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Piano, Music Theory
Music has always been a central part of my life. I was born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, where I began piano lessons at the age of eight. For several summers I attended Rocky Ridge Music Center in Colorado, where I studied piano and music theory with university music faculty from across the country. In high school I played piano and clarinet in the jazz and symphonic bands and was a member of the All-State Band. I have a BA in history and French and a minor in music from Indiana University, which has one of the top-ranked music schools in the country, and a PhD in history from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. I've also worked as a piano accompanist for Dallas-area middle and high school band students competing in the UIL solo contest. In addition to teaching piano, I am also an adjunct assistant professor of history at the University of Dallas.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Piano, Singing, Music Recording, Music Theory, Songwriting, Organ
I started playing recognizable melodies on the piano at 18 months old. At that time I was told that I even had perfect pitch. By age 5, my mother started giving me classical, gospel, and improvisational lessons. I was one of her 50 students until my senior year in high school. Through elementary, junior high, and high school, I received a lot of performance experience from school marching/concert bands, choirs, church choirs, piano concerts, band/choral conducting, and composing.
I received my BBA in Finance from the University of Texas at Arlington; through college and to the present, I have received over 25 years of performing/directing experience from overseeing two mega-church music ministries. At these ministries, I served as the department head, responsible for lead piano, directing, arranging, worship leading, and departmental oversight.
I have produced 7 personal instrumental projects, and I have produced and recorded over 40 projects for other local, regional, and international artists. I currently travel with national, jazz, recording saxophonist, Joseph Vincelli, and my personal band Zamar. We have performed with a number of acts from Kirk Franklin, Kirk Whalum, Boney James, Fred Hammond, and many more.
As an instructor, I have been blessed with an ability to be relatable, relevant, musical, creative, fun, and engaging. I understand the language of music as a performer, and instructor, but most importantly, I value the ability to help the student find their own path of learning the joy of making music vocally and instrumentally. With over 10 years of private teaching experience and 25 years of group experience, I have gained a wealth of knowledge on how to be instructive and personal with the young or older beginner, intermediate and even advanced players. Let's grow together musically.
Piano, Singing, Music Theory, Opera Voice
With 35 years of music-related experience, Danaila is in her 15th year of working as a professional musician and teacher. She has experience teaching from 5-year-old to 55-year-old students, from the beginners to advanced students. Some of her advances students are winners of national competitions and now having a successful career as singers in Europe and America.
Born in Bulgaria, Danaila began her formal music studies at the age of 5 with piano and theory lessons. She won her first prize performing piano when she was 10 years old. Her passion for singing took her to participate actively at children’s and youth choirs. As a soloist singer for a National Choir she traveled all around Europe, performing in France, Holland, Germany, Hungary, Greece inter alia. Danaila earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education and Master’s Degree in Voice Pedagogy in Bulgaria, both with honors, and received a special mention as outstanding student. She moved to South America where for over 10 years she was a full time College Professor teaching Voice, Piano, Voice Technique and Coaching, Music Theory, Ear Training and Choir Conducting. Danaila has been invited to be part of an international jury for Voice and Opera competitions. She has participated in numerous musical events as a pianist, singer, lector, clinician and conductor.
Danaila holds a Master’s Degree in Music from Texas Christian University. She awarded assistantship and worked as an Assistant Conductor at TCU Symphony Orchestra and Voice Coach at TCU Opera Studio. She has been nominated and initiated into the nationally recognized music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda. As a conductor she has been performing Operas, Choral-Orchestral, Symphonic, Chamber and A Capella repertoire in America and Europe.
Bass Guitar, Drum, Guitar, Piano, Classical Guitar, Music Recording, Percussion
Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.
I have been with TakeLessons for over a year now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!
For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basic beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums
For piano, I teach beginner levels only.
Piano, Music Theory
Kasey is a patient, fun, imaginative, and well-trained musician who loves passing on the gift of music to anyone wanting to learn!
Becoming a musician is not reserved only for the naturally gifted, but for those who are ready and willing to dedicate themselves to learning. I have been teaching for 4 years and have had experience teaching a wide variety of students. One of my favorite things is getting to know each student. I discover their learning style and adapt my teaching accordingly. I have found that each student progresses at their own pace, so I don't hold the same expectations for all students. I discover their strengths and their weakness, and I shape my approach from there. I love seeing those 'lightbulb' moments when various aspects of music come to light in a student.
I also love to see parents that delight in their child's musical learning. The more a child sees their parent's commitment to his or her musical growth and celebrates that growth, the more a child will value this gift.
Kasey's philosophy of teaching is...
1. Growing as person comes first, music second. Taking on any new task requires time and discipline, and part of learning sometimes means failing. However, mistakes are allowed and expected! Mistakes provide opportunity to grow as a whole person because it's a part of life, and often, the biggest challenges reap the greatest rewards.
2. The student and teacher are a team! The teacher and student will work together to learn together. As the student is learning new skills and techniques, the teacher is learning all about the student and their specialized needs.
3. Music is truly a gift from God. Very few other day to day experiences can move and touch people the way music does. It is truly an extraordinary artform, and going from being a listener to the performer opens up a unique and beautiful personal expression and experience.
Kasey is a graduate from Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX with a Bachelors in Music Education. Her major instrument was voice and minor instrument was piano.
She also received her teaching certificate, certifying her to teach music for grades Early Childhood-12th.
Kasey's experience in music began at the young age of 5. Her mother ran her own private piano studio from which Kasey began her musical studies and continued through the age of 16. She performed in a number of recitals and contests throughout her childhood. She won many awards for her musical performance, including 1st place in the Midland Contest in 1993. Kasey also scored highly on the yearly State Theory Test from the age of 7 to 16.
Kasey competed in numerous competitions throughout high school for vocal performance earning chairs in the All-Area Choir. In college, Kasey privately studied voice and piano and demonstrated her skills in numerous recitals involving group and solo performances. She maintained a 3.98 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) throughout her college career.
Kasey had an active imagination and creative spirit from a very young age. She began composing short piano compositions at the young age of 8. Her composing abilities really took off when she began her singing/songwriting career at 19. Throughout her college years she played piano and sang in numerous praise and worship bands. She also performed her original songs at coffee shops and churches. She opened for a number of local performers in the area as well. After completing her 1st CD, she was able to use the money from sales to help her travel to Washington State to do mission work for a summer.
Before graduating from college, Kasey student taught music at Alta Loma Elementary School and Lee Middle School. She taught general music and choir, working one on one with numerous middle school students preparing for all-city tryouts.
"Many talented musicians want to teach others their skills, but unfortunately do not have the knack for acutally teaching. Of all the student teachers I have had work under me, Kasey is definitely one of the top three! She gets it. She can teach!" Patti Wetzel: Choral Director for Lee Middle School in San Angelo.
Now, Kasey resides in Richardson, TX, along with her husband and two cats. She has been teaching private piano lessons out of her home since the Summer of 2009.
Basic Math, Piano, Anatomy, Biology, English
I am a classically trained pianist who competed in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for 15 years (began lessons at age 5). I graduated from UT Austin with a Bachelor's in Education because I knew I enjoyed teaching. Unfortunately, what I didn't know at that time was I enjoyed teaching outside a classroom setting! That is why I teach independently, and also only on a subject that I hold dear: piano playing.
While I do posses the training that allows me to instruct students who are interested in performance level musicianship, I have students who are beginners or are picking up the skill again. I have one man who wants to learn all the classical pieces. I have one girl who only wants to learn Beauty and the Beast! I love teaching both students because they each present unique challenges, goals and progress. So no matter what your interest is, I will make sure you are happy and successful!
"Steven is very professional and extremely helpful. He always has a smile on and is serious about helping you phrase the music. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
"It's been really exciting so far! Jordan has been so helpful, so knowledgeable. I could not have found a better instructor and I'm getting better and better every day."
"My daughter's wedding was weeks away and I had never been able to dance a step. With Jenny's help, I came further than ever before in such short time in any subject."