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Keeping students interested and excited about learning music can sometimes be challenging.   After the initial excitement wears off, it’s important to keep students engaged and progressing, but not frustrated with progressively difficulty of songs and exercises.
At Lessons In Your Home, our teachers are some of the best music educators available!    They are always working hard to make sure your child stays on track, and more importantly, stays motivated to keep learning while having fun.
We make it easy for your family by traveling to you,  and our students stick with lessons longer than those who take lessons at traditional music studios   Contact us today to get started!

Student Spotlight

Camille in Orlando piano & voice

Camille is 7 years old and a student of Allison Stanley in our Orlando market.    She’s been taking piano and voice lessons for a year.

What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?

Part of Your World because of the words and the movie, The Little Mermaid

Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 

No, I just like singing and playing piano
What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
Singing Part of Your World
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
No
Who is your favorite popular musician/artist/band?
 I also like Reflection from Mulan
What are your other hobbies/activities?
Ballet and jazz dancing and playing tennis.

We also asked Allison about Camille.

Why did you choose this student for a spotlight?
I love teaching piano and voice, and teaching Camille allows me to do both.
What makes this student special?
Camille is genuinely interested in learning more about singing and playing piano. She applies herself both in and outside of the lesson and is quite intelligent. She never wants a lesson to end, and is a joy to teach.

Arthur, Diana & Laura in Washington, DC piano 

Arthur, Diana & Laura are siblings and students of Evan Meier.   They have been taking piano lessons with LIYH for the last five years, starting with one sibling and then adding the others.   Arthur is 10 years old, Diana is 9 years old and  Laura is 7 years old.
Why did you start taking music lessons? 
Arthur started taking piano lessons because his mom wanted him to.   Diana liked the sound of the piano and Laura begged her mom to start lessons when she was 5 years old.

What instrument(s) do you play? 

All three play piano, Diana is about to start violin at school and Arthur also plays the clarinet.
What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?
“Down By the Bay” — Laura
“The Entertainer” – Diana
“Dance of the Violins”, by F-777 — Arthur
Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 
Arthur said, “To make good compositions that sound real, not by like a 10-year old.”
Diana said, “I really want to learn the saxophone.”
Laura said, “To learn the tuba in school.”
What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
Arthur enjoys the feeling of accomplishment after you’ve been working on a song and play it really well.    Diana & Laura both enjoy playing the music.
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
All three agree that theory homework is their least favorite part of lessons.
Who is your favorite popular musician/artist/band?
Johan Pachelbel — Arthur
Dove Cameron — Diana
Nikki Minaj — Laura
What are your other hobbies/activities?
Laura enjoys swimming, drawing, cooking, and baking.   Diana also enjoys all of those things in addition to ballet.    Arthur’s hobbies are creating video games and coding.

We also asked Arthur, Diana & Laura’s mom about LIYH.

Why did you choose LIYH for lessons?
Because the teacher comes to the house. Having three kids, it’s easy for me to have the lessons.
What do you like best about your child’s music lessons and/or teacher?
The teacher, Evan Meier

Nathan in Seattle piano & guitar 

Nathan is 11 years old and a student of Denise Miersma in our Seattle market.  He’s been taking piano lessons for 6 years, the last year with Denise.

What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?

I don’t have one, but there is a song I’m beginning to learn that may change that.
Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 
I like playing piano just for fun.
What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
playing songs
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
scales!

What are your other hobbies/activities?

I am a bookworm.  I love to read and my favorite author is Rick Riordan.  I enjoy reading fantasy books.

We also asked Denise about Nathan.

Why did you choose Nathan for a Spotlight, what makes him special? 
I choose Nathan because I really enjoy teaching him!  He is always prepared for his lesson and works hard on his music.  he has a great sense of humor.  We laugh a lot!!  He always times me and lets me know if I go over our 30 minute lesson time.  I think I now owe him over 30 minutes of extra lesson time!

Alejandro in Miami piano 

Alejandro is 13 years old and a student of Robert Sebastian in our Miami market.

What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?

It’s too difficult to pick just one.

What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
I love piano because of the sounds and moods I can create.   It makes my body and mind feel connected.

Do you have any future plans for your music, and if so, what?

I see myself playing in the future, perhaps in a restaurant or with a small group.
What are your other hobbies/activities?
I love to play tennis and watch soccer.

We also asked Robert about Alejandro.

Why did you choose Alejandro for a spotlight, what makes him special?
He can learn something with a few tries and is successful at communicating mood at such an early stage. He is full of potential!. He is a prodigy.

Eliza in Atlanta piano

Eliza is 15 years old and a student of Amore Francis in our Atlanta market.    She’s been taking piano lessons for about 10 years.

Why did you start taking music lessons? 
I started taking music lessons to be my learn more about music and possible even compose my own works.
What instrument(s) do you play? 
I play only piano.   Just the piano alone is a lot.
What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?
My favorite piece to play has always been the current one I’m working on. It’s the Piano Sonatina op. 20 in C major by Friedrich Kuhlau.
Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 
Well not really job wise, however, I’m hoping to play into my later years.   Perhaps when I’m 80, I can sit down and reflect on a song or piece.
What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
Definitely laughing, we have a lot of fun in the lesson and I wouldn’t imagine studying with anyone but Amore.
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
No not anything really, definitely makes me focus and don’t procrastinate as much
Who is your favorite popular musician/artist/band?
I love Bastille, by far my favorite band.
What are your other hobbies/activities?
I horseback ride every since I was 7.   Like piano, it takes a lot of commitment and determination.

We also asked Eliza’s mom ‘about LIYH.

Why did you choose LIYH for lessons?
Well, initially for the convenience.    A lot of students at Mount Vernon were studying music and we wanted her to understand music, maybe play an instrument and have exposure.
What do you like best about your child’s music lessons and/or teacher?
We love Mr. Amore.   He makes you understand the meaning of music, the way music affects your soul, the history of music and what people were thinking at the time.   You get a deep appreciation of what you’re doing when you practice or look at a score.    We love the philosophy of music and what it brings to our lives and we wouldn’t have that had  Mr. Amore not been here.   He’s a part of our lives and that adds unbelievable depth.

Ryan in Houston piano

Ryan is 14 years old and a student of David Camarena in our Houston market.    He’s been taking piano lessons with LIYH for four months.

What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?
I really enjoy, “Amazing Grace.” It is a familiar song that I have liked and recently learned to play on the piano.
Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 

I find gratification in the fact that playing can bring happiness to family and friends. I am considering using my knowledge of the piano to one day learn other

instruments as well.

What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
I like being able to impress my friends with the skills and knowledge I have gained through lessons.
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
 SCALES (who doesn’t?)
Who is your favorite popular musician/artist/band?
I don’t listen to much music outside of lessons. I prefer to practice and create music myself.
What are your other hobbies/activities?
I am an avid video gamer and enjoy first-person shooter games.

We also asked David about Ryan.

Why did you choose David for a student spotlight, what makes him special? 
Ryan is one of the hardest workers I’ve ever taught. He takes direction incredibly well, and we are able to talk about a lot of abstract concepts. Beyond this, he has a great sense of humor, super positive attitude, and I always look forward to ending one of my longer teaching days with his lesson!

Alexa in Denver piano & guitar 

Alexa is 7 years old and a student of Micala Pruitt in our Denver market.    She’s been taking piano lessons with LIYH for four months.

Why did you start taking music lessons? 
Because I like music and how it sounds.
What instrument(s) do you play? 
I play piano and guitar.
What’s your favorite song or type of music to play?
My favorite song is Mr. Bluebird! 
Do you have any future plans for your music and if so, what? 
When I am in high school I think I might do piano and drums.
What’s the best part of taking music lessons?
I like when we learn new songs and when there are new notes.
Is there anything you don’t like about music lessons, if so, what? 
I don’t like that much not learning and it’s hard and I get frustrated when my fingers don’t know what to do. I like the lessons a lot.
Who is your favorite popular musician/artist/band?
My favorite band is Need to Breathe.

 

What are your other hobbies/activities?
I like to swim, I like to play tennis, and I love to sing and cheerleading and gymnastics.

We also asked Alexa’s family about LIYH.

Why did you choose LIYH for lessons?
The convenience of having the lessons in our house, especially with three kids at home!  It is helpful to have the teacher come to us.
What do you like best about your child’s music lessons and/or teacher?
I like everything! The convenience once again.  I like that Alexa is able to practice on the same piano that she plays during her lessons. The familiar environment can help with learning. Also, Alexa really likes Micala which makes it so much easier! It is always hard when my kids don’t like their teacher or coach. Gelling with the teacher is so important!

 

 

Welcome New Students

Changing Music Teachers

Lessons In Your Home would like to welcome the following new students to our LIYH family.
We’re so glad you’ve decided to take music lessons with us!

 

ATLANTA

Kaiya S. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with Erik Lofgren

Rhylan H. taking piano lessons in Atlanta with Mario Gant

Amara D. taking guitar lessons in Camp Creek with Scott Gill

Ajani D. taking drum lessons in Camp Creek with Mario Fogg

Jared I. taking guitar lessons in Sandy Springs with Trey Dunnahoo

Danny S. taking piano lessons in Kennesaw with Eli A

Nicholas D. taking voice lessons in Atlanta with Scott Gill

Nathan A. taking guitar lessons in Marietta with Patrick Arthur

Ben B. taking guitar lessons in Austin TX via video chat with Matthew Walker

HOUSTON

Sophie B. taking guitar lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

Hailey B. taking piano lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

Maddox M. taking piano lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

Jennie H. taking piano lessons in Houston with Naomi Brigell

Elijah B. taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena

Micah B. taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena

Linh D. taking piano lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

Noelle S. taking piano lessons in Houston with David Camarena

Aarvon P. taking piano lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

Lucy D. taking ukulele lessons in Houston with Matthew Willhelm

Liston J. taking piano lessons in Houston with Kent Bryant

WASHINGTON D.C.

Danny taking piano lessons in Falls Church with Leo Ciarlone

Catherine taking guitar lessons in Arlington with Robert Gailey

Isabella taking violin lessons in Arlington with Paul Kim

Alec taking guitar lessons in Chevy Chase with Ben Sacks

Brandt taking guitar lessons in University Park with Sean Johnson

Walter taking piano lessons in Vienna with Jasmine Mays

Sarah taking piano lessons in Kensington with Leo Ciarlone

Aven taking guitar lessons in NW D.C. with Miles Harshman

Cameron taking piano lessons in NW D.C. with Robert Gailey

Mary Kate taking voice lessons in Rockville with Andrew Sauvageau

Angie taking bass guitar lessons in D.C. with Tarek Mohamed

Migi taking piano & voice lessons in Bethesda with Jibrael Malik

Nicco taking piano & voice lessons in Bethesda with Jibrael Malik

Thorne taking piano lessons in NE D.C. with Sean Johnson

Tricia taking piano lessons in NE D.C. with Sean Johnson

Alex taking piano lessons in Falls Church with Victoria Ho

Samik taking piano lessons in McLane with Armando Bayolo

Ysadora taking violin lessons in Ellicott City with Hanbing Jia

Mateo taking piano lessons in NW D.C. with Robert Gailey

Phoebe taking piano lessons in Arlington with Armando Bayolo

Tejas taking piano lessons in Bethesda with Armando Bayolo

Niara taking piano lessons in Bethesda with Armando Bayolo

MIAMI

Kira A. taking voice lessons in Coral Gables with Arianna Rose

Mateo C. taking piano lessons in Miramar with Robert Sabastian

Noah M. taking guitar lessons in Miami Beach with Chris Valente

Anshel B. taking piano lessons in Miami Beach with Jose Gallegos

Ruby B. taking piano lessons in Miami Beach with Jose Gallegos

Bella J. taking piano lessons in Kendall with Jolanda Estes

Austin S. taking piano lessons in North Miami with Jolanda Estes

Zal B. taking piano lessons in Pembroke Pines with Elizabeth Rosales

Michael C. taking guitar lessons in North Miami Beach with Lucian Williams

DENVER

Annabelle F. taking cello lessons in Denver with Lief Sjostrom

Serene S.taking cello lessons in Centennial with Sami Steidl

McKenna G. taking piano lessons in Thornton with Jeanette Smith

Taylor K. taking cello lessons in Greenwood Village with Sami Steidl

Sarah Z. taking cello lessons in Parker with Sami Steidl

Evan R. taking piano lessons in Golden with Caitlin Donaghy

Natalia C. taking violin lessons in Longmont with Tess Van Laanen

Camilla C. taking violin lessons in Longmont with Tess Van Laanen

Emma N. taking piano lessons in Greenwood Village with Natasha Nabakova

Sophie N. taking piano lessons in Greenwood Village with Natasha Nabakova

Amber M. taking saxophone lessons in Parker with Zach Levenson

Orion W. taking french horn lessons in  Boulder with Erika Hollister

Iris W. taking french horn lessons in Boulder with Erika Hollister

Caden C. taking guitar & piano lessons in Superior with Erika Hollister

ORLANDO

Lucas C. taking piano lessons in Kissimmee with Nino Lakvekheliani

Jada P. taking voice lessons in Orlando with Allison Stanley

Gabriella S. taking voice lessons in Orlando with Allison Stanley

John H. taking piano in Orlando with Erik Ettinger

Jessica P. taking guitar lessons in Edgewater with Stephen Nettles

Bill B. taking piano in Kissimmee with Les Walker

Charis D. takin voice lessons in Orlando with Nino Lakvekheliani

Seth H. taking piano lessons in Apopka with Sophie Jupillat

SEATTLE

 

Vincent W. taking cello lessons in Clyde HIll with Doug Yassen

Elsa D. taking violin lessons in Seattle with Jonah Byrne

Ahana B. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Lydia Potekhina

Iris B. taking piano lessons in Kenmore with Lydia Potekhina

Dale B. taking piano lessons in Kenmore with Lydia Potekhina

Charlotte B. taking piano lessons in Kenmore with Lydia Potekhina

Matthias J. taking saxophone lessons in Shoreline with Tia Nieuwsma

Ishitha K. taking piano lessons in Issaquah with Ari Blackwell

Alex P. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Vincent Newton

Fridrik P. taking piano lessons in Woodinville with Ari Blackwell

Bergur P. taking piano lessons in Woodinville with Ari Blackwell

Svana P. taking violin lessons in Woodinville with Harrison Hedriana

Bergur P. taking drum lessons in Woodinville with Charlotte Gilbert

Pranav P. taking violin lessons in Kirkland with Lydia Potekhina

Arin C. taking saxophone lessons in Sammamish with Tia Nieuwsma

Costas P. taking piano lessons in Redmond with Ari Blackwell

Bella P. taking piano lessons in Redmond with Ari Blackwell

Sophia P. taking piano lessons in Redmond with Ari Blackwell

Anastasia P. taking piano lessons in Redmond with Ari Blackwell

Kim K. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Ari Blackwell

Synthia L. taking piano lessons in Bellevue with Ari Blackwell

Rowland K. taking cello lessons in Bellevue with Julia Siegl

Kim K. taking guitar lessons in Bellevue with Julia Siegl

Amaree H. taking piano lessons in Renton with Ari Blackwell

Andre H. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Ari Blackwell

Miranda M. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Vincent Newton

Kelly H. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Marcos Benitez

Vivienne W. taking drum lessons in Bellevue with Charlotte Gilbert

Hilton C. taking piano lessons in Seattle with Ari Blackwell

Eli F. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Marcos Benitez

Thor H. taking guitar lessons in Kirkland with Harrison Hedriana

Maryam B. taking violin lessons in Lynnwood with Matt Reynolds

Ferin J. taking trumpet lessons in Mercer Island with Glenn Ledbetter

Elliot W. taking saxophone lessons in Seattle with Tia Nieuwsma

Ryan S. taking guitar lessons in Seattle with Sam Calhoon

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