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Popular Music Teachers Near Cedar Hill

Matt B.

Dallas, TX
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Edward K.

Allen, TX
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Marilyn S.

The Colony, TX
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Matt B. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Songwriting, Speaking Voice

About Me

I love learning, and I love sharing and developing the tools for learning. I began as a self-taught pianist at age 12, and from ages 14 to the present I have had the experience of studying with some of the most phenomenal teachers of this generation. George Katz, former chair of the Drake University Piano Department and student of the legendary artists Alfred Cortot and Marguerite Long; Jerome Lowenthal, also a student of Cortot (and William Kapell) and former chair of the Julliard piano department, and Jose Feghali, winner of the 1985 Cliburn Gold Medal have been my most influential teachers. From them, I learned how to learn, how to teach, and how to teach learning, which I believe is the most important skill.

As a winner of the 2000 Interlochen Concerto Competition, I had my orchestral debut that year with the World Youth Symphony Orchestra at 16. Following that, I have given concerts all over the U.S., some parts of Mexico, Malmo and Stockholm, Sweden, and in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Having become keenly interested in technology and recording engineering, I have produced many CD's for renowned artists, such as Joseph Banowetz, Jose Feghali, Mike Morey, Paul Tuntland Sanchez and Vladimir Ashkenazy. I also worked for two years as the recording engineer for the Fort Worth symphony, where I was exposed to dozens of symphonic scores and new works, and was able to study them while I was preparing the recordings for radio broadcast.

My interests expanded even further when I became interested in the study of memory. I felt that I was still a slower learner, and wanted to counteract this. Having taken up research into the functions of memory and retention, I became a student who, instead of spending 6 months perfecting a Haydn or Beethoven sonata, could learn a monster like the Ravel Trio and perform it in just over a week. It's these methods that I offer to my students, in full confidence that any one of them who applies themselves can, in time, equal and surpass my own efforts.

Anyone with an Xbox will quickly learn that I'm an avid gamer, and I am exploring using games in the fields of epistemology; i.e. using the naturally evolved need for socio-mental stimulation and the non-linear hypotheticals presented in games to affect the individual's study of rational and critical thinking.

*** Lesson Details ***
Music is a tool for the discovery of critical thinking as well as art, i.e. an excellent way to ready your mind for nearly all problem solving and learning. Even if you have been a prior music student, I will be able to help you advance your practice technique far beyond its current potential; my methods are original, new, and can be empirically shown to work in no uncertain terms.

I am now a Steinway partner; my students will have twice-yearly opportunities to perform at Steinway Hall, Plano, should they feel ready. These recitals will usually be held during winter or spring breaks.

For younger students, I prefer parental involvement in the lessons. The parent of a student will have more influence on their progress on a weekly basis than I can. They will be asked not only to help the student practice, but to help them practice correctly. The results of this approach can be profound. For these reasons, I ask that the parents follow the student's progress so that they can provide support for the 6 days of the week that I do not get to see the student.

I tailor my curriculum to the student, and their learning habits and interests. I draw from a wide variety of curriculum, as well as sometimes writing original pieces that focus on weak areas that must be quickly developed.

Lastly, the student's input will ALWAYS be heard and carefully considered when choosing pieces for study. The most important part of studying music is the joy of music itself. I do my very best to make sure that lessons and practice are both fun and engaging, as well as productive.

Important Note: Right now I am only teaching classical music for voice. That doesn't mean that I am not willing to supplement lessons with other styles, but classical vocal training and technique is universally applicable and should be the pop or rock vocalist's foundation regardless. Please only sign up for voice with me if you are prepared to study primarily classical repertoire. Broadway songs are also acceptable.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Steinway Concert Grand

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in training memory, technique, artistic sensitivity and the development of a musical mind. I am familiar with many methods and use them where appropriate. I will observe you (the student) and find out how you learn best, and tailor lessons accordingly, thereby using your preferred method of learning (aural, visual, or kinesthetic) to strengthen any weaknesses. Lessons with me are very fun and challenging.

Edward K. Allen, TX

Subjects Taught

Audition Prep, Broadway Singing, Bulgarian, Classical Voice, Creative Writing, English, Gospel Singing, Jazz Voice, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Recording, Opera Voice, Poetry, Singing, Speaking Voice, Speech, Stage Performance, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Writing

About Me

Praised for his musicality and effortless ability to connect with his audiences, Edward has performed in Italy, Bulgaria, Austria, and the U.S.
After more than 15 years of performing/teaching experience, Edward most recently released his first album, "Canzone," which features some of his favorite Italian love songs. In 2007, he was selected to attend the exclusive Casalmaggiore International Music Festival in Italy. In 2005, he created the role of Chang Chung in the world premier of "Genghis Khan" in Austin, Texas. His performance garnered rave reviews, and is available on CD through Salvage Vanguard Theater archives. In 2004, Edward was also a Finalist in the El Paso Opera Competition, and he also received first place in the NATS Adult Division.

After graduating with a B.A. in Music/Journalism in 2002, Edward joined the International Opera Studio of Dallas, where he studied under Sheila Jones Harms. Soon after he trained at the Academy of Voice and Stage in Miami, FL.

He currently resides in Allen, TX where he established the Edward K. Studio of Voice in 2013 and teaches students of all ages a progressive "Bel Canto" method of singing, which frees the natural voice and encompasses all genres of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
Whether you're new to singing or you're an advanced musician looking for some extra polish, Edward K. can help you master your potential.

With more than 15 years of performing/teaching experience, Edward K. specializes in a progressive approach to the "bel canto" method of singing, which frees the natural voice and encompasses all genres of music--even public speaking.

VOICE LESSONS
Learn techniques that will free your natural voice and allow you to beautifully sing any song that you choose.

- All ages and experience levels
- All styles of music--jazz, rock, pop, opera, and classical
- Fundamental "bel canto" technique

PERFORMANCE COACHING
Geared toward advanced students and professionals, coaching sessions can prepare you for performances, auditions, and recording.

- Advanced technique
- Performance stamina
- Song interpretation
- Stage presence

PUBLIC SPEAKING
If you're preparing for a speaking engagement, voice lessons can help you speak easily and comfortably.

- Eliminate tension that could cause hoarseness
- Learn breathing techniques that help the voice "carry"

*** Studio Equipment ***
Microphone, Amplifier, Keyboard, Video, Recording Device

*** Travel Equipment ***
IPad, Bluetooth Speakers

*** Specialties ***
A progressive approach to the Italian "bel canto" method of finding your natural voice in a free and clear way. Once you learn the correct techniques of the vocal mechanism then you can apply it to all genres of music and styles.

Marilyn S. The Colony, TX

Subjects Taught

Music Theory, Piano

About Me

Music Job History:
Was Elementary Principal, Owen Elementary, Lewisville ISD
My music teaching/playing background also includes: private piano instructor at home studio, elementary music teacher in Lewisville ISD and Odessa Public Schools, piano accompanist for middle school/high school band Solo Contests, former church accompanist for Methodist churches
Personal Information:
Have 3 children, now ages 23, 24, and 27
Love gardening, reading, playing piano, ringing handbells.

I believe performing is an important part of music learning, so I schedule at least 2 recitals each year. Some of my adults prefer not to perform and that is okay too. My students played a Christmas recital recently and played so wonderfully! The more you perform, the easier it gets!

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that most people would say that they wish they could play the piano. Taking piano lessons keeps you practicing and working on improving your skills. I can always help a student to play better in some aspect of their playing. I break down skills into as small a step as needed so the student can understand what needs to be done. Reading music is similar to reading words, so sometimes the problem is not with the fingers being able to play, but what the student is seeing. I can take whatever series you are currently playing out of and move forward with you from that series.
Rhythm can often be a problem when playing and that usually is just a matter of getting that rhythm into your vocabulary and really hearing how it goes.
Fingering is another area that can be the reason that a passage is not working for you and I can help you figure those areas out. I always try to correct and help you improve by using humor and positive reinforcement. I have several books that work on technique in fun, short exercises that will apply to any songs or literature that you are working on.
We will spend some of every lesson sight reading (looking at music that you will practice at home). Improving your ability to read music at sight will make your piano playing more enjoyable for you.

As with any lessons, the more you practice, the more progress and fun you will have! Every student needs a spiral notebook that we will use to keep track of your lessons. I have found it best if I buy the books you need and then you pay me for the books - that keeps you from having to search at a music store for the correct books and I make sure you have the correct book/levels. If you prefer to find the books yourself, that will be fine also. I am flexible and want your piano playing years to be lifelong for you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Yamaha Grand Piano, Baldwin Acrosonic Studio Piano, Suzuki 88 key electronic keyboard,

*** Specialties ***
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Piano, Handbells, Music Theory, Sight reading
I can teach from any series, have tended to specialize more with beginning and intermediate students. I have taught from almost every series over the years.
Right now I have students in Faber & Faber, Bastien, John Thompson, Schaum, David Carr Glover, Hal Leonard, FJH, Dozen a Day, and Alfred series.
When students begin lessons with me and have a music series with which they have started, we can stay with that series. I think that breaking skills down into small steps works well for mastery and understanding. I also travel to people's home for lessons, but prefer students come to my house.
I like to expand my students' appreciation of different types of music, from classical to pop, looking for music that is at the student's playing level.

Haley S.

Dallas, TX
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Zachary E.

Allen, TX
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Courtney W.

Mesquite, TX
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Haley S. Dallas, TX

Subjects Taught

Choir, Flexibility Training, Musical Theater, Pageantry, Singing, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Stretching, Voice Acting, Yoga

About Me

Haley, soprano, earned a Masters in Music from The Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and her Bachelors from the University of North Texas. She is a performer experienced in opera, oratorio, chamber music, musical theatre, jazz, and art song. She has performed leading opera roles such as: Pamina in Die Zauberflote; Rosalinde in Die Fledermaus; Juliette in Romeo et Juliette; and Helena in A Midsummer Night's Dream. Haley has performed supporting or partial roles such as: Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro, Lieu in Turandot, Fiordiligi in Cosi fan tutte, Amina in La Sonnambula, Lakme in Lakme, Lauretta in Gianni Schicchi, Dorabella in Cosi fan tutte, and Violetta in La Traviata. After working with the Cincinnati Opera and spending some time performing in Europe, Haley has recently returned to Dallas and is excited to be teaching in a place with so many talented people again.
Please do not hesitate to contact TakeLessons with any questions. Music can be such a positive influence on a person's life and I look forward to helping you find what you are looking for.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons will include a warm up period and then work on technique and music. If you choose, or are preparing for an audition/performance, you will be given pieces to learn in other languages and time will be spent learning IPA and diction.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Piano

*** Specialties ***
Singing, Broadway/Musical Theatre Singing, Music Performance, Music Theory, Opera Voice, Speaking Voice and Voice health.

Zachary E. Allen, TX

Subjects Taught

Acoustic Guitar, Audio Engineering, Bass Guitar, Classical Guitar, Country Guitar, Cross Country, Guitar, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Word, Pro Tools Software, Spanish

About Me

Hello, I'm Zach and I am currently going to college for Audio Engineering. I have been playing guitar and bass guitar for 7 years. I have been in 3 bands, and have played multiple large shows. I currently work for a production company, doing lights and sound and have more recently gotten to set up at The Shrine Auditorium and the At@t center. I can complete the rubix cube in 15 seconds. I am good with kids and adults and believe patience is a major key to teaching any skill set.

Courtney W. Mesquite, TX

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acting, American Sign Language, Arrangement and Composition, Bass Trombone, Broadway Singing, Choir, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Conducting, Ear Training, English, Euphonium, Gospel Singing, Knitting, Makeup, Marimba, Meisner Technique, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Office, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, Microsoft Word, Musical Theater, Music Performance, Music Theory, Nail Design, Opera Voice, Percussion, Piano, Scrapbooking, Sewing, Shakespearean Acting, Singing, Speaking Voice, Spoken Word, Stage Performance, Theater Acting, Theatrical Dance, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Typing, Vocal Training, Voice Acting, Xylophone

About Me

I have worked in various capacities in the Arts (music, theatre, dance, etc.) and would like to offer my services to anyone seeking further education in such things as voice, piano, brass instruments, acting, costuming, conducting, arranging, theory/aural skills, music history, and the like. I also am proficient with the following computer software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Publisher, Power Point, Outlook), Finale and Sibelius (music writing software)

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