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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 9/29/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Good News - Stella, Emile and HeidiHeidi S. in Fort Worth, TX shared a story with us about meeting some very special students. Heidi wrote, “My students Emile and Stella are French but they live in Africa. I have been teaching their flute lessons via Skype from the US to Africa! So cool. But what else was fun is that they have relatives that live close to me (thus the reason they chose me as their teacher) and they visited this summer. I got to meet them in person and have lessons in person which was sooo much fun. They are back in Africa now and will end up back in France.” Thanks for sending in your story, Heidi! It’s amazing to see how music brings people together all over the world!

Layla M. in Reston, VA, wrote, “I am so proud of my violin student Kimi for landing 2nd chair in her orchestra seating test! Dedicated to her instrument, she demonstrates that hard work and efficient practice lead to great intonation, rhythm and tone!” Way to go, Kimi!!

John P. in Frisco, TX, wrote, “Yesterday my Acting student LP, made some huge leaps forward in her work. One of the exercises is called Knock at the Door. The purpose (in a nutshell) is to teach the concept of motivation and how it is the Actors responsibility to ALWAYS have a motivation for everything she does, certainly for beginning a scene or entering a room. In the Technique, the student only has to prepare a reason, that is clear and real to her which will (hopefully) propel her to behave a certain way and do specific things because she needs something. LP not only embraced the exercise but also showed incredible emotional flexibility that allowed her to ‘discover’ new things and be surprised ( some people take years to learn how to just be surprised on stage) and keep fighting for her needs in a truthful and beautifully organic way. When I asked her to change the motivation for the second round, she showed even greater fluidity in her faith in ‘the moment’ and ability to let herself be truly present ‘in the moment’.the ‘scene’ was interesting and engaging in a way that only comes from commitment and faith. It is such a thrill to see this especially early in the work. Because it shows an instinct that actors must possess to continue to grow and express themselves fully.” Keep up the good work, LP! You’re well on your way to great things!

Andrew Y. in Wichita, KS, wrote, “Want to give a shout out to Micah, Avery & another student who has been looking ahead in their brand new Piano Adventures Book level B. Each time I show up, they have taught themselves new concepts & songs we haven’t got to. So proud of their hard work. Excellent job. Plus another student has graduated from her first piano book this week. The student has been working so hard to get to the end. I’m so proud of the accomplishments. The student really likes the new book. Keep going. You’re doing great!”

Emily B. in Saint Paul, MN, wrote, “A big shout out to my student Austin who just booked his first role in a film! All your hard work is certainly paying off and they are lucky to have you!” Break a leg, Austin!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 9/22/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Emily B. in Saint Paul, MN, wrote, “Congratulations to my acting student, Rachel, who just scored a lead role in her school’s production of Joseph and the Amazing Dream Coat. She’s going to be great!”

Shannon K. in Boulder, CO, wrote, “This week I had two amazing lessons with a set of identical twin brothers! River and Miles both made a huge amount of progress between lessons and really gave it their best this week. River conquered the C chord this week and learned to relax his arms and shoulders while Miles really focused hard on learning to coordinate the right hand and left hand between measures to make the music “flow”. Keep up the great work and Bravo!”

Helen Q. in Lilburn, GA, wrote, “I must send a shout out to my student Michelle. She is as cute as a button at age 5 but boy has she caught on in just less than a year of lessons. We are already on Book One of Piano Adventures. She gets it and she practices too. Another shout out to great parents. They see to it she practices and stays on top of her theory work. Great job to the whole family!”

Arlys A. in Minneapolis, MN, wrote, “Congratulations and best of luck to Diwan S. as he heads out for his American Idol call back on Monday, September 22nd! Congratulations to Molly D. who worked very hard and landed the role of Bonnie in “Anything Goes”. Molly wrote, ‘…what really set me a part from all the other girls singing for Bonnie was my character voice. The way I sang ‘Heaven Hop’ was exactly what my director had in mind. I would not have been able to acquire this role without your guidance!’”

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 9/15/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Garine A. in Winter Garden, FL wrote, “I definitely have a shout out going out to my first student on Takelessons, after I came back from some time off. I love teaching lessons, but this student was one of those kids that makes you really want to teach forever. He is a very smart kid. He was able to reach his goal of being ready to start band at the 10th grade level playing the tuba after only five lessons and not owning a horn. We started with the basics. I sent him off between lessons to watch about three videos a week on YouTube, and the videos really opened his mind to hear what the professionals sound like. Besides that, I asked him to exercise his lungs using the Breathing Gym exercises daily, and his mouth using the P.E.T.E.. His hands came around to the right fingers (there are only so many combinations of three). He worked very hard between lessons and excelled much further than I expected. He has helped me with a boost of confidence that I haven’t lost the ability to teach effective lessons. I know that each teacher out there also has a student like mine. You can do the same too.”

Rachel M. in Evanston, IL wrote, “I am so impressed at how much MarieAnna accomplished during French lessons. Having no prior comprehension of the language, she managed to adapt very quickly and in only 5 short lessons, mastered 2 tenses, improved her pronunciation, and learned some important vocabulary. I was amazed at how easily she picked up on everything I taught her. I will dearly miss her as a student. Felicitacions et bonne chance!”

Rachel has a shout out for another student as well! She wrote, “My student Pamela has come a long way in French lessons. At the beginning she knew absolutely no French, and after only a few short weeks she is completing homework on verb conjugation. During each lesson she is very interested and ready to expand her knowledge. All in all, she is the most dedicated and enthusiastic student I have met. I have also talked to her about her plans to teach abroad in France or Canada. I really enjoy sharing her love of French and teaching with her. It is always a joy to tutor her.”

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 8/25/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

David P. in Cincinnati, OH has shout outs for several of his students. He wrote:

Singer-guitarist Brian O. was recently hired as the ministry leader for a church in Cincinnati. After he began taking voice lessons with me, several of the members began complimenting Brian on how much better he sounded for their services.

My percussion student Chris Z. is auditioning for the Cincinnati Youth Symphony Orchestra. He’ll be playing Etude 1, from the book Portraits in Rhythm as well as “Scherazade” by Rimsky-Korsav on snare drum.

Student Jarod E. is now the bassist for the McNicholas High School Marching Band thanks to his hard work at bass lessons. The marching band is performing a collection of challenging songs from the Beach Boys.

Tim B. in Newberg, OR wrote, “I just wanted to give a shout out to my weekly student Ollie. He conquered playing and reading the music for Simple Gifts. The trick is all F’s are sharped throughout the song. He completed it self-correcting himself. If he made a mistake he replayed the song from beginning to end. He is developing ear training and sight reading and music theory, all while being enrolled in school and playing football fulltime. Touchdown buddy.” Way to go, Ollie!

And Karen H. wrote in to tell us about her daughters’ singing instructor Kimberly L. She wrote, “Both of my daughters, one of whom has Asperger’s, really enjoyed taking singing lessons with Kimberly over the past one and one-half years and I would highly recommend her.  They each received individualized lessons plus were provided immediate feedback and encouragement.  I never heard a “do I have to go” when it came time for their lessons which says a lot, especially in the summer when I often hear this about other things.” Thanks for all you do, Kimberly!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 8/18/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Marci S. in Lenexa, KS, wrote, “Last Saturday, August 2nd, many of my students participated in a recital for family and friends. ALL students performed above and beyond my highest expectations. Way to go guys! Due to multiple back surgeries, I have not been able to hold a recital for a little over a year. I was afraid students would forget their performance skills- but they were lovely.” Bravo to all the students who performed, and we’re happy to hear that Marci is feeling better after her surgeries.

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 8/11/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Rose C. in West Haven, CT, wrote, “Just joined your awesome website! Here’s my student Nicole Frechette ~ Up & Coming Nashville Country Artist CRUSHING IT!!!! Check her out on YouTube.”

Nicole O. in Winter Park, FL shared a screenshot of a message from her student and wrote, “Hey all! I love getting text messages like these!! Ava is a talented pianist and vocalist. We learned Katy Perry’s “Roar” using just chord symbols to brush up on our music theory and chord construction. Ava enjoyed creating her own arrangement of the piece as we learned about chord substitution and added several ninths and sevenths to jazz up the tune! Thanks :)”

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 8/4/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Kim K. in Ridgewood, NY shared this photo of a blanket made by her crochet student Kelsey C. Beautiful work, Kelsey! Keep it up!

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Tali H. in Olympia, WA wrote, “One of my beginner piano students, Chris R., is only on his third lesson and is already playing the opening lines of a rather advanced version of Für Elise . What’s more, his joy at playing a harmony he recognizes just lights up both his own face and mine! Great to see hard work coming to fruition!” Great start, Chris! Stick to your lessons and keep practicing. You’ll go far!

Cornel D. in Corona, NY shared a video of his progress learning the craft of acting. In this video, Cornel reads as an FBI agent interrogating a shady businessman. Cornel says he is making good strides and we have to agree!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/28/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Stacey S. in Covington, KY sent this video of her student Mary C. Stacey wrote, “My young student Mary C. (age 5) plays a lovely Twinkle Twinkle duet with her father. Mary loves playing duets, especially improvisations with her teacher. Mary is a delightful student, with a great ear. I’m very excited as her teacher to see where her natural talents take her!” Thanks for sharing Stacey, and way to go Mary! It’s always great to see young students with so much potential!

Gabriel C. in Fort Pearce, FL sent in a shout out for his former online singing teacher Arlys A. Gabriel wrote, “Arlys is the best teacher! Even though I don’t have much for lessons, she showed me a YouTube page that’s very helpful. I salute her!” Three cheers for Arlys, and thanks to each of our teachers for all that you do!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/21/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Gfire in Austin, TX wrote, “My voice student Jessica, age 10, just got cast in a major production of “The King and I” at Austin’s prestigious Zachary Scott Theatre!! She is part of the children’s ensemble.” Congratulations Jessica!!

Shakeatha D. in Houston, TX wrote, “Arwen and Anissa are making wonderful strides in their vocal lessons. Arwen is six years old and quite the triple threat performer. Anissa has a golden voice. I look forward to continuing to move forward with their progress.” Keep up the good work ladies!

Helen P., who takes violin lessons from Branda T. in Irving, TX wrote, “I just wanted to say that Take Lessons.com is a BRILLIANT idea, connecting people with other people who have the desired skills so we can learn and improve ourselves. I just took some violin lessons and learned some basics which was an awesome experience. And the skills people offer are truly MANY. All the way from Acting to Math, to Computer Science etc. I think in this day and age, we all could use self-improvement. Most of us have the time and money, as the lessons are affordable. I recommend anybody who is reading my message to learn a new skill , especially if they have been dreaming , wishing they could produce in a subject. Example: I wish I knew how to sew. I wish I understood math. I wish I knew more about the computers….I wish I could play the piano. Don’t wish, just do it! : ) Thank you TakeLessons!” Wow, thank you Helen, you’re making us blush! It’s truly our pleasure to connect people who want to learn with great instructors, and the best part is hearing back from happy students and teachers!

Mary Kaye K. in Fairport, NY wrote in to tell us about her experience with her piano teacher Keith S. “My piano teacher Keith rocks!! He creates an awesome environment to learn piano. By that I mean he brings a teaching style that is open not only to further my awareness about piano but I also am developing an emotional connection to the piano that is AWESOME!” Wonderful! Thanks to Keith and all our teachers for all that you do!

Anna T. in Lawrenceville, GA wrote, “ I would like to brag about my voice student Emma. She has been working with me for almost a year and I am so impressed with her improvement. She has learned so much about dynamics and her range has grown tremendously. Several weeks ago, she was at a local restaurant with live music and asked if she could sing with them. The musician said yes and she actually got up and sang. That takes so much nerve and confidence and I am so proud and happy to have such an eager and capable student. I am now encouraging her to audition for some local musical theater shows and for her school choir. I know she can make the cut!” Go Emma!! We’re all rooting for you.

Ryan H. in Newport Beach, CA shared a great article that was recently published about his business in his local paper. Check it out to learn how Ryan is making money writing ukulele jingles for all kinds of clients! Very cool, and congrats on the feature Ryan!

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TakeLessons Community Shout Outs – Week of 7/7/14

Each week, TakeLessons students and teachers send us their shout outs. We’re thankful to be a part of this positive and thriving community, so we’d like to share these messages with you. Here are the shout outs we received this week:

Farobag C. in Homer Glen, IL wrote, “Vocalist Layne B. has been selected to perform at the finals of the Rialto Junior Idols competition scheduled for August 2, 2014. We wish Layne all the best as she sings ” On My Own” from the musical Les Misérables.” Break a leg, Layne!

Update: Here’s video of Layne’s performance. Bravo Layne!!

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