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Popular Music Teachers Near Bradenton

Laura S.

Sarasota, FL
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Rick H.

Sarasota, FL
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Alec W.

Venice, FL
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Laura S. Sarasota, FL

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Piano, Singing

About Me

Of course you want an experienced, passionate, patient and compassionate teacher! Teaching is not my job; it is my calling and I am very good at it.

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music Education (1987, Ball State University) and a Master of Music degree in Voice (1994, University of South Florida). I've taught in public schools in Sarasota. Currently I am adjunct staff for State College of Florida (formerly Manatee Community College) teaching private voice and piano lessons and music appreciation classes.

My music studio has been serving music students in the Sarasota area since 1991. I offer private voice, piano and music theory lessons for students of all ages. Currently my studio includes students from 5 to 74 years of age! And in my 30 years of teaching all of my students have shown improvement in skills and enjoyment.

I myself began singing in church when I was three years old and began piano lessons at age five. I began teaching piano lessons when I was sixteen.

Music and teaching are my passions. Both of my parents were teachers. Beginning in my middle school years, my parents invited me to their classrooms to teach music lessons. When I was in high school the choir director would ask me to lead rehearsals sometimes; I did the same in college.

My experience has brought me literally hundreds of students. I sometimes think I have seen and heard it all! Some who come for singing lessons can't match pitch at first. Some who come for piano lessons can't keep their finger numbers straight or remember what key is what note or what printed note is what letter. Sometimes it's months before the "light bulbs" go on. I'm patient and have worked with those situations with many students, so I have many ways to approach the problems and fix them. I probably have at least ten ways to say the same thing until something clicks with the student. And, most importantly, I learn from my students. They often come up with unique ways of saying things that hadn't occurred to me before.

Lessons are for students of all abilities. Some students come with nothing but the desire to sing or play better just for their own pleasure, some come with prior training, some are preparing for an audition and some even wish to make a career in music. Some students have come seeking help with their speaking voice for business presentations. I welcome all! My goal is to help my students meet and exceed their goals and have more life through the joy of music! To help them gain greater appreciation of music and increase their confidence both in music and in life.

*** Lesson Details ***
When a student and I first meet I ask the student what her/his hopes, goals, tastes and prior experience are. Then we talk about plans for achieving those hopes and goals.

Most of my students are studying music just because they love music and want to improve for their own benefit. Because of that, while I want students to progress, I am very patient. I understand that some weeks it's harder to find time for practice. I provide instruction and tools for growth, then the students go home, use them and find out what works best for them.

Vocal lessons are tailored to each individual. Exercises include posture, breathing, diction, projection of the voice, unification of the voice, improvement of tone, range and flexibility. Healthy, beautiful singing is the goal. The confidence that goes along with that is amazing!

CDs with exercises and accompaniments are provided. And students can make CDs of their own performances!

Piano instruction is also tailored to the needs of each individual student. With young beginners I often use the "Faber" method. It has books for music theory, technique, lessons and performance. And students enjoy playing along with the Cd that goes with their pieces.

For older beginners, including adults, I often use the "Bastien, Older Beginner" or "Alfred, Adult Beginner". Both quickly teach melody and chord reading so that students can play more interesting pieces within a month. The lesson materials are supplemented by simple classical pieces and music the student is interested in.

When a student comes in with prior training I continue with what she/he has been working on and adjust it as necessary. Literature for more advanced students is chosen with their abilities, technical and expressive needs.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio area is closed off from the rest of the house. There is a small seating area for parents which is separated by a screen from the lesson area. I have a Yamaha CVP-103 digital keyboard with weighted and touch sensitive keys, plus lots of different instrument sounds and beats to make playing and singing more fun. I can also adjust the pitch of songs so that they fit the student's voice. The keyboard is plugged into a Super Scope Cd recorder; a microphone is plugged in as well. This allows me to make recordings of accompaniments and practice exercises, as well as recording students' performances.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching professionally since 1987. I discover the goals a student has and give them the tools to reach those goals. My teaching style is structured yet highly personalized for the individual. I teach music ranging from Classical to Popular always using the best techniques.

Rick H. Sarasota, FL

Subjects Taught

Guitar, Music Theory

About Me

I'm Rick and I have been playing guitar for several decades. I specialize in all acoustic styles, including artists like James Taylor, Paul Simon and other "folk rockers" country, and rock. Whether you just want to play some of your favorites, or learn to accompany yourself as you sing, I'm your guy. Strumming, finger-picking and just enough music theory to get you to understand what you're playing...and grow!

Do you need to dig deeper into Music Theory? I'm a Magna Cum Laude graduate with a Masters Degree in Theory, so if you need some beginning or advanced level tutoring in this subject, give me a call.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to keep a relaxed focus during my lessons. I teach by example, based on actually playing the real songs that YOU want to learn to play. I'll look for ways to help you reach your goals, and teach you a little bit about the theory behind it all so you can understand and grow on your own. Just bring your acoustic guitar, some determination and a sense of humor and we're on our way!

*** Studio Equipment ***
living room electronic keyboard, guitar. All the basics. Comfortable seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Their own instrument. Their own chord books.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar: Folk, Folk/Rock. Music Theory: Full classical theory.

Alec W. Venice, FL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Guitar, Music Theory, Songwriting

About Me

Alec W. has taught music lessons for over 20 years in Boston, London and Vienna. Now based in Venice, he teaches all styles, levels and ages in a friendly, relaxed environment. His experience includes 3 major deals (BMG, SONY, ZDF/ORF) and countless indie deals. His teachers include Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie/ The Cure), Jon Brion (Aimee Mann, Magnolia) and Kim Fowley (Kiss, Joan Jett, Van Halen, Poison, etc). Alec started with drums at the age of 5 in Boston and went on to learn clarinet, piano, singing, bass, guitar and started focusing on songwriting at the age of 22 in London. He has worked side by side with many major acts including Dinosaur Jr, Chris Rea, Erasue, H-Blockz, Haddaway, Danzig, Jon Moss and Winston Blissett. Alec loves teaching, beginners are his favorite, and continues writing and producing with local acts. Experience that allows students to have a fun-filled and informative lesson.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are laid back and structured to get the most out of your level. Working with exercises, basic theory and songs you will be playing your favorites on the guitar sooner than you think. Working with the music style of your choice, these lessons are guaranteed to show results that you can see and hear in less time then struggling on your own. I know, I've been there. Perfect for beginners or for people trying to get to "that" next level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Students bring their own instruments. Unplugged sessions. Bass students may bring a small amp if desired.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, pop, jazz, classical, blues, metal, country, funk and alternative.
4 string and 5 string bass, fretless bass, acoustic, classical and electric guitar. Notes, tabs, charts, etc.

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