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Introduction: VIDEO LESSONS AVAILABLE. I like to teach the student the music that they want to learn. Every student is unique, not only in their abilities and learning styles, but also in what they want to achieve, and even why they want to take lessons in the first place. There are three primary areas in which I would like to see every student improve in, namely musicality, technique, and repertoire. Depending on a student's needs and desires, one of these might receive more or less emphasis (and lesson time) than the others. However, I strive to help my students continually improve in all three areas. While many teachers have a particular method with which they are comfortable with, teaching all of their students out of the same set of books, I prefer to approach the teaching of each student separately. I strive to design an individualized lesson plan for each and every student, helping them develop the specific skills they require while playing the music they love! I am here to help you reach your goals, not my own. As such, the lessons are much more of a dialogue than a lecture. The more active you are in this dialogue, the more you will get out of your lessons. The first lesson is primarily spent discussing your musical goals and getting a feel for your current level of experience. By the end of the first lesson, you will have a few songs and/or exercises to practice. After your first lesson, I will prepare material based on your personal strengths and weaknesses, and if you specify some songs that you would like to learn, I will transcribe them and be ready to help you learn them at your next lesson!

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Jaimee G.

Solo Musician Entertainment

Miles was awesome! professional, proactive, and flexible! we hired Miles to provide music/entertainment for our grandmother's 95th birthday. we were in an elegant setting and Miles's music just elevated the atmosphere and celebration. miles even took the time to learn tagalog/filipino music and played it during our banquet. typical filipino gathering, there will always 1 or 2 aunt or uncle who just want to karaoke and Miles indulged them by letting them sing as he accompanied them (see attached pic). Thank you Miles for marking our celebration even more memorable and fun! I would definitely hire Miles for another event!
Miles McKenzie - VIDEO LESSONS AVAILABLE's reply
Jaimee, thank you so much for your kind words. The Kundiman pieces you suggested were beautiful! Thanks for introducing me to some great music I hadn't heard before. It was a joy playing/singing for (and with) your family.
Jan 8, 2017
Lisa C.


Miles did an amazing job at our holiday party. We had over 120 guests, half of them little kids. He showed up with booklets of holiday music to sing along for the kids and parents. Played a great selection of holiday music on the piano and got everyone to sing Christmas carols. I hired a Santa for our party and both Miles and him even sang together. Everyone loved it!
Miles McKenzie - VIDEO LESSONS AVAILABLE's reply
Thanks, Lisa. It was a pleasure to be a part of your wonderful party, and to work with such an incredible Santa!
Dec 15, 2016
Ana H.

Piano Lessons

We have not met up yet, but so far our communications have been great. He’s polite and quick to respond. We meet next week. Looking forward.
May 14, 2019
Kathleen D.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Miles is a wonderful, supportive teacher. I am an adult in my senior years who decided to learn piano. Although I took piano lessons when I was 8-10 years old, it is a challenge for me to learn now with an adult brain but he is so patient and he adapts his lessons to how I learn. He always encourgaes me and I am learning very well which I wasn't sure I was capable of but now with Miles' excellent teaching and enthousiasm, I confident that I will soon be able to play the way I imagined I could.
Miles McKenzie - VIDEO LESSONS AVAILABLE's reply
Kathleen, thank you for your kind review. It has been a pleasure to work with you and watch your continued progress.
May 6, 2017
Chris K.

Piano Lessons (for adults)

Miles messaged me very quickly after I sent out the thumbtack. Even after one lesson a lot of things wete coming together and I felt more comfortable on the piano. At this point I am eagerly awaiting my third lesson and plan to keep going!
Miles McKenzie - VIDEO LESSONS AVAILABLE's reply
Thanks for the kind words, Chris! I've enjoyed working with you.
Mar 11, 2017
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