students who are primarily visual learners as well as students who learn best by ear. My research consisted of teaching young adults different skills associated with these two styles (which is definitely better than sitting in a lab staring at a petri dish, in my opinion). Also during my college career, I participated as a piano teacher in Talent Match , a program begun by ASU's honors college in which college mentors were paired with underprivileged middle school students from the Phoenix Metro area.
Now that my college days are behind me, I am hard at work on the MTNA piano teacher certification process and eager for new teaching opportunities. I look forward to taking on several more students and introducing them to a hobby that became my lifelong passion.
Mesa, AZ 85203
I graduated from the Arizona State University School of Music with a degree in Music Therapy. I have been playing the piano for 21 years and I have been teaching for 6 years. I took piano lessons with Caio Pagano at Arizona State University. My performances have included accompaning small and large ensembles, solos, and piano ensembles. My studio accepts individuals of all ages and levels. I focus on making my lessons fun and interactive. Because I have a background in Music Therapy, I am able to assess, adapt, and make each lesson tailored to the individual and their needs. I use a wide variety of percussion instruments as well as boards, charts, and keyboards to implement what is being taught. I am a member of the Music Teachers National Association and my students participate in competitions, recitals, and the Arizona Study Program.
"I love playing the piano and love teaching it. I was born and raised in Canada where I started lessons when I was 4 years old. I took lessons for 15 years through a Conservatory called the Royal Conservatory of Canada.
The RCC was an intense course which corresponded to our public education system. I completed my Royal Conservatory which includes both music theory and music history.
" I'm young and my enthusiasm for the piano is contagious."
Andrew received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in piano performance at Arizona State University where he studied with Robert Hamilton. He began piano study in the Chicago area at age seven, taking lessons from Nancy Burghardt and Amo Cappelli. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from the Chicago Musical College of Roosevelt University where he studied with Robert McDowell and Pawel Checinski. Andrew received a Master of Music degree from the New England Conservatory, studying piano with Gabriel Chodos and chamber music with Benjamin Zander. For a number of years he studied privately in New York City with Karl Ulrich Schnabel.
He has performed at Boston College, Dartmouth College, University of New Hampshire and as soloist with the Nashua (NH) and North Valley (AZ) Chamber Orchestras. Andrew appeared several times in master classes at New York City’s Dalcroze School of Music at the invitation of Mr. Schnabel. In 1995, in Italy, under the auspices of the Rockefeller Foundation, Andrew played a concert at the Villa Serbelloni in Bellagio, and another at the Teatro Roma in Cerignola. In 2011, he performed at Colorado’s Silverton Fall Colors Music Fest. He was invited to be the featured concert artist at the 2012 state convention of the Arizona State Music Teachers Association. In the coming season, he will perform works of Mozart and John Adams with the San Tan Orchestra, and Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Scottsdale Community Band. He will also play solo programs is Scottsdale and Tucson, as well as chamber music at the 2012 Silverton Fall Colors Music Fest.
Prior to relocating to Arizona in 2000 he was on staff at St. Paul’s School and Concord Community Music School, both in New Hampshire, where he taught piano for 12 years. Andrew is an adjunct faculty instructor in piano, music history, and music theory at Scottsdale Community College and also teaches privately in Phoenix. He is a member of the College of Examiners of the Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program.
Tchoi, Lim Angela
Tempe, AZ 85282
Lim Angela Tchoi is a Doctorate of Musical Arts student in Piano Performance and Pedagogy at Arizona State University, in the studio of Robert Hamilton. She is a Special Talent Award recipient from the ASU School of Music, and has completed her course work with cumulative GPA of 4.0.
Ms. Tchoi earned the Master of Music degree in Piano Performance under the tutelage of Dr. Stewart Gordon at the University of Southern California’s Thornton School of Music, where she also received the Bachelor of Music cum laude. Previously, she has been taught by Professor Dennis Thurmond, Dr. Myong-Joo Lee (student of John Perry and Paul Schenly), and Mihyang Keel (student of Daniel Pollack and Nak Ho Paik).
At age 14, Ms. Tchoi made her debut in Torrance, CA playing a Beethoven Concerto under the baton of Maestro Frank Fetta. In the following year, she also performed with the Bellflower Symphony as a winner of the Concerto Competition for Young Artists. Lim Angela enjoys chamber performances as well; her work on Dvořák’s Piano Quintet in A, op.81 was coached by the Juilliard String Quartet in a master class, and her performance of Mozart’s Piano Quartet in E-flat, K. 493 with director Peter Marsh was aired on KUSC 91.5 fm as "Pair of Prodigies" on the Thornton Center Stage program.
Ms. Tchoi had developed an active studio in San Pedro, CA for over 7 years, and is now continuing her career in Tempe, AZ as the Assistant Director of the ASU Piano Prep Program. She has taught ASU undergraduate piano courses and graduate piano lessons as an intern, and has also been responsible for group classes and individual instruction as a teaching assistant for the ASU Piano Prep Program for three years.
Her students' achievements include admissions to the Bachelor of Music program (in piano) at the Manhattan School of Music, and the Master of Music program (in piano performance and pedagogy) at ASU. Ms. Tchoi is the ASU chapter president of the Music Teachers National Association, and was also a member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, the California Association of Professional Music Teachers, while serving as an adjudicator at the Southwestern Youth Music Festival.
Sun Lakes, AZ 85248
I have many years of teaching and accompaning experience. While teaching in California for 33 years, I had students who won many awards, and several studied through their senior year of high school. Here in Arizona, I enjoy my affiliation with DVMTA and EVMTA and encourage my students to participate in several of the events sponsored by these groups. My goal is to help students to love music and learn to play well enough that they will want to play for a lifetime. Children and adults welcome!
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Tempe, AZ 85282
Chandler, AZ 85224
I have been teaching piano since 2003. Besides teaching privately, I teach Class Piano and Group Piano at Mesa Community College; I also substitute teach for Music Theory, Chamber Music Ensemble, and Studio Class Piano.
Chandler, AZ 85225
Background / Education: I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota and have been teaching and performing professionally since 1979. I am the pianist/organist for Gilbert Presbyterian Church.
Professional Organizations: I am a nationally certified member of the Music Teachers National Association and of the Arizona Music Teachers Association.
Classes: I teach private lessons for beginner thru advanced students and group classes for 4 & 5 year olds.
Mesa, AZ 85204
Marla Bradford has a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and is a nationally certified teacher with the Music Teacher's National Association. Each of her students experiences a dynamic mix of private lessons, group Master Classes, progress evaluations and an array of public-performance opportunities as a part of Master's Music Academy (Like us on Facebook!) She loves teaching, both privately, and adult group recreational lessons. Her students make rapid progress and truly enjoy their lessons.
Ju, Jennifer Shinyoung
Mesa, AZ 85206
Hello! My name is Marcy Trupe, I'm a professional educator and musician with 41 years of teaching experience in elementary education and music. I taught in Mesa Schools for 22 years, have a BA Degree in Elementary Education with a Minor in Music, and received my Master's Degree from Northern Arizona University.
My piano studio is located in my home in Mesa and I teach on my Baldwin Grand, which my students enjoy playing. My goal is to instill the love of music in each of my students. I'm a member of the East Valley Music Teachers Association, which enables my students the opportunities to perform in recitals and other enjoyable events.
My piano instruction began in grade school and continued through college. I've held various positions as Baldwin Piano Studio teacher, church pianist, organist and choir director throughout the years. I'm presently accepting students from beginning to intermediate levels. Please fill free to call me for more information and we'll set up a time that will work for both of our schedules.
Private piano and violin lessons for all ages. (I can also teach beginning cello, viola, and bass.)
My studio is located at Gilbert and Elliot Roads in Gilbert.
Weekly lessons are 30, 45, 60 minutes long (depending on skill level and experience), and I give prizes, rewards, incentives for practicing and achievement (Music needs to be FUN).
For a 30 minute lesson once a week, it's $85/month, every month, regardless of how many weeks there are. Payment is due at the beginning of the month for the whole month. I accept cash, and checks.
If you can't come to me, I WILL COME TO YOU for an extra $45/month. That makes a 30 minute lesson once a week $130/month, regardless of how many weeks there are. (go to the bottom of the page for more details on tuition policy)
East Valley Music Teachers Association (EVMTA)
Arizona State Music Teachers Association (ASMTA)
Desert Valley Music Teachers Association (DVMTA)
American String Teachers Association
National Music Teachers Association
I have a Bachelor's Degree in Music from Arizona State University
I've been teaching for 15 years, and I've been playing violin and piano since I was five years old (my mother was a piano teacher, so I grew up with teaching and music). I've also studied voice, cello, viola, bass, guitar, organ, and a bit of brass, woodwinds, and percussion. I've played in church functions, national orchestra events, school orchestra, honor orchestras, accompanying singers, etc. for my entire life. Music is what I do.
I teach all aspects of music including, but not limited to, classical music training, technique, scales, chords, arpeggios, phrasing, feeling, styling, ear training, reading music, playing by ear, classical repertoire, popular repertoire, jazz, music history, music theory, how to write your own songs(composition), improvisation, sight reading, fiddling, etc.
I teach students (any and all ages) music in a way that reaches them and instills a lifelong love of music. I adapt lessons to the student's individual needs and learning styles. Working with the student, I help them understand where we're going in lessons and why we're covering the things we're covering. I help my students set goals, explaining what the goals will do for their overall playing. While I will not deny that to learn music takes discipline and commitment, I believe music needs to be fun; so I have prizes, rewards, and incentives for achievement (long-term and short-term) to motivate, inspire, and nurture my students.
I also give lots of varied performance opportunities throughout the year to spice things up and remind them why they want to learn music. I also help students prepare to play at their own performance opportunities such as church functions, Regional and All-state auditions, Metropolitan Youth Symphony, East Valley Youth Symphony, Phoenix Youth Guild, Mesa Youth Orchestra, Mesa Young People's Orchestra, school orchestras, school choirs, school bands, and school jazz bands, etc. (All these activities promote learning in my studio.)
DVMTA/EVMTA events including:
MARATHON DAY/MUSIC IN THE MALL: a recital at the mall, or a retirement community;
COMPOSERS CELEBRATION CONCERT: an opportunity to perform in a concert dedicated to a specific type of music;
ARIZONA STUDY PROGRAM: an intense theory training program with a written theory test at the end of the year as well as a chance to be play for and be critiqued by a master adjudicator at ASU;
ORIGINAL COMPOSITION FESTIVAL: where I help students write their own songs;
CAVALCADE/ENSEMBLE: where students perform duets as a group at Mountain View High School or ;
MUSIC CARNIVAL: preparation for the AZ Study Program, where students play fun music games and review theory concepts in a fun way;
ORGAN STOP PIZZA PARTY: a pizza party at Organ Stop Pizza;
AWARDS IN EXCELLENCE: a competition where winning students receive a trophy and a cash prize;
ACHIEVEMENT DAY: an opportunity to be critiqued on songs, playing ability and technique, composition, music theory, music history, ear training, duet playing, etc. Students receive a ribbon or trophy depending on the level they enter;
DEVOTED PERFORMER AWARD: where students meeting the requirements get a large trophy and a cash prize;
OUTSTANDING SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP: where graduating seniors can apply for a scholarship (cash prize) toward college due to their dedication and talent in music;
FALL/SPRING/SENIOR RECITALS: opportunity for the best, most prepared students to perform among the best of other teachers' students at My First Piano;
HONORS RECITAL/PIANO COMPETITION/PRIZE PERFORMERS: more opportunities to compete and perform;
I also hold a HOLIDAY PARTY each year at my home, where the students come and play for each other in a laid-back setting with refreshments and small gifts to follow;
I also hold a formal recital each May;
Parents always ask me about how to motivate their kids to practice, so I'm including a bit here:
First, nobody wants to practice. They want to "play" piano/violin, not "practice" piano/violin. Unfortunately, playing requires enough practice to get to the point where you can just read and play music, or just sit down and make up your own music. (Just like it takes years of learning to read and write before you can sit down and enjoy the Harry Potter series.)
That being said, here are things that work well for most people:
If you can find a time for practicing that works on a consistent basis, this is the ideal situation. Some people practice before schools starts, some right when they get home from school and before homework [homework will get done no matter what because it has to, but practicing doesn't "have" to get done, so if it's the last thing of the day, most people are too tired to do it.] So in general, the earlier the better, although that's not the case for everybody. You'll have to see what works best for you.
The ideal environment varies from person to person - some need absolute quiet and isolation, with no one else in the room to distract them. Some need the parent sitting in the same room so that they don't feel alone. Others can't have their parents near them because they feel like they're being watched. Etc. Etc. Just pay attention to whatever your kid is presenting.
Practicing should never be a punishment. But it can be a "chore". If you do chore charts, like cleaning your room, taking out the garbage, etc., practicing can be on the chore chart too. And then they can mark off their chores as the finish them, and if they don't get their chores done, they don't get to go play with friends, watch TV, play video games, or whatever fun thing is happening that day. On the flip side, if they do get all their chores done, they can go play with friends, or they can go play video games, or watch TV, etc.
Then, you can also have an overall reward system, like, if they do all their chores every day for the whole week, or the whole month, then they get a treat (i.e. a new piece of clothing, a new toy, a candy bar, an ice cream, a trip to the movies, a play date with friends, a lunch date with a parent --- whatever will excite the kid.)
You can also set up a point system - they get 1 point for every day they practice, or 1 point for every ten minutes they practice, and then have different rewards/prizes for certain amounts of points - 300 points = xbox game, lego set, trip to Castles and Coasters, etc. The point system for time practiced has very tangible results - it's not an all or nothing system. Every time they practice they're earning points toward a "big" goal, like a lego set, or video game, or a sleepover, or something.
For some people it helps to set a timer to let them know how long they need to sit at the piano. Or a stop watch that will keep track of how long they practiced, then they can add that time to their points chart.
I recommend students practice five days a week, each song/scale/item five times each day. I also recommend students listen to classical music each week, and/or the CD that correlates with their music curriculum.
You can set up a similar reward system for listening to classical music too. (Listening to classical music has a ton of benefits aside from helping them to learn music better and faster - just google it and you'll find tons of data on this.)
Hope this helps!
Details of Tuition Policy:
Some months there are 5 weeks, some there are 4 weeks, some there are 3 weeks. Over time, it all balances out. My basic rate is $40/hour, or $20/half hour. There are 52 weeks in a year, minus one week for the week of Christmas equals 51 weeks. 51 weeks x $20/half hour lesson = $1020/year. $1020 divided by 12 months = $85/month. So, it's $85/month for a half hour lesson once a week, regardless of how many weeks there are in a month, including one week off for Christmas.
For vacations/missed classes/illnesses/makeups: If you know you'll miss a scheduled lesson for a valid reason (i.e. family vacation, school concert, illness, etc.), let me know as far in advance as possible. If you let me know in advance, then I will do my best to reschedule that lesson. If you no call/no show, you forfeit that lesson and its payment, and do not get a makeup lesson or a refund. If the student is sick, and you call to let me know, I will do my best to schedule a makeup. If you no call/no show for any reason, you forfeit that lesson and its payment. During the summer, we can schedule double lessons on the weeks you're here to makeup for the weeks you're gone, or have two lessons in a week - the second lesson turns into a "how to practice" session, which is very beneficial.
Here's what a few students have said about me:
"Tiffany is an amazing instructor and my kids have done so well in the year that we have been working with her! They enjoy lessons and always talk about how she tries to incorporate their personal likes and interests into the music that they are learning to play. I have had experience with many instructors as a student myself, and I am so pleased with Tiffany's work, attitude, and commitment to my children's music education. I highly, highly recommend Tiffany Westlake as a piano instructor for your student regardless of level." --Anjie
"My boys have been working with Tiffany for almost a year. The change I've seen in them musically has been invaluable. All my boys sing in choirs and have voice coaches but since starting piano, they've excelled in areas of range and technical identification of chords. For instance, my 14 year old recently scored top three in the Regional chorus auditions in "sight reading". (A classical piece is given to the student 5 minutes before they go before the judges to sing) When my son came home he was ecstatic -- his first words were "I know its because of Tiffany! I was imagining myself playing it on the piano and I could hear what it was supposed to sound like. . ." My boys range from 17 years old to 7 years old and Tiffany works fabulously with all of them! She's patient and encouraging and a welcome presence every time she walks through the door." ---Lori
Codier, Linda (Mrs. Lyn)
Mesa, AZ 85202-5505
“Mrs. Lyn” has been teaching music and movement to children since the early 1980’s directing youth choirs and musicals. She teaches music at the Sun Valley Learning Center in Tempe and is a licensedMusikgarten teacher/business owner (both since 1996). Growing up in a family and community that sang often, she was active in dance, band, New England District choirs, musicals, touring ensembles, and was an employed vocalist at a summer resort. As a nursing student at Boston College she toured with the BC Chorale, was a finalist in the 2000 NATS vocal competition, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor’s Degree from ASU in Music Education and Childhood Development & Family Studies.
She completed her graduate studies in the music pedagogies of Kodály andOrff Schulwerk (certified through Level III in both), and completed the Level III certification for the Early Childhood Music and Movement Association. She is a current board member of the ECMMA, serving as the SW Regional Rep. as well as the Nominations Chair, and is the current president of the ECMMA of AZ Chapter, and a member of the Music Teacher's National Association.
Mrs. Lyn’s teaching philosophy embraces facilitating experiences of joyful music making for children, teachers, and families. She endeavors to provide a comprehensive approach to music literacy by using materials and methods that are developmentally appropriate for the distinct needs of young children. This includes building musicianship through integrating the experiences of speech, singing, rhythm, movement, drama, and playing instruments.
Chandler, AZ 85286
Dr. Karali Hunter, NCTM, received her Bachelor's Degree in piano performance from Brigham Young University and her Masters Degree at Indiana University, Jacobs School of Music. She recieved her DMA at Arizona State University under the direction of Baruch Meir.
Dr. Hunter’s musical pursuits have led to prizes in various state and international competitions, as well as master classes with some of the world’s best-known musicians. She was named a First Prize Winner of the American Protégé International Piano and Strings Competition 2011, and was given the honor of performing in Carnegie Hall. Also in 2011, she was priviledged to perform in Perugia, Italy, where she performed Saint-Saens Piano Concerto No. 2 with I Solisti di Perugia.
Dr. Hunter runs an active and competitive piano studio in Chandler, AZ. Her students have been prizewinners in many competitions, as well as receiving national honors such as the "Highest Score in the Nation" for the Music Development Program run by the Royal Conservatory of Canada and Carnegie Hall. Her students have also performed in Carnegie Hall as prize winners in an international competition.
Karali and her husband Matthew are now enjoying their newest and most exciting adventure together as they raise their son, Gavin.
Mesa, AZ 85206
Lianna Rivera is the proud owner of Properties of Sound home studio. Properties of Sound provides a well-rounded, music training program from beginning to intermediate levels. All ages are welcome. One hour instruction includes, but is not limited to, studying piano repertoire, music theory, technique, music history, ear training, musicianship, composition, sight-reading and sight-singing, world music, and duet playing.
1 hour piano lessons are offered to students above the age of 7.
Pre-school music classes are available for students between the ages of 3 and 6 years old. Properties of Sound is a licensed ColorSoundation provider. ColorSoundation is an innovative music program to prepare young children for a future in any instrument. Properties of Sound is the only studio in the state of Arizona that provides these classes. To learn more about ColorSoundation please visit this link: http://www.colorsoundation.com/
Lianna Rivera graduated from Northern Arizona University with a Bachelors of Arts in Music and minors in Asian Studies and Business. She has been teaching private piano lessons for three years.
I studied at BYU’s School of Music and received my degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy. I also received minors in Business Management and Folk Dance from BYU. I operated my own dance studio for 13 years and have taught piano lessons for 12 years. I have had a lot of experience in teaching situations of many kinds. I love to encourage the success of my students at every level. Making music is a journey that can be enjoyed every step of the way.
I work hard to provide a well-rounded musical experience. My ultimate goal for my students is that they are able to learn new music without a teacher. By that, I mean that I teach my students how to learn music, not just how to play the piano. I nourish their desire to learn and enjoy music that lasts a lifetime, not just during the years of lessons.
I was trained and received my degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy (the art of teaching) at Brigham Young University. My curriculum covers all aspects of musical development including: repertoire, music theory, technique, sight reading, composition, ensemble work, improvisation, and music history. I know that students love to learn music they are familiar with. I encourage students to study a variety of different musical styles including classical, jazz, religious, and popluar tunes.
My curriculum includes performance training so that my students are capable and comfortable sharing their talent with others and feeling the joy that comes from completing a successful performance experience.
I believe students are inspired to greater learning by listening and attending concerts and listening to recordings of great artists. Students are encouraged to listen to good music by attending concerts, listening to recordings, and enjoying performances on on the radio or via internet recordings.
I also provide regular "Listening Links" via email to parents and students to put this important part of my curriculum right in their own home. This allows students to become acquainted with classicls, be introduced to new ideas, as well as be inspired by the talents of others.
Tempe, AZ 85281
Kara Routley graduated in 2014 with a Master of Music degree in Piano Performance Pedagogy from Arizona State University where she studied under Robert Hamilton. She also holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with distinction from the University of Victoria where she studied under Arthur Rowe. Kara has completed the Licentiate Diploma in Piano Performance from the B.C. Conservatory of Music as well as the ARCT Diploma in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music. In addition to her university education, Kara has also participated in music programs including Strings and Keys in Alberta, Orford Arts Centre Summer Music Academy in Québec, and the PianoSummer Institute and Festival in New York where she had the opportunity to perform in Steinway Hall.
Kara is the recipient of festival awards and scholarships from the B.C. Conservatory of Music and the Victoria Performing Arts Piano Festival. She has also received numerous university scholarships for excellence in academics and piano performance, and during her studies at ASU she was the recipient of the Special Talent Award.
In addition to performing, Kara loves to share her musical talent with others by teaching. She has maintained a private studio since 2003, and during her graduate studies at ASU she was an instructor for university group piano classes and the Music Preparatory Program. Currently, Kara is a faculty associate at ASU where she teaches group piano classes. She also teaches at Spoelman Piano Studio in Mesa and in her private studio in North Tempe.
Gilbert, AZ 85234
Creative Kids Piano Studio is located in my home. Students have the opportunity to utilize all that my studio has to offer by experiencing a variety of multi-media equipment that teaches theory, ear training, technic exercises, in a fun and interactive way. Each student is taught a well-planned private lesson.
I am currently accepting new piano students. I’m located in Gilbert in the Morrison Ranch Area in Higley Groves. I accept all ages. I offer the traditional private lessons or multi-media studio lessons (Piano Lab).
AZ Certified School Teacher with 15 years experience of teaching piano. I studied piano through the Royal Conservatory Program in Canada. I am a member of MTNA, EVMTA, DVMTA. $85/Month plus a $50/Annual Registration Fee. Spaces limited.
Tempe, AZ 85284-1748
Sherin Moustafa is an accomplished pianist and exceptional teacher. Born in Egypt with Taiwanese heritage, Sherin speaks fluent Chinese and English, and understands basic Japanese, Arabic, German, Italian, and French. Her cultural background allows her to develop a worldview and an appreciation for both western and eastern music. Not surprisingly, Sherin fell in love with music at a young age because it has both the creative and serene elements that she saw in herself.
Sherin has a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano Performance and a bachelor’s degree in Music Therapy from Arizona State University. Currently residing in Tempe, Arizona, Sherin serves as the assistant organist at Victory Lutheran Church and assistant choir director/accompanist at Perry High School. She is a versatile pianist specializing in classical, music theatre, contemporary, cabaret and other popular genres, and is often invited to perform at special events because of her ability to provide a captivating performance. Her passion for music and vibrant personality not only make her a mesmerizing performer, but also an effective piano teacher.
During her professional music career, Sherin has established herself as a successful pianist. She was a recipient of Neely Music Talent Scholarship and has received many awards from competitions, such as the East Valley Piano Competition. She has also performed at Katzin Concert Hall and Kerr Cultural Center of Arizona State University both as a soloist and a collaborative pianist. Recently, Perry High School’s concert choir where Sherin serves as the assistant music director and the accompanist had won the Superior Award at the Heritage Festival. As a result, they were invited to perform at the Carnegie Hall, New York City in March 2012.
Sherin is a proud member of East Valley Music Teacher Association (EVMTA) and Music Teacher National Association (MTNA). With an open mind and humble attitude, Sherin continues to grow and develop as a pianist so that she can bring even more enjoyable music to her audience.
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Daniel Fletcher has had a distinguished career in the piano world as a performer, college professor, and muscal mentor to hundreds of pianists nationally and around the world. The Music Teachers National Association bestowed the classification of Master Teacher upon Professor Fletcher in 1987. This award is based upon excellence in performance, teaching, and service. Upon retirement from college teaching in 2002 from the University of Memphis, Daniel Fletcher was awarded the title of Professor Emeritus. Professor Fletcher currently maintains a private studio in Ahwatukee with his wife Catherine, former director of the Herberger Institute Community School for Design and the Arts and Founding Executive Director of the Bosendorfer-Schimmel piano competition at Arizona State University, among other notable accomplishments.
Harris, Dr. Victoria B.
My Bachelor of Music degree is in Piano Performance, from the Eastman School of Music, where I was a student of Cecile Genhart; I have the Master of Arts in Piano and Music History from the Ohio State University; my teachers at OSU were Raymond Boese, George Haddad, and Wilbur Held. I have the M.F.A. and D.M.A. in Organ Performance from the University of Iowa, where I studied with Delbert Disselhorst, Richard Heschke, and Gerhard Krapf, for whom I was teaching assistant. I have also studied organ with Marie-Claire Alain and Thomas Harmon. I have been on the faculties of the University of Redlands, CA; Hiram College, and the University of Mount Union, in Ohio, where I was Professor and Chair of the Music Department. At Mount Union I started and served as Head of the Preparatory Division of the Department of Music. My husband and I have lived in Payson, AZ, since the fall of 2004, where I maintain a large teaching studio. I am accompanist for the Payson Choral Society, adjunct faculty at Gila County Community College(Class Piano and Music History), serve as organist in Payson, and concertize on piano and organ. I am a member of CAZAGO, the National Guild of Piano Teachers, and EVMTA( MTNA) with certification in piano and organ.
Tempe, AZ 85284
Hello Aspiring Student,
I specialize in a more customized approach to piano/keyboard instruction. Although I received my training from master classical pianist Larry Clapp, I've been a Chief Instructor at Elementsmusic for 10 years often writing customized arrangments of pieces that students really want to learn consistent with their ability level. Video Game Themes, Top 40 Tunes, and Movie Themes can be emphasized in lessons with equal facility as traditional classical works. I'm a 5 year member of the EVMTA and have passed all 12 Levels of the Arizona Study Program with Superior rating and 90+ Theory scores. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from ASU' Barrett Honors College in 2005. Check out my Website for more info. :)
Chandler, AZ 85249
Mike is a native Arizonan who began playing piano when he was 10 years old. When he was first learning to improvise at 13, he knew he wanted to play piano the rest of his life. From 1998 to 2006, Mike spent many weeks improvising on the piano in churches and playing keyboards with his former band, Rezound. Mike has traveled around the country and even as far as India performing with Rezound. In addition to improvising and performing, he continued taking classical lessons up through college at ASU. He later decided to pursue a degree in accounting through the W.P. Carey business school at ASU. Mike graduated with honors in 2006. Also in 2006, Mike founded the KaminsKEYS Piano Studio with his wife, Tabitha, where he spends much of his time heading KaminsKEYS Piano Studio and teaching with his wife. He wrote two books in 2007, the KaminsKEYS Book of Chords and the KaminsKEYS Book of Scales.
In addition to teaching, Mike is currently offering his services at SonicPhish recording studio, where he stays up-to-date recording keyboards and composing songs for studio clients. The studio is operated by Ken Mary, a world-class drummer and first-class producer and sound engineer.
Phoenix, AZ 85020
Dr. Jelena Vladikovic's teaching experience spans several decades, three countries and two continents, where her students have consistently won top awards at regional, national, and international competitions, and many became successful musicians. She began professional concert career at age 15 after winning the most prestigious Yugoslav Young Artist Piano Competition. Since then, she won a number of national and international competitions. In 2007, she became the first woman to win the Washington International Piano Artist Competition. She performed in Europe, Canada and the US, and appeared on radio and television. Dr. Vladikovic taught piano at a secondary music school and at the collegiate level in Serbia and Canada. She was the Music Director at the Delta Institute of the Arts in Vancouver, Canada, and later operated her own music school, South Delta Conservatory of Music. The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program recognized her as the Founding Teacher for her “contribution to establishing a national standard for developing musicians in the US." She is a member of the Royal Conservatory College of Examiners both in Canada and in the US, and also adjudicates music festivals and competitions. She is the recipient of the 2010 ASU Teaching Excellence Award and the ASU Disability Resource Center Award for her work with highly gifted students with learning disabilities, which is also the focus of her pioneering research and doctoral dissertation. She is a member of several professional organizations, including MTNA, ASMTA, EVMTA, and College Music Society.
Dr. Vladikovic holds B. M. from University of the Arts, Belgrade, Serbia, M. M. from University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, and a D.M.A. degree in piano performance and pedagogy from Arizona State University. Scholarships for excellence took her to the world’s most eminent teachers and schools: Evgeni Timakin, Moscow Central Music School, Moscow, Russia; Pavel Serbryakov, Rimsky-Korsakov Music Conservatory in St. Petersburg, Russia; Guido Agosti, Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia in Rome, Italy; François Glorioux, Royal Music Conservatory in Antwerp, Belgium, Robert Silverman, University of British Columbia, in Vancouver, Canada; and Baruch Meir, ASU, in Tempe, AZ.
Dr. Vladikovic is a regular presenter at the local, state, national, and international conferences, which include: MTNA, ASMTA, The American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory, The Society for Ethnomusicology, and The College Music Society International Conference, and she conducts professional development seminars. In addition to seven years with the ASU Piano Prep Program, she is currently on the piano faculty at the Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. Dr. Vladikovic is highly sought after piano instructor, with students from as far as Surprise, Casa Grande, and Sedona.
Gilbert, AZ 85295
I received my master's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1986 and my bachelor's degree in Piano Performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1983.
EXPERIENCE - TEACHING
My first experience in teaching piano students began in 1983, and I have consistently taught since then. I was fortunate to be awarded a teaching assistantship in group piano during my study at the University of Illinois. In addition to teaching group piano to college music majors, part of the teaching assistantship involved giving private lessons to children and adults. Dr. James Lyke, who has written many books on teaching piano, was the professor who directed my teaching.
After receiving my master's degree, I returned to Madison. For the next six years I taught piano students in addition to maintaining a full-time office job. Early in 1993 I began teaching piano full-time. My lessons generally include the use of a method book, technic book and theory book. Students also work on piano solos in various styles, from classical to jazz and pop.
EXPERIENCE - PLAYING
I maintained my own level of playing by accompanying for University of Wisconsin-Madison music students. I played for violin, viola and cello students as well as clarinet and flute students and performed in numerous recitals. Teachers of some of these UW-Madison students include Vartan Manoogian, David Perry, Sally Chisholm, Tyrone Greive, Parry Karp, Uri Vardi, Linda Bartley and Stephanie Jutt.
Tempe, AZ 85283
Chandler, AZ 85225
Stephanie has one of the largest teaching studios in the East Valley and has been teaching students of all ages for over 11 years.
Gilbert, AZ 85296
Dr. Nadia Feeken is an accomplished performer and an exceptional teacher. A native of Tianjin China, Nadia began her piano study at the age of five and attended the Tianjin Conservatory of Music when she was twelve. She came to the United States in 2000 to continue her music education. After receiving her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Piano Performance, she received her Doctorate degree of Musical Arts in piano performance in 2012 from Arizona State University. Nadia came to Arizona in 2006 when she was awarded a class piano teaching assistantship, Special Talent Award, as well as the Jean Wong Award.
An active performer, Nadia has had solo performances in many cities in China and the United States, as well as Australia. In 2001, she performed in Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York City. She also enjoys collaborating with other musicians and exploring varieties of ensembles and new music.
Aside from performing, Nadia thoroughly enjoys teaching piano. She has been a private piano teacher for over ten years. She is able to connect with each student, help them open up their imagination and define their musical expressions. Her students have received the highest rating in Arizona Study Program. Her advanced students have won national competitions and have been accepted to the music program at ASU.
Phoenix, AZ 85044
Catherine Fletcher holds the Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees in piano performance. She has taught piano and music theory at the college level as well as to children of all ages and skill levels. Ms. Fletcher is currently accepting students in her Ahwatukee family-owned piano studio.