Piano, Keyboard, Accordion

PIANO LESSONS

We offer private piano, keyboard and accordion lessons for all skill levels, starting as young as four years old.  Our teachers are able to teach you any style, and can help you achieve your musical asperations.  You can read about our teachers below.  Typically, lessons run Monday through Saturday from 10AM until 9PM.  All appointments are scheduled through our lessons office by calling 480-833-2323.

Chris Soll

Piano, Flute, Theory/Composition

Chris has been teaching at Linton-Milano Music since 1991 and maintains over 70 weekly students of all ages and levels. She has been playing music for over 30 years and she has a Master of Music - Theory and Composition, from ASU and a Bachelor of Science in Music - Scoring & Arranging, from the University of Colorado at Denver. She graduated with honors from CU Denver and was nominated as a member of the National Music Honor Society, Pi Kappa Lambda, while at ASU.  

 

Chris holds two recitals per year and encourages students to participate in Linton-Milano Music's Annual Awards Music Festival. Her goal is to teach students to become "musically literate" so that they understand theory, technique, and musical interpretation and are, ultimately, able to read music fluently and expressively. Several of her students have gone on to become professional music teachers themselves. In addition to teaching, Chris plays professionally at church and private engagements.

Availability

Monday - 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Tuesday - 2:00PM - 9:00PM

Wednesday - 2:00PM - 9:00PM

Thursday - 5:00PM - 9:00PM

Friday - 2:00PM - 6:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 12:00PM

Location

Studio 5 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Richard Wall

Piano, Viola, Violin, Voice, Theory/Composition

Hello, my name is Richard Wall and as a teacher here at Linton-Milano's for over a decade.  I have taught many students of all different ages from children age four to adults in their 70's. There has been a common bond that unifies all students: a drive and wish to learn the beautiful language of music and become fluent in that language. With patience, perseverance and care one can easily immerse themselves in the world of music that is all around us.

As a teacher, I offer a guiding hand and will lead you through this world. You will learn how to read music comfortably, understand how music works and find the innate ability to relax while performing.

After graduating college in 2006 for music theory, studying jazz and classical music, my experience in teaching quickly grew.  After preforming in some local experimental music groups, being a resident DJ at a local nightclub, and now as a music director for a local church, my musical world grew and expanded outside the realm of the academic world. I enjoy continuing my growth as a musician and developing other aspects of myself. In turn, this growth has enabled me become a better teacher.

I look forward to teaching you and I am ready to begin our musical journey together.

Availability

ONLINE ONLY

Location

Studio 8 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

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Klara Kukumi

Piano

My name is Klara Kukumi, and I am an Albanian born pianist. I was trained formally since I was 6 years old and graduated from the Institute of Fine Arts in Tirana with Silver Medal from the well-known Albanian faculty musicians. Upon coming to the U.S. I pursued my passion in chamber music/piano collaboration in full scholarships and from prominent universities such as University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Currently I hold the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from ASU. I have a published dissertation on Albanian Piano Chamber Music as the topic of my choice.

I have been lucky enough to “teach” as an apprentice to my principal piano teachers since middle and high schools. Teaching is one of my many jobs I have always had since a young pianist.

My philosophy in teaching is as follows:

I have been enjoying opportunities to share an excitement of music making with my students. I always strive to give my students the highest level of instruction enabling them to prosper at their own pace. Together, we approach the music from different points of view and discuss notation, articulation, tempo, dynamics, expression markings and stylistic characteristics of historic periods in music. My wish is that my students become not only good musicians but also good listeners and life-long music connoisseurs.

Availability

Monday - 3PM - 8:30PM

Location

Studio 7 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Tony Putrino

Accordion, Piano

Tony has been an accordion & piano instructor since 1969. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Music Composition from California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles. He was an active member of the Accordion Federation of North America and is currently a member of the Arizona Accordion Club.

Tony has written, arranged and performed music since childhood. His accordion arrangements have been used in schools across the U.S. One of his many compositions was included as a required competition piece at the annual AFNA Music Festival. As a performer, he has traveled from coast to coast. He has performed with various nationally known recording artists and in prestigious venues in New York and Los Angeles.

As a teacher, his goal is to facilitate musical excellence and honesty. Tony has taught at Linton-Milano Music since 1992.

Voice, Piano, Violin

Diana Noble

Diana has been teaching for over 18 years. She teaches, voice, violin, and piano. She is well-versed and has performed in many venues. Her experience includes opera, broadway musicals, live bands, studio recording, orchestras, ensembles, etc.

Patience and precision are her strengths in teaching. She works exceptionally well with youth and enjoys the creative learning process of teaching one-on-one. She is currently finishing her BA in music education.

Availability

Monday - 2:00PM - 8:30PM

Wednesday - 11:30AM - 7:30PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 1:30PM

Location

Studio 2 at 45 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Availability

Wednesday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Thursday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Location

Studio 7 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Emily Botts

Voice & Piano

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Emily Botts has a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Missouri- Kansas City Conservatory of Music, and a Master’s degree in Opera Performance from Arizona State University.

 

Emily has sung with operatic programs such as Russian Opera Workshop in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; The American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria; Utah Vocal Arts Academy in Provo, Utah; and Lawrence Opera Theatre in Lawrence, Kansas. Emily has sung operatic roles such as Giannetta in L’elisir d’amore (Donizetti), Tatyana in Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky); Marie in The Bartered Bride (Smetana); Zerlina in Don Giovanni (Mozart); Frasquita in Carmen (Bizet) ; and Musetta in La bohème (Puccini). Partial roles include Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Vitellia in La clemenza di Tito, and Susanna and the Countess in Le nozze di Figaro (Mozart).


In addition to opera, Emily has experience teaching Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Pop. Emily teaches a healthy foundational technique that can last a lifetime and allow you flexibility between genres. She focuses on technique, musicianship, how to read music, style, and confidence with performing. Emily’s lessons are personalized to fit all of your needs and goals!

Cello, Voice, Piano, Violin (beginning), Viola (beginning), Guitar

Grace Rolland

Grace Rolland is a multi-instrumentalist (cello, guitar, piano), vocalist, songwriter, and performer. She is a classically trained cellist, having played in regional and state honor orchestras through high school, and in the orchestra for non-music majors at Arizona State University, and went on to perform as cellist and vocalist in an award-winning Americana-Bluegrass band Run Boy Run, with whom she toured nationally from 2011-2017 and released four studio albums. As a solo artist on voice and guitar, performing under the name Rising Sun Daughter, she released an album of original work in 2019.

 

Her love of teaching is rooted in her family’s history of music educators. She is the granddaughter of renowned string pedagogue Paul Rolland, known for his seminal work The Teaching of Action in String Playing. As an educator, she draws from this pedagogy, emphasizing freedom from tension and ease in movements as the foundation for good musical tone production and performance. She emphasizes a strong foundation in music theory and technique, as well as utilizing the body in playing and singing.

 

She looks forward to meeting and helping students grow on their path in Music!

Availability

Monday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Tuesday - 3:00PM - 9:00PM

Thursday - 3:00PM - 8:30PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 3:00PM

Location

Studio 7 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Availability

Wednesday - 4:30PM - 9:00PM

Location

Studio 9 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Voice, Piano, Flute, Guitar, Uke

Emily Williams

Emily Williams has a Bachelor’s of Music Degree in Vocal performance from Arizona State University and a Master’s of Music Degree in Vocal Performance from Brigham Young University. Performance credits include Orlofsky in Die Fledermaus, Miss Todd in The Old Maid and the Thief and The Duchess in The Gondoliers.



She has been teaching voice lessons since 2002 and more recently has begun teaching piano and guitar students.

Emily enjoys teaching healthy vocal techniques in any style (classical, jazz, pop, musical theatre) and loves helping students of all ages progress with their vocal goals. She hopes all of her students learn to enjoy and appreciate music as she has.

Availability

Monday - 12:30PM - 6:30PM

Tuesday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Wednesday - 3:00PM - 8:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Location

Studio 3 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Amy Blair

Piano, Guitar, Ukulele, Mandolin

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Amy has been a music enthusiast her entire life.She graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education and has been using music to help all her students learn her whole career.

 

Amy took lessons at Linton Milano Music for years and now teaches at Linton Milano as well. She loves teaching students of all ages and believes all students can succeed!

Paco de Alba

Availability

Saturday - 9:00AM - 2:00PM

Location

Studio 5 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Woodwinds, Piano, Composition

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My full name is Francisco Javier Dudley de Alba, but I am more commonly known by my nickname, Paco. I was born in Long Beach, California, and I am a musician, lessons teacher, and  composer in the Metro-Phoenix Area. I constantly seek to spread my enthusiasm for music through  teaching students of all ages. With over six years of music teaching experience in various areas,  such as piano, composition, and clarinet, I look forward to being a helpful guide on your musical  journey! 

In addition to working as a Faculty Associate at Arizona State University (ASU) Herberger  Institute for Design and the Arts, I am currently finishing my Doctorate of Music degree, studying  under Dr. Robert Spring and Dr. Joshua Gardner. I earned my Master of Music degree at ASU in  2018 and received my Bachelor of Music degree at Columbus State University (CSU) Schwob  School of Music in 2016 under the instruction of Dr. Lisa Oberlander.  

I have performed internationally in Ostend, Belgium as well as in several cities around France. In  2015, I was awarded the Zodiac Music Academy and Festival Chamber Music Award. I am also a  member of several chamber music groups. Most recently, I performed with Madera Picante, which  hosted an Online Benefit Concert to raise money for the Artist Relief Fund during the COVID-19  Pandemic. I have also performed with Vientos Dulces, which was awarded Third Prize in the Art  of Chamber Music International Music Competition in 2017 and 2018. The chamber groups I  perform in have also been invited to perform at international conferences in 2019 and 2021. 

Along with my passion for teaching, I am also an avid composer and arranger. I studied  composition with Dr. James Ogburn, Dr. Matthew McCabe, and Dr. Fred Cohen during my time  at CSU, and I am a former Vice President of the CSU Society of Composers. I have had several of  my pieces premiered while attending CSU and ASU. Most recently, I had my music premiered at  the North American Saxophone Alliance Conference and was commissioned to write a piece for  the ASU Wind Ensemble in 2020. As an advocate of new music, I have also premiered several  works by other emerging composers and seek to amplify the voices of underrepresented and  marginalized groups.

Availability

Wednesday - 3:00PM-8:00PM

Saturday - 9:00AM-3:00PM

Location

Studio 8 at 45 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

Lea Ale

Double Bass, Piano

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I am a double bass and piano performer and educator from Minneapolis. I hold a Masters in double-bass performance and a Masters of Arts in musicology from Arizona State University and am eager to share information I have gathered there with my students. I have experience playing as a recitalist, in symphony orchestras, chamber ensembles, and pit orchestras covering a wide range of music.

 

I am dedicated to helping students achieve their artistic goals through individualized and creative methods that focus on music theory, technique, musicality, and how to create an effective practice routine. I believe in helping students develop their own approaches to practicing and performing that work for them!

Availability

Tuesday 3PM - 9PM

Location

Studio 8 at 45 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323

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Voice  & Piano

Kaili Otsuka

Kaili Otsuka graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Music, where she studied vocal performance with an emphasis on opera technique and repertoire. During her time at Arizona State, she studied primarily under the well-loved mezzo-soprano, Stephanie Weiss. Outside of her education at Arizona State, Kaili is an alumnus of Scottsdale Community College. There, she worked with Dennis Rowland, focusing on jazz and popular music.

 

Kaili has been involved in choral and vocal ensembles since grade school, and truly enjoys the unique inclusivity and camaraderie that involvement in a musical ensemble lends itself to. She enjoys both performing and teaching, and has experience working with students both privately and in class settings in various area of musical studies, including solo and ensemble performance, music theory, ear training and piano. When she isn’t making music, Kaili enjoys cooking and baking, and spending time with her pup, Donut.

Availability

Saturdays - 10:00AM-3PM

Location

Studio 9 at 38 W Main St, Mesa AZ 85203

Schedule

Call 480-833-2323